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p. 10 Earth Day, every day Environmental awareness and action are year-round concerns, but Earth Day heightens the need for both. This year, the Asheville area offers up a week of celebrations, talks, workshops and more, all geared around Earth Day. Xpress has the roundup of all the eco-fun and functions. Cover design by Carrie Lare Photograph by Carrie Lare

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letters Keever cares about the citizen agenda Patsy Keever is responsive, and that’s the difference between her and the incumbent. That’s why I’m voting for her as a N.C. House 115 constituent. Public officials need to be more responsive today than ever. Or they need to have a plan for responding to constituent issues. Two-way communication is a critical aspect of representative democracy. I am voting for Patsy Keever because she responded to my question about a particular government issue. Unnecessary noise pollution creates a significant amount of stress for North Carolina’s citizens — indeed, for people around the world. Particularly obnoxious are privately owned vehicles illegally modified to be louder than state and federal laws permit. The story behind why this phenomenon exists is an example of where our sense of community standards and government role need to be reformed. Few politicians seem interested in this baseline issue, yet Keever is. Patsy’s Web site has five key-issue points. Her incumbent has four. What is Patsy’s fifth issue area? Equal rights for all citizens. I think that is an important theme that, when omitted, leaves her incumbent wanting. Whatever the level of urgency, our social

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environment still has many areas requiring reform. Being unresponsive to both minimum, baseline citizen issues, and to the more critical areas of high-level justice, leaves a question mark on her incumbent. We are, after all, human beings, and our needs are integral to economic and environmental agendas. — Grant Millin Asheville

East Asheville resident pitches for Keever East Buncombe voters have a clear choice in the May 4 primary election between incumbent state Rep. Bruce Goforth and challenger Patsy Keever. The choice is between the politics of self-interest versus the public interest. Goforth’s legislation of 2005 — Sullivan Acts II and III — stripped away from the city of Asheville the right to establish water rates proportional with the cost of providing this service. The end result was requiring water lines to be extended far beyond the city limits to such places as the Southcliff subdivision in Fairview. Goforth’s reward: Having his business, Goforth Builders, placed at the top of the list of preferred builders in Southcliff. For me, this does not pass the conflict-of-interest smell test.

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For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at www.mountainx.com/cartoons Patsy Keever, on the other hand, brings to the race a career devoted to working in the public interest. Whether as a 25-year public-school teacher, 12-year Buncombe commissioner, past president of the League of Women Voters or serving on the board of the United Way, Patsy Keever has been a voice for the rest of us. Please support “Good Government” and vote Patsy Keever in the May 4 primary election. — Chris Pelly Asheville

Finding a job and happiness in a new WNC home I am a new resident in the area, having moved from Charlotte to the Black Mountain/Asheville-area two weeks ago. There is so much more this area offers, such as great music venues (e.g., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium), many walking and hiking paths, and of course, great food. The job market, believe it or not, seems to be better here, from my perspective. I went over a

year in Charlotte without work, then moved here and found a job within the two-week span of [arriving]. There are jobs to be found — if you actually go out and look. Just wanted to share with you the happiness I found since moving here, and proud to call WNC area “home!” — Irene Corey Black Mountain

Disgruntled dog walker Every time you let your dog run around loose, you put our dogs and myself in danger. Just because you might be some freewheeling, kombucha-drinking, yoga-doin’ hippie, that doesn’t mean that our dogs are. They are animals; they like to growl, bite, scratch and kill. Not much different from us when we are provoked. Please keep your dog on a leash ... or heaven forbid, a chain (gasp, hissssss, boooo!). — Patty Dowdy Asheville

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Earth Day in Asheville then and now by Robin Criscuolo In 40 years, I’ll be 60. And many people reading this will probably be well past that point and edging toward geezer-hood. Some of you may not even be around anymore, though your children may be well into their adult lives, finding their places in the world. And what do we want that world to be like? Livable? Populated by diverse animal and plant life? Functioning in balance and providing clean air to breathe and water to drink? In short, do we want our delicate planet intact? I’d be surprised if the answer were not a resounding yes. Earth Day was established to focus on realizing that desire — on thinking forward and renewing our collective commitment to protecting and caring for our home base. But first, let’s look back a bit. The first Earth Day was celebrated 40 years ago, in 1970; later that same year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was formed. America was on the brink of a major change in consciousness: People were beginning to realize that nothing — not even something as seemingly big and durable as Earth — lasts forever. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin is widely credited with coming up with the idea for the event. “There was a great deal of turmoil on the college campuses

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over the Vietnam War, and many colleges held anti-war teach-ins,” he recalled in a 1998 speech. “On a flight to the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, I read an article on the teach-ins, and it suddenly occurred to me: Why not have a nationwide teach-in on the environment?” The birth of Earth Day signaled a new awareness, and the energy crisis of the ’70s sparked the realization that this small planet that is essentially all we’ve got could actually “wear out.” People began asking the question, “Earth’s got our back; have we got hers?” And now, amid the current climate crisis, people are asking the same question once again. Searching news archives for accounts of Earth Days past, I found a 1970 article describing a demonstration in Hendersonville by about a 100 young people who threw empty cans and bottles to raise awareness of roadside pollution. Other than that, I couldn’t find any mention of local Earth Day events until the ’90s. To get a perspective on what was happening back then, I talked with a couple of local environmental veterans. Buncombe County native Byron Ballard, who writes about Appalachian earth religions for the Asheville Citizen-Times under the moniker “The Village Witch,” remembers: “We started an ecology club at Enka High School in about 1972 and did litter cleanups and such. I don’t think Asheville was so very far behind the times — seems like when the national Zeitgeist turned toward being a little kinder to the biosphere, we jumped on it.” Sandi Childs, co-founder and former president of the Carolina Recycling Association, came to Asheville in 1986. Working for the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, she managed waste-composition studies and established the first recycling programs in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties. Childs remembers how different downtown Asheville was in the mid-’80s. Many buildings were boarded up, she says, and there wasn’t much happening except for the old porn theater and a few restaurants and bars. Today’s thriving green culture hadn’t happened yet; in fact, there wasn’t much happening, period.


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Fourth-grader James Young’s untitled piece from Art in the Afternoon. “After being in Asheville for about six months, I thought, ‘We could use some growth,’” Childs recalls. Early renovation efforts, she notes, marked “a first cut at sustainability. It would have been an incredible waste of energy, not to mention beautiful architectural craft, to tear down all those buildings.” Another major change since the ’70s involves the French Broad River. Ballard remembers sit-ins at the American Enka plant (which discharged into Hominy Creek, a tributary) back then. The river, she recalls, was “so polluted there were no fish, and the smell would knock you over. We used to joke that you could walk across the river — and this was way before the drought lowered the water level.” Thanks

food sustainability, working with assorted grass-roots groups to get out and effect real change. “This is homegrown,” notes Childs. But the ’70s, says Ballard, was when “many folks started their lifelong habits of energy conservation. We started turning off lights when leaving a room, combining trips in the car, buying smaller cars with better fuel efficiency. But we didn’t really learn that lesson then, did we?” she points out, adding, “I wonder if we’ve learned it now.” Childs, meanwhile, sounds a hopeful note. Asheville, she says, is “not paradise, but I think that the people who come here really appreciate it.” And though she sees plenty of room for improvement, particularly in such areas as

“We used to joke that you could walk across the French Broad River — and this was way before the drought lowered the water level.” — Buncombe County to the 1972 Clean Water Act and continuing efforts by citizens and local nonprofits, the French Broad’s water quality has improved tremendously. Today, Asheville is known as a green haven, cited as such by many travel guides. In fact, it’s been named one of the 25 greenest cities in America. The eco-consciousness level is high, and environmentally minded people are drawn here to discuss, experiment with and implement ways of living more gently on the planet. Downtown shops offer everything from recycled clothing to green doggy toys, and “LEED-certified,” “green building,” “independent,” “organic” and “sustainable” all figure prominently in the local vocabulary. Trendy jargon aside, area residents are active on issues such as climate change, river cleanups and

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alternative transit and more energy-efficient buildings, she doesn’t think residents are getting complacent. “I think people know how blessed they are to live here; I think people see that.” How things will look to local folks 40 years from now, however, remains an open question. To learn about assorted local Earth Day events, see the accompanying story “Earth First!” X Xpress intern Robin Criscuolo, a junior at Warren Wilson College, plans to celebrate Earth Day by rolling down a clover-covered hill and buying a power strip with a switch to lighten her phantom load — not necessarily in that order. She can be reached at rdebutts@warren-wilson.edu.


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Where to celebrate this Earth Day Commemorate Earth Day with film screenings, lectures, festivities, seminars, workshops, family gatherings and live music. Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat (303 Outlook Road) hosts a special shopping event on Thursday, April 22, and will donate 10 percent of sales to volunteer group Rainbow Recycling. There’s also a recycling scavenger hunt, a lesson on how to wrap herb pots in newspaper and free herb seedlings for participants to take home. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Info at 669-1406 or montreat.tenthousandvillages.com. Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center offers the Mountain Green Series, which consists of guest speakers and a walking tour. On Thursday, April 22, The Green Walkabout introduces participants to the best practices for building green. 1 to 2:45 p.m. in Canon Lounge, Gladfelter building. RSVP to scross@warren-wilson.edu. The lecture “Taking Responsibility for a Sustainable World,” with Maggie Ullman is held from 3 to 5 p.m., Kittredge Theater. Both events are free. Info at 771-3781 or mountaingreenwnc.org. A-B Tech Green Power hosts a free showing of Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America with a discussion following the movie. It’s held Thursday, April 22, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Holly Library, room 121 (downstairs) on A-B Tech’s main campus. For more information, email kgetz@abtech.edu with “Kilowatt Ours” in the subject line.

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The Environmental & Conservation Organization (ECO) holds Earth Day events at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. On Thursday, April 22, the award-winning documentary film, Earth Days will screen. 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. On Saturday, April 24, return to BRCC for an outside daytime family community festival with an outdoor solar stage, local musicians, storytellers and performance artists. Workshops focus on sustainable gardening and green energy. Other activities include a water festival, art projects and a green Olympics for kids, a greenway hike, a student short film festival, recycling of household batteries, tree planting, an electric car race and more. (Activities take place at the large field by the Spearman Building or in the BRCC Technology Building in case of rain.) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free. That evening, bluegrass band Balsam Range and Americana artist Shannon Whitworth perform at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall. 8 p.m., $15-$20. Info at 692-0385 or eco-wnc.org.

RiverLink’s Picnic at Carrier Park takes place Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a picnic blanket, enjoy healthy snacks from Earth Fare and check out RiverLink’s new childhood obesity-prevention program Itty Bitty Bikes. Also on the itinerary: free hot air balloon rides from 9 to 11 a.m., a 10 a.m. nature walk, the Friends of the WNC Nature Center to bring animals at 10:30, a bike parade at 11 a.m., grilling from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a guided walk at noon and a plant exchange (bring your extra seeds or plants) at 1 p.m. Free. Info at riverlink.org.

Earth Day Flea Market & Recycling Collection takes place in Black Mountain, in the public parking lot on Route 9, adjacent to Sun Trust Bank. Shop or rent a flea market space; Boogie Down Electronics and Rainbow Recycling team up to collect unwanted styrofoam packing, computers, cell phones, scanners, fax machines, regular and rechargable

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (219 Chunns Cove Rd.) holds an Earth Day celebration “intended to explore why environmental sustainability is a spiritual concern, and what we can do to help.” Events include an outdoor ceremony of prayer, song and dance includes leaders or clergy of seven different faiths expressing how each faith honors the earth and nature as part of creation; planting new wildlife-friendly indigenous plants at St. Luke’s; child-friendly educational activities and a potluck meal. Bring finger food for the potluck: No eating utensils will be provided. Azalea bushes will be collected to be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Participants are asked to carpool. Sunday, April 25, 3 to 5 p.m., info at 253-4911. —Alli Marshall


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“The part I like the least is increasing the transit fees,” said Vice Mayor Brownie Newman. “This is a very basic service, and a lot of people use it. But we do need to find a way to finance things, and this is still a good-value proposition, though I wouldn’t support raising it any more.” And after citing his initial reluctance, Council member Jan Davis continued, “but looking over this, I think it’s fair, and we do a good job of cost recovery.” Asheville resident Fred English, however, criticized the city’s overall fiscal approach, saying Council shouldn’t spend money on such items as the art installed recently on the sides of city buses. “I’m not against an increase here or there,” said English. “But you’ve got to spend money wisely; painting these buses is not that. We’ve got to cut

back first, then do what you got to do.” Next up was a 4-percent water-rate hike, which was approved 6-1 with Russell dissenting. But the most contentious issue was an additional 1-percent increase to pay for capital improvements in the water system. “We don’t have many large [water users] left; it’s mostly moderate-sized businesses, and they’ll feel this,” predicted Davis. “A total of a 5-percent hike — I’m just not supportive of that.” But Newman and others defended this increase as well. “I don’t like voting for a 5-percent increase when the economy’s better,” he said. “These kind of fees, they directly affect the cost of living in this community. But on our current funding schedule, it will take 200 years to get to replacing some of our water lines. Well, that doesn’t sound like a good schedule.” Fees aside, City Council also approved allocating $100,000 to help UNC-Chapel Hill establish a satellite pharmaceutical school in Asheville. Several local governments and organizations are working on raising the $2.5 million needed to seal the deal. The move came on a 6-1 vote with Council member Cecil Bothwell opposed.

A question of priorities

Not all the votes were split. Council unanimously agreed to forward four legislative priorities to the General Assembly. The first, a joint resolution with Woodfin, would adjust the boundary between the two municipalities so that the entire


UNCA campus would fall within Asheville’s borders and also fill eliminate several instances of properties falling between the two boundaries in no man’s land. Other resolutions seek clarification on the status of funding for public-access television and for state energy-efficiency tax-break funds that state law allows North Carolina cities and counties to establish. Two other proposed legislative priorities ran into some roadblocks, however. The first was a request by the N.C. League of Municipalities seeking Asheville’s support for a lobbying effort to block federal and state legislation that would require municipalities to engage in collective bargaining with police, public-works and fire-andrescue personnel. Current North Carolina law actually prohibits municipalities from negotiating with unions. When they must — as with the transit system — the city has to pay a third-party management company to do so on its behalf. “There are big implications for how we’d do business; it would have a huge impact,” said Bellamy. “I think we do need to take a position on this particular issue.” Newman said he saw some good in the legislation though, like Bellamy, he wanted more information before taking a stand. “The idea is that people would be allowed to form a union, and I might have a different stance on that [from the league],” said Newman. “Right now, they’re not, but it would become an option. It’s a complex issue.” Bothwell, however, voiced strong support for the proposed laws. “From a personal standpoint, having been a victim of the right-to-work laws here, I think it’s dastardly,” he declared, noting that union employees typically receive higher pay and increased job security. “I’m very much in favor of unionization at every turn.” Manheimer, meanwhile, said she was “torn” on the issue, and Davis differed starkly from Bothwell, asserting, “I think it would be fairly devastating to the public and to the city. But without more information, I don’t think we can take a position on it right now.” Council wound up instructing City Attorney Bob Oast to research the proposed legislation and its potential effects on the city. Oast was also asked to research Bothwell’s suggestion that the city endorse a bill passed by the state House last year that would give local governments the option of publicly financing local elections.

Neither rain nor sleet

In a ceremony at the start of the meeting, City Manager Gary Jackson praised the performance of Asheville’s emergency workers, public-works employees and police force during the Dec. 18 snowstorm. “It took an incredible effort on the part of our staff to address that,” said Jackson. “It showed their preparedness, commitment and confidence as they worked through this.” The emergency-service calls, he noted, had quadrupled during the storm, and some staff worked extremely long shifts or stayed on duty for more than 24 hours to keep essential services running. X David Forbes can be reached at dforbes@mountainx. com or at 251-1333, ext. 137.

Community Leaders Who Support Judge Alan Thornburg “Judge Thornburg has served us well as a civic leader and superior Court Judge. He has earned our support to continue in service as Judge.” Annie and John Ager: Hickory Nut Gap Farm Becky Anderson: former Director of Handmade in Asheville Janice and Joe Brumit: Community Leaders Guy F. Clerici: Chair and CEO, Pack Square Conservancy Karen Cragnolin: Executive Director, Riverlink Scott Dedman: Executive Director, Mountain Housing Opportunities Susie and William Hamilton: Flying Cloud Farm Dr. Olson Huff: Child Advocate John C. Huie: Director Emeritus, North Carolina Outward Bound School; and Founding Director, Environmental Leadership Center of Warren Wilson College Dr. Don Locke: Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University; retired Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for UNC-Asheville Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Manheimer: former Executive Director of the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (Ron) Claudia and Mike Nix: Co-owners of Liberty Bicycles, Member of North Carolina Bicycle Pedestrian and Task Force (Claudia) Doug Orr: President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College Pete Peery: Presbyterian Minister (PCUSA) Susan Roderick: Community Leader Pat Smith: Community Leader M. Jerry VeHaun: Director, Buncombe County Emergency Management Al Whitesides: Community Leader *all organizational affiliations are noted for identification purposes only

Attorneys Who Support Judge Alan Thornburg “Our respected colleague, Superior Court Judge Alan Thornburg, is running for election to continue his service on the bench. Alan has done an excellent job presiding over criminal and civil cases throughout Western North Carolina. In addition, he presides over Buncombe County’s Drug Treatment Court, a rigorous treatment program for qualifying nonviolent probationers with substance addictions. It is our privilege to endorse Judge Thornburg’s candidacy to retain his seat as Superior Court Judge.”

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First things first: Primary 2010

Stomping for Nesbitt

Which candidates will come out on top in the May 4 primary? It all depends on your vote. In the following pages, you’ll find candidates’ responses to an Xpress questionnaire, interviews with state House candidates Patsy Keever and Bruce Goforth, a summary of the judicial races, an insider’s look at the hunt for Rep. Heath Shuler’s congressional seat, and a snippet about perennial contenders R. L. Clark and Don Yelton. (Goforth, a four-term incumbent, declined to answer the questionnaire but did speak with Xpress reporter David Forbes.)

Perennial Republican candidates R.L. Clark and Don Yelton are vying for the chance to challenge North Carolina Senate Majority Leader Martin Nesbitt this fall in the 49th District, which includes a chunk of Buncombe County. Clark served two terms in the state Senate in the 1990s, and Yelton most recently mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in 2008, the latest in a string of unsuccessful political campaigns. Clark and Yelton are old friends and comrades-in-arms, having been active in the Carolina Stompers, a conservative activist group founded by Chad Nesbitt, the stepson of the man these two hope to challenge. — Michael Muller

Want to know what Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan and Democratic challenger Rocky Owenby have to say about racial profiling and immigration? Find their answers in the election grid. Want to know congressional candidates’ positions on health-care reform? Read their answers. And in “Primary Primer,” you’ll also get a more up-close-and-personal view of the six Republicans and one Democrat setting their sights on Shuler’s seat. For a list of campaign-related events, consult our Campaign Calendar in the Buzz section. — Margaret Williams

Three judicial races on primary ballot by Nelda Holder Three judicial contests — one local and two statewide — will appear on the ballot for the May 4 primary in Buncombe County (see below). All told, they involve 10 candidates about whom voters may know very little. “Judicial races receive very little attention,” notes Weaverville resident Kathleen Balogh, who is president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. Accordingly, she lauds the state’s 2002 Judicial Campaign Reform Act, which established optional public funding for candidates for the N.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and made all state judicial races nonpartisan. The program also produces voters guides (such as the one the State Board of Elections mailed recently to residences across North Carolina). The 2010 Primary Voter Guide profiles the statewide judicial-primary candidates and also lists those general-election contenders who aren’t involved in the primary. Candidate participation has increased each election cycle since the law took effect in 2004, and this year, all 12 state judicial contestants have declared their intent to take part in the program. (Unopposed candidates do not receive campaign funding.) North Carolina is one of 39 states with some form of elected judgeships, and now one of 15 in which judges are elected on a nonpartisan basis. Gubernatorial, legislative or commissionbased appointments determine judgeships in the remaining 11 states. North Carolina’s legislation, says Balogh, has even inspired judicial reform elsewhere: New Mexico and Wisconsin have already established programs partly based on the N.C. model, and West Virginia and Washington have similar

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programs in the works, she reports. To be eligible for potential public funding, however, North Carolina candidates must first survive the primary. The top two vote-getters in each race will proceed to the general election in November. Here are the primary candidates (for additional information, check out the Voter Guide online at http://sboe.state.nc.us).

N.C. Court of Appeals (two seats)

Three primary candidates are vying for one of the open seats: Anne Marie Calabria: Morrisville resident; currently an N.C. Court of Appeals judge and mediator; Jane Gray: Raleigh resident, currently a District Court judge; Mark E. Klass: Resident of Lexington, N.C., currently serving as Superior Court judge. Four primary candidates are competing for the second seat: Alton D. (Al) Bain: A general-practice attorney residing in Lillington; Leto Copeley: An attorney who lives in Hillsborough; Rick Elmore: Raleigh resident, currently an N.C. Court of Appeals judge; Steven Walker: Selma, N.C., resident currently serving as clerk to Justice Edward Thomas Brady, N.C. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, at the local level, Buncombe County’s District 28 has only one judicial primary. (Candidates for the other open seats either face no opposition or have only one opponent, in which case both candidates automatically advance to the November election.) Candidates for the District 28 Superior Court

seat are listed below, along with biographical information taken from their individual Web sites or professional profiles. Currently, local races don’t qualify for public funding.

Buncombe County Superior Court, District 28 Three primary candidates are competing for this seat; the top two will proceed to the general election: Kate Dreher: Currently an assistant district attorney, Buncombe County; graduate, University of Pennsylvania; law degree, Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America; clerk to appellate judge, prosecutor and civil litigator in Pennsylvania; Buncombe County district attorney’s office, 1990 to present; board-certified state criminal law specialist 1994; Marvin Pope: Currently a Buncombe County District Court judge (District 28); Lenoir Rhyne College 1970; Wake Forest Law School 1973; private practice in Asheville, 1973 to 2001; appointed to District Court (District 28), 2001; certified as family court and juvenile court judge; elected to District Court (District 28) 2004 and 2008; Alan Z. Thornburg: Currently a Superior Court judge (District 28); B.A. in history, Davidson College, 1989; law degree, Wake Forest University, 1996; law clerk, Judge Sam J. Ervin, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1996-97; aide to U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford and private practive in Asheville, 1997 to 2004; appointed to N.C. Court of Appeals in 2004 (lost subsequent election to Barbara Jackson); appointed to N.C. Board of Transportation 2005; appointed to District 28 Superior Court 2009. X Freelance reporter Nelda Holder can be reached at nfholder@gmail.com.


Cracking the whip

Goforth, Keever vie for state House seat

Facing off: Former Buncombe County commissioner Patsy Keever (right) is challenging incumbent Rep. Bruce Goforth for his state house seat. photo by halima flynt

by David Forbes One of the primary season’s most-watched races pits Rep. Bruce Goforth, a four-term incumbent who’s currently a Democratic whip, against former Buncombe County Commissioner Patsy Keever. Xpress conducted separate indepth interviews with both candidates. Here are excerpts from those interviews. Full transcripts and video are available at www. mountainx.com.

Rep. Bruce Goforth

Mountain Xpress: You’ve been in the House for four terms. What’s motivating you to run for a fifth? Rep. Bruce Goforth: The possibility of being able to help Western North Carolina. If you look at the last three terms, I’ve been a power for the western part of the state. This last year, I was elected majority whip, which I think makes a huge difference. With Sen. Martin Nesbitt [being named] majority leader, I think there’s an opportunity to bring some funding to the west that’s been overlooked in the past. You’ve been a longtime supporter of the Sullivan Acts, and you’ve cited Buncombe County’s role in the ’20s and ’30s helping build the water system. How does that tie into justifying restrictions on the city of Asheville’s water system today? You’ll hear the city of Asheville say that they’re the only ones being treated this way, and that’s not true: Charlotte has the same system that we recommended.

When we had the negotiations over the city and the county separating and the city taking it over, we dealt with the city for hours on end in the negotiations. The truth was, they wanted it all and didn’t want to give up anything. When you look at what the county was paying, they were paying for the ballpark, the city police: They were paying a portion of that. When we looked at [the water system], we said there’s too much money coming out of there and the money’s not going back into the infrastructure. So what we did in the bill, we put in that the water system [revenue] has to be utilized for the infrastructure. Last year, we changed that a little bit, so that not just the infrastructure would be addressed, but the area they tore up for paving and the sidewalks could be included in that. ... It’s held up in court, and I think it’s fair. Parts of your record have been criticized by environmental advocacy groups; the Conservation Council gave you a low rating. You’ve said before, for example, that we need to be a lot more worried about the economy than the steep slopes. Where is the environment as a legislative priority? I don’t believe I ever said we need to be more concerned about the economy than the steep slopes. I don’t think I’ve ever said that. At the CIBO debate, sir. [Goforth’s exact statement was, “We need to be more worried — a lot more — about the economy than we do the steep slopes.”] I said we need to have a balance; that was my words exactly. [In the same debate, Goforth also

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said this about the environment: “We have to look at where our jobs come from and strike a balance.”] I said we need balance, and I still say that. We can’t rob all the jobs to protect the environment. I mean, that’s a no-brainer.

Patsy Keever

You’ve spoken of reconsidering the Sullivan Acts, which restrict the city’s water revenues and how they can be used. By “reconsidering,” do you mean repealing or modifying? Actually, it has gone to court and it has gone up to the appeals level, and it looks as though they may stay as they are. My opinion, however, is that they’re unfair. If there were a way to look at that again and make them more equitable, I would certainly be interested in doing that. At a previous debate [at a CIBO luncheon], you said you weren’t running to oppose Goforth and that, in some ways, he’s done a good job. If that’s so, then why should — [Laughs] Y’know, that was worded poorly. I am obviously opposing Mr. Goforth; not in a negative way, not in a personal way, but I am opposing what he has done, chiefly on the environment, because he was one of the “Dirty Dozen.” Yes, since I got into the race, he has improved his ranking on the environment, and I’m very grateful for that. But I think when we look at somebody who’s going to be in the legislature, do we want somebody that’s spent their entire adult life working on the environment, being an activist to protect our natural resources, or do we want somebody who changes his mind because

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that seems to be the way the trend is going? Speaking of how long Rep. Goforth has been in the state House, one of the points he’s been touting is his seniority. Do you think being a newcomer would hamper your ability to get your agenda through? No, I don’t, actually. I think Rep. Goforth has held up some legislation and weakened some legislation, though he ends up voting the right way and, you know, that’s good. I think that I can go in there — and I have friends in the legislature now — I think that we can be a good team and get some legislation passed that’s important. If you’re elected, Day 1, what’s your top legislative priority? I think my top legislative priority is to get education squared away. ... One of the things we need to look at in education is: What are we really trying to provide with our education system? And in my mind, we’re trying to turn out citizens: people who can contribute to society, people who can get a job, who have the skills, who have the resources they need to develop the talents they have. And we all have different talents, and we have different skills and we learn different ways, so I think we need to be a little more flexible in our education system. But the bottom line is, we want to be able to produce citizens that can be a part of our community. X David Forbes can be reached at dforbes@mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 137.


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Greg Newman, a former prosecutor whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now an attorney in private practice, recently served a term as mayor of Hendersonville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first Republican to be elected to that office in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 162-year history. Newman has called for eliminating the U.S. Departments of Education, Energy and Homeland Security. He has the support of Nathan Ramsey, former chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. Clay County insurance agent Kenny West is the most overtly religious of the six Republican candidates and arguably the most ideological. References to his faith and the need to return the country to â&#x20AC;&#x153;godly valuesâ&#x20AC;? are woven into his speeches, and visitors to his Web site can download a printable copy of the Ten Commandments.

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11th District Republicans arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only ones holding a primary this year. Before squaring off against the eventual Republican nominee, Shuler will have to contend with Aixa (pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aysh-uhâ&#x20AC;?) Wilson, an archaeologist by profession who bills himself as a pragmatist, espousing a mix of conservative and liberal beliefs. A veteran, Wilson has attracted some attention from the left for his support of the recently passed health-care reform â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only candidate in the race, Democrat or Republican, to take that stance. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time Shuler has faced a primary challenger: In 2006, he roundly drubbed fellow Democrat Michael Morgan by a 3-1 margin. X Michael Muller can be reached at mmuller@ mountainx.com or at 251-1333, ext. 154.


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How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

What are your top three legislative priorities?

Occupation: Retired Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: N.C. state Senator 1995-98 Endorsements: None

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My previous legislative accomplishments: Cut over $1 billion personal, food, excise, inheritance and business taxes. Repealed intangibles tax. Created charter schools; returned control to local boards of education. Required sex offenders to register for life; repealed prison cap. Increased homestead exemptions for elders.

Occupation: TV host, environmental-science professor, political observer Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: Been involved in local, state and national issues since 1988 Endorsements: Average citizens

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In the primary I face a longHome rule, ballot access and time Republican that has been open government. inside the system. On the other hand, I have been outside the system and have been exposed to the problems within and around the system.

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1. Jobs creation by reducing business, individual and personal taxes plus eliminating unreasonable and unnecessary rules and regulations. 2. School choice, vouchers and removal of charter-schools cap. 3. Compliance with U.S. and N.C. constitutions regarding state sovereignty and legislative redistricting.

Do you favor amending or repealing the Sullivan Acts, which limit Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to control water-system revenues? Why or why not?

Undecided. Prefer county and city resolve their issues without General Assembly involvement.

I think home rule applies to all situations.


What methods do you favor for dealing with the state-budget crunch, and what effects will they have on the Asheville area?

Do you favor changing the state’s laws on involuntary annexation? If so, how?

What do you recommend to remedy shortcomings in the state’s mental-healthcare system?

What is your position on bringing high-speed rail to the Asheville area?

Do you favor domesticpartnership benefits for same-sex state employees? Why or why not?

Do you support state assistance to local municipalities in financial trouble? If so, in what form?

Major spending reductions; may reduce some noncritical grants to Buncombe County and municipalities.

Yes; by two-thirds majority vote of the people to be annexed.

State budget transfers from noncritical programs to increase funding to the state mental health system.

In my opinion, the N.C. Constitution leaves the provision of rail service to the private sector.

No. During my previous General Assembly terms, I cosponsored legislation which was enacted into law defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

No. Local municipalities have the responsibility to balance their own budgets (refer to N.C. Constitution).

We must re-evaluate how we disburse the money. We must look at where the money is going and how many people it affects and is it necessary for life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. We have reached the point where cultural niceties may not be affordable.

Yes. Annexation should be voted on by the people affected.

We are going to have to really be creative here, eliminating waste and doubling up on programs. There are some unique opportunities, such as using minimum-security prisoners to maintain grounds, kitchens and housekeeping at mental facilities. We could use social work or psychology students to expose them to real-life problems.

I was very upset when I saw $500 million being spent to seed high-speed rail when it will cost billions to complete the project. The state can’t even pay our citizens’ tax refunds this year and would consider billions for high-speed rail. Something is wrong with this picture!

If we do it for same-sex, what about two brothers living together, two sisters living together, mother and daughter living together, etc.? Most companies charge for family coverage, so this is a moot point and a dividing issue. We must not create a special class and discriminate against all others.

Home rule also means taking care of your own. We must learn to stand on our own two feet. What about sustainability says that someone else must pay for you? Asheville and Buncombe County are saying they want to be sustainable. It starts here with us.

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Rod Hubbard, developer of an affordable condominium community Brickton Village, has strangled an apartment dweller. Don’t be alarmed: the apartment dweller was not actually harmed just shaken up with a dose of reality with regards to homeownership.

