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p. 52 Part tradition, part trend, all craft Handmade apparel, wearable art, DIY, craft: The forerunner to all of these (and, for that matter, to the current crafting craze, Church of Craft groups, Stitch ‘n Bitch circles,, etc.) is the twice-a-year Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. This weekend, the Guild hosts an artists’ fair that’s a modern twist on traditional techniques. Cover design by Nathanael Roney Photograph features work by Jen Swearington


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letters Hogan’s a hero I am very distressed that Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan has decided to retire. This is a clear signal to me that [city staff] does not know the quality character of this city official or the workings of the Asheville Police Department. I suggest that each of [them] become better informed. At 64 years old, as a retired teacher and the 2004 Humanitarian for the state of Illinois, I have served my communities in many ways — some political. In my service, I can honestly assure you that I have only met two other public servants with as much integrity and honesty as Chief Hogan. For [city staff] to better serve Asheville, you need to: Participate in a police ride-along; attend the Asheville Citizen’s Police Academy; encourage Chief Hogan to reconsider his decision to retire; and provide the Asheville Police Department officers and staff with a salary increase, possibly cutting other city salaries (these dedicated public servants have not had a salary increase in three years). Asheville will never find another police chief with as much honor and open honesty as William Hogan. He has chosen to retire to make this unfortunate evidence-room situation easier for everyone else. A trusted person has betrayed Asheville. Nevertheless, this is no reason to allow Chief Hogan to be the scapegoat. He is an impressive public official with an outstanding record. Yes, the situation is a call to action — for [city staff] to become better informed about the mechanics

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The greatest form of government is the one closest to the people Articles in print and online share the results of the “listening sessions” that Sen. David Rouzer and Rep. Roger West participated in as intended for the N.C. Joint Committee on Regulatory Reform [“Green Scene: On the Chopping Block,” May 4 Xpress]. I attended the Flat Rock session and presented comments as requested. I shared with Sen. Rouzer that I believed the gathering was a fake display of intent, as he had clearly expressed in the past that he felt that “the number one threat to economic prosperity are environmental laws.” He smiled and did not refute this quote. Soon after the listening session, I called Rep. West to discuss the news of eliminating staff at the Asheville Regional office of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He told me that he wants to “light a fire under the butts of DENR,” that he believes reducing positions from approximately 90 to 37 in the Asheville office will make the permitting process go faster. With less people he expressed that it should make them “think twice” and “go faster.”

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Randy Bassham, MAYSA’s executive director, paid those debts, with interest, via $6,640 worth of checks dated Sept. 24, 2010. It’s been brought to our attention that Bassham sent Mountain Xpress an email, dated Sept. 29, 2010, informing us that those debts had been paid. This information has been added to the story in our online archive. — Mountain Xpress editors If North Carolina legislators succeed in cutting the Department of Environment and Natural Resources positions, I want my state tax money back. I will happily give that money to the Buncombe County government so they can develop local ordinances, map landslide activity and protect our health and safety. History has demonstrated that economic prosperity is directly linked to environmental improvements. The French Broad River is an example as it was a sewer in 1957 before the 1970 Clean Water Act. Now over 300 industry permits have been granted to discharge waste; numerous recreational businesses use the river and it is now, thanks to improvements, a drinking water source

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Break the cycle of corruption in Asheville It appears that the employees of the entire Buncombe County criminal “justice” system are afflicted by a particular pathology that makes it virtually impossible for them to conduct themselves in an honest and legal manner. I for one am sick and tired of corrupt local police, sheriffs and district attorneys running riot in the judicial system, doing as they please while the rest of us suffer. We must demand the immediate resignation of District Attorney Ron Moore in relation to the recent revelations concerning his role in evidence tampering in the murder case of Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxson. Furthermore, there should be a full investigation into Moore’s mishandling of said trial. Finally, if the allegations are confirmed, formal charges should be filed against Mr. Moore and anyone else in the DA’s office involved in this case. We need real meaningful change in Asheville if we are to ever break the cycle of corruption and negligence that has plagued this beautiful city for years. This must start with a progressive civic campaign aimed at holding Asheville’s corrupt judicial system accountable. — Al Parsons Asheville Citizens Police Accountability Coalition Asheville

Muffin Republicans, go home We read Richard Thatcher’s love-fest letter to the editor (regarding Whole Foods) with amusement [“Wholly Satisfied with Whole Foods,” May 4 Xpress]. Wow. We moved here from Atlanta to get

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N.C. gave youth-development-center staffers a raw deal by Stephanie Wilder For me, as for most of the other employees, working at the Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center was a calling. I’d been a teacher there since 2001; many others had worked there much longer. Our mission was to nurture troubled boys from across the state and to help them turn their lives around. The hours were long and the pay was not so great, but staff pitched in to keep the place running despite snowstorms, power outages, outbreaks of violence and the occasional misguided employee who outraged us and brought the facility negative media attention. For us, it was always all about the kids and doing what we could to help them. That included pushing them hard to improve their academic skills so they could pass end-ofcourse tests; consoling them when they had no news or bad news from home; and counseling them on ways to adjust their behavior to make their lives more successful. Yet when the state decided to close the

January, we received a surprise visit from Secretary of Juvenile Justice Linda Hayes. Hayes said she was sorry to report that the center would close at the end of February, apologizing for giving people so little time to search for other work, and saying that she’d had no idea the closure was coming. Later in her talk, however, Hayes explained that Raleigh hadn’t wanted to ruin our holidays by telling us about the closing before Christmas. So much for not knowing the closure was imminent! It appears they didn’t want us to leave before they were good and ready to get rid of us. After her visit, a posse of personnel staffers came to the center to meet with staff to inform us about severance packages. Stunned employees, many of whom had worked at the Swannanoa facility for more than 20 years, were offered positions at the Chatham, Dillon and Stonewall Jackson youth development centers. But the closest one, Stonewall Jackson, is in Concord, meaning these workers would have to uproot their families, sell their houses and accept the positions offered

that we’d better not steal anything because the state would post people at the gate to search cars as we left. Staff packed up everything in the facility, including safety equipment: radios, cuffs and whistles, as well as furniture, bedding and supplies. Crates of expensive, nearly new textbooks were hauled away. We could only hope they wouldn’t just be stashed in a storage room somewhere. We knew the center would close at some point, but we would have appreciated being given more notice — and more considerate treatment. And if it is indeed “all about the kids,” shouldn’t cuts be made at the administrative level in Raleigh, rather than cutting the staff who work with the kids daily and sending kids into overcrowded facilities elsewhere in the state? The tough economy puts us all in a difficult position, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need to treat each other with consideration and respect. X Stephanie Wilder lives in Black Mountain.

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When the state decided to close the youth center, the Department of Juvenile Justice rewarded our years of dedicated service by treating us like criminals. youth center at the end of February, the Department of Juvenile Justice rewarded our years of dedicated service by treating us like criminals. Many were even effectively denied severance benefits. We all knew the state planned to turn our facility over to the Department of Correction, but we expected it to happen in 2012 — contingent on there being money in the budget to build a new juvenile facility and to rehab the existing structures to accommodate women prisoners. At the end of November, however, in a memo outlining potential money-saving scenarios, we learned about plans to close the center sooner, perhaps by the end of the current fiscal year (June 30). Hoping to save the youth center, several of us wrote to our representatives, but then Martin Pharr, the deputy secretary of education and treatment, visited Swannanoa and advised everyone to be quiet and just hope it would all blow over. Reminding us that “It’s all about the kids,” he urged us to let the departmental leaders work behind the scenes on our behalf. During the holidays, people worked double shifts with no overtime, because we were short-staffed. And then, in

or be denied even a severance package and ongoing temporary health insurance. Many of them couldn’t accept these jobs: Some have family members with health problems, others couldn’t sell their homes in this economy, and still others weren’t willing to uproot their school-age kids. Because departmental policy forbids staff to communicate with the press about issues pertaining to the department, these workers felt muzzled and frustrated. Only a fraction of the staff were given “RIF” (reduction-in-force) packages with severance pay and health coverage. Shortly after Hayes’ visit, a new employee came to visit from Raleigh — one of 54 staffers the Department of Juvenile Justice has brought on board since the “hiring freeze” enacted by the governor (see “State’s Hiring Freeze is Slushy,” March 31 Charlotte Observer). At least four of those hired were highly paid administrators. This man was hired to oversee the directors of the state’s seven remaining youth development centers (the locked facilities where youth are incarcerated), as if the existing levels of oversight weren’t sufficient. He actually watched folks packing up, warning

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Budget cuts could hamper Cooperative Extension office

Overextended? Buncombe County Extension Director Steve Duckett says the agency is facing major budget cuts that will impact staff and important local services. PHOTO BY JONATHAN WELCH

by Jake Frankel Pending major budget cuts could limit the ability of the N.C. Cooperative Extension — and its Buncombe County office — to provide important services. The agency, an affiliate of N.C. State and N.C. A&T universities, learned last month that legislators were considering slashing its approximately $42 million in state funding by as much as 30 percent. That would have resulted in some 300 to 400 layoffs statewide and a drastic reduction in programs, which “run a good gamut, from helping farmers with advice on soil fertility and plants and farm management all the way to 4H youth development and helping homemakers and families with parenting skills and nutrition,” Buncombe County Extension Director Steve Duckett explains. More recently, as the Legislature has continued to crunch the budget numbers, Duckett says he’s been told to expect cuts closer to 15 percent (roughly $6.3 million), thanks to an outpouring of support. “A lot of clientele that use the Extension throughout the state have been voicing their opinions to the legislative delegation and asking them to moderate reductions,” he reports. And though the specific impact on the local agency isn’t clear at this point, Duckett worries that the cuts could hurt their efforts to “bring the research of the university out to local farms. “We’re one of the connectors and drivers of progress,” he adds, stressing agriculture’s vital

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importance to the local economy. The local extension service office estimates Buncombe County’s 2009 agricultural income at $65.5 million, with greenhouse/nursery plants, beef cattle and milk the leading money generators. All told, the county’s 1,077 farms contain 72,087 acres of farmland, the office notes. Preserving those farms is a “top priority” for the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, notes board Chair David Gantt, offering enthusiastic praise for the agency’s programs. “There’s a lot of really good energy going on that the agricultural extension has helped generate — all towards the end of increasing farming and farming possibilities in Buncombe County,” he observes. “We’re a big fan, and we want to see the program funded as far as we can.” Gantt, a Democrat, has harsh words for Republican leaders in the Legislature who have pledged to let a 1 percent state sales tax expire June 30. That, says Gantt, accounts for much of the state’s budget shortfall and the resulting funding cuts. “That tax needs to be continued so that we can keep these programs and not have the horrible cuts that are being proposed for the agricultural extension and education and all the other programs that make North Carolina a great state to live in,” he asserts. “It’s just a shame, when a program works so well, to cut it off for rich North Carolinians to keep more money.” Asked about the tax, Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt said:

“We’re one of the connectors and drivers of progress.” — Buncombe County Extension Director Steve Duckett

“The state doesn’t really have a revenue problem as much as a spending problem.” The Legislature, he continued, has “a responsibility to identify the core functions of government and really bring government back to what those core functions are ... getting out of the areas that government has unfortunately wandered into over the years.” Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican who serves on the committee responsible for drafting the Extension’s budget, did not respond to several requests for comment. Preserving the tax would put an additional $1.1 billion in state coffers, Buncombe County Manager Wanda Greene reports. Gov. Bev Perdue had proposed whittling it down to 0.75 percent, which Greene says would still have generated about $827 million annually. It’s hard to say what the Cooperative Extension’s share of that money might have been.

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Meanwhile, the county is grappling with its own budget crunch, and despite Gantt’s enthusiasm, the Cooperative Extension office — which is in line for the same 7- to 10-percent cut all county departments are facing — must still take a back seat to the most essential budget items. “It’s a priority, but it’s not a core service,” he explains. “Core services are education, law enforcement and welfare. We’re going to have to juggle it, but I suspect our board would give it some great weight and do our best to fully fund it.” The local Extension office receives roughly 49 percent of its funding from the county (about $476,000 during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30) and 51 percent from the state. The county’s 2011-12 budget is still being tweaked, but the most recent draft allocates $431,554 for the agency, Greene reports. “Most likely that will result in the loss of our agricultural technician position and one secretarial position,” Duckett reveals. “This will mean agents and clients will have less program-and-project support, which they will have to pick up. This in turn will reduce the numbers and variety of programs that can be offered.” The office currently employs six full-time agents who work exclusively in Buncombe County and two more who are shared with other counties. For now, Duckett says they’re trying not to let the budget uncertainty and the threat to job security get them down. “It’s a source of anxiety,” he acknowledges. “But we’re just trying to get our jobs done day to day and have a positive outlook.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 13

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Outsourcing health services saves money, expands access may 3 meeting aAdult-care homes see more mentally ill residents aCommissioners contest state-imposed district elections aURTV renews financial demands

by Jake Frankel At their May 3 meeting, the Buncombe County commissioners heard a glowing report from Social Services Director Mandy Stone concerning the county’s contract with Western North Carolina Community Health Services to provide primary care. In January of 2010, the county Health Department transferred many of its services and staff to the nonprofit, which qualifies for a higher federal reimbursement rate and thus can treat more patients at lower cost. Before the change, “The Health Department was turning away about 400 people a month ... that we could not accommodate,” Stone reminded the board. The county was spending about $4.5 million a year on primary-care services, and it would have cost another $1.5 million to serve those additional clients, she explained.

Job well done: Dr. Polly Ross of Western North Carolina Community Health Services reported that the clinic increased the county’s patient capacity and exceeded federal standards for primary care.

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The transfer enabled the county to save money while increasing patient capacity, particularly among uninsured adults, reported Stone. In 2008, the Health Department provided services to about 9,000 adult patients; last year, the county paid the nonprofit $2.3 million to provide services to 10,000 adult patients, she said. But WNCCHS dramatically exceeded that goal, providing care to 13,248 patients. “You got more than what you asked for,” declared Curtis Venable, chair of the nonprofit’s board. Meanwhile, Dr. Polly Ross, the clinic’s medical director, emphasized, “It’s not just about getting people in the door — it’s about delivering a good product.” She cited statistics showing that the clinic is exceeding federal treatment standards for hypertension and diabetes. And Venable asserted that the care provided “was at least as good as the county’s primary care and was better than the national average.” Stone also outlined how the move had helped the Health Department provide other legally mandated services. In 2009, 34 percent of the department’s budget went for clinical services, she said. For the new fiscal year (which begins July 1), that number has been slashed to just 16 percent. This allows for a “10 percent increase in community protection and preparedness, a 6 percent increase in school nurses, and a 4 percent

increase in community health promotion,” she explained. Commissioner Holly Jones called the funding reshuffle “awesome,” adding that she thinks it will “pay off tenfold down the line.” But she was less enthusiastic about the county’s plans to transfer prenatal services to the nonprofit in July. “I’m concerned for women and children, and also juxtaposed with how well that program’s gone under the auspices of Buncombe County,” Jones explained, “because those are very vulnerable people. … I really want to make sure that, in this little world, they’re being done right by.” Both Venable and Ross assured her that the clinic would provide quality prenatal care and would update the commissioners regularly. “They had a great program at the Health Department, and it’s a great honor to take that responsibility and hopefully expand it and build that same level of trust with the community,” noted Ross, adding that the nonprofit is excited to have Dr. Cynthia Yancey, the Health Department’s current medical director, joining the clinic’s prenatal team. Yancey, a staff physician at the Health Department for 23 years, helped organize the county’s prenatal services. Stone also stressed that the nonprofit had offered positions to “almost all county staff” who’d been working in primary care at the

“The Health Department was turning away about 400 people a month ... that we could not accommodate.” — Social Services Director Mandy Stone

Health Department. “We tried to be sensitive to the fact that our staff had delivered high-quality services for many years, and we wanted to make sure the transition was supportive to our staff as well as responsible to the taxpayers [while providing] the best level of care we could to the consumers,” she explained. Several commissioners expressed strong support for the changes. “I’m thrilled,” declared board Chair David Gantt. “We’ll keep looking at it, but everyone on this board wants low-income people to get health service. … Let’s keep up the good work.” Commissioner Carol Peterson added: “We broke some molds. … I could not be prouder of what’s been said tonight.”

Adult-care population changing

On a related but less-optimistic front, the commissioners heard a report from the Adult Care Home Community Advisory Committee. Buncombe County leads the state with 82 such facilities, serving 1,240 older and/or otherwise challenged residents. But committee members, the report said, are “alarmed” that these homes are being increasingly populated by younger, mentally ill residents. “The supervisors and staff of adult-care and family-care homes do not have appropriate training to handle residents with severe, persistent mental illness, thus endangering everyone in the home, including staff,” the report noted. “Training of any kind for supervisors and staff is minimal, and staff turnover can be high due to the demands of caring for the needs of the residents and the facility.”

Commissioners oppose state-mandated district elections In other business, the commissioners:

• Unanimously agreed to send a letter to the state Senate outlining the board’s opposition to pending legislation that would retool the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners. The bill, which would affect only Buncombe County, would expand the board from five to seven members and switch from the current at-large elections to district representation. The House version, sponsored by Buncombe Republican Tim Moffitt, was approved May 2 mostly along party lines, with three Democrats joining 66 Republican legislators in supporting it and 48 Democrats opposed. The commissioners (all Democrats) say Moffitt didn’t consult with them before filing his bill. If the Senate approves its version, the bill will likely take effect ahead of the 2012 elections. • Unanimously approved rezoning requests concerning parcels in Black Mountain that had been incorrectly mapped. • Heard another appeal by producers and board members of the WNC Community Media Center for money they say the county has improperly withheld from the nonprofit, which operates public-access station URTV. The Media Center is in danger of shutting down due to financial problems; its board is considering legal action against the county. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 15

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Hail to the Chief

Amid continuing controversy, Asheville announces interim APD head by David Forbes On the heels of Bill Hogan’s abrupt retirement, Asheville has named Capt. Wade Wood, a veteran department administrator, as interim police chief. The city announced Wood’s appointment May 5. In an April 18 announcement, it was revealed that Hogan would be stepping down, effective May 13. “After 36 years in law enforcement, I am looking forward to retirement and a new chapter in my life. I strongly value public service, and I am grateful to have spent a career serving the lawenforcement profession,” Hogan said in the official announcement. “It has been an honor to serve with the professional and dedicated men and women of the Asheville Police Department. I have the utmost confidence in the level of service they will continue to provide to the citizens of Asheville.” The announcement praised Hogan for bringing a new level of professionalism to the department and for playing a role in keeping Asheville’s crime rate low. But what the press release didn’t mention was the cloud of controversy under which Hogan resigned. Just two weeks earlier, the State Bureau of Investigation sealed the APD evidence room after it was discovered that drugs were missing. District Attorney Ron Moore publicly blasted Hogan and the APD leadership for failing to keep his office adequately informed about the problems. A partial audit of the evidence room conducted in March had revealed a muddled record-keeping system, 115 missing items (including guns, drugs and money) and bags of marijuana held for so long that the packaging had begun to deteriorate (see “Missing in Action,” April 20 Xpress). Matters reached a boiling point when, during the April 12 City Council meeting, Moore repeated his criticisms to Council. Mayor Terry Bellamy vowed, “Changes should be made and will be made,” though she didn’t specify what form they might take.

Other troubles too

But the controversy didn’t stop at the evidence room door. During the same Council meeting, the city attorney announced the settlement of a sexual harassment suit filed by former APD Officer Cherie Byrd. The lawsuit concerned explicit and racially offensive text messages sent to her by her then superior, Sgt. Eric Lauffer (see “Yes But No,” July 7, 2010 Xpress). Attorneys for both Lauffer and the city admitted that he’d sent the texts. Nonetheless — and despite the $52,100 the settlement cost the city — Lauffer still works for the APD, though he’s been demoted, and this news prompted further public criticism of Hogan. The city hired Hogan (who’d served prior stints as police chief in Rocky Mount, N.C., and Wilmington, Del.) in 2004 after Will Annarino retired. “We wish Bill well in his retirement and appreciate his service to the city of Asheville,” City Manager Gary Jackson said in the April 18 official

New chief: Capt. Wade Wood, a longtime APD administrator, takes over as interim chief following Bill Hogan’s May 13 departure. photo courtesy of the APD

announcement. But when asked whether Hogan had been forced to retire and what role, if any, Jackson (Hogan’s direct superior) had played in the decision, city officials have declined to go beyond what the official announcement said.

Who’s next?

The announcement of Wood’s appointment likewise makes no mention of the controversy he’s inheriting. “It is a great honor to represent the APD as interim chief,” Wood is quoted as saying. “I look forward to working closely with the professional and dedicated men and women serving the city of Asheville and will take every opportunity to lead the department toward continuous improvement.” Jackson, meanwhile, asserts in the announcement, “We are fortunate to have someone with such a strong and proven track record in police administration ready to take the helm.” The press release cites Wood’s 19-year tenure with the APD, including stints as commander of the Support and Criminal Investigations divisions, as well as a community-policing award and departmental Purple Heart. Jackson had originally said he planned to name an interim chief before the end of April. But the city manager and his staff wanted to meet individually with all four captains and 14 lieutenants before making the decision. Of course, “interim” implies that another chief may be on the way. In the April 18 announcement, Jackson promised a nationwide “competitive search,” assuring a skeptical city that it will include “an opportunity for community input.” X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 17

ncmatters Moffitt bill targets Asheville water system Rep. Tim Moffitt sponsors more than 100 bills in the first session by David Forbes and Jake Frankel State Rep. Tim Moffitt filed legislation May 4 that would seize Asheville’s water system and give it to the Metropolitan Sewerage District — without informing either City Council or MSD beforehand. Although it doesn’t mention Asheville by name, the bill specifies “a city with a population of over 75,000 ... within a county with a population of 200,000 or over.” If approved, the legislation would give the city one year to transfer its entire water system to MSD and bar Asheville from ever operating a water system again. The Buncombe County Republican called the bill a “starting point” for what he hopes will be a productive process for determining the best way to manage the water system. “It’s designed to drive the discussion,” he said. “Water has been a contentious issue in our area since the Great Depression. And it seems to be an issue that the city of Asheville uses to determine what their forced annexation policy is going to be.” Vice Mayor Brownie Newman said he, Council member Esther Manheimer and City Manager Gary Jackson met with Moffitt for 30 minutes on May 2, and the legislator didn’t mention the bill. “It’s baffling,” said Newman. “When people have traveled four hours to see you, to talk about the issues we need to work on, it’s strange to not even mention that there’s going to be a bill to seize a water system that the city has operated for the last 100 years. ... It’s frankly pretty outrageous that a legislator would propose such a far-reaching piece of legislation without consulting us.” Moffitt said he’d drafted the bill but hadn’t planned to introduce it. “But when the city decided to raise the rates on its commercial customers … in this economy ... I really felt that was inappropriate timing.” Moffitt said the meeting with city leaders was informal, and he felt it more appropriate to bring it up during a May 4 discussion with Mayor Bellamy. “We had a nice discussion about it. … We disagree on this issue. And I reassured her that this was not something I was going to jam through.” Russell, who also serves on the MSD board, said he found out about the bill the night it was filed, via an email from Newman. “I had no clue, and I don’t think anybody did,” said Russell. “The city’s spent tens of millions of dollars investing in the infrastructure for our Water Department; we’ve done a lot of work over the last seven years to repair

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it and make good our promise when we took over the authority. To suddenly have it legislatively stripped out from under us without any public or open dialogue is certainly not a process I’m a big fan of.” He added, “If you want to hand it to the MSD, you may want to see if they can handle it in the first place.” The city regained control of the water system in 2005, after the dissolution of the Regional Water Authority. Shortly afterward, the state passed the Sullivan Acts, sharply restricting what rates Asheville (alone among the state’s cities) can charge, preventing it from using water service to force annexation and limiting how it can spend system revenues (the latter restriction was later relaxed somewhat). “I simply see no basis for this — there’s been no calls from anyone in the community to do something like this,” noted Newman. “Since [2005] there’s really been no controversy about how the system has been managed.” He added, “We’re going to fight this.” Moffitt said the legislation’s wording isn’t final, and he believes the city should be compensated for its investment in the system; as written, however, the bill makes no such provision. Moffitt’s bill is the latest proposed state legislation seeking to take assets from a local government, reverse moves it has made or change the way it functions. He’s also proposed bills reversing the city’s 2005 Biltmore Lake annexation and changing (without a local referendum) the way the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners is elected (the House has already approved both those bills). In addition, Moffitt joined local Democratic Reps. Patsy Keever and Susan Fisher in proposing legislation forcing the city to turn the Asheville Regional Airport over to an independent authority. The Buncombe County commissioners unanimously opposed the electoral changes, and City Council unanimously condemned the airport legislation. But Russell, an independent, added: “The GOP has put up with the Democrats forcing legislation for 200 years. It should be no surprise some things are going to come out of this assembly a little more forceful than it should be. ... I just wish we could sit down and say there’s a better way for this sort of legislation to be drafted: A little bipartisan help would be good.” X See our latest state news online at mountainx. com/special/ncmatters. • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 19


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Be like bike: Ride the bus (but get inside first). Multimodal advocate and Asheville Transit Commission Chair Paul Van Heden leads by example. photo by Jonathan Wlech

Park; bring your own bike). Seniors who participate in at least one of these events earn a chance to win a gift certificate from Dick’s Sporting Goods. • The Annual Mayor’s Leadership Ride, hosted by Asheville and Buncombe County officials, highlights recent mutimodal, transit-infrastructure improvements and ongoing challenges. The ride begins with a press conference and is meant to be invitation only, although organizers note, “Individuals will not be turned away as long as they have a safe bicycle and helmet.” (Wednesday, May 18, 4 p.m. City County Plaza). • Special stations will be available Friday, May 20, at three different locations for those commuting by bike, foot or bus. Participants will be able to grab free breakfast, coffee, water and a reusable bag full of information on multimodal transit at the following locations: Clingman/West End at the top of Clingman Ave. by Mountain Housing Opportunities; downtown at the intersection of Merrimon Avenue and Broadway Street under Interstate 240; and central West Asheville on Haywood Road, directly across from Pineapple Jack’s and next to the Lucky Otter.

