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About two weeks ago, Joel Hutcheson, owner of Static Age Records and co-owner of T.V. Eye, discovered that he needed a very costly spine surgery. With the support of many local businesses, a benefit dubbed “Joelfest” was held on Saturday, May 23, at Izzy’s new location in West Asheville. With raffle donations from many of Asheville’s finest restaurants, shops, salons and other businesses, and music by 10 bands from Asheville and beyond, it was a huge success! Many thanks to Zambra, Hot Stuff Tattoo, Adorn, Flipside, Hip Replacements, Liquid Dragon, Orange Peel, Honeypot, Heiwa, Mellow Mushroom, Asheville Pizza, Rosetta’s, The Admiral, Harvest Records, Voltage, Push, Short Street, Barley’s, Doc Chey’s, L’eau de Vie, Firestorm, Emerald Lounge, Blue Ridge To Go, Shaolin Kung Fu, N.C. Stage Co. and many others for your overwhelming support! Also, thanks to Witch Hunt, Ahleuchatistas, Soft Opening, Ventricles, Flies Around It, Doom Ribbons, Sunshine SS, Kakistocracy, Resistor and Space Weed for providing musical entertainment. This couldn’t have been possible without the hard work of Amber, Chris, Mac, Sean, Jason, Eric, Circe, Ross, Rose and Tony, who helped the whole day (and weeks prior) go smoothly! Considering the current economic situation, with many people struggling to make ends meet, it was amazing to see the community come together to help a good friend in need. Thank you so much! — Jeremy BauerStatic Age Records, Asheville

Lovely Asheville: You are a beautiful jewel in a mountain setting. People from all over the world come to visit you. You are a livable town, a small town with city facilities and friendly people. Lucky Asheville: You have survived waves of developers who have cut down your trees and systematically demolished your historic buildings and put up monstrosities. But you have survived — just barely. Poor Asheville: You’ve lost so much and you are now about to lose your Basilica. It would seem to be a done deal. There are too many residents who just don’t care. You could have had a park opposite the Basilica, a place for people to meet, eat and enjoy life. You could have had a field of God’s green grass. Asheville residents: This is your home, your hearth. Your church is under attack and you are allowing it. The invaders (aka developers) will take whatever you let them take — the mountains, the skies. Then you will become just like any other town and your spirit will be gone. Towns get the residents they deserve. — Peggy Seeger Boston (formerly of Asheville)

The Basilica can take it Good grief. There is barely a plan before the city for the land acquired near the Basilica, and already the voices of doom are howling. If the Basilica was so keen for a park, then why, with the education building torn down, was an

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Correction In our May 27 Weekly Picks, our Wednesday pick was the weekly Spanish Conversation Hour at Malaprop’s. Though the practice session is weekly, it happens on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m., not Wednesdays. And though it is hosted by Malaprop’s, it’s put on by International Link. For more information on the language services offered by International Link, call 255-9104.

ugly surface lot put there instead of a green space? Oh wait, since it’s church property, it would not have to be maintained by the taxpayers. Let’s get real: Benches were removed nearby from the library for a very specific reason. Does anyone really think this problem would not immediately manifest itself in an adjacent park? I bet neither the Basilica nor the other naysayers want to be responsible for that. We have a “park ranger” in the postage-stamp-sized Pritchard Park. Would we need another one or would she be forced to run back and forth to keep order between the two? As for the tired old argument concerning potential damage to the Basilica: Somehow it managed to survive the demolition of the old Battery Park and leveling of the hill to make way for the new Battery Park, I-240 and the Civic Center. It should be just fine with some reasonable development on this city-asset property. — Steve Woolum Asheville

Preserve Basilica’s beauty Dear mayor, members of Asheville City Council and fellow citizens of Asheville: Our beautiful city of Asheville made a huge step forward with the restoration of the Grove Arcade. The way it was done, with eye appeal and functionality, and keeping the overall dimensions of the building appropriate to the area, is to be applauded. This gave citizens of Asheville great hope for the restoration of that entire area. As regards our most well-known historic structure, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, I believe that we must be very careful of what we do in the area between it and the Grove Arcade. High structures may be appropriate in some low-lying areas of the city, perhaps at the foot of Lexington and the start of Broadway, but not in the higher-lying areas that will affect the skyline and our historic treasures. I am very concerned that what we have already achieved will be diminished if the MHG Development design is adopted. It is too tall and has far too large a footprint. Also, the design does not seem to complement the best structures that already exist there. I have seen another rendition offered by MMM Development [a real-estate developer hired by the Basilica], which respects the historic value of the

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surrounding area and offers eye-appeal and functionality. The plaza-piazza design is exactly what is needed to make this the heart of Asheville. Looking at it from a visitor’s point of view, I would find this appealing enough to consider planning a week in Asheville every year as a place to rest and recharge my energy. I’ve been a resident of Asheville for 30 years, coming here from western New York, where

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Standardized language costs us more than quaint phrases by Milton Ready When was the last time you heard such expressions as “Oh, Law,” or “You-uns have a nice day”? And if you’re lucky enough to encounter one of these turns of phrase, once common here in the Western North Carolina mountains, then listen carefully: Their days may be numbered. Linguists estimate that within less than 80 years, half the world’s 6,912 distinct languages will be extinct. As of 2005, some 548 of those had fewer than 100 speakers remaining, and their numbers are decreasing daily. As languages vanish and regional dialects retreat, much of our history and culture go with them. Behind every mountain expression like “sanging” — hunting for ginseng — lies an entire way of life. Still, this is not meant to be yet another elegy to vanished folkways: Far

Yet the greatest loss when mountain dialects die may lie in a “catastrophe of cultural forgetting.” more than nostalgia is involved. When dialects die, so, too, does the store of knowledge that sustained generations before us and that still has much to offer. Perhaps 144,000 mountaineers spread across WNC, eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and southwestern Virginia continue to exhibit significant dialectical differences from whatever is thought to be standard English, some linguists believe. The conformist pressures that tend to militate against dialectical particularities include not only the effects of globalization, urbanization and the Internet, but additionally the control exerted by majority speakers and teachers. When mountain dialects die, our cultural and ecological understanding of the world that’s been encoded within them — so vital to the long-term survival of entire communities — also ends. Their death signifies irreplaceable losses to the whole of us as well. For example, mountain dialects contain ecological and botanical knowledge that, over the centuries, has been worth billions of dollars to the pharmaceutical community. Pinkroot, snakeroot, ginseng, hawthorn, mushrooms, sassafras, roots, herbs and a host of other botanicals and their resulting concoctions are encrypted in mountain words and idioms. “Sarvis” plants are edible and not poison-

ous. (Some plants can be eaten on a short-term basis for survival but will kill you over time.) A “greasy poke” means a person has “victuals” stored for when he’s hungry, not for when he has a cold. Mountaineers also easily distinguish between dodgers, grits, hush puppies, scrapple and pone, but can you? Such distinctions proved crucial to many in the past. Any study of mountain dialects also broadens our scientific understanding of how the human mind works. It gives us insight into “the great puzzle of human cognition,” of how we think. Odd and unusual language structures that, for example, use intensifying adverbs such as “plumb” and “right” to describe the weather and ailments not only challenge standard linguistic assumptions but also provide crucial information about how people related to their natural environment in the past. A “right cold” day means one more chilly than usual, while a “plumb pretty” day might signal the coming of spring. “Falling off” has less to do with church attendance and more with a person’s health. A “dotey” person is senile, not lazy. The same holds true for numbers. Mountaineers practiced differing forms of mathematics and number awareness that hark back centuries. They calculated acreage precisely, as in, “My land goes from round the top of that hill and over the ridge a ways to the creek.” Everyone who heard this knew exactly where the Ledfords’ property ended and where you could hunt and fish without interference. In an equally archaic reference, early 19th-century mountaineers described numbers in terms of steps. Thus, 12 became “two steps toward 20” while “yonder ways” meant more than a mile distant. Mountaineers also estimated measures of grain and its alcoholic distillation with great precision, and they had few problems with direction in an environment where “The only way to see out is up.” If your moonshine contained too little alcohol or too much “sour mash,” they knew almost instantly. Yet the greatest loss when mountain dialects die may lie in a “catastrophe of cultural forgetting.” An entire view of the world and of society disappears along with the keystone words that described it. For example, the expression “woods colt”, an illegitimate child, likely tells us that children born out of wedlock suffered little social exclusion in the mountains. A man who had “granny trouble” looked forward to the birth of his child and immediately left for a month, while a “coarse singer” meant a bass and not someone off-key in church. If you “backed” an envelope, you didn’t seal the letter but rather inscribed a return address. The mountains of WNC and eastern Tennessee are home to perhaps the finest sto-

rytellers and folk singers anywhere. The most dazzling fabulists in the medina in Marrakesh, Morocco, considered the world’s best, pale in relation to the talespinners here in Western North Carolina. Take away dialects and you do away with these everyday Homers of our civilization, whose stories have been refined by the memories of countless generations now gone. Once that link with the live performances of our past is broken, an oral tradition stretching back centuries also ends. We become less conversational and more otherwise engaged. Lastly, dialects give us insights into a worldview and belief system that provide alternative models of thinking and relating to nature and to others. As revealed in dialects, nature, nurture, necessity and intergenerational time are greater laboratories than anything we can concoct or imagine. X Milton Ready, a UNCA professor emeritus of history, lives in Mars Hill. He is the author of The Tar Heel State: A History of North Carolina.

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“Family care homes” deny treatment to mentally ill residents by Marsha V. Hammond Most citizens, even concerned ones, don’t understand where people with mental-health challenges go — as in live, manage their lives, hang out. Why, of course, they live with their families, right? Nope: Many don’t. Neither do they vaporize when the sun goes down. In North Carolina, most adults with severe and persistent mental illness are not homeless but rather live in privately owned “family care homes.” According to the state Division of Health Service Regulation, there are about 750 adult-care-home beds in Buncombe County, and they’re mostly filled. But statistics don’t begin to convey these residents’ everyday experience. Mostly they share a bedroom with two or three other people; to get a single-person room, you have to travel far, far out into rural N.C. — miles away from any buses. So if you want to go anywhere at all, you are plainly stuck.

The managers of these family-care homes have a vested interest in keeping their cash cows in their place. Mostly what happens in the family-care homes is that the residents are forgotten. Lacking transportation, they are isolated, and like the patients of the large mental hospitals of bygone days, they clean toilets, mop floors and endlessly rearrange their small number of personal items while watching TVs linked to cable systems (aka the “activities director”: State law requires TV to be available at least 14 hours a week.) In the mid-1970s, the famous Wyatt v. Stickney

case determined that people with mental illnesses couldn’t be kept without appropriate treatment that could enable them to become more independent. Subsequently, North Carolina’s family-carehomes law was passed — just in time to snare the folks now being released by the state hospitals’ psychiatric wards. Thus, people with mentalhealth challenges were sprung from the hospitals only to be devoured by the family-care homes (lest we ordinary folks be overrun by homeless people). Created by the state’s ill-fated 2001 mentalhealth reform, Community Support Services was supposed to address this issue of fostering independence. Now, however, the state Department of Health and Human Services is clearly abandoning CSS. And the managers of these family-care homes have a vested interest in keeping their cash cows in their place. The county departments of social services, meanwhile, are supposed to enforce state law, but if you file a complaint, you’ll get a letter from the Division of Health Service Regulation indicating that they “found no evidence” when they arrived in their official cars, wearing their official badges, to investigate. This is not a workable system, and we obviously need to revisit Wyatt v. Sitckney as it pertains to North Carolina’s family-care homes. Residents receive disability checks in varying amounts, depending on which Social Security account they’re linked to. If the disability started at age 19, it could be the father’s account. Or it could be the now-disabled person’s own Social Security account, which they vested by working for decades — just like you — before filing for disability. The law concerning family-care homes is detailed to the point of specifying how much protein should be part of residents’ daily diet; who can take them where; who gets their toenails clipped and under what conditions; what are the visiting hours — and what happens to their spending money. But the departments of social services

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news by Brian Postelle Going into the Asheville City Council’s May 26 meeting, the big question was what sort of reception Council would give the long-awaited Downtown Master Plan. The team from consulting firm Goody Clancy had presented its work to Council members on May 12, but public comment and Council discussion were put off until the next meeting. Now the item was back on the agenda in the form of a public hearing, but it wasn’t clear whether Council would deliberate it. And if they did take action, they faced a range of options: adopting the plan outright, accepting it for later consideration, breaking the weighty document into pieces, or even sending it back for more work. In the end, Council members went with adopting it “in concept,� indicating their desire to move the plan forward while recognizing that city staff would now face the extensive task of fitting its ideas into the Unified Development Ordinance (which will require further Council decisions) and addressing the more controversial plan components. “I think staff has a lot of work ahead of them,� said Vice Mayor Jan Davis. “There are substantial portions of this plan that will require legislation.� But one group, at least, has most of its work behind it at this point. Over the past two years, the Downtown Master Plan Advisory Committee worked alongside the consultants at the Boston-based Goody Clancy (mostly via telephone conference) to ensure that the plan addressed the concerns of city residents and other stakeholders, and committee members accounted for the majority of the 20 or so people who spoke at the meeting. A running theme was that the 30-member committee’s unanimous support for the plan in fact represented a fragile “treaty� between opposing sides of the development coin. “The need for a master plan comes from all sides,� said committee member Jesse Plaster, pointing out that the group’s often polarized factions represented conflicting viewpoints in the city’s continuing development debate. “No single party got exactly what they wanted. Our feeling is that if anyone did, it would be a skewed plan.� The upcoming presentation to Council had been a concern at recent Advisory Committee meetings, with some emphasizing the need to

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show Council members and the general public that the plan has unanimous support. Committee member Pat Whalen (who recently stepped down as chair of the city’s Downtown Commission) said the master plan will go a long way toward fixing an approval process for downtown development that all parties have characterized as confusing. “Sitting on the Downtown Commission, I saw a development process that was, depending on your perspective ... badly broken,� he noted. The attention previous City Councils paid to downtown, said Whalen, was geared more toward reviving and restoring the comatose central business district of the 1980s and early ’90s rather than the new construction so prevalent these days. But several committee members exposed the frailty of that united front, taking the opportunity to express their continued reservations about the plan. Attorney Albert Sneed decried the level of restriction it would impose. “I urge you to have some humility and restraint,� he said. “You may come up with a plan that makes it impossible to use downtown.� And former Asheville Mayor Lou Bissette, who’s also an attorney, said the plan’s design guidelines create a labyrinth of rules that, when he tried to apply them to a downtown lot he and several partners own, made it “a mindboggling task to determine what, if anything, can be built there.� Jenny Bowen (who, earlier in the evening, had been unanimously appointed to the city’s

Public Art Board) also served on the Master Plan Advisory Committee. Noting that committee members had very mixed attendance records and levels of involvement (but refusing to name names), she asserted that the final product allows too few opportunities for public notification and input during the approval process for proposed developments. “This is an error, it is a tweak, it is something I am absolutely asking Council to look at and to take into high consideration as the plan is moved forward,� Bowen urged. Activist Steve Rasmussen, meanwhile, warned that giving Council-appointed commissions more power to approve development without incorporating an adequate appeals process undercuts city residents’ ability to contest decisions they think are wrong. “Some claim that these changes are intended to take the politics out of the process,� said Rasmussen. “But the reality is that politics will always play a role in decisions in which millions of dollars and the quality of our lives are at stake.� City staffer Sasha Vrtunski, who served as project manager in developing the plan, reminded Council members that it’s intended as a framework to be built upon and that their acceptance of it would not, in itself, implement any new laws. She also emphasized that they would be adopting only the broad-brush plan, not the more detailed and specific appendix, about which much noise has been made. “You are not painting yourself or the community in a corner,� she declared.

And though some Council members had closely followed the plan’s development, this was the first time they spoke about it in the Council chamber. “I believe we’ve come up with a plan that is a good place to land,” said Council member Robin Cape, “and we owe it to our community to adopt [it].” Council member Kelly Miller agreed, saying the plan would make the development process more “predictable and actionable.” Council member Carl Mumpower, on the other hand, branded the document an “illadvised, expensive indulgence by the city” that would actually increase the political tension surrounding development. As for empowering the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Downtown Commission to approve proposed development, Mumpower said he’s “uncomfortable with the idea that we use an appointed body to basically do our job.” Council member Brownie Newman, meanwhile, took a cue from the Advisory Committee, saying, “The whole downtown ‘treaty’ thing is

All tied up Back in April, Council members amended the city’s animal ordinance to ease restrictions on raising chickens, but they voiced doubts about a proposed prohibition on tethering dogs (see “Chicken Coop for the Soul,” May 6 Xpress). And it appears that recent weeks haven’t done much to alleviate those concerns. The current law allows dogs to be tethered provided that the leash is at least 15 feet long and the dog has access to food, water and shelter. Animal activists, particularly the group ChainFree Asheville, are pushing for an outright ban on the practice. But despite a staff report outlining potential methods and concerns about implementing such a ban, Council members found themselves no closer to pulling the trigger than they were in April. “I am not ready to say ‘no unattended tethering,’” Newman revealed. “I’m not prepared to take that step.” Many people, he said, can’t afford to fence their yards, and he wanted to

“No single party got exactly what they wanted. Our feeling is that, if anyone did, it would be a skewed plan.” — Master Plan Advisory Committee hysterical; I think we should seriously consider calling it that.” The concept of compromise, he continued, gets to the heart of why the plan was envisioned in the first place. As for worries about tightening the screws on downtown developers, Newman observed, “There is such a thing as overregulation that hurts development, but I don’t think this is it.” And looking ahead, Mayor Terry Bellamy said she’d like city staff to develop a detailed process for implementing the Downtown Master Plan. After that, City Council adopted the plan “in concept” on a 5-2 vote, with Mumpower and Council member Bill Russell opposed. Planning and Development Director Judy Daniel said staff would immediately start working on the requisite changes to the UDO but would most likely seek Council’s guidance on some of the plan’s stickier elements.

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explore the possibility of establishing a fund of donated money to offset those costs before outlawing tethering. Assistant City Attorney Curt Euler cautioned that offering assistance only to the financially needy could invite lawsuits. Newman also asked about the ability to grandfather current dog owners and apply the ban only to newly acquired dogs, which police Chief Bill Hogan said could be accomplished using registration records. But enforcing a tethering ban, Hogan warned, would require hiring another animal-control officer, which might not be possible under the current tight budget. Bellamy, meanwhile, said she wouldn’t support the ban, especially since it would include the T-runners used in many Asheville yards. Eliminating all those forms of restraint, she predicted, would lead to more loose dogs, which would conflict with the city’s leash law.

“There needs to be some sort of tethering in the yard to protect the greater neighborhood,” Bellamy maintained. In the end, Council members once again sent the issue back to staff for possible inclusion in the budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Mumpower pitches water plan The last time a compromise on Asheville’s water problems came up, Mumpower stalked out of the room. This time, he stood at the lectern. In April, Mumpower had vigorously opposed a proposal by Newman that Asheville accept an appeals court ruling forbidding the city to charge differential water rates but asking state legislators for a limited ability to use access to the water system as an annexation tool. Before leaving the room that day, Mumpower called the proposal a “surrender document.” This time, however, he came forward with his own idea, though it didn’t generate much enthusiasm on Council. Mumpower proposed separating Asheville’s reservoirs from the delivery system. An independent authority would oversee the system, but the city would retain ownership of the actual water, which it could then sell to the authority. Bellamy, who pushed for the multimilliondollar repair of the city’s water lines that’s now under way, was immediately resistant, arguing, “It would be a disservice to give that over to a group who can do whatever they want.” Vice Mayor Jan Davis also took a dim view of the idea, noting that the decades-long deferral of basic maintenance happened while the system was being overseen by a water authority. “I have a long way to go to get where you are,” said Davis. Newman, meanwhile, said he didn’t think the plan was “politically viable.” He also pointed out that even if other cities were represented on the proposed authority, it wouldn’t alter their desire for cheap water. Mumpower persisted, trying to drum up enough support from others on Council to request more information from the city attorney’s office, but not enough of his colleagues were interested enough to advance the idea. X

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In January, something once considered unthinkable will come to pass. Across North Carolina — once the heartland of tobacco — smoking will be banned in bars and restaurants. Smokers will have to go outside to indulge, and hookah bars will close down. The only exceptions the law allows are for cigar bars and private, nonprofit clubs. “This is a bad idea,” declares a man who identifies himself only as “Steve,” finishing off a cigarette on the lower floor of Broadway’s (smoking allowed inside). “Private enterprise allows a bar owner to choose whether or not to allow it in their establishment. That’s the way it should be. It’s a

cedes that it’s “a valid debate. Personally, I’d like for bars to be less smoky, but I don’t think it’s the government’s business.” “Maybe we’ll build a minigolf course in the back, try to qualify as a country club,” the bartender pipes up, to a chorus of laughs. Public-smoking bans have become more and more common both in the United States and worldwide. North Carolina is the 26th state to approve such a law. Many major cities have also followed suit: 40 of the country’s 60 largest metropolitan areas have some sort of ban in place, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Oft-cited reasons include public-health concerns and the costs incurred by state governments due to the effects of smoking.

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scary precedent for government to try to control people’s choices.” But right beside him, “Raymond” (who’s also an occasional smoker) couldn’t disagree more. “No, I think the ban’s necessary,” he says. “Secondhand smoke is extremely harmful. It should be my right to go into a bar I like and not have to endanger my health. I come here because I like the people and the atmosphere — it’s my place.” “If smoking offends you, you can choose to go to a nonsmoking bar,” Steve retorts. “It’s my choice, and it’s not harming anyone else.” A few seats down the bar, Justin Rogers con-


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“This is a good thing from a public-health standpoint,” says Buncombe County Health Director Gibbie Harris told Xpress. “Smoking and secondhand smoke are the leading preventable causes of death we encounter and you can’t avoid those risk if you’re in a restaurant or bar and there’s smoking. Some people will say ‘oh, you can go somewhere else.’ But the employees there can’t go anywhere else, especially in this economy. We’ll do everything we can to help bars and restaurants comply with this law.” Others, however, see a troubling intrusion by the state into what they feel are personal decisions, and in Asheville, the debate seems to be vigorous

— and occasionally raging. Outside the Rankin Vault (no smoking inside), a group of bargoers seated around a metal table air vastly different opinions on the new rule. “Rock ’n’ roll was meant to be smoky,” Mark Williams opines. “North Carolina banning smoking is like a child disowning their parent after they supported them for years.” “Bars already have a choice,” says Jamie Hetrie, just after finishing a cigarette. “And people can choose to go in them or not.” “Yeah, smoking’s great if you want to get cancer,” Chris Broderdorr shoots back. Over at the Asheville Yacht Club (smoking after 10 p.m. only), bartender Jamie Reel says he disliked smoking but doesn’t feel it’s state government’s affair. “I don’t think it’s an appropriate area for government action,” he says between dishing out drinks. “But hey, you’re all too pretty to smoke.” Down the street at the Flying Frog (smoking allowed inside the bar), bartender Eric Jorjensen feels the ban goes too far. “I thought this was a free country,” he observes. “As long as tobacco’s legal — and it is — it should be up to the property owner to decide to allow it or not in their establishment. Do they really want to hurt bars in a recession? Hell, alcohol’s more harmful than smoking: I’ve never seen anyone start a fight because they smoked too much. Are they going to ban that next?” A few seats down, Asheville resident Jacqueline Edwards sips a gin and tonic and says she’s thankful for the coming ban. “I think it’s a good thing. Smoke carries, and it will be good to go to a bar and not end up smelling like cigarettes at the end of the night,” she notes. “People can still smoke outside.”

Good for business? Finishing up a sandwich on the patio outside, Flying Frog owner/head chef Vijay Shastri predicts that the ban will actually boost business. “I think it’s great,” he says. “We’ve got a large patio area out here; we’re not going to lose business. It’s not a big deal. In fact, I think it will help. Right now, there’s a lot of maintenance costs associated with allowing smoking inside. It puts everyone on a level playing field.” For some, of course, the stakes are higher. The state’s 20 hookah bars don’t have the same exemption that cigar clubs managed to wrangle. That puts longtime Asheville fixture Hookah Joe’s in a tight spot. “The bar’s not going to close down, but it certainly affects whether we can allow smoking or not,” notes owner Joseph McHugh, adding that hookah bar owners are pushing for an exemption. “There’s also the whole definition of smoking. [The law] defines it as the igniting of tobacco. We actually don’t ignite: We bake the molasses the tobacco is soaked in,” he points out. “That’s another possible loophole we could try to exploit.” Still, McHugh continues, “I don’t think it’s really fair that the restaurant guilds are pushing it so hard because they want to ‘even the field.’ I’m over 18; I should be able to decide to smoke where I want. It’s unfair.” X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009



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A group of local entrepreneurs is banding together to promote a new and existing street and craft markets in Asheville. Organizers hope the effort to promote affordable, locally made arts and crafts will draw shoppers and tourists while supporting emerging artists and others struggling during the current recession. “We want to create an affordable, walkable, sustainable market culture here in Asheville,� says Jodi Rhoden, who owns Short Street Cakes in West Asheville and founded the Howard Street Handmade series of craft markets. Dubbed Asheville Street Markets, the collaboration follows the creation of a number of new craft markets. Besides Rhoden, the group includes five other local business owners/ organizers. Rosetta Star of Rosetta’s Kitchen founded the Asheville People’s Market (which plans to hold its first event June 7 in a parking lot across from the restaurant on Lexington Avenue). Crazy Green Studios owner Lori Theriault founded the East-West Asheville 2nd Saturday Artist Market, which kicked off earlier this year. Alexandra Brown founded the Lexington Bazaar, which held its first event May 23. And Justin Raebuck and Brandy Bourne organized perhaps the largest local craft market, the Big Crafty, which has been around for a few years and will return to Pack Place July 12. Over a potluck dinner about a month ago, the group decided to pool resources to advertise the individual markets through a new blog,, and a brochure. They also want to help local artists and crafters find the market that’s the best fit for them. “Our intention is to promote the vendors and ultimately to add to the creative culture of our town while supporting one another,� Rhoden explains. “The economy being tight has brought to the forefront the idea of keeping our money in a tighter local circle,� says Star, whose new

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Craft works: A group of Asheville entrepreneurs is banding together to promote local craft markets, hoping to nurture a street-market culture that they say can draw tourists, give artisits a financial boost and help shoppers make sustainable buying decisions. market will be part flea market and part artsand-crafts venue. “And the economic pinch has moved people to take action.� Star says her market will also serve as a fundraiser for the Asheville-based American Rainbow Rapid Response group, which helps bring food and water to people following natural disasters. “One thing we’re really trying to do is build the whole culture of going to a market,� she notes. “In Europe, street markets are a daily part of life almost, and it’s something we thought was really lacking in Asheville. We want to make that a part of what people do when they come to Asheville.�

Artist Jenne Greaves says she’s looking forward to the new markets and to taking part in this summer’s Big Crafty event. Greaves makes and sells tiny books, some less than an inch wide. “There are a lot of galleries around Asheville but not places where my craft would fit in,� says Greaves. Selling at markets gives her work exposure while providing much-needed moral support, she explains. “It’s encouraging to have people look at my books and respond. I think my art is great, but it’s nice to hear that other people think it’s great, too.� — Jason Sandford

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In memoriam Some 200 people — including uniformed soldiers, patch-wearing vets, Boy and Girl Scouts and assorted civilians — gathered at Memorial Stadium above McCormick Field on May 25 for the Asheville/Buncombe Memorial Day ceremony. The sixth annual observation was also notable for the dedication of a veterans memorial on the site after a years-long and sometimes troubled effort by city and county leaders. “There was a time I didn’t think this was going to happen,” noted Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair David Gantt, who joined Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy in laying a wreath at the site. WLOS anchor Larry Blunt, who has a son serving in Iraq, presided over the ceremony and gave sometimes emotional opening remarks. “A lot of people don’t think about the memorial part of the memorial holiday weekend,” he said. “You think of all the young lives over the years. And we just take it for granted.” Council member Carl Mumpower also gave an emotional speech. Although he wasn’t listed on the program, Bellamy turned the microphone over to him in recognition of his heading up the effort to re-establish the 1920svintage stadium as a war memorial. “Four-and-a-half years ago,” said Bellamy,

“We had a councilman who said we are doing a shameful job of honoring our war dead.” Mumpower, who formed a committee in 2003 to try and round up funding for the memorial, nonetheless voted against U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development money for the project in February because of his longstanding opposition to accepting federal tax dollars. But Mumpower said he was glad to see the memorial become a reality. “This will be a place for our children to come and learn about service and sacrifice,” he said. “I’m glad I lost that 6-1 vote.” The memorial consists of a brick wall and marble plates that list casualties from Western North Carolina in the two world wars. Behind the wall, three flagpoles fly the U.S., North Carolina and POW/MIA flags. Together, the monument, surrounding gardens and restoration of the arch that served as the stadium’s original memorial cost roughly $225,000, according to Al Kopf, superintendent of planning and development for Asheville’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Someday, said Mumpower, the memorial will list WNC war dead from all U.S. conflicts as well as stories by local veterans. — Brian Postelle

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URTV board approves new bylaws In a special meeting May 28, URTV’s board of directors unanimously approved new bylaws that concentrate more power in the board’s hands while keeping the current membership structure intact. Originally, the proposed bylaws would have done away with the public-access station’s current membership entirely, replacing “members” with various categories of “associates” to be created by the board. Unlike current members, the associates could not elect board members or vote on matters affecting the station. But after URTV canceled its last board meeting when board members couldn’t enter the locked Buncombe County Television offices, those clauses were removed. “All of my concerns have been addressed,” new board member Matt Howard said before the vote. The new bylaws give the board’s Executive Committee — consisting of the board’s officers — sweeping powers. In between board meetings, these four have all the powers of the whole board except for three things: dissolving URTV, amending the bylaws and appointing new board members. In addition, the board has been expanded from 11 to 13, with the two new members to be appointed by the current board of directors. The new bylaws also create an appeals process for board members removed from their seats (by a two-thirds majority of the board), giving the board member 48 hours to appeal to the Executive Committee. Ironically, in the two most recent such cases, it was the Executive Committee that recommended dismissing board members Davyne Dial and Richard Bernier to begin with. In another irony, the special meeting, which was announced on May 26, was itself in violation of the bylaws then in effect, which required seven days’ notice before such a meeting. Bernier, who wasn’t present at the meeting though he hasn’t yet been formally removed from the board, objected to it on those grounds, saying the short notice did not allow sufficient time to consider the impact of the proposed changes. “I’m concerned that this is being rushed upon


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us to consider without considerable time being spent to go over in detail what each change means,” Bernier wrote in an e-mail. “Since much of the new bylaws are written in a vague manner, it is difficult to understand what they mean and what the implications are. Personally I’d like to go over these changes line by line for clarification & even open this up for our membership to ask questions along with the general public.” Reactions to the new bylaws differed. URTV producer Christopher Chiaromonte applauded the changes, simply saying, “Bravo!” while John Blackwell compared the vote to fascism. “It was unanimous — wasn’t that the way they did it in Germany?” he said. Producer Robert Howland, who’s been critical of the attempts to remove Dial and Bernier, expressed mixed feelings about the changes. “It seems like there has been some positive progress with the board,” he said. “The progress that I’m seeing unfold today is that member-elected board members can still vote. You’ve moved in that direction, and I appreciated that. “But where I’m hazier is the conflict of interest, balance of power and oversight issues,” he continued. “I guess maybe there should be more county and city [-appointed] members. This is a really sticky area, but it’s critical that in case things go amok, for any reason, things can be reined in. I guess I’m saying I trust the city and county more than the internal board structure to rein things in.” Dial, who’s been highly critical of the station’s management over the past few months, was also present to weigh in on her removal from the board — accomplished by a 33-12 vote of URTV members — which she maintains was improperly done. “I put up a good fight,” said Dial. “You got your way, and now I’m off.” Dial read a letter from Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy expressing appreciation for her “efforts to uphold the bylaws.” To read the new URTV bylaws, go to www.mountainx. com/xpressfiles. — David Forbes


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Pole dancer aims to take art to whole new level Let’s get one thing clear from the start: Cara Oshiver is selling poles. Pole-dancing poles. Portable pole-dancing poles. When the 30-year-old walked into the Mountain Xpress offices recently looking for someone to tell her story, though, it was her sincerity more than her sales pitch that grabbed our attention. Oshiver wants nothing less than to strip away pole dancing’s raunchy undertones and endow it with a culture of empowerment, one spread-eagled spin at a time. “I feel like I want to introduce a different view of pole dancing to the South, because it has this sleazy connotation that is unnecessary and I believe is a way to oppress women,” Oshiver explains. “It’s not about men; it’s not about pleasing men. It’s about rebirthing yourself and embracing every aspect of your spirit.” Oshiver has a Web site in the works and plans to teach out of an in-home studio. But that’s not all. She wants to take her pole dancing to a whole new level — literally. Oshiver plans to pole-dance on local mountaintops. After an interview, Xpress met Oshiver and her boyfriend at a Craggy Gardens overlook, elevation 4,000 feet. There, she proceeded to put on a pole-dancing demonstration that left a few tourists scratching their heads and at least one construction worker snapping photos. For Oshiver, it was all good. “I’m just encouraging people to love themselves as much as possible, and this is a tool to do it. That’s all,” she says. “If this isn’t your way to do it — if anyone else can find another way that suits them better, then go for it.”

home being sexy. Then, what we’re going to do in my classes is just learn the pole positions, learn where your body is going to go, how it’s going to begin to hold itself on a pole.

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Mountain Xpress: How did you get into pole dancing? Cara Oshiver: Well, about two years ago, I just desired a pole, and I knew it was feasible to purchase one and put it up in my home. So I looked on the Internet on how to do it. But I also found Web sites that you could buy your own pole. ... I luckily found the best product of my life. This product can come up and down within 10 minutes, and it’s for dancers and it’s used in dance studios.

I want to go back to walking around your home being sexy. What do you mean by that? It’s feeling powerful and confident and enjoying and being focused on every move you make. Nobody is sexier than the next person. I’ve seen people who are not traditionally sexy who are the most beautiful creatures because of who they are in themselves. That’s what I feel like we need to practice, because I’ve never been around a woman [with] a mirror who hasn’t criticized themselves. We all need to practice looking at ourselves and saying, “I f**king love myself.” That is a mantra I want to come back to. So it’s a state of mind... If we say, “Oh, my thighs are too flabby,” f**k that! Who taught us that? You know? That’s bulls**t. If you have energy, that’s what you base it on. My problem is I’ve got too much energy. Let’s start basing our lives upon how we feel and not what we think other people think we look like. ... Being around this pole, I hated myself before this. I’ve learned to just give it up and say screw it, I like myself and say screw it, I’m short, I’m going to make other women look tall compared to me — that’s why God made me short. Because it’s flattering to be next to a shorter person — everyone will be taller than me. That’s a good way to look at it. Thank you. Can you talk about the origins of pole dancing? Burlesque has been around a long time, and I encourage people to look at someone like Gypsy Rose Lee, because her take on it was so adorable, so wholesome and so titillating in such an innocent way that it should still be embraced. We need to get back to those kinds of roots, of just being creative and not having to degrade ourselves. Because it doesn’t have to be degrading.

Do you have a studio? Yes. It’s in my home, so I’m very selective of who I would invite into my home.

have a dance background from going to Phish concerts and Dead concerts. And I don’t believe that dance is something that can be taught — it’s something that you find within yourself. Of course, I’m willing to learn, and I’m humble to the fact that I’m not as educated as someone who has been classically trained.

Do you have a dance background? I’ve done so many different kinds of dance. I’ve taken on flying trapeze. I’ve learned a little bit about break dancing. My whole life is going to be learning. I’m not going to say, “Oh, I’m certified to do this.” I’m going to be learning, learning, learning until I’m 90, and I want to be on that pole. So I do

What does a beginning pole dancer need to know? A beginner needs to find the play, find the comfort, do activities to break loose, to break those barriers of being embarrassed or ashamed. There are certain activities, certain visualization tools, certain just shaking it out, just loosening up and practicing being sexy. Just walking around your

How do you feel when you’re doing your moves? I feel strong; I feel inspired. And I feel like sharing the joy I’ve gotten from it. You’ve talked about pole dancing on Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. What other kinds of records have you looked at? I want to do mountaintops. Like, I’m from Kansas: It’s flat there. It’s fun to pick a mountain, and to be on top of a pole that’s spinning the whole time will be phenomenal. It will be a personal phenomenal high. I haven’t done it yet, but I know it’s going to be everything I’ve built it up in my head to be. Except it’s going to be exhausting, because this pole weighs at least 200 pounds. X • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009



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The hiking adventure that might have been by Jonathan Poston Not long ago, I checked my inbox and found an invitation from Wildroots — a sprouting of free-spirited earth lovers who do the best they can to live off the grid. The group was offering a wilderness campingand-education excursion focused on wild edibles and medicines. Local experts Natalie Bogwalker and Frank Cook would be the guides. But the trip was coming up fast, and I had only about a week to make it back from a gig in China and recover from both jet lag and a sinus infection. I made the rendezvous at Devil Fork Gap near Hot Springs, but my body wasn’t entirely cooperative. I have pushed my way through tendon-twisting marathon pains, mountain-bike pedalshaft stab wounds, and an encounter with a Caribbean man-of-war, but that sinus problem cut me down to a mere day hike. The weather seemed disagreeable, too. Shortly after we started down the trail, the sky darkened and the rain began. In between

Having long traveled the planet studying medicinal and edible plants, Cook walked the trail as if greeting a succession of old friends. calm spells, the heavens unloaded on my new, bright-blue poncho. With each step, my soaked feet sank deeper into the sooty mud. The cloud engulfing us morphed into an ethereal parade of fairies clad in slips of silver rain. But when the sun streaked through the trees, the leaves would emit an intense green. Despite the weather, our guides pressed their educational mission. Cook did most of the talking, speaking in a deep monotone about plants, bugs and assorted Appalachian lore. He explained the sweet smell of the millipede that crept near our feet as a defensive arsenic leak. I wondered whether a pocketful of those potent thousand-leggers could keep my bills away. Having long traveled the planet studying medicinal and edible plants, Cook walked the trail as if greeting a succession of old friends. Touching and talking, he pointed out a showy orchid here, a strong ginseng


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relative there. Then, speaking of the forest’s abundance, he queried: What do you really need, when you think about it, when it’s all out here for free and in abundance? I, meanwhile, was struggling to process the trail-talk philosophy, one word at a time, through a miasmic sinus haze. Stopping to dig among the wildflowers, Bogwalker pointed out Appalachian osha, explaining that as a member of the large and varied parsley family (which includes everything from wild carrot to the deadly hemlock), it’s a tough one for beginners to identify properly. Sometimes called bear root, osha is said to be useful in treating coughs and chest congestion, I learned. Stripping down a section of grimy root, she lopped off a piece and instructed me to keep it in my mouth for an hour. At first, nothing. Then it started sizzling like celery-flavored battery acid. Waiting for another sheet of rain to pass, I stooped and lost focus on the neon moss growing on the bottom of the trees. Time truly shifts on the trail. It ticks inside you, not in your alarm clock or the corner of your computer screen. The rain stopped and we did, too, pausing in a grove where bear stories are told. This is where the rhododendron, blueberry

and mountain laurel grow in a tangled maze. Here, too, the parasitic bear corn feeds on the roots of red oak. According to Cook, the plant may serve bears as a post-hibernation laxative. As for the natural maze, he mused, how long would it take to get completely lost and lose your mind, if only for a while? Mere minutes, he maintained. Describing how he’d once gotten a little turned around in the rhodos, the seasoned woodsman recalled his surprise at the effort he had to make to calm himself down amid the anxieties evoked by getting lost. Naturally, I was feeling better by this point, but I had to turn back anyway. Hiking back to my car, I pondered the adventure I’d planned to have and write about. They say that true adventures aren’t planned but just happen — and that time does not exist when they do. I liked the idea of being a wild root and living with the land for several days and nights, but that’s not how it played out. Instead, this was my chance to root again in these mountains and let the wild return to me. X Jonathan Poston lives in Asheville when he’s not busy elsewhere.

outdoorscalendar Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 Join the Nationwide Celebration of Trails and Land Trust Organizations (pd.) Chimney Rock, Saturday, June 6; 11a. m. - 2p.m. Guided hikes, rock climbing demos, area outdoor organizations. 800-277-9611. June 6: Outdoor Gear Swap at Diamond Brand Outdoors in Arden (pd.) Come celebrate outdoor gear old and new in this festive flea market. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, and in-store discounts. Sell your old gear at one of our booths, pre-registration price is $5, day of price is $10, and all proceeds benefit American Whitewater. For questions or pre-registration, please contact Gary at geblen@diamondbrand. com or 828-684-6262. Appalachian Trail Conservancy A volunteer-based, private nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of the Appalachian Trail. Info: www. or 254-3708. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 5:30-8:30pm - Appalachian Trail 2000-Milers Get-Together at Jack of the Wood. Prospective hikers also welcome. Asheville Ski and Outing Club The year-round activity club organizes skiing, boarding, biking, rafting, golf and hiking trips for its members. Membership is open to all ages and ability. The club supports the Special Olympics. Info: 627-1047 or • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting. Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub. org or 253-8781. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Evening running group for seasoned runners. Meet at Jus’ Running, 523 Merrimon Ave. Info: 252-7867. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:20pm - The ATC Walkers Program will meet at Carrier Park. Info: • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Group workout at Carrier Park. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Speed workout. Meet at Jus’ Running, 523 Merrimon Ave. Info: 252-7867. Bootcamp Hike “Where the woods are our gym.â€? Sweat for free. • 1st SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Meet in front of the CVS Pharmacy/River Ridge Shopping Center. 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: n Hikes: • SU (6/7), 8am - National Trails Day Hike. Hike 9.5, Drive 40, 3100 ft. ascent. Chamber Challenge • FR (6/5), 4pm - 3rd Annual Chamber Challenge. Chamber Challenge 5K A team-based, nationally certified 5K designed to promote community wellness through friendly competition between businesses. To register or for more info: • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Free training program until the race June 5. • FR (6/5), 4:30pm - Chamber Challenge. The course begins and ends at the Asheville Chamber

and winds through the historic Montford neighborhood. $30. Info: Fletcher Flyer Bike Ride Info: • SU (6/7), 8am - The ride will travel across flat and rolling terrain covering 100 miles. $35 early registration. Packet pick-up will begin on June 6, from 9am3pm and ride day registration opens at 6:30am. Foot RX Group Run Info: 277-5151 or • WEDNESDAYS, 6am - Group run. Meet in the lobby at the Reuter Family YMCA. All levels of fitness and running experience welcome. Haw Creek Muse Hiking Club A gathering to plan hiking trips throughout WNC. All are welcome. Info: 298-0000. • 1st SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting. Land of Sky Trout Unlimited Info: 645-8700. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Dinner and socializing —- 7:30pm - Program. At Cornerstone Restaurant on Tunnel Road. Mayor’s Cup Raft Race • SU (6/7), 3:30pm - City and county elected officials and staff will compete. The finish line will be at the French Broad River Park on Amboy Road. Citizens are encouraged to come out and cheer their community’s team on. Info: 251-6622. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free. No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or www. • TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS, 1pm - Forest Trails Walk: A guided tour through different types of forest environments in an exploration of natural history. Wear walking shoes and dress in layers. Meet in the lobby of the Baker Exhibit Center. Pigeon Valley Bassmasters All interested anglers in the community in WNC, Upstate S.C., East Tennessee and NE Georgia are invited to attend and share fishing ideas. Invitational tournaments are held throughout the area. Info: 8842846 or • 2nd MONDAYS, 7pm - Meeting at the Canton Library in Canton. Pisgah Area SORBA Mountain Bike Club Chapter of the Southern Off-Road Biking Association (SORBA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving technical off-road biking recreational opportunities through advocacy for quality trail systems. For info on mountain biking in WNC, visit Group rides, trail info and workdays, events and more. • MO (6/8), 7pm - Meeting at Beef O’ Bradys in Arden. 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 n Reservations required for SAHC hikes: call ext. 205 or e-mail • SA (6/9), 9am - Guided hike from Carver’s Gap to Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area via the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Land Trust Day. Free. Info: (865) 594-5601.