FACT: The $8000 1st time buyer tax credit is a check, actual paper that you receive in the mail (or by direct deposit if you’re really anxious) approximately 7-10 weeks after you close on your new home. The tax credit is NOT a deduction on your taxable income; it is NOT a reduction in the purchase price of your home.

When asked to comment on his actions, Hubbard said, “Look, this is really simple. This is absolutely the best time for first time buyers to try to buy a home. With all the incentives available you would be a ding-dong if you didn’t at least attempt to get qualified. “

There are too many people in our market who can actually buy a home but have not taken the time to get the details, Hubbard explained. You’ve got an $8000 tax credit, historically low interest rates, and affordable prices on homes - what in the world could a person possibly be waiting on?

FACT: A first time buyer is a person who has not owned their primary residence in the previous 3 years.

FACT: On April 30, 2010 you must be UNDER CONTRACT for your new home not closed and paying a mortgage. If you have a contract by April 30th, you will have until June 30, 2010 to close on the home.

“If it was raining outside, you would grab your umbrella. If your car was low on gas you would fill it up” So naturally if you

Its true, interest rates have not been this low in decades and are likely to go up by then end of the year. Many would be buyers do not understand that even a half percent increase in the interest rate could be enough to keep them from being able to buy. Another misconception Hubbard is trying to dispel is that competitive financing is not available for qualified buyers. If you don’t have a down payment you still may be able to buy. FACT: 100% financing IS available at Brickton Village with historically low interest rates that are fixed for 30 years. Waiting any longer is simply ridiculous. If you are paying $650 or more in rent each month, you OWE it to yourself to see if you can buy. Brickton Village offers a FREE mortgage consultant that can determine your ability to buy a home in under 15 minutes. In Hubbard’s word, “It’s now or never. This is an incredible opportunity for 1st time buyers and nothing like this will probably ever happen again.”

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How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

What are the top three law-enforcement priorities in Buncombe County?

What areas need improvement in the Sheriff’s office?

Occupation: Sheriff Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: Served as Sheriff for four years Endorsements: FOP not doing endorsements for local races. Seeking NCAE endorsement for the fall.

Through the last reporting period for this campaign cycle, $37,000 has been raised. Ted and Terry VanDuyn, David Gantt, Bob and Maggie Lindsey all at approximately the $1,000 level. Changes in this information will be reflected in the updated campaign finance report, First Quarter Plus Report to be released April 26, 2010.

I have 23 years’ experience, most of it in a supervisory role. I have a criminal-justice degree from WCU and completed the Administrative Officers Management Program at NCSU. My 2-1/2 years teaching for the NC Justice Academy has given me insight into the problems law enforcement experiences statewide.

Drug abuse and the property crimes that are generated from it. Best utilizing our resources to deal with the ever-increasing service demands made upon the Sheriff’s Office. Continuing to work with our schools to influence our youth and move them in a positive direction.

We need to continue to open up avenues of communication with the public and form more community partnerships that will make us more effective in dealing with specific problems that certain communities are facing. This includes expansion of our Web site and more community meetings.

Occupation: Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office 19 years, contractor at this time Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: I have no desire to be a politician Endorsements: [None provided.]

I have concentrated on raising votes, not money, and I am my largest contributor at this time. Several people have donated equal amounts.

I am honest, I do what I tell you I will do, and I tell you up front if I can help you or not.

First, answering calls for service. Second, gaining back trust and respect by assisting the community with their needs. Third, fighting drugs, gang activity and immigration matters with help from the community.

The Sheriff’s Office is too topheavy; we can do the same or more work with less staff at the top and use the monies somewhere else in the county.

How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

$37,514; 123 donations under $100; more than 265 different contributors; average donation $148.57. Jane Swafford - $4,000 Nancy Alexander -$1,000 Harry Clendenin - $1,000 Charise Gantt - $1,000 Lennie Jernigan - $1,000 Mona Lisa Wallace - $1,000

I am a lifelong environmental activist advocating for stewardship and protection of our natural resources. My opponent was listed as one of the Dirty Dozen by the Conservation Council of NC and was the lowest-rated legislator on environmental issues by Environment NC.

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What are your top three legislative priorities?

Do you favor amending or repealing the Sullivan Acts, which limit Asheville’s ability to control water-system revenues? Why or why not?

Incumbent declined to participate in the survey. See part of his interview with Xpress on page 19.

brucegoforth Occupation: Retired teacher Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: Buncombe County commissioner 1992 to 2004 Endorsements: Women’s Campaign Forum

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1. Rebuilding the economy. 2. Public education at all levels — particularly a required ninth-grade course which will prepare our young people to make better decisions as they enter the adult world. 3. Effective slope-development regulations which will protect the safety of our citizens and the integrity of our mountains.

The Sullivan Acts have been upheld in the Court of Appeals, and although they do not seem fair to the city of Asheville, repealing them at this point is not a high priority for me. Creating jobs is a much more urgent need.


What are the best ways to deal with drug enforcement?

What steps should the office take to protect against racial profiling?

To what degree should law enforcement collaborate with federal agencies on immigration matters?

What level and type of cooperation would you pursue with other law enforcement agencies?

How would you deal with gang activity?

What steps, if any, should be taken, to improve conditions at the Buncombe County Detention Facility?

As I mentioned earlier, I think much emphasis needs to be placed on prevention with our youth in our schools. I also think good, strong enforcement of our drug laws will increase the penalty paid for those who profit and make a living from the sale of illegal narcotics.

As part of our state-mandated in-service training, we have educated our officers on minority-sensitivity training, and we also have an Office of Professional Standards to investigate any complaints of racial profiling. All complaints made to the Sheriff’s Office are investigated.

Completely. We cooperate through the WNC Gang Task Force with immigration to deal with gang members. We are also a Secured Communities partner with Homeland Security, which means that everyone who is arrested and fingerprinted in our detention center is also checked against the immigration fingerprint system known as IDENT.

We are already cooperating in task forces with DEA, FBI, Asheville Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office to deal with issues of drugs and gangs. We plan to expand on these efforts. We also have interagency administrative meetings bimonthly.

Much in the same way we deal with the drug issue. We need to work diligently with our schools on positively influencing our youth, and we need to have strong penalties and effective enforcement in place for those who become part of a gang and engage in criminal activity.

We need to continue our efforts in substance-abuse counseling, mental-health assessment and jail-diversion programs to impact our recidivism rate. Continue in professional training and hiring practices to ensure a safe and professional environment for our staff as well as our inmates.

The drug problem needs to be worked from the streets up to the dealers; this allows drug houses to be shut down or torn down rapidly. This was proven by my patrol squad: In a little over three months, working these areas in our spare time, three houses were condemned.

While I was at the Sheriff’s Office we did not seem to have a problem with racial profiling; it seems that the deputies treated everyone with the respect they wanted. However we had to fill out a federal form in all vehicle stops so they could track the situation.

We need to do our part in immigration matters. However, when the federal agencies mandate something they should have to supply the resources to ensure that it can be done.

Law enforcement is a brotherhood, and I expect my department to do whatever is needed to assist in any matter that arises.

Gang activity needs to be led with officers that are skilled in the areas of gangs along with the deputies. I feel that gangs and drugs go hand in hand, so they should be treated the same: Shut down areas where gangs hang out and they will move on.

The detention facility needs to be run as a direct-supervision facility, like it was intended when built. It seems that it has been run as an indirectsupervision facility, which has provided the opportunity for inmates to injure themselves or others.

What methods do you favor for dealing with the state-budget crunch, and what effects will they have on the Asheville area?

Do you favor changing the state’s laws on involuntary annexation? If so, how?

What do you recommend to remedy shortcomings in the state’s mental-healthcare system?

What is your position on bringing high-speed rail to the Asheville area?

Do you favor domesticpartnership benefits for same-sex state employees? Why or why not?

Do you support state assistance to local municipalities in financial trouble? If so, in what form?

State revenues are volatile, because they are primarily sales taxes and income taxes. These two sources are highly affected by general economic downturns. Therefore the best way to rebuild state and local revenues is to put people back to work.

I am open to re-examining annexation laws to ensure everyone is treated fairly. For example, I am against parts of a neighborhood being annexed while other parts are excluded.

The state needs to be funding more prevention and services for the mentally ill and putting fewer of these citizens in jail. We need to ensure that the money available is going where it is most needed, such as autism programs and community crisis facilities.

I favor passenger rail to Asheville and think we need to be working toward that end, realizing that it has been and will be a long process. We need to be communicating and building a relationship with Norfolk Southern railway.

Yes; I favor equal rights for everyone. Providing domestic-partner benefits is a good and necessary retention benefit for our state employees.

By statute, state and local governments are required to have a balanced budget. The state should continue to provide excellent training for city and county employees and elected officials through the UNC School of Government. The state should allow more flexibility to the local governments to achieve mandated objectives.

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How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

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What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

What’s your position on the recent health-care reform legislation passed by Congress? What steps should be next on tackling health care?

What are your top three legislative priorities?

Occupation: U.S. House of Representatives, 11th Congressional District Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: Member of Congress since 2006

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Proven success in advocating for the people of Western North Carolina in Washington. A track record of working with members of both parties to craft innovative bipartisan solutions to the problems facing our nation, and a strong voting record on fiscal responsibility, small-business development, conservation, veterans and job creation.

Job creation, fiscal responsibility, conservation.

I didn’t believe the health-care bill was the best way to lower overall costs and improve access to high-quality health care for most Americans. We must determine the approaches and procedures that can be proven to improve outcomes and reduce costs. Promoting wellness and prevention are keys to this goal.

Occupation: Archaeologist Party affiliation, if any: Democrat Political experience: None Endorsements: None

Our system discriminates against many fine candidates. Nonetheless, I admire the district residents, and I can win without pouring their hard-earned dollars into campaigning. I refuse contributions. Some people managed to mail or give me less than $500 total. Should I lose the primary, I will return their contributions.

I will communicate with you and place you first. I will never accept corporate or special-interest contributions. I comprehend the sciences, history, business and geopolitics, and I will continue studying diligently. I maintain an open mind for negotiating and honing legislation. I will never underestimate America’s ability to succeed.

Jobs: Renewable energy, technology, low-impact manufacturing and service sectors are the future. We can lead these sectors, but we need proper education and training. Wars: End the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Environment: Address greenhouse gases, ground water and renewable energy. Deforestation, mountaintop mining and heavy industry are not “progress.”

I would have voted for the health-insurance reform. While I disagree with aspects, the benefits outweigh any shortcomings. Now we must contain costs: interstate competition, electronic records, tort reform, standardized coding and billing, and wellness. We must also provide comprehensive health care for our military personnel and their families.

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What do you believe is the best course for the U.S. to take in Afghanistan and Iraq?

What steps should be taken to deal with the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site; what is your opinion of the EPA’s handling of the cleanup?

What’s your opinion on the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

How do you believe the federal government should deal with the immigration situation?

What steps do you favor to deal with the economic downturn?

In December 2008, I brought stakeholders together for a congressional hearing on how contamination has affected residents and businesses. I’ve worked to ensure that residents aren’t exposed to contaminated drinking water and the site is cleaned up, helping residents get answers and working to ensure transparency by federal agencies.

The policy was enacted by President Clinton, and President Obama has raised the possibility of repealing it. This matter will largely be determined by the leadership of our armed forces; I would defer to their expertise and knowledge to determine how our military can best defend and protect our nation.

Last July, I re-introduced the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act, which has more than 100 Democratic and Republican co-sponsors. It calls for: strict emphasis on border security, verifying employees’ legal status, and increased enforcement of existing laws. This sensible solution is endorsed by business, labor and law-enforcement leaders.

Revise unfair trade agreements that have shipped American jobs overseas. As chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade, I understand the importance of bringing highpaying jobs to Western North Carolina. I’ve fought for smallbusiness tax cuts and sponsored the Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009.

I am a pro-life Democrat who believes that all life is sacred. Life begins at conception and ends at natural death, but a commitment to life must also include ensuring that all people have adequate health care, receive a strong education, and are given proper care in their later years.

Creating a permanently stable Iraq requires a comprehensive strategy; ultimately this is Iraqi leaders’ responsibility. In Afghanistan, we must stabilize the region and create an atmosphere hostile to terrorists. Despite deep concern about long-term fiscal impacts, I will continue to support giving our troops the resources they need.

Like all Superfund-type sites, it is an unconscionable mess. Corporations should never be let off the hook for their responsibilities, even if they claim bankruptcy and later emerge as another company. The EPA should do a better job, but often politics get in the way.

The policy will be repealed eventually. As veteran and father, I want the best people serving and safeguarding fellow military personnel and our national security. The opposition statements in recent congressional hearings were ignorant and reprehensible, especially because many Armed Services Committee congressmen never served and none led major commands.

Enact stringent policy against the actual culprits: employers hiring undocumented workers. Also, support better opportunities in immigrants’ home countries. The effect will be twofold: Potential immigrants will remain in their home countries with their loved ones, and we will create more robust foreign markets to export our goods and services.

Empower and embolden people to reach for their dreams through entrepreneurship and business ownership. The “captains of industry” are incompetent and don’t deserve their extraordinary compensation. We must rely on ourselves, not them, to create personal wealth and so erode their market share. I would rather patronize a local business.

A political detente exists: Roe v. Wade is the current law, and “no federal funding” is the current standard. If either of these changes, it would be because of Supreme Court action, not legislation.

Both wars must end, and we must focus on defense. To combat extremism and terrorism, we need more diplomatic leverage by recapturing the moral high ground and earning the title of “honest broker.” Our capabilities in this arena have been undermined over the past decade, and our national debt increased.

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11thcongressional districtrepublican Occupation: Ophthalmologist Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: None Endorsements: Asheville TEA PAC, Cherokee County 9-12 Project, Independence Caucus, Can-Do Conservatives of America

How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

What are your top three legislative priorities?

What’s your position on the recent health-care reform legislation passed by Congress? What steps should be next on tackling health care?

$119,000 Myself, Jesse Eichenbaum and Robbie Eichenbaum. [Amounts not provided.]

I am a statesman, not a politician. I represent a principled and energetic drive to represent Western North Carolina and can build a broad coalition to take on Heath Shuler. I am also the only candidate in this race to sign a bonded term-limit pledge to three terms.

1. Private-sector job growth by eliminating capital gains and corporate taxes, drastic cuts in government size and spending, decrease in burdensome regulations. 2. Restore constitutionally mandated balance of federal/state power. 3. Energy independence by allowing energy companies to develop all domestic resources (oil, natural gas, wind, solar, biodiesel, nuclear, etc.)

President Obama’s health-care reform legislation is a bold step in exactly the wrong direction. It will only further damage the doctor/patient relationship. It must be defunded and repealed. We need free-market solutions: tax-free health savings accounts, insurance policies owned by individuals, nationwide insurance-company competition and state-level tort reform.

I have not reached the threshold of $5,000 for federal reporting, and thus I do not have to disclose the names of donors. However, I have received no more than $100 from any one individual. Raising money is the most distasteful thing about running for Congress.

Owner of a small business for over 35 years. I have solved many different legal problems for people from all walks fo life. Congress needs problem-solvers. I am the only Republican candidate to serve two terms on an elective board. That is crucial experience for Congress.

1. Creation of private-sector jobs by reduction of spending, cutting taxes to increase capital to create jobs. 2. Energy independence by use of offshore drilling, nuclear and railroads. 3. Reduce health-care cost by increasing competition.

Repeal of the so called “health-care reform bill.” We need to reduce health-care cost by increasing competition. People need to be able to purchase insurance out of state.

daneichenbaum Candidate declined to answer survey, instead directing voters to visit his Web site: www. jameshowardforcongress.com

jameshoward Occupation: Attorney Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: Two terms on Madison County School Board (1991-’96) Endorsements: I have not sought endorsements; I have grass-roots support.

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What’s your opinion on the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

How do you believe the federal government should deal with the immigration situation?

What steps do you favor to deal with the economic downturn?

What’s your position on abortion?

What do you believe is the best course for the U.S. to take in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Though I do not know the details of this situation, it is my opinion that environmental regulations are best managed on a state or local level. If CTS was responsible for the pollution, the responsible parties should have been made to clean it up with state or local oversight.

Sexual orientation should not be used to discriminate. Government and private entities may limit overt sexual activities, heterosexual and homosexual, to protect the safety and efficacy of the group. Homosexuality in the military should be dealt with as a matter of military policy, not government or social policy.

Nations requires borders. Enforce current immigration laws and erect whatever barriers are necessary to keep out illegal aliens, drug smugglers and terrorists. Deport convicted illegals, and require police to determine the immigration status of detained persons. Fine those who hire known illegals and do not grant amnesty.

Wasteful government spending and deliberate distortion of the free market got us into this mess. Congress has quadrupled its spending over the past two years, expecting that to bring prosperity. Government needs to drastically reduce spending and return revenues to small businesses and individuals, where they belong.

Life is sacred and begins at conception. Abortions should not be allowed except to save the life of the mother.

We should focus on locating and killing al-Qaida leaders and soldiers, not on reconstructing Iraq and Afghanistan in our image. Nation-building is a dangerous and costly endeavor and only furthers foreign resentment and increases the chances of future attacks.

This is a complex issue, and I would need to study this further. Any environmental regulation needs to be practical and not unnecessarily injure jobs.

I would leave the present policy as is.

Secure the borders, enforce existing laws against employers who hire illegals, prevent citizenship to children born in U.S. to illegals, and replace the income tax with the fair tax so that everyone pays.

Eliminate Departments of Energy, Education, Federal Reserve and IRS. Then reduce the debt and taxes.

I am pro-life. Abortion should only be allowed to protect the life of the mother. I personally believe in adoption, having adopted a child myself and raised stepchildren who have been adopted.

We need to fight terrorism aggressively and offensively on foreign soil. In Iran, it is time to leave. In Afghanistan, I support the president’s policy.

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What most distinguishes you from your opponent?

What’s your position on the recent health-care reform legislation passed by Congress? What steps should be next on tackling health care?

What are your top three legislative priorities?

Occupation: Owner, Miller’s Fine Dry Cleaning Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: None Endorsements: N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca; N.C. Rep. Carolyn Justus; Commissioner of Labor Cherie K. Berry; Henderson County Commissioners Bill Moyer, Chuck McGrady and Charlie Messer; Mayor Stephen Little of Marion; former N.C Sens. Robert Carpenter, Dennis Davis, Keith Presnell and Fred Smith; former Mayor Fred H. Niehoff Jr. of Hendersonville, Bill O’Connor (Henderson County TEA Party), former Henderson County Sheriff George Erwin, former Polk County Commissioner Ted Owens

As of March I have raised $111,260. COH of $99,260.

My small-business background and record of civic service. I’m the only candidate who knows how to make a budget and meet it; I know what it means to sign the front of a payroll check and have to back it up. Helped found the nonprofit Honor Flight Network for veterans.

Bringing down the national deficit. Creating good-paying private-sector jobs. Veterans’ affairs.

The manner in which it was passed was unconstitutional. We need to allow private market mechanism drive the change in health care, not government intervention. Defund the current bill, then increase competition amongst insurance companies, work on tort reform and tax credits to businesses that supply health care to employees.

Occupation: Attorney Party affiliation, if any: Republican Political experience: First Republican mayor of Hendersonville, 2005-’09; former criminal prosecutor Endorsements: Not seeking any except from WNC voters

Around $40,000. Myself with a campaign loan, and my law partners Ron Blanchard and Jason Blackwell, who have contributed several thousand each.

Former prosecutor and mayor of Hendersonville with conservative record of fighting crime, cutting spending and opposing tax increases. Will eliminate Education, Energy and Homeland Security departments, reform entitlement spending and taxes, similar to Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposal. My opponents, like Shuler, haven’t presented a plan to cut spending and debt.

1. Cut spending, including reforming unsustainable entitlement programs; 2. Reduce exploding federal debt; 3. Reform tax system to encourage investment, so businesses can create goodpaying jobs, especially by making our manufacturing sector globally competitive.

Will work to repeal the health-care bill recently passed, which will bankrupt us. Doesn’t address exploding health-care spending, which is causing increasing levels of federal debt. Support true reform to lower costs, including allowing insurance competition, reforming Medicare/ Medicaid to pay providers based on quality not quantity, reform malpractice laws, etc.

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What steps should be taken to deal with the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site; what is your opinion of the EPA’s handling of the cleanup?

What’s your opinion on the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy?

How do you believe the federal government should deal with the immigration situation?

What steps do you favor to deal with the economic downturn?

What do you believe is the best course for the U.S. to take in Afghanistan and Iraq?

What’s your position on abortion?

It wasn’t handled properly. We need more accountability. People should have been made aware of this when it was found out. We need to work on cleaning the site up and removing the trichloroethylene from the water supply. Levels keep going up in the ground water, and that’s not acceptable.

I stand behind it.

We need to strengthen our borders. Allow governors who border another country to use their National Guard to keep illegal immigrants out. If we can’t control what’s coming in and out of our country we’ll never be safe. Who’s to say terrorists or drug cartels won’t smuggle suicide bombers in?

Tackle out-of-control spending in Washington. Consumers will never feel confident seeing leaders recklessly spend money they don’t have. Freeze all new spending. Pay off our commitments and work on deconstructing inefficient parts of the government. Then give tax breaks so businesses and people can keep more of their hard-earned money.

I am 100-percent pro-life.

War is a terrible thing. We need to stabilize the government in both countries and allow the people to take control after making sure the country has that capability. A timetable to withdrawal would only help terrorists recruit and send the wrong message, opening the door to more terrorists attacks.

The federal government, including EPA and N.C. DENR, have been incompetent in dealing with the contaminated CTS site and have focused more on damage control instead of cleaning up the site. Federal bureaucracy must be reformed, and I will support any efforts to create a change in operation.

I support the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and believe that current efforts to repeal are based on political expediency by the president instead of national-security concerns. While our nation is at war, we shouldn’t try social experiments.

Immigration reform should begin with strong border security, employer verification, elimination of sanctuary cities, temporary-worker program for businesses that can’t find Americans to do the job, and visa programs so creative people throughout the world can create businesses here, most recently like Google and Intel.

If we don’t cut spending and reduce debt, the public sector will face a crisis similar to the ’08 Wall Street crash, and then who will bail America out? Reforming our tax system to encourage investment and job creation, like the plan presented by Congressman Ryan, will create sustainable jobs.

As a Christian who believes all of God’s children are a gift from Him, I oppose abortion except in the cases of rape, incest and life of the mother.

The surge orchestrated by General Petraeus and opposed by Congressman Shuler has been very successful in Iraq, allowing for the substantial reduction of soldiers with improvements in security and political stability. I support General McChrystal’s troop request in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and their al-Qaida supporters.

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Fashion and Function: Asheville’s men go vogue for a good cause Noticed a slimmer selection of women’s shoes on shelves around town? Local men have been snagging them up so that on Saturday, April 24, they can strap on high heels and raise awareness about sexual assault. “A lot of people think that sexual assault is just a women’s issue, but it’s not,” says Robin Payne, development and marketing consultant with Our VOICE, a nonprofit serving those affected by sexual violence and the organization behind the upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The walk’s main goal, Payne notes, is to bring men to the table and open their eyes. “Every man has a woman in his life. This is a chance for them to hear about a topic that’s not on their radar screen everyday,” she says. Last year, more than 350 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events were held in cities across the country, including Hendersonville. This year’s local walk, which takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is the first for Asheville. So far, Payne says, response has been amazing. “We’re so blessed to live here, where people are really open to ideas like this.” On the list of those open-minded supporters, you’ll find many wellknown area men: Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt, Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan, Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, and Mix 96.5 Morning Show host Ken Ulmer, to name a few. These Ashevilleans have already donned high heels for press photos. But just moments into the experience, it was clear that the men were goodnatured but perhaps anxious about actually walking in the footwear. “Standing in heels confirmed my belief that if I were named King, I would ban them entirely,” Bothwell says, confessing that his strategy for the walk is to find a pair that fits his size-12 foot closely, making completing the mile slightly less of a “very dim possibility.” Police Chief Hogan echoes Bothwell’s sentiment and says that although his wife is getting a kick out of the whole thing, she recognizes the difficulty of the task ahead and is helping him hunt for a manageably heeled pair. Both Hogan and Bothwell are longtime supporters of Our VOICE, and both are honored to be walking. “I’ve had lots of people come up to me, particularly women, telling me they really appreciate me standing up and supporting this cause,” Hogan notes, adding, “I’m very much proud to be able to do that.”

election’10 April 21: League of Women Voters meet and greet/primary candidate forum, 6 to 8:30 p.m., 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 primary-election voter’s guide. Buncombe County candidate forum, Center for Creative Retirement, UNCA’s Reuter Center, 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 23: Poor Man’s Supper fundraiser for Sheriff Van Duncan, Candler Fire Department, 6 to 8 p.m. Buncombe County Town Hall with GOP Congressional candidate Dan Eichenbaum and NC House candidate Tim Moffitt. AB-Tech’s Simpson Auditorium, 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 24: 11th District GOP Convention, Haywood Community College, Clyde, 1 to 5 p.m. Pancake breakfast fundraiser for Sheriff Van Duncan, Senior Center at Lake Tomahawk, Black Mountain. 8:30 a.m. April 29: CIBO Candidates’ Forum, Biltmore Square Mall. 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 1: Last day of early voting. May 4: Primary Election Day. Please send local campaign-related event info to news@mountainx.com.

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Now strut! Asheville City Council members Gordon Smith (left) and Cecil Bothwell (right), don heels for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes benefit for Our Voice. photo by michael muller

Men interested in participating this Saturday can do so as individuals, or they can walk with a team. All participants can be sponsored and set up First Giving pages through the event’s Web site (walkamileasheville.org) to raise funds for Our VOICE. To date, Top Floor Studio, Marcos Pizzeria and Earth Fare have put together teams. Local high schools are looking to do the same. But don’t feel left out, ladies. “The focus is, of course, primarily to have the men out there and in heels,” Payne says. “We know that some men will come out and won’t wear heels, and that’s okay: We still want them to walk. And it’s the same with women and children, especially if they’re there supporting the men in their life. … We don’t want to turn anybody away. It’s a community event and a community issue.” Payne acknowledges those who balk at the approach but states clearly, “This is not to make fun of anyone, and we’re not promoting any stereotypes at all. The concept of men wearing high heels is meant to make a commentary on gender roles in our society; it provides an opportunity for men to dispute the harmful attitudes and behaviors that condone sexual violence in our community.” The event will kick off at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, with registration and shoe fittings at 9 am. Payne recommends those interested in walking bring their own shoes, but some donated pairs from Goodwill will be available. After everyone is well heeled, there will be time for team and individual photos and a quick warm-up by Mark Strazzer, a personal trainer at the Asheville YWCA. After the walk, awards will be bestowed and massages offered. While the participants’ feet may need Band-Aids come Sunday, Payne is excited that Our VOICE is now going beyond bandaging wounds and catering to crisis. “We’re moving away from just treating the problem,” she adds. “We’re [also] doing prevention.” And Payne sees that step — along with the fact that more people are willing to discuss a tough issue and go outside of their comfort zones to take a stand — as a big victory against sexual violence in our area. For more information and to register, visit walkamileasheville.org or ourvoicenc.org. — by Maggie Cramer


Bus crashes into downtown building, woman seriously injured Around 10 a.m. Saturday morning, April 17, a city bus crashed into 57 College St. in downtown Asheville. The crash damaged the Medierranean Restaurant, Stella Blue and Spa Theology, ruptured a gas line and seriously injured a pedestrian. The Asheville Police Department is asking for witnesses of the accident to come forward. “Shortly before 10 a.m., a city bus struck the building at that location, causing a gas line rupture,” an announcement released the evening of the accident reads. The bus also struck an unnamed pedestrian on her way to meet someone for a regular breakfast,. She was seriously injured and taken to Mission Hospitals for treatment. The city has revealed that the bus driver was also taken to the hospital for a routine examination. At press time, the woman’s identity remains unreleased, as does the cause of the accident. Initial reports — that a truck traveling the wrong way struck the bus and threw it offcourse — turned out to be false. Photographs of the scene show damage to a bus, a truck, other vehicles and surrounding structures, and the city closed the street from Haywood to Lexington for most of the day, reopening the thoroughfare later that evening after the gas leak was repaired. By Monday, April 19, repair crews were already working on cleaning up the damage. Police continue to investigate the accident and are asking anyone who witnessed the wreck to call 251-4085. — David Forbes

Crashed: A city bus that struck the Meditteranean Restaurant, Spa Theology and Stella Blue on Saturday morning, April 17. The crash also ruptured a gas line, shut down part of the street, and seriously injured a pedestrian. Photo by Alan Hantz

Obama comes back to Buncombe President Barack Obama will be in Asheville this weekend for couple days of rest and relaxation at the Grove Park Inn. “On Friday, April 23, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Asheville, N.C., where they will spend the weekend,” the official announcement from the White House read. “There will be no public events.” Obama last visited the city in October 2008 to prepare for the presidential debates against Sen. John McCain. While in town, he stopped by 12 Bones Smokehouse for lunch and held a rally at Asheville High School, where he spoke to a crowd of about 28,000. During his remarks, Obama mentioned how nice the Grove Park Inn golf course looked and expressed his desire to return to the historic resort when he would have time to play. Apparently, he meant it. “Two staffers confirm that Obama kind of fell in love with the place,” says Michael Shear in a post he wrote for the Washington Post about the trip. Asheville Democrats have expressed enthusiasm for the visit by the first family and even local Tea Partiers have expressed support. “A visit from a sitting president will no doubt be a major boost to the local economy. Tourism is still Asheville’s most important industry,” Asheville Tea Party chair Erika Franzi said in a statement. “While our organization stands opposed to President Obama’s public policies, we are delighted that he has selected Asheville for some rest and relaxation with his family and hope that he enjoys a peaceful and rewarding vacation in our mountain paradise.” — by Jake Frankel

Barack’s back: President Barack Obama last visited Asheville in October 2008, when he held a well-attended rally, shown here. This weekend, he’s back for a vacation. Photo by Jonathan Welch

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Shift (and slip) happens by Michael Muller

Slip happens

In an economy where businesses are struggling to maintain a positive bottom line, the last thing they need is unnecessary expense — especially in the form of lawsuits. The latest data shows that there were 167,452 emergency room visits and 624 deaths associated with slip and fall accidents — 73 percent of which occurred in retail establishments alone. And slip-and-fall litigation itself is big business: A quick Google search of “slip and fall attorney Asheville” produces over 30,000 results — and the settlement amounts can be staggering, sometimes in the millions of dollars. Often, says local entrepreneur Dave Conlin, businesses aren’t aware of the liability they face in such situations — so he started a service to help local businesses avoid it altogether. For a nominal fee, Conlin will perform an audit of floors, stairways, ramps and outdoor walkways using a device called a “tribometer,” which measures friction and the relative slipperiness of a surface. He can

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also assist in developing an effective slipand-fall prevention policy for homes and businesses that can eliminate potential hazards and avoid resulting liability, including the application of a slip-resistant treatment for floor surfaces. “I heard this one case of a drunk who slipped on a sidewalk in front of a shop, and he was awarded $185,000,” he told Xpress. “If the business had a slip-and-fall policy in place, that wouldn’t have happened.” For more information, contact Conlin at 3671201. His Web site is http://slipfreeflooring. com.

Shift happens

In a discussion designed to help businesses adapt to rapidly developing technological change, the Family Business Forum at UNCA will feature Steven Abrams on Thursday, April 22. He’s vice president for innovation at SirsiDynix, a global strategic consulting firm, and he has advised numerous governments and corporations on strategies to better embrace the future in commerce and education. “It might seem like the emergence of the Web was a big deal,” says Cindy Clarke, executive director of the FBF. “But the changes over the past 20 years are nothing compared to the amount of change we’ll see in the next ten.” The talk will be held in the Manheimer Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages will be served and registration is

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required. The talk is free for Family Business Forum members, $25 for Chamber Members and $50 per business for non-members (multiple people from a business can attend for that fee, however). For more information, contact Cindy Clarke by e-mail at cclarke@unca.edu or on her cell phone at 273-6223.

