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Softening the blow
Council modifies new handicapped-parking rules OCTOBER 26 meeting
pCell-tower ordinance changes postponed again pSustainability incentives pass second reading pMontford Commons deal approved pCoopers Hawk Drive annexation to proceed by David Forbes “Let’s be swift,” Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy urged her City Council colleagues early in their Oct. 26 meeting. Most of the agenda items, she noted, were things Council had previously seen but delayed taking action on to allow for further study or negotiation with an involved party. Council members had approved the first item — charging those using handicapped placards for parking in metered spaces, effective Nov. 12 — at their Oct. 12 meeting. But a number of disabled city residents had maintained that, unless their access to parking was somehow improved to offset the changes, the new rules would constitute an unfair burden. So, as Transportation Director Ken Putnam put it, the city had reviewed a number of options “to soften the blow.” They included giving residents of the Battery Park Apartments, many of whom are low-income and disabled, a discount at the Civic Center parking deck; allowing disabled people cheaper prepaid, on-street parking; and retooling or replacing the meters to make it easier for handicapped people to feed coins into them. A longer-term solution considered was freeing up parking at the end of Haywood Street for use by the disabled. “I do a lot in downtown Asheville; I love Asheville, but I can’t use a coin-operated meter,” reported Arden resident Bart Floyd. “I love the prepaid parking idea. ... I want to work on possible solutions, but the first time I get a ticket for parking at a meter I can’t feed ... something’s got to give.” Battery Park resident Rylan Hanson, using a crutch to approach the lectern, didn’t mince words in denouncing the city’s sudden policy change, which she blamed on gentrification. “The residents of the Battery Park and the Vanderbilt were here long before this was a popular destination,” Hanson told Council. “I live at 80 percent of the federal poverty level; I know people in this building who live on less than that, and those people are all going to be forced to move out or sell their cars, and I think that’s just disgraceful.” Asheville resident Bernadette Thompson, who uses a wheelchair, said she needs at least eight feet of space to disembark from her special-
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Parked: A vehicle with a handicapped placard parked in front of City Hall. Council is considering changes to “soften the blow” of requiring the disabled to pay in metered spaces. Photo by Jonathan Welch
ly designed vehicle when she comes downtown. Noting that she’s “willing to pay; I don’t mind,” Thompson said she’s physically unable to feed change into a meter and that a shortage of parking spaces remains an issue. “We’re a poor community,” noted Battery Park resident Clarence Gray, asserting that many residents are on fixed incomes and can’t afford even reduced rates for parking. “I’m pretty uncomfortable with abruptly changing this without fixing the underlying problem,” said Council member Cecil Bothwell. “We won’t have the new parking available until 2011, yet we’re suddenly wrenching this on the people who’ve been using the parking near Battery Park.” Bothwell also questioned the feasibility of asking Battery Park residents to use the Civic Center deck. “I know, in the winter, that hill [on Walnut Street] can be hard to navigate for the able-bodied,” he pointed out. “Well, they can go through the library and take the elevator,” replied Vice Mayor Brownie Newman, prompting skeptical laughter from disabled people in the audience. Bothwell and Council member Gordon Smith floated the idea of waiving all parking-deck fees during the first month of the new policy for people displaying handicapped placards. According to Putnam, only 50 of the 1,200 parking spaces in Asheville are presently designated handicapped. “You’d think we’d want more in downtown, considering the number of social services there,” Bellamy observed.
Council members unanimously approved the monthlong fee waiver, directing staff to work with the adjacent AT&T lot on freeing up some parking for the disabled and to explore reconfiguring the meters.
What the cell?
City Council also revisited modifying the rules governing cell-tower placement to allow them, on a case-by-case basis, on nonresidential property (such as churches or cemeteries) in areas zoned residential. Both federal and state laws prohibit restrictions that create substantial gaps in cell-phone service. And due to the increasing number and capabilities of cell phones and the obstacles posed by the area’s mountainous topography, that’s exactly what’s happening, attorney Patsy Brison maintained. Representing U.S. Cellular (which wants to erect a tower in the Lewis Memorial Park in Beaverdam), she displayed a map showing cell-phone coverage in the city, with black spots indicating service gaps in Beaverdam and Haw Creek. Both are primarily residential neighborhoods. “We believe your failure to act, due to the current state of service and the topography of the area, would constitute a violation of those laws,” said Brison. But Council member Esther Manheimer (who’s also an attorney) noted that the Planning and Economic Development Committee is also considering additional rules concerning setbacks, colocation (different companies sharing the same cell tower) and a minimum lot size. She pro-
posed forwarding those recommendations to staff, along with the expanded residential rules, so they could consolidate them into a single ordinance revision. Meanwhile, staff said they’d told Beaverdam residents that Council probably wouldn’t vote on the tower-placement rules tonight, few of whom had shown up to voice their concerns. One resident, Ian Harley, did speak against the proposed changes, wondering, “If we acquiesce to a requirement for this tower, where does this stop?” After a good deal of discussion, Council voted 6-1 (with Manheimer opposed) to delay the matter once again. The Beaverdam question is now scheduled for Nov. 23. But Brison, who’d already seen the decision postponed in September, wasn’t pleased. “In our view, this delay is not reasonable,” she said. “We’ve made our application: Council needs to act.”
Sustainability, incentives, annexation and sidewalks
In other business, City Council: • approved a second reading of a sustainability-incentives ordinance 5-2, with Bellamy and Council member Jan Davis against. The ordinance, approved 4-3 on Oct. 12, allows developers to exceed normal density limits on projects near major transit corridors if they satisfy specific sustainability and affordability requirements. Bothwell, who’d initially said he was put off by the fact that some larger development proposals would no longer come before Council, had announced prior to the meeting that he was changing his vote, convinced that the ordinance contains enough safeguards and that its passage would give sustainable development a major boost. • approved an incentives package for the 250-unit Montford Commons development on a 4-3 vote. The deal includes a 50 percent fee waiver and a five-year exemption from property-tax increases sparked by the project. When the Frontier Syndicate first asked for incentives several months ago, Council members balked at granting a complete fee waiver and a 10-year tax exemption. Wanting to encourage work-force housing close to downtown, however, Council had directed staff to try to negotiate a more acceptable agreement. That didn’t sit well with everyone. Bothwell noted that though the project does satisfy the city’s criteria for work-force housing, it doesn’t meet the affordability requirements. He was joined by Smith and Council member Bill Russell in opposing the incentives. • approved the annexation of the Coopers Hawk Drive area on a 5-1 vote, with Russell (who opposes all forced annexations) on the short end. Manheimer did not vote; her law firm is handling related legal matters. • unanimously approved an ordinance requiring property owners to clear adjacent sidewalks, and imposing fines for piling snow in a way that blocks a sidewalk. At Bellamy’s suggestion, Council added a clear appeals process for violations of the new policy. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at email@example.com.
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OCTOBER 26 meeting
pState lottery funds to help pay local teachers’ salaries pAlcohol banned on all county property pBurned historic properties lose landmark status by Jake Frankel In the wake of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners’ marathon Oct. 5 meeting, which focused on revising the rules governing construction on steep slopes, the hourlong Oct. 26 session featured a relatively brief agenda. Topping the list was the Frontier Syndicate’s request for $1.8 million in tax breaks for its Montford Commons work-forcehousing development. “This is exactly the kind of housing Asheville needs,” developer Vince Smarjesse declared as he stepped up to the lectern to make his case for the incentives. The massive project would comprise a 210,362-square-foot, 250-unit apartment complex and a 390-space parking deck; the mostly vacant site sits between the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce on Montford Avenue and Isaac Dickson Elementary School on Hill Street. The apartments would range in size from 540 to 1,146 square feet, with rents running from $765 to $1,146 per month (the latter for a two bedroom, two bath unit). That’s a big change from the original plans four years ago, which called for building “exactly what we don’t need: $400-dollar-a-
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foot, high-end condos,” noted Smarjesse. After “the world turned upside down” due to the Great Recession, the developers reoriented the project to emphasize affordable housing, thus qualifying for a $28.35 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, he explained. But in order to break ground on the project, Smarjesse said they still need $3 million worth of incentives from the county and city to help cover the cost of infrastructure such as water and sewer lines and streets. “The project will likely not succeed without your assistance,” he told the commissioners, urging them to act immediately. “There’s an open window right now, and it’s not staying open very long,” he warned. Nonetheless, several commissioners seemed reluctant to grant the request absent a clear policy on economic incentives for such projects. “I don’t have a concern about helping with work-force housing — it’s in our strategic plan, and I think everyone up here supports it,” Commissioner Carol Peterson explained. “But my concern is working within a time frame [suggested] by the group that’s asking for this proposition when we don’t have a policy.” After a brief discussion, the commissioners directed county staff to draft an economicincentives policy and hold a public hearing on Frontier Syndicate’s request during the board’s Nov. 16 meeting. “We want a policy, as Commissioner
“This is exactly the kind of housing Asheville needs.” — Montford Commons developer Vince Smarjesse Peterson said, but we want this to happen,” asserted board Chair David Gantt. “These folks have been working on this for four years, and I don’t want them to get off track.” Meanwhile, the Asheville City Council was voting to waive half the project’s fees and, for the first five years, any property-tax increases resulting from the project itself, in exchange for a commitment that the apartments will be available at work-force-housing rates for the next 15 years (see “Softening the Blow” elsewhere in this issue). The deal with the city is contingent on Buncombe County’s agreeing to provide equivalent or greater support, and County Manager Wanda Greene said, “I’d like to talk to the city manager to get feedback” that could guide her in drafting a policy for consideration at the November hearing. Developers hope to break ground on the long-delayed project early next year.
An educational gamble
In a nod to continuing economic uncertainty, the board unanimously approved allocating $1.2 million in state lottery funds to help pay local teachers’ salaries. The school system requested the money to help offset decreased funding in the General Assembly’s current budget. Buncombe County Schools Superintendent Tony Baldwin thanked the commissioners for allocating the funds. He also explained that still more lottery revenue may be needed next year to make up for what’s expected to be an even tighter state budget. “We’re hoping for as much flexibility as possible because of the gravity of what we’re going to be facing in 2011 and 2012,” he said. “Next year is going to be terrible,” acknowledged Gantt. “We do want to support you. … We’ve got to take care of teachers; we’ve got to have good schools.” “We can be your advocates,” Commissioner Holly Jones chimed in.
In other business, the board also unanimously approved a ban on alcohol consumption on all county property and repealed historic-landmark designations for a pair of burned buildings. The county’s alcohol ban had previously applied only to parks and other recreational facilities. Exceptions to the policy will continue to be granted by the Parks and Recreation Services Department on a case-by-case basis. Both the John A. Lanning House and the Richmond Hill House have been severely damaged by fire in recent years. The Historic Resources Commission had recommended the move, which will allow the ruins of the homes to be razed. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Amazon to N.C. revenuers: Don’t ask, won’t tell Judge upholds privacy rights in online commerce case by Nelda Holder If you’ve ever ordered a book or a DVD online, you probably imagined you were conducting a thoroughly private transaction. But a flap between Amazon.com and the state of North Carolina has shone a spotlight on the thorny question of where, exactly, personal privacy gives way to the government’s power to levy taxes. The resulting legal tussle attracted national attention, and a pair of Asheville residents played significant roles. It began last December, when the North Carolina Department of Revenue asked the online retailer for “all information for all sales to customers with a North Carolina shipping address, by month, in an electronic format for all dates between Aug. 1, 2003, and Feb. 28, 2010.” The request came as part of an audit of Amazon, which the state maintains neither collected nor remitted sales and use taxes on approximately 50 million purchases made by N.C. residents during the specified time period. But according to Amazon, the broadly worded demand infringed on individuals’ legal right to buy and sell “expressive and personal items” without fear of government intrusion. The company filed suit back in April, and on Oct. 25, U.S. District Judge
purchase known,” explains First, who serves on the boards of the nonprofit’s state and Western North Carolina affiliates. “It’s important to stay ahead of the curve — be aggressive. This is a door that was closed before and is still closed,” he notes, citing the example of someone ordering a book on the latest treatment for AIDS. “Maybe that person is HIV-positive, and other people don’t know. That’s a critical privacy issue.”
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In an Oct. 26 statement, the Department of Revenue said it hadn’t yet decided whether to appeal the ruling, asserting, “This case has been twisted into something it is not.” All the department wants, the statement said, is to “collect the sales tax that is due to the state and nothing more.” “We certainly disagree that it’s been twisted into something it’s not,” counters Katy Parker, legal director for ACLU-NC. “They asked for all information for all customers in North Carolina — name and products.” And when asked (during a meeting last May) if the request had to be that broad, Parker recalls, department representatives said no, but they still refused to refine their information request. “We really were kind
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— Cecil Bothwell, Brave Ulysses Books Marsha J. Pechman of Seattle agreed, declaring: “The First Amendment protects a buyer from having the expressive content of her purchase of books, music and audio-visual materials disclosed to the government. … The fear of government tracking and censoring one’s reading, listening and viewing choices chills the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
The American Civil Liberties Union joined the suit on behalf of six “Jane Doe” litigants — North Carolina residents who didn’t want Amazon to release their personal information. Curry First of Asheville, a retired civil rights lawyer, says he was one of them. Meanwhile, Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell, who owns Brave Ulysses Books, intervened as a product provider. According to Bothwell’s court declaration, the vast majority of Brave Ulysses books are associated with “particular political, social, cultural or religious belief,” and such disclosure could cause readers and customers “adverse consequences, including retaliation.” ACLU involvement played out at both the national and state levels (North Carolina and Washington, where Amazon is based). “They wanted people in N.C. willing to be plaintiffs ... who made purchases from Amazon [and] would not want their names, books, date of
of amazed ... and disappointed,” she reveals. The Oct. 26 statement does note that the department doesn’t need or want “titles or similar details about products” and had “purged that kind of information from its computer system.” But those specifics are still on the original discs sent by Amazon, according to both Parker and the court. And the judge’s conclusion states: “To the degree the March information request demands that Amazon disclose its customers’ names, addresses or any other personal information, it violates the First Amendment and 18 U.S.C. § 2710, only as long as the DOR continues to have access to or possession of detailed purchase records obtained from Amazon.” In an e-mail response to Xpress, Bothwell said: “I am gratified to be part of a successful effort to protect citizen privacy. The idea that the government should be allowed to track the reading material we purchase seems Orwellian.” Taking another tack, First noted: “I think this is also a credit to progressive civil-liberties organizations. In this era, people need to understand the work of these organizations, which is not political — they are defenders of individual rights.” X Freelance reporter Nelda Holder can be reached at email@example.com.
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By the numbers: From January to Oct. 16, fundraising by the Buncombe County Democratic Party outpaced the local Republicans, according to reports filed with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. graph by Michael Muller, based on N.C.S.B.O.E.
by Michael Muller The latest fundraising numbers are in — the last ones available before the Nov. 2 election — and for the Buncombe County GOP, it’s not a pretty picture. The local Democratic Party raised more than twice as much money this year, with nearly 700 individual donors and almost $47,000 taken in between Jan. 1 and Oct. 16, according to reports filed with the State Board of Elections. In the same time frame, the Republican Party raised just over $19,000, and in the two months leading up to the election, the local GOP collected only $990 — all of it in September. The report shows no contributions for October. September and October are typically critical months for political parties, as they concentrate on raising money for get-out-the-vote efforts. The Buncombe County Republican Party held two major fundraisers during this period: one featuring a rappelling event on the anniversary of Sept. 11, and an Oct. 4 telethon on Charter Cable. Neither lived up to expectations. The 9/11 fundraiser generated just $310; and despite assurances by Chairman Chad Nesbitt that the telethon would raise between $250,000 and $300,000, it produced just $250, according to Treasurer Dorothea Alderfer. Those results are also at odds with what the party chair told Xpress staff reporter Jake Frankel at an Oct. 12 League of Women Voters forum. Asked how the telethon had gone, Nesbitt said: “It was a huge success.
We got a tremendous amount of phone calls in regards to it. I’m not sure the exact amount we’ve taken in so far; it’ll be in our report that we give to the Board of Elections.” According to the report, however, the lone contribution received, for $250, was actually made Sept. 29 — five days before the telethon aired. In contrast, the local Democratic Party raised $11,664 in September and October. February was the best month for both parties: Republicans raised $10,161, and Democrats generated $18,816. X Michael Muller can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 154, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Campaign season came to a close this week with local candidates and political parties engaged in an epic battle for votes. In one of the clashes, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler fought off Republican challenger Jeff Miller in a final debate on WWNC radio’s “Take a Stand!” During the sometimes contentious discussion, the two candidates for WNC’s 11th Congressional district sparred over the negative tone of each other’s campaign ads, health-care reform, cap-and-trade legislation and the use of notes (Shuler lambasted Miller for bringing notes and talking points into the studio; Miller maintained that he was simply abiding by the rules that both of them had agreed to). In an online post, “Shuler & Miller Debate on Matt Mittan’s ‘Take a Stand!’”Mountain Xpress offered live play-by-play Twitter coverage, while the Asheville Citizen-Times summed up the action the next day with “11th District Contenders Heath Shuler, Jeff Miller Get Testy in Radio Debate.” For those who missed it, WWNC sister station 880 AM The Revolution also offered a full video-and-photo recap. In the days since, Shuler’s assertion during
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We voted: Between Oct. 16 and 30, the Board of Election reports, 35,246 voters cast their early ballots in Buncombe County. Marlon Patterson, left, and her 92-year-old grandmother, Sarah Brewerton, were two of them. photo by michael muller
the debate that “If there is no viable alternative [to Nancy Pelosi], I will be running for Speaker of the House” has raised national-media eyebrows, with Politico reporting that Shuler is the first Democrat to openly declare he would seek the post. “I can do as good a job as anybody in the U.S. Congress, because I can actually bring people together,” Shuler said. “I can bring people together to the table to talk about the issues and not about the political structure, and that’s what’s destroying the whole process in Washington — the politics.” The New York Times took a slightly more cautious angle, however, reporting that “It is not clear whether Mr. Shuler, who until now has kept a relatively low profile, actually intends to launch a campaign for speaker, or if his comments were just meant as a dramatic rebuttal to his opponent, Jeff Miller, who has tried to link Mr. Shuler to Ms. Pelosi throughout the campaign. His office did not respond to a request for comment.” Xpress broke the story of Shuler’s interest in the position in August, reporting in “Blue Dogs Rule?” that — although he acknowledged his party may lose seats in the midterm elections — he saw advantages for his Blue Dog caucus. “The margins [between parties] will narrow after this next election. And I truly feel that ... the Blue Dogs will have the opportunity to run this country,” he predicted. “Because how can legislation pass without us? We are the deciding vote. ... Blue Dogs represent how 80 percent of Americans feel.” In a related online post – “Speaker of the House Heath Shuler?” – Xpress has video of the congressman’s first mention of the run, in which he said, “Who have I been talking to about running our country? The middle. So I haven’t ruled out the idea that I might not run [for Speaker].”
Fighting off or fighting for our votes?