• The Asheville Transit System will offer free bus fare for all riders during Strive Not to Drive week (May 16 – 20). General info, includings maps and schedules, is available at the ATS website ( • Participants who register online and pledge to commute May 16 - 20 and use transportation other than a single-occupant car will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Register at The SNTD committee also offers “Golden Spoke,” “Golden Sneaker” and “Golden Wheel” awards to residents who set an example or make a difference in biking, walking or public transit use in Buncombe County. Submit nominations through May 20 online at • Organizers will offer a “bike corral” at the Friday, May 20, Downtown After 5 event, the first free monthly block party of the season. It takes place on North Lexington Avenue between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass; there will be food, beer and live music from Asheville Horns and Bayou Diesel. The corral offers a free, safe place to park your bike from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. — by Jake Frankel • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 21

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To say that Hop’n Blueberry Farm is, well, hopping is an understatement. The much-used word “diversity� takes on a whole new meaning on Van Burnette’s small farm just east of Asheville. These days, he explains, a farmer has to be a grower, entrepreneur, tour guide, marketing pro — and manual laborer. Mountain Xpress: How did you get into farming? Van Burnette: This farm has been in my family for 150-plus years. My people settled about a mile from here 210 years ago. The farm is 63 acres; my grandparents always had cattle on it, but you don’t make any money off cattle these days. About five years ago, I decided I wanted to farm. My brothers and sisters had started selling off parts of the farm, but it was a passion for me, a way of life: I wanted to keep it going. So I took it over during the worst drought this state has ever seen, and I’m no spring chicken. I’m 59 now, which is the average age of a farmer. So I had to find something that The Renaissance farmer: These days, a farmer has to be a grower, an entrepreneur, tour would grow in a drought. I decided on hops. guide, marketing pro and manual laborer to survive and thrive, says the owner of Hop’N What can you tell someone who wants to grow Blueberry Farm, Van Burnette. hops? photo Courtesy oF Van burnette Hops are expensive to set up: They’re climbers and they get very tall and heavy, so you need of an acre of them. But hey, I can die a happy man, spreads by rhizomes), and I’ve been working on trellises that are 16 to 20 feet tall with heavy cable because they named a beer after me: It’s called better germination rates for it to sell to the N.C. Department of Transportation for roadsides. and guy-wired down. They’re prolific, and they Burnette’s Brew. So there are lots possibilities for it: It’s all about need pruning; they need the leaves peeled off for finding the right one. I have about one-eighth of air circulation and vines trained for harvesting. What about your blueberries? Every three years they need root pruning, and Well, they aren’t as expensive, but there is a wait an acre of milkweed right now, and I’m mostly they need mechanical harvesting and compressors factor involved. I set out about 250 bushes and focused on the monarch butterfly, for which the for the hop bales. It takes roughly 40 man-hours propagated 500. I’ll put 300 to 400 more in the milkweed is essential. I’m a certified way station of work per acre, per week, so you’ve got to be ground this year and sell the rest of the starts. I for the butterflies, and people come for tours to committed if you want to grow hops. You can’t have a hoop house on the property, with a mist see them — not just the monarch but other native watch TV till it turns into a hop yard. Still, they bench for propagation. You’ve got to set up the butterflies too. It’s funny: I’m growing milkweed sell good, because of all the microbreweries and drip irrigation, and the first year you need to pinch in the same place my grandmother made me pull home breweries around here; I sell mine to the off all the blooms to promote a good root system. it up. She considered it a weed. Pisgah Brewing Company. I have about one-tenth You’ve got to let the bushes get established first, which is about three years, before picking ber- So you’re involved in agritourism too? ries. It’s a pick-your-own enterprise, and mine As a small farmer, you’ve got your hand in every are native. pot. I even work three days a week off the farm. But yes, I’m part of the agritourism industry. It And you grow milkweed for the monarch but- teaches people about farming and what kind of Locally owned terflies? work goes into it. I teach a lot about the natives: and operated Yeah, I’m experimenting with milkweed, a native My blueberries are native; of course, the milkweed since 1996 by plant. It’s got an interesting history. During World is, too; and the medicinal herbs we grow. pharmacists War II, milkweed — the fussy part that flies off Mike Rogers & Bill it in the wind — was collected for life jackets Is there anything you don’t do on the farm? Cheek, with 70 called Mae West vests, worn by the RAF. There Well, I have the worst kitchen garden in the years of combined pharmacy was a saying, “Collect two bags, save one life.� world. Sort of like the cobbler whose children had experience. Milkweed is buoyant; it’s also warmer than down no shoes. I’d give anything if I could just grow a and hypoallergenic. But it’s compactible, so there carrot. X are some issues with that, although a natural-fiber company in Nebraska is experimenting with it in To learn more about Van Burnette’s work, visit outerwear. The seeds are absorbent and are used in cosmetics: foundation products for non-oily skin. The plant itself is a good soil stabilizer (it Cinthia Milner lives in Leicester.

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gardeningcalendar Calendar for May 11 - 19, 2011 6th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale • SA (5/14), 9am-4pm - Browse perennials, annuals, ornamentals, herbs, vegetable plants, native trees and shrubs,and garden accessories at this event to benefit public garden sites and beautification of Black Mountain. Held on Sutton Avenue in front of the Old Depot. Free. Info: 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. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St., in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or • TH (5/12), 2pm - Join master gardener Diane Turner at the Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road, for tips on growing a great lawn in WNC. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • SA (5/14) - A wide variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum-rooted cuttings will be available for purchase. Tomatoes, zinnias and marigolds will also be available. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or • 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 —- 8am-noon - North Asheville Tailgate Market, at UNCA (take Weaver Blvd. and follow signs). •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. • SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte Street, 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. Treasured Gardens Tour • SA (5/14), 10am-3pm - “Treasured Gardens,” a self-driven tour of five gardens, featuring refreshments, artists and musicians, will be presented by the Garden Club of Hendersonville. $20. Info: 699-6520.

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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 11 - 19, 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 Community Mediation Training at The Mediation Center (pd.) Hands-on practice mediating a variety of conflicts May 18th-20th $300/person, includes lunch (scholarships available). Registration contact Allison: 251-6089 Information: Workshop/Class Space Available (pd.) Weekends, Wed and Thurs evenings, other times. Contact Lighten Up Yoga Downtown, 254-7756. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • TH (5/12), 2pm - AshevilleBuncombe Coalition for the Homeless meeting. Asheville Salon Series

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

• 3rd TUESDAYS, 6:308pm - This monthly series, sponsored by the organizers of TEDxAsheville asks, “What is Asheville’s future and how can we shape it?” Each salon covers a different topic and opens with a live performance and two TED talk videos. Info: Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Info: 259-9717, gregb@ or www. • TH (5/19), 9am-4pm & FR (5/20), 9am-2pm - A summit to create a community movement to end child poverty in Buncombe County will be held.”Using an appreciative inquiry approach.” Arrangements for transportation and childcare are being planned. 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/free for children under four. Info: 209-1099 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 for LGBTQ rights. Info: sopersamantha@yahoo. com.

Social & SharedInterest Groups A Royal Tea • SA (5/14), 2pm - Wear your finest hat and regal attire to celebrate the royal nuptials. An auction of jewelry, china, crystal and silver will benefit Henderson County Meals on Wheels. Held at the Hendersonville Elks Lodge 1616, 546 N Justice St. $20. Info and reservations: 5953905. 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: Blue Ridge Books

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Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • SU (5/15), 3-4pm - Digital photography workshop, presented by Robert Ludlow. 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 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 • SA (5/14), 1pm - Second presentation of ‘“Compassionate Communication: Skills for Transforming Conflict.” Held at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St. in Waynesville. Free. Info: (347) 673-3131. Ethical Society of Asheville A humanistic, religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Meetings are held at the Botanical Garden’s visitors center, 151 W. T. Weaver Blvd. All are welcome. Info: 6877759 or • SU (5/15), 2-3:30pm - Dr. Jospeh Haun will present “A Search for Isms: The Philosophy of Ultimate Concern.”   Dr. Haun, a retired university professor, will elaborate on associations with “religious” attitudes that have historically united and divided people. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or • WE (5/18), 7-10pm - Antique evaluation at the Johnson Farm. Bring family heirlooms for appraisal by a crew of local experts $2/item.

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Modern childhood brings to mind hours of video games and television, but author Donald Davis grew up surrounded by the outdoors. Davis will read from his memoir Tales from a Free-Range Childhood on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Malaprop’s, as well as several other locations. Free. Info:


Vinegar doesn’t have to come in a pre-sealed jug. It can be made at home, along with alcohol and glycerin extracts. On Thursday, May 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. participants will learn how to make herbal teas, tinctures and vinegars. Held at the A-B Tech Enka Campus. Free. Info: herbalmedicine


Take geology out of the classroom and into kids’ imaginations at Hands On! Gallery in Hendersonville. A Geology Rocks class will be held on Friday May 13 at 3:30 p.m. Open to children 1st grade and up. Free with $5 admission/free for members. Info:


Dig out your fishing pole and cast your line at the French Broad River Fins and Gills Classic. The event will feature casting lessons, raft and canoe trips and more. Held at the Asheville Outdoor Center on Saturday May 14 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. $10. Early registration discounts are available. Info: 528474, ext. 11.


The Celebration Singers of Asheville, a community children's chorus, invites the public to its annual spring concert, "Celebrate the Beautiful World," at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville, on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. Info: 230-5778 or


Join researchers, farmers, consumers and policymakers at Green Monday for a presentation on sustainable agriculture. Presented by the Blue Ridge Sustainability institute in the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce second floor conference room on Monday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Info:


Head for the garden or drop by the farmers market to pick up ingredients for Malaprop's "Salad Days of May" food competition on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Participants are asked to prepare a salad "using mostly (or all) local ingredients." One winner will be chosen from both the raw foods salad and pasta-based salad categories. A tasting will follow the competition. Info:

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 oldfashioned fun. New games are played each week. Info: Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • WE (5/11), 5pm - Asheville cop watch meeting. —-6pm - Blitzkrieg game night. Bring your favorite game or play someone else’s. • SA (5/14), 7-9pm - Double feature: The Witness, the “story of how a small cat changed the life of a Brooklyn construction contractor,” and A Life Connected, about how “veganism connects to a sustainable world.” French Broad Mensa • SA (5/14), 10:30am - WNC’s chapter of the high IQ society will host a test in the community room of the north Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Individuals scoring in the top two percent on Mensa’s test are eligible

for membership. Registration is required: 253-8781 or Handbell Festival in Hendersonville The annual Blue Ridge Area Handbell Festival will take place in the Youth Activity Building of the Bonclarken Conference Center. Info: or 692-4910. • SA (5/14), 4pm - A concert of massed handbells and classes will be offered as part of the festival. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, or • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners willing to offer a minimum of three hours per month of their service. Movie Night at Asheville Community Yoga Center • FR (5/13), 7:30-11pm - A celebration of ACYC, including a screening of Harold and Maude, will be held. Raffle

tickets to the Steel Pulse Show taking place at Pisgah Brewing Company will be available. Bring snacks and comfortable clothes. Info: Spring Fling Car Show • SA (5/14), 10am-2pm - The Spring Fling Car Show will be held at Johnston Elementary School, 230 Johnston School Road. “Bring your lawn chair, enjoy live music, games, inflatables for kids, food, flowers and a flea market.” Info: 232-4291. Transylvania Genealogical Society The organization’s Genealogy Room is located at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, 189 W. Main St., in Brevard. Info: 862-8228, heritage@ or • MO (5/16), 7pm Transylvania Genealogical Society will meet. Open to the public. Walking Tour of Davidson River Cemetery • SA (5/14), 4:45 - Historical Walking Tour of Davidson River Cemetery. Call for reservations and directions. Info: 884-2347.

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. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • FR (5/13), 7pm - “Revolution in the Air: A Case for Socialism,” a public forum and discussion with speaker Paul D’Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism. • SA (5/14), 2pm - A program titled “Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America.”

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(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. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club For more information on the club, or to view a current and comprehensive club calendar: • TH (5/19), 10am - Seniors are invited to bring a roadworthy bike, helmet, gloves and water to Carrier Park for this introduction to bicycling class. Info and registration: 684-1846. Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon2pm - 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 (5/13), 11:30am - Fab Friday: “The Health Care Maze: Where Are You?” a talk by Janet Moore, director of marketing and web services for Mission Health System. Strive Not to Drive Participate in the national campaign to increase awareness about air quality and transportation issues. Info: or www. • WE (5/18), 10am - The Downtown Asheville Senior Walk will begin at the Asheville YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave., and last approximately 30 minutes. Seniors can lead the way in the Strive Not to Drive Movement! Strive Not to Drive: Bicycle Commuting for Seniors • WE (5/18), 10:30-11am - Come see what it takes to make the change. A presentation and discussion on how to use a bicycle for general transportation or for errands and shopping will be held at the Asheville YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Free. Registration is required. Info: claudianix@ or 230-6567.

Animals Asheville Horse Show • FR (5/13) through SU (5/15), - Asheville Spring Classic Horse Show. Held at Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, McGough Arena, Fletcher. Info: 687-1414 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 • 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. Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue FMF is a wolfdog rescue organization and sanctuary south of Black Mountain. Info: 664-9818 or • SA (5/14), 5pm - Howl-in and open house at Full Moon. Go on a tour of the sanctuary. Potluck at 5pm. $5 includes main dish and soft drinks. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 246-9050. • SATURDAYS, 10am3pm - Adoption Days at 256B Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. Interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter? Call: 246-9050. Wild Birds Unlimited Events Located at 1997 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 6879433 or www.asheville.wbu. com. • TU (5/17), 7pm - Simon Thompson will lead a presentation on the Cerulean Warbler migratory songbird that will include a photographic journey to an organic shade coffee farm where many Western North Carolina’s neotropical birds spend the winter. This event is part of the annual Birdathon fundraiser. $5. Held at UNCA’s Reuter Center.

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 Herbal Medicine Making Series • THURSDAYS 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: International Association of Administrative Professionals IAAP enhances the skills and knowledge of administrative professionals through continuing education, facilitates networking with colleagues, and establishes high professional standards through certification. Info: • TH (5/19) - Due to a conflicting schedule, the group will meet a week early at Arden First Baptist Church on Sweeten Creek Road. Park in the back lot. 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. • 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. • 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. • FR (5/13), 11am-1pm - NAACP Credit Reports/Credit Awareness Project. Held at the NAACP Empowerment Resource Center, 91 Patton Ave. Free. • MO (5/16), 3-4:45pm - NAACP Credit Reports/Credit Awareness Project. Held at the NAACP Empowerment Resource Center, 91 Patton Ave. Free. • MONDAYS (Through 5/23), 5:30-8:30pm - “Home Buyer Education: A step-by-step explanation of the home buying process.” $35. • TH (5/19), 10am-noon “Rental Education Class.” This class covers the rental search and how to establish and maintain a mutually beneficial, professional relationship with the landlord. Free.


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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. Free Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: • MONDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - Mac OSX Basics. • TUESDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - iPhoto Basics. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - iPad Basics. • THURSDAYS, 12:15Advanced/Paid classes (see website for schedule). • FRIDAYS, noon-1:30pm - Google docs —- 2-3:30pm - Windows 7 —- 4-6pm Facebook/YouTube. • SATURDAYS, 12:15pm - Protecting your PC. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) Info: 966-4097 or www.pari. edu. • FR (5/13), 7pm “Astrobiology: where are we searching and what are we looking for?” with Christi Whitworth, PARI’s education director. Whitworth will discuss the search for water in the universe and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Program includes a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using optical and radio telescopes. Reservations required. $20/$15 seniors and military/$10 children under four. Info: 862-5554.

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, to 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. 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. • 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)-4730696. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • TU (5/17), noon Information session. 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@ 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: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • 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. • SA (5/14), 10am-1pm & TU (5/17), 4-6pm - Fair-Trade Stock-Up: Assist with unpack-

ing and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. • TH (5/19), 3-5pm - Teachers Pet: Volunteers will create supplemental educational materials that will be used in and out of the classroom to help elementary students improve their reading skills. Make flashcards, games and more. Instruction and materials will be provided. 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 lowincome students in grades 112 who are performing below grade level in reading, writing or spelling. Tutoring takes place two to three times a week (one-on-one sessions). Info: Operation Christmas Child Celebration • SA (5/15), 2pm - The Blue Ridge Area Operation Christmas Child invites area churches to attend a celebration and volunteer recruitment event. Held at First Presbyterian Church, 699 North Grove St., Hendersonville. Info: 696-2996. • WE (5/10),10am-2:30pm - Red Cross Blood Drive. Held at Pack Memorial Library. Info:

Outdoors Beautiful Lake James (pd.) Annual Boat Slips available, covered and uncovered. Cabin rentals also available. Call (828) 584-0666. 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 Bikes and Beers • 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, 4:30pm - Join the Asheville Pedal Punks on a social ride for all skill levels (beginners encouraged). Rides begin at the corner of Hillside Street and Mount Clare Avenue and conclude with a drink at The Bywater on Riverside Drive. Info: www.ashevillepedalpunks. Free. Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more

info: 250-4265 or grace. • SA (5/14), 1-4pm - The fifth annual spring horseshoe tournament at Lake Julian Park will be held. Info: jay.nelson@ Burnsville Fit Families 5K & Benefit • SA (5/14), 9am - The Burnsville Fit Families 5K will be held. All proceeds benefit Graham Children’s Health Services. Race begins at Burnsville Town Square. A free kid’s race will be offered at 10:30am. $25 by May 1/$30 after/$10 students. Info and directions: Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (5/11), 8am - Ramsey Cascades. Info: (502)-4949309 or jaykaymartin@msn. com. • SA (5/14), 10am - Big Ivy to Walker Ridge Loop. Info: 505-0471 or mwbromberg@ • SU (5/15), 9am - Tanbark Tunnel to the Folk Arts Center. Info: 230-4883 or Kathleen. —- 12:30pm - Lower Big Laurel Creek. Info: 545-8545 or Cradle of Forestry Daycation • WE (5/11), 10am-5pm - Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum to explore the Cradle of Forestry. The group will carpool to Pisgah Inn for lunch and then go on an easy guided hike and tour of the Biltmore Campus Trail. Info and registration: 828-669-9566. French Broad River Fins & Gills Classic • SA (5/14), 8am-2pm - The third annual fishing tournament. It will be held at the Asheville Outdoor Center on Amboy Road in West Asheville, and will feature catch-and-release fishing, playground games, casting lessons, bicycle rentals, raft and canoe trips, gem-mining and more. PhilMartin and other fishermen will be on hand to teach a variety of lessons aimed at young anglers. There will be door prizes, spot prizes and awards for categories like “biggestfish” and “most species caught. “Free rods and reels will be on hand for kids. $10, with early registration discounts available. All proceeds benefit RiverLink. Info: 52-8474, ext. 11 or dave@

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 • Reservations required for SAHC hikes: claire@ or 253-0095, ext. 205. • WE (5/18), 10am - A guided wildflower hike to Grassy Ridge with WNC Alliance. Meet at the Carvers Gap parking lot, north of Bakersville. Free. RSVP required: 253.0095 ex. 205. Wildflower Hike • SA (5/14), 10am-4pm - The Swannanoa Valley Museum will identify wildflowers and ferns on a hike to Pearson’s Falls. This will be an easy, guided hike. Info and registration: 669-9566. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • FR (5/13), 9am-3pm - Look for some of 30 varieties of flowers known to bloom here in the spring during a hike along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) from Bull Gap to the historic Rattlesnake Lodge. Registration: or 258 8737. • WE (5/18), 8:30am-5pm - This hike is an adventure through high-elevation grassy balds, considered to be among the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Follow the Appalachian Trail from Carver’s Gap to Grassy Ridge, with a natural, unobstructed 360degree view. Co-hosted by SAHC. Registration: claire@ or 253-0095 ext. 205.

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. 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. Asheville Sailing Club The annual fee is $30 per year. Info: 254-6877. • 2nd SATURDAYS - The public is invited to attend bimonthly regattas, held at Lake Julian County Park in Skyland. Sailors of all levels are welcome to join the club.

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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, or Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Five mile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile. •TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get-together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - One hour run from the Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Easy, moderate and fast levels. 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 Tai Chi for Seniors & Beginners • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am Held at Aston Park in the tennis center, 336 Hilliard Ave. Info: 707-6907 or astonparkfit@ WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • Through SU (5/15) The Asheville Bikefest and Blue Ridge Run will feature demo rides, gypsy tours, a stunt show and more. Info: http://

Kids Sample Sale! (pd.) i play ® and green sprouts ® baby and toddler products including swimwear, bottles, bibs, pacifiers, toys, and more. May 13, 9am-4pm. 2000 Riverside Dr. # 9. Asheville, NC 28804. Located in the Riverside Business Park, Woodfin. YWCA Swim Lessons (pd.) Red Cross certified lessons in the YWCA‚Äôs solarheated pool, 185 S. French Broad Ave. All levels welcome. Classes Mon. through Sat. Info: 254-7206 x 110 or www. 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 • 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. • FR (5/13), 3:30pm - “Geology Rocks!” Open to grades one and up; call to register. • TU (5/17) - Scavenger hunt. • WE (5/18) - Learn about local food and take home coloring sheets, bumper stickers, handouts and a snack. • TH (5/19), 10:30am11:30am - Macaroni crafts for kids. $5/free for members. 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: or 215-8738. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ or www. • TU (5/17), 10am & 1:30pm - Wee Naturalist: Water Motion. Age-appropriate, nature-based activities for youngsters ages 2-5. $6.

