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The Holiday Parade and new businesses come to WNC The holiday season gets an early start this year, with the Asheville Holiday Parade kicking things off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. The 2010 theme is “Mountain Magic!� and Parade Director Sandie Rhodes of the Asheville Downtown Association promises that it will be sure to “conjure up different things for different people, but all very happy things.� “There’s the magic of Christmas and the holidays, so [the theme] seemed to be pretty good,� she adds, noting that for the first time, a number of magicians and jugglers will be stationed throughout the parade route to entertain the crowd. Now in it’s 64th year, the spectacle is one of downtown’s biggest family attractions and a boon to local businesses. “There’s so much family history and memories people have about the parade,� Rhodes explains. “It’s the one event outside of Shindig on the Green that really brings people from all over Western North Carolina to downtown Asheville.� This year’s “Grand Marshals� will be local bluegrass sensations, Steep Canyon Rangers, who have spent the year playing huge festivals like Bonnaroo and Merlefest with guest banjoist/comedian (and newly relocated Brevard resident), Steve Martin. “They’re very hot right now,� says Rhodes. “I think the Steep Canyon Rangers epitomize good values and family and great music. They won’t just be sitting on a float waving either. They said, ‘We don’t want to just sit there and wave; we want to perform.’� The festivities will also feature about 100 local entries, reports Rhodes. “We have a real home-grownness to this year’s parade. People are really getting creative and decorating themselves. It’s less about the big dollars coming in to the parade and more about people really getting in to the spirit,� she says, assuring attendees, however, that at least one very special guest from the North Pole will be making an appearance. “The real Santa� will be in town, she reveals.

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In another big, if slightly less magical showcase, Buncombe County commissioners Holly Jones and Carol Peterson made an appearance last week at the new AutoGas fueling facility on Sweeten Creek Road. They announced that Mountain Mobility converted 10 county vehicles to run on propane. The alternative-fuel project is the first of its kind for a para-transit service in North Carolina and was funded by federal stimulus dollars. The centerpiece of Buncombe’s public transportation system, Mountain Mobility operates 37 vans and five small busses, providing about 500 passenger trips to county residents on a typical weekday. Meanwhile, in the northern part of the county, the Reynolds Village development in Woodfin held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $30 million

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Parade time! The Asheville Holiday Parade hits the streets on Saturday, Nov. 20, starting at 11 a.m. Xpress will be there. Green driver: Buncombe County Commissioner Holly Jones, lower photo, gets tips for driving a propane-powered car. Mountain Mobility converted 10 of its vehicles to run on the fuel, making the organization the first of its kind in para-transit services in North Carolina. photos by Jonathan Welch

project that will include 201 luxury apartments and nearly 65,000 square feet of retail space. The plans are the latest addition to the ongoing Reynolds Village development, which also call for a business park, a town square, green space and plazas that will make up the heart of a planned downtown Woodfin corridor. And in another big business development for WNC, the Asheville Citizen-Times and other outlets reported last week that “Facebook Picks Rutherford County for Site of $459M Data Center.� According to the article, construction of the data center will take about 18 months and create up to 250 jobs. After completion, it’s expected to require about 35 to 45 full-time employees to

operate. “This is a game-changer,� Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton said at the site. “It’s a message that Rutherford County and North Carolina are open for business in the 21st century.� Ben Teague, senior vice president at the Economic Development Coalition for AshevilleBuncombe County, also said the project could have benefits closer to home. “Let’s say you’re in Brazil and they may have no idea where Buncombe County is or even Western North Carolina,� he explained. “You legitimize your position when you say the county next to us has Facebook.� — Jake Frankel

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livinggreen G reen and gr e e n e r PAR T OF TH E PR OBLEM, PAR T OF TH E SOLUTION The newspaper you’re reading today isn’t the absolute greenest it could be. At the risk of committing our own bit of greenwashing, however, let it be noted that we do print Mountain Xpress on paper made of two-thirds recycled fiber (26 percent post-consumer) using soy-based ink. But we truck it in from an out-of-town printer and deliver it, predominantly, via fossil-fuel-burning vehicles each week. Would we be greener if Xpress were online-only? Yes. But electricity fires up our computers, our smart phones, the lights in our offices… and in this part of Western North Carolina, most of our electricity comes from burning coal. Nevertheless, we at least have green intentions and regularly report on environmental problems and the search for the their solutions. In this Living Green issue, you’ll find profiles of a few of the folks who are living greener every day; students who are learning about sustainability and solar energy via hands-on projects: the conundrum of public policies that aim to promote sustainability and urban density; what happens to that plastic bottle you try to recycle; some meaty details about our carbon footprint; and a lighthearted spin on one reporter’s attempt to literally go green for one day. pAGE pAGE pAGE pAGE pAGE pAGE

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by Susan Andrew Small is beautiful — and green. And Barry Bialik’s “compact cottages” lend visceral meaning to the concept of shrinking your carbon footrpint. “Everyone’s fascinated by tiny houses,” says the south Asheville resident. And if some “green building” amounts to a mere marketing strategy, Bialik notes, he provides a pedigree. “We can build to NC HealthyBuilt-certified standards. It’s like you can get the same dog by going to the pound, or you can pay a little extra [$1,000 buys the certification process] and get the papers.” A look at his company’s website,, reveals a range of

are just fed up with how big everything has gotten,” Bialik reports. “They’re designed to be growable: A window can be converted to a doorway, and rooms can be added on. “Once you’re prepared to live in a small house, 640 square feet is not as small as you think — it’s the size of a small apartment,” he notes. And at this scale, construction takes just 60 to 75 days from the time the permit is issued. It seems one never knows what doors a micro-cottage may open. One first-time homebuyer on a tight budget wanted to purchase land in West Asheville. The owner was asking $25,000; the buyer had just $16,000 to offer. But when the seller heard about the plan to build a

“If you have middle-class income or above and you’re building a house, most people can afford to do this.” — Ben Yoke, Sundance Power Systems options. “Our base cottage with everything runs in the mid-$50’s,” according to Bialik. Buyers can choose just a basic shell or an “almost done” structure including insulation, dry wall, doors, windows and electrical wiring. Another local builder offering modest-sized dwellings is Bill MacCurdy of Sun Construction & Realty. MacCurdy has plans for an enclave of six 950-square-foot houses on teeny lots (one measures just 40 feet by 90 feet) in Chicken Hill. Each home will be certified HealthyBuilt and solar-ready. Who’s buying these tiny houses? “First-time homebuyers, step-down buyers and people who

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tiny house, Bialik recalls, he agreed to the lower price. “The guy had seen the compact cottages at my booth at S.E.E. Expo and thought it was a really good fit for that piece of land.”

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At first glance, Ed and Vickie Hauser’s residence looks like a typical three-bedroom ranch. Yet a closer look reveals that it’s what green builders call a “net zero” home: Powered by a rooftop solar array, the house produces slightly more energy than it consumes. For Ed, a retired environmental biology professor, it was a question of principle. “We

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Minding the store: Truly Ball and daughter Sarah Easterling (with sons Edan and Innis) welcome shoppers seeking green-living products at Nest Organics. wanted to reduce our carbon footprint and help defeat the progress of global warming,” he explains. In 2003, the 2,100-square-foot home was designed for maximum energy efficiency, with a ground-source heating system, structural insulated panels for the walls, extensive insulation, careful sealing of doors and windows, and a vinyl energy wrap. Energy Star appliances, compact-fluorescent lights and a passive solar porch complete the picture, slashing energy costs by two-thirds compared with the comparable-sized condo they left behind. Then, in 2007, the Hausers worked with Ben Yoke at Sundance Power Systems to design a photovoltaic system that would generate more electricity than they consume. The surplus is sold back to Progress Energy, bringing in about $2,100 per year, says Ed. “The industry has evolved,” notes Yoke. “Ten

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years ago you couldn’t really interconnect to the grid in N.C. and do ‘net metering’ — not legally. Now you can, and most of the systems going in use the grid as if it’s a big battery. So his system produces an average of 26 kilowatt-hours per day, and his house consumes 25. On a cloudy day, his house is likely to produce less than it consumes, so he’ll draw off the grid.” Although solar installations are becoming common locally, zero-carbon-footprint homes are still rare. “There are maybe three or four in Buncombe County,” says Yoke. Still, Hauser is pleased with this shift in the industry. “The Clean Smokestacks Act and other political forces have pushed the energy companies to add [renewable] sources to the grid as an alternative.” “If you have middle-class income or above and you’re building a house, most people can afford to do this,” says Yoke. “Your house might

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In the world of commerce, there’s greenwashing — products claiming sustainability when the veneer is pretty thin — and then there’s deep green, says Truly Ball, co-owner of Nest Organics. She and her daughter, Sarah Easterling, launched the Lexington Avenue store about four years ago, showcasing extensively researched items with a high sustainability quotient. Ball, whose family has operated Ball Photo Supply here for decades, says her business “is the largest of its kind in the Southeast and unique in many ways. Most of our products people could only find online before we opened.�

The inspiration came when Sarah was preparing for the birth of her first child. “There were so many things that she couldn’t find,� Truly recalls. “She was spending her whole pregnancy on the computer, looking for [nontoxic] products for her babies and for her home.� “We passionately support locally made products, and we carefully vet our vendors,� Truly explains. Consider the small company that makes their cotton crib mattresses. “The cotton is purchased and milled in S.C., and it’s certified organic. Every product has a history. We try to look at that history and see if it fits. “A big part of our job is to educate people,� she reveals. “Greenwashing is huge; for just a few dollars more, you can get the real thing.� To help bridge that gap, Nest Organics offers regular classes, including a “Nesting Party� that teaches parents-to-be how to diaper, swaddle and “wear� a baby, as well as chemicals to avoid. Opening the store required a leap of faith: Truly mortgaged her home to get it going. “It’s definitely had its challenges, and we have to recalibrate all the time, but we’re doing OK.�

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by David Forbes “Sustainability” has cropped up frequently in city policy statements in recent years, often accompanied by pleas for denser, more affordable housing to promote a style of living that proponents maintain is more energy-efficient and compatible with mass transit. But Montford resident Bernard Carman says he’s not impressed. He’s owned a historic home on Cumberland Avenue, just north of downtown, for 22 years, undertaking extensive renovations (the house didn’t have a working bathroom when he purchased it) while watching neighboring derelict buildings morph into swank bed-and-breakfasts. Carman shares the massive, eight-bedroom residence with seven

roommates, providing affordable housing (currently $400 a month) without requiring potentially intrusive new construction or economic incentives from the city. “When I was looking around the area back then, I figured I could get a fixer-upper with some extra rooms and rent them out to offset the expenses,” he recalls. The house “looked nearly condemned when I first saw it, but it had a lot of promise. At the time, it was a sketchy neighborhood, but some of us were taking risks, and it’s gotten a lot better.” Carman proudly shows off the refinished hardwood floors, the enclosed porch and an addition, all reflecting both his own handiwork and that of other folks he’s shared his home with over the years.

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It takes a forest

The footprint: Each week, about 29,000 Mountain Xpress newspapers arrive in Asheville and are distributed, mostly, by a fleet of motor vehicles. photo by Jonathan Welch

In the interest of full disclosure, Mountain Xpress figured it was only fair to take a stab at calculating the environmental impact of producing a single issue of the paper’s print edition. Despite such measures as using soy-based ink and recycled paper, we reached the sobering conclusion that Xpress is responsible for a staggering 2.17 tons of CO2 emissions each week. Of course, any such calculation entails a lot of assumptions, and with so many variables, arriving at precise figures is difficult (partly in the interest of space constraints, for example, we didn’t get into the carbon footprint of our meateating vs. our vegan staff). But drawing on a variety of sources, we’ve tried to quantify the cumulative effect of the actual printing process, the work-related driving staffers do, and the electricity used to keep the office running. Here’s what we came up with: To calculate your own carbon footprint, go to X — Susan Andrew and Xpress intern Amanda Varner

• Miles driven per week — about 2,500 (even taking into account that several staffers walk, ride the bus, bicycle and otherwise amble into the office each day; this figure includes combined staff commutes, advertising-client visits and distribution routes) • Amount of CO2 this much driving generates — 1,719.6 lbs. (0.86 tons) • Weekly electric bill — $153.75 • Number of kilowatt-hours this represents — about 1,590 kwh • Number of hours per week Xpress offices are open — about 45 • Number of kilowatts used per hour — about 35 kW • Number of kilowatts used per week — about 18,000 kW • Amount of CO2 our electricity use produces — about 1,892 lbs. (0.946 tons) • Number of papers we print each week — about 29,000 • Cost of the electricity required to print those papers — $58.23 • Number of kilowatt-hours this represents — about 600 kwh • Amount of CO2 our printing produces — about 714 lbs. (0.36 tons) • Average number of pages per issue — 87 pages • Number of trees consumed to produce the paper used — roughly 27 trees (the paper we use is about two-thirds recycled fiber) • Amount of CO2 those trees would have absorbed in a week — about 13 lbs. (0.0065 tons)

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All this may soon change, however. In July, a neighbor complained about a junk car on Carman’s property (Carman says the owner, a former roommate, was going remove it). The neighbor also said there seemed to be a lot of people living there. And though Carman had never had any trouble with the city before, staff now say he’s violating both local zoning and state rules, which prohibit more than five unrelated people from living under one roof. Carman could be fined up to $100 a day unless he kicks three people out — which he says could force him to sell his home or, given the unlikelihood of that in this economy, face foreclosure and bankruptcy. “There’s building-safety issues when more than five unrelated people live in a house,”

The answer, in most cases, appears to be no. And with plentiful parking space around his property, fire extinguishers and a third-floor fire escape, Carman believes his home is safe and not a nuisance. Asked about the rationale behind the fiveperson limit, Building Safety Director Robert Griffin simply says it’s been that way as long as anyone can remember. “I’ve been working here for 32 years, and that’s always been the designation for a single family. That’s the rule around the country and even internationally: It’s five people,” he reports, adding, “We’re just enforcing the rules here.” Carman, however, points to New Orleans, which established an “existing nonconforming” designation to accommodate various long-

“The city’s been talking about affordable housing for decades; I’ve been providing that without any subsidy.” — Montford Assistant Planning Director Shannon Tuch explains. “We’ve told [Carman] that, if he can resolve the building and fire-safety concerns, we’ll talk about a rezoning. He clearly has stated that he’s not interested or can’t afford those.” Carman, however, sees things differently. “Whichever neighbor had a problem with it, they could’ve come to me and I would’ve explained what was going on,” he notes. “Instead, I’m being put in a situation that could ruin me entirely. The city’s been talking about affordable housing for decades; I’ve been providing that without any subsidy.”

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To accommodate the home’s current occupants, it would have to be designated a “boarding house.” Ironically, that’s what it was back in the early ’70s, before Carman bought it, and if it had remained so, it would have been grandfathered under the 1997 Unified Development Ordinance. But in the ’80s, the property was redesignated single-family, and current zoning rules prohibit boarding houses in the area, which Tuch says is necessary to preserve its single-family character. “This is all based on life-safety requirements,” she explains. “When you have eight related people living in a house, there’s a head of household or parental figures who would act altruistically or in the family’s best interest to get everybody out. When you have eight unrelated people, it’s pretty much every man for himself.” In any case, boarding houses are pretty rare these days, and to Carman, the emphasis on blood and legal relations likewise seems out of touch with current lifestyles. “They pulled this number out of a hat, apparently, and seem to assume adults can’t take care of themselves when a fire happens unless they’re related,” he points out. “Where do you draw these lines? To avoid eviction, they say I have to install sprinklers and basically make this a commercial space. Do apartments have to do this? Do bed-and-breakfasts?”


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standing uses that don’t mesh with present zoning technicalities.

Selective enforcement?

This isn’t the first time the city’s been accused of applying occupancy rules arbitrarily. In 2008, Zacchaeus House, a ministry serving the homeless, was driven out of a residence on French Broad Avenue downtown, for operating a church in a house. The Rev. Amy Cantrell accused the city of using the rule to drive out a group that was providing housing for the homeless but had often criticized the city’s policies. City staff said they were simply responding to neighbors’ complaints (see “A House Without a Home,” March 19, 2008 Xpress). Carman believes his kind of living situation is common here, particularly in neighborhoods with large, older homes. If the rule were enforced citywide, he maintains, many people would be evicted. “There wasn’t a problem here until the city created one; if we find bad laws, we should fix them. There’s affordable housing here already, and they’re trying to stop it,” Carman asserts. “You sweep the whole city, and I guarantee you there’s tons of situations like this. There’s going to be a lot of people on the street.” Tuch, meanwhile, says: “We don’t go around surveying homes; it’s kind of complaint-based. It’s all a balancing act: We’re trying to balance the need for density and affordable housing with the community desire to preserve the character of their single-family neighborhoods. When you start increasing the number of bodies on a piece of property, you’re increasing the activity, the noise, the number of cars. In less dense, quieter areas, it can become an intrusive issue.” And though Carman and his various roommates have lived in the neighborhood for 22 years without apparent problems, Tuch says, “Well, this year someone complained.” X

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On the Green Team

Local schools conserve energy with everything from light sensors to photovoltaics by Anne Fitten Glenn Across Buncombe County, public schools are installing solar panels, building sustainable playgrounds and upgrading bathrooms. Here’s a rundown of current projects to conserve energy and reduce costs. Grants from Progress Energy and the State Energy Office enabled the Asheville City Schools to commission an energy audit. The study was completed a year ago, and the schools are now implementing some of its suggestions. At present utility rates, such low- or no-cost measures as removing lights from vending machines and turning off unused appliances in summer could save the system up to $259,000 annually, the audit notes. Undertaking all the recommended projects would cut greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 3.2 million pounds per year. Another State Energy Office grant for $200,000 (matched by $160,000 from Progress Energy) enabled the schools to install more efficient lighting systemwide. The project, which includes sensors that turn lights on and off when people enter and leave rooms, will be completed this month. Asheville High also boasts a new heating-and-cooling system, new ceilings and about 300 new thermalpaned, low-E windows. Other improvements will enable all the system’s computers and telephones to “sleep” at night and on weekends while still sending out necessary notifications and updates. In addition, each school now has a Green Team made up of teachers, administrators, parents and students who help develop and carry out specific projects. Isaac Dickson Elementary, for example, wants to hire a dishwasher for the cafeteria, calculating that the cost of buying and disposing of plastic foam trays roughly equals a dishwasher’s salary. The plan will also sharply reduce the waste stream. Students on the Green Teams are also helping write enviro-blurbs for use in school newsletters, websites and weekly TGIF (“Think Green, It’s Friday”) announcements. Each principal will soon begin receiving monthly reports on their school’s energy usage to share with their Green Team. Schools coming up with additional ways to cut energy costs may be reimbursed to help them fund still more green projects, Assistant Superintendent Bob McGrattan notes. Buncombe County, too, is making major strides. The Joe P. Eblen and Charles T. Koontz intermediate schools, now under construction, will be LEED-certified upon completion next year. And Owen Middle School in Swannanoa was one of five schools across the Carolinas to win photovoltaic installations through Progress Energy’s SunSense Schools program. The utility partnered with the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ’N Community Foundation to provide the 2-kilowatt demonstration system, valued at more than $20,000. Students can monitor the solar panels’ real time electricity production online. The county system is also developing a “Green Schools” website that will offer helpful ideas and tips.

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Returning energy to the grid: Owen Middle School students Hezekiah Hooper, Kaitlyn Wright, Yonathan Arias and Phillip Jackson examine metering devices in front of their schools solar PV demonstration system, which was provided through a partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation. Photo courtesy of Buncombe County Schools

Individual students, too, are getting in on the action. Enka High senior Ethan Rice is writing a children’s book about recycling; as part of his research, he visited local waste and recycling centers. And Danny Magley created a peace garden at North Buncombe Middle School last year as part of his Eagle Scout credentials. Meanwhile, the Reading, Riding, and Retrofit program has the ambitious goal of comprehensively greening 54 public-school campuses countywide, which could reduce energy use by 40 percent, project coordinator (and former Asheville City Council member) Robin Cape reports. In partnership with the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, the program has been awarded a $495,000 federal Climate Showcase Communities grant to begin implementing these projects. X Asheville-based freelance writer Anne Fitten Glenn can be reached at

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Plastic beverage containers — usually made of polyethylene terephthalate, an inexpensive, shatter-resistant and recyclable resin — are ubiquitous. And these days, evolving green initiatives, new laws and changing consumer attitudes are feeding an expanding loop that converts our trash into products you can drink from, wear or even walk on. Last year’s statewide ban on plastic bottles entering landfills means many formerly discarded items now have a chance of being reincarnated in a hot new body instead of getting a one-way ticket to a stinky graveyard (it takes an estimated 700 years for a plastic bottle to even begin to decompose). This is good, insofar as it keeps them (at least temporarily) from ending up down in the dump. But considering the amount of trucking and processing involved in producing a “recycled” container that’s, at best, still 90 percent virgin material, there are serious questions about the effectiveness of all this. An in-depth analysis by Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality ( concluded that “The

benefit of recycling [plastic water bottles] relative to disposal is so small that it cannot be considered significant. In contrast, drinking tap water in the ‘typical’ reusable bottle reduces these impacts anywhere from 72 to 96 percent, even if the reusable bottle is washed frequently in a highly inefficient dishwasher.” Other uses, such as carpet, may be somewhat more viable. But in any case, tossing that plastic bottle in the recycling bin marks the start of a long, complex, often circular journey that might wind up (though perhaps in altered form) right back in Buncombe County. Here’s a typical route a container recycled in Buncombe County might take.

Step one: Collection

After draining the bottle, you wash it, squash it, trash the lid and either place the bottle in your blue bag or bin at home (for curbside pickup) or drop it off at one of five recycling points: • the Buncombe County landfill (85 Panther Branch Road); • behind Asheville Pizza and Brewing (675 Merrimon Ave.);








• the county transfer station (191 Hominy Creek Road); • behind Earth Fare (Westgate Shopping Center); • Curbside Management (116 N. Woodfin Ave.).

Step two: Processing

Wherever the journey begins, all such materials find their way to Curbside Management, where they’re sorted and run through a baler. Baled bottles are then hauled to either Clear Path Recycling in Fayetteville, N.C., or New United Resource Recovery Corp., a Coca-Cola partner in Spartanburg, S.C. Open only since June, Clear Path Recycling, one of the nation’s largest plastic-bottle processors, will soon be handling more than 160 million pounds of recycled bottles per year from across the country. After unbaling, the bottles are placed on a conveyor belt where any metal cans that may have slipped through are electronically removed. A whole-bottle wash system removes labels and adhesives, and a neutralizing tank lowers the pH level raised by the bath. Bottles are then sorted again, both manually and by machine, to ensure a pure batch before the PET is ground into 0.375-inch flakes. Moved to yet another wash vat, the PET flakes sink, while any remaining non-PET material (such as bottle caps) floats to the top, where it’s skimmed off for different recycling destinations. The dried flakes are then packed in “super sacks” weighing up to 2,000 pounds. Clear Path is a joint venture by DAK Americas (which mixes the recycled PET with virgin resin for sale to various plastics manufacturers) and Shaw Industries of Dalton, Ga. (which makes carpet). Shaw Industries puts the flakes through an extruder that pushes molten plastic into

yarn, which is then sewn into carpet backing and dyed. Nineteen 20-oz. PET bottles yield enough polyester fiber to make one square foot of carpet. The other basic processor, New United Resource Recovery Corp. breaks down its bales, optically sorts out the non-PET material, and then grinds the bottles into uniform 12-millimeter flakes. An intensive purification system eventually produces food-grade flake, which then makes it way back to Southeastern Container in Enka, another Coca-Cola Bottling affiliate. There, the flake is blended with virgin material and run through an injection-molding machine to make the “preform,” the first stage in creating a bottle. “It’s about 90 percent virgin to 10 percent recycled,” General Manager Bruce Sampson reports. “We use whatever rate we can achieve, based on the quantity we receive.” Packaged in bulk containers, the preform travels to Kings Mountain, N.C., where a “reheat, stretch and blow” process produces the desired bottle shape and size. The bottles are then trucked to the CocaCola Consolidated plant in Charlotte for refilling.