In the battle to entice early voters to the polls, the Buncombe County Democratic and Republican parties both cried foul. As reported by WLOS, Democrats alleged that Republicans were resorting to voter intimidation at a number of early-voting locations, citing one of the local GOP’s own videos that shows Chairman Chad Nesbitt insisting that Democrats move their campaign literature outside a GOP tent. In response, the GOP logged its own complaints with the Board of Elections, claiming that Democrats were also intimidating voters and violating election-buffer laws. To help make their case, the Republicans released a video and an accompanying statement alleging that “Leadership of the Buncombe County Democrat Party was filmed electioneering with indifference to the poll distance marker at the downtown Asheville early-voting site.” In terms of fundraising this election season, Xpress reported that “Buncombe Dems Have Raised More than Double What the GOP Did in 2010.” Local Democrats hauled in almost $47,000 in funds from 700 individual donors from Jan. 1 to Oct. 16 (the end of the last reporting period), according to reports filed with the State Board of Elections. The Republican Party raised just over $19,000 in the same time frame — and in the two months before the Nov. 2 election, only $990 came in to the GOP — all of it in September. Despite staging an Oct. 4 telethon that Nesbitt had previously predicted would raise between $250,000 and $300,000, the report shows no contributions to the Buncombe County Republican Party in the month of October. To see how all this played out on Election Day, tune in to mountainx.com and pick up the Nov. 10 print edition of Mountain Xpress. — by Jake Frankel
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Local enviro-nonprofit WNCA volunteers pulled 119 tires — about two tons’ worth — out of the French Broad River during a recent cleanup.
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Jim Reaves’ remarkable journey by Susan Andrew Jim Reaves’ saga is a classic American success story. The eldest of eight children born to a sharecropper in rural Horry County, S.C., he’s gone from being the first person in his family to attend college to leading the world’s largest forest-research organization in a field dominated by white men. Leaving his job as director of the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Asheville, Reaves is stepping up to become deputy chief for research and development in Washington. There, he’ll steer an organization staffed by more than 400 scientists and 1200 professional staff, with a budget of some $312 million. “Originally, my plan was to retire here in Asheville,” says Reaves, adding that he didn’t even know he was being considered for the D.C. post. “I was humbled, and proud that folks thought I could add value at a leadership level.” Reaves has strong connections to the Asheville area, having worked at the Southern Research Station headquarters twice in his 28-year Forest
Service career. But his interest in biology has even deeper roots. During the growing season, his high school would close for weeks at a time so students could work on the family farm. “Out in the tobacco fields, we had a disease called black shank, a viral disease that makes tobacco wilt,” Reaves recalls. “And I was always wondering: Why is this tobacco yellow and wilted? You have to put a lot of poisons on tobacco for bugs and other diseases. It made me think I’d like to follow up on that. “I was a country boy, hardly ever been out of the county — I think I’d been to Baltimore one time before leaving for college. … But I could dissect a frog and [still] go eat lunch, you know.” While in graduate school at Atlanta University, Reaves met a Forest Service recruiter who persuaded him to take a summer job at a fire-research lab in Bend, Ore. “I rode the bus out there — it took five days,” he recalls with a grin. “It was 1978 — a time when you could go anywhere for $52 on Greyhound.” Reaves wound up doing both his master’s thesis and Ph.D. research there, studying wheth-
The journey continues: Dr. Jim Reaves will be leaving his post at the Forest Service Southern Research Station here in Asheville to lead the agency’s forest research arm in Washington, D.C. photo by Susan Andrew
er one obscure soil-born fungus could displace another that attacks the roots of commercially valuable Western conifers such as ponderosa pine. He enjoyed the work, but he knew he was an anomaly both in his former world and in this one. “The Forest Service is an agency that promotes being outside, working in the forest, and a land ethic,” he says. “Growing up as an African-American, we were pushed to go away from that — you know, to be a doctor, a lawyer. … Not going to work in the fields, because that’s where we came from: sharecroppers doing manual labor. Many of my folks couldn’t understand why I was going into forestry. But it provided a lot of opportunities I would never have had: going to Crater Lake and Mount St. Helens, seeing beautiful places this country has to offer.” Even so, as an African-American, Reaves was part of a tiny minority at the agency — an imbalance that persists today. Accordingly, Reaves developed the “Partnership Enhancement Initiative,” a grant program designed to increase opportunities for minority students in naturalresource fields at Southern universities while expanding the pool of potential Forest Service employees. The agency, he notes, “seeks to hire experts
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from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds so that its research division reflects the diversity of America,” an effort that’s seen at least some success. “The national leadership team is the most diverse in the whole agency — African-Americans, Hispanics, women. But we’re long in the tooth. Where we’re lacking in diversity is that pipeline”: young people coming up. As for scientific contributions, Reaves believes the Southern Research Station is in the forefront of developing solutions to some of our region’s most pressing environmental problems, including climate change and its effects on forests. But how do you make such a complex phenomenon relevant to ordinary folks? “I ask them, ‘You like to drink water, don’t you?’ Water, in the next 50 to 100 years, is going to be the key. You think we’re fighting over oil? Water is gonna be it. And if you don’t have the forest, you aren’t going to have water. “You are part of the ecosystem,” he emphasizes. “Somehow, we have to articulate this.”
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ecocalendar Calendar for November 3 - 11, 2010 Attention Contractors • Landlords • Housepainters • EPA Certified Lead Renovator Training (pd.) Learn the methods, comply with the rule, avoid the fines and add value to your work! National Center for Healthy Housing • 3rd Friday of the month • North Asheville • 8am-4pm • $225 • Adrianne Weir, EPA and NC Accredited Instructor: (828) 275-2534 • firstname.lastname@example.org • http://imaginemas-imaginemore.vpweb.com/IMServices.html Free Solar Energy Workshop (pd.) Make money from sunshine! Join First Light Solar for a free, fun and informative workshop to find out if solar energy is right for your home or business. • Appetizers and beverages provided. • Tuesday, November 16, 6pm-7pm, Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main Street, Asheville, NC. • Please RSVP: email@example.com or call (828) 3503993. www.firstlightsolar.com Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues at The Southern, 41 Lexington Ave. Info: www.ashevillegreendrinks.com. • FRIDAYS, 6-8pm - Program with guest speakers. Environmental Programs at Warren Wilson College Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and held in Canon Lounge of the Gladfelter Student Center. Info: 771-2002. • TH (11/11), 7-8:30pm - Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, will give a presentation at the Warren Wilson College Chapel. RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of river-friendly events. Info: 252-8474 or www.riverlink.org. • SU (11/7), 1:30-4:30pm - Free bus tour of the Biltmore area, including Lake Craig, the Biltmore Avenue Bridge, and a walking tour of Biltmore Village, one of the areas affected by the 2004 floods. RSVP: ext. 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• TH (11/9), 6pm - Director of State Policy at Duke University’s Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Bill Holman will lecture on N.C.’s water quality and quantity issues at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or www.wnca.org. • WE (11/3), 9am-4pm - Excursions: Learn about local wildlife and habitat at Pilot Cove/Slate Rock Trail at the North Mills River Rec. Area. Dress in layers, bring rain gear, water and lunch. RSVP: lori@ wnca.org. • WE (11/10), Noon-4pm - Excursion: EnergyXchange is transferring methane gas (from trash and waste) to power greenhouses, pottery kilns and glass-blowing furnaces. Learn about this model energy recovery projects. RSVP: lori@wnca. org. WNC Sierra Club Members of the WNC Sierra Club Chapter work together to protect the community and the planet. The mission of the Sierra Club, America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Info: www.nc.sierraclub. org/wenoca or 251-8289. • WE (11/3), 7-9pm - Social followed by a program at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin Place in Asheville. French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson will speak about the N.C. permit renewal of the Arden Progress Energy coal ash ponds.
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Blowing in the wind
Decorative spiritual symbolism flies high in West Asheville Photos and text by Melanie McGee Bianchi
Early November is an appropriate time to let one’s physical and philosophical flags fly. There’s the candy-colored Day of the Dead, which in its most solemn incarnation is about appeasing one’s ancestors. Then comes the edgy, much-anticipated mid-term elections, whose results should be known the day this article runs. The capper is Veteran’s Day, a patriotic holiday that lacks fireworks, backyard barbecues and a central motif and thus is generally treated with apathy — unless a personal connection sparks deeper ceremony. Many Veteran’s Day celebrants equate honoring vets with honoring freedom. If that holds, then the flutterings of personal expression that ornament various West Asheville homes are certainly something to recognize. I live on the steepest street in the area, although I won’t reveal its name (that way, no one can challenge me). Zig-zagging from houses top to bottom on my street you’ll find little ghost flags, only slightly wilted from Halloween; a pair of flownall-year American flags belonging to facing houses owned by father and daughter; and a corner home displaying Tibetan prayer flags (more about those later). At the bottom of the blind, 90-degree hill — the spot where my pickup and all the delivery trucks get stuck — a trio of houses shimmers in an unintentional polestar of diversity. The house that daily displays the “We Support Our Troops” sign is an ark-shaped structure where
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FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or www. fence.org. • MO (11/8), 10am - A gardening seminar with Travis Lindsey, the owner of Lindsey’s Lawncare, will be held, rain or shine. Free. Pearson Community Garden Workdays • WEDNESDAYS, 3-9pm - Gather in the Pearson Garden at the end of Pearson Drive in Montford with folks and grow some food. A potluck and produce to take home often follow the work. 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, 2-6pm - Asheville City Market - South, Biltmore Town Square Blvd. —- 2-6:30pm - Wednesday Coop Market, 76 Biltmore Ave. —- 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, in the parking lot adjacent to ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters on Tunnel Road, Asheville —- 2:30-6:30pm - Weaverville Tailgate Market, on the hill overlooking Lake Louise —- 3-7pm - Market on South Main, in the parking lot between Good Stuff and the Marshall Presbyterian Church —- 2-5:30pm - Spruce Pine Farmers Market, on Pollyanna’s Porch on Upper Street. • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, located in Waynesville at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon Street —- 8am-Noon - Waynesville Tailgate Market, at the American Legion, just off S. Main Street —- WE, noon-5pm & SA, 8am-1pm - Cashiers Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of Cashiers Community Center. • THURSDAYS, 10am-2pm - Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, at the back entrance to the Mission Hospital Heart Center on Memorial Campus —- 3-6pm - Flat Rock Tailgate Market, located in the parking area behind the Hand in Hand Gallery in Flat Rock —- 4-6:30pm - Tryon Tailgate Market, on Trade Street —- 4:30-7pm - Black Mountain Farmers Market, corner of S. Ridgeway and Sutton in Black Mountain. • FRIDAYS, 4-6:30pm - Saluda Tailgate Market, Westend city municipal parking. • SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Asheville City Market, in the parking lot of the Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St.
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bulky additions have been built skyward. Next door is a barely inhabited little house with an elongated eyebrow-style dormer window — spooky and unexpected. Directly opposite, completing the trinity of odd architecture, sits a mustard-colored cottage with double mansard tin roofs. A red sign marks the cottage’s back outside wall, painted with these Hindu words: “Maha Shakti Bhavan” (“abode of the great goddess”). The exotic wooden banner, scalloped like a lotus, fits the cloistered feel of the place. “I run a small yogic spiritual temple in the house,” says the cottage’s proprietor, Kalidas, a well-known local instructor in the tantric mode. Suitable to his calling, he remained calm and friendly during our brief interview, although he’d been interrupted in the midst of celebrating the major Hindu autumnal festival Navratri, and was, in the parlance of hosts and hostesses spanning ideologies the globe over, getting ready to “have people over.” A few streets away, nearer the Haywood Road corridor, a seductive odor led me to the front porch of Kimberly Masters, the divinely gifted artisan behind Essential Journeys, maker of boutique soaps, lotions and candles. Masters flies a double string of tattered Tibetan prayer flags on her classic West Asheville bungalow. Tiny white lights and pieces of hand-forgedlooking porch art make an appealing, wellrounded statement. These primary-hued string flags are a common sight in a town where so many get juiced up about Eastern spirituality. Block-printed with text and imagery, the delicate panels are meant
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to propel their blessings to the winds (i.e., heaven). They’re easily acquired online or at most import stores — but Masters picked hers up at the source. “I got my flags when I was trekking in Nepal,” reveals the mountain-sports enthusiast, who also leads local biking tours. “Every time I go out the door, the flags set an intention, a thoughtfulness.” Twelve years on, they are weathered almost to transparency — creating a desirable visual effect, rather like vintage Levi’s versus the stiff department-store kind with their whiff of factory sweat and oligarchy. Nevertheless, one needn’t learn esoteric symbolism to rock the caravan chic that results from garlanding one’s abode. Panel flags today are styled all kinds of ways. Batik indigo butterflies and clans of those ubiquitous, social-climbing pressed fairies are whimsical, if not exactly original, images. One of the nicest strings I’ve seen also happens to grace a west-side bungalow. Barbara Crosby’s flags, which she bought at a local New Age gift shop, are desert-neutral panels printed with Native American creation imagery, including the turtle, the bear and the always enjoyable, saucy flute player Kokopelli. “I don’t know the whole story behind each image,” admits Crosby, a psychotherapist. “I suppose I should.” Not necessarily — not when the spirited figures manage to convey so much on their own. X Melanie McGee Bianchi is a contributing editor at Carolina Home + Garden. She has work forthcoming in Our State magazine and in Asheville Poetry Review.
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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists Calendar for November 3 - 11, 2010 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday
Community Events & Workshops Asheville AIDS Awareness Walk • SA (11/6), 11am - Hosted by the WNC AIDS Project, the walk will begin at the Grove House and proceed up Patton Avenue to
Vance Monument where Womansong of Asheville will perform. Speakers: County Commissioner David Gantt, AIDS Advocate Joy Oliver and Reverend Brian Combs of the Haywood Street Congregation. Info: www.wncap.org/aidswalk. Autumn Memorial Service • SU (11/7), 6pm - Hosted by CarePartners Hospice & Palliative Care, the service will be held at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center, 68 Sweeten Creek Road. A nondenominational program presented by the hospice bereavement and music therapy staff. Bring a story, photo or poem to share (optional). Info: 251-0126. BEAR Closet II • 1st WEDNESDAYS, Noon6pm & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 9am-Noon - The Closet provides families with baby/ children’s clothing and diapers and has baby equipment on loan. Volunteers available to
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assist with accessing additional community services. At Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Info: 254-2612. Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265. • FR (11/19) - “One of these days, I’m going to organize my family pictures,” a workshop with Sasha Mitchell. Bring a stack of photos, a grease or wax pencil, a shoebox and envelopes. $5. Register by Nov. 11. Haywood Street Congregation Clothing Closet • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am1:30pm - Clothing closet open to persons in need at 297 Haywood St., Asheville. Local Social West • TH (11/11), 6pm - The Local Social West, presented by Asheville Grown Business Alliance, will feature live-local music, craft brews and food prepared by local eateries. Entertainment will be provided by the Asheville indie-rock trio Grammer School. Held at West End Bakery, 757 Haywood Road. Free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (11/5), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance,” with Dr. Peter Caulfield and Dr. Dee James at Lipinsky Auditorium and “Postmodern Culture/ Contemporary Art,” with Dr. Brian Butler at the Humanities Lecture Hall. • SA (11/6), 8:30am - The UNCA open house will include campus tours, and a chance to meet with faculty and students. Meet at the Highsmith University Union. • MO (11/8), 11:25am - Humanities Lecture: “Pre-Contact Americas and Alternative Ways of Knowing,” with Dr. Ellen Pearson at Lipinsky Auditorium. WNC Agricultural Center Located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher. Info: 687-1414. • FR (11/5) through SU (11/7) - WNC Fly Fishing Expo.
Social & SharedInterest Groups Arise & Shine Toastmasters Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-8:30am - Meeting at the University Highsmith building at UNCA. Asheville Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) A community network that allows members to exchange services without the use of cash. Info: www.ashevillelets. org. • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Interested in joining Asheville LETS? This orientation meeting will be held at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St. Financial Therapy Groups • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Try out new ways of living and of being, supported by others with similar circumstances, for the collective wisdom of the group to enlighten all, while lightening the burden of each. $8. Info: www.financialtherapygroups.com. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Firestorm-Blitzkrieg Game Night. Bring your favorite game or come to play someone else’s. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, email@example.com or www.helioswarriors.org. • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners who would be willing to offer a min. of 3 hrs./ month of their service. Land of Sky Toastmasters Your success in business is based on how effective you are. Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct
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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. back and watch the film Home, a visual portrayal of Earth, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at wed Sit 7 p.m. at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Love offering. Info: 891-8700 or unitync.net.
Gregg Levoy, the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life, will discuss
thur the process of listening to one's calling, from career changes to launching new ventures or course corrections in life or work, on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Montford Books & More, 31 Montford Ave., Asheville. Info: 285-8805.
Catch the Grand Masters Fiddler Tribute at Mars Hill College's Owen Theater on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Laura Boosinger will host Paul Crouch, Arvil Freeman, Bobby Hicks and Roger Howell, accompanied by Jerry Sutton. Info: 689-1571 or mhc.edu.
The Asheville AIDS Awareness Walk, hosted by the WNC AIDS Project, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. Gather at 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville and proceed up Patton Avenue to Vance Monument where Womansong of Asheville will perform. Guest speakers include: County Commissioner David Gantt, AIDS Advocate Joy Oliver and Reverend Brian Combs of the Haywood Street Congregation. Info: wncap.org/aidswalk.
Check out Weaverville’s Art Safari, a biannual self-guided tour of artists' studios (with more than 40 artists participating), held throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7. Visit ceramists, glass artists, metalsmiths, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, paper artists and more. Info & map: weavervilleartsafari.com. UNCA invites the public to a Humanities Lecture titled "Pre-Contact Americas and Alternative
mon Ways of Knowing," with Dr. Ellen Pearson on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11:25 a.m. The lecture will be held at Lipinsky Auditorium, on the campus of UNCA, 1 University Heights. Info: unca.edu.
Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest present a monthly reading/open mic on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at PULP, located underneath The Orange Peel, 103 Hilliard Ave. Laura Hope-Gill will be the evening’s featured poet. $5 PULP members/$10 nonmembers (includes annual membership). Info: 225-5851.
a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. $10/ month. Info: www.landofskytoastmasters.org. • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meeting at the South Asheville Reuter YMCA. Salesforce Users Group • 2nd TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting. An officially approved users’ group for Salesforce CRM users and others interested in learning about Salesforce CRM. Info & location: 225-4981 or www. meetup.com/salesforce-groupasheville. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-8154 or www.ashevillescrabble.com. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Meets at Books-A-Million in Asheville. Also meets at Barnes & Noble on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. We have all the gear; just bring your vocabulary. No dues the first six months. Veterans for Peace The public is invited to the regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace
Chapter 099. Info: 2581800 or vfpchapter099wnc. blogspot.com. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting at the Phil Mechanic Studios building, mezzanine level, 109 Roberts St., Asheville. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 14-23. Each week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies are also welcome. Info: www. youthoutright.org. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.
Government & Politics Asheville Copwatch A grassroots organization formed by local residents to promote civilian police oversight and review. Info: 398-4817 or 255-8115.
• WEDNESDAYS, 1pm - Meets at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St.
Buncombe GREEN Party • SA (11/6), 10am-Noon - All are welcome to attend a business meeting at the Fortune Building, 729 Haywood Road, in West Asheville. Info: 2254347. Drinking Liberally Hoist a pint for democracy with other like-minded, left-ofcenter souls. Drinking Liberally is a fun and informal political discussion group. Open to all, the only cost is your tab. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.drinkingliberally.org. • TH (11/4), 7pm - Meet at Zen Sushi, 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 205. • TH (11/11), 7pm - Meet at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. on Coxe Ave. LibertyOnTheRocks.org A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - The Liberty on the Rocks social meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon
Ave. Info: infinitybbc@gmail. com. Transylvanians for Peace • SATURDAYS, Noon - The peace vigil will be held in front of the courthouse in Brevard. Info: www.unitedforpeace.org.
