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p. 12 School or scandal? A-B Tech is asking Buncombe County residents for help. On Nov. 8, voters will weigh in on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements that officials say are needed to serve a rapidly growing enrollment at the community college. What are the pros and cons? Cover design by Kathy Wadham
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Low turnout for the Asheville City Council primary, but six move on to Nov. 8
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letters CTS is not about politics — it’s about people and the environment I think it’s only fair and just to actually look at the facts that escaped Mr. Ramsey in his letter in the Oct. 5 Xpress [“Don Yelton, Problem Solvent”]. I am an environmental-systems engineer with a concentration in water-quality management. I have a master’s degree in environmental-systems engineering from Clemson University and a master’s degree in biology from East Tennessee State University (where I graduated Phi Kappa Phi). I hope that Martin Ramsey has enough intelligence to understand what that represents. As for the political side of the issue, I was a Democrat when I first warned the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners about the problems at the CTS facility back in the ‘90s. I continued to warn of the problems later as a Republican. It would appear that, again, Mr. Ramsey is guilty of what he accuses me of doing: being blinded by a dumb view of everything being political. It is not political that the highest concentrations of TCE are found in the samples taken under the building. The delay of over 20 years has very likely caused much more suffering and cost more tax dollars to extend water lines. I know how much time Barry Durand and Tate McQueen have spent on pushing this issue — as has each neighbor who has gone to
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Kudos to WCU professor and Stuttering Foundation for promoting speech therapy I enjoyed your [Oct. 6 online] article “WCU Professor’s Passion for Helping People Who Stutter Leads to Penning a Textbook,” not only because it discussed WCU Professor David Shapiro helping people who stutter, but also because of his training of speech-language pathology students so that they, in turn, can help people who stutter. The article should have mentioned that putting more attention into training speech therapists to help people who stutter has the residual effect of producing speech therapists who will also help children with other kinds of speech problems.
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correction In the Best of WNC, Volume 2, in the Best Primary Care Physician category, we mistakenly associated Drs. Jodi Schwab and Meredith Polansky with Ravenscroft Family Health Center. Schwab and Polansky’s health-care center is Our Family Doctor, located at 43 Oakland Road. For more about this award-winning practice, visit ourfamilydoctorasheville.com. As a PWS (person who stutters), I also wish to point out that the website of the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation (stutteringhelp.org) provides many free resources to people who stutter and their parents. A brochure available on the site, “Special Education Law and People Who Stutter,” tells about a little-known component of our national health-care program that provides free speech therapy for all kids in the U.S., regardless of which speech problem they have and regardless of their parents’ economic status. — George J. Epes Raleigh, NC
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Asheville residents may not be aware or care about Duke Energy’s proposed rate hikes for North Carolina homes, businesses and municipal governments. They should be, especially if and when Duke and Progress Energy merge. ... The last 8 percent increase was granted in 2010 by the N.C. Utilities Commission. This time Duke is asking for residentialand commercial-rate increases of 17.4 percent and 14 percent, respectively, which will add $19 to a homeowner’s monthly bill for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of use. Struggling businesses will need to do the math to stay alive. Duke claims it needs to recover $4.8 billion in investments made since 2009 to “modernize” its electric systems; comply with state and federal emissions regulations; and cover the impacts of the recession. Apparently electric consumption is down in North Carolina — “hard times” for everyone except for Duke upper management; Duke CEO James E. Rogers took home $8,815,181 in stock options in 2010. Who needs a salary with that kind of compensation package? I’m surprised by the lack of interest in this issue, especially at the municipal and county levels of government. Even rates for public lighting will be increased by 8 percent by a proposed governmental lighting tariff in lieu of the existing public-lighting tariff. The N.C. Utilities Commission website (ncuc.net) under Docket #E-7, Sub 989, lists all documents pertaining to this rate hike. There, one finds official opposition from only nine North Carolina towns or cities, including the town of Franklin and Macon County. The town of Spindale sums it up best [in a
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Where does Hartley live (and vote)? Roger Hartley’s Oct. 5 letter to Xpress raised a question [“Vote for Marc Hunt — I Already Did”]. Mr. Hartley noted he was “pleased to have voted early in the primaries for Marc Hunt” and signed his letter as a resident of Cullowhee. Has Asheville annexation gone wild or do we have widespread voter fraud? — Jeanne Warner Asheville Editor’s note: Unfortunately, Xpress misattributed Roger Hartley’s residence: He works in Cullowhee (he’s a professor at WCU) but lives in Asheville. Mindy Smith, who wrote a similar letter in the same issue, is also an Asheville resident.
Xpress’ coverage of comedy in Asheville is laughable Thanks to the tireless efforts of many local standup comics (some of which write for this very paper’s “Asheville Disclaimer”), we now live in a city where you can go see fantastic local, regional and national comedians every single night of the week. But you wouldn’t know it by reading the Mountain Xpress. I cracked open the Oct. 5 issue and was shocked to see absolutely nothing about Louis CK’s Oct. 7 show at Thomas Wolfe — arguably one of the hottest tickets in town during a jampacked Friday-night entertainment schedule. It disappoints me that so many people are working so hard to make Asheville a destination for live comedy, and yet the Mountain Xpress does so little to expose it to a wider audience. Tonight, I have front-row tickets to see one of the nation’s absolute best standup comedians (the aforementioned Louis CK), at an incredibly affordable price. If that’s not at least a “Smart Bet,” then I don’t know what is. — Ryan Folks Asheville
Look beyond the surface for decision on A-B Tech referendum Of course everyone wants better schools, including Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, but the question is what A-B Tech really needs and whether or not the current referendum is the best way to get it. Unfortunately, several issues have not been publicized. It is assumed and advertised that the sales -tax increase, if approved, is to be spent for A-B Tech, but the Nov. 8 referendum vote for county and city residents does not mention A-B Tech at all! Future commissioners are NOT bound by decisions of past commissioners (remember zoning?) — even though they passed a resolution in August clarifying that the money would
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be used “exclusively for the stated capitalimprovement needs of A-B Tech.” It goes to the General Fund. Why not issue bonds, which can be designated specifically for A-B Tech, instead of [raising] taxes, thus protecting A-B Tech and taxpayers’ money? If taxes are diverted to other causes, we will be left with bills for A-B Tech improvements to be financed with non-voter-approved loans, which are at higher rates than other loans. There is a bill (H.B. 329) in Raleigh to specify that the tax funds be spent on A-B Tech, but Sen. Martin Nesbitt is trying to stop it. Why would he not want a guarantee of where the extra taxes go? Do he and others have different plans for that money? Omitted from the commissioners’ resolution and the referendum are expenses associated with capital improvements. How will faculty, staff, maintenance, insurance and other expenses be paid? With tuition and student-fee increases? Fewer classes? Fewer instructors elsewhere? More taxes? Recently, new A-B Tech President Hank Dunn requested from the Board of Elections that several polling places be set up at A-B Tech, where there usually are none! Is this ethical? The county manager said that funds being used to open all the county (not town and city) polls were raised by private funds with no public money involved. Who are the anonymous donors? How do they plan to benefit from $7 million per year for the next 17 years? One of the “capital improvements” in the plan is a fitness center. Is this really necessary to train students for jobs? They are looking at adjoining land to buy. What else is in their plan? If they really need more classroom space, have they considered the many empty buildings throughout the county? Have they defined their problems well and looked out of the box for solutions? Every private entity and most government entities, including schools, have had to re-think everything in this economy. Why not A-B Tech? While no one wants students at A-B Tech (or anywhere) to be in need of well-kept and wellequipped facilities with good instructors, the current referendum is, at best, poorly thought out and should be postponed until next year. Buncombe County students and voters deserve better. Seems like a school of fishy issues. Get out and Vote “no” on Nov. 8. — Janet Burhoe-Jones Swannanoa
We need universal health care; we need Cecil Bothwell in Congress Last March, I realized everyone’s worst nightmare when a doctor diagnosed my 44-year-old husband, Ben, with a 10 centimeter colo-rectal tumor. Ben had low risk factors. We were stunned and heartbroken. Within two weeks of treatment, we had met our $10,000/year insurance deductible. This could happen to anyone. What if we didn’t have insurance? Ben is selfemployed, and I work for a nonprofit. We pay our monthly insurance premium out-of-pocket, and we struggle to cover it. What will the insurance company do to our already exorbitant insur-
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ance rates? The last question keeps us both awake at night. The Republicans are a heartless bunch when it comes to giving Americans access to universal health care. As they fall over themselves giving tax breaks to the very wealthy, the middle-class and poor are putting off health care, sometimes until it’s too late. Yet, our incumbent Congressman, Heath Shuler, so-called Democrat, voted against the health-care bill too. He also extended tax cuts to the rich. I’ve held my nose and voted for him in the past — but no more. We’re the richest nation on earth. It’s shameful that health care is a luxury for so many Americans. I’m so very thankful that the Obama administration had the decency, compassion and will to promote health care reform. Too bad Shuler has completely failed us all in that quarter. I wish he could put himself in others’ shoes and see how terrifying it is to be faced with financial ruin in the face of a health crisis. Cecil Bothwell is running against Heath Shuler, and he supports single-payer, universal health insurance, via extension of the Medicare system. He’s good people and will do everything it takes to make sure that we can all afford quality health care. — Heather Rayburn Asheville
Forrester, the Klan and Hitler: brothers under the skin? Hate-spewing bigots in churches and politics use the Bible to explain away contempt for certain segments of society — most commonly blacks and homosexuals. Likewise, Adolf Hitler used Mein Kampf to justify the massacre of millions of Jews and homosexuals during his reign of horror. The Ku Klux Klan thumped the Bible over the decades to attract killers, psychos and hangmen. (I should know: I interviewed the Klan’s Grand Dragon, Robert Shelton, when I was a reporter in Wilmington, N.C., in 1965.) Sen. James Forrester and his ilk grasp the Bible to explain their social intolerance, too. Take away their clothes and you may find that Hitler, the Klan, Forrester and company are all brothers under the skin. They all use a book to justify their intolerance. Perhaps if we undesirables moved to Forrester’s hometown of Gastonia he would wave his arms over us undesirables in welcome — but only if we terminated the qualities that he despises. — Jery Tillotson Asheville
We need Jan Davis on Asheville City Council Jan Davis is needed on City Council. He is a thoughtful, fair and strong leader for Asheville. He loves Asheville. He has the ability to listen to all points of view and to respect all parties even when the going gets tough. He has the commitment to lead. He understands the history of the many peoples who make up our community. I admire the way he tackles a hard decision and makes good sense of it. I will vote for Jan Davis. — David G. Nutter Asheville
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WCQS does not deserve license renewal by Fred Flaxman Asheville’s high-power public-radio station, WCQS-FM, has applied to the Federal Communications Commission to renew its license. If granted, it will be eight years before the license comes up for renewal again. So if anyone feels the station hasn’t served the community as well as it should have during the eight-year period that ends Dec. 1, now’s the time to speak up. Same goes for those who are pleased with the station’s record. Let’s take a look at that record. On the plus side, WCQS stands out as the only Asheville-based station broadcasting many hours of classical music every day, some of it presented live or recorded by local musicians. The station also broadcasts NPR news programs, the BBC World Service, weather forecasts throughout the day and limited localnews coverage. It covers the local arts-and-culture scene extensively and provides in-season reports on what’s available at local farmers markets each week. In short, there’s no denying that this public-radio station is very important to our community. But it’s equally clear that, over the last decade, WCQS has not been very responsive to the community it’s licensed to serve. Consider the following evidence, most of which concerns the station’s legally required community advisory board: 1. The station violated federal law for 13 years by not having an active CAB. This is an important way to get community feedback and advice concerning programming and to ensure that the station is meeting the community’s needs. 2. During that period, the station falsely certified each year that it was in compliance with all federal and Corporation for Public Broadcasting regulations in order to obtain CPB grants. 3. Upon investigation, the corporation also found that WCQS was not in compliance with
It’s clear that, over the last decade, WCQS has not been very responsive to the community it’s licensed to serve. other rules and regulations, such as providing adequate public notice of its board meetings. 4. When the violation of federal law was pointed out, the station took a year to put a CAB in place. And to ensure that it wouldn’t be truly independent, as required, the then station manager wrote bylaws stipulating that the board of trustees must approve the CAB’s members and that the group must meet only twice a year — the bare minimum requirement. 5. The CAB is tightly controlled to make sure no critics of the station, its programming or its policies are appointed. I’ve seen no evidence of CAB members’ willingness to criticize the station, either in my email contact with them or at the meetings I’ve attended. 6. As if to prove that WCQS still has no interest in consulting with its community advisory board, its new station manager recently made major, unpopular program decisions — including eliminating all its half-hour weekly local programs — without even informing the CAB until after the fact. 7. No fully independent local producers of radio programming serve on the CAB, and as far as I can tell, the station doesn’t broadcast any such programs. Two producers have told me the station ignored their proposals. Many public-broadcasting stations rightly encourage local independent production, trying out programs locally and, when they’re of national interest, offering to share them through a national network of public broadcasting stations. WCQS doesn’t do this. 8. During my five years here, I’ve received many requests to donate to the station but never a proper listener survey. Using the Internet, this can be easily done at no cost to the station.
WCQS’ failure to do this is one more indication that they’re not interested in the opinions of the public they’re supposed to serve. 9. I’ve seen no evidence that WCQS pays much attention to listener requests in deciding which programs to broadcast. This is yet another indication that the station is run by a clique that’s uninterested in ideas and suggestions originating elsewhere. So does WCQS deserve to have its license renewed? Or should that license, instead, go to a new local public-broadcasting organization that’s truly interested in operating the station legally and is much more responsive to the needs of the community it’s supposed to serve? I’m forming an ad hoc group, Citizens for Responsive Public Radio, which will file a formal petition before the end of this month asking the FCC to deny WCQS’ license-renewal application. The goal is to end up with a better-run, more responsive public-radio station using the same facilities, broadcasting the same superb NPR news programs and improved local programming, but with a new governing board, management and an open-to-all community advisory board. If you agree, please email me at email@example.com and I’ll add your name to the petition. X
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by Jake Frankel Amid continuing tough economic conditions, A-B Tech is asking Buncombe County residents for help. On Nov. 8, voters will weigh in on a quarter-cent sales-tax increase to fund capital improvements that officials say are needed to serve a rapidly growing enrollment at the community college. The proposed hike amounts to 2.5 cents on a $10 purchase. Still, officials estimate it would bring in between $6 million and $7 million a year between now and its slated expiration in 2029. That’s more than $100 million the school hopes to spend on assorted projects, notably a new $55 million Allied Health and Workforce Development Building. Supporters say the improvements would help boost the region’s economy for years to come. Critics maintain that the surcharge would hurt an already weak economy, taking money out of people’s pockets precisely when they need it most. Some have also charged that the timing is designed to minimize voter turnout and that the money won’t necessarily be used for the stated purpose.
Last resort? A-B Tech President Hank Dunn first pitched the referendum to the Buncombe County commissioners at their annual retreat last December, calling it an “investment in local jobs.” In a subsequent letter to County Manager Wanda Greene, Dunn said the money would “expand the capacity of our allied health programs to train employees for one of Western North Carolina’s largest employment sectors.” A-B Tech, the letter noted, “needs help from the community, in that we have infrastructure needs. … We think that the community will ... understand that a strong community college with a strong infrastructure is important for Western North Carolina.” Dunn found a friendly audience on the Board of Commissioners: K. Ray Bailey worked at the school for 42 years (15 as president), and Carol Peterson serves on the board of trustees. In January, the commissioners unanimously approved placing the measure on the November ballot. Since then, Dunn and others have been taking their case to voters, highlighting a projected jump in enrollment from 26,000 to 38,000 by 2020. Enrollment is already up, driven by a surge of people seeking training in a challenging job market. Already, notes Dunn, that demand is overwhelming a campus marked by packed classrooms, aging buildings, leaking roofs, antiquated heating-and-cooling systems and insufficient parking. “You’re left with no great time to ask for a tax increase, but you have great need,” he observes. Under state law, county governments are responsible for funding infrastructure improvements, utilities and maintenance at community colleges. Dunn applauds the commissioners for maintaining the school’s roughly $8 million allocation this year despite major budget strains, adding, “Like most places, there’s not money in this county for the capital needs that we have.”
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Former Buncombe County Republican Party Chair Robert Malt is waging a campaign against the referendum, arguing that raising the sales-tax in these tough economic times will hurt retailers, restaurants and other businesses. photo by jonathan welch Raising tuition isn’t an option, he explains: The General Assembly sets the rates, which are the same for all the state’s community colleges. And though he’s quick to thank the school’s “very generous donors,” Dunn jokes, “We haven’t found our Bill Gates yet … nobody who’s given us $10 million or $20 million at a time.” “This is the thing we were left with,” he concludes. Former Asheville Mayor Lou Bissette, who co-chairs the campaign to get the referendum approved, says: “I don’t think we can afford not to pass this referendum. ... What we need here more than anything else is jobs, and they’re the best avenue I know to finding those jobs.”
Poor timing? Opponents, though, maintain that the harm caused by the added strain at the cash register will outweigh any economic benefits resulting from those capital improvements. “We fully support A-B Tech and what they do for the community. It’s an excellent school, and they provide a good community service,” says Henry Mitchell, chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party.
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“But we’re opposed to any tax increase, especially during these hard economic times.” Buncombe Democrats have not yet taken an official stand, local party Chair Emmet Carney reports, noting, “There would seem to be a lot of support within the party.” Meanwhile, former county GOP Chair Robert Malt has launched a political-action committee, the Sales Tax Opposition Partnership, to wage a grass-roots campaign urging voters to reject the measure. “I think raising taxes in the middle of the second Great Depression is not a swift idea,” he explains. “Right now, the last thing we need to do is take money out of the local economy. Retailers, who are most affected by a sales tax, are struggling. We see restaurants and other businesses in Buncombe County struggling and closing.” Several other N.C. counties are holding similar referendums in November (see box, “The Money Hunt”).
Dueling experts Opinion is also divided on whether the resolution the commissioners approved, which requires that all moneys generated by the tax increase be used for A-B Tech’s capital improvements, is really binding. “What happens if the situation changes and they say, “Well, we intended it, but property values or taxes have gone down and people
can’t pay, or other problems have happened, or our revenues have gone down and our expenses have gone up — because of extraordinary circumstances, we’re going to have to take some or all of that money towards more critical needs?” asks Malt. Kara Millonzi, assistant professor of public law and government at the UNC School of Government, agrees. “As long as the resolution is in place, they must abide by it, but they can change the resolution at any time,” she maintains. “It’s very easy.” Under state law, Millonzi notes, counties holding such referendums are not allowed to specify on the ballot what the money would be used for. Instead, voters will simply be asked whether they’re for or against a “local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25 percent) in addition to all other state and local sales and use taxes.” A September report from the John Locke Foundation, a conservative Raleigh-based think tank, goes further, accusing local officials of misrepresenting the situation. “Promises made by the current county commissioners are not binding on future commissions that would be free to spend the funds on any legal purpose,” author Michael Sanera asserts. “Buncombe County commissioners and the president of A-B Tech, Hank Dunn, have joined forces to hoodwink Buncombe County voters.”
County Attorney Michael Frue disagrees, saying, “That cannot happen, because they’ve tied their hands and bound future commissions by that resolution.” Besides, he continues, “Once this kicks off,” the county would issue certificates of participation to pay for the improvements; the tax revenues would gradually pay off the COPs. “The bonding companies, like banks, are going to have all kinds of requirements and proofs of what that money’s going to be used for,” Frue explains. “So once [the COPs are] issued, it’s essentially ironclad.” Chris Campbell, the college’s attorney, concurs, asserting, “Regardless of how a future commission might feel about it, they’re still going to have to pay that.” Millonzi, however, says, “The sales tax isn’t tied to the borrowing in any way, shape or form. … It’s a little misleading to say they would have to use the sales-tax money to pay back the borrowed funds, because they would be free to use any other revenue source, including property tax.” Unlike general-obligation bonds, COPs do not require voter approval. They also carry a higher interest rate, leading some to question why the county isn’t simply holding a bond referendum. Bailey, however, says that would raise property taxes and would thus end up costing county residents more.
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An economic engine Supporters of the measure cite Linamar Corp.’s recent decision to begin operations here as evidence of A-B Tech’s success as an economic driver. At the June announcement that the auto-parts manufacturer would buy the massive former Volvo plant in Skyland and hire at least 400 workers, Nick Adams, the company’s vice president of global sales, called the school one of the best he’s seen, saying its willingness to coordinate apprenticeship and internship programs was key to the move. “Linamar was on our campus multiple times in the months before that announcement, wanting to know, ‘Do you have the capacity to do the training? Do you have the machinery, do you have the facilities?’” Dunn reports. The proposed sales-tax revenue, he adds, would ensure that A-B Tech can help lure other manufacturers here in the future. Kit Cramer, president of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, echoes that sentiment, saying her organization “only endorsed this campaign after putting Hank Dunn through many, many questions. “We need A-B Tech available for organizations like mine — and the employers we represent — when they need to build skills in order to bring their company here, when people get laid off and need to re-skill in order to find a job,” she explains. “There are so many things outside our control in this economy. This is one that’s in our control.” Mona Cornwell, A-B Tech’s director of community relations and marketing, says the school targets “those middle-skill workers that we hear so much about needing to get the economy back on track.” The nursing and dental-hygiene programs, she reports, are particularly popular. An April study commissioned by the school, notes Cornwell, found that over their working life, graduates holding an associate’s degree earn $9,100 more per year than those with only a high-school diploma. And in the short term, supporters say the measure would pump millions of construction dollars into the local economy.
