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letters Why some Montford residents oppose their neighborhood’s position on the I-26 Connector Not all of Montford shares the “no acceptable alternatives” that the Montford Neighborhood Association has adopted in regard to choosing among the alternate routes of the I-26 Connector. Many Montford residents who have followed the I-26 Connector saga through the last decade are distressed that Alternate 4B, designed by the Asheville community and adopted by the Asheville City Council, has come under special attack by Montford’s I-26 committee. True, several design aspects of Alternate 4B were radically changed by NCDOT. These need to be reversed and, I believe, can be reversed, through strong public outcry. But for the Montford committee to negate 4B is to turn its back on a route that has been deemed the least invasive to the larger Asheville community. Let’s say it like it is: “no acceptable alternative” is Montford’s code for “not on my side of the river.” More importantly, the Montford Neighborhood Association’s approval of the “none-of-the-above” approach is potentially devastating. Politically, it muddies the water, creates confusion and gives DOT an easy excuse to choose Alternate 3, which they and the Chamber have wanted all along (bigger, better, faster, more concrete).

Looking at Asheville — The Big Picture — Alternate 4B’s route solves a huge safety problem: It separates local and interstate traffic on the Smokey Park Bridge. It also is the smallest footprint, taking the least amount of land. Its route on the Montford side of the river would follow the already-existing four-lane highway, 19/23. Montford calls the I-26 Connector, especially 4B, a “major threat to life in Montford.” Honestly, many of us who live in the “affected area” just don’t buy that. Of course there are noise and air-pollution issues to be dealt with, and who wants more highways anyway? But in the great scheme of things, considering that we live in a city where the Smokey Park Bridge is unsafe and where the Connector will eventually be built, I see 4B’s impact on the Montford neighborhood as tolerable. Four-lane highways already exist on the two boundaries that 4B would impact. I just don’t buy into Montford’s fear-laden cry that 4B will destroy our neighborhood. Let’s challenge Montford to think beyond their own back yard, to look at the city as a whole and reconsider their Montford-centered position. — Carol Stangler Asheville

Hurrah for the traffic calming features of Macon Avenue As a resident of Longchamps (the adopter of the street program for Macon Avenue), I want

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In the article in last week’s Outdoor section, “Hammock Time,” the last name of brothers Peter and Paul Pinholster was misspelled. Our apologies. to go on record as a big fan of the traffic-calming measures that have been installed on my street. In fact, we need one more hump closer to the Grove Park Inn, so that last stretch doesn’t get the gas pedal floored. The sidewalk is a blessing after years of near sideswipes by hesitant tourists unused to winding roads. I love the planters in the middle and can see how great the evergreens at the foot of Macon will look in a few years. Many thanks to Ken Putnam, who studied our situation and took much time with the neighborhood, as well as City Council for supporting his findings. I do not travel Kimberly Avenue or Edwin Place as much, so I will leave it to the residents on those streets to hash that out — but a word of advice to those who seem unable to manage the islands and bump outs: Slow down. As for Jerry Sternberg’s comment [Commentary, “Traffic Calming,” Sept. 15] regarding the city’s eventually having to take over maintenance of the planters — I highly doubt it, at least on Macon Avenue. It is a street blessed with many gardeners! — Steve Woolum Asheville

Traffic-calming measures aren’t perfect, but they meet an important need I am sympathetic to some of the concerns expressed by the irate letters bewailing the traffic barriers erected on Kimberly Avenue. Perhaps the design could have been better thought out, or maybe the curbs are not visible enough. However, these complaints, paradoxically, are an unintended argument for the traffic

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Why Cape gets our write-in votes I have worked with Robin Cape and am excited that she wants to continue as Councilwoman. She has a unique ability to listen well in order to respond creatively and thoughtfully to constituent concerns. With her understanding of the issues, she is working to find common ground for achieving a sustainable future for Asheville. Write in Robin Cape! — Pat Hinkley Asheville I was disappointed when I heard that Robin Cape was not going to run for City Council: It would have been a tremendous loss to Asheville to not have her bringing her leadership to the city. She is smart, tough, really understands the

The health department is OK with bare feet; why isn’t Asheville? Of all the places I’ve lived, Asheville is the most progressive and open-minded, and that’s one of the things I love about it. So I find it disturbing how much anti-barefoot sentiment there seems to be among local businesses. I avoid wearing shoes whenever possible, for reasons of health, comfort and conve-



islands. Just substitute pedestrian or bicyclist for the “hazards” referenced in these letters, and the reader will get an idea of what those of us who live and recreate in the neighborhood experience. The drivers who can’t see the traffic islands, despite the warning signs at each end of the barrier, also are blind to the runner at the crosswalk or the bicyclist at the side of the road. A few weeks ago, I had to jump behind one of these irksome barriers to avoid a car that veered toward me as I waited (and waited) at a crosswalk. Countless times, as I have jogged with my daughter in a stroller, I have been forced to a screeching halt as a car turned right from a cross street onto Kimberly, never once looking to the right to check for pedestrians. Usually, the oblivious driver had a cell phone cradled next to a head turned in the opposite direction from where the vehicle was pointed. I understand, given the difficulties of navigating traffic on Merrimon Avenue, why Kimberly has become the default bypass. The difference is that Merrimon bisects a commercial district while Kimberly runs through a residential neighborhood. I don’t think it is too much to ask drivers who don’t agree with the design of the


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Vote for Council candidates who’ll work in your interest, not those of development/real estate Let me see if I have this right. City Council recently accepted nearly a half-million dollars in federal-grant money to remedy flooding and watershed problems on Dingle Creek. Those problems were caused by development along the stream and its tributaries. Does this mean that our tax money is being used to remedy problems caused by developers? Meanwhile, the development and real-estate communities are vociferously opposing buffers that would prevent future problems along watercourses within the city. This seems to be just another example of the curious way we do business in Asheville. Adding insult to apparent injury, City Council can’t assure us that the wages and salaries generated by this corporate welfare won’t be sent out of the country. There’s a City Council election coming up, folks. Go to the forums, ask hard questions and cast your vote thoughtfully. Vote for those candidates you are convinced will work for the interests of the ordinary citizens of Asheville, not the interests of individuals and corporations whose deep pockets finance campaigns. What you’ve seen and heard is not always what we’ve gotten from the candidates we’ve elected in years past. — Michael N. Lewis Asheville


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nience. Yet many local businesses — such as the French Broad Food Co-op, Rosetta’s, and even Firestorm Cafe, to name a few — ask me to leave if I arrive without shoes. These are all wonderful and very progressive businesses, which is why I am perplexed by these ridiculous and arbitrary rules. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told, “Sorry, there’s a health department regulation” or something like that. Not true. There is no such rule in North Carolina, or any other state. Go ahead, ask them. In fact, there is no law or rule of any kind, in any state, requiring that shoes be worn in public places, businesses or restaurants. Somehow people have the idea that bare feet are unsanitary or unsafe. There is no rational reason to support this myth: The rubber soles of shoes, full of crevices, hold far more dirt and bacteria than the smooth bottom of a foot. Most dirt that does get on your feet gets brushed off in a few steps. And unlike the moist, dark, hot, anaerobic environment inside a shoe (a perfect breeding ground for bacteria), bare feet are exposed to ultraviolet light, oxygen and moving air, so they stay clean and dry. And in any case, you’re eating with your hands, not your feet, and food isn’t being served on the floor. As far as glass, the few times I’ve encountered broken glass, it has been easy to to step around; and while running, I have intentionally stepped on broken glass just to prove how minuscule a risk it is. Remember that the skin is thicker on the bottom of your feet than anywhere else. Finally, every medical study ever done on the subject has shown that bare feet are far less


susceptible to many diseases and injuries. I’m not some primitivist or anti-establishment hippie. I just think policies should be based on reason, not irrational taboo. Business owners have the right to make whatever rules they wish. But when I’m spending my hardearned money, more of it will go to those that don’t discriminate against bare feet. — Daniel Africk Asheville

Pharmaceutical-lobby letter sings Shuler’s praises — but it’s a sleazy song Congressman Shuler likes to pretend that his rigid stand against health-care reform is a matter of principle, but a recent campaign mailing suggests otherwise. In a postcard sent to his constituents last week, Shuler is quoted bragging about his struggle against fundamental reform but also vowing to keep Medicare costs low for seniors. What he proposes is to do nothing at all except close the so-called “donut hole,” which would constitute yet another multi-billion-dollar gift to the pharmaceutical industry. And guess who paid for this scurrilous bit of campaign treacle? The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America! There is no principle here, just political sleaze, greed and prevarication. — Michael Carlebach Asheville

Out-of-control national debt? Don’t look at Obama and Pelosi Here in WNC, we have been hearing much from local Republicans, conservatives and the always-charming Carolina Stompers warning us that the USA is on the road to fiscal disaster. Our conservative Democratic congressman, Heath Shuler, voted against the economic stimulus and will likely vote against healthcare reform because of budgetary concerns. Most conservatives blame Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi for out-of-control spending and the national debt. Yet there are serious flaws with their logic. It was Democratic President Bill Clinton who left office in 2000 with a budget surplus of over $559 billion. It was his Republican successor, George W. Bush, along with a Republican Congress, who ran up the largest national debt in U.S. history. Bush and the Republican Congress passed tax cuts and pushed through two costly foreign occupations without providing any means in the U.S. budget to pay for these things. When Bush left office, the national debt had reached $11 trillion. That is the very definition of fiscal irresponsibility. Yet for WNC conservatives, it is Obama and Pelosi who are to blame for our fiscal problems. Give me a break. As a liberal, I refuse to be lectured on fiscal irresponsibility by the same conservatives who left us with this mess. — Bert Clere Asheville


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Jerry Sternberg is wrong about traffic calming by Glenda Burgin Editor’s note: On September 9, Xpress published “Traffic Calming: The Gospel According to Jerry.” In it Jerry Sternberg decries the city’s “inept, ineffective and dangerous attempt at traffic calming in north Asheville, on Charlotte Street and on Macon and Kimberly avenues.” Here, Grove Park resident Glenda Burgin issues a point-by-point rebuttal. Jerry’s “gospel”: Jerry has been on a crusade for a year and a half. Fact: Grove Park neighbors have been on a traffic-calming crusade for about 10 years. Jerry’s “gospel”: “Most of these people who signed the petition had no clue as to how poorly thought-out, draconian, and dangerous these measures would be …” Fact: Over 60 percent of affected neighborhood households had at least one member who signed the petition, and many of them helped design the measures. From beginning to end, the process took several years. Residents attend-

against — spoke up. Those opposed to the traffic calming did not sign the petition, but, as noted previously, members of the majority of households on the affected streets did sign it. And the Grove Park Inn was a partner in the traffic-calming project. It not only provided $375,000 to help pay for the project, but it also cooperated as a good neighbor in many other ways. The inn built sidewalks, saved and planted trees, handled construction in an environmentally safe and aesthetically pleasing manner, put up signs to remind their employees and guests about driving in a residential neighborhood, and hired an ombudsman who made sure that communication was clear, constant and positive during building of The Fitzgerald. The traffic-calming project has improved relations between the Grove Park Inn and the surrounding neighborhood. Jerry’s “gospel”: “The option of going back to the planning phase, to consider alternatives … was not even considered.” Fact: See the above two facts! There was a long

I live in this neighborhood. . . and I see slower, more cautious traffic than before. ed numerous meetings with city staff and representatives of the engineering/architectural firm that drew up the plans. Postcards, city notices, and signs in the neighborhood announced the locations and times of meetings. All neighbors were invited to come up with suggestions and provide input about troubling areas. Small groups of residents formed to review and mark up the plans, which evolved as the months went by. Any neighbor could review plans at the engineering firm during its office hours. Calming measures adopted by other cities were shown to residents, and methods thought to be appropriate for our streets were presented and explained. Compromises were continuously made so that the measures would be in accord with safety requirements and city code. Volunteers took the final plan around the neighborhood, getting signatures from members of more than 200 neighborhood households in order to reach the required 60 percent approval threshold. Jerry’s “gospel”: “Council would not listen to the plan’s opponents, as they were attempting to placate a small group of residents who were angry at the Grove Park Inn for building the Fitzgerald condominiums on Macon Avenue.” Fact: At several Council meetings where public comment was invited on this topic in accordance with law, residents — whether for or

planning phase, a long period during which alternatives were considered, and many opportunities for any person, including Jerry, to show up, voice concerns, disagree, mark up sample drawings, and offer different suggestions. Many of the folks who are just now having issues with the traffic-calming devices could have had input by showing up for at least one of the many relevant meetings. Were they out of town all that time? Were they just not interested back then? Were they convinced nothing would happen? Were they too busy to work on issues confronting their own neighborhood? Talk to any of the neighbors who did work on the project, and you will hear just how much time from their lives — and jobs — they sacrificed for the sake of the project. (Not all of the supporters of the traffic-calming measures are “old biddies” with lots of time on their hands, as Brent Brown insinuated in his cartoon published in the Sept. 9 Xpress. Some are even young parents!)

help from Quality Forward, a group of neighbors spent their own time digging and planting (and occasionally being harassed by disgruntled drivers). Let’s hope that more neighbors will come forward and offer time and money so that landscaping can improve the appearance of the islands, which Jerry describes as “unsightly.” The landscaping may also help some drivers notice that the islands are there. Jerry’s “gospel”: “I live in this neighborhood and walk or ride through it daily. … the outcome has been abysmal.” Fact: I live in this neighborhood and walk or ride or drive through it daily, and I see slower, more cautious traffic than before. This is not always the case, of course, but the situation has improved from the years before the islands and humps were added. I have also talked to other residents who live on the directly affected streets: Kimberly, Grovewood and Macon. They likewise feel that the traffic is generally safer and slower and that it is consequently a bit quieter to live or walk there. By the way, residents suggested traffic humps for Kimberly many years ago, but the city responded that they would not be safe for the emergency vehicles that must use Kimberly. Jerry’s “gospel”: “Finally, install a traffic light at Edwin and Charlotte.” Fact: That traffic light was already requested by interested and involved neighborhood residents during the traffic calming planning process and is being considered by the city’s Traffic Engineering Division. It depends upon available funding. X Anyone interested in learning more about the Grove Park neighborhood traffic calming project can email me at Volunteers for helping to tend the landscaping would also be appreciated.

Jerry’s “gospel”: “The city has even gone so far as to plant bushes in the middle of these islands, with the expectation that volunteers will take care of the gardening.” Fact: The city did not plant the bushes. The neighborhood raised money to purchase and plant the bushes, and the city provided only the soil. That was always the plan and was well understood by neighbors. The city never maintains landscaping in traffic islands. With • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 

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by Brian Postelle Republic Services of North Carolina, better known locally as GDS, has been picking up curbside trash and recyclables in Buncombe County since 2000, but it appears that a new company may soon be taking over that job. Republic Services is a national company that, according to its Web site, operates in 40 states and 3,000 municipalities, including Asheville. But in a 4-1 vote at its Sept. 15 meeting, Buncombe County commissioners decided to go another direction for county collection, voting to bring in Florida-based Waste Pro. Requiring a second vote to ratify, the move could put 35 GDS employees out of work — although Waste Pro says that if it does take over servicing 25,000 county households in 2010, it would give first shot to GDS employees when hiring. The board’s Valley Street meeting room usually has plenty of seats to choose from, but this time chairs were filled with representatives from three companies as well as GDS employees. Whereas GDS representatives defended their record and touted their experience working the roads of Buncombe County, Waste Pro and Waste Industries, which is also based in Florida, seemed focused on reassuring GDS employees about their hiring plans and highlighting their benefits and bonuses. Buncombe County renews its exclusive contract for trash and recycling removal every ten years and the three companies were the only

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ones to reply to a call for bids and proposals by the county. GDS’ bid was far and away the highest, at $17.03 per household per month. The company now charges $14.70 for that same service, and Waste Industries and Waste Pro’s bids were closer to that target, at $14.55 and $14.20 respectively. The contract only applies to unincorporated areas of Buncombe County. But GDS Vice President Drew Isenhour countered that the company’s experience is worth the rate. “While I was astonished as anyone at the difference in prices and proposals, I think we have the experience in Buncombe County and have demonstrated that experi-

Curbside Services.” When it won the contract in 1999, GDS bid $11.34 per household, a rate $3.36 lower than is being charged now. Under the contract, Isenhour noted, the company cannot raise its rates during the first two years of service. That was another factor in the company’s decision to submit a higher bid, he said. County resident and board meeting regular Jerry Rice told the commissioners that there is a level of service expected that could make a higher rate the better bet. “There’s more to it than the bottom line,” he said. And Land-of-Sky Regional Planner Holly

“While I was astonished as anyone at the difference in prices and proposals, I think we have the experience in Buncombe County and have demonstrated that experience.” GDS Vice President Drew Isenhour ence.” Isenhour told commissioners that the rise in charges was justified because of higher tipping fees at the county landfill, a recent increase in the number of bags allowed per household and the refusal of the county to reimburse the company for recyclables. “If it’s all about price, I suggest you take one of the others,” he said. In the past, Buncombe County has reimbursed GDS $33 a ton to cover the bill from Curbside management, which receives the recyclable material. That policy is being discontinued, said County Waste Manager Jerry Mears. “There should be a little bit of revenue there,” Mears told Xpress after the meeting. “The hauler will have to negotiate that with

Bullman praised GDS’ work for recycling awareness.“I consider them a key stakeholder in educating the region’s youth about recycling,” Bullman said. Representatives from the other companies, meanwhile, assured the board of their ability to do the job to expected standards and to navigate the mountainous roads of Buncombe County. “This is not unfamiliar terrain,” said Waste Pro regional Vice President Tim Dolan. Mears gave the commissioners a rundown of the decision-making process, including rankings based on price, technical ability and previous performance before announcing that the staff recommendation was to hire Waste Pro.

He also assured the board that it was not just Waste Pro’s lowest bid that earned that recommendation. “The basis of awarding the franchise will not be solely based on low cost,” he said. “We expect the companies to put their best game forward and provide information in their proposals that will make them stand out and that will really make the choice clear.” But a few minutes later, he backpedaled, emphasizing that cost should be the most important criteria when making the selection. “Strictly, all we’re asking for is the cheapest rate for the citizens of Buncombe County to get their waste hauled,” he said. Commissioner Bill Stanley saw it differently, noting there was no way to guarantee in the contract that Waste Pro would hire the former GDS workers. “I’m thinking about 35 Buncombe County people out of work,” he said. “People can say they are going to hire them, but it is not written in stone.” Stanley made a motion to award the contract to GDS but got no second. Commissioner Carol Peterson followed by making a motion to hire Waste Pro, which was seconded by Commissioner Holly Jones. The motion passed 4-1 with Stanley voting no. In order for the contract to be made official, the board must take a second vote, which is scheduled for their next meeting on Oct. 6.

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Since 2003, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville have been trying to finalize an agreement that would consolidate 911 emergency services, and it may soon be time to sign on the dotted line. Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution that removed a troublesome $2.5 million payout to Asheville if the county backed out of the agreement. In the early days of the partnership, AsheviIle had held off on seeking funding of its own in order to combine efforts with the county, which now will receive the funds to operate the entire system. The $2.5 million was intended to serve as a safety buffer in case the city got left out on a limb by Buncombe County. In June, the board cried foul on that provision. The new agreement will supply Asheville with a certain portion of funding based on the amount of phone lines and cell phones within its municipal boundary. The next stop for the revised draft agreement is City Council chambers for Council’s Sept. 22 meeting.

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Following its August approval by Asheville City Council, the Honor and Remember flag earned a nod from the commissioners. A national movement is afoot to gain official federal recognition for the flag, which is designed in remembrance of America’s war dead. (The flag can be viewed at The board unanimously approved a resolution supporting a U.S. House bill to adopt the flag. X

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The choice is yours: Asheville’s Primary candidates face the grid Here we go: Three mayoral candidates and nine Council candidates are on the ballot heading into the primaries. Early voting for Asheville’s municipal election began on Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 3, followed by the big day at the polls on Oct. 6. This year’s campaign season has already seen some shakeups since filing ended in July. Two filers, mayoral candidate Denise Pendleton and Council candidate Jenny Bowen, have quit the race, though their names will still appear on the ballot. Readers won’t find incumbent and writein candidate Robin Cape on this summary, as there is no option to fill in write-in candidates

on the primary ballot. She will, however, have a spot in our General Election candidate Q&A in October. On the primary ballot, voters can each pick three Council candidates and one mayoral candidate. Once all is said and done, six Council and two mayoral candidates will go into November’s general election. Meanwhile, there is no shortage of opportunities to see candidates in action. Forums and appearances are scheduled all around town (see “Campaign Calendar” on page 20). Some have even issued their own surveys. Several candidates have answered the “The Get There Asheville” multimodal transportation survey;

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What steps, if any, should the city take to deal with graffiti?

Do you support the implementation of domesticpartner benefits for city employees? Why or why not?

Occupation: small-business owner Party affiliation: Democrat Political experience: Six years as a councilwoman and four years as mayor Endorsements: Sierra Club, Asheville Firefighters Association

Total: $25,072 Top three: Antonio Fraga, $4,000; Craig Madison, $1,600; John Cram, $1,000

I favor retaining our present election process. As the votes cast by each Council member affect all the citizens of the city of Asheville, it is only fitting each Council member should be held accountable, at the polls, by all of those same citizens.

The city should continue with the efforts that were approved in August — violators brought before the nuisance court (to start in the third quarter) and an aggressive removal program using a local based group.

The city currently exceeds the Federal Family Leave Act requirements by offering Family Leave to employees, which can be used for any family member (including domestic partners). Additionally, the city adheres to the state’s law on medical insurance offerings for employees.

Occupation: night auditor at hotel Party affiliation: Republican Political experience: none Endorsements: none listed

I have not collected much financial support because I have not asked for it; I will not attempt to buy my seat as mayor. The Buncombe County Republican Women’s Club donated $22 and Jason Lee of the 9-12 Asheville donated $10. $32 raised, $0 spent.

I am vaguely familiar with this issue and I do not see the need to further complicate and restrict the system. This would be very useful to combat abuses (which I may not yet be aware of) like all of the candidates originating from Biltmore Park.

I commend the new Community Policing initiative with the new eight-man squad downtown. I see this as a first step in becoming less reactive and more proactive in urban response. I will pursue programs to modernize our law enforcement, as one area which desperately needs more funding.

This is discriminatory only allowing for city employees or is misleading via Hegelian dialectic and gradualism. If couples want the benefits they need the paperwork; this or civil union is reserved for loving couples who seek the benefits they deserve, and is separate from a family making child adoption impossible.

Occupation: page, Buncombe County Library; father Party affiliation: zero, zip, nada Political experience: loads Endorsements: Zen Sutherland, George “The” Bastard, W.B.Keckler, Devin Walsh, Asheville Area Anti-Communist League, The Human Fund, Citizens for a Snarkier America, George Vanderbilt

Total: $280 Top three: David Hopes, $100; John Clanton, $60; Donald Marsh, $40

I have no strong opinion either way; each has its advantages and disadvantages.

We all know that the lobstrous problem of graffiti threatens the very fabric of this community. Here is my plan for curbing it. First offense: required to do the Truffle Shuffle in Pack Square for 24 hours. Second offense: concentration camp. Third offense: There will be no third offense.

Yes, but to balance out the scales and avoid GOD’s wrath, I support stoning any city employee who gets a divorce or commits adultery, regardless of sexual orientation. There are enough stones for everyone.


Terry M. Bellamy

Robert W. Edwards

Shad Marsh

results are online at If you haven’t registered, don’t fret. You can still register for the primaries at one-stop voting at the Buncombe County Election Services headquarters, 189 College St. In the next few pages, you can read candidates’ answers to 10 questions we thought most pressing for the city of Asheville heading into the election. We asked candidates to keep answers to 50 words or less (a no doubt daunting task). Because of space constraints, the answers have been edited for length as well as clarity. — Brian Postelle

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Given the city’s current and likely upcoming budget shortfalls, how would you make ends meet?

Which key elements of the Downtown Master Plan, if any, do you want to see implemented in the next year?

What measures, if any, do you How much of a role, compared support to promote bicycle and to its current one, should the mass transit? city play in putting on festivals?

Which sitting member of City Council are you most like politically, and which do you differ the most with?

What should Asheville’s policy be regarding forced annexation of surrounding areas?

Currently, the city does not have a budget shortfall, but were that the case mid-year reductions in the 2009-10 budget cycle. I would support targeting service hours of operations, capital expenditures, funding to outside agencies and special events. I would also continue to seek funding from state and federal sources.

The most far-reaching element in the Downtown Master Plan is the proposed changes to the Unified Development Ordinance. I recently supported the UDO amendments being brought back before Council during this calendar year.

I support the implementation of the bicycle Master Plan and approval and implementation of the Transit Master Plan. Advancing these two measures will continue moving Asheville towards a greener and more sustainable future.

The city should maintain its limited role in encouraging and facilitating our various festivals.

I am most politically like Mayor Terry Bellamy. The second part of your question does not really apply to the inclusive, consensus building process I practice. I view every Council member as a potential ally in my constant efforts to make Asheville a more livable and prosperous city for all.

The North Carolina state statutes that created the process supersede Asheville’s annexation authority. We are bound by law to adhere to that policy.

The more I learn of the city budget, I believe it requires a complete re-prioritization to adapt to new realities. I am continually appalled at the massive amounts of taxpayer dollars being spent on special interests while the only budget cuts are in education and police departments.

I am still learning about the Downtown Master plan and all it encompasses. My campaign is different because I don’t have predispositions and biases of what I want to do. I plan to interview and listen to those who will be affected by this. Comments and suggestions welcome at

I believe bike lanes are needed more than our new buses. I am still researching our bus system. Privatization could be the best prospect. Bike transit needs more lanes which provide for scooters bikes and smaller motorcycles that are more and more common as gas prices rise.

Government is responsible for providing the functions that private interests can’t. I think the city needs to assist in large festivals where private businesses would have conflicts. I would like to see downtown businesses take a more active role in festivals as well as seasonal decoration.

If I can be a fraction of the guardian to taxpayers’ money and sustain the pragmatic objectivity Carl Mumpower brings to Council I would consider myself a success. Council (bar Carl) and County Commission votes go unanimous which is disturbing, because the constituents these people represent don’t always agree.

Forced annexation is a money- and power-hungry local government seizing rights from landowners in an attempt to prop up their own irresponsibility. If the people desire the city and the services it provides let them willingly ask for it. I compare forced annexation to a sex crime.

Taxing misspellings on Tea Party signs. De facto decriminalization of marijuana combined with a tax on snack foods.

I believe we should have Poland under firm control by the spring,

I support banning cars from downtown. There are no cars in the Bible.

As little as possible. Do we really need any more washedup grunge bands headlining here? Do we really need more shirtless frat boys puking in our streets and sullying our women with their wanton seed?

The answer to both questions: Carl Mumpower.

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How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

Do you favor district elections for Council members? Why or why not?

What steps, if any, should the city take to deal with graffiti?

Do you support the implementation of domesticpartner benefits for city employees? Why or why not?

Total: “A little more than $20,000” Top three: Mary Fishman, $550; Michael Carlebach, $500; Charlie Thomas $500, John Wilson, $500

I’m not clear that Asheville is a big enough city to warrant district elections. The fact that many of our politicians are wealthy has sometimes allowed upscale neighborhoods to be overrepresented on Council, but my candidacy is proof that determined working class challengers can make inroads.

Stepped up enforcement efforts make tagging more alluring, so the best answer is rapid removal/cover-up. Graffiti can be seen as personal “advertising” encouraged by our heavily commercial culture, where billboards and banners are available to the wealthy but not to the poor.

Yes, it’s a matter of simple fairness and equality.

Occupation: supervisor, ABCCM Party affiliation: Democrat Political experience: none Endorsements: Just regular people

I am not about raising money. City Council should represent real people, it should not be bought and paid for by special interests.

No. The Council should be all-inclusive, never exclusive. How can I serve only a limited area without taking all of Asheville into account?

Asheville has one of the finest police departments in all of N.C. — let them do their jobs. They are highly trained and very professional. I’m confident they are more than capable of dealing with this problem. They are aware of it and working aggressively to deal with it.

Yes. In this day and age it just makes common sense. This is an issue that benefits everyone involved. Would not you want that on your job?

Occupation: Engineering consultant and graphic artist Party affiliation: Republican Political experience: WNC 912 Project Coordinator Endorsements: “I did not pursue any. I spent my time meeting the fine folks of Asheville and refining my positions.”

Total: $612.39 Top three: Kathie Lack, $100; Jerry Rutherford, $100; Buncombe County Republican Men’s Club, $100

Yes. District elections will allow for a more balanced representation of the people of Asheville. They will also promote a deeper connection between elected officials and their constituents.

Property owners are the victims. Taggers are opportunistic and sly criminals. The city should not treat graffiti victims punitively. I will work closely with APD and catch these criminals. I will recommend party-to-party restitution and community service as basic correctives to apprehended taggers. Property owners will be protected.

We don’t have a mechanism for domestic partners to gain legally binding cooperative status. Implementing these benefits without strong prerequisites will allow opportunists to game the system at the expense of the taxpayer. When we have civil unions working in N.C., the ability to implement these benefits will be possible.

Occupation: owner, Eagle’s Market convenience store Party affiliation: Republican Political experience: current member of the Transit Commission and Board of Adjustment; volunteered on political campaigns for Charles Carter, Steve Metcalf, Ralph Campbell, Judge Jim Wynn, Judge Wanda Bryant and Dan Blue, assisted in November elections, 2000 to present Endorsements: none listed

Total: $1,600 Top three: J. Neal Jackson, $1,200; Don Yelton, $200; Eric Gorny, $75

No I do not favor District Elections. Our town is small enough to let the citizens decide. How fair would district elections be if we really look at the make up of our city and citizens in the various neighborhoods?

We need to take a look at other cities and the technology that is being used to combat this issue. If we had the resources, how fast and how effective would our police department be in combating this issue?

If I am going to support this issue, I need to see all of the facts and it should not just be in Asheville it should be throughout the country. Is it fair or unfair, because people can take advantage of this situation which could cost taxpayers?


Cecil Bothwell

Occupation: builder/writer/publisher Party affiliation: Democratic Party Political experience: Avl. Precinct 3 Chair; treasurer PARCPAC (federal PAC); candidate for Buncombe Board of Commissioners, 2008; cofounder the Asheville Coalition-2005; co-chair Dean for America (Avl), 2004; founding member The Progressive Project (now nationwide), 2004; founder Rolling Thunder (Avl), 2003; co-founder SpareChange? (Avl), 2003 ; WNC coordinator, Cynthia Brown for U.S. Senate, 2002; 30+ years as active Democrat Endorsements: Asheville Chapter National Organization for Women, Avl. Fire Fighters Association, Sierra Club

Larry D. Chastain

Ryan D. Croft

J. Neal Jackson

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primary election day is oct. 6

pendleton, bowen no longer running

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Given the city’s current and likely upcoming budget shortfalls, how would you make ends meet?

Which key elements of the Downtown Master Plan, if any, do you want to see implemented in the next year?

What measures, if any, do you How much of a role, compared support to promote bicycle and to its current one, should the mass transit? city play in putting on festivals?

Which sitting member of City Council are you most like politically, and which do you differ the most with?

What should Asheville’s policy be regarding forced annexation of surrounding areas?

I advocate 4 day/40 hour work weeks for city employees (which has cut costs in Buncombe County government); reduced printing, energy use and Council travel. I would seek an increase in the hotel room tax, with the funds dedicated to city infrastructure and education.

We should implement height limits, form-based rules and sustainability guidelines during the building hiatus triggered by the current financial crisis. We should not reduce the responsibility or accountability of Council in regard to large projects.

We need to prepare our transit system to deal with imminent changes in fuel availability and cost. Sidewalks and bike lanes should be continuous and connected to transit stops. I support the proposed Transit Master Plan including more frequent rush-hour service.

In tight economic times we should reduce support for festivals. Schools, transit, police and fire protection are all much more important than provision of free festivals. If the choice is between bread and circuses, I’d favor bread.

I am most like Carl Mumpower, in that I am unafraid to be clear on where I stand. I am most different from Carl Mumpower, in that I offer hope for meaningful community collaboration and plans for positive change instead of divisiveness and fear-mongering.

Since the Sullivan Acts force us to provide city water rates to nonresidents, that’s a strong indication that the state thinks that we should be incorporating nearby areas. However, the only forced annexation I unequivocally support is of the Biltmore Estate which claims but refuses to join Asheville.

I would use sound moral judgment in the way the city spends monies. There are a lot of wasteful, even tragic, ways the city of Asheville and more importantly the Council chooses to spend money. Classic example: the Civic Center.

Not very many. We need to start from scratch, with the new Council coming in and focusing on a clear vision for Asheville. After all, isn’t that is what City Council is elected and expected to do. Let’s make it happen.

I am all about more bicycle lanes — a fantastic way to keep Asheville green and healthy. The mass-transit system needs a complete overhaul as far as routes, times and days it actually operates. Long layovers and routes that do not promote people getting back to work.

I think the city does an excellent job promoting festivals and events.

Robin Cape, Kelly Miller

There should never be forced annexation.

Implement a zero-sum budget generation process eliminating “loose-end” waste. Restructure departments based on need-vs.use examination. Deny the use of tax dollars as city selected charitable giving to non-profits. Activate energy conservation programs in city buildings and facilities. Delay or eliminate SMP-mandated programs and tax increases.

I don’t want to implement any aspect of the DMP as it currently exists. The foundations, key metrics, and financial assumptions posited in the DMP were generated before the present crippling recession. The DMP is a system of taxes and limitations on business. It is a small business killing machine.

Bicycle safety and awareness programs abound. Building expensive infrastructure modifications is out-of-step with the majority of taxpayers. Don’t be fooled. Useful bike infrastructure is a seven-figure affair. We need buses. I’m interested in pursuing energy and cost saving measures through careful management and technology upgrades.

Our festivals are an important part of our culture and economy. We need to provide preferential treatment to Asheville citizens and vendors. I have seen far too many out-of-state vendors raking in our profits. We need to encourage our folks to participate more and benefit from the opportunities.

I am my own man. I am an unhyphenated and proud American. I believe in Natural Law, individual liberty, and the power of free markets. I am an unabashed Christian, dedicated husband, and protective father. Please don’t feel compelled to put me into a box. I will not go willingly.

I will never support it. It is unethical and thuggish. Shame on any government that seizes private property to pillage new revenues as a solution to budget shortfalls. This is America. We put a man on the moon. Surely we can solve our budget woes without lowering ourselves to criminal behavior.

Evaluate with all department heads to see what is necessary for them to be efficient. Sit down with all Council members to see where cuts are needed for the interim. Find creative ways to get citizens out of work working so the city can fill the void of lost tax revenues.

We have so many master plans out there right now …. The city has budget shortfall, people are out of work, and the DMP is years away from becoming a reality. Focus on improving cleanliness and encourage entrepreneurship to maintain what we all have fell in love with Asheville for.

Focus on our transit system, extend hours and offer Sunday service. Citizens need to be able to get to and from work. We need to create bike lanes that are efficient, because we have an ever-growing cyclist community. Cyclists need to be protected on our busy streets.

I feel if the funding is available we should continue to focus on festivals that have played an important role in creating our Asheville community. I also feel that our major festivals should have already been self sufficient. It is our job as Council to promote our community and support it, but in a manner that is cost effective with minimum loss of taxpayers dollars.

I am not like or different than any of our current Council members. I am J. Neal Jackson, a free man who has been blessed with the ability to think and make decisions as a free individual.

I am not for forced annexation. I feel if communities as a whole would like to be annexed, allow the citizens to vote and decide; that should be the American way. People fail to realize the effects of forced annexation in that their property taxes will increase.

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How much money have you raised for your campaign? Who are your top three donors, and how much has each contributed?

Do you favor district elections for Council members? Why or why not?

What steps, if any, should the city take to deal with graffiti?

Do you support the implementation of domesticpartner benefits for city employees? Why or why not?

Total: $18,599 “plus in-kind donations” Top three: Roy Davis, Ron Manheimer and Larry McDevitt — $800 dollars each

No, district elections create unnecessary divisions among segments of a city. Asheville is organically unified, and Ashevillians share a desire to preserve our quality of life and enhance our strong community. I believe our non-district method of electing city council members continues to help further our collective goals.

