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p. 10 Bringing the world back home Asheville and WNC are home to many former Peace Corps volunteers, a dedicated group who often return to apply what they’ve learned to work and life back in the states. As the iconic organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, Xpress shares the stories of few volunteers. Cover design by Kathy Wadham


14 A sidewalk in every neighborhood

North Asheville residents make their pitch to City Council

18 Peak experience

Local business owner Lama Minoj talks culture, Mount Everest and more

20 two if by sea

Local nonprofits hatch French Broad River paddle trail

arts&entertainment 44 lost in the dream

Joseph Arthur returns to Asheville with his new album, The Graduation Ceremony

45 Back, but not for the glory

Influential rockers Swans reunite after 13-year hiatus

46 weird sounds for serious fun

Indiana’s Apache Dropout cop old-school tricks for new thrills

47 get shucked

Six local artists peel back the layers

49 michael ian black is famous (sort of)

Sketch comedian Michael Ian Black tries his hand at stand-up

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letters Bravo, Asheville Area Arts Council I believe the value of the arts in society is to uplift the human spirit. Uplifting would describe my experience at the Asheville Area Arts Council Turquoise Ball, held at the Orange Peel Aug. 27. The Ball was so much more than a fundraising event. From the moment I entered the Peel, I was mesmerized by the multifaceted, multimedia art that was interwoven throughout the evening via local artists. The fashion show, painters, music, performers of several genres, video, circus arts, food and more — each person that walked through door instantly became a part of one giant participatory masterpiece. (And speaking of “uplifting,” the Eternity youth dance group stole the show.) Every detail was purposeful. To envision and coordinate an event such as the Turquoise Ball takes hard work and heartfelt leadership. AAAC is fortunate to have the fresh, bold leadership of Graham Hackett. Thanks for a great evening and for inspiring hope in the future of the arts in Asheville. — Renee Owen Asheville

Do not vote for TJ Thomasson When I read the Aug. 17 Xpress article about the City Council candidates, I immediately noticed TJ Thomasson [“And Then There Were Nine”]. I thought, “Great! A gay candidate

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that can represent me.” My excitement over the prospect of a young gay man on City Council led me to look deeper into what this candidate has to offer our city. I was extremely disappointed by what the research had to say about the potential for Thomasson to represent me, or anyone in our city, with any degree of responsibility or morality. My research showed that Thomasson has a criminal record and has documented financial issues. I will not be voting for Thomasson in the upcoming election despite my desire to see more representation for the LGBTQ community on City Council. My quest for information on this candidate led me to first check him out on Facebook and Linkedin. I noticed he has held three jobs in the past year and a half. I know the economy is rough, but his poor work history needed some explaining. Why would I give someone a job to represent me for four years when that person can’t hold regular employment for any significant period of time? Since this information sent up a red flag, I ran a background check on Thomasson and the results were troubling. Besides small infractions like speeding, driving with an expired registration (twice), driving without an inspection and driving without insurance, there are other documented incidents. He was arrested and convicted in 2008 for selling alcohol to

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In life, we grow from our shortcomings and our mistakes, and I believe that we carry these experiences and become better people from life’s trials and tribulations. The research into my past does reveal mistakes that I made — mistakes from my past, and I own them. The events noted by the letter writer are based on fact, but I do have to clarify some of the points. First of all, the poor economy forced me out of one of my jobs in the past two years; the lack of protections for the LGBT workforce allowed another job to end. In addition, I pled guilty to a charge of purchasing alcohol for a person under 21, and there was drug paraphernalia in plain sight though it was not owned by me. I paid my debt to society through community service and fines. The bankruptcy filing in 2004 took place while I was married, when my wife and I overextended ourselves. We followed the legal process to save our house and keep a home for our two daughters. I have learned immensely from spending more than your means, and I can bring that experience to City Council. I ask the letter writer and all citizens of Asheville to reflect on all our journeys that have led us to where we are today. I think we will all realize that we are better people for overcoming life’s obstacles, and we all have a lot to teach each other in this community we call Asheville. I would like to thank the Mountain Xpress for giving me the opportunity to clarify the events of my past, and I am looking at the present and future issues that are at hand and facing the citizens of Asheville. — TJ Thomasson Asheville

Keep Asheville Savings Bank out of the NYSE I’m sure many of your readers, like myself, bank at Asheville Savings Bank, our wonderful Mutual bank, owned by the depositors, and very community-minded. For 15 years I’ve received excellent service there. (Maybe because I’m an owner?) The current board of directors, however, would like to change that, by making the bank a corporation listed on the New York Stock Exchange. If that happens, the Wall Street bankers — who brought us the collapse of the economy, took million-dollar bonuses for

themselves (from our tax money) and now are not very forthcoming with mortgage loans — will probably gobble up this bank too. Luckily, the board of directors must get our permission to change the legal form of the bank, and have sent us each a packet with a proxy form in it. I urge those who bank with Asheville Savings to vote against the conversion, which can be easily done, because not returning a proxy card is counted as “against.” If you want to know more, there is a meeting of members at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the bank’s administrative center in Candler. — Amina Spengler Asheville

Hang the DJ (figuratively speaking) As a 14-year-old who lives near Asheville, I am utterly disgusted with the quality of the music on the radio. Even Charleston, S.C., has better music and they are a conservative town! The rock stations only play songs that have been served up so many times it makes me want to bang my head against a wall, and will be the future songs that my generation will remember as being played a million times. The pop stations, my God — is there any new music that you guys can play? I hear the same songs five times a day, and I’m not exaggerating. It seemingly takes forever for the stations to release any new songs. When they do, it sounds exactly the same as another one of their “top songs.” Eventually, they all begin to blend together as one obnoxious, auto-tuned, badly synthesized song that lasts forever. Even my appreciation for the artists I do enjoy listening to (such as Lady Gaga) begin to agitate me with familiarity. I learn words to songs I don’t even enjoy because of their repetitive airplay. The rawness of rock ’n’ roll on the radio seems to have faded, sadly. When I was 12 years old, I desperately sought good music. I needed it like a druggie needs a fix, like an old lady needs to adopt more cats. Since then, I have immersed myself in punk rock. The rawness and liberating energy appeals to me. I am begging someone to please create a radio station and bring back great music! David Bowie, The Black Crowes, The Clash, Janet Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, all the good stuff! I hope most of you agree. — Zena Redmond Asheville

Is everyone really welcome? Imagine you live in a world that is so close, but you cannot touch it. Imagine a world that makes you feel less than valid. Imagine life through the eyes of those that live in wheelchairs. Try getting around our beautiful city. Talk about frustrating. I am one of those people. I cannot get into the majority of places around our city: shops that have high thresholds, offices with steps, businesses with ramps that are banked incor-

For other Molton cartoons, check out our Web page at rectly, apartment buildings with doors that are too heavy to maneuver around. Our transit center has a ramp to use our handicap accessible buses, but the ramp is very narrow and difficult to maneuver. I cannot use it. Which means I have to wait in the street. This is yet another safety issue and difficult barrier. How can I help build the local economy if I cannot access it? So I am asking the question, if you had a member of your family who could not join you on your excursions, what would you do? First off, let’s stop tiptoeing around what it means to be in a wheelchair. The political correctness of accessibility affects the economy, personal well-being and community. Can we even start small here in Asheville and put ramps in all businesses? The American Disability Act requires businesses to be accessible. What does it mean to be accessible? Ramps have to be a certain banking and width, doors have to be wheelchair width and bathrooms have to be large enough for a wheelchair to turn around. And let’s not forget that aisles in stores need to be wide enough to negotiate wheelchairs. If our local businesses cannot afford to make any changes, can our city create a fund to implement carpentry help? Would you please help me to start this conversation? Please see for the ADA small business guide. — Ariel Harris Asheville

A few questions about government Do you feel that your government, from the local level, all the way to Raleigh and Washington, D.C., has your best interests at heart? Do you feel that they spend your money in a completely open and honest manner, with accountability for each decision and every dollar? Do you feel that they run for election

and make promises that are dutifully carried through once they hold an elected office? Do you believe, if you could put the right candidate (Republican or Democrat) in the right official position, that then our problems of governance would begin to be solved? Do you believe that your elected officials do anything to protect your rights as laid out in the Bill of Rights? Did you know that the form of government given to us by our Founding Fathers was a constitutional republic, and not a democracy? In short, do you believe that our elected officials represent a government of, by and for the people? If you are tending to answer “no” to these questions, may I suggest getting involved in the process of returning our government to the principals laid out in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. To find out what you can do right here in Buncombe county, contact me at jscottharte@ To find out what others are doing here in North Carolina, go to To find out what has happened to our country and what is being done on a national level, go to — J. Scott Harte Asheville

correction In the Aug. 30 Wellness article “Beyond the Lies,” we mistakenly cited Gerald Scott Jr. as the sole founder of the Asheville Recovery Group. He co-founded the nonprofit with his wife, Lydia Scott. We apologize for the omission.

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and waterways to degradation by large-scale development and off-road-vehicle use. This is only one of multiple current attempts by lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and Raleigh to undo fundamental protections for clean air, clean water, endangered species and public lands. These efforts pose a significant threat to values shared by many North Carolinians, such as protecting air and water quality, wildlife and our spectacular outdoor-recreation opportunities. At the state level, Rep. Susan Fisher has called 2011 “easily one of the worst sessions we have had for the environment in modern history.” She adds: “We must be sure that we maintain vital oversight on issues and processes that impact our quality of life. Businesses often locate here due to our exceptional quality of life and clean environment.” As Tracy Davids, executive director of the Asheville-based Wild South, points out, “With

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logging, mining and drilling already allowed on more than one-half of our public lands, we call on our leaders to give meaningful protection to the rest so that they can be enjoyed by future generations.” During Great Outdoors Week, hundreds of people joined outings throughout the Southeast — hiking, horseback riding, fishing and biking in celebration of these magnificent areas. Meanwhile, Gov. Bev Perdue has proclaimed Sept. 24 Public Lands Day to raise public awareness of these treasures. Closer to home, Asheville Vice Mayor Brownie Newman notes: “The Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park conserve and restore the great natural heritage of our Southern Appalachian region. It’s hard to overstate their value to our economy, our ecological health and our way of life in Western North Carolina.” So get out and enjoy some of the incomparable public lands we sometimes tend to take for granted — and then speak out to help keep these regional treasures protected (see box, “Speak Up”). Urge your senators and representatives to oppose any attempt to undo critical protections for our public lands, including roadless areas. We must ensure that we bequeath this priceless legacy to future generations in as good or better shape than it was left to us. X Asheville resident Mark Shelley is director of the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition.

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“It’s a really humbling experience to live and work among people that are in developing countries and struggling in very basic ways,” notes Asheville resident Cindy Threlkeld, a two-time Peace Corps volunteer. “When you first get started, you think you know — you’re an American, you’re educated, you want to give back. And then you end up moving in and living alongside someone, and you realize that you have a lot to learn about their culture and the way they conduct their lives. I think most volunteers come away saying they received so much more than they gave,” explains Threlkeld, who’s now the executive director of MANNA FoodBank. She’s not alone. Asheville and environs is home to many returned Peace Corps volunteers, who often feel drawn to seek out comparable forms of service stateside. “Our whole life was affected by our time in the Solomon Islands,” says Ed Mayer. Since moving to Asheville, he and partner Sue Brown “spend our time in the beautiful forests of the region harvesting wild, edible food and mushrooms and stay involved with the local environmental organizations to maintain the quality of the environment in WNC.” Those who’ve been transformed by the Peace Corps experience often feel they share a deep bond, and a nationwide network of returned volunteers helps them connect with one another, readjust to life back home, and find appropriate ways to continue giving back. The Western North Carolina chapter’s members come together for monthly meetings, shared service opportunities and special events. To celebrate the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary, the local group is hosting an informational fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 11 at The Grey Eagle (see box, “A Global Party”). “As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, you have an unending responsibility to help Americans understand more about the developing world,” says Threlkeld, who also worked as a staffer for the agency. “Bringing the world back home is more important than it’s ever been.”

“As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, you have an unending responsibility to help Americans understand more about the developing world.” — two-time Peace Corps volunteer Cindy Threlkeld

50 years in the field Peace Corps volunteers spend two years living and working in a developing country while engaging in cross-cultural exchange. Founded by President Kennedy in 1961 within weeks of his inauguration, the innovative program received 11,000 applications in the first few months alone. Over the past five decades, some 200,000 Peace Corps volunteers have worked in 139 countries, benefiting communities worldwide

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In the field: Above, Margaret Davis with her students in Sierra Leone. Below, traditional dancing in the Solomon Islands, where Ed Mayer and Sue Brown did their Peace Corps stint. Photos courtesy of Sue Brown and Margaret Davis

while enhancing mutual understanding and awareness. Peace Corps projects cover a broad spectrum, including education (37 percent), health (22 percent), business development and information technology (14 percent), environment (13 percent), and other programs (14 percent). Since 1961, 3,488 North Carolina residents have served as Peace Corps volunteers, and 247 are currently doing so, the organization reports.

Global goes local For many volunteers, the Peace Corps is a life-changing experience. Doing traditional agricultural work overseas, notes Mayer, “taught us how to work with a group of people, design a project and put it together from scratch.” That knowledge is coming in handy now as Mayer and Brown organize the Asheville 50th-anniversary event. This hands-on, DIY spirit is also evident in the paths many returned volunteers choose to pursue. Asheville resident Chad Conaty was drawn to the nonprofit sector after leaving the Peace Corps. Following stints with the American Red Cross and a hunger-relief foundation, he now works for MemoryCare, which provides support for the families of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. “Peace Corps reinforced the notion that I didn’t want to work in the business and private sector,” says Conaty, adding that he finds the nonprofit sector “much more rewarding.” Some volunteers choose to integrate their Peace Corps experience with their formal education. Across the country, 86 colleges and universities offer a master’s degree through the Peace Corps’ Master’s International program. But Appalachian State University in Boone is one of the few with curricula in both education and technology. Students can choose concentrations in renewable energy and appropriate technology — concerns our region shares with some of the developing nations where Peace Corps volunteers work. Many returned volunteers, however, find that one of the most powerful things they can do is share their own experience of living in a developing country, furthering the cultural exchange while increasing awareness of the issues our global neighbors face. According to the Peace Corps, there’s no such thing as a former volunteer, Threlkeld explains, adding, “We can’t become isolated or insulated.”

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Giving back Like their military counterparts, those who’ve been through the many highs and lows of serving as a Peace Corps volunteer share a special understanding that often carries over into their subsequent endeavors. “Ever since I came back from Peace Corps, wherever I’ve lived — and that’s been a number of places — I’ve been active in a returned Peace Corps volunteers group or helped create one, because it’s a unique shared experience,” Asheville resident Margaret Davis explains. “It’s also a way, when I moved to a new place, of connecting with like-minded people.” In addition, the network can sometimes help reconnect people who knew each other during their years of service overseas. After returning from Zambia, Conaty kept in touch with Threlkeld, who was the Peace Corps’ country director in Africa while he was there. But things took

globalparty The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Western North Carolina invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps Sunday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at The Grey Eagle Music Hall (185 Clingman Ave. in Asheville). Former volunteers will share their experiences; the event will also feature the Roots Café’s cross-cultural fare and the internationally inspired sounds of Free Planet Radio. Tickets ($12 adults; kids 12 and under free) are available at The Grey Eagle, Harvest Records, Orbit DVD, The Outdoor Bird Co. and online (thegreyeagle. com). Proceeds from the event will be donated to a Peace Corps project involving a volunteer from North Carolina.

Passing the torch: Former Peace Corps volunteers Margaret Davis, above, and Chad Conaty, below, continue to help raise awareness and funds for overseas projects shepherded by volunteers from North Carolina. Photos by Jonathan Welch

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a surprising turn when he decided to move to WNC earlier this year. “I’ve always considered Cindy to be a good career mentor; over the years, she’s given me professional advice. So before I went for a couple of interviews, I emailed her to let her know where I was staying,” Conaty reveals. “Coincidentally, she was also going to be moving to Asheville. We randomly ended up moving to Asheville a week apart.” Both have since gotten involved in the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Western North Carolina, enjoying the chance to reconnect while making new friends. Members, says Davis, “come together to do service work.” This fall, for example, they’ll be picking apples at an orchard in Hendersonville to help support MANNA FoodBank. But even as they turn their attention to local needs, they don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. “Every other year we do a big benefit to raise money for Peace Corps Partnership Program projects,” Davis explains. “There are current Peace Corps volunteers working in the field somewhere in the world who need extra assistance in terms of money to buy supplies or equipment.”

Focusing on North Carolina residents, the group reviews projects posted on the Peace Corps website to decide which one they’ll support. On Sept. 11, the WNC group plans to highlight the many fascinating cultures members have come to know firsthand, sharing photos and stories from their time overseas while celebrating the Peace Corps’ rich history. The cross-cultural affair will feature the Roots Café’s international menu and the global sounds of Free Planet Radio. Summing up her own experience, Threlkeld observes: “You leave for the Peace Corps with a couple of duffel bags of stuff. Once you learn that that’s really all you need, you realize that the important things in life are not your possessions. Especially looking at the hard economic times that we are facing now, you think, if I had to, I could live life without a lot of the things that I have now, without all the comforts.” X To learn more about the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Western North Carolina, visit Freelance writer Stephanie Guinan lives in Mitchell County. She can be reached at stephguinan@ All classes are held at 252 Charlotte Street

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North Asheville residents give City Council their two cents by Caitlin Byrd North Asheville residents told members of City Council that they don’t want to play chicken with cars anymore when they walk or bike in their neighborhood. Speaking at Council’s Aug. 30 community meeting, held at UNCA’s Wilma Sherrill Center, residents cited problems with narrow roads, lack of sidewalks and other safety concerns. “The sidewalks along Merrimon [Avenue] are either nonexistent or largely not safe,” resident Billie Buie told the six Council members and about 40 fellow residents who attended the meeting (Mayor Terry Bellamy was absent). Buie, who has helped coordinate efforts to improve walkability along Merrimon, called the route a “big, messy and busy corridor.” Some sections of the thoroughfare are marked by “little foot trails” in the grass, showing where pedestrians try to avoid oncoming traffic, she reported. Merrimon’s nearly three-mile length isn’t the only problem corridor. Resident Deborah Pirie reported that Charlotte Street could use some new and improved sidewalks too. Like Buie, she has been involved in helping

local business owners, city staff and fellow residents find ways to improve the situation. Part of that effort included a survey sent to residents in three Charlotte Street neighborhoods, Pirie explained. Eighty people responded to the survey, with 64 percent reporting they did not feel safe walking along Charlotte Street, she noted. The stretch from Edwin Place to Interstate 240 is a particular problem. That section of Charlotte Street is “a four-lane road [with] two rather narrow sidewalks on either side,” said Pirie. To make matters worse: “On one side, utility poles march down the center of the sidewalk,” she added. That’s a safety problem, Buie said, reporting that she has witnessed similar challenges on Merrimon Avenue, where people in wheelchairs or pushing a stroller must venture into roadways to get around such obstacles. Asked what could be done, Asheville Transportation Department Director Ken Putnam noted plans to implement a permit policy that would require the utility companies to notify the city when repairing a pole or replacing it. For now, utility companies are only

“We doubled the amount of money that we’re going to be putting towards construction on new sidewalks.” Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith

Wider is better: More north Asheville sidewalks need to be as wide and as accessible as this one on Charlotte Street, residents told City Council members at an Aug. 30 community meeting. Photo by Jonathan Welch required to file a permit when they plan on setting a new pole, but not when they need to replace one, Asheville Public Works Director Cathy Ball explained. Lakeshore Drive also lacks much-needed sidewalks, perhaps more so than the area’s two major routes, north Asheville resident Kelly Wolfe told Council. “I have two children, and I literally have to stroll them in the middle of the street,” she said. “We actually have to get in our car and drive a quarter of a mile to walk around the lake.” After listening to similar comments and questions, Council member Esther Manheimer acknowledged that sidewalks are a citywide need. She recalled a community meeting that took place this time last year in east Asheville: Held at Groce United Methodist Church’s Asbury Hall, the Aug. 31 meeting attracted more than 300 people, and the fire marshal had to turn away about 150 once the hall reached full capacity. The hot topics of the day were sidewalks and pedestrian safety, primarily along Tunnel Road (See “Whose Side Are You On?” Sept. 8, 2010, Xpress.) In response to the concerns raised then, the city worked with residents and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to develop a plan and get the funding for some new sidewalks. Council member Gordon Smith remarked, “This year during our capital improvement

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project budget, I believe that we doubled the amount of money that we’re going to be putting towards construction on new sidewalks and also increase the maintenance on our existing sidewalks.” Still, putting in new sidewalks is an expensive and complex endeavor, Council members Jan Davis and Manheimer noted, particularly in these tough economic times. Plans must take into account the gas, water and fiberoptic lines that often run beneath existing sidewalks or where new ones need to go. Sidewalks must also adhere to specific guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that paths be wide enough for wheelchairs and built with materials suitable for them, Putnam added. For example, though less expensive than asphalt, gravel would not be an acceptable material. And the whole process takes time, said Council member Bill Russell, noting the additional challenge of north Asheville’s topography. But it’s time that Council members are willing to take, Smith assured residents. “We are doing everything we can, within the budget constraints that we have, to be able to address what is in my view a core responsibility of government.” X Mary Caitlin Byrd is a UNCA journalism student.

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by Jake Frankel When Manoj Lama traveled to Nepal in April on a buying trip for his downtown Asheville shop, he didn’t expect to wind up atop Gokyo Ri, a 17,575-foot Himalayan peak. The owner of Himalayas Import and the Kathmandu Café was on his annual pilgrimage to visit family and take care of business when a group of friends persuaded him to join them on their trek. And though the journey was fraught with challenges, in the end, Lama says reaching that mountaintop on a clear day with Mount Everest looming above was one of the greatest experiences of his life.

Local goes global: Asheville business owner Manoj Lama recently visited his native country of Nepal and trekked to the top of Gokyo Ri, a 17,575 foot Himalayan peak near Mount Everest. Check out the online version of this story for a narrated slide show of photos from the trip. Photo courtesy of Manoj Lama I was away from home, I always missed those mountains. Those mountains were my friend; I grew up with them. But I wasn’t interested in climbing them before. One day I just decided to do it.

What were the most challenging parts of the trip? I was a little nervous in the beginning, but my wife really encouraged me. The plane ride was really Xpress sat down with Lama recently to hear bumpy, and that scared me a lot. It goes his travel tales as well as his thoughts on through narrow mountains, and it’s like a living and owning businesses in Asheville. wind tunnel. It’s a very small plane; some Here’s some of what he had to say. of my friends were sick. Mountain Xpress: Did you have any It was also challenging trying to climb trekking experience before this up to nearly 18,000 feet. … I wasn’t well trip? equipped for that kind of coldness; I thought it wouldn’t be that cold in April. So the gear Manoj Lama: I didn’t have any formal I was carrying wasn’t warm enough for experience trekking or climbing or any- that altitude: My gloves and socks weren’t thing like that. But I was born in a village warm enough. I had a climbing stick, but at about 2,300 meters [about 7,500 feet]. So if I used it, my hands would get very cold. you had to climb up and down every single So I left that stick and put my hands in the day, just to go to school. But this trek was jacket pockets. But when I put my hands in completely different. my jacket, I had too much pressure on my legs, so I started getting tired. What inspired you to do it? When

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When I had climbed about one-third of the way, I got tired and cold and I kind of gave up. I told my friends, “You guys can climb up there, but I’m going down.” When I was descending, I met a trekking guide from Nepal who was leading six German seniors. They were in their 60s, and the guy told me: “If you try, you can make it. If you slow the pace, it’s easier to climb. He really encouraged me and even let me borrow his gloves. Then I started to climb up again, and finally I made it. And that was very satisfying. Did the challenges make getting to the top more fulfilling? I was glad the other guy encouraged me; otherwise it would have always been incomplete. I would have had to come back to do it, or I would have regretted it all my life. Because once you get up there, there’s no words to express how beautiful it is and the way you feel. Ngozumpa, one of the biggest glaciers in Nepal, is near that mountain. You can hear it moving very slowly, making a cracking sound. That was amazing hearing that noise, breaking ice.

Were you in Nepal on business? Yeah, I do all the buying for my shop. At the same time, all my family still lives in Nepal, so I go back and see them. I know a lot of people there, local artists. So rather than go to the market and find stuff, I’ll meet them and place an order. Most of the things in Nepal are handmade; Americans are fascinated with that. Traditional Buddhist paintings, called tanka, take months and months to finish just one piece. Why did you come to the U.S.? I was in vocational school in Longmont, Colo., for computer accounting. But because of different circumstances, I couldn’t continue. Where I grew up, there’s high traffic of American trekkers. So that made me fascinated with the U.S. ... The trekkers helped me learn English; I didn’t have any formal schooling or training in language.