The money hunt Buncombe County residents aren’t the only ones facing a 0.25 percent sales-tax referendum in November; voters in Durham, Montgomery and Orange counties will confront a similar choice. Earlier this year, voters in Halifax and Cabarrus counties approved comparable tax increases in special singleissue elections. Commissioners in those counties have said they intend to use the money to offset declining property-tax revenue and (in Cabarrus’ case) to help pay off $500 million in existing school debt. Since 2007, when the General Assembly empowered counties to ask voters for the local sales tax, 54 of them have held 78 such referendums. Voters, however, have approved only 19 of those measures, the N.C. Association of County Commissioners reports. One of those elections was held just down the road. On May 6, 2008, Haywood County voters approved the measure by a 56.7 percent margin. But in 18 of the 20 counties holding such referendums that day, voters rejected the tax increase. As promised, the Haywood commissioners have used the approximately $1 million a year in new revenue for capital improvements at Haywood Community College, most notably a new 36,000-square-foot Creative Arts Building. As for A-B Tech’s referendum, says Debra Davis, Haywood Community College’s director of marketing and communications, “They seem to be following pretty much the same avenues we had done. We just stressed that it was a vote for the college. We have so many people in the community that are graduates or who have been impacted by the college. It wasn’t an easy sell, but we had a lot of public support.” — J.F.
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A-B Tech President Hank Dunn has been making the rounds to different groups, touting the community college as an economic driver and pitching the sales-tax increase as an investment in local jobs. photo by jerry nelson
Dirty politics? Economic benefits aside, the timing of the vote has emerged as a major point of contention as election season heats up. “The referendum should be on the ballot during a county election year, not during a municipal election when most county voters won’t come out,” maintains Mike Fryar, a former Republican candidate for commissioner. Malt agrees, saying “They did this for political purposes, because they knew the turnout would be higher in Asheville, which is probably going to be proportionally more supportive. I think it’s dirty politics; I think it’s unethical to schedule a countywide referendum in an off year.” Dunn, however, counters: “That’s a specious argument … because the polls are open. Every single resident is entitled and encouraged to vote.” Bailey adds that the commissioners had other considerations when approving the date. “There’s been some discussion that the General Assembly may do away with the opportunity to hold a referendum on a quarter-cent sales tax,” he explains. “And that’s why you want to go ahead and do it.” Malt also charges that the school has been illegally using taxpayer resources to lobby voters, handing out fliers on campus and posting a link on the school’s home page to a website urging people to support the tax increase. Campbell, however, says those materials as well as faculty’s discussion of the issue are all firmly within the law. “The line,” he explains, “is between advertising and informational material.”
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The courts, says Campbell, “have clearly held that if any public entity is going to be affected by something on the ballot, it has the right to produce informational documents so that the citizens and stakeholders understand. It would almost defy common sense to say that if something political affects a governmental entity it doesn’t have the right to inform the citizenry about how that would affect that particular institution.” The billboards popping up around town and other overt campaign efforts are being funded by private donations to Join Our Buncombe Solution, a legally registered political action committee, says Campbell. And because no candidates for countywide office are on the ballot, the PAC also agreed to pay for staffing polling places that wouldn’t be open Nov. 8 if not for the referendum. Those costs are estimated at $80,000, and though Bissette and others associated with the campaign decline to reveal the total amount raised so far (the next fundraising reports are due Oct. 28), he says it’s “well over” that amount, noting, “We’ve been very successful, and that tells me a lot about the support for A-B Tech in this community.”
Spreading the cost Bissette, a former Chamber of Commerce board chair, parts company with fellow Republicans who oppose the increase. “There’s a lot of activists out there who are very ideological in some way, and they have very strong beliefs that taxes are not the way,” he notes. “But I’ve come to the conclusion that if our community wants to educate our kids and provide jobs, a quarter-cent sales tax is a way to do it. … I know for a fact that there are an awful lot of Republicans in this community that are supporting this referendum.” Besides, he argues, when the state’s 2009 temporary sales-tax increase expired July 1, the rate county residents pay dropped from 7.75 percent to 6.75 percent. So even if the new increase is approved, taxpayers are “getting a 0.75 percent decrease.” Commissioner Bailey, meanwhile, maintains that while those fractions of a penny would collectively make a big difference to his former employer, they wouldn’t affect local spending habits. “Did you notice the difference when they sunsetted the 1 percent?” he asks. “I didn’t. Will people really notice the difference with the one-quarter of a cent? That’s a small amount of money.”
Dolly Horton, A-B Tech’s Dean of Allied Health and Public Service, shows off a crumbling staircase on campus that’s in need of repair. She says that classrooms are overcrowded with students and equipment and that the department is in desperate need of new facilities. photo by jonathan welch The surcharge, he stresses, wouldn’t be levied on key items such as clothing, groceries, medicine and gasoline. The Chamber of Commerce estimates that roughly 30 percent of the additional tax revenue would come from purchases made by people living outside the county. That, says Bailey, is a major reason the commissioners prefer this approach to a bond referendum supported by a property-tax hike. “This spreads the cost not only to the people in the area but also to people who are visiting,” he explains. “We felt like this was a better way and an easier way to do it, and it costs everybody less money.” According to Dunn, the increase would cost the average family of four $40 to $45 per year. Still, Bissette concedes that it’s not the easiest
sell, noting, “Community colleges are at the bottom of the funds ‘food chain.’” And Malt remains firm in his opposition, calling the tax increase “a flawed mechanism or delivery system. I think that’s something everyone should be concerned about, whether they’re for or against funding the projects that A-B Tech says they need.” Bailey, however, says, “I’m confident that the people who have been associated with A-B Tech will come to the polls and vote in favor.” If not, he continues, “It’s going to be a terrible day, because I don’t know where the money would come from.” X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at email@example.com.
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by David Forbes It wasn’t on the agenda, but the Occupy Asheville demonstrators who packed the Asheville City Council chamber on the rainy night of Oct. 11 had a request they wanted met — and pronto. They’d already been camping out at various sites for more than a week. Daily “moving pickets” wound their way through downtown, and general assemblies had been held in Pritchard Park and Pack Square. In solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, the local movement is “broadly criticizing corporate dominance and government corruption,” according to a press announcement. Police had found the protesters “approachable and amenable,” Lt. Wallace Welch told Xpress just before the meeting, adding that they’d been asked not to camp on Wall Street or on federal property. But the lack of a dedicated camping area prompted group representatives to ask Council, during the meeting’s public-comment period, for an exemption from the 10 p.m. curfew so the protesters could camp in the Pack Square Park amphitheater indefinitely. “This has been a model occupation,” said attorney Jennifer Foster. “We’re just asking to waive the 10 p.m. curfew in a portion of the park so as not to interfere with any other permitted activities.” Handing Council a petition containing 350 signatures, Foster contrasted Asheville’s accommodating approach with the police clashes reported in other cities. “We have been peaceful, but the mood of the country is volatile, and there’s a lot of volatility regarding the Asheville Police Department,” she said. “I have been doing everything I can to make sure this stays completely peaceful and nonviolent, and that’s why we are here and we need your help.” Group representative Robert Zachary, meanwhile, asked that “Council see the uniqueness of this event here in Asheville, and what a unique position Asheville can be placed in by the recognition of the freedom to assemble. ... I don’t think the mayor and police have responded here the way they have in some cities, and we want to say thank you.” Zachary also emphasized the need for dialogue. Sounding a similar note, Matthew Bird said: “You have the power to take a proactive step to prevent conflict between the peaceful people of this movement and those responsible for enforcing the ordinance approved by this Council. … Right now, the general assembly has no home base.” Longtime local activist Clare Hanrahan voiced
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Occupying City Hall: Occupy Asheville demonstrators heading toward Asheville City Council chambers. Photo by Jonathan Welch strong support for the move, declaring, “I’ve never witnessed such an assembly. … These are folks sitting down, one with another — it’s what true democracy is about. Something is moving, and it’s moving all over the world, and it’s moving in Asheville.” Asheville-area unions are also backing the demonstrations. “This is a nonviolent group,” Mark Case, president of the local AFL-CIO branch, told Council. “They just want their right to assemble, talk, listen and learn.” Local unions, he added, stood ready to help with logistical support. But even those sympathetic to the demonstra-
tors’ cause had concerns about rewriting city policy “on the fly,” as Council member Gordon Smith put it. Council member Esther Manheimer, noting that other groups had already reserved the park for upcoming dates, suggested assigning the protesters another spot, such as the Public Works Building’s parking lot. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” she remarked. “We’re not beggars!” the crowd shouted back, as Mayor Terry Bellamy banged the gavel. “I think we’re all sympathetic to the cause; I think we sense a movement you’re very commit-
“Beggars can’t be choosers.” — Council member Esther Manheimer on assigning Occupy Asheville demonstrators a camping place
“We’re not beggars!” — crowd response
ted to,” said Council member Jan Davis. “The park was never designed as an overnight camping spot,” he continued, adding, “We want to be helpful.” Vice Mayor Brownie Newman said: “I have a lot of support, especially, for the concerns about inequality in our country. But these are First Amendment issues, and we wrestle with them a lot as a council.” Local government, said Newman, should be wary of changing rules too quickly, because “It will have to be for anyone, not just organizations that share your political views.” “We’ve gone to a lot of effort to develop the rules for our public parks,” he continued. “I’d like to see people from city government talk with your people about this and see if we can reach a resolution. I’m not comfortable discarding all the public policies we’ve had.” For her part, the mayor didn’t want Council voting on something that wasn’t on the agenda — meaning members of the public not affiliated with Occupy Asheville wouldn’t have a chance to weigh in, and staff and City Council would have little time to consider the ramifications. Council directed staff to find the protesters a temporary camping site until a vote on a permanent one could be held at the next meeting on Oct. 25. “There has to be public comment,” said Bellamy. “Indeterminate length is certainly an issue, but the reality is people are sleeping on the sidewalk,” Smith told the crowd. “But while we don’t want to drag our feet, I also don’t think we want to jump in with both feet until we’ve considered all the issues. I want to see this continue well, but we need time to go through our process.” “This is what happens when we wing it,” he added later. “It can be ugly.” “This is what democracy looks like,” someone replied. After the meeting, Foster told the assembled media representatives, “Government needs to be responsive: We can’t wait two weeks.” Following the meeting, Occupy Asheville demonstrators held a general assembly on the steps of City Hall. Some camped, but when police asked them disperse at 10 p.m., they did. On Oct. 13, city staff and Occupy Asheville agreed to a camping spot under the Lexington Avenue overpass. In tweets, however, some demonstrators expressed dissatisfaction with the spot, calling the agreement “tentative.”
Community-media contract scrapped After local public-access channel URTV collapsed earlier this year amid funding disputes with Buncombe County, the city of Asheville put out a request for proposals in connection with a three-year, $120,000 community-media contract, with the county putting up half the money.
Various local entities applied, and last month, city staff scored all the projects, winnowing the list to two finalists: Mountain Xpress and Ponderwell, a local web-development company. A separate evaluation panel gave Ponderwell’s proposal (for a local hub where citizens could submit and edit news content) the higher score, and city staff recommended awarding it the contract. But City Council apparently didn’t find either proposal sufficiently convincing. Council member Cecil Bothwell said the evaluation process “seemed pretty squishy” and the criteria “amorphous.” “I’m still not comfortable we got what we set out for initially,” continued Bothwell, saying he’d hoped to see proposals involving more economic development and training. “What I’m seeing in these two proposals is more of an aggregator function for community media, which is already happening on blogs all over,” he noted. “It seems very similar to the way Mountain Xpress does news now, with a constant flow of information and citizen journalism. It feels like we’re funding something that’s already happening.” Smith noted similar concerns, adding that he worries about government funding a private media organization “and blurring those estates.” Ponderwell representative Amie Tracey defended the proposal, explaining, “What we want to do isn’t just a website that puts together things from other sites. What’s really important to us is to create a system to get people involved in community journalism who have never been involved before.” Former URTV producer Dr. Milton Byrd, meanwhile, argued that URTV had done everything the city now said it was looking for. “There was a strong voice for the people, and it was stopped,” asserted Byrd. Council members unanimously voted not to award the contract; the allocated money will return to the city’s general fund.
Divided In other business, City Council narrowly approved rezoning a vacant lot on Waneta Street in Montford. The 4-3 vote supports subdividing the parcel; Bellamy joined Davis and Manheimer on the losing end. Proponents called it a reasonable compromise that would help provide affordable housing; critics (including the Montford Neighborhood Association) said it would open the door to excessive density. Because it was a conditional zoning request, the matter must return for a second reading and vote at Council’s Oct. 25 meeting. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Did you vote? Volunteer Wilma Martineau at Stephens-Lee dispenses “I Voted” stickers to the few who cast ballots in Asheville’s Oct. 11 primary. Photo by Jonathan Welch On a rainy primary Tuesday, Asheville voters came out in record-low numbers, handing candidates Marc Hunt, Chris Pelly and Lael Gray the most votes while eliminating Tim Peck and TJ Thomasson from the City Council race. Only 10.07 percent of the city’s 64,989 registered voters — a new low — showed up at the polls Oct. 11, but Hunt, Pelly and Gray opened up considerable leads. Incumbent Jan Davis finished fourth, about 500 votes behind Gray. Mark Cates came in fifth, with Saul Chase a distant sixth. Hunt did well in the downtown and western precincts; Pelly, a longtime east Asheville community leader and activist, had his strongest showing there. Gray carried Montford, her home neighborhood, while Davis won precincts on the outskirts of the city and Cates took part of south Asheville. In a relatively unusual development for city races, the Sierra Club and People Advocating Real Conservancy not only endorsed Hunt, Pelly and Gray but actively campaigned for them. PARC also launched an attack ad against Cates, highlighting his past connections with the Asheville Tea Party. After visiting 25 precincts during that soggy day, Hunt met with supporters and volunteers in the evening at Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Coxe Avenue to watch the votes roll in. Despite receiving the most votes
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The results Registered Voters 64,989 Ballots Cast 6,546 Voter Turnout 10.07 % Marc Hunt 22.37 % / 3,902 votes Chris Pelly 21.70 % / 3,784 votes Lael Gray 20.33 % / 3,545 votes Jan Davis 17.07 % / 2,978 votes Mark Cates 10.25 % / 1,787 votes Saul Chase 3.95 % / 689 votes Tim Peck 2.32 % / 404 votes TJ Thomasson 2.02 % / 352 votes
of any candidate (22.37 percent of the total), he told Xpress that it guarantees nothing. “It’s not over,” said Hunt. “We’ve seen in past City Council elections that things can change dramatically from the primary to the general election. I think there is a challenge, and I feel challenged to work really hard to make sure my message continues to flow.” He believes his message of finding commonalities instead of differences is what’s resonating with voters. “I’ve continually said that, with the variety of political interests in our community, we have more in common than meets the eye. We can start with what we agree on, what we know to be good for this community … and build from there,” Hunt pointed out. “I’d like to think that we can move forward with electing three great members of City Council [who] can work together.” Reached by phone, Pelly touted his showing in east Asheville and said his campaign’s themes had found broad appeal. “It’s always good when you’re strongest where they know you best,” noted Pelly. “The campaign theme of ‘Neighborhoods United,’ of people working together to articulate a vision, is something that I’ve tried to do, and I think that message resonated pretty well. Some of the other candidates didn’t really put forward a vision of the future, of what they wanted to do.”
He added that his emphasis on sidewalks and infrastructure improvements tapped a citywide concern. Later that evening, Gray, surrounded by a knot of supporters at Asheville Pizza and Brewing on Merrimon Avenue, said that despite having been up since 4 a.m., she was excited about the results. “I’m so happy,” she exclaimed. “I’m just thinking about the possibilities of the future; it’s very thrilling.” Going into the general election, said Gray, “I’m going to be working like crazy to communicate the things I care about, get to as many voters as I can.” She added, however, that she was troubled by the low turnout, vowing, “We can do better.” Davis, too, was dismayed by the poor turnout, saying, “I suspect the weather had a lot to do with it — probably apathy.” He also reported said he was “a little disappointed, but not terribly surprised,” by his fourth-place showing. “I thought that the slate that was put forward, which was the three candidates that were in front of me, had some momentum that I didn’t have,” Davis explained. “I think I was pretty squarely in the cross hairs of PARC — they took an ad out in the newspaper and did some things like that. They may have cost me some votes.” Heading into the Nov. 8 general election, he acknowledged, “I’m going to have to work a little harder to get out the votes that we obviously didn’t get out. … We’ll probably do more mailers, more media. Just being a little more engaged.” But ultimately, as an incumbent, Davis says he’ll be running on his record, which “might appeal to some people, and it may not to others. … It will be up to me to resonate well with the people that come out to vote. I’m not sure there’s a magic to it.” Cates, meanwhile, brushed off the impact of PARC’s campaign to portray him as a tea-party Republican. “Detractors are always going to do their thing; I’m not worried about it. For me, it’s about jobs,” he said. “It’s jobs before anything else: That is what the next month is going to be about.” And despite having collected only 352 votes — the lowest total of any candidate — Thomasson said he was happy with the results, considering it was his first bid for elective office. “I’m glad I was able to get as many votes as I did with one of the smallest budgets of anyone running,” he pointed out, adding that he’s now endorsing Hunt, Pelly and Gray. “I think we really need to get behind those three, and I hope all of my supporters will go out and vote for them in November. I plan on volunteering, attending the forums and doing what I can to help those three candidates get elected.” — by Jake Frankel, David Forbes and Caitlin Byrd
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a local financial expert will discuss strategies for small business owners, individuals, and families for the upcoming tax season. Trust and Estate Planning Basics (pd.) October 25th, 2011. Hilton at Biltmore Park 8:30am – 10am. Free to the public, breakfast will be provided. Register at: http:// trustandestates.eventbrite. com or call 828-771-2440. Attorney Ryan J. Beadle will be speaking on how to maximize trust and estate planning opportunities. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: www.ashevilleart.org or 253-3227. • FR (10/21), noon-1pm - “Behind the Scenes of the Museum” will be presented as part of the Lunchtime Art Break series. Free with membership or admission. Career Fair and Graduate School Day • TH (10/27), 1-4pm - A career and graduate school fair will be offered in WCU’s University Center Grand Room. Chyten Tutors and Test Prep • TH (10/20), 6-8pm - This free presentation covers college admissions basics, creating a college list and finding the right resources. Recommended for high school sophomores and juniors, along with parents. Info, location and registration: 505-2495. Community Walk to Prevent Suicide • SA (10/22), 10am - Out of the Darkness Community Walk to Prevent Suicide will be held at Mountain Heritage High School, Burnsville. Sponsored by S.O.S. (Survivors of Suicide support group) and the American Foundation to Prevent Suicide. Registration begins at 9am. Info: www.outofthedarkness.org. Energy, Replicators and Starships • MO (10/24), 7pm - “Recent physics discoveries allow the creation of
technology that can access unlimited energy, resources and development of superluminal starships. Explore a post 2012 vision with Adam Apollo, where science-fiction technologies transform human life.” Held at UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Info and registration: adamapollo.info. Events at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 298-3325. • TU (10/25), 5:45-6:45pm - Ahmad Amara will present “State of Palestine: A Goal Too Far?” for the Muslim Awareness Project. Held in the Mierke Dining Room. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Green Trivia Night • WE (10/19), 5:45pm - Green Home Trivia Hour, hosted by the WNC Green Building Council. Questions will cover general knowledge; expertise not needed. Bring a team, or go solo. Prizes awarded. Held at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Mars Hill College Events Info: www.mhc.edu. • TU (10/25), 6:30-8:30pm - Tricia Shapiro presents “Mountain Justice,” a program on mountaintop removal in West Virginia and efforts to oppose the destruction of that landscape. Mindful Transition to Parenthood • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - This program teaches expectant parents how to be happy as partners and parents. Group includes mindfulness and meditation training to strengthen your relationship, assist in childbirth and facilitate mindful parenting. Held at Family to Family, 207 Charlotte St. Free. Info: www.lauragambrel.com. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (10/21), 11:25am - “World War One and the Russian Revolution,” presented by Teddy Uldricks, professor of history, in UNCA’s Lipinsky
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wed Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 5:45 p.m. Questions will cover general knowledge and no expertise is needed. Bring a team, or go solo. Info: wncgbc.org.
The UNCA music department presents an evening of jazz, featuring numerous student
thur combos under the direction of William Bares and Brian Felix, on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 7:309 p.m. at the university’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: music.unca.edu/calendar-events.
Award-winning TIME magazine photojournalist Diana Walker visits Flat Rock for a presentation about her work in the White House entitled “Public and Private... Twenty Years of Photographing the Presidency” on Friday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Held at Blue Ridge Community College’s Bo Thomas Auditorium, 180 West Campus Drive. Info: blueridgehumane.org.
Still undecided about the upcoming elections? Learn more about the candidates for Asheville City Council as West Asheville Watch hosts a candidate forum at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulpher Springs Road, on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 1-4 p.m. Info: avl.mx/5m.