Graffiti should be removed quickly and steps should be taken to prevent graffiti in the first place. When graffiti riddles our downtown and ruins our beautiful cityscape, it negatively affects our vibrant downtown economy, our thriving arts and cultural community, and the living spaces of our downtown citizens.

Yes, I believe that people should be treated fairly and equally regardless of their sexual orientation or their particular domestic circumstances. Domestic-partner benefits should not be withheld from those that cannot legally marry their partner or from those that simply choose not to marry their partner.

Occupation: Avl. City Council member and executive vice president, Avl. Convention & Visitors Bureau of the Avl. Area Chamber of Commerce Party affiliation: Democrat Political experience: Appointed to City Council in 2008; numerous lobbying trips to Raleigh and D.C.; successfully lobbied to increase county’s occupancy tax by one cent in 2001 to help fund nearly $100 M in community projects, worked for Alaska Legislature in early 1980s, and on Alaska Gov. Cowper’s successful 1986 campaign Endorsements: Vice Mayor Jan Davis, Mack Pearsall, Wilma Sherrill, Avl. Fire Fighters Association, Kim MacQueen, Mark Hunt, John Cram, Jim Samsel, John Rogers, Sheriff Van Duncan, Pam Myers, Ruth Summers, Bob Patel and Byron Greiner

Total: “Approximately $22,000” Top three: Mack Pearsall $1,000; Thomas Pearsall $1,000; several $500 supporters including Guy Clerici

I support the existing election system. I believe responsible leadership on Council requires us to fully understand every neighborhood’s challenges, as well as how our public policy and budget decisions affect every Asheville citizen, regardless of where a citizen resides.

I helped champion Council’s efforts to proactively deal with graffiti vandalism, leading to establishing the first nuisance court and an affordable graffiti removal team. We’ve purchased new technology to help catch graffiti vandals. We must strive to be graffiti free; one building, one block, one neighborhood at a time.

Yes. Over 8,000 private companies, including 270 of the Fortune 500 companies, like Kodak and Prudential, currently offer domestic partner benefits. It is part of a competitive benefits package with little or no additional premium cost and will provide our city with a great recruitment and retention tool.

Occupation: psychologist Party affiliation: Republican Political experience: 8 years on Asheville City Council; 2 years as vice mayor Endorsements: “I have worked extra hard to alienate every special/selfish interest group in WNC — including my own party. So far I have been successful.”

None. After eight years of creative, energetic and principled actions, the people of Asheville know my name, what I stand for, and what I will do. I will embrace reelection with enthusiasm or depart with gratitude; I will not accept or spend any money to purchase a council seat.

No. Asheville is not large enough to support districts. In any case, districts tend to create “mini-me mayors” whereby elected power brokers look out for their district’s special interests versus the common good. We are all in this together and should be looking out for everyone with matching enthusiasm.

Graffiti vandals do great harm to other people’s property behind a mask of artistry. It is a poor way to matter in a world that needs more from all of us. I support rewards, enforcement, consequence and creative cleanup initiatives. I do not support penalizing victims with draconian ordinances.

No. I am still baffled on why employers have become the source of benefits for anyone other than employees to begin with — it is an unsustainable system. Aside from this philosophical question, the city cannot afford partner benefits. We can barely afford the benefit demands currently in place.

Occupation: owner, Cesar’s Family Services LLC owner (David’s Transportation) Party affiliation: none Political experience: “I might not have political experience but I am a successful business owner.” Endorsements: none listed

I raised $150 ($50 personal conNo, because I do not believe in tribution and $100 from Ms. D.C. segregation. Murphy). I believe that democracy should not be run through a check book. So if the citizens of Asheville want a candidate who is in no way beholden to any special interest, they should vote for democracy. Therefore, everyone should vote for me.”

As a City Council member, I would introduce an educational campaign for all Asheville citizens, and include a mandatory and educational program for all students about the negative consequence of graffiti.

Yes, I do. I do not believe the city should discriminate based on sexual orientation. Moreover, this is a right that is earned by any Asheville job-holder.

Occupation: child and family therapist Party affiliation: Democrat Political experience: Advocated for clean energy in the Woodfin diesel-powerplant controversy; led a coalition to return our public land on Pack Square last summer; lobbied in Raleigh as mental-ealth advocate; created voter guides in ’06, ’07, and ’08; volunteer coordinator for Holly Jones. Endorsements: Holly Jones, Leni Sitnick, Sierra Club

Total raised as of last filing:$16,359 Top three: Shelley Pereda Camp, $1,010; Errington Thompson, $1,000; Veronika Gunter, $520

Vigilance, quick cleanup and zero tolerance are the best answers. Graffiti vandalism is like other forms of vandalism in that property owners and business owners suffer the burden. Graffiti art, as exemplified in the Asheville Mural Project, ought to be celebrated.

Yes. Gay and lesbian citizens of Asheville deserve equal recognition and equal benefits. We all know that Asheville is a gay-friendly city, and our city government ought to reflect our commitment to the civil rights of all our citizens.


Esther Manheimer

Kelly M. Miller

Carl Mumpower

Occupation: land-use and realestate litigation attorney Party affiliation: Democrat Political experience: none Endorsements: Asheville Fire Fighters Association, Sierra Club, Asheville City Council members Jan Davis and Brownie Newman

Cesar Romero

Gordon Smith

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No. At-Large voting keeps our community unified and keeps all of our Council members focused on the bigger picture.

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Given the city’s current and likely upcoming budget shortfalls, how would you make ends meet?

Which key elements of the Downtown Master Plan, if any, do you want to see implemented in the next year?

What measures, if any, do you How much of a role, compared support to promote bicycle and to its current one, should the mass transit? city play in putting on festivals?

Which sitting member of City Council are you most like politically, and which do you differ the most with?

What should Asheville’s policy be regarding forced annexation of surrounding areas?

My time as a legislative attorney and my experience interacting with our city government has taught me the central importance of fiscal stewardship. Redundant costs ought to be aggressively eradicated. Regressive taxes should not be favored; rather, the city should continue to move toward a feebased revenue structure.

I want a balanced approach that preserves our quality of life and our unique community. Asheville’s development standards must be rewritten to include green building standards, affordable housing, public parking and public spaces, and height restrictions. These new standards should include objectivity rather than the current subjective criteria inconsistently applied.

Although adopted, the city has yet to implement the bicycle master plan, the greenways master plan, the pedestrian master plan and the transit master plan. These plans are essential in moving Asheville forward as a multimodal community, and we need to work creatively to bring them to fruition.

We need to emphasize what makes us unique: locally owned businesses, downtown festivals and music events, our strong arts community and beautiful, unique and historic architecture. This is our community; we need to preserve it, and, in that regard, the city should continue to put on and support festivals.

I am not like any sitting member of City Council. I am a mother of three, wife of a public-school teacher, and a lawyer with a masters in public administration. I am a blend of liberal/democratic political leanings, with an understanding of the unique, local business community.

North Carolina is one of the few states that allows involuntary annexation, and I believe this helps maintain strong cities in North Carolina. However, only when the city can provide the same services to those annexed as those living in the city should the city consider annexation.

City Finance Director Ben Durant and his team do an outstanding job. As a member of the city’s finance committee, I would advocate for the same transparent 2008-09 approach: No property tax increase, prioritize services and work closely with staff to recommend necessary cuts without adversely affecting levels of service.

I served on the DMP task force and helped pass the plan by Council in May. My two DMP priorities for 2009-2010 include modifications to the development review process and changes pertaining to the actual design related standards via UDO modifications.

Approving the forthcoming Transit Master Plan that strategically addresses our multi-modal needs is priority #1. Second, we should seek long term funding solutions to implement this vital plan aimed at connecting all of Asheville in an environmentally friendly manner. Third, increase our greenways funding that supports multimodal infrastructure.

I support partnering with festivals that have historically proven their worth such as Shindig and Downtown After Five. I am advocating for a simpler and less costly permitting process that is easier for festival organizers to understand and afford.

It truly does depend on the issue. I’ve made hundreds of votes since my December 2008 Council appointment, aligning most often with the 6-1 majority.

I support voluntary annexation that offers non-Asheville residents living in Buncombe County an opportunity to vote on proposed annexations. We must clearly articulate to potential residents the city benefits and let the people decide if becoming part of Asheville is their desire.

Concentrate city government on things others cannot do for themselves — like public safety — and resist the temptations of being all things to all people. We should fund the necessary over the nice, core services over special services, and small and efficient government over big government.

I am not a master plan enthusiast. This is another expensive and distracting exercise in motion over action that has us attempting to effectively control things we cannot and neglecting things we can. This document will be misused by special interests to support their agendas over the common good.

Any that are realistic and have funding fairly shared by those who use the service. Topography is our strongest bike transportation hurdle. Transportation and jobs are our best social service. That’s why I started the Top-AStop program using donations and volunteers to build those 50 wood bus stops around Asheville.

We should offer fair and equitable rules that support others in exerting their creative festival energies. We should not be funding festivals with tax dollars. One of the easiest things to do as a politician is use other people’s money for other people’s interests — I resist this temptation.

I have a close relationship with and appreciation for that Mumpower guy. He has courage and creativity buttons, works hard, focuses on the common good and stands for something you can count on whether you agree or not. Political differences? Most of the other six most of the time.

I do not support or vote for forced annexation policies. That said, Asheville does not have the same tax, water and sewer leverages that other cities have to encourage voluntary annexation. If we want to end forced annexation, our legislators have to start treating Asheville like they do other cities.

I will review the city budget and make sure that we are not wasting our resources in order to accomplish our budget obligation. However, if the budget still has shortfalls, I will try to reduce all services but I will not stop providing services.

I will support the implementation of any key element of the Downtown Master Plan, as long the plan that will improve the standard of living of our community. I believe that we need to grow in order and harmony with our planet. The best way to do it is by city authorities working together with Asheville residents.

I will be the voice of the Bicycle Master Plan among the City Council members. I will organize a forum to encourage citizen participation in the Bicycle Master Plan.

I believe that the city should review the expenses occurred by city festivals and make sure that each event pays for itself.

I believe that I’m unique. I’m the “missing color” with a new vision aside from the other city Council members.

I believe that we live in a democracy and the citizens should always have the last say in this matter.

Asheville will soon retire its debt service on several bonds. This will free up additional funds in the budget. In order to fund infrastructure improvements that will benefit residents and tourists (Civic Center, greenways), I support raising the hotel occupancy tax to the same level as other North Carolina cities.

Three elements of the plan stand out as most important: 1) MixedIncome, mixed-use density incentives on Charlotte St. and the South Slope; 2) Providing incentives and design standards to spur green development and energy-efficient retrofitting; 3) Establishing connected multimodal transportation for downtown.

I support implementing a comprehensive multimodal transportation system by creating a dedicated funding stream for sidewalks, bike lanes, greenways and the Wilma Dykeman Riverway. There are several options to make this a reality. The community, health and economic benefits are inarguable.

Our city festivals keep our community strong and ought to, like Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, focus on local food, beer, art, crafts and entertainment. If we are sending our city dollars out of town, then we’re doing our taxpayers a disservice.

I differ the most with Carl Mumpower and I am most like Brownie Newman and Robin Cape. Cape and Newman have maintained a commitment to a sustainable future, and I will carry this banner if elected.

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Elida Homes’ new corn maze puts you in the thick of it It’s a massive field of green. The tall and tasseled corn covers about 10 acres of land on the campus of Eliada Homes for Children just off Leicester Highway in West Asheville. Inside, more than 3 miles of trails have been carved in the shape of castle towers and walls. It’s Eliada Home for Children’s first corn maze, and it opens Sept. 25. The fund-raising event will be open Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 6 p.m. The maze will be open for school groups on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. by appointment. And on the weekend of Halloween, as well as the preceding weekend, the maze will be “haunted” by UNC Asheville’s drama department, which will benefit from part of the proceeds. The cornfield seemed like a cash crop for a nonprofit in search of funding in a down economy, says Eliada spokeswoman Carolyn Ashworth. Eliada Homes offers foster care, therapeutic foster care, child-development services and recreation services for children. “We really wanted to come up with something really family friendly and fun, and our campus seemed like our best asset,” says Ashworth. Thus, the corn maze. Local farmers Bud Sales and Chad Griffin donated their time and equipment to plant the corn. A company called Mazeplay designed the intricate paths and used a small tractor and a GPS system to cut the maze. And what will happen to all the corn once the maze closes? Ashworth says she’s not sure. Until then, she hopes people will come and enjoy getting lost in a field of green. There are actually three mazes of varying degrees of difficulty, and there will be other attractions, such as a hay-bale maze, for toddlers.

Maze daze: This aerial view of Eliada Homes for Children’s first corn maze offers a sense of its scale. The maze covers about 10 acres and includes more than 3 miles of trails. There are three levels of difficulty to the maze, which opens Sept. 25 and will help the nonprofit raise money for its programs. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children under 5 free. Group rates are available for 20 or more. — Jason Sandford

Slavery and Emancipation at Pack Library Asheville’s history is inextricably tied to the “peculiar institution” of slavery in America. Both the large picture and the local are spotlighted in the exhibit “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” at Pack Memorial Library through Oct. 31. The exhibit, which opened Sept. 17 with a reception complete with an actor reenacting scenes from Lincoln’s life, charts the history of slavery in America: its introduction and acceptance, the divisive debate over it that eventually sparked the Civil War, and Lincoln’s eventual declaration that “We must free the slaves or ourselves be subdued.” The exhibit has been a long time coming. Applications to host the traveling exhibit went out five years ago from a local coalition including the Center for Diversity Education. Asheville is one of three North Carolina stops on the tour. Focussing on Lincoln’s efforts to abolish slavery during the Civil War, the exhibit is a collection of panels that contain reproductions of rare historical documents, photographs, political cartoons and handwritten letters composed during the heart of America’s struggle with slavery. Deborah Miles, executive director for the Center for Diversity Education, notes that the exhibit is especially serendipitous not only because 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth but also because of the message sent by the election of President Barack Obama. “Who would have thought we would be so fortunate to have a president and first family who are so reflective of a dream so many had?” Miles says. Slavery is still a current issue. Worldwide, she points out, there are 27 million people working under conditions of forced labor. “And in many ways, we benefit from that forced labor,” she adds. But the exhibit at Pack is not limited to the touring materials. A large portion is also dedicated to examining Asheville’s own role in the history of slavery. Display tables and notebooks contain local documents

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Road to Emancipation: At its opening reception last week, the exhibit “Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation” drew crowds. The touring exhibit remains at Pack Memorial Library through October. photo by Jonathan Welch

including testimonials and letters from the Civil War era and slave deeds dug up from Buncombe County property records. Prior to 1850, Miles says, “People were considered property.” And files noting the transfer of people still exist. Over the past 10 years, high-school students have worked under the direction of the center to find and copy such records. “They are there,” Miles says. ”But unless you were an archivist and went in and got it out, it was hidden from history.” — Brian Postelle

Asheville Currency project seeks alternative $$$ One day soon, perhaps by next fall, you’ll be able to walk into a store and make a purchase with cash that’s unique to Asheville. At least, that is, if the Asheville Currency Project has its way. The local group is researching ways to make a local tender work for the city and its businesses. “We’re still in the research and development phase; we’re organizing,” project spokesperson Amy Hamilton told Xpress. “If everything goes well, we can move forward to designing the currency and it might be out as soon as next fall.” Some of the benefits of local currencies, she said, include keeping trade within the community and encouraging the development of local businesses. “It’s a huge help with buying local, because those are the only businesses that will accept [local currency],” Hamilton said. “It’s important to develop these alternatives, because the financial system we depend on is systemically unsustainable and local communities need to be resilient to the shocks it can create.” Currently, in addition to local volunteers, the project has three UNCA interns helping to gather data and research about how a local currency would work in Asheville. There are obstacles, she acknowledged, including

ensuring that enough local businesses, of enough types, accept the currency. “It’s a problem, for example, if you have 50 businesses but they’re all cafes,” she said. “Where is the cafe going to spend that?” But she notes that there are an estimated 4,000 local currencies worldwide — even though they are “all too often dismissed as a fringe project.” Asheville already has one version of local currency — the Local Exchange Trading System —where members provide goods or services that gets them credits that can be used with any other business or individual in the system. Hamilton says that the currency project and LETS are cooperating and if the project decides to push for a paper currency, will try to do so in a way that complements LETS. The currency project is looking forward to the help of Thomas Greco, a local currency expert who will be giving a talk at Firestorm Cafe and Books on Sept. 29. Greco is an economist and author of several books on the topic. “He’s a font of knowledge and information,” Hamilton asserted. “He’s got a lot of experience and can give a real boost around here.” — David Forbes

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election09 Campaign Calendar Thursday, Sept. 17: Early voting began for the primary election (Asheville only). For details, contact Buncombe County Election Services at 250-4200, or visit governing/depts/election. Wednesday, Sept. 23: Mountain Xpress publishes its primary voter guide for Asheville Council and mayoral candidates. Thursday, Oct. 1: The South Asheville Rotary Club presents a forum for Asheville Council candidates, 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park Town Square. Saturday, Oct. 3: Last day of early voting for the Asheville City Council and mayoral primary. Poll closes at noon. Saturday, Oct. 3: Buncombe Democrats meet and greet, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 951 Old Fairview Road. Tuesday, Oct. 6: Primary election (Asheville only). Tuesday, Oct. 6: Primary night party for Asheville Council candidate Gordon Smith, 6 to 9 p.m. at Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 13: The Haw Creek Community Association and Evergreen Community Charter School co-sponsor a forum for Asheville City Council candidates, 7 p.m. at Evergreen School, 50 Bell Road in Haw Creek. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Get There Asheville presents a post-primary transportation debate for Asheville Council and mayoral candidates, 7 p.m. at the Asheville Design Center, 8 College St. Thursday, Oct. 15: Early voting begins for all Buncombe municipal elections. Wednesday, Oct. 21: Mountain Xpress publishes its general election voter guide for Asheville Council and mayoral elections. Saturday, Oct. 31: Last day of early voting for Buncombe general election. Tuesday, Nov. 3: General election for all Buncombe municipal elections. Please send all campaign-related event information for races within Buncombe County to bpostelle@ or call 251-1333, ext. 153. — Brian Postelle

Asheville Holiday Parade seeks more applicants for “old-time” event The Asheville Holiday Parade will feature a distinct and old-timey theme this year. “We’re going to have lots and lots of horses,” says parade Director Sandie Rhodes, who quickly adds, “and a lot of poop picker-uppers.” From 20 members of the Asheville High School 4-H club in full costume commanding their steeds to a Clydesdale team owned by Express Employment Professionals and a Wells Fargo stagecoach team, the Nov. 21 parade will be packed with horses and riders, Rhodes says. The Biltmore Estate, the parade sponsor, will provide a horse-drawn wagon carrying musicians and grand marshals David Holt and Laura Boosinger, and a contingent from Maggie Valley theme park Ghost Town in the Sky will also express the parade’s “Our Appalachian Holidays” theme, according to Rhodes. There’s more to the parade than just the horses, of course. There will be plenty of marching bands, dancers and floats sponsored by area churches and businesses. Parade-goers can also participate by bringing donations for local charities. The list of items to be collected will be posted on the parade’s Web site, Rhodes says. “We want to make each entry as entertaining

and fun as possible and just get back to what a parade is supposed to be,” Rhodes says. A week of holiday-related activities will lead up to the parade. The Asheville Downtown Association’s holiday windows competition, which drew 40 competing establishments last year, will be judged on Nov. 18. A walking tour will be included in the parade program, according to Rhodes. The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association will hold a “Taste of Asheville” gathering at The Venue on Nov. 19. On Nov. 20, the Asheville Lyric Opera plans to perform its first Christmas concert. And Pianist George Winston will be in concert at the Diana Wortham Theatre the night of Nov. 21. This is the second year that the Asheville Downtown Association has organized the parade, an Asheville tradition for more than 60 years. It’s co-sponsored by the city of Asheville and the Asheville Merchant’s Corporation. Applications for anyone interested in participating are due Oct. 2 and are available online at For more information, contact Rhodes at sandie@ashevilleparade. org or call 628-2403 or 251-9973. — Jason Sandford

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Slain woman’s DNA not found in hair and teeth DNA testing completed in March showed that hair and teeth taken from the home of Lewis Kyle Wilson last November do not match that of slain prostitute Kelly Lane Smith, Asheville police revealed recently. Wilson had been named a “person of interest” in the 2006 murder, and he remains in jail on charges of brutally assaulting and kidnapping a prostitute in an unrelated case. Last week, when asked by local media, the Asheville Police Department revealed that state lab results received at the end of March show that hair and teeth found in Wilson’s residence do not match Smith’s DNA. The APD would not specify if Wilson is still a “person of interest” in the Smith murder. “All we have established to this point is that the DNA did not match that of Kelly Lane Smith,” APD spokesperson Melissa Williams wrote in an e-mail to Xpress, noting that all she could say without compromising the investigation is that “the DNA lab checked the evidence solely for connections to Kelly. The investigation into her death continues, and detectives are still interviewing witnesses and gathering information in the case.” While the APD received the evidence in March, they did not release or publicize it at the time, though they did inform Smith’s family.

“If you’ll recall, at no point did we seek to put [the] media spotlight on Mr. Wilson,” Williams added. “We never issued a release or any media alert when we executed the search warrant on his property. Our goal was due diligence in tracking down any and all possible investigative leads in Ms. Smith’s case, which continues to be our focus.” After a woman said he forced her to perform oral sex and stabbed her in the head on Nov. 19, Wilson, a 31-year-old carpenter, was arrested on Nov. 26, charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill. He remains in the Buncombe County Detention Facility awaiting trial. No date has yet been set. Wilson has also been identified as the attacker in two other prostitute assaults but has not been charged in those cases. In a February jailhouse interview with Xpress, Wilson claimed to be innocent of the charges, asserting that the prostitute had attacked him first in the Nov. 19 incident. He said that the wisdom teeth the police found in his house were his own, as was the hair. His girlfriend had shaved his head, he said, and he was keeping the clippings to give to Locks of Love. — David Forbes

Woodfin pulls back from annexation plans The town of Woodfin backed away from a massive proposed annexation when the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously on Sept. 15 to indefinitely suspend the expansion. The move came after months of controversy, during which residents of the affected area — a 3.5-square-mile slice of Erwin Hills and Leicester — came out in force to meetings, arguing that they would suffer increased taxation but receive no benefits if annexed. The annexation would have increased Woodfin’s population by half and its area by 36 percent. Woodfin has, in recent years, embarked on ambitious expansion. The town’s ostensible reason for attempting to annex the area was to insure that the city of Asheville didn’t and thus to preserve the West Buncombe Fire District. Asheville officials, however, have said that they have no intention of annexing the area. Woodfin is currently working out an annexation agreement with Asheville that will determine how the two municipalities handle future annexations of neighboring unincorporated areas of Buncombe County, town officials emphasized. Meanwhile, a state deadline, which would require the board of aldermen to vote for the annexation or abandon it, was looming. “The agreement would insure the preservation of the West Buncombe Fire District,” says Town

Administrator Jason Young. “The feeling of the board was that with the deadline coming up in October — we’d have to act on the annexation or start the process all over again — this was the right way to go.” He notes that “to the best of my understanding,” the public backlash the board encountered was not a factor in the decision. Young tells Xpress that the town is hoping to get a “multi-year agreement” with Asheville that will “essentially preserve the status quo” and keep the fire district intact. Young notes that Woodfin could pursue annexation again if the deal falls through “though we’d have to start the process over.” But annexation opponents are “moderately celebrating,” says co-founder Betty Jackson. “I think a lot of things contributed to this, but I don’t believe [Woodfin Mayor] Jerry VeHaun when he says that the backlash wasn’t one of them,” she tells Xpress. As many as 400 angry residents showed up at one meeting, and Jackson believes that their “voices provided a lot of bark, and the lawyer we hired provided a lot of bite.” In the long run, she says, the group will declare victory “when the state’s annexation laws are changed so something like this cannot happen. The fact that North Carolina allows involuntary annexation is just wrong.” — David Forbes

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Lending SORBA a hand to help fix what I broke by Jonathan Poston I usually try to pay my debts, and I had a big one. In August, I biked Bent Creek trails during a storm, an adventure that got me a good story but may have marred the routes some folks work hard to maintain (see “All Wet: A Cyclist (Almost) Outruns the Tempest,” (Aug. 12 Xpress). I could have offered a reflexive defense to the e-mails and comments I received. Instead, I phoned Shaun Moore, trail coordinator for the Pisgah Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, and asked if I could pitch in for the group’s next trail workday. He didn’t hesitate to invite me to the next “Dirty Thursday.” Soon enough, I joined my critics at the Rice Pinnacle trailhead, where the 10 of us piled into the back of a work truck, tool trailer in tow. We headed up to Ingles Field Gap in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Once there, we congregated around the rear of the trailer, and the tool-safety talk began: “You’re more likely to hurt someone else with a tool than yourself, so just be aware of your surroundings when you’re

My “Dirty Thursday” crewmates were devoted and loyal to the trails I had ridden without thinking about who maintains them. We armed ourselves with shovels, pry bars, hoes, and tarps, and got to work swinging a tool,” and “And if anyone tears their knee off, there’s no need to alert any of us, just call 911,” said Moore. Jokes aside, my “Dirty Thursday” crewmates were devoted and loyal to the trails I had ridden without thinking about who maintains them. We armed ourselves with shovels, pry bars, hoes, and tarps, and got to work. Moore pointed out mud holes that had been cut deep by cyclists: Knobby bike tires that could have been mine spin right through vulnerable trails like a rotating power saw. “If you have to ride when it’s wet, which we all do sometimes, try to stay on gravel roads,” Moore said. While some trails can tolerate bikers in wet conditions, he noted, none of those typically rocky routes are found at Bent Creek. Upon identifying several tire-shredded low spots — aka big mud puddles on rainy days — the group split up into teams that would focus on three repair strategies: trail armoring, draining and choking. Armoring a trail is “kind of like making cobblestone road,” said Moore. “We just dig a spot where we’re going to lay the rock and lay [it] in like a stone mason would. We’ll put soil back around the cracks to make [it] stable.” Nearby rocks supplied our rough material, including a big rock that had to weigh several hundred pounds. My team had to lever it out of the side of the mountain and into a tarp. It took four of us to drag it along, tearing the tarp in the process. We dug and re-dug into the trail until we had a hole big enough for the little boulder to fit snugly. Then we filled the perimeter gaps with loose dirt, stomped it tight and tromped over the area to test its stability. Draining a trail is a matter of finding the low spot where the silt debris accumulates, and then cleaning it out. Since trails are usually close to the downward slope, drain channels can be cut using hoes and shovels to lead the water and sediment off the side of the mountain.

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Kudos to the crew: Volunteers with the Pisgah Area SORBA help maintain the trails in such popular areas as the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. photo by Jonathan Poston

And to protect vulnerable and newly repaired places on the trail, a crew re-directs trail users by creating a “choke” made of rocks, transplant trees or logs and such. Moore explained that black locust trees, because of their rot-resistant qualities, make for good chokes. When re-routing material is introduced to a trail, the crew makes great efforts to alert trail users to the change. For example, the crew evaluated a large rock-pile placement to make sure bikers and runners could see it and have time to react — before wrecking or tripping over it. We worked into the dusk, and the bugs made a meal of me, but almost every biker that passed said “thank you.” I knew I was doing the right thing. When it was time to leave, the crew thanked me for coming. But as I walked away, I thought about how thankful I was for them, the lesson and a special place like Bent Creek. X “Dirty Thursdays” are winding down for the season, but other trail-maintenance workdays are being scheduled throughout the short-day months. The next Bent Creek trail repair outing will be held on Sunday, Sept., 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the Ledford parking area. Wear proper clothing and bring your own refreshments. Tools and direction will be provided. For more information about Pisgah Area SORBA, visit Jonathan Poston lives near Asheville.

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When I met Brian Sonofkus at his Burnsville farm, the tune from a popular TV show stuck in my head: “Green acres is the place for me ‌â€? The nine-acre farm rests on creek-side bottomland that’s been farmed for decades. It’s dead flat, which always merits special mention for Western North Carolina property. There were long rows of tomatoes near the end of their season but still ripening on the vine. There were patches of corn and squash, raised beds of herbs and lettuce, a line of ‘Rainbow’ Swiss chard, and a big greenhouse covered in white plastic. The misty, late-morning scene made me expect Sonofkus to be wearing overalls and singing. Instead, the tall chef was hunched over, creeping down a long row of baby blueberry bushes. His dogs, Jax and Eva, ran over to greet me while he finished nestling the saplings into evenly spaced holes cut into landscape fabric. Past the greenhouse, I spied rows and rows of tall blueberry bushes. “Jax likes blueberries,â€? said Sonofkus of the tail-wagging, pit-bull mix. The old farm, he explains, had about 1,000 bushes when he bought it a few years ago. There was even a stand of grapes and an irrigation system. But the blueberry patch was so overgrown, the rows were barely distinguishable. So Sonofkus and his landscaper dad took the advice of

“At first, I thought I would do something like make my own grape soda, but then I realized how much work is involved.� — Brian Sonofkus,

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an agriculture-extension agent and mowed down many of the mature bushes in order to save the rest. The patch is down to about 350 bushes, he estimates. We sample a few berries, sweet and so dark blue they’re almost black. Sonofkus reaches the upper branches with such ease, I joke that he’d be welcome on any blueberry-picking mission. He raises an eyebrow, and the man once known for his absurdly long Fu Manchu mustache says, deadpan, “It’s my dream to be the blueberry king in these parts!� In any case, the grapes tend to fall off the vine before ripening, and the wooden arbors are collapsing, Sonofkus continues. “At first, I thought I would do something like make my own grape soda, but then I realized how much work is involved,� he says. That’s been one of the persistent lessons on the farm: Don’t bite off more than you can chew. The land was once part of a 200-acre farm, and, hoping to create a small-scale, organic farm, Sonofkus bought nine acres during a little hiatus from the restaurant. His passion for cooking persistently infuses most everything he does on the place. He describes his style of cooking as “a Southern hodgepodge, from Low Country to High, Creole to Cajun, [but with] a Latin flare.� One aspect of such a blend means making fresh salsas, and that means Sonofkus definitely grows tomatoes, peppers and herbs. “You start getting into salsas with three different colors of tomatoes,� says Sonofkus, explaining how he loves experimenting with flavors and colors. His first season, he “went a little crazy� and grew every variety of tomato that enticed his imagination and taste buds. He still likes the jazzy look and bright flavor of ‘Green Zebra’ tomatoes. But he quickly figured out, “It’s better to grow less, and do it right.� This year, he stuck with such salsa favorites as “Oxheart,� a tomato shaped as it names implies. “It stays kind of pink inside, a little green on top,� says Sinofkus.

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Blueberry king-to-be: When he’s not whipping up sweet-potato pancakes, Chef Brian Sonofkus tends a blueberry patch on his nineacre farm, which he calls “a life project.� photo by Margaret Williams

He also prefers to make fresh, homemade pickles, so he grows cucumbers, perking them up with hot peppers. Tupelo also features edible flowers in its eclectic menu, and though Sonofkus grows quite a few on the farm, he learned that “bugs love snapdragons.� He laughs and points out, “You put [a flower] on a hot plate, and bugs decide to walk out, that’s not good!� Another experiment, incidentally, was an attempt to recreate his mother’s homemade chili sauce, which he describes as being “like something for sloppy joes.� But alas, his restaurant customers never warmed up to the family recipe, says Sonofkus, who mentions cooking roots traced back to his Polish grandmother and Christmases spent making pierogies with his dad. “I’ve always been in the kitchen, I’ve always loved cooking,� says Sonofkus, who says his classic-French training naturally lends well to Cajun and Creole cuisines. And pairing a restaurant with a family farm “naturally follows suit,� though it has its limits. For instance, the handful of chickens living in his greenhouse couldn’t possibly supply the 300 dozen eggs a week the busy downtown establishment needs. Fortunately, there are a lot more local sources for such quantities than there used to be, he notes. And the eggshells — tossed in with other restaurant scraps — help fuel his compost pile. “Last year, that pile grew the sweetist batch of kale.� X

Margaret Williams can be reached at or 2511333, ext. 152.

gardeningcalendar Calendar for September 23 - October 1, 2009 Fall Clearance Plant Sale • This Saturday! (pd.) Perennial plant sale, September 26, 8am-2pm on Holcombe Cove Road, Candler. Two Seeders Inc. Garden Composters • Rain Barrels (pd.) Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward), Asheville’s Keep America Beautiful, sells Garden Composters and Rain Barrels in the Green Goods Shop at 357 Depot Street. • 2 kinds of composters: an 11 cubic foot square stacked model for $85 and a 7 cubic foot tumbler that makes compost faster and looks cool for $175. • Rain Barrels are 65 gallons, are easy to install, and cost $135. • All are made of 100% recycled plastic. • All sales benefit plantings in Asheville and Buncombe County. For more information, call 254-1776 or stop on by 357 Depot Street or visit: Mars Hill College Events Info: • SU (9/27), 4pm - “Back to the Beginnings: A Farmers Federation Gathering at Hickory Nut Gap Farm,â€? will include a supper and square dance, featuring the New Southern Ramblers. Plus, stories from the Federation’s heyday, from 1920-60. Info: 689-1571. Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or • WEDNESDAYS - 7:30-11:30am - Asheville City Market South at Biltmore Park Town Square. Info: 348-0340; 4:30-6:30pm - Open June-Sept.: Tryon Tailgate Market, across the railroad tracks from the Tryon Theatre. Info: 894-8823; 1-4pm - Open June-Oct.: Valle Crucis Farmers Market behind the Mast General store. Info: 963-6511; 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, 1329 Tunnel Rd., E. Asheville, past the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. Info: 775-5593; 2:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Weaverville Tailgate Market at Lake Louise. Info: 450-0708; 3:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: West Asheville Tailgate Market behind the West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Info: 281-9099; 2:30-5:30pm - Open MayOct.: Spruce Pine Farmers Tailgate Market on Pollyanna’s Porch, next to Wildflowers, on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 467-2171; 2-6:30pm - Open April-Dec.: Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. Info: 683-1607. • WEDNESDAYS - 9am-Noon & FRIDAYS - 2-6pm - Open May-Oct.: Burke County Farmers Market. Info: 439-4460. • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS - 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon St. Info: 627-3469; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Waynesville Tailgate Market. Info: 648-6323; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Watauga County Farmers Market on Hwy. 105 Ext. in Boone. Info: 355-4918; WE, 1-6pm & SA, 7am1pm - Open May-Oct.: Cashiers Tailgate Market. Info: 230-4785. • THURSDAYS - 3-6pm - Open May-Nov.: Flat Rock Tailgate Market. Info: 698-8775. • FRIDAYS - 10am-2pm - Open June-Nov.: Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market on Acquoni Road. in downtown Cherokee. Info: 554-6931; 4:30-6:30pm - Open July-Oct.: Saluda Tailgate Market in the city parking lot on the west end of town. Info: 749-9365. • SATURDAYS - 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Andrews Farmers Market at First Street in Andrews. Info: 321-2006; 8am-1pm - Open April through Dec.: Asheville City Market in the Public Works parking lot on S. Charlotte St. Info: 348-0340; 8am-Noon - Open April-Dec.: North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA. Info: 683-1607; 7am-Noon - Open April-Nov.: Henderson County Tailgate Market at

100 N. King St. (between First and Second Avenues). Info: 693-7265; 10am-2pm - Open April-Oct.: Cedar Valley Farmers Market in downtown Murphy. Info: 361-7505; 8-11:30am - Open April-Nov.: Polk Tailgate Market in front of the Polk County Courthouse. Info: 894-2281; 8am-Noon - Open JuneOct.: Franklin Tailgate Market in Macon County at West Palmer St. Info: 349-2046; 8am-Noon - Open April-early fall: Lenoir Bluegrass Farmers Market at the Hog Waller stage. Info: 292-4664; 8am-2pm - Open year-round: French Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farm Market at 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Art demos and live music. Info: 2369367; 9am-Noon - Rutherfordton Farmers Market on Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Mountain Valley Farmers Market on the downtown square in Hayesville. Info: 3893022; 8:30am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Graham County Farmers Market in the United Community Bank parking lot in Robbinsville. Info: 479-8788; 8am-Noon - Bakersville Farmers Market in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot in Bakersville; 8:30am-12:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Yancey County Farmers Market on S. Main St. at Hwy 19E. Info: 682-0601; 9am-1pm - Open AprilNov.: Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market in the parking lot near Pittman Cafeteria up Dormitory Dr. at Mars Hill College. Info: 680-9890; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Black Mountain Tailgate Market on 1st Street behind the First Baptist Church. Info: 582-5039; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Jackson County Farmers Market on Railroad Ave. at Bridge Park. Info: 507-1146; 9am-Noon - Open May-Sept.: Riceville Community Tailgate Market in the parking lot of the Riceville Community Center. Info: 2986549; 10am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Big Ivy Market on the grounds of the Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville. Info: 6262624; 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Swain County Tailgate Market in downtown Bryson City. Info: 488-3848. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Open May-Oct.: Greenlife Tailgate Market at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 2545440; Noon-4pm - Open April-Nov.: The Marshall Farmers Market, cross the river at the courthouse on Main St. in Marshall. Seeking vendors. Info: 3480239; 9am-5pm - Open June-Oct.: Topton Farmers Market at the crossroads in Topton. Info: 321-9030. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Canton Tailgate Market at the town hall in the municipal parking lot on Park St. Info: 2352760. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fairgrounds Road, off Business 74 Hwy. Info: 2876080. • TUESDAYS, Noon-5pm & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Morganton Farmers Market behind Geppetto’s Pizza on Beach St. in Morganton. Info: 438-5252; TU 3-6pm & SA 8-11am - Open JuneSept.: Marion Tailgate Market in the W. Henderson Street city parking lot. Info: 652-2215. • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am2pm - Hendersonville Curb Market at Church St., directly across from the old courthouse. Info: 692-8012 or; 7am-1pm - Open April-Dec.: Transylvania County Tailgate Market in the parking lot behind South Broad Park, next to the library in Brevard. Info: 884-9483.