Stage three: Down the hatch

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One reporter’s search for living color by Jake Frankel What if you took the concept of “living green” literally? In Asheville, you’d certainly have plenty of options that could help make the case against Kermit the Frog’s plaintive lament, “It’s not easy being green.” This area is thick with places that incorporate the term into their identities, from grocery stores and cafés to gas stations and breweries. Some do it for environmental reasons, others not so much. Decked out in our finest green duds, we spent an afternoon surveying the terrain. Our embrace of the green life began at the grocery store that, well, calls itself “Greenlife.” The 19,000-squarefoot natural-foods outlet and café — which was bought by international corporate powerhouse Whole Foods this spring — says it offers “high-quality organic foods and environmentally responsible products.” And indeed, we found plenty of options for those wanting to go green on the most literal of levels, from specials on organic collard greens and green onions to spirulina smoothies. Next we headed to Green’s Mini-Mart on Depot Street in the River Arts District. While there was nothing noticeably environmentally minded about the Exxon gas station, it did include a “Green’s Laundromat” and a deli that advertised “tender, juicy & delicious” steaks and sandwiches; it seems safe to assume that the restaurant would at least have some green iceberg lettuce on hand and perhaps some pickles too. Just down the road, we made a quick stop by the offices of Asheville GreenWorks, a volunteer-based nonprofit that works to keep Buncombe County “clean and green” through “community organizing, educating and environmental stewardship,” according to its website. From there, we headed to the nearby green space at French Broad River Park, part of an evolving riverfront greenway that offers a respite from development favoring other wavelengths of the visible spectrum. We found a tree to climb and spent awhile enjoying its light coat of green moss and savoring the splendor of the few remaining green leaves unwilling to surrender to the yellow, red and brown temptations of fall. Having worked up an appetite with all that natural splendor, we soon found ourselves at The Green Sage Coffeehouse & Café. The downtown establishment espouses a “green philosophy,” billing itself as “the only restaurant in Asheville that provides vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for almost every item on the menu.” Additional green credentials include the 12 solar panels on the roof that heat its water, a compost-andrecycling station, and a waterless urinal in the mens’ room that can save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year. Of course, our favorite items on the menu were the house salad of mixed greens and the green lentil vegetable soup. We wrapped up our day with a refreshing Green Man Ale down the road at Dirty Jack’s. The local brewery crafts some of the region’s finest English-style ales using English and Belgian yeasts and specialty grains. But with St. Patrick’s Day still months away, we found that their “distinctive style” failed to include any visibly green offerings. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or

All about green: Our exploration of the literal green life took us from grocery stores and cafés to gas stations and breweries. We found plenty of options that could help make the case against Kermit the Frog’s plaintive lament, “It’s not easy being green.” photos by Jonathan Welch

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Community Events & Workshops Asheville Design Center An exhibit and meeting space at 8 College St., Asheville. Info: • WE (11/17), 6-7:30pm Design Forum: “Historic Plans

That Shaped Asheville,” with Dr. David Johnson, FAICP and ADC Board Member. Attention WNC Mystery Writers WNC Mysterians critique group. For serious mystery/ suspense/thriller writers. Info: 712-5570 or wncmysterians. org. • TH (11/18), 6pm - Meeting at Books-a-Million (lounge area), Tunnel Road, Asheville. 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 assist with accessing additional community services. At Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Info: 254-2612. DisAbility Partners Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 298-

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1977, www.westernalliance. org or www.disabilitypartners. org. • TH (11/18), 2pm - The annual ornament making class and November potluck (with a “winter-weather food” theme) will be held. Bring a dish to share. Haywood Street Congregation Clothing Closet • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am1:30pm - Clothing closet open to persons in need at 297 Haywood St., Asheville. International Education Week at UNCA Info: • WE (11/17), 11:30amNoon - “Volcanoes, Glaciers and Culture: Iceland.” Alex Neidermeier, a UNCA student, recaps her study abroad experience in Iceland at the Highsmith Union, room 104. • WE (11/17), 7:30-9:30pm A Bhangra, Indian and MiddleEastern dance performance by Lisa Zahiya will be held at the Grotto, Highsmith Union. • TH (11/18), 10-10:30pm “Writing in a Land of Writers: A Summer Poetry Workshop in Ireland.” Daniel Resner, a UNCA student, recaps his experience in a poetry workshop in Ireland at the Highsmith Union 104 —- Noon-1pm - Rural Education, Advancement, Development (READ) is a nonprofit that focuses on helping communities in rural areas of Ecuador to improve educational opportunities. Lucas Reyes will discuss the organization’s mission at the Highsmith Union 104. • FR (11/19), 11-11:30am - “Teaching, Learning and Living in Chile.” UNCA physics lecturer Judy Beck, who taught at the University of La Serena, will talk about her experience abroad. Held at the Highsmith Union 104. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (11/19), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Environmental Sustainability,” with professor Grace Campbell; “WWII and the Holocaust,” with Dr. Tracey Rizzo, at Lipinsky Auditorium; and “Globalization,” with Dr. Surain Subramaniam at the Humanities Lecture Hall.

UNCA Key Center Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week • Through FR (11/19) - UNCA’s Key Center is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Family Resource Center at Emma. Donation boxes at Highsmith Union and Ramsey Library. The film The Soloist will be screened on Nov. 18, at 7pm in the Humanities Lecture Hall. Info: 258-7721 or

Social & SharedInterest Groups Alpha Phi Alumnae • WE (11/17), 6pm Asheville-area alumnae of Alpha Phi sorority will meet at 131 Main Restaurant in Biltmore Park Town Square. Info: or 230-8764. 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. Artistic Asheville Singles Group • WEEKLY - Meeting locations vary. For single people under 35. Info: “Be the 21st Century with Green Dowsing” • SA (11/20), 11am-4:30pm - The Appalachian Chapter of The American Society of Dowsers will host a lecture by Leroy Bull, Master Dowser, at Unity Center in Mills River. Free for members/$10 nonmembers. Info: Financial Therapy Groups • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm - Try out new ways of living and of being, supported by others with similar circumstances, for the collective wisdom of the group to enlighten all, while lightening the burden of each. $8. Info: Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Firestorm-Blitzkrieg Game

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weeklypicks Events are FREE unless otherwise noted. Watch a Bhangra, Indian and Middle-Eastern dance performance by local award-winning wed performer Lisa Zahiya and her class on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at UNCA's Grotto, inside Highsmith Union. Part of International Education Week at UNCA. Info: Celebrated writer Elizabeth Kostova, the author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian, will

thur read from and discuss her novels on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: 456-6000.


Asheville sketch comedy troupe The Feral Chihuahuas will perform Thankstravaganza Thursday, Nov. 18, through Sunday, Nov. 20. Catch the Friday, Nov. 19, show at 8 p.m. at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., in downtown Asheville. $10 advance/$13 door. Tickets & info:


Kristin Tubb, author of the young adult book Selling Hope teams up with members of Asheville Vaudeville to present and perform a skit about the characters in her book on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood St. Stick around for a reading by Peter Kingsley, who will discuss and sign copies of his book Story Waiting to Pierce You. Info: 254-6734 or


The public is invited to an opening reception for It's a Small, Small Work 2010, featuring artwork 12" or smaller by more than 100 artists from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in N.C., on Sunday, Nov. 21, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Haywood County Arts Council Gallery, 86 North Main St. The reception will be held in conjunction with downtown Waynesville's Holiday Open House. Info: 452-0593 or Starting on Monday, Nov. 22, The WNC AIDS Project will be displaying 15 handmade panels

mon of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Pack Place in commemoration of World AIDS Day, (which is on Dec. 1 each year). The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 2. Located at 2 S. Pack Sq. Info:


Stop by the YWCA and pick a star from the MotherLove Giving Tree, where each star-ornament bears a wish from a local teen mother for her children, on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The Giving Tree will be display in the lobby through Dec. 2. The YW is located at 185, S. French Broad Ave. Make a holiday wish come true. Info: 254-7206, ext. 116 or

Night. Bring your favorite game or come to play someone else’s. Gal Pals of Asheville Asheville’s newest lesbian social group for women ages 30-50. Info: com/group/GalPalsofAsheville. • TU (11/23), 6-7:30pm - Gal Pals’ Board Game Night at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce St. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, or • 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 a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. $10/ month. Info: • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meeting at the South Asheville Reuter YMCA. NAACP The NAACP works to insure the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of minority groups and citizens. Info: 281-3066. • TH (11/18), 6pm - The election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee at 91 Patton Ave. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. Info: 252-8154 or • 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. Transition Asheville

Aims to bring the community together, develop practical solutions and improve the quality of life for everyone in light of peak oil, climate change and the ensuing economic tensions. Info: (423) 737-5162 or 296-0064. • FR (11/19), 6:30pm - Transition Asheville/Green Drinks meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: www.ashevillenc. gov/green. WNC Chess Team Challenge • SA (11/20), 8am-4pm - All students in grades K-12 are invited to compete. Held at Veritas Christian Academy, 17 Cane Creek Road in Fletcher. $12 advance/$18 at the door. Info: WNC Physicians for Social Responsibility • FR (11/19), 12:30pm Meeting at 45 Riverview Drive. All participants are asked to park on the street. Info: patrie. Youth OUTright A weekly discussion group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning

youth ages 14-23. Each week a new topic and activity will be led by at least two trained facilitators. Straight allies are also welcome. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9pm Meets at the Jefferson House, adjacent to the Unitarian Universalist Church (corner of Edwin and Charlotte Streets) at 21 Edwin Pl.

Government & Politics Henderson County Republican Women • 4th TUESDAYS, 11:30am1:30pm - Meets at The Cedars, Hendersonville. $14. To RSVP, send a check payable to Eve Gregg, HCRWC, 236 Greenleaf Drive, Flat Rock, N.C. 28731, memo “Cedars.” Must be received one week prior to meeting. A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - The Liberty on the Rocks social meets at El Chapala • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 33

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Animals 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 • 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.

Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Rescue FMF is a wolfdog rescue organization and sanctuary south of Black Mountain. Info: 664-9818 or • SA (11/20), 1pm - Howl for the Holidays. Come meet the wolfdogs and learn about them. Tours will start at 1pm. Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 2469050. • SA (11/20) - Pet Adoption Day. Adoption fee covers rabies and spay/neuter. 10am-3pm - At Sarge’s Headquarters. 10am-4pm - At the Apple Festival on Main St., Waynesville. 11am-4pm - At Ingles “on the hill,” 201 Barber Blvd. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 966-3166,, www. or www.taag. • SATURDAYS, 11am-4pm Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on the website or at

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Technology DisAbility Partners 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. Free Mac Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: • MONDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - Mac OSX. • TUESDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iPhoto class. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iTunes. • THURSDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iMovie.

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@ • 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: 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: 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. 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 • Seeking dynamic volunteers to work at the park’s historic barn area and develop education programs. Training provided. 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 Meals On Wheels Meals On Wheels delivers meals to nearly 500 homebound elderly people each weekday through the help of a network of more than 300 volunteers. Info: 253-5286. • Meals On Wheels of Asheville/Buncombe County is seeking individuals interested in volunteering as substitute drivers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly. Free gas cards are provided. MotherLove Giving Tree • Through WE (12/15) - The Giving Tree, made of stars bearing wishes from a local teen mother for her children, will be on display in the lobby of the YWCA, 185, S. French Broad Ave. Pick out a star and make a wish come true. Info: 254-7206, ext. 116 or Operation Christmas Child • MO (11/15) through MO (11/22) - Operation Christmas Child is collecting gift-filled shoe boxes. Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect more than 8 million shoe boxes for needy children in 100 countries, including Haiti. Info, packing directions & drop-off locations: www. Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7 Makes yarn comfort items that are sent to troops deployed overseas. Info: 696-9777 or • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 10am - Volunteers are needed to knit and crochet gifts for soldiers serving overseas. Meet at 105 Campbell Drive, Flat Rock. Share the Warmth • Through TU (11/30) - Drop off blankets, sweaters and coats to the collection campaign at Mast General Store, 15 Biltmore Ave. All donations will be given to The Salvation Army and distributed to those

in need in WNC. Info: 2321883.

Gardening Black Mountain Tailgate Holiday Market • SA (11/20), 10am-1pm - The Black Mountain Tailgate Market hosts its second annual Holiday Market featuring fresh, local food for your Thanksgiving feast and unique, handmade gift items. 130 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain. 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 • 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. —- 9am-Noon - Big Ivy Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station on Hwy. 197 —- 9am-Noon - Black Mountain Tailgate Market, 130 Montreat Road —- 8am-Noon - North Asheville Tailgate Market, on the campus of UNCA, commuter lot #C —- 9am-Noon - Riceville Tailgate Market, adjacent to the parking area of the Riceville Community Center —- 7am-Noon - Henderson County Tailgate Market, 100 N. King St., Hendersonville —- 9am-Noon - Mills River Farm Market, directly off of NC 280 in the Mills River Commons Shopping Center —- 9am-Noon - Jackson County Farmers Market, in the municipal parking lot next to Bridge Park —- 9am-1pm - Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market, across from the football fields on the Mars Hill College campus —- 8am-Noon - Bakersville Farmers Market, in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot —- 8-11:30am - Columbus Tailgate Market, Courthouse Street in front of the Polk County Courthouse —8:30am-12:30pm - Yancey County Farmers Market, Highway 19E at S. Main Street, Burnsville. • SUNDAYS, 9am-2pm - Greenlife Sunday Market, 70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville —- Noon-4pm - Sundays on the Island, cross the river at the Courthouse on Main St. in downtown Marshall and turn right onto the island. • MONDAYS, 3-6pm Hendersonville Community Co-op Tailgate Market, in the parking lot of the Hendersonville Community Co-op. • TUESDAYS, 3:30-6:30pm - West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Road —- 5-7pm - Green Creek Tailgate Market, on Rte. 9 in Green Creek, Columbus. • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-2pm Hendersonville County Curb Market, on Church Street, directly across from the old courthouse in Hendersonville —- TU, 3-6pm & TH & SA, 8am-1pm - Transylvania Tailgate Market, in the parking lot behind the corner of Jordan and Johnson Streets.

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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. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. Buncombe County Walking Club • 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 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: • WE (11/17), 8:30am - Bee Tree Gap to Ox Creek Road. Info: 298-8413 or —8:30am - Montreat Ridges and Greybeard. Info: 6693805 or • SU (11/21), 9am - Hickey Fork to Whiteoaks Flats and Pounding Mill (moderate). Info: 656-2191 or —- 12:30pm - Lover’s Leap/Pump Gap Loop. Info: 505-0471 or • WE (11/24), 9am - Pump Gap Loop. Info: 883-2447 or N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • SA (11/20), 9am - A HighTech Geocaching Treasure Hunt will be held in celebration of Geocaching Day. NC Grand Prix Bicycle Race • SA (11/20) - WNC Grand Prix. The daylong event features professional, amateur and children’s races. Prizes will be awarded. Held at Jackson Park in

Hendersonville. Info: 6974884. Swannanoa Valley Museum Hikes Unless otherwise noted, all hikes begin in the parking lot of Black Mountain Savings Bank, 200 E. State St. in Black Mountain. Info or reservations: 669-9566 or • 3rd SATURDAYS, 8am - The Swannanoa Rim Explorer hiking series will host treks along 31 miles of the Swannanoa Rim. For experienced hikers only. $20 members/$40 nonmembers. Bring lunch, water and snacks. Turkey Trot 5k • TH (11/25), 9am - Turkey Trot 5K at Carrier Park in Asheville. $25 in advance/$30 day of race. For info & downloadable entry forms: www.

Eco 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: • FRIDAYS, 6-8pm - Program with guest speakers. Chimney Rock State Park Open daily, weather permitting. For additional info, including admission rates: • SA (11/20), 10am-3pm - Naturalist Series: “Backyard Habits.” Learn how plants and landscape treatments can be used to attract, feed and shelter wildlife. $35 adults/$25 ages 6-15. Mountain Top Removal Roadshow • WE (11/17), 12:30pm - David Cooper, who hails from the heart of coal country and has seen mountain top removal first hand, will give a presentation at Simpson Lecture Hall on the A-B Tech Campus, Asheville. Free. Info: Mountain WILD Preserves and increases wildlife and the wildlife habitat of the WNC mountains through stewardship, education, conservation and restoration of natural resources. Meetings are held at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, and are free and open to all. Info: 338-0035 or • SA (11/20), 2-3pm - “Wild Things,” a presentation on gray wolves with Rob Gudger at Bent Creek Community Park, 135 Idlewood Drive. Gudger has been teaching the

public about the natural history of these misunderstood creatures for years. Rain or shine. No dogs allowed since wolves will be present. 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. • TH (11/18), Noon-2pm The RiverLink Bus Tour offers answers about Asheville’s past and future: How did the French Broad River get its name? What is the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan? Meet at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. Free for members/$15 nonmembers. Sustainable Advisory Committee • WE (11/17), 3-5pm - “Energy and the Environment,” a discussion focusing on the city of Asheville as a model for the community regarding energy reduction and clean air initiatives. Monthly meetings are open to the public. Held at the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte St., room A109. WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • SA (11/20) - Curious where your Christmas tree comes from0? Wonder if it is environmentally friendly? Tour an organic Christmas-tree farm near Roan Mountain. Info:

Health Programs A Message of Hope With Alice McCall (pd.)Free Talk: Saturday, November 20, 11am, Poppies Market, Brevard. • Learn how serious health issues, like cancer, can be healed naturally. (828) 692-5423. www. Lift Your Mood • Women’s Circle (pd.)Begins December 6 with Marsha Rand at Maitri Center for Women. Based on a mind, body, spirit approach, this program explores the role of nutrition, exercise, attitude, beliefs, social support, mindfulness to reduce stress, connection with nature, spiritual practices and other methods to promote healing. Create your individualized approach to help move through the “dark night of the soul”, lift mild to moderate depression, decrease anxiety. Meets each Monday for 12 weeks from 78pm. • Required pre-registration ends December 2. Fee of $240. Flexible payments avail-

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homes.Info: • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St. at College, Asheville.Info:474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or www. • 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 - AlAnon 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 314-F 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 • 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. Journaling Group • THURSDAYS - Want to better know yourself? The single most essential instrument for nurturing your spirit is a personal journal. Sharing a journal with others can help

clarify your thoughts, your emotions, and your reactions to certain people or situations. Info: 989-9811. 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: 5057353. • 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 life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@ 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 Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering

from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@gmail. com. Info: www.orgsites. com/nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Womenheart of Asheville • WEDNESDAYS (alternating), 10am-Noon or 6-8pm - This support group for women with heart disease meets at Parkway Behavioral Health, 31 College Place. Info: or 505-2534.

Sports Groups & Activities Asheville Kendo Club • FRIDAYS, 6:30-9:30pm - Dedicated to bringing quality Kendo to the Asheville area. Kendo, the Japanese “Way of the Sword,” develops a person’s mind, posture and spirit through the principles of Japanese fencing. Kendo is not self-defense. Info: 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 • 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. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Sports And Exercise at YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: • MO (11/22) - The next session of American Red Cross swim lessons will begin. Learn to swim in the YWCA of Asheville’s indoor solar-heated pool. To sign up: 254-7206, ext. 110 or stop by the YWCA.

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: • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for

preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. • SATURDAYS, Noon-2pm Experiment with science during Super Science Saturdays. Featuring hands-on activities led by museum facilitators, the programs are fun for all ages. Free with admission. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/ performance info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - New singers are invited to join the chorus. Rehearsals at First Congregational Church, downtown Asheville. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or • FR (11/19), 4-6pm Dragon Party! Author Danny Birt will give a fantastical and musical performance and present his book Between a Roc and Hard Place. Plus, snacks and costume contest (dress as dragon or your favorite fantasy creature). Suggested for ages 7 and up. • SU (11/21), 3pm - Dressup story time with the author of Playing with Gaia, a story where a child learns that Gaia is part of her, and everything in nature, as she discovers playfulness and inner freedom. Hands On! This children’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: 6978333 or www.handsonwnc. org. • TH (11/18) - A new scavenger hunt will be unveiled. Maps are available at the front desk. Super Saturday • 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 super-saturday-program.

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Devotional Chanting and Meditation (pd.) Join The Rudras, Saturday, November 20, 6pm, for an evening of devotional chanting and meditation at Center for Spiritual Awareness of Asheville. Donation basis. • For details, visit A Course in Miracles • 2nd & 4th MONDAYS, 6:30-8pm - 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 “sangha” (a community) can bring both joy and support. All are invited. Info & directions:, 684-7359 or 299-9382. • THURSDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Sitting and walking meditation, followed by sharing by sangha members. An Evening With Spirit • MONDAYS, 6-8pm - You are invited to an evening with Spirit. Theo Salvucci channels messages from the angelic realm at The White Horse, 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Donations only. Info: 713-2439. 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 learn—enjoyable to practice. Dissolves deeprooted stress, reduces anxiety and depression. Verified by 600 scientific studies. Info: 254-4350 or www. • 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; “What science says” and What is “transcending”? Free. Please RSVP. Asheville Fortune Teller’s Guild • 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 Friends of Astrology Info: 628-4007 or • TU (11/23), 7pm - Meeting at the Earth Fare Community Room, Westgate Shopping Center. Jim Rodgers will discuss “The Black Sun Astrology and Depression.” Love donations encouraged. Asheville Jewish Meditation and Chanting Circle • Alternate SUNDAYS, 1:15-3:15pm - Following the Awakened Heart Project’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: 5052300 or • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Meditation for Inner Peace class. Donations accepted. Avatar Meher Baba “I have come not to teach but to awaken.” Info: 274-0307 or 274-7154. • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Meetings occur most Sundays in Asheville. Share Meher Baba’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@ • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Baha’i Faith Everyone is welcome. Join us in our celebration of diversity: “The earth is one country and mankind its citizens,” Baha’u’llah. The Baha’i Center is located at 5 Ravenscroft Drive, Asheville. Info: 2511051 or • SUNDAYS, 11am - Sunday Devotional. 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, or • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Community gathering for seated and walking meditation, sutra study and discussion. • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 37

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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 • 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 Ethical Society of Asheville A humanistic, religious and educational movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life

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new to the practice. $5. Info: 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 • 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. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or www. • 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. 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 Reiki Tummo Healing Clinic

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• 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS - Heart-centered Reiki Tummo healing sessions offered by donation. Contact 776-6200 or to make appointment and indicate preference of 9:45, 10:30 or 11:15am slot. Info: 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: 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: • 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: 658-3362. • 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. 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 • SA (11/20), 10-11:30am - Tai Chi. Free. The Flame Within • SUNDAYS, 6:30pm - A “ministry to the metal underground” meets at St. Paul’s Church, 32 Roscraggen, Arden. Enjoy music, worship and teachings. All who come in good will are welcome. Look for “Flame Within Ministry” on Facebook for details. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville

Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or • 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 • WE (11/17), 7pm “Quantum Touch Healing & The Zero Point Energy Field,” with Rev. Pam Hurt. Learn about quantum energy and how different techniques can heal the body. Love offering. • SU (11/21), 12:45pm - Friendship Potluck. Bring a dish to share. • WE (11/24), 7:30pm - A Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held and all are welcome to celebrate with words and music. Love offering. Childcare provided. A dessert potluck will follow. Bring a dessert or snack to share. • TH (11/25), 1pm - Thanksgiving Day Feast. Sign up or call to make a reservation. Bring a dish to share or $5. 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. • 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. WNC Dowsers The Appalachian Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. Meets at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: or 692-6599. • SA (11/20), 1-4:30pm - “Be the 21st Century with Green Dowsing,” a lecture

with Leroy Bull at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road in Mills River.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SA (1/8) Paintings and drawings by select staff and students of The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas and Reflections, a solo exhibition by Lori Gene, will be on display. • Through SA (11/27) Paintings of the French Broad River by John Mac Kah. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. • Through TU (12/7) Spencer Herr Continued in the Oui-Oui Gallery. • SA (11/20) through SU (12/26) - Painter Cheri Bracket in Full Circle. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (11/23) - An exhibition of paintings and prints by UNCA students Giedre Krulikas, Stephanie Coppola and Emily Cocherham will be on display at Owen Hall, second floor gallery. • Through TU (11/30) - Archaea: Secret Life in Yellowstone & Beyond, an exhibition by Robbie Lipe, will be on display at Blowers Gallery, Ramsey Library. 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 • Through FR (1/7) - 2010 All Member Art Show at the Opportunity House. 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. • Through FR (11/26) - Fiber Arts, an exhibition featuring clothing, quilts, wall hangings and other works of fiber art. Pattiy Torno, well-known fiber artist in Asheville’s River Arts District, will judge.

