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p. 10 Back to Summerlane In 1963, Camp Summerlane — an experimental, radical-forits-time venture — was launched near the tiny town of Rosman, about 10 miles southwest of Brevard. A mere week after the integrated camp opened, incensed locals attacked Summerlane and ran it out of North Carolina. First reported by Xpress in 2008 (“Cruel Summer”), here are some new details author Jon Elliston has uncovered. Cover design by Nathanael Roney

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letters No nukes: Asheville resident explains why she protested at Oak Ridge Obstructing a roadway into the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant may seem like a strange pastime for a mother, grandmother, nurse and Asheville resident, but I have my reasons. The primary one is that nuclear weapons are a blight upon the earth and its people. The atomic bomb made in Oak Ridge, Tenn., was detonated over Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. The devastation from that blast lingers to this day. Nuclear weapons are immoral and illegal. To protest is an historical duty. On July 5, 23 of us from all over the U.S. stood across the entrance of the bomb plant, were told to move by the police — we didn’t – and were [arrested]. We were politely stripped of our stuff, patted down, photographed, fingerprinted, questioned and held in a cell with a concrete bench and open toilet. The jail was full. Clare Hanrahan and Coleman Smith, from Asheville, were part of the vigil outside the jail. Successful nonviolent direct action campaigns include those organized by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Their campaigns would not have been possible without community support. Community building promotes peaceful action for the common good. It is a powerful form of direct action in itself. My local communities include Peacetown Asheville, the Kenilworth neighborhood and Transition Asheville. My sentence could have been a hefty fine and several days in jail, but when I pled guilty in court, I received a $25 fine, court costs and a 30-day suspended sentence. I was lucky. There were 13 others who were arrested on felony trespassing charges and they could receive up to

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one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. On my court day, a counter-protester, charged with disturbing the peace at our action, was in court also. His friend was running on the Patriot Party ticket and Americanism, which presumably supports nuclear weapons production in Oak Ridge. I am an American and a patriot too, but it seems the country I love is headed in the wrong direction. In April 2010, the Obama administration’s long-awaited Nuclear Posture Review showed no significant departures from previous U.S. nuclear doctrine. Furthermore, the administration began championing a 10-year, $180 billion plan to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, even as the New START Treaty was successfully negotiated with Russia. We can no longer afford the terrible environmental, economic, social and moral costs of producing nuclear weaponry. That’s why I stood in the road. — Judith Hallock Asheville

Swatting The Human Centipede — and Ken Hanke I feel Ken Hanke has failed his readers and, to some degree, humanity in even reviewing The Human Centipede earlier this month. This arbitrarily disturbing piece of celluloid tripe deserves no comment (yes, I’m aware of the irony as I’m writing about it now), let alone three stars. This film should never have been conceived, written, financed or screened. Does anyone in the film industry “just say no” anymore? The Human Centipede makes Salo look like Citizen Kane.

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An encounter with a baby (bear, that is) Gardening is a wonderful experience in Western North Carolina. The mundane chore of weeding brings contentment to me. Being an active gardener, [I can be found] in the back or front yard this time of year. On June 28, I was planting a Ginkgo biloba tree [in] the backyard. This is not an easy task because there are so many underground roots to remove to make the area suitable for planting. I was quite engrossed in my project. For some reason, I can’t explain why, I looked up. Fifteen feet away, with only its head overlooking the stump of a tree, I saw the face of a black bear. Being a doubting Thomas, I took another look in case my eyes were deceiving me. At this point, the epinephrine in my body … stimulated … my heart rate. I knew I had to hightail it out of there. I couldn’t get to the safety of my house, because doing so would bring me toward the bear. I took a route in the opposite direction of the neighbor’s house. I’ve heard [it] said [that you] should not to turn your back on an oncoming bear. I can tell you, I did not walk backwards because, if I attempted that sort of feat, I could have turned up in the emergency room with a broken bone. … The terrain was quite uneven and comprised of brush and rocks. Making my way to the neighbor’s house, I

rang the bell. Ring … ring … no answer. Again … no answer. [Eventually] the doorbell was answered. Explaining my dilemma [with] trembling hands, I was invited into the house to wait for someone to arrive in a car and deliver me to my house. I declined this offer and, after a while, I decided to try and make it [home] on my own. During my brave uphill march, I shouted at the top of my lungs to ward this creature away. Eureka! I made it and immediately took to the window. [Then] I spotted a bear cub, probably no older than six months. I watched the cub until he went out of sight and at no time did I see any sign of his momma. Thank goodness because, [otherwise], I doubt the Ginkgo biloba tree would have found a home in my backyard. — Patty Aversano Asheville

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The U.S. census and race: Color me confused I recently filled out my census form [and] came across a question that I thought would be easy to figure out. Question #8 asks if the primary person filling out the form is of “Hispanic, Latino

or Spanish origin.” I figured, since I was born in the U.S. to Mexican-American parents that would satisfy the requirements of the answer. However, when you get to the next question #9, it asks, “What is person #1’s race: White, Black (African American or Negro) or American Indian or Alaska Native.” At this point I was so confused, I thought the census takers would figure it out on their own. I left the race question blank… Why was I being asked to align myself with a race that I was clearly not? I understand that the census is a vehicle for the government to redistribute resources and representation… equally and fairly. Yet, I find it hard to believe that denying the fact that I am a Latino or Hispanic is going to truly represent my interests in the community. Furthermore, I [am] insulted [to be asked] to align myself with a race distinction that is clearly not my own. I am not Black, I am not White, but apparently I am just a shade away. — Robert Martinez Jr. Asheville

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Local government falls short in supporting public access by Wally Bowen If you were to create a map of all publicaccess TV channels in the United States, shaded green to burnt orange to signify funding and longevity, the South would look like the Sahara desert. Acknowledging this geographical reality is critical to understanding the crossroads Asheville’s public-access channel now faces, and what we can do to save this oasis for local voices and digital-media training. Unfortunately, Nelda Holder’s well-meaning commentary [“We Are Not TV,” June 23 Xpress] missed this reality. By comparing our struggle for public-access TV with the success of Middlebury (Vt.) Community TV, where she once worked, Holder gives a fatalistic view of what she calls our collective “failure to create true community television.” She’s correct that some key local “officials and administrators seemed leery of creating a television channel open to people of any and all persuasions.” And she’s on the mark in citing vocal opponents such as Chad Nesbitt and Don Yelton,

cable-franchise renewals is done at the state level, freeing local communities to focus on the details of building, operating and supporting PEG channels. Here in North Carolina, we’ve never had that luxury. Instead, we’ve had to make the case that PEG channels are indeed a public good. This, plus the wariness of local officials, helps explain why the South has been a barren landscape for public access for more than 50 years. This regional disparity has been very profitable for cable companies doing business here. While other states and regions routinely required companies to provide public services in exchange for a local monopoly, the South has been subject to a kind of high-tech carpetbagging. Operating as “independent” consultants, former cable-TV employees swoop into town for franchise-renewal talks and to secure a few high-profile “concessions” from the cable company — but never to pursue the full range of potential public benefits. Should anyone ask about PEG channels, the consultants whisper “pornography” and “the Ku Klux Klan.” Or they warn that it will cause

While other states and regions routinely required cable companies to provide public services ... the South has been subject to a kind of high-tech carpetbagging. who channeled some residents’ fears that “all manner of vile material, including outright pornography, would enter their homes.” But comparing Asheville’s experience to Middlebury’s is misguided. Asheville’s population is nine times greater (72,000 vs. 8,000). Middlebury is more homogeneous and affluent: 97.5 percent white, median household income $56,529 for Addison County, versus 90.7 percent white and $44,576 for Buncombe County. Another major difference is the legal and cultural environment in which these public channels exist. Unpacking these differences reveals why Vermont, with just over 600,000 residents, has 23 communities with public-access channels, while North Carolina, with more than 9 million residents, has only six. For more than 30 years, Vermont has required cable companies to provide public, education and government channels “upon request” by a municipality. And the state’s Public Service Board must ensure “adequate channel capacity and appropriate facilities” as well as “a reasonably broad range of public, educational and governmental programming.” Vermont’s law has teeth: The board can levy stiff fines on cable companies that try to skirt the law. In short, all the heavy lifting of negotiating

rates to go up. Yet the seeds of doubt and suspicion they sow find fertile ground in the South, where longtime power brokers often feel threatened by more recent arrivistes who’ve seen the benefits of PEG channels elsewhere. In July 2001, then Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chair Nathan Ramsey put the brakes on a staff-negotiated renewal with Charter after comparing it to a more robust contract recently negotiated by Gilroy, Calif., which had only a third of Buncombe’s 45,000 subscribers. Ramsey and Commissioner David Gantt proposed a citizen task force to advise the county in its negotiations. But when commissioners appointed the task force, it was dominated by staff who opposed public access while supporting education and government channels. At one meeting, a county staffer flatly stated, “We don’t want to put those Asheville hippies on TV.” As a result, the task force never seriously considered the more cost-effective option of bringing the PEG channels under one roof, which is how most successful operations (including Middlebury Community TV) are structured. In a sense, Ms. Holder is correct in concluding that “URTV failed long ago.” But it was doomed to fail by city and county officials who insisted

that public access must stand alone. Before writing an obituary, however, we should ask who stands to gain from the channel’s demise. The surviving education and government channels might divvy up the funding previously allocated for public access. Or the money could go into the city’s and county’s general funds, to be used “for any public purpose,” according to state law. The 2006 video-franchise law itself also merits scrutiny. On June 15, county telecommunications consultant John Howell told the commissioners that the Legislature “threw PEG under the bus” when it passed the law, resulting in sharply reduced funding for public-access TV “for the foreseeable future.” But Howell’s math doesn’t jibe with the actual wording, which requires local governments “to continue the same level of support for the PEG channels” that existed in 2006. Furthermore, Howell implied that video-franchise distributions to cities and counties are declining. In fact, they’ve grown steadily. According to the N.C. Department of Revenue, Asheville and Buncombe County received a combined $2.3 million in video-franchise revenue in 2007, $2.72 million in 2008 and $2.76 million last year (including both PEG funds and franchise fees). The law also created an additional funding stream — the Supplemental PEG Fund — which should yield an additional $149,532 for the city’s and county’s channels. Clearly, Raleigh isn’t diverting financial support for public-access TV. But it does appear to be at risk from certain people in local government and their advisers. If public access dies on the vine, the root cause will be those folks here who never wanted it to begin with. X

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Editor’s note: In the heated summer of 1963, when racial turmoil was erupting all across the South, Camp Summerlane — an experimental, radical-forits-time venture — was launched near the tiny town of Rosman, about 10 miles southwest of Brevard. A mere week after the integrated camp opened, incensed locals attacked Summerlane and ran it out of North Carolina. Lurid rumors of free love, nudism and communism added to the combustible mix, inciting residents of an easygoing mountain town to lay siege to a camp full of unsuspecting children. Mountain Xpress resurrected Summerlane’s obscure history with a four-part investigative series in 2008, and former Xpress Managing Editor Jon Elliston is now writing a book about the incident. His continuing research has turned up key details concerning this harrowing culture clash. (To view the original stories as well as newly discovered materials, go to cruelsummer.)

“They were rumoring: ‘Those people have six nigger families hiding up in them hills and are going to bring them out in September to integrate the Rosman High School.’” — account of the attack by Summerlane science instructor Leo Koch

A camp in the cross hairs

From the beginning, Camp Summerlane set out to be something decidedly different. All participants, from the youngest camper to the oldest staffer, would have an equal say in choosing daily activities. It would also bring an interracial mix to an area that had been bleached white for decades. In the end, the camp hosted only a pair of mixed-race sisters, but their mere presence was enough to send some Rosman residents reeling. In May of 1963, a U.S. District Court judge in Asheville had ruled that Transylvania County’s remaining all-white junior and senior public

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On the move: With their bus’ front window still shattered from a shotgun blast, Summerlane campers are seen here shortly after they survived the siege in Rosman. They relocated to a New Jersey camp. photo courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society

high schools must integrate by the following fall. Meanwhile, an advance team of about 10 Summerlane staffers arrived to prepare the 100acre campus for the opening in early July. At first, Summerlane seemed to have established a safe haven in the South, but as hard facts and outlandish rumors spread among Rosman’s roughly 500 all-white residents, it set the stage for the camp’s untimely demise. And while fear of racial mixing was clearly the main fuel for the attack, a flurry of other worries also provided kindling. Some locals, viewing Summerlane as a den of assorted iniquities, resolved to evict the campers from the community, even if it meant taking extraordinary measures. The late Carter McCall, then Transylvania County’s sheriff, supported the move to banish Summerlane, according to one of the attackers and a state Highway Patrol report. Rumors of atheism, free love and nudism inflamed local residents, he told reporters later. But the presence of black campers was the final straw. “When they brought in Negroes and told it over town before they did it, they were inviting trouble,” said McCall. “We never had any trouble until they brought in the colored people and integrated the camp.”

No one died in the violence at Camp Summerlane. But nearly 50 years later, the beatings, burnings and gunfire are still seared into survivors’ memories, and the story of what happened that summer — stitched together out of documents, interviews, old news clips and newly discovered photos — is finally coming alive.

A simmering storm

Among the early arrivals was Leo Koch, Summerlane’s dean/science instructor. A former assistant professor of biology, Koch was fired by the University of Illinois in 1961 for condoning premarital sex in a letter to the student newspaper. The episode sparked a legal battle over free speech in academia, which Koch ultimately lost when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal in the fall of 1963. In the interim, however, the case occasionally cropped up in the national news, and it figured prominently in anti-Summerlane literature that helped incite the attack. Six weeks before the camp opened, Koch arrived with his wife and one of his sons, and throughout the summer he was a prolific correspondent. Koch’s candid typewritten letters to friends, family members


This article is a followup to a four-part series published by Xpress in 2008. To see the original articles, as well as newly added documents, photos and other materials, visit www.mountainx. com/cruelsummer. and professional contacts — obtained by Xpress from an archive of his papers and published here for the first time — chronicle the simmering storm that ultimately destroyed the camp. At first, Koch wrote mostly about the area’s natural beauty and the hard labor needed to bring the camp up to code. “Lots of heavy work, digging, carpentering, general repair of drains, buildings, ponds, etc.” he wrote to friends on June 19, 1963. “Lots of fun though.” In another letter the same day, he judged the spot “a nice place for a peaceful summer.” Trouble was already brewing, though. Attending a Brevard Chamber of Commerce meeting that same week, Koch noted “some concern about our admitting negroes to the camp. It seems that Rosman hasn’t allowed a negro to stay in town overnight for the last 60 years. Of course just 12 miles away [in Brevard], the schools are integrated without any incident whatsoever.” But Rosman was hardly Brevard, as the Summerlaners soon learned. In a letter to one of his daughters shortly before camp opened, Koch wrote: “A gang of local yokels has told us that if we bring any ‘niggers’ here they will kill them.” The group, he reported, was “loaded with white lightning.” (Some Summerlaners say they got a taste of the area’s active moonshine culture during happier moments.) “So we bought a six-shooter, a rifle and shotgun and now we sleep with them at our sides,” Koch’s letter continued. “When camp opens we may have trouble but we hope our trouble-shooters will handle it.” Koch later drafted a detailed narrative of the camp’s trial by fire, which was never published. In it, he wrote that Rosman’s mayor told him about the town’s “fifty-some year old tradition of racial discrimination. The last Negro who stayed overnight in Rosman died there. This confidential report was corroborated independently and matter-of-factly by Sheriff Carter McCall.”

Keeping track: The FBI filed secret reports on Summerlane as it relocated to Camp Midvale in New Jersey. This is the first page of a memo from the bureau’s Newark office to Director J. Edgar Hoover. The day before the attack on the camp, Koch’s account notes a final round of warnings: “July 10, mountaineers assembled along the road bordering Summerlane Camp. They were rumoring: ‘Those people have six nigger families hiding up in them hills and are going to bring them out in September to integrate the Rosman High School.’ Another rumor being spread was: ‘Those people are bringing two buses of Negroes in tonight.’” And so, Koch wrote, “The plot was complete and the stage set for violence.”

Monitored at Midvale

The violence erupted the night of July 11: Two buildings were burned, counselors and campers were beaten, and gunfire echoed into the wee hours. The attackers even doused two lakes with gasoline and set them aflame. Eventually, state Highway Patrol officers arrived to quell the assault. Early the next morning, Camp Summerlane’s residents hastily accepted the patrol’s offer of an armed escort to the North Carolina/ Virginia border. After a restless, 60-hour road

trip during which they gradually surrendered about half their campers to anxious parents, the remaining kids and counselors disembarked at Camp Midvale, a left-wing retreat in Ringwood, N.J., open since 1921. Summerlane already had a satellite operation there that included a half-dozen African-American campers sent to Midvale because they were considered too black to be safe in Rosman. It proved to be a brief respite, however: After three weeks, Summerlane relocated again. Midvale had its own problems, including local hostility and federal surveillance. The FBI had long been watching the camp, which hosted children and families from the Northeastern wing of the labor and civil rights movements. On Aug. 5, the Newark, N.J., FBI office updated Director J. Edgar Hoover on Summerlane’s status. A detailed, confidential report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act summarized press coverage of the camp’s hurried move, noting that a “Summerlane School might be located in Ringwood in the future.” The memo said it was “submitted for information



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Mapping the attack: Summerlane’s dean/science instructor Leo Koch kept this sketch and added notes on key events in the camp’s demise, including arson, assaults and gunfire. purposes and no investigation will be conducted by Newark concerning Summerlane.” But that wasn’t exactly true: As the bureau continued to monitor Midvale, its agents recorded and investigated the licenseplate numbers of the vehicles that shuttled Summerlane from North Carolina to New Jersey, those same declassified records show. The FBI also noted that mere weeks after Southern racists ejected Summerlane, Northern neo-Nazis picketed Midvale. Transitioning from a summer recreational facility to a year-round school, Summerlane moved on to two campuses in New York state during the next two years before relocating to Florida, with assorted controversies dogging it along the way.

Waiting for Godivas

Meanwhile, back in Rosman, the Summerlane saga had a brief, bizarre coda that played on some of the community’s worst fears. In the wake of the attack, numerous news outlets reported some locals’ concern about reputed nudism at the camp (which proved to be mostly unfounded, though some counselors allow that they might have gone skinny-dipping before the camp opened). But a nudist prankster seized the opportunity to poke fun at the paranoia, putting Mayor Austin Hogsed on the alert again. Hogsed, now deceased, had made no secret of his distaste for the camp. His daughter, Sharon Hogsed (who still lives in Rosman),

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was a young girl at the time, but she vividly recalls her father’s concern before and after Summerlane evacuated. As she remembers it, the campers “threatened to bring Lady Godiva riders into Rosman on horses.” Strange as that might sound, Mayor Hogsed did have some reason to fear a procession of nudes down main street. A week after Summerlane left town, he received a letter from California resident Robert Clogher, then one of the country’s most prominent advocates of nudism. Clogher offered a naked threat, telling Hogsed that the town would soon be visited by “more Lady Godivas than your policemen can shake a nightstick at.” The spectacle, Clogher wrote, would be in retaliation for the ouster of Camp Summerlane (which, Clogher falsely asserted, was a chapter of his quixotic nudist organization, The Perfect Christian Divine Way Inc.). “You can count on the most dramatic, non-violent demonstration you can imagine, occurring very shortly in Rosman, with the demonstrators emulating Isaiah 20,” Clogher wrote. (A favorite among Christian nudists, that chapter exhorts: “Go and loose the sackcloth from thy loins, and put the shoe from thy foot.”) Nudists, Clogher prophesied, would descend on prudish Rosman “like a swarm of locusts.” The nudists never came, but the threat pointed up the potential for genuine local problems stemming from the attack. “There

have been serious talks going on ever since the Camp Summerlane episode, as town and county officials ponder the impact of the unfavorable publicity the area received over the invasion of the camp,” a local reporter noted in an article prompted by the apocryphal Lady Godivas. Mayor Hogsed said he wasn’t too worried, adding, “We’ll have some more meetings and try to figure out what to do.” The Transylvania Times, the county’s newspaper of record, had editorialized strongly against Summerlane, but after Clogher’s nudist missive made a splash, the paper published a satirical column that poked gentle fun at Rosman. Transylvania “was shocked, then indignant,

more maturity,” he adds. “We shouldn’t have flaunted our new ways of thinking in their faces, period. That was a major mistake.” Summerlane’s director, George von Hilsheimer, concedes that the organizers were “insanely idealistic” in trying to set up shop in a secluded corner of the South. But they were as mindful of and responsive to the threats as they could have been, he maintains, and in girding up to deal with them, he drew on his experiences as a Baptist preacher and an Army veteran. “We anticipate a few problems,” among them “the reaction to our pathetic ‘integration,’” von Hilsheimer wrote in The Realist magazine shortly before the attack. But overall, he concluded, “We feel confident to cope.”

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then vindictive as she discovered a colony of nudists, beatniks and color transgressors festering on her slopes and angrily thrust them out, only to have them threaten an army of Lady Godivas riding back to haunt her,” the column observed. “No group of oddballs could find a more austere and straightlaced community to haunt.”

Second-guessing Summerlane

While some observers appreciated the humor in the situation, others made a heavier assessment. Though all the Summerlaners contacted by Xpress said they felt the attack was unjustified, some now say that, with children’s lives potentially on the line, the camp should have heeded the warnings and relocated sooner. That would certainly have spared Michael Goldblatt some pain. A camp counselor from New York state, Goldblatt was one of three young men who tried to exit the premises at the height of the attack to check on a staffer who was guarding a separate part of the camp. But an armed mob was blocking the exit, and as soon as Goldblatt and another counselor stepped out of their bus to try to negotiate, the group swarmed them. “They beat the hell out me,” Goldblatt recalls. Briefly knocked unconscious by punches and kicks to the head, he sustained the worst injuries of anyone that night. Once revived, “I went back to the camp and got a gun,” says Goldblatt. “I had never held a gun before, but I felt murderous at that point and I wanted to kill them. Luckily, I kept my head.” And though he has no love for his attackers, Goldblatt now believes the camp’s leaders should have realized they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. “It was all a mistake. ... We were too young, and we didn’t have enough appreciation of the local people and the way they were. They thought we were trodding on their beliefs and morals. “It could have been handled better, with

— Sharon Hogsed then-Mayor Austin Hogsed

Fifteen-year-old Eve Olitski, one of many Jewish campers who hailed from in and around New York City, learned a lot about coping that night. She remembers huddling in a cabin while men with flashlights and rifles came through the creaky wooden door, hollering, “Where are the niggers?” It was a surreal, bracing and transformative experience, Olitski says now. And though she drew many valuable lessons from it — about the virulence of racism and the importance of the civil rights movement, along with more personal insights about what it means and takes to be “different” — she also believes Summerlane should have cleared out as signs of local hostility mounted. The camp’s directors “had the warnings but, idiots that they were, they went ahead and decided to bring Jews and Negroes, as they were called then, into a Ku Klux Klan society,” Olitski declares. “They didn’t want our kind there.”