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What brought you to Asheville? I came to visit Asheville in 2000, because we had a friend here we met in Nepal. We really liked Asheville: It has mountains, even though they’re not as big as in Nepal. The weather is comfortable; the people are very nice. I was trying to find a different place for an import shop that has the interest and less competition. When I came to Asheville, I thought, “Let’s try it for a year.” And I was happy with my business, and I was happy being here. How did you come up with the idea to start the restaurant? Most of the time I was in Colorado I was working in a restaurant: in the kitchen, on the floor, in management. I wanted to use my experience. Have you found there’s a niche for Nepalese and Indian food here? Yeah, because Asheville is a very interesting town. People are always looking for something new — they’re very openminded. How has the economy affected your businesses? I started the restaurant in a tough time, but I’m still here. ... So if the economy gets better, I think I’ll do very good. But if it stays the same way, I won’t stay in the business. The shop, we have definitely noticed the difference from when I first started. People are trying to spend less money; they’re only buying what they need or what they really want. Did your trek make you want to climb Everest next time? Actually, I talked to my wife about that. … I could see Mount Everest from where I was born. … If I get the proper training and I’m committed to do it, my inner inclination is telling me that I could climb Everest too. ... I think that kind of altitude is in my blood, so now I’m very encouraged. Some day I may climb Everest. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at • SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 17


environmental news by Susan Andrew

Two if by sea

Local nonprofits hatch the French Broad River paddle trail by Susan Andrew Two local nonprofits, one shared vision: a series of campsites enabling paddlers to explore the 117 miles of French Broad River in Western North Carolina without having to retreat to civilization each night. RiverLink and the WNC Alliance are pursuing separate but complementary approaches to realizing the dream of a “paddle trail” from Rosman, N.C., to the Tennessee line. Currently, multiday paddle trips are difficult, because the river mostly flows through private land. The challenge is finding landowners willing to provide a small area where boaters can camp overnight. French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson, a staffer at the Alliance, recently secured a $5,000 grant from REI to fund the first two of seven planned campsites. Each year, the outfitter dedicates 3 percent of its profits to its Community Grants program: local employees nominate projects to fund. The Alliance grant was one of four awarded to Asheville-area nonprofits in 2011, REI Outreach Specialist Ching Fu reports. Since 2008, the company’s Asheville branch has donated a total of $77,000 to 13 local nonprofits, she notes, focusing on groups that emphasize environmental conservation and volunteerism. Meanwhile, Carson had found a willing host in the Hooper family, whose farm adjoins the French Broad in Transylvania County’s Little River community. T.J. Hooper says he’s enjoyed kayaking the river for years, and he hopes his move will inspire other landowners, “so I can do the same thing farther down the river that we’re allowing people to do on our property.” Armed with that support, Alliance volunteers and staff joined forces with REI staffers one recent Saturday to create the second campsite. (AmeriCorps volunteers built the first one, in Etowah, in May.) With a little help from a backhoe, workers installed rock steps to access the river, cleared brush, replaced invasive species with native plants, and added a picnic table and fire ring. “By the end of the day, we had this nice, pretty set of stairs, and the site was all cleared out,” says Carson, calling the experience “immediate gratification.” Users, he explains, will pay a modest fee: Most of it will go to the landowners, with a small portion retained to cover maintenance.

Paddle in, paddle out RiverLink, meanwhile, is charting its own course toward this common goal. In 2009, the nonprofit received a grant from the Pigeon River Fund to assess public support and scope out the logistics of creating a paddle trail, Watershed Resources Manager Nancy Hodges explains. An advisory council of local paddlers, planners and educators considered what it would take to build and maintain the trail; studied potential campsite locations and signage; and researched successful paddle trails, such as the one on the Roanoke River in eastern North Carolina. Design guidelines for the leave-no-trace campsites are expected to be completed within the next month or so. RiverLink envisions a strictly paddle-in, paddleout trail, says Hodges: “We’re trying not to have a lot of road access, which presents additional maintenance issues.” The nonprofit, she notes, has received funding commitments (pending state budget approval) through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation’s State Trails Program to develop sites in Buncombe and Madison counties; river access and campsite opportunities are also emerging in Transylvania and Henderson counties. Eventually, says Hodges, RiverLink hopes to have a campsite every six to eight miles, with interpretive signs explaining the river’s geologic history. A major challenge is the three dams paddlers would need to portage, she explains. And since RiverLink wants to keep access to the trail free, the nonprofit is organizing the Friends of French Broad River, whose volunteers would maintain the campsites and manage a website providing information and a reservation system. A map of the completed trail is also planned, says Hodges, adding that the route will continue from the Tennessee line to Knoxville, where the French Broad joins the Holston to create the Tennessee River. There’s also strong interest in eventually establishing campsites on the Tennessee side, she explains. Carson agrees, saying, “We thought it would be cool if we could turn an underutilized recreational resource into a world-class-destination paddle trail.” And if it takes awhile to iron out all the details, paddlers can take a cue from the ancient river itself, which has survived at least three geologic upheavals since the Earth first formed, notes Hodges. In the meantime, Asheville Outdoor Center owner Dave Donnell says he’s thrilled at the prospect of overnight trips connecting the headwaters with his riverside business in Asheville. “This will be another great way to enjoy the scenic French Broad River,” he observes. X Send your local environmental news and tips to, or call 251-1333, ext. 153.

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Stairway to heaven: Paddlers looking for a night’s rest will find a haven at the second campsite to be built along the 117-mile paddle trail on the French Broad River. Such stops are presently few and far between, since most of the river bank is privately owned. Photos courtesy of Hartwell Carson/WNCA

No rest for the weary: Volunteers Kate Isenberg and Kendra Martinez react as their crew leader jokes, “OK, back to work!” More than 20 participants lent a hand to construct the second paddle-trail campsite along the French Broad River, this one in Transylvania County.


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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists Calendar for September 7 - 15, 2011 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops Bike Empowerment for Women (pd.) Bike Repair Classes. Bike Empowerment for Women. Sept. 3rd or 17th 9-11am., $20. Bike Empowerment for Everyone, Sept. 10th or 24th, $20. Complete Brake and Gear

Systems Tuning, Sept. 4th or 11th, $25. Held at Bike Works, 866 Haywood Rd. Info/reservations: 505-8661. Free DIY Bike Flat Patching (pd.) Wed-Sat, 10am-5:30pm. Bike Works Total Bike Repair Center, 866 Haywood Rd. West Asheville, 505-8661. 50th anniversary celebration • SU (9/11), 5-8:30pm - The Peace Corps celebrates 50 years of service at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. Music by Free Planet Radio and food from Roots Cafe. $12/free children under 12. Info: Flea Market and BBQ • SA (9/10), 7am-noon - The North Buncombe High School Blackhawk Band will host its annual flea market, BBQ and concert. Held at United Methodist Church, 85 North Main Street, Weaverville. BBQ from 5-7pm with concert to follow. $9-$11. Info: www.

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Greening Your Home Inside and Out • WE (9/7), 7:30pm - This home energy efficiency program will help save money and cover the basics of permaculture design, which focuses on working with nature rather than against it. Program incorporates earth care ethics, organic food production, renewable energy, appropriate technology, aquaculture, agro-forestry, natural building, sustainable small business development and more. Info: judymattox@ Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • WE (9/7), 11:25am - Ann Dunn, Humanities lecturer, will present “What Middle Ages? The Golden Age of Muslim Civilization” in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: or 251-6808. • FR (9/9), 11:25am - John McClain and Seamus McNerney will lead a lecture on “Cultural Revolution through the Arts” in the Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: www. or 2516808. —- 11:25am - Reid Chapman, Education lecturer, will lead a lecture on Islam in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: www.humanities.unca. edu or 251-6808. • MO (9/12), 11:25am Dennis Lundblad will present “Ancient Israel” in the Lipinsky Auditorium. Info:www. or 2516808. —- 11:25am - Samer Traboulsi, associate professor of History will present “African Cultural Spheres.” Info: www.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Older Lesbian Energy (OLE) (pd.) Meets second Saturday each month, 1pm, potluck and event planning. OLE: Fun group for lesbians over 50. • Join us! Information: Catherine: (828) 545-9698. Tuesday Nights! • Single And Looking For Something Fun? (pd.) Try AVL Speed Dating! Events start at 6:30pm and are held monthly at Neo Cantina (Biltmore Village) • Next events: Tuesday, September 13 (21-39 age group) and October 11 (35-49 age group). • To make a reservation or

for more info, call (828) 2422555 or see AVLSpeedDating. com Alpha Phi Alumnae • WE (9/14), 5:30-8pm - Asheville area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. Info: Asheville Newcomers Club Women new to the city or recently retired are invited make new friends while learning about opportunities in Asheville. Info and location: www.ashevillenewcomersclub. com or 654-7414. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS - Asheville Newcomers Club welcomes women who are new to the area. Social hour begins at 9:30am and program begins at 10:30am. Asheville NOW • 2nd SATURDAYS, 3pm - Asheville NOW, the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, will hold a monthly meeting at the Roof Garden of the Battery Park Apartments, 1 Battle Square. Info: AshevilleNOW@ Asheville Toastmasters • THURSDAYS, 6:15-7:30pm - If you’ve been thinking about improving your communication skills, Asheville Toastmasters is for you. Newcomers welcome; no pressure to speak. Held at Denny’s, 1 Regent Park Blvd. Info: capollak@ Buncombe County Republican Women • TH (9/8), 11:30am - The Buncombe County Republican Women will meet at the Cornerstone Restaurant, 102 Tunnel Road. Mark Cates, candidate for City Council, will present his platform. Info: 277-7074. CLOSER Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors, providing entertainment, education and fellowship. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library of All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St., Asheville. Commemorative Service • SA (9/10), 2pm - The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will commemorate the service

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of two soldiers buried at Newton Academy Cemetery, Unadilla Street, across from the Mission Hospital memorial campus. Info: alexlongrn@ or 545-1222. Concerned Bikers Association The A.B.A.T.E. of North Carolina, Buncombe County Chapter, is dedicated to protecting and promoting motorcyclist safety. “Let those who ride decide.” Info: 281-3613 or • 2nd TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Meet at Baba’s Restaurant, 1459 Merrimon Ave. Courthouse Tours • WEDNESDAYS through (10/6), 2pm - Historic courthouse tours will depart from 200 North Grove St., Hendersonville. Free. Info: 694-5003. • SA (9/10), 11am-1pm - An open meeting will be held upstairs in the Fortune Building, 729 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Info: 225-4347. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute Located at 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Info: 862-5554 or • FR (9/9), 5-9pm - PARI’s annual meeting will feature William J. Cooke, lead scientist in charge of the NASA Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Potluck • SU (9/11), noon-6pm - The Buncombe Green Party and Peacetown Asheville will host a potluck at French Broad River Park, Amboy Road and Riverside Drive. Bring a dish to share and a chair or blanket. Info: or 225-4347. The First, Lost Colony • TU (9/13), 7pm - Warren Wilson professor David Moore will discuss Joara, the first European settlement in the Appalachians, established in 1567. Held at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St. Free. Info: 250-6482. The Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • TH (9/8), 6-8pm - Buchi Kombucha Float Night will feature three varieties of kombucha sorbet floats.

Government & Politics Montford neighborhood meet the candidates • TH (9/15), 7-9pm - The Montford Neighborhood Association will hold a “meet and greet” informal gathering of the candidates for City Council. Held at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. Info: montford33@

Seniors & Retirees 60+ Exercise Smarter (pd.) Learn better ways to exercise. Make every movement lighter, freer, easier. Personal attention, small, focused class. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 12:00pm. $15 or 10 for $130. 117 Furman. 225-3786. Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Road in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • 2nd THURSDAYS, noon2pm - A pot luck and bingo game for seniors. RSVP Information Session • TH (9/8), 9:30-11am - An information session for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will be held in UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6622.

Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: 808-9435 or • WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Bring home your new furry best friend and meet dozens of cats and kittens looking for new homes at this weekly cat adoption event. Held at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd. in Asheville. • SATURDAYS, noon-4pm - A pet adoption event for dogs and cats will be held at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd. in Asheville. Info: 505-3440. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am2pm - Vouchers for free and low-cost spay/neuter

services will be available to Henderson County residents at Tractor Supply Company, 115 Four Seasons Blvd. in Hendersonville. Pet Carnival and Mega Adoption Event • SA (9/10) & SU (9/11), 11am-5pm - Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Asheville Humane Society, Madison County Animal Services, Animal Compassion Network and others will host a “Pet Carnival and Mega Adoption Event,” featuring pet first aid demonstrations, a raffle and activities for children. Held at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvrd. Info:

Business Corporate Wellness Programs (pd.) Affordable. Uniquely designed to employee needs. Increase productivity and worker satisfaction. Reduce time away from work and insurance costs. Pilates, Human Ergonomics, Running and Walking programs. (828) 225-3786. American Business Women’s Association ABWA brings together business women of diverse occupations to raise funds for local scholarships and enhance the professional and personal lives of its members. Info: www. • TH (9/8), 5:30-7:30pm - September meeting. Held at Chef Mo’s, 900 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. $5. Info: or 953-3930. Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Info and registration: www.arts2people. org or • The Arts2People Artist Resource Center seeks instructors with business management skills. Classes are geared towards creative professionals. Info: info@ or Employment Education Seminar Series • TU (9/13), 8-9:30am - The Van Winkle Law Firm will host “Pulling the Trigger: How To

Fire People.” Held at Cracker Barrel. $25. Info: 771-2440.

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

Volunteering SCORE Volunteers Needed for Business Startups (pd.) SCORE needs you if you have a strong business background, particularly in Marketing, Finance, or Accounting! Fluency in Spanish needed. Current need for counselors in Swain County/Bryson City/Cherokee. 828-367-1446 or Dane. www. 9/11 Memorial Project • Through SU (9/11) - Dispersed Memorial will distribute “memory cards” to commemorate the 9/11 attacks. To get involved: www. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • MO (9/12), 10am-noon Docent Recruitment Day. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters is currently seeking adult mentors for bi-monthly outings. Activities are free or low-cost. Volunteers are also needed to mentor 1 hr./wk. in schools and after-school programs.


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activities, arts and crafts, live music and dancing. Free. Info: 253-2267 or • Through FR (9/9) - Volunteers needed for Organicfest in Pack Square Park on Sept. 10. See website to sign up. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Highway 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: 8774423 or • Through WE (11/30) - Volunteers are needed to answer phones, help with the gift shop and answer visitor questions. • Through FR (9/30) - Fly fishing volunteers are needed for one to three hours of instruction. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • Through SA (12/31) - Volunteers needed for the “Take Art to Heart” program to share works of art with elementary school students. Info:

Food Tap Takeover • TH (9/8), 6pm - Tap Takeover will feature the brewer from New Belgium Brewery. Held at Pack’s Tavern, 20 South Spruce St., Asheville. Info:

Eco Clean Energy in the Mountains • TH (9/8), 5-7:30pm - Clean Energy in the Mountains will feature bluegrass, beer and information about NC Sustainable Energy Association and FLS Energy. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway #H, Asheville. Info: 687-7234 or Environmental Justice Workshop • TH (9/15), 1-5pm “Promoting Environmental Justice for Community Health,” an interactive training workshop, will be held at Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St. Free, but registration required. Info: Events at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 2983325. • WE (9/14), 7pm - Neil Chambers will present a lecture on sustainability in the

design movement. Info: www. RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of river-friendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www. • WE (9/7), 10am & 5pm - Volunteer orientation will be held at the RiverLink office, 170 Lyman St. WNC Sierra Club Members of the WNC Sierra Club Chapter work together to protect the community and the planet. The mission of the Sierra Club, America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Info: wenoca or 251-8289. • WE (9/7), 7pm - “Greening Your Home, Inside and Out” will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place in Asheville.

Outdoors Quality Training Program (pd.) Completely personalized small group training. Weekly run. Individual goal setting. Beginners to Advanced. Weaver Park. Two Groups: Sundays, 8:30am or 9:30am. $65 for 6 weeks. (828) 2253786. FormFitnessFunction. com Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Programs Free and open to the public. • FR (9/9), 10am - An easyto-moderate hike through a heath tunnel will reach its peak at the top of Buck Springs Tunnel.  Departs from the Buck Springs Gap Parking Overlook, MP 407.7. Bring water, wear hiking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather. Info: 298-5330. ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W., in Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • SA (9/10), 8am - ECO  and  the Henderson  County Bird  Club will host a guided bird walk. Held at Jackson  Park,  801 Glover St., Hendersonville. —- ECO  Whitewater  Kaya king  Day will be held on the Green River, near Saluda. See website for schedule, prices and reservations. Full Moon Paddle on the French Broad • SU (9/11), 6:30pm - Float through downtown Asheville on the French Broad River’s

flatwater, watching the full moon rise high in the night sky on this adventurous paddle to see the river in a whole new light. Sponsored by WNCA and the French Broad Riverkeeper. Info and location: hartwell@ Lake James State Park N.C. Highway 126. Info: 5847728. • SA (9/10), 10am - A wilderness survival class will be held at the Catawba River Area office. • SU (9/11), 10am - A onemile walk to identify animal tracks and signs will be held at the Paddy’s Creek Bridge Trailhead.

Gardening Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • TU (9/13), 7pm - Sadie Adams of Growing Native Nursery will discuss native flora. Grand Opening • SA (9/10), 9am-4pm - A grand opening for Growing Native Nursery will feature music, food and information about native plants. Held at 2171 Riceville Road. Info: or 450-6705. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: 665-2492 or www. • WE (9/14), 1 & 3pm Botanist John Grimshaw will present two lectures on the world’s flora and Ethiopian plants. $25/$20 members (parking fee included). Registration required. Plant Sale • SA (9/10), 9am-3pm - The Men’s Garden Club of Asheville will participate in the annual Fall Plant Sale, presented by the Botanical Gardens at Asheville. Native shrubs, perennials, day lilies and other plants will be available. Held at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. Info: 645-2714. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 2361282 or www.buyappalachian. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 8-11am - Stecoah Tailgate Market, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. —- 8am-noon

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- Transylvania Tailgate Market, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets in downtown Brevard. —- 26pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6pm - Montford Farmers Market, Asheville Chamber of Commerce parking lot. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 2:306:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, behind the yellow community center on Weaverville Highway. • THURSDAYS, 10am-2pm - Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, at the back entrance of Mission Hospital’s Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. —- 3-6pm - Flat Rock Tailgate Market, in the parking area behind Cherry Cottage and next to Hubba Hubba Smoke House along Little Rainbow Row. •  FRIDAYS, 4-7pm - Riceville Tailgate Market, Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot, at the corner of Beverly Road and Tunnel Road. • SATURDAYS, 8am-noon - Transylvania Tailgate Market, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets in downtown Brevard. —9am-noon - Big Ivy Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on Highway 197. —9am-noon - Black Mountain Tailgate Market, 130 Montreat Road. —- 8am-noon - North Asheville Tailgate Market, at UNCA (take W.T. Weaver Boulvard and follow signs). —- 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street. —9am-1pm - Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market, at the corner of Highway 213 and Park Street. •  SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Greenlife Sunday Market, at the Greenlife Grocery parking lot. —- noon-4pm - Marshall Farmers Market, on the island in downtown Marshall. •  TUESDAYS, 3:30-6:30pm - West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Road, in the parking area between Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank.

West Asheville Garden Stroll • SA (9/10), 10:30am - The West Asheville Garden Stroll will feature 15 new gardens. Maps are available and kickoff presentation will be held at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750.

Sports Groups & Activities A Masters Class • Chinese • Japanese And Filipino Martial Arts As One (pd.) Tuesdays, 7pm. Black Belts to Beginners welcome. With Grandmaster Brian Adams, author of The Medical Implications Of Karate Blows. 51 years Professional Trainer. Registration/Information: (828) 595-1455. Amateur Pool League (pd.) All skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Rosters are open NOW for the Fall. Sign-up to play on an 8ball or 9ball team. 828-329-8197 www. ONGOING – weekly league play Transform Your Form (pd.) Run with a lightness and ease you’ve never known! Alexander Technique will turn your arms into wings! Thursdays, 6:30pm. $100 for 6 sessions. Ongoing. (828) 225-3786. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital. org or 692-4600. • MONDAYS, 5:30-7pm “Flow and Let Go” yoga class. $10. Registration not required. Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Five-mile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile. •TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight-mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - Onehour run from the Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Easy, moderate and fast levels. North Buncombe Middle School Trail Mix 5K • SA (9/10), 8-11am - The North Buncombe Middle School PTO 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run will be held at North Buncombe High School, 890 Clarks Chapel Road in Weaverville. Early registration closes Sept. 8. Info and registration: www.buncombe.k12. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups

meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. in Asheville. For all ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: 350-2058 or Step Aerobics Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Enhance cardio, strength and flexibility at this step aerobics, weights and stretch class. Meets at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. in Asheville. Open to all levels. Free. Info: 350-2058 or T’ai Chi Chih • WE (9/7) & TH (9/8), 3:30pm - Free T’ai Chi Chih classes will be held at Harvest House Recreation Center, 205 Kenilworth Road. An eightweek class will begin the following week. Info: 350-2051. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org. • MO (9/12), 6:30pm - An organizational meeting for the adult and  master’s basketball leagues. Yoga in the Park • SATURDAYS Through (9/24), 9-10am - Instructors from Black Mountain Yoga will lead a level one class near the picnic pavilion, Lake Tomahawk Park, 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain. Donations requested. Info: recreation@

Kids Free DIY Bike Tire Repair for Kids (pd.) Learn to patch bike tubes and fix flats! Saturdays 1-2pm. Class held at Bike Works, Total Bike Repair Center, 866 Haywood Rd. Reserve space: 505-8661 Cradle of Forestry Events Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Info: 877-3130 or • SA (9/10), 11am Afternoon Tea with Llamas will feature live llamas which will carry visitor’s lunches, snacks and tea. Iced tea will be provided. Children under 15 free. Free ‘ACT vs SAT Comparison Test’ • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS through (2/19) - Asheville students are invited to take Chyten’s ‘ACT vs SAT Comparison Test’ to determine which represents their best match. The test is offered on Saturdays at 9am and

Sundays at 1pm. Info and reservations: 505-2495 or www. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 6978333 or www.handsonwnc. org. • Through SA (9/10) - “Finding Fitness Forever” scavenger hunt, an initiative to combat childhood obesity, will encourage children to find fitness opportunities throughout the museum. • TU (9/13) - A new scavenger hunt will be offered throughout the day. Free for members or with admission. • WE (9/14) - A fourth birthday party for Hands On! will feature birthday cake and other activities. NFL Punt, Pass and Kick • SA (9/10), 11am-1pm - A football competition for children ages 8-15. Only rubber soled athletic shoes allowed. Held at Enka Middle School, 390 Asbury Road, Candler. Free. Info and registration: Youth Open Mic Night • 1st & 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Children and teens are invited to perform music, recite poetry or present other arts at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St. in downtown Asheville. Get creative and come show off your talent. Info: http://on.fb. me/e4GpE8 or

Spirituality Aquarian Compassionate Fellowship (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiritual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) (pd.) Discover why TM is the world’s most effective and scientifically validated meditation technique. Clinically proven to boost brain function and reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Allows you to effortlessly transcend the busy, agitated mind to experience inner peace and unbounded awareness. • Free Introductory Class: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: How meditation techniques differ • Meditation and brain research • What is enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www.

Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 8084444. • Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828)  258-3229. Avalon Grove (pd.) Services to honor the ancient Celtic Christian holidays. Intuitive Spiritual Counseling to see your path more clearly. Workshops, artwork and books about Faeries. Call (828) 645-2674 or visit Awareness Group • This Saturday (pd.) Come relax and be inspired with Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing, Breathwork and Guided Meditation. Facilitated by Isa Soler, LMHC, LPC, C.Ht. • Saturday, September 10, 4pm5:30pm, Lighten Up Yoga. • 60 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Donations accepted. isa@ Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life.” Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15— Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Mindfulness Meditation Class (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz. com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussion of contem-

porary Zen living. Held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Avenue). Donations encouraged. No class on Labor Day. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. http:// Poetic Shrines: a writing and craft workshop (pd.) Honor your spirit and life (or someone dear) through poetry and an artful matchbox shrine. • Saturday, October 1, 10:am-2:30pm, Asheville Friends Meeting House. $70, includes materials. More information: (828) 215-9002, register Sunday September 11 • Meditation Intensive • Black Mountain Unitarian Church (pd.) 500 Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Bill Walz,University, public and private setting teacher of meditation and mindful living, and Rapid River consciousness columnist, will conduct a two hour meditation intensive from 2-4pm for anyone interested in beginning or deepening their meditation practice into more awakened, evolved, sane and connected living. $10-20 contribution requested. Pre-registration requested, but not necessary, at healing@ • More info at or 2583241. A Course in Miracles • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:308pm - Join “a loving group of people” to study A Course in Miracles at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road in Asheville. Open to all. Info: 712-5472. Awakening Practices Group • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Awakening Practices Group will meet at Insight Counseling, 25 Orange St. Info: Community HU Song Eckankar Center of Asheville is located at 797 Haywood Road, W. Asheville. Info: 254-6775 or • SU (9/11), 11-11:30am - “In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Chanting this oncesecret name for God, HU, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love.” Energy Health Workshops • SUNDAYS, 4-6pm - Learn to work with your guardian angels and spirit guides to transmute energetic blockages, trapped emotions, psychic traumas and past life issues. Classes held in Weaverville.

