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letters Recent “The City” cartoon offensive and bigoted I am writing to comment on one of your recent cartoons [“The City,” June 23 Xpress]. While I am an advocate of the First Amendment, and certainly enjoy intelligent and creative commentary, opinion, lampoons, and cartoons, I found this particular effort to be in poor taste at best, and ignorant, juvenile and cowardly at worst. Your depiction of Christ in the last frame was utterly tasteless, but more telling is your cheap and unwarranted description of “white trash Pentecostals.” First, if you had done your homework, or had any understanding of evangelistic Christianity, you would know that the Solid Rock Church is non-denominational, not Pentecostal. Second, the derogatory term “white trash” reflects the same self loathing and guilt (my guess is that you are a white male) that lends itself to label whites negatively because it is “safe.” I dare say, you would never print a comic ridiculing Jews as “Heebs,” African-Americans as “niggers,” gays as “queers” or “dykes,” or, Lord forbid, Muslims as “terrorists” (because like all other journalists and cartoonists, you would be condemned to death and are therefore terrified to cross that line, hence my earlier use of the term cowardly). Third, an individual’s faith is very personal [and] very sacred. While you may think you are pushing the envelope or being “edgy,” what you are accomplishing is demonstrating your own insecurity and insensitivity.

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Don’t force your apocalypse on me! This letter is in direct reply to Frank “Uncle Remus” Elliott’s recent letter, “On Religion, The Gulf Oil Spill, and Our Hypocrisy” [June 30 Xpress]: Frank, I appreciate your viewpoint, and I’m proud you had the motivation to speak your mind when it seems that no one’s will is strong enough to stand up for their own opinions or beliefs. [But] to be frank (pun certainly intended), the reason that Christianity is becoming such a persecuted belief is that people like you are making it so. I was raised in the church and understand the end-time prophecies, but I also understand that most “prophesies” are inherently self-fulfilling, because if you believe them, you will by very virtue of your belief bring them about... You are incorrect in stating that people make fun of only Christianity. While I agree that exotic religious fads are about as prevalent as “Keep Asheville Weird” stickers, I personally mock any and everybody who thinks that there are a large group of people out there who believe exactly the same thing. How many different sects of plain old Baptists are there? Just Baptists, not Christians? No one believes the same thing you do, and they never will. That’s the purpose and wisdom behind separation of church and state. The reason this country is circling the toilet bowl is that we forgot that we all are here to be different. You have no right to impose any of your religious beliefs on me just because you feel strongly about them. Yes, in a direct way this country was founded on Christianity. It was also founded on slavery, theft, murder and chauvinism. Are those American traditions we must carry on? We have to evolve, and that doesn’t mean you have to give up your God. It means you have to accept that maybe other people have their own, and that possibly you’re as wrong and/or as right as they are. ... There is very little that I wish to fight anyone over, but between your views and mine, there lie thousands of years of smoke, blood and pain. There is either forgiveness or fanaticism. Which do you think Jesus would choose? — Jake Gardner Asheville

“Thiefdom,” my friend John Payne and the Gulf Coast oil spill I understand this idea of accepting our share of the blame for the catastrophe in the Gulf. We all buy plastics, drive cars, heat and cool homes, and consume more than we should. How can we not feel responsible, especially when we knew something like this Gulf gusher would happen? And we knew our energy model needed to change in 1970s. But can we really accept blame as the buyers of products sold to us under an economic model that only sees us as consumers? Personally, I hate being referred to as a consumer. It’s demeaning, and it falsely implicates us in the blame game. Can we buy a bamboo handle/natural bristle toothbrush for $1 at Walgreens? Do we all live close enough to the grocery to walk or bike? Can we buy ... an Indian-made car called Tata for $2,000 [that is] unavailable to us? I can barely afford organic food and gasoline, let alone rooftop solar panels, a backyard wind-turbine or a Japanese Prius. I think most people know we need to move quickly to a sustainable energy future. But I also think many of us are unsure what a new energy model might look like. And the elephant in the room is our current unsustainable energy model. We are up against some extremely entrenched power and rampant deniers, i.e., the status quo. My late friend John Payne [founder of the

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Wedge studios, known for his large, moveable steel dinosaurs] had the perfect word for the status quo: “Thiefdoms,” including the Energy Thiefdom, Banking Thiefdom, War Thiefdom, Media Thiefdom etc... In North Carolina, we can start by ousting Senate Thiefdom and Club member Richard Burr. November is coming and election day is but one day a year. What about the other 364? Well, that’s my two-cents worth. I wonder if I’ll ever go snorkeling off the Keys again, or return to the Galapagos Islands. I guess I’ll go tend my neglected vegetable garden now. Thank you, John, for the beauty and genius of your dinosaur sculptures. — Frank Kasun Asheville

Keep your hate and faith to yourself I would like to comment on last week’s letter from an “Uncle Remus” in Hendersonville [“On Religion, The Gulf Oil Spill, and Our Hypocrisy,” June 30 Xpress]. If people seem to be steering away from Jesus, perhaps what they are really steering away from are fanatics who preach fire and brimstone. Any religion gets a bad name and is misunderstood when fundamentalists begin preaching their interpretation and telling others how to live their lives. I’m so glad you have a direct line to God, Uncle Remus, and [that] you know what is going to happen to certain people and what hell is going to be like — “a burnt Earth with no sun, no graze, no animals”, etc... I’m sure there are plenty of religious/spiritual people who keep their beliefs to themselves and do not push their opinions on others. It is my feeling that one’s spirituality should be between themselves and their higher power. If they are not spiritual, the same rule should apply: Don’t push your opinion upon others. I would like to close with a quote from Anne Lamott: “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out he hates all the same people you do.” — Ellen Foltz Asheville

Asheville has too many highways, not enough bike lanes I was very pleased to read the letter last week from Raven Kelly that finally linked the Gulf oil spill with our misplaced transportation planning [”Pondering the Gulf Oil Spill and Getting Buncombians to Ride More Miles on Bikes,” June 23 Xpress]. Cheap, shoddy urban planning that omits sidewalks and bike lanes/bike paths has been the rule in most American cities. It seems that energy crises come and go, and city planners have the same response every time: “We don’t have the money to build bike lanes and greenways.” Only a few cities responded to the first energy crisis — the Arab Oil Embargo during the 1970s. Cities like Portland, Oregon, got the jump on building networks of bike lanes and greenways at a time when real-estate values were lower. Bicyclists feel safe in Portland because the infrastructure was planned to accommodate them. And, many people ride there because they feel safe to do so. Asheville should be ashamed of the situation with the closed pedestrian bridge over Interstate 240 in the vicinity of the Hillcrest Apartments. Policies exactly like the one that closed the bridge push Americans into their dependency on oil. Most people just want to go along and get along. Hop in the SUV, fill ‘er up and waddle through the parking lot. We’re reluctant to speak out — until we see oiled beaches and dead pelicans washing up on our shores! We get what we wish for. Is a dead beach what we really want? It seems to be, judging by the lack of will to do simple

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things like open up a pedestrian bridge that was originally intended for foot transportation. That bridge was closed because “pedestrians might be criminals.” Gee, I thought that a much bigger cache of contraband could be hidden in an automobile than on the person of a pedestrian or bicyclist. Do we want dead beaches, or do we have the will to spend a little money to create safe routes for bicycling? We get what we wish for and what we deserve. Maybe it’s about time we speak up for better bicycle and pedestrian policies! — Ruth Sponsler Burnsville

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Tragic pedestrian death underscores deeper issues by Laura Eshelman If you’ve lived in Asheville long enough, you probably know to hold your breath when you’re driving on I-240 between downtown and West Asheville. The traffic, too, can be frustrating, whether it’s the westbound drivers coming in from 19/23 who don’t realize till it’s almost too late that the far-right lane leads into Westgate Shopping Center, or the eastbound drivers who inexplicably decelerate as they come up the ramp. And you’ve undoubtedly seen the accidents — sometimes involving multiple cars — that seem to occur here on a regular basis. But all those things put together are hardly as scary as the all-too-common sight of pedestrians dashing across the interstate near the Hillcrest Apartments. The death of 25-year-old Anthony Ray

borhoods, which immediately implies that the less involvement one has with these areas, the better. Worse yet, this insidious idea is self-perpetuating: Communities cut off from the general population are more likely to internalize the message that they’ve been banished for a reason and end up getting stuck in a cycle of crime and poverty. Contrary to the unfortunate assumption that these residents “choose” to live this way, they often mobilize to improve their neighborhoods with amenities such as community centers, gardens and church programs, but there’s only so much one can do with limited resources. And if someone has no car and the easiest way to reach the nearest job — or even a grocery store — is to dart across the interstate, they just might be willing to take the risk. So reopening the bridge would probably be a ben-

The bridge issue is really just a symptom of a deeper affliction: the stigmatization of public housing and its residents. Gilmore two weeks ago re-ignited a 16-year-old debate about the closed-off pedestrian bridge that used to connect Hillcrest to downtown. Residents requested the closure years ago due to concerns about the crime that used to flourish on and around the bridge. Some posit that reopening it and cleaning up the brambly path that leads to the apartments from underneath the Smokey Park Bridge would prevent more such fatalities in the future. These are options we should seriously consider. Yet the bridge issue is really just a symptom of a deeper affliction: the stigmatization of public housing and its residents. And while Hillcrest bears the additional burden of the traffic concerns, the more fundamental issue is the one-way-in/one-way-out setup it shares with Asheville’s other Section 8 neigh-

eficial move overall: Hillcrest residents could access downtown with ease, and drivers might have one less thing to worry about. Cleaning up the trail beneath the Smokey Park Bridge to make foot travel easier and safer is another, even simpler step that could improve the immediate situation. But the concerns that led to the bridge’s closing in the first place remain, and ultimately the decision to re-open it should be made by Hillcrest residents, based on their sense of security. If they nix the bridge, then motorists will still have to be on the lookout for folks crossing the road or walking on the narrow shoulder. Even if you’re not responsible for an accident, however, nobody wants to be involved in one, and it doesn’t seem fair that motorists should constantly have to deal with

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Don’t write the Asheville Film Festival’s obituary just yet. In the wake of City Council’s recent vote to discontinue funding the event, private interests are stepping up to breathe new life into it. After exploring the idea of taking over the city festival, local filmmaker Tom Anton instead decided to launch his own event — the Asheville International Film Festival — in September 2011. Meanwhile, local actor/event planner Andre Gower is looking at partnering with the city to produce a revamped version of the original Asheville Film Festival. Council member Jan Davis finds both possibilities heartening. “There’s a sadness to me that it’s ending as a city entity,” he reports. “But I think it’s worked out to the best possible end. We’ve got people that are interested in putting on film festivals now.” In the past, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department managed the festival, which has lost money every year since its inception in 2003. Earlier this year, as part of the city’s attempt to close a $5 million shortfall in next year’s budget, the department chose to “throw this one overboard,” Council member Cecil Bothwell explains.

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“They seemed to feel that because they lost money on it, they didn’t want to go there,” he adds, noting that City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee concurred. “It seems like there was no energy behind it.”

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“When we heard the city was thinking of taking it off the budget and discontinuing it, I said, ‘That’s a shame; I want to make sure this thing works,’” reveals Anton, whose film At Last won the Audience Choice Award at the 2005 Asheville festival. Anton says he began discussing the possibility of taking over the festival with city staff months ago, with the blessing of Council members Davis, Esther Manheimer and Gordon Smith. But Anton changed his plans when other officials raised questions about the value of the festival’s brand, image and logo. “I think it got complicated with the city, in terms of ‘Well, is there a value to this?’ — which I don’t understand how there’s a value when it’s lost money the last six years,” he says. (At press time, city Parks and Recreation officials had not returned calls requesting comment).

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One of the more outspoken critics of handing over the festival to Anton without a more in-depth review was Bothwell. “The whole main thing for me was, we don’t develop businesses and then just give them to people,” Bothwell explains. “If we were giving away something for free that we’d invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in and just handing it off to someone, that seemed a little strange.” But that hasn’t stopped Gower, a 1995 UNCA graduate who now divides his time between Raleigh and Los Angeles, from putting out feelers. The actor, who’s had roles in TV shows and movies including The Young and the Restless, Mr. President and The Monster Squad, expressed interest in the festival at the June 22 City Council meeting. And he now says he’s hoping to “sit down with the city and discuss the possibilities and options.” Gower already owns Cinema South, a company he started several years ago with the aim of creating the best film festival in the Southeast. And as early as 2006, Gower says he was partnering with the now-defunct Blue Ridge Motion Pictures to create a large-scale event in Asheville, though its launch was indefinitely delayed. He says he met with city officials back then to discuss integrating their respective endeavors, but decided to hold off in hopes a more promising situation might arise. Gower feels that time could be now. “There’s more than one way to screen a film festival here,” he notes. “If you’re going to take over an existing event that has a track record, has a market value, has some exposure … you don’t want to come in and completely ruin that brand, ruin that value. You want to add to it. ... So what we would do is blend, basically, what’s been in the hopper on my end for years to what’s existing there.”

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Anton, however, is determined to press ahead with his own private multi-venue event, regardless of what happens with the city’s festival. “If somebody else comes in there and says, ‘I want to buy it and take it over and do it in November,’ well then I wish them all the success,” he says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in that respect. I just know that we’re going to move forward with the Asheville International Film Festival.” Anton envisons a nine-day event featuring assorted local, national and international films and workshops, with more details to be announced soon.

“Hopefully we’re going to have a lot of national attention and sponsors,” adds Anton. “We were not trying to distance ourselves from the city or anything. I still want to make this a much bigger venue for local filmmakers and the local community.” Gower, too, says he’d like to use his industry connections and resources to benefit the city. And like Anton, Gower says his vision isn’t limited to “three days of small screenings at different venues where local people can go and see films they may not get to see until two years down the road on obscure DVDs.” Instead, Gower sees something larger, longer and more attractive to industry insiders. “The event could help shine a spotlight on what the area has to offer,” he says. “It’ll put Western North Carolina back in the forefront of the minds of film-production people as a filmproduction destination, which it should be.”

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If either or both of these events come to fruition, they will join an increasingly crowded field. Now in its second year, the Asheville International Children’s Film Festival is set to offer two weeks of colorful films from 30 countries, as well as creative workshops geared toward kids. The November event has already become the biggest children’s film festival in the Southeast. And Bill Banowsky, who co-organized this year’s inaugural ActionFest, reports that the only festival in the world devoted exclusively

“There’s more than one way to screen a film festival here.” Andre Gower, Cinema South to the action genre will be back next April. “We’re moving forward trying to grow on whatever success we were able to have the first time around,” he says. “We feel really good about being in a really different niche, and we think that Asheville is the right place to do it.” As evidence of the event’s potential, Banowsky points to an endearing recent feature in the Los Angeles Times. It’s the kind of positive attention that both Anton and Gower say their festivals would also bring. “I’m just in love with this city, the mountains, the whole area,” says Anton. “We’re looking to make a really great destination point in the city of Asheville to have a great film festival.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 13




Yes but no

APD concedes explicit text messages sent, denies wrongdoing by David Forbes [Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This story contains detailed allegations couched in sexually explicit language.] Attorneys for both the Asheville Police Department and Sgt. Eric Lauffer have filed defenses in the sexual harassment suit brought by former APD Officer Cherie Byrd. While admitting that Lauffer sent Byrd explicit text messages, both defenses (which often use identical wording) deny any wrongdoing in the case. The defensesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rebuttal to two of her allegations states: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Admitted: that Lauffer forwarded texts with the described content to members of the [Drug Suppression Unit, where Byrd worked], including the Plaintiff. The remaining allegations [contained in Byrdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertions about the texts] are denied.â&#x20AC;? According to Byrdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s suit, that â&#x20AC;&#x153;described contentâ&#x20AC;? included the following: â&#x20AC;&#x153;By way of example, and not of limitation, one text featured a cartoon character humping the floor with the caption â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hit it like this.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lauffer added the following text to the message: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You have just been phone fucked! P.S. you cannot fuck me back no matter how bad you may wanna.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Other texts contained messages such as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I must licky youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am just a man. Never satisfied always wanting more.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; He also texted her a picture of the back side of a naked man and implied in another message that she was a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ho.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lauffer also sent text messages to Ms. Byrd derogative of the African-American race and highly offensive to Ms. Byrd,â&#x20AC;? her suit continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, in November 2008, he said that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the election is making me sickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because he had the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Obama fluâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;due to recent events: grape soda, red kool-aid, fried chicken, malt liquor, menthol cigarettes and gold teeth will be tax exempt.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Lauffer, a 23-year APD veteran, was demoted June 2 to the rank of senior police officer, according to city personnel records. His pay was reduced by $5,896 a year, to $53,068. After a lengthy administrative leave, Byrd formally left the APD on April 22. Charged: Former APD officer of the year Eric Lauffer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; charged in a sexual harassment suit by a former subordinate who alleges that, among other things, he sent lewd text messages â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was demoted But while both defenses concede that these messages were sent, they from a sergeantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rank in June. nonetheless contend that the charges should be dismissed. The APD photo by Jonathan Welch alleges that Byrd â&#x20AC;&#x153;did not suffer a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tangible employment action,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the City and APD exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct prompt- Byrd is suing both parties for damages, asserting that working under ly any alleged harassing conduct and the Plaintiff unreasonably failed Laufferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervision made her job impossible and eventually led to an inability to continue employment with the APD and endangered her to take advantage of any preventive or corrective opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Both attorneys deny that Lauffer repeatedly called Byrd after hours, future career in law enforcement. The defenses call for all charges to be instead asserting that as with other members of the drug unit, these dismissed, and Byrd to pay all the court costs.

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were simply social calls. And while the defenses admit that Laufferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisor, Lt. Chris Young, took no action after the text messages were brought to his attention, they deny that police Chief Bill Hogan and other city officials also failed to take action when Byrd brought her concerns to them. Instead, the defenses maintain, Byrd requested that no action be taken. In addition, the defenses assert that the APDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal affairs wing did investigate the matter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;that some of the charges were sustained and some were not,â&#x20AC;? and that the full details of that investigation could not be disclosed because it was a personnel matter. The defenses also deny that the APD treated female officers differently, refused to pay for mental health care for Byrd after she was fired upon in the line of duty, and kept her under Laufferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervision even after sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d lodged her complaints.

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No comment

Citing restrictions in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personnel laws and the ongoing court case, city officials declined to comment on either the text messages or Byrdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allegations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been reported on is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there,â&#x20AC;? Public Information Officer Dawa Hitch told Xpress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at. This is a legal matter, so obviously we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really say much.â&#x20AC;? Apart from Laufferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demotion, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no indication in the records released of any other disciplinary action taken against any of Byrdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisors. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or by e-mail at • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 15


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The Downtown Market will partner with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services to host a free wine-and-cheese event and raffle on Friday, July 9. All proceeds will benefit DSS enrichment programs that provide the opportunity for children in foster care to attend summer camp and specialty programs that could not be afforded otherwise. According to public relations manager Pepper Parris, this first of a series of free wine-andcheese events to benefit nonprofits is “a way of paying it forward to a community [that] has so graciously supported this new market.” This first event will raise funds via a raffle managed by Erica Jourdan, foster parent recruiter and trainer for Buncombe County DSS. “Kids in foster care have already lost so many of the day-to-day things that make up most of our childhoods,” says Jourdan. “To be able to go to summer camp — and get the chance to just be a kid — is a truly amazing opportunity.” There’s a particular need for specialty camps, such as those for music, science and therapeutics. Without the generosity of businesses, community organizations, and individuals in the community, these children would likely stay at home all summer with nothing to do but watch television, she con-

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tinues. “And you certainly don’t make friends, learn life skills, or improve your self confidence by sitting in front of a television set.” The free wine-and-cheese event will be held on Friday, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Downtown Market, 45 South French Broad Ave. Ample free parking is available on both sides of the avenue. Wellknown local musician and morning- show host for 98.1 FM The River, Aaron Lafalce, will perform. The grand prize for the raffle drawing is a one-night stay at the new Hotel Indigo, including a $50 dinner gift certificate. Second prize is a private spa pass for two at Shoji Spa & Lodge. Other prizes include pieces of art, crafts and treasures donated by market merchants. For more information about this event or the Downtown Market, please contact Parris at 255-8858 or

Asheville volunteerism ranks 12th among midsized cities

“In 2009, 63.4 million Americans volunteered to help their communities,” states a report recently released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, “Volunteering in America 2010.” That’s 1.6 million more volunteers than the year before, the report notes, making 2009 the largest single-year increase in the number of volunteers since 2003. And Asheville volunteerism ranks 12th in the U.S. among midsized cities. Here are a few other survey results: • More than 36 percent of Asheville residents volunteer each year; the national average is 26.5 percent. • These same volunteers gave a total of 11.8 million hours of service per year.

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“We continue to see a rise in the number of people using our online database to connect with meaningful and easy-to-access volunteer opportunities,” says Sarah Wohlmuth, director of Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, a a one-stop shop for agencies seeking to list their volunteer projects and for individuals and businesses to find the volunteer opportunities that best fit their interests and schedule. She continues, “In fact, we’ve seen a 62-percent increase in Web visits in the last year alone.” For 19 years, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe has coordinated the fall Day of Caring, for which companies send employees out in droves to accomplish all sorts of important work for area schools and nonprofits. In addition to this one day of service, a growing number of companies see volunteering as a great way to develop staff leadership, foster relationships and support their local community, the local organization reports. Recently, 46 Whole Foods volunteers from across the Southeast spent the day painting, building, organizing, sewing, cleaning, weeding and planting to revitalize the community garden and facilities of the Children First/Communities in Schools Family Resource Center at Emma. “It makes perfect sense to give back whatever you can. Helping on this kind of project is very meaningful because we are helping the wider community but especially children,” says Gary Sankar, Whole Foods employee. For more information about volunteer opportunities in Asheville and Buncombe, contact Wohlmuth at 255-0696, or visit the website — staff reports

themap The new 99¢ each, please, Cheerwine Kreme Filled Krispy Kreme Doughnuts reached Asheville on July 1, the Patton Avenue establishment confirmed.


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The Henderson County Sheriff’s Department took over the investigation into the murder of 21-year-old misty Carter, whose body was found on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville last October; evidence appears to indicate she was killed in Henderson County, and there is a person of interest in the investigation.

For the first time in about 18 months, the Blue Ridge Parkway was open from end to end — all 469 miles; among several closures, a section near the Asheville and the Bent Creek Experimental Forest had been closed because of an October 2009 rock slide and winter-storm damage.

weekly news bits

Documents obtained by the Black Mountain News confirm that two local Alcoholic Beverage Control store employees — fired last June — had been caught viewing pornography at work.

The July  Asheville fireworks came to a standstill when a small fire erupted; after a long pause in the display, the finale boomed to its regular conclusion.

GRAND OPENING of NC’s only Nakamal,


Buncombe County was named a “Fit” community by the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund; however, North Carolina ranks 10th in obesity in the U.S.

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There was good news this week for outdoors lovers. In “Blue Ridge Parkway to be Open End to End for First Time in More Than a Year,” the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that a longclosed section of the scenic road near Mount Pisgah opened just in time for the July 4 holiday weekend. The section had been closed since October to shore up a landslide-prone area. Before that, a portion of the roadway north of Asheville near Craggy Gardens had been closed off for nearly a year, also for landslide-related repairs and for repaving. In addition, a brutal winter with near record snowfalls and low temperatures across Western North Carolina, had much of the Parkway closed from December through March. Together with the harsh weather, the closures pulled visitation down 36 percent from January through April compared with the same period last year, Deputy Superintendent Monika Mayr told the C-T. In related news, the Associated Press reported that “Man Donates, Sells Land to Blue




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All clear: Landslide repairs on the Blue Ridge Parkway were completed just enough and just in time for the busy July 4 holiday weekend. PHOTO BY JAKE FRANKEL

Ridge Parkway.” According to the story, which was picked up by outlets across the country, Joe Arrington donated 46 acres in Haywood County near Parkway milepost 440. The sale comes as the Parkway celebrates its 75th anniversary. To honor the anniversary of the most-visited unit in the National Park Service, WRAL in Raleigh produced a documentary film showcasing the Parkway’s history. UNC-TV plans to air the film later this year. County governments west of Asheville are hoping such media attention will augment their efforts to market the mountains, according to the Smoky Mountain News. In the cover story, “Who’s Visiting the Smokies?” the paper reported that fewer families with young children are flocking to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for a chance to camp under the stars. According to studies conducted in 2008, the typical tourist to the North Carolina side of the Smokies was a 51-year-old Caucasian with a household income of $53,500. Although the Smokies remain the country’s most visited national park, regional tourism official David Huskins is concerned that as more and more kids become glued to video games, the Internet and iPods, visitation might fall. “We are an outdoor mecca,” Huskins told the News. “We’re trying to market the region to get more families interested.”

Obesity and unemployment

It’s unclear whether that trend is a factor in “North Carolinians Getting Fatter.” In the article, the C-T reported that N.C. ranks 10th in the nation with 30 percent of adult residents obese. Obesity rates are highest in the South,

and Mississippi weighs in with the highest rate: 33.8 percent of all adults. In a more hopeful trend, Mountain Xpress reported that “Asheville Unemployment Declined in May.” According to the online post, unemployment in the Asheville metro area dropped from 8.6 percent to 8.2 percent that month. Statewide, 86 counties saw declines in unemployment, though the numbers had not been adjusted for seasonal shifts in employment offerings. Of course, it’s still a tough job market, and the C-T reported that the “Sour Economy Spurs Military Enlistment.” Last year was the first that all military branches, both active and reserve, had met or exceeded recruiting goals since the force became all-volunteer in 1974, the article noted. The down economy has also made the recruitment process more competitive: At least 90 percent of new recruits are now expected to have a high-school diploma, military officials say.

Attack of the texters

One man who’ll soon be looking for a job is Everett Clendenin, formerly of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. BlueRidgeNow reported that the “N.C. Trooper Texted Female Coworker 2,600 Times,” which led to his recent resignation. In another case of what appears to be inappropriate texting by law enforcement, this week’s Xpress has a follow-up story on a sexual harassment suit filed against the Asheville Police Department and Senir Officer Eric Lauffer (see “Yes But No” elsewhere in this issue). — by Jake Frankel


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by Michael Muller Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own type-A mom Kelby Carr snagged a $12,000 grant from the McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative. Carr is one of four winners, selected from a whopping 576 proposals received this year, the third for the initiative. Applications increased 32 percent over last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 435, signaling the degree of imagination and market opportunities surfacing among women media entrepreneurs, says Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, which administers the program (j-lab. org). â&#x20AC;&#x153;This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposals not only identified smart opportunities, they also revealed significant technical know-how and business sensibilities for sustaining the projects,â&#x20AC;? Schaffer continues. Winning proposals had clear ideas of how to use the funds, prospects for scaling larger, and smart plans to frequently update and market their projects, she notes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ambitious creativity of women media entrepreneurs shines brightly,â&#x20AC;? says Clark Bell, journalism program director for the Chicago-based McCormick Foundation, which funds the New Media Women Entrepreneurs initiative. Each project will receive $12,000 to launch within a year. Project leaders will blog about their experience at Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project is Investigative Mommy Blogger. Building on a successful report on the safety of shopping carts, Carr and a team will focus on new projects, using a network of mom bloggers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whatever their level of experience with investigative work. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in newspapers, it was always a struggle to have time for investigations. With this this kind of project, you get lots of folks involved at different levels, [teaching] and encouraging them,â&#x20AC;? Carr tells Xpress. The grant will help fund



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the hiring of two part-time workers, setting up a database and crowdsourcing stories and data gathering. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the horizon for Carr, who also runs the Type-A Mom forum and conference? Maybe school lunches and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really being served... J-Lab is a center of American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Communication in Washington, D.C. More ideas will be shared at the Nov. 8 New Media Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Washington, D.C. To attend, register at


Ask the experts

On July 1, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler announced a pair of sessions that will take place in Western North Carolina for existing and potential small business owners. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ask the Experts: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new for small businesses in 2010â&#x20AC;? events will focus on access to capital and entrepreneurial development, offering updates about new opportunities as well as providing a forum for attendees to ask questions about their small businesses or startups. Participating agencies include the Small Business Centers at Blue Ridge and Haywood Community colleges, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, SCORE, Mountain BizWorks, the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, AdvantageWest, the Haywood Certified Entrepreneurial Community Team and business incubator agencies.