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Sprouting environmental awareness at Neo Burrito by Melanie McGee Bianchi

At first, the effect is incongruous — like seeing puppies for sale in a bookstore. Replacing a full row of booths inside Neo Burrito, an army of potted tomato plants now spreads its leaves under the spaceship glow of a hydroponics table. It’s as though early May’s funnel cloud had swept up part of a garden center and plunked it down inside the popular Patton Square Plaza restaurant. Zak Yancey, a former partner in the local Urban Burrito minichain, unveiled the retooled business back in January, upgrading menu items and introducing beer from the local Pisgah and French Broad breweries. But the all-organic plants lining Neo Burrito’s windowsills and walls symbolize an initiative that goes way beyond keeping up with the Cali-cuisine crowd.

“When you’re taking care of plants, your whole life changes.”

— Neo Burrito owner Going green: Neo Burrito’s Zak Yancey has turned part of his restaurant into an organicZak Yancey gardening venture. photo by melanie mcgee bianchi

“We are taking a leadership position,” says Yancey, a young man as unwaveringly intense as a 400-watt grow light. Where before the tasty tomatillo salsa might have been the greenest thing about the place, the restaurant’s environmental stance is now loud and proud. “You can’t go green overnight,” he admits. “But we have taken the first essential steps, cutting back and conserving wherever we can. We are buying compostable products — for instance, cups and napkins. We hand-sort our trash. Leftover food is composted, and every


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nonfood item is recycled.” The plants were part of this approach from the beginning, says Yancey. And selling them is a sort of long-haul fundraiser: He hopes to raise enough money to incrementally outfit the restaurant with a comprehensive solar-energy system. He’s offering a plant variety as ambitious as his overall goals. Customers who come in for a wrap or quesadilla can also take home starters of basil, cilantro, parsley, dill, oregano, marjoram, savory, thyme, rosemary, sage, lettuce (of several varieties), spinach, turnip greens, giant sunflow-

ers, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkins, loofah gourds, beans, peas, chives, poppies and a seemingly endless variety of tomatoes — all raised hydroponically on-site, or at Yancey’s house, or in the 10-by-20-foot raised bed he built behind the restaurant. “I realize it’s an energy-negative situation right now,” says the entrepreneur, referring to the prohibitive cost of hydroponics lighting combined with his low retail yield (all the plants are priced at $1). “But it still promotes environmental consciousness, as well as conscientiousness. In

the big scope, if you grow a vegetable in-house, you’re still saving the transportation cost of importing foreign vegetables,” notes Yancey. Plus, naturally, you’re getting a superior product. “People are going to see what we’re doing, and they’ll see that they can duplicate the effort at home,” he explains, adding that there’s no need to buy pricey ready-made hydroponics equipment. “People think they have to have this or that name brand, but we can show them that they can build what they need using simple supplies they can pick up at Lowe’s.” Beyond leading by example, the energetic restaurateur has a side

business, helping people build their own gardens, whether inside or in raised beds outdoors, “no matter how small their space is.” Back at Neo Burrito, meanwhile, Yancey has begun expediting his solar goals by contributing half of all beer sales to the cause. And once his jalapeño peppers mature, they’ll go into the restaurant’s burritos alongside the on-site, hydroponic cilantro and basil and the raised-bed tomatoes from out back — completing the cycle from germination to digestion. “We have the ability to influence people in a good way,” says Yancey. “What we’re doing promotes interaction; people ask about it. Even

if they don’t buy a plant, they may go home and grow one — or grow 20. “One thing I’ve noticed,” he continues, “is that when you’re taking care of plants, your whole life changes. You’re thinking about the growing process, about the plant’s health and well-being. It’s a really important thing to do. “Even if you’re only thinking about one little plant, if enough people start doing that, it can impact thousands of lives.” X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a freelance writer and stayat-home mom based in Asheville.

gardeningcalendar Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 Ace To The Rescue! (pd.) Custom grading • Lot clearing • View enhancements • Driveways • Tree removal • Ponds • Mulch/gravel. • 15 years experience, • Insured • Free estimates. Call Britt: (828) 216-0726. Ace Grading and Landscaping. Bring Dad! • Father’s Day Art And Garden Tour (pd.) Sunday, June 21, Biltmore Forest. Asheville GreenWorks (formerly Quality Forward) has sponsored the annual fundraiser in many neighborhoods around Asheville since the early ‘80s and this year it returns to the beautiful shaded Biltmore Forest gardens. Artists connected with Handmade in America have been invited to display their garden art on several lawns. The tour starts in the English inspired cottage beside the Biltmore Forest Town Hall on Vanderbilt Road. • From 1pm-5pm guests can visit 8 private gardens in the Forest by foot, bike or car. Admission is $15 (or 2 for $25). • Bring a Dad and he’ll receive a free boutonniere. • Choose a free plant and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 254-1776 or Garden Composters • Rain Barrels (pd.) Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward), Asheville’s Keep America Beautiful, sells Garden Composters and Rain Barrels in the Green Goods Shop at 357 Depot Street. • 2 kinds of composters: an 11 cubic foot square stacked model for $85 and a 7 cubic foot tumbler that makes compost faster and looks cool for $175. • Rain Barrels are 65 gallons, are easy to install, and cost $135. • All are made of 100% recycled plastic. • All sales benefit plantings in Asheville and Buncombe County. For more information, call 254-1776 or stop on by 357 Depot Street or visit: Vincent’s Lawn Care (pd.) I mow and neatly trim lawns. Also: Fertilize • Prune • Leaf removal. • Quality work. • Dependable service since 1990. • Great references. • Free estimates. • Call Vincent, 253-3688. Asheville Mushroom Club Learn about all aspects of mushrooms (collecting, identifying, growing or cooking). Info: 298-9988 or www. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Monthly meeting at the WNC Nature Center. Membership is $18/year, and includes informative meetings and scheduled forays. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($6/vehicle). No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • TUESDAYS through FRIDAYS, 10:30am - Guided Garden Tours. Meet at the Baker Exhibit Center Lobby. $6 parking fee. • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-Noon Bonsai Volunteers in the Garden. Volunteers stationed in the Bonsai Exhibition Garden will answer questions about both the collection and the garden.

• TU (6/9), 10am - Gardening in the Mountains: “Cutting Gardens.” Held in the Education Center. • WE (6/10), 1pm - Collections Walk: “Native Plants,” with the Director of Horticulture, Alison Arnold. Wear sturdy footwear for walking on varied terrain. Meet at Baker Exhibit Center lobby. • TH (6/11), 1:30pm - In-Depth Walk: “What‚Äôs New in the Garden?” Meet at the Baker Exhibit Center lobby. 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 - 4:30-6:30pm - Open June-Sept.: Tryon Tailgate Market, across the railroad tracks from the Tryon Theatre. Info: 894-8823; 1-4pm - Open JuneOct.: Valle Crucis Farmers Market behind the Mast General store. Info: 963-6511; 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, 1329 Tunnel Rd., E. Asheville, past the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. Info: 775-5593; 2:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Weaverville Tailgate Market at Lake Louise. Info: 450-0708; 3:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: West Asheville Tailgate Market behind the West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Info: 281-9099; 2:305:30pm - Open May-Oct.: Spruce Pine Farmers Tailgate Market on Pollyanna’s Porch, next to Wildflowers, on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 467-2171; 2-6:30pm - Open April-Dec.: Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. Info: 683-1607. • WEDNESDAYS - 9am-Noon & FRIDAYS - 2-6pm - Open May-Oct.: Burke County Farmers Market. Info: 439-4460. • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS - 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon St. Info: 627-3469; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Waynesville Tailgate Market. Info: 648-6323; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Watauga County Farmers Market on Hwy. 105 Ext. in Boone. Info: 355-4918; WE, 1-6pm & SA, 7am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Cashiers Tailgate Market. Info: 230-4785. • THURSDAYS - 3-6pm - Open May-Nov.: Flat Rock Tailgate Market. Info: 698-8775. • FRIDAYS - 10am-2pm - Open June-Nov.: Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market on Acquoni Road. in downtown Cherokee. Info: 554-6931. • SATURDAYS - 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Andrews Farmers Market at First Street in Andrews. Info: 321-2006; 8am-1pm - Open April through Dec.: Asheville City Market in the Public Works parking lot on S. Charlotte St. Info: 348-0340; 8am-Noon - Open April-Dec.: North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA. Info: 683-1607; 7am-Noon - Open April-Nov.: Henderson County Tailgate Market at 100 N. King St. (between First and Second Avenues). Info: 693-7265; 10am-2pm - Open April-Oct.: Cedar Valley Farmers Market in downtown Murphy. Info: 361-7505; 8-11:30am - Open April-Nov.: Polk Tailgate Market in front of the Polk County Courthouse. Info: 894-2281; 8am-Noon - Open June-Oct.: Franklin Tailgate Market in Macon County at West Palmer St. Info: 349-2046; 8am-Noon - Open April-early fall: Lenoir Bluegrass

Farmers Market at the Hog Waller stage. Info: 292-4664; 8am-2pm - Open year-round: French Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farm Market at 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Art demos and live music. Info: 236-9367; 9am-Noon - Rutherfordton Farmers Market on Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Mountain Valley Farmers Market on the downtown square in Hayesville. Info: 389-3022; 8:30am-1pm Open May-Oct.: Graham County Farmers Market in the United Community Bank parking lot in Robbinsville. Info: 479-8788; 8am-Noon - Bakersville Farmers Market in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot in Bakersville; 8:30am-12:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Yancey County Farmers Market on S. Main St. at Hwy 19E. Info: 682-0601; 9am-1pm - Open April-Nov.: Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market in the parking lot near Pittman Cafeteria up Dormitory Dr. at Mars Hill College. Info: 680-9890; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Black Mountain Tailgate Market at 130 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. Info: 582-5039; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Jackson County Farmers Market on Railroad Ave. at Bridge Park. Info: 507-1146; 9am-Noon - Open May-Sept.: Riceville Community Tailgate Market in the parking lot of the Riceville Community Center. Info: 2986549; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Big Ivy Market at Marvin and Brenda Dillingham’s on Spice Cove Dr. Info: 626-2624. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Open May-Oct.: Greenlife Tailgate Market at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440; Noon-4pm - Open April-Nov.: Sundays on the Island, cross the river at the courthouse on Main St. in Marshall; 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Swain County Tailgate Market in downtown Bryson City. Info: 488-3848; 9am-5pm - Open June-Oct.: Topton Farmers Market at the crossroads in Topton. Info: 321-9030. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8am-Noon - Open JuneSept.: Canton Tailgate Market at the town hall in the municipal parking lot on Park St. Info: 235-2760. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fairgrounds Road, off Business 74 Hwy. Info: 287-6080. • TUESDAYS, Noon-5pm & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Morganton Farmers Market behind Geppetto’s Pizza on Beach St. in Morganton. Info: 4385252; 3-6pm - Open June-Sept.: Marion Tailgate Market in the municipal parking lot. Info: 652-2215. • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-2pm - Hendersonville Curb Market at Church St., directly across from the old courthouse. Info: 692-8012 or; 7am-1pm - Open April-Dec.: Transylvania County Tailgate Market in the parking lot behind South Broad Park, next to the library in Brevard. Info: 884-9483.


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Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 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. You’ll also find events happening after June 11. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

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• WE (6/3), 2-4pm - The Center for Business and Technology Incubation at A-B Tech will hold a State of the Incubator Reception on the second floor of the Haynes Conference Center at the College’s Enka site. A tour will follow. Info: 254-1921, ext. 852 or Civil War Reenactment • SA (6/6) & SU (6/7), 1pm - Confederate and Union armies battle once again in the “Skirmish at Warm Springs Encampment” at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa. There will be a ball on the lawn at 8pm on Sun. Free. Info: 622-7676. Eliada Homes Inc. Tours The public is invited to tour the century-old West Asheville campus, stay for lunch in the cafeteria, meet some of the students, and learn more

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about the organization’s mission. Info: 254-5356, ext. 108 or dpope@ • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 10:30am & 4pm - Guided tours.

Explore the Future of Big Ivy • MO (6/8), 7-9pm - Community meeting at the Big Ivy Community Center in Barnardsville. A panel discussion will include topics on growth, preservation of farmlands and rural lifestyle, and business and job creation. Open to the community. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Info: 862-5554 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm - Public tours led by specially trained Friends of PARI volunteers. $5. Reservations are recommended. Great for all ages. United Nations Association of WNC • TU (6/9), 7pm - Fobes Memorial Lecture: “Israel & Palestine: Searching for Common Ground.” Panelists: Robert T. Deutch, Lynn Failing, Ross Jones and Rabbi Batsheva Meira. At All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village. $5 donation. Western Highlands Network Board Meeting Meetings are held in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the administrative offices at 356 Biltmore Ave. Info: 2583511 ext. 2232. • FR (6/5), 9:30am Area Board meeting. WNC Agricultural Center Hosts agricultural events, horse shows and farmrelated competitions. Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • SA & SU (6/6 & 7) - Christy Anderson Memorial NWHA Regional Championship Horse Show. Free. • SA (6/6) - Mountain Man Tractor Pullers. • WE (6/10) - Auto Cross.

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Social & SharedInterest Groups Adult Adoptees Networking Group Have fun and meet other adoptees, both international and domestic. The group meets monthly at different bars/restaurants/coffeehouses to socialize. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 67:30pm - Visit www. for meeting locations or e-mail Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am - Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union. Asheville Bridge Room Provides ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge games daily at the River Ridge Market Place, Suite C-1. Most games last about four hours and the table fees are generally $6/person. If you need a partner, call ahead. Info: 299-0887 or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 12:30pm Games start.TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Games start. SATURDAYS, 1pm Games start.SUNDAYS, 1:15pm - Games start. Asheville Holistic Gatherings Events include: organic potlucks, hikes and cycling, free yoga in the park, meditations of all kinds, massage trading partners, audios and videos, sushi parties, book parties, prayer circles and sharing of knowledge. $1-2 donations appreciated. Info: http:// or 505-4890. • SATURDAYS, 6pm Gathering. Asheville Homeless Network

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Kids can make crafts, enjoy snow cones, and tour a fire truck at Family Safety and Fun Night

wed Wednesday, June 3, from 7 to 8 p.m. at West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road. Parents will receive money-saving tips, plus bike and car-seat safety advice and more. Info: 253-9824, ext. 316.

thur The release party for Up the Prose #4 Literary Zine is Thursday, June 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Phil

Mechanic’s Pump Gallery, 109 Roberts St., Asheville. The event will feature readings, installation art and music. $5 donation, includes zine and wine (though BYOB is encouraged). Info: www.myspace. com/uptheprose.


There will be many, many an opening reception to attend during downtown Asheville’s Art Walk Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. Pick up a Downtown Gallery Guide at any participating downtown gallery, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce or Pack Place. Info:


More than 65 booths of juried arts and crafts will line Sutton Avenue in downtown Black Mountain Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info on the 12th annual Black Mountain Arts and Crafts Show:

Jonas and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will perform at the Children’s Health and Harmony Festival sun Billy Sunday, June 7, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. The festival, which will be open

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mon St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville will host Sam Hensley and The Sloan River Project in concert Monday, June 8, at 7 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken to go to support further Katrina relief work in Mississippi by members of The Church of the Advocate. Info: 252-0643.

tue The United Nations Association of WNC will present the Fobes Memorial Lecture Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St. in Biltmore Village. Four distinguished panelists will discuss “Israel and Palestine: Searching for Common Ground.” $5 donation.

Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome.

Asheville Jaycees Info: 231-4060, 6922000, ashevillejaycees@ or www. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Community service event and dinner at ABCCM Shelter. Asheville Local Exchange Trading System A community network that allows members to exchange services without the use of cash. Info: • TU (6/9), 6:30pm Orientation at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Learn about LETS and join to start sharing skills and services with the community. Info: 255-8115. Asheville Municipal Golf Course Ladies Association

Local women golfers are invited to join. Info: 298-1867. • TUESDAYS, 8:30am - Meeting at the golf course at 226 Fairway Dr. Asheville New Friends The club welcomes new and present singles and couples from the Asheville and surrounding communities to meet others and join interest groups. Meetings are held monthly at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd. Info on groups can be found on the Web site. For membership info: 2522283. Info: www.main. • 2nd MONDAYS Meeting. Asheville Newcomers Club All women new to the area, or those recently retired, are invited to meet new friends and explore new interests. Special interest groups organized for members. Meetings are held at Living Savior Lutheran

Church, 301 Overlook Road. Info: 274-6662. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 9:30am - Meeting. Barter/Exchange Asheville “Money sure not buying what it used to!” Barter is alive and thriving in Asheville. Be a part of this growing network of people who trade, share, donate. Join the group’s Facebook: Barter Asheville. • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting at Buddha’s Bagels, 333 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club This club helps members improve their public speaking skills in fun and freewheeling meetings. Guests are welcome to visit, no speaking required. Info: www. or 5051375. • MONDAYS, Noon - Meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St., Rm. 203, Asheville. Cribbage Club

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F32 Photography Meetings follow an informative but informal format, providing for discussion and sharing of ideas and work. All photographers, whether beginners or professional, using digital or film cameras, are welcome. Info: 658-9979 or www. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6:45pm - Reuters Center on UNCA campus, Rm. 206. Food Not Bombs Come share food and build community. Asheville Food Not Bombs serves free vegetarian food and hosts informal activist networking. Won’t you join us for a picnic? • SATURDAYS, 3:30pm Meets at Pritchard Park. Four Seasons Toastmasters Club

Gain experience in public speaking. Info: 6066922. • WEDNESDAYS, 8-9am - The club meets in the auditorium (called the Smokey Mountain Theater) at Lake Point Landing retirement community in Hendersonville. Friends of Asheville Transit The club discusses ways to improve ATS and other transit-related issues over pints of beer. Info: 279-8349. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - The club meets at The Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave. in Asheville. Find the group by looking for a posted sign on their table. Gay and Lesbian Bridge Ambitious beginners or moderate skills appreciated. Free. Info: jafrle@ • SUNDAYS, 2pm - Gay and lesbian bridge game in Asheville. Ja Vin Community Exchange Info: 664-0088. • SUNDAYS, 2pm Community action group meeting. Open discussion on relative issues. Kiwanis Club of Asheville The club meets at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church at the corner of Merrimon and East Chestnut St. A catered meal precedes the guest speaker’s presentation. Visitors are welcome. Info: 628-0061 or www. • TU (6/9), Noon - Conversation and a catered meal will be served —- 1-1:30pm Bruce Thorsen, President & CEO, Mission Healthcare Foundation, will talk about the “Kids Against Hunger” chapter established at Mission Children’s Hospital this year. Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars The Auxiliary of Post 891 meets at VFW Post 891, 626 New Leicester Hwy. Info: 254-4755. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting. Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. • WE (6/10), 1:30pm - The Technical Coordinating Committee will meet at the Landof-Sky Regional Council offices, 339 New Leicester Hwy., Suite 140. OH Singles Group

All singles are invited to mingle and meet. Info: 698-2885. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm - Group meets for a potluck dinner at 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Polyamory Group A social group for all interested in polyamorous lifestyles. Info: 255-8115. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meeting at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Ridgefield Toastmasters Club This communication and leadership program is intended to help you improve your communication skills. Guests do not have to participate. Info: 236-5850 or www. ridgefieldtoastmasters. com. • TUESDAYS, Noon-1pm - Meeting in the conference room at Dixon Hughes, 500 Ridgefield Court (behind Biltmore Square Mall). Rotary Club of Brevard The club welcomes new members and guests. Info: 883-4888 or www. • TUESDAYS, Noon - Meets for lunch at The Quarry Restaurant in downtown Brevard. Rotary Club of Flat Rock Info: 694-0768, or www.flatrockrotary. org. • THURSDAYS, 5pm - Meeting at Season’s Restaurant of Highland Lakes Inn in Flat Rock. Call if interested in attending. Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest Info: 884-9474 or jlr@ • WEDNESDAYS, 8am - Breakfast meeting at the Glen Cannon Country Club. New members and guests are welcome. Sophisticated Singles Are you a sophisticated single and interested in joining other singles 45 years old and up? See what you have in common with us. Info: 254-7546. • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 7pm - Meeting in the Renaissance Hotel lounge in downtown Asheville. Veterans for Peace Info: 582-5180. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 Business Meeting at

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Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Free and open to the public. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Business meeting at Buddha Bagels, 333 Merrimon Ave. Free and open to the public. • TUESDAYS, 5-6pm - Stand for peace with members of Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out and other peace mongers at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. W.C.A.R.S. HAM Radio Club

$20 yearly dues to the Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society. Info: meetings.html. • 1st THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Meeting in the Simpson Building at A-B Tech in Asheville. WNC Dowsers The Appalachian Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. Meets at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: • SA (6/6), 1pm “Earth Energies, Power Spots and Human

Consciousness,” an illustrated lecture with Richard Feather Anderson, a pioneer in the revival of geomancy, feng shui and sacred geometry. $5 members/$15 nonmembers. WNC Magic Club Amateur and pro. Magicians helping each other. Info: 645-2941 or • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Youth OUTright Weekly Discussion Group A group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth

ages 14-20 meets at the Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place, Asheville. Info: youthoutright. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm Discussion group meets.

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ing women. Programs feature speakers from Republican leadership. Free. Info: 683-2567. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6pm - Dinner —- 6:30pm - Program —- 7pm Meeting. Buncombe Green Party Homegrown democracy without the corporate fertilizer. Come to the monthly open, and free, meeting of the Buncombe Green Party. Info: 5825180 or 225-4347. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am-Noon - Business meeting upstairs in the Fortune Building, 727

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Life o’ Mike A health-care advocacy and education group. Info: or 243-6712. • SU (6/7), 11:30am Letter-writing party in the Friendship Hall of First Congregational United Church of Christ, 14 Oak St. The goal is to write 100 letters asking politicians to support healthcare reform that will give all Americans access to quality care. WNC Regional Air Quality Agnecy Board The board enforces the air quality regulations of

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Animals available for adoption from AHS at 72 Lee’s Creek Rd. in Asheville. View photos of animals currently available for adoption online. Foster homes needed. Info: 236-3885, ext. 311 or www.ashevillehumane. org. • Through FR (6/19), 5pm - June is Adopt-ACat Month. To celebrate, AHS is seeking the next top cat model to serve as spokescat for 2009 Adopt-A-Cat month. Submit the perfect shot of your cat for consideration. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 11am-3pm - Pet adoptions at PetsMart on Airport Rd. Asheville Kennel Club Membership is open to everyone interested in purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. Info: 258-4833. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Breed Handling Class at the Federal Reserve Center on Louisiana Avenue. Open to the public. Brother Wolf A no-kill organization. Info:



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nent and safe homes. Info:, 683-0160 or n ONGOING - Volunteers needed. Call for details. • 1st SATURDAYS - Open Farm Day. Tour the farm and meet the horses that have recently been rescued and hear their stories. Donations appreciated. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 966-3166, taagwags@ or www.taag. • SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden.

Technology .NET Developers Guild A developer group dedicated to promoting Microsoft .NET technology and education to the software developer community in the Asheville area. Info: or 398-0694. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm - Meeting

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WNC SharePoint User Group The group aims to provide knowledge and resources to IT professionals in the region. Monthly meetings provide members with a forum to hear top industry experts give educational presentations on Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. Info: www.wncsug. com. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 68pm - Meeting.

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• 1st THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Networking followed by dinner and a meeting. Asheville Area Paralegal Association AAPA promotes the paralegal profession in the Asheville area. Info: • TH (6/4), 5:30-7pm - Meeting at Magnolia Restaurant, Asheville. Speaker: Alex Gomes, Esq., Pisgah Legal Services, will discuss “Domestic Violence and Protective Orders.” $12 members/$15 nonmembers. RSVP: 281-2100 or cblakeslee@mmrlawfirm. com. Carolinas Real Estate Investors Association This nonprofit organization is dedicated to the education of real estate investors. Info: 2552727, creia@bellsouth. net or • 2nd MONDAYS, 6pm - Meeting at A-B Tech Enka campus, Haynes Building. $15 nonmembers. Debtors Anonymous 12-step recovery on issues of underearning,

debt and learning to live one’s vision in life. Info: 779-0077. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting at the Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. 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: • THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Regular meeting. JobLink Workshops Mountain Area JobLink Career Center sponsors free workshops that include Conducting a Powerful Job Search, Interviewing and Salary Negotiation, Identifying Career Interests and Write a Winning Resume. Info: 250-4761. • MONDAYS-FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Center open.

Marion Business Association Info: 652-2215. • Through TU (6/30) - Grant applications are being accepted. The NC STEP Leadership Committee is currently offering grants to small businesses located within the City of Marion. Mountain BizWorks Information Sessions Mountain BizWorks, 153 South Lexington Ave., assists aspiring and current small business owners with business training and loans. To register: 253-2834, ext. 17. • MONDAYS, 10am & WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm - Info Sessions. Learn about the classes and services that are offered at Mountain BizWorks. 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., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or www. • MONDAYS (6/8 through 6/22), 6-8:30pm - “Manage Your Money.” Learn how to set goals, track expenses, develop a budget and more.

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any workday. Longer volunteer opportunities and internships are available. Info: avi or 225-8820. • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm - Workdays. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. or 2531470. • TU (6/9), Noon - Info session. On Track Mentoring Partnership with the Sheriff’s Department. Volunteers ages 18 and older spend time twice a month with a middle-school youth who is referred by a school resource officer. Activities are based on mutual interests. Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Group setup based on desired location and cleanup availability, supplies provided by Asheville GreenWorks. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers for the Home Store & Construction Site Help build houses in Buncombe County by volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Home Store and at the building site in Enka Hills. Volunteers are needed who can make an ongoing commitment to a shift in the Home Store. Info: 251-5702 or brusso@ashevillehabitat. org. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm Volunteer orientations at 30 Meadow Rd. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • FR (6/5), 10:30am1:30pm - Cook and serve a meal to the men staying at ABCCM Veteran’s Restoration Quarters & Inn. Give back to those who have served our country and are now

in need of assistance. Both men and women are encouraged to participate. • SA (6/6), 3-5pm Help make “lovies” for premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A lovie is a blanket that a mother sleeps with so it acquires her scent, and it is then placed with the baby. • MO (6/8), 7-8:30pm - Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center. Supplies will be provided. • TU (6/9), 6-8pm - Help sort and pack food at MANNA Food Bank to be given to agencies serving hungry people in 17 WNC counties. • TH (6/11), 5:307:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. Looking For Better Ways to Work With Volunteers? Asheville Area Directors of Volunteers in Agencies (D.O.V.I.A.) can help both new and experienced volunteer managers. Share innovative ideas, time-tested tools, new resources, networking and educational opportunities. Info: 2550696 or • 2nd THURSDAYS, Noon - Meeting. Location varies. Men Wanted Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for males age 18 and older to share outings twice a month with youth from singleparent homes. Activities are free or low-cost, such as sports, local attractions etc. BBBS offers free tickets to events and discounts at various businesses. Info: 253-1470 or www. • TU (6/9), Noon - Info session at the United Way building, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. RiverLink’s Volunteer Opportunities RiverLink is a regional nonprofit organization working to revitalize the French Broad River watershed. Internship positions are available, as well as many volun-

teer opportunities. Info: 252-8474, volunteer@ or www. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 10am & 5pm - Volunteer info session at RiverLink, 170 Lyman St. Learn how to make a difference in making the French Broad River watershed a healthier place to live, work and play. To RSVP: e-mail or call ext. 118. Volunteer Water Information Network The VWIN at the Environmental Quality Institute at UNCA seeks volunteers to collect stream water samples at pre-designated locations throughout Buncombe County for a long-term stream monitoring project. Requires about one hour/month. Info: 251-6823 or mjwestph@ • 1st SATURDAYS - Collect stream water samples. Women Build 2009 Habitat for Humanity is seeking women interested in building homes and changing lives on the 2009 Women Build. No experience is necessary. To register: www. Info: 210-9377. • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS - Building happens.

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Complimentary talk and food. 828-299-0999 Stop Being A Slave to Compulsive Habits, Depression and Anxiety (pd.) Studies have proven that self-destructive patterns involving food, alcohol/drugs, overspending and moods all have a common emotional root. • Retrain your brain using mindfulness skills • Create a secure attachment to yourself. • Re-balance your emotions • Incline your mind towards joy, away from the stress response and negativity • Experience resilience and lasting gains • Revolutionary new program is now available in the Asheville area. • Call to arrange a free consultation from a Certified Facilitator. 231-2107 or email: ADD/ADHD and Meditation: Introduction Scientific findings from medical journals on the applications of the Transcendental Meditation technique for treatment of ADHD and other learning disorders. Discussion, video, Q&A. Free. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Info: 254-4350. Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. In fact, they prohibit ACOAs from becoming who they want to be. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you know you are meant to be through this 12step group. The only ACOA group in WNC. Info: 281-1314. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meets at Grace Episcopal Church off Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131.

• WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Separate Newcomers’ Meeting meets also at 8pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gayfriendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:301:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 6868131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave.SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. SATURDAYS, Noon Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. Alateen Alateen is a support group for teens who have a friend or family member who is an alcoholic. • MONDAYS, 6-7pm Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. For ages 13 to 19. All Souls Counseling Center

Located at 23 Orange St, Asheville. To register or for more info: 259-3369. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Walking Group With Depression Education. Learn new ways to deal with depression while benefiting from walking and group processing. • WEDNESDAYS, 68pm - Active Parenting. Learn effective forms of encouragement, discipline and communication through positive parenting for ages 2-11. • SATURDAYS, 67:30pm - Support Group for Recovering Addicts. • MONDAYS, 3-5pm - Ecological Approach to Depression & Anxiety. Experience the healing qualities of the natural world. Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Offered throughout WNC by the Alzheimer’s Association. For additional listings and more info: 254-7363. Alzheimer’s Association 24-hour helpline: (800) 272-3900. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting at Aston Park Health Care Center, 380 Brevard Rd., Asheville. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 10am - Carolina Baptist Association, corner of Willow and Hebron, Hendersonville. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 3pm - Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St., Hendersonville. Art of Intimacy Practice Group Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills. By donation. Info: 254-5613 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Bereaved Parents of the USA The Asheville Chapter meets at CarePartners. Info: or 2510126. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 79pm - Meeting. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon - Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Info: 299-0394. Cancer Support Group for Women • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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• MONDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional support for women experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Info: 299-0394. Diabetic Support Group Enabling you to stand toe to toe with diabetes. Info: 301-8555 or pharmacistdrugsandyou@ • WEDNESDAYS, 2pm Meets in E. Asheville. Dual Recovery Group Group meets at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church House, 117 Montreat Road. For individuals who have a chemical dependency, emotional, and/or psychiatric illness and need support. We share our experience, strength, and hope with one another. A 12-step based program. Info: 357-8403. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8pm Group meets. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free. El Circulo Playful, deadly, spontaneous healing. A new, evolving martial art and conscious movement formally known as Pa Kua. Info: 280-7287. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Free classes at Montford Park. Emotions Anonymous Another Life Foundation will be holding Emotions Anonymous Support Group meetings by way of teleconferencing. All that is needed is a phone and the Internet. Free. Info: 1-888-543-3480 or • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meeting. Essential Tremor Support Group Info: 687-2356 or • 1st THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meeting at Symour Auditorium, CarePartners, Sweeten Creek Rd. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and

appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • Th (6/4), 3-4:30pm - Balance and Fall Prevention. Physical therapist Chloe Egan will discuss how to maintain balance and prevent falls. Registration required. • FR (6/5), 8:30am1pm - Blood Drive. Appointments requested. • SA (6/6), 10am-4pm - John Godehn, M.D., local dermatologist, will provide skin cancer screenings for those who are not currently seeing a dermatologist, and have not had their skin screened for cancer in the past year. Appointment needed. • Th (6/11), 3-4:30pm - Shoulder Pain. Physical therapist, Jason Morgan will discuss the causes of shoulder pain and the range of treatments available. Reservations required. Food Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing experiences and hope with others allows participants to recover from the disease one day at a time. All are welcome. Info: 242-3717. • MONDAYS, Noon1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Food Addicts in Recovery For directions or more info: 697-5053. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Free meeting at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church. Grief Support Offered by Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care at Greatrex Place, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock. Info: 692-6178. • WEDNESDAYS (6/3 through 6/24), 5:307:30pm - Grief support group. Participants are asked to attend “Grief 101” first. Grief Support Group Meets at First United Methodist Church, 204 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 693-4275. • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS, 2pm - Meeting. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd.

Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • TU (6/9), 6:30pm - Learn simple and effective strategies to burn fat and increase energy. Registration required. Healthy Chocolate Meetup Taste raw chocolate (it’s really good) and learn the many benefits. Caffeinefree and diabetic friendly. Info: 545-2571. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Meeting at 866 Haywood Rd., W. Asheville. K.A.R.E. Support Groups Kid’s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 456-8995. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 1011:30am - Parents of Preschoolers Networking Group. Circle of Parents model. Snacks and childcare provided. At St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 99 Academy St., Canton. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Family Support Group. Snacks and separate childcare activities provided. At K.A.R.E. House, 1159 N. Main St., Waynesville. This is a safe and respectful place for families whose children have experienced sexual abuse situations. Life in Balance Yet? Explore new self-empowering ways to achieve more peace and harmony in life. Info: 236-2267. • SUNDAYS, 6:30pm Free seminar. Men’s Group An opportunity for men to sit down together and share openly and honestly what is actually going on in their lives, and to participate in unconditional friendship and support of each others’ happiness, peace and liberation. Free. Info: 681-5177 or 776-4347. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm Call for meeting location. Mission Hospitals Women’s Resource Center Support groups are free and open to men and women. Other classes available. Info: 2138246. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Love Not Forgotten: Perinatal Support Group. NAMI Basics Education Program • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS (6/9 through 6/25), 6:30-9pm - Program. Sponsored

by the Asheville and Henderson chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Specifically for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness. Info: 684-5477 or 664-1146. NAMI Sing-Along With Richard Sackett. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Come to listen or sing. Meets in the Community Room of the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Free. Info: 7770783. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 78:30pm - Sing-along. NAMI Western Carolina National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support, education and advocacy for families and persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression or an anxiety disorder. Meets at Mountainhouse, 225 E. Chestnut St. across from Fuddruckers. Free. Info: 687-6901 or • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am - NAMI Connection Support Group and Support Group for Caregivers/Family Members meet concurrently. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: www.wncana. org. Helpline: (866) 9252148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road.

Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-580-4761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 2778185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 2583229. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. Practical Tools for Caregivers of Senior Family Members • TH (6/11), 5:30-7pm - Lisa Laney-Kendrick, Medical Social Worker and CarePartners Private Care Manager, will discuss local resources that can help your aging loved one. Free, with dinner provided. At CarePartners Health Services, 68 Sweeten Creek Rd. To register: 277-4815. Recovery Meditation Group Introduction to the most extensively researched and widely successful 11th-step meditation technique: Transcendental Meditation. Free. Info: 254-8416. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - The group will be led by addiction counselor Milton Burrill, C.E.A.P., C.S.A.C., and 35-year meditation teacher Tom Ball, PhD, MA. Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info:

: Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (6/4), 2-6:30pm - Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden. Info: 684-0352 —- 2-6:30pm - Black Mountain Community at Black Mountain Presbyterian, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Info: 6696729 —- 11:30am-4pm - Lowe’s in Arden, 19 McKenna Road. Info: 650-8000. • FR (6/5), 8am12:30pm - Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road, Skyland. Info: 684-6421. • MO (6/8), 3-7:30pm - Arden Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 35 Airport Road, Arden. Info: 684-6700 —11am-3:30pm - Chili’s Grill and Bar, 253 Tunnel Road, Asheville. Info: 252-4999 —- 1:305:30pm - Fairview Community at Fairview Fire Department, 1586 Charlotte Hwy., Fairview. Info: 231-6894. • WE (6/10), 1:305:30pm - Weaverville Community at Weaverville Fire Department, 3 Monticello Road. Info: 231-6894. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800-477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Meeting.

• SUNDAYS, 7pm Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Behaviors addressed are: compulsive sexual behavior, extreme dependency on a person, chronic preoccupation with romance, intrigue or fantasy. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@gmail. com. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Support Group for Blood Cancer Patients & Caregivers Mission Hopitals Cancer Center and the WNC Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society sponsor the monthly meetings, which features an open communication about the illness, the sharing of experiences, and personal suggestions on how to cope with blood cancer diagnosis and treatment. Info and registration: 213-4656. • 2nd MONDAYS, 46pm - Meeting. Veterans’ Advisory Consumer Council on Mental Health The Charles George VA Medical Center, 100 Tunnel Road in Asheville, has established a mental-health advisory council to gather input from Veteran consumers. The council is open to any veteran with a diagnosis, their family and VA staff. Info: raycarter2001@ • 2nd TUESDAYS, 2:304pm - The group meets at the Mental Health Clinic, Rm. 105. WNC Amputee Support Group For all pre- and postamputees, featuring positive attitudes, practical tips, friendly sharing and more. Refreshments provided. Info: 452-9475 or amputeejay@yahoo. com. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Meeting at CarePartners, 639 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Women’s Health & Education Endeavors A series of free, educational workshops on women’s health and

wellness at StephensLee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 3502058. • TU (6/9), 6:30-7:30pm - Nia Fusion Fitness. Nia enhances strength, flexibility, balance and more. Designed for all levels. YWCA Health Seminars & Screenings Free, unless otherwise noted. The YWCA is at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206 ext. 202. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 1011am - Blood pressure screenings.

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Sports Groups & Activities APA Pool League • June 1 - August 27 (pd.) Amateur League, all skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up for 8-ball or 9-ball. 828-329-8197. ONGOING - Mon., Tues., Wed., or Thur. - YOUR CHOICE! American Singles Golf Association Asheville Chapter Join the group for fellowship and fairways. Visitors are welcome at monthly meetings. Info: 298-9790 or www. php?chapter_number=3403. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting at Lone Star Steakhouse, Airport exit. Asheville Foosball Weekly “open draw your partner” foosball (table soccer) tournaments. Cash prizes. Open to all skill levels, beginner to pro-master. Visit Asheville Foosball on the Web at: www.netfoos. com. • FRIDAYS, 8:30pm Tournament at Northside Grill and Bar, 853 Merrimon Ave. Info: 2542349. Asheville Kendo Club Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese Way of the Sword, emphasizes correct etiquette and posture. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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• SATURDAYS, Noon3pm - Classes held at CMA-USA, 412 Merrimon Ave. Asheville Rugby Football Club Players of all sizes and ability are welcome. No experience necessary. ARFC is highly competitive and participates in Division III, USA Rugby South. Info: 273-0347 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm Practice at Walton Park (near the hospital). Asheville Tennis Association Youth and adult programs are held at the Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hillard Ave. • MO (6/8) through SA (8/1) - Beginner through advanced-intermediate junior programs will be offered. $15 per child. Disc Golf Check the Richmond Hill Park kiosk for events and tournaments, as well as the WNC Disc Golf Web site. Info: 680-9626 or • SATURDAYS, 10am - Doubles at Haywood Community College. • SUNDAYS, Noon Doubles at Richmond Hill or Mars Hill College campus —- 4pm - Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. Monday Night Women’s Road Ride


• MONDAYS, 6-8pm - Sponsored by ABRC. Meet at Youngblood Bicycles, 233 Merrimon Ave. Be ready to ride at 6pm Approx. 27 miles at 12-15mph; no one left behind. Info: 254-4578. Sports And Exercise at YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. • MO (6/8) - Red Cross swim lessons begin. Classes are offered for babies, pre-schoolers, youth, teens and adults. To sign up: 254-7206, ext. 110 or drop by the YWCA. Taiji/Hsing-I/Bagua & Kid’s Lion Dancing/Gong Fu At Asheville Mountain Dragon. Learn the Yang Short Form in 10 weeks, Gong Fu in 5 weeks, Chen Pan Ling long form in 20 weeks and weapons in 8 weeks. $10, with discounts for multiple classes. Info: www. or 285-2929. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Class.WEDNESDAYS, 5pm - Class. THURSDAYS, 5pm - Class.SATURDAYS, 10:30am - Class. Thursday Night Track Races • THURSDAYS, 5-9pm - Meets at Carrier Park on Amboy Road. Register

at 5pm; races begin at 6pm. Various races, fixed gear bikes, no brakes. Weather permitting. Info: 254-4578. Ultimate Frisbee in Asheville Asheville Ultimate Club invites everyone to participate. Info: 777-6115 or • WEDNESDAYS (6/3 through 6/24), 4pm Youth are invited to learn and play Ultimate Frisbee at Memorial Stadium. $5 for four weeks of play, includes free disc. • WEDNESDAYS, 4pm Youth games at Memorial Stadium —- 5:30pm - All levels, co-ed pickup game at Memorial Stadium —- 7pm & 8:30pm - Competitive League at Memorial Stadium. Sign up online. • SUNDAYS, 2:30pm Hat League at Reynold’s High School. Open to all skill levels. No cost to participate. Unified Martial Artists Calling on any and all martial artists of any stripe, style, experience or age (18+) to crosstrain and “play.” Free. Info: coohanluk@, please include a brief profile and contact info. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Unified Martial Artists meeting.

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Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • MO (6/8) - Registration and practice for the new Flag Football League at the Waynesville Recreation Center fields. $10 per player. Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Ride • WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Meets at Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Distance/ route will vary; no one left behind. Info: 2514686.

