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letters It would be very nice to have a greenway through Swannanoa, but the questions regarding eminent domain need to be addressed. There is a map floating around Swannanoa of a proposed greenway. There are properties along the route, and many are working farms. Imagine if you owned one of them, saw this map with a line drawn through your property and had not been contacted about it. So how does one find out about eminent domain issues regarding this? The same organization that started the failed incorporation drive created a greenway committee. This committee is specifically headed by the attorney who represented their incorporation task force. They had a “Visioning Meeting,” and then the map appeared. Considering their past history of not communicating with people who oppose their ideas, it seems frivolous to try to contact them about the eminent domain issue. The Parks and Recreation Department was contacted. They said they are doing a feasibility study right now, and eminent domain is a legal issue. They advised writing a letter to the county Board of Commissioners. When asked if the affected property owners were being called during the feasibility study, they said that comes at the “next

stage.” If eminent domain is not on the table, not calling land owners for permission would make this study a waste of time and taxpayers money. But it sounds like it is on the table, and they do not want to be on record as saying so. A letter could be sent to the county Board. I don’t think it would get past the secretary’s desk because they did not return a phone call regarding the matter. Unfortunately, eminent domain has been used for such things as widening highways and [running] sewer lines. But it is mesmerizing to think the government can forcibly take land so that people can skip, ride unicycles, and click their heels from side to side through someone’s property. A lot of united Swannanoa residents want to know two things: 1) Can one of the groups involved explain the laws regarding eminent domain and greenways? 2) Can the groups involved put in writing that eminent domain is out of the question? If these questions are answered, property owners who are affected will not be helplessly walking on eggshells for months, and everyone can get excited about finding a way to put a greenway through. This is an issue that needs to be nipped in the bud before it is too late. — John Kelleher Swannanoa

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In Shaun Duncan’s letter in the March 24 Xpress [”Mayor’s Vote on Domestic-partner Benefits Respected Community’s Conservatives”], Mr. Duncan writes, “I dread to see how far society’s morals will have slid to [in the future.]” We feel that there is another way of seeing the changing morality of our country. In our view, morality is not sliding into an abyss. Yes, individuals are determining what is right and what is wrong without an institutional dogma to guide them, but it does not mean that morals are being lost. It means that morals are less the result of systems of rules, and instead, are the result of people listening to their own hearts and minds. It’s like when you let children come up with the rules and consequences for their classroom: Most of the time, they can easily agree on what the important rules are. They don’t all go to the same religious or other morality-teaching institution. They are just using their hearts and minds. — Jenni Park Joe Mohar Asheville

The high cost of health care is the primary problem with our current health-care system, and unfortunately the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” does little to truly rein in these costs. With an unworkable individual mandate, tens of billions of dollars in new insurer fees and taxes, expansions of Medicaid and dependent age, tight limits on age rating and high minimum-benefit levels, this bill will make private health insurance unaffordable for the hundreds of millions of Americans who are currently insured. And all of the cost increases happen long before anyone reaps the benefits of the coverage changes [scheduled] to take place four years down the road. As this bill is implemented, we must find ways to curbs costs, improve wellness, rein in frivolous lawsuits and expand consumer choice. Americans deserve to have access to the best medical care in the world at an affordable price, and it is now up to [Rep.] Shuler, Sen. Burr, and Sen. Hagan to do this. — Mike Norris President WNC Association of Health Underwriters

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Staff blogs let Xpress writers and editors get up close and personal by Xpress staff We’re pleased to introduce a new feature on the Mountain Xpress Web site: regular blog posts by staff members, written from their own unique point of view. Although they’re steeped in local news, these writers and editors report on it more than they get to sound off about it. But that will shift a bit in the staff blogs, which open the door for staffers to muse a little, to probe in new directions. They choose their own topics — and seek to start a dialogue with you about what’s on their minds. To follow and join the conversation, go to Here’s a sampling of what’s appeared there thus far:

Will Shuler suffer? (Probably not)

From a post by staff writer David Forbes: When Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler bucked his party and voted against sweeping health care legislation Sunday night, he certainly set off a backlash. But will anything come of it? Xpress’ reporting on the topic … has set off a torrent of comments, many calling Shuler a DINO (Democrat in Name Only) or other epi-

thets and many asserting that he just lost their vote. Shuler, who received more contributions from health-insurance companies than any other member of the Democratic delegation, is being painted by many as a corporate shill. … Now the question, however, is if anger at Shuler will hurt his chances for re-election, especially in the upcoming Democratic primary. Probably not. If the 11th Congressional District was limited to Asheville or even Buncombe, I wouldn’t give Shuler very good odds of going back to Washington next year. It doesn’t, however — instead, it stretches all the way to the Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina state lines. … As it stands now, however repugnant many liberals may find Shuler’s vote, there seems little possibility of their frustration unseating him.

Getting to know the Downtown Market

From a post by food coordinator Mackensy Lunsford: On the way out of Amazing Savings, I ran into Chad Oliphant and Sarah Yancey, who make a fantastic tempeh — Smiling Hara — which they were selling out of a cooler. Their tempeh will also soon be available at the Asheville City Market, by the way, and is currently used by both Luella’s BBQ and Rosetta’s. The couple is expecting a baby sometime this month, so I casually asked exactly when the due date was. If this isn’t Asheville, I don’t know what is: She apparently was having mild contractions even as she offered potential customers tastes of the tempeh hummus she’d whipped up that very morning. (Good luck to Sarah and Chad and the little one).

Is there ever too much sunshine on government?

From a post by managing editor Jon Elliston: As much as we’re an avid disseminator of public information, there does arise the occasional story that poses questions about how much we should reveal. These are the anomalies that make us ponder extra-hard questions. One case in point might offer lessons. Last year, one of our editors pitched a story on salaries for city of Asheville employees, and obtained a spreadsheet from the city of said pay during the prior year. Ultimately … we chose to tell the story of overtime pay as opposed to listing everyone’s pay. … In the end, we told a good story. Our reporters highlighted what might be the real excesses when it comes to overtime pay, while taking note of the real benefits of judiciously planned overtime. At the same time, part of me wishes we’d gone all in and published the salary of every single city employee. City government is running a deficit, and public money funds almost everything official Asheville does.

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It left me wondering how much sunshine on government is too much — or could there ever be enough?

What grass roots?

From a post by staff writer David Forbes: In November 2009, 12,648 voters decided who would lead the city of Asheville. To put those numbers in perspective, that’s 19.6 percent of the city’s registered voters, or roughly one in five. To put it in starker terms: This was the lowest turnout ever in a municipal election, beating 2007’s City Council elections for that dubious honor. Despite economic difficulties, a mayoral race (albeit a rather one-sided one) and two of the victors pinning their hopes on large volunteer operations, four out of five Asheville voters chose to stay home. … However, you wouldn’t have known it by the rhetoric. “We rocked this city tonight!” newly elected Council member Cecil Bothwell proclaimed at his victory celebration. “I think the voters are a true reflection of Asheville,” said Esther Manheimer, adding, “I think the people have given City Council a mandate.” … This is not to speak for or against the policies of anyone elected that night, but four months on, the victory talk needs to be tempered by some cold facts that tell a far different story: It is absolutely absurd to pretend that a large drop in voter turnout represents a triumph of popular activism.

CIBO: Chicken biscuits and familiar faces From a post by associate editor Margaret Williams: The faces seem to stay the same at the Council of Independent Business Owners. They’re just older than they were almost 10 years ago — which is about the last time I attended one of their monthly 7 a.m. breakfast meetings. On March 12, as members and guests (including me and fellow Xpress staffer David Forbes) chowed down on Chick Fil-A biscuits, yogurt and coffee, I spied Jerry VeHaun, Buncombe County’s Emergency Services director and the mayor of Woodfin. There were former Buncombe Commissioner Jesse Ledbetter and CIBO Director Mike Plemmons, who (as always) played amiable host while folks arrived, grabbed some grub and sat down; as the speakers geared up, he stepped into the background (that’s standard too). Another familiar face — longtime member Mac Swicegood — played master of ceremonies, harassing the speakers with friendly jabs (though I’ve seen CIBO members grill speakers till they were burnt toast). X To follow these and other discussions, go to http:// • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 11

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By the time the director, assistant director and two other staffers in Asheville’s Human Resources Department wound up in handcuffs March 30, it could hardly have been a surprise. News of an investigation into alleged fraud in the city’s flexible-spending benefits program had emerged more than a week earlier, when a series of search warrants became public. They document an investigation dating back at least to last December, including searches of City Hall records. The warrants also assert that Human Resources staffers were overreimbursed too much for purchases they’d made, or even paid for items they’d never bought at all. Benefits Specialist Liz Oldre, Compensation Analyst Laura Masters and Assistant Director Robin Nix now face charges of obtaining property under false pretenses for allegedly accepting reimbursement for purchases they never made. Director Lisa Roth faces an obstruction-of-justice charge for allegedly telling police during a March 8 interview that she’d reviewed Nix’s benefit claims and found nothing wrong.

Attorney Frank Patton clarified the accusations — that Oldre had been reimbursed for more than the city’s $6,000 annual limit, claiming $7,109.53 in 2009, and Masters had suspect claims reaching back to 2007. That information led to the first warrant, executed Dec. 31, when police seized records of Masters’ Asheville Savings Bank account. Flexible-benefit savings accounts allow employees to set aside pretax income — sometimes with matching or additional funds from their employers — that they can then use for reimbursement to pay for health- and child-care costs not covered by their insurance. The accounts are meant to help pay for a very specific list of items, such as dental care for a child and copays for doctor visits or prescription drugs. According to the warrants, however, Masters had other ideas. In 2008 she was reimbursed for items including “a hot tub, Tempur-Pedic pillows, Oreck vacuum, Sharper Image air cleaner, Dyslexia software program, Tempur-Pedic mattress cover, Dyslexia Quick-Pen, Lifetime filters and dyslexia Reading Horizons software and

“As public servants, we must hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. Any breach of those standards is simply unacceptable.”

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— City Manager Gary Jackson claims to the city’s flexible-spending benefits The total amount taken from city coffers was $22,776, according to the arrest warrants. Meanwhile, the investigation is continuing.

a dyslexia tutor.” She did not submit receipts or physician’s notes for any of these purchases, some of which ran as high as $4,899 (for the hot tub). In 2008 and 2009, Masters allegedly more than doubled the annual limit on her tax-deductible spending account, receiving $14,760 and The investigation began Dec. 17, when $14,500 respectively. Detective Michael Downing of the Asheville In Masters’ arrest warrant, police state that the Police Department met with Capt. Tim Splain, dyslexia tutoring, ostensibly for her daughter, who heads the Criminal Investigations Division. probably never took place. According to the first search warrant, the topic of the conversation was “a possible fraud involving two employees of the city of Asheville who work The second search warrant, executed Jan. 26, in the Human Resources Department at City states that Masters’ bank-account records conHall.” The warrant names Masters and Oldre as firmed the evidence provided to the DA’s office and authorized a search of city payroll records the two employees. That day, Splain asked Downing to open an for further evidence. investigation. But the warrants seem to imply It wasn’t the last time the city’s payroll would that the impetus for the investigation may face scrutiny: On March 12, another search was have come from the Buncombe County district carried out. attorney’s office, which “is in possession of the That warrant — the latest one made public in documentation in reference to these allegations” the case so far — reveals what happened in the and was responding to complaints made by interim. Assistant City Attorney Kelly Whitlock and On Feb. 23, Splain received a letter from Oldre, Health and Wellness Manager Cheryl Walker, who left her city job in December. another Human Resources employee. A Dec. 21 “Ms. Oldre attached to the letter copies of flexmeeting between Downing and Assistant District ible-spending documents and open enrollment worksheets for Human Resources Director Lisa

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program were reported, police searched benefit analyst Lisa Master’s bank account. Roth and Assistant HR Director Robin Nix,” the warrant reads. “The letter stated that the documents had been removed from the city of Asheville Human Resources Department because of fear of retaliation and the concern that Lisa Roth and or Robin Nix would ‘alter’ the documents.” Oldre wasn’t the only target of the investigation to turn whistleblower, according to the warrant, as Splain also received a letter from Masters. “This letter made allegations that Robin Nix had filed several bogus flexible-spending documents and was paid for items she did not purchase. Ms. Masters’ letter also alleged that Lisa Roth did not comply with the flexible-spending program and open enrollment/insurance regulations.” The next day, Splain and Downing interviewed Nix, who admitted “submitting flexiblespending reimbursement claims for items she did not purchase.” She also confessed to having bought a mattress at Sam’s Club for $2,000 and receiving $4,099 in reimbursement. Furthermore, “Nix stated that Human Resources management was aware of policy violations and possible law

Hot tubs, mattresses and “tutoring”: A list of times Masters was reimbursed for by the city, including some that, police assert, she never paid for. violations in regard to the administration of the city of Asheville flexible-spending program.” On March 11, Roth had her own interview with Splain and Downing, the last warrant shows, telling them “she has become aware of problems that existed within the flexible-reimbursement program that she had not known about. ... Roth stated that as a result of the reviews that she has done since this matter was discovered, she is fairly confident that others in the city of Asheville may have violated the conditions of the flexiblereimbursement program.” The next day, investigators seized flexiblebenefits records for city employees dating back to 2005.

Opening the floodgates

All three warrants were made public March 16 and, initially, official response was muted. City Manager Gary Jackson declined to comment on the matter, and Public Information Officer Dawa Hitch said the city could reveal little about the ongoing investigation. The APD was similarly tightlipped. The next day, the police released this statement: “Asheville police detectives are continuing their investigation into allegations of benefits fraud in the city’s Human Resources Department. The alleged improprieties were discovered by city staff and reported to the Asheville Police Department. The APD undertook the case in conjunction with the Buncombe County district attorney’s office. Both agencies are receiving assistance from the State Bureau of Investigation. As part of the investigation, Asheville police and the DA’s office on March 16 reviewed 113 files of employees who received flexible-spending reimbursements of more than $1,000. There was no indication that any of those 113 employees participated in any criminal wrongdoing.” The announcement ended with a statement that has since become familiar to those following the case: “The investigation is ongoing.” A few days later, District Attorney Ron Moore said the investigation was not targeting elected

officials, who were eligible for the flexible-benefits program if they opted to be covered by the city’s health insurance. But Moore, too, cautioned that the investigation was ongoing. On March 23, Jackson broke his silence, announcing that Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson would serve as interim human resources director and that the flexible-spending program would be audited monthly until a thirdparty administrator could be found. “I am fully confident that Mr. Richardson will manage the department to the highest standards of accountability while the investigation moves forward,” Jackson wrote in a memo. “By taking these steps, we will strengthen the program’s checks and balances while providing employees with sound direction and support.” Later that week, however, Hitch told Xpress that Roth still retained her position. But not for long. On March 30 the hammer came down, and all four Human Resources employees were arrested. All except Masters — who faces six charges of obtaining property under false pretenses and another five of forgery — were released on a written promise to appear in court, while Masters was held on a $110,000 bond.

human resources assistant director are no longer employed by the city.” As for the scandal, Jackson added: “This news will be extremely difficult for our organization and its work force, particularly because the allegations are in no way reflective of our core values and commitment to the community. As public servants, we must hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. Any breach of those standards is simply unacceptable.” He also asserted that the city had responded swiftly. “When questionable practices were identified in Human Resources in December 2009, I immediately turned the information over to the appropriate law-enforcement agencies to launch an investigation,” he wrote. “We took this matter most seriously and have expected nothing less than full cooperation with the Asheville Police Department, the district attorney’s office and other agencies as the investigation moved forward.” The city also plans to review its ethics policies, noted Jackson. “We will take every necessary step to ensure the management of our Human Resources Department is guided by good judgment, solid ethics and sound management principles,” he declared. “With the leadership and support of our employees, I am confident we will come out of this as a stronger organization with better controls in place and renewed community trust in every city function.” X David Forbes can be reached at dforbes@ or at 251-1333, ext. 137.


Breached standards

Most of the accused employees are longtime city staffers, and all were paid well above the median income for the area. Masters had worked at the city for 15 years and was making $57,821; Oldre ended her 24-year career earning $55,327. Nix was a 23-year veteran, with an annual salary of $95,589. Roth, who began working for the city in 2006, was pulling down $107,109 a year. Last year, Asheville spent $71.5 million — 52.5 percent of its annual budget — on salaries and benefits, and in a recent budget meeting, staff touted the pay scale and benefits as a major asset in attracting quality employees. In contrast to his earlier, more laconic approach, Jackson released a lengthy statement upon the arrest. Declining to name either Roth or Nix, he simply said, “The human resources director and



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by Lorin Mallorie Editor’s note: Shortly before Christmas, UNCA senior Lorin Mallorie traveled to Haiti at the invitation of UNCA alumna Amber Munger, who gave a lecture on her work there last fall (see “Gratitude, Hugs and Tears,” March 3 Xpress). Wanting to dig deeper, Mallorie returned to Haiti last month, using the contacts she’d made during her initial visit to guide her pursuit of “the real story of postquake Haiti.” Here is her first-person account of what she found there. This city is a graveyard. The buildings stand skewed, as if they could topple at any moment. Many are completely flattened, become tombs for those buried underneath. There are tents everywhere: in yards, on roofs, blocking the streets. But the people with tents are the lucky ones. Crowded into the encampments that have sprung up all over the city, thousands of victims struggle to survive. With nowhere to bathe or cook and no toilets, garbage pickup or psychological care, their schools and jobs demolished, the despair, the sickness and the stench increase daily. This is a recipe for an epidemic. Allowing people to live this way is simply unfathomable. It’s late, nearly midnight, and though I’ve seen tent communities by daylight, I understand that in the darkness this will be a different place entirely. But I’m with my partner and guide, Sanon Bernard (aka Jagat Bandhu), and I have the utmost faith in his judgment. “Where we are going, it’s not pretty,” his friend Denis Maritza warns me as we head for the refugee camp in Champ de Mars, once a park near the collapsed presidential palace downtown. It’s gigantic, looming. They’re not tents, they’re structures, thousands of them: cardboard boxes, tarps, aluminum siding, old food bags all strung together. Many people have nothing and simply sleep on the ground. Outside the park’s gates, Port-au-Prince culture lives on, with food vendors and motorcycle-taxi drivers still hoping to make a living. But it’s dark, desperate, like a homeless carnival full of amputees and sick with dejection and post-traumatic stress. There are three things nearly everyone in this city seems to need: water, a tent and a job. Sleeping at Denis’, I am haunted by nightmares, the faces of victims, of children. But those who lost their homes, their jobs and their families, who lived through the quake and now live in the aftermath’s squalor — I cannot imagine how they sleep at night. Port-au-Prince was already overpopulated, a city of slums created by the lack of opportunity in the surrounding provinces. It was always a mecca for displaced people who were living away from their families due to school or work. But now, an estimated 1 million Haitians have fled the destroyed capital, seeking refuge with their families. Port-au-Prince is not Haiti, and it should have

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Lost history and orphans: The Iron Market (top photo), a famous monument in Haiti, collapsed in the earthquake. The country and aid organizations are also struggling to care for the tragedy’s many orphans, like the two pictured here with author and UNCA student Lorin Mallorie. photos by Justin Needham • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 15

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Here’s a list of upcoming events and ongoing local efforts aimed at helping Haiti: • The Phil Mechanic Haiti bus The organization GrassRoots United is seeking to fill a bus parked behind the Phil Mechanic Building with tools and supplies needed for reconstruction, specifically such items as marine batteries, welding rigs, tarps, domes, tents, water bottles and surveying equipment. The bus will leave Asheville Thursday, April 15, and drive to Florida to be shipped out. For more information, contact or call 775-303-7290. • Tents for Haiti Asheville nurse Jessica Hardy is collecting tents and tarps for Haitians. They can be dropped off at various locations in and around Asheville, including: Navitat Canopy Adventures, USA Raft, Nantahala Outdoor Center, REI, Diamond Brand, Black Dome, Terra Nostra, Parlour Garments and Gear, Rosetta’s Kitchen, Craggie Brewing, Highland Brewing, Eagles Nest Outfitters, Astral Buoyancy, Second Gear and A-B Tech. For more information, contact • Rotarians Against Hunger Eight local Rotarian clubs are seeking volunteers to package 100,000 meals for families in Haiti Saturday, April 24, at 19 Town Square Boulevard in Biltmore Park. For more information, go to • Five-band Haiti benefit On Saturday, May 15 from 5 to 11 p.m., local bands Mindshapefist, Audible Rain, Back Pages, Appalachian Heroes and Rewind Blue will play a Haiti/Chile earthquake benefit at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will support the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in these two countries. — David Forbes

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been evacuated months ago. Haiti is a country, not a capital, and anybody who could get out of this city has already left.

Empowerment in Commune Anse Rouge

They call it “the Far West” — a community of 30,000 people living in an undeveloped desert region seven hours north of Port-au-Prince that even many Haitians don’t know exists. In Commune Anse Rouge, some families who were already struggling to support themselves now house 10, even 25 refugees from the earthquake’s epicenter. But despite the influx of victims, no disaster funds are being distributed here. It is May 8, National Women’s Day, and AEPA (an all-Haitian organization) has organized its second annual fête and solidarity march, celebrating the strength of the Haitian woman. AEPA members are professionally trained, but they work as volunteers, using songs, proverbs and stories to teach rural villagers about community organizing. The daylong event hosts about 300 women from across the region. For two years, these women have been organizing, creating community gardens and investment pools, with help from AEPA leadership. Alive with song and dance, and ending in a march through town, the event is an absolute success. “We realized our dream, and for that we are happy,” says Obencian Louis (aka Raja Deva) at day’s end. And clearly, this is not just about empowering the women of Commune Anse Rouge, tired and hungry but refusing to be forgotten. This is about empowering a whole community — and the allHaitian organization that works, unpaid, to help them learn to help themselves.

Breakdown in St. Marc

When I first saw the car, I knew we were in trouble. Heading back to the city, it falls apart, piece by piece, at every pothole, every turn. First the back bumper, then a hubcap, a flat tire — and when the electric goes and we’re holding a pocket flashlight out the window to light the way, trucks blaring past us in the dark, I can only think, “If my mother knew what I was doing right now...” By the time we arrive in Saint Marc, I am steer-

ing, my four AEPA comrades pushing the metal heap all the way to town. Like the public-transit trucks one sees overturned by the side of the road, it shows how systematic poverty can lead to accidents that could easily be prevented, given a little money for repairs. In America, I say (thinking back on a road trip or two), we’d be fighting among ourselves by now. This statement is met with utter shock and disbelief. In Haiti, Raja Deva explains, we find solidarity in our hardships. And now that we’ve shared this experience, we’re all closer than ever. “You see, all of our troubles are fun troubles,” he says, grinning. “So when we have trouble, it’s not really trouble.” And when every day is a struggle, how could you live any other way? So they took me to dance the kompa at a little disco on the main road. We shared a few laughs over beers, ate egg sandwiches and sang (of course). That night we stayed at their friend’s home, who insisted on giving me their room and bed, while they and the boys slept on the ground. And I understood how a country without industry or infrastructure or economic opportunity can, and will, prevail in the hardest of times. In Haiti, relationships trump all, and with the help of family, communities and friends, this country can survive anything.

The Mountains of Kenscoff

In the days after the quake, they came walking up the mountain in droves, carrying what possessions they’d been able to salvage on their heads. An exodus of refugees leaving the crumbled capital behind, seeking asylum the cool mountains of Kenscoff. The United Nations came through days earlier, giving tickets to the women registered for aid. Now the trucks have arrived, and it’s clear that most of the hundreds surrounding the gated food distribution don’t understand the process. Nor do I. Everybody’s hungry, but only some get to eat. The U.N. workers, dressed in riot gear and wielding batons, make a strange contrast to the old peasant women in ragged clothes rubbing their bellies. “Grangou,” they say, touching my hands, pleading: “Hungry.” Through the fence, I speak with a man named

Robenson Cesar. He had been taking English classes, but now his school is closed. Food would be nice, sure, he says, but what he really needs is a job. I leave with a list of translators and security guards, all hoping for part-time work, any work, I might help them find. It’s undeniable. Everyone in Haiti needs a job, or at least better pay. I’m staying with Jane Wynne, whose organic farm stands as a model for agricultural development in Haiti’s deforested mountains. The air is cool, the trees are plentiful. There’s a calm, peaceful feeling here, high above the suffering city. Jagat calls it “the natural,” the earth’s fertile presence, a rising current you can feel in the mountain air. In the gardens of bamboo, there is music and dancing and love. James Vergenau (aka Rebel) of the Haitian reggae band Yizra’el tells me how it was long ago, when they even taught children how to plant trees in school. “This is an agricultural country,” he explains, echoing the grandfathers. And if development goes against “the natural,” it is destined to fail. “It’s true,” he says. “I want my hands in the dirt!” On Saturday evening we stage a “live” concert via satellite call to White Horse Black Mountain, which is hosting a Haiti benefit. Rebel, on guitar, sings an original tune called “Mother Nature”; Jagat accompanies him on the hand drums. The smaller venues here are still closed for reconstruction, and it’s Rebel’s first performance since the quake two months ago. They tell me the White Horse audience was in tears. But what stays with me from that night in Kenscoff is the look in Rebel’s eyes, alive and inspired to once again be playing the music he loves — this time for a little town in far off America.

Homeward bound

As the plane takes off, I’m thinking of Asheville. Haitians have built a culture based on relationships, where value isn’t always something you can hold in your hands, and a little dignity goes a long way. Communities support one another, family ties hold strong, and empowerment comes from within. They’re not so different from us after all. And here in Asheville, we can understand the Haitians’ plight. As the international community pledges more than $45 billion for redevelopment, there is too little talk of local agriculture, decentralization or paying a living wage in the new industries they’ll build. Can we ask others to live in ways we ourselves would not? Because I’ve yet to meet a Haitian who wants to spend their life working in a newly built Port-au-Prince factory earning $2 a day. So if you want to know what to do for Haiti, please don’t ask me. And don’t ask Bill Clinton, the national media or the United Nations. Ask a Haitian. Because they’re perfectly able to speak for themselves — if anyone’s willing to listen. X Asheville resident Lorin Mallorie is working on a documentary and a novel on sustainable investment in Haiti’s rural provinces. Her blog is at http:// • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 17


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APD officer sues city, supervisor, charges sexual discrimination [Editor’s note: This story contains detailed allegations couched in sexually explicit language.] Alleging that city officials ignored and retaliated against her complaints of repeated sexual discrimination, Officer Cherie Byrd of the Asheville Police Department is suing the city and her supervisor in federal court. In the suit, filed March 26, Byrd alleges, among other things, that her superiors in the Police Department repeatedly refused to take action when she reported that her supervisor in the Drug Suppression Unit, Sgt. Eric Lauffer, sent her sexually explicit text messages and phone calls beginning in the summer of 2008 and continuing into 2009. “Over this time, the texts in particular become more sexually explicit,” the suit alleges. “One text featured a cartoon character humping the floor with the caption ‘I’d hit it like this.’ Lauffer added the following text to the message: ‘You have just been phone fucked! P.S. you can not fuck me back no matter how bad you may wanna.’ Other texts contained messages such as ‘I must licky you’ and ‘I am just a man. Never satisfied always wanting more.’ He also texted her a picture of the back side of a naked man and implied in another

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message she was a ho,” the suit reads. Lauffer’s texts, according to the suit, weren’t limited to the sexually offensive, but also included remarks “derogative of the African-American race and highly offensive to Ms. Byrd. For example, in November 2008, he said that ‘the election is making me sick’ because he had the ‘Obama flu’ and that ‘due to recent events: grape soda, red kool-aid, fried chicken, malt liquor, menthol cigarettes and gold teeth will be tax exempt.’” Lauffer was named one of the APD’s officers of the year in 2008. The suit alleges that when Byrd brought Lauffer’s behavior to the attention of her superiors, including police Chief Bill Hogan, she received no response. In March 2009, she provided copies of the texts to the department’s Internal Affairs Division and was told by Hogan months later “that corrective action was taken. Chief Hogan did not explain what corrective action had been taken. He told Ms. Byrd he could provide no further details of the investigation.” Eventually, Byrd maintains in the suit, she was told that she would have to remain under Lauffer’s supervision to stay in the Drug Suppression Unit. When she continued with her complaints, she alleges her newer patrol car was reassigned to a junior male officer. In November of last year, she says she met with Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson, then-Human Resources Director Lisa Roth and City Attorney Bob Oast, and they told her that the matter would be investigated. Byrd was placed on administrative leave at that time. “Ms. Byrd has never received notice that the investigation has been completed or the result of such an investigation,” the suit reads. “The city and the APD did not follow their own policy regarding the procedure for responding to complaints of sexual harassment.” Even before Lauffer’s behavior, the suit alleges, the APD had treated Byrd and three other female officers in discriminatory fashion. When they were shot at in the line of duty in

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2007 and ’08, the suit maintains, senior officers doubted their stories and neglected to provide any mental health support. According to the suit, Byrd now has post-traumatic stress disorder due to the shootings and cannot continue in her job. Last December, Byrd took her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which informed her that she had the right to sue under federal law. She’s seeking compensation for “severe emotional pain and suffering,” lost time due to sexual harassment, and compensation for “her inability to continue employment with the APD.” For now, the city is keeping silent concerning the lawsuit. “At this time, all I am able to tell you is the response will be forthcoming within the 60 days allowed [by law],” city spokesperson Dawa Hitch wrote in an e-mail to Xpress. — David Forbes

Economic summit highlights new opportunities Kirkpatrick Sale on the secession of “Katuah” The green economy, the power of manufacturing and the economic value of an educated work force cropped up repeatedly during AdvantageWest’s economic summit, Pathways to a New Economy, held March 29 in the Diana Wortham Theatre. “We had people from all over,” says President and CEO Scott Hamilton: business owners, elected officials, community leaders and other interested folks. AdvantageWest, a public/private economicdevelopment partnership, serves 23 western counties. After networking over drinks and dinner in the lobby, attendees moved to the theater, where Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy gave a brief welcoming address and five economic bigwigs held a panel discussion. “We face economic challenges the rest of the state doesn’t,” Sen. Richard Burr asserted in a prerecorded video address, noting that much of the region lacks critical infrastructure. North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco acknowledged that in the current economic climate, he probably couldn’t have gotten the U.S. Small Business Administration loan that helped him start his own small business. He also emphasized the importance of green jobs, citing botanical products unique to the area and niche manufacturing as ways to grow the local economy. State Sen. Martin Nesbitt, too, talked about exporting botanical products. He also mentioned

the North Carolina Center for Health and Aging, which he said could become a local “center of excellence” in what he called “the future of medicine.” Other potential exports include eco-friendly products, noted Nesbitt. “We’ve got to produce stuff,” he declared. “That’s the kind of world we’re gonna be in.” And protecting failing industries rather than embracing change could result in a “downfall of America,” he maintained. “We’ve got to be aggressive; we’ve got to move to these new industries.” Raleigh attorney Martin Lancaster stressed the importance of maintaining a well-prepared work force. “The key to N.C.’s future is education,” he continued. “The key to education is we don’t coddle our students; we expect achievement.” Lancaster also cited industries such as heating and cooling systems “that need to be completely re-engineered” for sustainability, giving the region a chance to be at the cutting edge of change. Nelson Schwab III, a managing partner of Carousel Capital in Charlotte, discussed the current shortage of working capital. “You gotta find it,” he said. “You’ve got to bitch and complain,” suggesting small private investors as a potential source of short-term working capital in the current economic climate. — Jennifer Saylor

election’10 April 8: Fundraiser for N.C. House candidate Patsy Keever at the YMI Cultural Center, 39. S. Market St., Asheville, with music by YMI artist-inresidence Dwight Williams, 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 9: Fundraising barbecue for Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Taylor Ranch (1005 Cane Creek Road, Fletcher). Individuals, $25; couples, $40; families, $50. April 15: Early voting in the 2010 primary election begins. April 17: Buncombe County Democratic Party annual convention, Buncombe County Courthouse, beginning at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. April 19: Democrats on the Move forum with Democratic candidates for N.C. House District

115 Bruce Goforth and Patsy Keever, at the Black Mountain Public Library, from 7 to 8 p.m. April 21: League of Women Voters meet and greet and primary-candidate forum, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Includes candidates for N.C. Senate District 49, N.C. House District 115, Superior Court Judge District 28, Buncombe County Sheriff and U.S. House District 11. April 21: Mountain Xpress publishes its primaryelection voter guide. May 1: Last day of early voting. May 4: Primary Election Day. Please send your local campaign-related event info to — Xpress staff