Donation requested. Info and directions: 337-1852. First Congregational Church in Hendersonville Fifth Ave. West at White Pine St., in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or • SA (9/10) & SU (9/11) - Amy-Jill Levine will speak about Jewish/Christian relations. $15. Call for times: 692-8630. I Ching Support and Study Group • THURSDAYS, 6-8:30pm - “I Ching Support and Study Group,” a study of Taoism and I Ching practice. The organizer is a freelance writer with a teaching/counseling background and many years of study/practice of Taoism and the I Ching. Will meet at an area cafe, to be determined. Info: patrickgfrank@gmail. com. Interfaith Panel Discussion • TH (9/8), 7-8:30pm - “What My Faith Means to Me,” an interfaith panel discussion, will feature Ahmad Amara, Rev. Mark Stanley and Rabbi Phil Bentley. Held at the Asheville Islamic Center, 941 Old Fairview Road. Info: 808-5077. Meditation in the Park from The People’s Ashram • SUNDAYS, 8-10am - Bring a mat or zabuton and stay for 20 minutes or two hours. Held at French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive. Info: Mountain Area Interfaith Forum • TH (9/15), 10am-noon - A meeting of the Mountain Area Interfaith Forum will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church, on the corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets. Info: Mountain Zen Practice Center • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Explore the “how” of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Meditation and group discussion. Info and location: www.mountainzen. org or 450-3621. Ro-Hun • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Empower your life through the alchemy of forgiveness. Heal the faulty thoughts and emotions locked in the unconscious that sabotage your health, abundance and happiness. Info and directions: 545-8173. Stress Less, Live more: Learn to Meditate • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Introduction to Buddhist meditation and practical teachings for modern lifestyles and problems. Suitable for all experience levels. Drop-in’s welcome. Held at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227

Edgewood Road. Info: 7795502 or hansonpsh@gmail. com. Swannanoa Valley Unitarian Universalist Church • THURSDAYS, 7-8am - Cloud Cottage will present mindfulness-based meditation at Swannanoa Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 500 Montreat Road. Bring a cushion. Donations encouraged. Info: cloudcottage@bellsouth. net or 669-0920. Transmission Meditation • SUNDAYS, 6-7pm - “World Service.” Free. Info: www., or 675-8750. United Research Light Center A nonprofit center “dedicated to prayer for personal and planetary transformation.” Located at 2190 NC Highway 9 South in Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 1-2:15pm - “Gentle Yoga,” with Karen Barnes —- 2:30-3:30pm - “World Peace Prayer.” • SUNDAYS, 3-4pm - “World Peace Prayer.” • 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 12:45pm - Toning for Peace. “Lift your voice in free-form expression in a loving, safe space to generate well-being and peace for the greater benefit of our ever-evolving planet.” $5. Info: 667-2967. • TUESDAYS, 10:30-noon - Level one QiGong. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www. • WE (9/7), midnight through TH (9/8), midnight - A 24-hour prayer vigil will commemorate Unity World Day of Prayer. Service begins at 7pm. Call 891-8700 or email with prayer requests. • WE (9/7), 7pm - “Stop Living Like a Mere Mortal: Healing Circle to Manifest Your Dreams Now” will be lead by Deborah-Marie Diamond. • Through SU (9/18), 2pm - “Prosperity: Living a Life of Joy and Abundance,” a fiveweek seminar on inner peace and financial freedom, will be presented by Dan Beckett. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Unity of Asheville explores the “deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures, combined with an upbeat contemporary music program, to create a joyous and sincere worship service.” Located at 130 Shelburne Road, West

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Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Located at 16 Patton, Asheville. Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Info: 236-2889 or • Through SU (10/2) - The Beautification will feature paintings by Denise StewartSanabria focusing on the “artificial beautification of foods.” American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www.amerifolk. com. • Through WE (9/14) - Time and Texture. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • Through WE (10/5) Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef will feature “crochet models of healthy coral and coral stressed by environmental threats.” Held at UNCA’s Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, 1181 Broyles Road, Hendersonville. Info: www. or 890-2050. • FR (9/23), 7pm - A lecture about Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef will be held at UNCA’s Alumni Hall. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first

Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - Free admission. • Through SU (9/25) - Artists at Work: American Printmakers and the WPA. • Through SU (11/6) - Color Study will be on display at the Appleby Foundation Gallery. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: • Through FR (9/30) Workshopauchery, works by Martin A.B. Guenette. • SA (9/10), 6-8pm - Opening reception. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Summer hours: Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 768-0246 or • Through FR (9/30) - The works of Nancy Varipapa, Julie Wiggins and Eleanor Miller. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. • FR (9/9) through FR (10/7) - Twigs and Burls, works by Carolyn Capps and Steve Miller. • FR (9/9), 6-8pm - Opening reception. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (9/17) - The Accident of Choice, featuring works by Jack Tworkov, painting instructor at Black Mountain College in 1952. Blue Spiral 1 Located at 38 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Featuring Southeastern fine art and studio craft. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon5pm.  Info: 251-0202 or • Through SA (9/10) - Shine on Brightly, an online gallery for memorial art, presents Remains To Be Seen: An Out of the Box Look at Modern Cremation Containers. Caldwell Arts Council Located at 601 College Ave., Lenoir. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 9am-5pm and Sat. by appoint-

ment. Info: 754-2486 or www. • Through FR (9/30) - Works by Betsy Coogler will be on display at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Art-inHealing Gallery, 321 Mulberry St. SW, Lenoir. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or • Through FR (9/30) Observatory, works by Lauren Semivan. • Through FR (9/30) Curiosities, photography by Gary Geboy. Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332 or • SA (9/10) through SA (12/31) - Anything Goes - Everything Shows, the 5th annual mail art show. All entries received through the postal system will be exhibited. Participants were encouraged to explore themes, sizes, shapes and media of any kind. • SA (9/10), 11am-4pm Opening Reception. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www. • SA (9/10) through MO (10/31) - Lynn Boggess: New Work 2011. • SA (9/17), 5:30-7:30pm - Opening reception. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of arts-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • Through SA (9/17) - All Over the Map, featuring the work of Donna Rhodes. Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts Located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. Info: 497-3945. • Through FR (9/30) - Recent work by ceramic sculpture artist Jenny Mastin. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 238 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or • Through FR (10/14) - Joyful Expressions will feature the work of student assistants. Penland School of Crafts

A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am–5pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www. or 765-2359. • Through SU (9/11) - Foreign Worlds, Private Places, an exhibit of work by five artists exploring unfamiliar territories. Route 80 - Back to Our North Carolina Routes • Through SA (9/26) - The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild presents Route 80 - Back to Our North Carolina Routes. The exhibit features paintings, photographs, illustrations and historical facts. Held at the TRAC Gallery, 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Free. Info: www. SemiPublic Gallery This space for contemporary art is open Thurs.-Sat., 2-7pm and by appointment. Located at 305 Hillside St., Asheville. Info: 215-8171 or • Through SU (9/25) - 5 under 35 will feature works by Bridget Conn, Christopher Crabtree, Carley Dergins, Michael Ohgren and Cory Williams. 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 WE (11/16) Works by Andrea McFadyen (pastel). The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: • FR (9/10) through FR (9/30) - Living on the Edge, a multimedia event utilizing photography, video, drawings and paintings by James Daniel and Chloe Kemp “to bring awareness and assistance to those struggling in these turbulent times.” • FR (9/10), 6-9pm - Opening reception. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (10/1) Curvature and Color, works by Kenn Kotara (abstract art) and Dale McEntire (landscape painter). • TU (9/6), 7pm - Panel discussion on taking landscape photos.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Ananda Hair Studio

The salon, located at 22 Broadway St., hosts rotating art exhibits. Info: 232-1017. • Through FR (9/30) - Recent work by abstract painter Neil Carroll. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • Through WE (9/28) - “Art of the Book: Process, Product and Community at Asheville BookWorks” will feature BookWorks instructors and students. Works will be displayed at the Malcolm E. Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library. Friday through Saturday, 8am-6pm. • Through FR (9/16) - The Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in UNCA’s Owen Hall. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or • Through SA (10/1) - Works by Dan Pruitt will be on display in the Lobby Gallery. Sculpture Celebration • SA (9/10), 9am-4pm - The annual Sculpture Celebration will feature both realistic and abstract works. Held at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle S.W., Lenoir. • FR (9/9), 7-9pm - The Blue Jeans Preview Party will feature sculptors participating in the annual Sculpture Celebration. A casual dinner will be held at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park, 945 Lakewood Circle S.W., Lenoir. $15. Info and reservations: 754-2486. Craft Campus at UNCA Located at 1 University Heights, Asheville. Info: 2502392 or • FR (9/9) through FR (1/27) - Common Threads will feature four fiber artists. Cynthia Wilson • Through MO (9/26) - Nature paintings by Cynthia Wilson will be on display at the Hilton Asheville, 42 Town Square Blvd., as part of the Who Knows Art program. Info: Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 6971870. • Through WE (11/30) - Pieces of the Sky, featuring paintings by Ray Cooper. Jonas Gerard and River Guerguerian • SA (9/10), 2pm - Jonas Gerard will present a live painting demonstration with percussionist River Guerguerian and his ensemble. Held at Gerard’s gallery, 240 Clingman Ave. Info: 350-7711. Pink Dog Creative

A multi-use arts space located at 342 Depot St., Asheville. Info: info@pinkdog-creative. com • Through FR (9/30) - Laurel Tewes will paint an eight-foot mural throughout the month. The public is welcome to see the progress. • FR (9/9), 6-9pm - Opening reception. Public Art Display • Through SA (10/22) - Bearfootin’, “a public art display featuring outdoor fiberglass bear sculptures decorated in different themes,” will be on display on the sidewalks of Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm and Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 227-3591 or • Through FR (10/28) Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Don’t be angry with the rain,” counseled author Vladimir Nabokov. “It simply does not know how to fall upward.” In the coming week, I advise you to apply that principle to a host of phenomena, Aries. Don’t get all knotted up about any force of nature that insists on being itself, and don’t waste your time trying to figure out how to disobey the law of gravity. It’s fine if you find it amusing to go against the flow, but don’t expect the flow to follow you in your rebellion.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Where will you be in the latter half of 2016? What will you be doing? Now would be an excellent time to fantasize and meditate about questions like those. You’re likely to have a good bit of intuitive foresight in the coming days — some ability to discern the embryonic patterns swirling in the mists. But even more importantly, you will have extra power to dream up potent visions for your best possible future and plant them as seeds in the fertile bed of your subconscious mind.

F/32 Photography Group • WE (9/14), 7-9pm - The September meeting of the F/32 Photography Group of Asheville will be held at UNCA’s Reuter Center. All are welcome, from visitors and beginners to professionals. Social time starts at 6:30pm. Info: Photography Class • TH (9/8) & TH (9/22), 68pm - A photography class will discuss how to transfer digital pictures from cell phones and cameras. Held at the Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. $25. Info: recprograms@townofwaynesville. org. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Route 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • TUESDAYS, 10am-noon & 1-3pm - Art with Lorelle Bacon. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Special Collections Sale of Pottery, Folk Art and Baskets (pd.) Leftwich Pottery Studio. Sept. 2-3 and Sept, 9-10. 10am-6pm. Outstanding selection of Southern folk and art pottery, Appalachian and Cherokee Baskets and Carvings. Early Asheville Souvenir items and more. Come join us at our beautiful rustic studio. 166 Bane Rd.,

I believe you’re close to getting permanent immunity from hell, Gemini. Take it as a metaphor if you like, but consider the possibility that there may soon come a time when you will never again be susceptible to getting dragged into the bottomless pit. You will receive the equivalent of a “Get out of jail free” card that forever guarantees you exemption from the worst of the nightmare realms. Please note: I’m not saying you will be forever free of all suffering. But if you simply keep doing the smart things you’ve been doing lately, you will tap into a reservoir of stabilizing poise so strong that “the devil” will have no further claim on your soul.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) In “The Blood,” an episode of the TV show “Seinfeld,” George tries to go for “the Trifecta”: eating a pastrami sandwich and watching TV while having sex. His girlfriend isn’t pleased about it, though, so the triple-intense pleasure doesn’t materialize in the way George had hoped. But something akin to this scenario could very well work for you in the coming week, Cancerian. You will have a knack for stirring up more fun and pleasure that usual through the inventive use of multitasking.

In Wiccan circles, a “familiar” is a supernatural entity or magic animal that serves as a spirit ally. Some witches regard their cats as their familiars. In Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy books, the “daemon” (very different from a “demon”) plays a similar role: a shapeshifting creature that embodies a person’s soul. This would be an excellent time for you to

develop a closer relationship with a familiar or daemon or any other uncanny helper, Leo. You have more hidden power at your disposal than you realize, and it’s a propitious time to call on it.

analysis of the astrological omens, you could and should be a paragon of moral beauty in the coming week — a shining example and inspiration to all the other signs of the zodiac.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Wheel of Fortune” is a TV game show in which players vie to guess a mystery phrase that is revealed letter by letter. On one episode not too long ago, a highly intuitive contestant solved the puzzle even though just one letter had been unveiled. The winning answer was “I’ve got a good feeling about this.” From what I can tell, Virgo, you’ve got a similar aptitude these days — an ability to foresee how things are ultimately going to develop simply by extrapolating from a few clues. I encourage you to make liberal use of your temporary superpower. (P.S. I’ve got a good feeling about this.)

Filip Marinovich calls his poetry book And If You Don’t Go Crazy I’ll Meet You Here Tomorrow. I’m borrowing that title for this horoscope. So here goes: If you don’t go crazy in the coming days, Capricorn, I’ll meet you here again next week. To be clear: There is an excellent chance you will be able to keep our appointment. The astrological omens suggest you’ll call on reserves of wisdom that haven’t been accessible before, and that alone could prevent you from a brush with lunacy. You’re also primed to be nimble in your dealings with paradoxes, which, again, should keep you from descending into fairy-tale-style madness. But even if you do take a partial detour into the land of kooky, I think it will have an oddly healing effect on you. See you next time!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You have about 100 billion neurons in your brain. That also happens to be the approximate number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Coincidence? I think not. As the mystic dictum reminds us, “As above, so below.” The macrocosm and microcosm are mirrors of each other. Everything that happens on a collective level has an intimately personal impact. The better you know yourself, the more likely you are to understand how the world works — and vice versa. I urge you to be alert for concrete evidence of this principle, Libra. Your week will be successful if you make it your background meditation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “By the year 2021, the complete gratification of sexual desires will be as easy and stress-free as drinking a glass of water.” That was one of 25 prophecies delivered to me by a polite, well-spoken madman I met on a July morning in a cafe in Earls Court, London back in 1990. Sixteen of his other predictions have come true so far (like “America will have a black president by 2010,” “You will become a famous astrologer,” “60-year-old women will be able to give birth”), so I’m thinking that the one about easy sexual gratification could turn out to be accurate as well. Until then, Scorpio, you may sometimes have to deal with periodic struggles in getting your needs met. Having said that, though, I’m happy to announce that the coming weeks are shaping up as one of your closest approximations to the supposed 2021 levels of erotic bliss.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The beauty contests in Saudi Arabia don’t judge women on the basis of their physical appearance. A recent winner, Aya Ali al-Mulla, was crowned “Queen of Beautiful Morals” without ever revealing the face and form shrouded beneath her black head-to-toe garment. Instead, her excellence emerged during a series of psychological and social tests that evaluated her strength of character and service to family and society. I’d like to borrow this idea and apply it to you. According to my

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) There’s no better way to inform you of your task right now than to cite Hexagram 18 of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese book of divination. The title of the oracle is “Work on What Has Been Spoiled.” Here’s an interpretation by the I Ching’s translator Richard Wilhelm, with a little help from me: “What has been spoiled through human mistakes can be made good again through human work. It is not immutable fate that has caused the state of corruption, but rather the abuse of human freedom. Toil that is done to correct the situation bodes well, because it is in harmony with cosmic potentials. Success depends on diligent deliberation followed by vigorous action.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Breaking the rules could be a boon for your closest relationships if it’s done out of deep caring and not out of anger or boredom. Can you commit to that high standard, Pisces? I hope so, because it’s prime time to shake up and reinvigorate stale concepts about togetherness. You will never know how much more interesting your intimate alliances can be unless you put that vivacious imagination of yours to work. Would you be willing to buy tickets for a joint excursion to the frontier? Go hunting for surprises that recalibrate the dynamic between you and yours? Take a collaborative risk you’d never want to face alone?

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Spoken & Written Word Carolina Mountains Literary Festival • September 9 and 10 (pd.) Join featured authors including Ron Rash and Audrey Niffenegger in beautiful Burnsville, NC. • Free festival admission. • Workshop details and information/registration: Attention WNC Mystery Writers • TH (9/15), 6-9pm - The WNC Mysterians Critique Group meets at Books-aMillion, in the lounge area, Tunnel Road. For serious mystery/suspense/thriller writers. Visitors, editors and publishers welcome. Info: 712-5570 or Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • SU (9/11), 2-5pm - Kathryn Crisp Greeley will read from her book The Collected Tabletop. • MONDAYS, 10:30am - Book Babies. Story time for children ages 3 and younger. • TU (9/13), 1pm - Tom Davis of Old Mountain Press will discuss self-publishing. Book Sale • SA (9/10), 10am-5pm & SU (9/11), 1-5pm - The 31st annual book sale will presented by the Friends of the Henderson County Public Library. Continues through Sept. 24. Held at 1940 Spartanburg Highway. Info: Brian Sneeden and Bloodroot Orkaestarr • SA (9/10), 8pm - Brian Sneeden and Bloodroot Orkaestarr will perform at Vanuatu Kava Bar, 151 S. Lexington Ave. Donations welcome. Info: Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 2506480) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482)

n WA = West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Road, 250-4750) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • WE (9/7), 5-7pm - Library knitters. SW —- 3pm - Book club: Serena by Ron Rash. WV • Through WE (9/21) - Youth are invited to submit art promoting peace. Call for details. WV • TH (9/8), 1:30pm - Book club: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. FV —- 6pm - Book club: True Grit by Charles Portis. SW • SATURDAYS through (9/24), 10:30am-noon - The Writers’ Workshop will offer free creative writing classes for children ages 12-15. PM • TU (9/13), 1pm - Book club: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. LE —- 7pm - Proust Reading Group. Registration requested. WA • TH (9/15), 2:30pm - Book club: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore. SS —- 7pm - Book club: Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. WV Carolina Mountains Literary Festival The festival will take place in Burnsville. Info: www.cmlitfest. org. • TH (9/8) through SA (9/10) - The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will feature 30 authors including Ron Rash and Audrey Niffenegger, along with a screening of The Day Carl Sandburg Died. Headquartered in the Burnsville Town Center, 6 S. Main St. Events will take place throughout Burnsville. See website for times. Info: Elizabeth Kostova Book Signing • TH (9/15), noon-2pm - Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian, will speak at a luncheon and sign copies of her novels at Lakeview Restaurant, 112 Mountains Blvd. in Lake Lure. $25 includes lunch. Info and tickets: 625-0456. Events at Battery Park Book Exchange Located at 1 Battle Square. Info: 252-0020. • TH (9/15), 7pm - Book Discussion X will read A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is located at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 5869499 or more@citylightsnc. com. • FR (9/9), 7pm - Martin Dyckman will read from his new book Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics. • SA (9/10), 11am - Story time with Gail Nolen. —- 7pm - Publication celebration for

The North Carolina Literary Review. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • WE (9/7), 7pm - Jay Jacoby will lead a discussion of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. • TH (9/8), 7pm - Local authors Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan will read from their new book Signing Their Rights Away. • FR (9/9), 4:30-6pm - Freelance Friday invites freelancers and the self-employed to connect with the freelance community. —- 7pm - Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey will read from their new book Global Climate Change: A Primer. • SA (9/10), 7pm - Ilsa Bick will read from her new novel Ashes. • SU (9/11), 3pm - Ellyn Bache will read from her new novel The Art of Saying Goodbye. • MO (9/12), 7pm - The cast of North Carolina Stage Company’s production of Angels in America will perform a reading of the play. • TH (9/15), 5pm - The Women on Words poetry circle will meet. New members welcome. —- 7pm - Stitchand-Bitch. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • FR (9/9), 7:30pm - Local poet Tracey Schmidt will read Hafiz, Rumi and her own work. Free Planet Radio’s Chris Rosser will perform oud, doutar and guitar. Josephine Hicks • TH (9/15), 6:30pm - Josephine Hicks will read from her new book If There’s Anything I Can Do: What You Can Do When Serious Illness Strikes at All Souls Episcopal Cathedral, 9 Swan St., Asheville. Info: jhhicks725@ Mountain Voices Writers’ Group • 2nd THURSDAYS, 5pm - Mountain Voices Writers’ Group will meet at the Jackson County Senior Citizens Center, 100 County Services Park, Room 129. Info: or 399-9653. Open Mic Night at The Pulp • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest host a monthly open mic at The Pulp, located beneath The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. $10 includes club member-

ship. Info: http://pulpasheville. com. Poetry Slam Asheville • SU (9/11), 8pm - Poetry Slam Asheville will be held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. The champion slammer wins a $50 cash prize. Arrive at 7:30pm to perform. A “major announcement” will be included in the event. $5/Performers and volunteers free. Info: www. The Writers’ Guild of WNC Visitors and new members are invited to the meetings to talk about writing and publishing. • 2nd THURSDAYS, 1-3pm - Writers are invited to participate in a discussion about current projects. Various tricks and techniques from published authors and aspiring writers will be presented. Held at Fletcher Public Library. Info: or 296-9983. Transylvania Writers Alliance • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 3-5pm - Transylvania Writers Alliance will meet at BrevardDavidson River Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St. Park in rear. Info: wd2999@yahoo. com. Writers Workshop Potluck • 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - Held at 387 Beaucatcher Road. Info:

Festivals & Gatherings Chestnut Saturday • SA (9/10) - Chestnut Saturday will feature bluegrass, clogging, crafts and tours. Held at Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive, Maggie Valley. $10/free children under 12. Info: 926-1345. FREE-dom Family Fun Festival • SU (9/11), 11am-4pm - This community event will feature local bands, a bounce house and activities for kids, a tennis workshop, self defense demonstrations, magic shows, antique cars, face painting, local arts and crafts and an adoption event by the Animal Compassion Network. Held at Stone Ridge Business Center, 311 Weaverville Highway in Woodfin. Info: Historic Morganton Festival • FR (9/9) & SA (9/10) - The 30th annual festival, with a “Country Crazy” theme, is appropriate for all-ages and features nationally recognized musicians and over a mileand-a-half of arts and crafts vendors from all over the country. Info: NC Mountain State Fair • FR (9/9) through SU (9/18) - The NC Mountain State

Fair will feature food, music, livestock and more. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher. Info: 687-1414.

Music Song O’ Sky Show Chorus (pd.) TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) 20 Oak Street Asheville 28801.(Enter Fellowship Hall-lower level). Guests welcome. Contact: Toll Free # 1-866-824-9547. Asheville Tango Orchestra • SU (9/11), 3-4:30pm - ATO will perform a special show “seeking peace and reconciliation,” including a series of original pieces by director Michael Luchtan, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Held at St. Matthias Church, 1 Dundee St. in Asheville. Info: auditions@ Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TH (9/8), 6:30-8pm Musicians are welcome to join this Celtic music open session. Blue Ridge Orchestra Info: 683-4425 or • WE (9/14), 7pm - A free open rehearsal will be held at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Free Voice Lessons • TUESDAYS (through 10/11), 7:30-9pm - The Land of the Sky Chorus will offer free voice lessons for males 16 years and older. Held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place. Info and registration: or (866) 290-7269. Homegrown in the Park • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm Enjoy local singer/songwriters at this weekly performance held at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Free. Info: Masters of Motown • SA (9/10), 7:30-9pm - A tribute to the most iconic names in the history of Motown will be held at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center, 1913 Hickory Blvd. SE in Lenoir. $24/$15 children and students. Info: Music at the Francis Grist Mill • SA (9/10), 11am-5pm - Music at the Francis Grist Mill will feature Balsam Range, Frog Level Philharmonic and Hill Country Band. Held at Francis Grist Mill, Route 276 S., near Waynesville. $12. No pets. Info: 456-6307. Music at UNCA

Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets and info: 2325000. • WE (9/7), 12:45pm - Free concert by Brian Felix (jazz keyboard). Info: or 251-6423. • FR (9/9), 7pm - Paul Bowman (classical guitar) will perform works by Haydn, Bach and Janacek in the Manheimer Room at the Reuter Center. Free. Info: www. or 251-6140. Open Mic Night • FRIDAYS, 8:30-11pm Adults of all ages and performers of all genres are invited to play music, recite poetry or present other arts at this weekly open mic. Held at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St. in downtown Asheville. Info: or wallstreetcoffeehouse@ Skinny Beats Drum Shop and Gallery 4 Eagle St. Info: or 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm & SUNDAYS, 2-3pm - Billy Zanski will teach beginning African drumming. Drums provided or bring your own. The Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • TU (9/13), 6:30-7:30pm - Ten Cent Poetry. Tom Godleski • FR (9/9) & SA (9/10), 7pm; SU (9/11), 2:30pm - Tom Godleski and Buncombe Turnpike will perform songs from their new album, Fresh Preserves, at the Folk Art Center, MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. $15/$10 students. Info: 6891239.