Marching on Washington

Six weeks later, Summerlane found a measure of redemption when its remaining campers witnessed an event that would ultimately herald the triumph of the civil rights movement. On Aug. 28, 1963, a quarter-million people — including some 30 Summerlaners — assembled at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Blacks and whites of all ages joined in common cause while Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, and a young Bob Dylan and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson sang songs of liberation. In Super 8 film footage 13-year-old camper Andrew Weiss shot that day, the Summerlaners seem relaxed and jubilant, considering their recent trials. And stenciled across the front of their still bullet-scarred bus are two words: “Love” and “Joy.” X Asheville-based writer Jon Elliston can be contacted at • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 13





Public seating outside Vanderbilt Apartments removed due to “bad crowd”

Benched: Vanderbilt Apartment residents lost their bench recently; building management say it was Romans’ decision; Romans’ says building management pushed for removal. photo by David Forbes

by David Forbes The benches outside the Vanderbilt Apartments in downtown Asheville has been removed by Roman’s deli owner Roman Braverman due, he says, to landlord and customer complaints. Often used by the building’s mostly lowincome, elderly residents, the benches were the last public sitting spaces left near Pack Library until they were removed several months ago. “Building management wanted the benches gone, because they felt it was just a bad crowd of people hanging out there,” Braverman told Xpress. “We even left one, at first, that was right in front of our window, but we had numerous complaints from our customers about them trying to eat and the people just sitting around and chain-smoking all day.” The remaining bench has now been supplanted by outside seating for the sandwich shop. Asked whether the “bad crowd” were Vanderbilt residents or came from somewhere else, Braverman replied, “probably a combination of both.” But building manager Flora Marr tells a somewhat different story, saying, “We’ve leased that spot to the tenant, and they decided to

remove the bench.” “A lot of residents have not been happy about it,” noted Braverman, adding that he was reluctant to take the step. “I’ve had a couple of e-mails from people who were disappointed, and I have to explain that this isn’t something that we forced. We wanted to keep [the benches] out there, but the combination of the people that were out there, complaints from customers, and the building management said they were done with those benches and happy to have a reason why they should not have them out there.” However, Braverman emphasizes that there are still seating areas for residents behind the apartments and non-customers often use the outside seating, something his business allows when not during peak lunch hours. Benches also sparked controversy in the area in 2008, when the city removed two of them from in front of Pack Library in response to concerns about crime and the homeless. The move prompted a small protest, but the benches stayed gone. The closest one is now outside Featherheads Emporium on the other side of Haywood Street. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at


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Nicole McRight, who graduated from Western Carolina University’s communication sciences and disorders program this spring, recently received a statewide award for student educational achievement. Presented by the North Carolina Speech, Hearing and Language Association, the award is given on the basis of academic excellence and merit. The student recipient must have a grade-point average of no less than 3.0 while actively enrolled in or accepted to a program in communication sciences and disorders at a North Carolina university. “Nicole won for a variety of deserving reasons,” said Bill Ogletree, head of the department of communication sciences and disorders at WCU. “She was consistently present, prepared and willing to participate and help in any way. In the classroom, she was an excellent oral presenter and writer, yet she in no way sought the spotlight for her accomplishments. As a clinician, she was intuitive, decisive, and effective, yet always open to learning.” A resident of Sylva, McRight said she feels proud of her award and of WCU’s program. “I think ... graduate program at WCU is a gem, and I believe the award was the result of the consistent support and encouragement the professors and clinical supervisors provided throughout the program,” said McRight, who will begin work as the speech-language pathologist at Blue Ridge School in Cashiers. For more information, contact Tracie Rice, by telephone at 828-227-3378 or by e-mail at

Wanted: Host families for student exchange

Want to make a difference in a foreign student’s life? Asheville resident Sybil Argintar is seeking families to host a scholarship high-school student this fall from the republics of Georgia and Ukraine. The teens are participating in the Future Leaders Exchange Program, which awards full scholarships to selected high-school students from former Soviet Union countries. FLEX gives them the chance to experience life in a different society — with the goal of promoting democratic values and institutions in their home countries, as well as fostering communication, mutual understanding and respect between the people of different countries and cultures, Argintar explains. The two FLEX students, one girl and one boy, will be spending their school year here. Out of thousands who applied, the two students were chosen for their outgoing personalities, academic abilities and leadership potential. FLEX students also come with full medical insurance and a monthly government stipend. Argintar is the local cluster director and looks forward to working with the students and their host families. FLEX students look forward to living like American teens for one school year — joining sports teams, studying for exams and participating fully in family life. Host families provide students with meals, a place to sleep and study, and a warm, supportive environment. Currently, host families who have a student enrolled in Asheville High or SILSA are preferred, but single parents, young couples and retirees are welcome to apply when additional schools become available. Families can host a student for the full school year or a single semester. For information call Sybil Argintar at 828-230-3773, or the national office at (800) 555-6211, ext. 304. — staff reports


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Mountains of meth; skies of falcons Crystal meth seems to be making a comeback in the mountains. Four years ago, new laws regulating the sale of pseudoephedrine in pharmacies slowed illegal production of the drug. But last week, the Smoky Mountain News reported that a new way of cooking meth has emerged over the past year, threatening to increase the number of mom-and-pop labs at a time when demand for the drug is high. “It definitely is on the rise, and I think you can see that in the numbers,” Special Agent Lee Tritt of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation told the paper. The article, “Surge in Meth Labs Traced to New Small-Batch Production” went on to report that in 2009, the SBI busted 206 meth labs across the state, compared with 195 in 2008 and 157 in 2007. Tritt pointed to the rise of “shake-and-bake” labs, which are easy to set up and require less pseudoephedrine to produce a cleaner product. And with the cooking methods readily accessible on the Internet, officials said they expect production to increase throughout the region. “In the western part of the state, it could be anywhere,” said Tritt. “It’s not a rural or an

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urban thing. It’s everywhere.” Detective Rick Buchanan of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office also blamed the poor economy for the rise in meth use. “Things are getting worse all over, and I think the economy has a lot to do with it,” Buchanan told the paper. “When the economy is down, our business goes up.” A recent meth lab explosion in Watauga County offers further evidence of the disturbing trend. In “Meth Mess Closes Landfill,” GoBlueRidge reported that someone disposing of the remnants of a methamphetamine lab caused a small explosion and fire that temporarily shut down the Watauga landfill. According to the article, law enforcement is continuing to investigate. At press time, no one had been arrested. And in other disturbing, drug-related news outside of Asheville, The McDowell News reported that a Marion man spent 150 days in jail for sucking the medication out of his handicapped uncle’s IV tube. According to “Man Guilty of Sucking Drugs from IV Tube,” Michael Dwayne English, 38, punctured the IV tube several times and sucked out the Dilaudid with his mouth. Doctors had prescribed the narcotic painkiller for his uncle, whom English was supposed to be taking care of. As part of a plea arrangement, English was

sentenced to 150 days behind bars and given credit for the amount of time spent in pretrial confinement.

Peregrines take to the land of the sky

On a more elevated note, a pair of young peregrine falcons were recently spotted in Chimney Rock Park. Although members of the threatened species have consistently nested in the park since 1989, this spring marked the first time adult birds have mated there, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. According to the article “Peregrines Hatch at Chimney Rock,” the sighting is good news for the species. At one time, there were fewer than 100 pairs in the entire country, because pesticides had caused females to lay thinshelled eggs. But in recent years, reintroduction efforts have helped the population grow. As of 2006, there were an estimated 3,200 pairs of peregrines in the United States, and this year, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission counted 12 pairs nesting in Western North Carolina. The world’s fastest birds, the falcons prefer to nest in rocky areas and have also been spotted locally at Looking Glass Rock, Devil’s Courthouse and Whiteside Mountain. — by Jake Frankel



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We’d like to make a toast

The Ridgefield Toastmasters has installed new officers for the 2010-2011 year. Sara Phillips will serve as the group’s new president; Matt Tavener, vice president for education; Dan Norris, vice president for membership; Susan Jackson, vice president for public relations; Suzanne Chebat, secretary; Wil Higdon, treasurer; and Kevin Franks, sergeant at arms. Toastmasters is a nonprofit, member-led organization that helps its members develop leadership skills and improve their communication techniques, such as giving speeches and presentations. Ridgefield Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the DixonHughes conference room at 500 Ridgefield Court in Asheville (that’s just past the Biltmore

Square Mall off Brevard Road). Guests are welcome — and don’t worry if you’re a visitor: There’s no charge and no obligation to participate. For more information, visit or call Susan Jackson at 779-4539.

New stores moving into Biltmore Park

Biltmore Park is welcoming six new commercial tenants to its 42-acre, mixed-use planned community in south Asheville, company representatives told Xpress. The Wine Loft, Lavender Fields, Lenscrafters, Neo Burrito, Shades of Green and Ideal Image have all signed leases and are in various stages of obtaining permits and readying their retail spaces for business. The Wine Loft is an upscale wine bar; Lavender Fields is a home boutique; Neo Burrito — already a well-known Asheville eatery — is opening its second location come fall; Shades of Green specializes in environmentally conscious women’s clothing; and Ideal Image is a local laser hair-removal service. The new stores join The Natural Home, Woof Gang Bakery, DINO-Kinetics and Markis Studios, which all recently opened in Biltmore Park. X Direct your business news to Michael Muller (251-1333, ext. 154) or to

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Getting off the banks Paddle trip probes French Broad River’s health by Susan Andrew “You cannot know the river by simply sitting on the level banks,” historian and author Wilma Dykeman wrote in her influential 1955 book, The French Broad. In late June, Mountain Xpress joined the Western North Carolina Alliance for day six of its 11-day paddle down the French Broad. Organized by WNCA staffer and French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson, the trip offered the public a chance to get more intimate with the river while learning about the threats it faces. On this day, the flotilla included numerous fishing enthusiasts as well as Upper Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby. She’d obtained a grant to analyze fish tissue, water and sediment samples collected from the French Broad to gauge water quality near Progress Energy’s Skyland plant, which discharges into the river. “We asked the state [Wildlife Resources Commission] to help us with this testing,” Lisenby explained. “But they refused, saying

that they do not design a study to investigate a specific source of pollution. So we’re doing this grass-roots style, with citizens participating and learning. If the environmental regulatory agencies don’t do adequate oversight, it becomes incumbent on the people to get involved.” “We’re like the first responders now,” she continued. “We’re doing what the state should be doing in monitoring the health of the river.” State records show high levels of mercury in game fish collected from the French Broad in recent years, and in at least one case, levels exceeded the Department of Health and Human Services’ limit for fish consumption. (At press time, an analysis of fish-tissue samples collected on this trip was not available because the lab, Pace Analytical in Green Bay, Wis., has been overwhelmed with tissue samples related to the Gulf oil disaster.) Two coal-ash ponds contained by earthen dams hold the waste products generated by the coal-fired Progress Energy plant — a situation the riverkeepers say is alarmingly similar to the scene of the disastrous 2008 coal-ash spill in

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Kingston, Tenn. A Tennessee Valley Authority power plant there released 5.4 million cubic yards of coal-ash slurry before flowing into the adjacent Emory River (see “Coal Slurry for a Tennessee Christmas,” Dec. 23, 2008 Xpress). Most coal-ash ponds are situated near rivers, because these power plants typically use surface waters for cooling. Issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Progress Energy’s wastewater-discharge permit is overseen by the state Division of Water Quality. Scrubbers inside the stacks capture most of the coal ash and other pollut-

ants — including toxic metals such as mercury, lead and arsenic — which eventually end up in the storage ponds. Water, used both for emissions control and for cooling operations, is treated in an artificial wetland where plants and micro-organisms provide a kind of biological cleaning service that helps trap heavy metals and other toxins. The treated wastewater goes over a spillway, through a 36-inch pipe that runs under Interstate 26, and into a small stream that feeds the French Broad. Progress Energy’s Scott Sutton notes that since the scrubbers were installed in 2005

and 2006, the plant has achieved “dramatic improvement in its [air] emissions, including an 80- to 90-percent reduction in mercury.” But those toxic materials have to go somewhere, and that somewhere is the open coal-ash ponds above the French Broad. The EPA recently proposed regulating coal ash as hazardous waste; an alternate proposal would continue the current, less stringent requirements, which consider the ash comparable to household trash. Meanwhile, Progress Energy’s discharge permit is up for renewal in December, and even if new rules are approved, they probably won’t be in force by then. Sutton simply says the plant’s storage dam “will meet the standard of the day,” whatever it may be. Lisenby, however, maintained that the very agencies charged with protecting the public aren’t doing their job. In the wake of the Kingston spill, she says she asked the state’s Aquifer Protection Section if the “coal signature” pollutants from North Carolina’s 13 coalash ponds — including one as big as Panther Stadium — were showing up in ground water

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ecocalendar Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues at Tressa’s, 28 Broadway (upstairs). Info: • FRIDAYS, 6pm - Social mix —- 6:30pm - Program with guest speaker. Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Free and open to the public. • TH (7/29), 10am - Learn how and why some animals conceal themselves at Linville Falls Visitor Center, milepost 316 —- 2pm - “Critters Along the Way” at the Minerals Museum, milepost 331. • TH (7/29), 7-8:30pm - Family Night: “How Big Is a Black Bear?” Join Rangers at the Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384, to learn more about the life history of the bear in your backyard. Registration required: 298-5330, ext. 304. • FR (7/30), 10am - “Let’s Talk Turkey” at the Minerals Museum, milepost 331 —- 2pm - “Tree Killers” at Linville Falls Visitor Center, milepost 316 —- 7:30pm “Yell Fire” at the Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, milepost 316 —- 7:30pm - “Code Talkers” at the Crabtree Falls Campground Amphitheater, milepost 340. • SA (7/31), 10am - “Chowtime” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, milepost 316 —- 1pm - “Conversation With a Ranger” at the Orchard at Altapass, milepost 328 —- 2pm - “Taking in Code” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, milepost 316 —- 7:30pm - “Newt, Eft, or Salamander, You Be the Judge” at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, milepost 316 —- 7:30pm “Birding for Beginners” at the Crabtree Falls Campground Amphitheater, milepost 340. • SU (8/1), 10am - “Skunk, Polecat, Whatever the Name It Is It Still Stinks” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, milepost 316 —- 10am - “Talking in Code” at the Minerals Museum, milepost 331 —- 1pm - “Conversation With a Ranger” at the Orchard at Altapass, milepost 328. Community Education Series Presented by Conservation Pros, the free series will feature classes on topics such as energy efficiency, tax credits, stimulus incentives, energy retrofitting, indoor air quality, HVAC and more.

• WE (7/28), 5:30-7pm - “Green Remodeling - Five things you can do to claim the energy tax credits in 2010” at the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. • WE (8/4), 5:30-7pm - Class at Black Mountain Library, 105. N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Hwy. 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: 877-4423 or • WE (7/28), 10am-3pm - “Fly Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners.” Topics include casting theory, mechanics and practice techniques. Held at Lake Imaging, DuPont State Forest. Equipment and materials provided. Bring lunch. $20 (fee is refundable upon attendance). For ages 12 and up. • TU (8/3), 1-3pm - “Stream Investigation.” Spend an afternoon with an experienced PCWE staff member and explore the Davidson River looking for aquatic macro invertebrates. The Green Walkabout A walking tour of Warren Wilson College, highlighting what earns the College recognition as a national sustainability leader. Tour includes best practices of green building, energy use, waste management, native landscaping, sustainable agriculture and forestry. Info: • FR (7/30), 9:30am-1pm - Tour. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or • Through TU (8/24) - Beauty of Butterflies, a live exhibit featuring several hundred butterflies.


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A question of interpretation Park rangers bring Smokies to life by Danny Bernstein I’m a volunteer at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and I recently joined seasonal rangers for interpretive training. In National Park Service lingo, “interpretation” means enabling each visitor to personally connect with a place. We do this informally when we talk to them in the visitor center or on the trail, and formally when we present a program. Right now, I’m dividing my time between working behind the desk and roving the trails in uniform.

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According to Cades Cove interpretive ranger Mike Meldrum, visitor contact is highly personalized. An interpreter must be able to evaluate the person and use a well-crafted response that’s most likely to get through to them. “You need to be committed and passionate,” says Meldrum. The National Park Service has even developed a “Visitors Bill of Rights.” “Visitors,” he notes, “are always watching you. So if you have a uniform, be careful: You’re onstage.” All this emphasis on service can spoil you for real life — like expecting supermarket checkout clerks not to talk to each other and concentrate on the customer instead. The concept of stewardship, “to preserve and protect for future generations,” is holy. We need to make visitors feel that the park’s resources — mountains, trout and cabins — are theirs. Visitors will then experience a deep connection

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to the park and thus want to preserve it. It’s really a pretty optimistic view of the world: If you educate visitors, they’ll be inspired to protect the parks and so won’t litter, harass a bear or carve their names into a cabin.

The dance of history

Before the Smokies became a national park, the area was home to more than 200 communities. To communicate that, interpreters present programs in costume. We walked to the Ownby Cabin on a nature trail at the back of Sugarlands Visitor Center. Dressed as Mary Ownby (who lived there more than a century ago), Ranger Lisa Free was weaving a basket. We were supposed to find problems with her presentation. Some were pretty easy to spot: a plastic water bottle close by, Free’s modern sneakers and plastic-handled scissors and screwdriver. Other inconsistencies were less obvious: Free’s sleeves rolled up above her elbows (which modest women don’t show). Free started out playing the character, which isn’t done much in the Smokies: It makes it tough to answer visitor questions when the interpreter can’t break character. Instead, Free quickly switched to third person so she could talk about the owners of the house and their times. It’s also easier to interact with visitors that way.

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Some visitors come to the Smokies without any preparation and ask, “What can we do around here?” “Well,” I point out, “there are over 800 miles of well-marked, well-maintained trails.” But if

they’re not excited about hiking, I suggest: • the Mountain Farm Museum, which consists of buildings moved from other parts of the area. Kids love the pigs and chickens. • the Oconaluftee River Trail. It’s flat and wellmaintained, and local mothers from the Cherokee community take their babies there in strollers. • Mingus Mill, a working operation complete with a “miller” who’ll explain how it all works. • Mingo Falls on Big Cove Road. I designed a backpacking trip in Hazel Creek. I sent a group of German hikers up to the Appalachian Trail and others to the Mingus family cemetery. At the desk, we have three stamps for visitors’ stamp books, which help them keep track of where they’ve been when within the national park system. Our stamps are for the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Trail of Tears. Motorcyclists sometimes want to know about challenging local roads that they can ride because the Parkway’s too tame for them. Rough roads are not my specialty, but I’ve suggested Lake View Road out of Bryson City to the “Tunnel to Nowhere,” telling them a little about its history, and they seemed quite interested. And yes, I tell visitors where the bathrooms are. I’m at Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Mondays. So come on by and ask me a couple of tough questions. X Hike leader and outdoors writer Danny Bernstein is the author of Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage. She can be reached at danny@

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Left: Discovered on a quiet side street in West Asheville, this natural-base bottle tree has been thoughtfully designed using a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including square and triangular bottles. Center: A tidy bottle tree looks all French Country chic set among midsummer yellow coneflowers outside the home of West End Bakery proprietors Krista Stearns and Lewis Lankford. Right: Built by Christopher Mello, whose home gnomon garden is a noted local attraction, this unusually tall bottle tree resides in a scrap-metal garden at 307 Flash Studio. The space is shared by a number of local artisans, including high-end-furniture welder Cynthia Winn. Viewed from a distance, a coterie of rusted oxygen tanks complements the cobalt bottles. Photos by Melanie McGee Bianchi

next month as a showcase for area home stagers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always found the look of blue glass magical, but never really knew why until I started to become interested in the Gullah lowcountry culture,â&#x20AC;? says Deaton. All American versions are derived from the bottle treeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s origins in central Africa. As with most vivid forms of folk art (an example is the tourist co-opted hex signs begun on barns in Pennsylvania-Dutch country), superstition is the central tenet: it was believed that the bottles snagged and redirected evil spirits, thus preventing them from entering the house. Trendily revived glass â&#x20AC;&#x153;witch ballsâ&#x20AC;? (hung in windows) and flask-like witch bottles operate on a similar premise. Local writer, witch and WNC native Byron Ballard points out that such ancient devices â&#x20AC;&#x153;are good for [trapping] ghosts, but also for any kind of malign stuff. They will even help turn a direct spell, particularly if the caster isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t very good.â&#x20AC;? Mostly, though, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about calculated whimsy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; think Tibetan prayer flags or chainsaw bear sculptures. Today, bottle trees serve more as hip yard art than as serious ghost busters. And you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait for your ailing dogwood or

crepe myrtle to die to start decorating its barren branches: hand-carved wooden and welded-metal tree skeletons are a cottage industry backed by considerable pride. One Mississippi man, blues musician Dudley Pleasants, has crowned himself â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bottle-Tree Man,â&#x20AC;? making and selling tree bases whose dimensions run from â&#x20AC;&#x153;babyâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;wicked.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the sort of DIY project any artsy Ashevillean with moderate skills could pull off. Some tree merchants even sell ornamental bottles in various colors, but that seems like cheating. Cobalt blue is the favored shade â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which, for the purist, means scouting antique stores for vintage Milk of Magnesia bottles or else chugging enough German Riesling to accumulate a blue-bottle collection one hangover at a time. Pictured are some fairly distinctive examples of local bottle trees. Readers should consider keeping up with this particular folk-art revival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lest the craftily repelled spirits of their neighbors become their own. X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a contributing editor at Carolina Home + Garden.