Secession activist Kirkpatrick Sale will speak on “bioregional liberty and the proper care of the land” at Firestorm Café in downtown Asheville and at UNCA on Friday, April 9. The talk at Firestorm — billed as “Secession is in the Air” — begins at 5 p.m. Sale will continue the conversation at UNCA as part of student-sponsored Greenfest activities, speaking on “Bioregionalism: Your Home As Your Country,” at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Hall at the Highsmith University Union. Sale, a political activist, scholar and prolific writer, argues that the only way to restore democracy to “the American empire” is to divide it into small, autonomous countries practicing direct democracy. According to Sale, “Most talk so far has been around existing states, but there is no reason secession couldn’t be successful along bio-regional lines. People in the Northwest are talking about Cascadia — which would extend from British Columbia down through Oregon.” Sale notes that a bioregional council named Katuah operated in Western North Carolina for about 10 years in the 1980s and 1990s, and the name may be appropriate for a hypothetical country. The Katuah bioregion includes mountain areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and northern Georgia. The secessionist movement was officially launched in 2004 in Middlebury, Vt., with a declaration that called for “true popular participation and genuine democracy.” The newly established Middlebury Institute dedicated itself to the study of self-determination and “devolutionary trends and developments, on both national and international scales.” Vermont has one of the

most active secessionist movements, and according to Sale, the lieutenant governor and seven state senators have raised the possibility of a secessionist convention in 2015. The Middlebury Institute recently moved to Mount Pleasant, S.C. Secessionists can be found across the political spectrum, from left to right, and in all areas of the country. What they have in common is an anti-authoritarian viewpoint. The whole point of secession is to “live under a government that fulfills your interests and aims,” says Sale. Such a hypothetical country would announce its intention to leave and establish a “separate and legitimate moral authority” that the U.S. government currently lacks, according to Sale. In time, he argues, secession would gain the support of many Americans, as well as nations around the world. Sale is also quick to point out that the United States in recent history supported the secession of Kosovo. Sale believes that the Constitution does not preclude secession and that there is American precedent for it, even before the Southern secession which resulted in the Civil War. Nonetheless, it has a way to go as a viable political strategy, he admits, but he believes that the first steps are occurring now, in which “ideas percolate” and various groups agitate or advocate around the idea and even get it on the political agenda, as people have done in Vermont. A 2015 secession convention seems “a little hasty,” says Sale, but “as the American Empire disintegrates, more and more people will come over to talk about secession.” — Maryellen Lo Bosco

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Coinciding with the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Yom HaShoah —Holocaust Remembrance Day — reminds us of both the atrocities of World War II and the amazing strength and endurance of the human spirit. This year, Asheville’s Congregation Beth HaTephila will host a special presentation featuring guest speaker Michael Good, the son of a survivor and author of the book The Search for Major Plagge: the Nazi Who Saved Jews. Instead of focusing the discussion on the acts of genocide that swept through Europe, the event will highlight how one man’s compassion helped save hundreds of Jewish lives. Good became fascinated with Holocaust history while traveling to Vilnius, Lithuania, the site of a ghetto and labor camp established by the Nazis. While there, he heard about Major Plagge, a German officer whose efforts saved more than 250 Jews. The story of the mysterious Nazi major intrigued Good, inspiring a several-year search to learn all he could about Plagge’s life and history. At the Yom HaShoah event, Good will share stories about his quest for Plagge, which led him through Europe and ultimately to Darmstadt, Germany. “Where were the good Germans?” asks Lotte Meyerson, who’s helped coordinate the commemorative event. “[Good’s] story helps to answer [the] question that I’ve thought about for years. Any evidence of [German] decency is important to know about, and it’s a gripping story.” Working with UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education, Meyerson often visits sixth-grade classrooms in Buncombe County to talk about the Holocaust, telling how her family fled Germany in 1937, when she was 14. “The Holocaust,” Meyerson tells stu-

dents, “was the worst disaster humans have inflicted on each other in history, but it is not the only one. We see these disasters today in Rwanda and in Darfur, and it is important for us to recognize and side against wrongdoing. We need to know this history so that it won’t happen again.” Yom HaShoah service will be held Sunday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 North Liberty St. in Asheville. All are welcome. Info: 253-4911. — Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt


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Internationally acclaimed poet, speaker and naturalist David Whyte will be in Asheville Saturday, May 8, for a morning lecture and afternoon workshop designed to help local businesses navigate the current economic climate. A favorite of Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits alike, Whyte is noted for his insight, wisdom and humor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter what your line of business or service, David offers a new way of looking at how we as individuals do the work we do,â&#x20AC;? says Laura Hope-Gill of Asheville Wordfest, which is sponsoring the event along with the Mountain Area Information Network, the WriteMind Institute for Corporate Contemplation and the Asheville Citizen-Times. The cost is $50 for the morning lecture, $125 for the afternoon workshop, or $150 for the whole day. For details or to register, e-mail Hope-Gill at

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Small Business Center announces Jump Start Day

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Rural Entrepreneurship Through Action Learning, a joint program of McDowell Techâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Small Business Center and the Marion Business Association, recently graduated 20 participants: Dee Boyce, Alyson Morgan, Devon Wyatt, Denise Gaddy, Geneva Hollifield, Lisa Hicks, Randy Hollifield, Phyllis Lowe, Bobbie Holley, Jonathan Sowers, Ean Beatty, David Boyce, David Fender, David Troutman, Kyle Bailey, Jake Truesdale, Glenn Bradley, Robbie Young, Rob Watson and Helen Harris. To learn more about the program, contact the Small Business Center at 652-0633 or go to The classes are free.

Gov. Perdue to visit Asheville

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again by the Democratic Party, because of our Christian values, our family values. So I stand by it, but I think whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important is that we all believe in God, be it Jewish, Muslim, whatever.

Chad Nesbitt is no stranger to bare-knuckle political sparring. The Carolina Stompers, the conservative activist group he founded in 2007, has perfected the art of brash campaigning for candidates and causes. Now, however, Nesbitt has ceded his position as lead Stomper to his friend Harry Maroni. On March 28, the Buncombe County Republican Party elected Nesbitt its chair after a speech in which he laid out an ambitious plan to raise major campaign dollars and attract new party members via a team of seven outreach committees focused on matters ranging from education to the military to religion. This year, the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candidates will be challenging such relatively entrenched Democrats as U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler and state Sen. Martin Nesbitt (Chadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stepfather). Nonetheless, the Stomper-turned-party-chair forecasts a string of local GOP victories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any race that is lost, I will consider my fault,â&#x20AC;? he declares, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every race will be won.â&#x20AC;? Xpress met with Nesbitt recently to talk about these and other matters. Here are excerpts from our conversation.

OK, how about an atheist Republican? Would they be welcome? Sure. A gay Republican? Sure, absolutely. â&#x20AC;Ś A big misconception about me is that I have it out for gays, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not true. I think whatever two people do in the privacy of their own bedroom is their own business, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always thought that. What really pisses me off is if you see someone bully someone because they may be effeminate or they may be too butch. The Carolina Stompers would support anybody who is being bullied. But we feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being bullied: when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pushing your sexual lifestyle on people, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a problem with. Do you think the Stompers will stay active without you at the helm? Absolutely; Harry will do a good job. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a quick wit, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good at finding good stories out there that support our cause.

Mountain Xpress: How long have you thought about being involved in leading the party at the county level? Chad Nesbitt: Well, I was asked to run by members of the Executive Committee. â&#x20AC;Ś Also, a lot of people from the Tea Party asked me to run, so I did. When you made your speech before the vote at the convention, you said the Executive Committee had sought you out because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a â&#x20AC;&#x153;street-fighting promoter.â&#x20AC;? What does that mean to you? Someone who, instead of just talking about it, actually does something about it. You also said youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to bring some marketing and strategic skills to the table. What are some of the initiatives youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning? One of the biggest things I want to do is reach out to everybody: Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been done in a long time in the B.C. GOP. And you announced at the convention that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning a fundraising telethon for the party. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be the biggest fundraiser Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done a lot. It will be on Charter Cable 10, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll run reruns of it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some big-name celebrities lined up; I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell you who they are right now, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re huge political figures. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show segments of what we feel is socialistic terrorism from the Democratic Party and our solutions to it.

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Chad Nesbitt photo by Jonathan Welch

Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have average people there too, asking them what they think, and our candidates and our volunteers. My goal is to make us $250,000 to $300,000 for the Buncombe County GOP. This year brings some interesting local contests. Your stepfather, state Sen. Martin Nesbitt, is seeking re-election, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be actively pitted against him. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that like for you? Martin and I have been pitted against each other for years, and a lot of that is on a personal basis. Frankly, if he loses the election it will be a good thing, because the North Carolina Democratic Party is so corrupt, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably keep him out of jail. â&#x20AC;Ś So we might do him a favor when he loses the election. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stressing the importance of the party reaching out to all kinds of people, but I noticed that you said your Faith Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;sole purpose is to preserve Christian values and American traditions.â&#x20AC;? How far does that go? Are Jewish members welcome in the Buncombe GOP, or Muslim members, etc.? We, as Republicans, most of us do have Christian values, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attacked so many times, over and over

Some of your progressive critics have said that your ascension to the party chairmanship is a boon for them. One wrote on the Xpress Web site: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is truly great news for Democrats and third-party candidates. â&#x20AC;Ś Democrats should be dancing in the streets over this news.â&#x20AC;? What do you say to that? It tells me that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running scared. You know me: I like to stir it up with these guys and poke fun at the liberals, but I laugh at it. Some say you take the political brawling too far. When progressive activist Cecil Bothwell was elected to Asheville City Council, you wrote online, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dear God, may Mister Bothwell please receive syphilis.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken out of context: It was a parody ... that I did as a comedy stunt. For the record, then, do you hope Bothwell will contract syphilis? No, I do not. I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wish that on anybody [laughs]. And what do you say to critics who say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re too militant? Look out: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming. ... Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to change the face of Buncombe County politics with this administration. X Jon Elliston can be reached at jelliston@ or at 251-1333, ext. 127. • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 23


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Walk with a naturalist

The North Carolina Arboretum will offer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk with a Naturalistâ&#x20AC;? programs each Tuesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. beginning Saturday, April 1, and continuing through early summer. Interpretive guides will lead small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. Depending on the season, topics of discussion include wildflower and plant identification, natural history, tree lore and the cultural and land-use history of the Arboretum campus. Guides may include such areas as the National Native Azalea Collection and Bent Creek. Handouts after class will include such information as identification keys for plants and lists of common wildflowers. Program participants should dress for the weather, as programs are held rain or shine. Individuals should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, as well as plant- and animal-identification guides as desired. Programs can last between one and two hours, depending upon the interest of the group, and are approximately one-to-two miles in length. The tour size is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is strongly suggested. Space may be available on a drop-in basis on the day of the program, and any openings are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program fee is $3 per adult and $2 per child ages 8 to 17. Due to length and content, this program is not recommended for children under 8. To register, visit and click on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plana-Visitâ&#x20AC;? tab. Look for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk with a Naturalistâ&#x20AC;? link on the left side of the page. You can also check this link to see if space is available on a particular day. Usual parking fees apply for visiting the Arboretum The Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at milepost 393. From I-26, take exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Arboretum grounds are open seven days a week.

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is set to host its first annual Run for the Hills Fun Run at Fletcher Community Park on Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. The race will debut a new 1,500-foot section of the Fletcher Greenway, and all proceeds will go to CMLC. This event is designed to raise community awareness about local conservation and the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cane Creek Greenway. Participants are encouraged to register early, and will receive a special early bird rate of $30 if they register before April 15. All pre-registered participants get a free Run for the Hills T-shirt and a chance to win prizes. The 5K race will be followed by the Finish-line Festival, featuring various vendors and educational activities. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners, and the first-place male and female for each age group. Additional prizes will also be raffled off to race participants at the Finish-line Festival. CMLC has worked with the town of Fletcher and other partners since 2004 to create and expand the Fletcher Greenway system and improve water quality along Cane and Hooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creeks. The comprehensive greenway system plan was developed by the town of Fletcher. The trail system will eventually connect the proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heart of Fletcherâ&#x20AC;? Town Center and Community Park to the Fletcher Elementary School and major residential developments, employers and proposed regional trails within the town. More information about Run for the Hills can be found at


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Nature walk: Guided walks at the N.C. Arboretum offer a chance to view and learn about such forest sights as this cinnamon fern. photo courtesy of the N.C. Arboretum

An otter by any other name ...

Ever wanted to name an otter? Nowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance. The city of Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western North Carolina Nature Center is celebrating the arrival of a new male North American river otter. Here is how it will work: Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve submitted your suggested name along with your contact information, the Nature Center will choose the top five names on April 30. The Nature Center will then post these five names for everyone to vote on their favorite, and the most popular name will be given to the new otter. The person who suggests the winning name will receive an otteradoption package courtesy of the Friends of the Nature Center and will be invited to attend a special naming event in June. If more than one person suggests the winning name, a drawing will be held to choose one winner for the otter-adoption package and namingevent invitation. For more information, visit To enter the naming contest, go to X Send your outdoors news to or call 251-1333, ext. 152.

outdoorscalendar Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 11th Annual Assault on the Carolinas Cycling Event • SA (4/10), 9am-3pm - 100k, 60k and 40k bike ride. The 100k goes through the N.C./S.C. mountains and features a challenging 6.1-mile climb up Ceasar’s Head, fast descents and breathtaking scenery. Rest stops, traffic support and lunch afterwards. $30/$40 late. Info: Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: or 253-8781. • Register now for Fit Families. Age-appropriate exercise for kids and their caregivers. Parents and older kids (11+) can join up with ATC’s Beginning Runners, Walkers, or create their own group. Kids ages 4-10 will play fitness games. Meets every Tues. and Thurs. starting May 4 at Carrier Park. Info & registration: • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: or 313-9313. • TUESDAYS, 1-2pm - Hiking groups for adults. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club Encourages safe and responsible recreational bicycling in the WNC area. To find out more about the club and its ongoing advocacy efforts, or to see a complete club calendar, visit • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Route, meeting place and starting time vary. No one will be left behind. E-mail: • SATURDAYS - Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride. Departs in the a.m. from Ledges Park, located 6.5 miles off UNCA exit on I-26. Ride north along the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee, then return via Ivy Hill. E-mail: • SUNDAYS - Folk Art Center Road Ride. Departs in the p.m. from the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a show-n-go ride, meaning there may not be a ride leader. Info: 713-8504 or Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (4/7), 9am - Devil Fork Gap to Rocky Fork Road. Info: 654-9904 or • SA (4/10), 8:30am - Lost Cove in Tennessee. Info: 6581489 or —- 10am - East Fork Pigeon River. Info: 738-3395 or

• SU (4/11), 8am - N.C. 80 over Woods Mtn. to Woodland Park. Info: 754-4067 or —12:30pm - Jones Gap S.P. to Rainbow Falls. Info: 687-2547 or • WE (4/14), 8am - Mackey Creek Trail. Info: 299-3495 or Fly Tying Class Held at Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman. Info: 877-3106 or • SA (4/10), 2pm - “Proven Trout Takers,” with Brandon Galloway. Half Marathon at DuPont State Forest • SA (4/10), 9am - Half marathon, sponsored by Fletcher Parks & Recreation Department. Info: 687-0751. Land of Sky Trout Unlimited To conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds on a local and national level by fostering a passion for fishing, community service, fellowship and education. Everyone is welcome. Membership not required. Info: 274-3471 or • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Meeting at Flat Rock Grill on Hendersonville Road. Pisgah Area SORBA Mountain Bike Club Chapter of the Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving technical off-road biking recreational opportunities through advocacy for quality trail systems. For info on mountain biking in WNC, visit Group rides, trail info and workdays, events and more. • MO (4/12), 7pm - Public meeting. Check Web site for location. • WE (4/14) - 3rd annual Save the Trails Challenge in DuPont State Forest. Spring Sprint 5K • SA (4/10), 9:30am - The 5K event will begin in front of WCU’s Hunter Library, and the course will take participants along sidewalks and streets through the WCU campus. $12 students/$15 nonstudents. $20. Info: rudolph.brett@gmail. com or (270) 556-8433. UNCA Holds First Wilma Sherrill Wellness Walk • SA (4/10), 10am - The Wilma Sherrill Wellness Walk will be held on the UNCA campus. Events include a 1.5 mile walk, free health screenings and special Kids Zone activities. $25. Info: 251-6459.


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Gardening news roundup by Margaret Williams Herbs are sprouting in peat cups on the windowsills. Tulips planted by a home’s previous owners are popping up in unexpected places in my yard. Country gardeners, I noted on a Sunday drive, have tilled their plots, and some have already planted early season greens. A West Asheville neighbor was raking out a flowerbed, and a weeping cherry in my front yard cascades with pink-white blooms. Spring has arrived, all the sweeter after the snowy cold winter that downed trees and gave us all a bad case of cabin fever. I’ve got my eye on two big late-spring events, and I’m rushing to get some growing space available for the bounty I’ll gather at them, from tomato starters to blueberry saplings: The 21st annual Asheville Herb Festival will be held the weekend of April 30 through May 2 at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. Here’s a word from event organizer Andy Reed: “The festival has increased the public’s knowledge and love of herbs and herbal products for two decades … offering by far the best selection of

Coming up tulips: Rumor has it that a Malvern Hills resident has planted 700 tulips; but here’s one surprise bloom from the author’s home flowerbed. photo by margaret williams

herb plants in the Southeast.” Visit to learn more, and visit the photo gallery at http://bit. ly/cvwBHr for images from previous festivals. Stay tuned for an Xpress update later this month. The Annual Spring Plant Sale & Raffle will be held Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1. Begun almost 40 years ago as the major fundraiser for the Asheville Botanical Gardens, this event kicks off the WNC gardening season. It will feature native plants propagated by the horticultural staff, as well as plants, shrubs and trees from more than a dozen regional nurseries and local garden clubs. Members of the Gardens will receive discounts on plants at the Gazebo and on items in the Garden Path Gift Shop. But all are invited to come out and enjoy the spring wildflowers, stock up on favorite plants and help the Gardens — all at the same time.

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Plant sales begin on Friday at 1 p.m. and continue on Saturday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Food and beverages will also be available on Saturday. Also, there’s a raffle for “attractive prizes” (we’re guessing, plants and things to do with plants). The drawing will be held on Saturday. (Winners need not be present; they will be notified the following Monday.) Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop a few weeks prior to the sale or during the sale. Cost of the tickets is $1 each or six for $5. Organizers promise the sale will be held rain or shine. Admission is free, and onsite parking is available site or nearby. The Botanical Gardens is located at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (near UNCA). For more information, call 252-5190.

Fifth Season Gardening opens new warehouse Fifth Season Gardening opened its West

gardeningcalendar Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 Sow True Seed (pd.) • Asheville, NC. Open-Pollinated, Heirloom and Organic Vegetable, Herb and Flower Seed. Free catalog. 828 254-0708 FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or www. • MO (4/12), 10am - Gardening seminar in the Great Room: “A History of Herbs.” Free. Hendersonville’s Tulip Extravaganza • Through FR (4/30) - Seventh annual Tulip Extravaganza: Thousands of tulips are expected to blossom throughout downtown Hendersonville. Info: 697-6393. Regional Tailgate Markets

Asheville Warehouse on April 1. Located at 21B Westside Drive, a few blocks from Louisiana Avenue, the Warehouse has been used for farm and wholesale orders since 2009 but is now open to the public for retail from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and by appointment. The warehouse specifically caters to customers looking to place bulk or larger orders for hydroponic supplies, organic-gardening and all-natural fertilizers, growing mixes, soil supplements, seeds, and pest-management and weed-control products. “We are pleased to be able to make it easier for our Asheville-area customers to purchase bulk supplies or larger hydroponics orders,” says Fifth Season Gardening owner Richard Quinn. “The

• For tailgate listings, visit and click on “Garden.” For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: 236-1282 or


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warehouse is less chaotic than our downtown store, and it will be easier to load larger orders and get our customers on their way.” Formerly Asheville Agricultural Systems, Fifth Season has been selling hydroponic and organicgardening supplies since 2000 at their store on 45 Banks Ave. in downtown Asheville. The new West Asheville store is the sixth Fifth Season location. The growing privately held family business also has stores in Carrboro, Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina, as well as Charlottesville,Va. Call the West Asheville Supply Warehouse at 225-5007 for details. X Send your garden news to or call 251-1333, ext. 152.


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your guide to community events, classes, concerts & galleries

Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops 2010 Griffin Awards for Historic Preservation • Through FR (4/16) - The Preservation Society of Asheville/Buncombe County is now accepting nominations for excellence in renovation of historic property, in-fill con-

structions in historic neighborhoods, research/publications or leadership. Nomination forms available at or call 254-2343. AARP Tax-Aide The Tax-Aide Program will offer free tax preparation for seniors and for low-and middle-income taxpayers through April 15. Electronic filing available. Call the individual location for details on what to bring. Info: www. Questions and requests for homebound individuals: 277-8288 or • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 1-5pm - Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St. Info: 350-2062. • THURSDAYS, Noon-5pm - Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St. Info: 250-6482. AmeriCorps Day • TH (4/15), 11am-2pm - Come speak with current AmeriCorps members serving in WNC and learn more about

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

what we do: projects spanning from working to better the environment to poverty mitigation. At Highsmith Union in Alumni Hall on the UNCA campus. Henderson County Courthouse Events Info: 694-5003. • WEDNESDAYS (4/7 through 7/28), 2pm - Free tours of the renovated historic courthouse are offered. Our VOICE Our VOICE will screen films and hold workshops in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Everybody’s Safety = Every Body’s Freedom.” Info: www. or 252-0562. • Through FR (4/30) - Our VOICE will be distributing free books on sexual violence and prevention. • TH (4/8), 10pm - Film screenings: Tough Guise: Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity and Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women. Held at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave. • FR (4/9) - Bar Outreach Project: Our VOICE advocates will visit Asheville bars to raise awareness about drug-facilitated sexual assault. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Info: 862-5554 or www. • FR (4/9), 7pm - “Solar Energy,” a presentation with information officer Lamar Owen and energy intern Leigha Dickens. A tour and observation session will follow. RSVP by 3pm. $20/$15 seniors/$10 children. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • WE (4/7), 5pm - “Of Gay Caballeros and Other Noble Heroes,” with Dr. David William Foster of Arizona State University in Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. • TH (4/8), 7pm - The 26th annual Economic Crystal Ball Seminar will be held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Free, but registration is required. Info: 251-6550. • FR (4/9), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Modernity and Modernism,” with Seamus McNerney and Dr. Peter Caulfield in Lipinsky Auditorium —- “Post Modern Culture/Contemporary Art,”

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with Dr. Brian Butler in the Humanities Lecture Hall. • SU (4/11), 2pm “Transformations in WNC Plant Life,” with Scott Pearson in the Highsmith University Union, room 104. • MO (4/12), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Judaism,” with Dr. Samuel Kaplan in Lipinsky Auditorium —- “Can We Know Them by the Songs They Sing?” with Dr. Melodie Galloway in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Social Media Jams • TH (4/8), 6:30-8:30pm - Looking for social media skills? Mountain Xpress is offering a workshop series for businesses, nonprofits and anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of Twitter and Facebook. Meet at Laurey’s Catering, 67 Biltmore Ave. $20. RSVP required: jsaylor@ Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 6699566 or • SA (4/10) through SU (10/31) - A Flood Runs Through It, an exhibition focusing on historic floods and storm tracks in the Swannanoa Watershed. $2. Yom Hashoa/Holocaust Commemoration • SU (4/11), 7pm - The Search for Major Plagge: The Nazi Who Saved Jews, with author Michael Good, who conducted the search, will be part of the Yom Hashoa/ Holocaust Commemoration at Congregation Beth HaTephila, 43 N. Liberty St., Asheville. See “The Buzz” section of this week’s Xpress for details.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Create Your Ideal Relationship! (pd.) For individuals and couples who want to improve one or more relationships in their lives. Classes held last Sunday each month, 7pm9pm. • Learn more! (828) 645-0999 or www.meetup. com/CreatingYourIdealRel ationship Alternative Currency • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Informal social gathering at Westville Pub for people who find an alt. paper currency intriguing, but have questions/concerns, and for

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Carolina University will hold its 31st annual International Festival on the lawn of wed Western A.K. Hinds University Center Wednesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, food from around the world and more. Info: 227-2557.

Celebrate the release of the 2010 WNC Green Building Directory with the WNC Green Building

thur Council Thursday, April 8, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. The

expo-like event will promote the eco-friendly community in WNC, showcasing area businesses listed in the directory. Info: 254-1995.


Author Sarah Addison Allen will read from her latest book, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Friday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at Accent on Books, 854 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Info: 2526255.


Watch N.C.'s finest women's ultimate teams compete in Asheville's first annual Women's One-Day Ultimate Frisbee Tournament Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Field (behind McCormick Stadium). Pool games will begin at 10 a.m., with finals at 5 p.m.


All are welcome to attend an American folk and bluegrass concert featuring Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm Sunday, April 11, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Songs from their new CD The Way of Manna will be performed. Info: or Traveling Bonfires presents a poetry reading featuring guest readers Vixi Jil Glenn, NuAnna

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WNC Military Officers Association of America Chapter • WE (4/21), 11:15am - The Black Mountain Satellite Chapter will meet at the Spearman Dining Hall, Christmount, 222 Fern Way in Black Mountain. Local news radio show host Matt Mittan will be the guest speaker. $10/person for the buffet lunch. RSVP by April 13: 505-1400. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-23. Each week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies are also welcome. Info: • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

Government & Politics Be A Local Leader • Through WE (4/7), 5pm - Application deadline for citizens interested in becoming a local leader by serving on the Asheville City Downtown Commission. Info: 259-5601 or mburleson@ashevillenc. gov. Buncombe County Republican Women A group dedicated to electing and supporting conservative Republicans. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - Meeting. Open to women (and men) who believe and support the core principals of the Republican Party. The group is dedicated to electing conservative officials and protecting the Constitution. Buncombe County Young Democrats • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Come join the Buncombe YD for, in priority order, good times, dinner and advancing the party. All ages welcome. Meets at Three Brothers Restaurant. Info: Early Voting • TH (4/15) through SA (5/1) - Early voting in the 2010 primary election. Info: http:// governing/depts/election.

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Fundraiser for Keever • TH (4/8), 7-8:30pm - Fundraiser for N.C. House candidate Patsy Keever at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. Music by YMI artist-in-residence Dwight Williams. A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Meet Conservative Republican Candidates • SA (4/10), 11am-2pm - Meet the conservative Republican candidates who could effect the fate of Haywood County come November elections at the Colonial Theater Annex in Canton. Informal discussion with candidates for federal, state, county and district offices. Free hot dogs. Info: 506-0939. Van Duncan BBQ Fundraiser • FR (4/9), 6:30-9pm - Fundraising BBQ for Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan at Taylor Ranch, 1005 Cane Creek Road, Fletcher. $25/$40 couples/$50 families.

Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning Info: • WEDNESDAYS, (4/7 through 4/28), 10am-1pm - A four-session class on “Exploring Comedy of Radio’s Golden Age.” Hoyt Griffith will walk down memory lane with radio comedians of the ‘30s and ‘40s. $25, plus one-time membership fee. • TUESDAYS, 1-3pm - A three-session class on “From Whence Came the Carolinas?” Would you believe the Carolinas were once in the Southern hemisphere? Join Jerry Eyer to learn about our region. $20, plus one-time membership fee. Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, ages 55 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (AprilOct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.March). Start times may vary with season.

Asheville Kennel Club Membership is open to everyone interested in purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. Info: 258-4833 or www.ashevillekennelclub. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Breed Handling Classes. Learn how to present your purebred dog in the Show Ring. Meets at the US Army Reserve Center on Louisiana Ave. Open to the public. Details and map on the Web site. ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. Meets four times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to stop the unnecessary killing of hundreds of healthy and adoptable animals at local shelters in Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania and Polk County. Info: 693-5172

or • Spay/neuter your pet. $20 cats/$30 dogs, includes free rabies vaccination. • TU (4/13) through TU (4/27) - Pet Food Drive. Drop off pet food donations at Hendersonville Elementary School, 1039 Randall Circle, between 8:30am and 2pm. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or • SU (4/11), 8am - Foothills Riding Club Cross Country Schooling. Spectators welcome. Free. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 246-9050. • WEDNESDAYS (4/7 & 14), 12:30-5pm - Pet Adoption Day at the Rescue Foundation. • SA (4/10), 10am-3pm - Pet Adoption Day at the Rescue Foundation.

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Business & Careers Green Business Alliance Meets at Mountain BizWorks, 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: naomi@ or 253-2834. • TU (4/13), 6-8pm - Green Brothers Solar will share information about the solar revolution and the impact installing solar hot water can make on your small business. Specific focus will be placed on the benefits of evacuated tube technology and state/federal tax credits offered. $5. WNC Insurance Professionals

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Volunteering Appalachian Trail Conservancy A volunteer-based, private nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail. Info: or 254-3708. • Volunteers are needed to join the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew (SWEAT) to rehabilitate the A.T. after a damaging winter. The team will work on projects from June 6 through August 18. Applications are available online. Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: www. or 313-9313. • THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30pm - Volunteering groups for teens.

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Graffiti Busters Removal Day • SA (4/10), 10am-2pm - Scrub our community clean of graffiti vandalism. Meet in West Asheville and break into teams to clean different sites. Groups will use Taginator and paint. Contact to volunteer, register a site, or have supplies to provide: Great Asheville-Buncombe Cleanup • TH (4/1) through FR (4/30) - Community-wide cleanup sponsored by Asheville GreenWorks, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. To sign up your company or community group, or to participate as an individual: 254-1776 or volunteers@ Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (4/8), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • SA (4/10), 1-4pm - Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries —- 9:30-11am - Kids Care: An age-appropriate learning component and a hands-on activity for ages 7-12, with adult supervision. • MO (4/12), 7-8:30pm - Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center. The center provides free lodging for families from out of town who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. OnTrack Needs Administrative Support • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling needs extra office administrative support. Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. The volunteer must be available during OnTrack’s regular business hours (8am-5:30pm). Info: 210-4956 or Peer Companionship Program Life o’ Mike Inc. offers training for volunteers at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. The Patient Pals program

pairs people who have experience with chronic illness/disability with people newly diagnosed or disabled. Family Friends offers help to family members and caregivers. Info: 243-6712 or • SA (4/10), 10am-2pm - Training for both peer companionship programs. Volunteers are asked to offer at least one hour of time each week. Free. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Hwy. 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: 877-4423 or www.ncwildlife. org. • Reliable and enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help with front desk duties, gardening projects and much more. Info: emilie.johnson@ Rotarians Against Hunger • SA (4/24) - Volunteer with eight local Rotary Clubs to package 100,000 meals for families in Haiti. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to work in two-hour shifts. Young people in 6th grade or higher are encouraged to participate. Held at 19 Town Square Blvd., in Biltmore Park. Info: www. RotariansAgainstHunger. com. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • Applications for the Vision Team 2010, where programs and facility growth will be discussed every three months, are now being accepted. Citizens of all ages are invited to apply. Dinner will be served at each meeting. Wild South Dedicated to stewarding our national forests, protecting wildlife, preserving cultural heritage sites and inspiring and empowering communities to enjoy, protect and restore the outdoors. Info: or • Volunteer with Wild South today. Help protect our forests and wildlife for tomorrow. If not now ... when? WNC AIDS Project Info: or 252-7489. • Through TH (4/29) Volunteer as an Ambassador and help collect donations at area restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life fundraising event. Info: 252-7489.

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Community Center. Info: 280-7287. • WEDNESDAYS, 1-2:30pm - Senior potluck, qigong and lecture. • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - “Eat, drink and be merry.” Vegetarian meal, lecture and alternative health treatment. By donation. • MONDAYS, 6-8pm - “Sell yourself in today’s marketplace.” Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (4/9), 8:30am-1pm - Pardee Health Educational Center., 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. Info: 692-4600. All donors are entered to win a cruise for two —- 9am-1:30pm - Jay Egolf Motors, 401 Duncan Hill Road. Info: 692-8777. All donors are entered to win a cruise for two. • TH (4/15), 9am-1:30pm - Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, 1455 Gilliam Road, Hendersonville. All donors are entered to win a cruise for two. Info: 685-8886. Living Healthy With a Chronic Condition To register: 251-7438. • FRIDAYS (4/9 through 5/14), 2-4:30pm - “Living Healthy” is a free, interactive workshop designed to help people manage pain, fatigue, depression, frustration. Improve and maintain health. At the Lakeview Center in Black Mountain. • WE (4/14), 2-4:30pm - “Living Healthy” workshop at Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center. 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. • WE (4/7), 7am-10pm Mission Hospital at Memorial campus, 509 Biltmore Ave. Info: 213-2222, ext. 2. • TH (4/8), 1:30-6pm - Hominy Valley Elementary School, 450 Enka Lake Road, Candler. Info: 6650619.