Carolina Green goes Asheville

Carolina Green, a Wilmington-based company that promotes eco-friendly technologies for agricultural, janitorial, manufacturing, and residential use, has opened a satellite office in Westgate Plaza in Asheville. Contact Dawn Hubbell for more information at 242-8918.

Local firm wins five awards

The National Association of Home Builders and Professional Builder Magazine has bestowed its prestigious “Home of the Year” Award to Asheville’s own Carlton Architecture for the Nethermead Residence, one of five it earned in a Best in American Living Awards contest. Judges said that it exemplified a number of hip trends, including a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces” and a “harmonious marriage of sustainability and high-quality architectural design.” For more information on the awards, visit www.probuilder.com/BALA.

X Contributing reporter Michael Muller can be reached at business@mountainx.com.


outdoors Cast, mend, set by Susan Hollingsworth Step into the Davidson River with a fly rod, waders and a net and you’re bound to meet some beautiful fish. Fly-fishing guide J.E.B. Hall of Davidson River Outfitters in Brevard just might know these Western North Carolina fish better than anyone else. The 10th-generation Bryson City resident, who penned the Western North Carolina Fly Guide and also has his own independent guide service, boasts an astonishingly comprehensive knowledge of and experience with the local fish. He can tell you precisely what the fish are eating on a given day, where they hang out in different sections of river and how the most recent rainfall will affect them. Hall’s passion for the sport is contagious (the true sign of a good instructor): Even as a complete stranger to the fly-fishing world, not once did I feel it was too complicated for me to grasp. Fly fishing, it turns out, combines all the elements outdoors enthusiasts seek: connecting with nature, the adrenaline rush and, of course, the cool gear. Closely studying the current while standing in a creek, you begin to think like a fish. You find a rhythm in casting your line and discover that patience elicits an even deeper awareness of your surroundings. Suddenly there’s a pull on your line! Your concentration quickly narrows to the flailing thingamabob as you pull the line sharply to snare the fish, then more gently as it tires.

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    The one that didn’t get away: The author and Hall (left) display the first catch. Eventually the fish lands in your net — sometimes with ease and sometimes still fighting. Allowing it to drink a bit after a taxing struggle, you admire the beauty of your catch. “The French Broad through Asheville is one of the best places in the area to fish,” notes Hall. Despite having fished streams all over the region, he maintains that the smallmouth bass fishing here is incomparable. But it doesn’t stop there, notes Davidson River Outfitters owner Kevin Howell. “There are very few places in the world where you have so many miles of trout stream in such a small geographic area,” he points out. “We have nearly 500 miles of public trout water in the greater Asheville area, not including the additional 700 miles that are in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” To help fly-fishing enthusiasts navigate these riches, Hall’s guidebook details more than 75 fishable reaches in seven different areas. Maps and photos further whet the reader’s appetite for getting out there, making it the perfect companion for local adventures. The guide is available through Brushy Mountain Publishing both in print and as an e-book, and Hall has plans for a navigational component that will provide daily updates on local fishing conditions. These passionate mentors know full well how lucky they are to call these streams home. “Once you can master fishing in the small confines of WNC streams and catching Davidson River fish, you can catch trout in any river in the world,” proclaims Howell. X

Not too complicated: First comes practice casting and other maneuvers, the author (right) learned on a trip with fishing guide J.E.B. Hall.

Asheville resident Susan Hollingsworth writes an outdoors blog at http:// SusansEvolution.blogspot.com.

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For frequent updates and stunning photography of J.E.B. Hall’s personal fishing adventures in the region, check out his blog at http://WNCflyguide.blogspot.com. For private instruction with Hall, visit his guiding Web site at http://TheWNCflyguide.com or contact Davidson River Outfitters to take advantage of their private and stocked waters.

Join SAHC for a Cherry Cove Trail ride

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is sponsoring a mountain-bike ride for members and guests on Saturday, April 24, along the Cherry Cove Trail in Canton, N.C. The trail runs through the Rough Creek Watershed, an 870-acre conservation easement held by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, co-managed with the SAHC, and owned by the Town of Canton. Explore the newly constructed trail system, which incorporates historical road beds with more than 10 miles of ecologically sound trails. This area is an excellent example of near-pristine ecosystems of the Great Smoky Mountains region. It contains nearly seven miles of streams, numerous seeps and springs, and swamp/bog areas; the pristine water is classified by the state as an outstanding water resource. Please bring your bike, helmet/safety gear, water, backpack lunch and a camera. And RSVP by Thursday, April 22, by e-mail to kristina@appalachian.org — or call 253-0095, ext. 205. Directions will be sent upon RSVP.

outdoorscalendar Calendar for April 21 - 29, 2010 Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub.org 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: kellyallenasheville@gmail. com. • 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: www.autismcommunitycenter.com 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 www.blueridgebicycleclub.org. • THURSDAYS - Fletcher Blue Sky Road Ride. Route, meeting place and starting time vary. No one will be left behind. E-mail: JohnL9@MorrisBB.net. • 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: jbyrdlaw@charter.net. • 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 billcrownover@bellsouth.net. 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: www.carolinamtnclub. org.

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• WE (4/21), 8:30am - Laurel Mountain to Slate Rock. Info: 684-9703 or greggoodman@bellsouth.net. • SU (4/25), 8:30am - Garenflo Gap to Bluff Mtn. Info: 738-0751 or jimr57@yahoo.com —- 1pm - Craven Gap to Folk Art Center. Info: 645-0357 or bonnie@allencats. com. • WE (4/28), 8am - Hike to three waterfalls in South Carolina. Info: 685-2897 or suejackfitz@bellsouth.net. Extreme Hike for the Cure • SA (4/24) - In one day, dedicated hikers who have raised funds to cure cystic fibrosis will navigate the entire 30.1 miles of Art Loeb Trail in Pisgah National Forest. The goal is to complete the hike and raise funds for CF research. Info: dbrand@cff.org. Friends of Panthertown Work Day Volunteers are needed to maintain trails in Panthertown Valley. No previous experience necessary. Info: 526-9938, ext. 258, www.j-mca.org or friends.of.panthertown@ gmail.com. • SA (4/24), 9:30am - Meet at the bulletin board at the Salt Rock parking lot. Tools provided. Bring a day pack, lunch, water, warm clothing, rain gear and work gloves. Pisgah Trout Unlimited Dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of cold-water fisheries and their watersheds in the WNC region. Info: www.pisgahchaptertu.org. • SA (4/24) - Fly Fishing School at Harmon Field in Tryon. Covers all of the necessary skills needed to fish our local streams. Early registration encouraged. Proceeds benefit the chapter. Vance Rocket Run 5K • SA (4/24), 9am - 5K run through the neighborhoods of West Asheville to benefit Vance Elementary. The race will begin and end at Vance Elementary on Sulphur Springs. Following the 5K, there will be a Fun Run —11am - International Children’s Festival (see listing under “Festivals & Gatherings”). Info: www.vancerocketrun.com.

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Do-it-yourself health care Once the plants are established and thriving, harvest the top third (including the flowering part) at peak potency. Peak time for Saint John’s wort is when the flowers are about one-third in blossom and two-thirds in bud. If you take a yellow flower bud and squeeze it, it will exude a red juice: hypericin, which has medicinal properties. To make a medicinal oil, pack the flowers, stalks and leaves in a dry jar and cover with olive oil; for a tincture, fill the jar with 100

petaled yellow flowers, small seed pods and delicate yellow-green leaves. At Red Moon Herbs, we’ve started about 50 St. J’s plants over the past two years. Having saved the seed from our original garden plant, we started them in a tray, watered them for several weeks till they germinated, then planted them out in the spring. We established them along a fence line, helping stabilize a sloping bank. They also provide food for our bees and medicine for us. This year, we plan to put in another 120 St. J’s plants to help produce the 15 gallons of St. J’s extract we need to make annually. For the home garden, however, 10 plants will create a patch that can help keep a family healthy (see box, “Do-It-Yourself Health Care”).

proof vodka. Steep for six weeks and then strain out the plant material. CAUTION: People taking St. J’s regularly sometimes become more photosensitive. If you notice your eyes or skin becoming extra-vulnerable, discontinue internal use of St. J’s. And as with any herbal treatment or supplement, be sure to inform your physician if you’re also taking prescription medications.

If you don’t want to grow them from seed, however, this year’s Asheville Herb Festival at the WNC Farmers Market runs Friday, April 30, through Sunday, May 2. Expanding your spring herb purchases to include St. J’s and other medicinal herbs is another step in taking charge of your own health care. But even if you don’t make your own extracts, this plant will brighten up your life. And after the kind of winter we just had, who couldn’t use a little sunshine? X The director of Red Moon Herbs at Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, Corinna Wood is also the founder/director of the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference. Herbalist/homesteader/writer Lee Warren helps coordinate the conference.

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gardeningcalendar Calendar for April 21 - 29, 2010 Design Considerations for Successful Home Landscapes (pd.) Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m., with Alison Arnold, former NC Arboretum Director of Horticulture. Alison will discuss various considerations critical for landscaping your home that will direct your design decisions - plus plant and soil health, water run-off, and more. Reems Creek Nursery, 70 Monticello Road, Weaverville, NC, www.reemscreek.com. Free, but please pre-register at 828-645-3937. Rain Barrel Sale (pd.) The Black Mountain Beautification Committee is sponsoring a sale of 80 gallon rain barrels made of 20% recycled plastic. Price per barrel is $ 100.00 (plus tax). Only 200 will be sold at this low price, so place your order soon. Call 828 713 2622 for more information. Sow True Seed (pd.) â&#x20AC;˘ Asheville, NC. Open-Pollinated, Heirloom and Organic Vegetable, Herb and Flower Seed. Free catalog. www.sowtrue.com 828 254-0708 Botanical Gardens at Asheville This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of N.C. Info & event registration: 252-5190 or www.ashevillebotanicalgardens. org. â&#x20AC;˘ SA (4/24), 10am-Noon - Annual wildflower walk. Glenn Palmer will offer an orientation on wildflower identification for beginners while leading a tour of the Botanical Gardens. Basic botanical terms will be introduced. $3 members/$5 nonmembers. French Broad River Garden Club Info: 277-5489 or www.fbrgc.org. â&#x20AC;˘ SA (4/24), 9am-3pm - Annual plant sale at Clemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Rd., featuring dahlias, perennials, herbs, native plants, ferns and shrubs. Plus, purchase plants from club membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; gardens. Lunch will be available. Growing In the Mountains â&#x20AC;˘ FR & SA (4/23 & 24) - One of the largest horticulture shows and sales in WNC will be held at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville. The plant sale will be held Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Hendersonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tulip Extravaganza â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (4/30) - Seventh annual Tulip Extravaganza: Thousands of tulips are expected to blossom throughout downtown Hendersonville. Info: 697-6393. Leicester Garden Club â&#x20AC;˘ SA (4/24), 1-4pm - Tour the Corneille Bryan Native Garden in Junaluska with expert Janet Manning. This diverse garden contains more than 500 species of native plants. Meet at the Leicester Fire Hall to car pool. Bring a bag lunch. Visitors welcome. Plant Clinics Buncombe County Master Gardeners will be available to look at plant problems and pests and answer gardening questions. Info: 255-5522. â&#x20AC;˘ 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Master Gardeners will be set up at the WNC Farmers Market in the breezeway between the retail buildings. Stop by and visit. Plant Sale Fundraiser at Blue Ridge Community College â&#x20AC;˘ SA (4/24), 10am-3pm - Plants will be offered by the Horticulture Club at BRCC in Flat Rock, behind the Spearman building. Quality annuals, perennials, tomatoes, herbs, flowers, hot and sweet peppers and more will be available. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or www.buyappalachian.org. â&#x20AC;˘ WEDNESDAYS, 2-6pm - Asheville City Market South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, in the parking lot adjacent to ABCCM

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Community Events & Workshops You are the Masterpiece You Have Been Waiting For! (pd.) Performing Life with InterPlay Saturday, April 24 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, 7-9 pm evening share Grace Studio, 17 Carolina Lane

$49-$99 sliding scale. Experience InterPlay’s unique approach to the performance moment through our personal and collective body with InterPlay cofounder Cynthia WintonHenry. www.interplay.org Alt Prom • SA (4/24), 8pm-Midnight - YouthOUTright, an LGBTQ youth support group, is sponsoring an “alternative to the Prom” dance called “Alt Prom” for all youth ages 14-23. At Phil Mechanics Studio (Flood Gallery). $25. Info: www. youthoutright.org. Asheville Design Center An exhibit and meeting space at 8 College St., Asheville. Info: www.ashevilledesigncenter.org. • TH (4/22), 6-8pm - “Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-Based Codes.” Architect David Walters will be discussing the

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fundamentals of his book Designing Community as they relate to urban design as a process of interaction between professional designers and the community. Black Mountain Recreation & Parks Earth Day Celebration • SA (4/24), 9am-1pm - Eco flea market and recycling event. Rent a space and sell your old belongings, or come to shop. Bring in old electronics to be recycled. Held at the public parking lot adjacent from Sun Trust Bank in Black Mountain. Free. Info: 669-8610. Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265. • TU (4/27), 9am - Annual spring Sightseers trip to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. $20, plus lunch is on your own. Register by April 22. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. Community members offer free classes to other community members. Info: www.freeskoolasheville.org. • SU (4/25), 1-4pm - Skillshares: Meet at 39 Ormand Road to learn car maintenance (oil changes), Spanish and gardening. Henderson County Courthouse Events Info: 694-5003. • WEDNESDAYS (through 7/28), 2pm - Free tours of the renovated historic courthouse are offered. Mind the Gap Tour Interested in learning more about Children First’s programs? The group’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programming. Seating is limited. Registration required: 259-9717 or jenniferh@childrenfirstbc.org. • TH (4/22), 3:45-4:45pm - Mind the Gap Tour. Nature’s Lessons in Healing Trauma: Intro to Somatic Experiencing • FR (4/23), 9am-1pm - Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, based on the fields of psychology and

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neurophysiology. Learn how the fight, flight, freeze systems organize. At All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village. $20. Info: www. traumahealing.com. 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.ourvoicenc.org or 252-0562. • Through FR (4/30) - Our VOICE will be distributing free books on sexual violence and prevention. • SA (4/24), 9am - “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” Men will literally walk a mile in women’s shoes as a symbolic gesture of solidarity against sexual violence. The walk begins at Pritchard Park. Learn more and register online at www. WalkaMileAsheville.org. • SA (4/24) - Bar Outreach Project: Our VOICE advocates will visit Asheville bars to raise awareness of drug-facilitated sexual assault. • TH (4/29), 5-6:15pm - “Tough Guys and Good Girls: A workshop on gender stereotypes for youth workers,” will be held at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. —- 7pm - Film screening: Straightlaced. Director’s remarks from Debra Chasnoff will follow. Held at The Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. $10. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (4/23), 11:25 - Humanities Lectures: “Environmental Sustainability,” with Grace Campbell in the Humanities Lecture Hall —- “WWII and the Holocaust,” with Dr. Ted Uldricks in Lipinsky Auditorium. • MO (4/26), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Early Christianity,” with Dr. Merritt Moseley in Lipinsky Auditorium —- “Where have we been? Where are we? Where are we going?: The Ebb and Flow of Empires,” with Ann Dunn in the Humanities Lecture Hall.

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. candidates listed in the primary election and participate in the question-and-answer wed Meet primary candidate forum for District 11 Wednesday, April 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at

UNCA’s Reuter Center. Presented by the League of Women Voters and NCCCR-Reuter Center. Directions: 251-6140. Info: 686-8281.

Earth Day Thursday, April 22! For local events, ceremonies, scavenger hunts and thur Celebrate more, see this week's Eco-Calendar and check out Alli Marshall's roundup of area happenings in the cover-story sidebar. Info: www.mountainx.com/events.

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Join noted author Nathan McCall for a community discussion titled "Race, Community and Gentrification: What Will We Do With Them?" Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. Info: 252-4614.

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Spring Into the Park, a family-friendly festival in celebration of National Park Week, will be held Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock. Poetry Alive! will perform. The event will also feature storytelling, kid-friendly house tours and activity stations. Info: 693-4178.

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Go on a "Spring/Migratory Birding" walk with Dr. Kitti Reynolds Sunday, April 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, 151 W. T. Weaver Blvd. Meet in front of the visitor center with your binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Info: 252-5190. The Buncombe County Extension Center, 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville, will offer a course on

mon "Canning and Preserving Made Easy: An Introduction to Canning, Pickling and Making Jams and Jellies" Monday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. $10. Registration required: 2555522.

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Catch the last performance of Warren Wilson Theater's production of The Bacchae by Euripides Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. at the Kittredge outdoor amphitheater. The production runs nightly at 8 p.m. starting April 23. $10/$5 seniors/free for students. Info: 771-3040.

• WE (4/28), 7pm - “UFOs: The Secret Story,” with Robert Hastings in the Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. Safe Schools for All Presents Anti-Bullying Films/ Trainings Info: www.diversityed. org/node/63. • WE (4/28), 4:30-6:45pm - Anti-Bullying Teacher and Community Training at UNCA’s Laurel Forum. $15 —- 7pm - Screening of Let’s Get Real at Lipinsky Auditorium at UNCA. Free admission. Spring Rails 2010 • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - Model railroad show and swap meet at the Whitmire Activity Building. Model train layouts and model railroad vendors. $5/Free for kids under 13 or scouts in uniform. Info: 685-2726. Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 669-9566 or www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org. • Through SU (10/31) - A Flood Runs Through It, an exhibition focusing on historic floods and storm

tracks in the Swannanoa Watershed. $2. WCU Asheville Luncheon Series Hear about the latest developments at the university at the Hilton in Biltmore Park. $10.50 for lunch. Info: alumni.wcu.edu, 227-7335 or mramsey@wcu.edu. • WE (4/21), 11:45am - Gathering and reception followed by lunch buffet —- 12:15pm - Program focusing on the Mountain Heritage Center. Weapons in Space? Nukes on Earth? • WE (4/21), 2-4pm - Physicians for Social Responsibility, UNCA Student Environmental Center and Nuclear Information and Resource Service offer two opportunities to have a follow-up discussion from Karl Grossman’s March 25 talk on weapons in space. Info & RSVP: 242-5621. YMI Cultural Center Located at 39 South Market St., the community-based organization seeks to enhance the cultural and economic lives of people in

WNC, particularly minority and low-income residents. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: 252-4614 or www.ymicc.org. • FR (4/23), 7pm - Nathan McCall will discuss “Race, Community and Gentrification: What Will We Do with Them?” Free and open to the public.

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, 7pm-9pm. • Learn more! (828) 6450999 or www.meetup. com/CreatingYourIdealRel ationship Do You Feel A Calling To Channel Light (pd.) as a part of who you are? Do you know life force or chi energy as connecting us to all life? Are you looking for others to share and synergistically use this energy? Jim, 778-0726.

Asheville Connects • FR (4/23), 9am-2pm - Open space meeting at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Asheville Connects is a series of community meetings designed to strengthen Asheville’s social-service networks by reducing duplicated efforts and discovering untapped resources. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Info: www.blueridgetm.org or 926-4600. • MONDAYS, 12:201:30pm - Meeting.


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Financial Therapy Groups • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Try out new ways of living and of being, supported by others with similar circumstances, for the collective wisdom of the group to enlighten all, while lightening the burden of each. $8. Info: www.financialtherapygroups.com. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-10pm - Firestorm/Blitzkrieg game night (bring a game, if you’d like). Hendersonville Sister Cities Info: www.hendersonvillesistercities.org. • WE (4/21), 5-6:30pm Members of the 41-person entourage who recently visited Hendersonville’s first Sister City, Almunecar, Spain, will show photos and discuss their visit. At the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce’s multipurpose room. RSVP: 692-4991 (day) or 6926970 (evening). LEH Class of 1960 Reunion • If you were part of the Lee Edwards High class of 1960 and you have not been reached, please contact marsal@ charter.net or 651-0014 or jwarren1642@aol.com or (704) 577-9413. The reunion will be June 11 & 12 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville. Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society Open for research at 128 Bingham Rd., Suite 700. The Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society Library specializes in Old Buncombe County, which comprised the western third of the state. $5/day for nonmembers. Info: 253-1894 or www.obcgs. com. • SA (4/24), 2pm - Dan Slagle will present “Brother Against Brother: The Family of William and Isabella Redmon Peek in the Civil War.” The program emphasizes the strife and trauma experienced by numerous mountain families during the Civil War. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 2528154 or www.ashevillescrabble.com. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. Also meets at Barnes & Noble on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. We have all the gear; just

bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months. Spring Mountain Community Center Located at 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: carolyns4kids@att.net. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 1-4pm - Doll-Making Bee. Beginners welcome. Bring your tools and supplies. Info: 628-1045. TEDxNextGenerationAs heville • 4th THURSDAYS, 6pm - Organizing committee meetings held in West Asheville. Teens and adults are welcome. Info: TEDxNGA@gmail.com or TEDxNGA.com. Transition Asheville Aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone in light of peak oil, climate change and the ensuing economic tensions. Info: colnstash@ att.net. • TH (4/29), 5:30pm - Picnic at Malvern Hills Park, 75 Rumbough Place, Asheville. Bring a picnic supper and socialize with others interested in Transition. WNC Downtown Coffee Party • SA (4/24), 2pm - Meeting at Asheville Friends Meeting house on Edgewood Road. Enter by the rear doors and go upstairs. Info: gammarae55@gmail.com. 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: www. youthoutright.org. • 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 Early Voting • Through SA (5/1) - Early voting in the 2010 primary election. Info: http://www. buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/election. Henderson County Republican Women • 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am-1:30pm - Meets at The Cedars, Hendersonville. $14. To RSVP, send a check

payable to Eve Gregg, HCRWC, 236 Greenleaf Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731, memo “Cedars.” Must be received one week prior to meeting. League of Women Voters LWV is a nonpartisan organization encouraging political involvement by increasing the public’s knowledge of and participation in the electoral process. Membership open to all men and women over 18. Info: 251-6169 or www.ablwv.org. • WE (4/21), 6-7pm - Meet and greet with candidates —- 7:15-8:30pm - Primary Candidate Forum for District 11. Format: Q&A with questions by attendees. At UNCA’s Reuter Center. Directions: 251-6140. LibertyOnTheRocks.org A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Public Art Board • TU (4/27), 3:30pm - The Asheville Public Art Board will meet in City Hall in the 1st floor chambers. Info: 259-5815 or druggiero@ ashevillenc.gov.

Seniors & Retirees Blue Ridge Center for Lifelong Learning Info: www.brcll.com. • WEDNESDAYS, (through 4/28), 10am-1pm - A foursession class on “Exploring Comedy of Radio’s Golden Age.” Hoyt Griffith will walk down memory lane with witty 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 yearround. Info: 698-3448 or www.LJRsoftball.com. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (April-Oct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.-March). Start times may vary with season. Lakeview Senior Center

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401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • TH (4/22), 11:30am - “Watch Out For Us!” A presentation on pedestrian safety and defensive walking. Free —- 12:30pm - Van Clan Trip to Cradle of Forestry. Learn about local forests, listen to a talk from a ranger, and view the new movie There’s Magic at the Cradle. $8. • WE (4/28), 10:30am Lunch and Learn: Walking Tour of Black Mountain. Local authors Nancy Mason and Jerry Pope will lead a historic walking tour of Black Mountain, beginning at Lake Tomahawk. For both long-time residents and newcomers. $10.

Animals 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. Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $10. Combo shots: $15. Microchips: $10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the one-year certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (4/24), 9am-Noon - At Superpetz on Brevard Rd. —- 2-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Rd. 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: www.chainfreeasheville.org 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 www.communitypartnershipforpets.org. • 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. Dog Agility Trials For more information about the Blue Ridge Agility Club of WNC: 697-2118 or www.blueridgeagility.com. • FR (4/23), 9am-3:30pm & SA & SU (4/24 & 25), 8am-3:30pm - USDAA Dog Agility Trials in McGough Arena at the WNC Agricultural Center. More than 200 purebred and mixed-bred dogs will compete. Spectators: please leave dogs at home. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 8599021 or www.fence.org. • SA & SU (4/24 & 25), 8am - Dressage show. 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: www. sargeandfriends.org or 246-9050. • WEDNESDAYS (4/21 & 28), 12:30-5pm - Pet Adoption Day at the Rescue Foundation. • SA (4/24), 10am - An awards ceremony for the winners of the “Pet Photo Contest” will be held at Bocelli’s Italian Eatery, 319 N. Haywood St. —- 10am3pm - Pet Adoption Day at the Rescue Foundation. WNC Agricultural Center Hosts agricultural events, horse shows and farmrelated competitions. Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road. in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • FR (4/23) through SU (4/25), 10am-5pm - Internationally acclaimed horseman Dennis Reis will pass through on his “No Dust Tour.” Info: www. reisranch.com.

Technology Free Mac Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 101 S. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville. To

register: classes@charlottestreetcomputers.com. • MONDAYS, Noon12:45pm - Mac OSX Basics class. • WEDNESDAYS, Noon12:45pm - iMovie class. • FRIDAYS, Noon12:45pm - iPhoto class.

Business & Careers A-B Tech Small Business Events Info & registration: 2541921, ext. 5857 or www. abtech.edu/sbc/jumpstart. asp. • TH (4/22), 4-6:30pm - Annual Small Business Center Jump Start Day in the Haynes Conference Center at the A-B Tech Enka campus. Learn more about the resources available to area small businesses. Free. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Veterans may attend any SCORE seminar at no charge. Info: www.ashevillescore.org. • TH (4/22), 6-9pm - “Advanced Internet.” Designed to give participants the information they need to promote their Web sites. At the Small Business Center, Rm. 2046, on the A-B Tech Enka campus. $30 at the door. To register: 6870154.

Volunteering 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. autismcommunitycenter. com or 313-9313. • THURSDAYS, 4:305:30pm - Volunteering groups for teens. Girls on the Run Girls on the Run is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of selfrespect and healthy living. Info: www.gotrwnc.org or girlsontherunwnc@gmail. com. • Volunteers are needed to assist with the May 22 Spring 5K. Help needed with set-up, support, regis-

tration and take-down. Info: maggieskroski@hotmail. com. Great Asheville-Buncombe Cleanup • 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@ashevillegreenworks.org. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www.handsonasheville. org or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (4/22), 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 —- 6-8pm - Help MANNA prepare “Packs for Kids,” backpack-sized parcels of food that will be distributed to students from low-income families. • SA (4/24), 3-5pm - Help make “lovies” blankets for premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions provided. • SU (4/25), 2-4pm - Knitn-Give: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program. • MO (4/26), 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. • TU (4/27), 6-8pm - Help MANNA prepare “Packs for Kids.” • TH (4/29), 4-6pm Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. Land-of-Sky’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP places adults age 55 and older in local nonprofit and charitable agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties. Help make the community a better place

for all. Info: 251-6622 or patti@landofsky.org. • Recruiting volunteers for the Do-Tell Storyfest on July 11 in downtown Hendersonville. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the event. Call to get started. • Letter Carriers Food Drive needs volunteers at the Postal Annex behind Sam’s Club in Hendersonville. 2hr shifts unloading postal trucks and crates & packing boxes. Call to get started. Our VOICE Advocates Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. Take meaningful action by becoming an Advocate and provide direct support to those who have experienced rape and sexual assault by responding to calls on the crisis line and requests for hospital accompaniment. Info: volunteer@ourvoicenc.org. • THURSDAYS (5/6 through 5/27) - Advocate training. Men and women who are year-round Asheville residents and at least 20 years old are encouraged to apply. Bilingual Spanish speakers are especially welcome. Application (with references) and preliminary interview required. 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. The Global Report Seeks Creative Help • This nonprofit news organization seeks help with graphic production and video editing for a TV program. Assistance also needed with website updates. Experience with Photoshop or Final Cut Pro is helpful, but not required. Training will be provided. Info: odelljohn@hotmail. com or www.theglobalreport.org. The Nature Conservancy Info: 350-1431, ext. 105 or mtns_volunteers@tnc.org. • TH (4/22), 10am3:30pm - Celebrate Earth Day. Volunteers needed to help remove invasive species along the riparian zone at Bat Cave Preserve in Hickory Nut Gorge. Work will be moderate to strenuous. Contact to register.


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WNC AIDS Project Info: www.wncap.org 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.

Health Programs Professional Help For Overshoppers/ Overspenders (pd.) • 12 session group format beginning in June. Stop the pain of Overshopping/ Overspending! • Discover triggers and what you’re really shopping for • Learn specific tools and strategies to end the shame and pain • Holistic, Mindful and Compassionate approach. Call Denise Kelley, MA, LPC: 231-2107 or email: empowering.solutions@ yahoo.com Art of Intimacy Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. $60/4-session class. Info: 254-5613 or www.centerforsacredsexuality.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Ayurveda: Remedies for Modern-Day Health • WE (4/21), 5:45-7pm - Free lecture at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Discover how Ayurveda may improve quality of life and health. Yaidya Nintin Agawal has extensive experience in the research and development of Ayurvedic herbs and pulse evaluations. Info: 627-6200. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • MO (4/26), 6:30pm “Healthy Meals in Minutes” with Natural Foods Chef Janice Husk. All dishes are gluten-free. $8. Call to register by April 24. 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 (all donors are entered to win a cruise for two). Appointment and ID required. • TH (4/22), 1:30-6pm - First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 693-4275. • FR (4/23), 8am12:30pm - Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School, 1985 Butler Bridge Road, Fletcher. Info: 654-3225. • WE (4/28), 7:30amNoon - Pardee Hospital, Jamison Conference Room, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Info: 6964225. • TH (4/29), 2:30-7pm - Living Water Baptist Church, 875 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville. Info: 698-4664. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • FRIDAYS (4/9 through 5/14), 2-4:30pm - Living Health Workshop. Designed for people with one or more chronic conditions. Learn to manage pain and fatigue, increase fitness and self-confidence. Free. Living Healthy with a Chronic Condition • WEDNESDAYS (4/28 through 6/2) - Self-management program for people with chronic conditions. Learn how to take charge of your health and manage pain, fatigue, frustration and more. $30. To register: 274-2276, ext. 311. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 6920575. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8am - Low-cost medical testing with Linda Garren, RN of Hendersonville. No appointments necessary. Info: 692-0575. 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: www.redcrosswnc.org. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (4/22), 2:30-7pm - Trinity of Fairview, 276

Concord Road. Info: 6281188. • SA (4/24), 8:30am1:30pm - Masonic District Blood Drive at Nichols West Asheville Lodge, 22 Brevard Road. Info: 2545118. • SU (4/25), 9am-1:30pm - The Rock of Asheville, 273 Monte Vista Road, Candler. Info: 670-7625. • MO (4/26), 3-7pm - Weaverville Fire Department, 3 Monticello Road. Info: 645-3500 —6:30-11am - Reuter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. Info: 651-9622. • WE (4/28), 2-6:30pm - The Rush Complex, 1047 Patton Ave. Info: 2981430. • TH (4/29), 10:30am3:30pm - UNCA Highsmith University Center, 1 University Heights. Spring Mountain Community Center Located at 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: carolyns4kids@att.net. • 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. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Info: 398-4680 or www. mind-bodywellness.org. • SA (4/24), 11am - Class followed by Tai Chi demonstrations and a potluck. At Recreation Park, 69 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville. Gather at Picnic Shelter 3. Free.