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“The unemployment rate in most of Western North Carolina exceeds the national rate of 9.7 percent. Since small businesses generate 60 percent of new jobs in this country, one of the best ways we can improve our local economy and create more jobs is to support our local small businesses,” Shuler said in a news release. The first event will take place on Monday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Flat Rock campus of Blue Ridge Community College in the Blue Ridge Conference Hall, Cortland Room. On Tuesday, July 13, from 9 to 11 a.m., the second event will be held at Haywood Community College’s auditorium in Building 1500 on the Clyde campus. “Small businesses are the backbone of our American economy, and nowhere is that more evident than in Western North Carolina,” Shuler said. “The strong rate of success amongst WNC small businesses is in part due to the great work of the local SBA, Mountain BizWorks, SCORE, the SBTDC and the small business centers at our area community colleges. I’m grateful for their participation in these sessions and for their ongoing assistance to our local small businesses. I look forward to seeing many of our small business

owners, community leaders, and entrepreneurs at these events.” Attendance at both events is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. To register or get more information, contact Shuler’s office at 252-1651.

Designing woman: Leslie Shaw

The American Advertising Federation Asheville awarded Asheville designer Leslie Shaw its 2010 Member of the Year award. At the federation’s June meeting, Asheville president Jeff Howell presented the award to Shaw in recognition of her outstanding service to AAFA in 2009-10. An Asheville native, she has been in business as a graphic designer in Asheville for 14 years ( The American Advertising Federation Asheville chapter was formed in 2009, and is Western North Carolina’s advertising trade association ( X Direct your business news to Michael Muller (2511333, ext. 154) or to

bizcalendar Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 Ready To Sell Or Buy A Restaurant In WNC? (pd.) We work exclusively with the food and beverage industry. • Contact National Restaurant Properties in Asheville: (828) 225-4801. • Ask the Experts: What’s New for Small Business in 2010 • MO (7/12), 2-4pm & TU (7/13), 9-11am - Sponsored by Rep. Heath Shuler’s Office, the event will be held at Blue Ridge Community College on Mon. and Haywood Community College on Tues. To register: 252-1651. Mountain BizWorks Workshops Mountain BizWorks is located at 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: 253-2834 or www.mountainbizworks. org.

• THURSDAYS (7/15 through 8/12), 6-9pm - “Financial Tools” course for small business owners. Space is limited. Registration is required: erika@mountainbizworks. org or ext. 27.


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The view from above

Balloon ride offers more than pretty scenery by Jerry Nelson “Slipped the surly bonds of earth ... and touched the face of God.” These words from an old poem — made famous by President Ronald Reagan during a eulogy for the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion — became real for me recently when I had the opportunity to go aloft in a hot-air balloon. I met the crew outside Mountain Java in Candler around 6 a.m. After we’d introduced ourselves, making stupid jokes to mask our nervousness, Rick Bowers of Asheville Hot Air Balloons tried to prep us on what to expect. He covered all the bases: what to do if the pilot passed out, how to survive a rough landing, and even how to maximize our chances if we came down in the middle of the Pisgah National Forest. What he didn’t discuss was how to deal with the aftermath of the experience. But looking back on it now, I don’t believe it’s even possible to cheat time that way. I was assigned to a craft piloted by Danny Smith, who’s been around balloons since he was 8 years old. His next-door neighbors, Dave and Irma Woods, owned the company, and Danny would hang around the shop watching, listening and learning. As he got a little older, he started doing yard chores in exchange for flying lessons. In 1981, the couple decided to retire and offered to sell Danny the business. He jumped at the chance. Rick got involved in 2002. After living in Florida and conducting leadership seminars,

It was as if we were being held in place by a giant, unseen hand and the earth were dropping away from us. he’d decided to move to Asheville. He’d had a commercial pilot’s license since 1982, and he was looking for a new challenge. As so often happens in life when we let go of the need to control things, serendipity stepped in and introduced him to Danny. Together they’ve continued to build a business that’s unlike any other I’ve ever seen. But first the flight. Danny lit the burners to heat the air inside the 180,000-cubic-foot “envelope” — and then the magic began. There was absolutely no sensation of rising. It was as if we were being held in place by a giant, unseen hand as the earth dropped away from

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Have basket, will travel: Each balloon ride begins with a series of steps, from safety lessons to filling the 180,000-cubic-foot “envelope.” photos by jerry nelson

us. The only way I could tell we were getting higher was by watching the landscape — the roads, the forest, the river, the houses, the horses — recede until I felt I was looking at an incredibly detailed model of the earth. You feel more upward movement in an elevator in the BB&T Building than you do in a balloon. And then I broke rule No. 1. During the orientation, Rick had stressed the importance of keeping everything inside the basket: Don’t lean over, don’t hold out anything like a cell phone or a camera. But I was halfway out of the balloon trying to get the “perfect” shot. I guess I just tend

to live on the edge — even at 6,000 feet. There’s no sense of movement in a balloon, either. It’s as though you’re stationary and the earth is turning slowly beneath you. If you’re driving 40 mph and stick your hand out the window, you feel the air pushing back. But in a balloon, you’re riding the wind, surfing the unseen updrafts and breezes till you become one with them. In a way, it’s like sitting and talking to a pretty lady: An hour goes by in five minutes. Suddenly it was time to let the earth rise back up to meet us.

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Flying high: Passengers inhabit a world apart, silent and devoid of any sense of motion.

Guiding the balloon into a puny space, Danny made a perfect landing on somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driveway: not a bump or a nudge. It was as if the earth had come back up to meet us, cradling us gently in a big, open hand. The only way I knew we were back on the ground was the disappointment I felt when I realized it was over. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t: I had more to learn. Because once the balloon had been stashed in the trailer, it was back to Mountain Java for coffee and conversation. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fully anticipated being regaled with facts and figures, and told why folks should choose Asheville Hot Air Balloons over the competition. To be honest, I was also expecting a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look at us â&#x20AC;&#x201D; arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we great?â&#x20AC;? sort of attitude. Instead, I found myself among a group of people who were clearly enthralled by their mutual passion. I soon came to see them as a family, defined by a love of one another and of the magic that is ballooning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the desire to share it with others. Sure, I heard stories. Funny ones, like the time a ground-crew member grabbed a line to steady the balloon and, when the wind kicked up, was dragged across a field, over briars, rocks and cow dung. Touching stories, too, like the blind lady they took up one day. Even though she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see the landscape, she could smell the adventure in the air. Then there was the terminally ill gentleman who said he wanted one last adventure before moving to Maine so he could be with his family at the end. He looked perfectly healthy when he arrived for the balloon trip, but even though the crew believed he was a freeloader, they took him up anyway. Later, they got a note from the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family saying that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d passed away and that his last words were about the great balloon adventure and the folks whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made it possible.

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And now, as I sit at my favorite table in the Firestorm Cafe, writing and reflecting, there are too many lessons to count. The Creator (or whatever name you want to use) is like the wind, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the balloon. The wind decided which direction we could go, what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d see and where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d land. Danny could only adopt a general goal â&#x20AC;&#x201D; get the balloon airborne and then bring it safely down. True, he could adjust the altitude, and he had to be constantly alert for changing conditions. But the rest was out of our hands. We can choose to fight the spiritual forces that guide us, deciding to live in this place or that, to pursue one particular lifestyle over another. We can even insist on having (or not having) a relationship with a certain type of person. But that amounts to throwing ourselves on the rocks rather than enjoying this continuing adventure called life. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fortunate: The list of what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to experience is long. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to the top of the pyramids, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve swum the Nile, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen Stonehenge, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve hiked the Grand Canyon from rim to bottom. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fallen asleep beside the Mississippi with a freight train rumbling in the distance, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played stickball in a Dallas ghetto, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve camped in the Australian outback. On my maiden flight, I took a powered glider to 4,500 feet. And as the song says, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lost a wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way. But still the journey continues. Only now I have a greater appreciation for what it means to let the Creator guide and direct. X Asheville resident Jerry Nelson has traveled the world chronicling lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joys and sorrows with his camera. You can view his online picture gallery at

outdoorscalendar Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: or 253-8781. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 6pm & SATURDAYS, 8am (through 7/22) - Train for Bele Chere 5K with ATC’s Beginning Runners Program at Carrier Park. All fitness levels and ages from 11+ welcome. Walking and Fit Families kids programs also available. Info: 665-7526. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes Led by Blue Ridge Parkway rangers. • FR (7/9), 10am - A moderate 2- to 3-mile hike RT hike on a high-elevation section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail north of Craggy Gardens. Hikers should bring water and a snack, wear walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. Info: 298-5330, ext. 304. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: www.carolinamtnclub. org. • WE (7/7), 8:30am - Bull Gap to Lane Pinnacle. Info: • SA (7/10), 10am - Craggy to Little Snowball. Info: 6848656 or • SU (7/11), 9am - Pisgah Inn to Beaverdam Overlook. Info: 698-7119 or —- 12:15pm

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How much space does it take to practice what many are calling “urban homesteading?” According to Bryan and Nikki Messing, beginning gardeners, not much at all. The young couple, who live right off of Sand Hill Road, own a home on a quarter-acre that they share with several chickens and a 110pound bull mastiff named Toby. Shortly after moving into their West Asheville property, the couple puzzled over what to do with the old concrete foundation — likely remnants of a torn-down outbuilding — taking up a corner of their land. “Our plan initially was just to figure out how to cover the old foundation that was here,” says Brian. “We were both also interested in learning how to garden, so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do that.” So, the Messings simply picked up a handful of books, logged some study time, and came up with a plan for raising food in their small space by building raised vegetable beds on top of the slab — and eventually adding a chicken coop. “Square Foot Gardening (by Mel Bartholomew) was the most helpful for cramming as much as you can into a small space,” says Nikki. Indeed, the small beds built into the 400-square-foot garden space are brimming with vegetables. “With square foot gardening, you can plant a certain amount of crops per square foot,” says Bryan. For example, he says, one head of broccoli or a pepper plant can fit in one square foot. Most strawberry plants can be planted four to a square foot and lettuce plants can be crammed four or more to a square foot. “We try to be as efficient as we can and consolidate as much as possible,” says Bryan. “We don’t have a huge piece of land, but we wanted to be able to grow what we eat.” Bryan says that planning the garden was a bit of a “fun challenge ... Definitely a little bit of planning on the front end helps things on the back end,” he says. “Watching the progress of it is my favorite part.” According to Bryan, when planting a garden in a small space, it’s important to remember that some things can be grown vertically. Most people tend to think of vegetables like squash and cucumbers as crowding the garden, but they can easily be trained to a trellis. The most surprising thing about growing vegetables, says Nikki, is seeing how different garden-grown vegetables look than what is found in the grocery store. “Even the broccoli looks different — to see it with all of the little leaves attached is cool.” The couple admits that, even though gardening can seem intimidating, especially when

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Growing Bamboo Course #1001 (pd.) • A Physiology of Bamboo: $125. This course offers an introduction to the bamboo plants. You will learn important foundational information about the bamboo plant, including: Pattern, behavior, growth, age, as well as the health, condition, and quality. It is essential to understand bamboo plants before starting to grow them. Beginner Level. Home/Landscape/ Nursery/Farm Business/Art Interest. This course is a series of two classes offered on the following dates: July 17th Saturday 9:30am-12pm (Keiji Oshima) and July 18th Sunday 9:30am-12pm (Keiji Oshima). Call Stefani (828) 685-3053 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm to register and information about the class. Email: Website: Listed Summer classes: July-Sept. Class located: Oshima Bamboo School/Bamboo Poles Warehouse 20 Tuttle Road Hendersonville, NC. Sow True Seed (pd.) • Asheville, NC. Open-Pollinated, Heirloom and Organic Vegetable, Herb and Flower Seed. Free catalog. 828 254-0708 N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • SA (7/10), 9am-5pm & SU (7/11), 10am-5pm - The fourth annual Bamboo Festival will feature lectures, demonstrations, crafts, plant sales and a raffle. Pearson Community Garden Workdays • WEDNESDAYS, 3-9pm - Gather in the Pearson Garden at the end of Pearson Drive in Montford with folks and grow some food. A potluck and produce to take home often follow the work. Plant Clinics Buncombe County Master Gardeners will be available to look at plant problems and pests and answer gardening questions. Info: 255-5522. • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 11am-2pm - The Master Gardeners will be set up at the WNC Farmers Market in the breezeway between the retail buildings. Stop by and visit. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or • WEDNESDAYS, 2-6pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 36pm - Victory Tailgate Market, in the parking lot adjacent to ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters on Tunnel Road, Asheville —- 2:30-6:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, on the hill overlooking Lake Louise —- 3-7pm - Market on South Main, in the parking lot between Good Stuff and the Marshall Presbyterian Church —- 2-5:30pm - Spruce Pine Farmers Market, on Pollyanna’s Porch on Upper Street. • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, located in Waynesville at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon Street —- 8am-Noon Waynesville Tailgate Market, at the American Legion,


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Foghorn? This young leghorn chicken earns her keep by controlling pests and providing fertilizer and — once she’s a bit older — eggs.

Interested in raising chickens? In the city of Asheville, chicken owners must have a permit and are required to keep chickens 50 feet from neighboring buildings. If that can’t be achieved, the chickens must be set back ten feet from the property line, says Brenda Sears, animal services supervisor for the city of Asheville. She adds that keeping the chickens penned is a requirement. “Most people don’t recognize that the chickens have to be fully enclosed in order to keep them on the property, and also to discourage predators from attacking them,” she says. The permit to keep chickens requires an starting from scratch, it’s really quite simple. “If you provide the soil, the sunlight and the water, (the plants) will pretty much just go on autopilot,” says Nikki. The Messings were so encouraged by their gardening success that they decided to build a small — but still roomy — 15-by-15-foot chicken coop next to their vegetable beds. The birds’ home base consists of a hand-built chicken “hut” with a fenced-in area for pecking and rolling in the dirt — apparently favorite chicken pastimes, according to the Messings. “This is all a new experience — not only the garden, but also the chickens,” says Bryan as he scoops up one of the birds, who are surprisingly docile. “They are the funniest things to watch, I swear,” says Nikki as her rambunctious young leghorn hops up on the roof of the hut. “They have way more personality than I ever would have thought.” Nikki says that she and her sister became interested in the “urban homesteading thing”

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annual fee of $25, and is available at City Hall. Inspections are no longer required for the permit, says Sears. “It’s on the honor system. If we end up with a complaint, we check it out and inspect the property to make sure that all the terms are met, but it’s not automatic any more.” Sears adds that for animal owners keeping a total of six animals or more including the chickens (that goes for dogs and cats as well) a multiple animal permit is required. Visit or call animal services at 258-5872 for more information. together, and have both been surprised by just how easy it is to raise chickens. “They’re pretty content with a small amount of space — plus, you can have fertilizer, eggs and a funny little pet, all at the same time,” she says. Once they are mature enough, each chicken will lay one egg a day, say the Messings. Bryan admits that he wasn’t initially sure that the work put into keeping the birds would justify the yield — especially when eggs are fairly cheap at the grocery store. The Messings both, however, have found raising the flock to be a great learning experience. The best part of raising chickens? “Really understanding where your food comes from,” says Nikki. “Seeing the whole cycle of them growing up from chick to hen has been pretty cool. They’ve changed a lot from when they were just tiny little fuzz balls.” X Please send your home and garden news by e-mail to • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 29


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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 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. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25

on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www.nps. gov/carl. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (through 8/14), 2:15pm - Rangers will share the history and techniques of Mrs. Sandburg’s dairy and cheese-making operation in the House Garage. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS (through 8/10), 9:45am - “Birding for Beginners.” Walks begin at the barn garage and a limited numbers of binoculars will be available. • WEDNESDAYS through SATURDAYS (through 8/14), 10:15am - The Vagabond School of Drama presents performances of “The World of Carl Sandburg” on Wed. & Fri. and performances of “Rootabaga Stories” on Thurs. & Sat. shared through musical tunes from Sandburg’s collection

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of folk music found in his American Songbag. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 2:15pm & SATURDAYS, 3:15pm (through 8/14) - Historic walking tours of the grounds will be offered. Meet in front of the main house for the history walk. • SUNDAYS (through 8/8), 12:30pm - A rangerled tour of Connemara’s gardens and barn will be offered. Meet in front of the barn garage. Growing Our Seeds of Greatness • TU (7/13), 7:30-10pm - How do we grow our seeds of greatness? Learn to understand the stages of life and let go of the past cleanly in order to step into a better future. At the Girl Scout Program Center, 64 WT Weaver Blvd., Asheville. $15. Info: Lake Junaluska Flea Market • SA (7/10), 7:30-11:30am - Annual flea market. Proceeds help support community service projects. Treasures, living plants and fresh baked goods for sale. Valuable articles will be offered in the “Junaluska Gem” tent. Snacks and drinks will be available. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Info: 862-5554 or www. • FR (7/9), 7pm - The public is invited to a meteorite presentation by PARI President Don Cline. Plus, participate in a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes. Reservations required by 3pm on the day of the event. $20/$15/$10. WNC Agricultural Center Hosts agricultural events, horse shows and farmrelated competitions. Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road. in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • SA (7/10) & SU (7/11) - Land of Sky Knife & Gun Show. • WE (7/14) - Auto Cross.

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(pd.) WHEN YOU PLAY, PLAY POOL. Team rosters are open NOW for the Summer. ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME. Sign-up to play 8ball or 9ball. 828-329-8197 ONGOING - weekly league play. www.BlueRidgeAPA. com Do You Feel A Calling To Channel Light (pd.) as a part of who you are? Do you know life force or chi energy as connecting us to all life? Are you looking for others to share and synergistically use this energy? Jim, 778-0726. Alternative Currency • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm - Informal social gathering at Westville Pub for people who find an alt. paper currency intriguing, but have questions/ concerns, and for those who understand the insand-outs and want to share their knowledge with others. Family-friendly event. Asheville Civitan Club Come hear community leaders present programs. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church St. and Aston St. Open to the public. RSVP for lunch: $10. Info: 348-4222 or • TU (7/13), Noon - Nancy Remmers will tell the history of the Daughters of the Revolution. Remmers will also discuss how one qualifies and what the good works are that the organization engages in. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville Newcomers Club Women new to the city or recently retired make new friends while learning about opportunities Asheville offers. Info: or 274-6662. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 9:30am - Meeting with speakers from local organizations. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Fiddle masters Liz Knowles, Joe Craven, Casey Driessen, Ben Sollee, April Verch, Jamie Laval, wed Adam Tanner and Cody Walters will perform Wednesday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Warren Wilson College's Kittredge Theatre as part of the Swannanoa Gathering Summer Staff Concerts series. $16/$8 for kids under 12. Info: 771-3024 or The Asheville Art Museum presents a screening of Marion Cajori's Chuck Close Thursday, July

thur 8, at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. The film follows Close as he

paints a self-portrait and includes interviews with Robert Rauschenberg and Alex Katz. $10. Info: 253-3227.


Presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera, sopranos Jessica Ames and Lacy Eaton and baritone Adam Bowers will perform Friday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee St., Asheville. A free-will offering will be taken for the artists and the church restoration fund. Info: 252-0643.


Storytelling events will be held in various locations throughout downtown Hendersonville as part of the annual day-long Do Tell Storyfest Saturday, July 10. Free events along Main Street, with select daytime ticketed events for $6 each. $10 for the evening performance. For a complete schedule and more info:


On Sunday, July 11, view Wolfe family clothing exhibited for the first time at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St., Asheville. Fabricating the Past will be on display through Aug. 10. $1 adults/50¢ for students. Info: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Monday, July 12, at 4 p.m.

mon at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville. Starting with Sarah Addison Allen, several acclaimed regional authors will take turns reading from the book for 15 minutes each. Info: 254-6734.


The annual Groovin' on Grovemont Summer Concert series kicks off with Laura Blackley and Her Handsome Band performing Tuesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. on Grovemont Square, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charelston Ave. Concessions will be available, and a book sale will be held at the library from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 250-6486.

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Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or • WE (7/7), 6pm Firestorm-Blitzkrieg Game Night. Bring your favorite game or come play one of the games provided by Blitzkrieg Games. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Asheville Cop Watch. Join fellow Asheville residents to promote civilian police oversight and review. Local RV Camping Club • 2nd WEEKENDS (through Oct.) - The club is looking for new members. The group camps the 2nd weekend of the month and shares a love of the outdoors, good company, great food and a roaring campfire. Info: 369-6669. Model Airplane Show • SA (7/10), 10am - Join the Asheville-Buncombe Aeromodelers Flying Club at the Buncombe County Sports Park for the fourth annual Model Airplane Show. There will be an air show and many models on display. Plus, children’s

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Macintosh Asheville Computer Society • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - MACS user group meets. Visitors welcome. Info: 665-0638 or http://web. Check website for bad weather cancellation. Salesforce Users Group • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Meeting at French Broad Chocolate Lounge, 10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. An officially approved users’ group for Salesforce CRM users and others interested in learning about Salesforce CRM. Info: 225-4981 or www.meetup. com/Salesforce-GroupAsheville. Western Alliance Center for Independent Living Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 298-1977 or www.

American Red Cross • Volunteers are always welcome as canteen greeters at the WNC American Red Cross Blood Services Donation Center, 100 Edgewood Road, Asheville, and out in the community with the mobiles units. Info: 258-3888, ext. 214 or tosettim@usa.redcross. org. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers Volunteers must attend an orientation prior to scheduling in the Home Store or the Jobsite. Info: lodeen@ • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6pm & 2nd FRIDAYS & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10am - Volunteer orientations are offered at Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadow Road. Community Garden • FRIDAYS, 3-6pm Volunteers are needed to help maintain a garden that

supplies food for weekly community meals. Come join a group of people who love to get down and dirty. Info: (864) 557-2204. Giving Back to Our Veterans • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Helios Warriors, a nonprofit offering complementary alternative therapies to veterans, is seeking professionally licensed/ insured practitioners willing to offer 3 hrs./mo. of their service. Info: 299-0776, or Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (7/8), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • SA (7/10), 1-4pm Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for

Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fair-trade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries —- 10am-1pm - In the Garden: Help prepare the Emma Community Garden for fertilization, planting and harvest. • MO (7/12), 7-8:30pm - Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center. The center provides free lodging for families from out of town who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. Haywood Street Congregation Clothing Closet • THURSDAYS - Clothing closet open to persons in need at 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Volunteers are needed to help sort through new donations, hang clothes and straighten up. Individuals or groups are welcome to come. Info: 337-4944. Helpmate Provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families in Buncombe County. Info: 254-2968. • Seeking volunteers to help with hotline advocacy (bilinguals needed), recep-

tion assistance, childcare, building/grounds work and fundraising. People of color encouraged to volunteer. Training required. Info: 254-2968, ext. 12 or cprice@helpmateonline. org. Men and Women Wanted Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for persons ages 18 and up to share outings twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or low-cost. Volunteers also needed to mentor 1 hr./wk. in schools and after-school programs. Info: 253-1470 or • TH (7/15), Noon - An information session for interested volunteers will be held at the United Way Building, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. OnTrack Needs Administrative Support • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling needs extra office administrative support. Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. The volunteer must be available during OnTrack’s regular business hours (8am5:30pm). Info: 210-4956 or RiverLink’s Volunteer Opportunities

RiverLink is a regional nonprofit organization working to revitalize the French Broad River watershed. Internship positions are available, as well as many volunteer opportunities. Info: 252-8474, or www. • SA (7/10), 9am-Noon The public is invited to join RiverLink and Terpsicorps volunteers to help clean up the RiverLink Sculpture Plaza, 121 Riverside Drive. Bring machetes, slingblades, old lawnmowers etc. Call ext. 18 for info. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 10am & 5pm - Volunteer info session at RiverLink, 170 Lyman St. Learn how to make a difference in making the French Broad River watershed a healthier place to live, work and play. To RSVP: e-mail or call ext. 118. Salvation Army Info: 253-4723. • Back-To-School Children’s Clothing Drive: Donations are needed. Drop off items at any of the following Salvation Army locations: 1076 Patton Ave. in West Asheville, 2247 Hendersonville Road in

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Treatment options will also be presented. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. Through June 30, all donors are entered to win a cruise for two. • Through TH (7/15) - Driven to Give, a racingthemed campaign, will be held at donor centers and all mobile drives. Type O negative blood is at critically low levels. All donors will be entered to win a race weekend package and

other prizes. Call to schedule an appointment. • FR (7/9), 9am-1:30pm Egolf Motors, 401 Duncan Hill Road, Hendersonville. Info: 692-8777. • MO (7/12), 10am2:30pm - YMCA, 810 West 6th Ave., Hendersonville. Info: 692-5774 —- 10am2:30pm - Hendersonville Community Co-Op & Morris Broadband, 719 S. Grove St. Info: 693-8557, ext. 102. Living Healthy Sponsored by the Land-ofSky Regional Council. Free, unless otherwise noted. Caregivers welcome. To register: 251-7438 or • WEDNESDAY (7/7 through 8/11), 1-3:30pm - Living Healthy with Diabetes: An educational workshop designed for people living with diabetes.

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& Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (7/7), 2:30-7pm - First Baptist in Black Mountain, 130 Montreat Road. Info: 669-6461 —- 11am-3:30pm - Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, 290 Macon Ave. Info: 2530299, ext. 4004. • SU (7/11), 8:30am12:30pm - Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. Info: 253-3316. • TU (7/13), 9:30am2pm - UNCA Highsmith Center, Mountain Suites, 1 University Heights. Info: 251-6400.

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Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship. Info: 545-9648. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.

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newsoftheweird • In the midst of World Cup fever, readers might have missed Germany’s win over host Barbados in June for the Woz Challenge Cup, a polo tournament with players riding Segways instead of horses. The sport is said to have been created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, whose Silicon Valley Aftershocks last won the cup in 2007 but competed in Barbados this year. Wozniak told that his own polo skills are fading, but the San Jose Mercury News reported in May that Woz’s fearlessness on the Segway hardly seems diminished. (The Mercury News report described the players as “the pudgy and the pale” and “geek chic.”)

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• Monrovia (Calif.) High School girls’ track coach Mike Knowles pulled out the stops to turn defeat into victory at the April league championship meet. After a record-setting pole vault by South Pasadena High School’s Robin Laird edged her team past Monrovia, 66-61, Knowles noticed that Laird was wearing a string “friendship” bracelet in violation of a jewelry rule. He notified officials, who were forced to disqualify Laird and declare Monrovia the champion, 65-62. “This is my 30th year coaching track,” Knowles said later. “I know a lot of rules and regulations.” • Universal health insurance can’t come soon enough for uninsured Kathy Myers, 41, of Niles, Mich., who, suffering an increasingly painful shoulder injury, has been continually turned away from emergency rooms because the condition was not deemed life-threatening. In June, as a last resort, she took a gun and shot herself in the shoulder. But she missed major arteries and bones and was sent home again, now with even more pain. • Britain’s Countess of Wemyss and March, now 67, is a hands-on manager/fundraiser for the Beckley Trust — the U.K.’s leading advocacy group for legalizing marijuana, according to an April profile in the Daily Mail. Decades earlier, when she was Amanda Feilding, the 20-something extolled the virtues of another psychotropic aid: trepanation (said to “broaden ... awareness” by drilling a hole in one’s head to increase the brain’s oxygen supply). Feilding’s first boyfriend wrote a book on the process (Bore Hole), and her husband, the flamboyant

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Great expectorations

• People who live or work in New York City believe themselves to be among the world’s toughest and hardiest, but at least 51 of them are apparently legendarily soft: the 51 city bus drivers who collectively took 3,200 days of paid leave last year to “heal” from the single workplace “injury” of being spit on by passengers. (Thirty-two other spitupon drivers did not request leave.) • The prominent Howrah Bridge in Calcutta, India, has become a serious safety risk, according to a May report for the Calcutta Port Trust, because the steel hoods protecting the pillars holding up the bridge have been thinned by 50 percent in recent years. Engineers believe the corrosion has been caused almost entirely by the chemicals in gutkha, the popular chewing tobacco/herb concoction, which produces expectorants routinely hocked onto the bridge by the 500,000 pedestrians who cross it every day.

Politicians who need their mouths washed out with soap • (1) At a public meeting of the Dixon, Calif., City Council in May, Councilman Michael Ceremello refused to yield to a colleague: “You don’t have the floor. Please sit back and shut the (F-word) up.” (2) Paul Gogarty of Ireland’s Parliament, during a public session in May, answering the criticism of an opponent: “With all due respect ... (F-word) you, Deputy Stagg, (F-word) you.”

Fine points of the law

• Inventor Jiro Takashima, 75, maintains that his Pro-State massager (retailing for about $80) is a serious medical device, but his daughter/partner Amy Sung, 35, simultaneously markets it as a prostate sex-play toy called the Aneros (about $50). According to a June Houston Chronicle report,

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• Washington, D.C., Attorney General Peter Nickles ordered an investigation in June after learning that over a seven-year period, the city’s payroll office had failed to remit the life-insurance premiums deducted from the paychecks of at least 1,400 employees. (Until the investigation is finished, it’s impossible to say which of the two usual explanations for D.C.’s chronic bureaucratic dysfunction — theft or “large-scale human error” — is applicable.)

The aristocrats!