• SU (4/11), 8:30am-1pm - St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St. Info: 6454716. • MO (4/12), 2-6:30pm - Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 201 Mount Carmel Road. Info: 712-0217. • TH (4/15), 2-6:30pm - Francis Asbury UMC, 725 Asbury Road, Candler. Info: 665-3950. Spring Mountain Community Center Located at 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. • MONDAYS, 7pm; WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 8:30am - Yoga. Bring a mat and blanket or towel. Improve your breathing, flexibility and stamina. $5-$7 donation per session. Step/Weights Class Free ongoing aerobics class with step, weights, resistance bands and stretches. Offered by Asheville Parks & Recreation to promote Asheville’s cardiovascular health. At Stephens-Lee Center (from S. Charlotte, turn on Max St. and go up the hill). Info: 350-2058. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Step/Weights Class ending with mat work (stretches, yoga & pilates). All levels.

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship. Info: 545-9648. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. 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: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9pm - Newcomers meeting and discussion: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from

Ingles. Separate Newcomers’ Meeting meets also at 8pm. Info: 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 Al-Anon 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: 670-6277 (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. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • 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, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. ALS Group Resource and support group for people with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), their family and friends. Meetings are held at 68 Sweeten Creek Rd. Info: 252-1097. • 2nd SUNDAYS, 3-5pm Meeting, with refreshments. Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - Mutual aid in a world gone mad. Peer support, resources and discussion. At the YWCA, 185 South French Broad Ave. The Collective supports self-determination and choice for mental health and wellness. Everyone is welcome. Info:

Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Magnetic Minds meets at Mountain House, 225 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 318-9179. Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group Meets at the BrevardDavidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 Main St., Brevard. Free. Info: 862-4167 or 693-1604. • TU (4/13), 10am - Meeting, with time for socialization, light exercises led by a certified instructor and a speaker. C.L.O.S.E.R. Gay Support Group • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Community Liason of Support Education and Reform. Weekly support group for GLBT community. Weekly meetings with varying subject matter, visiting guest speakers and social activities. Meets at the Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church meeting room. Info: 776-0109. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon - Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Info: 299-0394. Cancer Support Group for Women • MONDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional support for women experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Info: 299-0394. DivorceCare • WEDNESDAYS (through 4/15), 6:15-7:30pm - A free seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Each week a nationally recognized expert on divorce and recovery topics is heard. Meets at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 201 Mount Carmel Road, Asheville. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 337-4685 or • 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. Grief Recovery Seminar/ Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth

Ave. W. Hendersonville. GriefShare is a special support group for people grieving the death of someone close. The video seminar features recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Info: 6943621 or • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 23:30pm - Meeting. National Alliance on Mental Illness - Western Carolina Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free Connection Recovery Support Groups. Info: 5057353. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 298. Overcomers Recovery Support Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, pornography, codependency, enabling. All are welcome. Info: Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (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: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 258-3229. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 33

of Asheville in Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Pl. Post-Polio Resource Group • 2nd SATURDAYS, 1-3pm - Meets at CarePartners Health Services, Seymour Auditorium, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Info: 254-5723. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. 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 voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville/.

• DAILY - Asheville meetings. SMART Recovery • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Self-Management and Recovery Training, a free, self-empowering, sciencebased mutual help group for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction, meets at Grace Episcopal Church on Merrimon Ave. Donations requested. Info: Support Groups Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or chargalvin@ • THURSDAYS, 10-11:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —- 1:30-3pm Caregivers Support Group. WNC Brain Tumor Support Welcomes family as well as the newly diagnosed and longer-term survivors. Info: 691-2559 or • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:158pm - Group meets at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave., at the edge of the Mission Hospitals campus. Workaholic Anonymous (WA) Meetings Feeling rushed? Can’t get it all done? WA slogan: “Slow is beautiful and powerful. I

move glacially.” Info: 2546484. Or try conference call meetings: Get times and numbers at php?page=_meetings. • TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Asheville WA meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St.

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Sports Groups & Activities ABRC Ladies Road Ride • MONDAYS, 6pm - Meet at Youngblood Bicycles, 233 Merrimon Ave. This is a ride for people with some experience who want to improve their group road-riding skills. Cue sheets are available at Youngblood. Info: 251-4686, or Asheville Aikikai Info: or 258-1330. • WEEKLY - Women and men (ages 14 and up) are invited for advanced and beginning practice. Beginners are welcome anytime. $5. At 939 Riverside Drive.

• TUESDAY & FRIDAYS, 5:30-6:15pm - Aikido class for children ages 8-14. $5.

Asheville Kendo Club Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese Way of the Sword, emphasizes correct etiquette and posture. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: ashevillekendo@gmail. com. • FRIDAYS, 6-9pm Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese “Way of the Sword,” develops a person’s mind, posture and spirit through the principles of Japanese fencing. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm-9:30pm - Classes held at CMA-USA, 412 Merrimon Ave. Asheville Masters Swimming Competitive, fitness and triathlon swimmers welcome. Info: www.ashevillemasters. com • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am Practice at Asheville School. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:45-7:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am Coached practices at Warren Wilson College. Asheville Ski and Outing Club

The year-round activity club organizes skiing, snowboarding, biking and hiking trips for its members. Membership is open to all ages and ability. Info: www.ashevilleskiclub. com. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Meets at the Country Club of Asheville. Asheville Women’s 1-Day Ultimate Frisbee Tournament • SA (4/10), 10am-6:30pm - Watch NC’s finest women’s ultimate teams compete in Asheville’s first annual Women’s 1-Day Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Pool games begin at 10am and finals begin at 5pm. At Memorial Field (behind McCormick Stadium). AUC Ultimate Frisbee Pickup • SUNDAYS, 2:30-4:30pm - Play ultimate frisbee with the Asheville Ultimate Community. Pickup is coed; all levels are welcome. Bring a dark and a light shirt, cleats and disc if you have them, and water. Info: Location: Memorial Field (behind McCormick Stadium) Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or

• TUESDAYS, 3pm Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Random draw for partners. Outdoor Climbing at the YMCA • SATURDAYS (through 5/29), Noon-2pm - Outdoor climbing class for ages 6 and up at the YMCA Youth Services Center, 201 Beaverdam Road. Two climbs: $5/$20 family. Info: 253-4706. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • SA (4/10), 1pm - UNCA Women’s Tennis vs. ETSU at the Crowne Plaza Tennis Center. • WE (4/14), 1pm - UNCA Baseball vs. USC Upstate at McCormick Field in downtown Asheville. $5. Tai Chi for Seniors (all welcome)

• WEDNESDAYS, Noon - A gentle class for beginners promoting balance, strength, flexibility and calm. Basic practices, no complex movements. Upstairs at the French Broad Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. $10. Info: 645-9579.

Kids New Waldorf Kindergarten (pd.) Enrolling children for this fall. Three-day program (MWF), 9am to 1pm. Call Susanne, 828-252-1924 for more details. A-B Tech’s Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp • Through TH (4/15) - Applications for YES! summer day camp, a weeklong program for rising high-school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in business ownership, will be accepted. The course is free and will be held July 19 through 23 at A-B Tech, Enka site. Info: 254-1921, ext. 5849 or www.abtech. edu/sbc/yescamp.asp. Annual Adult/Child Miniature Golf Tournament Entry fee is $15/team (for both adult and child). Info: 250-4269 or jay.nelson@

• SA (4/10), 1-3pm - The tournament will be held at Tropical Gardens Mini Golf, 956 Patton Ave. Kids ages 516 are eligible to be partnered with an adult. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, 1-2pm Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring hands-on activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 4-5pm - “My Mom Is Having a Baby.” Help your child prepare to be an older brother or sister with this class. Learn what to expect, how to hold the new baby, and make a special present to hang over the crib. Free with admission. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 4-5pm - Origami Folding



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Frenzy. From simple designs to complex creations, join us to learn about the Japanese art of paper-folding. Included with museum admission. Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: www. or 313-9313. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-4pm Video game group for youth. • THURSDAYS, 3-4pm Youth sports group. • FRIDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Cooking groups for youth and teens. • MONDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Music groups for youth and teens. • TUESDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Hiking groups for youth and teens. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 6690930 or • SA (4/10), 1-3pm - A selection of films from the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival will be screened. Info: Blue Ridge Parkway’s Annual Home School Day • WE (4/7), 9am-4pm - National Park Rangers will present educational programs on various topics at the Museum of North Carolina Minerals, milepost 331 on the Parkway. Home school students meet for 45-minute classes. Free. No reservations required. Call for a complete schedule: 765-2761. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/ performance info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - Children’s chorus rehearsal at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or • TUESDAYS, 10:30am - Story time for ages 3-5 —- 3:30pm - Story time for ages 5-7. Hands On! Gallery This children’s gallery is located at 318 North Main St. in Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Fri., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-

8333 or www.handsonwnc. org. • Through FR (4/30) - Make art out of recycled materials. What can you make out of paper towel rolls and egg cartons? A chance to generate discussion about different mediums of art, while also teaching about recycling. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 4525169 or www.haywoodlibrary. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. Read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. Home School Happenings • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-2:30pm - Experience educational programming The Health Adventure way with monthly Home School Happenings. Programs are available for various grade levels. $7/child. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ or www. • Through SU (5/9) - The Scoop on Poop, an interactive zoological exhibit based on the book by science writer Dr. Wayne Lynch, on display at the Baker Exhibit Center. $3 adults/$2 for children ages 5-18. • TU (4/13), 10-11am - Wee Naturalists: “Dragonflies, Tadpoles & Whirlygigs.” The lesson will include age-appropriate activities for ages 2-5, such as nature walks, garden exploration, stories, crafts and visits from our classroom animals. $6. • TU (4/13), 1-3:30pm - Eco Explorers: Nature-based learning for homeschoolers. Explore the streams, woodlands and gardens of the Arboretum. All programs emphasize hands-on and experiential education. Open to children ages 7-12. Children ages 5 and 6 may attend, but a parent or guardian must accompany them. $12. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or • SA (4/10), 1-3pm - Children’s Traditional Craft Fair. Craft demos for children by the Tar Heel Junior Historians Association. Visiting children are invited to get “hands-on” at the demos.

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$260. • Early registration by April 25, $235. • 50% Deposit. Hendersonville, NC. • Registration/information: Cathy Oaks: (828) 242-2536. • www. A Barbara Marciniak Channeling Event (pd.) April 9,10 (FridaySaturday). Barbara channels the Pleiadians who share their perspectives about our changing world. Bring your questions! • Lecture/channeling, Friday, 7pm-10:30pm, $35. • Workshop/channeling, Saturday, 10:30am-6pm, $95. • Cash or money order only. • Ramada River Ridge Hotel,

800 Fairview Road, Asheville. • For reservations/information: (828) 298-6300 or Air • Water • Metal • Earth • Fire! Begins April 10 (pd.) Teachings designed to give you a clear and indepth understanding of the 5 elements. Using altars to discover a set of practical steps to enrich your natural self. • $145/five sessions or $30/session. • Location: Earth Green Medicine Lodge. Registration/information: (828) 284-0975. Astro-Counseling

(pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. Pranic Healing Introductory Lecture (pd.) Pranic Healing is a highly advanced and tested system of energy-based healing techniques created for the world by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui (GMCKS). This no touch healing technology utilizes “Prana” or “life-force”to harmonize the

body’s chakras and energy processes and to heal physical and emotional imbalances. Lecture includes a video presentation, group energy exercises, Pranic Healing demonstration, and concludes with the Twin Hearts Meditation. Free and open to the public. Wednesday, April 14th, 7-8:30 p.m. at A Far Away Place, Asheville • Thursday, April 15th, 7-8:30 p.m. at Crystal Visions, Hendersonville. Info—386.736.6737 Reiki Circle • This Sunday • 2pm-4pm (pd.) April 11, 2pm-4pm. If you’ve never experienced

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and associations, Reiki hand positions, Healing techniques for self healing, healing others and pets. Receive Level I Attunement and Reiki I Certification and Manual. Call Odilia: (828) 367-0434. www. Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 645-2085 or A Barbara Marciniak Channeling Event (pd.) April 9,10 (FridaySaturday). Barbara channels the Pleiadians who share their perspectives about our changing world. Bring your questions! • Lecture/channeling, Friday, 7pm-10:30pm, $35. • Workshop/channeling, Saturday, 10:30am-6pm, $95. • Cash or money order only. • Ramada River Ridge Hotel, 800 Fairview Road, Asheville. • For reservations/information: (828) 298-6300 or A Course in Miracles Class/ Discussion Group • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meets in N. Hendersonville. Info: 242-2536. All Saints Anglican Church Located at 15 McDowell Road, Mills River. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is used. Info: 891-7216. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Holy Eucharist —- 9:45am Christian Education —- 11am - Holy Eucharist. Call for information on other weekly services. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/An Evening of Knowledge Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free Introduction. Info: 254-4350 or www.meditationasheville. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:158:15pm - Introductory Talk: Access your deepest intelligence; compare meditation techniques; explore higher states of consciousness and total brain functioning; and learn about Scientific findings on TM’s health benefits. Held at 165 E. Chestnut St. Asheville Jewish Meditation & Chanting Circle • SU (4/11), 1:15-3:15pm Following the Awakened Heart Project’s approach to Jewish meditation, the circle cultivates an awareness of the Divine Presence through sitting and walking meditation, chanting

and the study of Jewish and other texts. Gathers alternate Sundays. Info: Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 505-2300 or • THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation Circle. Donations accepted. Asheville Sound Healing • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 6-7pm - Chakra Toning Circle at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St. Learn how to tone the chakra sounds for health and well-being. Love offerings accepted. Info: 776-3786 or www.AshevilleSoundHealing. com. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Bruno Groening Circle of Friends Help and healing the spiritual way through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Participants are asked to attend an introduction before coming to the regular community hour. Info: 393-0630 or ehlersk@ • TU (4/13), 7-8:30pm - At the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Love offering. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. March’s theme: “Medicine for the Heart.” Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 779-5502 or • WE (4/7), 7:15pm “Healing Yourself and Others.” 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 • WE (4/14), 6-7:30pm - Peggy Rowe, co-author of Love’s Garden, A Guide to Mindful Relationships, will give a Dharma talk. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville.

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. Dances of Universal Peace Circle • 2nd SUNDAYS, 7pm - Rejuvenate your spirit and open your heart with sacred circle dancing and group singing honoring the world’s mystical traditions. No previous experience is necessary. At Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. $5 donation. Info: 225-0515. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: or 506-2987. • Select SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the Web site or call for dates. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am Women-led, justice-focused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 2583241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or www. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 285-9927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and orientation times: www.mountainzen. org or 450-3621.

• TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Praying for Physical Healing • TH (4/8), 6:30-8:30pm - Program of OSL ecumenical group dedicated to the Christian healing ministry. At Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. All are welcome. Info: 242-3260 or Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville Every human being has fundamental goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation and in daily life, so that it radiates out to others. Visitors welcome. Free meditation instruction at 19 Westwood Pl., W. Asheville. Info: www. or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 6-6:45pm & SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Public meditation. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Receive initiation into Sri Swamiji’s one-hour meditation technique. One-hour of silent meditation followed by Bhajans (devotional singing). Fairview location directions: 299-3246. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm “Silent Meditation.” Free. The Lost Years of Jesus & the Great White Brotherhood • FR (4/9), 7-9pm - Worldrenowned clairvoyant, speaker, historian and author Tricia McCannon will share insights from her extensive 3year research project and new book Jesus: The Explosive Story of the 30 Lost Years and The Ancient Mystery Religions. At Crystal Visions in Hendersonville. $10/$15. Info: 645-0357. Toning for Peace Experience the health benefits of a form of singing anyone can do. Generate well-being and peace within. $5-$10.

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) It would be a good week for you to perfect your ability to crow like a rooster, Aries. I also recommend that you practice your skill at leaping out of bed in the morning fully refreshed, with your imagination primed and ready to immediately begin making creative moves. Other suggested exercises: being on the alert for what’s being born; holding a vision of the dawn in your heart throughout the day; and humorously strutting around like you own whatever place you’re in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I got a spam email containing supposed words of wisdom from the Dalai Lama. “We spend more, but have less,” it said. “We have more conveniences, but less time; more experts, yet more problems.” It went on like this for a while. I was suspicious. It seemed to contain too many pop platitudes to have been uttered by the Dalai Lama. With Google’s help, I did some research and discovered that the passage was actually the handiwork of pastor Bob Moorehead, who resigned from his Seattle church under a cloud of allegations about misconduct. I urge you to make similar investigations of the ostensible truths you receive this week, Taurus. You may find discrepancies as major as the differences between the Dalai Lama and Bob Moorehead.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

A life-long dream of mine came true recently, and I didn’t even know it was a life-long dream until it happened. It struck unexpectedly on a Tuesday afternoon. My daughter called on the phone from her college dorm room, wanting to discuss an essay she’d been assigned for her History of Modern Art class. She really liked it, but there were some points she wanted to understand better, and she thought my input might help. The essay? The “Surrealistic Manifesto,” formulated in 1924 by the writer André Breton. Years ago, it was a crucial document in my own development as a young poet. The opportunity to share its heady brew with the beloved child I used to push on a swing was startlingly blissful. I predict a similar event for you in the coming days, Gemini: the fruition of a life-long dream you didn’t even know you had.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It’s probably true for a lot of celebrities that their public personas are not accurate reflections of their private lives. One striking example is actress Megan Fox, who’s famous for being a sex goddess. But the fact is, she told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she has only slept with two men in her life, and it makes her ill to even contemplate having sex with someone she doesn’t love. While it may not bother her to have a reputation that’s so different from her inner world, I wouldn’t say the same about you — especially now. I urge you to do what you can to create more

harmony between the version of yourself that you project outward and the version of yourself you actually live in.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

In her poem “The Gift,” Chinese poet Shu Ting writes, “I dream the dream of a pond who lives not just to mirror the sky but to let willow trees on the bank drink me up.” This would be an excellent dream for you to dream in the coming week, Leo. It would also be empowering for you to render its themes in your waking life. I think you will derive great pleasure and sound teaching from mirroring a soaring archetype and feeding an intimate primal force. (Shu Ting’s poem was translated by Tony Barnstone and Newton Liu.)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Are you an athlete? If so, I suspect that you will soon make an adjustment in your training or technique that will improve your game. Are you an artist, musician, writer, performer, or dancer? I bet you will get a sweet insight about the creative process that could revolutionize your work in the months to come. Are you a pilgrim on a meandering long-distance quest to a promised land whose location you’re not exactly sure of? Any minute now, you’ll uncover a clue that will dramatically narrow down the possibilities of where the promised land is.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

There may be times in the coming week when you will in a sense be dreaming while standing up. On other occasions, you may be hard at work while lying down. In fact, I suspect that the law of reversals will be in full bloom. Things that have been last will, at least temporarily, be first, and influences that have calmed you down will rile you up. What has been crazy may be quite sane, and what has been in the shadows will come into the light. Tight squeezes may turn into expansive releases and heavy-duty commitments will get a dose of slack — and vice versa. Always vice versa.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Every one of us in engaged in some ongoing battle with ourselves. Maybe there’s a conflict between our heart and head. Maybe we’re trying to stop expressing some behavior that we know is self-destructive but seems all too natural and easy to do. Maybe we feel guilty about or resentful toward some event from the past, and are constantly fighting with its after-image. Whatever your version of the civil war might be, Scorpio, the coming weeks will be an excellent time to reduce the heat of the strife. But you’ll have to be ingenious as you reframe the way you think about the situation, and you’ll have to locate a reservoir of willpower that has been hidden in your depths.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

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take inventory of what brings you pleasure. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re due for an update and upgrade. Some of your tried-and-true strategies for generating joys and thrills are fraying at the edges. You should consider refurbishing them, even as you also think about going in quest of fresh sources of delight. For extra credit, see if you can gain access to an experience that could accurately be described as “a blessed state of bliss.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It would be smart for you to whet your appetite, but please don’t go too far and spoil your appetite. Imagine and plan for the feast to come; make sure the evolution of the feast is on track; but don’t try to actually enjoy the entire feast yet. It’s not ready, you see. The “cooking” isn’t complete. To dive in now would be like eating a chocolate cake that has only been baking in the oven for ten minutes. In conclusion, Capricorn, strike a balance between practicing watchful patience and cultivating protective excitement.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your key word for the week is “fulcrum.” It’s derived from a Latin verb meaning “to prop up, support,” and its definitions include the following: 1. the stable point on which a lever pivots; 2. the crux of a percussionist’s grip as he or she holds a drumstick; 3. an agent through which vital powers are exercised. I suggest you meditate on where the metaphorical fulcrums are in your life, and then take creative measures to give them extra care and enhance their strength.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

I’m wearing a replica of an ancient Egyptian atef, a white crown surmounted by two ostrich feathers. My white cashmere robe, decorated with Qabalistic sigils, was sewn for me by a Wiccan priestess. My wand is shaped like the head of a Kalao bird and once belonged to a shaman from Burkina Faso. Aided by these accessories, I gaze into my magic mirror and conjure the spirit of my deceased great-uncle Felix, a successful businessman born under the sign of Pisces. He has always been a reliable source of inside info for me in the past. “Dear ancestor,” I murmur, “do you have an oracular revelation for my Piscean readers?” And he replies: “Tell them their money mojo is stronger than usual. Urge them to bargain aggressively and make sure they get a percentage of the gross, not just of the net profits.” Homework: Listen to two versions of the song “You Taste Delicious” at http://bit. ly/YouTasteDelicious. Tell me your favorite at © Copyright 2010 Rob Brezsny

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Info: 667-2967 or www. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 1:30-2:45pm - At the Light Center in Black Mountain. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this meditation group for personal and spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • SUNDAYS, 2pm Meditation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services and Children’s Programs. United Research Light Center Located at 2190 NC Hwy. 9 South in Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845 or www. • SA (4/10), 2-5pm Aramaic spirituality speaker Dale Allen Hoffman will offer an Aramaic Healing Circle. $50 love offering, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 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, 8918700 or • WE (4/7), 7-9pm - “Aramaic Yeshua: Realization of the Christ Within.” International Aramaic spirituality teacher Dale Allen Hoffman ( will offer an experiential workshop based on the ancient Aramaic teachings of Yeshua (Jesus). $25. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 7pm - Truth On Tap: Join Chad O’Shea at the Lexington Avenue Brewery for spiritual conversation. • WE (4/14), 7pm - Connie Shoemaker will present the documentary film Soul Masters, which chronicles the Soul Healing work as witnessed by an American filmmaker. A Q&A and brief session on Soul Healing will follow. Love offering. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 4569697, waynesvilleCTC@ or • THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Zumba fitness classes with Ann Parsons. Love offering. • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, Noon-1pm - Qi

Gong, Yoga and Pilates with Kim May. Love offering. • TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm & WEDNESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Chakra-balancing meditation and oneness blessings with Margie Brockmiller and Donna Webster. Love offering. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. Women’s Pagan Chanting/ Meditation Circle • SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Like to chant but the words don’t fit your Pagan heart? Seeking women interested in creating devotional chants to the Goddess, toning and meditation? Info: 298-8321 or Womyn in Ceremony Co-create a sacred circle of women where we will connect, share, dream and experience inner awarenesses and empowerment. Each Circle “stands alone.” Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville. By donation. Info: www.RitesofPassageCouncil. com/theresa. • SUNDAYS, 3:45-6pm - Gathering. Xuanfa Dharma Center of Asheville • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Practice followed by a short DVD screening. Free. Call for directions: 255-4741. Zen Center of Asheville A Soto Zen Temple in downtown Asheville offering zazen instruction, weekly lectures and a regular sitting schedule. Info: • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS - Sittings in the mornings. Also, on Wed. evenings before lecture.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 310 ART Gallery Located at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman St., #310, in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 776-2716 or • Through FR (4/30) - Going Solo, original abstract and

abstracted landscape paintings by Kathy Hemes. 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 FR (4/23) - Sexy Pottery explores the work of seven regional contemporary potters: Daniel Johnston, Kim Ellington, Michael Kline, Liz Sparks, Kyle Carpenter, Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish. • Through TH (4/15) - Work by Amanda Riddle will be on display in the Oui-Oui Gallery. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (5/11) - The In-Betweens, plexiglass and plastic sculptures by UNCA senior Nicolette Carter-Yates, will be on display in Owen Hall, Second Floor Gallery. • Through TU (4/13) - Snippets, Snapshots and Details Remembered, a BFA exhibit by Virginia Aberle, at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. • Through WE (4/28) - Selected Drawings, an exhibition by Asheville artist Heather Lewis, will be on display in Blowers Gallery. • Through SA (4/17) - Alchemy/Memory: An Abstract Documentation, an exhibition of photographs by UNCA senior Janet Collins, will be on display in Owen Hall, Second Floor Gallery. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6987868 or • Through FR (4/9) Polyrhythms, an exhibit of mixed-media art by Costanza Knight, will be on display in the Grace Etheredge Room. Art on Depot 250 Depot St., Waynesville. Info: 246-0218 or www. • Through FR (4/30) - An exhibition of paintings by Patrick Schneider will be on display. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • Through SA (5/1) Mentors & Students will be on display. • FR (4/9) through SA (5/1) - Vision 2010/Artists of Tomorrow, an exhibition featuring the works of high-

school and middle-school children, will be on display. 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 (7/11) - Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things. • Through SU (5/9) - Lorna Blaine Halper: The Space Between will be on display in Holden Community Gallery. • Through SU (7/18) - Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 251-5796 or • Through FR (4/30) Chasing the Light, featuring pastels by Lorraine Plaxico. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11am-5pm, and Fri. & Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 768-0246 or • Through FR (4/30) - Feature wall artist: August Hoerr, drawings. New paintings by Peter Alberice. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or • Through FR (4/23) - Annual Emerging Artists exhibit, featuring work by students in the art classes at BMCA taught by Bob Travers, as well as work by Travers. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (6/12) - The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson (1943-1967). Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or • Through SA (6/26) - The Golden Circle: SE Alaska and The Yukon, landscape paintings by Robert Johnson

—- Habitat: Wood, Water and Glade, interpretations of wildlife and natural surroundings by various artists —- Ceramics by Shoko Teruyama —- curiosities, works incorporating found objects, text and fragmented relics by various artists —- Regional landscapes by Peggy N. Root —- Porcelain vessels and wall-mounted tiles by Vicki Grant. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • TH (4/15), 4-6pm - Opening reception for In Sunshine or In Shadow. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or www. • Through WE (6/30) Containment, a group exhibition of ceramic boxes. • SA (4/10), 6pm - Opening reception for Containment, featuring ceramic works by more than 30 regional artists. Events At Folk Art Center The center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 382 (just north of the Hwy 70 entrance in East Asheville). Open daily from 9am-6pm. Info: 298-7928 or • Through SU (5/2) - Charles Counts: A Retrospective Exhibition will be on display. Flood Gallery Events Located in the Phil Mechanic building at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 254-2166 or www. • FR (4/9), 7-10pm - Transformations in Consciousness: A Journey Towards Planetary Awareness. Presenting the visionary artwork of David McDermott. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or • Through FR (4/30) - Inland Empire (Part III), an exhibition of landscape paintings by Francis Di Fronzo. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: or 765-2359. • Through SU (5/9) - Artist, Educator, Mentor, Rascal: Dolph Smith and Friends. Celebrating book arts instructor Dolph Smith’s years of teaching. Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery

Located at 103 West St., Black Mountain. Info: 357-8327 or • Through WE (4/28) Paintings by Chris Milk will be on display. Thomas Kinkade Gallery Located at 10 Biltmore Plaza, Asheville. Info: 277-0850. • MO (4/12) through FR (4/16) - Artwork by Veritas Christian Academy students, grades PreK-12, will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www. • Through FR (4/23) Transylvania County Student Art Show. • TH (4/8), 4:30-5:30pm Meet the student artists of the Transylvania County Student Art Show. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (4/10) - Looking Back, Walking Forward: Evolution of Southern Folk Art will be on display. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-2553 or www.fineartmuseum. • Through WE (5/5) - Pieces from the Art Students’ League 2010 exhibit and a competition to create a portrait of a former WCU instructor will be on display. • WE (4/7), 4-6pm - Reception for student art exhibits. Award winners from both exhibits will be honored at a 5pm ceremony. • Through SA (5/8) - Josefina Niggli portrait exhibit. Info: 227-2786. • Through SA (5/8) - System + Structure, School of Art and Design biennial faculty exhibit. Woolworth Walk The gallery is located at 25 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 254-9234. • Through TH (4/29) Motive, paintings by Douglas Lail, will be on display in the F.W. Front Gallery.

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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 (5/31) - On Earth’s Furrowed Brow: The Appalachian Farm in Photographs, an exhibit by Tim Barnwell, will be on display in the Education Center Gallery. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6987868 or • SU (4/11) through TH (5/6) - As I See It, an exhibit by watercolor and oil artist Sandra Gates. • SU (4/11), 1:30-2:30pm Opening reception for Sandra Gates exhibit. Following the reception, Gates will give a demonstration on “Oils and Still Life.” Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • Through TH (4/15) - An exhibition by Stefano Cecchini, Italian wildlife artists, will be on display. Henderson County Heritage Museum Located in the Historic Courthouse in Hendersonville at 1 Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street. Info: 694-1619 or • WE (4/7) - Opening of Let Freedom Ring, which will be on display through Dec. 31. The exhibit tells the story of the county and its people during the nation’s military conflicts. Kanuga Watercolor Workshop Instructors’ Exhibition The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville. Info: 885-2831. • SU (4/11), 2:30-5pm - Opening reception for the Kanuga Watercolor/ Watermedia Workshops Exhibition in the Fireside Lounge at the Kanuga Conference Center Inn. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 2255509 or • FR (4/9) through TU (5/4) - Perpetual Existence, new works by Naaman and Heather McCabe Jones.

• FR (4/9), 7-10pm - Opening reception for Perpetual Existence.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Attention Artists • Share Great Studio Space (pd.) Someone to share art studio at Phil Mechanic Studios with one considerate person. $175/month. Call 337-0700. Drawing and Painting Classes At The Island Studios (pd.) Ongoing classes and workshops in drawing and painting the figure, portrait, landscape, and more. Classical to Impressionism. Newly renovated studios. (864) 201-9363. Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am-5pm and Sun. from 1-5pm. $8/$7 students & seniors/Free for kids under 4. Additional fees may apply for select exhibits. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227. • TH (4/15), 6pm - Join the ARTmob for an artist talk and chocolate screenprint with Andy Farkas at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. $5 at the door, includes a glass of wine. Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: or 313-9313. • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am1pm - Arts group for adults. HandMade Creative Lab & Social Mixer WNC craft artists support and challenge each other to create a sustainable, dynamic, forward-thinking arts community. Creative Labs are held at 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 102. $10/$5 for members. Mixers follow and are held at Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave. Info: www.handmadeinamerica. org. • MO (4/12), 5:15-6:45pm Lab topic: “The Social Artist.” Haywood County Quilt Trails Project • Applications are now available for the Haywood County Quilt Trails project. To request an application: info@, 452-0593, or stop by the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 39

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Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm - Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. WNC Glass Club Glass crafters working in stained glass, hot glass, blown glass or glass mosaic mediums are invited to participate in monthly meetings in the Hendersonville area. Skill levels from beginner to professional welcome. Info:, 697-2078 or 595-4864. • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Local artist presentations, new tool and technique demonstrations, project “show and tell,” tours of member workshops/studios and solution discussions for project problems. WNC Knitters and Crocheters for Others This group meets monthly in Black Mountain and Fletcher/ Arden to create handmade items for donation to local charities while enjoying fellowship and swapping ideas and patterns. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 1-3pm Black Mountain group meets at Highland Farms, Building G-H in Upper Core Room. Info: 669-0680.

Art/Craft Fairs Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show • SA & SU (4/10 & 11), 10am-5pm - Come out and bring your friends for the Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show at the Asheville Civic Center. $5. Info:

Spoken & Written Word Blue Ridge Community College Info: • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS (through 4/12), 2-4pm - “Great Books Discussion Group” held in the president’s dining room in the Killian Building. Info: 694-1743 or Blue Ridge Parkway Poetry Contest • Through FR (4/23) - The first annual Blue Ridge Parkway Poetry Contest. Celebrate the Parkway in poetry. Submit poems to poetrycontest@ and $5/poem entry fee through

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the Web site’s Paypal link at www.ashevillewordfest. org. Winners will read at Wordfest. Children’s Book Signing Event • SA (4/10), 1-3pm - Author Erica Campbell will sign copies of her children’s book Lola Ladybug Says Her Prayers at Once Upon a Time, 7 All Souls Crescent, Asheville. Info: Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 2506480) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 2506482) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (4/7), 11:30am - Book Club: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. WV —- 57pm - Library Knitters meet. SW. • TH (4/1) through MO (4/12) - Black Mountain Library Poetry Contest for adults and children ages 8 and older. Call the library for details. BM. • TH (4/8), 2:30pm - Book Club: The Film Club by David Gilmour. SS —- 1pm - Book Club: Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran. FV —- 7pm - Book Club: The Time of Drums by John Ehle. BM. • SA (4/10), 11:30am Book Club: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. WA. • TU (4/13), 1-3pm - Sit and Knit. WV —- 1pm - Book Club: The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson. LE —- 6:30pm - Wayne Caldwell will discuss his book Requiem of Fire. EC —- 7pm - Reading Proust: Search of Lost Time (volume four) with Dr. John Paul McDonald. WA. • TH (4/15), 7pm - Book Club: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. SW —- 7pm - Book Club: Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn. FV. Call to Writers • New online lit journal, Blue Lotus Review, now accepting year-round submissions.