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belechere streetscenes Bele Chere means more than bands and beer. There’s face painting, rides and balloons. Funnel cakes and street foods from some favorite local vendors. The chance to dance to bands on the streets of downtown: Say, African-inspired rock from Toubab Krewe at Battery Park Stage, the sweltering set of uke-abilly act Mad Tea Party at Haywood Street or the lightning-crashed Sunday afternoon session of Now You See Them. When the storms rolled in, the folk trio kept playing, unplugged, in the street. There’s the old-fashioned sport of people watching. Marveling at street buskers and heckling street preachers. Browsing the quirky craft vendors, learning something new at a booth. Each year, hordes of volunteers and city crews make it happen. Up in a flash, jam-packed with action and taken down by Monday morning’s cup of coffee. Bele Chere, you were sweltering hot, raucous and a damn good time. Here’s a quick look back — for lots more Bele Chere coverage, photos and videos, check

To air is dog-divine: The Air Dog event always draws a crowd as the canine athletes show off their best jumps. photo by Jonathan Welch

Thursday’s cart brigade: As streets were shut down, Bele Chere crews whizzed around downtown as preparations for the Southeast’s biggest street festival began. photo by Margaret Williams

Vermont rock: Burlington-based Grace Potter and The Nocturnals rocked the crowd Saturday night. photo by Jonathan Welch

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Bele Chere 2010, a space odyssey: Aliens in pink, purple, blue and green provided evidence that the festival had a mysterious “Arena 45” (otherwise known as the Asheville Civic Center). photo by Jonathan Welch

Bele Chere 2010, a space odyssey: Aliens in pink, purple, blue and green provided evidence that the festival had a mysterious “Arena 45” (otherwise known as the Asheville Civic Center). photo by halima flynt

Overflow: The crowds listening to local superstars Toubab Krewe spread up and out, taking over the Wall Street parking deck. photo by Jonathan Welch

Ta-da! Jacob Felder and Kara Chambers, from Winston-Salem’s Exuro Entertainment, perform at the intersection of Biltmore Avenue and Aston Street. photo by Alli Marshall

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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 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. National Night Out The Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council will host a local National Night Out, a nationwide, annual crime prevention and community policing event. Info: www. • TU (8/3), 6-8pm - Kickoff event at the Buncombe County Sports Complex on Sand Hill School Road, featuring food, the N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter, tips and facts about crime prevention and more. Info: 552-1517 or 775-2642. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Rd., Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or

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• SA (7/31), 10am-4pm & SU (8/1), Noon-4pm - Military History Weekend, featuring living history talks and demonstrations from re-enactors from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and Vietnam. Plus, guided tours of the house. $5/$2 K-12. Talks and Lectures at A-B Tech Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 254-1921. • FR (7/30), 7pm - Robert Levy of the Cato Institute will present a lecture on “Constitutional Relevance in the Age of Obama” and “The Individual Health Insurance Mandate” in Simpson Auditorium on the Victoria Road A-B Tech campus.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Arise & Shine Toastmasters Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:308:30am - Meeting in the University Highsmith Building at UNCA. 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 New Friends Welcomes residents of Asheville and surrounding communities, whether new or old, couples or singles, to join one of the many interest groups to meet and make new friends. Info: For membership info: 2522283. • Participate in the many activities offered by the interest groups, including hiking, men’s golf, book

weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Attend a performance of "The World of Carl Sandburg" by the Vagabond School of Drama wed Wednesday, July 28, at 10:15 a.m. at the Carl Sandburg Home amphitheater in Flat Rock. Info: 693-4178. The N.C. Mineral and Gem Festival kicks off Thursday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. thur at The Bridge in Spruce Pine. Jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more, plus mine tours. $3/$1 for seniors on Thursday. The festival runs through Aug. 1. Info: groups from around the Southeast will perform Latin dance at the Stiletto Dance fri Professional Retreat Kickoff Party Friday, July 30, at 9 p.m. at Club 11, 11 Grove St., Asheville. $10. Info: 280-7880. History talks and demonstrations by re-enactors from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam sat War will be a part of Military History Weekend Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Smith-McDowell House, 283 Victoria Road, on the campus of A-B Tech Community College in Asheville. $5/$2 students in grades K-12. Info: 253-9231. Bring a folding chair or a blanket and settle in for a performance of Shakespeare's Troilus and sun Cressida performed by the Montford Park Players Sunday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Asheville's Montford neighborhood. Donations accepted. The show runs through Aug. 22. Info: Head to Hendersonville for a Summer Street Dance performance by Bobby and Blue Ridge mon Tradition and Forever Young Cloggers Monday, Aug. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St. Bring a chair (leave pets at home). Info: 6939708. The Asheville Police Department, Buncombe County Sheriff's Office and the Ashevilletue Buncombe Community Relations Council will host a local National Night Out kickoff event Tuesday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Buncombe County Sports Complex on Sand Hill School Road, featuring food, the N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter, tips and facts about crime prevention and more. Info: 552-1517 or clubs, card games and dining opportunities. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Guests welcome. Info: or (808) 937-7206. • MONDAYS, 12:201:30pm - Meeting. Financial Therapy Groups • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Try out new ways of living and of being, supported by others with similar circumstances, for the collective wisdom of the group to enlighten all, while lightening the burden of each. $8. Info: Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or

• WEDNESDAYS (7/28 & 8/4), 6pm - FirestormBlitzkrieg Game Night. Bring your favorite game or come play someone else’s. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Asheville Cop Watch. Join fellow Asheville residents to promote civilian police oversight and review. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 6920575. • MONDAYS, 9:3011:30am - Easy Bridge Workshops. Each session stands alone and will have handouts and practice sessions for each topic covered. $7/lesson.Info: 693-5361. • TUESDAYS, 9-11:30am - Easy Bridge lessons. Don’t have to have a partner to attend. $6/lesson. Info: 777-2595. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-

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Transition Asheville Aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone in light of peak oil, climate change and the ensuing economic tensions. Info: (423) 7375162 or 296-0064. • WE (8/4), 7-9pm & TH (8/5), 1-3pm - Introductory talk on Permaculture at the West Asheville Public Library. Patricia Allison, a teacher of Permaculture design, will be the first speaker in a series of talks on the ecological design system behind the international Transition Movement. Vivace Young Professionals

• 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 6pm - A subsidiary of the Asheville Lyric Opera designed to provide networking for young professional opera lovers. Info: WNC Community Media Center • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Want your own radio or TV show? Attend a free orientation at the WNC Community Media Center. Info: php/coursesequipment. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-23. Each week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies are also welcome. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

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Blue Ridge Republican Women’s Club The club’s purpose is to elect Republicans and improve the community. Most members are working women. Programs feature speakers from Republican leadership. Free. Info: 683-2567 or www.buncombegop. org/brrwc. • TH (8/5), 6-8pm - Meet at Shoney’s in Enka for dinner, followed by a program with guest speakers Jeff Miller, candidate for Congress, and Bridgette Odom, candidate for District Attorney. Donations of cleaned, pressed professional work clothing will be collected for a women’s shelter. A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Women in Black • FRIDAYS, 5-6pm - Stand weekly at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville in a public expression of grief for the violence involved in war. Express support for the people of Gaza and for the human-rights activists who have died trying to deliver aid. Info: 242-5610.

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Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, ages 55 and older. Weather permitting, they play yearround. Info: 698-3448 or • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (April-Oct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.-March). Start times may vary with season. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610. • TU (8/3), 1pm - Trip to the NC Arboretum. Tour the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, and the Heritage, Stream, Quilt and Bonsai Exhibition Gardens. $7. Walk Wise, Drive Smart Aimed at senior citizens, but open to everyone.

Walks are canceled in the event of bad weather. Info: 551-6415 or www. • TH (8/5) - Enjoy an urban walk in Hendersonville.

Animals Animal Compassion Network WNC’s largest nonprofit, safe-for-life animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at ACN’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview St., Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm. Info: 274-DOGS or • SATURDAYS, 11am3pm - Adoption Days, meet all available pets. Asheville Kennel Club Membership is open to everyone interested in purebred dogs and responsible dog ownership. Info: 258-4833 or www.ashevillekennelclub. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Breed Handling Classes. Learn how to present your purebred dog in the Show Ring. Meets at the US Army Reserve Center on Louisiana Ave. Open to the public. Details and map on the Web site. Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $10. Combo shots: $15. Microchips: $10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the oneyear certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (7/31), 9amNoon - At Superpetz on Brevard Rd. —- 2-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Rd. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to stop the unnecessary killing of hundreds of healthy and adoptable animals at local shelters in Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania and Polk County. Info: 693-5172 or • 1st & 4th SATURDAYS, Noon-3pm - Spay/neuter vouchers available at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $20 cats/$30 dogs. 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. • SA (7/31), 10am-2pm - Pet First Aid Awareness Day at the Henderson County Animal Service Center. Adoption fair, demos on pet CPR and the importance of being prepared for emergencies with your pet. Please leave pets at home. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 246-9050. • SA (7/31), 10am-3pm - Pet Adoption Day at the Rescue Foundation. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • Through SA (7/31) Blue Ridge Classic Horse Show.

Technology Western Alliance Center for Independent Living Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 298-1977 or www. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Give your computer a second life by donating it to Western Alliance to benefit people with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible.

Volunteering 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. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult super-

vision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (7/29), 4-6pm 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. • SA (7/31), 3-5pm - Help make “lovies” blankets for premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions 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), reception assistance, childcare, building/ grounds work and fundraising. People of color encouraged to volunteer. Training required. Info: 254-2968, ext. 12 or cprice@helpmateonline. org. 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 Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7 Makes yarn comfort items that are sent to troops deployed overseas. Info: 696-9777 or • Seeking a community member who is familiar with the Knifty Knitter technique to teach the Toasty Toes group. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Hwy. 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is

required. Info: 877-4423 or • Reliable, enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers are needed: front desk, outdoor exhibit interpreter, gardening, general maintenance and fly fishing assistance. Jobs can be scheduled on a weekly, monthly or even on a callas-needed basis. Call or e-mail emilie.johnson@ 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 Arden or 204 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. Volunteers Needed for Alternative Therapy Health Care Program for Veterans • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - If you are a NC licensed/ insured practitioner of alternative therapies and can donate a min. of 3 hrs./month of your services on Fridays, sometimes Sundays in support of veterans, contact Helios Warriors, a nonprofit organization: or 299-0776.

Health Programs The Del Vecchio Clinic Open House- Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (pd.) An open house at our new location for anyone to come learn about Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, a breakthrough technology that eliminates the reactions from most forms of allergies and sensitivities. Saturday July 31st, 11am-1pm, 43 Grove St., Suite 1. Healing Touch Level 1 • August 21-22 (pd.) For those interested in the program many clinics and hospitals currently use. 18 CEUs, RNs/LMBTs. No previous training necessary. Hendersonville. Call Judy Ray, (828) 553-8146 or (828) 553-8146 . Helping Women Recover from Addictions and Trauma (pd.) Compassionate therapy, support and understanding. Also offering help for your spouse, partner and loved ones. Call Denise Kelley, MA, LPC, (828) 231-2107.

The People’s Acupuncture of Asheville (pd.) Sunday August 1st 12-5pm The People’s Acupuncture of Asheville is offering free acupuncture in our new location. Music and refreshments provided. Massage by Chennin Duclos (NC #8094) and chiropractic by RJ Burle. Art of Intimacy Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. $60/4-session class. Info: 254-5613 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • MO (8/2), 10am-Noon “Look Good, Feel Better.”

Open to female cancer patients to help overcome the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Free cosmetics. Registration required. • TU (8/3), 12:30-1:30pm - The American Red Cross offers a non-certification class that allows participants to learn the very basics of CPR in only one hour. $10. To register: 693-5605. • TH (8/5), 3-4:30pm - “Balance and Fall Prevention,” with physical therapist Chloe Roderick —- 6-7:30pm - Barbara Davenport, certified nurse-midwife and Alyssa Johnson, certified acupuncturist, will explore female fertility, nutrition, supplements, exercise, journaling and the use of complimentary therapies. 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. • WE (7/28), Noon-9pm - Mud Creek Baptist Church, 403 Rutledge Drive. Info: 692-1262. • TH (7/29), 10am2:30pm - Pardee Rehab & Wellnesss Center, 212-B Thompson St. Info: 6986774. • Last FRIDAYS, Noon - “CPR Made Simple” class. Learn the basics of adult CPR and use of a defibrillator. $10. Call to register. • FR (7/30), Noon & TU (8/3), 12:30pm - “CPR Made Simple,” a non-certification class that allows participants to learn the basics of CPR in one hour will be offered. $10. Call to register. • SA (7/31), 9am-1:30pm - Code 3 Outfitters, 2712 Spartanburg Hwy., E. Flat Rock. Info: 808-7203. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding.

All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (7/28), 3-7pm - Arden Seventh Day Adventist Church, 35 Airport Road. Info: 6844525. • TH (7/29), 9am-1:30pm - South College, 29 Turtle Creek Dr. Info: 277-5521.

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.Info:http:// • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Info: 545-9648. • SUNDAYS, 3pm “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut

St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info:5459648. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St. at College, Asheville.Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309pm - Newcomers meeting 7:30pm, Discussion meeting 8-9pm: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Newcomers meeting at 7:30pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood

Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:301:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 6868131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 35

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• SUNDAYS, 5-6pm Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 7pm Black Mountain Al-Anon: Meeting at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 201 Blue Ridge Road (corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hwy. 9). Info: 669-0274. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Study at Kennilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beauty Through Cancer Provides programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors in the WNC area. Located at 131 McDowell St., Suite 202, Asheville. Info: 2528558 or • 1st MONDAYS, 5:307pm - Breast cancer support group. Inspire one another, share stories and listen to interesting speakers from the community. All female cancer patients, survivors and caregivers welcome. Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Magnetic Minds meets at Mountain House, 225 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 3189179. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon - Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Love offering. Info: 2990394. Cancer Support Group for Women • MONDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional support for women experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Info: 299-0394. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 337-

4685 or www.thecenternc. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 78pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Focus is on positive peer support, coping skills and recovery tools. Led by licensed professionals. Free. HIV/AIDS Support Group Open support group for all who struggle with HIV/AIDS. Info: 252-7489, or • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Meeting. MemoryCaregivers Network Support for caregivers of loved ones who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Info: 6459189 or 771-2219. • 1st TUESDAYS, 12:302pm - Meeting at Fletcher Calvary Episcopal Church. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 12:302pm - Meeting at New Hope Presbyterian Church. Overcomers Recovery Support Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A Christian-based 12step recovery program for women. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, pornography, codependency, enabling. All women are welcome. Info: Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 2981899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800580-4761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 2778185.

• TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 258-3229. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville in Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Pl. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Meetings. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous • SATURDAYS, 10-11am A 12-step, recovery fellowship for those who want to stop living out a pattern of compulsive sexual and romantic behavior. Meets at Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Park behind church and enter at front door of the annex. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Workaholic Anonymous (WA) Meetings Feeling rushed? Can’t get it all done? WA slogan: “Slow is beautiful and powerful. I move glacially.” Info: 254-6484. Or try conference call meetings: Get times and numbers at php?page=_meetings. • TUESDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Asheville WA meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St.

Sports Groups & Activities Asheville Kendo Club • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese “Way of the Sword,” develops a person’s mind, posture and spirit through the principles of Japanese fencing. Kendo is not selfdefense. Info: Filipino Martial Arts Kuntao: Traditional empty-hand system of self defense. Kali: Filipino method of stick-and-knife combat. First two lessons are free. Info: 777-8225 or • SATURDAYS, 1pm & TUESDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Hits-4-Honduras • FR (8/27) - Softball tournament to be held at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. This will be a double-elimination tournament that will follow ASA rules. Looking for 32 teams for an all weekend event. There will also be a home-run derby held Sunday. Team in Training Learn more about Team in Training. The group trains people for everything from marathons to cycling events, and covers expenses when participants raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Info: • TH (7/29), 6:30-8pm - Info meeting at the YMCA of Hendersonville, 810 6th Avenue West. • TU (8/3), 6:308pm - Info meeting at Panera Bread, 1863 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. • TH (8/5), 6:30-8pm - Info meeting at Jus’ Running, 523 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Wilson Creek Presentation • TU (8/3), 6:30-8pm - Lynn Allen and Andrew Kota of the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina will do a presentation about Wilson Creek at REI in South Asheville. The program will be held upstairs in the meeting room.

Kids At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50

adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, Noon-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring hands-on activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. Cradle of Forestry Events Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Info: 877-3130 or • THURSDAYS, 10:30am1pm - Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club. Natureoriented program for children ages 4 to 7 and their adults. Reservations requested. Outdoor-oriented activities explore a forest-related theme to engage young children in the natural world. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or • THURSDAYS (through 7/29), 10:30-Noon “Grand and Me,” a farm tour featuring games and activities for children and their grandparents/guardians. $5 per family. Pack a picnic. Make a Splash! Summer Reading Program Sponsored by Buncombe County Public Libraries. Info: • WE (7/28), 11am “Splash Into the Ojibwe: Dream-Catching the Wave,” at Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. Info: 250-4756 —“Sammy Cortino’s Magic Workshop,” at the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Ages 8 and up. Info: 250-4752. • TH (7/29), 2pm “Zelnick the Magician,” Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road. Info: 250-6484 —11am - “Magical Splash with Zelnick the Magician,” at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road. Info: 250-6480 —- 3pm

- “Balloon Fairy Magic,” at Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main Street. Info: 250-6482 —- “Watery Tales with Sharon Clarke,” at South Asheville/Oakley Library, 749 Fairview Road, at 2:30pm and at the Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston Street, at 11am. • FR (7/30), 11am - “Fur, Feathers & Scales,” at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750. • SA (7/31), 11am - “Pirates & Mermaids Party,” at East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Road. Info: 250-4738. Tea Parties at the SmithMcDowell House A hands-on program that brings American history to life. Each party includes a different lesson, snacks, tea and craft activity. For children 7 and up. $25/$20. Please make reservations one week prior to the program desired. Reservations & info: 253-9231 or www. • SA (8/14) - Southwest Fiesta. The program will center on 1820s life in New Mexico when it was still part of Mexico. Enjoy treats and a pinata. Thomas the Tank Engine Thomas the storybook engine will roll into the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, 226 Everett St., Bryson City. $18. Info: or • Through SU (8/1) Family-friendly rides on a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine. See Web site for schedule. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • Through WE (8/18) Summer camp for children in grades 1-6. Activities include arts and crafts, swimming, library trips and more. $25 per day. • TU & WE (8/3 & 4) - “Learn to Golf” program for boys and girls ages 10 to 16 with limited or no golf experience. $25. To register: 456-9207 oroldarmory@townofwaynesville. org.

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)2583229. A Mountain Mindfulness Sangha Part of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of THICH NHAT HANH, the group practices mindfulness as the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Practicing with a “sangha” (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions:, 6847359 or 299-9382. • TH (7/29) - Creative night. Sing songs and read some of Thay’s poetry, followed by a silent meditation and then a discussion. • TUESDAYS, 8-8:40am The Heart Sutra. Chant the Prajnamaramita (“Perfect Understanding”) Heart Sutra. This sutra is the essence of Buddhist teaching. The sutra is followed by 30-40 minutes of silent sitting meditation. Ancient Aramaic Meaning of “The Word” • SU (8/1), 9:30am & 11am - International Aramaic spirituality teacher Dale Allen Hoffman will be the guest speaker at the Sunday Celebration of Life at the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville, 2 Science of Mind Way. Love offering. Info: 253-2325 or and www.daleallenhoffman. com. Aramaic Healing Circle With Sacred Water Healing Ceremony • SU (8/1), 1-4pm - A fusion of meditation, conscious breathwork, the ancient Aramaic teachings of Yeshua (Jesus) and spiritual practices with international Aramaic spirituality teacher Dale Allen Hoffman. At the Center for Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way. Love offering. Info: or 253-2325 and www.daleallenhoffman. com. 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: ryan.

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.MeditationAsheville. org. • 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. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 505-2300 or www. • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation for Inner Peace class. Donations accepted. Avalon Grove Nontraditional Celtic Christian worship services to honor the ancient Celtic holidays. Participants are welcome to bring vegetarian food to share after the service. Info: 645-2674 or • SU (7/31), 3-4pm - A Celtic Christian celebration of Lughnassadh (Lammas). Held outdoors in Weaverville. Awakening Heaven: Seven Sacred Lights of Aramaic Yeshua • TUESDAYS (8/3 through 8/24), 7-9pm - Class with international Aramaic spirituality teacher Dale Allen Hoffman focusing on seven experiential core truths from the original Aramaic teachings of Yeshua (Jesus). Love offering. At the Center for Spiritual Living, 2 Science of Mind Way. Info: 2532325 or www.cslasheville. org and 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 Enka-Candler Library meeting room. Baha’i Faith Everyone is welcome. Join us in our celebration of diversity: “The earth is one

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country and mankind its citizens,” Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i Center is located at 5 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville. Info: 251-1051 or • SUNDAYS, 11am Sunday Devotional. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 4th WEDNESDAYS Meeting at the Earth Fare Community Room. Call for details. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate

communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book 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. highthinkingsimpleliving. org 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. 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. Mantras Cafe • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - Bring your favorite kirtan mantras, multi-cultural chants and soul-centered music. Open mike. Sign-up 66:30pm. At BoBo Gallery. Free or $3 donation. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and

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columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or • SA (7/31), 2-5pm - Summer Satsang with Asheville consciousness columnist and teacher and UNCA meditation and personal consciousness teacher Bill Walz. Deep meditation, trans-egoic psychology and personal consciousness evolution. The afternoon will begin with a Gentle Yoga warm-up. At Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood. $10-$20 suggested donation. • 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: 285-9927. 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: www. or 4503621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meditation and discussion. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th 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 fun-filled atmosphere. All are welcome. Love donations accepted. Info: 828-2558304, ecastro1@charter. net. 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 radiates out to others. Visitors welcome. Free meditation instruction at 19 Westwood Pl., W. Asheville. Info: www. asheville or 490-4587. • THURSDAYS, 6-6:45pm & SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Public meditation. 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 Cafe Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info: 645-0514, 676-6070 or • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (7/28), 7pm “Awakening Your Innate Generosity: Teachings from the Buddhist Ten Perfections,” with Rev. Deborah-Marie Diamond. • SU (8/1), 2pm - “Animal Magic” with Peter Calhoun. Learn the universal language of communication to connect with animal friends and more. $20 suggested love offering. • WE (8/4), 7pm - “Now, Where Did I Leave the Truth?” Teachings from the Buddhist Ten Perfections with Rev. Deborah-Marie Diamond, M.A. 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: 6458001 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@gmail. com.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 16pm (open on Sun. MayOct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SU (8/29) - Three solo exhibitions: Sanctuary: Coastal Birds and Their Fragile Habitat, oil paintings by Ralph James; The Poetic Form: Stone and Wood, sculpture by Jane Jaskevich; and The Way I See It: Recent Landscapes and Still Life Paintings, oil paintings by Stuart Roper. 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 Oui-Oui Gallery. • WE (7/28) through TU (8/31) - Birds of a Feather in the Oui-Oui Gallery. • TH (8/5) through MO (8/23) - Working Man’s Mystic, featuring the work of local artist Spencer Herr.