Dress your four-legged friends in their spookiest garb and head to “Dog-O-Ween” at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 31 Glendale Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4-9 p.m. The event will feature treats, games, a haunted house and a costume contest for dogs and their owners. Info: bwar.org. Struggling to bring your novel to life? Check out “Creating Memorable Characters,” a writing
mon seminar hosted by the Black Mountain Mountain Public Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., on Monday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Info: bit.ly/nH35hU.
Take a closer look at the life of an iconic writer as Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway, hosts a screening of The Day Carl Sandburg Died on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Film runs Friday, Oct. 21 though Thursday, Oct. 27. Info and times: flatrockcinema.com or 697-2463.
Auditorium. Info: www. humanities.unca.edu. —- 11:25am - “Film,” presented by Charles McKnight, associate professor of music, in UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: www.humanities. unca.edu. • MO (10/24), 11:25am Humanities Lecture: “Greek City-States and Greek Tragedy,” with Sophie Mills, chair and professor of classics. Held in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: humanities.unca.edu. — 11:25am - Humanities Lecture: “Reformations,” with Bill Spellman, professor of history. Held at Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: humanities.unca.edu. • TH (10/27), 7:30pm - “Stealing the Past: Collectors and Museums of the 21st Century,” with Richard Leventhal, University of Pennsylvania professor of anthropology and curator of the American Section at Penn Museum. Held at Ramsey Library. Info: email@example.com or 251-6290. SciGirls
• TU (10/25), 6-8pm - Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program titled “Blowin’ in the Wind - Wind Energy Engineering for Work.” Held at the Transylvania County 4-H office, 98 E. Morgan Street, Brevard. $10/student and all girls ages 9-14 are eligible. Program details, specific hours and registration: www.pari.edu. “The State of Reproductive Health” • WE (10/26), 5:30-7pm - Join Planned Parenthood Action Fund for a panel discussion on the impact of this year’s legislative session on reproductive health in North Carolina. The panel will feature N.C. State Representatives Susan Fisher and Patsy Keever. Held at Rumbaugh House, 49 Zillicoa St., Asheville. Twenty Years of Photographing the Presidency • FR (10/21), 5:30pm - Award-winning TIME magazine White House photojournalist Diana Walker will present “Public and Private…Twenty
Years of Photographing the Presidency” at the Bo Thomas Auditorium of Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock. $10/$2 students. Info: www.blueridgehumane.org.
Social & SharedInterest Groups Alpha Phi Alumnae • WE (10/19), 6pm Asheville area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way in Biltmore Village. Info: eleanorwater1@ yahoo.com. Asheville Toastmasters • THURSDAYS, 6:157:30pm - If you’ve been thinking about improving your communication skills, Asheville Toastmasters is for you. Newcomers welcome; no pressure to speak. Held at Denny’s, 1 Regent Park Blvd. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bearfootin’ Art Display Auction • SA (10/22), noon3:30pm - Bearfootin’ Art
Display luncheon and auction will be held in the Historic Courthouse, Main St., Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. Bingo Night • THURSDAYS, 9pm12:30am - Hug Buzzards Dirty Bingo will be held at the Dirty South Lounge, 70 W. Walnut St. Info: http:// avl.mx/5r. Bus Tour • TH (10/20), 11:45am2pm - A tour of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, hosted by RiverLink, will depart from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. Lunch provided. $15/free for members. Info: www.riverlink.org. CLOSER Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors, providing entertainment, education and fellowship. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library of All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. Coupon Class
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• MO (10/24), 5-6pm - A coupon-cutting class will be held at the Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. $10. Info: nicole2k@aol. com or 456-9207. Cribbage Group • MONDAYS, 6pm - Meets at Earth Fare Westgate for friendly game playing. All skill levels welcome. Info: 254-3899. Golden LEAF Foundation • WE (10/19), 1-3:30pm - An open forum will focus on the Golden LEAF Foundation’s Community Assistance Initiative. Held at the Yancey County Library, 321 School Circle, Burnsville. Info: pcabe@ goldenleaf.org or 888-6848404. Henderson County Heritage Museum Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: www.hendersoncountymuseum.org or 694-1619. • Through FR (12/30) - An exhibit of Civil War artifacts will feature military weaponry and uniforms. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/ vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: www.ncarboretum.org or 665-2492. • Through MO (1/2), 10am4pm - “Sustainable Shelter” will feature scale models and interactive computer games to investigate how humans can green their homes. $3/$2 students. Wine Tasting/Cheese Party • TH (10/20), 7-8:30pm - Join other opera lovers for a wine tasting/cheese party at the Wine Studio of Asheville, 169 Charlotte St. Entertainment provided. Hosted by the Asheville Lyric Opera Guild. $20. Info: email@example.com. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • FR (10/21) through SU (10/23) - Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. $3. • FR (10/21) through SU (10/23) - Fall Harvest Days will feature crafters, demonstrations, farm tools and antique tractor pulls. $8/children under 12 free. • WE (10/26) - Oasis Shrine Circus. WNC Fiber Folk Group • THURSDAYS, noon-1pm - The WNC Fiber Folk Group will meet at WCU’s Bardo
Fine and Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Cullowhee. Info: ddrury@ wcu.edu or 227-2553. WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility • FR (10/21), 12:302pm - A meeting of WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility will be held at a private home. Directions: www.wncpsr. org. Women for Women Community Forum • TH (10/27), 5:30-7:30pm - The Budget and Tax Center will host an open conversation about the community and sustainability at the YWCA Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 277-8554. Workers Rights Workshop • TH (10/20), 6-8pm “Protecting Workers Rights in a Time of Economic Crisis” will be presented at the CWA Union Hall, 210 Haywood Road. Info: vicki@justeconomicswnc. org or 505-7466.
Campaign Calendar Campaign Education Tool • A free Asheville City Council Candidate Survey Response and Voter Guide is available from Children First/CIS. Guide includes candidates’ answers to questions on child poverty, school achievement, transportation and affordable housing. Info: www. childrenfirstbc.org. Candidate Forum • TH (10/20), 6-8pm - The Asheville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host a City Council candidates’ forum. Held at the YWCA of Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: email@example.com or 230-0502. One-Stop Voting • TH (10/20) through SA (11/5), 1pm - One-stop voting. See www.sboe.state. nc.us for locations. West Asheville Watch Candidate Forum • SA (10/22), 1-4pm - West Asheville Watch will host candidates for Asheville City Council at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road. Info: http://avl.mx/5m.
Seniors & Retirees Fall Festival for Seniors • TH (10/20), 9am-2:30pm - A fall festival for seniors will be held at the Broyhill Chapel, Mars Hill College,
100 Athletic St. $15 includes lunch/$10 by Oct. 13. Info: smcleskey@mhc. edu or 689-1299. Gastrointestinal Problems Q&A • FR (10/21), 11:30am - “Fab Friday: Common Gastrointestinal Problems for Seniors” will be offered in UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. Waynesville Recreation Center Located at 550 Vance St. in Waynesville. Info: 456-2030 or recoutdoorprograms@ townofwaynesville.org. • TH (10/20), noon-1pm - A covered dish luncheon for seniors will take place at the Waynesville Recreation Center. $5/free for members.
Animals Asheville Humane Society’s Yappy Hour Proceeds support Asheville Humane Society. Info: 2363885 or www.ashevillehumane.org. • TH (10/20), 4-7pm Dogs and their owners are invited to mingle and meet some pooches ready for adoption. Held at Biltmore Park, in front of Trevinia restaurant, 264 Thetford St. $5. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: www.bwar.org or 5053440. • SA (10/22), noon-5pm Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will host a National Pitbull Awareness Day celebration with games, music, trainers and adoptable pitbulls. Held at Carrier Park, 500 Amboy Road. • SU (10/23), 4-9pm - Dog-O-Ween will feature treats, games, a haunted house and costume contest for dogs and their owners. Held at BWAR’s adoption center, 31 Glendale Ave. • TH (10/27), noon2:30pm - A benefit lunch will be held at Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, 125 South Lexington Ave. $20. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Brother Wolf. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: www.communitypartnershipforpets.org or 6935172. • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am2pm - Vouchers for free and low-cost spay/neuter services will be available to Henderson County residents at Tractor Supply Company,
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Business Calendar for October 19 - 27, 2011 Corporate Wellness Programs (pd.) Affordable. Uniquely designed to employee needs. Increase productivity and worker satisfaction. Reduce time away from work and insurance costs. Pilates, Human Ergonomics, Running and Walking programs. (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com Design Professionals Forum (pd.) October 28th, 2011 Lioncrest at Biltmore. 8am – 3:30pm, Tickets: $130/person. Register at: http://designproforumasheville.eventbrite.com or call 828-771-2440. Legal, financial and investment professionals will discuss the best strategies for design professionals in the upcoming year. Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Info and registration: www. arts2people.org or info@ arts2people.org. • The Arts2People Artist Resource Center seeks instructors with business management skills. Classes are geared towards creative professionals. Info: info@ arts2people.org or www. ashevillearc.com. 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. Offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., room 259. Seminars are held at A-B Tech’s Small Business Center, room 2046. Free for veterans. Info: www.ashevillescore.org. • SA (10/22), 9:30am12:30pm - “What you don’t know can really hurt you.” $30. Info: www.ashevillescore.org/Employment-Law. htm Land of Sky Chapter Meeting • TH (10/27), 5:45pm “Building a Service-Oriented Business Culture,” by Missy Cunningham, will be presented at Arden First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3839 Sweeten Creek
Technology Free Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org. • MONDAYS, 12:15pm - Mac OSX Basics. • TUESDAYS, 12:15pm - iPhoto Basics. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:15pm - iPad Basics. • THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS, 12:15pm - Advanced/paid classes (see website for schedule).
Food Meet the Brewer Night • TH (10/20), 6pm - Meet the Brewer Night will feature Paul Philippon from DuckRabbit Brewery at Pack’s Tavern, 20 South Spruce St. Info: www.packstavern. com. Venture Local • TH (10/27), 1-6pm - Venture Local, a forum focused on local entrepreneurship opportunities across WNC, will take place at the Renaissance Hotel, 1 Woodfin Street. $20. Info: www.venturelocalwnc.com.
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8:30am or 9:30am. $65 for 6 weeks. (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com Family Nature Scavenger Hunt • SA (10/22), 1-4pm - A family-friendly scavenger hunt will depart from the French Broad River Park Gazebo. Free. Registration required. Info: joy@wnca. org or 258-8737. Lake James State Park N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728. • FR (10/21) and SA (10/22), 9am - A birdwatching expedition will depart from the Paddy’s Creek Area office. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. • SU (10/23), 3pm “Beaver Tales” will discuss North America’s largest rodent. Meet at the Catawba River Area office.
Eco Free Trees • Through SA (12/10) - The Arbor Day Foundation will offer free trees to individuals who join the Arbor Day Foundation as part of the Trees for America campaign. Info: wnelson@ arborday.org or 888-4487337. Greenway Planning Meeting • TH (10/20), MO (10/24), TH (10/27), 5:30-7:30pm - A planning meeting for Buncombe County’s future greenways will be held at various locations. Info: lucy. crown@buncombecounty. org or 250-4260. N.C. Arboretum Events
The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/ vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: www.ncarboretum.org or 665-2492. • Through MO (1/2) - The Home Green Home exhibit will feature animal shelters, insect hives and nests. “Reclaiming Hemlocks and Firs: A Symposium” • WE (10/26), 9am-5pm - The Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests will host a symposium on host resistance research to the hemlock and balsam woolly adelgids, presented in layman’s terms, at the Haywood County Extension Center, 589 Raccoon Road # 118 in Waynesville. Free. Registration required: www. threatenedforests.org.
Gardening Mulch Giveaway • Through SA (10/22) - Free mulch will be available to Hendersonville residents at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 139 Balfour Road, Hendersonville. Call for times. Info: 697-3084. 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 www.buyappalachian.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 8-11am - Stecoah Tailgate Market,
121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. —- 8am-noon - Transylvania Tailgate Market, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets in downtown Brevard. —- 2-6pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6pm - Montford Farmers Market, Asheville Chamber of Commerce parking lot. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 2:306:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, behind the yellow community center on Weaverville Highway. • THURSDAYS, 10am2pm - Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, at the back entrance of Mission Hospital’s Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. —3-6pm - Flat Rock Tailgate Market, in the parking area behind Cherry Cottage and next to Hubba Hubba Smoke House along Little Rainbow Row. • FRIDAYS, 4-7pm Riceville Tailgate Market, Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot, at the corner of Beverly and Tunnel Roads. • SATURDAYS, 8am-noon - Transylvania Tailgate Market, on the corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets in downtown Brevard. —- 9am-noon - Big Ivy Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on Highway 197. —- 9am-noon - Black Mountain Tailgate Market, 130 Montreat Road.
—- 8am-noon - North Asheville Tailgate Market, at UNCA (take W.T. Weaver Boulvard and follow signs). —- 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street. —- 9am-1pm Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market, at the corner of Highway 213 and Park Street. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Greenlife Sunday Market, at the Greenlife Grocery parking lot. —- noon-4pm Marshall Farmers Market, on the island in downtown Marshall. • TUESDAYS, 3:306:30pm - West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Road, in the parking area between Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank.
Health Programs ADHD? • Gym Class For The Brain (pd.) Tuesdays, 7pm8pm, Chestnut Street. Improve your ability to relax while staying focused. • Gentle exercises from Tai Chi, Brain Gym and Chi Kung. Bruce Stewart (828) 450-4962. Bruce@ SkillfulDecisions.com Are You Trying To Force Yourself To Change? (pd.) Emotional Brain Training (EBT) is a structured program that addresses the Emotional Root Cause of using Food, Alcohol/Drugs, Overspending, Overworking to feel pleasure, numb
out, and/or comfort and soothe ourselves. • Create a healthy lifestyle that promotes self compassion, brain health and grounded joy. Call 231-2017 or empowering.solutions@ yahoo.com or visit website: www.ebt.org Park Ridge Health (pd.) Free Health Screenings with the Park Ridge Health WOW Van: Free Cholesterol Screenings Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. Thursday, October 20, CVS 8-11a. m., 3450 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher Free EKG and Blood Pressure Wednesday, October 26, Dollar Tree 1-4 p.m., Highland Square Drive, Hendersonville Wellness Classes and Events Wellness Seminar: “Surviving the Onslaught of Holiday Food” Wednesday, October 26, Noon - 1 p.m. Free In the Duke Room at Park Ridge Health - Julie Palmer, Wellness Educator. Julie will provide a tool box of methods to prevent overeating and weight gain at holiday parties, and family gatherings. No lunch will be served, feel free to bring your lunch from the Park Ridge Café and learn while you eat. Pre-registration is required by October 19. Please contact Haley Donaldson at 828.687.5643 or haley. email@example.com “Full
Plate Lifestyle” Class Series Thursdays, October 27 through December 22, noon – 1 p.m. In the Burchard Conference Room, First Floor of Park Ridge Health The “Full Plate Diet” is a weight loss program developed by leading health-care professionals and behavioral specialists through the Lifestyle Center of America®. The Park Ridge Wellness team has re-named it the “Full Plate Lifestyle.” We understand that diets usually work for most people, but they tend to be a quick-fix that is short sighted and focused on a number on the scale. We also understand the word lifestyle invites real change. This is not about how many pounds you lose. It is about the good habits you create, which in turn result in weight loss and decreases in hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Cost of $40 covers the whole series and materials. Pre-registration is required by October 20. Please contact Haley Donaldson at 828.687.5643 or haley.donaldson@ahss. org Free Support Groups Henderson County Stroke/ Aphasia Support Group Thursday, October 20 (3 p.m.) - Park Ridge Home Health office 895 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher Support group offered to stroke survivors coping with an aphasia disorder and for other individuals diagnosed with aphasia. Caregivers, family, and friends are encouraged to participate as well.
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Communication (NVC), Radical Honesty, and Somatic Awareness. Learn to stay centered in any situation, be flexible without being submissive, and more. $120/8-session class in Asheville with Steve Torma, 828-254-5613. http://www.theREALcenter. org Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: www.malaprops.com or 254-6734. • WE (10/26), 7-8:30pm - Coach Rudy will offer a presentation about understanding Adult ADHD. Free. Info: www.ADHDasheville. com. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www. pardeehospital.org or 6924600. • TH (10/20), 10:3011:30am - A demonstration of breast self-examinations will be offered on silicone models. Free gift and door prizes. • FR (10/21), 1:30-3pm - Tips for creating your own personal health record. • SA (10/22), 1-3pm - A workshop to help participants better understand power of attorney. Bring proof of identification. Registration required. • MONDAYS through (11/28), 6-8:30pm - A 12week class for caregivers and family members of those with mental illness. Info: 1-888-955-NAMI. • TH (10/27), 12:30-2pm - Exercise 101 will discuss how to start or re-energize your exercise routine. —6-8:30pm - The Infant Care Class will teach the basics of infant care. High Intensity Laser Therapy Info Session • TH (10/20), 5:30-6:15pm - A High Intensity Laser Therapy information session will be offered at Fairview Chiropractic Center, 2 Fairview Hills Drive. Info and registration: www.fairviewdc.com or 628-7800. Medicare Enrollment Class • Through MO (10/24) Medicare enrollment classes will be offered at area libraries during the month of October. Call for dates and locations: 277-8288. Medicare Update Class • TH (10/27), 3-5pm - A Medicare Update
Class focusing on bringing Medicare beneficiaries up-to-date information for 2012 will take place at the Barnardsville Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville. Free. Nutrition 101 • MONDAYS, 5:15-6:15pm - This weekly course covers the fundamentals of nutrition. Topics include eating healthy on a budget, smart food choices wherever you are and what the food industry is not telling you. Held at Blitmore Premier FItness, 711 Biltmore Ave. $7. Info: www.purelivingstrengthandnutrition.com or 617-407-5261. Paths to Wholenesss • WE (10/26), 6-7:30pm - A class on wholeness and integrative health care techniques will be offered at Owen Heart Center Theater, Mission Hospital Heart Tower Building, 509 Biltmore Ave. $10. Info: www.Missionhospitals. org/WHOLE. Reduced Gym Fee for Breast Cancer Awareness Month • Through (10/31) - The joining fee for Curves gym will be waved with proof of mammogram or a $25 donation to breast cancer research. Offered at 99 Edgewood Road in Asheville, 16 H Regent Park Blvd. in Asheville, 142 Joel Wright Drive in Hendersonville and 2270 Hendersonville Road in Arden. Info: www.curves. com. Stress Management Class • WE (10/19), 6-7:30pm - A class on stress management and “stress hardiness” will be offered at Owen Heart Center Theater, Mission Hospital Heart Tower Building, 509 Biltmore Ave. $10. Info: www.Missionhospitals. org/WHOLE. The Emotion Project • TU (10/25), 6pm - The Emotion Project, a mental health advocacy presentation, will take place at Mountain Area Health Education Center, 121 Hendersonville Road. $10 suggested donation. Info: www.namiwnc.org or 5057353. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 8918700 or www.unitync.net. • WE (10/19), 7-9pm - “The New Alcoholism Story” will explore the
genetic causes of alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling and other addictions. Virtual Dementia Tour • TH (10/20), 12:302:30pm - A “virtual dementia tour” will be offered at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Highway. Info: 230-3885. Weight Management NonSurgical Info Session 1st WEDNESDAYS, 11amnoon & 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:45pm - A non-surgical info session will be held at Mission Weight Management Center, 2 Medical Park Drive, Suite 102 in Asheville. Info: www. missionmd.org/weightmanagement or 213-4100.
Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: www. adultchildren.org. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 9898075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Open big book study. Info: 9898075. • MONDAYS, 7pm “Generations” meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm - An Al-Anon meeting for women will be held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Al-Anon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Parents of Children with Alcoholism,” West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • FRIDAYS, 12:30pm - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 8pm - “Lambda,” Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St.
• SATURDAYS, 10am - “Grace Fireside,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 10am - “Saturday Serenity,” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte Street at Macon Avenue. —- noon “Courage to Change,” Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - AlAnon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 6pm - “Attitude of Gratitude,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 7pm - Meeting at First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. • TUESDAYS, 9:45am - “Serenity Through Courage and Wisdom,” St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill, Arden. —- 5:30pm - “Steps to Recovery,” Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. —- 7pm - “One Day at a Time,” First Congregational, 20 Oak St. Center for New Beginnings • 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - A support group for those who have lost a loved one through a traffic accident, murder or crimerelated death will meet at Center for New Beginnings, 34 Wall St., Suite 802. Facilitated by Tom Parks and Lori Gerber, MS. Free. Info: 989-9306. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous • THURSDAYS, 7:30pm - Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will meet at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 9893227. GriefShare GriefShare features nationally recognized experts in grief-and-recovery support and meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road. Info: 253-7301 or michael.lee@ calvaryasheville.com. • SUNDAYS, 3pm GriefShare group meeting. Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm-9pm - A meeting of Magnetic
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Minds, the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, provides support, information and advocacy for those with mood disorders. Friends and family welcome. Held at 1314F Patton Ave. Info: 318-9179. MemoryCaregivers Network Support for caregivers of loved ones who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Info: 645-9189 or 2304143. • 4th TUESDAYS, 1-3pm - Meeting at Weaverville First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St. 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 S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6pm - A support group for men. Overcomers Recovery Support Group for Ladies • TUESDAYS, 7pm - This Christian-based, 12-step recovery program provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: 5752003. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 329-1637. • THURSDAYS, noon Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 2981899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks and Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church,
2567 Asheville Highway. Info: (800) 580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amnoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. S-Anon • WENESDAYS - S-Anon is a 12-step recovery program for partners, family and friends of sexaholics. Meetings held weekly in the WNC area. Call confidential voicemail or email for information: 258-5117 or email@example.com. Sexaholics Anonymous • DAILY - A 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Daily Asheville meetings. Call confidential voicemail 237-1332 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-stepbased recovery program meets at 20 Oak St. Info: www.slaafws.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. WNC Brain Tumor Support Welcomes family as well as the newly diagnosed and longer-term survivors. Info: 691-2559 or www. wncbraintumor.org. • 3rd THURSDAYS, 6:158pm - WNC Brain Tumor Support Group will meet at MAHEC Biltmore Campus, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville.