Info: www.bluelotusreview. com. Courageous Words • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 10am-1pm - Writing Workshop. Share the power of your words. Bring your words to life. Intergenerational, ages 9109 or older welcome. At Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Ave. $10/Free for all Littles in Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Info: 285-8805. 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 (4/9), 6pm - Sarah Addison Allen will read from her new book The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Light refreshments will be served. 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 (4/7), 7pm - New Malaprop’s Book Club: Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz. • FR (4/9), 7pm - Kim Wright will read from and sign copies of her book Love in Mid Air. • SA (4/10), 3pm - UNCA history professor Daniel Pierce discusses his book Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France —- 7pm - Jefferson Bass will sign copies of his thriller The Bone Thief. • SU (4/11), 3pm - Poetrio: Readings by Jim Minick, David Manning and Matt Kunkleman. • MO (4/12), 7-8pm Traveling Bonfires presents a poetry reading by Vixi Jil Glenn, NuAnna Horn and Britt Kaufmann. Pasckie Pascua will emcee. • WE (4/14), 7pm - Literary Trivia Night hosted by Lauren, Seth and Stella Harr. • TH (4/15), 5pm - Women on Words: A poetry circle for women —- 7pm - StitchN-Bitch. Bring a project and talk shop with fiber artist Stacey Budge-Kamison —- 7pm - Historian Robert Moss will discuss his book Dreamgates. Events at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or spellboundbooks@netzero. com. • SA (4/10), 3pm - Joe D’Agnese presents his illustrated book Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci. Learn about

the Fibonacci’s unique illustrations inspired by seashells, pine cones, and flowers. A book signing will follow. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5-year-olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2 and 3year-olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 6270146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs, and learn finger plays. Info: 6482924. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 456-8062 or www.osondubooksellers. com. • TH (4/8), Noon - Book Club: Little Bee by Chris Cleave. New members are always welcome. • SA (4/10), 1pm - Open mic for poets in honor of National Poetry Month —6:30pm - Live music with singer-songwriter Lorraine Conard in the cafe. • TU (4/13), 6pm - Mountain Writers Group meets. New members welcome. • TH (4/15), 6:30pm - “Spirit Seekers” Book Club led by Allison Best-Teague. New members welcome. Talks & Presentations at WCU These public lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 2272303. • TH (4/8), 6:30pm - Reception —- 7pm Contributors to Appalachian Heritage journal’s allCherokee fall 2009 issue will read selections from and sign copies of the journal at the Mountain Heritage Center. The Lovers’ Loop Poetry Forum • SA (4/10), 7-9pm - Free reading of members’ original

poems in a program called “Creating Connection: Poems of Relationship” at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Participating poets: JoEllen Habas, Jenna Weston and Jess Clarke. Info: jcpoet@ Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. • Through FR (4/30) - Poetry Contest. Multiple entries are accepted. Poems should not exceed two pages. $20/$15 members. • SA (4/10), 11am-5pm - “Writing the Play and Screenplay,” with Nathan Ross Freeman.

Food Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: or 313-9313. • FRIDAYS, 10:30am-1pm Cooking groups for adults.

Festivals & Gatherings HATCH Asheville A mentoring festival for the creative industries featuring world-renowned artists. There will be panels, workshops, keynote speakers, exhibits, film screenings, performances, receptions, networking parties and more. For a schedule of events and more info: • TH (4/15) through SU (4/18) - HATCH Asheville. International Festival • WE (4/7), 10am-3:30pm WCU will hold is 31st annual International Festival on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center. Music, dancing, arts and crafts, and food from around the world. Free. Info: or 227-2557. The Big Bad Bunny Urban Scavenger Hunt • SU (4/11), 1-5pm - Teams will go on a journey around downtown Asheville and the River Arts District to solve riddles about the area’s history, culture, shops and community organizations in search of the Man with One Golden Shoe. $15. Info: www.raceforawesomeness. com.

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benefitscalendar Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, a raffle and a silent auction. Admission is $25 with RSVP/$30 at the door. Info: • TH (4/8), 6:30-9:30pm - Spruce Street Speakeasy party at the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern, 20 S. Spruce St. The Goodies will perform. Swanky attire is encouraged. Proceeds will benefit Asheville Community Theatre. RSVP: cindy@ashevilletheatre. org or 254-1320, ext. 23. Benefit Concert for North Buncombe Music Scholarship • FR (4/9), 7pm - “An Evening of Music” at First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., Weaverville. Guitar, vocal, piano and accordion by Pastors Hank Jackson, Jim McCoy and Wendell Brittain. Additional performances by previous scholarship winners. Free-will offering. Info: 645-5798. 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 • SU (4/11), 2pm - Silent auction —- 3pm - Barbara Bates Smith will perform “The C-Word, a Life-MeetsArt Cancer Story” at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. A Q&A with panel members from the medical and hospice community will follow. $15 suggested donation. Benefit for Cloud Cottage and CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care. Cupcakes for Cures

• SA (4/10), 1-4pm - Professional, amateur and youth bakers face off at the Grove Park Inn for Asheville’s first cupcake competition. Find the region’s best cupcakes and support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to find cures for cancer. $25. Info: Habitat Home Store Food Drive for MANNA • SA (4/10), 10am-4pm - Bring 5 cans of food to the Habitat Home Store at 30 Meadow Road and you’ll get 20 percent off your purchase that day. Food will be donated to MANNA and proceeds from store sales help build more Habitat houses. Haywood County Arts Council’s FUNd Party Series Pick up a FUNd Party book at 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville or call 452-0593 for details on events and reservations. Proceeds benefit the Haywood County Arts Council. • SU (4/11), 2pm - Spring afternoon soiree at Andon-Reid Inn Bed & Breakfast, 92 Daisey Ave., Waynesville. Classical music, food, wine and dessert. $35. Helpmate Provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families in Buncombe County. Info: 254-2968. • SA (4/10) - emPower Shopping event. Shops and restaurants along Wall Street in downtown Asheville will donate a portion of the day’s sales to Helpmate. Info: Literacy Council of Buncombe County Spelling Bee Registration • Through MO (4/12) - The Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Spelling Bee will be May 27, 7pm, at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. Local businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor teams. Registration ends April 12.

People to People Benefit Concert • TH (4/15), 7:30pm - Nikki Talley (folk/country) will perform at Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher. Proceeds will go towards a local student being able to attend a People to People Student Ambassador Program. Free, but donations accepted. Info: 551-5268. Soles4Souls • Through TH (4/22) - Drop off gently worn shoes at the Asheville Mall. Participants will receive discounts from select mall retailers and the shoes will be given to families in need. Info: Spring Wing-Ding • SA (4/10), 9am-5pm - Fundraising event at the Haywood County Fairgrounds, with a dance/concert from 7 to 9pm. Proceeds will benefit the Brown family of Waynesville; both parents are battling cancer. $6 adults/$3 kids, with $10 cover for the dance/concert. Info: 456-8676. UUCA Annual Used Book Sale • FR & SA (4/9 & 10), 9am-4pm - Used book sale at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, Edwin Place at Charlotte Street. Thousands of good-condition used books. Info: 254-6001.


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Grace Centre Located at 495 Cardinal Road, Mills River. Info: 891-2006. • TH (4/15), 7:30pm - The rock band Jars of Clay will perform in concert. $20/$17. Info: Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at the Downtown Market • SA (4/10), 1pm - Peace Jones will perform Southern rock music at 45 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • SU (4/11), 4pm - UNCA’s Wind Ensemble will perform in Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/ Free for students. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-8249547 or

• MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Rd. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. Sounds of the Chakras • SATURDAYS, 6-7pm - Sounds of the Chakras with Linda Go at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St. Learn to tone the chakra sounds for health and well-being. Info: 258-1140. 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 (4/11), 3pm - Brian Hedgepeth on the vibraphone and Mike Holstein on bass will present a concert. A freewill offering will be taken for the restoration of the church. Static Age Records 82-A N. Lexington Ave. Info: 254-3232. • SA (4/10) - Boys of Summer will perform a concert with Bella Fea. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 227-2479 or http://fapac.

• TH (3/8), 7:30pm - Catamount Singers and Electric Soul will perform a concert titled “Don’t Stop the Music.” • FR (4/9) & SA (4/10), 7:30pm - The annual Jazz Festival will feature performances by Jason Marsalis, Steve Haines and John Ellis. Plus, special guests will be perform at each show. Free. Info: • TH (4/15), 8pm - The WCU Percussion Ensemble will perform contemporary works in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Free. Info: 227-7242.

Theater Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 236-0670 or • FR & SA (4/9 & 10), 8pm - Carmen will be performed. Preview April 7 at 7pm. $15+. Autism Community Center Offers various group activities for youths and adults. Open to anyone, the groups are autism and special needs friendly and are run by creative professionals. One-time trial $20, register online. Info: www. or 313-9313.

• WEDNESDAYS, 4:305:30pm - Theater groups for teens. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • Through SA (4/24) - N.C. premiere of Chipola. Like the river for which it is named, the play meanders, revealing a family’s history and the skeletons in the closets that could finally tear them apart. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm. $15/$10 students. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www. • Through SU (4/25), 2pm - My Own Song, starring Las Vegas actor Clint Holmes, will be performed. Wed.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. $40. Haywood Arts Regional Theatre & The Gateway Club Benefit Performance • FR (4/9) - Encore performance of the play Doubt at the Feichter Studio Theatre, 250 Pigeon St. $25. A benefit for REACH of Haywood County, a domestic violence/ sexual assault/elder abuse prevention and survivor services agency. Info: 456-6789.

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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 (4/8) through SU (4/18) - Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Performances are held Thur.-Sat., 7:30pm, and Sun., 2:30pm. $15/$10 seniors and students. Thursdays are “pay-what-youcan” nights. SJA Players Dinner Theater • SA (4/10), 6:30-9:30pm - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Talkies. A group of silent film icons are murder suspects in this comedy. Written and directed by the SJA Players. $10, includes dinner. At St. Joan of Arc Church, 768 Asbury Rd., Candler. Info: 670-0051. Skyland Performing Arts Center Located at 538 N. Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: 6930087 or • TH (4/15) through SU (4/25) - The musical Annie will be performed. Thur.-Sun., 7:30pm and Sun., 3:30pm. $15. Social Justice 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 (4/9), 7pm - Social Justice Drama: In place of a film, Jack Pine will perform Wallace Shawn’s one-person play The Fever, about the adventures of a privileged man who encounters poverty and oppression. The C-Word: A Life-Meets-Art Cancer Story • SU (4/11), 3-4:30pm - Onewoman show at Jubilee, 47 Wall St., by Southern Theater Guild Best Actress Barbara Bates Smith, to benefit Cloud Cottage and CarePartners Hospice. $15. Preceded by silent auction at 2pm and followed by Q&A with panel of medical experts.

Film Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info:

350-8484 or • TH (4/8), 7pm - Film screening of the award-winning documentary How to Draw a Bunny by John Walter and Andrew Moore at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Tells the story of collage artist Ray Johnson. $10/$8 members. Film Screenings at WCU Held in the A.K. Hinds University Center. Screening begin at 7pm. Info: 227-7206. • WE (4/7), 7pm - Foreign film series: Sisters of Gion (Japan, 1936). $1. • WE (4/14), 7pm - Foreign film series: Lost Honor of Katarina Blum (Germany, 1975). $1. Southern Circuit Tour The nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. Films will be shown in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus. Free. Info: or 227-3622. • TH (4/15) - Between Floors. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • FR (4/9), 6-9:30pm - Take a trip to the “Fly Fishing Film Tour” at Asheville Community Theater and enjoy films about fishing and the great outdoors. $15/$20 nonmembers.

Dance Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.tangoasheville. com. • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Argentine Tango Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd. $5 for members/$6 for non-members. Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Classes are by donation and on a drop-in basis. Classes are held at the New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Info: or 254-2621. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Wacky Wild Dance/’80s Aerobics: Dress up in outrageous outfits and dance. $510 suggested donation. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Modern classes. By donation. • MONDAYS, Noon-1:30pm - Fusion Flow Yoga: A blend of Hatha, improvisation and meditation. $5-10 suggested donation. Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63

Brook St. Info: 277-6777 or ashevilledancerevolution@ • TUESDAYS, 8-9:15pm - Beginning/Intermediate Adult Jazz. • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Boys Dance Combo Class. This is for boys interested in dance. The class touches on all styles of dance for the male dancer —- 6-7:30pm - African dance with Sarah Yancey featuring live drumming. Open to all. $14. Dance Performance at Enka High School • TH (4/8), 7:30pm - “Emotions,” a dance performance at Enka High School’s auditorium, produced and directed by senior Stephanie Wilson and featuring 12 area dancers from four local dance studios. Free. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • FR (4/9), 7pm - Early rounds, followed by Mainstream, Plus and Rounds from 7:30-9:30pm. $5 for non-members. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner lindy-hop swing lessons. $12/person per week for 4-week series or $10 for members. Join at No partner necessary. Let your inner dancer out. 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. Classes start first Tuesday of every month.

Auditions & Call to Artists Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. • The prospectus are available for three of the council’s 2010 juried and judged exhibitions: WOOD!, Bring Us Your Best VII and Through a Lens:

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Auditions for Local Artist HipHop Video • Through TH (4/29) Seeking people to come and be a part of “Basement Love,” the video starring Amazin. Auditions will be every Mon. through Thurs. until the end of the month. Cast will be reimbursed for time. Birdhouse Auction Call for Submissions • Through SA (5/1) - Calling all crafters, artists and birdlovers. Make a birdhouse, bathouse, bird feeder or yard art for the 8th annual Bountiful Cities Birdhouse Auction. Auctioned donations will help bring locally grown produce to more people. Info: 257-4000. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 246-9050. • Through FR (4/16) - Now accepting photographs for Sarge’s fourth annual Pet Photography Contest. Awards ceremony on April 24 at 10am at Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville. Entry forms can be found on Sarge’s Web site. Seeking Art of All Sorts • Seeking art of all sorts, music, movie shorts and other multi-media, for Blue Lotus Review, a new online journal for music, art, literature and more. Accepting submissions year-round. Info: Tulip Extravaganza Photo Contest • Through (4/26) Submissions will be accepted for this annual contest. All photographs must be taken in downtown Hendersonville and winners will be announced on April 30. Info: 697-6393.

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newsoftheweird Lead story • More Texas Justice: In March, juries in Smith County and Matagorda County sentenced Henry Wooten and Melvin Johnson III to 35 years and 60 years in prison, respectively, for possessing small amounts of drugs (but enough under Texas law to allow jurors to infer an intent to distribute). Wooten, 54, had 4.6 ounces of marijuana (same penalty as for 5 pounds), and Johnson had 1.3 grams of crack cocaine (about half the weight of a U.S. dime). (Wooten’s prosecutor actually had asked the jury for a sentence of 99 years.)

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• In February, the undergraduate dean’s office at Yale University disclosed that it was formally soliciting anonymous, first-person reports of student sexual experiences to publish on a school Web site as “strategies for creatively navigating Yale’s sexual culture,” according to an adviser. “There is a real need for students to have space to think about what happens to them and what they want to have happen,” she said. “Sex@Yale” would contain “70 to 80” specific perspectives, she said, but critics suggested it might end up resembling Penthouse magazine’s often-ridiculed “Forum” section of lascivious fantasies. • It’s Good to Be a British Welfare Mother: Under the government’s Local Housing Authority, Essma Marjam, an unemployed 34year-old mother of six, is entitled to rental assistance for a five-bedroom home, and the only suitable one she could find is in an exclusive London suburb (her neighbor is Sir Paul McCartney). Luckily, the allowance (worth more than $9,000 a month) covers the rent on the nearly $3 million (U.S. equivalent) mansion. (According to the Daily Mail, Marjam also collects the equivalent of about $22,000 a year in nonhousing benefits.) • New York City lawyer and real estate entrepreneur Alan Rosenfeld, 64, is also a full-time schoolteacher, though he’s been barred from the classroom since 2002 due to accusations of leering at female students. The “rubber room” teacher’s union contract requires full salary and benefits even though the chancellor has declared him a danger to students. Rosenfeld collects $100,000

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• In January, 66-year-old Aretha Brown, who’s lived in the same house in Callahan, Fla., (pop. 962) for 30 years, suddenly became unable to leave her yard unless she crawled between CSX railroad cars blocking her access to the road. Tracks had always been in place, but the railway only began storing cars on them this year. CSX told The Florida Times-Union that it would soon build Brown an access road to the street.

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• Seventh-grader Rachael Greer was suspended from River Valley Middle School in Jefferson, Ind., in February, even though she apparently did exactly what her parents and the school want kids to do (“just say no” to drugs). When a classmate handed her a prescription pill in gym class, she immediately handed it right back. Nonetheless, an assistant principal, after investigating the incident, suspended her for five days because she had touched the pill. (He expressed regret but said it’s school policy.)

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• A recent epiphany caused millionaire Austrian businessman Karl Rabeder, 47, to be depressed about his wealth, and by February, he was in the process of giving away an estate worth the equivalent of about $5 million. Two luxury properties are for sale, with proceeds going to charities he established in Central and South America, and he plans to move into a small hut in Innsbruck. “Money is counterproductive,” he told a reporter. “I had the feeling I was working as a slave for things that I did not wish or need.” (According to London’s Daily Telegraph, Rabeder’s wife was with him at the time of the epiphany, but the

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Staycation, de-stress So it’s spring break for Asheville City Schools, and what are we doing? Nothing. We’re having a trendy recession-era staycation. Actually, the kids are the true staycationers, because I’m going to New York City for a long weekend with girlfriends (hallelujah), and then Enviro-spouse will travel to Germany for work. But the kids will be hanging at home for spring break, which, really, is how they like it. And how I like it. Particularly after what’s been, for a variety of reasons, a stressful few months (“snow” is my new four-letter word). Also, because even though they’re older now, traveling with my kids still can be stressful. Lots of you lovely readers have told me about parents who backpack across Africa with their twin babies in tow and think nothing of 24-hour flights with toddlers. I am seriously impressed, and, at the same time, grateful, that I’ve not had the guts to try anything similar. Because so far, some of the worst experiences I’ve had with my kids have been while traveling. There was the time my baby girl vomited all night in Charleston. I got in the car the next morning and drove her straight to our doctor’s

office in Asheville. She vomited the entire way. She was so dehydrated when we arrived that they almost hospitalized her, but an hour or so after a shot of penicillin, she was able to keep some breast milk down, so I was able to take her and all of our barf-soaked clothing home. There was the time our plane got stuck on the runway in Charlotte for three years (well, it felt like that), and the evil flight attendant told me that I must hold my irritable, energetic 2-yearold on my lap for the entire time, even though the plane was not moving a centimeter. There was the time we were caught in a random hailstorm driving up the Saluda grade and almost slid off the side of the mountain. There was the time we lost the boy in the Atlanta airport, which I’ve already written an entire column about. My heart scar from that experience still aches at the memory. And there have been at least 40 trips to random doc-in-the-boxes in random towns followed by searches for random pharmacies that take ages to get health insurance approval. Ugh. I’m sure many of you have worse kid travel horror stories. I’m sure many of you have great kid travel stories too. In fact, I probably have

some great kid travel stories. I just can’t remember them. OK, that’s not quite true. There have been some fairly uneventful extended family beach trips over the past few years. That said, I’m really happy about taking a little vacation myself, then coming home and staycationing with my kidlings. After the past few months, I think we’ll be happy not to have

to go anywhere or do anything. We’re going to walk in the woods, catch a matinee, eat lots of popcorn and pizza, read books and play with the dog. Sometimes boring is necessary. Y’all let me know about your spring break adventures this week. I hope you all have wonderful tales without illness or strife. And I hope to have nothing interesting to tell you about our week. X

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parentingcalendar Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 Asheville Mommies Support group for moms from Asheville and surrounding areas. Info: • WEDNESDAYS - Meet-and-greets from 11am-noon and 3-4pm at the Hop Ice Cream and Coffee Shop on Merrimon Ave. All area mommies and kids are invited to come and play. 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. Let’s Talk: Workshops for Parents and Teens Free classes provided by local agencies to offer parents information and methods for engaging with teens on a variety of difficult issues. No registration required. For parents and guardians only. At Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. Free. Info: • TH (4/15), 6-7:30pm - Let’s Talk: Eating Disorders.

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Energy-efficiency loans & UNCA’s Greenfest A “Green Monday” meet on energy-efficiency loans

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• Jeff Hughes, director of the Environmental Finance Center, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government • Holly Jones, Buncombe County Commissioner • Brownie Newman, vice mayor, city of Asheville The program will provide information about the legislative authority in North Carolina, how the PACE program is working across the country, the particular issues that need to be considered in creating a program at the community level in this state and some of the issues being evaluated by city and county staff. The format will be interactive to engage the community about the concept of the energy-funding initiative and various facets of how a program could work here. Here’s how BRSI describes its Green Monday events: “Green Mondays provide experts, regional leaders, citizens and students with an open forum for understanding and advancing possible pathways to sustainability. Through its Green Monday series, the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute intends to share information, solicit new ideas and develop consensus in pursuit of sustainable community and economic development. Green Mondays are sponsored in part by Progress Energy. The mission of the Blue Ridge Sustainability

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UNC-Asheville students will go green in celebration of the university’s semi-annual Greenfest April 9 to 11. Since its beginning in 1991, Greenfest participants have added more than 500 trees, 14 trails and hundreds of plants to the campus and the adjoining Asheville Botanical Gardens. A series of campus-wide projects will bring students, faculty and staff together to take part in a variety of campus environmental projects such as creating a pollinator garden and exotic invasive species removal. Several events, including an address by environmental activist Kirkpatrick Sale, are free and open to the public. These will be held on Friday, April 9, on the Quad, unless otherwise indicated. Rain location is Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall. The April 9 public events include: • Following opening remarks by student organizations, a transportation panel will be held at 1:30 p.m., focusing on the steps the university and the city of Asheville are taking towards sustainabletransportation practices. Speakers include Chris Miller, UNCA’s environmental-health and safety officer; Yuri Koslen, city of Asheville transit-project coordinator; and Kathy Molin, city of Asheville

transportation-demand-management coordinator. • At 2:30 p.m., Appalachian State University professor Joe Rinehart will present a discussion on wind energy in Western North Carolina, focusing on the proposed state ban on wind energy. • A panel on “Interfaith Responses to Climate Change” will take place at 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Rabbi Rob Cabelli of the Temple Beth Israel, Casey Berger of North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light and Rebecca Levy of UNCA Hillel. • An eco-feminism panel will be held at 4:30 p.m. Speakers include Tracy Rizzo, UNCA professor of history; Melissa Burchard, UNCA associate professor of philosophy; and Grace Campbell, UNCA humanities lecturer. • Local folk music duo Sweet Water Revolver will perform at 5:30 p.m. • Renowned environmental author and activist Kirkpatrick Sale will give a talk on “Bioregionalism: Your Home as Your Country” at 7:30 p.m. in Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. He will discuss the benefits of communities living within the constraints of their natural surroundings and the importance of political and economic localization. Greenfest is co-sponsored by UNCA’s Student Government Association, Student Environmental Center, Active Students for a Healthy Environment, Hillel and Campus Facilities. For more information, call the UNCA Student Government Association office at 251-6685. X Send your environmental news to news@mountainx. com or call 251-1333, ext. 152.

ecocalendar Calendar for April 7 - 15, 2010 Asheville Green Drinks People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink at BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave. The events usually include a short presentation by a guest speaker. Sign up for the e-mail newsletter at www. • FR (4/9), 6pm - Clarke Snell will present information about The Nauhaus Project and the whole systems approach to building design. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Located at 847 Case St., Hendersonville. Info: 697-5777. • SA (4/10), 1pm - 16th annual membership meeting at Holmes State Educational Forest in Hendersonville. Climate Change in 2010 A series of free public talks cosponsored by the Asheville Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and the Colburn Earth Science Museum. Info: • TU (4/13), 7-9:30pm - A scientific panel discussion titled “Climate Change and Local Health” will be held at Diana Wortham Theatre. A reception will follow at the Colburn Earth Science Museum. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • SA (4/10), 9am - Guided bird walk through Jackson Park in Hendersonville. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - Recycling Committee meeting. Environmental Education Week at Mount Mitchell State Park • SU (4/11) through SA (4/17), 2-3pm - Celebrate N.C. Environmental Education Week by joining a Park Ranger on a free 1.5 miles moderate nature hike on the Commissary Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park. Meet at the park office. Info: 675-4611 or mount.mitchell@ Environmental Programs at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 771-2002. • SA (4/10) - Insulate. Learn about serving low-income homeowners who have requested home-repair assistance to reduce energy bills. Green Power Movie Screening • TU (4/13), 2-4pm - A-B Tech Green Power will be hosting a showing of Who Killed the Electric Car with a discussion to follow the movie. Held at the Holly Library downstairs on A-B Tech’s main campus. Free. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS, 1pm - “Walk With a Naturalist” programs. Interpretive guides will lead small groups of participants along woodland trails and through a variety of forest types. $3/$2 kids 8-17. RiverLink Events

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RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of riverfriendly events. Info: 252-8474 or • 3rd THURSDAYS, Noon-2pm - Bus Tours. See and hear about plans for the river’s future, learn local history and visit neighborhoods. Meet in front of Asheville City Hall. $15 for nonmembers. BYO lunch. Reservations required. Seeking Earth Day Short Student FIlms • Through SA (4/10) - The Environmental and Conservation Organization is seeking films from students currently attending schools in Henderson County that concern the subject of environmental stewardship. All films must be submitted on DVD to ECO, 121 Third Ave. W. Suite 4, Hendersonville, NC 28792. UNCA’s GreenFest • FR (4/9), 1-10pm - Community members are invited to participate in the first day of UNCA’s yearly sustainability festival, GreenFest. There will be panels all day long on topics from eco-feminism to sustainable transportation. At 8pm, renowned author Kirkpatrick Sale will speak. Info: WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 2588737 or • Through FR (4/30) - Volunteers are needed for a month-long project dedicated to saving an extremely rare and highly endangered plant species in the Hendersonville area. A minimum of two-to-five days of commitment (over a two-or-four week period) is required. Info: WNC Green Building Council The nonprofit promotes environmentally sustainable and health-conscious building practices through community education. Info: 254-1995, or www. n Many Shades of Green Extravaganza April 7-10. • WE (4/7), 7-9pm - The Many Shades of Green Extravaganza will be held at the UNCA Reuter Center. Dr. Thomas Peterson will lecture on “Global Climage Change Impacts in the United States.” Discussion on the environmental impacts of green building will follow, along with a reception. Free. • TH (4/8), 6:30-9pm - 2010 WNC Green Building Directory Release Party at Pack Place. Promotes the eco-friendly community in WNC by featuring an expo-like atmosphere that showcases businesses listed in the directory. Light refreshments. Free. • SA (4/10), Noon-5pm - Many Shades of Green Guided Bus or Bike Tour. Both groups will travel to green homes and commercial buildings in Asheville to learn more about green building practices in WNC. $25 for the bus tour/Free for the bike tour. Registration is required for both.


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by Mackensy Lunsford Bored with beef? Getting sick of chicken? Craving something a bit more wild? Asheville restaurants have the adventurous omnivore covered. Xpress recently hit the town searching for a way to skirt the pedestrian meat doldrums, and here’s what we found at just some of the area restaurants that serve game meats. Over at Bouchon on Lexington Avenue, chef Michel Baudouin makes “le lapin a la moutarde en cocotte” — in other words, braised rabbit in a mustard-cream sauce topped with puff pastry. The rabbit, says Baudouin, comes from Ashley Farms in Winston-Salem, but he hopes to begin sourcing it from East Fork Farms in Madison County shortly. The reaction to his dish has been quite positive, Baudouin says. “We’ve been pretty surprised,” he says. “We probably sell two to three cases of rabbit a week.” Baudouin says that the emphasis on local foods in WNC is probably what drives people to try something like rabbit, which is somewhat out of the ordinary — it certainly won’t appear on the McDonald’s menu any time soon. “The whole farm-to-table movement has opened some minds,” he explains. “I don’t know what it’s like everywhere, but I think that Asheville’s a little bit more open-minded about food than maybe some other areas.” For more information, visit The Red Stag Grill is becoming wellknown for its game selections, and it’s no surprise. With a hunter’s-lodge flavor to its decor

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and sumptuous suede-like fabrics covering a multitude of surfaces, a meat-heavy menu at the Red Stag is not exactly shocking. The restaurant, which is located inside the Grand Bohemian hotel in Biltmore Village, serves a Cervina elk tenderloin from New Zealand — which, sous chef Cardiff Creasey says, has a cleaner flavor than the domestic product. The elk is finished with a blackberry demiglace and served with Italian-chestnut mashed potatoes and braised local greens. “The dish is wildly successful,” says Creasey. “We sell it all night long, every night.” Creasey, like Baudouin, thinks that interest in the farm-to-table movement has broadened people’s tastes. “People are becoming more adventurous,” he says. “They’re still definitely careful of what they’re spending their money on — it’s more about quality than whimsey these days.” Creasey moved from Florida two years ago, and is thoroughly impressed by the local-food scene here — and the way that Asheville locals hold restaurateurs accountable for procuring that food. “They expect you (as a chef) to provide local products,” he says. Fortunately, he says, there are plenty to choose from. “You’d have to go all the way to Napa to find a region with the diversity, quality and abundance of local foods than this one. I’m still kind of waking up to it.” For more information, visit Brian Canipelli at Cucina 24 on Wall Street frequently makes use of various game meats as well, like the boar that he gets from a farm in Texas. He commonly slow cooks it into a

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Bustling Bouchon: Guests flock to Bouchon for chef/owner Michel Baudouinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s French comfort food, including a rather decadent braised rabbit in puff pastry. rich ragout that he tosses with some of his handmade gnocchi, or serves it in a brasado over polenta for a rustic and rich Italian meal. Canipelli also offers a rabbit pâtĂŠ that he makes using north-Georgia rabbits. When the spring menu goes into full effect, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll braise that rabbit and serve it over house made fazzoletti â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rustic pasta ribbons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with fennel pollen and castelvetrano olives. For more information, visit www.cucina24restaurant. com. Burgermeisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Haywood Road also went wild about a year ago, putting venison and elk burgers on the menu. Owner Chantal Saunders says that the venison burger was a fairly short-lived item, but the elk seems to have staying power. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been very well-received,â&#x20AC;? she says of

the elk burgers, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I think because of the higher price point, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell as much as a regular burger, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to be expected to a certain extent.â&#x20AC;? Saunders says that the flavor profile of the elk, which is topped with a cranberryhorseradish relish and caramelized onions, is interesting to those who have never tried it before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little sweeter, a little gamier than beef. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the characteristics of game meat â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it really shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taste like beef. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for it to have its own unique flavor.â&#x20AC;? For more information, visit www. X Xpress food coordinator Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at

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Market season is right around the corner, and we at Xpress couldn’t be happier. Expect to see the pages of the food section stuffed with farmers-market reports, recipes and more. We continue to collaborate with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, an organization that shares our love of all things edible in Western North Carolina. Look for the first of ASAP’s columns in next week’s Eatin’ in Season, where Rose McClarney will walk readers through the process of how to identify certifiably local food and provide reports of just when those farmers markets will be open for business.

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In the meantime, we have some market news to get you excited about the upcoming season: The West Asheville Tailgate Market begins its ninth year on Tuesday, April 20, in a bigger, better venue. You might remember this market as the one crammed into a toosmall space near the Westville Pub and the West End Bakery. The WATM has outgrown that spot, and will now be located across the street from Burgermeister’s in the parking lot of the Grace Baptist Church. The new location allows for twice as many vendors, as well as ample parking. Vendors will offer a large assortment of fruits and vegetables, baked goods, eggs, plant starts, local meats, N.C. coastal seafood, honey, dairy products,

cultured foods and more. There will also be plenty of fun and games for the little ones and often live music. The WATM runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Contact market manager Jim Gordon at 545-2262 for more information.