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Success coach Tom Ferry says our ability to pursue our dreams can be damaged by four addictions: 1. an addiction to what other people think of us; 2. an addiction to creating melodrama in a misguided quest for excitement; 3. an addiction to believing we’re imprisoned by what happened in the past; 4. an addiction to negative thoughts that fill us with anxiety. The good news, Aries, is that in the coming weeks you will find it easier than usual to free yourself from addictions 1, 3, and 4. On the other hand, you may be extra susceptible to addiction 2. So take action to make sure you don’t fall victim to it! What can you do to avoid distracting adventures and trivial brouhahas?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

Some of the biggest whales feed primarily on tiny organisms like protozoa, algae, and krill. They swim around with their mouths open, gulping seawater, using filtering structures in their upper jaws to sieve out the stuff they want to eat. Their strategy for getting a meal has resemblances to an approach you may benefit from using: sifting through a lot of superfluous material to get the rich basics you seek. Discernment isn’t the only skill you’ll need; relaxed patience will be crucial, too.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

You know about World War II, but do you know about the planet’s worst conflict since then? It was the Second Congo War, involving eight African nations and killing 5.4 million people between 1998 and 2006. You’re painfully aware of the oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico, but have you heard about the equally horrific catastrophe that an American oil company wreaked on Ecuador from the early 1960s until 1992 ( EcuadorOil)? I bring these things up, Gemini, because now is an excellent time for you to fill in gaps in your education and learn the rest of any story that you’ve been missing -- not just concerning events in the world but also in regards to your personal history. P.S. Much of what you find, unlike the Congo War and the Ecuadorian oil disaster, may be good news.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A psychic in Colorado was arrested for bilking her clients. Nancy Marks allegedly told people that their money was possessed by nasty spirits, and that the best solution was to hand the money over to her. The cops claim she collected 290,000 of the evil dollars before she was nabbed. My message to you, Cancerian, is very different from the psychic’s warning: Your bank account has a divine blessing on it. At least temporarily, this makes you a kind of cash magnet; you have an unusual power to attract legal tender. Take advantage! Say this sacred mantra: “O monnee gimmee summ.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Can you force things to grow? Is it possible to induce ripening simply by aggressively exerting your willpower? Normally I’d say no, but these days I think it’s within your capacity. Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying you could go up to a tomato plant and magically transform mid-size green tomatoes into big orange beauties. But from a metaphorical perspective, you could accomplish something like that. What fragile bud would benefit from bursts of your vitality? What sweet young thing might thrive with your invigorating help?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

In James Hillman’s book The Dream and the Underworld, he says something I’ve heard from other researchers -- that the majority of dreams we have each night are unpleasant. But that’s not true for me. Way more than 50% of mine are educational, entertaining, and not at all bad or scary. Quite a few have jokes and riddles. Most stretch my understanding of how the world works and motivate me to get smarter about what I’ve been ignorant about. As you enter the Intense Dreaming Phase of your cycle, Virgo, I suspect your nocturnal adventures will resemble mine. Get ready to encounter intriguing characters who’ll have the power to heal you. Talking animals may give you righteous clues about upcoming waking-life decisions. A mercurial teacher could relieve you of a delusion. The wind and rain may play music that dissolves your fear.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

During the Tang Dynasty, a golden age of Chinese culture, educated people didn’t use clichéd salutations to begin and end their encounters with each other. No “Hi, how you doing?” or “See you later. Take care.” Instead, they improvised creatively, composing poetic riffs appropriate for the occasion. “Your face is especially bright today. Are you expecting to see a lucky cloud?” or “I’ll bask in your glories again later. In the meantime, may you find a brisk blend of elegance and mischief.” I’d love to see you do something like that, Libra. It’s prime time to boost your alliances to a higher octave. Give more to your collaborators, and ask for more, too.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

I admire people who sweat freely and abundantly while they’re working hard at what they love to do. Singer James Brown, “The Godfather of Soul,” was renowned for his sweltering floods, and so is baseball player Pablo Sandoval. But many unfamous people I’ve known would also be top candidates for King and Queen of Sacred Sweat, like my friend Julia, who practices her passion in the garden, and my friend Luke, who welds giant metal sculptures. I’m hoping you will come into your own as one of this elite group, Scorpio. The omens suggest you’d be wise to

raise the heat in your alchemical furnace.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The wind coming off the creek has picked up in the last half hour, and so the branches of the lemon tree outside my office window are swaying vehemently in the late afternoon sun. Is the tree upset? No. Is it worried or offended or angry at the wind? Of course not. From what I can tell, it’s enjoying the raucous movement. I can even imagine that it knows how lucky it is: It wouldn’t be able to dance so expressively without the help of the gusts. I hope you’ll interpret your experiences in the coming week with a similar perspective, Sagittarius.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

While flying over water, an eagle can spot a fish swimming from 300 feet away. As it prowls through a winter landscape, a coyote can detect the presence of a mouse bustling beneath thick snow. I suspect you’ll have a comparable knack for tuning in to things that are of keen interest, Capricorn, even if they are hidden or located at a distance. To maximize your advantage, get clear about what you’re hungry for. Build a vivid image in your mind’s eye of what you need.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Lola, a woman I know, has mastered the art of self-contradiction. She makes no apologies for the apparent oppositions she gladly contains. For instance, she’s perfectly at ease with the fact that she is not only a lesbian anarchist skater punk who’s a prolific graffiti artist, but also a devout Christian who doesn’t consume drugs or alcohol, drives a Lexus SUV, and volunteers as a massage therapist at a hospice. Your internal paradoxes may or may not be as extreme as hers, Aquarius, but I urge you to express them with the panache that she does.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

My friend Erica went to a Chinese herbalist, seeking help for a skin problem that hadn’t been healed by six other doctors. “Very rare condition,” the herbalist told her. There was only one thing he knew that would work: Erica would have to travel to the Ruoergai Marshes in Sichuan Province, China and track down a White-tailed Eagle, whose fresh droppings she would gather up and apply to the affected areas of her skin. As the prospect of such a pilgrimage was daunting, Erica decided instead to simply imagine herself carrying it out. After a week of such meditations, her skin had improved. In 21 days, she wasn’t completely cured, but she was much better. The moral of the story, Pisces: Simply visualizing a heroic healing quest may help fix your glitch. Homework: What are the conditions you’d need in your world in order to feel like you were living in paradise? Testify at Truthrooster@ © Copyright 2010 Rob Brezsny

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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 (8/5) - Works by watercolorist Cynthia Moser will be on display. 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: 693-8504 or www. • Through SA (8/7) Annual Bring Us Your Best exhibit. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www. • Through SU (12/5) - Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits will be on display in the Appleby Foundation Gallery —- Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest will be on display. • Through SU (10/10) - Hands in Harmony: Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia, photographs by Tim Barnwell in Holden Community Gallery. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am5:30pm. Info: 251-5796 or • SU (8/1) through TU (8/31) - The Voorhees Sisters: Journeys Here and There, featuring works by Jane and Susan Voorhees. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Fri., 10am5pm, and Sat., 10am6pm. Info: 768-0246 or • 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 • 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 • Through SA (7/31) - Innerscapes, work by photo-based artists Gil and Jacquelyn Leebrick —- Handcrafted Auguries, a photo-based mixedmedia 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: 253-7651 or • 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. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www. • Through TU (8/31) - Summer Samplings 2010, an annual group exhibition of new works from many Haen artists, such as Lynn Boggess, Wendy Whitson, Kathryn Kolb, Larry Gray and Brian Tull, as well as the work of Emily Wilson and Bill Long. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www. • Through SA (7/31) - An exhibition of artwork by faculty members in the Professional Crafts Department at Haywood Community College. • WE (8/4) through SA (8/21) - For the Love of Color: Mixed-Up Media, an exhibit of tapestry, mosaics, mixed-media, embroidery and painting by Sylvia Everett. 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: 2850210 or • Through SU (8/15) - Visiting Summer Workshop Instructors Show, featuring regionally and nationally known visiting artists. Pack Place Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Info: 2574500 or www.packplace. org. • Through FR (7/30) - My Carolina, photography exhibit by local photographer Missy Corrales. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: www. or 765-2359. • TU (7/27) through SU (9/19) - All This Happened, More or Less an exhibition by Anne Lemanski, Shoko

Teruyama, Susan Gothel Campbell and Maggie Taylor, will be on display. • FR (7/30) - Opening reception for All This Happened, More or Less Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or • Through SU (8/29) - 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. • FR (7/30) through WE (8/25) - Photography by Rebecca D’Angelo will be on display. • FR (7/30), 5-8pm - Opening reception for Rebecca D’Angelo’s photography exhibition. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or www. • FR (7/30), 5:30-7:30pm - Fine Arts League Student Show at its Gallery in the Grove Arcade. Music, live portrait drawing spectacle and beverages. Support Asheville’s nonprofit art school. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. 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: 8592828 or • Through SA (8/21) - Exhibit of work by artists participating in Art Trek Tryon: Foothills Open Studios on July 24 and 25. 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. • Through TU (8/10) - Recall, mixed media works by Colette Johnson. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or www. • 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 syntheticnylon fabric and made by artist Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, will be on display in the Baker Center (through Aug.); in The Canopy Walk (JuneOct.); The Education Center (Aug.-Oct.) and in the Quilt Garden (Nov.Feb). • Through SU (8/15) - Living Color: A Color Study Illustrated With Plants, an exhibit exploring color in nature at the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or • Through SU (8/29) - Asheville A Double Take, photography by Lynne Harty and Max Cooper, will be on display in the Lobby Gallery. Carolina Nature Photographers Association

Info: www.cnpa-asheville. org. • Through TU (8/3) - Exhibit at the Cradle of Forestry. Clingman Cafe Located at 242 Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. • SU (8/1) through TU (8/31) - Imaginary Friends, work by Julie Armbruster, Tiffany Ownbey and Patty Bilbro. Events at Thomas Wolfe Memorial Located at 52 N. Market St. Info: or 253-8304. • 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: 6974725 or www.henderson. • 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 • FR (7/30) through TU (9/7) - Work by Peter Parpan with Justin Offner will be on display.

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• FR (7/30), 7-10pm - Art opening: Peter Parpan with Justin Offner. Music by In Plain Sight. Drinks. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or www. • FR (7/30), 5:30-7:30pm - Summer Student Exhibit at the Gallery of the Fine Arts League, Suite 115, Grove Arcade in Asheville. Appalachian landscapes, portraits, sculptures and frescoes. Plus, music, a live drawing spectacle and wine. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 189 W. Main St., Brevard. Info: 8842347 or • Through SA (8/21) - Quilt show by the WNC Quilters Guild, with quilts past and present and from many states.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events 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. 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.

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Info: 350-8484 or www. • SA (7/31), 8pm - “On Time and Place,” a sound/ image collaborative performance with Ashevillebased artists Jason Scott Furr and Vincent Wrenn. The artists will utilize emerging data streams as well as live (temporal) composition and sonic cinema. $5 members/$7. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or www. • TH (8/5), 9:30am Registration followed by a short business meeting and a program taught by Sandy Washington on the needle art technique of using waste canvas. At Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. 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: 2850210 or • TUESDAYS, 12:15pm - Lecture series featuring regionally and nationally known guest artists such as Lana Wilson, Silvie Granatelli, Stephen Forbes-deSoule, Hayne Bayless, Cristina Cordova, James Tisdale and Akira Satake. Free. Schedule: Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info:

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WNC Mysterians critique group. For serious mystery/suspense/thriller writers. Our goal: to make us all better mystery writers. Info: 712-5570 or • TH (7/29), 6pm Meeting at Books-a-Million (lounge area), Tunnel Road, Asheville.

Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 456-6000. • SA (7/31), 2pm Celebration of Star Wars. Books, games, door prizes, free souvenirs and Storm Troopers from Vader’s First 501st Legion. For kids of all ages. • TUESDAYS, 10am Book Babies story time for children 3 years old and younger. 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 SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (7/28), 6:30pm Library Knitters meet. BM. • TU (8/3), 7pm - Evening Book Club: Jim the Boy and The Blue Star by Tony Early. WV —- 7pm Friday Night Knitting Club. EA —- 6pm - Skyland Library Knitters. SS. • WE (8/4), 3pm - Book Club: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. WV —- 5pm - Swannanoa Library Knitters. SW. • TH (8/5), 6:30pm - Book Club: Little Bee by Chris Cleave. EA. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • SA (7/31), 7pm Michael Rivers will read from and discuss his book Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores.

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Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or • WE (8/4), 10:30am - The 5th annual “Storytelling at the Farm” event will feature readings by Ingrid McNair, Virginia Newsom and Virginia “Blackfeather” Thompson. Bring a blanket and a picnic. Popcorn provided. $8 per family/$4 individual. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • FR (7/30), 7pm Minrose Gwin, a professor of contemporary fiction at UNC-Chapel Hill, will read from, discuss, and sign copies of her novel The Queen of Palmyra. • SA (7/31), 7pm Lawrence Thackston will read from and sign The Devil’s Courthouse, a Southern mystery/thriller that takes place in WNC during a tumultuous period in the early 1970s.

• SU (8/1), 3pm - Poetrio: Mike Smith, Jessie Carty and other poet TBA will be featured. • TU (8/3), 7pm - Awardwinning journalist Carol Bradley presents her book Saving Gracie. • TH (8/5), 7pm - Dubbed the Barefoot Sisters, Lucy and Susan Letcher (a.k.a. Isis and Jackrabbit) will share stories from their experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail and sign copies of their two AT classics, Southbound and Walking Home. Flood Reading Series at the Posana Cafe • TH (7/29), 8pm - Three local writers will read at the Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville: Tamiko Ambrose Murray, Dale Neal and Lori Horvitz. Free. 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. Info: www. or www. • SA (7/31), 10:3011:30am - Donna Marie Todd will bring “My Family

Quilt” to life through song and narration. Performing with Todd will be signer Shiner Antiorio of Visual Voices. 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. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or • Through SU (8/15) - Meet the Authors Writing Contest: E.L. Doctorow and Peter Matthiessen in New York. Submit an unpublished story or chapter of a novel of 4,000 words or less to $25 entry fee/$20 Workshop members.

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• SA (7/31), 10am-5pm Regional and international art, craft, food, children’s activities, music and dance on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Musicians and dancers from Folkmoot USA will perform on stages at opposite ends of Main Street throughout the day. Info: 452-0593. Bike Nites Presented by Mike’s on Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Live entertainment, bike games, trophy competition and a kiddie carnival with a bounce house. Bike parking. Info: 698-1616 or mikesonmainstreet@gmail. com. • SA (7/31), 5:30pm - The event will benefit local classrooms that serve children on the austism spectrum. 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 —-

5:30-7:30pm - Thursday night is “almost the weekend” and time to perk up a bit with lively music and dance performances after work. • SATURDAYS, 10am4pm - 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, 5:307:30pm - Hoop Jam. Join Asheville Hoops for some entertainment, exercise and instruction. All ages are welcome. Folkmoot USA International Festival Folk music, culture and dance from around the world. Tickets: 1-877FolkUSA or For more info and the full schedule of events, visit the Web site. • TH (7/22) through SU (8/1) - Folkmoot USA International Festival. • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 43

“I Belong in Aston Park” Celebration • TH (8/5), 6-8pm - Free yoga, tai chi and Chi Walking and Running sessions, plus children’s games all led by fitness professionals, as well as free play with the new playground equipment. Healthy snacks and water will also be available. At Aston Park in Asheville. Free. Monster Bash Dance Party of the Dead • TH (7/29), 7-11pm - The event will be held at Eyesore Studios at the Wedge in Asheville’s River Arts District. Preview of the film Wanderlost, a monster costume contest, raffle and dancing to music by local DJs. Film festival fundraiser. Donations accepted. Info: N.C. Mineral & Gem Festival • TH (7/29) through SA (7/31), 10am-6pm & SU (8/1), 12:30-5pm - The festival will be held at The Bridge (formerly Pinebridge Coliseum) in Spruce Pine, and will feature dealers from around the country and mine tours. $3/$1 for seniors on Thurs. and Mitchell Co. residents on Sun. Info: • SA (7/31) - Concert featuring Coming Up Brass at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine. Rock-n-Road Hill Climb • FR (7/30) through SU (8/1) - A four-year tradition, it combines a vintage car show and uphill race with food and entertainment in Banner Elk at the Lodges at Eagles Nest. $25/$15 kids under 10. For details on registering your own car for the show or race: rsvp@ or 8982422.

Music Family Music At Forge Valley Event Center (pd.) Saturday Concerts: 7pm-10pm: • August 7, Hazel Creek. • August 14, Blue Mountain Myst. 8818 Boylston Highway, Mills River. (828) 674-6741. Family Music At Forge Valley Event Center (pd.) Saturday Concerts: 7pm-10pm: • August 14, Blue Mountain Myst. 8818 Boylston Highway, Mills River. (828) 674-6741. 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 (7/31), 7:309:30pm - Bluegrass and country tunes with Dehlia Low. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 456-6000. • SA (7/31), 6:30pm - Live music in the event room with MacKenzie Wilson. Cantaria Cantaria is a community chorus for gay and gaysupportive men who enjoy singing a wide variety of choral literature for men’s voices. Info: 254-9264 or

www.cantariaasheville. org. • SUNDAYS, 5-7pm Rehearsals. Concerts on the Creek Held in the pavilion at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free. Info: (800) 962-1911 or www. • FR (7/30), 7-9pm Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway will perform. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or • TU (8/3), 7pm - Open Mic. Robert Hess showcases Asheville’s best musical and spoken word artists. 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. Jubilee! In the Dark • SU (8/1), 7:30pm - The Jubilee! Summer Orchestra, with special guests Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Sirius B, Patrick Littlejohn, the Worldbeat Band and a choir will perform at Jubilee!, 46 Wall St., Asheville. By donation. Info: Land-of-the-Sky Barbershop Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: www.ashevil-

44 JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 • or 7689303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or • SU (8/1), 7:30pm - Josh Goforth and Laura Boosinger in concert at Ebbs Chapel School. A benefit for the Ebbs Chapel School Foundation. Mountain Dance and Folk Festival The nation’s longest running folk festival, showcasing a repertoire of mountain performers who share songs and dances that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. Info: 257-4530 or • TH (8/5) through SA (8/7), 7pm - 83rd annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival, featuring the best of the region’s traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. At Diana Wortham Theatre. $20/$10 kids 12 and under. 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 (7/30), 7-9pm - Classic rock with the Night Crawlers. 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 (7/29), 7-9pm - Kellin Watson will perform. • TH (8/5), 7-9pm - Swayback Sisters will perform. 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: 2586101 ext. 345 or www. • SATURDAYS (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. Sounds of the Chakras • SATURDAYS, 6-7pm - “Sounds of the Chakras” with Linda Go at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St. Learn to tone the chakra sounds for health and well-being. Info: 2581140. Summer Concerts at WCU Held on the University Center lawn. Rain location: University Center Grandroom or Club

Illusions. Free. Info: 2273622 or • TH (7/29), 7pm - The Back Pages will perform folk rock, psychedelic, Southern rock and hard rock classics from the 1960s and ‘70s. 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. • MO (8/2), 7:30pm - Dulcimer Concert, featuring Walt Michael, Dan Landrum, Ken Kolodner, Lois Hornbostel, Bing Futch, Jem Moore, Rob Brereton, Thomasina, Bonnie Leigh, Joe Holbert, Doug and Darcy Orr and Ken Bloom. The Carolina Theatre A cultural event center located at 91 Locust Ave., downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 766-5525 or www. • FRIDAYS, 7-10pm - Open Stage & Dance. $3 donation. If you’d like to be up on stage, e-mail guitarted_phool@yahoo. com. WNC Jazz Society Performances held at Diana Wortham Theatre. Ticket prices: $25 members/$35 nonmembers/$10 students. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 687-0407, or bo@ • SA (7/31), 8pm Renowned vocalist and pianist Freddy Cole and his Quartet will perform.

Theater Brevard Little Theatre Located in the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan St., Brevard. Info: www. Reservations: 884-2587.

• Through SU (8/1) - Cole Porter’s musical comedy Anything Goes. Thurs.-Sat., 8pm and Sun., 3pm. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or • Through SU (8/15), 8pm - The Producers will be performed. Wed., Thur., Sat. & Sun., 2pm. Wed.-Sat., 8pm. $40. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS (8/2 through 8/10), 8pm - The 2010 Apprentice Company will present the rock musical Rent. $20. 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). • FR (7/30) through SU (8/22) - Troilus & Cressida (A Story of the Trojan War) directed by Jason Williams. 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 • FR (7/23) through SA (8/7) - Guys and Dolls, a zany musical comedy, will be performed. Thurs.-Sat.,

7:30pm. Sun., July 25, 5pm. $12-$22. Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Performances are held at Mars Hill College’s Owen Theatre. Tickets: 6891239. Info: 689-1384 or • Through SU (8/1) - William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Rated PG. $10-$30. • WE (8/4) through SU (8/22) - Trading Paint, a comedy about NASCAR. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, tryonlittletheater@gmail. com or • TH & FR (7/29 & 30), 8pm & SA (7/31 & 8/1), 3pm - Charlotte’s Web, presented by TLT and Tryon Youth Center. $15/$10 students 18 & under.

Film Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 2558115 or • TH (8/5), 6pm Screening of Papers, the story of undocumented youth and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status. Movie Night at Wedge Brewery Located at 125B Roberts St., Asheville. Movies are free and start at dusk. Bring a lawn chair. Info: 505-2792. • SA (7/31) - Eating Raoul.

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lydance; 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. Beginner Clogging Class • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - Beginner Clogging Class held by the Mountain Thunder Cloggers at the Oakley Community Center in Asheville. 8week session $40. Half price for additional family members. No experience or partner needed. Familyoriented. To register: www.mtnthundercloggers. org or 490-1226.

Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Classes are pay-as-yougo. $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: 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, or www. ashevilledancerevolution. com. • FRIDAYS, 6-7pm - Class designed for the male interested in dance. All ages welcome. $12 donation. • FRIDAYS, 6-7pm - Adult Jazz with live percussion. 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. $10 recommended donation. 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, 7:3011pm - Contra dance to live music at Warren Wilson College’s Bryson Gym. No partner necessary. Beginners welcome. $6, includes dance lesson. Stiletto Dance Retreat Kickoff Party • FR (7/30), 9pm - Seven professional Latin dance performances with groups from around the Southeast. Cocktail reception with raffle at 9:30pm. Salsa dance lessons and social dancing starting at 10:30pm. At Club 11, 11 Grove St., Asheville. $10. Info: 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 (8/2), 7-9pm - Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition and Forever Young Cloggers. Swing Asheville Info:, 301-7629 or dance@swingasheville. com. • 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. Info: 778-4878. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7:45pm Zydeco dance lesson. $5 —- 8:30-11pm - Zydeco dancing to CDs. $5.

Auditions & Call to Artists Casting Alliance Audition Call (pd.) Female wanted for short narration project (paid). Email castingall@ for details on project #823. 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:

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The Book Exchange celebrates 30 years of raising funds for local charitable organizations through the sale of used books.


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Join in the birthday festivities: balloons, cake, a book signing in the morning, music in the afternoon — and, of course, books at very low prices. Almost a quarter of a million dollars has been given to local charities through the sale of used books since the Book Exchange was started by a group of women from St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church back in 1980. Today, the Book Exchange continues to be run by dedicated volunteers from the Hendersonville area. Book donations are accepted any time during business hours (Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and credit is given on paperbacks that cost more than $5, which may be used towards purchasing other paperbacks. 693-8311 or www.

benefitscalendar Calendar for July 28 - August 5, 2010 All Souls Counseling Center Located at 35 Arlington St., Asheville. Info: 259-6933. • WEDNESDAYS (through 7/28), 5-8pm - Wine tasting and a raffle at the Wine Studio, 169 Charlotte St. Taste five wines for $5. Raffle tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Drawing will be held July 28. American Cancer Society Relay for Life Helping make cancer research possible. Info: • TH (8/5), 1pm - Relay for Life on the Fairway. Shotgun start at Asheville Municipal Golf Course. Info: 298-1867 or Animal Compassion Network WNC’s largest nonprofit, safe-for-life animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at ACN’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview St., Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 274-DOGS or • 1st THURSDAYS (through 8/5), 6-8:30pm - Doggie Ice Cream Social. Pet owners are invited to bring their leashed dog for doggie ice cream treats and homemade

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people treats to the Hop. Proceeds will benefit Animal Compassion Network foster and adoption programs. Blue Ridge Pride An all-volunteer organization that strives to be inclusive of all LGBTQ populations, families and friends. Info: 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. • SA (7/31) - The fundraiser will culminate with a free public community picnic at the WNC Nature Center Gazebo. Blue Ridge Pride will present its first annual Community Partnership Award this day. Breast Cancer Benefit Concert • SA (7/31), 9pm - Josh Phillips Trio, The Broomstars and Alex Krug will perform at the Garage at Biltmore. Plus, a local artists silent auction. $10 suggested donation. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Haywood County Arts Council’s FUNd Party Series Pick up a FUNd Party book at 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville or call 452-0593 for details on events and

reservations. Proceeds benefit the Haywood County Arts Council. • WE (8/25), 10am - Bridge and Lunch With a View at the home of John and Myra Bottoms. Foursomes only. RSVP by Aug. 2. Info: 235-9219. Tickets: 452-0593. The Book Exchange Volunteers sell used books and give the money to charity. Located at 2680 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-4pm. Info: 693-8311. • SA (7/31), 10am-4pm - Celebrate the Book Exchange’s 30th birthday with balloons, cake, a book signing in the morning and music in the afternoon. A select group of hardcover books will be on sale for half price.


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While the morbidly obese struggle with their health (and society’s scorn), those who eroticize massive weight gain are capturing increased attention, according to a July ABC News report. Commercial and personal websites give fullbellied “gainers” (such as New Jerseyan Donna Simpson) and their admiring “feeders” an avenue for self-expression. Simpson became a 602pound media sensation in March, when she began offering a horny audience pay-per-view video of herself. Another gainer-blogger wrote, “Lately, I’ve been infatuated with the physics of my belly ... how it moves with me.” When he leans to one side, he noted, “I feel a roll form around my love handle.” One sex researcher called it a “metaphor of arousal.” In the end, though, as a medical school professor put it, “The fetish may be in our heads, but the plaque is going to be in [their] arteries.”

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• The dating website, claiming 600,000 certifiably attractive members worldwide, recently announced that it would sponsor a companion egg-and-sperm bank where members could sell their essence for a fee. But homely customers are welcome, Managing Director Greg Hodge told Newsweek in June. “Initially, we hesitated to widen the offering to nonbeautiful people. But everyone — including ugly people — would like to bring good-looking children into the world, and we can’t be selfish.”

