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Healthcare reform needs your voice Although “healthcare reform” was passed, the state is now making decisions about how North Carolina will respond to the new federal rules. The N.C. General Assembly is considering legislation that would put Blue Cross Blue Shield permanently on a board whose purpose it is to help small businesses and those who cannot afford health insurance. States are required to set up marketplaces where small businesses and people without health insurance [available] through their jobs will shop for coverage. Other seats would be reserved for two more insurance companies, the business community, the state medical society and the hospital association. The industry-sponsored bill (HB 115), introduced by Rep. Jerry Dockham, a Republican from Denton who until last year owned an insurance agency, would give Blue Cross a permanent seat on the marketplace’s governing board. This would perch Blue Cross in a powerful profitable position permanently. This should not happen. Citizens who have been affected by the high price of insurance or medical problems should have at least one seat on this board.
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For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at www.mountainx.com/cartoons It is time to start pushing for change on the state level. North Carolina has one of the strongest insurance lobbies in the country. Don’t let them benefit even more by others’ misfortunes while they deliver minimal to no benefits. A phone call or letter can make a difference. Go to this site, http://avl.mx/2y, to find out who represents you on a state level and how to contact them. — Kathy Kyle Hendersonville
Come off it, Moffitt I can’t believe the hubris of newly elected Buncombe County Rep. Tim Moffitt in attempting to rush through a bill (HB 471) in the North Carolina Legislature — without prior discussion with his constituents — that would drastically change the way Buncombe County is run. The bill, calling for county commissioners to be elected by district rather than countywide, as they have since 1791, also would expand the number of commissioners from five to seven — hardly the way to go in these tight economic times. A proposal of this magnitude and far-reaching effect should not proceed without community input and allowing Buncombe County residents a vote on the matter. Please let Tim Moffitt know we want a say in this through community discussion and a referendum. — Sharon Schuster Arden
Let Buncombe vote! A bill hurdling through the General Assembly [HB 471] will erase 220 years of Buncombe County tradition overnight without the consent of the Buncombe County residents that it will affect. People may have different opinions on Tim Moffitt’s proposal to expand the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners and allow people fewer votes. In 2007, when Asheville tried to change the way elections were run, a referendum
revealed the voters didn’t want it. That’s why I think there ought to be a referendum this time as well, so Buncombe voters can decide whether they want the change or not. We don’t need Raleigh telling us how we can vote for our local representation. Let Buncombe vote! — Martha Julie Sherman Asheville
Like it or not, cyclists are here to stay I would like to personally and publicly thank the individual who decided it was necessary to throw and hit me in the back with a full plastic water bottle from the passenger seat of a truck while I was on the side of Blue Ridge Road in Black Mountain on Good Friday afternoon, trying to fix my broken bicycle. I was off the road, three miles from my house, and was not in anyone’s way. I also wanted to let you know that it’s a good thing I didn’t get your license-plate number because I could have had you charged with assault and battery, as I had a witness who had just pulled up to generously offer me assistance. I suppose I should be glad it was only a full plastic water bottle and not a shotgun. It’s such a shame that hostile people like you live in this area, and it’s too bad you have such an immature attitude toward cyclists, because whether you like it or not, we’re here to stay. Happy Strive Not to Drive week! — Melanie Ross Black Mountain
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This is your captain speaking... Speak up now to protect your national forests by Mark Shelley Storm clouds collide as lightning seems to surround the airplane — immediately followed by the ear-splitting, heart-stopping reverberation of thunder booming through the cabin. Gusts of wind buffet the plane mercilessly, and maintaining elevation is becoming a life-threatening struggle. As the plane labors under the weight of crew, cargo and passengers, it begins losing altitude steadily — and the need to lighten the load becomes painfully obvious. Outside of some dark comedy, one wouldn’t think of pushing the pilot out the door of a distressed plane. This scenario reminds me of a line from the movie Airplane, when the flight attendant tells the passengers: “There’s no reason to be alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” No sensible solution would involve jettisoning, say, the engine or the wings. Resources vital to the plane’s continued safe operation would definitely not be at the top of any list of items earmarked for dropping into the drink. Back on the ground, however, we now find ourselves in a similar situation as the nation’s economic engine sputters and stalls, faltering beneath its own weight. Or perhaps pilot error is partly to blame? Initiatives aimed at cutting proven environmental safeguards to achieve short-term budget savings may temporarily lift our threatened craft but will ultimately result in an abrupt and unscheduled landing far short of the intended destination. Many of the federal- and state-level cuts now being proposed in the guise of budget reduction and trimming bloated government will immediately compromise the nation’s basic infrastructure — costing us much more in the long run. We simply cannot afford to dawdle as the plane continues its unstable and mostly downward trajectory. It’s important to have rules in place so we can proceed with the public interest at the forefront. And it’s incumbent upon those passengers with any lick of sense to hit the button and notify the stewardess immediately.
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We simply cannot afford to dawdle as the plane continues its unstable and mostly downward trajectory. Sure, it seems like a hassle to ensure that your tray table is stowed, that any carry-on items are secure beneath the seat in front of you, and that your seat back is in the upright position. But if one suddenly needed to quickly exit the aircraft, these rules would make a lot of sense. The same holds true for the rules governing how we manage our treasured national forests. These public lands belong to all Americans, providing us with clean drinking water, healthy air and opportunities to experience wildlife and nature. “Surely, you can’t be serious.” “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley!” This is a critical time for forest policy. Despite increasing worries in every other part of our lives these days, there’s bipartisan public support for land conservation and for maintaining the integrity of our public lands. The national forests of the Southern Appalachians, along with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are the most contiguous, unfragmented green spaces in the region, providing all of us with innumerable health, economic and ecological benefits. Given the importance of these lands both to our region and to the nation as a whole, we must keep strong rules in place, giving clear guidance to those responsible for managing these properties — i.e. keeping our “plane” aloft and steady, and protecting the investment in this country’s natural capital for years to come. In the wake of debate over widespread, destructive activities that were then being broadly applied, the National Forest Management Act of 1976 was designed to counter further damage to natural ecosystems on public lands. President Obama’s recently released proposal for revising the law would replace the rules (developed in 1982) that now govern these lands — including the Southeast’s much-recovered national forests. The planning rule now under consideration will provide the guidelines within which all national forests develop and adopt their forest plans. A balanced, science-based approach will ensure that the brook trout and black bear can thrive, and that our children (and theirs) can experience wildlife and wilderness adventures while continuing to benefit from the clean air and
water our public lands provide — not to mention the employment opportunities and resources for local communities. “This is your captain speaking, I have turned on the fasten-seatbelts sign, as we expect some turbulence ahead. I’ve also decided to turn the controls of this craft over to you passengers.” Public participation in forest planning is critical for a number of reasons — not least of which is ensuring that all voices are heard. The draft forest plan rule is open to public scrutiny and comment through Monday, May 16. It’s imperative that the agency hear from those who understand the value of public forests. These officials need to know that you want a planning rule that includes strong water-quality and wildlife-protection standards, a commitment to applying the best available science, and an open process that makes it easy for the public to participate. The time is now. “Flight attendants, please prepare for takeoff.” X
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by David Forbes It began with the airport — specifically, with proposed state legislation that would take the Asheville Regional Airport away from the city without compensation. The bill also calls for beefing up the existing Airport Authority, which would then assume ownership of the facility. In addition, the proposed law would increase Henderson County’s representation on the Authority’s board while reducing Asheville’s. Currently, Asheville and Buncombe County each appoint three board members, who collectively choose an at-large member; Henderson County has traditionally been allotted that seat. Under the proposed law, Asheville, Buncombe
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Taking off: State legislation that would hand the Asheville Regional Airport from the city to an independent authority met unanimous opposition on Council. photo by Jonathan Welch
and Henderson would each be allotted two appointees, who would collectively select a seventh, at-large member. But at the Asheville City Council’s April 26 meeting, discussion of that measure quickly snowballed into more general Council opposition to the General Assembly’s tactics. Calling the airport bill “concerning,” Vice Mayor Brownie Newman made a motion criticizing the taking of city property, Asheville’s reduced representation, a provision prohibiting elected officials from serving on the Authority’s board, and the failure to consult with city government. Council member Jan Davis favored harsher language, noting, “This is a transfer of property without even being involved in a conversation about how it happens. I’d like to use a stronger word than ‘concerned.’” “Uh, ‘really concerned?’ We’ll use a bold font,” Newman replied. “I’m shocked that something like this did actually gain momentum and go without a much better public conversation,” Council member Bill Russell observed. The airport, he noted, “was built with funds from city taxpayers.” Mayor Terry Bellamy also weighed in, saying she strongly opposes both the proposed legislation and the whole idea of an independent airport authority. “This independent-authority bill was introduced without any conversation with the city
and what we think about it,” she said. “There was no common courtesy in Asheville, even though we have a vested interest. There was nothing. If we accept this, we’re saying that writing bills about a municipality without its consent is OK, and I think that’s wrong.” “How can we lose a seat on the board we helped create without even a conversation?” Bellamy added. “If it’s the airport today, what is it tomorrow?” Newman, on the other hand, said he could support an independent airport authority in theory — because many of the facility’s rules are actually set at the federal level — but not in the form now being proposed. All three of Buncombe County’s state representatives — Democrats Patsy Keever and Susan Fisher plus Republican Tim Moffitt — joined Henderson County Republican Chuck McGrady in sponsoring the bill. Council member Esther Manheimer wondered if the forced transfer of the airport to an independent authority is even legal, and City Attorney Bob Oast said he was looking into it. To the outraged Council members, the proposed airport legislation was only the latest in a series of attempts by state legislators to impose radical changes on local government without consultation or consent. The resolution opposing the airport legislation was unanimously approved. Council member Gordon Smith cited legis-
“This is a transfer of property without even being involved in a conversation about how it happens.” — Council member Jan Davis on airport proposal
lation proposed by Moffitt to undo the city’s 2005 Biltmore Lake annexation. Approved by the House earlier this month, Moffitt’s bill is now before the state Senate. Another bill proposed by Moffitt would initiate district elections for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The lack of a local referendum has sparked criticism, and the current commissioners — who likewise weren’t consulted — have unanimously condemned the proposal. “This illuminates what we’re facing with the leadership in the Statehouse right now,” said Smith. “There are things moving that they’re not asking for input on when it’s going to affect all of the citizens of the city. It seems to me we may be coming to a time when we need to let Raleigh know we’d like to be included in these conversations. We want to be included in decisions that are being made about the people of the city of Asheville.” Bellamy agreed, and Smith read a motion declaring the General Assembly’s recent overall behavior toward Asheville “antithetical to principles of representative democracy.” Council member Cecil Bothwell seconded the motion, but Smith agreed to postpone it after Newman said he’d like time to review the wording.
Proposed budget holds the line on tax rate
In advance of a planned May 10 public hearing, City Manager Gary Jackson and Administrative Services Director Lauren Bradley presented the proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins July 1. And though property- and sales-tax revenues have seen a modest increase in recent months, this has been offset by a drop in permit fees tied to the still-sluggish economy, meaning the budget picture for next year remains challenging. At $132 million, next year’s projected total spending is 0.61 percent less than the current bottom line. The lion’s share of the reduction results from eliminating 15 staff positions, most of which had been either frozen or vacant due to retirement. Fee increases are also being recommended to help balance the budget without further cuts. Funding for some capital items, such as sidewalks and greenways, would actually be increased, thanks to the retirement of some prior capital debt. According to staff, other savings would be achieved via changes to the city’s health plan, such as capping contributions, adding wellness incentives and expanding preventive-care clinic hours. And even though the state is expected to cut $600,000 in contributions to the transit system, that loss should be offset by $500,000 transferred from parking-fund revenues. The key point stressed was maintaining the
current property-tax rate — or, as both Jackson and Bradley put it, “living within our means.” “We have seen some positive signs in the economy, and the decline in revenues is not as sharp as previous years,” Bradley told Council. “Not every decision made in this recommended budget has been easy, but we feel Asheville is in the third year of weathering an economy that isn’t as strong as we hoped it would be. The goal for this year was to maintain the tax rate and not propose an increase.” Thanks to some modest signs of recovery, she noted, Asheville has managed to avoid some of the hard choices other municipalities have had to make, such as layoffs or major cuts in services. For his part, Jackson said the budget had been put together “without playing games. This is a remarkable upgrade from past budget documents and budget processes,” he said. “We’ve done this in a businesslike fashion, without any unnecessary friction: Everyone has worked together.” Following the May 10 public hearing and any final tweaking, Council is scheduled to vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 24.
Leicester incorporation endorsed
In other business, Council: • Conditionally approved a two-year exemption from property taxes for Weirbridge Village, a 280unit apartment complex planned for south Asheville. The exemption is the first to be approved under Council’s new sustainablehousing incentives policy. To qualify for the exemption, the project must meet its stated goals: 140 units of work-force housing, 14 affordable-housing units, Energy Star certification and siting near a major transit line. Council approved the incentives 5-1, with Bothwell on the short end. He expressed general support for the project but said he opposes these types of incentives in general. Manheimer recused herself due to her law firm’s involvement in the project. • Narrowly endorsed the proposed incorporation of Leicester on a 4-3 vote, while noting concerns about the inclusion of an area along the Leicester Highway. Much reduced from the original 2008 proposal, which would have made Leicester one of the biggest municipalities in the state, the current proposal still calls for a 24-square-mile town — more than half the size of Asheville — with a mere 11,000 people. Bothwell, Davis and Newman opposed the plan, questioning the wisdom of incorporating large tracts of undeveloped rural land. To become law, the proposal must be approved by both the General Assembly and a referendum in Leicester. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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had a wonderful ship. Itâ€™s taken us to many places, but without dedicated fuel, weâ€™re either going to dry-dock or weâ€™re going to be stranded out at sea,â€? Scotto told the board. â€œIf we received the funding that weâ€™re due from the county, then we would be in a balanced position right now.â€? And five days later, County Attorney Michael Frue raised the bar, asserting in an April 25 memo that the countyâ€™s agreement with the nonprofit had expired more than a year before. At this writing, the Media Center was reportedly planning to remain in operation at least through the first week of May while continuing discussions with officials at the state attorney generalâ€™s office and â€œwith lawyers who might work pro bono,â€? according to Horn. â€œWeâ€™ve got a lot of irons in the fire,â€? he declared. â€œIf we go down, weâ€™re going to go down fighting.â€?
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At the heart of the dispute are conflicting interpretations of a 2006 law shifting the authority to issue cable-TV franchises from local governments to the state. A tax is levied on video service providersâ€™ gross receipts, and the N.C. Department of Revenue then doles out shares of the money to cities and counties. A portion of those funds must be used to operate any qualifying PEG (public, educational or government) channels. That money, however, comes in two streams â€” regular and supplemental PEG funding â€” and according to Frueâ€™s memo, the two are treated differently under state law. Cities and counties with more than one PEG channel are free to decide how to divvy up the regular PEG funding among them, the memo asserts, as long as they collectively receive a specified percentage of the money the state provides. Supplemental PEG funding, on the other hand, must be shared equally. Prepared (and made public) at the request of Board of Commissioners
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More than just a job: As URTV faces a possible shut down, Operations Manager Jonathon Czarny says heâ€™s willing to work without pay for a while if it helps keep the public access station on the air. photo by Jonathan Welch
Chair David Gantt, the memo explains that even though the county has continued to certify URTV as a PEG channel, the management agreement expired Feb. 1, 2010, â€œdue to the failure of URTV to request an extension.â€? Since that time, the memo notes, â€œCounty government has made the decision to distribute the tax revenue [about $81,500 to date] to its governmental access channel, BCTV.â€? The Media Center sees things differently, however â€” and cites the same state law (which was revised in 2008 in an attempt to clarify PEG fund distribution) in making its case. Section 2 of the law, the nonprofit notes, requires local governments to â€œcontinue the same level of support for the PEG channels and public stationsâ€? that existed in 2006. As for the managing agreement, Horn says the county â€œnever canceled our contract,â€? citing a clause in the document which states: â€œIf a new agreement is not in place at the expiration of this Agreement, it is understood by the County and the Contractor [URTV] that this Agreement will remain in place until such time as a new Agreement is signed or the Contractor is terminated.â€? Asked about the discrepancy, Frue responded: â€œYou canâ€™t read a contract by looking at one sentence in a several-page document, and I think thatâ€™s the mistake they made. â€Ś They teach you in law school to read the
“It’s a bad situation. … We just disagree on the interpretation of the law.” — Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt
four corners of the instrument.” Horn, however, says: “We’re going to submit to them a document demanding payment and then take legal recourse to demand back payment. We stand by the law of the N.C. Department of Revenue.” Meanwhile, a draft document obtained by Xpress may shed additional light on the Media Center’s current position. In a draft of a “demand for payment” dated April 28, the nonprofit said it had been underpaid by several hundred thousand dollars between 2007 and the first half of 2011, once again threatening legal action if the money wasn’t received within five days. As this issue went to press, however, the letter was apparently still being revised and hadn’t yet been sent to the commissioners.
Show me the money
Financial concerns are nothing new for the station, which also threatened to shut down last May due to the county’s withholding funds. At the June 15, 2010 Board of Commissioners meeting, however, John Howell of Telecommunications Consulting Associates, who advises the county on media issues, revealed that the county was about to distribute to the station $48,000 in PEG funds that he said had been lost in a “black hole,” enabling URTV to continue operations. Asked about that statement recently, Howell told Xpress that, due to paperwork issues, the county hadn’t realized it was legally required to distribute the money to URTV until that time. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010, the station received $86,134 in PEG funds from the county, according to an independent audit of the nonprofit by the Asheville-based accounting firm of Corliss & Solomon. During the same period, URTV also received $60,000 in PEG funds from the city of Asheville as well as in-kind support (use of city-owned equipment) valued at $36,932, according to the audit. A mix of registration fees, classes, donations and other moneys rounded out the center’s $210,872 total revenue that year. According to URTV, the PEG moneys it receives from the county have dropped from $132,267 in 2006 to a projected $14,636 for fiscal year 2011.
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The county largely blames the declining funding on the 2006 state law. And at the June 15, 2010 Board of Commissioners meeting, Howell said, “The state basically threw PEG funding under the bus.” But at the April 5, 2011 Board of Commissioners meeting, the Media Center’s appeal for additional support fell on deaf ears. The county, asserted Howell, was meeting its legal obligations, and neither party should expect any additional PEG funds from the state beyond what had already been projected.
Two weeks later, as Media Center producers and board members once again pleaded with the commissioners for more funding, their tone shifted somewhat, as Horn, reading from a press release the nonprofit had also distributed among the audience, explained: “WNCCMC will not be closing its doors at this time as originally announced. The Board ... is looking at legal and financial obligations and responsibilities of due process. Due to moneys owed WNCCMC and the fiscal responsibility (culpability) by contract with Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, WNCCMC requests that bills and funds be paid.” And during the nonprofit’s April 20 board meeting, Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse reported that as of April 30, the organization would be “minus and have bills that will not be paid. It’s impossible to cut expenses,” she asserted. “We’re only spending what we’re required to spend under contract.”
A bad situation
URTV has an ally in Chad Johnston, the executive director of affiliated public-access stations in Chapel Hill and Durham, who says he “helped write the legislation” governing PEG funds as a member of the N.C. Coalition for Community Media Centers. “We worked really hard to make sure there was some do-not-harm language in there,” Johnston recalls. “It sounds like the county is interpreting the law incorrectly. … They should be speaking with the attorney general and the secretary of state.” And though both Howell and Frue have said that PEG funding dried up when the state assumed control of cable franchises and the resulting tax revenues, Johnston paints a decidedly different picture. “PEG funding hasn’t been hurt” at the Chapel Hill station, he says. “As a matter of fact, we’re actually a little better off under the state model,” adding that the station’s annual budget is roughly equivalent to URTV’s. Gantt, meanwhile, says he trusts the opinion of the county’s legal and technical advisers, though he concedes that “It’s a bad situation. … We just disagree on the interpretation of the law.” Gantt also says he “continues to be a big proponent of URTV,” adding, “I think it’s extremely important to have a place where anyone can go and get their message and thoughts out to the community as a whole. … I hope the [nonprofit’s] board will come up with some creative way to stay alive.” That doesn’t sit well with Jonathon Czarny, the station’s operations manager, however. “You can’t reduce funding by 90 percent and say, ‘Good luck: We support you,’” he declares. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at email@example.com.
publicforum URTV, Buncombe County’s publicaccess channel, can be found on Charter Communications Channel 20; it’s also streamed over the Internet from the station’s website. Since its inception in 2001, the nonprofit has grown to encompass an Internet radio station, classes, youth camps and more. After paying a yearly producer fee ($100 for adults, $50 for students and seniors) and completing orientation programs, members can use the center’s facilities at no additional charge to produce their own programming for broadcast. It’s all part of the organization’s mission to “provide a public forum for a free exchange of ideas to build community dialogue,” Operations Manager Jonathon Czarny explains. “Our job is to enable and empower people to express themselves.”
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Over the years, “Facility use has gone through the roof,” reports Czarny (who started working there soon after the station opened its doors). Using software to assign a dollar value to equipment use by URTV’s producers, Czarny calculated that it would have cost them $1.14 million last year to rent comparable equipment for the same amount of time. That’s up from $373,835.49 in 2007. “The return on investment is profound,” he asserts. Producers have used those resources to create and broadcast content ranging from Christian and other religious programming to music, cooking and political talk shows spanning a myriad of viewpoints. Czarny calls the The Global Report the station’s “biggest success story.” The weekly news show, which replaced the former Asheville Global Report newspaper, began broadcasting on URTV in 2007 and was quickly picked up by Free Speech TV on the DISH and DIRECTV satellite networks — potentially reaching up to 26 million homes nationwide, according to the program’s website. For Czarny, however, working at the station is “not just a job: It’s something I really believe in. If I have to volunteer here at the end until the situation is settled, I have no problem doing that. … The work needs to be done, and the community deserves it.” — J.F.
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Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell’s decision to run against Rep. Heath Shuler in the 2012 Democratic primary made the top online news at mountainx.com last week. Bothwell had previously announced he’d run against Shuler as an independent. In “Bothwell Now Running Against Shuler as a Democrat,” Xpress Reporter David Forbes quotes Bothwell: “I’ve heard from hundreds of people, from WNC to Washington, D.C., who believe the most likely path to success is up the middle instead of trying for an end-run. Groups are smarter than individuals, and I’m following advice gleaned from a wide network of friends and supporters.” According to Forbes’ analysis, “Bothwell would have faced some heavy obstacles getting on the ballot as an unaffiliated candidate. Under North Carolina law, he would need a petition with signatures from 4 percent of the congressional district’s registered voters.” While some online readers commented that Bothwell was “waffling,” user Davyne remarked, “It’s a big decision, and as more is revealed during big decision time, the frustrations and disappointments [have] led to a desire
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to be part of a change in direction.” Indy499 responded that this was “great spin” on Davyne’s part, while Mick Ballantine said that “Cecil will only drain Shuler’s war chest and make him an even bigger target for the Republican candidate.” R.Bernier, meanwhile, asked only that Bothwell be sure to debate Shuler.
loss of a faster, safer rail line between Charlotte and Raleigh in the long run.’ That line, he emphasized, is important to any future service to Asheville because that connection point is on the Charlotte/ Raleigh line slated for upgrading.’” A five-term Democrat, Rapp has long been involved with efforts and committees related to improved rail service.
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Local politics matter
In our weekly online Statehouse coverage, Contributing Editor Nelda Holder reported that Rep. Ray Rapp of Mars Hill isn’t happy with what Republicans are doing to mass transit. House Bill 422 would “prohibit the N.C. Department of Transportation from accepting any funds from the federal government for a high-speed rail project without explicit approval from the General Assembly. And while the bill saw some proposed modifications in committee, Rapp [called] it a ‘frontal assault on public transportation in North Carolina,’” Holder reported in the April 25 post “Backtracking on Rails: A Legislative Reversal.” Rapp claims that the funding restrictions risk the loss of “’4,800 jobs in the short term and the
In other political news, the race for three seats on the Asheville City Council warmed up. East Asheville neighborhood advocate Chris Pelly announced he would run this fall — so did Greenway Commission Chair Marc Hunt and local engineer Mark Cates. But “All three Council incumbents up for reelection — Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, Jan Davis and Bill Russell — tell Xpress that they remain undecided about running for another term,” according to the April 30 mountainx. com blog post “City Council Field Shapes Up: Candidates Declare, Incumbents Undecided.” — by Margaret Williams
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On the chopping block
State budget cuts target environmental programs by Susan Andrew It’s a volatile point in the state’s budgeting process, and like their colleagues in other state agencies, employees of North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources can only watch as legislators, led by a recently installed GOP majority, plan massive cuts to close an estimated $2.6 billion shortfall. DENR, which handles everything from forest and wildlife conservation to permits regulating air and water pollution, has been a focal point for Republican leaders determined to close the budget gap solely through reduced spending, without seeking any added revenues. One proposal calls for cutting 18 of 97 employees in the agency’s Swannanoa office, including staffers from the Air Quality Division and the Aquifer Protection Section. The plan also targets the Mooresville office, whose Inactive Hazardous Sites Branch staffers cover North Carolina’s western counties (see “Hidden Hazards,” Jan. 12 Xpress). Given the hundreds of hazardous sites awaiting cleanup (including some 50 in
Buncombe County alone), such cuts could further postpone needed action, observers say. According to some DENR staffers, GOP lawmakers are taking aim at every environmental program that isn’t federally mandated. But that approach could threaten things like the Soil & Water Conservation Districts, the Air Toxics Program and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, which enables purchases of tracts of land to protect public water supplies. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural and Economic Resources proposes slashing the trust fund’s budget by 80 percent, from $50 million to $10 million. Diana Kees, DENR’s communications director, says her agency has just completed its first stab at tallying those positions supported by state funds without federal matching dollars. “These people are under a considerable amount of stress,” she notes. “They know their jobs are being targeted.” In the Asheville office, the list includes staff from the Inactive Hazardous Sites Branch, the one-stop permitting program (which helps businesses and individuals navigate environmental
Disaster mappers: DENR geologist Rick Wooten examines a large crack that opened in a Macon County driveway when the slope shifted last spring. The house beyond was later condemned. DENR’s Landslide Mapping Program helps property owners avoid building in landslide-prone areas, but its future is uncertain. Photo courtesy of NC Geologic Survey
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ecocalendar Calendar for May 4 - 12, 2011 Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues. Info: www.ashevillegreendrinks.com. • WEDNESDAYS - Socializing begins at 5:30pm, followed by a presentation at 6pm. Held at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave., in downtown Asheville. Fair Trade Fashion Show & Consignment Sale • SA (5/7), 1-4pm - Celebrate World Fair Trade Day at a fair-trade fashion show, featuring men’s, women’s and children’s clothing from Ghana, India and Nepal. Held at The Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville. Sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages and Old North State. Info: email@example.com. WNC 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
requirements), the landslide-hazard mapping program (which helps communities reduce landslide risks), as well as some administrative positions, Kees reports. Lawmakers supporting these severe cuts say they’re needed to eliminate redundancies, arguing that the current permit-review process takes too long. Some evidence, however, suggests a more general hostility toward any kind of environmental regulation. Rep. Roger West, a Republican from Cherokee who co-chairs the House subcommittee that prepares DENR’s budget, has previously butted heads with environmental regulators at the agency, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh (“DENR Weighs Effect of Cuts,” April 19, 2011). On more than one occasion, West has proposed legislation cutting the jobs of enforcement staff who’d issued citations against businesses favored by West for airand water-quality violations, the paper reports. The way Julie Mayfield of the Western North Carolina Alliance sees it, “The legislative majority has made it clear that they are interested in doing only the very minimum needed to comply with federal law.” Mayfield, the local environmental group’s director, says, “Stripping DENR of anybody who isn’t absolutely critical to federal environmental programs is one way to do that. You don’t even have to touch the authorizing legislation — you just get rid of the people.” Environmental advocates are particularly concerned about the push to downsize DENR’s Division of Environmental Health, which investigates potential environmental violations reported by residents. Mayfield worries about a future in which, for instance, property owners call DENR about contaminated ground water and “No one answers the phone.” Rep. Patsy Keever, a Buncombe County Democrat, shares those concerns. “Being the environmental tree-hugger that I am … it just brings you to tears almost,” she says. “What are these people thinking? It’s such a different mindset. I’m used to my beloved Asheville, where people care about the environment.” Not all Republican lawmakers support gutting environmental oversight, however. Sen. Jim
explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Info: www.nc.sierraclub.org/wenoca or 251-8289. • WE (5/4), 7-9pm - Monthly meeting, featuring a discussion of off-shore wind energy and economic development for North Carolina with Brian O’Hara, president of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition. Held at the Asheville Unitarian Church, on the corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place. World Fair Trade Week • TH (5/12), 7-9:30pm - A screening of Black Gold: Wake up and Smell the Coffee, “about the winners and losers in the global coffee trade.” Held at Ten Thousand Villages, 303 Lookout Road in Montreat. Info: 669-1406.