Theater Altamont Theatre Company Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 274-8070 or • WE (9/14) through SU (9/25) - Pete ‘n’ Keely: A Sparkling Musical Comedy ... On the Rocks! See website for times. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: 254-1320 or • SA (9/10), 10am - The Western North Carolina Magic Club for Vaudeville Magic. $5. Dreamland Motel • TH (9/15) through SU (9/25) - Dreamland Motel explores the life and times of the Asheville rock band Flat

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In June, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent spotted 11-year-old Skylar Capo holding a baby woodpecker in her hands at a Lowe’s home-improvement store in Fredericksburg, Va. Minutes earlier, Skylar had saved the bird from an attacking house cat, intending to release it once the trauma had passed. Unimpressed, the agent said she’d violated the Migratory Bird Act, and two weeks later, another agent knocked on the Capos’ door (accompanied by a Virginia state trooper) and served Mrs. Capo a $535 citation. (Agency officials relented in August, saying it was a mistake.)

The pervo-American community First Things First: Alan Buckley, 44, vacationing from Cheshire, England, was arrested in Orlando in June and charged with taking upskirt photos of a woman in a Target store. Buckley was killing time at Target after visiting his child (who’d gotten sick and been admitted to Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children). Witnesses identified him because he was still wearing his name tag from the hospital.

Compelling explanations • A university study released in June linked birth defects to mountaintop-removal mining, but lawyers for the National Mining Association said that since the study area was in West Virginia, any birth defects might be due to inbreeding. (A week later, the lawyers thought better and edited out that insinuation.) • Michael Jones, 50, told a magistrate in Westminster, England, in May that he didn’t “assault” a police officer when he urinated on him at a railway station, claiming he was “urinating in self-defense” because the water supply had been “poisoned by the mafia.” The magistrate explained that Jones’ argument “is not realistically going to be a viable defense.” • In July, inmate Kyle Richards filed a federal lawsuit against Michigan’s prison system, saying the Macomb County Jail’s pornography

ban violates Richards’ “constitutional rights.” Other states permit such possession, he maintained, adding that his “chronic masturbation syndrome” was exacerbated by conditions behind bars. As an indigent, Richards said he’s entitled to pornography at the government’s expense, to avoid a “poor standard of living” and “sexual and sensory deprivation.”

Ironies • Laura Diprimo, 43, and Thomas Lee, 28, were arrested for child endangerment in Louisville, Ky., in June, having left an infant locked in a hot car while they went drinking at the Deja Vu club. According to WDRB-TV, while the two were being transported to jail, Lee complained that the back seat of the cruiser was uncomfortably warm. • Undignified Deaths: (1) A 55-year-old man participating in a protest of New York’s helmet law was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting his head on the pavement; doctors said he would surely have survived if he’d been wearing a helmet (Lafayette, N.Y., July). (2) An 18-year-old man, celebrating after the world didn’t end May 21 as a radio evangelist had predicted, drowned after playfully jumping off a bridge into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.

The continuing crisis • Latest Environmental Issues: (1) Germany’s Green Party demanded in June that the government begin regulating sex toys such as dildos and vibrators, which it said contain “dangerously high levels of phthalates” and other plastics that can cause infertility and hormone imbalances. (2)

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“This is a clear case where making something environmentally friendly works for us,” said Lt. Col. Jeff Woods, the U.S. Army’s product manager for small-caliber ammunition. He told in May that new steel-core 5.56 mm cartridges “penetrate” more effectively and are less environmentally toxic than leadcore ammo. • Judge Giuseppe Gargarella has ordered a manslaughter trial in L’Aquila, Italy, for seven members of the National Commission on Disaster Risks for failing to adequately warn people about an April 2009 earthquake that killed 300 people. The supposed experts, he said, gave “contradictory information”; one recommended sipping a high-end red wine while ignoring small tremors — which turned out to be a 6.3 magnitude quake. • The nonprofit Homes for Our Troops recently began building a 2,700-square-foot house in Augusta, Ga., for Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Gittens, partly paralyzed due to injuries sustained in Afghanistan. But in June, the Knob Hill Property Owners Association, which had provisionally approved the design, changed its mind. “The problem is,” one association member told The Augusta Chronicle, there are “5,000-square-foot homes all the way up and down the street,” and such a “small” house would lower property values.

Least-competent criminals Clue-Droppers: (1) Steven Long, 23, was arrested in South Daytona, Fla., in May on suspicion of theft after an officer spotted him pedaling his bike with a 59-inch TV set on the handlebars. (2) Matthew Davis, 32, pleaded guilty to theft in Cairns, Australia, in June; police arrested him after noticing a large office safe protruding “precariously” from the back of his vehicle. (3) Stephen Kirkbride, 46, was convicted of theft in Kendal, England, in June after a clothing-store clerk pointed out on the witness stand that Kirkbride had worn to court the very coat he’d stolen from the store.


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Comedy Comedy Open Mic • SATURDAYS, 8:30-11pm - A comedy open mic will be held at Wall Street Coffee House and Emporium, 62 Wall St., Asheville. Info: Disclaimer Stand-up Lounge • WEDNESDAYS, 9-11:30pm - A weekly comedy open mic is held at Athena’s, 14 College St. in downtown Asheville. Free. Info: mgWdtL. The Feral Chihuahuas Info: www.feralchihuahuas. com or 280-0107. • TH (9/8) through SA (9/10) - The Feral Chihuahuas will perform at the BeBe Theater, 20 Commerce St. See website for times. $13/$10 in advance.

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Presented by Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District in Asheville. Info: Cranky Hanke’s Reviews under “Special Showings,” or 273-3332. • FR (9/9), 8-9:45pm - The Mirror (1975 Soviet Union) by Andrei Tarkovsky. Film Screenings at WCU Held in the A.K. Hinds University Center. Info: 2272324. • TU (9/13), 7:30pm - JohnKeith Wasson will present his documentary Surviving Hitler: A Love Story. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • TH (9/15), 8-10pm - Dark Water Rising documents the rescue of more than 50,000 dogs and cats that were left behind in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as a result of FEMA rules. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place. Info: 254-6001 or • FR (9/9), 7pm - Social Justice Film Nite will feature the documentary Peace One Day. Free, but donations appreciated.

Dance Alexander Technique for Dancers (pd.) Perform with ease. Recover from injury. Extend your career. “The hallmarks of the Alexander Technique are creativity, spontaneity and adaptability to change.” (828) 225-3786. Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. Dance Classes Galore with IDoDances (pd.) • Mondays: 6 PM “Dance Undercover”- learn a dance to Prince in 8 weeks and show off your moves in a place TBD. 7:15 PM Learn the Napoleon Dynamite Dance, starts Sep. 19 • Tuesdays: 4:30 PM-Family Dance and Sweat, parents and kids dance together; 6 PM Dance and Sweat- learn a dance to a different song each week • Thursdays: 6 PM Decade Dance and Sweat- from Vintage Jazz to Burlesque to Disco! All classes held at Loretta’s Cafe, third fl. 114 N. Lexington Ave. Check for more info, 828-275-8628. Check out: watch?v=bJgs-vgMyC8 Studio Zahiya (pd.) Monday, 6-7 Yoga • 7:30-9 Bellydance • Tuesday 9-10am Hip Hop Workout • 6-7pm Beginner Bellydance, • 7-8pm Intermediate Bellydance, Wednesday noon-1 Yoga, • 6-7 Pilates, • 7:30-9 Bellydance, • Thursday 9-10am Bellydance, • 6-7pm Bollywood, • 8-9pm Hip Hop, • Friday 10-11am Bhangra Workout. • $12 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue. www.studiozahiya. com English Country Dance Located at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St. Dance as they do in film adaptations of Jane Austen novels, such as Pride and Prejudice. No partner necessary. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Live music and caller. $6/$5 for members. Info: • SU (9/11), 4:30-7pm - A caller and live music. Beginners welcome. Held at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St., Asheville. Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Meets in the ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Yearly membership is $10. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome. Info: 692-8281. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-10pm - Lesson followed by ballroom dance. Jazzy Showgirl Dance Series • TUESDAYS through (10/11), 7:30-8:30pm - This five-week dance series will teach the basics of jazzy showgirl and burlesque, including how to strut, shimmy and chair dance. Participants will also learn a full routine and have a chance to perform it. Held at Cheshire Fitness Club, 25 Jane Jacobs Road in Black Mountain. $13 per session/$60 for entire series. Info and registration: www.holisticwithhumor. com/dancing. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • FR (9/9), 7pm - Ballroom dance lessons. $10 for twohour dance. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 625-9969. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - A weekly dance for new and experienced dancers will be held at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center, 800 Stoney Mountain Road, Hendersonville.

Auditions & Call to Artists Absolute Theatre Company Located in the Skyland Performing Arts Center, 358 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 693-0087 or • SA (9/10) - Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held at the Hendersonville Christian School, 708 S. Grove St. Call for times: 692-0556.

Asheville Youth Ensemble • TUESDAYS, 4-5:30pm - The Asheville Youth Ensemble seeks young musicians with at least one year of music reading experience. No audition required. Info: AshevilleYouthEnsemble@ or 299-4856.

Scarecrow Festival & Craft Show A Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Family Fun Festival at Lake Julian Park. Free. Info: 250-4260 or grace.young@ • Through FR (9/23) - Vendor applications for the 7th annual Scarecrow Festival will be accepted through September 23. $35 for non-electric booth. • Through SA (10/1), 9am Scarecrows of all kinds will be accepted through October 1. Winners in the individual and family categories can win cash prizes. Info: grace.young@

The Green Carpet Gala • Through FR (9/9) Submissions for the Green Carpet Gala art show will be accepted through September 9. Include price and dimensions for each piece. Show opens Sept. 29. Info: www.

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What: The Doors of Asheville Art Auction, a fundraiser for Mountain Housing Opportunities. Where: The Venue, 21 N. Market St. in downtown Asheville When: Friday, Sept. 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. $55 for one ticket, $100 for two. Info at doors A front door can be more than something to close behind you in the morning and enter again at night. For someone looking for affordable housing, a new front door can be the key to stability and a new life. For the past eight years, regional artists have come together to support Mountain Housing Opportunities at The Doors of Asheville Art Auction. In the past, painted doors were front and center, giving artists an opportunity to celebrate the concept of home. This year art of all mediums will be auctioned, from fabric and wood to canvas and photography. Lisa Keeter, resource development manager for Mountain Housing Opportunities, says the shift toward other kinds of art has been a natural progression. “Since we have several years under our belt and lot of repeat art buyers, they are now running out of places to put big artwork doors.” This is a good problem for Mountain Housing Opportunities to have. The art auction is one of its main fundraisers each year and supports several of its initiatives, including emergency home repairs. This program allows low-income homeowners to fix fire hazards, unsafe floors, leaky roofs and other common but expensive problems with their homes. The program has been going strong since 1988 and currently serves over 250 people each year. In addition to providing help to homeowners in need, The Doors of Asheville Art Auction promises a fun evening full of hors d’oeuvres, music by Swing On and lively auctioneering by Mark Wilson. Each one of the 20 works of art would make a beautiful addition to any home. And knowing that people in need will be able to make their houses more functional makes the auction even more of a good time. Artwork by Susan McBride

benefitscalendar CALENDAR foR SEptEmbER 7 - 15, 2011 2nd Annual Chestnut Saturday • SA (9/10), This benefit for the American Chestnut Foundation will include live bluegrass music, crafts, food and more. Held at Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive in Maggie Valley. $10/children 12 and under free. Info: or Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Info: 236-1282 or • SA (9/10), 6pm - A dinner at Canyon Kitchen will benefit the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Held in the Lonesome Valley community, outside Cashiers. $100. Reservations and directions: 743-7967. Asheville Free Media Birthday Bash • SA (9/10), 8pm-2am - A Birthday Benefit Bash will support Asheville Free Media, featuring DJ Koleco, DJ Joynerd and Adam Strange. Held at the Emerald Lounge, 112 North Lexington Ave. $5. Info: Beer and Film Tour • FR (9/9), 7pm - New Belgium Brewing presents the “Clips of Faith” beer and film tour. Documentary, music and comedy short

films will be presented along with a variety of craft beer. Proceeds will benefit Asheville on Bikes. Held at Roger Macguire Green, Pack Square Park. Info: Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: or 456-6000. • SA (9/10), 2-4pm - A Star Wars party for kids of all ages will benefit Kids Advocacy Resource Effort. Costumes encouraged. $3 donation. Golf Tournament • MO (9/12), 8am-1pm - A benefit for the Asheville Fire Department’s Fallen Firefighters Fund will be held at The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave., Asheville. $25 donation. Info: 775-8650. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of arts-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • SU (9/11), 4pm - “Wolf Tales,” the final FUNd Party of 2011, will feature live timber wolves to benefit Haywood County Arts Council. Held at a private home, 101 Flat Rock Gap Road,

Waynesville. $35/$15 for children. Info: or 452-0593. Mountain Housing Opportunities MHO’s mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities and lives. Located at 64 Clingman Ave., Suite 101. Info: 254-4030. • FR (9/9), 6:30pm - The Doors of Asheville Art Auction will benefit the Mountain Housing Opportunities’ Emergency Home Repair Program. Auction will feature 20 works of art, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and music by Swing On. Live auction begins at 7:30pm. Held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St. $100 for two/$55 each. Reservations required. Radical Reels Tour • MO (9/12), 7pm - REI will sponsor a screening of mountain biking, base jumping and whitewater kayaking films to benefit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. $17/$15 before Sept. 11. Held at Carolina Cinemas, 1640 Hendersonville Road. Info: cfu@rei. com or 687-0918. The Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merriman Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224.

• WE (9/14) - 20 percent of sales will be donated to the Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. Villainous Viper Charity Ride • SA (9/10) - The Asheville Breakfast Rotary Club will present the WNC Villainous Viper charity ride to benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services. Call for times and directions. Info: 7827562 or Walk of Awareness • SU (9/11), 4pm - A 3K/5K walk of awareness and a celebration dinner will benefit Haywood Street Congregation Downtown Welcome Table and other Haywood Street outreach ministries. $25. Held at Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. Info:


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edgymama Food revolution I have a huge celebrity crush on chef Jamie Oliver. He’s a dad who cooks like a madman and he’s started a “food revolution” to help combat the U.S. obesity epidemic. Even though Oliver is British, he loves America. What’s not to crush on? He’s the guy who launched the campaign against added sugar in milk last spring, which has gotten lots of attention. Those of us parents who’ve been thinking, “Yeah, it’s chocolate milk, but it gets protein and vitamins into my kid,” have, thanks to Oliver, recognized our fallacious ways. According to Oliver (or at least according to his Food Revolution website): “Chocolate milk has the same amount of sugar as a soft drink and just one additional soft drink per day increases a child’s obesity risk by 60 percent and is a major contributor to Type 2 diabetes. Plain white milk doesn’t have any added sugar.” I could’ve figured that out myself by reading the sugar gram count on the box, but clearly, neither I nor millions of other educated parents figured it out. Or if we did, we denied it. But Oliver has opened our eyes to the sugary truth. No more chocolate or strawberry-flavored milk for my kids. Unless it’s for dessert.

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other raw veggies your kid will tolerate). Tell child it’s a shake-it-up salad, and that she must shake it before consuming. Make sure top is on Partially because Oliver’s so adorable — and tightly so child doesn’t fling carrot disks at her because of that accent — his food revolution teacher during the agitation stage of making her seems to be taking off, especially with the salad. mommy crowd. In other words, I’m not the only Cookie-cutter sandwiches. Make sandwiches. middle-aged parent with a crush on the guy. Use cookie cutters to cut them into fun shapes To learn more, you can check out his website (non-complex ones work best, such as hearts and at There’s also a Food stars. Sandwiches shaped like Santa Claus or a Revolution Community Facebook page and an triceratops? Not so much, especially if there’s @foodrevteam on Twitter. Tweets are about peanut butter involved). Give sandwich scraps Food Rev parties, which are virtual meal-plan- to dog or eat them yourself. Ta-dah! ning parties where participants swap healthy Stick-it-to-your-food. Buy Popsicle sticks. Let recipes and family food tips. While I’d prefer a kids skewer edibles with them. Apples, hot dogs face-to-face party with adult beverages, I definitely need to rev up the healthy in my kitchen. So I figure we can have our own #avl (that’s an Asheville Twitter hash tag) Food Rev party. Here are some of my kind of healthy kid food tips. I’m sure my readers have even better ones — if so, talk to me in the comments section at mountainx. Calendar for September 7 - 15, 2011 com. And support Oliver. Because, well, review Coaching Skills for Parents of ADHD Children • TH (9/15), 7-8:30pm - This seminar will present paragraph one if you need a reason. a coaching model on how to support ADHD children Here’s some kid-friendly stuff I sometimes to learn to excel in school and life. Open to parents make (minimal cooking involved) to share with and teachers. Registration required. Held at the y’all: Haynes Building on AB-Tech’s Enka Campus. Info Shake-it-up salad for take-to-school lunch. and RSVP: Put some torn up spinach leaves and some sliced or 681-7100. disks of carrots into a plastic container (plus any Parenting Classes

(organic ones), and even broiled chicken all taste better on a stick. I have no clue why this is so, but ask any 7-year-old and they’ll tell you it’s true. Smoothie on a stick. Again with the Popsicle sticks. Make smoothies with lots of good fruit and some protein powder. Get one of those Popsicle forms — freeze and stick the smoothies. Yum. Perhaps Oliver needs me on his Food Revolution team, no? Help me out here. Let me know what you’re doing in WNC to revolutionize how our kids eat. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.


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by David Forbes The Center for New Beginnings held a Sept. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony and fundraiser at its new offices in downtown Asheville to call attention to the group’s work on behalf of people affected by violence. The event marked the first anniversary of the nonprofit’s work with victims, survivors, witnesses and first responders. But the organization itself has struggled to survive, co-director Steve Gerber reports. His wife, Lori Gerber, who founded the nonprofit, says: “This is my passion, to [help] someone at the worst time in their lives. I’m honored to be there to listen and to help.” Both Gerbers work other full-time jobs as well; Lori (a substance-abuse counselor by day) has worked in the field for decades, including counseling emergency responders in New York City after 9/11 and being the one who knocks on a family’s door to tell them a loved one has died. “You have Helpmate, things for domestic violence for women,” Steve explains. But there is no victim-services agency for those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide or homicide, or people who’ve been burglarized or attacked. “That’s the niche we’re trying to fill in this community.” The center, he says, gets calls from across Western North Carolina, reflecting the lack of available services. “We had a person come from Swain County who can’t sleep a lot,” Gerber recalls. “The first responders, too: the police officers and people who have to go and see these things. People need to talk about this and have therapy and counseling so they can go forward.” Besides coordinating services provided elsewhere, the center does crisis intervention and post-

trauma debriefing, trains first responders, works to boost general awareness and helps crime victims file compensation claims. But if the need is clear, building community awareness of it has been “a slow process,” Gerber reports, adding that the response from law-enforcement agencies has been mixed. Although the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office uses the center’s services, he notes, “We’ve been getting some resistance, and I don’t really know why.” On the other hand, the Sheriff’s Office is helping put together literature to refer crime victims to the center. Meanwhile, the nonprofit has found support from various quarters, including the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Western Carolina University, local churches, other nonprofits, Asheville FM and several local companies. In addition, the center is currently seeking grant support, and it welcomes individual donations and volunteer help. “That will help us get more literature out in the community and hold special training and programs, to educate people on what we do,” Gerber explains. And despite the challenges, the couple remains committed to their mission, he maintains. “Things are happening slowly, but they’re happening, so we’re not giving up.” X The Center for New Beginnings has offices in the Self Help Building in downtown Asheville (34 Wall St., Suite 802). For more information, visit the website ( or call 989-9306. David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at Send your health-andwellness news to











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Thursday, September 15 (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Ingles 6478 Brevard Rd., Etowah Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening for Men and Women Blood pressure for hypertension screening and blood glucose testing for diabetes. Fasting preferred, but not required. Saturday, September 10 (1 – 4 p.m.) Hillcrest Apartments 100 Atkinson St., Asheville. Free Support Groups Breast Cancer Survivors and Friends/ “I Can Cope” Cancer Support Group Monday, September 12 (5:30 p.m.) Park Ridge Health Breast Center 50 Hospital Dr., Ste. 4B, Hendersonville Offered by the Park Ridge Breast Health Center and the American Cancer Society. Join other breast cancer survivors, friends and those at high risk for breast cancer seeking support and information. Please bring a favorite dish to share for a potluck dinner. For information, please contact Deborah Gentry, at 828.650.2790. Alzheimer’s Association’s Henderson County Caregivers’ Support Group Tuesday, September 13 (10 a.m.) Carolina Baptist Association Office 601 Hebron Rd., Hendersonville Support group offered to those providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Care for persons with dementia is available for those who can function in a social setting without their caregiver for over an hour. Call Sally Griffin at 828.808.8635.  Henderson County Stroke/Aphasia Support Group Thursday, September 15 (3 p.m.) Park Ridge Home Health office 895 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher. Support group offered to stroke survivors coping with an aphasia disorder and for other individuals diagnosed with aphasia. Caregivers, family, and friends are encouraged to participate as well.  Please call Brenda Oakley at 828.687.5261.  Wellness Events and Classes Beginning Runners Club with Jenny, Mondays (5:30 p.m.) Fletcher Park, Howard Gap Rd., Hendersonville. Contact Park Ridge Wellness for more information: 687.6288 or Free Lunch and Learn Series The Park Ridge Health Lunch/Dinner & Learn Series is free and open to the public, with lunch served during the lunchtime events and light snacks served at the evening events. Space is limited for all events, so please call 855. PRH.LIFE to RSVP. Free Lunch & Learn- Prostate Cancer Thursday, September 15 (Noon -1 p.m.) Duke Room at Park Ridge Health, 100 Hospital Dr., Hendersonville Clifford Johnson, M.D. – Board-certified Urologist with Mountain View Urology will be speaking on Prostate Cancer. For more information, or to register, call 855.PRH. LIFE (774.5433). The Baby Place Events To register for classes or for more information on spa services, please call 828.681.BABY or visit Celebrate Pregnancy/Weekend Option - $99 Saturday, September 17 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Duke Room at Park Ridge Health, 100 Hospital Dr., Hendersonville. Pregnancy is a time to relax, reflect and prepare mentally, physically and spiritually for the transition to motherhood.  This class is an exciting twist on normal childbirth class covering important labor techniques and labor support.  Lots of laughter and fun as you learn what you need to know for the big day.  Massage voucher ($65 value)  included. Reiki Introduction And Healing Circle • This Sunday, September 11 (pd.) 3-4:30pm. Perfect opportunity to try Reiki! After educating you about Reiki, we’ll do a Meditation followed by each person receiving a mini-Reiki Treatment. $12. Downtown Asheville, RSVP: 828-367-0434 www. The REAL Center (pd.) Offers life-changing skills including Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Radical Honesty, and Somatic Awareness. Learn to stay centered in any situation, be flexible without being submissive, and more. $120/8-session class in Asheville with Steve Torma, 828-254-5613. Wired for Stress or Wired for Joy? (pd.) It’s a brain state! Depression, anxiety, cravings, weight gain, alcohol/drug misuse, out of control debt and video game use are clues of brain stress. It’s not you, it’s your wiring! Self-judgment only increases suffering. Introductory session at no charge. Receive the book,

WIRED FOR JOY. • Understand 5 Brain States and tools for moving to a state of balance, ease, and well-being. Caregivers, Healthcare Professionals and Recovering folks all welcome. Call Denise Kelley, 231-2107 or email DisAbility Partners Located at 108 New Leicester Highway, Asheville. Info: 298-1977, or • TH (9/15), 3-5pm - Asheville Transit Authority will explain lifts, ramps and other services for those with disabilities. A potluck will follow at 4pm. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: or 692-4600. • MONDAYS (9/12) through (11/28), 6-8:30pm - A 12week class for caregivers and family members of those with mental illness. Info: 1-888-955-NAMI. Living Healthy with Diabetes • WEDNESDAYS through (9/21), 4-6:30pm - Find balance with diabetes through this self-management program. Open to people with diabetes and their caregivers. $30 for six-week session. Held at CarePartners Health Services, 68 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. Registration required. Info: 251-7438 or Non-surgical Info Session • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 11am-noon & 1st THURSDAYS, 6:45pm - Non-surgical info session will be held at Mission Weight Management Center, 2 Medical Park Drive, Suite 102 in Asheville. Info: or 213-4100. Park Ridge Hospital Park Ridge Hospital is located in Fletcher and hosts a number of free events, including cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, PSA screenings, bone density checks for women, lectures, numerous support groups and a Kid Power program. Info: 687-3947 or www.parkridgehospital. org. • WE (9/7), 8-11am - A free cholesterol screening will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 399 N. Grove St., Hendersonville. Overnight fast recommended. • SA (9/10), 8-11am - Free cholesterol screenings will be offered at Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St. —- 1-4pm - Free blood pressure and glucose screenings will be offered at Hillcrest Apartments, 100 Atkinson St. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/first aid for infants, children and adults; babysitter training; pet first aid; bloodborne pathogens; swimming and water safety; and lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Road. To register call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • 1st TUESDAYS, 12:30-1pm - The Red Cross initiative to train five million people in CPR in 2011 will be held at Pardee Health Education Center, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. Spinal Decompression • TH (9/8), 5:30-6:15pm - A lecture and demonstration of spinal decompression will be held at Fairview Chiropractic Center, 2 Fairview Hills Drive. Free, but registration required. Info: 628-7800. The Healing Power of Faith • TH (9/15), 6:30-8:30pm - Dr. Harold Koenig, an expert on religion and health, will speak about the healing power of faith, especially as it relates to dealing with cancer. Held at Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. in Asheville. Childcare provided. Reservations required. Info and RSVP: 253-3316. Voices of Hope - A Conversation About Eating Disorders • TH (9/8), 6-8pm - Join ED experts and survivors for a free panel discussion in UNCA’s Sherrill Center.