Kids “Everyday Warrior” Summer Camp (pd.) an educational fun experience through the art, sport, science of martial arts. Empowering confidence, fitness, knowledge and fun for ages 6-15. Affordable, safe. Daily/weekly, June 15 - August 14, MondayFriday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 828-713-4261, www. centerformartialartsusa. net Terra Summer • July 13 - August 14 (pd.) Terra Summer is an academic program for children 11-14 that uses the magical world of food to link and explore geometry, geography, history,

and science. Guided by a farm team, a chef, and teachers, together we grow our own food, work on the farm, cook and eat, and discuss the social, economic, and ethical issues related to food. Terra Summer features guest artists and chefs. Children run a produce stand, journal, do portfolio projects and presentations, and look at the world and themselves through a new lens. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekly fee is $150; full and partial scholarships are available. Terra Summer takes place on Jafasa Farm, Mills River, NC. For more information or to apply, call 828782-7842 or visit www. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS (through Aug.), 10:30am - Story time. • 1st THURSDAYS, 10:30-11:30am Preschool Playdate. Provides youngsters

ages 3-6 with a unique and safe venue to play and explore with other children as well as learn from an expert educator. • FR (6/5) through SU (9/6) - Arthur’s World, the national touring exhibition based on the PBS children’s television series and popular Marc Brown books, will be on display. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS - Family Days. Join an educator for smart fun for the whole family. Botanical Gardens at Asheville This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of N.C. Info & event registration: 252-5190 or • SA (6/6), 9:3011:30am - Kid’s Program: Come explore the two streams that run through the Gardens. Test water quality, oxygen levels and more. Please wear the appropriate clothing and footwear for wading in water. $7. Register: 252-5190. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 2305778 or

• THURSDAYS, 6:307:45pm - Regular rehearsal at Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Children’s Health & Harmony Festival • SU (6/7), 11am-7pm - Festival. More than 65 interactive booths featuring family-oriented businesses and services. Plus, live performances by Billy Jonas and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. At Martin Luther King Jr. Park. $5/Free for toddlers and grandparents. Info: 252-8149. Colburn Earth Science Museum Programs Info: 254-7162 or www. $4/$3 admission cost. Many events are free or discounted to museum members. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-4pm - Geologist will be on site to identify any rock or mineral you bring in. Free. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - Free admission to the museum and free rock and mineral ID. Events For Kids At Historic Johnson Farm The farm is operated as a heritage education center and farm museum by the nonprofit Henderson County Education Foundation, and is located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered ($5/$3). Info: 891-6585 or • MONDAYS, 11am - “Grand and Me” is an opportunity for parents, guardians and/or grandparents to bond with children while receiving a hands-on history lesson. Plus, meet the animals at the barn. $5 adults. Keowee Chamber Music Info: or 2547123. • SA (6/6), Noon-2pm Keowee Chamber Music concert for kids at The Hop, 507 Merrimon Ave. Free. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492 or www. • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm Nature Activities for Kids. Check out a Discovery Day Pack, which includes binoculars, bug boxes and other items. Free with parking.

• MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 9am11:30am - Wee Naturalist Classes. Children Pre-K and below, along with a parent, caregiver or grandparent, learn about trees, plants, birds, bears, raindrops and more. $6/class or $20/four classes. Call to register. Tot Shabbat & Tot Shabbat Playgroup Hosted by the Asheville Jewish Community Center. All preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to attend and celebrate Shabbat. Info: 505-2697 or 253-0701, ext. 109. • FRIDAYS, 10am - Tot Shabbat Playgroup. A casual program full of music and joy. Following Shabbat, challah and juice are provided, along with an art project or group game.

Spirituality 1st Church For Yogis Forming (pd.) Join us in creating the “1st Church for Yogis”. It’s time to wake up to the Joy of Your Eternal Self. Inspirational yogic teachings followed by half hour meditation. Sundays. 8:15am. South Asheville Yoga Studio. Donation basis. Phone: 828-OUR-YOGA. 7 Day Zen Retreat • June 5-12 (pd.) Silent Zen retreat, June 5-12 at Great Tree Zen Temple led by Rev. Teijo Munnich. $300 or $260 members. Begins with supper, 7pm, June 5, ends Noon, June 12. • Includes Zazen, walking meditation, mindful work and vegan meals. • Weekend option available. • Registration: www.greattreetemple. org/Practice/registration. html • Questions?: (828) 645-2085 or All Sessions 33% Off For June (pd.) Asheville Vedic Astrology Academy. Vedic Astrological Counsel and Spiritual Guidance with Ordained Kriya Yoga Teacher Ryan Kurczak: (828) 338-0234. www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional

freewillastrology I’m betting that in a couple of months the fates will give you license to play with boisterous gambles and exhilarating risks. But at this particular moment I recommend that you confine yourself to tame gambles and sensible risks. I realize that may be a bit deflating to your rambunctious all-or-nothing spirit, but I think it’ll pay off in the long run. From what I can tell, this is an excellent time to lay the groundwork for the bigger fun ahead.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

The oracle you’re now reading normally has a retail value of $49.95. But because of your ongoing efforts to defeat your defeatist tendencies, and because of your dogged attempts to sabotage your sabotage mechanisms, and because of your heroic stabs at defending yourself against your defense mechanisms, you have earned the right to receive this advice absolutely gratis! To generate even more free stuff in the coming week, Taurus, all you have to do is learn how to turn around so fast that you can catch a glimpse of the back of your own head, and how to pat yourself on the back with both hands while kicking your own butt.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Seventeen-year-old Jay Greenberg is a music prodigy who has written numerous sonatas and symphonies. His first CD, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Julliard String Quartet, came out in 2006. It’s not exactly a struggle for him to create his compositions. He often completes them in less than a day. “The music comes fully written,” he says, “playing like an orchestra in my head.” I believe you now have something in common with him, Gemini. According to my reading of the omens, there will soon be ripe visions of future accomplishments floating around in your imagination. You should write them down or describe them in detail to an ally or do whatever else it takes to launch the process of getting them born.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

“You may want to smash a painful emotion to bits, but you can’t blow it up with a nuclear bomb,” wrote Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book Fearless Simplicity. What makes the situation even more poignant is that the painful emotion may be based on a wrong interpretation of experience. It may also be caused by some faulty conditioning that got imprinted on your sensitive psyche when you were a toddler. Having said that, Cancerian, I’m pleased to inform you that you currently have the power to significantly dissipate the intensity of a certain painful emotion you thought you’d never shake. To initiate the process, invoke forgiveness in every way you can imagine — toward those who hurt you, those who ignored you, those who misled you, and you yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

When I was 19 years old, a so-called psychic predicted I would die when I was 24. As much as I scoffed at his careless quackery, his words subliminally worried me for years. On the day I turned 25 I celebrated extra hard. Partly because of that experience, I’ve always tried to be impeccably conscientious about how I conduct myself as a fortune-teller. I’ve vowed never to manipulate you with melodramatic prophecies that could distort your free will. So it’s with a cautious sense of responsibility that I offer the following augury: The weeks ahead could be one of the most illuminating and successful times of the last five years.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Attention all aspiring lottery winners! If you will ever in your life win more than $10 in the lottery or similar game of chance, this would probably be the time. I’m not saying you definitely will. I’m simply suggesting that your odds are better than usual — certainly better than the chances that you’ll be invited by Brad Pitt to co-star with him in a feature film about alien pirates set in 22nd-century Madagascar. On the other hand, the possibility of a dumb-luck windfall is still rather remote compared to the likelihood of other kinds of financial progress. For instance, there’s an excellent chance that you’ll stimulate the flow of good fiscal karma if you spend quality time taking inventory of your approach to money and developing a long-term master plan to promote your prosperity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Would you say you’re closer to the “happy wanderer” model of Sagittarian, or the “eternal fugitive” type? Does your motive power usually come from the desire to head in the general direction of some attractive destination, or else to flee from every situation you’re nervous about getting hemmed in by? Are you more inclined to shoot at multiple targets, hoping that one of them may turn out to be the correct one for you to aim at? Or do you prefer to identify the best target right from the start, and only then begin shooting? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to meditate on these core Sagittarian issues.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In astrology, the word “quincunx” refers to a relationship characterized by creative tension. Two planets that are in quincunx are like two people who have a certain odd affinity for each other but don’t speak the same language. Imagine an Italian woman and an American man meeting at a party and experiencing an immediate chemistry, even though each can barely understand what the other is saying. I bring this up, Capricorn, because these days you’re in a quincunx dynamic with pretty much the whole world. To keep frustration to a minimum and enhance the excitement quotient, you should try to crack some of the foreign codes you’re surrounded by.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Philosopher Buckminster Fuller said that although we are all born geniuses, the process of living tends to de-genius us. That’s the bad news. The good news is that 2009 is one of the best years ever for you to re-genius yourself, and the month of June is among the best times in 2009. So how should you go about the glorious task of tapping in to the totality of your original brilliance? Here’s one tip. Do what Einstein said: “All I want to do is learn the way God thinks. All the rest is details.”

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Dear Rob: I’ve recently developed a propensity to talk to myself. This is pretty weird. All these years, I’ve barely uttered a few words to myself on special occasions. Now I’m having long, convoluted gab fests, as if the little voices in my head had busted out of their holding cells, run amuck, and decided to NEVER SHUT UP! Am I crazy? - Out Loud Pisces.” Dear Out Loud: It’s a good sign that you’re getting all the murmuring background noise out in the open. Not just for you but for many Pisceans, thoughts and feelings that had been hidden or secret are becoming available to your conscious mind. Once you clear out the backlog, the really useful revelations will begin.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

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“I can’t exactly walk on the water,” says Russ Crim, “but it looks like I can because I know where the rocks are hiding just beneath the water.” This would be a good trick for you to emulate during the coming weeks, Leo. By doing your homework and some advance scouting, you could put yourself in a position to accomplish a splashy bit of hocus-pocus that will ultimately be legendary. To help ensure that you don’t generate a karmic backlash as you glorify your ego, I suggest you find a way to make your magic serve some worthy cause. For instance, maybe you could walk on water in order to raise money for charity.

until some mythical future. If you want to keep them from receding into a hazy limbo, you will need to give at least one of them a big push toward becoming a more concrete part of your life. The universe will provide ample assistance if you do give that push.


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Paws With A Purpose Paws With A Purpose pet-therapy teams are hard at work throughout Asheville providing a furry dose of unconditional love to the elderly, infirm and to ill or abused children. Since 1999, Paws With A Purpose has grown to 86 therapy-dog teams, each dog certified for its calm demeanor and unflappable good temperament. On doctor’s orders, the dogs make visits throughout Mission Hospitals and Mission Children’s Hospital. The program also provides services to schools, health-care facilities, retirement communities and area agencies. Whether helping a child learn to read or enhancing social interaction in a nursing home, Paws with a Purpose dogs strengthen and nurture those around them in a powerful and mysterious way. “That animals feel our pain, our joy and our stress is no surprise to anyone who has a pet,” states PAWS founder and Executive Director Pam Hardin, who, with her therapy dogs, Smudge and Dooley, has worked with many clients facing challenging situations. “I do not find the situations I am faced with depressing, but rather uplifting and inspiring.” There is no charge for pet-therapy services. To support their work, PAWS is calling all dogs, dog lovers, families and friends to the PAWS on Parade Annual Walk A-Thon on Saturday, June 6, beginning at 9 a.m. at Carrier Park in Asheville. All well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to participate. Info: www., 318-7277 or Nonprofits interested in being featured in Group Spotlight should e-mail for submission details


insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828) 2583229. Consciousness Workshop With Physicist and Author Thomas Campbell (pd.) An exciting interactive experience exploring the origins and inner workings of consciousness. • Tom’s only USA workshop this year. • Saturday, June 20, 9:30am-6pm. Renaissance Hotel, Asheville, NC. Details at Founders of New Thought Classes (pd.) Tuesdays, 79pm, June 2-August 4. At Center for Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way. More information, call: (828) 253-2325 or (828) 253-7472. Sacred Embodiment Center (pd.) • Therapeutic Wave Dance, Sundays, 5-8pm, $12 contact Luna: (828) 713-2864 • Master Key System: Manifestation Course and Cleanse and Detox Discussion Group taking reservations now, contact Sean Kelly: (631) 276-9246 • Sivananda Yoga with Jason Wise: Wednesdays, 6:308:30pm, $10-15. • Mens Nude Yoga, Thursdays, 7-8:30pm. Reserve now: • Course in Miracles with Ron Lively, contact Ron: (828) 333-1085. 31 Carolina Lane, the alley between Lexington and Broadway, downtown. Solsara/Naka-Ima Workshop • June 26-28 • Asheville (pd.) Practice Honesty • Recognize and let go of Attachments • See yourself and others clearly • Create Community based on honesty • Contribute to the Evolution of Consciousness. • Registration/Information: (828) 279-8182. www. A Circle of Conscious Men ManKind Project offers weekend training sessions and weekly group meetings that take men on a journey to connect head and heart, examine their lives, and create deeper, more powerful and more joyful ways of living. Info: www.mkp. org or 318-4448. • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Open group meeting. Free. Call for info.

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• SU (6/7), 4-6pm Asheville Homecoming Graduation Ceremony at the Unity Church, 130 Shelburne Road. A Mountain Mindfulness Sangha Part of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of THICH NHAT HANH, the group practices mindfulness as the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Practicing with a “sangha” (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions: mountainmindfulness@, 684-7359 or 299-9382. • THURSDAYS, 78:30pm & TUESDAYS, 88:40am - Seated meditation, walking meditation, dharma discussions and other mindfulness practices. At 12 Von Ruck Court, Asheville. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Located at 801 Charlotte Highway in Fairview. Info: 298-2608. • 1st SUNDAYS, 5pm - Inter-denominational contemplative worship service. Taize with a few modern twists, including original music, art, word and silence. Adyashanti Video Satsang Share silence and video satsang at 115 Hudson St., W. Asheville. Info: 255-8856. • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Ageless Living the Reyouthing Project The ALR project supports progressive individuals achieve total health, wealth and well-being by applying, practicing and ultimately mastering the art of “Ageless Living” using simple mind/body techniques. The ALR project also serves as a hub for an informal community of like-minded people seeking to live a youthful lifestyle. Info: (520) 437-8216 or redtailhawk@fastmail. net. • SATURDAYS - Meets bimonthly in the Asheville area. Small donations accepted. All One Asheville “Friends of Non-Duality.” Share silence while exploring non-dual teachers and living in the Now Present Moment. Meetings at various locations. Info: 216-7051 or BeHereNow28804@

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• 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - Adyashanti video satsang and silent sitting at 115 Hudson St., W. Asheville. Info: 2558856. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Gangaji video satsang at Holy Ground, 18 Orange St., off of Merrimon Ave. across from Greenlife. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7pm - Awakening Practices. Featuring the works of Eckhart Tolle. Meets at the Enka-Candler Library Meeting Room. Emphasis is on putting words and pointers into action through meditation and discussion. We want to help each other awaken. Info: Anattasati Magga, Inc. A Soto Zen Sangha for the Laity. Offers meditation and dharma instruction at 12 Von Ruck Court, Asheville. The following events are free and open to the public (donations appreciated). Please arrive 10 mins. before the beginning of each service. Info: www. • SUNDAYS, 9am Sunday Morning Service, followed by a dharma talk. • TUESDAYS, 7:057:45am - Short Morning Service & Meditation. Asheville Friends (Quaker) “Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.” Located at 227 Edgewood Rd. in N. Asheville. Info: 2580974. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Religious education for children and adults —— 10:30am Unprogrammed meeting. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or • SUNDAYS, 7pm Silent sitting and Gangaji video satsang at Holy Ground, 18 Orange St., off of Merrimon Ave. across from Greenlife. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@

• 2nd THURSDAYS, 79pm - Meet at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. 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: 2528431 or • THURSDAYS, 7:30am - Minyan (9:30am on public holidays). • 1st FRIDAYS, 6pm - Family potluck and services. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Services. • SUNDAYS, 9am - Minyan —- 5pm Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Robert Cabelli. For Jews and non-Jews alike. Call for details. Book Group: Eckhart Tolle Meets in North Asheville. Help lift up humanity. RSVP: 989-4373. • THURSDAYS, 78:30pm - Book reading and discussion of The New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. Buddhist Lecture • SU (6/7), 11am1:30pm - Ven. Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche (formerly known as Hojun Welker) will present an essay by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III entitled “A Monk Expounds the Absolute Truth to a Layperson” at the Asheville Dharma Center, 114 Arlington St. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. New series: “Freedom From Worldly Concerns.” This series of classes will give instructions on how these concerns function and how to find happiness from more reliable sources. Suggested donation: $8. Info: 779-5502 or www. • WE (6/3), 7:15pm Break. No class. • WE (6/10), 7:15pmBreak. No class. Buddhist Talks

• SU (6/7) through MO (6/15) - Hojun Welker, recognized as a Venerable Rinpoche in the San Francisco based Buddha Sect, will give a series of lectures on empowerment. See Web site for details: www. Free. Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with real-life issues, including divorce, codependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • MONDAYS - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Celebrate Recovery Group At the Swannanoa Church of God, 199 Wilson Ave., Swannanoa. Side entrance of church. Info: 301-1789 or 5822933. • MONDAYS, 6pm Group meets. Center for Spiritual Living Asheville A Science of Mind, Religious Science, New Thought Center. Be recognized as the powerful, creative, spiritual being that you are. 2 Science of Mind Way. Info, events & directions: 2532325 or • FR (6/5), 7pm - Gregg Braden Movie: The Science of Miracles: The Quantum Language of Healing, Peace, Feeling and Belief. Info: 2423133. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Two Celebrations. The second celebration is followed by a covered-dish luncheon the 1st Sunday of every month. Cloud Cottage Sangha This branch of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, meets at the home of Judith & Philip Toy at 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain, to practice seated meditation and mindfulness training. All events by donation. Info: 669-0920, or • WEDNESDAYS, 67:30pm - Seated meditation, walking meditation, Sutra Reading and

Dharma discussion in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. • SUNDAYS, 8am - Japanese-style Zen service followed by informal tea. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6:307:30am - Chanting practice, seated meditation. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 299-7942 or www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Meeting. Congregation Beth HaTephila Asheville’s Reform Jewish Temple is located at Liberty and Broad Streets, and offers a Religious School (for members) and adult education, as well as many activities and committees. Info: 253-4911 or • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm - Kabbalat Shabbat services. • 1st FRIDAYS, 6:30pm Family Shabbat service. Course in Miracles Ongoing discussion group with Rev. Gene Conner. Info: 296-7558. • SUNDAYS, 12:151:30pm - Discussion group meets. Crossroads Interfaith Ministry Offers interfaith meetings, meaning people of any faith who are interested in Soul-based spiritual healing are welcome. Love offerings accepted. Info:, 776-9022 or www.crossroadsinterfaith.blogspot. com/. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6pm - Come join Crossroads Interfaith Ministry for a free weekly energy-healing circle. Eckhart Tolle Meetings

Come and learn how to experience Presence. Each meeting will start off with silent meditation, followed by a 60-min. Retreat Series video and sharing. This group started with the A New Earth book club. Info: 685-7945. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting in Hendersonville. Events at Basilica St. Lawrence 97 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 252-6042. • WEEKDAYS, 7:30am AND 12:10pm - Mass. Find True Love: Inner Light & Sound Meditation Program Info: 236-2267. • SUNDAYS, 6:30pm Free program. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 2528729 or • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - Worship service with Rev. Joe Hoffman. Childcare provided. Great Tree Zen Temple Offers retreats, workshops, classes and monthly Family Practice (children welcome). For the full calendar and more info: www. or 645-2085. • TUESDAYS - Weekly Meditation and Study: 3:30-5pm - Afternoon program —- 5-5:30pm - Break —- 5:30-7pm - Evening program. Come to one or both sessions. Hendersonville First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 1735 Fifth Ave. W. in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or www. • SA (6/6), 10am & 2pm & SU (6/7), 3pm - Christ Walter E. Ashley Memorial Lecture Series: Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Old Testament scholar and author, will speak on different topics concerning the prophets and the Pentateuch. $10. • SU (6/7) - Dr. Walter Brueggemann will preach a sermon and give a lecture. The lecture begins at 3pm. Holy Ground This interfaith, feminist organization at 18 Orange St. (off Merrimon) works to strengthen community,

connections to the earth, and to nurture our creative and spiritual lives through workshops, retreats and conversations. Info: 236-0222, or • WEDNESDAYS, 910am - Sacred Circle Worship. Communal silence, meditative reading, group reflection and sharing and ritual. Homecoming Event at St. George’s Episcopal Church • SA (6/7), 10am-3pm - Join us as we unveil/ return to our newly remodeled worship space and experience our new Total Ministry Model with Rev. Cannon Gus Boone followed by a potluck lunch. RSVP: 258-0211. Infinity Institute for Compassionate Living Due to the demand, The Beyond Mental Concept booklet plus more from the life-changing dynamics of Sri Robert are back. Please send selfaddressed envelope for current orderlist to the Infinity Institute, P.O. Box 1102, Enka, 28728. Info: (702) 525-3982. • MONDAYS - Reading. Contact for details. Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Program Introductory to an effortless technique for accessing the unlimited reservoir of creative intelligence within everyone. Includes video presentation by physicist John Hagelin on scientific research, health benefits, quantum physics and the unified field, and brain patterns during meditation. Free. Info: 254-4350. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. ManSpirit A spiritual group for gay men that meets for heart circles and various spirituality and social based activities. All denominations are welcome. Info: com/group/ManSpirit or 231-1256. • 1st SATURDAYS or SUNDAYS - Meeting. Call for details. Marion Aglow Lt. House Event • SA (6/6), 10am - Dr. Howard Morgan, a regular CBN conference speaker at Ridgecrest, will give a talk at the New Covenant

Community Church in Marion. To register for childcare: 396-7736. Love offering. Dr. Morgan will also speak at the church on Sunday morning. Info: 442-0976 or 879-8836. Meditation for This Age Info: (888)-250-8115. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:459pm - Meditation Class: Reduce stress, open the heart, think clearly, deepen a spiritual connection. $10. Call for location details. Men’s Group The group includes ritual, presentations and discussion. Focus on vision, mission and relationships. Facilitated by an experienced men’s work leader. Meets at the OASIS Center in W. Asheville. Info: 8179727. • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meeting. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. Info: 258-3241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 2062009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Namaste Sacred Events Located at 57 Broadway. Info: 253-6985. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6pm - Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation. Come experience light and connect with a master of meditation. Free. Open Door Christian Fellowship At 2314-C Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville. Info: • SATURDAYS, 7:309pm - Unlocked Night Service: a contemporary

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• SUNDAYS, 9-10am & 10-11am - Group meets. Sh’ma Messianic Ministries Messianic studies and Hebrew classes. Studies for Jews and gentiles. Hebraic roots with biblical and basic Hebrew language, Israeli dance. Free. Join the group for updates, contacts, calendars of feast days and other info: 582-4430, shma_ministries@yahoo. com or To subscribe: ashevillemessianics@yahoogroups. com. • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS - Messianic studies and Hebrew classes. Silent Meditation Come and enjoy group silent meditation in the Marshall area. Info: 5450239. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Meditation. Soka Gakkai International (SGI-USA) An American Buddhist association that promotes world peace and individual happiness based on the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism. Its membership reflects a broad range of ethnic and social diversity. Info: 683-8460. • 1st SUNDAYS, 10am Chanting and discussion meeting at Fairfield Inn/ Marriott off of Brevard Rd. Free. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Free meditation initiation and one-hour of silent meditation followed by 45 mins. of devotional singing. Free vibhuti (sacred ash) distributed. Directions & info: 2993246. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Gathering. St. George’s Episcopal Church Led by Rev. Canon Gus Boone. Located at 1 School Road, Malvern Hills, Asheville. Info: 258-0211 or • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - In need of a faith lift? Find spiritual nourishment at a small church with a big heart. Welcoming and affirming


to everyone. Children especially welcome. Sufi Healing Circle Traditional chanting practices to invoke the presence of the Divine to heal ourselves, our community and the world. Taste the love deep in your heart. Info: 7775503. • SUNDAYS, 6-7:15pm - Gathering. Call for location info. Swami Paramanand from India Swamiji Paramanand teaches the Vedand, which believes we are all part of One Supreme Soul that permeates the universe. His message is simple: Know thyself. All events are by donation. Info: http://, Spiritualgrowthfound@ or 299-9940. • TH (6/4), 7pm Satsang at Namaste Yoga Center. • SU (6/7), 7pm - Satsang at Peasce Chamber Swannanoa. • MO (6/8), 7pm Satsang at Unity Church in Fletcher. • TU (6/9), 1pm - Satsang at Western Carolina University —- 7pm - Satsang at Mt. Community Chiropractic in Waynesville. Taize Prayer of St. Eugene’s and St. Matthias’ Church Taize is meditative prayer: a mixture of quiet song, silence and scripture. Info: 285-0838. • 1st FRIDAYS (through 6/5), 7-8pm - At St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville (off Max St., which is off Charlotte St.). Temple B’nai Zion Located at 855 Howard Gap Rd., Hendersonville. Info: 697-3668 or • FRIDAYS, 7pm Kabblat Shabbat Service. • SATURDAYS, 1pm - A light meal will be served —- 2pm - Men’s prayer and Torah study, followed by Hebrew study. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - “Benote TefillahDaughters of Prayer.” The Joy of Meditation Series Learn spiritual tools that can effectively harness the power of positive purpose, and experi-

ence different paths of meditation that can create your life in a new and different way. At the Foothills Connect Center in Rutherfordton. Love offering; proceeds benefit the library of your choice. Info: 674-8751 or • SU (6/7), 10:30am12:30pm - “The Joy of Meditation - Experiential Workshop.” The River Church A nondenominational area church family that believes in the value of meaningful worship, practical Bible teaching and real-life relationships. Info: 348-4703. • SUNDAYS, 10:30am Currently meets at Oakley Elementary School. Transmission Meditation Group Act as an instrument for disturbing spiritual energies, which helps in the healing and transformation of the planet, while advancing personal spiritual evolution in the process. Join this group meditation. Info: 3188547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - The group meets. UFO Group Share thoughts and experiences. Together find the truth. Info: 281-4834 or • MONTHLY, 7pm Meeting. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Founded on JudeoChristian values, the church draws freely on the wisdom of the world’s religions as well as humanist teachings; respects diversity; and takes seriously the responsibility to make a difference. Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:15 & 11:15am - Weekly services and children’s programs. Unity Cafe Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info: 254-8488 or www. • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10amNoon - Weekly service at Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Unity Center Events

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Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (6/3), 7pm - “Quantum Touch Healing” with Rev. Pam Hurst. Quantum Touch teaches you how to hold a high vibration to heal yourself or to send to another. Love offering. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Meditation, Movement, Energy & Breath Series,” with Tim Norwood. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Celebration Services with nursery care. Youth Sunday School at 11am. Friendship Potluck 3rd Sunday of each month at 12:45pm. The Lunch Bunch, eat together after 11am service. • MO (6/8), 7pm “Satsang with Swami Parmanandjii Maharaj,” a Vedanta philosophy teacher. $11 suggested love offering. Please bring a gift for Swami to bless. Info: www. • MONDAYS, 7pm - A Course In Miracles Group. Love offering. • TUESDAYS, 2:30pm “A Search for God Study Group” —- 7:30pm Men’s Group. • WE (6/10), 7pm - “Help is Not a FourLetter Word: Why Doing It All Is Doing You In,” with Peggy Collins. Love offering. Info: www. helpisnotafourletterword. com. 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 Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or www.unityofasheville. org. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —- 11am Magical Meditations for Children. Class consists of visual meditations with wizards and fairies using Unity principles and crafts. Part of the Children’s Greenhouse Program. Info:

Serendipity58@charter. net —- 12:15-1:30pm - “A Course in Miracles” class with Rev. Gene Conner. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Edgar Cayce Search for God Study Group. Info: 650-6479. UU Congregation of Swannanoa Valley Follows the 7 principles of Unitarian Universalism and has an active youth program. Located at 500 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. Info: 6698050 or • SUNDAYS, 11 am - Weekly service & full youth religious education program. Victory Fellowship Worship Center 450 Aiken Road/P.O. Box 2577, Weaverville. Victory has been active in Weaverville for more than 14 years, providing a spirit-filled church family that is based on biblical teachings. Contemporary Christian nondenominational services. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Worship service. • SUNDAYS, 11am & 6pm - Worship services —- 11am - Dynamic youth program. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 4569697, waynesvilleCTC@ or • SUNDAYS, 10:30am - Meditation —- 11am - Sunday Celebration Service. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Spiritual classes based in metaphysics. $8 suggested love offering. • TUESDAYS, 3-5pm & WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Oneness Blessing (Deeksha). Feel stress levels settle into a place of love and peace. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Windhorse Zen Community Daily meditation, workshops, retreats and Dharma talks. Private instruction and opportunities for residential training are available. Newcomers are asked to call ahead. Info: 6458001, or www. • SUNDAYS, 9:3011:30am - Main center: Zen meditation, chanting and Dharma talk.

TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Main center: Sitting, private instruction and chanting.TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 67:10am - Main center: Morning sittings and chanting.THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Main center: Sitting and walking mediation.FRIDAYS, 5:307:15pm - City center: Sitting, private instruction and chanting. Womyn in Ceremony The group co-creates Sacred Space and Ceremony on various Sundays to connect with themselves and the Ancestors. By donation. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com. • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm - Gathering on various Sundays. See Web site for details. Zen Center of Asheville This Soto Zen Temple offers zazen (meditation) instruction, zazen sitting schedule and dharma study. Beginners welcome. Located in the A-frame chapel behind WNC Community Health Services in W. Asheville, 10 & 14 Ridgelawn Road. Take driveway to the left of 14 Ridgelawn to the chapel in the rear parking lot. Info: 3984212 or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 6-7:30am - Zazen. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Zazen, followed by dharma study. $5 suggested dana. • SATURDAYS, 6-9am - Zazen. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 9:15am - Intro to zazen. Sign-up required. Cost dana.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SU (6/7) Artists Choice, a group exhibition, will be on display. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pot-

tery. Info: 281-2134 or • TH (6/4) through SA (6/27) - Menageries & Madonnas, an exhibition featuring figurative pottery by Shawn Ireland and paintings by Ann ‘Frantic’ Morley. • FR (6/5), 5-8pm - Opening reception for Menageries & Madonnas. Shawn Ireland will give a short presentation at 7pm. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 251-6559. Blowers Gallery info: 251-6546. Highsmith University Union info: 232-5000. • FR (6/5) through WE (6/17) - Whale Ocean Mountain, BFA exhibit by Michael Iauch at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall. • FR (6/5), 6-9pm - Opening reception for Whale Ocean Mountain at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 15pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. • Through SA (6/20) - River District Artists, a show featuring works by artists from Asheville’s River Arts District will be on display. • FR (6/5), 5:30-8pm - Mid-show reception for the River District Artists exhibit. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat., Noon-3pm. Info: 258-0710 or www. • FR (6/5), 5-8pm - Opening reception for the Back Gallery exhibit. In conjunction with the Asheville Art Walk. • FR (6/5) - Local artist Jonas Gerard and staff from the AAAC will welcome visitors. Gerard’s work, featuring abstract acrylics on canvas and expressionist mixed-media art, will be on display in the Front Gallery. • FR (6/5) through SA (6/27) - Works by area artists Courtney Chappell, Katherine McGinn, Virginia

McKinley and Hank Fuseler will be on display in the Back Gallery. Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am5pm and Sun. from 15pm. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227. $6/$5. • FR (5/22) through SU (8/23) - Tradition/ Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art. • Through SU (9/13) - Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan. • Through SU (7/5) Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa. Asheville Art Walks Presented by the Asheville Downtown Gallery Association. Pick up a Downtown Gallery Guide with a map to help you along the way at any participating downtown gallery, the Chamber of Commerce or Pack Place. Info: www.ashevilledowntowngalleries. org. • FR (6/5), 5-8pm - Art Walk featuring 24 galleries. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 2515796 or • MO (6/1) through TU (6/30) - Musings, a collection of acrylic paintings describing a meditative journey of color, form and texture by Ruth Ilg. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484 or bmcmac@bellsouth. net. • Through SA (6/27) - Women of Black Mountain College: Triangle, featuring Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa and M.C. Richards. The show includes paintings, prints, weaving and ceramic works. Blue Spiral 1

The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www. • Through SA (6/27) - Paintings by John Cleaveland; works in wood by George Peterson; watercolors by Dana Brown; clay by Mark Derby and Virginia Scotchie; paintings by Andrew Moore; By the Book, a celebration of book arts. Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332 or www. • FR (5/29) through TU (6/30) - Original artwork by Anne Dickens and Katie McCracken will be on display. Express Yourself This arts studio holds regular classes. Info: 698-9960. • FRIDAYS Homeschool art classes the first four Fridays of every month. Call for details and to register. First Friday Gallery Walks in Hendersonville Join other art lovers on this casual stroll through a number of galleries in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 698-0601. • 1st FRIDAYS, 5-9pm - Gallery Walk. Gallery Minerva Located at both 8 Biltmore Ave. (Tues.Sat., 10am-6pm) and 12 Church St. (Mon., Fri & Sat., 10am-6pm) in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-8850 or www. • FR (6/5), 5-9pm Opening reception during the Asheville Arts Walk for a show featuring works by fine arts painter Chris Sedgwick and stone sculptor Bernie Segal. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www. • Through SA (6/13) - Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Graduates 2009: A Gallery Exhibition will

be on display. Free and open to the public. New Work at Castell Photography • FR (6/5), 5-8pm - Join photo-based art gallery Castell Photography, 2C Wilson Alley, for an opening featuring new work from a variety of different fine art photographers. During Asheville Art Walk. Info: 255-1188 or Pack Place Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Info: 257-4530. • MO (6/1) through MO (6/15) - Street Photography: Members of F/32 Photography will hold an exhibit of photographs. Info: 681-0839. • FR (6/5), 5-8pm - Opening reception for Street Photography during the Asheville Art Walk. Satellite Gallery Located at 55 Broadway, downtown Asheville. • FR (6/5), 7pm Opening reception for Faces of Asheville. • FR (6/5) through SA (6/27) - Faces of Asheville: A Portrait Documentary Project by local photographer Jen G. Bowen featuring 350 portraits of Ashevilleans will be on display. Info: 423-5673 or www. Sylva’s Art After Dark Art, music and dining in downtown Sylva. Info: 631-3020 or www. historicdowntownsylva. com. • 1st FRIDAYS, 6:309pm - Art After Dark. The Bender Gallery Located at 57 Haywood St., Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: or 225-6625. • Through TU (6/30) - Glass Tapestries, an exhibit of hand-manipulated hot cane glass sculptures by Carole Perry. • FR (6/5), 5-8pm Reception for new work by glass artist David Patchen. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery is at 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. The Burnsville TRAC Gallery is at 102 W. Main St. Hours: Mon.-

Sat., 10am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 6827215. General info: • Through SU (6/14) - An exhibition featuring the works of Toe River Studio Tour participants will be on display at the TRAC Center Gallery. • MO (6/1) through SA (6/27) - The Paint Out - Paintings Exhibition at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through FR (6/5) - Art Unleashed: Art About Animals, featuring works in painting, photography, clay, sculpture and more. • MO (6/8) through WE (6/10) - Comporium Student Art Contest Exhibit. Comporium will be awarding top prizes in three categories: high school, middle school and elementary school. • MO (6/8), 5-6:30pm - Reception for the Comporium Student Art Contest. The winners will be announced. • MO (6/8) through WE (6/10) - All entries from the Best in Show Art Contest, featuring artwork by students in grades 1-12, will be on display. • MO (6/8) - Reception for Best in Show Art Contest. Winners will be announced. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 8592828 or • FR (6/5) through SA (7/18) - Three exhibits will be on display: Sketch: Type, Intimate Curiosities: SABA National Book Arts Show and Wings of Change. • SA (6/6), 5-8pm Reception for three new exhibits. Waynesville’s Art After Dark The Gallery Association of Waynesville regularly hosts gallery and artist studio events in the Waynesville area. Info: 452-9284 or www. • 1st FRIDAYS Participating galleries

stay open until 9pm. Many galleries will also host artist receptions, provide live music and serve refreshments. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-3591 or galleries. • Through SA (8/1) - A photography exhibit by Julie Breckenridge, Maureen Moxley and Sarah Haynes will be on display in the media center of Hunter Library. • FR (5/22) through SA (7/25) - Work by recent graduates of Haywood Community College’s professional craft program will be on exhibit. Furniture, ceramics, jewelry and textiles.

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More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Ananda Hair Studio The salon, located at 22 Broadway, hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 2321017. • FR (6/5) through SU (7/12) - Original works of art by local artist sky will be on display. • FR (6/5), 7-10pm - Opening reception for works by sky. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or www. • MO (5/25) through SU (11/1) - H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. The exhibit celebrates the art and science of birds. • Through SU (6/14) - Blooming Out Loud, an exhibit by botanical artist Miriam Sagasti, will be on display at the Education Center’s 2nd Floor Gallery. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design The inter-institutional Regional Center of the University of North Carolina is located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Info: 890-2050 or www. • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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craftscreativitydesign. org. • Through FR (8/14) - Are Chairs Just for Sitting, featuring the work of 24 accomplished furniture makers in WNC. Colburn Earth Science Museum The museum has a permanent collection of gem and mineral samples from around the world. Located in Pack Place at 2 South Pack Square. Info: 254-7162 or www. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - Free admission to the museum and free rock and mineral ID. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • MO (6/1) through TU (6/30) - A fabric show of quilts by Candy Maier will be on display. Exhibits at the Turchin Center Appalachian State Universitys Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 2623017 or • Through SA (6/6) - The sixth annual Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition will be on display in the Mezzanine Gallery. Info: www. appmtnphotocomp. org —- Ray Kass, Trays and Tondos and Recent Works on Paper will be on display in the Main Gallery —Teresa Cerda: Horizons and Colors will be on display in the Catwalk Community Gallery. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or • Through SU (7/5) - ECO-ART: Artists Respond- Reclaim, Reuse, Recreate will be on display. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for ECO, an arts raffle and coin drive will be ongoing through July 4. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building.

Info: 225-5509 or www. • Through TU (6/9) Doomsday Safari, paintings by Sarah Cavalieri.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Attention Artists and Photographers! (pd.) Need your work Captured, Reproduced, or Printed? Digital Resolutions Group specializes in high-quality large format digital photography, outstanding fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit Anarchy Death Sticks Knitting group. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Eat some cookies and get some help. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 15pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. • TH (6/11), 2-3:30pm Grant writing workshop. Asheville Knitting Guild Meets at the Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St. (off Patton Ave., opposite the Federal Building). All ages, genders and skill levels welcome. Show and tell, followed by Q&A, or short skill-building program. Info: 2542750. • 2nd MONDAYS, 78:30pm - Meeting. Asheville Scrapbook Meetup Meet other local scrapbookers for conversation, inspiration and fun. The group includes both brand new and advanced scrapbookers. It’s free to join, but crops are $10 per person. Info: www.scrapbook.meetup. com/1879. • 1st & 3rd FRIDAYS, 6pm - Meeting. Visit the Web site to register for upcoming events. At The Health Adventure Info: 254-6373 or www. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 4-5pm - Origami Folding Frenzy: Learn new folds, share favorites and meet

fellow origami enthusiasts. All levels welcome. Blue Ridge Watermedia Society Info: 672-9666. • TU (6/9), 6:45pm - Monthly meeting at the First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville. Eliza Hafer will provide the demonstration of her techniques for creating textures using acrylics. • TU (3/10), 6:45pm - Meeting at the First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St. Peggy Duncan Nelson will do a pastel demonstration using an acrylic under painting technique. Howard Street Handmade Presented by Short Street Cakes at 227 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Info: http:// howardstreethandmade. • SA (6/6), 8am-7pm - Low-cost workshops ($5-$10) in writing and photography, felting, printing and a Crafty Supply Sale and Swap Bonanza. For class reservations and info: howardstreethandmade@ Knit Night Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to join others at Purl’s Yarn Emporium, 10 Wall St. Bring your current project. Free. Info: 253-2750. • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Knit night. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or www. • TH (6/4), 9:30-10am - Registration followed by a short business meeting and a program by Dianne Purnell on silk ribbon embroidery. At Cummings United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe. Reservations required. Quilting Bee Open to anyone who wants to enjoy a few unstructured hours of quilting and socializing on a regular basis, working on individual projects and making quilts to benefit the community. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. Meets at

Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Rd., in the community room. Info: bordough@charter. net, alicehelms@charter. net, 277-9223 or 6509708. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS - Quilting bee. Sewing Circle at Firestorm Cafe A weekly get-together where you can bring your own craft to work on in a casual and supportive environment. Drop in anytime. $1 suggested donation. Info: 255-8115. • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm - The circle meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Stitch Night at Caffiend Bring your project to work on to Caffiend, 120 A Merrimon Ave. Meets every Monday, except 2nd Mondays when the group meets with Asheville Knitting Guild at 36 Grove St. at 7pm. Info: tessa.32@hotmail. com. • MONDAYS, 7:30Whenever - Stitch night (except 2nd Mondays). Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • WEDNESDAYS, 9amNoon - Mixed Media Class with Lorelle Bacon. $20/session. • THURSDAYS, 10am2pm - Experimental Art Group. $6/session. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm - Figure drawing openstudio session with model. Various poses. No instruction. All local portrait artists are invited to participate. $5-$10 model fee. • MONDAYS, Noon3pm - Portrait painting open-studio session with model. Various poses. No instruction. All local portrait artists are invited to participate in any medium. $5-$10 model fee. • TUESDAYS, 9:30-3:30 Pastels/Oil Class with Karen Chambers. $25/ session. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or www. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. $5.

Waynesville Parks & Rec Classes At the Old Armory Rec Center. Info: 456-9207. • THURSDAYS, 9am2pm - Quilting Class. Free. WNC Blacksmiths Meetings are held at the Kayne’s shop in Candler. Info: 665-1988. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting with demonstration. Please bring safety glasses.

Art/Craft Fairs Asheville People’s Market Held June through October in the parking lot across from Rosetta’s Kitchen at 93 N. Lexington Ave. Info: rosettastarshine@gmail. com. • SUNDAYS, 11am-4pm - Search for art, crafts and homemade items made by Asheville artists at this flea-market style market. Black Mountain Arts and Crafts Show Arts and crafts, demos, food and music in downtown Black Mountain. Free. Info: 669-4814 or • SA (6/6), 10am-6pm & SU (6/7), 10am-5pm - 12th Annual Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show. Approximately 65 booths of juried arts and crafts will feature an array of works, including woodworking, pottery, jewelry, painting, stained glass and much more. Greenlife Grocery Arts Market Located at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440. • SATURDAYS, 1-6pm - Meet artists from all across WNC. Henderson County Curb Market Info: 692-8012. • SA (6/6), 8am-2pm - The market will feature music, antique displays, demonstrations and food. Lexington Avenue Bazaar An outdoor market in the Lexington Avenue Courtyard, enter at 58 North Lexington Ave. Local indie art, craft and design, food and live music. Info: • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 11am-4pm - Bazaar.