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

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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: 2250515. • 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: 2426197. • 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. 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: radmadasheville@theicarusproject. net. Beauty Through Cancer Provides programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors in the WNC area. Located at 131 McDowell St., Suite 202, Asheville. Info: 2528558 or info@beautythroughcancer.org. • 4th MONDAYS, 5:156:30pm - Women’s cancer support group for individuals going through any type of cancer treatment or recovery. This uplifting group with cover many diverse subjects. Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are welcome. 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: 3189179. 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. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 3374685 or www.thecenternc. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 78pm - 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 www.hvlfumc.org. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2-3:30pm - Meeting. Hep C Hope of WNC Group meetings and educational sessions to help those with Hepatitis C learn the skills necessary to cope with their illness, and to lend support through every phase of the disease, including liver transplantation. Info: 254-0590 or www.hepchope.org. • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. 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 12step 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: rchovey@sos.spcasheville.org. 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: 2981899. • 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: 1-800580-4761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 2778185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. 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, science-based mutual help group for abstaining from any substance or activity addiction, meets at Grace Episcopal Church on Merrimon Ave. Donations requested. Info: www. smartrecovery.org. So Long, Insecurity • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - Beth Moore simulcast for women of all ages. Learn how to face fears, rediscover God-given dignity, and develop a new and stronger sense of self. Seating is limited. $20, price includes lunch. At Covenant Community Church, 11 Rocket Dr., Asheville. Support Groups Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or chargalvin@hotmail.com. • THURSDAYS, 1011:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —- 1:303pm - Caregivers Support Group. Workaholic Anonymous (WA) Meetings Feeling rushed? Can’t get it all done? WA slogan: “Slow is beautiful and powerful. I move glacially.” Info: 254-6484. Or try conference call meetings: Get times and numbers at www.workaholicsanonymous.org/page. php?page=_meetings. • TUESDAYS, 5:306:30pm - 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: 2514686, wcoin13@thefhc. net or www.abrc.net. Asheville Aikikai Info: www.aikidonc.org 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 • 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: ashevillekendo@gmail.com. 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. 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. At Memorial Field (behind McCormick Stadium). Info: chris@ashevilleultimate.org. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or www.wncdiscgolf.com. • TUESDAYS, 3pm Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Random draw for partners. National Girls and Women in Sports Day A community event designed to expose women to a variety of fun, athletic activities. Held at UNCA. $15. Info: 350-2058 or adains@ashevillenc.gov. • SA (4/24), 9am-4pm - Clinics and activities will be held throughout the day. Plus, a healthy lunch will be served, and there will be goody bags, door prizes and a chance to meet local female athletes. Outdoor Climbing at the YMCA • Through (5/29), Noon2pm - 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.). Pickup Soccer • Spoccer.com, a new soccer organization in Asheville (ABASA associated), is trying to bring some organization to pickup soccer in the area. If you are interested in playing, join the Asheville group at Spoccer.com. Info: www.spoccer.com/group/ ashevillenc. 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 At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, 1-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring handson activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. • SA (4/24), 5:30-8pm - “It’s a Dog’s Life” celebrates “Clifford” and all things dog. $20. Tickets are available online, by phone or at The Health Adventure. • 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. 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,

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19

“Although obstacles and difficulties frighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up . . . All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overturning those obstacles, and producing masterpieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guiding principles, Aries. In order for it to serve you well, however, you’ll have to believe that there is a sense in which you do have some genius within you. It’s not necessarily something that will make you rich, famous, popular, or powerful. For example, you may have a genius at washing dogs or giving thoughtful gifts or doing yoga when you’re sad. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20

Yes, I know that the bull is your totem animal. But I’m hoping you’re willing to expand your repertoire, because it’s a ripe time for you to take on some of the attitudes of the king of beasts. Consider this. The naturalist and shaman Virginia Carper notes that lions have strong personalities but cooperate well. They’re powerful as individuals but engage in constructive group dynamics. In many cultures, they have been symbols of nobility, dignity, and spiritual prowess. To adopt the lion as a protective guardian spirit builds one’s ability to know and hunt down exactly what one wants. Would you like more courage? Visualize your lion self.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20

In 2011, I may do a tour of North America, performing my show “Sacred Uproar.” But for the foreseeable future I need to shut up and listen. I’ve got to make myself available to learn fresh truths I don’t even realize I need to know. So, yeah, next year I might be ready to express the extroverted side of my personality in a celebration of self-expression. But for now I have a sacred duty to forget everything I supposedly believe in and gratefully shuck my self-importance. By the way, Gemini, everything I just described would be a good approach for you to consider taking in the next three weeks.

CANCER (June 21-July 22

Is it true what they say — that you can never have too many friends? If you don’t think so, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your position. And if you do agree, then you should go out and get busy. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re likely to be extra lucky in attracting new connections and deepening existing alliances in the coming weeks. The friendships you strike up are likely to be unusually stimulating and especially productive. To take maximum advantage of the favorable cosmic rhythms, do whatever you can to spruce up your inner beauty.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22

I have compiled a set of four affirmations that I think will keep you on the right track in the coming weeks. Try saying them at least twice a day. 1. “I am cultivating Relaxed Alertness, because that will make me receptive to highquality clues about how to proceed.” 2. “I am expressing Casual Perfectionism, because that way I will thoroughly enjoy being excellent, and not stress about it.” 3. “I am full of Diligent Indifference, working hard out of love for the work and not being attached to the outcome.” 4. “I am practicing Serene Debauchery, because if I’m not manically obsessed with looking for opportunities to cut loose, those opportunities will present themselves to me with grace and frequency.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22

The Great Wall of China is the largest human construction in the world, stretching for almost 3,900 miles. But contrary to legend, it is not visible from the moon. According to most astronauts, the Wall isn’t even visible from low Earth orbit. Keep this in mind as you carry out your assignment in the coming week, Virgo. First, imagine that your biggest obstacle is the size of the Great Wall of China. Second, imagine yourself soaring so high above it, so thoroughly beyond it, that it disappears. If performed regularly, I think this exercise will give you a new power to deal with your own personal Great Wall of China.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22

In the early 1990s, actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were engaged to be married. In honor of their love, Depp got a tattoo that read “Winona Forever.” After the relationship fell apart, though, he had it altered to “Wino Forever.” If you’re faced with a comparable need to change a tattoo or shift your emphasis or transform a message anytime soon, Libra, I suggest putting a more positive and upbeat spin on it — something akin to “Winner Forever.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21

In the Bering Strait, Russia and America are 2.5 miles apart. The International Date Line runs through the gap, meaning that it’s always a day later on the Russian side than it is on the American. I suggest you identify a metaphorically similar place in your own life, Scorpio: a zone where two wildly different influences almost touch. According to my reading of the omens, it’s an excellent time for you to foster more interaction and harmony between them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21

I have a group of colleagues who half-jokingly, half-sincerely refer to themselves as the Shamanic Hackers of Karmic Justice. The joking part of it is that the title is so over-the-top ostentatious that it keeps them from taking themselves too seriously. The sincere part is that they really do engage in shamanic work designed to help free their clients from complications gener-

ated by old mistakes. Since you’re entering the season of adjustment and atonement, I asked them to do some corrective intervention in your behalf. They agreed, with one provision: that you aid and abet their work by doing what you can to liberate yourself from the consequences of wrong turns you made in the past.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19

The Weekly World News reported that a blues singer sued his psychiatrist for turning him into a more cheerful person. Gloomy Gus Johnson claimed he was so thoroughly cured of his depression that he could no longer perform his dismal tales with mournful sincerity. His popularity declined as he lost fans who had become attached to his despondent persona. I suspect you may soon be arriving at a similar crossroads, Capricorn. Through the intervention of uplifting influences and outbreaks of benevolence, you will find it harder to cultivate a cynical attitude. Are you prepared to accept the consequences that may come from being deprived of some of your reasons to moan and groan?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Educational specialist Dr. Howard Gardner believes I.Q. tests evaluate only a fraction of human intelligence. He describes eight different kinds of astuteness. They include the traditional measures — being good at math and language — as well as six others: being smart about music, the body, other people, one’s own inner state, nature, and spatiality. (More here: bit.ly/Shrewd.) I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because you’re entering a phase when you could dramatically enhance your intelligence about your own inner state. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to know yourself much, much better.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20

South Carolina now requires subversive people to register with the state if they have the stated intention of overthrowing the government of the United States. I have no such goal, so I remain free to operate unlicensed in South Carolina. I am, however, participating in a movement to overthrow reality — or rather, the sour and crippled mass hallucination that is mistakenly called “reality.” This crusade requires no guns or political agitation, but is instead waged by the forces of the liberated imagination using words, music, and images to counteract those who paralyze and deaden the imagination. I invite you to join us. You’re entering a phase when you may feel an almost ecstatic longing to free yourself from the delusions that constitute the fake “reality.” Homework: Listen to a welcoming message from the Beauty and Truth Lab: http://bit.ly/TruthLab. Then tell us what you want more than anything else: Truthrooster@gmail.com. © Copyright 2010 Rob Brezny

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register online. Info: www. autismcommunitycenter. com 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. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or www.singasheville.org. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Children’s chorus rehearsal at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., downtown Asheville. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or www.spellboundchildrensbookshop.com. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am - Story time for ages 3-5 —- 3:30pm - Story time for ages 5-7. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., 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.

• TU (4/27) - Hmm, what’s that smell? Explore your sense of smell.

Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. haywoodlibrary.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. Read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ ncarboretum.org or www. ncarboretum.org. • 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 (4/27), 10-11am - Wee Naturalists: “Leaf It to Trees.” 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. Tea Parties at the SmithMcDowell House A hands-on program that brings American history to life. Each party includes a different lesson, snacks, tea and craft activity. For children 7 and up. $25/$20. Please make reservations one week prior to the program desired. Reservations & info: 253-9231 or www. wnchistory.org. • SA (5/8) - Civil War Era Tea Party for both boys and girls. Civil War-era reenactors will present the program, and the party will include refreshments and craft.

Spirituality 2 Day Class • May 2-3 • Reiki II (pd.) 14 CE’s for LMTs. Also open to the public. $260. • Early registration by April 25, $235. • 50% Deposit. Hendersonville, NC. • Registration/information: Cathy Oaks: (828) 2422536. cat@BlastAlive.com • www.BlastAlive.com 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. www. mayanrecordkeeper.com Art Of Tantra • Ongoing Introductory Course (pd.) 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, starting May 4. Learn the techniques and traditions of this sacred practice. $20 person/$35 couple. Information/registration: (828) 989-0505. 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. Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 645-2085 or www.greattreetemple. org 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 Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 505-2300 or www. meditateasheville.org. • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - 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

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and discussion. Info: Trey@QueDox.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Bear Clan Medicine Lodge The group practices Native American spirituality. It also studies natural healing modalities. Not affiliated with any tribe or organization. Everyone is welcome. Meets at the library on Mitchell St. in Old Fort. Info: http://seeks.spirit. tripod.com. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 3pm - Meetings. Focus on our connection to All Our Relations and what this means to each of us on our personal path. All are welcome to come and share. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. April’s theme: “How to Solve Our Anger Problems.” Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 779-5502 or www.meditation-innorthcarolina.org. • WE (4/21), 7:15pm - “Learning to Accept Ourselves and Others.” • WE (4/28), 7:15pm - Class break - US Spring Festival, Glen Spey, NY. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. ceres-wnc.org. • 4th WEDNESDAYS - Meeting at the Earth Fare Community Room. Call for details. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www. ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. highthinkingsimpleliving.org 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, justicefocused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz.com. • SA (4/24), 2-5:30pm Spring Satsang. Meditation and personal consciousness development discussion at the Friends Meeting House with Bill Walz. Start with a gentle yoga warmup. Bring questions about personal, psychological and spiritual development or e-mail them in advance: healing@billwalz.com. Donation. • 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@ mothergroveavl.org or www.mothergroveavl.org. • TH (4/22), 6:30pm - Third annual Litany for Home: An Earth Day Ritual. Music, drumming, dance, prayers and singing. Held at Aston Park, beneath the big oak tree at the top of the hill. Accepting food donations for Mother’s Cornucopia Project, a food pantry. • SA (4/24), 2-5pm Official open house at the office located at 70 Park Place. Talk about where Mother Grove is headed and how to get involved. Tea and snacks. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 2859927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and orientation times: 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. 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.shambhala.org/center/asheville or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 6-6:45pm & SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Public meditation. Spring Women’s Celtic Retreat: Meditation on Days of Creation • SA (4/24), 9:30am-3pm - Offered by Asheville First Congregational UCC and Snow Hill UMC, the retreat will be held at Snow Hill UMC, 84 Snow Hill Road, Candler. Reflect on the richness of Celtic spirituality, and participate in meditation, prayer and silence. $25. Registration & info: revltuenge@gmail.com. Toning for Peace Experience the health benefits of a form of singing anyone can do. Generate well-being and peace within. $5-$10. Info: 6672967 or www.toningforpeace.org. • 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 www. uuasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services and Children’s Programs. Unity Cafe Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info:

645-0514, 676-6070 or unitycafe.org. • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. 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 www.unitync.net. • FR (4/23), 7:30pm & (4/24), 2pm - “Unity Plays Broadway,” a theatrical production featuring songs from South Pacific, Nunsense, A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera and The Fantasticks. $12 advance/$15 door. • SU (4/25) - Sunday service will celebrate Mother Earth in honor of Earth Day. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 7pm - Truth On Tap: Join Chad O’Shea at the Lexington Avenue Brewery for spiritual conversation. • WE (4/28), 7pm - “Breaking Through the Veil of Illusion,” with Linda James. Love offering. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 456-9697, waynesvilleCTC@aol.com or www. mountainshops.com/ctc. • 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. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or www.windhorsezen.org. • 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 medi-


tation? Info: 298-8321 or faerie48@hotmail.com. 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: www. zcasheville.org. • 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: 7762716 or www.310art.com. • 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 selftaught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www.amerifolk.com. • 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 WE (5/12) - Seeing Red 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 CarterYates, will be on display in Owen Hall, Second Floor Gallery. • Through WE (4/28) - Selected Drawings, an

exhibition by Asheville artist Heather Lewis, will be on display in Blowers Gallery. • Through MO (4/26) - The Multimedia Arts & Sciences annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on display. Art on Depot 250 Depot St., Waynesville. Info: 246-0218 or www. artondepot.com. • 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: 693-8504 or www.acofhc. org. • Through SA (5/1) - Mentors & Students will be on display —- Vision 2010/Artists of Tomorrow, an exhibition featuring the works of high-school and middle-school children, will be on display. Asheville Area Arts Council AAAC is located at 11 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2580710 or www.ashevillearts. com. • Through MO (5/17) - Paintings by Suzanne Shaffer and photographs by Bruce Siulinski will be on display at the Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park. • FR (4/23) through SA (5/1) - Works from painting to clay to jewelry by artists who were featured at the Crystal Ball fundraising event will be on display. • FR (4/23), 5:30-8pm - Artist reception for the Crystal Ball artist show. 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: 2533227 or www.ashevilleart. org. • 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-

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Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography.com. • WE (4/28) through SA (5/29) - The Lensless Image juried exhibit will be on display. In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Day. • TH (4/29), 5-8pm Opening reception for The Lensless Image. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • FR (4/16) through FR (8/13) - In Sunshine or In Shadow, an exhibition of works by students from UNCA, WCU, Appalachian State University and Haywood Community College. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or www. crimsonlaurelgallery.com. • Through WE (6/30) Containment, a group exhibition of ceramic boxes. Echo Gallery 8 Town Square Blvd., Suite 160, Biltmore Park in Asheville. Hours: Thurs.Sun., Noon-6pm. Info: www.echoasheville.com or 687-7761. • Through SU (5/30) - Threads, an exhibition featuring works by fiber artists Jen Swearington, Libby and Jim Mijanovich and Barbara Zaretsky, among others. 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: 2987928 or www.craftguild. org. • Through SU (5/2) - Charles Counts: A Retrospective Exhibition will be on display. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through SA (6/26) - Remarking the Elements, an exhibit featuring mixedmetal sculptures by N.C. artist Gretchen Lothrop. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www. thehaengallery.com. • Through FR (4/30) - Inland Empire (Part III), an exhibition of landscape

paintings by Francis Di Fronzo. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www. haywoodarts.org. • Through FR (5/7) - Past QuickDraw one-hour works and the work of five volunteer QuickDraw artists will be on display. Oils by Jo Ridge Kelley, Joyce Schlapkohl and Sarah Sneeden;watercolors by Ann Vasilik and QuickDraw founder Gretchen Clasby. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: www.penland. org 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 www.studio103fineartgallery.com. • Through WE (4/28) Paintings by Chris Milk will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Info: 8842787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • Through FR (4/23) - 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 www.upstairsartspace.org. • Through SA (5/29) - Equine Expressions, celebrating the noble horse, and Seduction: Layered Interpretations, paintings and an installation that suggest temptation. • SU (4/25), 2pm - Walkand-talk tour conducted by the artists of Equine and Seduction. Vadim Bora Gallery At 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon6pm (sometimes later) and by appointment. Info: 254-7959 or www.vadimborastudio.com. • FR (4/23) through SU (5/23) - Asheville, Angels and Trees, works inspired

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by some of Asheville’s favorite landmarks by international artist Rita Genet. 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. wcu.edu. • 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. • 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.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Ananda Hair Studio The salon, located at 22 Broadway, hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 2321017. • SA (4/24), 7-8pm Reception for new work by Dustin Spagnola. 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 www.ncarboretum.org. • 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 at West Asheville Library • Through MO (5/31) - Mimi Harvey, West Asheville artist, will exhibit her paintings in acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastel for adults and art prints for children in the community room of the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in

downtown Hendersonville. Info: 698-7868 or www. artleague.net. • Through TH (5/6) - As I See It, an exhibit by watercolor and oil artist Sandra Gates. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville.com or 505-2949. • Through MO (5/17) - Decorative works by Canadian artist Stefan Horik will be on display. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 225-5509 or www.pushtoyproject.com. • Through TU (5/4) Perpetual Existence, new works by Naaman and Heather McCabe Jones.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events 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. www. theislandstudios.com Expressive Arts Playshop • Loving The Life You Live! (pd.) Manifest your dreams and make them happen!Experiential creativity: Art and the unconscious authentic movement, starts MayJune. Lilla Khalsa, M.A., L.P.C. Creativity Coach, Art Therapist, Counselor: Individual, Couple, Group, Family. Information/registration: 777-1962. feelthehu@yahoo.com 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. autismcommunitycenter. com or 313-9313. • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am-1pm - Arts group for adults. Elevate School of Life and Art Local artists give back their talents to the community. Classes are held at 34 S. Lexington Ave., Highland Community Center. $5/ class. Info: 318-8895 or http://elevatelifeandart.com. • Sewing, crocheting and knitting classes; basic Web design; dance classes; drama classes; cake

decorating; guitar classes; language classes; and much more. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • FR & SA (4/23 & 24), 10am-6pm & SU (4/25), 11am-5pm - 11th Annual Charity Sale. A portion of all sales from this event will go towards the development of Mission’s new regional cancer center. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. info@gmail.com or www. svfal.org. • 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. Tryon Fine Arts Center The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am1pm. Info: 859-8322 or www.tryonarts.org • TH (4/22), 6:30-8:30pm - Explore drumming around the world with River Guerguerian. $7 adults/$4 students.

Spoken & Written Word 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@ ashevillewordfest.org and $5/poem entry fee through the Web site’s Paypal link at www.ashevillewordfest. org. Winners will read at Wordfest. Book Club • Last TUESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at Barnes & Noble in Biltmore Park. The group is currently reading Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Info: 808-9470. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations:

n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (4/21), 4-5pm - School Age Book Club: “Every Day is Earth Day.” Learn how to help protect the earth and make a cool craft with recycled materials.WV —- 5-7pm Library Knitters meet. SW. • TU (4/27), 6:30pm - Library Knitters meet. LE —- 7pm - Cathy Mitchell, the author of Save a Spaniel: A Tale of Loss and Survival, and Fred Flaxman, the author of Sixty Slices of Life on Wry, will discuss their work and talk about the process of writing and publishing a book. WV. Courageous Words • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 10am-1pm - Writing Workshop. Share the power of your words. Bring your words to life. Intergenerational, ages 9-109 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.accentonbooks.com. • FR (4/23), 6pm - Wayne Caldwell will talk about his writing process and read from his new book Requiem by Fire. Light refreshments will be served. Events at Asheville School Located at 360 Asheville School Road. Info: 2546345. • TH (4/22), 7:15pm - Renowned journalist and writer David Brooks will give a lecture, followed by a Q&A period, in the Walker Arts Center’s Graham Theater. Free. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or www.malaprops.com. • FR (4/23), 7pm - bell hooks will read from and sign copies of In Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. • SA (4/24), 3pm - Dr. Robert Gamble will read

from his contribution to How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth —- 7pm - Dara Horn will read from her novel All Other Nights. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow. • SU (4/25), 3pm - Lee Smith will reads from her short-story collection Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger. A reception will follow. • MO (4/26), 7pm - Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-creator of InterPlay, will discuss her work connecting movement with song and stories. • TU (4/27), 7pm Creative Nonfiction Panel featuring Catherine Reid, Lori Horvitz and Sebastian Matthews. • TH (4/29), 7pm - Cecil Bothwell will talk about the consequences of belief when he introduces his new book Whale Falls. Events at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or spellboundbooks@ netzero.com. • SA (4/24), 2-4pm - Chris Martin’s Curtain Call Collective will perform poems and skits based on the works of Roald Dahl. Kids are invited to join in. For all ages. Free. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • TH (4/29), 7pm - In preparation for a future presentation that focuses on the WWII period, the YouTheatre Conservatory students of Flat Rock Playhouse will host an open-mic night in the Blue Room of the Education Center. Info: 693-3517, ext. 1. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. haywoodlibrary.org. • 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 3-year-olds incorporates dance, physical activity,


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• FRIDAYS, 10:30am1pm - Cooking groups for adults. Buncombe County Extension Center Events Located at 94 Coxe Ave., Asheville. Info: 255-5522. • MO (4/26), 6-9pm - “Canning and Preserving Made Easy: An introduction to canning, pickling and making jams and jellies.” Learn more about canning or brush up on basic information on food preservation. $10. Registration required. Stecoah Valley Center Events Located at 121 Schoolhouse Rd., Robbinsville. Info: 4793364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com. • SA (4/24), 5pm & 6:15pm - Ramp dinner seatings —- 7:30pm - The Barn Carts will perform. Reservations required. Waynesville Recreation Center Located at 550 Vance St. in Waynesville. Info: 456-2030 or recoutdoorprograms@townofwaynesville.org. • WE (4/21), 11am-2pm Learn to cook Cuban food. For people of all ages. $24/$30 nonmembers. Call to register.

Festivals & Gatherings Annual Johnson Farm Festival Located at 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville. Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm.org. • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - Featuring guided tours, craft demos, exhibits, children’s activities, live entertainment, wagon rides, farm animals, food and more. Special entertainment this year: The Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists will do demos. $6/$4 kids. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www. nps.gov/carl. • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - Spring Into the Park, a free family-friendly festival in celebration of National Park Week 2010. Poetry Alive! will perform, plus storytelling, kid-friendly

house tours and activity stations. Fiddles & Folklife An Appalachian folklife festival and old-time music competition at Warren Wilson College. The competition includes fiddle, banjo and string band categories, with youth categories for banjo and fiddle. Cash prizes. Plus, folklife demos, wagon rides, jam sessions, crafts, food and more. Free. Info: www.warren-wilson. edu/~fiddlesandfolklife. • SA (4/24), Noon-5pm - Fiddles & Folklife event in and around WWC’s Bryson Gym. Gorge Sale on the Trail • SA (4/24), 8am-4pm This yard and sidewalk sale runs the length of 74A from Gerton to Rumbling Bald Resort. Business, residents and community groups will be setting out tables the whole way. Visitors will find bargains, beautiful scenery and wonderful food. Greening Up the Mountains Festival The festival is held on Main Street in downtown Sylva. Free. Info: 586-1577 or www.downtownsylva.org. • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - The 13th annual festival will begin with a 5K race, and will feature live music by local and regional bands, local artisans, community and environmental organizations, children’s activities, food and more. International Children’s Festival • SA (4/24), 11am-3pm Second annual International Children’s Festival at Vance Elementary, 98 Sulphur Springs Road in W. Asheville, featuring juggling troupe 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth and music by Sirius B. All proceeds benefit Vance Elementary. Info: www.vancerocketrun. com. Mighty Kite Flight • SA (4/24), 12:304:30pm - 13th annual Mighty Kite Flight at Bonclarken, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock. Spend the afternoon flying a kite. Info: 697-6393. Pioneer Day At the Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center, 102 Water St. in Old Fort. Free. Info: 668-9259. • SA (4/24), 10am-5pm Celebrate history by joining Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers as they demonstrate camping and cooking. Make items the oldfashioned way: brooms,

apple butter, blacksmithing, weaving. Eat while listening to music at the creek-side amphitheater. Spring Mountain Community Center Located at 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: carolyns4kids@att.net. • Through SA (5/8), 10am-2pm - “The Cottages of Spring Mountain,” a festival to enable cottage industries to display and/or sell their wares or services. Farm goods, arts & crafts, collectibles, used items and services welcome. Plus, food and children’s activities. $10 per space. Free entry.

Music Sh*t Loads Of Vintage Vinyl! (pd.) All genres! Especially 70’s Jazz: Miles, Trane, McCoy, Ornette, Jarrett, ECM, CTI, Vanguard. Very low prices. Visit us in Brevard, across from the College: Rockin Robin Records African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. 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. autismcommunitycenter. com or 313-9313. • MONDAYS, 1-2pm Music groups for adults. Concerts at Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at 1 Edwin Pl. Info: 299-4171 or www.uuasheville.org. • SU (4/25), 4-5pm - Local author, teacher and former internationally-known mime Lavinia Plonka will present “Lurching Toward Nirvana.” Followed by a reception. Admission is $10. Events at First Baptist Church Located at 5 Oak St. (corner of Charlotte St. and I-240) in downtown Asheville. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Info: www.fbca.net or 252-4781. • SU (4/25), 3pm - The UNCA University Singers


will perform in concert. Donations welcome. Hendersonville Children’s Choir • FR (4/23), 6:30pm - The Children’s Choir will perform a spring concert at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2101 Kanuga Road. $5 adults/$2.50 children. Info: 696-4968. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: www.ashevillebarbershop.com or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • SA (4/24), 8pm - The Kruger Brothers in concert at the historic Ebbs Chapel School Auditorium. $20. Malian Dance, Drum and Song Workshops Workshops will be led by West African drummers Djeneba Sako and Adama Dembele. $15 per class. Info: (802) 999-2122. • MO (4/26), 7-8pm “Traditional Malian Song,” at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St. • TU (4/27), 6:30-7:30pm - Drumming Workshop —7:30-9pm - West African Dance Class. Both events will be held at Terpsicorps Studio, 125 Roberts St. • TH (4/29), 7-8:30pm - West African Dance Class at Terpsicorps Studio, 125 Roberts St. 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: 1-866-824-9547 or www.songosky.org. • 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 wellbeing. 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 (4/25), 3pm - The Sacred Times Singers will present a program of some original choral works as well as some spirituals and other sacred songs. A free-will offering will be taken for the restoration of the church. 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. wcu.edu. • WE (4/21), 8pm - WCU music faculty concert in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Andrew Adams on piano and Shannon Thompson on clarinet will perform. Free. Info: 2277242. • TH (4/22), 8pm - Low Tech Ensemble will perform in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The program will feature gamelan music from Central Java, and guest artist Siti Kusujiarti will perform Javanese dance. Free. Info: 227-7242. WNC Jazz Society Performances held at Diana Wortham Theatre. Ticket prices: $25 members/$35 nonmembers/$10 students. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 687-0407, www. wncjazzsociety.org or bo@ wncjazzsociety.org. • SU (4/25), 7pm - The Karrin Allyson Quartet will perform. Allyson is a threetime Grammy Award-nominated vocalist. Reception at 6:15pm.

Theater A-B Tech Drama Club The club sponsors and produces a variety of productions, performances, workshops and lectures. Reservations & info: 254-1921, ext. 890 or pcarver@abtech.edu. • TH (4/22) through SA (5/1) - Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile will be performed at the Carriage House Theatre. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm. $3 AB Tech students & staff/$5 students/$10. 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: 693-8504 or www.acofhc. org. • SA (4/24), 8pm & SU (4/25), 2pm - Three Viewings, a play by Jeffrey Hatcher, will be performed.

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8th Annual WNC Quick-draw, with artists competing to start and finish pieces in one hour. Works include pottery, metal sculpture, woodworking, fiber art, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, fused glass, jewelry design and basketry. Tickets are $50.

benefits:

Proceeds go to provide funds for art education in the public schools and award scholarships for graduating high-school seniors to pursue art-related studies.

where:

The Waynesville Inn, 176 Country Club Dr., Waynesville

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Saturday, April 24, 5:30 p.m.

benefitscalendar Calendar for April 21 - 29, 2010 American Cancer Society Relay for Life • SA (4/24), 8:30-10:30am - All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at Fairview Community Center, 1357 Charlotte Hwy. $5 adults/$3.50 kids. All proceeds go to Relay for Life. Aveda Clean Water Program • TH (4/29), 7-9pm - The Aveda salon Pi salon. spa, 10 Brook St., Biltmore Village will hold an art and fashion event to benefit Global Greengrants’ clean water fund. Pi’s stylists will be featured, as well as designs by Brooke Priddy and artwork by Amy Dougherty. Silent auctions and raffles. Info: 274-1210. Benefit for Eliada Info: www.eliada.org. • FR (4/23) - Third annual Eliada Charity Classic at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club. Captain’s choice shotgun start at 1pm. Tournament reception and awards ceremony at approximately 5:30pm. Dining Out for Life The annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser takes place in restaurants throughout the area. Participating restaurants donate a portion of their sales to Western North Carolina AIDS Project. Info: www.diningoutforlife.com or www.wncap.org/dofl. • TH (4/29) - Dine out. 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. • SA (5/1), 8am-4pm - “Birding for the Arts.” Take a guided tour through orchards, around lakes, and over mountains to watch and listen for birds. A gourmet boxed lunch will be provided. Meet at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. $25. Register by April 29. Into the Woods

• FR (4/23), 6-9pm - Annual auction and fundraiser for the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Food, drinks, music and silent and live auctions. Info: nicole@safc.org. Laura Blackley and a Band of Friends Fundraiser • FR (4/23), 7-9pm - Concert for the UnitarianUniversalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley Youth Coming of Age Program at the UUC of the Swannanoa Valley, 500 Montreat Road. $8 advanced/$10 door & $5/$7 for kids. Info: 669-8050. NC Stangs 1st Annual Open Car Show • SA (4/24), 10am-4pm - Cars, trucks, imports, motorcycles, other. At ISM.Inc., 2A Huntsman Place, Asheville. Independent judges, raffles 50/50, live music, kids choice award. Proceeds to benefit Hope For Horses. (Rain date May 1.) Everyone welcome. To register: ncstangs.net. NCCALL Inc. A WNC nonprofit dedicated to helping persons living with Autism. Info: www.nccall.org. • SA (4/24) - Bake sale at the NCCALL booth, G19, in the Whistle Stop Artisans Mall, Hwy. 441 S., Franklin. Project Green Runway • WE (4/21), 6-9pm - A fashion show featuring reused, recycled, upcycled, vintage and alternative fibers at Tressa’s, 28 Broadway, Asheville. DJ dance party after the show. $15. All proceeds benefit Western North Carolina AIDS Project. QuickDraw Live Art Charity Demo & Art Auction A live art event and benefit auction at the Waynesville Golf Resort & Spa. Artists work in the public eye and sell their work at auction to benefit art education in schools and college scholarships. Advance ticket sales only. Info: www.wncquickdraw.com or 7345747. • SA (4/24), 5:30pm - Artists will challenge themselves to start and finish a work in an hour. The event will include a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet and auction.