• In the space of about 30 minutes on a June morning, according to a Dayton Daily News report, Brian Horst, 35, shoplifted several packages of meat and a jug of Mad Dog 20/20 wine from a store, inexplicably rolled a stainless-steel tank of carbon dioxide on wheels away from a restaurant, and disabled an ATM by pounding it with a rock (after several witnesses spotted him in conversation with the screen, apparently trying to reason with the machine or possibly with an imaginary employee inside it).

A News of the Weird classic (September 2003)

• Tensions were brewing in the family of Zell Kravinsky, 48, and his psychiatrist wife, Emily, over what she believes is his excessive altruism (according to an August 2003 profile in The New York Times). A passionate philanthropist (thanks to his commercial real estate fortune), Kravinsky is such a strict utilitarian that he says he would sacrifice his one good kidney (he’s already donated the other one) if it were needed by someone doing more social good than he. “No one should have two kidneys,” he declares, “until everyone has one.” Kravinsky’s refusal to value his own kids more than anyone else’s has angered his parents and caused Emily to threaten divorce and two friends to abandon him.



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freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Have you added some bulk and stability to your foundation any time recently, Aries? Have you grown your roots deeper and asked for more from your traditional sources and recommitted yourself to your primal vows? I hope so, because this is a perfect time, astrologically speaking, to strengthen your link to everything that sustains you. You have a sacred duty to push harder for access to the stuff that builds your emotional intelligence and fuels your long-range plans.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

I like the way you’ve been contradicting yourself, Taurus. I appreciate your ability to be inconsistent, paradoxical, and upside-down. It has allowed you to wriggle free of the rut you had been stuck in. You’ve stirred the affections of people who had been frustrated about your narrow focus. Yes, it’s true that you have also sown a bit of confusion in a situation that had formerly been clear and concise, and that may have rankled the sticklers. But in my opinion, this is a fertile, healthy confusion that will ultimately lead to an unexpected breakthrough.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“We’re all in ‘sales,’ selling our personalities, our accomplishments, our charms.” That’s a quote from Richard Grossinger’s new book 2013. I share his view of human nature. Is there any interaction between people that doesn’t involve a bit of hustling? The subtext of every encounter includes at least one of the following: 1. “I want you to like me.” 2. “I’m trying to get you to believe I am who I say I am.” 3. “I’d really like you to see how interesting and important and unique I am.” Given the fact that this is a ubiquitous phenomenon, there’s no need to be shy or embarrassed or secretive about it. That’s especially true for you these days. So get out there and sell yourself, Gemini. With brazen innocence and relaxed enjoyment, show the world who you are and why you matter.

more important for the task at hand is the fact that you have an exceptional capacity for identifying the fantasies that frighten you and finding fresh and practical ways to deal with them. That’s why I say that you now have an excellent opportunity to achieve a major victory over your fears . . . to outwit them, outflank them, and even dissolve them. To get started on this glorious quest, chant the following ten times: “I am a crafty, compassionate warrior who finds amusement in every challenge.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

One of my Virgo readers, Mariann Grace, is conducting a research project. It’s rooted in two assumptions. The first is an idea of mine: that everyone alive has an inalienable right to a steady supply of fresh omens. The second assumption comes from the writer Angus Stocking: “Always interpret every omen favorably.” With these two ideas as her theses, Mariann is testing the following approach: “Interpret absolutely everything that happens as a favorable omen.” This would be an excellent game for you to play in the coming week, Virgo. Synchronicities are about to rain down upon you, flood toward you, and bubble up from below. Judging from the astrological configurations, I’d say it really does make sense to regard every one of them as meaningful, useful, and invigorating.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

It’s high time to banish the excuses you think you have for not doing your best. There is no longer any valid reason to hide from your true calling or deny yourself more profound happiness. You are ready to see that the supposed “obstacles” to your success are actually instrumental to your success -- prods that will make you so much smarter and stronger that you cannot be defeated by circumstances. Why is this happening now? It’s because a force working behind the scenes -- you can imagine it as God or destiny or karma if you like -- is clearing away the illusions that have held you in thrall to false ideas about who you are. If I were you, I’d shout “hallelujah!” as I pinch myself in the butt and pat myself on the head.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

For the foreseeable future, it’s fine with God (and with Nature, too) if you put all your eggs in one basket -- as long as the basket is well-woven and beautiful to behold. You’ve also got cosmic permission to forget about all but one of the tempting targets in your field of vision -- as long as the bull’s-eye you choose is very worthy of your sacred longing. To sum up, Scorpio, be single-mindedly focused almost to the point of manic obsession -- as long as you’re reasonably sure that the object of your devotion is your personal version of the Holy Grail.

Have you ever observed the rising moon with such a steady gaze that you’ve actually seen it move? Have you ever sat yourself down in front of a rose bud during the hour it exploded into full bloom? Those experiences have resemblances to a slow-motion burst of graceful growth that’s unfolding in your own sphere. I hope you have the patience to give it your full attention, because that way it’s more likely to express its potential completely. To enhance your chances of nurturing the subtle magic, remember and ruminate on the images your nightly dreams give you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

I’m not necessarily saying that you have superhuman levels of courage these days, Leo, but you do have more than usual. What’s even

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So it turns out that the “blemish” is actually essential to the beauty. The “deviation” is at the core of the strength. The “wrong turn” was crucial to you getting you back on the path with heart. I have rarely seen a better example of happy accidents, Capricorn. You may not realize it quite yet -- although I hope this horoscope is bringing it all into focus -but you have been the beneficiary of a tricky form of divine intervention. One good way of expressing your gratitude is to share with friends the tale of how you came to see that the imperfections were perfect.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your anger is potentially a valuable resource. At least in theory, it can be a motivating force that gives you the clarity and stamina you need to make constructive changes. But how can you make sure that your anger serves your generous urges? What should you do to keep it from being just a self-indulgent thrash that leads to no productive action? Here’s one thing you can do: Express your rage very selectively; don’t let it leak all over everything. Here’s another thing: Cultivate loads of empathy, joy, and appreciation for beauty. Then when you do unleash your rage, it will be conditioned by love. Now would be an excellent time to try out these ideas.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Have you fallen in omnidirectional love these past few weeks? Are you swooning with such reckless splendor that at times you feel like you’re swimming in mid-air? By my reckoning, you have an urgent need to be caught up in a vortex of free-form affection. Your receptivity to being tickled and spun around by an almost insane outpouring of libidinous empathy is crucial to your education. If for some reason this has not been the case, please find out what you’ve been doing to obstruct the boisterously tender feelings the cosmos is aching to fill you up with. Homework: What’s the single thing you could do right now that would change your life for the better? Testify by going to Freewillastrology. com and clicking “Email Rob.” © Copyright 2010 Rob Brezsny

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Spirituality Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. Practical Secrets of the Western Mysteries (pd.) Prominent authors and Golden Dawn Adepts Chic and Tabatha Cicero present practical teachings of the Western Mysteries. Learn about Angels, Tarot, Talismans, and more in this rare public presentation inside the Scottish Rite Freemason Temple, downtown Asheville! $75. 828-423-9101 or www. Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 6452085 or Asheville Center for Spiritual Awareness Located in the N. Louisiana Office Park, 370 N. Lousiana Ave., Suite D-3. Info: www.csa-asheville. org. • SUNDAYS & THURSDAYS - Meditation practice in the kriya yoga tradition. Sun. mornings and Thurs. evenings. Donation basis. Info: Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/ Free Introductory Lectures Change your brain—change your life. Scientists know TM creates brainwave coherence. Only an orderly brain can support higher consciousness. TM is easy to learn—enjoyable to practice. Dissolves deep-rooted stress, reduces anxiety and depression. Verified by 600 scientific studies. Info: 254-4350 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm Meeting at 165 E. Chestnut St. Learn how to access the field of infinite creativity, intelligence and bliss within you—revitalizing mind and body and creating coherence in collective consciousness. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info:

• 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Bear Clan Medicine Lodge The group practices Native American spirituality. It also studies natural healing modalities. Not affiliated with any tribe or organization. Everyone is welcome. Meets at the library on Mitchell St. in Old Fort. Info: http://seeks.spirit.tripod. com. • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 3pm - Meetings. Focus on our connection to All Our Relations and what this means to each of us on our personal path. All are welcome to come and share. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Hare Krsna Sunday Feast Meets above the French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Info: www. or 506-2987. • Select SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - An evening of bhajans, class on the Bhagavad-Gita and a vegetarian feast. Everyone welcome. Refer to the Web site or call for dates. Hendersonville First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 1735 Fifth Ave. W. in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or www. • SU (7/11), 9:15am Adult Forum: “Experiences from the Global Missions Field,” with member Revs. John and Frances Sams. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am - Women-led, justicefocused, family-friendly,

and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An open and affirming new church. Child-care available. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or • SUNDAYS, 10am - Drum Circle —- 10:30am Weekly devotional service at the Temple. A simple service to ground and center you for the week. Spend some quiet time with the Goddess, with song, readings, meditation and prayer. At 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 2. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 2859927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and orientation times: or 450-3621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Psychic Development Class • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Learn to use your intuition to help yourself and others. Explore remote viewing, channeling, mediumship, telepathy, precognition and healing in a relaxed and funfilled atmosphere. All are welcome. Love donations accepted. Info: ecastro1@ Sacred Sound Circle • 2nd SUNDAYS, 7-9pm “Tone and tune the chakras, play with music in the moment and explore sounding for healing and transformation.” All are welcome. $5-$10 suggested love offering. Info: 423-2147. Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville Every human being has fundamental goodness, warmth and intelligence. This nature can be cultivated through meditation and in daily life, so that it radi-

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ates out to others. Visitors welcome. Free meditation instruction at 19 Westwood Pl., W. Asheville. Info: asheville or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 6-6:45pm & SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Public meditation. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Located at 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Info: 273-5420 or http://stmarkslutheran. net/thisMonth.pdf. • SU (7/11), 5pm Crosswired “come as you are” summer service in the Fellowship Hall. Infant care and church school for youngsters is offered during the service. The Work of Byron Katie Workshops • SUNDAYS (7/11 & 18), 2-4:30pm - Learn simple, interactive inquiry to find freedom and kindness with stressful thoughts. Everyone welcome. Led by Meg MacLeod, Certified Facilitator of The Work, at 62 Courtland Ave., Asheville. Come to either or both sessions. $15$25/session sliding scale. Info: or 279-6466. Toning for Peace Experience the health benefits of a form of singing anyone can do. Generate well-being and peace within. $5-$10. Info: 667-2967 or • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 1:30-2:45pm - At the Light Center in Black Mountain. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this meditation group for personal and spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • SUNDAYS, 2pm Meditation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www. • SUNDAYS, 10 am (through 9/5) - Services and Children’s Programs. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 8918700 or • WE (7/7), 7pm - Film screening: Amazing Grace, the true story of William Wilberforce who dedicated his life to the abolition of slavery. Love offering. • WE (7/14), 7pm - “Intro to Quantum Touch,” with

Rev. Pam Hurst. Learn to hold a high energy vibration to heal yourself or to send to another. Love offering. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm - Meditation and chanting at the City Center. Womyn in Ceremony Co-create a sacred circle of women where we will connect, share, dream and experience inner awarenesses and empowerment. Each Circle “stands alone.” Meets 12 miles NW of Asheville. By donation. Info: www. RitesofPassageCouncil. com/theresa. • SUNDAYS, 3:45-6pm - Gathering. Working With the “Masters of Wisdom” • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Transmission Meditation —- 8pm - Reading and discussion of Alice Bailey’s A Treatise on Cosmic Fire. Free. Info: EarthTransMed@ Xuanfa Dharma Center of Asheville • TUESDAYS, 7pm Practice followed by a short DVD screening. Free. Call for directions: 255-4741.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. MayOct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SU (7/18) - Eight Squared, featuring work by artist Karin Jurick. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary selftaught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or • Through WE (7/28) - Dog Days of Summer, work by Margaret Couch Cogswell, will be on view in the OuiOui Gallery.

Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. For viewing hours: 6920575. Info: 698-7868 or • SU (7/11) through TH (8/5) - Works by watercolorist Cynthia Moser will be on display. • SU (7/11), 1:30-2:30pm - Opening reception for Cynthia Moser. Following the reception, a program will be presented by nationally recognized watercolorist Jim Morrison. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • FR (7/9) through SA (8/7) - Annual Bring Us Your Best exhibit. • FR (7/9), 5:30-8pm Opening reception for Bring Us Your Best. 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 (7/11) - Nouns: Children’s Book Artists Look at People, Places and Things. • Through SU (7/18) - Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century. • Through SU (10/10) - Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, photographs by Tim Barnwell in Holden Community Gallery. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11am-5pm, and Fri. & Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 768-0246 or www. • Through SA (7/31) - Feature wall artist: Nicora Gangi, “Large Soft Pastels.” New encaustics by Kathleen Burke. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or www. • Through FR (7/30) - An exhibit by Chrysalis, a group of nine women from throughout the Southeast

who work in sculpture, wood, glass and clay. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, or • Through SA (10/23) - The exhibition Kenneth Snelson: Sculpture/Photographer/ Inventor will be on display. Snelson was an art student at Black Mountain College in the summers of 1948 and 1949. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography. com. • Through SA (7/31) - Innerscapes, work by photo-based artists Gil and Jacquelyn Leebrick. • Through SA (7/31) - Handcrafted Auguries, a photo-based mixed-media exhibition by Bridget Conn exploring ideas of feminine ritual and family. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (8/13) - In Sunshine or In Shadow, an exhibition of works by students from UNCA, WCU, Appalachian State University and Haywood Community College. f/32 Photography Group Info: • Through SU (8/2) - A juried exhibition of prints on canvas by f/32 members will be on display at Deerpark Restaurant, Biltmore Estate. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through SU (9/5) - Craft, Architecture and Design, featuring work by six architects who were invited to create interior spaces that demonstrate the impact and originality of incorporating craft in a home. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s

Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • Through SA (7/31) - An exhibition of artwork by faculty members in the Professional Crafts Department at Haywood Community College. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or www.highwaterclays. com. • Through SU (8/15) Visiting Summer Workshop Instructors Show, featuring regionally and nationally known visiting artists. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: www.penland. org or 765-2359. • Through SU (7/18) - The Weight of Black, works that use the color black as an integral element. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or www. • Through SU (8/29) - Joyful Interiors, work by David Bryan of Black Mountain. Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery Located at 103 West St., Black Mountain. Info: 357-8327 or • Through WE (7/28) - An exhibition by Fred Feldman. Studio B A framing studio and art gallery at 171 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10am-5:30pm & Sat. 10am-3pm. Info: 225-5200, (800) 794-9053, or www.galleryatstudiob. com. • Through SA (7/24) - New space/new works. Grand opening in new location. The gallery will be featuring new paintings by equine artist Patricia Ramos Alcayaga. Plus, two new artists: Jim Hefley and Andrea Brewer. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through FR (7/30) - Invitational Show: Donna Pinter and Grace Cathey.

An exhibit of nature paintings, mosaics and sculptures. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through TH (7/17) - Materials, Unexpected, a group exhibition of art made with recycled or unusual materials, and Rat:Bot, sculpture by Ripp Smith. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-2553 or www.fineartmuseum. • Through SU (7/11) - An exhibition featuring work by art educators in WNC. Woolworth Walk The gallery is located at 25 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 254-9234. • Through SA (7/31) - Weathered & Feathered, new work by Zig Zag Soul, will be on display in the Front Gallery.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Ox & Rabbit 12 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. • SA (7/10) through TU (8/10) - Recall, mixed media works by Colette Johnson. • SA (7/10), 8-11pm - Opening reception for Recall. Live music featuring Skew Records. Free food and drinks. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Through SU (8/22) - Balance and Beauty: A Visual Celebration of Rural Life, featuring paintings by Tenn. artist Margaret Scanlan, on display in the Baker Exhibit Center. • Outdoor Sculpture: Inflorescence, an exhibition of botanical forms created from synthetic-nylon fabric and made by artist Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, will be on display in the Baker Center (through Aug.) and in The Canopy Walk (June-Oct.).

• Through SU (8/22) - Living Color, an exhibit exploring color in nature at the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. • Through SU (7/25) - Art in Bloom, a new exhibit by painter Marjorie Renfroe in the Education Center’s second-floor gallery. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. For viewing hours: 6920575. Info: 698-7868 or • Through TH (7/8) - The Art League Plein Air Painters Show. These artists’ landscapes are done on location in WNC. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or • Through FR (7/30) - Asheville A Double Take, photography by Lynne Harty and Max Cooper, will be on display in the Lobby Gallery. • SA (7/10), 5-6:30pm - Artists reception for Asheville A Double Take. Carolina Nature Photographers Association Info: www.cnpa-asheville. org. • Through TU (8/3) - Exhibit at the Cradle of Forestry. • 2nd SUNDAYS, 6-8pm - Meeting at the Girl Scout building at 64 W.T. Weaver Blvd. near UNCA. Guests are welcome. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www. • Through SA (7/17) American Nostalgia, work by quilt artist Luke Haynes will be on display in the lobby. Running in conjunction with Elisabeth Gray’s two stage pieces. Events at Thomas Wolfe Memorial Located at 52 N. Market St. Info: www.wolfememorial. com or 253-8304. • SA (7/10) through TU (8/10) - Fabricating the Past: Clothing Exhibit. Wolfe family clothing exhibited for the first time. Outfits and accessories from the family will be on display. Standard admission fees apply. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan

Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or www. • TH (7/8) through FR (8/20) - Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation. This traveling exhibit examines how Lincoln’s beliefs about freeing the slaves were transformed by war-time developments. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 225-5509 or • Through TU (7/20) - There Are No Potatoes in the Porn Salad, paintings by Anna Jensen.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Adult Drawing Classes • Beginner-Intermediate (pd.) With Artist/Teacher Deborah Tatko. • Extraordinary results guaranteed. • 25 years of success. • 8 week session, Wednesdays, 6:30pm8:30pm, June 23-August 12. • $150. Call (828) 4236891 or deborahtatko@ Art Classes for Adults (pd.) Mixed Media/Collage 6 weeks starts July 8th 1:30-4:30. Elizabeth Lasley Instructor $200. • Drawing 6 weeks starts July 7th - Intermediate/ Advanced 9:30-12:30, Beginning 1:30-4:30 $200 and Scratchboard 2 day Workshop July 23th and 24th 10-3. $150 plus materials. $10 Lorelle Bacon instructor. • Landscape Painting Fri July 9th, 16th, 23rd 10-1. On location. $45 per class all for $115. Fleta Monaghan Instructor. • Contact: River’s Edge Studio, 191 Lyman Street, Asheville, 828-776-2716 or, see www.fletamonaghan. com, Professional, Nationally know Artist/ Instructors. Life Drawing Workshop (pd.) Register today with Smithsonian exhibited painter Francesco Lombardo and confidently transform the blank page into a classical sketch of the human form. Individual attention provided for all skill levels. Multiple models posing simultaneously. $65. Register at or call 908.894.2696 The Painting Experience

(pd.) Experience the power of process painting as described in the groundbreaking book Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression. August 13-15, Asheville. (888) 639-8569. 2nd Saturdays at Thomas Wolfe Memorial & Vance Birthplace Events are free. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is located at 52 N. Market St., Asheville. Info: 253-8304. Vance Birthplace is located at 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Info: 645-6706. General info: http://ncdcr. gov/2ndsaturdays.asp. • 2nd SATURDAYS (through 8/14), 10am-4pm - Artists and crafters will showcase their work as part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources program to feature N.C.’s diverse array of artists and crafters at Historic Sites and museums. Appalachian Pastel Society Info: • SA (7/10), 10am - General meeting. Guest speaker Luana Luconi Winner will disscuss “The Color of People.” At the WNC Ag Center, Education Building. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • TU (7/13), 7pm “Creativity, Intuition and a Personal Journey into Fine Art Photography,” a lecture by David Vandre at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Free. Refreshments served. 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 • FR (7/9), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Limners to Facebook: Portraiture from the 19th to the 21st Century will be discussed by Scott Riviere. • SU (7/11), 1-4pm - Family Art Party. Handson activities for all ages. Supplies provided. Free. Asheville Ballet and Asheville Lyric Opera Collaboration Voice lessons for dancers will be offered by members

of the ALO, and movement lessons for singers will be offered by members of the Ballet. The public, 10 years to adult, also welcome. Classes held at Asheville Ballet, 4 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville. Info: 252-4761 or 258-1028. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Voice lessons. • TUESDAYS, 7:15pm Dance lessons. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or www.highwaterclays. com. • TUESDAYS, 12:15pm - Lecture series featuring regionally and nationally known guest artists such as Lana Wilson, Silvie Granatelli, Stephen ForbesdeSoule, Hayne Bayless, Cristina Cordova, James Tisdale and Akira Satake. Free. Schedule: http://tiny. cc/0wvu3. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. Suggested donation $4. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, 10am-1pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. • TUESDAYS (through 11/16) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. Four 5-minute poses and four 20-minute poses. $5. The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn Located at 229 Greenville St. in Saluda. Info: 7499698 or www.saludainn. com. • TH (7/8) - Meet the artist: Beverly Pickard. • TH (7/15) - Meet the artist: Ursula Miller. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site

Located at 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Info: 645-6706. • SA (7/10) - “Traditions in Woodworking.” A look at 19th c. woodworking traditions. Featured artists will provide traditional and contemporary woodworking pieces.

Art/Craft Fairs Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Potters, blacksmiths, furniture makers, weavers, carvers, woodturners, glassblowers, jewelers, basket makers and more set up shop at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood St. Plus, live mountain music, craft demos, children’s activities and educational displays. $7/ Free for children under 12. Info: 298-7928 or www. • TH (7/15) through SA (7/17), 10am-6pm & SU (7/18), 10am-5pm Summer Craft Fair. The Big Crafty • SU (7/11), Noon-6pm Sponsored by the Asheville Art Museum, this independent craft fair features more than 100 artists and crafters working in a range of media. At Pack Place and Pack Square. Pre-party July 10 at Lexington Ave. Brewery. Info:

Spoken & Written Word 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 (7/13), 3-5pm - The monthly reading group Discussion Bound will discuss Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or www. • FR (7/9), Noon - Books and Brown Bag Literary Series: Montreat resident Rusty Frank, a former headmaster and college professor, will read from and sign copies of his book On the Road Home. Buncombe County Public Libraries

LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (7/7), 5-7pm Library Knitters meet. SW —- 3pm - Book Club: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. WV. • TH (7/8), 7pm Shakespeare Discussion Group: King Lear. BM —- 6:30pm - “Gardening in Containers,” with Peter Loewer. EA. • TU (7/13), 1pm - Book Club: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. LE —- 7pm - Reems Creek Valley Nursery will present a program on “Late Summer and Fall Gardens.” WV. • WE (7/14), 6:30pm Library Knitting Group. BM. • TH (7/15), 2:30pm - Book Club: Trans-Sister Radio by Chris Bohjalian. SS —- 7pm - Book Club: The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollen. FV. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • FR (7/9), 7pm - “Going Home: A Discussion of Appalachian Literature,” with Gary Carden. • SA (7/10), 7pm “Celebrating Hunting and Fishing,” with Jim Casada, who will read from his guidebook Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. • TU (7/13), 7pm - Sharyn McCrumb will read from her novel The Devil Amongst the Lawyers. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • FR (7/9), 7pm - Author event with Susan Hasler. • SA (7/10), 7pm Author event with Sharyn McCrumb.

• SU (7/11), 3pm - Poetrio: Readings by poets Mary Adams and Rhett Trull. • MO (7/12), 4pm - A Read-a-Thon celebrating the 50th anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird will be held. • TH (7/15), 7pm Featured author: Sujatha Hampton. Events at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or spellboundbooks@netzero. com. • SU (7/11), 4-5pm - ROYAL Book Club (for Readers of Young Adult Lit.) will discuss Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Anyone 18 and over is welcome. Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch Award-winning storytellers present stories for all ages at Reuter Terrace in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Rain or shine. Info: or www.packsquarepark. org. • SA (7/10), 10:3011:30am - Connie ReganBlake. Learn from an internationally recognized storyteller. Storytelling Party • MO (7/12), 6pm Storytelling party at Lake Tomahawk pavilion in Black Mountain. Potluck supper at 6pm. Live presentation of Baptism at Second Creek by Donna Marie Todd at 7pm. Wednesday Afternoon Writer’s Group Weekly group open to writers of all genres who are interested in improving their craft through peer readings and discussion of assigned literature. Free. • WEDNESDAYS, 2-4pm - Meets upstairs at the Barnes & Noble, Asheville Mall.

Festivals & Gatherings Community Day Carnival • SA (7/10), 11am-3pm - Blood pressure checks, chair massages, a slide and obstacle course inflatables, pool party with DJ Josh Michaels from Star 104.3 and carnival treats. School supplies will be collected for Erwin Middle School. At Westmont Commons Apartments, 120 Chamberlain Drive, Asheville. Info: 225-4044. Do Tell Storyfest • SA (7/10), 10am-5:30pm - Storytelling events will • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 39


fun fundraisers


Food for Thought, a fundraiser for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center


Saturday, July 10 (8 p.m. $20 for members or $25 for nonmembers at the door)


YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., downtown Asheville


Plate by Alli Good, featuring a quote by Robert Rauschenberg: “But I found a lot of the artists at the Cedar Bar difficult for me to talk to.”

Sip on champagne or coffee and sample desserts at a live-auction event to raise funds for programming at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center. Conducted by professional auctioneer John Hill of Weaverville, the auction will feature plates, platters and bowls designed and decorated by such local artists as Alli Good, Taiyo la Paix, Linda Larsen and Kevin Hogan, among others, plus work by New Yorkbased artist Donald Sultan. Each piece of dinnerware is inscribed with quotes from former Black Mountain College students and teachers, and may be previewed at Blue Spiral 1, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. or 350-8484.

benefitscalendar Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484 or • SA (7/10), 8pm - “Food for Thought,” a fundraiser for the BMCM + AC at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., Asheville. Champagne, coffee, dessert and a live auction featuring dinnerware created by area artists. $20 members/$25. Blue Ridge Pride An all-volunteer organization that strives to be inclusive of all LGBTQ populations, families and friends. Info: blueridgepride@ or • Through SA (7/31) - Blue Ridge Pride will hold “Rainbows for Pride.” The fundraiser will sell $1 rainbows in community businesses to be displayed throughout the month.

Hope in the Handwriting: A Helpmate Benefit • TH (7/15), 6-8pm - The event will feature a volunteer-initiated project called “Hope Notes.” Plus, spoken testimony from a courageous victim of domestic violence, a silent auction, door prizes, desserts and beverages, and music from local performers. At Laurey’s Catering. $20/$10 students. Info & tickets: Lake Junaluska Flea Market • SA (7/11), 7:30-11:30am - Annual flea market. Proceeds help support community service projects. Treasures, living plants and baked goods for sale. Plus, a “Junaluska Gem” tent. Donuts, sausage biscuits, coffee, soda and other snacks. Land-of-Sky Regional Council’s MLK Everyday Essentials Drive • Through TH (1/14) - Toiletries drive for ABCCM and Swanannoa Valley Christian Ministry. Donated items should be new and in their original packaging. Drop off sites: Harvest House, Lakeview Senior Center, Shiloh Center, Weaverville Library, Land-of-Sky Regional Council. Info: patti@landofsky. org.

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Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: or 7652359. • TH (7/8), 8pm - Auction of works by students and instructors made during a Penland workshop session. All proceeds will benefit Penland scholarship programs. At the Northlight building. Info: 765-2359 or 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. • TH (7/8), 6pm - Furry Friends Benefit Bash. The benefit will feature live music, food and a live and silent auction. All funds support abandoned pets at the shelter. $40 advance/$45 at the door. Silent Auction & Concert in the Park • SA (7/10), 5-8pm - A fundraising event for local triathlete Brad Smith, who was recently injured in a cycling accident. Proceeds will go to help his family with medical expenses. The auction will be held under the pavilion at Fletcher Community Park. Galen Kipar Project will perform at 6:30pm. Potluck; bring a dish to share. WNCW 21st Birthday Jam • SA (7/10), 8pm - Celebrate WNCW’s 21st year of broadcasting with Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Eliza Lynn, Delta Moon, Jess Klein and Dehlia Low. At the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. $21. Proceeds benefit WNCW. (Concerts in Charlotte and Greenville, S.C., on June 8 & 9.) Info:


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be held at Hendersonville’s Historic Courthouse and at Skyland Performing Arts Center. A program called “Just Imagine” will be offered for children ages 3-10 by the Arts Council of Henderson County. $6 day session/$10 evening sessions/$20 pass. Info: or 388-0247. Festivities at Pritchard Park Public events at Pritchard Park sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association under the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Free. For the full schedule: • THURSDAYS, Noon-2pm - Grab lunch and unwind to music in the park —- 5:307:30pm - Thursday night is “almost the weekend” and time to perk up a bit with lively music and dance performances after work. • SATURDAYS, 10am-4pm - Saturday Umbrella Market. Handmade/homegrown products, such as art, crafts, jewelry, photography, flowers, tomatoes and herbs. Plus, a variety of entertainers. • SUNDAYS, Noon-4pm - Funday Sunday with family-friendly entertainment. Live music, such as gospel, followed by a variety of children’s entertainment starting at 2pm. • TUESDAYS, 5:30-7:30pm - Hoop Jam. Join Asheville Hoops for some entertainment, exercise and instruction. All ages are welcome.

Music African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediate —- 2-3pm - Beginner. An Appalachian Evening At the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. $15. Info: • SA (7/10), 7:30-9:30pm - Bluegrass and country tunes by the Lonesome River Band. Concerts on the Quad at UNCA Bring picnics and blankets or lawn chairs to these free concerts. (In case of rain, held in Lipinsky Auditorium. Call 232-5000 after 5pm to

find out location information.) Info: 251-6991 or • MO (7/12), 7pm - One Leg Up will perform. Groovin’ on Grovemont Presented by the Friends of the Swannanoa Library and the Swannanoa Community Council, concerts are held in Grovemont Square, adjacent to the library. All proceeds from concessions and book sales benefit the library. Info: 250-6486. • TU (7/13), 6pm Laura Blackley and Her Handsome Band will perform folk, country and blues tunes. Haywood Community Band Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at The Hop • SU (7/11), 3pm - The indie-folk band Now You See Them will perform a free, all-ages show at The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-2224 or 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, 1-800828-4244 or • FR (7/9), 7-9pm - Tom Brown (oldies rock) will perform. Plus, a classic car show. 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. • TH (7/8), 7-9pm - Dehlia Low will perform bluegrass.

• TH (7/15), 7-9pm Firecracker Jazz Band will perform. Sapphire Valley Community Center Info: 743-7663 or www. • TU (7/13), 7pm - Banks & Shane will perform. $20 advance/$25 at the gate. Shindig on the Green A celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. At Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage in downtown Asheville. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Info: 258-6101 ext. 345 or • SATURDAYS (7/3 through 9/4), 7pm Shindig. No Shindig on either July 24 or Aug. 7. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-824-9547 or • MONDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church

on Fairview Rd. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. Songcatchers Music Series Performances are held at the Cradle of Forestry, Hwy. 276 in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. $6 adults/$3 ages 4-15. Info: 877-3130. • SU (7/11), 4-6pm - Peg Twisters, an old-time string band that combines three-part harmony vocals with instrumentals, will perform. Wheelchair accessible concerts take place in outdoor amphitheater. Indoors if raining. 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. • FR (7/9), 7:30pm - The Asheville Lyric Opera will present a concert of arias by Jessica Ames, Lacy Eaton and Adam Bowers. Accompanied by Daniel Weiser at the piano. A free-will offering will be taken for the artists and the restoration of the church. • SU (7/11), 3pm - Joe Mambo will perform a concert of Afro-Cuban jazz. A free-will offering will be

taken for the artists and the restoration of the historic church. Summer Concerts at WCU Held on the University Center lawn. Rain location: University Center Grandroom or Club Illusions. Free. Info: 2273622 or • TH (7/8), 7pm - Roots and funk music will be performed by Lionz of Zion. • TH (7/15), 7pm - The Billies, an indie-rock duo, will perform. Summer Music Fest Hosted by Skyland United Methodist Church, 1984 Hendersonville Road. Performances will be held in the courtyard just outside the sanctuary. Light refreshments will be provided. The performers will lead the music at the 11am worship service. • SU (7/11), 9:45am-Noon - The Kim Family. Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Tuesday concerts at Warren Wilson College’s Kittredge Theatre (7713050) and Sunday concerts at the Waynesville Performing Arts Center (452-0593). $20/concert. Info: www.warren-wilson. edu/~chamber.

• SUNDAYS (through 7/18), 7:30pm - The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival presents its 41st season. • TUESDAYS (through 7/20), 7:30pm - The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival presents its 41st season. Swannanoa Gathering Summer Staff Concerts Concerts are held at Kittredge Theatre (unless otherwise noted), Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa. $16/$8 for children under 12. Info: 771-3024. • WE (7/7), 7:30pm - Fiddle Concert, featuring Liz Knowles, Joe Craven, Casey Driessen, Ben Sollee, April Verch, Jamie Laval, Adam Tanner and Cody Walters. Town of Fletcher Concert in the Park Series These free concerts are held at the Fletcher Community Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Info: 687-0751. • SA (7/10), 6-8pm - Folk and Americana tunes by the Galen Kipar Project.

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Located in the Skyland Performing Arts Center, 358 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 6930087 or • TH (7/15) through SU (7/25) - The Betty & Beau Wedding Show, featuring The Space Heaters. Fast-paced comedy about a madcap 1933 wedding at the old Skyland Hotel, includes music by The Space Heaters. $20. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm and Sun., 3:30pm. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or • Through SU (7/18) - The farce Noises Off depicts the onstage and backstage antics of a fifth-rate acting troupe. Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm & Sun., 2:30pm (no show July 4). $22/$19 seniors & students. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www. • Through SA (7/17) - Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath, a New Umbrella Inc.

performance. A multimedia tragic comedy that tackles the topic of suicide with talking ovens, cooking shows and poetry. Thurs.Sat., 7:30pm. $15. • FR (7/9) through SU (7/11) - The Sunshine Boys, a Readers’ Theatre Production by the Autumn Players. Neil Simon’s comedic tribute to vaudeville. Fri. & Sat, 2:30pm. Sun. performance at 2:30pm at UNCA’s Reuter Center. $5. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or • Through SU (7/18) - The courthouse drama 12 Angry Men will be performed at the Henderson County Courthouse. Wed.Sat., 8pm & Wed., Thur., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. $34. • WE (7/14) through SU (8/15), 8pm - The Producers will be performed. Wed., Thur., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $40. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in

Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or • FR (7/9) through SU (7/25) - The comedy The Nerd will be performed. Fellow ex-GI Rick, whom Willum has never met but who saved his life, shows up at Willum’s 34th birthday party. Rick, it turns out, is a hopeless nerd. $14 adults/$8 students. Fri. & Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2pm. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or • Through SU (9/5) - The Asheville Shakesperience directed by Scott Keel (opening weekend will feature a special performance by the TOPHAT Children’s Theatre). • Through SU (7/11) - King Lear directed by Dr. Robert A. White. Performances at the Parkway Playhouse

The historic Parkway Playhouse is located at 202 Green Mountain Dr. (just north of the downtown square) in Burnsville. Tickets & info: 682-4285 or • Through SA (7/10) - The musical Annie will be performed. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. June 27, 5pm; Sat., July 10, 2pm. $12-$22, with discounts for students, seniors, military, large groups and families. Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Performances are held at Mars Hill College’s Owen Theatre. Tickets: 6891239. Info: 689-1384 or • WE (7/7) through SU (7/18) - Tuesdays With Morrie, based on the bestselling memoir by Mitch Albom. Thespian Insurrection Productions A student-run community theater. Info: (919) 2607919. • TH (7/15) through SU (7/18) - William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice will be performed at UNCA’s Carol Belk Theatre. Directed by UNCA alumnus Skyler Goff. $5 at the door. • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 41


parenting from the edge by Anne Fitten Glenn

Helicopter versus free-range parenting (or somewhere in between) Are you a “helicopter” or “lawnmower” parent? Or do you identify as a “free-range” or “slow” parent? I’d prefer not to be labeled either as a machine or “slow” (my intellect is at least average, thank you very much). Nor do I want to have the same label that’s slapped on the organic chicken breasts at Ingles, though given the above options, I suppose that one best describes my parenting style. Let’s define these terms. Helicopter parenting is a 21st century term that describes those parents who hover over their children protectively, like, well, helicopters. They rarely let their kids out of sight. This phenomenon also has been called “lawnmower” parenting to describe those who smooth every obstacle out of their kids’ way—whether the kids want them to or not. This type of parenting springs from fear and paranoia often propagated by, yes, the media. We’re now hyperaware of these rare but sensational dangers to our kids, such as pedophilia. I think, too, it springs from parents seeing our kids as reflections of ourselves and needing them to be productive, successful perfectoids. Yeah, I made up that word.

Thus, the opposite of helicoptering, freerange or slow parenting (just like slow food), refers to parents who try to give their kids more independence—those who step back and let the young ‘uns learn from experience. Freerangers let their kids ride their bikes around town and disappear for a few hours into the woods to play. The idea is to “Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” This movement’s been spearheaded by writer Lenore Skenazy, who penned a book on free-range kids, and who has been alternately vilified as the world’s worst mom (she let her 9-year-old ride the New York City subway alone), and praised as a parent who promotes self-reliance. Temperamentally, while I’m more of a freeranger than a lawnmower, I’m not as relaxed as Skenazy about giving my offspring independence. I only recently started letting my 11-year-old walk or bike to local shops alone or with friends, although, in truth, she’s one of those kids who could’ve negotiated a complicated subway route with more ease than I could’ve at that age. My 8-year-old, on the other hand, is a daydreamer, and I’m more concerned about him

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inadvertently stepping into traffic than anything else. But I’ve learned that, in his case, experience is a better teacher than talk. I’ve lectured him about street safety for hours, and I’m guessing most of what he’s heard is from my lips sounds like: “Blah, blah, blah, cars. Blah, blah, blah, hospital. Blah, blah, blah, hurt.” However, when he ran into our street in front of a car driven by our neighbor’s grandpa, he was both frightened and properly scolded by someone who was not his parent. After that, he started looking both ways. I’m not suggesting that you let your kid run into traffic to teach him a lesson, but I’m saying that a little fear, adversity or danger can change behavior a helluva lot quicker than even the most angry parental lecture. This summer, for the first time, I’m giving my kids more freedom than I have in the past, mostly because summer camps can be pricey. Luckily, both Enviro-spouse and I mostly work from home, so we can be hands-off, but still nearby if someone pokes an eye out. Also, as is often the case, the younger kid gets more freedom earlier because he’s the second kid. Plus, his big sister’s supposed to be in charge. Get used to it, buddy. Freedom for my kids doesn’t mean they’re ready for the latchkey lifestyle. Not yet. But they are ready to stay on their own for an hour or so while I run errands or do some work outside the home. And they’re ready to stay for three or four hours at home when

Enviro-spouse is ensconced in his home office. According to house rules, they can yell for him if there’s blood, vomit or fire. Otherwise, they have to pretend he’s not there and take care of themselves. Nor are they allowed excessive screen time. They have to entertain themselves or play outside within set boundaries. Oh, and they’re not supposed to kill or maim each other. Really, at the ages of 11 and 8, my biggest concerns aren’t strangers or accidents or even them getting into stuff they aren’t supposed to get into. My primary worry is that they’ll get into a sibling battle and injure each other. (Although I am thinking that a locked drawer might be a good idea — for hiding prescription drugs, “marital aids,” and such. Though I wonder if locking something makes it more enticing. My grandfather used to lock the liquor “closet” at his house, and my cousins and I spent hours searching for the key. We usually found it.) So we’ll see how my parental balancing act goes this summer. I’ve told my kids that good behavior earns them more freedom, while bad equals more of mommy looking over their shoulders. Though I’m pretty sure I don’t have the energy to be a helicopter anyway. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.

parentingcalendar Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 13 Dinosaurs Arrive Biltmore Park Town Square! (pd.) Several dinosaurs come to life with hand held controls at Dino Kinetics! • 14 foot high T-Rex. • Look for the green awning. • Tues-Sat, 10-6, Sun, 12-6. • 6761622 • 301-3797. Autism Consulting and Training • In-Home • Summer 2010 (pd.) Focusing on academics, behavior, social skills, sensory issues, retaining important skills and school preparation. • Ages 3-15. Contact Jennifer Strauss, M. Ed.: (305) 793-8280. Complete Childbirth Education (pd.) Involve your partner; increase confidence; learn hands on tools with a Certified Nurse Midwife. Enjoy your birth! July 24 and August 1. $175. Empowered Birthing Childbirth Classes. Asheville Mommies Support group for moms from Asheville and surrounding areas. Info: • WEDNESDAYS - Meet-and-greets from 11am-noon and 3-4pm at the Hop Ice Cream and Coffee Shop on Merrimon Ave. All area mommies and kids are invited to come and play. La Leche League of Asheville • 2nd MONDAYS, 10am - Monday Mornings: Meeting at First Congregational Church, Oak St. Pregnant moms,

babies and toddlers welcome. Info: 628-4438, 242-6531, 683-1999. Safe Kids Summer Events at Local Pools Topics will include safety in and around vehicles, fire and burn prevention, water safety and more. Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department will conduct Kid IDs. Fire Department will have equipment on site for kids to inspect. Info: 684-5072. • WE (7/7), 3pm - Event at North Buncombe Pool. • TU (7/13), 3pm - Event at Owen Pool. • TH (7/15), 3pm - Event at Cane Creek Pool. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS (through 8/18), 11am2pm - Mommy’s Morning Out. For ages 18 months to 7 years old. $10 members/$15. Parents need to provide a lunch, drink and snack for child. Reservations required 24 hours in advance.


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Comedy Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival Info: • TU (7/13) through SA (7/17) - The fourth annual festival, the largest standup comedy event in the Southeast. This year’s festival will be anchored by comedy legend Jake Johannsen.

Film Movie Night at Wedge Brewery Located at 125B Roberts St., Asheville. Movies are free and start at dusk. Bring a lawn chair. Info: 5052792. • SA (7/10) - Steel Yard Blues. Movies at the Asheville Art Museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or • TH (7/8), 7pm - Film screening of Marion Cajori’s Chuck Close at the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville. The film follows Close as he paints a self-portrait and includes interviews with friends and fellow artists. $10.

Dance Studio Zahiya (pd.) All classes dropin anytime, $12. • 41 Carolina Lane. • Tuesdays: 6-7pm, Beginner bellydance; 7:10-8:10pm: Intermediate/Advanced bellydance. Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15pm: Hip Hop for Women. Thursdays, 6:307:30pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • Info: 828-2427595 or www.lisazahiya. com Argentine Tango

Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: • SUNDAYS, 7-9pm Argentine Tango Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Rd. $5 for members/$6 for nonmembers. Asheville Culture Project A cultural arts community center offering ongoing classes in Capoeira Angola and Samba percussion. Other instructors, groups and organizations are invited to share the space. Info: • WEEKLY - Capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian martial art taught and practiced through a game involving dance, music, acrobatics, theater and the Portuguese language. Mondays, 7-9pm, beginners class; Wednesdays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Fridays, 7-9pm, intermediate class; Saturdays, 10am-Noon, beginners class. $12 (free for first timers on 2nd and 4th Sat.). Info: www. Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Classes are pay-as-you-go. $10-$15 donation due to teacher after each class. Classes are held at the New Studio of Dance, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Info: www.acdt. org or 254-2621. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm Adult jazz with Brandi Hand —- 7-8pm - Adult hip hop with Brandi Hand. • MONDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Adult ballet with Karen George. • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Adult modern with Jenni Cockrell. Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63 Brook St. Info: 277-6777, ashevilledancerevolution@ or • FRIDAYS, 6-7pm - Class designed for the male interested in dance. Styles alternate between ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. All ages welcome. $12 donation. • FRIDAYS, 6-7pm - Adult Jazz with live percussion. Come dance to a live percussion section. Jazz class with a strong floor bar and technique basis designed for all levels of adult dancers. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:15pm - Adult Beginning/ Intermediate Jazz. Class designed to tone, stretch, and teach jazz techniques

for the adult body. Good workout with strong technical instruction. $10 recommended donation. Festivities at Pritchard Park Public events at Pritchard Park sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association under the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program. Free. For the full schedule: • SU (7/11), Noon-2pm - “SPLAT!” An interactive painting performance with Claire Elizabeth Barratt. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 333-4272 or • MONDAYS, 5:30pm Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Old Farmer’s Ball Info: www.oldfarmersball. com. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-11pm - Contra dance to live music at Warren Wilson College’s Bryson Gym. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. $6, includes dance lesson. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • FR (7/9), 7-9:30pm - Patriotic Square Dance. Early rounds at 7pm, followed by mainstream and plus tips and rounds from 7:30-9:30pm. $5 for nonmembers. Summer Street Dances in Hendersonville Mountain music and dancing on the street in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Bring a chair, but please leave pets at home. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708 or • MO (7/12), 7-9pm - County Farm and the Mountain Thunder Cloggers. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner lindy-hop swing lessons. $12/person per week for 4-week series or $10 for members. Join at No

partner necessary. Held at 11 Grove St., downtown Asheville. Classes start first Tuesday of every month.

VFW Upstairs. Open to the public. At 5 Points, 860 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 693-5930. • SATURDAYS, 6pm - Free dancing lessons —- 7pm - Live band music and dancing. $7. All singles welcome. No partners necessary. Finger food and sweets provided. No alcohol or smoking in dancing area. Zydeco Dance Asheville’s Zydeco is hosted at the Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St., Asheville. No partner required. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7:30pm - Zydeco dance lesson. $5 —- 8:30-11pm Zydeco dance to CDs. $5.

Auditions & Call to Artists LAAFF Call to Artists • Asheville’s biggest alllocal, all-independent artsand-entertainment festival LAAFF (Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) is now accepting applications. The festival will be held on Sept. 5. To apply: www. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • Through MO (7/26) - Now accepting entries for the 2010 Juried Exhibit at the Tyson Library in Black Mountain. $20 entry fee/$30 for two pieces. The judge for the show will be Sharon Trammel, who developed the Fine Arts Degree Program at A-B Tech. Info:

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Thurs.-Sat., 7pm & Sun., 2:30pm. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466 or www. • WE (7/7), 6pm Opening-night gala. Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Youth Theater present Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. • TH (7/8) through SU (7/11) - Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Youth Theater present Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm & Sun., 3pm. $20 adults/$10 students (18 & under).

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As the Globe turns

Revised timber sale may save old-growth forest by Susan Andrew It’s been some time in coming, but recent reports indicate that the USDA Forest Service will soon reach an accord with stakeholders regarding the Globe timber sale, a 200-acre project proposed back in 2006 near Blowing Rock. Local environmental groups quietly applauded the news, particularly since one soon-to-beapproved change in the plans would preserve an area with trees up to 300 years old. “At least one cutting unit was dropped during the collaborative process,” reports Candice Wyman, acting public affairs officer with the National Forests in North Carolina. “The details are still being developed, but the process is under way to produce a result that most parties will be happy with.” In 2009, the Southern Environmental Law Center listed the Globe Forest among its Top 10 Endangered Areas in the South, saying the project would imperil mountain vistas and some increasingly rare stands of old-growth forest. Environmental groups including the SELC and the Western North Carolina Alliance conducted field studies and documented the presence of trees ranging from 130 to more than 300 years old. The negotiations, now in their final stage, are expected to bring additional changes, such as new stream protections, fewer roads and reduced visibility from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The sale has been vigorously opposed. Of some 1,800 comments received by the Forest Service early in the process, only four supported going forward. The town of Blowing Rock has actively opposed it from the beginning, because logged areas would be plainly visible. The activist group EarthFirst! has staged numerous protests at Forest Service Headquarters while offering bulletins and camp-style training to activists seeking to halt the project altogether.

Then, on May 10, someone mailed an apparent warning to at least a dozen local timber operators, in the form of a postcard showing perhaps 25 people, faces covered, sitting atop an overturned vehicle and holding a banner proclaiming “No compromise on native forests — Earth First!” “Compromise” may refer to the stakeholder negotiations that began in 2008 after the SELC threatened a lawsuit in the wake of a failed appeal to protect the area’s old growth, high-quality streams and rare species. “We’re on the cusp of a collaborative solution with the Forest Service on the project,” says SELC attorney D.J. Gerken. Sources say the Globe will reportedly be combined with another timber offering and presented as a “stewardship sale,” an administrative label that relaxes some of the economic constraints imposed by the agency’s timber program, according to Chris Joyell of the group Wild South. “Repackaging the Globe as a stewardship sale is reverse engineering to absorb the economic loss that comes with sparing 300-year-old trees,” he says. “It’s a big development for us.” The Globe tracts lie within an area proposed for permanent protection as the Grandfather National Scenic Area — “a huge swath of intact forest, 25,000 acres that lies between Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock,” Joyell explains. Unfragmented forest areas this size are rare, especially in the eastern U.S. “It’s good news to us,” says Bob Gale of the WNC Alliance, “although it’s still in negotiations. ... There is one stand in particular that we believe is taken off the table. The Forest Service doesn’t want another black eye — they want to remove the old growth from the project and still have a profitable sale.” Xpress reported in March that the agency had expected to turn a $100,000

Wrench in the works? An ominous May 10 postcard from Asheville was received by at least a dozen area timber operators, but local environmental groups say they don’t support sabotage.

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profit; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not clear whether that would still be true if big, valuable trees were left standing. Long-term environmental watchdogs say this may be part of a long, slow evolution toward a greener, gentler agency that might place ecological restoration on a par with timber production. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutting 300-year-old trees in this day and age is unconscionable,â&#x20AC;? Gale declares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invaluable genetic material contained within a group of trees that old.â&#x20AC;? The offspring of these survivors, he says, will tend to produce a forest better able to resist diseases and pests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Restoration is our priority â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through selective harvest or prescribed burning or conserving unique forest stands,â&#x20AC;? notes Wyman of the Forest Service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If stands meet old-growth criteria, we will exclude them [from logging projects].â&#x20AC;? Others remain skeptical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While there are those who call for restoration, there are still folks in the Forest Service who would like to do some re-branding of their old skill set and call it restoration,â&#x20AC;? says WildLaw biologist Josh Kelly. Joyell agrees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a 100-year-old culture that still exists at the Forest Service. If they tell us tomorrow that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to build another road next to a creek, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll know that ecological restoration is truly at the top of their agenda.â&#x20AC;? X Susan Andrew can be reached at at 251-1333, ext. 153, or by e-mail at

ecocalendar Calendar for July 7 - 15, 2010 Natural Foundations: Rubble Trenches and Dry Stacked Stone (pd.) Beginning with an overview of natural building. Participants receive hands-on experience in rubble trench, French drain, and dry stack methods essential to a solid, natural foundation, techniques usable in a variety of construction designs. Three-day workshop at Earthaven Ecovillage. July 3-5, 2010. Contact: Arjuna da Silva, 828 669-0114. Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Free and open to the public. â&#x20AC;˘ TH (7/8), 7-8:30pm - Family Night: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Tracks.â&#x20AC;? Become a nature detective. Learn to identify animal footprints. Join Rangers at the Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384. Free, but registration required: 298-5330, ext. 304. 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. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or â&#x20AC;˘ SA (7/10), 8am - Guided bird walk through Jackson Park in Hendersonville â&#x20AC;&#x201D;- 10am-1pm Adopt-A-Stream Workshop. Learn about environmental threats to our waterway, what people are doing to combat pollution, and how to become a steward of a stream in your own backyard. Wear walking shoes for optional outdoor training. N.C. Arboretum Events

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by Mackensy Lunsford What does it take to open a restaurant? To Molly and Merherwan Irani, the owners of Chai Pani, the charming Indian chaat restaurant on Battery Park Avenue in downtown Asheville, it takes a supportive community, a lot of patience — and perhaps a dose of crazy. Molly and Meherwan, it seems, were destined to meet at some point. Their families knew each other, for one, and the two were born on the same day of the same year, within a few hours of each other (albeit in separate countries). “Our parents used to joke that there was some connection,” says Molly. When Meherwan came to the states from India, he worked at a restaurant that Molly’s family owned to put himself through graduate school. The two met, became separated, then, like every good love story, found each other again and “have been together ever since,” says Meherwan. “How long has that been?” he asks, puzzled, turning toward his wife. “A long time,” she answers, laughing. The two had a little girl, and Meherwan

eventually started a career in high-end real estate — then had the foresight to realize that it was time to get out. The couple were driving home late at night from a family trip when Merherwan, introspective in the way that long, dark car trips can inspire, suddenly revealed to Molly that he needed an exit strategy. Sure enough, the market crashed not long after that. “It was the first time in my life when I said that I needed to do something else. I’d been in sales and marketing for 14 years. I was good at what I did, making a living and enjoying my work — but it was never a passion,” Meherwan says. “I always looked at people that had a passion like they were the lucky ones.” Molly asked Merherwan to think hard about what he was passionate about. “We’re about to turn 40, and this is your chance,” she urged. “You have to do it, you’ve got to go for it.” One night, some time not long after, Meherwan sat straight up in bed and said that, given the chance to do anything, he would open a chaat house in Asheville. Molly, who had watched her parents’ mar-

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riage crumble due to the pressures of the restaurant business, was unfortunately none too pleased. “After all of this pep talk about the ‘find your bliss’ thing, then he comes out and says he wants to open a restaurant,” she says laughing. “I said ‘What?! Are you crazy?! All of that follow your bliss stuff — I didn’t mean it!’” To prove to Molly that their restaurant would be different, Meherwan set out to produce a business plan. “Then he went into this phase where it was feverish,” says Molly. “It was like the mad artist had found his calling. He would go out in a suit every morning, and then come home and stay up until three in the morning — our walls were plastered with business plans and sketches. It was like this thing had been waiting to come out of him his whole life,” she recalls. Merherwan managed to turn out a fairly airtight business plan in a crazily short amount of time — 100 pages of plans in 30 days, to be exact. He had noticed that fast-food and comfort-food sales were going through the roof, even as the stock market was falling, so, he thought, “Why not healthy, affordable fast food?” After months and months of honing the plan, Molly was finally convinced, and the couple worked to secure micro-loans from friends in order to avoid dealing with banks in the wake of a faltering economy. The couple stumbled upon the building at 22 Battery Park space that Chai Pani currently occupies. After inking the lease, they set about scrubbing years of grime from a building that had housed a series of restaurants for several decades, realizing quickly that a fairly major overhaul was in order. With money running perilously low, they had to do it quickly — and with as much help as possible. The crew that showed up to help included a nurse, a man who had just received a doctorate in psychology, a full-time teacher and a successful contractor willing to do some extra late-night work for later (and little) pay — some of it in food.

“This crew of people that worked with us, our friends, they were working in there day and night, degreasing and scrubbing and plumbing and all of that stuff for a month for practically nothing,” says Molly, adding that some of those who helped are still being paid in free food — “Or dosa (savory pancakes) dollars,” Meherwan jokes. “People love their dosa dollars.” “It was a team effort, completely,” Molly says. “This place was built the old-fashioned way, with a group of friends who came together and had a vision — it was really his vision,” she says, gesturing toward her husband. “The way we executed it was with this team of people, and they’re all still here helping us run the place.” “And I think that we have the most overqualified team of people working here for us,” says Meherwan, as the full-time teachernow-turned-partner sweeps the patio. “It’s funny,” he muses, “when I left India, my dad gave me some advice. He said, ‘When you get to America, never forget to always be nice to everybody, especially to servers and waiters. You never know, the guy who’s waiting on you today could be the surgeon that’s putting himself through medical college that will save your life one day.” “Chai Pani is a community-built restaurant,” says Molly. “People came together and helped build this place, and many have stayed on to run the place, because they feel ownership.” The Iranis think that is part of what gives Chai Pani such a neighborhood feel. It’s an aura customers notice when they come in for the restaurant’s brand of healthy, Indian street food. “To me, it defines what this restaurant has become. If we didn’t start the way we had, I don’t think this restaurant would feel and operate the way that it does now,” says Meherwan. X

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actual bank vault for a lounge area. Of naming his new restaurant after a telephone company building, Hartzler unintentionally puns, “It has a nice ring to it.” The main dining room, featuring a 20-foot bar, will hold about 50 seats. The patio in front of the building has additional seating capacity for about as many people. “It depends on how friendly you want to get,” says Hartzler. “We will be more of a restaurant than the Vault,” Hartzler says, though he admits that there are some challenges to overcome. The Southern’s kitchen is equipped with a hood system that doesn’t allow for grilling or frying — or any sort of open flame. To come up with creative ways to meet these challenges, the team hired Terri Roberts, a chef

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whose resume includes stints in Chicago’s Avec and North Pond restaurants, as well as Asheville’s Table. Roberts reports that she will employ slow-cooking methods like sous vide and braising to turn out menu items like a braised pork crostini with radish-carrot slaw, or a sous vide pork tenderloin with lady peas and collards. Though those dishes carry a definite southeastern American slant, the menu will not necessarily stick to that theme. Think pan-southern: southern Italian, south Asian — and perhaps even the Faulkland Islands, the team jokes. “We don’t want to be pigeonholed into one thing,” says Hartzler. He also reports that the bar will serve signature drinks with all fresh juices, much like the Vault. In addition, there will be eight beers on tap, most of them locally brewed, “and a much more extensive wine list than the Vault has,”

Hartzler adds. Full-table service will be available, as well. The price point, he maintains, will remain fairly low, or at least “significantly less” than many restaurants around town. A back room, already equipped with a bar, can be used as an event space and potential music venue. Hartzler describes the Southern’s atmosphere as “comfortable.” Although he reports that the restaurant could hold more heads, he wants there to be a feeling of space in the dining room, so he won’t be installing as many tables as the room could potentially hold. “We want there to be elbow room,” Hartzler says. Hartzler hopes that The Southern will be open before Bele Chere, the last weekend in July.

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woman, was invited to the White House to join a coalition of chefs in a dialogue about Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program. To spread the word about what the program means to her, Masterton held one of her monthly market dinners — intimate events where she serves food bought straight from the farmers across the street at the Wednesday French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market. At this particular dinner, Masterton served roasted local chicken, a Thai-influenced cucumber salad, bread from Farm and Sparrow and a side dish of zephyr squash and young green beans. Masterton talked briefly about the importance of visiting farmers markets, detailing a conversation that she had with a young farmer. “I said to one of the farmers that we buy from regularly, ‘What do you want me to tell people? What’s important?’” said Masterton. “One of the women said, ‘Tell people to buy their weekly groceries at the Wednesday afternoon (French Broad) tailgate market.’” Masterton also detailed her trip to the White House, discussing the “Chefs Move to Schools” program and her role in heading the local effort, as well as the ways in which local politicians are helping to support the movement. Xpress will be following the story as it develops. Watch Masterton talk about her efforts in a video at X Send your food news to Mackensy Lunsford at

eatininseason Crook necks, Patty Pans, Zephyrs and Zucchinis… by Maggie Cramer Summer is officially here, and with it, local summer squash. The blossoms and bold hues of the many available varieties of squash began brightening up area farmers markets in June, and remain a market staple through September. “Local squash is bursting with flavor, tender and soft — not waxy,” says John Stehling, who owns Early Girl Eatery with his wife, Julie.

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2 tbsp butter; 3 zucchini, thinly sliced (about 4 cups); 3 yellow squash, thinly sliced (about 4 cups); 1 cup onion, diced; 1/2 cup celery, diced; 1 clove garlic, minced; 4 eggs, beaten; 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated; 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; 1 1/2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped; 1 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped; 1/2 tsp Tabasco; 1/2 tsp salt; 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper; 1/8 tsp nutmeg; 1/4 tsp sugar; 3 cups dried bread crumbs

Method Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 baking dish, dust with bread crumbs and set aside. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally until edges of onion turn golden brown. Add garlic and cook another minute, then add squash and cook until tender and slightly brown, approximately 10 minutes. Set aside and let cool. In a medium bowl, combine the beaten eggs, cheeses, basil, parsley, Tabasco, salt, pepper, nutmeg and sugar, then set aside. Pulse a third of the squash mixture in a food processor until chunkysmooth. Add to the bowl with the rest of the squash, egg, and cheese mixture, and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with a coating of bread crumbs. Bake 35-40 minutes.

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The Big Crafty doesn’t just have the most crafts, it has the most unusual by Alli Marshall Craft fairs, despite the deceptively straightforward name, sweep the spectrum from the cutesy (macrame owls! crocheted toilet paper covers!) to the quirky (monster dolls! recycled metal buckles!); from the high-end (handmade books! blown glass!) to the down-home (strawberry preserves! coffee mugs!). And rightly so: There’s a craft aesthetic not just for every maker, but also for every buyer. And as the DIY (from zine publishing and pirate radio to Stitch-n-Bitch circles and upcycled clothing) movement continues to grow, a new craft-buying public — folks who may never have set foot before, in either a granny-populated community-center craft sale or a pricey, boutique-y craft gallery — is finding that there are craft shows out there that speak them. Enter Asheville’s Big Crafty. It’s been voted (by Xpress readers) best arts/craft fair in WNC. It packs two levels of Pack Place with over 140 indie-crafters, musical acts and activities. And the event’s popularity — though well-deserved — was not hard-won. The first Big Crafty was a mere two summers ago, at The Grey Eagle, with 35 local artists. That humble (but supersuccessful) beginning quickly blossomed into the juried, eco-minded, twice-annual, not-tobe-missed shopping extravaganza. Plus, there’s beer. Okay, yes, the beer usually goes quickly, but the point is, it’s that sort of a craft show. One where you’ll probably see more body art than cat art, more arm warmers than pot holders, more subversive stationary, offbeat ornaments, bottle cap jewelry, one-of-a-kind crockery, must-have hats, edgy tees and darkly ingenious paintings. In fact, with such a big selection and so many talented crafters vying for booth rentals at the Big Crafty, this is one craft fair worth trawling for the pinnacle of odd, anomalous, sui generis crafts. To help you on your search, Xpress checked out some of the unique crafters who will be represented:

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Peculiar Pets. Raleigh-based toy-maker Michelle Lyon fashions stuffed animals from “repurposed damaged vintage bedspreads.” The bad parts of the fabric are removed and the remainder finds new life in the shape of a bear or a monkey or an owl. Nubbly fabrics and unusual colors add to the charm of the creations and Lyon’s pets, while cute, each boast a homemade asymmetry. But none of this — or the fiber fill made from 80-percent recycled water bottles — is what makes these toys truly “peculiar.” Lyon’s wicked sense of humor skews the projects: Each animal comes with a sewn-on accessory. Some are pedestrian enough: A bear with a tree, a monkey with a banana. But then there’s the Dachshundshaped dog wearing a hot-dog bun, the fish with a slice of lemon, the pinwheel-eyed sheep paired with a jar of mint jelly. And if those aren’t subversive enough, Lyon also offers a line of “Problem Pets.” A purple rat with a rick-rack tail wears an exploding a bomb, a pinkand-white gingham dog smokes a cigarette and a plaid rabbit, its red eyes slanted angrily, wields a spear.

Southern Pest Prints is the brainchild of illustrator Sara White who, according to her bio, “makes prints, drawings, and other strange creations in the Upper Ninth Ward in New Orleans.” While White’s portfolio shows a wide range of inspirations, her recently-debuted line of letter press stationary focuses on the one part of Southern living that most people would like to forget: bugs. But nutria, moths and palmetto bugs, rendered in hand-carved linoleum block prints, are strangely lovely. (Though still maybe not quite right for wedding invites. Then again...)

It’s festival season (of course, in Asheville, when is it not?) — time to don alterego-enhancing accessories like Sculpey horns and butterfly wings. Or, take your costuming to the next level with a cuff, a hat or a fairie circlet (it’s a Renaissance-y headband) from Organic Armor. According to the Asheville-based company, designer Paul Hersey “creates handmade costumes and props that look like antique metal or leather, for performers and other creative folk.” The one-of-a-kind pieces, formed from soft, light, reinforced rubber, look remarkably like copper or steel. Head wear and wrist pieces (coil bracers) are set with glimmering glass stones and would be right at home on the set of Xena: Warrior Princess. • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 53

Rather like Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Ergane Bantam Charms turns up a wealth of fantastic odds and ends. “Here you will find paper and glass, postage stamps and vintage watch crystals and a bounty of locketsall transformed into wearable art ... I like to imagine that my jewelry is for the thinking person who wants a story and meaning behind the accessories that they wear,” writes proprietress Jane McGregor. “Give a bouquet that never fades,” says Celia Barbieri, aka The Button Florist. Visit her work space in Asheville’s Phil Mechanic Studios and you get the drift: Barbieri’s bouquets are whimsical and unique and, unlike tulips, the petals garnered from found and collected buttons won’t droop or wilt in the vase. Barbieri adds handmade ceramic buttons to complete her flowers, which are way more sculpture than mere bloom arrangements.

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Get craftier earlier with the Big Crafty preparty, Saturday, July 10. This is the first year for the advance event, but in true Big Crafty style, it’s sure to be a blazing success. More than a drinks/social gathering, the party features musician Morgan Geer. Former AVL turned PDX resident Geer fronted ‘90s band The Merle (which plays later this month at Broadways) and The Unholy Trio. His current outfit is Drunken Prayer, which also performs at The Grey Eagle (July 16), the Decline of WNC show at Stella Blue (July 24) and The Watershed (July 30). Of the Big Crafty party, Geer says, “It was kind of serendipitous.” Big Crafty co-creator Justin Rabuck is a good friend of Geer’s, and while the two had planned to work together at some point, the dates for this event lined up perfectly with Geer’s cross-country tour

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from his home in Portland, Ore. Rumors have been swirling that Geer is moving back to Asheville permanently. Turns out that’s not quite true. At least not yet. Geer is in the process of recording a new Drunken Prayer album, with help from members of She & Him, The Breeders and The Minus 5. “I’ve had lots of people writing and calling about distribution and whatnot, so there seems to be a little bit of a buzz about it,” he says. “It’s progressive compared to the first two CDs. There’s a lot more psychedelic stuff. It’s a little more dynamic and a little less in the traditional-alternative-country rodeo.” As for reuniting with his Asheville-based bandmates, Geer says, “It helps that we’re such good friends. There’s a musical telepathy.” The Big Crafty pre-party is at the LAB. 9:30 p.m., $7. Listen to a podcast interview with Geer at

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Pysanky is the fancy name for Ukranian egg art — a craft that deserves a fancy name. Intricate designs are painstakingly painted on to delicate empty egg shells. Actor/writer/artist Stephanie Astalos-Jones turns pysanky on its head: Where the craft usually results in jeweltoned orbs decorated with complex, geometric patterns and painstaking florals, she paints her eggs (nonetheless painstakingly) with folk art skulls and scenes from nursery rhymes. (AstalosJones makes short work of florals and geometric patterns, too, in case you were wondering.)

The Etsy shop is called Canoo, but don’t go looking for paddles. Asheville-based crafter Krista Allison makes monsters. Cloth finger puppets, ceramic finger puppets, lovable monster toys fashioned from felted wool. “Every monster you see has been hand-crafted from upcycled wool sweaters and other salvaged stuff,” writes Allison, whose humor is readily apparent in her huggable ghouls.

At first glance, the creations of local artist Robin VanValkenburgh recall those paintby-number-ish “make your own” ceramic figurine shops of the ‘80s. That’s what makes them so awesome. Look closer at the Runny Bunny line and you’ll see that these gleaming white slip-cast figurines have been altered from their intended molds. A cartoonish rabbit head a top a Miss Muffet body; a nimble little fawn with three baby heads sprouting from its neck. While shrines aren’t new (rather, they’re among the oldest of art forms), Julie Masaoka (who lives in Asheville) juxtaposes sacred images with castoff objects, like hubcaps and bottle caps. Bright colors, beading and saintly figures recall wildlyimaginative Mexican alters and the found-object creativity of small Hindu shrines. A narwhal should be a mythical beast, like a griffin or a unicorn. In fact, it’s known as the “unicorn of the sea,” but this member of the whale species is alive and well in the Arctic. Happy Owl Glassworks celebrates the rare sea creature with customized night lights in a rainbow of color choices. “Perfect for a nursery, hallway or wherever a little warmth is needed in the home,” says the company’s Web site. • JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010 55




This curious notion of kicking people to normalcy Wish I Had a Sylvia Plath takes on creativity and struggle

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Xpress: Why Sylvia Plath? Gray: My tutor at Oxford called me when I was living in L.A. She said, “Elisabeth, I want you to write a play about Sylvia Plath.” I said, “I can’t stand Sylvia Plath.” She said, “Oh, but Elisabeth darling, you have so much in common with her.” That intrigued me. I read her journals and found her to be so funny, energetic and lovable that I said, “All right, I’ll write the play.”

Wilks: It’s very satirical about the culture she lived in. Gray: Plath killed herself in 1963, but she is a product of that 1950s housewife mentality. It’s the hallucinations that Ester has while her head is in the oven the last 10 seconds of her life. Ten seconds explode into 80 minutes? Gray: There’s a wonderful line from poet Elizabeth Bishop, “Life and the memory of it so compressed they’ve turned into each other.” Ester Greenwood is looking back on her life and reconstructing the way only a writer can. People say, “A comedy about suicide?” It sounds dreadful, or disrespectful. It’s neither, it’s about the triumph of the mind to take circumstances and turn them into whatever you want them to be.

I don’t think funny and energetic when I think Sylvia Plath. Wilks: She was a very theatrical person in the performance of her life and, being a poet, there was a performance to that. She lived her own oneperson show.

Audiences often shy away from suicide. Gray: It’s not about suicide. Every bit of entertainment I’ve seen related to Sylvia Plath makes it the pinnacle. What we’re doing is making a play about life and starting with the death. Start with what people know, work from there and broaden horizons when thinking about Plath and her work.

Is this a documentary of her life? Gray: No, Sylvia Plath is never mentioned in the play. It’s the character Ester Greenwood from Plath’s novel The Bell Jar 10 years later, sticking her head in the oven.

I was horrified reading The Bell Jar by how they tried to make her “normal.” Wilks: Ted Hughes was horrified by it as well. Experimenting with what electricity would do is horrifying. The play deals with the history, not


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“We can keep doing this forever”

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Mates of State is not your Mates of State, with Nick ordinary rock band. From their Thune, Free Energy & Kurt highly energetic, quirky keyEden (and Mark Capon!) board/drum arrangements to where: their family-friendly touring The Orange Peel entourage, the married duo is when: redefining the sound and face of rock ‘n’ roll — and they’re bringTuesday, July 13 (9 p.m. ing the kids along for the ride. $14/$16. It shouldn’t surprise, then, that Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner have again strayed from the beaten path, opting to self-record and digitally release a full-length covers record that reinvents tracks from artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Belle and Sebastian, Fleetwood Mac and The Mars Volta. It’s not completely unfamiliar territory — since 2003, they’ve covered singles from Jackson Browne, David Bowie and Phantom Planet — but Crushes: The Covers Mixtape is Mates of State through-and-through, an extraordinarily cohesive marriage of artists and genres that are anything but, a patchwork sewn with the soaring male/female vocal harmonies, bright and fuzzy keys, inventive percussion and unflagging optimism that have defined Mates of State’s sound for more than a decade. “We’ve been talking about doing it for a while, but a covers album is a hard sell a lot of times,” Hammel explains from the tour bus in Minneapolis, where he’s just put his two daughters down to nap. “People are like, ‘Whoo hoo, you did a lame ol’ covers record. Who wants to hear you butcher some songs that I love?’” With that in mind, Hammel and Gardner took their time on this project, narrowing down tracks and reworking them with “Mates of State energy” for several years before going ahead with the project. “We didn’t want it to be a throwaway record,” he says. “We wanted it to be a Mates of State record, but with other people’s songs.” To support the release, the band is crisscrossing the country with a group of entertainers that more closely resembles a sideshow than a rock tour. Opening acts are slated to include magicians, jugglers, contortionists, sword swallowers and comedians — an unorthodox assembly that suits the eclectic nature of the album. “We just wanted to do less of a traditional rock-band setup,” Hammel explains. “There’s so much good stuff out there. It doesn’t all have to be exactly the same for you to be able to like it. And it’s all going to be happening one right after the other. There’s no down time, no time to sit around and be bored. It’s a complete three-hour show.” There’s no down time for the band either. For several years, their two young daughters, Magnolia and June, have accompanied Hammel and Gardner on tour. It seems improbable, but the family manages to lead a remarkably normal life on the road, though not what most consider normal for a rock ‘n’ roll tour. It’s like an extended family road trip in the comfort of a fully furnished tour bus. “We’ll wake up and hang out and have breakfast with the kids,” Hammel says. “Then we usually do something in the city we’re in, like go to the park or go swimming at the pool or do something fun in that city. And then we’ll do sound check. Then we’ll come put the kids to bed and do the show. We’ll be at the venue the rest of the night hanging out with the crew and doing stuff, and then repeat the next day.” When the family rolls into town Tuesday, they’ll be joined by one of Asheville’s own. Harvest Record’s Mark Capon is a longtime friend of the band, and is currently working as their tour manager, his fifth outing with the band. It’s been a regular gig since 2003, when he e-mailed a few artists hoping to spend some time on the road. “Jason wrote back and said they needed a merch seller in the fall of 2003,” Capon remembers. “It was before they had kids. There was just me, Kori and Jason on the road. You know, they’re so awesome. They can fill a room with just the two of them.”

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We’re all mates: The spunky duo have an Asheville connection: Harvest Records co-owner Mark Capon (floating in the sky, above). Photo by Ghynis Arban, with Xpress alteration

These days, Capon is the go-to guy, responsible for making sure everything goes right on tours that are considerably more complex. Whether that is finding a place to park the enormous bus, keeping the kids happy or handling payment at the end of the gig, he’s expected to be one step ahead. And if those responsibilities aren’t enough, Capon also serves as the liaison between publicists, record companies, promoters, venues, booking agents, managers and the band itself. “I’m supposed to have all the answers,” he laughs. But Capon will be the first to tell you it’s a labor of love. “I really enjoy losing sleep and working extra hard for these people, because I really think they’re good people. Even when times are tough on the road, which they always are at some point, at least I know that I care about these people and they’re my friends. I like how they have this family, and these girls are great. I want to help make this happen.” Apparently, he’s been doing a good job. After a decade on the road, Mates of State is showing no signs of tiring. But how long can they really keep it up? “Forever,” Hammel says without hesitation. “I think that’s the goal. As long as we keep getting better, I think we can keep doing this forever.” X Dane Smith can be reached at




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Indie rock songs + Top 40 hip-hop hits = The indie-hop jams of Hood Internet by Miles Britton Like seemingly everything these days, Chicago-outfit Hood Internet started out as a blog. It was March 2007, and Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell (both members of art-pop band May or May Not) found themselves with extra time on their hands. As a joke they began doing some mashups of their favorite — and most absurdly opposite — artists. “[Mixing] was something that both of us had messed around with, but never done seriously,” says Brink, whose first mashup was indie-pop-band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and hardcore-rap-group Clipse, entitled “Clipse Your Hands and Say Wamp Wamp” (naturally). “We started making more and threw together a blog for it, just posting mixes that we made for our friends to check out and download. It was originally conceived as just something fun to do on the side, not like a serious thing where we’d be traveling around the country. So it’s been a pleasant surprise.” That it has. Three years and 350+ mashups later, their blog has clocked in well over 2 million downloads and the pair has been asked to play almost every major festival in the U.S. — including sets at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and SXSW, where they often share the stage with many of the artists they’ve mashed. One click on and it’s


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Saturday, July 10 (9 p.m., $10. not hard to hear why. There’s R. Kelly telling your girl to hook it up over bouncy Rogue Wave guitars; Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock warbling along to a skittering Kanye beat; and Eve rapping over the tambourine shake of Radiohead’s “Reckoner.” Sure, the formula (indie rock song + Top 40 hip-hop hit = indiehop jam) might sound simple, but the results are surprisingly complex — not to mention a hell of a lot of fun. “Usually it’s just stuff that we’re listening to, the stuff that we like, which is pretty eclectic,” says Brink about the mashups, which have included everyone from Amerie and Animal Collective to Yung LA and Yeasayer. “From there, the only criteria are that we can find enough parts of the song to cut out instrumental sections to put a vocal track

with The duo has gotten better at sensing what works: “Clipse Your Hands and Say Wamp Wamp,” yes. “Neutral Milkshake Hotel,” not so much. over, or that we can find versions of the track that just have the vocals. Other than that it’s just a process of trial and error, trying songs together and seeing if they work.” On paper, a lot of their mashups look like they’d make better Celebrity Smackdown lineups than actual songs: Ludacris vs. She and Him, Hurricane Chris vs. Of Montreal, Dizzee Rascal vs. Cyndi Lauper. But on blog, the Hood Internet is able to combine these so-called adversaries into such solid grooves that they end up revealing just how similar these disparate genres truly are. And with a few of the mashups, if you didn’t know better, you might mistake them for originals. Seriously. “We’ve definitely gotten better at [sensing what songs will work together],” says Brink. “After doing this for a while and doing it so regularly, you develop an ear for what’s going to work as a good song to mix and what’s going to fit together well. But there are still some massive failures.” Case in point: their attempt to mash Neutral Milk Hotel with the song “Milkshake” by Kelis. “It was mostly just for the title of it,” he says, laughing. “It would have been called ‘Neutral Milkshake Hotel.’ That one never even got released.” Currently, Hood Internet releases one to two new mashups a week. The best are compiled into continuous, 20+ song “mixtapes” — Volume Four was released last fall — tailor-made to get the hip shake (babe) going at

your next dance party. And all of it, all 350+ tracks, is free to download or stream on their blog. While that may seem a bit altruistic, in the world of mashups, it’s a legal necessity. Not that any of the bands they sample seem to mind. “We’ve gotten no complaints,” Brink says. “No one has ever asked us to take [a song] down off the website. People will contact us to say that they’re excited to see we remixed one of their songs. We get that from time to time. It’s exposure, especially for [the smaller indie rock bands]. And we’re happy to turn people on to those bands.” In an interesting twist, Brink (who recently moved to Charlotte) and Reidell are currently working on a mashup album that, instead of sampling existing songs, will feature all new and original material from a variety of artists of different genres they’ve come to know over the years. “It’s something we’ve been talking about for awhile, having someone rap or sing and then we’ll mix that with instruments from someone else,” Brinks says. “Some of it might just be having a musician send us left-over parts they didn’t use, and we’ll use that to create a beat. It should make for an interesting record.” It’s just one more step in Hood Internet’s quest to bring musical worlds together, one mashup at a time. X Miles Britton freelance writer.







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Porn salsa: Anna Jensen delivers a provocative mashup of art and imagery by Ursula Gullow When local painter Anna Jensen overheard a man in a restaurant tell his server, “There are no tomatoes in the corn salsa,” she thought about the game “Telephone,” and how pronunciations and meanings of words are altered over time. Thus the name for her current exhibit at PUSH Gallery was born: There Are No Potatoes in the Porn Salsa. Paintings fill the walls of PUSH Gallery, and there’s a lot on display for the viewer to absorb. A variety of artistic styles, such as abstract, figurative, Pop and folk are woven into intriguing narratives involving naked and half-clad women, commercial products, masks, patterns, animals, and popular art reproductions. The disparity of Jensen’s painting methods — in combination with her gestural mark-making and suggestive subject matter — is exactly the sort of thing that will make viewers either love it or recoil from it. In either case, Jensen displays fearlessness. For Jensen, the naked female body reflects conflicted attitudes toward her own body, and “the weird scariness of being a woman.” In a painting entitled “E! True Hollywood Story, Candy-O,” a larger-than-life curvaceous woman in heels and a leotard arches her back in an exaggerated manner,

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“Someone might love me if only I had a peppier phone voice”: Artist Anna Jensen. Photo by Jonathan Welch

her face passive. In most cases, Jensen paints a dissimilar “mask” or face onto the bodies, such as in the painting, “Young Saint, Old Devil,” where the face of a child is painted onto the body of a pinup model. “Plenty of women have confronted me as to why I use such typically beautiful bodies,” says Jensen, “But it’s really about being vulnerable rather than showy.” Jensen begins many of her pieces as purely abstract works from which she gradually develops a face or a figure. Her self-portrait, “Someone might love me if only I had a peppier phone voice,” hangs at the back of the gallery. In it, an unyielding red face bearing three black holes as features contrasts with the hair and dress of the figure painted in gestural strokes of color. Accidental smears of paint have been left on the canvas — marks that other artists might have omitted. “I’ve had to teach myself to incorporate freedom and messiness [into my work],” says Jensen. She appropriates distinct painting styles and even exact reproductions of well-known artists into her work (de Kooning, Matisse, Picasso and Basquiat), surprising in this age, where most artists are generally concerned about conveying an original voice. The mash-up of styles is compelling. It’s almost as if Jensen is declaring, “I am every artist, and every artist is me.” “Come on People! Bliss Pits Don’t Build Themselves!!” is based on a Gauguin painting, and Jensen has painted her grandmother’s face on top of a stylized nude. Behind the figure hang two framed paintings — one looks like a Picasso. At her feet lie empty liquor bottles, soda cans, cigarette butts, whipped cream, prescription pill canisters and a Liver Detox tea box. “They’re

things I’ve used in my past to make me happy,” says Jensen. A bird is perched nearby. “When I’m making a painting and I feel like something’s missing, I usually will put a bird in it to complete it,” she says. Jensen began painting seven years ago after the unexpected death of her mother. “In some strange way I think it’s her working through me,” she says. The flattened stencil designs she incorporates into her pieces reference her mother who “was always using different wallpapers.” The patterns, she says, “bring out a nostalgic feeling for me.” The most solemn painting in the exhibit, “A Foreboding Shadow Befell Her,” was painted from an old childhood photograph where a young Jensen sits in a suburban kitchen, next to her mother, who is holding her sister. The girls drink a golden fluid from their wine glasses and stare at the viewer with heavy eyes. All figures are clad in austere dresses. Floral wallpaper is intricately rendered, and a shadow covers the left side of the painting. A menacing Halloween ornament hangs above the family, and details of cereal boxes and refrigerator art are painted with remarkable precision. Aside from a smattering of drawing classes, Jensen never completed a formal educational program in the visual arts, and one gets the sense that her creative decisions come from an intuitive voice rather than a trained one. There are some compositional rules she chooses not to follow, or maybe she just never learned them — like the rules of perspective — and in the end this works to her advantage. Each piece is as inventive and original as the next. Jensen’s work is up through July 20. More at and X


by Whitney Shroyer

America is a Honey: The Ins and Outs of Smiley’s, Part 2 In the last episode, the Junker, while digging around the outdoor tables at Smiley’s Flea Market, learns that a new shop has opened in the generally fruitless indoor booths. This shop is rumored to have large numbers of his favorite type of junk, old records. Anxious to beat the other wax-hounds to the new stash, but determined to follow his dogmatic method of always scouring the outside first, he finally arrives at this “new” shop, sure that other music lovers have scooped him on any number of fine, rare and valuable items. His instincts seem to have been right, however. The shop is empty upon his arrival. The shop didn’t have a name, just a number above the middle of the doors: “13.” The merchandise broke down into three categories of obsolete media: videotapes, records and a kind of end-table and book-shelf décor that I can only describe as Patriotic Primitive. The Patriotic Primitive stuff had a strong Bear subtheme — stuffed bears holding flags, ceramic bears reading happy stories of U.S. triumphs in newspapers while sitting in easy chairs, a hand-carved wooden bear holding a sign that said “America is a Honey.” A friendly man sat on a stool behind the counter. Guessing anybody’s age at Smiley’s is kind of a crapshoot, but he was mostly bald, weighed about 200 pounds, and I would estimate he stood 5’ 6”, but I never saw him when he stood, only when he stooled. I offered congratulations on the new shop and set to work on the records. They were located towards the back of the booth, in their own tight little room. You had to step up to get in, and the ceiling lowered back there, too. It was like a little cave. It would have been much better if the records were in front and the bears were in back. I stepped back and took a look around before I started to dig. This is hard to do, but is recommended procedure if you have the time — pick the best box, not the first box. From my survey, I could tell my anxiousness over missing anything was, naturally, misplaced. I already recognized some of the records — this guy had

been setting up outside off and on all summer. There was still plenty of stuff to look through, including some stuff I thought I maybe hadn’t seen, but a motherlode this wasn’t. I would be able, for instance, to skip the boxes of moldy ones entirely. I started into a likely looking box and was doing OK — a first print of Dischord’s Flex Your Head compilation, a record by northern soul singer Jean Wells, a weird Motown instrumental country record by Tony Bennett’s head band arranger, but something was keeping me from the soothing rhythms of my own record flipping. Here it was, not quite eight in the morning, and the taquería across the hall was wailing tejano music at (beyond, really) top volume. The fizz of the accordion and the peppy energy of the beat were not exactly tonic to my caffeine-deprived mind. But I probably could have gotten with it, or just let it recede into the background, had the owner of the new shop not decided to take some kind of stand. He said “See what I have to compete against here? I’ll have to listen to that garbage all day. I think I’ll have to rock them out.” And then he turned up his stereo past its capacity. I could not identify the artist he was playing, but it was something mid-tempo and melodic from the ‘80s that made Chicago sound like the Cramps. It was the lamest attempt at out-rocking I’ve ever witnessed. The only net effect was to fuse the electric-sounding drums and casio keyboards of the pop-radio power jam, with the bounce and guffaws of the tejano. I began to get claustrophobic in my little cave, and actually started to wonder if I could psychically stand to stay there. My color must have changed as my head started to throb, because he said, “That’s not really working,” and switched from the tape on his stereo to the radio. It started playing the station that bills itself as North Carolina’s NASCAR connection. Driver standings were

announced and their future prospects were analyzed. Loudly. It was right about this time that someone pulled into the parking lot in the behind this little booth I was in, no doubt to unload something into another tin shack. They were playing something that sounded like mid-’90s house music. They left it on while unloading. Believe it or not, techno was not the third element needed to tie the accordion and the announcer together. If there’s a more perfect distillation of the Smiley’s experience than a heedless, spontaneous 8 a.m. mix of distorted tejano, NASCAR radio and out-of-date dance music played while you’re trying to dig through a bunch of junk you suspect you’ve probably already seen before, I don’t know what it would be. OK, granted, the owner of the shop wasn’t wearing a T-shirt with a ridiculous pro-American slogan or sexual come-on on it. But surely one of the bears was. Bears do it in the woods, baby! Next time at Junker’s Blues: The rest of the Smiley’s regulars join the hunt, and we look back fondly upon some instances when blood was in the water. X

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by Dane Smith Sky Lake is still in its infancy — with only a handful of local appearances and a few rough demos on MySpace — which makes the passion and vision of their live show all the more impressive. Filling a vacant slot left by the now defunct Ventricles (two of that band’s members make up half of Sky Lake) the band recently appeared before a light crowd at the LAB, quickly silencing the room with the breezy, delicate melody of “Father Time” and captivating the audience throughout the hour-long performance. The only misstep came when singer/guitarist Andrew Williams began the wrong song and was interrupted by cellist Benjamin Pates who pointed down at the set list. “OK,” Williams responded with a grin, “fair enough.” Relaxed and at ease before the attentive crowd, the band quietly continued through a stellar set that was at times sparse and understated, equally ferocious and soaring at others — thanks in large part to Pates’ droning cello and Williams’ atmospheric tenor. Imagine if Devendra Banhart and Thom Yorke had a baby, blessed with the former’s talent for bluesy, freewheeling folk-rock and the latter’s penchant for ethereal soundscapes delivered with driving intensity. Now you’re getting the picture. Williams’ rhythmic guitar and fluid,

lighter-than-air vocal delivery provided the backbone for more subdued tracks like “Evaporate,” whose trance-inducing melody sent the room into a six-minute haze. But it was the inspired, psychedelic-folk of tracks like “Shine” that showcased the band’s full potential. As Pates unleashed a fury of chestcrushing cello over drummer Christopher Ballard’s understated rhythms and multiinstrumentalist Ross Gentry’s alternating key and bass duties, Williams writhed and strained to deliver the gritty blues. Still, the performance was more than just the music. Disorienting black and white video — including a blazing forest fire, reflections from a choppy pool of water and the view from a moving train window — swirled behind the stage, transforming the room into an indie-rock acid test and giving early indications that Sky Lake is as much a concept as a band. Closing the set with the dizzying rhythms and rapid, spoken-word vocals of “Oil and Water,” Sky Lake quietly thanked the audience for listening and promptly exited the stage, seemingly unaware of the impression they had just made. In a music scene overwhelmed by Americana and bluegrass, Sky Lake’s impassioned blend of indie-rock and psychedelic folk is an exciting and refreshing change of pace from a band that’s just getting started. Learn more at X

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The new Rasputina album, Sister Kinderhook, explores themes of giants, portraiture and feral children — the latter possibly due to the fact that Rasputina front woman/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Melora Creager recorded it while pregnant and mixed it with her newborn in tow. The child theme is also semi-appropriate because young/new/ and — a first in the band’s history — male cellist Daniel DeJesus grew up listening to Rasputina records. And there’s also a childlike whimsy to the songs themselves, a kind of steampunk-Renaissance-indie-folkloric melange that is exactly what Rasputina does best. They’ll be at The Grey Eagle on Wednesday, July 14. Larkin Grimm opens. 8:30 p.m., $15 advance, $17 day of show.