Spirituality An Evening with the Akashic Records (pd.) Thurs. (5/19) 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Discover what the Akashic Records are and are not. Plus Kelly will answer questions Live at this Event! $20.00. RSVP: 828-281-0888. www. Crystal Visions 5426 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville 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. 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, 10am11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 8084444. • 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) 645-2674 or visit 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: 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 “Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life.” Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15— Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects

you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. http:// Would You Like an Answer Now from Your Akashic Records? (pd.) Tues. (5/17) 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Receive a direct answer to Your question Live at this Event! $15.00 Location: 60 Biltmore Ave, Asheville 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: Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 7795502 or • TH (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. Cloud Cottage Sangha This branch of the World Community of Mindful Living meets at 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain to practice seated meditation and mindfulness training. All events by donation. Info: 669-0920, or • 3rd MONDAYS, 7pm - Taiz service with harpist Kathy Wallace. • TH (5/19), 7pm - “Peaceful Mind, Open Heart,” a presentation by Anh-Huong Nguyen, co-author of Walking Meditation. $10 suggested donation/$5 students. Directions: Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners.

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) The 16th-century English writer John Heywood was a prolific creator of epigrams. I know of at least 20 of his proverbs that are still invoked, including “Haste makes waste,” “Out of sight, out of mind,” “Look before you leap,” “Beggars shouldn’t be choosers,” “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” and “Do you want to both eat your cake and have it, too?” I bring this up, Aries, because I suspect you’re in a Heywoodian phase of your long-term cycle. In the coming weeks, you’re likely to unearth a wealth of pithy insights and guiding principles that will serve you well into the future.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

“If you wish to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe,” said astronomer Carl Sagan in his book Cosmos. In other words, the pie can’t exist until there’s a star orbited by a habitable planet that has spawned intelligent creatures and apples. A lot of preliminaries have to be in place. Keep that in mind, Taurus, as you start out down the long and winding path toward manifesting your own personal equivalent of the iconic apple pie. In a sense, you will have to create an entire world to serve as the womb for your brainchild. To aid you in your intricate quest, make sure to keep a glowing vision of the prize always burning in the sacred temple of your imagination.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

I’ll quote Wikipedia: “Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is the moment when the leading edge of the sun itself appears above the horizon.” In other words, dawn comes before the sun has actually showed itself. It’s a ghostly foreshadowing — a pale light appearing out of nowhere to tinge the blackness. Where you are right now, Gemini, is comparable to the last hour before the sunrise. When the pale light first appears, don’t mistake it for the sun and take premature action. Wait until you can actually see the golden rim rising.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

When some readers write to me, they address me as “Mr. Brezsny.” It reminds me of what happens when a check-out clerk at Whole Foods calls me “sir”: I feel as if I’ve been hit in the face with a cream pie — like someone is bashing my breezy, casual self-image with an unwelcome blast of dignity and decorum. So let’s get this straight, people: I am not a mister and I am not a sir. Never was, never will be. Now as for your challenges in the coming week, Cancerian: I expect that you, too, may feel pressure to be overly respectable, uncomfortably formal, excessively polite, and in too much control. That would be pushing you in a direction opposite to the one I think you should go.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

At one point in the story “Alice in Wonderland,”

a large talking bird known as the Dodo organizes a race with unusual rules. There is no single course that all the runners must follow. Rather, everybody scampers around wherever he or she wants, and decides when to begin and when to end. When the “race” is all over, of course, it’s impossible to sort out who has performed best, so the Dodo declares everyone to be the winner. I encourage you to organize and participate in activities like that in the coming weeks, Leo. It’s an excellent time to drum up playful victories and easy successes not only for yourself, but for everyone else, too.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

In his book The Rough Guide to Climate Change, Bob Henson talks about the “five places to go before global warming messes them up.” One such beautiful spot is Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. Vast swatches of its trees are being ravaged by hordes of pine beetles, whose populations used to be kept under control by frigid winters before the climate began to change. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Switzerland’s Alpine glaciers are among the other natural beauties that are rapidly changing form. I suggest that you apply this line of thought to icons with a more personal meaning, Virgo. Nothing stays the same forever, and it’s an apt time in your astrological cycle to get all you can out of useful and wonderful resources that are in the midst of transformation.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

There’s not a whole lot of funny stuff reported in the Bible, but one notable case occurred when God told Abraham that he and his wife Sarah would finally be able to conceive their first child. This made Abraham laugh out loud, since he was 99 years old at the time and Sarah was 90. It may have been a while since God has delivered any humorous messages to you, Libra, but my sense is that She’s gearing up for such a transmission even as we speak. To receive this cosmic jest in the right spirit, make sure you’re not taking yourself too damn seriously.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

No one in history has ever drunk the entire contents of a regulation-size ketchup bottle in less than 39 seconds. So says the Guinness Book of World Records. However, I believe it’s possible that a Scorpio daredevil will soon break

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this record. Right now your tribe has an almost supernaturally enormous power to rapidly extract the essence of anything you set your mind to extracting. You’ve got the instincts of a vacuum cleaner. You’re an expert at tapping into the source and siphoning off exactly what you need. You know how to suck — in the best sense of that word — and you’re not shy about sucking.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“I’m not superstitious,” said Michael Scott, the former boss in the TV show “The Office.” “I’m just a little stitious.” From my perspective, Sagittarius, you shouldn’t indulge yourself in being even a little stitious in the coming weeks. You have a prime opportunity to free yourself from the grip of at least some of your irrational fears, unfounded theories, and compulsive fetishes. I’m not saying that you suffer from more of these delusions than any of the rest of us. It’s just that you now have more power than the rest of us to break away from their spell.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

In Plato’s Republic, Socrates speaks derisively about people who are eu a-mousoi, an ancient Greek term that literally means “happily without muses.” These are the plodding materialists who have no hunger for inspiration and no need of spiritual intelligence. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you can’t afford to be eu a-mousoi in the coming weeks. Mundane satisfactions won’t be nearly enough to feed your head and heart. To even wake up and get out of bed each morning, you’ve got to be on fire with a shimmering dream or a beautiful prospect.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

In his Book of Imaginary Beings, Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges reports the following: “Chang Tzu tells us of a persevering man who after three laborious years mastered the art of dragon-slaying. For the rest of his days, he had not a single opportunity to test his skills.” I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because my reading of the astrological omens suggests that you, too, may be in training to fight a beast that does not exist. Luckily, you’re also in an excellent position to realize that fact, quit the unnecessary quest, and redirect your martial energy into a more worthy endeavor.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Want to see a rabbit chase a snake up a tree? Go watch this video on YouTube: tinyurl. com/BunnyWhipsSnake. If for some reason you don’t have access to Youtube, then please close your eyes and visualize a cute bunny harassing a six-foot-long snake until it slithers madly away and escapes up a tree. Once you have this sequence imprinted on your mind’s eye you will, I hope, be energized to try a similar reversal in your own sphere. Don’t do anything stupid, like spitting at a Hell’s Angels dude in a biker bar. Rather, try a metaphorical or psychological version. • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 29

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 Events at Jubilee! Located at 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Info: 252-5335. • SA (5/14), 9:45am-6pm - A one-day “Shamanic Breathwork Journey workshop.” Free. Info: Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 2583241 or • SU (5/15), 2-4:30pm - “Psycho-Spiritual Healing.” $10-$20 suggested donation. Held at Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. Held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Ave.). Donations encouraged. 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-ChristianityHinduism-Islam), 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. 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 and 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

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and open to the public. Details: www.transmissionmeditation. org. Directions: 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. • 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” will be discussed. $10 suggested donation. • WEDNESDAYS (5/18 & 5/25) - “Spring Detox: Cleanse and Restore Safely,” with longevity/wellness consultant Janey Wood Kelly. 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 • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —- 12:151:30pm - A Course in Miracles with Rev. Gene Conner.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 2812134 or • 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. • Through FR (5/13) Illustrating Cartoon Narratives, a collection of drawings and prints by UNCA senior Jared Espinosa at Blowers Gallery. 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 • 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 • 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. • Through MO (5/30) A Close and Distant View, featuring works by Olga Michelson. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: • Through TU (5/31) - Serious Play, paintings by Moni Hill. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Winter hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., 10am-4pm, Fri. and Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 768-0246 or • Through TU (5/31) Featuring wall artist: Nicora Gangi, Small Still Lifes in soft pastel, new Raku by Terry Hagiwara and new landscapes by Bethanne Cople. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (6/4) - 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., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon5pm. Info: 251-0202 or www. • 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: 2623017 or • 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. • 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. Info: 452-0593 or • 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. Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts Located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. Info: 497-3945. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or • Through SU (6/19) - Acrylic paintings by Colleen Meechan. The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: Through TU (5/31) - New Growth, a spring-season group-art show focusing on renewal and rebirth, featuring works by nearly 20 local artists. The Continuous Shift of Transience • Through MO (5/23), - The Continuous Shift of Transience, a collection of paintings by Amy Dougherty, “celebrating the ephemeral nature of all things,” will be on display at Eclipse Salon, 16 Wall St, Asheville. Info: 285-0019.

•FR (5/13), 6:30-8:30pm - Opening reception. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St., in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (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 and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 2273591 or www.fineartmuseum. • 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. • TH (5/19), 4-7pm - An opening reception for Rough and Tumble: Landscapes and Cityscapes will be held. Wine and appetizers will be served.

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: 505-3969. Art at Ananda Hair Studio The salon, located at 22 Broadway, hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 232-1017. Through SU (6/19), - An exhibition by German artist Barbara Nerenz-Kelley. Free. Info: www.nerenz-kelleyarts. com •SA (5/14), 7-9pm - Opening reception. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: • Through (5/31), - Serious Play, the cheerful works of Moni Hill. •(5/14), 6-8pm - Artist 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. • 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. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or • Through SA (6/25), - A husband and wife show featuring jewelry by Stacey Lane and pottery by Michael Kline. Held at 23 Crimson Laurel Way, Bakersville. EAST of Asheville Studio Tour • SA (5/14) & SU (5/15), 10am-6pm - Join artists in their East Asheville, Swannanoa, Black Mountain and Fairview studios to talk, watch demos, and learn how they produce art. Pottery, weaving, sculpture, marquetry, wood turning, oil painting, watercolor and glass blowing are among the featured mediums. Map and brochures will be available in rack card locations and retail establishments throughout the area. A downloadable version can be found at Info: 628-0434, 712-0888 or east.newsletter@ 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. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • TH (5/19), 7pm - Reception for photographer Gary Hemsoth. 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 mixed-media paintings. Odyssey Gallery

Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 238 Clingman Ave., in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or • Through FR (8/5), Opinionated Clay will feature twelve Odyssey ceramics instructors. Public Art Display • 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 in 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. • 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: 2528474, 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. The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Located at 229 Greenville St., in Saluda. Info: 749-9698 or • Through TU (5/31) - Works by en plein air painter Jocelyn M. Davis. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 189 W. Main Street, Brevard. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Donation. Info: 884-2347 or • 2nd SATURDAYS, 1pm Historic Preservationists: Early Photographers of Transylvania County by Betty Sherrill. $5/$2 for children.

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 to register. Info: • WE (5/11), 6-8pm - “Tapping the Muse: Going

Deep with Your Creative Process.” • MONDAYS Through 5/16), 10am-1pm - “Presenting Your Art: Portfolio Planning to Booth Design.” Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265 or grace. • TH (5/19), 5:30-7:30pm - Advanced decoupage class. Bring a wood item, like a small box, lap tray, or footstool and improve your decoupage skills. $15 per person, includes decoupage materials. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Route 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • 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 Info: 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: greenbergfrances@ The Altamont Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 2707747 or www.thealtamont. com. • SA (5/14), 4pm - A selection of American, European, Old Master and illustration paintings will be auctioned by LoewDemers Auctions. 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. Valdese Heritage Arts Center • SA (5/14), - Victorian Clayworkshop.

Art/Craft Fairs Wordfest • SATURDAYS 9am-4pm Local jewelers will offer unique, hand-made creations. Located at the corner of Church Street and Third Avenue in downtown Hendersonville. • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 31

Spoken & Written Word Asheville BookWorks (pd.) 428 1/2 Haywood Rd. Sat. May 28. Paper as Narrative - One day class explores handmade paper as an integral part of bookmaking. Experiment with textures, inclusions and more. Beginners welcome. info: 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. Finding the Storyteller in You (pd.) Nationally acclaimed storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, offers her one-day workshop “Finding the Storyteller in You” in Asheville on June 11. All levels welcomed. Early bird

discount. www.storywindow. com 828-258-1113. 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 25July 1 (High School) • July 25-July 29 (Middle School). Magnetic Field Performance Space. • Registration/information: (828) 215-9002 or www. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TH (5/12), 6:30pm - Donald Davis will read from his book Tales Free-Range Childhood. • 2nd THURSDAY, 6:30pm - Celtic music night. • SA (5/14), 1pm - Nonviolent Communication Workshop led by Kristen Wall. —-3pm - Stephanie Perkins will read from her young adult novel

Anna and the French Kiss. —7pm - Thomas Rain Crowe will read from his book of poetry Crack Light. • 3rd THURSDAY, 6:30pm - Poetry night. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: • BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) • EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 2504758) • FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) • LL = Law Library (Buncombe County Courthouse, 10th Floor, 2504734) • NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) • PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700)

• SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) • SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) • WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) • WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) • Library storyline: 250KIDS.@caltext • Buncombe County Public Libraries will celebrate Children’s Book Week with the Dollywood Penguin Players. The Penguins will perform Otis, by Loren Long, about a fun-loving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day’s work. Performances will be 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: 2504720. • TH (5/12), 1pm - Book Club: Snow Falling on Cedars

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by David Guterson. FV —7pm - Library knitters. BM. • TU (5/17), 7pm “Gardening With Herbs for Flavor and Flower,” with Alison Arnold, former director of horticulture at the North Carolina Arboretum. FV —- 2pm - Book Club: All True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton by Jane Smiley —7pm - Hula Hoop Jam. BM • WE (5/18), 5-7pm - Library knitters. SW —- 7pm - Book Club: St. Alban’s Fire by Archer Mayor. • TH (5/19), 7pm - Book Club: The Bone People by Keri Hulme. FV —- Book Club: The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin. SS. National Railway Historic Society will meet • 3RD TUESDAYS, 6:30-8pm - The Asheville chapter of the National Railway Historic Society will meet. EC 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: 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: Events at Accent on Books The bookstore is located at 854 Merrimon Ave. Events are free and open to the public. Info: 252-6255 or www. • FR (5/13), 6pm - Asheville author Patti Digh will read from her book What I Wish for You. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is located at 3 E. Jackson St., in downtown Sylva. Info: 5869499 or more@citylightsnc. com. • WE (5/11), 3pm - Storyteller Donald Davis will reads from his memoir Tales of a FreeRange Childhood. • TH (5/12), 7pm - Marly Youmans will read from her poetry collection The Throne of Psyche. • SA (5/14), 1pm - American Girls Club meeting. • TH (5/19), 10:30am Coffee With the Poet. Events at Malaprop’s

The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • WE (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. • FR (5/13), 7pm - Tatjana Soli will read from and sign copies of her book The Lotus Eaters, which chronicles the interconnected lives of three photographers during the fall of Saigon. • SA (5/14), 7pm - Therese Fowler, author of Reunion, Souvenir and Exposure, will read. • SU (5/15), 3pm - Writers at Home: A reading and celebration for the Great Smokies Review, a new online magazine. • MO (5/16), 7pm - Comix Club. Join Gina Cole for a discussion of the latest graphic novel pick. • TU (5/17), 7pm - “The Salad Days of May.” Prepare a salad using mostly (or all) local ingredients. There will be one winner per category, including raw-food and pastabased salads. A tasting will follow. • WE (5/18), 7pm - Tom Franklin will read from his novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. • 3rd SUNDAYS, 3pm Writers At Home: A monthly series featuring faculty from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writers Program. Hosted by Tommy Hays. • TH (5/19), 5pm - Women on Words is a women’s poetry circle where new members are welcome. 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. • Through TU (5/31) Submissions will be accepted. Juniper Bends Reading Series • FR (5/13), 7pm - Stories and poetry from Lucy Tobin, Jennifer Callahan, Katherine Soniat, Charles Dodd White, Joanna Knowles and Tim Josephs. Held at Downtown Books and News on Lexington Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info:

Madison County Library • ONGOING - Donate books, movies and music to the Friends of the Madison County Library for the upcoming book sale to be 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. Open Mic Night at The Pulp • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest will host a monthly open mic night at The Pulp, located in downtown Asheville, beneath The Orange Peel. $10 includes club membership. Info: 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. • MO (5/16), 8-10pm - Tim Peeler and Ted Pope will celebrate the publication of their “multiverse, existential, rough South poetry novel,” Waiting for Charlie Brown, with an atmospheric multi-media performance. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or • SA (5/14), 11am-5pm - “Writing Your Life Story,” with Robin Edgar. $35 sliding scale.

Festivals & Gatherings Beth Israel Synagogue Located at 229 Murdock Ave. An egalitarian house of prayer, study and assembly in the conservative Jewish tradition where all are welcome. Join us for Shabbat services, Minyans, high holidays and festival services and celebrations. Info: 252-8431 or www. • SU (5/15), 11am Celebration Israel Festival, a “fun-filled, family-friendly” event, featuring Israeli food, a Jerusalem market, Israeli music, dancing, arts, crafts and more. Info: Full Moon Spiritfest • WE (5/18), 7:15-9pm - The public is invited to join local artists, musicians, poets, storytellers and more as they share their passion in an open mic setting. Performers will include Chaitanya Kirtan, Anjali and drummer Nick Andrea. Held at The Prama

Institute, 310 Panhandle Road in Marshall. Free. Info: www. Spring Arts at Sunburst Studios • SA (5/14), 10am-4pm - Spring Arts at Sunburst Hollow Studios, a one day arts event at the home and studios of David and Molly Sharp Voorhees, 2212 Green River Road in Zirconia. A wide range of arts will be on exhibit and offered for sale, including pottery, jewelry, stained glass and watercolor, pastel and oil paintings. Native plants and food will also be available at this outdoor, garden-style event. In the case of rain, festivities will be held on Sunday, May 15. Info: 698-8775 or david@handinhandgallery. com.

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. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/ performance info: 230-5778 or • SU (5/15), 4pm - The annual spring concert, “Celebrate the Beautiful World,” will be held at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Donations appreciated. Concerts at Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at 1 Edwin Pl. Info: 299-4171 or • SU (5/15), 7pm - Mountain Spirit Coffee House presents: Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Mains. $12/$8 students. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or • SU (5/15), 4pm - Violinist Todd Elliot, a frequent performer at storytelling festivals throughout the U.S., will offer a contemporary mix of oldtime fiddling, bluegrass, blues and “fiddle tricks.” Free. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. All classes are free. Info: • MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - “Community Sing,” open to experienced and new singers, to share traditional tunes at 41 Balsam Ave. Haywood Community Band Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown

Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or • SU (5/15), 6:30pm - The Haywood Community Band will kick off its ninth concert season. Tuxedo Junction will also perform. Hendersonville Bluegrass Jam • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - A bluegrass jam will be held at the historic courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. Info: Hendersonville Chorale Concert At First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Info: 6964968. • FR (5/13), 8pm & SA (5/14), 4pm - Held at First Baptist Church, 312 Fifth Avenue West. $15. Info: www. Hendersonville Community Band Info: 696-2118 or • SU (5/15), 3pm - 20th anniversary Celebration Concert. Held at Blue Ridge Conference Hall. $10/students free. Info: 696-2118. Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Edwin and Charlotte St. in Asheville. $12/$8 students. Info: 2994171 or • SU (5/15), 7pm - Adler and Hearne will perform a mix of folk, jazz and bluegrass at Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse, 1 Edwin Place in Asheville. Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Mains will open. Info: Music at Grace Covenant Presbyterian • FR (5/13), 7:30pm - Organist Walter Hilse will perform. The church is located at 789 Merrimon Ave. A reception will follow. Free. Info: 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 and info: 693-0731, (866) 732-8008 or • 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. 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.

• TH (5/19), 4:15pm - Asheville Chamber Music Series presents a pre-concert lecture. Free. Info: 251-6140. Organ Concert • SU (5/15), 5pm - Composer and organist Robert J. Powell will perform works by J. S. Bach, Herbert Howells and more. Held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 150 Melrose Ave. Info: 982-1014. Organ Recital • FR (5/13), 7:30-9pm - Dr. Walter Hilse will present an organ recital at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Free. 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: • 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. • TH (5/12), 11:30am - An open rehearsal featuring music for flute, viola da gamba, harpsichord and others. Brown bag lunches welcome. Held at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. Free. Info: 251-6140. 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.

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Sara Fields, Rachelle Roberts, Carol Duermit, Ty Shelton, Chuck Taft, Andre Ellerby and Bradshaw Call. $20. A preshow gala and concert will be held 7pm on Saturday (tickets for the gala are $35). Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective • 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 strongly recommended. Info: differentstrokesavl@gmail. com or 490-1405. Events at Jubilee! Located at 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Info: 252-5335. • TH (5/19), 8-10pm - Select scenes and songs from A Dream of Camelot: A Return to Love will be performed, along with a look at the origin of the musical. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or • WEDNESDAYS (5/18) through SUNDAYS (6/12) - Chicago will be performed. $40. Performances are held at 8pm, with matinees offered at 2pm. See website for a complete schedule. 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 • FRIDAYS Through SUNDAYS until (5/22) - A production of the Agatha Christie mystery-comedy Ten Little Indians. Show times: Fri.-Sat., 8pm and 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 and tickets: 239-0263 or www.ncstage. org. • TH (5/12) through SA (5/14) - The acclaimed one-man show Rattlesnake, starring John Hardy, will be performed. The play is both “funny and engaging, harrowing and intense.” $15. 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 Through SATURDAYS until (5/28) - The Family Tree, by local playwright and Magnetic

Theatre artistic associate Lucia Del Vecchio, is a dark comedy about eco-activism and familial relations. Preview performances will be held on May 5 and 6. Shows will be held at 7:30pm and 10pm. $12/14.

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: 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. • TU (5/17), 8-10pm Magnetic Comedy presents JA Anderson, best known for his President Obama impersonations. Call for tickets.

Film Seven Sisters Cinema A documentary film series presenting films by regional filmmakers and/or subjects of regional interest. Screenings are held at the White Horse, Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Info: www. or 686-3922. • TH (5/19), 7pm - “An Evening with Rod Murphy.” The Asheville filmmaker will show excerpts from several of his movies including Being the Diablo and Rank Stranger.

Dance 7pm Wednesdays • InterPlay Asheville (pd.) Play with us, and tap into body wisdom, with movement, reflection, voice, and 1 minute stories. It’s easy and Fun, plus, you can’t do it wrong! (Really!) (now every Wednesday.) $5-$15. • Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane, Asheville, NC • downtown Asheville! Info: www.interplayasheville. org/ Ballroom/Latin Dance (pd.) Group Classes and Private Lessons Tango, Rumba, Swing, Salsa/ Mambo, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Merengue, Samba. LatinRhythmDance@gmail. com (703) 346-7112. 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. Studio Zahiya

(pd.) • Tuesday: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness • 6-7pm: Beginner Bellydance • 8:10-9:10pm: Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance • Thursday: 9-10am: All Levels Bellydance • 6-7pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • 8:10-9:10pm: Hip Hop. • Drop-in anytime. $12/class. • Info: (828) 242-7595 or www. 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. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Beginner swing dance lessons at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St., in downtown Asheville. $12 per week for a four-week workshop. No partner needed. Classes start first Tuesday of every month. Swing dance from 8pm-11pm every Tuesday night.

Auditions & Call to Artists American Short(er) Fiction Prize • Through SU (5/15), - This contest highlights great work in shorter fiction. Stories of 1,000 words or fewer are accepted through May 15. Info: 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. • 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 through August 9. $25/$15 for subsequent entries. Cash prizes will be awarded to three featured artists. Elizabeth Simpson Short Story Contest • Through TU (5/17) - Writer Daniel Handler, known as Lemony Snicket, will serve as the judge for the Charlotte Writers’ Club’s Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest. Submissions accepted through May 17. Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree • Through (5/20) - The Mitchell County Development Foundation will accept hand-

made product submissions for the Home of the Perfect Christmas Tree program through May 20. Info: www. or 765-9033.