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Located at 191 Lyman St. in the River Arts District. Info: (404) 9339173, or www. n Donate time or used books, multimedia, magazines, comics and such. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 10am-6pm; SATURDAYS, Noon-6pm & SUNDAYS, Noon5pm - Open. The space includes free books, free Wi-Fi, a lounge area and a children’s section. A donation-based center. Open mics on the first Thurs. of the month. • 1st THURSDAYS Singer/songwriter night. Asheville Writing Enthusiasts AWE encourages and educates Asheville-area writers; establishes and develops contacts with authors, editors, agents and publishers; and fosters a community of support among writers. Info: 225-5677 or • 1st SATURDAYS, 10:30am-12:30pm Presentation by a known author, agent, publisher or editor in the Board Room at Pack Place. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 2504756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 2506484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n LL = Law Library (Buncombe County Courthouse, 10th Floor, 250-4734) n NA = North Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Avenue, 250-4752) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SA = South Asheville/Oakley Library (749 Fairview Road, 250-4754) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 2506488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West

Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) • WE (6/3), 12:30pm - Book Club: Team of Rivals by Doris Kerns Goodwin. WV. • n All Buncombe County Public Libraries are having a summer pet food drive to help Meals on Wheels restock their pet food pantry. • WEDNESDAYS, 10am - School Age Story Time for 5- to 7-year-old children. PM. • TH (6/4), 6:30pm - Book Club: My Life in France by Julia Child. EA —- 7pm - Family Storytime for kids of all ages. SA —- 7pm - Book Club: Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe. BM. • TH (6/11), 6:30pm Knit Night. EA. 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 (6/3), 7pm - Max Bolka will discuss his book Success is a State of Mind. • TH (6/4), 7pm Catherine McCall will read from her book When the Piano Stops: A Memoir of Healing from Sexual Abuse. • FR (6/5), 7pm Elizabeth Cunningham will present her new novel Bright Dark Madonna. Dramatic reading, song and storytelling. • SA (6/6), 7pm - John Hart will read from and discuss his book The Last Child. • SU (6/7), 3pm Poetrio featuring Joseph Bathanti, Debra Daniel and Dannye Powell. • MO (6/8), 7pm - Todd Shimoda will present Oh!: a mystery of mono no aware, the story of Zack Hara, a young Japanese American searching for himself in Japan. • TU (6/9), 7pm - The book club will discuss Dara Horn’s The World to Come. • WE (6/10), 7pm David Ebershoff will read from and sign copies of his book The 19th Wife.

• TH (6/11), 7pm - Tenn. author Cathy Holton will present her book Beach Trip, the story of four friends whose reunion on the N.C. coast forces them to confront the secrets of their shared past. Events at Thomas Wolfe Memorial Located at 52 N. Market St. Info:, contactus@ or 253-8304. • FR (6/5), 2-4pm Poetry and Picking on the Front Porch with The Buddy Davis Band. Bring a chair, pack a lunch and join in the fun. Free. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or • TH (6/4), 7:30pm - Poetics Poetry Slam. Cash prize to the hottest poet standing after three rounds. • 1st SUNDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Poetics Poetry Slam. Sign-up prior to the slam, which starts at 8pm. All are welcome to either participate or watch. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 6588217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. French Conversation Intermediate and advanced. All welcome. Free. • THURSDAYS, 12:301:30pm - Meeting in the back room of World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in the Kaplan Auditorium of the Main Branch Library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches at Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 6974725 or • TU (6/9), 7pm Appalachian storyteller and musician Sheila Kay Adams will tell stories and perform traditional Appalachian ballads. Mountain Made Located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Features the works of regional arti-


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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold the above Citizens Informational Workshop on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 between the hours of 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Candler Elementary School, located at 121 Candler School Road, Candler, 28715. NCDOT proposes to convert a grade separation to an interchange between Liberty Road (SR 1228) and I-40. NCDOT also proposes to construct a two-lane road on new location, connecting Liberty Road and Dogwood Road. The purposes of the project are to provide access to I-40, to reduce pressure on local roads and to improve access for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Right of way is scheduled for 2013, with construction anticipated to begin in 2015. Citizens are invited to speak individually with NCDOT officials and to review the project area map. Aerial mapping denoting the project area will be displayed. Comments and suggestions received will be considered during the planning process. There will be no formal presentation. For more information, contact Elmo Vance at (919) 733-7844 ext. 263; fax (919) 733-9794 or email: Citizens may also write, referencing Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) project number I-4759, to: Elmo Vance, NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis, 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Vance as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


sans, writers and musicians. Info: 350-0307 or • FR (6/5), 5-8pm Danny Bernstein, hiker and author of Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage, will be on hand. During Asheville Art Walk. Murphy Library 101 Blumenthal St. in Murphy. Info: or 387-8197. • 2nd MONDAYS, 2pm Writer’s Workshop. Bring eight copies of a work (poem, article, chapter, story) for critique. No fees. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 456-8062 or • SA (6/6), 11am Meet the Author: Danny Bernstein is the author of Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage. Danny will give a slide presentation. • MO (6/8), 7pm - Book Club: Women’s book club will meet to discuss The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. New Members are always welcome. • TU (6/9), 6pm Mountain Writers Alive meets. Spanish Conversation Group The level is intermediate/advanced, but all are welcome. Info: or 683-8433. • THURSDAYS, 12:30pm - Meets for lunch, friendship and practice at La Carreta on Merrimon Ave. Spanish, French and More International Link offers ongoing small group instructional classes, conversation practice hours and tutoring for many languages, including Spanish, French and English. Info: 255-9104 or internationallinknc@ • THURSDAYS, 7-8pm - Spanish Conversation Practice. • THURSDAYS, 12:301:30pm - French Conversation Practice. • THURSDAYS, 6:308pm - Beginner Spanish small-group class. • MONDAYS, 6:30-8pm - High Intermediate/ Advanced Spanish Conversation Class (with instruction).


• TUESDAYS, 12:301:30pm - Meets at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St. For high-intermediate to advanced level speakers. Improve your Spanish conversational skills and meet native speakers. The Writers’ Guild of WNC Visitors and new members are invited to the meetings to talk about writing and publishing. Info: 285-2346. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 1:30pm - Meeting at the Weaverville Public Library on Main St. in Weaverville. Up the Prose #4 Literary Zine Release Party • TH (6/4), 7-10pm - Featuring readings by local writers, installation art by Ms. Decay and music by IO (Meghan Mulhearn). $5 donation, includes zine and wine (BYOB encouraged). At Pump Gallery, Phil Mechanic, 109 Roberts St. Info: www.myspace. com/uptheprose or Wednesday Afternoon Writer’s Group Weekly group open to writers of all genres who are interested in improving their craft through peer readings and discussion of assigned literature. Free. • WEDNESDAYS, 24pm - Meets upstairs at the Barnes & Noble, Asheville Mall. Women Poets Wanted Seeking female poets for a monthly feedback group at Asheville home. Info: 296-0660 or • 1st SUNDAYS, 3pm - Meeting. Writer’s Group Forming Spend an hour as we become muses for one another. Gather together in a supportive group as we give external expression to our internal thoughts on a theme. Info: 545-2448. • MONDAYS - But meeting day is flexible, as well as time of day.

Food American Culinary Federation This group meets to network and share education about all aspects of the foodservice industry. Info: 684-5991, 2798172 or www.acfchefs. org/chapter/nc021.html. • 2nd MONDAYS - Group meets.

Asheville Vegetarians This nonprofit social and educational organization meets for potlucks and other events. Info: 254-9300, www. or • 1st SUNDAYS, 6pm - Vegan potluck at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 364 Broadway St. Please bring your own plate, utensils and a vegan dish to share.

Festivals & Gatherings Church of the Redeemer 1201 Riverside Drive in Woodfin. Info: 253-3588. • SA (6/6), 7am-2pm - Rummage sale and baked goods. Breads, muffins, brownies, cookies, cakes etc. Events in Cherokee Info: 438-1601 or www. • FR (6/5) through SU (6/7) - Cherokee Gourd Festival. Info: 497-9131, ext. 238. Family Safety and Fun Night • WE (6/3), 7-8pm Bike and car seat safety, Ident-a-Kid station, fire safety tips, fire truck tour, dental check and tips, money-saving ideas and projects for the kids. At West Asheville Baptist Church, 926 Haywood Road. Info: 253-9824, ext. 316. Ice Cream Social At the Flat Rock Village Hall. Info: 692-2929. • SA (6/6), Noon-4pm - Ice cream, clowns, balloon animals, face painting, entertainment and more. Plus, Me & The Boys will perform bluegrass music. Free. Bring a chair and please leave pets at home. Rain date: June 7. Livermush Festival • FR (6/5) - The event will include a livermush cook-off, poetry readings and mountain dancing. Dishes and recipes will be presented by 6:15pm on the courthouse lawn in downtown Marion. Seeking cook-off and poetry entries. Info: 6522215.

Music African Drumming Held at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drums included. Drop-ins are

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always welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Intermediate class. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm Intermediate class —- 34pm - Beginner class. African Drumming Class With Jessie Lehmann from Chix with Stix. Held at Terpsicorp dance studio, 129 Roberts St. in the River Arts District. Class will focus on playing for African dance class afterward. Learn West African rhythms. Techniques for Dun-dun, sangbahn, kenkeni and djembe. Info: 777-5115. • TUESDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Class. African Drumming Classes All levels. Drums available for beginners. Learn rhythms from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Guinea from Ivorian master Adama Dembele, who has played with Toubab Krewe, Afromotive and other groups worldwide. $15 suggested donation for first three classes. Info: 350-1052 or adamadembele2@yahoo. com. • MONDAYS, 5-6pm - Classes at the French Broad Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave., 2nd floor. Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 2574530. Info: 236-0670 or • SA (6/6), 7:30pm - “A Taste of Opera” Gala, featuring arias, choruses from operas, operettas and musicals performed by various local singers. Food and wine at 6pm. To benefit the ALO. Asheville Sound Swap • SU (6/7), 7am Record swap at the Grey Eagle. All vinyl, all day. Free admission. Info: 258-2999. Bluegrass at the Historic Marion Depot Musicians and bands welcome. Dancing is encouraged. Info: 6523330. • THURSDAYS, 7pm Free bluegrass concert. Brevard Community Band The 80+ member band performs a variety of music, including classics, marches, opera and pop. Info: or 885-5456. • SU (6/7), 3pm Concert at the Porter Center in Brevard, featuring clarinetist Steve Cohen of the Brevard

Music Center. Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, motives from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto and more. $10. Drum Classes Free. Ongoing for seven years. All ages and skill levels welcome. Safe community atmosphere. Extra drums available. Meets at the Movement and Learning Center above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: 545-6064. • MONDAYS, 6:157:30pm - West African Bass Drums —- 7:308:30pm - Hand Drums —- 8:30-till - Open circle. Dancers welcome. Events at Thomas Wolfe Memorial Located at 52 N. Market St. Info:, contactus@ or 253-8304. • SA (6/6), 2-4pm - The Song O’ Sky Sweet Adeline Chorus will present “A Barbershop Chorus and Ice Cream Social.” Ice cream will be served. Free. Haywood Community Band Info: 452-7530 or www. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Haywood Community Chorus Membership is open to all interested singers; no auditions are required. Sponsored in part by The Junaluskans and the Haywood County Arts Council. Info: 452-4075 or 456-1020. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Rehearsal in the third floor choir room at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Hillbilly Jackie Dance Barn Bluegrass and country; all pickers are welcome. At Blue Ridge Ice Cream, 1228 Newfound Rd. Free. Info: 683-4145. • SATURDAYS, 7pm Gathering. Keowee Chamber Music Info: or 254-7123. • TU (6/9) through SU (6/21) - Keowee Chamber Music Ninth Annual Festival. Concerts take place in

Asheville, Burnsville, Waynesville, Greenville, S.C., and on a mountaintop near the N.C./ S.C. border. See Web site for schedule. Land of the Sky Men’s Harmony Chorus Male singers invited to weekly meetings at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, W. Asheville. Info: 298-9248 or www. ashevillebarbershop. com. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Regular meeting. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 253-8304. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at the Asheville City Market The market is held in the parking lot of the Public Works building on South Charlotte Street. Info: 242-6881. • SA (6/6), 8am-1pm - Galen Kipar, singer/ songwriter. Music at Transylvania County Library Located at 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard. Events are held in the library’s amphitheater. Info: 884-3151. • FR (6/5), 7:30-9pm Jazz at Sunset featuring Odd Meters. Music on Main Street Live music and dancing at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St. in Hendersonville. Bring a chair. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708, 1800-828-4244 or www. historichendersonville. org • FR (6/5), 7-9pm - Season opener & classic car show featuring music by Tuxedo Junction. Silvermont Mountain Jam Sessions At Silvermont Mansion, E. Main St. (Rte. 276 S), Brevard. Free. Info: • THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Bluegrass. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-

866-824-9547 or www. • MONDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Rd. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 2520643. • SU (6/7), 3pm - Concert by the Signature Winds woodwind quintet, featuring a program of traditional American woodwind quintet music. Donations will be accepted for the restoration of the church. • MO (6/8), 7pm - Sam Hensley and The Sloan River Project will be in concert. A free-will offering will be taken to go to support further Katrina relief work in Mississippi by members of The Church of the Advocate. Summer Music in Flat Rock Series Presented by the Flat Rock Merchants Association. The outdoor series takes place on Little Rainbow Row’s back deck (behind the colorful shops on the corner of Greenville Hwy. and West Blue Ridge Rd.). This is a casual, family-oriented, bring-your-own-lawnchair event. Free. Info: 697-7719 or • SA (6/6), 6-8pm - Chuck Brodsky will perform. Voice Recital • TH (6/11), 6:308:30pm - Students of Ginger Haselden will present a free recital at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Dakota Drake of Erwin High School will present his Senior Recital with arias, art songs, show tunes and more. Info: 230-5778. WNC Jazz Society Performances held at Diana Wortham Theatre. Ticket prices: $22/members; $30/nonmembers; $10/students. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 6870407, or bo@ • SU (6/7), 7pm - The Annie Sellick Quartet will perform.

Year-Round Mountain Music For more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody’s paid, everyone’s welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! Rockett Building, Old Fort. Info: 888-2336111. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - Weekly music gatherings.

Theater Events in Cherokee Info: 438-1601 or www. • FR (6/5) through SA (8/29), 7:30pm - Unto These Hills, a drama that tells of the Cherokee Indians from Desoto to today. Held in the renovated Mountainside Theatre. Performances are held Monday through Saturday. A preshow begins at 7pm. $18/$8 children. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or • WE (5/27) through SA (6/6) - Old Love, a comedic exploration of the land-mine called love, dating and marriage for people of a certain age. $30/$28 seniors/$20 students. • WE (6/10) through SU (6/28) - Man of La Mancha, a classic musical about the errant knight Don Quixote and his quest to find beauty. Entertaining for anyone ages 16 and up. $34/$32 seniors/$24 students. NC Stage Company Performances are at 33 Haywood St. (entrance on Walnut St., across from Zambra’s, in downtown Asheville). Tickets: 239-0263. Info: www. n Choose your own ticket pricing for the remaining three plays in its 2008-2009 Season: $15-$30. • TU (5/26) through SA (6/13) - Like Mother, a comedy recounting Shannon Polly’s real-life wedding, as planned by her overachieving mom. • WE (5/27) through SA (7/18) - I Wrote This Play to Make You Love Me, a heartbreaking and hilariously risque one-

woman play by Anne Thibault. For adult audiences only. Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Performances are held at Mars Hill College’s Owen Theatre. Tickets: 689-1239. Info: 6891384 or www.sartplays. org. • WE (6/3) through SU (6/14) - Tony Awardwinning musical Funny Girl, starring Liz Aiello as Fanny Brice.

Film Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484 or bmcmac@bellsouth. net. • TH (6/11), 7pm - Three documentary films about the artists in Triangle will be screened at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Films include: Art is Everywhere, Of Forms and Growth and The Fire Within. $12/$10 members. Info: 350-8484. • TH (6/11), 7pm - Women of Black Mountain College Film Screenings: M.C. Richards: The Fire Within, Ruth Asawa: Of Forms and Growth and Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere will be shown at the Fine Arts Theatre. $12/$10 members. Screening of Film on EcoFootprint of War • SU (6/7), 7:309:30pm - Land of the Sky UCC and Veterans for Peace co-host a screening of Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War. Plus, a discussion with film’s producers. At Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave.

Dance Belly Dance! • Raqs Sharqi By Mahsati (pd.) • Essentials Belly Dance Level I: Wednesdays, 7:30pm8:30pm. • Combining Elements Belly Dance Level II: Wednesdays, 8:30pm-9:30pm. • $12/ class. 20 Commerce Street, Asheville. (828)

318-7572. Asheville Allemanders Square dancing at East Asheville Community Center, 906 Tunnel Rd. Info: 683-0335. • 1st & 3rd FRIDAYS, 7:15-9:30pm - Square dancing. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Performances are held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. Info & tickets: 254-2621. • TH (6/4) through SU (6/7), 7:30pm, 8:15pm & 8:45pm - The Physics of Happy Hour, a festive two-for-the-price-of-one dance event. $10/show or $15 for both shows. The intermission show at 8:15pm outside on Commerce Street is free. Capoeira Angola (DanceFight-Game) Learn this beautiful expression of AfroBrazilian culture at 89 Thompson St. off of Biltmore Ave. Info: www. or 253-4610. • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10am - Try a free introductory class. Come to learn or just to watch. All ages and genders welcome. Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre No registration necessary; just drop in. All dancers are welcome. The studio is located at 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 254-2621. • TUESDAYS (6/9 through 7/28), 6-7:30pm - Adult/Teen Ballet with Diana Cabrera Stepanova. Classical Ballet for Boys & Men The Asheville Ballet is offering free classical ballet classes for all boys and men 10 years and over. Classes will be taught by Principal Dancer Lyle Laney. At 4 Weaverville Hwy. (Merrimon Ave.) in N. Asheville. To register or for more info: 258-1028. • THURSDAYS, 6pm Classical ballet class. Clogging and Step Dancing Classes Percussive dance classes with step-bystep instruction from an experience teacher. Must register in advance. Info: 252-6319 or ellie@ • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginning Appalachian

clogging. Sliding scale, $11-$16 per class —7-8pm - Beginning Cape Breton step dancing. Sliding scale, $11-$16 per class. Country Music and Dance Upstairs at the American Legion in Hendersonville. Singles welcome. Alcohol and smoke free. $6. Info: 693-9000. • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 7pm - Country music and dancing. Dance Lessons and More At the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 6920575. • FRIDAYS, 7-7:30pm Free singles and couples dance lessons —7:30-10pm - Rhumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha etc. Complimentary food. $5/$3 club members. English Country Dance Series Dance to live music with a live caller. This style of dance may be seen in movie adaptations of Jane Austen novels. $6. Info: 230-8449. • 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Dance at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Wear comfortable clothes. High Mountain Squares Square dancing at Macon County Community Facilities Building, 1288 Georgia Rd. in Franklin. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Square dancing (mainstream and plus). Hunab Kru’s B-Boy/BGirl Classes Free breakdancing classes. Learn how to B-boy/B-girl with the Hunab Kru. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Learn the foundations of breakdancing. For all ages/skill levels. At the Stephens-Lee Rec Center. Please wear shoes and bring a valid ID. Line Dance Classes In partnership with Henderson County Parks & Rec, classes are held at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center, 800 Stoney Mt. Rd., Hendersonville. Info: 697-4900. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-10:30am - Beginner classes

—- 10:30am-Noon Intermediate classes. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Northwest practice held at North Asheville Community Center. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Men’s Cotswold/Border practice held in M&L Center of French Broad Food Co-op. Old Farmer’s Ball Info: or 258-4809. • THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Free beginners workshop —- 8pm - Contra dancing at Warren Wilson College. $6. Saluda Mountain Jamboree Info: 749-3676 or www. • SATURDAYS, 8-11pm - “Dance to the Beat.” A live band performs country music, beach music, oldies or a variety of other dance music. $8. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit squaredance club. Info: 6969198 or 891-5244. • SA (6/6) - Southern Lights will hold a “Cool T-Shirt Dance.” Prizes will be awarded. 7pm Early rounds —- 7:30pm - Squares —- 9:45pm - Advanced tip. Caller: Stan Russell. At the Whitmire Activity Center, Hendersonville. Spiral Spirit Ecstatic Dance This dance group is based on wave-rhythms and is a free-form experimental movement that encourages self-exploration and inner peace. Held at 11 Richland St., W. Asheville. $5. Info: or elementsmove@ • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Warm-up —- 7pm - Spiral Spirit Dance. Spirit Wave Dance: Asheville Movement Collective Experiential, freeform movement and dance.

First time is free. Info: willowwoman@charter. net. • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - At the Terpsicorps Dance Studio, 129 Roberts St. • SUNDAYS - Early Wave: 8:30-10am —- Second Wave: 10:30am-Noon. At the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave., upstairs (enter through front door). $5. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held in a dance studio located in downtown Asheville on Carolina Lane. Enter from Woodfin St., and look for the “Studio Zahiya” sign. $12 dropin. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 2427595. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm - Tribal Basics —- 7:108:10pm - Hip-hop workout for women. • TUESDAYS, 67pm - Beginner belly dance. Drop-in anytime —- 7:10-8:10pm - Belly dance drills and skills. Drop-in anytime —8:20-9:30pm - Vintage belly dance. Learn the history of the dance through pictures, video

and movement. Bring finger cymbals. Swing Asheville Info:, 301-7629 or dance@swingasheville. com. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Learn to swing dance in the Lindy Hop style. $40 for four weeks. No partner necessary. At Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. West African/AfroBrazilian Dance Class Ongoing drop-in class with rotating roster of experienced instructors. All levels welcome. Live music. $10/class. Info: • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Class at Terpsicorps Studio, 129 Roberts St. Western Carolina Federation Round & Square Dance Clubs • FRIDAYS - Brevard Sylvan Squares, M/P, 2&4 FR, 8-10pm, 2Step Junction US 64 E, Pisgah Forest Contact: 891-6443 Morganton Brown Mt. Lite-Steppers M/P, 2&4 FR, 7:3010pm, I-40 Exit 105 Contact: 430-8802. • SATURDAYS Hendersonville Southern Lights-M/P/R/A tip 1&3

SA, 7-10pm, Kanuga & Lily Pond Rds. Contact: 697-2078. • SUNDAYS Hendersonville Shadow Casters 2&4 SU C1, 11:30am-1:30pm; C2, 1:30; A2, 2-4pm Park Place RV Center Upward & S. Allen Rds. Contact: 891-4053. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Asheville SkylarksRounds, 970 Haywood Rd (beneath fire station) Contact: 274-7103. Zydeco Dance Info: dswansong@aol. com. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7:45pm Zydeco dance lesson. $5 —- 8:30-11pm - Zydeco dance to CDs. $5. At Eleven on Grove.

Auditions & Call to Artists Call for Artists for Charity Show • Through WE (6/24) - Drop off work at the Pack Place Front Gallery for an open invitational 3x3x3D exhibit and silent auction for charity. Artists will drop name of favorite nonprofit into hat for drawing at close of exhibit.

Winner will take all proceeds from show. Info: (704) 806-7300.

Last Band Standing • Through WE (6/3) - The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and WNC Magazine are seeking local musicians to participate in a battleof-the-bands competition to win the chance to perform at this year’s Bele Chere. Applications: www.belecherefestival. com.

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Asheville nets the big one with Civic Center show

by Jake Frankel The muddy fields of Coventry, Vt. were supposed to be the final resting place for Phish, the wildly popular jamband known for its quirky compositions and transcendent improvisations. After spending more than 20 years on the road building one of the most devoted grassroots followings in rock history, the band collapsed under the pressure of substance abuse and personality conflicts, ending its run in August of 2004 with a farewell festival in its home state. Now, after nearly five years of rest, recovery and solo projects, the members of the band — guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman and keyboardist Page McConnell — have reunited for what fans are dubbing “Phish 3.0.” The jam-band kings started their new reign last March with a widely Foreshadowing the epic Hampton opener, Asheville fans ask for “Fluffhead,” hailed string of shows in Virginia at one of the band’s most complicated songs. Fans waited days for tickets, the Hampton Coliseum, a legendary spaceship-looking venue held in camped out in the January cold. PHOTO BY JONATHAN WELCH. high esteem by the band and its fans. Fueled by the positive buzz generated from the reunion performances (Phish Aided by the extensive trading of bootleg recordings, word of made recordings of the entire three-night run available for free Anastasio’s affectionate feelings for the town has spread far and download), the band has now embarked on a sold-out summer wide throughout Phish-dom, helping make the local show one tour, stopping in Asheville on its way to headline two nights at the of the most sought-after tickets of the tour. Several hundred fans Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. waited in line at the Civic Center on a frigid morning when they The band’s decision to play the Civic Center in lieu of bigger went on sale last January, many of whom camped out overnight. venues in bigger cities likely owes to members’ professed love of Most left empty-handed however, due to overwhelming national Asheville. Although Phish proper has never played in town, all demand and a computing snafu that released the allotment of of its members have played in the area with various side projects, tickets reserved for the box office into the general pool. There’s including Anastasio’s 2001 performance as part of Oysterhead sure to be fierce competition for any extras on the day of the show (a supergroup that included Les Claypool and Police drummer as fans pre-party and tailgate downtown. Stewart Copeland) and his collaboration with Gordon and the Mountain Xpress spoke with local fans about their love of the Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann at the 2005 Christmas Jam. At the band, its reunion, and their last-minute schemes to try and score shows, Anastasio praised Asheville from the stage, making it clear tickets for the Asheville show.  that it’s one of his favorite towns to play.


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Drew Maykuth, 29, chef at The Admiral No. of Phish shows: 30-something Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet Phirst impressions

I think it was the first time I felt that music was cerebral. I never listened to classical music but it sort of reminded me of what classical music could be like — these long things that I sort of got lost in and wondered around in thought. It was sort of a catalyst to thinking and becoming a young man. ... It was something new and different. I didn’t know the Dead or anything. I grew up in conservative “Flag City” Findlay, Ohio.

Phirst show It was like that island where Pinocchio goes to, where all things are accepted. There were all these weird people with dogs on hemp necklaces, and people selling drugs. I’d never seen anything like that. If you’ve ever been to Findlay, Ohio, then you know where I’m coming from. ... Not once in my life had I ever been to any event with that many people where everyone was on the same exact page or level. That’s a pretty neat thing. I don’t want to say spiritual, but there’s something special about connecting with a big group of people like that. There’s something cool about being with 20,000 or 70,000 or 10,000 people, whose brains are all doing the same thing more or less, or if not doing the same thing, being stimulated by the same thing.

Shaun O’Connor, 30, teacher assistant No. of Phish shows: 50 Ticket for the Asheville show: Yes Phishville As long as I was seeing Phish, my friends and I would joke about how amazing it would be if they ever played Asheville. But where would they play? What venue could hold or handle the whole experience? Never did we think it would be a reality. Even from before the band called it quits, each member had been here to Asheville several times. I truly believe that they saw the beauty and charm of the area, and genuinely love coming to play here. Its going to be completely surreal when they are actually all on stage together here.

I used to go to every possible show I could go to no matter what the cost, in all realms of cost. I would just do it. It was one of the most important things to me at that time. Honestly, I wouldn’t exchange those experiences for the world. I feel like it made me the person I am today. And I feel like it really taught me a lot about people and how to carry yourself in life and still lead the life that we live, and do it right. ... I fell in love with the music first. I fell in love with the scene. I met some of the most amazing, wonderful, beautiful people that are still in my life right now. I have some of the best friendships that I will cherish for the rest of my life, because of the experiences we had.

Reunion The boys have been through a lot of shit through the last couple of years. Honestly, we all needed it. In the last five years I became alumni of UNCA, I’m working a full-time job at a law firm, I have my own house in Asheville. I’m ready to do this, I’m ready to go on tour professional style... I’m definitely growing up, and things are different. But it’s definitely nice to be reminded of when you were a kid again. ... That’s one of the biggest things that really hit me right before going to Hampton — it’s like, “Alright, it’s time for me to be a kid again.”

Phishville For the first time in my life I’m going to be able to see a show and then walk back to my house and sleep in my own bed, which is kind of an intense thing. It’s definitely cool. The Civic Center is fantastic. I like that it’s a smaller venue.

Phishing for tickets I actually got my tickets on TicketsNow the day of the online sale. I don’t want to say what I paid. It was a little too much, but it’s worth it. I just wish the actual fans in Asheville, and there are a great amount of them, all had a chance to get in.

Becca Lane, 29, mom No. of Phish shows: 0 Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet Phishing for Tickets

I’m trying to go see my first show, unless I have a baby. The plan is to go down there and write on my belly, “Baby’s first Phish show,” so I can get tickets for myself and my friends. The baby’s due date is on the date of the Phish show.

and expand upon it to no end. It’s also unbelievable how he creates tension in his playing and will complete a jam with an explosion of raw energy.

Andrew Kirk, 22, musician/landscaper No. of Phish shows: 0 Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet Phishstory

I had also been playing guitar for a few years and never heard any other guitarist play like Trey ... I was and still am intrigued by his ability to take a theme

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Shannon, 32, mom/Asheville Pizza Co. Company No. of Phish shows: 20-30 Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet Phishtory

It’s good, danceable music. I just love to go dance and get my energy out and sweat and enjoy it with everyone else. When I’m dancing at a show I love to turn myself around and just look at everybody around. If it’s a place that has a balcony, just look at everybody thoroughly enjoying themselves and getting down and having a great time. It practically turns me on, just makes me very happy.


I’m excited. I figured one day it would happen, I just didn’t know when. Hell yeah. I think the first time I hear them again live I will definitely be teary-eyed and get chill bumps. It’ll be very magical, I feel.

David Krantz, 20, musician/student No. of Phish shows: 2 Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet



I went on tour right when I graduated high school. And then I went to the Lemon Wheel up in Maine. How we got in, is, we were traveling in this school bus and it broke down in New York. There were 10 of us, so we all had to split up and hitch the rest of the way. So I had gotten this ride. We had to hide under blankets, because only the driver and one other guy actually had tickets to Lemon Wheel, so we had to hide under all the clothes and blankets in the back. There was no checking. It was great. I think they kind of looked in and noticed, and they were like, “It’s all luggage.” ... And then we got in, and just walked around, and we had scissors, and we were like, “Can we clip off the end of your wrist bands?” I still have that wrist band, all sewn together, so fun.

Phishing for tickets

Someone has mine, and they just haven’t realized it’s mine yet. I don’t know who that person is yet. I’m just going to go to the show and whoever it is that has my ticket is going to see me and realize, “That’s the girl that’s supposed to have my ticket.” ... I’m going to be standing out front yelling “I need a ticket.” That’s pretty much my game plan. I think I’ll be singing. I tend to sing a lot when I’m trying to miracle a ticket. “I Believe in Miracles” is a good one.

Single biggest influence in pretty much every aspect of my life. As a musician and artist in general, the approach to songwriting was so goddamn refreshing. Why should lyrics and compositions have to make “sense” in the traditional notion of the word? Phish taught me that when you put all your energy into something creative, people will make sense of it for themselves, and really, things that aren’t concrete can have a much deeper personal meaning than things that have a definite, obvious meaning, because they allow the listener or viewer to assign meaning to it more freely, and when you can connect consciously to an abstract work of art, it, for me, is a hundred times more powerful than being told “this is what this is.”



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Julie Houston, 29, daycare provider No. of Phish shows: 40-50 Ticket for the Asheville show: Not yet

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• Josh Blake and Big Money Band with Diocious, win tickets to Phish and Bonnaroo, The Orange Peel. $10 advance/$12 door. •Blueground Undergrass, Col. Bruce Hampton and The Quark Alliance. 5pm Pisgah Brewing, Black Mountain. $10.

Daytime music on Tuesday, June 9

• Recession party with Modo, Eymerel, Solos Unit, Incredible Sandwich and Smoothop. 1 p.m., Emerald Lounge, 112 N. Lexington Ave. Free • Last-minute miracle: Pre-Phish dance party, 2 p.m. Stella Blue, 31 Patton Ave. Phish ticket giveaway.

After-parties on Tuesday, June 9:

• Granola Funk Express, Strut, Two Fresh & Asheville Horns, The Orange Peel, 9 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show. $10 advance/$12 door. • The Bridge, Emerald Lounge, 112 N. Lexington. • Blueground Undergrass, Colonel Bruce and The Trainwreks, The Garage at Biltmore, 101 Fairview Road, 11 p.m., • 2020 Soundsystem: Telepath, Sci Fi and Ginza, Club Nashwa, 64 N. Carter St. Doors at 10, show at 11 p.m.$15. • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009




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• Good to Know: A case report in a recent issue of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia described the successful removal of a leech from an eyeball. A 66-year-old woman gardening in her backyard in Sydney accidentally flicked some soil into her eye. By the time a surgeon could extract the leech, it had roughly tripled its body size by feeding on the eyeball’s blood vessels. (The key, by the way: a few drops of saline solution). • In another recent journal article, researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the University of Sydney (Australia) reported that young male Augrabies lizards avoid older predatory males by, basically, cross-dressing (pretending to be female by suppressing their extravagant male coloration until they are fully developed and able to defend themselves). Thus, they avoid being attacked and, at the same time, increase their own freedom to hit on females. (They must still be careful, the researchers say, because the older males might whiff their male scent, which cannot be suppressed.)

The entrepreneurial spirit! • Physician Geoffrey Hart, working with a grant from the National Institutes of Health, recently developed the Pedi-Sedate headgear to trick kids into inhaling nitrous oxide while playing video games in the waiting room, thus knocking themselves out and, according to Hart’s company, “dramatically improving the hospital or dental experience for the child, parents and health care providers.” The helmet contains sophisticated sensors to monitor the dosages and effects on the child. • Manliness: (1) The Redneck Yacht Club opened in February near Naples, Fla., where drivers pay $30 to frolic in a carefully designed, 800-acre mud pit with their own customized off-road vehicles. One mechanic told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in April that he’d spent $15,000 fixing up his rig, with 6-foot-high tires and a skull ornament. His review: “This place is kick-butt.” (2) For Germany’s Fathers’ Day in May, the Panzer Fun Driving School in the state of Brandenburg suggested sending men off to drive one of its 13 Soviet armored vehicles (following a short class on the controls). For an extra fee, patrons can ram their tanks over an old car. • Confusing Business Model: Patrick Ellison, Frank Mack and Edie Wells were arrested in Dalton, Ga., in April after Wells, an alleged prostitute, knocked on a man’s door and offered him sex; when he declined, Ellison and Mack arrived and forced him to accept Wells’ services. Following the sex, the three departed with the man’s money and credit cards.

Things people believe Ms. Indra Ningsih, a 26-year-old maid, was detained by a court in Hong Kong in April after she was accused of spiking her employer’s vegetable soup with menstrual blood. According to a report in Hong Kong’s The Standard, there’s a belief in some Southeast Asian cultures that menstrual blood has special powers that would, for example, improve the contentious relationship between the two women.

Least-competent criminals Jason Durant (a first-time bank robber, according to police) reported to the hospital in New Milford, Conn., shortly after knocking off the National Iron Bank in April. As he fled the crime scene, the 32-year-old accidentally tumbled down a steep hill, losing control of both his stash and his gun. He broke his leg in several places (saying later that he heard snapping sounds). At the bottom of the hill, he crashed into a plow blade, slashing him-

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Recurring themes Russia’s long-running Moscow Cat Circus/ Theater, reported in News of the Weird in 1998, is still in service, astonishing anyone who ever tried to train a cat. In the United States, Samantha Martin runs her own similar show (at such venues as Chicago’s Gorilla Tango Theatre in March) featuring the Rock Cats trio on guitar, piano and drums, as well as a tightrope walker, barrel roller and skateboarder, among other daring performers. Martin admitted to a Chicago Tribune reporter that the cats’ music “sucks,” in that “When they’re playing, they’re not even playing the same thing,” and she has two backup drummers, because her regular is prone to “walking off in a huff,” sort of “like diva actresses.” “This is why you don’t see trained-cat acts: Because ... the managers can’t take the humiliation.”

Undignified deaths Difficult Times for Funeral Eulogists: (1) A 54year-old man was found dead of a heart attack in a pornography video booth at the Beate Uhse sex shop in Cologne, Germany, in December. (2) A 42year-old comedian (and owner of a comedy club in Blackburn, England) was accidentally asphyxiated in April while simultaneously inhaling laughing gas and viewing computer pornography.

A News of the Weird classic (August 2001) In an October 2001 incident that started out resembling a comedy-movie scene, Alan Martin, 49, decided to protest police officers’ decision to confiscate his RV after a minor accident. Lying down in the middle of a busy street in Daly City, Calif., he refused to budge, and as officers tried to talk him out of his obstinacy, they shielded his body by blocking a lane of traffic with their cruiser. A few minutes later, suspect Kevin Domino, 37, fleeing with police in hot pursuit, just happened to head down the same street. Accidentally ramming the stopped cruiser, Domino drove over Martin and then did it again while trying to straighten out his car. (Police caught Domino a few blocks later when his car stalled out, and Martin was hospitalized in fair condition.)


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by Anne Fitten Glenn

Babies grow up — thank goodness Seems like yesterday I was changing diapers, while today I’m explaining the term “suicide bomber.” No one doubts that parenting’s a challenge. The thrilling part, which no one explains to you before you produce offspring, is that it’s a constantly changing challenge. As your kids metamorph, so must your parenting. At first, parenting is oh so physical. Babies are lousy at taking care of themselves, so it’s up to parents to do everything for them. Once babies evolve into toddlers, the physicality bumps up a notch with the advent of the never-ending chase game — precipitated by that dangerous combination of self-propulsion and no awareness of the laws of gravity. Constant parental vigilance gives way to emotional and intellectual training, which never ends. It includes having to explain suicide bombers to my 10-year-old after she heard the term on NPR. I often explain to friends with babies that gratifying change is coming. If you’re feeling like the diaper changes, feedings and sleep deprivation are never-ending, I tell them, know that it will end. Your toddler will hit those milestones, thus changing your life (again and again). Potty training? It will happen. As our elders love

to say, “Your kid won’t graduate from high school in diapers.” Diapers and all that accompany diapering will become a fragrant memory. One of my happiest memories was of the day I gave away our changing table. Self-feeding will happen, too, probably sooner than potty training. The ability to eat an entire meal without dropping food on the floor still hasn’t developed in my kids, but at least they no longer fling applesauce around the dining room (on purpose). Leaving the house becomes easier as your kids get older. Suddenly, you can say to them, “Get your shoes on and go get in the car.” And they do it — all by themselves. All that carrying and courting back pain becomes obsolete. I vividly remember the day when I taught my youngest to buckle his seat belt. I no longer had to lean over his car seat, struggling with straps and buckles every time we went anywhere. Hallelujah! A trip to the grocery store is now a breeze. I don’t have to pack a bag full of diapers, snacks, sippy cups and miscellaneous supplies for a trip up the street. I still keep a couple of water bottles and some paper towels in the car, but I’m free of the dreaded diaper bag. (I don’t care how hip and modern it is — it’s still a diaper bag.) Enviro-spouse and I are in the late stages of what he calls, “a

parenting sweet spot.” In other words, our kids are done with diapers but still pre-adolescent (though my girl’s getting closer each day to the hormones-gone-wild stage of life). Just a few years ago, I’d lament the approach of the school-free days of summer. I’d fearfully anticipate the long hot days filled with high-pitched whines of boredom, the reek of diapers in our un-air-conditioned home, and the constant vigilance necessary when toddlers are in proximity to water. Now I look forward to those halcyon days of freedom from schedules and school. I still get irritable with the heat and the occasional, “What are we going to do now, Mom?” I can write while they play outside. I can sit beside the pool and read a few paragraphs before I feel the need to check the water for bobbing heads. My daughter not only feeds herself, but she can use both a microwave and a toaster oven and make her own lunch. Of course, after years of doing so much for my kids and of watching them constantly (scenting danger on the wind like a hound dog), I have to let them go. I have to accept that I no longer know where they are and what they’re doing all the time. Freedom has its own challenges. I’m looking forward to my sweet-spot summer. I just hope my daughter’s hormones wait a few more months to kick in. X

Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at Parenting Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 Asheville Nanny Now Available (pd.) Experienced, licensed pre-Kindergarten teacher available June, after 2 year assignment with multiples. Stimulating play activities and community outings. • Kind, nurturing manner. Light laundry, meals, etc. • Excellent references. Mary: (828) 337-5580. Attention 31 Of Underachieving Children • Tuesday, June 9 (pd.) Attend this one evening seminar, with Dr. Jackie Williams, Educational Specialist, and learn how biofeedback can help your child achieve their full potential through research supported educational intervention for: • Inattentiveness • Test Anxiety • Learning differences • Behavior • Self-control and more. • 7pm, 29 Ravenscroft Drive, downtown Asheville. Space limited. $10. Registration/Information: (828) 281-2299, ext 2. Involve Your Partner In Your Child’s Birth • Empowered Birthing Classes (pd.) Increase confidence, learn hands-on tools, enjoy the best day of your life! 828-231-9227. Classes monthly: Wednesdays, 6p.m. $175. Next begins June 17. Youth Fit Camp (pd.) Learn how to play and workout at the same time. Learn the basics of nutrition and health eating habits. June 15 - August 14, Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 11a.m. - 12 noon. Ages 8 -12. 9-week program for the price of 8: $240.00. First 8 people to sign up receive 1/2 off the first month! ($60.00) Call 258-1066 to sign up. O3 Health And Fitness, 554 Riverside Drive. Asheville Area Mothers of Multiples The group supports mothers of multiples and promotes knowledge of multiple pregnancies and births. Info: • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - Meetings at Women’s Resource Center. Asheville Mommies Coffee Time Join other moms in the Asheville area for coffee, playtime for the kids and chatting at The Hop on Merrimon Ave. Info:


• WEDNESDAYS, 11am-Noon - Coffee time. Asheville Moms Meet The group is designed for friendship and fun not only for the moms, but the kids too. Several events happen each week at different times and locations. Meet moms who are always ready to make great new friends and have fun. Children’s ages range from 0-5. Info: 712-4388 or • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Meeting at the toddler play area located in Asheville Mall’s food court. B.E.A.R Closet II Located at Abernethy United Methodist, 1418 Patton Ave. Info: 254-9102. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, Noon-6pm - Loan closet for newborns is open. Babies ‘n’ Beer Bring your babies and have a beer with other new moms and dads. Have a baby-friendly outing and meet other new parents at the Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 254-5450. • TUESDAYS, 4-7pm - Babies ‘n’ Beer meets. Breastfeeding Circle Get professional help for lactation problems and some mama-baby company. Free. Info: • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon - Meets at 24 Arlington St. Children in the Middle Parenting education for the divorced or separated parent. Classes meet at ARP/Phoenix, 257 Biltmore Ave., Ste. 200, in the Conference Room. Parents learn how to avoid arguments with their ex, improve communication with him/her, and make the divorce or separation easier on their children. Free, plus snacks are provided. Info or to register: or 254-2700, ext. 286. • Three SATURDAYS, 9am-Noon - Class. (Also in Madison County; call for details.) Free Mommy and Me for Babies A free group that meets weekly in two different locations to provide an opportunity for new parents to gather for support, education, exercise and resources. Info: 2138098 or

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• MONDAYS, 9:30-10:15am - Mommy/Baby Yoga for Pre-Crawlers —- 10:30-11:30am - Guest speaker/open discussion —- 11:45am-12:45pm - Walk and Talk. Call to register. At the Woodfin YMCA. • TUESDAYS, 11-11:45am - Mommy/Baby Yoga for Pre-Crawlers —- Noon-1pm - Guest Speaker/Open Discussion. At the Reuter Family YMCA in the Mission Wellness Resource Center Room. Hendersonville Mom’s Club Chat and meet new moms in the area. All moms are welcome. Info: 713-4307. • MONDAYS, 11am - Meets at Black Bear Coffee Shop. Hendersonville Play Group • Group for moms with kids 0-5 years old. Play dates, park trips and more. To join: Holistic Parenting Forum The group meets monthly to provide an opportunity for a diverse community of parents committed to natural living to gather. It provides support, education and resources to parents who desire to create a healthy environment for their children at home and in their community. All meetings take place at the Earth Fare in W. Asheville. Children are welcome. Info: 230-4850 or • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Meeting. La Leche League Meetings • 2nd MONDAYS, 10am - Monday Mornings: Meeting at First Congregational Church, Oak St. Pregnant moms, babies and toddlers welcome. Info: 628-4438, 683-1999 or 505-1379. Now We’re Talking • Opportunity for parents of young children with language delays. Puckett Institute will work with 10 families with children aged 8-24 months to teach parents an effective approach to increasing communication skills. In your home; no cost. Info: 255-0470, ext. 305. Nurturing Skills for Parents Parenting program to give parents the tools to foster positive relationships and self-nurturing skills. Classes meet at ARP/Phoenix, 257 Biltmore Ave., Ste. 200. Classes are appropriate for parents with children of any

age. Tailored to support parents in a non-confrontational setting. Free. Info or to register: tpeterson@arp-phoenix. com or 254-2700, ext. 286. • ONGOING - Classes meet for 10 weeks. Both morning and evening classes are availiable. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays, parachute play and more. To register: 213-8098 or shantisunshine@ • MONDAYS, 10am - Toddler Fun. At the Woodfin YMCA. Call to register. • TUESDAYS, 9:30am - Toddler Fun. At the Reuter YMCA in the Mission Hospitals Room. Call to register. Waldorf-Inspired Parenting Group Waldorf-inspired families are invited to meet with like-minded folks twice a month. Open to parents, grandparents, friends and anyone else interested in Rudolf Steiner’s approach to child development. Info: 296-8323. • 1st SUNDAYS - Book study group. YWCA Programs for Parents The YWCA is at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 2547206 or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8am-Noon & MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-8:30pm - The YWCA New Choices Program provides free drop-in child care for parents who are continuing their education or looking for employment. Space is limited. Evening hours are for students only. A phone orientation is required.