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The Asheville City Market opens at 161 Charlotte St. in downtown Asheville on Saturday, April 17, at 8 a.m. There is, by the way, another location on the south side at Biltmore Town Square — that one doesn’t open until Wednesday, May 5. The downtown market will feature gobs of great local produce, local meats and dairy and local artisan products of both the edible and nonedible variety. Expect to see bath and body goods, breads and other value-added items. Smiling Hara Tempeh is one example of what can found at the City Market. Company owners Chad Oliphant and Sarah Yancey make their fantastic, nutty-tasting tempeh from locally sourced soybeans, and they plan to expand to use other legumes, like chick peas and split peas. Both Luella’s BBQ and Rosetta’s use their product. Andrea Morrell’s Pasta Wench Pasta will also be available. Morrell’s wares — which include creative flavors of ravioli and fettucini as well as pasta sauces — are made with as many locally farmed organic ingredients as possible. Roughly 60 percent of the farms that she buys from are female-owned. Many of the herbs that she uses for her ravioli are grown in her mountaintop farm’s organic-herb garden.



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positive impact. If you would like a chef to teach your class about local food and how to prepare it, please contact ASAP at or 236-1282 by April 16. As funding is limited, the demonstrations will be provided on a first come/first serve basis.

Want kids in your school to make salsa, mix up flavored goat cheese and taste all kinds of vegetables? They can â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for free â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with cooking demonstrations provided by ASAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Growing Minds program. As a part of ASAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to give children positive experiences with fresh, healthy food, the nonprofit organization is now offering WNC teachers cooking demonstrations for pre-school and elementary-school classes. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the cooking demos work: A teacher contacts ASAP requesting a demo and is matched with a volunteer chef, who comes to the classroom prepared with food and supplies. The teacher only needs to provide the space and the students â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as photos and anecdotes from the kids after the session, which normally ranges from one hour to oneand-a-half hours. According to ASAP, cooking demonstrations have multiple benefits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Children may think they hate vegetables or other healthy foods,â&#x20AC;? says ASAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rose McClarney, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but when they cook those same foods themselves and feel invested in the process, kids are likely to taste anything.â&#x20AC;? Also, according to McClarney, studies show that the foods that children are exposed to influence their future eating habits. Introducing kids to healthy choices at an early age can have a long-term

Chef in Motion has moved from its location in a fairly small historic building on Victoria Road near A-B Tech to the space formerly occupied by Wildflower Cafe and later, Amici. The new location allows for greatly expanded seating, as well as walk-in dining; the original location offered dining by reservation only. Mauricio Abreu, aka Chef Mo, says that the restaurant has a seating capacity of about 70, with a private dining area that acts like a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table, which is closer to the concept of the original restaurant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We now serve lunch and dinner like any regular restaurant,â&#x20AC;? he says, adding that the concept of the restaurant is American food with a Latin twist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little different,â&#x20AC;? says Abreu. Abreu also says that all menu items will cost less than $20, the most expensive being a beer-battered lobster tail with mashed sweet potatoes and a chipotle aioli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to keep with the trend of reasonable prices,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, people are looking for value.â&#x20AC;? Chef in Motion will be open for dinner from Monday through Friday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., and until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch is served only on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit X

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Chemistry professor Brett Taubman of Appalachian State University in Boone is teaching an honors course to 12 lucky students called “The Science, History, and Business of Beer and Brewing.” He developed the course, which he’s teaching for the first time this spring. “Really, I’m fooling students into learning chemistry,” Taubman says. “I think the students are having a great time and learning a lot. And nothing’s blown up yet, which is always good.” Taubman, his students and other ASU faculty also are starting a microbrewery, Ivory Tower Brewery, with ASU’s blessing. The educational, nonprofit group is in the process

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of applying for their federal license, Taubman says. In three-to-six months, Boone residents could be drinking an Ivory Tower brew at The Broyhill Inn, where the brewery will be based. An atmospheric chemist and long-time home brewer, Taubman says he came to ASU three years ago “because I wanted to do something different and kind of crazy.” He and his students first started the High Country Beer Fest to support the school’s beer program. The third-annual festival will take place at The Broyhill Inn on Sept. 4. Having an educational, student-run brewery seems to be a hot trend. The University of California at Davis, the University of Denver and Louisiana State University are all giving it a go. “One of our goals is to teach students to appreciate beer instead of abusing beer,”

Taubman asserts. Ivory Tower brewery also will offer a research component comprising renewableenergy production (e.g., capturing clean carbon dioxide for biodiesel production) and the use of alternative energy to power the brewery. I wish I was closer to Boone and could audit Taubman’s class. Even so, look for more details on Ivory Tower Brewery to come.

Spring beer dinners

Craggie Brewing and Café Azalea are teaming up for beer dinners. The first, on March 29, sold out. The second will be Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at Café Azalea on Tunnel Road. Cost is $35 per person (plus tax & gratuity). The five-course meal includes some innovative pairings. I’m intrigued with this one: Craggie’s Battery Hill, English-style pale ale, with beerb-que shrimp and a scallion-grit cake. For reservations, call 299-3753. Bruisin’ Ales and 12 Bones Smokehouse are also offering a lovely spring beer dinner on Wednesday, April, 21, at 6:30 p.m. at 12 Bones’ riverside location. The five-course dinner costs $60 per person but includes tax and gratuity. Listen to this pairing: Dogfish Head’s Aprihop, an American IPA with apricots, served with lamb sausage with sage and apricots and a parmesan, baby-artichoke risotto. Mouth-watering. For reservations, call 606-7880.

Rumors confimed for Beer City Fest locale

Yes, the rumors are true. The inaugural Beer City Festival will be held at the new Roger McGuire Park at City/County Plaza on June 5. Tickets went on sale March 29 at Barley’s Taproom, Bruisin’ Ales and all local-brewery locations for $35 per person (cash only). “They’re flying out the door,” says Barley’s owner Jimi Rentz. If tickets don’t sell out locally, they might be offered online. According to the fest’s organizers from Asheville Brewers’

Alliance, this beer party will be more rock ‘n’ roll than Brewgrass. There will also be beereducation tents, games and more.

WNC Highlands Celtic Festival

While we’re talking summer beer-soaked events to put on your calendar, add in the inaugural WNC Highlands Celtic Festival. This fest will be held at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain on June 18 and 19. The first 1,000 tickets will cost only $10 for both days and go on sale on April 15. Purchase them here: www. The festival will include lots of live Celtic music and dance, food, Pisgah beers (of course), Celtic vendors, Highland athletic demonstrations and more. Come get your Scots on.

Success can hurt

The good news is that folks round here love Wedge Brewery’s beers. The bad news is their success means the brewery has had to cut back on their number of local taps. “We want Carl (Melissas, brewer) to be able to keep his hand in every beer we brew,” says owner Tim Schaller. “We’ve added one more fermenter, but that’s it. We don’t want to grow anymore. We want to stay small and still make good beer.” In order to keep the Wedge’s beers on tap at the brewery itself and to save on transportation costs, the beers will remain only at those establishments that can support two or more taps of Wedge brew. Schaller says he feels awful about pulling the beer from “a few great drinking establishments” and wants to “thank all the great places that chose to support us in the past and apologize for any inconvenience.” This goes to show that even in a town with multiple microbreweries, you can’t have too much good beer. X Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at








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by Steven Samuels Contemporary Asheville teems with fringe-y performers, with vaudeville, cabaret and burlesque troupes launching and performing frequently. The last two months have been particularly rich, with big shows by the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, Bombs Away Cabaret, Bootstraps Burlesque, Seduction Sideshow, Runaway Circus & The Loose Cabooses and Asheville Vaudeville, among others. Will the scene explode into greater prominence, as it sometimes seems poised to do; remain mostly as it is — underground; or implode while trying to transition between the two? Here, a look at some of the performers playing parts in Asheville’s zany scene. It’s come a long way since Michael Sheldon, aka brash, bawdy, loved-crazed Cookie LaRue, left Asheville in 1992 for the greener, wetter pastures of the Pacific Northwest. Sheldon’s Asheville had been one of serious drag beauty pageants, and serious drag

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lip-syncing in bars. Cookie began with lip-sync, but Sheldon and Cookie were too funny to fit. Sheldon found an alternative in some of the clubs of the day, but got pigeonholed as a performance artist. And Sheldon hates being pigeonholed. A decade later, he returned from Seattle to an Asheville so much more accommodating, he got his own place — LaRue’s Backdoor — and now performs with Asheville Vaudeville, too. Shortly, another dream will come true: Sheldon will play it straight as Seymour in Asheville Community Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors. What happened in Asheville during those years?

passed through — the Bindlestiff Family Circus and Yard Dogs Roadshow — sowing seeds of circus and performance fun. But what really knocked him out was local “tribal” performances: belly dancers, fire spinners, trance musicians, even hula-hoop artists. There were lifestyle performances, too, like The Freakers’ Ball. And then there was the Surreal Sirkus Arts Festival and Neo-Pagan Psychedelic Tent Revival …

Jim Julien — an off-the-wall performer in every available venue — arrived from Chicago in 1997. Engaged in performancebased artwork since the early ’70s, he was pretty pleased with what he found here: The economic upturn and downtown revival had begun, and Julien got a kick out of the crazy caravans that

Until she saw the Surreal Sirkus, performance was the last thing on the mind of Ambra Lionstone, now of Seduction Sideshow, when she came to Asheville from Clearwater, Fla., in late 2000. Lionstone knew all about performing, having been engaged with community theater and dance since childhood, and with studies of circus and aerial arts (“not enough”) at Florida State. But Lionstone never enjoyed being “a pawn in someone else’s dream.” She had a degree in early childhood education and only intended to stay in Asheville six months.

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Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s burlesque troupes What small American city besides Asheville could generate three new companies with a penchant for revealing and reveling in the female form in a 12-month span? Though each owes a debt to the pioneering Rebelles, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all far less overtly political. In their short lives, each has seen its lineup change repeatedly, not only because of pressure and lack of financial reward, but for personal, educational and employment opportunities elsewhere. Though the troupes have much in common and occasionally interact (members of Bootstraps and Seduction Sideshow have appeared with each other), thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s limited audience overlap, perhaps due to noteworthy differences: Bootstraps Burlesque Though they know that the past must be continuously recreated, Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;classicalâ&#x20AC;? burlesque draws primarily on forbears from the late 19th century through the 1920s, as well as Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm and contemporary neo-burlesque performer Michelle Lamour. The emphasis is on glamour, rooted in studies of the fine arts and old photos, from which Bootstraps performers learn to apply makeup, shape eyebrows, do their hair, etc. The objective, as Cherry Oh! puts is, is to become a â&#x20AC;&#x153;creature from some other time, some other place.â&#x20AC;? Corky Bordeaux is as interested in emotion as in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;look.â&#x20AC;? How to compress enough feeling into a three-and-a-half minute routine to stun and touch the audience? Bootstraps likes laughs, but its themes tend toward the dark and melancholic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;more Tim Burton than Buster Keaton,â&#x20AC;? according to Cherry.

Seduction Sideshow Exploring sexuality is Seduction Sideshowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overt mission. Ambra Lionstone calls the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work â&#x20AC;&#x153;sexy sideshowâ&#x20AC;?; Sneaky McFly dubs it â&#x20AC;&#x153;dark carnival-cabaret-comedy-circus.â&#x20AC;? Classical burlesque has its place, but Seduction Sideshow is oriented more toward creating the new than reviving the past. Body types vary, too, in part, Lionstone says, because Seduction Sideshow wants to challenge traditional notions of sexiness. This leads to a more broadly comical approach to stripping and a greater use of magic. Bombs Away Cabaret Bombs Away Cabaret features less stripping, per se, than the rest, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of lingerie. And the array of body types rivals Seduction Sideshowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, perhaps because, early on, Bombs Away sought new members by advertising for variety on craigslist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedy is much more important to us,â&#x20AC;? Laura Grant, a key player, explains, acknowledging that finding the right mix of sexy and comic isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women are taught to be beautiful, not funny,â&#x20AC;? she says. In true cabaret fashion, Bombs Away features song-styling as the others do not. And while the performers of Bootstraps Burlesque and Seduction Sideshow develop personas, participants in Bombs Away Cabaret focus on characters. (Another key player, Meg Hale, worked on her Russianaccented Ivana Stabovich by striding into bars and asking for cigarettes.) And though all three companies orient new shows around a theme (silent movies most recently for Bootstraps Burlesque, the freak show for Seduction Sideshow), Bombs Away Cabaret focuses more strongly on plot. X


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Then Lionstone found Asheville’s underground and “my creative voice.” She felt drawn to the belly dance and trance communities, the private worlds of Pandoor & Moon’s dance parties and the black light rituals of Orange Brand Unlimited, but the key inspiration was the Surreal Sirkus. Mounted originally in 1995, it provided a homegrown, freakfilled, pre-Halloween performance annually at the Vance Monument in Pack Square, giving a shot to outré performers and helping forge a community. Lionstone fell under the sway of its “spiritual journeys” and its audience — “our community of friends: very fringe-y.” Sensing an organic growth opportunity, she oversold her aerial abilities, and in its open-hearted way, the Surreal Sirkus took her in.

Rocket Club in May 2008. At Halloween 2008, another troupe with burlesque roots, Bombs Away Cabaret, received a warm welcome. (See sidebar, “Best of the Breast.”) Also in 2008, purveyors of circus and aerial arts seized new opportunities, with the emergence of Runaway Circus & The Loose Cabooses and The Libravado Sisters areial artists troupe. But perhaps the most significant step in putting the whole fringe-y scene on the map was taken late last year, with the premiere of Asheville Vaudeville. Emcee Baron von Sneeden — aka Brian Sneeden, from Wilmington — came to town seven years back as a student and theater technician, and was lucky enough to snag a gig as technical director for the Rebelles. A chance encounter with Scapegoat Theatre Collective’s first outdoor vaudeville — until recently staged once a year in Pritchard Park or the courtyard of the New French Bar — inflamed his imagination: The informal affair allowed anyone interested to perform, and in the second year Sneeden became co-producer. Several years later, burned-out Sneeden left for an extended trip to Europe, where he saw a great deal of street theater. Revitalized, he began to dream of returning to meld all of his theatrical impulses, including charitable ones. Co-producer Thomas Butler, who moved to Asheville from St. Augustine, Fla., in 2006, also happened upon a Scapegoat performance, then wrote a short play for their last outdoor show and “just loved” it. Last August, he and Sneeden began putting together what their manifesto calls “a multitalented collective of playwrights, jugglers, magicians, puppeteers, musicians, dancers, and more ... who follow in the traditions of these historic arts … Our purpose [is] to revive through innovation … to provide 500 meals to hungry members of our community for every sold-out show.” Upon opening for monthly appearances in November, they sold out the BeBe Theater, then added a late show and one-offs around town. Their trajectory is upward, and why not? Asheville Vaudeville provides a stage for street-hardened performers — Tom the Magician, Madison J. Cripps’ Strings Attached Marionettes, the Carolina Music Band — and a collaborative atmosphere for those established otherwise. Britta Felter and Cherry Oh! of Bootstraps Burlesque have appeared with Asheville Vaudeville, as have the jugglers 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth, among many more. Cookie is a regular, and Asheville Vaudeville has raised the stakes on him and everyone else by insisting on all-new material each month. Sheldon both praises and complains about this policy: complains, because he’s “lazy”; praises, because he’s forced to push himself. In fact, thanks to Asheville Vaudeville, he recently invented and introduced a new character: Cookie’s second cousin, Lorna Doone, a country-music star almost blinded by the spotlight …

Sneaky McFly, also of Seduction Sideshow, arrived two years after Lionstone, but was slow to find the Sirkus. Born in Montgomery, Ala., he’d been involved with music, theater and freestyle bicycling from an early age; asked to play drums for Birmingham’s Modern Gypsy Sideshow Circus, he became a magician, a sword swallower and a fire breather. He, too, gravitated to Asheville’s underground community, especially the Mothership, a party/arts studio in the River Arts District eventually closed for disturbing the peace. When Transform Venus, an all-female troupe of fire spinners founded at the turn of the century, caught McFly’s eye, he convinced them to let him join. They became Djinntana, and then Unifire Theatre, only one of the troupes with which McFly performs. When he finally discovered the Surreal Sirkus, he became a regular, and stayed right through the troupe’s 2005 selfimmolation. Why did the Surreal Sirkus have to die? Lionstone blames a structure too loose, and organizational demands too great, for the more-seasoned performers. The memorable public wake ended, intentionally or not, with fire. Meantime, other fringe-y groups had established themselves. 2003 was noteworthy: The Goth-oriented 5th Circle began its five-year run of parties; Susan and Giles Collard, of Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, inaugurated the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival and the legendary Rebelles mounted their first show. You can’t talk about Asheville vaudeville/cabaret/burlesque for five minutes without referencing The Rebelles. With an idiosyncratic blend of politics, storytelling and stripping, they represented “a sea change,” according to Jim Julien. Michael Sheldon found them inspiring in the “Let’s put on a show!” way. Women found them empowering, and two women important in today’s scene — Cherry Oh! and Corky Bordeaux, of Bootstraps Burlesque — had their lives changed by seeing Rebelles’ posters. Cherry Oh!, from Hillsborough, N.C., had always enjoyed dressing up, making costumes and parading around (anime was an early influence). She still regrets not seeing The Rebelles when they appeared in her hometown, but she was underage. Even after enrolling at UNCA in 2004, she couldn’t attend, because Rebelles’ shows were always sold out. But the poster she’d seen in Hillsborough told her all she needed to know: Cherry needed to do burlesque. Born in Fort Mill, S.C., Corky Bordeaux came to Asheville as a teen in 1998 and did theater in high school, but in college was “a straight science nerd.” In 2005, she saw the Rebelles’ poster featuring Josephine Baker and was lucky enough to score a ticket. Stunned by the Rebelles’ sensuality, femininity, and energy, and by the comfort, confidence and power they evinced, she decided to audition for them. Unfortunately, for personal reasons, the Rebelles folded at the end of 2007. Many in the community mourn the loss still, but their departure spurred others on. The instigators of Seduction Sideshow defined their own aesthetic and began performances in 2007. Then Bootstraps Burlesque was born, and held its first sold-out show at the

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There’s buzz about Asheville’s vaudeville/cabaret/burlesque scene, and there are generous, “forgiving” audiences (as Sneaky McFly says). But the difficulties are as great as the opportunities. Most of these shows are collectively directed, fostering artistic freedom, but fueling the stress and arguments typical of communal efforts. Venues can be problematic: low ceilings and limited seating in some; excess capacity and no proper seating in others. Companies like Seduction Sideshow and Bootstraps Burlesque spend six months developing a show for one or two performances, putting earning a living out of reach. (Sneaky calculates Unifire Theatre members make roughly 40 cents an hour.) And the performers do everything themselves: write, design, construct, rent theaters, market, place posters, run Web sites and social network pages, handle the books; etc. And then, of course, there are their primary occupations. “Keep your day job,” expert juggler Walter Beals counsels, and they do: Lionstone is a chef in a culinary program for at-risk youth; Butler dabbles in Florida real estate; Bordeaux is a recovery- room nurse. Beals works the front desk in the


LaZoom rolls its own Sometimes you’ve just got to seize the means of production. “Vaudeville on Wheels” is one way to describe the increasingly popular LaZoom Comedy Tour, now entering its fourth season. That’s not precisely what proprietor/performers Jim and Jennifer Lauzon had in mind when they started Asheville’s alternative guided tour in 2006; then again, they didn’t know precisely what they had in mind. Street performers to the core, they had to make it up as they went along. Moving to Asheville seven years ago, they bartended and waited tables, and Jennifer taught. But they also enjoyed “doing fun things,” as they had in New Orleans, where they met, and as Jim (best known as LaZoom’s “Sister Bad Habit,” sometimes seen frantically pedaling an impossibly tall bicycle downtown, or sipping a brew while hanging on some young stud’s arm at The Thirsty Monk), had been doing since childhood. “I never liked TV,” Jim says; from the first, he wanted to “be the TV!” The Lauzons create props and costumes almost compulsively, and their earliest Asheville performances involved Jim, dressed head-to-toe in neon spandex and sporting goggles, feather-dusting the crowd that gathered as Jen played drums. Later, they developed a bit with a huge black coffin; Jen, dressed as a beautiful clown, would drape herself over it, and then turn a hand-crank until out popped Jim-in-the-box, sometimes breathing fire, sometimes handing out flowers. The idea of a comic tour had occurred

to them in New Orleans, but Asheville felt like the right place to try it. At an auction in Pittsburgh, they bought a bus retired after 12 years of service in Central America. They fixed it up and painted it; but, as Jen recalls, “We built the bus. We forgot to build the show.” At first, they improvised, but not well, in their own estimation. Still, they kept at it, and by the end of the second year felt established. With hard-won, growing confidence, they rewrote the familyfriendly tour in November 2008, and by the middle of their third year found they were selling out. This encouraged them to create a new show — a haunted comedy — for the next Halloween, and they engaged “10 or more actors,” some of whom served as celebrity impersonators. Now that almost every one of the rides on the Purple Bus is sold out, Jim and Jen have begun to peddle back on their personal performances, providing opportunities for other players in town. (Last season, Karri Brantley-Ostergaard, of LYLAS fame, joined the fun. This year, Madison J. Cripps, of Strings Attached Marionettes, will fill in for Jim on some tours.) For family reasons, the Lauzons want more time to themselves, but they’re also planning to write and produce an original, adult-oriented tour to debut this year. As LaZoom’s new season begins, they’re offering $10 tickets to Asheville residents. And if you get on the bus soon, don’t be surprised to find acts from Asheville Vaudeville performing along the route. Learn more at — S.S.

public defender’s office, yet still manages to be one of the town’s busiest showmen. A member of 40 Fingers and A Missing Tooth, Beals designs and builds sets, props, puppets, and masks. He has an animal act (“Sophie the Wonder Dog”). He appears with Asheville Vaudeville and Runaway Circus & The Loose Cabooses, has opened for 23 Skidoo and played the half-time show for The Blue Ridge RollerGirls at the Civic Center, and he became the emcee for Bootstraps Burlesque on Valentine’s Day last year. But the toll of all his moonlighting forced Beals to withdraw from Bootstraps after their latest extravaganza. Beals is not alone in wearing too many hats. But what’s a poor Asheville artist to do? The problem for performers of any stripe is that training and rehearsing won’t cut it; performers need extensive time in front of audiences to achieve greatness. But performance opportunities in a city this small are limited, and chances to play on the road, though welcome, are few and insufficiently remunerative. Besides, you can’t keep your day job on the road. Some on the fringe are content as things are, and even those who wish they could devote full time to their art acknowledge reality. “It’s not gonna pay,” Sneaky McFly says, “so we might as well do something good.” Which helps explain why these artists perform in so many benefit events and frequently devote at least a portion of show proceeds to charity. Right now, though, the weak economy threatens the scene’s development. Cherry Oh! knows Bootstraps is riding a trend and sometimes feels overwhelmed by ever-emerging competition. Lionstone also worries about “market saturation.” But vaudeville/cabaret/burlesque could continue to grow in Asheville, if producers emerge to assume the managerial burden; if regular, longer runs are attempted, to take advantage of word of mouth; if a higher percentage of the population opens itself to the unexpected; and if Asheville’s hottest scene makes a big enough noise to begin attracting tourists. After all, Asheville loves local, but to survive and thrive, its fringe-y artists must bring outside audiences in. X Steve Samuels reviews theatre and burlesque for Xpress Sightlines project at www.mountainx. com/theatre.


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The Asheville Lyric Opera brings one of literature’s most well-developed characters to life by Maggie Cramer High-school literature teachers would rejoice over the conversation I recently had with Asheville Lyric Opera’s general and artistic director David Starkey. While talking about the ALO’s upcoming production of Carmen — the Georges Bizet opera based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée — it became perfectly clear that my teachers were onto something during those lectures we struggled through at the time: The themes found in classic works are universal, relevant from generation to generation. Starkey is excited to share the story of Carmen with Ashevilleans for that very reason. It still has something to say. “We sometimes have complications in our lives where it’s not just black and white. You’ve got these layers,” he says. “These are the struggles that are between the male and female lead.” While the opera’s characters don’t learn from their complications, the audience can. “We’re going to help people understand that you can unravel those complexities that you have, whether it’s the passion of love, or whether it’s the passion of country, or the passion of rights, whatever that is, and keep working for balance.” Bizet’s masterpiece, which premiered in 1875, is a French opera set in Seville, Spain. Both Mérimée’s novella and Bizet’s opera tell the story of Carmen, a beautiful and fiery gypsy who woos an officer, Don José. When Carmen chooses another man over him, Don José’s jealousy leads him to murder his former love, feeling that if he can’t have her, no one else can. It’s the stuff not only of classic literature, but heart-wrenching country songs and soap operas. The ALO first performed Carmen six years ago, but Starkey’s not afraid of the repeat. “You have to bring back that standard, top-of-the line repertoire that is part of your craft, and then present the interpretation as we have grown as a society and culture,” he says. “Since we’ve already done it, now it’s going to be about what more can we say with this show. How have we evolved as a


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Stirred and shaken: “There’s almost nothing that will ever stir you as much as Carmen will,” says ALO director David Starkey. Here, Elise DesChamps and Brian Cheney. company, but also how have we evolved as a culture.” One exciting difference between the ALO’s last run of Carmen and the upcoming production lies with the main character herself. For Élise DesChamps, a French-Canadian mezzosoprano, it’s a role debut, although she has previously performed with the ALO, as Maddelena in last year’s production of Rigoletto. Starkey sees the title-role actress as responsible for both handling the complexities of her character and the complexities inherent in the opera. He admits that the juxtaposition of setting and language can confuse some, but this go-around, he’s more certain than ever that his lead, DesChamps, can mitigate that confusion. “To bring the French language to such a vivid life … she’s going to have this unique ability to cut right through that complication and be able to show this passionate conflict that Carmen deals with.” Of course, Bizet’s talents as a composer also have something to do with the reason a somewhat startling contrast can be understood, Starkey says. “Bizet had this masterful ability to be able to layer complexities that his predecessors had not done,” he says, specifically referencing his use of French for a story set in Spain. “Spain and France, although close on the map, they’re so far apart. He was able to layer those things in such a unique

way and to bring in these layers of characters and to keep them very identifiable all the way through. You just don’t lose the purpose of why a person’s there. You get it.” Worried you won’t “get it” if you’ve never before been exposed to the genre? Don’t be, Starkey says. “This is the opera that a young man or woman would want to come and see,” Starkey says. He acknowledges that he’s not promoting the production to elementary schools with which the ALO works because of the violence. But, it’s perfect “for a young man or woman who is looking for those artistic moments to really be stirred, and to find some connection with, from a cultural standpoint and musical standpoint,” he says. “There’s almost nothing that will ever stir you as much as Carmen will.” True to the tone of the discussion, Starkey finishes with a bit of homework. He encourages Carmen novices and veterans alike to read the story at least once before watching the performance — whether it’s a translation of the novella online, or the synopsis at the theatre. After getting a feel for Bizet’s inspiration, relax and enjoy the show. X Maggie Cramer is an Asheville-based freelance writer.




Just throwing a party

The Red Stick Ramblers bring Louisiana music to town by Parrish Ellis The western swing bands of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s (Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies) were innovative musical ensembles, creating a new idiom of American music by cross-pollinating numerous vernacular styles like Dixieland swing, western cowboy songs, European polka, mountain fiddle tunes, Delta blues, New Orleans ragtime and Tin Pan Alley pop songs. Many years later, the southern Louisianabased Red Stick Ramblers are a talented and enthusiastic example of this omnivorous artistic aesthetic. They are equally adept at playing multiple strains of traditional American musical forms, including Cajun, zydeco, blues, honkytonk, Gypsy jazz, and (you guessed it) western swing. What’s even more impressive is that they write original songs that are as melodically and lyrically memorable as any of the timeless swing standards that they infuse with new life in dancehalls and theaters on any given night. In their 10 years of existence, they’ve released five excellent records and have been busy burning up the road. Xpress caught up with Chas Justus, the Ramblers’ guitarist/singer/songwriter. How’s the road life? Has the band gone to any exotic places recently? Justus: Road life has been both interesting and somewhat challenging, but it’s taken us all over the U.S. and Canada, Europe and even Australia. It’s been a wild ride but they don’t call us ramblers for nothing; someone’s gotta spread the Cajun swing gospel and it might as well be us. What is it that makes the Cajun and Creole cultures of southern Louisiana so rich in spicy food, syncopated, funky music, great people and lots of dancing and partying? Someone told me recently that studies show even though Louisiana is one of the poorest, least-educated and in many ways most-disadvantaged states; it’s also one of the happiest. I think it really comes down to a sense of community that seems to have been retained down here. And people seem to understand that everyone participates. Whether they’re dancing, cooking or playing music, people seem to passively observe less and participate more in the party. Speaking of Cajun/Creole culture, you guys


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EMPOWERED BIRTHING Great American music: The Red Stick Ramblers have been all over, but they like the Asheville audience — “people love to dance and many of them have a good sense for it, and there are many conscious listeners.” started a music and food festival in Lafayette called Blackpot. How was the experience of starting up a festival from scratch? Starting our own festival has been one of the most rewarding experiences you could imagine. After playing so many festivals I think we’ve gotten a sense of what makes some more special than others. You’re really just throwing a party, and that’s something that comes naturally to us. We wanted to put ourselves and our music in an ideal context with dancing, community and food that would make everything just right — the sights, the smells, the sounds. It’s really not just us though, it’s our friends and community whether you’re from Louisiana or North Carolina — everyone coming together as friends in a comfortable, enjoyable context. The RSRs are one of the few contemporary performers that have studied and absorbed the style of western-swing music. What is it about Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Bill Boyd and other great Texas and Oklahoma bands that grabbed your ear? I think the things that grab our ear about the Texas Playboys and any of those westernswing bands is the same things that grabbed

people since they were recorded. That music in many ways is the great American music combining jazz, country, Appalachian and blues into something danceable, listenable and undeniably fun. They were obviously having a great time and making people happy doing it. The RSRs play for a lot of dances. Do you prefer those to seated theater performances? I wouldn’t say we necessarily prefer one or the other, I think we used to prefer playing to dancers because that’s how we started, but over the years we’ve learned to appreciate listeners and enjoy entertaining them in a different sort of way. The best is when you have a happy medium of movement and listening, where people are dancing but you don’t feel like you’re just providing a dance soundtrack. Asheville is one of the best places for that; people love to dance and many of them have a good sense for it, and there are many conscious listeners which makes the musicians feel like somebody cares. X Parrish Ellis plays resonator guitar, banjo, ukulele and other stringed instruments in the Wiyos.