LAAFF Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Fest (LAAFF) is a free street festival held on N. Lexington Avenue between College Street and the 240 overpass. The festival is a fundraiser for local nonprofit Arts2People. Free and kidfriendly. Info: 776-6248, or • 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. Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize • Through SU (5/15), - A prize of $25,000 will be awarded for a poetry collection by a living US poet published in the US during the previous year. Submissions accepted through May 15 $25. Info: Poetry Contest • Through TU (5/31), - The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is sponsoring a poetry contest in honor of the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. The contest is open to school children grades K-12, adults and professional writers. Poems must be about trees or forests. Submissions accepted through May 31. Info: Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • 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 through May 27. For an application contact: 884-2787 or


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consciousparty What: “Falafel 5K” to benefit the Asheville Jewish Community Center’s scholarship funds. Where: The Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. When: Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. (Free to attend. $23 to enter race. Info: or 253-0701, ext. 108) Why: A 5K and falafel may sound like a bellyache waiting to happen, but runners will scarf down this delicious Mediterranean treat at the Jewish Community Center’s Falafel 5K this weekend. The first 250 registered runners will enjoy a free pita filled with a special mixture of fried chickpeas and spices.

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the end of the race. In honor of the 63rd anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence, Congregation Beth Israel will host a festival of Israeli culture with food, music and dancing. It will be held from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at 229 Murdock Ave., as part of the 5K event. The race will benefit the JCC’s scholarship program, which provides financial assistance to families and elders on a sliding scale. The JCC offers a variety of activities, including senior transportation to religious services, Shabbat programs for preschoolers and activities for teens. Organizers assure us that falafel will be offered after the runners cross the finish line, to ensure the health and comfort of all participants. So grab a napkin, your sneakers and your appetite.

benefitscalendar Calendar for May 11 - 19, 2011 Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Food, beer, wine and a raffle. $25/$30 at the door. Info: www.affiliatesofasheville. com. • TH (5/19), 6:30-9pm - “Second Chance Dance,” to benefit Asheville Affiliates, will be held at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, . RSVP: thepisgahcenter@ Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. Info: 2305778 or Info: Info: 669-2710. • FR (5/13), 8:30am - The third annual golf tournament to benefit The Celebration Singers of Asheville will be held at Black Mountain Golf Course, 18 Ross Drive. $75 includes golf, cart, breakfast, lunch, prizes and fun. Community Rummage Sale • SA (5/14), 9am - All proceeds benefit mission outreaches in the Dominican Republic and Belize. Held at Arden Presbyterian Church’s lower parking lot, 2215 Hendersonville Road in Asheville. Donations of housewares, electronics, tools, clothes, toys and collectibles will be accepted at the church on May 13 from 4-9pm. Falafel 5K and Kids Fun Run Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www. • SU (5/22), 6:30pm - Chicago will be performed as a benefit for Mainstay Shelter. $75 for party/ $40 for show. Hendersonville Little Theatre • SU (5/15), 10am - This family-oriented race will begin at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. The first 250 registered runners will be treated to free falafel. Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of the Asheville JCC programs. Presented by Mission Health

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System’s Lighten Up for Life. Info and registration: www. or 253-0701. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 6978333 or • SU (5/15), 3-7pm - Blue Water Seafood will host a low country boil at Camp Tekoa, 211 Thomas Road in Hendersonville, to benefit Hands On! children’s museum. This family-fun day will include live music by Tony Campbell, Jenny Arch, Tania Batista, along with a host of outdoor activities. Lions Club Horse Show • WE (5/18) through SA (5/21), - Horse Show to benefit the Lions Club. Held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, McGough Arena, Fletcher. 687-1414. May Hope Mental Health Benefit Concert • SU (5/15), 2pm - A benefit concert, featuring live music by Donna Marie Todd, Tony Ballew, Richard Sackett and Friends, Karen Connor and Jenn Worthen, plus a silent auction, will be held at the White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Recipient agencies include: A Hope Hospitality House, All Souls Counseling Center, Copestone Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Services at Mission Hospitals and NAMI of Western Carolina. $10/$20 couples. Info: 777-0783 or NAMIwnc. org. 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. 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

• WEDNESDAYS (through 5/25), 5-8pm - A “Winesdays” wine tasting to benefit RiverLink. Held at The Wine Studio of Asheville, 169 Charlotte St. URTV Benefit • TH (5/12), 5pm - Show your support for local public access television with live music, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and a midnight silent auction of local handmade art and more. Proceeds benefit URTV. Info: UUCA Annual Used Book Sale • Through SA (5/14), 9am-4pm - Used book sale. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, Edwin Place at Charlotte Street. Info: 254-6001. Wine Festival & Benefit • SA (5/14), 11am-5pm - Sample wines from Blue Ridge Wineries. Local artisans will have work on display and area musicians will perform. Proceeds benefit Foothills Conservancy, a nonprofit, regional land trust based in Morganton that works to protect the natural areas of the Blue Ridge Foothills region. Info: The WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) Operates out of the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Info: 253-9231. • SA (5/14), 10am - Smith-McDowell House historian and urban trail guide John Turk will lead a downtown walking tour. $7/$10 nonmembers. Proceeds benefit the Western North Carolina Historical Association and its educational and preservation programs.


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newsoftheweird Lead story Equal justice under the law may simply depend on whether a judge’s stomach is growling when he pronounces sentence, according to a study of 1,000 parole decisions during 50 courtroom days observed by students from Columbia University and Israel’s Ben Gurion University for an April journal article. Day after day, the students found, judges were increasingly stingy with parole as a morning or afternoon session wore on, with dramatic spikes in generosity immediately following lunch or a snack break. The lead researcher, Columbia professor Jonathan Levav, expressed satisfaction with the scholarship but disappointment with the findings “as a citizen.”

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From time to time, News of the Weird reminds readers that even bizarre human behaviors often keep repeating. Here are some choice selections: • “Man’s best friend” sometimes isn’t, as when a playful dog hops onto a gun on the ground, causing it to fire a round. John Daniels, 28, took a bullet in the knee from his dog in Raleigh, N.C., in January. Dogs betray in other ways, too. Joel Dobrin, 32, pulled over in a February traffic stop in in Moro, Ore., tried to hide his alleged drug stash, hidden in a sock. But his dog intercepted the sock for an impromptu game of tug of war, Dobrin lost his grip, and the sock flew out the driver’s window — right in front of the officer. Dobrin was cited, and later indicted, for drug possession. • At least three jihadist groups in recent years have published full-color Arabic magazines lauding the Islamist struggle, with articles and essays recruiting fighters and counseling women on the importance of raising proper families and catering to mujahedeens’ needs. Al-Shamikha (“The Majestic Woman”) features interviews with martyrs’ wives and advises women to stay indoors, both for modesty’s sake and a “clear complexion” (earning the magazine the nickname “Jihad Cosmo”). • Twenty years ago, medical authorities warned that few humans could survive blood-alcohol

readings above 0.40 percent, but in recent years, drivers have posted significantly higher readings, such as the Madison, Wis., man with a 0.559 in February. (In 2007, an Oregon driver with a 0.72 reading was found unconscious, but survived.) The high numbers might indicate mistaken medical teaching, inaccurate measurements — or an evolutionary hardiness in American drinkers. • Every season, snowmobilers fall through thin ice because estimating its thickness is difficult, especially at night. Less understandable is rescuers’ habit of driving their vehicles as close as possible to the break — thus virtually assuring that their vehicle, too, will fall in. Such was the case with four people who fell through the ice in a pond near Holyrood, Newfoundland, in February. • Hungry retailers such as the U.S.’s Abercrombie & Fitch and the British clothiers Primark and Matalan now offer lines of padded bras for girls as young as 7 or 8. Child advocates were predictably disgusted; one Los Angeles psychologist opined that permissive mothers were using their daughters to compensate for their own lack of sexual appeal. • In 2002, News of the Weird mentioned a theme park near Mexico City in which potential emigrants to the U.S. could test their survival skills in an obstacle course mimicking the rigors one would endure sneaking across the border. Recently, Owlchemy Labs of Massachusetts, announced plans to release an iPhone/iPad app, “Smuggle Truck,” a video game in which players compete to drive a pickup truck full of illegals over rocky terrain from Mexico into the U.S. without too many

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passengers bouncing out (and with in-game “additions” when pregnant women give birth en route). At presstime, Apple had rejected the app, and Owlchemy said it would reconfigure the game to involve animals escaping from a forest. • Local councils that govern life in the United Kingdom seem overly frightened of liability lawsuits — even those by criminals injured while committing crimes. In February, London’s Daily Telegraph and the Surrey Mirror reported that police in Kent and Surrey counties had been advising homeowners and merchants to avoid using wire mesh on windows because burglars could gouge themselves while climbing through. Electrical engineer David Bishop said police concerned that burglars breaking into his workshop might be electrocuted had advised him to post a warning sign visible in the dark. • Ill-fated motorists sometimes survive terrible accidents only to be killed by emergency vehicles. In December, near Ocala, Fla., a 39year-old driver survived a rollover but was accidentally run over and killed by a responding Marion County sheriff’s deputy. And in April in Baldwin Park, Calif., an ambulance fatally struck a 22-year-old accident victim with only minor injuries.


• In January 2010, shortly after News of the Weird’s report, the U.K. government admitted that the British-made “magic wand” bomb detector its own Department of Trade and Industry was promoting for export to police in Mexico and the Philippines was useless. Several British firms had previously sold thousands to Iraqi police at dollar equivalents of $16,000 to $60,000 (manufacturing cost: about $20 each). According to London police, hundreds of Iraqis had died in Baghdad after suicide bombers were mistakenly allowed into secure areas after being “cleared” by the wands. In January 2011, BBC News reported that a new British company, Unival, featuring a respected retired Army colonel as spokesman, had resumed selling the wands — to Bulgarian police.

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Time to get our your bike — and put on a sexy helmet It’s springtime. It’s sunny and warm outside (when it’s not raining). Pheremones are floating on the breeze. It’s a great time to ride your bicycle. It’s also a great time to strap on a helmet. Perhaps because I live between UNCA and downtown, I’ve seen lots of folks riding bikes without brain buckets in recent weeks. I realize I’m part of the generation that went from “What’s a bike helmet?” to “You must wear one, my children.” Pretty much no one wore bike helmets until I was in my 20s, when mountain bikes hit the scene, and folks realized head protection while biking was wise. My kids, on the other hand, have never so much as sat down on a bike without a helmet, just as they’ve never ridden in a car without being strapped in. Basically, both helmets and seat belts are no brainers. Plus, as one of the organizers of Asheville on Bikes says, “Helmets are sexy.” Oh wait, I’m not ready for my kids to be sexy. But you crazy UNCA students, and other 20-somethings, who think you’re invincible? Helmets are sexy. If you want to attract a mate (or a friend with benefits), a proven way to do so is to show

you’re healthy and a survivor. Seriously. Research into sexuality shows that we’re all turned on by people who seem to be long-time survivors (our hormones respond to the appearance of health and longevity). So what’s one way to look like a survivor, y’all? That’s right — strap on a fricking helmet when you’re biking. And, who knows, perhaps the dates will start pouring — or at least trickling — in. If sexy doesn’t work for you, here are some stats. Depending on where you live, between 75 and 97 percent of bicycle-related deaths happen to those who aren’t wearing helmets (the 97 percent is from New York City, where it’s a really bad idea to bike helmetless). According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 630 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2009 (the most recent numbers released). Younger cyclists are more likely to die from head injuries than older cyclists. Males are seven times more likely to die in bicycle accidents than females. I’m not sure if this is because males are less likely to wear helmets or less cautious cyclists — or both. I know of at least two Asheville folks who sustained serious long-term brain injuries from falling off bikes while not wearing helmets. I know of at least one person who died that way

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• 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, or 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 (5/12), 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 and Children’s Center is included. Self Portrait Presentation • SA (5/14), 10am - “How We See Ourselves: SelfPortraits,” will feature a visitor from the NC Museum of Art. Held at Catawba County Southwest Library, 2944 Highway 127 S., Hickory. —-2:30pm -The same program will be offered at Newton Library, 115 West C St. Newton. Info: 465-8660.


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Saturday, May 14 (1 - 4 p.m.) Klondike Apartments, 500 Montford Ave., Asheville Free Bone Density for Men and Women Bone density screening for osteoporosis. Please wear shoes and socks that are easy to slip off. Sunday, May 15 (1 - 5 p.m.) Asheville Korean Catholic Church, 1589 Cane Creek Rd., Fletcher. Tuesday, May 17 (1 - 4 p.m.) Wal-mart 50 Highland Square Dr., Hendersonville. Free Support Groups Henderson County Stroke/Aphasia Support Group: May 19, 3 p.m. Park Ridge Home Health office, Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher. Support group offered to stroke survivors coping with an aphasia disorder and for other individuals diagnosed with aphasia. Caregivers, family, and friends are encouraged to participate as well. Please call Brenda Oakley at (828) 687-5261. The Baby Place Events Experience the Baby Place - Free: May 16, 6 p.m. Please join us for Experience the Baby Place class where you will have an opportunity to see our new facility and all it has to offer as well ask questions about delivering here at The Baby Place. We encourage all patients who will be delivering or who want to deliver at the Baby Place to attend. Space is limited, so please register prior to attending this class. Community Events Weight Watchers Walk-it-Day 5K Walk/Run at Fletcher Community Park Sunday, May 22 - 2 p.m. Early Registration: $10 Race Fee + $2 Sign-up Fee. Late Registration: $15 Race Fee + $2.50 Sign-up Fee. To sign-up, visit, Keyword: Fletcher Community Park 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 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. or 692-4600. • WE (5/11), 2-5pm - Heath screenings for oral, head and neck cancer with Doctors Michael Neuenschwander, John Pickens, Michael Stalford and James Olson. Appointments required: 692-4600. • SA (5/14), 10am - “Henderson County Mayors “Disability Awareness Day.” Community service providers and businesses will be on hand to answer questions and provide disability-related information. Student art will be on display and door prizes will be awarded. Area mayors will also be present. • MONDAYS (Through 5/23), 2-3pm - “It Works,” a 12-step program for

individuals struggling to overcome food addiction. All are welcome. Held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Info: 489-7259. Free Health Events With Dr. Reilly Held at Fairview Chiropractic Center, 2 Fairview Hills Drive. RSVP required: 628-7800. • WE (5/11), 5:30-6:30pm - “Weight Loss: A Scientific Approach.” • TH (5/19), 5:30-6:30pm “Longevity.” Learn simple strategies to live a longer, healthier life. I Can Cope The American Cancer Society, Cancer Centers of North Carolina and Carepartners host “I Can Cope,” a program that gives participants an opportunity to share concerns and ways to cope with the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. Patients, caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Meetings are held at Cancer Centers of North Carolina, located in Regional Medical Park, Asheville. Free. Info: 271-6510. • WE (5/11), 3-5pm - “Celebrating Life,” with Suzanna Tebbe Davis, CHP, CRT, CSC. Now About This Caregiver Business • TH (5/19), 1-3:30pm - Now About This Caregiver Business.” Join family and professional caregivers for practical suggestions about providing care for people with memory loss illnesses. Held at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 276 Hendersonville Highway. Free. Info: 230-3885. 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. Red Cross Events and Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/first aid for infants, children and adults; babysitter training; pet first aid; bloodborne pathogens; swimming and water safety; and lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Road. To register call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • Through TH (6/30) - “Spring to the Skies.” Stop by your local Red Cross donation center, 100 Edgewood Road to donate blood or platelets. Two presenting donors will be selected at random to receive a pair of round-trip tickets. Step Aerobics Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Enhance cardio, strength and flexibility at this step aerobics, weights and stretch class. Meets at StephensLee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St., in Asheville. Open to all levels. Free. Info: 350-2058 or “The Way Back” • THURSDAYS (through 5/26), 5:308pm - CarePartners presents: “The Way Back,” a free educational series on aging

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addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • 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: or 298-0430. Center for New Beginnings • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - A support group for those who have lost a loved one through a traffic accident, murder or crime-related death, will meet at Center for New Beginnings, 12 1/2 Wall St., suite P. Facilitated by Tom Parks and Lori Gerber, MS. Free. 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. 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 • SUNDAYS, 3pm - GriefShare group meeting. Food Addiction Support Group • 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. 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.

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Directions 1. Put chicken nuggets into bowl and pour egg overtop to coat and set aside. In a separate bowl mix panko with pepper seasonings. Coat chicken w/ panko mixture and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Heat hot sauce and remaining ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until butter blend is melted. Let cool to room temperature. 3. Remove nuggets from fridge and spread gently onto baking sheet. Drizzle w/ hot sauce mixture. Bake in oven for 8 minutes before turning. Turn and bake for 8-10 min until panko is crispy. Serve with blue cheese dip.

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To many in the Asheville area Kathy Taylor and Les Doss are known as more than former bartenders — they’re hospitality specialists. They’re experts in the field of drink. In 2004, Taylor and Doss opened the Usual Suspects, the Merrimon Avenue bar and restaurant that quickly became a standard meeting place for many. Taylor and Doss passed on the business last August to Teri and Greg Siegel, who renamed it Avenue M. Before that, both Taylor and Doss had been big names in the Asheville bar-and-restaurant

scene for years. Taylor was part of the Charlotte Street Pub staff for nearly 20 years — and was repeatedly voted a favorite bartender by readers of Xpress in our annual Best of WNC poll. Doss worked at the New French Bar, back when it was located at the corner of Battery Park and Haywood. He had a reputation for introducing patrons to the finer side of drinking. It was Doss, in fact, who steered me gently away from the Crown Royal and toward my first peaty, malty Scotch. Doss is now opening Asheville’s eyes to the world of natural wine with his and Taylor’s new wine shop, Vinsite, located next to Bruisin’ Ales on Broadway. Doss and Taylor have been out of the hospitality business for much of the past year — which is a long time for people accustomed to working the front lines almost every night. The couple has done exactly what you might expect them to do — a little traveling, a little dining, a lot of relaxing. “We just went and ate and drank and hung out with friends,” says Doss, a certified sommelier who also spent quite a bit of time poring over his new focus. That focus, natural wine, seems like a business well-suited to Asheville. It’s certainly wellsuited to Doss, whose knowledge in the field seems rather encyclopedic. Taylor, for her part, is adjusting to the change in pace. “It’s different. I’ve never done retail,” she says. “It involves a lot of down time. And I’ve never worked so



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Doss on natural wines: “They’re energetic, they’re pure and they have a vibrance — for lack of a better word, they have soul.” early.” Doss is reading constantly he says, and seems to be adjusting well to the lifestyle change. “The pace is completely different,” he says. “It’s also incredibly cool because I can talk about these wines to people all day long, over and over. That doesn’t bore me at all. It might bore them, but it doesn’t bore me.” Those wines are anything but dull — they can even spark debate, at least in places where people discuss such things. Take Eric Asimov, wine critic for the New York Times, who’s quite firmly planted in such a universe. Asimov’s column, “Diner’s Journal,” often focuses on what he calls the “seemingly emotional, threatening issue of natural wines.” It seems like rather charged verbiage for a beverage of fermented grapes. But here in Beer City USA, we can relate, right? Asimov posits that the term “natural wine” suggests that some wines might be artificial. “It’s a measure of how nebulous the issue is,

to say that many people disagree on the use of that phrase,” writes Asimov. “Some prefer other terms, like real wine, or natural winemaking.” Regardless of the preferred term, what’s so special about these wines? Asimov describes it this way: “Even trying to define the parameters is difficult and contentious,” he writes. “In general, it means striving to farm without using chemical pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. It means plowing fields, and harvesting by hand rather than with machinery.” “Natural wines” may call to mind strange biodynamic practices like burying bullhorns stuffed with manure in a field under the light of the full moon. And truth be told, a very select handful of winemakers who practice biodynamics actually do that once in a while. Who knows, they may even chant. That’s not the point. While organic wines aren’t anything new, especially in health-conscious Asheville, these natural-wine makers extend their focus and ideals to the fermenting process. They don’t

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tinker with the character of the wines, says Doss, allowing for true expressions of terroir, of vintage, of the grape itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The wine is what it is,â&#x20AC;? says Doss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing is taken away, nothing is added. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re energetic, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pure and they have a vibrance â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for lack of a better word, they have soul.â&#x20AC;? Frankly, that can make for some rather interesting expressions of the grape. One wine Doss pours from his Enomatic, a climate-controlled wine dispenser that doles out his new obsession by the ounce, has â&#x20AC;&#x153;puppy breathâ&#x20AC;? on the nose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and those are his words. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not entirely unpleasant, strangely. A section of bottles located in a back room holds â&#x20AC;&#x153;orange winesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; white wines made by the technique of leaving freshly crushed juice in contact with grape skins for a prolonged period. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rather unique, says Doss. But not all of the wines that Vinsite stocks are extreme in any fashion, he says. In fact, the majority are handpicked by the couple because they happen to be just plain good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of them taste completely conventional,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the baseline is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sustainably grown.â&#x20AC;? Low-sulfite and low-additive wines simply mean that the character of the grape shines through, says Doss. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that Asheville can get behind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar to the single-origin chocolates, for example, that seem to taste like where the cacao is grown. Natural wines, simply put, have a purity of expression. The more extreme wines can be rather variable, says Doss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They can be off-the-charts

good to flat from one bottle to the next,â&#x20AC;? says Doss. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speaking specifically of the puppybreath wine right now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a unique expression of that grape and that bottle. Some people just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get past the nose, he says â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate. The nose on that wine, the yeasty, fermented smell, is partially due to the presence of beneficial bacteria that is eliminated by the sulfites commonly added to wine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you put extra sulfites into a wine bottle, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically killing all of the bacteria, good and bad,â&#x20AC;? Doss explains. Some of what is killed, says Doss, would otherwise add to the flavor signature of the wines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve neutered that completely in wine over the last 50 years or so because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like barnyardy flavors and bready smells ... and other natural aromas,â&#x20AC;? he say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these are present in food, why do we have to take that character away from the wine?â&#x20AC;? Like a beauty mark, says Doss, what we perceive as flaws are often character traits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve completely homogenized and erased all that. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve almost tried to make wine perfect. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make true wine perfect â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is what it is every year.â&#x20AC;? Interested in tasting what Vinsite has to offer? On Thursday, May 19, the wine shop will host their first tasting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Intro to Natural Winesâ&#x20AC;? at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. For more information visit X Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at food@

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Can you ever have enough chocolate? We may be about to find out. Chocolate Gems, a chocolatier in Black Mountain, is moving to downtown Asheville this summer, joining the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Kilwins and the Chocolate Fetish as the fourth such shop in town. Chocolate Gems offers a number of chocolate desserts made with European chocolate, handmade truffles, coffees and housemade gelatos. Chocolate Gems will move next to Tingles Cafe at 25 Broadway St. early this summer. “The area there is much busier than it is here,” says Susan Chisholm, speaking from her stillopen Black Mountain shop that she owns with her husband, Andrew. When the couple makes the move to Asheville, they will shut down the Black Mountain location, says Chisholm. “We just need more foot traffic. Our lease was also coming up for renewal, and we had a couple of issues with it, so we decided to have a look and we found somewhere that we couldn’t let go,” she says. What’s more, Chisholm says that the move to Asheville will allow for greater creativity in both the truffles and gelatos the business offers. “We feel like we can be more adventurous with our flavors than where we are right now.” Ancho-chipotle, bittersweet orange and

Earl Grey-mint truffles are currently on the menu, along with single-origin chocolates. “And we don’t just do truffles,” says Chisholm. “We do chocolate boxes and figures and all kinds of chocolatey things.” The most obvious thing that sets Chocolate Gems apart from the rest of the chocolate shops already doing business in the Asheville area is the selection of handmade small-batch gelatos the Chisholms will offer. “I don’t believe that there’s anyone else in Asheville that actually makes and sells gelato,” says Chisholm. Gelato flavors will include the standards, made with high-quality ingredients. Real vanilla beans will be used in the vanilla, imported nut pastes for the pistachio and the hazelnut and fresh fruits when they are in season. Chocolate will be of high quality as well, says Chisholm. “We use all proper ingredients,” she says. “There are no artificial flavors in there.” The couple does expect to branch out some with their flavor creations. Even though the shop will keep later hours on the weekends, Chisholm says that they will not serve beer or wine, leaving the evening crowd to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. “We just want to focus mostly on our chocolates,” says Chisholm. Classes on chocolate-making will also be offered. For more information, visit

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Appropriately curious, I contacted the owner, Jack Fischer, who was kind enough to deliver a few jars of his butters to Xpress. While claiming that the butters are addictive as a drug may be a bit overexuberant, they are quite exceptional — if not a touch sweet. The butters are made from organic sprouted walnuts and almonds, organic ghee (take note, vegans — that’s clarified butter made from cow’s milk), organic coconut oil, honey and sea salt. They’re perfect for spreading on a hearty bread, or just for eating straight out of the jar (as I’m doing while I write this). According to Fischer, he’ll likely be expanding into flavored butters as demand increases. “But to be able to keep inventory, I have to have higher sales,” he says.