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Medical Park Drive, Suite 102, Asheville. Info: or 828-213-4100. MS Community Awareness Lunch • THURSDAYS, noon-3pm - Join this “inspirational and positive” community of individuals and families affected by multiple sclerosis for lunch at West End Bakery, 757 Haywood Road in Asheville. This group “empowers with opportunities and resources to enhance quality of life while strengthening relationships.” Info: mscommunitywnc@ Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based, 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with lifecontrolling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6pm - A support group for men will meet. Overcomers Recovery Support Group for Ladies • TUESDAYS, 7pm - This Christian-based, 12-step recovery program provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: 575-2003. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 329-1637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks and Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: (800)580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. S-Anon • WENESDAYS - S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. Meetings held weekly in the WNC area. Call confidential voicemail or email for information: 258-5117 or wncsanon@gmail. com. SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-step-based recovery program meets at 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: www. or WNC Brain Tumor Support Welcomes family as well as the newly diagnosed and longer-term survivors. Info: 691-2559 or • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:15-8pm - WNC Brain Tumor Support Group will meet at MAHEC  Biltmore Campus, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville.

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by Mackensy Lunsford Jason Sellers is the chef and co-owner (with Alan Berger and Leslie Armstrong) of Plant, Asheville’s newest vegan restaurant, located on Merrimon Avenue. Sellers first made waves in the vegetarian community as a chef at the Laughing Seed. He’s credited with ramping up some aspects of the menu during his tenure there. Trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, he specializes in creative vegetarian fare that doesn’t go out of its way to strut its meatless stuff. And that may be an extension of Sellers’ own personality; the affable chef is far from pushy with his philosophies. Sellers quietly does his thing, and if you like it, fantastic — and chances are, you’re going to like it. Without too closely mimicking meat, Sellers’ food is rich with umami. That’s because he employs cooking techniques that impart the flavors of smoke, grill and fire. That’s also because this is part of the mission statement of Plant: “To offer flavor-sophisticated, scratch-made food using only carefully chosen ingredients that come from the earth. Each dish will reflect a multicultural influence of the best vegetables, spices and techniques that inspire us to eat.” Xpress spoke to Sellers after the first two weeks of business, in a rare calm moment for the chef. “I’m only able to call you right now because we’re closed on Mondays,” said Sellers, as soon as I answered his phone call. “But I called you as soon as I could.” Xpress: How is everything going? Sellers: It’s going well. We’re really happy. We

were happy enough with the concept — but now that we’re open, there’s enough happiness to cut through the exhaustion that’s inevitable when you open a restaurant. Is the business strong? Yes, we did 165 covers on Friday. We’re getting a great response from people. And how is the customer response after tasting the food? The feedback on the food is overwhelmingly good. People are coming in and eating stuff that they understand slightly, and leaving feeling like they have an even better understanding of the concept. We’ve had meat eaters come in and leave really satisfied. We’ve had all kinds of people walk in the door. We’ve also had a great response from the neighborhood, which is the best thing that we could ask for. What’s your favorite dish you’re putting out right now? My favorite dish on the menu right now is a smoked portobello steak I’m doing, because it’s kind of a reclamation of the “ubiquitous portobello.” It’s just nice. I’m smoking it over applewood in this nice marinade, and we’re grilling it to order. I’m a fan of A-1 steak sauce, so I made a “V-1.” We’re serving that with it and crisp polenta, spinach and garlic and fresh summer tomatoes. It’s cool and it looks great on the plate. I’ve seen some really big guys come in and order it and lick the plate — that’s a good sign. What’s in store for the near future?

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I’m pretty intrigued by your vegan desserts; you make your ice cream with a coconut-milk base, for example. What’s on the dessert menu right now? We have a chocolate peanut butter pie that we’re serving with a walnut ice cream — right now I’m making three or four flavors of ice cream and a sorbet. I’m also doing a “conolo” — a vegan cannoli — and making all of the shells in-house. We’re

making, basically, a pizzelle for the shell and filling it with a candied-orange ”ricotta” and serving it with the mocha ice cream. Then I’m doing a “live” dessert, a live key lime parfait. I’ve even put a local root-beer float on there. Desserts are really blowing people away — that’s been really fun. Do you envision this place becoming a vegan destination for people even beyond Asheville? Yeah! I would say bring it! I would love that. We did have a young couple in from Atlanta on Saturday night who had heard separately from two people that they knew that they should come check it out. They loved it. They said it was right up there with anything they’ve tried. If we can become a national destination, awesome. That’s what we’re shooting for. For more information about Plant, visit plantisfood. com. X Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at







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The near future is going to bring a seasonal change. The thing about starting a new restaurant is that you have all of these ideas, but you have to just go with a few of them. So I’m looking into taking the ones that had to take a backseat to the ones that we started with and making them seasonally appropriate and getting them out there. But right now it’s kind of survival mode. I don’t have much time to experiment, but that’s going to happen soon. That’s my biggest plan: to develop. We’ve had return customers that have come back several times, so I want to make sure that they’re getting variety.



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Organicfest returns to its original digs This year marks the 10th anniversary of Organicfest, a celebration of “all things organic and green.” Debi Athos, the founder and director of the festival, says that she’s excited to host the event at its original location, the Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park downtown in front of the County Courthouse and City Hall. At press time, 60 vendors were slated to be at the festival, with more signing up every day, says Athos. She expects the final total to be closer to 75. “We have local vendors as well as new vendors — some of them are coming from as far away as Honolulu, Hawaii,” she says. “We have a nice variety. One of the goals of Organicfest is to let people know that organic is more than food — it’s a lifestyle. It’s everything from organic food to flowers, fabrics, body care, even pet supplies and home products. We have

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Little bugger: The kids’ parade at Organicfest features little ones dressed as their favorite beneficial insects. Photo courtesy of Organicfest a nice selection to reflect that.” A number of food vendors will be represented this year; Beagle Bay Organics from Florida makes six different flavors of sauerkraut, including dill-carrot and jalapeño. You’ll likely be familiar with Asheville’s own Hop Ice Cream Café, who will offer vegan ice cream, sorbets and sherbets — all organic. Green Sage, Green Light Cafe and the French Broad Food Co-op are also represented.

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Aside from food, there will be plenty of live entertainment and informational activities (full schedule is available at Making its return this year is the ever-adorable kids’ parade (see ridiculously cute photo above). “We invite kids from the community to dress up as their favorite beneficial bug or garden fairy,” Athos says. “More and more each year, these kids are coming with awesome costumes, but some don’t know.” To keep anyone from feeling left out, a costume- and sign-making spot has been designated so all of the kids can join in the fun. Organicfest will take place Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. until about sundown. Visit for more information.

Eating Asheville Local food tour helps you eat — and drink — your way through the city Steven Steidle and Josh Bailey want you to eat Asheville. Eating Asheville is a food-savvy walking tour of downtown Asheville, created by Steidle and Bailey, both currently employed at Zambra. The two boast a combined 38 years of food-service-industry experience, having done everything from slogging it in the dish pit to managing multimillion-dollar restaurants. Even local eaters with a substantial working knowledge of Asheville’s culinary world are likely to feel like giddy tourists in their own town, given the right mindset — and there’s nothing like a liberal amount of day drinking for an attitude adjustment. “If you don’t like cheese and wine, this likely isn’t the tour for you,” says Bailey. “But,” adds Steidle, “We can make it family-friendly, too.” “Each tour’s a little bit different,” Steidle says. “We throw in a little interesting history, some funny jokes here and there as well.” History and food seem to go together naturally for Steidle, whose mother is an anthropologist and historian. During the tour, he’ll halt the group to point out details that are easy to miss for those of us who might sometimes take the scenery of downtown Asheville for granted when rushing from point A to point B. And it’s extra easy to feel more comfortable gawking after drinking a glass or two of wine. A typical tour starts with a toast at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar in the Grove Arcade. From there, Eating Asheville visits various other local haunts. On our particular trip, we sampled

French fried: Tour-goers munched on the Parisian at the Gourmet Chip Company with rosemary-thyme goat cheese, sea salt and black-truffle spritz. Photo by Mackensy Lunsford shrimp and Chardonnay in the lower dining room of Restaurant Solace, then visited the top level of the restaurant, where owner Bryan Kimmet passed around local ginger-crisp apples from his small produce stand. Then, we tromped over to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, where we sampled brown-butter chocolate and strawberry-balsamic truffles. At Zambra, we tried pork spring rolls and summer sangria. At The Gourmet Chip Company, freshly made, still-hot chips were topped with dark chocolate or spritzed with truffle oil. We headed across the street to the new-ish Vinsite, where Les Doss, who owns the unique wine store with Kathy Taylor, offered tastes from several of his bottles while we nibbled on imported prosciutto and local cheeses. In the future, says Bailey, the tour will incorporate more restaurants, including Cucina 24. “We try to keep it varied so that we don’t have two similar restaurants,” he says. But wherever the culinary tour stops, he says, it offers an insider’s view of each establishment. “That’s a huge factor of our tour, being from this side of the business. We want this to benefit the places that we go to; we want to talk about them, explain the menu and show what they have to offer,” says Bailey. “We really want people to experience these places from the inside out and have a great time.” Eating Asheville is a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour running several days a week from 2 until 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $47 per person, all inclusive. For more information, visit



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On Monday, Sept. 12, Zambra tapas bar in downtown Asheville will feature a “noseto-tail” dining experience with chef Adam Bannasch. The event — open to the public — is a mixer presented as part of the Carolina Meat Institute Workshop, a collaboration between NC Choices and A-B Tech’s highly regarded culinary arts program. For more information about the whole animal butchery workshop for chefs and farmers taking place at A-B Tech, visit Heavy hors d’ouevres and a cocktail hour will supplement the four-course dinner. Cost is $38 per person, including tax and gratuity. Wine and cocktails must be purchased at extra expense, Pisgah Brewing Company will provide beer, free with purchase of a ticket. Dr. Matthew Young DDS, PA President of International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology ( Dr. Young’s Office Offers: • Clearer 3D images for superior dental x-rays • Latex free office & preservative free local anesthetics • Monitors air quality for mercury vapor with a Jerome 405 Mercury Vapor Analyzer for safer cleaner air • Offers a healthy professional integrative team that puts the mouth and body into the same philosophy

Zambra’s restaurant space will be set aside entirely for this private event. The dinner will offer a chance to network with those in the meat industry — and eat great food made with local meat from East Fork Farms and Hickory Nut Gap. Advance reservations are required for the event, but participation in the Carolina Meat Institute is not required to attend. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Buy tickets at More information about Zambra at zambratapas. com, and more information about NC Choices at ncchoices. org.

A family affair: Applefest includes kids’ events, music and bushel after bushel of apples. Photo by Jane Lawson

Want free organic apples? Bring a bucket There’s no ignoring apple season around here. Taligate markets are loaded with them, and restaurant menus burst with the fruit (thanks in part to ASAP’s Get Local initiative). The North Carolina Apple Festival was held Labor Day weekend in Hendersonville; Waynesville holds its apple festival in October for the fall harvest season. And on Saturday, Sept. 10, Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community is holding its fourth such festival. Once a year, Jane Lawson and John Myers, the owners and founders of the community, invite the public to come pick apples — for free — and celebrate the bounty of their “found” orchard in the forest. How can an orchard be “found”? In 2004, Lawson and Myers purchased the forested 270-acre property that is now the site of their intentional community. Now, it’s dotted with solar-paneled homes, organic gardens and fruit trees. But the property wasn’t always so tame. Lawson and Myers enlisted the help of friends and volunteers to help clear

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the severely overgrown land; and in the process, they discovered more than 100 apple trees hidden among the overgrowth, still fruiting with such varieties as Red Delicious, Stamen and Turley Winesap, Lodi and White Russian. They have since diversified the orchard to include other fruit trees such as cherries, plums and pears. “With the bears, bees and other creatures getting their fill of apples, we wanted to share the abundance with our human friends too,” says Lawson. “I could only make so many pies, so we created a communitybuilding festival.” This year, the community hosts its fourth annual Apple Fest on Saturday, Sept 10. The old-time, family-friendly event offers kids’ activities, cider making, a pie contest, music and some ladders and apple pickers for harvesting (do bring your own containers). And what isn’t harvested will certainly find a home; Myers reports that a group known as the Gleaners gather the remaining apples and take them to area food banks. Some of the “less appealing” apples are fed to horses and other animals. The Hickory Nut Forest Apple Fest is free. The event takes place from 1 until 5 p.m. on Rt. 74-A in Gerton/ Bat Cave, N.C. Entering the pie contest? Pie entries must be present by 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the winners (judges are still needed for the contest). For more information, visit

Quick Bites Nona Mia Italian Kitchen will reopen, merged with sister restaurant Pizzeria Ritrovo, at 1050 Haywood Road in West Asheville on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Nona Mia had its last day of business at the Patton Avenue location on Sept. 2, then closed for one week to facilitate the move to Haywood. Both Nona Mia’s and Ritrovo’s menus will be available in the new location. Consolidating the two restaurants enabled all of the employees to maintain their jobs, says Yolie Affatato, who owns both restaurants with her husband, chef Peter Affatato. “Thank you to all of our supporters and the people that have helped us keep our jobs for all of our employees,” she says. New hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday brunch, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit The West End Bakery in West Asheville is expanding its menu with additional breakfast and lunch offerings. The bakery offers a line of sandwiches on West End-made bread, including a handmade veggie burger made with ingredients like Viable Cultures Tempeh and locally grown mushrooms. For more information, visit A new traditional Mexican restaurant, Puebla, has opened in Swannanoa. The restaurant is named after the regional food of Peubla, a village located in east-central Mexico. “It’s not like any Mexican restaurant in Asheville or any other place in Western North Carolina,” says Carlos Maldonado, who runs the establishment with his mother, Maria Romero, and his aunt, Bobina Rodriguez, both chefs. The restaurant serves a number of traditional specialties like molé poblano and cemitas, a traditional sandwich with breaded pork and chicken cutlets, topped with quesillo, a type of Mexican string cheese. “It’s huge — it’s like an exaggeration of a sub,” says Maldonado. 204-A Whitson Ave. in Swannanoa. For more information, call 423-2338.

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Local product gives new meaning to beer head If you’ve ever poured a beer on your head, you know this nectar’s not only good for drinking — it can give your hair body and shine. Beer contains protein, B vitamins and natural silicon — all of which promote healthy hair. But, let’s face it, beer straight from the fridge to your head can be cold and messy. Brad and Sarah Pearsall of Asheville have come to the rescue with a new, all-natural shampoo, the primary ingredient of which is locally brewed craft beer. And no, Bröö Shampoo doesn’t make you smell like a brewery. Before embarking on Bröö shampoo, the Pearsalls worked as attorneys in Miami, specializing in maritime law. They’d spent lots of time visiting Asheville (Brad’s dad is longtime Asheville resident Mack Pearsall), and they decided to move here in 2008 to become entrepreneurs. Their newly released pale-ale-infused shampoos and conditioners were inspired both by Asheville being named Beer City USA, and by Sarah’s search for all-natural body products for her family. Sarah learned that both her and Brad’s moms poured beer on their hair in the ‘50s to add body to their bouffant hairdos. Then the couple learned about “Body On Tap,” a beery shampoo manufactured in the late ‘70s. Inspired, Sarah got in the shower and upended a Highland Brewing Gaelic Ale on her head. “I was shocked,” she says. “I loved how my hair looked and felt afterwards.” She says she then tried every local beer she could find on her hair, from French Broad Brewery’s Kolsch to Asheville Brewing Company’s Ninja Porter. The couple even made a home brew, which they say was a disaster. Ultimately, Sarah decided that her favorite beer, at least for hair, is St. Therese’s Pale Ale. The couple set up a meeting with Highland’s owner and founder Oscar Wong and brewmaster John Lyda. “They laughed when we told them we wanted to use the beer they were making for people to drink [for] shampoo,” says Brad. “But Oscar gave us a case of St. Therese’s to try it out.” Now Highland sells cases of St. Therese’s to the Pearsalls to make shampoo. “I think it’s pretty cool actually,” Lyda says. “We don’t do anything special to the beer, and the stuff works great. I’m about halfway through a bottle.” The Pearsalls initially tried formulating shampoo themselves with a friend, Steve Thompson, an Asheville doctor and organic chemist. They rented space at the BioBusiness Center at A-B Tech’s incubator campus in Candler and spent a day trying to make shampoo from beer and other natural ingredients. What they brewed there was “horrible,” says Sarah. They found a chemist who specializes in

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Lush locks: Brad and Sarah Pearsall handed out samples of their new Bröö Shampoo and Conditioner at Greenlife recently. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn shampoos working for a manufacturer in Kannapolis, N.C. They told him what they wanted — namely beer as a primary ingredient — and that he couldn’t use any of the 400 ingredients that the Whole Foods grocery stores forbid in their products, which includes aerosol sprays, artificial colors and parabens. “It took nearly two years to get it right,” says Brad. “We have boxes and boxes of rejected formulas. Our shower looked like a chemistry experiment.” Finally, in September 2010, Brad drove 40 kegs of St. Therese’s down to Kannapolis. A few months later, the Pearsalls had 10,000 bottles of Bröö Shampoo and Conditioner — before Whole Foods had approved the formulation for sale. “We had to submit beer as a new cosmetic ingredient to Whole Foods,” Brad notes. Now all Bröö is shipped to the Bröö warehouse in Asheville, and the Pearsalls distribute it themselves. “We’re a mom-and-pop (and baby-sitter) business,” Brad says. Their baby-sitter, Emma Thompson of Asheville, is the model for their ad campaign, photographed by Sarah’s brother as a Christmas gift. The shampoo and conditioner sell for $14.75 a bottle from the Asheville Earth Fare stores and four Whole Food stores in the region (they

approved Bröö for regional sale). The product is also available via Amazon, and they’ve been inundated with orders from all over the country (and even from Australia) after a piece on WLOS was picked up by ABC News. “Salon performance with craft beer attitude is our motto,” Brad says. This fall, the Pearsalls also will release a body wash made with Highland Oatmeal Porter, and a second line of hair and body products, which contain pale ale and an added citrus scent. I suggested they throw some Citra hops in there, but the line’s already been formulated. And what’s with the double-umlauts? “We thought it made the name seem more European. It’s our homage to the German and Belgian beer traditions,” Brad says. “We’ve since learned that it’s totally grammatically incorrect to have two umlauts in a row.” The Pearsalls say that, in addition to supporting their family, they want to support the craft beer scene in Asheville. And help us all have great hair. Just don’t drink Bröö — the alcohol evaporates during the manufacturing process anyway. X Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at • SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 43

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Joseph Arthur returns to Asheville with his new album, The Graduation Ceremony by Alli Marshall Joseph Arthur is a one-man band, a live painter, an under-the-radar rock star (despite being discovered by Peter Gabriel in ‘96 and the first American signed to Gabriel’s Real World label; despite a Grammy nod in 2000 and a top “year-end critics’ pick” in Rolling Stone in 2004). He’s also a social-media sage. Not only does he promote his records and performances largely through Facebook and Twitter, he tweets poetry and insights like, “I’ve had a revelation, I see it, I’m free as hell, lucky like a punk at a Ramones concert or a priest at the feet of Jesus, or any of us in love.” Arthur might be rock’s answer to the Jamaican tourism board’s adage, “Once you go, you know.” Once you’ve heard Arthur, you’ll get it. And, eight studio albums into a 14-year career, you’ll wonder why you didn’t know sooner. But Arthur’s latest album, The Graduation Ceremony (released in May on his own Lonely Astronaut label) is a good place to start. Arthur describes the album — a bit softer, more nuanced and more consistent in its bittersweet allure than previous recordings — as “kind of a break-up thing.” He had written a number of songs reflecting that painful process, and then brought in some older songs “that fit in with that narrative.” Which is not to say that Graduation sounds particularly heartbroken. The track “Horses” calls to mind the disquiet of new love’s uncertainty; “This Is Still My World” waltzes around a confessions that “I could cry for you forever, but I’m too young;” “Gypsy Faded,” almost spoken-word at points, is all tough-love closure. Perhaps it’s Arthur’s close-to-the-mic vocal; certainly it’s his song writing: It’s hard to imagine that Graduation is anything but culled from personal experience. As a writer, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and yet there’s a Zen-like disconnect at work, too. “When you’re in the studio there’s an absence of thought. That’s when magical stuff is happening,” says Arthur. “You’re just playing and you’re lost in the

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dream of it. You’re completely swept up in the process.” He says that ability to be absorbed in the creative process is a holdover from “when I was a kid and I was four-tracking.” “I still have that, and I’m still aware that it’s something to be grateful for,” says Arthur. “It’s something I consider to be pretty much lifesaving.” As for music’s lifesaving properties, Arthur is painfully aware of the pitfalls of the creative life. When singer Amy Winehouse passed away in July, Arthur tweeted, “Addiction is a disease and people should have as much empathy for those destroyed by it as they do for casualties of cancer.” He says that reaction came about because someone was singing a joke-version of Winehouse’s prophetic “Rehab” and it got to him. “It’s something I’ve grappled with,” he says. Though now sober himself, “alcoholism and addiction are misunderstood,” he says. Arthur does say that there are times when tough love is the only way to deal with an addict; it’s an approach he seems to advocate in relationships, as well. “You said that I have to become a dancer and started shooting at my feet,” he sings on “Someone to Love.” And — more bitterly — on “Over the Sun” he snarls,

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This is still his world: Though Joseph Arthur has not achieved the level of fame that his auspicious beginning, critical acclaim and prolific output seemed to promise, he says he still gets swept up in the process of creating art. “It’s something I consider to be pretty much life saving,” he says. Photo by Myriam Santos “When I cheat on you, you’re still all I see.” But there’s a gentle side to Arthur. He recently directed a tender video for his song “Love Never Asks You to Lie” in which the romantic pair (in prince and princess attire) are played by Arthur’s young nephew, Cyrus, and Cyrus’ real-life girlfriend, Hayden. The video for “Face in the Crowd” shows yet another aspect of the musician: During the four-plus minutes of the songs he (in time lapse) paints a series of 20 abstract faces that, when displayed together, seem to make a statement about the differentbut-same state of begin human. He says the face motif, to which he often returns, “is interesting in the way it’s evolving.” Arthur says there was never really a time when he stopped painting. He remembers a moment in his late teens when he made a conscious decision to buy art supplies, identifying as a painter for the first time. “And suddenly you have canvases around your place,” he says. Arthur’s artwork can be seen on his album

covers; he’s published a book of his work, We Almost Made It, with an accompanying CD; and he’s held exhibitions. In 2007 he set up The Museum of Modern Arthur in Brooklyn — but he doesn’t keep many paintings these days. “I’m good at letting them go,” he says. “That was hard to learn to do, but now it’s pretty effortless.” Live painting came later, and as a fluke. He had painted just prior to a show in L.A., but a journalist claimed to have seen Arthur paint and sing simultaneously. A light bulb went on for the artist. “I realized I had songs I could loop that didn’t have any chord changes, so I could do entire songs and paint,” says Arthur. “That night I did it and it was a totally interesting experience.” Ask nicely and he’ll probably do exactly that during his Asheville show. X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@

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Influential rockers Swans reunite after 13-year hiatus by Jordan Lawrence Michael Gira, leader of influential experimental rock band Swans, has been giving interviews for the better part of 30 years. Started in 1982, Swans, which reunited last year, won critical raves and a robust underground following for their rich, ominous sound before disbanding in 1997. Gira spent the next 13 years working with Angels of Light, the slightly brighter band he lead in the interim, while also recording and releasing work by others on his Young Gods imprint. Along the way heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to answer a lot of questions from presumptuous young music writers, and it shows. He picks up the phone, says hello and immediately asks if he can call back via internet talk service Skype. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This cell phone is a little uncomfortable after a half an hour of talking to it,â&#x20AC;? he explains. His answers are terse, but thoughtful. He seems interested in the interview, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been thinking about what Swans is for almost three decades; he knows what he wants to say. Once he gets the gist of a question, he cuts in and begins his answer. His publicist has given him a 30-minute window for this call, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that he intends to stick to it. He weaves recurring themes into his responses. The most common thread is rejecting the notion that Swans was in anyway brought back together for nostalgia. Before the band hit the road last year, Gira insisted they sit down and record a new album. 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky is the bold and brilliant result. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so people can come and see the old music and relive the heyday or something,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new experience, and I wanted to make that very clear.â&#x20AC;? My Father is a remarkably smooth transition from Swanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past to its present. Reaching a creative impasse with Angels of Light, Gira took a batch of songs heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been working on for that project and gathered up Swans to put a new spin on it. The words here are more direct than most of Giraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s previous Swans songs, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re coated in large, lumbering garage rock. Guitars writhe with arresting chaos as enormous bass lines crash to and fro amongst the melee. Surprisingly fetching elements are added throughout, often in the form of tinkling

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A newer, deeper destructive assault: Swansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; frontman Michael Gira says the band didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get back together for nostalgia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new experience, and I wanted to make that very clear.â&#x20AC;? glockenspiel. Far from watering down the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famously bleak aesthetic, these additions accentuate it, acting like a Sirenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song and dragging you deep into the belly of Swansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; destructive assault. Glockenspiel chimes hypnotically at the onset of opener â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Words/No Thoughts,â&#x20AC;? but it soon gives way to a bruising combo of bass and guitar. Wind instruments shriek in terrifying bursts. Gira enters as the noise dies down, groaning out quick lines that zero in on the depravity of human existence. The glockenspiel rejoins him near the end of his verse, prickling quietly before it takes the lead as the tumult renews, buzzing about with quick, piercing notes that punch through the mix. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a striking combination, one that seamlessly incorporates new elements without forsaking the all-consuming blasts that Swansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fans have come to expect. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swans doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really sound like anything else,â&#x20AC;? Gira says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when a record comes out itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously going to sound like Swans even though what that is has changed dramatically over the years.â&#x20AC;? And it continues to change. Swans have been on the road for much of the last two years, and over that time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve begun working through new songs. Gira points out that it might be

improper to call them songs as some push 30 minutes. He explains that the new music works its way through repetitive structures, growing and shifting slowly to create what he hopes is an incredibly immersive experience for his audience. He believes this version of Swans is the best one ever, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so passionate about it that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s releasing a double-disc live record in November. After 13 years away, Gira says Swans is what he was put on earth to do. This fall the band finishes its second album in less than three years, an epic that will likely span more than two and a half hours. Coupled with the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current world tour, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear that Swans are back in a big way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the closest I get to a spiritual experience,â&#x20AC;? Gira says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pray. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried meditating, but my knees hurt so I stopped. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to be pompous about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just something that happens with the overtones and the repetition and the volume of loud guitars played in a certain way that just kind of makes you levitate.â&#x20AC;?