Volunteering Adopt-a-Greenway • The public is invited to adopt a greenway. Options include Hominy Creek Park east to Carrier Park and Karen Cragnolin Park to French Broad River Park along Amboy Road. Info: email@example.com or 252-8474. Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc.org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks adult mentors for bi-monthly outings. Activities are free or lowcost. Volunteers are also needed to mentor 1 hr./wk.
in schools and after-school programs. Information session: Oct. 25 at noon. Center for New Beginnings • The Center for New Beginnings seeks volunteers for community awareness and services for crime victims and survivor’s of traffic fatalities, suicides and other death-related incidents. Info: contact@centerfornb. org or 989-9306. Children First/CIS Children First/CIS is a nonprofit advocating for children living in vulnerable conditions. Info: VolunteerC@childrenfirstbc. org or 768-2072. • Through TH (11/3), 2:30-5:30pm - Volunteers needed at least one hour per week, Mon.-Thurs., to help K-5th graders with homework and activities. Info: VolunteerC@childrenfirstbc.org or 768-2072. Hands On AshevilleBuncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. handsonasheville.org or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • WE (10/19) - 6-8pm - Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for hospice patients at CarePartners’ John Keever Solace Center, 68 Sweeten Creek Road. Supplies provided. • TH (10/20), 3-5pm - Teacher’s Pet: Volunteers will create supplemental educational materials that will be used in and out of the classroom to help elementary students improve their reading skills. Make flashcards, games and more. Instruction and materials provided. • SU (10/23), 2-3pm - Knit-n-Give: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program and homeless adults served by Homeward Bound of Asheville. All skill levels welcome. • MO (10/24), 5:307:30pm - Help tidy and organize the play rooms of the family visitation program. See website for directions. • MO (10/24), 7-8:30pm - Help bake homemade cookies for families who are staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center which provides free lodging for families from out of town who have a loved one in an area hospital. • TH (10/27), 4-6pm - FairTrade Stock-Up: Assist with unpacking and pricing mer-
chandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fairtrade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info: 254-3442, ext. 205. • Through TH (10/20) - Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language. No prior tutoring experience required. Tutors will receive 15 hours of training as well as ongoing support from certified professionals. Orientation will be held Wed. Oct. 19 and Thurs. Oct. 20th. Advance preparation required. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our VOICE Crisis Advocate Training • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS through (11/15), 5:30-8:30pm Join Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual violence crisis and prevention center, to help break down myths, challenge harmful attitudes, advocate for healthy relationships and consent, and prevent sexual violence. We work in schools, faith communities, events, businesses and more. 30 hours of training required; sessions held weekly. Transportation and cell phone required. Info and registration: www. ourvoicenc.org, 252-0562 or carolinem@ourvoicenc. org. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Highway 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: 877-4423 or www. ncwildlife.org. • Through WE (11/30) - Volunteers are needed to answer phones, help with the gift shop and answer visitor questions. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville. Info: 253-9231 or email@example.com. • Through TH (1/5) - Volunteer tour guides needed, especially on weekends. Flexible hours. Training provided. Info: wnchavolunteers@gmail. com or 253-5518. Transylvania Community Arts Council
Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: www. artsofbrevard.org or 8842787. • Through SA (12/31) - Volunteers needed for the “Take Art to Heart” program to share works of art with elementary school students. Info: tcarts@comporium. net. Wild South Dedicated to stewarding our national forests, protecting wildlife, preserving cultural heritage sites and inspiring and empowering communities to enjoy, protect and restore the outdoors. Info: www.wildsouth.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. • FR (10/28) through SU (10/30) - Volunteers for Moogfest will be accepted through Oct. 25.
Sports Groups & Activities Transform Your Form (pd.) Run with a lightness and ease you’ve never known! Alexander Technique will turn your arms into wings! Thursdays, 6:30pm. $100 for 6 sessions. Ongoing. (828) 225-3786. FormFitnessFunction.com Asheville Community Yoga Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: ashevillecommunityyoga.com. • SU (10/23), 1:30-3:30pm - Inversions Made Easy will teach headstands, handstands and forearm stands. $15 donation. Home School Physical Education • THURSDAYS, 1-2:30pm - A physical education class for home-schooled children will be offered at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. $3. Info: 456-2030. • THURSDAYS through (11/17), 10:30-11:30am - Physical education for home schooled students will be offered at Buncombe County Sports Park, 58 Apac Circle. $3. Info: 2504260. Jump Off Rock 10K Race • SA (10/22), 9am - The race will start from Jones Gap Baptist Church, 3007 Hebron Road, Hendersonville. $25. Info: 388-3200. Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: www.jusrunning.com. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Fivemile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile.
•TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight-mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - Onehour run from the Rice Pinnacle parking lot at Bent Creek. Easy, moderate and fast levels. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. in Asheville. For all ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: 350-2058 or stephenslee@ashevillenc. gov. SKORE 2011 • FR (10/21), 9am-2pm SKORE (Super Kids Outdoor Recreation Event), an outdoor recreational event designed to accomodate children with all types of disabilities, will be held at the Jackson County Parks and Rec Deptartment in Cullowhee. Registration required. Info: 631-1167. Step Aerobics Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Enhance cardio, strength and flexibility at this step aerobics, weights and stretch class. Meets at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. in Asheville. Open to all levels. Free. Info: 350-2058 or email@example.com. Youth Basketball Class • TUESDAYS through (10/25), 6-7:45pm - A basketball class for children ages 4-8 will be offered at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. $25. Info: recathletics@ townofwaynesville.org or 456-2030.
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Kids Trick or Treat at the McCune Assisted and Independent Living Center (pd.) The McCune Assisted and Independent Living Center invites all the local ghosts, goblins and ghouls age 12 and under to TRICK OR TREAT on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 from 6:008:00 pm. Tons of treats and loads of fun in a safe, indoor environment. 101 Lions Way, Black Mountain NC. Call Deniece 828-7022760. Asheville Art Museum
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Live Online Weekend Retreat in Asheville • October 28-30, 2011 Friday, October 28
Living Beautifully with Uncertainty & Change Join a group of conscientious beings, as we participate together in Pema Chödrön’s real-time, live webcast retreat – right here in Asheville, North Carolina.
7:00pm – 9:30pm: Workshop
Saturday, October 29
9:00am – 12:00pm: Workshop 2:30pm – 5:00pm: Workshop 8:00pm – 10:00pm: Optional Meditation
During this retreat, Pema will teach us how to: work skillfully with rough times, transform our lives during times of upheaval and unpredictability, and broaden our tolerance for uneasiness. Her main message is: We can do it! And we can all do it beautifully! Retreat includes meditation and periods of silence.
Sunday, October 30
9:00am – 12:00pm: Workshop/Class Ends
Cost: Sliding scale: $25 - $50 per person. Limited to 20 participants. Register soon to confirm your spot.
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Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: www.ashevilleart.org or 253-3227. • SU (10/23), 2-4pm Family Art Party will present “Up for Discussion: A Day of Color,” an afternoon of hands-on color experiments for students in middle and high school. Free with membership or admission. Celebration Singers • THURSDAYS, 6:207:45pm - The Celebration Singers of Asheville Community Youth Chorus invites children ages 714 to join. Held at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 230-5778. Free ‘ACT vs SAT Comparison Test’ • SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS through (2/19) - Asheville students are invited to take Chyten’s ‘ACT vs SAT Comparison Test’ to determine which represents their best match. The test is offered on Saturdays at 9am and Sundays at 1pm. Info and reservations: 5052495 or www.chyten-asheville.com. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or www.handsonwnc.org. • Through SA (10/29) Kids Vote! will offer handson voting machine activities throughout the day. • WE (10/19) - “Book n’ Craft,” a storytime and craft project will be offered throughout the day. Free with admission. • WE (10/26), 10:30am - Crazy chemistry. Ages 3 and up. • TH (10/27), 2-4pm - Make a Halloween mask. Free with membership or admission. Homegrown FAM: Family Art at the Market • SATURDAYS through (10/29), 10am-noon - “Homegrown FAM: Family Art at the Market,” a free art series for children. Held at the Jackson County Farmers Market, Bridge Park in Sylva. Info: email@example.com or 2272553. Peter Pan Storytime for Tots • SA (10/22), 10:3011:30am - YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse presents the stories of Peter Pan, narrated by profes-
sional actors. Donations appreciated. Held in the YouTheatre Education Center, 1855 Little River Road, Flat Rock. Info: www. ytrocks.com or 693-3517.
Spirituality Ancient Egyptian Temple Science and Modern Environmental Solutions (pd.) Dr. Ibrahim Karim from Cairo, Egypt presents new breakthrough research on the vibrations which create life and health. Includes modern discoveries at the Egyptian National Research Centre. Asheville Hilton, Friday November 4, 7pm. $15. • Purchase tickets in advance at www.egyptianresearch.com or (828) 298-7007 Aquarian Compassionate Fellowship (pd.) Metaphysical program inspired by spiritual growth topics of your choice. Meditation, potluck, St. Germain live channeled piano music. • Second and Fourth Wednesday. 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) (pd.) Discover why TM is the world’s most effective and scientifically validated meditation technique. Clinically proven to boost brain function and reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Allows you to effortlessly transcend the busy, agitated mind to experience inner peace and unbounded awareness. • Free Introductory Class: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: How meditation techniques differ • Meditation and brain research • What is enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www.MeditationAsheville. org Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/ Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828)
808-4444. • www.ashevillemeditation.com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life”. Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:006:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change with Pema Chödrön (pd.) Live Online Weekend Retreat in Asheville, October 28-30, 2011. Join a group of conscientious beings, as we participate together in Pema Chödrön’s real-time, live webcast retreat – right here in Asheville, NC. • During this retreat, Pema will teach us how to: work skillfully with rough times, transform our lives during times of upheaval and unpredictability, and broaden our tolerance for uneasiness. • Her main message is: We can do it! And we can all do it beautifully! • Retreat includes meditation and periods of silence. • Cost: Sliding scale: $25$50 per person. • Limited to 20 participants. Register soon to confirm your spot. • Friday, October 28, 7pm-9:30pm: Workshop • Saturday, October 29, 9am-12pm: Workshop • 2:30pm-5pm: Workshop • 8pm-10pm: Optional Meditation Sunday, October 30 9am-12pm: Workshop/ Class Ends. • Hosted by Asheville Insight Meditation and Sponsored by: Maitri Center for Women, 41 Clayton Street, Asheville. • To register or for more information, contact Ronya Banks at (828) 808-4444, or email: ronyared8@gmail. com • www.ashevillemeditation.com Mindfulness Meditation Class (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and
presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz.com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussion of contemporary Zen living. Held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Avenue). Donations encouraged. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. http://www.heartsanctuary.org A Course in Miracles • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Join “a loving group of people” to study A Course in Miracles at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road. Open to all. Info: 712-5472. Divine Energy Share • WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - All are welcome to participate in this Healing Circle, including reiki practitioners, other energy workers and non-practitioners curious to tap their healing potential. By donation. Meets at 60 Caledonia Road #B (the carriage house behind the Kenilworth Inn Apartments). Info: 707-2983. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at Fifth Avenue W. and White Pine Drive, Hendersonville. Info: www. fcchendersonville.org. • SUNDAYS through (10/30), 9:15am - “GodTalk: Moving Beyond Magical Language about the Divine.” Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St. Info: www.firestormcafe. com or 255-8115. • TH (10/27), 6pm - Join CERES for a night of Pagan show and tell, discussion and presentations. Info: www.firestormcafe.com or 255-8115. Harvest Festival and Dinner • WE (10/26), 5-7pm - The Harvest Festival and Dinner, a meal sharing ministry for the community, will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, 204 Sixth Ave. West, Hendersonville. Free. Tickets may be picked up at the church information desk. Info: www.fumchvlnc. org or 693-4275. I Ching Support and Study Group • THURSDAYS, 6-8:30pm “I Ching Support and Study
Group,” a study of Taoism and I Ching practice. The organizer is a freelance writer with a teaching/counseling background and many years of study/practice of Taoism and the I Ching. Will meet at an area cafe, to be determined. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Infinite Way • THURSDAYS, 2-3:15pm - Tape study group, based on the mysticism of Joel Goldsmith, will be held at the United Research Light Center, 2190 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845. “Is the Devil Real?” • TU (10/25), 7pm Demons, exorcism, and the existence of the devil will be examined in this film, hosted at Lifetree Café, located inside Mountain Java, 901 Smoky Park Highway in Candler. Info: tharkey@ octoberroadinc.com. Meditation and Satsang with Madhyanandi • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 6am-9pm - Meditate and practice with an awakened yogini. Sessions available by appointment. All fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info: www. thepeoplesashram.org or email@example.com. Ro-Hun • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Empower your life through the alchemy of forgiveness. Heal the faulty thoughts and emotions locked in the unconscious that sabotage your health, abundance and happiness. Info and directions: 545-8173. “Sacred Activism” • MO (10/24), 7:30-9pm - Author Andrew Harvey will discuss “Sacred Activism” at Venus Rising University, 112 Iris Lane, Whittier. $25. Info: venusrising@ shamanicbreathwork.org or 6312-2305. Sound Healing Circle • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm - “Come and receive if you are feeling lowly and in need of support or come and share healing light if your bliss cup runneth over.” Bring bowls, bells, rattles, didge, etc. Held at 41 Carolina Lane. By donation. Info: 310-745-9150. United Research Light Center A nonprofit center “dedicated to prayer for personal and planetary transformation.” Located at 2190 NC Highway 9 South in Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845 or www.urlight.org. • SUNDAYS, 3-4pm “World Peace Prayer.”
• 2nd & 4th SUNDAYS, 12:45pm - Toning for Peace. “Lift your voice in free-form expression in a loving, safe space to generate wellbeing and peace for the greater benefit of our everevolving planet.” $5. Info: 667-2967. • WEDNESDAYS, 112:15pm - Level one QiGong. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 8918700 or www.unitync.net. • SU (10/23), 12:45pm Peace Porridge Hot interactive workshop and lunch. • WE (10/26), 7-9pm Soul of Voice Playshop. Unity Church of Asheville Unity of Asheville explores the “deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures, combined with an upbeat contemporary music program, to create a joyous and sincere worship service.” Located at 130 Shelburne Road, West Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or www.unityofasheville.com. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - A Search For God A.R.E. Study Group. • SUNDAYS, 11am Spiritual celebration service —- 12:30-2pm - A Course in Miracles study group. Wiccan Open Court • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Open Court meets weekly in Marshall for potluck, Wiccan principals and elements, meditations, hand crafting and occasional ceremonies. Provided by Highland Wild Coven. Email to meet about attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org. WNC Faith Summit • SA (10/22), 9am-3:30pm - WNC Faith Summit on Poverty: Hearing the Call will be held at Nativity Lutheran Church, 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden. $15 includes lunch and materials. Info: www. abccm.org or 259-5300. Yoga of Awakening • MONDAYS, 7-9pm Awaken to profound peace. Practice technologies to free the body and mind of stress and tension. Begin your adventure of awakening. Fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info and directions: www. thepeoplesashram.org or email@example.com. Young Adult Friends Worship Group • SATURDAYS, 4-6:30pm - This small Quaker group
freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) If you have been resisting the command to go deeper, now is the time to surrender. If you have been hoping that the pesky little voice in your head will shut up and stop bugging you to get more involved, you’d better stop hoping. If you’ve been fantasizing about how to escape the growing pressure to give more of yourself, I suggest that instead you fantasize about how you could intensify your commitments. The time has come to explore what has been missing and what needs more love.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Did you know it is illegal to break into prison? That was the charge leveled against a Georgia man, Harry Jackson, who was arrested as he tried to sneak back into the jail from which he had escaped only a short time before. During his brief taste of freedom, Jackson allegedly stole 14 packs of cigarettes from a nearby store. Maybe that was his intention from the beginning — to do an errand and return “home.” Please don’t be like him in the coming weeks, Taurus. If you do manage to spring yourself from a trap or bust out of your servitude (and I expect you will do just that), don’t come crawling back later and beg to be allowed back in.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) As I was meditating on your horoscope this afternoon, I gazed out my window at the creek flowing nearby. The tide was coming in, which meant that the current was surging swiftly south. Row upon row of small waves were coursing through the water. Then I spied a lone duck swimming north against the tide. I couldn’t imagine what her motivation was. Why not just relax and float downstream? She wasn’t in a hurry and wasn’t in the least flustered. Ever forward she went, determined to push on. And then it struck me, as I thought of your current astrological omens, that her approach would also suit you quite well right now. Go steadily and casually against the flow, Gemini.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) Herbert Kitchener served as the British ConsulGeneral in Egypt early last century. He wasn’t impressed with the creativity of the ancient nation’s art. “I can’t think much of the people who drew cats the same for 4,000 years,” he remarked. Is there an equivalent to this lack of development in your own life, Cancerian? Among your own activities, are there any whose history has shown no progression? Did you reach a certain skill level in some area of your life and then stop pushing to improve? This would be an excellent time to identify that knot of excess stability, and then get started on dissolving it.
ing and cavorting you’ve been doing lately; I’m just saying that maybe you should add some ballast to your foundation and some gravitas to your demeanor. And I don’t mean to guilt-trip you into toning down your lust to connect with everyone and everything that tickles your synapses. But I do suggest you consider the possibility that beginning very soon variety will not be quite as spicy as it has been; your deft zigzags may need to be carried out with gentler zigs and slightly more cautious zags.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The autocorrect feature sometimes distorts the text messages people send on their smart phones. It tries to fix supposedly misspelled words that aren’t really misspelled, thereby creating awkward variations that can cause a ruckus when they’re received, like changing “I don’t want to leave” to “I don’t want to live.” Damn You, Autocorrect! is a book documenting some of the most outrageous examples, many NSFW. Be vigilant for metaphorical versions of this wayward autocorrect phenomenon, Virgo. Be sure that in your efforts to make things better, you don’t render them worse or weird. Consider the possibility that stuff is fine just the way it is.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Meraki is a Greek word that refers to the bliss you feel when you’re engaged in a task that’s important to you and that you’re doing really well. It’s your theme right now, Libra. According to my reading of the astrological omens, everything’s in place for you to experience meraki in abundance. Furthermore, that’s exactly what your destiny is pushing for. So please get out there and do everything you can to cooperate: Make this a merakifilled week.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your nightly dreams provide useful clues about your waking life. They can show you hidden patterns and unconscious motivations that your daytime mind hasn’t noticed. On rare occasions, they may even offer more literal guidance. That’s what happened for David Brown, a British man who one morning woke up from a dream of seeing a mysterious phone number. As an experiment, he sent a text message to that very number: “Did I meet you last night?” Michelle Kitson, the stranger on the other end, responded with a text, and then Brown texted back. More exchanges ensued, followed by a face-to-face encounter, and eventually the two were married. I can’t guarantee anything quite as
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In addition to reading your astrological omens, I did a Tarot reading, consulted the I Ching, and threw the runes. They all gave me the same message: The coming week would be a good time for you to spend quality time mulling over the Biggest Mystery of Your Life. It’s not mandatory that you do so. You won’t cause a disaster if you refuse. Still, wouldn’t it be fun? Life is inviting you to get re-excited about your personal version of the quest for the Holy Grail. Your future self is calling and calling and calling for you to dive into the ancient riddle you’ve been working on since before you were born. The mists are parting.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In Sue Allison’s theater piece “Lies I’ve Told,” two actors take turns telling each other some classic whoppers. Here are a few: 1. “It would be no trouble at all.” 2. “This will only take a second.” 3. “I didn’t get your message.” 4. “I have no idea how that got here.” 5. “I thought you said ‘the 16th.’” 6. “Would I lie to you?” See if you can avoid fibs like those, Capricorn. I’m not asking you to be a superstar of candor — that’s unrealistic — but I do encourage you to cut back on white lies and casual dishonesties as much as possible. This is a time when you really need to know the whole truth and nothing but. And the best way to work toward that goal is to be forthright yourself. That’s how karma operates.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Last June, Northern California artist Mary Sobrina Kuder did a gallery show of her paintings. She called it “Offerings of Grace and Mischief.” That would be an excellent title for the story of your life in the coming week, Aquarius. I believe that you will be receiving offerings of grace and mischief, and I hope you will also be making such offerings. For best results, remember this: The grace and mischief are not contradictory or at odds. In fact, they need each other and belong together.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Do you realize how many connections to remote places you have? Are you aware of how routinely you are touched by distant events? As science writer David Bodanis reminds us, “We inhale many hundreds of particles in each breath we take. Salt crystals from ocean whitecaps, dust scraped off distant mountains, micro bits of cooled magma blown from volcanoes, and charred microfragments from tropical forest fires.” I urge you to use that as your metaphorical theme this week, Pisces. Let your imagination run free as you renew your connections with faraway sources of nourishment. Revivify your intimacy with departed influences that continue to define you. Dream about the tantalizing future.