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 • 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. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, and Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 7680246 or www.bellavistaart. com. • Through TU (11/30) Feature wall artist Skip Rohde, Etchings & Dry Points of Asheville Area. New paintings: Galen Frost Bernard. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (2/5) Paintings by Don Alter and W.P. “Pete” Jennerjahn. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or • 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: 8902050 or

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “You don’t want to be the best of the best,” said Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. “You just want to be the only one who does what you do.” That’s always good advice, but it will be especially apt for you during the next few weeks. You’re entering a phase when competing with other people will get you nowhere fast. What will get you somewhere fast is nurturing your unique talents and proclivities. Do you know exactly what they are? If you’re even a little fuzzy, make it your quest to get very clear.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

What is the “soul,” anyway? Is it a ghostly blob of magic stuff within us that keeps us connected to the world of dreams and the divine realms? Is it an amorphous metaphor for the secret source of our spiritual power? Is it a myth that people entertain because they desperately want to believe there’s more to them than just their physical bodies? Here’s what I think: The soul is a perspective that pushes us to go deeper and see further and live wilder. It’s what drives our imagination to flesh out our raw experience, transforming that chaotic stuff into rich storylines that animate our love of life. With the gently propulsive force of the soul, we probe beyond the surface level of things, working to find the hidden meaning and truer feeling. I’m bringing this up, Taurus, because it is Celebrate the Soul Week for you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

“Nothing changes until it’s changed in everyone’s memories,” said poet Alice Notley. I urge you to keep that in mind as you move forward, Gemini. In recent weeks, you have helped untie a knot that once seemed impossibly tangled, and you deserve kudos for that. But your job isn’t done yet. Your next task is to work on loosening the snarls and smoothing the kinks that still linger in the imaginations of everyone involved.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

In the 1925 silent film The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin plays a prospector during the Alaska Gold Rush. After a series of adventures, he finds himself stuck in a remote cabin on Thanksgiving Day with a ruffian named Big Jim. They’re out of food, so Charlie gets resourceful, boiling his right shoe in a big pot and serving it up steaming hot. What the audience doesn’t know is that the movie prop is made of sweet licorice, not leather. So while it may seem that dinner is a hardship, the actors actually had no trouble polishing off their meal. I see a similar scenario in your near future, Cancerian: something like eating a “shoe” that’s made of candy.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Lots of toddlers in Indonesia smoke cigarettes, not just the chain-smoking two-yearold in the famous Youtube video (tinyurl.

com/SmokerKid). But don’t you dare let your inner child get started on a similar habit any time soon, Leo. Make sure that sweet young thing is exposed to only the very best influences; feed him or her only the healthiest food, air, water, sounds, sights, images, and stories. The innocent, curious, wide-eyed part of you is entering a phase when rapid growth is going to happen, one way or another. It’s your job to guarantee that the growth goes in the right direction.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly,” wrote Anais Nin. “We are mature in one realm, childish in another.” In you, Virgo, the discrepancies have been especially apparent lately. For example, your brainy insightfulness has been on a hot streak, while your gut wisdom has not. But I suspect this situation to shift in the coming weeks. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that your emotional intelligence is set to thrive. It will be fine if you concentrate on that phenomenon with all your heart, even if it means investing a little less energy in being an analytical whiz.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In the old Looney Tunes cartoons, Wile E. Coyote is constantly chasing after the Road Runner, a long-legged bird that prefers running to flying. Presumably, Coyote would eat the Road Runner if he ever caught him, but he never does; the bird’s too fast and smart. In one recurring motif, the Road Runner dashes into the entrance of a cave that’s cut into a wall of sheer rock. When Coyote tries to follow him, he smashes into the rock, and it’s revealed that the cave entrance is just a very realistic painting. I suspect that you’re going to have the Road Runner’s power in the coming week: an ability to find and use doors that are inaccessible to other people.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

I recently discovered a blues-gospel artist named Famous L. Renfro, who is also known as “The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy.” His soaring, gritty music had a medicinal effect. It seemed to say to me, “You have the power to change your life in the exact way you want to change your life.” Your assignment, Scorpio, is to find a new source of music or art or literature or film that has a similar effect on you: a flying sweet angel of joy that inspires you to do what has been hard for you to do. According to my reading of the astrological omens, such an influence is within your reach right now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your old self is the fuel you will use to burn your old self to the ground. This bonfire will liberate your new self, which has been trapped in a gnarly snarl deep inside your old self. It’s only at first that you’ll feel freaked out by the flames. Very quickly a sense of relief and

release will predominate. Then, as the new you makes its way to freedom, escaping its cramped quarters and flexing its vital force, you will be blessed with a foreshadowing of your future. The intoxication that follows will bring you clarity and peace of mind.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“Do we love Heaven more than God?” asks poet Paula Cisewski in her book Ghost Fargo. I think that’s the kind of cryptic question you Capricorns would benefit from mulling over in the coming weeks. Your mind needs to get its customary categories shaken up and rearranged . . . needs its habitual grooves broken up and diverted . . . needs its easy certainties flushed and abandoned. Can you think of any other queries that will help you accomplish this noble work? Let me offer a few to get you started: 1. Do we love love itself more than we love the people we say we love? 2. Do we fear failure so much that we interfere with our cultivation of success? 3. Do we obsess on our longing to such a degree that we miss opportunities to satisfy our longing?

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The Sanskrit word buddhi refers to the part of us that adores the truth. It’s good at distinguishing between what’s real and what’s false, and is passionately attracted to liberation. Although it may go into long periods of dormancy in some of us, buddhi never falls asleep completely. It’s always ready to jump into action if we call on it. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Aquarius, the buddhi aspect of your psyche will be extra special big strong and bright in the coming week. In my opinion, that’s better than winning the lottery.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

I like how snowboarder Graham Watanabe described his experiences at last February’s Winter Olympics. He wasn’t content with making a generic comment like “It was awesome!” or “No words could describe how great it was!” Instead he got florid and specific: “Try to imagine Pegasus mating with a unicorn and the creature that they birth. I somehow tame it and ride it into the sky in the clouds and sunshine and rainbows. That’s what it feels like.” As you break through your previous limits in the coming weeks, Pisces, I’d love to hear you summon some bursts of articulate jubilation akin to Watanbe’s.


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• 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 • 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. 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., 10am5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • WE (11/17) through FR (12/31) - It’s a Small, Small Work 2010, featuring artwork 12” or smaller by more than 100 artists from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in N.C. • SU (11/21), Noon-5pm - Opening reception for It’s a Small, Small Work 2010 in conjunction with downtown Waynesville’s Holiday Open House. Miya Gallery Located at 20 N. Main St., Weaverville. Info: 658-9655 or • Through FR (12/31) - Art by Simone Wilson will be on display. 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. Odyssey Gallery

Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 236 Clingman Ave. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or • Through TU (12/7) - Dearly Departed, featuring the work of Beth Bond, Patty Bilbro and Alex Irvine. Pack Place Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Info: 257-4500 or • MO (11/22) through TH (12/2) - The WNC AIDS Project will be displaying 15 handmade panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at Pack Place in commemoration of World AIDS Day, which is on Dec. 1 each year. Satellite Gallery Located at 55 Broadway, downtown Asheville. Info: 305-2225 or • Through SU (11/21) Ladylike: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Relationships. Girls on the Run of WNC is benefitting from the proceeds. • SU (11/21) - The drawing will be held for the Ladylike artists’ re-designed school chairs, which are being raffled off for $10 a ticket. Proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of WNC. Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery Located at 103 West St., Black Mountain. Info: 357-8327 or • Through SA (11/27) Floating Women, an exhibit of oil paintings by Les Caison III. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or • WE (11/17) through FR (12/17) - Santa’s Palette Holiday Show. 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. 10am7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 227-3591 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 (12/17) Seeing Rural Appalachia, an exhibition of photographs by Mike Smith. • WE (11/17) through SA (11/20) - AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit. Several panels from the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt, originally created as a memorial to nearly 100,000 individuals lost to AIDS. • WE (11/17), 5-7pm - Reception for the AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit, before RENT performance in the Fine & Performing Arts Center.

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 • Through MO (2/28) - Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, an exhibition on display in the Baker Center. 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 • Through SA (11/27) - Decoration Day in the Mountains. Voorhees Family Art Show & Sale • SA (11/20), 10am-5pm & SU (11/21), Noon-5pm - A collection of paintings and artwork by Voorhees family members will be on exhibit at 123 Norwood Ave. Info: 6977719 or

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events 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 • SA (11/20), 10am-1pm - “Exploring Watercolor” with Susan Lingg. $34 members/$40 public. 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 • FR (11/19), Noon-1pm Art Break with the museum’s executive director Pamela Myers, who will lead an indepth tour of the exhibition The Director’s Cut I: 1995 - 2010.

• SU (11/21), 1-5pm - Meet the Artists: Enjoy holiday refreshments as you mix and mingle with local artists participating in the museum’s Holiday Market. Get to know the people behind the art and visit the museum’s exhibitions free, courtesy of SunTrust Bank. • SU (11/21), 2-4pm “Family Art pARTy: The Art of Math + Music,” will feature hands-on art activities for kids of all ages. Free. 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 • WE (11/17), Noon-1pm - A lecture focusing on the Mexico exhibition will be held. Bring lunch. • TH (11/18), 5pm - Visiting Artist Lecture: A discussion with Amy Cheng followed by a discussion with Arnie Zimmerman at 7pm. Both events will be held in the Turchin Center Lecture Hall. Mountain Made Located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Features the works of regional artisans, writers and musicians. Info: 350-0307 or • 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: or • 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.

• TU (11/16) - Art with Lorelle Bacon. Adults 1-3pm and youth 3:30-5pm. All levels welcome. $15/class. Registration required. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 252-5050 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. Four 5-minute poses and four 20-minute poses. $5.

Art/Craft Fairs Art Events at WCU 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: 227-3591 or • TH (11/18), 2:30-6:30pm The Handmade Holiday Trunk Show will be held. Coffee and tea will be available, with wine and cheese served from 5-6pm. Artists Yard Sale • SA (11/20), 9am-3pm - The yard sale, hosted by Biltmore Coffee Traders at 518 Hendersonville Road, will feature photography, paintings, jewelry, recycled art, jellies and jams. Plus, music and storytelling performances (starting at noon). 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 • Through SU (11/21), 10am-5pm - Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. Local artists with handmade arts and crafts, plus book signings by Katie Boyette, Jennifer Lipsey and Leo Monahan. Silent auction on the final

day with items donated by local artists, shops, spas and more. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Times are on Sundays from 10am- 1pm. Info: 2528729 or www.uccasheville. org. • SA (11/20), 9am-4pm & SU (11/21), Noon-2pm - The Alternative Gift Market will feature crafts and art by local artists and opportunities to learn about alternative gifting through Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Church World Services, Alternative Gifts International and more. Plus, singer/songwriter David LaMotte will perform live music. Handmade Holidays Home Show • SU (11/21), Noon-5pm - Third annual Handmade Holidays Home Show. All handmade. All local. At 107 Alaron Drive, Weaverville. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Arts for Life. Marshall Handmade Market • SA (11/20), 10am-5pm Art, craft and homestead craft from more than 50 regional exhibitors, local comfort food and live entertainment by the Butter Holler String Band. At Marshall High Studios in Marshall. Free admission. Info: One-Stop Christmas Market • SA (11/20), 10am-4pm - Over 50 vendors will display metal sculptures, baskets, jewelry, pottery and much more. Plus, there will be door prizes, food and baked goods. Held at 17 Shawnee Trail, Asheville. Vance Craft Explosion • SU (11/21), Noon-5pm - The third annual Holiday Craft Explosion will be held at Vance Elementary School, 98 Sulphur Springs Road. Shop for holiday gifts while support-

ing local artists and crafters. Info: 350-6611.

Spoken & Written Word Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • SA (11/20), 7-9pm - New Asheville resident Carol Novack, publisher of Mad Hatters’ Review, will initiate her popular NYC series. Plus, San Francisco poet David Smith and North Carolina writers Carter Monroe and Traci O’Connor. $7/$5 BMCM+AC members and students. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TH (11/18), 6:30pm Elizabeth Kostova, the author of The Swan Thieves and The Historian, will read from and discuss her novels. • SA (11/20), 3pm - Betsy Keller will teach a class on “Energy Medicine.” Free. Book Group: Navigating The Space Between Brilliance & Madness • MONDAYS (11/22 through 12/13), 5-7pm - The Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective presents “Navigating The Space Between Brilliance & Madness,” a book group meeting series at Firestorm Cafe & Books. Info: or 575-3195. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations:


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n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n FV = Fairview Library (1 Taylor Road, 250-6484) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 2506482) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • WE (11/17), 5-7pm - Library Knitters: A casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. SW. • TH (11/18), 7pm - Book Club: Jim the Boy and The Blue Star by Tony Earley. SW —- 7pm - Book Club: Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. FV —- 2:30pm - Book Club: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian. SS. • FR (11/19), 4-5:30pm - Teen Dance Party (for ages 11-18). WV. • Through WE (11/24) - Accepting submissions for “I Write for Children.” The first place award is $50. Send submissions from an original children’s story to: BM. Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St. in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • TH (11/18), 10:30am - Coffee with the Poet: Karen Holmes. • FR (11/19), 7pm - Retired WCU English professor Marilyn Jody will read from her memoir, Letter to Emily. • SA (11/20), 7pm - Gary Carden’s monthly Liar’s Bench will meet. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • WE (11/17), 7pm - Georgann Eubanks will discuss her book Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook. • TH (11/18), 7pm - Local author Catherine Faherty will discuss her book Communication: What Does It Mean to Me?: A “Contract for Communication” that will promote understanding between individuals with autism or Asperger’s and therapists, co-workers, and many more! —- 7pm - Stitch-n-Bitch with Stacey Budge-Kamison. Bring a project to work on. • FR (11/19), 5pm - Scott Mason will discuss his book Tar Heel Traveler: Journeys across North Carolina —- 7pm - Misha Angrist will discuss

Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics. • SA (11/20), 3-5pm - Kristin Tubb, author of the young adult book Selling Hope, teams up with members of Asheville Vaudeville to present and perform a skit about the characters in her book —7pm - Peter Kingsley will read from, discuss and sign copies of his book Story Waiting to Pierce You. • SU (11/21), 3pm - Writers at Home: A monthly reading series featuring guests and authors involved in UNCA’s Great Smokies Writers Program. Hosted by Tommy Hays —- 5pm - James Costa will discuss his book The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of the Origin of Species. • MO (11/22), 7pm Jacqueline St. Joan will read from and sign copies of her book My Sisters Made of Light. Flood Reading Series • WE (11/17), 8-9:30pm - The reading series begins with a book-release event for Charles Dodd White’s novel Lambs of Men. Local authors Sam Need and Adam Blake Wright will also read from selected works. Held at Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Ave. Info: 779-1013. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N Main St., in Hendersonville. Info: 697-1870. • FR (11/19), 5pm - Gwen Suesse will discuss her book WomanSong: Balance & Harmony in a Feminine Key. Literary Events at UNCA Events are free unless noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • FR (11/19), 7pm - “Condensations and Equations: Poetry/Math,” with poet Lee Ann Brown. This presentation will open the 2010 Conference on Constrained Poetry. Held at the Humanities Lecture Hall. Free. Register: http:// CCP2010Home.html. • SA (11/20), 9am - The 2010 Conference on Constrained Poetry will be held. For presentation locations, registration and info: pbahls/CCP2010Home.html. Tellabration • SU (11/21), 3pm - An international celebration of storytelling. This annual observance is a means of building grassroots community support for the age-old art of storytelling. The local event is held at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. $5. Info: 658-4151 or 777-9177.

Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. • Through TU (11/30) - Young Writers Contest: Thomas Wolfe Fiction Contest. $10 reading fee.

Festivals & Gatherings Asheville Holiday Parade • SA (11/20), 11am - The 64th parade theme is: “Mountain Magic.” This year’s Grand Marshals are the Steep Canyon Rangers. Info: or 628-2403. Holiday Events at the Grove Arcade Info: • FR (11/19) through SU (1/2) - Entries from the annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display. • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, 2-6pm & SUNDAYS, 2-5pm - Holiday piano tunes will be performed. • SATURDAYS (11/20 through 12/18) - Visit with Santa and his elf (photographer Zaire Kacz).

Music Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 236-0670 or • FR (11/19), 7:30pm - Christmas Concert. A benefit for ABCCM & Operation Christmas Child. Children invited to visit Santa Claus before the concert with their special gift that will benefit our greater community during the celebration of the holiday season. Bluegrass in Union Mills • FRIDAYS (11/19 & 11/26), 7pm - Regional musicians will perform bluegrass and gospel tunes at the Union Mills Learning Center, 6495 Hudlow Road. $5/Free for children under 5. Info: 2872191 or 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. • SUNDAYS, 5-7pm Rehearsals. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/

performance info: 230-5778 or • SU (11/21), 4-5pm - “Viva La Musica,” the annual Holiday Concert will be performed at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Donations appreciated. EMBE Marimba Band’s CDRelease Party • TH (11/18), 7pm - EMBE’s record New Hope “captures rhythms from around the world.” Listen live at Evergreen Community Charter School, 50 Bell Road. Info: $15, all proceeds support Evergreen’s music program. Haywood Community Band Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or • THURSDAYS, 7pm Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Hendersonville Chorale Concert At First Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Info: 6964968. • FR (11/19) & SA (11/20), 4pm - Winter concert. $10/$5 children. Land of the Sky Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Music at Etowah Library • WE (11/17), 3pm - Joanna Cooper and King Goslin present “Fisherman’s Daughter” on guitar and bass at the Etowah Library, 101 Brickyard Road. Info: 891-6577. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • TH (11/18), 7pm - Kinobe, a Ugandan multi-instrumentalist, and his band will perform an African-roots/global-fusion concert at the Alumni Hall, Highsmith University Union. Free. Info: 251-6666. • FR (11/19), 3pm Symphony Talk with Daniel Meyer, conductor and music director of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Meyer will discuss Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and other works at the Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. • SU (11/21), 4pm - The Chamber Symphony and University Singers will perform seasonal favorites such as Vaughn Williams’

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Fantasy on Greensleeves, Correlli’s Christmas Concerto and Handel’s Messiah. Special guest performers include members of the Reuter Center Singers and the Asheville High School Chamber Choir. $5. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre For ticket information or more details: 257-4530 or www. • SU (11/21), 7pm - The Land of the Sky Symphonic Band in concert. $12 adults/$6 students. Info: 508-7469. 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 • MONDAYS, 6:45pm Rehearsal at Reed Memorial Baptist Church on Fairview Road. (enter parking lot on Cedar St.). Guests welcome. Songwriting 101 • TH (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. Traveling Singer/Songwriters • WE (11/17), 7pm Patricia Morrison and Mary Shapiro will perform at the Common Light Meeting Place, 137 Center Ave. in Black Mountain. A dessert reception will be held at 6:30pm. Donations accepted. Info: 669-3616. 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 • FR (11/19), 8pm - Hot 8 Brass Band, featured in Spike Lee’s HBO documentaries of Hurricane Katrina, will perform. The band brings the

sound, funk and energy that makes New Orleans music loved and known around the world. $25 adults/$15 students. 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:// • TH (11/18), 8pm - The Low Tech Ensemble will perform at the recital hall in the Coulter Building. Free.

Theater Adult Improv Classes (pd.) The ASHEVILLE IMPROV SCHOOL is continuing with the second session of improv for adults ages 18+. We use different forms of creative drama and movements to increase spontaneity and confidence while expressing ourselves in a supportive environment. • First session starts on December 13. For details call Maria Thomas (828) 507-1622 or go to Asheville Arts Center The North campus is located at 308 Merrimon Ave. The South campus is located at 10 Miller Ave. Info: 253-4000 or www.ashevilleartscenter. com. • FR (11/19), 7pm & SA (11/20), 4pm & 7pm - High School Musical 2. Asheville Community Theatre All performances are at 35 East Walnut St. Info & reservations: 254-1320 or www. • SA (11/20), 7:45pm - Three Diva’s and A Piano, a Broadway musical featuring hot jazz and cool blues tunes, will be performed. A 7pm reception includes appetizers and a cash bar. $20. Brevard Little Theatre Located in the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan St., Brevard. Info: www.brevardlit- Reservations: 884-2587. • Through SU (11/21) Harvey, a family comedy, will be performed. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • TH (11/18), 7:30pm - I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing: Glorious Tales of Gluttony with Tom Chalmers. $12. • FR (11/19) & SA (11/20), 2:30pm - The Autumn Players present a dramatic reading of The Little Foxes. $5. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www. • 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. Ticket purchasers are invited to attend a Neil Simon film festival for free (held through 16.) • FR (11/19) through TH (12/23) - Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life will be performed at the Historic Henderson County Courthouse. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. $34. On Nov. 21, ticket sales will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County. 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: 697-

4725 or www.henderson. • TH (11/18), 7pm - Barbara Bates Smith will perform a one-woman play The Christmas Letters, adapted from the Lee Smith novella. Free. 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. • SU (11/21), 2:30pm Readers Theater: The Autumn Players will perform Little Foxes. $5. Theater at Blue Ridge Community College Performances are held in Patton Auditorium at BRCC, Flat Rock. Tickets & info: 694-1849 or jennifers@ • TH (11/18) through SU (11/21) - The Pulitzer-Prize winning play Buried Child will be performed. Thur.-Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2:30pm. Info: Theater at UNCA Performances take place in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. • TH (11/18) through SA (11/20) - Theatre UNCA presents one-act plays by Tennessee Williams: The Strangest Kind of Romance, Portrait of a Madonna and Talk to Me Like the Rain. Held at Belk Theater. $10. • SU (11/21), 2:30pm - The Little Foxes, a play by Lillian Hellman, will be performed at the Reuter Center. $5. Theater at WCU Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Tickets & info: 2272479 or • WE (11/17), SA (11/20) & SU (11/21) - Rent, the rock musical, will be performed. $20/$15 WCU faculty and staff/$5 students. Theater Veritas

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• TH & FR (11/18 & 11/19), 7pm - The Tempest will be performed at Veritas Christian Academy, 17 Cane Creek Road, Fletcher. $10 reserved seating/$8 general. Info: 681-0546. Tryon Little Theater Performances are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 859-2466, tryonlittletheater@ or • 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.

Comedy The Feral Chihuahuas Asheville’s premiere sketch comedy troupe can be reached at 280-0107 or Tickets & info: • TH (11/18) & FR (11/19), 8pm & SA (11/20), 7pm & 9:30pm - Thankstravaganza, a “comedy show chock full of holiday hilarity” will be performed at the BeBe Theater. $10 online/$13 at the door.