Relay for Life of Henderson County Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Henderson County. Events take place in Hendersonville. Info: www.relayforlife.org/ henderson. • Girls ages birth to 12 years are invited to participate in Little Miss Relay. Participants collect donations to support the American Cancer Society, and the participant who raises the most money is crowned the 2010 Little Miss Relay. $5 registration fee. To register: 674-1080 or jvereen@gbslumber. com. • SU (4/25), 4:30-7:30pm - At West First Pizza, 101 West First St. $30, includes drink, artisan bread, salad, pork tenderloin, vegetables, orzo, chocolate bread pudding, coffee or tea. Cash bar. Vegetarian substitute available. Silent and live auctions. Reservations required: 693-9192. 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: www.giveshoes.org. Workout for St. Jude Children’s Hospital This benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held at O3 Health And Fitness, 554-C Riverside Drive. Info: 258-1066. • SA (4/24) - Event for people to participate in or sponsor: Tire flip. How many times can you flip a tractor tire in five minutes?

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$15/$10 members. Recommended for adult audiences. 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. autismcommunitycenter. com or 313-9313. • WEDNESDAYS, 4:305:30pm - Theater groups for teens. Bioflyer Productions Info: 684-3361 or http://bioflyer.wordpress.com. • TH (4/22) through SA (4/24) - The musical Rent will be performed at Diana Wortham Theatre. A theatrical fundraiser for Eblen Charities and WNCAP. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • TH (4/1) 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: 6930731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • Through SU (4/25), 2pm - My Own Song, starring Las Vegas actor Clint Holmes, will be performed. Wed.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. $40. • TH (4/29) through SU (5/23) - Comedy/drama Steel Magnolias, about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. Wed.-Sat., 8pm & Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. $34. Hendersonville Little Theatre At the Barn on State St. between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. Info: 890-3070 or www. hendersonvillelittletheatre. org. • FR (5/8) through SU (5/23) - The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. The play opens with Henry David Thoreau in jail for refusing to pay taxes to a government conducting what he considered a war of aggression with Mexico. Fri. & Sat., 8pm & Sun. 2pm.

Skyland Performing Arts Center Located at 538 N. Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: 6930087 or www.thespac.org. • TH (4/15) through SA (5/1) - The musical Annie will be performed. Thurs.Sun., 7:30pm and Sun., 3:30pm. $15. Theater at UNCA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. • WE & TH (4/21 & 22), 6pm - TheatreUNCA presents The Trojan Women on the lawn in front of Carol Belk Theatre. Free. Info: 232-2291. Theater at WCU Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Tickets & info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. wcu.edu. • WE (4/21) through SA (4/24), 7:30pm & SU (4/25), 3pm - The theater students of WCU will stage Natural Selection at Hoey Auditorium. $20/$15 faculty, staff & seniors/$5 students. Titan Theatre Company All performances are held at the McDowell High School Auditorium, Marion. Info and reservations: 652-2440.

• TH (4/29) through SA (5/1), 7:30pm - Dearly Departed, a comedy set in the South. $5/Free studentonly performance April 28. Tryon Little Theater Workshop • TH (4/29) through SU (5/9) - Grace & Glorie by Tom Ziegler. A widow from the Blue Ridge Mountains and a hospice volunteer from New York find affection for each other. Thurs.Sat., 8pm & Sun., 3pm. At TLT Workshop, 516 S. Trade St., Tryon. $15/$10 students. Info: 859-2466 or www.tltinfo.org. Warren Wilson Theater Tickets & info: 771-3040, theatre@warren-wilson. edu or www.warren-wilson. edu/~theatre. • FR (4/23) through TU (4/27), 8pm - A studentinitiated, student-designed production of the last work by the Greek playwright Euripides: The Bacchae. At the outdoor college amphitheater. $10/$5 seniors/Free for students.

“It Was Open Mic Nite at Ye Olde Rustic Inn” at the BeBe Theater, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. $15 at the door.

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Comedy at the BeBe • FR & SA (4/23 & 24), 8pm - TV and film actresses Stephanie Astalos-Jones and Lisa Mende will perform

Dance Argentine Tango! (pd.) Special Regional Event Newcomers Welcome! April 30-May 2. Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, Asheville. Classes, social dancing, practice and brunch! For schedule and pricing visit www.tangogypsies.com or contact Karen Jaffe, kjsummit@hotmail.com 828-215-1177. 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 nonmembers. Asheville Culture Project A cultural arts community center offering ongoing classes in Capoeira Angola and Samba percussion. Other instructors, groups and organizations are invited to share the space. Info: www.ashevillecultureproject.org. • WEEKLY - Capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian martial art taught and practiced through a game involving dance, music, acrobatics, theater and the Portuguese language. Mondays, 7-9pm, beginners class; Wednesdays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Fridays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Saturdays, 10am-Noon, beginners

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Film Let’s Get Real Screening • WE (4/28), 7-8:30pm - Screening of Let’s Get Real, with comments by Director Debra Chasnoff, at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Bullying is at epidemic proportions among youth across the country. The film allows young people to tell their stories in their own words. Straightlaced Screening • TH (4/29), 7-9pm Screening of Straightlaced, with comments by Director Debra Chasnoff, at the Fine Arts Theater. The film unearths how pressures around gender and sexuality are confining American teens. Their stories demonstrate how gender expectations and homophobia are interwoven. $10.

class. $12 (free for first timers on 2nd and 4th Sat.). Info: www.capoeiraasheville.org. 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: www. acdt.org or 254-2621. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Modern classes. By donation. • MONDAYS, Noon1:30pm - 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@gmail.com. • 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 —- 67:30pm - African dance with Sarah Yancey featuring live drumming. Open to all. $14. InterPlay Held at 227 Edgewood Ave. Info: www.interplaync. org. • FR (4/23), 7-9pm - “The Five Great Freedoms,” an introductory InterPlay workshop. Donations accepted. • SA (4/25), 2-5pm - “Praying the Body: InterPlay and Soul Work,” an InterPlay workshop that develops ease in movement, voice, stillness and more. $29 sliding scale. • Last WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:45pm - Performance Jam. First hour we play with InterPlay forms that are fun and where even rank beginners look good. Next, enjoy the show, or share a song, story or dance. Everyone (musicians, too) is welcome. 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 www.ashevillemorris.us. • 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 (4/23), 7-9:30pm - “Spring Showers” Square Dance. Early rounds at 7pm, 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@swingasheville. com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner lindy-hop swing lessons. $12/person per week for 4-week series or $10 for members. Join at SwingAsheville.com. No partner necessary. Let your inner dancer out. 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. Classes start first Tuesday of every month. Zumba Dance Party • SU (4/25), 3:30-4:45pm - Put on your dancing shoes and join the community for some Latininspired dance fitness. All ages and beginners welcome. At Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa. $5-$10 sliding scale. Childcare provided with registration: ona.armstrong@evergreenccs.org.

Auditions & Call to Artists Auditions for Local Artist Hip-Hop 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 bird-lovers. 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. Brevard Little Theatre Located in the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan St., Brevard. Info: www. brevardlittletheatre.com. Reservations: 884-2587. • SA & SU (4/24 & 25), 2-4pm - Auditions for The Mousetrap will be held in

Brevard’s American Legion Hall. Roles available for 5 men and 3 women. Bring resume and head shot, if possible. Cold readings from script. Info: 318-5350 or identifymichael@gmail. com.

Call for Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show • SA (5/1) - Deadline for applications. All crafters who are interested in the show may contact the Old Depot Association for entry application. The show will be June 5 & 6. Info: 6694563 or www.olddepot.org. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www. haywoodarts.org. • Through MO (5/3) - Call for artists for International Festival Day. Food vendors and artists in all media are encouraged to apply. International artists/chefs working in the U.S. are especially encouraged to apply. Contact the council for an application. Tryon Youth Theater Auditions • TH & FR (4/29 & 30), 6-8pm & SA (5/1), Noon1pm - Auditions for Grease will be held at the Tryon Youth Center, 2969 Hwy. 176. Bring sheet music from a Broadway show and be prepared to dance. No flip flops. Performance dates: July 7-11. 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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Do yourself a huge favor: strengthen those pelvic floor muscles This is one of those subjects that moms rarely discuss, but we should. Regaining the strength of your pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy and birth can mean the difference between urinesoaked and dry underwear. It also can mean the difference between a mediocre and an intergalactic sex life. As you’ve already guessed, this is a “NSFD” column (that’s “Not Safe for Dad”). As in my dad. It’s not R rated, but if reading about body parts that typically are hidden under clothing makes you squeamish, stop reading now. For those of you still reading, moms (and spouses of moms who want to support them), we’re talking about how to transform those pelvic floor muscles into bands of steel. Because, for a lot of women, pregnancy and childbirth cause these muscles to sink and sag. They supported the weight of a baby for a couple months, and then had to stretch radically to release that bundle of baby. For some of us, this trauma occurred more than once. The result? Most of us have some incontinence just after birthing. Sometimes, it can last longer than a few weeks — for months or even years. In most cases, the more severe incontinence becomes just the occasional leak when we sneeze,

laugh hard or run. That can last for years as well — for long after those muscles should have healed. I have one friend who says she’s ruined entire outfits with an ill-timed sneeze. Which can be particularly embarrassing in public. I hear that even if you haven’t given birth, those muscles can lose elasticity with age. So what to do, ladies? We heal ourselves. You’ve heard of Kegel exercises. They definitely help. Kegels, named, I’m sure, for Dr. Kegel, are performed simply by contracting and relaxing those muscles. If you’re not sure how to contract them, simply stick something inside and squeeze (your finger or other non-toxic instrument works). Then repeat. Doctors recommend women perform at least three sets of ten Kegels per day. That may not seem like a lot, but many of us have trouble remembering to do them. I’ve heard moms say they try to remember to Kegel at stoplights or while brushing their teeth. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a personal Kegel formula mnemonic. So I’m going to advocate a tool I have tried. Something that’s easier to remember, because it’s less work and feels good. Yes, I’m offering you freedom from accidents, pleasure, and a better sex life (and potentially

keeping you from having surgery involving bladder pinning — which sounds unpleasant). And no one’s paying me to give you this gift. Well, Mountain Xpress will pay me for this column, but no sex toy companies have approached, wooed or gifted me. So, here’s what every postpartum mom needs (once she’s healed from childbirth). It’s what every woman who is sneeze-wary or belly-laughwary needs. They’re called Kegel exercise balls or Ben Wa balls (yep, the Japanese have been using them for hundreds of years). You can buy them on-line, without even having to visit a sex shop. Although I don’t understand why Kegel exercise balls aren’t sold in pharmacies and health supply stores. To my mind, they’re physical therapy devices. Doctors and midwifes recommend them regularly. They rock. You insert them just as you would a tampon (I prefer the silicone-coated massage/

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greenscenephoto Earth Day, Asheville style On Saturday, April 18, AmJam and local grocery Greenlife hosted this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earth Day festivities at Martin Luther King Jr Park. The sun was shining, people were dancing, the bands played on, vendors offered food, drinks and tips for greener living. Children (and children at heart) Hula Hooped. Local breweries kept the taps flowing. The best part? Admission was absolutely free. The music included funk-soul outfit The New Mastersounds, local high-energy favorites Acoustic Syndicate and Afromotive, among other featured bands and performers. For more photos, go to www.mountainx.com/gallery.

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• SA (4/24) - Insulate. Learn about serving lowincome homeowners who have requested homerepair assistance to reduce energy bills. Green Power Movie Screening • TH (4/22), 2-4pm - A-B Tech Green Power will be hosting a free showing of Kilowatt Hours: A Plan to Re-Energize America with a discussion to follow the movie. Held at the Holly Library downstairs on A-B Tech’s main campus. Litter Sweep Gov. Perdue has proclaimed April 17-May 1 Litter Sweep 2010. The City of Marion encourages community cleanups. Info: 652-2215. • MO (4/19) through FR (4/23) - City of Marion will offer free pickup for large items such as appliances, furniture, tires and other items that normally have a pickup charge. Info: 652-4224. • SA (4/24) - Downtown Marion cleanup. Volunteers will concentrate on high litter areas, alleys, vacant lots and other areas. All volunteers are welcome. Info: 652-2215 —- 9am-3pm - Earth Day celebration on the Wal-Mart green. Info: 652-7121. Mountain Green Series Offered by Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, the series consists of guest speakers and a walking tour. Programs will be held in Canon Lounge, Gladfelter. RSVP: 771-3781. Free. Info: www.mountaingreenwnc.org. • TH (4/22), 1-2:45pm - The Green Walkabout introduces participants to the best practices for building green. To RSVP: scross@warren-wilson.edu —3-5pm - “Taking Responsibility for a Sustainable World,” with Maggie Ullman. 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 www.ncarboretum.org. • 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 RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of river-friendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www.riverlink.org. • SA (4/24), 9am-2pm - Celebrate the Earth at a community picnic at Carrier Park with free hot-air balloon rides (9-11am), healthy snacks, a nature hike, a bike parade, a plant exchange and more. Sierra Club Members of the WNC Sierra Club Chapter work together to protect the community and the planet. The mission of the Sierra Club, America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Info: www.nc.sierraclub. org/wenoca or 251-8289. • TH (4/22), 7-9pm - Presenter: Hartwell Carson, water-quality specialist with the WNC Alliance. Carson will speak on the water quality impacts of the Progress Energy plant on the French Broad River. At the Unitarian Church, Edwin at Charlotte, in Asheville. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy The mission of the SAHC is to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations. Info: 253-0095 or www.appalachian.org. n Reservations required for SAHC hikes: e-mail kristina@appalachian.org. • SA (4/24), 11am - First guided mountain bike ride along the Cherry Cove Trail in Canton. The trail runs through the Rough Creek Watershed, an 870-acre

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This winter, we invited a group of close friends up to our Barnardsville house for New Year’s dinner. After the trek up the steep, ice-covered driveway, everyone was glad for the warmth of our fire and the home-dipped beeswax candles scattered around the room. We welcomed everyone with an “Appalachian Reishi” mead aperitif. I had been working on a stew since the day before that incorporated a stock made from the bones of a pastured heritage turkey raised by Gateway Farm out at Earthaven. In the stew pot was hominy made from Oaxacan Green corn we grew the previous fall, frozen ramps from spring ’09, spicebush berries and sundried tomatoes from a friend’s garden. Natalie provided a crock of shredded venison that her partner had hunted and that she had processed, as well as a big frozen block of peppered deer sausage from earlier in the season. Joe was trying to cram a candy-roaster squash roughly the size of his torso into the oven. Twenty pounds of meat from a goat he had slaughtered earlier in the year waited in the freezer for our next stew. To our stew, we added venison, goat, Maitake mushrooms and nettles. Also on the table: hominy cornbread, chickweed pesto and wild mustard salad with walnut oil. Occasionally we cleansed our palates with wild blueberry and muscadine wine, blackberry sassafras beer, and James’ elegant, bronzy persimmon-andautumn-olive mead. In the morning, we had eggs and fresh

“walking” onion greens from our friends down the road, hominy corn cakes with maple syrup we cooked down from sugar maples last winter, venison sausage and stimulating rounds of toasted yaupon holly tea. If you’re unfamiliar with some of the foods described above, you’re not alone. Most of the ingredients are part of what I’m dubbing “forest cuisine,” a specialized palette of the animals, plants and fungi that want to live here in our bio-region. When I say “native,” I mean “naturalized.” I’m talking about perennials — species that will grow from one year to the next with very little help from us. Many of the foods that we all currently grow in our gardens or buy at the farmers market don’t want to grow here. I’m not interested in native foods out of purism, but out of practicality and passion. Raising crops that require re-planting every year is a constant uphill battle. If you, in a fit of native cuisine envy, were to suddenly up and move to Italy, your veggie garden would rapidly revert to a patch of aggressive weedy plants and native forest. We live in the great Eastern forest, which would quickly retake our roads, fields, parks and cities if we stopped clearing for a few decades. Historically, unless they were a slave-holding people, our indigenous ancestors were always committed to minimizing work for their food, so they invented the forest and poly-culture techniques upon which permaculture design is based. By working with natural cycles and patterns, permaculture helps us to work less while providing for our needs in a regenerative


approach, meaning that what we leave behind when we die is nicer than what we found when we got here. In conventional agriculture, we’re constantly trying to meet the requests of these European crops, who easily succumb to pests and diseases, fungus and more, providing us with plenty of extra work. It’s only in a land of recent immigrants like ours that we have to talk each other into eating locally grown food. Elsewhere, even though industrialization has recently changed many things, the food legacies from pre-industrial living continue. In Japan, the people eat a diet of ocean fish and seaweed, tea, rice and more than 20 varieties of indigenous mushrooms. The people are inheritors of a long, unbroken chain of living (by necessity) off of the ocean and their particular soils and climate and those species that have adapted to it all. In Italy, people feast on olives, blood oranges, rich, spicy wines from skillfully “tortured” grapes, tomatoes and regional cheeses. In real Mexican food, you find cilantro, avocados, corn and beans, and the occasional lucky chicken or pig spiced with mole into incendiary ecstasy. Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Indian, Thai — each of these food systems hang together in the imagination and in reality. Somehow these people, eating the seasonal food that grows near their homes, possess a mysterious vitality — even when a biochemical analysis of their diet says that they’re eating too much fat or not enough vegetables. Each of these places’ peoples have gradually honed an understanding of their wild foods and the soils and ecosystems they’ve come from. In the

southern Appalachian mountains, a hotspot of biodiversity and rich forest ecosystems, this native cuisine is rare. Sure, we have barbecued pork, venison that’s illegal to sell, and a few people still making hominy. Some people daringly eat persimmons off the ground, know what paw-paws are and play around with black walnuts. The native cuisine vanguard is eating sochan and basswood leaves, processing acorns and even the occasional tasty groundhog speared with spicebush and grilled over hickory coals. We have gourd banjos and river-cane baskets, Shining Rock Wilderness and the legacy of Jesse Helms, but we don’t have native cuisine. That is, we don’t have a distinct palette of foods defining each season’s mood, foods that grow naturally here with minimal persuasion, that we prepare with the accumulated wisdom of generations of people testing what grows well, what tastes good, and what makes them feel good. There’s no reason we shouldn’t — it’s more of an issue of memory and rediscovery than invention. Zev Friedman, a Sylva native, has a B.S. in Human Ecology from UNCA. He is a principal in Living Systems Design, which focuses on whole system designs of ecologically beneficial human settlements. Friedman’s specialty is forest agriculture; he runs the Forest Cuisine Project, which helps landowners to start forest farms and market their products. For more information, visit www.livingsystemsdesign.net. X

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Decades Restaurant Bar is shaking things up with a new moniker and all-new menu. The restaurant and bar is trying to shed the impression that it is still the same Decades nightclub connected to the former downtown Best Western. To that end, they have dropped the name Decades and are now going by the name of Olive or Twist, Restaurant and Bar. The new menu features steaks, seafood and salads, as well as a small-plates menu featuring 27 small appetizers. Small plates include a local cold-smoked trout plate, white-wine steamed mussels and fried oysters with remoulade. Large plates include a macadamia-crusted mahi, hickory-smoked ribs and various personal pizzas. A revamped martini menu features more than 60 selections, many of which include a selection of house-infused liquors, including a just-released bacon-infused vodka. Olive or Twist features live music every weekend, with two house jazz bands that play from 7:30 to 11 p.m. For more information, call 254-0555. The Web site is still under construction but will be updated soon.

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Been by the Asheville Wine Market lately? You may be surprised at what you find beyond bottles of wine. Did you know that the AWM also carries imported cheeses, as well as gourmet dried goods? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything from fava beans, different kinds of lentils â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all restaurant quality â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to cold-pressed olive oils at supermarket prices,â&#x20AC;? says owner Eberhard Heide, who started the wine store with his wife, Jean, in 1993. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have balsamic vinegars, mustards and tapenades â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all things geared toward the Mediterranean diet,â&#x20AC;? adds Heide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only do we sell health in the bottle, but good food

too.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, inside the large refrigerators in the back of the store, I spied Double Gloucester, brie, Italian buffalo mozzarella, as well as a selection of sausages, like chorizo and salami. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also have really good Parmesan,â&#x20AC;? says Heide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real Parmesan, not crap from Argentina.â&#x20AC;? Heide adds that they keep a small stock of cheeses and meats, so the selection is always fresh. Heide also says that many of his wines are quite inexpensive with a large selection under $10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend a fortune getting a good bottle of wine,â&#x20AC;? says Heide. A lot of them are estategrown, he adds, and the market also carries a wide selection of organic and biodynamic wines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a whole lot of mass-produced wines,â&#x20AC;? he says. The market features frequent wine tastings and case specials. Get the latest news about the Asheville Wine Market by visiting www.ashevillewine.com. The Asheville Wine Market is located at 65 Biltmore Ave. and is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, call 253-0060.

Al fresco Desoto

Been to Desoto yet? The funky little West Asheville lounge has recently added a patio right off of the game room, according to Lisa Gambrell, one of four owners. Gambrell says that the patio is surrounded by big oak trees, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so it will be nice and shaded when the leaves fill in,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a big hit so far.â&#x20AC;? Gambrell adds that canine pals are allowed to visit as well. Desoto also has a food menu that includes a selection of sandwiches and munchies, which Gambrell says has been well-received. The most raved-about item, she says, is the southern-style pimento grilled cheese. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We make the pimento


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nights and see how that goes.” Everything will be served family-style essentially, she says. “It will all be on a big platter, so it’s probably best to come with at least one other person. It will be lots of fun to share with a big crowd.” Gambrell also reports that Desoto Lounge will be applying for a liquor license soon, so stay tuned for news on that front. Desoto is located at 504 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For more information, visit www.desotolounge.com or call 255-1109. X

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Tickets are on sale for the beer-tasting event at the new All Go West Festival (West Asheville street fest on Saturday, April 24; see the story in this week’s A&E section). Buy them at The Rocket Club for $20. They’ll cost $25 the day of the fest, if there are any left then. The beer tasting will run from noon to 3 p.m. in 98.1 The River’s Tasting Tent. Asheville-area breweries will represent, including (so far) Asheville Brewing, Craggie, French Broad, and Pisgah. This is the only ticketed part of The All Go West Festival. I’ll be praying for decent craft beer that day while attending a wedding in Atlanta. Y’all have fun.

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be released this week. It’s the first IPA in nearly 10 years of French Broad brewing (do I smell an anniversary party in our future?). “We’re calling it the Easy IPA,” Richards says. “Not that it was easy to brew, but it’s definitely easy to enjoy. It’s very citrusy and floral, and attempts to mimic some of the beautiful smells and flavors we’ve grown accustomed to here in spring.” Clearly, the man’s excited about this beer. Richards has been the assistant brewer at French Broad for three years. He moved into the head position when brewer Drew Barton moved back to Memphis. The Easy IPA is 5.5 percent ABV, making it a perfect sessions brew.

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Good fare: Cedric’s has teamed up with Asheville’s Highland Brewery to create its brews. Biltmore Brewing beers. The two are an Englishstyle Pale Ale and a traditional English Brown. For now, the beers can only be purchased on the estate — either on draught in the restaurants, or as six-packs from the gift shops. Biltmore is teaming with Highland on what’s termed an alternating proprietorship. So the beertaste profiles are designed by Biltmore staff, and their brewing is overseen by them as well. Cedric’s Tavern’s General Manager Bryan McIntosh is instrumental in selecting the beer styles. “I want something that appeals to a lot of people, but that’s somewhat unique,” he says. And very English, to reflect the heritage and tone of the estate. If the beers are successful, they may make their way into local specialty stores (as the Biltmore wines have done). Oh, and Cedric was the Vanderbilt family’s beloved Saint Bernard.

Pack’s Tavern’s awesome beer selection

Yes, Pack’s Tavern opens this week, and the rustic, but large, bar offers some great beers. There will be 32 rotating taps, including at least one beer from the following local breweries: Appalachian Craft, Craggie, French Broad, Green Man, Highland, and Pisgah. Four of the taps are reserved for limited release, seasonal, and small-batch beers. The bar also will stock at least 39 different bottled beers, mostly craft. They’ll offer a separate beer menu and include beer/food pairings on their menu,

according to co-owner Tom Israel. In a couple months, the patio seating will open, offering great views of City Hall, the new Pack Square Park, and Asheville’s most famous magnolia tree.

Buy local, spend more

I hear lots of complaints about the cost of a locally brewed pint. Yes, craft beer often costs more than the nationally distributed swill, though, to my mind, it’s worth it — both for the quality and for keeping my cash in my community. However, I do wish more of our WNC breweries would do as Pisgah Brewing does and produce a $2 pint on a regular basis (Pisgah’s Brown Ale). French Broad Brewery’s Recession Ale, which then morphed into Recovery Ale, was also $2 a pint at most locations, but it disappeared quickly. The average cost of a local pint seems to be $3.50, though again, it depends on the brew and the locale (higher gravity beers tend to cost more, as do pours at ritzy locales, such as the Grove Park Inn and Biltmore). Look for pint nights and local specials — for example, Rankin Vault offers $2 local pints on Thursdays. And remember to savor craft beer. If you’re drinking to get tipsy, there’s not much sense in quaffing high-quality brews to do so. Your taste buds will be numb anyway. X

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arts&entertainment Let’s All Go West

The most fun part of town gets a new festival by Alli Marshall When Jimmy Hunt relocated from Boone to West Asheville, he noticed a void. “That’s the part of town I live in. That’s where all my buddies live. That’s where I go out and have dinner and beer and walk my dog.” he says. “But there was no big festival.” It’s a vacuum that comes and goes. West Asheville has been home to a number of music and arts street parties, such as the now-defunct West Fest, a short-lived turn with Fiesta Latina, and holidays-related gallery and boutique crawls. But Hunt — who started Music on the Mountaintop, an ecologically minded large-scale music festival in Boone three years ago — felt like what his new neighborhood needed was a local festival to call its own. It was at Music on the Mountaintop that Hunt, who manages indie-rock band Do It To Julia, met Arieh Samson, who manages Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. Samson had been considering producing a funk festival in downtown Asheville; when he and Hunt brainstormed, All Go West Festival (to be held in West Asheville behind the Rocket Club and in front of Harvest Records) was born. The event, which Hunt describes as “having multi-facets: music, art and beer” brings together some of the best of what the area has to offer. West Asheville, according to Hunt “is so friendly and has that hip scene. We’re going around to every business and saying, ‘This is what we have to offer. How can we pair up?’” The result, for the inaugural year, is a collection of interactive nonprofit booths (plus, a portion of the proceeds from All Go West benefits the Dogwood Alliance), a Kidz Zone, food and a group of about 15 local artists, as well as music happening on two stages. The bands, for this first festival, were handpicked by Hunt and Samson. “We selected the bands based on what we’ve been digging the past

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Arts and music street festival

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Behind the Rocket Club and near Harvest Records on city streets Waynesville Avenue, Westwood Place and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.

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Saturday, April 24 (noon-10 p.m. Free. Asheville craft-beer tasting from noon to 3 p.m. is ticketed, $20 online. Late-night show at The Rocket Club, 10 p.m., $7. allgowest.com.)

couple of months,” says Samson. “I’ve been in the scene for five years now, and have fantasized about a festival. I knew what bands I’d start with.” The culmination of playlists and fantasy rosters resulted in the Booty Band and Do It To Julia, of course, but also pop group stephaniesid, steel-pan fusion act Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, eclectic newgrass/rock outfit Brushfire Stankgrass, liveelectronica bands RBTS WIN and Marley Carroll & The Melanaster Band, folk duo Underhill Rose, jazz/rock project The Archrivals, indie-folk groups Kovacs & The Polar Bear and Uncle Mountain, jazz-jam act Vertigo Jazz Project, indie-rockers If You Wannas, Voodoo Wedding and Open Windows, and Americana group Tennessee Jed Band. “We really like this town so much that we just wanted to embrace it,” Samson says. “Instead of booking national acts, we’re giving back to the bands here that have been paying their dues.” “We wanted to touch on every type of music that’s represented in Asheville,” Hunt says. Some genres (say, classical and world beat) aren’t on the list, but indie rock — often neglected at festivals in favor of crowd-pleasing funk and jam — makes its presence known. “One of our goals with this festival was to touch on the emerging music. There’s a new indie folk-rock scene coming out of Asheville right now,” Hunt points out. Recent Asheville transplants Do It To Julia and Open Windows top that list, along with Kovacs & the Polar Bear and If You Wannas, both of whom have put in several years on the local scene. “It’s not that that genre doesn’t get its respect, but it’s tough for people to understand,” Hunt says. The idea: Make it easy for people to get a taste of the sometimes raw, energetic, clever, youthful musical classification at a free festival, so they can then decide which bands they’d like to see at a later date in a local club. And while festival-goers are sampling, there’s All Go West’s Asheville craft beer tasting from 12 to 3 p.m. While that particular aspect of the event is ticketed, it’s a great chance to pick favorites and check out new offerings. “The beer tasting was an idea I took from Blues & Brews,” Hunt says of the Telluride Festival. But — like the approach the All Go West organizers took with the bands — they decided to stay local in scope. “This event is all about staying local,” Hunt says. The festival, which kicks off this Saturday at high noon, is slated to end at 10 p.m. — but that doesn’t mean the fun is over. There’s a special after-hours late show scheduled at the Rocket Club featuring garage-y Americana band the Trainwreks and selfdescribed “hipster hymns” performers Jen & the Juice. “If people want to party after 10, they should be able to,” Hunts says. No need to fight for your right: All Go West Fest makes it easy. X

Western union: Local businesses, brews and bands team up for the inaugural All Go West Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ festival. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, top, and Do it to Julia, below, will perform, along with mountainx.com. a number of others.

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by Tracy Hyorth “Five-hundred twenty-five thousand / sixhundred minutes / How do you measure, measure a year? In daylight, in sunsets, in midnights / in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles / in laughter, in strife.” If that sounds familiar to you, chances are you’ve at least heard the “Seasons of Love” hit song from the popular Broadway musical, RENT. If you know the lyrics to all the songs from that same show, then you’re a RENThead. You will probably be hanging out at Diana Wortham Theatre at least one hour before one of the April shows begins, hoping to grab one of the select front-row seats that go on sale at that time — a tradition that goes back to the original 1996 Broadway opening in New York. And if 1996 sounds like a long time ago, you’re right. However, RENT is still going strong. Since the musical (which incorporates dance-pop, salsa, R&B and rock ‘n roll) premiered in 1996, it has been translated into 15 languages in 25 countries, bringing in audiences from all over the world. The Broadway production with its original cast closed in 2008, after a 12-year run with 5,124 performances, making it the seventh longest-running Broadway show ever. Over the past few years, RENT has played to satisfied audiences throughout North America. It has become a global phenomenon, packing houses in England, Japan, Australia and Germany, among other countries.