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Fischer says that his next release will be a cacao-cayenne butter. Other plans include a spiced nut butter with cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek and cayenne. Another will include reduced balsamic vinegar sweetened with maple instead of honey. Yet another will feature garam masala. Find Jack’s Nut Butters on Facebook or at the farmers market. Since Fischer’s product is so new, he recommends that you subscribe to his newsletter through his Facebook page for the most consistent news on where to find his product.

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The 11th annual Taste of Black Mountain takes place on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. at White Horse Black Mountain. “We’re really excited about this year’s Taste of Black Mountain,” says Bob McMurray of the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. “A number of our new restaurants are participating, as well as some of the local favorites.” Participants include the Artisan Gourmet Market and Wine Bar, Black Mountain Bistro, Black Mountain Chocolate, Black Mountain Natural Foods, Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Pet Boutique, Café Rebecca, FRESH Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta, Johnnie’s Catering Company, Highland Brewing Company, Louise’s Kitchen, Lucky Bamboo Café, the Madison Inn, Oak House, Okie Dokies Smokehouse, Palate at the Monte Vista, Pisgah Brewing Company, Red Rocker Inn, Round Mountain Creamery and Thai Basil. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door and are available at the Black MountainSwannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center. White Horse Black Mountain is located at 105-C Montreat Road. Call 669-2300 or visit for more information.

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May is National Barbecue Month. It’s a good excuse to check out the Spice and Tea Exchange on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Why? Because the shop showcases a rather interesting selection of spices and rubs. While many accomplished home cooks might scoff at the idea of buying premade blends, but the selection that the shop carries is noteworthy. Of particular interest is a hickory salt blend, made with alderwood-smoked sea salt, which is perfect for those who want the smoke flavor — without the smoker. “You can also brine the meat with it, and you don’t have to actually smoke it — it’s already done for you,” says Kimberlina Marie, who works in the shop and also makes food-centric oil paintings. “Our powders — our beer, vinegar, wasabi and hickory powders — you cannot find those in any stores, and that’s what’s so beautiful about our blends,” says Marie. “They’re all put together with things that are hard to find.” She cites the rosebuds and the coconut powders in the island spice blend as examples. Other items of interest include a habeñero sugar, a ghost chili pepper salt and a very pungent truffle salt with specks of real black truffle mixed in high-quality sea salt. Tea

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Restaurant Solace is now open (it was set to open on Tuesday, May 10, barring any unforeseen complications). The main dining room opens on May 19, according to a press release from the restaurant. Restaurant Solace, located within the Haywood Park Hotel at 1 Battery Park Ave. in downtown Asheville, will occupy the space vacated by the Flying Frog Cafe. The café and patio, with seating for 75, offers “small plates” and a full bar. The dining room (now accessed by the elevator in Haywood Park Hotel), offers a more formal, fine-dining atmosphere, with a separate menu from the café. Restaurant Solace’s café small plates include items like savory cheesecakes, lime- and alebraised local rabbit, duck and pheasant confit and basil-fed snails. The dining room will include entrees like black buck antelope, black sea bass with Sunburst trout caviar and roasted beet oil, coffee- and spice-roasted rib veal chop, spring cassoulet of Venison osso bucco and braised rabbit and a seasonal vegetarian dish. Breads and pastries will be baked in-house. Solace will also add an artisanal market this month, featuring produce from farms that the restaurant sources and features on the menus. A series of cooking classes will also be offered. The café will be open from 11:30 until 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 until 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Restaurant Solace’s downstairs dining room will be open from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday and 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will be closed on Mondays. For more information, call 505-8333.

AIR by the numbers

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Liv Ehrhardt of Hendersonville won the qualifying round of The Asheville Beer Masters Tournament at The Thirsty Monk downtown. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be joined in the semi-finals by Adam Reinke, Curt Arledge, Trevor Reis, Travis Hartley, Mark Vanderhoff, and her husband Jeff Ehrhardt. This is Ehrhardt and her family just after her win. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn

Asheville for the hat trick The votes have been tallied, and guess who won? For the third year in a row, Asheville voters propelled us to victory as Beer City, USA (although year one consisted of a tie for first with Portland, Ore.). The victory comes after a week long online voting period in a the unscientific but fun poll administered by beer guru Charlie Papazian. There will be a second Beer City Festival, held on June 4 at Roger McGuire Green downtown, to celebrate Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beer industry and to drink some fine craft brews. A few hundred tickets are still for sale at Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom and local breweries for $40.

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Need another excuse to drink U.S. craft brews? If you do, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in luck â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Craft Beer Week takes place Monday, May 16, through Sunday, May 22. Organized by the Brewers Association, the week gives us all a chance to toast the growing community of craft beer lovers with events, beer tastings and more. In Asheville, there are a number of beer specials and events. Here are a few: Monday, May 16: Five-course beer dinner pairing Craggie Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beers and CafĂŠ Azaleaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food (1011 E. Tunnel Road). Herkulean IPA with smoked chicken ravioli and beer cheese sauce is just one of the courses. Cost is $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Dinner starts at 6 p.m. For reservations, call 299-3753. Wed., May 18: French Broad Brewery will tap a

cask of dry-hopped 13 Rebels at Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom, 5 p.m. The Thirsty Monk will offer special events pretty much every night of American Craft Beer Week, but the Monday night tapping of kegs of Stone Vertical Epic (10-10-10) and New Belgian Lips of Faith Metric (10-10-10) will draw in the beer geeks. For other events at the Monk, visit Friday, May 20: Thirsty Monk Canned Craft Beer Friday with specials on canned beers and swag giveaways. Saturday, May 21: Bruisinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ales will pour samples of beers from their private cellar (beers otherwise not available in North Carolina) from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, while supplies last. Sunday, May 22: Beer dinner pairing Wedge Brewing beers and The Admiralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eclectic dishes. Details to be announced.

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arts&entertainment Reluctant fashionistas

Craft Guild artists turn traditional techniques into trendy apparel by Alli Marshall Handmade apparel, wearable art, DIY, craft: These are well-worn terms in local lingo. They also call to mind certain retail opportunities, like the artist booths at LEAF and The Big Crafty. But the forerunner to both of these (and, for that matter, to the current crafting craze, Church of Craft groups, Stitch ‘n Bitch circles, Etsy. com, etc.) is the twice-a-year Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands. That event (which showcases works from some of the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s more than 900 members), has been going strong since 1948. The fact that the craft fair is older than the parents of most of The Big Crafty’s exhibitors might have something to do with the impression that it’s a little bit staid. Or antiquated. (And there is the traditional dyeing exhibit held outside of the Civic Center when the craft fair is in session.) “People think it’s more conservative and traditional than it really is,” says Guild member and apparel designer Jude Stuecker. “I did, too, before I joined.”

Self-taught style

It’s hard to get farther from Appalachian weaving looms and vegetable dyes than Jennythreads, the sunny, modern, downtown West Asheville studio of local designer Jen Swearington. The busy space is filled with sewing machines, a cutting table and racks of jersey dresses and striped shirts. It looks more like the walk-in closet for an indie band than the work bench of a fiber artist. But Swearington is quick to identify herself as a crafter rather than a fashion maven. “I’ve never studied fashion,” she says. “I’m not very fashion oriented. It’s been interesting to figure out construction and what’s wearable and what’s flattering.” Swearington started out making wall pieces that resemble quilts but involve painting and other processes that she works on in secret. It was that work that earned Swearington membership in the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2003, but as her first Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands approached, she realized that she needed wearable items for purchase at her booth. “In graduate school I’d

Jen Swearington (left) and her assistant Ashley Cole

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The trendy part of nostalgia: Guild weaver Liz Spear is a traditional artist, but says the Asheville area’s young crafters run the gamut from classic to edgy. photo by jonathan welch

studied fibers and did some scarves,” she says. “But I couldn’t do a whole booth of scarves. So I thought, ‘Why don’t I try to make a skirt and a top?’” And that was the beginning of her apparel line. She began working with silk, and now uses silk with Lycra, “which hangs beautifully,” and which she dyes herself. She taught herself to design by tracing her own clothes and looking at commercial patterns for sizing. “For the first three years, people were like, ‘Jen when are you going to put sleeves on something?,’” she says. “Sleeves are hard!” These days Swearington does sleeves, as well as graceful halter dresses and T-shirts printed with the same sketches that she applied to her wall pieces in the past. Stuecker is also largely self-taught (though these days many of the Guild members who show at the biannual craft fair wear her colorful, whimsical dresses, tops and skirts). It wasn’t until college that she started seeking instruction. “Every time I would meet someone who did that professionally, or I would look at a book, I would learn something new,” she says. “It made me realize how much I was missing out by just trying to figure stuff out on my own.” Stuecker got her start making large-scale quilts — though not in historic Appalachian patterns, nor at the knee of her grandmother. “I never made traditional quilts,” she says. “But as I became a more professional artist, I learned a lot from traditional quilters about certain techniques. I learned that it’s really important to make something well.” Stuecker says that, in the beginning, she was being creative, but the time came when it was important that what she made didn’t fall apart. One quilter told her about interfacing (used to bind and reinforce fabric) which Stuecker says “changed everything. Once I got some skills, I felt like I could express myself more effectively.” Stuecker met Swearington during a session at Penland, and it was Swearington who encouraged her to make clothing “because women always buy clothes, no matter how many they have. It’s hard to resist.”

”Nobody’s doing Liberty blouses”

Swearington and Stuecker are two local artists and Guild members whose work will be represented at Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center. The annual celebration of fiber arts offers the perfect opportunity to watch crafters at work. Demonstrations include quilting, doll making, weaving, mixed-media fiber arts, clothing design, printing and surface design, and natural dyeing. If most of that sounds fairly traditional, the Sunday afternoon Fashion Show of Wearable Art features many contemporary themes — recycling and repurposing among them. “Styles showcased will range from contemporary to traditional, from funky to classic,” says the Folk Art Center website. So yes, there will be funky. And that offbeat modern spin will be done with a nod to traditional crafting — at least with respect to workmanship. Which is not to say the same isn’t true for beloved indie craft fairs and Etsy sellers, but membership to the Craft Guild is determined by a jury, and expectations are high. (That’s also one reason Stuecker suspects more local artists don’t apply — it’s an intimidating process. But, “I’m always surprised when people are not in the Guild,” she says. “It’s such a great resource for artists.”) “The fiber art I see at Guild shows and galleries appeals to a wide range of people, from more fashion-conservative women who appreciate impeccable quality and design to young artists who want clothes that reflect their style and individuality — clothes that are comfortable and artful,” says April Nance, Southern Highland Craft Guild public relations manager. Liz Spear, who emcees the wearable art fashion show, is a long-time Guild member. She knows a lot about the marriage of quality, comfort and artistry. She’s been a professional weaver since the mid-’90s, and her work includes collared and kimono-style jackets. “What I make is fairly conservative,” she says. “Most of my customers are women with office jobs. I make what I like and that happens to be the demographic it fits.” But of the seven to nine other fiber artists at each Guild • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 53

fair, Spear says they run the gamut from classic to edgy. “Nobody’s really doing traditional garments,” she says. “What’s a traditional garment? Nobody’s doing aprons or homespun Liberty blouses.” (Liberty & Co. made, during the late 1800s, highnecked blouses with long sleeves.) Spear says her some of the younger crafters around Asheville are involved in “the trendy part of nostalgia, and that moves over into the fine craft world.” Just like trends on the streets inform high fashion, in the craft world, “the trendy stuff is sometimes riding on the wave of what’s happening in the rest of the culture,” says Spear. “And sometimes it’s riding the wave of the newest technique.” According to Spear, painting, surface technique and felting are the current trends. She’s started incorporating wet felting with colored fleece into her work. “I end up with a beautifully textured sort of fabric that’s very different from my weaving,” she says. While some artists are tuned in to (or forerunners of) trends, others return to tradition. In the case of Kumihimo craftsman Tim Clark, the tradition of Japanese braid-making was so historic and obscure that it seems downright cutting-edge today. A musician and composer, Clark had little interest in taking up a craft, until about 10 years ago when he came across a book on Japanese braiding. “There was something so interesting in the mathematics,” he says. The technique creates either round or flat straps whose colorful threads form intricate patterns (some are geometric, others have floral motifs or fan patterns). Clark is one of the few male fiber artists in the Guild (the discipline is dominated by women); he might have been attracted to Kumihimo in part because it was used by the Samurai for armor lacing. Clark began collaborating with his partner, Linda MacMichael, fashioning straps for her quirky/ ingenious handbags. The couple rarely makes the bags these days — the straps take too much time to be sold at an affordable price. Currently, Clark is contributing to a book about Japanese braiding.


Browse the Guild members under the fiber medium, and you’ll find a wild array of creations. Among the 67 names or partnerships, there are quilters and printmakers, crochet and handloom artists, bead weavers and basket weavers, felters and surface designers. “The Guild is a diverse group and the work produced by members working in textiles reflect that wide spectrum,” says Nance. “Guild fashion is inclusive.” In a way, the fiber world also seems to be inclusive. Like Spear, crafters in the medium tend to specialize in one creative pursuit while also experimenting with or applying techniques from another. The result is often innovative. Stuecker has evolved from working solely in quilts to only making a few a year. They’re time consuming and not as lucrative as apparel. But now, “The quilts are a treat for me to make,” she says. She’s affiliated with L.I.N.T (Ladies In New Textiles) and, with that group, “I made a quilt in response to the poem ‘Change of Season’ by Audre Lorde,” she says. The bulk of Swearington’s work, too, is concentrated on garments, to the point that she has

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Colorful, whimsical: A stylish skirt from Guild artist Jude Stuecker. photo courtesy shcg


Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Fiber Weekend and 12th annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art, with demonstrations and activities


Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (298-7928)


Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15 (Free. Saturday: fiber craft demos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: two fashion shows, 1 and 3 p.m.

a part-time assistant, Ashley Cole, for production work. (To help Swearington win funding to hire Cole full time, go to pages/fan and search “Jennythreads, Inc.”) But she still challenges herself with a variety of gallery shows for her wall hangings and, most recently, a fiber-arts tea pot for the National Tea Pot Show in Creedmoor, N.C. Don’t want to drive to the coast to see innovative art? “Fiber Weekend is a great way to showcase this diversity — to reflect on processes of making textile art and the final product, from weaving to dyeing and surface design, from sewing to repurposing,” says Nance. And it’s all sent down the runway on models. “We’ve got a couple of new Guild members this year who I’m really excited about,” says Spear. One, from Hendersonville, makes felted garments and accessories. Another, from Sweetwater, Tenn., makes quilted garments that are “jaw droppingly gorgeous. Exquisite work,” says Spear. What keeps Spear involved with the wearableart fashion show? “Getting to meet the work,” she says. X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ â&#x20AC;˘ MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 55

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Open Letter Music Series begins its third season

by Jaye Bartell

There is a lot of hay in the Asheville music scene; the traditional sound in these mountains is more than a little country. Considering that North Carolina is a major hub for bluegrass and old-time, if not the origin of those modes, the prevalence is not inappropriate. The Open Letter Music Series, curated by Asheville guitarist Shane Perlowin, is adding more reeds to the bale. Although many of the participating musicians are most easily defined as “jazz,” Perlowin does not consider Open Letter to be a jazz series as such. “It’s a music series — a creative-music series.” One performer in particular, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, set to perform May 18, is known for playing the cymbals with a bow and the snare drum with his lips. “If it is a jazz series, than it’s kick-ass jazz,” Perlown said. A reed instrument — the bass clarinet — started the series in 2006, with a performance by Keefe Jackson, joined by Josh Berman on cornet (as the cornet has no reed, consider the “hay” metaphor finished). Since that first performance at Static Age Records, which brought the two musicians South from Chicago, Open Letter has continued to grow. It wasn’t even a series at first. Jackon’s sister lived in town and encouraged him to contact Perlowin for a show. “From there, I began receiving correspondences from various musicians in the avant-garde jazz/new music idioms who wanted me to present their performances in Asheville,” Perlowin told Xpress in an email. After a few years of sporadic events, Perlowin started to organize. “In 2009, I decided to brand the series in order to establish some continuity,” he said. To book the events, Perlowin has called on his relationships with musicians, established through his own extensive touring with his primary band, Ahleuchatistas, as well as with other ensembles and, more recently, as a solo musician. But in the end, those relationships (and the relationships of those relationships) only helped bring musicians to town that Perlowin himself wants to witness and share with audiences. According to Perlowin, “My own enjoyment in listening plays a big part in motivating me to pursue this work. I hope people are just really excited about music, and will open their ears up to receive the unexpected.” The series incorporates seasoned performers such as Tim Daisy (saxophone) and Ken



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Vandermark (percussion), performing as a duo, to younger musicians like Les Rhinoceros from Washington, D.C. “Some of the artists I book are internationally known and have been on the scene for a while, in some cases decades, and they will draw people out of the woodwork, even from hundreds of miles away. Some of the artists are not as established, but are doing new and creative things of high quality and should be heard.” Sometimes, if not often, “should be heard”

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fails to entice even the more adventurous music listener. Perlowin’s enthusiasm alone, and his insistence on the simple thrill of listening, assuages any interpretation of this music as precious, as something listeners ought, but may not want, to hear. “These are some of the best musicians in the world, making intense and beautiful music. When I was a teenager, growing up in south Florida, sneaking into jazz clubs that I was too young to enter, I would have my mind blown watching the

old timers, like Dr. Lonnie Smith, play bebop music. I still get so excited to hear players that have spent their lives honing their sounds and exploring their instruments and their relationships with their fellow musicians. Especially so in a live setting. I hope to bring some of that magic here.” The name for the series, which is also the name of Perlowin’s record label, Open Letter Records, comes from an article Charles Mingus wrote for the Village Voice. Published in 1973, “An Open Letter to the Avant Garde” inveighed against what Mingus described as the “rootlessness” of the so-called free-jazz being played at the time. Perlowin emphasized that the “open” aspect, not so much the “letter,” inspired his choice, and that the series in no way intends to serve elite or esoteric attitudes. Instead, Open Letter celebrates the “egalitarian,” as he puts it. “It’s not an attempt to commodify; it’s more about people following their muse in a way that they have naturally gravitated towards, in all their idiosyncrasies. “I do not think you need to have some special knowledge to enjoy hearing this music performed live. When it is really happening, you can’t help but get caught up in the energy. And I hope people will get that happy feeling of just having seen something really rare and special.” Perlowin hopes to continue the series indefinitely, but he notes that each show constitutes a rare event. “In all seriousness, I don’t have some pie-in-the-sky dreams about this,” he said. “It has a life of its own. If my means grow, it may be possible to book more expensive acts, I suppose. The fact is, the music will never be mainstream. I just want to hear it, so I will help to make that a reality as long as I am able. Hopefully, people will take advantage of the opportunity to check it out while it is happening.” The 2011 season is already under way; the first performance, Chicago’s Nick Mazzarella Trio, was on May 5. If you approach the remaining shows with the same curious excitement and respect out of which the series itself was prepared, you’ll be rolling in the hay, so to speak. X All concert information provided by Open Letter Music Series. For more information, please visit Jaye Bartell can be reached at jbartell@


gyanriley Wednesday May 25 9 p.m. Harvest Records with Shane Perlowin

Gyan Riley is a classical guitarist and composer from northern California. Riley has performed in 10 European countries and across the U.S., both as a soloist and in ensemble with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Michael Manring, Dawn Upshaw, the San Francisco Symphony, the Falla Guitar Trio, the World Guitar Ensemble and his father, the composer/pianist/vocalist Terry Riley.

lesrhinoceros Wednesday May 11 9 p.m. Bobo Gallery with Lulo

Starlicker is Rob Mazurek (cornet), John Herndon (percussion), and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone). Deeply rooted in the Chicago and international avant garde, jazz and post-rock scenes, they expel sound with a pervading energy and otherworldly delicacy.


Wednesday June 1 9 p.m. Bobo Gallery with Total Info/IO

Hailing from the Washington, D.C. area, Les Rhinocéros blends aspects of rock, world music, noise, ambient and jazz. The trio of teenagers was formed in 2008 while the players were still in high school, and has developed since then into an intense and wildly imaginative group that takes music to its extremes.

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Wednesday May 18 9:30 p.m. LAB with a Shane Perlowin collaboration

Tatsuya Nakatani is originally from Osaka, Japan. In 2006 he performed in 80 cities in seven countries and collaborated with 163 artists worldwide. In the past 10 years he has released nearly 50 recordings on CD. He has created his own instrumentation, inventing many instruments and extended techniques utilizing the drum set, bowed gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, bells and various sticks and bows. His music is based in improvised and experimental forms — jazz, free jazz, rock and noise — yet his sound retains elements of traditional Japanese folk music.

Wednesday July 24 9 p.m. Bobo Gallery with Total Info

Ken Vandermark and Tim Daisy have been performing, recording and touring together in a number of groups based in Chicago since 2001. Drawing on American and European free jazz, experimental rock, free improvisation, soul and funk as well as 20th-century contemporary music and visual art, they combine their creative energies to further explore and assemble sound in an improvised context. • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 57

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Apologies for quoting Dave Matthews in a story about Amos Lee, but it was Matthews who penned the line, “Somebody’s broken heart becomes your favorite song.” That sentiment could easily apply to “Windows Are Rolled Down,” the single from Lee’s 2011 release, Mission Bell. As a musician/road warrior Lee has recounted in a number of interviews, the song came about after a serious girlfriend left him (in an ironic twist) to go on tour. But to the uninitiated listener, it’s just a good, sweeping, open road song. Landscapes, horizons, dusks and dawns: yes. Wrenching heartbreak: not so much. “A lot of the songs that are written in that vein are songs that just couldn’t be figured out any other way. They were still hanging in the balance,” says Lee. “I wouldn’t say it’s joyful to revisit stuff like that, but for the most part I feel really fortunate to be able to sift through my emotions in that way and give new meaning to it.” Mission is a gorgeously rendered (if somewhat moody) collection. Lee’s fourth studio album, it’s also his most fully realized to date. If the musician’s heart is on his sleeve, it’s his acoustic soul style that’s laid bare, revealed over and over in nuanced expressions. This is perhaps most apparent on back-to-back tracks “Violin” (an achingly raw number featuring Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam) and “Flower” (a warm, easy, “Melissa”-esque send up of love’s restorative powers). But there’s a unifying force to Mission, namely producer Joey Burns, who anchored the album with members of his own band, Calexico. “I think Joey and John [Convertino] and everybody who was involved in the recording — we all have that shared commonality of wanting to have a nice balance between the ebb and the flow of what’s happening sonically,” says Lee. “I’ve always enjoyed those bands and records that take you in different directions and there’s no one forceful way about it. Joey and John particularly have this incredible understanding of space. Joey has a gift to be able to orchestrate and manipulate sound subtly that moves you in a big way.”