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16 Patton Located at 16 Patton Ave. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • SA (10/22) through SA (11/26) - Works by Karen Hollingsworth, Karin Jurick and Suzy Schultz. • SA (10/22), 5-8pm Opening reception. • Through SA (11/19) - New works by John Mac Kah. • Through SA (11/19) Drawing Essentials, featuring works by James Daniel. American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary selftaught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www.amerifolk.com. • Through TH (10/27) - Experience, paintings by Michael Banks. • Through WE (11/16) Bewitched. AnTHM Gallery Located at 110.5 W. State St. in downtown Black Mountain. Info: www.anthmgallery.com. • FR (10/21) through FR (11/25) - Works by Ellen Langford, Keith Spencer and Constance Humphries. • FR (10/21), 5-8pm Opening reception. • SA (10/22), 4pm - An opening reception for Lamar Sorrento and Missy Corrales will be held at Black Mountain Ale House, 117 Cherry St. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: www.ashevilleart.org or 253-3227. • Through SU (11/6) - Color Study will be on
display at the Appleby Foundation Gallery. • Through SU (3/4) Homage2 will pay tribute to Josef Albers. Atelier 24 Lexington: A Gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: www. theateliergalleries.com. • Through MO (10/31) Seeing Reality, drawings by William Asman T.Y. Autumn in the Southern Appalachians • Through MO (10/24) - Autumn in the Southern Appalachians, a jurried exhibit of Carolina nature photographers, will be held at Pack Place Gallery, 2 South Pack Square. Info: www.cnpa-asheville.org. Back To School • Through FR (10/28) - Back To School, a “wildly varied” exhibit of work by artists from the Marshall High Studios featuring a variety of media and approaches. Held at the Arts Center, 90 South Main St. in Marshall. Info: www. madisoncountyarts.com. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Summer hours: Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 768-0246 or www.bellavistaart.com. • Through SA (12/31) - Spider Series, works by Paul Owen, Tif McDonald and Nicora Gangi. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery hours: Mon.-Wed. and Fri., 10am-5pm; Thurs. 11am-3pm. Info: 669-0930 or www.BlackMountainArts. org. • Through WE (10/23) - A juried member exhibition of the Appalachian Pastel Society. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography.com. • Through WE (11/30) Manipulated, juried by Ariel Shanberg. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • Through FR (1/27) Common Threads, works by four fiber artists who have collaborated with other artists or businesses.
Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332 or www.ashevillecourtyard. com. • Through SA (12/31) Anything Goes - Everything Shows, the 5th annual mail art show. All entries received through the postal system will be exhibited. Participants were encouraged to explore themes, sizes, shapes and media of any kind. Flood Gallery Events Located in the Phil Mechanic building at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 254-2166 or www.floodgallery.org. • Through SA (10/29) - Porge Buck: A Retrospective. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. Info: 253-7651 or www.grovewood.com. • Through TH (12/1) - The Art of Making Music will feature instruments made in WNC. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 2548577 or www.thehaengallery.com. • Through MO (10/31) - Lynn Boggess: New Work 2011. Oil Paintings by Jon Houglum • Through FR (10/28) - Oil paintings by Franklin native Jon Houglum will be on display in the Hamilton Gallery of Nelson Bell Library, on the campus of Montreat College. Info: www.montreat.edu. Pink Dog Creative A multi-use arts space located at 342 Depot St. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org • Through SU (11/20) - NiceNasty, new works by “Affrilachian” artist Valeria Watson-Doost. Pump Gallery Located at the Phil Mechanic Studios Building in the River Arts District, 109 Roberts St. Info: www. philmechanicstudios.com. • Through SA (10/29) - Birds, Beasts and Bodybones, works by Lisa Walraven, Cynthia Potter and Carlos Steward. SemiPublic Gallery This space for contemporary art is open Thurs.-Sat., 2-7pm and by appointment. Located at 305 Hillside St.
Info: www.semipublicgallery.com or 215-8171. • Through SA (11/12) - Recent prints and mixed media works by seven artists. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www.sevensistersgallery.com or 669-5107. • Through SU (11/6) Works by Jennie Francis (pastel). The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: www.ashevillearts.com. • Through SA (10/29) Craft: A Sense of Place. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: www. artsofbrevard.org or 8842787. • FR (10/21) through WE (11/9) - Works by members of the Connestee Art League. • FR (10/28), 5-9pm Opening reception. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-4pm and by appointment. Info: www.upstairsartspace.org or 859-2828. • Through SA (11/19), Lines and Lives of the Face will feature works by Ursula Gullow, Francesco Lombardo, Bob Trotman and others. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm and Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: www.fineartmuseum.wcu. edu or 227-3591. • TH (10/20), 4-6:30pm - An opening reception for Works From the Collection of Rob and Leigh Ann Young will feature appetizers and wine.
More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www.unca.edu. • Through SU (10/30) - Pierced! an exhibition of photographs by Leigh Svenson, will feature the “phenomenon of physical adornment.” Held in
the Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library. Art Opening and Film Screening • TH (10/27) - The Empty Shoes art exhibit will be on display at 370 N. Louisiana Ave. to commemorate the victims of domestic violence who were murdered in North Carolina last year. The event will also include a screening of the film Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Artist of the Month • Through FR (11/11) - Paintings by Steven G. Sloan will be on display at The Circle, 426 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: www. fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. • Through WE (11/30) Pieces of the Sky, featuring paintings by Ray Cooper. George Terry • Through WE (11/30) - Works by George Terry will be on display at DeSoto Lounge, 504 Haywood Road. Info: www.brotherwayword.deviantart.com. Invitational Art Exhibition • Through TU (10/25) - The Invitational Art Exhibition will be on display in UNCA’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Info: www.art.unca.edu. Public Art Display • Through SA (10/22) - Bearfootin’, “a public art display featuring outdoor fiberglass bear sculptures decorated in different themes,” will be on display on the sidewalks of Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. Swannanoa Valley Museum Located at 223 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: 669-9566 or www.swannanoavalleymuseum.org. • Though SA (10/29) - “Catholicism in Western North Carolina,” an exhibition of vintage photographs and the history of Catholicism in the region. Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 189 W. Main St., Brevard. Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Donation. Info: www.transylvaniaheritage. org or 884-2347. • 4th FRIDAYS - Gallery walk featuring the Joe Pye Band, handcrafts and refreshments. $5/$2 donation. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western
Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm and Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: www.fineartmuseum.wcu. edu or 227-3591. • Through FR (10/28) Understory: An Exhibition of Work by Alice Sebrell.
Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Echoview Fiber Mill • TH (10/20) through SU (10/23) - Tours of Echoview Fiber Mill’s construction site will be offered Thurs. 4pm; Fri. and Sat., 11:30am & 3:30pm; Sun. 11:30am. Held at 76 Jupiter Road, Weaverville. Info: www.echoviewfarm.com or 1-855-My-Fiber.
Art/Craft Fairs Craft Show • FR (10/21) & SA (10/22), 10am-9pm - A craft show will be held at Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. Info: 674-5157.
Spoken & Written Word Ghouls, Goblins and Ghosts: A Workshop on Telling Scary Stories (pd.) Connie Regan-Blake is offering a four hour workshop on telling stories, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, $60 includes evening performance that begins at 7:30. Register online, discount for teachers & CEU credits. Madison County Arts Council at www.madisoncountyarts. com Blue Ridge Bookfest Celebrates authorship, creative writing and the joy of reading. Held on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock. Free. Info: 692-3267 or www.blueridgebookfest. org. • SA (10/22), 3pm - Brent Marti, Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe will read from their new book of poetry Every Breath Sings Mountains. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West
Charleston Street, 2506486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (10/19), 5pm Library knitters. SW • TH (10/20), 2:30-4pm - Book club: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro. SS —- 7pm - Book club: Whistling Season by Ivan Doig. FV • FR (10/21), 4-5:30pm - Teens are invited to create a movie trailer for The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. WV • MO (10/24), 6:30pm - Writing Seminar: Creating Memorable Characters. BM 10:30am - Fire Prevention Month story time will feature Asheville firefighters. PM Events at Accent on Books The bookstore is located at 854 Merrimon Ave. Events are free and open to the public. Info: www.accentonbooks.com or 252-6255. • FR (10/21), 6pm - Mary Judith Messer will read from her new memoir Moonshiner’s Daughter. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: www.malaprops.com or 254-6734. • 3rd SUNDAYS, 3pm Writers at Home: A monthly series featuring faculty from UNCA’s Great Smokies Writers Program. Hosted by Tommy Hays. • WE (10/19), 7pm - Arielle Guttman will read from her new book Venus Star Rising. • TH (10/20), 4-6pm - Lee Pantas will discuss the new edition of his book The Ultimate Guide to Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains. —- 7pm - Caren Goldman will discuss her new book Restoring Life’s Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places. • FR (10/21), 7pm - Charles Frazier will read from his new novel Nightwoods. Tickets required. Every Breath Sings Mountains • WE (10/19), 6:30pm - Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin, and Thomas Rain will read from their new book of poetry Every Breath Sings Mountains. Held at the Kaplan
Auditorium, Main Branch of the Hendersonville County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville. Free. Info: 697-4725. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: www. fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. • TH (10/20), 6:30pm Fred Chappell will read from his novels I Am One of You Forever and Look Back All the Green Valley. $5, must be purchased in advance. • SA (10/22), 6:30pm Ann B. Ross will read from her Miss Julia novels. Open Mic Night at The Pulp • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest host a monthly open mic at The Pulp, located beneath The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. $10 includes club membership. Info: www. pulpasheville.com. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 6920575. • TH (10/27), 2:30pm - An introductory session for a Creative Writing Class will give an overview of its objectives. The Outer Limits of Freethinking • SU (10/23), 11am-1pm Bill Branyon will discuss his book Liberating Liberals and how to stretch freethinking boundaries to their outer limits in the main sanctuary of the Unitarian Church of Hendersonville, 2021 Kanuga Road. Writers Workshop Potluck • 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - Held at 387 Beaucatcher Road. Info: email@example.com.
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Festivals & Gatherings ColorFest • SA (10/27), 10am-4pm - The “ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge” showcase will feature WNC painters, glassblowers, wood carvers and other artists, as well as live music and street entertainment. Held in downtown Sylva. Info: www.MountainLovers.com or (800) 962-1911. Discovery Day • SA (10/22), 10am-5pm Green River Discovery Day will feature arts and crafts, games, music and storytelling. Held at the community store on US Highway 225 in Tuxedo. Rain or shine. Info: 698-7230. Harvest Festival
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• TH (10/27), 3-6pm - The fall festival will feature seasonal crafts, produce, plantings, and food. Held at the Flat Rock Tailgate Market, located in the parking lot behind the Cherry Cottage, 2760 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719. Hendersonville Oktoberfest • SA (10/22), noon-6pm - The Hendersonville Oktoberfest will feature authentic German music and food, free polka lessons and family fun activities. Held at the Southern Appalachian Brewery, 822 Locust St, Hendersonville. $5/$10 day of event. Children under 16 free. Info: 388-3200. LEAF • TH (10/20) through SU (10/23) - LEAF Festival will feature music, dance, crafts and food. Held at 377 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain. Camping available. Sweet Honey In The Rock will close out the festival on Sunday. Info: www.theleaf. org. Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Festival • FR (10/21) & SA (10/22), 9am-5pm - The festival will feature handmade crafts from around the region, as well as music, a petting zoo and an antique car show. Held at the Macon County Fair Grounds, 441 South, Franklin. $2/children under 13 free. Info: 770-9402446.
Music Song O’ Sky Show Chorus (pd.) TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at First Congregational United Church of Christ (UCC) 20 Oak Street Asheville 28801.(Enter Fellowship Hall-lower level). Guests welcome. Contact: www. songosky.org Toll Free # 1-866-824-9547. Asheville Chamber Music Series Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place, unless otherwise noted. Tickets at the door/ Free for students. Info: 259-3626 or www.ashevillechambermusic.org. • FR (10/21), 8pm - The Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio will perform works by Mozart, Bartók, Stravinsky and Bolcom. $35. Blue Ridge Orchestra Info: www.blueridgeorchestra.org or 650-0948. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9:30pm - Open rehearsals for the Blue Ridge Orchestra will be held most Wednesdays
at the Symphony Office in the Civic Center. Free. Call for confirmation. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, three miles south of Hendersonville. Info: www. flatrockplayhouse.org or 693-0731. • Through TU (11/1) - Kings of Country will perform as part of the Music on the Rock Concert series. Gingerthistle • SU (10/23), 4pm - Gingerthistle (Celtic and Appalachian folk) will perform at St. John in the Wilderness Church, 1905 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. Info: 693-9783. Hendersonville Community Band Info: 696-2118 or www. hcbmusic.com. • SU (10/23), 3pm - The Hendersonville Community Band will perform in the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall, Flat Rock. Irish Coffee • WE (10/19), 2pm - Irish Coffee (Celtic and classical) will perform at Fletcher Library, 120 Library Road. Info: 687-1218. Jazz Combos • TH (10/20), 7:30pm - A jazz combos concert will be offered in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/students free. Info: www.music. unca.edu/calendar-events. Kansas • TH (10/20), 8pm Kansas will perform with The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra at Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium. $28/$16 students/$10 age 5 and under. Info: www.pas.appstate.edu or 800-841-ARTS. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets and info: 232-5000. • SU (10/23), 4pm - Jazz Band and Studio 18 Vocal Jazz Ensemble. $5. Info: www.music.unca.edu. • TU (10/25), 8pm Award-winning sitar player Soumtra Lahiri will perform Indian classical music, accompanied by tabla player Samir Chatterjee, in Lipinsky Auditorium. Early arrivals can sample Indian cooking at 7pm. $20/$7 students/$5 UNCA students. Tickets available at Highsmith University Union box office or uncatickets. com. Info: www.cesap. unca.edu. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre
Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: 257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com. • TH (10/27), 7pm - Nova Scotian singer-songwriters Tanya Davis and David Myles. Polka Kings • TH (10/27), 3pm Polka Kings will perform at Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Info: 8916577. Pre-Concert Lecture • TH (10/20), 4:15pm - Asheville Chamber Music Series’ pre-concert lecture will be offered in UNCA’s Reuter Center. Free. Info: www.unca.edu/ncccr. Skinny Beats Drum Shop and Gallery 4 Eagle St. Info: info@ skinnybeatsdrums.com or 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm & SUNDAYS, 2-3pm - Billy Zanski will teach beginning African drumming. Drums provided or bring your own. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 285-0033. • SU (10/23), 3pm - The Pyramid Brass Quintet will perform works by Holst and Leroy Anderson as well as spirituals and Americana. Donations encourage. The Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • FR (10/21), 6:30-7:30pm - King Arthur Sunshine Show (folk-punk) will perform at 721 Haywood Road.
Theater Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: www. ashevilletheatre.org or 2541320. • FR (10/21) through SU (10/23) - The Youth Production class presents The Music Man Jr. $5. Cradle of Forestry Events Experience the natural and cultural history of the Southern Appalachians at the birthplace of scientific forestry. Located on Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest. Info: www.cradleofforestry.org or 877-3130. • FR (10/21) & SA (10/22), 6:15pm, 7:30pm & 8:45pm - The Legend of Tommy Hodges, the story of a
Biltmore Forest School student’s disappearance on Halloween night in 1906. The audience walks one mile along the Biltmore Campus Trail as part of the performance. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or www. ashevilletheatre.org. • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (10/20) until (11/12) - ‘Night Mother. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, three miles south of Hendersonville. Info: www. flatrockplayhouse.org or 693-0731. • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS until (10/30) - Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. See website for times. $40. Montford Park Players • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (10/23), 7:30pm - The Montford Park Players present Romeo and Juliet. Held at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Info: 254-5146 or www. montfordparkplayers.org. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info and tickets: 239-0263 or www.ncstage. org. • THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS until (11/13) - Angels in America. On The Sunny Side of The Street • SA (10/22), 8pm & SU (10/23), 3pm - On The Sunny Side of The Street will be performed at Calvary Episcopal Church, Route 25 and Old Airport Road in Fletcher. Info: www.acofhc. org or 693-8504. Our Town • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (10/20) until (10/29) - Our Town will be presented in UNCA’s Carol Belk Theatre. $10. Info: www.drama.unca.edu or 232-2291. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: 257-4530 or www.dwtheatre.com. • TH (10/27), 8pm Shakespeare On Trial. “An unwitting Bill Shakespeare must defend his writing to a court of some of his most memorable characters, who
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challenge him to write in a more modern way.” The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: www. themagneticfield.com or 257-4003. • FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS until (11/19), 10pm - Rock Saber by Julian Vorus, a “rock ‘n’ roll anti-musical.”
Comedy Comedy Open Mic • SATURDAYS, 8:30-11pm - A comedy open mic will be held at Wall Street Coffee House and Emporium, 62 Wall St., Asheville. Info: www.wallstreetcoffeehouse. webs.com The Altamont Located at 18 Church St., downtown Asheville. Info: 270-7747 or www.thealtamont.com. • FR (10/21) & SA (10/22), 8pm Comedian Erin Jackson, a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, will perform. WCU Comedy • WE (10/26), 7pm - YouTube sensation Bo Burnham will perform at the Bardo Arts Center. $15/$20 day of show, WCU students pay $10/$15 day of show. Info: lmp.wcu.edu or 2277479.
Film ADD and Loving It? • WE (10/19), 7-8:30pm - ADD and Loving It?! will be screened at Carolina Cinemas, 1640 Henderson ville Road. Free. Info: www. ADHDasheville.com. Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series Presented by Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District in Asheville. Info: Cranky Hanke’s Reviews under “Special Showings,” www.ashevillecourtyard.com or 2733332. • FR (10/21), 8pm - The Spirit of the Beehive (1973 Spain) by Víctor Erice. Closely Watched Trains • FR (10/21), 7:30pm - The Czech film Closely Watched Trains will be screened in Blue Ridge Community College’s Patton Auditorium, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock. Free. Info: maryjo@ maryjopadgett.com or 6979557. Heidi
• TH (10/27), 5:15pm - Heidi will be screened in WCU’s Bardo Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Cullowhee. Info: www.wcu.edu/bardoartscenter. Jane Eyre • TH (10/20), 10am - Jane Eyre will be screened at Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Info: 8916577. The Day Carl Sandburg Died • FR (10/21) through TH (10/27) - The Day Carl Sandburg Died will be screened at Flat Rock Cinema, 2700 Greenville Highway. Info and times: www.flatrockcinema.com or 697-2463. Young at Heart • WE (10/19), 6-8pm - Transition Hendersonville presents Young at Heart at Black Bear Cafe, 318 Main St., Hendersonville. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 696-9968.
N. Lexington Avenue. www. studiozahiya.com Contra Dance Waynesville • 4th SUNDAYS, 2-4:30pm - Contra dance, featuring caller, live music and walk-throughs. Held at The Gateway Club, 37 Church St. $5. Info: 734-1027. Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Meets in the ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. $6/5 members. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome. Info: 692-8281. • FRIDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Big band, waltz, tango and Latino dance. Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble • SA (10/22), 5:30pm - The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble will perform at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 17 Shawnee Trail. $15. Info: 230-6785.
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Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/ week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. SwingAsheville.com Birth Dancing (pd.) Learn the ancient technique of dancing for pregnancy, labor and recovery. Empower yourself to a gentler, quicker birth. Thursdays 6-7pm, Coop Movement & Learning Center, call Michelle 6649564 http://yellowsunfarm. blogspot.com/p/birthdancing.html Capoeira Angola (pd.) An Afro-Brazilian cultural art, combines dance, music, and martial arts. • Adult and kids classes offered, see website for schedule. Beginners welcome Mondays, Saturdays. • Location: 257 Short Coxe. http://www.capoeiraasheville.org/ Studio Zahiya (pd.) Monday, 6-7 Yoga • 7:30-9 Bellydance • Tuesday 9-10am Hip Hop Workout • Groove Dance • 6-7pm Beginner Bellydance, • 7-8pm Intermediate Bellydance • Wednesday 6-7 Pilates, • 7:30-9 Bellydance, • Thursday 9-10am Bellydance, • 67pm Bollywood, • 8-9pm Hip Hop, • Friday 10-11am Bhangra Workout. • $12 for 60 minute classes. 90 1/2
Casting Call • FR (10/21), 4-7pm - A casting call for a mid-50s father and mother and late-20s girlfriend for a short dramatic film, to be shot in December, will be held at 34 South Lexington Ave. Please bring headshot and resume. Auditions will be cold readings from the script. Info: ch2160a@ american.edu. Eco Arts Awards • Through WE (11/30) - The Eco Arts Awards will accept songs, short films, photography, poetry and fine and functional art on the theme of ecology through Nov. 30. $30. Info: www.ecoartsawards.com. Fall Boone Handmade Market • Through FR (10/28) - The Fall Boone Handmade Market will accept applications for vendors through Oct. 28. Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest • Through SA (12/10) - Submissions for the Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest, centering on the theme of modern life in small town North Carolina, will be accepted through Dec. 10. Info: www.fountainheadbookstore.com or 697-1870. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of arts-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery
86 in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org. • Through SA (11/5) Applications for the annual Small Works Show will be accepted through Nov. 5. See website for application. Holiday Market at Beech Glen Community Center • Through MO (10/31) - The Arts and Crafts Holiday Market at Beech Glen Community Center will accept applications from local artists and crafters through Oct. 31. Info: 7791218. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30pm at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www. montfordparkplayers.org. • Through SA (11/5) - The Montford Park Players will accept proposals to direct William Shakespeare’s As You Like It through Nov. 5. Info: email@example.com. NCCALL Inc. A WNC nonprofit dedicated to helping persons living with autism. Info: www. nccall.org. • Through MO (10/31) Submissions will be accepted for NCCALL’s annual online exhibit through Oct. 31. Artists must be on the Autism spectrum and reside in N.C. Info: www. nccall.org. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: www. artsofbrevard.org or 8842787. • Through MO (11/7) - Submissions for ArtMart will be accepted through Nov. 7. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.tltinfo.org. • TH (10/27), 10:30am & SU (10/28), 2pm Auditions for A Little Night Music will be held at the Tryon Little Theater. Bring music for the singing section of the audition.