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While performing at Cumberland, Md.’s DelFest (named for bluegrass legend Del McCoury), The Lee Boys let a fan jam with them. “He was just feeling it and asked his manager if he could get up on stage,” Alvin Lee, the band’s leader and guitarist, recalls. “I didn’t know who he was, but I could tell by his hair he must be Del’s son.” That impromptu pairing led to a more formal alliance between sacred steel act the Lee Boys — a Miami-based group made up of brothers Alvin, Derrick and Keith Lee with nephews Roosevelt Collier, Alvin Cordy Jr. and Earl Walker — and The Travelin’ McCourys — a bluegrass band with Del McCoury’s sons Ronnie and Robbie joined by Jason Carter and Alan Bartram. If bluegrass and sacred steel (a style of gospel music that developed in House of God churches in the 1930s after brothers Troman and Willie Eason replaced organ with pedal steel guitar — usually associated with Hawaiian music — in worship services) seem strange bedmates, Lee isn’t bothered. “Our chemistry just jelled,” he recalls. “We call our


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“When we get on stage, we get spirit-filled”: Family band The Lee Boys takes sacred steel from the sanctuary to the stage. collaboration ‘Sacred Grass.’“ According to Lee, due to the family connection, his band and the McCourys share more commonalities than many of the Southern rock and jam bands with which the Lee Boys have previously worked. As for what it’s like to be in the tight-knit Lee Boys: “It’s definitely difficult with decision-making, but because we are a family, it makes us better,” says Lee. “At the end of the day, we love each other and try to work it out.” It was commitment to family that spawned the group — at least its public, touring, barand-festival-playing iteration — a decade ago. In 2000, Lee lost his father, who was a pastor at the church in which the brothers grew up. The same year, Lee also lost his brother, steel guitarist Glenn, with whom he’d started the sacred steel band. Those losses spurred Lee to recruit his nephew, steel guitarist Collier, and take the act on the road. It’s not just about bringing sacred steel — a soulful, jammedout, upbeat, gospel-infused, secular-approved brand of feel-good rock — to the masses; it’s about remaining close to the dearly departed. “At first we were church boys, and some of the older [parishioners] feel [the music] should have been kept within the four walls,” Lee says of the transition from chapels to clubs. The Lee Boys’ first festival was in Nova Scotia, performing to a crowd of about 7,000. “We were able to do like we’d done in church,” Lee remembers. “When we’re on stage, we still get spirit-filled.” And the band’s sound spoke to its new, secular audience, landing the Lee Boys slots on Jam Cruise and a high-profile fan base

including Victor Wooten, Derek Trucks and Jimmy Herring. Not that those big names phased Lee. “I didn’t grow up listening to those guys,” he points out. Thanks to his church upbringing, Lee and his brothers were fairly sheltered. In fact, he recalls, “We had a strict doctrine. We couldn’t go to movies or clubs.” Since he and his brother Glenn were the last born of eight children, the Lee parents had loosened the reigns enough for the youngest sons to join marching band and listen to Michael Jackson — influences that quickly found their way into the church performances. “Back in the 1980s, we were the real rebels,” Lee laughs. But when a certain icon-to-some guitarist, moved by the Lee Boys’ music, wanted to sit in, what was Lee’s reaction? “Just let this guy on stage. I didn’t know who he was. Turned out to be Bob Weir.” Sometimes not knowing famous people eliminates the intimidation factor, though it seems a safe bet that Lee feels confident in himself no matter what. “I always keep what I do sacred steel,” he says. But that doesn’t mean more boundarypushing collaborations aren’t on the horizon. Following their current tour with Hill Country Revue (a spinoff project of North Mississippi Allstars), the Lee Boys plan to go into the studio this summer to record a new album. Says Lee, “We want to collaborate with Oteil [Burnbridge], The Peacemakers, the Allman Brothers. Our minds are very open.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@




Songs take flight

For Matt Butcher, the words are important by Alli Marshall


Singer/songwriter Matt Matt Butcher, with local openButcher is a man of contraers Maggie and Her Mistakes dictions. He’s a British native what: who favors Americana. He Singer/songwriter funds his recordings and tours by making salads at a vegwhere: etarian restaurant in Orlando BoBo Gallery and then gives his music when: away through free online Thursday, April 8 (9 p.m., free. downloads and no-cover or formances. He wears a rose tattoo on his chest in memory of a grandmother who “really like roses but hated tattoos. So I don’t know where that leaves me.” Actually, the musician has a number of tattoos, including Haida tribal symbols for perseverance and freedom of spirit. “I really want to be one of those slightly haggard old men with all these faded tattoos because whenever I see them I think, ‘Man, that guy’s got some stories,’” Butcher says. Presently, he’s far from haggard or old — he’s 26 and waifish; edgy in front of mic in worn jeans and mussed hair but also compellingly lovely. But Butcher does have stories. Me and My Friends, the musician’s 2008 solo debut, came after the demise of his rollicking Southern-rock quintet The Heathens. A keen departure from that band’s self-coined “dickstompin’” sound, Butcher’s solo work is less about winding up the crowd and more about really saying something. “To me, the words are super important. The words have to be there for the song to take flight,” he explains. “I consider myself a storyteller.” “So let’s drive out of town, get stoned and get lost and turn around. And we will find our way back to a happier state of mind,” Butcher sings on the sweeping waltz-noir title track of his album. Each track brims with night, rain, mournful horns, phosphorescent strings and anguish so polished that it shines. Butcher started playing guitar in his early teens, cutting his teeth on Beatles tunes. “I don’t think I took myself too seriously at first,” he says of initial songwriting attempts. “The lyrics to one of my first songs were, ‘This kid just wants to rock, smoke pot and throw rocks and cops.’ I like to think I’ve evolved since then: Now I prefer the writing to the music.” Thoughtfulness is apparent in Butcher’s writing; so is life experience. “Most of the songs on Me and My Friends were written during a troubled time of alcohol and drug abuse,” reports Tampa Bay Times blog Soundcheck, which quotes the musician as saying, “I got sober in 2005 and things have been looking up since then.” But where introspective albums can easily digress into self-indulgence and sentimentalism, Butcher manages, for the most part, to steer clear of those pitfalls. Not every track is personal, and the musician has the good sense to tuck heart-on-sleeve emotion into catchy melody. “Grey Skies, Green Shoes,” with its hand claps and jangly guitars, skillfully disguises the plaintive notion in lines like “A love seat ain’t no good when one person leaves” and “Why do we lose the ones we love?” No doubt Butcher has those bleak days that give rise to such questions, but his professional life seems to benefit from friends found rather than lost. Like a fortuitous connection to The Avett Brothers, formed when The Heathens opened for the then-unknown N.C. band at a Florida show. “There were 175 people and probably a lot of them were there to see us, because we were the bigger local band,” the musician remembers. “Scott [Avett] and I kind of hit it off and I’ve kept in touch with them over the years. Since then I’ve probably opened for them 20 times.” At Orlando’s Anti-Pop Music Festival, an event which pairs local and national acts, Butcher was booked along side Conor Oberst — he

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of the sad-yet-edgy, angst-riddled-yet-ironic songs. Of that experience: “In my encounter with him, he was really sweet and went above and beyond what he needed to do for me. Which was nothing.” And, most recently, Butcher made a video with The Everybodyfields’ Jill Andrews (now also a solo act). The singer/songwriter sounds slightly embarrassed admitting that “I think I sent her a message through MySpace.” But that led to the two dueting on Butcher’s “Giving My Sadness a Name” (watch the video at and performing a number of shows together. That song, “Sadness,” is a haunting Romeo and Juliet-made-modern tale that Butcher says came to him as he was falling asleep one night. “I popped out of bed and wrote it in 15 or 20 minutes.” Other songs, like a murder ballad he just finished for his in-progress sophomore release, take years to complete. But even with all that effort at stake, Butcher says that making albums as money allows and giving listeners free digital copies “kind of feels like the only way to do it.” The same is true for his many free shows, like this week’s BoBo Gallery performance: “People are so inundated with music that I want to make it really easy for them to come out get a feel for what I do.” X

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Pony up! Community rallies for White Horse Black Mountain Pony up, says Don Talley. It’s time to help White Horse Black Mountain stay in business. The venue and listening room opened in Black Mountain in 2008. Singer Kim Hughes and music-industry vet Bob Hinkle renovated a former car dealership right in the heart of downtown, and it fast became a popular place to convene and appreciate great music — and despite its infancy, has already scored acts like Adrian Legg, Cyril Neville, Jack Clement, Beausoleil and more. But times have been tough, says Talley, a longtime music supporter and founder of Black Mountain Music Scene, a blog/newsletter/Web site. “Starting a new business is a strain, and it usually takes three years to get a business going successfully.” White Horse has been struggling since last fall, and a series of snowstorms and cancellations put a further strain on operations. After they held a benefit show for WNCW in November, Talley asked Hughes and Hinkle if he could hold a benefit for them. The owners were reluctant, he says. “They admitted that their needs were great, but were hopeful that business would pick up and that they wouldn’t have to ask help in such a direct way. The eternal optimists, Bob and Kim felt that they had some great shows booked, and with a little luck things, would turn around in December and January.” Weather hurt those plans — as it has hurt many local businesses, with snowstorms seeming to strike with regularity on the weekends, typically a boom time. Talley decided to move ahead with his plans for a benefit, especially after he saw the effort and concern White Horse’s owners put into holding three Help Haiti Heal benefit shows for earthquake relief. He found local musicians quick to offer their services. “I liken it to an old-fashioned ‘barn raising’ where people in the community came together to help their neighbors with a specific need. ... The same community spirit was exhibited in urban areas in the ‘60s with the

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‘rent parties,’ where folks came over to play music and a hat was passed around to collect money to pay rent to keep someone from being evicted,” Talley says. “The many friends of White Horse Black Mountain have already expressed an eagerness to give something back to a music venue which has given so much to others and created such a wonderful sense of community among those who’ve attended concerts there, who’ve performed there, and who’ve found a sense of ‘belonging and home’ at White Horse,” he says. “Bob and Kim have created something which is more than just a music venue ... White Horse is truly community.” The benefit is Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11, with tickets for $12 a day or $20 for both. The show on Saturday starts at 7 p.m., and the music will start on Sunday at 2 p.m. More information at whitehorsebenefit. • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 63


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Joyful Sonic Wash

Joyful Sonic Wash is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a Japanese husband & wife duo whose music has so many influences that it would actually take less time to just go & hear it for yourself than for me to try & describe it to you,â&#x20AC;? says press for the unique event. Junichi (the husband) plays saxophone and self-made instruments and sings through special effects. Megumi (the wife) studied sitar in Calcutta but, in Joyful Sonic Wash style, plays that through effects, too. Come up with your own classification for this group at BoBo Gallery on Sunday, April 11, 8 p.m. $5.

Importance of Being Earnest

If you needed more proof that spring has arrived (beyond the Equinox, the time change, Easter and the plethora of daffodils) here you go: theatrical performers The Montford Park Players open their 2010 season with Oscar Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Importance of Being Earnest. OK, so the shows arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t outside yet, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vernal, playful and light in Wildeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheeky comedy. It runs April 8-18 at the Asheville Arts Center. Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. with matinees on Sundays April 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, Thursdays are â&#x20AC;&#x153;pay what you can night.â&#x20AC;? or 254-5146.

Ameliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mechanics

These days everyone and her brother is sharing stages, songs and probably sandwiches with The Avett Brothers. All-female trio Ameliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mechanics (guitarists/vocalists Molly Miller and Molly McGinn, and Kasey Horton on viola) decided to go one better and headed straight to the source: Jim Avett (Scott and Sethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad), who produced Ameliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mechanicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debut CD, North South and opens for the lyrical group at Pisgah Brewery on Saturday, April 10. 8 p.m., $7.


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Curtains at the Speakeasy

7:00 pm• Sat., April 10th & 17th

Boss Dynamite Devine and all the usual suspects. Think “Chicago” meets the Sopranos.

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7:00 pm Sat., May 8th & 22nd

A fierce cook-off; could the proof be the pudding?

Right Under The Devil’s Nose 7:00 pm Sat., June 12th & 26th

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Irish-born singer/songwriter and guitarist John Doyle gained acclaimed as a member of Solas — and when he left that group and settled in Asheville, it was a jumping-off point for his career. These days, when he’s not racking up the awards (including a 2010 Grammy nomination for Double Play with fiddler Liz Carroll), producing and contributing to the projects of others (including Danny Ellis’ 800 Voices, Alison Brown’s Stolen Moments), he’s touring with Joan Baez as her music director. Catch Doyle in a rare local/solo performance at Grey Eagle. Sunday, April 11, 8 p.m. $15 advance, $17 at the door.


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Rocking West Asheville

Remember AgroLola? Following an implosion and a lineup change, vocalist James Carson says that band has “sprung from the ashes” as newly christened the LEER. They’ll join forces with a number of other rock bands — energetic indie/punk outfit Wooden Toothe, Forty Furies (who once promised to “continue to blow back your Flock of Seagulls”) and indie duo Brindle — for a rock bonanza at The Rocket Club. Saturday, April 10. 10 p.m., $7.

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Super-swank electro-funk

Travel to New York City’s hippest electropop club without ever leaving Asheville. Or shelling out half a week’s pay for a cocktail. Brooklyn-based composer/producer/ performer Galen Bremer collaborates with drummer Myk Baldridge and bassist Roddy Wilder of local act The Funk Messengers to “explore the depths of modern passion with electro-funk grooves.” The event takes place at the Flood Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Studio on Saturday, April 10, 9 p.m.-midnight. $12 at the door.

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C lubland rules •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 Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt 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.

Wed., April 7

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Elephant Micah and Time & Temperature w/ holy holy vine & Danni Iosello

Country dance lessons, 9-10pm Dance, 10pm-Midnight

Shag dance

Holland’s Grille

Tallgary’s College Street Pub


Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Open mic/jam

‘80s Night, 10pm

Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Hookah Bar

Chameleon Soul Food

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul jazz jam

Fairview Tavern

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Open mic jam w/ The Wellhouse Band Frankie Bones

Reese Gray Jazz Trio feat: members of Firecracker Jazz Band

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Nine Mile

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Geoff Weeks (soul/jazz piano)

Orange Peel

Garage at Biltmore

The Easy Star All-Stars (reggae)

Thu., April 8

Atlantic Connection (hip-hop)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Good Stuff

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Athena’s Club

Open mic

Red Stag Grill

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Rocket Club

Battle of the Bands

Uncle Kracker and Rehab (alternative rock) w/ The Consumers

Pico vs Island Trees (indie, pop, rock) w/ Dancer Delight & The Bridges

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Harvest Records

Scandals Nightclub

Dance & open jam session Back Room

Courtyard Gallery

Zydeco dance & lessons


Club 828

Open mic

the MeSSengerS

rhythM & BlueS (writer/guitariSt froM Shhoter JenningS) Friday, april 9

JohnSon’S CroSSroaD alt-aMeriCana

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Bill noonan & the“aMeriCana BarBeD wireS at it’S BeSt!” MOndayS!

$1 Beer • the DewDaBiDeS


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8:30 pm w/ David Bryan

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Hip-hop & DJ night

‘80s night

Open mic w/ Barbie Angell

Town Pump

Emerald Lounge

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

“Dubstep Round 3”

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Frankie Bones

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Open mic hosted by Jimbo

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room Garage at Biltmore

Hill Country Revue (blues, rock) & The Lee Boys

Habibigy (blues, soul)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Cisco Playboys (Western swing)

Red Stick Ramblers (other) w/ Woody Pines (roots, blues)

Beacon Pub


Open mic Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

JJ Grey & Mofro (blues) w/ Band of Heathens

Buddy David Band

Infusions Lounge

Barley’s Taproom

Hosted by VJP • No Cover

Thur., April 8th Ragbirds and Brother Fatback Fri., April 9th Bobby Lee Rodgera Sat., April 10th Songwriters Finals Mon., April 12th Jenny Juice’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition • No Cover! Tues., April 13th Do It To Julia • No Cover! Wed., April 14th Soul Jazz Jam Hosted by VJP • No Cover

All shows start at 9:30 pm and are $5 unless otherwise noted

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Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Back Room

Wed., March 7th Soul Jazz Jam

kitchen open until late 3pm-2am everyday pinball, foosball & a kickass jukebox “It’s bigger than it looks!”

Ben Riva (acoustic, rock) & friends

DJ night

thurSday, april 8

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Open mic & jam

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Eleven on Grove

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Bosco’s Sports Zone Club 828

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Backyard Tire Fire (rock, roots) & South Memphis String Band

Saint Solitude (garage, indie) w/ Finn Riggins, Andrew Larson & The Moral Fibers

Fairground Avenue (indie, punk) w/ Timeshares

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric

Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop)

Boiler Room

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Contagious • Rock-n-Roll


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$2 Glasses of Wine Wednesday

35¢ Wings

w/purchase of beverage

Wed & Fri

Karaoke 10pm-2am Sunday

Karaoke 10pm - 2am

$50 cash prize for karaoke winner!

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Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Iron Horse Station

The Surf Church (surf, rock) w/ Dick Dale Earnhardts

Open mic w/ Yorky


Temptations Red Room

Crystal Bright & The Silverhands (experimental, other) w/ Poor Mouth, Ross Gentry+Nathanael Markham

DJ Drea The Hookah Bar

Club 828

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass Jam, 7pm Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

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1/2 Price bottles of Wine 1/2 Price appetizers 5-8

Live music

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Nikki Talley (indie, rock) Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Mela

Belly dancing

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Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

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O’Malley’s On Main

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The Ragbirds (folk, rock, roots) w/ Brother Fatback Jam night Orange Peel

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a ll neW menu! beSt aPPetizerS in aSheville WedneSdayS free Pool Sat. & Sun. ChamPagne brunCh & bloody mary bar

Corey Smith (singer/songwriter) w/ Tyler Reeve Pisgah Brewing Company

Queen Anne’s Revenge (roots) Purple Onion Cafe

Honeycutters (Americana) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Red Step Artworks

Open bluegrass jam Rocket Club

Zoomba party

4 College Street

Scandals Nightclub


Stella Blue


“Exposure” DJ night SHAT (punk, metal) w/ Southern Cross & mindshapefist Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Laura Michaels

Mon. Tues.

Thur. Fri.

WING NIGHT 5-11 pm

FAT TuesdAy

all u Can Eat Jambalaya & Blues $2 domestics and $5.50 bombs

TRIVIA NIGHT starts at 9 pm

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Temptations Red Room

“Old School Dance Party” w/ DJ Chubby Knuckles The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Night of the Living Poet w/ Scott Kinard Town Pump

Leroy Powell & The Messengers (country, blues) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz and Friends (blues)` Vincenzo’s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

‘80s KARAoKe

733 Haywood Rd. • West Asheville (on the corner of Brevard & Haywood Rd.)


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Hannah Furgiuele (“honey-tinted mountain flavored tunes”), 7-9pm Eleven on Grove

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

Velvet Truckstop (rock ‘n’ roll) w/ Yarn (Americana) Frankie Bones

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Woody Wood (rock, soul) Funny Business Comedy Club

Dave Landau (comedian), 8pm & 10:30pm Garage at Biltmore

Jones For Revival (progressive) Good Stuff

Brooke Clover (folk, world, rock) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Kovacs & The Polar Bears (indie, folk) w/ Boys of Summer & Englishman Highland Brewing Company

Ian Thomas Trio (folk) Holland’s Grille

Fine Line (rock) Iron Horse Station

Slight Departure (old-time bluegrass)

Aaron Coffin & Elaine Taunton (jazz) Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Shannon McNally & The Hot Sauce w/ Johnson’s Crossroad (acoustic, Americana) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Ruby Slippers (lounge, pop) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Watershed

B-Day jam party Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Lorraine Conard (Americana, blues) White Horse

Paco Shipp w/ Billy Cardine (acoustic)

Sat., April 10 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

The Boys from Brevard (jazz, rock) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

Jonathan Ammons & The Electric Ghost CD release party (Americana, experimental) Boiler Room

The Farewell Drifters (indie, bluegrass)

Issachar (metal) w/ Despite My Failure, Shotgun Saints, Young American Landscape & Miles Apart

Jerusalem Garden


Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

Trainwreks (rock, country, blues)

Albatross Party & Magnetic Flowers Club 828

Live music by local artists

Satori Social (electronica, soul) w/ Bluetech, Kraddy, Collective Efforts, DJ Bowie, Van Ling & Sonmi Suite (electro, rock)

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Craggie Brewing Company

Lobster Trap

Kate McNally (Americana songbird)

The Zealots (rock, alternative)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Emerald Lounge

Bobby Lee Rodgers (jam rock, guitar)

Kung Fu Dynamite (rock)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Fairview Tavern

Contagious (rock)

Brent Hopper & Billy Gilmore (bluegrass, blues, honky-tonk)

O’Malley’s On Main

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Smilin Jack

Bob Burnette (folk, singer/songwriter)

White Horse

Olive or Twist

Funny Business Comedy Club

Westville Pub

“Great Blue Ridge Talent Search”

Jazz w/ Bill Gerhardt & Sharon LaMont

Dave Landau (comedian), 8pm & 10:30pm

Zuma Coffee

Orange Peel

Garage at Biltmore

Fri., April 9 Athena’s Club

DJ night

Sun. Sunday Bloody Sunday $4.50 Bloody Marys

Craggie Brewing Company

Do It To Julia (folk, rock) w/ Modo & Still Time

Gringo Star (big beat, psychedelic)

Thursday night bluegrass jam


Bonobo (electronic) w/ Emancipator, Virtual Boy & The Invisible

Twist of Fate (rock, metal)

Back Room

Makia Groove (funk, reggae, fusion) Beacon Pub

The Julia Ann Band (bluegrass) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

Delbert McClinton (blues, rock, jazz) w/ Dick50

Intergalactic Prophecy

Pisgah Brewing Company

Good Stuff

Cadillac Jones (funk, jazz)

Jesse James (Americana) & the Goddam Ghosts

Purple Onion Cafe

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Rewind Blue (Southern rock) Rocket Club

Melodious Earth (rock, funk) Scandals Nightclub

Drag show feat: Tyra Couture, Ami Zhan & more Stella Blue

Joe Buck Yourself (country, punk) w/ Dissent

Sol Driven Train (roots) w/ Spiritual Rez (Afrobeat, reggae) Handlebar

Tim Wilson (comedy) w/ Chris DuBail Infusions Lounge

Live music Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Sons of Ralph (bluegrass) Jerusalem Garden

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

clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Ale House 505-3550 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club 252-2456 The Back Room 697-6828 Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 285-0400 Cancun Mexican Grill 505-3951 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Dom 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530

Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant 883-4447 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 277-7117 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 Funny Business Comedy Club 318-8909 The Garage 505-2663 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn 252-2711


Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Laureyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering 252-1500 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Bar 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill 258-1550 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117

Olive Or Twist 254-0555 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pantherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Paw 696-0810 Pineapple Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Red Step Artworks 697-1447 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Rubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ Shack 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913

Stockade Brew House 645-1300 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 TGI Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 277-4080 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Blues 254-7072 Vaso De Vino Wine Bar & Market 254-4698 Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sexy Boutique a female friendly environment for lingerie â&#x20AC;˘ shoes â&#x20AC;˘ legwear home & body essentials jewelry â&#x20AC;˘ original fine art massage oils adult toys, books and workshops 36 Battery Park Ave. Downtown Asheville, NC 28801 828-254-6329 â&#x20AC;˘

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

OSO: smoking clubspr for specfics â&#x20AC;˘ ISS: smoking N o outdoor/patio r t h C ar o lionly n â&#x20AC;˘aSH:ssmoking t a t ehours, lacallw o h ibi t sindoor sm o k section i n gâ&#x20AC;˘ SA: i nsmoking d o oallowed rs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;City Mac Garage Bandâ&#x20AC;? Songwriting Competition

Drag show feat: Brianna Michaels, Kimberly Allure & more

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Stella Blue

Matt Williams (folk, rock, fusion) & The Ocean

BLITCH (rock, alternative)

Nine Mile

Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

TSY (rock)

Olive or Twist

Temptations Red Room

42nd Street Jazz Band

DJ Spy V

Sun., April 11

Orange Peel

The Hookah Bar

The Temper Trap (aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;cappella, other) w/ The Kissaway Trail

ParD w/ Selector Cleofus, Medisin, GalaxC Girl, Quetzatl & Intrinsic

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Pisgah Brewing Company

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Ameliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mechanics (folk) w/ Jim Avett

Paul Cataldo (singer/songwriter)

Purple Onion Cafe

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

Carol Rifkin & Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creek (singer/songwriters)

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Red Stag Grill

Town Pump

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Bill Noonan & The Barbed Wires

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

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

Rewind Blue (Southern rock)

The Nightcrawlers (dance, blues)

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Live music

Live music w/ Marc Keller

Rocket Club


Brindle (alternative, folk, rock) w/ Wooden Toothe, the LEER & Fourty Furies

Buyaka (funk, rock, jazz)

Scandals Nightclub

The Peg Twisters (â&#x20AC;&#x153;old-time music w/ a twistâ&#x20AC;?)

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Westville Pub

Big Daddy Love (Americana, bluegrass, folkrock) White Horse

White Horse Fundraiser feat: : Malcolm Holcombe, Billy Cardine and Jay Sanders, Ashley Chambliss, Peggy Ratusz & more



DJ night Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom

Like Mind Trio (jazz)


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Luke Wood (acoustic) BoBo Gallery

Joyful Sonic Wash (world, experimental) Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lessons French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Chelsea Lynn La Bate (classical folk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

John Doyle (guitarist, songwriter) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late

MB?PCFF?bM-,*7!CA;L ;L Great Food! Mon.-Sat. 11 am - 2 am â&#x20AC;˘ Sun. 2 pm - 2 am â&#x20AC;˘ Karaoke Saturdays

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2B?*IA!;<CHY*??1Nbehind Skyland Fire Dept. Long Shoals - Hendersonville Rd. â&#x20AC;˘ APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 69

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Aaron Price (piano) Lobster Trap

Chris Rhodes Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Hank & Johnny (from Firecracker Jazz Band) 64 N Carter St Downtown Asheville

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Singer/songwriters night




Geoff Weeks

The Hookah Bar

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Naked & Shameless (“drunkabilly duo”)

Do It To Julia (folk, rock)

Town Pump

Orange Peel

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Firefly Revival & Blue Stone

D Mack Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Karaoke w/ Sound Extreme, 10:30pm

Rocket Club

Scandals Nightclub

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Mindtonic Music Series: The Dog Talkers w/ Sipe, Lance & Sanders

Drag show feat: Nicole Divine & Forbidden

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Temptations Red Room

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Tue., April 13

Rocket Club

City Squirrels

Emancipator Virtual Boy

Kraddy Collective Efforts

White Horse

TGI Friday’s

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country)

Kim Cameron & Side FX (rock) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

White Horse Fundraiser feat: David Holt, Marina Raye, Chris Rosser, Whitewater Bluegrass Company & more

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk) Swing & Tango lessons and dance Emerald Lounge

Club 828

Feed and Seed

Dance party w/ DJ Wayd Runk Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Acoustic spotlight Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss

Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Emerald Lounge

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eleven on Grove

Mon., April 12


Town Pump

Beacon Pub

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Contra dance

Melissa Terry (singer/songwriter)

Eliza Rosbach (indie, folk)

Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam

White Horse

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

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

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Wild Wing Cafe

Acid Mothers Temple (Japanese psychedelic band) w/ Over-Gain Optimal Death Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

K ARAO K E I N THE  C L U B S MONDAY Mack Kell’s Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues TUESDAY Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Hookah Bar Mike’s Side Pocket W EDNESDAY

Rock Records

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens

Back Room

Metal Monday feat: guest artists

tix & more info:

Lobster Trap

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Sunday jazz jam

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Sat 4/17: Earthday Aftershow withThe New Mastersounds and Afromotive

Rocket Club

Rocket Club


Fri 4/16: Lake Effekt, Built to Fall, From a Dig

Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)

Paco Shipp (roots, blues) w/ David Bryan, Steve Blanton & Jerry McNeely


Bowie Van Ling Sonmi Suite Wondrous Temple of Boom

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Songwriting Competition w/ Jenny Juice

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard

Town Pump

The Invisible

Ukelele jam w/ Lyn Llewellyn

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (funk, rock)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge


Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce

Bluegrass & clogging

Wed., April 14 Club 828

club xcapades EROTIC EXOTIC? ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS WNC Ladies up close & personal

Asheville Ale House • Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill • The Hangar • Infusions O’Malleys on Main • Holland’s Grille Rendezvous • Temptations T H URSDAY Beacon Pub • Cancun Mexican Grill Chasers • Club Hairspray Hookah Bar • Shovelhead Saloon FRIDAY Fairview Tavern • Infusions Mack Kell’s • Shovelhead Saloon Stockade Brew House The 170 La Cantinetta SATURDAY Club Hairspray • Holland’s Grille Infusions • Shovelhead Saloon The Still SUNDAY Asheville Ale House • Bosco’s Sports Zone • Cancun Mexican Grill The Hangar • Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) • Mack Kell’s Temptations • Wing Cafe Dance & open jam session Back Room

Battle of the Bands Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic Boiler Room

Ayurveda (rock) w/ Discordian Society Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance

New Exotic Cage Stage & 3 Satellite Stages

Comfy, Casual? Just relax in our upscale lounge and take in the views. Enjoy our billiard tables & interactive games. We have one of the largest spirit selections in WNC & have great specials every night.


‘80s Night, 10pm Chameleon Soul Food

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric Eleven on Grove

Zydeco dance & lessons Fairview Tavern

Open mic jam w/ The Wellhouse Band Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am • 21 to Enter

828-258-9652 99 New Leicester Hwy.

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

70 APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 •

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Christina Antipa (singer/songwriter, folk) Good Stuff

Open mic Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Singer/songwriter in the Round feat: Kellin Watson, Mary Ellen Bush, Wayne Robbins & Ben Lovett

Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill


Woody Pines (roots)

Jay Clifford (rock) w/ Andy Lehman

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Lake Effekt (metal) w/ Built to Fall & From a Dig

Holland’s Grille

Utah Green (lyrical, roots)

Craggie Brewing Company

Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Garage at Biltmore

VooDoo Wedding (indie, rock)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

EP3 (electronic, progressive) w/ The Werks (rock) & Lingo

Eleven on Grove

Old Time Jam, 6pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Infusions Lounge

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

Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop)

Live music

Emerald Lounge

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Iron Horse Station

SCI FI (psychedelic, jazz, fusion)

Soul jazz jam

Open mic w/ Yorky

Frankie Bones

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Space Heaters (swing, jazz)

The Fox Hunt (country, roots) & The Deluge

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

Tennessee Hollow (Americana, rock)

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

David Lynch (old time) & friends

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country)

Orange Peel

Lobster Trap

Galactic (jazz, funk) w/ Ya-Ka-May Tour, Cyril Neville & Corey Henry

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

The Disgruntled Clown (comedy), 8pm & 10:30pm

Pisgah Brewing Company

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Garage at Biltmore

David Kraai (country, folk, rock)


Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Belly dancing

Greensky Bluegrass CD release party (bluegrass, roots)

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Red Stag Grill

John Gorka (folk) w/ Sara Hickman

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Ugly Radio Rebellion w/ Ike Willis (Zappa tribute)


Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

O’Malley’s On Main

Knives and Daggers (experimental) w/ Unholy Tongues & Untied States Nine Mile

Open mic hosted by Jimbo

Michael Burgin & The Drinkers Union (rock) w/ Grammer School & HiLites

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Club 828

Funny Business Comedy Club

Jam night

Against Me! (ambient, punk) w/ Dead To Me & Moneybrother

Rocket Club

Orange Peel

Highland Brewing Company

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

Allen Toussaint (soul, acoustic, funk) w/ Mike Farris

Josh Roberts and the Hinges (Americana, rock, indie)

Scandals Nightclub

Pisgah Brewing Company

Holland’s Grille

Country dance lessons, 9-10pm Dance, 10pm-Midnight

Pimps of Joytime (soul, funk)

Mind Echo (rock)

Purple Onion Cafe

Iron Horse Station

The Hookah Bar

Jack Williams (Americana, folk)

Utah Green (eclectic folk)

Open mic w/ rotating local hosts

Red Stag Grill

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Aaron Burdett (folk, acoustic, singer/songwriter)

‘80s night

Red Step Artworks

Jerusalem Garden

Town Pump

Open mic

Belly dancing w/ live music

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Scandals Nightclub

Lobster Trap

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

“Exposure” DJ night

Live music by local artists

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Temptations Red Room

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

“Old School Dance Party” w/ DJ Chubby Knuckles

Phuncle Sam & The New Cosmic Band (Grateful Dead covers)

Thu., April 15

The Hookah Bar

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

“Ladies Lounge” curated by GalaxC Girl

Javi DJ night

Athena’s Club

Town Pump

O’Malley’s On Main

DJ night Back Room

Troubaduo (folk, soul, Americana) Beacon Pub

Open mic

Narrow Gauge Bluegrass

Dr. Fuzz & the Voodoo Machine

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Olive or Twist

Peggy Ratusz and Friends (blues)

Jazz w/ Bill Gerhardt & Sharon LaMont

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Orange Peel

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

Drive-By Truckers (Southern rock, indie) w/ Langhorne Slim

Paul Cataldo (singer/songwriter)

Westville Pub

Pisgah Brewing Company

Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work (Americana, rock) Pub’s 8th birthday bash

The Legendary JC’s (blues, funk) Purple Onion Cafe

Zuma Coffee

Red Stag Grill

Boiler Room

Blue Stone (ambient, electronic) Bosco’s Sports Zone

Open mic & jam Club 828

Hip-hop & DJ night Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Barbie Angell Diana Wortham Theater

Lúnasa (Celtic) Emerald Lounge

Open mic Feed and Seed

Benefit concert feat: Nikki Talley (indie, rock) Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Fri., April 16 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

Shane Pruitt Band (blues, jam) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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


Nc License# 5283

Off I-26 Exit 40 - Airport Rd. (behind McDonald’s)

Mon. - Sat. 7 Days 9am - midnight


French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Open mic

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Now opeN!


Ashevegas Personafied! YOU”LL HAVE MORE FUN


Thursday, April 8th - 7pm • Free Queen Anne’s Revenge Friday, April 9th - 8pm • $5 Cadillac Jones Saturday, April 10th - 8pm • $5 Amelia’s Mechanic w/Jim Avett


Open 4 - 9pm Mon. - Wed. 2pm - until Thurs. - Sat.