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Tuesday, May 17 (8 p.m., $33 advance/$35 doors. theorangepeel. net)

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Boy meets world: Soulful singer/songwriter (and frequent Asheville visitor) Amos Lee says of his unabashedly heart-on-sleeve lyrics, “I made a choice to open up that part of myself to the world.” Photo by Harper Smith

He adds, “I like that idea of doing less and getting more.” Of course Lee doesn’t really do less. Since his debut in 2005 (he got his start a year earlier when Norah Jones invited him to open for her) he’s been steadily touring, playing the requisite late shows (The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits) and landing TV placements for his songs (Grey’s Anatomy, ER and Brothers & Sisters). And he’s accomplished this by writing the kind of songs that slice — with the total devastation of a Santoku blade — to the core of human emotion. (“You used to be so beautiful, but you lost it somewhere along the way. You used to be so beautiful, but it’s easy now to walk away,” he sings on “Hello Again.”) “I think it’s part of my makeup at this point,” says Lee. “I made a choice to open up that part of myself to the world.” He does point out that there’s a degree of vulnerability inherent in the performance which “makes you have to be pretty careful and cautious about how much stuff you let in. You want to keep as much of the the sanctity of your creative mind together as possible.” Beyond that admission, he’s hard-pressed to find fault with his profession. He says that in the early years he often became rattled, which affected the way he approached shows. “Since

then I’ve gotten on firmer ground,” says Lee. “There’s just too much to be grateful for. I’ve gotten to make a choice about what I want to do with my days. I don’t know what more you can ask for in life.” On Mission, Lee has a couple of guests — Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson who lend their voices to “Clear Blue Eyes” and “El Camino (Reprise)” respectively — who’ve parlayed Lee’s current trajectory into decades-long careers. So does Lee consider either to be role models? “Anybody’s who’s staying out there and making records and playing hard is somebody I consider a role model,” he says. “I respect anybody who lasts out there on the road past a few years. I won’t walk into a room ever, no matter if I like their music or not, and not have respect for somebody who’s just gone through it. No matter what your arc is, it takes perseverance.” Lee says that there are many reasons to quit performing and really just one reason to keep going: “That you love to do it,” he says. “The people who come out and help you to reconnect to these songs you’ve sung a million times — it’s a continual resourcing of energy.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@


by becky upham

Deciding which shows you should see, so you don’t have to The Suspect: WSNB (We Sing Nasty Blues)

The Suspect: Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker

These two groups helped define alternative music, CVB in the ‘80s, and Cracker in the ‘90s. Since CVB re-formed in 1999, frontman David Lowery performs in both bands. Remember when people used to buy entire records instead of the occasional iTunes download? Each band will perform all the songs from their respective classic albums, Key Lime Pie and Kerosene Hat. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Thursday, May 12. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): The Replacements, Meat Puppets. You Should Go If: You believe the measure of a man lies in his cumulative AmEx miles; your fashion sense could be described as bowling league meets hipster; you have high hopes that Prince William is going to make receding hairlines blow up; the most disappointing thing about the 21st century (so far) is … there’s still no combination Valium/Zyrtec medication on the market.

The Suspect: Brett Dennen

The descriptions of fan qualities and quirks are intended to be a playful take on what’s unique about all of us. The world would be a better place if everyone went out to see more live music.

He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 artists to watch, and Paste magazine writes that Dennen leads “a rock-steady, surprisingly hardhitting band, the lanky redhead swivels around the stage … reminiscent of the New York Dolls’ David Johansen.” The androgynous crooner just released Loverboy last month, his fourth studio album full of sweet power-pop. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, May 15. RIYD: Paul Simon, Sean Hayes, Jason Mraz. You Should Go If: You prefer parade waves over fist bumps; Glee has restored your faith in humanity; you consider anything with fruit filling healthy; the most disappointing thing about the 21st century (so far) is … that you’re still mostly known as the guy who always jams the copier.

The event description of the band promises, “They ain’t soft, pretty or subtle, and they don’t do many ballads.” Sounding like Dr. John, if Dr. John had a twopack-a-day habit, singer Willie Shane Johnston grows and howls over blistering guitar riffs as this N.C. band serves up s corching Delta blues. Can Be Found: White Horse, Black Mountain, Friday, May 13. RIYD: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters. You Should Go If: Whenever possible, you back your car into a parking space; you consider hiring a private detective part of the natural course of a relationship; your baby’s first word was “bacon”; the most disappointing thing about the 21st century (so far) is … Lady Gaga.

The Suspect: Garage a Trois

Marco Benevento and Galactic Drummer Stanton Moore make up half of this New Orleans quartet that calls itself “the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today.” This improvisational psychedelicjazz-rock band just released their fifth album last month, Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil. Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing, Friday, May 13. RIYD: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Marco Benevento Trio. You Should Go If: After 18 months of intense training you’ve finally mastered the one-eyebrow raise; you’re a founding member of a light-saber fencing league; most women find your inability to communicate without air quotes endearing; the most disappointing thing about the 21st century (so far) is … that NASA isn’t sending people to the moon anymore. • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 59


Diva*licious Cinq

The annual musical fundraiser Diva*licious (now in its fifth season) may involve drinks and hors d’oeuvres, but the real treat takes place on the main stage when contestants (Carol Duermit, Sara Fields, Murphy Funkhouser, Rachelle Roberts, Bradshaw Call, Andre Ellerby, Ty Shelton and Chuck Taft) vie for audience votes and the ACT Diva title. “Each contestant will sing two Broadway show numbers and the entire group performs several numbers together,” says a press release. “The contestant who raises the most money for ACT takes the title and the crown.” Friday, May 13, 8:08 p.m. ($20) and and Saturday, May 14, 6:45 p.m. ($35, includes gala reception).

Charlie Hunter Duo

Guitarist/composer Charlie Hunter’s bio reads like a soft-focus indie/ quirk film: When he was 4 years old, his mom packed the kids into a renovated school bus and drove to California. He took music lessons from Joe Satriani before heading out to Paris at age 18. He returned to San Francisco in time to join Michael Franti’s (pre-Spearhead) Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Then he spent the rest of the 1990s doing stuff like fronting Garage a Trois, forming his own trio and releasing/appearing on the first of what’s now a 30-plus album discography. Hunter appears at Pisgah Brewing with drummer Eric Kalb on Thursday, May 12, 9 p.m. $10 advance/$15 doors.

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Dub Is A Weapon

The Brooklyn-based band’s menacing name might have something to do with the fact that its creator, Dave Hahn, had to pretty much beat back the naysayers in the beginning. Then again, no one had done live dub before. (Dub usually refers to the art of remixing and manipulating existing reggae music by removing the vocals and emphasizing the drum and bass.) Of its sound the band says, “The vibe is trippy, but with a fire and edge that gives Dub Is A Weapon’s music real punch. This is music for serious dance-floor moves, not spacey evenings on the couch.” Dub Is A Weapon holds a record release party on Saturday, May 14 at Grey Eagle. 8 p.m., $10 advance/$13 day of show.


According to press, Rattlesnake covers 30 years and “takes us from the Texas prairie to Paris, France and back again.” And all 16 characters are played by one actor: John Hardy. But wait. There’s more. You’ve seen one-man plays before but not where the characters (again, 16 of ‘em) interact with each other. Main character Sherman longs to be a father. When his romance fizzles and he’s rejected by the adoption agency, he retreats to his family’s land where he meets a rattlesnake and immerses himself in its world. The plays runs one weekend only at N.C. Stage. Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14, at 7:30 p.m. $15.

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•To qualify for a free listing, a venue must be predominately dedicated to the performing arts. Bookstores and cafés with regular open mics and musical events are also allowed. •To limit confusion, events must be submitted by the venue owner or a representative of that venue. •Events must be submitted in written form by e-mail (, fax, snail mail or hand-delivered to the Clubland Editor Dane Smith at 2 Wall St., Room 209, Asheville, NC 28801. Events submitted to other staff members are not assured of inclusion in Clubland. •Clubs must hold at least TWO events per week to qualify for listing space. Any venue that is inactive in Clubland for one month will be removed. •The Clubland Editor reserves the right to edit or exclude events or venues. •Deadline is by noon on Monday for that Wednesday’s publication. This is a firm deadline.

Wed., May 11 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Juan Benavides Trio, 8-10pm Athena’s Club

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

Thur Laura Michaels Duo 5/12 [carolina-country / acoustic / etc.]

Crocodile Smile

[funk / rock / old-school]

Sat 5/14

Open mic

Danzig (hard rock) w/ Devil Driver & 2 Cents

Max Melner Orchestra

BoBo Gallery

Pisgah Brewing Company

Woody Wood (rock, blues)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Starlicker w/ Lulo

August Black (acoustic, folk rock)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Valorie Miller (Americana, folk) Good Stuff

Open mic Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Harrah’s Cherokee

DJ Shane, 8pm

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Alien Music Club (jazz jam)


Open mic w/ Brian Keith

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Second Breakfast

Modern Relic’s ‘80s hair-metal night w/ Iron Kite

Open mic, 7-10pm

Blue Note Grille

Pierce Edens (country, folk rock, roots)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

TallGary’s Cantina

Open mic, 7:30pm

BoBo Gallery

The Get Down

Just Us For All fundraiser dance party

The Loud Crowd w/ Dope Body & Ed Schrader’s Musical Beat

Craggie Brewing Company

The Magnetic Field

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Tom Leiner w/ River Guerguerian, Jake Wolf & Joe Ebel

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Town Pump

Old-time jam, 6pm

Open mic w/ David Bryan

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Shane Perlowin (classical/jazz guitar)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Thu., May 12 Barley’s Taproom

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Stereofidelics (indie, rock) CD release party w/ Hellblinki Sextet

Wild Wing Cafe

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Red Stag Grill

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

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

DJ N-Famous

Mike’s Side Pocket

Vincenzo’s Bistro

The Lords of Scrummage

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Wedge Brewing Co.

Soul/jazz jam feat: Matt Slocum

Kon Tiki (reggae), 5-7pm

Orange Peel

Westville Pub

Open mic, 6-9pm Non-stop rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Emerald Lounge

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

Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Hammer No More the Fingers (indie, rock) w/ Jews and Catholics, Rat Jackson & Ribs Lobster Trap

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

DJ Kool

Mike’s Side Pocket

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Open mic

Open mic w/ Gypsy French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Scenic Roots (Americana, bluegrass) Good Stuff

Gene Peyroux & the Snow Monkeys (rock, funk, soul)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

URTV benefit Olive or Twist

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

Fri 5/13

Micah Hanks Band [variety / rock / acoustic]

Music & EvEnts Thursday, May 12Th - 9PM $10/$15

Open 7 Days... 11am - Late

Thursday, May 12 Closed - Private Party

Friday, May 13

Clouds of Greer (Country/American/Rock) FREE Show 4-8pm

Saturday, May 14 Tuxedo Junction (Rock/Swing/Folk Rock) FREE Show 4-8pm

FREE Parking weekdays after 5pm & all weekend (behind us on Marjorie St.)

20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944

no cover charge (4-8pm)

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Off Biltmore Ave. in the new Pack Square Park.

Voted Best Local Brewery.

62 MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 •

Cracker (alt-rock) w/ Camper van Beethoven Pack’s Tavern

Laura Michaels Duo Pisgah Brewing Company

Charlie Hunter Duo (blues, funk, jazz) w/ Eric Kalb Purple Onion Cafe

Tom Fisch (singer/songwriter) Red Room

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Stag Grill

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Athena’s Club

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm

Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Zach Deputy (roots, reggae, soul) w/ Simplified

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)


Blue Note Grille

Contagious (covers, rock)

Joel Cornes (singer/songwriter)

Harrah’s Cherokee

BoBo Gallery

DJ Shane, 8pm

In Plain Sight (dance, electronic)

Highland Brewing Company


Billy Sheeran (piano)

Clouds of Greer (country, Americana, rock)

The Feral Chihuahuas (variety, comedy, music)

Red Step Artworks

Holland’s Grille

Craggie Brewing Company

Open mic

Gypsy (rock)

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Steve Whiddon (“the pianoman”)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Root Bar No. 1

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Chris Wilhelm (folk, rock)

John Byrne Band (Celtic folk)

Scandals Nightclub

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Local DJ Exposure feat: Name, Nemesis, BassHarp & Aloysius

Back stage: PUJOL (Southern rock) w/ Wooden Toothe


Lobster Trap

Open jam

Tri-focal Trio

Straightaway Cafe

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Ken Kiser

Broken Lilacs (rock)

The Get Down

Mike’s Side Pocket

The Cigar Brothers (acoustic, jazz)

Elvet Velvis (rock)

Town Pump

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Po Boyz (funk)

Tiny Boxes (rock, fusion) w/ Kung Fu Dynamite

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Orange Peel

Peggy Ratusz & friends Vincenzo’s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (piano) Westville Pub

Beat Rex (electronica) Wild Wing Cafe

Dance party w/ DJ Moto

Fri., May 13 Allstars Sports Bar and Grill

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) Red Room

The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day

Athena’s Club

Red Stag Grill

Dead Man’s Revival (folk rock), 6-8pm Blind Boy Chocolate & the Milk Sheiks (jugband, old-time), 8-10pm Creatures Cafe

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic, rock) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Now You See Them (folk, indie, pop) w/ Uncle Mountain & Papa String Band DJ dance party Fred’s Speakeasy

The Dralstrings (alt-country, blues) w/ Nerd Parade & National Hotel French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Buncombe Turnpike (bluegrass) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Stephen Lynch-Mass (electronic, ambient) Garage at Biltmore

Root Bar No. 1

Jar of Flies (Alice in Chains tribute) w/ Eulogy (Tool tribute)

Peace Jones (funk, jazz, rock)

Harrah’s Cherokee

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

BPL w/ Neckbreaka Society Fairview Tavern

Circus Mutt (rock, Grateful Dead covers), 8pm Fred’s Speakeasy

Maudlin Frogs w/ Luke Punk, Liam McKay & The Go Devils French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Leigh Glass Band (Americana, blues, rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

August Black (acoustic, folk rock) Good Stuff

Andrew Christopher w/ The Vagabond Chronicles Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Vollie McKenzie’s Wildcat Band (Western swing)

Tuxedo Junction Horizons at Grove Park Inn

The Get Down

Ocoai w/ Black Tusk & Ritual The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Doug Dacey Town Pump

The Cisco Playboys (country, rockabilly, Western swing) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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

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

WSNB (blues) Wild Wing Cafe

Country Fried Fridays w/ Buchanan Boys

Sat., May 14

zansa & dubatoMiC 5/14 PaRtiCles seleCtoRs • 10PM

wed Ryan Montbleau band


with CaRavan of thieves • 9PM


5/20 SaT


haCkensaw boys • 9PM aRCheRs of loaf • 9PM Joe Purdy | iris dement | devil Makes 3 dead Prez | the Gourds | t. Model ford

Highland Brewing Company

Paul Cataldo (Americana, roots) Live jazz, 6-10pm

dub is a weaPon

Live band, 7-10pm Live DJ, 10pm-2am

Straightaway Cafe The Chop House


Grove Park Inn Great Hall

BoBo Gallery

Bill Cave (folk, Americana, roots), 6-8pm The Air Anchor, 8-10pm

vollie MCkenzie’s wildCat band • 8PM

Dub is a Weapon (reggae, dubstep) w/ Zansa & Dubatomic Particles Selectors


Craggie Brewing Company


Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Michelle Leigh (singer/songwriter)

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am


Jon Zachary

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Bad Circus (indie, rock)

Cd Release with hellblinki sextet • 8:30PM

Good Stuff

Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm

Scandals Nightclub


Castles in the Sky feat: Iduna, DJ FM, Morefiend, Campaign, Lost Nomad & DJ Conrad Greggor

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)

Boiler Room


Fat Cat’s Billiards

Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Earthtone Soundystem


Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Hotel Indigo

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Christabel & the Jons (Southern swing) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Jim Bianco (singer/songwriter) w/ Dead Mans Revival Co. Lobster Trap

Jazz night Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Grateful Dead night w/ Phuncle Sam (jam, psychedelic)

M-f 11:30am - 10pm Sat & Sun: 5pm - 10pm

Orange Peel

Between the Buried & Me (hardcore, metal) w/ Job For a Cowboy & The Ocean Pack’s Tavern

Micah Hanks (bluegrass, rock) Purple Onion Cafe • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 63

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Mark Stuart (Americana, folk)

West Coast swing dance, 7:30pm

Red Room

The Get Down

Dance party w/ live DJ

Mose Giganticus w/ Sadgiqacea & Hectagons

Red Stag Grill

The Pocket

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)

DJ Chubby Knuckles (pop, dance), 9pm

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Town Pump

Rewind Blue (Southern rock)

Open jam w/ Kevin Smith, 4pm

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Village Wayside Bar and Grille

Driftless Ramblers (old-time)

The Wayside Sound (acoustic jazz duo)

Root Bar No. 1

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz)

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Scandals Nightclub

White Horse

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

Mission Hospital Hope Concert, 2pm



Gypsy (rock) Straightaway Cafe

Sherry Lynn & Mountain Friends The Chop House

Live jazz, 6-10pm


The Get Down

The Sleepover The Pocket

After Dark

Ruby Mayfield & friends (blues, rock) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Darin Kohler (pop, rock) Westville Pub

Bayou Diesel (cajun, zydeco) White Horse

Bob Hinkle (singer/songwriter) Wild Wing Cafe

Kiss Army

Sun., May 15

Best Dance Prices in Town Nightly Drink Specials Enjoy Our Awesome Smoking Deck (w/ nice view)

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Spinning Pole

Dirty South Lounge

Sunday Jazz, 7-9pm Barley’s Taproom

Klarcnova Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Coping Stone “Sunday Sessions” w/ Chris Ballard Fred’s Speakeasy

The Dralstrings (punk, garage) w/ Monkey In Podship Hotel Indigo

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano)

ThurS 5/12: po BoyZ

Lobster Trap

Griff & Jason

organ fueled funk Trio - Brooklyn, ny

fri 5/13: ciSco playBoyS rockaBilly dance Band - aSheville, nc

SaT 5/14: liZZy roSS Band

JaZZ, folk, dirTy BlueS, rock , Soul - chapel hill, nc Sun. 4pM JaM w/ kevin SMiTh | new: daily drink SpecialS!

135 cherry ST. Black MounTain, nc

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Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Starving artists open mic

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Orange Peel

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am

(828) 298-1400

520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

64 MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 •

Brett Dennen (rock, pop) w/ Dawes Gypsy (rock) Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Shifter’s

Jarvis Jenkins Band (psychedelic, rock) Orange Peel

Amos Lee (folk, rock, singer-songwriter) w/ Sonia Leigh Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Tuesday Rotations” w/ guest DJ The Get Down

Bluegrass Jam Town Pump

Numbers & Letters (Americana) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller Westville Pub

Blues jam White Horse

Primate Fiasco Handlebar

Mose Giganticus (punk, metal) w/ Sadgiqacea Hole-N-Da-Wall

Cipher circle, 10pm

Orange Peel

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

BoBo Gallery

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Lizzy Ross Band (jazz, folk, blues, rock)

Jay Brown (Americana, folk)

No Jacket Required (covers), 8-10pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Town Pump

Ladies & Couples Welcome

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Primal Soul & DJ Chadwick (deep house, live percussion), 10pm Eric Congdon (singer-songwriter)

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Mon., May 16

Lobster Trap

The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul) Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues, 11am Junip w/ Acrylics (pop, rock), 9pm Shifter’s

West Coast swing dance, 7:30pm The Get Down

Napalm Raid w/ No Qualms, Knife Hits & Autarch Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller

Tue., May 17 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Corbin & Bones (jazz, swing), 8-10pm Altamont Brewing Company

Open mic w/ Zachary T, 8:30pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Will Straughan (Americana) Blue Note Grille

Gary Segal (singer-songwriter) & friends BoBo Gallery

DJ Kool Bear Creatures Cafe

College night w/ Creatures Cafe Band Eleven on Grove

Swing & Tango lessons, 6pm — Dance w/ Russ Wilson Quartet, 8pm Firestorm Cafe and Books

Open mic, 7:30pm Fred’s Speakeasy

Doomsday Tuesday

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

Wed., May 18 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Juan Benavides Trio, 8-10pm Athena’s Club

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic Blue Note Grille

Jazz jam, 9pm BoBo Gallery

Sky Lake (experimental, indie, rock) w/ Candy Lee Creatures Cafe

Salsa night Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

David Vanderveld (rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Matt Getman (jazz, pop, soul) Good Stuff

Open mic Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Ryan Montbleau Band (Americana, folk, R&B) w/ Caravan of Thieves Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Harrah’s Cherokee

DJ Shane, 8pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

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

Phat Tuesdays w/ Selector Cleofus & guests

Front stage: Dave Turner (Americana) Back stage: Tatsuya Nakatani (experimental percussion) w/ Shane Perlowin

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Lobster Trap

Garage at Biltmore

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Handlebar

Road Runner (pop, rock) Iron Horse Station

Valorie Miller (Americana, folk) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul/jazz jam feat: J. Willis & Eric Mullis Orange Peel

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm

Crash Test Dummies (folk rock) w/ Kellin Watson

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Pisgah Brewing Company

Singer/songwriter in the round feat: Hope Griffin, Ken Kiser, Shay Lovett & Rosa Wallace Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)

Moors & McCumber (Americana, roots) Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

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Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Harrahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille 298-8780 The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Infusions 665-2161

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Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laureyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill 253-8805 The Magnetic Field 257-4003 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Side Pocket 281-3096 Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill 258-1550 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Malleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 The Pocket 258-9828 Posana Cafe 505-3969 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949

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Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 251-8880 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Shifters 684-1024 Stella Blue 236-2424 Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadhouse Bistro 299-4127 The Still 683-5913 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 232-0809 Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 The Village Wayside 277-4121 Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro 254-4698 The Warehouse Live 681-9696 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

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Dogtale (folk rock, funk) w/ Little Friday Band & DJ Jonathan Samuels

Red Room

Open mic w/ Brian Keith Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Red Stag Grill

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Open mic, 7-10pm Root Bar No. 1

Numbers and Letters (folk, alt-country, Americana) TallGary’s Cantina

Open mic, 7:30pm Hump Yard w/ Nutria Assault, Koonda Hoola & Sangaia

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Open mic w/ Gypsy

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Red Step Artworks

Melt Your Hearts Tour w/ Omine & Jill Hartmann (folk, soul, rock)

Open mic Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Fred’s Speakeasy

Steve Whiddon (“the pianoman”)

Birthday tribute to Joey Ramone feat: Vampirates, 220 Short, The Loud Crowd, Studs & The Citizens

The Get Down

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

The Magnetic Field

Broken Lilacs (rock)

Tom Leiner w/ Laura Blackley, Kellin Watson & Joshua Singleton

Good Stuff

Town Pump

Gene Peyroux & the Snow Monkeys (rock, funk, soul)

Open mic w/ David Bryan

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

DJ Justin

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro


Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Cravin’ Melon w/ Stereo Reform

Wedge Brewing Co.

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Scandals Nightclub

Local DJ Exposure feat: Trebled Mind, Rasa & Avi Goldberg Shifter’s Straightaway Cafe

Chris Wilhelm (folk, rock) The Get Down

Gypsy Night Town Pump

Grand Ole’ Uproar (electronic, rock, “hippietonk”) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz & friends

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Thu., May 19

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Barley’s Taproom

Lobster Trap

Westville Pub

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

Like Mind Trio (jazz)

Mike’s Side Pocket

Fri., May 20

Open mic

Blue Note Grille

Allstars Sports Bar and Grill

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Nitrograss (bluegrass) w/ Charles Wood BoBo Gallery

Asheville Country Music Revue w/ Swayback Sisters (Americana, roots)

Billy Goodrum

Olive or Twist

The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm Athena’s Club

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

Boiler Room

EDM w/ Psykoanarchy, Axis Mundi, Sean Psychonic & Myrkabah Om

Orange Peel

Open mic, 6-9pm

Deftones (hard rock) w/ Dillinger Escape Plan & Le Butcherettes

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pack’s Tavern

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

Scott Raines (acoustic, rock)

Eleven on Grove

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (classic rock, blues, R&B) w/ Futurebirds & Gary Clark Jr.