Film Courtyard Gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332 or • TH (11/18), 6:30pm Potluck Cinema. Dinnerware and beverages provided. Bring a dish to share. Movie Matinee • TH (11/18), 3pm - A 100minute documentary for all ages. See creatures who live in what covers nearly three quarters of the globe. Free admission includes popcorn. At the Albert Carlton-Cashiers

Community Library. Info: 743-0215. Premiere Screening of Shift Happens • FR (11/19), 7pm - Athena Reel Productions presents the premiere screening of the short film Shift Happens, exploring the creative process of abstract artist Jonas Gerard. Held in the back screening room of Posana Cafe in downtown Asheville. RSVP: 423-4287 or Social Justice Film Night at Unitarian Universalist Located at the corner of Charlotte St. and Edwin Pl. Free, but donations accepted. Discussion follows screenings. Call for childcare. Info: 299-1242 or • FR (11/19), 7pm Screening of The Last Best Chance. This film is fiction, based on facts about inadequate security for nuclear weapons and materials.

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 6:307:30pm: Bollywood and Bhangra; 7:30-8:30pm: Hip Hop for Women • Info: (828) 242-7595 or www.lisazahiya. com Asheville Movement Collective AMC hosts weekly dancewaves for personal and community transformation. First wave is free. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Meet at the Tercicorps Studio of Dance, above The Wedge in the River Arts District. $5. • SUNDAYS, 8:30-10:30 am & 10:30am-12:30pm - Meet

at Studio 11, 11 Richland St. in West Asheville. $5. 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. Scottish Country Dance Offered by the Haywood Scottish Country Dancers at the Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. Info: 6220071. • FRIDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Scottish country dancing. Free. Info: 622-0071. Southern Lights SDC A nonprofit square-dance club. Square dancing is friendship set to music. Info: 694-1406 or 681-1731. • SA (11/20) - “Thanksgiving Dance” at the Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Road, Hendersonville. Food items will be collected for a food bank. Advanced dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm.

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. 1, 8 & 15) and/or be on display at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s downtown studio in Dec. Info: • Through FR (11/26) - Create holiday-inspired art within a squarish space (9.5” H 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 sub-

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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: 6895117 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. • 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. Call for Cast & Crew • MO (11/15) through TH (12/2) - Auditions will be held for “conscious-minded actors, directors, producers and support-team members” interested in participating in the healing musical A Dream of Camelot. Info: 658-9604 or RichHeartMusic@frontier. com. Holiday Parade in Downtown Sylva • Through WE (12/1) - Applications for groups interested in participating in “The Wonder of Christmas Morning” parade will be accepted. The parade will be held on Dec. 4. Info: 5861577 or


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benefitscalendar Calendar for November 17 - 25, 2010 Asheville High School/SILSA Debate Team • SA (11/20) - The Cougar Classic Debate Tournament will be held at AHS, 419 McDowell St. All donations support AHS/ SILSA Debate Booster Club. n Seeking financial sponsors and food donations. Info: 3371595. Benefit for the Boys: Journeymen Asheville’s Mentoring Network • SU (11/21), 5:30-8:30pm - Enjoy Indian food while sharing collective stories with Asheville’s Playback Theater. Contribute to a cause greater than ourselves. At Jubilee Community Center. $35 single/$50 couple. Info: Children First/Communities in Schools Fundraiser This group’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programming. Info: 259-9717 or • SU (11/21), 10am-9pm - Book fair at the Barnes & Noble at the Asheville Mall to benefit Children First/CIS. Info: 239-0776 or

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. Open Hearts Art Center Located at 100 Weaverville Road, Asheville. Info: 658-8875 or • SA (11/20), 5-8pm - Benefit event at City Bakery on Biltmore Avenue. Silent art auction, with work donated by local artists; food and drinks; live music featuring members of the Overflow Jug Band and Jon Corbin. Plus, face painting, balloon animals and Open Hearts’ artists creating work on site. Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Info: or 765-2359. • TH (11/18), 8pm - Auction of works by students and instructors made during a Penland workshop session. All proceeds will

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About 20 percent of Japan’s adult-video market is now “elder porn” featuring one or more studly seniors, such as 76-year-old Shigeo Tokuda. In October, he told Toronto’s The Globe and Mail that he still “performs” physically “without Viagra” in at least one role a month opposite much younger women. His career began at age 60 when a filmmaker hired him for his “pervert’s face,” but his wife and adult daughter learned of it, by accident, only two years ago.

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• In Afghanistan as in many less-developed countries, boy babies are much preferred to girls for economic reasons and social status, but some “unlucky” Afghan parents have developed a counter strategy: simply designating one girl a boy. All references to her are male, and she dresses as a boy, plays “boy” games and does “boy” chores, at least until puberty, when many parents convert the child back. In some tribal areas, according to a September New York Times dispatch, superstition holds that a “bocha posh” improves the chances of the next child’s being a boy. • Although India forbids discrimination against the lower-caste Dalits, rampant oppression persists, especially in rural areas. In October, police were investigating reports that a village council in Madhya Pradesh state had awarded a highercaste woman the equivalent of $340 compensation when she disowned her dog after seeing an “untouchable” woman give it food scraps.

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• Symbols: (1) Although the Clayton (N.C.) High School dress code prohibits it, freshman Ariana Iacono demanded in September that she be allowed her nose ring, which she said is “essential” to her practice of religion. Her Church of Body Modification, she said, teaches that “the mind, body and soul are all one entity and that modifying the body can bring the mind and soul into harmony.” (2) Some ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jews came under criticism in September during the pre-Yom Kippur Day of Atonement because they insisted on twirling sacrificed chickens over their heads for forgiveness, rather than the substitute objects used by most Jews.

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• If Only They’d Been Less Religious ...: (1) Ten people were killed in an October stampede when a scuffle broke out at a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Bihar, where 40,000 had taken their goats to be sacrificed for prosperity. (2) In July in Montcalm County, Mich., four teenagers attending a Bible camp were killed when lightning struck the umbrella they were huddling under in a field. • Cheerful, articulate Opus Dei official Sarah Cassidy, 43, waxed eloquent in a long interview in London’s Daily Mail in September about her joy in causing herself pain for two hours every night as a reminder of God’s love. Another Opus Dei “numerary” complained that our “materialistic, hedonistic society” understands pain “if you go jogging and pounding the streets ... just because you want to be thinner,” or endure Botox injections or cram your toes painfully into tiny shoes, but not when Cassidy wraps the spiked “cilice” tightly around her leg every night for God.

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• Awkward: (1) In October, the charity Brain Injury New Zealand decided to stage a “zombie walk” in the town of Rotorua, inviting townspeople to shuffle around to benefit the community. Television station TVNZ reported numerous complaints alleging insensitivity. (2) The city government in Seoul, South Korea, warned in October that “octopus head” contains toxic amounts of cadmium, recommending a two-head-per-week maximum. Fishermen and restaurateurs, as well as those who consume the local delicacy for its supposed libido enhancement, protested. • For months, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has been indifferent to humanitarian appeals on behalf of sisters Jamie and Gladys Scott; convicted in 1993 of luring two men to a robbery (total take, $11; no injuries), each inexplicably received two consecutive life sentences. (The actual robbers got two years.) Questionable sentence aside, Jamie now suffers from double kidney failure. Barbour’s

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Babysitter blues We recently had to look hard and long at the household budget, and I discovered how much cash we’ve spent on baby sitters over the years. I’m only about a year away from being able to leave my kids home alone for more than an hour after dark. Which may be as thrilling a milestone as the day I no longer needed to purchase disposable diapers every time I went to the grocery store. The cost of childcare was one of the primary reasons I didn’t go back to work full-time after popping out my first baby ... or after dropping the second. After moving to Asheville from Boston, I learned that a comparable job here to the position I had there would pay a heckuva lot less (I was a development and communications professional for an independent school). Plus, I’d had a fairly successful career, and I was ready to try something new. I was ready for diapers and baby barf and sleep deprivation. Or so I thought. Despite shakily accepting stay-at-home parenting, I continued to work part-time (teaching at Warren Wilson, development consulting, freelance writing), so I needed to employ babysitters frequently. Finding someone consistent was tough, espe-

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eventually stopped wetting their pants and became eligible for school. School’s great for lots of reasons, but I see it primarily as safe childcare. The learning part’s a perk. I was somewhat relieved when we could move to the next level of sitter — from professional to non-professional, but experienced, adult. This is typically someone who has a day job but moonlights as a sitter for extra cash. These, yes, once again, mostly women, have been my primary source of childcare for a number of years. They typically cost less than professionals, but still aren’t inexpensive. Even so, I’ve always been willing to pay to leave my kids with someone who has the wherewithal to get them bathed and in bed on time, and who can handle sibling fights and meltdowns without needing to call me while I’m out to dinner. Happily, just in the past few years, as my kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, we’ve moved into the final sitter state — the teenage neighbor. This stage is pretty great. Teenagers typically don’t ask for tons of cash, and while they may not get the kids to bed on time, they have enough energy to keep up with them and even wear them out some. Plus, my kids are fascinated by these slightly older versions of themselves; although my boy does start in on his annoying show-off routine whenever a young female is in the vicinity. Who needs to study primate mating rituals in the wild? Just come to my house and watch the boy frisk around like an over-stimulated chim-

panzee whenever a teenage girl is within 100 feet. Luckily, he’s got several more years to learn how to control this behavior. At least I hope that’s what happens. I grew up in a house full of girls, so I’m a bit worried about how, when and if boys evolve from wild beasts to relatively domesticated critters. The primary problem with teenage sitters is that they’re still kids too. So the cleaning factor can be negligible. But that’s OK, because I’m paying them less. The other problem with teens is that they rarely can hang with my kids on school nights, and once they reach a certain age, suddenly they have their own social lives. What’s up with that? I’m always bummed when I realize my go-to neighborhood teen suddenly prefers going out with his friends on Saturday night to hanging with my kids and making some cash. So, I’ll be happy to be at the point where I feel that my kids are old enough and responsible enough to stay at home without an adult (or an older teen). Though I realize it’ll still cost me. I’ll probably do what my parents did and pay both kids — the older to be responsible for the younger, and the younger not to pick fights with the older. If there’s blood when I get home, no one gets paid. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.

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Drama Club • December 7 (pd.) The ASHEVILLE IMPROV SCHOOL is happy to announce the opening of a Drama club for youth ages 14-18. • Develop self-confidence while participating in improv activities that increase spontaneity and fun. The first session starts December 7. • For more details contact Maria Thomas: (828) 507-1622 or go to www. Parenting Classes at Pardee Hospital All classes are held at Pardee Hospital, in the orientation classroom, 800 N. Justice St. in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • TH (11/18), 6:30-8pm - “The Art of Breastfeeding,” new moms are invited to learn the basics about breastfeeding —- 6:30-8pm - Daddy Duty: Helpful ideas and tips for dads during the labor and birth process.

Professional Parenting Open House • 1st & 4th MONDAYS, 1pm - If you’ve ever considered foster care or adoption, this is an opportunity to learn about programs and find out how you can help. Meet at 38 Garfield St., Suite B, downtown Asheville. Info: 236-2877.


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“People, I think, aren’t quite aware of what it means,” says Taubman as soon as she utters the phrase. “For us, it’s a culinary term, ‘new American tavern.’ What it means to us is building a community through your restaurant and giving truly upscale food in a chef-driven restaurant.” Does that come through in those three little words, ‘new American tavern?’ Taubman thinks not. “People don’t really get that. They think of a tavern as a dark, beer-drinking place,” she says. Dark, beer-drinking place the Blackbird is not. In the daytime, the large floor-to-ceiling windows that span the restaurant afford views of the surrounding courtyard and mountains while letting light pour in. During

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the night, the restaurant is brightly lit, inviting and warm. Yes, there’s beer. There’s even a rather nice bar. But community-building through a restaurant is a vague explanation for a menu concept. It’s meant as a nod to the farm-totable approach employed by the restaurant owners. Even that term, “farm-to-table,” is becoming a form of green-washing. It’s easy to dismiss. It sometimes means little beyond the fact that the people responsible for marketing the restaurant know that being a “locavore” is in style these days. But the Blackbird is really walking the walk, says Taubman. This is reflected in the menu with its regional meat, fish and fowl. It’s reflected in the farm dinners that

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letters Jim Stroupe: a hero in peace as well as in war Jim Stroupe, the 86-year-old World War II, Korea and Vietnam veteran who died after being struck by a city bus, was a hero in peace as well as in war. In the spring and summer of 2008, when the battle between Asheville residents and developers over the Parkside condos was at its peak, this man — with a frail body but a strong voice, a sharp wit and a powerful spirit — came every single day, always wearing his veteran’s cap, to the old magnolia tree in front of City Hall to help guard it from being cut down. He spoke out publicly against the county’s sale of George W. Pack’s deeded public parkland to private special interests as a violation of the democracy he had fought to defend. But he also kept a light heart, remarking to activist Clare Hanrahan on July 4, for example, “It’s a nice place to sit. The air conditioning won’t cost you anything.” When my wife, Lady Passion, and I lived for three months under the tree, Jim and his wife Francie brought us food, coffee and encouragement every day. At one point in the long ordeal, when I was beginning to think privately that our cause was hopelessly quixotic, he told me out of the blue. “Steve, I have a feeling you’re going to win this.” I asked him how he knew, and he repeated with certainty that he just had a strong feeling about it. Figuring you don’t question the gut instincts of a guy who’s survived three wars, I took

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Baking local: Head baker Jesse Bardyn uses N.C. wheat to make a sourdough boule available at the City Bakery every Thursday. cilantro, or vegetarian-style with tofu. Hours will mirror the Downtown Market’s: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, closing at 5 p.m. on Sundays, with hopes of extending business to five days per week, possibly later, in the near future. The Downtown Market is located at 45 S. French Broad Ave. in downtown Asheville. For more information, visit

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Already locally focused City Bakery is taking things a step further. Head baker Jesse Bardyn is now making a N.C. sourdough boule, for sale every Thursday at either City Bakery. It’s made with 100-percent organic N.C. wheat, and is now available for as long as the flour lasts. “The naturally leavened boule is different from our regular sourdough, and has a more intense sour flavor and a delicious crispy crust,” says City Bakery general manager Brian Dennehy. The City Bakery has two locations: 60 Biltmore Ave. and 88 Charlotte St. in downtown Asheville. For more information, visit

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Don’t feel like working too hard this season? Opting to just kick it with one significant other? There are plenty of dining options available this year in the independent restaurant community. • Bistro 1896 will be open for both lunch and dinner on Thanksgiving Day. and 251-1300. • Mother and son Bistro and Bakery will be open from noon until 5 p.m. for a traditional Thanksgiving spread, buffet style. Reservations are required. and 5053510 • All of the Grove Park Inn restaurants will be open. / 252-2711. • Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana will be serving an a la carte Thanksgiving menu, which can be viewed by visiting, or call 281-0710 for reservations or more information. • The Moose Café by the WNC Farmers Market will also be open. and 255-0920. • Both the Kessler Ballroom and the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian in Biltmore Village will feature a special menu. • Frankie Bones will feature a special Thanksgiving menu of traditional as well as not-so-typical fare. The full menu is displayed on the restaurant’s Facebook page. fbdining. com / 274-7111. • Pack’s Tavern will be open for Thanksgiving. / 225-6944. • The Grovewood Café will also be open, featuring a special menu. The restaurant’s Facebook page has details. or 2588956. An extended list of restaurants can be found at Know one that’s not listed here? Add it at X Send your food news to Mackensy Lunsford at

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Cask tapping at the Monk, rum-barrel aged stout and a Nantahala Brewing update Get some cask love

The Thirsty Monk keeps bringing us unique cask brews. On Thursday, Nov. 18, join Hops and Vines store owner (and home brewer) Alex Buerckholtz as he taps a cask of his award-winning Death by Hops at the downtown Thirsty Monk. The brew won the 2010 Olde Hickory Pro-Am Brewing Competition hosted by Olde Hickory Brewery. The Monk will also feature a “regular” keg of Death by Hops that night — until it runs dry. Buerckholtz, whose Big Butte Smoked Porter won the 2009 Highland Cup hosted by Asheville’s own Highland Brewing Company, will talk home-brewing and beers starting at 6 p.m. Members of MALT (Mountain Ale and Lager Tasters — WNC’s home-brewing club) will be there too, drinking and signing up new members. Then, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, the Thirsty Monk downtown will tap a cask of Highland Brewing’s Cold Mountain Winter Ale. You may have already tasted this year’s version of Cold Mountain, but

Tasting room to come: Cristina and Chris Collier in front of their Bryson City brewery, Nantahala Brewing Company. Their tasting room, located in a large quonset hut across from the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad station, will open soon. Photo by Anne Fitten Glenn

you know you want to try the cask version. Thirsty Monk is located at 92 Patton Ave.

Green Man Brewery expanding after record year

The Green Man Brewery recently acquired two new 30-barrel fermenters and a new 30-barrel bright (conditioning) tank. This will almost double their beer output, which makes Brewmaster John Stuart happy. He says all of his existing fermenters have been in constant use, producing enough to meet the demand for the brewery’s flagship beers — the Green Man IPA, ESB and Porter. With the added tanks, Stuart and assistant brewer, Mike Karnowski, can create new products — like a line of high-gravity brews — and reintroduce the Green Man Pale Ale, which has been out of commission for a few months. Green Man owner Dennis Thies calls their new high-gravity line the Rainmaker Series. So far, that line has included “The Truth” double IPA and the Red Star Imperial Stout. The Imperial Stout is back on in the tasting room, and soon a special rum barrel-aged Imperial Stout will be available — though probably only in the tasting room, as it will be limited to 56 gallons of ruminfused yumminess. Green Man’s rum barrel has a history. Karnowski formerly worked for Celebration Distillery in New Orleans. He visited recently, and happened to walk in as his former colleagues were draining the rum barrel, which had been

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aging that liquor for 10 years. Before that, the barrel belonged to Heaven Hills Distilleries in Kentucky. Karnowski asked for the empty barrel, which he promptly drove back to Asheville and refilled with the freshly brewed Imperial Stout. Stuart says the rum stout’s coming along nicely. We’ll let you know when it’s on draught. I’ll be bellying up to Green Man’s gorgeous new Ambrosia Maple bar that night for sure. Visit the brewery at 23 Buxton Ave.

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Chris and Cristina Collier, the spousal brewing team at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City, N.C., report that their new Tasting Room is progressing. The bar is up, and while they still have a few more projects to complete, the couple hopes to open up soon. In the meantime, they welcome anyone who wants to drop in during the weekends. These two spend most of every week working other jobs in Atlanta, then drive up to Bryson City on the weekends to brew like crazy and do much of the construction on the tasting room. NBC’s new ATX (Appalachian Trail Extra) Pale Ale will be out at the end of the month. Their delicious Eddy Out Stout, a chocolate-y American-style stout, is back on tap for the winter as well. Find NBC brews on draught all over WNC. The brewery is located at 87 Depot St. in Bryson City. X Send your Brews News to Anne Fitten Glenn at • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 57

arts&entertainment There’s something about Joanna Indie harpstress inspires wonder, defies comparison by Dane Smith There is something enchanting about Joanna Newsom. Since her debut six years ago, the 28-yearold harp virtuoso has been an unlikely indie sensation, adored widely by critics and profiled by everyone from Pitchfork to The New York Times. Newsom’s singular vocal style (a wild, sharp soprano that sometimes borders on shrill) and complex, sprawling arrangements walk a delicate line between traditional classical compositions, Appalachian folk songs and Celtic harp music that defies any meaningful comparison. Her last two albums are better suited to the symphony than the bar scene, and the singer’s literary writing style recently inspired a book of academic analysis entitled Visions of Joanna Newsom. Clearly, she is an intriguing figure. And while that has earned Newsom a dedicated, almost obsessive fan-base, it’s also led to some intense media scrutiny. Much of it has portrayed the singer as otherworldly, a delicate elfin princess or fairy. But for her part, Newsom is down to earth, courteous and friendly, thoughtful and articulate in her responses and, well, pretty normal. She admits “the elf thing” used to get under her skin, but sees it as an inevitable part of celebrity. “Every person I know who makes music has that headline, has the thing that is said of them that feels somehow oddly derogatory without necessarily coming from a place of negativity,” she says calmly. It’s obvious that Newsom has developed a sense of humor about the whole thing, too. “I was trying to use it to my advantage a few months ago,” she admits with a chuckle. “I was trying to launch a pretty heavy campaign to get the people making The Hobbit to let me audition. I just wanted to see if they would let me be an elf. I feel like if I’m going to have to deal with this f--king elf thing forever, I should at least be able to enjoy myself by getting to live in Middle Earth for a while.” Luckily, she won’t be leaving our realm anytime soon. Newsom is currently on the


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road promoting Have One on Me, (an ambitious three-disc set which includes, among other themes, an homage to her hometown of Nevada City, California,) with dates already booked through next year. Stylistically, her latest effort falls somewhere between the sparse, harp-driven polyrhythms of 2004’s Milk Eyed Mender and the dense orchestration of Newsom’s far-reaching sophomore effort Yss. Have One on Me is arguably her most accessible to date, with familiar hints of folk interspersed with bouncy chamber arrangements and the occasional touch of the blues. Newsom wrote most of the record on piano, an instrument which she admits is not her forte, in hopes of concentrating on melody and chord structure rather than any “athletics or embellishments” of instrumentation. Ironically, she says the project — which clocks in at over two hours — was initially “born out of a desire to make something simple.” But the songs kept coming, and eventually it became clear that they had taken on a life of their own. “I couldn’t really identify the dividing aesthetic principle that would make the songs more than one album, more than one story arc,” she remembers. “To me, they felt so connected to each other and bound to each other. “So, after looking at it long enough, I realized, first of all, that the structure was sort of three-part. I was working so hard to break the songs into two halves and it just didn’t work. Then at some point, when I stated to think of it in terms of a grouping of three, it just made sense. It felt like beginning, middle, end, or morning, noon, night. Sort of the three acts of a play. Somehow the story fit along that structure for me.” With the track list and format squared away, Newsom and her band retreated to a cabin in Northern California for a week of rehearsals designed to “break in” the songs before recording. Although she was reluctant to perform the new material publicly before the album release, there is no substitute, Newsom says, for playing a song over and over until it “starts feeling more like an organism that’s interconnected and reacting to itself in different regions.” The week-long excursion, which she jokingly refers to as “the company retreat,” was a success in that sense, but there was one hitch. Newsom lost her voice and was unable to speak or sing for several months, delaying the recording and forcing the singer to take better care of her other, embodied instrument. “It backfired a lot,” she laughs, “because

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Morning, noon, night: Newsom’s latest work, Have One on Me, is “sort of the three acts of a play,” says the singer. photo by annabel mehran

there was a woodstove that didn’t ventilate right, and the whole place was full of really thick smoke, and I was drinking lots of whiskey and not warming up. Prior to experiencing vocal troubles last year, I had never been a person who warmed up. But I sort of learned to start doing so because I really f-ked up my voice that time.” Newsom emerged better than ever though, with a modified vocal technique that is noticeably gentler and less abrasive than on her previous recordings. She rolls into Asheville on Friday, but don’t

expect to see the singer strolling around town before the show. “I’m usually fast asleep on the bus until it’s time to sound check,” she admits. “The aspect of tour and of travel that is really gung ho is something I haven’t quite conquered yet. I have sleep trouble, and being on tour gives me even more sleep trouble. So I’m usually up really, really late and then I sleep really, really late. I don’t see a lot of the world.” X Dane Smith can be reached at dsmith@



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Going to Miami: Dustin Spagnola, leader of the Asheville-to-Miami mural project campaign, practices his street style in front of his mural of Emilio Zapata at DeSoto Lounge. photo by jonathan welch

by Jaye Bartell There’s plenty of Florida in Asheville — even if a large measure of that presence is seasonal, senior or citrus. Local big-scale artist Dustin Spagnola, a Florida native, wants to return the favor, or the presence at least, and bring Asheville art to Miami. Actually, he wants to put Asheville art somewhere on Miami, with the help of a few collaborators. And you. Does this mean you get to help paint? No. But you can help fund a trip to Miami for four Asheville artists — Spagnola, Asheville Mural Project director Ian Wilkinson and one-wordname street artists Geyser and Ishmael — and they’ll paint on your behalf. As of press time, the group had met its $750 quota “for travel and accommodations” through the increasingly popular fundraising site,, which hosts his “Asheville-to-Miami Mural Project” campaign. Additional donations are

accepted on kickstarter until Nov. 27. Why should you help? “That’s a good question,” Spagnola said, “‘why?’ It’s going to benefit the artists involved. And realistically, the project will have kickbacks for Asheville in general — continuing to move Asheville into an international art scene, it has to have direct benefit for not just the community but for businesses too,” he said. Margaret Goodson donated. “Dustin’s a great artist and my bartender on Fridays [at the Rankin Vault] … and the project is about community. He’s pulling together a good group of people,” she told Xpress. If an entourage of guys going to Miami Beach in December to paint without you doesn’t entice your philanthropic side, Spagnola offered a few more incentives in a pitch video (which he filmed, edited and starred in, by the way): “We’re friends — you know me and you want to help out; You like art; You think public art is

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Go to the party: Sunday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. at 474 Haywood Road (Spagnola’s studio). $5 admission. Featuring music by Andy Herod (of Electric Owls), Brindle and Mermaid; local art and other items for sale; Hardcastle hot dogs and the announcement of the raffle winners.

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Good-bye, yellow-brick ticket line “I guess that’s why they call it the blues” is a good beginning for what most of us experienced in Asheville while trying to get tickets to the Elton John concert. I and quite a few others were either in line at the Civic Center two hours before the ticket booth opened, or online … at exactly 10 a.m, or dialing Ticketmaster via telephone, and surprised to find that each person that I have spoken with, including myself, were extremely frustrated by the fact that they could not purchase two tickets together, let alone get a good seat. My fellow Ashevilleans and I would just like to know: Who will be occupying the great seats, and will they be sitting with anyone they know? ... Maybe this concert is meant to become a true Aquarian experience where everyone can either chose to get together and swap seats with each other so that all concert goers can sit together with the people they originally tried to get a seat with, or perhaps it’s really about the meaning of the times ahead: “I never met a stranger I didn’t know.” Why it was so difficult to get two seats the second the lines were open? — Kim Mannine Asheville

At home in the studio: Spagnola’s interested in painting “someone who is revolutionary or progressive in their ideals, beliefs or actions.” important; You see a strong benefit in public art and understand it’s good for the community; You can be a part of something good — inspire and influence other people.” There are also material rewards for every pledge level, which Spagnola enumerates in his best QVC voice (“You can get some really cool free stuff! For $1, video updates … for $25, an Asheville Mural project T-shirt … for $100, a hand-painted image in paper … for $1,000, a mural.” (But doesn’t everybody “get a mural” when it’s painted in public? And why does Miami’s mural only cost $750?) With or without your help (although he could really use it), he says, Spagnola will travel to Miami Beach, Fla. in late November for the annual Art Basel exhibition, which takes place Dec. 1-5. Art Basel describes itself as “the most important art show in the United States — a cultural and social highlight for the Americas.” Although it may not be humble, the festival probably is one of the most significant annual arts events in the country. Now in its 41st year, Art Basel exhibits “an exclusive selection of more than 250 leading art galleries … with works by over 2,000 artists.” Spagnola wants to go to Miami “to paint a giant image.” Specifically, he wants to paint a mural, and he has some criteria: “Number one, [it will depict] someone who is a person — someone who is revolutionary or progressive in their ideals, beliefs or actions.” If that sounds vague, Spagnola must have thought so too, saying “What I really want, ideally, is [to paint] someone who’s directly connected to Miami, since we’re going there. I thought about doing images of Native American tribes from there.” Spagnola’s purview is all over this project, specifically the “someone who is revolutionary or progressive” part. Take the mural on the rear patio wall at DeSoto Lounge on Haywood Road: a massive, black, white and pink portrait of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata. Or the enormous expressway-exit facing windows at the artist’s studio a few doors down, where a rotating display has recently included Crazy

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Horse, Gil Scot-Heron, Grand Master Flash and Barack Obama. Notice a pattern? All these figures represent racial minorities, a predilection the white Spagnola explains as an interest in “filling in the gaps in the stories of history.” They are also all men. Local painter, blogger and Xpress contributor Ursula Gullow observed this last trait when considering a donation to the project, and confronted Spagnola on his gender myopia, which incited a sort of forum on Spagnola’s Facebook page about the prospective content of the mural. “Ursula Gullow suggested some women [for the mural] — one that I really liked was Marleine Bastien,” Spagnola told Xpress. Bastien is a Haitian-American community activist and recent Democratic Congressional candidate for Miami’s predominately Black 17th district, which includes North Miami and North Miami Beach. “It would be really cool to do a whole body of work show based on what people want,” Spagnola told Xpress. “Usually I’m trying to guess what I think is important to me, to other individuals, to everyone.” Suggestions are appreciated, but not necessarily applied. “They’re suggestions; it’s not like I have to do some thing because somebody suggested it.” Gullow’s one wish for the project? “I just hope they include some f--king women,” she told Xpress. In the end, Spagnola may capitulate; however much he seems to personally benefit from the project, his expressed goals are communal. “I don’t want to piss people off; I want to inspire people and get people to feel proud and happy and creative — and to question things.” It would be helpful if one such question was, “What can I do to help?” X Jaye Bartell can be reached at jbartell@




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The Conference on Constrained Poetry sings the body numeric by Jaye Bartell


The French writer Raymond 2010 Conference on Queneau, a founding member Constrained Poetry of the “Oulipo” literary salon, what: explored 99 variations of an appar“A one-day event to showently insignificant experience on a case the beauty and comcity bus in his 1947 book, Exercises plexity of constrained and in Style. experimental poetry.” A tall man wearing a hat boards where: a bus. A dispute ensues about a UNCA (Various classrooms seat. This event is observed by and lecture halls) the passenger/narrator who, at the end of the story, encounters when: the man again, seeing him discuss Opening presentation/recepthe buttons on his jacket (and the tion (Humanities Lecture need for a new one) with a friend. Hall): Friday, Nov. 19 (7 p.m.). To tell this story, Queneau uses Conference: Saturday, Nov. such conceits as “Notation” (a 20 (9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.) present-tense report in unadorned language); “Philosophic” (verbose, broad statements that neglect all factual detail); and the more esoteric “Permutations by groups of 9, 10, 11 and 12” (the narrative rendered through mathematical constraints). You can do something like Queneau’s Exercises at the 2010 Conference on Constrained Poetry on Saturday, Nov. 20 — you can even ride the No. 2 bus to get there. UNCA Associate Professor of Math Patrick Bahls, who co-organized the conference with Literature Professor Richard Chess, discussed the event with Xpress. “A couple of years ago I was working on developing some new poetic constraints (very mathematical ones), and while reviewing some notes, I noticed that Oulipo was founded in November of 1960,” he said. “Knowing that the 50th anniversary … would arrive [in 2010], I decided to put together a celebration.” The event promises more than commemoration, offering one day of workshops, readings and discussions around the variability of expression — and also the limitation of expression, specifically, how an experience, such as a bus ride (or lunch, or a haircut), can be rendered through formal restriction. Marshall/ New York-based poet Lee Ann Brown explained, “It can be easier to write about difficult things if a form ‘forces’ you to go further — the difference with Oulipo is that you don’t compose within a form, you use it to ‘operate’ on a preexisting text — yours or someone else’s.” Brown’s lecture, “Toward a Regional Oulipo,” literally brings Oulipo home. “Oulipo is an acronym for Ouvroir de littérature potentielle, usually translated as the ‘Workshop of Potential Literature.’ I will emphasize the alternative translation, ‘Sewing Circle of Potential Literature,’ in that the French word Ouvroir [can mean] a collective of women who get together to talk and sew, [like] a French kind of ‘Stitch-N-Bitch,’ with a piece of literature [produced] rather than a coverlet.” Brown will apply this idea of poetry as communal craft to life in the Old North State. “The [sewing circle] metaphor seems to reverberate more with some of the cultural forms found around North Carolina,” she said. “I will suggest some ways to forge new literary forms out of forms that proliferate here, such as quilts, road maps and geodesic domes.” Brown will also open the conference with a presentation, which, she said, will be a “poetry reading with added explanation; a sort of lecture-demo that aims to serve as a primer for some of their formative ideas to set the free play of language in motion.” Attend this talk for an engaging introduction to Oulipo. “I will perform my own work and explain … Oulipian formulas and approaches,” Brown told Xpress. “I will also include examples from Oulipo members such as Harry Mathews, Raymond Queneau, George Perec and Jaques Roubaud, as well as examples from contemporary American poets such Harryette Mullen and Bernadette Mayer.

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Bahls discussed what attendees can expect from another lecture, “Poetry in Service of Mathematics,” conducted by Western Carolina University Math professor Sloan Despeaux. “[Despeaux’s address] will deal more with what one might call ‘poetical mathematics.’ Sloan is a math historian; she hopes to say a bit about the ways in which verse and other genres of creative writing have been used throughout the ages to communicate mathematical ideas.” Chess, who also heads the Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA, will discuss the numerology of language through religion (specifically Kabbalah, the mystical branch of Judaism) in his session, “Gematria, Notarikon and Tseruf: Kabbalistic Permutations, Combinations and Other Methods of Creation and Re-creation.” “Kabbalists are keenly interested in language, doing all kinds of crazy permutations and calculations based on the numerical values of various words, to reveal new meanings suggested by the Torah and to help them get closer to god,” Chess told Xpress. “I’m going to introduce these Kabbalistic techniques briefly, then give participants in my workshop a chance to use some of these techniques.” Other presenters at the conference include poet Kristin Prevallet and UNCA Professors Curt Cloninger and Merritt Moseley. Brown insisted that the conference will be less iambic pentameter-meetsmultiplication table, and more of a fun exploration of language. Expect “to try new things that might help get past any math and/or poetry anxieties you may have stored up by two days of collective word play,” she said. X Jaye Bartell can be reached at

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by Sanuk D Melissa Godfrey (not her real name) was a cool girl. Despite being a cheerleader and one of the best-looking girls at Northside Junior High, she was always nice to a dorky kid like me. Melissa would try to make conversation, but I had a problem: I knew that underneath her clothes, she was completely naked. Melissa was one of the first people about whom I realized this, and it left me speechless. Too bad Rat Jackson was not around to give voice to the surge of testosterone flowing through my cerebral cortex. The band’s Midnight Get Right is pure-bred rock ‘n’ roll of a pedigree which reaches back past the Troggs and up through the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Screaming guitars and thumping bass lines would let you know exactly what the songs were about if the thinly veiled allusions in the lyrics left any room for doubt. All of this is delivered by a talented, tight band with both a swagger and a wink which let you know that this is all in good fun. Being young and wild is good fun until you realize that staying young and staying wild are perhaps diametrically opposed, and besides you are acting like an ass. Somewhere around 1998, I realized I owed Melissa a letter, but in the internet’s infancy there was no hope of finding a current address whither to apologize. The only thing to do was to go forward and perhaps be less of a jerk. This, as Ryan Sheffield and the Highhills illustrate, is easier said than done. From the very first line of the album Head for the Coast, Sheffield explores how it might be that he

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knows he wants to grow up but is still not sure how to go about it. His subject has strong potential to get moody, yet is countered by a bright acoustic power-pop sound. The space between who Sheffield is and who he wants to be is filled in with Bryan Highhill’s menagerie of instruments, including but not limited to trumpet and flugelhorn. The best tracks on the record have Sheffield, like Scrooge on Christmas, singing with the hope that he might actually be able to pull off being a decent human being. Not that even Scrooge kept to all of his good intentions, despite being highly motivated on that morning. Sometimes life intervenes, and in Maps Upon the Sand, Eliza Bell cleverly illustrates the unpredictability of life in general and relationships in particular. Plan all you want, but the tides are guaranteed to change and wipe out your scribbled schemes. Not to be deterred, Bell (who has also released recordings under the name Eliza Rosbach) uses her lyrics to make a raft of realistic optimism for riding the waves and exploring new shores. Her smoky voice invites you sit next to the wood stove amid finger picked guitars and clawhammer banjo to share stories for an evening. With a frontal lobe developed enough to listen, I can hear what in Bell’s songs Melissa might have been saying back when we were Northside Vikings, or what my sweet lady may say tomorrow. And if, after a sip or two of moonshine, one thing leads to another, there is nothing wrong with that. As Bell points out, “Living in love is not living in sin.” X


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Deciding which shows you should see, so you don’t have to The Suspect: Space Capone

Frontman Aaron Winters has been praised by many incredible comparisons: his falsetto to Barry Gibb’s; his full-on singing voice to Michael McDonald. His band has been called “Kool and the Gang meets Rob Halford,” and, according to Wacbiz magazine, he’s bringing ‘70s soul back to his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Sound too good to be true? Well, how about the fact that he edged out 28 other bands to be selected for the 2010 Road to Bonnaroo competition? Space Capone not only sounds like the real deal, but a ton of fun, too. Can Be Found: Pisgah Brewing, Thursday, Nov. 18. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Robin Thicke, Jamiroquai, Prince. You Should Go If: You’ve been trying to get people to call you “White Chocolate” since you were in junior high; Siegfried and Roy don’t seem over the top to you; You own several pieces of jewelry with your name on it; You are most thankful that … Spandex will never really go out of style.

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stephaniesid calls Asheville home; husband/wife team Chuck Lichtenberger and Stephanie Morgan formed the band in 2002, and its lineup has always been loaded with talent. They’ve been featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “World Café” and raved over in a host of industry journals. Their songs are personal, smart, fierce and most importantly, great to listen to. Their song, “Hey Hey Hey Hey (Gonna Be Okay),” was featured on last season’s Showtime series, Nurse Jackie. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Saturday, Nov. 20. RIYD: The Cocteau Twins, The Pretenders, the Sugar Cubes. You Should Go If: You had a theme song before Ally McBeal did; You are a big part of the reason that Asheville can sustain over a dozen specialty wine shops; Andy from Weeds is your dream guy; You are most thankful that … You live in a town where you can wear last year’s jeans and still feel like you got game.

This band inspired one of my all-time favorite critic quotes: “If vomit were a movie, this would be the soundtrack.” This band takes the death-metal label quite literally, and its music is an incredibly violent affair, all about death, mutilation and dismemberment. The upside (if there is one) is that unless you actually know the titles to any of their songs it might just sound like a lot of angry screaming over blaring guitars and thundering drums. Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Monday Nov. 22. RIYD: Deicide, Arch Enemy, Carcass. You Should Go If: Not to brag, but your treatment of women has inspired at least three Lifetime movies; As a child, you always identified with the troll in the fairy tales; You have one of the largest vise collections in the Southeast; You are most thankful that … Your parents respect that the basement is your private domain.

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Pervasive party act (because wherever they are, it’s a party) the Booty Band takes a break from its tireless regional tour schedule to play on home turf: at the Orange Peel (which points out, “When the Booty Band hits the stage, everybody dances!”) on Saturday, Nov. 20. 9 p.m., $10 advance/$12 doors. All ages.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Asheville Symphony’s Master Works 3 concert is a multi-discipline extravaganza. The concert includes “Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn with performances from the Shakespeare play by the North Carolina Stage Company. Asheville Symphony Chorus performs on “For St. Cecilia” (the patron saint of music) by Gerald Finzi. Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. $19-$53. Free preliminary presentations take place Friday, Nov. 19, 3-4:30 p.m. at the Reuter Center and Saturday, Nov. 20, 7–7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center banquet hall.

A Ghost Like Me

“A Ghost Like Me is a recent side project consisting of Brad Rogers (who also plays guitar for Andrew Larson), Eric Earnst (also of Dark Shave and Atria) and Key Andrew (from Blue Stone and Stankface),” says the group’s manager. “They jam but they are not a ‘jam band’; there is a lot of orchestration.” The band plays with ambient group Space Medicine on the LAB’s back stage on Friday, Nov. 19. 10 p.m.

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smartbets Lamar Sorrento at AnTHM Gallery

According to his bio, “Lamar Sorrento is a painter and guitar player from Memphis who paints the many musicians whom he admires ... Recent dabbles include painting the cover art for Huey Lewis & The News’ new album Soulsville.” Elvis (Costello and the King) are other subjects. Check out Sorrento’s rocker folk-art at a special onenight-only art reception at AnTHM Gallery in Black Mountain, Thursday, Nov. 18, 6-9 p.m. Sorrento plays a free (music) show at White Horse Black Mountain, also on Thursday, 8 p.m. Bill West opens. whitehorseblackmountain. com.

Asheville Lyric Opera

Consider it an Asheville Holiday Parade pre-party: On Friday, Nov. 19, The Asheville Lyric Opera presents its Asheville Christmas Show featuring “the most beloved Christmas songs and choral arrangements, such as ‘O Holy Night,’ ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’” Local ensembles and soloists (including the Mars Hill College Choir, Voices in the Laurel, Pastyme, Dominic Aquilino, Heather Ferguson and Clara Ray Burrus) perform. 7:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. $20, $28, $38.

Juniper Bends

Literary series Juniper Bends celebrates its one-year anniversary with (fittingly) a reading. Local writers Jaye Bartell (also Mountain Xpress’ editorial assistant), Ingrid Carson, M. Owens, Jeff Davis, Mesha Maren, Katherine Min, Lori Horvitz, John Crutchfield, Antonio Del Toro and Julian Vorus recite original prose and poetry. The Sugarfoot Serenaders perform at intermission and DJ Lorruh wraps up the evening. BoBo Gallery, Thursday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. No cover.

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Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

“Pop Lounge” free dance party w/ DJ’s Mark Davis, Crick Nice & Adam Strange Fairview Tavern

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Flat Rock Grille

Jamison Adams (classical guitar), 6-9pm Frankie Bones

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Clay Ross (folk/blues/jazz guitar) Old-time jam, 6pm

Gerraud Barralon (soul, folk) Good Stuff

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Craggie Brewing Company

Marvin & the Cloud Wall (rock) w/ Krekel One Man Band & Only Living Boy

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The Free Flow Band (soul, funk)

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Vincenzo’s Bistro

Fat Cat’s Billiards

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Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

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Westville Pub

Flat Rock Grille

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French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Shane Perlowin (classical guitar), 6-9pm Andy Burke w/ Lucas Nelson (country)

Athena’s Club

Orange Peel

Mountain Xpress Best of WNC Bash feat: Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Asheville Vaudeville & Sons of Ralph

Good Stuff

DJ night

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Paul Cataldo (singer-songwriter)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Blue Note Grille

Horse Feathers (folk, indie) w/ Anais Mitchell

Red Stag Grill

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Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Boiler Room

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French Broad Chocolate Lounge

The Get Down

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Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Emerald Lounge

Bosco’s Sports Zone

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Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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Marc Keller (singer-songwriter)

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Andrew Combs (singer-songwriter) Juniper Bins

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Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

The Enemy Lovers (rock, indie, pop) Straightaway Caf&#233;

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Nate Simmons

Temptations Red Room

Electro-lush w/ Mark Davis & Krik Nice, 10pm The Get Down

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Weisstronauts (rock, surf, lounge) w/ Broken Lilacs Lobster Trap

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”) Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety) Mela

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

Miss Tripps House of Wax (progressive, house) Electronic dance music Emerald Lounge

Brushfire Stankgrass (progressive bluegrass)

Jon Stickley Trio

Feed and Seed

Thirsty Monk South

Good Ol’ Boys

Mountain Feist (bluegrass) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam Vincenzo’s Bistro

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Debra Allbery (poet) Flat Rock Grille

Live jazz w/ Steve Sarant & Johnny Ferrara, 6-9pm

Aaron LaFalce (piano) Watershed

Belly dancing

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Open mic

Nikki Talley (singer-songwriter)

Mike’s Tavern

Westville Pub

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

White Horse

Lamar Sorrento w/ Bill West

Garage at Biltmore

Olive or Twist

Fri., November 19

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

DJ vinyl night

Will Bradford (of SeepeopleS)

Spiritual Rez (reggae, funk) w/ the Broadcast Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band Pack’s Tavern

Scott Raines (acoustic rock) Pisgah Brewing Company

Space Capone (funk, jam) Purple Onion Cafe

The Honeycutters (country, blues, Americana) Red Stag Grill

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Steve Whiddon the pianoman Root Bar No. 1

Jay Brown (country, blues) Scandals Nightclub

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

James Richards (folk, roots, singer-songwriter) Cesar Commanche w/ Projekt Lotus (hip-hop)

Athena’s Club

Mark Appleford (Americana, blues), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

Hackensaw Boys (folk rock, punk, bluegrass) w/ Woody Pines Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

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

Blue Note Grille


Acoustic Swing

Jimmy Herring Band (jazz, fusion, rock) w/ Craig Sorrells Project

Mark Guest Trio (jazz) BoBo Gallery

In Plain Sight (dance, electronic)

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Restaurant • Bar • Patio Sports Room • Events Space …on Pack Square Park

Boiler Room

110” HD Projector Screen & 8 HD Big Screen TV’s Chips & Salsa Bar

Highland Brewing Company

Turbo Pro Project

Telic (rock) w/ From Tomorrow, From a Dig & All in a Day

Holland’s Grille

Craggie Brewing Company

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Asheville Vaudeville (performance art) w/ Sirius. B (gypsy folk)


Twist of Fate (Southern rock) Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Iron Horse Station



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Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

Temptations Red Room

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Get Down

The Dispersants

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

L Shaped Lot (roots, rock, folk) Jerusalem Garden

The Warehouse Live

D-Day dance party

Greg Olson (folk)

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

Blackjack (rock) Live music

Eleven on Grove

Back stage: A Ghost Like Me (experimental, rock, fusion) w/ Space Medicine

Thirsty Monk South

Emerald Lounge

Lobster Trap

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music

Fairview Tavern

Hilly Billy Diamonds (honkey-tonk) Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Town Pump

Ron Short & the Possum Playboys

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Little Friday Band (“front porch rock”) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Feed and Seed

Belly dancing w/ live music Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Ralph Roddenbery (rock, Americana, blues) w/ Dot Line Projekt Ralph Roddenbery Band (rock, Americana, roots) O’Malley’s On Main

Kevin Bolick

Olive or Twist

Live jazz w/ Jennifer Scott Orange Peel

Craig Larimer (folk, jazz)

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy Longlegs (soul, blues, jazz) Vanuatu Kava Bar

Space Medicine (ambient, folk, jam) w/ Mary Sparks & friends Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) White Horse

Sigean & the Stardust Dance Company (Celtic)

Joanna Newsom (folk, classical, progressive) w/ Ryan Francesconi

Sat., November 20

Pack’s Tavern

Athena’s Club

WestSound (dance, soul, R&B) Pisgah Brewing Company

Packway Handle Band (bluegrass) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar


Straightaway Caf&#233;

Jenne Sluder


Jarvis Jenkins Band

Mark Appleford (Americana, blues), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Barrie Howard

Swing dance, 8pm

Soulgrass Rebellion (reggae, roots) Live music

Caribbean Cowboys (classic rock, tropical) Wayne Erbsen & Backcountry Bluegrass Flat Rock Grille

Live jazz w/ Dave Lagadi, 6-9pm French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Tennessee Hollow (Americana, rock)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Juan Holladay (soul, funk) Garage at Biltmore

Annunaki CD release party feat: Draigosa & Klaws, Herbivore, GuyonArt, Kri, Intrinsic, Kameleon & more Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

stephaniesid (pop, rock, indie) w/ House of Fools Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blue Note Grille

Tyler Kittle Jazz Trio

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm

BoBo Gallery


Boiler Room

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Sirius.B (gypsy folk) w/ Rusty Belle The Extraordinary Contraptions (“steampunk, psycho cabaret”) w/ Hellblinki Craggie Brewing Company

Th Mumbles (rock, soul)

Retro Vertigo (‘80s covers) Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Hotel Indigo

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

clubdirectory The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 The Blackbird 669-5556 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Bosco’s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadway’s 285-0400 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 The Dripolator 398-0209 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Flat Rock Grille 277-1212

Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS

Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar 251-5211 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 New Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Old Fairview Southern Kitchen 277-7117 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jack’s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Poppies Cafe 885-5494 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Red Step Artworks 697-1447 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Scully’s 251-8880

Shovelhead Saloon 669-9541 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 Stephanie’s Roadhouse Bistro 299-4127 The Still 683-5913 Stockade Brew House 645-1300 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgary’s 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 TGI Friday’s 277-4080 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Warehouse Live 681-9696 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

Horse Feathers & Anais Mitchell 8:30pm

Wed. 11/17


Tyler Ramsey

Thur. 11/18

w/ Josh Carpenter 8:30pm

Fri. 11/19 SaT. 11/20 Sun. 11/21

Hackensaw Boys w/ Woody Pines 9pm


w/ House of Fools 8pm

The Headhunters w/ The Mumbles 8pm

Closed for Thanksgiving Tues. - Thur. Fri. David Wilcox’s Thanksgiving 11/26 Homecoming 8pm SaT. Sam Quinn & The Japan Ten 11/27 w/ Jennifer Nicely 9pm Sun. 11/28

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WED. 11/17

JAMMIN’ W/ MAX & MILES Real New Orleans Po Boys $1 off all Whiskey

WILL BRADFORD (of SeepeopleS)

Innovative Acoustic Rock 9:30pm • $1 off all Vodka

FRI. 11/19

TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm • Prizes

Open 11am • $3.50 Gin & Tonics

JOHN LEO & THE EGG MEN Iron Horse Station

Ric Ledford & the Reems Creek Incident (bluegrass) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Firecracker Jazz Band (dixieland) Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

42nd Street Jazz Band

Kemistry (Southern rock)

Orange Peel

Root Bar No. 1

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (“kid-hop”) w/ Now You See Them, 1:30pm Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk, R&B) w/ the Mantras, 9pm Pack’s Tavern

‘80s/’90s night w/ live DJ

Back stage: Neulore (indie, folk, gospel) w/ Eric Scott Guthrie

Pisgah Brewing Company

Lobster Trap

Purple Onion Cafe

The Asheville Jazz All Stars Midway Tavern

Live music

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Vertigo Jazz Project (jazz, funk, jam) feat: Kofi Burbridge & Derek Quinn Olive or Twist

Shannon McNally w/ Scrapomatic (Americana) Michael Reno Harrell (folk, Americana) Red Stag Grill

DJ dance party & drag show Straightaway Caf&#233; TallGary’s

Triple Threat

Temptations Red Room

Super duper dance party w/ live DJ The Get Down

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

The Warehouse Live

Live music

Thirsty Monk South

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Kevin Scanlon

“Dark Dance” feat: Death of Analog & oldschool “Dark DJs”

Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill

SUN. 11/21

Scandals Nightclub

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Gypsy (rock)

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Ghost Mountain (R&B, soul)

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

Town Pump


The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock, dance) Marc Keller


Lobster Trap

Velvet Truckstop (Americana, rock)

Justin Powell (jazz/funk piano)

Westville Pub

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

White Horse anniversary party w/ David Hold & Josh Goforth

Sun., November 21 Klarc Nova

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lessons

Vocal Jazz Session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Jonathan Byrd (folk, country)

Marc Keller

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

For the Birds (women’s singer-songwriter showcase)

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

Anon Dixon Day (singer-songwriter)

The Get Down

BoBo Gallery

The Mermaids, 7pm

Hangover in the Hangar: “Bring your vinyl and we’ll spin it; Bring your own food and we’ll grill it,” 2-8pm Diana Wortham Theater

Land of the Sky Symphonic Band Flat Rock Grille

Live jazz w/ Dave Lagadi, 12pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

NORML benefit w/ Screaming J’s (ragtime, blues)

BoBo Gallery

Feed and Seed


Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Tuesday Night Funk Jam

Mutant Jazz Trio feat: John William Gordon

Grant Peoples (Americana, singer-songwriter) w/ Leigh Glass & Bobby Jacobelly

Emerald Lounge

Open mic

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Contra dance

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

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Iron Horse Station

Greg Hayden (singer-songwriter)

Ryan Harvey (folk)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

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Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm

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Emerald Lounge

Beginner swing and tango lessons, 6-7pm Dance w/ live band or DJ, 8pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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Beacon Pub / Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill / The Hangar / Infusions / Midway Tavern / O’Malleys on Main Holland’s Grille /

Mon., November 22

Eleven on Grove

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Hotel Indigo

Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Jus One More / Mike’s Side Pocket / Rendezvous Tallgary’s / Temptations

Cancun Mexican Grill / Chasers / Club Hairspray / Fairview Tavern / Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

“Anything Goes” poetry slam

The Headhunters (funk, jazz, jam) w/ the Mumbles Classical guitar duo, 10am-12:30pm Bob Zullo (jazz, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm



Tue., November 23

Vanuatu Kava Bar

Craggie Brewing Company

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Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Purple Onion Cafe

DJ dance party & drag show

Blood Root Orkaestarr (gypsy electronic)

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

Masters Bluegrass Jam

Scandals Nightclub

BoBo Gallery


Orange Peel

The Get Down

Jon Corbin (of Firecracker Jazz Band), 122:30pm


Jenny Juice’s Brown Bag Songwriters Competition Cannibal Corpse (metal) w/ Dying Fetus, Vital Remains & Devourment

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Barley’s Taproom

John Cook

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Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Marionette (indie, rock) Front stage: Aaron Price (piano)

White Horse

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Irish session, 3pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro

John Leo & the Eggmen (John Lennon tribute)

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Jo Jo Taterhead Revival (ska, rock, punk) w/ Royal Skandl

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

David Earl & friends (rock, Americana, soul) O’Malley’s On Main

Open mic

Orange Peel

Donovan Frankenreiter (pop, rock) w/ Ximena Sarinana Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Stella Blue

Borgore w/ Thump The Get Down

Loon w/ Pox Americana Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Blues night

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Blues jam

White Horse

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

Wed., November 24

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic

Blue Note Grille

Dinner music w/ Steven Whiteside, 6:30pm BoBo Gallery

Dan Yella

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Old-time jam, 6pm

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Thu., November 25

Ginny McAfee (acoustic)

Athenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club

Red Stag Grill

BoBo Gallery

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Emerald Lounge

Prison books benefit w/ Transmission

Front stage: Aaron Woody Wood (soul, pop)

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

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

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Open mic & jam

Flat Rock Grille


Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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Shane Perlowin (classical guitar), 6-9pm

Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

Red Stag Grill

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

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Gene Peyroux & The Snow Monkeys (â&#x20AC;&#x153;extreme Americanaâ&#x20AC;?)

Fairview Tavern

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Open mic w/ Brian Keith

Jamison Adams (classical guitar), 6-9pm

Straightaway Caf&#233;

Frankie Bones


Screech Owl Serenade

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter)

Open mic & jam, 7pm

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Tolliverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossing Irish Pub

Dave Dribbon (folk, roots)

Bluegrass jam

Good Stuff

Town Pump

Open mic

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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

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

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

Salsa dance, 7pm

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Steve Whiddon the pianoman Scandals Nightclub

Johnston Swingtet (country swing)

Blind Boy Chocolate & the Milk Sheiks (old-time, jazz, blues) Feed and Seed

Stella Blue

Flat Rock Grille

Temptations Red Room

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Thirsty Monk South

Mountain Feist (bluegrass) Tressaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Thanksgiving blues jam w/ local artists Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Aaron LaFalce (piano) Watershed

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Fri., November 26

Pat Flaherty (folk) Mikeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

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

Live jazz w/ Steve Sarant & Johnny Ferrara, 6-9pm

Electro-lush w/ Mark Davis & Krik Nice, 10pm

Luellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar-B-Que

Ike Stubblefield (jazz, funk, groove) w/ special guests

Olive or Twist

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Colt Ford (country) w/ Sunny Ledfurd & Tyler Farr

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Live jazz w/ Jennifer Scott Orange Peel

Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Purple Onion Cafe


Red Stag Grill

Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rewind Blue (Southern rock)

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

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Straightaway Caf&#233;

Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance)

Mack Kellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub & Grill

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Iron Horse Station

Acoustic Swing

Jesse & Isobel (Americana)

Vanuatu Kava Bar


Blue Note Grille

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Open mic w/ Caleb Biessert

Belly dancing

Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

Olive or Twist

Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille

Westville Pub

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Jamminâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; w/ Max & Miles

Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band Packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern

Big Block Dodge (rock, jam) BoBo Gallery


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The Jupiter Tide (hard rock)

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Alexa Woodsworth TallGaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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D-Day dance party

Vinegar Creek Constituency (bluegrass, rockabilly)

The Get Down

Jerusalem Garden

The Warehouse Live

Belly dancing w/ live music Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

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David Wilcoxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thanksgiving Homecoming (folk, pop)

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Caleb Burress

Brushfire Stankgrass (progressive bluegrass) Matt Getman (jazz, pop, soul)


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Mark Appleford (Americana, blues), 8-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am

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The Enemy Lovers (rock, indie, pop)

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Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Electronic dance music

Local DJ exposure night feat: Psykoanarchy, Nicodemus & Rasa

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

The Piedmont Boys (country) w/ Mac Leaphart, Dottie & the Swingers & Matt Goudelock Marc Keller (singer-songwriter)

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Eleven on Grove

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Flat Rock Grille

Back stage: The Locks w/ Eliza Bell Rosbach (folk, indie)

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Open mic

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

DJ night

Soul & jazz jam

Shag dance

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The Krektones (rock, surf) Live music

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Gary Segal (singer-songwriter)

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pickoftheweek Tamara Drewe JJJJJ

Director: Stephen Frears (The Queen) Players: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig Comedy Rated R

The Story: Tamara Drewe — and her sexy new look — returns to her hometown where she proceeds to wreak havoc on the locals. The Lowdown: A funny, insightful, stylish and charming look at modern — often gentrified — life in rural England. A mustsee picture. Tamara Drewe, the cheeky graphic-novel variation on Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd by Posy Simmonds, has been transformed into a just-as-cheeky — or more so — film by Stephen Frears. In slightly less than two hours, Frears and screenwriter Moira Buffini skewer pompous academics, popular authors, pop stars, the British bourgeoisie, smolderingly gorgeous farmhands, the cult of physical beauty, oversexed teenage girls and even the glories of the English countryside. And they do it with deadly precision, good humor and even a certain amount of affection for their often ridiculous targets. Tamara Drewe isn’t so much about Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton, Pirate Radio) as it is about the effect Tamara Drewe has on others, especially her sleepy little hometown, which remembers her as a somewhat rabbity girl with a very large and unfortunate nose. Returning to town to sell her late mother’s house — and armed with a great deal of self-possession and a surgically streamlined schnoz — she finds she is suddenly an object of great interest to the local — and imported — men, and an object of some distaste to the women. (“I hope those shorts don’t give her thrush,” one female character cattily remarks of Tamara’s indelicately brief and extremely tight cut-off jeans.) Tamara knows what she’s got and — after a childhood of being taunted about her looks

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Gemma Arterton as the title character in Stephen Frears’ cheeky, funny and perceptive Tamara Drewe. — she’s neither afraid to use it nor is she above flaunting it. However, she’s perfectly aware that her new appearance is not without its downside, since in her newly pretty form, she finds it far more difficult to be taken seriously as a newspaper journalist. It’s an exchange she seems perfectly happy to have made, especially on her home turf where she is more than pleased to be able to torment the local celebrity — popular novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam, The Queen), who rejected her — and the lusty farmhand — hunky Andy Cobb (Luke Evans, Clash of the Titans), who didn’t mind casual sex in the woodshed, but wouldn’t acknowledge Tamara publicly. Nicholas and his much put-upon wife, Beth (Brit TV actress Tamsin Greig), run a kind of literary retreat where he writes his spy novels — when he isn’t cheating on his wife — and she distracts herself with seemingly nonstop baking and prize chickens. At the time of Tamara’s return, their primary guest is an uptight American academic, Glen McCreavy (Bill Camp, Public Enemies), who is working on a biography of Thomas Hardy. Glen’s not a bad sort, even if he is on the stuffy side and prone to saying things like, “My books aren’t really written to sell.” He’s both envious and contemptuous of Nicholas’ popular success. Nicholas is merely contemptuous of him. Andy works for the Hardiments as a handyman, while dreaming of getting back his ancestral home — which just happens to be the house Tamara has come to dispose of. He also serves as a sympathetic listener to Beth’s complaints about Nicholas’ painfully obvious philandering. It’s obvious that Andy is perfectly willing to offer more than sympathy — I suppose because it goes with the territory of being a lusty farmhand. He is, however, more than susceptible to Tamara’s new

charms and willing to help get the house ready for sale — and anything else that might happen. All of this is complicated when Tamara goes to interview pop-star drummer Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper, An Education), lands him on the rebound from his cheating girlfriend — and bandmate — and naturally brings him (and his inseparable dog) home with her. Ben is very full of himself and more than a little of a jerk, telling Tamara that everything she has ever heard about drummers is false — only to immediately prove that it isn’t. Regardless, a relationship arises between them, much to the chagrin of all the other men and the pair of sexually precocious teens, Jody (Brit TV actress Jessica Barden) and Casey (newcomer Charlotte Christie), who oversee all local proceedings. Jody, in particular, is incensed because she has got a terrific crush on Ben (“He’s not just a drummer. He writes the songs, too. It’s his band.”). This then is the situation in lovely, picturesque — and apparently oversexed — rural England where most of Tamara Drewe takes place, and a situation rich in comedic possibilities it is. And those possibilities are fully explored and exploited with terrific style. Much happens — up to and including a cattle stampede — and it’s all observed with keen wit and a wicked sense of humor that’s never utterly cruel, since it’s impossible not to conclude that Frears can’t help but like these absurd characters and the ridiculous ways they comport themselves. Be sure to stick around for Ben’s final song — further proof that everything you’ve heard about drummers really is true. Rated R for language and some sexuality. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14.

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Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher Fact-Based Drama A fact-based story of a woman who put herself through law school in order to attempt to get her brother out of prison on a wrongful murder conviction. A very serious-minded, extremely earnest and probably well-intended film that is somehow less compelling than it should be. Rated R

Due Date J

Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx, Juliette Lewis Mismatched Buddy Comedy Two ill-paired men end up driving across the country together. A badly conceived comedy that tries to cash in on the talents of Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis without giving them anything to do. Rated R

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Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Noah Emmerich, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill Fact-Based Political Drama The story of Joseph Wilson, who blew the whistle on the Bush administration for ignoring evidence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program—and the fallout that occurred when it was leaked that his wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent. An incendiary film about the duplicity of the Bush administration’s machinations to wage war on Iraq. It will undoubtedly polarize audiences. Rated PG-13

For Colored Girls JJJJ

Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Whoopi Goldberg Poetic Drama The prize-winning play fitted with a melodramatic narrative that attempts to set the stage for the play’s poetic monologues. Easily the best film Tyler Perry has made, which may not be saying much. It’s a mixed bag that’s apt to polarize viewers, but it’s definitely a brave attempt. Rated R

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Riz Ahmed, Nigel Lindsay, Kayvan Novak, Darren Boyd, Craig Parkinson, Preeya Kalidas Black Comedy The film concerns itself with the efforts of a spectacularly inept group of terrorists out to make their mark on Britain. A genuine take-noprisoners satire that’s one of of the most bitterly funny—and disturbing—comedies to come along in a while. It’s in the must-see realm for those who can take it. Rated R

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Inside Job JJJJJ

Matt Damon (narrator), William Ackman, David Alpert, Jonathan Alpert Documentary A documentary examining how the recession came to be through corrupt banking practices and the control of the government. An angry, dispiriting film about the state of the economy and the need for serious economic reform in this country—reform that goes beyond lip-service. You won’t have a good time, but this should be seen. Rated PG-13

Megamind JJJ

(Voices) Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross, Brad Pitt Animated Superhero Spoof A super villain finds life without point or meaning when he vanquishes his nemesis. Professionally done all the way with strong voice casting, but lacking anything new or compelling. Rated PG

Morning Glory JJJJ

Secretariat JJJ

Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Scott Glenn, James Cromwell, Dylan Walsh, Fred Dalton Thompson, Dylan Baker Uplifting Horse Movie The story of the title racehorse and his journey from birth to becoming a Triple Crown-winning legend. Crowd-pleaser style filmmaking with loads of schmaltzy moments built around a strong central performance by Diane Lane. For those who like traditionalist, unadventurous movies, it will likely satisfy. Rated PG

Skyline J

Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, David Zayas Derivative Sci-Fi A group of vapid twentysomethings are terrorized by alien invasion on a massive scale. The poor man’s Micheal Bay: A movie with a small budget mixed with dumbed-down ideas from every popular sci-fi film from the last decade or so. Rated PG-13

Tamara Drewe JJJJJ

Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum Comedy With Romantic Appendage A young woman takes the seemingly impossible job of revitalizing a failing morning TV program. A solid comedy that’s seriously impeded by the apparent need to make it into a romantic comedy. It’s certainly watchable, and it’s three stars are fine, but it could have been great. Rated PG-13

Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig Comedy Tamara Drewe—and her sexy new look— returns to her hometown where she proceeds to wreak havoc on the locals. A funny, insightful, stylish and charming look at modern—often gentrified—life in rural England. A must-see picture. Rated R

Nowhere Boy JJJJJ

Unstoppable JJJ

Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas, Josh Bolt, David Threlfall Biopic Biopic focusing on the middle teenage years of John Lennon and the forces and people that shaped him. A lovely little movie that rings true and is surprisingly emotionally effective. If you’re keen on Lennon, it’s a must-see. Rated R

Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn Action A conductor and an engineer must stop a runaway train carrying toxic materials before it derails and causes untold death and destruction. Stuff blows up real cool, so at least it’s not boring—just pretty dumb. Rated PG-13


You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger JJJJ

Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman Action/Comedy Retired CIA agents band together when it turns out that they’ve been targeted for assassination by orders from on high. The plot is not much. The direction is adequate. But the seasoned cast of actors makes RED worth seeing, even if it can’t make it into the great action spoof it could have been. Rated PG-13

Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch Comedy/Drama Woody Allen’s latest follows the fates of two couples as they cope—or not—with relationships. While it isn’t absolutely prime Woody Allen, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger has moments of greatness and a pleasantly wry tone of amused irony. Rated R

Conviction JJJ

Director: Tony Goldwyn (The Last Kiss) Players: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Peter Gallagher Fact-Based Drama Rated R

The Story: A fact-based story of a woman who put herself through law school in order to attempt to get her brother out of prison on a wrongful murder conviction. The Lowdown: A very serious-minded, extremely earnest and probably wellintended film that is somehow less compelling than it should be. Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction is exactly what you would expect: a high-minded, fact-based, super-earnest, drama-thon, with an attempt at an uplifting, soul-stirring ending. That is both what’s wrong with the film and why it will appeal strongly to viewers who like their drama thick and earnest, and believe that affecting a workingclass accent is the ultimate test of an actor’s ability. I cannot say that Conviction is a bad film as such. It’s competently made. It’s well acted, though not outstandingly so — despite the Oscar buzz surrounding Sam Rockwell, who is good, but has been better. I knew what was going to happen from the trailers — because I’ve been to the movies a few times — and that’s exactly what the movie delivers. I wasn’t moved, my soul wasn’t shaken, and I wasn’t uplifted. The best I can say is I mostly didn’t mind sitting through it. In case you don’t know, the film is based on the story of Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank), a working-class mom whose brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is sent to prison for life without parole for a murder he claims he didn’t commit. Betty believes in his innocence, so she gets her GED and puts herself through college and law school in order to clear his name. Yes, it’s a remarkable tale of sibling devotion, but in the hands of screenwriter Pamela Gray and director Tony Goldwyn, I simply didn’t find it remarkable drama. The film is at a disadvantage, I admit, simply because the outcome is only going to surprise people who went to see Titanic (1997) and were shocked when the ship sank. Let’s face it, a movie like Conviction, which positions itself as an uplifting true story, isn’t about to deliver anything but a crowdpleaser ending where virtue triumphs. The central flaw with the film, from my perspective, is its lack of attention to the whole legal process that sends Kenny to jail; it also fails to establish any real connection between Betty’s law degree and getting Kenny’s conviction overturned. The way the film plays out, virtually every legal maneuver that comes into play is the work of Betty’s classmate Abra (Minnie Driver) or Project Innocence lawyer Barry Scheck (Peter Gallagher). Apart from setting things into motion, Betty’s major contribution lies in convincing a county employee to look for trial records that are thought to have been destroyed years earlier. The movie seems to be afraid to get too involved in the legal side of things. Kenny’s original trial is given short shrift, and yet it’s presented as such an obvious railroading that it’s hard not to wonder why no one seemed to notice this at the time. My guess is that the filmmakers

didn’t trust the audience to have the patience for anything but the broadest of broad strokes. At the same time, the film really wants to hammer home the bond between Betty and Kenny — to the extent of including some clunky childhood scenes that don’t really add much to the film. Still, that’s the tack they’ve chosen to take and it may work for some viewers. It certainly worked for Bold Life movie reviewer Marcianne Miller, who watched the film with me. She found it very engaging. Personally, I saw an interesting story that felt like it had been smoothed out into a simplified, sanitized work that existed mostly to afford Swank and Rockwell a series of big dramatic scenes — though they’re largely the same basic scenes repeated — in order to court Oscar voters. (I think it stands a better chance of succeeding with Rockwell than Swank.) I also found the film’s ending, with its series of titles informing the viewer of what happened afterwards, to be disingenuous. I understand why the filmmakers chose not to tell the rest of Kenny’s story, but I think they ought to have let the movie stand on its own without the titles. I won’t give away what the film chooses to leave alone, but I will say I think it was handled poorly. Rated R for language and some violent images. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville.

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Director: Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) Players: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard, Noah Emmerich, Michael Kelly, Bruce McGill Fact-Based Political Drama Rated PG-13

The Story: The story of Joseph Wilson, who blew the whistle on the Bush administration for ignoring evidence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons program — and the fallout that occurred when it was leaked that his wife, Valerie Plame, was a CIA agent. The Lowdown: An incendiary film about the duplicity of the Bush administration’s machinations to wage war on Iraq. It will undoubtedly polarize audiences. It’s difficult to know just how seriously to take Doug Liman as a filmmaker. His primary claim to fame as a director is The Bourne Identity (2002). After that he gave us Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) and — good heavens — Jumper (2008). One can only assume that Fair Game is a bid for credibility. If so, it’s a solid one, because Fair Game is one of the better and more sober political thrillers to come along in a while — and if it’s not quite in the same league as Alan J. Pakula’s All the President’s Men (1976), it’s at least a game try. Of course, Fair Game is likely to be a polarizing work because it frankly accepts the idea that the George W. Bush administration completely manufactured and falsified evidence in order to justify going to war in Iraq. While a great many people take that as a given, it’s not universally accepted, though I’ve yet to see a convincing case against it. Fair Game assumes that the viewer believes the claims against Bush and company — notably Dick Cheney and Karl Rove (Adam • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 75

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LeFevre, The Bounty Hunter), with Rove being the reported source of the statement that CIA agent Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) was â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair gameâ&#x20AC;? to be sacrificed and vilified in the press in order to bolster the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s credibility. Moreover, it calmly and methodically names names â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though it also telescopes or fictionalizes some characters and just plain omits others. I suspect it will be the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calm, nonhysterical approach that will be the thing that most inflames the fiery rhetoric that will surely follow. Fair Game starts out shrewdly by pretending to be a standard spy picture, showing Plame at work against the forces of evil in Kuala Lumpur, but this is only a tease to establish her credibility as a CIA agent. The real story starts when her husband, Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), a former ambassador to and expert on Niger is called upon to investigate rumors of a large sale of yellow cake uranium to Iraq. What he finds is that not only did such a sale not take place, but that it frankly couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have taken place. Imagine his surprise when the supposed sale is cited by the government as one of the reasons we went to war. Not surprisingly, but perhaps unwisely, Wilson writes his famous article for the New York Times, stating his findings and how they were deliberately ignored. The upshot of his article is, of course, the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to discredit him â&#x20AC;&#x201D; something that becomes much easier when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deliberately leaked to the press that Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife is a CIA agent, who supposedly got him the job in question. Never mind that the job paid nothing. And never mind that the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s later efforts to minimize Plame, by leaking stories that she was everything from a mediocre agent to a secretary, would seem to argue against the likelihood of her being in a position to get Wilson a job. The art of the spin is that it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be persuasive or consistent, it merely has to cast doubt. Naturally, Plame loses her job and Wilson loses clients since theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been effectively branded as traitors. Their marriage becomes strained â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not in the least because it is not in Plameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nature to take her side of the story to the public. What makes the film work is that it never underestimates the audience. In fact, it refreshingly assumes the viewer is capable of processing information, following a complex story and understanding a difficult emotional situation. All you have to do is compare the approach of Fair Game to the paint-by-numbers, simplified dramatics of Tony Goldwynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conviction to see the level of accomplishment here. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say that Fair Game is perfect, nor would I say it quite makes the grade as a great film. It is, however, a very, very good film and one I highly recommend. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as well to note again that Fair Game works from the idea that the Bush administration knew that they were selling the country and the Congress a bill of goods, that the war in Iraq was something they were determined to undertake â&#x20AC;&#x201D; even if they had to manufacture the case. Whether that runs counter to your beliefs on the matter or you subscribe to the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s take, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as likely to anger you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but for very different reasons. Rated PG-13 for some language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Opens Friday at Fine Arts Theatre.

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filmsociety Millennium Actress JJJJJ

Director: Satoshi Kon (Paprika) Players: (Voices) Miyoko ShĂ´ji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, ShĂ´zĂ´ Izuka, Shouko Tsuda Animated Romantic Fantasy Rated PG Earlier this year we lost Japanese animator Satoshi Kon to pancreatic cancer at the far too young age of 46. He left behind possibly the most heartbreaking note Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever read. It concludes with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;With feelings of gratitude for all that is good in this world, I put down my pen. Well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be leaving now.â&#x20AC;? He also left behind a handful of the most remarkable animated films imaginable. To commemorate his death, the Asheville Film Society is screening his Millennium Actress (2001), the second of the four feature films Kon completed. (His final film, The Dreaming Machine, is being completed by his collaborators.) If you only know Kon from Paprika (2006), youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely find that this wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get you as high, but it probably has more emotional resonance. That, by the way, isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t to say Millennium Actress is exactly your normal narrative. It spans 60 years, several countries and outer space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it freely moves in and out of movies and reality. The Asheville Film Society will screen Millennium Actress Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the Asheville Film Society.

Werewolf of London JJJJJ

Director: Stuart Walker Players: Henry Hull, Warner Oland, Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews, Spring Byington, Lawrence Grant Horror Rated NR Perhaps because it lacks a big horror star or a cult director, Stuart Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Werewolf of London (1935) has never received quite the acknowledgement it deserves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; despite the fact that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first werewolf movie ever made. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particularly unfortunate about this is that, for my money, Werewolf of London remains the best werewolf picture of all time. If The Wolf Man (1941) is the ideal monster picture for adolescent boys (which is really the source of its reputation), Werewolf of London is perhaps the ideal monster movie for adults. It boasts a literate screenplay, atmospheric and heavily symbol-laden direction, an intelligent cast and the most disturbing werewolf makeup ever. Unlike Lon Chaneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more famous teddy-bear-looking appearance, the werewolf here does full justice to the scriptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assertion that â&#x20AC;&#x153;the werewolf is neither man nor wolf, but a Satanic creature with the worst qualities of both.â&#x20AC;? The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Werewolf of London Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. For Cranky Hankeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full reviews of these movies, visit

Morning Glory JJJJ

Director: Roger Michell (Venus) Players: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum Comedy With Romantic Appendage Rated PG-13

The Story: A young woman takes the seemingly impossible job of revitalizing a failing morning TV program. The Lowdown: A solid comedy thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seriously impeded by the apparent need to make it into a romantic comedy. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly watchable, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three stars are fine, but it could have been great. It has been some time since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen anything so deftly snatch defeat from the very jaws of

victory as Morning Glory does. Here we have a movie with a perfectly solid comedic premise, a sharp director and three stars who ought to have sewn it up without breaking a sweat. And sometimes the actors do. In fact, a good deal of the time they do, but when they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, oh brother, do they ever not. The film is built around Rachel McAdams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; heiress apparent to the romantic comedy after Amy Adams dropped the ball with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Leap Year (2010). McAdams plays TV producer Becky Fuller, an occasionally too-bubbly force of nature. As the film opens, Becky finds herself being fired from a lousy local TV station and in need of a job. That comes her way with what seems to be a suicide-mission offer to produce the lamest morning program going, the barely limpingalong Daybreak on the IBS network. Becky sees this as a challenge, an opportunity and a possible

specialscreenings The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie JJJJJ

Director: Luis Buñuel Players: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier Surreal Comedy/Fantasy Rated R World Cinema brings back Luis Buñuel’s 1972 Oscar-winning The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie — a movie that proves that surrealism and art-house movies can also be fun. It has very little plot, apart from the fact that a group of bourgeois folks keep trying to sit down for a meal that never comes off. It’s also extremely strange and funny. Read my earlier review of the film here: Classic Cinema From Around the World will present The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Courtyard Gallery, 109 Roberts St., in the Phil Mechanic Studios building, River Arts District. Info: 273-3332.

Slumdog Millionaire JJJJJ

Director: Danny Boyle Players: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Saurabh Shukla Comedy/Drama Rated R The Hendersonville Film Society is showing Danny Boyle’s well-deserved multi-Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008) this coming Sunday. I certainly have nothing against this choice, but at the same time, I don’t find myself with anything fresh to add to my original review (, where I noted, “It’s a truly remarkable work — that incredible rarity of a film that is both a crowd-pleaser and absolutely brilliant filmmaking. It’s a joyous, moving, living work that propels Boyle to the forefront of filmmakers working today.” The Hendersonville Film Society will show Slumdog Millionaire at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit stepping stone to her dream of working for the Today show. Network executive Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) sees her as the only option going for the job. Of course, the show is peopled with eccentrics and the spectacularly inept. But since one of these eccentrics is Diane Keaton — showing the delivery timing she learned back in her Woody Allen days — as co-anchor Colleen Peck, this isn’t such a bad thing. Fortunately, her one-note foot-fetishist co-host (Ty Burrell, TV’s Modern Family) is fired as soon as that one note is exhausted, which makes room for crusty legendary newsman Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford). Pomeroy is past his prime, but the network is stuck with him — and a $6 million-dollar contract — for another couple of years. Naturally, he wants nothing to do with Daybreak. It follows as page six follows page five that Becky will force him into the co-host position. It similarly follows that he will make life a living hell for all concerned. All this is fine. It’s on the predictable side, but it works nicely. Even giving Becky one sane and sympathetic helper, Lenny Bergman (John Pankow, The Extra Man), is a reasonable move. But it clearly reminds us of a previous screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, The Devil Wears Prada (2006), since Lenny is essentially a shallow version of Stanley Tucci’s character in that film. The similarities between the two films don’t stop there, unfortunately. The biggest problem with McKenna’s Morning Glory screenplay is the pointless urge to turn the comedy into a

romcom. The romance is flat, uninteresting and serves no real purpose. That was the significant problem with the Prada film, and it’s even worse here. Casting the typically bland Patrick Wilson as Becky’s utterly superfluous romantic partner doesn’t help — and every scene involving the two is an essay in tedium while we wait for the film to get back to the story. Does the intrusion of this uninteresting romance sink the movie? No, it doesn’t. It does, however, make it harder to overlook other things that don’t really work, especially the wayward structure and ending. Why, for example, does the script raise the prospect of the show becoming a hit by virtue of the increasing on-air warfare between Pomeroy and Peck, only to forget about the idea almost immediately? And then there is the film’s insistence on a “big” ending it neither needs nor achieves. The ending scenes are not simply unnecessary, they require the viewer to suffer momentary brain death to buy into them. If you believe that NBC executives schedule a meeting with Becky at 8 a.m. and hold that meeting in a room where Becky watches her show play in the background (so she can see the big scene take place), I’m willing to bet you once bought the title to the Brooklyn Bridge off a guy on a street corner, too. Even with all this, Morning Glory has enough going for it that I’d marginally recommend it. There are quite a few moments in it when the film flirts with comic greatness. McAdams, Ford and Keaton are all in good form, though Keaton could • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 77

have had more to do. Maybe Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling generous because of what has passed for comedy in American films this year, but I did find Morning Glory OK. That it could have been great is what is annoying about it. Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, including dialogue, language and brief drug references. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

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Director: The Brothers Strause (AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator -- Requiem) Players: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison, Brittany Daniel, David Zayas Derivative Sci-Fi Rated PG-13

The Story: A group of vapid twentysomethings are terrorized by alien invasion on a massive scale. The Lowdown: The poor manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Micheal Bay: A movie with a small budget mixed with dumbed-down ideas from every popular sci-fi film from the last decade or so. Oh, how I yearn for the days when science fiction was left to delusional, drug-addicted, paranoid writers. With brotherly directing duo Colin and Greg Strauseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (credited as The Brothers Strause) newest film, Skyline, the sci-fi genre â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least in mainstream terms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; appears to have become firmly entrenched in the world of

the dude, the bro, the frat boy. Sci-fi â&#x20AC;&#x201D; much like horror â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a genre that works best when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being subversive. Here, The Brothers Strause â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two gents with little frame of reference and even less imagination â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have basically made the equivalent of a beer commercial. The film is your typical alien-invasion yarn. Protagonists Jarrod (Eric Balfour, The Spirit) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson, Star Trek) head to L.A. for a vacation with Jarrodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disgustingly rich best friend Terry (Donald Faison, Next Day Air). After a night of PG-13 partying, everyone wakes up to the city being besieged by UFOs intent on vacuuming up the local populace. The aliens shoot down big blue lights that hypnotize people so they can be beamed aboard. Various robots and giant monsters show up, too, as the gang tries to figure out a way of escaping L.A. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the rest of the movie plays out: There is a lot of bickering and explosions that go on ad nauseam, until the film grinds to the point where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no longer even unintentionally funny. The acting is obnoxious and the action is drab. Nothing much is explained in regards to the aliens, besides their apparent need to harvest human brains, though it seems if you have the technology to travel across the universe, you could figure out a better way of acquiring what you need. The movie is a greatest hits of sci-fi movie tropes from the last decade or so (nothing earlier, mind you). Bits and pieces are pulled from Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War of the Worlds (2005), District 9 (2009), Signs (2002), The Matrix (1999) and more. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not even the interesting bits and pieces. The closest thing we get to subtext in this movie is Terryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character: He lives in a pent-

house, owns a yacht and has multiple luxury cars, all due to his career supervising special effects in Hollywood. And wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you know, The Brothers Strause and the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screenwriters, Joshua Cordes and Liam Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, all got their starts doing visual effects. So the whole movie could be seen as one big attempt at duping the world into thinking these guys are living the high life â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a post-adolescent fantasy that makes Skyline even more idiotic. The whole movie reeks of something a gaggle of 14-year-olds might concoct, and were it not for the lack of topless bubble-headed co-eds, I couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve believed that to be true. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Unstoppable JJJ

Director: Tony Scott Players: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson, Ethan Suplee, Kevin Dunn Action Rated PG-13

The Story: A conductor and an engineer must stop a runaway train carrying toxic materials before it derails and causes untold death and destruction. The Lowdown: Stuff blows up real cool, so at least itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not boring â&#x20AC;&#x201D; just pretty dumb.

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OK, let’s face it, this isn’t just the movie of the week, it’s the movie of the fall season — at least in mainstream terms. Sure, people want to kvetch about the final Harry Potter book being split in two, but they’re probably going to go see it anyway. And after all, what are the hardcore fans going to have to look forward to once the series actually does end? Early word is mostly positive and mostly from Great Britain. It all attests to the idea that the dark tone being brought by returning director David Yates to the last film is even darker and scarier this time. And yes, for those who absolutely cannot wait, some theaters have midnight shows on Thursday. (The Carolina, for sure, and the two Regals are likely to follow suit.) PG-13 Early review samples: • “Lumbering and gripping by turns, and suffused with a profound sense of solitude and loss.” (Justin Chang, Variety)

In 2001, a train carrying a couple of cars worth of a combustible, toxic chemical called molten phenol accidentally left a train yard unmanned and traveled through Ohio reaching speeds of around 60 miles per hour. The train was eventually slowed down, from behind, by another train to a speed where a conductor could climb aboard and bring the locomotive to a stop. Now, take this fairly straightforward and innocuous little story and put it in the hands of Tony Scott. The train becomes the length of the Chrysler Building, barreling through Pennsylvania (which, one supposes, is somehow more exciting than Ohio) at 70 miles per hour with enough chemicals and diesel fuel to level a small town. There are helicopters, evil corporations, police cars that wreck for no good reason and, of course, explosions. When the “Inspired by a True Story” disclaimer pops up before the film, keep in mind they mean this in the loosest possible sense. All in all, this is a Tony Scott film, right down to the aggressive color palette and the intrusive editing, not to mention the requisite Denzel Washington role. Here, Washington (in the kind of role he could play under anesthesia) plays Frank, a train conductor who is being forced into early retirement, but not before he has to show the new guy, Will (Chris Pine, Star Trek), the ropes. The only problem is that grievous ineptitude in a distant train yard has caused a freight train to take off unmanned carrying all those aforementioned dangerous materials that could cause extensive property damage. Guess what? It’s up to our odd couple to risk life and limb and run

• “Darker and scarier than its predecessors, this is a fitting and enjoyable run-up to the action-packed finale, though it might be a bit baffling if for some reason you haven’t read the books or seen the previous films.” (Matthew Turner, View London)


Paul Haggis remakes the 2008 French thriller Anything for Her, and appears — from very early reports — to have put his moralizing stamp on the proceedings. The story follows a desperate man (Russell Crowe) who decides to break his wrongfully convicted wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of prison. Also on hand is Liam Neeson as Crowe’s source for just exactly how to go about such an undertaking. The early reviews offer little clue as to actual merit, though both the trades gave it low marks. It probably matters little, since a mainstream thriller going up against Harry Potter seems like little more than a suicide bid. PG-13


See review in “Cranky Hanke.”

down the train in an effort to stop it before it derails and blows up real neat. There are some attempts at characterization in an effort to make the film feel like an actual movie, but this is definitely not the film’s main concern. All we know about Frank is that his wife died of cancer and that his two Hooters waitress daughters don’t really seem to like him, while Will is a hothead and a bit of an idiot who has managed to get a restraining order put out on him by his wife (TV actress Jessy Schram). Beyond that, who knows? The film doesn’t care as long as there is stuff to destroy. And boy, do they ratchet up what they can, with everything from exploding cop cars to a horse trailer to the potential for running through a train full of school kids. All they forgot was a damsel tied to the tracks or a baby carriage on the loose — now that would’ve been a movie! The point of the film is to run over or blow up as many inanimate objects as possible, and within those limited aims, it must be admitted that it succeeds. Luckily, no one seems to think this is a serious movie they’re dealing with. And while Unstoppable never gets to the point of complete absurdity, it never presents itself as genuine drama, either. While I can’t recommend the film, neither can I say I was ever bored, which in and of itself is a small victory. Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril, and some language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande. • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 79

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City retains residential cell-tower ban Nov. 9 meeting

p“Transformational development” incentives narrowly approved

pEnka Center rezoning OK’d by David Forbes For a proposal to allow cell-phone towers in residential areas under certain conditions, the third time was not the charm. An amendment to the city’s cell-tower ordinance, coming before the Asheville City Council for the third time Nov. 9, once again failed to gain approval. U.S. Cellular, in particular, needed the change in order to proceed with a planned tower in Beaverdam. Council members did approve other amendments to the ordinance, however. The rejection came despite a warning by attorney Patsy Brison that preserving the current rules could prompt a lawsuit. U.S. Cellular claims the city’s current rules are

Manheimer made a revised motion incorporating other changes, such as requiring companies to demonstrate that they’d been unable to make arrangements to share an existing tower, while retaining the residential ban. But Brison, who’d already given Council members a pointed warning after they postponed a decision for the second time on Oct. 26, wasn’t happy. “If Council passes this, it will be in violation of both state and federal law,” she asserted, adding that she’d want a written statement from staff citing legal justification for the city’s position. Mayor Terry Bellamy voiced some hesitation about the move, noting the possibility of a lawsuit and cautioning Council members against placing too much weight on statements by residents of a single neighborhood. “I’ve received e-mails from residents of other neighborhoods in support of cell-phone towers,” the mayor noted. But after Manheimer agreed to add language indicating that the city would explore other options for expanding cell-phone service, Bellamy voted for the

“The economy stinks, jobs stink, the city’s got financial problems: What’s still standing strong are our neighborhoods.” — Beaverdam overly restrictive and that expansion into some residential neighborhoods is necessary to avoid gaps in service, which are prohibited by federal and state law. Before the unanimous vote, Beaverdam residents pleaded with Council members to continue the ban. “The economy stinks, jobs stink, the city’s got financial problems: What’s still standing strong are our neighborhoods,” Beaverdam resident Andy Glatstein declared. “People have said they will move away from our neighborhood if a cell tower goes up. It will destroy our neighborhoods.” Council member Esther Manheimer, who’s also a lawyer, said she found the legal rationale for the proposed changes unconvincing. “I am extremely wary of placing cell towers in residential areas,” she said. “The purpose of zoning is to protect the value and enjoyment of the individual’s land. By allowing cellphone towers into residential areas, we open the door for residential property owners to lose the value and enjoyment of their land.” Indeed, another Beaverdam resident, retired developer Tyler Martin, noted pointedly, “If they build that tower, it costs me money.”

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motion. Asked after the vote if a lawsuit might be in the offing, Brison merely said: “The ball’s in the city’s court. ... We’ll consider our options.”


Another returning issue was the question of expanded incentives for “transformational development” projects, defined as those that, besides being sited along major transit corridors, meet sustainability guidelines and/or provide affordable or work-force housing. Failing to agree on the specifics of some of the criteria, Council had previously sent them back to staff for clarification. The new rules wouldn’t guarantee incentives (typically in the form of tax and fee waivers) for developers of such projects but would allow them to apply for those benefits. The city’s current criteria for such incentives are much more restrictive. The changes grew out of a request for city assistance by the Montford Commons project. Although Council felt the project would be a boon to the area, it didn’t meet the current guidelines; eventually, the incentives were narrowly

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EAST • NEAR WARREN WILSON 2BR, 2.5BA, green 2009 EnergyStar. County taxes, city water/sewer. • Open House • This Saturday, November 20, 1pm-5pm. Very warm, beautiful, and efficient custom home. • Price reduced for quick sale! • $175,000. • Directions: (828) 777-1967. Pics at QUIET MOUNTAIN LIVING 1248 sq. ft. on 1.5 acres in Swannanoa, NC. Built in 2010, 3BR/2BA. Private road, beautiful views. $160,000. Oak hardwood floors, pine trim, solid pine doors. Tiled bathrooms. Low-E windows, insulation surpasses NC code. Pictures at http://watchknobln.shutterfly. com/pictures/8. For more info, email or call, 828-215-3120 STONE COTTAGE FOR SALE 2BR, 1BA by Biltmore Village. All new roof, heat, windows. Deck, dry basement. Laundry in kitchen. Dead end street. Asking $141,500. Call 230-3969. SWANNANOA-BEE TREE • Unique river rock cottage. Recently renovated. 3BR, 1BA, office, large loft. .3 acre lot. A home with real personality. Walk to Owen District Park, 1 mile to Warren Wilson College. $155,800. Owner, 828-3370873 or 828-298-6634.

Mobile Homes For Sale PARK HOME TRAILER • 2006 Model. 2BR, 1BA. 10’x30’, 400 sq.ft. $7,700. 828-277-1492.

Land For Sale IN-TOWN LOTS FOR SALE • Kenilworth Lake front and Montford. For details, see

Home Services

Heating & Cooling MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovations • Gas piping. • Visa/MC/Discover. (828) 658-9145.

Computer CHRISTOPHER’S COMPUTERS • Computer Slow? Call Christopher’s Computers at 828-670-9800 and let us help you with PC and Macintosh issues: networking, virus/malware removal, tutoring, upgrades, custom-built new computers, etc.


Commercial/Busi ness Rentals 1 MONTH FREE WITH CONTRACT 1550 Hendersonville Road • Beautifully decorated office space. Ready to move in. • Perfect for architect, accountant, or general business use. Ample parking at the door. (828) 691-0586.


General Services

Apartments For Rent

HOME WATER LEAKS A Problem? Excellent leak detection! Lasting correction! Experience! References! Call 828-273-5271.

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

Handy Man HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 30 years professional experience. Quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. $2 million liability insurance. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254. RELIABLE REPAIRS! Quality work! All types maintenance/repair, indoor/outdoor. • Excellent water leak detection/correction! • Wind damaged shingle/roof repair! 38 years experience! Responsible! Honest! Harmonious! References! Call Brad, you’ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.


SO, YOU NEED A BOOKKEEPER Are you a unique, preferably quirky business owner needing a bookkeeper? Why, that’s why there’s Solvent! 828-243-7721.

Commercial Listings

Commercial Property FLATIRON BUILDING • Downtown Asheville. 3rd floor. 3 office suites total 1,108 sq. ft. Bank owned. $150,000. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024. GREAT VISIBILITY ON BILTMORE AVENUE 251 Biltmore Ave. Rent either 2000 sf or whole building of approx 4700 sf.

Education/ Tutoring

Look and call 828-216-4885 (Ron) 828-216-4885.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Graduate in just 4 weeks!! FREE Brochure. Call now. 1800-532-6546 Ext. 97 http://www.continentalacade (AAN CAN)

HENDERSONVILLE. Urban flex space on historic 7th Ave. Live, work. 9,000 sq. ft. for only $405,000. Bank owned. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024,

1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Fall Special! All utilities included. $500/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 85 Walnut. Above Malaprops, hardwood floors. $735/month. 828-253-1517.

2-3BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. A/C, great location. Coin-op laundry. $635-$675/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1-1.5BA SOUTH • 30 Dawnwood. Central heat and A/C, patio. $595$695/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 1746 Tunnel Rd. A/C, D/W. $595/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 42 Gracelyn. Porch, heat included. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 53 Maney. Bonus room, sunroom, garage. $875/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 17 King Arthur. Deck, central A/C and heat. $645/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA EAST • 742 Bee Tree Lake. W/D, A/C. $675/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 10 Lenox. Porch, hardwood floors. $570/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 2BA NORTH • 27 Spooks Mill. Deck, mountain views. $975/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA NORTH • 83 Edgemont. Hardwood floors, A/C. $705/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR/1BA NORTH 20 Brookdale. A/C, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828-253-1517.

1BR, 1BA SOUTH • 30 Allen. Patio, A/C, heatpump, $545/month. 828-253-1517.

3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 8202 Terra. A/C, walk-in closet. $795/month. 828-253-1517.

3BR, 2BA NORTH • 81 Lakeshore. Patio, carpet. $695/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/1BA NORTH Westall Apts. great location, W/D hookups. $725/month. 828-253-1517. BLACK MOUNTAIN Nicely renovated bath, kitchen, 1BR, sunroom, dining room. 9’ ceilings. • Abundance of natural light. • Hardwood floors. Short walk to downtown. • $625/month includes heat, water, Wifi. • Smoke free. 280-5449. BRIGHT - SUNNY SPACIOUS • 2BR/2BA: 1250+/- sq ft unit at Asheville Racquet Club. New Kitchen appliances and counters. • Large MBR with huge walk-in closet. • Great Room with fireplace. • Private deck and extra storage closet for sports equipment. • $950/month includes water and full Racquet Club Platinum membership. Year’s lease, credit check, security deposit required. Small, quiet pet considered with fee. For appt: Elizabeth Graham or Debra Plemmons at 253-6800.

MERRIMON AVENUE Available immediately. 1BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors, WD on site, central AC/heat, water included. • No pets. $525/month. Security deposit. Call (828) 423-4072. SOUTH • Forestdale. 1BR, 1BA. D/W, storage. $590$625/month. 828-253-1517.

Walk-in shower, concrete,

FALL IS HERE AND WINTER’S COMING! Enjoy the chilly season while curled up in front of your own Fireplace! Spacious 2BR/2BA at The Racquet Club offers best of everything. Convenient location, full Racquet Club membership, private deck, sunny kitchen and breakfast room. Large MBR with walk-in closet. New kitchen appliances and counters. $950/month. Includes water. Lease, security dep, credit ck. req. For appt: Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800.

granite, stone, stainless

Homes For Rent

upgrades. • Indoor parking.

1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $700-2500. • Pet friendly. • Huge selection! (828) 251-9966

2 DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDOS • BEST LOCATION IN TOWN New Designer lofts in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue building. • Reduced! • 2BR, 2BA: $1895/month. • 1BR, 1.5BA: $1295/month. Gourmet kitchen, Wine Cooler, oak floors, exposed

SPACIOUS APARTMENT, MIDTOWN ASHEVILLE Great location, hardwood floors. $975 per month includes utilities, washer/dryer . Call or email for appointment. 252-8718,

brick, fireplace, large

STUDIO, 1BA MONTFORD • 333 Cumberland. High ceilings, tile floors. $595/month. 828-253-1517.

walk to anything! • 1 year

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent

windows, WD, Spa Tub and

Best Downtown location;

lease required. (828) 3018033 or (954) 684-1300. BEAUCATCHER MOUNTAIN • NEWLY RENOVATED 5 minutes to downtown Asheville. • Great views. 2BR, 2BA. • Huge balcony. Fireplace. Pool. $900/month includes water. Must see! (828) 279-4337 or

CANDLER • Large 2BR, lots of closet space. Electric heat, water provided $550/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty. EAST ASHEVILLE Available immediately. 2BR, 1BA, off Tunnel Road. • Easy access to I-240. WD connection, central AC/heat. • No pets. $595/month, security deposit. Call (828) 423-4072.

$800 SUNNY 2 BEDROOM 2 BATH CONDO upper floor w/deck. quiet north Asheville location. cat ok w/deposit. security deposit. lots of windows. like new. no smoking. W/D. Friendly neighbors. Partially furnished. 10 minutes to downtown.

(347) 524-8400.

2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 805 Wilken. W/D hookups, garage. $595/month. 828693-8069. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 21 Springdale. Full basement, Central A/C. $875/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA WEST • 31 Ridgeway. Hardwood floors, central AC/Heat. $815/month. 828-253-1517.

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• NEW – Windows, Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC • Generous Natural Light • Laminate / Vinyl / Carpet flooring • Bonus Room in Attic • Central Heat / Air • Range, Range Hood, Dishwasher Included • Concrete Walkway • Paved Drive • Covered Side Porch

Fine Grading & Site Preparation

Ecological Site Planning & Landscape Design • Excavation & Roads •Water Harvesting/ Management • Stonework • Bridges & Gazebos • Water Features • Renewable Energy Specializing in Bridge & Roadwork P r e c i s i o n @ e a rt h a v e n . o r g

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Both include trash and water. Security deposit and references required, pets negotiable with strict rules. Call 828-645-9258 between 11 am -7 pm only.


Vacation Rentals 2BR, 1BA WEST • 37 Sandhill. Yard, basement. $925/month. $925/month. 828-253-1517.

3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 29 Locole. Porch, garage. $1,275/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 2.5BA OAKLEY • 20 Lamar. Deck, fenced yard. $1,015/month. 828-253-1517.

3BR, 2BA WEST Spacious great-room, efficient AC, all appliances, Jacuzzi, suburb. References/credit checked, $1150/mo, year lease, security deposit required. Call owner at 828-738-3395.

3BR HOUSE NEAR DOWNTOWN 3BR, 1.5BA house. Five minute walk from downtown. Wood floors, fenced yard, deck. W/D hookups. Pets negotiable. $900/month. Year lease and security deposit required. 828-691-8793/ 828-2985088 3BR, 1BA RENOVATED FARMHOUSE • Only 20 minutes to Asheville/Barnardsville. On 4 acres with gorgeous trout stream. Great garden space available. Unfurnished $1095/month, furnished $1295/month. Available immediately. Call (828) 231-1692 Joan Naylor.

BEST TIME IS NOW! Best time to buy, pay less than rent, 1% rebate from Buyer Agent Commission, see, 301-2021.

CENTRAL REAL ESTATE SERVICES AVAILABLE • Rentals • Rental Management • Sales • Listings. • The City Solution! 828.210.2222.

COUNTRY SETTING ON 3 ACRES IN OAKLEY • 3BR, 1BA. Gas logs, oil heat, garden area, flower beds. 1yr lease, references and deposit. $975/month. 828-768-3419. FAIRVIEW • GREAT COUNTRY HOME! Spacious living, 3BR, 2BA, great deck overlooking large backyard. Huge detached double garage and fenced yard. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. FLETCHER • SOUTHCHASE 3BR, 2.5BA or 4BR, 2.5BA, 2 story. Eat-in kitchen, central AC/heat. Fenced. 2-car garage. Year lease. (828) 333-2550. SOUTH 3BR, 2.5BA, fireplace, hardwood floors, garage. $995/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty. SWANNANOA • 2BR, heat pump, near Warren Wilson College. $700/month. Call 828-253-0758. Carver Realty.

WONDERFUL BEAVERDAM NEIGHBORHOOD • Country setting in North Asheville only minutes from town. Large freshly landscaped yard with mature trees, deck, creek and storage shed. 3BR, 1.5BA, WD, Dishwasher. Berber carpet, freshly painted. Very clean and neat. Central AC, attached garage. 1200 sqft. $990/month. Rob 828-545-1272, Gail 828230-9697 or leave message at 828-281-0555. WEAVERVILLE HOUSE AND COTTAGE 3BR 2BA modular home in wooded area. Newly remodeled, fireplace and deck. $750/month + elec. • 1BR 1BA uniquely interesting cottage. Very small, woodstove, deck. $400/month + elec.

A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dog-friendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit or call (404) 617-1146. BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492. FABULOUS GRAND MAYAN RESORT • Puerto Vallarta. 2BR, max. 6 adults. Dec. 1926, dates flexible. $750. Call Valerie, 719-293-0483.

Wanted to Rent FEMALE NURSE • Seeking nice, clean, furnished BR with private bath in exchange for adult/child/pet care. Will cook and clean. Call Cindy: 414-531-7682.

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

Chef de Cuisine • Line Cook Supervisor Housekeeping • Laundry • Laundry Mechanic Massage Therapist • Nail Technician • Esthetician Employee Relations Supervisor • Benefits Specialist Inventory Specialist • Server • Bartender • Host • Bar Back Convention Set Up • Groundskeeper • Spa & Pool Maintenance SHARE IN OUR MANY BENEFITS INCLUDING: • Medical,dental and vision coverage including domestic partner • Flex-account spending for medical and dependent care • holiday pay • sick leave; • Sports Complex access • free on-property weekly physician assistant visit • employee recognition • 401(k) • Grove Park Inn Retirement Plan • life insurance • paid vacation • free meals in the employee cafeteria • free uniforms and laundering services • educational reimbursement • employee discounts on guest rooms, dining, floral, Spa, golf and retail discounts at area businesses • free and discounted visits to area attractions. For a complete list of our openings and to apply online, go to Or, apply in person, Mon-Fri, 9am-6-pm, Sat. 8am-4pm with Human Resources at 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804. 828.252.2711x2082. EOE Drug Free Workplace.


NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 •

CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311. CARETAKER • 70/hours a month for upscale miniestate five miles from downtown Asheville. Must be experienced with yard work, horses, dogs, chain saw, large mower, small tractor, etc. Couple preferred. 1BR apartment and utilities provided. Apply with pertinent and detailed information to: Fax 828-253-3820.

Roommates ALL AREAS ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: (AAN CAN)

Some Of Our Current Job Openings:

ADVANCED CONCERT TICKET SALES Immediate Openings! 40 Hours per week, $11 per hour, Benefits, Paid Training, Weekly Profit Sharing, Career Advancement, Permanent Positions. Our employees earn $500 - $650 per week. Enthusiasm and a clear speaking voice are required. Please contact our HR Supervisor at (828) 236-2530.

ROOMMATE FOR HOME ON TOWN MOUNTAIN Female roommate wanted for 3BR/2.5BA home 3 minutes from downtown Asheville. W/D, WIFI, HiDef TV, Hot tub, Sauna. $500 per month includes utilities. Call Lew 828-231-6264. ROOMMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN)

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: FRENCH BROAD FOOD COOP Seeking an interdepartmental sub. Natural foods and or retail experience preferred. Must be willing to work on short notice. Weekends required. Email: grocery@ HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333.


MOVIE EXTRAS earn up to $150/day to stand in backgrounds of major film. Experience not required. Call now. 1-888-664-0062 (AAN CAN)

$$$HELP WANTED$$$ Extra Income! Assembling CD cases from Home! No Experience Necessary! Call our Live Operators Now! 1800-405-7619 EXT 2450 (AAN CAN)

PAID IN ADVANCE • Make $1,000 a week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately!


PAID IN ADVANCE Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! (AAN CAN) PAINTING / CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANT Painter’s helper and light construction work. Full time/Permanent position $10/hour Apply at officecall for directions Richard 606-3697.

Professional/ Managment VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROGRAM COORDINATOR NEEDED Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC, a community-based, non-profit law firm, seeks a volunteer coordinator to recruit attorneys and refer cases to them to represent lowincome people in civil cases for a six county, mountainous region. Experience in the practice of law a plus, as well as admission to NC Bar. Salary depends on experience; excellent benefits. Visit bout/job-opportunities for more information. Submit resume and cover letter sample by November 26, 2010, by email to: employment@pisgahlegal.or g. Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, elderly, disabled encouraged to apply.

Skilled Labor/ Trades START TODAY! Machine Operators • Packaging • Forklift Operators • Assembly 12 hour shifts: 7am-7pm or 7pm-7am. • Must be able to pass a strict criminal background screen. • Applications accepted Monday-Thursday, 9am2pm. • Must bring 2 forms of ID. • 145-4 Garrison Branch Road, Weaverville, NC. (828) 658-9248. Integrated Staffing Solutions.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGER/ ADMINISTRATOR I ResCare, Inc. Location: Asheville, NC. Asheville MH/DD provides quality support and services to seniors, adults, and children with developmental and other disabilities and people with mental illness. • Qualifications: Associates degree in Human Resources field or experience in similar position. A demonstrated desire to participate in programs that contribute to the development and success of employees. Knowledge in the areas of employee benefits, labor standards, worker’s compensation, OSHA, and Affirmative Action required. • Responsibilities: Provide administrative support in the areas of employee recruitment, hiring, retention and evaluation. The position shall lead, advise, and ensure the application and compliance with fair labor standards and service site policies and procedures. • Interested applicants apply on line at • Click on “Careers” • Click External Applicant • Click Residential East • “North Carolina” Click on Community AlternativesRaleigh (For Asheville position) Apply Human Resources Mgr/Administrator I to begin application process. • Annual Salary: $34,756.80.

Sales/ Marketing

Administrative/ Office


ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT A local company poised for a lot of growth needs to get its corporate paperwork up to snuff. Like most start-ups, paperwork in this company was handled in a haphazard way. • If you are highly organized and meticulous, and can’t fathom being anything but, send an email telling us what you can do for us to: corporate@ • (You can do this work from home.)

Openings! 40 Hours per

TICKET SALES Immediate week, $11 per hour, Benefits, Paid Training, Weekly Profit Sharing, Career Advancement, Permanent Positions. Our employees earn $500 - $650 per week. Enthusiasm and a clear speaking voice are required. Please contact our HR Supervisor at (828) 236-2530.

JOIN THE ECOMOM TEAM We are successful Moms who are choosing to work an eco-friendly marketing business from home. We are looking for associates in the WNC area.Visit www.southeastappalachiane or call 828-246-3776. RECRUITER/SEARCH CONSULTANT Mountain Management Group is seeking a highly motivated recruitment consultant for busy health-care industry. Generous commission plan and flexible schedule. Six figure income potential. Background in recruiting, sales, or Health Care is preferred. BS or BA required. Please email resume to: or call 866-283-7364 for more info.

SOFTWARE SALES AND MARKETING Lead generation for a local medical software company. • Hourly rate plus commission for leads generated and another commission when those leads turn into sales. Mostly phone sales with a little marketing. • Part-time, flexible hours. Stuart: (828) 301-6898.

Human Services

AVAILABLE POSITIONS Master’s Level (Licensed Preferred) QP to serve on ACTT team; CSAC in SA department; and SA Team Leader (LCAS preferred). • Competitive benefits and salary.

BILINGUAL CANDIDATE Families Together Inc. now hiring for Bilingual Candidate to work in our Latino program. • Flexible schedule, team culture, professional development. • Must have a minimum of one year experience working with at risk youth in the mental health system. CAREGIVER • CNA POSITIONS The world’s trusted source of nonmedical home care and companionship services, including personal care. Home Instead Senior Care.

COMMUNITY SERVICE COORDINATOR The Autism Society of North Carolina is currently hiring for a Community Service Coordinator in their Asheville Office. Applicant must be QP qualified in field of Developmental Disabilities. • Preferred: one year supervisory experience, one year of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum. • Please forward letter of interest and resume to Joe Yurchak at: jyurchak@


CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE • Would you like to develop professionally and personally and have fun? The Customer Service Representative provides top-notch customer service in a contact center environment to our customers. This involves the handling and processing of administrative accounts, customer inquiries and other administrative client processes as requested. • Requirements: Minimum 6 months of call center or customer service experience, High School diploma or equivalent, ability to pass a background check and drug screen, typing proficiency, and basic computer literacy including internet navigation and website usage. • Successful candidates will have a customer-oriented attitude, problem solving and resolution skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates should be flexible to work all shifts, including nights and weekends. • The starting pay is $9.50/hour and includes medical, dental, and life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, 401(k), and more. Resume to: An Affirmative Action/EOE.

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Due to continuous growth in WNC, Families Together, Inc is now hiring licensed professionals and Qualified Professionals in Buncombe, McDowell, Madison, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. • Qualified candidates will include • LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or LPCA’s and Bachelor’s and Master’s Qualified Professionals. • FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. • • Candidates should email resumes to humanresources@

FAMILIES TOGETHER, INC. Due to continuous growth through WNC, Families Together Inc. is hiring! FTI is a local mental health agency providing child, adult, and family centered services in WNC. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. Go to for employment opportunities.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA is accepting applications for QMHPs to work with adult consumers. Candidate should have a 4 year degree and a minimum of 1 year experience with adults with mental illness. FPS offers a competitive benefit package and a team environment. To apply please forward emails to

LICENSED THERAPIST • Experienced therapist needed for residential therapeutic boarding school for middle school age girls. • Applicants must be comfortable conducting individual, family and group therapy; communicating weekly progress to parents; and collaborating with a treatment team to form case conceptualization and treatment plans. • Licensed MA and Doctoral level therapists only. • Pay commensurate with education and experience. Full-time position with benefits. Fax resume to 828-3780140 or email to careers@ QMHPS WANTED Sixth Avenue. Serving adults with mental illness in Henderson Co, has openings for the following positions: ACTT Team Leader (Master’s Level QMHP) • ACTT Team Vocational Specialist (QMHP) • ACTT Team Peer Specialist Part-time • Clubhouse

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF RUTHERFORD AND POLK COUNTIES Is seeking THERAPISTS and QMHP’s to provide mental health services to children, families and adults. Please email resume to

Program Director (QMHP). Candidates submit resume/cover letter to: Sixth Avenue 714 6th Ave. West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.


Jackson County: Buncombe/Haywood:

two years of experience working with

adults with mental illness. Please Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: contact Jon Esslinger, jon.esslinger@ Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Mason Therapist Offender Services Youell, (Sex Offender and Domestic Violence Treatment Programs): Must have a Haywood County: Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Case Manager (QMHP) Recovery Education Center: Experience preferred. Please contact Must have mental health degree and Diane Paige,

Patty Bilitzke, patricia.bilitzke@ Clinician

Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four

Recovery Education Center:

Cherokee County:

Recovery Education Center:

Must have Master’s degree and be license-eligible. Please contact Keith years of psychiatric nursing experience. Christensen, keith.christensen@ Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy. Case Manager (QMHP) Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have Master’s degree

and be license-eligible. Please contact

Must have mental health degree and two years of experience working with adults with mental illness. Please contact Keith Christensen, keith.

PC/HOME MANAGER HAYESVILLE GROUP HOMES Haynesville. Employees in this position are supervisors who carry administrative and supervisory responsibilities in addition to providing direct care. • The employee assesses the needs of individual residents, develop habilitative plans, supervises delivery of high quality services and ensures these services are in compliance with guidelines and regulations. • The employee has budgetary responsibilities. The employee reports to the Residential Director. A High School Diploma or equivalent with two years experience with Developmental Disabilities is required. Supervisory experience preferred. • A valid drivers license, negative drug screen/criminal record/driving record check required. • Must have knowledge of mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness; sensitivity in dealing with residents and their families/guardians; excellent interpersonal skills; high stress tolerance, initiative, sound judgment; ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with other employees; good oral and written communication skills. • Must be available flexible hours. Position requires on-call status. An excellent benefit package is available. Fax resume to 704-875-9276 or e-mail to EOE.

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

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION HENDERSON COUNTY BEFORE THE CLERK 10 SP 590 IN RE: ANTOINETTE LANE-FULP AKA ANTOINETTE LANE and JERRY FULP, FORECLOSURE OF DEED OF TRUST Dated January 31, 2000, RECORDED IN BOOK 874, AT PAGE 320, IN THE HENDERSON COUNTY REGISTRY • NOTICE OF SALE Under and by virtue of the authority contained in a certain Deed of Trust dated January 31, 2000, securing a Note and indebtedness of $150,300.00, which was executed by Antoinette Lane-Fulp aka Antoinette Lane and Jerry Fulp, and which is recorded in Book 874, at Page 320, Henderson County Registry, the undersigned having been appointed Substitute Trustee by instrument recorded in said Registry, default having occurred in the payment of the Note secured by said Deed of Trust, and at the request of the holder of said Note, the undersigned Substitute Trustee, in accordance with the provisions of said Deed of Trust, will offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at 11:00 o’clock a.m. on the 29th day of November, 2010, at the Courthouse door in Hendersonville, Henderson County, North Carolina, the real property at 11 Greenwood Acres Drive, Mills River, North Carolina, 28759, which is more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an unmarked point in the right of way of Greenwood Drive (S.R. 2019) said point being a common corner with Lot 4 and Lot 3 of Greenwood Acres Subdivision thence from said Beginning point and down and within the right of way of Greenwood Drive, South 6° 9’ 51” East 113.36 feet to an unmarked point; thence continuing with the right of way of Greenwood Drive South 5° 24’ 25” East 56.33 feet to an unmarked point; thence leaving the right of way of Greenwood Drive, North 89° 55’ 44” West 275.84 feet to a concrete monument (passing an iron pin at 30 feet and 132.84 feet) thence North 03° 30’ 51” West 144.86 feet to an iron pin being a common corner of Lots 3, 4, 12 and 14 of Greenwood Acres Subdivision; thence North 84° 54’ 00” East 268.30 feet to the point and place of BEGINNING (passing an iron pin at 238.80 feet) containing 0.98 acres more or less as shown upon a survey map for Michael Ray and Dianne Houston by Clarence A. Jenkins, RLS dated June 16, 1994 and bearing job number 94-129. Also being all of Lot #3 of Greenwood Acres Subdivision as shown upon plat recorded in Plat Cabinet “C”, Slide 302A, Henderson County Registry. Subject to the right of way of Greenwood Drive (S.R. 2019) widened to its full legal width.


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Subject to a right of way as recorded in Deed Book 510, page 129, Henderson County Registry. Subject to Restrictive Covenants as recorded in Deed Book 519, Page 34, Henderson County Registry. The record owner of said property as of a date not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this notice is: Antoinette Lane. Trustee, or Trustee’s agent conducting the sale, may begin the sale up to one hour after the time fixed herein as provided in NCGS §45-21.23. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to NCGS §45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon ten (10) days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If you are a tenant and have any questions about your legal rights, please consult an attorney. Although not required by statute, any and all bidders and purchasers at sale should understand that the property described in the subject foreclosure proceeding may or may not contain a structure of any kind. The Substitute Trustee in this matter makes no representation or warranty as to the type or existence of a structure situated on the subject property or whether or not said structure has been affixed in any way. Likewise, Substitute Trustee makes no warranties or representations of any kind as to whether title to the mobile/manufactured home(s) on the subject property, if any, has been properly cancelled or whether there are any outstanding liens thereon. Said property will be sold subject to taxes, assessments, and any superior easements, rights of way, restrictions of record, liens, or other encumbrances prior to the lien of the deed of trust being foreclosed, said sale to remain open for increased bids for ten (10) days after report thereof to the Clerk of Superior Court. The Substitute Trustee may require the high bidder to deposit cash at the sale in an amount equal to the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or $750.00. If no upset bid is filed, the balance of the purchase price, less deposit, must be made in cash upon tender of the deed. Third party purchasers at sale must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) as required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). This the 29th day of October, 2010. Alan B. Powell, Substitute Trustee, P.O. Box 1550, High Point, NC 27261. (336) 889-7999.

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approved anyway (see “Softening the Blow,” Nov. 3 Xpress). And on Nov. 9, Bellamy moved the incentives vote up in the agenda, figuring that after so much previous discussion, her colleagues would now be ready for a quick vote. She was mistaken: The debate lasted almost an hour. Vice Mayor Brownie Newman raised a number of concerns, mostly about conditions he felt were too vague. He particularly questioned the idea of requiring a company to demonstrate a need for the incentives in order to apply for them and to substantiate the proposed project’s financial viability. “Can we really verify that?” wondered Newman, adding, “It seems subjective.” But Economic Development Director Sam Powers said that staff has a process for assessing both criteria. Council member Cecil Bothwell, who added that he’s uncomfortable with incentives for developers in general, joined Newman in taking issue with some of the energy-saving requirements. “Does this just mean they’re energy-efficient if they have an Energy Star refrigerator?” asked Bothwell. Newman once again said he believed additional revisions were needed, but by this time, Bellamy wasn’t having it. “Look, let’s approve this and direct staff to refine it further if they need to,” she suggested, adding that the financial-viability provision could be removed and reconsidered separately later. “We already have Montford Commons as a test case.” In the end, the incentives were approved 4-3, with Bothwell and Council members Bill Russell and Jan Davis dissenting.

Enka Center rezoning approved

In other business, Council members: • Unanimously approved a rezoning needed for the Enka Center, a mixed-use commercial/industrial development at the former BASF site, to proceed. They praised developer Martin Lewis for cleaning up the former brownfield site and trying to transform it into a commercial linchpin, though Lewis noted that, due to the economy, the project’s future is uncertain. • Heard a report on the city’s carbon footprint. Although Asheville’s energy costs total $5.3 million annually, a variety of measures (many of them building-related) have cut that figure by more than $300,000. Due to keeping older vehicles in service longer, however, the associated energy expenditures have risen. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at • NOVEMBER 17 - NOVEMBER 23, 2010 

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