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Where: The Crowne Plaza Expo Center in West Asheville When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. $125 for one ticket, $1,000 for a table of 8. Black tie preferred. Info: redcrosswnc.org Why: After a century of blood drives and rushing to the front lines of hurricanes, floods and fires, volunteers armed with hot food and life-saving medical supplies, the Red Cross of WNC deserves a little night of elegance. On Saturday, the humanitarian organization will celebrate its 100th birthday with black-tie attire, bouquets of red roses, fine art, dazzling cocktails and gourmet food.
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It’s a lavish gala for a group of volunteers never afraid to get their hands dirty. The night will also feature a variety of items for auction, including works from renowned artists like Jonas Gerard and George Widener. Best yet is the “Fund the Needs” auction. In a year that saw major storms in our region, as well as devastating tornadoes and damage from Hurricane Irene throughout the state, the “Fund the Needs” auction is a way guests can make a direct pledge to any of the life-saving services the Red Cross provides to the N.C. community and beyond. And one of the major sponsors of the event, Asheville Savings Bank, is also celebrating an important birthday. “The Red Cross is thrilled to celebrate our Centennial year with such a fine event and with such fine friends,” Patrick Fitzsimmons, Red Cross CEO of the WNC Region, said in a recent press release. “We are so pleased that Asheville Savings Bank is sponsoring the Ball, in their own 75th year.”
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beneﬁtscalendar Calendar for oCtober 19 - 27, 2011 Author John Green • TH (10/20), 7pm - A fundraiser for the Fairview Library will feature young adult author John Green. $10/$15 includes autograph opportunity. Held at AC Reynolds High School, 1 Rocket Drive. Info: 250-6485. Events at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 298-3325. • MO (10/24), 5-6:30pm - “Harvesting the Interfaith Garden,” a fall harvest in support of MANNA Food Bank, will meet in front of Gladfelter. Feast Local • SU (10/23), 3:30-6:30pm - Enjoy music and local seasonal farm to table hors d’oeuvres in support of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program. Held in Creperie Bouchon’s courtyard, 62 N. Lexington Ave. $10. Wearing a zombie costume encouraged. Info: 216-3909. Freedom Fund Awards Banquet • SA (10/22), 7pm - The Freedom Fund awards banquet will benefit the Asheville branch of the NAACP. Held at Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Carroll Ave. $45. Advance tickets recommended. Info: 281-3066. Good Yoga brunch • SA (10/22), 11am-1pm - A brunch, hosted by Good Yoga, will benefit RiverLink’s Wilma Dykeman Riverway. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of
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Asheville, One Edwin Place. $15. Info: email@example.com or 281-1566. Mills River Presbyterian Church Located at 10 Presbyterian Church Road in Mills River. Info: 891-7101. • Through MO (10/31) - Mills River Presbyterian Church will collect gently-used men’s, women’s and children’s sweaters and sweatshirts to benefit Interfaith Assistance Ministry. Pink Yoga • THURSDAYS through (10/27), 8:30am - Free “pink yoga” will be offered for breast cancer survivors at Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Road. Info: www. ashevillehappybody.com or 277-5741. Red Cross Ball • SA (10/22), 6:30pm - The Red Cross Ball, a black tie event, will feature dinner, dancing and an auction. Held at Crowne Plaza Expo Center, One Resort Drive. $125. Info: http://avl.mx/5q. Ride to End Rape • SA (10/22), 10am - Enjoy a 50-mile fall ride along the French Broad River to support Our VOICE. The ride will leave from the Greenlife parking lot, 70 Merrimon Ave. $20 donation/registration fee also covers lunch at Zuma Coffee in Marshall. Info: www.ridetoendrape.com or 252-0562. The Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted. Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224.
• TU (10/25), 5-8pm - 50 percent of sales will be donated to Asheville International Childrens Film Festival and Little Pearls. Thomas Wolfe 5K • SA (10/22), 3pm - The Thomas Wolfe 5K, presented by Missions Sports Medicine, will benefit Read 2 Succeed. Race departs from Bankers Insurance, 77 Central Ave., and ends at Thomas Wolfe House parking lot. $35/$30 in advance. Info: www.thomaswolfe8k.com. Trunk Show • TH (10/20), 2-7pm - A trunk show will benefit Beauty Through Cancer. Held at Envision Eyecare, 80 Charlotte St. Info: www.myenvisioneyecare.com or 254-5767. Wags to Riches • SA (10/22), 6pm - A “Wags to Riches” fundraiser will feature TIME magazine photographers judging pet photography to benefit the Blue Ridge Humane Society. Held at the Hendersonville Country Club, 1860 Hebron Road. $120. Info: www.blueridgehumane.org or 6922639.
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Bureaucratâ€™s Delight: The official index for classifying medical conditions (used in research, quality control and insurance claims) was updated recently, replacing the current 18,000 codes with 140,000 much more specific ones. According to a September Wall Street Journal report, there are 72 different codes for injuries involving birds. â€œBitten by turtleâ€? is different from â€œstruck by turtle.â€? Different codes cover injuries in opera houses, on squash courts and in different places in or around a mobile home. â€œWalked into lamppost, initial encounterâ€? is distinct from â€œwalked into lamppost, subsequent encounter.â€? Codes cover conditions stemming from encounters with extraterrestrials and from â€œburn due to water skis on fire.â€? â€œBizarre personal appearanceâ€? has a code, as does â€œvery low level of personal hygiene.â€?
Ironies â€˘ Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome have recently employed violence and physical threats to intimidate scientists, Londonâ€™s Observer reported in August. Medical researchers who even suggest that the illness might have a â€œpsychologicalâ€? component have been subject to vitriolic abuse, stalking, workplace disruptions and even death threats. One psychiatry professor said heâ€™d shifted his research from chronic fatigue to Gulf War syndrome, noting, â€œThat has taken me to Iraq and Afghanistan, where ... I feel a lot safer.â€? â€˘ Political Correctness Lives: British authorities threatened to fine Iain Turnbull, 63, the equivalent of $1,530 in August for refusing to complete the mandatory census. Turnbull was protesting that the government had made census questionnaires and instructions available in such languages as Urdu, Punjabi and Tagalog but not Welsh (one of Britainâ€™s native languages, spoken by a half-million citizens). â€˘ Although the Patriot Act, drafted in the days after 9/11 and hastily enacted into law, was expressly designed to give prosecutors more leeway in combatting suspected terrorism, one of its key provisions has been used more than
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The litigious society â€˘ In 2009 Diane Schuler, with a 0.19 blood-alcohol reading and marijuana in her system, drove the wrong way on a New York freeway for two miles before crashing into another car, killing herself and three others. In July 2011, her widower, Dave Schuler, filed a lawsuit alleging that the collision was the stateâ€™s fault for not posting signs warning motorists they were going the wrong way. (Dave Schulerâ€™s own private investigator told The Daily Cortlandt newspaper that he tried to discourage his client from filing the suit, to no avail.) â€˘ Jean Pierre â€œwas devastated by what happened,â€? his lawyer said in August, announcing Pierreâ€™s $80 million lawsuit against the city of Newburgh, N.Y. Pierreâ€™s estranged girlfriend committed suicide by driving into a city lake, taking the coupleâ€™s three small children with her. Before becoming devastated, however, Pierre had been arrested for failure to pay child support and for endangering one of his children (found wandering the street in freezing weather on a Super Bowl Sunday), and friends of his girlfriend told the New York Post that Pierre had constantly abused her, including immediately before her fateful drive.
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Creme de la weird In September, a chaplain at Oshkosh Correctional Institution in Wisconsin was charged with allegedly staging a fake hostage situation with an inmate so that both could be transferred to another prison. Prosecutors said Jamyi Witch, a 52-year-old Wiccan priest, told the inmate to come to her office, barricade the door, throw things around the room and role-play with Witch as if she were his mother. During the â€œsiege,â€? the pair allegedly had consensual sex, and Witch supplied the man with drugs and sang him lullabies, supposedly to calm him down.
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Got lice? Call your local lice lady The bad news is that, despite all our 21st-century technology, humans still get head lice. The good news is that Asheville now has a certified lice-removal service that can rid us of the critters by using natural products and the old-fashioned but highly effective method of nit combing. Just last week, north Asheville resident Anna Warren started a new business, Asheville Lice (she’s also the founder of Jobbitz.com and Dang Food catering). Warren was inspired when one of her kids came home with the bugs last year. (I went through a similar situation, but I didn’t react with entrepreneurial spirit. I just freaked out). After treating her kid with store-bought chemicals, Warren wondered if there might be a better way. She started researching lice treatments and discovered The Shepherd Institute for Lice Solutions in West Palm Beach, Fla. Yes, Warren paid to go to south Florida to study lice removal — so you wouldn’t have to. (Is your scalp itching yet? Mine is.) “Lice aren’t easy to see, especially if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for,” she says. She then told me all about lice procreation — which you can Google yourself if you’re so inclined.
“Lice have been preying on mankind forever,” Warren adds. “They found a nit comb in an Egyptian tomb.” Now that makes me feel better. Warren notes that right now is prime lice time as kids are back in school after the warmer months, in close quarters and knocking heads. She says that there is lots of misinformation out there about the insects. For example, they don’t jump or fly, but spread through direct contact. That’s why kids are at higher risk than adults. Kids spend time with their heads together looking at art projects and telling secrets and doing school work. That’s how the bugs spread like wildfire through schools and camps. So what to do if you suspect lice on a loved one’s scalp? First, call Asheville Lice at 7776540. Warren can perform a head check for $30 (though it will cost you more if it’s after-hours). She is in process of setting up an office space as well — with good light, important for successful nit picking. If she finds live bugs or nits on you or yours, she treats them with an enzyme solution, then spends up to two hours carefully dividing hair into paper-thin sections and removing all signs of the parasites with a “Terminator” comb.
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Treatment costs $90 for the first hour and $60 for each subsequent one. There’s a family discount for head checks and two post-treatment recheck visits are complimentary (the head-check fee counts towards treatment cost). Warren also advises on home cleaning. She says lice don’t survive more than 24 hours off of humans, so you don’t have to clean as frantically or deeply as I did last year to ward off re-infestation. Washing bed sheets and clothing is recommended, as is vacuuming. Warren’s primary recommendation is that you contact everyone your kid has had close contact with to let them know about the lice — that’s the best way to prevent re-infestation.
“People get freaked out about lice, but I want to help kids understand that there’s nothing wrong with them. I want to help parents feel at ease as well,” Warren says. “I want to demystify and degrossify the whole lice thing.” Good luck with that, sister. I do wish Asheville Lice had been around last year. I would’ve happily paid for Warren’s help. Now my scalp’s itching like mad. Perhaps I need a head check. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www. edgymama.com.
parentingcalendar Calendar for October 19 - 27, 2011 A Nesting Party • Saturday, October 29 (pd.) 2pm-4pm at Nest Organics. 51 North Lexington Ave. For parents and parents to be. Please join us for a complimentary Nesting Party where you will learn about cloth diapering, baby wearing, ways to help protect your children from harmful chemicals, and much more! • The event is free, includes complimentary organic refreshments, and a 10% in store discount. • Please RSVP by calling the store at (828) 258-1901. ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia and other Learning Disabilities • Natural Solution (pd.) Free talk about how the brain processes information, and how the problems can be permanently corrected in adults and children. • Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 6:30pm, Earth Fare South, 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC. • RSVP Wes@wesbeach.com Pre-K IPad Academy (pd.) IPads provided for class. Scholarships available, Bartering encouraged. Class fees are on a sliding scale from $5-$10/class. Parent must stay with child. Convenient Downtown Location. Reply to email@example.com Autism Parent Support Group • 4th THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Meet other parents of children with autism, share your experiences and learn from others. RSVP by 3rd Thursday to ensure childcare. Held at
St. Gerard House, 718 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Info: http://stgerardhouse.com. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital.org or 692-4600. • TH (10/20), 6:30-8pm - Breastfeeding basics for new moms. —- 6-8:30pm - Tips for fathers during the labor and birth process. Parenting Classes • WEDNESDAYS through (11/23), 9-11am - Love and Logic parenting class will be held at the Children First/CIS Family Resource Center at Emma, 37 Brickyard Road. $10 includes workbook. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-4810.
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Anthony Bourdain’s Saturday, Nov. 5 appearance at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is approaching. After the speaking event, Cúrate will host 125 people for a private, ticketed book-signing featuring Bourdain and a selection of about 20 hors d’oeuvres. (For ticket information, visit avl.mx/62. Xpress has secured a copy of the proposed menu, and it looks pretty phenomenal.) And Cúrate’s chef, Katie Button, certainly hopes to make a splash with her offerings. After all, the Bourdain book signings generally take place at the venue where he speaks, but organizers wanted to plan something a bit different for Asheville. Charlie Jennings of AC Entertainment, the promoter and organizer of the tour, apparently made Cúrate his Asheville haunt while visiting. “I don’t know if he was scouting out places or not, but after he came in to eat, he thought it was going to be a perfect tie-in,” Button says. Cúrate is an especially appropriate location given a recent elBulli-focused episode of Bourdain’s No Reservations television show, now in its eighth season. Bourdain was fortunate (and famous enough) to attend one of the final services at elBulli, the lauded restaurant where Button apprenticed under Ferran Adrià before coming to Asheville to open Cúrate. In the episode, Bourdain dines with José Andrés, another chef and well-known mentor of Button’s, who was present at Cúrate’s opening night of business. One could get dizzy tracing all of the connections.
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At any rate, Cúrate’s new (and not-yet-finished) lower private dining room will serve as home-base for the book-signing Bourdain. The room, though nearing completion, is still under construction around the clock in order to ensure its availability for the event. And with a ticket price of $250 (which includes admission to the Bourdain event at Thomas Wolfe as well as the afterparty and all of its delicious spoils), everything must be in tip-top shape. Initially, the new dining room was slated to open next year. The specter of Bourdain squeezing into a tiny space with 125 fans crushing forward to see him, however, loomed large, and construction launched forward immediately.
The scheduled completion date is Monday, Oct. 31 — barely enough time to mop up the construction dust before Bourdain’s arrival on the following Saturday. “They’ve been working overnight on the project to get it done, but it’s almost complete,” Button says. If anything goes wrong? “We don’t have an option. This is happening.” Perhaps to avoid the stress of thinking about that tight deadline, Button’s keeping her brain trained on that 20-item specialty menu. It’s a gorgeous spread of Appalachia meets Adria: A margarita from locally made Troy & Sons moonshine will be offered at one staffed station, nitrogen-frozen and topped with “salt air.” Smoked bacon from Iberian pigs wrapped in cotton candy will also be served. Tiny calamari sandwiches on locally baked buns will be offered with housemade arbequina olive oil mayo. Passed appetizers will include small chorizo sausages wrapped in potato chips and marinated lamb skewers with housemade pickles. And an assortment of olives, playfully dubbed “True or False,” will include a mix of real olives and the liquid spherical olives, an elBulli trick for which Cúrate has also become known. It’s hard not to give some credit to the Cúrate crew for bringing such star power as Andrés and Bourdain to Asheville, or at least in a venue in which the local food community has the opportunity to meet them.
For her part, Button’s looking forward to meeting the itinerant chef. “I’m curious to see what he thinks about what we have set up here,” Button says. “I envy his job. He gets to do these shows where he gets to travel to different parts of the world and learn about the cuisine. He’s so fascinated by it and really gets his hands in it.” And in that way, Button says, the two chefs share some of the same goals; Button has made no secret that she intends to keep traveling and studying under other culinary masters. Next on her agenda? Button has secured a three-week internship at Copenhagen’s Noma, the restaurant that has, for the past two years, inherited from elBulli the title of the world’s best restaurant, according to Restaurant (considered the definitive authority on such matters). Button departs in January. Xpress will keep you posted. For more information about Cúrate, visit curatetapasbar.com.
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You may have heard that the upscale steakhouse Ruth’s Chris is coming to Biltmore Village, offering another answer to a question posed by visiting parents citywide: Where do I get a steak in this town? In Asheville, we know that nearly every restaurant that serves meat usually provides one cut of beef or another. Granted, one tends to find hanger steak and other cheapyet-flavorful cuts on local menus more readily than the filet mignon that sings a siren song of mediumrareness from every Ruth’s Chris advertisement — you’ll know it when you see it, trust us. (And we would be remiss to not remind you that Asheville has its own independent steakhouse in the Chop House on Woodfin Street in the downtown Four Points by Sheraton). The Ruth’s Chris franchise, in some eyes, lends further credence to this town as a food hot spot. The well-known steakhouse is noted for its ranks of giant porterhouses, rib-eyes, strips and T-bones. It’s where you want to take the smallplate phobic and those weary of what they deem “weird” food. This is the place to bring your food-stubborn dad, let him order a manly Napa cabernet and tear into a huge chunk of cow. Doug Snyder, the general manager of the Asheville-based location (still under construction on All Souls Crescent), has been in the wine and food business for more than 20 years. He left the restau-
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Steak here: Ruth’s Chris, once complete, will seat more than 200 diners. Rendering courtesy Ruth’s Chris rant world to work as an import manager for Juice Wine Purveyors, a company that focuses on family-owned-and-operated wine estates around the world. Though the work was gratifying enough and the subject matter interested him — Snyder is a certified sommelier — he missed the restaurant business. He moved to Asheville from Chapel Hill to take the management position. Snyder says that his extensive wine knowledge is one of the reasons he was invited to join the company, and oenophiles should expect his experience to show on the menu. Wine selections are not fully standardized among Ruth’s Chris locations, Snyder says. “We have a lot of national deals in place with some California wineries, so we do have a core list, but about 50 percent of it is up to the manager to decide. Jeff Conway, the owner, wants to push things in a direction of a less traditional steakhouse approach in a way that would be more appealing to the serious wine lover. We’re going to do some really cool things with the wine program.” That includes utilizing his personal knowledge of smaller-production, terroir-driven wines, Snyder says. That’s encouraging, especially for those who might eye such a large, successful restaurant chain moving into locally focused Asheville with some misgiving — and Snyder (as well as the ownership group he works for) is aware of this. “One of the things that I would like people to know is that we’re not McDonald’s. Yes, Ruth’s Chris is a very well-known name, but there’s only 127 worldwide. Of those, over 50 percent are franchisee-owned.” Asheville Prime LLC, the ownership group for the Biltmore Ruth’s Chris, consists of local developer and entrepreneur John Bell, CEO of The Columbus Group, and Ruth’s Chris franchisee Paula Conway. Paula and her husband, Jeff, former CFO of Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc., formed Charlotte Prime LLC in 2005. Since then, they have opened three restaurants, two in Charlotte, N.C. and one in Savannah, Ga. Asheville’s Ruth’s Chris, says Snyder, will work to be a community-oriented business that will employ about 70 locals and host fundraisers for local charities. “We’re not a big corporate monster,” says Snyder. “We bring the best of the corporate mindset and the best of the independent mindset and leave the baggage behind.” This means, he says, a commitment to consistency and quality — but with local identity. “I’m working very hard to source as many local vendors as I can,” Snyder says. Those local foods will include Annie’s Naturally Bakery breads and locally roasted coffee (he’s still looking for the best source) — and, of course, local beer. He’ll look to use local companies for fish and produce as well. “Really, the only thing that we don’t mess with is the meat. We use only USDA-prime beef, and that accounts for the top 2 percent of all beef — quite honestly, there’s not enough supply to meet demand.” If Ruth’s Chris regularly fills its approximately 200 seats with steak-eaters, that’s quite a bit of beef. The restaurant, to be located at 26 All Souls Crescent, is slated to open in December. For more information, visit ruths-chris.com.
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Finishing touches are now being put on Falderal’s holiday wines, like their Vaccinium Red, a Chianti blended with cranberry, a Riesling called Foliage White and Turkey Snood Red — a shiraz that gives a nod to that droopy comb turkeys have. The seasonal selections add to Falderal’s list of wines themed on area sights, from its Bat Cave White to the Stubby Black, a blackberry merlot named for neighbor Flanagan Printing’s resident cat.
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Though Falderal has relied on sourcing grapes from the U.S. and internationally for their wines, they are now taking in fruit from local harvests. “Because we’re so new and this is our first season, later on in the year we’ll have wine made from local grapes,” says Newbold.