Craggie Brewing Company

Zydeco dance lesson, 7pm Dance w/ Bayou Diesel, 8pm Emerald Lounge

Pisgah Brewing Company

monday Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues / Wild Wing Cafe

tuesday Jus One More / The Pocket / Red Room


Open jam

Kon Tiki (reggae), 5-7pm

Alien Music Club (jazz jam)


Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Note Grille

Beacon Pub / Buffalo Wild Wings / Fred’s Speakeasy / The Hangar / Midway Tavern / O’Malleys on Main / Holland’s Grille

thursday Cancun Mexican Grill / Club Hairspray / Harrah’s Cherokee Fairview Tavern

friday Fat Cat’s Billards / Mack Kell’s Midway Tavern / Shifter’s / Shovelhead Saloon / Tallgary’s Cantina

saturday The Hangar / Holland’s Grille Jus One More / Midway Tavern / Rendezvous / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

Wendy Hayes Quartet (jazz, blues, swing)


Boiler Room

Cancun Mexican Grill / The Hangar The Get Down / Shifter’s

Fanaticon2 Kick-Off Party feat: Willovseraphim, Psyonic & Myrkabah Craggie Brewing Company

Alex Krug Trio (Americana, folk), 8:30pm

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

Creatures Cafe

Eleven on Grove

Purple Onion Cafe

Hannah Baker & Wayne Graham (folk rock)

Jon Shain

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Fanaticon2 Kick-Off Party feat: Samuel Paradise, DJ Avi & D:Raf Emerald Lounge

Kung Fu Dynamite (rock, jam, funk)

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Fairview Tavern

Circus Mutt (rock, Grateful Dead covers), 8pm

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Firestorm Cafe and Books

Ian McFeron (folk, pop, alt-country) w/ Alisa Milner French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pierce Edens (country, folk rock, roots)

Lingerie (huge selection) Daring Games Toys, Toys, Toys! DVD’s (mild, medium, hot)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Shay Lovette (Americana) Garage at Biltmore

Shpongle after party feat: Medisin, Thump, J Moh & Mamal Good Stuff

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DJ Shane, 8pm Highland Brewing Company

Brushfire Stankgrass (acoustic, bluegrass)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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Mark Appleford (singer-songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Joe, Dan & Hank

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm

Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade (ragtime, jump blues)

Blue Note Grille

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Corinne Gooden (singer/songwriter)

Firecracker Jazz Band (dixieland jazz)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

BoBo Gallery

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Holland’s Grille

Free Flight (rock)

Back stage: Sirius.B (gypsy folk, world) Lobster Trap

Hill Billy Diamonds (rock, honkey-tonk)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Hotel Indigo

Back stage: Ivan the Terribles (alternative, rock) w/ Free Lunch

DJ Oskar & DJ Sensi Boiler Room

Josh Stack

Official Fanaticon2 after party feat: The Falcon Lords, How I Became the Bomb, a laser-light show, DJ Queen April & a comic book drag show

Lobster Trap

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Craggie Brewing Company

Mad Tea Party (garage, surf, rockabilly) w/ Jar-e (soul, funk)

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

American Babies (rock, Americana, indie) w/ Sun Hotel O’Malley’s On Main

Smokin Section

Zoll/Marsh Duo (“harmony-driven acoustic”), 6-8pm A Ghost Like Me (“instrumental space rock”), 8-10pm Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Orange Peel

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

Shpongle (experimental, world) Pack’s Tavern

Eleven on Grove

Aaron LaFalce Band (rock)

Official Fanaticon2 after party feat: The Falcon Lords, How I Became the Bomb, a laser-light show, DJ Queen April & a comic book drag show

Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Room

Emerald Lounge

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day Red Stag Grill

Artist’s Bazaar feat: Discordian Society, Sisters3, PDrum, RudyZ and more

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

DJ dance party

Gypsy (rock)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Scandals Nightclub

Jeremy Current (country, rock)

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Straightaway Cafe

Garage at Biltmore

Hobos & Lace The Chop House

Fantasy costume party feat: D-Queue, GalaxC Girl, Brad Bitt and more

Live jazz, 6-10pm

Good Stuff

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Brooke Clover Band (Americana, folk, roots)

Jason Waller (country, folk)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Town Pump

Archers of Loaf (indie rock) w/ Cobra Horse

Twilite Broadcasters (old-time)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock)

Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro


Orange Peel

The Crystal Method (electronic, DJ) Pack’s Tavern

Corey Harris (roots, blues, world) w/ Grant Green Jr. Purple Onion Cafe

Jeff Chandler & The Bad Popes Red Room Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Mixx Skydog (blues, alt-country) Scandals Nightclub

Official Fanaticon2 After Party feat: The Falcon Lords, How I Became the Bomb, a laser-light show, DJ Queen April & a comic book drag show Shifter’s

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Bryan McDowell & the Winfield Three (bluegrass, jazz)

Harrah’s Cherokee

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Westville Pub

Athena’s Club

Highland Brewing Company

White Horse

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Marc Keller Girls, Guns & Glory (Americana, honkey-tonk) Asheville Jazz Orchestra

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Deep River (country)

WED. 5/11

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theaterlistings Friday, MAY 13 - Thursday, MAY 19

Due to possible last-minute scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281) n

Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Arthur (PG-13) 7:00, 10:00 Hop (PG) 1:00, 4:00

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) n

Bridesmaids (R) 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 Decisions (NR) 12:25 (Fri-Sun), 2:50, 5:05, 7:40, 9:55 Hanna (PG-13) 1:35, 4:00, 6:25, 9:00 Insidious (PG-13) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00 Olivia and the Great Outdoors (G) 12:00 (Sat-Sun) Priest 3D (PG-13) 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:55, 10:10, Late show Sat-Sun 10:30 Priest 2D (PG-13) 12:05 (Fri-Sun), 2:20, 4:35, 7:10, 9:25 Rio 3D (PG) 1:25, 3:45, 6:10, 8:25 Rio 2D (PG) 12:00 (Fri-Sin), 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Soul Surfer (PG) 1:20, 3:55, 6:30, 8:50 Water for Elephants (PG-13) 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40

Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500) n

Bridesmaids (R) 12:30, 3:25. 7:30, 10:20 The Conspirator (PG-13) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 9:35 Everything Must Go (R) 11:40, 2:10, 4:50. 7:45, 10:05 Fast Five (PG-13) 12:25, 3:50, 7:25, 10:15 I Am (NR) 12:05, 2:05, 4:10, 7:10, 9:15 Jane Eyre (PG-13) 11:50, 3:10, 7:35, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema) Jumping the Broom (PG-13) 12:10, 2:20, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 (Sofa Cinema) Of Gods and Men (PG-13) 12:15, 4:25, 7:40, 10:20 Priest (PG-13) 11:35, 2:15, 4:30, 7:55, 10:00

Rio 2D (PG) 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20 (Sofa Cinema) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) 11:00 p.m. Sat. May 14 only Something Borrowed (PG-13) 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:40, 9:55 Thor 3D (PG-13) 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50 Thor 2D (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:30, 10:25 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (PG-13) 10:05 (Sofa Cinema) Water for Elephants (PG-13) 11:45, 3:00, 7:15,10:10 (Sofa Cinema)

Cinebarre (665-7776) n

n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

Thor (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00

Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) n

Everything Must Go (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:20 Win Win (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20 (no 7:20 show Thu., May 19), Late show Fri-Sat 9:40

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298)

United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234) n

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 Everything Must Go JJJJJ

Director: Dan Rush Players: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Laura Dern, Michael Peña, Stephen Root Drama with Comedy Rated R

The Story: An alcoholic salesman loses his job and returns home to find himself locked out and all his belongings thrown out on the lawn, so he decides to just live there. The Lowdown: A very fine dramatic film with touches of comedy that’s one of the best things to come out this year — and all of it built around a strong central performance from Will Ferrell, though one that may not please his fanbase. Dan Rush’s Everything Must Go is generally pegged as a comedy-drama and while I suppose that’s technically correct, I think it’s a deceptive tag. This is essentially a drama with a comedic sounding premise, a comedian as its star, and there are funny — sometimes bitterly so — things in it. There is a difference. But having said that, I’ll also say that it’s one of the most penetrating and accomplished films of the year — and Ferrell’s performance is part of the reason for that. He is here easily as good as he was in Marc Forster’s Stranger Than Fiction (2006), and possibly better — even though the film itself never reaches the heights of Forster’s film. Then again, it never tries to, so the comparison is a little unfair — even though it’s inevitable. The film is based on Raymond Carver’s short story “Why Don’t You Dance?” and without having read the story myself, I can say it has the feel of Carver. Ferrell plays Nick Halsey, a salesman for a sizable company who is fired after an event that may or may not have happened during a business trip to Denver. The problem is that Nick — a recovering alcoholic who fell off the wagon on that trip — can’t remember whether or not the claims made by a female co-worker are true or not. His company is already unhappy with his decreased — or at least stalled — productivity and his drinking. So he finds himself suddenly without a job, which, of course, is a perfect excuse to dig that “emergency” flask of whatever out of his trunk and resume drinking. That in turn prompts him to slash the tires on his boss’s vintage Mustang with his personalized Swiss Army knife going-away gift from the company, which unfortunately gets stuck in the tire.

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Will Ferrell stars in an uncharacteristic role in Dan Rush’s remarkable debut as a writerdirector, Everything Must Go. Things get worse. He arrives at his house only to find all his belongings in the yard, the locks changed, and his wife — fed up with his drinking and his apparent faithlessness — gone. This, of course, offers even more “reason” to drink, which he proceeds to do on the front lawn in the comfort of his fake leather recliner. The neighbors complain, the cops come and try to arrest him, but his AA sponsor Frank Garcia (Michael Peña), who happens to be a police detective, intervenes. Frank even buys him some time by providing him with a five-day yard sale permit — suggesting that Nick use the time to pull himself together and figure out what to do. “What to do” in Nick’s mind is to stay put and drink, a situation which becomes more comfortable after blackmailing his neighbor (Stephen Root) into providing him with electricity. A series of small events — mostly involving a sympathetic new neighbor, Samantha (Rebecca Hall), and a kid, Kenny Loftus (a sweetly touching Christopher Jordan Wallace, son of Notorious B.I.G.), whose mother is the caregiver for a dying woman in the neighborhood — cause the bogus yard sale to turn into a real one and to start Nick rethinking his life. Both are things he approaches grudgingly at first. He keeps finding reasons not to sell things and keeps insisting that he and his wife will get back together. Slowly, however, he starts to come to terms with the truth and with the possible advantage of divesting himself of his “stuff” and starting over. This is not a big movie. It’s very much an indie, and very much made of small touches that suggest more than they state. There are moments of heartbreaking humanity (the scene

with Laura Dern as an old high-school classmate is remarkable), moments of bitter irony, moments of self-discovery, and a very realistic inconclusive ending. There’s also a plot twist that I’m not wholly sold on, but that’s a small flaw in an otherwise splendidly achieved film — and one that should in no way make you miss this film or Ferrell’s nuanced performance in it. Rated R for language and some sexual content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 and Fine Arts Theatre

Jumping the Broom JJJ

Director: Salim Akil Players: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good Romantic Comedy Rated PG-13

The Story: Two families from different sides of the tracks meet for the first time at a wedding. The Lowdown: An overlong, indifferent piece of poorly constructed melodrama that’s mostly just forgettable. I’m really hoping the two-and-a-half stars I’m giving Jumping the Broom truly displays how indifferent I am about this movie. Three stars might seem like a recommendation, two might look like the film put in the effort to make me actively dislike it. But there is no effort in this movie, just a bunch of lazy plotting slathered over a lazy premise. Here we have a by-the-numbers plot about a wedding where the bride and groom’s families

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Surprisingly good early reviews are greeting this female-centric variant on the raunchy comedy from the House of Raunch (also known as the Judd Apatow Factory). What to make of that? Hard to tell. Director Paul Feig is better known for TV than movies. Kristen Wiig, however, is a movie talent of some note, whose appearances have enlivened everything she’s been in. A film built around her and co-written by her is certainly interesting. For that matter, the entire cast is interesting (Maya Rudolph is always welcome) and the trailer actually looks funny. (R) Early review samples: • “Kristen Wiig scores in an erratic gross comedy that truthfully connects where it counts.” (Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporters) • “Bridesmaids proves that modern comedies about women don’t have to be insipid, bor-

are from different sides of the tracks, and comedy built around the predictably disastrous interactions and general misunderstandings between the two camps. In this case, the bride Sabrina (Paula Patton, Just Wright) comes from a wealthy, affluent family, while her betrothed, Jason (Laz Alonso, Just Wright), grew up in a blue collar background. There’s one pretty good scene during a rehearsal dinner that does a good job handling both class and race issues, but this kind on astuteness is unfortunately rare. Instead everyone mostly bickers, which is somehow supposed to be entertaining, but becomes more annoying than anything else. The side effect of all this is a movie filled with characters who just aren’t likable. Not detestable or anything just like that, just mildly obnoxious and immature. It’s one of those movie-reality situations that wouldn’t even exist (be still my heart) if everyone could simply act like polite adults for a few minutes. Familial tensions aren’t enough for this movie, however. We’ve got to add a heaping dose of melodrama to all this, and not the good, overheated kind of melodrama that’s — I don’t know — entertaining. No, this is all pretty lackluster stuff, used to inject a few more moments of screentime into a shoddy storyline. The end result is a movie that feels more like a bad soap opera full of characters you’re given no reason to care — or root — for, played by people (like Patton and Angela Bassett) who deserve better roles. There are numerous different plotlines involving various deep, dark secrets and forbidden romances and all that junk, but there are so many that the movie itself can’t even keep up with them. By the time Jumping the Broom finally exhausts itself into an ending, many of these storylines are still unresolved or simply forgotten. Since the film is produced by pastor T.D. Jakes, there’s a bit of Christianity stuck in here and there. This is mostly evident in Sabrina’s

ing or downright loathsome. Who knew?” (Jen Yamato, Movieline)


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Early reviews — all from the UK — are pretty brutal, but horror films and reviews have a rocky relationship in most cases. However, director Scott Stewart’s last film was the ludicrously awful Legion. Plus, this thing has the curse of Cam Gigandet hovering over it. You might cut it some slack for Paul Bettany, but remember he was in Legion. Toss in a so-so trailer, a PG-13 rating, and a coating of 3D and things aren’t looking too spiffy. However, the studio promises us “a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller ... set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires.” Whatever that exactly portends. (PG-13)

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pact with God to stop putting out (or as she so eloquently puts it — like some repressed housewife — giving away her “cookies”) before she’s married. This comes mixed in with occasional bits of scripture quoting, but there’s not enough of it to blunt the general sense of sexual frankness. It all feels like warmed-over Tyler Perry, except Jakes doesn’t have the business sense to dress in drag. Whatever the case, the whole movie is pretty indifferent, which might be the worst thing a movie can be. Rated PG-13 for some sexual content. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

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Director: Luke Greenfield (The Girl Next Door) Players: Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams Unromantic Non-comedy Rated PG-13

The Story: When Rachel sleeps with her best friend’s fiance, she and said fiance realize they’re in love. Tedium ensues. The Lowdown: An absolutely awful example of the rom-com filled with amazingly awful characters. Having been subjected to the seemingly interminable crapfest that is Something Borrowed, I decided to check Kate Hudson’s filmography to confirm a suspicion. And I was right — the last time she was in a really good movie was in 2000 in Almost Famous. That’s a long time to tread water. Either Hudson is remarkably tenacious, or she simply hates us and makes these movies to get back at us. I’m inclined toward the latter after Something Borrowed. Modern romantic comedies usually come one of two ways. First, there are the really • MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 69

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Director: Kar Wai Wong Players: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Lai Chin, Rebecca Pan



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Romance Drama Rated PG Back in 2001, I wrote, “In the Mood for Love is virtually unique in that it is a film made up almost entirely of subtle touches and things not said, from which we are made to understand the feelings and motivations of its main characters — Chow Mo-Wan (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) and Su Li-Zhen (Maggie Cheung). The two are neighbors who become attracted to each other by proximity, then attached to each other when they realize their respective spouses are having an affair with each other. Set in the overcrowded Hong Kong of 1962, the film is amazingly claustrophobic — the camera crowding in on the players at every opportunity (the film boasts almost no long-shots) — and is drenched in the dark, heavily saturated colors of a neo-noir, which to some degree In the Mood for Love actually is. Only here, the focus has changed. Where a standard noir would focus on the adulterous couple, Wong Kar-Wai’s film focuses on their spouses, who refuse to lower themselves to the level of their legal mates (‘For us to do the same thing would mean we are no better than they are’) despite the fact that they fall in love themselves.” While I have no actual issue with that assessment, seeing it again — and seeing it after the director’s much underrated My Blueberry Nights (2007) — I think the film is actually better than my original ranking. reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present In the Mood for Love at 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Lost Horizon JJJJ

Director: Frank Capra Players: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Sam Jaffe Fantasy Adventure Drama Rated NR I’ve always had mixed feelings about Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon (1937). Part of it works. Part of it doesn’t. I’m not troubled by its supposedly communist overtones (they’re largely in the reading of the film), but I’ve never been comfortable with the scene where Ronald Colman and H.B. Warner discuss women as if they’re property. I’m even less comfortable with those parts of the “restored” version where the soundtrack plays and missing footage is replaced by stills from the film, as it pulls me out of the movie every time. If ever a movie needed suspension of disbelief this story — of a group of folks Shanghaied to the mythical land of Shangri-La for the express purpose of recruiting one of their number to take over the reins of the utopian community housed in the hidden recesses of the Himalayas — is it. Still, it’s an important movie — sometimes a brilliant one — and perhaps an even more important piece of popular culture. It’s also interesting in that Lost Horizon is at once typical of Frank Capra’s work, and yet completely unlike anything else he made. And there’s no denying that it afforded Ronald Colman one of his finest roles. It certainly needs seeing. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show Lost Horizon at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Scapegoat JJJJ

Director: David Saich Players: Ben Puckett, Daniel Clancy, Cory Boughton, Jason Garcia, Paula Orr

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Crime Thriller Rated NR When local writer-director David Saich handed me a copy of his debut feature Scapegoat, he told me, “If you get a review in the paper before it screens, I’d appreciate it,” then added, “Unless you hate it. In that case put it in after its shows.” That was a possibly wise — albeit unworkable — idea; but as it turns out, he needn’t have worried. Scapegoat is one of the best, most stylishly made, and cleverest movies by a local filmmaker that’s ever crossed my path. It’s also one of the best acted (even Channel 13’s John Le acquits himself pretty nicely in a cameo role) and photographed. It’s a story about a man, John Capra (Ben Puckett), who specializes in manipulating evidence and will even take the fall for whatever crime you’ve committed — for a fee, of course. The premise is clever enough, but the development and convoluted nature of what happens when a really big score comes his way is even better. Is it perfect? No. It’s a little too long for its own good, for one thing. For another, that horribly generic title does it zero favors. But it’s all in all a pretty terrific little movie. See it. reviewed by Ken Hanke David Saich’s Scapegoat plays for one show only at the Fine Arts Theatre on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

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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. good ones — Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Love Actually (2003), Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008) etc. — that are actually memorable. Then, there are the others. Movies that are at best mediocre, and very often (especially the past few years) much worse than that, and usually as tough to remember as what you had for lunch three months ago. Something Borrowed may prove to be an exception, since I doubt I will soon forget the frankly miserable experience of sitting through this witless, charmless, laughless and strangely mean-spirited tale. Here’s the pitch: Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has been best friends with Darcy (Kate Hudson) since third grade. Rachel has also been in love with Dex (TV actor Colin Egglesfield) since they were in law school together, even though she let Darcy take him away from her. So here we are years later and Darcy and Dex are getting married, but as luck and the script would have it, Rachel and Dex — slightly drunk — end up in bed together. Worse, this indiscretion (I guess it’s supposed to be shocking) clues them in on the fact that they’re really ga-ga about each other. Now, that could be easily — if messily — remedied in real life, but not here. Rachel can’t hurt Darcy, you see, and it will upset Dex’s wealthy parents if he doesn’t marry Darcy. What this means is we’re subjected to at least 90 more minutes of flashbacks, flat gags, contrivances — and some of the most utterly unlikable characters you’ve ever met. The exception is Kate Hudson’s Darcy, who is completely detestable. The problem here isn’t the premise. I’ve been around way too long to be shocked by it, and am somewhat amused by the people who are. (Did they not see the trailer? It makes the plot very clear.) The problem lies with the characters and the performers. Our supposed central couple is bland, boring and irritating, and they’re played by a duo who live up to that. Hudson’s Darcy is worse. There’s nothing about her that’s even slightly appealing. When the film takes a shot at humanizing her, it’s way too late in the game to have any impact. I’m pretty sure I felt compelled to tell my hapless viewing companion, “I really hate her” (or some variation on that) at least three times. Probably more. Even the marginally likable poor slob (John Krasinski) who’s been mooning over the clueless Rachel for the whole movie is finally more annoying than sympathetic. I not only didn’t care what happened to any of them, I was wishing I’d never set eyes on them. Quentin Crisp once said that even the worst movie is at least better than real life. He was wrong. Rated PG-13 for sexual content

including dialogue, and some drug material. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7



Director: Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again) Players: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings Superhero Comic Adaptation Rated PG-13

The Story: Exiled from the realm of Asgard by his father, Odin, Thor finds himself on Earth where he has to earn back his god powers. The Lowdown: A fun comic-book movie that is reasonably serious without taking it all too seriously. A good cast — and a strong lead — help, as does Kenneth Branagh’s direction. Kenneth Branagh’s Thor is just as good as it needs to be — and no more. But in the realm of superhero movies, I’m perfectly fine with that. I have no need to have these things handled as Shakespearean drama, though presumably that was the idea behind hiring Branagh. And he’s certainly comfortable enough with all the Wagnerian-trappings inherent in this Norse nonsense, but he doesn’t let it push him into the area of self-important pomposity. (Yes, I am thinking of you, Christopher Nolan.) The prestigious Mr. B. has delivered a movie that makes me believe his claim that he used to read Thor comic books when he was a child — even if he does go heavy on the Dutch angles to prove he’s artsy. In fact, he’s virtually delivered two movies — one that takes place in the mythical world of Asgard, and one that takes place on Earth. Despite the fervent denials of touchy fanboys, Thor really is an origins story, especially as concerns how he came to Earth and learned how to be a real hero rather than a bumptious blond blowhard with a magical hammer. The backstory has Odin (a just-hammy-enough Anthony Hopkins) defeating the evil Frost Giants and bringing peace to all nine realms (including Earth) of the universe by confiscating the source of the inhospitable giants’ power. All is just dinky-do till some of the

giants break in to Asgard and try to steal the damned thing, getting them quickly dispatched by Odin’s giant robot-like guard. This also riles Thor (Chris Hemsworth) into wanting to go to war with the Frost Giants — mostly because he just wants to flex his large and sinewy muscles and show how bad-ass he is. And he does — in part at the urging of his transparently shifty brother Loki (Brit TV actor Tom Hiddleston) — displeasing daddy Odin and getting himself exiled to Earth minus his super powers. It’s there that he meets scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her boss Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and comic relief Darcy (Kat Dennings). This is all played with a pleasantly light tone that provides a nice contrast to all the intricate royal family skullduggery (for which royal families are famous) in Asgard. It also sets up Thor’s inevitable meeting with Iron Man’s Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), since this is all at the service of setting up next year’s superhero house party, The Avengers. It’s generally fun stuff and occasionally more than that. The Frost Giants are agreeably creepy. The court intrigue is well-handled. Rethinking the Rainbow Bridge in quasi-scientific terms pretty much works. Loki is amusingly duplicitous, though it’s difficult to understand how no one sees that this boy is bad news until it’s too late. Thor’s big showdown with the giant robot that Loki sends to Earth to settle his brother’s hash is truly impressive, since the robot is a genuinely scary presence — even if it is a CGI creation that owes more than a little to Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and the alien invaders in Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). In fact, its new-andimproved variation on those is actually kind of pleasing. But perhaps best of all is the fact that Hemsworth manages to make Thor an appealing character. That’s pretty remarkable when you realize this is a ridiculously garbed misplaced Norse god. Is Thor a great film? No. I also doubt I’ll ever feel any great desire to see it again. Still, I was consistently entertained by it while it was on screen. More than that, I can’t reasonably ask. Rated PG-13 with no reason available. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Coed Cinema of Brevard, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

filmsociety Pigeons from Hell/The Night Stalker JJJJJ

Director: John Newland/John Llewellyn Moxey Players: Brandon De Wilde, Crahan Denton, David Whorf/Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland Horror Rated NR The Thursday Horror Picture Show turns its sights on a double bill of horror from television with John Newland’s Pigeons from Hell (1961) and John Llewellyn Moxey’s The Night Stalker (1972) — a couple of films that prove the small screen actually can produce good horror movies. Pigeons from Hell — adapted from the Robert E. Howard short story — was part of the Boris Karloff-hosted series Thriller (“I assure you, my friends, it’s a thriller!”). It’s an extremely creepy, atmospheric little film about what befalls two brothers who explore an old plantation in the Southern swamplands. It also holds the special place of being the show that sent my 6-year-old self scurrying to the safety of my bedroom after no more than a few minutes. The Night Stalker had no such impact on me, but it certainly had an impact on pop-horror culture, spawning a sequel film, a TV series (Kolchak: The Night Stalker), and serving as part of the inspiration for The X Files. Well, this fairly straightforward, but very effective, vampire yarn started it all. The key was partly in the casting of Darren McGavin, but its modern-day reworking of the classic vampire story in a Las Vegas setting was solid enough in itself. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Pigeons from Hell and The Night Stalker Thursday, May 12, 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.