Seniors & Retirees Fitness at North Asheville Community Center An exercise group welcomes new participants interested in fun exercise. Come get healthy, and it’s free, too! No discrimination against younger participants. • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-9:45am - Exercise. Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, ages 55 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 6983448 or www.LJRsoftball. com. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Daytime games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville (AprilOct.) and Leila Patterson Center in Fletcher (Nov.March). Start times may vary with season.
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N.C. Center for Creative Retirement Unless otherwise noted, these events and classes are held in the Chestnut Ridge Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. • FR (11/5), 11:30am - Fab Friday: “The Aging Heart,” with David Mouw at the Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. The Way Back • FRIDAYS (through 11/19), 11:30am-1pm - CarePartners presents “The Way Back,” information for those facing aging issues and tools for accessing community resources. Attend one class or all 8. Free. Lunch provided. At CarePartners, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. To register: 277-3392. Info: www. carepartners.org/wayback. Walk Wise, Drive Smart Aimed at senior citizens, but open to everyone. Walks are canceled in the event of bad weather. Info: 551-6415 or www.walk-wise.org. • TH (11/4) - Urban walk in Hendersonville.
Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: 505-3440 or www.bwar.org. • DAILY, 8am-8pm - Pet Adoption Day at the rescue center, 31 Glendale Ave. Open from 8am-6pm on Sundays. • WEDNESDAYS 6-8pm & SATURDAYS, Noon-4pm - Animal Adoption Day at PetSmart Asheville, 150 Bleachery Blvd. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or www.communitypartnershipforpets.org. • 1st & 4th SATURDAYS, Noon-3pm - Purchase your spay/neuter vouchers at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $20 cats/$30 dogs. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www.sargeandfriends.org or 246-9050. • SA (11/6) - Pet Adoption Day. 10am-3pm - At Sarge’s Headquarters, 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville —- 11am4pm - At Ingles, 201 Barber Blvd., Waynesville. Adoption fee covers rabies and spay/ neuter. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group
For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 966-3166, firstname.lastname@example.org, www. taagwags.org or www.taag. petfinder.com. • SATURDAYS, 11am-4pm - Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on the website or at www.facebook. com/TAAGwags.
Business Ready To Sell Or Buy A Restaurant In WNC? (pd.) We work exclusively with the food and beverage industry. • Contact National Restaurant Properties in Asheville: (828) 225-4801. email@example.com • www. restaurantstore.com A-B Tech Classes Registration & info: www. pccbusiness.com/seminars or (336) 599-0032. • TH (11/4), 6-9pm “Chinese Herbs,” with national expert Jean Giblette of High Falls Gardens in New York. Held at the Haynes Center on the Enka Campus in Candler. Free. American Business Women’s Association ABWA brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations to raise funds for local scholarships and enhance the professional and personal lives of its members. Info: www. abwaskyhy.com. • 1st THURSDAYS, 5:307:45pm - Meeting at the Flat Rock Grille, 1302 Hendersonville Road. Networking begins at 5:30pm and the meeting/dinner begins at 6pm. $5, plus personal menu choice. RSVP: 6819688. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., Rm. 259. Seminars are held at A-B Tech’s Small Business Center, room 2046. Free for veterans. Info: www.ashevillescore.org. • SA (11/6), 8:30am-Noon - “Business Plan: A Must!” This seminar is designed for the individual serious about pursuing a small business idea, but who needs some help developing a business plan. Register online. • WE (11/10), 6-9pm “Social Media Networking for Business.” Learn about online marketing and social networking. Register online.
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Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 101 S. Lexington Ave., downtown Asheville. To register: classes@charlottestreetcomputers. com. • MONDAYS, 12:15-12:45pm - Mac OSX. • TUESDAYS, 12:15-12:45pm - iPhoto class. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iTunes. • THURSDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iMovie. Macintosh Asheville Computer Society • 2nd THURSDAYS, 7pm - MACS user group meets. Visitors welcome. Info: 6650638 or http://web.me.com/ macsnc. Check website for bad weather cancellation. Western Alliance Center for Independent Living Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 2981977, www.westernalliance. org or www.disabilitypartners. org. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Give your computer a second life by donating it to Western Alliance to benefit people with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible. WNC Web Techies WNC Web Techies enables folks in the WNC area to discuss everything and anything web-related. Info: http:// groups.google.com/group/ wncwebtechies. • WEEKLY - Online meetings. See website for details.
Volunteering Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers Volunteers must attend an orientation prior to scheduling in the Home Store or the Jobsite. Info: lodeen@ashevillehabitat. org. • 2nd WEDNESDAYS, 6pm & 2nd FRIDAYS & 3rd SATURDAYS, 10am - Volunteer orientations are offered at Habitat for Humanity, 30 Meadow Road. Asheville High School/SILSA Debate Team • Volunteer judges are needed for the upcoming Cougar Classic Debate Tournament, which will be held on Nov. 20 at AHS, 419 McDowell St. Training provided. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. • The Mentors and Matches after-school program, which requires an one-hour perweek time commitment,
seeks volunteers to work with elementary students ages 6-14. Activities include helping with homework, playing educational games, making art and more. Info: www. bbbswnc.org. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or www.nps.gov/carl. • Seeking dynamic volunteers to work at the park’s historic barn area and develop education programs. Training provided. Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Information and Training • SA (11/6), 9am-3pm - Join On Eagles Wings/The Hope House for an information and training event on D.M.S.T., a $27 billion business in the U.S. with an average age of 13 years old. Learn how you can help. At North Asheville Baptist Church, 20 Reynolds Mountain Blvd. Info: 768-1489 or www.hopehousenc.com. Friends2Ferals • DAILY - Cat-loving volunteers are needed to help homeless cats. Duties include trapping, transporting to and from the Humane Alliance, post-surgery care, fostering kittens and fundraising. Info: 505-6737 or www.friends2ferals.org.
Health Programs A Mindful Self-Compassion Course (pd.) A course that deliberately meets through this Holiday season. What better timing! Specifically for those who desire to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion exercises for everyday life. • Learn and practice simple tools for responding in a kind, compassionate way to your own suffering, feelings of inadequacy and self-judgments. • 8 consecutive Monday mornings: 9-am11am, starting November 15 or choose Wednesday evenings: 6:45pm-8:45pm, starting November 17. This is a pilot project. • Fee substantially reduced: $175 includes materials. Call 231-2107 for more information. Enrollment ends November 8. Free Massage* • Open House • This Sunday (pd.) November 7, 1pm-4pm, 113B North Main Street, Weaverville. • Come tour our Weaverville studio and enter to win a *free massage. • Mountain Massage Studio. www.mountainmassagestudios.com Kangen Alkaline Water (pd.) For Lifestyle related diseases. • More Energy! • Weight Loss • Cleanse
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children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 6935605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • FR (11/5), 8:30am-2pm North Henderson High School, 35 Fruitland Road. • SA (11/6), 10am-2:30pm - Hendersonville Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St. Info: 7685473. • TU (11/9), Noon-4:30pm - High Vista Country Club, 88 Country Club Road in Mills River. Info: 693-5605. • WE (11/10), 9am-1:30pm - Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway. Info: 693-5605. • TH (11/11), 10am-2:30pm - YMCA of Hendersonville, 810 6th Ave. Info: 692-5774. Women’s Health Day • SA (11/6), Noon-3pm - Free bone density screenings, memory screenings, chiropractic and orthotic assessments and more. At the Stephens-Lee Center in Asheville. Free fitness classes include Pilates at 12:45pm, Zumba at 1:30pm and Nia Dance-Fitness at 2:15pm. Snacks and door prizes. YWCA Health Seminars & Screenings Free, unless otherwise noted. The YWCA is at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206 ext. 202. • SA (11/6), 7am-11am - The YWCA and Mission Hospital present a Health Fair: Glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and BMI screenings will be offered, along with and counseling services and educational material. Advanced appointments required: 2547206, ext. 106.
Support Groups Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or www. wnc-alanon.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9pm Newcomers meeting 7:30pm, Discussion meeting 8-9pm: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Newcomers meeting at 7:30pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with
addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of AlAnon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Black Mountain Al-Anon: Meeting at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 201 Blue Ridge Road (corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hwy. 9). Info: 669-0274. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Study at Kennilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. • TUESDAYS, 7pm Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm Magnetic Minds meets at 314F Patton Ave., in the Parkwood Business Park. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 318-9179. Cancer Support Group for Caregivers • MONDAYS, 11am-Noon - Meetings at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Emotional support for family members of people experiencing cancer. Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Love offering. Info: 299-0394. Cancer Support Group for Women • MONDAYS, 1:30-3pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church. Emotional
support for women experiencing cancer. Facilitated by licensed clinical social worker. Info: 299-0394. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • MONDAYS, 7:30-8:30pm - Meetings at First Presbyterian Church annex building, 40 Church St., Asheville. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 337-4685 or www.thecenternc.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Focus is on positive peer support, coping skills and recovery tools. Led by licensed professionals. Free. National Alliance on Mental Illness Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free connection recovery support groups. Info: 505-7353. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 400. • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 11am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 298. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with lifecontrolling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@sos. spc-asheville.org or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6:30PM - A support group for men will meet. • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - A support group for women will meet. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Hendersonville: Balfour United
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Sports Groups & Activities Asheville Kendo Club â€˘ FRIDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm - Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese â€œWay of the Sword,â€? develops a personâ€™s mind, posture and spirit through the principles of Japanese fencing. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Buncombe County Walking Club The purpose of the club is not to compete but to build fitness, form friendships and have fun. Info: 250-4260 or grace. email@example.com. â€˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8:15am - Meet at Sports Park in Candler. Filipino Martial Arts Kuntao: Traditional emptyhand system of self defense. Kali: Filipino method of stick-and-knife combat. First two lessons are free. Info:
777-8225 or http://kuntao. webs.com. â€˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. firstname.lastname@example.org. â€˘ TUESDAYS (through 11/16), 6-7:30pm - Special Olympics soccer practice at the J.B. Lewis soccer field on Azalea Road. â€˘ TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - The Special Olympics cheerleading team meets for practice at the Zeugner Center in Arden. â€˘ TU (11/9), 6pm - The Special Olympics basketball season begins. Meet at the Justice Center, in the gym on the campus of UNCA. All athletes must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. No black-bottomed shoes. Ages 8 to adult are welcome. Call or e-mail for medical qualifications and to RSVP.
Outdoors Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: www.ashevilletrackclub. org or 253-8781. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. Buncombe County Walking Club â€˘ TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8:15am - Meet at the Sports Park in Candler. Gather at the picnic shelter. The purpose of the club is not to compete, but to build fitness and form friendships. Info: 250-4260 or email@example.com. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year, family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: www.carolinamtnclub. org. â€˘ WE (11/3), 10am - Greybeard Overlook To Balsam Gap. Info: 299-0298 or firstname.lastname@example.org. â€˘ SU (11/7), 7am - Celo Knob from Cattail Creek (strenuous). Info: 678-0755 or email@example.com â€”- 9am - Asheville MST East (moderate). Info: 257-2136 or firstname.lastname@example.org â€”- 11am - Looking Glass Rock. Info:
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698-5208 or mstish1325@ gmail.com. â€˘ WE (11/10), 8:30pm - Pinnacle, Rocky Knob and Graybeard from BRP. Info: 668-7147 or mhsrunning@ yahoo.com. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm.org. â€˘ SA (11/6), 9am - â€œHike in Panther Town,â€? with Gary Eblen of Diamond Brand Outdoors. A moderately challenging hike. Wear hiking boots, bring water and snacks. Info: geblen@diamondbrand. com. Reservations required. $25. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or www.fence.org. â€˘ SU (11/7), 10am-2pm - Hunter Pace riding event. The rain date is Nov. 14. Four-Miler Group â€˘ MONDAYS, 6pm - Join Jane Roaneâ€™s slow four-miler group, which leaves from Jusâ€™ Running, 523 Merrimon Ave. An easy, social run (10-11 min./miles). Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy The mission of the SAHC is to protect the worldâ€™s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations. Info: 253-0095 or www.appalachian.org. n Reservations required for SAHC hikes: claire@ appalachian.org or 253-0095, ext. 205. â€˘ SA (11/6), 9:30am Seven Sisters Hike through a Montreat wilderness area in Black Mountain. Leaders: Claire Hobbs and Ben Wicker. Free. Bring warm clothing, lunch and wear sturdy shoes.
Kids At The Health Adventure Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: www.thehealthadventure.org. â€˘ THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. â€˘ SATURDAYS, Noon-2pm - Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring hands-on activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission.
â€˘ 2nd THURSDAYS, 4-5pm - Origami Folding Frenzy. From simple designs to complex creations, join us to learn about the Japanese art of paper-folding. Included with museum admission. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community childrenâ€™s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/ performance info: 230-5778 or www.singasheville.org. â€˘ THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - New singers are invited to join the chorus. Rehearsals at First Congregational Church, downtown Asheville. Chimney Rock State Park Open daily, weather permitting. For additional info, including admission rates: www.chimneyrockpark.com. â€˘ SA (11/6), 9:30am12:30pm - Fall Girl Scout Day. Bring your troop and join Chimney Rock staff to celebrate the transformation of seasons. $14/scout. Adult chaperones required; one chaperone admitted free per 10 scouts. $11.50/additional adult. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Childrenâ€™s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or www.spellboundchildrensbookshop.com. â€˘ SA (11/6), 3pm - Stacey Curnow will read from her childrenâ€™s book Ravenna. Chris Martinâ€™s Curtain Call Collective will perform, plus activities for kids and snacks. For an Xpress book report: www. mountainx.com/ae/2010/ book_report_ravenna. Hands On! This childrenâ€™s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Fri., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or www.handsonwnc.org. â€˘ FR (11/5), 10:30am - â€œMusic and Movement,â€? with Jenny Arch. Free for members. â€˘ TH (11/11), 11am-2pm - Write a letter or wish list for Santa, who will be making a special visit. Super Saturday â€˘ SATURDAYS - Classes in the arts, sciences, foreign languages and more at UNCA. For students grades 3-8. New classes for parents in basketry and gentle yoga. Registration and information: 251-6558 or cesap.unca.edu/super-saturday-program.
Spirituality A Womanâ€™s Zen Retreat Set (pd.) â€œUnleashing Dakini Wisdom: A Womanâ€™s Retreatâ€? co-led by Revs. Nancy Spence and Teijo Munnich, set for
November 11-14 at Great Tree Zen Temple near Weaverville. â€˘ Teachers will explore Buddhist female forms known as dakinis, associated with exuberant energies. â€˘ Cost is $225. â€˘ Register or learn more at www.greattreetemple. org or call (828) 645-2085. Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA. (828)258-3229. First Shabbat of the Month at The Chabad House Jewish Asheville and WNC Chabad Lubavitch Center for Jewish Life, located at 660 Merrimon Ave. Info: 505-0746 or www.chabadasheville.org. â€˘ 1st SATURDAYS, 9:30am1:15pm - First Shabbat of the Month at The Chabad House. Services, English-Hebrew prayers, sermons and stories, and timeless melodies. Educational and fun childrenâ€™s program from 11am-noon. Followed by a Kiddush luncheon. All are welcome. Membership and affiliation not required. A Course in Miracles â€˘ 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:308pm - A truly loving group of people studying A Course in Miracles meets at Groce United Methodist Church on Tunnel Road. The group is open to all. Info: 712-5472. A Mountain Mindfulness Sangha Part of the World Community of Mindful Living, inspired by the teachings of THICH NHAT HANH, the group practices mindfulness as the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. Practicing with a â€œsanghaâ€? (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions: email@example.com, 684-7359 or 299-9382. â€˘ THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm Sitting and walking meditation, followed by sharing by sangha members. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation/ Free Introductory Lectures Your brain needs this: Scientists know TM creates brainwave coherence. Only an orderly brain can support higher consciousness. TM is easy to learnâ€”enjoyable to practice. Dissolves deeprooted stress, reduces anxiety and depression. Verified by 600 scientific studies. Info: 254-4350 or www. MeditationAsheville.org. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 2pm - Meeting at Maharishi Enlightenment Center, 165 E. Chestnut St.