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Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for September 23 - October 1, 2009

Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to

Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops Monday, September 28 6:30pm-9:30pm

(pd.) Bring Your Anti-Aging Curious and Stressed Friends! Crowne Point Resort, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806 (828) 254-3211. As seen at BMSE Asheville 2009 AntiAging with Scalar Wave Laser Complimentary Event. Everyone handed laser with guidance from teacher/ instructor. Coherent Light is the Last Wellness Tool You’ll Need. FDA cleared for over the counter. Leave understanding cell rejuvenation and you’ll be really relaxed, de-stressed. RSVP • Carol 704-241-6103. Asheville ABC Series “Assembling Ideas, Building our Futures, Connecting Communities.” Info: www. • SU (9/27), 6-8pm “Annexation & Zoning.” Held at Rosetta’s Kitchen. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www.nps. gov/carl.

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

• SA (9/26), 9:30am Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Bicentennial. The event features contemporary Lincoln scholars, Civil War-era music, a Civil War encampment and a Lincoln presenter. National Preparedness Month A nationwide effort held each year to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. American Rainbow Rapid Response will offer free classes in the Asheville area in Sept. Info: www. • TH (9/24), 6pm & SA (9/26), 11am - A program will be taught at 98 1/2 N. Lexington at the Livin’ Roots Center. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat: r.proxy@ Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • TH (9/24), 7pm Hispanic Heritage Month Event: “Repoliticizing Multiculturalism: Cultivating Conditions for Sustained Intercultural Relations and Authentic Dialogue,” with activist Michael Benitez Jr. in the Highsmith University Union Grotto. Info: 2516585. • FR (9/25), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “Native American Experience,” with Dr. Ellen Pearson in Lipinsky Auditorium and “Environmental Sustainability,” with Grace Campbell in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: 251-6808 —- 11:30am - Fabulous Friday Lecture: “Housing Options for the Next Stage of Your Life,” with Marcia Tuttle of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Held in the Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. • SA (9/26), 8:30am2:30pm - Admissions Open House. Held in the Highsmith University Union. Info: 2516481. • MO (9/28), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “Heroic and Archaic Greece,” with Dr. Grant Hardy in the Humanities Lecture Hall and “From Xian to Kyoto: The Cultural Heritage of Asia,” with Dr. Cynthia Ho in Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: 251-6808.

Representative of the Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Nation • TH (9/24), 7-9:30pm Uncle Bob Randall, a “Tjilpi” elder of the Yankunytjatjara Aboriginal Nation in the central Australian desert, will discuss his role in the film Kanyini, which will be screened at the Woodfin Community Center. A Q&A session will follow. $10. Reservations encouraged: 712-0880. WNC Agricultural Center Hosts agricultural events, horse shows and farm-related competitions. Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • TH (9/24) through SA (9/26) - Wings Over the Smokies Honda Goldwing Rally.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Ardent Toastmasters Club Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Meets at Zona Lofts, 162 Coxe Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 225-8680 or • Alternate THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union. Asheville Civitan Club Come hear community leaders present programs. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church St. and Aston St. Open to the public. RSVP for lunch: $10. Info: 348-4222 or • TUESDAYS, 1pm - Weekly topical speakers of community interest. Upcoming political forum for voters. Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505.

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. A special ”Line Dancing for Seniors” class with Sandy Scott will be held Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the

wed Mars Hill Retirement Community. Open to all seniors 65 and older. Registration required: 689-7970.

thur Daily Show guest Robert Glennon will discuss his book Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and

What to Do Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m in the Gladfelter Student Center at Warren Wilson College. Info: 771-2002.


Enjoy Greek food and pastries, live music, dancing and more at the annual Asheville Greek Festival Friday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The festivities continue on Saturday (same hours) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).


The Chunn’s Cove Bazaar — featuring artists and crafters, homemade baked goods, a flea market, organic produce, live old-time music, and burgers and brats on the grill — will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 219 Chunn’s Cove Road. Info: 254-2133.

sun Join other Diana Gabaldon fans for a reading and booksigning by the author Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Gabaldon’s new Outlander novel is titled An Echo in the Bone. For more info or tickets, stop by Asheville’s Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., or call 2546734.

mon OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling will offer a free class on how to spend less on groceries Monday, Sept. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. at its office, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Suite 222. Info: 2555166.


The city of Asheville is seeking public input on the transit master plan through Tuesday, Sept. 29. The plan can be found at Submit comments to:

• THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville Lesbian Brunch Club Info: Asheville-Lesbian-BrunchClub or Asheville-LesbianBrunch-Club-list@meetup. com. • SUNDAYS - Be a part of creating positive community every Sunday. Asheville New Friends The club welcomes new and present singles and couples from the Asheville and surrounding communities to meet others and join interest groups. Info on groups can be found on the Web site. Info: www.meetup. com/Asheville-New-FriendsMeetup. • TH (10/1) - Meetup/singles group meeting. Blue Ridge Toastmasters Club Meets once a week to enhance speaking skills both formal and impromptu. Part of an international proven program that takes you through the steps with fun along the way. Network with interesting people of all ages and professions. Info: or 505-1375. • MONDAYS, 12:20-1:30pm - Meeting. Brevard High School Alumni Banquet • FR (9/25), 6-7:30pm - Reunite with the blue devils at the Brevard High School old gymnasium. All alumni are invited for appetizers, music and fun. A Brevard vs. Franklin football game will follow. Canasta Canasta anyone? Come join a friendly group of men and women who love to play for the fun of it. Info: 665-2810 or 251-0520. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, Noon-3pm - Canasta. Koinonia Monday Night Potlucks • MONDAYS - Potluck. The gathering invites people of all walks of life to share their ideas and wisdom with those that are interested in fostering an evolved local and global community. Change begins within us. Info: 3332000. Peace Corps Information Session

• WE (9/23), 6:30-7:30pm - Recruiter Robyn Mofsowitz will host an information session about volunteer work and opportunities with the Peace Corps. Held at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Info: www. Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 6699566 or • SU (9/27) - Museum member appreciation picnic at historic Cabin Creek Lodge on Montreat Road. Free for members/$10 nonmembers. Reservations required. Veterans for Peace Info: 626-2572 or 528-5180. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. Free and open to the public. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-20. Each

week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies (ages 14-20) are also welcome. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm - Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

Government & Politics City of Asheville Public Meetings Info: • FR (9/25), 9am - Join the City of Asheville for a grand opening celebration of the Development Services Center, the new one-stop permitting location for all development projects, at the William Wolcott Building, 161 S. Charlotte St. Info: 259-5604. Early Voting • TH (9/17) through SA (10/3) - Early voting for the primary election (Asheville only) will be held at 189

College St. Mon.-Fri., 8am6pm & Sat., 8am-1pm. Info: 250-4200 or www. Free Hugs for Health Care Reform • FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - Join local Obama supporters and give free hugs for health care reform. Pick up signs at Mountain Java in north Asheville at 5pm. Henderson County Republican Men’s Club • WE (9/23), 7:30-9am - The club is proud to host a morning with the three candidates for Hendersonville mayor at the Opportunity House in Hendersonville. Info: 577-1140. Public Comment on City Transit Master Plan • Through TU (9/29) - Seeking public input on the transit master plan. The master plan can be found at Hard copies available at City Hall; at library branches; the Transit Center on Coxe Ave.; and at 45 Wall St. Submit comments to: WNC for Change Health Care Campaign Office • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 2-8pm - Visit the campaign office inside Mountain Java coffeeshop in north Asheville. Learn how you can fight for health care reform.

Seniors & Retirees Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, age 50 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS Morning games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Lakeview Senior Center 401 S. Laurel Circle, Black Mountain. Info: 669-8610.

• FRIDAYS (through 10/16) - Ageless Yoga, a six-week class designed for seniors. $10 per class. Info: www. Line Dancing for Seniors • WE (9/23) - Learn to line dance with Sandy Scott at the Mars Hill Retirement Community. For seniors 65 and older. Free, but registration required: 689-7970. Senior Health Fair • TH (9/24), 9am-1pm - “Celebrating Life” Senior Health Fair at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Auditorium in Marshall. Mars Hill Retirement Community will host a booth at the fair and offer free “Vial of Life” packets, which enable individuals to record vital health data. Walk Wise, Drive Smart Aimed at senior citizens, but open to everyone. Walks are canceled in the event of bad weather. Info: 457-6166 or • TH (10/1) - Urban walk in Hendersonville, 1 to 1.5 miles long.

Animals Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $6. Combo shots: $15 per dog and $20 per cat. Microchips: $10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the one-year certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (9/26), 9am-Noon - At Superpetz on Brevard Rd. —- 1-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Rd. ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. Meets 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Mercy For Animals A nonprofit animal advocacy organization that believes non-human animals are irreplaceable individuals with morally significant interests and hence rights, including the right to live free of unnecessary suffering. Info: 231-6859 or • MO (9/28), 7pm - Join MFA for a free screening of its award-winning documentary Fowl Play at Westgate Earth Fare’s community room. The film illuminates the plight of factory-farmed laying hens. Complimentary vegan snacks will be provided. Info: Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, taagwags@citcom. net or www.taag.petfinder. com. • SATURDAYS, 11am4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on our website:

Technology Basic Computer Classes Opportunity House in Hendersonville offers basic computer classes including: Basic Skills I, Basic Skills II, Basic Skills III, Internet I, Internet II and E-Mail. Courses in MS Word and MS Excel can be scheduled with enough interest. $30 members/$40 nonmembers. To register: 692-0575.

• MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9:30-11am or 11:30am1pm - Classes.

Business & Careers Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Located at 36 Montford Ave. Info: 258-6101 or www. • FR (9/25) - Business hot tips training sessions: “Doing Business with Local, State, and Federal Government,” presented by Clark Fields, the SBTDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center counselor. $20. Info: chensley@ • TH (10/1) - Business hot tips training sessions: “Green Practices for Your Office.” Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of Microsoft Office during this session. $20. Info: Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Veterans may attend any SCORE seminar at no charge. Info: • SA (9/26), 8:30am-Noon - “Business Plan: A Must!” This seminar is designed for the individual serious about pursuing a small business idea, but who needs some help to develop a business plan. At the Small Business Center, Rm. 2046, on the A-B Tech Enka Campus. $30 at the door. To register: 274-1142 or visit the Web site. Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce • TH (9/24), 5-7pm Business After Hours: Social

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and networking event at Black Mountain News. Info: 669-2300. Government Contracting Opportunities • FR (9/25), 8am-1pm - Learn how to do business with the government at this seminar by the NC Procurement Technical Assistance Center & the SBTDC. A MED Week 2009 event. $20. For more information visit wncmedweek. org/events. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or • MO (9/28), 5:30-7pm - “If We Didn’t Have to Eat.” Learn how spend less on groceries. Free. Public Relations Association of WNC Info: • 4th FRIDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Networking and luncheon with other public relations pros. $15/$25 nonmembers. • FR (9/25), 11:30am1pm - Jan Blunt, Communications Director of Buncombe County Schools, and Marla Tambellini, Marketing & Public Relations for the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, will discuss “Crisis Communications: Is Our Community Prepared?” Luncheon. $15/$25 nonmembers. RSVP: jennifer.

Volunteering Ashevillage Institute (AVI) Nonprofit eco-urban education center and living laboratory for sustainable solutions. Info or to RSVP: 225-8820, or • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 9am-5pm - Volunteer days and potluck lunch. Volunteers needed in: gardening, permaculture, stonework, carpentry, marketing, administration, fundraising, business development. Asheville City Schools Foundation Seeking Academic Coaches (tutors/mentors) to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. One hr/wk min., for one school year, in your choice of school or after school program. Training

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provided. Info: 350-6135, terri.wells@asheville.k12. or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-4:45pm - Academic coaching in the schools or at after-school programs, once a week. Bountiful Cities Project A nonprofit that creates, manages and, in some cases, owns community gardens on Asheville’s urban land. Info: 257-4000 or • WEDNESDAYS, 3-8:30pm - Community Garden Workdays. Volunteers appreciated at Pearson Drive garden located in the Montford neighborhood. Info: 273-8151 or 257-4000 and leave a message. Catholic Social Services n Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Info: 255-0146. • WEDNESDAYS, 1-4pm - Direct Assistance Day. Help sort clothing, shelve food, pack bags of food and more. Call for details. Eliada’s “Castle in the Corn” Maze • FR (9/25) through SA (10/31) - Volunteer for Eliada Homes for Children’s “Castle in the Corn” Maze, which will be open Fridays through Sundays. Volunteers get two free admission passes and a snack. Info: 254-5356, ext. 113 or Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome to volunteer on many projects with adult supervision. Info: or call 2-1-1. Visit the Web site to sign up for a project. • TH (9/24), 4-6pm - Show support to hospice patients and their families by cooking and serving a meal at the John Keever Solace Center. • TH (9/24), 5:30-7:30pm - Meals for Hope. Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • SA (9/26), 3-5pm - Help make “lovies” blankets for

premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions provided. Land-of-Sky’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program RSVP places adults age 55 and older in local nonprofit and charitable agencies in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties. Help make the community a better place for all. Info: 251-6622 or • TU (9/29), 10-11am - Informational orientation. Want to volunteer in your community, but don’t know where to start? RSVP can help even the busiest person find a volunteer opportunity. Registration required. Men and Women Wanted Big Brothers Big Sisters is holding a back-to-school volunteer recruitment drive. Mentors share outings twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Volunteers also needed to mentor during the 2009-10 school year. Info: 253-1470 or • WE (9/23), Noon - Info session at the United Way building, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Rm. 213. Mentoring Business Women • FR (9/25) - Local business women need coaches. Are you a woman with a management background? If so, Asheville SCORE has the opportunity for you to share that knowledge with budding entrepreneurs. Info: 367-1446. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or • Seeking Russian and Ukrainian translators. Volunteers would help Russian and Ukrainian clients by translating during their appointments, which last from 1-1.5 hours. Info: 210-4956 or tarag@ Our VOICE Victim Advocate Training • TU (9/29), 5:30-8:30pm - Training begins (10 sessions). Volunteer opportunities available to provide emotional support and crisis intervention to sexual assault survivors, friends and family members through a 24-hour crisis line and hospital accompaniment. All are welcome. Info: 252-0562, ext. 13.

Seeking Volunteers for Mill Around the Village • MONDAYS, 6pm Planning meetings for the third annual Mill Around the Village Festival in downtown Swannanoa are held at Beacon Hall in Swannanoa. Volunteers are needed. Info: 337-4718. The Lord’s Acre A Faith Garden Project organized and sponsored by local churches and volunteers who have come together to help provide food for families in need. Located in Fairview. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm & SATURDAYS, 8-11am Volunteers are needed. WNC AIDS Project Info: or 252-7489. • Donations will be accepted for the Candelabra Ball fundraising auction. Jewelry, collectables, art, local services, antiques and more are needed. Info: Kenneth. or WNC Nature Center 33rd Annual Hey Day Festival • Volunteer as a group. We need Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or other volunteer organizations Oct. 10 to donate baked goods, run the bake sale table, distribute flyers and run the cake walk. For details: 298-5600, ext 319.

Health Programs & Support Groups CREATE FREEDOM From Compulsive Habits, Depression and Anxiety (pd.) Studies have proven that self-destructive patterns involving food, alcohol/ drugs, overspending and moods all have a common emotional root. • Learn effective skills to interrupt patterns so cravings, urges and moods fade • Create emotional balance and FREEDOM • Free orientation • Call 231-2107 or email: yahoo.comMorning Exercise Line Dance Classes (pd.) 9am-10am, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting September 15 and 17. Information: (828) 2748320. • Call or drop in for great fun and fitness! Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre. Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) • Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. • SPArty: Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. Drinks, food and music, free. 828-299-0999.

This is New And Different! (pd.) Find out what’s baffling the medical community. Discover why researchers are attempting to explain these healings.... and how your too, can master this extraordinary work! • Information/registration: (828) 298-4685 or www. Beyond Belief • FR (9/25), 6:30pm - Greeting —- 7pm Screening of the documentary Beyond Belief by Beth Murphy. At the Women’s Wellness and Education Center, 24 Arlington St. Followed by conversation. Hosted by 4th Trimester nonprofit postpartum support team. Info: 337-8630. A-B Tech Classes Registration & info: www. • SA (9/26), 9am-1pm - “Diabetes Prevention & Management - Natural Support” will present evidence-based information on nutritional and herbal approaches to preventing and managing diabetes. $35. Active Aging Week For a schedule of activities available in Henderson County: or 692-4203. For a countyspecific calendar (includes Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Transylvania counties): www.landofsky. org and click on “Be Active, Start Now.” • MO (9/21) through SU (9/27) - Active Aging Week. • TH (9/24), 9am - Walk a trail to the top of Big Glassy and back (3.5 miles). Meet at the Carl Sandburg Home parking lot. ADHD Awareness Month Event • WE (9/23), 7-8pm - In recognition of National ADHD Awareness month, a free seminar titled “Understanding Adult ADHD” will be held at A-B Tech in the Small Business Center, Rm. 215. Registration required. Info: 681-7100 or coachrudy@ For more info on ADHD: www.adhdcenterforsuccess. com/blog. Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOAs continue “survival” behaviors they had as children, which no longer serve them as adults. Come learn how to grow in recovery and become the person you are meant to be through this 12-step fellowship. Info: 545-9648. • FRIDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Meets at Grace Episcopal

Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, Noon - Black Mountain Group meets at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St. Info: 277-8620. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 253-6624. Art of Intimacy Practice Group Learn life-changing communication and relation-

ship skills, drawing from the work of Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. By donation. Info: 254-5613 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:309:30pm - Meeting. CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Offers one-on-one grief counseling, support groups, grief education classes, a monthly grief support newsletter and semi-annual memorial services (available to anyone who is suffering a loss through death). Located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road., Asheville. Call 251-0126 to set up an initial visit with a counselor. • WEDNESDAYS (monthly) - Suicide Loss Group meets. • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS - Good Grief Support Groups meet. • WEDNESDAYS - ChildLoss Support Groups meet. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS - Grief Education Classes. DivorceCare • WEDNESDAYS, 6:157:30pm - DivorceCare, a video seminar and support group featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics, including “Facing my Anger,” “Facing my Loneliness” and “Forgiveness.” Childcare provided. Info: 254-4688 or www.mountcarmelonline. org. Dual Recovery Group Group meets at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church House, 117 Montreat Road. For individuals who have a chemical dependency, emotional, and/or psychiatric illness and need support. A 12step based program. Info: 357-8403. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8pm - Group meets. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free. Essential Tremor Support Group Info: 687-2356 or • 1st THURSDAYS, 67pm - Meeting at Symour Auditorium, CarePartners, Sweeten Creek Rd.

Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • TH (9/24), 8am-7pm & FR (9/25), 8am-5pm Seasonal flu vaccines. This vaccine is not designed for H1N1 “swine flu.” Free if using Medicare, but a card must be presented. $30. Appointments not required. • TU (9/29), Noon-1:30pm - “Osteoarthritis of the Hand,” with David Napoli, M.D. • TH (10/1), 3-4:30pm “Balance & Fall Prevention,” with physical therapist Chloe Egan. Family Caregivers Support • TU (9/29), 12:45pm - “Tending the Caregiver’s Garden: Preserving Wellness and Life Stories,” a workshop for caregivers at the N.C. Arboretum. Learn how to preserve wellness and more. Free. Registration encouraged: 682-22459 or Info: 682-2459 or www. Food Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing experiences and hope with others allows participants to recover from the disease one day at a time. All are welcome. Info: 242-3717. • MONDAYS, Noon-1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Health Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: 210-0100. • WE (9/23), 6:30pm - “Neuroplasticity: Yes the brain can change,” a discussion with Dr. Michael S. Trayford, a certified Chiropractic Neurologist. • TH (9/24), 6:30pm “ReYouth & Rejuvenate Your Body & Brain,” a discussion with Dr. Lorraine Parker, D.C. Registration required. • WE (9/30) - “Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy,” a discussion with Dr. Linda Greene. Registration required. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at


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203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 6935605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • SA (9/26), 8:301:30pm - Fletcher United Methodist Church, 6140 Hendersonville Hwy. Info: 684-6747. Hep C Hope of WNC Group meetings and educational sessions to help those with Hepatitis C learn the skills necessary to cope with their illness, and to lend support through every phase of the disease, including liver transplantation. Info: 254-0590 or • 4th MONDAYS, 6pm - Meetings are held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. There will be an open forum to discuss Hepatitis C. Everyone is welcome. Jewish Family Services of WNC A program of the Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St. • TH (9/24), 10am-2pm - Flu-shot clinic at the JCC. Adults and children ages 9 and older are eligible to receive a flu shot. $30. Registration required. To register: 253-0701, or K.A.R.E. Support Groups Kid’s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 456-8995. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Single Parents Support Group. Dinner and childcare provided. At First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Call ext. 201 for more info. Learning to Live A seminar for interested youth focusing on effective communication, healthy relationships, exploring values, STD’s and birth control. Held at Planned Parenthood, 603 Biltmore Ave., upstairs. RSVP: 2527928, ext. 6243 or coryn. • TUESDAYS (through 9/29), 6:30-8pm - Learning to Live. Free food will be provided. Moms Supporting Moms • TUESDAYS, Noon or 6:30pm - Peer support for moms struggling with depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. Connect with other mothers and community resources. Meets at the Women’s Resource Center.

Info: 213-8241. Directions: 213-8246. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: Helpline: (866) 925-2148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9am - Low cost medical testing with Linda Garren, RN of Hendersonville. No appointments necessary. Info: 692-0575. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at 32 Rosscraggon Road. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@ • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Meeting. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 5:15pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beginners mtg. Info: 277-8185. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari.

Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children, and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Rd. To register, call 2583888, ext. 221. Info: www. : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (9/25), 3-7:30pm Spring Mountain Community Club, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. Info: 628-1938. • SU (9/27), 8:30am-1pm St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 10 N. Liberty St. Info: 253-0043 —- Noon-5pm - Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Info: www.biltmorebaptist. org/giveblood. • TU (9/29), 4-7pm - Mission Hospital at St. Joseph Campus, 428 Biltmore Av. In conference rooms 1 and 2 on 2nd Floor. Info: 213-2222, ext. 2. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. S-Anon Meetings S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. We share our experience, strength and hope to help solve our common problems. Meetings held weekly in Asheville, Fletcher and Waynesville. Call confidential voice mail for information: 258-5117. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800-477-8191 (live person Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • SUNDAYS, 7pm Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all

sexual orientations. Info: • SATURDAYS, 10am - First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Support Groups Sessions are led by Charlene Galvin, a board certified Chaplain. Love offering. Info: 329-3187 or • THURSDAYS, 1011:30am - Living with Life Limiting Illness —- 1:303pm - Caregivers Support Group. WNC AIDS Project Info: or 252-7489. • SA (9/26) - Workshop for HIV+ Women. A day of pampering for the body, mind and soul at Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain. Childcare and travel assistance available. Info: 252-7489, ext. 318 or ext. 320.

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Sports Groups & Activities Diamond Brand: Runners Night (pd.) Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 7 pm - 9 pm. Attendees receive a goodie bag with free SmartWool socks and energy chews. An elite runner will give a presentation and all running gear, apparel and footwear is 20% off. Refreshments will be provided. Free to the public. Models Wanted for Fall Fashion Show at Diamond Brand’s Diva Night (pd.) Thurs., October 15th. Women only. For more information, contact Sarah at smerrell@diamondbrand. com. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or • SUNDAYS, 4pm Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park.

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• MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Black Mountain Park. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Monday Night Women’s Road Ride • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Sponsored by ABRC. Meet at Youngblood Bicycles, 233 Merrimon Ave. 24- and 30-mile loops; intermediate pace. Work on beginner racing skills. Info: 337-0589. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. young@buncombecounty. org. • Sign up for the Special Olympic Basketball Program or the Special Olympic Alpine Ski and Snowboard Program. Adult and children athletes age 8 and older are encouraged to participate. Free. Sports And Exercise at YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. • MO (9/28) - Red Cross swim lessons begin. Classes are offered for babies, pre-schoolers, youth, teens and adults. To sign up: 254-7206, ext. 110 or drop by the YWCA. Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • TU (9/29), 4pm - UNCA Men’s Soccer vs. East Tennessee State at Greenwood Field. Sudden Thrill Wrestling “Vindication” • SA (9/26), 7:30-10:30pm - The biggest independent promotion in WNC returns to the Clyde national guard armory. JD Costello & Duncan McIver face to face. Joey Agony, JM Nelson, Vincent Sykes, Mack Truck and others in action. $5/ Free for kids 12 and under. Wednesday Mountain Bike Ride • WEDNESDAYS, 3:30pm - Sponsored by Youngblood Bicycles. Meet at the Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Distance/route will vary. Beginner-advanced. Trails for approx. 2-4 hrs. Info: 337-0589.

Kids At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure. org. • FR (9/25) through SU (1/3) - Explore the good, the bad and the ugly at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Explore why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty and stinky gunk at this educational exhibition. • SA (9/26) - Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2009. Museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge. Attendees must present a Museum Day Admission Card, available in the Sept. 2009 issue of Smithsonian or online at Botanical Gardens at Asheville This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of N.C. Info & event registration: 252-5190 or • SA (9/26) - Why are plants important? Kids will learn that plants are a valuable source of food, medicine and can be used for dye. For aged 5 through 11. $7. Earth Scouts for Kids Earth Scouts is an environmental education group that is fun and empowering. Kids ages 4 and up learn plant identification, medicine making and earth skills. • THURSDAYS, 6-7pm Meets at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Asheville. Parents welcome. $10. Events For Kids At Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered ($5/$3). Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm. org. • SA (9/26), 7-9pm - Storytelling around the campfire, featuring storytellers Virginia “Blackfeather” Thompson, Ronnie Pepper, Michael “Badhair” Williams, Virginia Newsom, Ingrid McNair and Lisa Whitfield. Children will get free marsh-

mallows. $4 adults/$3 students/Free for preschoolers. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or • SU (9/27), 1pm - Story time for children featuring activities about conservation and recycling with special guest Alexandra from Asheville Greenworks. For children ages 3 and up. Free. Family Fun Day • SA (9/26), 11am-3pm - Family Fun Day at Carrier Park on Amboy Road is designed especially for persons with disabilities and their families. Activities, music, inflatables, games, info center and food. Promote community inclusion. Free. Info: 298-1977. Kids Fishing Tournament A catch-and-release event held at Lake Julian. Open to all kids ages 15 and under. All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded. Participants bring their own pole and bait. $5/child. To register or for more info: 684-0376. • SA (9/26), 8:3011:30am - Tournament. Preregistration is suggested, or register at the event from 8-8:30am. Mother and Son Rodeo Roundup • SA (9/26), 4-6pm - Fourth annual roundup at the Fletcher Community Park, Steelcase Shelter. Games, contests, live music by The Rhinehart Family, snacks, hay rides, scarecrow building and more. $15/$18 nonresidents. Must purchase tickets in advance at Fletcher Town Hall. Info: 687-0751. Movers & Shakers of America • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts will offer this new program for girls and boys ages 12-15 at the West Asheville Rec Center. The program promotes leadership and youth development. Info: 251-4031. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre For ticket information or more details: 257-4530 or • TH (10/1), 10am & 7pm & FR (10/2), 10am - James and the Giant Peach will be performed. Evening prices: $12/$10 students & seniors/$8 children under 12. Morning performances are presented by the School

Show Series, and are recommended for grades 2-5. The Olive Tree Circus • SA (9/26), 11am-1:30pm - Land of the Sky UCC hosts the Olive Tree Circus at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Pl. Performance includes puppets, music, clowning for all ages, with a focus on peace and justice. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or • Through TH (10/8) - Entries due for the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Pumpkins must be tasteful and of either nature or Fall/ Halloween theme. Entries will be used to decorate the Nature Center grounds.

Spirituality 20th Of Each Month • Heal Yourself And Mother Earth (pd.) Participate in worldwide long-distance group EssenceWork TM sessions. • Registration deadline: 15th of each month. • Private sessions, please call Lania Desmond: (828) 2361230 or www.soulpoint. com/essence-work.html Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. Autumn Meditation For Beginners (pd.) Mondays, September 21-December 14, 7pm, West Asheville. Learn grounding, mindfulness techniques. Attendance flexible. By donation. Information/registration, call Sarah, 242-0680. Goddess/Gods: Teachings For The Modern Nobility (pd.) • May 2, Chapel Hill. 10am-1pm. Celtic Gods and Goddess. • May 6: Asheville. An empowering year-long workshop series for modern people to access ancient wisdom today. (Quetzalcoatl, Tonantzin to name a few). $20/session, includes all materials. You must call to confirm. • Zoe: (828) 2840975. Intuitive Faerie Readings (pd.) Find illumination along your life’s path through guidance from Celtic faerie guides and your own loving

freewillastrology Jonathan Lee Riches is renowned for filing numerous lawsuits in U.S courts. Some of his targets are actual living people, like Martha Stewart, George W. Bush, and Steve Jobs. But he has also gone after defendants like Nostradamus, Che Guevara, the Eiffel Tower, the ex-planet Pluto, the Holy Grail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Garden of Eden. This would be a good time for you to draw inspiration from his example. I don’t mean that you should become a litigious fanatic, but rather that you should seek redress and vindication from those people, places, and things that have not had your highest interests in mind. This could take the form of a humorous message, a compassionate prank, or an odd gift. Remember, too, that old saying: Success is the best revenge.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

This would be an excellent time for you to learn how to brew your own beer ( zteca) or build your own telescope (tinyurl. com/2yert5) or teach yourself how to operate a forklift ( Your ability to master practical new skills is at a peak, and your need to develop more self-reliance is more pressing than usual. Once you raise your confidence levels, you might even move on to more challenging tasks, like concocting your own home-made flu shot ( or reconfiguring the way your brain works ( or

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Novelist James Patterson has signed a deal with a publisher to churn out 17 new books between now and the end of 2012. (By comparison, it took me six years to write my first book, nine years to write my second, and five years for my third.) According to my reading of the astrological omens, you Geminis will have James Patterson-like levels of fecundity for at least the next four weeks. I suggest you employ that good mojo to create a masterpiece or two.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

As I gaze out the window of my home office, I see a vast wetland crossed by a creek that originates in the bay. At high tide, the creek is as wide as a river. At low tide, it’s as narrow as a village street. Sometimes it flows north vigorously, while at other times it surges south with equal force. Now and then it’s perfectly still. Its hues are a constantly mutating blend of grey, green, blue, and brown, and at sundown and sunrise they’re joined by tinges of pink, purple, and orange. As a Cancerian, I find this intimate spectacle to be both comforting and invigorating. It’s a reflection of my own evershifting moods, a reminder that I’m a watery creature whose fluidic changeability is natural and healthy. What I wish for you, my fellow Crab, is that in the coming week you will also surround yourself with prompts that help you to be at peace with who you really are.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

What exactly is a “wild goose chase,” anyway? Does it refer to a frenetic and futile hunt for an elusive prey that’s never caught? Or might it also mean the meandering pursuit of a tricky quarry that after many convoluted twists and turns results in success and generates a lot of educational fun along the way? Either definition could apply to your wild goose chase in the next three weeks, Leo. Which one will ultimately win out will probably depend on two things: 1. how well you detect the false leads you get; 2. how determined you are to be amused rather than frustrated by all the twists and turns.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your time is up, Virgo. No further stalling will be allowed. We need your answer now: Will you or will you not take advantage of the messy but useful offer that is on the table? Don’t ask for an extension, because you ain’t getting one. Please take advantage of this chance to prove that you love yourself too much to get hoodwinked and abused by perfectionism. Be brave enough to declare your allegiance to the perspective articulated by the mathematician Henri Poincaré: “There are no solved problems. There are only more-or-less solved problems.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is an excellent time to celebrate the pleasures of emptiness . . . to extol the virtues of the blank slate . . . to be open to endless possibilities but committed to none . . . to bask in the freedom of not having to be anything, anyone, or anywhere. Are you smart enough to need no motto to live by? Are you resourceful enough to rely on nothing but the raw truth of the present moment? If so, you will thrive in the coming days.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

During the dialog about health care in the U.S., certain highly relevant facts are never discussed. For example, it’s ludicrous for rightwingers to fear that a government-run health system would freshly infect our capitalist system with the stain of socialism. The truth is, America has long had the biggest socialist enterprise in the world: its sprawling military establishment, which is completely paid for by taxpayer dollars and run by the government! Another unacknowledged fact is this: The single smartest strategy for financing universal health care (as well as dramatically improving the economy) would be to reduce military expenditures. Americans don’t seem to realize that their monstrously huge military empire is a case of supreme overkill: It girdles the globe in ways that are unprecedented in the history of civilization. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, to illustrate the way that a seemingly serious discussion can be thrown off course and rendered unproductive when it ignores critical information. Please make sure nothing like that happens in your personal sphere in the coming


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

In the coming weeks, your medicinal effect and your power to incite change will be peaking simultaneously. You may heal people by shaking their certainties or you may scare people as you motivate them to shed their lazy approaches. You could be a stringently benevolent force or a disruptive fixer of broken things. My only advice for you is to work hard to stay humble. The potency of your influence might tempt you to get full of yourself, and that would undermine the beauty of your impact.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

I’m embarrassed to confess that when I’m shopping for an herbal supplement I’ve never bought before, my choice is unduly influenced by how much I like the packaging. For example, I might opt for the brassy orange and white bottle with bold black lettering over the brand with the washed-out blue-green color scheme and delicate purple font. I hope you won’t fall victim to any version of my folly, Capricorn. It’s especially important that you make your decisions based on a piercing analysis of the inner contents, not a superficial survey of the outer display.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Study the following facts to derive oracular clues about your upcoming destiny. 1) Some bacteria are inimical to human beings, but others are friendly, like the creatures that inhabit your intestine and help you digest the food you eat. 2) There are snakes whose venom is poisonous in large doses but healing in small amounts. 3) The term “demon” is derived from the ancient Greek term “daimon,” which referred not to an evil supernatural being but to a benevolent guardian spirit that conferred blessings on a person.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

On the website “Yahoo! Answers,” readers pose questions that are answered by other readers who have expertise on the subject. In a recent entry, a young woman asked, “Is there a spell to become a mermaid that actually works?” Of the 50+ replies, most are snarky and mean, ridiculing the asker of the question, and not a single one gives useful information. I encourage you to offer your own insight on the subject sometime soon. (Go to tinyurl. com/mdclt4.) You are now at the peak of your ability to act, think, feel, love, and dream like a mythical sea creature.

