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p. 10 Ruling from Raleigh? North Carolina isn’t a home-rule state. What does that mean? The state Legislature can make decisions that trump local governments. Usually, the state works in tandem with cities and counties. But this session, controversial bills affecting our local water system, airport, city boundaries and county elections raise the question: Are Asheville and Buncombe ruled from Raleigh? Cover design by Carrie Lare


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letters Quit complaining: Law enforcement works perfectly There has been plenty of discussion recently in the Mountain Xpress about the Asheville Police Department’s recent changes, allegations of corruption and mismanagement. The truth is that local police forces recruit and maintain exactly whom the system will tolerate. By system, I mean the two-class system that runs the Western world. Sit through a couple of hours in any general sessions criminal court, and watch the poorly educated and poorly funded get litigiously ground up — fodder for the system. On the rare occasion that a police officer is confronted as a witness, any boilerplate testimony given by a cop will generally suffice to get a conviction. This leads most defendants (out of fear and ignorance) to opt for plea bargains behind the scenes. They don’t waste the court’s time, and the state/county/city gets its pound of flesh. The whole law-enforcement machine keeps running, oiled with our money. And why would the system want public defenders to actually fight for their trashy clients? That dynamic would eventually teach and require cops to handle themselves in the street and in the courtroom to the letter of the law and the expectations of society — that kind of cop is going to require (and deserve) a five- or sixfigure salary. Where are we going to get that money?

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Quite obviously, the system doesn’t want to attract, hire or retain personnel [who are] honest, hardworking and educated enough to stand up to the scrutiny of high-priced defense lawyers. This way the well heeled can play as they wish and generally escape conviction while the common folk have to follow the rules or actually pay the piper. You can check the requirements and compensation for local lawenforcement officers. So quit complaining and don’t expect too much out of law enforcement. The patrol cars and equipment are more expensive than the folks operating them. We get exactly what we pay for. — Norman Plombe Asheville

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Please let me point out that food trucks have been a staple in parts of Boston and Cambridge, Mass., and New York City for years. They add to the rich ambiance of these vibrant cities, all of which have always been major tourist destinations. Food trucks can easily be licensed and monitored for health and safety just like other eateries. In many cities and towns across America, the diverse flavors of foods prepared by local people who have a specialty to offer — often wonderful ethnic foods not otherwise available — are a great treat and a real attraction. In a number of cases their food is better, healthier and more fun (and less expensive) than restaurant food. Have you ever had real Halaal or real kosher made by a person who is Muslim or Jewish and for whom their dietary laws are very real, made with local ingredients, and made to order just for you? Or real authentic Scottish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Greek, Brazilian, African, Albanian, Mongolian, Russian, even British food? Try it, you might like it! For existing restauranteurs opposed to food trucks, it seems to be about the money; they don’t want any more competition. One answer to that is not to put food trucks right out front of existing restaurants. Asheville is a big city. There is room enough for both in this town. Besides, we need more entrepreneurship in Asheville! Imagine if this were an opportunity for some of the fabulous new chefs training at the award-winning A-B Tech culinary program. Please approve food trucks in Asheville. — Christopher Pratt Asheville

“Wellness Review” not worth its salt Wade Inganamort’s reference to the story “Lower Salt Intake May Cause (Not Prevent) Heart Disease” leaves me wondering what can possibly be next [“Wellness Roundup,” June 15 Xpress]. Maybe “a recent study has shown that oatmeal may be a silent killer?” Inganamort surely needs some backup to support his blockbuster claim. — Ralph Dimenna Asheville Editor’s response: The weekly Wellness Review — which appears online at and in print — is a roundup of news from around WNC and other parts. The salt claim comes from, not Inganamort or Xpress.

Think before you adhere There are lots of bumper stickers flying around Asheville these days — lots of big, righteous opinions. Inasmuch as it goes to freedom of speech and expression, I guess I have no problem with it, but can we show a little consistency, please? I saw a bumper sticker on the back of a Volkswagen Beetle that said “Coexist” next to another that said “Biodiesel: No War Required.” The original Volkswagen (“people’s car” in German, designed by Dr. Porsche — yes, that Porsche) was absolutely commissioned by Adolf Hitler to be built so that all citizens of his cleansed society could have affordable, reliable transportation. Not exactly a rolling memory of peaceful coexistence. I saw “Once a Marine, Always a Marine” on the back of a Kia. Not only is Kia a Korean automaker (we lost quite a few good Marines in Korea) but also K.I.A. means “killed in action,” almost always on foreign soil. How about the “Support Our Troops” yellow ribbon actually strategically placed on the fuel door of an H3! Are you kidding me? There is a minor point to be argued that we are at war in the Middle East over oil supplies. You look like a moron at 10 mpg, trust me. My favorite was a “Jesus Loves You!” next to “Speak English or Get Out!” I wish I were kidding about that one. You mean if Jesus himself came up to you speaking his guttural Hebrew or Aramaic? Wow. In short, I’m just sick of the overt hypocrisy and blatant ignorance perfectly quantified in vinyl. Here’s a bumper sticker for my fellow countrymen: “The American People: Loud, Confident and Wrong since 1776!” Me? I’ve got the “Out of Work? Hungry? Eat Your Import” on the back of my Ford Crown Victoria, a proud American automobile. Actually, it’s made in Canada. I’m pretty sure the sticker is from China. — Sidney Nemms Asheville

No more fluoride water — it’s up to us I recently moved to the Asheville area. I was drawn here by the gorgeous mountain vistas, the delicious food and the friendly nature of

For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at the people. I have recently started looking for a home and was surprised to learn that my options are severely limited by the addition of fluoride into the public water supply. Coming from a background in health services, I am aware of the controversy of the compound, which is not a naturally occurring substance, but a byproduct of several industries, including, aluminum manufacturing and fertilizer production. The Centers for Disease Control reported that fluorides are only effective in preventing tooth decay when used topically. Ingesting it into the body provides no health benefits but is linked to dental fluorosis (discolored and mottled teeth) and bones (joint and bone disorder.) The medical community has also used fluoride in the past to suppress thyroid function. This means that drinking fluoridetreated public water can lead to hypothyroidism symptoms, which may include such problems as depression, fatigue, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, increased cholesterol levels and heart disease. Fluoride is scientifically proven to accumulate in the pineal gland, which is also called the “seat of the soul,” and over time can lead to calcification of this organ. The pineal gland is active when we are dreaming or being creative. Some studies link fluoride to arthritis, bone cancer and lower IQ. With this list of maladies, it seems incredible that we would allow it into our water supply where it will ultimately end up back in the ground, in our soil and groundwater, where it will accumulate. The good news is that fluoride is added to Asheville’s potable water based on a positive vote of citizens in Asheville. It is up to the City Council and the citizens of Asheville to determine if they want to change. More information is available on the subject at — Betty Scotto Weaverville

Signed, “An Angry Teacher” It is only decency that prevents me from using colorful metaphors to describe our state legislature’s assault on education and the environment while having the audacity to give themselves some hefty pay raises! Despite the veto of the recent budget proposal by the governor, the Republican-run legislature (along with some foolish Democrats) has succeeded in spinning back the clock on education and the environment in this beautiful state. There seems to be a one-track consensus at both the federal and state levels among the GOP to bring down the president and the United States along with him. They seem hell-bent on attacking anything that is good for society, [and appear] obsessed with cutting education, jobs and services for the less privileged, while putting the extra cash in the hands of the wealthy. If they really wanted to bring down expenses, they would start with axing their own jobs and salaries! Despite the rhetoric of less government by the newly elected officials, they are imposing more government. What we need is constructive action, not ideological stances that mess with our lives. I hope the people of America and this state recognize the extreme nature of these elected officials and throw the jokers out of power come the next election. — Rudranath Beharrysingh Asheville

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You say po-tay-to, and I say po-tah-to Some thoughts on partisanship and home rule by Nelda Holder Amid the local kerfuffle over state legislation affecting the city of Asheville — particularly its water system and airport — there’s been little mention of the fact that North Carolina is not a home-rule state. If it were, the conventional wisdom goes, then the state Legislature would basically keep its hands off local issues and actions. All municipalities are legal creations of their state government. But about half the states have embraced home rule: the idea that local governments have inherent regulatory powers. State law may set specific limits, but there’s generally minimal intervention by the legislature. North Carolina, however, instead inclines toward the legal concept known as Dillon’s Rule, in which municipalities have only those powers specifically granted to them by state statutes and municipal charters. In other words, Asheville (like Black Mountain, Weaverville, Woodfin and every other incorporated municipality throughout the state) is exactly that: a corporation. Accordingly, it’s subject to the laws of the government that created it — and

much louder chorus than usual demanding a nonpartisan process for redrawing electoral districts every 10 years, as the Constitution requires. And when someone complains about the lack thereof and blames the Republicans who are now in charge, I am apt to say: “And just how long were the Democrats in power before this? Did they pass nonpartisan redistricting legislation?” Somehow, that seems to elicit the faintest blush of recognition — and maybe even a hint of embarrassment. Or, at the local level, consider the recently legislated switch to district elections for the Buncombe County commissioners (counties, of course, also being creations of the state). Many local people have protested the lack of prior discussion of the proposal, ending with calls for a referendum. But when someone brings this up to me, I am apt to say: “What about the times when local proponents of redistricting asked the Buncombe commissioners for a referendum, and they refused?” And nobody seems to want to hear that question at all, so there’s not even a blush of recognition. The legislative proposal to move Asheville’s water system into the hands of the independent Metropolitan Sewerage District taps into Asheville’s contentious water history, which

Does that make the legislation wise? Not necessarily. Have the Republicans used the bitter lessons learned as the minority party to rise above pedestrian politics and enact reforms promoting collaboration? Not necessarily. Are the Democrats blameless in their failure to set more inclusive standards when they were in power? Not necessarily. All of these factors are swirling around the laws and budget now coming out of the Legislature. And though the ultimate outcome is still uncertain, one thing seems clear: This could well be the year the public wakes up to the fact that the General Assembly isn’t strictly a Raleigh phenomenon. The legislation bandied about down there has a very direct impact on both our community and our individual lives. Just ask the next homeowner whose castle had been slated for annexation — or the next City Council member who thought Asheville’s assets were securely under local control. X Former Xpress staffer Nelda Holder writes the paper’s NCMatters section. She can be reached at

It seems to me there’s been a strange double standard hovering over the conversations, press coverage and blogs concerning the current legislative session. also involves the governments of Buncombe and Henderson counties. This trio has repeatedly tried to work together for the region’s greater benefit; my oversimplification of this complex situation is that some important initiatives crumbled because one or another entity refused to compromise. That’s a bold statement on my part, so let’s see if anyone can prove me wrong. But having sat through negotiations involving these entities and the former Regional Water Authority, I do speak from some direct experience here. Other high-profile local issues now receiving attention in the Statehouse include: transferring ownership of the Asheville Regional Airport to an independent authority; changing or curtailing municipalities’ annexation powers; eliminating extraterritorial jurisdiction; and a funding mandate that could undermine the autonomy of the Asheville City Schools. Were these groundswell issues? Hardly. But consider this: We have a non-home-rule state with the first Republican-dominated Legislature in nearly a century-and-a-half. Is it really so hard to understand the rush to change laws or procedures the Republicans have chafed under for decades, and to initiate legislation concerning issues on which they hold strong ideological positions?

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what the government giveth, the government may take away. So if a duly elected legislator (say, Buncombe County Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt) introduces legislation dealing with matters specific to the city of Asheville (such as who owns its airport or water system), the 120 state representatives and 50 state senators who convene in Raleigh are free to make whatever decision they collectively choose. Those are the rules of the game. But what about the wishes of city residents: the voters? What about, at minimum, having public dialogue on such subjects before action is taken? Sorry — there’s no mandate that the state facilitate such dialogue, and local officials have appeared trapped, surprised and defensive in that void. There has been no proactive grass-roots action and, perhaps worse, there is a prevailing air of partisanship coloring decisions and dampening dialogue. When, I’m inclined to ask those who complain, did you last have personal dialogue about these issues with a member of the opposite political party? It seems to me there’s been a strange double standard hovering over the conversations, press coverage and blogs concerning the current legislative session. Take redistricting: Suddenly there’s a

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N.C. STATEHOUSE Most states place some limits on what their legislature can do to the localities under its jurisdiction, delegating broad authority to city and county governments. But in North Carolina, things are different. “The Legislature has absolute control over local governments,” says Frayda Bluestein of the UNC School of Government. “They’re created by the state Legislature; all of their powers come from the Legislature. Most of their powers come through general laws, but it’s very, very common for those powers to be modified.” Typically, such changes are requested by the local government, “But there really is almost no limit on what the Legislature can do with respect to modifying the structure, the powers, the property owned. Almost everything you can imagine is within control of the state Legislature.” And the governor can’t veto local bills — those aimed at one particular place, rather than all the state’s cities or counties. That unbridled power has sparked considerable controversy during the current legislative session. A bill proposed

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“There really is almost no limit on what the Legislature can do. ... Almost everything you can imagine is within control of the state Legislature.” Frayda Bluestein UNC School of Government by Rep. Tim Moffitt requiring Buncombe County to expand its Board of Commissioners and switch to district elections has already become law. The board hadn’t requested the change, and amendments proposed by other local legislators that would have required a referendum on the matter were defeated. The city of Asheville has also squared off against bills backed by the freshman Republican. One reversed the 2005 Biltmore Lake annexation, which had been upheld by a lower court; residents had appealed the

decision. Another proposed taking the city’s water system (with no mention of compensation) and handing it off to the Metropolitan Sewerage District. Modified in committee, it now calls for simply studying the issue. Yet another Moffitt-backed bill (this one originally co-sponsored by the county’s two Democratic state representatives, who later withdrew their support) would require the city to turn over the Asheville Regional Airport to a fully independent authority. Both bills are currently before the state Senate and may come back up next spring. Both the Buncombe County commissioners and Asheville City Council members have expressed unanimous opposition to these measures while protesting what they say was Moffitt’s failure to consult with them beforehand. These dramatic changes raise a fundamental question: Are Asheville and Buncombe County now ruled from Raleigh? In the following pages, we explore the city’s and the county’s situations in more detail. — David Forbes







by David Forbes Relations between Raleigh and the city of Asheville are strained, to say the least. “Our relationship, historically, with our local delegation has been very open,” notes Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith. “What’s changed with this session is seeing bills that don’t have consensus from the local delegation and seeing legislation move forward without any consultation with those it affects.” At the center of the storm stands freshman Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt, who has introduced or backed all of the most controversial bills. Moffitt, however, has shrugged off the controversy, maintaining, for example, that the bill seizing the city’s water system was merely intended to start a discussion after Council raised water rates, mostly for commercial and industrial customers. “The process, which seems to be people’s main frustration with me, is really a two-way street,” Moffitt said earlier. “The city didn’t consider contacting me before raising rates on businesses or residents. I didn’t complain about that.” Moffitt says he didn’t originally file it as a study bill simply because he was rushing to get it in before the filing deadline (see “An Asset of the People?” June 7 Xpress). In response to the clamor over that bill, notes Smith, Moffitt has begun notifying Council members either the day he submits a bill or the night before. A May 26 email, for example, informed them that he was changing his water-system proposal to a study bill rather than an immediate mandate.

“I recognize that I placed many of you in a very uncomfortable situation regarding not being inclusive on this and other matters,” Moffitt wrote. “However, it is a two-way street. Although many of you have complained publicly about my actions, I have not drawn yours into question either publicly or privately. Regardless, I will continue to strive to work with you on legislation relative to Asheville and on other topics as well when appropriate.”

A “Mother May I?” state Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, who has traveled to Raleigh to speak with state legislators, says he’s seen more interaction with Moffitt than before. In a June 8 email about the latest version of his bill to hand off the Asheville Regional Airport to an independent authority, Moffitt told Council members: “It is my hope that the language contained therein accommodates most of the concerns vocalized, although not all. Your comments and/ or thoughts would be appreciated, as always.” But Newman, who serves on the current Airport Authority board, says the revised bill “doesn’t really address our concerns,” pointing out that it would still reduce the city’s representation on the Airport Authority and require Asheville to hand over the property within 90 days of the bill’s passage. The vice mayor says he understands the bills repealing involuntary annexations — prohibiting the practice has been a Republican goal for years — but considers the others beyond the pale. “Even with the things that were done around

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the water system [in 2005, when Sullivan Acts II and III were passed], there was never a bill where the legislators said they would transfer ownership of the entire system,” Newman notes. “That’s outrageous, on a level that none of the debates we’ve had in the community have been. I’m sure the county commissioners feel similarly about the state mandating a change to the way local elections have been held for more than 200 years.” Meanwhile, Council members and city staff are taking a more proactive approach toward the General Assembly. City Manager Gary Jackson and Council members have gone to Raleigh to discuss upcoming bills and articulate Asheville’s concerns. Council member Esther Manheimer and Mayor Terry Bellamy have both spoken individually with Moffitt. “I think there’s an uptick in conversation between individual Council members and Rep. Moffitt,” says Smith. “Raleigh has a lot of control; they use it every day. We’re a ‘Mother May I?’ state. Asheville has been in a particularly hard situation for some time: We have the Sullivan Acts [which restrict the way the city can run its water system]; the occupancy tax, well below the state average, doesn’t go to the general fund, and it’s different from how other municipalities are treated.” The city’s new approach may be bearing some fruit: Democratic Reps. Susan Fisher and Patsy Keever subsequently withdrew their co-sponsorship of the airport bill. But at the end of the day, the power remains in the hands of the state. And if the city’s lobbying efforts couldn’t derail the water and airport bills, a packed schedule at the end of the legislative session has at least • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 11

temporarily brought them to a halt. Both bills remain in committee and may come back up during the General Assembly’s short session next spring.

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“Asheville’s not the only district where repeals of annexations — even those upheld by the court — have been introduced,” notes Bluestein of the School of Government. “It’s a pervasive aspect of the relationship. I can’t give you any particular numbers, but it’s safe to say most of the local bills are requests of the local delegation, but there’s no legal limitation to the Legislature doing that. But it’s unusual to do it without a local request.” However, she continues, “Folks elected from that constituency may feel they have a mandate to do something different. That’s obviously what’s happening with annexation: Legislators feel they’re giving voice to those folks.” And while local bills are generally expected to have the backing of the entire local delegation before legislative action will be taken (something even the controversial Sullivan Acts had), Bluestein stresses that this isn’t a legal requirement. “There’s plenty of cases, including within the Democratic-controlled body, when the delegation didn’t have consensus and one member pushed it forward anyway,” she says. “But it’s unusual.” In the early 20th century, notes Bluestein, the General Assembly went even further, sacking entire city councils, appointing new ones and selling off local-government property. “Here, there’s no limitations on the state government’s authority to really micromanage, if you will, at the local level.” Should there be? Emmet Carney, chair of the Buncombe County Democratic Party, thinks the time has come to push for increased independence from state government. “The fight for home rule is on,” he declares, adding, “I think North Carolinians would universally favor that.” And if the Democrats regained control of the General Assembly, he continues, “My position would not change. ... But I’m not an elected official.”


Overreaching or protecting local interests? Every day, says Carney, he hears near-universal condemnation of the local bills passed by the General Assembly. “What we have been seeing lately is a concerted effort to centralize our power [in] Raleigh,” Carney maintains. “We have as much right to selfdetermination as anyone else in America does. We did not forfeit that right just by Mr. Moffitt being elected. He didn’t campaign on these ideas, because you couldn’t win with these ideas anywhere in America. These views are anathema to Buncombe County residents.” Smith sounds a similar note, pointing to the revisions to the water-system bill. “I think Rep. Moffitt has been chastened by the electorate,” says Smith. “All points on the political spectrum reject this autocratic way of doing things. What remains to be seen is whether this is window dressing or if he intends to become a full partner. I think Republicans in Raleigh have overreached with this approach of forcing local bills. We’ve been seeing government forced on the people rather than of the people.” Not all area residents agree with Carney and Smith, says Henry Mitchell, chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party. “I’m sure [Moffitt is] doing what he thinks best, and I’m sure he’s got a kitchen cabinet advising him on this,” Mitchell observes. “He’s seen how the water system’s run over the years, for example, and thinks it could be more efficient. I think he should get input at some point, maybe be a little more proactive in the community. But I know the party, and local Republicans support him. It’s tricky; you can’t please everyone. And sometimes, if you try to get input from everybody, you just end up tying the system up even more.” “I’m sure it’s going to irritate the Democrats, but in the GOP it’s felt like he’s doing the job we sent him to Raleigh to do,” Mitchell adds. “I think he’s representing local interests on stuff that’s been on the burner for a while and trying to make it better for the citizens.” Still, Mitchell does say he believes more local control is needed, though he’s not sure what’s the best way to achieve it. Moffitt, meanwhile, did not respond to requests for comment for this article, but he has dismissed the opposition to his legislation as “a handful of people in the city who are active about everything that comes out of Raleigh.” X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at

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by Jake Frankel Depending on whom you ask, a recent change to Buncombe County’s election law is either a blatantly partisan Republican dictate from Raleigh or a much-needed adjustment to restore balance and fairness to local government after an unduly long period of Democratic rule. Ratified by the state Legislature May 19 after House and Senate votes that mostly followed party lines, the law expands the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners from five to seven members and mandates district rather than at-large elections. The three districts will match the county’s three Statehouse districts, which are now being redrawn in accordance with the 2010 census. Next year, each voter will be asked to choose two commissioners (who must live within that district) plus the board chair, who’ll still be elected countywide. The bill also establishes staggered terms: In each district, the candidate receiving the most votes in 2012 will serve a four-year term; the other winner will be up for re-election in 2014. After that, all commissioners will serve four-year terms, and each district will elect one commissioner every two years. Republican Rep. Tim Moffitt introduced the changes in March, without consulting or even inform-

“IF THEY [PLACE THE AREAS] WHERE ALL THE LIBERALS LIVE IN ONE DISTRICT, CERTAINLY THAT’S GOING TO ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO ARE MORE EXTREME IDEOLOGICALLY.� BILL SABO UNCA POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR ing either his colleagues in the local legislative delegation or the current commissioners, all of whom are Democrats. They unanimously oppose the move; board Chair David Gantt has asserted several times that it will limit democracy by preventing residents from voting for all the commissioners. Under Moffitt’s leadership, the Republican-controlled Legislature shot down amendments proposed by Rep. Patsy Keever and Sen. Martin Nesbitt (both Buncombe Democrats) requiring a binding referendum on the bill. Moffitt says the measure will make commissioners more accountable to underserved areas of the county while giving less prosperous candidates in both parties a better chance of winning.

Lines in the sand These changes could have longterm ramifications for county government and the general public, says UNCA political science professor Bill Sabo. “Everything depends on how the districts are drawn,� he reports. “The power rests with those who draw the lines.� That power now falls to the first Republican-controlled General Assembly in 140 years. Historically fraught with lawsuits and charges of gerrymandering, the redistricting process for Statehouse, Senate and congressional districts is overseen by House and Senate redistricting committees. Both Moffitt and Buncombe Democratic Rep. Susan Fisher serve on the House committee. At an April 30 public hearing on redistricting, Moffitt promised that the districts would be fair; at this writing, no details or maps had been released. Sabo, however, says the county “could be gerrymandered easily to make four of the [current] commissioners live in the same district, which would create dramatic change.� At the very least, he expects to see a board that’s “a bit more conservative,� adding, “It’s going to ensure one or two Republican seats.�

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“If they [place the areas] where all the liberals live in one district, certainly that’s going to encourage those who are more extreme ideologically,” Sabo observes. “What we’re likely to see is commissioners who are more tuned to their districts, as opposed to the county as a whole. It’s likely that you’ll get a much more divided commission on divisive issues such as zoning.” Each district must contain about one-third of Buncombe County’s roughly 238,000 residents. That still leaves plenty of room to draw the maps in ways that could help Republicans, however, notes Sabo. Asheville’s approximately 80,000 people (and large Democratic majority) could legally be encapsulated in a single district — or Republicans could try to subdivide Asheville “in hopes of watering down the urban vote with the rural vote, which tends to be more conservative,” he points out. But with the county’s registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans 77,000 to 48,000, it seems likely that Democrats will be able to keep at least a few seats on the board.