Learn how to directly access the field of infinite creativity, intelligence and bliss within you, revitalizing mind and body and creating peace in collective consciousness. Topics: Meditation and brain research; How meditation techniques compare; Meditation for social change; â€œWhat science saysâ€? and What is â€œtranscendingâ€?? Free. Please RSVP. Asheville Fortune Tellerâ€™s Guild â€˘ SUNDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. The guild encourages honesty and responsibility as well as maintaining a high standard for readings. Tarot readers, astrologers, palmists and any other non-mediums or non-psychics are welcome. Location info: 777-9368. Asheville Jewish Meditation and Chanting Circle â€˘ Alternate SUNDAYS, 1:15-3:15pm - Following the Awakened Heart Projectâ€™s (www.awakenedheartproject. org) approach to Jewish meditation, learn to cultivate an awareness of the Divine Presence. Gather at Congregation Beth Israel, 229 Murdock Ave., Asheville. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 505-2300 or www.meditateasheville.org. â€˘ MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation for Inner Peace class. Donations accepted. Avatar Meher Baba â€œI have come not to teach but to awaken.â€? Info: 274-0307 or 274-7154. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 4pm - Meetings occur most Sundays in Asheville. Share Meher Babaâ€™s inspiring message of divine love and unity in the midst of diversity. Call for locations. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ QueDox.com. â€˘ 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Bahaâ€™i Faith Everyone is welcome. Join us in our celebration of diversity: â€œThe earth is one country and mankind its citizens,â€? Bahaâ€™uâ€™llah. The Bahaâ€™i Center is located at 5 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville. Info: 2511051 or www.wncbahai.org. â€˘ SUNDAYS, 11am - Sunday Devotional. Banishing Poverty-Mind : Uncovering Inner Richness, Enriching Outer Realms â€˘ SU (11/7), 10am-Noon - Dr. Hun Lye and Khenpo Chophel Rinpoche will discuss the Poverty Mind and how to cultivate the opposite through practice. A blessing-initiation
freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)
In Marcel Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time, one of the characters makes a vulgar observation about the odd attractions that sometimes come over us human beings: “Anyone who falls in love with a dog’s behind will mistake it for a rose.” It’s my duty to point out that the opposite occurs, too. People may think a marvelous thing is worthless, and dislike it or ignore it as a result. Van Gogh’s paintings, for example: He sold only one while he was alive, although today his work is regarded as extraordinarily beautiful. My advice to you, Aries, is to avoid both of these errors in the coming week.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Poet Paul Eluard frequently fantasized and wrote about his dream woman, but he never actually found her. “The cards have predicted that I would meet her but not recognize her,” he said. So he contented himself with being in love with love. I think he made a sound decision that many of us should consider emulating. It’s a losing proposition to wait around hoping for a dream lover to show up in our lives, since no one can ever match the idealized image we carry around in our imagination. And even if there were such a thing as a perfect mate, we would probably not recognize that person, as Eluard said, because they’d be so different from our fantasy. Having said all that, Taurus, I’m happy to inform you that the next two months will be prime time for you to cultivate your connection with an imperfect beauty who’s good for you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
When you begin treatment with a homeopathic doctor, his or her first task is to determine your “constitutional,” which is the remedy that serves as your fundamental medicine — the tonic you take to keep your system balanced and functioning smoothly. Mine used to be “aurum,” or gold, but due to certain shifts in my energy, my doctor ultimately changed it to “lac lupinum,” or wolf’s milk. After analyzing your astrological omens, I’m guessing that you might need a similar adjustment in the regimen that keeps you healthy. Your body’s needs seem to be evolving. Consider making some changes in the food you eat, the sleep you get, the exercise you do, and the love you stir up.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
“Freedom is in the unknown,” said philosopher John C. Lilly. “If you believe there is an unknown everywhere, in your own body, in your relationships with other people, in political institutions, in the universe, then you have maximum freedom.” I think this is the most important thought you could meditate on right now, Cancerian. You are close to summoning the magic that would allow you to revel in what’s unknown about everything and everyone you love. And that would dramatically invigorate your instinct for freedom.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
The first time I ever planted a garden was last summer. It wasn’t easy. The soil in my backyard was hard clay that I could barely penetrate with a shovel. Luckily, a helpful clerk at the garden store revealed a solution: gypsum. All I had to do was pour the white powder on my intransigent dirt and wet it down for a few days. The stuff performed as advertised on the package: It “worked like millions of tiny hoes,” loosening the heavy clay. A week later I was able to begin planting. In the coming days, Leo, I think you could benefit from the metaphorical equivalent of a million tiny hoes. You’ve got to break down a hard surface to create a soft bed for your seeds.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Recent research suggests that yawning raises alertness, enhances cognitive awareness, reduces stress, and strengthens the part of the brain that feels empathy. Andrew Newburg, M.D. goes so far as to recommend that you regularly induce yawns. He says it helps you solve problems, increases your efficiency, and intensifies your spiritual experiences. (Read more here: http://bit.ly/YawnGenius.) So here’s my advice, Virgo. During the current phase of your astrological cycle — which is a time when selfimprovement activities are especially favored — you should experiment with recreational yawning.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Check out this haiku by Mizuhara Shuoshi, translated from the Japanese by William J. Higginson: “stuck in a vase / deep mountain magnolia / blossoms open.” Does that remind you of anyone? It should. I think it pretty much sums up your current situation. More accurately, it captures the best possible scenario you can strive to achieve, given your circumstances. Yes, there are limitations you have to deal with right now: being in the vase. And yet there’s no reason you can’t bloom like a deep mountain magnolia.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Technorati, a search engine for blogs, says there are well over 100 million blogs on the Internet, and that figure doesn’t include millions of Chinese language blogs. So self-expression is thriving on a global scale, right? Not exactly. Most blogs — the estimate is 94 percent — have not been updated for at least four months. In accordance with the current astrological indicators, Scorpio, I expect you to do something about this problem. Refresh your blog in the coming week, or consider launching one if you don’t have one. But don’t stop there. Use every other way you can imagine to show the world who you are. Be articulate and demonstrative and revelatory.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
I think you can handle more hubbub and uproar than you realize. I also suspect you’re capable
of integrating more novelty, and at a faster rate, than the members of all the other signs of the zodiac. That’s why I think you should consider interpreting what’s happening in your life right now as “interesting adventures” instead of “disorienting chaos.” The entire universe is set up to help you thrive on what non-Sagittarians might regard as stressful.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
“Dear Rob: My boyfriend’s heart is in the right place. He likes to give me flowers. The only trouble is, the bouquets he brings are homely. A recent batch was a hodgepodge of blue delphiniums, white carnations, and red geraniums. Is there any way to steer him in a more aesthetically correct direction without deflating his tender kindness? - Unsatisfied Capricorn.” Dear Unsatisfied: In my astrological opinion, one of the tasks you Capricorns should be concerned with right now is learning to love the gifts that people want to give you. Maybe at a later date you can start training them to provide you with exactly what you want. But for the moment, it won’t kill you to simply welcome and celebrate their generosity.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Your new vocabulary word for the week is “skookum,” a term from the Chinook Indians that is still used in some parts of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. My astrological colleague Caroline Casey says it means “in cahoots with good spirits” and “completely made for the job.” Wikipedia suggests that when you’re skookum, you’ve got a clear purpose and are standing in your power spot. According to my reading of the omens, Aquarius, these definitions of skookum fit you pretty well right now. (P.S. When skookum is used to describe food, it means delicious and hearty, which could definitely be applied to you if you were edible.)
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
In the coming days, it’s crucial for you to be spontaneous but not rash. Do you know the distinction? Read the words of psychologist Abraham Maslow: “Spontaneity (the impulses from our best self) gets confused with impulsivity and acting-out (the impulses from our sick self), and there is then no way to tell the difference.” Be sure you stay true to the vitalizing prompts arising from your inner genius, Pisces — not the distorted compulsions erupting from your inner maniac.
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of Jambhala, a symbol of wealth, will be performed. At Odyssey School, 92 Zillicoa St. Donation. Cloud Cottage Sangha This branch of the World Community of Mindful Living meets at 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain, to practice seated meditation and mindfulness training. All events by donation. Info: 669-0920, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.cloudcottage.org. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Community gathering for seated and walking meditation, sutra study and discussion. • THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Wild Mind, a create writing and art workshop. Bring a journal. $25 suggested donation. • SUNDAYS, 11am Eleven-Eleven-Eleven, a step study group of Alcoholics Anonymous. • TUESDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Mindfully Trim, free spiritual weight-loss support group. Community Worship Service With Fellowship Meal • SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Join SOS Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Asheville, for a worship service, followed by an Agape Fellowship meal. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or www.ashevilleccc.com. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Edgar Cayce Study Group • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Meet at West Asheville Unity Church, 130 Shelburne Road. Info: 298-8494 or email@example.com. Great Tree Zen Temple
Offers a variety of practice opportunities in Soto Zen tradition. Zazen for individuals seeking to deepen their practice, family, women’s, writing retreats. Beginners welcome. Rev. Teijo Munnich. Info: www.greattreetemple.org or 645-2085. • Year-round schedule, weekly study and meditation. Hendersonville First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 1735 Fifth Ave. W. in Hendersonville. Info: 692-8630 or www.fcchendersonville.org. • SUNDAYS (11/7 & 11/14), 9:15am - Adult Forum: “Gays in the Military,” a presentation by Dr. Clay Eddleman. Clay’s main source will beQueers in History, the comprehensive encyclopedia of historical gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. Insight Meditation Group • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - People of all experience levels are welcome to join this drop-in meditation group. Meditation instructions will be given to those who are new to the practice. $5. Info: http://bit. ly/9XujJ6. Land of the Sky United Church of Christ Located at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 15 Overbrook Place, in East Asheville. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am Women-led, justice-focused, family-friendly, and open to all. Worship with Land of the Sky UCC. An open and affirming new church. Childcare available. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 2583241 or www.billwalz.com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227
Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mindfulness Skills • 1st TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - The group’s monthly meeting will be held at Saluda Counseling Services, 31 Pearson Falls Road. Free. Info: www.saludacounseling.com Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ mothergroveavl.org or www. mothergroveavl.org. • SUNDAYS, 10am - Drum Circle —- 10:30am - Weekly devotional service at the Temple. A simple service to ground and center you for the week. Spend some quiet time with the Goddess, with song, readings, meditation and prayer. At 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 2. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 285-9927. Mountain Zen Practice Center Exploring the ‘how’ of moment by moment peace, joy and freedom through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Info and orientation times: www.mountainzen. org or 450-3621. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Heart Universe Meditation • SA (11/6), 8-8:30pm - Free Mystic Heart Universe Meditation via teleconference call: “The Joy of Unity Consciousness Meditation.” To sign up: 338-0042 or www.mysticheartuniverse. com. Operation Hope’s Conference for Young Women • TU (11/12) & WE (11/13) - The conference’s vision is to instill “hope into the young women of this generation, creating honorable, obedient, purpose-filled and enabled women of God.” For women ages 10-25, but all are welcome. Held at Operation Hope, 15 Glenn Bridge Road, Suite D, Arden. $7. Info: 651-9585.
Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Learn to use your intuition to help yourself and others. Explore remote viewing, channeling, mediumship, telepathy, precognition and healing in a relaxed and fun-filled atmosphere. All are welcome. Love donations accepted. Info: 828-255-8304 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Qigong for the Body, Mind & Spirit • TH (11/4), 3pm - Join Qigong masters Bob and Fran German for a workshop focusing on increasing energy levels and reducing stress. Held at the Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Info: 891-6577. Reiki Tummo Healing Clinic • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS - Heart-centered Reiki Tummo healing sessions offered by donation. Contact 776-6200 or email@example.com to make appointment and indicate preference of 9:45, 10:30 or 11:15am slot. Info: www. wncheart.com/healingclinic. html. Sounds of the Chakra Toning Circle • SUNDAYS, Noon-1pm - “Sounds of the Chakras.” Linda Go facilitates this sound healing offering at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Love donation. Info: ashevillesoundhealing.com or 776-3786. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Receive initiation into Sri Swamiji’s one-hour meditation technique. One-hour of silent meditation followed by Bhajans (devotional singing). Fairview location directions: 299-3246. Info: www.shivabalamahayogi.com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm “Silent Meditation.” Free. St. Germain Aquarian Consciousness Fellowship Sacred spaceusing the St. Germain Violet Flameto support ascension clearingis created with live high-frequency intuitive piano music from
classical composers and includesthe Atomic Accelerator Chair and Water into Golden Elixir ceremonies. Info: 6583362. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:309:30pm - Meditation and potluck in the Weaverville area. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Located at 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Info: 273-5420 or http://stmarkslutheran.net/thisMonth.pdf. • SUNDAYS, 5pm Crosswired “come as you are” service in the Fellowship Hall. Infant care and church school for youngsters is offered during the service. Surya Meditation • MONDAYS, 5-6pm Reconnect with your natural state of well-being: access boundless energy, release emotional stress, improve mental clarity. Informal lecture followed by group meditation. Free. At Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Tai Chi in Pack Square Park Join Tai Chi instructor Jonathan Santos on the lawn of Reuter Terrace in Pack Square Park and revive the body and spirit. Open to all skill levels. Info: 252-2300 or www.packsquarepark.org. • SATURDAYS through (11/20), 10-11:30am - Tai Chi. Free. The Radiant Heart • FR (11/5), 7-10pm & SA (11/6), 10am-6pm - A Sufi retreat with Leilah Be at Jubilee, 46 Wall St., Asheville. Dances of Universal Peace, Zikr, teachings and practices for awakening the heart, inspiring the mind, and nurturing the soul. Fri. $15/Sat. $45. Info: 683-5296. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www.uuasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services. Unity Cafe
Looking for a change from the usual Sunday service? Spiritual conversation and sharing, music, meditation, coffee and pastry. Info: 6450514, 676-6070 or unitycafe. org. • 1st, 3rd & 5th SUNDAYS, 10am-Noon - Greenlife Grocery Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www.unitync.net. • WE (11/3), 7pm - The film Home, a visual portrayal of Earth, will be screened. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? 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. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 2525010 or www.unityofasheville. com. • SU (11/7), 2pm - “Unitics Go Classic.” The annual concert performed by Unity musicians will feature a wide variety of classical music. $12 advance/$15 door. Veritas Christian Academy • SU (11/7), 2-4pm - Community open house. All are welcome to learn about this classical Christian school, located at 17 Cane Creek Road in Fletcher. Info: 681-0546. Windhorse Zen Community Meditation, Dharma talks, private instruction available Tuesday and Thursday evenings, residential training. Teachers: Lawson Sachter and Sunya Kjolhede. Main center: 580 Panther Branch, Alexander. City center: 12 Von
Ruck Court. Call for orientation. Info: 645-8001 or www. windhorsezen.org. • SUNDAYS, 9:30-11am - Meditation, chanting and a Dharma talk. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meditation and chanting. • FRIDAYS, 5:30-7:15pm Meditation and chanting at the City Center.
Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or www.16patton.com. • Through SA (11/27) Paintings of the French Broad River by John Mac Kah. Art at Mars Hill College Info: www.mhc.edu. • Through SA (11/6) - New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. A firstrate Smithsonian Institution exhibit complemented by a Madison County Roots Music exhibit and photographs by Rob Amberg will be on display in Weizenblatt Gallery, Moore Auditorium. Info: www.mhc. edu/newharmonies. Art at The Artisan • TH (11/4), 5-7pm - The Artisan in Cheshire Village on Route 9 S., Black Mountain, will host an opening reception, along with a complementary wine tasting. View photographs by Joe Calderone and meet the artist. Info: 357-5500. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (11/9) - The UNCA Invitational Art Exhibition, featuring work by artists invited by the art faculty in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, will be on display
at S. Tucker Cooke Gallery in Owen Hall. • SU (11/7) through TU (11/30) - Archaea: Secret Life in Yellowstone & Beyond, an exhibition by Robbie Lipe, will be on display at Blowers Gallery, Ramsey Library. • SU (11/7), 2-4pm - Opening reception for Archaea: Secret Life in Yellowstone & Beyond. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. For viewing hours: 692-0575. Info: 6987868 or www.artleague.net. • Through TH (11/11) - Will Paint for Food, watercolors by John Anderson. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. acofhc.org. • FR (11/5) through FR (11/26) - Fiber Arts, an exhibition featuring clothing, quilts, wall hangings and other works of fiber art.Pattiy Torno, wellknown fiber artist in Asheville’s River Arts District, will judge. • FR (11/5), 5:30-8pm Opening reception and awards ceremony for the Fiber Arts exhibit. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • Through SU (3/13) - The Director’s Cut: 1995-2010. • Through SU (12/5) - Sewell Sillman: Pushing Limits in the Appleby Foundation Gallery. • Through SU (12/5) - Sallie Middleton: A Life in the Forest. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
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The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ bellsouth.net or www.blackmountaincollege.org. • FR (11/5) through SA (2/5) - Paintings by Don Alter and W.P. “Pete” Jennerjahn. • FR (11/5), 5:30-7:30pm - Opening reception for an exhibition of painting by Don Alter and W.P. “Pete” Jennerjahn. A gallery talk by BMC alumnus/artist Donald Alter will be held at 6:30pm. $3 for nonmembers. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm. Info: 251-0202 or www. bluespiral1.com. • Through FR (12/31) - Milestones: Blue Ridge Parkway, an exhibition by 20 regional artists; “animal imagery earthenware” by Ron Meyers; and figurative ceramic sculpture by Donna Polseno. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or www.castellphotography.com. • Through SA (11/27) - Finding Her Place, an exhibition by Brie Castell. • Through SA (11/27) - The Human Condition, a juried exhibition addressing a wide scope of visual ideas relating to the concept of the human psyche. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road. in Hendersonville. Info: 890-2050 or www.craftscreativitydesign.org. • Through FR (12/3) - Out of the Board Room & Into the Studio, an exhibition honoring the work of retiring Executive Director Dian Magie. Events at the Turchin Center
Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www.tcva.org. • Through SA (11/13) MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon, an exhibition by Dan Smith; Perspectives in Bronze, sculpture by Greg Bailey and Michael Warrick; and Evidence of Things Unseen, paintings by Amy Cheng. • Through SA (12/4) - In the Shadow of the Volcanoes: Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico. • Through SA (12/4) Evidence of Things Unseen, contemporary paintings by Martha Neaves in Catwalk Community Gallery. • FR (11/5), 7-9pm - Opening reception and celebration for the following exhibitions: In the Shadow of the Volcanoes: Contemporary Art from the Mountains of Central Mexico; MANinfested DESTINY: From Boone to Boon; Perspectives in Bronze; and Evidence of Things Unseen. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org.v • Through SA (11/13) - The Appalachian Pastel Society’s second annual National Juried Exhibit. • FR (11/5), 6-9pm - Artist reception for the Appalachian Pastel Society’s exhibit. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (11/5) - Tim Barnwell’s Thirty Years in the Mountains: A Photographic Retrospective and the Smithsonian exhibition New Harmonies: Celebrating
America’s Roots Music will be on display. New Courtyard Gallery Located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Building, Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 273-3332. • Through SA (11/6) Anything Goes—Everything Shows, a mail-art exhibition. Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts Located at 70 Bingo Loop in Cherokee. Info: 497-3945. • Through (11/21) - Works by Paul Hornbuckle, Dean Reed and Henrietta Lambert will be on display. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: www.penland.org or 765-2359. • Through SU (11/14) - The Core Show 2010 will be on display. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or www.sevensistersgallery.com. • Through SU (11/14) - Oil paintings by Jeff Pittman and sculpture by Michelle Sumares will be on display. Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery Located at 103 West St., Black Mountain. Info: 357-8327 or www.studio103fineartgallery. com. • Through SA (11/27) Floating Women, an exhibit of oil paintings by Les Caison III. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal.info@ gmail.com or www.svfal.org. • Through TH (11/4) Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Fall 2010 Juried Exhibit at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri.,
10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • MO (10/11) through FR (11/5) - Black & White Shades of Grey. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www.upstairsartspace.org. • Through SA (11/13) - Three exhibits: Mountain Glass, Line in Landscape and Constance Humphries: New Work. Waynesville’s Art After Dark The Gallery Association of Waynesville regularly hosts gallery and artist studio events in the Waynesville area. Info: 452-9284 or www.waynesvillegalleryassociation.com. • 1st FRIDAYS, 6-9pm - Participating galleries stay open late, and many also host artist receptions, provide live music and serve refreshments. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 2273591 or www.fineartmuseum. wcu.edu. • Through FR (12/17) - Worldviews: A Year of the Collections. Highlighting selections from the permanent collection and new acquisitions to include recent gifts by regional, national and international artists. • Through FR (12/17) - Reclaiming Cultural Ownership: Challenging Indian Stereotypes, an installation of photographs and commercial merchandise focusing on “unlearning” stereotypes and fostering Native pride by noted Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian artist Shan Goshorn. • Through FR (11/5) - School of Art & Design MFA Thesis Exhibition: Richard Conn, Sculpture.
• SU (10/24) through FR (12/17) - Seeing Rural Appalachia, an exhibition of photographs by Mike Smith. • TU (11/9) through FR (11/12) - School of Art & Design MFA Exhibit: Tracy Kirchmann, Sculpture.
More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or www.ncarboretum.org. • Outdoor Sculpture: Inflorescence, an exhibition of botanical forms created from synthetic-nylon fabric and made by artist Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield, will be on display in the Baker Center (through Aug.); in The Canopy Walk (through Oct.); The Education Center (Aug.Oct.) and in the Quilt Garden (Nov.-Feb). • Through MO (2/28) - Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, an exhibition on display in the Baker Center. Artists Reception at the Frugal Framer • SA (11/6), 5:30-7:30pm - Opening reception for an exhibition of photography by Krista Kuelleman and realist paintings by Michael Koza. Located at 2145 Hendersonville Road. Info: 687-8533. Grand Bohemian Gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www.bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • Through MO (11/22) - New paintings by the French painter Jean Claude Roy will be on display. • Through TU (11/30) - New work by Eric Serritella, which includes hand-carved trompe l’oeil vessels and a new series of wall hangings, created in similar style. Transylvania Heritage Museum
Located at 189 W. Main Street, Brevard. Info: 8842347 or www.transylvaniaheritage.org. • Through SA (11/27) - Decoration Day in the Mountains.
Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Galleries 101 Workshop (pd.) Presenter Wendy H. Outland. Black Mountain Center for the Arts, Saturday, Nov 6, 10am-noon. Early Bird fee $35, after Nov 3, $45. Details/Registration: Call BMCA 669-0930. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Rd. in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or www.historicjohnsonfarm.org. • TU (11/9), 1pm - Napkin Folding: Learn how to use napkins to decorate your table. Bring 2-3 cloth napkins of different sizes. $5. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or www.tcva.org. • TH (11/4), 7pm - Visiting sculptor Greg Bailey will lead a workshop in the Turchin Center Lecture Hall. • FR (11/5), 7-9pm - The Turchin Center’s Fall Exhibition Celebration. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or www. egacarolinas.org. • TH (11/4), 9:30am - Registration followed by a short business meeting and a project involving a vintage-lapel pin taught by Sue Osterberg. Bring basic sewing supplies and a stash
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of fibers. At Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Mountain Made Located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Features the works of regional artisans, writers and musicians. Info: 350-0307 or mtnmade807@ aol.com. • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-6pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Glass blowing demonstrations. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal.info@ gmail.com or www.svfal.org. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. Suggested donation $4. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm Open studio for figure drawing. Small fee for model. • MONDAYS, 10am-1pm - Open studio for portrait painting. Small fee for model. • TUESDAYS (through 11/16) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. Sylva After Dark Art, music, refreshments and more in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-1577 or www.downtownsylva.org. • FR (11/5), 6-9pm - Sylva After Dark: Enjoy an evening to stroll through downtown Sylva. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or www.fineartsleague.org. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. Four 5-minute poses and four 20-minute poses. $5. Tryon Fine Arts Center The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: 859-8322 or www.tryonarts.org • TH (11/4), 6:30-8:30pm - “Explore Photo Play,” a demonstration on altering photography by Elaine Pearsons. $7/$4 students. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am-7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 2273591 or www.fineartmuseum. wcu.edu. • TU (11/9), 4:30-6pm - Day of the Dead Celebration, featuring crafts with Lucy Brock, a Day of the Dead altar, Mexican music and refreshments.
Weaverville Art Safari A biannual self-guided tour of artists’ studios located in Weaverville and surrounding areas. Visit ceramists, glass artists, metal smiths, jewelers, painters, woodworkers, paper artists and more. Free. Info & map: www.weavervilleartsafari.com. • SA & SU (11/6 & 7) - Art Safari, with more than 40 artists participating.
Art/Craft Fairs Craft Bazaar and Historic Church Tour (pd.) Sip hot tea while enjoying a free tour of the Church of the Redeemer, est. 1888. • Craft bazaar featuring holiday crafts, baked goods, and more. • Saturday, November 6, 8am-2pm, 1201 Riverside Dr. in Woodfin. www.churchof-the-redeemer-episcopal. org Global Holiday Gift Sale • SU (11/7), Noon-3pm - Handcrafted fair-trade items from Ten-Thousand Villages will be for sale at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, 171 Beaverdam Road (corner of Beaverdam and Kimberly). Speakers will discuss how fair trade retail provides social development programs and helps communities around the world. Lentils and rice will be served. Grace Episcopal Church Craft Fair • SA (11/6), 9am-4pm - Grace Episcopal Church will hold a craft fair in the church parish hall, 871 Merrimon Ave. Articles for sale include traditional holiday merchandise as well as unique gift items. Info: 299-7430. Second Annual Weaverville PTO Neighborhood Art Market • SA (11/6), 10am-4pm - Pottery, jewelry, scarves, clothing, gourmet foods, paper goods, wall art, quilts, wreaths and other gift items from more than 20 community artists and crafters. The fundraiser will be held at Weaverville Primary School, 39 South Main St.
Spoken & Written Word Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or www.ashevilleart.org. • TU (11/9), 2-5pm Discussion Bound Reading Group: Loving Frank, a novel by Nancy Horan. Attention WNC Mystery Writers
WNC Mysterians critique group. For serious mystery/ suspense/thriller writers. Info: 712-5570 or wncmysterians. org. • TH (11/4), 6pm - Meeting at Books-a-Million (lounge area), Tunnel Road, Asheville. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. brbooks-news.com or 4566000. • TH (11/4), 7-9pm - “Music and Poetry,” a monthly openmic night hosted by Chris Minick. • 1st THURSDAYS - The Music and Poetry Lover’s Network presents Open Mic Night. Performers must sign up for their set at 6:45pm. • SU (11/7), 6:30pm - Enjoy live music with Michael Pilgrim in the event room. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 2504758) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n LE = Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Road, 2506480) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (11/3), 5-7pm - Library Knitters. SW —- 3pm - Book Club: Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins. WV. • TH (11/4), 6:30pm - Book Club: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. EA. • FR (11/5), 10am-6pm & SA (11/6), 10am-4pm - Used Book Sale. EC. • SA (11/6), 10am-3pm Half-Price Book Sale. WV. • TU (11/9), 7pm - Film screening: Inherit the Wind, based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925. WV —- 5-7pm - “Hulahoop Hoopla.” Children ages 11-18 are invited to make hula-hoops. BM —7pm - There will be an African safari slideshow presented by Nancy Rhodes. Light refreshments and “bush tea” will be served FV —- 1pm - Book Club: Moon Women by Pamela Duncan. LE. • WE (11/10), 6:30pm Library Knitters. BM —- 1pm - Book Club: South of Broad by Pat Conroy. FV.
Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • FR (11/5), 7pm - Charles White, formerly of Cullowhee, will read from his new historical novel, Lambs of Men. • SU (11/7), 3:30pm - An information session and social hour for local book clubs. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or www.malaprops.com. • WE (11/3), 7pm - Book Club: Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich. Hosted by Jay Jacoby. • TH (11/4), 7pm - Alex Kudera will read from his book Fight For Your Long Day. • FR (11/5), 4:30pm - Freelance Friday: Discuss the importance of emergency funds and marketing with Joe D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan —- 7pm - Warren Wilson College professor Dr. Mallory McDuff will read from her book of collected stories titled Natural Saints. • SA (11/6), 2pm - Katie Boyette will read from her book Knitwit: 20 Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters —- 7pm - Best-selling author Elizabeth Kostova will read from and sign copies of her book The Swan Thieves. • SU (11/7), 3pm - Poetrio featuring Kyle Dargan, author of Logorrhea Dementia: A Self-Diagnosis, Wendy Kochenthal, author of Journey Down Under Poems and another poet yet to be announced —- 5pm - Lorimer Press authors Abigail Dewitt, Joseph Bathanti and Alex Grant will discuss their work and creative process. • MO (11/8), 7pm - Dr. Carl Elliott presents his book White Coat Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine. • TU (11/9), 7-8:30pm - “The Ins-and-Outs of Getting Published,” with local authors Joe D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan. • TH (11/11), 7pm - Chaplain Patrick McLaughlin will discuss his book No Atheists in Foxholes: Reflections and Prayers from the Front. Events at Montford Books & More Located at 31 Montford Ave. Info: 285-8805. • TH (11/4), 7-8:30pm - Gregg Levoy, the author of Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life, will discuss the process of listening to one’s calling, from career changes to launching new ventures or course corrections in life or work. A Q&A session will follow.
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Events at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or spellboundbooks@netzero. com. • SU (11/7), 4pm - ROYAL Book Club Meeting: I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. Book club for adults reading young adult literature. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or www.firestormcafe.com. • TH (11/4), 7pm - Albert Bates, who directs The Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm, and KMO, who hosts the C-Realm Podcast and the Eco-village Training Center Journal, will give a presentation and book signing of their new books, The Bio-char Solution and Conversations on Collapse. Poetry at The Pulp • TU (11/9), 7-10pm Asheville Poetry Review and Asheville Wordfest announce their monthly open mic at The PULP, located underneath The Orange Peel. Featured poet: Laura Hope-Gill, followed by an open mic. $5 PULP members/$10 nonmembers (includes annual membership). The Writers’ Guild of WNC Visitors and new members are invited to the meetings to talk about writing and publishing. • 2nd THURSDAY, 1-3pm - Meeting at Fletcher Public Library, 120 Library Road. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or www.twwoa.org. • Through TU (11/30) - Young Writers Contest: Thomas Wolfe Fiction Contest. $10 reading fee. • SA (11/6), 10am-4pm - “Writing Your Memoirs,” with Anne Barnhill. Held at 387 Beaucatcher Road.
Festivals & Gatherings Foothills Highland Games • SA (11/6), 9am-5pm - The 10th annual games will feature Highland dancers, Scottish athletic competitions, children’s activities, sheep herding demos, bagpipe bands, a parade of tartans, live music, food and more. Sponsored by Scottish Clans of the South. $10 adults/$7 kids. Info: 693-8526 or www. scotsfoothillshg.org. WNC Pottery Festival • SA (11/6), 10am-4pm - Forty-two juried potters will show their work in downtown Dillsboro. $3 admission (includes raffle ticket)/Free for kids under 12. Info: 631-5100
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Music Asheville Music School • Open House • This Sunday (pd.) November 7, 2pm-4pm. 101 S. Lexington Avenue. Visit our new downtown location! Come celebrate our positive changes, meet our faculty and tour the facility. (828) 252-6244. Abernethy United Methodist Church Located at 1418 Patton Ave., Asheville. Info: 254-2612. • SU (11/7), 5pm - Vocal concert with reception to follow. Tenor Mark Jones and alto Kristin Dominguez will be performing in the sanctuary. African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • SUNDAYS, 2-3pm Beginner. Asheville Middle School Music Fest • SA (11/6), 4-7pm Performances by The Pond Brothers, Every Mother’s Dream and Elz Lindsey & the Mountain Saints at the Asheville Jewish Community Center on Charlotte St. $6/$15 for three tickets. All proceeds will go to the Asheville Middle School 8th Grade trip to the Outer Banks. Blue Ridge Sacred Chorale • FR (11/5), 7:30pm - Blue Ridge Sacred Chorale, an auditioned regional choir, will present “For the Bounty,” a program of choral music to observe the season of Thanksgiving at First UMC in Brevard. Works by Rutter, Mozart, Part, Billings, Bernstein. Timothy Shepard, Director. Cantaria Cantaria is a community chorus for gay and gay-supportive men who enjoy singing a wide variety of choral literature for men’s voices. Info: 254-9264 or www.cantariaasheville.org. • SUNDAYS, 5-7pm Rehearsals. Events at First Baptist Church Located at 5 Oak St. (corner of Charlotte St. and I-240) in downtown Asheville. Info: www.fbca.net or 252-4781. • SU (11/7), 11am-1pm - “Sing Me a Requiem,” led by the First Baptist Church of Asheville’s adult choir and instrumentalists. This All Saints Sunday concert will include excerpts from Requiem settings by Durufle, Mozart, Faure, Lloyd Webber, Rutter and Brahms.
Haywood Community Band Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or www.haywoodcommunityband.org. • THURSDAYS, 7pm Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 6974725 or www.henderson.lib. nc.us. • TH (11/4), 7pm - Scottishfolk singer Alex Beaton will perform traditional Celtic music. Keowee Chamber Music Info: www.keoweechambermusic.org or 254-7123. • SU (11/7), 4pm & TU (11/9), 7pm - Elegy, Keowee’s acclaimed Holocaust Remembrance Series, featuring the music of Bernstein, Kapralova and Shostakovich. Sun.: At the Yancey County Concert House in Burnsville. $25 suggested donation. Reservations: email@example.com. Tues.: Concert at the Asheville Art Museum. $6/$8 nonmembers. Info: 253-3227, ext. 120. Land of the Sky Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: www.ashevillebarbershop.com or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Madison County Arts Council Events Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or www.madisoncountyarts.com. • SA (11/6) - Nora Jane Struthers & The Bootleggers will perform in concert. $12 advance/$15 door. Music at Asheville Art Museum The museum is situated at 2 South Pack Square. Info: 253-3227. • SU (11/7), 3pm - Pianoforte Concert Series: Dr. Teresa Sumpter will perform works by Bernstein, Beethoven, Montsalvatge, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. $6 members/$8 plus museum admission for nonmembers. Music at Mars Hill College Info: 689-1239 or www. mhc.edu.
• FR (11/5), 7:30pm - Grand Masters Fiddler Tribute at Owen Theatre. Laura Boosinger will host Paul Crouch, Arvil Freeman, Bobby Hicks and Roger Howell, accompanied by Jerry Sutton. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • TH (11/4), 7:30pm - Performance by the UNCA Percussion Ensemble, under direction of Matthew Richmond. $5. • FR (11/5), 8pm - Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan will perform in concert. $20. • SU (11/7), 4pm - The University Chamber Singers, under direction of Melodie Galloway, will perform. $5. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-8249547 or www.songosky.org. • SA (11/6), 7:30pm Harmony Celebration presents “A Mountain Homecoming,” which will be performed at the Enka High School Auditorium. Featuring: The Song O’ Sky Show Chorus and the Enka High School Chorus. Proceeds benefit the Enka High choral department. $8/$5 students. • MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Road. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. Songwriting 101 • THURSDAYS (11/4 & 11/18), 6:30-8:30pm - Dave Dribbon of Tennessee Hollow will lead this songwriting class at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St. Discuss songwriting mechanics and more. Free. To register: 776-3786 or 460-0269. The River Church A nondenominational area church family that believes in the value of meaningful worship, practical Bible teaching and real-life relationships. Info: 348-4703 or www.jumpintotheriver.com. • FR (11/5), 6:30pm - A lasagna dinner will be served —- 7pm - Katy Kinard, Amy Courts and Carolina Story will perform in concert. Both dinner and the concert are free. Upstairs Artspace Contemporary nonprofit gallery at 49 S. Trade St. in Tryon. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm and by appointment. Info: 859-2828 or www.upstairsartspace.org. • SU (11/7), 7pm - Upstairs Artspace Gallery Benefit
Concert featuring The StereoFidelics and Wishgrove at the Tryon Movie Theater, 45 South Trade St. $10. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. wcu.edu. • WE (11/3), 7:30pm - Chanticleer, an all-male chorus, will perform. $15/$10 faculty & staff/$5 students. • TH (11/4), 7:30pm - Galaxy of Stars: Lance Brown presents “Will Rogers Now,” a portrait of the gentle American hero in words, theater and song. $25/$20 seniors/$5 students and children. • TU (11/9), 8pm - The Pavel Wlosok Trio (a jazz piano ensemble) will perform at the recital hall in the Coulter Building. Free. • TH (11/11), 8pm - The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform at the recital hall in the Coulter Building. Free.
Theater Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. acofhc.org. • TH (11/4) through SA (11/6), 8pm - Performances of An Enchanted Evening, an intimate cabaret revue celebrating great love songs, will be held Upstairs at Mike’s on Main, 303 North Main St., downtown Hendersonville. $40, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www. ashevilletheatre.org. • SU (11/7), 2:30pm Reading of The Last Christmas by local playwright James Latimore. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org. • WE (11/3) through SU (11/21) - Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island, the tale of piracy and adventure on the high seas, will be performed. Wed.-Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2pm. $34. • Through SA (11/20) - The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in
Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or www.hendersonvillelittletheatre.org. • Through SU (11/14) - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, a drama adapted from Jeffrey Hatcher’s book, will be performed. Fri.Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2pm. There will be a champagne reception on opening night. 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 & tickets: 239-0263 or www.ncstage. org. • Through SU (11/7) - Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Tony Kushner’s award-winning play about America at the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm & Sun., 2pm. $16/$25/$28. Performances at ASU Performances take place at Appalachian State University’s Farthing Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices increase at the door on show nights. Info: (800) 841ARTS(2787) or www.pas. appstate.edu. • TH (11/11) - LA Theatre Works presents The Real Dr. Strangelove: Edward Teller and the Battle for the H-Bomb. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, tryonlittletheater@ gmail.com or www.tltinfo.org. • TH (11/11) through SU (11/21) - MonkY Business. Celibacy and poverty meet musical theater a la Nunsense and a little Damn Yankees. At the Tryon Little Theater workshop, 516 S. Trade St. Thurs.Sat., 8pm & Sun., 3pm. $15.
Film Asheville International Children’s Film Festival The mission of the AICFF is to provide children and families with value affirming, culturally diverse cinema. Info: www. aicff.org. • Through SU (11/14) - Over 100 films from 30 countries will be screened. See website for location and screening information. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www. BlackMountainArts.org. • FR (11/5), 7:30pm - Screening of Fully Awake: Black Mountain College, a
documentary about the experimental school that existed in Black Mountain from the 1930s to the 1950s, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley House Dawson. $10. Film Screening at Weaverville Library • TU (11/9), 7pm - Screening of the 1960 classic film Inherit the Wind. A discussion with local film historian Bill Brittain will follow. Located at 41 N. Main St. Info: 250-6482. Movies at the Asheville Art Museum Located at 2 S. Pack Square. Showings are free with membership or museum admission. Info: 253-3227 or www. ashevilleart.org. • SA (11/6), 2pm - Screening of Donnie Darko: Director’s Cut, a cult classic about a sleepwalking Midwestern teenager whose teenage angst is a little sci-fi.
Dance Studio Zahiya (pd.) All classes drop-in anytime, $12. • 41 Carolina Lane. • Tuesdays: 10-11am, Hip Hop Conditioning, 67pm, Beginner Bellydance; 7:10-8:10pm: Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance. Thursdays, 10-11am, All Level Bellydance 6:30-7:30pm: Bollywood and Bhangra; 7:308:30pm: Hip Hop for Women • Info: (828) 242-7595 or www.lisazahiya.com English Country Dance Dance to live music with a caller. This style of dance may be seen in movie adaptations of Jane Austen novels. $6/$5 for Old Farmers Ball members. Info: 230-8449. • 1st & 3rd SUNDAYS, 3-5:30pm - Dance at the Asheville Arts Center, 308 Merrimon Ave. Wear comfortable clothes and soft sole shoes. Southeast B-Boy Championships • SA (11/6), 3pm-Midnight - The Southeast B-Boy
Championship Competition will be held at the YMI Cultural Center, 39 S Market St., downtown Asheville. The battle is open to anyone and any interested crew. Open to the public. $15/$10 children ages 6-12/Free for ages 5 and under. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 694-1406 or 681-1731. • WEDNESDAYS - Classes in Western Style Square Dancing at the Stoney Mountain Activity Center, Stoney Mountain Road, Hendersonville. Registration at 7pm. Dancing 7:30-9:30pm. First two classes are free. • SA (11/6) - A “Salute to Veterans” dance will be held at the Whitmire Activity Building in Hendersonville. There will be a tribute to WWII veterans who are/were square dancers. An advanced dance begins at 6pm; Early rounds begin at 7pm; and Squares and rounds after a Grand March at 7:30pm. Tarheel Christian Singles Dance At Blue Ridge Community College, Industrial Skills Building. Info: 231-2831. • FR (11/5), 7:30-11:30pm - Dance. Christian singles of all denominations are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. No smoking or alcohol allowed. $10.