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The alchemy of sugar and yeast Falderal Winery offers DIY wine-making, along with wines made on site by Beth Beasley A fascination with fermentation started early for Paul Kovacich, co-owner of Falderal Winery in Hendersonville. Kovacich says he began experimenting with the alchemy of sugars and yeast as a boy, when he was about 10 years old. Having received a more formal education in wine-making at Thistle Meadow Winery in Laurel Springs, near Boone, Kovacich continues to tweak his method and his wont to experiment in the lower level of what used to be part of a print shop, just off Hendersonville’s Main Street. Falderal (part winery, part wine shop and part beer-making supply shop) opened last year, and has become a haven for area home vintners, with a comprehensive offering of supplies and wine kits. The winery offers classes to help those into getting started making wine at home. Falderal also has a basic selection of home-brewing supplies. Falderal, a name that roughly translates as “trivial or nonsensical fuss,” is a winery without a vineyard attached. Unlike a regular wine shop, you’ll find only what is made on premises. A limited run of Halloween-themed wines are currently available, like a cabernet sauvignon labeled All Hallow’s Eve and a Seville orange sangria called Demon’s Blood. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Falderal is hosting a “Trick or Treat” wine tasting from 4 to 8 p.m. Kovacich’s partner, Julia Newbold, says costumes are welcome at the
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With farmers in Polk and Henderson counties growing more grapes, Falderal’s repertoire is expanding with varietals like petit manseng, a small white grape that was first grown in the U.S. in 2006. “For years I thought only hybrids and muscadines could grow well here, but clearly I was wrong,” says Kovacich of WNC vineyards. Other locally sourced grapes fermenting now at Falderal include cabernet franc, viognier, seyval and cabernet sauvignon. For making wine in the off-season, Kovacich and Newbold believe kits are the best option when the harvest is long past. “Kits have come leaps and bounds in the last decade in terms of quality and variety,” says Newbold. Kits have offered a straightforward way to demonstrate wine making at the winery, from breaking open a yeast packet to prepping bottles for filling. Kovacich is willing to share what he knows about the intricacies of the fermentation process with the home vintner; he has a lot of good advice to give. “Come down to a wine tasting and pick out a kit,” he says. “We want to educate people in the off season.”
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Get zombiefied at the latest Local Social Ready for the next Local Social? On Sunday, Oct 23, drift on down to the courtyard of the Crêperie Bouchon, decked out in your best ghostly (or zombiefied) finery for “Feast Local.” The food-studded fete marks the Asheville Grown Business Alliance’s fourth Local Social. This time, the organization partners with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to bring out some of the best in what’s being grown (and eaten) locally. The successful series held its debut at Malaprop’s, where the event almost burst at the seams from betterthan-even-expected attendance (where else but Asheville can you find such a fiercely loyal local movement?). The creperie’s courtyard location allows for spacious mingling, with music (local, of course: rockabilly outfit Pleasure Chest will perform) and hobnobbing with the farmers that will provide the produce, meat and dairy that you’ll be nibbling. “It’s the perfect venue for it,” says Craig Peters, managing partner of the Creperie. Peters and Michel Baudouin (owner of Bouchon) and company will turn out a farm-to-table heavy hors d’oeuvres spread, including butternut-apple velouté with produce from Mountain Fork Farm, local-rabbit stew dijonnaise, cheese from Three Graces Dairy, a crêpe millifeuille with smoked Sunburst Trout and deviled duck eggs from Headwaters of Poverty Farms. Headwaters of Poverty has been showing up on menus around Asheville lately — besides its eggs, used by both the Crêperie and Bouchon proper, the farm’s meat appears in restaurants with a local focus, such as Cucina 24. “They’re super-nice guys,” Peters says of the Headwaters brothers. “You don’t meet many harder-working people — I mean, all farmers are hard-working, but these two brothers work for Buncombe County, and they farm on nights and on weekends. It’s amazing.” Representatives from Sunburst Trout will also be in attendance, says Peters. “They’re such great community members. I’d like everybody to use their stuff.” Most importantly, says Peters, he hopes that hosting local farmers at this event will help the Asheville community not take the oft-tossed about “farmto-table” phrase for granted. “People are almost paying less attention to it, it seems, but it’s very important that people know where their food is coming from,” says Peters. “We have amazing farmers who provide some of the highest-quality foods that we can get around here, and we’re very lucky to be in an area that has so many farmers involved in the community — and the tailgate markets here are outrageous, they’re always busy and there’s always great stuff for you to get your hands on.” Feast Local takes place on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $10 and can be purchased at the door. A generous portion of the money goes back to both ASAP (to help support those “outrageous” tailgate markets) and Asheville Grown’s Buy Local campaign. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available. Costumes are optional (but encouraged). Crêperie Bouchon is located in the courtyard at 62 N. Lexington Ave.
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Stone Brewing Co. has one of those remarkable business success stories. Started by two guys in 1996 just north of San Diego, the craft brewery, in its first year of brewing, produced about 2,000 barrels of beer. Compare that with 2010, when Stone brewed 115,000 barrels and was the 14th largest brewery in America. Its memorably named beers (Arrogant Bastard Ale and Sublimely SelfRighteous Ale, among others) are now distributed in 36 states and Washington, D.C. The company also plans to build a European brew-house in either Berlin or Bruges. There’s more, including significant expansion plans (there’s even a Stone hotel in the works), but you get the picture. That’s some significant growth in 15 years. I want to know how they did it. Don’t you? Well, now we can read all about Stone’s meteoric rise in the new book, The Craft of Stone Brewing: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance. Greg Koch, Stone CEO and co-author, will be in Asheville on Friday, Oct. 28, promoting the book and telling stories — and, of course, drinking and sharing Stone Brewing beers. The night will start at 4 p.m. with a book signing at Bruisin’ Ales beer shop (66 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville). Then Koch will give a talk in the backroom at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. After that, he’ll head over to the downtown locale of The Thirsty Monk to throw down. Because space is limited at Bruisin’ Ales, reservations are suggested. Call 252-8999 to make yours. I chatted with Koch as he and two of Stone’s brewers drove from the brewery’s headquarters in Escondido, Calif., to an event in Los Angeles. “I’ve never been to Asheville, though some folks have been clamoring to get me there for a while,” Koch says. “I’m looking forward to enjoying some of your local beers.” Koch will bring some special Stone brews with him as well, and they’ll be available at Bruisin’ Ales and The Thirsty Monk. The Monk lineup of kegs will include Stone Pale Ale, Stone IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers, Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale, Levitation Ale, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Ruination IPA, Cali Belgique IPA and Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA. Expect bottles of various difficult-to-find Stone brews for sale at both Bruisin’ and the Monk. “I don’t travel without beer,” Koch says. Lucky for us. He notes that he particularly likes the tellingstories part of his work. I’ve heard Koch speak, and he’s definitely engaging. “I hope folks will come out and allow me to share some stories, and I hope that it will spark some inspiration and rejuvenate them, whatever their goals may be,” he says. “I always enjoy talking to people about our mutual passion of craft
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Arrogant bastard: Greg Koch, CEO and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co., will visit Asheville to promote his new book about the brewery and bring Arrogant Bastard Ale with him. beer, but I hope to provide some perspectives for any entrepreneur. I like to tell entrepreneurs: Really, do it the way you think you should do it, not the way other people or the public think. Stick to your guns. Stick to your own personality.” The book also includes home-brew recipes for Stone beers, plus pairing and cellaring guides and the stories behind every beer Stone has created. Also, as the subtitle notes, it’s infused with lots of unabashed arrogance. Koch says his favorite recipe in the book is the Ruination IPA garlic-and-cheddar soup. After all, what’s not to like about combining great beer with garlic and cheese? Asked what the spark was for writing the tome, he says, “It was our 15th anniversary, and it seemed like a significant milestone. It felt like it was time to be reflective and put pen to paper. It took a lot of work and energy, but now I’m stoked these stories are out there.” Koch wrote the book with Stone co-founder Steve Wagner and Randy Clemens, Stone’s publicrelations coordinator.
Local beer do-gooders You know you want to order Areola Ale, just to say you did (it’s kind of like Arrogant Bastard that way). Plus, if you do so, 50 cents will go to Beauty Through Cancer, a breast cancer awareness program. Created and brewed by Erica Nelson of Highland Brewing, the Areola Ale is a pink wheat
beer infused with beet juice and hibiscus for flavor and color. It’s seven percent alcohol-by-volume and sold by the half-pint. The ale was brewed on Highland’s small pilot system, so it’s only available while it lasts at Highland’s Taproom. Pisgah Brewing has just released its LEAF Amber Ale (Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of the beer go to Lake Eden Arts Festival’s Schools and Streets program). The beer is released to coincide with LEAF, that celebration of music, art and culture held at Lake Eden in Black Mountain twice a year. The next fest takes place this weekend, Oct. 20 through 23. For more information, visit theLEAF.org.
LAB wins at GABF One Asheville brewery returned home from the recent Great American Beer Festival in Denver with a medal. Congrats to master brewer Ben Pierson and Lexington Avenue Brewery for garnering a bronze for brown porter. The porter is currently on tap at the gastropub. Two other North Carolina breweries won medals: Lone Rider Brewing of Raleigh came back with a silver for Dead Eye Jack Porter, and Foothills Brewing of Winston-Salem earned a silver for Bourbon barrelaged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout. Congrats to all! X Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How do we love thee, fall? Let us count the ways: local apples, beets, cheese, greens, lettuce, meats, pumpkins, radishes, turnips, winter squash ... We could go on and on. How can you fall for local food, too? Take our advice, and it’s sure to be a heavenly cool-weather cooking season. Though a select few have ended for the season, the majority of farmers markets remain open through the end of October, some even into November and December. The cooler weather means that you can also look forward to cabbages, mushrooms, potatoes, spinach and other greens — everything you need for a fall feast. Shop for popcorn and sweet treats, too. You can find everything from seasonal baked goods such as sweet potato pie, plus real local honey and sorghum molasses (also known as sorghum syrup, the natural sweetener is made by processing juice squeezed from sorghum stalks). Nationwide, sorghum-cane milling is a rare operation, but family farms here in WNC are keeping the Southern mountain tradition alive. Use it in your favorite recipe, or simply spread it on biscuits. Markets also act as a pumpkin patch through the end of October. Pick deco-
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Falling for autumn produce: Apples, squash and greens are abundant right now. rative pumpkins and gourds for your fall displays, or pick up a pre-carved jack-o’-lantern to save yourself the messy steps. Fall’s a perfect time to start shopping for holiday gifts, as more and more local craft vendors make their way to market. Look for everything from wreaths to beeswax candles and handmade furniture to jewelry. Learn more about what you can find — and who’s growing it — in the pages of this special ASAP-sponsored section.
Appalachian Grown partner restaurants serve local food The restaurants advertising in this special section have a commitment to buying local cheeses, meats and produce, and we hear that fall is one of their favorite times. Look for specials featuring the items prevalent in our farmers markets this time of year. In particular, look for dishes featuring greens, winter squash and farm-fresh meats.
Greens have the Get Local focus in October. Here in WNC, chefs can get their hands on collards, kale, chard, escarole, a variety of lettuces, spinach and more, so there are sure to be numerous specials. The same goes for November’s focus, winter squash. Look for dishes featuring candy roaster squash, an Appalachian staple, as well as acorn, butternut, delicata, carnival and more. In December, as fresh produce becomes more scarce, restaurants will shine the spotlight on area meat farmers who produce beef, chicken, duck, goat, lamb, pork, rabbit and trout. ASAP’s Get Local is a year-round initiative that brings together farmers, chefs and community members to celebrate a featured local food each month. Learn more and find the calendar (which will change to feature exciting new local items in 2012) on the Get Local page of asapconnections.org. Be sure to also look for local produce on the shelves of groceries and co-ops that support local farmers.
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Talking turkey (and honey and beef and ...) Itâ€™s never too soon to start thinking of your Thanksgiving turkey. Many farmers will offer sign-up sheets at their tailgate booth in the coming weeks, so be sure to get on a list for your local bird. But thatâ€™s not all youâ€™ll find at markets right now. Here are some of the smiling faces youâ€™ll find under autumn skies at your local tailgate market (for a complete list of markets and times, visit asap connections.org).
Itâ€™s time for turkey! Well, almost. Itâ€™s actually time to order your local turkey. East Fork Farm has sign-up sheets out at their market booths now. Find them at Asheville City Market, Montford Farmers Market and North Asheville Tailgate Market. Also look to Which Came First Farm at the Wednesday Co-op Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op. As of press time, they had nearly 100 unclaimed birds. You can order yours at their market booth, or you can connect with them via Facebook or by calling 625-3402. Photos courtesy of ASAP and Maggie Cramer
Simple Bread: Is there such a thing as a holiday meal without fresh-baked bread? We didnâ€™t think so. Snag everything from rolls to baguettes at markets this season. You can be sure youâ€™ll find loafs from vendor Nathan Morrison of Simple Bread at the West Asheville Tailgate Market and Montford Farmers Market as fall moves along.
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B&L Organic: Barry Rubenstein of B&L Organic plans to set up at markets into November with turnips, radishes and other fall produce. A longtime vendor of the Wednesday Co-op Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op, he shares that seafood vendors and farmers growing in greenhouses will ensure the market thrives through the end of the season.
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Sweetheart Bakery: Fall and winter markets are baked-good bonanzas. Look for all kinds of sweet treats — especially goodies made with fall finds like apples and sweet potatoes — from a variety of vendors. Aimee Mostwill of Sweetheart Bakery plans to have her cookies, scones, tarts and more at Asheville City Market, Montford Farmers Market and North Asheville Tailgate Market until the tents come down for the year.
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Firefly Farms: OK, weâ€™re teasing you a bit with these bright red tomatoes. But Elizabeth Gibbs and Scott Paquin of Firefly Farm will have displays just as stunning through the end of the season. Expect wreaths, beef, lots of leafy green veggies (they planted their high tunnel in mid-October), winter squash and more. Find Firefly at the Montford Farmers Market, Asheville City Market and occasionally the Yancey County Farmers Market.
Flying Cloud Farm: Annie Louise Perkinson will have cool-weather veggies, from beets to winter squash, up for grabs until the last markets of the season. Find Flying Cloud at North Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market and the Montford Farmers Market.
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The Southeast B-Boy Championship ii is bigtime It’s the region’s most epic display of hip-hop culture, and it’s gonna be bigtime. This Saturday, b-boys and b-girls from seven states will congregate at the Asheville JCC for a chance to win cash and bragging rights (prizes range from $300 to $800 cash). Last November, when B-Boy Frantic (aka Michael Pelletier) put on this event, comedian Dave Chappelle showed up, So you know it’s a big deal. Expect one-on-one battles, three-on-three battles, all-style battles and feats of physical prowess from crews that have traveled from Florida and Virginia. The public is invited at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15 (free for children under 10). There’s not another event like this around, and it’s only once a year. With DJs Ethical (Atlanta), Fred Krugr (Charleston) and Brett Rock from (Asheville), special guest judges B-Boy Domkey (Virginia), B-Boy Machine (California) and B-Boy Palmer (Texas). Don’t miss. Frantic has opened Asheville Alternative Dance Center, a new studio on Eagle Street that offers classes in break-dancing, house-dancing, popping and pole fitness. More about the studio and the Southeast B-Boy Championships at ashevillealternativedance.com. ABOVE PHOTO BY JONATHAN WELCH / mural by joshua “butta” mchugh / OPPOSITE PHOTO BY JOSHUA COLE
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SoutheAst B-Boy Championship event organizer/promoter Mike “Frantic” Pelletier of Hunab Kru says “SEBC 2 will be a collection of the most talented dancers in the South practicing the most difficult dance art known to man.”
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The Asheville Chamber Music Series has been raising funds for a new piano throughout the year. “Well, I shouldn’t say a new piano,” says Richard Wrightson, president of ACMS. “It will be a used piano, but a very good used Steinway piano.” The organization set a funding goal of $50,000 to acquire the instrument. “To date, we’ve got pledges of over $36,000,” Wrightson says. As if to demonstrate what concertgoers can expect $14,000 down the road, the organization planned the 2011-2012 season with a number of chamber works involving the piano. “We’re bringing in a good piano — a good Steinway B — for a couple of the concerts,” Wrightson says. “What makes this year a little bit different is that there is more variety in terms of instruments being used.” Chamber works for strings have dominated the annual series in recent seasons. “There’s a conscious effort within the organization to present a more varied program in terms of wind instruments in combination with strings and piano,” Wrightson says. “That certainly shows through in the program this year.”
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The opening concert, which features four piano-inclusive works performed by The Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio, proves that the “conscious effort” is being realized. Historically, an astounding number of world-famous ensembles and soloists have visited Asheville through ACMS, including the Budapest, Emerson, Fine Arts, Julliard and Kodaly quartets. The Amadeus Quartet — one of the most renowned ensembles of the 20th century — performed during the first season in 1952 and seven times thereafter. The present-day musicians are equally celebrated. “All of the groups that are playing — from a world point of view — are preeminent in many ways,” Wrightson says. “The Pacifica Quartet, for example — they are very good. They have been appointed as the quartet-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Kavafian-SchubShifrin Trio is part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. All of these groups are well-renowned and perform all over the world.” All performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, located at 1 Edwin Place at Charlotte Street. Individual tickets are $35. Season tickets are available for $135 each. To purchase season tickets go to ashevillechambermusic.org or call Pam Miller at 259-3626. ACMS concerts are free for students.
The Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio The program
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Kegelstadt (clarinet) Trio.” Béla Bartók, “Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano.” Igor Stravinsky, Suite from “L’Histoire du Soldat.” William Bolcom, “Afternoon Cakewalk” (Rag Suite of Joplin, Lamb, Scott and Bolcom.)
Ani Kavafian (violin), Andre-Michel Schub (piano) and David Shifrin (clarinet).
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The Calder Quartet The program
Johannes Brahms, Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 67, No. 3. Anton Webern, Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. 5. Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131, No. 14.
Benjamin Jacobson (violin), Andrew Bulbrook (violin), Jonathan Moreschel (viola) and Eric Byers (cello)
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Mozart, Quartet for Flute and Strings, D Major, K. 285. Beethoven, Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 16, E-flat Major. Robert Schumann, Three Romances for Flute and Piano, Op. 94. Brahms, Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 25, G Minor.
Miles Hoffman (viola), Stephen Balderston (cello), Joanna Maurer (violin), Sara Stern (flute) and Reiko Uchida (piano)
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The Alexander String Quartet The program
MARCH 2 2012
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 3, “Emperor.” Beethoven, String Quartet, Op. 95, “Serioso.” Dmitri Shostakovich, Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, Nos. 1 and 15 (arr. Grafilo). Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 4.
Zakarias Grafilo (violin), Frederick Lifsitz (violin), Paul Yarbrough (viola) and Sandy Wilson (cello).
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Pacifica Quartet The program
APRIL 13 2012
Beethoven, Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6. Antonín Dvorak, “American” Quartet in F Major, Op. 96. Beethoven: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2.
Simin Ganatra (violin), Sibbi Bernhardsson (violin), Masumi Per Rostad (viola) and Brandon Vamos (cello)
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by Dane Smith There’s something inherently American about the songwriting of Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley. A deep longing for freedom, the inquisitive fearlessness of exploration and a stoic realism on matters of the heart permeate his craft. The instrumental vehicle for his expression is more eclectic, but it too is deeply rooted in the the country’s history. Whether channeling the sparse, harmonica-tinged folk of Townes Van Zandt on “Stranger in a Strange Land” or the boisterous guitar howls of Ted Nugent on “Your Crying Eyes,” Blitzen Trapper’s latest record, American Goldwing, is like a history lesson in national consciousness and tastes. Remarkably, those disparate elements and opposing attitudes hold together, even compliment one another, forming what Earley considers the band’s most cohesive collection to date. “I just write from this vision of America that is my own,” he explains. “In the end, it’s all just American music, you know. It’s guitar music, whether it’s rock, country or folk music. It’s all part of the same feeling, of America and travel and spaciousness and the freedom, I guess, of travel. To me it all hangs together.” “And maybe it’s consistent just through my sheer will,” he adds with a laugh. “I want it to hang together. But for me, it’s all part of the same story.” That said, American Goldwing is also specific to Earley’s experience, more so than any of the band’s previous five releases. The album is a direct reflection on his childhood, relationship struggles and, most notably, hometown of Salem, Ore. Perhaps because of the intimate connection to his personal life, the songs poured out with a staggering effortlessness. The experience was a departure from the on again, off again approach to his previous work, which, he admits, also lent to the cohesiveness of this collection.
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Part of the same feeling: “In the end, it’s all just American music, you know,” says Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley. “It’s guitar music, whether it’s rock, country or folk music.” Photo by Tyler Kohlhoff
Peaceful easy feeling: Americana band Dawes takes the California country rock of Laurel Canyon (home to The Eagles, among other famous acts) and updates it. Their new record, Nothing Is Wrong, is instantly familiar and likable. Photo by Kevin Hays
â€œI think itâ€™s more representative of me,â€? Earley says. â€œThis record, I wrote really all in one sitting almost. [2010â€™s Destroyer of the Void] was a record of a bunch of different things that were put together, but it wasnâ€™t a cohesive record to me because I didnâ€™t write all those songs at the same time. I kind of made it over a two-year period. American Goldwing, it means more because of that fact.â€? Earleyâ€™s remarks about the freedom of travel and his obvious appreciation for the American experience might suggest that he would feel right at home on the road. However, the multiinstrumentalist is conflicted about that part of being a musician. Leaving for months at at time can have a devastating effect on relationships. And, he points out, touring is just a lot of work in general. â€œI think thereâ€™s a real love and hate relationship with anybody who tours. I think thatâ€™s what makes it poignant. There are things that are really beautiful and amazing about it, and then there are things that are really hard about it; because it is work. But thatâ€™s what makes it worth thinking about and writing about. And thatâ€™s also
what makes it powerful as far as changing your perspective once you start touring and seeing the country.â€? But seeing the country, from Earleyâ€™s perspective, is more about personal interactions than experiencing a connection to nature. Which, not surprisingly, can be frustrating for an outdoorsman who spends summers swimming in rivers and winters cross-country skiing. Nonetheless, the influence travel had on American Goldwing and Earleyâ€™s urge to explore his roots is apparent. â€œReally, touring is more about cities and towns than it is the space between. But you get to see a lot of it as you drive. America is great. The place you live, if you live somewhere small or something, you enjoy the country around you, and itâ€™s yours and you know it. So when Iâ€™m home in Oregon, I donâ€™t know, I enjoy Oregon a lot more now after having seen the rest of the country. I appreciate it more. And you appreciate the familiarity of where you are or where you grew up.â€? Dane Smith can mountainx.com.