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like himself — struggling to make art under lousy conditions. Some theatrical acquaintances suggested he work with Larson. In 1989, they met and exchanged ideas. Larson came up with the title: RENT. He didn’t like Aronson’s proposed Upper West Side setting; Larson lived a bohemian life in downtown New York and rented a scruffy loft that had a bathtub in the kitchen. He dated a dancer for four years who sometimes left him for other men and finally left him for another woman. Larson wanted to write about his experience. In 1991, he called Aronson and asked if he could make RENT his own. Aronson said yes. To borrow a cliché: The rest, as they say, is history. One sad part of RENT history is that Larson never made it to opening night. He was sick the night of the final dress rehearsal. He watched the show and gave an interview to the New York Times. Afterwards, he was told to “take it easy and sleep.” Larson died an hour later. His death gave the cast a much deeper, more powerful understanding of the play, helping to make RENT a hit from the beginning. As Eblen puts it, “RENT is about America, representing unity, diversity and just letting people be who they are.” X

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Karrin Allyson redefining American jazz by Wendi Loomis

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With a skillful, sultry, Karrin Allyson honeyed voice which what: makes jazz lovers comQuartet performance, part of pare her to Ella Fitzgerald the WNC Jazz Society’s series and Shirley Horn, Karrin where: Allyson burst out of the Midwest with her first Diana Wortham Theatre album into the internawhen: tional jazz scene. The Sunday, April 25 (7 p.m. $25/$35/$10 WNC Jazz Society 2010 students. 257-4530, more at wncSeries continues this jazzsociety.org. Pre-show reception month with this threefrom Frankie Bones at 6:15 p.m.) time Grammy-nominated performer heralded by New York Times as “a complete artist — one of the jazz world’s finest.” Xpress: From your birth in Kansas, what led you to jazz? Allyson: I grew up in Nebraska. Kansas City and Omaha have a lot going on with great traveling players who have moved back there where they have a home. Kansas City had Pat Methany, and there are many great musicians in the Midwest. I was a classical piano major at University of Nebraska, and always loved to sing. I would buy sheet music of Joni Mitchell, Carol King and other singer/songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s playing on the radio when I was a teen. When I discovered jazz in college through my classmates, I realized that was the style I really wanted to sing. Who are some of your favorite jazz artists and influences? Nancy Wilson, Carmen MacRae, Sheila Jordan, Lena Horn, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Even someone like Betty Carter, she was more adventuresome, took a lot of chances and used her voice more than some instrumentalists. I love the blues a lot, but it’s all over the map. We try to approach every style with authenticity and retell them in our own way. Going to hear live jazz is so important when you want to do this for a living, because the live aspect is so different from the recording. It’s all about improvisation, and responding to the musicians you’re working with. It’s not a set thing every night, and that’s what makes it really challenging and fun. What first motivated you to make a recording? I was playing in clubs working five to six nights a week with good musicians. I wanted to be able to sell something on the band stand and document where we were at that time. It was really kind of a practical tool, to have to sell and give to others for more gigs. Recording is fun because you can take the time to get it right. It’s an excellent learning experience. How did you get from that first record to Grammy-nominated albums? The first CD was picked up by a label. A woman bought it in Kansas City and got it air play on California’s KJAZZ. I then started to get calls for CDs. The host was the West coast promoter for Concord Records. He ended up signing us up for for three CDs on Concord, and since then we’ve resigned for each set. You have to have a lot of self-motivation. I have conquered 12 CDs since then, which was not easy, but gratifying for me. Which albums were nominated for Grammys? The first nomination was in 2001 with Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane, and then in 2006 with Footprints. The most recent recorded album Imagina: Songs of Brasil in 2008 was our third nomination of all-Brazilian music. Brazil’s Antonio-Carlos Jobim had a hit with Stan Getz, and became a very important part of America’s songbook. He’s a prolific Brazilian songwriter. When you listen, the language is so beautifully melodic and inter-

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Adventuresome: Allyson reached across genres, including bossa nova, bebop, pop classics, blues and more. esting. A tool that singers have, which musicians don’t, is the language. Do you tour with the band you record with? Logistics are always challenging trying to make this work with budgets and schedules. I’ve been really lucky with band mates. It varies a little, but I have to have a few common elements. In Asheville, I’ll have my longtime guitarist Rod Fleeman, who’s still based in Kansas City, drummer Eric Montzka from Chicago, and bassist Ed Howard from New York. I’ll be playing piano and singing. Do you set the arrangements? Many are mine, but we collaborate. I’m a musician who sings. It’s not just me sitting on a stool singing. It’s a democratic thing. I play more piano now. I became a jazz singer before I became a jazz pianist. What will you do for the master class Sharon LaMotte organized? A dozen students will sing and play for me, and we’ll deal with feedback from student to student. It’s really fun to hear what they’re doing, find out about where they are, and help them get where they want to be. What is the most common advice you give singers? Lower the key. It’s meant to be funny, but it’s true. It’s a journey within yourself to open up in front of people. I feel like we have to be in service of the song, not in service of ourselves up there. What do you hope people will take away from your concert? I really want people to feel better when they leave than when they came. We all lead busy lives, but we need to be fed by art and music. X Reach Wendi Loomis at wendi@jazzandpoetry.com.


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A little like Longfellow

Sweden’s The Tallest Man on Earth writes lyrical folk with a raw, new voice by Brian McGee The Tallest Man On Earth stands less than six-feet-tall, was born in Sweden and writes contemporary/American folk inspired songs better than many of the snap-shirt wearing dudes from the States. He’s a one-manshow, playing acoustic guitar and singing with a voice big enough to feed the canyon’s mouth. How does a guy from Sweden do this, you might ask? Simple: he’s got the songs, he’s got the playing chops and he’s got the performance. And these three things have landed him on tour with indie-favorites Bon Iver (2008) and John Vanderslice (2009). You may be wondering where the name “The Tallest Man On Earth” comes from. It is the moniker for singer/songwriter Kristian Matsson, and has nothing to do with Bao Xishun, the tallest living man at seven feet, nine inches. When Xpress spoke to Matsson from his rural Swedish home, about the name he says, “I was reading a lot of Longfellow at the time.” That answer led us to look up Longfellow on Wikipedia, where one entry reads, “Longfellow predominately wrote lyric poems, which are known for their musicality, and which often presented stories of mythology and legend.” Matsson’s lyrics read much the same way. In the song “Thousand Ways,” on his new album The Wild Hunt, he writes, “Oh, I have lived for ages, I’m a thousand turns of tides / I’m a thousand wakes of springtime and thousand infant cries. Oh, a thousand infant cries.” His words have their own rhythm and meter and could stand alone as poems. When asked about this, Mattson says “When I write sometimes it fits a poem, or fits a song, or fits the trash bin. Sometimes for songs, you have to put yourself in the position where it becomes a song.” The Tallest Man On Earth is also one of the finest finger-picking guitar players on earth. Five out of the 10 tracks on The Wild Hunt feature nimble, dead-on, country-bluesinfluenced guitar playing. In these tunes, you can hear the ghosts of Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James. His list of influences

who:

Tallest Man on Earth

what:

Folk music

where:

Forsythia Hall

when:

Tuesday, April 27, 5 and 7 p.m. shows both sold out as of press time.)

Beyond the Dylan Comparison: Kristian Matsson’s music goes grave digging with Son House and Dave Von Ronk. photo by chris la putt

reads like a section from the Anthology of American Folk Music. Matsson’s voice perked up when I told him that one of his influences, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, was from the area. But the music that informs his own does not just reside on reissues of old 78 RPM records. When speaking of musical influences, Matsson tells Xpress, “When I was 15, I discovered folk music and songs about hobos, and I love that music. But contemporary music hits the same way for me. I listen to lots of contemporary music.” In the same list you will find Feist, Nick Drake, The Velvet Underground and yes, Bob Dylan. Ah, the curse or compliment that comes with being a good singer/songwriter/guitar-playing guy — the Dylan comparison. It’s a fair comparison. Mattson writes great songs that are played on acoustic guitar, and some have a folk-bent to them. But when you really dig in and listen, his music goes grave digging between Son House and Dave Von Ronk, and rides shotgun with Neil Young. Mattson’s voice is of now, sounds stingingly raw, and is an original new voice. Still, it was inevitable that we talked about Dylan. “Of course we talk about Dylan. I listen to lots of Bob Dylan. But you know, the comparisons drop at shows when people are having a good time.” Matsson has his way with the Dylan tag. By the time the listener gets half way through The Wild Hunt, he or she has probably already heard a bit of Bob in the music. Track six is titled “King Of Spain” and the third verse starts with, “and I’ll wear my

boots of Spanish leather.” Matsson acknowledges the height of the influence by throwing in that line. “You know, King Of Spain is just another love song. It’s actually a sad sad song. But you know, I’ve got to have my fun, too,” he says. He plays the trickster — sending the listener one way, while holding on to the real story in his heart. The Tallest Man On Earth sold out his Asheville show over a month ahead of time, and a second earlier show has been added. In the song, “The Wild Hunt” TTMOE sings, “And I plan to be forgotten when I’m gone.” I don’t think this will be the case when Mr. Matsson heads out of town. X Brian McGee fronts Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed and can be reached at mcgeehollowspeed@yahoo.com.

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Variable equations

Filming the pilot for eclectic arts and culture series VARIABLE TV by Alli Marshall Performer and educator Graham Hackett has been involved in his fair share of shows — enough to know that live performance has its limits. Some people might want to take in a show but have a schedule conflict. Or can’t find a baby sitter. Or couldn’t get a ticket before the event sold out. But the VARIABLE TV series (billed as “innovative ‘edu-tainment’”), set to air on URTV starting mid-summer, can change all that, by bringing the arts to a much wider audience. “Catalyst pretty much stays in production,” says Hackett, of the umbrella arts organization he founded. One arm of Catalyst is performance, the other is experiential-arts programming geared toward a wide range of populations, including high-risk youth. The VARIABLE series, up to this point a collection of live performances, was slated to “be the eighth show, so we decided to do a high-quality live recording,” says Hackett. Part of the impetus for filming: “I’ve been involved in live arts for 20 years and I have nothing to show for it but a stack of posters.” Actually, Hackett has collected a number of YouTube videos on the variabletv.com Web site; these include poets taking part in Poetix Lounge, DJs at the Blackout Ball and child artists at Spitfire Open Mic, held at Firestorm Café.

Showtime: Bollywood-style dance is just one art form that will be shown on VARIABLE TV, the latest project of spoken-word performer Graham Hackett, of Catalyst Poetix. photo by halima flynt

But the upcoming VARIABLE recording, to be filmed at the Hookah Bar this week, isn’t likely to resemble its predecessors very much. That show is intended as a pilot for the series; the company has four episodes in the works, including footage of HATCH Asheville, the Asheville Poetry Slam (“There’s a whole new wave of interest and participation,” Hackett says of the spoken word phenomenon which swept Asheville in the mid1990s) and City of 1,000 Easels (set for late June). The pilot episode will feature Lisa Zahiya’s Bollywood-style bhangra dance troupe (pictured above), a short play by the Redundant Theatre Company Theatre, vocalist Sage Sansone, DJ Raf spinning down-tempo tracks, jazz singer Katie Kasben, The Poetix Vanguard poetry ensemble, singer/songwriter Sara Day and interpretive calligraphy body art by Moon. Another benefit to the video package: “We intend to add an interview component. We can interview anyone, they don’t need to have an act,” Hackett says. “Interviews will make it that much more expansive.” At least to start, the VARIABLE shows lean heavily on Hackett’s own connections within the

who:

VARIABLE TV

what:

Filming of locally-based arts, culture and interview variety show

where:

The Hookah Bar

when:

Friday, April 23 (8:30 p.m. $7. variabletv.com)

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arts community. He’s called Asheville home for eight years now, and the various hats he wears put him in touch with poets, performing artists, people involved with sustainability projects and those (like himself) who work with at-risk and incarcerated youth. Those links alone could make for a season’s worth of shows. And then there are the six degrees of separation-style leads from each potential episodes. “Connectivity and willingness to communicate with all these players is unique, and people will find the service useful,” Hackett says. But is he concerned about such an ambitious scope? In a word, no. “Being that expansive is not that complicated. It’s just as dynamic as Asheville is.” And, as much as VARIABLE’s scope is eclectic, it’s not unwieldy. As Hackett explains, “We can parse these out as smaller segments.” That will aid in the mission to find a wider viewership for the shows. ”Potentially thousands of regional cable viewers and global online audiences will have the opportunity to get a taste of our city’s unique character,” Hackett writes in a press release. That particular sort of plug, Hackett points out, “is a niche that needs filling. We want to capture a cross-section of Asheville that hasn’t been represented yet.” But even though Hackett’s vision is towards a national — maybe even global — export of the VARIABLE episodes, he’s also dedicated to the local aspect of the project. “We want this to be Asheville’s TV show,” he says.

X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ mountainx.com.


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“Just punk enough”

Nights on Fire lands distribution deal with label Death to False Hope records by Dane Smith The “just punk enough” tagline on Night On Fire’s MySpace page might be in jest, but it’s also telling. The local trio — singer/guitarist Toby Brown, bassist Adam Kowalski and drummer Travis Hollifield — certainly have attitude, but their anthemic singalongs and hooky riffs are not what most people expect from a punk band. However, singer/guitarist Toby Brown says that melody was what first drew him to the Southern California punk scene of the late ‘80s, and bands like The Descendants and Bad Religion, which he cites as two of his biggest influences. Their sound is essentially a tribute to what punk used to be. “To me, being punk-rock or being punkinfluenced doesn’t mean you have to negate melody,” Brown says. “You can have both, and a lot of the early bands did. There came a time after that where you just had bands that were four chords and screaming, and that became what punk is. And I think that’s what a lot of people equate punk rock to, who aren’t into it. But to me, melody is a big part of it. I like to write stuff that’s catchy vocally. I want it to be something you might find yourself singing along to later. “But,” he is careful to note, “it needs to have a certain pace, a certain balls to it. I guess you could say there’s a heaviness to [punk rock] that still appeals to my 18-year-old self.”

who:

The Campaign 1984, with Nights on Fire and The Enemy Lovers

what:

Punk, pop, rock

where:

Stella Blue

when:

Friday, April 23. (16 and up show. 8 p.m. doors / 9 p.m. show. $8 / $10)

Brown is apparently not alone in that regard. Since hitting the Asheville circuit less than a year ago, Nights on Fire has wasted no time integrating its more polished brand of melodic aggression into the tight-knit local scene, performing with local hardcore and punk bands, and booking a growing number of house shows, which bassist Adam Kowalski calls their “bread and butter.” “That’s where we play the best and perform the best, and have the most fun,” he says. “When everybody is right there in your face.” “I told the guys that if we didn’t play any clubs, just played house shows for the rest of our bands existence, I’d be into that,” adds Brown. “You play in this tiny living room, and

Community spirit: Small house shows are punk band Nights on Fire’s bread-and-butter, says bassist Adam Kowalski. photo by maren close

if you get 30 people there it’s a packed show, and everybody has a really good time. To me, that’s the spirit of what we’re doing. It’s just so much more fun. Or at least it feels a little more like a community or a scene.” That’s not to say that a sense of community is otherwise lacking in the Asheville punk scene. Despite the sonic differences, Nights On Fire has been accepted into the family with open arms. “The punk rock scene here in town, everybody supports everybody,” Kowalski says with unmistakable sincerity. “It’s a really beautiful thing. I’m very, very, very grateful to be a part of this music scene. “I’ve made more die-hard, tried-and-true friendships in the three years that I’ve been playing in this music scene, than I have with people I’ve known my whole life. And I think that speaks volumes about the people playing music in this town.” Now, having established a local presence, Nights On Fire is gearing up to take their retropunk on the road. In June, the band sets out on a nine-day stint through the Southeast, ending in Durham with fellow Asheville rock outfit The Campaign 1984. In planning the mini-tour, Nights On Fire not only connected with a number of like-minded regional acts, the band also stumbled on a major break. During the booking process, Kowalski — who Brown calls the band’s “social networking guru” — coincidentally made contact with several bands on Death To False Hope Records, a digital distribution label based in Durham. They liked what they heard, and soon Nights

On Fire was contacted with an offer. In less than a month, the label has posted four Nights On Fire demos for download, gotten the band on the radar of regional radio programmers and secured mentions on a variety of punk blogs and Web sites. Soon, they’ll have even more to work with, as a proper Nights On Fire recording is nearing completion. The record, Brown explains, will consist largely of re-recorded versions of the demos, but should be more representative of the band. “Those demos that we have were pretty much just me down in the basement. So this will be us doing it as a band in a good studio. And we’re working with Evan Bradford. The guy’s got a great ear, and he’s got a great studio setup. So we’re just going to push out seven songs and try to get it ready before we do our little mini-tour in June. We wanted to get something that Death To False Hope could do the digital release for, but then we want to be able to have CDs we can actually sell on the road.” Death To False Hope has offered promotion, and lots of bells and whistles, Kowalski says. And for a band poised to make a name for itself, that’s meant business. “It’s been a huge help already. We’ve had over 1,000 hits on our MySpace page in less than a week. Somebody’s looking at us. I’m not sure who it is, but people keep looking, which is nice to see.” X Dane Smith can be reached at rocknrolldane@ gmail.com.

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smartbets CURVE Studios’ Open House Weekend & Twilight Party

The artists of River District-based CURVE studios & garden don’t need a gallery crawl to celebrate. The enclave shows off creative spaces and green space alike with a weekend-long open house (Friday, April 23, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, April 24 & 25, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Seven new resident artists will be represented: Sutherland Handweaving’s Barb Butler and Karen Donde, and ceramists Fran Welch, Greg Vineyard, Akira Satake, Kyle Carpenter and Linda McFarling. There’s also a magical-sounding twilight party, with a Mediterranean-themed feast, handmade chocolates, wine, Wedge beer and music on Friday at 5 p.m. CurvestudiosNC.com.

photo by brian s. kelley

Fourth Annual Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival

Music + Comedy

Not much about down-tempo live electronica act Paper Tiger suggests slapstick, and don’t expect strong, silent-type DJ MINGLE to reel off a “You know you’re in Asheville if...” routine. But the band will play a trip-hop, vinyl-based set — including live visuals by nebCinema and live drums from Sonmi Suite’s Dave Mathes — as part of The New French Bar’s comedy and multimedia dance party/springtime celebration. Comedian Cary Goff (of The Asheville Disclaimer) hosts the event, and soulful world rhythms-inspired musician Jar-e will perform a full set including cuts from his upcoming release, Blood of the Summer (due out this fall). Saturday, April 24. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. myspace.com/newfrenchbar.

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R&B musician-turned organic-farmer-turned eminent-regional-bluesman Mac Arnold is set to host his fourth annual blues fest at the Grey Eagle. The lineup includes Arnold’s own band, Plate Full O’ Blues, along with The Muddy Waters Revue (featuring Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Margolin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith), a number of high-school choirs, an appearance by Skinny Legs and All and more. (There’s no mention of actual cornbread and collards showing, but surely the Twin Cousins Kitchen can whip you up a plate of something suitable.) Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. $18 advance / $23 day of show. thegreyeagle.com or macarnold.com.


Here’s to cheesy open-mic nights

The two-woman actor/writer/comedian team of Stephanie Astalos-Jones (White Lightnin’) and Lisa Mende (Seinfeld) bring their sketch show, It Was Open Mic Nite At Ye Olde Rustic Inn, to the BeBe Theatre. Astalos-Jones and Mende perform the roles of five sets of comedy teams, ranging from right-wing Christian college girls who call their act “Milk ‘n’ Honey,” to the lesbian mime team, Venus de Mimo. Performances at 8 p.m. on Friday & Saturday, April 23 & 24. $15. acdt.org/ACDT_Home/BeBe_ Theater.html.

Asheville FM benefit at Static Age

“AshevilleFM benefit at Static Age with Shadow of the Destroyer and others on Saturday, April 24. We will remote broadcast if you can’t be there!” reads a tweet from the volunteer-based, grassroots community radio station. Why the benefit show? The 501(c)(3) organization needs to raise about $20,000 to build a production studio. Besides metal act Shadow of the Destroyer, hardcore band Tent City Rollers and experimental/ electronica group Ventricles play. Static Age Records, doors at 8:30 p.m. (with a broadcast planned for those who can’t make the actual show). ashevillefm.org

The Red Room (in the lower level of Temptations martini and dessert bar) has gone through some changes of late. There’s the facelift at street level, for starters, and the dance spot has become a private club. Otherwise, says management, it’s “the same awesome place with some new tweaks.” To kick off said tweaks in high style, the club holds its grand reopening party on Saturday, April 24. Pierce Edens plays at 8 p.m., Albatross Party at 9 p.m. and DJ Spy V spins from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. temptationsredroom.com.

photo by sara bader

Grand reopening of Temptations’ Red Room

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. mountainx.com/clubland. Send your Smart Bet requests in to ae@mountainx.com for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication.

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Dashvara rises like smoke

Dashvara: rooted in jazz, experimenting with Eastern sounds.

by J. Sylvester McDermott

rhythm that kept the musicians in line. Festa’s drumming was the most decisive element in the Dashvara, a four-piece band of diverse music, letting the other instruments experiment and well-studied musicians, has been playing and drift to borders, but always providing the together since 2005. Drummer Brian Festa steady beat to which they could return. trained classically in Laos, bassist Christian Ferri Dashvara demonstrated an intricate creativis studying jazz at UNCA. Greg Norris, who ity. The guitar and saxophone hovered on the plays flute and saxophone, says the band has outer edges, dancing in impromptu solos. The been evolving for three years, solidifying the bass and drums knew when to pick up and slow right lineup and the exact sound they’re after. down, keeping the group in line and showing A bit of background: The name Dashvara that this was tight rehearsed material. comes from Gadga Dashvara, a Buddhist The music could be called jazz-funk fusion. Bodhisattva said to have embodied the love Tight and formal at times, it had all the elements and healing power of music. “Music is power- of jazz, leaving room for personal exploration. ful because of the way we live our lives,” says Breaking from structure, the music would pick Norris. “Not the other way around. We are up and the bass would kick in. The sax pulled not a part of the music scene, we are a part of back, and hips were shaking to the funk that the human scene.” The group is dedicated to had entered the house. Dashvara swayed the its music and plays to embrace collective con- crowd, pulling people off shishas and chairs sciousness through that music. with a sound to which they could move, sending With that as the goal, Dashvara’s recent the audience back into heavenly flavored smoke Hookah Bar show began with Middle-Eastern when the band let off, moving back into that music drifting from the huddle on stage left. A smooth, cool jazz. stand-up bass, flute, a pair of tablas and sitar all Unfortunately, there were too few dancers, collaborated to produce easy, mellow licks. The and many in the crowd were too busy picking music was fitting for the Hookah Lounge — so their tobacco flavors to really tune in on the much so that if it hadn’t been a Saturday-night music. Though they were the featured band, a show, Dashvara could have been the house lot of people were in the lounge for a Saturdayband, playing in the back shadows. night smoke, rather than to see a Saturday-night The Eastern sound lasted only one set, though, band. Still, in sync and creative, Dashvara left an because the musicians have only recently start- impression on those who stayed until the end. ed collaborating with Eastern styles. Changing X direction for the second set, the band showed off Learn more at myspace.com/dashvara. its true essence and broad range of talent. The players spread across the room, ready to plug in. Guitar, bass, drums and saxophone wove in and out of each other, following a precise jazz

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Open mic

Old Time Jam, 6pm

BoBo Gallery

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Screaming Jâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (folk, experimental, blues)

Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop)

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

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

Shag dance

Soul jazz jam

Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Nine Mile

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s Night, 10pm

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Chameleon Soul Food

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

Zydeco dance & lessons

Orange Peel

Brother Ali (hip-hop) w/ Fashawn, BK-One & Dow Jones Pisgah Brewing Company

Fairview Tavern

The New Mastersounds (funk, soul) w/ Salvador Santana

Open mic jam w/ The Wellhouse Band

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Frankie Bones

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hits & Shitsâ&#x20AC;? w/ Jamie Hepler

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Good Stuff

Open mic

Wed., April 21

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Club 828

Handlebar

Midnite (reggae)

BoBo Gallery

Open mic

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Word Poeticsâ&#x20AC;?

The Hookah Bar

Boiler Room

Open mic w/ rotating local hosts Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Unlikely Alibi (ska, rock) w/ Restrict This & Dr. DP and the TrainRunners

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s night

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Town Pump

Open mic & jam

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Club 828

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

Hip-hop & DJ night

Blues

Courtyard Gallery

Project Green Runway (fashion show benefiting the WNC Aids Project) Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Open mic w/ Barbie Angell Emerald Lounge

Future

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Westville Pub

Thu., April 22

Frankie Bones

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Open mic

DJ night

Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parkside Pub & Grill

Rocket Club

Back Room

Matt Woods (singer/songwriter)

Uncle Mountain (folk, rock) w/ Megan Jean & The KFB

Beacon Pub

French Broad Brewery Tasting

Open mic

Room

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

One Leg Up (jazz)

Mark Bumgarner (Americana)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Crooked Still (bluegrass) Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

Battle of the Bands

Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Scandals Nightclub

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

Paul Cataldo

Friday, April 23rd - 9pm â&#x20AC;˘ $5

Jeff Sipe & Ike Stubblefield

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards)

Back Room

Thursday, April 22nd - 8pm â&#x20AC;˘ Free

Open 4 - 9pm Mon. - Wed. â&#x20AC;˘ 2pm - until Thurs. - Sat.

Anna Vogelzang (singer/songwriter) & Darien w/ Mr. Baby

Red Stag Grill

Wednesday, April 21st - 8pm â&#x20AC;˘ $10

The New Mastersounds w/ Lubriphonic

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

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super dance partyâ&#x20AC;? feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ

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Crooked Still (folk) Handlebar

WING NIGHT

Mon. Tues.

5-11 pm

FAT TuesdAy

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

TRIVIA NIGHT

Thur.

Come enjoy our new patio!

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LIVe MusIc

Fri.

Joshua James (singer/songwriter) w/ Matthew Perryman Jones Infusions Lounge

Live music Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Yorky Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

Lyn Llewellyn (“kooky uke”) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Screw Records Collective w/ Candice B - DJ night Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

‘80s KARAoKe

Sat.

Sun. Sunday Bloody Sunday $4.50 Bloody Marys

Mela

Belly dancing Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Doc Aquatic (indie, folk, rock) w/ Modo O’Malley’s On Main

Jam night Pisgah Brewing Company

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country)

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

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

828-505-2129

Purple Onion Cafe

Lance Mills (Americana) Red Stag Grill

IRISH PUB

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Red Step Artworks

Open bluegrass jam Rocket Club

Future Rock (electronica) w/ The Malah Scandals Nightclub

“Exposure” DJ night Scully’s Signature Dine & Drink

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“Old School Dance Party” w/ DJ Chubby Knuckles

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Joshua Singleton (acoustic)

The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Meet the artist: Barbara Tilly Town Pump

Eric Sommer (indie, blues) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz and Friends (blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

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

Troubaduo (folk, soul, Americana) White Horse

Earth Day Benefit feat: Fifth World Planet, Joe Carlson, Joe Hallock & The Flat Rock Boys, 5pm Zuma Coffee

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Fri., April 23

Back Room

The Jacob Johnson Group (acoustic) feat: John Henry & Mark Eshenbaugh Beacon Pub

Taylor Martin Band (reggae) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

Release Party (house beats) Boiler Room

Machiavillians (indie, rock) & Blag’ard and Shiner Miners Craggie Brewing Company

Amy White (acoustic, folk, blues) Eleven on Grove

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

Odd Meters & Suex Effect Fairview Tavern

Westsound (r&b, blues) Feed and Seed

The Brittany Reilly Band (bluegrass, country) Firestorm Cafe and Books

VooDoo Wedding (indie, rock) Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill

Pete Kartsounes (bluegrass, folk) & Emitt Narshi Band French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Lyndsay Wojcik (soul, folk) Garage at Biltmore

Summertime Whiskey Band (funk, rock, alternative) w/ Teenage Wasteland & Erika Jane and Remember the Bees Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Enter The Haggis (Celtic, folk) w/ Caravan of Thieves

Jazz w/ Bill Gerhardt & Sharon LaMont Orange Peel

Railroad Earth (Americana) Pisgah Brewing Company

Jeff Sipe & Ike Stubblefield (jam, other) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

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

6 Toed Possum Babies (classic rock) Rocket Club

Tribella (pop, rock, new wave) Scandals Nightclub

Drag show Scully’s Signature Dine & Drink

Pirates of the Blue Ridge (bluegrass) Stella Blue

The Campaign 1984 (Southern rock), Enemy Lovers & Nights on Fire Straightaway Café

Nic Coker (banjo, vocals) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Fire & Desire (swing dance party) Temptations Red Room

DJ Drea The Hookah Bar

Variable 5.0: Dance, Spoken Word, Music, Live Calligraphy The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Kort McCumber (Americana) Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Stillhouse Hollow (acoustic, roots) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Melodius Earth (Latin funk fusion) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Handlebar

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Georgia Satellites (rock) w/ Leslie

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Highland Brewing Company

Twilite Broadcasters (acoustic, rural harmony)

Bayou Diesel (swing, zydeco)

White Horse

Holland’s Grille

Benyaro (soul, acoustic)

Twist of Fate (rock ‘n’ roll) Iron Horse Station

Mark Bumgarner (Americana) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Gas House Mouse (blues) Jerusalem Garden

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

These United States (psychedelic, gospel, grime) Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Lorraine Conrad (country, roots) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Joe Craven (Jerry Garcia/David Grisman collaborator) New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

John Douglas Company (alternative rock) O’Malley’s On Main

Sat., April 24 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

Aaron Berg and the Heavy Love (folk, psychedelic) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Buddy Davis Unplugged Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

DJ Brett Rock Boiler Room

The Surf Church (surf, rock) Club 828

Fairytale Masquerade Ball w/ GalaxC Girl, THUMP more Craggie Brewing Company

Athena’s Club

Jonathan Martin & Zack Rathbone

Asheville Vaudeville (performance art, music, puppetry)

DJ night

Olive or Twist

Fairview Tavern


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O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pineapple Jack’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 Ruby’s BBQ Shack 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 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 Tallgary’s College Street Pub 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 TGI Friday’s 277-4080 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vaso De Vino Wine Bar & Market 254-4698 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

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French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Jar-e (soul) w/ Paper Tiger & DJ Mingle

Vic Crown w/ Scull Thunder Straightaway Café

Brushfire Stankgrass (electro, acoustic, bluegrass)

Nine Mile

Garage at Biltmore

Olive or Twist

The Oasis Fundraiser feat: LOGOS, Annuaki & more

42nd Street Jazz Band Orange Peel

Good Stuff

Todd Snider (folk, rock) w/ Great American Taxi

Grand Re-Opening Bash feat: Pierce Edens, Albatross Party & DJ Spy V

Truesdale & The Rose Familiar (folk)

Purple Onion Cafe

Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece (swing, jazz)

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

David Wilcox (acoustic, folk) w/ Ellis Paul

Red Stag Grill

Handlebar

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Benefit concert feat: True Blues & Mystic Vibrations

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Hannah Flanagan’s

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Gas House Mouse (blues)

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Rewind Blue (Southern rock) Live music

Infusions Lounge

Rocket Club

Live music Jack Of The Wood Pub

All Go West After Party feat: The Trainwreks (country, rock) & Jen and the Juice

One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz)

Scandals Nightclub

Jerusalem Garden

Drag show

Belly dancing w/ live music

Scully’s Signature Dine & Drink

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

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Secret B-Sides (soul, hip-hop) & Hip Bones

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Tim Marsh (jazz) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Mind Echo (rock) Temptations Red Room

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Live music w/ Marc Keller Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

The Peg Twisters (“old-time music w/ a twist”) Westville Pub

Dave Desmelik Band (singer/songwriter) White Horse

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Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam

Eric Congdon (blues, rock)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Barley’s Taproom

Chuck Lichtenberger jazz recital, 2pm

Makia Groove (funk, reggae, fusion)

Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (Thelonius Monk tribute)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eleven on Grove

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Swing & Tango lessons and dance

White Horse

Emerald Lounge

“Divas & Drafts” feat: Jennifer Smith, Kim Hughes, Richard Eugene & Daniel Weiser

Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Mon., April 26

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

Athena’s Club

DJ night

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Luke Wood (acoustic) Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lessons Garage at Biltmore

Emmitt-Nershi Band w/ Bess Rogers (folk, indie) & Lelia Broussard Jack Of The Wood Pub

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Hangar

Contra dance

Aaron Price (piano)

Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce

Lobster Trap

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Chris Rhodes

Songwriting Competition w/ Jenny Juice

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Rocket Club

Hank & Johnny (from Firecracker Jazz Band)

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Town Pump

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Rocket Club

Sunday jazz jam

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Rent Veil (metal, Southern rock) w/ Temptations Wings Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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Firestorm Cafe and Books