Auditions & Call to Artists Annual Mountain Xpress Holiday Art Contest Have your holiday-themed artwork appear in color inside one of Xpress’ holiday guides (Dec. 2, 9 & 16) and/or be on display at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s downtown studio in Dec. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. • Through FR (11/26) - Create holiday-inspired art within a squarish space (9.5” H
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x 10/25” W) and keep the colors bright. Include name, address, phone, age (if under 18) and parent or guardian’s name (if applicable) with submission. Send or hand deliver art to: 2 Wall St., Asheville, N.C., 28801. Arts & Crafts Holiday Market at Beech Glen Seeks Artists • The fourth annual Arts and Crafts Holiday Market at Beech Glen Community Center on Dec. 4 is looking for local artists and crafters who would like to participate in this juried show. Info: 689-5117 or 689-2112. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 14pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 693-8504 or www. acofhc.org. • Through MO (11/29) - Accepting art, applications, entry fees and optional artist statements for the juried and judged photography exhibit Through a Lens: Carolina Images. Asheville Poetry Review • Through (1/15) - Entries for the William Matthews Poetry Prize will be accepted. $20 entry fee. Info: www.ashevillereview.com. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or www.haywoodarts.org. • Through FR (11/5) Seeking artist submissions for the annual Small Works Show. All pieces submitted must be exactly 12 inches or smaller in every dimension. Holiday Parade in Downtown Sylva • Through WE (12/1) - Applications for groups interested in participating in the “The Wonder of Christmas
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Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.-Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or www.montfordparkplayers. org. • Though SA (11/13) - Seeking directors for the upcoming Montford on Broadway Series. Productions include The Real Inspector Hound and Lysistrata. Candidates are asked to email: info@montfordparkplayers. org. Ohm Girls Dance Troupe Auditions • SU (11/7), 2pm - The Ohm Girls are dedicated to creating and performing joyful, inspiring dance performances for the community. Seeking: Good movers with previous dance experience or those currently studying dance. Auditions will be held at 41 Carolina Lane. Info: www.lisazahiya.com/ ohmgirls.html. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or www.artsofbrevard.org. • Call to artists for Santa’s Palette Holiday Show. Applications available at the Council or by calling. You may also e-mail tcarts@ comporium.net to request an application.
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consciousparty What: The 2010 Doors of Asheville Art Auction supporting Mountain Housing Opportunities
from Craggie Brewing Company. Plus, swing-era through Frank Sinatra tunes will be performed by Swing On.
Where: The Venue on 21 N. Market St., downtown Asheville
All proceeds from the festivities benefit Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO), a nonprofit with a mission is to “build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities — and lives.” Established in 1988, MHO has served more than 3,500 households in Buncombe County through its affordable housing, emergency home repair and neighborhood revitalization outreach programs. With the winter and holiday season quickly approaching, now is the time to gather in support the MHO’s mission to “build hope and dignity in the people they serve.”
When: Friday, Nov. 5, doors open at 6:30 p.m., the auction starts at 7:30 p.m. ($55/$100 for two tickets. Info: 254-4030, ext. 116 or mtnhousing.org/doors)
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Why: The auction will feature 30 one-of-a-kind works created by local artists, with each piece focusing on the theme of “doors to homes and housing.” Throughout the “open hearts open doors” auction, guests will enjoy savory hors d’oeuvres provided by The Venue, fine wines from The Merry Wine Market and locally crafted brew
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Alissa’s 5K and Play All Day Benefit • SA (11/6), 10am - The 5K, a fundraiser for a “bright little girl with Cerebral Palsy,” will be held at Enka High School, 475 Enka Lake Road, in Candler. A 1-mile fun run will begin at 11am. $25 suggested donation for the 5K/$10 for the fun run/$5 for general admission. Info: www.alissaslittleway.org. Animal Compassion Network WNC’s largest nonprofit, safe-for-life animal welfare organization. Find a new pet at ACN’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview St., Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 274DOGS or www.animalcompassionnetwork.org. • TH (11/11), 5:30pm - The 7th annual Taste of Compassion fundraiser will be held at The Venue on Market St. in downtown Asheville. Wine tastings, vegetarian hors d’oeuvres, dessert and silent auction, which will include vacations, rounds of golf and more. All proceeds benefit ACN. $30/$35 at the door. Asheville Affiliates Fundraisers This group of young professionals holds fundraisers for nonprofits in Buncombe County. Food, beer, wine and a raffle. Admission is $25 with RSVP/$30 at the door. Info: www. affiliatesofasheville.com. • TH (11/4), 6:30-9:30pm - Brews & Views, a party for land and water conservation at Highland Brewing Company’s
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tasting room. Music by The Overflow Jug Band and The Trainwreks. All proceeds benefit the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. RSVP: 253-0095. Asheville Chili Cook-Off Challenge • SU (11/7), 1-3pm - The Chili Cook-Off Fun Run, where participants will eat two bowls of chili during the run, will be held at Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave. $10 to run/$20 to participate in the cook-off contest. All proceeds benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Info: 545-0308. CANstruction in Asheville • SA (10/30) through SA (11/6) - Local architects and designers, along with area school children, design and build structures with canned food, which will be on display at Pack Place. Following the exhibit, the canned food is donated to Manna FoodBank. Info: www.yafasheville.org. Carpenter’s Heart A faith-based nonprofit whose goal is to build relationships, just as Christ did. The organization works in Buncombe County, in any area of need (wheel chair ramps, back-toschool ministries and much more). Info: www.carpentersheart.org. • SA (11/6), 7:30am-11am - Race2Reach: A 5K race and 1mile fun walk, benefiting an orphanage project in Honduras sponsored by Carpenter’s Heart, will be held at Fletcher Park in Hendersonville. Register: www.race2reach.com.
Cheers for Charity • SA (11/6), 7-10pm - The fundraising event will feature food catered by area restaurants (including Fig and Bouchon Bistro), plus an array of wine. All proceeds support The Spectrum by Dragonfly Forest, an innovative recreation program for children with autism. Held at the Asheville Club, on the 11th floor of Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood St. $55. Info: 479-5323 or info@ my151.com. Hendersonville Civitan Club Info: 693-7269. • SA (11/6), 3pm - Benefit concert: The Hendersonville Swing Band will perform at Hendersonville High School, in the auditorium. $10. Info: 696-8031. Meals on Wheels’ Santa for Seniors Project • Through MO (11/20) - Now collecting items for the “Santa For Seniors” project. Scarves, lap robes, hats, slipper socks, calendars, handkerchiefs, personal care items and more can be dropped off at Meals On Wheels, 146 Victoria Road, Asheville. Info: 253-5286. Mountain Housing Opportunities MHO’s mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities and lives. Located at 64 Clingman Ave., Suite 101. Info: 254-4030. • FR (11/5), 6:30pm - The annual Doors of Asheville, a fundraiser for affordable housing featuring themed works of art by regional artists, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction, will be held at The Venue, 21 N. Market St., downtown Asheville. $55. Tomorrow Waits For No One FUNdraiser • TH (11/4), 8pm - An event to raise money to film Tomorrow Waits For No One, a web series. Raffle, silent auction, music, sherbet punch at LaRue’s Backdoor, 237 Haywood St., downtown Asheville. $5. TWFNO is a project of the nonprofit Asheville Area Arts Council.
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Modern Mummies: In October, New York City artist Sally Davies offered the latest evidence of how unattractive todayâ€™s fast foods are to bacteria and maggots. Davies bought a McDonaldâ€™s Happy Meal in April and has photographed it daily, periodically noting the lack of any sign of decomposition. Her dog, who circled restlessly nearby for the first two days, has ignored it since then. (Several bloggers and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock have made similar discoveries.) Food scientists cite the heavy use of the preservative sodium propionate, the predominance of fat and the lack of moisture and nutrients â€” all of which merely shrink and harden the food.
â€˘ Beats Me How It Got There: Raymond Roberts, 25, was arrested in Manatee County, Fla., in September after an ordinary traffic stop revealed a strong marijuana smell. At deputiesâ€™ behest, Roberts removed a baggie of marijuana from his buttocks, but when they spotted another plastic bag right behind it containing a suspicious-looking white powder, Roberts said, â€œThe weed is [mine] ... the white stuff is not.â€? â€˘ Firefighter Richard Gawlik Jr. was terminated by Allentown, Pa., in August after posting his golf scores on a public website during three days when heâ€™d called in sick. The firefightersâ€™ contract allows them up to four consecutive daysâ€™ sick leave without a doctorâ€™s note. And since they normally work four days on/four days off, a four-day, undocumented sick call amounts to a 12-day holiday â€” a pattern that fits 60 percent of all firefighter â€œsickâ€? days, according to an analysis by The Morning Call of Allentown. (Gawlikâ€™s union said it would appeal, asserting that â€œPlaying golf was well within the guidelines of [his illness].â€?) â€˘ Woody Will Smith, 33, was convicted in September of murdering his wife after a jury in Dayton, Ky., â€œdeliberatedâ€? about 90 minutes before rejecting his defense: caffeine intoxication. Smith had claimed his daily intake of sodas, energy drinks and diet pills had made him temporarily insane when he strangled his two-timing wife with an extension cord in 2009, and again when he confessed the crime to police. (In May
2010, a judge in Pullman, Wash., ordered a hitand-run driver to treatment instead of jail, based on the driverâ€™s â€œcaffeine psychosis.â€? Some doctors believe the condition can kick in with as little as 400 mg of caffeine daily â€” which, given typical American coffee consumption, potentially portends a sky-high murder rate.) â€˘ An Iowa administrative-law judge ruled in September that former police officer William Bowker of Fort Madison deserved workerâ€™s compensation, even though he was not laid off but fired â€” for having an affair with the police chiefâ€™s wife. Although the cityâ€™s Civil Service Commission had denied him coverage (based in part on other derelictions, such as sleeping and drinking on duty and refusing to attend a class on search warrants), the judge ruled that Bowkerâ€™s dismissal seemed too much like improper retaliation.
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â€˘ A lawyer in Xian, China, filed a lawsuit in September against a movie house and film distributor for exposing her to 20 minutes of advertisements starting at the posted time for the film itself. Ms. Chen Xiaomei is seeking a refund (the equivalent of about $5.20) plus an equal amount in damages, plus the equivalent of roughly 15 cents for â€œemotionalâ€? damages â€” plus an apology.
â€˘ British entrepreneur Howard James, who runs several online dating sites, opened another one in August to worldwide attention (and, allegedly, thousands of sign-ups in the first five days): dates for ugly people. James said new members (accepted from the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Australia and Ireland) will have their photos vetted to keep â€œattractiveâ€? people out. (Based on the Web pages available at press time, the photo-evaluation process is working well.) â€˘ Beyond MacGyver: Keith Jefferyâ€™s book on the British intelligence service MI6, published in September and serialized in The Times of London,
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Almost Impossible: (1) In August, The New Zealand Medical Journal reported that yet another person had swallowed a standard-size toothbrush whole. (The 15-year-old girl, running with the toothbrush in her mouth, tripped and fell, and her gag reflex did the rest.) (2) Ms. Cha Sa-soon, 69, became a national heroine in South Korea in May when she passed her written driverâ€™s license test on the 950th try (after taking two-hour bus rides to the test center almost daily for three years). (It took her only 10 more tries to pass the driving test, and Hyundai gave her a new car as a reward.)
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In 1989, Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court clerks discovered that theyâ€™d failed to complete the paperwork finalizing nearly 500 pre-1985 divorce judgments, leaving those people still legally married. And in April 1990, an appeals court ruled that one manâ€™s supposedly ex-wife, Bonita Lynch, was entitled to one-fourth of his $2.2 million lottery jackpot. The coupleâ€™s divorce was supposed to be finalized 11 days before the jackpot was announced.
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edgymama Bullying and suicides: a letter to my kids Dear kids, You are now at the ages where you may see and hear about and even experience bullying. You know already that it’s wrong — that bullies are cowards who need to hurt others in order to feel better about themselves. You understand, I think, that mistreating other people is reprehensible. Even though I’m your mom, I try not to lecture you. I don’t like being lectured, and I try not to treat people in ways I don’t want to be treated. That said, sometimes I need to tell you things about life and the world, and I hope I can do so in a loving way. And I hope you can listen. Even though I am your mom. So here’s the main thing I need to tell you: nothing, nothing that happens to you, will be so bad that it won’t get better. Nothing. Well, there’s cancer and accidents and taxes, but you can survive even these in many cases. I’m telling you this because recently some kids, who were older than you, but still kids — teenagers — killed themselves because other kids bullied and embarrassed them. Everyone makes mistakes. I’ve told you this
before. I make mistakes, your dad makes mistakes, you make mistakes, even your grandparents make mistakes. But there’s no mistake so bad that you should ever consider hurting yourself or anyone else because of it. There will be times when you wonder if this is true. Times when you’re feeling so hurt that you’ll want to hide away and never come out. Times when you’re so angry that you want to lash out at someone who has hurt you or made you feel bad about yourself. Don’t do it. Realize that, even though the pain feels like it won’t ever disappear, it will. You will have better days. You will have joy and sunshine and dogs licking you on the nose. You will survive slights and embarrassment. You will learn not to hold grudges or want to cause yourself or other people pain. What I’m saying here is that you might, at some point, be bullied because of something you do or say or believe in. Or just because someone doesn’t like how you look or act. Or because someone needs to feel superior to you. If this happens, you need to recognize that it’s bullying and that it’s not about you. If this happens, find someone you trust to talk with.
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There are many more good people in your lives than bad people and us good people are always, always here for you. You might be scared or embarrassed, but if you find a good person or people to talk to, you can get through anything. And to reiterate: nothing, nothing is so bad that it won’t get better. I hope that you truly understand that bullying others is never OK. The kids who did the things that hurt the kids who killed themselves are facing, not just criminal prosecution and prison, but living forever with having done something horrible. Their families will still love them, but their lives will never be the same. I know it’s sometimes hard to remember that actions have consequences, though it’s
something that you’re learning already (i.e., if you hit your brother or sister, you lose your video game time — that’s an action with a direct consequence). You are smart kids, and I hope you’ll continue to have empathy and love both for yourself and for others. This won’t be the last time I’ll tell you this. It’ll probably drive you a little crazy. Because I’m your mom, and it’s my responsibility to drive you a little crazy. But mostly, I’m telling you this because I love you. Mom X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.edgymama.com.
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Good food and an active lifestyle are important weapons in the battle against childhood obesity, she says. She adds that working with kids at a young age is crucial. â€œTheyâ€™re just fabulous. They accept what you give them,â€? she says. Masterton says that she recently talked to a teenager who reported that his school offered healthy options, but no one ate them. â€œThey want macaroni and cheese and crap, because theyâ€™re high-school kids and frankly set in their ways,â€? explains Masterton. â€œMichelle Obama was smart to say, â€˜Letâ€™s start with the little kids,â€™ because theyâ€™re going to change what their parents do.â€? The high-school boy was writing a report for the school paper, and Masterton told him that as a writer and peer, he played a part in influencing those around him. â€œLook, you have to demand change, then you have to take part in it,â€? she told him. â€œYou have to tell your friends to eat this stuff, because if the cafeteria workers make it and no one eats it, economically they canâ€™t keep making it.â€? And thatâ€™s a good example of a lesson that many local administrators of this program are being reminded of through this process. As clichĂŠ as it sounds, change begins where we stand. Great ideas are one thing, but itâ€™s up to members of a community to uphold it and make it happen. Engagement sparks movements. â€œThe parents have to be involved and care about it, too,â€? says Masterton. â€œ[The situation is] going to change because of a caring mother or father. Itâ€™s going to change because of children who care. Kids have to be educated â€” and they have to take charge, too. You have to say, â€˜look, I want to be healthy, so I want to eat good food.â€™â€? â€œSo, no itâ€™s not going to change just from chefs being in schools, but itâ€™s a part, and itâ€™s what chefs can do to help make it happen,â€? she says. Also, she adds, changing how kids â€” and eventually parents â€” eat is not going to happen in the blink of an eye. â€œIt takes time, it really takes time,â€? says Masterton. â€œSomeone once told me that you canâ€™t push up the roots of something. You have to plant the seeds and wait. Iâ€™m having a hard time being patient, but I think that ultimately it will make a difference. And it already is.â€? For more info about the local Chefs Move to Schools program, visit growing-minds.org/chefstoschools. php or contact ASAP Project Coordinator Anna Littman at 236-1282 ext. 110. X Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tiny Chai Pani is bursting with big news. First, the Indian street-food restaurant was mentioned in an October New York Times travel article, “36 Hours in Asheville, N.C.,” that also mentioned The Admiral and Farm and Sparrow Bakery, among other local haunts. Asheville residents, the reporter wrote, “are particularly taken with a bright, year-old cafe called Chai Pani for its fresh, cilantro-strewn takes on Indian street food.” The same week that the NYT mention appeared, the restaurant experienced its busiest Saturday since opening.
This month, Chai Pani makes news again with a five-day celebration of the Indian holiday, Diwali. “It’s a festival of lights,” explains owner Meherwan Irani. “It is to India what Christmas is to America. It’s a really festive time.” “I don’t know that any Indian restaurant has ever done Diwali here, but we want to introduce it to the Asheville community,” he says. From Wednesday, Nov. 3 through 7, Chai Pani will be festively lit and brightly decorated “to invite prosperity inside” says Irani. During Diwali, the restaurant will offer a special menu and henna skin-painting. Irani is
also importing special Indian desserts to echo the Diwali tradition of celebrants presenting sweets and snacks to each other. The desserts are made by Sudha Moy Dutta, who hails from one of the most famous dessert-making families in his native India. He operates Mithai House of Indian Desserts in Cary, and takes special pains to craft his products “the old-fashioned way,” says Irani. In mid-November, Chai Pani will host a benefit for a charity near and dear to the hearts of the owners and friends of the restaurant. On Monday, Nov. 15, the restaurant will host a fundraiser to raise money for the Meher Free Dispensary. The MFD is an India-based nonprofit that provides free medical care to people suffering from acute and chronic illnesses, or in need of postor prenatal care. “They serve roughly 250,000 patients a year, free of charge,” says Isaac Clay, organizer of the event, advisor on the Meher board and manager of Chai Pani. “India has a universal health care system, but there’s so many people and limited funding. The Dispensary serves the rural poor that live in the immediate area and beyond, to a degree.” The Chai Pani event will revolve around a multi-course meal that will deviate from the street fare the eatery generally serves. The food, says Irani, will focus on what’s “traditionally served on very special occasions ... something that a special cook is usually called in to do. It will be fun.” Planned dishes include biryani, a
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Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or www.malaprops.com. • WE (11/10), 7-8pm - Prepare a dish to share using mostly (or all) local ingredients. There will be a winner in both a sweet and savory category. Wednesday Welcome Table • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am-1pm - The Haywood Street Congregation, 297 Haywood St. in Asheville, welcomes all persons to come, eat and enjoy fellowship. All meals are made from scratch, healthy and free. Info: 337-4944.
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The brew that many of us anticipate all year is finally here: Highland Brewing’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale. This malty, lightly hopped, spiced seasonal ale comes out on draught and in kegs this week throughout WNC. The beer’s spices vary from year to year. My preview taste of the 2010 brew started with a strong vanilla aroma and flavor, followed by a bite of cinnamon and a little fruit, and a drier finish than some Cold Mountain ales of the past. It’s delicious. Likely by next week, Cold Mountain will be available in one-liter bottles, 22-ouncers and 12packs at regional grocery and specialty stores (see video of the nectar being bottled at mountainx.com). When Highland’s production capacity was much smaller, cases of Cold Mountain were highly sought-after, often reserved weeks in advance. Now Highland crafts enough of this delicious beer so that everyone can buy and enjoy it well into the holiday season (don’t hoard, people). The slightly sweet Cold Mountain pairs well with savory fare, such as turkey, ham and even tofurky. The official release party for the brew at Highland’s posh new tasting room will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. Asheville rockers Now You See Them will provide the music.