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MANNA: 10 years and still going strong Blue jeans are known for their longevity, a quality that MANNA FoodBank’s Blue Jean Ball is beginning to emulate. The annual fundraiser turns 10 years old this year, having become one of the staples of Asheville’s charity-event scene. Each year, the ball raises thousands of dollars — $117,000 in 2008 — for the nonprofit. According to MANNA, that’s enough to fund 300,000 meals. The event is a showcase of Asheville’s best in music and food, with 20 restaurants participating this year. Benefits Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 Animal Compassion Network WNC’s largest nonprofit, no-kill animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at their pet adoption events. Info: 274-DOGS or n Foster dogs and cats for ACN. Fostering is an active way to save an animal’s life. Info: • TH (6/4), 6-8:30pm - Ice Cream Social. Pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dog for doggie ice cream treats and homemade people treats to the Hop. Proceeds will benefit Animal Compassion Network foster and adoption programs. Asheville Humane Society Animals available for adoption from AHS at 72 Lee’s Creek Rd. in Asheville. View photos of animals currently available for adoption online. Foster homes needed. Info: 236-3885, ext. 311 or • MO (6/1) through TU (6/30) - “Tattoos for Life” benefit hosted by Freaks-n-Geeks Tattoo Sideshow in W. Asheville. Purchase raffle tickets for $5 each or three for $10. Winner will receive one free pet/animal tattoo, and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit AHS —- Drop off animal items at Freaks to be donated to AHS. Info: 254-4429. Autism Society of N.C. Benefit • SA (6/6), 1-4pm - Hawaiian Lau at both Asheville Earth Fare locations. Sundaes, coconut bowling on the patio for kids, music, giveaways and more. Westgate location: 253-7656. South location: 210-0100. Benefit Concert for MPAC • TH (6/4), 7-9pm - Valorie Miller will play a benefit concert for MPAC (Multipurpose Athletic Complex planned for Weaverville) at Well-Bred Bakery in Weaverville. $25. Tickets & info: 808-0760.

MANNA communication coordinator Joshua Stack says he knows the $70 ticket is a big expense, especially when everyone is tightening their budgets, but, he says, “What you get for that ticket is incredibly cost-effective, and it’s for a good cause.” Plus, he says, the current economic climate reminds people that there are others in more dire situations. “In these times, human needs are pushed to the forefront of people’s minds,” Stack says. The participation of so many restaurants and the strong showing by the comBenefits for Eliada Info:, or www. • SA (6/6), 7pm - The first annual Spring Concert will be held at Lazy K. Ranch in Barnardsville. There will be a performance by Grammy-winning artist Al Petteway and Amy White. All proceeds benefit the therapeutic horse program at Eliada Homes for Children. $20. Blue Jean Ball All proceeds will benefit MANNA FoodBank. Held at 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville. Info: • SA (6/6), 7-11pm - An evening along the Swannanoa River with culinary delights from Asheville’s finest restaurants. Plus, a silent auction and music performed by Sanctum Sully, Ol’ Hoppty, Sapce Heaters, Honey and Buster. PAWS on Parade Annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser for the Paws With a Purpose Pet therapy program. PAWS is a nonprofit organization of dedicated volunteers and their pets who provide animal-assisted activities and therapy services to individuals. Info: www. or 318-7277. • SA (6/6), 9-11am - PAWS on Parade at River Walk. Enjoy coffee and bagels to get energized, then high-tail it around Carrier Park in Asheville. Dog treats and door prizes. All well-behaved dogs on leashes may participate. Rain or shine. Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction • TH (6/4), 8pm - Auction of student and instructor work, including books, clay, glass, iron, metals, painting, textiles and wood. No admission. All proceeds will benefit the Penland scholarship program. At the Northlight building. Info: 765-2359 or Youth Yard Sale

munity, he adds, “speaks to how responsive people are.” But let’s not forget this is a party. As the title suggests, the dress code is “denim” and the mood is “party.” The Blue Jean Ball will be held Saturday, June 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at MANNA’s offices (627 Swannanoa River Road). Tickets are $70 ($30 of which is tax-deductible) and are available at or by calling 2993663. — Brian Postelle ATTENTION CONTACT LENS WEARERS: • SA (6/6), 8am-1pm - A youth fundraiser to benefit a youth trip to Charlotte in December. At Mt. Moriah Wesleyan Church, 1 Fairmont Road. Info: 667-2494.


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From drought to floods: Welcome to WNC Never underestimate the weather. Sure, the French Broad River crested a tad above flood stage on May 27 at Blantyre, near Brevard. Yes, May has brought us more than 8 inches of rain (that’s nearly a record, twice what’s been typical since 1971, and definitely greater than 2008’s paltry 0.81 inches, according to the National Climatic Data Center). But ask State Climatologist Ryan Boyles about the likelihood that we might still face drought conditions this summer and he cites the official long-term forecast for North Carolina, which says it’s equally likely that conditions will be wetter than usual, about normal or drier than usual. “In other words, they don’t know,” says Boyles, with the barest hint of bone-dry humor. Still, the state is drought-free for the first time in several years. “We’re quite relieved,” says Boyles, who also directs the State Climate Office (and, incidentally, earned his doctorate researching summer-rain patterns in North Carolina). “Some of us, for the last three years, have been living and breathing drought, and we do have other work that we do.” Headquartered at N.C. State University in Raleigh, the Climate Office provides such services as weather- and climate-based modeling that help strawberry growers plan for freezing conditions, water providers adjust for drought, or electric utilities get ready for a heat wave. The office also assists tourism agencies, the transportation industry, publichealth agencies and any other sector affected by weather and climate — in a word, just about everyone. Eco Calendar for June 3 - 11, 2009 Free Yoga Day (pd.) Join Lighten Up Yoga, June 6, 9a.m.- 4p.m., to try out our talented teachers and safe, supportive environment. New students and experienced yogis welcome! Donations accepted for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Land Trust Day. 254-7756 or Gaia Community Potluck (pd.) Find out about our green, sustainable village community in West Asheville and imagine yourself living here. Vegetarian potluck open to anyone interested: noon, June 6. RSVP: 828-337-8190. Asheville Green Drinks People who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink at BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave. The events usually include a short presentation by a guest speaker. Sign up for the e-mail newsletter at www. • FR (6/5), 6pm - Socializing —- 6:30pm - Presentation on “Anti-Drought Solutions” with Sherry Ingram, professional geologist. Asheville GreenWorks Our area’s Keep America Beautiful affiliate, working to clean and green the community through environmental volunteer projects. Info: 254-1776 or


“It’s a strong service mission. We’re not just doing research but helping the public,” says Boyles, a Durham native who wanted to combine science with service in his career. His partners at the Southeast Regional Climate Center — based at nearby UNC-Chapel Hill — are concentrating on how climate affects human health, such as the effects of heat waves on the elderly, for example. “Climate plays a role in our lives,” he continues. Of course, he reflects, “There’s a lot of science and a lot of data, but how do you make it useful?” Media reports often mention yearto-date rainfall deficits, but Boyles says those are near meaningless. In trying to make sense of all the available data, those deficits — the negative difference between current conditions and prior-year seasonal norms — are the last thing scientists consider. Have we experienced less rain than usual in the past month? No. For the past three years? Yes, says Boyles. “A short-term dry spell affects the vegetation; a long-term one affects water supplies.” When trying to forecast summer water levels, it’s more important to gauge whether ground water has recharged, he explains. Winter is typically when our region gets the precipitation needed to do that, but this past January was dry, raising scientists’ concern that the drought would continue, Boyles recounts. March, April and May rains have alleviated the situation, but it takes six months for ground-water reserves to “show a response to rain events,” he points out. Furthermore, heavy rains are also problematic, because the water will wash rapidly • TUESDAYS (through 9/22), Noon-1pm - Create a healthy body and a healthy environment at the same time with this active community cleanup. Starts at Pritchard Park. Cleanup supplies provided. RSVP. Common Sense at the Nuclear Crossroads A grassroots group based in Asheville that focuses on the transport of radioactive materials and nuclear industries in the Southeast. Info: • 2nd MONDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church, One Edwin Pl. Check website to confirm meeting details. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. ECO advocates for green infrastructure, protects water quality, educates about energy conservation/renewable energy, and promotes recycling. Located at 121 Third Ave. West, Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm - Water Quality Committee meeting. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 4pm - Energy Committee meeting —- 4:30pm - Recycling Committee meeting. Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society Events Open to birders of all experience levels. Info: 254-7618, or

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What’s it all mean?: From heavy rains (red) to light precipitation (blue), a late-May soaking of the Southeast helped lift drought conditions in North Carolina for the first time in several years, but summer could be another story. courtesy north carolina state climate office

downstream rather than seeping into groundwater supplies, though it will help replenish surface-water supplies such as reservoirs. And in the mountains, quick, heavy rains raise the specter of landslides. “It’s possible to have floods and drought at the same time,” says Boyles. “You can see flood warnings and think the drought is over” — but it might not be. • 1st SATURDAYS, 9am - Bird walk at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. Green Business Alliance Free for members/$5 for nonmembers. Finger food provided. Mountain BizWorks is located at 153 S. Lexington Ave. To register: or 2532834, ext. 11. • TU (6/9), 6-8pm - Learn about what is happening inside of the Asheville-area green business community. This will also be an excellent networking opportunity, so come prepared to share about your own small business efforts. RSVP by June 5. 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 • SA (5/23) through SA (6/6) - Paddlin’ the Nolichucky. The French Broad Riverkeeper will go on a monitoring, education and outreach trip starting on the North Toe River and finishing on the French Broad River. For info on public events to be held along the way: www.riverlink. org/PaddlintheNolichucky.asp. • SA (6/6), 8:30am - Bird and Wildlife Tour of Rankin Bottoms. Meet at the boat launch next to Rankin Bridge. • TU (6/9), 5:30pm - Stream restoration info meeting at Malvern Hills Park in W. Asheville, off Rumbough Place. Receive updates and give feedback on RiverLink’s stream

In the Southeast as a whole and in Western North Carolina in particular, summer weather varies greatly: While Asheville is probably the driest part of the entire state, nearby Brevard and Lake Toxaway are among the wettest, says Boyles, noting, “Asheville sits in a rain shadow.” “Draw a hill,” Boyled instructs. “As wind and rain hit the hill, they can’t go through it, so they go over, raining on the way up to the top of the ridge. But as that air crests the [top], it sinks, tends to cool and is drier.” When moisture comes up from the Gulf of Mexico, Asheville lies on the drier, leeward side of the mountains, while Brevard and environs are on the rainy, windward side. Asheville is fortunate to have a large reservoir from which to draw drinking water during dry spells. Smaller ground-waterbased systems, however, remain vulnerable should the drought recur this summer and fall (November is typically the driest month), Boyled says. Last spring and early summer, water levels were good, but they kept dropping as fall approached; in late August, the French Broad reached its lowest recorded levels ever, he points out. So predicting what’s coming is a bit of an educated guessing game, though we’re fortunate to have the Regional Climate Center, Boyes’ Raleigh office and the National Climatic Data Center in our corner. Says Boyles, “We’re the best fortunetellers out there.” X Send your environmental news to mvwilliams@, or call 251-1333, ext. 152. restoration project in Malvern Hills Park and W. Asheville Park. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - Meeting for Buncombe County members and the public at the WNC Alliance office, 29 N. Market St., Ste. 610, Asheville. Info: 258-8737. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily (closed on Wednesdays from Dec. 17-Feb. 25). Admission: $7/$5/$3. For more information about programs and activities: 298-5600 or • SA (6/13), 2pm - “Do Cougars Still Live in the Southern Appalachians?” will be presented by the Friends of the WNC Nature Center at the Folk Art Center. Plus, cougar snacks and hands-on fun for kids with some of the Nature Center’s education animals. $5. RSVP by June 9: ext. 308.


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Editor’s note: The new Grand Bohemian Hotel’s restaurant is intended to inspire the eater’s inner Victorian-era hunter. In that spirit, we felt it was only appropriate to review the Red Stag Grill in the style favored by the 19th century armed explorers who regaled their readers with tales of high adventures.

Chapter 1: Visiting the restaurant At the southern edge of Asheville proper, at the boundary beyond which few visitors ever stray, there lies now a new hotel. This hotel is well known to the people of Biltmore Forest, but remains a mystery to many natives, who rarely have occasion to visit the area where boutiques are plentiful and parking is scarce. And so, dear reader, I felt compelled to make the journey to the Grand Bohemian Hotel to discover what edible treasures might lie within. The property was built by Richard Kessler, a master of the hospitality arts who presided over the Days Inn chain for nearly a decade before finally sloughing off the motel mindset and immersing himself in the business of “boutique hotels.â€? Of these hotels, there is no precise definition, although it is generally agreed they are unified by an emphasis on personal service and idiosyncratic design. The Grand Bohemian, by way of example, is lit by chandeliers made from antlers. In my discussions with the helpful staff at the hotel and its on-premises restaurant, the Red Stag Grill, I was able to suss out the meaning of the trophy-animal dĂŠcor: Since

the hotel is situated at the doorstep of the Biltmore Estate, its design is meant to evoke the hunting lodges which inevitably adjoined Europe’s great baronial estates. The menu too was written with metaphorical guns drawn: Diners at the Red Stag are invited to feast upon such cherished sportsman’s dishes as pheasant, duck and elk. The food that could not have been fought has apparently been foraged: Side dishes include truffle French fries, macaroni with mushrooms and mushroom ragout. I would be amiss if I did not say more about the menu itself, which commands the attention of even the most experienced eater. As I settled into my red leather wing-backed chair for my first meal at the Red Stag, I was admittedly distracted by the sheer heft of the hardbound book the hostess handed me. As I discovered, this menu did double-duty as a machine, as it was back-lit from within, so diners studying their choices have their faces cast with a pale blue glow. But I did not have to summon the courage to wrestle with the menu on my second visit, since I had requested that the kitchen prepare for me its best dishes. “These are all the most popular items,� chef Adam Hayes told me, outlining the evening’s itinerary.

Chapter 2: The First Course Hayes, our fearless guide, came to the Red Stag Grill with credentials strong enough to comfort the most anxious of new restaurant owners. Hayes had helmed the kitchen at Greensboro’s much-lauded Proximity Hotel, a green-themed boutique hotel of the first order.

There were still more appetizers, as my curiosity coerced me into sampling more of the dishes thoughtfully offered in “small bite�-sized portions. I tried the Hunt Plate, which didn’t have the North Carolina-made pickles or sausages the menu promised, but featured instead a picnicready spread of lunchmeats and mustard. I puzzled over the spongy blue-cheese polenta dip. And I savored the subdued Wedge Salad, smartly finished with sugary bacon.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium — which administers the Seafood Watch program, monitoring the sustainability of fisheries — has issued a Chilean Seabass alert, asking consumers to avoid the over-fished toothfish. This alert has apparently not disrupted business in the Kessler kitchens, which continue to spotlight the fish. “It’s the most appealing thing to people who come in to eat,� said Hayes, who reports he purchases his fish from a supplier who guarantees the fish is sink and line-caught. (“I only had one lady who was very intoxicated who went on and on about it being on the menu,� he reported.) I found the seabass startlingly buttery, a sensation echoed by the accompanying custard-yellow mashed potatoes and butterbasted asparagus spears. The same sides, in slightly different guises, accompanied the restaurant’s signature filet, which I did indeed enjoy. (In a restaurant where every wall is adorned with animal heads, it is perhaps wise to order items that once had four legs.)

My meal ended with a blackberry crème brulee. And Hayes assured me there is much more to come from the Red Stag Grill, should local diners wish to partake of it. “We want to try some different things,â€? he said. “This is a ‘get open’ menu. In fall, we’re going to get into the real European comfort foods, the confit and cassoulet type of stuff. I’m not going to be able to compete on everything local, everything organic. ... But if you don’t have a good meal, I’m not happy.â€? X

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Chefs are naturally divided into two types: Those who care little about their customers, and those who strive to serve them. The former chefs are imaginative but willful. The latter tend to have an easier time finding work. Hayes is a consummate example of the second type: “I just want to give people what they want,� he told me. “It’s not about what I want.� Hayes proved he was a man of his word with the calamari, one of the few dishes that appear at every Kessler hotel restaurant, from Savannah to Taos. “We sell these things like those no tomorrow,� he confided. I am not surprised that Americans adore the Kessler calamari since, in my humble experience, I have found that fry and cheese are among my countrymen’s favorite flavors. Those two things rarely collide in a calamari preparation, but the Kessler corporation has boldly taken what might be described as a nacho approach to squid. The plate features deep-fried noodles of calamari in a puddle of creamy garlic-tinged mayonnaise, generously garnished with tomatoes, olives and handfuls of asiago cheese. I do not believe it is contradictory to report that the appetizer tastes very much like Cheetos, and that I have met people who claim they can no longer live without it. I next met with the fried green tomatoes, which were served with what my server described as “ranch dressing.� Although I am unaccustomed to encountering ranch dressing at very fine restaurants, the sauce was a rather welcome foil to the tomatoes, which were a bonanza of butter and salt. Tomatoes were done a better turn by the excellent spiced tomato soup, which I snuck onto my table, despite it not having been selected by Chef Hayes. I assume the omission was a reflection of it not being ordered as often as suspected showstoppers like the calamari, which is a terrible shame: The sheer, unembellished soup of squashes, tomatoes and coconut milk hit the perfect acidic note. “I made that kind of soup probably 10 times,� Hayes said, recalling Kessler’s daughter’s personal interest in developing the recipe. “It’s a good soup.�

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A-B TECH CULINARY ARTS TEAM: A-B Tech’s perennially competitive culinary team (pictured here) is asking local food lovers to help underwrite its trip to the national finals in Orlando this July. The team earned its berth by finishing first in the American Culinary Federation’s Student Team Southeast Regional Competition this spring, but the crown didn’t come with travel expenses: Program officials estimate the trip will cost the team’s five members $10,000. To raise the money, A-B Tech has launched a “Buy a Mile” fundraiser, with miles priced at $8.35 apiece. The donor’s name is then entered in a prize drawing once for each mile purchased (meaning 25 miles equals 25 chances to win). A-B Tech is slated to face teams from the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, Schoolcraft College and Kapi’olani Community College. But the North Carolinians are confident: “The general consensus was the team looked well-prepared and professional, and the plates showed finesse and elegance,” cocoach Michelle Kelley said in a release recapping the team’s regional win, which involved Paupiettes de sole a la Trouvillaise, a mixed-green salad with pine-nut encrusted Brie and hazelnut cream in a chocolate shell. Miles are for sale now at www.abtech. edu/buyamile. For more information, call 254-1921. LIVERMUSH FESTIVAL: Livermush, livermush, how do I love thee? Entrants in the annual Marion Livermush Festival poetry contest this weekend will likely find more inspired ways of celebrating

western North Carolina’s iconic pigparts dish, sometimes referred to as “poor man’s pate.” For the less artistically inclined, the party will also include a livermush cook-off contest. The festivities are scheduled to start around 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5, on Marion’s Courthouse lawn. For further details on either contest, contact 652-2215. EARTH FARE: Earth Fare is firing up its grills for a good cause later this month, hosting a burger fundraiser on behalf of Buncombe County’s Meals on Wheels. All proceeds from burgers sold at both Earth Fare locations on June 25 between 5 and 8 p.m. — and 5 percent of the stores’ overall sales — will be donated to the organization, which delivers hot, nutritious meals to elderly and homebound area residents. For more information, call 210-0100 (Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road) or 253-7656 (Earth Fare West, Westgate Shopping Center). 131 MAIN: The newest tenant of Biltmore Town Square opens its doors this week, marking the first appearance of a 131 Main outside the greater Charlotte area. The restaurant, which was voted “best overall food and drink” by readers of Charlotte magazine, serves a businessfriendly cuisine of Cobb salads, crab cakes and prime rib. “The secret to our success is that we’ve created an environment that simply makes people happy,” partner Joe Douglas is quoted as saying in a release from the restaurant. 131 Main currently operates two locations in Charlotte and one in Cornelius. For more information, call 651-0131.

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by Alli Marshall While local singer/songwriter Josh Blake is enthusiastic about Big Money Band (the feel-good folk-rock departure from his regular stint with hip-hop collective GFE), he’s sometimes lukewarm about the group’s name. What was meant in the spirit of fun, he worries, “might give people the wrong impression about why we play music.” Not the case. Material gain matters to the musician as much as it can provide a livelihood for his friends and family, but beyond the name it’s “because there are so many bands out there with a second job to make ends meet.” (Blake, a member of several local bands and father or three, also runs a side business that puts ATMs in retail outlets.) That and, “We’re big — there’s a lot of us on stage — and we’re money, baby.” Blake’s Big Money Band is made up of the members of local funk outfit Strut (Patrick Thomas with brothers Casey and Elijah Kramer) with keys player Frank Mapstone and backup singers Melissa Albert and Carolyn Smith. For the upcoming Orange Peel show — a Phish ticket-giveaway event for which Blake was handpicked to headline — GFE bass player Cricket and multi-instrumentalist Matt Williams will sit in for the Cramers. Diversifying his musical portfolio, Blake released solo album Seed in 2000 and is currently working at Echo Mountain Studios on Trees, set to drop later this year. Those two discs are part of a larger, box-set vision: Seed, Roots, Trees and Fruits. “I almost always write under the same umbrella of thought,” Blake says. Concepts of “positive social change” give continuity to the musician’s otherwise far-flung influences. Demos for Trees include “Devil’s on the Run” (which nods to both The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and the Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”), the edgy hippy-rock thump of “Aight,” and the funk-meets-soul of “Turn it Around” featuring Soulive’s Eric “Kraz” Krasno. If these songs seem unlikely album-mates, fear not: Blake’s nimble touch is apparent in each blare of horn and pop of bass. That’s why, when MTV reality series Made contacted Echo Mountain in search of someone to produce beats for a segment on an Owen High School student learning to rap, Blake was the obvious choice. The episode aired on May 14 and can be viewed on MTV’s Web site. Though Blake has some misgivings about the show, he chalks

Branching out: Josh Blake also produces beats, records solo discs and fronts Big Money Band. photo by jonathan welch

it up to experience. In fact, it seems that all of GFE’s members share the view that what each performer does individually strengthens the band as a whole. “It’s not like, ‘GFE is breaking up, and this member is doing this,’” Blake explains. “Anything any of has to do, we’re like, ‘Go get ‘em.’ GFE is our tribe; it’s what we do.”

Fittingly, GFE follows Blake’s pre-Phish perJosh Blake & Big Money Band formance with a Phish what: after-party show, also Phish ticket giveaway show at the Orange Peel, on with Diocious and Modo Tuesday, June 9. Blake met Granola Funk where: Express during the midThe Orange Peel 90s when that band was a when: traveling kitchen (hence Saturday, June 6 (9 p.m., $10 the crunchy namesake) advance, $12 at the door. on the Grateful Dead and Phish tour circuit. Blake was invited by GFE MCs Cactus and Adam Strange to visit Asheville for one of the group’s first shows at the now-defunct 31 Patton. The musician has been here ever since. Early on, GFE boasted some 20 performers. Shows took place on streets and stages. Depending on which players showed up, the sound ranged from bluegrass-flavored folk to gritty, urban hip-hop. But, during 11 years of touring (often in conjunction with Dead and Phish shows; the reunions of both of these bands will see GFE back on the road this summer) the band paired down its membership and honed its style to the positive hip-hop of albums like Bigger Than It Really Is and Nickel, Nickel, Dime. Though Blake isn’t surprised that GFE is still together (”What surprises me is that we’re not bigger yet; that we haven’t played Bonnaroo,” he says), he has found that he needs additional outlets for his creative work. “Our shows used to be more eclectic. There was singer/songwriter stuff going on,” he notes. “As those members left, we focused more on hip-hop.” But Blake, who plays guitar as well as making beats (a combination of drum-machine loops and added instrumentation used as a foundation in hiphop), had a personal objective for his songs that didn’t always jibe with GFE’s format. He’s also dabbling in heavy metal with the recent project Super Collider, which he describes as being “like Bad Brains; definitely not a hair band.” “I had to get the songs out that are inside me,” he says. Consider Blake’s offshoots prime investments in that vision. X Alli Marshall can be reached at


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It tastes like a mixture of good living and dying Resident outsider music legend Don Howland likes obscurity but loves music more By Whitney Shroyer “I like cryptic stuff,” says Don Howland. “I’ve always gravitated towards the obscure. And it’s not just the obscurity of it I like. It’s what makes it great, but still obscure. I don’t think you lose the spirit of what makes rock and roll good when you stay obscure.” Don Howland has lived in Asheville for more than 10 years and has managed to keep his local obscurity intact. He was a resident for at least three years before he even played a show (at Vincent’s Ear, of course) and didn’t start an Asheville band until 2005. And he’s never been featured in an article, or even a Smart Bet brief, in this publication. And yet, Howland has been a known and respected musician and writer in underground rock ‘n’ roll for almost 25 years. His music, an often-unsettling combination of country blues and punk rock, is at times abrasive and at times lovely. His intense, often funny songs are full of strange, oblique imagery. And he usually sings about sex and death. A cult figure’s cult figure, he’s released more than a dozen LPs and many more 7inch singles under his own name and with his various bands. And, having recently passed 50, he remains committed to tending his unique creative path, recording a new album with his longtime group the Bassholes that sounds as uncompromising and contrary as anything he’s ever done. He’s also preparing to reboot the all-local Burning Bush, with Doom Ribbons/Track Rabbits drummer James Owen and the Labiators/Suttree string section Chad McRorie, Christian Riel and Paul Parsons (late breaking news: Eric Hubner is filling in for an injurysidelined Parsons). Initially formed in 2005 to play Gonerfest in Memphis — and disbanded after playing only three gigs — Burning Bush is the largest band Howland’s ever fronted. In its original incarnation, Burning Bush melded Howland’s take on punk and blues with a more traditional rockband format in a way that was musically explosive. But Howland seems even more excited about the band this time around. “It’s so much better than it was in 2005. Those guys have gotten really good. It’s more honed — we took the best of what we did last time and went beyond that. I can’t wait to record this band.” Burning Bush will play at the Admiral on June 14. The Admiral has shows infrequently, and space is always limited. Advance tickets will be available. “I’ve been hooked on music for, like, 45 years,” Howland says. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and is able to vividly recall many key musical events in his life. He was the perfect age when punk rock hit Cleveland in the late ‘70s, attend-

ing first-wave shows by bands like Pere Ubu. Then he discovered the country blues. “That music was a revelation,” Howland says. “I loved the lyrics. They’re so surreal, but so American at the same time. That and mid- to late-’80s hip-hop was all I listened to for a long time.” Howland began singing blues songs with a local duo called the Gibson Brothers, eventually co-fronting the band with rockabilly performer Jeffrey Evans. The Gibson Brothers (whose lineup eventually included Jon Spencer) became known for their humor and ramshackle attitude. But when Evans moved to Memphis, Tenn., in the early ‘90s, Howland stayed in


Burning Bush featuring Don Howland and members of Doom Ribbons, Suttree and El Hub


The Admiral, West Asheville


Sunday, June 14 (Advance tix available.) Ohio, making it too difficult to maintain the band. It was then he started the Bassholes. Over the past 16 years, the Bassholes (primarily Howland and drummer Bim Thomas) have released more than a half a dozen albums of Howland’s extremely personal take on the blues for a variety of labels, including In the Red and Matador. Many credit Howland with innovating the two-person blues-based punkband format. “There was no conscious thought about a two-piece band,” says Howland. “It was just less hassle. The country blues showed the way, — you just sit down and do it.” Howland moved to Asheville in 1998 with his family, but a series of personal catastrophes (chronicled, or at least referenced, on the harrowing 2002 solo album, The Land Beyond the Mountains) made the transition difficult. It took almost seven years of living in Asheville before his life stabilized enough to form a selfsustaining local band. Shortly after disbanding Burning Bush, Howland started Wooden Tit with Owen and bassist Eamon Martin. “I was happy with Wooden Tit,” says Howland. “It was lean. It was a kind of music I’ve always liked and wanted to be able to do.” Howland accepts his status as a musician who’s playing for himself and a limited audience, and it’s pretty easy to see that he will never stop. “In Columbus, we always said we’d do it ‘til we died. I just really love music,” Howland says. “You could do a five-word article on me and just say that. My friends from high school

A cult figure’s cult figure: Don Howland helped innovate the now ubiquitous twoperson blues-based punk band. He’s been living in Asheville for 10 years, eschewing the spotlight. Above, on a trip to Scotland. Below, playing with the Bassholes. top photo by chet howland below, by jay brown

have gone off and become lawyers, directors of alumni departments, and as soon as I heard that first Ramones album there was no way I was ever going to do that. Some people just don’t fit in. And they need rock music.” X Check out the full-length interview with Howland at • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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“Keep it in the Road,” mixed-media sculpture by Margaret Couch Cogswell, is part of the By the Book show at Blue Spiral. Photo by ursula gullow

Crafting a tradition, one (Web) page at a time by Ursula Gullow It’s hard to be an art aficionado in Asheville without acknowledging the historical significance that craft-making and folk art traditions have on the creative work produced in this region. Western Carolina University recently launched an expansive Web site documenting the Southern Highlands Craft Revival Movement of the 1890s through the 1940s. The site is a fascinating chronicle of Appalachia, documenting traditions like chair-making, doll-making, musical instruments, basketry, weaving and pottery. It’s peppered with lush historical photography and historical tidbits, like the fact that the banjo originated in Africa, and that corn-husk dolls were originally made by Native Americans. With its elegantly written text, there is a huge amount of information available at craftrevival. Jeff Biggers, author of The United States of Appalachia, recently spoke at the Folk Art Center about the importance of preserving craft traditions as a way of sustaining Appalachian culture. “The use of craft is part of the art of our lives,” he said. The craft and story-making traditions of Appalachia are currently being threatened by coal-mining practices that displace people and local resources, he said. Consider that the next time you forget to turn your lights off before leaving the house. (60 percent of energy consumed in our state comes from coal.) For a more contemporary look at crafting,


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visit Blue Spiral 1’s current exhibition, By the Book, where 12 Southeastern artists use the humble book to express their crafting techniques. A range of methods is represented — letterpress, metal, glass and fiber — in this assorted and interesting exhibit. Since a book must be opened to be enjoyed, the gallery has provided gloves for the viewer to handle the pieces if she so wishes. This is a good thing because the monumental sculpture “Isinglass” by esteemed local bookbinder Daniel Essig is even more exciting upon discovering the many tiny books that are embedded in the spine of his sculpted fish. Each little book is its own masterpiece. Upon opening them, pages with delicately burned edges are revealed, as well as the velvet-lined nooks within the sculptures that house them. One will probably choose to stand back and simply gaze at Elizabeth Ryland Mears glass and steel books, but the kinetic sculpture “Descendent” by Jennifer Brook beckons the viewer to interact with its smooth wooden pages, which slide out of their sheaths to reveal memories and historical anecdotes. More traditional approaches can be found in the accordion books of Laurie Corral and pop –up books of Carol Barton. A lovely collection of extremely delicate books can be viewed through a showcase in the gallery, safe from clumsy hands and sullied fingertips. By the Book will be up until June 27. X


Asheville and the surrounding area boast a wide variety of theatre companies.

Setting our Sightlines on local theatre

Xpress launches new online review project: By Rebecca Sulock Upon starting as A&E editor last summer, I put the call out to readers to tell us what they’d like more of in the Xpress arts section. “More theatre reviews” was a frequent answer. The prospect was complicated somewhat by print deadlines and short runs — that is, could we print a quality review in time for our readers to actually see the play? Also, could we write reviews that were critical (though hopefully, constructively so) in a small town? Sightlines is our answer, and our attempt to enliven and enrich the local theatre community. It’s online now at www.mountainx. com/theatre, a Web project developed from a conversation with Asheville-based playwright and performer John Crutchfield. “The first and most obvious benefit is to help create and foster an informed, loyal and critically sophisticated audience for theatre in Asheville — which turns the heat up on the artists themselves to create high-quality, relevant and challenging work,” Crutchfield says. Adds Steven Samuels, another contributor, “This project can help to expand the dialogue, heighten interest, and thwart the great deadener of art: complacency.” Sightlines will involve a group of dedicated reviewers writing up shows as near to opening night as possible and posting them at Crutchfield will be a primary contributor; along with Samuels, a playwright, teacher, critic and editor; Lucia Del Vecchio, a playwright, performer and writer; and Jamie Shell, an avid theatergoer and blogger. We hope our readers will join in the conversation by posting thoughts and comments, to help create a lively (and respectful) dialogue. What do we think makes a good review? “A good review challenges artists and audiences to expect more of themselves and

each other,” writes Samuels. “It champions the art rather than an entity. It helps to establish standards, and then to raise them.” Crutchfield offers his ideas: “What Goethe said about criticism in general applies certainly to reviewers in particular: You have to answer three questions: What is the artist trying to do? How well does the artist succeed in doing it? And is it worth doing? Obviously, these questions have to be dealt with in the right order. Evaluating the merit of a work of art before you understand what the artist is trying to do puts you in the position of the man who junks his John Deere harvester because it won’t fit in the Bojangles drivethru.” We’ve attempted to put together a group of reviewers with different interests. Crutchfield, for example, is most interested in experimental and interdisciplinary performance; Shell loves musicals. Our arts writer, Alli Marshall, will also be contributing, along with others from time to time. And we approach Sightlines bearing in mind that one of the reviewer’s duties is to serve the particular community he or she writes for and about, as Crutchfield explains. “The best reviewers have a distinctive voice, and however cranky that voice may be, its ultimate purpose has to be both to enrich the community’s appreciation for its artists, and to encourage the artists themselves to strive for excellence in their work.” There’s a wealth and diversity of regional theatre that Xpress hopes to support with this project. “Theater in Asheville seems poised not only for internal growth but to make a noise in the outside world,” Samuels says. “Informed critical attention now may advance that potential and help spread the word.” X Send ideas and suggestions for Sightlines to Read more from the contributors at • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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The much-awaited, years-in-the-making photo documentary project makes its final showing at the Satellite Gallery. Terrific portraits of friends, neighbors, local characters and more, from photographer and community activist Jen G. Bowen. The Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 5. Free. Info at

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Melancholy, poignant creator of lo-fi music Bill Callahan makes it to the Grey Eagle on the wings of his latest lovely record Sometimes I Wish I Were an Eagle. With trippy-psych girl-group Lights and Jaye Bartell’s haunting, minimalist Pilgrim (from Asheville). For an interview with Callahan and coverage of the show, go to Wednesday, June 10. $10 advance/$12 day of show. Info at

Gift of Gab

Once half ot the underground rap duo Blackalicious, deft MC Gift of Gab makes his first-ever Asheville stop at the Emerald Lounge this week. Check it. Also on the bill: DJ Par and GFE’s Agent Strange Mouth. Thursday, June 4. 9 p.m. $10. Info at

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

Wed., June 3 Back Room

Open mic Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic Boiler Room

Pleasure Saucer Presents: Vortex Cabaret

Ballroom Dancing with Roger Buckner


Waynesville Water’n Hole

Rusted Root (world fusion) w/ The Work

Funk jam featuring local artists

Hookah Joe’s

White Horse

Open Mic Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Celtic & Blues Tuesdays w/ 6:30 Irish session

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Wild Wing Cafe

Gift of Gab (hip-hop)

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

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Caribbean Cowboys

Five Fifty Three

Eleven on Grove

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe


‘80s Night Decades Restaurant & Bar

Jazz and Blues with Mrs. Rhoda Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Zydeco Lesson & Dance 8-11pm

Tres Bien w/ Badways

Emerald Lounge


Reggae Resurrection

Tony Ballew (singer, guitarist)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Rocket Club

Celtic & eclectic jam

Galictifunk (disco, funk, house & DJs)

Frankie Bones

Scandals Nightclub

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Gottrocks

Town Pump

Emerald Lounge

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Thu., June 4

Frankie Bones

Back Room

Buncombe Turnpike (bluegrass quintet) Beacon Pub

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass) Locomotive Pie (originals & blues)

Chuck Mead (BR549) & Amy LaVere

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Josh Phillips Folk Festival (folk, reggae, funk) w/ Paleface & Now You See Them


Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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

Lake Effekt & Hollowpoint (rock)

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

Marc Keller (variety)

Courtyard Gallery



Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Gaelic Storm (Celtic party band)

Open mic at the Shed w/ Parker Brooks

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Boiler Room

ThursdaY, June 4 Free!

The GraTeFul DeBT mounTain/Beach BanD

saTurdaY, June 6 $5

ThursdaY, June 11 Free!

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Josh Phillips Folk Festival 9pm Chuck Mead (BR549) & Amy LaVere 8:30pm The Whappers & Wooden Toothe 9pm Sam Quinn & Japan Ten Garbage Bear 9pm

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Fri. 6/05

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Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Michael Feinberg Trio (avant-garde jazz, pop)

Thur. 6/04

Bloody Mary Bar open At 6pm $1000 Prize Miss Hairspray Pagent $35 Entry Fee

Pushy Lips w/ The Discordian Society (funk, progressive)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and

Pool TournamenT

Show Night

with AShley michAelS & FriendS

Garage at Biltmore

The Movement

eVerY sundaY & WednesdaY


Theatre Fetiche

French Broad Brewery Tasting

BoBo Gallery



w/Sound extreme

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Wed. 6/03



The Silver Daggers (bluegrass)

Blu Lounge

Hump day dance party




Summer Solstice w/ live music

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Latin dance

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


Dash Vara

TueS. Sir Richard Bishop 6/09 & His Freak of Araby Ensemble 9pm Wed. 6/10

WorlD Funk Fusion saTurdaY, June 13 $5


Asheville Sound Swap Vol.III 11am - 5pm FREE!

Bill Callahan w/ Lights 9pm

Thur. Fiction Family 6/11 w/Sara Watkins 8pm

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- Mon. 7:30 OPEN MIC hosted by Scott Stewart

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Blues Jam Featuring the

Westville All Stars hosted by Mars

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

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

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Eleven on Grove

Lobster Trap

Stella Blue

Hank Bones

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


Emerald Lounge

Stir Fry Cafe

New Living Roots showcase w/ Human Revolution, Mabrak Int’l, Universe Roots Reggae Vibe

Jay Storm (funk, hip-hop, soul, r&b)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Belly dancing

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Throwback Thursday w/ 80’s & 90’s music New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

No Shoulders w/ Thunders and Soft Opening Purple Onion Cafe

Corinne West (acoustic, folk) Razcal’s

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter) Rocket Club

The Hot Seats (formerly Special Ed and the Short Bus) w/ Speedsquare Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Singer-songwriter showcase Temptations Martini Bar

Jake Gardner (singer/songwriter) Town Pump

Bill Noonan & the Fallen Gentlemen Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz and friends (blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

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Blueground Undergrass w/ Little Green Chairs Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Whappers (rock) & Wooden Toothe Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market

David Lagadi (classical guitar) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Waynesville Water’n Hole

Empty Slate Wild Wing Cafe

Airiel Down White Horse

Jibblin (world fusion)

Sat., June 6

Blu Lounge

Chris Cates & the MasterPlan (Americana)

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M.