Club 828

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late

Singer/songwriters

Scandals Nightclub

Drag show Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Feed and Seed

Paco Shipp (roots, blues) w/ David Bryan, Steve Blanton & Jerry McNeely Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

D Mack Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Karaoke w/ Sound Extreme, 10:30pm Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Tue., April 27

Town Pump

Back Room

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Dosh (electronica, experimental, folk) w/ White Hinterland Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet To Go

Ukelele jam w/ Lyn Llewellyn Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime) Lobster Trap

Geoff Weeks Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Do It To Julia (folk, rock) Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Rock Records Rocket Club

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Michael Jordan (acoustic)

Love-O-Rama Devon Sproule (jazz, folk) , Ben Campbell & Rob Gordon

David Gans (Americana, fusion) & friends Temptations Red Room

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens TGI Friday’s

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Alice in Chains (grunge, rock) w/ Shooter Jennings (Southern rock) Town Pump

Drew Dixon (blues, soul, rock) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss White Horse

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

Bluegrass & clogging

Wed., April 28 Club 828

Dance & open jam session Back Room

Battle of the Bands Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe


Open mic Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance Broadway’s

‘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) Good Stuff

Open mic Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Forth annual Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival (live recording feat: Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues & more) Holland’s Grille

Beacon Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Open mic

Peggy Ratusz and Friends (blues)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Paul Cataldo (singer/songwriter)

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter)

Boiler Room

Dining Out for Life After Party feat: Vortex Cabaret (performance art, comedy, music)

Westville Pub

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Zuma Coffee

Open mic & jam

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Club 828

Fri., April 30

Hip-hop & DJ night Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Barbie Angell Eleven on Grove

Dining Out for Life After Party feat: Katie Kasben & Aaron Price (jazz, Broadway tunes) Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill

Open mic hosted by Jimbo French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Ben Riva (acoustic, rock) & friends

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

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

Tennessee Hollow (rock, blues, Americana) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul jazz jam New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

The Screaming J’s (rock, blues) Nine Mile

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae) Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler Red Stag Grill

Bobby Sullivan (blues, rock, standards) Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Open mic Rocket Club

BLITCH (rock, alternative) Scandals Nightclub

Infusions Lounge

Live music Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Yorky Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass Jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Sarah Blacker (acoustic, folk, jazz) Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Mela

Belly dancing

O’Malley’s On Main

David Gans (Americana, fusion) & friends

Anniversary party w/ live music

Jam night

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Pisgah Brewing Company

Open mic

The Hotwires (bluegrass, country)

The Hookah Bar

Purple Onion Cafe

Open mic w/ rotating local hosts

Mercy Creek (folk, roots)

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Red Stag Grill

‘80s night

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Town Pump

Rocket Club

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

DJ night Back Room

Jameson-Camp (folk, acoustic, rock) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

Brushfire Stankgrass (electro-acoustic bluegrass)

Eleven on Grove

Straightaway Café

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Athena’s Club

Handlebar

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Ignite Asheville

Diana Wortham Theater

Serena Ryder (pop, folk) w/ Ryan Star

The Cupcake Diaries, Tippy Canoe, NYST & Sugar and Spice Scandals Nightclub

Swing dance lessons w/ 42nd Street Jazz Band Dining Out for Life After Party feat: DJ Candice B, Brett Rock & Cookie LaRue

Billy Jonas & the Blue Ridge Orchestra Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 10:30pm Frankie Bones French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dave Desmelik (Americana) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Juan Holladay w/ Eliza Sydney (guitar, vocals, harp) Garage at Biltmore

Telic (metal) w/ As Sick As Us & Ironside Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Beach House (alternative, indie) w/ Washed Out Handlebar

Keller Williams (acoustic, funk, rock) Highland Brewing Company

Bucktown Kickback (roots, bluegrass) Holland’s Grille

Gypsi (rock)

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Crooked Still 9pm

Fri. 4/23

Enter the Haggis w/ Caravan of Theives 9pm

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David Wilcox w/ Ellis Paul 8pm

Tues. 4/27

Dosh w/ White Hinterland 8:30pm

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Sherri Lynn and Mountain Friends (contemporary bluegrass, country) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Sweetback Sisters (swing, country) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Paleface (Americana) New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Poor Mouth & The Real Local Singles

Thu., April 29

“Old School Dance Party” w/ DJ Chubby Knuckles

O’Malley’s On Main

Athena’s Club

The Hookah Bar

Kevin Bolick

DJ night

Katie LaRue (singer/songwriter)

Olive or Twist

Back Room

Town Pump

Jazz w/ Bill Gerhardt & Sharon LaMont

Leigh Glass Band (blues)

Orange Peel

Hip Bones (jazz)

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Aaron LaFalce (alternative, acoustic)

Temptations Red Room

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Nikki Talley (acoustic, indie)

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Mixx (r&b) Scandals Nightclub

Drag show Stella Blue

Baby Cowboy (roots, acoustic) Straightaway Café

Peggy Ratusz (blues, jazz, soul) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Live music Temptations Red Room

DJ D-Day Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Peace Jones (rock, reggae, funk) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs (blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Demijohn Varmits (Appalachian dirty shuffle) White Horse

“Great Blue Ridge Talent Search”

Sat., May 1

Asheville Civic Center

Pisgah Brewing Company

Ignite Asheville

Garrett Harris Band (rock, jam, blues)

Athena’s Club

Purple Onion Cafe

DJ night Back Room

The Smokey Joe Show (Americana, blues, country)

Angela Easterling & The Beguilers (folk, roots)

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Beacon Pub

Live music

The Fustics (Americana, rock)

Stella Blue

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Crystal Kind (cosmic reggae)

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

Straightaway Café

Boiler Room

Paul Cataldo (singer/songwriter)

Wax Poets (indie, rock) w/ Jews and Catholics

Temptations Red Room

Club 828

DJ night

Crunkster’s Ball feat: J. Tonal, Quetzatl, Dub Brothaz, Intrinsic & Herbivoress

The Hookah Bar

Craggie Brewing Company

Nemecek (Americana, blues, folk) w/ Lyndsay Wojcik (singer/songwriter) & Paddy Dover

Peace Jones (rock, reggae, funk)

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Fairview Tavern

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

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The Back-up Plan (PG-13) 11:55, 2:30, 5:00, 7:45, 10:15 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 Date Night (PG-13) 12:25, 2:45, 5:00, 8:00, 10:10 (Sofa Cinema) Death at a Funeral (R) 12:10, 2:35, 4:50,7:45, 10:00 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) 12:15, 3:45, 7:05, 9:55 (Sofa Cinema) How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) 12:00, 2:20, 4:40, 7:00, 9:30 The Joneses (R) 11:45, 2:10, 4:25, 7:35, 9:50 (Sofa Cinema) Kick-Ass (R) 12:35, 3:20,7:15, 9:55 The Last Song (PG) 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 The Losers (PG-13) 12:05, 2:35, 4:55. 7:50, 10:10 The Runaways (R) 11:50, 2:25, 5:10, 7:55, 10:20 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too (PG-13) 12:35, 3:25, 7:30, 10:05

Mother

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Director: Bong Joon-ho (The Host) Players: Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Mun-hee Na Crime/Thriller Rated R

The Story: A mother decides to find the truth on her own when her son is arrested for murder. The Lowdown: An absolutely splendid — nearly perfect — crime thriller built around a mystery that almost always surprises and a title character unlike any you’ve ever seen. Not too many films can surprise me and play against my expectations from beginning to end, and Bong Joon-ho’s Mother didn’t quite, but it came closer to doing so than any other movie in recent memory. Even on the rare occasions when it didn’t exactly surprise me, it also didn’t play out the way I expected. At the end, I was somewhat incongruously reminded of the ending of the old Charlie Chan picture The Golden Eye (1948), where Mantan Moreland steps out of character and addresses the audience, “That’s Mr. Chan all over — when you think it is, that’s when it ain’t. And when you think it ain’t, that’s just when it is.” I’m afraid that was rather wishful thinking on the screenwriter’s part with The Golden Eye, but not so with Bong Joon-ho’s film. My familiarity with Bong’s work only extends to The Host (2006), which I thought was wildly overrated, and his episode of Tokyo! (2008), which struck me as the weakest of that film’s three parts. As a result, I wasn’t prepared for Mother in any way. To start with, there’s the question of just what the film is in terms of classification. I settled on calling it a “crime/thriller,” and it’s certainly that, but it’s also a comedy, a drama and a mystery. In some ways, it’s a twisted Korean variant on Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. In the end, it’s not quite like anything but itself. In bare terms, the story is simple. When mentally challenged Do-joon (Bin Won) is arrested for murder on seemingly conclusive evidence, his mother (Hye-ja Kim) sets out to prove his innocence by finding the real murderer. Of course, Mother (she has no other name in the film) knows little or nothing concerning how to go about this, but as the film’s tagline says, “She’ll stop at nothing.” The situation isn’t helped by the fact that Do-joon — despite the urgings and suggestions of Mother — can’t actually remember what happened on the night of the murder of Moon Ahjung (Mun-hee Na), a young lady of very dubious virtue. Whenever he does remember something, it’s about something else altogether — and at one

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Hye-ja Kim as a mother like no other in Bong Joon-ho’s remarkable mystery/crime/ thriller Mother. point, about an event Mother doesn’t want him to remember. The bare premise, however, doesn’t even scratch the surface of the movie’s labyrinthine twists and turns. Mother is always going in directions you aren’t likely to suspect. The problem with this from a critic’s standpoint is that it’s impossible to actually discuss these directions without revealing too much. That said, it’s interesting to go over the film a second time and see that all the pieces actually do fit, and that it isn’t merely a case of the viewer being blindsided by a lot of out-of-left-field events. Scenes that may seem arbitrary aren’t; they’re in the film for a reason. Bear that in mind at all times. Knowing the basic story line will also not prepare the viewer for the film’s shifts in tone. Depending on where you are in the film, it can be funny, charming, disturbing, suspenseful and sometimes surprisingly brutal. Make no mistake, Mother can be extremely violent when it feels it needs to be. Astonishingly, these shifts in tone never seem awkward. In fact, they always seem just right. This is also true of the film’s extreme moral ambiguity. Some of this, but not all, can be attributed to the film’s penchant for black comedy. It also fits the very ambiguous world that Mother inhabits. I urge you to see the film for yourself. Oh, I can hear some of you now complaining about having to read subtitles, but you’re cheating yourself out of one of the best movies of the year if you don’t get past that. Rated R for language, some sexual content, violence and drug use. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Cinema 14.

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Director: Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man) Players: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan Farce Comedy Rated R

The Story: The funeral for a family’s wellrespected father goes off the tracks when his blackmail-minded gay lover shows up among the mourners. The Lowdown: This pointless remake of the 2007 Brit comedy sinks in a mire of wrongheadedness of its own making. Against the odds, I held out hope for Neil LaBute’s remake of Death at a Funeral. I really thought this might surprise me — and I suppose it did, because I never thought it would be as bad as it is. At worst, I thought it would be magnificently unnecessary. Instead, I found it painfully unfunny and tedious. Would I have found it less so had I not seen the Frank Oz 2007 original from Great Britain? That’s hard to say. I might have found it funnier, but I think I would have still gotten tired of it all being pitched in one key. Part of the problem with this Death at a Funeral lies with the fact that it begs to be compared with the 2007 film. After all, it’s virtually a scene-forscene remake. Producer Chris Rock’s idea seems to have been that the material could be effectively transported to Los Angeles and AfricanAmericanized. That doesn’t sound unreasonable on the surface, but seeing it in action is another

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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

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 notvery-persuasive exploitation thriller. Entertaining, but not the film it starts out to be. Rated R

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

Date Night JJJJ

Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg, Common, James Franco, Mila Kunis Thrill Comedy A dull married couple pretend to

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be other people to get dinner reservations, causing them to be mistaken for those people—who just happen to be in bad with the mob. The cast—especially Steve Carell and Tina Fey—raise this otherwise ordinary thrill comedy to the level of agreeable entertainment. Rated PG-13

Death at a Funeral JJ

Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Loretta Devine, Peter Dinklage, Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan Farce Comedy The funeral for a family’s wellrespected father goes off the tracks when his blackmail-minded gay lover shows up among the mourners. This pointless remake of the 2007 Brit comedy sinks in a mire of wrongheadedness of its own making. Rated R

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

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 Joneses JJJ

David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole Comedy/Drama The Story: A group of salespeople—masquerading as a family unit—move into an upper-class neighborhood in an attempt to push high-priced goods on their neighbors. An occasionally high-minded, often heavy-handed look at suburban malaise and consumerism that never

rises above the realm of the perfectly fine. Rated R

Kick-Ass JJJJ

Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong Postmodern Comic-Book Flick A mild-mannered teen—and comic-book nerd—decides to try his hand at becoming a superhero, only to find himself in over his head with the mob and other masked heroes. A gory, often funny, slickly made attempt at reimagining the superhero genre that never hits the right tone. Ultimately, the movie is unable to balance realism with absurdity and subversiveness with clichés. Rated R

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

Mother JJJJJ

Hye-ja Kim, Bin Won, Goo Jin, Yoon Jae-Moon, Mi-sun Jun, Young-Suck Lee, Mun-hee Na Crime/Thriller A mother decides to find the truth on her own when her son is arrested for murder. An absolutely splendid—nearly perfect—crime thriller built around a mystery that almost always surprises and a title character unlike any you’ve ever seen. 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

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


startingthursday OCEANS

This year DisneyNature’s Earth Day offering is a French film (last year, they gave us a remonkeyed BBC documentary) from Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud. If the names mean nothing to you, they’re the fellows who made the highly regarded and unusually popular documentary Winged Migration. This time their subject is ocean life. For U.S.

narration purposes, Disney brought in Pierce Brosnan to record a new track. Most of the early reviews are from foreign-film festivals and not in English, but Deborah Young, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, from a festival in Ahbu Dhabi said, “What Winged Migration did for birds, Oceans does for all sorts of strange sea creatures in an ambitious, impressively filmed documentary.” (G)

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It’s yet another high-concept romantic comedy with a TV director, Alan Poul, and a first-time leading man, Alex O’Laughlin. The draw is supposed to be Jennifer Lopez in her “comeback” performance. The high-concept concept? On the very day that Lopez has herself artificially inseminated, she “meets cute” (the trailer makes this painfully clear) with O’Laughlin. The trouble, of course, is that she’s already pregnant. How this plays out with O’Loughlin results in the plot. Only the trades have reviewed it, and they’re split on its merits. (PG-13) Early review samples: • “A winning performance by Jennifer Lopez overcomes a formulaic and predictable romcom that involves a planned pregnancy.” (Kirk Honecutt, The Hollywood Reporter) • “This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.” (Brian Lowry, Variety)

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Noah Baumbach’s new film stars Ben Stiller as the unlikable 40-year-old title character — a neurotic who has decided to do nothing. At least he’s decided to do nothing but observe how awful everything and everyone is. That’s a daring undertaking — making a movie with an unlikable character at its center. It has already flummoxed Baumbach once with Margot at the Wedding, where it resulted in an unlikable movie that tanked at the box office. The critics

so far are pretty sharply divided over whether he’s succeeded this time and is back in the realm of his better-regarded The Squid and the Whale. Most of the major critics, however, are in the plus column. (R) Early review samples: • “This is an intriguing film, shifting directions, considering Greenberg’s impossibility in one light and then another. If he’s stuck like this at 40, is he stuck for good? What Ben Stiller does with the role is fascinating.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) • “It is the funniest and saddest movie Mr. Baumbach has made so far, and also the riskiest. Mr. Stiller, suppressing his well-honed sketch comedian’s urge to wink at the audience, turns Roger into a walking challenge to the Hollywood axiom that a movie’s protagonist must be likable.” (A.O. Scott, New York Times)

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The fact that director Sylvain White’s last film was Stomp the Yard probably shouldn’t be held against this big-screen adaptation of Andy Diggle’s critically acclaimed comic books. It’s the story of a group of betrayed CIA black ops, who, having been left for dead, set out to tackle their betrayers. The cast is pretty solid — Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Zoe Saldana — and the trailer doesn’t look bad for the type of film it is. Potential downsides? The PG-13 rating and the fact that it hasn’t been screened for critics. (PG-13)

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matter. The trouble begins at the very outset. The new version reproduces the scene where the wrong body is delivered to the house for the funeral. It’s a nice little opening gag that serves as part of the buildup to the farce this solemn occasion will soon become. However, the tone in this film is immediately wrong. Rock cracks wise about the decidedly Asian corpse that’s been delivered (“You brought me Jackie Chan”) and complains that this isn’t Burger King — you can’t just apologize for getting the order wrong. It’s mildly amusing, but it’s trying too hard. What makes the original work is, in part, the setting. It works because it takes place among very proper, very stiff-necked upper-class Brits. The whole film is predicated on the idea that everything that goes wrong is a huge social embarrassment. The characters don’t make wisecracks. Instead, they make do. They muddle through and try to put the best face on that they can while the situation quickly spins out of control. The family in the original keep their tensions to themselves as much as possible — with only the occasional well-aimed barb poking through. Here, we land in a realm of chaos and open in-fighting (as opposed to simmering resentment) that has apparently been going on long before the loved one shuffled off his mortal coil. The film never really spirals out of control, because things were out of control to start with. It only becomes more frenetic, which often feels like desperation. The original also benefits from being more of an ensemble work. Whereas, the new film shoehorns established celebrities like Rock, Martin Lawrence, Danny Glover, Tracy Morgan, James Marsden, Luke Wilson etc. into the proceedings and tries

to afford each one some kind of spotlight bit or other. That might be nice for the performers, but it does little for the film itself. In the original, the closest thing to a celebrity turn was Peter Vaughan (well-known in the UK) as Uncle Alfie, which here becomes Glover’s Uncle Russell. One difference is immediately apparent: The 83-year-old Vaughan in the 2007 version embodies the cantankerous, out-of-it old geezer, while the 63-year-old Danny Glover comes across as Danny Glover playing “old.” The thing is I like Chris Rock, Danny Glover, James Marsden and sometimes Luke Wilson. They just don’t work for me here. The person who comes off best in the film is Peter Dinklage, which isn’t too surprising since he’s simply reprising his role from the original — albeit with the character name changed from Peter to Frank for no discernible reason. Dinklage is a naturally charismatic actor — and not just because he’s a 4-foot-5-inch man. From the moment he made his movie debut as the ill-tempered dwarf cast to appear in a dream sequence in Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion (1995) (“Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know anyone who has had a dream with a dwarf in it? No! I don’t even have dreams with dwarves in them”), he’s done nothing but enliven any movie he’s appeared in. Even here, doing the same part over again, this holds true. When he’s on-screen, the film is just better. Unfortunately, this Death at a Funeral can’t manage to pull off its central premise — how to deal with dead Dad’s blackmailing gay boyfriend — without managing to seem homophobic. In both the original film and here, the shock of this discovery — based on the artwork in Dad’s study

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— seems a bit of a stretch. But somehow — perhaps because so much of the panic stems from a desire to keep the widow from knowing — the original version manages to navigate this with relative grace. Here, there’s a heavy and unpleasant reliance on the “Ewww” factor. In the end, I simply found the remake tedious and wrongheaded. Since it adheres so slavishly to the original in terms of plotting, there are never any surprises. Instead, you just wait to check off the events as you go down the list. If you’ve never seen the original, you might find viewing this film a better experience, but you’d be better off with the DVD of Oz’s movie. Rated R for language, drug content and some sexual humor. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

The Joneses JJJ

Director: Derrick Borte Players: David Duchovny, Demi Moore, Amber Heard, Ben Hollingsworth, Gary Cole Comedy/Drama Rated R

The Story: A group of salespeople — masquerading as a family unit — move into an upper-class neighborhood in an attempt to push high-priced goods on their neighbors.

when handled in a heavy-handed manner. So many characters are merely sketched in, and so many of the points are staggeringly obvious that there’s never even the illusion of depth. In an attempt to squeeze whatever entertainment they could out of the story, the makers resort to the kind of melodrama that too often borders on the laughable. Taking this into account, it’s kind of amazing that the movie is as watchable as it is. Duchovny and Moore are personable enough — and Derrick Borte’s direction is workmanlike enough — to raise the film up from the depths to something perfectly perfunctory. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough for a recommendation. Rated R for language, some sexual content, teen drinking and drug use. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

Kick-Ass JJJJ

Director: Matthew Vaughn (Stardust) Players: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong Postmodern Comic-Book Flick Rated R

The Story: A mild-mannered teen — and comic-book nerd — decides to try his hand at becoming a superhero, only to find himself in over his head with the mob and other masked heroes.

The Lowdown: An occasionally highminded, often heavy-handed look at suburban malaise and consumerism that never rises above the realm of the perfectly fine.

The Lowdown: A gory, often funny, slickly made attempt at reimagining the superhero genre that never hits the right tone. Ultimately, the movie is unable to balance realism with absurdity and subversiveness with clichés.

The mere idea that a suburban-angst subgenre could exist is enough to cool my cockles. Usually, such movies take the form of high-minded filmmaking, commenting on the hard lives of affluent white people and their two-story houses. They’re also usually directed by Sam Mendes. The Joneses is very much a piece of this, though it shoots for more of a comedic edge than Mendes’ patented dramatic heaviness. This doesn’t keep the film from saying just as little in the same ham-fisted manner. The movie follows the Joneses, a family who has just moved into a generic upper-middle-class neighborhood. By all accounts, Mr. and Mrs. Jones (David Duchovny and Demi Moore) and their two teenage children are the perfect family, except they’re not actually a family at all. No, they’re a crew of salespeople, paid to infiltrate classy neighborhoods and push products on unsuspecting rich types with an insatiable appetite for consumer goods. By pretending to be the Joneses, none of the family members have the chance to be real people. They’re never able to have true relationships with each other or their supposed friends in the neighborhood, because they’re playing a role and pushing products. The ultimate point of the film — beyond its obvious anti-consumerist message — becomes how the need for human connection is more important than any product or job. That’s perfectly admirable, but as far as filmmaking goes, it doesn’t make for a very interesting movie — or, for that matter, a very original one, especially

The more I mull over Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, the more I feel disappointed in it. Having much enjoyed Vaughn’s last feature, Stardust (2007), and having liked his first film, Layer Cake (2004), more than anyone else I know, I had high hopes for this movie. Add in a potentially clever premise — a teenage nerd with no superpowers decides to become a superhero — and the possibility of a bout of bad taste and absurdity in the form of over-the-top violence, and my anticipation for a couple of hours of trashy entertainment was great. The pity is, however, that what I was hoping for and what I got only kind of match up — and a lot of this has to do with Kick-Ass never quite latching onto the right tone. The general idea is for the movie to be one of those postmodern deconstructions of superhero lore that pop up from time to time, from The Tick to Pixar’s The Incredibles. Here, the premise is firmly wedged between the real world and the question of what would happen if a normal, everyday teen — out of a sense of optimism and naïveté — decided to become a masked superhero called Kick-Ass. The sometimes clever, often cheeky observations of comic-book truisms are the film’s apex. This is when Vaughn and his co-writer Jane Goldman are at their best, and when the film manages to be both quirky and funny. But if you start to poke around underneath, you’ll find a tendency for the movie to subvert its own subversiveness. With all the trouble the film goes to in order to reinvent the comic-book movie, the bare bones of


specialscreenings Beau Brummel JJJJ

Director: Harry Beaumont (Murder in the Private Car) Players: John Barrymore, Mary Astor, Willard Louis, Carmel Myers, Irene Rich, Alec B. Francis Costume Drama Rated NR John Barrymore’s silent films always seem just a little wanting to me. I’m afraid I miss the voice of “The Great Profile” a little too much to be as satisfied as I should be. But silent Barrymore is better than no Barrymore at all, and Harry Beaumont’s Beau Brummel (1924) offers one of his best silent-screen performances in a movie that’s almost worthy of him. The story of George Bryan Brummel — essentially an elaborate revenge story of an odd kind — was perfectly suited to Barrymore in his matinee idol days. And it allowed the actor to age on-screen, which probably delighted Barrymore, who took pleasure in diminishing his good looks whenever possible. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Beau Brummel at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

istic “love” story involving an SS officer (Dirk Bogarde) from a concentration camp and one of his prisoners (Charlotte Rampling) is pure 1974 art house. Was it ever a great film? That’s doubtful, but it retains a certain importance — as much for understanding the history of film as for its intrinsic merits. Classic Cinema From Around the World will present The Night Porter at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

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his animal-pelt hairpiece return this summer in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice). In a lot of ways, it’s the things that Vaughn nails that makes the movie a bit of a letdown, because they point to the potential for something so much greater. A lot has been made in some quarters — including a pretty scathing review by Roger Ebert — of the fact that the film features 11-year-old superhero Hit-Girl partaking in wholesale (albeit extremely stylized) murder on multiple occasions. (It’s worth noting that the objections are more to the age of the character than the acts themselves). The movie never condones any of this, but never completely damns it either. Maybe I’m too jaded or desensitized, but I never found Hit-Girl’s antics as morally repugnant as some believe I’m supposed to. In the end, does Kick-Ass up the ante in action movies? Yes. Is it horribly offensive? It would appear that is up to the viewer to decide. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use — some involving children. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre,

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CHARMING BUNGALOW • Centrally located above McCormick field and adjacent to large city park. 2BR/1BA with bonus room, office, fireplace, and hardwood floors. Fenced back yard and great front porch. $230,000 benrip@gmail.com. 828 380-0841.

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$159,900 • DARLING GARDEN HOME Below tax value! 3BR, 2BA, 1392 sqft. Great neighborhood near downtown Hendersonville. Recent quality construction, garage, private patio, designer upgrades. MLS#451875. 809A South Whitted. (828) 274-5059. • 40+ photos: www.JoyProperties.com $174,600 NORTH • WITH GARAGE 2BR, 1.5BA. Move-in ready, well-insulated townhouse. Desirable neighborhood. Walk to stores, banks, restaurants, UNCA, post office. 828-254-1102. $198,000 • WEST ASHEVILLE RANCH 3BR, 1BA, 1700 sqft. • Recently renovated: New roof, windows, paint, plumbing and appliances. (828) 273-9484. • Photos: robidouxsusie@hotmail.com $219,000 * WEST ASHEVILLE BUNGALOW 3BR/2BA, bonus room upstairs, 1260 sqft., 1/4 acre lot. AC, gas heat, heat pump. Hardwood floors. Large basement not included in sqft. Large deck & swingset in back, fenced in side yard. Walk to Malvern Hills Park and Haywood Rd. (828)231-8280.

$233,000 • SINGLE LEVEL LIVING • NORTH 3BR, 2BA with split bedroom floor plan, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, fireplace, renovated kitchen, and double garage, on a large, landscaped corner lot. MLS#461555. Call Sona, (828) 216-7908. www.appalachianrealty.com

$288,000 • WEST ASHEVILLE New WNC Healthy Built home! 2BR, 2BA, private upstairs master suite w/study and • 2 walk-in closets. • Downstairs: Open floor plan w/front and back porches to enjoy the wooded setting. Stainless appliances. • Location, location! • Walk to West Asheville’s many businesses. MLS#457218. Call Amanda Boren: (828) 713-7049. townandmountain.com 1% BUYER AGENT COMMISSION 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission. Search all WNC properties including foreclosures at www.BuncombeRealty.com, view any home within 24 hours, 828-301-2021.

$288,000 • WEST ASHEVILLE New WNC Healthy Built contemporary home, 3BR, 2.5BA, upstairs master BR with balcony. Open floor plan w/center fireplace. Stainless appliances, granite counters, gas range and on demand hot water. Unfinished basement. • Location, location: Walk to West Asheville’s many businesses. MLS#457225. Call Amanda Boren: (828) 713-7049. townandmountain.com

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22 ACRE ESTATE ADJOINING PARKWAY • $1,150,000 This home was built with the finest craftsmanship. Cathedral ceilings, custom kitchen, private master suite, decks. Creeks, pond, views, gardens. 15 minutes east of Asheville in the Upper Riceville community, adjoining National Park Service land. MLS#456600. Call Bill Palas, (828) 691-7194. bpalas@bellsouth.net www.appalachianrealty.com

AFFORDABLE NEW CUSTOM HOMES • NC Healthy Built Certified • Built Within 90 Days • Land/Home Packages for All Budgets. Call us today to learn more: (828) 215-9064. www.AdvDevCo.com

COMPACT COTTAGE COMPANY • Small “green”-built buildings usable for an enormous variety of practical applications, such as: Sleep, Work, Mother-in-law storage, Poker, Karaoke, Be in the doghouse in. From $15K30K. compactcottages.com, 828-254-5450.

GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2.5BA with garage. Great South location. • Lease/purchase options now available. Call (828) 676-0677 for details. www.123newhomenow.com

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AUCTION # 2 THE LIVING ESTATE OF NANCY J. LOWE 11 MAPLE CRESCENT ST. ASHEVILLE, NC 28806 FRIDAY APRIL 30th 2010 5:00 P.M. HISTORIC WEST ASHEVILLE AREA 1926’S ARTS & CRAFTS BUNGALOW 1 BLOCK OFF HAYWOOD RD. BEHIND WACHOVIA BANK, APPROX. 1000 SQ. FT., 2 BEDROOMS, 1 BATH, BASEMENT, WRAP AROUND PORCHES, VERY LARGE GARAGE/STORAGE BUILDING. FIRST TIME AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN OVER 30 YEARS. HOME NEEDS UPDATING. BUNCOMBE CO. PIN.# 9638-14-1548 DEED BOOK 1223 PAGE NO. 0461, PLAT BOOK 0198 PAGE NO. 0124 INSPECTIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. FOR PICTURES/INFO. WWW.BRAMSEY.COM

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AUCTION # 1 THE DECEASED ESTATE OF RUBY PAULINE QUINTON 20 E. CHESTNUT ST. ASHEVILLE, NC 28801. FRIDAY APRIL 30th 2010 3:00 P.M. HISTORIC NORTH ASHEVILLE AREA 1920’S ARTS & CRAFTS BUNGALOW APPROX. 1000 SQ. FT., 2 BED., 1 BATH, 2 FIREPLACES, HARDWOOD FLOORS, CORNER LOT (E. CHESTNUT ST. & FULTON ST.), NEEDS UPDATING & RENOVATIONS. CONVENIENT LOCATION TO DOWNTOWN. BUNCOMBE CO. PIN. # 9649-23-9574 EXECUTOR ATTORNEY JOSEPH A. CONNOLLY SOLD SUBJECT TO ESTATE AND COURT APPROVAL CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS FILE NO. 09 SP 81

STONE COTTAGE • Fully renovated stone house close to downtown, hospital, city park, and McCormick field. 3BR/2BA with cedar shake front porch and large privacy fence in back yard. Stainless appliances, central heat and air, stone fireplace and hardwood floors. Email or call for Pictures. Benrip@gmail.com $290,000. (828)380-0841.

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SWEET HOME IN WOODS 3BR/1BA, 920sf,1 acre. Light, airy, wraparound deck. Tile floors in kitchen/dining/bathroom. Winter views. Stream. Fairview area, 25 minutes to Asheville. $133,500. (828) 628-6106. WE BUY HOUSES IN ANY CONDITION FOR CASH OR TERMS. Visit www.SuccessfulHomeSolutions. com for a free report on how you can sell your house in 7 days.

Farms 5-ACRE FENCED HORSE PASTURE Walk-in shed and paddock for lease located on south side of Mars Hill. Sandymcc@verizon.net 828.273.9755

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16 CITY HOMES PLACE West Asheville. Walk to Haywood Road amenities. Healthy Built and Energy Star certified. 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse layout w/maple floors and large windows w/tons of natural light. • Kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances and cherry cabinetry. Lots of extra storage: basement and attic. WD included. $189,500. Call Russ Towers, Lewis Real Estate: (828) 274-2479. DOWNTOWN FURNISHED CONDO Convenient to everything! 2BR, 2BA. $199,000, priced less than mortgage owed. Gym. Rooftop patio. Parking. (828) 734-0411.