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guardian angels and spirit guides. • Faerie workshops also available. (828) 6452674. Kriya Yoga Initiation Preparation Classes (pd.) Learn preliminary meditation techniques in preparation for higher Kriya Pranayama. Complete Kriya practice will be shared. Begins October 4, 2009. Students completing 4 week course may apply for December 2009 Initiation. Donation basis. • Preregistration required. (828) 338-0234 (Ryan). KriyaYogaOnline@gmail. com This is New And Different! (pd.) Find out what’s baffling the medical community. Discover why researchers are attempting to explain these healings....and how your too, can master this extraordinary work! • Information/registration: (828) 298-4685 or www. Tuesday Afternoons • Study • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) Study: 3:30pm • Meditation: 5:30pm. 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. Love offering. More information: 645-2085 or A Course in Miracles Classes For anyone sincerely interested in joining a loving group for ACIM study and practice. The group meets at Groce United Methodist Church in East Asheville. Info: 712-5472. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Study group meets. An Evening With Spirit All are welcome to communion with Spirit and channel messages. Held at the White Horse in Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. No latecomers. Love offering. Info: 713-2439. • SUNDAYS, 6-9pm Evening events will be lead by Theo Salvucci. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free Introduction. Info: 2544350 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - At the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or

• SUNDAYS, 7pm - Discover true fulfillment. Silent sitting and video satsang with Western spiritual teacher Gangaji. New location at Serventhood House, 156 East Chestnut St., near Greenlife. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Beth Israel Synagogue Located at 229 Murdock Ave. An egalitarian house of prayer, study and assembly in the Conservative Jewish tradition where all are welcome. Join us for Shabbat services, Minyans, high holidays and festival services and celebrations. Info: 2528431 or www.bethisraelnc. org. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm Services. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8. Info: 779-5502 or • WE (9/23), 7:15pm “Meditations for a Meaningful Life.” • WE (9/30) - “Creating a Sacred Space & The Art of Enlightenment.” Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with reallife issues, including divorce, co-dependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • THURSDAYS, 6pm-10pm - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Center for Spiritual Awareness • SU (9/27), 8:15-9:30am - Join us in creating the “Center for Spiritual Awareness-Asheville.” Inspirational yogic teachings followed by half-hour meditation. Wake up to the Joy of Your Eternal Self. Sundays at 8:15am at South Asheville Yoga Studio. Donation. Info: OUR-YOGA. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communica-

tion. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Hendersonville First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 1735 Fifth Ave. W. in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or www. • FR (9/25), 7pm; SA (9/26), 10am & 1pm & SU (9/27), 9am - Dr. Marcus J. Borg, world-renowned Jesus scholar, will speak on four different aspects of “Today’s Christianity.” $10 for each Fri. & Sat. event. Sun. event free. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • WEDNESDAYS (through 10/21), 5:30pm - Weekly book circle. The group is currently reading A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm Women-led, justice-focused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An unconditional church. Mantras Cafe • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Bring your favorite kirtan mantras, multi-cultural chants and soul-centered music. Open mike. Sign-up 6-6:30pm. At BoBo Gallery. Free or $3 donation. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz. com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Modern-Day Meditation Class For Young Adults • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Class. For ages 18-35. Safe space to let down walls, release pent up emotion, get in touch with a truer part of yourself. Free. Info: 301-7892. Mountain Zen Practice Center Ending suffering through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Located at 156 E. Chestnut

St. Info: 253-4621 or www. Orientation required for newcomers. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Sojourner Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) A congregation in formation. The goal is provide a caring, non-threatening environment for the exploration of Christian spirituality. Info: • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Worship —- 10:30am - Fellowship. Lower floor of Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Receive initiation into Sri Swamiji’s one-hour meditation technique. One-hour of silent meditation followed by Bhajans (devotional singing). Free. Directions & info: 2993246 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meditation. Holy Ash and meditation instructions provided. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this group meditation for your own personal spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meditation for personal and spiritual growth. 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 Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • FR (9/25) & SA (9/26), 7:30pm - Womansong will perform a concert titled “Arise.” $15 advance/$18 day of the show. Info: www. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Two Sunday

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Celebration Services. Children’s nursery available during both services —11am - Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 to 18). • WE (9/30), 7pm “Labyrinth Walk,” with Sam Richardson. Walk a 5-path labyrinth and discover the healing, magical power of this ancient energy pattern. Love offering.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SU (10/4) - Drawings: Foundations of Fine Art. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. • TH (10/1) through FR (10/23) - Glimpses Through the Prism, work by Alabama self-taught painter Lucy Hunnicutt. Art With a Purpose • Last FRIDAYS, 6-8pm - Mixed media art exhibit, fundraiser and domestic violence awareness event. Refreshments provided. At 32 Rosscraggon Road, in the Rosscraggon Business Park. Info: rchovey@sos. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • TH (9/24) & FR (9/25), 1-5pm - The Hans & Margo Nagel Collection will be on display. The collection will be auctioned on Sep. 26 at 7pm. A $10 donation is asked for the auction and reception. • TH (10/1), 6-7:30pm - Opening reception for “The Arts Council Presents ...” Hosted by Morris Broadband and the council. Ruth Birge, honorary chair, will speak. • TH (10/1) through FR (10/16) - Open Studio Tour & Artists Show. Preview the work of Henderson County artists who will be participating in the 2009 Open Studio Tour. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat.,

Noon-3pm. Info: 258-0710 or • Through SU (9/27) - New works in oil painting, drawing and collage by Dona Barnett will be on display. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • Through SU (2/7) - Ruth Asawa: Drawing in Space, an exhibit of loop-wire sculptures and drawings. • Through SU (2/14) - Looking Forward: New Works and New Directions for the Permanent Collection will be on display. • FR (9/25), 5-7pm Opening reception for Ruth Asawa: Drawing in Space. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 251-5796 or • Through WE (9/30) - Quiet Beauty, a collection of watercolor paintings by Sandra Brugh Moore. • TH (10/1) through SA (10/31) - The Colors of Country, a collection of oil paintings by Judy Rentner. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open daily. Info: 768-0246 or • Through WE (9/30) - New paintings by Trinity St. James, new pastel paintings by Karen Margulis and new glass by J. David Norton. 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. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. • Through FR (9/25) - Captured on Canvas, a solo exhibit by photographer Susan Stanton. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm Gallery Walk. Events at HandMade in America Located at 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 101. All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Info: mwilliams@ or 252-0121. • TH (9/24), 8:30-10am - The public is invited to view the national Crazy for Quilts exhibition and enjoy conversation and coffee —- 5:30-7pm - Discussion and reception for the show. RSVP: ext., 306 or jmeek@ Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through SU (11/1) - New Works: Murals, a solo exhibition by Robert Crystal. In addition to the large murals, Crystal’s handmade, functional and decorative pottery will also be on display. • SA (9/26), 3-6pm - An outdoor reception will be held where attendees will have the opportunity to speak to an artist about his creative process and view work currently on display in Grovewood’s sculpture gardens. Free. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com. • Through SU (10/4) - Summertime Memories: W.N.C. Treasures, featuring photography, painting and wood of the Carl Sandburg Home. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (10/2) Amalgam, a solo show by Chukk Bruurseema featuring works in metal, wood, digital layering, even clothing —- “33” installation by Laura Kathleen Marsico. A site-specific/site-constructed installation. Montreat College’s Hamilton Gallery Located on the mezzanine level of L. Nelson Bell Library on the campus of Montreat College. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm. Info: 669-8012 ext. 3641. • Through MO (9/28) - The Swannanoa Fine Arts League Special Members Show will be on display. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm & Sun., Noon-6pm. Info: 285-0210 or • Through SA (10/31) - Figuratively Speaking, a group exhibition featuring the works of Anna Koloseike, Kat

McIver, Fran Welch, Joanna Fireman, Adele Macy, Blue Fire MacMahon and Susan Musialowski. Phil Mechanic Studios Located at 109 Roberts St. on the corner of Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. Houses Flood Gallery, Pump Gallery and Nook Gallery. Info: • Through TU (10/6) - USED, a solo show of 2-D and sculptural works by Karen Havens will be on display in Flood Gallery. Scenic Hwy. 276 South Studio Tour Explore the studios and galleries located on Hwy. 276 South in Brevard and Transylvania County. Brochures can be found at the Chamber of Commerce, at any of the participating studios and galleries or at (click on “Art Tours”). Info: 8845131 or 885-8457. • SA (9/26), 10am-5pm & SU (9/27), 1-5pm - Studios and galleries will be open. The Bender Gallery Located at 57 Haywood St., Asheville. Hours: Mon.Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: www. or 225-6625. • Through SA (10/31) Glass sculptures by Toland Sand. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery is at 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. The Burnsville TRAC Gallery is at 102 W. Main St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 682-7215. General info: • Through SA (9/26) - Local Children Books: Writers and Illustrators and 40th Anniversary Retrospective, blown glass by Richard Ritter, will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or www. • Through FR (9/25) - WNC Woodworkers, featuring the works of local and regional woodworkers. Tryon Fine Arts Center The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: www. • Through SA (10/10) - Sculpturama 2009 will be on display. Upstairs Artspace

Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or • Through SA (10/24) New Perspectives: Artists of Abstract Alliance and Child: Being and Remembering, two group exhibitions, will be on display. Visual Art at ASU Exhibits take place at Appalachian State University’s Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Info: 262-7338. • Through MO (11/16) Extra Medium, an exhibit by Daniel Eatock. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-3591 or • Through TU (10/6) - An exhibit featuring the works of Western MFA and BFA student artists will be on display at the Atrium Sales Gallery and Cyber Coffee Cafe. • TH (10/1) through SA (12/12) - Soul’s Journey: Inside the Creative Process, featuring work by more than 20 contemporary Southeastern artists working in a variety of media.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 6652492 or www.ncarboretum. org. • Through SU (11/1) - H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. The exhibit celebrates the art and science of birds. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: or • Through TU (10/27) More than 30 original pieces of artwork by nine local artists will be on display. Artwork by Cyndi • Through WE (9/30) - Artwork by Cyndi Calhou will be on display at Salsa’s

Restaurant in downtown Asheville and at Brixx Pizza in S. Asheville. Carolina Nature Photographers Association Info: www.cnpa-asheville. org. • Through SU (11/15) Celebrating Nature Through Photography, images from the N.C. Arboretum and WNC will be on display at the N.C. Arboretum. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (12/11) - Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, an exhibit featuring the works of 14 nationally known metalsmiths. Center for Diversity Education The Center is on the UNCA campus, at 222 Zageir Hall. Info: 232-5024 or www. • Through FR (10/30) - Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation, a national traveling exhibit will be on display at Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Presented in partnership with Buncombe County Library. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or • Through WE (9/30) - Nuestra Historias, a traveling exhibit about migrant workers in America. • TH (10/1) through TU (10/27) - Images of The Divine Feminine, an exhibition by Gaetana Friedman. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College. Open 10am-4pm Wed.-Sat. and Noon-4pm Sun. Info: 2539231. • Through SU (10/18) - “Wasp Waists & Huge Hoops,” an exhibit on Victorian fashion will be on display. $7/$6 students/$3 children.

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fine art reproduction and printing. (828) 670-5257 or visit www.ashevilledigital. com Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts: Weekend Demo (pd.) 9 Week Fall Classes “Double-Walled Bowls” with Jerilyn Virden, Saturday, September 26, 10am-1pm. • Fall Classes begin October 14. • Registration: (828) 285-0210. • Information: The Painting Journey (pd.) Presented by Transylvania Community Arts Council, October 24/25 weekend. • Emphasis is on the creative process, rather than on technique. Cost: $250, includes all supplies. Information/registration: 884-2787. Art Show • FR (9/25), 3-7pm - In celebration of National Adult Day Services Week, CarePartners Adult Day will hold its 5th Annual Participant Art Show. Silent auction, art by participants, live entertainment and more. Light refreshments will be served. At 68A Sweeten Creek Rd. Info: 277-3399. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • TH (10/1), 5:30-7:30pm - Opening reception for the third annual Henderson County Open Studio Tour. Info: 674-5978. Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am-5pm and Sun. from 1-5pm. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227. $6/$5. • FR (9/25), Noon-1pm - Art Break. Discuss Looking Forward: New Works and New Directions for the Permanent Collection with a curatorial staff member. • SA (9/26) - Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2009. Museums and cultural institutions nationwide open their doors free of charge. Attendees must present a Museum Day Admission Card, available in the Sept. issue of Smithsonian or online at Asheville Chapter of the Church of Craft Info: • Last SUNDAYS, 1-4pm Meets at Short Street Cakes,

225 Haywood Rd. Info: 505-4822. Asheville Mini-Con Comic Book Convention • SA (9/26), 10am-5pm The convention will be held at Ramada Biltmore West, 275 Smokey Park Hwy., Asheville. Thousands of new and vintage comic books for sale and trade. Guest artists. And much much more. Free admission. Info: Asheville_ Asheville NC Homecrafts • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7pm - Sit and Knit. Free sit and knit at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., Suite 134. Info: 350-7556 or Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484 or • TH (9/24), 7:30pm - “Visualizing world views: Explorations at the boundaries of perception,” with David McConville, media artist. $5/$7 nonmembers. BookWorks BookWorks is located at 428 1/2 Haywood Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 255-8444, info@ashevillebookworks. com or • FR & SA (9/25 & 26) - BookOpolis 2009. The fifth annual BookOpolis at BookWorks. Fri.: Exhibition opening and reception from 6-9pm. Sat.: Demos and exhibit hours from Noon6pm. Screen printing, live music and more. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or • TH (10/1), 9:30am - Registration followed by a short business meeting and a program on decorative felted orbs by Ellen Anderson. Orbs that were created at the Sept. meeting will be decorated. At Cummings United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 33

• WEDNESDAYS (through 9/30), 9am-Noon - Soft Pastels with Karen Chambers. Learn to paint skies in pastels. Registration required. $25/class. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, Noon-3pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. • TUESDAYS (through 11/24) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. Talks & Presentations at WCU These public lectures, readings and events at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 2272303. • TU (9/29), 9-11:30am & 1-3pm - Ceramist Don Reitz will give informal clay demos in the Fine and Performing Arts Center —- 3:30-5pm - Artist talk and slide show also at the FPAC. Free. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Jordan St., Brevard. Info: 884-2347 or • FR (9/25), 5-9pm - 4th Friday Gallery Walk, featuring music by Don Burger’s Dulcimer Trio. Donations accepted.

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music, antique displays, demonstrations and food. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($6/vehicle). No parking fees on Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • SA & SU (9/26 & 27), 11am-4pm - Heritage Craft Weekend featuring demonstrators in basket making, natural dying, fiber arts, woodcarving and more. Plus, master gardeners, beekeepers and plant vendors.

Asheville People’s Market Held June through October in the parking lot across from Rosetta’s Kitchen at 93 N. Lexington Ave. Info: rosettastarshine@gmail. com. • SUNDAYS, 11am-4pm - Search for art, crafts and homemade items made by Asheville artists at this fleamarket style market. Chunn’s Cove Bazaar at St. Luke’s • SA (9/26), 7am-5pm - Artists and craftsmen, homemade baked goods, a flea market, organic produce, live old-time music, and burgers and brats on the grill. Free tours of the historic 1894 church located at 219 Chunn’s Cove Rd. Bring your instruments for an afternoon jam. Info: 254-2133. Crafts on the Mountain Native Craft & Artisan Fair • SA (9/26), 1-6pm - Pisgah Inn’s first annual Native Craft & Artisan Fair, featuring handmade native crafts, local artists, regional cuisine, music and demonstrations. Located at mile marker 408.6 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rain or shine. Greenlife Grocery Arts Market Located at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440. • SATURDAYS, 11am-6pm - Browse the wares of local and regional artists on the grass at Greenlife Grocery. Henderson County Curb Market Info: 692-8012. • SA (9/26), 8am-2pm - The market will feature

Spoken & Written Word A-B Tech Events • TH (10/1), 12:30pm - Ron Rash will read from his book Serena in the Ferguson Auditorium as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. Plus, students from Madison Early College will stage a Readers’ Theater performance. Free. Blue Ridge StoryFest At Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. $10/$6/free under 6. Info: 1-800-222-4930 or events.aspx. • SA (9/26), 11am-9:30pm - There will be story-swapping circles in the morning and lakeside storytelling featuring members of the Asheville Storytelling Troupe. Michael Reno Harrell and Tim Lowry will perform afternoon and

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Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 250-6480) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) • TH (9/17) through FR (10/30) - Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation will be on display. PM. • TH (9/24), 7:30pm - Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. FV. • MO (9/28), 2pm - “The Power of Memoir to Heal,” a seminar with Sheridan Hill, a noted biographer. Held in the Education Room. Please bring a pen and paper. BM. • TU (9/29), 6:30pm Library knitters and crocheters meet. LE. Events at Downtown Books & News Located at 67 North Lexington Ave. Info: 2538654. • WE (9/30), 5:30pm - “Punch Bugg Tour.” Three cartoonists, Ken Dahl , Liz Baillie and MK Reed, will give a reading and presentation of their work. Free and open to the public. Events at Malaprop’s

The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 2546734 or www.malaprops. com. • TH (9/24), 7pm - Ed Southern will read from his book Parlous Angels. • FR (9/25), 7pm - Pisgah Review Poetry reading. • SU (9/27), 3pm - Carole Boston Weatherford will read from her book Becoming Billie Holiday —- 7pm - Diana Gabaldon will read from her book An Echo in the Bone at Diana Wortham Theatre. Call for ticket info. • TH (10/1), 7pm - Dr. Amy Joy Lanou will discuss her book Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss & Reverse Osteoporosis. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located in Tryon. Free. Info: 859-9021 or • SU (9/27), 4pm - Armchair Traveler: Ornithologist Simon Thompson will focus on Kazakhstan, recently opened to organized tourism from the West. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. Free Throw Wizard Book Signing • SA (9/26), 1-3pm - Fred Feder will appear at Burger King, 85 Tunnel Rd., for

a book signing of his autobiography Free Throw Wizard: Over 2 Million Free Throws Without Looking at the Basket. Free books, a basketball and photos of Fred with Patrick Ewing will be given out. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 452-5169 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5 year olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am - Family story time for children of all ages. We will read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 627-0146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am - Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs, and learn finger plays. Info: 648-2924. Madison County Arts Council Events

MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or • SU (9/27), 4pm - Sunday Set-In with storyteller Donald Davis. Davis will share stories inspired by life in the southern Appalachian Mountains. $15. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 4568062 or • TH (10/1), 6:30pm - Meet the Author: Tony Earley, author of Jim the Boy and its sequel The Blue Star, will read from his work.

Food Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Info: 210-0100. • TU (9/29), 6:30pm - Canning class, learn to make beet relish. $20 materials included. Held in the Community Room. Reservations required. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or • SA (9/26) - The public is invited to attend a traditional sorghum syrup making event at Doubletree Farm. The syrup will be slow cooked over a fire. Bring a picnic and musical instruments. RSVP: 380-0756. Mountain Heritage Day

A celebration of Appalachian culture at Western Carolina University. Free. Info: 2273193 or • WE (9/23), 7:30am-5pm - Canned goods and heritage foods will be accepted for the traditional foods competition. FR (9/25), 7:30am-Noon Baked goods and entries for the “Best in the West” category will be accepted. Info: 586-4009 or 227-7129. The Third Annual Food Venture’s Marketplace • WE (9/23), 5-7pm - The marketplace showcases a diverse array of local food products, featuring products made by small businesses that started/expanded their venture at Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Attendees can meet entrepreneurs, sample foods and more. At BRFV on the A-B Tech Enka campus. Info: 348-0128.

Festivals & Gatherings Asheville Greek Festival • FR & SA (9/25 & 26), 11am-9pm & SU (9/27), 11am-4pm - The 23rd annual Asheville Greek Festival, featuring Greek food and pastries, live music, dancing and more at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Bakersville Creek Walk Arts Festival • SA & SU (9/26 & 27), 10am-5pm - Fifth annual fine arts show promoting the arts and craft of the mountains. More than 40 juried artists along Cane Creek. Glass, jewelry, pot-

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tery, paintings, furniture, fiber, woodcraft, sculpture and more. Plus, food, music and silent auctions. Info: http://bakersvillefestival. com. Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center • SA (9/26), 11am-3pm - Fall Preview Day. Visit the center at milepost 384. There will be screenings of the new Ken Burns’ film National Parks: America’s Best Idea at 11am and 1pm, and live old-time music at 2pm. Info: 2985330, ext. 301 or 304. Festivities at Pritchard Park Events are sponsored by The Friends of Pritchard Park, a partnership between the Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors and Asheville GreenWork. Located at the intersection of Patton Ave., College St. and Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. • WE (9/23), Noon-2pm - Classical music will be performed by Intermezzo. • TH (9/24) - Belly dancing with Baraka Mundi. • TUESDAYS, 5-7pm - Hula hooping for all ages. Flat Rock Music Festival This festival is held at Camp Ton-a-Wandah in Flat Rock. Tickets & info: www. or 692-2005. • FR (9/25) through SU (9/27) - Live music by Jim Lauderdale, Lisa Haley and the Zydekats, Lake Street Dive, Now You See Them and more. Free for children under 10. Harvest Fest

• SA (9/26), 2-5pm Local farmers tailgate with seasonal produce, local cheese, baked goods, local honey and more. Plus, pottery, handmade jewelry, children’s clothing, handcrafted musical instruments, flowers. Food and music. Free. At Earth Fare South. Info: 210-0100. Hellbilly Hootenanny • SU (9/27), Noon - Classic car show, pin-up girl contest, tattoo competition, live music and more. Held behind the 700-block on Haywood Rd. in W. Asheville. $10 adults/Free kids 12 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the APD’s canine unit. Info: 254-4429. Mountain Heritage Day A celebration of Appalachian culture at Western Carolina University. Free. Info: 2273193 or • SA (9/26) - Heritage Day will feature demos of folk arts, heritage music and dance, arts and crafts, traditional food and more. Plus, competitions, including a woodcutting contest, a 5K and children’s fun run. Old Timey Fall Festival • SA (9/26), 10am-4pm - A day of old-timey fun, featuring heritage crafts, old-time fiddle music, clogging, antique tractor parade, children’s games, wooly worm races, pie-eating contests and more. On the Burnsville Town Square. Free. Info: 682-9654. Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 669-

9566 or • TH (10/1) - Valley Heritage Day. Come out and celebrate the heritage of the Swannanoa Valley.

Music African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediates —- 2-3pm - Beginners. Biltmore Park An outdoor concert series held at Biltmore Park Town Square, in the amphitheater. Free. Info: • SA (9/26), 7-9pm - The Vinyl Brothers will perform classics from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Musical Events Located at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Info: 669-0930 or www. • FR (9/25), 8pm - Black Mountain’s own Kellin Watson in concert. Opening will be Michael Bellar and the AS-IS Ensemble, an altjazz group from New York. $10 donation at the door. Bluegrass Slow Jam in Asheville • MONDAYS, 6:30-7pm - “Slow” jam for people learning bluegrass banjo,

mandolin and guitar —- 78:30pm - Regular bluegrass jam. Not held when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday. At Blue Ridge Music, 828 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville. Info: 2775588. Haywood Community Chorus Membership is open to all interested singers; no auditions are required. Sponsored in part by The Junaluskans and the Haywood County Arts Council. Info: 452-4075 or 456-1020. • MONDAYS, 7pm Rehearsal at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Mountain Folkharpers This nonprofit is devoted to folk-harp players and craftsman. Events are held at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore. Info: http://www. • SA (9/26), 10am-Noon - Opening meeting featuring “Geography of the Harp,” a workshop and concert with Frank Voltz. Free. All harpers are welcome to bring a harp, a music stand and a pencil. Music at Brevard College Events take place in the Porter Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Brevard College. Tickets & info: 884-8330. • SA (9/26), 7:30pm - Annual Showcase. Music faculty at Brevard College will present a free concert. The program will include music by Debussy, Irving Fine, Ney Rosauro, Henri Dutilleux, Brevard College faculty composer Robert

Glenn Palmer and more. Info: 884-8324. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • SU (9/27), 4pm - Flutist Judi Lampert and friends will perform a concert. $5/ Free for students. • WE (9/30), 8pm - Nagata Shachu, a Japanese taiko percussion ensemble, will perform. $18/$12 faculty and staff/$6 students. Old Time, Harp and Jam • SA (9/26), Noon-5pm - Join Lewis and Katie Wills, Estella Cumberford and other local musicians for an afternoon of music outdoors. Lewis and Katie perform at noon; Estella at 2pm; and the jam will be at 3pm. At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Chunns Cove Rd. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 252-0643. • SU (9/27), 3pm - The Pyramid Brass Quintet will present a concert featuring works by Dukas, Holst, and arrangements by Barnes, Gale and others. Admission is by free-will donations for the artists and for the restoration of the historic church. Womansong A community chorus promoting musical expression and creativity among

women in WNC. Info: www. • FR (9/25) & SA (9/26), 7:30pm - A choral version of “Arise” will be performed at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road in Mills River. $15 advance/$18 door/$5 children. Proceeds benefit Womansong’s New Start Program and the Unity’s Kindness Fund. Info: 6843798 or 891-8700.

Theater Anam Cara Theatre Company • Through SU (9/27), 7:3010:30pm - The Connective Collective: A Cabaret of Consciousness, featuring an eclectic array of Asheville talent. At BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. Fri. & Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. $10 advance/$12 at door. Tickets & info: 545-3861 or http://anamcaratheatre. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www. • TH (9/24), 7:30pm - Peter Pan. Performance benefits Children First/CIS and Caring for Children, both chosen to participate in the Power On Community program. $15. Ticket deadline is Sept. 23: call 259-9717. Info: • Through SU (9/27) Peter Pan will be performed. Fri. & Sat., 7:30pm; Sat. & Sun., 2:30pm. $22/$19 seniors & students/$12 children.

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center Located at 538 N. Main St. in Hendersonville. Info: 6930087 or • TH (10/1) through SU (10/11) - Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Southern Style will be performed. A comedy for the whole family. $15. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or • Through SU (9/27) - Around the World in 80 Days, a show of danger, romance and comic surprises. $30, with discounts available. • WE (9/30) through SU (10/18) - Marty’s El Paso, a show celebrating country music’s most prolific icons. $34. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or • Through SU (10/4) - The comedy God’s Favorite will be performed. $14/$8. Fri. & Sat., 8pm and Sun., 2pm. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info:

254-5146 or • Through SU (10/4), 7:30pm - Musical entertainment will be performed —8pm - Macbeth. Theater at Blue Ridge Community College Performances are held in Patton Auditorium at BRCC, Flat Rock. Tickets & info: 694-1849 or jennifers@ • FR (9/25) through SU (9/27) - Reflections - From the Mirror of Her Mind, a play based on the writings of Louise Howe Bailey, will be performed in the Bo Thomas Auditorium. The show begins at 7:30pm on Fri. & Sat., and at 2:30pm on Sun. Proceeds benefit the Henderson County Heritage Museum. Info: 694-1619 or

Comedy Gag Order Improv Comedy Comedy theater based on audience suggestions at Brightwater Yoga Studio, 506 1/2 N. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Free. Info: • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9pm - Improv. BYOB.

Film Call for Funniest Home Short Film • Through FR (9/25) - The Asheville Intl. Children’s Film Festival is looking for the funniest home short film in WNC. The film needs to be no longer than 3 min. and feature children or pets in a fun non-harmful way. The • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 35

winning film will be featured in Nov. at the AICFF. Submit film as a QuickTime movie file: Movies at the Asheville Art Museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or • SA & SU (9/26 & 27), 2pm - Screenings of Who the #$%! is Jackson Pollock? Teri Horton is a truck driver who buys a painting at a thrift shop, and later learns that it could be a Pollock, at which points she asks aloud the film’s title.

Dance Asheville Ballroom & Dance Centre • Learn to Dance! (pd.) Groups and Privates available. For more information call (828) 274-8320. www.ashevilleballroom. com Belly Dance! • Raqs Sharqi By Mahsati (pd.) New Schedule Begins 9/9/2009 • Essentials Belly Dance Level I: Mondays, 7:30pm-9pm. • Combining Elements Belly Dance Level II: Wednesdays, 7:30pm9pm. • Drop-ins welcome. $15/class, multi-class discounts available. 20 Commerce Street, Asheville. (828) 318-7572. www. Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: • SATURDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Filo Milongas at 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5. • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. Donation Classes at Asheville Dance Revolution Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group. At 63 Brook St. Info: 277-6777 or ashevilledancerevolution@ • TUESDAYS, 8-9:15pm - Beginning/Intermediate Adult Jazz. • FRIDAYS, 4-5pm - Boys Dance Combo Class. This is for boys interested in dance. The class touches on all styles of dance for the male dancer. • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Stretch and Tone. Lowimpact stretch class. Free Home School Dance Open House • TH (9/24), 11:30am-2pm - Asheville Dance Revolution and the nonprofit The Cultural Development Group are sponsoring a free day of dance for home-schooled

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children of all ages. Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and modern. At 63 Brook St., Asheville. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm - Ballroom dance class. Couples and singles welcome. $5. Snacks and drinks provided. Info: 2540814. Shag Lessons • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - No partner or experience necessary. Cy and JoAnn are long-time members of the Mountain Shag Club and have extensive teaching experience in Ala., S.C., Tenn. and throughout WNC. $10/lesson. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Square dance lessons. First dance free. Subsequent dances $6 each. Open to new dancers through September. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 625-2213, 625-9969 or 698-4530. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Class in Western-style square dancing at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center in Hendersonville. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held at Studio Zahiya, 41 Carolina Lane. $12 drop-in. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595 or LisaZahiya@ • THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Beginner belly dance for youth ages 12-16 —- 6:30-7:30pm - Bhangra! East Indian high-energy dance. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills. Veterans of Foreign Wars

All events are held upstairs at 5 Points, 860 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 693-5930. • 2nd & 4th SATURDAYS, 7pm - Live music and dancing. $7. All singles over 21 welcome. No partners needed. Finger food and sweets will be provided. No alcohol or smoking in dancing area.

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Annual Mail Art Exhibit Call for Entries Anything Goes—Everything Shows is an uncensored free-style mail-art show held at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., Asheville. Mail art is art that uses the postal system as a medium. Mail artists exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters, zines, envelopes and more. Info: 273-3332. • FR (9/25) - Deadline for submissions. No entry fee. Mail to: Anything Goes— Everything Shows, Carlos Steward, Courtyard Gallery, PO 9907, Asheville, NC 28815. Opening Oct. 3. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: or • Through FR (10/2) Application deadline for new exhibit. Interested artists may visit the Web site or e-mail for more info. Asheville Art in the Park • Looking for visual artists in all media for the Asheville Art in the Park market taking place under the Vance Monument in Pack Square on Oct. 3, 10 and 17. $40 for a 10X10 booth. The show will be juried. Deadlines are 3 weeks prior to each event date. Info: www.AshevilleArtinthePark. com. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 2515796 or • WE (9/23), Noon-5:30pm - Jury for new members submission deadline. Potential new members must complete an application and deliver five finished original pieces ready for hanging. Work will be reviewed on Sept. 24. See Web site for submission details. Call to “Autists”

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calling all N.C. artists on the Autism Spectrum to participate in an online exhibition entitled Autists 2009. No juries, no fees, no age limit. For an application or more info: www.northcarolinacall. org. submissions. See Web site for details. • FR (9/25) - Deadline for applications from craft artisans. The festival will be held Oct. 10 in downtown Marion. Regional crafters are encourage to apply. Applications: or 652-2215.

Scarecrow Festival & Craft Show A Buncombe County Parks & Recreation Family Fun Festival at Lake Julian Park. Free. Info: 250-4265 or • FR (9/25) - Deadline for participating local artisans, crafters and vendors to reserve a space in the festival, to be held on Oct. 3. $30/$35. Crafters of scarecrows can enter their homemade scarecrow for free, but must enter by this date.

YouTheatre Auditions • FR (9/25), 6pm Auditions for adults for the holiday show The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, onstage Nov. 19-29, at 1855 Little River Road. • SA (9/26), 10am Auditions for children and young adults for the holiday show —- 6pm - Callbacks for all speaking roles. Info:

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newsoftheweird Lead story A male Swedish college student, Ragnar Bengtsson, 26, has begun pumping his breasts at three-hour intervals in a 90-day experiment to see if he can produce milk. If he succeeds, he said, it could prove “very important for men’s ability to get much closer to their children at an early stage.” A professor of endocrinology told the daily Aftonbladet that male lactation without hormone treatment might produce “a drop or two,” but suggested that men instead consider offering their breasts to babies as a matter of comfort and warmth, rather than as food. Bengtsson, who will report regularly on his progress via Stockholm’s TV8 channel and the station’s Web site, acknowledged that his timetable would sometimes require that he pump during classes.

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• Improbably Successful Pick-up Line: In September, school officials in Australia’s Queensland state said they were investigating an incident earlier in the year in which two teenagers had consensual sex that they recorded on a cell phone camera. The girl reportedly said she was convinced to lose her virginity out of fear that the world would soon end as a result of the scheduled re-start of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, later this year. • Police in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, decided in August not to press charges against three boys whom they had previously believed had harassed a young moose so badly that it had to be put down. A final piece of evidence against prosecution came from the father of one of the boys, who vouched that the three could not have committed such a crime since they had been busy at the time, vandalizing a nearby church. • Not My Fault: (1) A 60-year-old highway worker was injured when struck by motorist Catherine Stotts, 62, who was speeding down a blocked-off road construction lane near Willits, Calif., in July. The worker required hospitalization, but Stotts complained about receiving a traffic citation, telling officers that

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• Undesirable Medical Specialty: Athena Sidlar, 28, was fired in August from her trainee job at the Allentown (Pa.) State Hospital after being accused of helping a mental patient swallow metal objects. Belatedly, hospital personnel discovered that Sidlar, herself, has a history of compulsive metal-swallowing. • To Fight Sin, One Must Know Sin: In April, the Arizona State Parks Board unanimously chose Renee Bahl, thought to be a dynamic, experienced professional, to be director of state parks. However, her employment record while an assistant parks director in California in 2001 included an incident in which she was disciplined for etching “Renee 2001” into the wall of one of the parks’ historic adobe barns.

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The Continuing Crisis

• Two motorists inadvertently wound up in backyard swimming pools recently: In July, flat-bed truck driver Nicholas Sparks, 25, hauling two motorcycles and towing two trucks, learned that he could not also handle talking on one cell phone while texting on another and accidentally crashed into a house in Lockport, N.Y., ending up with his truck and part of his cargo submerged. And in Mesa, Ariz., in June, a 27-year-old man who had rigged a short sword to his steering wheel (aimed at his chest) and driven into a brick wall in an effort to kill himself, failed in the attempt when an airbag inflated, causing him to lose control of the car, swerve into a nearby home and plunge into the pool. • Things You Thought Didn’t Happen: (1) Several state law enforcement agencies raided a home in Shelton, Conn., in July, breaking up an alleged canary-fighting operation. (A neighbor called the raid “crazy”: “I can’t picture little canaries with razor blades taped to their feet.”) (2) Convenience-store developer Michael Sesera might have thought he was merely following New Jersey protocol when he offered Hanover Mayor Ronald Francioli $20,000 to intercede for him with zoning authorities (i.e., a bribe). However, Mayor Francioli actually called the police, and in August Sesera pleaded guilty.