Erica Nelson: Highland Brewing’s lady brewer
She isn’t the first female brewer to wield a paddle at Highland, but she’s currently the only professional female in town to hold a Master Brewer degree. Erica Nelson moved to Asheville from Arkansas in April, and has been working for Highland Brewing Company for the past three months. She’s taking charge of the brewery’s quality-control program, while learning the brewing process from top to bottom. The 26-year-old Nelson is a recent graduate of University of California-Davis’ Master Brewers program. After completing the 18-week course, she moved back to her home in Arkansas, but “the beer culture there was lacking,” she says. A friend convinced her and her boyfriend to move to Asheville. Soon after, she scored a job at Highland. “I feel so fortunate to be in Asheville and to have a job in a brewery here,” she says. “It sounds cliché, but this is a dream job for a beginner brewer.” She’s particularly excited about some of the brews coming out of Highland’s new three-barrel pilot brewing system, such as the Little Hump Spring Ale (a pale) and the Cape Fear IPA (both on tap in Highland’s Tasting Room).
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Give ‘em a hand: Highland Brewing’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale is hand-bottled in 1-liter vessels. The beer will be out on draught this week and in bottles by next week. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn
PBR for Pups
How does drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon to help the Asheville Humane Society sound? On Saturday, Nov. 13, at Asheville’s Universal Joint, all proceeds from sales of PBR from 1 until 5 p.m. will benefit the AHS (if, like me, you’d prefer to drink heartier beer, you still can donate to the cause). U-Joint manager Jason Allison first established the fundraiser at his restaurant in Georgia when a friend’s pets were in need. Now he’s bringing it to the mountains. He hopes to raise more than $3,000 that day and to raise awareness of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering. “PBR for Pups” logo T-shirts and hats will be on sale at the event, along with raffle tickets for prizes donated by local and national businesses (such as beer, salon visits, etc.). Raffle tickets will cost $5 each or three for $12. In addition, dogs from the Humane Society will be available for adoption. “In June, our patrons helped raise more than $2,500 for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue,” Allison says. “Dogs aren’t responsible for themselves. People need to be responsible for dogs.” “PBR for Pups” events will also be held in Atlanta and Dallas the same weekend to raise funds for animal advocacy groups in those cities. For more information, call the Universal Joint at 505-7262, or visit pbr4pups.org. The U-Joint is
located at 784 Haywood Road in West Asheville. For more information about Asheville Humane Society, visit www.ashevillehumane.org.
Craggie Brewing celebrates year one
The brewery crew is holding a number of beerinfused events during their birthday week: Tuesday, Nov. 16: Beer dinner at Tingles Café. Wednesday, Nov. 17: Dubbelicious cask release. This is Craggie’s Belgian-style double that comes in at 6.5 percent ABV. Thursday, Nov. 18: Sugar Mama’s Dubbelicious cookies and Dubbelicious beer pairing. Friday, Nov. 19: Anniversary party, 7 p.m. until midnight, with beer, N.C. barbecue and Pumpkin Ale Brewer’s Reserve beer-andpumpkin-ice cream floats from The Hop for $5. Asheville vaudeville performances and local rockers Sirius B will play. Saturday, Nov. 20: Buy the glass for $5 and get Dubbelicious pints for $2.25 for the night. Sunday, Nov. 21: Dubbelicious Anniversary 16ounce bottles will go on sale during the weekly Hangover in the Hangar event. All events take place at Craggie’s Public House at 197 Hilliard Ave., unless otherwise indicated. Congrats to Craggie on their first-year anniversary! For more information, visit craggiebrewingco. com. X Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Asheville’s Miss Gay Latina transgender beauty pageant inspires a filmmaker, a celebrity and a community transition. That was the inspiration.”
Life’s rich pageant
For event coordinator Elio Gonzalez, the inspiration came from friends in Asheville (he recently moved here from Charlotte) who alerted him to the need for a beauty pageant. “My goal was to empower the girls who enter the pageant, and benefit the clinic for this program,” says Gonzalez. Proceeds from the event benefit WNCCHS’s Transgender Health Program which, according to Abbott, is growing. “The clinic currently has about 35 transgender patients, both male to female, and female to male.” Gonzalez adds that the other aspect of the pageant is to “give the audience a sense of our culture with the different types of entertainment.” He and Nelson Reyes — who is choreographing the performance — are from Cuba; many of the contestants are from Mexico. In previous years, their folk costumes — the opening act of the pageant — represented various states in Mexico. This year, they’ll represent
countries throughout Latin America, including Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In Miss America-style, the contestants will first take the stage in their folk costumes during the opening production, which includes dancers from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (of which Reyes is a member). The winner from last year’s folk costume contest will award this year’s winner, and then the contestants will perform their talents (Gonzalez’s lips are sealed as to what the talents entail). Following an intermission and more talents, the evening culminates with gowns, which each contestant has painstakingly crafted over months, from found objects and recycled pageant wear, and at personal expense. And then, finally, a queen will be crowned. “It’s not only the gay part of it that you’re going to see,” Gonzalez insists. “This year we’re going really big since we’re doing it at a theater.” Indeed, sized out of the West Asheville church, Miss Gay Latina has moved to the 510seat Diana Wortham Theatre. The extravaganza includes two professional dancers from Mexico
They feel pretty: This year’s Miss Gay Latina hopefuls pose in dresses and makeup. photoS by Bill Rhodes
by Alli Marshall First, there’s the story about the women who have been working for months — nearly half a year — to prepare themselves for a beauty pageant. Daniela Vega, Ivanna Brunnely, Yeraldine Kennedy, Carolina Olivares, Jaqueline del Castillo and Isabella Franco is how they’re known on stage. They practice their walking, makeup, dance routines and talents. They work on their dresses, which are so elaborate and heavy that they require a truck to move them to the competition site. And they’ve attracted the attention of film star Andie MacDowell. But these women didn’t begin as beauty queens. They didn’t even begin as women. That’s another story. Some of the six contestants in the third annual Miss Gay Latina transgender beauty pageant are currently undergoing hormone therapy treatment to alter their outward appearance so that it matches how they identify themselves: as women. The pageant is an opportunity to really be those women, and so they work tirelessly in preparation for the show. They also have day jobs. One works at a plant nursery, one is a housekeeper, one works with medical records. Some are taking English as a Second Language classes at A-B Tech (and beyond that, their privacy is well-guarded). They’re becoming women. Americans. Beauty queens.
And then there’s the story of all of these stories being captured on film by local filmmaker Rod Murphy. He was introduced to the pageant last year by Jennifer Abbott, a physician at WNC Community Health Services. A few of the pageant participants are patients there, so the clinic’s staff and extended family attend the event. “It’s one of those things that, once you hear about it, it’s like everybody knew but you,” says Murphy. As for the pageant, he describes last year’s event (at a church on Haywood Road) as bursting at the seams with Mexican families, hipsters, yuppies and middle-aged folks. “It’s something I’d never thought about,” says Murphy. “After shooting some footage last year, I saw how visual it is and how nice and interesting each character was, how complex it really is. For me, this is about giving voice to people who might not have much of a voice. Some of them are immigrants, some are in
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who also do drag, Latino pop singer Samuel Patoni (who Gonzalez points out is not gay) and transgender performer Nicole Sanchez. Previous winners Yunuel Garces and Celine Rodriguez will be there too. But, says Gonzalez, the biggest celebrity of all is Cachita: â€œThis year, people have gone crazy for Cachita.â€? And for good reason: The transgender Cuban actress and singer recently relocated to Asheville. Her move is a windfall for the Miss Gay Latina contestants, who can benefit from her experience. Famous on Spanishlanguage TV network Univision, Cachita allowed her gender reassignment surgery to be publicized. According to Gonzalez, Cachita is very open about the pros and cons of going through sexchange surgery, and the importance of finding the right doctor. Though such issues are not for the faint of heart, Gonzalez says â€œItâ€™s amazing to see how supportive the community, [the contestantâ€™s] families and friends are. Even though weâ€™re such a macho culture, when it comes to something like this â€” individuals preparing themselves [for gender reassignment] or taking the steps â€” they support it.â€? He attributes that largely to the accepting nature of Asheville, and also says that, when it comes to both the pageant and Murphyâ€™s documentary, the ladies of Miss Gay Latina are not shy in the least: â€œThey are ready to go.â€?
Big screen aspirations
According to Murphy, the prospect of the film was a little scary at first for some contestants. â€œWe want to make a competition documentary with some heart,â€? he explains. â€œOnce we got the blessing from the clinic and people got to know us a little bit, the scary part went away. They let us into their homes and into their work, hanging out with them on the weekend. It got real easy real fast.â€? He thinks thatâ€™s because â€œThey do want to get who they are out. A lot of itâ€™s about acceptance. Having a pageant and having 500 people clapping affirms this choice youâ€™ve made.â€? Murphyâ€™s crew, which includes local filmmakers Paul Schattel and Pete Lutz, photographer Bill Rhodes and Murphyâ€™s wife Gina as translator, has been shooting since July. â€œWeâ€™ve been focusing on whatâ€™s interesting to us, whatâ€™s dramatic and whatâ€™s working instead of just shooting blindly,â€? he says. â€œWeâ€™re trying to follow certain story lines and edit as we go.â€? The project also attracted locally based actress MacDowell, who had been working with Murphy on a baseball documentary when he mentioned the Miss Gay Latina project. â€œI donâ€™t think many people realize that we have this contest in Asheville,â€? MacDowell says. â€œThe subject matter is fascinating; itâ€™s an amazing human-interest story and
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Working 9-to-5: Isabella Franco, one of the contestants, at her day job. â€˘Â In 2006, Xpress reported the transgender population in Asheville to be around 200. These days, according to Holly Boswell, director of Phoenix Transgender Support, that number is approaching 1,000. Phoenix TGS is an open support group in Asheville for â€œcrossdressers, transsexuals, transmasculine and others in the gender community, their partners and supporters.â€? Info at phoenixtgs. weebly.com. â€˘ Transgendered persons may have difficulty finding compassionate and/or adequate health care.Â â€œI would say all of the transgender patients face barriers to good health care, most are uninsured, many have been unable to find health care providers in the past who were willing or able to assist with their medical needs,â€? says WNC Community Health Services physician Jennifer Abbott, who does not consider herself a transgender specialist, but a â€œfamily physician who has learned how to work with transgender patients, through experience and what resources are available from other providers.â€? â€˘Â According to Abbott, WNCCHS provides services including â€œregular preventative health care (for instance, a trans-woman may need breast exams as well as prostate exams, or a trans-man may need pap smears), counseling services, hormone therapy for transitioning, and letters of support for sexual reassignment surgery (we donâ€™t do surgery). ...We do try to work on risk reduction â€” for instance if someone is obtaining hormones from the street or the internet, we try to help provide the hormones for them safely at the clinic. We do HIV testing and care for patients who are HIV positive.â€? And, â€œWe provide medical and mental health visits free of charge to eligible patients, and medicines at reduced cost.â€? â€˘ Currently WNCCHS does not perform sex reassignment surgery. The surgery is costly and not covered by insurance. â€œThose who want surgery generally save up over long periods of time for this,â€? says Abbott. Info at wncchs.org. â€˘Â Find more resources at gayasheville.us. â€”A.M.
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Crowned: Former pageant winner Yunuel Garces. they’re beautiful people. Very colorful, wonderful energy. Visually, this is beautiful to look at.” MacDowell is able to work as a producer on this documentary because a TV show in which she’d planned to act wasn’t picked up. “It’s a godsend,” she says: That loss meant she had time to work with Murphy. “It is a goal of mine to try to produce more, and to eventually direct something small.” For now, attaching her name to the documentary is sure to be a boon for Murphy, who plans to start editing the film right after the pageant. He hopes to send the finished product to festivals starting next spring. From the project, MacDowell takes away the idea that, “There are so many different kinds of people and I think it’s a valuable lesson for all of us that we are different. ...Everybody wants to fit in. It’s a huge human need to not be ostracized. The great thing about Asheville is that so many different kinds of people live together in har-
mony.” She adds, “On top of all of the lessons that can be learned, on top of all that can be said on a humane level, there is the contest. And that is just fun.” Fun is what Gonzalez has in mind, too. He promises the pageant will be “done in good taste and, for the people who come, it’s a real representation of Asheville. It’s not all Latinos. It’s going to be 50/50 so the whole event is in both languages. Not everybody’s gay but everybody seems to enjoy it.” And for the contestants, at press time still meeting each Sunday in the West Asheville church: “Even though I’m pretty sure they all want to wear that crown, they’re supportive of each other,” says Gonzalez. “After the pageant, it’s like, ‘What’s next?’” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@ mountainx.com.
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A novel challenge
This November, a group of ambitious local writers attempt to write a book in a month by Miles Britton
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It took J.K. Rowling six years to do it. Stephen King can do it in four months. Stephanie Meyers did it for her first time in just three months. Sure. But try writing a novel in 30 days. That’s the insane gauntlet thrown down for writers in November, aka National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For the last 11 years, this brainchild of a group of San Francisco scribes and fiction-lovers has been challenging would-be novelists to stop procrastinating and crank out a fresh 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and midnight on Nov. 30. It’s an admittedly ridiculous deadline. But right at this moment, more than 200,000 people around the world are furiously taking pen to paper and fingers to keyboard to give it a shot. Last year, an estimated 30,000 of them hit that magic word-count goal. And what did they win? Absolutely nothing but the satisfaction of having finally accomplished a life-long dream. Well, that and a rough draft of a 175-page novel, which is probably a hell of a lot more than you’re going to accomplish this month, buddy. “It’s just fun,” says Jess Jacobs, who heads Asheville Novel Writing Month (AsheNoWriMo), a local NaNoWriMo group
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The writing scramble: NaNoWriMo Month throws down a 50,000-word challenge. that she started last year. “If you think you want to be a writer and you’re just starting out, it’s a good way to jump in and get your feet wet.” All this month Jacobs will be hosting a series of write-ins at Waking Life Espresso and other locations around town. These write-ins, which are open to any local writer crazy enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge — you can sign up for free on the national website — are kind of like a support group. Huddled around tables overflowing with laptops and endless cups of coffee, the aspiring wordsmiths talk shop, cheer each other on and offer helpful advice to anyone stuck in a writing block. “It turns writing into a fun social event,” says Jacobs. “When you’re just struggling through, and you feel like giving up, and your story starts to feel stupid and you just think your characters are dumb, talking with other people and hearing about their stories can really recharge your batteries.” To have the best chance at winning, participants need to write a minimum of 1,667 words a day. Not that all those words are going to be good. Far from it, actually, but that’s the point. No one is expecting a literary masterpiece. The idea is just to get writers to stop agonizing over every little word and just write. “You’re kind of embarrassed at how bad some of it is,” she says, laughing. “But nobody is going to think your writing is crap. Of course your writing is going to be crap, because you’re just getting your ideas on the page. You have the rest of the year to finish and revise it.” It’s something Jacobs has learned from years of NaNoWriMo experience. She first heard about the challenge while she was off studying at the College of Charleston. Like a lot of people, Jacobs always thought that someday she’d
write a book, but she never really could get around to sitting down and actually doing it. NaNoWriMo was just the catalyst she needed. Thanks to tons of coffee and sheer determination, she managed to hit the 50K word line her very first try. (“As far as studying went, I actually chose NaNo over school,” she admits.) She’s been hooked ever since. “The first time you do it you come out and you just want to collapse on the couch,” she says. “It’s like running a marathon. It’s fun, but at the end you really enjoy your break.” So what can newbies expect if they give it a try this year? “The first week is a blast,” she says, “because it’s just started, and you’re like, ‘Yeah, I can do this.’ After that, it becomes more like work. That’s when you really start to appreciate professional writers — the people who do it for a living, who every day their job is to get up and get a certain amount of words or pages done.” But the last few days make all the pain worth it. By then, Jacobs and her AsheNoWriMo battle-mates are holding daily write-ins, scrambling feverishly for that final push over the 50K mark. “Everyone will be shouting things like, ‘I only have 5,000 more words to go!’ and congratulating people who win,” she says. “It’s so much fun. And it’s really exciting to be there when somebody validates their word count on the NaNoWriMo website and you see ‘Congratulations, you’re a winner!’ It’s like little parties happening all the time.” And it’s never to late to join the party. Because really, isn’t it about time you started on that novel of yours? X Miles Britton is an Asheville-based freelance writer.
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by Dane Smith Jar-e is known for writing infectious, soulful pop songs that bring crowds to their feet and inspire unadulterated dance parties. But the Asheville-based singer and multi-instrumentalist is leaving behind the Latin influence and carefree lyricism of his previous effort, Chicas Malas, to explore the darker side of his art. Blood of the Summer is still undeniably catchy, but it’s a toned-down approach to Jar-e’s bigband sound that trades relentlessly up-tempo party tracks for lush, timeless soul ballads that could have been recorded in any of the past five decades. Bouncy pop songs like “One by One” and “Plot” provide something to dance to, but they’re now the exception rather than the rule. There are also hints of rock throughout the album (Jar-e acknowledges a surprising penchant for the “beard rock” of artists like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes), but the heart of this collection is Motown soul, plain and simple. The punchy horns, silky-smooth vocals and toe-tapping groove of “Plot,” “Cuckcold” and “So Inclined” are Jar-e at his all-time best, and one can’t help but think the man was born to breathe new life into the genre. Blood of the Summer was recorded at Echo Mountain with producer Danny Kadar (My Morning Jacket, the Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), and Jar-e says they made the decision early on to record to tape in order to enhance the warm, classic feel of the songs. Often, he admits, having the technology to perfect every note can sterilize a recording, and the pair were careful to avoid giving in to that temptation. After all, the album’s appeal lies largely in the emotion it conveys.