WNCW 21st Birthday Jam

“Three nights. Three Cities. Three shows benefitting WNCW 88.7,” so says the poster for this city-hopping party. The final installment takes place on Saturday, July 10, in Asheville at the Orange Peel (the two previous nights’ shows are in Charlotte and Greenville, respectively) and feature a WNCW-worthy roster: Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Eliza Lynn, Delta Moon, Jess Klein and Dehlia Low. And, being that this is the radio station’s 21st birthday, expect a milestone of a celebration. $21; tickets available at the venue.

Carolina Mountain Ribfest

This one doesn’t really require a lot of explanation. There are barbeque ribs, natch. (Also chicken, brisket, pulled pork and fixins.) You bring the family, you loosen your belt a notch or two and, while sampling the best of the cue, you also take in bands (the lineup includes Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Longlegs, Angela Easterling & the Beguilers, Leigh Glass Band, Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, Balsam Range and more) and check out the “full Carnival with spectacular adult and children’s rides and games.” (Just wait 30 minutes between pork products and ferris wheels, folks.) Friday, July 9, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, July 11, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $6, free for kids under 12. ribfest.html.

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Gift of Gab at Mellow Mushroom

No, Califonia-based MC Gift of Gab didn’t lip-lock the Blarney Stone. His wordsmithery is, according to All Music, “jam-packed with internal rhymes, allusions, metaphors, ten-cent words, and amazing tongue-twisting feats of skill”; Pitchfork marveled over the rapper’s “astonishing verbal dexterity and enunciation.” Gift of Gab stays busy with not one but three musical projects (solo, with Blackalicious and with The Mighty Underdogs) and completed a European tour earlier this year (which, by the way, did take him within spitting distance of that Blarney Stone). An East Coast jag brings him to Asheville’s Mellow Mushroom on Friday, July 9. 8 p.m., $8 advance, $10 doors. mellowmushroom. com

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Wed., July 7

Open mic

Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Open mic

Boiler Room

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

The Still

Comedy night w/ Michael Channing, Peter Smith McDowell, Chris Weathers, Cody Hughes, Tom Scheve & Cary Goff

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Open mic w/ BlindLiver

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Shag dance

Old-time jam, 6pm

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

‘80s night

‘80s night, 10pm

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop) —- Back stage: The Zealots (rock, alternative)

Chameleon Soul Food

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic & jam

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

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Soul & jazz jam

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

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

Fireside patio storytellers night Open mic

Olive or Twist

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eleven on Grove

Zydeco dance & lessons

Pisgah Brewing Company

Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Mandolin Orange (indie, folk) w/ Frontier Ruckus

French Broad Chocolate Lounge


Emerald Lounge

Open Windows (rock) w/ Jones For Revival (roots)

Jammin’ w/ Funky Max

Frankie Bones

Wild Wing Cafe

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

J Luke (singer/songwriter)

Thu., July 8

Good Stuff

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Athena’s Club

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

The Jacob Johnson Band (blues) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Fairview Tavern

Live music w/ Kyle Dunn

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Open mic

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Red Stag Grill

Heath Patrick (instrumentalist), 7:30pm Open mic, 9pm

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

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Stella Blue

Tony Campbell, Heath Patrick & Isaac Wells (funk)

Lez Zepplin (tribute band) w/ Mother Soul

Beacon Pub

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Holland’s Grille

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Open mic

Back Room

Thur. Chatham County Line 7/8 CD Release Show 9pm Fri. 7/9 Tues. 7/13 Wed. 7/14

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Chatham County Line CD release show (bluegrass, folk) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

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SOJA, Groove Stain 8pm Felice Brothers w/ Dawn

Landes & The Hounds 8:30pm

Rasputina w/ Larkin

Grimm 8:30pm Thur. Frank Fairfield, Ian Thomas, 7/15 Twilite Broadcasters 8:30pm Fri. 7/16

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

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

Westville Pub

Open mic

Hip-hop & DJ night

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Geoff Weeks solo (soul, jazz piano)

Club 828

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Shag & swing dancing w/ DJ Ron Blankenship

The Fine Grain (rock) w/ The Dark Shave Bosco’s Sports Zone

Town Pump

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric

Nine Mile

Boiler Room

The Whapper’s & Drunken Prayer 9pm Jill Andrews with Brian McGee 9pm

Wed. Clem Snide with Heligoats 7/21 8:30pm

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The ZealoTs Fri. July 9

The screaming J’s SaT. July 10

The Big crafty Pre-party presents morgan geer col. Bruce hamPTon and The quark alliance sat. July 24

Mondays: World Tavern Poker Phat Tuesdays: Selector Cleofus Wednesdays: Karaoke & “Pre-Game Karaoke” $8 All You Can Drink PBR

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Woody Wood 9pm

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Dangermuffin (roots, rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Zuma Coffee

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

O’Malley’s On Main

Jam night Pack’s Tavern

Rocky Lindsley (solo acoustic) Pisgah Brewing Company

Erika Jane & Remember the Bees (blues, folk) Purple Onion Cafe

Tom Fisch (singer/songwriter) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

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Havana Restaurant

Live music Highland Brewing Company

Club 828

Fifth House (rock, soul, funk)

Excision (dub, drum & bass) w/ Mindelixir

Holland’s Grille

Craggie Brewing Company

Gypsy (rock)

Andy Burke (acoustic, bluegrass, country)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Diana Wortham Theater

Iron Horse Station

Glenn Spayth (singer/songwriter)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

WSNB (“we sing nasty blues”) Jerusalem Garden

Eleven on Grove

Belly dancing w/ live music

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam

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

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Emerald Lounge

Back stage: Screaming J’s (folk, experimental, blues)

East Coast Dirt (progressive, experimental)

Lobster Trap

Feed and Seed

Live music by local artists

Root Bar No. 1

Live music w/ Ronnie Ruvolo Temptations Red Room

‘80s dance party w/ Spy V Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues


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Brie Capone (indie, rock), Millie and the Sirs & Tyler Herring

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

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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

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SOJA (reggae) w/ Groove Stain

Jazz the Ripper (jazz/funk fusion)

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Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Fri., July 9

Alison Brown Quartet (folk, acoustic, bluegrass)

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

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Live music w/ Dan Lashbrook

Back Room

Yarn (Americana, country) w/ Big Daddy Love


Good Stuff

DJ night

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill


Geoff Weeks Trio (soul, jazz piano)

Athena’s Club

Wishgift (punk) w/ Doom Ribbons

Nikki Talley (indie, rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Mike’s Tavern


Wild Wing Cafe

Lobster Trap

Belly dancing

This area’s only

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Mark Schimick & Billy Constable (bluegrass)

Bluegrass jam, 7pm


You’re Under Arrest!

Generation Gap (blues, rock)

Westville Pub

Jeff Anders & friends DJ Moto dance party

Jack Of The Wood Pub


Open mic w/ Max Chain

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Good Stuff

Feed and Seed

Dawn Humphrey (blues, soul)

Grammer School (experimental, indie, rock)

Johnny Bellar w/ Dobro Champion (bluegrass)

Mellow Mushroom

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Gift of Gab (hip-hop)

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

Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm


Comedy open mic

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

“One Man Foakee Joe Show” w/ Joe Craven (multi-instrumentalist) Olive or Twist

Beth Nielsen Chapman (singer/songwriter) w/ Jonathan Byrd

Sharon LaMotte Band (jazz)

Hannah Flanagan’s

Orange Peel

Gas House Mouse (blues, soul, boogie)

Appetite For Destruction (Guns N’ Roses tribute band)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Pack’s Tavern

Iron Horse Station

96.5 House Band

Jay Brown (“original one man band”)

Pisgah Brewing Company

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Chalwa (reggae) Purple Onion Cafe

Connor Christian & Southern Gothic (Americana, Southern rock)

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Jerusalem Garden

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Red Stag Grill

Belly dancing w/ live music

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Live music w/ Jay Brown

Back stage: Big Crafty pre-party feat: Morgan C. Geer (country/soul)

Straightaway Café

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Root Bar No. 1

Kevin Scanlon (acoustic, folk)

The Shane Pruitt Band (soul, funk, jazz)

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Nine Mile

Gil T. And The Convictions (jazz, rock)

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Temptations Red Room

Olive or Twist

Letters to Abigail, 8-10 pm ‘80s, ‘90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ D-Day, 10pm-2am

Orange Peel

42nd Street Jazz Band

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

The WNCW Birthday Jam feat: Dehlia Low, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Eliza Lynn, Delta Moon & Jess Klein

Town Pump

Pack’s Tavern

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Bros. Marler (Americana, indie, roots)

Aaron LaFalce Duo (alternative, acoustic)

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Poppies Market & Café

Stereo Afro of Discordian Society

Sat., July 10 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

Every Mother’s Dream (folk, acoustic) Beacon Pub

The Herd of Main Street (Americana, country)

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Longlegs (Blues) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

The Edge Band (rock) Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Kemistry (Southern rock) Stella Blue

Hangar Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano) Lobster Trap

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

Jon Corbin (of Firecracker Jazz Band), 11:30am-2pm Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Walt Whitney (blues), 2-5pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Watershed

Jack Brown benefit concert w/ live music White Horse

“Sunday Classics” feat: members of Asheville Lyric Opera Wild Wing Cafe

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) White Horse

Talent Search Finalist Reunion feat: Jesse Barry (singer/songwriter, blues), Clarke Spencer, Lyric, Jennifer Smith & Mark Fuller Wild Wing Cafe

Aaron LaFalce (alternative, acoustic)

Mon., July 12 Emerald Lounge

Dance party w/ DJ Wayd Runk Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Contra dance Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

The Hood Internet (Italian pop) w/ Modern Beat Orchestra

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country, roots)

Straightaway Café


Boiler Room

Dave Turner (rock, pop)

Rooney (garage, pop) w/ The Young Veins

Melodious Earth (rock, funk) w/ Yo Soybean

Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

TSY (rock)

Dashvara (progressive, funk)

Greg Olson (folk)

Temptations Red Room

Pack’s Tavern

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

‘80s, ‘90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ Spy V

Acoustic open mic w/ Aaron LaFalce

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

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Eleven on Grove

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Artists Against Affliction Event Emerald Lounge

Burn Down Babylon benefit feat: Mabrak Sound System (reggae, rap) w/ Deep Roots, NXT LVL & Sound Pimp Fairview Tavern

Red Line (rock, metal) Feed and Seed

Tom Fisch (singer/songwriter) w/ Brittany & The All Acoustic Band Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Live music w/ Marc Keller Watershed

“BoBo’s D-Day Band” Westville Pub

One Leg Up (Gypsy, jazz) White Horse

Buncombe Turnpike (bluegrass, acoustic, folk) w/ Paul’s Creek Wild Wing Cafe

Soul Finger (soul)

2/3 Goat (“metrobilly”)

Sun., July 11

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Athena’s Club

Ben Riva (experimental)

DJ night

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Chelsea Lynn La Bate (folk, indie, roots)

Live music w/ John Cook

Garage at Biltmore

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Andrew Larson & the Moral Fibers (indie, experimental) w/ Infinien

Shag dance & lessons

Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm

D Mack Vocal Jazz Session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm

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Marc Keller & Company (variety) White Horse

Up Jumpers (roots, folk)

Tue., July 13 Back Room

Paul Cataldo (singer/songwriter) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Makia Groove (funk, reggae, fusion) Eleven on Grove

Swing dance & lessons w/ Cry Baby Tango dance (Crystal Room) Emerald Lounge

Tuesday Night Funk Jam Feed and Seed

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

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Felice Brothers (2-step) w/ Dawn Landes & the Hounds Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Darren Nicholson (bluegrass, Americana)

Wed., July 14

Old-time jam, 6pm

Fairview Tavern


Back Room

Swing Dance, 7p.m. Gene Dillard’s Bluegrass Jam, 8:30p.m.

Tony Campbell (singer/songwriter), 7:30pm Open mic, 9pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Lobster Trap

Geoff Weeks (soul, jazz piano) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Mantras (rock, psychedelic) Orange Peel

Mates of State (indie, rock) w/ Nick Thune, Free Energy & Kurt Eden Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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

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

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Open mic

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop) —Back stage: Millie and the Sirs (indie, rock) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Soul & jazz jam

Open mic

Nine Mile

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Shag dance

Olive or Twist


Shag & swing dancing w/ DJ Ron Blankenship

‘80s night, 10pm

Pisgah Brewing Company

Chameleon Soul Food

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pisgah Jazz Trio Poppies Market & Café

Blues jam

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


Temptations Red Room

Open mic w/ Andrea Le

Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Thu., July 15

The Hookah Bar

“Phat Tuesday” w/ Selector Cleofus

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Ashley Wilson Trio (jazz)

D Mack presents House Grooves

Good Stuff

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Open mic

Open mic w/ Roberto Hess (every other Tuesday alternating w/ Firestorm’s open mic)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Rock Records

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Rasputina (rock) w/ Larkin Grimm Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss


Wild Wing Cafe

DJ night Virginia Daredevils (bluegrass)

Westville Pub

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

Athena’s Club Back Room

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

White Horse

Open mic

Beacon Pub

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

tuesday Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Mike’s Side Pocket Tallgary’s College Street Pub

wednesday Asheville Ale House / Beacon Pub / Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill / The Hangar / Infusions / O’Malleys on Main / Holland’s Grille / Hookah Bar / Rendezvous / Temptations

thursday Cancun Mexican Grill / Chasers / Club Hairspray / Fairview Tavern / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

Open mic


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Fairview Tavern / Infusions Mack Kell’s / Shovelhead Saloon Stockade Brew House The 170 La Cantinetta

Patrick Fitzsimons (folk, blues, roots) Bosco’s Sports Zone

Open mic & jam

Confused As Ever (alternative, grunge) w/ The Offended Red

Club 828

Hip-hop & DJ night


Holland’s Grille

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Marc Keller (singer/songwriter)

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Club Hairspray / Holland’s Grille Infusions / Shovelhead Saloon The Still

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

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Miriam Allen (fusion, roots) Good Stuff

Sparta Philharmonic (experimental, punk, indie) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Frank Fairfield (fiddle, guitar & banjo player) w/ Ian Thomas, Twilite Broadcasters Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Rose’s Pawn Shop (Americana, bluegrass, alt-country) Lobster Trap

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Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 The Garage 505-2663 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 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 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 Magnolia’s Raw Bar 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 New Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jack’s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Poppies Cafe 885-5494 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Red Step Artworks 697-1447 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494

Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgary’s College Street Pub 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 TGI Friday’s 277-4080 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eymarel (electronica, experimental)

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Knives and Daggers (experimental, indie) w/ ITS JUST VANITY

O’Malley’s On Main


Jam night

Open mic w/ Max Chain

Club 828

Orange Peel

Westville Pub

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros w/ We Are Each Other feat: Aaron Embry

Davin McCoy Trio (“emotional bluesy Americana”)

Pack’s Tavern

Wild Wing Cafe

Lee Griffin (guitarist & vocalist) Pisgah Brewing Company

Jeff Anders & friends DJ Moto dance party

American Gun (Americana, rock)

Zuma Coffee

Purple Onion Cafe

Uncle Mountain (folk, rock) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Straightaway Café

Jay Brown (acoustic) Temptations Red Room

‘80s dance party w/ Spy V Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Fri., July 16 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

Ten Toe Turbo (reggae, rock) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing Boiler Room

Nova Echo (alternative, electronic) Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

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

Josh Blake’s Jukebox Feed and Seed

Sons of Ralph (bluegrass, Americana) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Dave Desmelik (Americana) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Jason DeCristofaro (jazz)

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Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Olive or Twist

Brie Capone (indie, rock)

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

42nd Street Jazz Band

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern


Orange Peel

The Whappers (rock) w/ Drunken Prayer & David Dyas

DJ Jazzie Charlie

Godspell & Resurrectio (musical)

White Horse

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Stone (ambient, electronic)

Spectrum (rock)

Wild Wing Cafe


Sun Domingo (rock, alternative)

Summer dance series

Sat., July 17

Purple Onion Cafe

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

James McMurtry & The Heartless Bastards (Texas troubadour, songwriter) w/ Jonny Burke Havana Restaurant

DJ night

Live music

Back Room

Lyndsay Wojcik (soul, folk)

Nashville singer-songwriter night feat: AJ Masters, Jerry Vandiver & Victoria Banks

Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Highland Brewing Company

Unnamed Suspects (rock)

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country, roots)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Boiler Room

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

DJ Drees (electronic) w/ Queen April

Iron Horse Station

Craggie Brewing Company

Slight Departure (old-timey, bluegrass)

JT Black & Jeff Markham (acoustic rock)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Uncle Mountain (folk rock) & Underhill Rose

Greg Olson (folk)

Jerusalem Garden

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

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

Back stage: tHE Poles (rock) Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que

Kate McNally (â&#x20AC;&#x153;acoustic songbirdâ&#x20AC;?)


Straightaway CafĂŠ

Shakey Willie Davis (nu-jazz) Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Long Legs (blues) Temptations Red Room

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ Spy V The Wine Cellar at the Saluda Inn

Gary Segal & Frank Beeson (Americana) Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Funk Messengers (jazz, fusion)

The Last Call (folk, rock)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

White Horse

Jill Andrews (alt-country, folk) w/ Brian McGee

David LaMotte (acoustic, folk)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Wild Wing Cafe

Oyster Blues Cult (blues)

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

Much is Given (rock, powerpop)

Purple Onion Cafe


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

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Spectrum (rock)


Freepeoples Frequency (psychedelic)

Westville Pub

Poppies Market & CafĂŠ


Stella Blue

Saint Solitude (garage, indie)

Caribbean Cowboys (classic rock)

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Kemistry (Southern rock)

Unholy Trio (country, garage) w/ Rafe Hollister

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern


Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Good Stuff

PUSH Asheville Fashion


Gypsy (rock)


Orange Peel


Feed and Seed

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Bob Burnette (folk, singer/songwriter)

Sharon LaMotte Band (jazz)

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Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work (Americana, rock) Pubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 8th birthday bash

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Olive or Twist


Emerald Lounge

Red Stag Grill

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Dave Desmelik (Americana) w/ Lefty


Non-stop rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am

Blue Line Highway (acoustic, rock)

Nikki Talley (indie, rock) w/ Tyler Williams & Ashley Davis Band

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


Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band) w/ Freebird Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Iron Horse Station

Soft Opening (folk, rock)

Sherri Lynn and Mountain Friends (contemporary bluegrass, country)

Straightaway CafĂŠ

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Chalwa (reggae)

Folk Soul Revival

Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

Jerusalem Garden

Pipapelli (blues, jam)

Belly dancing w/ live music

Temptations Red Room

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Letters to Abigail, 8-10 pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ D-Day, 10pm-2am

Back stage: Kung Fu Dynamite (rock)

Stella Blue

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

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Three Legged Fox (rock, roots) Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Archrivals (funk, fusion)

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

Native Sway (jam, rock) w/ Zegg & Silver Machine New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Robots Win (folk, electro, tropical) Nine Mile

Live music w/ Marc Keller

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge Red Stag Grill

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Marmaduke (PG) 1:00, 4:00


Get Him To the Greek (R) 7:00, 10:00

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) Players: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Yolande Moreau, Dominque Pinon, Nicolas Marié, Marie-Julie Baup, Julie Ferrier, OMAR SY


Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452)


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Stylized Comedy

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (NR) 12:30, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 (Sofa Cinema)


Despicable Me 2D (PG) 11:50, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:40

Rated R

The Story: A man whose father was killed by a landmine and whose own life has been compromised by a bullet lodged in his brain decides to get back at the munition makers who created both.

Grown Ups (PG-13) 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:25, 9:45 (Sofa Cinema) Harry Brown (R) 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 8:05, 10:35 (Sofa Cinema) The Human Centipede (NR) Thu July 8-Sat July 10 only 10:00

The Lowdown: The best film of the summer! A delight — but with thoughtfulness — from start to finish. See it twice — the more you see it, the more you will appreciate the craftsmanship, artistry and humor. If nothing else, the summer of 2010 brings us Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs — or to give it its full French title Micmacs à tire-larigot, which, according to my French-speaking editor (she speaks English, too, which is a good thing), translates as “Nonstop mix-ups” or “Nonstop funny business,” either of which could describe this magnificently playful, endlessly creative movie. Micmacs is far and away the best thing I’ve seen all summer. While I hate the fact that Jeunet has been absent from the film scene since A Very Long Engagement back in 2004, I’m willing to forgive his absence since he has come back with something this, well, wonderful. I haven’t had this much pure joy and entertainment at a movie all year. In some ways, Micmacs is more closely related to the earlier Jeunet-Caro films like Delicatessen (1991) and The City of Lost Children (1995) than it is to Amélie (2001) or A Very Long Engagement, but don’t take that too literally. It has the drive and some of the surrealism of those earlier films, but it has a sweetness of spirit that’s more in keeping with his later films. In fact, it may be a perfect blend of his oeuvre. Some viewers will find it too much, I suspect, or they will think it’s style over substance, or they will find it too much effort for what will be perceived by some as a slight story. To them I say, “Banana oil.” This is a firkin — maybe two firkins — full of simians of a movie made by a filmmaker in love with the joy of filmmaking and the quirkiness of his characters. Dany Boon (My Best Friend) stars as Bazil, a fellow who seems to have no luck at all. His father was killed by a landmine in the Western Sahara in 1979, leaving Bazil an orphan. Thirty years later, Bazil has a job in a video store where he spends his time watching old American movies like The Big Sleep (1946) in their French-language versions — until he’s shot in the head in a freak accident during an actual shootout in the street outside the store. The doctor — on the basis of a coin toss

Knight and Day (PG-13) 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 (Sofa Cinema)

Dany Boon, Marie-Julie Baup and Omar Sy engaged in the grand scheme of JeanPierre Jeunet’s dazzling Micmacs. — decides not to operate, since it might leave Bazil a vegetable. The downside, however, is that the bullet could kill him at any moment. Things go from bad to worse. Upon getting out of the hospital, Bazil finds that most of his belongings have been stolen and he is without a place to live. Plus, his job has been given to a pretty girl (Manon Le Moal), who does give him a small gift found in the tire of her boyfriend’s motorbike: the shell from the bullet in Bazil’s head. Out of work and out of luck, Bazil tries his best to get by until one day an old man called Slammer (Jean-Pierre Marielle, The Da Vinci Code) in the U.S. version (and Placard in the French one) takes him to a “family” who adopts him. The family lives in a fantasticated structure built from scrap in a junkyard and is comprised of a collection of misfits and outcasts lorded over by Tambouille/Mama Chow (Yolande Moreau, Séraphine). Each has a special talent or obsession that will come into play in the course of the story. The main part of the film kicks in when Bazil finds himself on a street with armament manufacturers, the buildings facing each other — one of them he recognizes as the company that made the mine that killed his father, the other as the makers of the bullet that may cause his brain to “pop” at any moment. When he quickly learns that both are run by unscrupulous war profiteers (well, they are munitions manufacturers), he decides to seek his revenge. This becomes an intricate, convoluted scheme to turn the two against each other. It’s sufficiently loopy that Bazil’s newfound family is more than delighted to take a hand in it. Since much of the joy of the film comes from watching the plan unfold in ways that often defy expectations, I am going to say nothing about how it all works. I will say that the characters are won-

derful; the situations are clever; the performances (including Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon) are first rate; the musical score (a mix of new music by Raphael Beau and old Warner Bros. scores by Max Steiner) is a constant delight; and Jeunet is at the top of his game as a filmmaker. And if you want something more — though you really oughn’t — the film itself, like Bazil, has something on its mind thematically. Do yourself the favor of seeing Micmacs — and see it on the big screen where its visual splendor can be appreciated. Rated R for some sexuality and brief violence. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

The Human Centipede JJJ

Director: Tom Six Players: Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold Exploitation Horror

Rated NR

The Story: A mad scientist turns two women and one man into the title creature by surgically connecting them. The Lowdown: A gross-out premise, some bad acting, a hysterically out-of-hand bad guy and a bloody, violent and slightly disturbing finale may provide an amusing 90 minutes for hardcore horror fans — but others beware. If you throw up, don’t blame me. Future generations of moviegoers might divide this generation of moviegoers into those who were brave/foolish/curious enough to actually go see The Human Centipede and those who weren’t. This

The Last Airbender 3D (PG-13) 11:35, 2:00, 4:25, 7:00, 9:25 Micmacs (R) 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15 Mother and Child (R) 12:35, 3:35, 7:15, 10:05 Solitary Man (R) 12:05, 2:25, 4:35, 7:55, 10:15 Toy Story 3 in 3D (G) 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Toy Story 3 2D (G) 12:00, 2:40, 5:10,7:40 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) 11:00, 11:40, 1:45, 2:30, 4:30, 5:15, 7:10, 8:00, 10:00, 10:45 n

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes

The City of Lost Children

Director: Robert Fuest Players: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Peter Jeffrey, Derek Godfrey, Hugh Griffith

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro Players: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, JeanClaude Dreyfus

Black Comedy/Horror Rated PG-13 Robert Fuest’s Vincent Price vehicle, The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), is more or less something of the father of splatstick horror film. The movie doesn’t revel in gore for its own sake, and isn’t even particularly gory (it originally carried the equivalent of a PG rating). However, it doesn’t shy away from the grisly (I remember being slightly shocked by a few of the things in the film when I saw it as a teenager in the summer of 1971). Fuest uses the grisliness for essentially comic purposes. Now, it seems more quirky than ghastly, which isn’t that surprising when you examine the film and realize that it uses the template of an episode of The Avengers — and that isn’t surprising when you realize that Fuest started out directing episodes of that classic series. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Abominable Dr. Phibes Thursday, July 8, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Nightmarish Fantasy Rated R In order to gear up for the opening on Friday of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new film Micmacs, the Asheville Film Society has added a Wednesday screening this week with the Jean-Pierre Jeunet-Marc Caro film The City of Lost Children (1995). Those familiar with the first Jeunet-Caro feature, Delicatessen (1991), will have a pretty good idea of the tone of this work, which, like its predecessor, manages to be both playful and darkly disturbing. If anything, Lost Children is more disturbing and nightmarish than Delicatessen — and since this remarkable work is all about dreams (nightmares really), that’s as it should be. The Asheville Film Society will screen The City of Lost Children Wednesday, July 7, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Ballad of a Soldier

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Wages of Fear) Players: Pierre Fresnay, Ginette Leclerc, Micheline Francey, Héléna Manson, Jeanne Fusier-Gir

Director: Grigori Chukhrai Players: Vladimir Ivashov, Zhanna Prokhorenko, Antonina Maksimova, Nikolai Kryuchkov

Suspense/Crime/Drama Rated NR Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Le Corbeau (1943) is a textbook classic of film — a textbook classic that I have deliberately avoided seeing for years. I didn’t doubt its probable merit. I merely doubted it was a movie I would enjoy. And as it turns out, it’s not a film I can say I enjoyed, but it’s not a film that’s meant to be enjoyed. It’s a dark and suspenseful film (well, it is Clouzot) that serves as an anti-Gestapo, anti-informant work that simultaneously managed to anger the government, the leftists, the rightists, the Nazis and the Catholic Church — an accomplishment of some note, but one that’s easy to understand in light of its bleak pessimism in its exposé of hypocrisy. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Le Corbeau at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.