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Soccer mom? Hell, yeah! A critic of the Edgy Mama column recently remarked that I’m “just another North Asheville soccer mom.” Dude, that expression is so 1996. The term “soccer mom” entered national lingo when Bill Clinton was running for president against Bob Dole. One of Dole’s media advisors, Alex Castellenos, was quoted as saying Clinton was targeting the influential 30-something female voters, whom he termed “soccer moms.” Clinton did win, thanks in part to these swing vote moms, who would later vilify him when he was caught diddling Monica (this incident came too close to home, I imagine, for a number of married moms). Initially, the phrase “soccer moms” referred to those of us who spend a good deal of time driving our kids from activity to activity, and who, as good citizens, vote regularly. Then the term evolved. As references to “soccer moms” increased in the media, negative connotations crept in. The phrase came to represent over-stressed moms who don’t work, drive gas-guzzling SUVs, and spend too much time and money on their kids. Cue country song: “She’s a 90-pound suburban housewife drivin’ in her SUV.” There’s even a character called Soccer Mom, who is one of the villains on my son’s favorite TV show, Codename: Kids Next

Door. She’s an evil soccer coach who wants kids to practice soccer non-stop. So I’ve been called a soccer mom, and I assume, from the context, the commenter thinks I represent the unfavorable aspects of soccer momhood. This makes me laugh, because my girl only recently joined a soccer team, and I have no intention of forcing her to practice non-stop, or at all really. I know next to nothing about the game. This soccer mom also works as a journalist, drives a Honda Civic Hybrid (most of the time), and prefers to let her kids wander unsupervised around the neighborhood rather than schedule their time. Is she overstressed? Who isn’t? Is she a regular voter? Hell, yeah. To put the term in perspective, I’ve also been a swimming mom, a TaeKwonDo mom, a Girls on the Run mom, a softball mom, and an art mom. I’ve never been a hockey mom, which seems to be the correspondingly derogatory term for moms living in Canada and states like Michigan and Alaska. Let’s think about this. Is there something wrong with driving your kid to regular soccer practices and games where that kid gets lots of exercise, fresh air, and learns how to function on a team? Not to my mind. So we’re being vilified for promoting kids’ health and well-being. And for voting. That kind of sucks.

On the side of the soccer field last weekend, I talked to and checked out the other soccer moms. Turns out there were more soccer dads than soccer moms. These parents come from all different strata of society. One’s a stay-at-home dad. One’s a teacher. One’s unemployed. One’s an accountant. One’s a physical trainer. One works construction. I only saw a few SUVs and mommy vans in the parking lot. There were trucks, lots of mid-sized cars, and a couple of motorcycles. Sure, maybe a few of the parents fit the stereotype, but not many. All that most of us have in common are that we have kids and at least one of them plays in the Asheville-Buncombe Youth Soccer Association. Mostly, I chatted with the soccer parents about the beautiful fall day — because we know there are some cold and dreary ones coming. We complained about having to be there by 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, especially because we had to get our kids down to Enka to play (not very close to N. Asheville). Some of us tried to keep the siblings of our soccer players out of the mud. Some of us let our dogs wrestle in the mud. So, let’s recognize that the 1996 cliché no longer holds water. It’s 2009 and soccer moms are just moms, in all their many guises. Shoot, I’m proud to be the soccer mom I am. X

Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at Parenting Calendar for September 23 - October 1, 2009 Attention Parents (pd.) Do you have children who struggle learning to control their emotions or behavior? Children who don’t seem to pay attention in school? • We invite you to hear about a new technology that’s making it possible to train children (or adults) to be more attentive, more productive and more in control, by simply playing a video game. • This technology (called Neurofeedback) is being employed in schools, clinics, by NASA, in the Olympics and in World Cup trainings and can help your child create lasting change. Call (828) 281-2299, for more info or our schedule of upcoming public seminars, ask for Dr Ellis. Focus Centers of Asheville. Crisis Counseling • Multicultural/ Diverse Lifestyles (pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: CognitiveBehavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-318-3991, • 13 1/2 Eagle Street, Suite P, Asheville, 28801. Odyssey Center For Ceramic Arts: 6 Week Kid’s Classes • Birthday Parties

(pd.) Classes begin October 20, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 4-6pm, ages 6-12. Enrollment limited. • Parties: 1:30-3:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays. • Registration: (828) 285-0210. • Information: Next Steps After High School for Exceptional Children • TU (9/29), 6-8pm - A free training for parents of youth with special needs at the Family Support Network of WNC, 11 Vanderbilt Park Dr. All materials and refreshments provided. To register: 213-9787 or Parents Night Out at the YMCA of WNC Take a night off and let your kids have fun at the YMCA. Activities for ages 2-12 include swimming, arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, snacks and movies. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Fridays: $12/$24 nonmembers. Saturdays: $15/$30 nonmembers. Info: or 210-YMCA. • 1st SATURDAYS, 6-10pm & 3rd FRIDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm - Parents Night Out. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays,

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parachute play and more. To register: 213-8098 or shantisunshine@gmail. com. • TUESDAYS, 9:30am-10:15am - Toddler Fun. At the Reuter YMCA in the Mission Hospitals Room. Call 213-8098 to register. Waldorf Fall Michaelmas Festival At Groce Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville. Free. Info: 296-8323 or • SA (9/26), 4-6:30pm - Presented by the Asheville Waldorf Initiative, the festival will include a puppet show, children’s crafts, apple cider press, canned goods “harvest” for food bank and a community potluck social.


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Bring down the house for local disaster relievers September is National Preparedness Month, which means that Asheville-based American Rainbow Rapid Response is mighty busy. The nonprofit performs hurricane-relief and education operations, and is marking the month with classes and a fundraiser where “music and hurricanes will collide,” as their press release puts it. ARRR will co-sponsor two free classes on local disaster preparedness at the Livin’ Roots Center (98½ N. Lexington Ave.). The first is on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.; the second’s on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Reserve a seat by e-mailing r.proxy@hotmail. com. “Asheville is certainly a strong city, but we are still not safe from severe weather such as thunderstorms, tornadoes and even Benefits Calendar for September 23 October 1, 2009 Animal Haven Fundraiser • SA (9/26), 5-9pm - At Animal Haven Farm, 65 Lower Grassy Branch Road. $15. Flying Rock Band will perform. Info: 299-1635. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or • SA (9/26), 6pm - Silent auction for the Hans & Margo Nagel Collection begins —- 7pm - Live auction begins. $10 donation. All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, MainStay and The Arts Council of Henderson County. Asheville Area Piano Forum Benefit Concert Info: 669-4869. • SU (9/27), 3pm - The 9th annual Fall Benefit Concert will be performed at Diana Wortham Theatre. $18/Free for students under the age of 25. Proceeds benefit the educational and charitable activities of the forum, including Student Assistance Awards. Info: Beauty Through Cancer Provides programs and services for breast cancer patients and survivors in the WNC area. Located at 131 McDowell St., Suite 202, Asheville. Info: 252-8558 or • TH (10/1), 5-7pm - Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at the Beauty Through Cancer office. Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating the opening of Beauty Through Cancer with volunteers, Mayor Terry Bellamy and others. Food, wine, beer, door prizes, raffle prizes, music. Benefits for Eliada Info: • FR (9/25) through SA (10/31) - “The Castle in the Corn” maze will feature 3 levels of difficulty, family attractions, a hay bale maze for toddlers and more. Open Fri., 4-9pm; Sat., 10am-9pm; and Sun., Noon-6pm. $8/$5 for kids ages 5-12. Info: 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. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 6690930 or • SA (9/26) - A dance party and fundraiser for the Arts Center and the Media Arts Project will be held at the Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St. DJ Trevor Baker will spin records. Proceeds benefit Living Legacy: Living Artists of Black Mountain College exhibition series. $7 students and members/$10. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Located at 847 Case St., Hendersonville. Info: 697-5777.

earthquakes,” notes Aaron Funk, local ARRR director. “We want to take safety education to a whole different level by revamping the curriculum to make it exciting and combine this opportunity to learn and have fun while doing that.” The benefit, dubbed “Bringing Down the House,” takes place the night of Friday, Sept. 25, at the Rocket Club in West Asheville. Performers include singer/songwriter Matt Williams, world-folk group Habibigy, members of G.F.E. and Big Money Band, and rockers Super Collider. Doors open at 9 p.m., with the music starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $7, with all proceeds benefiting ARRR.

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• SA (9/26) - Ninth annual Conservation Celebration at Taylor Ranch, between Fletcher and Fairview, off of Cane Creek Road. There will be a silent auction, ranch tours, live jazz and a film about the saving of World’s Edge (a 1,600 acre tract in Hickory Nut Gorge). Childhood Cancer Research Benefit • SA (9/26), 10am-6pm - Be a hero for kids with cancer by shaving your head in return for pledges of financial support. Held at Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road. Sponsored by and benefiting St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which makes grants to research institutions to find cures for childhood cancer. Info: Denim Swap • Through WE (9/30) - Wink Heads and Threads will be accepting gently worn denim. Trade old blues for some that are new to you. Donated jeans will be given to ABCCM for women in need. Info: 277-4070 or 259-5300. Friends of the Henderson County Public Library Annual Book Sale • Through SA (9/26) - The sale will be held at 1940 Spartanburg Hwy., Hendersonville, on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to books, there will be CDs, DVDs, video tapes, books on tape, abd vinyl LP records. Last day of sale a bag of books will be $5. All proceeds go to Friends of the Henderson County Library. National Preparedness Month A nationwide effort held each year to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies. American Rainbow Rapid Response will offer free classes in the Asheville area in Sept. Info: • FR (9/25), 9pm - “Bringing Down the House” at the Rocket Club. Matt Williams, Habibigy, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Dr. Strange Mouth, DJ Adam Strange and others will perform. All proceeds will benefit American Rainbow Rapid Response. ShowBiz Gala & Silent Auction • TH (9/24), 6:30pm - Celebrate Mountain BizWorks’ 20th anniversary at the Orange Peel. Entertainment by Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs, 100 auction items, and food from Roots Organic Gourmet and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. $35. Proceeds benefit Mountain BizWorks. Tickets & info: 253-2834, ext. 10. The Arc of Buncombe County A local nonprofit serving the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families since 1957. Info: 253-1255. • TH (9/24), 6pm - “A Starry, Starry Night.” An evening of fine cuisine, cocktails and prizes at Magnolia’s Raw Bar and Grille. Prizes include a new car or its cash equivalent, a week stay in the Bahamas and more. Call for tickets. The Community Foundation of WNC Info: or 254-4960.

• WE (9/30), 4-7pm - A community celebration honoring Pat Smith, who is the president of the Community Foundation of WNC, will be held at the N.C. Arboretum. She is marking the end of a 25-year tenure with the organization. Reservations required. Used Cell Phone Drive • Through SA (10/31) - Collection boxes at the Lakeview Senior Center, Carver Community Center, Black Mountain Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce. Through Cellular Recycler, used cell phones will be recycled and 90% of what each phone is worth will go to Lakeview Senior Center programs. Info: 669-8610. YWCA Black & White Gala • TH (10/1), 7pm - Music by Westsound, silent and live auctions, and food from local restaurants. At the Orange Peel. The mission of the YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. All proceeds will go to support YWCA programs. Tickets & info: 254-7206, ext. 206 or


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Unquenchable: author Robert Glennon on America’s water crisis As the rain falls on Asheville, it’s all too easy to forget how severe drought conditions were in ’07 and ’08. The French Broad River hit its lowest recorded level since 1895. More and more private drinking wells ran dry, and one of three wells that supplied Marshall in Madison County hit empty. In August 2008 the town was within six weeks of being completely out. Yet the city of Asheville — owner of a 21,000-acre watershed with a huge reservoir — was able to keep its public-water system flowing, although voluntary restrictions urged us to use less water for gardening or washing cars. To some of us, the drought seemed little more than an inconvenience, but others were hit hard. In towns under mandatory restrictions, such as Cherokee and Mars Hill, carwashes and other water-dependent businesses had to limit service, and in Canton, Blue Ridge Paper Products was forced to shutdown early for a scheduled maintenance outage, raising fears that layoffs would follow. By late 2008, more than 5 million North Carolinians had to comply with voluntary or mandatory water restrictions. “When the well’s dry,” writes University of Arizona law professor and author Robert Glennon, quoting Benjamin Franklin, “we know the worth of water.” He adds, “The evidence [of a crisis] is everywhere — though if it is noticed, it is forgotten with the next quenching rain.” That’s one of the early salvos Glennon lets fly in his book Unquenchable: The American Water Crisis and What to Do About It. And here’s another key point: “We may worry loudly about the price of oil, but water is the real lubricant of the American economy.” Glennon provides no end of examples in his book, from the extravagant use of water in Las Vegas, Nev., to the tangle of disputes over the Catawba River, a water source that starts in North Carolina but supplies South Carolina

That’s clear in your book, with examples such as Atlanta, Ga., which came within three months of exhausting its Lake Lanier water supply. The funny thing is, the drought in Georgia was not any more severe than previous droughts. The difference was in the population, and as sure as we’re talking on the phone, this will happen again. … Seldom have [we] paid enough attention to whether there’s enough water for everyone. What should we be doing? When someone wants to put [his] straw into the source, we need to offset that use: [That is], when you want to put a new demand on the common supply, you have to convince someone else to use less. We [also] need to price water accordingly.

Water man: Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable, will talk Thursday, Sept. 24, at Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, about the American water crisis and what we can do about it. photo by Daniel Snyder

communities too. With Glennon set to discuss the issues on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Warren Wilson College, Xpress spoke to him recently about water policy, climate change and how to navigate the crisis. Xpress: You appeared on The Daily Show last July with Jon Stewart and summed up our American attitudes toward water pretty well. Glennon: In the U.S. we look at water as we do air, as if it were infinite and inexhaustible, when in fact, it’s finite and exhaustible.

Set prices to encourage conservation? If people have to pay for their water, they think differently about it. In Fresno, Calif., water isn’t metered, and they use about 300 gallons per day. In neighboring Clovis, water is metered, and use is just 200 gallons per day. Price affects behavior.

How does climate change factor in? The scientific community has no doubt that ... human causes have brought this about, creating new wind patterns, new precipitation patterns. ... Some places will get wetter, some will get drier. … The Colorado River will drop 20 to 40 percent, [with] the biggest impact on California. This is a real issue, in our lifetime, [but] the problem is complex. If you have less water flow, you also have less water to fuel hyrdroelectric plants, [and] the response is [to] rely on more fossil-fuel plants. Which contributes to climate change. And some alternative-energy sources compound the problem: Ethanol production requires great quantities of water to produce a gallon of fuel. It’s like a checkbook that’s out of whack.

But don’t we also need to ensure basic water access for essential uses? And protections for the lowest-income residents. If the wealthiest country in the world can’t recognize a basic human right to water, we’re a sorry lot.

How do we balance it? What we’re looking at is a fork in the road, but it’s going to take political willpower and moral courage.

What about water pollution? It compromises the supply and takes a lot of energy to clean up.

Glennon’s Sept. 24 presentation at WWC is free and open to the public, and it will be held at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge, with a book signing to follow. For more info, contact Margo Flood at 771-2002 or X

You also mentioned on The Daily Show that we only use about 10 percent of the water supplied to our homes; we flush the rest away. Every time a toilet flushes, those gallons end

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up in the river, which ends up in the ocean, until it’s recycled and returns — and that could be hundreds of years later. … Americans are spoiled. When we turn on the tap, out comes a limitless quantity of high-quality water for less money than we pay for cell phone service or cable television.

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Eco Calendar for September 23 October 1, 2009 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. West, Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • SA (9/26), 9am-1pm - Big Sweep Community Stream Cleanup Day. Teams and individuals clean streams across WNC. ECO coordinates this statewide effort in Henderson County. Call ECO to join a team. Environmental Programs at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 771-2002. • TH (9/24), 7pm - Daily Show guest Robert Glennon will discuss his book Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do. Info: call or e-mail • SATURDAYS (through 9/26) - Insulate. Learn about serving low-income homeowners who have requested home-repair assistance to reduce energy bills. Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge Info: 685-8798 or • TH (9/24), 6:30-9pm - Invasive Plant Workshop at the Chimney Rock Fire Department, 109 Terrace Dr., Chimney Rock. Dinner provided. RSVP by Sept. 22: call or e-mail Grass To Green • Help complete the Lexington Community Garden. Needed: topsoil, plants, a truck or two, but most of all teamwork. E-mail Green Building Seminars Free and open to the public. Info: 215-9064. • Last SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Seminar at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Free refreshments provided. Call to RSVP. Mountain Green Series Offered by Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, the series consists of guest speakers and a walking tour. Programs will be held in Canon Lounge, Gladfelter. RSVP: 771-3781. Free. Info: • FR (9/25), 1-2:45pm - The Green Walkabout introduces participants to the best practices for building green. To RSVP: scross@warren-wilson. edu —- 3-5pm - “Introduction to Sustainability,” with Dennis Quaintance, CEO of Greensboro’s Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels, and Margo Flood. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, ten-miles from Brevard off of US Hwy. 276 N. Info: 877-4423 or

• SA (9/26), 10am-3pm - National Hunting and Fishing Day Festival featuring hands-on activities for all ages. Free. Registration required. Wild Birds Unlimited Events Located at 1997 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 687-9433 or • SA (9/26), 9am - The Transylvania County Bird Club presents a fall bird walk. Info: mbarg@ —- 8am - Bird walk at the orchard, Altapass, Mitchell County. Info: • TH (10/1) - Ventures day trip: “Jackson Park Migration Workshop.” $40 includes lunch. Info: 253-4247 or WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • WE (9/30), 7-8:30pm - The WNC Alliance will offer the Northwest Earth Institute course on Sustainable Living beginning Sept. 30. $20. Info: call or e-mail • TH (10/1) - The WNC Alliance will offer the Northwest Earth Institute course on Voluntary Simplicity beginning Oct. 1. $20. Info: call or email • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30 pm - Meeting for Buncombe County members and the public at the WNC Alliance office, 29 N. Market St., Ste. 610, Asheville. Info: 258-8737. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily. Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or • Through WE (9/30) - Discover Life in America, a photography exhibition revealing the biological diversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will be on display. • TH (9/24), 3-8:30pm - Travel to the Cataloochee Valley for an NC Elk Experience. A presentation on elk ecology and biology will be followed by a trip to view the elk. Registration required. $20/$18 members/$10 for guests who drive their own cars. Info: ext. 305.


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On the â&#x20AC;&#x153;-estâ&#x20AC;? lists of Asheville restaurants, there are plenty of venues that surpass The Market Place, which isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the oldest, ritziest, boldest, biggest or hippest place in town. Indeed, the restaurant is so staunchly understated that Frommerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s once described it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;somehow undervalued and underappreciated.â&#x20AC;? But Mark Rosenstein can take solace in knowing he created perhaps the most important restaurant in Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-century-long history of eating out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know how a crystal grows?â&#x20AC;? asks Rosenstein, who last month sold the whitetablecloth institution after a remarkable 30year run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You get a seed, and everything grows around it. You look how this tiny business had so much influence.â&#x20AC;? Without exaggeration, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say most visitors who stroll through downtown Asheville are beneficiaries of The Market Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s achievements. Whether tourists are tucking into plates prepared by veterans of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen, wandering along Biltmore Avenue after dark or bumping into old college friends, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at least partly indebted to Rosenstein, a visionary toque who elevated the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cuisine, helped revitalize its urban core and provided an arena in which Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nascent professional class could thrive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were the first,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says, after ticking off a list of The Market Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culinary credits, including its rank as the first Asheville restaurant to shuck just-harvested oysters and serve classical French pastries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We?â&#x20AC;? he adds, reconsidering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the reasons Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve stopped. I need to refuel my creative juices.â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein chiseled his kitchen philosophies from the raw material provided by Jackson County, where he opened The Frog & Owl CafĂŠ in 1972 at the age of 19. While Highlands already had a reputation as an upscale enclave, it was still considered somewhat â&#x20AC;&#x153;out there,â&#x20AC;? even by the folks who lived there and loved it. The local color was so highly saturated that Rosenstein learned carpentry from a man who was two decades into a well-kept vow of silence, and he bought trout from a Baptist deacon who once threatened him with a shotgun. Commercial food distributors wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch the place, which backed Rosenstein into a locavore corner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody was going to supply a guy with 20 seats, miles from nowhere,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. Instead, Rosenstein says, he picked his own vegetables. When he ran out of trout, he ordered the dishwasher to pluck some from the pond across the street. Rosenstein wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only chef in the region getting excited about fresh, and incidentally, organic food, but he was one of the few who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t squander its potential on Whole Earth Catalog-approved recipes like lentil stew and flaxseed muffins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been experimental, and making meatloaf wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t particularly challenging,â&#x20AC;? says Rosenstein, who began working in a distinctly French idiom, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I thought everybody did because I was reading Escoffier.â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein depended on his well-traveled clientele to knowledgeably critique his Grand Marnier soufflĂŠs and object when a needless



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bay leaf surfaced in their bowls of Vichysoisse. They pushed him to create classical dishes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never tasted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;can you do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;of course I can!â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein laughs. And mostly, he could, leading to a financed invitation to open a restaurant in Asheville. Anxious to helm a year-round operation, Rosenstein in 1979 took over the old Supernatural CafĂŠ on Market Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hindsight is one of those cruel masters,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stayed in Highlands, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have been a millionaire.â&#x20AC;? But seduced by the prospect of not having to look for winter work, rebuild his crew every spring or smuggle wine past the police, Rosenstein and a few members of his kitchen team relocated to the broken-down building that today houses Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did all the work,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The city wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even repair the sidewalk for us. We did all the woodwork. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hanger I put in there to hold the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bathroom door that I think is still there.â&#x20AC;? Not every problem Rosenstein encountered on Market Street could be solved with a jerryrigged length of wire. When he first arrived in Asheville, Lanceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chefsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Service was the only food distributor working with restaurants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could get zucchini, potatoes and onions,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the produce was rotten.â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein started making weekly trips to the Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market in Atlanta, a routine he kept up until he realized another Asheville resident was traveling the same route to sell bread. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked him to swing by to pick up my produce order, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how Mountain Foods got started,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the earliest Market Place spawn. We laid down a way of doing things.â&#x20AC;? By its fourth or fifth year in business, Rosenstein says, the restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x153;was fly-

ing.â&#x20AC;? Determined to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get to the 21st century,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein hatched a plan to expand The Market Place from 40 to 140 seats, moving the restaurant to its current home on Wall Street. While he managed to complete the relocation, he had to scale back his plans to match the money available: His concept of a fine-dining restaurant fronted by an informal grill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an arrangement styled after the first Market Place, where the ground floor offered a more casual menu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; never materialized. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the bullseye of the Asheville market is,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funky, but not what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d call high craft.â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein last year tried to resurrect the idea with Bar 100, a Jeffersonian small-plates spot wedged into the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front room, featuring meats, cheeses and vegetables produced within 100 miles of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s door. Neither servers nor customers responded warmly to the reasonably priced menu, which Rosenstein now says was slightly at odds with the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand. Although Rosenstein says diners today may flinch at the white tablecloths that were de rigeur when the restaurant opened and fumble with its Continental wine list, they still expect The Market Place to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;special.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;About 15 years ago, I realized that even though I was a pretty good chef, that food wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the most important thing,â&#x20AC;? Rosenstein says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the heart and the head. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people will come back and tell me what they ate here, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what The Market Place is about,â&#x20AC;? he continues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We created a place where people experience joy and satisfaction. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what they remember. They remember how they felt. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just food. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hell of a way to make a living, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept me in it.â&#x20AC;? X

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a three-course feast of Southern fare likely more delicious than anything ever cooked by Mrs. Wolfe, who was known for her watery coffee, and a dramatic program chronicling Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction to Look Homeward, Angel. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publicity materials warn guests to â&#x20AC;&#x153;be prepared to laugh and be shocked at the events, enthusiasm and hurt feelings.â&#x20AC;? The Memorial is hosting two seatings for the supper, at 6 and 8 p.m. For reservations, call 253-8304. FUTURE LEGENDS OF BARBECUE: Some kids dream of becoming fire fighters, truck drivers or lion tamers. But for the children who aim to have their own barbecue pits, the Henderson County Young Leaders Program is hosting a Kansas City Barbecue Societysanctioned youth competition next month. Teams of young pitmasters ages 7 to 17 (along with their supervising adults) will be fighting for the barbecue crown at Camp Greystone in Flat Rock on Saturday, Oct. 10. Festival grounds open at 10 a.m. To provide inspiration, organizers have arranged for an appearance by barbecue star Mike Mills, three-time Grand World Champion at the Memphis in May International Festival and author of Peace, Love and Barbecue (Rodale Books, 2005). While registration for the competition has closed, tickets to the event are $5 for adults and $2 for children. To learn more, call 6972000.

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Fifth annual BookOpolis celebrates the original interactive medium — with myriad modern flourishes by Ursula Gullow To Margaret Couch Cogswell’s recollection, she was a slow reader as a child. The physicality of the book and the pictures inside often captured her fancy more than the words. Perhaps it was this fascination that led her into the realm of the book arts — a burgeoning art form that highlights the intimate and interactive qualities of the book. Today Cogswell is a well-known book artist, and one of many that will be exhibiting work at BookOpolis — a book art extravaganza happening Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Now in its fifth year, BookOpolis will be held at BookWorks in West Asheville. The festival kicks off Friday evening with a raffle, awards and a talk by Andy Farkas, a local book artist and printmaker. On Saturday from noon until 6 p.m., an open house allows people to peruse the book exhibit and meet some of the artists. Farkas will be demonstrating a traditional Japanese woodcut printing technique that he often utilizes in his books. There will be paper-making demonstrations in the new paper-making studio, screen printing (you can bring your own T-shirt or garment to print on), letterpress printing and bookbinding demonstrations throughout the day. And then there are the books, of which almost 100 will be on display. “We clear off all the work tables in the studio and arrange them on the tables according to loosely defined categories like fine press, sculptural, altered, miniature, pop-ups, journals, political, and narratives,” says Laurie Corral, owner of BookWorks. “We encourage people to handle the books — gently of course, with care — but how else can you really appreciate books unless you pick them up?” The books are selected by a jury based on how well they merge ideas with creative use of materials and inventive modes of construction. All the books are either one-of-a-kind handmade books or printed in small editions. Last year Cogswell exhibited her sculpture of a dog who held a chewed-up book in his mouth. Farkas exhibited hmmm..., his book of woodcut prints about a bear who thought he was a tree. Regional artists produce most of the books exhibited at BookOpolis because, says Corral, “we have an unusual concentration of book artists in this area.” One reason for this may be the region’s long-

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828-251-5425 Good grass a’mighty: Town Mountain has been traveling the country, winning competitions and letting people know that Asheville’s the place to be. “I think that’s pretty much what really brought the band together,” remembers Smith. “Winning that competition gave us a little more leverage, as far as booking and stuff like that, and it gave us a little more of a name for ourselves. It definitely helped solidify our identity at that moment. That became what Town Mountain was all about.” Since then, Town Mountain has been tirelessly spreading their sound and developing one of the most raucous live shows in bluegrass today. And it’s working. The constant touring has won the band a hefty national following and slots at some of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the country, including several showcases at the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville. But it won’t just be the band in the spotlight this time around. Mandolin player Philip Barker will be a featured songwriter at the event, a highly coveted honor, one that the band is quite excited to have bestowed upon one of their members. And then there are the parties. “We get selected by different companies and different sponsors who put on the IBMA showcases,” Smith explains of the event, “and they go on all night. Festival promoters and booking agents and bookers for clubs, they can all come to the hotel suite and see us play along with people who just want to come and party. And we party at IBMA. It’s a huge party, and Town Mountain has a really good time playing and partying all night.” Don’t think you can only catch Town Mountain rocking out in the flesh though. While

the band has undoubtedly cut their teeth on the road, they’ve also got two self-released albums under their belt, and Smith believes they’re just coming into their own in the studio. The biggest obstacle these days, he says, is coming up with the time and money to record. “I think in this last project,” Smith says of Heroes and Heretics, “we actually became a pretty good studio band, as far as knowing what we want and how to get it. And we have enough material, probably, to do another album right now. But it’s so expensive to do it. And thus far, we’ve really avoided the whole record label thing all together. The most daunting thing about going into the studio right now is definitely the money.” Luckily, fans in Asheville won’t have to wait for the band to get in the studio to get a preview of new Town Mountain material. This Friday, the five-piece will be back to play for the city they love when they take the stage of the Grey Eagle. And that, Smith says, will be the perfect end to a highly successful summer. “The show that we’re most excited about is this next Grey Eagle show,” he says. “There’s always one somewhere off in the next couple months that’s the one that we’re really really looking forward to and not really considering what happens after that, and right now, that’s definitely the Grey Eagle. “We’re all looking around realizing not only have we not played at home in a long time, but we haven’t even really been at home in a long time. It’ll be great to actually be there in front of the hometown crowd and get grounded again.” X 412 Merrimon Ave. Asheville

and Champagne Bar two floors of used & new books …and one floor of wines, beers & champagnes dog-friendly patio Downtown, across from north entrance of the Grove Arcade 1 Battle Square, Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 252-0020 exchanging books and wine daily • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 49




Krautrock? Nein!

The unpredictable German band Faust returns for a rare U.S. tour by Eric Dawson


Jamie Howard LCSW, MSW, MA



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1st Session Free • Sliding Scale

Ever since a British music journalist cheekily coined the term “Krautrock” in the early ‘70s to reference a burgeoning cluster of exciting German rock bands, groups such as Can, Neu and Kraftwerk have had an ambivalent relationship with the word. While they benefitted from the attention that comes with any new pop-music phenomenon, they also chafed at being lumped in with bands with which they had little in common, save their nationality. Few bands have been as outspoken about the problematic nature of the term as Faust, who over the years have become sort of Krautrock statesmen. In fact, original and current member Jean-Herve Péron thinks (with apologies to Waylon Jennings) this whole Krautrock bit’s done got out of hand. “I understand and respect the fact that some people of the younger generation are truly interested by this phenomenon called Krautrock,” he says in an e-mail sent from a hotel after a recent performance in Norway. “Krautrock was something very special in that all the groups who played at that time had nothing in common except their urge of finding their own identity, way outside the beaten tracks of Anglo-American rock ‘n’ roll. The media have forgotten this and use the term ‘Kraut’ for just about anything.” During Faust’s original run in the ‘70s, listeners never knew what they would get from album to album, or indeed, track to track, as the band explored psychedelia, folk, reggae, minimalism, proto-industrial, musique concrète and genres yet unnamed. The best overview of the band’s various styles is probably Faust Tapes, a


Sunn 0))) and Faust


The Orange Peel


Friday, Sept. 25 (9 p.m. $18/$20. or

45-minute barrage of song fragments that jarringly collide into one another with abrupt tape edits. The erratic, explorative nature of the group continues today. Their latest album, C’est Com...Com...Complique, is a remix of an album (Disconnected) recorded with industrial maverick Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound back in 2006, an aggressive hour-long rhythmic-oriented affair heavy on distorted guitars and noise that bears little relation to the original work. The group is also unpredictable live, with a penchant for Dada-ist destruction and pyro-

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Creating a new genre: Faust describes itself as “art-Errorist” — involved in “what is commonly called ‘art,’ but unlike an ‘artist’ who is usually quite convinced about his creations, an ‘errorist’ is quite happy to find out that art is nothing but a mistake, an error, a malfunction.” photo by elena golovnia

technics. That being said, venue owners and audience members showing up for Faust’s North American tour need not fear for their safety (save a little hearing loss, maybe). The group isn’t just about mischief and provocation, and fans attending one of the band’s upcoming shows will likely be treated to some of their favorite songs. “We respect and love our audience,” Péron says. “Therefore, we know we have to play some ‘Faust hits,’ and we love to play them too, always in different forms than just a ‘cover version.’” If there’s no single Faust style, working method or sound, how to describe what the band is all about? Perhaps due to Péron’s weariness with the Krautrock label, he invented a term of his own to perhaps intimate the band’s guiding aesthetic principles, which he attached to his record label, Web site and e-mail address: “art-Errorist.” But what, exactly, is an artErrorist? “An art-Errorist is a person who is involved in what is commonly called ‘art,’ but unlike an ‘artist’ who is usually quite convinced about his creations, an ‘errorist’ is quite happy to find out that art is nothing but a mistake, an error, a malfunction,” he explains. “I would not call Da Vinci or Goethe errorists, no sir, but call me a dilettante or tell me I don’t make sense and I feel understood, if not flattered.” The Orange Peel date is from the band’s third U.S. tour — the first was in 1994, on the forefront of a sort of “Krautrock revival” that was building in the States and Great Britain at the time. It continues today, with scores of bands influenced by or outright ripping off

Faust and their peers, and journalists often misrepresenting the German groups when using the Krautrock label as shorthand to describe a particular sound. Faust began life as a group of musicians living in abandoned schoolhouse in the village of Wümme, outside of Hamburg, forming a sort of utopian-minded collective not altogether uncommon at the time. There the group played music around the clock, experimenting with all manner of instruments and recording techniques, culminating in their truly bizarre and still unclassifiable self-titled debut album for Polydor in 1971. They released four more albums before disbanding in 1975, building a dedicated cult audience but never achieving much commercial success. The group remained dormant until original members Werner “Zappi” Diermaier, Hans Irmiler and Péron regrouped in 1990, beginning a new chapter in the life of Faust, one that would see members come and go over the next two decades. Péron left in 1997, but rejoined Diermaier in 2004 without Irimler. The duo has since performed regularly and released several albums with a rotating cast of musicians. Husband and wife James Johnston and Geraldine Swayne currently play alongside the pair in an incarnation of Faust with which Péron is very pleased. “I must say that this lineup is for me the final Faust lineup,” he says. “If James and Geraldine are to leave us someday, I would not look for further companions — I would rather end the Faust saga at what I consider the zenith of the story.” X


local music reviews

Andrew Ross and Emily Keebler of Shod My Feet. Photo by lydia see

Shod My Feet: Complicated, in a good way by Lydia See Fusion is key in Asheville — in food, fashion and music — and Shod My Feet has harnessed a unique blend of eclectic influences. While creating a sound all its own, this trio (Emily Keebler on vocals, keyboard, guitar; Sherman Hoover on bass, synthesizer, vocals; and Andrew Ross on drums and vocals) draws from myriad sources from The Flaming Lips to Tom Waits. Unlikely combinations suit Shod My Feet, a band that could be appreciated by a wide range of listeners in a listening-room style venue (such as BoBo Gallery) as well as many other environments. At a recent show at BoBo, the trio offered a high-energy, hour-long show that had the audience commenting on the ferocityof the entire set. Though Shod My Feet’s sound is full, there are subtle harmonies that creep up on the ears, both vocally and with Hoover’s choice synth additions. “Vacation Lover,” a growling, upbeat number, sounds like the impudent child of Phish and Imogen Heap, and Keebler cheekily spits out the chorus “Vacation lover / Vacation from my solitude / Vacation lover / Vacation from my surrender to wonder ... Something’s happening where I belong.” The keyboard’s ‘80s-inspired lines are reminiscent of Radiohead’s “True Love Waits” and Muse’s impeccable version of “Feelin’ Good,” in such a sneaky way that the song lingers to be hummed later. During the set, the band’s transition from one style to the next was smooth and easy, moving from a Chemical Brothers’ “Let Forever Be”sounding jam into a new song featuring the

mantra-like line: “A smooth thing / a warm thing / a wet thing,” echoing divas like Fiona Apple and Stephanie Morgan and building into an impeccable climax. In “Love Not For Anyone,” Keebler reaches her most ambitious vocal phrasing, and in “Beautiful Talking” she sweetly coos “As I wished away, time whisked away the hope that you could pull through it” over a slow, jazz-ballad style lullaby. Shod My Feet, although fronted by a strong vocalist, is very much a collaborative effort, as evidenced by the multi-layered harmonies and complex polyrhythms consistently exchanged between the three musicians. On bass, Hoover makes interesting choices to both contrast and coincide with Keebler’s piano, and Ross’ solid percussion provides a substantial framework from which to jump into the complexities of the group’s music. At times when all three musicians are contributing vocals, the sound is saturated, teeming with pulp and weight. That complexity is then deconstructed into light, airy choruses and scatting by Keebler. This multifaceted trio has been on the Asheville scene for a little while in its current incarnation, and is beginning to build a formidable following. A self-titled four-song EP is available at shows and contains a smattering of different styles. It’s the live performance, however, that best showcases Shod My Feet’s dynamic side. The energy with which they perform is not to be missed. X Learn more about Shod My Feet at myspace. com/shodmyfeet. Read more of Lydia See’s work at • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 51

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Asheville Greek Festival

Come be Greek for the day, offer the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promoters. In its 23rd year, the local Greek community presents live bouzouki music, authentic Greek folk-dancing, art, jewelry, kids rides and activities, cooking demonstrations and, of course, delicious Greek food and pastries. Friday, Sept. 25, to Sunday, Sept. 27. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Sunday 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 pm Contact Improvisation 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm Inner-Light Meditation Group Tuesday 7:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kirtan with Sangita Deviâ&#x20AC;? every Tuesday

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Wednesday 11 am, 3:30 & 4:30 pm Creative Dance with kids age 3-10 6 - 8 pm Sivananda Yoga

Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat. 12 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til about 4 12 Wall St., Asheville â&#x20AC;˘ 828-251-0057

Blue Ridge Rollergirls: Skate & Destroy

Coming up october 10 healing the wounds of family workshop

The ladies of the rink host their last bout of the season on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Asheville Civic Center. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be knockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; down the Richland County Regulators from Columbia, S.C. Come support Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest skaters as they destroy their opponents. Doors at 6 p.m., bout at 7 p.m. Tickets $10 advance/$12 door; can be bought at Civic Center box office. Chix with Stix performs at halftime; after-party at Broadways.