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

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

Iron Horse Station

Boiler Room

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Dana and Susan Robinson (singer/songwriter duo)

Ironside, A Road Eternal, Black Ritual (heavy metal)

Fri., June 5

Jack Of The Wood Pub


Delta Moon (blues)


Jerusalem Garden

Chaser’s Nitelife

Belly dancing w/ live music

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Mike’s Tavern

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Grammer School

Rotating guest bands

Acoustic Swing

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Dock’s Restaurant

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Saint Solitude (indie, rock) w/ Kovacs and the Polar Bear

Buck Naked (rock)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

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

Garry Segal (acoustic, singer/songwriter)

All shows at 9:30 pm unless noted


The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock)

Richard Barrett and Blair Crimmins

Back Room

Funk Record Spin Night w/ DJ Rob

The John Douglas Company’s CD release party (rock, alternative) w/ Blind Syght

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Hannah Flanagan’s

Zuma Coffee

June 9th

Garage at Biltmore

Big Daddy Love (Americana, bluegrass)

Beacon Pub

Peace Jones (flutes, funk)

Sophisticated Chimps & The Houstons

Leigh Glass Band (Americana)

Town Pump

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Wild Wing Cafe

June 6th

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Chuck Beattie

Born Broke (old-time, country)

The Grateful Debt (beach band)

Saint Solitude

Limo Wreck

Twist of Fate


Westville Pub

June 5th

Fred’s Speakeasy

The Still

Back Room

DJ Lady C & Tonell (West Coast house & East Coast breaks)

No Cover

Michael Collins w/ Jeff Starnes (jazz duo)

Delicious w/ Indian

True Blues & Marvin King’s Blues Revival (blues)

Waynesville Water’n Hole

The Screaming Jays

Five Fifty Three

8th Anniversary Celebration w/ Dave Turner & Valorie Miller


Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

June 3rd

Chicken Little (folk, punk, acoustic)

Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Blu Lounge

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

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

Deep Black Void, Broke Mercy, Mindshapefist (rock) Chaser’s Nitelife

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band Club Hairspray

Theatre Fetiche Club Xcapades

Live music Decades Restaurant & Bar

Shaggin’ w/ Darin Kohler and & the Asheville Cats Dock’s Restaurant

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Hammer No More the Fingers w/ Parachute Musical & Born Empty

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Eleven on Grove

Orange Peel

International Dance 10pm-2am

Global Jam feat: The Broomstars, Every Mother’s Dream & The Zygoats

Emerald Lounge


Firestorm Cafe and Books

Justin Lee (singer-songwriter)

Acid Castle and Forty Furies w/ special guests

Purple Onion Cafe

Peace Weaver and The Human Revolution (acoustic)

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Fred’s Speakeasy


Black Hook

Billy and The Buck-Ups (Western)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Red Room at Temptations

Peggy Ratusz (blues, jazz, soul)

DJ Spivey

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Rocket Club

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra & Bonnaroo ticket giveaway

Sam Quinn and Japan Ten w/ Jennie Benford & Garbage Bear

clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 251-5505 The Back Room (OSO) 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room (SH) 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Blue Mountain Pizza (OSO) 658-8777 Blue Lounge 650-5198 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery (OSO) 254-3426 Broadway’s (SA) 285-0400 Caffiend 24 hr coffee 505-2098 Calypso II (SA) 277-6490 Chaser’s (SA) 684-3780 Club Hairspray (SA) 258-2027 College St. Pub (SA) 232-0809 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Cypress Cellar (ISS) 698-1005 Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555

Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 ED Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ (SH) 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 The Encouraging Cup 329-8210 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe (OSO) 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy (SA) 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 The Garage 505-2663 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern (OSO) 232-5800


Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864)233-6173 The Hangar (SA) 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Headlights 400-0382 Hookah Joe’s 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar (ISS) 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill (SH) 258-1550 The Monte (SA) 669-2119 Nashwa 252-2001

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851 Picnics 258-2858 PJ’s Coffee & Wine Bar 274-3444 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-2491 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Razcal’s 277-7117 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack 299-3511 Sadie’s Seafood 505-3364 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (OSO) 586-1717 Steak & Wine 505-3362

Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stir Fry Cafe 505-4934 The Red Room at Temptations (SA) 252-0775 Temptations Martini Bar (SA) 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump (SA) 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (SA) 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652 Zambra 232-1060


Jon Stickley Trio Special Show Featuring Andy Thorn & Cary Fridley FRIDAY • JUNE 5

Delta Moon

Swamp & Slide Guitar Slingers SATURDAY • JUNE 6

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs


OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed Grove Park Inn Great Hall

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show

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

Stella Blue


Sara Watkins (bluegrass) Hangar

Live music Havana Restaurant

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs (blues) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Mike’s Tavern

Shod My Feet (folk rock)

Hand to Hand (rock) w/ By Morning, Social Ghost & Milestone Stir Fry Cafe

Live music w/ DJ Moto Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

JC Town Pump

Lonesome Heroes Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Skinny Legs and All (blues, rock) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Tom Coppola Westville Pub

The Honey Cutters (honky tonk) White Horse

Sophisticated Chimps & The Houstons

Free Planet Radio (world music) w/ Akira Satake & Billy Cardine

Orange Peel

Wild Wing Cafe

Big Money Band (funk, folk-rock) w/ Diocious & Modo

Hot Sauce

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill


Cyprian Kane (singer-songwriter) Purple Onion Cafe

Jackson Crossing (Southern rock) Razcal’s

Free Flight (classic rock) Rocket Club

Sun., June 7

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Two Guitars of Yasmin & Lou, 10am12:30pm Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm

Hookah Joe’s

Hot Club Jazz & Swing

Belly dance w/ live music


Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late Chris Rhodes Mike’s Tavern

Gutwrenching Terror w/ guests Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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

Sunday jazz jam Scandals Nightclub

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show Town Pump

Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam

Beacon Pub

Mon., June 8

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Scandals Nightclub

Asheville Sound Swap vol. III (record sale), 11am-5pm

Say ‘Yes’ to Soulful Vocals/Roots Rock & Americana

Lobster Trap

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers)

Lollipop Factory w/ Solito

Joshua Singleton

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Community Garage Sale, 1 pm

The Space Heaters

Dark Candy Duo (electronica)

The Working O’tet

Garage at Biltmore


Hannah Flanagan’s

Barley’s Taproom

Bawn in the Mash

Hot Buttered Blues Mama

Beacon Pub

Lonesome Heroes BoBo Gallery

Your Bad Self Emerald Lounge

EvEry Monday

Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


Sound Extreme Karaoke 8pm Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


$4 Kamakazees | $2.75 Import Bottles


Sound Extreme Karaoke 8pm $5 Long Island Teas | $3.50 23oz Domestic Draught


saTurday - 5/23

Aaron LaFalce Acoustic Jam @ 8pm $5 Redbull Bombs | $3 Local Highland Beer • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


Corleone, D Numbers, DJ Bowie Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Swing dance w/ Spats Mahoney (aka Russ Wilson) & His Spit Shine Boys

Contra dance

Emerald Lounge

Recession Party w/ Modo, Eymerel, Solos Unit, Incredible Sandwich and Smoothop (1 p.m.) || Phish after-party w/ The Bridge

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm

thurSDAY, June 4

Bill noonan & the Fallen gentleMen FriDAY, June 5

Big daddy love SAturDAY, June 6

loneSoMe heroeS MOnDAY, June 8

Bawn in the MaSh SunDAYS!


$1 Beer


open MiC night 8:30 pm

piCkin’ at the puMp open acoustic Bluegrass Jam & Potluck • 6-10 pm

w/ David Bryan Open SunDAYS nOOn- MiDnight MOn. - weD. 3pM - MiDnight thurS. - SAt. 3pM - 2AM


135 Cherry St. BlaCk Mountain, nC


Guadalupe Cafe

Chad Hallyburton (jazz guitar), 7-9pm Hangar

Rocket Club

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz) Town Pump

Bawn in the Mash Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Open mic w/ Scott Stewart 7:30pm Apres OM, 11pm

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Rock records w/ Danny & Adam

Jazz Fusion (various local artists)

Stella Blue

Last Minute Miracle & Pre Phish dance party

Phish Afterparty feat: Blueground Undergrass, Colonel Bruce & The Trainwrecks

Temptations Martini Bar

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Chuck Lichtenberger presents “An Evening of Jazz” with special guests

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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


Iron Horse Station

I N  TH E  CL U BS MONDAY Mack Kell’s Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues TUESDAY

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens

Sir Richard Bishop & His Freak of Araby Ensemble (psychedelic, surf)

Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany



Motown classics w/ The Mixx

Guadalupe Cafe

Tue., June 9

Phish Afterparty feat: Granola Funk Express, Strut, Two Fresh & Asheville Horns

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Garage at Biltmore

Open mic night

Orange Peel

Decades Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Headlights • Mike’s Side Pocket

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Live music w/ Robert Greer Westville Pub

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss

W EDNESDAY Beacon Pub • Fred’s Speakeasy The Hangar • Blu Lounge Norton’s Grill Temptations Martini Bar

White Horse

Asheville Civic Center

Open mic w/ Yorky

Phish (jam, rock)

Lobster Trap

Back Room

Jeoffrey Weeks (piano)

Anon Dixon Day

Mike’s Tavern

Beacon Pub


Wed., June 10

Open mic

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Back Room

Blu Lounge

Funk record spin night w/ DJ Rob

Open mic

Open mic w/ Earl Clarence, Dick Frost & more


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Telepath (electronic)

Open mic

Buddy David Band

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Boiler Room

Eleven on Grove

Tomato Tuesday comedy open mic

Mount Dungeon

T H URSDAY Chasers • Club Hairspray Infusions • Razcals

Joshua Singleton (rockabilly) Wild Wing Cafe

Bluegrass & clogging + Late Night NTN Trivia

FRIDAY Mack Kell’s Norton’s Grill SATURDAY Club Hairspray • Infusions Norton’s Grill • The Still SUNDAY College St. Pub Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) The Hangar • Mack Kell’s Wing Cafe Broadway’s

‘80s Night Decades Restaurant & Bar

Jazz and Blues with Mrs. Rhoda Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Reggae Resurrection Firestorm Cafe and Books

Celtic & eclectic jam Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)


$RINK3PECIALS%6%29.IGHT Mon-Sat 7pm-2am • Must Be 21 to Enter 828-258-9652 • 99 New Leicester Hwy. 3 Miles West of Downtown off Patton Ave.

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Bill Callahan (singer/songwriter) w/ Lights Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

The Veronicas w/ Pretty Reckless Hookah Joe’s

Open Mic Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009 •

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old Time Jam, 6pm New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

The Fab Family, Tony Wain & the Payne, Peter Stubb Razcal’s

Tony Ballew (singer, guitarist) Rocket Club

Galictifunk (disco, funk, house & DJs) Scandals Nightclub

Latin dance Town Pump

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

Hump day dance party Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Dock’s Restaurant

Lobster Trap

Randy Galloway (Southern rock) & open mic jam

Hank Bones Mela

Belly dancing Mike’s Tavern

Shift Nashwa

Throwback Thursday w/ 80’s & 90’s music Orange Peel

X w/ Steve Soto and the Twisted Hearts Purple Onion Cafe

Jef Chandler & friends Razcal’s

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Funk jam featuring local artists

Stir Fry Cafe

White Horse

Scott Raines

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

Celtic & Blues Tuesdays w/ 6:30 Irish session

Temptations Martini Bar


Wild Wing Cafe

Jake Gardner (singer/songwriter)

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Caribbean Cowboys

Town Pump

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

DaveTurner w/ Valorie Miller (singer/songwriters)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Space Heaters (swing)

Blu Lounge

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass) Boiler Room

Jettison Never, Hollowpoint, Klustafuk (experimental rock) Courtyard Gallery

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jerusalem Garden

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

Burlesque Show New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

BBQ (of King Kahn and BBQ show) w/ Spaceweed & Mocknbird Orange Peel

Crocodile Smile

Metal Showcase feat: Kings Of Prussia, Lecivius & As Sick As Us

Ballroom Dancing with Roger Buckner

Zuma Coffee


Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Thursday night bluegrass jam

John Paskoff (roots music)

Fri., June 12

Pisgah Brewing Company

Decades Restaurant & Bar

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

Simplified (rock) Firestorm Cafe and Books

Wild Wing Cafe

Back Room

Big Daddy Love (jam, roots) Blu Lounge

Bookjaw (anti-authoritarian vocals & drums)

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s

Five Fifty Three

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Acoustic Swing

Frankie Bones

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

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

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Boiler Room

Miriam Allen (folk, Americana) Garage at Biltmore

Theronasaurus Rex, The Wax Poets, East North (indie-rock)

“Dead Night” w/ Phuncle Sam

Chaser’s Nitelife

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Fiction Family (modern-rock) w/ Sara Watkins

Club Hairspray

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Mr. & Miss Hairspray

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

Club Xcapades

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Shaggin’ w/ Darin Kohler and & the Asheville Cats

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Live music


Chuck Brodsky (musical storyteller)

DJ Lady C & Tonell (West Coast house & East Coast breaks) Dash Vara (world funk fusion)


Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Waynesville Water’n Hole

Westville Pub

Reservations are taken nightly

Vibe: Deaf Judges, Tavo, Pegasus - XL, Quiet Entertainer w/ Spoken Nerd, Underground Unheard

Singer-songwriter showcase

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

5 Andrew Way • Arden, NC 828-684-3780

Garage at Biltmore

Waynesville Water’n Hole

Live music

Located on Airport Road behind the Arby's

Dave Desmelik (Americana)

Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Great Drink Specials DJ Diva • Lee Whitaker Band

Michael Collins w/ Jeff Starnes (jazz duo)

Open mic at the Shed w/ Parker Brooks

Beacon Pub


Five Fifty Three


Peggy Ratusz’s Invitational Blues Jam

It’s All About The Ladies DJ Diva • Lee Whitaker Band

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

Rocket Club

Lance Mills Band (roots, country)


Eleven on Grove


Back Room

Karaoke w/ Sound Extreme $4.00 Jager Bombs

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

Marc Keller (variety)

Thu., June 11


Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Sirius.B (folk, funk) w/ A Gypsy & A Jew Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Razcal’s

West Sound (r&b) Red Room at Temptations

DJ Spivey Rocket Club

Forty Furies

WNC’s all-new upscale adult club & sports lounge Newly Renovated 5 Feature Entertainers Now on Staff


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Come join us for great drink specials, music & dancing! Mon. - Sat. 6 pm - 2 am • Sun. 8 pm - 2 am 252-2456 • 14 College St. • Asheville, NC (Next to Tupelo Honey)


WEDNESDAYS $1.50 Domestics all night THIRSTY THURSDAYS When the Tourists are away, this is where the locals play... $2 Domestics & More

The Still

Locomotive Pie (originals & blues)


Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

(Stop by or call to inquire)

Live music w/ singer-songwriters


Town Pump

Taylor Martin Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Free Flow Band (funk, soul) Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market

Rob Murdock (jazz) Vincenzo’s Bistro


Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 2am • (828) 298-1400 520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar


Waynesville Water’n Hole

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

The Aaron Ratliff Duo (acoustic)

Emerald Lounge

The Near Misses (folk, rock)

Jeff Markham & The Last Call, Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work and Sandra Compagna


French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Scandals Nightclub

Kontagus (rock) White Horse

Dana and Susan Robinson (singer/songwriters)

675 Merrimon Ave • Asheville, NC





Open Mic Night!

M-F 11-3pm • Now open Sundays! Pizza, salad, baked potatoes and more!

(on the corner of Brevard & Haywood Rd.)



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Open 7 Days 3 pm - 2 am Sat. 06/06 Sun. 06/07

Richard Barrett & Blair Crimmins Bawn in the Mash

Mon. 06/08

Lonesome Heroes

Sat. 06/13

Now You See Them • 828-686-0006 204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa 64

The Devil Makes Three (American blues) w/ Woody Pines Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm


733 Haywood Rd. • West Asheville

Marvin King and the Blues Revival (blues)

Blu Lounge


No Cover tueSdAy

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Join us at both locations for our

S At u R d Ay

Back Room

Now You See Them (quirk folk)

Delivery or Carry Out until 11pm • 254-5339

No Cover

Sat., June 13

Cary Fridley and Down South (Appalachian honky-tonk blues)

Beacon Pub

$3 Admission • Movie Line 254-1281

Chuck Beattie


1pm & 4pm

7pm & 10pm

F R i d Ay

Wild Wing Cafe

Asheville Brewing Company 77 Coxe Ave. Downtown Asheville


!FTERTHE-ASTERS !RT9OGA 3TUDIO FREE Yoga Celebration Enjoy FREE 30 min sampler classes all day Saturday June 13 • Giveaways all day - series cards, jewelry, private lessons! • Special discounts only available on day of celebration! • At the end of the day, join us for refreshments and appetizers with our amazing instructors!

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JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009 •

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M. Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Locomotive Pie (originals & blues) Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

As Sick As Us, Convalescence, Machines of Sin and Sorrow, Burnstich (heavy metal) Chaser’s Nitelife

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band College St. Pub

Blue Jay Way (blues, folk, rock) Decades Restaurant & Bar

Rotating guest bands Dock’s Restaurant

Half Naked (acoustic rock)


Live music Havana Restaurant

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Joshua Singleton (roots rock) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Mike’s Tavern

The Ringing Cedars Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Sirius.B (folk, funk) w/ The Falcon Lords Orange Peel

ABSfest Burlesque & Sideshow Festival

Purple Onion Cafe

The Chuck Beattie Band (blues) DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show Stella Blue

The Dig w/ Cashmere Blackout (indie) Stir Fry Cafe

Live music w/ DJ Moto Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Buster Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Ms Jones and The Velvetones Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Tom Coppola Waynesville Water’n Hole

Ginny McFee Westville Pub

StereoFidelics (indie jazz-rock) White Horse

Stephanie’s Id (indie-pop) Wild Wing Cafe

Urban Sophisticates


theaterlistings Friday, JUNE 5 - Thursday, JUNE 11

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

movie reviews and listings by ken hanke

JJJJJ is the maximum rating

additional reviews by justin souther • contact

pickoftheweek The Brothers Bloom


Director: Rian Johnson (Brick) Players: Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian Schell


Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281)

Terminator: Salvation (PG-13) 11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:55, 10:35

Mary Poppins (G) 1:00, 4:00

Up 3-D (PG) 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 7:10, 9:35

I Love You, Man (R) 7:00, 10:00

Up 2-D (PG) 11:30, 2:05, 4:30, 7:35, 10:00

Please call the info line for updated showtimes.


Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452)

Angels and Demons (PG-13) 11:20, 5:50


Dark Comedy/Romance/Drama Rated PG-13

Dance Flick (PG-13) 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:45, 10:00

The Story: Two con men take on a wealthy eccentric woman for their “one last swindle.”

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (PG-13) 4:20, 9:55

The Lowdown: Brilliantly quirky comedy and surprisingly deep characters and themes blend together in one of the year’s most nearly perfect entertainments.

Land of the Lost (PG-13) 12:30, 1:00, 2:55, 3:25, 5:20, 5:50, 7:45, 8:15, 10:10, Late show Fri-Sat 10:35

It’s quirky. It’s offbeat. It’s self-referential. It will remind you of Wes Anderson. It may, in one respect at least, remind you of Paul Thomas Anderson. It’s a classic con-game story that seems to be offering you a new deal while relying on the old false shuffle to get you there. And it’s much more. It’s a character comedy. It’s a romance. It’s Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom, and it’s utterly magical. If ever a film had “Asheville movie” written on it, this is it. Personally, I haven’t had this much pure fun at a movie all year. It’s one of those movies that I wanted to see again the moment it was over — and had this been anything other than a press screening where that was not possible, I would have. The Brothers Bloom had been on the list of movies I was actually anxious to see when I first encountered the trailer last fall. After catching up with Johnson’s first film, Brick (also opening locally this week), I was even more set on the idea. Then I started hearing some naysaying, followed by mixed reviews (which took a more positive turn when the film went wider). Those reviews, however, only piqued my interest, because the negative ones were the sort that indicate an unorthodox movie of more-than-passing interest. While that indicates that I was predisposed to like the film, it also indicates that the film had to live up to my expectations. Instead it surpassed them — even as I sat there waiting for it to go wrong. The film’s opening — narrated by Ricky Jay (who narrated Magnolia) — is a breathless setup, establishing two brothers — Stephen (newcomer Max Records) and Bloom (Zachary Gordon) — as troublesome orphans who are constantly shunted from one foster family to another for a variety of extravagant offenses. Presented very much in a style that recalls Johnson’s Brick — in other words, as a kind of hard-boiled Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler novel — the opening recounts the brothers’ discovery of the con game, and

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 12:45, 1:45, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:15, 8:10, 9:40

“The perfect con is the one where everybody gets what they want” — so says one of the brothers of Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom. It’s a lesson that the film teaches in the most entertaining manner imaginable, conning the viewer all the while. Stephen’s peculiar approach to and knack for such undertakings. But this sets up more than their future career, it sets up their entire relationship — a relationship in which Bloom seems to exist only as characters his brother devises for him. At first, this allows him the ability to interact with others, since he can’t on his own, but it thwarts true interaction. As Stephen and Bloom grow up and turn into Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody, Bloom’s desire for what he calls “an unwritten life” grows stronger, predictably causing him to want out of their very successful racket. This actually results in nothing more than Bloom hightailing it to Montenegro and drinking himself silly, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s not that difficult for Stephen to talk him into the inevitable “one last con.” In this case, the con involves a fabulously wealthy — and lonely — eccentric, Penelope Stamp (Rachel Weisz), who collects hobbies, carelessly crashes Lamborghinis (worry not, replacements are always on the way), suffers from epilepsy and takes photographs with pinhole cameras because she likes the distortion of the truth into something else. Could a more perfect mark exist? Much of what happens from this is fairly easy to predict, but the way in which it’s all handled is not. The characters are surprisingly solid creations who we come to care about over the course of the film, largely because no one is ever quite who he or she seems. Even the enigmatic Bang Bang (Rinko

Kikuchi, Babel), who is said to understand no more than three words of English and speaks only two words in the whole film, is imbued with suggestions of a depth that transcends what we — and the brothers — think we know. The beauty of much of The Brothers Bloom is that it’s considerably more than a comedy about con artists. It is that, but it’s also a richly rewarding character study. Johnson’s direction is equal to his writing. His handling of scenes is endlessly creative. Some of the funniest moments in the film are little more than throwaway gags positioned in the background of the shots (watch the palm tree, for example, or the replacement Lamborghini being driven up the hill by deliverymen). His handling of the characters is equally strong. He has almost certainly built his con artists on such models as Herbert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins in Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise (1932) and Barbara Stanwyck and her father (Charles Coburn) as cardsharps in Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve (1941), but he’s taken them in new directions. The film itself is something of a con game — as all films can be said to be. The audience is being conned as surely as Penelope — and as surely as Bloom — but it’s such a sweet con that you never mind. Stephen does indeed “write his cons with a dramatic arc like dead Russian novelists,” as his brother notes at one point, and so does Johnson, who also creates a separate fantasy world for his

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (PG) Tue only 10:00 a.m. Sunshine Cleaning (R) 1:00, 7:00 Terminator: Salvation (PG-13) 12:30, 1:00, 3:05, 4:00, 5:40, 7:00, 8:15, 9:35

Cinebarre (665-7776)

The Hangover (R) 12:15, 3:10, 6:00, 8:35, 11:00 Land of the Lost (PG-13) 11:55, 2:45, 5:45, 8:20, 11:05 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 11:50, 3:00, 6:10, 8:50, 11:15 Star Trek (PG-13) 2:30, 8:55 Up (PG) 11:40, 2:55, 6:15, 8:45, 11:10 n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

Up (PG) 11:00, 1:00, 4:00,7:00, 9:00 n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146)

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) n

Up 3-D (PG) 12:15, 12:45, 2:40, 3:10, 5:05, 7:30, 8:00, 9:55

Is Anybody There? (PG13) 7:20

n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

Lymelife (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 (no 7:00 show Thu June 11), Late show Fri-Sat 9:10

Angels & Demons (PG-13) 11:45, 2:50, 7:00, 10:05 Brick (R) 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:50, 10:30 The Brothers Bloom (PG-13) 11:20, 2:00, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 Everlasting Moments (NR) 11:50, 2:45, 5:50, 7:45, 10:40 The Hangover (R) 11:15, 1:45, 4:25, 7:35, 10:00 Land of the Lost (PG-13) 11:10, 1:40, 4:15, 7:25, 10:20 My Life in Ruins (PG-13) 11:25, 1:45, 4:05, 7:40, 10:25 Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 11:05, 1:35, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 Star Trek (PG-13) 12:00, 3:00, 7:05, 10:10

Sugar (R) 1:20, 4:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30

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Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (PG) 1:00 (Sat-Sun), 4:00, 7:00 n Four Seasons of Hendersonville (693-8989) n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

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Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård, Armin Mueller-Stahl Thriller Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon has but hours to prevent Vatican City from being blown up by some stolen antimatter. An utterly ridiculous story decked out in the ripest of melodrama that makes for a good time at the movies — if you don’t take it too seriously. Rated PG-13

Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Robin Williams, Bill Hader High-Concept Comedy More fantasy high jinks with historical figures coming to life in a museum — only on a larger scale. An annoying comedy that constantly mistakes frenzy and caricature for humor — and one that will undoubtedly make a fortune in the bargain. Rated PG



Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O’Leary, Richard Roundtree High-School Noir Mystery/Thriller A high-school loner investigates a drug ring and the murder of his ex-girlfriend. A clever — and not inapt — transposition of a hard-boiled detective story to a modern-day high-school setting. Rewarding and entertaining — not to mention strikingly unusual. Rated R

Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu Musical Comedy/Drama A group of performers attempts to save their beloved music hall in 1936 Paris. A breezy, likable French film that’s solid entertainment, though ultimately a bit insubstantial. Rated PG-13


The Brothers Bloom


Star Trek


Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban Science Fiction The origins of the Star Trek series are reinvented in Adrien Brody, Rachel Weisz, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane, Maximilian this reboot of the franchise. A big, entertaining, occasionally exciting Schell summer movie containing everything that implies — including flaws Dark Comedy/Romance/Drama Two con men take on a wealthy — and one iconic performer giving it a depth outside itself. Rated PGeccentric woman for their “one last swindle.” Brilliantly quirky comedy 13 and surprisingly deep characters and themes blend together in one of Sunshine Cleaning the year’s most nearly perfect entertainments. Rated PG-13


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Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack, Clifton Collins Jr., Mary Lynn Rajskub, Steve Zahn Shosana Bush, Damon Wayans Jr., Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett Comedy/Drama A pair of sisters go into business for themselves Dance-Movie Spoof The Wayans Brothers parody dance movies. cleaning up crime scenes. Though marketed as a quirky black comedy, Sunshine Cleaning is actually much more: a warm, human and pretty The Wayans Brothers parody dance movies. Rated PG-13 wonderful character piece, with two brilliant actresses and a strong Drag Me to Hell supporting cast. Rated R



Terminator Salvation Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza Prepackaged Cult Horror When a loan officer refuses an old gypsy an extension on her mortgage, the bank employee finds herself on the Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham business end of a most unpleasant curse. A wild, goofy ride of cheesy Carter Sci-Fi Action John Connor fights robots in what remains of the world horror that’s undeniably clever and fun, but not convincingly scary. after nuclear devastation. It’s dreary. It takes itself way too seriously. Rated PG-13 It’s kind of like Children of Men (2006) with the brain removed. Rated PG-13 Everlasting Moments



Up Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Emil Jensen, Ghita Nørby Period Drama A look at an early 20th-century working-class Swedish family and the mother who finds her artistic calling in photography. (Voices) Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Stunning to look at and with surprising cumulative power, this is a film Lindo Animated Fantasy/Adventure Faced with being sent to a retirement that will reward those who can go with its deliberate pacing. Rated home, the 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen — a former balloon vendor at a NR zoo — ties an unbelievable number of balloons to his house and floats away in search of an obscure part of South America that he and his wife Is Anybody There? always planned to see. An altogether remarkable — and remarkably moving — film that’s on the very short list of best of 2009. Rated PG Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Rosemary Harris, Peter Vaughan X-Men Origins: Wolverine Drama Character piece about an aging magician and a young boy who meet when the older man is placed in a nursing home run by the boy’s parents. A predictable story and so-so filmmaking are overcome Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Will i Am, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch Sci-Fi Comic-Book Action The story of how — more or less by the chemistry of the stars and the greatness of Michael Caine’s talent. — Wolverine came to be, with a glimpse of the beginnings of the XRated PG-13 Men. Hampered by a script that’s constrained by predestination, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is nonetheless entertaining nonsense that’s nice to Night at the Museum: look at. Rated PG-13




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characters to inhabit. It’s all in the service of something larger and more resonant than the film might at first seem. If it’s true — as Stephen claims — that the best cons are those where everybody gets what they want, then Johnson delivers just that for both his characters and his audience. Don’t let this one get away. Rated PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Opens Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema.



Director: Rian Johnson Players: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O’Leary, Richard Roundtree

High-School Noir Mystery/Thriller Rated R The Story: A high-school loner investigates a drug ring and the murder of his ex-girlfriend. The Lowdown: A clever — and not inapt — transposition of a hard-boiled detective story to a modern-day high-school setting. Rewarding and entertaining — not to mention strikingly unusual. Rian Johnson’s Brick (a 2006 film that is only now playing in theaters locally) is that rarest of things: a movie called “unique” that actually is. (I don’t buy the case I’ve seen made that there’s any similarity to Alan Parker’s 1976 musical comedy Bugsy Malone.) Johnson’s concept is simple and simply brilliant. He’s made a mystery of the film-noir school that plays and sounds a lot like a Dashiell Hammett novel — most especially Red Harvest and The Maltese Falcon — but here’s the catch: It’s more or less set in the present and the characters are all southern California high-school kids. Is it a stunt? Well, yes, it probably is, though it might just as easily be Johnson’s solution to how to make a classic noir on a largely nonexistent budget. That it drew more attention to this, his debut film, than a straightforward period film would have may simply be a side effect. Does this eccentric notion work? Amazingly enough, it works beautifully. It’s not long before the conceit of hearing high-school kids say things like, “I got all five senses and I slept last night, which puts me six up on the lot of you,” sounds normal enough. Even the more obscure (and possibly manufactured) slang — such as using “put that body to bed” to “try another one, I’m not buying that lie” — comes across smoothly. In fact, it wasn’t very long before I realized I’d enjoy conversations with high schoolers a lot more if they did talk like this. Seeing high schoolers at a fancy party where one of the film’s femmes fatale, Laura (Nora Zehetner), plays cocktail piano while speak-singing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Sun Whose Rays” from The Mikado is an easy enough leap to make. I think a large part of what makes the approach work lies in the very serious manner in which the story and dialogue are approached — and the subtext this carries.

The characters are at an age where they do take things very seriously, and where they’re creating and finding their identities. As often as not, the identities they “try on” are assimilated in part from pop culture. In this case, those references happen to be old movies of a certain type. Similarly, the fact that parents are virtually nonexistent in the world of Brick feels psychologically correct, since the characters are at the age where parents are largely dismissed in their minds. So it’s fitting that the only one whose parent we see is the emotionally stunted, much older character called The Pin. His “mama’s boy” status is as classic as his clubfoot and affectations of a duckhead walking stick and Inverness cape are for someone acting the part of a colorful crime lord. The story itself — involving drug deals and the murder of the ex-girlfriend of the main character, Brendan (Joseph GordonLevitt) — is as convoluted as anything

Hammett ever dreamed up. On examination, it may only more or less fit together, but that’s authentic, too, since the stories in noir tales are rarely more than sort of plausible. Attitude and atmosphere are the real point of it all. Johnson has plenty of both, and as a result, Brick is at least close to the Coen’s Blood Simple (1984) and Danny Boyle’s Shallow Grave (1994) in terms of an audacious debut work. Rated R for violence and drug content. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Opens Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema.

Drag Me to Hell


Director: Sam Raimi Players: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, Adriana Barraza

Prepackaged Cult Horror Rated PG-13 The Story: When a loan officer refuses an

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Todd Phillips (whose probably been hiding since School for Scoundrels) appears to be attempting to get his Old School cred back (for those who like that sort of thing) with this low-budget, R-rated raunch comedy featuring lesser luminaries like Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis. It’s a fairly stock premise — drunken party gone awry with no one able to remember what happened and one friend missing — taken to what appears to be very broad and over-the-top extremes. The early reviews — of which there are only a smattering — suggest a better film than the trailer does. Friday will tell. (R) Early review samples: • “At once raucously free-wheeling and meticulously contrived, pic satisfies as a boysgone-wild laff riot that also clicks as a seriocomic beat-the-clock detective story.” (Joe Leydon, Variety) • “Head-poundingly (in a good way), sidesplittingly funny.” (Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter)


Will Ferrell is back in full “Look at me, I’m funny!” mode in Land of the Lost — or so the trailer for this big-screen version of the old Sid and Marty Kroft TV show suggests. No, it doesn’t suggest it; it screams it. Ferrell plays Dr. Rick Marshall, a scientist of dubious merit and even worse reputation, who — along with his assistant (Anna Friel) and a survivalist (Danny McBride) — gets sucked into a vortex and lands in a world of dinosaurs and cavemen. Brad Silberling — who once made pretty decent fare like Moonlight Mile and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events — directs this high-concept effects comedy. What exactly is the point in parodying a largely forgotten TV show? And why hasn’t this been screened for critics? Oh, I guess that second question is pretty obvious. (PG-13)


The critics are divided on Lymelife. Many have

compared it unfavorably to The Ice Storm and American Beauty as yet another film about dysfunctional suburbia. At the same time, heavy-hitter critics like Ebert and Manohla Dargis are much more supportive of the film, based on the performances and the picture’s streak of black comedy (the latter certainly played up by the trailers). The cast is certainly interesting: Alec Baldwin, Kieran and Rory Culkin, Timothy Hutton, Cynthia Nixon, Emma Roberts (finally getting out of kiddie-flick mode). And bringing in Lyme disease (both literally and as an allegory) is an unusual touch. It could prove interesting. (R) Early review samples: • “Lymelife keeps you hooked, mostly through Mr. Hutton, Mr. Baldwin and Kieran Culkin as Scott’s older brother, Jimmy.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) • “A tender, sometimes painful, sometimes blackly comic, story.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

old gypsy an extension on her mortgage, the bank employee finds herself on the business end of a most unpleasant curse. The Lowdown: A wild, goofy ride of cheesy horror that’s undeniably clever and fun, but not convincingly scary. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I can’t get as jazzed about Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell as I’m apparently supposed to. Oh, I had a good enough time with it — a talking goat is pretty hard to resist — but I never felt I was watching the best horror picture in years — as some critics have enthused — and a lot of its efforts at cult appeal came across as totally prefabricated. I’m sure the cries of “instant cult classic” will find good homes on the DVD case, but the whole “set out to make a cult film” approach misunderstands the very idea of a cult movie. Filmmakers don’t make cult movies; audiences do. Whether Drag Me to Hell becomes a cult classic is for viewers and time to decide. Don’t get me wrong, Drag Me to Hell is an amusing collection of fun-house jolts — augmented by abnormally loud sound effects and musical stings — and some pleasant nods to nuts-and-bolts horror-movie tricks. It’s always nice to see a filmmaker goose you with clever gimmicks like shadows and goat hooves barely glimpsed beneath a door. And I’m not about to complain that there’s a pleasing absence of the sadism that marks far too many modern efforts at horror.

Plus, I’m more than enough of a horror geek to smile at the various references to horror pictures from the past, most notably Jacques Tourneur’s Night of the Demon (1957), from which Raimi’s movie draws a good deal of its premise. Tourneur’s film deals with a curse placed on a professional skeptic who refuses to halt an investigation into a devil-worship cult. The curse — involving a parchment that has to be passed to the victim — conjures a demon that will increasingly haunt the man for two weeks before showing up in what one critic called “full-frontal crudity” to claim his prey. In keeping with our faster-paced world, the victim here, Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) — who has angered an elderly gypsy (Lorna Raver) by foreclosing on her mortgage — only gets three days’ notice and a much less subtle buildup. Think of this as Night of the Demon on amphetamines as reimagined by the Three Stooges. The movie exists mostly as a series of increasingly flashy — and sometimes surprisingly gross — set pieces. They work because Raimi knows how to deliver a nice jolt in a cartoonish way that allows him to include the expected (the séance is impressive as fairly straightforward horror) and the unexpected (a stapler used as a weapon). Raimi creates such a screwy world that you never question just why anyone who isn’t Wile E. Coyote would just happen to have an anvil suspended from a rope in his or her garage. And even if you did pause to question this, it’s so quickly followed by inspired


Could this baseball picture that comes to town with a whopping 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes be that most unusual thing: an uplifting sports movie that doesn’t drown in its own treacle? Well, if folks like Roger Ebert and A.O. Scott can be believed, it would seem that it might be. Its story centers on a Dominican baseball player, Miguel “Sugar” Santos (Algenis Perez Soto), who is recruited to play in the U.S. minor leagues — an apparent dream come true, but one not free of troubles, involving assimilation and trouble with his pitching arm. (R) Early review samples: • “Algenis Perez Soto plays the character so openly, so naturally, that an interesting thing happens: Baseball is only the backdrop, not the subject. This is a wonderful film.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) • “It is both sad and hopeful, but the film’s sorrow and its optimism arise from its rarest and most thrilling quality, which is its deep and humane honesty.” (A.O. Scott, New York Times) • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009



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gross-out splatstick that you can’t dwell on it. But this kind of jokiness comes with a price. The results are fun. They’re a terrific thrill ride. And they’ll make you jump. What they won’t do is actually scare you. Even when Raimi creates an atmospheric scene, it’s so consciously campy that it’s never creepy — and it never stays with you as horrific. What you have then is a deliberately cheesy B movie that’s a whole lot of really insubstantial fun. Additionally, Drag Me to Hell is never less than predictable. Perhaps because so many of the movies — or types of movies — it draws from are transparent in their plotting, this was inevitable, but it’s hard to deny that Raimi’s setups are alarmingly obvious. If you’re charitably minded, you can change that to “amusingly obvious,” which pretty completely describes the film. Go with that expectation and have a good time, but do not expect the reinvention of the horror genre. Rated PG-13 for sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Everlasting Moments#4


Director: Jan Troell (The Emigrants) Players: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Emil Jensen, Ghita Nørby

Period Drama

Rated NR

The Story: A look at an early 20th-century working-class Swedish family and the mother who finds her artistic calling in photography.

The Lowdown: Stunning to look at and period of its story and you have a remarkable with surprising cumulative power, this is a work. The film tells the story of a woman, film that will reward those who can go with Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen), her husits deliberate pacing. It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time in the early 1970s — an era a little more open to foreign-language and “artsy” films in the mainstream — when Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell was considered almost in the same league with Ingmar Bergman. This was largely due to The Emigrants (1971), which just happened to feature two key Bergman players, Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. Troell even succumbed to the inevitable Hollywood offers — resulting in Zandy’s Bride (1974) with Gene Hackman and Ullmann and the misguided remake of John Ford’s The Hurricane (1937) with Hurricane (1979). Though Troell’s films became more and more infrequent — and less and less imported to the U.S. — he’s never completely abandoned film, and with Everlasting Moments the 78-year-old director’s latest has arrived here. Everlasting Moments is an unusual work. It’s one of those strange movies — like the films of Satyajit Ray — that one seems to inhabit rather than watch. To experience Troell’s film is to be transported into the Sweden from about 1907 till a bit after WWI — at least that is the feeling it conveys. It’s a film that never seems to be people playing dress up and pretending to be “historical people.” No, the characters of Everlasting Moments appear to think of themselves as modern, not as period pieces, and this is what gives the film much of its flavor. Combine this with the absolutely gorgeous imagery of Troell (who co-photographed the film) that suggests his film might actually be from the

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The Fearless Vampire Killers


Director: Roman Polanski Players: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Sharon Tate, Ferdy Mayne, Iain Quarrier


Rated NR

There are times when I think Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) is the filmmaker’s finest work. Certainly, with the exception of Tess (1979), it is his most stunningly beautiful film — a moon-drenched eastern European fairy tale perfectly rendered onto film. (And I doubt that it’s coincidental that Alfie Bass’ character is named Shagall or that he resembles Marc Chagall’s painting “The Green Violinist.”) The film follows the adventures of a dotty vampire hunter (Jack MacGowran) and his sole faithful disciple (Polanski) on their trek into Transylvania to “rid the world of vampires.” Perhaps the greatest thing about Polanski’s film is that it’s effective as both horror and comedy. Comedy has been mixed with horror since the very beginning of horror, but rarely has it been so deftly blended as it is here. Polanski instinctively knows when to guy the material and when to play it straight — and can do so “in the twinkling of an eye,” to borrow a phrase from MacGowran’s vampire hunter. On some occasions, Polanski even manages to do both at once. The film’s climactic set piece — an elaborate dress ball (the European title of the film is Dance of the Vampires) — blends both comedy and horror, and then tops it off with genuine suspense. Only a true master could do that. — reviewed by Ken Hanke The Fearless Vampire Killers, part of a series of Classic Cinema From Around the World, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

band Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt) and their children. The couple is not a well-matched pair. She’s more intelligent than he and far gentler in nature. Sigfrid is clumsy, occasionally brutish and given to taking up political causes it’s hard to believe he actually grasps. He’s also prone to drunkenness — often of a public variety — and womanizing. The latter, of course, is of the double-standard variety — he can do what he likes, but Maria must behave herself scrupulously. The crux of the story involves a Contessa camera that Maria won in a lottery. It’s this camera that gives the film its dramatic and thematic point. When times are particularly hard for the Larssons, Maria takes the camera to a photographer with the idea of selling it. The photographer, Sebastian Pedsersen (Jesper Christensen), however, is drawn to Maria — in part because neither are native Swedes (he’s Danish; she’s Finnish). Rather than buy the camera, he insists that she try using it. In so doing, her life is transformed. She sees the world in new ways and discovers the solace and sense of self-worth that comes with finding a means of artistic expression. Not surprisingly, this only increases her dissatisfaction with her life with Sigfrid. Thankfully, Everlasting Moments (referring to moments captured in time in photographs) is nothing like the Lifetime Movie goo the title suggests. Instead, it’s constantly surprising — sometimes infuriating — in small ways. Little in the film qualifies as a “big moment,” and so the movie’s undeniable power comes from amassing little moments that take on a size of their own. I won’t give away the specifics, but I will say that it’s a film where the tiniest thing is apt to prove important to the understanding of the characters — or if not to understanding, then at least to the acceptance of their choices. It’s easy to see from Everlasting Moments just why Troell was never able to attain the acclaim of Bergman. His work is less spiritual (very little Lutheran angst here) and less psychological. He isn’t out to penetrate his characters’ minds. He’s more interested in simply observing them with sympathy. In truth, there’s more of Jean Renoir (who eschewed easy answers by saying “everyone has his reasons”) than Bergman about Troell. The problem with that — at least in Troell’s hands — is that it results in a lack of traditional drama. That’s a lack that is apt to make Troell’s work seem too slow for some tastes. With that in mind, I’ll simply say there’s gold in this film for those patient enough to mine it. Not rated, but contains adult themes. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Opens Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema.