Red flag or grass-roots boost? Whatever the outcome, critics have strongly objected to the way the change was made. “Shooting down the requests to hold a referendum was a red flag,” says Kathleen Balogh, president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina. The nonpartisan political group works to educate voters and promote open government. “Because basically you’re disenfranchising local people from having input into a situation that directly affects them. There was no opportunity for citizen involvement and education: It happened so quickly that people were barely able to gather their wits about them to even understand what was happening before it was passed.” Gantt agrees, declaring, “If you’re going to take away someone’s right to vote for all these commissioners, you should’ve asked them. I think we may be one of the only areas in the state where Raleigh drew our districts for commissioners. And for a party that preaches home rule and local control and ‘Keep it close to the people,’ it was certainly a surprising move.” Typically, counties switch from at-large to district elections only if the current commissioners request it or in response to litigation, notes Todd McGee, communications director for the N.C. Association of County Commissioners. McGee says he’s not aware of any other North Carolina county that uses Statehouse districts for commissioner districts. Only 15 of the state’s 99 other counties use the combined district/at-large voting Buncombe will now employ; 42 use “pure” at-large elections, according to figures from the Raleighbased organization. But Henry Mitchell, chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party, says the new system will actually be more democratic. “I think the bill allows for candidates with less funding to serve the community, because the grass-roots efforts will be more effective,” he explains. “I think it will give the average person a better chance to serve.”








Not an ideal world Meanwhile, local Republican hopefuls are eager to explore their prospects under the new system. Fairview resident Mike Fryar, who ran unsuccessfully in 2008, wants to see how the districts are drawn before deciding whether to throw his hat in the ring. Fryar raised his profile back in February by pointing out during a Board of Commissioners meeting that they were among the highest-paid county commissioners in the state (two weeks later — after massive media coverage of the issue — they cut their pay from about $41,000 a year to $28,600). Fryar says he hopes he’d have a better shot at winning under the new law, because he wouldn’t have to stretch his limited resources as far. Candler resident David King is also considering a bid; he, too, thinks the change will help give him a fair chance.

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“If you rig the system like it’s been for 140 years, then somewhere, balance has to be put back in,” he explains. “In an ideal world, I’d like to see local control, but it’s not an ideal world, unfortunately.” Fryar agrees, saying, “Raleigh has always made the rules, and we’ve had to follow them. I’d rather have local governments have more control, but as long as they want to play the games down there the way the games are played, we have no options.” Fryar also says the changes will help return power to WNC natives and rural residents marginalized by recent urban transplants. “You move to this town three years ago and you decide we need greenways, sidewalks, parks; dig up all the asphalt and put in more green spaces, change the whole city? We’ve been here all our lives, born here, and we liked it the way it was,” he asserts. But Democrats are also mobilizing in response to Moffitt’s legislation. “A plurality

of people tell me they’re concerned with the way our voting rights are being handled in a clearly partisan manner in the state capital,” says Emmet Carney, chair of the Buncombe County Democratic Party. He raises the specter of a voter uprising against Moffitt and his party. Sabo, however, doesn’t think a sustained citizen backlash is likely. “I can’t see it having an impact for more than one or two elections. ... Once the lines are drawn and people are used to it, that kind of stuff starts to wash away,” Sabo explains. “In one sense, the Republicans are wielding power quite effectively to alter the political landscape. On the other hand, they’re doing it in a way that ... contravenes the fundamental principle of the party.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at

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by David Forbes Asheville City Council’s June 14 meeting was relatively short, but it covered a lot of ground. One major item, however, concerned something that didn’t happen. Despite predictions of increased crime when the city reopened a pedestrian bridge to the Hillcrest Apartments following a tragic death, crime has actually declined, police say. “We’ve had no pedestrian deaths [on the adjacent stretch of Interstate 240] and no real increase in crime related to the opening of the bridge,” Interim Chief Wade Wood told Council. “Based on the area’s history, we anticipated a rise in drug and prostitution crimes. That has not occurred; we’ve seen a decline. We attribute that to more hours dedicated to policing the area.” Wood said the APD is applying for a grant to fund five new officers dedicated to policing the city’s public-housing complexes. During last year’s debate over reopening the bridge, some residents of Hillcrest and surrounding areas opposed the idea, fearing that the additional access point would spark

increased crime. The bridge was closed in 1994 at the request of the police and residents concerned about crime. Wood did note that surveillance cameras installed in recent months had been vandalized. About 100 people (including many Hillcrest residents) turned out for a protest at the housing complex in May, saying that the cameras, combined with the housing project’s geographic isolation and heavy police presence, left them feeling as though they were living in a prison.

Bellamy delivers LGBT proclamation Proclamations aren’t usually newsmakers, but when Mayor Terry Bellamy read one declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month, it was notable in several respects. First, the proclamation was issued midway through the month, instead of at the last meeting before it began. This year’s Black History Month proclamation, for example, was delivered at Council’s Jan. 25 session. “Whereas perhaps 12 percent of Asheville’s population is LGBT and whereas the city of Asheville values a diverse community, a diverse work force and diverse ideas,” Bellamy read. “Whereas LGBT citizens and their children face stigma and harm due to the lack of acceptance, understanding and equality,” she continued; the proclamation ends by urging “citizens to reflect upon LGBT history and celebrate a culture where all citizens are respected for who they are, regardless of sexual orientation.”

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The proclamation also noted measures Council has passed, including an equality resolution and domestic-partner benefits. Bellamy opposed those measures and, in both cases, became quite angry during the discussion. Activists have criticized her positions and the justifications she gave for them. Council member Jan Davis cited a proposed amendment to the state constitution banning both same-sex marriage and local domestic-partner-benefits ordinances. If the bill proposing the amendment appears to have a realistic chance of passing, the city needs to take a stand, said Davis, who originally opposed Asheville’s domestic-partner benefits but later changed his vote. “We passed it, and we should defend it,” he declared.

Not done yet During the public-comment period, Council members got an earful from former URTV producers. The city recently decided to remove its equipment from the now defunct public-access channel’s studios, having decided not to renew the contract after the nonprofit shut down amid a bitter dispute with Buncombe County over funding. Former producer Milton Byrd said he wanted to mediate between the producers, the city and the county concerning the best way to revive the channel and solve “the public issue, which right now represents a very big trust issue. This is a First Amendment platform.” If the situation can’t be resolved, asserted Byrd, “The attorney general is looking at this, the FCC is looking at this, other national organizations are looking at this, as well as looking for legal representation. This is not a done issue: URTV is still trying to reorganize.” Meanwhile, continued Byrd, the producers “have not been addressed, they’ve not been communicated with, and they feel like there’s been some inappropriate decisions made without them.” The city and county are conferring on a request for proposals from groups interested in running a public-access channel. City Manager Gary Jackson and Council members encouraged Byrd and his colleagues to get involved in those discussions.

Former producer Chris Chiaromonte struck a much harsher note, accusing both local governments of a conspiracy to destroy public access. “URTV was deliberately started with the intention of not succeeding: It was designed to fail in two years so the city could get the equipment and resell it,” Chiaromonte charged, declaring, “The smoke screen is lifted!” He added that if URTV doesn’t receive the $1.5 million he claims it is due, the city and county will face God’s judgment. But when Chiaromonte predicted that David Gantt, chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, would end up in prison, Bellamy banged the gavel, telling Chiaromonte to calm down.

Other business Council members also: • Approved a zoning change needed to allow a tailgate market at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. • Approved the formation of a permanent Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. • Voted 6-1 to transfer responsibility for HUDrelated fair-housing investigations from the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council, which has recently faced financial and staffing difficulties, to the state Human Relations Commission. Bellamy voted against the measure but gave no explanation. • Granted the Planning & Zoning Commission the power to approve major subdivisions and medium-sized (level II) projects. The Technical Review Committee, which considers only the letter of the rules, had been the final arbiter of such projects. The changes are intended to provide a more appropriate venue for public comment, as the commission can also take into account the city’s overall development goals. Activist Steve Rasmussen said the change is appropriate, but the powerful commission will now require greater scrutiny and should be less tilted toward development interests. Council is considering changing the appointment process to interview commission applicants during a regular City Council meeting (as it does with school-board candidates), instead of at a separate time and place. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at

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Ashevilleans on the go: Some Asheville residents, including local photographer Jerry Nelson and longtime activist Clare Hanrahan participated in the June 11 march to Blair Mountain in West Virginia. Marchers aimed to convince state officials to grant historic status to the site where miners lost their lives fighting for the right to unionize in 1921. photos by Jerry Nelson

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to put an end to a strike and attempts to unionize. Asheville photographer Jerry Nelson and other area residents took part in a five-day, 50mile march that ended with a rally at the historic site. The marchers’ aim was to convince state officials to follow through with efforts to give the site a historic designation and to protect it from proposed mining that would likely level the mountain. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took part, telling marchers, “When I was 14 my father said to me, ‘There is no way you can regenerate an economy from these barren moonscapes that are left behind and they are doing it so they can break the unions,’ and that is exactly what happened.” Following the same route that 10,000 union coal miners took in 1921 on their way to organize non-union Mingo County, marchers placed a memorial to the 1921 miners on the original battleground. — Margaret Williams • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 19


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can I grow them here? And sometimes, says Blue, such questions can be very specific: I need a plant 4 feet high that grows in shade. What can you recommend? Master gardeners also hear a lot of questions about fruit trees and shrubs. Will peach trees grow here, or are apple trees a better choice? What about berries? Plant selection is critical; some varieties are disease-resistant, and some need a particular microclimate. Checking in with a master gardener could save you some money. • No. 5: How do I take care of my lawn? Lots of specifics here: How do I control the weeds, fertilize my lawn, mow it and keep it green and healthy? Lawn-care workshops always draw a big crowd, so master gardeners know to expect a lot of questions concerning lawns, ground covers and how to minimize watering. (In case you’re wondering, keep your grass 3 inches high and don’t mow it when it’s wet: This leads to disease.) Master gardeners are chosen based on their availability to volunteer, not their gardening expertise. They’re required to give 40 hours of service between April and December and to take continuing-education classes to maintain their certification; some of these dedicated folks have served more than 20 years. If this program sounds like a good fit for you, contact Blue (see box). X Cinthia Milner gardens in Leicester.

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(pd.) Broad River Botanicals Broad River Botanicals Summer Sale! One day only. Sat. 6/25/11 10am-4pm. One gallon perennials $3. 2805 HWY 9 Black Mountain. Call for directions: 828-664-9902. (pd.) KENNY’S PERENNIALS • Beautiful, homegrown, affordable plants. Over 60 varieties. $2.50 each. Visit me at the North Asheville Tailgate Market on Saturdays, 8am-noon and the Greenlife Tailgate Market on Sundays, 10am-3pm. Details: Facebook page Kenny’s Perennials. 828-280-9479. kenjack@ Master Gardener Garden Tour • SA (6/25), 9am-4pm - Buncombe County Master Gardeners will present “Look and Learn in our Gardens Tour.” Tour begins at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road. Info: 255-5522. Organic Certification • TH (6/30), 6-8pm - An organic certification workshop will be held at A-B Tech’s Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler. $10. Info: http://tinyurl. com/5vdnadv. 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, 8-11am - Stecoah Tailgate Market, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. —2-6pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6pm - Montford Farmers Market, Asheville Chamber of Commerce parking lot. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 2:30-6:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, behind the yellow community center on Weaverville Highway. • THURSDAYS, 10am-2pm - Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, at the back entrance of Mission Hospital’s Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. —- 3-6pm Flat Rock Tailgate Market, in the parking area behind Cherry Cottage and next to Hubba Hubba Smoke House along Little Rainbow Row.

•  FRIDAYS, 4-7pm - Riceville Tailgate Market, Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot, at the corner of Beverly Road and Tunnel Road. • SATURDAYS, 8am-noon - Transylvania Tailgate Market, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets in downtown Brevard. —-9am-noon - Big Ivy Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on Highway 197 —- 9am-noon - Black Mountain Tailgate Market, 130 Montreat Road —- 9am-noon - North Asheville Tailgate Market, at UNCA (take W.T. Weaver Boulvard and follow signs). —-9am-1pm - Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market, at the corner of Highway 213 and Park Street. •  SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Greenlife Sunday Market, at the Greenlife Grocery parking lot. —noon-4pm - Marshall Farmers Market, on the island in downtown Marshall. •  TUESDAYS, 3:30-6:30pm - West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Road, in the parking area between Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank. • SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street. RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of river-friendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www. • SA (6/25), 9am-4pm - RiverLink’s stream restoration projects and five private gardens will be featured on the self-guided Master Gardners’ Tour.

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Play ball! by Christopher George With two outs, runners at first and second are wary, anticipating a pickoff attempt. The Asheville Tourists are down by one run in the bottom of the ninth. Tourists right fielder Kyle Parker, once the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers, digs in and glares at the pitcher. The first pitch is a fastball, low and outside, and the 21-year-old Parker checks his swing. Ball one. The second pitch is a hanging curve ball, about belt high. Parker drills it into the gap between center and left. The base runners take off, the lead runner cruising into home plate. A great throw by the center fielder is cut off by the shortstop and relayed to the plate, just as the second runner slides by and taps the edge of the plate with his left hand before the catcher can sweep around and make the tag. The umpire sweeps his hands across his chest. Safe! The Tourists have beaten the Hickory Crawdads on Parker’s two-run, walk-off double. Not every game goes to the wire, of course, but the possibility that it could — that’s part of what brings people out to historic McCormick Field to watch Asheville’s beloved baseball team. Set into the side of a hill just off South Charlotte Street, McCormick Field has been home to minor league teams since 1924, many of them known as the Tourists. The current team, in Asheville for the last 35 years, has been a Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies since 1994. But the history here is much deeper. Baseball, after all, is filled with the ghosts of its own past, and big signs adorning McCormick Field’s brick façade feature pictures of the greats who’ve stepped into the batter’s box or toed the pitching rubber here. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripkin Jr. are among those who’ve played at McCormick Field, making it a living testament to the history of the sport that still serves as a proving ground for tomorrow’s stars. Once inside the gate, a souvenir shop on the immediate right (appropriately named the Tourist Trap) gives guests the opportunity to buy a cap, T-shirt or jersey. To the left is the main concession area, unusual in that it’s below the main seating area. Besides the more traditional roasted peanuts, hot dogs and sodas, the concession area offers such specialties as deep-fried MoonPies and local craft beers from

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Highland and French Broad brewing companies. The field has its own unique qualities. The right-field wall is a scant 297 feet from home plate, but it’s 36 feet high — a mere 2 inches shorter than Fenway Park’s famed Green Monster. In classic minor league fashion, the outfield wall is crammed with ads for local businesses, including one for Asheville Radiology that promises, “Umps’ heads examined free.” On any given night, the crowd is an eclectic mix. Armed with scorecards and headphones, hard-core fans occupy the box seats down front, listening to the radio broadcast even as they watch the game. In the bleachers, families and clusters of friends casually take in the game, the sweet evening air and the laid-back social scene in equal measure. Between innings, there’s the usual hijinks found in minor league ballparks: mascot races for the kids and trivia questions for the adults. The Tourists’ own Mr. Moon provides comic relief as he joins the mascot race, plays tag with a kid around a Smart Car and otherwise clowns around. All in all, it’s easy to see why attending Tourists games is such a popular getaway. It really is the full minor league baseball experience, and a great team in a great park is always a winner. Even when things don’t go the Tourists’ way around the diamond, there’s still plenty of fun in the stands. The Tourists’ next game is scheduled for Thursday, June 23. To view their schedule, go to X Christopher George can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 140, or at

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The Itinerary Go: to an Asheville Tourists game at historic McCormick Field. ($8 per adult, $7 for children for general admission seats) See: baseball played on the same field where Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Willie Stargell and Cal Ripkin Jr. once played. Eat: a bag of roasted peanuts, a hot dog, or a deep-fried MoonPie from Crash’s Kitchen out on the concourse, named for Kevin Costner’s character, Crash Davis, from the movie Bull Durham, some of which takes place at McCormick. (average cost: $4 per item) Drink: a local craft beer from French Broad Brewing or Highland Brewing for just $2 on “Thirsty Thursday.” Buy: a T-shirt from the appropriately named Tourist Trap souvenir shop ($18.95). Total Cost: About $35

JUNE 23, 2011 from 6pm-9pm Join the Friends of WNC Nature Center & the Asheville Affiliates to party with the animals at a fundraiser for the WNC Nature Center Tickets: $25 advance & $30 at door Purchase tickets from Friends Office at the Nature Center Online at Or call Suzanne at 828-298-5600 ext. 319 • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 23


your guide to community events, classes, concerts & galleries

calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists Calendar for June 22 - 30, 2011 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops Events at A-B Tech • JUNE through AUGUST - A series of classes and summer camps for children, teens and adults will be offered through Destination Exploration, including a visiting artist series.

Camps in art, computers, drama and culinary arts are open to children ages 8 to 18. Adults may take workshops in humanities, languages, music, practical skills and other subjects. The Visiting Artist Summer Series will feature three-day workshops on photography, drama and art. Info:

Social & SharedInterest Groups Gal Pals Of Asheville (pd.) Come join Asheville’s Most Fabulous group: Lesbian Social Group for Women, ages 35-55. • Group attendance requirement; All members are active. • For more info: GalPalsofAsheville Artistic Asheville Singles Group • WEEKLY - Meeting locations vary. For single people under 25. For info join Facebook group.

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

Awareness to Autism • SA (6/25), 6:30-9:30pm - Mike’s On Main Nike Nites presents “Awareness to Autism” in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6981616. Events at Wall Street Coffee House • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Game night will be held at 62 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. All are welcome to enjoy old-fashioned fun. New games are played each week. Info: Farm Day • SA (6/25), 4-9pm - Cane Creek Valley Farm Day will be held at Okoboji Wilderness’ Big Red Barn, 440 Lower Brush Creek Road, Fletcher. $15/$5 children. Info: Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. All classes are free. Info: • WE (6/22), 4-6pm - A meeting of Mountain Protectors will focus on nuclear waste in WNC. Held at 45 Riverview Drive. —-5-8pm - Soda-making and community potluck will be held at 40 Congress St. Liberating Liberals • MO (6/27), 5:30pm - “Liberating Liberals” will feature readings and discussions about Nietzsche, Jesus, Vonnegut and more. Held at Mountainside Wines, 271 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine. Info: 766-7515. Quilt Show • FR (6/24) & SA (6/25) - “Airing of the Quilts” will feature 100 quilts at the Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva. Info: or 508-8697. •SA (6/25), 11:30am Fashion show and luncheon will be held as part of “Airing of the Quilts.” $20. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or • Through TH (6/23) - “Ideas That Changed America” will highlight the work of Mark Twain, Frances Perkins, W.E.B. Du Bois and Albert Einstein. 7pm concert followed by

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lecture. $4 per night. Info: or 250-4700. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 449-D Pigeon St., Waynesville. Info: 456-9697, or • SA (6/25), 8am-2pm - Rummage sale. Info: 2462794.

Seniors & Retirees 60+ Exercise Smarter (pd.) Learn better ways to exercise. Make every movement lighter, freer, easier. Personal attention, two instructors. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:00pm. $25 or 10 for $215. 117 Furman. 2253786. FormFitnessFunction. com Fun Bunch for Singles • This social club for 50+ singles in the WNC area meets six to seven times each month for activities like dining out, day trips, movies and more. $15 per month. Info: www.meetup. com/FunBunch4Singles, or 699-8180. RSVP Volunteer Center Orientation • TH (6/23), 9:30-11am - Are you a retiree or boomer looking to volunteer and don’t know where to start? Let RSVP Volunteer Center for Second Half of Life point you in the right direction at this information session. Held at the UNCA’s Center for Creative Retirement, room 205. This month’s guest speaker will be Sheryl Olsen from ABCCM.

Animals Asheville Humane Society Located at 14 Forever Friend Lane (I-26 to Brevard Road exit). View photos of animals currently available for adoption online. Foster homes needed. Info: 761-2001 or • Adoption fees will be waved through June 30. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/ neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, noon-3pm - Purchase


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Learn energy saving techniques and build community at "Team-Based Home Energy Saving,"

wed presented by Neighbor Saves, a program which aims to empower participants to save energy, save money and improve comfort in a fun environment. Held at the Simpson Lecture Hall on A-B Tech's Asheville campus on Wednesday, June 22 at noon. Info:

Firestorm Cafe and Books, 48 Commerce St., in downtown Asheville, hosts a screening of

thur Behind the Mask, a documentary that follows activists who "risk everything to save animals," on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. Info:


Asheville's Mobile Art Lab will hold a screening of Exit Through the Gift Shop, the true story of a French filmmaker who attempted to locate and befriend world-renowned graffiti artist Bansky, "only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner." Held at Carrier Park in West Asheville on Friday, June 24 at 8:45 p.m. Info:


Enjoy orienteering, campfire cooking, a nature hike and more at Family Outdoor Adventure Day, hosted by the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384, on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info: 298-5330.


Visit 41 working farms and see where food comes from at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program Family Farm Tour on Sunday, June 26 from 1-6 p.m. Tours begin on Saturday and run through the weekend. $25 per car. Info and directions: or 236-1282. Transition Hendersonville will present “Who Turned Out the Lights,” a forum on energy,

mon gas and food prices. Held at Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Info:


Comedian Dave Martin will bring high-energy humor and musical parodies to The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St., on Tuesday, June 28 from 8-10 p.m. $7. Info: or 257-4003.

spay/neuter vouchers at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $25. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 246-9050. • SATURDAYS, 10am-3pm - Adoption Days at 256B Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. Interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter? Call: 246-9050. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • Through SU (6/26) Piedmont Paso Fino Show. • TH (6/30) through SU (7/2) - Dixieland Miniature Horse Show.

Business A-B Tech’s Center for Business & Technology Incubation To register for seminars: 254-1921, ext. 5857 or • Through FR (7/15) Applications will be accepted for a two-day summer camp for rising sixth to eighth-grade students interested in business ownership. Camp will be held July 18 and 19 at the Enka Campus, 1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler.

Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Info and registration: www.arts2people. org or • The Arts2People Artist Resource Center seeks instructors with business management skills. Classes are geared towards creative professionals. Info: or Employment Education Seminar • TH (6/23), noon-1:30pm - “Wellness in the Workplace” will be held at Travinia, 264 Thetford St. Info: 771-2440. Job Fair

• TU (6/28), 10am-1pm & 4-7pm - A job fair will be held at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville. Info: 254-1921

Technology Free Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: • MONDAYS, 12:15pm - Mac OSX Basics. • TUESDAYS, 12:15pm iPhoto Basics. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:15pm - iPad Basics. • THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS, 12:15pm - Advanced/paid classes (see website for schedule). • SATURDAYS, 12:15pm - Protecting Your PC. • SUNDAYS, 12:15pm GarageBand.

Volunteering American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Helping make cancer research possible. Info: www.relayforlife. org. • Seeking participants, volunteers and survivors to participate in upcoming events, to be held in Fletcher on July 15. Register: www.relayforlife. org/your_area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently seeking adults for bi-monthly outings. Activities are free or low-cost. Volunteers also needed to mentor 1 hr./ wk. in schools and after-school programs. Council on Aging Outreach effort at area senior housing locations. Any senior citizen and/or their caregiver may visit COA workers at two locations for assistance with information and services. Info:, volunteer@ or 277-8288.

• Through SU (7/31) - Volunteers needed to deliver fans for the “Heat Relief Program” and/or perform lawn care and minor home repairs for aging adults. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • TH (6/23), 5-7pm - Meals for Hope: Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • SA (6/25), 9am-noon - In the Garden: Help prepare the Emma Community Garden for planting and harvest. Much of the harvest will eventually be distributed to the community through their food pantry. • SU (6/26), 2-3pm - Knit-nGive: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program and homeless adults served by Homeward Bound of Asheville. All skill levels welcome. • MO (6/27), 7-8:30pm - Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for out-of-town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. The Nature Conservancy Info: 350-1431, ext. 105 or • TH (6/23), 9am-noon - The Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers to “remove invasive species and restore a critical bog habitat” in southwest Hendersonville. Call or email for directions. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Road. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or www.wildwnc. org. • Through TH (6/23) - The Friends of the WNC Nature Center seek volunteers for the Mountain Safari fundraiser. Info: americorps@wildwnc. org.

Eco Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues. Info: www.ashevillegreendrinks. com. • WEDNESDAYS - Socializing begins at 5:30pm, followed by a presentation at 6pm. Held at

Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave., in downtown Asheville. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W., in Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • Through (6/30) - Seeking green homes for the Green Home Tour in August. Hands Across the Sand • SA (6/25), 11am-12:30pm - An event to support clean energy and protest offshore drilling will be held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road. Info: Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or • Through MO (8/1) - The Land-of-Sky Regional Council is currently seeking nominations for the 34th annual Friends of the River awards, which “recognize individuals, private organizations, civic groups or public agencies that have made a significant contribution toward the restoration and enhancement of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a recreational, economic or cultural resource.” Team-Based Home Energy Saving • WE (6/22), noon-1pm Neighbor Saves, an innovative program aimed at empowering participants to save energy, save money and improve comfort in a team based, fun environment, presents “Team-Based Home Energy Saving.” Get trained by and complete work with an experienced supervisor. Held at the Simpson Lecture Hall on A-B Tech’s Asheville campus. Info: Transition Hendersonville Aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone in light of peak oil, climate change and the ensuing economic tensions. Info: • MO (6/27), 6:30pm - A forum on how Hendersonville can thrive in the face of higher gas, energy and food prices will be held at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 North Washington St., Hendersonville.