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The Decemberists

The spectacular and theatrical Decemberists bring their rock opera to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 25, in the wake of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s epic The Hazards of Love. Acceptable reasons to miss the show: Loss of limb or sudden free trip to tropical island. 8 p.m. $28. or Photo by autumn dewilde




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Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. Send your Smart Bet requests in to for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication.


Flat Rock Music Festival

Photo by John grubbs

Lovely Camp Ton-A-Wandah is the setting for the 14th Flat Rock Music Festival: a weekend of big fun for families, musicians and music lovers. Featuring a fantastic lineup with headliners Jim Lauderdale, rising stars The Belleville Outfit (pictured), and the alwaysentertaining Michael Reno Harrell, along with a bevy of workshops, swimming, boating, kids’ activities and the always-popular emerging singer-songwriter contest. Until Sept. 23, online tickets are buy-one-get-one-half-off. Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27. Weekend tickets include camping, $100 adults, $50 youth ages 11 to 17.

Nerve at N.C. Stage Missed connections? Nerve is a dark romantic comedy about dating in the online age. It’s the first production from local theatre artist Joshua Batenhorst’s new company, Bat & Horse Theatre Arts. Read the Xpress review at theatre. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23 through 26. At N.C. Stage, 15 Stage Lane. Tickets choose-yourown-price from $12 to $27.

Cowboy Jack Clement

Memphis-born songwriter, producer, recording studio pioneer and artist Cowboy Jack Clement has produced albums for Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Doc Watson and more. He’s also a teller of big stories, a writer of clever songs and a performer of great entertainment. He’ll be at White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, Sept. 25, with Marley’s Ghost and Cowboy Jack. 8 p.m. $10. Bar opens at 6 p.m., get there early.

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. Send your Smart Bet requests in to for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication. • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 53

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

Hands & Knees (regional Mexican) w/ Steve Smith

A Hawk and a Hacksaw (freestyle, vocal) w/ Mind vs. Target

Red Stag Grill

Westville Pub

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Jammin’ with Funky Max

Boiler Room

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Rocket Club

Vortex Cabaret (variety)

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

“Super dance party” feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ

Thu., September 24


Latin dance

Derek Webb (folk, rock) w/ Sandra McCracken

Steak & Wine

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Stockade Brew House


‘80s Night, 10pm Cancun Mexican Grill

Open mic Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Fri. 10/2: Velvet Truckstop 9pm

The Old Forest Band Blu Lounge

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Patrick Fitzsimons (folk, blues)

Lobster Trap

Zydeco dance & lessons

Carolina Sky

Emerald Lounge

Never Blue

Reggae Resurrection

Town Pump

No Tears Today (indie)

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Firestorm Cafe and Books

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and

Live DJ


Boiler Room

Orange Peel

Happy Birthday Tressas! feat: The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

Club 828

Celtic & eclectic jam

Immortal Technique (hip-hop, rap) w/ Diabolic, Poison Pen & J. Arch

Open mic

Mixed Bag Open Jam hosted by Michael Tao

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe



BoBo Gallery

Beacon Pub

Eleven on Grove

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Garage at Biltmore

Open mic

Open mic

Stillhouse Hollow

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Back Room

Live piano music

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Blackbird

Live music w/ Chris O’Neil The Hookah Bar

Timothy Cushing (folk)

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

Pick~N~Jam BoBo Gallery

Kelly McFarling w/ Sirius.B. (Gypsy, metal, folk) Contagious, Magazu & Emily Pakes (rock)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Infected Mushroom

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Marc Keller (variety)

Courtyard Gallery

DJ Marley Carroll

Waynesville Water’n Hole

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone


Funk jam featuring local artists

Curras Dom

Wedge Brewing Co.

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Kontici (exotic lounge)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Bluegrass jam night (band 8-10pm, open jam 10pm)

Fri. 9/25: The Cheeksters 8pm Thur. 10/1: Queen Anne’s Revenge 8pm

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

Frankie Bones

Wed., September 23

Scandals Nightclub

Back Room

Thur. 9/24: Valorie Miller 7pm

thurSday, SepteMber 24

aaron priCe Ambient Pop / Rock

Friday, SepteMber 25

kort McCuMBer True Americana

Saturday, SepteMber 26

Gina DalMaS Country / Rock


$1.50 Beer


$1 Beer


open MiC niGht

8:30 pm w/ David Bryan Open SundayS nOOn- Midnight MOn. - wed. 3pM - Midnight thurS. - Sat. 3pM - 2aM


135 Cherry St. BlaCk Mountain, nC


LIVEMUSIC BIGSCREEN GREATSPIRIT ALLAGES FOODAVAILABLE BAROPENSAT ~ FRIDAY 9/25 ~ Marley’s Ghost w/Cowboy Jack Clement 8PM - $10 ~ THURSDAY 10/01 ~ The Lee Boys Famous Gospel Blues Folk - 8PM - $12 ~ FRIDAY 10/02 ~ Jamie Laval & Robin Bullock Irish Fiddle & Folk Guitar from Swannanoa Gathering - $12 ~ SATURDAY 10/03 ~ Mary Ellen Bush, Kellin Watson, Zach Blew, Jimmy Landry & Friends - $10 ~ SUnDAY 10/04 ~ Alan Jabbour & Ken Perlman - $10 ~ TUESDAY 10/06 ~ 6:30PM - Irish Sessions 8:30PM - Open Mike with Parker Brooks (Sign up by 8) - NO COVER

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

Peregrine (metal, hardcore) Five Fifty Three

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)




Pool & Board Game niGht-

out and



ThursDay, sePT. 24 Free!

Country honky tonk

saTurDay, sePT. 26 $5

hB aBiBiGy h m arrel



GyPsy Blues swamP roCk

riyen roots

- Mon. -

- Tues. -

Blues Jam Featuring the

Westville All Stars hosted by Mars

sMoke-Free Pub • Pool & DarTs

Pisgah Brewing Company

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Red Room at Temptations

Zach Deputy (reggae, jam) w/ Lionz of Zion

Matt Butcher, 4-6pm

DJ Dday

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Boiler Room

Red Stag Grill

Stillhouse Hollow w/ Leo Johnson (Americana) & The Space Heaters (rock)

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Chaser’s Nitelife Club Hairspray

A.R.R.R. Benefit feat: Supercollider w/ Habibigy (blues, soul), Agent Strangemouth & Matt Williams

Freaky Friday w/ Brandi & Shorty

Root Bar No. 1

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Dance party w/ Cliff and Z Orange Peel

Mountain BizWorks “ShowBiz Gala & Auction” feat: Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs Valorie Miller (singer/songwriter, folk) Purple Onion Cafe

Chuck Brodsky (Americana, folk) Razcal’s

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter) Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Root Bar No. 1

Blonde Indian (folk, indie) Scandals Nightclub

DJ NoName & guest Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

West Sound (R&B)

Rocket Club

Curras Dom

10 Cent Poetry

Greg Olson & Richard Graham (world, folk)

Satchel’s Martini Bar

Decades Restaurant & Bar

DK and the Aristakatz (jazz, pop)

Dancing w/ Darin Kohler & the Asheville Katz

Steak & Wine

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Live piano music Stella Blue

Cardinal Death Match w/ Traxx & One Bloody Pony

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

Straightaway Café

Emerald Lounge

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The Mantras (psychedelic, rock) w/ East Coast Dirt

The Decemberists (progressive rock) w/ Laura Veirs & the Hall of Flames

Feed and Seed

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Screech Owl Serenade

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Town Pump

Kelly McFarling & Annabeth (Americana)

Kort McCumber (Americana)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Dave Desmelik (Americana)

The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock ‘n’ roll)

Garage at Biltmore

Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market

The Legendary JC’s (blues, funk) w/ Eyes of the Elders

Amy Burritt (singer/songwriter)


Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Sol Driven Train (roots, jam)

White Horse

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

FreeGrass Revival (Americana, bluegrass)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Cowboy Jack Clement (instrumentalists) & Marley’s Ghost

Singer-songwriter showcase

Town Mountain (bluegrass, acoustic) w/ Greensky Bluegrass

Steak & Wine

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Live and Local

Stockade Brew House

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

Sat., September 26

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk)


Club 828

“Back To Cool” w/ DJ A.D.Dict

Aaron Price (ambient pop, rock)

2nd To None CD release party feat: The Jones Machine, Gutterfish & more

Beacon Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues


Final Remarks

Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Longlegs (soul, blues)

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Back Room

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Holland’s Grille

The Space Heaters (swing, jazz)

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

Javis Jenkins Band (Southern rock)

Blu Lounge


Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M.

DJ night

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Westville Pub

Infusions Lounge

Locomotive Pie (originals & blues)

Jim Hampton (honky-tonk)

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

White Horse

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

“You Never Know Night” (movie, games or music)

Firecracker Jazz Band (jazz, swing)`

BoBo Gallery

Jerusalem Garden

Preach Jacobs (hip-hop)

Zuma Coffee

Belly dancing w/ live music

Boiler Room

Live piano music

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Ryan Furstenberg (singer/songwriter)

Acoustic Swing


Pisgah Brewing Company

520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 Mon. - Sat. 6:30pm - 2am


Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

BoBo Gallery

Singer/songwriter showcase

(828) 298-1400

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s


Never Blue

Bring your date here for an exotic night on the town! Ladies & Couples Welcomed Great Drink Specials EVERY Night

Sunn 0))) (down-tempo, ambient) & Faust w/ Eagle Twin

“Love Makes Music Tour” feat: Nicole Witt & Christa Wells (singer/songwriters)

Ben Bjorlie (funk, jazz)

Dinner & Movie? NO,

Blu Lounge

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Sundays Open at 12 Noon We have NFL TICKET— catch all the games on our 7 big screens!

Orange Peel

Bonepony Duke Freeman (blues, rock)

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



Digital Leather w/ DJ MR the Best

Beacon Pub

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Hank Bones

it’s time...

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Odd Meters (jazz, Afro-Cuban, funk)

Purple Onion Cafe

Belly dancing

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Back Room

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

Lobster Trap

- Fri. -

Clifton Williams & The Blue James Band (roots, rock)

The Cheeksters (British pop)

The Sweetback Sisters (vintage country)

Trivia Night with Prizes 9pm

Fri., September 25

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Home Grown!

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work (folk rock) w/ Jeff Markham & Dave Desmelik

Live music

saTurDay, ocTober 3

7:30 OPEN MIC hosted by Scott Stewart

Johnson’s Crossroad (“bent acoustic country”)

Infusions Lounge

old sChool oriGinal Blues oriGinal ameriCana/ honkaBilly Blues

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

ThursDay, ocTober 1 Free!


Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Jim hamPton


Frankie Bones

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Town Pump

Wild Wing Cafe

clubdirectory Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 251-5505 The Back Room (OSO) 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room (SH) 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza (OSO) 658-8777 Blue Lounge 650-5198 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery (OSO) 254-3426 Broadway’s (SA) 285-0400 Cancun Mexican Grill 505-3951 Chaser’s (SA) 684-3780 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray (SA) 258-2027 College St. Pub (SA) 232-0809 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Curras Dom 253-2111 Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555

Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 The Encouraging Cup 329-8210 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe (OSO) 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy (SA) 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 The Garage 505-2663 Gottrocks 235-5519 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern (OSO) 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn 252-2711


Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864)233-6173 The Hangar (SA) 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar (ISS) 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill (SH) 258-1550 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Never Blue 693-4646 O’Malley’s On Main 246--0898 The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851

Picnics 258-2858 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Razcal’s 277-7117 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack (ISS) 299-3511 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (OSO) 586-1717 Steak & Wine / Satchel’s Martini Bar 505-3362 Stella Blue 236-2424 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300

Straightaway Cafe (OSO) 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 The Red Room at Temptations (SA) 252-0775 Temptations Martini Bar (SA) 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump (SA) 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (SA) 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

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OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed Blitch w/ 8 inch Betsy, Whiskey Mountain Machine & 105 Howitzer (rock)

Afterburn (hard rock, metal) w/ Red X & Threshold

Live piano music

Chaser’s Nitelife


DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Live music

Albatross Party (indie, rock) w/ It’s Elephant’s & Judas Horse

Curras Dom

Havana Restaurant

Stockade Brew House

Mark Guest & friends (jazz-guitar ensemble)

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

Open mic

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Straightaway Café

42nd Street Jazz Band

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Screech Owl Serenade (duo)

Dock’s Restaurant

Infusions Lounge

Temptations Martini Bar

He Said/She Said w/ Billy Burger & Terina Plyler (acoustic, jazz, rock)

Live music

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

The Soul Shakers (blues, soul)

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

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

Jerusalem Garden

Town Pump

Belly dancing w/ live music

Gina Dalmas (country, rock)

Emerald Lounge

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Big Money Band (funk)

Gashouse Mouse (Chicago blues)


Vincenzo’s Bistro

The Old Jewel Crown (bluegrass, rock)

Live music w/ Marc Keller (variety)

Purple Onion Cafe

Westville Pub

The Lone Tones (surf, A-cappella)

Habibigy (Gypsy blues, swamp rock)

Red Room at Temptations

Sun., September 27

Danny Bedrosian & Secret Army (funk, R&B) Feed and Seed

Dry Run Bluegrass w/ Little Chicago Firestorm Cafe and Books

Spats Fest (punk) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Leigh Glass Band (Americana, blues, rock) Garage at Biltmore

Americana Roadhouse feat: Riyen Roots (blues), Erika Jane and Remember the Bees, Turbo Pro Project, Gary Segal & more Gottrocks

Legendary JC’s (blues, funk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Walkmen (melodramatic pop) w/ Here We Go Magic Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

DJ Spy-V Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Rocket Club

Chocolate City Comedy Tour feat: Hope Flood & Nick Lewis Root Bar No. 1

The Swills Satchel’s Martini Bar

Fire & Desire (pop, contemporary) Scandals Nightclub

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show Steak & Wine

Stella Blue

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Luke Wood (acoustic, other) Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Felice Brothers (soul) & Taylor Hollingsworth Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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


TheVintage Sweetback Sisters Country & Western with girl–on–girl harmonies


Firecracker Jazz Band Umpah, Umpah Swing SATURDAY • SEPTEMBER 26

The Soul Shakers

1 part R&R, 1 part Blues, 1 part Soul then shake, stir & serve


Dehlia Low

Early Roots Country, Exceptional Songs, Outstanding Vocals


Michael Wolf & The Voodoo Brothers Chicago VooDoo Blues

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 57

Lobster Trap

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Chris Rhodes Orange Peel

The Sounds (indie, electro) w/ Foxy Shazam

DJ’s Thurs. - Sun.

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge


“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard

$1 Beers Everyday


Rocket Club

Sunday jazz jam

NFL Ticket

Scandals Nightclub

Free Pool on Wednesdays

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show

Bikini contest October 17!

The Campaign 1984 w/ Go-Devils & Nights on Fire (Southern rock)

Mack Kell’s • Razcals Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues TUESDAY

Stella Blue The Hookah Bar

Mon. - Sat. 6 pm - 2 am • Sun. Noon - 2 am

Belly dance showcase w/ live bands

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Town Pump

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

Pickin’ at the Pump, open acoustic jam

(Next to Tupelo Honey)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers) Wedge Brewing Co.

Vollie & the Leadfoot Vipers (swing)

Mon., September 28 BoBo Gallery

W EDNESDAY Beacon Pub • Fred’s Speakeasy The Hangar • Blu Lounge Temptations Martini Bar O’Malleys on Main • Infusions Holland’s Grille T H URSDAY

Guitars (psychedelic, Southern rock) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Chasers • Club Hairspray Razcals • Shovelhead Saloon Cancun Mexican Grill FRIDAY

Contra dance Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

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

Emry’s Reading Room feat: Sue Lile Inman & Robert Inman

Infusions • Mack Kell’s • Shovelhead Saloon • Stockade Brew House SATURDAY


Open mic night w/ Aaron LaFalce

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Club Hairspray • Holland’s Grille Infusions • Shovelhead Saloon The Still SUNDAY College St. Pub Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) The Hangar • Mack Kell’s Wing Cafe • Cancun Mexican Grill Lobster Trap

Bluegrass Duo Orange Peel

Dr. Dog (“psychedelic”) w/ Those Darlins Razcal’s

The Oxymorons (improv comedy) Rocket Club

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz)

New Exotic Cage Stage & 3 Satellite Stages

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

D Mack Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

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Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

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

Tue., September 29 Back Room

Taylor Moore (folk, blues) Barley’s Taproom

The Creek Jumpers (bluegrass) Beacon Pub

Open mic Blu Lounge

Open mic w/ Earl Clarence, Dick Frost & more

Live music w/ Robert Greer

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Westville Pub

Days I Knew w/ Blue Dawg String Band, Sidecar & Consuming Fire

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, country)

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

BoBo Gallery

White Horse

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Live music w/ BITCH

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

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Curras Dom

Old Time Jam, 6pm

James Richards (folk)

Asia Spa

Wild Wing Cafe

Lobster Trap

Bluegrass & clogging

Carolina Sky

Acupressure TherApy

Eleven on Grove

Wed., September 30

Never Blue

Swing & Tango lessons and dance w/ live music by The Space Heaters

No Tears Today (indie)

Back Room

Emerald Lounge

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Open mic

Ashevegas All-Stars presents Tuesday Night Funk Jam

DJ Marley Carroll

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe


Open mic

Feed and Seed

Will Ray’s Mountain Jam

Boiler Room

Threshhold w/ Ascend, Eve of Redemption & Faigan (metal)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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


Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany

Open mic

Open mic w/ Yorky

Scandals Nightclub

Latin dance

Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter)

Lobster Trap

The Lowdown Travelers (blues)

Steak & Wine

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Asheville Blues String Band

Eleven on Grove

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Chevelle (rock) w/ Halestorm & After Midnight Project Razcal’s

Jazz night w/ Mike Mancuso & friends Temptations Martini Bar

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens The Hookah Bar

Selector Cleofus Williams & friends Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Chuck Lichtenberger presents “An Evening of Jazz” with special guests Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

Stockade Brew House

Open mic

The Hookah Bar

Reggae Resurrection

Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Town Pump

Celtic & eclectic jam

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Frankie Bones

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band

Garage at Biltmore

Mixed Bag Open Jam hosted by Michael Tao Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Angela Faye Martin CD release show (southern Appalachian songwriter) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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


Vincenzo’s Bistro

$3 Well Bourbon

(behind McDonald’s)

September 24th

Mon. - Sat. 7 Days 9am - midnight

funkTastics w/Ben Bjorlie


September 25th

$3 Well Rum

Clifton Williams & The Blues Band •$3 Well Gin

September 26th

MoDaddy’s Anniversary Party with Josh Blake’s Big Money Band

11-5pm - Cheeseburger, fries & drink for $5 5-7pm - 1/2 off appetizers

September 28th

Open Mic with Andrea Lee $3 All Wells

September 29th

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Funk jam featuring local artists Wedge Brewing Co.

Kontici (exotic lounge) Westville Pub

Wed. 9/23

A Hawk and a Hacksaw w/ Mind vs. Target 9pm

Thur. 9/24

Pierce Edens, Jeff Markham & Dave Desmelik 9pm

Jammin’ with Funky Max

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Acoustic JAMbalaya w/ Clem Watkins • $3 All Wells

Marc Keller (variety)


Sat Sept 26 10am - 10pm

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September 23rd

Open Jam with the Jays 8-10pm Screaming Jays 10pm

Live piano music

Angi West (Gospel, folk, rock)

Emerald Lounge

Orange Peel

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The Blackbird

Zydeco dance & lessons

Tomato Tuesday comedy open mic

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing) “Super dance party” feat: Adam Strange & Crick Nice DJ

Cancun Mexican Grill

Iron Horse Station

Red Stag Grill Rocket Club

‘80s Night, 10pm

Guadalupe Cafe

Bluegrass jam night (band 8-10pm, open jam 10pm)

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Fri. 9/25

Town & Mountain w/ Greensky Bluegrass 9pm

SaT. 9/26

The Walkmen w/ Here We Go Magic 9pm

Sun. 9/27

The Felice Brothers with

Taylor Hollingsworth 8:30pm

Wed. Angela Faye Martin 9/30 CD Release Show 9pm Thur. 10/01 Fri. 10/02

Derek Webb

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Richard Buckner with Colour Revolt 9pm

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Thu., October 1

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

The Lee Boys (Sacred Steel)

Club 828

Infusions Lounge

Live music w/ DJ Drea

Live music

Back Room

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Lawrence and Fred Band

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Beacon Pub

Lobster Trap

Michael Freer (acoustic, blues)

Hank Bones

Blu Lounge


Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass)

Belly dancing

Boiler Room

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Falconeers & Dave Smelik (folk, rock)

Ben Bjorlie (funk, jazz)

Courtyard Gallery

Never Blue

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Singer/songwriter showcase

Curras Dom

Orange Peel

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

YWCA Black & White Gala

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Pisgah Brewing Company

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

Queen Anne’s Revenge (punk, rock) Purple Onion Cafe

Five Fifty Three

Chris Rosser (folk, rock)

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)


Frankie Bones

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Red Stag Grill

Garage at Biltmore

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Zuma Coffee

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

Thursday night bluegrass jam


Daniel Lawrence Walker (Americana)

Outshyne (honky-tonk, country) w/ Milestone

White Horse

Fri., October 2 Back Room

Singer/songwriters night feat: Brian McGee, Laura Blackley, John Howie & Jill Andrews Blu Lounge

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

Acoustic Swing Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

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

Beyond Mortal Eyes w/ The Hundred Hands & Mindshapedfist (rock) Chaser’s Nitelife

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band Club Hairspray

Freaky Friday w/ Brandi & Shorty Curras Dom

Greg Olson & Richard Graham (world, folk) Decades Restaurant & Bar

Ayer Vayer w/ Cosider the Source (jam, progressive) & Peace Jones

Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Steak & Wine

Derek Webb (singer/songwriter) w/ Sandra McCracken

Live piano music

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Big Ivy Project (bluegrass, folk)

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


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

DJ night

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern


The Blue Dogs (roots, rock) w/ Crowfield Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Singer-songwriter showcase

Stockade Brew House

Dancing w/ Darin Kohler & the Asheville Katz Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

Westville Pub

Richard Buckner (folk, rock) w/ Colour Revolt

Riyen Roots (original blues)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

White Horse

Michael Wolf & The VooDoo Brothers (blues)


Holland’s Grille

Mamosa Drive (Southern rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Dehlia Low (roots, country) Jerusalem Garden

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

Paleface (Americana) Orange Peel

Railroad Earth (Americana) w/ Cornmeal Pisgah Brewing Company

Velvet Truckstop CD release party (Americana, rock) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Razcal’s

West Sound (R&B) Red Room at Temptations

DJ Dday Red Stag Grill

Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music

Jamie Laval (Scottish fiddle) w/ Robin Bullock (Celtic guitar)

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Sat., October 3

Orange Peel

Satchel’s Martini Bar

Obituary (death metal) w/ Goatwhore, Krisiun, The Berzerker & Warbringer

“Back To Cool” w/ DJ A.D.Dict

Purple Onion Cafe

Back Room

Jon Shain (blues, folk)

Paul Edelman (Americana)

Red Room at Temptations

Beacon Pub

DJ Spy-V

Kat Williams

Red Stag Grill

Blu Lounge

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M.

Rocket Club

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Nerd Parade w/ The Zealots (alt. rock)

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

Satchel’s Martini Bar

Chaser’s Nitelife

Fire & Desire (pop, contemporary)

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Scandals Nightclub

Curras Dom

Dance party w/ DJ Stratos & drag show

Mark Guest & friends (jazz-guitar ensemble)

Steak & Wine

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Live piano music

42nd Street Jazz Band

Stella Blue

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Summertime Whiskey Band (funk, rock)

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

Stockade Brew House

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Straightaway Café

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

DK and the Aristakatz (jazz, pop)

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

Steak & Wine

Live piano music


Stella Blue

Hillside Bombers

Saffire w/ The Uppity Blues Women & guest E.G. Kight

Straightaway Café


Live music

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Havana Restaurant

The Black Crowes (rock) w/ Truth & Salvage Co. (roots, Americana)

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

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Infusions Lounge

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Jail

Club 828

Malcolm Holcombe CD release party (folk, Americana) w/ Jared Tyler

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Live music

Open mic Dave Foraker (Americana, blues) Switzerland Cafe

Dave Desmelik (Americana) Temptations Martini Bar

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Marc Keller (variety) Westville Pub

Honeycutters (Americana, country) White Horse

Zach Blew w/ Kellin Watson, Jim Landry & Mary Ellen Bush (singer/songwriters)

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pickoftheweek Cold Souls Director: Sophie Barthes Players: Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, David Strathairn, Katheryn Winnick

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) n

Rated PG-13

The Story: An actor convinced that his soul is holding him back professionally has his soul removed, only to discover that he needs it back. The Lowdown: Surreal comedy and metaphysical concerns mix to brilliant results in this strikingly unusual film. A great many people (you know who you are) will dismiss Sophie Barthes’ Cold Souls with a blow of a single word: pretentious. Look, this is a movie I’ve categorized as an existential sci-fi/ comedy. It stars Paul Giamatti as a—though not necessarily the—Paul Giamatti, who has his soul (well, 95 percent of it) scientifically removed so that he can free himself of his personal burdens and better play Chekov’s Uncle Vanya. If you go to see Cold Souls after reading the above, don’t come crying to me that it’s “pretentious.” The fact is that it is pretentious. Any work that purports to be about the nature of the soul is pretty high in the pretension realm. In this case, it’s also one of the most fascinating movies of 2009. Barthes’ film—her debut work—has been likened to screenplays by Charlie Kaufman, which is probably inevitable, since there are clear connections to both Being John Malkovich (1999) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). But her film feels very little like either work—perhaps because it lacks the smart-ass attitude that Spike Jonze brought to the former and the visual panache Michel Gondry brought to the latter. Cold Souls is, as its title implies, a somewhat chilly work—slightly detached and standoffish. In this regard, it’s a little like Kubrick, but with a playful vibe of its own. And thank goodness for that playfulness. We have the specter of Woody Allen to thank for that, since the apparent genesis of the film lies in a dream Barthe had that involved Allen having his soul removed and finding that it has the appearance of a chickpea. Barthe took her chickpea-soul premise and expanded on it—discovering (or deciding) that souls come in a variety of shapes and sizes. She also came up with a company that specializes in the extraction and storage of souls (it’s in the Yellow Pages right after “Self Storage” as “Soul Storage”). The reason for such an enterprise, according to its founder Dr. Flintstein (David Strathairn), is that souls—especially “twisted ones” as he assumes Giamatti’s to be—can be

Drag Me to Hell (PG-13) 10:00 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG) 1:00, 4:00 The Ugly Truth (R) 7:00 Please call the info line for updated showtimes.


Existential Sci-Fi/Comedy

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

David Strathairn and Paul Giamatti look at a soul in a jar in Sophie Barthes’ existential comedy Cold Souls. a burden and ought to be excised like a tumor. Though Giamatti bristles at the idea that his soul is twisted and refuses to allow it to be stored in New Jersey (to avoid taxes), he’s convinced the removal of it will help him as an actor. The problem is it doesn’t, but when he wants it put back, it turns out that his soul has been stolen by a mysterious woman, Nina (Dina Korzun), who carries souls in and out of Russia like a drug “mule” in her own soul-less self. Temporarily fitted out with the soul of a depressed Russian poet that makes Giamatti’s own soul look positively carefree, Giamatti sets out for Russia to try to get his soul back. That’s the basic story, but it doesn’t do justice to the film—or its tussling with the unanswerable question of what the soul is or what it means to have one. By turns bleakly funny and reflectively somber, Cold Souls is essential viewing for anyone who appreciates adventurous filmmaking. Rated PG-13 for nudity and brief strong language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Fine Arts Theatre.

Bright Star JJJJ

Director: Jane Campion Players: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Thomas Sangster, Kerry Fox, Antonia CampbellHughes

Romantic Biographical Drama

Rated PG

The Story: The love story of the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

The Lowdown: A nicely made, very restrained biopic of the traditional school that’s enlivened by a light tone and a superb supporting performance from Paul Schneider. Beautifully photographed, filled with meadows of daffodils and bluebells, brimming with authentic-looking detail and with two beautiful people at its center, Jane Campion’s biopic Bright Star—about the love affair between poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish)—is such a restrained and Masterpiece Theatre proper work that it virtually defies you not to respect it. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either a plus or a minus. I confess it’s just a little too genteel for my tastes, with its formalism and its little doses of Mozart. Or rather, it would be were it not for Paul Schneider’s complex and often refreshingly rude performance as Keats’ friend and biographer Charles Armitage Brown. Schneider—and to be fair the character Campion wrote for him—keeps the reverence and restraint somewhat in check. Actually, the first half of Bright Star is much less standard biopic than the overall film tends to feel. The tone is light and agreeably humorous during the introductions of Fanny, Keats and Brown. Fanny sending her brother (Thomas Sangster) to buy a copy of Endymion so she can discern whether or not Keats is “an idiot” is an especially nice touch. There’s just enough foreshadowing—of the sketchy health of the poet and the resultant impossibility of a happy ending—to keep the doomed romance aspect hovering over the film without overpowering

9 (PG-13) 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3D (PG) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 District 9 (R) 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Fame (PG) 1:45, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 The Final Destination 3-D (R) 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:35 G-Force (3-D) (PG) 1:05, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50 The Informant! (R) 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Inglourious Basterds (R) 1:00, 4:30, 8:00 Pandorum (R) 1:30, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 Sorority Row (R) 1:45 (no 1:45 show Sat-Sun), 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Thomas and Friends: Heroes of the Rails (G) Sat-Sun only 1:00

n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13) 12:50, 3:00, 5:20, 7:35, 9:50 9 (PG-13) 11:55, 2:00, 4:00, 7:30, 9:30 All About Steve (PG-13) 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 7:50, 10:05 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3D (PG) 11:45, 2:30, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Fame (PG) 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:30, 9:55 Food, Inc. (PG) 12:30. 7:05 The Informant! (R) 12:10. 3:20, 7:25, 10:10 Inglourious Basterds (R) 12:05, 3:30, 9:00 Jennifer’s Body (R) 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Julie and Julia (PG-13) 12:55, 3:45, 7:00, 9:45 Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation (R) 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:40, 9:40 Pandorum (R) 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 8:00, 10:25 Ponyo (G) 3:35, 9:20 Surrogates (PG-13) 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:55, 10:20

Timecrimes (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00 Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself (PG-13) 12:35, 3:25, 7:15, 9:55

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Fame (PG) 11:00 (Fri-Sun), 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 The Informant! (R) 11:10 (Fri-Sun), 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 Inglourious Basterds (R) 11:30 (Fri-Sun), 3:00, 7:00, 10:30 Jennifer’s Body (R) 11:20 (Fri-Sun), 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Surrogates (PG-13) 11:05 (Fri-Sun), 1:20, 4:00, 7:20, 9:55

Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) n

All About Steve (PG-13) 1:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu), 4:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 7:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu) Extract (R) 1:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed), 4:00 (Fri, Sun, Tue, Thu), 7:00 (Sat, Mon, Wed)

n Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536)

Bright Star (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:30 Cold Souls (PG-13) 1:20 (no 1:20 show Sat-Sun), 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:40 The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (NR) 1:00 Sat-Sun Sept 26,27

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13) 1:00 (Sat-Sun), 4:00, 7:00

n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

Jennifer’s Body (R) 1:50, 4:30, 7:50, 10:15 Julie and Julia (PG-13) 1:10, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50 Love Happens (PG-13) 1:30, 4:10, 7:20, 9:55 My One and Only (PG-13) 1:05, 3:50, 7:30, 10:00 Surrogates (PG-13) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 8:00, 10:10 Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself (PG-13) 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Whiteout (R) 1:40, 4:20, 7:40, 10:05

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nowplaying (500) Days of Summer JJJJJ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler Comedy/Romance A young man falls in love with a woman who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share his romantic worldview, but she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but be drawn to him. A breath of spring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even in the late summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; (500) Days of Summer is a clever, funny and very perceptive comedy/romance thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a must-see. Rated PG-13

All About Steve J

Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, DJ Qualls Romantic Comedy A socially inept crossword-puzzle writer decides to stalk her blind date across America. An unfunny, wrongheaded attempt at romantic comedy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downright odd in its attempt to make stalking cute and cuddly. Rated PG-13

Bright Star JJJJ

Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider, Thomas Sangster, Kerry Fox, Antonia Campbell-Hughes Romantic Biographical Drama The love story of the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne. A nicely made, very restrained biopic of the traditional school thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enlivened by a light tone and a superb supporting performance from Paul Schneider. Rated PG

Cloudy With a Chance of MeatballS JJJ

(Voices) Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T Animated A failure by a quack inventor leads to a machine that causes food to rain from the sky, which is all well and good until the machine starts to malfunction. Disaster strikes and things begin to get out of hand. A generally odd family film thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more bizarre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; namely in its quirky sense of humor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; than good. Rated PG

Cold Souls JJJJJ

Paul Giamatti, Dina Korzun, Emily Watson, David Strathairn, Katheryn Winnick Existential Sci-Fi/Comedy An actor convinced that his soul is holding him back professionally has his soul removed, only to discover that he needs it back. Surreal comedy and metaphysical concerns mix to brilliant results in this strikingly unusual film. Rated PG-13

District 9 JJJJJ

Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandka Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi Science Fiction/Drama Following an accident with a mysterious liquid in the District 9 alien-internment camp, a civil servant finds his worldview altered by

alarming changes. A thoughtful, surprisingly deep science-fiction film with an even more surprising emotional core. Rated R

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra J

Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid Big Dumb Loud Action A super covert group of high-tech soldiers must stop an evil arms dealer from taking over the world. A loud, cheesy, dumb action picture that closes out the summer moviegoing season in a blaze of property damage, bad dialogue and hokey CGI. Rated PG-13

The Informant! JJJJ

Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Tom Papa, Tony Hale Fact-Based Comedy/Drama Fact-based story of Mark Whitacre, who turned FBI informant on the company he worked for. A funny (in a very dry sense), bitter and very unusual movie about a delusional man whose specialty is duplicity. Rated R

Inglourious BasterdS JJJJJ Brad Pitt, MĂŠlanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel BrĂźhl Postmodern Alternative-Reality Revisionist War Movie World War II action with sardonic humor and a fantasy twist about efforts to blow up a cinema filled with Nazis. Quentin Tarantinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new film is brilliant and unabashedly (and genuinely) quirky â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a truly personal work in a sea of largely impersonal movies. Rated R

In the Loop JJJJJ

Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Chris Addison, James Gandolfini, Mimi Kennedy Viciously Black Satire An insiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look at politics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and how to create a war by careful bargaining and selective cheating. A blistering, funny political satire â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funniest film to date. But be warned: It goes where other political satires fear to tread. Rated NR

Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Body JJJJ

Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris Horror/Comedy The hottest girl in school becomes possessed by a demon and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to her nerdy best friend to set things right. Neither entirely successful as horror or comedy, Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Body is still an interesting film with more on its mind than its detractors claim. Rated R