Running on full Dawes on playing with heroes, recording an instant classic
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by ALLI MARSHALL Itâ€™s one thing to channel the cool, dusty, boots-and-aviators California country rock of the â€˜70s, filtered through a 21st-century aesthetic. Itâ€™s really something to effortlessly evoke that Laurel Canyon sound (the stomping grounds of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Gram Parsons and Crosby, Stills and Nash, among others) and then temper it with punk sensibilities. Itâ€™s another thing, all together, to be the band Robbie Robertson (of The Band) calls up when he needs some backing for his first album in more than a decade. â€œI grew up watching The Last Waltz about a thousand times before I was ever in a band,â€? says bassist Wylie Gelber, whoâ€™s been with Dawes since the L.A.-based Americana group was cutting its teeth as high-school rockers Simon Dawes. â€œItâ€™s a crazy surreal experience when youâ€™re waiting in the rehearsal room and all of a sudden Robbie Robertson walks in. The whole thing was pretty mind-blowing.â€? Dawes squeezed in two shows with Robertson and hopes to do more at some point, but in reality, itâ€™s Dawesâ€™ nonstop touring schedule that makes side projects tricky. Like a few shows with Jackson Browne, who also appeared on the bandâ€™s latest album, Nothing Is Wrong. â€œHeâ€™s a mastermind,â€? says Gelber. And, despite Browneâ€™s iconic status, â€œHe was actually one of the nicest people Iâ€™ve met in my
entire life. When it got down to it, all of us in the room hanging out, he couldnâ€™t have been a nicer, more down-to-earth, ask-him-anything, super-awesome guy.â€? But back to the aptly named Nothing Is Wrong. The album opens with a panoramic sweep of guitars and hints of organ before lead singer/songwriter Taylor Goldsmith comes in, his vocal as comfortable as a pair of faded Leviâ€™s. Thereâ€™s something about the California country-rock sound: You know it right away, from the lap steel and laid-back percussion to the sun-drenched lyrics that recall The Eagles, dusty cowboy boots and desert sunsets. But Nothing is even more immediate, more instantly familiar. Dawes recorded its debut album North Hills before the band ever went on tour, says Gelber. He calls that album a slow burn. When the band went on the road, people told them the live show sounded completely different than the record. With Nothing, they â€œtried to split the difference. That helped with people being able to catch on to it a little earlier,â€? says Gelber. Live performances of Nothing were arranged on tour (because, like â€œTime Spent in Los Angelesâ€? suggests, â€œThese days my friends donâ€™t seem to know me without my suitcase in my hand,â€? Dawes is rarely not on tour). â€œIt was the opposite of North Hills. The arrangements
were based on being played in front of people rather than just being played in a room,â€? says Gelber. â€œIt definitely seems to make a difference. When people hear the record and then see us live, itâ€™s not as much of a disconnect.â€? According to Gelber, musicians assume they can predict the one track that everyoneâ€™s going to want to hear live. â€œYou go out and play and hear people request songs, and itâ€™s cool that theyâ€™re requesting a little bit of everything,â€? he says. One of Gelberâ€™s favorites is â€œSo Well,â€? which he describes as â€œa deeper cut for people who are into a slow jam.â€? Really, thereâ€™s not much about Nothing that feels like a deep cut. Itâ€™s an open book of an album, an easy reveal with its unhurried twosteps, roadhouse piano parts, heart-on-sleeve references to California landscapes and wisdom beyond the bandâ€™s collective years. Sure, contributions from seasoned musicians couldnâ€™t have hurt. (In addition to Browneâ€™s vocals, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played keys.) Gelber seems more concerned with introducing his heroes to a new audience. â€œUnfortunately, there are so many people in my generation who may not know Jackson Browne,â€? he says. Those music fans may know the big hits like â€œRunning on Emptyâ€? and â€œDoctor My Eyes,â€? but Gelber says that to look at Browneâ€™s catalog and how true heâ€™s stayed to himself over the years, and then to get to play with him, â€œwas insanely special.â€? Something else thatâ€™s special to Dawes: visiting Asheville. Which is a good thing, since their co-bill with Blitzen Trapper at the Orange Peel this week will be the bandâ€™s third stop through town since May (they supported Brett Dennen this spring, then returned in the summer to open for Alison Krauss & Union Station at Biltmore Estate). Dawes has already dropped by Echo Mountain to record a Daytrotter session; this time around the band hopes to spend a day just exploring. â€œItâ€™s one of our favorite places in the whole country,â€? Gelber says. â€œWe were even talking about moving there. Weâ€™re like, â€˜Whatâ€™s wrong with it? Nothing is wrong with this town.â€™â€? Because, after all, Nothing Is Wrong is the theme. X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ mountainx.com.
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“Follow the leads until something feels right” Charles Frazier guides readers into his new novel, Nightwoods
Cool mountains: Local author Charles Frazier leaves behind the 19th-century world of Cold Mountain, but maintains a relationship with the natural world in his 20th-century story Nightwoods. Photo by Greg Martin
by Gary Carter Charles Frazier seems bemused that his new novel, Nightwoods, has been described as a backwoods thriller or Appalachian gothic with a touch of Flannery O’Connor. To be honest, he says, it’s more the influence of mountain murder ballads and film noir of the 1940s and ‘50s that shaped the gritty, character-driven, honed-down narrative, a distinct departure from Frazier’s previous and much longer works, Cold Mountain and Thirteen Moons. This novel also steps forward in time to the early ‘60s, an innocent period just prior to the culture-altering Kennedy assassination. Not that admirers of this native son’s graceful literary style and descriptive gifts will be disappointed, as Nightwoods flows at a carefully measured pace that subtly reveals its characters and builds suspense over just 258 pages. But unlike most contemporary thrillers, Frazier carefully avoids the conventions of that genre, sometimes edging close but swerving away to push in an unexpected direction. An inexplicable black hole in the woods, in other hands, would be an obvious harbinger of things to come; for Frazier it’s merely an unexplained thing that mountains harbor, “a deep cylinder of still air encompassed by dark rock.” And it’s the unexplained and unusual, combined with the known elements of the natural environment, that intrigue Luce, an embittered young woman who has pulled away from the
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world and chosen to live in relative seclusion as caretaker of a long-abandoned lodge that once was a summer retreat for lowland wealthy. Luce recognizes that the town across the lake views her more as a squatter after the lodge’s owner dies. But she envisions it’s her duty to keep the place “from growing over with kudzu” while maintaining it as her sanctuary, the lake a protective barrier from troubling memories that drove her to conclude “you couldn’t count on anybody.” Her unburdened seclusion ends abruptly when Luce finds herself the unlikely custodian of her murdered sister’s two young children, who neither speak nor respond to anything she attempts. According to Frazier, while Luce is the character who emerged for him during the writing process and took over the story, it was the arrival of the twins that stimulated the ultimate direction. “They literally popped into my head in the form of a sentence,” he recalls, and that hauntingly concise string of words became the foreboding opening of the book: “Luce’s stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.” The children, Dolores and Frank, indeed prove fierce and “loved fire above all elements of creation,” forcing Luce into constant vigilance even as she tries to connect with the twins who communicate wordlessly with one another. The nature of their problems are hinted at but never specified. Frazier says his intent was to “describe, not diagnose.” It is revealed that the children witnessed the
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murder of their mother, Lily, by her second husband, Bud, a hardscrabble small-time crook with a violent streak, who “met a pretty widow with bad judgment and two small children.” In Frazier’s hands, Bud is portrayed not as the evil antagonist common in many thrillers, but a flawed man-child, both scarred and scared, who considers the world rigged against him. He knifes Lily when she hides ill-gotten money from him, and it’s that cash that drives him toward Luce and the children after he beats the murder rap, aided by a wily small-town lawyer. “Bud is a guy who takes advantage of things as he finds them, but still isn’t in command as he’d like to be,” Frazier says. “My daughter looked at an early draft, and said she’d read about Bud and find herself laughing, but then realize he’s a horrible person.” As Bud stalks Luce and the children, he becomes entwined with Lit, a local deputy and Luce’s distant father. It becomes a surreally strange relationship between two loners, with drugs as a unifying interest. At the same time, the wayward grandson of the lodge’s deceased owner arrives to survey
his inheritance and discovers Luce, on whom he had an unrequited high-school crush. She sees him first as a threat to her chosen existence, but gradually allows him closer to her and the children. As always, Frazier weaves the natural environment intimately into the story, demonstrating his deep-rooted affection for his native North Carolina mountains. The former university professor was born in Asheville (”I love to say I was born in Biltmore Village”) and grew up in Andrews, where he still spends a portion of the year writing and traversing the woods on his mountain bike. Frazier allows the natural world to become a vital character that has both direct and indirect influence on the story and those within it. The setting for this book, as with his previous novels, is masterfully rendered, a place where fallen yellow poplar leaves rest “like upturned hands on the dark pavement.” For Luce, this is a haven where she finds solace by feeling the dirt beneath her feet and observing the passing nuances of life. For another character, it becomes a sinister place: “Under the hemlock, everything lies dark and quiet. Needles not rustling in the breeze like leaves, just a hissing in the air … Listen hard and you hear a sound like the ticking of many wristwatches, the fall of dead needles, building in tiny increments a deep thousand-year bed to kill weaker things that try to grow underneath.” Frazier acknowledges it’s place, not action, that fuels his writing. “I never start with a plot,” he says. “I always start with a place in mind and try to find a plot. I don’t do a lot of planning, but follow the leads until something feels right.” That rightness is evident in Nightwoods, where the rhythmic beauty of language underscores a darkly complex and haunting tale that reveals the twists and inner-workings of characters that ring as true as the woods and mountains around them.
X Gary Carter is the author of Eliot’s Tale and a freelance writer. He is based in Asheville.
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With Second Sister, Kovacs and the Polar Bear prove there’s bite to its (live show) bark by Miles Britton For a bunch of self-proclaimed slack-asses, Kovacs and the Polar Bear have sure had a stellar year: headlining The Grey Eagle, high-profile gigs opening for Tyler Ramsey and War On Drugs, winning a best of Music Video Asheville award, slots at Bele Chere and Birmingham’s inaugural Secret Stages festival. Oh yeah, and the local Americana band just finished up the swaggeringly beautiful Second Sister, hands-down its best album to date. “This past year has been nuts for us,” frontman Nick Kovacs mumbles modestly over a shot and a beer at DeSoto Lounge. “I think we’ve just been really lucky lately.” Luck, my friend, has nothing to do with it. As anyone who’s caught one of the band’s mesmerizing live shows can attest, there’s damn good reason why the local four-piece is knocking on national buzz’s door. One minute they’re lulling you in with a gorgeous, harmony-drenched folk tune, and the next they’re blowing you back on your heels with a soaring, cymbal-crashing, Southern rock epic. It was exactly that live energy that KPB strove to capture on their latest album. Recorded over the span of nine months with local producer/ musician Brian Landrum (Floating Action, Black
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That’s a good mess-up: Second Sister’s concept was simple and raw: Set up the band in one room, no click tracks, minimal overdubs. And, man, do they pull it off. “There’s imperfections,” says bassist/keyboardist Chris Lee. “One thing we didn’t do on this album was overanalyze it.” Photo by Sandlin Gaither Eyed Dog), Second Sister’s concept was simple and raw: Set up the band in one room, no click tracks, minimal overdubs. And, man, do they pull it off. “There’s imperfections,” says bassist/keyboardist Chris Lee. “One thing we didn’t do on this album was overanalyze it. Brian was really good about saying, ‘That, that’s a good messup.’” Featuring some of the catchiest songs the band’s ever written, the album has a loose, charming feel about it, especially on standout tracks like the thundering “Gold & Silver” or the organ-drenched opener “Dandelion.” It helps that most of the tunes have been well road-worn over the past two years (as fans will no doubt notice). Kovacs also chalks it up to the fact that this is the first album where they could really relax and take their time with the recording. ”We were more comfortable with the songs, we were more comfortable with us playing together,” says Kovacs about their studio experience. “So we weren’t really worried about anything like we used to be. We play better when we don’t care.” Lee grins. “I also think that we just didn’t drink as much.” Whatever the reason, it’s a major evolution from 2009’s Loathsome Teeth. Whereas that record was a generally quiet affair, at times so hushed and minimal that it came off like a Nick Kovacs solo record, Second Sister is big. It’s lush. It’s gritty. It’s got, well... “Balls,” says Lee, laughing. “When we first got together, we weren’t loud at all. It was very
calm and quiet. But I think we’ve got more personality as a band once we started going balls out.” It’s also the the first album KPB has recorded since guitarist/keyboardist (and filmmaker) Joe Chang joined the band two years ago — cementing the current lineup along with drummer/ driving force Andrew Woodward — which helps add a richer, more varied sound to the songs on Second Sister. Both Chang and Lee even contributed a few songs of their own, another KPB precedent. “I think this is the first album that we’re all really happy with,” says Kovacs. “It really feels like Kovacs and the Polar Bear’s first album. This one’s much more of a group effort. We’ve finally clicked, I think.” He laughs. “I’m starting to feel like we’re a real band or something.” And as for future plans? Well, besides filming a few new videos, KPB hasn’t really given it much thought. Which is just the way they like it. “We never have a game plan,” says Kovacs. “We just don’t do that as a band. I think that that’s the best thing about us, is we aren’t real serious about it. I think it’s good not be too serious about it all. It keeps things fun, and it works for us.” Hey, as long as they keep producing things as impressive as Second Sister, it works for us, too. X Miles Britton is an Asheville-based freelance writer.
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by becky upham Willie Nelson began his music career in the ‘50s as a songwriter writing hits like “Crazy” for Patsy Cline and “Pretty Paper,” for Roy Orbison. He went on to have many country hits in each decade. His last album, Country Music, was released in 2010 and produced by T Bone Burnett. He performs at Harrah’s in Cherokee on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Milk Carton Kids are two respected solo artists, Kenneth Pattengale and Joe Ryan. The band released its first studio album, Prologue, in July. NPR called it “Feel better music … and who doesn’t want to feel better?” The duo plays The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The Jayhawks (pictured) perform at The Orange Peel on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. with Tift Merritt opening. The Jayhawks began playing in the mid-’80s in Minnesota, and their influence in the alt-country scene is equal to bands such as Wilco or Son Volt. The band released its latest album, Mockingbird Time, a few weeks ago, and the lineup (except for the drummer) is that of the Green Grass era.
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c. Polygamy. d. Habitat for Horses. 6. What prompted Willie Nelson to cut off his legendary braids in 2010? a. He read an article in Style magazine about the best hair cut for your face shape b. An escalator accident in the Atlanta airport c. The high maintenance starting getting to him. d. Tequila, and lots of it.
a. Both band members were kidnapped as children.
d. None of your beeswax.
b. Farm Aid.
1. c They believe that letting people hear what they sound like live for free will compel more people to come out and pay to see them. Download it at themilkcartonkids.com.
2. How did the Milk Carton Kids decide on their name?
c. Seven year itch.
a. National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws.
2. d Yep, they really did come up with that.
d. It was actually an accident by their (ex) publicist.
b. He and then girlfriend Victoria Williams wanted to be Americana’s version of John and Yoko
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3. a He told Steve McLean in an interview earlier this year, “I’d reached a point in my life where I knew deep inside that I had to do something different.”
c. They believe in “try before you buy.”
a. A pretty simple case of “Been there, done that.”
d. It’s equal parts Byrds, Beatles and the Flying Burrito Brothers (according to The Independent UK).
4. b You’re going to have to wait for a James Taylor/Carly Simon reunion for that one.
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5. c He prefers to keep marrying one woman at a time until he gets it right.
a. Mercury was in retrograde.
in 1995 after the release of “Tomorrow the Green Grass,” which is considered an Americana classic and the band’s finest record?
6. d CBS News called it “The Haircut Heard Round the World. According to his publicist, there was “A lot of maintenance.”
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asheville bookfest From kids’ books to hard hitting political topics, there’s a book for every type of reader. Which is great, but what’s even better is meeting the authors behind the books. Asheville Bookfest, held Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., offers just that opportunity. The festival takes place on the lawn at the top of Park Square Park, with a children’s tent and featured authors such as poet/writer Thomas Rain Crowe, photographer/memoirist Simone Lipscomb and painter/ non-fiction writer Blanca Mesias Miller. Free. ashevillebookfest.wordpress. com.
asheville Zombie walk It’s not every day that you come across an event that is both family-friendly and “dripping with fake blood and shambling.” Well, the day (Saturday, Oct. 22) has arrived, and the event is the annual Asheville Zombie Walk. And this year — on top of the gore, the groans, the cravings for brains — the walk takes place at the Zombie-perfect Biltmore Square Mall. Meet at Cinebarre at 6 p.m. Walking (free) begins at dusk and the party (movies for $3, kids activities, dance acts, a costume contest, bands: Envy of the Wicked, Ritual, 23 Skidoo, Opus Grey and Zombie Queen) continues into the night. ashtoberfest.com/zombiewalk. html.
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honey holler at craft fair of southern highlands This one’s a twofer. First, it’s the biannual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, from Thursday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 23. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; $8 or free for children under age 12.) Second, it’s hand-crafted mountain music with all-female Honey Holler. The local string band took home first place in the Mountain State Fair’s old time music contest. They’ll perform at the Craft Fair on Sunday at 2 p.m. southernhighlandguild.org.
hello hugo cD release Local experimental/instrumental outfit Hello Hugo is Rosser Douglas, Nick Prather, Reid Weigner and Justin Holt. Douglas, Prather and Holt made up the band Seawhistle before Hello Hugo’s inception. They describe their current sound as being “like steeping tea for the perfect amount of time.” You decide: The band releases its debut CD with “a full on hootenanny” (including performances by Villages and Protractor) at BoBo Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23. 8 p.m. Cover is $3, CDs are $2. bobogallery. com.
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20 Music & EvEnts thur, OctOber 20
21 Thursday, Oct 20th Thirstdays
Friday, Oct 21st Sanctun Sully
An Evening with Brian Jordan (of Karl Denson’s Band) $5
(Black Flag) w/ Droidmotor,
Juan Benevidas Trio (flamenco guitar), 8-10pm Altamont Brewing Company
Bluegrass Brunch FREE
The Pond Brothers CDC6 w/ Chuck Dukowski
Early show: Big Brown Bag Songwriting
Dirty South Lounge
5 Walnut Wine Bar
Trampled by Turtles (rock, roots) w/ These
Wed., October 19
Brown Bag Songwriting Competition hosted by Alex Krug $3 to Enter - FREE
Music Trivia Tuesdays Before Funk Jam - FREE 25
(ROCK / BLUEGRASS) OPEN 4-8PM, BAND IS 6-8PM, FREE SHOW
Saturday, Oct. 22nd Closed Private Event
DOOrs 8:00 pM - shOW 9:00 pM - $15
Jeff cOffin & the Mu’tet W/ e. nOrMus triO
sun, OctOber 23 DOOrs 7:00 pM - shOW 8:00 pM - $12/$15
ralph stanley ii
LIVE MUSIC... NEVER A COVER Duck-Rabbit Tap Takeover Thur Cornhole Tournament & Live Music with
Scott Raines & Jeff Anders
Fri Joshua Singleton Duo 10/21 (acoustic rock, jam)
Howie’s House Band (rock, classic hits)
thur, OctOber 27 4:00 pM - 7:00 pM - $20 - On the pisgah fielD
pint a pig
benefit tasting event fOr the black MOuntain tailgate Market fri, OctOber 28 - 6:00 pM
no cover charge (4-8pm)
flight night featuring a firkin Of vOrtex ii at thirsty MOnk sOuth Details & aDvance tickets:
Taproom Hours: M-W: 4pm - 9pm th-sat: 2pm - 12am | sun: 2pm - 9pm 70 OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2011 • mountainx.com
FREE Parking weekdays after 5pm & all weekend (behind us on Marjorie St.)
20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944 PacksTavern.com Off Biltmore Ave. in the new Pack Square Park.
Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer Bâ€™s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Haywood Lounge
Throwback Thursday w/ DJ Go Hard Jack of the Wood Pub
Bluegrass jam, 7pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Back stage: J Kutchma w/ Young Couples (indie, rock, pop) Mo-Daddyâ€™s Bar & Grill
Pick Your Switch (Americana, garage, rock) Olive or Twist
West Coast swing dancing w/ The Heather Masterton Quartet, 8pm One Stop Deli & Bar
Big Something (indie, rock) w/ The Native Sway
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