War Drama Rated NR Films from the Soviet Union have tended to fall off the radar in recent years and I’m not sure why. I don’t think it’s a case of the fall of the USSR making such films seem a little quaint with their propaganda quality. Sergei Eisentstein’s Potemkin (1925) is great filmmaking with or without the Soviet government. Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier (1959) has certainly vanished from the “great films” rosters, which is understandable, because it never was a great film — merely a good, simple movie that became notable as the first successful Russian film to come out during the Cold War. It hardly deserves its current obscurity, however. Classic Cinema From Around the World will present Ballad of a Soldier at 8 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Courtyard Gallery at their new location, Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District. Info: 273-3332.


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The Fall


Chuck Close JJJJJ

Director: Tarsem Singh (The Cell) Players: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Leo Bill, Jeetu Verma, Julian Bleach

Director: Marion Cajori Players: Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Leslie Close, Elizabeth Murray Art Documentary Rated NR The late Marion Cajori’s Chuck Close (2007) — Cajori died in 2006 — is an expanded version of her acclaimed 1998 documentary on the painter. As filmmaking, it’s a fairly straightforward work — nothing flashy and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the form. In terms of content, however, this is one of the more compelling documentaries I’ve seen. It’s ostensibly about following the creation of one of Close’s huge self-portraits. On another level, the film is also a portrait of Close himself. But there’s a third level, because Chuck Close gets right down to examining the artistic process in a way I’m not sure I’ve seen done quite this well. The Asheville Art Museum is screening Chuck Close at the Fine Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8. Admission is $10/$8 for museum members.

Fantasy Rated R I groaned when I saw the words “David Fincher and Spike Jonze present” on the DVD case of Tarsem Singh’s The Fall (2006). “Great — two of my least favorite filmmakers,” I muttered, even while being conscious that this was a film that had been enthusiastically recommended to me by people who know something of my tastes and whose opinions I tend to trust. After a couple hours of some of the most mind-blowing imagery and deceptively complex storytelling, some things were clear — not the least of which was that I had seen something at least close to greatness and that one viewing barely scratched the surface of what I suspected was in the film. At the same time, I was — and am — utterly baffled by the fact that The Fall never played in Asheville theatrically. I am delighted to be involved in at least kind of rectifying that. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Fall Tuesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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Don’t miss out on Cranky Hanke’s online-only weekly columns “Screening Room” and “Weekly Reeler,” plus extended reviews of special showings, the “Elitist Bastards Go to the Movies” podcast, as well as an archive of past Xpress movie reviews — all at mountainx. com/movies. is less a movie than it is the film equivalent of being dared to eat haggis. I’ve awarded it a fairly noncommittal three stars. Is the concept disgusting? Without a doubt. And that may be enough in this case. I wasn’t particularly shocked — I don’t shock easily and really didn’t expect to be. I was only moderately entertained a good deal of the time, but I saw the film on a screener in the privacy of my living room. I can imagine being significantly more entertained by seeing it with an audience. I’ve had two weeks of watching horror fans at the Thursday Horror Picture Show react to the trailer for The Human Centipede, and they seemed to take it as a spectacularly tasteless and ridiculous joke. Seeing it with that crowd, or even seeing it with an audience overcome with revulsion, I’m betting would be utterly unwholesome fun — in a singularly twisted way, mind you. The Human Centipede — which we are assured is “100% medically accurate” — is all about a mad scientist, Dr. Heiter (Dieter Laser), who has the inexplicable (apart from his assertion, “I hate human beings”) and remarkably inhospitable notion of creating a “human centipede.” It seems he did this once before with three Rottweilers — referred to on the animals’ tombstone (must’ve turned out badly) as “My sweet Three Dog” — and he is ready to do try it with three humans. Now, since they’re to share one digestive tract, there’s only one way they can be connected. I suppose it would be kind of like being anything other than lead dog on a sled team — only a lot worse. OK, so yeah, people being sewn together mouthto-anus is reasonably gross, but director Tom Six ups the nastiness slightly by doing something unclear — but clearly unpleasant — to the mouths of numbers two and three of this decidedly shortchanged (in the leg department) centipede, and cutting some tendons in the knees to make them crawl around on all fours. But take this beyond the central idea and envision just exactly what one can do with such a creation. Once you’ve made it/them shuffle around on command, what can they do? Not much. And that’s the problem with the movie. The three victims — a Japanese man (Akihiro Kitamura) in the lead and two annoying American girls (Ashley C. Williams and Ashlynn Yennie) bringing up the rear — get hooked together by the 30-minute mark and it’s pretty much a case of them being all sewn up with nowhere to go. Well, there’s a gross-out moment when the first segment/human is compelled to answer the call of nature, but whether or not that’s a plus is up to you. These reservations to one side, the film does rouse itself to a moderately suspenseful climax that finally delivers some splattery action.

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Despite an ad campaign that made it look like Despicable Me was at least three different movies on a road to confusion, it begins to look like Universal may finally have an animated hit on their hands. So far the film only has seven reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but they’re all good — and some of them are more than good. Certainly this tale about three orphan girls worming their way into the conscience of master criminal Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), so that he reconsiders his idea of stealing the moon, seems no more than workable. The reviews suggest, however, that it’s handled in inventive and pleasing ways. Plus, the movie has a solid voice cast in addition to Carell: Jason Segel, Russell Brand (as the rival evil genius), Will Arnett, Julie Andrews. And this one was actually designed for 3-D and the process wasn’t a last-minute addition. (PG) Early review samples: • “Funny, clever and warmly animated with memorable characters.” (Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter) • “You hear a lot of action movies compared to Wile E. Coyote versus the Roadrunner, but this is two Wile E. Coyotes against each other, which leads to much more over-the-top showdowns, thankfully ones that appear to be actually conceived for 3-D.” (Luke Y. Thompson, Geekweek)


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not really the kind of movie that’s going to live or die on reviews. What’s interesting is that this takes the Predator franchise back to its pre-Alien tie-in days. In fact, producer Robert Rodriguez wrote a screenplay (not the one used here, though aspects of it are probably intact) as a direct sequel to Predator (1987), but that film was never made. Also interesting is the cast: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Alice Braga and Danny Trejo. Less exciting is director Nimrod Antol of Vancancy (2007) and Armored (2009) fame. But it might be worth a shot — and at least they went for the R rating. (R)




Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone is a movie with a lot of praise to live up to. It copped the big award at Sundance this year and comes to town with a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film sounds grim — a backwoods story about a girl (Jennifer Lawrence) searching for her missing and probably dead drug-dealer father — but the film, by most accounts, isn’t just another “hardluck in the backwaters” opus (think Frozen River), and Lawrence’s performance in the lead has been praised to the skies. Friday will tell if the film can fill the very large shoes that it’s supposed to. (R) Early review samples: • “For all the horror, it’s the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter’s Bone is the year’s most stirring film.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine) • “Intense, immersive and in control, Winter’s Bone has an art house soul inside a B picture body, and that proves to be a potent combination indeed.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)


No, it hasn’t been shown to critics, but it’s Is it worth seeing? Assuming you’re up to the disgusting factor, probably for the sake of curiosity it is. Also, it topples over into the so-bad-it’s-good realm enough to be entertaining, especially as concerns the acting — what there is of it. The two girls have no problem debasing themselves for the camera, but they can’t act (despite the IMDb’s claim that Ashley C. Williams graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts). The honors, such as they are, go to Dieter Laser’s mad doctor, who looks like a cross between Christopher Walken and Udo Kier playing Dr. No — and not making a good job of it. But Laser is so outrageously over-the-top bad that he is pretty funny. That may or may not be the intent. There are hints that the movie is a deliberate parody in the earlier portions, but the tone is too inconsistent to be sure. If you want to be able to tell your friends that you saw The Human Centipede, take note that it’s only down for three shows: the last set of the evening on Thursday, July 8, through Saturday, July 10, at Carolina Cinemas, and a strict policy of no admission to anyone under the age of 18 will be in place. Of course, the shows might be extended depending on how attendance is, but since, at best,

this is for specialized tastes, I would slink on down to one of the three currently scheduled shows if interested in catching the film on the big screen. Not rated, but contains nudity, graphic violence, language and a stomach-turning premise. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Thursday for the weekend only at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

The Last Airbender JJ

Director: M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening) Players: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub Fantasy/Adventure Rated PG

The Story: In a mystical realm, a young superpowered boy is the only hope of stopping an evil nation’s plot to rule the world. The Lowdown: Generally amateurish and consistently dull, the movie is far from good, but — even considering the Shyamalan pedigree — isn’t quite as awful as its reputation.



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The Karate Kid JJJ

Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson Action A group of unorthodox, discharged soldiers seek revenge against the people who framed them and put them in prison. An occasionally fun, often goofy actioner (though it has enough sense to revel in its goofiness) that simply loses steam the longer it’s on screen. Rated PG-13

Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Wenwen Han, Zhenwei Weng Preteen Action A Detroit youth who has moved to China with his mother trains for a kung-fu tournament in order to stand up to a gang of bullies. A paint-by-numbers tale of uplifting inspiration that’s surprisingly engaging and with a nice serious-minded role for Jackie Chan. Rated PG

Get Him to the Greek JJJ

Knight and Day JJJ

Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs Comedy An inept intern must get an uncontrollable, drug-addled rock star from London to L.A. in three days. An occasionally funny comedy that gets too bogged down in wayward plotting and a predilection towards tacked-on weightiness. Rated R

Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Jordi Mollà Action/Romantic Comedy A woman’s life is turned upside down when she becomes involved with a secret agent on the run from his own people. An occasionally pleasant action/comedy that expects too much from its stars without giving them a whole lot to work with. Rated PG-13

Grown Ups J

The Last Airbender JJ

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade Comedy Five childhood friends reunite in their hometown after the death of their former basketball coach. The exact kind of awful you’d expect from a movie starring Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade. Rated PG-13

Harry Brown JJJJJ

Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Charlie Creed-Miles, David Bradley, Iain Glen, Sean Harris Crime/Drama An elderly man decides to take the law into his own hands when his only friend is killed by gang members. Though it could easily be read as just an exercise in vigilante justice, there’s something much deeper going on in Harry Brown, thanks in no small part to Michael Caine in the title role. Be warned, however, the film is violent and bloody. Rated R

The Human Centipede JJJ

Dieter Laser, Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, Akihiro Kitamura, Andreas Leupold Exploitation Horror A mad scientist turns two women and one man into the title creature by surgically connecting them. A gross-out premise, some bad acting, a hysterically out-of-hand bad guy and a bloody, violent and slightly disturbing finale may provide an amusing 90 minutes for hardcore horror fans—but others beware. If you throw up, don’t blame me. Rated NR

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Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub Fantasy/Adventure In a mystical realm, a young superpowered boy is the only hope of stopping an evil nation’s plot to rule the world. Generally amateurish and consistently dull, the movie is far from good, but—even considering the Shyamalan pedigree—isn’t quite as awful as its reputation. Rated PG

Marmaduke J

Owen Wilson (voice), George Lopez (voice), Lee Pace, Judy Greer, William H. Macy Talking-Animal Comedy The comic-strip dog comes to the big screen to create havoc. Don’t even think about it. If you can read this, you’re too old for this movie. Rated PG

Micmacs JJJJJ

Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Yolande Moreau, Dominque Pinon, Nicolas Marié, Marie-Julie Baup, Julie Ferrier Stylized Comedy A man whose father was killed by a landmine and whose own life has been compromised by a bullet lodged in his brain decides to get back at the munition makers who created both. The best film of the summer! A delight—but with thoughtfulness—from start to finish. See it twice—the more you see it, the more you will appreciate the craftsmanship, artistry and humor. Rated R

Mother and Child JJJJJ

Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L. Jackson

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Drama Three stories of women interconnect across the span of this beautifully crafted film. There’s more terrific acting in this movie than in just about everything else out there right now combined—and there’s some equally strong writing and directing. See this movie. Rated R

The Secret in Their Eyes JJJJJ

Soledad Villamil, Ricardo Darín, Pablo Rago, Javier Godino, Guillermo Francella Mystery Thriller/Romance A retired criminal investigator sifts through his past by way of an unsatisfactorily concluded murder case. Taut mystery, political allegory, an unusual romance, brilliant—sometimes very funny—writing and flawless performances come together in this splendid film. Rated R

Shrek Forever After JJJ

(Voices) Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews Animated Comedy/Fantasy More animated adventures with Shrek the ogre and his friends. It looks good, has a decent story, but the inspiration has left the Shrek franchise. Rated PG

Solitary Man JJJJJ

Michael Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Mary-Louise Parker, Jenna Fischer, Jesse Eisenberg Drama A look into the life of an ego-driven, disgraced businessman as he tries to rebuild his life, making every mistake he can in the process. A wholly absorbing character study with an unlikely—and generally unlikable—protagonist, who becomes fascinating due to skillful writing and a powerful performance. Rated R

Toy Story 3 JJJJ

(Voices) Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Micheal Keaton Animated Adventure Pixar ’s group of rag-tag animated toys returns, and this time they must escape from an oppressive daycare center before their owner runs off to college. Above-average family entertainment—and exactly what you expect from a Toy Story film—but a bit underwhelming after Pixar ’s latest output. Rated G

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse JJ

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning Tween Horror More teen romance angst while our heroine waffles between eternity with a vampire and paper-training a werewolf. It’s not really any better than the first two movies, but it’s funnier. Rated PG-13

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A disappointing summer movie season needs a whipping boy and it looks like M. Night Shyamalan has been given the position — whether he wants it or not. On the Internet, it appears that the fashionable thing to do these days is to blame Mr. Shyamalan for every plight that has fallen upon and spoiled humankind. Is Shyamalan’s latest opus The Last Airbender really as egregious as it is being portrayed? The short answer is only sort of. No, The Last Airbender is far from a good movie. The acting is on par with Howdy Doody or certain late-night Cinemax fare. It certainly doesn’t help that the dialogue is a stilted mess of boring repartee. The direction itself — namely in the action scenes — is flat, with an occasional bit of slo-mo here and there, used as a substitute for style. And the plot is no better. Think of it as A Dummies Guide to Fantasy Film. Young boy Aang (newcomer Noah Ringer) is the only hope for a mystical realm filled with element-controlling “Benders” who can twist wind, water, fire or earth at their will. It’s the usual “chosen one” stuff mixed in with the occasional outburst of martial arts and vague references to Eastern philosophy. However, even with its substantial shortcomings, the movie doesn’t quite deserve the bum rap it has been getting thus far. One critic’s assertion that this is the “worst movie of the last two decades” is just patently silly. Any number of hack directors have made movies just as lame and sleep-inducing as The Last Airbender, with the only difference being that this film has a notable hack behind the camera. A lot of the backlash against the film stems from the afterglow of Shyamalan’s early work finally wearing off. Airbender is an established Nickelodeon property and this is Shyamalan at his most mainstream. In a lot of ways, that’s a good thing. The smug, self-serious back-patting that coats Signs (2002) and The Village (2004) has been purged. Unfortunately, in its stead is something worse: listlessness. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more inert — in both momentum and

action — and floundering film than this. Unlike some of Shyamalan’s previous films, there’s nothing here to actively dislike. The whole enterprise feels ambivalent. Even the wonky, awkward charm of the junky The Happening (2008) is gone and replaced with nothing. The film isn’t totally without interest. There is some subtext involving science’s struggle with religion and vice versa, but Shyamalan has no clue how to develop this idea, so it’s only vaguely touched upon. In the end, it must be said there are moments where the question arises of whether or not Shyamalan even remembers how to make a movie. The better question, however, is if he ever really did. Rated PG for fantasy/action violence. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse JJJ

Director: David Slade (30 Days of Night) Players: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning Tween Horror Rated PG-13

The Story: More teen romance angst while our heroine waffles between eternity with a vampire and paper-training a werewolf. The Lowdown: It’s not really any better than the first two movies, but it’s funnier. Much as I dislike the whole Twilight series, the concept and mindless adulation, I simply don’t have it in me to actually hate a movie in which the heroine tells a werewolf boy, “Stay!” Granted, I’d have liked it better if she had then commanded him to roll over or play dead, but you can’t have everything. This by no means indicates I’m recommending The Twilight Saga: Eclipse — far, far from it. It only means I found this entry less painful than the first two. For a change, this one seems

to know it’s cheesy, campy rubbish. I’m putting a lot of the less awfulness down to director David Slade, whose 30 Days of Night (2007) got fairly high marks in some quarters (not mine). He seems to be about right for the material. Chris Weitz was too good and Catherine Hardwicke was too inept, so Slade comes across like Baby Bear’s porridge here. He’s still at the mercy of perhaps the worst material in the history of vampire fiction, but he seems to know it. In the land of Twilight, self-awareness is a plus. It still makes for a bad movie, but I got more laughs — some of which may have even been intended — out of it than its predecessors. There’s no more story than before. It’s still mostly about zomboid Bella (Kristen Stewart) trying to get pasty vampire Edward to seal the deal by putting the bite on her, while fighting off her feelings for werewolf-boy Jacob and his large and sinewy muscles. It more and more feels like a really perverse “abstinence only” tract dressed up as a typically uninteresting teen love triangle about a girl essentially making a choice between necrophilia and bestiality. Decisions, decisions. The action is slightly ramped up this round, but it’s nothing special in its bloodless violence and a lot of it makes little sense. What good is all this vampire superhuman strength if the depicted vampires are so fragile that major body parts — like heads, for instance — can be snapped off like breaking a candy cane? If it matters, the plot — apart from three boring characters looking soulfully at each other and saying vapid things — is all about bad girl vampire Victoria (who has somehow transformed from Rachelle Lafevre into Bryce Dallas Howard

this round) creating a vampire army (that always looks like it’s about to break into a number from West Side Story) to get her revenge on Bella and the Cullen clan for offing her bad boy vampire boyfriend in the first movie. That’s it, except for a cameo appearance by representatives from the Volturi of vampire central headquarters (presumably to remind us that Dakota Fanning is in the series). At least the leisurely pace of the movie allows the non-fanbase audience to wonder about things like why the werewolves are the size of Oldsmobiles and why Edward is smitten with boring Bella. There’s perhaps some excuse on the part of werewolf-boy Jacob, since he’s 17 or 18 and clearly a couple phases shy of a full moon anyway (though he still seems to want to spend most of his time hanging out with his shirtless buddies in the woods). But Edward is 108 or 109 years old. You’d think he might’ve picked up some degree of intellect, maturity or sophistication in all that time (and, no, reminding us that he listens to Debussy doesn’t cut it). Oh well, it was almost worth it just to hear the girls in the audience break into applause when Jacob announced that he’s hotter than Edward. Almost. I’m just waiting for the entry where Edward gives Bella a C-section with his teeth, which I am told will indeed happen. It’s nice to have something to look forward to. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

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$134,900 • A GREAT DEAL • 6 LEFT! Don’t spend summer cleaning gutters and mowing lawns. Buy a lowmaintenance home at a seriously affordable price. • The last Six 3BR, 2BA units at Brickton Village are only $134,900 plus get condo dues paid for 1 year! • If you’re paying $750 or more in rent, you may be able to buy. • 100% is available for qualified buyers. Our mortgage consultant can tell you if you qualify in a short phone call. New, corner units with large balconies, spacious open floor plan, 9’ ceilings, modern kitchen, lots of cabinets and breakfast island. • Beautiful, petfriendly community with fenced dog park and walking trails. Great location minutes to Biltmore Park and Airport Road amenities. Nitch Real Estate: 654-9394 or CONDO NEAR TUNNEL ROAD • Luxury 2BR, 2BA on the 4th floor of a new 4-story building. Close to downtown and Asheville Mall. Elevators, pool with hot tub, exercise room, fireplace, deck with mountain views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic/hardwood floors. Includes water and gas. 828231-6689. DOWNTOWN FURNISHED CONDO Convenient to everything! 2BR, 2BA. $199,000, priced less than mortgage owed. Gym. Rooftop patio. Parking. (828) 734-0411.

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a highly desirable section of Leicester by the South Turkey Creek loop. Beautiful 2500 sqft, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage house, originally a 100 year old dairy barn with 8 additions, the most recent 1995. • Big barn and silos. •

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PRIME WEST ASHEVILLE LOT • Walk to Haywood or just to the park. 0.23 acres off Davenport Rd. MLS #458548. $49K. • 1914 Farmhouse, needs renovation. Newer roof and decks. No C/O. 91 Virginia Ave. $119K. MLS #465170. 828-243-0217, 828-210-3636.

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HENDERSONVILLE. Urban flex space on historic 7th Ave. Live, work. 9,000 sq. ft. for only $405,000. Bank owned. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024,

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$650, ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED, NORTH ASHEVILLE One bedroom/bath,$650 all utilities included, one year lease. Pets with $280 nonrefundable deposit. Located North Asheville. 4849838 for more details 4849838. $750/MONTH OR MORE? READ ME The last six 3BR, 2BA units at Brickton Village are only $134,900 plus get condo dues paid for 1 year! If you pay $750 or more in rent you may be able to buy. • 100% financing is available for qualified buyers. A short phone call can tell if you qualify. • New, corner units with large balconies, spacious open floorplan, 9’ ceilings, modern kitchen with breakfast island. • Beautiful, pet-friendly community has fenced dog park and walking trails. • Great location minutes to Biltmore Park and Airport Road amenities. • Call Nitch Real Estate: 654-9394 or

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1 BR/1BA BASEMENT APT. NEAR UNCA, $600/MONTH. UTILITIES INCLUDED Pets ok. Absolutely no smoking. Private patio entrance. Shared W/D. Wireless internet. Built 2004. Beautiful tile floors. $600 refundable deposit. 828.337.7189 or SLMA79@YAHOO.COM. 1 MONTH FREE! With contract. • Studio: $575/month. • 2BR, $695/month. • Live, work and play downtown! Call 254-2229. APM 1-2BR, 1BA NORTH • 16 Westall. Close to UNCA, carpet. $525-$665/month. 828-253-1517.

1-2BR, 1BA NORTH • 365 Weaverville Highway. Carport, washer/dryer hookups. $475-$595/month. 828-253-1517. 1-2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 15 Grindstaff. Great location, gas heat. $495-$585/month. 828-253-1517. 1-2BR/1-2BA ARDEN, GLEN BEALE, D/W, W/D connections, AC. $555$655/month. 828-253-1517. 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. 1.5BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 154 Banard. Close to UNCA, D/W. $635/month. 828-253-1517. 1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Summer Special! All utilities included. $500/month. 828253-1517. 1BR, 1BA ARDEN • 10 Mountain. Patio, W/D hookups. $465/month. 828253-1517. 1BR, 1BA EAST • 7 Violet Hills. D/W. Pets okay. $485/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 1225 Highland. Elevator, hardwood floors. $425$575/month. 828-693-8069. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 2010 Laurel Park. Heat included, coin-op laundry. $495/month. 828-693-8069. 1BR, 1BA MONTFORD • 333 Cumberland. Tile floors, high ceilings. $695/month. 828253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 11 Banbury. Hardwood floors, heat included. $595/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 11 Murdock. Great location, porch. $555/month. 828253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 45 Henrietta. Hardwood floors, sunporch. $595/month. 828253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon. Hardwood floors, all utilities included. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA SOUTH • 30 Allen. Patio, A/C, heatpump, $565/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA SOUTH • 314 Fairview. Hardwood floors, central location. $585/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA WEST • 19 Brucemont. Covered porch, large unit. $595/month. 828253-1517. 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH SOUTH ASHEVILLE Great location in small complex. Large kitchen. Central air. Washer and Dryer hookups.No pets. Credit check. $620/month. Call 230-1980 or 230-1869. 828230-1980 2-3BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad. Hardwood floors, mountain views. $915-$1145/month. 828-253-1517. 2-3BR, 2BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte St. Hardwood floors, great location. $995$1,250/month. 828-2531517. 2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 902 Hillcrest. Deck, 2-car garage. $595/month. 828-693-8069. 2BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 172 Macon. D/W, garage. $690/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 2 Oakview. D/W, pets okay. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Porch, W/D hookups. $625/month. 828263-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 304 Charlotte St. Great location, bonus room. $650/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 134 Aurora. D/W, A/C. $640/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 17 King Arthur. Patio, carpet. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 355 Sandhill Rd. Fireplace, W/D connections. $735/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 45 Florida. Deck, D/W. $605/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/1BA DUPLEX IN ASHEVILLE 2BR/1BA. Biltmore area, off street parking, cable included. Pets $400 non-refundable deposit. No smokers.$650 month plus deposit $500.00 w/lease(828)277-8922.

3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 8202 Terra. A/C, walk-in closet. $795/month. 828-253-1517.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent

3BR, 2BA NORTH • 81 Lakeshore. Balcony, A/C. $725/month. 828-253-1517.

16 SPEARS AVENUE • NORTH Close to downtown/UNCA. 2BR, 2BA unfurnished townhouse. Available July 1. $800/month w/lease and security deposit. • Pets considered. Call Bass & Royster: (828)252-6664.

4 GREAT APARTMENTS! 14 C Dogwood Court: 2BR, 1BA, $575/month. 16 Shorewood #2, 2BR, 1BA, $850/month. 82 Macon: 1BR, 1BA, $750/month. 104 Salola: 3BR, 1BA, $750/month. • Call (828) 255-0032. Castle Keepers Property Management. CENTRAL • 2BR, 1BA. $750/month. 828-350-9400. DUPLEX NEAR UNCA Spacious 3BR, 1BA, living room, dining room, very nice front porch. Off-street parking. $915/month includes utilities. • Pets negotiable. Call Joe: 2535513. NORTH • Near UNCA. 2BR, gas heat. $575/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SIGN A LEASE IN JULY Sign a lease in July and take advantage of our Summer Special at Woodridge Apartments! Come by our office at 61 Bingham Road in Asheville for details! • Dishwasher, WD connections, all appliances. • Water, garbage and sewer included in rent. • Pet friendly. • No application fee. • City Bus picks up every hour. • 1, 2, 3 and 4 BR Homes! Section 8 welcomed! • Handicapped accessible units. Equal Housing Opportunity. (828) 250-0159. Professionally managed by Partnership Property Management. SOUTH • Forestdale. 2BR, 2BA. D/W, storage. $805/month. 828-253-1517. SOUTH 2BR, 1BA unfurnished apartment, $600/month, water furnished. Lease and security deposit. • Pets considered. Call Bass & Royster: (828)252-6664. STUDIO, 1BA - NORTH • 42 Albermarle. Pine floors, high ceilings. $510/month. 828-253-1517. Walk To UNCA 2BR, 1BA ground-floor apartment. Washer/dryer connections. Trash pick-up, water included. Off-street parking. Quiet area. Pets considered with deposit. Prefer nonsmoker. $645/month + $645 security deposit. 1-year lease required. Call Tom (828) 2307296.