Savage Messiah JJJJJ

Director: Ken Russell Players: Scott Antony, Dorothy Tutin, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Kemp, John Justin, Peter Vaughan Biographical Drama with Allegory Rated R When MGM refused to finance Savage Messiah (1972), filmmaker Ken Russell so completely believed in the project that he took out a second mortgage on his house in order to get the film made. What resulted can be described as “the Ken Russell movie for people who don’t like Ken Russell movies,” but the truth is that it’s also the film for those who not only like, but love Ken Russell movies. This biography of French sculptor Henri Gaudier (Scott Antony), whose life was changed when he met the lonely Polish writer Sophie Brzeska (Dorothy Tutin) — he was 18 and she was 38 — is one of Russell’s warmest, richest, most emotional and, sadly, least known films. It’s also long been one of the hardest to see of the director’s theatrical films, a situation this screening goes a small way toward correcting. When it was first released, MGM didn’t exactly pull out the stops to promote it. Its subject was obscure. Its stars were an unknown Scott Antony and the highly regarded stage star Dorothy Tutin. Neither name was marketable. The young Helen Mirren was not much better known — though in the UK her extended nude scene was a selling point — and the film was not exactly a commercial success. The pity of this is that nearly everyone who does see it falls completely in love with it at first sight. Here then is a chance to see why — and to see the notorious scene that “reveals Miss Helen Mirren full frontal in a scene longer than the normal glimpse.” reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen Savage Messiah Tuesday, May 17, 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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nowplaying 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

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, wellmade historical drama from Robert Redford that scores big in its well-crafted and superbly acted characterizations. Rated PG-13

Everything Must Go JJJJJ


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Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Laura Dern, Michael Peña, Stephen Root Drama with Comedy An alcoholic salesman loses his job and returns home to find himself locked out and all his belongings thrown out on the lawn, so he decides to just live there. A very fine dramatic film with touches of comedy that’s one of the best things to come out this year—and all of it built around a strong central performance from Will Ferrell, though one that may not please his fanbase. Rated R

Fast Five JJJJ

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, overthe-top, way too long, but it’s still entertaining nonsense with excellently crafted—albeit ridiculous—action scenes. Rated PG-13

Hanna JJJJ

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

Hoodwinked Too! Hood VS. Evil J

(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-ofthe-barrel kiddie entertainment that doubles as the worst thing I’ve seen this year. Rated PG

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Insidious JJJJ

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 Ageyness and a little too-much of the director. Rated NR

Jane Eyre JJJJ

Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins Gothic Romance Young Jane Eyre is hired as a tutor at a grim English manor owned by a gloomy, mysterious man with a dark secret. Solid, atmospheric film version of the book, blessed by strong visuals and performances, though somewhat let down by one weak aspect—and possibly by the familiarity of the story. Rated PG-13

Jumping the Broom JJJ

Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good Romantic Comedy The Story: Two families from different sides of the tracks meet for the first time at a wedding. An overlong, indifferent piece of poorly constructed melodrama that’s mostly just forgettable. Rated PG-13

Of Gods and Men JJJJJ

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

Rio JJ

(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

Rubber JJJJ

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

Something Borrowed J

Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, John Krasinski, Steve Howey, Ashley Williams Unromantic Non-comedy When Rachel sleeps with her best friend’s fiance, she and said fiance realize they’re in love. Tedium ensues. An absolutely awful example of the rom-com filled with amazingly awful characters. Rated PG-13


Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings Superhero Comic Adaptation Exiled from the realm of Asgard by his father, Odin, Thor finds himself on Earth where he has to earn back his god powers. A fun comicbook movie that is reasonably serious without taking it all too seriously. A good cast—and a strong lead—help, as does Kenneth Branagh’s direction. Rated PG-13

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 slick-looking 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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ARDEN • FULLY FURNISHED Private, peaceful, organic house and gardens. Close to everything! • No smoking/drugs. No lease. $390/month. 687-2390. DOWNTOWN • FURNISHED SINGLE ROOM The Gray Rock Inn, 100 Biltmore Avenue, near French Broad Food Coop. • Weekly rates, $105/week. References, security deposit required. John: 230-4021, Noon-5pm.

Apartments For Rent 1 BEDROOM/1 BATHROOM, Hendersonville, 2010 Laurel Park, $505, Off-Street Parking, Coin-Op Laundry. 828-253-1517. 1 BEDROOM/1 BATHROOM, West, 1 Brucemont, $595, Hardwood Floors, Coin-Op Laundry. 828-253-1517. 1 BEDROOM/1 BATHROOM, West, 19 Brucemont. $615/month. Covered Porch, Coin-Op Laundry. 828-253-1517. 1 GREAT APARTMENT • BLACK MOUNTAIN Nicely renovated bath, kitchen, 1BR, sunroom, dining room. 9’ ceilings. • Abundance of natural light. • Hardwood floors. Short walk to downtown. • $590/month includes heat, water, Wifi. • Smoke free. 280-5449. 1-2BR, 1-2BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte St. Hardwood floors, central A/C. $685$865/month. 828-253-1517. 1-2BR, 1BA • North, 403 Charlotte. $810-$795. Hardwood Floors, Patio. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA SOUTH • 314 Fairview. Hardwood floors, mountain views. $525/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR,1BA NORTH • 10 Lenox, $655/month. Hardwood floors, porch. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. Central A/C, great location. $615/month. 828253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 501 Beaverdam. W/D hookups, pets ok. $525/month. 828253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH 198 Kimberly. $750/month. Great Location, Coin-Op Laundry. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA SOUTH • 100 Beale St. Central A/C, deck. $645/month. 828-253-1517. 3 BEDROOM/1 BATHROOM, East, 7 Violet Hills, $715. Private Entrance, Pets Okay. 828-253-1517. BEVERLY HILLS • EAST • DUPLEX 2BR, 1BA. Quiet wooded setting. • 5 minutes to downtown. No smoking. Lease. • Pet considered. $675/month. 230-2511. BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heat pump, Central A/C, W/D connections. Very nice. $595/month. 828-252-4334. CANDLER • Small 2BR, 1BA. Carpet, electric heat. Call 2530758. Carver Realty. 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.

1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Spring Special! All utilities included. $600/month. 828-253-1517.

NORTH ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 1BA Townhouse apartment. 1 mile from downtown off Merrimon Ave. Special at $495/month. 3BR, 1BA $595/month. 828-252-4334.

1BR, 1BA EAST • 28 Hillendale. Sunporch, coin-op laundry. $525/month. 828-253-1517.

STUDIO, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 85 Walnut. Central A/C, coinop laundry. $695/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 14 Lenox. Hardwood floors, bonus room. $635/month. 828-253-1517.

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. WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $800/month. Includes water and garbage pickup. Call 2530758. Carver Realty.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 3BR, 2BA E. ASHEVILLE 3BR, 2BA Townhouse in E. Asheville. $975/month. W/D hookup, tennis courts, pool. Pets considered, 10min. from downtown, close to amenities. Avail now. 280-1110 A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333. DOWNTOWN CONDO FOR RENT! 2BR, 2BA, granite countertops, hardwood floors, parking and onsite fitness center. $1450/month includes water. Available June 1. Call The Real Estate Center (828)255-4663. EAST CONDO 2BR 1BA. HW/Carpet; W/D, A/C-gas furnace. $800/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. LUXURY, LIKE-NEW CONDO NEAR DOWNTOWN 1BR/1BA Beaucatcher House condo. Private porch, fireplace, granite countertops, swimming pool, fitness center. Minutes to downtown. $950/month. (828) 216-6819. 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.

Homes For Rent 2BR, 1BA WEST • 22 Wilburn. A/C, basement. $895/month. 828-253-1517. 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. 3 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH • EAST ASHEVILLE Near Warren Wilson. Newer construction. Large deck. $1125/month. (828) 7761118.

4 LARGE BEDROOMS 2 Baths, Beaverdam/North Asheville. Updated hardwood and tile floors, baths and kitchen. Private, quiet, convenient half acre setting. Unfinished basement, all appliances. $1500/month. (828) 674-1082.

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.

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.

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 or call (404) 617-1146.

CAMELOT • LEICESTER HIGHWAY 3BR, 1.5BA, remodeled, like new. Awesome deck. Full basement. $995/month. Sorry, no dogs. 215-2865.

Vacation Rentals

BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

Short-Term Rentals

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. FLETCHER • SOUTHCHASE 3BR, 2.5BA or 4BR, 2.5BA, 2 story. Eat-in kitchen, central AC/heat. Fenced. 2-car garage. Year lease. (828) 333-2550. 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@

15 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE Guest house, vacation/short term rental. Newly renovated, complete with everything including cable and internet. Weaverville area. • More information: (828) 658-9145. ATTENTION EXECUTIVES • HOUSEHUNTERS Don’t spend $90/night for a tiny hotel room! • $50/day = 1300 sqft completely equipped (just bring your bags) apartment. • 1-3 month rentals. • 15 minutes from downtown. • 12 non-smoking persons. • See us on Facebook: Asheville Hideaway. 258-8539 or 713-3380.



NEW LOG HOME • North 3BR/2.5BA in woods. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors with wraparound porch. Hi-speed Internet availble.Appliances included. 25 min. to Asheville. $1050/month with deposit. 828-649-1170

$$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-4057619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN)

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.

BE A RAFT GUIDE • USA Raft French Broad, Nolichucky and Nantahala Rivers is training/hiring guides. We’re also seeking experienced guides, photographers, store staff and drivers.

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.

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit:

HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333. HOUSEKEEPER The McCune Center, a multi-unit assisted living facility, needs a parttime housekeeper w/ 1 years exp. Benefits, $8-$9/hour. Contact Frances Coates at

Administrative/ Office

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE • A forprofit family social services agency, seeks a dynamic, computer-competent and client friendly person to join our support team. Duties include reception, filing and computer entry. Email your resume and/or letter of interest to

SERVERS AND WEEKEND BARTENDER Now hiring. Apply in person: 2 Hendersonville Road, Biltmore Station, Asheville. 252-7885. Ichiban Japanese Steak House SUMMER CAMP SEEKING KITCHEN MANAGER/COOK Cook with minimum 2-3 years supervisory kitchen experience, nutritional menu development, ServSafe certified, managing staff. Be prepared to work 5-6 days a week, varied meal counts, special diets and special events. Email resume to 828-697-6313

Hotel/ Hospitality B&B HOUSEKEEPER • PARTTIME Honest, reliable needed immediately, 30-35 hours, weekends. Lifting, stairs. $8$9/hour. • Experienced preferred, but will train. Montford. (828) 254-2244. FRONT DESK STAFF NEEDED AT DOWNTOWN INN Front desk clerks needed at downtown inn. Should be flexible, first and second shift and weekends. Fax resume 828-652-0316.

AREA WIDE TRANSPORTATION AND TAXI SERVICE, INC. • Seeking drivers. Mature person for F/T or P/T. Serious inquiries only. Call today. 828-713-4710. CDL LOCAL TRAINING $38,000 plus benefits. CDL and job ready in 3 weeks. • Home weekends. • No layoffs. • Financial assistance and State funding available. • Major carriers are hiring! 1-877-548-1864.

Sales/ Marketing

Medical/ Health Care

NEED MONEY? WE’RE PAYING. We’re expanding our business and need your help. Income potential unlimited. For full details go to

SUMMER CAMP SEEKING CAMP NURSE ADHD and Asperger’s summer camp is seeking a camp nurse to work from June 2-August 13. LPN or RN with pediatric experienced a must. Send resumes to 828-697-6313

Restaurant/ Food APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Full-time. • Fast, friendly atmosphere. • Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582. CITY BILLIARDS • Opening downtown Asheville. Bartender, cocktail servers and kitchen staff. Stop by to fill out application, Mon. and Tues. 2pm-5pm. 124 College St.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS • OCTOBER ROAD Is a nationally accredited, community, mental health and substance abuse provider, in the Asheville area currently expanding its highly recognized service line to the greater Greensboro area. As a value driven organization, we strive to follow evidenced based practices and work diligently to recruit and retain the most dedicated and qualified staff to comprise our treatment teams. • We are currently inviting professionals to express their career interest in the following positions in our Asheville office: Licensed CST Team Leader Licensed SA Counselor Master’s Degree ACTT Team Leader Licensed Therapist (LPC or LCSW prefer NC Medicaid credentialed) • Resumes to spressley@


OFFICE ASSISTANT Proficiency with Excel and Quickbooks. Medicaid, Medicare, insurance knowledge helpful. One year experience. Benefits. $10$14/hour. Please email resume to

PROFESSIONAL SALES Fortune 200 company recruiting sales associates in this area. • $30-$50K possible first year. • Renewals • Stock Bonuses • Training. For an interview, call (828) 670-6099 or e-mail resume:

CAREGIVER • CNA POSITIONS The world’s trusted source of non-medical home care and companionship services, including personal care. Home Instead Senior Care.

Human Services ARE YOU ABLE TO PROVIDE A LOVING HOME? RCHC is looking for dynamic folks to support individuals as an AFL provider. To learn more about this rewarding opportunity please call (828) 678-9116.

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) 5865501. • For more information on these and other Positions, please visit our web site at www.smokymountaincenter.or g Smoky Mountain Center is an equal opportunity, Affirmative action employer.


Earn $65k, $50k, $40k GM, Co-Manager, Assistant Manager We currently have managers making this and need more for expansion. One year restaurant management experience required. Fax resume to 336-431-0873


DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL Good benefit package. Now accepting applications. For more information: (828) 299-3636. Mountain Area Residential Facilities, Inc. admin@mountainareareside

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

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE • Seeks a licensed or provisionally licensed therapist for our adult and child population. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package for the right credentialed, energetic team member. Please email resume and/or letter of interest to

JANE FALTER Jane is a Certified Resume’ Writer and career coach. Jane also offers small business coaching and suppor ts professionals during a midlife career change. For more information and a FREE 30 minute consultation, please go to for more information

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF RUTHERFORD COUNTY • Exciting opportunity with Family Preservation Services of Rutherford County! Become a part of a growing team. Seeking NC licensed or provisionally licensed therapists to work with children and their families in the school, home and community. Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year experience with children, school based experience a plus. FPS offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefit package. Resumes to FT THERAPIST • With benefits. Haywood County. Provisional licensure accepted. Forward resume to or fax 828-627-1307.

LPNs NEEDED • Eliada Homes seeks LPNs to work night shift in our residential facilities. If you’re an LPN who wants to work in a setting that will allow you to help children succeed, then this is the job for you! May be some day shifts available periodically, and all PRNs have potential to move into full time. Nurses work with students ages 7-17 in our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities. Please submit resume to or fax to 828-210-0361

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, please call Nicole at (828) 696-2667 ext 13 or e-mail Nicole: nicole.toto@thementornetwor • Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739. PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH HAS IMMEDIATE OPENINGS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION • Full time position for LCASProvisional or LCAS staff. Experience working with State-funded and Medicaid consumers preferred. Two evenings required. Free Supervision provided for candidates seeking licensure. • Parkway is an excellent, stable company and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO, free Supervision and CEUs for Licensure/Certification and much more for full time staff. Send resume to:

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH Needed to provide Intensive In-Home Services in Jackson and Haywood Counties. Full-time position with competitive salary and benefits. QP’s must have either a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and 2 yrs full time, post-bachelor’s experience with children/adolescents with Mental health needs or 4 yrs post-degree experience if not a Human Service degree. Only those possessing proper degree and experience need apply. No phone calls please. Please submit resume via email or fax to: Tracey Elliott, Fax 828-586-6601.


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@stonemountain

required. Must have strong

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, psychoeducation and case management. A Masters Degree or PhD in a behavioral health discipline and Licensure in behavioral health clinical and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Wilderness experience preferred. Please send all inquiries to: jobs@

Caregivers/ Nanny DAYTIME CHILDCARE NEEDED In need of daytime childcare 7:30am to 5:30pm with an occasional late pickup (6pm) for my 18 month old daughter. I will provide diapers and wipes. Looking for reasonable rates.

Western Highlands Network is now recruiting for the following positions:

• Authorization Technician • Consumer & Community Relations Clerical Support • Monitoring Program Clerical Support • IT Systems Analyst • Two Executive Secretary Positions • Contracts Specialist - Accounting • Monitoring Clinician - Licensed • Access Clinician - Licensed • Health Claims Adjudicator Detailed description and salary information for all positions, as well as application instructions are available at Western Highlands provides excellent benefits including a generous leave program, health/ dental insurance, Local Government Retirement, and 401(k). An Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

• MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS - GREAT BENEFITS Is Seeking Qualified Applicants for: Sunset Terrace Supervisor, Employee Cafeteria Supervisor, Kitchen Maintenance Technician, Banquet Server, Convention Set Up Houseperson, Dining Room Attendant, Server, Bartender, Sous Chef, Lead and Line Cooks, Cashier, Call Center Sales Associate, Spa Boutique Consultant, Lead Linen Aide, Linen Aide, Groundskeeper, Greenskeeper, Dispatcher, Room Attendant,Turndown Attendant, Public Area Attendant

SHARE IN OUR MANY BENEFITS INCLUDING: • Medical, dental and vision coverage including domestic partner • Flex-account spending for medical and dependent care • holiday pay • sick leave; • Sports Complex access • free on-property weekly physician assistant visit • employee recognition • 401(k) • Grove Park Inn Retirement Plan • life insurance • paid vacation • free meals in the employee cafeteria • free uniforms and laundering services • free City bus pass • employee discounts on guest rooms, dining, floral, Spa, golf and retail • free and discounted visits to area attractions. For a complete list of our openings and to apply online, go to Or, apply in person, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, with Human Resources at 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804. 828.252.2711x2082. EOE Drug Free Workplace.

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.

Professional/ Management

Teaching/ Education

FULL-TIME BOOKKEEPER/ACCOUNTANT • Asheville-area small manufacturer seeks FT Bookkeeper/Accountant to perform full charge bookkeeping functions and grow with position. Minimum of associate’s degree in accounting or business admin plus 2 years operational accounting experience required. Working knowledge of accounting principles/financial reporting/taxes and proficiency with PC-based finance systems, Peachtree preferred. Excel required. Hire subject to background check. EOE. No phone calls. Salary $30,000-$34,000.Email cover letter and resume to susie@

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS ArtSpace Charter School is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year for Middle School Mathematics. • Applicants Must have a current North Carolina teaching license in Middle School Mathematics and must be willing to work in a collaborative, integrated, experiential environment. • Experience with arts integration is preferred but not required. Please send cover letter and resume to: Deadline: May 29, 2011.

VISITOR SERVICES AND MUSEUM SHOP MANAGER Asheville Art Museum. Requirements: 3+ years experience, appropriate degree, excellent computer and customer service skills, art knowledge and significant retail and management experience. 37 hours/week including weekends. Send resume, cover letter, salary history and references to the Asheville Art Museum, P. O. Box 1717, Asheville, NC 28802 or Deadline May 27, 2011.

WEEKEND, AFTERNOON, AND SCHOOL DAY SHIFTS AVAILABLE - ASPERGER’S BOARDING SCHOOL Weekend direct care and activity leaders - wilderness and community activities Academic behavioral support - teachers assistants afternoon/evening direct care mshriverblake@talismanacad

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

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.

Required Skills: • The ability to learn new software development practices, languages, and design patterns quickly from existing documentation, such as public APIs. • Communicates well with other software team members and end users. • Experience writing HTML and CSS by hand. • Proficiency with a web scripting language, preferably PHP 5, and software frameworks that assist in rapid development. • Strong understanding of object-oriented design principles and the MVC paradigm. • Experience using a RDBS, such as mySQL, in a web application.

• CodeIgniter PHP framework • jQuery and jQuery UI • HTML5 standards and development methods • Mobile or tablet enabled websites • Understanding the factors that affect application performance, such as SQL query optimization and application caching techniques.

Email resume: MAY 11 - MAY 17, 2011 •

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE COUNTY OF GASTON DISTRICT COURT DIVISION Case No. 11 JT 96 IN RE: ) Madison McKenzie Weber ) DOB: 7/5/2003 ) ) NOTICE OF SERVICE BY PUBLICATION TO THE RESPONDENT FATHER JOHN C. WEBER, JR.: TAKE NOTE that the above captioned Petition has been filed against you in the District Court of Gaston County, North Carolina, to wit; Termination of Parental Rights. You must file an answer to the Petition filed herein in writing, with the Clerk of Court of the aforementioned county, with a copy delivered to the undersigned, within forty (40) days of the date of service hereof, or by June 6, 2011; should you not have filed a Response by that time, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for the relief demanded. This the 27th day of April, 2011. THOMAS B. KAKASSY, P.A. BY: /s/ Thomas B. Kakassy, P.O. Box 2436 Gastonia, NC 28053, Attorney for Jada Owenby Weber, Petitioner 704-867-1795.

Mind, Body, Spirit


#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER • 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. • 15 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology. • Save money, call now! 505-7088. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828254-4110. NC License #146.

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PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-413-6293. (AAN CAN)

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Pets For Sale

Musicians’ Xchange

Musical Services ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 JAZZ/BLUES PIANO/COMP LESSONS AVAILABLE Teens and Adults. 1/2 price sale. 5 lessons - $200. New to AVL. International Steinway Recording artist w/70+cds. 30 Years teaching experience. Five Towns College (NYC), Rhodes College (Memphis), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), EMU (Argentina).MA - Queens College, CUNY. Contact: / MUSIC AND VIDEO PRODUCTION • High Definition Video • High Quality Audio. Visa/MC. Call (838) 335-9316 or visit us on the web:

DACHSHUND WIRE HAIRED PUPS • AKC Registered. 1 is a piebald pattern and 1 is rend with black overlay. Home raised around children. Beautiful, healthy, playful and ready for their forever home! Up to date on shots. Health guarantee. I’m a show breeder and these are prime quality pups. Call 828 713-1509 or email for photos & more information. $525.

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 215-7232. R.E.A.C.H. Your Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital. Open Monday-Friday, 5pm-8am and 24 hours on Weekends and Holidays. • 677 Brevard Road. (828) 6654399.

Vehicles For Sale

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

Pet Xchange

Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: BLONDE PITBULL • Friendly. Lost 4/26/11. Little Pine community, Marshall. Call Glenda 649-1971, 319-5265.

For Sale

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