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Today, Apache Dropout deals out some of the most vivid psychedelic scuzz around, but at its inception, the Bloomington, Ind., outfit was a country unit. Well, at least in theory. Sonny Alexander started the project as a solo acoustic affair in 2007. Soon he added Nathan Warrick on violin, who eventually shifted to bass. About a year later Seth Mahern joined on drums, and the band tilted in a more electric direction. Still, Alexander saw them as a country band, a notion he maintained until he listened back to the results from the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first recording session. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we finally heard recordings of ourselves, we realized that we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t at all,â&#x20AC;? Alexander says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just sounded like a typical garage band at that point. A little more noisy, a little screechier, more hectic, but still, we were just a rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll band fooling ourselves. That took place over a fairly short amount of time. Once there are loud instruments involved, it always seems to turn into a rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll sort of explosion.â&#x20AC;? If there was ever a shred of country in the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long gone now. The self-titled debut LP, released earlier this year, showcases a down â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dirty garage band with a striking talent for analog-based production tricks. Potent, chugging rock is the base, and it oozes through cozy, lo-fi fuzz. But it never stays simple for long. Alexander will erupt into a searing, drugged-out solo here. Soft â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s organ will float in there. Then, all of a sudden, the tones shift, the comfy fuzz contorts into scary distortion, and Apache Dropout becomes a different band entirely. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough trick, and these guys pull it off again and again on this record, each time varying the execution to keep you constantly on your toes. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fascinated by the tools and tricks employed by rock bands during the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, and their ambition revolves around using these techniques to make music thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as fun and exciting as possible. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dedicated to analog recording, a principle nourished by Mahern, who records the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s output in his Magnetic South studio. Sitting in his place, listening to old records and surrounded by anti-

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You want to get that weird, exciting sound: Apache Dropout plays with toys, with the goal of entertaining you. quated tape machines and other collected toys, they wonder how they can put these devices to use, experimenting with them until they come up with sounds that are genuinely unique. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get the weird thing working for you, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to get a weird sound,â&#x20AC;? Alexander says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You want to get that weird, exciting sound. I think it also sort of gives it a program. It gives the songs a direction. It gives the album that feeling, like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking a trip, which is what those old records and all those weird, old devices do for us. They take us on a trip. We want to take other people there too.â&#x20AC;? The band is dedicated to aesthetics, but the approach is refreshingly unpretentious. Alexander sees rock music as a source of exciting sound, not a high-brow piece of art. As a result, the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is tooled for maximum thrills. One of the most entertaining symptoms of this are the spoken-word asides the band employs. A horror movie-style scream is the first sound on the LP and on two occasions, tracks are transitioned by the rant of an anarchist street preacher and a paranoid junkie raving about how somebody is â&#x20AC;&#x153;controlling the vibes.â&#x20AC;? Some of these touches are a little scary. Some are just for fun. But they all ratchet up the

recordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intensity. Apache Dropout is out to entertain you, and they take it seriously. They spend hours in the studio talking about and refining their psychedout garage approach. Alexander says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first band heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever been in where practicing all the time has been the norm. He sees the quirks in the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound as tying into the inherent rebelliousness at the heart of rock music. Every out of place shriek, every oddly placed horn, every random bit of distortion is an act of defiance against the bland sounds that inhabit much of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rock culture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk about it very seriously. We do it very seriously. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re active with it,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also are sitting around taking bong hits and playing with guitars and tape machines. So it is serious, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun too. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re fortunate that we have something that we really believe in. A lot of artists now donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have something that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re serious about. Having our serious toys gives us something to express.â&#x20AC;? X Jordan Lawrence is assistant editor at Charlottebased Shuffle Magazine and a contributing writer at The Independent Weekly.

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Six local artists peel back the layers by Kyle Sherard For local artist, writer and now curator Ursula Gullow, oysters, clams and corn are not the only things that can be shucked. Add artists to the list of things that can shed their protective coverings. In Shucked, a group show opening at Push Skate Shop and Gallery this Friday, she brings together six local artists whose paintings, drawings and sitespecific installations reveal the process of artistic creation itself. Gullow, a painter who also writes about art for Xpress and her blog, is making her curatorial debut with Shucked. She was originally offered the space to show her own paintings, but decided to use the opportunity as her curatorial launchpad instead. Push’s owner, Rob Sebrell, was open to the change. This relaxed approach is typical of Sebrell, which is one reason the gallery is popular with young artists who want to explore new directions in their work. During an interview, Gullow explained the exhibition’s concept and how the artists fit that concept. She also described her role as curator; she sought to investigate the processes of creating artwork, not just the final product. She says the finished works viewers will see are “fulfilled processes.” “It’s hard to start a painting expecting a specific outcome, because it’s rarely going to come out that way,” Gullow says. The array of work in the show includes a painting by Anna Jensen, paintings by Lisa Nance, drawings by Michael Ohgren and pagan ceremonial garb created and worn by textile artist Tera Jensen (no relation to Anna) for a Beltane festival. Installations by Lauren Whitley, Nance and Courtney Chappell will be staged in the gallery a few hours before the opening. To explore the notions of process and self, Gullow pushed the artists outside of their comfort zones. “The artists are working more intuitively, more directly, rather than only focussing on the final object,” Gullow says. “A precious, commodified object.” Whitley, Nance and Chappell are painters, but for this show they are constructing sculptural installations using found materials. Whitley will be install a favela-esque shelter made from scrap wood and discarded educational materials. Chappell, who is currently out of the country, will

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Fulfilled processes: Above, Courtney Chappell’s installation art. Below, a drawing by Michael Ohgren. Both are part of the show at Push. leave it to Gullow to mount the third incarnation of a sculptural installation she created in reaction to the Persian Gulf War. Found materials, including wire, cardboard and waste paper, form a model war-torn city awash in colors and flecked with text and images clipped from magazines. Nance’s contribution is a simulation of kudzu — that prolific invasive vine — that will festoon the gallery’s walls. Gullow asked illustrator Ohgren to arrange his drawings en masse in the gallery to mirror his studio. When she visited his workspace, she was struck by sketches and drawings scattered across his walls, hung on strings and piled on his desk

and the floor, reflecting a process of creation and constant transformation. Since a theme of Ohgren’s work compares the creation and separation of people’s public and private lives, Gullow is bringing Ohgren’s private studio space into the public eye. While Gullow has prompted her six artists to take risks and reveal their processes and themselves, Shucked prompted Gullow to take risks as a curator, revealing her approach to the process of organization. X Kyle Sherard is an Asheville printmaker, painter and writer for the arts. • SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 47

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As significant a milestone as AshevilleFM’s second birthday party might seem, Greg Lyon, who shares the station’s management with Sean Dennis, sees it more as a beginning than a culmination. The station’s third year will be its biggest and most exciting yet, he says. “This coming year will see us expanding beyond the notion of ‘radio,’” Lyon says. AshevilleFM will partner with organizations such as the Media Arts Project and the Asheville Area Arts Council. “From the beginning we’ve been interested in providing really unique local content, from simulcasting forums for Asheville City Council candidates in 2009, just after we’d gotten off the ground, to working with venues to broadcast live concerts, like the Open Letter jazz series at BoBo Gallery, and the Group Doueh show at the Grey Eagle, which kicked off their U.S. tour. We’ll be building on that history as we move ahead.” AshevilleFM was created in the summer of 2009 by a group (including me) who felt there was a need for real community-based radio in the Asheville area. The group evolved into Friends of

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Community Radio, still AshevilleFM’s parent organization, and soon went looking for space and equipment. By September, the group had come up with a roster of locally produced shows, enough equipment to build one studio and a location behind BattleCat Coffee Bar (then Izzy’s West), and went on the air — or the “air” of the Internet, at any rate. Some of the programs, such as Jonathan Price’s “Tenor to Table,” Steven Howard’s “Mental Notes” and my own “Wordplay” had been available via other outlets, and brought audiences with them; others started from scratch and gradually found ears to listen. Over the past two years, the station has developed a roster of diverse programming and seen its Web-based audience steadily expand. And the actual FM airwaves may soon bring the station’s signal to an even larger audience. Kim Roney, the station’s board president and assistant music director, says AshevilleFM will apply for a low-power FM license in the coming year. Lyon explains: “The next few years will, I hope, bring the technology to make Internet radio as accessible as regular radio, but in the meantime, Internet-radio listening tends to be by appointment; you just tune in to your favorite shows. The changes in technology have shifted the ways we choose to experience music in particular,” he says. “Radio provided curated listening, and lost audience as people chose to select their own playlists via iTunes and all the other music services. But folks have discovered, I believe, there is something missing from that paradigm. Even Pandora, for all its options, lacks a

human voice. You might call this the ‘Internet radio paradox’ — as our options expand, we miss the local human connection that radio used to provide.” Going for the LPFM license will enhance the station’s ability to provide that local connection. At the party, and for the year ahead, AshevilleFM will be reaching out again to the community of audio artists from which it draws its programming, to nonprofit organizations that share similar goals, to businesses like The Hop, Harvest Records, Desoto Lounge and Orbit DVD that have supported the station’s development, and to listeners, asking them again to join in the radio adventure. X Jeff Davis is one of the founders of ashevillefm. org and hosts the show “Wordplay.”

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Would you mind being very famous? I don’t know what the upside to being very famous is. I don’t think it’s either be very famous or climb under a rock. … I’m a writer and a performer, that’s just what I do. The stuff that goes along with that, fame in particular, is a side effect, not the goal. What’s it like starting stand-up in your 30s? Most comics start out in clubs and then move to TV. You did the opposite. I always admired stand-up comedians and thought I’d want to do that someday, but I didn’t want to pay my dues in the way comedians pay their dues. They start out in open mics and might work up to doing eightminute sets at 2 o’clock in the morning in some shitty comedy club. I didn’t have any desire to earn it. I wanted it handed to me. When did you realize you were funny? I did not intend to be a comedian. I never really envisioned myself having that career. I’m still not sure if that’s the career that I want, although I like aspects of it and will probably continue doing comedy. ... I used to make myself laugh doing things, but a lot of times I was the only one who thought I was funny, and that remains true to this day. You’ve spent much of your career collaborating with writers and actors like Michael Showalter and David Wain. What is it like working solo? I enjoy being on stage by myself, but I miss collaboration … Collaboration, particularly in comedy, is just a really great way to wring every joke that you can out of a premise. It’s harder to do that when you’re writing by yourself. I have to work harder and I don’t know that I’m as good by myself. I think we bring out the best in each other. You’re very active on Twitter. Is it tempting to throw your material up there and see what sticks or do you save your best stuff for stand-up? I don’t really think of it that way. If there’s something I write on Twitter that has potential for stand-up, I’ll use it. I’m not a comedian who writes one-liners, so there’s not a ton of overlap between the two things. Generally, if something I write is funny to me on Twitter, I’ll save it and

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The Suspect: Wick-It the Instigator Andrew Owsley, aka Wick-It the Instigator, mashed together two of the top albums of 2010, The Black Keys’ Brothers and Big Boi’s Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty and the results earned a shout out from Big Boi himself. You can download the album free from Wick-It’s Soundcloud page. Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing on Friday, Sept. 9, late show. RIYD: Girl Talk, Milkman, Mash ups You Should Go If: Not even your closest friends know what your ears look like; your body wash/body spray/ deodorant combo announces your impending entrance with the smells of wilderness, spicy freedom, ocean breeze, woodsy fruity citrus, regular freedom, palm trees, sunshine and fresh lime; you have a secret doodle notebook, re: what Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby is going to look like; you’ve been waiting all summer for … your mom to agree to buy you that second pair of Ray-Bans.

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The Suspect: Los Lonely Boys Best known for their No.1 single, “Heaven,” and the double-platinum debut album, the three brothers from Texas play rock ‘n’ roll mixed with a little country and Latin. This spring, they released their seventh studio album, Rockpango. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9 p.m. RIYD: The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton. You Should Go If: Disaster porn has replaced your addiction to shark porn; you’re working hard behind the scenes to make the Asheville Topless Rally a monthly event; “Smooth” is your go-to karaoke song closely followed by “Cocaine”; you’ve been waiting all summer for … the N.C. Mountain State Fair.

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Mountain Song Festival Mountain Song Festival brings in some big names to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. Local bluegrass-boys-gone-big the Steep Canyon Rangers host the fest, and perform with some of the biggest names in the genre. Tim O’Brien, Dehlia Low and the Carolina Chocolate Drops are on the bill this year. Oh yeah, and although Friday is sold out, it’s possible ol’ Steve Martin may make an appearance Saturday as well. Tickets $30/$35 at Rockin’ Robin Records and Gravy, or online at or 243-3496.

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The Feral Chihuahuas As the Xpress Best of WNC reader poll wraps up, last year’s reigning comedians The Feral Chihuahuas are gearing up for a three-night run of new material. This what the Chihuahuas have to say: “The show is entitled A Fistful of Glitter and promises to leave hilarity clinging to the clothing of all who attend. Come enjoy a multimedia sketch comedy event that will fall right in your lap. And your hair. And your beer. It will be hard to wash off.” Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10 at the BeBe Theatre. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $10 advance/$13 doors.

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Wed., September 7 Juan Benavides Trio (flamenco), 8-10pm Altamont Brewing Company

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Open mic

Blue Note Grille

Salsa dance night

Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm

Pisgah Brewing Company

Open mic, 9pm

Craggie Brewing Company

TallGaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina

Dim Peepers (jazz, blues, ragtime) Creatures Cafe

Salsa night (free lessons, followed by dance) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Pick Your Switch w/ Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revival Co. & more Grove Park Inn

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll sing-a-long @ Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am

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

Russ Wilson Swingtet

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Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Max Melner Orchestra Wild Wing Cafe

Creatures Cafe

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Feed and Seed

Pisgah Brewing Company

Good Stuff

Purple Onion Cafe

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy Hip-Hopâ&#x20AC;? w/ DJ Besbleve MANNA FoodBank benefit w/ Sista Otis & David Wood Gene Peyroux & the Acoustalectric Pedals of Love (rock, funk, soul) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Earth (drone, rock) w/ Mount Eerie Grove Park Inn

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll sing-a-long @ Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am Handlebar

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Throwback Thursday w/ DJ Go Hard


Altamont Brewing Company

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Zansa (afrobeat)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Carolina Story w/ Gabriel Kelley (Americana, folk)

Lobster Trap

Barleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taproom

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Valorie Miller (Americana, folk)

Alien Music Club (jazz jam)

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

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Olive or Twist

Blue Note Grille

Cadillac Rex (surf, rockabilly), 8pm Freepeoples Frequency (electronic, psychedelic) w /guests Orange Peel

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots) The Naughty Pillows (folk)

Haywood Lounge

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Red Room

Dance party w/ DJ Steele Red Step Artworks

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Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Open mic w/ Greg Speas, 7-10pm TallGaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cantina

Asheville music showcase

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

Peggy Ratusz & friends Marc Keller

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Westville Pub

Hank Bones (â&#x20AC;&#x153;man of 1,000 songsâ&#x20AC;?)

Laura Thurston of Hollow Reed (blues, folk, bluegrass)

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

White Horse

Lobster Trap

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O Blues (blues, rock) Olive or Twist

Local DJ Exposure Night (electronic, dance) Craggie Brewing Company

One Stop Deli & Bar

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Doug & Telisha Williams

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Jack of the Wood Pub

West Coast swing dancing w/ The Heather Masterton Quartet, 8pm

Boiler Room

Big Daddy Love (Americana) CD release party w/ The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul)

Just Die! w/ The Rice Cakes

Haywood Lounge

Open mic

Galen Kipar (folk, rock)

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Wing of Fire w/ Jeff & Justin (acoustic)

One Stop Deli & Bar

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa (rock) Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossroad (acoustic, Americana, country)

Jack 9 (Americana)

5 Walnut Wine Bar

The Native Sway

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mochipet w/ Selector Cleofus

Blue Heaven (swing) Wild Wing Cafe

Dance party w/ DJ Moto

Fri., September 9 Altamont Brewing Company

Bear Cub (indie, folk)

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Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

JoeDan & Hank

Blue Note Grille

Eric Congdon Quartet (blues) Craggie Brewing Company

Benjo Saylor (“ambient banjotronica”) Creatures Cafe

The Opposed w/ The Quick Eleven on Grove

Zumba “In da Club” dance party, 8pm-midnight Emerald Lounge

Da Stateside Lion with Elenora Fagan French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

If You Wannas (indie, pop, rock) Garage at Biltmore

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Peace Jones (funk, jazz, rock) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Xiu Xiu (indie, rock) w/ Kindest Lines and Hedgehog Grove Park Inn

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm The Business (Motown funk), 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am Handlebar

Sidecar w/ Fried Goat Highland Brewing Company

Blind Lemon Phillips Band (R&B) Hole-N-Da-Wall

Live funk, soul and R&B, 10pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack of Hearts Pub

The Red Wellies (Irish)

Jack of the Wood Pub

Shotgun Party (Western swing, pop, folk) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Manray (rock, punk) w/ Dispersants & Slaw Lobster Trap

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Laura Reed (funk, soul) w/ Ike Stubblefield & Yonrico Scott Olive or Twist

Live jazz, Motown & rock, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Native Sway (rock, jam) w/ Pleasures of the Ultraviolet Orange Peel

Michael Ian Black (comedy) w/ Greg Brown Pack’s Tavern

Peggy Ratusz Duo (blues, soul) Pisgah Brewing Company

New Mastersounds (funk, jazz, soul) w/ Josh Blake’s Jukebox & Woody Wood, 7:30pm — Wick-It The Instigator (late night show) Red Room

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day or DJ Drea Root Bar No. 1

Dogtale (rock, funk, folk) Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

TallGary’s Cantina


The Get Down

Soft opening w/ Apache Dropout & 3 Man Band The Market Place

Live music

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Fowler’s Mustache (rock, blues)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Russ Wilson & the Mighty Mighty Men (blues, swing) Vanuatu Kava Bar

Space Medicine & the Mystic Ferrymen (ambient, folk, jam) Vincenzo’s Bistro

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

Classicopia: Divas & Drafts, 6pm Wild Wing Cafe

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Grateful Dead Night w/ Phuncle Sam

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

One Stop Deli & Bar

Craggie Brewing Company

David Earl (acoustic, blues)

Local, national, international musicians

Creatures Cafe


Nathan Billingsley

Drink Specials • Asheville Showcase • 8 pm

Eleven on Grove

Listen to up and coming local talent Open at 3 pm M-Th and Fri-Sun at 11 am

Women’s dance (‘80s & ‘90s) Emerald Lounge

4 College Street • 828.232.0809


w/DeaD Man’s revival CO.

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

Trade Routes (world, fusion)

Open Mic • 7 pm • $3 Highlands

SaT. S e p T 1 0 aarOn Berg & the heavy lOve

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Blue Note Grille


w/ Dispersants & slaw

Jazz trio

Athena’s Club

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

Garyoke with Jason Wyatt Vodka Specials - Come be a star

fri . S e p T 9 Manray

Sat., September 10

Asheville FM anniversary benefit Fat Cat’s Billiards

Live DJ

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Brushfire Stankgrass (acoustic, bluegrass)

Tue S . S e p T 1 3

Olive or Twist

The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm Art show w/ live DJ Orange Peel

Swans (post-punk, rock) w/ Sir Richard Bishop Pack’s Tavern

Purple Onion Cafe

Uncle Mountain (folk, rock, indie) Red Room

DJ Spy-V

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

Live acoustic music, 8-10pm Root Bar No. 1

Samantha Harlow (folk, country, Americana) Scandals Nightclub

TallGary’s Cantina

Mariachi MondayS Live Mariachi Band $2 Tacos & Mexican Beer Specials

Grove Park Inn

Underhill Rose (country, folk, soul), 2-5pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm Brandon Crocker, 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am

The Get Down

Aaron Price 1pm | Piano

Jake Hollifield Piano | 9pm

Shane Perlowin 9pm

fine foods • 30 brews on tap • patio sports room • 110” projector event space • NOW CATERING


Sat 9/10

Off Biltmore Ave. in the new Pack Square Park.

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One Stop Deli & Bar

Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers Orange Peel

Sister Hazel (rock, folk) w/ John Milstead Scandals Nightclub

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

“Miriam Allen’s Garden Party Music,” 5-8pm The Get Down

Sun., September 11

White Horse

Jack of Hearts Pub

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Jerome Widenhouse & friends (jazz), 7-9pm

Wild Wing Cafe

Barley’s Taproom

One Leg Up (jazz, swing)

Mon., September 12

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Boiler Room

Altamont Brewing Company

Back stage: Aaron Berg & the Heavy Love (folk, pop) w/ Dead Man’s Revival Co.

20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944

Swing dance, 8pm E. Normus Trio (jazz), 10pm

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

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Hotel Indigo

Sons of Ralph (bluegrass)

Open 7 Days... 11am - Late

Leo Johnston (country, jazz)

White Horse

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Jack of the Wood Pub

(dance, pop hits, old school)

Live music

Lobster Trap

Village Wayside Bar and Grille

Top 40 DJ night

Firecracker Jazz Band (dixieland)

D.J. Moto

The Recovery Room

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano)

Westville Pub


Lobster Trap

(modern, blues, soul)

Live music

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

The Recovery Room


Fri 9/9

The Market Place

Irish session, 3 & 5pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Peggy Ratusz Duo

Drunk in a Dumpster w/ Killing Solves Everything & Speedball

Jack of the Wood Pub

Dirty Marquee w/ Cheveu, Dispersants & One Timers

The Southern Lights (Southern rock, Americana)

Meet the Brewer Night! LIVE Music by Galen Kipar

Carolina Rex (blues, rock)

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

Bayou Diesel (cajun, zydeco)


Se p t . 8 t h NEW B E L G I U M TAP TA K E O V E R . . .