2 GREAT CONDOS • EASTWOOD VILLAGE • 1BR, 1BA, South facing, $700/month. • 2BR, 2BA, end unit, $825/month. • Rent includes water/sewer/trash. • Covered patios, upgraded amenities including garden bath, walk-in closets, and more. • Pet friendly. Year lease. • No smokers. Call (828) 231-3768 or 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. CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • WEST ASHEVILLE 48 Beri Drive. Newly renovated 2BR, 1.5BA split level condos, 918 sqft. W/D. Pool, fitness room. $700/month. Mike: (919) 624-1513. CONDO NEAR TUNNEL ROAD • Luxury 2BR, 2BA on the 4th floor of a new 4-story building. Close to downtown and Asheville Mall. Elevators, pool with hot tub, exercise room, fireplace, deck with mountain views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic/hardwood floors. $995/month. Includes water and gas. 828-231-6689. DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDO New loft in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue building. 2BR, 2BA. • Gourmet kitchen, oak floors, exposed brick, fireplace, large windows, WD, concrete, granite, stone, stainless upgrades. • Indoor parking. Best Downtown location; walk to anything! Reduced! • $1975/month. • 1 year lease required. (828) 301-8033 or (954) 684-1300.

Homes For Rent

2BR/1BA W. ASHEVILLE $615/MONTH 134 Stewart St. Cute house. Fireplace, deck, new paint, parking. Go 2 apt E across st to view. 704-315-1081, 3BR, 1.5BA WEST • 183 Brevard. Private yard, hardwood floors. $920/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2.5BA BONUS BENT CREEK AREA - FOREST EDGE • Two-story with basement. 2100 sq.ft., eat-in kitchen, formal living and family room, dining. Oversized 2-car garage, new gas heat, central A/C, large yard. $1,500/month - annual lease. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty 3BR, 2BA NORTH • 16 Knoll Ridge. Deck, storage building. $1015/month. 828253-1517. A BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN CHALET 7 minutes from downtown Asheville. 1BR w/loft, fully furnished, WD, nice deck. $1300/month. Angela O’Brien: (828) 2161610. Mountain Vista Properties. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for FREE! Visit: (AAN CAN) AMAZING! I have always used Mountain Xpress as advertising for our rental house. I’m amazed each time by the number of responses and the caliber of people it attracts. Thanks, John S. You too can get great results! Call 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. ARDEN • 3BR, 2BA. $950/month. 828-350-9400. ATTENTION RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS If you’re looking for higher quality Property Management or alternatives to traditional property management, we can help! • We are currently offering • discounted rates for new property management contracts through August, 2010. • Give us a call at (828) 246-3487 or (828) 452-3322. • Check out our testimonials page at

1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966

BEAVER LAKE • 3BR, 2.5BA. $1,500/month. 828-3509400.

2BR, 1BA NORTH • 41 Henrietta. Basement, sunroom. $$975/month. 828253-1517.

BEST TIME IS NOW! Best time to buy, pay less than rent, 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission, see, 301-2021.

BLACK MOUNTAIN • Large chalet-style house on private road. 3BR, 2BA. Hardwood floors, lots of storage, double decks. No smoking. $950/month. 828-298-3933. BUNGALOW • FAIRVIEW Newly renovated 3BR, 1.5BA, family room. • Fairview Elementary/Reynolds. • Pets considered. Fenced yard. Quiet neighborhood. • References/security. $850/month. (828) 2981606. CAMELOT 3BR completely updated! New hardwood floors throughout! • Kitchen and baths totally new and fresh! • Great house with large media/recreation room in full basement with large workshop area. • Huge deck overlooking a wooded backyard in the city! $995/month. Call (828) 2152865 for showings. CANDLER • CUTE 2BR Living room, dining room. $750/month. Call 828-2530758. Carver Realty CANDLER • 1BR, 1BA. W/D provided, water and yard maintenance provided. No pets. $525/month. 828-2530758. Carver Realty. CANDLER • 3BR, 1.5BA. Garage, oil heat, A/C. Includes water and yard maintenance. No pets. $750/month. Call 828-2530758. Carver Realty

GREAT 3 BR/2.5 BA HOME FOR RENT IN WOODFIN New appliances,private back yard, deck, and garage in a great family neighborhood. $1150/month. Call Jamie at 828-582-1676. Pets ok. HAW CREEK • 3BR, 3BA. $1600/month. 828-3509400. HAW CREEK 3BR, 2BA, 1,400 sq.ft. A/C. 2-car garage. Tile and hardwood floors. Will consider pet with deposit. $1,000/month. 828779-1243. NORTH • 2BR, 1BA. $950/month. 828-350-9400.

EAST • Parkway Cross $1,050/month. 828-350-9400. GASTON MOUNTAIN • 3BR, 3BA. $1,800/month. 828-350-9400.

GORGEOUS NEW CONSTRUCTION 3BR, 2.5BA with garage. Great South location. • Lease/purchase options now available. Why rent when you can own! Call (828) 676-0677 for details.

ROOM TO RENT IN ARTS & CRAFT HOUSE IN WEST ASHEVILLE Clean and responsible person wanted to rent large sunny room. Share utilities. Full use of D/R, Kitchen, L/R and utility room, front porch and f/r garden. $325.00/month. Contact Steve: 919 744 1676. ROOMMATE WANTED • Male or female to share 2BR, 2BA home in Weaverville. Long covered porch overlooking beautiful views. W/D. $350/month + 1/2 utilities. Eric 552-2427. Eric, 552-2427. ROOMMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN)

SPACIOUS DUPLEX IN BLACK MOUNTAIN Bottom half of house in wooded area. One large bedroom, one small. Two full baths. Large living and Kitchen. Refrigerator, stove, laundry hookup. $650 404-8313880 TOWN MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA $1,200/month. 828350-9400. TOWN MOUNTAIN • 4BR, 3.5BA. $2,200/month. 828350-9400.

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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 2771492.

Roommates ARTIST • CARPENTER • HANDYMAN Woodworker, 49 SWM, needs affordable garage apartment or other live/work space or really cheap room or space bartered for home repairs or yard space to park my van for sleeping plus kitchen/bath access or a maintenance position for a B&B or other creative situation. Call Shep: 2423227.


General ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY is now hiring 2 full-time management positions for the New Animal Care Campus: Shelter Operations Manager and Adoption Center Manager. Competitive salary range. Excellent benefits package with an EEOC employer. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2010 at 5 p.m. For full job descriptions, please visit out-us/job-openings $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) CDL DRIVERS If you have a CDL (passenger endorsement preferred) and are a “people person” you could be a great tour guide! Training provided. Full- and part-time positions. Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville- (828) 251-8687 or DATA COORDINATOR MANNA FOODBANK PARTTIME (20 HOURS) Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word More information and application instructions at EOE Deadline July 16th, 2010 No phone calls please DATA COORDINATOR MANNA FOODBANK PARTTIME (20 HOURS) Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word More information and application instructions at EOE Deadline July 16th, 2010 No phone calls please

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. LIKE WORKING OUTDOORS? Four Circles Recovery Center, a substance abuse recovery program for young adults, is seeking highly motivated individuals with a passion for service-oriented work, dedication for professional/personal growth, and an interest in a nontraditional work environment. Excellent entrylevel year-round position for those interested in addiction treatment or wilderness therapy. Direct care staff work a week on/week off rotation utilizing traditional substance abuse treatment and/or the wilderness of Western NC as part of their work environment. Competitive pay, health benefits, professional substance abuse and clinical training. If you are interested in attending our next hiring seminar (July 15 & July 22) please contact Todd Ransdell by sending resumes and/or questions to m MANNA FOOD BANK • Public Programs Field Coordinator - Western Region. Part-time ($12 per hour).Bachelors’ Degree or Equivalent Experience. Outreach Position. Good driving record and personal vehicle required. More information and application instructions at EOE. Deadline July 16, 2010. No phone calls please. MANNAFest Food Drive COORDINATOR Full time (30 HOURS) MANNA FOODBANK Bachelors’s Degree or Equivalent Experience. Good Driving Record Required. More information and application instructions at EOE Deadline July 9th, 2010 No phone calls please

jobs MANUFACTURING/WEAVER VILLE Company is seeking 1st and 2nd shift enthusiastic production assembly team workers and machine operators to hire at a dynamic CD, DVD Manufacturer in Weaverville. 10 hour shifts of 4 days on and 4 days off. (6am-4pm, 4pm-2Am). Must pass background check. Se habla Español. Compensation: $8$10/h. m 828-707-6415

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

Administrative/ Office ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT for 20 hours each week. Must be detail oriented, well organized and love numbers as well as people. Experience with QuickBooks preferred. Minimum of high school diploma with preference given to individual having two year degree in accounting field. Send resume and desired salary to Finance Manager, 28 Pisgah View Avenue, Asheville NC 28803.

Salon/ Spa A STYLIST WANTED The Water Lily Organic Salon. Want to work in a supportive, creative, clean, professional environment? An experienced stylist preferred for a busy, successful salon. Flexible hours and days available. Submit your reusme by email or bring it by at 7 beaverdam Road 28801. 828-505-3288 828505-3288 MASSAGE THERAPISTS NEEDED Massage Therapists needed for Five Star Spa. Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Body-Wrap experience strongly preferred. Please send your resume to NOW HIRING STYLISTS • High volume Salon now hiring Stylists for both F/T & P/T who are positive, upbeat & ready to make excellent & guaranteed money plus benefits. If that is YOU, call for your confidential interview today. 828-3802472. RETAIL SALES Now hiring part-time sales person for natural baby store. Please bring resumes to 647 Haywood Road, West Asheville, Monday-Friday. The Littlest Birds

Sales/ Marketing

SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916.

Restaurant/ Food

AMERILIFE AND HEALTH WANTS YOU! Join the largest senior financial planning team in the country! • Training provided • 5-7 quality leads daily • Local market • Monthly bonuses and incentive. 1st year average $40K-80K!!! Call Lindsay Rowe, Lead Recruiting Specialist: (828) 684-1477. INSIDE SALES/CUSTOMER SERVICE Part-Time position. 3 days/week — MWR. compensation is hourly plus ++ ... based on experience. Excellent phone, computer and social networking skills. OUTSIDE ADVERTISING SALES ACCOUNT REP Fulltime. Salary plus.... based on experience. Must have excellent computer and social networking skills. Sales experience a MUST! REI ASHEVILLE IS HIRING! REI is an outdoor retailer specializing in camping, climbing, paddling, cycling, and travel. Please apply at:

2 TALENTED HARDWORKING CHEFS Seeking a talented, hardworking chef with the ability to communicate effectively, multi-task and prioritize responsibilities. • Two positions offered: One full-time and one part-time. Our ideal candidate will bring culinary experience. The Princess Anne Hotel is a small inn with 16 suites, providing our guests with an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere. • Breakfast and light hors d’oeuvres are provided for guests, which will be the responsibility of the individual hired. Menu consists of varied breakfast dishes, with openness to individual ideas. Please include resume in the body of email; attachments will not be opened. info@ APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Part-time needed. • Fast, friendly atmosphere. • Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582.


Great Job • Great Town

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Installers/Technicians Great earnings potential. • Company provided training,vehicle, tools and uniforms. • Company paid health, vision, dental and life benefits. • Paid personal time off and holidays. • Applicants must have a valid drivers license, be a minimum of 21 years old, be able to frequently lift 75 pounds and safely climb a ladder. Background/drug screen and MVR required.

Call (828) 651-0431

FULL-TIME POSITIONS • Financial Aid Specialist • Biology Instructor • Surgical Technology Instructor • Executive Director, Business Development and Incubation An A-B Tech application is required for consideration. Applications/info:, (828) 254-1921 ext 114 or email EOE

• JULY 7 - JULY 13, 2010


Now hiring for the following job opportunities: In-Home Educator- Part-time (20 hours). Experienced, caring individuals with knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice needed. Experience with infants and toddlers and knowledge of community resources for families is needed. A degree in ECE, Child Development or related field is preferred. Preference will be given to bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates for position. More at Four Assistant Teachers- Riceville Road location to begin in August, 2010. Qualified applicants will have experience with children 3-5 years of age and have extensive knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice. Knowledge of lesson planning and goal setting for children of all abilities is essential. An AA degree in ECE, Child Development or BA in other field is required. Kitchen Assistant- Full-time experienced kitchen assistant needed for large child care center. Duties will include prep and clean up for all meals served and assisting the kitchen manager as needed. Commitment to high quality, nutritious meal service required. Pay based on experience. Benefits and training provided. Must be available 7am-3:30pm. Please submit application on or mail to: 2586 Riceville Rd. Asheville, NC 28805. No phone calls please. EEOC Workplace

OPEN YOUR HEART… OPEN YOUR HOME North Carolina MENTOR was established in 1993 to provide community-based care for at-risk youth in the state. Today, North Carolina MENTOR serves hundreds of at-risk youth in Western North Carolina.

Services include: • Therapeutic foster care • Respite • Intake Assessments • Therapy • Other Services

NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Western North Carolina. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, internal respite as needed and a generous stipend.

Together we can make a difference in our community

Please call Nicole at 828-696-2667 x 13

Hendersonville 828-696-2667

ALDI is hiring Cashiers. Starting pay is $10.80/hour with the opportunity to earn up to $14.80 per hour as a shift manager! Employees will average 20-40 hours a week in a grocery store environment. Looking for friendly people and smiling faces!

Responsibilities: • Cashiering • Stocking • Cleaning

Benefits: • Medical, dental and vision insurance after 90 days • Retirement Income Plan and 401K • Paid vacation after six months • Sunday premium pay of an additional $1.00 per hour

Requirements: • High School Diploma / GED • Drug Test and Background Check To Apply: An ALDI representative will be available for you to apply in person from 7am to 1pm and 5pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 480 Swannanoa River Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. HIRING FOR HENDERSONVILLE STORE ONLY • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER


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MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of high-quality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe.

Medical/ Health Care

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a health oriented, energetic,

HVAC TECHNICIAN (A Recovery Act Job – ARRA) Community Action Opportunities, a non-profit agency in Asheville is seeking an HVAC Technician to perform service calls on customer owned equipment. • Requirements: Perform service calls on customer owned equipment. • Typically “Clean, Tune and Evaluate” service calls; visual inspection, testing procedures, cleaning and adjustments to improve the operating efficiency of the heating system, including the combustion apparatus of fuel fired system. Certification and licenses required. supervisory/team leadership experience and certification from the Building Performance Institute are preferred. • Must possess a valid NC driver’s license, drug screen and background checks. Must be able to use a computer. Salary Range: $19–$25.31/hour. • Excellent Benefits. Education: High School Diploma, or GED Minimum, some college with courses in mechanical work preferred. • 5 years of work experience, preferably in the design, service and installation of mechanical systems. Certification and License. • Send cover letter along with telephone numbers and work references to: Human Resources Manager, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville, NC 28801. • Open Until Filled. EOE and DFWP

people. Apply in person with

Hotel/ Hospitality FT MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT/DESK CLERKS NEEDED. Ft maintenance assistant position, should be experienced in minor maintenance, painting, carpentry. Desk clerk position available. Apply 120 Patton Ave. INNKEEPER ASSISTANT • For upscale inn in Montford. We are looking for a personable, responsible individual with professional demeanor. Duties include, but are not limited to, light cleaning, light cooking, organizing, telephone, and guest contact. Hospitality experience in necessary. Must be familiar with Asheville area and attractions. Must be flexible with hours. Please call 828254-3878.

Human Services

CHIROPRACTIC ASSISTANT Full time receptionist/assistant for holistic health office. Experience with filing insurance a plus. We require dependable person that loves resume Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, between the hours of 9-11 am. Dr. David S Graham, DC 183 Bartlett St. Suite 120 (River Arts District) PART-TIME FAMILY NURSE PRACTIONER OR PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT • Warren Wilson College invites applications for a part-time Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Assistant. The FNP or PA will work 8 to 15 hours per week providing direct medical care to WWC students and other members of the community. This includes providing medical

DAY TREATMENT SPECIALIST NEEDED! Eliada Academy is seeking Qualified Professional staff to work with our students ages 8-17 in our day treatment program. Full time. The QP Treatment Specialist (QPTS) will work with teachers and treatment associates, providing therapeutic learning activities in group and individual settings. The Academy is a year-round program, open MondayFriday during normal school hours. Requirements: Must meet Qualified Professional standards in North Carolina. Requires a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with two years of experience with a comparable population (adolescent mental health) OR a non-human services degree with four years of comparable experience. Must posses valid NCDL and be insurable by Eliada’s carriers. Please submit resume to if you qualify!

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF NC, INC. • Hendersonville office is hiring for a Medical Records position. Applicant should have experience with medical records management, HIPAA compliance, confidentiality, computer experience, and filing. Please send all resumes to


supervision for the RN; licensed therapist to work in

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and monitor legal and medical protocols and

and Yancey Counties

standing orders; advising medical staff and WWC on issues relating to compliance with legal and medical standards; and serving as the responsible party on agreements with labs, pharmacies and other affiliated agencies. Qualifications: Current FNP or

FAMILIES TOGETHER FTI is a local mental health agency providing child, adult, and family centered services in WNC. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Go to for employment opportunities.

providing Adult and Youth Outpatient Services (NC LCAS or LCSW or LPC required). Duties include assessment, individual and group counseling for persons

PD license is required. Experience working on a

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college campus is desirable. abuse and co-occurring

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committed to the diversity of its community. Interested and qualified individuals please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: Electronic submissions are required.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking licensed therapists and QMHPs to provide mental health services to children, families and adults. Also seeking an LCSW with supervisory experience. Email

submit resume to Tom Britton – HIRING BONUS: LCAS $500.00

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Offender Services. Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Diane Paige, diane.paige@ Haywood County Therapist Child and Family Services: Must have a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, Jackson, Swain, Macon County RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ Clinician/Recovery Coordinator Recovery Education Center: Must have Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Caroline Bradford, caroline.bradford@ Therapist Child and Family Services: Must have a Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ Cherokee, Clay, Graham County RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke@ â&#x20AC;˘ For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: PARAPROFESSIONAL TECHS HomeCare Mgmt. in Forest City is recruiting paraprofessional workers to work with individuals with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in the Asheville area. Workers must have HS diploma or GED and preferably to have experience in the Mental Health field. For more information, or an application packet, call HomeCare: 828-247-1700 tavernia@

PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH has an immediate opening for a F/T LCAS or Provisional LCAS in our Asheville Office. Knowledge of working with Medicaid and IPRS Clients would be helpful. 2 evenings will be required. Parkway has competitive salaries, excellent benefits, medical insurance, PTO, Supervision and CEUs for licensure/certification and much more for full time staff. Send resume to:

SOCIAL SERVICES COORDINATOR / QDDP Job Description: The Social Services Coordinator/QDDP is a professional position responsible for providing social service coordination to the residents of four ICF/MR group homes and QDDP services for a Supervised Living home for adults with Autism. This position requires a minimum of a bachelors degree in Social Work or related field and 2 years experience working with persons with developmental disabilities. This Social

RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS NEEDED (PRN and Night Shift) â&#x20AC;˘ Do you have experience working with youth and a desire to help at-risk students succeed? If so, Eliada Homes may be a great fit for you! PRN Residential Counselors work within our cottages, typically on 2nd shift (2pm-11pm) and help implement a safe, therapeutic environment in which students are able to overcome various social and behavioral differences. While day counselors start as PRNs (working as needed) they often move into full-time. Night Shift counselors are required to be awake during the evening to perform bed checks and do routine documentation and maintenance as needed. Please note that night shift is Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat and is a full-time benefitted position!! Requirements: Prefer a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in the human service field, but will also consider individuals with an AA/GED/High School Diploma with comparable experience in the mental health field. Some experience working with mental health population, particularly adolescents, strongly preferred. May consider individuals with less experience for night shifts. Must have a valid NCDL and be prepared to pass a drug screening and criminal background check. Position starts at $10/hr. All qualified individuals please send a resume to or visit for more information.

Teaching/ Education

Services Coordinator is supervised directly by the Executive Director. The individual in this position will function as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team and as an administrative level staff. Please mail resumes to WNC Group Homes 28 Pisgah View Ave, Asheville, NC 28803 WNC GROUP HOMES is currently recruiting for Group Home Manager. Qualified candidates must have experience working in management and ICF/MR group homes. Also hiring for

MATH TEACHER NEEDED! Do you want to work with atrisk youth in and individualized learning environment? If so, Eliada Homes could be the perfect place for you! Duties: Under supervision of the Principal and Assistant Principal, the Teacher will develop and implement a curricula designed in accordance with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The teacher works to give each student the maximum opportunity to succeed both academically and behaviorally. Responsibilities include but are not limited to providing supervision, evaluating progress, communicating with case managers, and maintain a structured, student-friendly classroom. Qualifications: Qualified candidates must possess a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from an accredited college or university with an appropriate, current valid teaching certification as specified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Must be able to teach math through Algebra I. A minimum of two years teaching experience or direct residential experience with adolescents preferred. Email resume to

Professional/ Management


EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY EVENTS DIRECTOR Coordinate educational institution guest/media events (nationwide), pitch educational publications. Work in Asheville office. Limited travel.Full description contact: /employment-open-positions INSURANCE SALES Bankers Life and Casualty Company. Bankers Life and Casualty Company is a growing insurance company and needs skilled licensed professionals. Agents are trained in a nationally recognized program and earn an average of $35,000 to $75,000 per year with opportunity to earn bonuses totaling over $30,000 per quarter. Call Brittany at 828-3508002 ext 0 or email: brittanybarrett@bankersli fe.comto apply. EOC M/F/H/D. RA 06-019

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

Business Opportunities

2nd and 3rd shifts. Please contact Gaby at 28 Pigahview, Asheville. 274.8368 or see our website at WNC Group Homes is proud to be a drug free workplace.

PT PRESCHOOL TEACHER Pay $10-13/hr. Lead teaching experience preferred. 20-25 hours per week. Please send resume/CV to westashevilleplayschool@yah by July 8th. www.westashevilleplayschoo

-PHJTUJDT%JSFDUPS Four Circles Recovery Center is looking for a qualiďŹ ed, positive individual with a strong work ethic. Duties include logistics management, facilities maintenance and coordination, purchasing and budgeting of food and services, vehicle and facility upkeep, client transportation, and communication. Bachelors or 3 years proven Management experience. Experience with building and ground maintenance and purchasing. Valid Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License and good driving record. Basic computer skills.

ALKALINE WATER Medical Device in Japan. Generous commission. Virtual Franchise. Sell internationally. Local Training/Support. (828) 9896057.

GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE â&#x20AC;˘ Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202289-8484. This is not a job offer. (AAN CAN). PLEASE HELP! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE LOST PRINCE CHARMING â&#x20AC;˘ We met June 8th at 12:30pm at Ingles gas pump in Landrum. He is nice, tall, brown hair and lives in Asheville. He drives a clean, dark blue pick-up truck with dual gas tanks. He was returning from Myrtle Beach. If you think you know him, please tell him that I would like to continue our conversation. P.O. Box 1001, Tryon, NC 28782. PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? â&#x20AC;˘ Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide â&#x20AC;˘ Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 â&#x20AC;˘ Abbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s One True Gift Adoptions â&#x20AC;˘ 1-866-4136293. (AAN CAN)

Classes & Workshops AROMATHERAPY WORKSHOPS - LEVEL I & LEVEL II - Learn how to use Aromatherapy in your practice from master clinician, Dr. Joie Power. Upcoming classes in Asheville area:

GESTALT THERAPY: AN INTENSIVE TRAINING SERIES Offered by the Appalachian Gestalt Training Institute (AGTI) in partnership with the Gentle Bio-Energetics Institute. â&#x20AC;˘ For professionals and nonprofessionals alike. â&#x20AC;˘ Enhance your existing therapy practice using Gestalt theory and techniques â&#x20AC;˘ Deepen personal growth, emphasizing whole personal awareness. â&#x20AC;˘ 8 Saturday sessions: September 2010-May 2011 (60 contact hours). â&#x20AC;˘ Location: Gentle BioEnergetics Institute, Asheville, NC. â&#x20AC;˘ Cost: $900. â&#x20AC;˘ For more information regarding training or registration (by September 1), please call: (828) 633-1710 or visit the AGTI website:

Mind, Body, Spirit


MASSAGE FOR EVERY BODY â&#x20AC;˘ Therapeutic and relaxing. $5 off 1st visit, no appointment necessary, convenient Asheville location with free parking. Call Patty, 828-275-5497. LMT# 7113. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-254-4110. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE â&#x20AC;˘ 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999.

Counseling Services AFFORDABLE COUNSELING & THERAPY: INITIAL CONSULT IS FREE! Effective and affordable counseling in a safe and caring environment. Elizabeth Read, MS, LPCA, NCC. 828.484.4066;;


#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve moved: â&#x20AC;˘ 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. â&#x20AC;˘ 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: â&#x20AC;˘ Deep Tissue â&#x20AC;˘ Swedish â&#x20AC;˘ Sports â&#x20AC;˘ Trigger Point. Also offering: â&#x20AC;˘ Acupressure â&#x20AC;˘ Energy Work â&#x20AC;˘ Reflexology. â&#x20AC;˘ Save money, call now! 505-7088.

TO THE WOODS: ALL INCLUSIVE & AFFORDABLE REST AND REJUVENATION! WEEKEND RETREATS- JULY 16-18; JULY 23-25 Find the answers you seek in nature. Healthy meals, comfortable lodging: nestled in the heart of Pisgah Forest. 828-4844066.

Spiritual TAROT Answers your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essential questions. Tarot answers or you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay! Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lei, 828-275-4931. WHAT DO DREAMS WANT? Ask Nina: (828) 253-7472 or email:

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Equipment For Sale ESTEBAN LEARN TO PLAY GUITAR COMBO $100 • Still in the box. Comes with amp, guitar, learning CDs and manuals. Great deal for beginner guitarist. $100. Asheville area only. Call 337-1151.

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Vehicles For Sale

Lost Pets


A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here:

2004 HONDA CRV in excellent condition. Never been in shop for any mechanical issues. • Great in the mountains. 4 new tires and only 88,000 miles. Asking $13.800. Call (828) 458-9195.

Pet Services ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 215-7232. PET SITTING • I will care for your small dog, cats, fish or birds in your home or mine for a donation to Friends of Pritchard Park. Please contact: or 828 242-5456.

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PA FOR RENT Great sound, large speakers, can handle large indoor or outdoor venue. Great rate. Deposit required. 681-8006.

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AUDIO/CD MASTERING Crane Song, Manley, API, and more. • Unrivaled in WNC/Upstate. Experienced and professional. Call (828) 442-6211 or (828) 724-1500.

A Roommate? A Car, Truck or SUV? A Music Connection? A Pet? Used Merchandise? Listings for these categories & MUCH more can be found at:

Automotive Services WE’LL COME TO YOU! Professional, affordable auto detailing in your driveway! Premium products. • Highly experienced, meticulous. • Call today: (828) 683-7785. 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 828-2756063 for appointment.

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Electronics 1 WATT FM Radio station. Includes transmitter, antennae, mixer, headphones, microphone, all manuals, technical support phone numbers, FCC rule book. 2 wall adaptors. $350. Leave message: (828) 5869352.

Building Supplies 9 LIGHT CHANDELIER NEW IN BOX - $125 • Great for a remodel or contractor! 9 Lights on two tiers. Old bronze finish with honey smoked glass, classical modern swirl design. Retail price was $275.00. Asheville area only! Call 337-2076. Negotiable.

Clothing 33 BY 32 LEVI JEANS 33 waist, 32 length. Button fly. Great condition, hardly worn. $10 each or volume deal available. Call 681-8006.

Furniture MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828277-2500. COUCH AND LOVESEAT Comfy couch and love-seat chenille and leather fabrics. Both pieces are in excellent condition, with no tears and were in a smoke-free environment. Asking price: $450 for couch $400 loveseat. Original price: $5000 Call: (828) 230-5125.

General Merchandise 2006 PACE ARROW HAULING TRAILER • Hardly used in perfect condition. $1,500. Back double doors and side door. Great buy. Call 337-1151. Downsizing Sale: Proform treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, weight bench, fitness equip, bedroom set, Bentwood rocker, more. 2254012 mornings for info.


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MOVING SALE • Saturday, July 10th 8am-1pm. 74 Aurora Drive, Kenilworth (Corner of Aurora and Kenilworth Rd.) FURNITURE originally from Ethan Allen: Sofa (bottle green) 83x36; two comfy chairs (bottle green), two wing chairs (rose). Two Stieffel table lamps, occasional chair (rose), bookcase 53” wide x 38” high, set of World Book encyclopedia, Office Depot computer desk (black and blond), little bench for the great outdoors. ANTIQUES from Lancaster County, PA, 1860: Dry sink, seed table, wash stand, end table, small chairs. Arts & Crafts rocking chair, antique Spanish dictionary, lustreware pitchers, silver tea service, demitasse spoons, jewelry, and Madame Alexander dolls (1956). TOYS: HO gauge trains, GI Joe and Ninja Turtle action figures, checkers set. Plants in gorgeous vases. And Obama memorabilia!

YARD SALE - SATURDAY, JULY 10 • 8am until. 7 Julian Drive off of Blue Ridge Road in Black Mountain. Lots if items: lighting fixtures new and used, toys, clothes, household appliances, art, designer handbags, jewelry. Come check it out and walk away with a great deal!


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