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Adding danger and melancholy to power and vibrancy: The new album has darker emotions running through it. photos by sandlin gaither
“A lot of times when you’re in a fancy studio and you have all the equipment and the potential to make things sound really nice and clean, you squeeze a lot of the life out of it by re-editing things too much. Danny was really good with getting the best performance but then letting some of the humanity stay in there, which I felt was a key.” Musically, Blood of the Summer retains the optimism typical of Jar-e’s past endeavors, but lyrically it takes a much darker turn into bleak explorations of failed relationships and brutal self-examination that the singer acknowleges was inspired by real-life turmoil in his own life, including the divorce of two close friends. The albums title, he says, reflects that underlying theme. “I think that the blood is the life force, but you also probably shouldn’t see blood. It’s this internal kind of thing that keeps us moving, but when it spills, when its brought out of the body, there’s some kind of sacrifice or some kind of mishap,” Jar-e says. “So the blood of the summer is just the idea of that vibrant carefree kind of summer vibe, but also going back to the consequences and mistakes that are made. There’s definitely some ambiguity to whether it’s a completely positive thing. There’s that danger and melancholy as well as the power and vibrancy of the whole thing.” The redemptive side of this effort, it would seem, lies in the music, not the lyrics. “There’s definitely some rays of sunshine and hope that flicker through the record,” he says, “but I’ve always loved the vibe where you can have really dark emotions but then the music . . . I feel like a lot of the hope and the beauty comes through the music of the record and that juxtaposition. I know Beck or Radiohead or Randy Newman, their lyrics are pretty damn dark, but the music can have this transcendental feel as well.” Having established a reputation for his engaging performance style, Jar-e notes that the shift towards darker subject matter has been tricky to incorporate into the live show. Audiences come with certain expectations (namely, to dance like
there’s no tomorrow) and much of the new material doesn’t lend itself to such carefree indulgence. So far, the band is still trying to figure out how it will all play out. “I’m really happy the way this band gets people dancing; all of our shows usually turn into a big dance party. But it’s been really interesting with the heavier material from this record, kind of interspersing that and finding out how the live show is going to evolve with this more thoughtful, more hardcore material. In the end, he says, whether the songs are about “sex and crazy fun women” or the darker parts of “being a man and the ins and outs of that,” it’s all part of the human experience, and we must embrace both sides. “I feel like out of this new creative thing of playing the live shows and having these new songs,” says Jar-e, “it’s going to give birth to even more new songs that explore this kind of middle ground between, ‘Hey it’s a fun world-party and there’s a bunch of beautiful girls dancing,’ to, ‘Wow, life’s f--king hard. Let’s f--king rock out and be a little sad too.” X Dane Smith can mountainx.com.
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B-boys rockin’ on and on
Southeast championships come to the YMI Cultural Center
Who will be the champion b-boy?: Find out at the Southeast B-Boy Championships. Pictured, Hunab Kru breakdancer Phil “Kutty” Inthavong. photo by jonathan welch
by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt Breakdancer Michael “Frantic” Pelletier of Columbia, S.C., and Joseph Adams of Asheville’s own Hunab Kru (a b-boy/b-girl collective), have a vision to establish a highenergy, all-inclusive break-dancing scene in Asheville. That vision takes flight at the upcoming Southeast B-Boy Championships, slated for Saturday, Nov. 6 at the YMI Cultural Center in downtown Asheville. Pelletier, who is sponsoring the event (and literally sold his boat for the money to “make it happen”), hopes that the tournament will set the stage for a quality battle unlike anything the area has encountered before. At the upcoming championships, Pelletier and Adams hope to establish a positive environment for dancers to compete, and for spectators to experience “the physical
manifestation of hip-hop culture.” Here’s what to expect at the scene: preliminary competitions, which Adams describes as short-and-sweet battles, will take place in two categories: one-on-one and three-on-three. Elimination rounds will eventually narrow the competitors down to a top-16 bracket. From there, one-on-ones alternate with three-onthree battles until an individual dancer/team is crowned a champion, a decision which falls to three judges: Pelletier, B-boy Moy, of Houston, Texas and B-boy D, from Connecticut. “And then you’re going to see cyphering all over the place,” says Adams, describing impromptu performance circles. Three DJs will emcee the event and spin music until the competitions end at midnight. The floor is open to dancers from across the Southeast, and the tournament offers a $600 prize in both categories. But there’s much
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more than money at stake, says Pelletier. Bboys and b-girls will participate to build their reputations, and to push themselves and their performance style, while finding inspiration from fellow competitors. “This part of the country needs something like this,” Pelletier states, “there is a lot of talent, but not [many] outlets [for it].” In addition to the championships, b-boy Moy will lead a workshop at Hunab Kru’s dance studio in Arden, from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6. B-boy Moy is a well known breakdancer and former member of Haikoro, a crew that claimed third place at the Battle of the Year, a competition held in Germany in 2001; Haikoro represented the U.S. B-boy Moy was also a principle dancer in the film, Step Up 3D. Breakdancing, as both Adams and Pelletier touched on during their interviews with Xpress, is an often-misunderstood art. Pelletier defines it as “the first true dance to hip-hop culture. Big-band music has swing dancing, country music has line dancing, [with] rock ‘n’ roll you’ve got mosh pits and head-banging [and] hip-hop music has breakdancing. Breakdancing is what you do. B-boying is what you are. Hiphop culture is a state of mind.” “Anywhere you go, the [b-boy scene] is unique to that area,” adds Adams. “Asheville’s unique, there is no question about it, and my input has always [focused on the] positive aspects of hip-hop culture. I think, collectively, Hunab Kru would agree: We value hip-hop as a cultural umbrella that brings people together to share inspirations. [At the competition] the idea is that it’s all-inclusive; that’s the key. I should say too, that there is a lot of depth to this art form (and it’s not always positive), but it’s a reflection of our society, of our culture.” Most importantly, the championships are open to everyone: dancers brave enough to join a cypher circle with the competitors, spectators
interested in watching and breakers eager to claim the title of best b-boy (or b-girl) in the Southeast. “We want people to come to this event and realize that the people who are passionate about [breakdancing] aren’t necessarily street kids,” says Pelletier. “We want people to understand that you can be successful in your regular life and still be a respected as a talented breakdancer as well.” And hopefully, adds Pelletier, these championships will be the first of many to come, setting a new precedent for breakdancing throughout the region. X
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YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St., in downtown Asheville. ($15 adults/$10 children ages 6 to 12/free for children ages 5 and under. Bboy Moy’s workshop at Hunab Kru Dance Studio, located at 88 Business Park Circle, #4, in Arden, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. $15/$25 for both the workshop and admission to the championships. Hunab Kru’s info: 654-7830 or hunabkru. com. Championships info: facebook. com/bboyfrantic#!/event.php?eid=153 904727974781&index=1. YMI Cultural Center: 252-4614 or ymicc.org).
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Black to the Future
Black Mountain looks forward and backwards at once by Bill Kopp “It’s always been in our nature to be somewhat contrary,” chuckles Joshua Wells, drummer for Vancouver-based Black Mountain. The band has always had an interest in “taking things in a different direction. I don’t think there’s any point in making the same record twice, right?” The quintet’s self-titled debut came out in 2005, followed by the hit (No. 13 on Billboard’s Top Indie Albums chart) In the Future in 2008. Their newest album, Wilderness Heart, was released a few weeks ago. The group’s sound is a synthesis of modern and traditional; the band has often been compared to Black Sabbath, but Led Zeppelin’s fourth (Untitled) album — especially “The Battle of Evermore” — is perhaps a more apt touchstone. Wells explains one of the keys to getting the album to sound how it does: “It was recorded just like you’d record an album in 1972: on tape, in a nice old studio with old gear.” But unlike 2008’s In the Future, with its epic-length (16:37) track “Bright Lights,” Wilderness Heart is a collection of ten songs, only two of which break the five-minute mark. “The songs essentially dictate the direction a record’s going to go,” Wells observes. “This time, we tried to focus the arrangements and tighten the songs up in a way that made them briefer, more concise statements.” Wells concedes that Wilderness Heart is perhaps a bit less “murky and introverted” than its predecessor. The well-known lick from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” makes an appearance in Black
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Somewhat contrary: The band is making modern music using the sonic palette of another era. The new album was recorded on tape, with old gear. photo by jonathan welch
Mountain’s “The Hair Song.” And some of the band’s sounds would fit in well on an album by Uriah Heep or Deep Purple. “There are nods to some of those sounds that have always turned us on,” Wells concedes, “because those are the things we like about rock’n’roll. But we work pretty hard to make a record sonically interesting so that it bears repeated listening.” In the studio, Black Mountain turns to vintage instruments to sculpt their recordings. Wells says that old amps, pedals and things like “real Hammond organs and old drums” are a key ingredient in the band’s trademark swirl of sound. But onstage, sometimes that’s not practical. For example, “We’re not at the level where we could — or should — be traveling with a Mellotron,” Wells admits, “so we use a digital version of one.” The dual male/female lead vocal approach has a long and proud tradition within the psychedelic and heavier end of the rock spectrum. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, It’s a Beautiful Day and HP Lovecraft all made effective and distinctive use of the unique sound of that blend. Black Mountain’s McBean and Amber Webber follow that tradition, but neither claims much influence from those artists. “Amber has been compared to Grace Slick a lot,” Wells says, “but she’s not really a fan. So I don’t know where that comes from. She finds it flattering, though.” The band’s harmonies don’t always go in the most obvious direction (Wells describes it as “non-typical vocal interplay”). On a track like “Buried by the Blues” Webber’s vocal weaves in and out of the main melody, drawing an intriguing line atop the band’s instrumentation. “Steve writes the melody and the lyrics, for the most
part,” Wells explains. “And then Amber takes that home and works her ass off to come up with her own unique vocal parts.” There’s plenty of heavy rock — and plenty of folk-rock, really — on Wilderness Heart. But the band takes a stylistic detour on “Let Spirits Ride.” The song has more in common with the Dead Boys’ 1977 punk single “Sonic Reducer” than anything from Black Sabbath. Wells says that the riff “came up in jamming” but that the song developed over time. He laughs and recalls that at some point one of the band observed, “We don’t have any fast songs.” They tried “Let Spirits Ride” that way, and it worked. “We quite like it,” he says. “It’s fun to play live.” Black Mountain is part of a proud 21st-century tradition of bands unafraid to look backwards for some of their stylistic cues. Wolfmother and Bigelf — to say nothing of the current soul revival — draw inspiration from genres once thought moribund. But Wells agrees that there’s still a lot left to say via those idioms. “We naturally gravitate toward these sounds,” Wells says, “but we really try to avoid falling into the homage, cliché thing. Just as repugnant as making ‘modern rock’ is creating some sort of cartoon of ‘70s rock. “We’re not pretending that we’re living in the ‘70s,” Wells says. “We’re well aware that we’re making modern music, but using the ‘palette’ of some other era. And the reason we’re doing that, mind you, is that I don’t believe that the rock’n’roll palette ever got much better than that.” X Bill Kopp is an Asheville-based music journalist whose features and reviews can be found at http:// blog.billkopp.com and http://musoscribe.com.
by becky upham
Deciding which shows you should see, so you don’t have to The Suspect: Soulive
The Suspect: Ra Ra Riot
This group includes a violinist and a cellist; the resulting sound is part indie pop, part chamber orchestra. Founding members of this young band met while attending college in Syracuse, N.Y. Their recently released second CD, The Orchard, contains tracks mixed by Death Cab for Cutie and Vampire Weekend members; the band wrote and recorded demos for the disc during a stint they spent living on a peach orchard. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Wednesday, Nov. 3 RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Fleet Foxes, Tokyo Police Club, Andrew Bird. You Should Go If: You started using public transportation on principle but now it’s a big part of your social life; You’re a cat person in a dog person town; “Early Voting” has been referenced in your last twentythree Facebook statuses; Your best defense against S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder): Drinking a skinny caramel latte every two hours.
The Suspect: Marco Benevento Trio
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Marco Benevento is a keyboardist whose musical style is a mix of jazz, jam band and post rock. He graduated from the Berklee School of Music in 1999, where he studied under acclaimed jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen. He spent much of 2006 touring with former Phish leader Trey Anastasio as part of his back up band. His most recent disc, Between Needles & Nightfall, was released in May of this year. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Thursday, Nov. 4 RIYD: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Garage a Trois. You Should Go If: You’re still wearing the pants and boots from your Spaceman Halloween costume; the Octopus Garden gave you an unlimited line of credit; You’re obsessed with televised celebrity roasts; Your best defense against S.A.D.: Using a lot of pharmaceuticals and embracing your “Shadow Side.”
These guys play organdriven instrumental jazz that makes people want to get their groove on. Originally from Vermont, brothers Alan and Neil Evans founded Soulive in the late ‘90s with guitarist Eric Krasno. The band gets audiences moving with their fusion of soul-jazz with more modern hip-hop sounds. Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing Company, Monday, Nov. 8 RIYD: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Herbie Hancock. You Should Go If: The song, “It’s Hip to Be Square,” runs through your head at least once a week; You’re considered a regular at the Eliada Corn Maze; You view your unemployment as a liberated lifestyle choice rather than a “problem”; Your best defense against S.A.D.: A sofa at Barnes and Noble with your name on it.
The Suspect: Marcy Playground
The song, “Sex and Candy,” was on Marcy Playground’s self-titled debut in 1997. It spent 15 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts before eventually going platinum (the song recently regained popularity when it was used in the movie Zach and Mira Make a Porno.) Although the band hasn’t found that sort of commercial success again, they are very excited about their most recent release, Leaving Wonderland…In a Fit of Rage; it’s much more mellow and adult rock oriented than their earlier grunge sound; front man John Wozniak calls it, “by far the best thing I’ve ever done.” Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, Nov. 5 RIYD: Early M.P. — Nirvana, Everclear; Recent M.P.— Counting Crows, Pete Yorn. You Should Go If: There are lots of parallels between Winona Ryder’s life path and yours; You go on vacation to the same place every year; You learn your deepest desires when drunk texting; Your best defense against S.A.D.: You have none; in less than a month you’ll be hanging by a thread.
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smartbets Dehlia Low Live CD release
Local bluegrass act Dehlia Low, in its brief three-year tenure, has already become one of those bands that’s so in demand elsewhere it’s hard to catch them at home. This past year they played Merlefest and Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival — and also found time to put out a new album: Live. The 11-song collection was recorded “at notable venues in the southeast including the Grey Eagle, Down Home and Mockingbird.” They hold a CD-release party at the Get Down on Friday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m. dehlialow.com.
Screening of The Olmsted Legacy
Landscape architect and urban planner Frederick Law Olmsted was no mere planter of posies. He designed Central Park in New York City, the landscape around the United States Capitol, and — the last project before his death in 1903 — the grounds of the 120,000-acre Biltmore Estate. Olmsted in featured in The Olmsted Legacy, an hour-long documentary about America’s urban parks. The Pack Square Conservancy premieres the film at the Fine Arts Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:15 p.m. $10. Reception beforehand at Blue Spiral 1, 6 p.m. packsquarepark.org.
From his unusual name (pronounced Soof-yahn), to his costumed performances (giant wings, cheerleader uniforms) to his surreal and tender lyrics, indie singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens can seem downright other-worldly. In fact, he’s from Detroit. And his new album, The Age of Adz, is a bit of a departure, with heavy electronics in addition to orchestration. Stevens plays the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m. $40.50 includes fees. sufjan.com.
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smartbets Nikki Talley CD release
With her trademark enthusiasm, local singer/songwriter Nikki Talley writes, “I am now SUPER excited to announce that I am CELEBRATING the release of BEAUTIFUL CHARMER at the LAB Friday, Nov 5. :)” The album includes local musicians Jon Stickley (Shannon Whitworth Band), Aaron Price and Mike Holstein, and was recorded at Collapseable Studios. An early track offered lush instrumentals and Talley’s pretty voice front and center. The CDrelease party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. $10. nikkitalley.com.
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Pianist/organist/composer Marco Benevento plays the Wurlitzer and considers himself a “sound sculptor,” and the name of his newest album is Between the Needles and Nightfall (which he recorded at Trout Recording and then cut, looped and shaped in his home studio). He has probably one of the coolest websites ever. It’s possible that he’s having altogether too much fun. He plays The Grey Eagle (with his trio) on Thursday, Nov. 4. Utah Green opens. 9 p.m., $10 advanced/$12 day of show. marcobenevento.com.
For the Birds
Five powerhouse women from Asheville’s singer/songwriter community will bring their talent to For the Birds, a showcase of original music. The lineup features Jenny Greer of Jen and the Juice, Chelsea Lynn Labate of Ten Cent Poetry, Amanda Platt of The Honeycutters, cellist Melissa Hyman and Dulci Ellenberger of Now You See Them. For the Birds is an in-the-round evening — this will be the second year of the showcase. “It has an intimate, living-room kind of vibe,” says Hyman, who organized the events. “We want both the musicians and the audience to feel that they’re part of something special.” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. BoBo Gallery. $5. If you can’t make the event, watch the live stream at ustream. tv/channel/asheville-for-the-birds.
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Marley Carroll (“glitch pop”) w/ Careful
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Pisgah Brewing Company
Bobby Miller & Virginia Daredevils (bluegrass)
Curras Nuevo Cuisine
Mark Guest (jazz guitar)
Purple Onion Cafe
Buddy Mondlock (folk, country)
Elaineâ€™s Dueling Piano Bar
Red Stag Grill
Billy Sheeran (piano) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar
Steve Whiddon the pianoman Root Bar No. 1 Scandals Nightclub
Local DJ exposure night feat: DJs Nicodemus, Mixtress Krikett & Somasen Town Pump
Johnsonâ€™s Crossroad (acoustic, country) Tressaâ€™s Downtown Jazz and Blues
Peggy Ratuszâ€™ Invitational Blues Jam Vincenzoâ€™s Bistro
Aaron LaFalce (piano) Open mic
Highland Brewing Company
Actual Proof (funk, jazz, fusion)
Big Daddy Love (jam, roots, rock) w/ the Little Friday Band Feed and Seed
Clearwater Connection Firestorm Cafe and Books
Chris Wilhelm (folk, singer-songwriter) Flat Rock Grille
Unnamed Suspects (rock) Horizons at Grove Park Inn
Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm
Jennifer Nicely (â€œmodern folkâ€?)
Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)
Fri., November 5
Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern
Marcy Playground (rock) w/ Eskatones & Muphin Chuckrs
TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm â€˘ Prizes
Open 11am â€˘ $3.50 Gin & Tonics
NOW YOU SEE THEM
Back stage: Nikki Talley CD release party (rock, indie)
Indie / Folk / Pop
$5 Robo Shots
Kin Jah (reggae)
Mo-Daddyâ€™s Bar & Grill
Underhill Rose (country, folk, soul)
Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s On Main
What Goes around Comes around
â€˘ All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast & Football - All Day! â€˘ 11 ft. Screen â€˘ $1 Off Bloody Maryâ€™s & Mimosas
$1 off all Vodka
Belly dancing w/ live music
French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
Garage at Biltmore
Real New Orleans Po Boys $1 off all Whiskey
Bluegrass / Roots / Fast-Pickinâ€™
Olâ€™ Hoopty (funk, jazz, blues)
Olive or Twist
High Gravity Jazz Trio
JAMMINâ€™ W/ MAX & MILES MARK SCHIMICK & BILLY CONSTABLE SHOW
Iron Horse Station
Live jazz w/ Steve Sarant & Johnny Ferrara, 6-9pm
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Mark Schimick & Billy Constable (bluegrass, roots)
The Felice Brothers (folk rock, Americana, country) w/ Adam Haworth Stephens
Eleven on Grove
Electronic dance music w/ Nicdemus, VJ Loopy Jenkins, Yorgo Simou, J-Hecht & Luis Armando
Jack Of The Wood Pub
Dave Desmelik (Americana)
Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm
Non-stop rockâ€™n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am
Grove Park Inn Great Hall
Live jazz w/ Jennifer Scott
FREE SHOW â€˘ 9-11pm
Local metal showcase feat: Mindshapefist, Broken Mercy & Opus Grey Packâ€™s Tavern
WestSound (dance, soul, R&B) Pisgah Brewing Company
Chalwa (reggae) w/ Ital Seeds & Common Foundation Purple Onion Cafe
TUESDAY OPEN BLUES JAM Shrimp â€˜n Grits $1 off Rum drinks
777 HAYWOOD ROAD â€˘ 225-WPUB (9782)
headY GLass & LoCaL art
Open Daily at Noon â€˘ 828-254-3332 thecircleasheville.com
426 haywood rd. West asheville
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