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Get Racing! (pd.) Reach 5k to Marathon goals. Training runs with completely personalized schedule and follow up. Weaver Park. • Two Groups: Sundays, 8:30am or 9:30am. • $60 for 6 weeks. (828) 225-3786. Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes Led by Blue Ridge Parkway rangers. • FR (6/24), 10am - An easy to moderate 1.6-mile hike will depart at the north end of

Craggy Gardens Picnic Area parking lot, MP 367. Bring water and hiking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather. Info: 298-5330. Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Free and open to the public. • TH (6/23), 7pm - Family night will highlight survival skills for kids. Held at the Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384, Asheville. Free, but registration is required. Info: 298-5330. Cradle of Forestry Events Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah

National Forest. Info: 877-3130 or • SA (6/25), 10am-5pm Enjoy bug hunts, pond explorations, buggy crafts and games, a hands-on table with live arthropods and a guided walk to learn about forest/insect interrelationships. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of U.S. Highway 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: 877-4423 or • SA (6/25), 9-11am - A class on raising trout for children ages 4-7. Registration is required. Free.

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: claire@ or 253-0095, ext. 205. • TH (6/23), 6-9pm - “Are there Cougars in WNC?” with US Fish & Wildlife Biologist Mark Cantrell. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, suite H. Info: 253-0095. Transylvania Heritage Museum

Located at 189 W. Main St., Brevard. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Donation. Info: 884-2347 or • SA (6/25), 5pm - “Founding Fathers” guided walking tour. $10. ONGOING – weekly league play

Sports Groups & Activities

Transform Your Form (pd.) Run with a lightness and ease you’ve never known! Alexander Technique will give you wings on your feet! Tuesdays, 6:30pm. $100 for 6 sessions. 117 Furman. 2253786. FormFitnessFunction. com

Amateur Pool League (pd.) All skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Rosters are open NOW for the Summer. Sign-up to play on an 8ball or 9ball team. 828-329-8197 www.

Asheville Sailing Club The annual fee is $30. Info: 254-6877. • 4th SUNDAYS - The public is welcome to attend bi-monthly regattas, held at Lake Julian County Park in Skyland. Sailors

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of all skill levels are welcome to join the club. ChiRunning and ChiWalking Training Group • WEDNESDAYS, 5:30pm - Join ChiLiving team members at Carrier Park for an hour-long training session with a certified ChiRunning and ChiWalking instructor. This is a free opportunity to learn how to run and walk injury free and more efficiently. Info: 252-9828, or Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital. org or 692-4600. • MONDAYS, 10:30-11:30am & FRIDAYS, 10-11am - Low impact aerobics class. $6. Registration not required. • MONDAYS, 5:30-7pm “Flow and Let Goâ€? yoga class. $10. Registration not required. Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Five-mile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile. •TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight-mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - Onehour run from the Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Easy, moderate and fast levels. Kickball • Through FR (7/15) - Registration will be open for adult league kickball at Buncombe County Sports Park, 58 Apac Circle, Asheville. $25. Info: jay.nelson@ or 2504269. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St., in Asheville. For all ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: 350-2058 or

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Aerial fabric (silks) this class is a fun, fast-paced aerial romp. All classes are taught over safety mats with hands on spotting by experienced aerial instructors. Contact us at or 828.333.4664 Aerial Stretch Class (pd.) Every Thursday 7pm to 8pm. In the Aerial Stretch class we explore many different stretching exercises with and without aerial equipment. Class is open to all levels and non-aerialists are encouraged to attend. Contact us at or 828-333-4664. YWCA Swim Lessons (pd.) Red Cross certified lessons in the YWCA’s solarheated pool, 185 S. French Broad Ave. All levels welcome. Classes Mon. through Sat. Info: 254-7206 x 110 or www. Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Free and open to the public. • SA (6/25), 10am-3pm - Family outdoor adventure day will feature orienteering, campfire cooking and a nature hike. Held at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384. Info: 298-5330. Cradle of Forestry Events Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Info: 877-3130 or • THURSDAYS, 10:30amnoon - This nature series for children ages 4-7 blends investigation and creativity. Each week a different forest-related theme is explored to engage children in the natural world. Held rain or shine. Reservations requested. $4/$2.50 adults. Events at First Baptist Church Located at 5 Oak St. (corner of Charlotte St. and I-240) in downtown Asheville. Info: or 252-4781. • MO (6/27) through FR (7/1), 9am-noon - Children ages 3-12 are invited to join “Hometown Nazarethâ€? VBS to explore what life was like when Jesus was a child. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or • WE (6/22), 10am - A nature scavenger hunt for children and parents. Free.

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you to effortlessly transcend the active mind to experience your innermost Self – awakening your awareness to its full, unbounded potential. Clinically proven to reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD, and improve brain function. • Free Introductory Class: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: Meditation and brain research • How meditation techniques differ • What is enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www. Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sanghaâ€? (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 8084444. • Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828)  258-3229. Avalon Grove (pd.) Services to honor the ancient Celtic Christian holidays. Intuitive Spiritual Counseling to see your path more clearly. Workshops, artwork and books about Faeries. Call (828) 645-2674 or visit Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life.â€? Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15— Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Looking to deepen your Meditation Practice? (pd.) One hour silent meditation, followed by spiritual songs, then distribution of food offering. Instruction provided. All Free, all welcome. Near Fairview, call for directions Carla 828 299 3246, Jana 828

329 9022. Mindfulness Meditation Class (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence.  With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz.  Info: 258-3241.   www.billwalz. com -  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).  Donation.  No class July 4 & 11 - Sunday June 26, 2-4:30pm – EVOLVING CONSCIOUSNESS ASHEVILLE UNITARIAN CHURCH, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville  -– Healing Ourselves & the Planet. Resolving the Human Being paradox. An exploration of your deepest nature – the silent presence of Life, and the evolutionary journey that will heal us.  Talk, discussion & meditation.   $10-20 Donation requested. Contact at (828)258-3241 or healing Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. http:// Daoist Meditation • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm & SUNDAYS, 9-10:30am - Four Winds Daoist Center in Whittier will offer meditation followed by discussion. Info and directions: 788-6730 or David Gaines Piano Performance • FR (6/24), 7-9pm - David Gaines, pianist at Biltmore Baptist, First Baptist of Spartanburg, and Billy Graham’s The Cove, will perform and discuss his inspiring journey back from near death. Held at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road. Info: 253-7301. Integral Vision • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meditation, reading and discussion of Ken Wilber’s Principles of Evolutionary Culture. Held at Network Family Chiropractic, 218 E. Chestnut St. Info: Kundalini Tantra • MONDAYS, 7-8:45pm - The principles and practice of Kundalini Tantra with Madhyanandi. Info and directions: madhyanandi@gmail. com. Meditation in the Park from The People’s Ashram • SUNDAYS, 8-10am - Bring a mat or zabuton and stay for 20

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Golden orb spiders of Madagascar spin robust webs. Their silk is stronger than steel yet able to bend and expand when struck by insects. Here’s an equally amazing facet of their work: Each morning they eat what remains of yesterday’s web and spend an hour or so weaving a fresh one. I’m thinking that your task in the coming weeks has some similarities to the orb spider’s, Aries: creating rugged but flexible structures to gather what you need, and being ready to continually shed what has outlived its usefulness so as to build what your changing circumstances require. (Thanks to the California Academy of Sciences for the info on orb spiders.)

While watching fast-talking politicians talk on TV, my Polish grand-uncle would sometimes mutter, Zlotem pisal, a gownem zapieczetowal. I only learned what those words meant when I turned 18 and he decided I was old enough to know the translation: “written in gold and sealed with crap.” One of your interesting assignments in the coming weeks, Leo, will be to identify anything that fits that description in your own life. Once you’ve done that, you can get started on the next task, which should be rather fun: Expose the discrepancy, and clean up the mess.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Years ago I did a book tour that brought me to Eugene, Oregon, where my sister and her husband and their daughter live. They came to my reading at a bookstore. My Virgo niece Jasper was seven years old at the time. I was surprised and delighted when she heckled me several times during my talk, always with funny and goodnatured comments that added to the conviviality of the moment and entertained everyone in attendance. Who said Virgos are well-behaved to a fault? Your assignment this week is to be inspired by my niece: With wit and compassion, disrupt the orderly flow of any events that could use some smart agitation.

The year is almost half over, Taurus. Shall we sum up the first part of 2011 and speculate about the adventures that may lie ahead of you in the next six months? The way I see it , you’ve been going through a boisterous process of purification since last January. Some of it has rattled your soul’s bones, while some of it has freed you from your mind-forged manacles. In a few short months, you have overseen more climaxes and shed more emotional baggage than you had in the past three years combined. Now you’re all clean and clear and fresh, and ready for a less exhausting, more cheerful kind of fun.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Advertisements are often designed to make you feel inadequate about the life you’re actually living so you will be motivated to “improve” your lot by buying what they’re selling. In this short horoscope, I don’t have room to express how much soul sickness this wreaks upon us all. Recently HBO unleashed an especially nefarious attack. Promoting its new streaming service, it informed us that “The story you could be watching is better than the one you’re in.” Fortunately, Gemini, you won’t be tempted to swallow that vicious propaganda anytime in the coming weeks. Your personal story will be profoundly more interesting and meaningful than the narratives that HBO or any other entertainment source might offer.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) A company that manufactures processed food made a promotional offer: If you purchased ten of its products, it would give you 500 frequent flyer miles. An American man named David Philips took maximum advantage. He bought 12,150 pudding cups for $3,000, earning himself more than a million frequent flyer miles -enough to fly to Europe and back 31 times. This is the kind of legal trick you’re now in a good position to pull off, Cancerian. So brainstorm freely, please: How could you play the system, outwit the matrix, rage against the machine, or subvert the Man? No need to break any laws; the best gambit will be an ethical one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) “Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on,” wrote author Samuel Butler. Ain’t that the truth! You may be practicing as diligently as you can, gradually trying to master your complex instrument, but in the meantime your lack of expertise is plainly visible to anyone who’s paying close attention. Luckily, not too many people pay really close attention, which gives you a significant amount of slack. Now and then, too, you have growth spurts -- phases when your skills suddenly leap to a higher octave. The coming weeks should be one of these times for you, Libra.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In August and September, millions of seabirds known as Sooty Shearwaters leave their homes in New Zealand and travel thousands of miles to the Gulf of the Farallones, just off the coast of San Francisco. Why do they do it? The feeding is first-class; the tasty fish and squid they like are available in abundance. I suggest you consider

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a Sooty Shearwater-type quest in the coming weeks, Scorpio. The very best samples of the goodies you crave are located at a distance, either in a literal or metaphorical sense.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) I really thought I’d understand sex better by now. After all these years of doing it and studying it and thinking about it and talking about it, I still can’t regard myself as a master of the subject. The kundalini’s uncanny behavior continues to surprise me, perplex me, and thrill me with evernew revelations. Just when I imagine I’ve figured out how it all works, I’m delivered to some fresh mystery. How about you, Sagittarius? Judging by the current astrological omens, I’m guessing you’re due for a round of novel revelations about the nature of eros. As long as you keep an open mind, open heart, and open libido, it should all be pretty interesting.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A few years ago, Eve Ensler took her famous play “The Vagina Monologues” to Pakistan. She and a group of local Muslim actresses wowed a crowd in Islamabad with discourses on vibrators, menstruation, and “triple orgasms.” I invite and encourage you to try something equally brave in the coming weeks, Capricorn. Give your spiel to a new audience; take your shtick to a wild frontier; show who you really are to important people who don’t know the truth yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) When my “macho feminist” memoir The Televisionary Oracle was published in 2000, I suffered from comical delusions about its chances for mainstream acceptance. For example, I tried to get a review in The New York Times. As I know now, that had as much likelihood of happening as me traveling to the moon in a rainbow canoe carried by magical flying mermaids. But in lieu of that kind of recognition, others arrived. One of my favorites: My book went along for the ride with a group of goddess-worshipers on a spiritual tour to the ancient matriarchal city of Catal Huyuk in Turkey. They read my writing aloud to each other, amused and entertained. I suspect you will soon have a similar experience, Aquarius: having to “settle for” a soulful acknowledgment that’s different from what your ego thought it wanted. Take it from me: That’s actually better.

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minutes or two hours. Held at French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive. Info: Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or www. • SA (6/25), 1:30pm Summer solstice celebration will feature rituals followed by a potluck. Bring a plate, cup and utensils. Held at French Broad River Park gazebo, 220 Amboy Road. Power of Soul • WEDNESDAYS - Learn and practice self healing through the teachings of Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, given by one of his qualified teachers. Held in West Asheville. Love offering. Info and directions: 258-9584. Shetaut Neter • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Learn about Shetaut Neter, an ancient philosophy and mythic spiritual culture that gave rise to ancient Egyptian civilization. Meetings feature lectures on the impact of African spirituality on the four major religions of the world, as well as the universal teachings of Shetaut Neter to promote peace and prosperity. Held at A Far Away Place, 11 Wall St. Directions: 279-8562. Transmission Meditation • SUNDAYS, 5:45-7pm - A “World Service” will be held at Insight Counseling, 25 Orange St., Asheville. Free. Info: www., or 675-8750. United Research Light Center Located at 2190 NC Highway 9 South in Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845 or www. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 12:45pm - Toning for Peace. “Lift your voice in free-form expression in a loving, safe space to generate well-being and peace for the greater benefit of our ever-evolving planet.” $5. Info: 667-2967. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www. • WE (6/22), 7pm - “The Missing Link to Healing,” with Alice McCall. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6pm - “Truth on Tap, a pub chat on matters spiritual and otherwise,” will be held at The Thirsty Monk South, 1836 Hendersonville Road, Gerber Village. Unity Church of Asheville 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.” Located at 130 Shelburne Road, West Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am - Musical celebration service. Musicians are always welcome. Info: 768-3339. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual celebration service. —12:15-1:30pm - “A Course in Miracles,” with Rev. Gene Conner. Visualization Meditations • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A guided meditation will be held in Aston Park, 336 Hilliard Ave., Asheville. Bring a cushion and water. Free. Info:

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 2812134 or • Through WE (7/20) - Green Fields of Summer will be on display at the Oui-Oui Gallery. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: • Through TH (6/30) - A Retrospective of Faces. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Summer hours: Mon., Wed. - Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 768-0246 or • Through TH (6/30) - Small Still Lifes in soft pastel will feature the work of Nicora Gangi, Nancy Varipapa and Monika Steiner. Blue Spiral 1 Located at 38 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Featuring Southeastern fine art and studio craft. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon5pm.  Info: 251-0202 or www. • Through SA (6/25)- Five exhibitions featuring works by Ward H. Nichols (painter); Will Henry Stevens (modernist, 1881-1949); Rick Beck (glass sculpture); Kenneth Baskin (clay sculpture); Rudy Rudisill (metal); Marlene Jack (porcelain tableware); and Ink & Imagery, by eight printmakers. Clingman Cafe Located at 242 Clingman Ave., in the River Arts District. • Through TH (6/30) - Works by Janine Wiltshire, Laura Loercher and Leslie Dickerson will be sold to benefit LEAF. Courtyard Gallery

An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332 or • Through SA (7/30) Paintings by Jarrett Leone. “Leone’s work is intended to convey a sense of inspiration, movement, transformation and pure creative energy.” Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • FR (6/24), 7pm - Opening for Emily Wiese. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through WE (11/11) - 4th Annual Sculpture for the Garden exhibit, featuring contemporary sculptures by nationally-recognized artists. Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts Located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. Info: 497-3945. • Through TH (6/30) - The annual Faculty and Staff Show. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland. Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., 10am–5pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www.penland. org or 765-2359. • Through SU (7/10) - Letter Forms: Functional and Nonfunctional Typography. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or • Through SU (8/14) - Watercolors by local artist Sara LeVan. Studio Chavarria Located at 84 W. Walnut St., unit A, in downtown Asheville. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-8pm and Sat., 10am7pm. Info: Info: 236-9191. • Through TH (6/30) - Recent paintings by Weaverville artist Neil Carroll. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm - Downtown Brevard’s Gallery Walk, a self-guided tour of galleries and art studios. The walk will include a second reception for the Waterfalls Camera Club’s juried exhibition at the TC Arts Council. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art

Museum, Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm and Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 227-3591 or • Through (6/24) - Boundless: Selections from the Book Arts Collection. The exhibit explores a wide variety of formats and structures of the Artist Book, a synthesis of form and content which provides a bridge between traditional books and contemporary art.

More Art Exhibits & Openings American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 2812134 or • Through WE (6/22) - Lush Layers, woodblock carvings by Kent Ambler. • Through WE (6/22) Junebug, featuring works by Sarah Hatch. Appalachian Pastel Society Info: • Through TU (8/2) - Studio B Custom Framing and Fine Art will host a member exhibit for the Appalachian Pastel Society. Held at 171 Weaverville Highway, Asheville. Art at Adorn Salon and Boutique • Through SU (7/31) - A photography show featuring the work of Mark Block will be on display at 58 College St., Asheville. Info: 225-8828. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • Through FR (8/12) - Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef will feature “crochet models of healthy coral and coral stressed by environmental threats.” Held at UNC Asheville’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, 1181 Broyles Road, Hendersonville. Info: or 890-2050. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • Through SU (9/25) - Artists at Work: American Printmakers and the WPA. • Through SU (7/10) - An Inside View will examine “the notion of interior environments as depicted by a number of artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.”

• Through SU (6/26) - A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes will be on display in the Appleby Foundation Gallery. • FR (6/24), noon-1pm - Lunchtime art break led by ceramist Leah Leitson. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or • Through SU (7/31) - Works in Pastel, by Lorraine Plexico. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (9/17) - The Accident of Choice, featuring Jack Tworkov, painting instructor at Black Mountain College in 1952. 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 and event registration: 252-5190 or • Through TU (9/6) - Botanical Chords, photographs by Terry Ashley and The Fine Art of Wood: An International Invitational Exhibition of Woodturning, featuring works by more than 40 artists from around the world, will be on display at the Baker Exhibit Center. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or • Through SU (7/31) - Double Vision, photography by Annie Hogan. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or www. 23 Crimson Laurel Way, Bakersville. • Through SA (6/25) - A husband and wife show featuring jewelry by Stacey Lane and pottery by Michael Kline. Grateful Steps Publishing house located at 159 S. Lexington Ave. Info: or 277-0998. • Through TH (6/30) Reunion: And the Two Shall Become One, featuring the work of Randy Siegel. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 238 Clingman Ave., in Asheville’s River Arts

District. Info: 285-0210 or • Through FR (8/5), Opinionated Clay, featuring 12 Odyssey ceramics instructors. Public Art Display • Through SA (10/22), - Bearfootin’, “a public art display featuring outdoor fiberglass bear sculptures decorated in different themes,” will be on display on the sidewalks of Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave., between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 225-5509 or • Through SU (7/10) - Neon Heathens, featuring works by Andy Herod, Jesse Reno, Michael C. Hsiung and more. Selected Paintings by Cate Johnson • Through SU (7/31) Paintings by Cate Johnson will be on display at Pisgah Brewing Company, 150 Eastside Drive in Black Mountain. “The artist has cultivated a painterly mosaic style which gives each piece expressive movement and depth.” Info: SemiPublic Gallery This space for contemporary art is open by appointment only. Located at 305 Hillside St., Asheville. Info: 215-8171 or SemiPublic305@gmail. com. • SA (6/25) through SA (8/6) - The Sum of 45. Sculpture, paintings and drawings by Donna Price on her 45th birthday. •SA (6/25), 6-9pm - Opening reception. The Altamont Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 2707747 or www.thealtamont. com. • Through WE (8/3) - The Ethereal Body, featuring the work of Shu Wu-Lin. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through TH (6/30) Transylvania County: From the Past to the Present, a gallery exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of Transylvania County. Featuring photographs, paintings, clay, fiber and more. • FR (6/24) through FR (7/1), - Summer Arts Showcase featuring artwork by members of the Transylvania Art Guild. •FR (6/24), 5-9pm - Artist Reception. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 189 W. Main Street, Brevard. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Donation. Info:

884-2347 or • FR (6/24), 5-8pm - Live music and handcrafts on the lawn. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (7/23) - Flood and the Pump: Galleries with Attitude, featuring 35 artists from The Flood and Pump galleries. Wesley Photography Butoh & Yugen Showcase • TU (6/28), 6-9pm - Wesley Photography has been collaborating with dance companies to document the artistry and beauty of Butoh dance. Come celebrate with a showing at the third floor gallery of Loretta’s, 114 N. Lexington Ave. Info and reservations: www.facebook. com/wesleyphotography.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Art Nurture Asheville • Workshop Series (pd.) “Creative Nurture,” a weekly dose of creative nourishment. • Explore methods of jump-starting and sustaining daily creative practices. • Tuesdays, 7-9pm, June 28-August 30. • $240. • Hatchery Studios, #141, River Arts District. • Registration/ information: or www. Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Info and registration: www.arts2people. org or • FR (6/24), 2-4pm - “Bookeeping for Artists,” with Jennifer Gordon. —5:30-7:30pm - “Defining and Reaching your Target Market,” with Wendy Outland. • SA (6/25), 10am-noon Coffee and critique with CLicKs Photography. Bring current digital photography work. Free. • MO (6/27), 10am-1pm - “Presenting Your Art: Portfolio Planning to Booth Design, Part 3: Galleries and Booth Basics,” with Andrew Montrie. —-3:30-6:30pm - “Intro to Marketing:  Creating a Marketing Strategy,” with Amy Williams. • TH (6/30), 5-8pm - “Social Media for Artists,” with Sarah Benoit. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/

Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • TU (6/28), noon Performance artist Joe Bigley will present “Up for Discussion: Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically.” He will discuss his 3,400-mile bicycle tour through the eastern U.S. which will form the shape of Afghanistan. • TH (6/30), 6-8pm - Summer Skies raffle and party to benefit the museum’s educational programming. Free admission with raffle ticket. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. All classes are free. Info: • SA (6/25), 4-8pm - A hollow body flameworking workshop will be held at 3290 Gerton Highway, Gerton. Registration required. Info: or 393-8690. • SA (6/25), 11-3pm Borosilicate pendants. Held at 3290 Gerton Highway, Gerton. • SU (6/26), 3-5pm - Tincture making and herbal medicine. Held at 40 Congress St. • MO (6/27), 6-8pm - Spinning yarn. Held at 9 Houston St. • TU (6/28), 6-9pm - Plant propagation. Held at 40 Congress St. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 238 Clingman Ave., in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or • TU (6/28), 12:15pm Lecture by Liz Zlot as part of the Ceramic Lecture Series. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Route 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon & 1-3pm - Art with Lorelle Bacon. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required.

Art/Craft Fairs Arts and Culture Week • FR (6/24) through FR (7/1) - Brevard and Transylvania County art and culture week will feature a gallery walk, street dances, music jams and a July 4th celebration. Info: or 884-2787. Summer Jewelry Market • SATURDAYS, 9am-4pm Local jewelers will offer unique, hand-made creations. Located at the corner of Church Street and Third Avenue in downtown Hendersonville. • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 29

Spoken & Written Word Slam Camp! (pd.) With Griffin Payne, Poetry Slam Asheville; Amber Sherer, winner, 2007 Asheville Wordslam; Simon Wolf, LEAF Youth Poetry Slammaster. • 10:30am-2:30pm, June 25July 1 (High School) • July 25-July 29 (Middle School). Magnetic Field Performance Space. • Registration/information: (828) 215-9002 or www. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • 4th THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Game night. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6pm - Programs for aspiring and published writers of all genres. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • TH (6/23), 7pm - Book Club: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. SW • TH (6/23), 7pm - Library Knitters. BM Events at Battery Park Book Exchange Located at 1 Battle Square. Info: 252-0020. • TH (7/7), 7pm - Book Discussion X will read The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier. Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am - Book club. Info: nandilly@ Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is located at 3 E. Jackson St., in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • 1st SATURDAYS, 7pm - The Liar’s Bench: Storytellng, poetry and music. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • FR (6/24), 7pm - Botanist Tim Spira will discuss his new field guide Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

• SU (6/26), 4pm - Local author Lee Whipple will read from No Fool I. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • SA (6/25), 6pm - Ron Jacobs will read from his new book The Co-Conspirator’s Tale. Open Mic Night at The Pulp • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest will host a monthly open mic at The Pulp, located beneath The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. $10 includes club membership. Info: http://pulpasheville. com. Poetry Hickory • 2nd TUESDAYS, 5pm - Poetry Hickory will follow Writers’ Night Out. Held at Taste Full Beans Coffeehouse, 29 2nd St. NW, Hickory. Info: Providence House • TUESDAYS, 6pm - Book Club: The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Held at Providence House, 1215 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Info: 697-2878. Writers Workshop Potluck • 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - Held at 387 Beaucatcher Road. Info:

Festivals & Gatherings Events at First Baptist Church Located at 5 Oak St. (corner of Charlotte St. and I-240) in downtown Asheville. Info: or 252-4781. • SU (6/26), 4-6pm - “Concert on the Steps.” Enjoy live bluegrass, barbeque, ice cream, inflatables for the kids and more at this free, family-friendly community event. Bring a chair. Hoop Jam in the Park • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm7:30pm - Asheville Hoops partners with the Asheville Downtown Association for entertainment, exercise and instruction at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Instruction provided by Melanie MacNeil; music by George Pond. Free. Info: http://on.fb. me/lYUqGg.

Music An Appalachian Evening At the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Performances include music and a “traditional Appalachian” dinner. $15/$5 students. Info: • SA (6/25), 5 & 6:15pm - The Kruger Brothers. Concerts on the Creek

Held in the pavilion at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 7:30-9:30pm. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free. Info: (800) 962-1911 or • FR (6/24) - Johnny Floor & the Wrong Crowd. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. All classes are free. Info: • MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - “Community Sing,” open to experienced and new singers to share traditional tunes at 41 Balsam Ave., Asheville. Hendersonville Bluegrass Jam • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - A bluegrass jam will be held at the historic courthouse in downtown Hendersonville. Info: Homegrown in the Park • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Enjoy local singer/songwriters at this weekly performance held at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Free. Info: http://bit. ly/l9vfgz. Music on Main Street Live music and dancing at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville. Bring a chair. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708, 1-800-828-4244 or www. • FR (6/24), 7-9pm Asheville’s 96.5 House Band will perform in conjunction with the Hendersonville Antique Car Club’s classic car show. Music on the Rock Concert Series Presented by Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock. The concerts will span Broadway, country, bluegrass, pop and rock favorites. $20. Tickets and info: 693-0731, (866) 732-8008 or • SU (6/26) through TU (7/5) - “The Music of Motown.” Performances held Sun.-Tues. Open Mic Night • FRIDAYS, 8:30-11pm - Adults of all ages and performers of all genres are invited to play music, recite poetry or present other arts at this weekly open mic. Held at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: or wallstreetcoffeehouse@ Park Rhythms Concert Series Black Mountain Recreation and Parks presents this free series at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain. Food is available on site. Bring chair/blanket. Show will move into the Lakeview Center in the event of inclement weather. Info: 669-2052.

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• TH (6/23), 7-9pm - Firefly. • TH (6/30), 7-9pm Motownblue. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 252-0643. • SU (6/26), 3pm - Land of the Sky Symphonic Band. Donations encouraged. Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Tuesday concerts at Warren Wilson College’s Kittredge Theatre (771-3050) and Sunday concerts at the Waynesville Performing Arts Center (452-0593). $20/concert. Info: www.warren-wilson. edu/~chamber. • SUNDAYS through (7/17) - Five concerts will feature world-class musicians performing a variety of chamber music. Performers include The Enso String Quartet and The Jasper String Quartet. Check website for a complete schedule of events. Info: The Altamont Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 2707747 or www.thealtamont. com. • TU (6/28), 7:30pm - SoundCheck concert series presents the billy sea featuring Billy Cardine, River Guerguerian, and Jake Wolf. $10.

Theater Shakespeare Workshop • This Monday! (pd.) At the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. • June 27, 7-10pm. Participants will explore Shakespeare’s language through a relaxed, improvisatory format. Ideal for actors and non-actors alike. No preparation necessary, although any memorized text adds to the overall fun. Info: 254-1320. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or • FR (6/24) & SA (6/25), 7:30pm; SU (6/26), 2:30pm - Student production of Annie, Jr. $5. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www. • WEDNESDAYS through FRIDAYS until (8/5), 10:1410:45am - Rootabaga Stories present The World of Carl Sandburg. Events at 35below

This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • FR (6/24), SA (6/25) & SU (6/26), 2:30pm - Three oneact plays will be performed. $5. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, three miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or • Through SU (7/10) - Red, White and Tuna will be performed on Wed, Fri and Sat. Tuna Does Vegas will be performed on Thurs and Sun. Check website for times. Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Performances are held at Mars Hill College’s Owen Theatre. Tickets: 689-1239. Info: 6891384 or • Through SU (6/26) - SART opens its 37th season with First Baptist of Ivy Gap, an “award-winning, heartwarming comedy.” See website or call for specific dates and showtimes. Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance Asheville’s professional contemporary ballet company. Info: 252-6342 or www. • TH (6/23) through SA (6/25), 8pm - “Vampyre: a gothic tale of love, death and immortality” will be performed at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square. $30/$28 seniors/$25 students/$20 teens/$12 children. Tickets and info: or 257-4530. The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield. com or 257-4003. • THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 7:30 & 10pm through (6/25) - The Witches’ Quorum, a “quasihistorical” comedy set in 1617 Jamestown, follows the struggles of Mistress Hibbins and Cassy as they attempt to flee from their oppressive surroundings to arrive in the mythical land of Croatoan. $12/$14.

Comedy Comedy Open Mic • SATURDAYS through (6/25), 8:30pm - Comedy open mic at the Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: http://on.fb. me/e4GpE8. Comic Disorder Theatre • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Comic Disorder Theatre will present a class on improvisational comedy at Wall

Street Cafe, 62 Wall St. Info: Disclaimer Stand-up Lounge • WEDNESDAYS, 9-11:30pm - A weekly comedy open mic held at Athena’s, 14 College St., in downtown Asheville. Free. Info: mgWdtL. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • TH (6/23), 7:30pm - “Listen to This: Stories in Performance,” hosted by comedian Tom Chalmers, will feature true wedding stories. The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield. com or 257-4003. • TU (6/28), 8-10pm - Comedian Dave Martin brings his unique blend of thought-provoking humor, high energy and musical parodies to the stage of The Magnetic Field. $7.

Film Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series Presented by Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District in Asheville. Info: Cranky Hanke’s Reviews under “Special Showings,” www. or 273-3332. • FR (6/24), 8-10pm - The Red Shoes (UK 1948), by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Common Light Meetingplace • FR (6/24), 7:30pm - Part two of A Force More Powerful will be screened at Common Light Meetingplace, 137 Center Ave., Black Mountain. Info: Fearrington Barn • TU (6/28), 7:30pm - ChathamArts will screen Loggerheads at the Fearrington Barn, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. $5. Info: Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • TH (6/23), 8-10pm Screening of Behind the Mask. This controversial documentary weaves together the lives of people who face jail, devastation and even death for their ideas about animal liberation. Mobile Art Lab • FR (6/24), 8:45pm - The Mobile Art Lab will screen Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary about worldrenowned graffiti artist Banksy, as part of the Mobile Movie

Series. Held at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, Asheville. Info: 259-5815. Transition Hendersonville Aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone in light of peak oil, climate change and the ensuing economic tensions. Info: • WE (6/22), 6-8pm - A screening of The Natural History of the Chicken will be held at Black Bear Cafe, 318 Main St., Hendersonville. Free.

Dance A Dancer’s Basic Skill (pd.) Access your body, your fellow dancers, your audience. Perform with ease. “The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity and adaptability to change.” 828-225-3786. Anemone Dance Theater and Legacy Butoh (pd.) Premiere Yugen - an evening of butoh dance on June 23-25 and June 30 -July 2 at NC Stage Company, 7pm. Tickets: / Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www.SwingAsheville. com Studio Zahiya (pd.) • Tuesday: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness • 6-7pm: Beginner Bellydance • 8:10-9:10pm: Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance • Thursday: 9-10am: All Levels Bellydance • 6-7pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • 8:10-9:10pm: Hip Hop. • Drop-in anytime. $12/class. • Info: (828) 242-7595 or www. Carolina Shag Dance • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-11pm - A weekly dance with live DJ will be held at Shifter’s (formerly Bosco’s), 2310 Hendersonville Road in Arden. $5. •SUNDAYS, 4-5pm - Weekly dance workshop and lessons. Free. Contra Dance Waynesville • 4th SUNDAYS, 2-4:30pm - Contra dance featuring caller, live music and walk-throughs. Held at The Gateway Club, 37 Church St. $5. Info: 734-1027. International Folk Dancing • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Circle and line dances from around the world will be hosted at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. No partner needed. Free. Info: 645-1543.

Salsa Night • WEDNESDAYS, 8:30pmmidnight - Salsa night at Creatures Cafe, 81 Patton Ave. Ages 18 and up. Free. Info: 254-3636.

Auditions & Call to Artists Arts Council of Henderson County Located at 401 N. Main St. (entrance on Fourth Street), above Flight Restaurant in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. • Through TU (8/9) Submissions for Bring Us Your Best, a juried and judged art exhibition, are currently being accepted. Area artists are invited to submit original works of art in any medium through August 9.  $25/$15 for subsequent entries. Cash prizes will be awarded to three featured artists. Info: Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or • TU (6/28) & WE (6/29), 6-8pm - Auditions for Guys and Dolls will be held in the main lobby. TEDxKatuah • Through TH (6/30) TEDxKatuah seeks scientists, educators, artists and storytellers to present on November 5 at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Info: www. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through MO (8/8) - The Transylvania Community Arts Council will accept two pieces of artwork per applicant for “Keep it Local WNC” through August 8. Info: TWIN Awards Nominations • Through TH (9/15) - The YWCA is currently accepting nominations for its 20th annual Tribute to Women of Influence awards, to be held Sept. 15 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Info:


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LEAF has a significant presence in the Asheville area: It matches visiting artists with schools, public housing communities and juvenile detention facilities. And LEAF is perhaps best known for its twiceyearly Lake Eden Arts Festival, which features music, arts, activities for kids and more. The upcoming festival will take place Oct. 20 through 23.

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What: “The Benefit of Culture,” a fundraiser for LEAF Where: Highland Brewing Company Tasting Room, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite H, Asheville When: Saturday, June 25, 7-11 p.m. ($25 or $50 VIP. Info: or 686-8742)

Why: Take a trip around the world without leaving Asheville at The Benefit of Culture, a fundraiser for LEAF. There will be creative portraits of the countries supported by LEAF International, including Guatemala, Mexico and Rwanda, along with international tributes, including a Day of the Dead theme, Rwandan baskets and fabrics screen-printed by Image 420. LEAF International supports such projects as environmental education in Tanzania, music programs for orphans in Haiti and arts-andculture efforts in six other countries.

Christine DiBenedetto, co-owner of Wink Heads and Threads, has helped bring together a wide variety of businesses to support this event. “Wink is a perfect fit because of our respect for LEAF and its dedication to the community,” says DiBenedetto. Wink will extend beyond its typical services with hair accessories that pay tribute to a wide range of nations. There will be a fashion show by Wink and Ship to Shore, along with entertainment by River Guerguerian Project, DJ Panther God and Lisa Zahiya & Shiloh Youth Drummers. Don’t miss this chance to experience music and dance from Asheville and around the world.

benefitscalendar Calendar for June 22 - 30, 2011 Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County with food, beer, wine and raffles. $25/$30 at the door. Info: www.affiliatesofasheville. com. • TH (6/23), 6-9pm - “Mountain Safari,” a benefit for Friends of the WNC Nature Center, will feature music, belly dancers and jugglers. Wear safari clothes to be entered into a special raffle. Held at WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road.

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Benefit of Culture • SA (6/25), 7-11pm - The Highland Brewing tasting room presents a night of dance, original handmade fashion, music and multimedia to evoke a worldly experience. Ticket includes homegrown food, a hair fashion expereince and education about LEAF’s outreach programs. Proceeds benefit LEAF in Schools and Streets and LEAF International programs. $25. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WnC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www. or 253-1470. • SA (6/25), 8:30am - Blue Ridge Foot Center’s Run for Kids’ Sake 5K and Walk will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Held at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa. $25. Info: Community Concert • SA (6/26), 5-7pm - Zoe Seed outdoor community concert and free hotdog supper. Donations for back-to-school supplies accepted. Held at Christ United Methodist Church, 81 Garrison Branch Road, Weaverville. Info: 645-5785. goat and Rabbit Benefit for Haiti • FR (6/24), 8pm - Asheville vintage garage rockers Reigning Sound and indie-punk quartet Wooden Toothe will perform at the Grey Eagle to support Mission MANNA. Proceeds benefit sustainable medical, health and nutrition efforts in four Haitian communities. Info: 423-0676, www. or Penland School of Crafts

A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am–5pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 765-2359. • TH (6/23), 8pm - An auction of student and instructor work will be held at the Northlight Building to benefit Penland’s scholarship programs. Free. the Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merriman Ave., suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • TU (6/28) - 20 percent of sales from both the north and West Asheville locations will be donated to Trips for Kids. Also held at 721 Haywood Rd., West Asheville. united Way 10K • SA (6/25), 6pm - United Way of Henderson County presents a 10K, 5K and kids’ run to benefit the United Way Campaign. Held at North Henderson High School, 35 Fruitland Road. $35/30 preregistration. Info: 692-1636.

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newsoftheweird Lead story A 53-year-old man with failing eyesight who’d recently undergone intestinal surgery told Sonoma, Calif., police that a woman had come to his home and instructed him to drop his pants and get face-down on the bed so she could administer an enema. Assuming his doctor had sent her, he complied; it was over in two minutes, and she was gone. The doctor said later he had no idea who the woman was. (In the 1970s, in the Champaign, Ill., area, Michael Kenyon operated similarly as the “Illinois Enema Bandit,” inspiring the late Frank Zappa’s “Illinois Enema Bandit Blues.”)

Fine points of the law Because of a loophole in Michigan law, a winner of the “Make Me Rich” lottery game in July 2010 (publicized value: $2 million) has been openly receiving the same food-stamp allotment he was getting before he won. Confronted by WNEM-TV in Saginaw in May, winner Leroy Fick was defiant about his food stamps. Currently, eligibility is based on regular income, and Fick had taken his payoff in a lump sum last year. (At press time, legislators were working to close the loophole.)

Medical marvels Dugan Smith, 13, is almost as good as new, having overcome an extremely rare malignant tumor on his thigh bone. A surgeon at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital removed the middle of Smith’s leg, turned the bottom of it around so that the back faces the front, and reconnected the parts.

Navel observatory The Belly Button Biodiversity project at North Carolina State University has begun examining the “faunal differences” in the microbial ecosystems of our navels, to foster understanding of the “tens of thousands” of organisms crawling around inside (almost all of them benign or even helpful). An 85-year-old man in North Carolina may have “very different navel life” than a 7-year-old girl in France, according to a

May report in Raleigh’s News & Observer. So far, only the organisms themselves and the host’s demographics have been studied; other issues, such as variations in hairiness, remain.

Leading economic indicators Good Jobs: (1) Prison Guard (“the greatest entry-level job in California,” according to an April Wall Street Journal report highlighting its advantages over a typical job resulting from a Harvard education). Starting pay is comparable; loans aren’t necessary (the guard “academy” actually pays the student); and vacation time is more generous (seven weeks, five paid). Downside: The prison system is more selective (Harvard accepts 6.2 percent of applicants, versus the guard service’s fewer-than-1 percent of 120,000 applicants). (2) California taxpayers were also astonished to learn in May that several beach communities (led by Newport Beach) pay some lifeguards more than $100,000 annually in salary and benefits. (Generally, those are for longtime and supervisory jobs; ordinary “summer job” lifeguards typically make $16 to $22 an hour.)

Weird animals • Cat Failing to Know Its Role: In Cleveland, Texas (near Houston), a man had to be airlifted to an emergency trauma unit after losing a fight with a house cat. Somehow, the attacking beast caused him to lose his balance and fall on the knife he was wielding. • Procreation Interventions: (1) Because female giant tortoises are lackadaisical about mating, the Knoxville Zoo temporarily moved its two males, Al and Tex, to Zoo Atlanta in May, to


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encourage Knoxville females Patches, Corky and Standup to yearn for them. Tex, by the way, is 90 years old, and Al is 130 (and hasn’t had a date since 1983, according to a May Knoxville News Sentinel story). (2) In April, officials in Hopewell Township, N.J., responding to noise complaints, passed an ordinance limiting roosters’ access to hens to only 10 days a year. (The chickens, of course, must also be “disease-free.”)

Questionable judgments Oklahoma inmate Eric Torpy has served only six years of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery, but he’s already looking ahead to the years 2035-38. Originally sentenced to 30 years, he told the judge that if he was “going down,” it would be in “Larry Bird’s jersey” — the number 33 worn by the basketball star. Judge Ray Elliott accommodated Torpy by adding three years. In May, Torpy said, “Recently, I’ve wisened up. I’m pretty sure [Bird] thinks I’m an idiot. ... My own family does, so I’m pretty sure he does, too.”

Least-competent patient In May, an unidentified man told police in Niles, Ill., that he’d been victimized by a “doctor” wearing a white lab coat, who conducted a “medical exam” in an otherwise-abandoned office, using toothpicks for acupuncture points and dispensing pills (labeled “dietary supplements”) with an expiration date of February 2002. The man said he paid $200 and isn’t sure he got his money’s worth.

Rights of the disabled (1) A judge in Britain’s Cambridge Crown Court sentenced two teenage boys to prison for burglary in May but gave their 20-year-old partner with a “cleanliness disorder” (and a much longer rap sheet) a noncustodial sentence, because he’d be traumatized by jail time. (2) In a widely reported story, Brazilian accountant Ana Catarian Bezerra, 36, who suffers from severe anxiety and hypersexuality, was said to have prevailed in a court battle and will be allowed breaks at work to masturbate.

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Bunches of blogging parents to hit town for Type-A Parent Conference Asheville is a great place to throw a conference, and this weekend’s Type-A Parent Conference will bring in mommy (and daddy) bloggers from all over the country and beyond (last year, one attendee came from Australia). Let’s put our game face on, Asheville, cause they’ll be writing about, photographing and videoing our mountain town and throwing it all out there on the Interwebs. Local mom and super-blogger Kelby Carr is the founder and organizer of Type-A Parent, which is in its third year of bringing together those who produce online content so they can learn, network and have fun. The con will be will be held June 23-25 at the Renaissance Hotel, and Carr says 350 folks are expected to attend. Most are not from Western North Carolina, although the opening keynote speaker is local inspirational writer Patti Digh (author of Life is a Verb). I presented at the first conference and was supposed to do so again this year, but scheduling difficulties intervened. That said, I will be there on Saturday to hang with the online influencers and pick parental brains for column ideas (I do it for you, dear read-

ers). The conference is sold out, but Carr says locals can still add their names to the wait list. She’ll try to approve some of y’all to attend, though it may be at the last minute. She plans to offer the con again in 2012, though details have not yet been announced. “Each year, we work very hard to promote Asheville with this group of social media influencers,” Carr says. “Every year, these influencers spread the word about how wonderful Asheville is on popular social media platforms like Twitter, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and more. We also include scheduled time for attendees to explore Asheville, as well as a big chunk of time each afternoon/evening for attendees to walk around downtown Asheville, shop and dine in the local restaurants.” So y’all be welcoming to the bloggers this weekend — those social media moms wield power and influence (remember women make 85 percent of the family’s purchasing decisions — ka-ching!). To wit, there were 24,000 conference-related tweets and more than 100 related blog posts during the week of the 2010 conference.

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Carr offers family passes, which allows couples to attend together at a discount (and, if they wish, get a 50 percent discount on bringing their kids to the accompanying KidCon). This year will also feature a track for blogging teens. I definitely want to talk to some of the power couple bloggers — and the teens. I can see it now — Blogging Teens, the after-school special. Anyway, you may have heard of this conference back when it was called Type-A Mom. Carr changed the name this year in order to be more welcoming to dads. “Type-A Parent Conference is still dominated heavily by moms who blog (95 percent of this year’s attendees are moms who blog, in fact),” Carr says. “Still, I don’t want dads who blog to feel excluded. To me, putting up a ‘no boys allowed sign’ is immature and goes against everything we moms at our best excel at: community, supporting one another,and boosting other bloggers instead of pushing them down.” The conference will consist of sessions ranging from how to monetize your blog to marketing your blog to powerful storytelling.

Plus lots of parties and events where bloggers can connect with each other and with big brands who want to woo them (some of the bigger sponsors include Dodge, Ovaltine and WilsonArt). “We are doing a unique and interactive monetization power session that will feature a panel of agency representatives to talk about the challenges of working for bloggers with pay, as well as some examples of success stories,” Carr says. “Then the attendees will break into small groups to brainstorm ideas. The whole concept is that at the end, everyone will walk away with workable options for monetizing their blogs.” So whether or not you’re attending TypeA-Parent or just are a Type-A Parent at heart, be on the lookout for visiting bloggers this weekend. And tell them I say, “Thanks for coming, y’all.” To learn more, visit

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All classes are held in the orientation classroom of Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • TH (6/23), 6:30-8pm - Infant Care Class: The basics of infant care including newborn characteristics, feeding, bathing, cord care, diapering and swaddling. Peaceful Beginning Labor and Birth Forum • LAST SATURDAYS - “How to Avoid Medical Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary,” a discussion and practice focused on a “normal, peaceful birth.” Share your experiences and learn from others. Held at Mission Wellness Resource Center, 50 Doctor’s Drive in Asheville, West Annex. Free. Info:


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Pardee announces new CEO and partnership agreement Hendersonville-based Pardee Hospital named its new CEO and announced a management partnership with UNC Health Care, Hendersonvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Times-News reported June 16. James Kirby II will head the hospital. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, S.C., for nine years, according to the Times-News. Pardee board members also announced that the state-owned UNC Health, which is affiliated with the UNC School of Medicine, will manage Pardee. In the last few years, most of the community facilities in Western North Carolina have likewise partnered with larger health systems.

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Most recently, the 57-bed Murphy Medical Center announced that Carolinas HealthCare System will â&#x20AC;&#x153;manage the hospital and provide services related to quality, technology, research and education, strategic planning and operational efficiency,â&#x20AC;? the Cherokee Scout reported. Based in Charlotte and serving two states, Carolinas HealthCare also manages hospitals in Swain, Haywood and Jackson counties under the MedWest name. Meanwhile, Pardeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed joint venture with Mission Health System is still being discussed. Earlier this year, the Henderson County commissioners, who oversee Pardee, put the brakes on a proposed Mission/Pardee outpatient center, saying they have final say over the deal. But with Pardeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board emphasizing that the deal is a condition included in the UNC Health agreement, Board of Commissioners Chair Mike Edney relented and said the commissioners would give that authority back to Pardeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board. At least two other commissioners may not be ready to sign off, however, according to a June 17 Times-News report.

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Testing” for both men and women. The Baby Place Events Experience the Baby Place - Free: June 27, 6 p.m. Please join us for Experience the Baby Place class where you will have an opportunity to see our new facility and all it has to offer as well ask questions about delivering here at The Baby Place. We encourage all patients who will be delivering or who want to deliver at the Baby Place to attend. Space is limited, so please register prior to attending this class. To register for this class or for more information, please call 828.681.BABY or visit Alternative Health • WEDNESDAYS (through 6/22), 6-8pm Conversations on healthy eating and alternative health treatments will be held at Shiloh Recreation Center, 121 Shiloh Road. Donations encouraged. Info: 274-7739. Circuit Breaker Fitness Class • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - The Circuit Breaker class will combine a variety of exercises, to be disclosed on your first day of class. Not for beginners. $30 for eight sessions. Info and registration: 687-5290. Events at Jubilee! Located at 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Info: 2525335. • SA (6/25), 10am-4pm - Explore holistic wellness with local experts at the Pathways to Wellness Fair, featuring acupressure and acupuncture, vegan cooking classes, yoga, massage, health screenings and more. $10/children free. Info: • TU (6/28), 7-9pm - “Diabetes: Its Cause and Effect and a Pathway to Healing.” Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: or 692-4600. • TH (6/23), 12:30-2pm - Exercise 101 will focus on how to safely improve exercise routines. • SA (6/25), 1-4pm - Power of attorney workshop. Bring proof of identification. Health Events at UNCA • FR (6/24), 2-4pm - An overview of Medicare from the N.C. Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program and the N.C. Center for Creative Retirement. Held at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Free. Info: 277-8288. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, or www. • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/ insured practitioners willing to offer a minimum of three hours per month of their service. Nutrition Seminar • SATURDAYS, 1-3pm - Get fit for life, lose pounds and keep them off by changing eating habits. Learn new recipes and enjoy healthy food samples. Donations welcome. Info and location: 277-6723. Park Ridge Hospital Park Ridge Hospital is located in Fletcher and hosts a number of free events, including cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, PSA screenings, bone density checks for women, lectures, numerous support groups and a Kid Power program. Info: 687-3947 or www. • TU (6/28), noon-1pm - Cyril Abrams, M.D., F.A.C.C., will present “ABCs of Cardiac Testing” for men and women. Lunch provided. Free. Reservations requested: 687-3927. Planning Meeting for Health Fair Expo • Through SU (7/31) - Holistic health professionals are needed to assist a family of community caregivers who organize services for those battling cancer, their families and the community. Info:


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Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.  Info:  www. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.  Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info:  989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm - Women’s Al-Anon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave., at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective • TH (6/23), 6pm - The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective will meet. This is is a group of inclusive, non-judgmental people with diverse perspectives on mental health who respect self determination, personal choice and confidentiality. Info and directions: or 575-3195. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., in Asheville. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: or 692-4600.

• MONDAYS (through 6/27), 2-3pm - “It Works,” a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addiction. Registration not required. Info: 4897259. GriefShare GriefShare features nationally recognized experts in grief-and-recovery support and meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road in Asheville. Info: 253-7301 or • SUNDAYS, 3pm - GriefShare group meeting. MemoryCaregivers Network Support for caregivers of loved ones who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Info: 645-9189 or 2304143. • 4th TUESDAYS, 1-3pm - Meeting at Weaverville First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St. NAMI Family-to-Family Class • TUESDAYS, 6-8:30pm - This 12-week class for families and caregivers of individuals with a severe mental illness will be held at Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Road in Asheville. The course covers major mental illnesses and self-care. Registration required. Info: 299-9596 or rohaus@ Overcomers Recovery Support Group for Ladies • TUESDAYS, 7pm - This Christian-based, 12-step recovery program provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: 5752003. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 329-1637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks and Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave., off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: (800)-580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. S-Anon • WENESDAYS, 1pm - S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. Meetings held weekly in the WNC area. Call confidential voicemail or email for information: 258-5117 or


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Moore and friends have created a series of bimonthly dinners involving a rotating cast of Asheville chefs. The debut dinner on July 31 will star The Admiral’s Drew Maykuth and Elliott Moss. Each dinner will be hosted at a different venue, announced to ticket holders the day of the event. The venue could be anywhere: a farm, a basement, an art museum or a barn. “That sort of adds to the mystique and the mystery,” Moore says. “It’s part of the show.” And part of the show, at least for the debut dinner, is Lucky the Trapper. Lucky has been charged with the capture of the snapping turtles, nutria and feral N.C. pigs that The Admiral chefs will whip up for the 60-odd diners at the first undisclosed location. The first dinner, says Moore, will be for adventurous carnivores only. “There’s not many supper clubs out there that have their own hunter/trapper/fisher that can forage things for these meals,” he says. In the future, however, there will be opportunities for vegetarians. No matter what, says Moore, “We’re going to make our guests absolutely happy. Our whole premise is big on sustainability, big on food that’s wild and foraged and so forth, which should absorb into the food culture here perfectly,” he says. Xpress will be present for the debut Blind Pig supper. We’ll bring you a full report. Reserve your seats for this and future events at • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 41

Wild gathering Want to camp, can wild fruits, gather mushrooms, make sauerkraut and maybe learn some archery, blacksmithing techniques and basic car repair, too? The Firefly Gathering, returning to the Asheville area this July, offers these activities in the arboreal setting of Camp Pinnacle. More than 100 classes focused on self-sufficiency and wilderness skills will be taught by about 50 experts in a wide array of fields. Natalie Bogwalker, one of the event’s many organizers, makes clothing out of hides; she prides herself on her extensive survival skills. The 32-year-old is one of the instructors at the gathering as well, joining wild foods expert and mushroom specialist Alan Muskat and forest cuisine advocate Zev Friedman. Roughly half of the classes are food-related, says Bogwalker. Primitive food preparation demonstrations, lessons in forest permaculture, seed preservation and fruit tree grafting presentations will all offer a perspective that extends well beyond the bulk bin. “You could go to the Firefly Gathering and just take food classes the whole time, she says. “There are classes on canning and classes about making jerky.” There will also be classes on how to cook with a Dutch oven, as well as over a campfire. Want to learn how to bowhunt, then properly butcher and cook a deer? How about kill and dress your own chicken? This is your place. The Firefly Gathering will offer classes on bow-hunting techniques and primitive trapping skills — and more benign-sounding skills like foraging — for those who really want to go back to the roots of food gathering. “It’s really about going back to fundamental ways that enable people to live in harmony. One part of that is how we get our sustenance, and a big part of that has historically been meat.” But with all of the hunting and hide-tanning going on, can the event seem a little intimidating to your average Jane or Joe? “I’ve heard of that,” admits Bogwalker, “and I think it’s really sad. There are people from all walks of life that come there. The age range is from

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zero to 85 years old.” And participants, she says, range from the schoolmarmish to diehard primitivists. “And politically, too, it’s a full spectrum,” she says. “It just appeals to people who are on the far left, the far right, and everywhere in between. It’s a very welcoming scene.” Should you be afraid you’ll be asked to don a loincloth and sleep in a teepee, don’t worry, says Bogwalker. Camp Pinnacle offers cozy cabins with bathing facilities. Day passes are also available for people that don’t want to spend the night. The Firefly Gathering takes place July 14 through 17, with post-camp intensives from July 19 through 22. For more information, visit or call 626-2618.

Finger lickin’ Table is introducing fried chicken suppers on Sundays. The dinners are $20 a person and offer a break from the normal Table menu — for both the customers and the staff. “We’ll start with traditional fried chicken with Southern sides,” says chef/owner Jacob Sessoms. “Probably greens and biscuits and mac and cheese. Then every week, we’ll change it, with a different chicken recipe with different pairings. It’s going to start traditional Southern, and it will be a jumping board from there. Just like our food, it will change every Sunday, but it’s always going to be fried chicken dressed somehow with two or three sides. We’ll just keep it fun.” The first dinner will kick of with Sessoms’ honey-and-chili glazed chicken; the following week will feature co-chef Matt Dawes’ fried chicken with Country Captain gravy, a Southern curry gravy. “And we’ll match the sides to that, probably dirty rice and field peas.” The chickens will be from local farms, and special deals on wine pairings with the Sunday dinners will also be offered. Table is located at 48 College St. in downtown Asheville. For more information, visit X Send your food news to

foodcalendar Calendar for June 22 - 30, 2011 ASAP Family Farm Tour • SA (6/25) & SU (6/26), 1-6pm - ASAP’s Family Farm Tour features 41 WNC farms. Learn how food grows, interact with farm animals and meet the community’s food producers. $25 per car. Info: or 236-1282. Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. Info: 6263438. • Angel Ministry Food Buying Program allows anyone to purchase high quality, nutritional food. Orders must be placed and paid for at the Community Club on the second or third Tuesday of each month from 9-11am or 4-5:30pm. Distribution occurs the third Friday of each month at the

Community Club. See website for menu and details: www. or Info: 231-8823. Taste of Downtown Sylva • SA (6/25), 2-5pm - A Taste of Downtown Sylva will feature gourmet cuisine, sweets and coffee drinks throughout downtown. $15/$7 children. Info:


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Why Green Man’s double IPA should be mayor, and more wisdom from the first Asheville Beer Master by Anne Fitten Glenn The first Asheville Beer Masters Tournament (modeled after the Wyncoop Beer Drinker of the Year and Philly Beer Geek competitions) was a sudsy success. The winner, Asheville Beer Master Trevor Reis, talked to me about his coronation, Asheville beer, why Green Man Brewing’s double IPA should be mayor of Asheville and more.

From the local Farm to you!

Xpress: Tell us who you are, what you do, where you’re from, and what you want to be when you grow up? Reis: I am the Asheville Beer Master, Trevor Reis. I have lived in Asheville for 10 years after moving here from Aspen, Colo. I currently work at Highland Brewing Co. bartending and giving brewery tours at 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. I also work at The Watchmaker’s Shop in downtown Asheville, where I’m learning to repair and service all types of watches. I was born on a farm in Colorado that produced 100 acres of barley for Coors, and my grandfather worked for six years constructing a Budweiser factory in Newark, N.J., but I rarely drink these beers. When I grow up, I would like to do exactly what I am doing now, except I’d like to make more money. I can name you an Asheville beer that is appropriate for any situation that you might find yourself in when drinking a beer is appropriate ... How/when did you first become involved with craft beer? I became involved with craft beer in the early ‘90s when I stumbled across an ad in the back of a magazine selling homebrewing kits by mail. I ordered one and then brewed a Continental Pilsner in my parents’ kitchen. I was 15 years old. I’ve been interested in craft beer ever since. Asheville has been the launching pad for taking my knowledge to the next level.

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Why did you decide to compete in the ABM tournament? I thought it sounded like fun. And it was. Pretty simple thought process there. What was your favorite part of the tourney and why? My favorite parts of the tournament were the qualifying round blind tasting and campaigning for an Asheville beer for mayor in the final round. The blind tasting was fun — you think you know Asheville beers, but when you have to identify them by taste, it can be difficult. Successfully doing so is rewarding (so is the free beer). I enjoyed campaigning for a beer for mayor in the final round because we got to express what we

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Master of the universe: Trevor Reis, moments after winning the inaugural Asheville Beer Masters Tournament. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn

individually felt was important in a person who would be responsible for leading this city.

portation until after the bars close with twice as many buses running, keeping our water (the No. 1 ingredient in craft beer) clean and affordable.

Why do you think Asheville is such a happening beer city? Asheville is Beer City, USA for the third year in a row. Really, people all over drink lots of beer, but in other places it tends to be brewed by corporate beer giants. In Asheville, we tend to drink beer made in Asheville by our great breweries and by our own citizens at home. This is a place where people come to experience life on their own terms and they tend to be creative individuals who support each other and recognize when someone has poured their heart and soul into creating something unique.

Who would The Truth like to thank for his support? The Truth would like to thank Asheville! The Truth would also like to thank all the judges, participants, spectators, breweries, supporting businesses and Mary Eliza McRae for organizing the first annual Asheville Beer Masters Tournament. The Truth would especially like to thank Jack of the Wood for their support as well as Green Man Brewing. Look for my new Beer Master tap at Jack of the Wood soon.

You selected The Truth Double IPA from Green Man Brewing to run for Mayor of Asheville. Why? I selected The Truth because “clearly” it would be “refreshing” to have a politician who gave us “the truth.” The Truth here is that the craft beer community in Asheville has not lost sight of the big picture, which is that it’s about the people on the streets, not on the greenbacks.

What are your duties as the first ever ABM? What would you like to do with your “Miss America” year? My duties will include continuing to learn about beer and brewing and sharing this knowledge. Look for an Asheville Beer Master blog or social network page soon to facilitate this. I would also like to start an “Asheville Beer Masters Series” of beers which can be brewed by any local breweries interested and each can be sold as a benefit for some local charity. That would be awesome! X

Now that The Truth is mayor, what should be on the agenda? Legalizing happy hour, expanding public trans-

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beertest Think you’re a potential Beer Master? See how many of these questions you can answer correctly (the next ABM tournament will begin in January 2012. Start studying).

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farmtour Two days, 41 farms, countless possibilities What: ASAP’s 2011 Family Farm Tour. The Family Farm Tour is coordinated by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and sponsored by Biltmore and Greenlife Grocery. WNC Magazine is a media sponsor. Over one summer weekend, community members can learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals and meet our community’s food producers. Join us to celebrate our agricultural heritage and enjoy our beautiful rural landscape! When: Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, from 1 until 6 p.m. each day Where: 41 farms across WNC, with 18 new farm stops in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey and Haywood counties. How: Pack your car with a group of friends or family members and set out on an agricultural adventure! One button admits an entire carload; the more people in your vehicle, the better the deal. Buttons are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the event. Or you can pay $10 per carload to visit individual farms. Pick up a 2011 Family Farm Tour Guide at area groceries and other businesses selling buttons (see sidebar for list of locations) for a map, tour tips and other details, and be on the lookout for tour signs as you travel to guide you to your destinations. New for 2011: This year, your ASAP Family Farm Tour button also gets you into PolkFresh’s Agri-Tour, a one-day farm tour taking place in Polk County on Saturday, June 25. Details at For more information, including lists of participating farms and places selling buttons, visit or call 236-1282. Also follow ASAP on Facebook and Twitter for more details and to share your Family Farm Tour experience. Also new this year: ASAP’s new online trip planner will integrate with the participating farm stops! In advance of the weekend, visitors can head over to to map their specific tour trip. About ASAP: ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. For more information, visit or call 236-1282.

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Where do I get my button?


Buncombe County Asheville City Market Asheville Shop at the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Black Mountain Farmers Market Black Mountain Tailgate Market Early Girl Eatery Earth Fare (West and South locations) French Broad Food Co-op The Gate House at Biltmore Greenlife Grocery Malaprop’s Bookstore North Asheville Tailgate Market Reems Creek Nursery Weaverville Tailgate Market West End Bakery


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Tour Tips

Plan before you go Take time to read the farm descriptions and choose three to four locations to visit each day. We suggest allowing one or two hours for each farm. Note, there will not be sufficient time to visit all of the farms, so pick your favorites and plan to join us again next year! Because you’ll only have five hours for the tour each day, we suggest picking a region to focus on or choosing one farm that especially appeals to you and then visiting other farms nearby. Study the map and the locations of the farms you’ll visit. Plan your route and be sure you have directions for getting from one farm to the other. ASAP’s trip planner can help with this. Visit: Please note that Google maps and GPS directions are often not correct in rural areas. Refer to our detailed directions in the tour guide and look for our signs to help the day of the event. Things to pack: Bottled water, snacks and lunches, sunscreen or hats, walking shoes, your farm tour button, hand sanitizer and an atlas or map of the area. Bring a cooler and cash! You’ll want to take home some of the delicious produce, eggs, cheeses, meats

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and other products farmers will be selling on the tour. Remember to pack a cooler with ice so that you can support these farmers directly and go home with farm-fresh treats. Look for farm-tour signs to guide you to your destination. Do not arrive earlier or later than the tour hours. Tour hours are from 1 until 6 p.m. on both days of the tour. Many farmers sell at market or attend church in the mornings and have engagements at night. Consider eating a meal at one of the farms. Wake Robin Farm, Ivy Creek Family Farm, Green Toe Ground and Arthur Morgan School will all offer lunch or early dinner to participants. See their farm descriptions for more details. Please do not bring pets on the tour. They pose food safety threats, can damage plants and are dangerous around livestock. Wash your hands. Many farms will have hand-washing facilities, and ASAP will provide hand sanitizer at all farms as well. We ask that you wash your hands after petting animals and between farms to keep yourself and the farms safe. Visit for more tips and all the tour details. X


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<bWjHeYaJW_b]Wj[CWha[j Find everything from herbs to seasonal vegetables plus plants, flowers, native perennials, baked goods and more. We also have chicken, beef, lamb, cheese and jams. Most things are grown right here in Henderson County. Tailgate market opens April 22, 2010 and runs until November.

CWha[j>ekhi0;l[hoJ^khiZWo)fc#,fc To obtain an application to become a vendor or for further information about the Flat Rock Tailgate Market, please call Molly Sharp at (828)698-8775, Cheryl Stippich at (828)693-0781 or Saundra Poces at (828)698-8149.

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arts&entertainment “This is what shakes out of it all”

Ben Sollee talks bikes, causes, collaborations and how the cello always gets the job done by Alli Marshall If Ben Sollee looks to be an unlikely rock star (he’s unassuming and often bespectacled, possibly sporting a bike helmet and definitely carrying a cello case), just wait until he starts playing. The Lexington, Ky., musician may resemble a math tutor but he can captivate an audience from the moment he hits the first note. (During this year’s HATCH festival he launched his LAB performance with an a cappella number. The crowd went from full roar to awed silence in a matter of seconds. And, according to a Bonnaroo dispatch, he passed out flowers to his fans at the festival.) On his new album, Inclusions, Sollee opens with an intro “Inspired by a field recording from Basque Country, Spain,” according to liner notes — a cacophony of woodwinds and percussion — that leads into “Close To You,” an uninhibited, ardent number that’s both easy and soaring. It’s more orchestrated, more populated with horns and organs and electric guitars that Sollee’s previous albums, though Inclusions hardly seems like a departure. It’s more of a progression. The cello (which Sollee began playing in elementary school) is still there; “It always did what I needed it to do,” he says. Also carried over from Sollee’s previous work is a sense of collaboration. Before striking out as a solo act, Sollee toured with banjo player/vocalist Abigail Washburn. The two were introduced by mutual friend/ Asheville musician/Toubab Krewe contributor Rayna Gellert. “We did some touring in Tibet where we pulled in the four musicians who would become the Sparrow Quartet,” says Sollee. Those musicians included Washburn’s now-husband, Bela Fleck, and fiddler Casey Driessen, a recent Asheville transplant. “We all had to learn how to clarify our musical ideas and bring them to the group and that, for me, as a young musician was really important.” Sollee worked with bluegrass, blues and pop bands, and backed up singer/songwriters. “As I’ve developed and my ideas have grown, I’ve worked with different people and collaborated,” he says. “This is what shakes out of it all.” In 2009

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he recorded Dear Companion a collaboration with two other Kentucky-based musicians, singer/ songwriter Daniel Martin Moore (who plays the Grey Eagle on Sunday, June 26) and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, to draw attention to issues of mountaintop removal (a form of surface mining that levels mountain ridges and summits). “I’ve had so much influence from the music of Appalachia and the people and culture of Appalachia,” says Sollee. And: “It would be a real shame for my son to turn 12 and be really into hiking and not have these mountains to hike on.” If there is a hint of Appalachian influence on Inclusions, it’s less in the mandolin, autoharp, banjo and bowed lap steel that Sollee plays in addition to the ubiquitous cello. Instead, it’s an Appalachia filtered through Sollee’s distinct style. His songs have the rhythmic cache and pop-savvy soul of Paul Simon classics, without a borrowed note from that seminal folk artist. “You really have to focus on where you are if you’re going to be distinctive,” says Sollee. If a musician gets caught up in what’s big on blogs and airwaves and tries to reproduce what he hears, “you’ll be the average of all those sounds, rather than the intuitive, specific sound if you just tell your story in an honest way.”

Big wheels keep on turning: Bicycle-touring veteran Ben Sollee is trading in his bike for a van on this tour, so he can reach more venues. He’s asking his fans to ride their bikes (or walk or take public transportation) to his shows. The collaborations on Inclusions are about instrumentation and musicians, but they’re also “the people, places and things in my life,” as Sollee says in the album’s notes. It’s about stories, a concept dear to the musician. On social media outlets, he says, “People become purveyors of their local place because they’re just trying to be individuals and tell their story at this huge kitchen table.” Sollee is interested in unique places and voices, and, in the past, has tried to encounter both by bicycling between shows. He and his bandmates tow their instruments (including the cello) on special trailers. “It’s about slowing down and being a little bit more involved in the communities we’re traveling through,” he says. “And it’s just part of our story. I think musicians these days need to realize that people aren’t just buying the music, they’re buying the whole story.” On tour for Inclusions, Sollee realized that he couldn’t cover enough ground by bike, so this time he’s asking his listeners to do the pedalling. “It’s all the people coming to the

show that makes the big carbon footprint,” he says. He’s teamed up with the Cliff Bar Two Mile Challenge, which encourages people to cycle for trips within two miles of their homes. “We do think riding to the show is an enjoyable way to do it, and we try to book our shows in places where there’s public transport options or people can walk,” says Sollee. And there’s this: When the musician was last in Asheville, he organized a small concert and crafting session at The Dry Goods Shop, where participants learned to make linoleum block prints. “The whole idea was to do a community-oriented art project,” says Sollee, who has no end of enthusiasm for collaboration. Or artistic endeavor. Or world-saving missions. Naturally, “that generated some artwork that we’re going to use as gifts for people who ride to the shows.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 55

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Reigning hope

Greg Cartwright wants to make his gigs count

by Miles Britton Greg Cartwright is a bit of a ghost around these parts. Since moving with his family to Asheville (from Memphis) in 2004, the garage/punk/ soul cult hero has played just a handful of local shows with his band Reigning Sound, and released just one studio album (2009’s excellent Love & Curses). Not that he’s been slacking. Far from it, actually. After spending the ‘90s paving the lo-fi musical runway for bands like The White Stripes, Black Lips and Jay Reatard, the last few years have seen Cartwright kick-starting the critically acclaimed comeback of ‘60s girl group singer Mary Weiss (Shangri-Las), forming a one-off super group with The Ette’s Coco Hames (The Parting Gifts), and producing up-and-coming bands like Chapel Hill’s Last Year’s Men.

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Oh yeah, and he’s also raised three kids. And it’s the latter that has given him and his bandmates — organ player Dave Amels just recently welcomed his first child — the most perspective. “By the time you’re 40 years old and you’re still playing music, the dynamic changes a lot,” says Cartwright, after just getting back from picking up his second-grade daughter up from her last day of school. “When you’re young, you can tour around your schedule. But when you’re older, you have more people to think about than just yourself. You have responsibilities to the next generation. You can’t live the narcissistic, rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,” he laughs. “That’s pretty much over when you have a child.” Not that Cartwright is complaining. He loves being a self-described “house husband.” But it does make finding the time to play shows a bit more challenging. So when Cartwright plays a hometown gig, he’s sure to make it count. Which is where Mission MANNA, the local nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of Haitian children, comes in. Started more than 10 years ago by Brevard High School student Maggie Lozier, Mission MANNA — not to be confused with local charity MANNA FoodBank — provides medical care for malnourished children in and around Montrouis, Haiti, about 50 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Twice a year, the grassroots organization takes a team of a dozen WNC doctors, nurses and other health professionals to the small coastal town. During a single week, they typically treat around 2,500 malnourished kids in the region. Mission MANNA also hires six employees in Haiti to




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check up on the kids during the rest of the year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no small task, obviously. Even before last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devastating earthquake, malnutrition was one of the leading causes of death for Haitian children. Now, almost 50 percent of child deaths in the country are due to malnutrition, according to UNICEF. Recently Mission MANNA has expanded beyond just immediate medical care. And one of the most successful of these new initiatives is the Sustainable Nutrition Project (aka The Goats and Rabbits Project), which uses a teach-a-person-to-fish approach to combatting malnutrition and poverty. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple idea, and one that so far has proven extremely successful. Basically, Mission MANNA hires local farmers to help distribute goats and rabbits to families around the town. The farmers then help train the families on how to sustainably raise, breed and sell their livestock at the market, creating an ongoing food and income source for the families. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the type of innovative, forwardthinking project that Cartwright is happy to jump behind.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is definitely on a small, more localized, personal level,â&#x20AC;? Cartwright says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people in Haiti are wonderful people, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been struggling for a long time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing what these people can bounce back from. But they need help from outside.â&#x20AC;? Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benefit show will also include a raffle, featuring giveaways from Wedge Brewery, Harvest Records, LaZoom Comedy Tours, Blue Ribbon Hair Salon and others. And Cartwright promises to debut a few new Reigning Sound songs, including one that they recently recorded a single for while they were in Austin for a show. So, yeah, a busy family man like Cartwright might be a bit of a ghost around town. But damn if he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a friendly one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I do play in town, if I can make that count by helping somebody else,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;those are the kind of gigs that I want to play.â&#x20AC;? X



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by Kim Roney It’s not often that Asheville audiences get to hear Saharan desert guitar music. Actually, it’s not often that the makers of such music play stateside, but that will happen this week, when Group Doueh plays its first-ever North American show, of its first-ever North American tour, right here.

In the family Salmou Baamar, who goes by the name Doueh (pronounced “Doo-way”), is a virtuoso guitarist and the leader of Group Doueh. He’s played music since his childhood in the Western Sahara, and started a band of his own in the ‘80s. For 27 years, Group Doueh has blended the flammable, modal sounds of Saharwi music with the Western influences of Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. The Sahrawi people inhabit the Western Sahara. Nomadic lifestyle is common, and includes a cultural blend of folk from Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria. Life on the move requires flexibility and working together, so it’s not surprising that Group Doueh is constructed of family and friends. Hailing from Dakhla, Doueh’s lyrics are in the Hassania language, backed by the vocal prowess of his wife, Halima, and his friend, Bashiri. Using traditional Moorish instruments — the tinidit (a Moorish four-stringed lute), the ardin and the tbal drum — alongside the rock savageness of electric guitar and Korg synth. The marriage is a cultural feast for the ears. Photo COURTESY OF SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

Putting Group Doueh on the map Hisham Mayet of the Seattle-based Sublime Frequencies record label has a strong relationship with Group Doueh. In 2006, after discovering the band on AM radio in Morocco, Mayet pursued them through the Sahara desert, finally catching up to Doueh near the Mauritanian boarder. Three albums later, Hisham and Doueh continue the voyage together, crossing the Atlantic.

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“This is their first show on American soil … they just received their U.S. visas today,” Mayet tells Xpress. Group Doueh played the Barbican in London last month for an audience of 800, but the tour also included smaller “art squat” shows. According to Mayet, the Sublime Frequencies wants to meet the audience where it’s at, sharing the unique sounds of the artists included on the label to ears around the world. The addition of a drummer has been a longtime suggestion of Mayet’s. Doueh enlisted his son, Hamdan, as drummer on the newest album, Zayna Jumma; the result is a thing of beauty. The melodies and harmonies are knit together with an enchanting pulse, daring feet that shall not be moved to dance. Unfortunately, the new drummer is not able to make this trip with Doueh; he’ll be attending his high-school graduation. Group Doueh will continue their use of a variety of percussion instruments in his place, delighting in Hamdan’s achievement.

Friends of the family Mark Capon and Matt Schnable, co-owners of Harvest Records, are longtime friends of Mayet and the folks at Sublime Frequencies. “Having become fans of [Sublime Frequencies]

and the uniqueness of the output they choose to release, at some point we began trying to turn a pipe dream into a reality — getting Group Doueh, Group Bombino or Group Inerane [all Sahara desert guitar wizards] to play a show in Asheville,” Capon says. “All of a sudden, a couple of months ago, as Group Doueh dates were being announced only in major markets in the U.S., we got an e-mail from Mayet wondering if we’d be into doing a Doueh show. As it turns out, he went out of his way to make sure Asheville had a fair shot at getting Doueh.” Capon gives credit not only to friendship with Mayet, but to the audience as well. “We’re beyond ecstatic about the possibility of such a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience happening right here in our own backyard. Such an opportunity would not be feasible if we didn’t know how open-minded Asheville is, musically speaking. The success of this show will be a reflection of the extraordinary creativity of folks in town, and their desire to constantly be refreshed with musical experiences they’re not used to having.” X Kim Roney is a volunteer and DJ at


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The Suspect: Dead Prez This politically active hip-hop duo debuted in 2000 with the album, Let’s Get Free. Their music has been featured on [Dave] Chappelle’s Show and Entourage; 2011 finds them collaborating with M.I.A., and waiting for their completed disc Information Age to drop later this month. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, June 25.

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The Suspect: Ike Stubblefield Known as being the modern master of the Hammond B3 organ, Stubblefield began playing keyboards in the late ‘60s for Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. Last year, he lent his skills to a Cee Lo Green recording session; last month, he released his own CD of smooth jazz, Old Souls On New Shoes, featuring a guest appearance by Eric Clapton. Can Be Found: Mo Daddy’s, Friday, June 24. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): George Benson, Al Jarreau. You Should Go If: You’re a fool for movies with talking animals; when telling a story you refer to yourself by your first and last name; you have no problem polishing off meals advertised to feed a family of four; your breaking point … OK, fine, yard work and exercise are out of the question, but, really, too hot to have sex?!

The Suspect: Crossfade This rock band from Columbia, S.C., jumped out of the gate in 2004 when its self-titled debut went certified platinum on the strength of the hit single, “Cold.” After a disappointing second release caused them to be dropped from their label, leader Ed Sloan almost quit the music business all together. It’s been five years since the band’s last album; We All Bleed hit the shelves on June 21. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Tuesday, June 28. RIYD: 3 Doors Down, Nickelback. You Should Go If: You wore tails/fishnet stockings to prom; you unironically keep a sheet of inspirational quotes above your desk; you’ve sent audition videos to 11 different reality shows; your breaking point … politicians have led us into never-ending wars, stalled out on healthcare, trashed the economy — but making sexting something to be ashamed of has crossed a line.

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If you think goth and ballet make strange bedfellows, then A) You haven’t read enough Edward Gorey and B) You have yet to experience Terpsicorps’ newest production, Vampyre. This “gothic tale of love, death and immortality,” choreographed by Heather Malloy, takes its inspiration from Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and John Polidori, whose ghost story evenings led to Polodori’s short story, “The Vampyre.” The ballet is performed at Diana Wortham Theatre Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25. Gala night is June 23, 7 p.m. with pre-show champagne and backstage tour at 7 p.m., $75. Other shows are at 8 p.m., $30 adults/$25 students and seniors/$20 teens/$12 children.

Nikki Talley Local songstress Nikki Talley returns to Jack of the Wood on Friday, June 24. Talley’s had a big year so far: She performed at Shakori Hills in April but instead of taking the stage with her band (which includes drummer Richard Foulk and guitarist/husband Jason Sharp), she went with an all-female trio including fiddler/vocalist Lyndsay Pruett (also a member of Talley’s regular band) and stand-up bassist/vocalist Ashleigh Caudill. Talley, who is a former member of female harmonies group The Swayback Sisters, says this latest trio of ladies wasn’t intended as a new direction. But she did add Caudill to her band. “Her harmonies are spot-on and compliment my songs so well,” says Talley. See for yourself — 9:30 p.m.,

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The Witches’ Quorum The “comic outrage” of The Witches’ Quorum has created quite the buzz at The Magnetic Field. Billed as, by turns, a quasi-historical romance, an aspiring political tract, intentionally offensive and thoroughly entertaining, this weekend is your last chance to catch it. Shows through June 25, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. as well. Tickets $12 to $14. More at, or 668-2154.

Holcombe Waller with Daniel Martin Moore and Haley Bonar Oregon-based composer/performance artist Holcombe Waller is described as a “genius, both gifted and cursed with the voice of a seraph and perfect pitch.” He also makes a heck of a video — one certain to leave the viewer amazed and conflicted with his combination of excellent musicianship and sheer oddity. (Go ahead, watch “Hardliners.”) Waller shares a bill with Minneapolis singer/songwriter Haley Bonar, who recently released her new album, Golder. Singer/songwriter Daniel Martin Moore also performs — he worked on the album Dear Companion (which raised awareness about mountaintop removal in his native Kentucky) with Jim James and Ben Sollee (read more about that album in this this week’s feature on Sollee). The show takes place at The Grey Eagle on Sunday, June 26. 8 p.m., $8 advance/$10 day of show. • JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 61


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Wed., June 22 5 Walnut Wine Bar

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Benavides Trio (flamenco guitar), 8-10pm Athena’s Club

Open mic, 8-11pm

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Blue Note Grille

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Open mic, 9pm

BoBo Gallery

The Machiavillians (indie, rock, punk) w/ Grammer School Craggie Brewing Company

Possum jam

Creatures Cafe

Salsa night (free lessons, followed by dance)

Old-time jam, 6pm Jus One More

Live bluegrass Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Dave Turner Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Common Foundation (ska) Olive or Twist

Vanuatu Kava Bar

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Open mic

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

The Women of Delia Low (bluegrass, Americana)

Wedge Brewing Co.

Good Stuff

Gene Peyroux & His Team of Highly Trained Professionals (rock, funk, soul)

Kon Tiki (reggae), 5-7pm Westville Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Max Melner Orchestra

Group Doueh (African, world)

Wild Wing Cafe

Live music

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7pm

Thu., June 23

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

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

Orange Peel

Barley’s Taproom


Alien Music Club (jazz jam)

Marc Ryan (comedy)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Pisgah Brewing Company

Haywood Lounge

Chris Wilhelm (americana)

Cowboy Mouth (rock) w/ Ingram Hill

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Good Stuff

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Open mic

Open mic w/ Brian Keith

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Bootsy Collins (funk) w/ Freekbot

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

Open mic, 7-10pm


Open mic/jam, 7pm

TallGary’s Cantina

James McMurtry & the Heartless Bastards (rock) w/ Jonny Burke

The Get Down

Haywood Lounge

The Magnetic Field

Open mic

Rubrics w/ Old Flings & Sleeping Spiders Moses Atwood (blues, folk)

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


Zansa (afropop, afrobeat)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Black Mountain Ale House

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

DJ Capital

The Flying Saucers

Throwback Thursday w/ DJ Go Hard

Blue Note Grille

Horizons at Grove Park Inn


Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

BoBo Gallery

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Albert Adams (dance, rock)

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Clingman Cafe

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Craggie Brewing Company

Front stage: 100th Brew Celebration w/ Shane Perlowin Trio

Will Straughan (Americana) Open mic, 6-9pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Creatures Cafe

“Hip-hop for peace & Christ”

The Southern Lights (Americana, Southern rock) w/ The Situationist

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Olive or Twist

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

Heather Masterton & the Swing Station Band, 8pm

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Orange Peel

Ben Sollee (indie, folk, pop, jazz) w/ Thousands Pack’s Tavern

Laura Michaels

Acoustic Swing

Gramatik (hip-hop, dub) w/ Play Low, Slow Century & McBoom

Blue Note Grille

Highland Brewing Company

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Eric Congdon (singer-songwriter)

Pisgah Brewing Company

Evergreen (“anti-grass”)

BoBo Gallery

DJ Rasa

Purple Onion Cafe

Jeffery Hyde Thompson (singer/songwriter) Red Room

Clingman Cafe

Lange Eve (folk, acoustic) Craggie Brewing Company

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto

Benjo Saylor (“banjotronica”)

Red Step Artworks

Creatures Cafe

Open mic

Seventh Vessel

Root Bar No. 1

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Scandals Nightclub

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

Stray Dog Trio (rock)

Asheville Waits Band (Tom Waits Tribute) Unnamed Suspects (rock) Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Nikki Talley Band (indie, rock) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Ricky Powell (“the 4th Beastie Boy”) Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Eddie Dewey (roots rock) & friends Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Electronic music promoter showcase, 11pm


Ike Stubblefield (funk, groove, jazz) w/ special guest

Emerald Lounge

Olive or Twist

Mud Tea (rock) Fred’s Speakeasy

Mark Fuller & Lance Mills


The Get Down

Dirty Spiders w/ All Night Drug Prowling Wolves (“dirty rock ‘n’ roll”) & The DiMarcos Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Live jazz or swing One Stop Bar

Fred’s Speakeasy South

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (fusion, jazz) w/ The Great Barrier Reefs

DJ Dizzy dance party

Orange Peel

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Aaron LaFalce Band (acoustic, rock)

High Gravity Jazz (jazz)

Purple Onion Cafe

Garage at Biltmore

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

DJ Change w/ DJ Chubby Knuckles & DJ Simon

Red Room

Good Stuff

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day

Tyler & Ashley

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Johnny Blackwell

Dance party w/ DJ Moto

Mission Manna benefit feat: Reigning Sound & Wooden Toothe

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

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Ken Kiser Duo (folk, Americana) Wild Wing Cafe

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Westville Pub

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Pack’s Tavern

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Aaron LaFalce (piano)


thursday nights

Peggy Ratusz & friends

Vincenzo’s Bistro


Drive-By Truckers (Southern rock, alt-country) w/ Bloodkin

David Earl & the Plowshares (Americana, rock, soul)

The Accordion Babes (Amber Lee Baker & Renee de la Prade)


Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Eleven on Grove

Straightaway Cafe


Holland’s Grille

Local DJ Exposure feat: Sub-Genre, DJ Acolyte & Nicodemus Open jam

Sport’s Bar

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

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Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz)

Vollie McKenzie & His Western Wildcats (honkytonk)

Purple Onion Cafe

Straightaway Cafe

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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The Charles Walker Band (funkabilly)

Eliza Lynn (Americana, blues)

No Jacket Required (covers), 8-10pm

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Red Room

Altamont Brewing Company


Pint Night Craft Can Crush

Scratch-Tastical Saturdays w/ live DJ

Roots jam w/ Kevin Scanlon

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy

White Horse

Mac Comer (funky folk) w/ Burt Elmore

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buzzed spelling beeâ&#x20AC;?

Root Bar No. 1


Love Family Karaoke Revival

Jason & the Punknecks (punk, country)

Straightaway Cafe


Dietra Greene Band

Cipher circle, 10pm

TallGaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina

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

Rafe Hollister (rock)

Actual Proof (funk, fusion, jazz)

The Chop House

The Bywater

Live jazz, 6-10pm

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Bluegrass Jam,â&#x20AC;? 8:30pm

The Get Down

The Get Down

Parasite Drag w/ Far and Away (â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavy altmetalâ&#x20AC;?)

Now You See Them (folk, indie, pop) w/ Pearl & the Beard

The Recovery Room

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

Live music

Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm

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

Westville Pub

DJ Capital

Open mic

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Tue., June 28

BoBo Gallery

Sierra & E. B.

Boiler Room

Oh the Calamity (rock) w/ guests Clingman Cafe

Bentley Adair (acoustic, folk, rock) Creatures Cafe

Mother Earth, Avery, Ska, Wellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Oscar Blues, Anderson Valley Brewing, Sir Perry


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Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Walk in the Light

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Westville Pub

Woody Pines (blues, ragtime, roots) White Horse

5 Walnut Wine Bar

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

Open mic w/ Zachary T, 8:30pm

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz) Blue Note Grille

DJ Football

Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition (bluegrass) w/ Ashleigh Caudill & Narrow Gage

Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy

Wild Wing Cafe

BoBo Gallery

The Sharkadelics (R&B, rock)

Stickly & Slance

Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy South

Sun., June 26

Boiler Room

DJ Dizzy dance party

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Ten Cent Poetry (acoustic, folk)

Jack Wolf & friends (â&#x20AC;&#x153;smooth jazzâ&#x20AC;?), 7-9pm

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom

Steve Wohlrab (jazz pop)

Ben Bjorlie Trio (jazz, funk, Latin)

Garage at Biltmore

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Project Exodus Asheville

Second Breakfast

Good Stuff

Dirty South Lounge

Sarah Tucker (singer/songwriter)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Sessionsâ&#x20AC;? w/ Chris Ballard

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy

Dead Prez (socially-conscious hip-hop)

Fred Ingram

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (favorites by request), 8-11pm


Garage at Biltmore

Iron Horse Station

Asheville Metal United Festival

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Emerald Lounge


Marc Keller

Gene Peyroux & His Team of Highly Trained Professionals (rock, funk, soul)

Non-stop rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am


The Wayside Sound (acoustic jazz duo)

Space Medicine & the Mystic Ferrymen (ambient, folk, jam)

Corinne Gooden w/ Steven Whiteside (singersongwriter)


Live DJ

Mon., June 27

Blue Note Grille


The Recovery Room

96.5 House Band (covers)

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)

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Orange Peel

Hellbender w/ Ritual & The Brown Book

48 Madison (rock)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe


The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm

The Get Down

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Fried Pies


Olive or Twist

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

Black Mountain Ale House

Michaels Fri 6/24 - Aaron LaFalce Band Sat 6/25 - 96.5 House Band

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miriam Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Party Music,â&#x20AC;? 5-8pm

The Zealots (indie, rock) w/ The Cheeksters

The Bywater

Village Wayside Bar and Grille

Sat., June 25

Thur 6/23 - Laura

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

Contagious (covers, rock)

Country Fried Fridays w/ Matt Stillwell


Gypsy (rock)

Drive-By Truckers (Southern rock, alt-country) w/ The Futurebirds

Wild Wing Cafe

fine food â&#x20AC;˘ 30 brews on tap â&#x20AC;˘ patio sports room â&#x20AC;˘ 110â&#x20AC;? projector event space â&#x20AC;˘ sunday brunch 11-2pm

Back stage: Alex Krug Trio (Americana, folk) w/ Lyric

The Recovery Room

Shantavaani (Americana, Indian, fusion)


Danny Ellis (singer/songwriter)

Noose w/ Akamai Drone

Ghost in the Machine (hard rock, metal) w/ Whiskey Mountain Machine, Psycho Spoon & Obraska Hannah Flanaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Gas House Mouse (funky, blues, soul)

Local artist showcase

Swing & Tango lessons, 6pm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dance w/ Blue Heaven, 8pm Creatures Cafe

Singer/songwriter showcase Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speakeasy

Doomsday Tuesday

Garage at Biltmore

Phat Tuesdays

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Holcombe Waller (pop, rock) w/ Haley Bonar & Daniel Martin Moore

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)

Hotel Indigo

Spicy Moustache & the Flavor Saviors (funk, soul, rock)

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

Highland Brewing Company

LEAF Benefit of Culture

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;sonic scientistâ&#x20AC;?), 7-10pm

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano)

Crossfade w/ mindshapefist (ambient, progressive) & The Great Liars

Hotel Indigo

Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que

The Bywater

Orange Peel

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (â&#x20AC;&#x153;sonic scientistâ&#x20AC;?), 7-10pm

Jon Corbin (of Firecracker Jazz Band), 1-3pm

Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 8:30pm

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

The Get Down

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jason & the Punknecks (punk, country) w/ Los Primos Malos

Bluegrass jam

The Magnetic Field

clubdirectory 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 All Stars Sports Bar & Grill 684-5116 Altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Avenue M 350-8181 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Black Mountain Ale House 669-9090 Blend Hookah Lounge 505-0067 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Broadway’s 285-0400 The Bywater 232-6967 Clingman Cafe 253-2177 Club Hairspray 258-2027 The Chop House 253-1852 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777

The Dripolator 398-0209 Dobra Tea Room 575-2424 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy 281-0920 Fred’s Speakeasy South 684-2646 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Haywood Lounge 232-4938 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370

Dave Martin (comedy) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller

Westville Pub

Blues jam

White Horse

Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 The Magnetic Field 257-4003 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Side Pocket 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 Northside Bar and Grill 254-2349 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 One Stop Bar 236-2424 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Posana Cafe 505-3969 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179

Open mic, 9pm

J. J. Grey & Mofro (blues, rock) w/ Taylor Moore Band

BoBo Gallery

Haywood Lounge

Anthony Brown

Craggie Brewing Company

Possum jam

Creatures Cafe

Wed., June 29

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Benavides Trio (flamenco guitar), 8-10pm Athena’s Club

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Black Mountain Ale House

Open mic, 8-11pm

Rankin Vault 254-4993 The Recovery Room 684-1213 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Shifters 684-1024 Smokey’s After Dark 253-2155 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 TallGary’s Cantina 232-0809 Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 The Village Wayside 277-4121 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

Blue Note Grille

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

Salsa night (free lessons, followed by dance) Non-stop rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Good Stuff

Open mic

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Now Open at Noon Fri, Sat & Sun

Open mic


Every Wednesday Open Mic Throw Back Thursday w/ DJ Go Hard


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WED. 6/22

THE MAX MELNER ORCHESTRA Real New Orleans Po Boys $1 off all Whiskey


toe tappin’ folk/americana

FREE SHOW! $1 off All Vodkas

FRI. 6/24

TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm • Prizes

$3.50 Gin & Tonics • Bring A Team


blues/roots… and show tunes too $5 Robo Shots

SUN. 6/26

THUR. 6/23

SAT. 6/25

• All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast All Day! • $1 Off Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas

Zansa (afropop, afrobeat) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

OPEN MIC IS BACK! Sign up at 7pm

(Hosted by Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off Appetizers $4 Margaritas

Old-time jam, 6pm Jus One More

Live bluegrass

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Shane Perlowin

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Common Foundation (ska)

TUES. 6/28

MON. 6/27

TUESDAY OPEN BLUES JAM Shrimp ‘n Grits • $1 off Rum Drinks

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Olive or Twist

Creatures Cafe

“Hip-hop for peace & Christ”

Scandals Nightclub

The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7pm PULP

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar


John Wilkes Booth & the Black Tooth (folk, rock) w/ The Big Hungry and Luke Puke

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

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Emerald Lounge

ADD/C, Zippers to Nowhere, Street Eaters (garage, punk) & Common Visions Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Late Night Full Menu Served as Late as 1:30am Huge Outdoor Patio

Nightly Drink Specials Tuesdays Local Draft Night

$3.25 pints, $10 pitchers on *local beers

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues / Wild Wing Cafe

Westville Pub


Chris Wilhelm (folk, rock)

Fri., July 1

Jus One More / The Pocket / Red Room

Good Stuff

Black Mountain Ale House


Creatures Cafe

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

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

The Get Down

Tuesday - Saturday 5pm-Late Night

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Open mic/jam, 7pm

DJ Capital Vanuatu Kava Bar

Open mic Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Wedge Brewing Co.

Kon Tiki (reggae), 5-7pm Westville Pub

Max Melner Orchestra

The John Barry Conception (indie, folk, experimental) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Peggy Ratusz & friends Aaron LaFalce (piano)

HydraPhonic (rock, jazz, experimental)

Gene Peyroux & His Team of Highly Trained Professionals (rock, funk, soul)

Caribbean Cowboys (classic rock, tropical)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Bringing Balance

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

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

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Fred’s Speakeasy

Olive or Twist

Fred’s Speakeasy South

Peace Jones (funk, jazz, rock)

Heather Masterton & the Swing Station Band, 8pm


DJ Dizzy dance party

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Orange Peel

Thu., June 30

Last Band Standing: Road to Bele Chere ‘11

Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work (alt-country, blues, rock)

Barley’s Taproom

Pack’s Tavern

Scott Raines & Jeff Anders (acoustic, rock)

Garage at Biltmore

Pisgah Brewing Company

Holland’s Grille

Purple Onion Cafe

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Alien Music Club (jazz jam) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots) Blue Note Grille

Dave Desmelik Trio (Americana)

Ellen Trnka & Marc Yaxley

The Ragged Orchids (alternative, Americana, folk)

BoBo Gallery

Red Room

David Earl & friends (Americana) Craggie Brewing Company

Open mic, 6-9pm

(excluding High Gravity)

Wednesdays Hospitality Night

$2 domestic beer bottles $1 off Champagne Glasses, $5 off Bottles $3 well drinks • $2.50 Specialty Draft Pint

Thursdays Martini Night

½ price Martinis from house martini list

Saturdays Cocktail & Bourbon Night $2 off House Cocktails $4 Bourbon Highballs (all bourbon)

Sunday Brunch 11:30 - 3pm

karaoke monday

Nitrograss (bluegrass)

TallGary’s Cantina

Open jam

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Open mic w/ Brian Keith Open mic, 7-10pm

Local DJ Exposure feat: Lonewolf & G Crystal

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Step Artworks

Open mic

Kri w/ Zenssie, PoiZen, ARune & Psykoanarchy Twisted Trail (country, rock) Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jackomo (“Cajun dance party”) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Kovacs & the Polar Bear (indie, rock, folk) w/ Madeline & Madre

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

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

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

sunday Cancun Mexican Grill / Fred’s Speakeasy South / The Hangar The Get Down / Shifter’s Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Savannah Shoulders (alternative, rock) Olive or Twist

Live jazz or swing One Stop Bar

Ben Hall (country/western guitar) Red Room

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Mac Comer (funky folk) Root Bar No. 1

The Kelly Jo Connect (pop, rock, soul) The Chop House

Live jazz, 6-10pm

Thirsty Monk South

Gene Peyroux & His Team of Highly Trained Professionals (rock, funk, soul) Vanuatu Kava Bar

Space Medicine & the Mystic Ferrymen (ambient, folk, jam)

Sat., July 2 Black Mountain Ale House

Kyle Frazier, 3-5pm Hackbirds, 8pm-midnight Dobra Tea Room

Bellydance party w/ Lisa Zahiya (live music, open dancing) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

791 Merrimon Avenue (828) 350-8181 66 JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011 •

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

DJ Dizzy dance party

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Woody Pines (blues, ragtime, roots)

Garage at Biltmore

As Sick As Us (metal) w/ Labyrinthe & Dreaming in Color Good Stuff

Liam McKay (singer/songwriter) Hannah Flanagan’s

Julia Ann Trio

Highland Brewing Company


Horizons at Grove Park Inn

$3 Highlands J>KH:7OI

Bayou Diesel (cajun, zydeco)


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

Peggy & the Swing Daddies (Western jazz, Texas swing)


Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Col. Bruce Hampton (jam, jazz, Southern rock)

Top Shelf vodka $5

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

NOw OPEN Tuesday - sunday aT 11am

Heritage Band (pop, reggae, funk, soul)

4 College street • 828.232.0809


Olive or Twist

The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm Purple Onion Cafe

Blue Line Highway (acoustic, jam, rock) Red Room

Scratch-Tastical Saturdays w/ live DJ Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

The Rose Familiar (rock) Root Bar No. 1

Mountain Feist (bluegrass) The Chop House

Live jazz, 6-10pm

The Get Down

Ryan Sheffield welcome home show w/ Matt Evans, The Credentials & Krucial Fiction The Recovery Room

Live music

heady glass, local art & funky fashion

Westville Pub

‘your friendly, local headshop’

Deja Fuze (fusion, progressive, rock)

426 Haywood / West Avl / / 254-3332

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theaterlistings Friday, JUNE 24 - Thursday, JUNE 28

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

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

Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Fast Five (PG-13) 10:00 Rio (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Win Win (R) 7:00

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) n

Bridesmaids (R) 12:40, 3:45, 7:00, 9:35 Cars 2 3D (G) 11:00, 1:35, 3:40, 4:10, 6:45, 8:40, 9:15 Cars 2 2D (G) 12:15, 1:05, 2:50, 5:25, 6:15, 8:00 Kung Fu Panda 3D (PG) 11:20, 1:45, 3:55, 6:05, 8:10 Kung Fu Panda 2D (PG) 12:00, 2:25, 4:35, 6:50, 8:50 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) 11:30, 12:50, 1:55, 3:25, 4:20, 5:55, 6:35, 8:20, 9:00 Rio 2D (PG) 12:30, 3:00 Soul Surfer (PG) 5:15, 7:45 (no 7:45 6/28) Thomas the Tank Engine: Hero of the Rails (G) 12:00 (Sat-Sun) Water for Elephants (PG-13) 12:25, 3:05, 5:40, 9:45

Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500) n

Bad Teacher (R) 11:25, 1:45, 4:00, 7:30, 9:45 Bridesmaids (R) 12:05, 3:25. 7:45, 10:35 (Sofa Cinema) Cars 2 (G) 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D (G) 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:55, 10:15 Green Lantern 3D (PG-13) 11:40, 2:15, 4:35, 7:10, 9:55 Green Lantern 2D (PG-13) 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 The Hangover Part II (R) 11:20, 1:50, 4:25, 7:50, 10:30 (Sofa Cinema) Kung Fu Panda 2D (PG) 11:55, 2:10, 4:20 L’amour Fou (NR) 12:00, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:00 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) 11:50, 2:05, 4:15, 7:40, 10:25

Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) 11:35, 2:20, 4:50, 8:00, 10:15 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:00 (Sofa Cinema) Super 8 (PG-13) 11:10, 2:00, 4:30, 7:05, 7:35, 9:40, 10:10 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 11:45, 3:00, 7:25, 10:25 (Sofa Cinema)

Cinebarre (665-7776) n

n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

Cars 2 (G) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146)

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) n

Midnight in Paris (PG-13) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 The Tree of Life (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:50

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

Another Year (PG-13) 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298)

United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234) n

Bad Teacher (R) 12:30, 2:45, 5:00, 8:00, 10:30 Green Lantern 3D (PG-13) 1:00, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45 Green Lantern 2D (PG-13) 1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 The Hangover Part II (R) 12:50, 3:50, 8:00, 10:35 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D (PG-13) 3:40, 10:10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2D (PG-13) 12:40, 7:10 Super 8 (PG-13) 1:20, 4:00, 7:50, 10:25 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) 1:10, 4:20, 7:40, 10:40

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movie reviews & listings by ken hanke

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additional reviews by justin souther contact

pickoftheweek L’amour Fou JJJJ

Director: Pierre Thoretton Players: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Catroux, Loulou De La Falaise Documentary Rated NR

The Story: A look at the lives and collections of Yves Saint-Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge, as seen from Berge’s perspective. The Lowdown: An entertaining, detached, but always good-looking documentary about a curious couple. As is the case with nearly all documentaries, Pierre Thoretton’s film on Yves Saint-Laurent — or more precisely on Saint-Laurent and his partner of 50 years, Pierre Bergé — is too long for its own good. L’Amour Fou is still very good, or at least it’s very good in its oddly muted way. That muted — almost distanced — quality may well be a reflection of its subject, whom the film presents as shy, even timid in everything but his work, and it perhaps suits him. It’s as if it’s a film about Saint-Laurent as Saint-Laurent might have wanted. That, however, might make it a little dispassionate and dry. The film is structured around Bergé having the art collection which he and Saint-Laurent amassed during their 50 years together, auctioned off at Christie’s. This allows the narrative to have a certain shape — something that too many documentaries lack — but it may not be entirely in the film’s favor, since it’s not so easy to feel all that sympathetic to someone with about half-a-billion-bucks worth of collected art, regardless of how little happiness it brought him. Still, as Bergé makes clear — without trying to, and probably without meaning to — the tragedy of Saint-Laurent was that he defined himself in his own mind solely by what he created and what he collected. Bergé notes that, had SaintLaurent outlived him, this auction would never have happened, because the removal of any of the items would have left a “black hole” in

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Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé in earlier days, as seen in the new documentary on them, L’amour Fou. Saint-Laurent’s life. What emerges from the comments of Bergé — whose devotion to his lover is no less intense for being understated — and others, combined with skillfully amassed archival footage is what might be called “Portrait of the Artist as a Shy Young Man.” There’s a youthfulness to SaintLaurent, a giddy quality, and a sense of not quite taking himself seriously at any age about the public Saint-Laurent image. It is missing only from the scenes where he announces his retirement and in the few glimpses we get of him after retirement. Without the work, he looks lost, even slightly bewildered. But with the work, he comes across as a man working to seem sure of himself — and largely pulling it off — without quite escaping the sense that he expects to be “found out” and have it all snatched away from him with no warning. But all this, it must be noted, is housed in a kind of guided tour of the couple’s very conspicuous consumption. The film unfolds like a cinematic version of a series of impossibly tasteful Architectural Digest photo spreads. We see their luxurious apartment in Paris; their equally luxurious house in Marrakech, Morocco; their chateau in Normandy, and its attendant dacha. Any one of these is far beyond the means of most of us, and they all have the appearance of not being lived in. I think that last part is what keeps that sense of “see how people who are better than you live” slightly at bay. With the exception of Saint-Laurent’s library, they seem to have existed simply to be looked at — and the film allows us to do that. Don’t misunderstand, L’Amour Fou is not a great documentary, nor is it some kind of mustsee work. It is a simple, straight-forward look at

two interesting men and the world they inhabited — the world they created. Its value is finally going to depend on your level of interest in the subject. Not Rated, but contains adult themes, some partial nudity and drug references. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14

The Beaver JJ

Director: Jodie Foster Players: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Cherry Jones, Anton Yelchin, Riley Thomas Stewart Drama Rated PG-13

The Story: A mentally ill man finds an outlet to express himself in the form of a beaver hand-puppet. The Lowdown: A weird premise and the prospect of Mel Gibson playing a character that seems an extension of his own persona can’t keep this trite, bland and ultimately silly movie going. The people who have called Jodie Foster’s The Beaver “deeply odd” and “disturbing” must have a very low threshold of both. Yes, it has a totally screwed-up premise — and one that proves utterly unconvincing — and it has an, shall we say “interesting,” choice of a star. But in nearly every other respect, The Beaver is a purely predictable problem picture — at least when it doesn’t wander into something akin to horror-picture melodrama and become hysterically funny. Put simply, this is a pretty lousy movie. The story is all about Walter Black (Mel Gibson), the mentally ill CEO of a toy company. His tyrannical ways have nearly run the

company into the ground â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but then again, a clinically depressed person might just not be the best person to head up a toy company. These things have also caused a rift with his family. In fact, his wife Meredith (Foster) has shown him the door. Ah, but fate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to skillful writing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; intervenes when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not room enough in the trunk of his car for a case of booze. Chucking some of his worldly goods into a dumpster to make room, he comes across a beaver hand-puppet, which, just like Walter, has been discarded. So he rescues it. (Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all very touching and poetic.) After getting thoroughly soused in his hotel room while watching re-runs of Kung Fu, Walter makes an unintentionally funny suicide bid that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work. So he tries another that fails when the beaver puppet appears so speak to him, which startles him into a tumble that finds him knocked cold by the TV set. Upon awakening, the beaver â&#x20AC;&#x201D; who speaks in a sort of Cockney accent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; gives him a talking to. Well, sir, it turns out that the beaver can function for Walter, and he starts to pull his life together with this â&#x20AC;&#x153;prescription hand-puppet.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine up to a point. His older son, Porter (Anton Yelchin), remains unimpressed and continues his daddyissues practice of banging his head against the wall of his bedroom (a wall that obviously was built in defiance of building codes). Then again, Meredithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tolerance for dealing with the beaver is not limitless, especially when the Beaver starts to â&#x20AC;&#x201D; dum dum dum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; take over Walter. This is where the melodrama kicks in. OK, skip to the next paragraph if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to know just how off-the-rails this thing goes. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide if I think Ms. Foster and screenwriter Kyle Killen have spent too much time watching Bruce Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) or one of those maniacal killer ventriloquistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dummy moves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like the Michael Redgrave segment in Dead of Night (1945) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where the dummy starts controlling its owner. The CEO aspect, the fact that the beaver sounds a lot like Richard E. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talking boil, and Mel Gibsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirited slugfest with his own left hand suggest the former. But when he builds a nice little coffin for the offending rodent and then heads for the power saw â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no, I am not making this up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re definitely in horror movie land. Unfortunately, the film treats its big moment in a tasteful offscreen manner. This did not keep me from having to try to stifle a laugh in case the one other person in the theater was taking this seriously. The rest of the film plays out with all the tasteful sincerity of the TV movie that, at heart, this is. In its favor, most of the acting is solid. The problem is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all at the service of a pretty silly concept thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept going by sackful of predictable genre cliches. Probably the best performances in the film would be from Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so swamped in a witless swamp of daddy issues and dead-brother issues â&#x20AC;&#x201D; respectively â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that their efforts are largely in vain. Frankly, it all sounds more interesting than it is. Rated PG13 for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14

Green Lantern JJJ

Director: Martin Campbell (Edge of Darkness) Players: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Temuera Morrison Comic Book Action Rated PG-13

The Story: A hotshot test pilot is gifted a super-powered ring by an alien, which in turn makes him a superhero. The Lowdown: A dreadfully dull version of your standard comic-book-origin film. With Green Lantern, Warner Bros. might just have brought us our most purely superfluous comic-book movie to date. In a summer already being defined by a glut of superhero flicks, here we get a crash course in exactly how not to make one of these films. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, at no point does Green Lantern dredge the depths of Catwoman (2004), but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely no reason this movie should be so damned boring. In the worst of times, even the lousiest of comicbook properties should be entertaining. What a sad world we live in when someone can make a $200 million movie about guys flying around space fighting aliens thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still drowsiness inducing. For just a moment, I had a flash of hope that Green Lantern might turn out to be a hokey Flash Gordon-styled space opera â&#x20AC;&#x201D; full of exotic, nonsensical worlds and aliens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thanks to a melodramatic opening voice-over describing all the alien mumbojumbo establishing the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premise. The set-up is workable for that kind of story, as cocky test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is given a mysterious ring by a dying, purple alien (Temuera Morrison, Couples Retreat) which grants him superpowers and entrance into the Green Lantern Corps (theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re basically interstellar cops). At the same time, an evil force named Parallax â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a giant, tentacled, physical embodiment of fear â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is running around space, destroying worlds, sounding like Orson Welles in the animated Transformers (1986) movie and basically being all-around evil. So, does Hal run out in space with his fancy new power ring and and rip Parallax a new singularity? Nope. Instead, we get stuck in origin-story hell. Hal has to sit around and suffer through a crisis of conscience â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and confidence â&#x20AC;&#x201D; over whether or not he can really be a Green Lantern. Being a superhero, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also got some daddy issues heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to work out first. Actually, everyone in this movie seems to have daddy issues, most notably our other bad guy, Hector (a nerdy, skeazy Peter Sarsgaard, who also happens to be the best thing in the movie), who just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to please his dad, Senator Hammond (Tim Robbins, looking a lot like Bill Clinton). When Hector gets infected by some Parallax leftovers that also give him superpowers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention an oversized noggin and a goiter â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously got to go cause trouble, too. All of this dovetails into the various and predictable outcomes

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins JJJ

Director: Mark Waters Players: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carroll Kiddie Comedy with Penguins Rated PG

The Story: A man’s life is turned upside down when he inherits a penguin. The Lowdown: Having very little to do with its source book, this is a standard-issue story about a workaholic

dad who “learns what really matters” thanks to penguins. That’s about it. There are worse Jim Carrey movies than Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and there are worse Jim Carrey performances (just think about his green-tights-and-ham performance in The Grinch). That doesn’t keep Mr. Popper from being yet another workaholic, neglectful dad/husband yarn so beloved by the folks who crank out “family friendly” fare. It hits the whole laundry list of cliches for such movies, but possibly ups the flatulence and feces quotient thanks to its covey of penguin co-stars. Those two surefire elements are guaranteed to please the 4-year-olds and other discerning viewers, I suppose. If you’re expecting anything even slightly related to the 1938 book that’s been an elementary school perennial for 70-plus years, you’ll be better off disabusing yourself of that idea from the onset. (When the studio called it a “contemporary adaptation,” you should’ve seen that coming.) There’s a Mr. Popper (Carrey), there are penguins, and ... well, that’s about it. That would matter less if the replacement material was even slightly inspired. But apart from the notion that penguins can be endlessly entertained by Charlie Chaplin movies (resulting in some peculiar, but rather charming, uses of the Chaplin scores on the films carrying over into the next scene), there’s just not that much here. The plot revolves around whiz-bang realestate agent Popper receiving a live penguin as a legacy from his late father. When he tries

filmsociety The Last Command JJJJJ

Director: Josef von Sternberg Players: Emil Jannings, Evelyn Brent, William Powell, Jack Raymond Drama Rated NR Only three of Josef von Sternberg’s silent films are generally available — one other is hard to find and the three others are considered lost. Of the three available — Underworld (1927), The Last Command (1928) and The Docks of New York (1928) (the Asheville Film Society will get around to them all eventually) — The Last Command may not be the best, but it’s certainly the biggest, the most spectacular and the most complex. It’s a rich tale that manages to combine a Hollywood satire, a Hollywood tragedy and a drama of the Russian revolution. That may sound preposterous, but it works with the satire/tragedy at the begining and ending and with the revolution drama — the longest stretch of the film — sandwiched in between. It’s the story of an Imperial Russian General Dolgorucki (Emil Jannings) reduced to trying to eking out a meager living as an extra in Hollywood. When director Lev Andreyev (William Powell) spots his photo, he insists on hiring the old man to play a general in his latest film. The revolution flashback explains why and reveals the events that have brought both men to Hollywood. It’s a tale of bitter irony laced with humor and sexuality (it is, after all, a Sternberg film) — and no little spectacle. Evelyn Brent makes for a pretty good Sternberg heroine, if not quite the level of Marlene Dietrich in his talkies, and there’s something to be said for any movie that can get a relatively restrained performance out of Emil Jannings. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen The Last Command Tuesday, June 28, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Videodrome JJJJJ

Director: David Cronenberg Players: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson Sci Fi/Horror Rated R The movie where David Cronenberg put it all together — his patented body horror, his eye for conspiracy and sense of dark satire — into one cohesive, bizarre whole to become a serious force in the world of film, Videodrome (1983), still remains one of the weirdest horror/sci-fi combos you’re ever going to find. The themes he touched on earlier in his career — like his distrust, not only of the flesh, but seemingly the world — in films like Scanners (1981) and The Brood (1979) are here in Videodrome, except more mature and pointed. But this isn’t to say toothless by any means, since all the gore and splatter (and then some) one comes to expect from Cronenberg is on full display. It’s a film that manages to dichotomize itself, being infinitely disturbing — with its journeys into sadomasochism and the quite unusual (for lack of a better word) things that happen to James Woods’ character’s body over the course of the film — while being a focused take on our culture’s obsession with television, questioning the nature of reality and what truly exists, and all the while carrying that off-putting, disarming, deadpan sense of humor. There’s no filmmaker quite like Cronenberg and no film quite like a Cronenberg film. reviewed by Justin Souther The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Videodrome Thursday, June 23, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

to have it sent back, the man on the phone thinks he wants more, and so five more arrive. Unfortunately, his semi-estranged children are taken with the critters and it proves hard to get rid of the animals. Of course, the penguins are also Popper’s path to redemption. We have cardboard villains — two of them, in fact, though one of them inconclusively vanishes and the other suffers from unclear motivations. We have heart-string tugging, a painfully obvious plot twist, and an ending that doesn’t entirely make sense. And we have penguins — six of the feathery fellows — of the Gentoo variety, not Emperor penguins as Fox originally claimed. There’s no denying that the penguins are

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cute, even if they are very obviously being made to to things no penguin in its right mind would do without the help of CGI. Actually, from an adult perspective, the birds are most likely the only thing that keeps the movie from being something akin to relentless water torture. Whether that’s enough is a personal matter, but if you aren’t taking a wee nipper to the movies and don’t find yourself reviewing the thing, I’d bear it in mind. Rated PG for mild rude humor and some language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

startingfriday BAD TEACHER

Right now, Jake Kasdan’s Bad Teacher finds itself split down the middle in terms of reviews, but it’s worth noting that most of those reviews are from the UK, which clearly has a different sensibility than we do. At the same time, the US trades — the only reputable sources from this side of the pond — have both been underwhelmed. Still, the trailer doesn’t look awful, though it does look predictable (there’s probably a reason why the film includes a lovestruck Jason Segal). The story about a hard-drinking teacher (Cameron Diaz) on the prowl for a rich and suitable husband — who she thinks she finds in Justin Timberlake, and who she thinks she can win if she gets a boob job — is reasonable material, but the last time Diaz tried a raunchy comedy with The Sweetest Thing (2002), the critics crucified it. (R) Early review samples: • “Having decided not to risk offending us, it could at least work a little harder to earn our affection.” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter) • “Essentially Bad Santa with a femme lead (Cameron Diaz), set in a middle school instead of a department-store grotto. It’s also nowhere near as gleefully filthy or fun, which would be OK if it had something more to offer, like warmth or a sharper script.” Leslie Felperin, Variety)


Pixar’s least-liked and least-respected film, Cars, now has a sequel? Why? Well, because it’s Pixar. This time, we have cars engaged in some kind of spy-thriller mode with what appears to be way more of Larry the Cable

Guy’s ‘Mater character than sentient beings should have to witness. To the degree that any of this looks like a good idea, casting Michael Caine as the head spy was probably wise. That there are no reviews of note yet. (G)


See review in “Cranky Hanke.”


Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life opens this week locally, which means the chance to decide for yourself whether this is a work of genius or an incomprehensible outpouring of pretension. A great many of even the most-positive reviews (and most are positive) suggest that it may just be both. Any film that aims to be about — well, everything, is more than likely to be at least a little pretentious. It was poised to be the art-house sensation of the summer, though in terms of popularity, it’s been surprisingly beaten by Midnight in Paris. That may simply mean that Allen’s film is more accessible and family-friendly. The thing is that — love it or hate it as you will — it’s not possible to simply skip over this one if you’re interested in film on any serious level. (PG-13) Early review samples: • “Will you find it ridiculously sublime or sublimely ridiculous? Don’t be afraid to find it both.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine) • “With disarming sincerity and daunting formal sophistication The Tree of Life ponders some of the hardest and most persistent questions, the kind that leave adults speechless when children ask them.” (A.O. Scott, New York Times)


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Director: Ken Russell Players: Twiggy, Christopher Gable, Max Adrian, Georgina Hale, Antonia Ellis, Vladek Sheybal

Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Players: Moira Sherarer, Anton Walbrook, Maris Goring, Léonide Massine

Musical Rated G In 1971, no one expected Ken Russell to follow his X-rated The Devils (released earlier that year) with a G-rated musical starring Twiggy, but that was exactly what happened. At the same time, the film he came up with could hardly be called conventional, but then it wasn’t the film Russell started out to make. Rather, it was the film that evolved the further he got into the material. His original plan was to make a fairly straightforward film version of Sandy Wilson’s 1954 stage show, but as he delved into it, it seemed too slight to survive the transition. The answer of how to approach it came to him when he attended an amateur production of the The Boy Friend where word got out that he was in the audience and the hopeful cast played directly to him. The result was that he reworked the material so that it becomes the story of a tatty theatrical troupe putting Wilson’s show on in a rundown theater that happens to be visited by Hollywood film director De Thrill (Vladek Sheybal). It’s partly the show (as performed by an energetic cast hoping to impress De Thrill), partly a backstage drama (derived from 42nd Street), and partly De Thrill’s (or Russell’s) vision of how the songs might be done on the big screen. Russell’s simple little film became a glorious extravaganza — and a salute to the early Hollywood musical. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Boy Friend at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

Ballet Drama Rated NR Last time I encountered The Red Shoes for reviewing purposes, I said it wasn’t the best of the Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger movies. Seeing it again, I’m not so sure that it isn’t. In any case, I do think it’s the ultimate expression of their unique approach to film. Nothing that came after it is anywhere near it. (I’m sure some would argue for 1951’s The Tales of Hoffman, but I leave that to those who like the opera it comes from better than I do.) As an explosion of color, music, movement and editing (the editing is what makes their 1940s output seem so amazingly fresh and forward thinking), The Red Shoes is hard to beat. Right now, the film makes an interesting companion — or comparison — piece to last year’s Black Swan, which certainly owes both a stylistic and story debt to The Red Shoes. (That’s OK, since The Red Shoes owes something to Michael Curtiz’s 1931 film The Mad Genius — and all the films owe something to the very fact that Sergei Diaghilev existed in the first place.) The film is definitely one of those movies that deserves the term “an essential,” so if you’ve not seen it, here’s a chance. reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Red Shoes at 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Phil Mechanic Studios, (109 Roberts Street in the River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

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Attract native wildlife to your backyard. Many animals need specific plants for habitat — food to eat or a place to live. Work with your parents to plant native plants in your backyard to attract birds, butterflies and even toads. Or hang a bird feeder to provide food for native birds. Then watch the wildlife show from your home. Put trash in garbage cans. Litter makes parks and roads look bad, and it can be harmful to wildlife. Animals may eat plastic or paper that smells like food, and get sick as a result. Trash can also end up in rivers and streams, which is bad for fish and other animals that live in the water. Share what you know about animals and habitats with others. Ask family members and friends to think about being “green” when they make choices. Together we can make a big difference! Visit and learn about places where wildlife live. Zoos, aquariums, national parks, wildlife refuges and nature centers are all homes to wild animals. You can learn about these animals and how people can help them by visiting these places with your family or with your school.

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• JUNE 22 - JUNE 28, 2011



IDEAL MINI/TAILGATE FARM Completely west facing 3.67 acres in Candler w/2 wells. 4BR, septic, 1 1/2 story 1920’s farmhouse. Outbuildings. MLS 485164 & 485139. $164,900. Call Bob Zinser at J.D. Jackson Associates Inc. 828-230-8117 or bob@asheville

ACE GRADING AND LANDSCAPING Custom grading, driveways, lots cleared. • Mulch • Gravel • Views • Tree removal • Storm cleanup • Retaining walls. 15 years experience. Insured. Free estimate. (828) 216-0726.

Summer’s here, and Zoo Atlanta offers a few ways for kids to “Think Green.” Among the usual suspects (“reduce, reuse, recycle”) these animal experts offer a few others:

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Real Estate

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TIRED OF PUTTING OFF THOSE MUCH NEEDED COMPUTER REPAIRS? Slow computer got you down? Computer Keys is your answer. Services include: Virus Removal, Tune-ups, Hardware/Software/Network installation/secure/repair. Special monthly packages. (828)585-9214 or email m for your free estimate.

Commercial Property

Commercial/Bus iness Rentals

2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 30 Allen. A/C, patio, storage. $665/month. 828-253-1517.


1-2 ROOM OFFICE • 1796 Hendersonville Rd. Utilities and janitorial included. $295-$695/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1BA EAST 7 Violet Hills, $695/month. Private Entrance, Pets Okay. 828-253-1517.

1-4 ROOM OFFICE • 70 Woodfin. 2nd month rent free. Utilities included. $160$480/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 1020 Hendersonville Rd. D/W, Central A/C. $650/month. 828-253-1517.

AVAILABLE HEALING ARTS OFFICE SPACE Spacious room includes waiting room, kitchen, bathroom, excellent location. • Telephone and internet access options. $350 includes everything. (828) 301-7256.

2BR, 2BA SWANNANOA • 742 Bee Tree Lake. Central A/C, porch. $675/month. 828-253-1517.

ARTISTIC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER • Serge, 828-777-6171. $195.

Financial BOOKKEEPING SERVICE SEEKING CLIENTS Solvent is seeking several additional clients. Laid-back smallbusiness owners preferred. New client incentives. Contact for more information.

Home A&B CONSTRUCTION is a leader in quality, craftsmanship and dependability for a wide range of building services here in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina. We specialize in cost-sensitive, client oriented, residential and commercial renovation/remodeling, new construction, and repair services. Please call 828-258-2000 or visit our website at


WALNUT STREET/DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE • Office suite with 1,081 sq. ft. Modern interior in a historic building. G/M Property Group. 828-281-4024.

BUSINESS SPACE FOR RENT 866 Haywood Road. Approx. 900 sqft. On-site parking w/store front. Available immediately. $850/month. 828-231-2577. WORKSPACE FOR ARTISTS/CRAFTERS IN SALUDA, NC. Reasonable rates, creative atmoshpere. Available now. Call (828) 749-9718 for more information.


COMPANION • CAREGIVER • LIVE-IN Alzheimer’s experienced. • CarePartners Hospice recommended. • Nonsmoker, with cat, seeks live-in position. • References. • Arnold, (828) 273-2922.

Apartments For Rent

Commercial Listings

1 GREAT APARTMENT • BLACK MOUNTAIN Nicely renovated bath, kitchen, 1BR, sunroom, dining room. • High ceilings. • Balcony! • Abundance of natural light. • Hardwood floors. Short walk to downtown. • $675/month includes heat, water, Wifi. • Smoke free. 280-5449.

Businesses For Sale $50,000 • RETAIL STORE Purchase beautiful store selling Beads, Stones, Fossils and Jewelry near Asheville. Yields +/-$25,000 annually. Asset Marketing. (828) 253-5771. businesses/NewAge FOR SALE • TOWN PUMP TAVERN • BLACK MOUNTAIN Business, Goodwill and Inventory: $78K. Building (with purchase of Business) $300K. Contact Julie Smith, Broker


1 BEDROOM/1 BATHROOM, Hendersonville, 2010 Laurel Park, $505, Off-Street Parking, Coin-Op Laundry. 828-253-1517.

1-2BR, 1-2BA SOUTH • 100 Beale. Central A/C, deck. $585-$695/month. 828-253-1517. 1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Summer Special! All utilities included. $700/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 825 4th. Hardwood floors, off-street parking. $445/month. 828-253-1517.

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1BR, 1BA WEST • 1 Brucemont. Hardwood floors, coin-op laundry. $595/month. 828-253-1517.

STUDIO, 1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon. Hardwood floors, walk to downtown. $595/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1.5BA OAKLEY • 2 Oakview. D/W, W/D hookups. $645/month. 828-253-1517.

WALK TO MISSION HOSPITAL • Upper level Kenilworth apt. Very nice and spacious. 2BR, 1BA with dressing area. Large closets. Nice living room with small room for storage. Kitchen is located off a large room which is used for dining and opens to the back deck. A deck off the living room. Off street parking. W/D, trash pick-up, heat and water furnished. $875/month + $875/security and one year lease. Pet negotiable. Tom, 828-230-7296.

2BR, 2BA WEST • 257 Sandhill Rd. Central A/C, deck. $775/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 5 Mountain. Porch, fireplace. $815/month. 828-253-1517. CASUAL ELEGANCE IN MONTFORD • Spacious 1BR with formal living and dining rooms. Private porch, hardwood floors, good closet space. Walk to down, bike to UNCA, be close to the best of urban Asheville in Victorian Montford. $685/month includes water and laundry facilities. Security deposit, credit check and references, year’s lease required. 1 Cat ok w/fee. Sorry, No dogs. Graham Investments: 2536800. CHARMING SUNNY SMALL 1BR • Between downtown & UNCA- close walk to town and Greenlife. Hardwood floors, gas heat, A/C unit. Lots of off-street parking. $595/month includes hot and cold water. Security deposit, year’s lease, credit check and references req. 1 cat ok w/fee. No large dogs. For appt: Graham Investments 253-6800. HOUSE AND APARTMENTS FOR RENT • Weaverville. 12BR. Beautiful mountain views, lawns. Safe neighborhood. Heat, water, trash pickup included. Priced: $400, $500, $800/month. Deposit required. 828-258-2222 ask for rental dept. NEAR HAW CREEK • 3BR, 2BA single floor apartment for rent. Nice appliances, fans, heat pump, brick sidewalks, covered porch, extensive landscaping. Quiet, ground floor unit in Maple Springs Villas duplex community. Available July 15th. 1st, $900/month. We love cats, sorry, no dogs. 828-299 7502.

WEST ASHEVILLE • Unfurnished 1 bedroom apartment. Water, garbage included. $579/month. On bus line, swimming pool onsite. Call 828-252-9882. WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $800/month. Includes water and garbage pickup. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Mobile Homes For Rent 1BR, 1BA EAST • Ideal for 1 or budget-minded people. In quiet managed park. A/C, water furnished. References, application and deposit required. $350/month. 828-779-2736. 2BR, 1BA • Quiet location, 5 minutes to Patton Ave. Includes water. Security deposit required. $450/month. Call David, 828-777-0385. WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA. W/D connections. Close to downtwon. Quiet park. $595/month. 828-252-4334.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333. EAST CONDO 2BR 1BA. HW/Carpet; W/D, A/C-gas furnace. $800/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. WEST ASHEVILLE CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • 46 Beri Dr. Updated 2BR 1.5BA. Split level condo, 918 sqft. Fully applianced upgraded kitchen with W/D. Pool, fitness room. $725/month. Security Dep. Application Fee. Available 6/15/11. Mike 919-624-1513.

WEST ASHEVILLE. CANTERBURY HEIGHTS 2BR/1.5BA split-level condo. Upgraded kitchen, washer and dryer, ceiling fans. Scenic views, community pool, fitness room. Close to UNCA and Downtown. $700/month +security deposit. Call: (828)-275-8704.

Homes For Rent 2BR, 1BA WEST • 22 Wilburn. A/C, basement. $895/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 62 Morris. Central A/C, fenced yard. $1,015/month. 828-253-1517.

RESORT LIVING AT LAKE LURE 2800 sq.ft. stream, waterfall. 3BR/3BA, W/D, recent updates, deck, walk to lake, some resort amenities. No pets, no smoking. $950/month. $950/deposit + $200. Credit check, references. 828-697-8166. RICHMOND HILL/ASHEVILLE • 3BR/2BA w/bonus room. Quiet culdesac, all utilities except water/trash included. 1st, last, security and 1 yr lease. $975/month. Photos: Contact: Sandy

4BR, 3BA CENTRAL • 15 Buchanan. Central A/C, hardwood floors. $1,400/month. 828-253-1517.

SWANNANOA • Near Warren Wilson. 3BR, 1BA. Large covered porch, great views, all appliances, utilities included. $1,200/month. 828-337-0873.

ALWAYS GREAT RESPONSE “I advertise my rental properties in Mountain Xpress because of the quality and quantity of great calls it produces!” Pauline T., Asheville. • You too can find quality renters! Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace.

WEST 3BR, 1BA. Stove, refrigerator, central heat/AC, carport, basement. On bus line. $875/month, deposit and lease. 215-6801.

BEAUTIFUL SMALL FARM • BARNARDSVILLE 3BR, 2BA newly remodeled brick cottage. Large barn with lights, water, pasture, dressage sized riding ring. Miles of National Forest trails. Chicken house, garden spot, basketball court. Peaceful, private. $1700/month. Deposit, lease, references. (828) 255-8466. BOTANY WOODS • EAST 3BR, 2BA, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, fireplace, deck. Fenced backyard. $1200/month plus deposit/lease. 215-6801. COMING IN JUNEBILTMORE FOREST • Tasteful, refined Ranch. 3 or 4 BR/3BA with hardwood floors and lots of cedar closets. A/C, quiet private front porch, garage, Fireplace and much more. $1400/month. Includes water and all yard maintenance. Just move in and enjoy. Credit report, references, year’s lease, security deposit required. Pet considered with fee. For appt: 253-6800, Graham Investments. DREAMER’S RETREAT 3BR, 2BA cedar in private cove. Offers vaulted greatroom, front and back porches, sunroom, office with kitchenettes, and claw foot tub big enough for 2. $1150/month. Available August 1. References • Deposit • Credit checks. (828) 712-4448. NEW LOG HOME • North 3BR/2.5BA in woods. Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors with wraparound porch. Hispeed Internet availble.Appliances included. 25 min. to Asheville. $985/month with deposit. 828-649-1170

WOLF LAUREL AREA /MARS HILL • 3BR/2BA log cabin w/bonus room. Quiet on 3.75 acres. Tenant pays utilities. 1st, last, security and 1 yr lease. $1250/month. Photos: Contact: Sandy

ACTORS/MOVIE EXTRAS Needed immediately for upcoming roles $150$300/day depending on job requirements. No experience, all looks. 1-800-560-8672 A-109. For casting times/locations. (AAN CAN) ANYONE ELSE THINK IT’S TOO HOT TO WORK OUTSIDE? We are seeking candidates to fill full time staff positions in our local Asheville sales office. These are year round, permanent positions offering: Monday Friday Schedule $11.15/hour. • Weekly Profit Sharing • Weekly Paycheck • Opportunity for Advancement. We will provide paid training for the right people and encourage active job seekers to apply. Good communications skills needed. A goal oriented and success driven attitude is a must. Air condition provided free of charge! We encourage all active job seekers to apply. Please contact our Human Resource Manager at 828-236-2530. CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311.

Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit or call (404) 617-1146. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

Roommates ALL AREAS ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: (AAN CAN)


General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333. HOUSEKEEPERS P/T and F/T. Year-round consistent employment, Asheville. Experience, professional, reliable and responsible. Full-time for upscale B&B. Must be flexible and able to work weekends. References and background check required. Call 828-254-3878 for interview. Black Walnut Bed And Breakfast Inn. LAKE HOUSE ACADEMY • Hiring for the following position: PT Kitchen Assistant. Please email resumes to careers, subject line “Kitchen Assistant”.

PAID IN ADVANCE • Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN) PAID IN ADVANCE • Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN) WORK FOR THE BEST! We’re a well-established, busy, local, earth-friendly, home cleaning company and seeking reliable, detailoriented employees with great energy, attitude and long-term commitment. • Part-time, flexible weekday hours. • Great pay; must have own transportation, mileage reimbursed. Vacation potential. • Perfect for stay-at-home mom or students. For interview, call Denise or Shelly, 776-7399. Upstairs Downstairs, Inc.

Administrative/ Office MOTIVATED/EXPERIENCED PARALEGAL NEEDED Asheville law firm is interviewing for a paralegal with experience in real estate law. We are looking for a self-motivated and responsible individual with a positive attitude and professional demeanor. Proficiency with programs such as Softpro, Microsoft Office and RealFast is preferred. The ability to multitask, learn and give excellent customer service is a must. The position is full time and annual salary is based upon experience and skill level. Please submit resumes. AshevilleLawFirm

STAFF ACCOUNTANT FOR COMMUNITY CARE OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Community Care of WNC is seeking a full-time Staff Accountant that will be responsible for Accounts Payable, preparing monthly recurring and adjusting journal entries, labor distribution, bank reconciliations, assisting with the month-end close process and with budget preparation, input and balancing, payroll backup, purchasing, and assisting with requirements from outside auditors.Accounting degree or business degree with accounting emphasis preferred. Competency in Microsoft applications required, knowledge of PeachTree a plus, attention to detail and ability to multitask an asset. Requires a minimum of 3-5 years experience. Submit resume to or fax to 828-259-3875.

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Human Services

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN FOR COMMUNITY CARE OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Community Care of WNC seeks a part-time (18-20 hrs/wk) Pharmacy Technician to support their pharmacy program, including clinical pharmacists and the care management team. Responsibilities will include troubleshooting medication policy and formulary questions from pharmacies and physicians and gathering and documenting medication history information on patients to prepare for medication reconciliation. The Pharmacy Technician will also assist with communications amongst the health care team, documentation of prescriber responses to pharmacist recommendations, and collection of data to monitor the care process, and will be responsible for a variety of clerical duties. This position will be based in Buncombe County with travel to other counties we serve, specifically to detail pharmacies on policy changes. Candidates must have completed a minimum of high school plus at least two years of experience working as pharmacy technician in either a retail or hospital setting. Completion of an ASHP accredited Pharmacy Technician Training Program is preferred. PTCB certification is preferred. Candidates must also be a registered technician with the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, letterwriting, phone skills, customer service, and general administrative skills required. Send resume/cover letter to or fax to 828-259-3875.

CLINICIAN â&#x20AC;˘ OFFENDER SERVICES PROGRAM Is recruiting for a licensed or license eligible Clinician to provide group and individual treatment to sex offenders and domestic violence abusers within the Sexual Abuse Intervention Program and the Domestic Violence Abuser Program. Experience is preferred. â&#x20AC;˘ A broad range of mental health and substance abuse issues are addressed in this integrated treatment program. Please send application and resume w/cover letter addressing how your experience prepares you for this position to Diane Paige, Offender Services Coordinator at diane.paige â&#x20AC;˘ For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE â&#x20AC;˘ Seeks a licensed or provisionally licensed therapist for our adult and child population. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package for the right credentialed, energetic team member. Please email resume and/or letter of interest to LICENSED THERAPISTS NEEDED FOR JACKSON AND HAYWOOD COUNTIES to provide therapy to children & their families in the school, home and community. Full-time positions with competitive salary, flexible hours, excellent benefit package. MUST possess a NC Therapy or Provisional License.submit resume via email or fax to: Tracey (828) 586-6601 fax

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). â&#x20AC;˘ If you are interested in making a difference in a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, please call Rachel Wingo at (828) 696-2667 ext 15 or e-mail Rachel at rachel.wingo â&#x20AC;˘ Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. â&#x20AC;˘ Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739. PART TIME LCSW POSITION Seeking a part-time LCSW. Hours and rate negotiable. Office space and support staff available. Send resume to

PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST Haywood County. Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT). Position open for a Peer Support Specialist to work in our recoveryoriented programs for individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health challenges. â&#x20AC;˘ Being a Peer Support Specialist provides an opportunity for an individual to transform personal lived experience into a tool for inspiring hope for recovery in others. â&#x20AC;˘ Applicants must demonstrate maturity in their own recovery process and be willing to participate in an extensive training program prior to employment. â&#x20AC;˘ For further information, please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell â&#x20AC;˘ For more information and to complete an application, visit our website:

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH NEEDED IN JACKSON AND HAYWOOD COUNTIES to provide Intensive In-Home or Day Treatment Services. Full-time positions with competitive salary and benefits. QPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Must have either a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Human Services and 2 yrs full time, post-bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience with children/adolescents with Mental health needs or 4 yrs post-degree experience if not a Human Service degree. ONLY those possessing proper degree & experience need apply. Submit resume via email or fax to:Tracey (828) 586-6601 fax RAY OF LIGHT HOMES â&#x20AC;˘ Looking for an alternative family living situation for a young man with developmental disabilities in the Asheville area. He is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;outside respectfulâ&#x20AC;? smoker who also happens to have a medium-sized dog that he definitely wants to keep. Please call Christina at 828 215 7767 for more information

CNA â&#x20AC;˘ CAREGIVER POSITIONS Screened, trained, bonded and insured. Positions available for quality professionals. â&#x20AC;˘ Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Home Instead Senior Care.

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Due to continuous growth in WNC, Families Together, Inc is now hiring licensed professionals and Qualified Professionals in Buncombe, McDowell, Madison, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. â&#x20AC;˘ Qualified candidates will include â&#x20AC;˘ LPCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, LCSWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, LMFTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, LCASâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, PLCSWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, or LPCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Qualified Professionals. â&#x20AC;˘ FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Candidates should email resumes to humanresources





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SUPPORT BROKER (Case Manager). The Arc of NC seeks a passionate and extraordinary person to become our next Support Broker, providing case management services, including person-centered planning and supports coordination for people with developmental and other disabilities in our Asheville office. • Seeking person who is steeped in personcentered principles, with knowledge of selfdetermination and personcentered planning tools a must. • Working knowledge of NC system and generic resources in the local county is crucial. • Knowledge of state and Medicaid funding streams necessary. • Must be able to provide CAP case management. • Requires a creative, progressive thinker and strong advocate who is very self-disciplined. • Must be a QP in Developmental Disabilities with Bachelor’s degree in a human service field and at least two years related experience. • Excellent starting salary and benefits. This position is a Full-time position. • Interested parties should send their resume and cover letter to Lorie Boehm, email to: or fax #: (828) 254-6885.

THE ASHEVILLE OFFICE OF FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES • Is seeking candidates for two positions to serve adult consumers at our Center for Recovery Education and Wellness: a Certified Peer Support Specialist to provide orientation, outreach and case support; an LCSW to provide group therapy and assessment. Also seeking a Child QMHP to serve as a Program Director for Day Treatment Services. Please send resumes to

Professional/ Management

AVAILABLE POSITIONS • MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Clinician Offender Services Program: Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Experience is preferred. Please contact Diane Paige, diane.paige Haywood County: Clinicians Several clinical positions are available within the Recovery Education Center and other programs being developed. Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Kim Franklin, kim.franklin Certified Medical Assistant Administrative and patient care support duties in an outpatient, psychiatric recovery center. Primary responsibility for Patient Assistance Program. Must be a graduate of an accredited Certified Medical Assistant program and CMA certification with AAMA or AMT required. Must have two years of related experience required, preferably in an outpatient medical office setting. Must also have excellent customer service skills and be a team player. Please contact Kyler Robbins, kyler.robbins Peer Support Specialist Assertive Community Treatment Team: (ACTT) Applicants must demonstrate maturity in their own recovery process and be willing to participate in an extensive training program prior to employment. For further information contact Mason Youell, mason.youell Jackson County: Clinician/Lead Recovery Educator Recovery Education Center: Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

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


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NEEDED: LIVE-IN NANNY FOR MONTH OF AUGUST IN CASHIERS We are looking for a female with childcare/babysitting experience to live-in for the month of August to help with our 3 small children. Candidate must have relevant experience and references. Please send resume to summer2011cashiers

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Parttime. Western North Carolina Historical Association. • Application Deadline: July 11, 2011. Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) seeks a self-directed, organized professional for a part-time Executive Director (ED). • The ED will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating fundraising for WNCHA and overseeing the day to day operation of the Smith-McDowell House Museum. • If interested please respond with a current resume and a cover letter indicating why you believe this is the right job for you, based on your experience, interest, and qualifications to: (mail) Smith McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801 Attn: Personnel Committee or (email) • EOE.

Teaching/ Education AVAILABLE POSITIONS • MACFC Mountain Area Child and Family Center is a model learning environment where young children thrive, families flourish, and early childhood professionals excel. • This 5-star, EHS, child development center is accepting applications for the following positions: Full-time Classroom Educator for our AVL location on Riceville Road. Qualified candidates will have exp. working with infants and toddlers in a licensed center and have an AAS/BA/BS in ECE or BA/BS in a related field that includes 18 ECE hours. Our full-time positions offer ongoing training, medical, dental, flex-spending, PTO, & holidays. **Part-time substitute positions also available. Part-time Family Services: Must have experience with basic social work/case management working with low income families and diverse populations. Must have a BA/BS in Social work, Psychology, ECE or related field. • Need familiarity with home visits and ability to speak Spanish a plus. • To learn more about our amazing child focused program visit or about our revolutionary nutrition program please visit • To apply, please submit an cover letter with 3 references and resume to and/or complete an application online

MADISON COUNTY SCHOOLS • SpeechLanguage Therapist. Fulltime employment, 10 months. Salary based on State Schedule and Experience • Qualifications and Requirements: Must hold NC license as speech pathologist • Experience in public schools preferred • Student assessments and screenings • Direct services to students • Consultative services to EC teachers and staff • Write Individual Education Plans and attend IEP meetings • Assist EC Department in Medicaid filing • Attend staff development meetings as necessary • Analyze and interpret information to make recommendations regarding the need for speech-language services • Other duties as assigned by Superintendent, EC Director or designee. Full Job Description Available Upon Request. Applications may be obtained from and submitted to: Application Deadline: Tanya Jussila Personnel Director 5738 US Highway 25/70 Marshall, NC 28753. 828-649-9276 ext. 232. Open until filled. The Madison County Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin. PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR Hanger Hall School, a private all girls school, is seeking a PE Instructor to teach 6th-8th graders for the 2011-2012 school year. PE classes are held four days a week from 8:30am-3:00pm. Health and dental benefit package available. Please send a resume and cover letter to employment PRESCHOOL LEAD TEACHER • A small preschool on an organic farm in Mills River. Must be experienced and comfortable with child-lead development working in outdoor learning. Hours 9am-1pm. Contact: naturallygrownpreschool

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MATH TEACHER • The Day Treatment program at Eliada Homes is seeking a qualified Math Teacher. Individuals must be flexible and creative, as it is necessary to differentiate lessons for different learning styles, individual needs, and class dynamics. Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Create a classroom environment that meets the academic and treatment needs of students and ensure that assistants are effective with instructional delivery. • The teacher will maintain an organized, structured classroom that allows for active student engagement and sets clear and consistent guidelines and expectations. • The teacher evaluates academic and behavioral progress of all students, which includes keeping attendance, preparing progress and grade reports, communicating with case managers, completing incident reports, participating in clinical meetings, completing Student Education Plans and providing feedback in regards to goals and objectives. Qualifications: Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. • Must also possess appropriate, current valid teaching certification as specified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (or be able to obtain said licensure). • Math teacher must be math certified, or have the ability to become certified in math. Prefer a minimum of two years teaching experience or direct residential experience with the target population. • All qualified and interested candidates please apply online at or e-mail resume to Sheri Peck at

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Career Training EARN $75 - $200/HOUR • Media Makeup Artist Training. Ad, TV, Film, Fashion. One week class. Stable job in weak economy. Details at 310-364-0665. (AAN CAN).

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Announcements EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011 Liberty Corner Enterprises Inc., managing agent for WNC Housing, will close their housing waiting list for new applicants. Currently over 100 people are waiting for affordable housing and we have a total of 68 units potentially for rent, therefore the waiting time is excessive. 147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, Liberty Corner Enterprises 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)

Classes & Workshops GLASSBLOWING WITH METHANE IN BEAUTIFUL JACKSON COUNTY Three classes to choose from with various times and dates. First class begins June 25. Details and registration: MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 COMPUTER TRAINING Need to be more efficient at work? Need a competitive edge? Just want to learn more? Task Mania is proud to offer Microsoft computer training. Visit for more information about schedules and registration.

SUMMER VOCAL TRAINING - DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Always wanted to give voice lessons a try? Learning the basics of vocal technique will make a huge difference in your sound. All styles. Voice 11-up. Piano also available 6-up. Adults welcome!carollmarin or 828-545-2712 Music_Lessons/Carol_Marin. html

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Autos 2007 KIA SPORTAGE 50K miles. Excellent condition, new tires. Black. Runs great. $9800. Call 215-9726. Four little kittens who could have been “Gone With the Wind” if they had not been rescued by ACN. Scarlett, Melanie (pictured), Stuart and Brent. Now they are ready to be “gone” with you! Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony located at 803 Fairview Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 to shop for all your pet supplies.

ATTENTION LOCAL BANDS! Get ready to compete in our Battle of the Bands coming soon! Call Eli: 681-0555. Fat Cats Billiards. BASS PLAYER NEEDED For regional/local band. I am an accomplished Guitarist,Writer,and Vocalist. Several paid gigs booked this summer alone. Looking for a creative energy interested in a 3 piece dynamic Call Jay for an informal interview. (828) 707-2702.

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

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Electronics PENNY, a Rat Terrier Mix, would make a great agility dog although she manages her energy well. She is great with kids. Her favorite things are tummy rubs and chew bones. Penny walks well on the leash and is housebroken. She loves affection and would sure like to have yours! Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony located at 803 Fairview Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 to shop for all your pet supplies.

19 INCH FLAT SCREEN High definition TV. Tru brand. $75. Call 215-9726.

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BROAD RIVER BOTANICALS • Summer Sale! One day only. Sat. 6/25/11 10am4pm. One gallon perennials $3. 2805 HWY 9 Black Mountain. Call for directions: 828-664-9902.

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LOST CALICO CAT Lost 600 block Lakeshore Drive Asheville June 7th, small frame, declawed,black fur patch over left eye! PLEASE CALL 704-236-2146 jmaccurdy@aol.comFamily and sister cat devastated!! 704-236-2146

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