Grove Park Inn

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Eye Empire

Hannah Flanagan’s


Celebrating 50 Years of Peace Corps feat: Free Planet Radio (jazz fusion)

Hotel Indigo

Melvin Seals w/ JGB (blues, folk, jam)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

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

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Pisgah Brewing Company

The Land of Pangea w/ DJ Vitor & Annunaki


Zydeco lesson, 5pm Dance w/ Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, 6pm

Two Guitars (classical), 10am-noon Bob Zullo (jazz, pop), 6:30-10:30pm

DisClaiMer COMeDy presents: JOe DerOsa & speCial guests

Frank Fairfield (old-time) w/ Ian Thomas

Eleven on Grove

DJ Moto (dance, pop)

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12am

Garage at Biltmore

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

Marc Keller

Wyndy Trail Travelers (progressive bluegrass) Mike Cross (singer/songwriter)

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)

Live DJ

The Wayside Sound (acoustic jazz duo) Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Drum circle, 2pm Acoustic on the Patio

No Jacket Required (covers), 8-10pm Roots jam w/ Kevin Scanlon

clubdirectory 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 All Stars Sports Bar & Grill 684-5116 Altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 ARCADE 258-1400 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Avenue M 350-8181 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Black Mountain Ale House 669-9090 Blend Hookah Lounge 505-0067 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Broadway’s 285-0400 The Bywater 232-6967 Clingman Cafe 253-2177 Club Hairspray 258-2027 The Chop House 253-1852 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777

The Dripolator 398-0209 Dobra Tea Room 575-2424 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy 281-0920 Fred’s Speakeasy South 684-2646 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Haywood Lounge 232-4938 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780

The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 The Magnetic Field 257-4003 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Side Pocket 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 Northside Bar and Grill 254-2349 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 One Stop Bar Deli & Bar 236-2424 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Poppie’s Market and Cafe 885-5494 Posana Cafe 505-3969 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993

The Recovery Room 684-1213 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rendezvous 926-0201 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880 Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Shifters 684-1024 Smokey’s After Dark 253-2155 Southern Appalacian Brewery 684-1235 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 TallGary’s Cantina 232-0809 Red Room 252-0775 Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack 575-2260 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 The Village Wayside 277-4121 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Grove Park Inn

Westville Pub


Wild Wing Cafe

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern


Live neo soul and R&B, 10:30pm

Tue., September 13

Grove Park Inn

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Lotion (“aggressive lounge”)

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

Red Room

Altamont Brewing Company

Open mic

Open mic w/ Zachary T, 8:30pm

The Bywater

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

“Asheville’s Best Bluegrass Jam,” 8:30pm

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Creatures Cafe

Contra dance, 8pm

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm Matt Butcher w/ Lauris Vidal

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

Marc Keller Open mic Karaoke

Singer/songwriter showcase

Asheville native and local singer songwriter


debut album “REAL GOOD MAN” available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby. Americana / Alt. Country Featuring local musicians Andy Gibbon on bass guitar, Josh Gibbs on lapsteel and lead guitar and Eric Johnson on drums.

Eleven on Grove

Swing lessons, 6:30pm & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Dance w/ Cry Baby, 8pm Bill Monroe 100th birthday tribute feat: Sons of Ralph, Buncombe Turnpike & more Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Handlebar

Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard Bluegrass Jam, 8:30pm Hole-N-Da-Wall

Comedy night

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime) Back stage: Disclaimer Comedy presents Joe Derosa & special guests

An ancient Pacific tradition has become Asheville’s newest relaxation-libation sensation at…


Lobster Trap

Jay Brown (Americana, folk) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Stephen Shealy & friends (singer/songwriter) Northside Bar and Grill



WED. 9/7

$1 off all Whiskey Real New Orleans PoBoys


THUR. 9/8 FREE SHOW! $1 off All Vodkas

(bluesy, folk-grass)

TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm • Prizes

FRI. 9/9

$3.50 Gin & Tonics • Bring A Team

SAT. 9/10

(progressive bluegrass) $5 Robo Shots

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

OPEN MIC IS BACK! Sign up at 7pm

(Hosted by Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters)

Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off Appetizers $4 Margaritas

TUES. 9/13

MON. 9/12


777 HAYWOOD ROAD • 225-WPUB (9782)

Al Coffee McDaniel (blues, soul), 8-11pm

…find your happy place Come relax at NC’s 1st nakamal with some of the world’s most potent kava strains!

• • M O N D AY • • 2 for 1 shots w/student ID.

• • T U E S D AY • • ALL YOU CAN DRINK $15

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SUN. 9/11

Olive or Twist

Open Mic - Performers get a FREE Drink

• • T H U R S D AY • • Ladies Night - ½ OFF Drinks

• • F R I D AY • •

Space Medicine etheral electro-jam - FREE show

• • S A T U R D AY • • Brian Sneeden and the Bloodroot Orkaestarr - FREE Show • • S U N D AY • • Incense products 15% OFF DAILY HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR 1 TIL 7 PM! 151 S. Lexington Ave. Asheville, NC 28801 (Behind the Orange Peel, just S. of Storm)

505-8118 •

One Stop Deli & Bar

September 14th • 6pm

Carrier park • amboy rd. aSheville more info at wordpress/ringoffire

Funk jam

Orange Peel

Los Lonely Boys (Tex-Mex) w/ The Kicks Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Tuesday Rotations w/ Chris Ballard & guests, 10pm Red Room

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic, rock), 6:30pm TallGary’s Cantina


The Bywater

Open mic w/ Taylor Martin, 8:30pm The Get Down

Beneath Oblivion w/ Maxuxi Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

“Asheville Original Music Series” w/ Mike Holstein & Matt Dingledine Vincenzo’s Bistro

Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter) Westville Pub

Blues jam

White Horse

Irish Sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm

Wed., September 14 5 Walnut Wine Bar

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

Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic

Blue Note Grille

Open mic, 9pm

Creatures Cafe

Salsa night (free lessons, followed by dance) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Joseph Arthur (singer/songwriter) w/ Ian Kelly Grove Park Inn

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am Handlebar

Chris Thomas King

Music & EvEnts insiDe taprooM

WeD, septeMber 7 - 8 pM - Free shoW

Johnson’s crossroaD thur, septeMber 8

Doors 7:30 pM / shoW 8:30 pM - $5/$15 W/ shuttle

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biG DaDDy love’s cD release party outDoor concerts - see our larGer aD on paGe 26 -

Fri, septeMber 9

the neW MastersounDs W/ Josh blake’s JukeboX anD late niGht - insiDe taprooM

W/Wick-it the instiGator sat, septeMber 10

Melvin seals W/ Jerry Garcia banD Details & aDvance tickets:

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Haywood Lounge

Open mic


Zansa (afrobeat)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Lobster Trap

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

Jack 9 (Americana) Olive or Twist

Cadillac Rex (surf, rockabilly), 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Freepeoples Frequency (electronic, psychedelic) w /guests TallGary’s Cantina

Open mic/jam, 7pm The Get Down

NewVillager w/ Albatross Party & Excellent Floating Fortress Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy’s All Girl Singer Showcase Vanuatu Kava Bar

Open mic

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Max Melner Orchestra Wild Wing Cafe

Wing of Fire w/ Jeff & Justin (acoustic)

Thu., September 15

Barley’s Taproom

Alien Music Club (jazz jam) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country) Blue Note Grille

Penina & the Penny Roller Boiler Room

Local DJ Exposure Night (electronic, dance) Craggie Brewing Company

Open mic, 6-9pm

Creatures Cafe

Zumba “In da Club” dance party, 8pm-midnight Emerald Lounge

Velvet Truckstop (Americana, rock) w/ Captain Midnight Band French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Buncombe Turnpike

Garage at Biltmore

Apekit w/ Dubvirus, Pariah & Stigma Good Stuff

Karyn Oliver

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

“Holy Hip-Hop” w/ DJ Besbleve

Black Moth Super Rainbow (psychedelic, experimental, electronic) w/ The Marshmallow Ghosts

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Grove Park Inn

Mountain Feist (bluegrass) Good Stuff

Gene Peyroux & the Acoustalectric Pedals of Love (rock, funk, soul) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

River Whyless (folk rock, indie) w/ Holy Ghost Tent Revival & Little Tybee Grove Park Inn

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm The Business (Motown funk), 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am Handlebar

Five Way Friday w/ Mac Leaphart

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am

Highland Brewing Company


Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Perpetual Groove (indie, jam, rock) Haywood Lounge

Throwback Thursday w/ DJ Go Hard Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack of the Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lobster Trap

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Beauvilles (rock) Olive or Twist

West Coast swing dancing w/ The Heather Masterton Quartet, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Dyrty Byrds w/ Josh Stack Orange Peel

Woody Pines (blues, ragtime, roots) Hole-N-Da-Wall

Live funk, soul and R&B, 10pm Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack of Hearts Pub

Red June (Americana)

Jack of the Wood Pub

Taylor Martin’s Engine (folk, country) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Thrift Store Cowboys (alt-country) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Yaddatu (rock, fusion) w/ Common Foundation Olive or Twist

Live jazz, Motown & rock, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Analog Moon w/ Josh Roberts & the Hinges Orange Peel

Caspa (dubstep) w/ Selector Cleofus Pack’s Tavern

Eleven on Grove

Belly dance gala show, 7pm Emerald Lounge

Arpetrio (live electronic) Fat Cat’s Billiards

Live DJ

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Billy the Kid (folk, indie) w/ The Southside Boys French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Ten Cent Poetry (acoustic, folk) Garage at Biltmore

Pix3l 8 Bit Breakout 2 feat: CC Ivory, Nestrogen, No Eyes, Johan Ess & more Good Stuff

Michael Cody (singer/songwriter) Grove Park Inn

Stacy Claude Trio, 2-5pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm Underhill Rose (country, folk, soul), 8-11pm Rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long @ Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, 8pm-1am

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

Sunset Sessions w/ Ben Hovey (“sonic scientist”), 7-10pm Uncle Zesty’s Old Time Bootknockers (jug band)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Knives & Daggers (shoegaze) w/ Gray Young Liberated State (jazz, world)

The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Red Room

TallGary’s Cantina

Orange Peel

Open mic

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

Open mic w/ Greg Speas, 7-10pm TallGary’s Cantina

Asheville music showcase The Get Down

Yes Ma’am w/ Shakes, Rogues Gallery, Sons Of Young & Lindseys Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Young and in the Way w/ Old Mountain The Market Place

Live music

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Grammer School (rock, indie)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock) Vanuatu Kava Bar

Grateful Dead Night w/ Phuncle Sam Fist Fam w/ The Ville Boyz, Foul Mouth Jerk, TOPR & Adam Strange and more (hip-hop) Pack’s Tavern

Gary Segal (singer-songwriter) & Catfish Joe Littell CD release show

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Scandals Nightclub

Girls, Guns & Glory (Americana) Wild Wing Cafe

Dance party w/ DJ Moto

Fri., September 16 Athena’s Club

Mark Appleford (singer/songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Acoustic Swing

Blue Note Grille

The Wendy Hayes Quartet (jazz) Craggie Brewing Company

Alarm Clock Conspiracy (indie, powerpop) Creatures Cafe

3 Days Leave w/ My Hearts Cry & Shaken Eleven on Grove

White Horse

Turku, Nomads of the Silk Road (world)

Sat., September 17 Athena’s Club

Mark Appleford (singer/songwriter, harmonica, guitar), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Barley’s Taproom

Bloodroot Orkaestarr (gypsy folk) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Barrie Howard (one-man-band) Blue Note Grille

Bobby Wynn (singer/songwriter) Craggie Brewing Company

Traditional Irish

Saturday, September 10th

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12am

Dixieland Jazz

Friday, September 16th

TallGary’s Cantina


The Get Down

Witches w/ Holopaw

red JUne

Beautifully distilled Americana

The Market Place

Live music

The Recovery Room

Live music

Thirsty Monk South

Gene Peyroux & the Acoustalectric Pedals of Love (rock, funk, soul)



Firecracker Jazz Band

Live acoustic music, 8-10pm

Saturday, September 17th Uncle zetsy’s Old time BOOtknOckers

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The name says it all!

Vincenzo’s Bistro

The Maudlin Frogs

Marc Keller

Creatures Cafe

Westville Pub

Winston Holder w/ Soul & Bone Prophet


DJ Spy-V

Vincenzo’s Bistro

MONDAYS Quizzo! 8-10pm WEDNESDAYS Old-Time Jam 6pm & Green Man Pint Special THURS Bluegrass Jam, $1 off Bourbon FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Shows at 9:30 SUNDAYS Irish Session 5-8pm

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Red Room Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

Westville Pub

the red Wellies

Purple Onion Cafe

Peggy Ratusz & friends

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

Friday, September 9th

96.5 House Band (covers)

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

Marc Keller


Chompin’ at the Bit (old-time)

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

The Get Down


Jack of the Wood Pub

Jack Williams

Red Step Artworks


Jack of Hearts Pub

Olive or Twist

Serious Clark

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Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Red Room

Dance party w/ DJ Steele

Plus a FREE Water Bottle

Top 40 DJ night

Pisgah Brewing Company

Purple Onion Cafe

First Flight


Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Scandals Nightclub

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Dr. Feelgood (Motley Crue tribute)

Laura Michaels w/ Scott Raines Duo (acoustic, rock, country) Dance party w/ DJ D-Day or DJ Drea



Girls (rock) w/ Nobunny & Papa The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul) w/ Black Cadillacs

Group Rates Birthday Parties Family Gatherings Corporate Events

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imagine... over 40 gorgeous & tantalizing girls... up close & personal Ladies & Couples Welcome Sports Lounge feat. UFC on big screen Now featuring area’s only “Spinning Pole” Great Drink Specials Every Night see for yourself at 520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 • Mon - Sat 5pm - 2am • (828) 298-1400

Upcoming Community Events

September 15 - 16


Two-day exploration of under-the-radar strengths and opportunities. See and explore areas of Asheville on the verge of discovery. Presented by Asheville Regional Airport Get Details and Register at

“We’re for Business” for more information on the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce visit us: • 36 Montford Ave. Asheville 58 SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 •


theaterlistings Friday, September 9 - Thursday, september 15

movie reviews & listings by ken hanke

JJJJJ max rating

additional reviews by justin souther contact

pickoftheweek Terri JJJJ

Director: Azazel Jacobs (Momma’s Man) Players: Jacob Wysocki, John C. Reilly, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton, Olivia Crocicchia, Mary Anne McGarry Comedy-Drama Rated R

The Story: The story of an overweight teenager who copes not only with his life, but with the lives of other people.


Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281)

Please call the info line for updated showtimes. Horrible Bosses (R) 1:00 (Fri., Tue-Thu), 7:00, 10:00 Zookeeper (PG) 1:00 (Sat-Mon), 400 n

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452)


Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)


Cinebarre (665-7776)


Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)


Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146)


Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)

Another Earth (PG-13) 1:20, 7:20 (no 7:20 show Sept. 15), Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 The Guard (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat 9:20 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) 4:20 Neurotypical (NR) 7:00 Thu. Sept. 15 only

The Lowdown: A charming character study — though possibly upsetting for those with a candy-colored view of adolescence — of a misfit and his growing extended family. Human, insightful and surprisingly well crafted. Against pretty tall odds, Azazel Jacobs’ Terri turns out to be a very good movie with a great deal of charm. I hadn’t expected it going in. The trailer didn’t really suggest it would be this good. The chilling words “a hit at the Sundance 2011 Film Festival” that are used to promote it were ... well, chilling. And it looked for all the world like it was prepared to shove its “indie cred” down my throat and wash it down with forced quirkiness. Frankly, it took a little while for me to get past that feeling — the early scenes seemed to bear out my worst suspicions, but the film relaxes fairly quickly and permits itself to be warmly, quietly human with its quirk coming from a genuine place. Moreover, it turned out to be filmed in an unfussy, almost classical, style that didn’t try to prove its “reality” by drawing attention to ill-lit, hand-held cheapness. A wise move, because it didn’t need to. In case you don’t know — and with a movie like Terri, which hasn’t bombarded you with ads and trailers, you may well not — Terri (newcomer Jacob Wysocki) is a more-than-plus-size teenager. He seems withdrawn, but more or less accepting of his outcast status. In fact, the school he attends — or more to the point the assistant principal, Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly) — only notices him at all because he’s started arriving late and taken to coming to school in pajamas. These things finally get him called into Fitzgerald’s office. Fitzgerald is well-intentioned, but more than a little inept. He mistakes Terri’s quietness for mental slowness and treats him accordingly, which is a grave. Regardless, Terri doesn’t open up. The only thing he explains at all is that he wears pajamas because they’re comfortable — never offering a word about his tardiness being the result of having to take care of his Alzheimer’s-afflicted Uncle James (Creed Bratton, TV’s The Office). Then again, neither Terri nor the film ever address this directly. For that matter, Terri never explains what happened to his parents that landed him in the dubious custody of his uncle. This may

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Bridger Zadina, Jacob Wysocki and John C. Reilly in Azazel Jacobs’ charming and perceptive Terri. bother some people. I didn’t think it was important. What struck me as important is the nature of Terri as caregiver. As the film progresses, it seems to me more and more obvious that this is a role life has assigned to him — and which it will continue to assign him with anyone he gets close to. Much of the film deals with Terri’s ongoing sense of betrayal. He’s outraged when he learns that everyone who becomes one of Fitzgerald’s personal charges are deeply disturbed — “monsters,” he calls them — because he hates being lumped into that group. He will later be outraged again when he learns he’s been on the receiving end of one of Fitzgerald’s stock “confidences.” Of course, it follows that he will befriend the “worst” of the “monsters,” Chad (TV actor Bridger Zadina), just as he will champion a girl, Heather Miles (Olivia Crocicchia, TV’s Rescue Me), who is about to be kicked out of school for sexual misconduct. And he will later befriend her when she’s ostracized by her other classmates. Though touted as a comedy — and parts of it are funny — this is really a drama. It may seem to fit into the realm of the coming-of-age movie, but it feels more like a sadly wise coming-toterms one, which isn’t the same thing. In fact, Terri basically concludes that he’s not ready for anything like adulthood — little realizing he’s actually already there. It’s small-scale, but it’s warm and human and perceptive. And for those few reviews I’ve seen that say the film doesn’t go anywhere, I can only say their writers weren’t paying attention. Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug and alcohol use — all involving teens. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14

Another Earth JJJJ


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Director: Mike Cahill Players: William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Flint Beverage, Robin Lord Taylor Sci-fi Drama Rated PG-13

The Story: A guilt-and-redempton story set against the sci-fi premise of the discovery of a doppelganger Earth. The Lowdown: A brilliant concept that the film seems less inclined to explore than the human drama that accompanies it. The forced indie-production style doesn’t help, but the film remains intriguing if not wholly realized. Destined to be embraced by the indieworshipping crowd and those who love to endlessly debate what an ambiguous ending “really” means, Mike Cahill’s Another Earth strikes me as a terrific concept. It’s also a film with a sometimes-good screenplay, some striking images (all of which you’ve seen in stills) and reasonable (but far from great) performances — all brought up short by ditheringly amateurish-looking direction and cinematography. As such, this was one of the summer’s bigger disappointments for me. It’s a film with a premise too intriguing to ignore, but one that falls frustratingly short of its concept. Others will disagree. Another Earth’s big draw is the sudden appearance in the sky of — well, another earth. (It’s probably wisest to not get into the science of this, which isn’t important to the film anyway.) Its first appearance happens to coincide with MIT-bound high-school graduate Rhoda • SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 59

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Williams (Brit Marling, who, yes, looks a little mature for the character) on her way home from a party. She’s not entirely sober and unwisely tries to see this amazing new planet while driving. At the same time, accomplished composer John Burroughs (William Mapother) and his pregnant wife (Meggan Lennon) and young son (AJ Diana) are driving in the other direction. Rhoda plows into them, killing wife and son, and leaving John in a coma. Four years later, Rhoda is released from prison, but finds herself still mired in her own guilt. John is out of his coma, but is somewhat disabled and has become a reclusive drunkard. Rhoda thinks she can expiate her guilt if she confesses to him — since she was a minor, he has no idea of her identity — and sets out to do so, but finds herself unable to say the words. Instead, she comes up with a yarn about being from a cleaning service that’s offering a free sample cleaning. Against his basic instinct, John takes this opportunity to get some of the cluttered mess he lives in taken care of — planning on just taking the freebie and calling it quits. Instead, he ends up hiring her. Perhaps he likes the company, or maybe he’s tired of living in the chaos of his rundown farmhouse. Not surprisingly, the two become friendly — and on the path to more. In the meantime, Rhoda has entered a contest to get a seat on a shuttle to this other Earth, called Earth 2. In the intervening years, it’s been learned that the planet is an exact duplicate of our planet — even down to its inhabitants. In other words, if you’re on Earth, you have a double on this “new” planet. For Rhoda, the prospect of finding a new life is very tempting. There’s also some thought that the synchronous nature of the two planets was broken the moment they were aware of each other — meaning that the event that ruined both Rhoda’s and John’s lives may not have happened out there. Of course, when her idea of making the voyage started, she hadn’t become involved with John in this complicated situation on Earth 1. Conceptually, this is fascinating stuff — even though the idea of a person guilty of killing someone and trying to make amends without the survivors being aware of exactly who they are isn’t exactly new. It at least dates back to Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Lullaby (1932), where the French soldier who killed a German family’s son visits the family and accidentally becomes a second son to them. The really intriguing shift here is the alternate-Earth question — and that’s something Another Earth allows to be eclipsed by the increasingly impossible relationship between Rhoda and John, which more often than not means the film goes on endlessly in the details of everyday life. This will strike many as realism. I guess it depends on your taste for watching housework and clothes folding, but I found long stretches of this — well, kind of boring. The film was definitely done no favors by Cahill’s visual style, which relies very heavily on a faux cinéma vérité. This means the film is relentless in assaulting the viewer with pointless, jerky zoom shots, arbitrary focus shifts and dubious jump cuts. This presumably is to make the movie look more “real” — like

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some kind of heavily scripted, voyeuristic documentary. What it really does is constantly remind you that you’re watching a movie. Your assessment may well differ. I don’t mean to disuade anyone from seeing Another Earth — it’s definitely a worthy attempt — but for me it’s ultimately a great concept in need of a better movie. Rated PG-13 disturbing images, some sexuality, nudity and brief drug use. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre

Apollo 18 J

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego Players: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins Conspiracy Sci-Fi Found Footage Rubbish Rated PG-13

The Story: Top-secret footage of the moon mission no one ever heard of. The Lowdown: Drab, dreadful and dull entry in the dismal “found footage” sub-genre. What positive is there to be said about the experience of sitting through Apollo 18? Well, let’s see. For a change, my wife decided she wanted to go with me — and she got a nice nap out of the deal. The seats at The Carolina are comfortable, and the theater has fountain Cheerwine. Two men with two small children and an unsilenced cell phone made a noisy entrance five minutes into the movie, and the quartet just had to sit behind us and continue to be noisy. The distraction was not entirely unwelcome, however, in light of the crapfest on the screen. OK, let’s be upfront about this: I think all “found footage” movies are rubbish. I’ll grant a marginal exception to The Last Exorcism (2010), which still would have been better without this lazy gimmick designed to disguise the utter lack of filmmaking skill involved. In short, I am not the audience for this stuff. What we have here is Conspiracy Theory 101 all Blair-Witched-up. The movie supposedly consists of a bunch of footage that’s been pieced together from the moon mission no one knows about and which NASA denies ever happened: The titular Apollo 18. It’s not exactly clear how some subversive outfit got ahold of this footage, but then it’s not clear how NASA ever got their hands on all this supposedly 16mm footage that appears to have been shot with Super 8mm cameras. I mean, in light of the way this nonsense ends, they must have sent an Apollo 19 up later to look for it — and even that doesn’t make sense if you stop to think about the ending. Of course, if you’re smart you’ll never think about the ending, because you won’t see any of this. Simply — there’s no way this footage could exist. (It’s not even worth getting into the fact that the moon as depicted in this haphazard mess seems to have Earth’s gravity.) The idea is that two astronauts, Ben Anderson (Warren Christie) and Nate Walker (Lloyd Owen), go to the moon to gather some more of those rock samples — as if we didn’t have enough already. Ah, but this is a ruse by

the Evil Government, and it all involves the Cold War, Russian cosmonauts, and — spoiler alert! — some inhospitable rocks that transform into some kind of spider things. (Are spiders the easiest thing to make with CGI?). And that’s about it — except that it goes on and on in increasing mind-numbing tedium. I turned my phone on twice to check the time in the hope that it must be nearly over. I was gravely discouraged on both occasions. The claim is that it’s only 88 minutes, but it seems much longer. Apollo 18 isn’t even very good at making “period” footage or coming up with any realistic claims about the equipment they’re using. There’s some jabber about several thousand feet of Kodachrome on rolls, but the cameras completely put the lie to this claim — which doesn’t stop the filmmakers from festooning the footage with phony outbursts of light-struck film, dubious scratches and lab marks that wouldn’t exist. Doubtless, the film will find favor with wanna-be filmmakers in search of a short-cut to something they can make without much technical skill. It may also please those who think that a film that didn’t cost much and eschews professional polish is somehow magically more worthwhile than one that did cost something and took skill to produce. Anyone else would be better off seeing anything else ever committed to film. Rated PG-13 for no stated reason, but presumably for scary images and some naughty words. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

The Debt JJJJ

Director: John Madden (Proof) Players: Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Martin Csokas, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds Thriller Rated R

The Story: An exploration of the difference between the official version of the story of the three Mossad agents tracking down a Nazi in 1966 and what really happened. The Lowdown: Well cast and solidly made, The Debt is a hard film to fault on any specific grounds, but it’s equally hard to get as excited about it — a definite downside for a thriller. When I came out of The Debt, I ran smack into co-critic Justin Souther. As soon as I apologized for having run into him, I said, “It was perfectly fine. I’m so sick of movies that are perfectly fine.” He offered to let me review Seven Days in Utopia as a remedy, but I know he knew what I meant. The Debt is a thoroughly competent movie that is reasonably effective at being what it sets out to be — a solid little thriller. It’s also pretty hard to get excited about. Apart from being somewhat more brutal in its violence than is common in respectable-minded films, it’s simply another well-crafted movie that takes few chances and affords even fewer surprises. And if any genre


book FBI agent (Don Cheadle). The trailer looks delightful. Plus, it’s one of the best reviewed movies of the summer. (R)

Dear Lord — another comedy from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions for one of his hangers-on (Nick Swardson in this case) to star in, and this one’s even partly written by Sandler. And then there’s crack director Tom Brady, whose name adorns some really awful movies (all but one coming from the Sandler machine) and no good ones. This round we have Swardson as the dim-witted Bucky Larson, who, discovering his parents used to be porno stars, decides this is where his future lies. Stephen Dorff, Christina Ricci and Don Johnson are among the perpetrators. For some reason, this has not been screened for critics. (R)

Early review samples: • “Mr. Gleeson’s rogue is a treat, however conceptually contrived, and Mr. Cheadle’s lightly played gravity is a pleasure.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) • “An impish and impudent black comedy that knows where it’s going and how to get there, it gives veteran actor Brendan Gleeson one of the tastiest roles of his career and introduces a gifted writer-director with a familiar family name.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)



Before turning his back on the movie world to take up painting, Steven Soderbergh has some parting shots up his sleeve. The first of these is Contagion, about the panic that ensues when a new airborne lethal virus shows up. He may be leaving the movies, but Sorderbergh can still pull in a cast — Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne. There are too few credible early reviews to tell much, but the word is mostly positive and Todd McCarthy (The Hollywood Reporter) liked it. (PG-13)


See review in “Cranky Hanke.”