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Fake Documentary/Romance A fake documentary about making a documentary that incorporates more fake documentary in the form of a scripted romance. An interminable 88-minute movie thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so in love with its own clever cuteness that it may make your teeth hurt. Rated PG-13

Love Happens JJJ

Muhammad Ali, James Brown, B.B. King, Don King, Miriam Makeba, Bill Withers Music Documentary A documentary on the 1974 concert that was intended to precede the Ali-Foreman heavyweight championship fight in Zaire. A fascinating look at a once-in-a-lifetime event showcasing some of the biggest names in soul music. The only downside is that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not enough music. Rated PG-13

Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler, John Carroll Lynch, Martin Sheen Romantic Drama A self-help guru falls into a relationship with a florist while still dealing with the baggage of his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sudden death three years earlier. A slickly-made adult romance marred by gooey sentimentality and an inability to find the right pitch. Rated PG-13

Lynch Mob J

Tony Darrow, John J. Cornetta, Michael H. Cole, Paul Borghese, Kristyn Sammons Cannibal-Gore Horror A child molester hiding from the mob (via the witnessprotection program) in a dinky town makes a deal with the local cannibals to lure mobsters there to replenish their larders. Offensive, amateurish, predictable, unscary and just plain not good. Rated R

My One and Only JJJJ

RenĂŠe Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Kevin Bacon, Mark Rendall, David Koechner, Chris Noth Comedy/Drama/Semi-Biopic A divorcĂŠe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and her two sons â&#x20AC;&#x201D; goes on a journey to find a new husband to support her. An utterly charming, often very funny little movie that re-establishes RenĂŠe Zellweger as an actress of note. Rated PG-13


(Voices) Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau Animated Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi After humankind has been exterminated, a group of artifically created beings must bring life back to the world. A marvel of animation and atmosphere tied to a dull story, limp characterizations and a monotonous approach. Rated PG-13

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! JJJJ

Quentin Tarantino, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Richard Franklin, Dennis Hopper, Barry Humphries Documentary Documentary film on the Australian exploitation film. Cheeky, loud, irreverent, very R rated and colorful â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just like its topic. Rated R

Paper Heart J

Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake M. Johnson

Soul Power JJJJ

time crimes JJJJ

karra elejalde, candalala fernandez, barbara goenaga, nacho vigalondo Science Fiction A manâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who is being pursued by a maniac whose face is hidden beneath bandagesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;flees to the supposed safety of a nearby laboratory. An unusually clever and intelligent time-travel yarn with a good share of scares and brain teasers. Rated R

Tyler Perryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I Can Do Bad All by Myself JJJ

Taraji P. Henson, Tyler Perry, Adam Rodriguez, Mary J. Blige, Hope Olaide Wilson, Marvin Winans Musical/Drama A selfish woman learns the meaning of love when she inherits her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children. It starts well, but quickly devolves into the usual clunky mishmash of Tyler Perry clichĂŠs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a few notable scenes that stand out from the rest of the movie. Rated PG-13

Whiteout JJ

Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt, Columbus Short, Alex Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Loughlin Crime/Thriller A U.S. marshal must track down a murderer in the frozen wastes of Antarctica. A refreshing premise quickly falls victim to messy direction, jumbled action and a mystery thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never very mysterious. Rated R

Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Dad JJJJ

Robin Williams, Alexie Gilmore, Daryl Sabara, Henry Simmons, Andrew Martin Satirical Comedy/Drama When his son accidentally kills himself, a father doctors things up to make it look like suicide, and turns his ghastly progeny into a kind of high-school cult hero. A wicked satire on how death can be used to alter the reality of the perception of the dead, but a film that ultimately aims for something deeper than mere satire. Rated R

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It’s not a remake of the 1980 Alan Parker film; it’s a re-imagining. Roughly translated, what that appears to mean is that it’s been modernized, which presumably explains the dance-club mix of the title song on the trailer. The dance styles will likely be changed, as well. Whether or not the School for the Performing Arts has more than one gay student this time remains to be seen. The trailer looks flat and forced, and the biggest name in the cast is Kelsey Grammer. But take heart, MTV director Kevin Tancharoen is — according to his IMDb bio anyway — “a multifaceted talent with a background in music, video and performance ... [who] is poised to take the film world by storm as a filmmaker.” Feel better, don’t you? Not screened for critics. (PG)



Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster and the everpopular Cam Gigandet star in this sci-fi horror/thriller set on a supposedly deserted spaceship that isn’t as deserted as is supposed. Before it’s over, the fate of humanity will rest on the actions of the movie’s heroes. German director Christian Alvart helms the picture, which is being touted as “from the producers of the Resident Evil movies.” Apparently, that’s to be viewed as a good thing. Others may disagree. It’s been kept away from the prying eyes of critics. (R)


Bruce Willis — wearing a blonde rug for part of the proceedings — plays an FBI agent investigating a murder. The crime is tied to whatever is going wrong with the system that allows futuristic humanity to stay at home and live vicariously through artificially created surrogates. (Didn’t we just have something like this with Gamer?) Radha Mitchell co-stars as his partner. Ving Rhames is also on board. Jonathan Mostow has apparently been forgiven for Terminator 3 (and probably been apologized to after people saw Terminator Salvation) and is directing the film. In keeping with the rest of the week’s offerings, it hasn’t been screened for critics. (PG-13

one-time showings The Fine Arts Theatre will show The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, and at 1 p.m. on both Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 27. The film is being presented by Andie McDowell (who will introduce all showings) as a benefit for Our Voice. The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Debussy Film at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. it. There are also other nice touches—not the least of which is Brown lecturing the Brawne family on how seeing a writer not actually in the process of writing is not an indication that he’s doing nothing. Once the film gets into the throes of the romance itself—and even more into Keats’ deterioration from tuberculosis—it becomes more staid, and much more a standard romantic biopic. (It may in part be that consumptives are so much a part of romantic fiction.) What continues to keep the movie more alive than it would be otherwise is the presence of Brown. It also keeps things a good deal more interesting in terms of complexity and subtext, since it’s never clear how much of Brown’s objections to Keats’ relationship with Fanny are grounded in artistic

And the Ship Sails On, part of a series of Classic Cinema From Around the World, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332. For reviews by Cranky Hanke on each of these films, visit movies.

concern and how much in pure jealousy. In any event, the film would be something of a very respectable chore without him. People interested in a movie about Keats and his doomed love affair with Fanny Brawne are unlikely to be disappointed, while those less drawn to the material may well find that Schneider’s portrayal of Brown tips the scales in its favor. And those of us who have been following Asheville native Schneider’s career are likely to find extra interest in Bright Star. Rated PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Opens Friday at Fine Arts Theatre.


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Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller Players: (Voices) Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T


Rated PG

The Story: A failure by a quack inventor leads to a machine that causes food to rain from the sky, which is all well and good until the machine starts to malfunction. Disaster strikes and things begin to get out of hand. The Lowdown: A generally odd family film that’s more bizarre—namely in its quirky sense of humor—than good.


Odd, quirky and bizarre can get you a long way, but it can’t guarantee success. For proof, look no further than Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, one of the damn strangest animated family films I’ve ever seen. The approach taken by first-time feature directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller is strictly of the “throw in the kitchen sink” mentality; they toss a constant barrage of gags and jokes against the wall in the hopes that something will stick. The only problem is, not much of it does—something that doesn’t keep the movie from being likable and enjoyable in spite of the strange, tangled jumble that it is. What Lord and Miller have done is taken Judi and Ron Barrett’s now more than three decades old children’s book of the same name and used the basic outline of the original, while modernizing and building upon it. The town of Chewandswallow remains with its food-based weather, from rain made of cheeseburgers to ice-cream snow, and the movie follows the same basic plot, simply fleshed out. This means we get a cause for everything in character Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader), a ne’er-do-well inventor who has spent his life creating impractical or near-disastrous inventions, from spray-on shoes that can’t come off to a disgusting hybrid of rats and birds called ratbirds. But none of this stops Flint from inventing, and the town’s food shortage (they’re only sustenance is sardines) gives him a brilliant idea: a machine that can turn water into food. Which is perfectly fine, until Flint accidentally launches his machine into the atmosphere, thus causing the meteorological cuisine that makes up the bulk of the movie. Even though this is a fairly thin premise to build a movie on top of, Lord and Miller get more mileage than they really have any right to out of it. They start off with a film that’s a screwy comedy and finish up with a strange take on disaster movies. And as bizarrely charming as the movie can occasionally be in its oddball sort of way, I can’t quite say it’s ever very funny. Sure, a man-child (Andy Samberg) wearing a giant rotisserie chicken as a suit or a monkey (Neil Patrick Harris in the most thankless role of the year) fighting anthropomorphic Gummi Bears isn’t something you see every day, but these stabs at humor also strike me as something the makers find a lot funnier than I do. The animation is usually top-notch, despite some generic-looking character models, and the • SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 63

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film has enough sense to move at a quick pace. However, Lord and Miller’s cheeky, postmodern view of the world just isn’t that fresh or exciting—which makes it all the more surprising to conclude that Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs isn’t all that bad. Rated PG for brief mild language. — reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

The Informant! JJJJ

Director: Steven Soderbergh Players: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Tom Papa, Tony Hale

Fact-Based Comedy/Drama Rated R

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The Story: Fact-based story of Mark Whitacre, who turned FBI informant on the company he worked for.

of Whitacre’s delusions. More than that I won’t say, because it’s not fair to the film. The promotions for The Informant! stress Whitacre’s comedic ineptitude as an undercover man for the FBI, and while that is certainly part of the film, it’s hardly the heart of it, nor does it convey the film’s underlying sense of outrage at corporate America. Much more attention, in fact, is given to Whitacre’s seemingly nonstop self-absorbed musings. Regardless of what he’s doing or how important it might be, he’s forever thinking aloud on the sound track about some other unrelated—and often bizarre—matter. Come to think of it, that’s not a bad description of this curiously entertaining film. Rated R for language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15.

Jennifer’s Body JJJJ

Director: Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux)

The Lowdown: A funny (in a very dry Players: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny sense), bitter and very unusual movie Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris about a delusional man whose specialty Horror/Comedy Rated R is duplicity. Whatever else Steven Soderbergh’s The The Story: The hottest girl in school Informant! is, it’s odd. No, it’s more than odd. It’s becomes possessed by a demon and it’s strange—at least for a movie sent out into wide up to her nerdy best friend to set things release as a mainstream offering. My first words right. upon exiting the theater were, “I really liked it, but who the hell was it made for?” (OK, I probably didn’t say “hell.”) I’m still working on an answer—and even with its respectable secondplace weekend opening, I’m skeptical that it will find whomever that audience is. The folks who went on the strength of Matt Damon’s name and found him playing a chubby, nerdy guy with a weedy mustache in part of the film aren’t likely to be recommending it to their friends. The film has been described as—and sometimes criticized for—being Soderbergh’s attempt at a Coen Brothers movie. In terms of the material and the depiction of Mark Whitacre (Damon) as a kind of Boobus Americanus, that’s not unreasonable. Stylistically and in terms of pace, it’s all Soderbergh—right down to his photographic bent for natural lighting (under his cinematographer pseudonym Peter Andrews). And the quirk factor? Well, that transcends the Coens in esoterica, if nothing else. Why are the Smothers Brothers in this movie in (separate) cameos? Why does a movie set in the 1990s use a 1960s lettering style for its credits? And why does it boast a deliberately intrusive Marvin Hamlisch musical score that’s alarmingly similar to his score for Woody Allen’s Bananas (1971)? Only God—and presumably Soderbergh—knows. The fact-based story follows the inherently peculiar tale of Mark Whitacre, a guy climbing the corporate ladder who suddenly decides to squeal to the FBI that his company is guilty of price-fixing on an international multi-billion dollar scale. The weirdest aspect of this is his apparent belief that not only will this not alter his standing with the firm, but that it will actually ensure his advancement, since they’ll need him to run things when the higher-ups go to jail. This, however, will turn out to be the least

The Lowdown: Neither entirely successful as horror or comedy, Jennifer’s Body is still an interesting film with more on its mind than its detractors claim. While Jennifer’s Body is hardly a great movie, it also isn’t nearly as bad as it’s been painted in some quarters. The Diablo Cody screenplay isn’t as good as the one for Juno, but it’s not dissimilar and has its share of memorable lines. Megan Fox is no better than you’d expect, but she’s effectively cast to her limitations. The horror element is no great shakes, but let’s face it, that can be said of most straight horror films these days— and, after all, it’s not meant to be taken seriously here. The biggest problem with the movie is that—apart from the shocking revelation that J.K. Simmons in a curly wig looks alarmingly like the late Sydney Pollack—it does just what the trailer promised and nothing more. So why the fairly strong negative reaction from critics? My guess is that a lot of it is Diablo Cody backlash. She was too popular too fast on the strength of her Juno screenplay, and there’s a sense of putting her “in her place” with her sophomore effort (even though this was written first). Plus, a percentage of the attitude was already in place from the “real people don’t talk like that” school of criticism, which overlooks the fact that real conversation is rarely entertaining—not to mention that Cody is making fun of high-school clique-speak, not trying to ape it. At the same time, Jennifer’s Body is more adequate than inspired—and a few bon mots shy of originality. Graft a horror story onto Heathers (1988), and you’ve pretty much got this movie. The premise has it that Needy Lesnicky (Amanda Seyfried, Mamma Mia!) has been attached at the hip to the more attractive

Jennifer Check (Fox) since early childhood. Even though—or because—Needy knows that Jennifer is self-absorbed and shallow, she constantly cuts her friend a great deal of slack, which comes to a head when Jennifer runs off with a creepy rock band and reappears possessed by a demon. Despite her better judgment, Needy opts to overlook her friend’s peculiar change—until Jennifer starts devouring the male populace. Since the film is structured as a tale being told by Needy from the confines of a padded cell, it’s not hard to tell where the tale is going. That said, there are some interesting points along the way—not the least of which is that Cody realizes that Needy isn’t the needy one. That honor goes to Jennifer and her desire to be the hottest and coolest girl in school. It’s constantly suggested that Needy views herself as Jennifer’s one-girl support group, even in the full knowledge of her friend’s limitations. This is even clear on some level to Jennifer, who—even in demonic form—is about as bright as she is secure. Their relationship is interesting in other ways, too, since it’s casually lesbian in nature, despite all the boys involved. When Needy breaks away from a Sapphic encounter with Jennifer, it’s not because of the encounter, but because of Jennifer’s murderous activities. No, Jennifer’s Body is never as frightening as it should be, and it’s certainly never as hip and funny as it would like to be, but neither is it a disaster. With a better director than Karyn Kusama—whose direction of the 2005 dud Aeon Flux suggests a filmmaker with little sense of intentional humor—it might have worked much better. (What Jason Reitman did with Cody’s Juno screenplay has always been undervalued.) Still, that doesn’t keep Jennifer’s Body from being more interesting and more on target than has been claimed. Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence and brief drug use. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Love Happens JJJ

Director: Brandon Camp Players: Aaron Eckhart, Jennifer Aniston, Dan Fogler, John Carroll Lynch, Martin Sheen

Romantic Drama

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The Story: A self-help guru falls into a relationship with a florist while still dealing with the baggage of his wife’s sudden death three years earlier.

seen such an avalanche of syrup since the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster that killed 21 people and injured more than 150. OK, so maybe I’m being just a smidge hyperbolic, but the schmaltz is laid on thick. However, the thing is, the movie somehow ends up being better than it has any business being. Director Brandon Camp brings more style to the movie than it deserves, which raises the question: Why couldn’t he pick a better project to start his feature career with? The film never gets a handle on what it’s supposed to be. The setup is simple, with psychologist and self-help guru Burke (Aaron Eckhart) heading up a seminar in Seattle, the city where his wife (Michelle Harrison) died three years earlier in a car accident. Burke has made a living off these seminars, based on a book he wrote to help him cope with loss—which is fine, though I have a hard time swallowing the idea that the first thing he wrote after his wife’s death is something as hokey as, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Nevertheless, it seems Burke still has some issues related to his wife’s death, something that causes his father-in-law (Martin Sheen) to call him a liar and a hypocrite. It also makes him too scared to ride elevators for some unknown reason, though he’ll still climb stairs to the top of the Space Needle. In any case, it’s Burke’s attempts at overcoming his past that make up the bulk of the film. Love Happens is a teary-eyed look at surviving the pains of death and learning how to live again—complete with a parrot that’s meant to symbolize freedom. Only this isn’t all, since we also get a budding romance between Burke and a florist named Eloise (Jennifer Aniston) that gets plopped into the middle of things with some cheesy romancing and the occasional fits of screwball comedy. The problem is this part of the film doesn’t quite fit together properly; it only serves to make the movie about 20 minutes too long. In the end, it all could’ve been much worse, but that’s far from a superlative endorsement. Rated PG-13 for some language, including sexual references. — reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande 15, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

My One and Only JJJJ

Director: Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon) Players: Renée Zellweger, Logan Lerman, Kevin Bacon, Mark Rendall, David Koechner, Chris Noth


Rated PG-13

The Lowdown: A slickly-made adult The Story: A divorcée—and her two romance marred by gooey sentimentality sons—goes on a journey to find a new and an inability to find the right pitch. husband to support her. Even with giving Love Happens a measly twoand-a-half stars, I feel like I’m being more than generous to this movie than my preconceived notions would’ve allowed. First off, there’s the film’s awful, utterly forgettable title (Love happens? So do dermatitis and peanut allergies), while the film’s trailer painted a picture of the worst kind of hokey, melodramatic, sentimental hogwash imaginable. And don’t get me wrong, the sentimentality is there—the world hasn’t

The Lowdown: An utterly charming, often very funny little movie that reestablishes Renée Zellweger as an actress of note. Twice I’ve told people that Richard Loncraine’s My One and Only is a kind of biopic about George Hamilton’s teenage life—and twice I’ve been asked, “Why would I be interested in that?” The truth is that I really haven’t an answer,

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his paramour’s claim of, “It’s not what it looks like” by saying, “Of course, it’s what it looks like. My wife’s not an idiot,” is lacking in wit. And the direction is stylish, but unfussy. Characters and performances really carry the movie. The fact that George’s half-brother Robbie is clearly and flamboyantly gay without it being an issue is refreshing. That Zellweger captures every nuance of her self-entitled Southern belle without becoming unsympathetic is frankly remarkable. But then nearly all the characters—with the exception of Chris Noth’s hateful control freak—are observed with a degree of sympathy and with some of the most unforced quirkiness you’ll encounter this year. Really, don’t let this small delight escape your notice. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! JJJJ

Director: Mark Hartley Players: Quentin Tarantino, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Richard Franklin, Dennis Hopper, Barry Humphries


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Director: Nacho Vigalondo Players: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fern‡ndez, B‡rbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Science Fiction

Rated R

Rated R

The Story: A man—who is being purThe Story: Documentary film on the sued by a maniac whose face is hidden beneath bandages—flees to the supposed Australian exploitation film. safety of a nearby laboratory. The Lowdown: Cheeky, loud, irreverent, very R rated and colorful—just like its The Lowdown: An unusually clever and intelligent time-travel yarn with a good topic. share of scares and brain teases. Being that Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! is a documentary, it has no official star, but quite unofficially, the obvious star of this explosive celebration of trash and bad taste is Quentin Tarantino. At this point in time, Tarantino is not only probably the most famous name among the interview subjects; he’s also the biggest enthusiast of the particular brand of cinema being examined. To watch the film is to watch an increasingly excited Tarantino getting his geek on with an unapologetic vengeance. This, after all, is a man who is waxing ecstatic over the films of Brian Trenchard-Smith, a director perhaps most famous in this country for making a couple of direct-to-video Leprechaun movies. High art, this ain’t. What exactly is Ozploitation? Well, you’ve probably seen some of it. At the very least, you’re likely to have seen George Miller’s Mad Max (1979). And if you’re a little more diligent, you may have seen Richard Franklin’s Patrick (1978) and Roadgames (1981). Or how about Russell Mulcahy’s Razorback (1984)? Phillipe Mora’s Howling III (1987)? No? David Hemmings’ (yes, David Hemmings) The Survivor (1981) with Robert Powell and Joseph Cotten no less? These are but a few of the films that qualify as Australian exploitation movies—drive-in fare that erupted in Aussie cinema with the fall of censorship in the early 1970s. These are the movies they generally don’t talk about when discussing the rise of the film industry in Australia. We are talking about movies with giant killer

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pigs and marsupial werewolves. It’s sexploitation and splatter—or as the film’s tagline has it, “Finally, an Aussie film packed full of boobs, pubes, tubes ... and a bit of kung fu.” (No wonder Tarantino is so there.) And the tagline does not lie—you’ll see more of what it promises in this one film than you’ll see in every other movie in town combined. It may just prove that documentaries aren’t all dull. And it’s probably the best way to see these movies. As someone who’s seen a number of these films, I’d say these trashy highlights are indeed the highlights. With some notable exceptions, the movies in their entirety can be rather uneventful—something this presentation never is. I loved it, but I’m nearly as big a geek for crap movies as Tarantino. I’ll guarantee this: You’ll get more bang, boobs and blood for your buck here than with any other show in town. Rated R for graphic nudity, sexuality, violence and gore, some language and drug use. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

The Carolina Asheville Cinema has chosen Nacho Vigalondo’s Timecrimes as the film that officially opens their mezzanine cinema lounge room, where films will be shown for a $2 admission. And it’s a good choice. Timecrimes—which had a brief theatrical run in early 2009, but didn’t play locally—is that rarest of rare things: an intelligent time-travel movie that actually holds together on closer examination. I’m not saying that time travel itself holds together, but this film—by its own logic—does, and it doesn’t cheat to do it. Shot on a low budget by Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo, the film is about a man (Karra Elejalde) who goes into the woods where he sees a woman take off her top. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when a bandaged (ˆ la The Invisible Man) madman attacks him with a pair of scissors. His flight from this maniac slasher leads him to a mysterious house and laboratory where a lab assistant (played by the director) convinces him to hide from the quickly approaching killer in a weird fluid-filled container. It’s at this point that the film really starts playing with the viewer’s mind—in the best possible way. To say more gives the enjoyable— and sometimes very creepy—nature of the game away. You might want to catch the movie in its raw form before Vigalondo’s in-the-works—and undoubtedly more elaborate—U.S. remake takes shape. Rated R for nudity and language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

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LEXINGTON STATION Downtown condos, garage parking, wood floors, private balconies, stainless appliances, fitness center. • 3BR penthouse: $499,000. • 2BR, 2BA: $289,900. • The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

DOWNTOWN OFFICE/WAREHOUSE. Asheland Avenue. Close in, 2,400 sqft. Merchandise, wholesale, service business, $2,500/month. Call 216-6066. WEST ASHEVILLE 2 Bedroom Condominium priced below market at $98,000. Attractive. Split level. Newer appliances included. Views. Pool. Ample Light. Heat Pump/AC. Canterbury Heights Complex. A Bargain! Call 253-9451.

Home Services

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

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

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

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Cleaning HOUSEKEEPER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT has an opening to work for you. Call (828) 216-4592 ORIENTAL RUGS, UPOLSTERY & CARPET CLEANING • Also Tile & Grout Sealing. Very reasonable. 15 years experience. Warranty, certified.Natural solutions. Free estimate. 828-713-5463.

General Services GET RESULTS! “When we started advertising, we quickly determined that our best response was from our inexpensive ad in the Mountain Xpress Classifieds! Thanks for 10 years, Asheville.” Dale Mayberry, Mayberry Heating and Cooling, Inc. You too, can benefit from advertising in Mountain Xpress. Call today! (828) 251-1333. SANTA FE LOOK • PLASTERING • STUCCO Interior • Exterior • “Green” • Residential • Commercial • 30 years Asheville area. Call Perry: (828) 301-2323 or 2582443. • • See my work (click Products, Venetian Plaster Base):

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

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


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Commercial Property COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, affordable price, $295,000. • Downtown, old fashioned building w/character on busy 0.25 acre corner, $980,000. • Gateway to Broadway Corridor, 3 buildings, 2 lots, home to many new developments, $1,650,000. • The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

Home ALCA REMODELING • Specializing in hardwood floors, bathrooms, kitchens, decks, trim, electrical, carpentry, pressure cleaning, general maintenance. References. Alan, 828-656-8375.

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18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Across from Staples. 1,325 sqft, entire first floor, large kitchen/bath, $1,295/month, water and electric included. Available Oct. 1. By appointment: 828-273-3765. 8TH FLOOR VIEWS! Small office in Historic Flat Iron Building, downtown. Includes internet, waiting room. $200/month. (828) 242-6289. george@i

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

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Commercial Listings

IDEAL DOWNTOWN LOCATION • Spake Real Estate has 15B Broadway available for commercial lease. $15 per sf. 1903 sf but will subdivide from 1230 sf. Please call 828277-9670, ext. 113.

AFFORDABLE • BRAND NEW! Be the first at Bent Creek Knoll on busy Brevard Road! Great space options and visibility with high traffic count. 1250 sqft, priced from $1250. Owner/broker: 215-9823. ARTIST STUDIO SPACE Bright and cheerful. 200 plus sqft. Located off Merrimon Avenue. $275/month, includes utilities. Call Ray: (828) 254-3415.

Business Rentals $10/NNN • TUNNEL ROAD ANCHOR SPACE! Great space for medical/professional office . Completely modernized for dental care. Also suitable for walk-in clinic or other service oriented business. Easy access with ample parking. Close proximity to VA Hospital. Approximately 3500 sqft, one level with client and separate service entrance. Contact (828) 215-9823 for details.

ATTRACTIVE, 2,000 SQ,FT. DOWNTOWN OFFICE • 55 Grove Street. Four offices, break room, large reception area. Below market at $11/ sq. ft. Ample parking nearby. Practical and beautiful. Call (828) 253-9451.


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COMMERCIAL LEASES Many opportunities: Office, retail, mixed-use, all locations in and around the area including downtown. • Call the agent with her finger on the pulse! Paula Cooper, (828) 775-1485. The Real Estate Center.

DOWNTOWN Ground-floor retail w/courtyard on Lexington Avenue. Approximately 2982 sqft, hardwood floors, newer building. $2000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY For street corner presence on busy Tunnel Road! Great visibility, suitable for both commercial or business needs. Over 1000 sqft for $850/month and ask about the rent concession! Contact (828) 215-9823 for showings. Davenport Properties.

HISTORIC MILES BUILDING Two large, 2-room office suites with high ceilings and hardwood floors. Great space. $400 and $600/month includes utilities. 828-242-5456

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. DOWNTOWN OFFICE • Corner private entry on Biltmore Ave. by BUS to 2nd floor with charming brick and old forest wood open design with kitchen & bath, parking, 17 ft. of closet office supply, signage. $1,500/month +. 828 2300755 DOWNTOWN Coxe Avenue, newer building, groundlevel retail with walking traffic. $1500/month. Call The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

HISTORIC MONTFORD • Perfect for massage therapist/accupunturist/herb alist Beautiful upstairs private room/bath. In-house treatment room. 75% you / 25% me. $500/month. See house at www.vrbo#20067 Bridgett at 828-215-3194 NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible office/live-in. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 160, 280 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828-216-6066. NORTH ASHEVILLE Basement level of the Sherwin Williams building, approximately 6500 sqft, $3000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663.

EMD<EHL;HOBEM CEDJ>BOF7OC;DJI 9B?D=C7D 7L;DK; BE< JI • 1 & 2 BR Condominiums • Close to downtown • Nine foot ceilings • Energy Star and NC HealthyBuilt Home certified • Private Balconies

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

1-2BR, 1BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 2010 LAUREL PARK, coin-op laundry, $495-$675/month, 828-693-8069,


1-3BR, 2BA, SOUTH Skyland Heights, $525$695/month, 828-253-1517,

Rooms For Rent DOWNTOWN • SINGLE ROOM The Gray Rock Inn, 100 Biltmore Avenue, near French Broad Food Co-op. • Weekly rates, $105/week. References, security deposit required. John: 230-4021.

1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966.

Apartments For Rent $325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447. 1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract). Walk to everything downtown, live, work and play! • Studio: $545/month. • 1BR: $650/month. Water/heat included. Call 254-2029. APM. 1 MONTH FREE RENT* Escape to the woods today! Apartment living in a parklike setting. Convenient South Asheville. * Limited time offer. Call (828) 2744477. Woods Edge Apartments 1 MONTH FREE!* • 12 MONTH LEASE Or choose graduated discounts on 6 or more months! • Fireplaces • Heated pool • Fitness Center and more. *Call (828) 687-0638. 1-2BR, 1-2BA HENDERSONVILLE • 407 Fourth Ave. W. Hardwood floors, fireplace. $425$625/month. 828-253-1517. 1-2BR, 1-2BA, ARDEN, Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $575-$675/month, 828-253-1517,

1BR/1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont, water included. $515-$635/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR. 1BA NORTH • 20 Terrace Rd. $800. Hardwood floors, views, 828-253-1517.

1BR/1BA, EAST • 314 Fairview, porch, $575/month. 828-253-1517,

2BR/1BA EAST • 1746 Tunnel, W/D hookups, A/C, $595/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 138 Biltmore Ave. $915/month. A/C, cats okay. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA MONTFORD • 346 Montford Ave. $625/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 198 Kimberly Ave. $850/month. Patio, lawn. 828-253-1517.

18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN LIVE/WORKSPACE 1-2BR, 1BA. 1,325 sq.ft. Hardwoods, 2 fireplaces, high ceilings, large windows.Large kitchen/bath. $1,295/month, water and electric included. Available Oct. 1. By appointment: 828-273-3765. 1BR, 1BA CENTRAL • 15 Grindstaff. Carpet/vinyl. $525/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA MONTFORD • 333 Cumberland Ave. Tile floors, high ceilings. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 12 Golf St. $665/month. Hardwood floors, gas heat. 828-2531517.

2BR, 1BA NORTH • 53 Maney Ave. $875/month. Hardwood floors, fireplace. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 92 Appalachian Way. $895/month. Harwood floors, W/D connections. 828-53-1517. 2BR, 1BA, EAST, 7 LINDSEY, A/C, W/D hookups, $595/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, EAST, 119 Liberty, a/c, w/d hookups, $625/month, 828-253-1517, 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 146 Fenner Ave. $835/month. Fireplace, dishwasher 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 7 Banbury Cross. $595/month. Hardwood floors, high ceilings. 828253-1517.

2BR, 2BA NORTH • 65 Edgewood. Porch, wood floors. $735/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $485/month, 828-693-8069,

2BR, 2BA SWANNANOA • 746 Bee Tree Lake Rd. $675/month. W/D, dishwasher. 828-253-1517.

1BR/1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 827 4th, hardwood floors, porch. $445/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 2BA, CENTRAL, 484 Windswept, w/d hookups, fireplace, view, $750/month, 828-693-8069,

2BR/1BA WEST • 257 Sandhill, A/C, W/D hookups. $715/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/2BA NORTH • 264 Charlotte, hardwood floors, coin-op laundry. $940/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/2BA, ARDEN • 216 Weston, A/C, W/D hookups. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA EAST • 126 Aurora Dr. Carpet, W/D hookups. $825/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA, NORTH, 81 LAKESHORE, A/C, coin-op laundry, deck, $725/month, 828-253-1517, 3BR, 2BA duplex near Haw Creek. New, modern duplex community next to Bell School, Tunnel Road, East Asheville. Rooms on one level; 1/3 acre lot. Cats or 1 small dog okay. $875/month. Park-like setting, flower beds, huge trees. Available October 1. 299-7502. 65 LOOKOUT ROAD Adjacent to UNCA. Nice 2BR, 1BA, living room, large eat-in kitchen, washer/dryer hookups, water and trash pickup included. Off-street parking. Available immediately. Pets considered. $645/month + $645 deposit, year lease. Contact Tom, (828) 230-7296. A CLOSE WALK TO DOWNTOWN 1BR apartment, downstairs of single family dwelling. $575/month includes utilities, wireless. Pets welcomed! 251-2739.

BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area, includes water. Only $625/month. 828-252-4334. BLACK MOUNTAIN Nicely renovated (new: bath, kitchen), 1BR, sunroom, dining room. 10’ ceilings, abundance of natural light. Hardwood floors. Short walk to downtown. • $660/month includes heat, water. Smoke free. 280-5449. CENTRAL • S. French Broad Ave. 1BR, 1BA, office. $615 per month. 828-350-9400. CHARMING 1BR With sun room and living room in Montford Historic District. Hardwood floors, gas heat. Close to UNCA and downtown. $645/month, includes hot & cold water. Lease, security, credit check req. For appt: Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800. CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN Asheville. $675/month, water Included. Nice two bedroom with small deck. Deposit required. No pets • Available now. Call 828253-2019 or 919-201-5146 COZY AND CONVENIENT • Economic 1BR apartment , Herron Ave, 2 blocks from bakery on Haywood Road, West Asheville. Large yard, new appliances and maple cabinets. Remodeled bathroom. Non-smoking. $450/month. Available Oct. 1. Call (828) 713-2104. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Near Pack Square at 11 1/2 Broadway. Large 1BR, 1BA, 900sq.ft. D/W, w/d hookup. $685/month includes water. Call 828-277-9670, ext. 113 or e-mail minor@ EFFICIENCY APARTMENT • Available immediately. 289 E Chestnut ST. Ground floor units available, $450/month. No pets. 828350-9400.

GET QUALITY RESULTS! I received calls from a lot of high quality renters, as opposed to other publications I’ve tried. I will continue to advertise with Mountain Xpress. Patricia H. You too, can find the ideal renter, just call us! (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. GLEN BRIDGE APARTMENTS • 1BR, 1BA. $450/month. Includes water/garbage. Small complex in Arden. Move in special with one year lease. m. 828-350-9400. HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR, 1BA. Walking distance to Main St. Includes water. Only $425/month. 828-252-4334. HENDERSONVILLE 1BR studio apartment. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $385/month. 828-252-4334 HISTORIC MONTFORD AREA Charming 1 bedroom units with bonus room, hardwood floors and claw foot tubs (with showers) available. • Units have gas ranges. • Upstairs units have private porches and downstairs units have common porch. Within walking distance of Downtown and UNCA. $695-$730/month. • No Pets, No Smoking. Please call (828) 254-2229. Asheville Property Management. HISTORIC MONTFORD • Charming 2BR,1BA. Hardwood floors, gas heat, back deck and front balcony located in 1920’s brick quadraplex. Storage room for bicycles, kayaks, etc. in basement. Washer/dryer. Off-street parking. Very quiet neighbors. Walk to downtown. Cats OK, no dogs. $700/month. 828-216-1331.

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LARGE ELEGANT 1920’s 1BR with formal living & dining rooms. Lots of windows, hdwd floors, built in book case. $725/month includes heat, hot & cold water, & laundry facilities. Close to both UNCA & downtown. Year’s lease, security, credit ck. req. Sorry - No dogs, 1 cat okay with fee. For appt: Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800. LIVE/WORK STUDIO FOR RENT wHY PAY RENT ON TWO PLACES? 800 sq.ft. STUDIO WITH 15’ CEILING, CONCRETE FLOOR AND INDIRECT LIGHT PLUS 1BR BEDROOM, KITCHEN/DINING AREA, BATHROOM AND GARAGE ON LARGE TREESHADED 2/3 ACRE IN QUIET WEST ASHEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD 2 BLOCKS FROM COMMERCIAL DISTRICT ON HAYWOOD RD. GAS HEAT, OWNER PAYS WATER. $750/MONTH. 828-216-1331. MONTFORD. 2 BR, 1BA. LR, DR, kitchen. Yard, laundry, storage. Veranda. Hardwood floors. No pets. Lease, deposit, references. $800. 669-9250. NORTH ASHEVILLE APARTMENT 2BR, 1BA, heat pump with central air, dishwasher, washer/dryer connections. In nice location. $625/month. Call (828) 252-4334.

NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. NORTH ASHEVILLE • Farrwood Ave. 2BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors throughout, very nice unit. Coin laundry in basement. Covered parking for one car per unit. No pets/no smokers. $795/month. 828350-9400. NORTH FOREST APARTMENTS 2BR, 2BA. Beautiful complex, built 2002. Safe and secure. Close to I-26/UNCA, North Asheville. • $600/month. 778-6809. NORTH • 1BR. Hardwood floors. $550/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty STUDIO/1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon, hardwood floors, $575/month. 828-253-1517. SUNNY SMALL 1BR NEAR UNCA AND DOWNTOWN. Close to Greenlife. Beautiful hardwood floors throughout, large closet, gas heat, very clean. $565/month includes hot & cold water. Lease, security, credit ck req. For appt: Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800.