SAT., APRIL 10 Wed. 4/7 Thur. 4/8 Fri. 4/9

saT. 4/10

Backyard Tire Fire &

South Memphis String Band 8:30pm

Red Stick Ramblers w/ Woody Pines 8:30pm Kovacs & The Polar Bear, Boys of Summer, Englishman 9pm Sol Driven Train w/Spiritual Rez 9pm

sun. An Evening with 4/11 John Doyle 8pm Tues. Acid Mothers Temple 4/13 w/Over-Gain Optimal Death 9pm

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Wed. 4/14

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Charlie Foxtrot (classic rock)

Asheville Writer’s In The Round 8:30pm

Scandals Nightclub

Drag show feat: Manhattan, Ashleigh Addams & more Stella Blue

The Beggin Friends Straightaway Café

Jenne Sluder (singer/songwriter) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Live music


(828) 298-1400

520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

232-5800 185 Clingman Ave. • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 71

401 Haywood Rd. west asHeville

PICO VS. ISLAND TREES WED Dancer Delight 4/7 The Bridges R THU 4/8


SAT 4/10

FRI 4/9


SaturDay, aPril 17

cisco PlayBoys

Western sWing / Honky-tonk / rockaBilly - tueS. - WeD. - Fri. -

Blues Jam Featuring the

Westville All Stars hosted by Mars


with Funky Max

Trivia Night with Prizes 9pm

Smoke-Free Pub â&#x20AC;˘ Pool & DartS 777 Haywood Road â&#x20AC;˘ 225-wPUB (9782)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Stella Blue

The Deluge (Americana, acoustic)

Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossroad (â&#x20AC;&#x153;bent acoustic countryâ&#x20AC;?)

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

Funny Business Comedy Club

All Star Earth Day Jam w/ Acoustic Syndicate & Pond Farm Pickers

Ruby Mayfield and Friends

The Disgruntled Clown (comedy), 8pm & 10:30pm

Straightaway CafĂŠ

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Garage at Biltmore

Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

East Coast Dirt (progressive, experimental)

Live music

The Honeycutters (Americana, country, blues)


Temptations Red Room

White Horse

Record Store Day

The Business

Infusions Lounge

Grand opening party feat: Pierce Edens, Albatross Party & DJ Spy V

Live music

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

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Crybaby (swing)

Town Pump

Jerusalem Garden

The Fox Hunt (country, roots)

Belly dancing w/ live music

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

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Taylor Moore & the Bordeaux Brothers (blues)

DJ dance party

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Nine Mile

Live music w/ Marc Keller

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Olive or Twist

Katie LaRue (acoustic, folk)

42nd Street Jazz Band

Westville Pub

Orange Peel

Cisco Playboys (Western swing, honky-tonk)

Boiler Room

Resounding Silence (metal) w/ ShadoLine & Beyond the Fade Club 828

Earth Day Aftershow feat: The New Mastersounds (funk, jazz) w/ Afromotive

~ friday 4/9 ~

B-day BasH!

Drag show feat: Nicole Divine & more

Town Pump

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

~ Thursday 4/8 ~

our 8tH

Scandals Nightclub

Scott Raines (singer/songwriter)

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

7 Pm great blue ridge talent search semifinals no cover

Pierce edens & tHe dirty Work

Frankie Bones

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk)


Big daddy love

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

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Free Jukebox

americana / Bluegrass / Folk rock thurSDay, aPril 15 Free!

Live music

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Mountain Magic et al Bandsâ&#x20AC;?


SaturDay, aPril 10

Road Trip (country)

Beacon Pub

4/22 Future Rock 4/27 David Ganns and Friends 5/13 Thâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Legendary Shack*Shakers

Bluegrass, Blues & Honky tonk

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Dave Desmlik (singer/songwriter)

Nikki Talley (indie, rock) & Heath Patrick


Brent HoPPer & Billy gilmore

Fairview Tavern

Back Room

SIPE, LANCE & SANDERS Sundays: Open Jazz Jam Mondays: AJO, 17 piece big band Wednesdays: SUPER DANCE PARTY

thurSDay, aPril 8

Gypsy (rock)

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

DJ night



Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Zaq Suarez (folk, rock, Americana)

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club


Friendly Dancing

Craggie Brewing Company

DJ D-Day

Sat., April 17


S TUE 4/13

Temptations Red Room

8 Pm Paco shiPP, billy cardine & jake wolf $7 sat. 4/10 ~ 7 Pm / sun. 4/11 ~ 2 Pm Pony uP for the

white horse benefit

malcolm holcombe, david holt, billy cardine, richard shulman, marina raye, chris rosser, ashley chambliss, jay sanders, Peggy ratusz, jim arrendell, olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hoopty, chalwa, whitewater bluegrass, twilight broadcasters, ken kiser, Parker brooks, appalachia song, kim hughes, bob hinkle. $12 for one day $20 for two days.

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Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

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~ Thursday 4/15 ~ ~ friday 4/16 ~

828.216.2331 more info

8 Pm the business â&#x20AC;˘ $7

~ saturday 4/17 ~

72 APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 â&#x20AC;˘

The Space Heaters (acoustic, jazz, swing)

The Hangar

7 Pm seven sisters cinema â&#x20AC;˘ $5


Mariam Matossian (folk singer) & Free Planet Radio

lounge opens at 5pm Come early, enjoy a $3.50 Bloody mary

6:30 Pm irish sessions 8:45 Pm oPen mic - no cover!

Purple Onion Cafe

White Horse

When plans fall through, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to do on sunday nights. if that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pan out either, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this other thing.

~ tuesday 4/13 ~

7 Pm mariam matossian & free Planet radio â&#x20AC;˘ $14

Drive-By Truckers (Southern rock, indie) w/ Langhorne Slim

FreeGrass Revival (Americana, bluegrass)

sundays â&#x20AC;˘ 8-11pm sign-up 7:30

Anyone who signs up will get on stAge. Anyone who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sign up will enjoy A big fAt buzz And plenty of hit-or-miss stAnd-up comedy.


theaterlistings Friday, APRIL 9 - Thursday, APRIL 15

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

movie reviews and listings by ken hanke

JJJJJ is the maximum rating

additional reviews by justin souther • contact

Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Crazy Heart (R) 7:00, 10:00

pickoftheweek The Runaways JJJJJ

n Carmike Cinema 10


Director: Floria Sigismondi Players: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton Rock-Music Biopic

Rated R

The Story: The story of the creation, rise and fall of the band the Runaways. The Lowdown: An unblinkingly realistic look (albeit sometimes clichéd) at the world of rock music; it’s anchored by sharp direction and three performances that could prove career-defining. Is Floria Sigismondi’s The Runaways the great rock ‘n’ roll movie it’s been tagged as in some quarters? No, probably not. It’s certainly good. It’s entertaining. It has a little edge to it. But in the end, it’s hardly some revelatory breakthrough. Instead, it’s pretty much a standard-issue rise-and-fall — and partial rise again — rock saga. In other words, it’s probably about as good a movie as the title band deserves. But it’s also something more than that thanks to the performances of Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon. Sigismondi’s screenplay — based on Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel: The Cherie Currie Story — is bold in its unvarnished and unflinching look at the Runaways, especially Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) and Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart). It — along with her frequently vibrant direction — does a good job of capturing the frenzied atmosphere of the time and of women who are too young to effectively deal with the world in which they’ve landed. The drugs, the casual — and often ambivalent — sexuality and the pressure are all well-defined. Better still, all these things are defined in a matter-of-fact manner that accepts them as part and parcel of this world. The depictions are never tabloid-esque and leering. Unfortunately, there’s another side to Sigismondi’s screenplay — and it’s perhaps an inevitable one. The film tends to fall into clichéd showbiz drama when sketching in the backgrounds of Currie and Jett. We’re given Currie’s completely unfocused obsession with being a rock star — à la David Bowie — mostly by virtue of a school talent show where she makes herself up like Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cover and lip-synchs “Lady Grinning Soul.” It sort of works, because it captures the childish enthusiasm of her quest, but it’s not wholly convincing. Jett, coming into contact with the resistance of a high-school music

Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart give revelatory performances in Floria Sigismondi’s flawed, but fascinating The Runaways. teacher (“Girls don’t play electric guitar”), is probably a dead-on depiction of the attitude she encountered, but it feels forced, staged and simplistic. That said, the film manages to completely capture the almost happenstance manner in which morally and ethically dubious, strangely canny, eccentric, sexually ambiguous, bottom-of-the-barrel rock promoter Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) throws the band together and molds its members into the Runaways. Did it happen quite like this? Possibly not, but it works in the film — as both an exploitation of the young women and an empowering event for the very concept of a hard-rocking girl group. The only comparable work I can think of is the multi-part British TV film Rock Follies (1976), but there the women are all old enough to know the score and are thrown together by circumstances and a sense of something akin to desperation, not enthusiasm. Yes, the creation and grooming of the Runaways relies heavily on genre tropes — including the crafting of their big song “Cherry Bomb” in rock-movie basic. It’s all here. You have the crummy early tours, the tabloid publicity, the sophisticated hype, the sudden fame, the descent into the so-called rock lifestyle, the disillusionment of the youthful band and the cynical practicality of the promoter. There’s even that comeback moment for Jett where the audience gets the song they’ve been expecting for the entire movie. More of it works than it has any right to, and that’s partly due to Sigismondi, but more of it is due

to Stewart, Fanning and Shannon. For both Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, the film is a revelation. Here the actresses completely shed the images they’ve both tried to break out of before. (The Runaways ought to be required viewing for all Twilight fans — if only to shake them up.) Stewart pretty much nails Joan Jett in both look and attitude. Unlike the often admirable Adventureland (2009) where I could never get past her Twilight character, I had the actual sense of Joan Jett here. If anything — possibly because it’s the showier role — Fanning is even better, capturing both the strength and vulnerability of Cherie Currie. And then there’s Michael Shannon, who first announced his greatness as an actor in William Friedkin’s little-seen Bug (2006) and then made an even greater impression as the only living thing in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road (2008). He turns the outrageous, virtually impossible Kim Fowley into something believable and real. Should you see this film? Oh, yes. It has its faults, but it also has its strengths. Chief among those strengths are three terrific performances, though only a fool would think those performances were created in a vacuum and had nothing to do with Sigismondi’s direction. And Sigismondi scores some hits of her own. She’s definitely a filmmaker to watch — and so is her film. Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content — all involving teens. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 and Fine Arts Theatre.

Avatar 3D (PG-13) 1:05, 4:20, 7:35 The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) 11:50, 2:25, 5:05, 8:00 Care Bears (G) 12:05 Sat, Sun, Tue only Date Night (PG-13) 12:30, 2:30, 5:30, 7:30, Late show 10:10 Fri-Sat only How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) 12:00, 12:45, 2:15, 3:00, 4:30, 5:15, 7:00, 7:45, 9:15, 10:00 How to Train Your Dragon 2D (PG) 1:30, 3:45, 6:15, 8:30 The Last Song (PG) 12:20, 1:10, 2:40, 3:30, 4:10, 5:50, 6:30, 8:10, 9:35, Late show 10:25 Fri-Sat only Letters to God (PG) 12:55, 4:10, 7:15, 9:45 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) 1:20, 4:00, 7:10, 9:50 n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

Listings good thru April 14 only Alice in Wonderland 2D (PG) 11:55, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45. 10:15 (Sofa Cinema) The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) 9:35 (Sofa Cinema) Chloe (R) 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45 Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) 11:45, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 Clash of the Titans 2D (PG-13) 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Crazy Heart (R) 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 8:15 (Sofa Cinema) Date Night (PG-13) 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 8:00, 10:10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 12:10, 2:15, 4:30,7:00 (Sofa Cinema) The Ghost Writer (PG-13) 12:15, 3:45, 7:05, 9:55 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:50, 10:10 (Sofa Cinema) How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40

The Last Song (PG) 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Letters to God (PG) 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too (PG-13) 12:35, 3:25, 7:30, 10:05 n Cinebarre (665-7776)

The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) 10:45 (Fri-Sun), 1:45, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15 (Fri-Sun) Clash of the Titans (PG-13) 10:40 (Fri-Sun), 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:00 (Fri-Sun) Date Night (PG) 10:25 (Fri-Sun), 1:25, 4:25, 7:30, 9:55 (Fri-Sun) Hot Tub Time Machine (R) 11:00 (Fri-Sun), 1:35, 4:50, 7:35, 10:05 (Fri-Sun) How to Train Your Dragon (PG) 10:15 (Fri-Sun), 1:10, 4:30, 7:15, 9:35 (Fri-Sun) Kick Ass (R) 10:00 p.m. Thu April 15 only n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 n Epic of

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The Ghost Writer (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 (no shows of Ghost Writer Thu April 15), Late show 9:50 Friday-Saturday The Runaways (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show 9:30 Friday-Saturday n Flatrock Cinema


The Ghost Writer (PG-13) 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore

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

Alice in Wonderland 3D (PG) 1:40, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Alice in Wonderland 2D (PG) 1:10, 4:10, 7:40, 10:10 Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:00 Clash of the Titans 2D (PG-13) 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30, 10:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 9:45 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:15

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nowplaying Alice in Wonderland JJJJJ

Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover Fantasy In this sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the young adult Alice is lured back to the land of her youthful adventures to help defeat the tyrannical Red Queen. A visually striking, emotionally involving, highly Burtonized take on the Alice in Wonderland stories that sometimes soars without quite striking the gong, but is never less than entertaining. Rated PG

The Art of the Steal JJJJ

Documentary Documentary about the legal battle over an important art collection. An interesting but unadventurous documentary that does itself a disservice by trying too hard to skew the picture. Rated NR

Avatar JJJJ

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez Science Fiction In the future, an ex-Marine inflitrates the indigenous race on the planet Pandora, only to find their simple ways superior to those of civilization as he knows it. An undeniable effects and design extravaganza, Avatar is nonetheless a fairly basic story with a new paint job. Rated PG13

The Bounty Hunter J

Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski, Dorian Missick Charmless Romantic Comedy/Thriller A bounty hunter lands the assignment of bringing in his exwife. Fighting and romance ensue. The stars have no chemistry. The story is dopey. The romance is nonexistent. The comedy is unfunny. The sight gags are lame. Any more questions? Rated PG-13

Chloe JJJJ

Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Max Thieriot Drama/Thriller A wife, suspicious of her husband’s fidelity, hires a young prostitute to test his faithfulness. It’s stylish, well-acted and contains some good performances, but devolves into a not-very-persuasive exploitation thriller. Entertaining, but not the film it starts out to be. Rated R

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Clash of the Titans JJJ

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton Effects-Driven Fantasy The demigod Perseus sets out to detach the head of Medusa so he can use it to turn a giant monster to stone and save the people of Argos. Every bit as silly as it sounds, Clash of the

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Titans, nonetheless, offers passable, if far from extraordinary, entertainment. Rated PG-13

Crazy Heart JJJJ

Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Jack Nation Redemption Drama With Country Music A downon-his-luck alcoholic country singer on the deadend circuit gets a chance at a comeback and personal redemption. A straightforward redemption drama that’s damaged by an unpersuasive romance, but offers the compensation of a strong lead performance from Jeff Bridges. Rated R

Diary of a Wimpy Kid JJJJ

Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick Family Comedy A boy is continuously thwarted in his attempts at gaining popularity in his first year of middle school. A surprisingly imaginative, often amusing little movie that’s a rarity in the world of kids films. Rated PG

The Ghost Writer JJJJJ

Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson Psychological Political Thriller A ghost writer is hired to polish the memoirs of a former British prime minister after the mysterious death of the original writer. A complete return to form for Roman Polanski—a quietly intense psychological and political thriller that ranks up there with the filmmaker’s great works. Not to be missed. Rated PG-13

Green Zone JJJJ

Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Khalid Abdalla, Amy Ryan Political Thriller A warrant officer in Iraq in 2003 starts asking questions about the intelligence that keeps leading him to WMD sites where no weapons are found. A mix of fact and fiction, fictionalized fact and factualized fiction that works enough of the time to make for reasonably compelling viewing without feeling essential. Rated R

Hot Tub Time Machine JJ

John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Crispin Glover Comedy A group of washed-up friends are transported—by a hot tub—through time to their heyday in the ‘80s. A generally unfunny, occasionally repulsive comedy that’s offset by a handful of funny moments. Rated R

How to Train Your Dragon JJJJJ

(Voices) Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill

Animated Adventure/Fantasy A young Viking wounds a dragon and, in dealing with the creature, learns that everything his people think they know about dragons is wrong. A thoroughly appealing animated fantasy from the duo who made Lilo & Stitch. Rated PG

The Last Song J

Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, Liam Hemsworth, Hallock Beals Goopy Melodrama An angsty teen is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father. A shoddy, meandering mess filled with clichés and lazy melodrama. Rated PG

Repo Men JJJ

Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber, Alice Braga, Carice van Houten Sci-Fi/Action In the future, a repo man in the business of repossessing designer organs from deadbeat patients finds himself on the other end of the repossession game. A well-acted and occasionally stylish sci-fi yarn that’s too derivative to be as thought-provoking as it thinks it is. Rated R

The Runaways JJJJJ

Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton Rock-Music Biopic The story of the creation, rise and fall of the band the Runaways. An unblinkingly realistic look (albeit sometimes clichéd) at the world of rock music; it’s anchored by sharp direction and three performances that could prove career-defining. Rated R

Shutter Island JJJJJ

Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Emily Mortimer Psychological Neo-Noir Horror A U.S. Marshall and his new partner are sent to a very mysterious maximum-security insane asylum after a patient inexplicably disappears from her room. Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller is more than a stylish thriller, though it’s certainly stylish and atmospheric. However, it’s a film that may irritate some viewers by refusing to stick to the thriller playbook. Rated R

Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? JJ

Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Tasha Smith, Richard T. Jones Soapy Marital Drama Four couples’ marital trouble starts to rise to the surface on a Bahamas vacation. A fairly typical Tyler Perry soap, but with a misogynistic undercurrent and a preposterously ill-conceived ending. Rated PG-13

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The Art of the SteaL JJJJ

Director: Don Argott Documentary

Rated NR

The Story: Documentary about the legal battle over an important art collection. The Lowdown: An interesting but unadventurous documentary that does itself a disservice by trying too hard to skew the picture. Don Argottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Art of the Steal is an activist documentary of an unusual kind. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unusual in that most activist documentaries are political in nature or address some social injustice â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or both. The Art of the Steal, on the other hand, deals with the high-jacking of an art collection. To make it just a bit stranger, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an activist documentary about an event that appears to be a done deal. So what it hopes to accomplish, apart from righteous indignation, is a little vague. It is, in any case, an interesting yarn. The film traces the fate of the art collection of pharmaceutical magnate and pioneering art collector Dr. Albert C. Barnes, who died in a car crash in 1951, leaving his collection to a museum of his own creation in the Philadelphia suburb of Merion. The works were to be there and nowhere else, and displayed as he wanted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there was a supposedly unbreakable will. Problem with that is that the collection involves 181 Renoirs, 69 CĂŠzannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis and seven van Goghs. The assessed value is, conservatively, $25 billion. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of price tag thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just made to have a will broken â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially when a government institution is involved. In this case, that would be the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which ironically, would not have considered the paintings worth bothering with when Barnes bought them.

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting story â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes fascinating, sometimes maddening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but the film itself is a bit less so. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partly because Argottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film is too much a straightforward documentary of the uninventive kind, but largely due to the fact that the film makes its â&#x20AC;&#x153;hero,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Barnes, less interesting than he really was by trying to make him â&#x20AC;&#x153;betterâ&#x20AC;? than he was. In the film, he all but seems to have a halo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite a passing mention of misanthropy. In real life, Barnes was a thorny, curmudgeonly, argumentative and not entirely pleasant character. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d also have liked a little less deck-stacking. Since Barnes was a lifelong liberal Democrat, it seems likely that he would have despised Richard Nixon and Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends. But since Barnes died in 1951, it seems unlikely he would have included chumminess with Nixon among the reasons he hated the Annenberg publishing family â&#x20AC;&#x201D; his arch enemies in the art world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as the film suggests. Yes, the film is agenda-driven and it has a right to be, but there are limits. Still, if the subject matter interests you, The Art of the Steal has an intriguing tale to tell. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait too long; it will only be in town through Thursday. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre.

Clash of the Titans JJJ

Director: Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk) Players: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Flemyng, Gemma Arterton Effects-Driven Fantasy

Rated PG-13

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sounds, Clash of the Titans, nonetheless, offers passable, if far from extraordinary, entertainment. OK, so Louis Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans isn’t very good, but neither is it very bad — considering the type of movie it is. I’ve given some thought to the topic (well, maybe 30minutes worth), and I’m not coming up with a really good film based on Greek mythology. When I was 8 years old, I thought Jason and the Argonauts (1963) was the bee’s knees, and now — exempting nostalgia and the impressiveness of the Ray Harryhausen effects (most of them, at any rate) — I couldn’t make much of a case for it in terms of acting, writing or direction. It’s a swell fantasy — for a younger audience. I suspect that much the same could be said of Clash of the Titans. The 1981 version of Clash of the Titans has its adherents — mostly comprised of folks who saw it at an impressionable age and those who think that Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation is enough to put a film over the top. I was too old at the time to be impressed, and I’ve never been sold on a movie strictly because of its effects work. Even so, apart from being less stilted — and reducing that damned R2D2 knockoff owl from the original to an in-joke cameo — I don’t see that this remake offers much in the way of improvement. The film feels perfunctory and something of a bore. I had a more compelling time in fourth grade with a dog-eared library book on Greek myths. The premise finds that humankind have become fed up with the gods and their capricious ways, which would seem a more tenable stance if said gods weren’t quick to take offense and retaliate with full smiting power. Still, the gods need the love and worship of the folks who don’t live on Olympus, because this somehow feeds their power. Thus, the gods must do something. Zeus’ (Liam Neeson festooned with nine yards of crepe hair and the most highly polished suit of armor in history) brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes with even more crepe hair and in dire need of a good scrubbing after arriving on the scene in a cloud of dirt) makes a deal to scare the humans into worshipfulness. (The boy has a future as a fundamentalist preacher.) However, this is really a ploy it seems to unleash his sea monster, the Kraken, and so doing cause the people to hate and fear (the emotions Hades feeds on) the gods even more. Hades makes the good people of Argos a deal: Sacrifice the king’s daughter, Andromeda (Alexa Davalos, Defiance), to the Kraken and everybody else will be spared. While the people seem pretty cool with this notion — especially a bug-eyed religious zealot — Andromeda and her family are understandably less enthusiastic. But all is not lost, because the rather gloomy bastard son of Zeus, the demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington), has decided to go fetch the head of Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken to stone — mindless of the property damage a gigantic crumbling stone Kraken might cause. Apart from being gloomy, Perseus’ only character trait is that he hates his father and thinks of himself as a fisherman like his late adoptive

specialscreenings An Angel at My Table JJJJJ

Director: Jane Campion (Bright Star) Players: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn, K.J. Wilson Biographical Drama Rated R Next up in World Cinema’s series of movies by and/or about women is Jane Campion’s An Angel at My Table (1990), a film based on the autobiographical work of New Zealand writer Janet Frame. An Angel at My Table is, like many of Campion’s films, a tale of the indomitability of the human spirit. In this case, that spirit resides in Frame (Kerry Fox), a painfully shy, withdrawn young woman, whose oddness caused her to be misdiagnosed as schizophrenic, resulting in her confinement in a mental hospital. The truth is that she wasn’t schizophrenic at all, and would emerge from the experience to go on to write novels, plays and poetry. Her story is a fascinating one. Classic Cinema From Around the World will present An Angel at My Table at 8 p.m. Friday, April 9, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

How to Draw a Bunny JJJJ

Director: John W. Walter (Theater of War) Players: Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malin Documentary Rated NR Collage artist Ray Johnson is called “The most famous artist you’ve never heard of” during the course of John W. Walter’s How to Draw a Bunny (2002), a documentary — dubbed a “pop art mystery” — that won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. Perhaps the reason you’ve never heard of Johnson is that the man was a deliberate enigma. He completely avoided the spotlight and shrouded himself in mystery. The question posed by the film is whether or not anyone actually did know him — and it’s this mystery that makes the film especially interesting. The Black Mountain College + Arts Center will screen How to Draw a Bunny at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 8, at the Fine Arts Theatre.

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? JJJJ

Director: Ted Kotcheff (Fun with Dick and Jane) Players: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, Robert Morley, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort Dark Comedy/Mystery Rated PG Had I been reviewing Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? when it came out in 1978, I’d have probably given it at best three-and-a-half stars. But time has been kind to this fairly inconsequential comedy/mystery — kinder than time has been to the movie theory of relativity. By the latter I mean that this turned out to be just about the last of its breed, and when you see such rancid goat custard as the currently playing The Bounty Hunter — with its not dissimilar story line — you realize what a sophisticated, witty, star-powered and enjoyably professional piece of work this is. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit dad (Pete Postlethwaite). In fact, he spouts the fisherman bit often enough that I kept expecting him to paraphrase the John Lennon quote from “Magical Misery Tour”: “If I could be a fisherman I would, but I can’t because I’m a f**king demigod.” Alas, he doesn’t. Of course, many special-effects obstacles — including giant scorpions that are subsequently used as cumbersomely slow transportation — must be overcome. There are also some helpful Djinn rock (or maybe wood) people, who appear to have been imported from Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars (1938), to add color to it all. When the big Kraken show-

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down occurs, it doesn’t seem quite worth the bother — perhaps because the damned thing looks like a soggy version of the anatomically unlikely monster from Cloverfield (2008). And the final scene — looking hopefully toward a sequel — is straight out of one of those Italian Sons of Hercules epics. The gods themselves — apart from Zeus and Hades — don’t get much of a workout. In fact, they appear to be beamed up to the Enterprise when the going gets rough. It’s just as well. The acting is spotty to say the least. The gods all speak with Royal Academy of Dramatic Art-graduate accents (because we all know

the ancient Greeks sounded like upper-class Brits), while Sam “If I could be a fisherman” Worthington uses his normal Australian tones (class distinction maybe). Of the actors, only Neeson, Fiennes and the fellow who plays the religious zealot seem to realize that this is campy stuff. Everyone else is ridiculously serious. Worthington proves what I suspected after Avatar: that he was only charismatic in Terminator Salvation (2009) because he was standing next to Christian Bale. In the end, the film is simply adequate, but it is that at least. I saw it in the 35mm 3-D version, which, as I predicted, didn’t look appreciably different from digital 3-D. But all in all, the 3-D is nothing to get excited about. You’d be just as well — perhaps better — advised to see the movie in plain old 2-D and save the extra expense. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Co-ed Cinema Brevard, Regal Biltmore Grande 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

The Last Song J

Director: Julie Anne Robinson Players: Miley Cyrus, Greg Kinnear, Bobby Coleman, Liam Hemsworth, Hallock Beals Goopy Melodrama

Rated PG

The Story: An angsty teen is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father. The Lowdown: A shoddy, meandering mess filled with clichés and lazy melodrama. It hasn’t even been quite two months and I’ve already been subjected to yet another outburst of Nicholas Sparks’ folksy schmaltz: The Last Song. I’m not sure what’s more surprising, the fact that I’m not in a diabetic coma at this point or that TV director Julie Anne Robinson — working from a screenplay co-written by the Sparkster himself — has made a movie that makes Lasse Halström’s Dear John look like a work of pure class and genius. I’m sure it doesn’t help that Sparks has been going around in interviews claiming he’s a better writer than Cormac McCarthy and comparing himself to Hemingway. I’ve, admittedly, never read a letter of Sparks’ prose, but I’d wager that this is poppycock — Hemingway never came close to peddling the kind of hamfisted, melodramatic cheese Sparks has made a fortune on. Actually, it’s almost kind of impressive that anyone could unabashedly cart out the hoariest of soap-opera chestnuts and then somehow try and pass them off as original. The Last Song boasts your general Sparks-powered plotting, where boy meets girl just before 90 or so minutes of hard luck gains a foothold. Here, the girl is Ronnie (Miley Cyrus), an angst-ridden teen — who’s amazingly talented at the piano (as we’re shown by Miley’s hand double) — forced to move from New York to Georgia with her

whiny comic-relief brother (Bobby Coleman, Post Grad) to live with their estranged father (Greg Kinnear, giving way more than this movie deserves) by the beach. Ronnie soon meets Will (Liam Hemsworth, the poor man’s Paul Walker), a hunky mechanic with a heart of gold. Wary of his advances at first, Ronnie soon falls for this shirtless rube. But this being a Sparks adaptation, they can’t simply just live happily ever after. Nope, fate and lazy scripting decide to gum up the works with a parade of tough breaks. Everyone in town has a dirty secret or heart-wrenching tragedy they keep covered up. Will lost his brother in a car wreck. Ronnie’s pseudo-friend — and mall goth with an American Gladiator name — Blaze (Carly Chaikin) has an abusive boyfriend (Nick Lashaway). The one who gets it worst, however, is Ronnie’s dad, who’s carrying around the guilt of maybe having passed out and burned down the town’s church. He also has a case of surprise movie cancer. None of the hokiness ever really gels and is used simply in the service of moving the plot along, since who needs coherency and motivations when you have these handy contrivances. But the movie doesn’t stop there. The film’s also rife with the worst kind of bunk sitcom jokes imaginable and Miley Cyrus being out-acted by a raccoon. All of this cheese-ball rubbish creates one lobotomizing moviegoing experience. If romance weren’t already dead, Nicholas Sparks and Hannah Montana might’ve just pulled the plug on it. Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15.

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Director: Tyler Perry Players: Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal, Malik Yoba, Tasha Smith, Richard T. Jones Soapy Marital Drama

Rated PG-13

The Story: Four couples’ marital trouble starts to rise to the surface on a Bahamas vacation. The Lowdown: A fairly typical Tyler Perry soap, but with a misogynistic undercurrent and a preposterously illconceived ending. Commercially, Perry is a winner. Artistically and morally — well, that’s another matter. As filmmaking goes, Why Did I Get Married Too is a pretty big step down from both Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009) and Tyler Perry’s the Family That Preys (2008). This one is probably about on par with Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail (2009) — with slightly higher production values (evidenced by wrecking a Pontiac in Madea and a Porsche here). Here we appear to have Perry in the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Fatuous” mode popularized by Nancy Meyers. He’s got the sets and locations down,

but he hasn’t learned to shoot everything like an Architectural Digest layout à la Meyers. This may actually be in Perry’s favor, but the barrage of poorly framed shots and awkward cuts are not. I know Perry can do better than this; I’ve seen it. This is a sequel to Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? (2007), featuring the same couples who were together at the end of the first film. Sheila (Jill Scott) dumped cheating, abusive husband Mike (Richard T. Jones) for hunky Colorado sheriff Troy (Lamman Rucker) in the first film, so she’s married to Troy this round. It’s essentially more of the same trouble-andstrife of married life — with a lighter than usual dose of religion. Indeed, I think God only made it into the film once: when Jill surveyed the time-share beach house and enthused how all this beauty proved the existence of God. (I never knew God designed beach resorts.) I’ve always been troubled by Perry’s depiction of domestic violence and I found a whiff of misogyny about the first Married film. It’s in full-flower here. The central problems with all four marriages in the film get dumped on the women. We have the rocky marriage based on the wife’s insane level of jealousy. There’s another that’s on less-than-firm ground because the wife is not exactly cheating, but is all a-dither over another man. The third couple is divorce-bound because the wife is incapable of communicating or seeking help for this problem. The fourth marriage strains under the weight of the husband being unemployed, because of the wife’s insistence that they move closer to her friends and mother. As near as I can tell, these marriages would be OK if it weren’t for the wives. The film is, otherwise, pretty much the standard assortment of low comedy and high melodrama. The bulk of the latter is handed over to Janet Jackson in a performance that gets high marks for theatrics, if nothing else. I suppose it was inevitable in our post-Tiger Woods world that the golf club should be added to the Perry arsenal of womanly rage — and I won’t deny that Jackson swings a mean nine iron. There are much more stupefying things about her character, but the discussion of them involves spoilers, so read no further if you haven’t seen the film and plan on it. Jackson is the uncommunicative wife, whose calm demeanor finally shatters — causing not just her driving range rage, but the inexplicable decision to deliver a mincingly gay stripper to husband Gavin’s (Malik Yoba) workplace. Why? I have no idea, since there’s been nothing — and is nothing — to suggest gayness about Gavin. Following this, she harasses Gavin into the parking lot, into his Porsche and straight into a fatal car crash. Her penalty? She gets an utterly ludicrous big scene (“Fix it! Fix it!”), writes a popular book on grieving and gets to “meet cute” with a hunky special-guest star in the last scene. What was Perry thinking? Approach with caution. Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including sexuality, language, drug references and some domestic violence. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15. • APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010 77

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APRIL • MAY • SPRING SPECIAL! Sign a lease in April or May and take advantage of our Spring Special. Visit our office: 61 Bingham Road, Asheville for details or call (828) 250-0159. • Dishwasher, WD connections, all appliances. • Water, garbage and sewer included in rent. • Pet friendly. • No application fee. Bus service every hour. • 1, 2, 3 and 4BR homes! • Section 8 welcomed! Equal Housing Opportunity. Professionally managed by Partnership Property Management. Woodridge Apartments. ASHEVILLE • WEST 2BR, 1BA, deck, WD connections, off street parking, close to park, walk to Haywood Road. Pets considered. $650/month. Call (828) 279-2936. BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area. Only $625/month. 828-252-4334. CHARMING VICTORIAN • Cumberland Ave. Spacious 1 or 2 BR. Formal L/R and D/R. Hardwood floors throughout. Gas heat. Balcony. $795/month. Year lease, sec. dep., credit check. Elizabeth, 828-253-6800. CUTE EFFICIENCY/STUDIO • Between UNCA and Downtown. Just renovated. $450/month. Includes hot/cold water. Year lease, credit check, security deposit. Elizabeth, 828-253-6800. EFFICIENCY 289 E. Chestnut. Ground floor units. MOVE IN SPECIAL 2nd month free + 6 month lease. $450/month. 828-350-9400. GLEN BRIDGE APTS - 1BR. 1BA Arden. Includes water. MOVE IN SPECIAL 2nd month free + 6 month lease. $450/month. 828-350-9400. HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR/1BA. Walking distance to Main St. Includes water. $350/month. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals HISTORIC MONTFORD • 1BR, formal L/R and D/R, private front porch. Hardwood floors, gas heat. $650/month, water and laundry included. One small pet considered with fee. Year lease, sec. dep., credit check. Elizabeth, 828-253-6800.

LARGE 2BR, 2BA • At The Racquet Club. Fireplace, large master closet. Includes full club membership and water. Private deck. Available May 1. Year lease, sec. dep., credit check. Elizabeth, 828-253-6800. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES • Special • Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 1BR, 1BA $495/month. 2BR, 1BA $550/month. 3BR, 1BA $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. NORTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA. Central air. Includes water. $625/month. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. NORTH ASHEVILLE 2BR, 1BA. Kimberly Ave. area. H/W floors. Includes water/garbage/heat. $795/month. SOUTH • Forestdale. 1-2BR, 1BA. 2nd month rent free. $525-$625/month. 828-253-1517. UNFURNISHED 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS • Available in West Asheville. Water, garbage included. Washer/dryer connections available. Swimming pool on site. $529 -$649. Call 828-252-9882. WEST ASHEVILLE 1BR, 1BA. Large unit, top floor. H/W floors, new windows. Includes water/geat/garbage. $650/month. 828-350-9400. WEST • 1BR, 1BA. $550/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. Bethel Community Rental Available

2 BR/1-1/2 BA for rent in Haywood County. Covered front and back porches, large flat yard, convenient to Waynesville and Canton. $850/month. First and last + security deposit required. 828-421-1601 or 828-226-1281. Available May 1st. Deborah

Want to live on a farm? Share garden & chickens? 1/2 Bed house for rent in Walnut $550/mo, no pets pref 828-380-9006

MHP Lot for rent

Mobile Home Park has lot available for single wide in Black Mountain, 15 minutes from Asheville. Lot is on city water and sewer. Monthly rent is $180.00. For more information call 828.335.1629 Mountaintop Retreat

Charming, round Deltec home on quiet mountain - 2 bedrooms,1 bath, office/study, all-season porch w/floor to ceiling windows. Vaulted ceiling in living room. Washer/dryer. House has two levels w/separate entrances. Upper level available April 15, 2010 $850/month, $850 security deposit. Pets welcome with deposit. (828) 319-9560. Sweet Pet Friendly Cottage in Black Mtn/Ridgcrest

Cute 2BR 1.5BA. Modern kitchen. A/C and gas fireplace. Fenced in backyard, deck and shed. 828-713-9471 or

Mobile Homes For Rent 3BR, 2BA WEST ASHEVILLE • Near downtown and on bus line. Nice park, like new. W/D connection. Accepting Section 8. $595/month. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333. ARDEN - Bramblewood condo. 2BR, 2BA. $695/month. Nice unit. Sorry, no pets. 828-350-9400. CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • WEST ASHEVILLE 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated 2BR, 1.5BA split level condos, 918 sqft. Pool, fitness room. $700/month. Mike: (919) 624-1513.

PETS WELCOME! Apartment Living in a Park-Like Setting. 1 and 2 Bedrooms starting at $595/month

3BR, 1BA EAST • 7 Violet Hills. $595/month. A/C, D/W. 828-253-1517.

• Great location • Great prices

ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS • Beautiful 2BR, 2BA, loft, $875/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $775. Include gas log fireplace, water, storage. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty

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EAST RIDGE SUBDIVISION 2BR, 2BA. Wonderful unit, like new. Spacious office/bonus room. No pets. $1,150/month. 828-350-9400.

jobs DOWNTOWN CONDO Top floor unit 2BR, 2BA, views of Mount Pisgah, hardwoods, stainless appliances, granite countertops, jet tub, balcony, fitness center, 2 parking spaces, $1475/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOUSE • Walking distance to town. 1BR, 1BA. $495/month - 2BR,1BA $550/month - 3BR, 2BA $625/month. Includes water. 0828-252-4334. WNC Rentals.

Homes For Rent ASHLEY WOODS • Large 3BR, 2.5BA. Lovely corner lot. Fenced back yard. $1875/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 2BR, 1BA WEST • 92 Appalachian Way. Hardwood floors, W/D connections. $795/month. 2BR, 1BBA WEST • 15 Eliada. Great house, A/C. $935/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA • LOG HOME Next to stream. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, front and back porches, large yard. Hi speed internet. Quiet community, only minutes from Weaverville and Asheville. Pets considered. No smoking. $925/month with deposit. 828-649-1170

2BR, 2BA NORTH • 27 Spooks Mill Cove. $1075/month. Views, all utilities included. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 37 Maxwell. Bonus room, A/C. $970/month. 282-253-1517. 3BR, 1BA EAST • 22 Reynolds School. Basement, dishwasher. $850/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA NORTH • 6 Westminster. Garage, wraparound porch. $1,285/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/1.5BA WEST • 28 Covington. $1,095/month. Basement. 828-253-1517. 4BR, 2BA EAST • 179 Chunns Cove Rd. Basement, A/C, heat pump. $1,065/month. 828-253-1517. A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN CHALET 7 minutes from downtown Asheville. 1BR w/loft, fully furnished, WD, nice deck. $1300/month. Angela O’Brien: (828) 216-1610. Mountain Vista Properties. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: (AAN CAN)

AMAZING! I have always used Mountain Xpress as advertising for our rental house. I’m amazed each time by the number of responses and the caliber of people it attracts. Thanks, John S. You too can get great results! Call 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN VIEWS 2BR, 1.5BA, bonus room, new appliances, laundry room, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, AC. Nice deck overlooks downtown. $895/month. 687-1954. BEST TIME IS NOW! Best time to buy, pay less than rent, 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission, see, 301-2021. BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 2BA. Nice house in quiet subdivision. $750/month. 828-350-9400. BUNGALOW • NEAR DOWNTOWN Recently remodeled. 1000 sqft, hardwood floors and ceramic tile throughout. Covered front and screened back porches w/sunset and downtown views. Walking distance to hospitals. $895/month. • Pets considered. (828) 299-7743. BUNGALOW • NORTH ASHEVILLE Highly desirable location. 2BR, 1BA. Living, dining, WD, hardwood floors, porch. • Fenced yard, large deck. • Walk to Beaver Lake and Jones Elementary. • Pets considered. • Available May 1. $950/month. Call Jeff: (239) 281-3685.

BETHEL COMMUNITY RENTAL AVAILABLE 2 BR/1-1/2 BA for rent in Haywood County. Covered front and back porches, large flat yard, convenient to Waynesville and Canton. $850/month. First and last + security deposit required. 828-421-1601 or 828-226-1281. Available May 1st. CANDLER 3BR, 2BA. New unit. $1,100/month. 828-350-9400.

CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE 5 minute walk to Pack Square. Quiet 1600 sqft, 2BR, 1BA. • Mount Pisgah and downtown views. Gas appliances, WD, central heat/AC. • Claw foot tub. Small fenced pet area, pets considered. Large deck, front porch, detached 2 car garage. $975/month. (828) 467-9056. DEBORAH Want to live on a farm? Share garden & chickens? 1/2 Bed house for rent in Walnut $550/mo, no pets pref 828-380-9006 EAST ON GOLF COURSE 3BR, 2BA. Brand new home. H/W floors, fireplace, laundry area. $950/month. 828-350-9400.

with the opportunity to earn up to $14.80 per hour as a shift manager! Employees will average 20-40 hours a week in a grocery store environment. Looking for friendly people and smiling faces.

Responsibilities: • Cashiering • Stocking • Cleaning

Benefits: • Medical, dental and vision insurance after 90 days • Retirement Income Plan and 401K • Paid vacation after six months • Sunday premium pay of an additional $1.00 per hour

Requirements: • High School Diploma / GED • Drug Test and Background Check To Apply: An ALDI representative will be available for you to apply in person from 7am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 1344 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.


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SWANNANOA - 3BR, 2BA. Cherry Blossom Cove subdivision across from ACA. $950 month. 828-350-9400. SWEET PET FRIENDLY COTTAGE IN BLACK MTN/RIDGCREST Cute 2BR 1.5BA. Modern kitchen. A/C and gas fireplace. Fenced in backyard, deck and shed. 828-713-9471 or WEST ASHEVILLE - 3BR, 2BA. Off Haywood Rd. Fenced back yard. Bonus room. Fireplace. One pet with deposit. $925/month.

ALDI is hiring Cashiers. Starting pay is $10.80/hour


EXCELLENT LOCATION • One block from downtown West D! Rd. Asheville at 78NSand E TE forHillrent. 3BR, 2.5 BARhouse Master suite, gas fireplace, deck, basement, garage plus off-street parking. $1295/month; pets okay. 828-298-4708 or

READY TO RENT • WEST ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2 full BA, living room, dining room, utility room, washer, dryer, central A/C. Large storage space underneath home. Great family neighborhood. Walking distance to Carrier Park. Pets considered with deposit. $1,000/month + $1,000 security deposit. One year lease. 803-524-5229.

Vacation Rentals GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2.5BA with garage. Great South location. • Lease/purchase options now available. Why rent when you can own! Call (828) 676-0677 for details. HAW CREEK 3BR, 1BA. Large lot, nice area. One pet okay with deposit. $950/month. 828-350-9400. KENILWORTH 3BR, 2BA house w/possible 4th BR. Hardwood and ceramic tile floors, AC, gas heat, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fenced yard. $1275/month. (828) 255-4663. The Real Estate Center. LEICESTER 2BR, 1BA + office. Lots of land to enjoy the quiet. 15 minutes to Asheville. Pets okay with deposit. $795/month. 828-350-9400. MOUNTAINTOP RETREAT Charming, round Deltec home on quiet mountain - 2 bedrooms,1 bath, office/study, all-season porch w/floor to ceiling windows. Vaulted ceiling in living room. Washer/dryer. House has two levels w/separate entrances. Upper level available April 15, 2010 $850/month, $850 security deposit. Pets welcome with deposit. (828) 319-9560. NEW LOG HOME • 3BR/2BA with hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings. Enjoy the wrap around porch in woods with views. High-speed internet avail. 25 min. from Asheville. $1100/month with deposit. Call 828-649-1170. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES • Special • Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 1BR, 1BA $495/month. 2BR, 1BA $550/month. 3BR, 1BA $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals.

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

Short-Term Rentals BUSINESS TRIPS • VACATION • RELOCATING? Convenientlylocated charming 1BR cottage, in historic Asheville neighborhood. • Completely furnished, includes linens, TV, internet. (2 week minimum).

Mobile Home Lots MHP LOT FOR RENT Mobile Home Park has lot available for single wide in Black Mountain, 15 minutes from Asheville. Lot is on city water and sewer. Monthly rent is $180.00. For more information call 828.335.1629

Roommates 2-ROOM SUITE IN WEST ASHEVILLE HOUSE TO SHARE 2-room suite, West Asheville, private entrance, bathroom. Shared kitchen, living room, deck, yard. Friendly, outgoing man, 50s, 2 cats, mainly vegetarian, non-smoker. $550 includes utilities, Internet. $250 refundable deposit. 828-553-5185. Arden Furnished room, beautiful/private setting. Organic garden. Chemical-free household. Seeking responsible, clean roommate(s). No pets. $395/month, utilities included. No lease. (828) 687-2390.

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2-room suite, West Asheville, private entrance, bathroom. Shared kitchen, living room, deck, yard. Friendly, outgoing man, 50s, 2 cats, mainly vegetarian, non-smoker. $550 includes utilities, Internet. $250 refundable deposit. 828-553-5185.


General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) BE A RAFT GUIDE! USA Raft French Broad, Nolichucky, Watauga and Nantahala Rivers is training whitewater rafting guides. • We’re also hiring Seasoned Guides and Trip Leaders, Photographers, Store Staff and CDL Bus Drivers. 1-866-USA-Raft.

GARDEN AND GROUNDS KEEPER • For 10 acres. F/T, 40 hours, benefits available. Experience preferred. Apply in person with resume: BrooksHowell Home, 266 Merrimon Ave. HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333. POSITIONS TO BE FILLED IMMEDIATELY for on-going position with Fortune 500 Co. Great career opportunity! Training provided! Make $700$900 weekly. Call Mr. Strong 1-800-959-2106 (AAN CAN) PRODUCTION/FAST PACED ASSEMBLY OF SMALL PARTS • Taking applications for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts. $8.50$9.00/hour depending on shift. Must have previous Production/Assembly experience. Drug testing and criminal checks conducted. Call to schedule appointment. Kelly Services, 828-654-9444. RESERVATIONISTS/STORE CLERK FOR CANOPY TOUR Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring both seasonal and F/T Reservationists to manage bookings. Excellent customer service and software experience preferred.

CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311.

SART Mars Hill (live theatre). Box Office Staff and Head Usher. Part-Time. May–Aug 2010. 828-689-1384.

CARETAKER - PART TIME • For upscale mini-estate five miles from downtown Asheville. Must be experienced with yard work, horses, dogs, chain saw, large mower, small tractor, etc. Couple preferred. One bedroom apartment with utilities provided. Apply with pertinent and detailed information to: FAX 828-253-3820.

SIMOS • Seeking packers for immediate positions in the Weaverville area. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. No heavy lifting required. Apply at Country Inn & Suites, Tunnel Rd. M,T,W,F 11am-3pm. Must pass strict background and drug test. For more info call 216-6172. EOE.

CANOPY GUIDES FOR ZIPLINE TOURS Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring guides with excellent customer service skills to lead and instruct tours. Send resume DELIVERY DRIVER Asheville based produce company now hiring drivers to deliver in local area. Good driving record. Call 255-7630. Mountain Food Products. FIND QUALITY EMPLOYEES FAST! We found more than a dozen highly qualified job applicants in less than a week with just a single classified ad in the Mountain Express. • Chris Dennen, PhD, President of Innovative Healing Inc. • Your business can quickly and affordably find the right employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Marketplace!

Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: Canopy Guides for Zipline Tours

Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring guides with excellent customer service skills to lead and instruct tours. Send resume Reservationists/Store Clerk For Canopy Tour

Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring both seasonal and F/T Reservationists to manage bookings. Excellent customer service and software experience preferred.

Skilled Labor/ Trades CONCRETE • PLASTER • STUCCO Experienced commercial stucco, plaster, concrete professionals. Local work. Paid weekly. Drug testing required. Call (800) 551-7663.

JOBS AVAILABLE! Machine Operators • Packaging • Quality Control Inspectors • Warehouse Positions • Forklift Operators. All positions are 12 hour shifts 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am. Must have a clean criminal record and be able to pass a drug screen. Applications Accepted Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-11:00 am. Must bring 2 forms of ID. 145-4 Garrison Branch RD. Weaverville, NC. 828-658-9248.

Sales/ Marketing INTERNET SALES • Customer service experience and superior phone skills are rewarded in our local Internet Sales Center. Help us respond to inbound calls and emails and set appointments for our clients across the country. If you have lots of energy, are “nimble” on the phone and want to join a progressive company in a growing industry please call 828-687-4673 or email us at SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916. SALES/OFFICE ADMINSTRATOR FOR VACATION RENTAL BUSINESS PART TIME Part -time Thursday & Friday & weekend phone cover.$12/hour Bonus possible after 3 months Requirements; Successful telephone sales experience Strong work ethic Great customer service skills Efficient office organiser and account keeping email resume to

Restaurant/ Food APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Full-time needed. Fast, friendly atmosphere. Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582. APOLLO FLAME BISTRO Now accepting applications for daytime and evening Servers, 18 or older. Open MondaySunday, 11am-10pm. Apply in person: 2pm-4pm, MondayThursday, 1025 Brevard Road, across from Biltmore Square Mall. BARISTA/HIGHLANDS Roastery in Highlands/Cashiers looking for Lead Barista, experienced and passionate about their craft, for new espresso bar. Contact

DINING ROOM ATTENDANT • For a fine dining resort in Asheville, NC. Schedule 6:15am to 12:00pm five days per week to include weekdays, weekends, and holidays as needed. Schedule will be: Sat - Wed, off Thurs, Fri. Pay rate will depend on service fees plus wage. Average wage between $10$12 per hour. Primary duties will consist of properly clearing tables of dishes, reset tables, filling and refilling drinks. Must have previous dining room attendant or server experience. All jobs require drug testing and criminals checks. Call to schedule appointment. Kelly Services, 828-654-9444. EXPERIENCED BARISTAS • WORLD COFFEE CAFE Pick up and submit an application at A Far Away Place, 16 Battery Park Avenue. EXPERIENCED SERVER • HOSTESS Part-time. • Server: Knowledge of Japanese food preferable. Apply in person: 19 Broadway Street, downtown Asheville. Wasabi Restaurant. MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of highquality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe. Barista/Highlands Roastery in Highlands/Cashiers looking for Lead Barista, experienced and passionate about their craft, for new espresso bar. Contact

Hotel/ Hospitality 1889 WHITE GATE INN Elegant and upscale B&B, seeks an experienced Housekeeper. • Full-time schedule, flexible hours. Excellent opportunity for right person. $8.50/hour to start, based on experience. Call 253-2553, 12 noon-2pm (except Fridays). HOUSEKEEPING Busy downtown B&B seeking meticulously detail-oriented person for housekeeping. Must have respectable appearance and ability to communicate with guests. Weekend position with possible 1-2 days during the week. Only those with good work ethics who can pass a background check and drug screening need apply. Experience a plus. Sorry, no students. Email experience and contact info to or call 828-989-6618.

DRIVERS Do you have a MINI VAN or CARGO VAN? Deliver to Murphy! 5 days/wk. 800-773-6200 for appointment. Great extra $$$, work now! DRIVER GUIDE FOR CANOPY TOUR Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring drivers with experience. CDL preferred. Must have excellent customer service. send resume:

Retail FRENCH BROAD FOOD COOP Sub needed in produce dept. Must be available Saturdays No calls please, applications only

Medical/ Health Care ALTERNATING WEEKENDS OFF! LPN or RN. Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm or Fridays only, 7am3pm. • Also: PRN positions. Call 689-5200 or apply: 345 Manor Road, Marshall, NC, 28754. EOE. Madison Manor Nursing Center. NURSES Part time and PRN nurses needed for 2nd and 3rd shifts. Apply at Brooks-Howell Home, 266 Merrimon Ave, Asheville 828-253-6712

Human Services DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL Good benefit package. For more information: (828) 299-3636. Mountain Area Residential Facilities, Inc. marfinc108

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

PISGAH INN Now accepting applications for all hotel and food and beverage positions. Housing available. For application visit: 828-235-8228.

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Navitat Canopy Adventures is hiring drivers with experience. CDL preferred. Must have excellent customer service. send resume:

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Western North Carolina. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, internal respite as needed and a generous stipend. Please call Nicole at 828-696-2667 ext 14. Together we can make a difference in our community. Visit our web site at • Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent?

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

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Jackson, Swain, Macon County Clinician: Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker QMHP Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker Cherokee, Clay, Graham County Therapist/Team Leader: Child and Family Services. Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Patty Bilitzke: patricia.bilitzke • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: POSITIONS AVAILABLE For Support Team Member and Certified Nursing Assistants to work in a residential setting providing support and care for persons with life challenges. High School Diploma or equivalent and valid drivers license required. Please submit application to: Liberty Corner Enterprises,147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801. SEEKING THERAPISTS • Universal MH/DD/SAS is seeking licensed or provisional licensed therapists to lead intensive inhome teams in Brevard and Forest City. We will also be hiring Qualified Professionals as team members for the Brevard location. Please email resume to or call 828225-4980 for more information.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR • PART-TIME OR FULL-TIME A growing medical practice/treatment center is looking for a certified substance abuse counselor to join our team. Flexible schedule and very competitive compensation. We are pleased to be providing outstanding state-of-the-art substance abuse treatment and invite you to grow with us in our community. Please send resume and cover letter to vittel 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 a steeped in person-centered principles, with knowledge of self-determination 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 selfdisciplined. • 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 Fulltime position. • Interested parties should send their resume and cover letter to Lorie Boehm, email to: or fax #: (828) 254-6885.

WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAM • Field Staff: Following training, facilitate safety and implement treatment plan designed by group therapist for teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Staff work week on/week off in the woods of North Georgia. • Qualifications: 21 plus, CPR and First Aid certified, experience with backpacking and adolescents, willingness to commit 8 months, WFR recommended. • Benefits: High compensation that increases with staff level, quality mentoring and training in wilderness therapy from a well respected program, full health and dental coverage. • Training: April 16-22 and May 14-20. • Contact: Andy or Tyson, Second Nature Blue Ridge. (706) 212-2037.

RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS NEEDED • Do you have experience working with youth and a desire to help at-risk students succeed? If so, Eliada Homes may be a great fit for you! Residential Counselors work within our cottages, typically on 2nd shift (2pm11pm) and help implement a safe, therapeutic environment in which students are able to overcome various social and behavioral differences. Residential Counselors start as PRNs, working as needed, with the possibility to move into fulltime as it opens up. ad continued on next column

Requirements: Prefer a bachelor’s degree in the human service field, but will also consider individuals with an AA/GED/High School Diploma with comparable experience in the mental health field. Some experience working with mental health population, particularly adolescents, strongly preferred. Must have a valid NCDL and be prepared to pass a drug screening and criminal background check. Position starts at $10/hr. All qualified individuals please send a resume to or visit for more information. RESPITE PROVIDER NEEDED • One on one habilitation provider needed for weekend respite position with young woman with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Position requires at least 1 year experience with DD population, CPR and First Aid training, Medication Administration, North Carolina Interventions. Training from outside our agency is accepted with proof of certification, otherwise our agency does offer this training as well. The respite would occur in provider's (your) home Friday -Sunday or Monday am. Seeking responsible person to be an active part of this young woman's team. Position is fulfilling and rewarding for the right person. Our agency will also be required to inspect your home for safety prior to start of respite services. Applications are available online at

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Teaching/ Education STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL Positions available: Field Instructor, Full-time for yearround schedule. We are looking for confident, flexible, and enthusiastic leaders to be part of a great team. • Field Instructors work 3-4 day shifts both on campus and on adventure trips. Clean driving record and drug screen mandatory. One year commitment vital. Benefits possible at 3 months including 401k, paid time off, certifications, and job training. Pay is commensurate with industry standards. Stone Mountain School operates under a Special Use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service in the pristine wilderness of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. • Fax resume to Program Director at (828) 669-2521. YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 - $13/hour Please visit our web site for details:

Jobs Wanted ELDERLY HOME CAREMature, compassionate, professional female seeks position as home care provider. I have a good vehicle for shopping, errands, etc. • Asheville area. Experienced. Live-in possible. • Great references. 252-4198.

Employment Services UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1-800-720-0576.

Biltmore Forest Country Club Biltmore Forest Country Club seeks Positive, Professional, Career-Minded individuals to Be a Part of Our Team! Experienced Line Cooks Full-time: You will have a minimum of 3 years cooking experience in a fine dining environment. A Culinary degree is a plus, but is not required. Experienced Banquet Servers Part-time 20-30 hours per week. Experienced Fine Dining Servers Part-time 20-30 hours per week. Bartender Part-time 20-30 hours per week. Pool Grill Servers – Looking for a great summer job? No experience required. Must be friendly and out going. We offer competitive hourly pay, excellent benefits which include, free uniforms & free meals for all employees. For qualified employees we have a 401K plan with a generous employer match, health, dental, vision, LTD, and Life insurance. Please send resume to or go to our website: to fill out an application. We are an EEO employer and a drug free work place. All job offers are contingent on passing a drug test.

• APRIL 7 - APRIL 13, 2010


Arts/Media SPORTS TEAM PHOTOGRAPHER Seeking individuals for local business available on weekends.Perfect for students with open Fridays! Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs comfortably. Must be able to travel Friday, Saturday, Sunday. HS Diploma/GED equivalent required. Valid Driver’s License. Please email resume/qualifications.

Business Opportunities

HELP US PASS HB 1380, THE NC MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT The North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network (NCCPN)is working with our state legislators to pass HB 1380. For info visit: PENIS ENLARGEMENT. FDA Medical Vacuum Pumps. Gain 1-3 inches permanently. Testosterone, Viagra, Cialis. Free Brochures. 619-294-7777 (discounts available) (AAN CAN) PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-413-6293. (AAN CAN)

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Help Us Pass HB 1380, The NC Medical Marijuana Act

The North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network (NCCPN)is working with our state legislators to pass HB 1380. For info visit:

Classes & Workshops MEN’S PERSONAL GROWTH WEEKEND Flat Rock, NC. April 23-25, 2010. This workshop, facilitated by two experienced Gestalt therapists will provide a place to explore personal issues related to male identity and to roles as sons, fathers, husbands, lovers and workers. Tuition $545. Lodging additional. Presented by Appalachian Gestalt Training Institute and the Cincinnatti Gestalt Institute. Information/registration call Paul Diamond: (513) 421-9739 or Jack Sayre: (919) 517- 2526 or visit

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Mind, Body, Spirit

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

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

Musicians’ Xchange

Pet Xchange

Vehicles For Sale

Lost Pets


A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here:

$7999 2007 SATURN VUE One owner, low mileage, manual, white w/tan interior, air bags, CD player, cruise control, MP3 compatible, roof rack. 828-686-3450

LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville.

Found Pets Musical Services

#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER We’ve moved: • 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. • 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology. • Save money, call now! 505-7088. $30 MASSAGES EVERYDAY at Center for Massage & Natural Health at our Downtown Therapy Center! Call (828) 252-0058 for your appointment! CARING STRONG HANDS Will relax and rejuvenate you! Kern Stafford, NC LMBT#1358 • (828) 301-8555 • MASSAGE FOR EVERY BODY • Relaxing and therapeutic. Great rates. M/C and Visa accepted. Convenient Asheville location, free parking. Patty O’Sullivan. LMT #7113. 828-275-5497. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-2544110. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999.

Spiritual 2010 • YOUR FUTURE CAN BE BRIGHT! Ask Nina: (828) 253-7472 or email: TAROT Answers your life’s essential questions or you don’t pay me. Lil’lei, 828-275-4931.

Natural Alternatives 100% NATURAL SHEA BUTTER From Africa. • Protect your skin from wind/cold/sun! • Natural Soaps • Teas • Downtown Asheville, 7 1/2 Biltmore Avenue. (828) 258-3742. Southern Expressions

“THEY LAUGHED WHEN I PICKED UP THE GUITAR UNTIL I STARTED TO PLAY”. Asheville Guitar Instruction. 828-301-8448. 24 TRACK ON-LOCATION RECORDING Digital. Highest quality equipment. Reasonable rates. Superb quality and service! Call (828) 442-6211 or (828) 724-1500. ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • PIANO-GUITAR-DRUMS-BASSMANDOLIN-BANJO-SINGING Learn what you/your child wants to learn. Knowledgeable, flexible, enthusiastic instructor. 828-242-5032. VIDEO AND RECORD YOUR MUSIC Or band to CD, DVD or any internet destination, in our studio or on location. • Affordable and Professional Production. Call (828) 335-9316. VISA/MC.

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FAIRVIEW AREA • SPANIELLAB MIX Beige male dog showed up at our house on Carriage Drive in Fairview, NC around 9am, March 31. Young and looks like a Spaniel-Lab mix. Beige colored collar with no tags. He is very friendly and loving. Please call: (828) 458-9195, before 9pm.

Pets for Adoption CAN I LIVE WITH YOU? Max is a Shepherd mix who is searching for a loving home. For more information on the adoption process, or call (828) 505-3440 or visit FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC • (828) 253-6807

Upright Jazz Bassist Needed by jazz guitarist to form strong nucleus for eventual jazz group project. Standards, modal jams, originals.

One owner, low mileage, manual, white w/tan interior, air bags, CD player, cruise control, MP3 compatible, roof rack. 828-686-3450

GEORGIA ON MY MIND Georgia is a mixed breed puppy who is searching for a loving home. For more information on the adoption process, call (828) 505-3440 or visit

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BIG YARD SALE This Friday,

Building Supplies

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FIREPLACE GAS LOGS Natural gas. Good condition. Runs well. Vented unit. (828) 273-5834. STEEL BUILDINGS • Factory Deals - Save Thousands. 18x21-60x80. Can Erect/Will Deliver. Source#1GU. 866-609-4321.

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from WalMart, at light, off

BEAUTIFUL BIG RED TRUCK Financing Available. Low mileage, 2005 Dodge Ram Dually w/Leer High-Top camper top, 91 gallon auxiliary gas tank/toolbox combo, 6 speed Cummins engine, towing and braking system. (828) 319-9651.

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2006 BOBCAT T300 Track Loader, Cab with AC/Heat, 81 HP, Asking $4700,, mail me for details, 919-869-2276.

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Motorcycles/ Scooters 50cc Vento “Triton” 2007 Road Scooter. Good condition, runs well. Includes helmet and battery charger. $650, paid $1800. Call 337-0700. MOBILE MOTORCYCLE REPAIR Spring service specials! I’ll come to you. Fast • Reasonable • Convenient. Motorcycles and Scooters. Call Josh (828) 582-5921.

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

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2006 BOBCAT 2006 BOBCAT T300 Track Loader, Cab with AC/Heat, 81 HP, Asking $4700,, mail me for details, 919-869-2276.


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

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Antiques & Collectibles MR. BOJANGLES Is an orange tabby cat who is searching for a loving home. For more information on the adoption process, call (828) 505-3440 or visit

CLAWFOOT BATHTUB Good shape. All hardware, faucet, drain. Good feet, chrome. $150. Call (828) 273-5834.

Pet Services

GET 2 COMPUTERS FOR PRICE OF ONE! Bad/Credit? NO PROBLEM! Starting at $29.99/week. Up to $3000 credit limit Guaranteed Approval! Call Now! 888-860-2420 (AAN CAN)

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



Tools & Machinery

Automotive Services

Established guitar player/singer, Looking to form duet for fun and gigs. If you play an instrument it helps, but not absolute. I can teach you. I play a lot of country folk. Some Jazz. 423-8305. GUITARISTS - NO MORE SHOULDER DISCOMFORT • With a genuine “sheepskin” guitar strap cushioner. Two styles: $12 and $22. More sheepskin products available. 828-489-2455.

$7999 2007 Saturn VUE

Trucks/Vans/ SUVs

Musicians’ Bulletin BASS AND DRUMS NEEDED For Haywood county based original rock band. Call Jonathan: (828) 452-9180.

2003 T-Bird • Carolina blue, 17K, convertible or hardtop. $24,000. 776-1654.

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Medical Supplies


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28 Go like the dickens 29 Kim of “NYPD Blue” 32 Fancy neckwear 35 Nothing more than 36 Paternity confirmer 37 Eight the hard way, e.g. 38 See 24- and 48Across 40 Fox News star 41 CBS show set in Las Vegas 42 Breyers alternative 43 Challenges 44 Town that failed to pay the piper 46 Ralph who was the 1974 N.L. batting champ 48 1951 role for 57Across, for which she won a 38Across 53 “Not me” 55 “___ Fool to Want You”


















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47 “Make hay while the sun shines” and others

53 Director Reitman

78 N. Lexington • Asheville,NC

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39 Lip-___ 40 Digs 42 Make ecstatic 43 Actress Joanne 45 Meteorological phenomenon 46 Early Cape Canaveral program

50 Menaces from the deep 51 Where Orvieto can be found 52 Pitchfork wielder

54 Five-and-___

59 Part of many a psych course 60 D.D.E.’s predecessor

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Asheville Earth Day 2010 will feature : - Kids Area

- Eco-Village - Crafts - Food/Beer - Eco-conscious Speakers & Live Music

Pre-Show Party Friday, 4/16

@ Pisgah Brewery, Black Mountain, NC

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Either Show $10 at the Door

Club 828 : Funk Jam

The New Mastersounds

Stella Blue : Bluegrass Jam Cornmeal with members of Acoustic Syndicate

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Mountain Xpress, April 07 2010  

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

Mountain Xpress, April 07 2010  

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