The name John Michael McDonagh may not immediately mean anything to you, but perhaps you’ve heard of his brother Martin, who wrote and directed In Bruges (2008). Well, now John Michael — inheriting his brother’s star performer Brendan Gleeson — has written and directed a movie of his own. It’s a culture-clash comedy that pairs a confrontational and very outspoken Irish police sergeant with a button-down, by-the-

See review in “Cranky Hanke.”


Gavin O’Connor — who last brought us the abysmal Pride and Glory in 2008 — is back with Warriors. The story is about an ex-Marine (Tom Hardy) being trained by his father (Nick Nolte) for some gigantic (and lucrative) mixed martial arts event. Things take a complex turn, however, when his brother (Joel Edgerton) turns out to be his opponent. The folks at Lionsgate claim that the match is a “soaring, soul stirring and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.” (PG-13) Early review samples: • “It’s about broken families coming together. It’s about economic desperation and about America getting off the ropes and recovering its fighting spirit.” (Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly) • “The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling.” (Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter)


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filmsociety House on Haunted Hill JJJJ

Director: William Malone (FeardotCom) Players: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher, Chris Kattan, Ali Larter, Jeffrey Combs Horror Rated R William Malone’s House on Haunted Hill (1999) was the first film from Dark Castle Productions. The original notion behind the production house seems to have been to make modern versions of old William Castle films, an idea that seems to have died the moment Thir13en Ghosts (2001) failed to duplicate the box office success of this film. Make no mistake, House on Haunted Hill isn’t a great movie. It is, however, a good deal of gory fun — one that is blessedly free of a cast of teenagers, and one that is actually much better than the film it’s remaking. I can hear the nostalgia folks muttering threats already, but the 1959 original is pure cheese and — once it gets away from its Frank Lloyd Wright exterior — the interiors are all crummy old-dark-soundstage trappings and flat TV-looking lighting. The house here is astonishingly creepy, very atmospheric and architecturally dubious — not that the last matters much, but I can’t begin to imagine the floorplan. The new film follows the basics fairly closely, but it elaborates on everything from the characters to the events. It still has people agreeing to spend the night in a creepy old house — with the ante upped from $10,000 to a million — and the fact that this joint is a lot more unsettling perhaps accounting for the inflation. Geoffrey Rush — complete with dashing mustache — inherits the Vincent Price role of the host. The only other cast member to really evoke the originals is Chris Kattan in the old Elisha Cook Jr. part (Kattan may now be said to be the Cook of his day — probably not an accolade he was hoping for). This is also a much bloodier film than the original. It does have the same aura — actually as much suggested or glimpsed as truly depicting something truly nasty going on — that has marked all the William Malone movies I’ve seen. The period insane asylum opening and the occasional flashes back to its horrors are surprisingly unsettling. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen House on Haunted Hill on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

Swing Time JJJJJ Director: George Stevens Players: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Betty Furness Musical Comedy Rated NR When I first saw Swing Time (1936) — Christmas, 1972 — it was considered one of the lesser Astaire-Rogers films. As such, I wasn’t expecting much (not to mention that I didn’t — and don’t — much like the title), and so I was mightily and very pleasantly surprised to find it anything but lesser. For that matter, I found the “Never Gonna Dance” number and the dance that follows (to a medley of songs from the film) to be the single most beautiful in any of the duo’s 10 movies. And the rest of the movie wasn’t much behind that sequence. The decades have vindicated Swing Time, which has generally come to be considered their best film. While the story is hardly anything to get excited about, it does place the film in a new and fresh position within its musical-comedy confines. It’s much more part of the real world of the time — something Mark Sandrich’s Follow the Fleet (1936) had edged toward earlier that year, but in sailor “dress-up.” Fred — usually a star of some kind — is here a low-rent hoofer and a gambler, while Ginger is a lowly instructress at a none-too-scrupulous dancing school. These are much more common folks than we’re used to — and it works, though of course, it will lead to the usual glamour and the anticipated Astaire-Rogers movie “Big White Set” (in this case the star-lit Silver Sandal nightclub). The comedy is solid — and solidly placed in the hands of Victor Moore and Helen Broderick — and the direction by George Stevens (on his second major film) is creative in ways nothing else in his filmography is. Of course, the treasure trove of Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields songs — “Pick Yourself Up,” the Oscar-winning “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Waltz in Swing Time,” “A Fine Romance,” “Bojangles of Harlem,” “Never Gonna Dance” — don’t hurt in the least. The result is an Astaire-Rogers movie where the film is very nearly as great as its stars. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen Swing Time Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

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needs surprises, the thriller is that genre. The movie is being presented as a Helen Mirren film — and that’s not unfair exactly, even though it’s interesting that the scar adorning her face throughout the film is nowhere to be seen on the poster — but it should be understood that The Debt is set in two distinct times — 1997 and 1966. The upshot of this is that Mirren plays Rachel Singer in 1997, while Jessica Chastain plays the character in 1966. Similarly Tom Wilkinson and Ciarán Hinds play Stephan Gold and David Peretz in 1997, while Martin Csokas and Sam Worthington play their earlier incarnations. In any case, the split results in Mirren being in only half of the movie. The story concerns a trio of Mossad agents — long honored as heroes, especially Rachel, who shot fleeing Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel in 1966. By 1997, Rachel has married and divorced Stephan, and has a daughter, Sarah (Romi Aboulafia). Sarah has written a book about her mother, father and David that details the events in East Berlin in 1966. In fact, we learn the outcome of their mission to capture Vogel from Rachel’s reading of an excerpt of her daughter’s book at the publishing launch. But there’s a shadow over all this — one that comes in the form of the long-missing David, who, just prior to a meeting with Stephan, decides he’d prefer to step in front of a truck. The film then starts piecing together the real events of 1966 — essentially leading up to a replay of the scene where Rachel shoots Vogel — with the trio going to East Berlin to capture the Josef Mengele-like Nazi masquerading as a gynecologist named Bernhardt. The flashback segment is slickly accomplished and some real suspense is generated, even though the twist concerning the gap between the official story and reality is easily guessed. This, however, isn’t the film’s ultimate suspense piece, but it’s impossible to go into any detail about the film’s final act without giving away too much. I’ll go so far as to say that this last part is where Mirren earns her star billing. So here we have a solidly produced, nicely crafted thriller. We also have a strong cast, none of whom can be faulted, even though the younger performers don’t have the same level of panache as their older counterparts. It can be argued — and not unreasonably — that the panache is something the young versions of the characters acquired over the years. I won’t dispute that, but it doesn’t change the fact that the three old pros held my interest more than their counterparts. And maybe that’s why the film never rises past the level of “perfectly fine” and never pushed me into the sense that I was watching a great — or even near great — movie. Should you go? That probably depends on how you feel about the cast and the thriller genre. You could certainly find much worse ways to spend your time at the movies, but I can’t get that enthused about The Debt to truly recommend it. Rated R for some violence and language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

The Devil’s Double JJJJ

Director: Lee Tamahori (Next) Players: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaïssa, Khalid Laith Fact-Based Drama Rated R

The Story: Fictionalized account of the double used by Saddam Hussein’s despotic and depraved son, Uday. The Lowdown: It may be based on fact, but The Devil’s Double is mostly an entertainingly lurid melodrama of corruption and excess — but one that is raised a notch by the furious performance of Dominic Cooper in the dual role of Uday and his double. Lee Tamahori’s The Devil’s Double is probably only a three-and-a-half star movie, but it’s pushed into four-star territory thanks to the performances of Dominic Cooper as both Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday and and Uday’s double, Latif Yahia. And I say performances because Cooper really delivers two very different ones: The raving psychotic Uday and the frequently horrified, yet completely trapped Latif. With one exception, you never have any confusion about which character is onscreen — even after the “plastic surgery” where they remove the painfully obvious appliance from Latif’s nose. That sole exception is in one of the film’s most unsettling scenes, where Latif gets so worked up giving a ranting speech that he seems to threaten to actually become his unwanted mentor. The film — quite obviously — is factbased, but it would be a huge mistake to take it as a history lesson in any real sense. Sure, there was an Uday Hussein and he was, by all accounts, completely depraved, degenerate and insane. And, yes, there still is a Latif Yahia and it is, in fact, on his fact-based novel that the film is based. By the time the story reached the screen, it had been fictionalized twice. Certain things are clearly here for both dramatic effect and as part of Yahia’s desire to present himself in the best light possible. It’s not fact so much as it takes facts, throws in some wishful thinking and some speculation in order to create a deliberately lurid melodrama. That’s how it should be judged, and, judged on that score, it’s mostly successful. In the film, Latif is a soldier who is first asked to be Uday’s double, then tortured and finally blackmailed into taking the job to protect his family. This perhaps redefines the idea of an “offer he can’t refuse,” but that’s probably deliberate because the film paints Uday as a gangster — and it does the same, to some extent, to his father Saddam (Philip Quast). It just happens that the Husseins run a country, rather than a crime syndicate. In fact, quite a few people have likened the presentation of Uday to the Al Pacino character in Brian De Palma’s 1983 remake of Scarface. The comparison is not without merit, though I’d say Uday wins in the raging-lunatic department.

specialscreenings The Mirror JJJJJ Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Players: Margarita Terekhova, Oleg Yankovsky, Ignat Daniltsev, Bikolai Grinko, Larisa Tarkovvskya Autobiographical Drama Rated NR Those who believe that Terrence Malickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Tree of Life ushered in an entirely new type of film this summer should tackle Andrei Tarkovskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Mirror (1975) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a far more difficult film that also functions as a kind of autobiography that concerns itself with a time and a place. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really nothing about the film that can be called a plot. In essence, The Mirror is a series of seemingly unconnected, yet strangely connected memories. As memories, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a mixture of the crystal clear and the vaguely outlined. These memories seem to fold in on themselves in a flood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; albeit a rather slow flood, since this is Tarkovsky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a point that order is meaningless. All these times have become one. Similarly, characters change and morph within the space of a scene. It is a film that is difficult to adequately describe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and one I believe is impossible to process in one sitting. I also suspect that it may be a film that will never be wholly comprehensible to a nonRussian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; possibly even to a Russian who never experienced the time periods depicted in the film. Some may find it a wholly frustrating experience. In which case, the best approach is probably just to immerse oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self in the incredible imagery that transmutes even the mundane into something that feels fresh and new. reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Mirror at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District (upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

Once Latif is inside the inner circle of Udayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world, the film turns into a kind of descent into hell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but a hell that Latif is incapable of doing anything about. He can only keep his mouth shut and be onhand when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary to step into the role of Uday â&#x20AC;&#x201D; usually when the situation would be dangerous for the real Uday. A great deal of the time, he functions as Udayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whipping boy, being dragged along to nightclubs and parties to watch Uday flaunt his power to rape or murder whomever he pleases whenever he pleases. At the same time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s undeniable that Latif is living in unthinkable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and grotesquely tasteless nouveau riche â&#x20AC;&#x201D; luxury. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stressed, but the undercurrent of the appeal is there. The film is on sure footing when it wallows in its melodramatic excesses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it spends a lot of time there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; assuming you have a taste for melodramatic excess. It fares less well in its more serious efforts. Oh, it can be quite chilling in its unflinching depiction of cruelty and brutality, but the whole plot involving a dangerous romance between Latif and Udayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current main lady friend, Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier), is neither convincing, nor seemingly thought out. Attempts at making her sympathetic never quite work, and you end up feeling that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mostly in the film simply because of the idea that â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a girl in a picture.â&#x20AC;? It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter much, though, because the film is really Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show all the way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in that it succeeds. Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14

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Seven Days in Utopia J

Director: Matthew Dean Russell Players: Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Deborah Ann Woll, Brian Geraghty, Melissa Leo Christian Sports Rated G

The Story: A hot-headed golfer has a blow-up during a tournament and ends up in the tiny Texas town of Utopia, where an old cowboy holds the secret to becoming a better golfer. The Lowdown: Cheesy filmmaking, heavy-handed preachiness and flagrant consumerism make for one hairy film. Do you like your sports movies with a side of proselytizing? Do you like when your Christianity peddles golf clubs and is presented by The Golf Channel? If you answered yes, then Seven Days in Utopia is the movie for you. First, I have to offer the usual disclaimer for whenever we review one of these overtly Christian films, which is that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not being panned because its a Christian film. No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting this reaction from me because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a boring, hokey movie. But even that I could come to grips with. What makes Seven Days all the more egregious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and borderline offensive â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is how the movie attempts to use its faith-based message as a means of making a quick buck in the most blatant of fashions. Based on David L. Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book Golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sacred Journey: Seven Days in Utopia (a good sign of how amateurish this production is going to be is when the opening credits leave out the possessive apostrophe from the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title), the film is about Luke (Lucas Black), a pro golfer with daddy issues. When we meet Luke, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just stormed out of a tournament after â&#x20AC;˘ SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 63

melting down on the final hole and getting into a tiff with his father (Joseph Lyle Taylor, Summer of Sam). After taking off down Texas back roads, Luke nearly runs over a cow, but instead ends up wrecking his car and finding himself in the small town of Utopia. Here, he meets Johnny (Robert Duvall), an old cowboy and one-time golf pro who soon promises to fix Luke’s golf game if he promises to stay in Utopia for seven days. Here, Johnny becomes the good ol’ boy version of Mr. Miyagi, teaching Luke about golf in unorthodox fashions, like making him paint pictures or nearly killing him in a plane crash (no, really). All of this, of course, is so Luke can learn that Jesus — not golf — is what’s important. The message is heavy handed, while the story that it’s wrapped within is far too corny and pat to be believable. By itself, Seven Days in Utopia should be perfectly forgettable, and in the same class as all the other forgotten faith-based films that have come and gone over the years. But it’s not. Instead, the film’s in embarrassingly bad taste, since — underneath its Christian message — the movie really just works as one big advertisement. Seven Days has some of the most grotesque displays of crass product placement I’ve ever been witness to. It’s not obvious at first, beyond the Callaway Golf hat Luke wears throughout the movie. But then later, Johnny decides to present Luke with some new-fangled putter that’s supposed to be the future of golf. And of course, dear old dad, as a sign of reconciliation, buys Lukes a brand new Callaway driver. But things get truly distasteful where all these slightly hidden sales pitches end up. The film ends on a cliffhanger, then gives you a URL to a site that’s not only promoting Cook’s sequel to Golf’s Sacred Journey, but which also links to a store that features all types of Callaway Golf goodies. I have no problem with anyone making money on their movie. Sell all the books and shirts and Happy Meals you want. But when you’ve completely molded and abbreviated your film in order to make a quick buck and get traffic to your e-store — all under the auspices of preaching the Good Word — then you’re doing nothing more than insulting your audience. Rated G. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10

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Shark Night 3D J

Director: David R. Ellis (The Final Destination) Players: Dustin Milligan, Sara Paxton, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Donal Logue Horror Rated PG-13

The Story: A group of co-eds head to an island on a Lousiana lake, only to find out it’s infested with killer sharks. The Lowdown: Barebones horror filmmaking at its stupidest and least involving. I’ve somehow come to convince myself that buried deep under the dull malaise which is David R. Ellis’ Shark Night, there lies a decent trashy, schlocky horror flick. Apparently, Ellis — the director of the purposely bad Snakes on a Plane (2006) — thinks so, too, since he apparently toyed with the idea of actually putting the film out as Untitled 3D Shark Thriller. Since this is where all of Shark Night’s self-awareness begins and ends, perhaps someone should inform Mr. Ellis that — like Snakes on a Plane — just because you make a bad movie bad on purpose doesn’t mean it’s actually good. In fact, maybe you’re just an awful director. And if Shark Night is any indicator, then it’s definitely looking like the latter. There’s a decent premise to build on if you wanted to make this an honest-to-goodness schlockfest, based around the wonderfully absurd idea that a group of rednecks have captured a bunch of sharks, surgically implanted cameras on them, and let them loose in a salt-water lake in Louisiana. The idea is that these sharks will feast on coeds, while these resulting snuff films can be sold at a premium to people who don’t find the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week thrilling enough. As the foundation of a goofy horror flick, this isn’t too shabby. It’s just that no one seems to want to put any effort into making this thing entertaining. There’s no mood or atmosphere, and instead we just get a lot of cliched college-kid antics (beer, partying, near-nudity) followed by the requisite slaughter by shark. None of it even approaches anything actually scary, and because of the film’s PG-13 rating, there’s not even enough gore to allow it to be a decent gross-out flick. So what do we have? A horror movie in the most barebones sense. Even the supposedly creepy rednecks aren’t all that creepy. I mean, only one of them has bad teeth. In most ways Shark Night does accomplish what it sets out to be: It’s a dumb horror movie. But dumb and entertaining are hardly the same things, and this film fails to even skirt the outer limits of what constitutes a decent movie. As entertaining filmmaking, it’s negligible. Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, disturbing images, sexual references, partial nudity, language and thematic material. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande • SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 65

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SMART START OF BUNCOMBE COUNTY • Seeks a full-time Office Manager. • The Office Manager is responsible for the organization and coordination of office operations, procedures and resources to facilitate organizational effectiveness and efficiency. • Individual must be self directed and have strong organizational and problem-solving skills. • Associates’ degree required; Bachelors degree preferred with 3 to 5 yrs. experience as an adm. assistant, office mgr. or related experience. Competitive salary (mid to upper $30s) and benefits. Smart Start of BC is an EOE. For full job description go to Submit cover letter and resume by mail to Smart Start of Buncombe County, 2229 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804 or via email to, no later than September 12, 2011.

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

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FULL TIME RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS NEEDED â&#x20AC;˘ Eliada has THREE openings for second shift Residential Counselors. â&#x20AC;˘ The Residential Counselors are responsible for implementing the Eliada Model and actively participates in all activities taking place in the cottage. â&#x20AC;˘ The RCs will also ensure a safe environment, efficiently complete required documentation, and be able to transport students as needed. â&#x20AC;˘ A Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in a Human Services field is preferred but will consider a combination of both education and experience with the population served. â&#x20AC;˘ Must possess a valid a North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s License. Must be able to work in a high pressure, high stress environment. Interested and qualified applicants please apply at

PISGAH LEGAL SERVICES, Hendersonville, NC, a community-based, non-profit law firm, seeks a Disability Caseworker or Advocate. Good communication and people skills. Experience working with low-income, homeless, and mentally ill population required. Data entry and word processing tasks. Salary depends on experience; excellent benefits. THIS JOB IS IN HENDERSON COUNTY. Submit resume and cover letter by September 17, 2011, to: employment@pisgahlegal.or g. Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, elderly, disabled encouraged to apply. HABILITATION TECHNICIAN â&#x20AC;˘ Asheville/Biltmore Lake Area. Enhanced Personal Care Services needed for a teenage girl with profound MR/DD. Saturdays and Sundays every week-end. Hours 10am-4pm, but family may be flexible. Experience with children with developmental disabilities helpful. NCI training required (can be provided by agency). HS Diploma/GED required, CPR/FA required (can be provided). Must provide proof of valid DL and vehicle registration. Criminal background/DMV checks will be conducted. Call 828.296.0510 for more information or apply in person to 2 Miller Road East, Asheville.

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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 Rachel Wingo at (828) 6962667 ext 15 or e-mail Rachel at rachel.wingo@thementornet• Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739. QP’S NEEDED TO WORK AT ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM IN JACKSON COUNTY Must have Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and 2yrs full-time, post-bachelor’s experience with children/adolescents with Mental health diagnoses or 4yrs post-degree experience if not a Human Service degree. Submit resume via email to or fax to 828-586-6601

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, has opportunities for Qualified Mental Health Professionals to join our team. Qualified candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in a social services field and a minimum of 1 year experience with adults or children with mental illness. FPS offers a competitive and comprehensive benefit package. To join our team, please send your resume to

AVAILABLE POSITIONS • SMOKY MOUNTAIN CENTER Quality Management Coordinator The Quality Management Coordinator carries out a wide array of provider relations and monitoring responsibilities to include endorsement, Provider compliance, and technical support to Providers. This position is knowledgeable about the Smoky Mountain Center Providers, services and stakeholders, and uses that knowledge to implement the mission and values of Smoky Mountain Center. Application Support Manager The Application Support Manager position is responsible for the management of all enterprise level SQL database servers and related software applications, analysis, and reporting for Smoky Mountain Center. This includes coordinating within and between departments, vendors, contractors, and providers regarding resources, deadlines, standards, and related issues. This position will support and manage all Application Liaison positions while ensuring compliance with documented change management and version control standards. Provider Network Analyst Liaison The Provider Network Analyst Liaison position has responsibility for the development, implementation and management of applications and reports for the agency. Further ,this position will provide analysis of system data in order to ensure data integrity. This position’s primary focus is to support the Provider Network Management Department and will be on the Provider Network Cross Functional Team (CFT). This position will work closely with the other IT Analysts to ensure that there is a consistent approach to application support and management. This position reports to the Application Support Manager. • Grade/Step for all positions is determined by qualification and experience of candidate. Positions are full-time salaried with comprehensive benefits. Work schedule is 37.5 hours per week. Positions are exempt from overtime compensation. Positions are open until filled. • For more information on these and other positions please visit our website at www.smokymountaincenter. com Send a NC State Application and resume to: Smoky Mountain Center, Department of Human Resources, 44 Bonnie Lane, Sylva, NC 28779. Smoky Mountain Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Arts/Media DYNAMIC GRAPHIC DESIGN POSITION- FULL TIME (ASHEVILLE, NC AREA) Dynamic Graphic Design Position- Full Time (Asheville, NC Area) Our firm is seeking a highly motivated creative graphic design artist to work within a close-knit creative team.In this role you will be responsible for creating graphic design work as well as assisting with production art needs. You should be proficient in Adobe illustrator and Photoshop. You should have exposure to Macintosh computers. The ideal candidate would be resourceful, enthusiastic and innovative. We are a full service creative based company working with many high profile clients. Some exposure to licensed properties would be helpful. Screen-printing knowledge is also a plus. 1 to 3 years of experience is preferred. Ability to work in a fast paced environment required. Salary will be based on experience. The employment package would include a comprehensive health plan with dental and optical care. This will be a very rewarding experience with high growth potential for the right candidate. To apply please send us an email containing the following items… 1. A brief note explaining why you are the perfect person to fill this position. 2. Your resume. 3. A link to online samples of your work or digital portfolio. If you are the right fit you will be called in for an interview. Please contact Greg Williamson at… PHOTOGRAPHY POSITION Seeking photographers to travel to youth sporting events 2-3 weekends per month. Photography, photoshop, sales, and experience with children a plus. Must be outgoing, selfsufficient, 18 years of age, and have a valid driver’s license. Email resume to

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Teaching/ Education FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER To instruct one elementary student, 3 times/week, in a one-on-one setting. Will consider French, Spanish, or Italian, with preference given to the most qualified applicants. Must have a Masters in foreign language, teaching certification and/or experience teaching in an elementary setting. • Interested applicants should email to

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