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• Life Imitates a Drew Barrymore Movie: Since a car crash 20 years ago, Michelle Philpotts, husband Ian and their two children have adjusted to her anterograde amnesia, which erases her short-term memory, forcing her to constantly relearn her life. According to a June profile of the Spalding, England, residents in London’s Daily Mail, Ian must re-convince her each morning (by showing her their wedding photographs) that the stranger in her bed is indeed her husband. • An April National Geographic Television special tracked “Silvano,” an Italian man for whom sleep is almost impossible. His “fatal familial

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Career downgrades

(1) In May, Jim Janson, a 20-year veteran “carny” who ran the games of chance at Canada’s traveling Bill Lynch Shows, graduated from the Dalhousie University Law School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and has embarked on his new calling. (2) Downgrade Cut Short: Eduardo Arrocha, who made News of the Weird in 2008 as “Eak the Geek” (eating light bulbs and putting his tongue in a mousetrap at New York’s Coney Island Sideshow), completed his first year at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan but decided instead to focus on publishing his poetry.

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Things were looking grim for Carlos SimonTimmerman, arrested by U.S. border agents in Puerto Rico for bringing an “underage-sex” video back from Mexico. The star of Little Lupe the Innocent looked very young, and in April an “expert” pediatrician assured the jury that

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Least-competent criminals

Questionable Judgments: (1) Austin, Texas, police issued an arrest warrant in June for Jose Romero, who they say robbed a Speedy Stop clerk after demanding money and menacingly pointing to his waistband, which held a caulking gun. (2) As Steven Kyle was leaving Cline Custom Jewelers in Edmonds, Wash., in June after taking about $75,000 worth of merchandise, employees alerted passers-by, who began chasing Kyle. Almost immediately he dropped his haul and fell to the ground exhausted, revealing later that he has only one lung.

Thinning the herd

(1) Houston police say the man killed July 6 after driving his 18-wheeler into a freeway pillar was part of an insurance-fraud scheme. Supposedly the other man was originally scheduled to drive but, citing the danger, he (wisely) backed out. (2) Inmate Carlos Medina-Bailon, 30, awaiting trial on drug-trafficking charges in El Paso, Texas, escaped in July by hiding in the jail’s garbage-collection system. Later the same day, his body was found under mounds of trash in a landfill.

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More Men Who Accidentally Shot Themselves: police academy instructor Robert Stewart, 55, during class (Liberty Township, Ohio, April). Lazaro Flores, 50, practicing quick-draw at his girlfriend’s house (Cape Coral, Fla., January). Michael Webb, 22, showing friends how to disarm a gunman (Camp Lejeune, N.C., February). Michael Randall Jr., 19, while preparing to rob a convenience store (Athens, Ga., December). Vincent Medina, 19, waistband-as-holster mismanagement (hit in the groin) (Fontana, Calif., June). Brandon Boyce, 24, same story (Omaha, Neb., July).

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Fit moms mean fit kids—plus health, happiness and sanity by Anne Fitten Glenn What flies out the window for moms after that first baby is birthed? A whole lot. That damn stork drops off the baby, then takes off with stuff like sleep and exercise. Despite the world-rocking experience of learning to put an infant’s needs before my own, I managed to find time for work and food during those baby years. And getting some sleep became a priority pretty quickly. (Ever want to torture me? Go with sleep deprivation.) But the nonessential important quality-of-life stuff, like exercise? It became one of the things I needed most but got the least after popping out babes. For about seven years, my primary cardio workouts consisted of baby-in-a-front-pack walks and uphill stroller pushes. My strength workouts included toddler lifts and long distance carries. Flexibility came from car seat strap-ins and sleeping infant crib drops. Sounds decent, but I was not in great shape. When my youngest started full-day preschool at the age of 4, I joined Asheville’s YWCA. I slowly became reacquainted with a more serious level of working my muscles. Now, in addition to swimming at the YW, I’ve taken on Asheville

CrossFit workouts twice a week. Think body boot camp. Lots of other moms I know are working to get back in that consistent exercise saddle as well. While I seem to need classes and competition, many of them do it themselves with running, walking or speed gardening. But the point here isn’t how I got back into decent shape after the baby and toddler years. The point is why. Sanity is priority one — I will drive myself and my family nuts if I don’t have a physical outlet. Two is, yeah, I can be as vain as the next person, and I like how working out makes me look (and feel). Last but not at all least, I’m not getting fit just for myself. It’s also for my kids. There are obvious health and longevity benefits to being active (I birthed my kids late, and I’d like the chance to meet any potential grandkids one day). But also, I want to model healthy behaviors and habits for my kids. Researchers say that children truly do emulate their parents. From a very early age, offspring pick up on what their primary caregivers eat, drink, and how often and intensely they move their bods. The good news is that, while you can do all kinds of active stuff with your kids, it’s also OK to enjoy your own exercise

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program and tell them, “This is for me.” Your personal workouts can influence your children just as effectively as family activities. It’s a winwin-win. I recently competed on a relay team in the Asheville Triathlon. I only did the swim portion for time, while a friend (mom of a toddler and a preschooler) completed the bike and run sections. My kids showed up at the race — my daughter had been dragged out of bed by her Dad so early that she forgot to remove her retainer. But she loved being there, as did my boy. They literally followed me around the pool, cheering me on at the end of every lane. And when I passed a guy in the final 50 meters, I could hear them whooping and hollering.

It’s not only about mommy kicking heiney. It is about my kids seeing me being strong and tough and persistent and taking care of my body and my health. There were lots of kids at the Triathlon. Even a few babies. I was a little jealous of the moms who’d made the time to work out this hard with babies in tow. I regret that I didn’t do the same. But I’m making up for it now. And, in the process, I hope, I’m teaching my kids that exercise is an important lifelong commitment. Especially during the post-stork years. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.

parentingcalendar Calendar for July 28 - August 5, 2010 Attention Parents Of College Bound Students (pd.) Having trouble paying for your children’s college? Join us at one of our free workshops, • Saturday, August 7, 11:30am on the UNCA Campus • Saturday, August 28, 11am, Black Mountain. • For further information please contact Blue Ridge College Consulting: (828) 669-0405 or www.blueridgecollegeconsulting. com 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. Baby And Toddler Sample Sale! • July 29-30 (pd.) i play and green sprouts baby and toddler products including swimwear, fleece, bottles, pacifiers, toys, and more. • 8am-3pm. • Located in the Riverside Business Park, Woodfin. 2000 Riverside Dr. Suite 9. Asheville, NC. Communication Styles For Stressful Situations (pd.) Frustrated or angry after family, friend or co-worker interaction? • Learn practical tools in this dynamic and fun 3 session course: 3 Mondays, starts August 9, 7pm-9pm. • $75, Pre-registration by August 7. • Earth Fare Community Room, West Asheville. • Registration/ information: Linda Williams, MA: (941) 400-1270 or 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. Professional Parenting Open House • MO (8/2), 1pm - If you’ve ever considered foster care or adoption this is an opportunity to learn about programs and find out how you can help. Info: 2362877. 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. • TU (7/29), 3pm - Event at Hominy Valley Pool. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org. • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS (through 8/18), 11am-2pm - 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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Throughout the summer, the Flying Frog in downtown Asheville has been the scene of battle. Every Tuesday, two restaurants have gone head-to-head in a culinary clash over a secret ingredient, a la Iron Chef. By the time of the Grand Tasting, only two teams representing the best restaurants of the Chefs Challenge competitions will remain. At 2:30 p.m., the competitors will get down to business in teams of three to see whose cuisine reigns supreme. Although the battles throughout the summer have been audience-judges, this final competition will be decided by a panel that includes local culinary magician Mark Rosenstein, President of the American Culinary Federation, Michael Fahey and Xpress food and features coordinator Mackensy Lunsford. Interested in scoring a spot at the judges table? You can register to win a seat at the Grand Tasting.


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and battle it out, Iron Chef style, in front of a panel of likely snarky, well-fed judges. Blue Ridge Food Ventures is there, too, with a pavilion of about 20 booths, showcasing products like Lusty Monk mustard and Uli Mana raw chocolates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to look like a huge bazaar of food,â&#x20AC;? says Ayana Dusenberry, WNC Magazine marketing manager and festival coorganizer. After eating, drinking, shopping and gawking to their heartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s content, guests reluctantly board the awaiting shuttle and are whisked back to town. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a food festival. The food and entertainment costs $35. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are massive amounts of wine and food for the money, actually,â&#x20AC;? says Bowles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we could fit any more vendors in. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to walk around for four hours eating if you want to,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of these amazing food producers, restaurants and wineries in one room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go wrong with those ingredients,â&#x20AC;? adds Dusenberry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so excited about (the festival) being a celebration of the talent we have â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not only the chefs, but the food producers and artisans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the fact people really love to support (the food scene) here,â&#x20AC;? says Dusenberry, adding that she has visions of our region becoming a culinary destination for people from around the world â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and hopes that the Grand Tasting, as it grows, will become part of the culinary traditions of our area, as well. For tickets and information, visit wncmagazine. com/wineandfood/about.

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Pizza, pizza: West Asheville is getting some new pie with Pizzeria Ritrovo, and Asheville’s first Pizza Wars are coming. Marco’s Pizza (pictured) will compete. photo by Jonathan welch

Mama Mia! Peter Affatato, owner of Nona Mia, is opening a new, casual restaurant on the Patton Avenue side of Haywood Road in West Asheville. The new venture, Pizzeria Ritrovo, will feature Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads and homemade gelato. “It’s going to be very simple in concept,” says Afftato of the pizzas he’ll be serving. “We’ll be using seasonal vegetables for toppings, and serving a couple of classics like the Margherita and pizza Bianco,” he says, adding that the Pizzeria Ritrovo will not be the type of spot to stop by for a pepperoni pizza. The kitchen team, he says, will use all

high-quality Italian flours and San Marzano tomatoes. The staff will busy themselves turning out house-made sausages and other cured meats for pizza toppings, as well as the 15 house-made gelato flavors that will fill the frozen dessert case. Before Affatato started Nona Mia, he was a partner in 28806 Deli in West Asheville. Though he left that business behind, he hasn’t left behind his passion for honest, high-quality deli sandwiches served on fresh-baked breads. Affatato reports that he plans to eventually turn a portion of Ritrovo into an Italian-style deli that will give customers a lunchtime option — the restaurant initially will only




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West and Mellow Mushroom. The competition, which Charles refers to as the “Asheville pizza party of the year” will be held at the Garage at Biltmore on Saturday, August 14, from 7 p.m. until the wee hours. A panel of pre-selected judges will sample pies provided by each restaurant. Ticket holders will also get the chance to sample all of the pizzas, and then cast the vote for the winner of the people’s choice award. An evening of entertainment, provided by DJs and musicians, will follow the pizza gorging session — giving ticket-holders an opportunity to dance off all of that cheese. At press time, the list of entertainers included Peace Jones and the Dubber, with more to be announced. Families Pursuing Justice will attend the event to speak about their organization, as well. Several breweries are involved, including Highland, French Broad and Craggie. Skyland Distributing will provide wine and beer. Unlimited samples are included in the price of the ticket (until the booze runs dry). Visit or contact @askasheville on Twitter for more information.

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Blue Ridge To Go is now Valet Gourmet, says owner Kenan Hopkins, who feels that the new name better represents his company’s attention to detail and focus on customer service. The company, says Hopkins, is also making every attempt to head in a more eco-friendly direction, ordering only biodegradable serving utensils and plates. Some are even “superdegradable,” he says, meaning that the item is guaranteed to break down within three to five years. Additionally, Hopkins says, he is looking into partnering with a company that would plant a tree in a selected third world countriy for every full-priced delivery that the company makes, which Hopkins estimates at approximately 1,500 to 2,000 a month. Valet Gourmet, says Hopkins, was recently Living Wage Certified by the Just Economics group. The company is making other significant changes to benefit employees and customers alike. To see the full story, visit mountainx. com/dining. X Send your food news to Mackensy Lunsford at

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Name that beer, drink that flight and try these new releases Beer Naming Contest! (Re)name this beer to win Brewgrass tickets, and more Here’s your chance to claim the glory of naming a local brew. For years, Asheville Brewing Company’s excellent brown ale has been called, simply, Scottish Ale. But company president Mike Rangel says he prefers kooky brew names, and the term Scottish only describes the style. (After all, this is the brewery that’s given us the brew handles Shiva, Ninja and Rocket Girl). About a year ago, Rangel and crew renamed the Scottish the Boogie Down Brown. But that moniker just doesn’t roll off the tongue. Here’s where you come in: Send us your name suggestions for this mildly sweet, mellowly hopped sessions beer, and you could win two tickets to the Brewgrass Beer Festival (September 18), $100 worth of gift cards to Asheville Brewing Company and some other beer-related swag. To submit a brew name, you must have a working e-mail address, so we’re asking that you visit Brewgasm at and add your sparkly beer name in the comments section under the Beer Naming Contest post (we will not share your email address with anyone). You also can visit Asheville Brewing’s Facebook page and add your ideas to the “Beer Naming Contest” thread there. A couple caveats: the name can’t already be taken by another beer (ABC folks will have to check that the winning name is available). And while we encourage sexy, punny, edgy monikers, the name can’t be vulgar, sexist, racist or otherwise inappropriate. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, August 15, at midnight. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, August 25. Now go put on your most creative beer hat and send us those handles!

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The second annual Baseball & Beers Festival will take place on Saturday, August 7, from 4 until 8 p.m. at McCormick Field. There’s actually no baseball involved, except that you can drink while admiring the empty field, but there will be more than 40 different craft beers, including beers from Asheville Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Highland Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, and probably three or four other area brewers, according to Asheville Tourists General Manager Larry Hawkins. Regular admission ($20) gets you a souvenir beer stein and samples of all of the beer you want. Four bands will play on two stages throughout the fest. The line-up will feature Woody Wood, Big Daddy Love, Soulgrass Rebellion and Simplified. The $30 ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a T-shirt; a $40 ticket gets a catered meal and a T-shirt (oh, and access to the bathrooms in the Asheville Citizen-Times Clubhouse). For tickets, call 258-0428 or visit

Barley’s Taproom introduces flights

I adore flights — those trays of four to eight small glasses of draught beers that a number of area breweries and bars offer to beer lovers. If Asheville’s going to be a national beer destination, we need to have more flights, flight lists and succulent draught boards so our economy-supporting tourists can learn more about our craft beers. Barley’s Taproom and Pizza is meeting the challenge by now offering flights. Each week there’s a manager’s choice of four beer tastes for $4. Or you can pick any four of their 55 taps for $5 (note that there are different taps upstairs and down). Flights are a great way to sample craft beers and figure out which ones you really like. Check it.

Beery shout-outs

Jason Caughman at Pisgah Brewing tells me that the Red Devil Ale is in the tanks and should be ready to tap around August 1. This nine percent ABV Belgian packed with tart cherries and raspberries is a local favorite. Craggie Brewing has released Toubab Brewe, a Bavarian-style Zwickel

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lager. Named in honor of Asheville-based band Toubab Krewe, the beer will be available at Craggie’s Public House and on tap at various locales around town. French Broad Brewing recently released the 2010 edition of their popular (and affordable) Re-Session Ale, a light-bodied cream ale.. In honor of the recession, they mark the beer down and hope their retailers and vendors will do the same for their customers. Find this summery brew at the brewery and around town. Happy second anniversary to Wedge Brewing. Looking forward to many more beery sunsets down in the River Arts District in year three. Also, happy No. 5 to Pisgah Brewing. Try their new light pale ale, Anniversary Ale, at their taproom. It’s a great summer sessions beer. Finally, happy one year of teamwork to the Asheville Brewers Alliance — communication and cooperation are all good, y’all. X Send your Brews News to Anne Fitten Glenn at

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Traditional woodworking in a breathtaking setting by Natasha Shealy These days we like to do it ourselves. At Country Workshops, a school for traditional woodworking in Madison County, you can do just that. Edged against a forest of tulip poplar, oak and maple, Drew and Louise Langsner’s 100-acre homestead provides respite from the busy world, and a place to experience “slow craft” at its finest. The traditional woodworking classes take place in a converted two-story tobacco barn, where the Langsners began teaching workshops 32 years ago, when the barn had a dirt floor and drafty walls. They have since made many improvements — wiring for electricity, a wood stove, sleeping quarters and a retail shop just above the classroom studio space. Open, screen-less windows overlook quiet pastureland and a nearby homestead garden filled with seasonal greens and vegetables, picked before each meal and served up fresh to the table in handwoven willow basketry. Louise teaches basketry workshops a few times a year. She prepares the meals, and offers cooking and baking classes hinging on interest. Her sourdough bread is memorable. The wood shop itself, situated among willow branches, has an open, simple feel. There are several piles of logs and planks (future chair legs and serving bowls). Shaving horses, axes, augers, rasps and various other fine hand tools, and a few electric lathes, fill the space. The shop is traditional, but not primitive. Drew doesn’t shun electric tools — it’s just that he values traditional tools more. The mark a hand tool leaves behind creates a one of a kind piece, rich in gesture. A

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future heirloom. Drew jokes that he is not an “historic re-creationist.” While his work is traditional, there are modern details that bespeak signature work. Famous in the woodworking world for his Windsor chair, his latest work, a multi-hollow serving bowl, is an interesting stylistic departure. The shape of the bowl, hand-carved into the wood, is at once familiar and indefinable. “The shapes are supposed to make you think of something, but you don’t know what,” he says. Where the shape leaves off, the imagination picks up. The Langsners have spent time in Europe, visiting artists at their homesteads and workshops, gleaning traditional and modern design through relationships with craftspeople. Langsner finds many of his ideas are hybrids of what works. Most of the instructors are international, and travel from places like Scandinavia and Japan to teach summer workshops. This year, the Langsners are excited to host Osamu Shoji, who is teaching Japanese Woodworking: Making an Andon-A Wood Framed lamp with Paper Shading. Another interesting offering: Since 1991, Drew has organized an international crafts tour (chosen based on the country’s craft traditions and Drew’s contacts there), and this year, the tour will be of Japan (from October 19 to 29). The trips are “very much off the tourist path,” and there’s a full description of the itinerary on the Country Workshops’ web site. Other highlights include Jogge Sundqvist’s Swedish Sloyd Craft (spoon and bowl carving). Carl Swenson’s Art of Coopering (the method used to make oak barrels and other containers), and renowned chair-maker Tom Donahay’s class, Post And Rung Rocking Chair, where participants can make a chair to take home. Langsner offers his own workshop, Ladderback Chairmaking, where students make a chair out of a single red oak log. Yes: a big red oak log. Hand tools and materials will be provided. Many of these workshops send you home with a hand-built object and, most significantly, with the woodworking skills to continue the craft at home.

The mark a hand tool leaves behind creates a richly gestured piece, says Langsner. photo by halima flynt

The talented instructors, Louise’s wholesome cooking and the general sensibility of the homestead lifestyle make for a top-notch, almost mythical experience. The Country Workshops’ retail shop offers a collection of the finest American and European tools available, as well as shaving mules made by Donahay, and design plans for the ambitious DIYer. Visit for an online storefront where you can order specialty tools, catalogs, Langsner’s books, get driving directions and register for classes.

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Grimy, gritty and influenced by monsters Eyesore Studios finishes Wanderlost

by Justin Souther “I haven’t shown it to my father yet,” director David Kabler tells Xpress. “I don’t want to upset my father, because it’s definitely a story about fathers.” The story in question is Wanderlost, Kabler’s recently finished, twoand-a-half year in the making production. Whittled down to its basest terms, Wanderlost is a movie about fathers and family and influence. That’s the short answer. In reality, Wanderlost is a much more complicated animal than that — part gory horror flick, part art film, part Grimm’s fairy tale, part allegory. Shot mostly in and around the graffiti-strewn train trestles and junk yards of Asheville’s River Arts District (all the interiors, even, were filmed inside Kabler’s Eyesore Studios, located in the RAD’s Wedge Gallery), Wanderlost is also self-styled by the director as dark fantasy, taking place in a much more spiritualized — almost magical — world than ours. But don’t mistake this bent towards mysticism as tree-hugging dirtworshipping. Wanderlost is a much nastier affair, a grimy, gritty picture that’s occasionally disturbing. Mostly a genre piece, the film recently premiered at Indianapolis’ Famous Monsters of Film Land festival and its opening at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival in August. Kabler lists off John Carpenter and George A. Romero as influences. “There are sections of the film I feel are Altered States, which I think is one of my favorite movies,” says Kabler, speaking of Ken Russell’s trippy 1980 horror/sci-fi classic. “All the monster movies of my youth, you can kind of see the elements of those in there. I’ve studied movies, like horror, ‘80s and ‘70s horror, for specific scenes.” Even while acknowledging his influences, Kabler doesn’t see the film as purely referential movie-geekery. “It’s also a very personal story, but not only just for me, but my cast. The people who were cast embody some of the personal stories that are in the movie. It’s hard to say that it was influenced from any particular movie, because I think that it was its own thing. I was really trying to create something new.” This “something new” is what Kabler describes as an alternative to what Hollywood is currently dishing out. “What we’re trying to do as filmmakers here,” Kabler says, “is create work that’s unique and beyond what the mainstream is really doing.” Wanderlost, in many ways, is a counter-culture response to convention, a film that’s steeped in train-hopping, graffiti artists and punk music. With this independent production and nature of the movie, it would be easy to pigeonhole Wanderlost as guerrilla filmmaking, a label Kabler is reluctant to embrace due to the connotations attached to it, such as a lack of professionalism or production quality. As Kabler puts it, “It was guerrilla, but we have a very talented crew.” Nonetheless, Wanderlost is one of the slicker-looking productions to come out of Asheville’s indie filmmaking scene. In Asheville — and especially in this economic climate — simply finishing production on a movie is an accomplishment. But, according to Kabler, the state of the economy — or the film industry in general — isn’t to blame for the film’s almost three-yearlong gestation period. “The goal was to make it in one year, which we would’ve been able to do if we had better funding. I think it’s the nature of being a first-time filmmaker.” On top of that, in Kabler’s

getlost See and celebrate Wanderlost Monster Bash dance party: Thursday, July 29, 7 to 11 p.m. at Eyesore Studios in the Wedge Building. Featuring a monster costume contest, DJs and a scene preview. Asheville premieres on August 6 and 7 at Fine Arts Theatre. Shows at 7 and 9:45 p.m. each night.

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A dark fantasy: The film is part gory horror flick, part art film, part Grimm’s fairy tale and part allegory. eyes, the economic downturn was serendipitous for the film. “I think Wanderlost was born out of the recession,” says Kabler, “ and people who had jobs suddenly didn’t have jobs anymore.” People who a few years prior would’ve been too busy for Wanderlost were now, out of nowhere, freed up. Because of this local approach, Kabler’s most excited about finally unveiling his finished film to Asheville. To kick it off, the crew has a Monster Bash dance party planned for Thursday, July 29, while the big Asheville premiere hits the Fine Arts Theatre August 6 and 7. For Kabler, it’s the obvious culmination of years of painstaking work. “I’ve done a lot of hard things,” says Kabler. “I’ve raised a daughter who’s now in college, that was pretty difficult — I’d say that’s the only thing that’s been harder. Wanderlost is the second hardest thing.” Justin Souther can be reached at





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A song a day: Pianist Freddy Cole shares a repertoire gathered from a lifetime of jazz. photo by clay walker

by Wendi Loomis When Freddy Cole sits down at the piano, he carries listeners away with the story of his song. Whether it’s one person on his piano bench or 3,000 listeners at a festival, he’s got a tale to spin with his smoky baritone voice and deft fingers. While he never had the pop stardom of his older brother, Nat “King” Cole, he is nonetheless a master, sharing a repertoire of songs gathered from a lifetime of jazz. Xpress: What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in more than 50 years of recording jazz? Cole: To be truthful with you, it’s been being able to be consistent with what we are able to do. I managed to have enough work to keep my band together. That’s one of the main things and the reason that we’ve moved like we have moved. Your bio mentions that you were ready to “hit the road” at 18, but your mother pushed you to go to college. Do you feel like your education helped you? Education can never hurt anyone. Education is used properly to advance yourself to whatever degree you can get to. Do you feel like your training and background in classical music gives you an advantage over

someone who just goes out and starts improvising jazz? Each individual has his own goal and own way of approaching things. That’s the way I look at it. What I do has nothing to do with the way that you play it.