Paris 36


Director: Christophe Barratier (The Chorus) Players: Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

Musical Comedy/Drama


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Rated PG-13

The Story: A group of performers attempts to save their beloved music hall in 1936 Paris. The Lowdown: A breezy, likable French film that’s solid entertainment, though ultimately a bit insubstantial. It’s easy to peg Christophe Barratier’s Paris 36 as some half-baked jumble of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001) and JeanPierre Jeunet’s Amélie (2001), combining the basic plot of the former and the precociousness of the latter. In some ways this is true, but it’s also ultimately incorrect. Sure, like Luhrmann’s film, Paris 36 is a romance set in a Parisian music hall. And like Jeunet’s film, the movie is very, very French. But at the same time, Barratier’s movie is its own entity, never nearly as frantic or overwhelmingly stylish as Moulin Rouge! and never as quirky or whimsical as Amélie. This isn’t to say that Paris 36 is by any means boring. From what is at base a fairly generic romance, Barratier is able to create a surprisingly entertaining little movie. While never possessing anything approaching the panache of either Luhrmann or Jeunet, Barratier still manages to coat the film in his own understated style — a style that suits the film’s realistic underpinnings. Set in the Paris of 1936, the plot verges on melodrama — but never quite succumbs to it — and contains a smattering of political turmoil thrown in for good measure. Taking place in a world edging toward war and fully entrenched in the Great Depression, the period adds some weight to the proceedings, but that weight never overpowers the

light tone that flows through the rest of the movie. The movie revolves around a music hall called the Chansonia, and explores the cast of characters linked to the hall and their attempts to keep it open after the suicide of its owner (on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, an aspect reminiscent of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights). From the stagehand Pigoil’s (Gérard Jugnot, The Chorus) attempts to keep custody of his son Jojo (Maxence Perrin, The Chorus) to the love triangle between shady businessman Galapiat (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), Communist stagehand Milou (Clovis Cornillac) and a young, talented singer (the charming Nora Arnezeder, who nearly makes the entire movie), the movie’s never far from the melodramatic. It’s filled with these kinds of overstuffed complications, but these are exactly what keep the film interesting and moving along. Even if Paris 36 is on the insubstantial side, it never ceases to be entertaining. Being set inside a music hall, the film, of course, includes some musical numbers, but they rarely transcend being utilitarian or stage-bound. When they do — like in a Busby Berkeley-inspired beach number — Paris 36 shows its full potential. In many ways, the musical numbers are the movie in a nutshell: perfectly adequate throughout, often showing flashes of being something a little bit more, but never fully crossing that line. Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and nudity, violence and brief language. — reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Fine Arts Theatre.

hendersonville film society A Star Is Born


Director: William A. Wellman Players: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, Lionel Stander, May Robson, Andy Devine


Rated NR

With all due respect to George Cukor’s 1954 version — and a somewhat grim nod to Frank Pierson’s rock-star variant from 1976 — William A. Wellman’s original 1937 A Star Is Born is the essential Hollywood cautionary tale. It may owe something to Cukor’s 1932 film What Price Hollywood?, but it’s really its own animal. Changing the alcoholic director of the earlier film to an alcoholic actor in Wellman’s movie makes a significant difference, because it puts the two main characters — Esther Victoria Blodgett/Vicki Lester (Janet Gaynor) and Norman Maine (Fredric March) — on equal footing. That her stardom climbs ever higher while his bottoms out due to his drinking makes the situation that much more pointed. What really makes Wellman’s film the standout, though, is Wellman. It took a nononsense and unsentimental filmmaker to keep A Star Is Born from descending into sudsy melodrama, and Wellman was perfect for that. The sharp script — honed by a battery of writers — helped. It’s often forgotten just how funny the earlier parts of the film are with their satirical jabs at Hollywood and its inner workings. The scene where Adolphe Menjou rechristens Esther (“Do you know what her name is? Esther Victoria Blodgett,” press agent Lionel Stander tells Menjou) is a masterpiece of comedy writing and filmmaking. The brilliance of this aspect of the film is that it serves to make the drama just that much more pronounced when it arrives. — reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show A Star Is Born at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.) • JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009


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The Asheville Disclaimer is parody/entertainment. Contributing this week: Michele Scheve, Cary Goff, Tom Scheve


What a cute doggie! Hey Boy! Good boy! Where did you come from?

Obama defends pick as ‘spicy, hot-blooded, excitable, helpful’

Bowen says she wants to start all over from scratch, re-shoot subjects from only the eyebrows down

Visual medium will limit Stomper typos to opening credits, end credits, on-screen graphics, host’s name tag

This week at the Alibi House...a new addition.

JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009 •

Arnold Crapacan is a Korean War veteran and a member of the Woodfin Lion’s Club

This poor fella was tied up in the neighbor’s yard. I cut the rope and ran and now he is going to live with us!

Dear Arnold,

I’m going to have a whole weekend with just my daughter and me. What are some Mom/daughter activities that are fun? — Julie

Dear Julie,

How in the hell am I supposed to know what women do for fun? Maybe you can talk about breasts or yeast infections or whatever the hell it is you girls gab about.

Dear Arnold,

I am trying to explain to my son why he should not lift his 10-monthold brother by his arms. I worry this could dislocate his shoulder. Is that true? — Samantha

Meanwhile, in the livingroom I am going to say it to you one more time, as much as I wish there was, there is no magic bucket overflowing with magic money.

Dear Samantha,

What? That’s crazy talk. You’ve never slung a kid around by his arms and let him fly off into the front yard? I’ve seen kids bounce off trees, pavement, hoods of cars ... you name it. It’s like they’re made of rubber with their little tiny arms and legs. You can’t hurt ‘em. I’ve tried.

City looks to create ‘nuisance court’

Searching all of Montford for wisecracking candidate to tap as goofball judge who resolves cases with magic tricks

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$167,000 â&#x20AC;˘ OPEN SUNDAYS 1pm-5pm. 163 Appalachian Way, West Asheville. Charming 3BR, 2BA home, built in 2000. Park in back for one level living. Tastefully remodeled. New stainless appliances. Central air. Covered front porch. Fenced backyard and Mount Pisgah view. Quiet neighborhood near I-40. Photos and directions: (828) 274-5059.

1PM-5PM â&#x20AC;˘ THIS SUNDAY! Village on Haywood, mixeduse Healthy Built development in heart of West Asheville. Only 1 residential unit left in the $140,000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. I240W to exit 2, Right on Haywood. Village will be on right, about 1 mile. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

Homes For Sale $165,000 - $275,000. West Asheville (3BR), Fletcher (3BR), Kenilworth (3-4BR), Oakley (3BR). Sale, rent, lease w/option, or trade. Possible owner financing with large down payment. Nice neighborhoods! 828-216-4885

$197,600 â&#x20AC;˘ EAST ASHEVILLE 2BR, 2BA Bungalow with fresh paint, lots of natural light, covered porch, fenced backyard, detached garage. On the bus line. Minutes from shopping, Parkway, VA. MLS#434927. Call (828) 255-7530.

$198,000 â&#x20AC;˘ WATCHING THE RIVER RUN This 2BR, 1BA cottage on 1+ private acres features a screened porch overlooking the French Broad River, beautiful landscaping, woodfloors, new tile, lovely trim work, and built-in bookcases. Walk to downtown Marshall. Call (828) 255-7530. $199,500 â&#x20AC;˘ CENTRAL LOCATION 3BR, 1.5BA bungalow. Walk to hospital. 1.5 stories w/private upstairs master suite, WD, stainless appliances, covered front porch. 2023 sqft plus basement, 0.14 acres. Call Ross: 216-2851.

$236,000 â&#x20AC;˘ HOME AND EXTRA LOT â&#x20AC;˘ Adorable 2BR, 1BA. Walk to hospitals, schools, restaurants and shops. Quiet street, driveway. Cute home, remodeled last year (1,253 sqft), with a spacious office or 3rd BR. New stainless steel appliances, refinished hardwoods and new interior paint. Updated electrical and plumbing, new tile, ceiling fans, bathroom fixtures. Working fireplace-new damper. New oil furnace. Great yard with shed, basement, new wood privacy fence. Next to a flat lot surveyed and checked for all utilities. New homes and plans in the neighborhood are increasing property value and making a very nice community! $290,000 â&#x20AC;˘ WEAVERVILLE 60 Longs Chapel Road. MLS#441265. Expansive mountain Chalet w/soaring ceilings and views. Volumes of space w/oversized windows. Ample master suite, open floor plan opening onto the deck, overlooking mountain views. Just minutes to Weaverville and less than 15 to downtown Asheville. Contact David Weeks with DWELL/EcoHouse Realty for details: (828) 230-2835

$314,000 â&#x20AC;˘ WEST ASHEVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Renovated 2006, 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm: quiet, classic family friendly walkable street/neighborhood. â&#x20AC;˘ New kitchen. â&#x20AC;˘ New roof, central AC, gas furnace, water heater. 3BR, updated 2 baths. â&#x20AC;˘ 1600 sqft w/600 sqft basement, garage. â&#x20AC;˘ Private 0.28 acre: fenced, new deck. (828) 423-8902.

$93,000! â&#x20AC;˘ ENCHANTING COTTAGE, near WNC Nature Center. 1BR, 1BA, bonus room, 550 sqft. Wood floors, beadboard walls, treetop view. Low-maintenance yard. MLS#439924. Vickie Regala, 828-423-1349, 828-687-1083, Kraft Professional Realty

$105,000 â&#x20AC;˘ MADISON/BUNCOMBE LINE Sweet log home. 1BR plus bonus room. Private 1 acre setting. Owner will finance. MLS#431826. â&#x20AC;˘ Clark: (828) 649-1001. Marshall & Madison Real Estate. 10,000 HOMES â&#x20AC;˘ 1 ADDRESS! Search virtually all MLS listings. Visit

$349,000 â&#x20AC;˘ BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED, 1925 brick home with 4BR, 2BA in wonderful community, 106 Brevard Road. Period and energy conscious restoration. All systems have been updated. 1,100 sqft basement has great potential. 828-545-2892,

$369,900 â&#x20AC;˘ CAROLINA LANE Eclectic residential freestanding building w/studio and work space. Tin ceilings, abundant light, 1296 sqft on main level plus full basement. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

A BETTER WAY TO SELL! America/Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 FSBO Website with MLS, deluxe for Maximum global exposure! Best listing value WNC, Low Flat Fee listing, Save THOU$AND$! (828) 350-1995.

ARTS AND CRAFTS â&#x20AC;˘ NEW HOME Only $269,900! Near downtown Weaverville. Nearly 2000 sqft, 3-4BR, 3BA, Hardiplank siding w/rock accents, hardwood floors, upgraded appliances, whirlpool tub in master, 3 decks, dual heatpump, energy efficient, almost half acre, stream border, end of road privacy! 33 Ballard Road. MLS#435635. Call (828) 768-3339. 36597

COMPACT COTTAGE COMPANY â&#x20AC;˘ Small â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;?built buildings usable for an enormous variety of practical applications, such as: Sleep, Work, Mother-in-law storage, Poker, Karaoke, Be in the doghouse in. From $15K30K., 828-254-5450.

GET YOUR $8000 TAX CREDIT HERE! â&#x20AC;˘ Oakley. Walk to school, library, public transit. Energy Star. New 3BR, 2.5BA homes feature hardwood floors on main level, front porches, rear patios, and community green space. From $179K. 828-545-5411.

FIND OUT WHY! Folks are calling City Real Estate for exploring the art or finding your home. Sales and Rentals handled professionally and efficiently. We help you find â&#x20AC;&#x153;Views From All Anglesâ&#x20AC;?. (828) 210-2222.

NEW HEALTHYBUILT GOLD HOME in West Asheville only $296,500, including solar panels, in-floor heating, rounded rooms, healthy materials. 4BR, 2BA. Walk safely, conveniently to grocery, bakery, yoga, pub. Enjoy healthy, neighborly and clean lifestyle. 828-337-8190


1000â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OF ASHEVILLE HOMES! On our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newâ&#x20AC;? user friendly property search. New features include Google Mapping and Popular Neighborhood searches. Check it out at 3 MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN. Completely remodeled 2BR, 1BA 1925 bungalow in Woodfin. Nearly everything new and looking beautiful! Nice neighborhood. $147K. 828-582-4583. 3BR, 2.5BA â&#x20AC;˘ Plus Bonus Room. Located 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. Sale price $369K or Rent $1,750/month. Will consider Rent To Own. 678-358-4903.

BEAUTIFUL, GREEN HOME IN CHARMING BLACK MOUNTAIN. 1,236 sqft, 2BR, 2BA, + loft/office. Open floor plan, custom built-ins, bamboo/ slate floors, ENERGY STAR appliances, cherry cabinets, efficient wood-stove, spacious covered porch, + lots of extras. $226,000. 828-777-9337. mtnhome

FIXER UPPER BUNGALOW â&#x20AC;˘ One mile from Biltmore, 1350 sq.ft., 3BR, eat in kitchen, new plumbing and electrical, 11000 sq.ft. corner lot. Hardwood floors, wrap around porch. Additional 5200 sq.ft. level city lot available. $137,500. 828-582-7198.


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Lakeview Park-$449,000 Feel worlds away while only 5 mins from downtown Asheville in this classic 1930’s brick 3br,2ba,w/ manificent lake & mountain views. Kayak, fish, & hike on walking trails.Full of original details, 2 F/P’s, 10 ft ceilings, screened porch,hardwoods thruout & more! This beauty is ready for your creativity in a kitchen update. Call for info & Come to the Open House! MLS#441062

Lake View Park $459,000 Clasisic 1920’s bungalow w/jaw dropping views in ideal location Restored w/ original details 3Br,11/2Ba Super kitchen,hardwood fls F/P, sunroom, veranda off mstr Br, easy 3rd Bth expan Huge screened porch w/ unobstructed lake view & accces, 5 min to DT AVL! MLS#439445


New Arts & Crafts In Arden $269,900. 3B 2BA Craftsmanship plus!


Bright & open..Hardwood floors,catherdral celings, F/P, granite & SS Kitchen, tile granite baths. Zoned heat, security sys. & 2 car garage. Level private yard. $51,000 below value in short sale. MLS#439758


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WALK TO DOWNTOWN • 1700 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5BA, hardwood floors, new kitchen, deck, sun room, $212,000. 828-582-7198.

WALK TO DOWNTOWN 3BR, 1BA. 1920’s 2-story brick with covered front porch.1200 sqft. New roof. Tile and hardwood. Recently remodeled kitchen with hardwood cabinets and marble countertops. Near historic Albemarle neighborhood. $239K. 828-713-4352.

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4403 MARBLE WAY • WEST ASHEVILLE 2BR, 2BA, 1,200 2008 FLEETWOOD MOBILE HOME, 14’x48’ New 2BR, 1BA, on private lot also for sale. Nice yard, front and back porch. West Asheville. $57,000. Owner financing available. Make offer! Call 828-280-0806.

sqft. Gated community, clubhouse, workout room, pool, tennis courts. 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville. MLS#432310. $134,900. Call Justin, Boone Realty, 828-273-7123.

MARS HILL 2BR, 2BA, vinyl/shingle, 1997 Oakwood. Exterior in very good condition. Interior needs a lot of work. $7,750. 828-273-9545.

DOWNTOWN LOFT • $455,000 1500+ sqft condo in the heart of downtown Asheville! This unit in a recently restored historic building offers grand views from the private rooftop deck. Walk to restaurants, music venues, and shops. • Great investment potential as a short term rental. MLS#440788. Call (828) 255-7530.

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JUNE 3 - JUNE 9, 2009 •

Condos For Sale $135,000 • CLINGMAN AVENUE Between Downtown and the River Arts District. New 1BR, 1BA urban condo. Parking, storage, private balcony. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. $239,000 • Downtown Asheville’s best buy on 2BR, 2BA condo. Completely furnished ready to move in tomorrow. Granite tops, W/D, parking, roof top patio. Gymowner. 251-543-6400.

DOWNTOWN KRESS BUILDING Custom Condo in the historic Kress Building. 2 PINs, adjoining spiral staircase. Original maple floors, private balconies, high ceilings. $545,000. MLS#423787. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

GAIA, A SUSTAINABLE VILLAGE in West Asheville, Healthybuilt GOLD 1,0051,476 sqft, $214,000$289,000 including solar panels, in-floor heating, nontoxic materials, organic community garden, greenway to park and Rhododendron Creek. 828-337-8190

LEXINGTON LOFTS NYCStyle lofts in Downtown. Ecofriendly, garage parking, exclusive residents’ club and fitness center, storage. Preconstruction prices from $336,000. The Real Estate Center (828) 255-4663.

LEXINGTON STATION Downtown condos, garage parking, wood floors, private balconies, stainless appliances, fitness center. 3BR penthouse: $499,000, 2BR, 2BA: $299,900. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663. LUXURY DOWNTOWN CONDOS • 60 N. Market St. 2BR, 2BA. $659K • 1BR, 1.5BA $439K. New, wonderful amenities, must see. Bright Star Realty. 828-301-8033.

WESTCOURT CONDOMINIUMS on Sulphur Springs, an urban green community. Mixed use LEED building. 27 units from $119,000 to $259,000. Potential for $30,000 in deferred financing for qualifying incomes. Now accepting reservations, 828-337-8190

1.36 ACRES • BEAVERDAM In desirable area of North Asheville. Already surveyed into 2 separate lots. Numerous possibilities. Upper lot, wooded w/possible views. Great location, close to all amenities. Minutes to UNCA and downtown. $120,000. Call (828) 275-2598 for details, directions. Mary LOTS: • Leicester .57 acres, $24,000. • West Asheville .4 acres, $24,000, beautiful country lots, unimproved. • River Arts District. .07 acres, (no mobiles), $6,300. Owner financing available. Make offer! 280-0806

Home Services First time buyers receive up to $8000 tax credit when buying a home in 2009. • With rates at 40 year lows, there’s never been a better time to buy! All move-in ready 3BR, 2BA with many upgrades, $139,900. Mountain views, pet friendly, owner-occupied. Call Brickton Village today! Nitch Real Estate. (828) 654-9394 or

Lawn & Garden BRUSH CLEARING And general yard work. • Weedeating • Briar removal • Mowing • Edging • General maintenance. Experienced. Reliable. Call Mick and Dawn: 450-0285. WEEDING Experienced gardener. Reasonable rates. Satisfaction guaranteed. Call 828-251-9210.

Construction BASEMENT • ROOM ENHANCEMENT Create new space! • Finish carpentry • Bookcases • Cabinets • Moldings. Professional • (see Angie’s List). Call Multi Resources: (828) 442-3331. EMMONS CARPENTRY SERVICES 36 years experience. Renovations • Repairs • Decks • Window and Door Installations • Garages • Additions and more • Interior/Exterior Painting. • Quality workmanship. Excellent local references. Fully insured. • In Hendersonville. Free estimate: (828) 5517976. Member BBB.

Heating & Cooling

GREEN CARPENTER • 32 years experience. Maximize efficiency, minimize toxicity in your home. Add on, build new, modify, repair, add closet. Licensed, insured. Larry, 828-713-3294.

Handy Man

ELK MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES We specialize in • re-fitting Bathrooms and Kitchens and finishing Basements • adding Garages, Porches and • Sunrooms. • Professional education and experience. Call (828) 242-1950 or (for all our information):

Painting 1 DAY ROOM TRANSFORMATION Custom painting, decorative finishes, wallpaper installation/removal. • 15 years experience. • Meticulous • Timely • Reasonable. Heather, (828) 215-4365. Custom Home Interior Accents. PRESTON HOME SERVICES Historic Restoration, Painting and Carpentry. Craftsmanship Guaranteed. References and insured. Anthony Preston: (828) 367-1418.

Cleaning COTTAGE KEEPERS HOUSECLEANING • Reliable, flexible schedules cover basic to specialty cleans and everything in-between. Call StarShield Lortie 828-230-2822 today! HOUSEKEEPER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT has an opening to work for you. Call (828) 216-4592 YOUR NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTION A superior clean at no cost to your health. Earth, kid, and pet friendly. (828) 582-0335

General Services AUTHENTIC ITALIAN LIME PLASTERING • STUCCO • Venetian • Smooth Finishing • “Green” • Residential • Businesses • Churches. • Crown molding. • 30 years Asheville area. (828) 301-2323 or 258-2443.

Commercial Property

RELIABLE REPAIRS! Quality work! All types maintenance/repair, indoor/outdoor. Excellent water leak detection/correction! 38 years experience! Responsible! Honest! Harmonious! References! Call Brad, you’ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.

Carpentry • Minor Electrical • Small Jobs • Repairs. • Call Greg: 230-1132 or 258-1107.


Computer COMPUTER SERVICE AT YOUR DOORSTEP We Come To You! • PC and Mac • Slow computer? We’ll speed it up. • Repairs • Upgrades • Networking • Tutoring. Senior Citizen/Nonprofit Discounts. Call Christopher’s Computers, 828-670-9800. Member Better Business Bureau of WNC.

Transportation PICKUP AND DELIVERY Power tailgate service. • 16’ trailer, loads up to 4000 lbs. • Will travel. Hauling autos, building supplies and more! • Also: Compact Backhoe service. Call Dale: 658-9145.

Business Health Insurance is a valuable defense against costly medical expenses. Looking for affordable Health Insurance? For a Free no obligation Quote visit or call Bruce at 828-775-2828.

Business Rentals 1-5 ROOM OFFICES, DOWNTOWN, 70 Woodfin, utilities included, $140 $800/month, 828-253-1517, 1-ROOM OFFICE, SOUTH, 1796 Hendersonville, utilities included, $330/month, 828-253-1517,

HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 25 years professional experience, quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. Insured. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.

MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovations • Indoor Air Quality Products. (828) 658-9145.

Kitchen & Bath

Commercial Listings

CENTRALLY LOCATED PROFESSIONAL OFFICE – 26 NORTH LIBERTY STREET Corner lot with off-street parking. 1918-built converted residence featuring 3,089 sqft + basement storage. Configured with private offices, conference room and reception area. Separate entrance to upper floor provides opportunity for apartment or second office. $649,000. Call Russ Towers, Lewis Real Estate 828-274-2479. COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • North Asheville, 3000+ sqft auto repair shop in great condition on corner location, $295,000. • West Asheville, 2 story office building on Patton Avenue w/3 units, $450,000. • Downtown, Patton Avenue, Leader Building 2nd floor, owner financing, $799,000. • Downtown, Coxe Avenue, newer building ground floor office/retail w/onsite parking, $349,000. • The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For sale. Renovated 1,227 sqft office building. $259,900. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Across from Staples. 1,325 sqft, entire first floor, large kitchen/bath, $1,295/month, water and electric included. By appointment, 828-273-3765. 2-ROOM OFFICE SPACE located on top floor of historic building in Downtown. $500/month. Deposit required. Parking and water provided. Contact 253-1342. Brownstone Realty 2-ROOM SUITE, NORTH, 192 E. Chestnut, utilities included, $1050/month, 828-253-1517, 7-ROOM SUITE, DOWNTOWN, 79 Woodfin, utilities included, $1975/month, 828-253-1517,

AFFORDABLE • BRAND NEW! Be the first at Bent Creek Knoll on busy Brevard Road! Great space options and visibility with high traffic count. 1250 sqft, priced from $1200. Owner/broker. 215-9823.

LICENSED CNA-RESPITE CARE In-home services. Nutrition, wellness and weight loss coach. Carpentry, landscaping, painting, fixing. Call Michael, (828) 273-2377.

COMMERCIAL RENTALS • Downtown ground-level office/retail w/walking traffic, $1500/month. • Downtown Lexington Station offices from $700/month. • Downtown office suite above Tops for Shoes, $933/month. • Vermont Ave, 4 connected offices, kitchen, BA, full service $1000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible home office. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 260, 1,000, 1,600 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828-216-6066

GREAT COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACE Available Main Street Weaverville. 1,030 sqft at $750/month. Contact (828) 253-1342. Brownstone Realty

HIGHLY VISIBLE LOCATION With a “billboard” for your business on Interstate 240. Near Asheville Chamber of Commerce. 2300 sqft, $2,300/month. Plenty of onsite parking. Multiple uses including office and home combination. Kept in very good condition. Contact Doug: (828) 777-6746.

Apartments For Rent

OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE Downtown Asheville, Sawyer Motor Building, 150 Hilliard Avenue. Approximately 800 sqft. $1,000/month. Laura, 258-0363 or 779-8458.

• 1/2 OFF FIRST MONTH RENT w/6-month lease. • 1/2 off 2 months rent w/12month lease. 635-1,265 sqft; $620-$860/month. Beautiful, mature landscaping. Quiet, residential, West Asheville neighborhood. EHO. 828-258-0623.

PRIME, DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE, RETAIL SPACE Located in Historic Miles Building. New floors, fresh paint, new lights. Call (828) 242-5456.

$325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447.

RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

1-2BR, 1-1.5BA, SOUTH, Skyland Heights,* 2nd month free*, $575-$675/month, 828-253-1517, 1-2BR, 1-2BA, ARDEN, Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $585-$685/month, 828-253-1517,

COMMERCIAL SPACE Available Downtown Asheville. 1,060 sqft at $500/month; water included. Contact (828) 253-1342. Brownstone Realty DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.


SHARED CO-WORKING SPACE. • Stop working alone! Have meetings somewhere other than the local coffee shop. Locomotivity is a collaborative, creative, fun and professional shared work space for freelancers and small/micro business owners. Desks, wifi, parking, printer, coffee, conference room and comfortable furniture. Steps to Greenlife, the new Dripolator, and S. Lexington. Located at 224 Broadway. Pay daily or monthly. No commitment. Costs as low as $10/day. or SMOKEY PARK HIGHWAY Ideal Office/commercial space with great visibility in the Biltmore Lake/W. Buncombe area. Available for $700/month. Call (828) 215-9823 for showings.

1BR, 1BA BRAND NEW CAPE COD DUPLEX • Leicester, one mile to Patton Ave. On bus line. Includes W/D, icemaking refridgerator, D/W. garbage disposal, range/oven, microwave. Beautiful cabinets, ceramic tile in kitchen and bath. Carpeted BR, hardwood floors in living room. Ceiling fans with lights in living room and BR. GE heatpump. Private paved 2-car parking. 1 year lease. $595/month + $500 dep. for single person. Add $100 for 2nd person. No pets. Water, city trash pickup included. 828-273-4444. 1BR, 1BA, DOWNTOWN, Asheville Hotel, above Malaprops, wood floors, $1,175/month, 828-693-8069, 1ST CALL US! Studio, 1 and 2BR apartments from $425$800. Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. 2 BLOCKS TO MISSION HOSPITAL Nice 1BR, 1BA with hardwood floors throughout. Off-street parking. Heat and water furnished. Washer and dryer available. Small storage area included. $645/month with $645 security. Available June 1. Contact Tom, 828-230-7296.

1-2BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $505-$595/month, 828-693-8069,

2 GREAT APARTMENTS • East: 3BR, 1BA, quiet, secluded, $1150/month. • West: 2BR, 1BA, Arts and Crafts, off-street parking. $850/month. 777-7012.

1/2 MILE TO DOWNTOWN North Asheville. Close to UNCA. Downstairs w/separate entrance. 1BR, 1BA, living room, kitchen, WD, storage, backyard, offstreet parking. No smoking. $750/month includes utilities, cable and wireless internet. References. Corey, (828) 712-7709.

2-3BR, 1.5BA, NORTH, Gracelyn Gardens, coin-op, $595-$655/month, 828-253-1517,

1BA/STUDIO, NORTH, 85 Merrimon, A/C, utilities included, furnished, $550/month, 828-253-1517, 1BR • CENTRAL, water included, $525/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty 1BR, 1BA APARTMENT Off Charlotte Street. Washer/dryer connections. $715/month, security deposit. Includes all utilities. No pets! Call (828) 423-4072.

2-3BR, 1BA, EAST, 7 Violet Hills, wood floors, $595/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1.5BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 805 Wilken, w/d hookups, $595/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1.5BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 902 Hillcrest, **2nd. month free*, $595/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, EAST, 119 Liberty, a/c, w/d hookups, $650/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, SOUTH, 1020 Hendersonville, a/c, storage, carport, $750/month, 828-693-8069,

Eastwood Village Apartments Rent Starting at $699...

Caregivers HOME HEALTH AIDE/ CAREGIVER with Alzheimer’s experience and hospice reference letter, nonsmoker, seeks live-in position. Call Arnold, (828) 273-2922.

BE ON TUNNEL ROAD! High traffic count with great location and convenience to downtown and East Asheville. $650/month. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. CLASSIC 50’s STYLE DINER For lease. Fully equipped. Ready to open. Frontage location. 100 seats + outdoor. Call (828) 238-7901.

73 MERRIMON, “The Belvedere”, 2800+ sqft, kitchen, w/d hookups, a/c, large porch, parking, $3000/month, 828-253-1517,

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE OFFICE • $462,000. Twostory, 2524 sqft traditional with historic charm! Woodfloors and trim, fireplace, front porch, trees. Offices, conference rooms, and restrooms on each floor. Zoned heat pumps, parking. MLS#426641. Call (828) 255-7530.

AVAILABLE • Prime retail space on downtown Broadway, less than 200 yards from Pack Square. $1250/month. 820 sq.ft. Call 575-640-6111.

7 minutes from Downtown DOWNTOWN/CHARLOTTE ST • OFFICE ZONING $485,000. This 2 story has 3400+ sqft, large meeting rooms, kitchen, lounge, 8 offices, updated electric and HVAC, large deck, off-street parking. Many original architectural features remain. Owner/broker. MLS#426900. Call (828) 255-7530.

ATTRACTIVE, 2,000 SQFT, DOWNTOWN OFFICE 55 Grove Street. 4 offices, break room, large reception area. $1,995/month. Practical and beautiful. (828) 253-9451 ARTIST STUDIO Near Biltmore Village. Live/work possible. $675/month. (828) 216-6066

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2BR, 2.5BA, WEST, 445 Sand Hill, a/c, fireplace, deck, $995/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 2BA, CENTRAL, 484 Windswept, w/d hookups, fireplace, view, $890/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2BA, ARDEN, 8207 Terra, AC, W/D hookups, $750/month, 828-253-1517, 3BR, 2BA, WEST, 6 Evelake, a/c, w/d hookups, $850/month, 828-693-8069,

AMAZING MOUNTAIN VIEWS from 1BR apartment in Bat Cave. Comfortable space, ample storage, wood stove, W/D. Scenic rural acreage w/organic garden, hiking. 35 minutes from Asheville. $435/month includes water, electric, wireless internet. Short term. 828-696-6393. ARC AGENCY, INC. Glenn Bridge 1BR, 1BA, $450/month. Move-in Specials. East Chestnut Efficiency, $450/month. Montford 1BR, 1BA, $565/month. North/Farrwood 2BR, 1BA, $795/month. Fletcher 2BR, 2BA, $800/month. (828) 350-9400.

3BR, 2BA duplex near Haw Creek. New, modern duplex community next to Bell School, Tunnel Road, East Asheville. Rooms on one level; 1/3 acre lot. Cats or 1 small dog okay. $875/month; vacant. Park-like setting, flower beds, huge trees. 299-7502

ASHEVILLE NORTH Great studio apartment in beautiful 1920’s building on quiet street, close to everything. Hardwood floors, tile kitchen and bath. Large, tiled screen porch. WD, off-street parking, includes everything but electric: $500/month. Call Riva: 252-5897 and 215-8373.

ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month. (828) 252-4334.

AVAILABLE JUNE 1 1BR apartment in Haw Creek near Tunnel Road. Private drive. Lease, security deposit, references required. Utilities separate. No pets please. $475/month. Call (828) 350-1400.

ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS Beautiful 2BR, 2BA w/gas log fireplace. $825/month includes water and storage unit. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 1.5BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Nice! $595/month. Call (828) 252-4334.

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2BR, 1BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Also includes water. Only $595/month. Call (828) 252-4334. BLACK MOUNTAIN Nicely renovated (new: bath, kitchen), 1BR, sunroom, dining room. 10’ ceilings, abundance of natural light. Hardwood floors. Short walk to downtown. $660/month includes heat, water, WiFi. Smoke free. 280-5449. BUSINESS TRIPS • RELOCATING? Short-term rental. Charming 1BR cottage: Completely furnished, includes linen, cable, high-speed wireless internet. Sleeps 2. (828) 251-2327. CHARMING UPSTAIRS STUDIO Older, renovated house near UNCA. Private entrance, off-street parking, all utilities included. $660/month. Includes cable TV and wireless internet. No pets/smoking. Security deposit, references. Patti: (828) 230-3210. CUTE STUDIO • OAKLEY Unfurnished. Small, sunny. • $495/month. • No smoking. • Background check required. • References. 423-5160.

DOWNTOWN • UNCA AREA Comfortable 3BR, 1 bath duplex. Gas stove; dishwasher; WD. Great location: easy walking distance to downtown and UNCA. Off-street parking; handicap accessible. Pets negotiable. $930/month plus security. Call 10am-7pm: (828) 582-1001. DOWNTOWN APARTMENT • Downtown Asheville, near Pack Square at 11 1/2 Broadway. 900 sq.ft., 1BR, 1.5BA, large living room, D/W, refrigerator, W/D hookup. $685/month includes water. 828-242-8247. GET QUALITY RESULTS! I received calls from a lot of high quality renters, as opposed to other publications I’ve tried. I will continue to advertise with Mountain Xpress. Patricia H. You too, can find the ideal renter, just call us! (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. HENDERSONVILLE 1BR studio apartment. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $385/month. 828-252-4334 HENDERSONVILLE 1BR, 1BA apartment with new berber carpet. Small deck with sliding glass door. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $425/month. 828-252-4334


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HISTORIC MONTFORD Very nice 1BR in private home. Private entrance, beautiful garden and nice private porch. $900/month • includes all utilities. Call 216-3231. JUST FOR YOU! Cozy, 2BR, 1.5BA apartment. Beautiful, tree-lined lot. Convenient to shopping. Quiet, safe neighborhood. Clean heating. Water and garbage pickup furnished. $585/month. Call 350-9400. LARGE 1BR • MERRIMON AVENUE, $525/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty LIVE-IN COMMUNITY GARDEN COORDINATOR needed for 8-unit apartment building 16 miles from Asheville. References, experience. Rent discount. 828-777-9744 or 828-667-0120. LOVELY 1BR, 1BA 2nd floor apartment in 1920’s brick quadraplex in historic Montford neighborhood. Great location close to downtown Asheville. Hardwood floors, large closets, private balcony. Room for bicycles, kayaks, etc. in basement. Very quiet neighbors. Water included. $650/month + security deposit. Available July 1, possibly sooner. 828-216-1331. MARSHALL Updated 2BR within walking distance to downtown. Hardwood floors, all appliances, washer, dryer. Eat-in kitchen. Porch. Great shape. $675/month. No pets. 828-658-1000. MONTFORD Unfurnished, luxury basement apartment with private entrance. Custom painted walls, 2person Jacuzzi tub, central AC/heat. WD privileges for resident only. All water, garbage, cable, wifi, electricity included. Lovely gardens. No pets. Quiet lifestyle, evening homebody would work best. Single occupant: $525/month; Double: $610/month. (828) 253-0102. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

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HILLSIDE STREET Lower level 2BR. Large back porch. Hardwood and tile floors. Gas heat, laundry. Water included. No smoking, no pets. 6833688 or 215-3821 before 10pm.

SUMMER SPECIAL in great Grove Park neighborhood! 3BR, 2BA; minutes from downtown; on bus line; central a/c; covered porch; laundry facilities; elevator. With a 6-month lease, 1/2 off the first and last months’ rent! Monthly rental is $850; $500 security deposit. Call Beverly, 828-712-5671. WEST ASHEVILLE-1BR/1BA • $725/month. Utilities and lawn care included, W/D, central heat and A/C, tile floors. 1415 Patton Ave.

Mobile Homes For Rent 2BR, 1BA SINGLEWIDE in quiet park. 5 minutes from Biltmore Square Mall. $525/month includes water, garbage pickup and lawn care. Security deposit required. Call David, 828-777-0385. ACCEPT SECTION 8 West Asheville. 2BR, 2BA. Like new. Includes water. Heat pump, central air, W/D connections. In nice park. $615/month. 828-252-4334. ACCEPT SECTION 8 West Asheville. 3BR, 2BA, heat pump, central air, W/D connections. Excellent condition. $625/month. (828) 252-4334. ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month. (828) 252-4334. FLETCHER SINGLEWIDE2BR, 2BA with large, fenced yard and utility building. Great location close to I-26, schools, and shopping. $595/month. Security deposit required. Call David, 828-777-0385.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 1BR DOWNTOWN LOFTS • Newly renovated – near Pack Square. Wood floors, W/D, wireless, behaved pets. $1025-$1100/month. 828-255-7951x202. 2BR • 2BA • LEXINGTON STATION CONDO $1400/month. Secure parking, woodfloors, private balcony. Great downtown location near the Orange Peel and Vigne! The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

NORTH FOREST APARTMENTS 2BR, 2BA. Beautiful complex, built 2002. Safe and secure. Close to I-26/UNCA, North Asheville. $650/month. 778-6809.

3 REMAINING • SEASONS AT BILTMORE LAKE • 2BR, 2BA. Reduced! $750/month. • 1BR, 1BA, $725/month. • Free water! • All units include: WD, 9’ ceilings, balcony. • Pet friendly. Call Kay Johnson, Broker/Property Management, Keller Williams: (828) 215-8577.

NORTHSIDE • WALK TO DOWNTOWN 2BR, 1BA apartment. Great neighbors. Offstreet parking. WD available. No pets please. $625/month. Utilities separate. Lease, security deposit, references required. (828) 350-1400.

3BR, 2BA • SUNNY, ENDUNIT 1,430 sqft condo. Beautiful Eastwood Village. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, garden tub. $975/month. Discount on first month’s rent! 828-545-7445.

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. ARC AGENCY, INC Carrington Place 3BR, 2BA, $1,050/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, $800/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, $900/month. Windswept 2BR, 2BA, furnished, $1,300/month. (828) 350-9400. ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN LOFT Award-winning contemporary loft with great light and finished with all high-end appointments. Texas stack gas fireplace, high ceilings with exposed beams, marble bath, bidet, custom cabinets. A great space to make your home. $1950/month includes cable and parking. 828-242-5456 or AVAILABLE JULY 1: Large 1BR + sun room condo at Eastwood Village. All appliances- side by side refrigerator, smooth-top range, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. Water included! Great location, just minutes from downtown Asheville, hospital, shopping. One mile east of the Blue Ridge Parkway. $805/month. Contact Bo Newland, NC Broker, for photos and information: 828-423-9588 or CLINGMAN LOFTS Own for $650/month. Includes taxes, dues and insurance. Heating/cooling cost guaranteed at $16/month. Mike Vance, 254-4030, ext. 117. CONDO ABOVE TUNNEL ROAD Luxury 2BR, 2BA condo on the 3rd floor of a new four-story building. Close to downtown and Asheville Mall. Elevators, pool with hot tub, exercise room, fireplace, deck w/mountain views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic/hardwood floors, etc. $975/month includes water and gas. (828) 231-6689 DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDOS Brand new loft in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue Building. 1BR, 1.5BA with 250 sqft 2nd floor mezzanine. Gourmet kitchen, oak floors, exposed brick, modular lighting, large windows, W/D, concrete, granite, stone, stainless upgrades. Indoor parking. Best Downtown location; walk to anything. $1,500/month. Year lease. 828-301-8033 or 954-684-1300. Oxford Ventures LUXURY DOWNTOWN CONDOS • 60 N. Market St. 2BR, 2BA. $2300/month • 1BR, 1.5BA $1900/month. New, wonderful amenities, must see. Bright Star Realty. 828-301-8033. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

WEST ASHEVILLE Canterbury Heights, 46 and 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated, 2BR, 1.5BA, 3level condos, 918 sqft. Pool, fitness center. $725/month. Mike 919-624-1513

Homes For Rent 1 GREAT WEST ASHEVILLE HOME 2BR, 1BA, off street parking, nicely landscaped, beautifully remodeled, basement, attic storage. $1150/month. 777-7012. 126 MANEY AVE. • 3BR, 2BA. Walk to UNCA. Hardwood floors, W/D included. Pets considered. $1,200/month, $1,200 deposit. 828-242-6943. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $600-2000. • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966 2BR, 1.5BA, CENTRAL, 156 St. Dunstan, a/c, hardwood floors, w/d hookups, $1,025/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA • CHUNNS COVE DUPLEX $750/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty 2BR, 1BA • W/D. Covered front porch. Walking distance to UNCA and downtown. Fenced backyard. $825/month. 828-279-7699. 2BR, 1BA in convenient West Asheville location, 2 blocks to Haywood Road shopping district. Hardwood floors, gas heat, 9’ ceilings, W/D hookups. Large, tree-shaded yard. Off-street parking. Water included in rent. $900/month + security deposit. Available June 1. 828-216-1331. 3BR, 1.5BA 5-minute walk to downtown Asheville. Wood floors, fenced, w/d hookups. $900/ month. Year lease. Security deposit. 828-691-8793, 828-298-5088 3BR, 2.5BA, NORTH, 5 Foxwood, a/c, garage, view, $1,095/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2BA • HAW CREEK Beverly Hills. $1050/month. Available now. Recent contemporary renovation. New kitchen and baths. Super clean. DW, Oil and AC. Oak floors. Unfinished basement with WD plus 2nd fridge. Lovely yard. Quiet family neighborhood. • No smoking/dogs. Call before 6pm to view: (828) 2981212. • Photos and more info: products.html 3BR, 2BA OAKLEY AREA. W/D. Hardwood floors. Fenced backyard. Central air. Move-in ready. $985/month. 828-279-7699. 3BR, 2BA, WEST, 7 Spring, a/c, w/d hookups, deck, $895/month, 828-253-1517, ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! Mobiles like new. In quiet, very nice park. • 3BR, 2BA, $625/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $615/month. (828) 252-4334.

ALEXANDER • JUST RENOVATED 2BR, 1BA with hardwood floors and ceramic tile. Covered front porch. $650/month. (Adjacent 30 acres also available for lease.) Please call (828) 299-7743. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free! Visit: (AAN CAN) ARC AGENCY, INC Biltmore Lake 4BR, 3BA, $2,400/month. Haw Creek 4BR, 2BA, $1,500/month. Southchase 3BR, 2BA, $1,200/month. Weaverville 2BR, 1BR, $825/month. West 3BR, 2BR, $995/month. Arden 3BR, 2BR, $1,250/month. Hadley Park 4BR, 2BR, $1,575/month. (828) 350-9400. ASHEVILLE • $1,375/MONTH + gas, electric, cable w/12-month contract. Short term available. Pets considered. Smoke free. Available June. 50 Email: atlashomemanagement ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550-$1950/month. • 1East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3-South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details: BEVERLY HILLS • EAST ASHEVILLE • Great neighbors, community garden. 2BR, 1BA. Garage, large deck. Basement storage. Fenced yard, small pets negotiable w/deposit. $950/month. 298-6318 or 337-9059. BILTMORE LAKE BEAUTY 3BR, 2.5BA, 1,880 sqft great home in a fantastic neighborhood. This Arts and Crafts design has a beautiful and comfortable floor plan. Situated on a corner lot, this fine home is close to great schools and downtown Asheville. $1,699/month. Call Debra, (561) 212-0009. BLACK MOUNTAIN: Large chalet-style house on private road. 3BR, 2BA, hardwood floors, plenty of storage, double decks. No smoking. $950/month. 828-298-3933 CAPE COD • OAKLEY Newly remodeled and beautiful 3BR, 2BA! Hardwood floors, tile kitchen and baths. • Exclusive private master suite with vanity area, bath and large walk-in closet! Great porch and private deck. • So convenient to everything! • Sorry, no pets. $1050/month. Call (828) 215-2865. EAST ASHEVILLE— Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath, ranch-style home on quiet cul-de-sac. Hardwood floors throughout, insulated windows. Dining room and eat-in kitchen with new appliances including microwave and dishwasher. Heated laundry room off carport. AC. Rear deck in lovely, private backyard with flower gardens. No smoking. $950 per month. Property Management of Asheville, Inc. 828-253-2537

FURNISHED STUDIO CABIN • FAIRVIEW 10-15 minutes to downtown Asheville. Allnatural wood construction. $400/month includes utilities. Call Jim, (828) 778-0726. GREAT RANCHER • W. ASHEVILLE Convenient location. Beautifully remodeled, energy efficient. 1100 sqft,R3BR, 1.5 ENT (new remodeled baths ED fixtures, tile), sunroom, hardwood floors, new kitchen, WD connections. • Whole house water filtration. Daylight walkout basement. Fenced backyard. • Dog considered w/deposit. Carport. Nonsmoking. $950/month, security deposit, 1 year lease preferred. Call (828) 280-2254. HOUSES FOR RENT • Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit (AAN CAN) NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMESOff Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 NORTHWEST OF ASHEVILLE, Rose Hill Plantation - planned and gated community on 58 acres. This partially furnished Arts and Craft style home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in 1,500 sqft main living area plus 1,000 sqft open lower level with additional bath. Hardwood flooring in living room and cozy fireplace, attached 2-car garage, front porch and rear deck. Amenities include club house, spa, swimming pool and walking trails. Trash collection and water/sewer provided. For additional information on the community go to No smoking. $1900/month. 828-253-2537. Property Management of Asheville, Inc. OFF THE HOOK! We got a great response from our ad for our Rental house in the Mountain Xpress! The phone rang off the hook! Thanks, Ander, owner, Design Painting. Get your Apartment or House rented quickly and affordably. Call (828) 2511333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. SOUTH, OAK FOREST, 3BR, 2BA rancher, gas, AC, $1,100/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SPACIOUS 3BR, 2BA • With views in great location in Black Mountain. Secluded area but convenient to town, I40. Well, septic, appliances, W/D hookups. Smoke free, no pets. $895/month. References required. or 828-776-9693. WALK TO DOWNTOWN 2BR, 1BA • Sunny, newly remodeled. Hardwood floors, skylights, new Central A/C, washer/dryer/dishwasher. Private yard and front porch with mountain view. No pets, no smokers. References, credit check. $975/month. 828-242-6017.