WEST ASHEVILLE • 1BR, 1BA unit available. 856 Haywood Rd. $595 per month. 828-350-9400. Pets with deposit. STUDIO/1BA NORTH • 85 Merrimon, all utilities included. Furnished. $600/month. 828-253-1517.

Mobile Homes For Rent 3BR SINGLEWIDE In small Candler park, fully remodeled with private back yard, $595/month. Sorry no pets. (828) 275-3651. CANDLER • DOUBLEWIDE On private 1/4 acre lot, approximately 1700 sqft, in West Asheville Candler area. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, large kitchen with all appliances, separate formal dining room. Very open living room with fireplace. Master bedroom bath has double sinks, separate shower and garden tub. Covered rear deck with plenty of parking. Easy access to interstate 40 and 26. $875/month. Enka schools. Small pets will be considered. Call (828) 275-3651.

HUGE SINGLEWIDE In Leicester only 2 miles to downtown Asheville and close to shopping. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. Master bedroom has a garden tub, separate shower, 2 sinks. Big country kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, double door refrigerator and stove. Separate laundry room. Incredible setting with mature oak trees, huge covered front porch. Water and lawn maintenance are included in rent of $795/month. Small pet will be considered. Call (828) 275-3651. MOBILE HOMES For rent, starting at $595/month, 2 and 3 bedrooms, located in West Asheville and Candler. Call to check available homes. (828) 275-3651. WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA mobile home. In very nice park. Like new. In city and on bus line close to town. Only $615/month. 828-252-4334. WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2BA mobile home. Like new. In city and on bus line. Close to town. Only $625/month. 828-252-4334.


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3 Large BR, 2 Large BA South Asheville-Biltmore. Balcony, W/D. Water, sewer, trash included. Central H/AC. 1300sq.ft. One pet. $990/month+$990 security. 828-230-3707. 3BR, 2.5BA • Very clean townhouse with patio, garage, fireplace, appliances, and w/d hookup. $975/month. Call Dale at 828-231-9409 or 828-890-3282.

SOUTH ASHEVILLE • Condo. Like new. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection, W/D available if needed. D/W, disposal. Deck. Only $785/month. 828-230-6357. WEST ASHEVILLE • 1100 sq.ft. 2 BR, 1.5BA townhouse available immediately. Nice unit, very convenient to everything West Asheville has to offer. No pets. $675/month. m 828-350-9400. WESTPOINTE • 3BR, 2BA $1095/ month. 828-350-9400. WINDSWEPT VIEWS • 2BR, 2BA. One lower unit for $750/month. m 828-350-9400.

Homes For Rent ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN LOFT Award-winning contemporary loft with great light and finished with all high-end appointments. Partially furnished. Texas stack gas fireplace, high ceilings with exposed beams, marble bath, bidet, custom cabinets. A great space to make your home. $1500/month 828-242-5456 or

1929 MONTFORD BUNGALOW Newly renovated, contemporary 2BR, 2BA, bonus room. Gas fireplace, hardwood floors, skylights, jet tub Master bath. All new appliances and WD. Gas heat, central AC. Tiled front porch, large back deck overlooking creek. $1300/month. Flexible lease. References required. (828) 545-2781. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966 205 KENNEDY GROVEMONT • 3BR, 1BA. Swannanoa. $650/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty.

DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDO • 2BR, 2BA. Two blocks from Pack Square, corner SW facing. 12’ ceiling. Eleven huge windows, exposed brick, oak floors, and gourmet kitchen. Indoor parking. $2,000/month furnished, $1800/month unfurnished. Year lease. Bright Star Realty, 828-301-8033. Adeed Dawisha 513 529 2332 FLETCHER • 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse available for immediate rental. Very nice unit with one car garage. Duplex style living, very convenient to I-26 and south Asheville shopping/restaurants. One small pet considered. $800 per month. 828-350-9400. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334

217 LONG SHOALS ROAD • SOUTH 3BR, 2BA, 1500 sqft. Fireplace, AC, WD connections, 2 car garage, full basement. • Big beautiful yard, lots of garden space. • Near 3 schools and Lake Julian. $1200/month, 1 year lease. Utilities extra. • Pet friendly. 252-3334. 2BR, 1.5BA + OFFICE • Walk to downtown from furnished Montford cottage. $1595/month. All utilities included, W/D, hardwoods. email: 2BR, 1BA • CHUNNS COVE DUPLEX $750/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty 2BR, 1BA REEMS CREEK • Small farm. Oil furnace, gas logs, kitchen wood stove. $700/month + deposit + utilities. 828-768-9629. 2BR/1BA WEST • 31 Ridgeway, W/D hookups. $875/month. 828-253-1517.

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3 BR,1.5 BA • Beaverdam North. Year-round views, deck, fireplace, very clean, quiet street. No smoking. $1500/month. 828-712-5142. 3BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 40 Midland. $1,125/month. A/C, dishwasher. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2.5BA SOUTH • 137 Weston Rd. $1,125/month. Gas logs, A/C. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2.5BA, NORTH, 5 Foxwood, a/c, garage, view, $995/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2.5BA • 2200sq.ft. Newly remodeled. Gorgeous setting. Large basement/shop area. Haywood County, 20 minutes to Asheville. $1,250/month. 828-337-3134. 3BR, 2BA • 1800sq.ft. on .5 acre. Walk to Reynolds HS. Garage, storage/workshop, fireplace. Consider small pets. No smoking. Available 10/10/09. $1325/month. 828-712-5559. 3BR/1.5BA NORTH • 22 S. Griffing, garage, fireplace, A/C. $1330/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/1BA NORTH • 31 Henrietta. Harwood floors, A/C. $900/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/2.5BA ARDEN • 137 Weston. Fireplace with gas logs, A/C. $1100/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/2BA ARDEN • 1 Turnberry. Large yard, A/C. $995/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/2BA EAST • 155 Onteora, near shopping. $895/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/2BA NORTH • 16 Knoll Ridge. A/C, W/D hookups. $1060/month. 828-253-151. 57 HEMLOCK • ROYAL PINES Wonderful 3BR, 2BA cedar home in great South Asheville neighborhood. $985/month. • Pets considered. 296-0735 or 275-5696 AIRPORT AREA • HEATHERWOOD 3BR, 2BA, 2000 sqft. Hardwood floors throughout. Screened porch. • 2 car garage. • Nice basement. $1100/month, security. (828) 693-6828. ALL AREAS - HOUSES FOR RENT. Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free! Visit: (AAN CAN)

ARDEN • ROYAL PINES Available now. 3BR, 1BA house on Sweeten Creek Road. Woodfloors and woodburning fireplace create a cozy feel. Air conditioning, WD and dishwasher. Brand new heat pump. Large yard. Dogs allowed. • Discount for long term lease! $950/month. (828) 216-2851. ARDEN, OAK FOREST • 3BR, 2BA with full basement/garage. Nice area. Reduced to $1100/month. $30 application fee. 828-350-9400. ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550$1950/month. • 1-East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details: AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1 • UNCA 2BR, 1BA bungalow. Living, dining, dishwasher, WD, hardwood floors, woodstove. Porch, carport, garden. No smoking/pets. $825/month. 1 year lease. Deposit, references. 545-3459. BAIRD COVE • NORTH ASHEVILLE Large brick ranch, just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. 3000 sqft. 4BR, 3 full baths. 2 car garage upstairs, 1 car garage downstairs. 1 acre of land w/fenced backyard. Pets considered w/pet fee. $1650/month. Short term lease available. (828) 242-1950. BEAUTIFUL LOG HOME Absolutely spectacular view! In mountains outside Asheville. 4BR, 3.5BA, 3,200 sqft. Stone fireplace, spa tubs, gourmet kitchen, cathedral ceilings, huge deck. Long term rent. (219) 548-8978. BILTMORE PARK. 4BR, 2.5 BA, 2,200 sqft, Rent for $2,100. Carver Realty, 828-253-0758.

BUNGALOW • SWANNANOA New construction near Warren Wilson. 2BR, 2.5BA, 1500 sqft. Energy Star certified. Jacuzzi tub master. Stainless appliances, . WD. $1150/month, first, deposit. 6 or 18 month rental. No smoking. Dogs considered. 777-1967. • Video tour: www.southernbranches. com/build/house.htm CANDLER • 2-3BR, 1BA. Central A/C and heat. Full basement. $900/month + security deposit. References required. 828-778-1328.

CHARMING 1920s BUNGALOW • Approx. 950 sq.ft. 2BR, 1BA in Woodfin. Hardwood floors, cheery kitchen w/dishwasher. W/D. Front porch, storage room. Available 9/15. $750/month. 828-2301899. CHARMING BUNGALOW BILTMORE VILLAGE • With artist studio or apt. 2BR, 2BA, office, very spacious, W/D. Walk to Brueggers. $1250/month+deposit. Call 828-242-0320. Available Oct.1st. To view pictures: CHARMING WEST ASHEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD • 3BR, 2BA, hardwood floors, new kitchen, fireplace, AC, WD. Private backyard. Pets considered. References. $1050/month. (828) 2531887, 828-242-9769. CONVENIENT TO DOWNTOWN • 3BR, 2BA with large office/den space. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer, storage, open deck overlooking private backyard. $800/month including utilities. Lease. Sandy McCall, Realtor/Property Manager. Sandy@

COZY HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN VIEWS • 2BR, 1.5BA. Front porch, metal roof, hardwood floors, fireplace, 2-car carport, W/D hookup, garden space. Bearwallow Mountain between Edneyville, Asheville, and Gerton. 15 minutes to Hendersonville. Nonsmoking environment. $645/month. 615-491-2495.

EAST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2.5BA Beautiful, 3-year-old, 1,500 sq.ft. on cul-de-sac. 2-car garage, fireplace, hardwoods. Dog fence. No smoking. Deposit and references required. Cool landlord. $1,250/month. Available Sept. 1. FLETCHER • STAFFORD HILLS New, immaculate 3BR, 2.5BA, 1250 sqft townhome. Hardwood floors, marble in bath, gas fireplace, 1 car garage. Patio. Convenient to Hendersonville, Asheville. $900/month. • Pets considered. References. Deposit. Lease/purchase option. (864) 723-1049.

HAW CREEK • Near school. $1100/month. 3BR, 2BA, living/dining room, family room/office, 2 sets gas logs. Full basement with workshop and rec room. Covered front porch and back deck. W/D, disposal, gas heat, window AC. 828-298-5113. HISTORIC MARSHALL • 4BR, 2.5BA. 2700sq.ft. Spectacular year round views. Very private. $1000/month + 1st, last, security deposit. 828-649-9193. HOUSES FOR RENT • Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit m. (AAN CAN) KENILWORTH! Walk to Mission/Downtown/Biltmore Village. 3BR, 2BA home w/spacious rooms, hardwood floors. Wooded, private feel. Heatpump/wood stove, 2 car garage, washer/dryer. Responsible pets okay. $1200/month, utilities not included. 828-545-1358. MARS HILL • 3BR, 2BA. Family room downstairs, wonderful views. One pet considered with increased deposit. $895 per month. 828-350-9400. MONTFORD • Large 2BR, 1BA. • Quiet dead end street. Woodfloors. Washer/dryer, dishwasher. Large garage/storage. Deck, small yard. • Pets considered. $900/month, includes water. Deposit. References. (828) 467-9056. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMESOff Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 NORTH ASHEVILLE • Windsor Road 3BR, 2.5BA near the country club. 828-350-9400. NORTH ASHEVILLE Beautiful 2BR, 1BA house with 1/2 acre fenced backyard. Full unfinished basement. Pets allowed. $1,200/month. Call Bob, (828) 259-9328. OFF THE HOOK! We got a great response from our ad for our Rental house in the Mountain Xpress! The phone rang off the hook! Thanks, Ander, owner, Design Painting. Get your Apartment or House rented quickly and affordably. Call (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. REEMS CREEK, MUNDY COVE 3BR, 2BA, $875/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty

RENT AND TRADE AGREEMENT i n rural farm setting. We are seeking a family or couple who wants to rent a updated 5 room and 1 bath farm house for $850 a month in the Reems Creek, Weaverville area starting October first. The rent agreement would be a minimum of one year. The trade includes baby-sitting our pets and farm for one month during the winter in exchange for use of separate commercial greenhouse, and garden space. Applicants need to respect animals, have some farming and greenhouse skills, and provide references. Need to have an off the farm income. Please send all inquires by e-mail to asalmon@

WEST ASHEVILLE • 1920s bungalow 2BR, 1BA. Great location, W/D included, partially furnished,no pets. $1000/month+$500.00 deposit. Available. Contact

SOUTH ASHEVILLE • 4BR, 2.5BA. All brick. Closed sunporch, huge kitchen/dining area. Fireplace. Large lot. Quiet neighborhood. Available Sept. 1. 828-277-1492.

BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 2771492.

SOUTH OAK FORREST 4 BR, 2BA $1,600. Call Carver Realty 828-253-0758. SOUTH, DEANWOOD 3BR, 2.5BA, $1,175/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SWANNANOA• UPDATED RANCH 3BR, 1.5BA, in family-oriented neighborhood. New oak floors and fresh paint. Screened private porch. Attached garage. Workshop in basement. Natural gas heat. $925/month. 230-6264. SWANNANOA • 3BR, 2BA. Cherry Blossom Cove, $1095/month. m 828-350-9400.

WEST ASHEVILLE • First month free! 191 Deaver St. 4BR, 2.5BA. New Healthy Built home, all appliances Energy Star, hardwood/tile floors, pets, gardening. $1,500 per month, $1,000 deposit. 828-275-8342. CANDLER • 3BR, 3BA, 4700 sq.ft., 10 acres, barn, $1600/month. $30 application fee. 828-3509400

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jobs Asheville Bungalow Roommate Couple in recently-renovated 3BR bungalow with large front porch seeks roommate to join the household. Call Allen 828.215.3007 Grove Park Seeking mature, aware housemate for large bright room in classic two-story steps from the Inn. $485 plus 1/4 util. (828)242-7071 Healthy Spiritual Home Female Roommate wanted to share a holistic, healthy, peaceful home of spiritual practice and growth. Vegetarian friendly. Call Lauren. (828)-333-2717.


Housemate for large country home. Quiet, private bedroom. Washer/dryer, cable & utilities. Work to reduce rent. 828-779-7958

$450 New Healthy Built Home Clean Creative Positive! East-Asheville. Bamboo floors, granite countertops, new appliances, central heating/cooling 2full baths. Internet/water/yard included. Avail Oct-1st. 828.450.1482

MONTFORD Share 3BR, 2BA apartment. WD, woodstove, large deck. Close to busline/downtown. Secluded, quiet street. $260/month plus utilities. 505-1961.

2 Roommates Needed Montford area to share 3 bedroom house $300 and $450 + utilities. Smoking and pets ok.

UNCA AREA 3BR, 2BA on North Ivy Street. Wood and tile floors. • Very private house in quiet neighborhood on 3 lots with garden space. WD, dishwasher. Dogs allowed. Available October 1. $1150/month. (828) 2162851.

20 Miles to Asheville Mature, semi-retired (female preferred) roommate wanted to share secluded mountain cabin. Free room and board and food for someone who can spend time at cabin. Smoking ok. (828) 6223360.

WEAVERVILLE/BARNARDS VILLE • Available immediately. 2BR with office. Views on 1 acre. No pets considered. $850/month. 828-3509400.

2BR/1BA Great home. Seek considerate, active, positive minded housemate (female?) to share w/female pets, no drugs. laundry in house. split utilities.545-3120

North Asheville Third person to share 3bd/2bth. Student preferred. Musicians and/or likeminded individuals only. $995/month split (3rds). Jamroom/pool table. Call Zach 336-391-6273. Room for Rent West Avl $350 Artistic and openminded in old farmhouse. Hot tub,15 miles of trails, 828-3353567 leave message Roommate Needed 4BR remodeled apt. North Asheville near UNCA on busline. Free cable. $262.50/month + 262.50 deposit and utilities. Must have a clean background no pets. By Oct 1st.. 828.367.0806.

Roommate Needed Fully furnished bed/bath/closet available across from UNCA. Shared w/2 other guys. $500/month w/included utilities+cable+internet. Contact at 828-989-3298 or Share 3BR, 2BA House in N. Asheville. Walk to UNCA & downtown. Prefer male college student/nonsmoking or drugs. $300/mo. 828-225-3442 Share 3BR/2BA $1000/month split. Kenilworth. Easy-going like minded individuals only. Call 336-391-6273 Share 4BR, 2BA House Candler, large yard, deck, hot tub, grill, year round views. $400 month includes utilities no pets 828-6706463 West Asheville 3BR/2BA Relaxed household needs a 3rd roomie. New energy efficient house with deck, wifi, a/c, w/d, stainless steel appliances. $425/month. 828-260-5065


General **BODYGUARDS WANTED** FREE Training for members. No Experience OK. Excellent $$$. Full & Part Time. Expenses Paid When you Travel. 1-615-228-1701. (AAN CAN) ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY seeking assistant operations manager with strong customer service focus. Full-time, salaried. Excellent benefits. EEOC employer. Deadline for application 9-20-2009. Visit http://www.ashevillehuman to learn more.

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PRODUCTION WORKERS NEEDED Recruiting “production workers” for first shift, four 10 hour days, Monday-Thursday. $9/hour. Training provided for those that qualify. • Call today: 654-0310. Apply online lle/application

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Skilled Labor/ Trades SPRAY FOAM INSTALLERS. 1+ years of experience. Ability to drive box truck with valid license, mechanical ability, not afraid of heights, team player. $10-$14/hour based on experience. (828)3501155 x303.

Warehouse Supervisor Full time position available for experienced Warehouse Supervisor. Company paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance Paid holidays and personal time off. Applicants must be able to assume and manage responsibility for all warehouse functions including staffing, ordering and inventory control for satellite installation business. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel a must!! Must be able to lift up to 75 pounds, routinely lift 30 pounds and work while standing 50-75% of the time. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, be a minimum age of 21 and able to pass a drug screening and background check. Contact Jason Moses 865-690-9192 or

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Salon/ Spa IMMEDIATE OPENING at Appearances salon and Spa. Hairstylist with clientele. Commission base pay. Call Jeanne at 828645-8585. NAIL TECHNICIAN • Busy downtown salon expanding. Experience preferred or double license. Will be offering organic services. Please bring resume in person to: 82-B North Lexington Ave. No phone calls please.

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Medical/ Health Care MADISON MANOR NURSING CENTER • Has job openings in the Nursing Dept. RN, LPN, CNA. Apply at 345 Manor Rd., Mars Hill, NC 28754 or call 828-6895200. EOE. PHARMACIST Western NC Community Health Services is hiring a full-time (40 hour week), NC licensed Pharmacist. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm (with one hour paid lunch break) and NO evening, weekend or holiday work required. We offer a very competitive salary, along with an excellent benefits package. Responsibilities include: Provider consultations, supervision of technicians, patient education and counseling. Candidates may apply in person at 10 Ridgelawn Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or email resume and cover letter to WNCCHS is an equal opportunity employer. Racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply. PHARMACY TECHNICIAN Western NC Community Health Services is hiring a full-time (40 hour week) Board and/or Nationally Certified Technician for our clinic pharmacy. Retail experience is preferred. Our pharmacy operates Monday-Friday (with one hour paid lunch break), and NO evening, weekend or holiday work required. Salary range is $14$17/hour, along with an excellent benefits package. Candidates may apply in person at 10 Ridgelawn Road, Asheville, NC 28806, or email resume and cover letter to • WNCCHS is an equal opportunity employer. Racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

Human Services ASHEVILLE AREA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY • Seeks two part-time Volunteer Coordinators with experience in the field. The ideal candidate will also have a background in event planning. Both positions require exceptional organizational and time management skills, strong communication abilities including public speaking, and the capacity to work with a diverse group of people. Experience with MS Office is also important. One position is TuesdaySaturday 8am-1:30pm; the other is Monday-Friday 9am-2:30pm with one Saturday a month. Please send cover letter and resume to . No walk-ins or phone calls accepted.

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Now hiring LCSW’s, LPC’s, LMFT’s. Flexible schedules, team culture, Paid time off, health and dental offered, creative and innovative culture. Please visit our website: and email your resume to sstevenson

SUPPORT STAFF POSITION • Work with women in a Residential Treatment Environment. Part time M(59), F(12-9), Sun(9-9). See Contact scarlson@ Haywood and Jackson County Psychiatrist Assertive Community Treatment Team. Please contact Joe Ferrara, joe.ferrara@meridianbhs.or g Haywood County Therapist/Team Leader Child and Family Services. Master’s Degree and supervisory experience. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Jackson/Macon/Swain County Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Child and Family Services. Must have a Bachelors degree in a human services field and two years post-degree experience, or a Masters degree. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Cherokee/Clay/Graham County Therapist/Team Leader: Child and Family Services. Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website: LCAS/CSAC Office space and clients available. Also Bilingual (Spanish) Counselor with NC Addiction credential CSAC/LCAS. Call Bruce: 777-3755.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is looking for foster parents in Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford counties. Be a hero in your community and open your home to a child in need. We provide training, 24 hour support, and a generous stipend. Please call Nicole at 828696-2667 ext 14. Together we can make a difference in our community. Visit our web site at • Do you know someone who is interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent?

YWCA OF ASHEVILLE is seeking a full-time Director for the New Choices program. Develop and implement activities to address the needs of displaced homemakers and other women struggling with economic selfsufficiency. Major tasks also include supervising the Drop-in Child Care program and helping to facilitate the Latino Learning Center. For a full job description including contact information, please visit

Professional/ Management 1 ASHEVILLE AREA REALTOR Wanted to share Dwell Realty’s dynamic professional culture and great compensation. Call today for confidential appointment: (828) 2543334.

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Now hiring for Mental Health Professionals in Brevard and Asheville offices. Positions available: Day Treatment, and Family Service Coordinator. Please visit our website and email resume to sstevenson RESIDENTIAL STAFF POSITION • Opportunity to work with troubled street youth in a runaway shelter. Schedule is 3 days on, 3 days off. Requires a person who is active and engaging with youth as well as the ability to present well in professional meetings. Must be over 21 and have clean criminal background check and driving record. Must have HS Diploma/GED. Fax cover letter and resume to 828-298-4870. EOE. SUBSTANCE ABUSE CASE MANAGER. Fulltime w/ benefits. Salary $30,000. Go to for application process.

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Arts/Media ARTIST WANTED • To illustrate air craft from photos. Call: Larry Blatt, 828-255-8223.

Teaching/ Education FRANCINE DELANY CHARTER SCHOOL Middle School teacher assistant position available. 29 hours/week; no benefits. See our website for more information: LYMPHATIC MASSAGE INSTRUCTOR For weekend CE class November 13-15. Great weekend income and beautiful atmosphere. Long term contract potential. Resume to audra@centerformassage.c om or CFMNH, 530 Upper Flat Creek Road, Weaverville, NC 28787. YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 $13/hour Please visit our web site for details:

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RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR OWN PERSONAL FARINFRARED SAUNA! One session burns over 600 calories. Relieves allergies, arthritis, fibromyalgia plus much more. Call 828-6546223.

Bodywork **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE!** Perfect pressure! Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. Tranquil sanctuary just 3 blocks from Greenlife & downtown! Reasonable rates, Open Mon thru Sat., 9am to 7 p.m. by appt. only Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. (828) 255-4785.

#1 AFFORDABLE MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: • 10 Biltmore Plaza, 505-7088. Asheville. $35 MASSAGE- Say goodbye to stress for less. Call to book a wonderful, therapeutic massage.LMT # 7113. 828-275-5497.

AYURVEDIC / HOLISTIC BODYWORK An integrative approach to healing & wellness. Located in the Xolar Vibronics Xolarts Center for Healing Arts. Downtown. (828)-333-2717 -Lauren Barta LMT BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 16+ years experience. 828-2994105. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; experience the invigorating cold plunge; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 2990999. STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 279-1050.

Counseling Services COMPASSIONATE COUNSELING. Licensed, 25 years experience healing childhood issues, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, anger management, substance abuse. Medicaid, BC/BS. Affordable sliding fee. Guy Morganstein, LPC. 828-337-7549.

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Musical Services AMR STUDIO Audio mastering, mixing and recording. • Musical, literary and instructional services. • Tunable performance room, on-site video available. Visa/MC. (828) 335-9316. ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 MAKE MUSIC! GuitarPiano- Drums- BassSinging- Banjo- Mandolin lessons created for you/your child’s interest. Experienced, enthusiastic instructor, Erik… 828-2425032.

Equipment For Sale 15/14 Masterworks Hammered Dulcimer. Brand New Shape. Made in 2003. Includes Stand, hammers, and tuning wrench. Photos available. Asking $900. hoovonthemoov-at-gmaildot-com. 2008 Martin OM 21 Special in new condition with warranty available. Can be seen at Waynesville store. Sacrifice for $1950. 828 335-3236. Ashiko Drum by Rossario Hand made custom job circa 1989 by Rossario. Good Condition Needs head. Make Offer. 828-275-8342. Dean 5-String Fretless Bass In perfect condition, plays really well. Asking around $385. Email for more info and pictures: Thanks!


Digitech FX pedal w Wah Wah Original box and manual, perfect condition, retails $149 only want $40. 230-2890.

A SPIRITUAL MENTOR Nina Anin. Wherever you are, by phone: (828) 2537472 or email:

Electric bass package Epiphone Les Paul bass, black. Fender bassman comboamp, 150 watts. like new will sell separately. 335 3236.

Natural Alternatives

Epiphone Strat by Gibson, Model S-310 in fine condition. Barely used. Made in 1996. Includes gig bag and whammy bar. $160. (828) 254-2070. Photos at http:/ uitar.htm.

HOLISTIC IRIDOLOGY® Fascinating detailed Iris Analysis, Bio-Chemistry Analysis, Cardiovascular Screening, and Meridian Kinesiology for ‘Total Health Assessment’ with effective Natural and Holistic Therapies, BioDetoxification programs, Advanced Energy Healing. Call Jane Smolnik, ND, Iridologist at (828) 777JANE (5263) for appointment or visit

Fender 65-watt Guitar Amp Model FM65R develops genuine 65W into 12” driver. Spring reverb, jack for optional footswitch for onstage channel selection. $220. (828) 2542070. Photo at m Larrivee Guitar L02 & hardcase satin finish, hardcase, tuner, capo,a great deal for $600 obo, call 230-2890. Tech 21 Trademark 10 AMP barely used, built in effects, XLR input $200 230-2890.

Musicians’ Bulletin Bass Player Need help in the rhythm section! Anyone want to help? Jam band type sound. sammitchellmusic@yahoo.c om or Steve, 206-0136 Experienced Producer/Arranger needed for recording project. 828483-4283.

Singing Bass Player Available Join, start group w/great vocals, harmonies. Share leads. 40 and over. Styles: Stills, Hornsby, Browne, Band, Eagles, Youngbloods, originals. 225-4347 SOLATIDO (as in do-re-mi) A retreat for aspiring and seasoned songwriters, Monday-Thursday, September 28-October 2 at Wildacres Retreat. • This year’s special guest instructor is Marshall Chapman, For more, Sword Dancer Seeking Musicians Help me ride the cosmic winds of dance. Street performing in Asheville. Searching for Hand drums, Didj, Sitar,

Pet Xchange

Lost Pets

Keyboard Player needed under 22 and looking for a local band that already plays lots of shows call 337 6049 or email a7xmonster131313@yahoo. com Metal Bassist Wanted for local metal band Convalescence, must have pro-gear, good attitude, and ready to play. Shows booked call Matt 828-4896329 Jared 828-551-0443 Metal/Prog Band seeking singer Decent range and knowledge basic of music theory needed. call 337 6049 or email a7xmonster131313@yahoo. com 18 or under only. Multimedia Collaborators Free improvisation electric cellist with huge portfolio of visionary art seeks inspired collaborators. Need Sick and Twisted Drummer we need a drummer. mechanicalrodeovagina@ya our music is at deovagina. don’t email our myspace. not for the easily offended. thanks. Pro-level guitarist seeks lead voc. and bass for Prog metal/metal/rock recording project.Dave@458-1127 Singer/Alternative/Blues need 2 good guitarists to collaborate strong projection lets get booked


MEDIA SERVICES Audio and Video Recording of Musical, Instructional and Literary Sources Performance & Public Speaking Enhancement Tools

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$100 REWARD • LOST SUNDAY AUGUST 9 West Asheville. Lost Australian Shepherd mix, older, tri colored, black, brown and white. Slipped from collar on August 9 in West Asheville, may have traveled. Medium height, about knee high, 80 lbs but may be less. Microchipped. • Reward!! Contact day or night. (828) 891-4007, (828) 691-4908, (828) 7762116. LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville.

Pets for Adoption

A LOYAL COMPANION Murray, a Shepherd mix, might be the one for you. Call Brother Wolf Canine Rescue at 808-9435 for more information or visit



FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC (828) 253-6807 FREE TO GOOD HOME Adult cat, fixed, more info

GET LUCKY! Lucky is a Norwegian Elkhound who is searching for a loving home. He is 8 years old and left homeless since his owner died. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. The adoption fee is $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778. Good Dog to Free Home Mountain- 4y/o, lab/dane mix, well-trained, good inside-and-out, likes to lean, needs more attention since new baby in home (828)551-1332.

HELP MAX FIND HIS FOREVER HOME Max is a Dachshund who would love to be your dog. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. Adoption fee, $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778. NEED A GOOD HOME Due to allergies, two one year old cats, one mama cat.Fixed/shots 828-3350723 or 828-335-0724

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TRIXIE is a Heeler mix puppy who is searching for her forever home. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a non-profit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. The adoption fee is $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778. Two Lovely Kitties in need of homes. one siamese mix and one tabby, both adult females. call 828-645-4655 for info.

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

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

Vehicles For Sale

Autos 1983 Mercedes Diesel Wagon very nice interior/ exterior, completely restored, sunroof, a/c, 7 seats, great veggie or biodiesel car, $3,000 OBO 2005 Subaru Outback $11,500 104 K miles, SC commuter. 1 owner (50’s) very clean, w/bike rack, Mobil-1 since 15K, just dealer serviced. 450-8463 2005 Toyota Prius 51,000 miles, red w/tan leather interior & Sirius Satellite radio. $12,500 firm. Call (828) 298-8641 or 782-7174

DOG GIRL AT LARGE Dog training and behavior modification. All positive reinforcement. Sitting services for all creatures. Call Heather 404.788.2085 or

2005 Toyota Prius Black, tan leather. GPS. Front/side airbags, child safety lock, new tires, tinted windows, 70K. 85K mile bumper to bumper Toyota warranty. Garaged, one owner. $15,000. 242-5456.

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40-Family Yard Sale Items of Grove Park Inn employees at 870 Riverside Drive Saturday 9/26 7amNoon 828-318-6044. All are welcome! Big Montford Neighborhood Sale: Saturday, October 3, 8am1pm. • Pick up maps at 333 Montford Avenue. Sales galore: Antiques, furniture, treasures and more! Don’t miss this one! Community Yard Sale Woods Edge Apartments in South Asheville is having a community yard sale on Saturday, September 26, 8am-12 NOON. No early birds please! Located off Sweeten Creek Road (25A) just 3 miles South of the Biltmore Village (Left off exit 51 from I-40) at 98 Woodstream Lane. Information: (828) 274-4477. Elk’s Lodge Benefit Sale for children’s Christmas shoe party! Many items including furniture, clothes, tools, toys, craft supplies. Elk’s Lodge on Haywood St. down from Three Brothers Restaurant. Call 253-9031 for more info. Sat. Sept. 26.

by Brent Brown Trucks/Vans/SUVs 2004 Toyota Tacoma SR5 extra cab, off road package, rear sliding window, bed liner, towing package, 122k miles, runs great, $11,000 407-415-9214 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4WD. 120,000 miles, AC, great on gas, CD player, and single cab. $8,500. Call --336-452-4593. Biodiesel Truck 1985 Isuzu engine, 1990 Mazda B2200 body. Runs well. 35 mpg hwy, 30 city. $2000 obo. Call 828-669-6517. Black Mountain

Toyota Motor 1993 long block motor,22RE four cylinder out of 4x4 truck.New main and rod bearings installed.$300.00 call before noon 667-1407

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

For Sale

Computers Brand New Laptops/Desktops Bad credit, no credit - no problem. Small weekly payments. Order today and get free Nintendo Wii game system. Call now: 800-8405439. (AAN CAN) Lexmark Print Smart Z730 Printer. Practically new, $18, 828-254-9154.


Building Supplies

Cannondale Hybrid 600

STEEL BUILDING PACKAGES 18’x21’ Door and Anchor Bolt included. Regularly $10,823 • Now $6,367. Plus Code Adjustment. Other Sizes available. Big and Small Erection available. Call (828) 398-0129. Source#18Z.

Older bike, but good condition, good tires. $30. call 232-0905. Niner 29er SIR MTN Bike Tang color, Medium, $1900 retails $2700 mike 828-775-7424

Tools & Machinery 2006 Bobcat Toolcat 5600, 4X4, Loader, Forks and Dumb Body, Heat/AC Cab, price $4200 ask questions: 571-6396

Clothing VINTAGE In a big wicker trunk Shoes, boots, dresses, gloves, hats, lingerie, beaded Go-Go, leather, denim and Victorian. $250 for all. Firm. 650-6404.

Furniture Cabinet. Old wood cabinet, freestanding, one shelf. 5 foot tall, 3 foot wide, 16”deep. $25. Call 232-0905 ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Solid wood, light golden oak. 2 shelves on top. Spacious drawers on bottom w/doors. $150. Call (828) 232-5777.



Innovations Black Chrome Contemporary Sleeper Sofa Sleek and sophisticated. New and in excellent condition. Retail $900, selling for $650. 828-243-0200. MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500. Tan Recliner. Smokefree home. 300. OBO Email missdiamondheather@ for pics.

General Merchandise Audio Course “No Down Payment” Investment in real estate multiple real estate properties. 12 tapes. “No Down Payment” by Carleton H. Sheets. $20. 828-683-3936. Backyard CHICKEN Tractor. $199 Attractive and durable coop can be moved around your yard or garden to keep 4 egglayinghens safe. e-photos 683-2701 GoGo Elite Traveler 3Wheel Electric Scooter. Excellent condition. Blue. Front Basket and Charger. New $1100.00+ Asking $575 Call Peter 828.216.9753

Singer Sewing Machine ‘Fashion Mate’ model in cabinet. $15. nothing fancy. call 232-0905 Vitamins Nature’s Way ALIVE! Whole Food Energizer Multi, 180 tabs, expires 3/10, retail $50, 4 new bottles for sale $25 each. 828-255-5643.

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Yard Sales $2 OFF • WITH THIS AD Bring your stuff • Take home the money! 6am3pm: • Friday: $5 • Saturday: $10 (Sell on Saturday, get Sunday free!) • Sunday: $5. 1500 Brevard Road • Bent Creek. 230-8585. Bent Creek Flea Market

Montford Center Yard Sale Saturday, October 3rd. 8am-1pm. Montford Center 34 Pearson Dr. Over 15 Vendors! Interested in participating? Call 253-3714 Saturday Sept. 26 Everything goes: furniture, rugs, housewares, linens, electronics, appliances, tools, garden equipment, exercise equipment and much more. Exit 7 to Tunnel Road, right on Crocket to 56 Beechwood. 7:30am.

Adult Services A MAN’S DESIRE • Call us for total relaxation!! • We can relax and de-stress you! • Monday-Saturday, 9am-9pm. • Incall/outcall. (Lic#08-00020912). • Call (828) 989-7353. A PERSONAL TOUCH Asheville. • Ask about our Hot Specials! Incall/outcall: 713-9901. A WOMAN’S TOUCH Ask us about our “Summer Special”. • “We’re all about you!”. Call 275-6291. MEET SEXY SINGLES by phone instantly! Call (828) 239-0006. Use ad code 8282. 18+

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