Did you feel you had to compete with your brother Nat? No. I don’t know why people would ever think I would have to compete with him. I would never compete with my brothers or my sister. ... That’s how I approach life. All the competitiveness that comes about is from different journalists, writers or whoever wants to try to stir up something. I guess they think it’s an interesting story, but that never was the case with us. Did you ever get to play with him? Yeah, I did. I recorded with him. My brother had me play piano on several CDs. He was a great piano player, but he gave me a shot and I played on them and then that was the extent of it. I didn’t make a big deal out of it. Did your family grow up making music together? I was the youngest one, so I wasn’t there. My older brother [Eddie], and Nat, they played in the same band together a while, and then each one branched off and got his own thing. And, with my brother Ike, same thing. We just made • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 61

music. That’s all it was. We were blessed to be anointed with the talent of playing music. I was listening to the NPR interview you did and you mentioned Sammy Greer told you to go be a musician with your talent and learn a song a day. That’s right. Are you still learning a song a day? I keep a song on my mind all the time. I’m listening to music all the time. Yeah, basically I’m learning something every day. At what point in your career did you feel like, “Now I have enough songs in my repertoire that I can play anything, anywhere, anytime?” I’ve always felt that way. I was dumb enough to feel that way all my life. He can, who thinks he can. But, it takes a while to learn how to present what you do. That’s what my thing’s all about. I work hard at the presentation. That way hopefully you’ll walk away from the show saying, “Boy, that was a good show.” In the past decade you were inducted as a living legend to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, accepted to the Steinway Artist Roster, awarded Playbill’s Nightlife Outstanding Male Jazz Vocalist title twice, and inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. What changed in the past decade that people started to give you these awards and recognition? Well, like I said earlier, my records began to get more recognizable, they started to sell, and I started to get a little bit more notoriety and that’s what it’s all about. A little more notoriety can put you into the category of people saying, “Oh boy, where’ve you been? This is good!” The jazz world just lost Hank Jones, who was somewhat a contemporary of yours. Was he someone who influenced you or who you played with over the years? Hank Jones is one of the most masterful piano


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Saturday, July 31 (8 p.m. $25 members; $35 non-members; $10 for students with ID under age 25. or 257-4530). players who ever lived. No, he hasn’t influenced what I play, because I could never play like Hank. Very few will ever be able to play like Hank. Who do you feel is the biggest influence on your style of playing?\ That’s difficult to say just one person. I would say I was influenced by a whole era of music from Hank Jones to today. It gets so difficult to start calling names because you’re going to miss some. Collectively, I would say overall jazz music was beneficial for me to hear, to have been around, and to have lived during times when we’ve had some of the greatest entertainers the world will ever know. What do you feel has become the signature for your style that you most want to communicate to your audience? Love! L-o-v-e. That’s good enough for me! That’s right. That’s exactly what I want to do, a circle of love. It beats anything else I know. X Wendi Loomis can be reached at wendi@

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“We’re calling it Middle Eastern Kentucky” Ricky Skaggs travels far from his country and bluegrass roots by Alli Marshall


“This could really be a An evening with Ricky Skaggs Ricky Skaggs odyssey,” where: the musician tells Xpress Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at by phone. Skaggs (who Brevard Music Center started his career as an elementary-schooler when when: bluegrass legend Bill Thursday, July 29 (7:30 p.m., $20 Monroe called him up on lawn/$30, $35, $40 orchestra/$100 stage and placed his own pit. mandolin around Skaggs’ Skaggs will also perform at the neck) could classify most Smoky Mountain Center for the of his half-century in music Performing Arts in Franklin on as an odyssey. He was still Saturday, Aug. 14. greatmouna teen when he was ed to join Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. He’s played with J.D. Crowe’s New South and Emmylou Harris, and has taken home more than a dozen Grammys. But it’s his newest album, Mosaic, due out August 24, that Skaggs calls, “Maybe the most important record I’ve done in my life.” Amidst rich, warm string tones and earthy, pulsing percussion, a penny whistle rings clear and high as Skaggs sings, “I know that there will be a day / the lord will have me fly away. / Write with chisel when I’m gone / return to sender on my stone.” But, despite evident devotional overtures, Skaggs says, “I don’t even want to call it a gospel record ... I’m calling this more of a sacred album, a spiritual record. It’s coming at a time when people really want to hear the truth but they don’t want to be preached to. This record is so full of truth.” The Kentucky-based multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to gospel. Salt of the Earth, recorded with The Whites (his wife Sharon’s family) in 2007 is filed under both country/bluegrass and Southern gospel. And Skaggs isn’t shy about switching things up. The 1980s saw him performing chart-topping country. Then, during the ‘90s and 2000s he, with his band Kentucky Thunder, embraced his bluegrass roots. Mosaic, he says, is “definitely a major departure for me, musically. It’s not bluegrass and it’s not country. It’s something else.” And yet, there’s familiar ground: Country sounds “harkening back to my songs from the ‘80s” along with “kind of Beatle-y sounds from the 60s.” Yes, Skaggs cut his teeth on the great pickers and fiddlers, but he points out that his older sister was a fan of the fab four, an influence Skaggs picked up by osmosis. Apparently, providence played a role in Mosaic as well — though record execs did not: Skaggs runs indie-label Skaggs Family Records and says, “I never look at what I should do based on what I’ve done in the past. I really try to let my heart drive me to make music because if I can make music from the heart, music that matters to me, it will matter to others as well.” Of the new album: “I was feeling inspired to do something a little different. Gordon Kennedy sent me three songs. ...I called him and told him, ‘Man I love these songs. What would you think of coming along and coproducing this with me? Let me come into your sandbox and play ... let’s make something really different where my world meets yours.’” He adds, “I’ve never had a CD do me like this, but every song could be a video.” Skaggs is the kind of musician who’s willing to take risks: A 2007 collaboration with songwriter/pianist Bruce Hornsby included a bluegrass cover of Rick James’ “Super Freak.” And Skaggs’ children, Molly and Luke, both perform with N.C.-based roots/world collective Songs of Water, which recorded much of its recent album, The Sea Has Spoken, at the Skaggs Family studio. “Their heart is to really touch the nations with music,” says Skaggs. And, sounding like a proud papa: “My son plays everything from mandolin to sitar. He and Steven Roach [Songs of Water’s singer/songwriter] came in and played on Mosaic and did


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Divine inspiration: Skaggs says he’s never had an album do him like his latest, Mosaic. a spontaneous six-to-seven minute worship thing at the end that’s just incredible. Steven played a hurdy-gurdy and Luke played a little instrument called the saz. Skaggs himself seems to have taken a world-music hint for Mosaic: “I’m playing a gut-stringed fretless banjo on some of this stuff that sounds old as can be but it’s right in there with modern-day sounding music. Some of the songs have a Middle Eastern twist to it — we’re calling it Middle Eastern Kentucky.” But that doesn’t mean the musician has crossed more traditional country and bluegrass off his playlist. “As frightful as change is sometimes, it’s not like I’ll never play ‘Uncle Pen’ and ‘Black Eyed Suzie’ and ‘Sally Jo’ and ‘Simple Life’ and those things that have been really staples for us in bluegrass for the last 14 years,” he says. Look for Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder to work up versions of both new tunes and old favorites on their upcoming tour. X Alli Marshall can be reached at • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 63


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Born in 1955, this Australian guitarist has been playing professionally since the age of nine. As a child, he heard Chet Atkins on the radio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travis picking,â&#x20AC;? that is, playing bass with the thumb and melody parts with the first two or three fingers at the same time, became the basis for Emmanuelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style. He played with his brother at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, and he has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Doc Watson and Tina Turner. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday July 28. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Frank Vignola, Chet Atkins. You Should Go If: Your social engagements are mostly scheduled around reruns of Matlock and Murder, She Wrote; You enjoy being placed on hold by your credit card company; You listen to relaxation CDs for the music soundtrack; Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driven to tears by trying to change the settings on your cell phone.

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This four-man power-pop band from L.A. has been compared to The Cars and The Beatles. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve toured with The Strokes, The All-American Rejects and Weezer, and they performed on the television show The O.C. Though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been making music for 11 years, the musicians feels like the release of their new album, Eureka, is both a fresh start and a declaration of independence. After battling their label for years, they recorded and produced their latest effort on their own, and it was released on June 8 through Warner Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independent Label Group. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Friday July 30 (Opening for Hanson). RIYD: Weezer, The Cars, The Kooks, Fountains of Wayne. You Should Go If: You manage three active profiles on, each under a different assumed name; Your daydreams resemble Axe commercials; You envy gays because no one ever bugs them about when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting married; Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driven to tears by the parade scene when Ferris Bueller lip-syncs â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twist and Shout.â&#x20AC;?

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Kevin Barnes formed of Montreal in Athens, Ga. in the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s along with Derek Almstead and Bryan Poole. Their music is a marriage of a fun, flamboyant pop sound with Iggy Stardust psychedelia and old-time vaudeville style. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more recent releases are more synth-driven and danceable. Many of these head-bobbing tunes are now commercials for Outback Steakhouse, TMobile and NASDAQ. Their shows are a crazy pageant costume party musical adventure. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Sunday, August 1. RIYD: Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Elf Power. You Should Go If: You currently own more than 100 stuffed animals; Eye shadow has its own line item on your monthly budget; Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve vowed to name your first child â&#x20AC;&#x153;Major Tom;â&#x20AC;? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driven to tears by memories of your parents forcing you to wear gender-appropriate clothing.

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“After some deliberation and a little blood, sweat and tears, we are glad to report that we are releasing our album, Half Moon to Here,” writes Erika Jane Ferraby, formerly the front woman of Erika Jane & Remember the Bees. The “formerly” is not because Ferraby has left that band, but because the band has adopted, with its new album, a new moniker: Amerika Jane. Check out the group’s new website,, and, while you’re at it, check out the CD release show at the LAB on Friday, July 30. 9:30 p.m., $8 includes a CD.


Folkmoot USA — The State International Festival of N.C., celebrating 27 years — continues through Sunday, August 1 with performances in Burnsville, Columbus,. Bryson City, Franklin, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Clyde and a candlelight closing ceremony at Lake Junaluska. If you’ve never been to FolkMoot here’s what you’re missing: professional traditional dance troupes from around the globe (this year’s festival includes Portugal, France, Latvia, Switzerland, Poland, Jordan, Ireland, France, Peru and Russia) sharing their cultures and colorful costumes. Complete schedules and ticket prices at

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The River Speakeasy

“Join us under a giant lighted tent, right on the French Broad River in the River Arts District, as we crank it up for an evening of diminished cares — a brief reprieve from current hard times,” says a release for The Great Recession. Referencing the Depression of the 1930s, soup and cornbread will be served along with “bathtub gin” — the better for socializing (come in period attire!) and dancing (Firecracker Jazz Band performs). 8 p.m. Saturday, July 31. At the Riverlink Sculpture and Performance Plaza, 119 Riverside Drive. $25, or $20 with period dress.

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Busy guy: Aram Shelton plays saxophones and clarinets; he’s a composer and improviser; he’s connected to West Coast-based groups Cylinder, Ton Trio, Marches and the Pink Canoes, while maintaining ties to Chicago’s the Fast Citizens, Rolldown, and his own project, Arrive. Shelton’s training was in classical techniques, but a post-college immersion in Washington D.C.’s free jazz scene opened Shelton’s eyes to other possibilities and eventually informed his own unique style — most recently hear on These Times, released this year by The Aram Shelton Quartet, which comes to Static Age Records on Friday, July 30. Doom Ribbons opens. 9 p.m.

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Nearly 30 years since the death of Beatle John Lennon, his songs remain as relevant as ever — a boon for self-described “actor, musician and Beatle maniac” John Leo, who has been a Lennon impersonator since 2005. Leo has the wardrobe, the glasses, the reedy voice and, since moving to Asheville this year, the backing band. The Eggmen includes Asheville musicians Aaron Price on bass, Mark Burin on guitar and Jake Wideon on drums, but they’re not Paul, George and Ringo impersonators. Rather, John Leo and the Eggman is billed as “the ultimate John Lennon experience.” Get experienced at the Westville Pub on Saturday, July 31. 10 p.m., $5.



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There have been debs and pageant girls and junior misses of all ilk, but don’t expect the Madison Junior Derby Divas to pose in pouffy dresses and tiaras. Helmets and elbow pads are more their style. The all-female, flat-track, low-contact roller derby league trains girls ages 12-17 to compete in matches. Since February, this team, under the tutelage of WNC’s Blue Ridge Roller Girls, has been learning the rules of derby, and will make its first public appearance this week during a friendly exhibition with the Little City Junior Rollers from Johnson City, Tennessee. Saturday, July 31 (at the half time show of the Blue Ridge Rollergirls bout with the Texas Hell Marys). Asheville Civic Center, 7 p.m., $9.

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

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic Skylake (indie, rock) w/ Pilgrim

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

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Holland’s Grille

BoBo Gallery

Marc Keller (singer-songwriter)


Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Chameleon Soul Food

Jack Of The Wood Pub

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop) —- Back stage: Super dance party DJ night, 10:30pm-2am

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Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Open mic

Red Stag Grill Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Nine Mile

Open mic

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Frankie Bones

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Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

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Justin Allen (singer-songwriter)

Orange Peel

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country, roots) Nataraj w/ Sufi Bros Boiler Room

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Ordain (alternative) w/ Dear Weirdo Bosco’s Sports Zone

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Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe BoBo Gallery

Open mic

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Soul & jazz jam

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Open mic w/ BlindLiver

Old-time jam, 6pm

DJ Football (dance party)

The Other Guys open mic night

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Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric

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Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Shag dance ‘80s night, 10pm

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Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

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Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

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Star Band

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

Tim, Chad & Sherry (Americana, psychedelic) w/ Suttree & Ham1

Garage at Biltmore

Tommy Emmanuel (guitar)

Back Room

Steez (funk)

Pisgah Brewing Company

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Dinner music w/ Steve Whiteside, 7:30pm Open Mic, 9pm

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Blue Dragons (experimental folk, rock)

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Sean Renner (acoustic, electronic, experimental) & Abi Robins

Open mic


DJ night

Frankie Bones

64 Carter St. Downtown Asheville

Night Club + Live Music Venue

YOU Drink. WE Drive. YOUR Car.

Sat. 7/31:


Partners in Grime

The Scooter Guys

Dub Brothers vs. ...Coming Aug. 13

EVeYdh^d(FREE SHOW) 38 N. French Broad (Behind Club 828) 252.1522

Mondays: World Tavern Poker Phat Tuesdays: Selector Cleofus Wednesdays: Karaoke & “Pre-Game Karaoke”$8 Unlimited PBR Thursday Ladies’ Lounge= FREE Hookahs + FREE Pool + No Cover for the Ladies

Fri. 7/30: FWlWd[=Wbb_WhZ (creative / indie / pop)

68 JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 •

Firestorm Cafe and Books

828.242.2219 Safe rides in your car from downtown Asheville to most of Buncombe County


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

Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band

Steve Smith (“ethereal folk”)

Pack’s Tavern

Good Stuff

Live music w/ Ginny McAfee

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Rhythm & Strings feat: Don Lewis & Richard Foulk Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Purple Onion Cafe

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

Marjorie Thompson (singer/songwriter)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Red Stag Grill

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

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)


Samantha Harlow (Americana, folk)

Rebirth Brass Band (Mardi Gras mambo, funk) w/ Craig Sorrells Project

Scandals Nightclub

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Stella Blue

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Vertigo Jazz Project (jazz, groove, funk)

Fri., July 30 Athena’s Club

DJ night Back Room

Secret B-Sides (soul, funk)

Root Bar No. 1

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing Boiler Room

“Exposure” DJ night

Opus Grey (other, rock) w/ 105 Howitzer & ATRIA

Battle of the bands

Temptations Red Room

Back stage: Johnson’s Crossroad (acoustic, Americana) w/ Underhill Rose

‘80s dance party w/ Spy V

Lobster Trap

Lyndsay Pruett & friends

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Diana Wortham Theater

Christine Lavin (singer/songwriter, humorist) Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar


Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam

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

Belly dancing

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eleven on Grove

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Stiletto Dance Retreat kick-off party

Old Skool vs. Nu Skool (DJ’s)


Emerald Lounge

O’Malley’s On Main

Open mic w/ Max Chain

100 Hands w/ Ghost Like Me

Jam night

Westville Pub

Fairview Tavern

Olive or Twist

Flatland Travelers (rock, blues, funk)

DJ dance party

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues


7/29 Fri. 8/6 Sat. 8/7

thur. 8/12

JOhnsOn’s CrOssrOad w/ underhill rOse Fri. July 30

Fri. 8/13 Wed. 8/18

amerika Jane

thur. 8/19

SaT. July 31

Big daddy lOve

Fri. 8/20

Asheville Jazz Orchestra 8pm The Trainwreks & Shane Pruitt Band 9pm

Aaron Price 1pm | Piano


Jake Hollifield Piano | 9pm

50 Broadway • Asheville, NC 236-9800

club xcapades

Cadillac Sky w/ Malcolm Holcombe 9pm


Stereofidelics CD Release


Show w/ Galen Kipar & Jacob Johnson 8:30pm

Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Dodd Ferrelle & The Tin Foil Stars 9pm AA Bondy & Thad Cockrell w/ JBM 8:30pm

Jen Foster 8:30pm Lou Barlow and The Missingmen & Wye Oak 9pm

O n t h e f r O n t s ta g e SundayS


Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Utah Green (roots)

ThurS. July 29


every Sunday on

Jason Daniello (singer-songwriter)

Town Pump

super danCe party - dJ night

entertainment writers

Craggie Brewing Company

Thirsty Monk South

Wed. July 28


Bentley (singer-songwriter)

Gary Segal (Americana)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)


Listen to Bad Ash &

Club Hairspray

Straightaway Café

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Jeff Anders & friends, 6-9pm DJ Moto dance party Zuma Coffee

Pisgah Brewing Company

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Wild Wing Cafe


Woody Wood 9pm

WNC Ladies up close & personal New Exotic Cage Stage & 3 Satellite Stages

Comfy, Casual? Just relax in our upscale lounge and take in the views. Enjoy our billiard tables & interactive games. We have one of the largest spirit selections in WNC & have great specials every night.

Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am • 21 to Enter

232-5800 185 Clingman Ave.

828-258-9652 99 New Leicester Hwy.

(3miles west of Downtown -off Patton Ave.) • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 69

JWbb]WhoÉi of Wine • 1/2 Price appetizers 5-8


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WeDneSDayS Free Pool Sat. & Sun. ChamPagne brunCh & blooDy mary bar

Matthew O’Neil (country)

The Hookah Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pavane & Galliard (indie pop)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Brushfire Stankgrass (acoustic, bluegrass)

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Infusions Lounge

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Serious Clark (rock)

Justin Allen (acoustic)

Town Pump

Iron Horse Station

Garage at Biltmore

Paul Edelman & Jangling Sparrows (folk, country) w/ Mic Harrison & the High Score

Twilite Broadcasters (acoustic, rural harmony) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Nu Blu (bluegrass)

Good Stuff

Jazz the Ripper (funk, jazz, fusion)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Chelsea Lynn LaBate (singer/songwriter, ballads)

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Live music w/ Eastern Rite Incarnation

Back stage: Big Daddy Love (Americana, bluegrass, folk)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Clearwater Connection

College Street Pub J > K H I : 7 O I 1/2 Price bottles


Firestorm Cafe and Books

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

Feed and Seed

thurSday, July 29

utah green

Singer-Songwriter froM aSheville Friday, July 30

MiC harriSon & the high SCore Country froM knoxville


open MiC night

8:30 pm w/ David Bryan


$1.50 Beer


135 Cherry St. BlaCk Mountain, nC

828.232.0809 tallgaryS.Com

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Jerry Garcia birthday bash w/ Phuncle Sam


New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Ryan Sheffield CD release party (acoustic)

Live music

Drunken Prayer (soul, funk) w/ Mad Tea Patry & Trainwreks

Nine Mile

Highland Brewing Company

White Horse

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Charles Unger (jazz) w/ Bronwyn Cronin

Olive or Twist

Wild Wing Cafe

42nd Street Jazz Band

Peace Jones (rock, reggae, funk)

Pack’s Tavern

Havana Restaurant

Holland’s Grille

Open SundayS nOOn- Midnight MOn. - wed. 3pM - Midnight thurS. - Sat. 3pM - 2aM

4 College Street

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

Uncle Mountain (folk, rock)


$1 Beer

Telic (metal, hardcore) w/ Plagues of Prophecy & From the Ashes


96.5 House Band Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

Over 30 Beautiful Entertainers & the Best Dance Prices in Town


Enjoy Our Awesome Smoking Deck (where you won’t miss a minute of the action) All UFC & Boxing PPV on 6 Big Screens Spinning Pole

520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 • Mon - Sat 6:30pm - 2am • (828) 298-1400 70 JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 •

Asheville Civic Center

Blue Ridge Rollergirls vs. Texas Hell Marys

Iron Horse Station

Athena’s Club

Jay Brown (“original one man band”)

DJ night

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Back Room

Viper’s Dream (jazz)

Young Goodman Brown (folk, country)

Jerusalem Garden

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Belly dancing w/ live music

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

Back stage: Erica Jane & Remember the Bees (blues, glam, folk)

BoBo Gallery

Lobster Trap

Boiler Room

Jason Decristofaro (jazz)

Live music by local artists

Hasty Alice & Machiavillians (rock)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Club 828

Ike Stubblefield (jam, experimental) w/ Yonrico Scott & Giant Green Jr.

Craggie Brewing Company

Dub Brothers vs. Partners Grime

Live jazz w/ Jennifer Scott

Mark Appleford CD release party (acoustic, Americana)

Orange Peel

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Olive or Twist

Asheville’s premiere adult nightclub & sports lounge

Sat., July 31

Bobby G (blues band)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

...did we mention the scenery?