OWN YOUR OWN PRIVATE COVE!!! • Owner financing available! You can own practically all that you can see with your eyes in this private setting. Nearly 25 acres w/two wet weather streams and natural opportunity for placement of pond or lake if desired, southern exposure home site(s), approximately half wooded and half cleared, mature pines and/or poplars to build your own cabin(s) (owner is a builder also if you desired to hire his services), public water available, if necessary, and owner says no chemicals have been used on the land for several generations. (828) 319-9651. Realtor/Broker. Sylvia@CornerstoneREC.com

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DOWNTOWN KRESS BUILDING Custom Condo in the historic Kress Building. 2 PINs, adjoining spiral staircase. Original maple floors, private balconies, high ceilings. • $525,000, lease/purchase also available for $1800/month. MLS#456097. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. www.recenter.com

20 Acre Ranches Near Growing El Paso, Texas. Only $12,900 $0 Down, $99/mo. Owner Financing, No Credit Checks. Money Back Guarantee. Free Map / Pictures. 1-800-755-8953 www.sunsetranches.com (AAN CAN)

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$167,000 • REDUCED! GREEN BUILT DOWNTOWN TOWNHOME This energy efficient townhome was built under the NC Healthy Built Home Program. The floorplan has a great room with front porch on the main level, 2 bedrooms above. One parking space included. MLS#457438. Call Sona, (828) 216-7908. www.appalachianrealty.com

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LEXINGTON STATION Downtown high-end condos on Lexington Avenue. Hardwood floors, stainless appliances, balconies, fitness center, parking. • 3BR Penthouse: $525,000 • 2BR: $260,000. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663. www.recenter.com

PRIME WEST ASHEVILLE LOT • Walk to Haywood or just to the park. 0.23 acres off Davenport Rd. MLS #458548. $56K. cindy@ashevilleproperty.com 828-243-0217, 828-210-3636. www.ashevilleproperty.com WE BUY HOUSES IN ANY CONDITION FOR CASH OR TERMS. Visit SuccessfulHomeSolutions.com for a free report on how you can sell your house in 7 days.


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Heating & Cooling CONSERVE ENERGY/MONEY! Keep the cool air inside this Summer! • Home Weatherization. Building Performance Institute Certified Home Energy Auditor. • Infared Thermal Imaging • Blower-door Testing • Gas Safety Inspections • Air-Sealing. (828) 367-2061. Asheville Energy Audit. MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovations • Indoor Air Quality Products. (828) 658-9145.

Upholstery UPHOLSTERY AND RESTORATION Quality and friendly custom restoration services for all your upholstery needs. • Auto • Home. Free estimates. (828) 776-8220.

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RED DOOR PROJECTS PAINTING AND HANDY MAN SERVICES Revealing the beauty of your space. Painting, Organizing, Repairs. Reliable and on budget—always. 828-989-5479

Cleaning ASHEVILLE’S GREENEST CLEANING SERVICE • WL&L Cleaning service Includes: Residential / Commercial. Competitive Pricing. Licensed and insured. Call today for Free Estimates. 828-277-7672.

Handy Man HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 30 years professional experience. Quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. $2 million liability insurance. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.

SHE WHO SCOOTS Can run errands for you. To the grocery store, pharmacy, post office, distribute posters/flyers, etc. In and around downtown Asheville. Fee negotiable. Call or email Amanda: 828- 301-0091. amandaj.levesque@gmail.com

Commercial Listings

Commercial Property COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, affordable price, reduced, $245,000. • Downtown, brick building w/high ceilings, roll-up doors, concrete floors, reduced, $299,000. • Heart of downtown, historic remodeled S&W building, 3 floors of space, commercial kitchen, 6 baths, new listing, $1,950,000. • The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. www.recenter.com HENDERSONVILLE. Urban flex space on historic 7th Ave. Live, work. 9,000 sq. ft. for only $405,000. Bank owned. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024, WELL MAINTAINED 4-UNIT PROPERTY On corner lot in good location, convenient to Hendersonville. $310,000. www.SouthernLifeRealty.com Sandy@SouthernLifeRealty.com 828.273.9755.

Commercial/ Business Rentals 1 MONTH FREE! (W/12 month lease). River Arts Studios starting at $180/month, includes utilities. Call 250-9700 or e-mail: rega@charterinternet.com 2 GREAT LOCATIONS • HENDERSONVILLE ROAD • Class A office space for lease, beautifully appointed 3000 sqft. • Restaurant space for lease: 1514 sqft. • Hair salon: 1200 sqft. (828) 691-0586. 217 MERRIMON Castle Keepers, Property Management: (828) 255-0032. Commercial property available, ample parking, lots of traffic! ASHEVILLE • ALL POINTS Check out our inventory of commercial property starting at $595-$6000 monthly lease or $295K and up for sale. Paula Cooper, The Real Estate Center, (828) 775-1485. www.recenter.com

1.5BR, 1BA SOUTH • 630 Rose Hill. Patio, carpet floors. $595/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 11 SHOREWOOD ROAD Castle Keepers, Property Management: (828) 255-0032. 2BR, 1BA, North Asheville. $850/month. ATTRACTIVE, 2,000 SQ,FT. DOWNTOWN OFFICE • 55 Grove Street. Four offices, break room, large reception area. Below market at $10/ sq. ft. Ample parking nearby. Practical and beautiful. Call (828) 253-9451. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. jmenk@gmproperty.com DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE For lease. Above City Bakery, Biltmore Avenue. Approximately 775 sqft. Natural light. Spacious. info@sycamorepartners.net LEXINGTON STATION 1800+ sqft, first floor, high ceilings, hardwoods throughout, one handicap accessible restroom, parking, $2000/month, The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663, www.recenter.com RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. jmenk@gmproperty.com ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Historic Miles Building. 2 Wall Street. Large and small suites available. Some have hardwood floors. All have charm, high ceilings and are updated. We are a nonsmoking, friendly working community. For Inquiries: mrsmawest@yahoo.com or 828 242-5456 OFFICE SPACE IN HOLISTIC MEDICAL PRACTICE Join naturopathic docs, massage therapists and hypnotist in shared building on 4 lane hwy in Pisgah Forest. $350/mo plus $25 maint. Includes utilities. Large office with closet, waiting room, reception area, handicapped accessible. 828-877-2300

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Apartments For Rent 1 & 2 BEDROOMS • STARTING AT $595/MONTH! Apartment living in a park-like setting. Great location! • Pets ok! Call 274-4477. EHO. woodsedge.webs.com

14 DOGWOOD COURT Castle Keepers, Property Management: (828) 255-0032. • 2BR, 1BA. $575/month. 16 SHOREWOOD ROAD Castle Keepers, Property Management: (828) 255-0032. • 2BR, 2BA, Master Suite, spacious! $850/month.

2BR, 1BA NORTH • 365 Weaverville Highway. Carport, washer/dryer hookups. $595/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 6 Lakewood. AC, W/D hookups. $650/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA WEST • 9 King Arthur. Patio, carpet. $625/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 2BA EAST • 744 Bee Tree Lake. A/C, W/D. $675/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Spring Special! All utilities included. $500/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 2BA SOUTH • 19 Ravenscroft. Fireplace, patio. $735/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA EAST • 7 Violet Hills. $515-$595/month. A/C, D/W. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA NORTH 501 Beaverdam, $545/month. Mountain Views, Washer/Dryer hookups, 828-253-151. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 1225 Highland. Elevator, hardwood floors. $475$575/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA WEST • 217 Bear Creek. $615/month. Central A/C - Heat, deck. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 407 4th Ave. Hardwood floors, historic. $540/month. 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA Hendersonville 827 4th Ave, $445/month. Hardwood Floors, water Included, 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA Hendersonville 827 4th Ave, $445/month. Hardwood Floors, water Included, 828-693-8069. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 10 Lenox. Porch, free heat. $595$655/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 346 Montford. Historic, hardwood floors. $595. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont. Sunroom, A/C, hardwood floors. $685/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 1BR/1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon. $575/month. Hardwood floors, water included. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 2 Oakview. Heat pump, dishwasher. $600/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

1-2BR/1-2BA ARDEN, GLEN BEALE, 2nd Month RENT FREE, AC. $555-$655/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA • NEAR MISSION HOSPITAL Bi-level, hardwood floors, AC, stove, refrigerator. Lease. Deposit. $600/month. 273-9228.

1-2BR/1.5BA SOUTH, SKYLAND HEIGHTS AC, storage, $495-$595/month. 828-253-1517, www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR, 1BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Porch, W/D hookups. 828-263-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

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2BR, 1BA NORTH • 304 Charlotte St. Bonus room, carport. $650/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

2BR/1BA WEST • 45 Florida. $595/month. W/D connections, deck. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR/2BA, ARDEN • 216 Weston, A/C. $725/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 3 BR, 1BA MONTFORD APT. In community-oriented duplex. $775/month + utilities. Washer dryer. Walk downtown. Deposit + year lease. No dogs. Shared facilities. Avail May 1. 828-713-8268. 82 MACON AVENUE Castle Keepers, Property Management: (828) 255-0032. • 1BR, 1BA, lower unit, hardwood floors. $750/month. 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. BENT CREEK • 2BR, 1BA. Garage. $725/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com CUTE EFFICIENCY/STUDIO • Between UNCA and Downtown. Just renovated. $450/month. Includes hot/cold water. Private and quiet. 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. $425/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

GLEN BRIDGE APTS - 1BR. 1BA Arden. Includes water. MOVE IN SPECIAL 2nd month free + 6 month lease. $450/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com 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. $950/month. Elizabeth, 828253-6800. LEICESTER • 2BR, 1BA $550/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES • Special • Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. 1BR, 1BA $495/month. 2BR, 1BA $545/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. NORTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA. Central air. Includes water. $595/month. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. NORTH ASHEVILLE 2BR, 1BA. Kimberly Ave. area. H/W floors. Includes water/garbage/heat. $750/month. www.arcagencyasheville.com SOUTH • Forestdale. 1-2BR, 1BA. 2nd month rent free. $525-$625/month. 828-2531517. www.leslieandassoc.com STUDIO/1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad Ave. A/C, mountain views. $615/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com UNFURNISHED 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS • Available in West Asheville. Water, garbage included. Washer/dryer connections available. Swimming pool on site. $649. Call 828-252-9882. rbaker@orionra.com WEST ASHEVILLE 1BR, 1BA. Large unit, top floor. H/W floors, new windows. Includes water/geat/garbage. $675/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

WEST ASHVL. 1 BED APT.$575 Large apartment, heat pump/AC, Dishwasher, Microwave,w/d hookups, in beautiful complex with exercise room, wifi, and pool. 1 month sec. 828.337.7999. WEST • 1BR, 1BA. $550/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. WEST • 1BR, 1BA. $550/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com WEST • 2BR, 1BA. $595/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com 2BR/1BA In S. Asheville. Hardwood floors, heat pump, renovated bath, basement/garage storage, pets okay upon approval and fee. $750/month, first and security required to move in. 828-242-6579. CHARMING NORTH ASHEVILLE HOME FOR RENT - 26 MONTVIEW DRIVE 3BR, 2BA. 1500 SF. Exceptional front porch. Child friendly block. Basement and shed storage. Close to UNCA, Downtown and MAHEC. June 1. Joan, 828-775-5499 or joan55@charter.net. CUSTOM ARTS & CRAFT 3BR/2BA - BUILT 2008, WOOD FLOORS, FIREPLACE. BEAUTIFUL! Available May 1. Gorgeous. Large kitchen, high ceilings, deck in back, porch in front. No Smoking, pets ok. rent-this-house.com. $1,350/month. STONE COTTAGE IN BEVERLY HILLS 2BR/2BA cottage with fireplace, living room, hardwood floors, garage,W /D,A C, big yard, across from public golf course. Pets considered. 1 year lease. Available June 1st or 15th. $1000

Mobile Homes For Rent MOBILE HOME • 2BR, 1BA. $425/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

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. www.arcagencyasheville.com 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. 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. www.recenter.com NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOUSE • Walking distance to town. 1BR, 1BA. $495/month - 2BR,1BA $545/month - 3BR, 2BA $595/month. Includes water. 0828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. SOUTH CARRINGTON • 3BR, 2BA. $1050/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com WINDSWEPT • 2BR, 2BA. $850/month. www.arcagencyasheville.com 828-350-9400.

Homes For Rent 15 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE • 4BR home PLUS attached 1BR in-law APT. Lovely 2-story traditional home: 2.5 baths, fireplace, hardwood floors, wainscoting and French doors. Plus spacious, bright daylight basement apartment: full kitchen, full bath, fireplace, separate driveway, parking and entrance (or lockable access from inside home). On beautiful, semi-rural .5 acre in Mars Hill, near college. Views, flowers, organic gardens, natural woods. Rivers, hot springs, skiing nearby. $1,875/month. 828689-4737; cell 828-713-4030.

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

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jobs 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 Alpha-Real-Estate.com 2BR, 1BA WEST • 15 Eliada. Great house, A/C. $935/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 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. www.leslieandassoc.com 3BR, 1BA EAST • 22 Reynolds School Rd. Basement, dishwasher. $850/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 3BR, 2BA SOUTH • Hendersonville Rd. 2,500 sq.ft. Hardwood floors, full basement, close to shopping and Biltmore House. $1200/month. Ivy, 712-5505, 280-3288, 4BR, 2BA EAST • 179 Chunns Cove Rd. Basement, A/C, heat pump. $1,065/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com

AVAILABLE JUNE 1 West Asheville Bungalow. 2BR (possibly 3), 1BA, 9’ ceilings, hardwood floors, full basement. • Fenced backyard, pets considered. Great location near West Asheville Library. $950/month. Application, lease, deposit required. Robert: (828) 230-9412. ashpro@charter.net 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 www.BuncombeRealty.com, 301-2021.

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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. www.kudzurose.com

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 2BA. Nice house in quiet subdivision. $750/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com 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 • WEST ASHEVILLE Short walk to Haywood Road shops, pubs, etc., from 34 Tanglewood Drive and 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Super clean, move-in ready! • Available May 1. 2BR, 1BA w/Jacuzzi tub. Central heating and AC, hardwood floors, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, fenced backyard, one car garage, and basement storage. House interior about 950 sqft. • Nicely painted, window treatments, and lots of storage. • No pets/smoking. Proof of employment required. Minimum one year lease preferred. $925/month, first and security deposit. If interested, please phone (828)350-7975. CANDLER 3BR, 2BA. New unit. $1,100/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: http://www.RealRentals.com (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.

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BILTMORE LAKE • 4BR, 3BA. $2400/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

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. www.123newhomenow.com 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. MOUNTAIN LOG CABIN WITH VIEWS 3BR, 2.5BA home with guest/in-law quarters. Available 4/15. $1250/month. http://longtermrentals.ncmmls.c om/RentalDetail.aspx?id=512 Sandy@SouthernLifeRealty.com 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 $545/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. WNC Rentals. NORTH NEAR RICHMOND HILL INN • 3BR, 2BA. Large porch. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty.

CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222. AshevilleCityRealEstate.com 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. EAST ON GOLF COURSE 3BR, 2BA. Brand new home. H/W floors, fireplace, laundry area. $950/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com EAST RIDGE SUBDIVISION 2BR, 2BA. Wonderful unit, like new. Spacious office/bonus room. No pets. $1,150/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com EAST • 3BR, 2BA $895/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com

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NORTH • 2BR, 1BA $950/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com NORTH • 3BR, 2BA. $1000/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com SWANNANOA - 3BR, 2BA. Cherry Blossom Cove subdivision across from ACA. $950 month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com WEST - WOODSIDE HILLS • 3BR, 3BA. Lots of space and private. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. WEST ASHEVILLE - 3BR, 2BA. Off Haywood Rd. Fenced back yard. Bonus room. Fireplace. One pet with deposit. $895/month. 828-350-9400. www.arcagencyasheville.com WEST ASHEVILLE • Spacious 1BA, 1BA. Remodeled, new carpet and paint. Deposit, references, credit check required. $650/month. 404-372-0186. fayreed@bellsouth.net

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A LOG HOME SUMMER On 3 lovely, private, wooded acres. • Pond. • Fully furnished, wellequipped 2BR, 2BA, greatroom, hot tub. • 10 minutes to downtown Asheville. • Available June 1-October 1. • References. • $1500/month. • Minimum 4 week lease. (828) 230-3739 or laurelcove@aol.com BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. bennie14@bellsouth.net

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!

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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.

OUTREACH/EVENT COORDINATOR Environmental justice non-profit organization seeks diverse candidates with social justice background for event organizing, outreach, youth programs, some admin. 30 hours/week. Some Spanish, science/environmental background and media experience preferred. Request full description and apply (cover letter, resume, three references), write hope@cwfnc.org

WSI/LG NEEDED. Apply in person at YWCA, 185. S. French Broad Ave.

JUNIOR .NET WEB SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Physicians Group looking for forward-thinking developer, minimum 12 months experience using Microsoft Technologies; ASP.NET, ADO.NET development. Email resumes to jobs@ecpmd.com.

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

Roommates Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to www.mountainx.com for additional listings. ROOMMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit http://www.roommates.com. (AAN CAN) CHEAP ROOM IN EAST ASHEVILLE. 1 BR available in a small, 2 BR house. Small house, lots of storage, power is only utility. Adventure_Coach@yahoo.com.

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General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 www.easywork-greatpay.com (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. www.usaraft.net

OFFICE HELP NEEDED Energetic multi-tasker for sales office. Duties include customer service, data entry, filing, phones, and general office duties. Attention to detail and some computer skills a must. Call 828-258-8085 or apply in person at 1473 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28806.

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Sales/ Marketing Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: biltmore.com PT CIRCUIT COACH/ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT • Curves of West Asheville seeks PT Circuit Coach who is energetic, passionate about women’s health, and has experience with administrative work as well as marketing. Send resume via email to curveswasheville@aol.com HEALTH-CARE RECRUITER NEEDED Seeking motivated recruitment consultants with exceptional communication skills. Background in recruiting and/or health-care is required. Target annual compensation 40k-150k. Must have college degree. Email cover letter & resume to info@mtnmg.com WE BUY HOUSES IN ANY CONDITION FOR CASH OR TERMS. Visit www.SuccessfulHomeSolutions. com for a free report on how you can sell your house in 7 days.

Skilled Labor/ Trades COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL GLASS INSTALLER • MinImum 5 years experience. Must have valid NC drivers license and must provide own tools. Pay DOE. We offer health insurance, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave. Wholesale Glass and Mirror • 419 Haywood Road, Asheville.

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.

Hotel/ Hospitality HOUSEKEEPER • PART-TIME Hill House B&B in Asheville hiring experienced Housekeeper. Must have flexible schedule to include weekends. Neat appearance, pleasant personality and detailedoriented. Food service a plus. Call (828) 232-0345 after 10am. HOUSEKEEPING Busy downtown B&B seeking detailoriented person with a strong work ethic for housekeeping. Must have respectable appearance and ability to communicate with guests. Weekend position with possible 1-2 days during the week. $8/hour and up based on experience. Background check and drug screening required. Experience a plus. Sorry, no students. Email experience and contact info to ladonnapl@yahoo.com or call 828-989-6618. PISGAH INN Now accepting applications for all hotel and food and beverage positions. Housing available. For application visit: www.pisgahinn.com 828-235-8228.

Retail AMERILIFE AND HEALTH WANTS YOU! Join the largest senior financial planning team in the country! • Training provided • 5-7 quality leads daily • Local market • Monthly bonuses and incentive. 1st year average $40K-80K!!! Call Lindsay Rowe, Lead Recruiting Specialist: (828) 684-1477. SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916.

Restaurant/ Food 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. CHEF DE PARTIE Duties include general prep, deli and catering. Close kitchen. Supervise small staff in evenings. Must work all day Saturdays. • Apply in person, Monday-Friday, before 11am and after 2pm. 1020 Merrimon Avenue, Suite 106. Artisan Catering and Deli. EXPERIENCED WAIT STAFF For busy downtown Asheville restaurant. 6am-2pm and 8am4pm shift. • Apply in person, 2pm-4pm, 57 College Street. 258-0476. Mediterranean Restaurant.

TOPS FOR SHOES Accepting applications for a salesperson. This is a full-time position which offers health insurance, paid vacation, free parking, and a lunch allotment. Applicants must be willing to work Saturdays. Please apply in person at 27 N. Lexington Avenue, Monday through Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm only. See Dean Peterson. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES SEEKING PART-TIME RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATE 15-20 hours / week. Great people skills and a passion for fair trade. Retail experience preferred. Submit a letter telling us why you want to work for us. 10 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 or villagesasheville@yahoo.com

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. DIETARY AIDE Part-time. Experience in Food Service in a skilled nursing facility preferred. We offer: • Competitive wage scale • Excellent benefits • Paid time off • Holiday pay • 401(k) with company match. Asheville Healthcare Center. Call or email resume to: Karen Hensley, 298-2214 or karen.hensley@mfa.net

MEDICAL BILLER Physicians Group in Asheville looking for Medical Biller to assist department with all phases of billing cycle. Email resumes: jobs@ecpmd.com. PERSONAL TRAINER WANTED - MISSION HOSPITALS FITNESS CENTER Seeking experienced personal trainer to provide contract services for Mission Hospitals Fitness Center members. License or certification in personal training and / or Bachelors Degree in exercise science or related field required. Call 828-213-0850 to apply. RECEPTIONIST • PART-TIME Asheville Healthcare Center has an immediate opening for the position of part-time weekend receptionist. The position may include one or two weekdays in the beginning, then transition to the weekend shift. The ideal candidate should be detail oriented, with the ability to multitask and provide excellent customer service. Qualifications include prior customer service, excellent communication and organizational skills. • Apply in person or submit resume to: Asheville Healthcare Center Attn: Human Resources, 1984 US Hwy 70, Swannanoa, NC 28778 • (828) 298-2214. Karen.Hensley@mfa.net X-RAY TECHS NEEDED Mobile x-ray company in Asheville looking for full-time and parttechs. Fax resumes to 1-866-437-4212 or email to L3@mmdsmobile.com.

Human Services AUTISM SOCIETY OF NC Seeks responsible and committed Community Skills Instructors to work part-time with individuals with autism. • Apply in person, 30 Garfield Street, Suite F,Asheville, NC 28803 or call 236-1547 for more information.

CLINICIAN NEEDED! Want to join a team of skilled clinicians in an organization focused on helping children succeed? Eliada Homes, Inc. is seeking a full-time Licensed Clinician to provide individual, family, and group therapy to its students. Duties also include: providing clinical supervision and training for direct care staff; providing clinical on-call services; coordinating outpatient services with agency and community resources. Qualifications: Must have a Master’s Degree in Social Work or other appropriate discipline and current licensure in North Carolina. Valid LCSW or LPC must be coupled with minimum of two years postlicensure experience. Experience: Must have a minimum of three years experience in mental health services with children and adolescents. Prefer experience in community based services and day treatment. This job is 40 hours/week with benefits! Please forward all resumes to: Emily Weaver Staff Recruiter Email: eweaver@eliada.org Fax: 828-210-0361


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

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 www.familiestogether.net for employment opportunities.

HOURLY RESPITE POSITIONS AVAILABLE With Ray of Light Homes, llc. Varied PT hours. Experience working with persons with developmental disabilities preferred. Competitive pay. Visit www.rayoflighthomes.com/Hom e.html for an application or call 828-683-7712 for more info.

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 www.ncmentor.com • 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 csimpson@fpscorp.com

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Has an immediate opening for an LPC or LCSW. Candidate must have a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field and be licensed or licensed eligible in the state of North Carolina. Family Preservation Services of Hendersonville, North Carolina has openings for child and adult QMHPs to provide day treatment services, Intensive In Home Services and Community Support Team services to consumers. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with the identified population. Please forward resumes to msouder@fpscorp.com

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF POLK COUNTY Is seeking therapists to provide mental health services to children, families and adults. Please email resume to mswann@fpscorp.com.

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • Haywood County QMHP: Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs.org Clinician/Recovery Educator, Recovery Education Center: Must have Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Jon Esslinger, jon.esslinger@meridianbhs.org Jackson, Swain, Macon County Clinician: Assertive Community Treatment Team. Must have master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker @meridianbhs.org RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker @meridianbhs.org Cherokee, Clay, Graham County Therapist/Team Leader: Child and Family Services. Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson @meridianbhs.org RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Patty Bilitzke: patricia.bilitzke @meridianbhs.org • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: www.meridianbhs.org

PROMOTORA CENTRO DE ENLACE LATINO CENTER Seeks promotora to advocate and interpret in Yancey County community. Experience working with youth required. Must speak/write English and Spanish fluently. Position is currently part time at 20hrs/week. 828-682-6750, elcentrodeenlace@gmail.com

RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS NEEDED (PRN and Night Shift) • 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! PRN Residential Counselors work within our cottages, typically on 2nd shift (2pm-11pm) and help implement a safe, therapeutic environment in which students are able to overcome various social and behavioral differences. While day counselors start as PRNs (working as needed) they often move into full-time. Night Shift counselors are required to be awake during the evening to perform bed checks and do routine documentation and maintenance as needed. Please note that night shift is Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat and is a full-time benefitted position!! 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. May consider individuals with less experience for night shifts. 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 eweaver@eliada.org or visit www.eliada.org for more information. TEACHING FAMILY MODEL PROGRAM Supported by Appalachian Family Innovations looking for live-in married couples to provide care and treatment in community-based 5 to 6-bed group homes. Located in western North Carolina, one home is in the Pisgah Forest near Brevard, the other home is off I-40 in Morganton. Salary, benefits, and time-off are competitive. Requirements: Bachelors Degree in Human Services preferred. Applicants with degrees outside of Human Services plus experience working with children considered. High school diploma with certification in TeachingFamily Model or similar experience also will be considered. For more information, contact Heather Fry at heather.fry @familyinnovations.org and/or see www.teachingfamily.org.

WEEKEND RESPITE WORKERS NEEDED. Full weekends in your home. Applicants must have exp. with the developmental disabilities population. Your home must pass safety inspection. Top pay. Please visit www.rayoflighthomes.com/Hom e.html for an application or call 828-683-7712 for more info. WNC GROUP HOMES FOR AUTISTIC PERSONS provides residential services for people with autism and developmental disabilities. We are currently recruiting for full and part time positions in direct care, as well as a Group Home Manager. Applicants must have HS Diploma or equivalent, and a valid Driver’s License. Group Home Manger applicants must have experience in management and/or Intermediate Care Facilities. Find out more by visiting our website: www.wncgrouphomes.org or stop in at 28 Pisgah View Ave in Asheville, or call Gaby at 274.8368. WNC Group Homes is proud to be a drug free workplace.

Professional/ Management APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT (ASAP) Seeks an experienced Program Coordinator and a Communications Coordinator. Please visit asapconnections.org for details and application. INSURANCE SALES Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Bankers Life and Casualty Company is a growing insurance company and needs skilled licensed professionals. Agents are trained in a nationally recognized program and earn an average of $35,000 to $75,000 per year with opportunity to earn bonuses totaling over $30,000 per quarter. Call Brittany at 828-350-8002 ext 0 or email: brittanybarrett@bankerslife.com to apply. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Western North Carolina environmental non-profit of 10 years seeking an energetic and creative Executive Director. Flexible 30 hr./wk. Visit website for more information and job description www.j-mca.org. MANAGER OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is seeking full-time Manager of Volunteer Services. This position supervises Volunteer Services staff and directs the volunteer program. The position requires related experience and public speaking skills. A minimum of 5 years experience in program development and management a must. Details at www.ashevillehabitat.org. Competitive salary and benefits package. For consideration, please e-mail cover letter and resume to jobs@ashevillehabitat.org or mail resume to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadow Road, Asheville, NC 28803. No phone calls or walkins accepted. EEO

Teaching/ Education ARTSPACE CHARTER SCHOOL Is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year for the following positions: Special Education (working with elementary students) and 6th Grade Math and Science (must be certified in MS Math and Science or Elementary). Applicants Must have a current North Carolina teaching license in the area(s) for which they are applying. Applicants must be willing to work in a collaborative, integrated, experiential environment. Knowledge of the arts and arts integration strategies is preferred but not required. Please send resumes and cover letters to: resumes@artspacecharter.org with a subject heading that indicates the position for which you are applying. Deadline to apply: May 15. EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS Looking for a great place to work that offers training, benefits and opportunities for advancement? Mountain Area Child and Family Center is currently hiring for Teachers. Experienced, caring individuals with knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice needed. Must have prior experience with infants and toddlers. A degree in ECE, B-K, Child Development or related field required. Candidates completing a degree program may be considered. Applications are available at www.macfc.org 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. stonemountainschool.com

SUMMER CAMP EDUCATOR FOR THE COLBURN EARTH SCIENCE MUSEUMTEMPORARY • The Colburn Earth Science Museum at Pack Place in downtown Asheville is seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and fun science educator to join our team this summer for our science-themed day camps. Job candidate must have patience, a do-whatever-ittakes attitude and be willing to have silly, messy fun. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 - 5:30 July - mid August. Candidate must have previous experience with elementary-age children in an educational setting and clean driving and criminal records. Holding a Teaching License and Environmental Educator Certification is a plus, as is having CPR and First Aid Certification. Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of Executive Director Kathleen O. Davis: kodavis@colburnmuseum.org. FAX: (828) 257-4505.. Or mail: Colburn Earth Science Museum P.O. Box 1617 Asheville, NC 28802 No phone calls, please. TEACHER SUBSTITUTES Mountain Area Child and Family Center is currently hiring for substitutes. Qualified applicants must be experienced, caring individuals with knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice. Applications are available at www.macfc.org YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 - $13/hour Please visit our web site for details: www.ymcawnc.org

Jobs Wanted ELDERLY HOME CARE Mature, 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. EARN INCOME PT/FT Around your schedule. Home based business. Full training. 919-225-6558.

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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. www.vitalitymassage.net (828) 255-4785.

#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. www.thecosmicgroove.com $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 • www.avlmassage.com 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. www.uhealth.net 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. www.shojiretreats.com

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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. www.ashevillehumane.org LOST DOG Lost Dog in Arden. Pit Bull Mix, Brindle color wearing blue collar approximately 80 pounds. Call Michele 561-693-8422 LOST BOXER DOG Female 8yo Boxer Ialli (ee-YA-lee). Fawn, Purple collar, no tags, microchip. Last seen Shelburne Rd. Reward. 901-275-4598 or 864-884-2639.

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

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MALE CAT GRAY TABBY LOST IN ALEXANDER Alexander Rd. & Old Hwy 20- recently altered, fur still shaved. Approx. 8 mos. old. Grey tabby, very sweet. 450-0722

Found Pets

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. FOUND FRIDAY APRIL 9 Merrimon and Murdock, North Asheville. • Black and white, adult male, Pointer mix, no collar, no chip. Call Asheville Humane Society: 253-6807 or 778-5318. HOUND SHEPHERD MIX Older male, neutered. Black and tan. Subaru collar, no tags. Found: Monday morning, April 19, corner Haywood Road and Louisiana Avenue, West Asheville. Please call: 216-3284.

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

WHIRLPOOL WASHER/DRYER • Like new. $150 each. One week only. 828-230-0965.

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

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Building Supplies FIREPLACE GAS LOGS Natural gas. Good condition. Runs well. Vented unit. (828) 273-5834.

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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 www.bwar.org

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

50cc Vento “Triton” 2007 Road Scooter. Good condition, runs well. Includes helmet and battery charger. $650, paid $1800. Call 337-0700.

For Sale 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 www.bwar.org

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