WEAVERVILLE • 3BR, 2BA, washer/dryer, fireplace, 2 decks, finished basement, 1.5-car garage, large yard; mountain views. $1,100/month includes water. Sarah 828-775-9555. WEAVERVILLE AREA • 3BR, 2BA house in older subdivision. Gas furnace, central air. Fireplace, large fenced backyard. Garage. No smokers. $975/month, year lease. 776-4976 or 649-0013. WEST ASHEVILLE Walk to Malvern Hills Park/ pool. 3BR, 1.5BA ranch. Hardwood floors, good lighting, modern kitchen, new washer/dryer, screened patio, carport, back yard. $885/month. Sorry, no smoking. 347-204-1354. WEST, 2BR, 1BA, $550/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty

Vacation Rentals BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Escape to downtown Asheville! Walk to restaurants, bars, shops, museums. $175/night. See

Roommates $350/month Room in Bungalow • N. Asheville to share with rad 22 year old female. Quiet, 5 min. drive to downtown, garden, porches, hardwood floors. Available now. Cody, 828-280-4735. $450+Utilities • 1-2 rooms in 3BR, 2BA house. Black Mountain. Large yard, clean, healthy, laid back home, lots of storage, close to downtown. Available June 1. 828-669-6958. 1 BR in Shared Summer Sublet • June 1-Aug 15th. Furnished BR and private bath for 1 adult in shared eco-friendly, clean, quiet, household. See Call 273-3775. Attention Golden Girls: Professional, quiet, kind Golden Girl looking for same to share Asheville rental. Mary, (828) 337-5580. Bent Creek • Own room and bath. $440/month, 1/3 utilities. DSL. Own one small dog, dogs are OK. BC Comm. Park at the back gate, singletrack in 3 minutes! Clean house near Marion/I40. Well water, full access, 1 child ok. $75/week maximum. Will negotiate. Chuck: (904) 210-4156. East Asheville • Move in now. Roommate to share 3BR, 2BA home. $357/month + bills (split 3 ways). $300 deposit. 828-712-8288.

employment Fellow Golden Girl • New house share. Age 40-70. Private BR, BA . Hardwood floors, fireplace, W/D. Decks, mountain and lake views. $575/month+utilities. Beautiful. Bobbi, 727-417-1958. Female preferred, to share 2BR West Asheville home, close to everything. Furnished room. $350/month, share utilities. • Pet considered. Call Sherri: 242-6119. Housemate Needed-Saluda • Share 3BR, 2BA house. $350/month, includes cable TV and internet, phone, water, trash. Natalie, 828-749-8019. Housemate Needed • 2BR, 2BA, 1,100sq.ft., house in W. Asheville. Looking for clean male/female to rent spare bedroom. $600/month, includes utilities Aaron, 828-551-9250. Houseshare for mature person. Upstairs BR and private BA for $450/month in a cool stone house on a West Asheville farm. Sorry, no pets. 727-403-1703. Houseshare • For mature person. Upstairs BR and private BA. $450/month in a cool stone house on a West Asheville farm. Sorry, no pets. 727-564-2703. Huge, sunny master bedroom/office and bath. Share house with professional female. Wireless, WD, huge deck, gardens. $500/month. 658-8523 Looking for a Share • Three friends are looking to rent a house in or around asheville! Looking for nice yet cheap place. Emily, 775-4245 e-mail: Looking for House Share • Move in ASAP, or by June 1st. Have Husky, like fenced yard, not a must. $300$550/month. Close to downtown a must. Lovely Townhouse • Roommate needed mid June/July 1 for 2BR, 1BA townhouse in E. Asheville near WWC. $350 + utilities. Luxury Condo • Share 2BR, 2BA mountain top condo above downtown Asheville. Heated pool,grill, W/D, fireplace, 60”TV, deck. $650/month includes all. No smoking/pets. 828-215-4986. Majestic Mountain Views • Great views high ridge quiet nature share 2200 sq. ft. home with amenities. Skyland, 5 minutes to Hendersonville Rd. $300/month + third utilities. ns/np/nd. Refs/Deposit. 828-231-1928.

Mature, responsible (male preferred) with job, car and income to share 3BR home near UNCA. $400/month includes everything. 505-2581 or 280-1696. Near UNCA • $375/month your share as 4th roommate. Required: rental references, manager approval, security deposit. 828-231-4979. Reference CAW and JRK. Quiet, Clean and Respectful • 3rd roommate for 3BR, 2BA house near UNCA. No pets and no smoking. $400/month, utilities included, plus deposit. RENTMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN) Room Wanted Summer Sublet • Looking for a quiet, clean conscious household for part of the summer. $400 a month. Me, yogi, artist, Saluda, NC, house share. $350/month, includes internet, water, local phone, trash. Electric shared. 3BR home shared w/female and dog. No other pets please. Call for info (828) 749-8019. Seeking Female Mature, conscious to share Barnardsville home. Lovely country setting, quiet/peaceful. Must love cats. $400/month. Deposit. Sam, 828-775-2327 or 626-3567. Share 3BR House. Must be dog friendly. Furnished BR and private area downstairs. $550.00/month. includes utilities, internet, basic cable. 828-216-1722. Share Beautiful Town Home • Weaverville-Reems Creek Area. Private suite, W/D, all amenities included. 400/month NP/NS. 828-658-1674. Share Large Home in Country • Mountain views on 4 acres just outside Asheville. Quiet, private BR. Cable, W/D, utilities included. $400-440/month negotiable. 828-779-7958. Share My Home • Amazing 2BR/2BA log cabin on 3 acres near lake Lure. Mountain views. Want clean, happy responsible adult. I’m there part time. Pets ok. Trampoline. $650/month. April, 305-586-4553. Summer House Share • Great 3BR house in town. Lots of light, hardwoods, deck, yard, garden, views, storage, W/D, wireless, small workspace, resident dog. $500/month. 828-505-4465.

Two Fabulous Roommates Needed • Available JuneAug 31st only. 2BR + basement apt/1BA cottage in N. Asheville. Hardwood floors, garden. $267/month+utilities+$100/ dep. 2 references. West Asheville • 4BR, 2BA house with sun room, W/D, DW, organic garden, basement. Seeking clean, responsible, positive person $350 split elec. cable, wireless, water. 335-7272.


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GIVENS ESTATES Employment application for future positions. Jobline: 828-771-2230. HR Office: 1st Floor, Asbury Commons Building, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, South Asheville.

100 WORKERS NEEDED Assemble crafts, wood items. To $480/week. Materials provided. Free information package. 24 hours: (801) 428-4649. A STYLIST With clientele. Full-time. Must be experienced, skilled, selfmotivated and desire to work in a sound, organic environment. Bring resume to The Water Lily Wellness Salon, 7 Beaverdam Road. 505-3288. AMAZING RESPONSE! “I recently ran a job ad in the Mountain Xpress and I was amazed at the overwhelming response I got from it. I was going to run it for 4 weeks but I had to cancel it after 2 because I had already received • too many • qualified applicants. I will definitely use the Mountain Xpress Classifieds in the future whenever I am looking to find good people to hire.” Stuart Gignilliat. • Be amazed and find the right employees, call 2511333, Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace.

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 Upscale Montford B&B is seeking individual capable of housekeeping excellence for part-time position. Weekend work/ references required. 828-253-0102. NATURAL LANDSCAPE GARDENER Seasonal position. 40 hours per week. Call (828) 665-2492 for more details. The NC Arboretum P/T, F/T POSITIONS AS MOVIE EXTRAS • Register for a 90-day guarantee. Make up to $300/day. Call our agents 24/7 at 1-800-605-5901. (AAN CAN) WHITEWATER RAFTING COMPANY Raft guide training and employment on the French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers. Also seeking experienced guides, store staff, bus drivers. 1866-USA-Raft. WORK AS MOVIE EXTRAS • Actors/Models. $45 to register. Earn up to $300/day. Call 24/7 at 1-800-605-5901. (AAN CAN)

The area’s largest selection of Rental Homes under one roof. Tel: (828) 650-6880 Toll Free (800) 789-1135 x 6880 PO Box 580, 2602 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704

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• 5/3.5, large Cape Cod, bsmt, $1900. • 2/1 Carport, electric heat, $675. • Mobile Homes $500 - $650. • 2/1 home, large porch, $750. • 3/2 older home, fenced, sun porch, quiet neighborhood, $1475. WEAVERVILLE: • 2/2, 1750 sqft, sunroom, gas logs, pool & clubhouse. • 3/2 doublewide, private lot near N. Buncombe rec center, $850. SOUTH: • 3/2 home, hd flrs, private lot, new remodeled kitchen/bath, $975 CANDLER: • 2/2, Seasons at Biltmore, pool, clubhouse priviledges. TUNNEL RD: • 2/2 hd flrs, large yard, quiet neighborhood, $875.


• 3/2, WD hkup, deck, quiet, $915. • 3/2, hardwood flrs, gas heat, quiet area, $850. • Mobile Homes $500 - $650.

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Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit:

Skilled Labor/ Trades ELECTRICIANS ALL LEVELS Top salary. • Many locations available. Call today! (828) 252-2200.

Administrative/ Office ADVERTISE • GET RESULTS! Our company received a great response from the ad that we ran for Office Support Staff. We will always use Mountain Xpress for our advertising needs. Thank you, A. Thompson, Women’s Recovery Center. Your company can affordably find the perfect employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Employment Classifieds.

Salon/ Spa HAIRSTYLISTS • Full Circle Salon is looking for a select few individuals to join it’s team in Asheville. We want individuals who are enthusiastic, team players, and hungry for education. Call 828-251-1722. MASSAGE THERAPIST Licensed. Call 450-1049. Cosmic Groove Massage.

best vehicle for finding quality employees, and advertising your business.” Russell, The Skyclub. Your business can benefit with low cost, efficient advertising. Call 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Marketplace Classifieds. BLUE SKY CAFE • Locally owned, creative family restaurant looking for polite, full-time counter service employee, experience preferred. Positive work environment with flexible schedules. Apply in person at 3987 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher. 828-684-1247. SOUS CHEF/KITCHEN MANAGER The Stoney Knob Cafe is now accepting applications for our Sous Chef/Kitchen Manager position. • No phone calls. • Please send your resume to: 337 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC 28787 or thestoneyknobcafe

Hotel/ Hospitality BREAKFAST SERVER/ HOUSEKEEPING Busy downtown B&B. Meticulously detailed-oriented person needed for housekeeping and breakfast FILLservice. Must ED have respectable appearance. Weekend position with possible 1-2 days during the week. Willing to train right person. Call 828-989-6618. Call for appointment.

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HOUSEKEEPER Part-time position available for experienced housekeeper at Asheville Bed and Breakfast. Looking for detail-oriented, hardworking individual with positive attitude that can work well with others. Experience with food service a plus. References required. Call 232-0345 after 10 a.m.

SALES ASSOCIATE OPENING Must be a musician experienced in sound systems and recording. Salary plus commission and benefits. Starting date: July 15. Apply to Musician’s Workshop, becky

HOUSEKEEPERS Professional, reliable and responsible needed full time for upscale bed and breakfast. Must be flexible and able to work weekends. Background check required. Call 828-254-3878 for interview.

PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST Busy downtown salon. 20-25 hours/week. Please bring resume: 82B North Lexington Avenue,

GROW WITH US! We are expanding our services and accepting applications for: • LPN Charge Nurse: 1st, 2nd shifts. • RN Charge Nurse: 2nd shift. Apply in person: Grace Healthcare, 91 Victoria, Asheville, NC 28801. REGISTERED DIETICIAN Access II Care is looking for a RD to provide nutritionist services for children at network Primary Care offices. Position is full time with benefits, guaranteed for one year, grant funded. Position to include regional travel and work with multiple primary care practices, valid driver license required. Minimum: 2 years professional experience as RD required with experience in Pediatrics preferred. BA with major in Nutrition and membership to the American Dietetic Association preferred. Current NC license required. Resume and cover letter to: Fax: 828-259-3875, Access II Care, 9 Old Burnsville Hill Road, Suite 7, Asheville, NC 28804.

Human Services

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking QMHPs to provide enhanced services for child and adult consumers. Applicants must have at least 2 years post-degree experience with the MH population. Email

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE is seeking QMHPs to provide enhanced services for child and adult consumers. Applicants must have a Bachelors degree in the Human Services field and at least 2 years post-degree experience with the MH population. We are also seeking licensed therapist for our Intensive In-Home and School-based therapy programs. Please email resumes to

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF RUTHERFORD CO. • Is seeking a Clinical Director. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in counseling, social work or related field, NC licensure, clinical experience with adult and child MH population, a minimum of 5 yrs. supervisory experience. Email resume: LPC/LCSW/LCAS/CSAC Office space and clients available. Also Bilingual (Spanish) Counselor with NC Addiction credential CSAC/LCAS. Call Bruce: 777-3755.

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NIGHT RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS!! Does working at night appeal to you? Are you experienced in the human service field, or maybe recently graduated and looking to start your career? Eliada Homes needs night residential counselors (NRCs) to give competent awake coverage to our students. NRCs continuously monitor students, doing everything possible to assure their security, health, and safety. The NRC works with the treatment team to implement individualized care plans, aiding in the students’ successful return to the community. Major responsibilities include: performing bed/bathroom checks every 7 to 10 minutes, effectively utilizing the agency’s crisis intervention plan (including physical restraint techniques if necessary), preparing meals, executing daily cleaning, providing transportation to routine and emergency medical appointments, administering medications, and completing and reporting required documentation on students. Requirements: bachelor’s degree in human services, or an AA/high school diploma/GED with at least one year of experience in the mental health field or equivalent skills. Must possess a valid NC driver license and be insurable by Eliada’s carriers. Must be willing to work some weekends and holidays, as well as be able to attend monthly in-service training during daytime hours. Please note that position requires ability to work in a high pressure, high stress environment as the NRC may experience verbal and/or physical abuse from the student population. All interested and qualified applicants please submit resume to, or fax to 828-210-0361. PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. Has openings for the following: • QP/CSAC in our Hendersonville Office. This F/T position requires CSAC Certification, minimum Bachelor’s Degree, minimum 2 years experience working with adults and knowledge of working with IPRS Clients would be helpful. Some evenings required. • Requires good driving record. Position has full benefits, medical insurance, PTO and more. Send resume to:

PART-TIME FOSTER CARE CONSULTANT NEEDED! Do you want to fine-tune your case management skills while working with therapeutic foster parents and children in therapeutic foster care? Eliada Homes might be the perfect fit for you!! Description: While the primary function of this position is to provide case management services to therapeutic foster families and children, the therapeutic foster care consultant will also manage cases for foster care families and children. The position is part-time, with the possibility of turning into full-time as the number of students in foster care increases. Major Responsibilities: The Foster Care Consultant provides training, supervision, and coordination of services through monitoring therapeutic foster homes. They provide crisis intervention through 24 hour on-call availability. Assists with admission and discharge for children in care, attend permanency planning for DSS, court hearings, and relevant meetings for placement and maintain up-to-date knowledge of foster care issues. Must be familiar with licensing standards, and makes sure they are implemented in foster homes. The Consultant assists with foster parent training and serves as a liaison between the foster family and members of the child and family team. Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s degree in human services/related field and meet QP standards (2 years mental health experience). MAPP certification is preferred, with a minimum of two years experience with children in case management capacity. Must possess valid NC driver license. *Position requires on-call transportation of therapeutic foster care clients. All interested and qualified applicants please submit resume to, or fax to 828-210-0361.

PRN RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS wanted to work in Eliada Home’s therapeutic group home setting offering direct care to students ages 6-17 years. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Thoroughly and effectively implementing the Eliada Model in order to teach important life skills that may contribute to students’ successful return to the community. • Actively participating in the creation and daily implementation of individualized treatment and teaching plans. • Meeting regularly with the leadership staff and implementing suggested feedback to ensure proper implementation of the treatment and teaching plans. • Ensuring the safety of our students by providing constant monitoring and supervision and thoroughly and effectively utilizing the agency’s crisis intervention. • Ability to perform physical restraint techniques as part of the agency’s crisis intervention model. • Accurately completing required mental health, medical and program documentation and required reporting/ communication in manner consistent with required mental health and other licensure time requirements. • Actively participating in the daily maintenance and management of the residential program by ensuring a healthy, safe and therapeutic environment and completing responsibilities including, but not limited to, meal preparation, daily cleaning and transportation to routine/ emergency medical appointments and medication administration. • Planning and implementing structured and therapeutic activities and promoting active student participation. Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field is preferred; a high school diploma/ GED/ AA degree with one year of experience; or a combination of experience, skills and competencies that is equivalent. *All qualified applicants send resume to or fax: 828-210-0361.

Psychiatrist Assertive Community Treatment Team. Please contact Joe Ferrara, (828) 507-1787. Haywood County ACTT (Assertive Community Treatment Team) Coordinator: Master’s degree and supervisory experience required. Please contact Kim Franklin, (828) 226-8339. Therapist/Team Leader Child and Family Services: Master’s Degree and supervisory experience. Please contact David Hutchinson, Child and Family Services Director at (828) 631-3973 ext 1421. Jackson, Macon, Swain County Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), Child and Family Services: Must have a Bachelors degree in a human services field and two years postgraduation experience, or a Masters degree. Please contact David Hutchinson, Child and Family Services Director, at (828) 631-3973, ext. 1421. Therapist, Child and Family Services, (Swain, Macon and Jackson): Masters degree required. Please contact David Hutchinson, Child and Family Services Director, at (828) 631-3973, ext. 1421. Support Staff, Recovery Education Center, Macon County: Relevant office experience. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, (828) 361-7277. Cherokee, Clay, Graham County Therapist/Team Leader, Child and Family Services: Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson, Child and Family Services Director, at (828) 631-3973, ext. 1421. Adult Services Coordinator: Must have Masters degree, be licensed or licenseeligible and have supervisory experience. Please contact Kim Franklin, (828) 226-8339. • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS Families Together Inc. seeking Qualified Professionals to work with at risk youth and their families dealing with mental health issues. Qualified candidate should have a four year degree and at least 2-4 years experience. Unique culture, benefits and flexible schedule. Email resume to sstevenson THE MEDIATION CENTER is hiring staff for the Family Visitation Program and Gang Violence Prevention Program. Please visit our website for job descriptions and application instructions.

THERAPIST Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness therapy facility working with young adults with substance abuse (ages 18-28) is looking for a licensed therapist to work with clients and their families through the recovery process. Provides individual, group and family therapy, participates in treatment and after-care planning. Requirements: MA or MS in counseling, psychology or social work. LCAS or CCS required, additional licensure as an LPC or LCSW preferred. Must have direct clinical and case management experience. Please email cover letter and resume to m, subject: therapist.

Professional/ Management ASHEVILLE AREA MANAGER Does working for a leading community based organization with a tradition of commitment and service excellence sound like the challenge you are seeking? Consider joining the talented professionals where a commitment to excellence is deeply rooted in a strong sense of tradition. Our business model revolves around keeping a strong community based business. This individual is responsible for managing all aspects of a branch sales and operations including: overall profitability, customer service, sales, asset management, EHS compliance, personnel management, and staffing, training, and community relations. Use your experience, education, and knowledge to set a positive leadership model for a multi-location retail operation. Direct management of multiple locations regarding, personnel, operation, and cash management. Responsibilities • Oversee location operations including overall sales and profitability. • Prepare location sales forecast and budget; manage P&L statement. • Ensure effective inventory management. • Supervise, train, assist and coach associates. • Coordinate with Customer Service Manager to ensure effective customer service delivery. • Ensure environmental health and safety compliance continued on next column

Requirements • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business Management or a related field • Five plus years of retail sales and operations management experience • Verifiable track record of progressively responsible positions along career path • Excellent sales management, customer service, employee training and development, public relations and personnel management skills • Experience reading and interpreting P&L statements and ability to operate within budget • Ability to produce results in a fast-paced environment • Familiarity with environmental, health, and safety compliance • Effective written and verbal communication skills and proven ability to lead, coach and motivate a team • Computer skill proficiency with MS Office Must have vehicle in which to perform company business and provide copies of: Valid NC driver’s license, current insurance certificate and safety inspection report. Please send resume and cover letter to: ashevilleprofessionalse DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANNA FoodBank seeks fulltime, experienced non-profit professional to manage all financial activity and oversee Finance and HR Department. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. For a full job description including qualifications needed, please visit Please provide a cover letter with your resume. No phone calls or walk-ins. Application deadline is June 19. EOE INSURANCE MANAGEMENT Bankers Life and Casualty Company, one of the largest and most respected companies in the insurance industry is currently seeking individuals interested in entry-level insurance sales positions. Ambition, intelligence, integrity and a strong work ethic will lead qualified individuals into management positions within three months to one year. Our associate managers earn $60,000 to $100,000 per year with top performing managers earning $200,000+. For additional information visit, or please call Rikki Metcalf at (704) 940-1360 to arrange an interview.

Arts/Media FEMALE NUDE MODELS Tasteful, artistic photography. • $15/hour. Must be 18 years. Tom: 252-8320.

Teaching/ Education EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH ASSISTANT The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute is hiring a full-time Early Childhood Research Assistant to assist in research projects related to young children’s learning and development. The successful applicant will assist in the conduct of research syntheses, the collection of data, data entry, and related duties. The position requires a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, psychology, sociology or a related field and two years of relevant experience. A master’s degree and relevant experience is preferred. Send a vita or resume, letter of interest describing one’s qualifications, and a salary history to Tracy Masiello, Ph.D., Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, 8 Elk Mountain Road, Asheville, NC 28804 or by email to The position includes a liberal fringe benefits package, including paid health insurance and retirement.

Jobs Wanted ATTENTION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS!!!!!! Musical Theatre? Directed! • Family Science Night? Coordinated! • Helicopter Parents? Handled! NBCT Seeks 2nd or 3rd Grade Position for 2009 School Year * National Board Certified, Early Childhood Generalist, 2005 * 5 Years Math/Science/Aerospace Magnet * 10 Years Visual and Performing Arts Magnet * Fund Raising/Grant Writing * Excellent classroom management skills! * Teacher of the Year 2003, San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. For complete resume packet, please contact Valerie at

Employment Services

2009 • DON’T JUST SURVIVE • Thrive! Snelling delivers results with staffing expertise that connects people and businesses with the power to thrive! application HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, affordable & accredited. Free brochure. Call now! 1800-532-6546 Ext. 97 (AAN CAN) POST OFFICE NOW HIRING! Average pay $21/hour or $54K annually including Federal Benefits and OT. Paid Training, Vacations. PT/FT 1-866-945-0347 (AAN CAN) POST OFFICE NOW HIRING! Avg. Pay $21/hour or $54K annually Including Federal Benefits and OT. Paid Training, Vacations. PT/FT. 1-866-945-0295

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.

Business Opportunities APPRENTICESHIP Chairmaker will teach a qualified individual the art of windsor chairmaking and upon completion you take over business. Call 828-254-3415. BEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS EVER! It’s fun; it’s simple; it’s lucrative. To hear 3-minute message, call 1-866-257-3105, code 1. BIZ OP • Want to purchase minerals and other oil/gas interest. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201 GREEN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY Expanding grass roots effort seeking dedicated people to work from home. Part-time, fulltime. 1-888-458-1670. mybioprohealth

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) WOMEN, Earn $18k-$30k for 6 egg donations with the largest, most experienced Agency in US. Call: 800-444-7119 or to apply online visit: (AAN CAN)

Auditions MOVIE EXTRAS NEEDED! All looks and ages wanted. No experience necessary. Feature films, television, commercials, and prints. $150 - $300/day. Call Now! 1-800-340-8404 x 2001 (AAN CAN)

Lost & Found Walking Stick Lost • May 10 at Westville Pub someone walked out with my walking stick. I was told a woman named Dixie with a blond wig that looked like a hippy took it. Help. 450-6271.

Classes & Workshops Announcements ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202-289-8484. (AAN CAN) ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Mountain Xpress Classifieds at (828) 251-1333. (AAN CAN) CHOATE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INVITES MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND WOMAN BUSINESS ENTERPRISE FIRMS to submit subcontractor quotations for the Tuckaseigee Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements In Dillsboro, NC. Bids are due by June 4, 2009. Subcontract opportunities exist for the following trades: • Acoustical Ceilings • Asphalt Paving • Blasting • Cabinetry • Carpentry • Concrete • Demolition • Electrical • Erosion Control • Fencing • Flooring • Grading • Grassing • Gysum • Hauling • HVAC • Laboratory Casework • Masonry • Overhead Doors • Painting • Plumbing • Rodbusting • Roofing • Please fax your quotation to 678-8921202 no later than June 4, 2009. Looking for Family in Buncombe • Born 6/22/65 in Asheville. Put up for adoption. Boy. Birth mother would be 75yrs and father 88yrs. Help me find my people. Any info,

BASICS OF REAL ESTATE INVESTING Sponsored by the nonprofit real estate investors association. June 12-14. 20 hours. $250. 216-6066. LEARN TO MAKE JEWELRY, do Lapidary, do Enameling, and more! Jewelry Gallery Now Open! Silver repairs, 30 Years+ experience. Friday through Sunday, 11a.m. until 5p.m. Earthspeak Arts, 375 Depot Street, Asheville. 828-678-9038, Ethnobotany Expedition to the Mountains near Asheville.

Saturday, June 6. Join herbalist/pharmacognosy professor Lisa Ganora for a day-long exploration of native medicinal plants. Botany, field I.D., organoleptics, traditional usage. Information: 303-746-3512

Mind, Body, Spirit

Health & Fitness FREE YOGA DAY: Join Lighten Up Yoga June 6, 9a.m. - 4p.m., to try out our talented teachers and safe, supportive environment. New students and experienced yogis welcome! Donations accepted for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Land Trust Day. 254-7756 or ONLINE PHARMACY • Buy Soma, Ultram, Fioricet, Prozac, Buspar $71.99/90 $107/180 Quantities, PRICE INCLUDES PRESCRIPTION! Over 200 meds. $25 Coupon Mention Offer: #71A31. 1-888-661-4957. (AAN CAN) ROLFING INTEGRATIVE THERAPY • Feel better Look better. Advanced Certified Rolfer offering new techniques combined with Visceral and Cranial Therapies. 828-545 8505.

Bodywork **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE! ** So deep and smooth, or very gentle and easy. Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. $35/hour Asheville special! Visa/MC. Mobile service available. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557, (828) 505-4890

MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic massage, $45/hour. Manual lymph drainage, $65/hour. Lymphedema treatment, $45-$65/hour. 15+ years experience. 828-299-4105. NC License #146. MASSAGE for every body. Relaxing environment. Free, easy parking. MC/VISA accepted. Asheville. LMT# 7113. Please call (828) 275-5497. stressbustersmassage SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; experience the invigorating cold plunge; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999. STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 279-1050. TOTALLY AWESOME THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE • Powerful pain relief. Excellent problem solving, stress management and relaxation. Intuitive, knowledgeable, versatile. 23 years experience. LMBT2082. 779-4924.

Counseling Services #1 AFFORDABLE MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: (828) 4501049. 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville, NC. BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700.

WHEN “TALK THERAPY” IS NOT ENOUGH • Body-Mind Psychotherapy. Experiential approach. Joseph Howard, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Reasonable Rates/Sliding Scale. 828-651-8646.

Spiritual 2009? NEED MORE MONEY? • ASK NINA Psychic Nina, the Auracle of Asheville: (828) 253-7472 or email

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Musical Services AMR STUDIO Audio mastering, mixing and recording. Musical, literary and instructional services. Tunable performance room, on-site video available. (828) 335-9316. ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • CREATE YOUR CD, NOW with an experienced producer/arranger and talented multiinstrumentalist, Erik Kohl. Creative, flexible, and affordable. 828-242-5032. MAKE MUSIC! Guitar- PianoDrums- Bass- SingingBanjo- Mandolin lessons created for you/your child’s interest. Experienced, enthusiastic instructor, Erik… 828-242-5032.

Equipment For Sale 5pc Tama Rockstar Kit • ONLY $300! All birch shells, quality hardware including DW doublebass pedals. Very good condition. Dark purple. Pix upon request. adhollifield@yahoo Ampeg Gemini I Amp • Vintage. Speaker replaced with Jensen, good condition, Checked out by professional amp shop. $500. 777-4865 Gretsch Catalina Club Drum Kit Nearly new maple kit includes 6 drums, Meing Cymbals Pack,Gibraltor Hardware Pack, Pacific Pedal, etc. Photo available. $900, obo. Washburn B-16 Banjo • I am selling my baby. She is about 6 years old. Normal wear on the head and some rusting on the brackets. Hard shell case included. $800, obo.


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Musicians’ Bulletin 1BR in West Asheville Home • Nice kitchen, W/D, cable, high speed internet. No smoking, No dogs, please. $400/month includes utilities. 215-5995. 21 Years Experience. Looking to play mostly instrumental, complex, melodic music. Influences: Faraquet, King Crimson, Secret Chiefs 3, etc. Morgan, 352-327-3702. Blues/Rock/Folk/Funk/Jug/ Grass • Harmonica, Slide Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals, Song Writer. Need work and fun. Easy going, adaptive, ambitious. Start new project or add flavor to existing. 601-988-8282. Blues/Rock/Folk/Funk/Soul /Dead • Very adaptive, hard working, dedicated musician about as blue as they come. Harmonica, slide guitar, lap steel, vocals, and songwriter. 601-988-8282. Drummer Needed ASAP • Upcoming gig. Punk/Prog/Grunge band. 828-926-5486 or e-mail: Female Hi Harmony/Lead • Good at singing 3-part harmonies? Leads? Eclectic country vocal group, Deep River, seeks female hiharmony/lead vocalist. www.sonicbids/deepriver 828-280-2173. Invisible Lizard • Aggressive folk originals seeks vocalist with harmony and some instrumental skills. Call Anthony at 828-367-1418. LEAD GUITARIST Must be proficient in Motown and Blues for working band. Call Allan: 669-0807. Local Metal Band Seeks Vocals • Lead Vocals in the styles of Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, etc. Dave, 828-458-1127 for an audition. Serious inquiries only.

Looking for Drummer and Pianist • Red Shoes is looking for a jazz pianist and drummer. Contact Listen here: Multimedia Collaborators • Free Improvisation, electric cello, visionary art/movies, ( araphael) seeks inspired collaborators for projects. Need Soloist • To accompany singer guitarist on jazz standards, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder,Brazillian jazz. Must have chops. 299-0598. Seeking Lead Guitarist • For wide variety rock band. 828-242-4067 or 828-670-8768. Singers, Duos, Acoustic Bands Dedicated artists? Showcase at our weekly events & festivals. Rock, blue grass, ballads, funk, aCapella, country, musical theater. Singing Bassist • Join or start group with great vocals, harmonies, maturity, Stills, Steely, Browne, Band, Byrds, Eagles, Little Feat, Youngbloods, originals. Larry 828-225-4347

LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville. MAINE COON CAT • Disappeared 5/8/09 off of Buckingham Court in Kenilworth. Moose is a large, brown neutered male and declawed in front. Please contact 828.246.2796. “Thank you so much for this lifesaving service. I have heard raves about people’s AND pet’s success with Mountain Xpress!” • Ann Weber, Psychology Dept. UNC-A.

ADOPT BELLE Annabelle is about 3 1/2 years old and thought to be mix of Terrier and Border Collie. Whatever the mix, it works! Annabelle has an incredibly long list of positive qualities: She is sweet, loving, loyal and obedient. She walks well on a leash and loves to walk and hike. However, she is just as happy to curl up at you feet. She loves car rides and behaves beautifully. She is house and crate trained. Annabelle is not comfortable with children. She is good with other dogs, but would probably prefer to be your only canine companion. This pretty girl will make a wonderful companion for the right person! To adopt Belle or see other available cats and dogs, call 258-4820 or visit

FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC • (828) 253-6807 Treeing Walker Coonhound • Chester is a pleasant dog. Well mannered, house and crate trained. Neutered and kid friendly. We like to travel and it’s hard with him. 828-702-3335. William the Wonderful Cat • Is looking for a warm lap to sit on. Good with cats, dogs and kids. Up to date on vaccines. Feluk/FIV neg. Indoors. Declawed/Neutered. Very Sweet. Dot@231-3106

BLACK AND WHITE MALE BIRD DOG • Found off Haywood Rd. in West Asheville Memorial Day 273-9722.

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Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: ETTA • Brown/black Persianmix. 9 1/2 yrs. Lost N. Asheville-Beaverdam/Spooks Branch area, 5/2. Long hair, gold eyes. Very shy. No collar, but micro-chipped. Much loved! 828-377-6661.

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Dharma Female Domestic Shorthair/Mix 7 months old Animal ID# 7396013 Taki Male/Neutered Dachshund, Standard Smooth-Haired/Basset Hound, 5 years old Animal ID# 1573413 Prudence Female Siamese/Mix 3 years, 1 month old Animal ID# 7496504

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BLACK DOG • I40 east of Old Fort on May 16, 2009. Call to describe. Will ask for vet records or photo. 828-674-9835. Brindle Hound Mix • Male brown/black. Founds in Chunns Cove area may 26. No collar,neutered, very timid. Hope to find his owner I cannot keep him. 828-301-4903.

ADOPT A PARROT-PHOENIX LANDING • Parrots live a long time, many need new homes. Go to for more info. Thanks for helping parrots!

1995 MERCURY MYSTIQUE $1000. In good condition with some good years still left on it. 105K miles. Minor cosmetic damage. Needs brake/alignment work but runs great. As is. 828-883-8839. 1995 TOYATA COROLLA SEDAN • Manual. Red. A/C and airbags. 170K miles. Great MPG. Fair condition. Runs but needs some work. $1499, obo. 828-231-0179.

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 258-0942 or 215-7232.

1998 SAAB 900 SE CONVERTIBLE • Summer Fu., 67K miles, Turbo, 5Speed, new tires, looks and runs great! $7,000 obo. 828230-7202. 2000 MERCEDES BENZ C230K • Excellent condition with all service records. Green, tan interior. 112,500 miles. $7500. 828-329-2334.

ADOPT MARTIE! Martie is a 2 year old mix of Husky and we are not sure what else. She is a very sweet girl who dearly loves her humans and just wants to please. She will do best in a one-dog household, as she gets bored with canine buddies after awhile and then does not want to play. She bonds very quickly and always wants your love and attention. She is a fast learner and should be easy to train.... Due to her size, she would not do well in household with small children (would just run right over them!). Martie loves playing fetch and riding in the car. She loves anything outdoorsy! To adopt Martie or see other available cats and dogs, call 258-4820 or visit

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE! End cruel and dangerous constant chaining of dogs in NC! Lobby your state reps to reintroduce legislation addressing dog chaining. For information, contacts and downloads, visit

Vehicles For Sale


2000 VW PASSAT WAGON V6 • Leather. 9K miles, 2 owners. 6 CD player, all other bells and whistles. $8500, obo. 828-666.4876 or 828-691-7827. 2003 DODGE DAKOTA • White, manual, AM/FM, CD. 70K miles. New tires. $6500. 828-337-0748.

Recreational Vehicles Sunnybrook Travel Trailer • 2001, 24FB. Ducted AC/Heat. Awning, skylights. Outside shower. AM/FM/CD. Microwave. Gas stove. Refrigerator/freezer. $9500. 282-298-0055.

Automotive Services

Pets for Adoption A SALE FOR TAILS! This Saturday, June 6, 8am-3pm. Fundraising yard sale, all money raised benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, helping homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. • Furniture, clothes, jewelry, baby items, tons of items! • 49 Peachtree Road in South Asheville. Right next to the old WalMart shopping center. Call 458-7778 for more info. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

1993 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CALAIS • Silver 2 door, stripes. 143K. Auto. Great MPG. List of new maintenence. CD. Looks good, runs great, clean engine. $1400, obo. 252-333-2977

1996 GEO METRO • $1200, obo. Great around town car, great gas mileage. Just under 170K miles, 5 speed, a few dings but runs great. Available 5/31.

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BROTHER WOLF CANINE RESCUE Save a dog’s life! Adopt from Brother Wolf Canine Rescue. 458-7778.

LOST CAT IN FLETCHER • Female cat named Bear Bear. No collar. Mostly gray. Shaved except for head and end of tail. Southchase in Fletcher. Donnie, 828-337-5788.

ADOPT WENDALL Wendall is a Terrier mix who would love to become part of your family. Are you interested in a small canine companion? If so, check out Brother Wolf Canine Rescue! Call us today, 808-9435, for more information. BASSETT HOUND • Female. Free to good home,1.5 years, spayed, shots. Fullblooded, no papers. Comes with crate. Beautiful,one blue eye. Sweet, loving, incorrigible, a true Bassett! 828-776-0782. BEAUTIFUL PASTEL CALICO GIRL • 4-yr-old Mercury prefers people/dogs to cats. Healthy, all shots, affectionate, playful. 704215-2037. yd/mercury.doc

1969 PORSCHE 911T. Good condition, runs well. Signal yellow. 116,263 total miles. Original engine, never rebuilt. Many updates. $11,000. Call Erik at 828-778-1976. 1988 BMW 735i 4 door. Good condition. Runs good, needs radiator. $4000. Call 250-2340. 1988 VOLVO 240 GL WAGON • In fair running condition. 210K miles. Rebuilt alternator. Potential good work car, or parts car. $550, obo. Matt: 450-4535. 1990 BUICK CENTURY • $900, obo. White and blue exterior. Blue interior. Good condition. 785-304-2526. 1993 MAZDA MPV MINIVAN • $400. Runs but needs new battery and some repairs to pass NC inspection. Alice or Nigel, 828-254-3727.

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.

For Sale

Appliances AFFORDABLE APPLIANCES • Stoves • Refrigerators/Freezers • Washers • Dryers • Repairs • Pickup/Delivery • Se Habla Espanol • Preguntale Por Bonnie: (828) 258-7355. Uncle Joe’s Used Appliances Washer & Dryer • Whirlpool washer and dryer. Work well. Take them both for $100. 828-298-0055.

Computers A NEW COMPUTER NOW! • Brand name laptops and desktops. Bad or no credit, no problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. It’s yours NOW. 800-961-7754. (AAN CAN) Dell Laptop • Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop. 60 gb. hard drive, wireless, exc. condition. $269. 828-274-1032. Dell Laptop • Dell Latitude D800, 60 gb. hard drive, wireless, exc. condition. $339. 828-274-1032. GET A NEW COMPUTER • Brand name laptops and desktops. Bad or no credit no problem. Smallest weekly payments available. Call now! 800-816-2232.

Electronics Blackberry Bold-Unlocked • Brand new in the box. Never been used. And the best thing is it is unlocked. 828-216-1722. HDTV • 20” Sylvania HDTV with DVD player. $100. 828-545-7257.

General Merchandise Books • For med. transcription. Paid $3,700. Did not use. $1,700, obo. for further information. Serious inquires only! PROTECT YOUR FAMILY Get a free GE alarm system with no installation fee and no equipment costs. Most homeowners will receive an insurance discount as well. Mention this ad and get 2 free keychain remotes. Promotional code A02087. Call 888-951-5158. (AAN CAN). Singer Model 15-125 Sewing Machine • In fourdrawer oak cabinet, buttonhole attachment. Needs new motor. $5.

Wanted Foldup Massage Table with case. Reasonable. (828) 215-6744.


Bicycles GT 21” MENS HYBRYD BIKE Like new, 21 speeds, lots of extras, great for commuting, exercise or pleasure riding. $250, obo. Don, 828-891-5183.

Building Supplies Bathroom Fixtures • Black gloss Jacuzzi bathtub and toilet $800. 828-670-8768, leave message. STEEL BUILDINGS Recession Disc Available. 30x40 • 105x105. Call for deal! Availability limited. Source#14K (828) 449-8411.

Furniture Ashley Furniture • Nice taupe colored sofa, purchased 1 1/2 years ago. $250. California king sized headboard, footboard $250. Astra Bed • Paid $2000 3 months ago. Selling for $500. Just like temperpedic. Looks great. Burgundy Swivel Chair • Burgundy upholstered chair that swivels 360 and rocks. Good condition, firm cushions. Serious inquiries only. $300,obo. MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500. Pub Table and Chairs • Square pub table (36”) and matching chairs. Solid wood, dark cherry finish. Tall lattice back chairs. 6 months old, great condition. $395. 230-6612.

Yard Sales 16 Family Rummage Sale • Saturday May 30th 8am1pm. Lots of childrens items, books, clothes, furniture, toys, household items. 21 Edwin Place off Charlotte St. 281-0007. A SALE FOR TAILS! This Saturday, June 6, 8am-3pm. Fundraising yard sale, all money raised benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, helping homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. • Furniture, clothes, jewelry, baby items, tons of items! • 49 Peachtree Road in South Asheville. Right next to the old WalMart shopping center. Call 458-7778 for more info. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Huge Church Yard Sale • Sat June 6, 6am-2pm. St George’s Episcopal Church, 1 School Rd, Malvern Hills. Table, glassware, kid and pet items, furniture, home and xmas decor, art, yarn + more. 230-0596.

Adult A MAN’S DESIRE • Spring and Sunday specials! Open Sundays. Let us relax and de-stress you! Incall/outcall. (Lic#08-00020912). • (828) 989-7353. A WOMAN’S TOUCH Ask us about our “Spring Special”. • “We’re all about you!”. Call 275-6291. MEET SEXY SINGLES by phone instantly! Call (828) 239-0006. Use ad code 8282. 18+

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