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

Hanson (pop, rock) w/ Rooney

Greg Olson (folk)

Pack’s Tavern

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Crocodile Smile (covers) Pisgah Brewing Company

Shak Nasti (rock, funk, jazz) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Spectrum (rock) Root Bar No. 1

Ghost Mountain (soul, blues) Stella Blue

Corrosion of Conformity (metal, southern rock) w/ Righteous Fool & Zoroaster Straightaway Café

Scott Tyler (folk, rock) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Yellar Dog (blues, rock) w/ Laura Michaels (rock, acoustic) Temptations Red Room

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

Zoogma Feed and Seed

Carolina Blue (bluegrass) Firestorm Cafe and Books

GioSafari: Life is a bike wreck (folk, punk) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Pierce Edens (folk, rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

High Gravity Jazz Trio Garage at Biltmore

Josh Phillips Trio (folk) w/ The Broomstars & Alex Krug Good Stuff

Shinola Troubadours of Possum Splendor (acoustic) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Live music w/ WestSound Pisgah Brewing Company

No BS! Brass Band (funk, jazz, rock) Poppies Market & Café

The Moon Shine Babies (Americana) Purple Onion Cafe

The Ragged Orchids (folk rock, Americana) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Crucial (rock) Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Kemistry (Southern rock) Root Bar No. 1

Chompin’ at the Bit Stella Blue

Ginza (dubstep) w/ Boom One Sound System, Selector Timothy & DJ Gift Straightaway Café

Samantha Harlow (Americana, folk, country) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

Flying Oatsmen (Southern rock) Temptations Red Room

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

Live blues & folk Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Royal Groove (soul, R&B) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Marc Keller Westville Pub

John Leo & the Eggmen ( John Lennon Tribute Band) White Horse

The Business (rock) Wild Wing Cafe

Good Speed (rock, powerpop)

Sun., August 1 Athena’s Club

DJ night

clubdirectory The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Ale House 505-3550 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 The Back Room 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Bosco’s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadway’s 285-0400 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7263 BoBo Gallery

Vicious Guns (glam, punk) Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lessons Fairview Tavern

Rockabilly Sunday Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Comedy open mic

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 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 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

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard

High Lonesome

Straightaway Café

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Duke Freeman (roots, blues) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Back Stage: Rodeo Ruby Love (pop, rock) w/ The Enemy Lovers

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

White Horse

Josh Blake’s Jukebox (rock, bluegrass, reggae)

Sunday Classics: “Divas & Drafts II” (classical), 2pm

Mon., August 2

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Emerald Lounge

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Now Serving Cocktails!

DJ Wayd Runk (dance party)

downtown on the park!

3pm-2am everyday pinball, foosball, ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late

restaurant • bar • patio sports room • events space

504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109 “It’s bigger than it looks!”

Thursday Ginny McAfee

(acoustic / singer songwriter)

Friday Crocodile Smile

(Star 104.3 House Band)

Saturday WestSound (funk n’ roll)

Sunday Karaoke

OPEN 7 Days (11am - ‘til) 225-6944 •

Orange Peel

Of Montreal (indie rock, experimental) w/ Deep Cotton Pack’s Tavern

Acoustic open mic w/ Aaron LaFalce Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Lobster Trap

The Flyin’ A’s (rock, country, blues)

Live music by local artists

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Contra dance

Back Room

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

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Jeff Michels (singer-songwriter), 6:30pm

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

BoBo Gallery

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge


Tue., August 3

FREE Parking - weekdays after 5pm & all weekend (behind us on Marjorie St.) 20 S. Spruce St.

off Biltmore Ave. beside Pack Square Park • JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 71

MON. Buy 1 Get 1 Half off, all appetizers $4 Margaritas • Wii Bowling on the 11’ Screen

TUES. Shrimp ‘n Grits $1 off Rum drinks • BLUES JAM

WED. Cajun Food Night • $1 off Whiskey JAMMIN’ W/ FUNKY MAX

The Lincoln Bedroom (indie, alternative, country)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Nine Mile

Open mic

Ras Berhane (acoustic, reggae)

Emerald Lounge

BoBo Gallery

Olive or Twist

Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Hello Hugo (experimental, rock)

Shag & swing dancing w/ DJ Ron Blankenship

Feed and Seed

Boiler Room

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

Sketch-Prove comedy hosted by Michael Roach

“Hits & Shits” w/ Jamie Hepler

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Red Stag Grill

Open mic

Shag dance

Grove Park Inn Great Hall


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

Chameleon Soul Food

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Tallgary’s College Street Pub

‘80s night, 10pm

Open mic

Spoken word, music & poetry night hosted by Lyric


Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band (singersongwriter)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Singer-songwriter showcase feat: Amanda Platt, Taylor Martin, Paco Shipp & Andrea Lee

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

The Still

Open mic w/ BlindLiver Town Pump

Open mic Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Lobster Trap

Zydeco dance & lessons

Thu., August 5

7/29 Rock/Blues/Funk

Mark Appleford (acoustic, Americana)

Fairview Tavern

Open mic

Athena’s Club

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill


Silver Machine (electronic, psychedelic, rock)

Frankie Bones

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Rock records

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Temptations Red Room

Paul Cataldo (Americana, country, roots)

Open mic w/ Andrea Le

Good Stuff

The Hookah Bar

Open mic

“Phat Tuesday” w/ Selector Cleofus

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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


9 pm • Prizes Open 10 am for Brunch


7/31 Open 10 am for Brunch

SUN. All-You-Can-Eat B’fast, All Day $1 off Bloody Marys & Mimosas 11’ SCREEN • POOL & DARTS

777 HAYWOOD ROAD • 225-WPUB (9782)

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss White Horse

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

Wed., August 4

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

The Other Guys open mic night

Back stage: Toy Soldiers (roots, blues, soul) w/ Lyndsay Wojcik

Dinner music w/ Tony Campbel, 7:30pm Open mic, 9pm

Open mic

Club 828

Hip-hop & DJ night Curras Nuevo Cuisine

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

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

Frankie Bones

Athena’s Club Back Room

Beacon Pub

Foul Mouth Jerk (hip-hop, funk)

Old-time jam, 6pm

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

Emerald Lounge

Jack Of The Wood Pub



Open mic & jam

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Back Room

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Sequoyah Prep School (indie, rock) w/ Crowfield & Andy Lehman & the Night Moves


DJ night Live music w/ The Harden Circle Band


Westville Pub


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

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Utah Green (roots)

Soul & jazz jam

Good Stuff

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

saturday Holland’s Grille Infusions / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

sunday Asheville Ale House / Bosco’s Sports Zone / Cancun Mexican Grill / The Hangar / Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) / Mack Kell’s / Pack’s Tavern Temptations / Wing Cafe Gene Peyroux & The Snow Monkeys (“extreme Americana”) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

2 Cents (metal) w/ Seasons After & Taking Dawn


IekdZ;njh[c[ AWhWea[9ecf[j_j_ed 8pm • Cash Prizes!!! 24 oz. Budlight Draft - $2.75 $4 Jager Shots FRIDAY, JuLY 30th

7dWWn< - Blues Band • 8pm


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6 46” Plasma TV’s

Horizons at Grove Park Inn


Jack Of The Wood Pub

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Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: The Rocketboys (rock, ambient) w/ Death on Two Wheels & tHE POLES Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Mumbles (pop, soul, jazz) w/ Doc Aquatic O’Malley’s On Main

Jam night Olive or Twist

Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band

72 JULY 28 - AUGUST 3, 2010 •

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Live music w/ Randy West Pisgah Brewing Company

Tennessee Hollow (rock, blues, Americana) Purple Onion Cafe

Scoot Pittman Trio (rock, blues) Red Stag Grill

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) Scandals Nightclub

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exposureâ&#x20AC;? DJ night Temptations Red Room

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s dance party w/ Spy V Thirsty Monk South

Lyndsay Pruett & friends Town Pump

Mellow Down Easy (rock, psychedelic, roots) Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (piano) Watershed

Open mic w/ Max Chain Westville Pub

Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands (American, roots, country) w/ Misisipi Rider

Live music Highland Brewing Company

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

Cropdusters (Americana, folk rock)

Feed and Seed

Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

Unnamed Suspects (rock)

Mark Baumgarner (Americana, bluegrass) w/ Narrow Gauge

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Spitfire Youth Open mic (18 & under)

Iron Horse Station

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Jesse & Isobel (Americana)

DJ Justin Allen (electronic world)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Jon Stickley Trio (jazz, bluegrass) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Big Eyes Small Robot w/ Go Devils (punk, psychobilly) & You Dirty Rats Lobster Trap

Live music by local artists Mo-Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill

Sanctum Sully (bluegrass) CD release party Olive or Twist

Live jazz w/ Jennifer Scott Orange Peel

Patton Oswalt (comedy) Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Live music w/ Fine Line

Fri., August 6

Pisgah Brewing Company

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

The Lee Boys (rock, jam, soul)

DJ night

Purple Onion Cafe

Back Room

Jenny Arch Band (acoustic, folk) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Stella Blue

BoBo Gallery

DJ Candice B w/ DJ Rsenal & Nigel One Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 11pm Emerald Lounge

Turbopro Project & Chalwa (reggae) Fairview Tavern

DJ dance party Feed and Seed

Ironside (metal) w/ Flopchopper Straightaway CafĂŠ

Every Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dream (folk, acoustic) Tallgaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Street Pub

David Dhoop Band (indie) Temptations Red Room

Letters to Abigail, 8-10 pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s & Today: Dance party w/ DJ D-Day, 10pm-2am Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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Director: Phillip Noyce (The Quiet American) Players: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl Action/Thriller

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The Story: A CIA agent is accused of being a Russian spy and goes on the run. The Lowdown: This may be the silliest movie you’ll see this year, but it is entertaining. I’d bump this entertaining outburst up to four stars if someone could convince me that it was meant to be funny. I suspect it was — at least as far as director Phillip Noyce is concerned — but considering that screenwriter Kurt Wimmer wrote and directed the idiotically funny Ultraviolet (2006), the jury must remain out. A better guess might be that Noyce read the screenplay and decided there was only one way to do it. It would be hard to blame him. It would be hard to imagine what else he could do. I settled back — unenthused by the trailers and what I knew of the plot — but still prepared to assume that the film had some degree of seriousness or at the very least a smidgen of plausibility. I retained this through the prologue and the setup — the latter being an extended version of what we see in the trailer, where a Russian defector, Orlov (Daniel Olbychski), accuses CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) of being a Russian spy. My resolve to take this movie even slightly seriously started to weaken when Orlov made his escape from the CIA by way of wearing a Rosa Klebb shoe with a retractable knife in the toe (he probably picked it up at a Lotte Lenya estate sale). By the time our heroine had taken off her panties to obscure a surveillance camera with them and turned an office chair into a makeshift cannon, there was no resolve left — I just wanted to see how ludicrous the film could

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Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Angelina Jolie in Philip Noyce’s ridiculous but entertaining Salt, where the absurdities just keep coming. get. I can fairly say it surpassed my wildest dreams in this regard. Overlooking the amusement value of Angelina Jolie running through the streets of D.C. in a tight-ish slit skirt and minus her shoes, let’s instead jump to her checking out her apartment in the hopes of finding that her arachnologist (I’m not kidding; it’s part of the plot) husband Mike (August Diehl, Inglourious Basterds) hasn’t been kidnapped. Of course he has. But this affords her the chance to pick up some firepower (“cleverly” hidden from spiderhubby), pack a knapsack, put on more suitable attire, steal a spider (might come in handy) and pet the dog. All the while, the CIA are breaking in, but no sooner have they lobbed some kind of gas bomb into the apartment than we find Salt doing a Harold Lloyd impersonation on the building ledge. The inevitable neighboring child lets her in. At this point, I asked my viewing partner, “Do you suppose she has the dog in the knapsack, too?” Damned if she didn’t. It’s that kind of movie. After this, it becomes unrealistic. It’s Salt avoiding her pursuers by bounding from the top of one moving vehicle to another or stealing a motorcycle right out from under its rider. It’s Salt flying through the air. It’s Salt leaping from side-to-side down eight stories of elevator shaft. It’s Salt outwitting both the CIA and the NSA by looking up “church tunnels” on the Internet. She dyes her hair black, making her look like a cross between Cher and Morticia Addams — talk about inconspicuous. (Later on, she makes herself look like k.d. lang and that’s really scary.) Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor, both playing CIA officers pursuing Salt, mostly look grim and take turns defending

or damning Salt until the amazing climactic revelations. The film leaps from one incredible blast of preposterosity to another with wild abandon — and to such a degree that it may not be good, but it sure is entertaining. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. 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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Director: Elizabeth Allen (Aquamarine) Players: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin Family Comedy

Rated G

The Story: A young girl with an overactive imagination must deal with family problems and growing up. The Lowdown: Pleasant enough family entertainment that is none too exciting and simply goes on too long. Before I start getting indignant e-mails from all the 10-year-old girls who certainly read this column, I’ll go ahead and point out that I am not the target audience for Elizabeth Allen’s Ramona and Beezus. That being said, this adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s popular Ramona Quimby novels will probably be a bit more palatable to past or present fans of the books. For everyone else, prepare yourself for some of the most buttnumbing family entertainment imaginable.

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Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) 1:35, 4:10, 7:00, 9:45 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) 11:50, 12:40, 2:10, 3:10, 4:40, 5:40, 7:15, 8:15, 9:50 Grown Ups (PG-13) 1:25, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Inception (PG-13) 12:00, 12:20, 1:20, 3:05, 3:25, 4:25, 6:10, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 9:35 Predators (R) 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Sesame Place Workshop (G) 11:55 (Sat, Sun, Tue only) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:45 Toy Story 3 in 2D (G) 1:10, 3:55, 6:40, 9:25 n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D (PG) 11:25, 1:35, 3:55, 7:10, 9:20 Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) 11:45, 2:15, 4:55, 7:15, 9:45 Cyrus (R) 12:00, 2:30, 4:50, 7:40, 10:00 (Sofa Cinema) Despicable Me 2D (PG) 11:35. 1:55, 4:10, 7:20, 9:40 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) 11:30, 2:10, 4:445, 7:35, 10:15 I Am Love (R) 11:50, 3:15, 7:45, 10:25 (Sofa Cinema) Inception (PG-13) 11:25, 3:00, 7:00, 10:05 The Kids Are All Right (R) 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:55, 10:25 The Last Airbender 3D (PG-13) 11:35, 2:00, 4:25, 7:05, 9:25 Ramona and Beezus (G) 11:15, 1:40, 4:05, 7:10, 9:30 Salt (PG-13) 12:05, 2:35, 5:00, 7:50, 10:10 Solitary Man (R) 12:10, 2:25, 4:35, 7:55, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) 11:15, 4:40, 9:55 The Twilight Saga:

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Inception (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat only 10:00 n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)

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Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D (PG) 12:40, 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:30 Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2D (PG) 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 10:00 Despicable Me 3D (PG) 12:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 The Last Airbender 3D (PG) 1:20, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 Ramona and Beezus (G) 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Salt (PG-13) 12:50, 4:20, 4:30, 8:00, 9:55, 10:25 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) 1:00, 7:00

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nowplaying Cyrus JJ

John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, Marisa Tomei, Catherine Keener, Matt Walsh Mumblecore Rom-Com A middle-aged man finds his burgeoning romance with an attractive woman undermined by her overly attached grown son. It’s the mumblecore mind-set applied to a somewhat different story and with better actors than usual, but the result is still reels and reels of not very interesting talk adrift in crude cinematic style. Rated R

Despicable Me JJJJ

(Voices) Stevel Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews Animated Sci-Fi/Comedy With Heartstring Tugging An aging master criminal tries to regain his criminal cred by stealing the moon with the aid of three orphan girls. Painless, but largely uninspired family fare, with a few fine moments and some good voice casting. Rated PG

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard Sci-Fi/Thriller Art-House Style A man whose job is to steal information from people’s dreams is charged with the task of instead using those dreams to implant an idea. Dazzling, complex and with a surprisingly strong (especially considering the filmmaker) emotional core, Inception not only lives up to the hype, it largely surpasses it. Rated PG-13


Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Marisa Berenson Drama A middle-aged woman finds herself when she falls in love with her son’s best friend. A daringly honest, yet breathlessly and unabashedly operatic film that will not be to everyone’s taste, but will dazzle and thrill viewers who are open to the experience it offers. Rated R

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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

The Last Airbender JJ

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

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

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Predators JJJJ

Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins Sci-Fi/Action A group of soldiers and killers find themselves suddenly transported to a distant planet, where they’re hunted by savage aliens. An above-average popcorn actioner that’s brought down by predictability and a penchant for an oldhat approach to jump-starting a tired franchise. Rated R

Ramona and Beezus JJJ

Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin Family Comedy A young girl with an overactive imagination must deal with family problems and growing up. Pleasant enough family entertainment that is none too exciting and simply goes on too long. Rated G


Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl Action/Thriller A CIA agent is accused of being a Russian spy and goes on the run. This may be the silliest movie you’ll see this year, but it is entertaining. Rated PG-13

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

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice JJJ

Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Toby Kebbell Fantasy/Adventure A college student finds out he is the heir to Merlin the Magician and must train under an ages-old sorcerer in order to fend off a resurrected Morgan le Fay. An entertaining enough summer flick that’s simply too disposable to be memorable. Rated PG

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

Winter’s Bone JJJJJ

Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee Mystery/Drama A 17-year-old girl must find her bail-jumping father or lose her home. Unrelenting in its picture of poverty, but compelling in its storytelling and its ability to find humanity where you don’t expect it, Winter’s Bone is remarkable. Rated R


If you’ve seen the trailer — heck, if you’ve seen the poster — there can be no surprise about the fact that Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore hasn’t been screened for critics. The director, Brad Peyton, is an unknown quantity. The writers — Ron J. Friedman and Steve Bencich — are the boys that penned Open Season and Brother Bear. The voice casting for the anthropomorphic critters is pretty impressive: James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Neil Harris, Wallace Shawn and Roger Moore (playing a cat named Tab Lazenby, no less). But that trailer is hard to get around. (PG)


Even though Me and Orson Welles proved that Zac Efron has the potential to be more than a tween and teen heartthrob, it’s hard not to find the trailer for Burr Steers’ (17 Again) Charlie St. Cloud a bit on the gooey side. That may not be an entirely bad thing, since this is a romantic fantasy about a young man (Efron) who has to choose between his attachment to his late little brother (Charlie Tahan, Nights in Rodanthe) — or rather the ghost of the brother — and living his own life when he falls in love. A certain amount of mush is allowable — and the PG-13 rating suggests that it’s not really tween-centric. However, since no one has reviewed it, it’s a complete crapshoot at this point. (PG-13)


In 1998, French filmmaker Francis Veber (The Valet) made a movie about friends who have a weekly dinner party where each invites the dumbest person he can find. He with the dumbest guest wins The The movie follows young, rambunctious Ramona Quimby (Joey King, Quarantine) through the trials and tribulations of middleclass life. We get a slew of disparate plot threads, from a budding romance between Ramona’s sister Beezus (Disney Channel star Selena Gomez) and Henry Huggins (Disney Channel actor Hutch Dano), to a rekindled love between her Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin, He’s Just Not That Into You) and the unfortunately named Hobart (Josh Duhamel, When in Rome). Most of the film, however, revolves around Ramona’s father (John Corbett, Street Kings) losing his job and the various degrees of alienation Ramona encounters as a kid growing up. Now, assuming you’re Ramona’s age and are going through similar circumstances, then all this works better because it’s relatable.

Dinner Game. Well, now Jay Roach (Meet the Fockers) brings us the Hollywoodized version starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Make of that what you will. Not much in the way of reviews yet, but the trades liked it. (PG-13)


The big news for serious — and maybe some not-so-serious — film fans this week is easily Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo. The film opens locally at the Fine Arts and the Carolina. This comedy/drama — centering on a lesbian couple (Moore and Bening) whose teenage children, Josh Hutcherson (Zathura) and Mia Wasikowsky (Alice in Wonderland), track down their sperm-donor father (Mark Ruffalo) — has been raking it in at the box office and garnered a 96 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (107 good reviews vs. five bad ones). Better news yet is that the film is actually funny — and not just indie-crowd funny, but genuinely accessible funny. And there’s an incredible cast to seal the deal. (R) Early review samples: • “I think Cholodenko wants you to see that, despite the gaps and uncertainties in the pioneer family life of Nic and Jules, Joni and Laser have enough of a foundation, enough love, to grope their way to all-rightness. That this idea might be viewed as radical or degenerate is part of the larger tragicomedy of American life.” (David Edelstein, New York Magazine) • “So canny in its insights and so agile in its negotiation of complex emotions that it deserves to stand on its own. It is outrageously funny without ever exaggerating for comic effect, and heartbreaking with only minimal melodramatic embellishment.” (A.O. Scott, New York Times)

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specialscreenings Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon JJJJJ

Director: Ang Lee Players: Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Sihung Lung


Fantasy/Action/Romance Rated PG-13 When I first saw Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), I admired its visual and cinematic wizardry, but not much more. Then I had the chance of meeting the Chinese author Da Chen by way of interviewing him, and as interviews often do, we wandered off on tangents having nothing to do with the subject at hand. One of those tangents was this film, about which he noted that people who view it as an action film are only getting a small part of it, that its true beauty and greatness lay in its romance and legend. So I approached the film again with that in mind — and something far richer emerged. The Hendersonville Film Society will show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.

love, identity, sexuality and the appearance of things. When it came out 18 years ago, the big deal was its “secret” — and since it was 18 years ago, you’ll find no revelation of that here for those who haven’t seen it. For those who have seen it, take care to notice how fairly Jordan plays his hand with that secret. The Asheville Film Society will screen The Crying Game Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of the Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Europa, Europa JJJJJ

Director: Agnieszka Holland (Copying Beethoven) Players: Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, René Hofschneider, Piotr Kozlowski

Wartime Drama Rated R Agnieszka Holland’s Europa, Europa (1990) is probably the most circumcisionconscious film ever made. That’s not actually surprising since the film — based on Solomon Perel’s autobiographical account — is all about the Jewish Salomon Perel (Marco Hofschneider, Immortal Beloved) passing for Aryan in Nazi Germany — with his Jewishness always only a physical examination away. That may sound glib, but it isn’t, since it really is central to this fascinating story of survival under the Director: Neil Jordan Nazis. Players: Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Classic Cinema From Around the World will Forest Whitaker, Jaye Davidson present Europa, Europa at 8 p.m. Friday, Thriller/Romance/Drama Rated R July 30, at Courtyard Gallery at their new Neil Jordan is one of the great — and location, Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts most underrated — filmmakers working St., in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: today. To remind viewers of that fact prior 273-3332. to the release of his latest film, Ondine (opening on Friday, Aug. 6), the Asheville Film Society will screen his biggest hit, The Crying Game (1992), which won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Director: David Cronenberg an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The Players: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz Crying Game is a thriller, yes, but it’s a lot Sci-Fi/Horror Rated R more than that. It’s a film about friendship,

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You can’t get into a discussion about director David Cronenberg’s best films without mentioning The Fly (1986). Sure, it doesn’t carry the same sublime weirdness as his Videodrome (1983) or the thematic depth of what may be his masterwork, Naked Lunch (1991), but it’s certainly — and ironically, for a movie titled The Fly — the most human and mature of his body of horror output. At its base, The Fly is a romantic tale of love conquering all — a tale that just so happens to have a healthy heaping of gore and splatter. Because of this, the film is Cronenberg at his nastiest, yet most accessible and humane — reasons why this remains probably his most recognizable picture. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Fly Thursday, July 29, 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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Director: Angelica Torn, Tony Torn Players: Angelica Torn, Federico Castelluccio, Luke Zarzecki, Will Patton, Rip Torn Drama/Romance Rated NR Lucky Days (2008) — co-directed by siblings Angelica and Tony Torn (children of Rip Torn) — has a strong local connection. Not only does Tony Torn live in Marshall, but featured player Will Patton lives in Asheville. This gives Lucky Days a local interest, but it has more going for it than that — especially as a showcase for Angelica Torn and for a final glimpse into Coney Island before its “gentrification.” It’s also a pretty good movie. Tony Torn will present Lucky Days at the Fine Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29. The film will also screen at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 1. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit

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1ST FLOOR • KENILWORTH 2BR, 1BA. Clean and sunny. Woodfloors, central AC, WD, DW. Storage, 2 car garage, patio, fenced yard. $850/month. • Pets considered. (828) 242-1233. 2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 902 Hillcrest. Deck, 2-car garage. $595/month. 828-693-8069. 2BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. Great location, A/C. $635/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 2 Oakview. D/W, pets okay. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 45 Dawnwood. Central heat and A/C, patio. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA SOUTH • 62 Finalee. Central A/C and heat. Garage. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA • NORTH 510 Beaverdam, $545, W/D Hookups, Pets Okay, 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad. Hardwood floors, mountain views. $915-$870-$915/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Porch, W/D hookups. $625/month. 828-263-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 365 Weaverville Highway. Carport, washer/dryer hookups. $595/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 355 Sandhill Rd. Fireplace, W/D connections. $735/month. 828-253-1517.