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Davis, who represents Haywood and Cherokee counties, notes, “I have heard no one suggest that DENR is not providing a necessary and vital function to North Carolina. ... Our job is to make sure we target the cuts to those programs that will least affect the core functions of state government.” And Rep. Chuck McGrady, a Henderson County Republican, says that if the proposed cuts to DENR are approved, he wonders how the state will issue permits, assess and remediate sites, and perform other key functions. When it comes to environmental issues, notes McGrady, “The Senate is on even more of a tear than the House.” No one disputes the need to balance the budget, but some observers question whether state GOP leaders have thought through the potential impact of the proposed cuts. “There are a lot of economic challenges, most of them not related to regulation,” says Robin Smith, the state’s assistant secretary for the Environment. “We know that having clean air and a clean and plentiful water supply are important to economic development in this state.” Mayfield puts it more bluntly, asserting, “It’s a false choice. We are one of the most highly regulated countries, and we still have thriving business. We did not have a mass exodus of business and industries when the Clean Air and Clean Water acts came online. Environmental regulations have only helped this country prosper.” Of course, at this stage in the budget process, things can change quickly, as proposals move on and off the table overnight. After the various House committees finalize their proposals during the first week of May, Statehouse members will vote on the whole package; meanwhile, the Senate will be developing its own budget proposal. The two legislative bodies will then hammer out a reconciliation. The full Legislature is expected to vote on the final budget in June; the new fiscal year begins July 1. X Send your local environmental news to Susan Andrew (251-1333, ext. 153, or sandrew@mountainx. com).
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It’s garden season in Western North Carolina. While festivals, plant sales and the like abound in the Asheville area, nearby Waynesville has its own event — the ninth annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing, to be held in Frog Level on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. (For the uninitiated, this national historic area lies where Richland Creek and the railroad lines skirt downtown Waynesville; before the railroad arrived in 1884, the area was “essentially a swampland,” hence the name.) Haywood County’s premier spring festival, the Bloomin’ kicks off the growing season with an offering of beautiful flowering baskets, vegetable and herb starts, berry bushes and potted ornamental plants. And local artisans will feature a wide range of natureinspired gifts and crafts, such as baskets and birdhouses, soaps and stemware, pottery and jewelry, metal sculptures and flower planters and more. Food vendors will be on hand with fresh cheeses, homemade preserves and jellies, barbecue, burgers, veggie wraps, ice cream and desserts all day long. Live music features local musicians and dancers, including Chris Minick, Caleb Burress, Lorraine Conard, Bostic Yard, Josh Fields, Ian Moore, The Ross Brothers & Cousins and cloggers the Smoky Mountain Stompers. And don’t forget Frog Level businesses, which offer a diverse range of products and services including antiques and antique repair, fine art and home furnishings, massage therapy, tattooing, gourmet coffees and foods and much more. Haywood County Master Gardeners will also be present to answer all of your gardening questions, and there will be numerous children’s activities, such as face painting and
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Keeping winter at bay: Lest you think camellias thrive only in the Deep South, some coldhardy varieties are suitable for Western North Carolina’s lower elevations. seed planting. Parking is available at Haywood Builders, St. John’s Catholic Church, the VFW upper parking lot and the public parking deck on Branner Avenue.
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Need information about agritourism for your farm? On Thursday, May 19, there’s a workshop in Henderson County at Coston Farm. The event is cosponsored by the Agritourism Networking Association and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Agritourism is a “commercial enterprise at a working farm, ranch, or agricultural plant conducted for the enjoyment of visitors that generates supplemental income for the owner,” according to the state’s new agritourism website. “Other terms often used for this segment of farming are agri-tainment ... farms to visit or entertainment farming. Agritourism is growing in popularity because consumers are interested in farm experiences or connecting with their local source of farm products.” Agritourism enterprises include: • On-farm direct sales (u-pick, roadside stands, CSAs) • Educational tours, demonstrations and school groups (wineries, animal fiber spinning, cheese making, cooking classes) • Seasonal activities or festivals (corn maze, sleigh rides, hayrides, barn dances) • Nature-based tourism (birding, hunting, fishing, ecology, garden walks) • Outdoor recreation (horseback riding, hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting)
• Rural or heritage tours and demonstrations (Historic re-creations, antique farm equipment, etc.) • Hospitality services (”haycations” or farm stays, weddings, bed and– breakfasts, guided tours) These activities are a way for farmers to market themselves as well as their products. Inviting customers on the farm for various farm-related activities can result in the sale of additional farm products. For more information, see wncveggies.blogspot. com/p/agritourism.html. For May 19 registration information, see ncagr.gov/markets/agritourism.
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If you’ve ever pined for camellias, well, pine no more. New cultivars have arrived in Western North Carolina and they are tough, cold-resistant and dazzling. Local nursery B.B. Barns held a seminar one recent Saturday, and I went to check it out. I associate camellias with warmer climes in the Deep South, where it blooms in late winter. But the flowering tree is an Asian native that’s related to the tea plant (C. sinensis), and there are cold-hardy varieties, I learned at the seminar. With names like April Tryst, Pink Icicle, Snow Flurry and Carolina Moonmist, my desire to plant this winter bloomer was more than whetted. All told, 60 varieties of camellias have been identified that tolerate the zone-6 mountain climate here in the Asheville area. — Cinthia Milner For B.B. Barns seminars, see bbbarns.com. X
gardeningcalendar Calendar for May 4 - 12, 2011 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 (5/6), 6pm - Author and gardening expert Peter Loewer will give a presentation on seeds and answer questions about gardening. Flat Rock Tailgate Market • THURSDAYS, 3-6pm - Locally-grown produce and much more will be available at this weekly market, held in the parking area behind the Cherry Cottage and next to Hubba Hubba Smoke House along Little Rainbow Row in Flat Rock. • Interested in becoming a vendor? Call 698-8775, 693-0781 or 698-8149. National Public Gardens Day • FR (5/6) - The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, gardens at Blue Ridge Community College and the N.C. Arboretum offer free admission. Info: www.nationalpublicgardensday.org. 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. • SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte St., Asheville. Transylvania Tailgate Market • SATURDAYS, 8am-noon - The market is located off East Main St., in downtown Brevard, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets. Info: 877-3796. Weaverville Garden Club Rummage Sale • SA (5/7), 8:30am-1pm - The Weaverville Garden Club rummage sale will be held at the Weaverville United Methodist Church, in the fellowship hall, 90 N. Main St. Plants, baked goods, clothes and slightly-used items will be offered. • Donations will be accepted on Friday, May 6, from 8am to 1:30pm. All proceeds benefit Weaverville beautification projects. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tailgate listings
WEDNESDAYS, 2-6pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 2:30-6:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, behind the yellow Community Center on Weaverville Highway. • THURSDAYS, 10am-2pm - Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, at the back entrance of Mission Hospital’s Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. • FRIDAYS, 4-7pm - Riceville Tailgate Market (starting May 20), Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot at the corner of Beverly Road and Tunnel Road. • SATURDAYS, 9am-noon - Big Ivy Tailgate Market, parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on Highway 197 —- 9am-noon - Black Mountain Tailgate Market (starting May 14), 130 Montreat Road —- The North Asheville Tailgate Market (on May 7) will be held from 10am-1pm at Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, 281 Edgewood Road (to accommodate the university’s commencement ceremony). • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Greenlife Sunday Market, at the Greenlife Grocery parking lot. • TUESDAYS, 3:30-6:30pm - West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Road, in the parking area between the Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank. Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival • SA (5/7), 9am-4pm - The ninth annual festival, featuring plants for the garden, starts, ornamental flowers, local crafts, live music, dancing and food, will be held in Waynesville’s Historic Frog Level District. Local farmers, artisans and nature-related professionals will be on hand. Family friendly. Interested in vending? Call 734-9777.
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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists Calendar for May 4 - 12, 2011 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday
Community Events & Workshops Hendersonville Horse and Carriage Tours • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS (Through 12/24) - Carolina Horse and Carriage Tours include a narrated history of Hendersonville. Meet in front of the Visitors Information Center,
201 S. Main St. $25 for two people, children under four are free. Info: 209-1099 Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) Info: 966-4097 or www.pari. edu. • SA (5/7), 10am-4pm - “Space Day” will feature hands-on educational activities, a StarLab presentation, Space Shuttle artifacts, think pieces of the Moon and Mars, a tour of the campus and more. Activities are suitable for all ages. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • SA (5/7), 9am - The 83rd annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on the college quad. Thomas W. Ross, president of the University of North Carolina system, will deliver the address and business and education leader C.D. Spangler will receive an honorary doctoral degree. Free and open to the public. Info: www. unca.edu/commencement.
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Calendar Information In order to qualify for a free listing, an event must cost no more than $40 to attend and be sponsored by and/or benefit a nonprofit. If an event benefits a business, it’s a paid listing. If you wish to submit an event for Clubland (our free live music listings), please e-mail email@example.com. Free Listings To submit a free listing: * Online submission form (best): http://www.mountainx.com/ events/submission * E-mail (second best): firstname.lastname@example.org * Fax (next best): (828) 251-1311, Attn: Free Calendar * Mail: Free Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), second floor, downtown Asheville. Please limit your submission to 40 words or less. Questions? Call (828) 251-1333, ext. 365. Paid Listings Paid listings lead the calendar sections in which they are placed, and are marked (pd.). To submit a paid listing, send it to our Classified Department by any of the following methods. Be sure to include your phone number, for billing purposes. * E-mail: email@example.com. * Fax: (828) 251-1311, Attn: Commercial Calendar * Mail: Commercial Calendar, Mountain Xpress, P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802 * In person: Classified Dept., Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St. (the Miles Building), Ste. 214, downtown Asheville. Questions? Call our Classified Department at (828) 251-1333, ext. 335.
Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or education@ wnchistory.org. • SU (5/8), noon-4pm Mothers will be treated to free admission, which includes a one-hour guided tour. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • SA (5/7), 10am-1pm - Create outdoor murals about the history of Transylvania County to celebrate its 150th anniversary. $5 per child.
Social & SharedInterest Groups Tuesday Nights! • Single And Looking For Something Fun? (pd.)Try AVL Speed Dating! Events start at 6:30pm and are held monthly at Neo Cantina (Biltmore Village) • Next events: • Tuesday, May 10, ages 3549 • June 14, 45+ age group. To make a reservation or for more info, call (828) 242-2555 or see AVLSpeedDating.com Older Lesbian Energy (OLE) (pd.) Meets second Saturday each month, 1pm, potluck and event planning. OLE: Fun group for lesbians over 50. • Join us! Information: Catherine: (828) 545-9698. Alpha Phi Alumnae • WE (5/11), 6pm - Asheville area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at El Pobre Mexican Restaurant, 1501 Patton Ave., in Asheville. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Asheville Singles Golf Association • 2nd TUESDAYS, 5:45pm - Singles who enjoy playing golf are invited to a social meeting at Travinia’s Italian Kitchen in Biltmore Park. Info: www.asheville.singlesgolf.com. CLOSER Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors. Providing entertainment, education and fellowship. Info: 776-0109. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library at All Souls Cathedral on All Souls Crescent in Asheville. Compassionate Communication Practice Group
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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. • SA (5/7), 2:30 - Members of the public are invited to two free presentations on ‘“Compassionate Communication: Skills for Transforming Conflict.” Held at Haywood County Library in Waynesville. Second presentation held on May 14 at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., in Waynesville. Info: (347) 673-3131. Concerned Bikers Association The A.B.A.T.E. of North Carolina, Buncombe County Chapter, is dedicated to protecting and promoting motorcyclist safety. “Let those who ride decide.” Info: 281-3613 or email@example.com. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Meet at Baba’s Restaurant, 1459 Merrimon Ave. Events at Wall Street Coffee House • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Game night will be held at 62 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. All are welcome to enjoy old-fashioned fun. New games are played each week. Info: http://on.fb. me/e4GpE8. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • TH (5/5), 6pm - Zeitgeist meeting. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 2990776, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.helioswarriors.org. • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners willing to offer a minimum of three hours per month of their service. Land of Sky Toastmasters Your success in business is based on how effective you are. Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department
weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted.
Join Brian O'Hara, president of the N.C. Offshore Wind Coalition, for a discussion of offshore wind energy and economic development at the WNC Sierra Club's meeting on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Held at the Asheville Unitarian Church, on the corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place. Info: nc.sierraclub.org/wenoca or 251-8289.
The public is invited to an auction of student and instructor work at the Penland School of Crafts, 67 Dora's Trail in Penland, on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. The auctions serve as "culminating celebrations of the work done in classes." Info: penland.org or 765-2359.
Enjoy the warmth of spring in some of WNC's most beautiful spaces on Friday, May 6 as The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, the gardens at Blue Ridge Community College and the N.C. Arboretum offer free admission in celebration of National Public Gardens Day. Info: nationalpublicgardensday.org.
Have a good time and help a good cause on Saturday, May 7 at the Hard Hats and High Heels Pub Strut, held in West Asheville to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The event begins at Tolliver's Crossing at 6 p.m. and ends with a free concert, featuring Jenna Lindbo, Kate McNally and Hannah Levin, at Altamont Brewing Company. Info: ashevillehabitat.org/news_events/AAHH_events.
Watercolors bring to mind broad swaths of color, but what if every shade was a deep rich brown? Artist Steven Mikel will demonstrate painting with coffee on Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held at the Grand Bohemian Gallery, 11 Boston Way, Asheville. Info: 398-5555 or grandbohemiangallery. com.
Penguins and tractors may live on different continents, but they will come together at Buncombe County libraries this May. The Dollywood Penguin Players will present Otis, a production about a happy-golucky tractor. A performance will take place at the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road, on Monday, May 9 at 2 p.m., with additional performances at various area libraries. Info: 250-4720.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy presents a plant ecology hike at the edge of Pisgah National Forest on Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. $10 for nonmembers. RSVP: email@example.com or 253-0095, ext. 205
or business, lead, delegate and motivate. $10/month. Info: www.landofskytoastmasters. org. • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meeting at the South Asheville Reuter YMCA. We Are Not Bashful • TH (5/12) - Just Us For All, an organization dedicated to educating “a broader realm of culture about LGBTQ issues and ideology,” presents the second annual We Are Not Bashful march, a public demonstration advocating for LGBTQ rights. Info: www.facebook.com/event. php? or sopersamantha@ yahoo.com. The WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) Operates out of the SmithMcDowell House Museum. Info: 253-9231. • SA (5/7), 11am - A Confederate Memorial Day ceremony and Civil War-era fashion show/tea party will be held. Costumed actors will fire a 21-gun salute. Refreshments and a fashion show featuring Cindy Austin of the Sara Lucinda Smith Chapter, describing the dresses and accessories of the era, will follow. $10 adults/$5
children/$5 for WNC Historical Association members. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government & Politics Buncombe County Republican Women A group dedicated to electing and supporting conservative Republicans. • TH (5/12), 11:30am - Meet at Cornerstone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road in Asheville. Following a short business meeting at noon, Mr. Robert Van Wagner, a member of the Buncombe County Board of Elections, will speak. Green Party Meeting • SA (5/7), 10am-Nnon - An open business meeting will be held upstairs in the Fortune Building, 729 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Info: 225-4347.
Seniors & Retirees 60+ Exercise Smarter (pd.) Learn better ways to exercise. Make every movement lighter, freer, easier. Personal attention, two instructors.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Noon-1:15pm. $15 or 10 sessions for $130. 117 Furman, Asheville. RSVP: 225-3786. www. FormFitnessFunction.com Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon-2pm - Potluck lunch, followed by bingo and other activities. All seniors are invited no matter how young or old. Call 6263434 for transportation. Fitness at Battery Park Apartments • FRIDAYS, 10:40-11:40am - Interested in fun exercise? Come get healthy! Chairs are available to accommodate all fitness levels. Located at 1 Battle Square, across from the Grove Arcade. Free. Info: 252-7397. N.C. Center for Creative Retirement Unless otherwise noted, these events and classes are held in the Manheimer Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. • FR (5/6), 11:30am - Fab Friday: “Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project,” a talk by
ASAP Executive Director Charlie Jackson.
Technology Are you fit for the Information Age? (pd.)It’s not how far you can run, it’s how long you can sit. Reset your internal software with Alexander Technique. Refresh! (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com
Business Ready To Buy, Sell or Lease A Restaurant In WNC? (pd.) We work exclusively with the food and beverage industry. • Contact National Restaurant Properties in Asheville: (828) 225-4801. jeffnra@bellsouth. net • www.restaurantstore. com A-B Tech Small Business Events Info & registration: 254-1921, ext. 5857 or www.abtech.edu/ sbc/jumpstart.asp. • TH (5/5), 6pm - “How to Successfully Sell Your Natural Products to Retailers and Wholesalers.” Topics include product pricing, promoting and selling products with small
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budgets, building relationships, researching and analyzing the market and the common obstacles to marketing and selling natural products. Info: http://abtech.edu/ce/registration/default.asp American Business Women’s Association ABWA brings together business women of diverse occupations to raise funds for local scholarships and enhance the professional and personal lives of its members. Info: www. abwaskyhy.com. • TH (5/5), 5:30-7:30pm - Meeting at Chef Mo’s, 900 Hendersonville Highway. Laurie Knowles, from OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling, will be the featured guest speaker. $5. Info: 7772229. Carolina Real Estate Investors Association • 2nd MONDAYS, 6-9pm - Learn about buying/selling, negotiating, income properties, creative financing, foreclosures and investment topics/tactics. This educational nonprofit association does not invest nor provide investment, legal or tax advice. $15 for nonmembers. Info: www.creianc.org. Herbal Medicine Making Series • THURSDAYS (5/12 through 5/26), 6:30-8:30pm - Learn how to make herbal remedies and medicines using a variety of techniques in this hands-on experiential class. Each class builds on the one before. Free. Info: herbalmedicinemakingseries.eventbrite.com. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to
improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., suite. 222. Info: 255-5166 or www. ontrackwnc.org. • WEDNESDAYS (Through 5/18), 5:30-8pm - “Manage Your Money.” The basics of budgeting, setting goals, planning spending to realize goals, saving strategies and tracking spending. • MONDAYS (Through 5/23), 5:30-8:30pm - HomeBuyer Education: A step-by-step explanation of the homebuying process. $35. • TU (5/10), 11am-12:30pm HomeBase Information Session: A structured program providing financial counseling and rental education. • TH (5/12), 5:30-7:30pm - “Debt Relief 101: Credit, Debts and Rights,” with Pisgah Legal attorney Laura Collins. Held at Pisgah Legal Offices, 62 Charlotte St.
Animals Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or www.communitypartnershipforpets.org. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, noon-3pm - Purchase your spay/neuter vouchers at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $25. 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. • SATURDAYS, 10am3pm - Adoption Days at 256B Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. Interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter? Call: 246-9050. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • SA (5/7) - Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol Horse Show. • SU (5/8) - Western District 4-H Horse Show.
Volunteering American Cancer Society Relay for Life Helping make cancer research possible. Info: www.relayforlife. org. • Seeking participants, volunteers and survivors to participate in upcoming events. Events will be held in Weaverville (May 6); Biltmore (May 20); Enka/ Candler (May 20); Asheville (June 3); and Fletcher (July 15). Register: www.relayforlife. org/your_area. 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: 2714786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., room 259. Seminars are held at A-B Tech’s Small Business Center, room 2046. Free for veterans. Info: www. ashevillescore.org. • You can help start small businesses in WNC. Give back and have fun doing it. Volunteers
are needed in all business areas. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply, as are individuals in Buncombe, Swain and McDowell Counties. ASSE International • Through WE (8/31) - ASSE International seeks local families to host male and female cultural exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. Students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. Families can choose students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. Info: 301-0794 or (800)-473-0696. CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Offers one-on-one grief counseling, support groups, grief education classes, a monthly grief support newsletter and semi-annual memorial services (available to anyone who is suffering a loss through death). Located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road. Call 251-0126 to set up an initial visit with a counselor. • Through TH (5/26) - CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care will offer volunteer training sessions in the Solace Center. Opportunities include answering phones, assisting with clerical work, visiting patients, helping families and assisting with fundraising events. Free. Applications are available online. Info: dannyj@ carepartners.org or 255-2870, ext. 8344. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www.handsonasheville.org or
call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • FR (5/6), 11am-12:30pm - Shake and Bake: Cook and serve a homemade lunch to the men staying at the ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters & Inn. Both men and women are encouraged to participate. • SA (5/7), 9am-noon - In the Garden: Help prepare the Emma Community Garden for planting and harvest. Much of the harvest will eventually be distributed to the community through their food pantry. • MO (5/9) - 7-8:30pm Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for out-of-town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. • TH (5/12), 6:30-8:30pm - Volunteer with OnTrack: Copy and collate packets for distribution to individuals and families that benefit from OnTrack’s various financial assistance programs. • THURSDAYS (5/12 & 5/26), 5-7pm - Meals for Hope: Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, building B, suite 221. Info: 2543442, ext. 205. • Volunteer tutors are needed for the Augustine Project, which seeks to improve the academic achievement of low-income students in grades 1-12 who are performing below grade level in reading, writing or spelling. Tutoring will takes place two to three times a week (one-on-one sessions). Info: literacytutors@ litcouncil.com.
Outdoors Art Retreat • Nature Workshop • May 12-15 (pd.)Join renowned artist Robert Johnson for a nature workshop at Wildacres Retreat Center in Little Switzerland. • Hike wilderness, learn to see nature with new eyes and create art. • No talent required. • Registration/ information: (828) 587-9453 or http://bit.ly/natureworkshop Beautiful Lake James (pd.) Annual Boat Slips available, covered and uncovered. Cabin rentals also available. Call (828) 584-0666. mountainharbourmarina.com Pilates (pd.) Share it to afford it! Bring a friend or two. We will customize a class for you- your schedule, your pace. Reasonable rates. 117 Furman. Learn how: (828) 225-3786. www. FormFitnessFunction.com
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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. • WE (5/4), 8:30am - Craggy to Little Snowball. Info: 684-8656 or CLWorley@bellsouth.net. • SU (5/8), 8am - Devil Fork Gap to Carmen. Info: 3801452 or email@example.com — 12:30pm - Coontree Loop. Info: 698-7119 or ashok. firstname.lastname@example.org. • WE (5/11), 8am - Ramsey Cascades. Info: (502)-4949309 or jaykaymartin@msn. com. DuPont State Forest Located between Hendersonville and Brevard. Info: www.dupontforest.com. • SA (5/7) & SU (5/8), 9am3pm - Tour of High Falls, Triple Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. Buses will meet at the High Falls parking lot on DuPont/ Staton Road. $10 donation per family. Info: 884-2006 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. • Reservations required for SAHC hikes: email@example.com or 253-0095, ext. 205. • TU (5/10), 10am - Plant ecology hike at the edge of Pisgah National Forest. $10 for nonmembers. Wildflower Walk • SA (5/7), 11am-3pm Explore the exceptional, ephemeral wildflowers in one of the area’s richest forests with botanists Marc Williams of Botany Everyday, and Josh Kelly of WildLaw. Open to all ages. Free. Info: www.LaughingWatersNC. com. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or www.wnca.org. • TH (5/5), 8-10am - Ever wondered what kinds of birds are in your backyard or how to attract them? Join ornithologist Simon Thompson at the Bird Sanctuary at Beaver Lake for an intro to birding. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or 258-8737. Free. Bring binoculars, a pen and paper. • FR (5/6) through SA (5/7) - Camp out and then hike to Tusquitee Bald, the highest point in Clay County. $25/$35 non-
members. Register: lori@wnca. orgor 258-8737. • SA (5/7), 9am-7pm - Hike the moderate Chunky Gal Trail to Tusquitee Bald, the highest point in Clay County, a seven mile round trip. The option to camp at Bob Allison the night before is available. $25/$35 nonmembers includes transport and food.
Sports Groups & Activities Soooo West Asheville! • Pilates And Ice Cream! (pd.) $1 coupon for The Hop after each class! • Mondays, 5:30pm-6:30pm. • $15, or 5 for $65. • Francine Delany School, 119 Brevard. 225-3786. www.FormFitnessFunction. com Asheville Municipal Ladies Golf Association Join the AMLGA for camaraderie on the golf course. $35 for annual dues. Info: 667-5419. • TUESDAYS, 8:30am Meeting, with golf to follow. ChiRunning and ChiWalking Training Group • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Join ChiLiving team members at Carrier Park for an hour-long training session with a certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking instructor. This is a free opportunity to learn how to run and walk injury-free and more efficiently. Info: 252-9828, Facebook. com/ChiRunning or nicole@ chiliving.com. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St., in Asheville. For all ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: 350-2058 or email@example.com. Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. firstname.lastname@example.org. • TH (5/5), 9:20am - The Special Olympics spring games will be held at T. C. Roberson High School, 250 Overlook Road in Asheville. Opening Ceremonies begin with a Parade of Athletes and the lighting of the Olympic Torch. Track and field events immediately follow. Info: 250-4260 or grace.young@ buncombecounty. Tai Chi for Seniors & Beginners • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Held at Aston Park in the tennis center, 336 Hilliard Ave. Info: 707-6907 or astonparkfit@ gmail.com. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • TH (5/12) through SU (5/15) Featuring demo rides, gypsy tours, a stunts show and more. Info: http://ashevillebikefest.com.
Parenting Mothers of Preschoolers • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 9:30-11:30am - MOPS is for all mothers of children from infancy through kindergarten. Meetings are held at the Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road in Arden. Info: 687-1111, email@example.com or mopsofbbc.com. Parenting Classes at Pardee Hospital All classes are held in the orientation classroom of Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • TH (5/5), 10am - “Mom2Mom: A Social Network for Nursing Mothers,” with Joyce Maybin in the Pardee Hendersonville Family Health Center Medical Office Building, 709 North Justice St. Babies and children welcome. Registration required. • TH (5/12), 6:30-9pm - A childbirth class will be offered for expectant parents. The program covers the labor and delivery process, relaxation, breathing patterns, birth options, positioning and comfort measures. A tour of the Pardee Women & Children’s Center is included.
Kids Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or www.handsonwnc.org. • Through SA (5/7) - Make a card for Mother’s Day. • FR (5/6), 10:30am - “Music and Movement with Jenny!” Come move and play some music with Jenny Arch and her guitar. • WE (5/11), 10am - African drum class with Maria. $10/$15 nonmembers. • TH (5/12) - “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” Children are invited to learn to draw and paint flowers. Joyful Noise Theatre Playground • SATURDAYS - This weekly drama class uses theatre games to encourage creative play, while exploring artistic possibilities. Children ages 7-9 are welcome from 10-11am, and children ages 10-13 are welcome from 11am-noon. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville, 30 Alabama Ave. $10. Info: iamrebeccam@ gmail.com or 215-8738.
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See nature with new eyeS... ...and embrace the artist within! Join renowned local artist
robert JohnSon, May 12-15 for an inspired nature workshop at wildeacres retreat Center! Hike and learn to create art from nature’s inspiration No artistic talent required, but basic fitness to hike is a must. Registration deadline approaching - reserve your spot now! $490 per person, double occupancy of hotel, $600 single. All meals, materials and lodging included. For More info:
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many benefits affect mind and body, enlightenment and the colective conscious. More info: 828-778-4778. www.akashabodybasics.com Aquarian Compassionate Fellowship (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiritual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) (pd.) No need to clear your mind of thoughts—just transcend. TM makes it easy to go beyond active thinking to experience your peaceful, innermost Self. • Clinically proven to: reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, and to improve creativity, clarity, and mental performance. • Free Introductory Lecture: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: Meditation and brain research • How meditation techniques differ • What’s enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www. MeditationAsheville.org Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 8084444. • www.ashevillemeditation.com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828)258-3229. Avalon Grove (pd.) Services to honor the ancient Celtic Christian holidays. Intuitive Spiritual Counseling to see your path more clearly. Workshops, artwork and books about Faeries. Call (828) 6452674 or visit avalongrove.com Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by
Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life”. Free. Info: 299-0538 or www.ashevilleccc. com. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Black Swan Counseling & Mentoring (pd.) I am a Facilitator of Transitions. Who are YOU becoming? Let’s develop your potential together. Claudia J. LeMarquand, LPC Intuitive Consultant/Archetypal Pattern Analyst 828-707-1185 • I specialize in mentoring creative people who are seeking harmony, insight and inspiration. John V. Berdy, MA Psychotherapist/Musician/ Spiritual Mentor 828-707-1184 • For information about our Asheville location, ongoing groups and other services, see: blackswancounseling.com. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. http:// www.heartsanctuary.org Asheville Circle of Solitaries • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6pm - A discussion group for individuals interested in various aspects of occultism. Open to solitary students and practitioners from all backgrounds and traditions. The group includes Pagans, chaos magicians, healers, diviners and other assorted weirdos. Info: 777-9368. Asheville Jewish Meditation and Chanting Circle • ALT SUNDAYS - Cultivate an awareness of the Divine Presence through sitting and walking meditation, chanting and the study of Jewish and other texts. Email for location and times. Free. Info: asheJM@ gmail.com. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 7795502 or www.meditation-innorthcarolina.org. • TH (5/5), 7:15pm - “The Technology of Tantra.” • TH (5/12), 7:15pm - “Tantra: The Final Frontier.” Celebration of Hope • SUNDAYS (through 5/17), 10am - Exodus is a new community of Christian Faith. Celebrate Easter Sunday or enjoy weekly worship service with singing, reflection and biblical teaching at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. Children of all ages are encouraged to participate. Info: www.exodusasheville.com.
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. Concert of Easter Music • FR (5/6), 7:30pm - Selections will include solo-vocal cantatas accompanied by a Baroque ensemble. Composers include Bach, Telemann and Purcell. Held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave. A reception will follow. Free. Info: www.gcpcusa.orgor 254-3274. Daoist Meditation • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm & SUNDAYS, 9-10:30am - Weekly Daoist reading and discussion. Free. Call for address and info: 788-6730. Dhyan Meditation • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Seeking to deepen your meditation practice? One hour silent meditation and singing of spiritual songs with meditation instruction included. All are welcome. Classes held in Fairview. Free. Info and directions: 299-3246, 329-9022 or shivabalamahayogi.com. 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. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mountain Mindfulness Sangha at Yoga South • SUNDAYS, 7-8pm - Sitting meditation followed by walking meditation. A brief reading and discussion of the practice of mindfulness in daily lives and how being fully present in this moment can bring us more peace and joy. Donations optional. Info: www.YogaSouthAsheville.com. Neterianism/”Shetaut Neter” • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Learn about Shetaut Neter, an ancient philosophy and mythic spiritual culture that gave rise to ancient Egyptian civilization. Meetings feature lectures on the impact of African spirituality on the four major religions of the world (Judaism-Christianity-HinduismIslam), as well as the universal
teachings of Shetaut Neter to promote peace and prosperity. Held at A Far Away Place, 11 Wall St. Directions: 279-8562. New Moon Limpia • SU (5/8), noon-1pm - Linda Go, an initiated curandera, will perform an energy cleansing ceremony (“limpia”) for people and personal items, at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., in downtown Asheville. Love donations appreciated. Info: 776-3786. Pendulum Practicum for Energywork • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10-11:30am - Practical class on how to use a pendulum as a guide/consultant to energy work with people, places and things. Held at 4 Eagle St., Asheville. Donations accepted. Info: 776-3786. Power of Soul • WEDNESDAYS - Learn and practice self healing through the teachings of Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, given by one of his qualified teachers. Held in West Asheville. Love offering. Info & directions: 258-9584. Puja at Maha Shakti Mandir • SATURDAYS, 6-8pm - Gathering at Maha Shakti Mandir (Temple of the Great Goddess). Join Yogacharya Kalidas for Puja, chanting and spiritual discourse. Services offered on a donation basis. Info: 774-1978. Transmission Meditation • SUNDAYS, 5:45-7pm - A “World Service” will be held in downtown Asheville. Free and open to the public. Details: www.transmissionmeditation. org. Directions: email@example.com or 675-8750. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www. unitync.net. • WE (5/4), 7pm - “The Fallacy of Age,” a workshop with Karl Kehde. • WE (5/11), 7pm - “Advanced Energy Techniques for Awareness: The Healing of the Mind,” with Rev. Pam Hurst. An introduction to “advanced techniques to attain a state of peace and wellness.” $10 suggested love donation. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures, combined with an upbeat contemporary music program, to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Road, West Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or www.unityofasheville.com.
• SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —- 12:151:30pm - A Course in Miracles with Rev. Gene Conner.
Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings E.A.S.T. East of Asheville Studio Tour • May 14 and 15 (pd.) 2011 Spring Tour. Artists of the Black Mountain, Swannanoa, East Asheville and Fairview area, present the East of Asheville Studio Tour. The studio tour takes place twice a year, Spring and Fall. Everyone is welcome to visit any or all of the studios during the tour, whether they are serious art patrons or just browsers of beautiful and interesting works. Saturday and Sunday, 10am6pm. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www.amerifolk.com. • Through WE (5/25) - The Lusty Month of May will be on display at the Oui-Oui Gallery. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. unca.edu. • FR (5/6) through FR (5/13) Illustrating Cartoon Narratives, a collection of drawings and prints by UNCA senior Jared Espinosa at Blowers Gallery. •FR (5/6), 4-6pm - Opening reception for Illustrating Cartoon Narratives. Arts Council of Henderson County Located at 401 N. Main St. (entrance on Fourth Street), above Flight Restaurant in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www.acofhc.org. • Through SA (5/14) - The Arts Council of Henderson County’s Member Show will be on display at the Burnsville Gallery of the Toe River Arts Council. The exhibition features local and regional Arts Council members. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • Through SU (9/25) - Artists at Work: American Printmakers and the WPA. • Through SU (7/10) - An Inside View will be on display at the Holden Community Gallery. The exhibition examines the notion of interior environments as depicted by a number of artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
• Through SU (6/26) - A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists, located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Info: 251-5796 or www.ashevillegallery-of-art. com. • FR (5/6) through MO (5/30) - A Close and Distant View, featuring works Olga Michelson. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: www.atelier24lexington.com. • Through TU (5/31) - Serious Play, paintings by Moni Hill. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 3508484, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.blackmountaincollege. org. • Through SA (6/4) - In Site: Late Works by Irwin Kremen. Blue Spiral 1 Located at 38 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Featuring Southeastern fine art and studio craft. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 251-0202 or www.bluespiral1. com. • Through SA (6/25)- Five exhibitions featuring works by Ward H. Nichols (painter); Will Henry Stevens (modernist, 1881-1949); Rick Beck (glass sculpture); Kenneth Baskin (clay sculpture); Rudy Rudisill (metal); Marlene Jack (porcelain tableware); and Ink & Imagery, by eight printmakers. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www.tcva.org. • Through SA (6/4) - The eighth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, featuring 46 selected images, will be on display at the Mezzanine Gallery. Info: 262-4954. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www. thehaengallery.com. • Through TU (5/31) - Surface Tension, an exhibition of work by Stephen Pentak and Steven Seinberg. 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.
freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Imagine this scene, as described by Seattle-based video artist Michael Douglas. “Sometimes a tree falls down in a field of cows, and the cows walk over to it and stare at it. It used to be standing and now it’s on the ground. There’s something different in the field and the cows start to hang out around the tree and watch it like it’s television, attracted to the rupture in the order of things. They gather around it for months, even after they completely forget why they started doing it.” I think there’s a comparable scene going on in your life right now, Aries. People you care about are in a daze, seemingly hypnotized by a certain “rupture in the order of things” that took place some time ago. In my opinion, it’s your task to wake them up, gently if possible, and motivate them to move on.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
You’re an animal! And I mean that in the best senses of the word. Your vitality is heading toward peak levels, and your body is as smart as it gets. If you were ever going to act as if every move you make is a dance, now would be the time to do it. If you ever wanted to explore the righteous blending of grace and power, this is a perfect moment. Give yourself permission to be a fluid bolt of ingenious fun, Taurus. Play hard and sweet, with sublime ferocity.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
“Make the invisible dark force beautiful.” That was the first line of the horoscope I wrote for you in my dream last night. Here’s what came next: “Create a song out of your moans. Brag about your wounds. Dance reverently on the graves of your enemies.” Does any of this make sense to you so far? It all seemed perfectly reasonable and helpful in my dream. “Sneak a gift to your bad self. Dissolve the ties that bind you to hollow intelligence. Seek the angel near the funky gulley that winds through no man’s land. Dig for treasure in the muddy puddle where the single lily grows.” That’s it, Gemini — my dream of your horoscope. If you can align yourself with its spirit, I bet you’ll be primed for the waking-life opportunities that are headed your way.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, psychologist Richard Bentall proposed that happiness be reclassified as a “psychiatric disorder” — a pathology that should be treated with therapy. “Happiness is statistically abnormal,” he argued. It “consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.” If he’s correct, Cancerian, you may have a problem. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re about to be besieged by a massive influx of good feelings. It may be hard for you to fend off surges of unreasonable
joy, well-being, and gratitude. So let me ask you: Are you prepared to enter into rebel mode as you flaunt your abnormal bliss?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Two British men, Jack Jones and Chris Cuddihy, pulled off an epic deed in 2009. They ran seven marathons in seven consecutive days on seven continents. Each marathon was over 31 miles. (More info here: 7in7on7.com.) I’m not recommending that you try something as ridiculously excessive as they did, Leo, but I do want to note that you’re now in a phase when your capacity for amazing feats is bigger than usual. Do you have any ideas about what you could accomplish that’s beyond your expectations?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
What have you had to relinquish in the past ten months, Virgo? What were you forced to sacrifice or surrender? Whatever it is, I predict you will be compensated for it over the course of the next 12 months. And the process begins soon. It’s not likely that the incoming blessing will bring an exact replacement for the dream that got away. Rather, you will be awakened to an unexpected new source of excitement, thereby dissolving the lingering sense of loss and liberating you to rise again.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If given the choice between having our lives change or keeping our lives the same, many of us would choose the status quo. We tend to feel that even if the current state of things is uncomfortable, it’s still preferable to having to deal with the uncertainty and fear that come from transformation. But I don’t think you fit this description right now, Libra. Of all the signs of the zodiac, you’re the one that’s most receptive to shifting the mood and experimenting with the rules. It’s easier than usual for you to imagine different ways of doing things. Take advantage of this superpower.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Hugo Chavez is the socialist president of Venezuela, not an astronomer or New Age philosopher. And yet he recently speculated that the planet Mars once had a thriving civilization that met its doom because its resources were drained off and poisoned by the excesses of capitalism. I love it when notable people go off-message and freestyle wacky fantasies, so I applaud Chavez’s improvisation. May I respectfully suggest you consider indulging
homework If you had a little baby clone of yourself to take care of, what would be your child-rearing strategy? Tell me at Freewillastrology.com. © Copyright 2011 Rob Brezsny
in your own version of this art form? According to my reading of the astrological omens, it would be downright healthy for you to depart from your usual raps and unveil some unpredictable self-expressions to anyone and everyone who think they have you all figured out.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Symmetry and equilibrium are not all that valuable right now. They’re certainly not worth obsessing over or having screaming fights about. In fact, I recommend that you cultivate a jaunty knack for stylish lopsidedness. Appreciate the beauty of irregularity. Be alert for the way incongruous details and crooked angles reveal fresh, hot truths that provide you with exactly what you need. Even so-called flaws and mistakes may lead to lucky accidents.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
“It was better for me when I could imagine greatness in others, even if it wasn’t always there,” said Charles Bukowski, a generally cranky writer not renowned for his optimism. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this strategy will also work wonders for you in the coming days. Trying to see what’s great about other people will tend to activate your own dormant greatness, and will just generally make you feel good. So ask yourself: What’s beautiful, smart, interesting, and successful about the people you know? Fantasize aggressively.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The income gap between the richest and poorest sections of society has always been large, but in recent years it has grown absurdly, grotesquely humongous. As journalist Les Leopold notes (bit.ly/RichEatPoor), there are hedge-fund gamblers who rake in more money in an hour than a middle-class wage-earner makes in 47 years. From an astrological perspective, Aquarius, it’s an excellent time for you to raise your voice against this inequity. Furthermore, you’d be wise to dramatically shrink the discrepancy between the haves and have-nots in your own personal sphere, where you can actually have an immediate effect. You might start the healing by asking yourself how the rich aspects of your psyche steal from the poor parts.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
There’s a good chance you will soon utter the smartest words you have ever said in your life. It’s also possible that you will generate two of the top five thoughts that have popped into your brain in the last decade. That’s how in tune I expect you to be with your inner sources of wisdom. And that’s how closely aligned you’ll be with the Divine Intelligence formerly known as God. Now here’s the surprise ending to my message for you, Pisces — the unexpected outcome: Your brilliant insights and cogent statements may tempt you to be wilder and freer than you’ve been in a long time.
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Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org. • WE (5/4) through MO (5/30) 310 ART: Contemporary Works from the River Arts District, featuring work by artists at the 310 Art Gallery at Riverview Station in Asheville’s River Arts District. • FR (5/6), 6-9pm - Opening reception. Madison County Arts Council Events Located at 90 S. Main St., in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • FR (5/6), 6-8pm - Opening reception for the Madison on Main Street Arts Festival. Free. Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts Located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. Info: 497-3945. • FR (5/6) through SA (5/28) - Recent Work by Martin DeWitt, founding director of WCU’s Fine Art Museum. • SU (5/8), 2-4pm - Opening reception. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Info: www. penland.org or 765-2359. • Through SU (5/8) - Many Paths: A Legacy of Karen Karnes. The exhibit features the ceramic art of Karnes and 14 artists whose lives and work have been touched by her. $8/$7 for students and seniors. SemiPublic Gallery This space for contemporary art is open by appointment only. Located at 305 Hillside St., Asheville. Info: 215-8171 or SemiPublic305@gmail.com. • Through WE (5/4), Good Stuff, an exhibition of prints,
posters, paintings, cards and more. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 6695107 or www.sevensistersgallery.com. • Through SU (6/19) - Acrylic paintings by Colleen Meechan. The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: www.ashevillearts.com. • FR (5/6) through TU (5/31) - New Growth, a spring-season group-art show focusing on renewal and rebirth, featuring works by nearly 20 local artists. • FR (5/6), 7-10pm - Opening reception. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • Through FR (5/27) Photography by the Waterfalls Camera Club. Info: www. lowccnc.com. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www.upstairsartspace.org. • Through SA (5/28) Something To Crow About and New Waves: Western Carolina University MFA Graduates. 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: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm and Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but
donations welcome. Info: 2273591 or www.fineartmuseum. wcu.edu. • Through FR (5/6) - Annual student artwork exhibit, featuring innovative and lively art by undergraduate and graduate students, including ceramics, drawing, graphic and interior design, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. • Through (6/24) - Boundless: Selections from the Book Arts Collection. The exhibit explores a wide variety of formats and structures of the Artist Book, a synthesis of form and content which provides a bridge between traditional books and contemporary art.
More Art Exhibits & Openings A Memorial Exhibition for Ellen Pasay • Through SU (5/29) - An Unfinished Woman, a memorial art exhibition featuring the work of Ellen Pasay, a young woman who suffered from mental illness and took her life at the age of 28, will be on display in the Adler Gallery at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave., in downtown Asheville. May is Mental Health Awareness month. Info: 5053969. Art at Ananda Hair Studio The salon, located at 22 Broadway, hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 232-1017. • MO (5/9) through SU (6/19), - Exhibition by German artist Barbara Nerenz-Kelley. Free. Info: www.nerenz-kelleyarts. com • SA (5/14), 7-9pm - Opening reception. 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. • Through TU (5/31) - Carl Sandburg’s Presidential Medal of Freedom will be on display in the bookstore. Sandburg was one of 30 citizens who received the award that year, a group that included Helen Keller, Walt Disney and John Steinbeck. It is recognized as the highest civilian award for service during peacetime. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • Through TU (5/31) - Images of Bliss: Photography by Rachael Bliss. “Bliss records what is blissful and hopeful, from nature itself to the passionate activism so visible on everyday streets.” Info: www. uccasheville.org. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • Through TU (5/31) - The colorful abstract works of Henning Erben will be showcased, from his structural old-world and medieval buildings to the current vibrant, introspective mixedmedia paintings. Flora Art at Ananda Hair Studio • Through SA (5/7) - A multithemed, six-week contemporary floral installation, Focus on Nature, by Asheville Ikebana practitioner, Libby Campbell, will be on display at Ananda Hair Studio, 22 Broadway St. Info: email@example.com. Grand Bohemian Gallery
Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www. bohemianhotelasheville.com or 505-2949. • FR (5/6) & SA (5/7), 5-8pm & SU (5/8), 11am-2pm - Artist Steven Mikel presents “Dark Roast Watercolors,” a demonstration of painting with coffee. Harvest Moon Gallery & Gift Shop • Through SU (5/8) - Paintings by Gary Elgin will be on display at 81 Bridge St., in Hot Springs. Info: www.hotspringsnc.org. Public Art Display • FR (5/6) through SA (10/22), - Bearfootin’, “a public art display featuring outdoor fiberglass bear sculptures decorated in different themes,” will be presented on the sidewalks of Main Street, Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. 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. • Through TU (5/31) - The fourth annual poetry and art contest “It’s In Your Hands” will be on display at A-B Tech’s Holly Library, Asheville campus. Contest winners’ art and poetry will be displayed around the library throughout the month of May. Info: 252-8474, ext.18. The Altamont Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 2707747 or www.thealtamont.com. • Through WE (5/25) - The paintings of Nathaniel Galka, “an array of wondrous canvasses upon which are painted Galka’s personal interpretation of nature, with all of its color, drama, and movement.” Free.
Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., in downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Info: www.arts2people.org. • MONDAYS (through 5/16), 10am-1pm - “Presenting Your Art: Portfolio Planning to Booth Design.” • WE (5/11), 6-8pm - “Tapping the Muse: Going Deep with Your Creative Process.” Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • MO (5/9), 5:30pm - “Framing + More: Don’t let a bad frame come between you and your art,” with Ken Pitts, owner of Frugal Framer. $10/$12 nonmembers. Light refreshments included. Catch the Spirit of Appalachia A nonprofit, grassroots arts organization. Classes held at Nature’s Home Preserve in Tuckasegee. $36 includes all materials. Info and reservations: 293-2239 or www.doreylart. yurtstudio.com. • SA (5/7), 2-5pm - Art workshop, “Wildflower Painting and Drawing.” Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of
needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome. Info: 654-9788 or www. egacarolinas.org. • TH (5/5) - Monthly meeting at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road in Horse Shoe. Participants make no-sew fleece blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization which provides blankets to children in crisis. Registration begins at 9:30am, followed by a short meeting and program until noon. Info: 697-8198. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Route 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal.info@ gmail.com or www.svfal.org. • THURSDAYS, noon-3pm Try something new every week at the Experimental Art Group. Learn and share collage and water/mixed media techniques in a playful setting. All levels welcome. $6 per session. Info: email@example.com or 357-8129. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm - A figure drawing/open studio session will be held with a live model in various poses. No instruction provided. “Working with a live model strengthens your drawing and painting abilities.” $10 fee for model. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Conn-Artist Studios & Art Gallery Located at 611 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: 329-2918. • TUESDAYS, 10am-1pm - Hendersonville artist Ruth Goldsborough offers portrait classes with a live model for pastel, oil or charcoal artists. Goldsborough demonstrates
with a sketch portrait of the subject, then works with each student on color, composition, lighting and facial structure. $25. Info: 890-3929 or www.connartist.com. Welcoming the Ancestors • FR (5/6), 7-9pm - Introduction to InterPlay, an exploration of the connection to our ancestors through dance, drum, story, community and ritual. Led by international InterPlay leader Masankho Banda. Held at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St., Asheville. $10/$15. Info: www. InterPlayAsheville.org.
Art/Craft Fairs Mother’s Day Bazaar at the Church of the Redeemer Located at 1201 Riverside Drive in Woodfin. Info: 253-3588. SA (5/7), 8am-2pm - The Mother’s Day Bazaar will feature potted vegetables, herbs, flowers, crafts and all sorts of baked goods. Events at First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville Located at 204 6th Ave., in Hendersonville. Info: 693-4275. • FR (5/6), 8:30am-4pm & SA (5/7), 8:30am-noon - Annual Garage Sale and Bake Sale to benefit “local missions and special needs of the church.” Info: 696-0703. Summer Jewelry Market • SATURDAYS, 9am-4pm Local jewelers will offer unique, hand-made creations. Located at the corner of Church Street and Third Avenue in downtown Hendersonville. Weaverville Art Safari A biannual self-guided tour of artists’ studios located in Weaverville and surrounding areas. Visit ceramists, glass artists, metal smiths, jewelers,
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painters, woodworkers, paper artists and more. Free. Info & map: www.weavervilleartsafari. com. • SA (5/7) & SU (5/8), 10am6pm - An opportunity to interact with more than 40 artists and see the process behind their critically acclaimed works of art. Weaverville Art Safari Preview Party • FR (5/6), 7-9:30pm - Kick off this year’s Weaverville Art Safari and celebrate its tenth anniversary with a special preview party, sponsored by Claxton Farm, 288 Upper Flat Creek Road in Weaverville. The event will include door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash bar. $10. Info: www. weavervilleartsafari.com.
Spoken & Written Word Creative Summer Programs for Young Writers (pd.) Experiential, active, multimedia and fun! • Elementary through high school. Downtown Asheville and River Arts District. Call True Ink: (828) 215-9002 or visit www.true-ink.com Slam Camp! (pd.) With Griffin Payne, Poetry Slam Asheville; Amber Sherer, winner, 2007 Asheville Wordslam; Simon Wolf, LEAF Youth Poetry Slammaster. • 10:30am-2:30pm, June 25-July 1 (High School) • July 25-July 29 (Middle School). Magnetic Field Performance Space. • Registration/information: (828) 215-9002 or www.true-ink. com Weekend Storytelling Workshop (pd.) Nationally acclaimed storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, offers her weekend workshop “Story Treasures: Writing & Telling Our Stories” in Asheville on May 6-8. All levels welcomed. Early bird discount. www.storywindow.com 828258-1113. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • FR (5/6), 8pm - Barbara Kremen, Carole Boston Weatherford and North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers will read from their recent writing projects. $7/$5 members and students. Asheville Wordfest A poetry festival featuring poets from an array of cultures and various aesthetics. Sponsored by the Mountain Area Information Network. All events are free. Info: info@
ashevillewordfest.org or www. ashevillewordfest.org. • WE (5/4), 6pm - Reception at Roux at Hilton, Biltmore Park —- 7pm - Performances by Quincy Troupe with Keith Flynn and the Holy Men. • FR (5/6), 9pm - “Poetry in Translation.” Five area poets will read their English-language adaptations of great works by Hafiz, Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, Guillevic and Katalin Ladik. Held at the Altamont, 18 Church St., in downtown Asheville. $10/$5 students suggested donation. Info: www.myaltamont.com. • SA (5/7) & SU (5/8) - Events will be held throughout the day, including a scavenger hunt at the Thomas Wolfe House, a poetry reading “Under the Magnolia Tree” at Pack Park and a Mountain Xpress Poetry Bash at the YMI Cultural Center. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. brbooks-news.com or 4566000. • 2nd THURSDAY, 6:30pm - Celtic music night. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 2504758) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 2506480) n NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • WE (5/4), 3pm - Book Club: Still Alice by Lisa Genova WV —- 5-7pm - Swannanoa Library Knitters SW —- 10am2:30pm - Red Cross Blood Drive. PM. • TH (5/5), 6:30pm - Book Club: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. EA —- 6-8pm - Skyland Knitting Group. SS —- 7pm - Book Club: Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. SW. • SA (5/7), 10:30am - Rainbow Recycling presents “Wee
Recycling,” a program about recycling for kids of all ages. Make-and-take a bag monster. PM. • Buncombe County Public Libraries will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the Dollywood’s Penguin Players. The Penguins will perform Otis by Loren Long, about a funloving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day’s work. Performances will be held on May 9 at FV, 2pm; May 10 at SS, 10:30am & at WA, 3:30pm; May 11 at EC, 10:30am & at BM, 3:30pm; May 12 at PM, 10:30am & at NA, 6:30pm; and May 13 at LE, 10:30am & at WV, 3:30pm. Info: 250-4720. • TU (5/10), 7pm - “NASCAR’s Moonshine Roots.” UNCA professor Dan Pierce will explore the myths and realities connecting moonshine with the roots of NASCAR. WV —- 1pm - Book Club: Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. LE. • TH (5/12), 1pm - Book Club: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. FV —- 7pm - Library knitters. BM. Cipher Circle Mondays • MONDAYS, 10pm - Join emcee/producer CAMPAIGN for this jazz-infused open mic catered toward spoken word artists, freestylers, improv singers and rhyme artists of all natures. Bass and drum accompaniment provided by the LikeMind Trio’s Mike Holstein and Justin Watt. Sit-in musicians welcome. Held at Hole ‘n’ Da Wall, 44 Market St., in downtown Asheville. Donations encouraged. Info: PureSavageEnt@gmail.com. Events at Barnes & Noble The bookstore is located at 3 Tunnel Road, in the Asheville Mall. Info: www.bn.com. • TH (5/5), 5-7pm - Reading and signing by Christy Tillery French, author of Hera’s Revenge: An Yvonne Suarez Travel Mystery. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St., in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or more@ citylightsnc.com. • FR (5/6), 7pm - Alex Kudera will read from his novel Fight for Your Long Day. • SA (5/7), 7pm - The Liar’s Bench: Storytellng, poetry and music —- 7pm - Live music with Justin Colson in the cafe. • WE (5/11), 3pm - Storyteller Donald Davis will read from his memoir Tales of a Free-Range Childhood. • TH (5/12), 7pm - Marly Youmans will read from her poetry collection, The Throne of Psyche. Debra Allbery Poetry Reading • TH (5/12), 7:30pm - Poet Debra Allbery will read from her work as featured in the “Rebecca Stallings Poetry Series.” A reception and book
signing will follow. Held at The Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St., in Biltmore Village. Info: email@example.com. 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. • WE (5/4), 7pm - “Localism & Social Enterprise.” Join Chris Sullivan of Home Free Bagels as she discusses social entrepreneurship. Learn how vital this type of business is to our community, and how you can be a part of it —- 7pm - Join host Jay Jacoby for a discussion of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. • TH (5/5), 7pm - Gary Shteyngart will read from and sign copies of his book Super Sad True Love Story. • FR (5/6), 4:30-6pm - Freelance Friday with Joe D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan. All are welcome to come and discuss the “freelance life” —- 7pm - Michael Parker will read from and sign copies of his novel The Watery Part of the World. • SU (5/8), 3pm - Karen White will discuss her book The Beach Trees, which follows a grieving sister on her healing journey —- 5pm - Cheri Huber will read from her book What You Practice is What You Have. • SA (5/7), 7pm - Filmmaker John Sayles will discuss his novel A Moment in the Sun. • MO (5/9), 7pm - Robin Black, a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA program, will speak about her book If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This. • TU (5/10), 7pm - “Blogger to Blogger: Networking for Online Writers,” with Colleen Mellor of www.biddybytes.com. • WE (5/11), 7pm - Former minister and full-time storyteller Donald Davis will read from his book Tales from a Free-Range Childhood. • TH (5/12), 7pm - Katie Crouch will read from her novel for young adults The Magnolia League. Events at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 2322228 or spellboundbooks@ netzero.com. • SA (5/7), 10-11am - Poet Dan Dutterer entertains and enlightens with an interactive, high-energy poetry performance as part of WordFest. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 697-1870. • SU (5/8), 4-5:30pm - A reception and celebration for Ann B. Ross, the author of Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle. • MO (5/9), 5pm - Karen White will read from her book The Beach Trees.
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What: A benefit for Planned Parenthood of Asheville, featuring the music of Joni Mitchell. Where: The Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., in downtown Asheville. The temple’s theater is located on the third floor. When: Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. ($10. Info: http://tinyurl.com/6fygr27). Why: Congress may be going around in circles debating funding for Planned Parenthood, but perhaps a rendition of “The Circle Game” will sway public opinion. At this upcoming benefit, Asheville musicians will come together to raise money for Planned Parenthood in Asheville. Artists will celebrate the music of Joni Mitchell, performing songs that span the breadth of her career. Zach Page, Nancy Asch, Aaron Price, Gail Forsyth and others will perform renditions of Mitchell’s classic songs. A house backing band will be featured, along with a variety of guest vocalists. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood remains controversial. According to the Planned Parenthood website, “97 percent of the health care Planned Parenthood provides is preventive, and every federal dollar Planned Parenthood receives goes toward providing preventive health care to women.” Event organizers and musicians will support this cause by raising money for the Asheville chapter. When local musicians sing the words to “Help Me,” Planned Parenthood will be happy to say, “Thank you.”
benefitscalendar Calendar for May 4 - 12, 2011 Asheville Masonic Temple The Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge No. 118 of Asheville is located at 80 Broadway. Info: 252-3924. • TU (5/10), 7pm - “The Music of Joni Mitchell,” a concert to benefit Planned Parenthood of Asheville, will feature performances by Nancy Asch, Zack Page and Aaron Price. $10. Bark For Life of Henderson County • SA (5/7), 9am-noon - Bark For Life is a fun-filled day for dogs and their owners to a walk through downtown Hendersonville. There will be demonstrations, contests and more to help raise funds for The American Cancer Society. Info: http://on.fb.me/e8v0OR. Benefit for Mitchell County Animal Rescue • SA (5/7), 4-8pm - Mountainside Wine and Mutual Distributing will host the first annual “Wine & Whiskers” benefit for the Mitchell County Animal Rescue at Mountainside Wine in Spruce Pine, featuring live music and a wine tasting. Admission is $5 and a bag of dog or cat food. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Benefit Ride for Ron “Pops” Passmore • SA (5/7), 12:30-4pm - The benefit will feature an auction and cook out, with all proceeds benefiting Ron “Pops” Passmore. Held at Mack Kells, 116 Tunnel Road. Info: 253-8805. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Fundraiser BWAR is a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. Info: www.bwar.org or 458-7778. • SU (5/8), 1-6pm - “Swim With Your Dog Day,” held at Lake Eden, on the grounds of Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. The event will feature vendors, a photographer, food and ice cream from The Hop. $10/dog. Proceeds benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Chain-Free Asheville. Sponsored by Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Pet Boutique. Info: www.bwar.org/swim. Eblen-Kimmel Charities Info: 255-3066 or www.eblencharities.org.
• FR (5/6), 9am-4:30pm - Leadercast: “Voices of Change.” Featured guest speakers include John Maxwell, the author The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, and Robin Roberts, Anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. “Come learn from the world’s most influential leadership voices.” Held at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road in Arden. Proceeds benefit Eblen Charities. Info: www. leadercastasheville.com. Events at First United Methodist Church Located at 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: 6934275 or www.hvlfumc.org. • FR (5/6) & SA (5/7), 8:30am-4pm - The annual garage sale, with proceeds benefiting local missions and special needs of the church, will feature antiques, original art, furniture, jewelry, collectibles, toys, linens, kitchenware, dishware, small appliances, decorator items, baked goods and more. Info: 696-0703. FCCLA Fundraiser and Community Yard Sale • SA (5/7), 8am-1:30pm - Held at Cane Creek Middle School, 570 Lower Brush Creek Road in Fletcher. Vendors will sell crafts, clothing, toys and more. Concessions available. Proceeds benefit Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization. Info: email@example.com. New Life Center This religious/education facility will be constructed on the grounds of the Buncombe Correctional Center state minimum security prison. Info: 277-0998. • TH (5/12) - Golf tournament to benefit the New Life Center. Held at Asheville Municipal Golf Course, 226 Fairway Drive, Asheville. $55. Info: 298-1867. PACWalk for Preservation & Run for the Hills 5K • SA (5/7) - PACWalk for Preservation strives to raise funds and awareness for the protection of our area’s land and water. The run begins at 8am, the walk at 10am. An awards luncheon and celebration will be held at 11:30am. Festivities take place at Tryon Estates, 617 Laurel Lake Drive in Columbus. Proceeds support the Pacolet Area Conservancy. Info: 859-5060 or www.pacolet.org. Penland School of Crafts
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A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am,-5pm, Sun. noon-5pm. Info: www.penland.org or 765-2359. • TH (5/5) - An auction of student and instructor’s work made during a Penland workshop session will be held. All proceeds benefit Penland’s scholarship programs. Polk County Chapter of the American Red Cross Located at 231 Ward St. Info: 894-2700 or www.redcrosswnc.org. • FR (5/6), 9am-4pm & SA (5/7), 8am-2pm - The Hidden Treasures Rummage Sale will be held at 231 Ward St., Columbus. Saturday’s sale will feature half-price deals. Info: www.redcrosswnc.org. • Donations are urgently needed. For pick up: 894-2700. Ramble Run 5K & 12K • SA (5/7), 6am-noon - Join the inaugural Ramble Run 5K/12K, organized by the Asheville Track Club and presented by Mission Sports Medicine. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of WNC. Race begins and ends at Biltmore Park Town Square. Info: www.ramblerun.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. West Asheville Pub Strut & Free Concert • SA (5/7), 6pm - West Asheville Pub Strut, a benefit for the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, starts at Tolliver’s Crossing and ends at the Altamont Brewing Co., at 1042 Haywood Road. All proceeds benefit the 2011 Woman Build project. Festivities also feature a raffle for an iPad and live music by Jenna Lindbo, Kate McNally and Hannah Levin.
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• TU (5/10), 4:30pm Storyteller and author Donald Davis will read from his book Tales of a Range-Free Childhood. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Poetry Contest Open to children in grades K-12, adults and professional writers. Poems must be about trees or forests. The contest commemorates the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. All poems will be received by Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center and are judged by a panel of teachers, writers and the general public. Info: www.stecoahvalleycenter. com. • Through TU (5/31) Submissions will be accepted. Madison County Library • ONGOING - Donate books, movies and music to the Friends of the Madison County Library for the upcoming book sale held in June. Drop off donations at Books and Breadboard, 30 All Souls Crescent, near the entrance to Biltmore Estate. For pick-up service call: 333-3882. Donations benefit the Children’s Reading Programs at all three branches of Madison County’s Public Libraries. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or www.twwoa.org. • Publication opportunities are available for writers, including a call for papers on “Southern Literature and Culture,” “Southern-Themed Writing,” poetry, fiction and much more. For a complete list of awards, grants, fellowships and “calls to writers,” see the Writers’ Workshop’s website. • MO (5/6), 7pm - Jan Karon will sign and read from her book In the Company of Others. Held at the Grove Park Inn. $15/$20 at the door.
Festivals & Gatherings 7th Annual Celebration Israel Festival (pd.)Asheville’s Jewish Community will host the 7th Annual Celebration Israel festival on Sunday, May 15, from 11am-4pm at Beth Israel Synagogue, 229 Murdock Avenue. Come and enjoy Israeli food, music, and games. All events are open to the general public. For more information: 252-8431. Madison on Main Arts Festival Main Street in downtown Marshall will be transformed into an open-air art market. Benefits the Madison County Arts Council. Info: 649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • SA (5/7), 10am-5pm - The Madison on Main Street Arts Festival will be held in downtown Marshall. Free.
Music Analog To Digital • Vinyl/Tape To CD • VHS To DVD (pd.) Convert classic vinyl and tape to digital or CD and old VHS to DVD. Great quality! Very affordable. Call (828) 442-6211. www.vinylrecordstocd.com Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St., in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www.BlackMountainArts.org. • SU (5/8), 3pm - The Black Mountain Youth Chorale will performs its spring concert. Classicopia • SU (5/8), 2:30pm Classicopia presents “Song Bird,” featuring Jennifer Smith (soprano) and Daniel Weiser (piano). Held at Altamont Theater, 18 Church St., Asheville. $20/$10 students/$5 for children. Info: www.thealtamont.com or 270-7747. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. All classes are free. Info: http:// tinyurl.com/6j3nxw9. • MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - “Community Sing,” open to experienced and new singers, to share traditional tunes at 41 Balsam Ave. Hendersonville Bluegrass Jam • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - A bluegrass jam will be held at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. Info: www. blueridgenow.com. Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Info: 697-5884 or www.hendersonvillesymphony.org. • SA (5/7), 7:30pm - “The Beginning of Romanticism” will feature the works of Beethoven and Rossini. Held at Blue Ridge College Conference Hall. $30/$5 for students. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • FR (5/6) - Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer, conductor and music director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, at the Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. • TH (5/12), 11:30am - Pan Harmonia open rehearsal featuring music for flute, viola da gamba, harpsichord and percussion. Music on the Rock Concert Series Presented by Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock. The concerts will span Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop and rock favorites. $20. Tickets & info: 693-0731, (866) 732-8008 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
• MO (5/9) through TU (5/17) - “The Queens of Modern Country,” featuring the music of Alison Krauss, Trisha Yearwood, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Bonnie Rait and more. Pan Harmonia Spring Festival Join Pan Harmonia, a project of Keowee Chamber Music, for a variety of concerts, workshops and rehearsals during the Spring Festival. Volunteers are needed. Events cost $15-$18. Info: http://pan-harmonia.org. • SU (5/8) through SU (6/19) - Classical and contemporary compositions performed by guest musicians (including Kate Steinbeck (flute), Gail Ann Schroeder (viola de gamba), Barbara Weiss (harpsichord) and River Guerguerian (percussion). Held at venues throughout Asheville. Check website for a complete schedule of events. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre For ticket information or more details: 257-4530 or www. dwtheatre.com. • FR (5/6), 8pm - Two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet joins Mike Marshall, a favorite of Asheville classical and bluegrass audiences, to undertake a musical journey across the American landscape. $30. • SA (5/7), 8pm - The Paul McKenna Band. One of the hottest, fastest-rising young groups in Scotland, the band takes a contemporary approach to traditional instrumentation. $30. Pickin’ on the Porch of the Old Kentucky Home • FR (5/6), noon-2pm - This family-friendly musical event is hosted by the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site in downtown Asheville. The featured guest will be Carol Rifkin and the Paul’s Creek Band. Free. Info: www.wolfememorial.com. 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. • TU (5/10), 7-9:30pm - Harmony Workshop. Fellowship, food and barbershop harmony basics at First Congregational UCC Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Preregistration required for this free event. Preregistration required for this free event. Info and registration: 254-2316. 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 (5/8), 3pm - Russ Martin and the Nouveau Passe’
Orchestra perform a jazz concert featuring tunes from the “roaring twenties.” The ten-piece band will play favorites such as “The Charleston,” “Singing in the Rain” and Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy,” among others. Free-will offerings encouraged. Summer Music in Flat Rock Series Presented by the Flat Rock Merchants Association. The outdoor series takes place on Little Rainbow Row’s back deck. This is a casual, family-oriented, bring-your-own-lawn-chair event. Free. Info: 697-7719 or www.flatrockonline.com. • SA (5/7), 6-8pm - The Lonesome Road Band will perform acoustic/bluegrass tunes. Sunday Jam • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Musicians, no matter their skill level, instrument or style, are welcome to attend this community jam. Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal. Details and weekly locations: 317-1861.
• FRIDAYS (5/6) through SUNDAYS (5/22) - A production of the Agatha Christie mysterycomedy Ten Little Indians. Show times: Fri.-Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2pm. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut St., across from Zambra’s). Info & tickets: 239-0263 or www. ncstage.org. • TH (5/12) through SA (5/14) - The acclaimed one-man show Rattlesnake, starring John Hardy. The play is both “funny and engaging, harrowing and intense.” $15.
Sugar Shack Burlesque • TH (5/5), 7pm - Southern Exposure, featuring “international performers and burlesque darlings of NYC,” will be performed at N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane. Info: www.ncstage. org or www.sugarshackburlesque.com. The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield.com or 257-4003. • THURSDAYS (5/5) through SATURDAYS (5/28) - The Family Tree, by local playwright and Magnetic Theatre artistic associate Lucia Del Vecchio,
is a dark comedy about ecoactivism and familial relations. Preview performances will be held on May 5 and 6. Shows will be held at 7:30pm and 10pm. $12/14.
Titan Theatre Company • TH (5/5) through SU (5/8) - The Titan Theatre Company presents the musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Held at McDowell High School Auditorium, 600 McDowell High Drive. Thur.,-Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 2:30pm. $10 adults/$8 students. Info: 652-2440.
Comedy Comedy Open Mic • SATURDAYS (through 6/25), 8:30pm - Comedy open mic at the Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: http://on.fb.me/e4GpE8.
Film Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332 or www.ashevillecourtyard.com. • FR (5/6), 8pm - Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series: Screening of Walkabout
by Nicolas Roeg (1971 UK/ Australia). Premier of “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements” • WE (5/4), 7:10pm - The award-winning documentary film, World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, set in a Virginia public school, depicts the transformation that happens as a class of students try to solve all of the earth’s crises with a balanced budget. The film will be screened at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Following the screening, the film’s main character John Hunter and director Chris Farina will host a Q&A and open
dialogue with local leadership in education. $16/Free to teachers. Info: www.worldpeaceavl.com or 257-4530.
Dance 7pm Wednesdays • InterPlay Asheville (pd.) Play with us, and tap into body wisdom, with movement, reflection, voice, and 1 minute stories. It’s easy and Fun, plus, you can’t do it wrong! (Really!) (now every Wednesday.) $5$15. • Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane, Asheville, NC • downtown Asheville! Info: www.interplayasheville.org/
Theater An Actor’s Basic Skill (pd.)Access your voice, your body, your fellow actors, and your audience. “The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity and adaptability to change.” (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org. • SA (5/7), 2:30pm - Saturdays at ACT Family Theatre Series presents Jack’s Adventure in North Carolina History. Performance by Bright Star Touring Theatre. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door. Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective • TH (5/5) through SA (5/14), 7:30pm - Love! Valour! Compasison!, by Terrence McNally, will be performed at 35 E. Walnut St. $15. Proceeds benefit Western North Carolina AIDS Project (WNCAP). Reservations recommended. Info: differentstrokesavl@gmail. com or 490-1405. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • Through SU (5/8) - Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, the hilarious tale of a director, producer and screenwriters frantic attempt to rewrite Gone With the Wind. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or www. hendersonvillelittletheatre.org.
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Fun Fact: the asheville tourists were Featured in the movie Bull durham as the team joined By Kevin Kostner’s character in the twilight oF his career, only to then smash the minor league homerun record oF zero.
Your 2011 Baseball Guide to the Asheville Tourists!
Touchdown! Briefs Under NCGOP plan, local Civil War re-enactor to be given own district Scantily clad participants in “Slutwalk Asheville” protest against rape Hastily organized “Bonerwalk Asheville” protests suddenly ill-fitting undergarments
Mark Hunt announces bid for city council Vows to succeed where brother Mike failed
NC legislature to vote on NASCAR as state’s official sport, spittle as state’s official dentifrice
What do you get when you assemble, from across the entire world, 14 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders? A minor-league baseball team that wants to smash opponents’ faces (but we’ll also accept the answer, “a baseball team”). These brave men — each one willing to die for his nation and/or his chance to play Big League ball one more time/for the first time — are heroes in every sense of the word, once we strip away the most common meanings from the word. No matter! When visiting teams come to play at McCormick Field, they face the best battle-hardened veterans and upcoming prospects that the Colorado Rockies could afford, after paying for everyone on the Colorado Rockies roster. War! Now let’s meet the team! Three guesses who’s pitching in our starting rotation! Well, three more guesses. Let me just tell you. OK, I don’t know their names, but they’re going to throw straight fire across the plate! Or Snap-n-Pops! Mike something? Steeeee-rike!
Two new players on the Tourists roster used to be college quarterbacks, enabling fans to imagine a more interesting sport being played than the one they’re watching. Play ball!
Thieves loot NC’s tornado-stricken homes Local pawn shops offering deals on smashed, waterlogged electronics
Cocaine-laden plane crashes in New Mexico lake Spurs interest in fishing, bathing, lake-water snorting
Report: Gonorrhea becoming a ‘superbug’
Crime-fighting hero formally known as Superbug searching for new name
Our outfield is loaded with veteran experience, the kind that can only be gained by not being called up to the Big Leagues year after year.
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Who’s on first? Mark Tracy? Who? Mark? Is on first? Tracy, Mark Tracy. Who? Mark Tracy? Seriously, who? The son of Colorodo Rockies manager Jim Tracy? Oh! Thank god he made the cut!
The team is led by Joe Mikulik, a manager recruited off the strength of his YouTube clip filmed during an impromptu 2006 in-field Tough Man contest. This is a man who’s not afraid to wear to work something very similar to what your 1st-grader wears when going to see Joe work, except tighter.
A word of warning to the rest of the league:
You’re in the South Atlantic League now, boys, and you know what that means. You don’t? Well, let’s just say this ain’t the Southern League, the Carolina League, or the Appalachian League. And nobody knows why, because those leagues exist and seem more fitting for a team based in Asheville. Nonetheless, South Atlantic League is in the house! Normally, the words “Lakewood Blueclaws” strike terror into the hearts of people who presumably know where Lakewood is or what a blueclaw is. But not so in the strong, beating hearts of the Tourists. Delmarva Shorebirds — where and the whats? The Greenville Drive? About an hour, which is two hours less than it will take the Tourists to hit half a dozen singles and send them back to Greenville with a crushing 1-0 defeat. Bring on the Lexington Legends, such as the Legend of the Happy, Well-adjusted Person in Lexington, KY, or the Legend of the Unknown Athlete in the Horrible Little Town. Bring on the Hickory Crawdads, named because the players’ dads crawl into the nearest bottle of booze after watching their sons play. Bring on the Savannah Sand Gnats, whose name evokes … well, a long day at a bad beach. Sounds like a job for the Tourists!
History of the Asheville Tourists
Baseball arrived in Asheville in 1897 with its first team, the Asheville Moonshiners. Regrettably, the roster consisted entirely of Asheville moonshiners, most of whom went blind before the all-star break. However, they did inspire the “Jake-leg,” a twitchy wind-up followed by a curveball, a struck batter, and delirium tremens. McCormick Stadium was built in 1924, costing $200,000 — a pretty good deal, considering it would fetch almost twice that amount on the market today. It’s played host to legendary players such as Babe Ruth, who rose off an operating table during emergency surgery to smash 17 home runs in 13 at-bats against the Tourists (then known as the Visitors, which caused great confusion for The Tourists’ infield fea- the McCormick scoreboard operator). In 1959, the team put its name up tures a collection of the international communi- for a vote, allowing the good people of ty’s finest Tourists play- Asheville to pick a new name. Crushing ers: Cristhian Adames, the players’ hopes, fans actually voted t e a m ’s Helder Velazquez and to keep “Tourists” as the Joey Wong. Those are the name, owing to the fact types of names that bring the voters were, acout nervous tics in oppos- cording to historiing players (such as throw- cal records, “total ing strikes). What kind of a-holes.” [Historiinternational flavor does cal note: Asterisks our league nemesis, the weren’t invented Augusta GreenJackets, until 1971.] have? Sundrendy WindRegular promotions at McCormick ster, Ydwin Villegas, and Rafael Rodriguez? ActuField include “Kids Eat Foul Balls ally, they sound like they Free Night,” “Senior Appreciation can probably play some Naptime Night” and “Quench Your pretty good ball. Thirst with a DUI Night.”
Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www.SwingAsheville. com Studio Zahiya (pd.) • Tuesday: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness • 6-7pm: Beginner Bellydance • 8:109:10pm: Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance • Thursday: 910am: All Levels Bellydance • 6-7pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • 8:10-9:10pm: Hip Hop. • Drop-in anytime. $12/class. • Info: (828) 242-7595 or www. lisazahiya.com Asheville International Folk Dancers • TUESDAYS, 7-9:30pm - A variety of dances from all over the world, but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. At Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. No partner, no cost. Info: 645-1543 or firstname.lastname@example.org. B-Boy & B-Girl Classes • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - Learn and practice the art of breakdancing at the StephensLee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Sneakers required. Free. Info: 350-2058. Celo Community Dance • FR (5/6), 8pm - Circles, squares, contra and couples dancing at Arthur Morgan School in Celo. Live music will be performed by Bruce Greene (fiddle). Info: www.celodance. org. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 694-1406 or 681-1731. • SA (5/7), 7pm - A “50’s Dance” will be held. Appropriate attire suggested. Advanced dance at 6 pm. Early rounds at 7pm, plus squares at 7:30pm. Caller: Stan Russell. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville.com, 301-7629 or email@example.com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Beginner swing dance lessons at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St., in downtown Asheville. $12 per week for a four-week workshop. No partner needed. Classes start first Tuesday of every month. Swing dance from 8pm-11pm every Tuesday night.
Application deadline: August 15. • Contact Dawn Dalto: firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 216-9929. • Application available on our website: http:// www.creekwalkfestival.com
Auditions & Call to Artists
Artists For Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival September 24 (pd.) 10am-5pm. • Application fee $10.• Booth fee $75.
Arts Council of Henderson County Located at 401 N. Main St. (entrance on Fourth Street), above Flight Restaurant in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www.acofhc.org. • Through TU (8/9) Submissions for Bring Us Your Best, a juried and judged art exhibition, will be accepted. Area artists are invited to submit original works of art in any media. $25/$15 for subsequent entries. Cash prizes will be awarded to three featured artists. Auditions for Fix • TU (5/10), 5-7:30pm - Cold reading auditions for Fix, a series of shorts by local playwrights, will be held at The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St., in Asheville’s River Arts District. Performances will take place at the Magnetic Field in July. LAAFF Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Fest (LAAFF) is a free street festival held on N. Lexington Ave., between College St. and the 240 overpass. The festival is a fundraiser for local nonprofit Arts2People. Free and kid-friendly. Info: 776-6248, www.arts2people.org or www. lexfestasheville.com. • Through SU (5/15) - LAAFF is seeking local artists to create poster art for the 10th annual festival, held the first weekend in September. Interested applicants must include a brief artist statement and three to five+ portfolio images, or a link to a website. Submissions should be sent to LAAFFasheville@ gmail.com, ATTN: LAAFF Poster Art, by May 15. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • Through FR (5/27) - Applications for artists and crafters interested in participating in Brevard’s 39th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Showcase will be accepted. For an application contact: 884-2787 or tcarts@ comporium.net.
newsoftheweird Lead story Businesses typically resist government regulation, but in March, Florida’s interior designers begged the state House of Representatives to continue controlling them, challenging a deregulation bill with a theatrically ham-handed lobbying campaign. Only “licensed professionals,” they insisted, could prevent the nausea Floridians would otherwise suffer due to inappropriate color schemes. Deregulation, they maintained, would contribute to 88,000 deaths a year as flammable materials suddenly inundated the market in the absence of licensing. (If deregulation is successful, competition will increase, and lower fees are expected.)
• The longstanding springtime culinary tradition of urine-soaked eggs endures in Dongyang, China, according to a March CNN dispatch. Prepubescent boys contribute their urine (apparently without inhibition) by filling containers at schools; the eggs are boiled and sold for the equivalent of about 23 cents each. Many residents consider the tradition gross, but for devotees, it represents, as one said, “the [joyous] smell of spring.” • The port town of Kumai, Borneo (population 20,000), consists of low-rise shops and houses but also many tall, windowless buildings perforated with small holes. These structures are actually birdhouses: The town’s chief industry is harvesting the nests of the hummingbirdlike swiftlet. When properly processed, the nests (constructed of the bird’s saliva) yield a sweettasting paste that’s highly revered throughout Asia and supposedly has medicinal qualities, according to a January BBC News report. • In January, while the Texas Legislature debated budget cuts that would almost certainly cost Allen High School (just north of Dallas) at least $18 million and require layoffs of teachers and other school personnel, construction was continuing on the school’s $60 million football stadium. Among Texans, noted a New York Times report on the facility (which 63 percent of voters approved in a 2009 bond referendum), “Only
football supersedes faith and family.”
Latest religous messages
• Former stripper Crystal Deans, who says she learned the trade at age 18 but later retired and turned to God, now offers free pole-dancing classes in Spring, Texas, expressly for Christian women. Her gyrations may be the same as when she was working, she explains, but now everyone is clothed, and she dances only to “Christian music.” • In February, 31-year-old youth pastor Brent Girouex of Council Bluffs, Iowa, confessed to an apparently lengthy series of sexual experiences with boys and young men, which he initiated by telling them that ejaculating would help them gain “sexual purity” by (as he explained it to detectives) “getting rid of the evil thoughts in their mind.” Eight victims reported multiple purification sessions; one estimated as many as 100.
• For Career Day, students at Shady Grove Elementary School in Henrico, Va., heard a local plastic surgeon describe his specialty, but many parents were outraged when they learned that he’d passed around saline breast implants for the kids to handle. “Career Day sure isn’t what it once was,”one calmer parent commented. • The End Is Near, But How Near? In March in Owensboro, Ky., James Birkhead, 52, was sentenced to 5-1/2 months in jail for making survivalist bombs to protect his family after he became alarmed by the movie 2012, which portrays the chaos some expect when the world ends next year (as supposedly foretold by the Mayan calendar). Meanwhile, Edwin Ramos of Vineland, N.J., is busy traveling the East Coast in his RV warning people that the end won’t be in 2012 but this month — May 21,
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2011. (The discrepancy wouldn’t exist if there’d been a biblical year “0” after B.C. and before A.D.) Ramos’ father, who apparently doesn’t share this view, accepted ownership of his son’s successful construction business as Ramos concluded that it had no future.
• In Waltham, Mass., a man stole student Mark Bao’s notebook computer in March, but Bao used his automatic online-backup service to access the hard drive while the thief was using it, discovering a performance video of a man (presumably the thief) dancing (lamely, Bao thought) to a pop song. Bao uploaded the video to YouTube — where 700,000 viewers showed it the proper disrespect — and, having tracked down the thief’s e-mail address, informed him of his new Internet “stardom.” Soon after, the still-unidentified thief turned in the notebook to Bentley University police, apologizing to Bao and begging him to take down the video.
• Apple’s iPad 2 is in short supply worldwide — and so, coincidentally, are paper models of the device demanded by those of Chinese heritage at the Qingming Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Confucian tradition promises good fortune to the dead if their relatives burn sufficiently impressive offerings at graveside during the festival. Local vendors offer paper models of first-generation iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs, but some families fear misfortune will ensue if they fail to burn the most advanced version of the iPad. (Low-tech families burn paper copies of money, shirts or shoes.)
Names in the news
• Arrested in Aurora, Colo., in January and charged with stalking his wife: Joseph Moron. Appointed to a senior executive position in January in the global communications firm Alcatel-Lucent: George Nazi. Arrested for dealing marijuana in March in Fairfax County, Va.: Kevin Lee Cokayne. Appointed interim chief medical officer of Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita, Calif., in March: Dr. Richard Frankenstein.
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The COPA debate
Franklin senator aims to protect physicians, not ruin Mission Hospital
What does it mean to “Buy Local” There’s a lot of buzz lately about buying local but also a lot of confusion. Long before local became in vogue; Mr. Ingle worked with local Western North Carolina farmers, dairies and meat companies to stock his stores. Local farmers often drove their pick up trucks full of fruits and Leah McGrath, RD, LDN vegetables from their fields directly to our stores. All Corporate Dietitian, of our Laura Lynn milk still comes from dairy farmers Ingles Markets located within about 150 miles of Asheville. At Ingles we work with ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project- www.asapconnections.org ) to help more farmers have products that can be sold at Ingles. 1. What is local? There is no legal definition of the word “local”. To some it means in their hometown or county and for others within a certain geographic distance of where they live. I have even had people tell me that they consider local to be anything in the Southeast...or even in the United States! 2. You can’t necessarily buy local all year around. Depending on what local items you are trying to buy, you may or may not be able to buy them throughout the year. Western North Carolina has very distinct growing seasons so you aren’t going to be able to buy local strawberries in December unless they have been grown in a greenhouse and you’ll never be able to buy “local” bananas! Look around our stores at the photos of the local farmers we buy from. 3. Local items are not necessarily certified organic. Local farmers and those that raise chicken, meat or milk cows may or may not follow organic practices involving use of pesticides or the type of feed they give their animals. Check out labels on packaging and ask the Ingles produce associates which fruits and vegetables are local. Ingles started out and remains your local grocery store!
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The Mission footprint: The Mission Health System, including the main hospital and facilities in Asheville, accounts for one in every 16 jobs in the Buncombe-Madison area. photo by Jonathan welch
by Margaret Williams Sen. Jim Davis isn’t out to make Mission Health System close its doors, he told Xpress in a recent interview. “I wouldn’t do anything knowingly to harm Mission. It’s critical to Western North Carolina,” said the Republican state senator, acknowledging the company’s position as a major health-service provider and a major employer in the region. But Davis has proposed a bill that puts a lid on the hospital’s acquisitions, restricts the number of local doctors it employs and otherwise aims to break what Davis claims is a “legal monopoly.” The bill has drawn criticism from Mission CEO Ron Paulus, who told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the legislation lacks common sense and that, if the bill passed, ”Mission would ultimately … shut its doors.” That’s an exaggeration, Davis told Xpress. Two issues stand behind his proposal, he explained: A February study highlighting potential problems with the 1995 Certificate of Public Advantage agreement that allowed Mission and St. Joseph hospitals to merge, and Mission’s pending partnership with Angel Medical Center in Franklin, the heart of Davis’ home district. The February report concludes that, under
the COPA, Mission may have an incentive to increase prices and costs; other health providers may be at a disadvantage when Mission expands into nearby areas, says Davis. “I’m not accusing Mission of anything, [but] these are valid concerns. [We] just need to look at it.” In response to the bill, Mission Health System released a “State of Mission” document that outlines its economic impact on Western North Carolina, the services it offers and its interpretation of the COPA (see mountainx.com/xpressfiles for the full document): “Mission accounts for about one in every 16 jobs in the Buncombe-Madison area, representing about 6.3 percent of overall employment in the two-county area and about one in every 39 jobs in the 18-county region. … Mission Health System generates about $963 million of economic activity in the BuncombeMadison local economy, representing about 5.9 percent of the overall economic activity to the local economy. Said another way, $1 in every $17 of economic activity in the twocounty area can be attributed to Mission,” according to one section of the document. Davis doesn’t agree with the economic assessment. But, he says, given the current challenges in health care, there’s no question that small hospitals, clinics and practitioners
will be looking for partners and ways to share or cut costs. But there should be a collaborative process, not one that gives Mission an unfair advantage, he insists. His bill is a first step in reviewing the 15-year-old COPA and its overall impact on health care in WNC, Davis says. “We need Mission to be strong, [and] the older I get, the more important it is to me that [it] survive. But we also need to maintain competition.” To view the full bill, the COPA study and Mission’s statement, go to http://bit.ly/igQ2u7.
North Buncombe Elementary gets fit
What do a Flash Mob Dance and physical fitness have in common? On May 4, North Buncombe Elementary used the former to kick off its take on National Physical Fitness and Sports Week. Each May, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education encourages schools and parents to help children explore a wide variety of physical activities to determine what they like, and encourages them to participate in those activities on a regular basis, say organizers. Almost half of young people ages 12 to 21 — and more than a third of high-school students — do not participate in vigorous physical activity on a regular basis, a contributing factor to obesity over a lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). “Keeping children and teens physically active is one of the biggest challenges in society
today,” says Debbie Bryant, healthful living coordinator for Buncombe County Schools. This year, the national theme is “Let’s Move in School,” NASPE’s public initiative to ensure every school provides a comprehensive school physical activity program, with quality physical education as the foundation. NASPE recommends that schools and families incorporate at least 60 minutes of moderate physical activity into each child’s daily routine. “Quality physical education programs can contribute to students’ regular participation in physical activity and can increase moderate to vigorous physical activity. The challenge is to help students identify a sport or activity that he or she enjoys as much as watching television or playing computer games,” says NASPE President Lynn Couturier, of SUNY Cortland. NASPE also suggests that parents limit the amount of time their children spend in front of the television or computer to less than two hours a day. Activities and other resources teachers and parents can use during National Physical Education and Sport Week can be found on the NASPE website, www.naspeinfo.org. For more information on Let’s Move in School, visit www.LetsMoveInSchool. org. X Send your health-and-wellness news to firstname.lastname@example.org or news@mountainx. com, or call News Editor Margaret Williams at 251-1333, ext. 152.
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A Matter Of Balance (pd.)Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. • A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Brought to the community by The Land of Sky Regional Council, and presented in collaboration with Home Instead Senior Care and Park Ridge Home Health. • Workshop begins May 16 at Park Ridge. Classes are held twice a week for 4 weeks, 2 hours each. • For more information, please call Heather: (828) 274-4406. Home Instead Senior Care. Park Ridge Health Events (pd.)Free Health Screenings with the Park Ridge Health WOW Van: Free Cholesterol Screenings Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. • Thursday, May 5 (8 – 11 a.m.) Ingles, 220 Highland Lake Rd., Flat Rock • Wednesday, May 11 (8 – 11 a.m.) Universal Health Care, 86 Old Airport Rd., Fletcher. • Friday, May 13 (8 – 11 a.m.) Ingles, 1705 Brevard Rd., Laurel Park. Free Support Groups • Alzheimer’s Association’s Henderson County Caregivers’ Support Group, May 10, 10 a.m. Carolina Baptist Association Office (601 Hebron St., Hendersonville). Support group offered to those providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Care for persons with dementia is available for those who can function in a social setting without their caregiver for over an hour. Call Sally Griffin at (828) 8088635. Free Wellness Presentations • Wednesday, May 11, noon-1 p.m. “High Fructose Corn Syrup, Weight Gain Through Deafness”: Jeremy Pettit, P.A.-C, Park Ridge Wellness, Park Ridge Health Duke Room – No RSVP required. Jeremy will reveal how the body communicates when it’s hungry and when it’s full. It is through this complex system of chemical communication that high-fructose corn syrup essentially makes the body deaf to critical signals, resulting in weight gain. He’ll discuss the effects of high fructose corn syrup and help you learn how to consume less of it. The Baby Place Events Childbirth Class: $90 per couple May 9 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Eager to learn but juggling a frantic schedule? Our oneday childbirth class offers an interactive format that involves both mom and dad. We’ll start with ailments that can crop up during pregnancy. We’ll then move on to happens when you’re in labor - including how to recognize when it starts - as well as delivery options ranging from low-intervention to natural, or traditional childbirth. Finally, moms and dads will learn how to take care of their new bundles of joy. They’ll also get a chance to tour the beautiful Baby Place facility where they’ll welcome their baby into the world. To register for this class or for more information, please call
(828) 681-BABY or visit parkridgebabies.com Aromatherapy Workshop (pd.) Gain new skills. • Aromatherapy Level I workshop with Dr. Joie Power. • Massage Therapy NCBTMB Approved Provider 15 CE hours • Next Asheville 2-day workshop: May 21-22. • $245. (828) 8352231. www.Aromatherapy-School. com Compassion Focused Therapy (pd.) This being “human” is difficult. We find ourselves being hard on ourselves, driven to perfection, pushing harder or giving up. We become wired for stress, depression, anxiety, codependency, alcohol and drug problems, overeating, etc. • Learn effective mindful self-compassion skills to respond differently to your suffering, feelings of inadequacies and self-judgments. Individual and group sessions. Denise Kelley, MA, LPC; Call 231-2107 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Feldenkrais/Anat Baniel Method (pd.) Reduce Tension • Alleviate Pain • Improve Flexibility and Posture. • Group Class Mondays 7:45pm - First Time is Free, Downtown Asheville. • Private sessions by appointment, East Asheville. 299-8490. integrativemovement.com Alternative Health • WEDNESDAYS (through 6/22), 6-8pm - Conversations focused on healthy eating and alternative-health treatments will be held at Shiloh Recreation Center, 121 Shiloh Road. Donations encouraged. Info. 274-7739 Chronic Disease Self-Management • WEDNESDAYS (through 6/8), 1-2:30pm - Live Healthy: “Chronic Disease Self-Management,” at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. Sponsored by WNC/ Buncombe County Medical Society, Land-of-Sky Regional Council Area Agency on Aging and Pack Memorial Library. $30 includes educational materials. Info: www.bcmsonline.org Circuit Breaker Fitness Class • MONDAYS and THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - The Circuit Breaker class will combine a variety of exercises, to be disclosed on your first day of class. Not for beginners. $30 for eight sessions. Info and registration: 687-5290. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital.org or 692-4600. • TH (5/5), 3-4:30pm - “Sharp As A Tack: Keeping Your Brain Young,” with Lucy Butler, a speech therapist with Pardee Hospital. • MONDAYS (through 5/23), 2-3pm - “It Works,” a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addiction. All are welcome. Info: 489-7259. • WE (5/11), 2-5pm - Heath screenings for oral, head and neck cancer
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wellnesscontinued ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: http://adultchildren.org. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or www.wncalanon.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm Wednesday Women’s Al-Anon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective • The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective is a group of people with diverse perspectives on mental health. We are inclusive, non-judgmental and respect self determination, personal choice and honor confidentiality. For info and locations of meetings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-3105. Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically-based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with real-life issues, including divorce, codependency, anger control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 6871111. • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - Eye Scream Parlour, 2064 Highway 70 in Swannanoa. Info: 301-3582. • TUESDAYS, 6:15-9pm - Tired of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups? Meetings start with a group dinner.
Held at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork Road in Black Mountain. Nursery available. Info: www.mvc.cc or 298-0430. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., in Asheville. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. Crystal Meth Anonymous • SUNDAYS, 6:30pm - This 12-step meeting welcomes anyone who has a desire to quit using crystal meth. The group meets at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-8729. Family Recovery Event held at the ADDICTION: Focus on Women Conference • TU (5/10), 9am - 2:30pm - Women in recovery from addiction or trauma and their support system are invited to attend this family recovery event, held as part of the ADDICTION: Focus on Women Conference. Registration is required and lunch is free. Support for the support system, self care and helping children will be discussed. Free. Info: www.mahec.net/afow. GriefShare GriefShare features nationally recognized experts in grief-and-recovery support and meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road in Asheville. Info: 253-7301 or michael. email@example.com. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - GriefShare group meeting. Nutrition Seminar • SATURDAYS, 1-3pm - Get fit for life, lose pounds and keep them off by changing eating habits. Learn new recipes and enjoy healthy food samplings. Donations welcome. Info and location: 277-6723. Overcomers Recovery Support Group for Ladies • TUESDAYS, 7pm - This Christianbased, 12-step recovery program provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C-1. All are welcome.
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 otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30 - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 3291637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave., off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: (800)-580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-step-based recovery program meets at 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: www.slaafws.org or ashevilleslaa@ charter.net.
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On your Mark: Mark Rosenstein gives a cooking demonstration in the kitchen of the Laughing Frog Estate. Photo by Kevin Gregory
by Mackensy Lunsford Alan Muskat is wearing pink Crocs. He’s standing in front of a group of people gathered in dappled sunlight on the lawn of the Laughing Frog Estate, a lush 200-plus-acre plot in between Hot Springs, Marshall and nowhere. “I’m very honored and appreciative to have you all here,” he says to the group, most of whom sip Champagne, recline in lawn chairs and seem equally appreciative. A violinist has set down his instrument so that everyone can hear what Muskat has to say. The spring breeze carries a scent of lilac and, faintly, the morels that Mark Rosenstein, the founder of The Market Place restaurant, cooking instructor and food blogger, is sautéeing in the kitchen. “There’s so much that we have to share today,” continues Muskat. “The beauty and the music and the food, all of the hidden things to eat, some of which I discovered walking in, the surprises that I’m going to share with you today. That’s the beauty of foraging — you never know what you’re going to find.” The group is gathered to take part in a retreat series that Muskat has named “No Taste Like Home.” This is the second installation of the monthly program, one part foraging expedition, one part pampering session. Each event features a trek through the property to learn about the edible gifts of the earth. After the wild-foods walk, participants head back to the estate’s 7,000-square-foot mansion, a home that was recently featured in the Travel
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World International Magazine article, “A Lap of Luxury, Southern Style: Five Star Relaxation in America.” There, they remove their muddy shoes, slip into something dinner-appropriate and, weather permitting, retire to the porch for a full-service multicourse meal of forest cuisine and foraged foods prepared by a local chef. This week, it’s Rosenstein. Future chefs include Adam Bannasch of Zambra and William Dissen, the new chef and owner of The Market Place restaurant, among others. If it sounds rather idealistic and hoity-toity, it may be that the price tag of the event — $125 — has encouraged the organizers to paint it that way. In actuality, that’s (thankfully) not exactly the case. Yes, we’re greeted with Champagne. And yes, while the Laughing Frog is a first-class resort; it also manages to maintain a light crunchy vibe, despite the luxurious trappings of expensive antiques, a five-star kitchen and a tennis court. And Muskat himself — a well-known mushroom gatherer, eater-of-insects and all-around eclectic local personality who’s organized this series — ensures that things don’t swivel too far into the realm of the sophisticated. As with foraging, you truly never know what you’re going to find with this event. One participant had the dubious honor of finding a live snake in a sack. To his credit, Muskat thought the critter was recently deceased when he put it in the paper bag that he left on the table (to save for proper burial,
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Get wild: Alan Muskat sniffs at some winecap mushrooms growing on the property of the Laughing Frog Estate. Photo by Alissa Whelan
one would presume). At least one would hope it had nothing to do with dinner. It certainly wasnâ€™t Muskatâ€™s intention to scare the bejeezus out of his guests. The way Muskat recounts the story later makes me think heâ€™s impishly pleased with the incident. Itâ€™s truly an Easter miracle how that thing came back to life, really. Or Passover, since thatâ€™s the theme of the nightâ€™s dinner, with its Carolina trout gefilte fish hors dâ€™oeuvres and potato casserole, garnished with wild â€œair potatoes.â€? Out of curiosity, I looked it up later and find that the air potato is a highly invasive wild vine from Africa â€” and itâ€™s highly recom-
mended that you refrain from eating it. Anyway, mushrooms, not strange vines, are the main focus of the meal. And even though the air potatoes apparently should be our chief concern, fungus is what frightens people the most, according to our expert. â€œBut you say â€˜wild foodsâ€™ in general and people think that youâ€™re crazy and that youâ€™re going to kill yourself,â€? says Muskat. Snarky comments from local reporters presumably donâ€™t help the cause. But Muskat infers not-so-subtly that heâ€™s OK with wearing the crazy mantle. Itâ€™s a rare entrepreneur that can succeed on a model based
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Greek Luncheon & Bake Sale â€˘ MO (5/9), 11am-2pm - The annual AHEPA Motherâ€™s Day Luncheon will be held at the Hellenic Center of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave. There will be a variety of Greek dishes including pastichio, spanakopita, meat balls, baked chicken oreganato, lamb shank, orzo, rice pilaf and Greek-style green beans, served cafeteria style. Prices range from $1-$12. Pastries include baklava, napoleons kourabiethes,melomakarouna, koulourakia, paximathia and more. Plus, Greek folk dancing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local philanthropic causes. Info: 253-3754. Orders: 254-7424.
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Locavore eats: Participants of the “No Taste Like Home” retreat enjoy a dinner of wildharvested foods at the end of the day. Photo by Alissa Whelan
somewhat on an element of danger. Muskat is a little like the Appalachian version of the sushi chef who specializes in fugu — poisonous blowfish that will ensure an utter lack of repeat customers if prepared incorrectly. “I have a very great niche, because everyone else is too afraid to do it,” he says. The crowd giggles a bit. I can’t tell yet if the majority of the people are naturally relaxed about the perceived danger of eating wild food, or if the Champagne is simply taking hold.
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There are more than 30,000 types of mushrooms in the world, Muskat is saying. And out of those, only about a dozen are deadly. “That doesn’t mean you go out and play fungus roulette,” he says. In fact, he recommends not eating anything you don’t recognize without proper guidance. Since most of us outgrew tasting unidentified objects on the ground after toddler-hood, it’s likely that won’t be a problem. Mushrooming, says Muskat, is not a solitary pursuit. “Always ask someone else,” he says. “There’s a saying in Africa: the one who asks is the one who doesn’t get poisoned by mushrooms.” Not sure whether or not we’re being told a story (we likely are), we set off in rather large numbers to explore said natural world. And presumably — hopefully — eat wild things that won’t kill us. (After all, I’ve promised my editor that I won’t die today, or at least until my latest project is complete.) But my untimely death doesn’t seem as though it will be an issue. Most of the wild foods are already in the kitchen, and hopefully someone’s been sorting carefully. Muskat points out nettles, a stinging plant that Rosenstein’s already busily pureeing into a pesto back in the kitchen. Muskat doesn’t make us harvest any — but he tells us how to do so, should we want to. If you’re careful, he says, they won’t sting you. Beekeepers often say the same thing about bees. The foragers maintain a respectful
distance from the stinging herb by pretending to poke through the ferns on the opposite bank. We find a clump of ramps, but it’s treated more like an exhibit — it’s only a small stand, and Rosenstein’s got a wealth of that garlicky green slowly drying in the oven, or going into a ragout with fresh morels. I momentarily wonder if I might get away with shoving a few in my pockets while no one’s looking, but I decide that a strong scent of onion emanating from my pants might give me away. The rest of the group has already plowed ahead. They’re eating violets like a bunch of rabbits and sampling young ferns — which Muskat describes as a bitter-tasting cousin to the fiddleheads that are precious commodities on the seasonal spring menu. Then Muskat walks to a stand of daylilies, pulls a few, then takes a slice of the green tender part near the root and pops it in his mouth. “I have just tasted this, and it’s OK,” says Muskat with authority. “But I’m going to give it to my apprentice and if she’s still alive in a few minutes, you all are welcome to eat what’s left.” She is, and we do — it tastes like a cross between bamboo shoots and spring onion. In fact, later, Rosenstein will feed us the daylilies, sautéed with sliced bamboo shoots and served with ground and spiced venison. While we’re munching on flower stems, Muskat tells us that, earlier that day, he picked a ton of sochan, a wild green favored by the Cherokee that tastes like a cross between arugula, spearmint, spinach and lavender greens. His intention was to make them as a salad for us, he says, but we won’t end up eating it. Why? “I decided that there might be one deadly plant in there, so I threw away the whole bunch,” he says. “So ... you all should be glad.” “Exciting!” someone (who may or may not have been this reporter) trills sarcastically. With that, we tromp back to the house for a cooking lesson by Rosenstein and a spread of hors d’oeuvres and wild blueberry wine spar-
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klers, plus dandelion wine that tastes surprisingly citrusy. Mock chopped liver with honeymushrooms and black walnuts is being passed around on trays and local eggs are on the table, hard-boiled and “batiked” with blackberry juice. It’s not Thomas Keller, but it’s very good — and very wild. Later, back out on the porch in the lilacscented breeze, we’re seated at tables, set with proper china and silver. Wild-food meals need not be eaten out of bear skulls and lily pads, apparently. In fact, it’s all quite civilized. While I was expecting some sort of strangely intoxicating root liquor, the service staff opens a bottle of a deeply dark and fruity Shiraz, and sets it in the middle of each table for us to pass around, family-style. Given the sophisticated atmosphere of the porch, we’ve all (mostly) set aside our wild child for the evening, though one of the musicians has given up plucking his instrument and seems to be howling on the other end of the porch. I blame root liquor. As the sun dips below the spring-green mountain ranges that frame our view, the service staff lights tea candles. The entire day has been immensely gorgeous and slightly, amusingly strange. But this? The porch scene in candlelight, tables set with edible wildflowers and asparagus shoots, this belongs in the pages of Southern Living. The wine and the courses flow, as does the conversation. And not a one of us flinches — or gets poisoned — when the sochan salad arrives. X Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at food@ mountainx.com.
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Shaking up a Storm: The Devil’s Oasis (left) and the East Indian cocktail (right) are just two of the unique drinks to be found at Storm Rhum Bar, newly opened at 125 S. Lexington. Photo by Jonathan Welch
The perfect storm
There are a few recent restaurant openings of note. Storm Rhum Bar was watched with interest as it neared completion early this year, mostly due to the credentials of the business partners involved in the venture. The restaurant is a collaboration between Tom Israel, David LeBoutillier and silent partner Jerry Scheer, all of whom have a considerable amount of restaurant experience under their belts. Israel, for example, is co-owner of Pack’s Tavern. LeBoutillier was a founding partner in several restaurants, including Charleston’s 39 Rue de Jean, McCrady’s and Poe’s Tavern. His consulting company, LeBoutillier Associates, was responsible for the creation and develop-
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on a fishing rig. The cocktail menu is breezy and inspired. Drinks like the Devilâ€™s Oasis, with rum, cayenne-infused honey and passionfruit, hold their own among some of the best drinks in town. And the East Indian Cocktail, a jalapeĂąo- and serrano-spiked cucumber vodka drink with Bitter Truth bitters, cane syrup and cilantro is almost as good. The menu is fun, solid and has some affordable options. There are natural-beef burgers for less than $10 and a great cheese and charcuterie board showcasing a Three Graces tomme alongside a Wisconsin blue. The plate also contains housemade pates, rilletes and more. The menu also features PEI mussels with chorizo, a hanger steak with chimichurri and a few variations of ceviche â€” simple fare with a hint of world influence. A three-dish section on the menu of â€œfood in a jarâ€? is plenty of fun â€” kimchee thatâ€™s unique and crazy strong, a jar of bread-and-butter pickled shrimp, another of pimento cheese with sesame crackers. And then thereâ€™s this: You can now procure a plate of huevos rancheros â€” with house-made chorizo â€” in the wee hours in Asheville. The bar serves the dish until 1 a.m. on a late-night menu that kicks in at 10 p.m. That menu includes burgers, fish tacos, chefâ€™s choice ceviche and ribs. And out on the patio of Storm, thereâ€™s seating for plenty with yellow picnic tables, salvaged from a German beer garden, and a gas fireplace. For a very limited time, you can sip a Green Man-brewed Storm stout, an exclusive made for the restaurant in rum barrels. When itâ€™s gone, folks, itâ€™s gone. Storm Rhum Bar is located at 125 S. Lexington Ave. For more information, visit stormasheville. com.
A bar with heart
Out in Weaverville, thereâ€™s a new bar on the block. Jack of Hearts, owned by Joe Eckert who founded Jack of the Wood, opened its doors late last month in an old firehouse on Main Street. The new pub serves a wide selection of beers on draft, local, regional and from far-flung regions â€” like Kalamazoo (where the fantastic Bellâ€™s beers are brewed). Thereâ€™s a full bar, too and a decent selection reasonably priced wines. I was happy to note that thereâ€™s a $15 bottle of Aveleda Vinho Verde, for example. In fact, there are 9 bottles available priced at $21 or less.
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Heart of Weaverville: Jack of Hearts is a big, friendly, warm tavern, newly opened on Weavervilleâ€™s Main Street. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn
The interior of the place is lofty but cozy and, business seems brisk â€” itâ€™s one of the few places open that late at night in the immediate area. The menu focuses on classic pub fare with a few twists. There are nachos with chili con queso, house made and grilled chicken wings and a fish sandwich. Thereâ€™s a plate of fish and chips that we didnâ€™t try because of the price â€” $15. Thereâ€™s a Rueben on rye, a Caesar wedge with grilled ciabatta, Prices range from about $4 for a bowl of soup to $23 for a rib-eye with mashed potatoes. The Fire Starter is worth a shot if you like spicy. I balked when my friend wanted to order it. The bartender billed it as a â€œdeconstructed flat bread pizzaâ€? which sounds a little silly, but the dish works more than you would expect. The plate comes with a scoop of herbed goat cheese, grilled whole habaĂąeros, lime wedges and a pile of Hawaiian pink sea salt. Sounds like an elementâ€™s missing, right? As long as you can stand the heat of habeĂąeros, itâ€™s a very good flavor combination.
Storm and Jack of Hearts arenâ€™t the only newcomers to the dining scene.
The Gourmet Chip Company has opened on 95 Broadway St., across from the Mellow Mushroom. The shop sells chips of all sorts â€” plantain, kettle-cooked potato, apple, etc. â€” piled in paper cones and topped with your choice of oozy goodies. Think creme frĂ˘iche, aiolis, fondue and caramel. For more information, visit gourmetchipcompany.com. Vinsite also recently opened on Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. The wine shop, opened by Kathy Taylor and Les Doss, who used to own the Usual Suspects, focuses on natural wines. Check out the Vinsite website for information about the types of wines the shop carries â€” itâ€™s fun to play with and provides plenty of interesting material for the curious oenophile. More at vinsiteasheville. com And Beans and Berries at 165 Merrimon Ave., has closed. Owners Paige and Dan Scully also own Scullyâ€™s Signature Dine and Drink on Walnut Street in downtown Asheville. Scullyâ€™s will remain open. X Send your food news to email@example.com
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Ingredients Salad 1 oz extra virgin olive oil 1 bunch local tender young asparagus, trimmed 1/2 dry pint local whole fresh strawberries 1/4 cup crumbled local chevre 1/4 cup green onion vinaigrette (below) Vinaigrette 1/2 bunch local green onion tops, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds Juice of half a lemon Pinch of salt and pepper 1/4 cup olive oil 2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves Method Brush asparagus and strawberries with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place onto a hot grill and allow enough time for grill marks (approximately 1 minute per side). Remove from grill and arrange on a platter. Finish by whisking together dressing ingredients, drizzling the green onion vinaigrette and crumbling the chevre.
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Grilled strawberries? Chef Nate Allen of Knife and Fork grilling strawberries during a May cooking demo at Asheville City Market last year. He will lead monthly cooking demos again this year; his first is Saturday, May 14. Photo courtesy of ASAP
Anomaly Romano of Take the Cake!, a pastry vendor at Asheville City Market (downtown and south) and the West Asheville Tailgate Market, agrees. “Each berry is a little bright gem filled with unbelievable flavor and freshness. There’s no comparison between the berries here in WNC and the ones shipped from California.” Romano sources strawberries for her goodies — like cupcakes and tarts — from her own garden, as well as fellow market vendors McConnell Farms in Hendersonville and Flying Cloud Farm in Fairview. Flying Cloud estimates they’ll be bringing their berries to tailgate markets this week, with their largest quantities available mid-month. That’s perfect timing for Allen, who begins his regular monthly cooking demonstrations at the Asheville City Market on Saturday, May 14. Last year, his grilled strawberries with asparagus were a hit, even though many marketgoers were skeptical at first (he shares the recipe below). “It’s important to drop any preconceived notions about strawberries now; they can be savory, sweet, used in a cocktail or as a garnish for meats,” says Allen. “It’s just important to celebrate this fruit at this time.” But that doesn’t mean the preparation has to be complicated. Romano enjoys pairing them with another market find, local goat cheese, as well as whipped cream with Limoncello (a lemon liqueur) and a touch of sugar or honey folded in.
Roz Taubman, co-owner and pastry chef of The Blackbird in Black Mountain, likes them with just a little sugar and wine. She recommends marinating three cups of strawberries in your favorite pinot noir or zinfandel, sweetened with three tablespoons of sugar, for at least an hour. “It’s very simple and elegant, and most importantly brings out the natural flavor of the ripe strawberries.” Taubman promises strawberry ice cream on The Blackbird’s menu this month — she makes homemade ice cream daily — alongside strawberry cream puffs and other springtime desserts. Allen plans to use them on his menu, too. Look out for them alongside fresh spinach, ricotta, dill and lamb bacon in a scrumptious salad. To find a list of all participating Get Local restaurants, visit asapconnections.org and click on Get Local. There, you’ll find information about Get Local in area schools, where the focus is also on strawberries right now. Visit growing-minds. org for more information. At ASAP’s website, you’ll also find information about other local foods fresh at farmers markets this month, as well as the opening dates of markets beginning in May. For more information about the chefs and restaurants mentioned here, visit theblackbirdrestaurant.com, knifeandforknc.com and takethecakeasheville.com.
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BY ALLI MARSHALL Chances are, by the time you read this you’ll already be knocking the dirt off your sandals from a festival or two (Big Love, All Go West and MerleFest came up quickly) — but fear not. Festival season is only just beginning. Even if you haven’t yet ventured into the great, music-accompanied outdoors, there’s plenty of time. Air out your tent, take your tie-dyes and halter tops out of storage and hone your campfire-starting skills: This summer promises to be action-packed from start to finish with something for every interest (world music, barbeque, white squirrels, bagpipes, etc.). And keep a look out for new events (Veg Fest) and new favorites (WNC Highlands Celtic Festival) along with the well-loved standbys (LEAF, Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, Shindig on the Green). Many festivals sell out, so plan accordingly. And pace yourselves, people — this is Western N.C., where the fun and games continue well into autumn. one red reveler gets diva-tastic at blue ridge pride PHOTO BY michael muller
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THE STAPLES Americana Roots Festival
The lineup: Balsam Range, Harris Brothers and a Roots Talent showcase The dates: May 6 The location: Maggie Valley The cost: $25 online/$29 at the door. Designated drivers and music-only tickets are $15 online/$19 doors. The crowd: DIY types who like their crafts in the form of craft beer. Can you camp? No, but the website lists hotels close to the festival. More info at: americanarootsfestival.com
Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
The lineup: Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Spam Allstars and more. The dates: May 12 - 15. The location: Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. Day-passers take a shuttle from the Owen Middle School parking lot. The cost: Weekend passes are $151 adults/$124 kids, Weekend plus Thursday $174/$144. Day tickets are $99/$84 Friday-Sunday, $42/$34 Friday or Sunday, $52/$45 Saturday. The crowd: Families who play together, world music aficionados, hula-hoopers and contra dancers and zip-line fanatics. Can you camp? Camping is included with weekend passes; cabins were sold out at press time, but private lodge-room bunks could be reserved for $95. More info at: theleaf.com
Montford Music & Arts Festival
The lineup: David Holt and the Lightning Bolts, Westsound, Firecracker Jazz Band, Free Planet Radio and more. The dates: Saturday, May 21, starting at 10 a.m. The location: Montford Avenue, Asheville. The cost: Free. Enjoy live music, artist booths, vendors and food. Leave your dog at home. The crowd: While not a localonly event, this festival does have a neighborhood block-party feel. Expect to celebrate with your neighbors. Can you camp? Unless you know a kindly Montford resident with a big backyard, no.
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Mountain Sports Festival
The lineup: Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, Spiritual Rez, Woody Pines and more. The dates: May 27 - 28. The location: Carrier Park, Asheville. The cost: Music and entertainment are free; to compete, contact the coordinator for each event via the festival Web site. The crowd: Climbers, disc-golfers, cyclists and other athletes — including those who like to dance for their endorphin rush. Can you camp? No. More info at: mountainsportsfestival.com
White Squirrel Festival
The lineup: Acoustic Syndicate, Jill Andrews, Town Mountain and more. The dates: May 28 & 29. The location: Downtown Brevard. The cost: Free. The crowd: If you know what a “Squirrel Box Derby” entails, you’re the target audience. (If you’re dying to know, and are pretty sure you can take it, this is also your festival.) Can you camp? No. More info at: whitesquirrelfestival.com
The lineup: Railroad Earth, JJ Grey and Mofro, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Melvin Seals and JGB and more. The dates: June 3-5. The location: Jomeokee Campground in Pinnacle, N.C. The cost: The event is by invitation — learn how to get an invite by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will only be sold in advance and are $115 general/$275 VIP until June 1 or sold out. The crowd: This is “a gathering of friends, family and lovers of music alike.” Attendees are asked to bring a positive attitude — and craft supplies for the kids’ area. Can you camp? Primitive camping is included with ticket price, RV and car camping spaces can be reserved. More info at: smilefest.com
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cloggers perform at shindig on the green PHOTO BY Jerry nelson
Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival
The lineup: Chuck Wicks, The Shane Pruitt Band, Acoustic Syndicate, Big Daddy Love and more. The dates: June 10 & 11. The location: Harmon Field in Tryon. The cost: $7; children under age 12 get in free. The crowd: Sure, there’s music and crafts, but ‘cue is the main attraction so find the crowds at “Hog Heaven” — the cooking competition.
Can you camp? No. More info at: blueridgebbqfestival.com
WNC Highlands Celtic Festival
The lineup: Ennis Pruitt, Rathkeltair, Montreat Scottish Pipes & Drums and more. The dates: June 17 & 18. The location: Pisgah Brewing Company. The cost: $15 for both days. The crowd: Celts (or folks who just really like plaid — and beer) who celebrate their heritage with athletic
demos, border collie herding and music. And beer. Can you camp? No. More info at: celticheritageproductions.com/wnc.htm
Blue Ridge Pride’s Gay Games Field Day
The lineup: 5K race, team competitions like kickball and water balloon toss, individual games and music. The dates: June 18. The location: Carrier Park The cost: $20 competition entry fee for a team of four. The crowd: LGBTQ folks, along with their sporty and not-so-sporty friends, families and neighbors. (This is a fundraiser for the annual Blue Ridge Pride event, to be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at Pack Square Park.) Can you camp? No. But you can probably be as campy as you please. More info at: blueridgepride.com
Red, White and Bluegrass
The lineup: Lonesome River Band, Dailey & Vincent, Mountain Heart with Tony Rice, JD Crowe & New South. The dates: June 30-July 4 The location: Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton The cost: Advance tickets are $45/4-day pass, $20/1-day pass. After May 31, at-gate prices apply. $65/4day pass, $25/1-day pass. The crowd: Bluegrass fans of all ages (including kids — there’s a concurrent camp, hosted by Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, July 1-3). Can you camp? Yes, camping permits cost $10 advance/$15 at the gate. More info at: redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
The lineup: Rathkeltair, Brother, Davy Ramone Morrison, George Hamilton IV and Saor Patrol. The dates: July 7 - 10. The location: MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain, near Linville. The cost: Four-day tickets are $55 adults/$25 children (in advance). Prices per day are $15 for Thursday opening ceremony, Friday Nite Live, Saturday night Celtic games
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and Sunday Games; $20 Friday preliminaries; $30 Saturday games and rock concert. Children’s per-day tickets are $5. The crowd: Kilt wearers, pipers and dancers, wrestlers and sheep herders. (Pets are not allowed, though working dogs and livestock will be in attendance.) Can you camp? Yes. Fees depend on tent or RV size, ranging $25 per night for a two-man tent to $100 per night for an extra-large RV. More info at: gmhg.org
The lineup: Railroad Earth, ReBirth Brass Band, Do It To Julia, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and more. The dates: July 29 - 31 The location: Downtown Asheville. The cost: Free. The crowd: Pretty much everyone who likes full sun, free tunes, food stalls and surprise street performances at every turn. Can you camp? No. More info at: belecherefestival. com
The lineup: Each camp (see camping info below) brings its own sound system. Touch Samadhi, Wondrous Temple of Boom and Philidelphia Experiment — among others— have made prominent showings in the past. The dates: July 15 - 18 The location: Deerfields, Horse Shoe. The cost: Tickets are sold in two batches of 1,000. To purchase a ticket, you will need to have an account with Transformus.com. The second tier of tickets were released on May 1, and are $90 each. The crowd: “Burners” (this is a “Burning Man-sanctioned regional Burn”), artists and seers, all honing their self-expression. Can you camp? Yes. There are theme camps or camping communities which all interconnect to form Mysteria, the village of Transformus. Festival goers can join theme camps prior to the festival. More info at: transformus.com
The lineup: Food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and music to be announced. The dates: August 13 - 14. The location: Downtown Black Mountain. The cost: Free. The crowd: A Mayberry-esque mix of locals and tourists. Can you camp? No. More info at: exploreblackmountain.com/
The lineup: To be announced The dates: August 26 - 28 The location: Downtown Asheville on “The Block”: Eagle and Market streets. The cost: Free The crowd: Folks celebrating their African and Caribbean heritage (or at least reveling in the sights and sounds of Africa and the Caribbean). Can you camp? No. More info at: goombayasheville. com/
The lineup: Traditional folk dancers from Italy, Nepal, Trinidad, Finland, Guadeloupe, Turkey, China, Croatia, Burundi and the USA. The dates: July 21 - 31. The location: Performance venues in Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Highlands, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Columbus, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock and Franklin. The cost: Performance tickets vary by date and venue. Some free public performances also take place as part of the festival. The crowd: People who believe Flashdance and Dirty Dancing would have been a whole lot better with Troika steps and folkloric hats. Can you camp? No. More info at: folkmootusa.org
Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Fest (LAAF)
The lineup: To be announced. The dates: Saturday, Sept 3 andSunday, Sept. 4. The location: Downtown Asheville on Lexington Avenue. The cost: Free The crowd: This strictly local street fest gives Asheville residents a prime opportunity to let their freak flags fly. This year, it’s twice the fun as the one-day festival grows into a whole weekend. At last! Can you camp? No. More info at: arts2people.org/laaff. html
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FARTHER AFIELD Bonnaroo
The lineup: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield and more. The dates: June 9 - 12. The location: Manchester, Tenn. The cost: $249.50 (plus fees) for general admission with VIP ($1,349.50 per pair, plus fees) and total access (inquire via bonnaroo.com/totalaccess/contact.aspx) available. The crowd: This is the X-Games of festivals — must be able to withstand heat, rain, crowds and port-apotties and make the mad dash from Lil Wayne’s set to the Mumford & Sons show without missing a beat. Can you camp? Yes. Access to campgrounds in included in ticket price. A rent-a-tent program launches this year for those who don’t want
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to lug or set up their own. Rent an onsite RV or purchase an RV pass to bring your own. More info at: bonnaroo.com
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The lineup: Further, Primus, Pretty Lights, moe. and more. The dates: July 14 - 17 The location: Masontown, West Va. The cost: Advance tickets (allgood. musictoday.com or 1-800-594-TIXX) run $159 for a 3-day pass; $189 for a 4-day pass (add $40/$50 for prices at the gate). Kids up to age 3 are free, ages 4-12 are $75. Adults VIP tickets are $480 for all four days. The crowd: The kind of folks who work the phrase “it’s all good” into
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general conversation. And mean it. Can you camp? Since it wouldn’t be much of a campout otherwise, camping is included in the ticket price Tent camping is in the meadowlands. No electricity, but there will be a shower service for a nominal fee. RV camping is $60 in advance/$90 at the gate per vehicle. More info at: allgoodfestival.com
The lineup: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Taj Mahal, Xavier Rudd, The David Grisman Sextet and more. The dates: July 28 - 31. The location: An 80-acre festival site in the Southern Virginia town of Floyd. The cost: Advance tickets are available for 3- or 4-day weekend passes ($125/$135 before July 1, $140/$155 at the gate). Kids ages 612 pay $15 advance/$20 at the gate. Adult VIP passes are sold out; a limited number of day passes will be released closer to the date, space permitting. The crowd: This year’s lineup (including Asheville’s Toubab Krewe) is likely to attract a more world music-oriented crowd. You know, along with the jammers and rockers. Can you camp? Yes. While onsite RV tickets are sold out, there is primitive camping available for $50 and off-site RV camping for $100. More info at: floydfest.com/
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The lineup: TBA at press time. The dates: August 26 & 27 The location: The Old High Country Fairgrounds, Boone The cost: 1-day and 2-day tickets will be available in advance and at the gate. Prices TBA. The crowd: An eclectic all-ages group of Appalachian music fans — from babes in arms to folks in their 90s. Can you camp? Camping is limited but is included in ticket price. More info at: musiconthemountaintop.com
Mountain Song Festival
The lineup: The festival is hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers. Past performers include Steve Martin, Tim O’Brien & Brian Sutton, Carolina Chocolate Drops. The dates: Sept. 9 and 10 The location:Brevard Music Center. The cost: 1-day and 2-day tickets $35, $40 and $70. The crowd: Lovers of mountain music, Steep Canyon devotees and those hoping for a glimpse of (or a whole set from) Steve Martin. Can you camp? No, but you could stay in the Pisgah National Forest nearby. More info at: mountainsongfestival.com
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Haywood County’s premier spring festival, featuring plant, vegetable and flower starts, fresh-made foods and live music and entertainment. May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Frog Level district.
Mad on Main Festival
Mad on Main Festival: A group art show and pedestrian shopping event concurrent with Mother’s Day weekend. May 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. http:// madisoncountyarts.com
Saluda Arts & Music Festival
A showcase of fine arts and crafts from regional artisans. May 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. saluda.com/events.html.
Singing on the Mountain
Now in its 87th year, this all-day festival takes place in a meadow and features gospel song and sermon. Free. June 26. grandfather.com/ events/?event_id=297
Cashiers Mountains Music Festival
Now in its third year, the festival will be the first to utilize the newly constructed Village Commons area at the Cashiers Village Green. Doc Watson headlines; there’s also a car show, a kids’ zone and an arts and crafts show. $25 advance/$30 day of show (for both days). July 2 & 3. cashiersnorthcarolina.com/cmmf
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Basically, it’s all about pork. But there are also arts and crafts, a car show, comedy and music from the likes of Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Long Legs, Angela Easterling & the Beguilers, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys and more. July 8-10. http:// wcpshows.com/ribfest.html
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Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
This is the indoor counterpart to Shindig on the Green. The event — running since 1928 — celebrates mountain music. August 4-6. http:// folkheritage.org
A new (and hopefully annual) free street festival presented by The Asheville Vegetarians and Goat Mountain. Food, vendors, speakers and live entertainment, held on Battery Park Ave. in downtown Asheville. August 7. ashevillevegfest.org.
Rockin’ River Fest
This free festival, organized by RiverLink, includes a silly raft race from Bent Creek to French Broad River Park, vendors, kids’ events and bands to be announced. August 13. riverlink.org/RockinRiverFest2009. asp.
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion: This has earned quite a reputation in its 10 years, with past performers including Ralph Stanley, Doc Watson, the Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog and more. Set for Sept. 16 to 18 this year.
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For 13 years storytellers and listeners have been congregating in the Riverside Park in Downtown Spruce Pine, NC. This July 16 will be like years past. On the banks of the beautiful Toe River across from the railroad line that make their way through Downtown Spruce Pine.
Vistors and tellers will enjoy the warm southern mountain July air. The tellers for the Toe River Storytelling Festival will incorporate mountain lore in their stories, enriching listenersâ€™ understanding of the unique history of this region.
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Every May and October, thousands of people gather at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain for three and a half days of music, art, crafts, dancing, swimming and a whole lot more. A sea of tents rises in a matter of hours, some equipped with full kitchen and bedroom amenities, others with just a tent and a pillow. Little ones rush to the Kids Village for activities or to Lake Eden to get in line at the ever-popular zip-line. Some people head directly to the nearest food vendor and some go to Eden Hall for the next poetry slam or concert. No matter where you find yourself on the grounds, you are bound to have a great time. Even in the past when the October session has been cold or windy, there is always a place to get warm amid bodies buzzing with excitement. To get a feel of the event, we asked past performers and contributors about their experience.
Good music and wonderful people
Milt Crotts, music professor at Warren Wilson College, has performed at LEAF more than 10 times. He and his ensemble, Wildwood, will perform again this May. In the past, he has given shows at Eden Hall, Lakeside Stage, the Barn and the Kids Village. Crotts has been able to enjoy performances by musicians including Arlo Guthrie, Steep Canyon Rangers and Michael Franti. Crotts says its also great to see the “magical mix of great artists, good music and wonderful people.”
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One performance that is usually among the most popular is the Unifire Show. Most kids and even some adults gather around the beach area, hours before the show is set to begin, to watch the Unifire gang set up while securing their spots on the bank with blankets and towels. As the sun goes down, an enormous crowd gathers as the show begins. The reflection of the spinning fire on the lake perfects the experience, adding a hint of special-effects drama to the production. Local artist and teacher Casey Arbor has been a member of Unifire for eight years. She specializes in Fire Poi, which includes two flaming balls suspended by chords or chains that are spun in varying directions and patterns. Fire Poi combines melodic dance with choreographic moves like the “butterfly” (which involves spinning the pois in opposite directions in front of the body). The fire performance and all of its fiery attractions have the ability to bring out the pyromaniac in everyone as the audience is left shocked, amazed and entranced.
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Whether your passion is reggae or Celtic dance, there is sure to be a workshop for you. There are workshops for belly dance, banjo, singing, stilts and kids’ drumming. Unifire alone gives roughly three workshops per festival and outside of LEAF “they will pass out flyers and they will do various workshops around town.” At the LEAF workshops, Arbor demonstrates the basics of poi to an audi-
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ence of all ages, as well as allowing them to try their hand at poi, hula hoops or other fire dance techniques — without the flames, of course.
A scenic and safe place for teens
Local Asheville High senior Ingrid Humphrey has been to LEAF almost every year that she has lived in Asheville. She estimates that 15-20 percent of [her] friends go to LEAF. “I usually don’t know many of the artists performing, but I always enjoy going to listen and watch them,” Humphrey says. “If there is a performer I know playing at LEAF, it’s always really exciting.” “[LEAF] offers a scenic and safe site where teens can explore and have fun with other teens while their parents are in the vicinity but not necessarily hovering ... right?” asks local high school English teacher Jim Gardner, who has also performed at LEAF in the past. While this question will be left unanswered, LEAF does provide a safe site for all in attendance. Kids roam free as they go from the lake to the barn to the tent while their parents enjoy the festivities of the weekend. Gardner sums it up perfectly, saying that “It’s an idyllic setting and, when the weather is good, there’s nothing quite like it.” LEAF combines the adventures of camping with the excitement of a full-fledged arts festival, plus all the amenities that Lake Eden can offer. The aromas that waft from the stands of local food vendors mingle with the sounds of live music to create an excitement that can only be had at Lake Eden Arts Festival.
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“We have to take care of words” Asheville Wordfest enters its fourth year
A real connection to things: A poetry festival should be active and energized, says Wordfest executive director Laura Hope-Gill, pictured above. This year’s theme is resilience, and refrains of how people “come back like plants, year after year, from tragedy.”
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The words of a poem may dance around, sit quietly or even challenge you to a duel. But each word has an intention and a purpose. Asheville Wordfest, an annual poetry festival, celebrates the creative use of words with a series of events May 4 through 8. Laura Hope-Gill, the executive director of the festival and a known face in the Asheville poetry scene, explained, “Wordfest frames poetry in its original state: as a form of reasoning, a form that has sustained humanity for a very long time, through times of strife and change.” Not only is poetry still relevant to today’s society, it plays an important role. Wordfest brings vitality to the full spectrum of Asheville’s culture. The poetry scene is activated and energized by Wordfest. The concept of Wordfest was developed when Hope-Gill held a gathering of local poets to answer the question of what a poetry festival should do. “We didn’t want poetry to seem like this high, out-of-reach thing. We wanted it to have a real connection to real things,” recalls Hope-Gill. “Every year when I sit down to design [the festival], I hold to those origins. I pull out those great big pieces of paper with wild magic marker on them, and ask myself how can I hold to the vision from that party and make it fresh every time.” This year, the theme of the festival is resilience, as inspired by the film The Poetry of Resilience, which will be screened on Thursday, May 5, at the Fine Arts Theatre, followed by a reception with filmmaker Katja Esson. “I didn’t know 18 months ago that resilience would be so pertinent as it is today,” explains Hope-Gill. “The world feels so shaken, literally and metaphorically, and people are looking for ways to move through this
era.” This theme of resilience not only was used to develop this year’s lineup of events, it is also used to drive which poems each artist will read. Linda Hogan, an influential Native-American poet who will be reading on Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. comments, “I am looking forward to having a chance to read and speak about our resilience, and the amazing ways we come back like plants, year after year, from tragedy, from illness, from historical trauma, post-traumatic warfare experience, from poverty.” As the events of the festival explore the resilience of human beings, they will also explore the interconnectedness of people. Bridging cultures, ages, and places of origin, Wordfest allows poetry to act as a unifier. In the words of Hope-Gill, “It is all about vectors and reaching across opposites:
Venues around downtown Asheville. Check out ashevillewordfest.org for the complete schedule and more information. (Sunday’s slam is $5 and films are a $10 donation. All other events are free. Donations to support Wordfest can be made through their website.)
Wednesday, May 4 to Sunday, May 8
Words alive: Glenis Redmond performs at a previous Wordfest.
Come out for the Wordfest closing party
Xpress has the privilege of hosting some of that community for the second time this season on Saturday, May 7, at our Poetry Bash, the closing party for a busy day of readings, films and other Wordfest events. Join us at the YMI Cultural Center, starting at 10 p.m. with a musical performance by local folks Ten Cent Poetry, followed by a reading from 2011 Xpress Poetry Prize winner Brian Sneeden. After that, we open the mic to any poets in attendance. Asheville FM DJ Sean Dennis closes the night. Admission is free. The heart is most at peace when the mind and body are at ease, as the verse goes. To that end, Asheville favorites Craggie Brewing Company will provide beer â€” a perfect complement to the delicious food provided by Roots CafĂŠ.
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The next day, in the same venue, Poetry Slam Asheville hosted a Grand Slam event to select its team for regional and national events. To end the month, a gathering of local middle- and high-school students took to the stage at The Altamont, a new downtown theater and gallery, for Word Slam.
Poetry is â€œnews that stays news,â€? Ezra Pound wrote, and Asheville poetry has been newsworthy this spring. In case you havenâ€™t caught wind of the â€œvaried carolsâ€? in the April air and need some examples, letâ€™s start with Xpressâ€™ own poetry prize, which culminated on April 8 with an awards reading at the Masonic Temple (to read all the winning poems, visit http://avl. mx/2z).
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old and new, local and global, formal and experimental.â€? Hoganâ€™s thoughts mirrored this when commenting about her drive to write poems. â€œI need to say it, to put it into words that reach into the world right at the heart of things. It comes from wanting to make a difference, from knowing how this world could be, from inner vision.â€? Wordfest offers many ways to participate. Over six days, there will be readings from both local poets and nationally renowned poets, including Quincy Troupe, Kwame Dawes, Brian Turner and Paul Guest. Sunday will feature a poetry slam where participants will share their words with the audience. The festival will offer opportunities for youth to explore their poetic creativity. There are film screenings, a panel of directed conversation and opportunities to socialize with other event-goers. The lineup of poets, says Hope-Gill, â€œaims to inspire all of us to apply our creativity to our own healing and to the healing of the world we live in. Creative imagination is medicine.â€? All events will be broadcast live and archived online. As Hope-Gill states, â€œWe wanted to combine the very ancient to very modern so threw in live webcast as well as deep roots in the past.â€? Poems have the power to change the quality of air when read aloud. They bend time and space to give room for the potency of considered words. â€œI canâ€™t say poetry solves all our problems,â€? says Hope-Gill, â€œbut I can say that it does unify language and make it very effective and useful. Communication is at the core of problem-solving. We have to take care of words. When we do, they can accomplish wonderful things.â€? X
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The Golden Birds takes flight The Cheeksters celebrate 20 years by Bill Kopp
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Mark Casson and Shannon Hines Casson — the husband-and-wife musical team leading The Cheeksters — clearly aren’t from around here. Mark’s British accent and Shannon’s Memphis lilt make it clear that the pair, like others before and after them, have made a conscious decision to settle in Asheville. And they’ve developed the trademark Cheeksters sound by combining influences from their places of origin toward something original. Still, Mark chuckles, “Some would say my influences are quite obvious.” Mark and Shannon moved from Nashville to Asheville in 2000. By that point the pair had already released three albums as the Cheeksters. Then as now, the studio version of the group featured Mark (vocals, guitars, keyboard and more) and Shannon (bass guitar, vocals, etc.) plus producer/ engineer/multi-instrumentalist Brent Little. All of the group’s albums since 1997 have been recorded at Little’s Cream Puff Recorders in Nashville. “We feel like a lot of magic happens there,” Mark says. The group’s sixth and latest long player, The Golden Birds, gets official release on Saturday, May 7, with a release party at Lexington Avenue Brewery. The Cheeksters’ sound combines elements of Memphis soul and R&B with classic Brit-pop stylings; imagine the Small Faces fronted by a young David Bowie and Dusty Springfield. But the group avoids stuck-in-amber retro pandering, preferring instead to focus on songcraft and straightforward, catchy arrangements. Their 2005 song “The Neighbourhood Kids” enjoyed a high profile thanks in part to its use as a soundtrack for a heavy-rotation TV commercial for Asheville’s Ananda Hair Studio. That sort of radio-friendly approach has served The Cheeksters well; last year the title song from their 2007 album Movers and Shakers was picked up for use on a series of NFL Network commercials. Mark describes The Golden Birds as “very much in keeping what we’ve done before, but it’s the next logical step forward for us.” He believes that over the years The Cheeksters “have improved as musicians, and have got better at making records.” And while Mark might sound old-school in his descrip-
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A lot of magic: The album’s title comes from a children’s book that Mark Casson (above, left) read. He and wife Shannon, above right, have been The Cheeksters for 20 years. photo by sandlin gaither
tion of a collection of songs as a record, in fact there are tentative plans to release the album on vinyl later this year. “The title The Golden Birds comes from a children’s book I read,” Mark says. “When the children in the story go into a dark wood, they would hear the song of the golden birds, and be changed forever. The fantastic imagery made an impression on me.” The songs on the record are by turns melancholy and upbeat; with its riffy dialogue between electric piano and electric 12-string, “Why Don’t You” could have fit nicely on the Help! soundtrack. “Mr. Witchall” has the feel of a sunny afternoon at Piccadilly Circus. The gurgling Hammond organ and air-raid siren that anchor “The Sleepers” provide a dreamy counterpoint to bouncy, anthemic cuts like “Thrill of a Lifetime.” And on “How Do You Feel Now,” Casson and band channel a slinky, soulful Motown vibe. “There’s a lot of variety on this record,” Mark says. That’s evidenced by the lounge-flavored sunshine pop of “Brand New Way” and Shannon’s lead vocal spotlight “Reach You,” with its musical arrangement reminiscent of Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones. “I actually got to play drums on a recording for the first time ever,” Mark says with a grin. “And Shannon came a lot more into her own on this record, too. Her bass playing really drives a
lot of the songs, and she’s also featured a bit more vocally than on previous records.” In fact, The Golden Birds features more Mark/Shannon unison lead vocals than the group has done in the past. The performing lineup of The Cheeksters includes Jay Moye (guitars and keyboards) and drummer Michael Baker; for the release party the group will add Je Widenhouse from the Firecracker Jazz Band on trumpet and harmony vocals. Widenhouse’s presence will bring The Cheeksters’ onstage live sound closer to their analog, live-in-the-studio ambiance. “Quite a lot of the solos on The Golden Birds are trumpet solos,” Mark says. “One conscious decision I made when making this record was to stick some different instruments on there, instead of having guitar solos all over the place. I love the sounds of flugelhorn and trumpet, and they seemed to make sense with the songs I had written.” Internet radio station Asheville FM (ashevillefm. org) will provide a live audio stream of the May 7 show. In addition to being a release party for The Golden Birds, the event will also serve as the unofficial 20th Anniversary gala for The Cheeksters. X Bill Kopp is an Asheville-based music journalist whose features and reviews can be found at http:// blog.billkopp.com and http://musoscribe.com.
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This dynamic string quartet has been pushing the envelope of chamber-music innovation for more than 25 years. They won the 2008 Grammy for Best Classical Crossover, and Yo Yo Ma calls the group “authentic and passionate — a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.” Can Be Found: Diana Wortham Theatre, Friday, May 6. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Kronos Quartet, string quartet music. You Should Go If: You use the term “power walk” without a hint of amusement; everything you needed to know you learned from watching the Professor on Gilligan’s Island; you know exactly where your Phi Beta Kappa key is; for Mother’s Day you’re getting Mom ... the entire DVD collection of the original PBS series, Upstairs, Downstairs.
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by Ursula Gullow
The hope to become whole
Memorial art exhibit raises mental-health awareness by Ursula Gullow
At the age of 18, I yearned to find a place to live where my ideals and notions of personal responsibility could thrive. My attempt at college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina did not succeed. Travelling there was a long-distance excursion that did grant me one clue in finding a place where I could witness a clearer picture of a lifestyle I longed for. Without living the disciplined lifestyle of an artist, I would not find bliss. That apparently is what I must have claimed to desire in conversations with people. I did not own the responsibility; I only spoke hesitantly around the hope to become a whole artist. — Ellen Pasay 1981-2009
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Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Ellen Pasay battled manic-depressive episodes for 10 years, and was hospitalized at least eight times. In April of 2009, she took her own life at the age of 28. Though the paragraph above suggests that Pasay struggled to define herself as an artist, an exhibition of her work, An Unfinished Woman, now on display at Posana Café, reveals a dedicated woman who spent countless hours devoted to her craft. May is Mental Health Awareness month, and Pasay’s mother, Anne Burke, arranged the exhibit to shed light on mental health issues. Burke spoke candidly with Xpress about her daughter’s illness, with hopes of quelling the stigma and shame felt by families and patients diagnosed with a mental illness. “When you have the battle of depression, you just feel like you’re the worst person in the world. I compare it to beating yourself to death,” says Burke, who has been living with depression for most of her life. “Ellen grew up with both parents having to be hospitalized for mental illnesses. This goes on in families all the time. It needs to be talked about more.” In addition to her work as an artist Pasay is described by her mother as “a gentle soul who loved art, music, nature, gardening, cooking and spending time with children.” As she continued to have manic-depressive episodes, Pasay kept journals to document her feelings. “In her last notes to herself she wrote that she felt the need for rebirth. I feel like she didn’t want to be a burden to society or a burden to her family — that’s my belief,” says Burke. “When you’re manic you do things that are uncharacteristic of your behavior, and then the depression sets in. I think she feared living a life like that — with the constant ups and downs.” An Unfinished Woman represents a sample of the huge assortment of paintings and drawings Pasay left behind. Many of them are landscapes she made while still in high school under the tutelage of her mentor, David Brewster. Her figurative studies are astutely rendered, and her
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Ellen Pasay working on a sculpture at Eastern Connecticut State University in fall 2008. She studied briefly at Warren Wilson, and a show of her paintings is up at Posana Café. Photo by Nick Lacy, courtesy Anne Burke
self-portraits gaze with sincerity at the viewer. A pastel drawing of her father (who was also bipolar) calls to mind the German expressionists with its fiery use of color and distorted angles. Pasay was born in Connecticut and visited Asheville while in high school to work at her aunt and uncle’s restaurant, the former Café on the Square — where Posana Café is now located. In 1999, she briefly attended Warren Wilson College and later moved to Olympia, Wash. “She was painting a lot out there,” says Burke, “I think some of her best work was made during that period.” After a manic-depressive episode on the West Coast, Pasay relocated to Connecticut in 2004. A poignant painting of the windows of her studio, made by Pasay during that time, gives insight into the final years of her life. A loosely painted sepia window contrasts with a brighter, more defined window that reveals a sun-filled sky beckoning flight. “In Connecticut she had three years of incredible personal growth,” says Burke, “But then she went off her medication, and I didn’t know that. The two things to keep a person well are to stay on your meds and to stay in touch with your therapist.” Says Burke, “Accepting the illness is the hardest part. Ellen accepted it, but she didn’t want to
live with it.” Though Burke lives in Connecticut, she is a strong advocate for the services of CooperRiis, a mental-health treatment community, which has therapeutic facilities in Mill Spring and Asheville. An alternative model for mental health care, CooperRiis integrates psychiatry, nutritional counselling and life skills into its community-based programs. Burke speculates what might have happened had Pasay known about CooperRiis. “They give patients something to do instead of just sitting around all day. They have an art studio and gardens. Ellen would have loved that.” An Unfinished Woman will be on display at Posana Café until May 29. The Ellen Pasay Memorial Fund was established to provide educational scholarships and support for local art centers. For additional information contact email@example.com. Donations can be made to Cooper Riis at cooperriis.org/connecting/ donations.html. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nami.org/myNAMICause/ Memorials/ellen. X Ursula Gullow writes about art for Mountain Xpress and her blog, artseenasheville.blogspot. com.
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Robin Black (the author, not the Canadian glam rock band), recently published If I loved you, I would tell you this. The book is a collection of short stories “fraught with loss, usually of a loved one.” Characters include a father who takes his blind teenage daughter to meet her new seeing-eye dog, neighbor-couples battling over a fence and a woman torn between the memory of her dead husband and a new lover. Black, a Warren Wilson MFA grad, will read and sign copies of the book at Malaprop’s on Monday, May 9. 7 p.m. malaprops.com.
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Violinist Mark O’Connor plays both bluegrass and classical; he’s been mentored by both old-time fiddler Benny Thomasson and French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. He’s won fiddle championships (seven) and Grammys (two). On Friday, May 6, he and his string quartet will share the spotlight at the Porter Center with WNC-area youth. The concert is a benefit for Transylvania Youth Strings. In the second half of the concert, O’Connor will be joined by students of the Brevard-based non-profit, which is dedicated to providing music experience to the youth of Transylvania County. 7:30 p.m., $25-$30. http://avl.mx/2x.
New Growth at the Artery
If you caught Peter Parpan’s excellent show at Push Gallery last summer, then you know. If not, you’ve got another opportunity: Parpan has organized a group show including local visual artists Julie Armbruster, Galen Frost Bernard, Katie Daisy, Nigel Esser, Alli Good, Ursula Gullow, Ted Harper, Rob W. Hunt, Anna Jensen, Tara Jensen, Taiyo La Paix, Brian Mashburn and more. FlyPaper performs at the opening, which takes place Friday, May 6, 7-10 p.m. at The Artery (The Asheville Area Arts Council’s new gallery space in the River Arts District). ashevillearts.com.
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smartbets Evening of poetry at The Altamont
Part swanky date-night, part world tour: on Friday, May 6 The Altamont hosts five area poet-translators reading Englishlanguage versions of renowned bards. Thomas Rain Crowe reads Hafiz; Caleb Beissert reads Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca (both readers perform to musical accompaniment). Other readers include Malaprop’s owner Emöke B’Racz, Asheville Poetry Review associate editor Luke Hankins and author Nan Watkins. 9 p.m., suggested donation of $10/$5 students. myaltamont.com.
Lens on the Land
Poets, authors and through-hikers alike have waxed rhapsodic about the diverse and many-splendored landscapes of North Carolina. Now photographers have their say (in the “a picture tells a thousand words” sense). Lens on the Land is the newest exhibit at Castell Photography, featuring the works of Greenville-based documentary photographer Todd Cook and Robin Dreyer of Penland School of Craft. The show runs through June; an opening is held on Friday, May 6, 5-8 p.m. castellphotography.com.
Many musicians get a little sick of their hit (Arlo Guthrie swore off “Alice’s Restaurant” for a while; Don McClean refused to play “American Pie”) but not folk singer Jonathan Edwards. He penned “Sunshine” (“Some man’s gone, he’s tried to run my life / He don’t know what he’s askin’”) when another song was lost in the process of recording his selftitled 1971 album. This year marks the 30th anniversary of that tune — go ahead and request it, he’ll likely play it at The White Horse on Saturday, May 7. 8 p.m., $25. whitehorseblackmountain.com.
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Fat Catâ€™s Billiards
Mo-Daddyâ€™s Bar & Grill
Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill
Firestorm Cafe and Books
Olive or Twist
French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
Paul Cataldo (acoustic, folk, roots)
The Wood Brothers (roots, blues, Americana) w/ Abigail Washburn
Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
Pisgah Brewing Company
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Wayne Robbins & the Hellsayers (folk rock) w/ Ghost Box Orchestra French Broad Chocolate Lounge Good Stuff Grove Park Inn Great Hall
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Nick Mazzarella Trio w/ Shane Perlowin Trio
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Wild Wing Cafe
Underskore Orchestra (gypsy jazz, swing) w/ Firecracker Jazz Band & Sugarfoot Serenaders
Jack Of The Wood Pub
Old-time jam, 6pm
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Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ€™s (favorites by request), 8-11pm
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe
Horizons at Grove Park Inn
Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots)
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm
Jack Of The Wood Pub
DJ Shane, 8pm
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm
Valorie Miller (Americana, folk) Mo-Daddyâ€™s Bar & Grill
Olive or Twist
Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Kon Tiki (reggae), 5-7pm Woody Wood (blues, rock)
Alien Music Club (jazz jam)
Tina & Her Pony (Appalachian folk) w/ Melissa Hyman Boiler Room
EDM w/ Lonewolf, Nicodemus, DJ Boomstick & Annias
Ballroom dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band, 7:30pm
Scott Raines & Jeff Anders (acoustic, rock)
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe
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Mayday Parade (pop, punk) w/ Select Start, Sing Sing 76 & I Anthem
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Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ€™s (favorites by request), 8-11pm
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Front stage: Shane Perlowin (guitar) Back stage: Bow Thayer & Perfect Trainwreck (â€œgreasy, soulful, modern mountain musicâ€?) w/ Dave Desmelik
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Open mic w/ Brian Keith
Paul Cataldo Trio (Americana, roots)
Hank Bones (â€œman of 1,000 songsâ€?)
Open mic, 6-9pm
Gene Peyroux (rock, funk, soul)
Grove Park Inn Great Hall
4th annual Womanless Beauty Pageant
One Leg Up (jazz, swing) Purple Onion Cafe
Blue Mother Tupelo (roots, rock) Red Room
Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Stag Grill
Billy Sheeran (piano) Red Step Artworks
Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar
Steve Whiddon (â€œthe pianomanâ€?)
Bluegrass jam, 7pm
Root Bar No. 1
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
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Kevin Scanlon (acoustic, folk) Scandals Nightclub
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The Get Down
DJ Champale w/ Abu Dissarray Town Pump
The Roses (rock) w/ Cecil Thompkins (bluegrass) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues
Peggy Ratusz & friends Vincenzo’s Bistro
Aaron LaFalce (piano) Westville Pub
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The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm
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Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am BoBo Gallery
Josh Spiceland art opening Boiler Room
Sugar Glyder (indie rock) w/ Wyla & Vincent’s Missing Ear Craggie Brewing Company
Stereo Junk w/ Albert Adams (garage, pop, punk) Creatures Cafe
Diana Wortham Theater
Turtle Island Quartet (classical, progressive) feat: Mike Marshall Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar
Non-stop rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove
Electronic music promoter showcase Emerald Lounge
Peace Jones (funk, jazz, rock) w/ David Dhoop Band Fairview Tavern
Circus Mutt (rock, Grateful Dead covers), 8pm Fred’s Speakeasy
French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
Brushfire Stankgrass (acoustic, bluegrass) French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Matt Getman (jazz, pop, soul) Garage at Biltmore
Jenne Sluder (acoustic, folk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
The Growlers (indie, rock) w/ Electric Owls Grove Park Inn Great Hall
Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Handlebar
Kim Richey (singer/songwriter) w/ Emily Lynch Hangar
Contagious (covers, rock) Harrah’s Cherokee
DJ Shane, 8pm
Highland Brewing Company
Bobby Miller & the Virginia Daredevils (progressive bluegrass) Holland’s Grille
Carolina Rex (classic rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub
Sons of Ralph (bluegrass)
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Back stage: Lamb Handler (rock) w/ Glowing Bordis Lobster Trap
Kon Tiki (swing, tropical) Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Chompin’ at the Bit (bluegrass, old-time) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill
Pierce Edens (country, folk rock, roots) w/ The Delta Saints Olive or Twist
Live jazz or swing Pack’s Tavern
Lee Griffin Band
Purple Onion Cafe
Beaucoup Blue (Americana, blues, folk) Red Room
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Dance party w/ DJ D-Day
The Rose Familiar (progressive rock)
Red Stag Grill
Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill
Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)
Village Wayside Bar and Grille
Root Bar No. 1
O’Malley’s On Main
Bobby G (blues)
DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am
Olive or Twist
Mon., May 9
Kevin Scanlon (acoustic, folk)
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Chase Rice w/ Brian Davis & Florida-Georgia Line (country)
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The Cusinartists w/ Wilson The Rocker Town Pump
Wink Keziah (folk, roots, singer-songwriter) Village Wayside Bar and Grille
Pack’s Tavern Pisgah Brewing Company
Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams (alt-country, roots, rock, “surreal Americana”)
The Wayside Sound (acoustic jazz duo) Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (kid-hop), 2:30pm 5 Walnut Wine Bar
No Jacket Required (covers), 8-10pm Handlebar
Eastside Guitar & Drums recital, 7pm Cletus Got Shot (“strings w/ sass”) w/ Andy the Doorbum, 9pm Hole-N-Da-Wall
Purple Onion Cafe
Cipher circle, 10pm
Peggy Ratusz (1st & 3rd Fridays) Ginny McAfee (2nd & 4th Fridays)
The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul)
Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Vincenzo’s Bistro
Nikki Tally (blues, folk, rock) Dance party w/ live DJ
Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill Orange Peel
Red Stag Grill
Ken Bonfield (acoustic guitar)
Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (punk, blues) w/ The Malamondos
Wild Wing Cafe
Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill
Country Fried Fridays w/ Ashlee Hewitt
Nate McCoy (country)
West Coast swing dance, 7:30pm
Sat., May 7
Root Bar No. 1
The Get Down
Charlie Christon (“moody, atmospheric folk”)
Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe
Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country) Blue Note Grille
Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”) w/ Wendy Hayes & Russ Wilson Boiler Room
The Jompson Brothers (rock) w/ Tony Holiday & the Velvetones Craggie Brewing Company
Bear Down Easy (bluegrass), 7-9pm Creatures Cafe
DJ Soul Expressions Diana Wortham Theater
DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am
Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm
Gypsy (rock) Pat Flaherty (blues, country, folk) The Chop House
Live jazz, 6-10pm
The Get Down
Little Master (alt-rock) The Pocket
DJ dance party
Firestorm Cafe and Books
Scenic Roots (bluegrass, old-time, Irish, gospel) Fred’s Speakeasy
Gin Fits (alt-country, rock) & friends French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Alex Krug (Americana, roots)
5 Walnut Wine Bar
Corbin & Bones (jazz, swing), 8-10pm Altamont Brewing Company
Open mic w/ Zachary T, 8:30pm
Village Wayside Bar and Grille
Craggie Brewing Company
Alarm Clock Conspiracy (indie, powerpop)
Fat Cat’s Billiards
Tue., May 10
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe
Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar
Carolina All Day
Primal Soul & DJ Chadwick (deep house, live percussion), 10pm
The Paul McKenna Band (contemporary Celtic)
Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues
Shake It Like a Caveman (garage, one-manband)
Non-stop rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am
Paul Cataldo (acoustic, folk, roots) Utah Green (eclectic folk) w/ You Won’t Vinyl Tuesday
College night w/ Creatures Cafe Band Eleven on Grove
Red Hot Sugar Babies (hot jazz)
Swing & Tango lessons, 6pm — Dance w/ Space Heaters, 8pm
“The Secrets of Alternate Tunings Revealed,” with Ken Bonfield, 10:30am Jonathan Edwards (folk), 8pm Wild Wing Cafe
Mighty McFly (rock)
“Heavy Duty Eric Spins Doom” Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
The Love Language (indie, rock, pop) w/ On the Take Grove Park Inn Great Hall
Sun., May 8
Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm
5 Walnut Wine Bar
Sunday Jazz, 7-9pm
Papadosio (electronic, experimental) w/ Perileyes & Woodwork
Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard Bluegrass Jam, 8:30pm
Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe
Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm
Grove Park Inn Great Hall
Dirty South Lounge
Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)
Jay Brown (Americana, folk)
Jarvis Jenkins Band (psychedelic, rock)
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Mac Miller (hip-hop, rap) w/ Rapsody & Define Jones
“Tuesday Rotations” w/ guest DJ
Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill
Garage at Biltmore
May Day Jamboree Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Hangar
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Live band, 7-10pm Live DJ, 10pm-2am
Highland Brewing Company
Uncle Mountain (folk rock, pop, indie) Horizons at Grove Park Inn
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Hotel Indigo
Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub
David Earl & the Plowshares (Americana, rock) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Back stage: The Cheeksters (pop, rock, soul) CD release show w/ Albatross Party Lobster Trap
Mike’s Side Pocket
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Hymn for Her (rock, roots)
Beth McKee Trio (boogie-woogie, roots, rock) w/ The Gravelys
The Stray Dog Trio (blues, rock)
Music & EvEnts
Vanuatu Kava Bar
Consultants of Swing (jazz, swing) Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz)
“Sunday Sessions” w/ Chris Ballard Punk rock Sundays, 6pm Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Front stage: Aaron Price (piano) Leo Johnson (swing guitar) Michael Tolcher (singer-songwriter)
Iron Horse Station
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB) Lobster Trap
Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill Orange Peel
Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge The Get Down Vincenzo’s Bistro
DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am
West Coast swing dance, 7:30pm The Pocket
DJ Chubby Knuckles (pop, dance), 9pm Town Pump
The Pleasants (rock)
Irish Sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:30pm
Wed., May 11 5 Walnut Wine Bar
Juan Benavides Trio, 8-10pm
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French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
Scenic Roots (Americana, bluegrass) Good Stuff
Gene Peyroux (rock, funk, soul) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
Stereofidelics (indie, rock) CD release party w/ Hellblinki
karaoke monday Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues / Wild Wing Cafe
Grove Park Inn Great Hall
Jus One More / Northside Bar & Grill / The Pocket / Red Room
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Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Modern Relic’s ‘80s hair-metal night w/ Iron Kite Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub
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Charlie Hunter Duo (blues, funk, jazz) w/ Eric Kalb Tom Fisch (singer/songwriter) Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Stag Grill
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The Hangar / Holland’s Grille Jus One More / Midway Tavern / Rendezvous / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still
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Steve Whiddon (“the pianoman”) Chris Wilhelm (folk, rock) Scandals Nightclub
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The Get Down
Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
Grove Park Inn Great Hall
The Cigar Brothers (acoustic, jazz) Po Boyz (funk) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues
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Aaron LaFalce (piano) Westville Pub
Vollie McKenzie’s Wildcat Band (Western swing) Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Handlebar
Zach Deputy (roots, reggae, soul) w/ Simplified Hangar
Contagious (covers, rock)
Beat Rex (electronica)
Fri., May 13
Allstars Sports Bar and Grill
The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm Athena’s Club
DJ Shane, 8pm Gypsy (rock)
Horizons at Grove Park Inn
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm
Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am
Jack Of The Wood Pub
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Bad Circus (indie, rock) Craggie Brewing Company
Bill Cave (folk, Americana, roots), 6-8pm The Air Anchor, 8-10pm Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar
Non-stop rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove
Electronic music promoter showcase Fairview Tavern
Circus Mutt (rock, Grateful Dead covers), 8pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
Leigh Glass Band (Americana, blues, rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge
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August Black (acoustic, folk rock)
John Byrne Band (Celtic folk) Back stage: PUJOL (Southern rock) w/ Wooden Toothe Lobster Trap
Broken Lilacs (rock)
Mike’s Side Pocket
Elvet Velvis (rock)
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Tiny Boxes (rock, fusion) w/ Kung Fu Dynamite Orange Peel
Paul Thorn (blues, country, rock) w/ The Greencards Pack’s Tavern
Crocodile Smile (dance) Pisgah Brewing Company
Garage a Trois (rock, funk, jazz) w/ Vertigo Jazz Project
Purple Onion Cafe
Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)
Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar
Grateful Dead night w/ Phuncle Sam (jam, psychedelic)
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Now You See Them (folk, indie, pop)
Between the Buried & Me (hardcore, metal) w/ Job For a Cowboy & The Ocean
Fat Cat’s Billiards
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Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Battle: LA (PG-13) 7:00 Sucker Punch (PG-13) 10:00
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Arthur (PG-13) 12:05 (Fri-Sun), 2:25, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 (no evening shows 5/12) Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (PG-13) 1:05, 3:35, 6:10, 7:00, 9:40 Hanna (PG-13) 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 (no 6:40 or 9:10 shows on 5/11) Insidious (PG-13) 12:20 (Fri-Sun), 2:05, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Olivia and the Great Outdoors (G) 12:00 (Sat-Sun) Prom (PG) 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Rio 3D (PG) 12:00 (Fri-Sun), 2:20, 4:35, 6:50, 9:00 Rio 2D (PG) 12:45, 3:00, 5:20, 7:35 Scream 4 (R) 12:15 (Fri-Sun), 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Soul Surfer (PG) 1:40, 4:05, 6:30, 8:50 Water for Elephants (PG-13) 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:40 Your Highness (R) 9:50
Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500) n
The Conspirator (PG-13) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:50 Fast Five (PG-13) 12:25, 3:50, 7:25, 10:15 Hanna (PG-13) 11:35, 4:45, 10:05 (Sofa Cinema) I Am (NR) 12:05, 2:05, 4:10, 7:10, 9:15 Jane Eyre (PG-13) 11:50, 3:10, 7:30, 10:15 Jumping the Broom (PG-13) 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:30 Of Gods and Men (PG-13) 12:15, 4:25, 7:40, 10:20 Prom (PG) 2:10, 7:35 (Sofa Cinema) Rio 2D (PG) 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40 (Sofa Cinema) Rubber (R) 12:20, 2:30, 4:35, 7:55, 10:19 Something Borrowed (PG-13)
11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:40, 9:55 Thor Real D 3D (PG-13) 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50 Thor Technicolor 3D (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:30, 10:20 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) 11:40, 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:05 (Sofa Cinema) Water for Elephants (PG-13) 11:45, 3:00, 7:15,10:10 (Sofa Cinema)
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Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) 1:10, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Blue Valentine (R) 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:00 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 Sucker Punch (PG-13) 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Paul (R) 1:20, 7:35 True Grit (PG-13) 4:10, 10:05
Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) n
Thor (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)
Jane Eyre (PG-13) 1:00 (no 1:00 p.m. show Sat May 7), 4:00, 7:00 (no 7:00 p.m. show Thu May 12), Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 Win Win (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:40
Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n
Atlas Shrugged (PG-13) 1:00 (Sat-Sun only), 4:00, 7:00
n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)
Fast Five (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 7:30, 9:55, 10:25 Jumping the Broom (PG-13) 1:40, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35 Something Borrowed (PG-13) 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 10:00 Thor 3D (PG-13) 1:10, 3:50, 7:10, 9:50 Thor 2D (PG-13) 1:30, 4:20, 7:40, 10:20 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) 1:50, 4:30, 8:00, 10:30
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pickoftheweek Rubber JJJJ
Director: Quentin Dupieux Players: Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz Dadaist Indie Horror Comedy
The Story: A group of people gather in the desert to watch a story about a sentient tire that goes on a killing spree. The Lowdown: It’s not only as improbable as it sounds, it’s much more than that. Sometimes funny, always inventive, and determinedly strange. There’s certainly nothing like it. Whatever else Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber is, it’s certainly unusual. It’s also probably the best movie ever made about a tire, and definitely the best movie ever concerning a killer telekinetic tire. This by itself will probably clue you in that Rubber is very much not a film that’s apt to play to every taste. Watching the trailer for the film with various audiences has settled that question for me. I found it interesting, for example, that the art-house crowd watching Certified Copy responded positively to it, while the action crowd watching Fast Five sat in stone silence — apart from one woman laughing nervously at one gag. I’d say it’s likely to delight viewers who get the joke (or jokes, since this operates on more than one level) and just baffle viewers who don’t. The problem with that assessment is that I’m both delighted and baffled by the film — in about equal measure, and sometimes simultaneously. The thing about Rubber is that it’s not simply a movie about a killer tire. It’s also a film about movies and how people respond to them and what they expect from them. Beyond that, it’s a critique of audiences and perhaps of mankind in general. And it’s done in a style that probably falls somewhere between Luis Buñuel and Alex Cox. It explains only what it wants to explain, and that’s an approach that may either intrigue you, or simply annoy you. The film starts with a police car pulling up in the desert. The trunk is opened and a man, Lieutenant Chad (Stephen Spinella, Milk), emerges to deliver a lecture on the idea that all great movies (and some not so great perhaps) contain the element of “no reason” — simply because life itself is full of “no reason.” Is this merely the film justifying itself? Probably not, since it quickly gets tired of its own philosophizing. Then again, it leaves the question of why Lt. Chad is riding around in the trunk of a car, so it’s probably for no reason. Soon a man billed as “Accountant” (Jack Plotnick, who’s probably best remembered as the film nerd who interviews James Whale at
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Robert the killer tire squares off against the law in Quentin Dupieux’s subversive Dadaist darkly comic horror movie Rubber — where there’s more than meets the eye. the beginning of Gods and Monsters) is handing out binoculars to a ragged audience (including schlock-movie actor Wings Hauser as its most schlock-savvy member) assembled in the desert for — what? These folks are the audience within the movie and they’re there to watch the film’s story unfold — though they’re also part of the movie, or at least essential to it. Since they’re expected to, they obediently watch the desert through their binoculars — some more patiently than others. Finally, the star, which is to say the tire (billed as Robert), comes to life, taking his first few tentative wobbles until he can effectively roll. Soon, he’s learned the simple delight of crushing things by rolling over them. Then he learns how to kill things in the same manner, but that’s not enough. Enough only comes when he discovers he has the power to explode things with his mind. The audience is increasingly interested as Robert sets out on his travels (all of which are conveniently in range of the audience, which is also something of a comment on movies). It’s not long before the tire spots a girl (Roxanne Mesquida, Fat Girl) in a convertible and apparently is smitten with her. In any case, he follows her to a rundown motel — going all Scanners on the heads of anyone who annoys him on the way. From here, the movie becomes increasingly strange. And if you’re still with me after that statement, there’s a good chance you’ll find Rubber worth your while. What follows is by turns funny, a little disgusting and ultimately strangely disturbing. Does it all work? Probably not. Sometimes it feels too clever for its own good. Look at it this way, it’s the first movie ever to dare to pose the question, “If a killer tire explodes your head and there’s no one there to see it, has it really happened?” Rated R for some violent images and language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14
The 5th Quarter JJ
Director: Rick Bieber (Crazy) Players: Andie MacDowell, Aidan Quinn, Ryan Merriman, Michael Harding, Stefan Guy Sports Drama
The Story: A college football team rallies around the death of the brother of one of their teammates, while his family also attempts to cope with the loss. The Lowdown: A low-budget, scattershot attempt at being a faith-based, uplifting sports flick, but too unfocused to be either. On paper, Rick Bieber’s based-on-a-truestory, numerically impossible The 5th Quarter is attempting to be two things by mixing a homegrown, faith-based film with an uplifting sports movie. But it’s not really either of these things, and it’s confusing to the point that I’m not sure the filmmakers are sure what this movie’s supposed to be. Sure, there’s a few doses of religiosity here and there, mostly in the way of scripture quoting, but it’s not something the plot revolves around, It’s also never as heavy-handed about its religious agenda as we’ve seen in other films, like the Kendrick Brothers’ fauxsentimental, blubbering oeuvre (including the 2006 faith-via-football flick Facing the Giants). Instead, the movie’s crux is the Wake Forest football team, who’ve all rallied around the sudden death of Luke Abbate (Stefan Guy), the kid brother of the team’s star defensive player Jon (Ryan Merriman, Final Destination 3, playing the world’s doughiest football player). The idea is that we’re in for a tale of inspired underdogs, which is true to an extent. But for some reason (probably bud-
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Bishop T.D. Jakes is a kind of less highprofile — certainly less prolific — Tyler Perry. So far, he’s only produced two movies — this and Not Easily Broken — but his novel, Woman Thou Art Loosed, served as the basis for the film of that name. He also tends to appear in the movies, though not in a starring capacity and not in drag. TV director Salim Akil’s Jumping the Broom appears to be Jakes’ bid for a more mainstream crowd as a plain rom-com centered on the ever-popular business of warring parents at a wedding. Ho and hum. The cast is fairly impressive — AngelaBasset, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps — and the film has managed a mainstream release. The trailer looks annoying and is filled with annoying characters. It may be worth noting that the critics for both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety hated it. (PG-13)
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Looking even more obnoxious than Jumping the Broom is Luke Greenfield’s (The Girl Next Door) Something Borrowed in which nice girl
getary), the only football we get is in the form of highlight reels from TV broadcasts of the actual Wake Forest games the film is portraying. I guess the argument could be made that the film is more of a character study, since much of the plot is dedicated to the Abbate family’s attempts at getting over the death of their youngest son. The problem with this is that the approach is too vague. We get lots of grieving and serious-minded acting from dad (Aidan Quinn) and one good outburst of disgust at suburbia from mom (Andie MacDowell), but then everything’s fine when football’s going on. The real point of the movie seems to be the virtues of organ donation, since in real life, Luke’s death saved the lives of five people, including that of a mother. It’s hard to argue the nobility of that, but at the same time, it’s not used very well cinematically, only popping up at the beginning and end of the film. If there’s an ultimate message here beyond that, it’s lost in the telling. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night JJJ
Director: Kevin Munroe (TMNT) Players: Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs Horror Comedy Rated PG-13
Ginnifer Goodwin falls for less nice girl’s (Kate Hudson) fiance (TV actor Colin Egglesfield). The trailer looks like 20 minutes of plot is going to be dragged out for 103 minutes, and, hey the trade magazines didn’t like this one either. (PG-13)
Here’s what was meant to be the opening film of the summer season, but no one counted on Fast Five jump-starting the season a week early. That probably won’t slow down Kenneth Branagh’s big Marvel comic book movie, Thor, which is already cleaning up in the UK and Australia — and with surprisingly strong reviews. (And woe be unto the critic who dares not like it, because the comic book fanboys — most of whom haven’t seen the thing — are out for blood.) But did it have to be 130 minutes long? (PG-13) Early review samples: • “A moderately entertaining film on which an immoderately large amount of time and money has been expended.” (Philip French, The Guardian) • “Thor delivers the goods so long as butt is being kicked and family conflict is playing out in celestial dimensions, but is less thrilling during the Norse warrior god’s rather brief banishment on Earth.” (Richard Kuipers, Variety)
The Story A detective who used to specialize in the supernatural finds himself called back into the fray of the undead by circumstances. The Lowdown: A lot of potential is wasted through miscasting, atmospherechallenged direction and a generally pedestrian plot. “No pulse? No problem,” reads Dylan Dog’s (Brandon Routh) business card in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. That refers to his supernatural clients. Unfortunately, it turns out be a pretty good description of the movie, where it is very much a problem. And I wanted to like this. I don’t care that it departs from its source comic books, which I’ve never read. I understand those include — at least in Italy — a Groucho Marx character, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen in trademark-happy America, even though it would have been cool. (They did get a Duck Soup poster into the set decorations.) All the same, I was hoping for something better than this. It’s not so much that Dylan Dog is bad — certainly nowhere near as bad as is being claimed — it’s that it’s so completely inconsequential that it’s rarely more than just “there.” For the record, the movie is all about the down-at-the-heels gumshoe of the title, who used to work as a kind of mediator among the rival supernatural factions — vampires, werewolves, zombies — who reside in New Orleans. He was there in case one of their number did something extrovert — like killing a human
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Andie MacDowell, Aidan Quinn, Ryan Merriman, Michael Harding, Stefan Guy Sports Drama A college football team rallies around the death of the brother of one of their teammates, while his family also attempts to cope with the loss. A low-budget, scattershot attempt at being a faith-based, uplifting sports flick, but too unfocused to be either. Rated PG-13
African Cats JJ
(narrator) Samuel L. Jackson Nature Documentary A tale of lions and cheetahs living—and surviving—in Africa. A basic nature documentary gussied up with dull narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Rated G
Atlas Shrugged J
Taylor Schilling, Grant Bowler, Matthew Marsden, Jsu Garcia, Paul Johansson Political Fantasy Drama In the near future, the world is in near ruins and its great thinkers and doers are disappearing, threatening to throw this over-regulated world into the abyss. Cheap-jack film version of Ayn Rand’s entertainingly overheated fantasy novel—or at least part of it, since this is merely part one. If you’re already converted to Rand’s philosophy, you may like it—or you may think the cheapness of the approach is a betrayal of the author. Rated PG-13
The Conspirator JJJJJ
James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Danny Huston, Tom Wilkinson Historical Drama Historical story of the trial of Mary Surratt, a woman accused of complicity in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Strong, well-made historical drama from Robert Redford that scores big in its well-crafted and superbly acted characterizations. Rated PG-13
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night JJJ
Brandon Routh, Sam Huntington, Anita Briem, Peter Stormare, Taye Diggs Horror Comedy The Story A detective who used to specialize in the supernatural finds himself called back into the fray of the undead by circumstances. A lot of potential is wasted through miscasting, atmosphere-challenged direction and a generally pedestrian plot. Rated PG-13
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Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson Action In this entry our heroes end up in Brazil where they find themselves in trouble with a drug lord and a special DEA agent. Preposterous, over-the-top, way too long, but it’s still entertaining nonsense with excellently crafted—albeit ridiculous—action scenes. Rated PG-13
Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Jessica Barden, Olivia Williams Arty Action Thriller A 16-year-old, highly trained assassin goes on the run from a CIA operative who wants her dead. Extremely stylish art-house/thriller mash-up that’s sometimes a victim of its own formal excellence and precision, but is nonetheless compelling entertainment. Rated PG-13
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(voices) Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, Cheech Marin Animated Adventure An evil witch kidnaps Little Red Riding Hood’s granny, and it’s up to her and the Big Bad Wolf to save the old gal. Bottom-of-the-barrel kiddie entertainment that doubles as the worst thing I’ve seen this year. Rated PG
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell Horror When malevolent spirits follow the Lambert family to another home, they bring in an exorcist who finds that their comatose son is the point of demonic interest. A funhouse ride of a horror picture that revels in all the tropes of the genre—as well as its own absurdity, but manages to be pretty-darn creepy at the same time. Rated PG-13
Marc Ian Barasch, Coleman Barks, Noam Chomsky, Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn Documentary Following a life-changing accident, Hollywood director Tom Shadyac reassess his life and starts looking for answers to what’s wrong (and right) with the world. Well-intentioned and generally entertaining documentary that suffers from a little too-much New Agey-ness and a little too-much of the director. Rated NR
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Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin Fact-based Drama A group of monks in a small town in Algeria must decide whether or not to leave in the face of terrorist attacks that increasingly threaten them. What might have been a preachy tract of a movie emerges instead as a thoughtful, compelling, human drama of considerable power. Rated PG-13
Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo Tween Pablum Well-scrubbed, wellbehaved teens suffer the rigors of preparing for prom. Utterly unrealistic look at one of the rituals of high school. It may be harmless, but it’s also mighty boring. Rated PG
(voices) Jesse Eisenburg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro Animated Comedy/Adventure A domesticated parrot who never learned how to fly finds himself on the run from poachers in his native Brazil. A colorful, sometimes visually impressive animated film that’s too jokey and reliant on slapstick, and just plain generic in its plotting. Rated PG
Stephen Spinella, Jack Plotnick, Wings Hauser, Roxane Mesquida, Ethan Cohn, Charley Koontz Dadaist Indie Horror Comedy A group of people gather in the desert to watch a story about a sentient tire that goes on a killing spree. It’s not only as improbable as it sounds, it’s much more than that. Sometimes funny, always inventive, and determinedly strange. There’s certainly nothing like it. Rated R
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AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Craig T. Nelson One-Armed Christian Surf Movie A young surfer has to deal with her arm being chewed off by a shark. A shoddy, predictable entrant into the faith-based, uplifting-sports flick genre. Rated PG
Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Andre Royo Dark Super Hero Satire An everyday schlub decides to become a superhero when his wife leaves him for a drug dealer. Yeah, it’s occasionally clunky, but it’s also a very funny and disturbing film that will stay with you long after slicker superhero movies have evaporated. Rated NR
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family JJJ
Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Shannon Kane, Isaiah Mustafa, Natalie Desselle Reid, Shad “Bow Wow” Moss Comedy-Drama a la Tyler Perry A previously unseen Madea family member is dying of cancer and has to rely on Madea to get her dysfunctional family together to break the news. Standard Tyler Perry mix of shrill comedy and soap opera, somewhat brightened by a strong performance from Loretta Devine. Rated PG-13
Water for Elephants JJJ
Robert Pattinson, Reece Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, Paul Schneider, Hal Holbrook Romantic Drama A circus worker during the Great Depression gets entangled with the show’s star attraction—who just happens to be the boss’ wife. A slicklooking romantic drama that lacks the right amount of whimsy or electricity to really work. Rated PG-13
Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Alex Shaffer, Jeffrey Tambor, Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey Comedy Drama An up-against-it lawyer takes on the guardianship on an elderly client in order to pocket the monthly $1,500 fee. Warm, funny, winning quirky film about families—and extended families—that overcomes a certain predictable quality by hitting all the right notes. Rated R
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Director: Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) Players: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson Action
The Story: In this entry our heroes end up in Brazil where they find themselves in trouble with a drug lord and a special DEA agent. The Lowdown: Preposterous, over-thetop, way too long, but itâ€™s still entertaining nonsense with excellently crafted â€” albeit ridiculous â€” action scenes. I cannot make a case that Justin Linâ€™s latest Fast & Furious entry, Fast Five, is exactly a good movie â€” not in the least because thereâ€™s absolutely no reason for its 130-minute running time. And thatâ€™s exacerbated by the fact that it has a case of Return of the King-itis in not knowing when to quit. It has worn out its welcome long before it finally decides to really stop. But I also canâ€™t deny that itâ€™s a generally entertaining wild ride thatâ€™s fun for most of its length.
The story picks up where Fast & Furious (2009) left off, with Brian Oâ€™Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) breaking Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) out of a prisonertransit bus by causing it to crash and roll over several times. Since theyâ€™re the good guys, of course, no one is killed in this preposterous jailbreak. The movieâ€™s like that. You either go with it or you donâ€™t, and if you donâ€™t, youâ€™re probably going to be unhappy. Since the law frowns on this sort of thing, everyone heads south of the border, with Brian and Mia ending up in Rio to wait for Dom. But moneyâ€™s tight, so they agree to take part in a patently absurd heist involving â€” wait for it â€” stealing cars off a moving train. I donâ€™t believe the sequence for a second, but itâ€™s undeniably a splendidly executed blend of action, stuntwork, CGI and plot. Plot? Did I say plot? Well, yes, because the ridiculous train set-piece is what drives the rest of the movie, since thereâ€™s more here than meets the eye. Itâ€™s not the cars that are really wanted, itâ€™s something in one of the cars â€” something involving the DEA and a Brazilian drug lord named Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida, Desperado). This cannot be good. But itâ€™s worse than that, because our heroes are going to get fingered for killing some DEA agents, which means that ultra-hard-ass Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson in the sweatiest performance Iâ€™ve ever seen) is sent to Brazil with a small army to take them down. So, on the one hand, theyâ€™ve got the crime czar of Brazil after them, and on the other, a ruthless DEA agent is out to kill them. Thereâ€™s really no point in trying to map out the plot in any great detail, because itâ€™s never going to make sense. The whole concept of whatâ€™s hidden in the car makes no sense. The fact that itâ€™s hidden in a car that Reyes has to arrange to have stolen makes no sense. The point, of course, is that this advances the story so that it can turn into a less clever hybrid of Oceanâ€™s Eleven (2001) and The Italian Job (2003). In other words, the movie turns into a heist involving an assembled team of quirky specialists, topped off by a really elaborate and wildly over-the-top getaway with a twist. The point is this isnâ€™t about reality, believability, logic or anything else. Itâ€™s about guys with necks that are bigger than their heads driving fast cars and engaging in various bouts of combat â€” armed and unarmed. Itâ€™s about seeing Vin Diesel square off against Dwayne Johnson, with the latter being so tough that he spits out a mouthful of glass after he crashes through a window. (Perhaps he bit his way through the glass.) But hereâ€™s the point â€” itâ€™s done with some style and some elan, with action scenes that actually fit together, and with a degree of obvious respect and fondness for its characters. That last is infectious. Any movie that can make me care about Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and â€œThe Rockâ€? has done something right â€” even if itâ€™s pretty darn dumb at the same time. Maybe being pretty darn dumb is part of its charm. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7
filmsociety The Ghoul JJJJJ
Director: T. Hayes Hunter Players: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson, Anthony Bushell, Ralph Richardson Horror Rated NR Lost for years (a situation that suited star Boris Karloff), T. Hayes Hunterâ€™s The Ghoul (1933) returned to us in stages. First, a very dark, censored version turned up in Czechoslovakia and that was made available with the Czech subtitles clumsily blacked out. It wasnâ€™t much, but it was enough to be intriguing. Considerably later, a pristine print (the movie looks like it might have been shot yesterday) was found buried under a pile of lumber in the studio â€” and what was previously intriguing was suddenly catapulted to full-blown genre classic. Prior to this, The Ghoul was thought of as a footnote â€” something Karloff made in England during a salary dispute with Universal, technically inferior to its Hollywood counterpart etc. Itâ€™s no such thing. In fact, itâ€™s one of the most effective of all classic horrors; itâ€™s splendidly made; and its use of a background score (particularly, a chunk of Wagnerâ€™s â€œSiegfriedâ€™s Death and Funeral Marchâ€?) was as sophisticated as anything Universal was doing. Its story of dead Egyptologist Prof. Morlant (Karloff) returning from the dead to retrieve a jewel that was stolen from his corpse â€” a jewel that was meant to be his passport to the afterlife in the Egyptian underworld â€” is actually very creepy, and itâ€™s played to the hilt. In fact, the film â€” especially its climax with Morlant carving symbols into his own chest â€” is surprisingly gruesome. The cast is perfect, and itâ€™s a treat to see the very young Ralph Richardson in his film debut. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Ghoul Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.
Stranger Than Fiction JJJJJ
Director: Marc Forster (Stay) Players: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah, Dustin Hoffman Comedy Drama Fantasy Rated PG-13 Often thought of as the Will Ferrell movie for people who donâ€™t like Will Ferrell, Marc Forsterâ€™s Stranger Than Fiction (2006) is certainly that, but itâ€™s a good deal more. I remember seeing the trailer and thinking at first, â€œThis looks really good,â€? then Iâ€™d see Ferrell and my elation level would drop to zero. The thing is that thereâ€™s a huge difference between a Will Ferrell vehicle and movie that simply stars him. This is not only in the latter category, but itâ€™s a truly remarkable, utterly charming, funny, moving film on every level. Ferrell is actually good in it, and it never panders to the base aspects of his usual screen persona. The story â€” about humorless, personality-free IRS agent Harold Crick (Ferrell) who suddenly finds his life being narrated by an unseen woman â€” is certainly unusual, but then so is everything about the film, and you quickly accept the premise. Itâ€™s also no trouble to accept the idea that his narrator is a writer (Emma Thompson) and that heâ€™s a character in a book sheâ€™s writing (or trying to write) â€” and that her books never have happy endings. Not surprisingly, things look grim, even though life would otherwise be looking up for him, thanks to his awakening humanity from auditing a pretty baker (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The question then is what does the writer have in store for him and does he have any say in the matter? reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen Stranger Than Fiction Tuesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the AFS.
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â€” that might draw the attention of the â€œbreathersâ€? (live folks). But he gave up the job to eke out a living as a P.I. for live people. Why? Thereâ€™s a reason the film makes a big deal out of this, but you probably wonâ€™t care very much. It hardly matters anyway, since â€” just like the perpetually retiring Nick Charles (William Powell) in the Thin Man movies â€” circumstances, manipulation and clever scripting will conspire to put him back among the supernatural. Otherwise thereâ€™d be no movie. Thereâ€™s nothing really wrong with the plot about getting a hold of an artifact with incredible powers â€” except that itâ€™s nothing more than serviceable and not very interesting. The whole hook lies in the movieâ€™s world-weary private eye and his ersatz-Raymond Chandler narration. And thereâ€™s the real problem â€” 31-year-old Brandon Routh hasnâ€™t got any world-weary vibe. At all. Sure, former juvenile lead and crooner Dick Powell turned into a wholly credible Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944), but he was 40 at the time and looked even older. When Routh makes a big deal about using film rather than a digital camera, he just seems silly and affected. Itâ€™s not all Routhâ€™s fault â€” and in his favor, heâ€™s constantly likable and has good chemistry with Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen from Routhâ€™s Superman Returns) as Dylanâ€™s zombified sidekick. Their scenes occasionally boost the movie. But they canâ€™t get it past Kevin Munroeâ€™s direction. Yeah, he can shoot a scene like a series of comic book panels, but he has zero sense of atmosphere, and thatâ€™s a killer with a horror movie. Plus, the CGI is often dodgy and haphazard â€” no one seems to have a clue how big the big-deal monster is. But whatever size he is, heâ€™s easily the dumbest omnipotent being ever to wander up from the bowels of hell. He certainly cooks the filmâ€™s goose in the â€œwhy botherâ€? department. Rated PG-13 for sequences of creature violence and action, language including some sexual references, and some drug material. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14
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Director: Nicolas Roeg Players: Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpill, John Meillon, Robert McDarra Drama Rated PG When I last reviewed Walkabout (1971), I wrote: “Prior to Walkabout, Nicolas Roeg had codirected (with Donald Cammell) only one film, the astonishing Performance, so a good deal was riding on the cinematographer-turned-filmmaker’s second outing. Could Roeg pull off a solo film? Indeed he could — and in so doing he established himself as a filmmaker with a unique, if not always completely penetrable, vision. ... Nowhere is this more evident than in Walkabout, where we’re given a story predicated on a father taking his children (Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg) on a wilderness picnic — where he proceeds to try to shoot them, before setting his car on fire and committing suicide. There are intimations from the onset that things are not as they should be, but that’s all — and the set-up seems mostly designed to get us to the basic story of the children wandering through the Australian outback in the most disturbing manner possible.” Full review here: http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/walkabout. php reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Walkabout at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332, http://www.ashevillecourtyard.com
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The Story: An evil witch kidnaps Little Red Riding Hood’s granny, and it’s up to her and the Big Bad Wolf to save the old gal. The Lowdown: Bottom-of-the-barrel kiddie entertainment that doubles as the worst thing I’ve seen this year. Boy, is this movie bad. I could pull out my thesaurus and give you a hundred different words describing how awful Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil is, but bad will do just fine. It’s bad in every conceivable way, on every merit a film can be judged. It’s a big, steaming pile of bad. I suppose some slack can be cut for most of these dumbed-down animated movies that come around, since they are — at base — simply kids entertainment. Hoodwinked Too!, however, has nothing redeemable about it. Nothing clever or funny or neat. No, it’s just an endless marathon of dumb slapstick and dated pop-culture references, wrapped up in the kind of computer animation that’s more at home in a used-car-lot commercial. The whole thing is an embarrassment, especially when one takes into account that four fullgrown people — presumably with families and loved ones and hopes and dreams — wrote this stupid thing. What they’ve concocted is a plot that takes off from the first Hoodwinked!, taking the police procedural aspects of that movie and turning it into an adventure flick. The plot isn’t important — Granny (voiced by Glenn Close) has been kidnapped and Red Riding Hood (voiced by Hayden Panetierre) must save her — since it’s just an excuse to go from dumb gag to dumber gag, with a lot of boring and badly
animated randomness in between. The jokes are of the “What hath Shrek wrought?”-school of pop-culture references, except here we find no tact and even less relevance. It’s 2011 and these lazy bums are still making the same Goodfellas (1990) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991) references? At least have the salt to offend some people with a “Goodbye Horses” joke from the latter, for goodness sake. Instead, the only thing to be offended is our intelligence. But that’s not the worst thing about this crappy movie. Instead, it’s the complete and total lack of effort put into it by anyone on any level, to the point it’s nearly offensive in its laziness. Rated PG for some mild rude humor, language and action. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7
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Director: Tom Shadyac (Bruce Almighty) Players: Marc Ian Barasch, Coleman Barks, Noam Chomsky, Tom Shadyac, Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn Documentary Rated NR
The Story: Following a life-changing accident, Hollywood director Tom Shadyac reassess his life and starts looking for answers to what’s wrong (and right) with the world. The Lowdown: Well-intentioned and generally entertaining documentary that suffers from a little too-much New Ageyness and a little too-much of the director. Maybe I’m inclined to be more charitable to Tom Shadyac’s I Am right now than I might be at other times, since it serves as a counter argument to Atlas Shrugged. In fact, its central premise against selfishness and self-interest is virtually the anti-Atlas. I find its message worthy enough, and its presentation is agreeably slick and blessedly brief (the movie wisely
lookhere Don’t miss out on Cranky Hanke’s online-only weekly columns “Screening Room” and “Weekly Reeler,” plus extended reviews of special showings, the “Elitist Bastards Go to the Movies” podcast, as well as an archive of past Xpress movie reviews — all at mountainx. com/movies. clocks in at under 80 minutes). That it finally comes down to — albeit with a good deal of mumbo-jumbo — a kind of “All You Need Is Love” message (which the film admits) is kind of comforting to us children of the 1960s in a kind of “Hey, maybe that wasn’t so wild after all.” The problem is that I can’t get away from the fact that this is — well, there’s no nice way of putting this — a vanity project. Tom Shadyac isn’t exactly a household name, but a string of movies of debatable (and less) merit — Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Patch Adams (1998), Bruce Almighty (2003) — made him both a bankable director and a director with an impressive bank account. Ah, but all this changed in 2007, when Shadyac had a bicycle accident that left him with post-concussion syndrome. This was a life-changing event that made him want to change our lives, too. I am reminded of a tale from Frank Capra who, in the mid-1930s, suffered a debilitating illness that may or may not have been cured by a mysterious man who lectured him on how he should use the medium of movies to preach to the world. The idea took root with Capra — till cooler heads prevailed and talked him out of it. Apparently, no one was around to do the same for Shadyac. I don’t mean to be cynical about Shadyac’s motives or indeed about his film. I find his personal decision to sell his mansion(s) and move into a trailer park admirable — and more than a little screwy — but I’m still more than a little curious about what he’s done with his money, other than channel it into this movie. Still, I think his intentions with this movie are sincere. And the results — even when they wander off into the really New Agey stuff (like sentient yogurt) and pure “All One” bumpersticker-ese — are interesting, entertaining and sometimes thought-provoking. Some of the people he’s lined up to discuss “the meaning of it all” are pretty impressive — Noam Chomsky, Archbishop Tutu, Howard Zinn — though it might have been nice if he hadn’t felt compelled to filter what they say into his own terms. And I have no issues at all with the idea that “good acts” take on a life of their own and build into something larger. Really, though, I Am is a film that will appeal mostly to the specific audience that already agrees with it. That’s the inevitable tragedy of the activist documentary, and I don’t see this one being any different. Not Rated and contains nothing to frighten the horses. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14
Director: Joe Nussbaum (Sydney White) Players: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, DeVaughn Nixon, Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo Tween Pablum Rated PG
The Story: Well-scrubbed, well-behaved teens suffer the rigors of prom. The Lowdown: Utterly unrealistic look at one of the rituals of high school. It may be harmless, but it’s also mighty boring. In the fantasy world of Joe Nussbaum’s Prom, the event known as prom is presented as some great leveler of teendom — a profound moment of solidarity where class, social status and popularity simply melt away and everyone’s the same. I’d love to know where this happens. On Planet Disney maybe? In the confines of first-time screenwriter Katie Wech’s head? Maybe she’s crafted the prom she always dreamed of. Whatever it is, it bears no relation to any prom I ever went to. Perhaps things were different back then when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but all I remember was everybody gathering together in the same groups they did when they weren’t at prom. It’s possible that everyone is more homogeneous these days, but I kind of doubt it. Some parents, of course, will like this. They’ll like the utter safeness of it all — a squeaky clean high-school where no one swears, no one’s having sex, there’s no underage drinking and no one ever heard of drugs. This is world where tragedy striking means the prom decorations burn down. If that suits you, fine, but I don’t see anyone beyond very unsavvy 12-year-olds as likely to buy into it. But I guess that’s who it’s aimed at. What you get in Prom is a cross-section of very familiar plot lines brought to you by the film’s “emerging ensemble” (read: people you mostly never heard of) cast. The major focus, however, is Nova (Aimee Teegarden, who played a victim in Scream 4). She is the living embodiment of prom spirit — even when her charisma-lacking boyfriend (Jonathan Keltz) turns out not to be able to come — but then the decorations are burned and no one has the time to help her. So the school appoints their one resident “bad boy” Jesse (Thomas McDonell, who looks a bit like Johnny Depp, which is probably why he’s been tagged to play young Depp in Dark Shadows). He has long hair, stubble that varies from shot to shot, a motorcycle and an attitude. He’s not happy and neither is she. Where will this lead? There are other plots — the biggest one involves a case of freshman puppy love that alternates between a smattering of charm and a callousness concerning a friendship versus a crush — but who really cares? The movie hits all the targets it aims for, but it isn’t aiming very high, so it isn’t much of an accomplishment. The prom itself is staggeringly flat. The one in Carrie (1976) had a lot more verve — even before it went wrong. It actually conveyed the supposed magic of the event. Things are pretty bad when a movie that wants to celebrate prom is aced by a horror movie in that regard. Then again, somewhere around the midway point I couldn’t help but think that a bucket of pig blood would liven things up to no end. Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande
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Commercial Property HAYWOOD ROAD Thriving West Asheville. Building w/parking. $399,000. Call The Real Estate Center 828-255-4663 HENDERSONVILLE • DOWNTOWN RETAIL Broadway and Page Ave. $1,975 to 2,700 sq. ft. spaces. Also 222 to 715 sq. ft. office spaces. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024, MERRIMON AVENUE Office building within one mile of downtown. Recently renovated. Great floor plan, could work for multiple tenants. $324,900 or lease $2450/month. Call The Real Estate Center 828-255-4663.
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Rooms For Rent DOWNTOWN • FURNISHED SINGLE ROOM The Gray Rock Inn, 100 Biltmore Avenue, near French Broad Food Co-op. • Weekly rates, $105/week. References, security deposit required. John: 230-4021, Noon-5pm.
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2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 912 Hillcrest. Garage, W/D connections. $595/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com
WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $800/month. Includes water and garbage pickup. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.
2BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. Central A/C, great location. $615/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com
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2BR, 1BA EAST • 7 Lindsey. A/C, porch. $605/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 501 Beaverdam. W/D hookups, pets ok. $565/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 20 Brookdale. Central A/C, storage unit. $605/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com
QUALITY AT A SAVINGS $460/month. 2BR, 1BA remodeled mobile with mountain view in Fairview. Call Jim, 778-0726. Community garden opportunity. WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA Mobile. W/D connections. On bus line. Excellent condition. Quiet park. Accepting Section 8. Only $595/month. 828-252-4334.
2BR, 1BA WEST • 41 State St. Great location. Pets okay. $745/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com
WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR/2BA close to downtown. W/D connections; in excellent condition. In a quiet park. Accepting Section 8. $645/month. 828-252-4334.
BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heat pump, Central A/C, W/D connections. Very nice. $595/month. 828-252-4334.
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CANDLER • Small 2BR, 1BA. Carpet, electric heat. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.
WEST ASHEVILLE CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • 48 Beri Dr. Updated 2BR 1.5BA. Split level condo, 918 sqft. Fully applianced upgraded kitchen with W/D. Pool, fitness room. $725/month. Security Dep. Application Fee. Available 6/1/11. Mike 919-624-1513.
HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR, 1BA. Near Main St. On bus line. Special! Only $350/month. 828-252-4334. MARVELOUS DUPLEX APT Beautiful, peaceful, countrylike setting in Weaverville with open spaces and mountain views a few steps away. It is only 10 minutes from Asheville. The 900 sq.ft. apt. has 2BR and 2BA, an attic w/300 sq.ft storage, W/D, ceiling fans, 300 sq. ft. storage, elegant crown molding, a covered deck and a large yard. No smoking, pets okay. Only $775/month. Call Thomas, 828-250-0458 or cell 828-545-2981. NORTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA Townhouse apartment. 1 mile from downtown off Merrimon Ave. Special at $495/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. 828-252-4334. STUDIO, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 85 Walnut. Central A/C, coin-op laundry. $740/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com STUDIO • Hendersonville. Near Main St. On bus line. Special! Only $295/month. 828-252-4334. UNFURNISHED 2BR, 1.5BA WEST ASHEVILLE • Water, garbage included. Swimming pool onsite and on bus line. $725/month. Call 828-252-9882.
Homes For Rent $1500/MONTH 3 BR, 2BA LOG CABIN FURNISHED Modern log cabin, off street parking, large kitchen, open floor plan, loft. Partially furnished. 828-280-4549. email@example.com 10 MINUTES • DOWNTOWN • UNCA Jonestown Road, Woodfin: 3BR, 2BA, family room, large kitchen (new appliances), WD. Large deck (Nice and sunny!). Large private wooded lot. $1050/month, security deposit. • No Pets. 231-4827 or 684-4890. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 22 Wilburn. A/C, basement. $895/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com 2BR, 1BA • Near Biltmore Village. Renovated. W/D hookup, all appliances. Central A/C, gas furnace. Hardwoods and ceramic tile. Wrap-around covered porch. $835/month + security. 828-230-2157. 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 37 Maxwell. A/C, bonus room. $990/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com
3 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH • EAST ASHEVILLE Near Warren Wilson. Newer construction. Large deck. $1125/month. (828) 776-1118. www.bassandroyster.com 3BR, 1.5BA RANCH HOUSE IN EAST ASHEVILLE (REYNOLDS) 1500 sq ft 3BR, 1.5BA in Reynolds Community. Central heat/air, dishwasher and washer/dryer. $1200/month. 828-7786767. firstname.lastname@example.org 3BR, 3BA NORTH • 62 Brookwood. 2-car garage, basement. $2,225/month. 828-253-1517. www.leslieandassoc.com ALWAYS GREAT RESPONSE “I advertise my rental properties in Mountain Xpress because of the quality and quantity of great calls it produces!” Pauline T., Asheville. • You too can find quality renters! Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. CHARMNG 2 BEDROOM COTTAGE - WEAVERVILLE 2BR, 2BA. Deck, patio, hardwood floors, lots of light. Jupiter area. End of gravel road. Pedestrian access to acres of woods, fields. Ivy River frontage. Cat ok, no dogs. $875/month. Available 5/5/11. email@example.com FULLY FURNISHED, CHARMING 2BA/1BA On quiet alley in center of Montford historic district. Equipped kitchen, W/D, wood floors, lots of windows, great landscaping, utilities incl. $1900/month. Michael @mcdonougharchitect.com
WALK TO BEAVER LAKE 3BR, 2BA in North Asheville. Close to I-26. Garage, deck, garden. Updated kitchen and baths, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, lots of storage. $1325/month. 828-231-7534.
Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit www.kudzurose.com or call (404) 617-1146. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. firstname.lastname@example.org
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MONTFORD 1BR SUITE 1BR suite in quiet Montford. Private entrance and patio. Full kitchen. Tile floors. Radiant floor heat. Central A/C.Available May 1st. $550/month. 828-712-5252. email@example.com
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RESORT LIVING AT LAKE LURE 2800 sq.ft. stream, waterfall. 3BR/3BA, W/D, recent updates, deck, walk to lake, some resort amenities. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. $950/deposit + $200. Credit check, references. 828-697-8166. firstname.lastname@example.org
LITTLE ROCK HOUSE IN THE WOODS Peaceful and quite surrounded by wildlife management land conveniently located to Hendersonville 8 miles and Asheville 22 miles. Terraced flower and veggie gardening, spring water, no security lights. $350 with utilities, high speed Internet. Non smoker and possibly pet. Share caretaking responsibilities. 828-776-2410,
TWO GREAT HOMES • Original Biltmore Workman’s Cottage. 2BR, 1BA. Excellent condition, convenient neighborhood. Energy efficient. All original architectural details. Huge yard, decks, basement. No smoking. $825/month. • EAST, 3BR 2BA brick ranch with split bedroom design. Hardwood/ceramic tile floors, basement, fireplace. Privacy, patio, 2.5 acres. Water included. No smoking. $975/month. Call 828-298-3933.
LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL ROOMMATE Looking for an animal friendly girl. Includes: fireplace, microwave, 24/7 gym, pool, hot tub, trails, a gazebo, a clubhouse, 2 BR 2 BA, private bathroom, walkin closet, porch, washer/dryer soon. 305-304-0113
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AVAILABLE POSITIONS • SMOKY MOUNTAIN CENTERIs currently accepting applications for the following positions: Information Communication Specialist Jackson: 4 year degree required, Masters preferred. Computer Systems Administrator Jackson: 5 years experience, BS degree required. Inpatient Care Coordinator Jackson: Masters degree in human services field, professional license required. Project Manager Jackson: BS required, Masters preferred. Assistant Finance Director Jackson: BS degree and 5 years experience required. Provider Relations Director: Masters in human services field, professional license and 5 years experience in clinical network operations, provider relations and management experience required. 44 Bonnie Lane, Sylva, NC 28779. (828) 586-5501. • For more information on these and other Positions, please visit our web site at www.smokymountaincenter. org Smoky Mountain Center is an equal opportunity, Affirmative action employer. CAREGIVER • CNA POSITIONS The world’s trusted source of nonmedical home care and companionship services, including personal care. Home Instead Senior Care. homeinstead.com/159
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RECOVERY SERVICES MANAGER Meridian Behavioral Health Services, nestled in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, is an organization dedicated to quality and innovation in the delivery of rural behavioral health services. • We are seeking a passionate, values-driven and dynamic professional to oversee our Recovery Education Centers. These programs reflect a unique design which integrates educational, clinical and peer support components in a community college-like milieu. • To be considered, applicants must be wellversed in the recovery paradigm of mental health and substance abuse services and must have experience with program development and implementation. • A Master’s degree, license eligibility and previous supervisory experience are also required. For more information about Meridian and our Recovery Education Centers, go to www.meridianbhs.org. • If interested, please email your resume to Kim Franklin, Ph.D., Clinical Director at kim.franklin @meridianbhs.org RESIDENTIAL COUNSELOR Supervises and interacts with individual and groups of adolescent male students to improve social and life skills. • Physical requirements of the position include lifting up to 60 pounds, hiking, backcountry backpacking. Responsible for immediate physical health and safety of students. Work 7 days on, 7 days off. Works with team to develop student goals and progress. High school diploma or GED required. • College level courses in social sciences preferred. • Minimum of one year in youth corrections, residential treatment, or other related environment required. • Must demonstrate competency in crisis intervention. SMS is an EEOC employer. Send resume with cover letter to cfitzgerald@ stonemountainschool.com
THERAPIST JOB OPENING • Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness substance abuse recovery program for young adults, is seeking a full time licensed Therapist to deliver clinical care to clients and families in recovery in a way that maximizes independence and family empowerment. Duties include client care and treatment planning, individual, family, and group therapy, crisis intervention, psycho-education and case management. A Masters Degree or PhD in a behavioral health discipline and Licensure in behavioral health required. Must have strong clinical and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Wilderness experience preferred. Please send all inquiries to: jobs @fourcirclesrecovery.com. MENTAL HEALTH QP Western North Carolina Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is hiring a full-time QMHP providing support services for individuals with MH/SA issues. Experience working with domestic violence, SPMI, substance abuse and crisis interventions is preferred. Must have reliable transportation as work is community based. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm (with one hour paid lunch break) and NO evening, weekend or holiday work required. We offer a very competitive salary, along with an excellent benefits package. • Candidates may email resume/cover letter (MS Word format) to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 338, Asheville, NC 28802, or complete application at 257 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801. WNCCHS is an equal opportunity employer. Racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.
Is Seeking Qualified Applicants for: Banquet Server, Convention Set Up Houseperson Dining Room Attendant, Server, Hostess, Restaurant Manager, Restaurant Supervisor, Kitchen Maintenance Technician, Sous Chef, Lead and Line Cooks, Bartender, Cashier, Call Center Sales Associate, Spa Boutique Consultant, Lead Linen Aide, Groundskeeper, Greenskeeper, Dispatcher, Room Attendant,Turndown Attendant, Public Area Attendant
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MOUNTAIN XPRESS: JUNIOR WEB DEVELOPER Would you like to put your programming skills to work on innovative, community-focused projects? Mountain Xpress -- Asheville’s locally owned, locally focused media company -- is seeking a Junior Developer to join our team. Working closely with other members of our growing Web team, you’ll help us create new ways of sharing information with our readers. You’ll help us conceptualize and develop large-scale projects for our site, and independently code a diverse set smaller projects. We’re looking for the right person to add to our relaxed and informal downtown workplace. Responsibilities: • • • • •
Assist the Web Manager with the system design of medium-to-large scale projects. Implement software in accordance with the style and functional speciﬁcations provided by the Web Manager. Write and perform test scripts to ensure that code conforms to performance and stability speciﬁcations. Assist the Web Manager with minor web maintenance tasks Generate clear and comprehensive documentation of software code and development strategies.
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