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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. SMALL APARTMENT, NO KITCHEN 2 small rooms w/bath in house, private entrance, fridge, microwave, all utilities, satellite tv, Asbury Rd, Candler, $215 biweekly, $430 to move in. 828-242-4321. SOUTH • Forestdale. 2BR, 2BA. D/W, storage. $805/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) 230-7296.

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Condos/ Townhomes For Rent 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. • Credit check. Call (828) 545-7445. 2BR, 2BA UPPER UNIT CONDO Two blocks to UNCA, quiet & private. Spacious interior, deck, F/P, all appliances, including W/D $950/Mo (828)713-2143 60 NORTH MARKET • DOWNTOWN LUXURY 2BR, 2BA, 5 rooms. • Kitchen: granite/stainless/maple. • Fireplace, hardwoods/carpet. • WD. • 7th floor view, large windows, 2 patios. • 2 Indoor parking. • Fitness/activity. $1850/month. • Must see, very nice! 254-4071 or BEAUCATCHER MOUNTAIN 5 minutes to downtown Asheville. Great views. 2BR, 2BA. Huge balcony. Fireplace. Pool. $900/month includes water. Must see! (828) 279-4337. BILTMORE COMMONS • WEST ASHEVILLE Spacious corner unit, 2BR, 2BA, great light, designer wall colors, WD, gas fireplace, hardwoods/carpet. • Pool. Exercise room. Creek view from screened porch. • 1 cat. • $725/month. Deposit. Lease. References. (828) 400-3580.

CLOISTERS • EAST ASHEVILLE Available midAugust. 2BR, 2BA. All appliances, WD. Fireplace. • Screened porch. Dining room. Pool, tennis, golf. $750/month, references, year lease. • No pets. (828) 230-3739.

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15 WATERS ROAD • EAST ASHEVILLE Nice family home, 3BR, 1.5BA, garage, wood floors. • Pets considered. $850/month. Call 255-0032, Castle Keepers. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 27 ADAMS STREET • DOWNTOWN 3BR, 2BA. Built 2004. Upstairs/downstairs, open kitchen, hardwood floors. Central air/heat, washer/dryer, dishwasher. • Fenced backyard, wraparound porch. $1095/month. 712-1511. Western Property Management. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 41 Henrietta. Basement, sunroom. $$975/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 1.5BA WEST • 183 Brevard. Private yard, hardwood floors. $920/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA NORTH • 16 Knoll Ridge. Deck, storage building. $1015/month. 828-253-1517. ACROSS FROM TROUT STREAM Marshall/Shelton Laurel, 3BR, 1.5BA. On open 1 acre. $500/month. Call Stacey: (828) 206-0785. Laurel River Realty.

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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. $875/month. 828-298-3933. BRAND NEW HOME 3BR, 2BA, 1440 sqft, 9’ ceiling, large windows, huge closets, stainless appliances. Stone patio. • Sorry, no dogs. Exit 21, Woodfin. $1100/month. • Purchase $175,000, with FHA $1060/month. 299-7502.

jobs CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE • LIVE/WORK Imagine living/working right downtown! • Perfect for: Medical, Attorney, Real estate office/house, w/decks, trees, backyard, quiet, parking. $2200/month. (828) 406-0128. 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. 828-779-1243. MILLS RIVER • Five minutes from airport, beautiful quiet neighborhood, 2300 sq.ft., three bedroom, three bath, large family room, garage, storage, deck, community pool/clubhouse, credit check, no smokers, some pets. $1295/month, one year lease. 828-274-3842 for details. SOUTH 3BR, 2.5BA, fireplace, hardwood floors, garage. $1125/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. Appreciate Outdoors/Wildlife?

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) 215-2865 for showings.

Bearwallow Mountain, between Edneyville, Fletcher and Gerton, 15 minutes to Hendersonville or 35 minutes to Asheville. Rustic, simple 2BR, 2BA w/wood stove, electric heat, cable. Spring water. Quiet mountain property; nice views. Nonsmoking environment. $550/month. Possibility of 2nd rental 2BR, 1.5BA home with garage - handyman special. $650/month. 615-491-2495.

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Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit or call (404) 617-1146. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. BIKER FRIENDLY VACATION RENTAL Sleep in a tipi! $50/night. Sleeps two. Beds, linens, morning coffee, ice/cooler, gas bbq grill, picnic table included. West Asheville.828-665-9337

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: 242-3227. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to for additional listings. HOUSE SHARE WEST ASHEVILLE 727-564-2703


General $$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1-800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN) A GRAND OPENING Now hiring sharp money motivated $elf-$tarters. Several positions available. Valid NC Driver License required. Call MondaySaturday, 10am-7pm. (828) 367-2332.

ATTENDANT/ASSISTANT • VETERINARY Part-time position responsible for assisting technicians and veterinarian with patients, caring for boarding pets and maintaining the utmost cleanliness of the hospital. Must be dependable, honest, mature, eager to learn, hard working and have a positive attitude and compassion for animals. • Experience preferred. Hours include rotating weekends. • Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to: White Oak Veterinary Hospital, 3336 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732, Attn: Donna Howland, or GOVERNMENT JOBS Earn $12 to $48 / hr. Full Benefits, Paid Training. Health Care, Admin/Clerical, Construction, Law Enforcement, Finance, Public Relations, Park Service & More. 1-800-858-0701 x2011 (AAN CAN) 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. 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. eechavarria 828-707-6415

BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY • LOANED EXECUTIVES • Job Description: United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is seeking energetic and talented individuals to be Loaned Executives for the 2010 annual campaign. • The temporary, full-time positions begin August 23, 2010, and end November 5, 2010. • Loaned Executives serve as United Way ambassadors, helping to convey and achieve vital goals in education, income, and health that benefit the entire community. They assist companies and organizations with planning and implementing fundraising strategies that maximize workplace-giving campaigns. They also monitor, evaluate, and record campaign progress. Being a United Way Loaned Executive is an excellent opportunity to develop as a leader, build relationships with local companies and organizations, and be part of a team that is committed to creating long-lasting community change. • Job Requirements: Self-directed, enthusiastic, and creative Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Persuasive and honest presentation style. Strong verbal, writing, and phone skills. Positive and flexible with a true team player attitude. Basic math and MS Office computer skills. Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of auto insurance. Ability to lift 25 lbs consistently. Loaned executives are hired for an 11 week assignment during the annual United Way campaign; it is essential that applicants be able to commit to the entire assignment. • Bilingual skills are a plus. •To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and résumé that describes your experience in the following areas: Fundraising or sales and public speaking. Teamwork and project/time management. Math and computer skills. • Send your information to with the subject line “LE Search.” Donations from community organizations provide a stipend for each Loaned Executive position. • As temporary employees, Loaned Executives do not receive benefits such as medical, dental, vacation, and sick leave. United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County values diversity and equal opportunity in employment and volunteer service.

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

Skilled Labor/ Trades COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL AND AUTO GLASS INSTALLERS • MinImum 5 years experience. Must have valid NC drivers license and must provide own tools. Pay DOE. We offer health insurance, 401K, paid vacation and sick leave. Wholesale Glass and Mirror • 419 Haywood Road, Asheville.

PRESS OPERATOR POSITION Open in Asheville at a progressive print and mail facility. Only highly motivated individuals who possess winning personalities with planning and problem solving skills need apply. • Professional experience preferred; with excellent communication skills as well as the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast paced environment. Must be self motivated; and possess an understanding of prepress technologies. • Full-time position with health, PTO and paid holidays. • Email resume to

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.

CLIENT SERVICES Part-time position in veterinary hospital. Looking for a service-oriented individual with a cheerful, mature personality and compassion for animals. Ability to greet clients, handle computer tasks and answer multiphone lines simultaneously with a smile is a must! Learn veterinary software to make appointments, generate invoices, check in and out patients and provide daily record keeping. • Hours include rotating Saturdays. • Send cover letter and resume with 3 professional references to: White Oak Veterinary Hospital, Attn: Donna Howland, 3336 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732 or LANDSCAPE CREW MEMBERS Motivated landscape crew member to join B.B. Barns Landscape Company. The physical work environment is in all types of weather conditions. Physical requirements: bending, grabbing and lifting 50lbs plus. We want employees that strive to go the extra mile for our clients, as well as the company. Applicant must be able to take direction and work well with others. • Monday-Friday, some Saturdays with overtime; hourly pay based on experience and education. The landscape company is about a 1/4 mile South of our Garden Center on the right. • Pick up an application at 3377 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden, from 9am-5pm. BB Barns Landscape Company PROGRAM COORDINATOR Full-time 40hrs/week, paid hourly, $11-$13/hr commensurate with experience. For full job description and to apply contact

Salon/ Spa LICENSED HAIR STYLISTS 2 stylists with clientele preferred. • Great location: Off Charlotte Street, Asheville. • Plenty parking. Contact Fredia, 258-9558 or 776-4761. Illusions Day Spa 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. 828-380-2472.

Sales/ Marketing

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. PHOTOGRAPHERS AND SALES ASSOCIATES • Several openings at Olan Mills local area portrait studios. F/T or P/T hours. Must be able to work both Sat and Sun. We seek Photographers to photograph customers and sell portrait packages. Experience helpful. We also seek Sales Associates to greet customers, promote our portraits, presell sitting certificates, and schedule appts for customers to be photographed. Sales experience preferred. Competitive pay and benefits. Contact Heidi at 800-2494555 ext. 7242 or email resume to SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916.

Restaurant/ Food EVENING DISHWASHER Part-time. Good pay, great working environment. 2534971. Apply in person: 183 Haywood Street, MondayFriday, 2pm-5pm. 3 Brothers Restaurant. HOST/ESS • SERVERS Apply in person: 2 Hendersonville Road, Biltmore Station, Asheville. 252-7885. Ichiban Japanese Steak House 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. PART TIME DIETARY COOK Part time dietary cook needed in black mountain at an assisted living facility. Must be able to pass a drug test and have good references. Apply in person at 101 Lions Way. PREP COOK Full time Monday - Saturday prep cook. Apply in person at Lulu’s 612 West Main Sylva. Experience a must.

TRUST GENERAL STORE AND CAFE • Now taking applications for experienced, reliable waitstaff with transportation. Call or come by: 828-622-7455. 14535 N. Carolina Highway 209. Hot Springs, NC 28743.

Hotel/ Hospitality ARE YOU A FOOD AND BEVERAGE LEADER? Dining Room Management and Sous Chef Needed. Housing available. For application visit: 828-235-8228. 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 828-254-3878. PISGAH INN Now accepting applications for all hotel and food and beverage positions. Housing available. For application visit: 828-235-8228.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT Planned Parenthood of Asheville, NC has an opening for a part-time Medical Assistant. Duties include: Preparing patients for exams and assist with completion of patient paperwork, Give injections, Triage patients, Assist Practitioner with patient exams. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred. Must have an understanding of and commitment to Planned Parenthoods goals and mission. Women’s health experience preferred. Submit resume to EOE OFFICE MANAGER / RECEPTIONIST Holistic clinic requires receptionist/office manager excellent people skills, computer literate, Quickbooks, Microsoft Office and medical billing required. Great 253-1727. 828-253-1727. m

Human Services

Retail SERVICE ASSOCIATE • HENDERSONVILLE Thrift Shop seeks part-time Service Associate. Must be able to lift 40 plus lbs, have knowledge of pricing and merchandising home goods and antiques, and strong customer service skills. Retail receiving background preferred. Please email resume to

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC. Hiring Qualified Professional to provide Day Treatment Services in our Brevard Classroom. Great schedule, no on-call, team atmosphere, salary, benefits. Email resume to humanresources

Medical/ Health Care CNAs • BLACK MOUNTAIN • SWANNANOA Stacie’s Personal Care Services seeking CNA’s in the Black Mountain/Swannanoa area. You can become part of Stacie’s team if you have a clean background, a clean drug screening, and an eagerness to help people in their homes. (828) 649-9014 or apply at DIRECT CARE WORKERS NEEDED Direct Care Workers needed to serve people with disabilities. Includes both home and community care.

FAMILIES TOGETHER Due to continuous growth through WNC, Families Together Inc. is hiring! 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.

MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH • AVAILABLE POSITIONS Haywood County Therapist Child and Family Services: Must have a Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, Office Support Staff Part-time position. Recovery Education Center: Must be detail oriented and have strong communication and computer skills. Two years of clerical/office experience preferred. Please contact Lisa Phillips, lisa.phillips Therapist Offender Services (Sex Offender and Domestic Violence Treatment Programs): Must have a Master’s degree and be license eligible. Experience preferred. Please contact Diane Paige, diane.paige Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Experience in Vocational Rehabilitation preferred. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell Macon County Clinician/Recovery Coordinator Part-time position, Recovery Education Center: Must have a Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Candace Rawlinson, candace.rawlinson Jackson/Swain/Macon County Clinician/Recovery Coordinator Recovery Education Center: Must have Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Julie Durham-Defee, Therapist Child and Family Services: Must have a Master’s degree and be license eligible. Please contact Chris Cruise, Cherokee, Clay, Graham County RN Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA has openings for child and adult QMHPs to provide day treatment services, Intensive In Home Services and Community Support Team services to consumers. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with the identified population. Please forward resumes to FIELD INSTRUCTORS Fulltime for year-round schedule. We are looking for confident, flexible, and enthusiastic leaders to be part of a great team. • Field Instructors work 3-4 day shifts both on campus and on adventure trips. Clean driving record and drug screen mandatory. • One year commitment vital. • Benefits possible at 3 months including 401k, paid time off, certifications, and job training. Pay is commensurate with industry standards. Stone Mountain School operates under a Special Use permit issued by the US Forest Service in the pristine wilderness of the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. • Email resume to Program Director at jpoore HOMEWARD BOUND OF ASHEVILLE SEEKS F/T SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR Homeward Bound of Asheville seeks F/T Substance Abuse Counselor.Prior experience with homeless population preferred. $28,000/year with benefits. Resume to Heather Spencer, 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 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

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, please call Nicole at 828-696-2667 x13 or email Nicole: nicole.toto@thementornetwor • Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. • Tuesday August 10, 6:30pm-7:30pm (light snack) 828-696-2667 x13, 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739

NIGHT COUNSELORS! One survey recently showed that 85% of students with behavior disorders come from single parent homes! Students all over Western North Carolina are in need of strong, positive role models! Come join the staff at Eliada Homes in our mission of helping children succeed! We need 2nd and 3rd shift staff to work with our students ages 6-17, all of whom are in need of positive adult figures to help them build life skills and become contributing members of society. Our greatest need is for third shift staff. This can transition to a full-time position with benefits! Staff working at night are responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment in which everyone can learn and grow. Bed checks must be done every 7-10 minutes. Night shift assists with getting students up in the morning and preparing them for their day. Position requires a high school diploma or GED. Must be 18 or older. Mental health and/or experience working third shift hours a plus. If you are interested in helping to make a lasting positive impression in the lives of those you work with, please email in a copy of your resume: THE MEDIATION CENTER is hiring a Changing Together Project Associate. See openings for application instructions.

WESTERN HIGHLANDS NETWORK Licensed Clinical Staff to provide telephone screening and triage to assess consumer needs, including urgency/safety concerns, determine eligibility; provide initial authorizations for services, and some crisis intervention as well as some call-back duties related to consumer appointments. Clientele includes consumers with mental health, substance abuse and/or developmental disability issues. • This position will work on-site overnight (11pm-7am) during the work week. Prefer licensed staff who have a minimum of 2 years PostMaster’s experience. • (Salary range $38,068$50,160 depending on experience). • Send NC State application to: Western Highlands, HR, 356 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801. To obtain an application, visit our website: EOE.

Caregivers/ Nanny HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE CAREGIVERS: “TO US, IT’S PERSONAL!” Hiring quality non-medical staff to encourage, assist and stimulate our clients. Companion& personal care services. Application by appointment only.

Professional/ Management 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) 350-8002 ext 0 or email: brittany.barrett @bankerslife.comto apply. EOC M/F/H/D. RA 06-019 PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED Mail dispatcher needed to work for us, the job doesn’t entail much. All you have to do is have mailreceived, record and also send out package or mails to out client. Must be computer literate and must speak English fluently/ For further details on the job send us email on

Arts/Media CASH, CASH, CASH Victoria’s Escorts is looking for women want to work in the entertainment business, they must be slender shape, 18 years old. Call 828-505-0017.

Teaching/ Education


ATHLETIC COACHES NEEDED Coaches NeededCarolina Day School seeks organized and experienced coaches in the following sports:Middle School Girls VolleyballVarsity Girls and Boys TennisMiddle School Boys SoccerJunior High Field HockeyAll coaching positions are stipend positions only and provide no benefits such as health insurance, etc.All successful candidates must pass a comprehensive background check as well as a drug test.Interested candidates should submit a brief cover letter and deatiled coaching resume outlining their qualifications to or Carolina Day School Athletic Department, 1345 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803.Carolina Day School is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all federal and state laws which prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, and national origin, age (18 or older), sex, religion, disability, marital status, and veteran status.

MATH TEACHER Eliada Homes is in need of a math teacher and a Title I teacher for our year-round day treatment program. Teachers must be licensed or have ability to become licensed in North Carolina. Title I must have experience with English and math, and Math Teacher must be prepared to teach up through Algebra I. Experience in mental health field/special education is preferred. Please email resume to or fax: 828-210-0361 PART-TIME AFTER SCHOOL GROUP LEADER • The

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Mind, Body, Spirit


Asheville JCC is seeking energetic, responsible, and dedicated adults to work in our Just Kids After School Enrichment Program. Applicants should demonstrate ability to plan and implement age-

Jobs Wanted LIVE-IN POSITION WANTED • CNA providing Holistic Personal Care, Child, Pet, and Green Home Care. Email or Leave Brief Message 570-855-2458.

appropriate activities for school-aged children and provide excellent care and

EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH ASSOCIATE The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute is hiring a full-time Early Childhood Research Associate to work on a research-to-practice project promoting young children’s early literacy learning. Send vitae, letter of interest, and salary history to

TEACH KIDS TO RIDE DIRT BIKES! Do you have experience with riding bikes and enjoy working with kids? Eliada Homes needs a track safety supervisor to assist with our dirk bike program. This person must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a drug screening and background check. Will work with the program supervisor to provide safe instruction on riding bikes around our 200 acre campus! Classes take place on Saturdays and possibly 1-2 other week days. Will train the right person. This is a great way to pick up a little extra cash if you already have a part-time or flexible full-time job! Please contact with questions or to submit a copy of your resume.

GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE • Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202-289-8484. This is not a job offer. (AAN CAN).

supervision. Availability for full day programs during ACS closings also required. Must have high school diploma. Experience working with school age children and BSAC certification preferred. Contact Seth Kellam at (828) 253-0701 or email to apply.

LOOKING for...

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

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

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 THE RIGHT TIME, THE RIGHT SYSTEM • A true ground floor opportunity. Lose weight without exercise, surgery or dieting. Become financially secure. An appointment with Ardyss, will change your life. 828-335-3929

#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER We’ve moved: • 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. • 20 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology. • Save money, call now! 505-7088. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-254-4110. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—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.

Spiritual TAROT Answers your life’s essential questions. Tarot answers or you don’t pay! Lil’lei, 828-275-4931. WHAT’S UP NEXT? Ask Nina: (828) 253-7472 or email: www.NinatheAuracleofAsh eville

Musicians’ Xchange

Musical Services ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 • AUDIO/CD MASTERING Crane Song, Manley, API, and more. • Unrivaled in WNC/Upstate. Experienced and professional. Call (828) 442-6211 or (828) 724-1500. BASS PLAYER WANTED Experienced Bluegrass Bass player wanted for working band. Must have weekends free. Must attend rehearsals. Stand up or Electric. Call Eddy for audition. 828-299-7993 828-299-7993 PA FOR RENT Great sound, large speakers, can handle large indoor or outdoor venue. Great rate. Deposit required. 681-8006. VIDEO AND RECORD YOUR MUSIC Or band to CD, DVD or any internet destination, in our studio or on location. • Affordable and Professional Production. Call (828) 335-9316. VISA/MC.

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

Musicians’ Bulletin

Pets for Adoption ADOPTION • BENEFIT • Benefit for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Meet your new best friend on Saturday, July 31 from 11-2p. Enjoy hot dogs, lemonade and a doggie treat or two. Join us for Adoption Day at The Laurels of GreenTree Ridge, 70 Sweeten Crk Rd. (828) 230-0370.

Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here: LOST BROWN DOG ON JULY 4TH Lost our chocolate lab/hound mix on July 4th in Swannanoa. Tags recently came off. Blue collar only. He’s missed very much! 828-337-8231

Vehicles For Sale

Autos 1969 Z-28 CAMARO LA CAR 1969 Z-28 camaro LA car, Blue, restored, very good condition, v8, 33k miles, 16000USD,, (919) 647-9649

DOOGIE is a six-year-old Lab mix who thinks he is a threeyear-old. You only have to be with this gentle guy a short time until he wants to start playing and having a good time. Doogie gets along will with other dogs, cats are unknown. Doogie is certain to make a great family canine companion for some lucky household! Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, located at 803 Fairview Street to shop for all your pet supplies and find out when you can meet Doogie.

RUSTY is a male 1.5 year old Dachshund Mix. Rusty is the sweetest little dog. He loves people and other animals! He is an extremely happy boy. When he isn’t cuddled up in your lap, he loves to amuse himself by chasing shadows. Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, located at 803 Fairview Street to shop for all your pet supplies and find out when you can meet Rusty.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Please go to for additional listings.

Pet Xchange

LISA’S DOGGIE WALKABOUT & PET SITTING SERVICES • Dog walking/overnight pet sitting. Great references. Great rates. Call LIsa at 828-691-5472.

Trucks/Vans/ SUVs 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.

Automotive Services DIRTY CAR? Professional, affordable auto detailing in your driveway! • Highly experienced, meticulous. • Premium products. 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 828-275-6063 for appointment.

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

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. LOOKING FOR A GREAT DEAL? We’ve got it for you! Call 828-215-9973 if interested in any or all 1) 4 light green parson’s like new chairs perfect for dining room- $200 or 2) 40”x 67” green powder coated, glass top aluminum table with 6 chairs , 2 of which are swivel rockers for $425 with Optional umbrella and base for $50 more or 3) 46” oval drop leaf table $75 MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500.

General Merchandise 2006 PACE ARROW TRAILER • Hardly used, in perfect condition. $1,500. Back double doors and side door. great buy. Call 337-1151. DELUXE MASSAGE TABLE Very high quality. Extra options. Like new. Paid over $700, asking $375. Call (828) 215-6744.

Wanted DOWNTOWN MARKET WILL SELL YOUR STUFF FOR YOU! 828-255-8858 info@DowntownMarket

For Sale Sales

Electronics FOR SALE: SONY PLAYSTATION 3 For Sale: SONY PlayStation 3, w. controller and cables; like new.Send best offer to :


SUMMER • Hi, I’m Summer, like the season! I am white and fresh. I am a sweet girl! Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, located at 803 Fairview Street to shop for all your pet supplies and find out when you can meet Summer.


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Mountain Xpress, July 28 2010  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina

Mountain Xpress, July 28 2010  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina