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letters Max Cooper’s subjects are harbingers of things to come Great piece by Max Cooper in the Nov. 9 Xpress [“Asheville Argus: Eyes on the Street”]. His pictorial and verbal observations of today’s Asheville amplify my misconceptions of the Asheville I experienced 70 years ago as a young GI in an infantry basic training camp in South Carolina. It was hotter than hell in that camp many years ago during July, August and September — the hottest days of the year. Recruits were dropping like flies. Several even died. But we were at war, for our very existence. A new buddy I met at camp was a native of Asheville. A guy by the name of Lee. (A good Southern name.) I believe his daddy was mayor of the town at the time. Lee took me on a weekend pass to the cool, lush, mountain evenings of his home. It was like I’d died and gone to heaven. A paradise. That weekend of long ago has stayed with me through all my years, permanently etched in my mind. So when the time came for my family to pull stakes from Chicago and look for greener pastures elsewhere, I retraced my early journey to Asheville. Unfortunately, after nearly 10 years in Asheville, and the death of my wife, I have managed to isolate myself on four wooded acres in town, only to discover, to my dismay, that life in Asheville merely offers a microcosm of the lifestyle I endured in Chicago for 45 years. It has become much worse thanks to the overwhelming greed that has gradually permeated our soci-

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ety over the years, as well as the present financial chaos that could well spell the end of our society as we know it. At nearly 87 years old, I thought I had lived through and survived just about every disaster, even the Great Depression of the early ‘30s in which my father lost his home and his savings in a bank that closed during the bank holiday and never reopened. So, if you believe several of the individuals Cooper portrayed in his piece appeared strange, better get ready for more. They appear to be the new standard for our nation. Homeless. Penniless. Family-less. Lost to all but God. — Harry Jell Jr. Asheville

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What’s so edgy about statistics? It’s not that the “The 7 Billionth Person on Earth” was an offensive, controversial or even inaccurate article, it was just plain superfluous [“Edgy Mama,” Nov. 9 Xpress]. Couldn’t something have been communicated in a half-page more than just a slew of inanimate statistics that we all know? If you ask me, statistics are about the most lifelessly conventional way of communicating information. So we have 7 billion people, and Edgy Mama, you “selfishly” hope that your kids procreate, but on a “humanistic level” you are terrified of more people and do not consider the birth of the 7 billionth a cause for celebration. Do you enjoy indulging the emotion of guilt? We have another rambling and undirected mishmash of how we consume a crap-load in this country — and? What are you offering? What are you trying to say? I don’t think you know. To me, if you’ve got a true sense of self, then selfishness and humanitarianism are inextricable. It would have been a lot more edgy if you had written something contrasting the popular mindset that we are a disease upon the Earth. This is no way to see oneself. If our future is as grim as the picture you paint, then it will be because of the “hopelessly doomed” psychology that articles such as yours feed. The natural emotion of ushering in new life is empowerment, not regret for having brought calamity. It is our responsibility as parents to always hold the birth of a child as holy, and to inspire within our children their natural imagination so that they pursue the future with hunger rather than shun it with dread, feel beautiful rather than ugly and nurture their own will to create, transform, have a purpose and find solutions. — Jordan Foltz Asheville

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A big yuck to the Mountain Xpress for printing the photo of a woman’s leg shackled to a dancing pole in an ad for a local nightspot. Hooray for healthy sexuality consensually expressed, but would Xpress have run the ad if the leg had been a shade darker? I think (thankfully) not. Yes, editing is a form or censorship, but please choose not to run ads that portray violence to women as entertainment. — Sherrill Osborne Knight Asheville Xpress responds: Thanks for your letter, which raises good points. We restrict the number and content of adult ads that run in Xpress in deference to the range of values held by our readers and to ensure that Xpress continues to promote community dialogue among those readers. The Advertising and Production departments created this ad with our stock-image library, using, at the client’s request, an image of a woman with a pole. When the ad was created and approved by the client, we didn’t think through all of the image’s connotations and implied contexts. The ad ran for one week. We have replaced it this week to reflect something more positive.


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This morning, I stopped by Greenlife Grocery, more accurately known as Whole Foods, to grab a coffee and muffin on my way to work. It was 7:30 a.m., a time when Greenlife is always bustling. When I tried the door, it was locked. Just then, a Greenlife employee walked by. “The store’s closed?” I asked. “We’re opening at 8 a.m. from now on,” he said. Puzzling — why does a place that sells what seems to be millions of dollars’ worth of muffins and coffee every morning suddenly need to change its hours, totally unannounced? It’s not because they’re suffering from economic decline — ever see that parking lot, or the store for that matter, less than ridiculously crowded? Maybe the sales between 7 and 8 a.m. just aren’t quite what they are, say, between 8 and 9 a.m., or around the noon hour, or after work, when they’re pulling in closer to a billion dollars in an hour? OK, I exaggerate, but you get my point. They seem to make lots of money all the time. So why not be open at 7 a.m. to serve the community that supports them, we who really need our morning cuppa joe and roll? Is it hasty to speculate that corporate greed and bottom lines are to blame? I watched it happen: Greenlife, despite its communal roots, is no longer a “community” grocer. Rather, it is now part of a corporate conglomeration caring more about strategic financial calculations (the rich get richer) than about the community that supports them. The “free coffee” seemed proof that they were feeling at least a little guilty and were trying to soften the blow for a trail of disappointed regular customers. Am I being petty, or just wishing for the old community store, pre-corporate bottom lines that now dictate the new coffee hour? — Virginia Bower Asheville

Greenlife Grocery appreciates the feedback about the change in our opening hours. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We know that, for many people, the morning routine is an important part of the day. The decision to open the store later resulted from a unanimous vote of the Greenlife leadership team (not a corporate edict) because so few customers shopped during this hour. Equally weighted, we believed the change would be better for team members and our ability to best serve our customers. However, after considering feedback, we will be opening our doors at 7:30 a.m. starting Monday, Nov. 21. Greenlife remains as committed as ever to Asheville, and during the past year our contributions to the community have amplified. We thank our customers for this. Together, we have achieved a lot. For example, we thank all who shopped during our quarterly “5 percent day,” which recently gave 5 percent of sales to the Asheville City Schools Foundation. We are excited and gratified, too, for our customers who utilize our bag-donation program. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue just benefited from this initiative (as does a local organization every month). In addition, we encourage local food producers to take a look at our Local Producer Loan Program — a

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Now we pay taxes to have the city vacuum leaves up and take them to recycle into mulch. So instead of spending $15,000 in tax money for reusable plastic bags, folks want the city to spend $75,000 per new truck to go back to vacuuming and trucking so they don’t have to bag. What would be better, folks: paying taxes to have the city do everything for us or getting our kids out there to help with the chores, including raking and bagging leaves? Today taxes pay people to volunteer and parents pay to get their kids to and from volunteering so that, once or twice a year, a kid can say they collected canned food for charity. Why not pay the kid now to do some chores and help a neighbor? After all, there are organized service programs in every school, church and synagogue, etc., so where are the kids to help rake and bag leaves? Are taxes to vacuum leaves really progressive? As JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” — Christopher Pratt Older folks in our fair city are upset about the Asheville city no longer vacuuming leaves up in the fall. The city stopped the practice because the four vacuum trucks are old, costly to maintain, have a large carbon footprint, cost $75,000 to replace and are only used during two or three months a I received a call from Asheville GreenWorks year. The new system cost the city $15,000 to buy today, informing me that the Adopt-a-Street reusable plastic bags so homeowners can rake signs for the WNC Atheists, which are posted on and bag their leaves and put the bags curbside. both ends of North Lexington Avenue, had been City crews come by and dump bags into trucks vandalized and would need to be replaced. I was and leave the bag to be used again and again. also informed that Asheville GreenWorks had Critics say bagging leaves is too hard for received threatening phone calls demanding that some folks, the old and infirm. Now some of us the signs be taken down. recall when folks raked and burned their leaves. I was not surprised by this news, nor were Homeowners and their kids helped their families any other members of our atheist street-clean— it was called chores and some even got an ing crew. It is simply a matter of fact that, in the allowance for doing their chores. Neighbors’ kids United States, pro-atheist outreach efforts are helped rake and burn leaves for a few dollars, just commonly met with this sort of response. like we did with snow shoveling, mowing and I would like to take this opportunity to ask the raking lawns, washing cars, cleaning out under vandals: what were you hoping to accomplish? porches and behind garages, babysitting, etc. We What does it say about your belief system that no longer burn leaves so we have more fresh air, atheists are picking up litter while you deface city and less carbon footprint. property? program that has already helped North Carolina producers. Our expanded services and product offerings are consistent with our allegiance toward a healthier environment, more compassionate animal husbandry practices, sustainability, good health and food marked by quality, great taste, affordability and safety. Inquiries about Whole Foods’ initiatives aimed at achieving these goals are more than welcome. As the community’s market on Merrimon Avenue, we celebrate wonderful customers and purveyors. Together, we create a place where we all enjoy the special uniqueness and local flavors, talents and artisans that have defined, and will continue to define, Greenlife. — Sherrie Sterken Greenlife Grocery Asheville

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The folks at Asheville GreenWorks spend a tremendous amount of time and effort to keep our city looking beautiful. New signs are already being printed. All you have done is waste the time and money of an organization that is trying to better our city. I wish to extend an invitation to the vandals and to those making the threatening phone calls: if you truly believe that your worldview is superior, then prove it. There is no shortage of streets in Asheville that need litter control. Call Asheville GreenWorks and adopt a street of your own. Show us all that your convictions are so strong, and your constituents so dedicated, that you can keep a cleaner street than a ragtag bunch of atheists. You’ll get your own signs, and we promise not to hurt them. — James Childress Asheville

The “ironey” is lost on me I am highly offended by your cartoon that shows someone in a green hat, and brown pants, and who is a photographer [“Brent Brown: Ironey the Iron,” Nov. 16 Xpress]. I walk these streets all day wearing about the same outfit, taking pictures. I would hate to assume that this is supposed to be a caricature of me. Yes, I sit with homeless, and many others as I spend my days here. I can assure you though, as a land and homeowner in Vermont, and having an apartment to stay in while here, that I am not homeless. I also have viewers of my work all over the world. I do not see any homeless persons walking these streets with photography equipment or handing out cards about the video and photo work I do. Yes, I was offended. I could not figure out why persons were walking up to me today telling me all about services that the homeless have here. When I told them I do not need those services they seemed shocked. Now I know why. I am sure that you would not have posted a caricature of some better-known local artist like that. I consider this defamation of character. — Patty Cooper Asheville

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The cartoon of the photographer who’s forced into homelessness despite, ironically, being the best in his profession, was not based on you. Rather, the cartoon alludes to a Nov. 2 entry on the Ashvegas blog about local photographer Micah Mackenzie, who posted on Facebook of his struggle to survive in Asheville (ironically after just having won the title of Best Photographer in the annual Mountain Xpress Best of WNC issue). Even then, it was not a literal representation of him and other actual artists actually living in boxes on the street, but rather a premise taken to an extreme to achieve what people with senses of humor call a “joke.” The clothes’ colors were chosen at random and not based on any person living or dead. To further set your mind at ease, the iron depicted in the cartoon, while based on an existing sculpture on Wall Street, does not in real life have human limbs or a face and does not narrate local events. — Brent Brown Asheville • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 9

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Xpress received a large volume of letters about the proposed agreement between the city of Asheville and U.S. Cellular. Announced on Nov. 10, the deal would grant naming rights to the Chicago-based company in exchange for an investment of “up to $1.3 million over eight years.” The deal is subject to Council approval, scheduled for the Nov. 22 meeting (the day after Xpress goes to press). Dozens of readers responded with a similar argument — the negotiations were too covert; corporate sponsorship clashes with Asheville’s distinct character; the bidding process for such a deal should be open — but many of the perspectives are unique. One reader applauds the potential deal. In the following special section, Xpress compiled these letters. Attribution details appear at the end of each one.

i Stop! Let the city’s citizens weigh in over such an important decision! —Helen Bodel, Asheville i To have the Asheville Civic Center renamed when it was not even open to bids is ridiculous! The very least that should be done is that any renaming be opened to bids and be open to the public! — Kathleen G. Johnson, Alexander

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selling these rights? I believe that if we are going to sell the naming rights for public buildings and institutions, we should do so openly, allowing the marketplace to set the price through an announced and open bidding process. I am sure we have a few Asheville-based companies, like Ingles, FLS Energy or Blue Ridge Biofuels, that would be interested in bidding — even regional companies like Earth Fare or Harris Teeter should be given: No. 1, an opportunity to bid and, No. 2, some priority as profit centers and local job creators. Chicago-based U.S. Cellular? Really? They do not even have a call center here. Yes, they provide jobs, but what else do they have invested in the region? Do we really want this to be the brand that represents much of the arts and entertainment that come to our great city? While we’re at it, we may as well sell the names to City Hall and Pack Memorial Library. The $1.3 million price does not, as erroneously reported, equal a 2 percent tax increase; rough calculations estimate the income from the U.S. Cellular deal to equal a 0.2 percent increase in tax revenue. At a minimum, I encourage the outgoing City Council to vote no on this unannounced indiscretion, and recommend that Mayor Bellamy create a plan for what structures and institutions are available for corporate open bidding on the name, and create a competitive bidding process, which may well bring in better that the private U.S. Cellular deal. — Andrew Stephens, Asheville

i Congratulations on the sale of naming rights to the Civic Center. Job well done! — Bob Carr, Asheville

i The “behind-the-scenes deal” between Mayor Bellamy and the U.S. Cellular is an outrage. There is an odious smell in the Asheville air. City Council members, stand up. Vote “no,” and open up this process to the public — where it belongs. — Jeanine Maland, Asheville i The Civic Center name-change seems high-handed to me. The citizens of Asheville/Buncombe County should have a voice in this. Only after due consideration is given to citizen input should any vote be taken by Council. — Anne D. Campbell, Asheville i Let’s give Ingles a chance to bid on the Civic Center naming. It seems like Ingles is a more community organization. — Richard Warren, Asheville i I can’t believe Council would consider allowing the Asheville Civic Center to be renamed without letting it be known publicly that this was under consideration. How in the world did U.S. Cellular get in the picture? It is a joke. Personally, I think it should be named — if a change is to be — the Thomas Wolfe Civic Center. Let the big guys pay for this and put their name on a plaque. But, U.S. Cellular? Or, even Ingles? OMG. — Anne Ray, Flat Rock

i The only thing more stupid than “The U.S. Cellular Center” (really rolls off the tongue — say it quickly five times!) is the way the “decision” was reached. Yes, we can certainly use the money, but what happened to the democratic process? — Betsy Haber, Asheville

Please open this opportunity publicly so everyone will benefit. — Dana Irwin, Asheville

i This name trade to U.S. Cellular

i What was Mayor Bellamy and whoever was part of this disgusting idea to rename the Civic Center thinking? Aren’t we having a revolution in this country in the form of Occupy Wall Street against the takeover of our government and greed of corporations in all facets of our lives? Asheville, which fights tooth and nail to keep out chain stores in town and supports small, local businesses, is now going to permit a big corporation to put its name on a landmark building for a measly $1.3 million over eight years. Outrageous. Disturbing. Asheville doesn’t have to be like other cities and sell-out. We are leaders, not followers. Mayor Bellamy should run for higher office — in another state. — Margo Klein, Asheville

i How un-Asheville, and how typical of politicians, that Mayor Bellamy made a secret deal with a corporation, only announcing it when it was seemingly a done deal. I urge Council to vote “no” on the action to rename the civic center U.S. Cellular. Then perhaps we can have a process with community input. If we are going to sell the name at least have an open process with the possibility of other corporations having a bid. And do we, as a community, care what kind of corporation has naming rights? I would be one who would


i I returned from out of town to a newspaper headline about the Civic Center name-change. It was quite an ‘”un-welcome home” greeting. My first reaction was, “You gotta be kidding,” followed by, “Gee, at the very least, couldn’t it be [named the] U.S. Cellular Civic Center?” It would surely advertise sufficiently, while maintaining the integrity of Civic Center’s name. — Ann Albrecht, Asheville

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Bellamy on the local news talking about the Asheville Civic Center’s name being changed to U.S. Cellular. That is atrocious and completely distasteful. The only thing worse is that the deal was made in secret from the public. This kind of decision should be openly discussed so that the citizens of Asheville can weigh in. If we’re going to sell the name of the Civic Center, at least open it up so that we can get the highest bidder and make the most money from it. We should decide, not Mayor Bellamy. I hope that City Council will stand up and vote “no” for this deal. It needs to be researched further and opened up for competitive bidding, if that’s the route we decide to take to raise funds for the civic center. — Debbie Metcalf, Asheville

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hope the corporate sponsor would be a responsible one, one that honored openness and didn’t spend money lobbying for issues that are not in our community’s best interest. — Arida Emrys, Asheville

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i PARC makes several valid points regarding the recently announced name change of the Civic Center to the U.S. Cellular Center. What is behind all the secrecy of the sudden change? Why wasn’t there any notice to the public that there was a move afoot to sell the name? Was any attempt made to obtain bids for the name change or was it U.S. Cellular or nothing? The whole matter smacks of a certain amount of “hanky panky,” a set-up for a lame-duck Council to confirm the deal. It would appear that if U.S. Cellular was interested in paying $1.3 million over an eight-year period for the name change from Asheville Civic Center, there might well have been other entities willing to pay $2.5 million or more. Were “bids” put out by the City Council? Most are aware that the Civic Center is in dire need of major repair. In fact, I wonder how safe the structure really is. Is $1.3 million over an eight-year • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 


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period going to be enough to make “a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”? — Neil M. Barrett, Asheville

i I am totally ashamed of the nonprogressive way the Civic Center improvements contract was done. There should have been publicized, open, competitive bidding. — Maggi Zadek, Fairview i Do you know why we have so many rare, older buildings in downtown Asheville? It’s because during the Great Depression, Asheville chose to pay off its debt rather than accept a government bailout. It took many decades to pay off the debt, but had we accepted the government aid, Asheville would have been subject to urban planning programs that would have mandated the destruction of many of the distinctive architectural gems that contribute to our town’s special character. In the 1930s, Asheville’s proud independence and focus on long-term goals preserved much of the charm that makes Asheville a tourist mecca today. Now, U.S. Cellular wants to buy naming rights to our Civic Center, and slap their brand on one of Asheville’s prime venues. This crass commercialism threatens our civic independence and would constitute yet another unfortunate step toward the transformation of our unique town into another bland splotch on the map of The United States of Generica. Tell City Council you oppose this scheme! — David Lynch, Asheville

i We were stunned to hear that the Asheville Civic Center would be renamed for such a paltry sum! We were stunned again to hear that it was a noncompetitive, secret deal. This is not how the public’s business should be conducted. Let’s hope the City Council does the right thing and rejects this lousy deal! — Al and Betsy Gumpert, Asheville

i Do not give away naming rights to the Asheville Civic Center without formal discussion and a credible bidding process! I am a voter, and I feel that I wasn’t represented in this action. — Marianne Cote, Asheville i As a tax-paying homeowner in Asheville, I am appalled by the lack of an open-bidding process for naming rights to our Civic Center. I want City Council, representing me, to vote “no” and then open the bidding to all interested in winning the rights. I prefer that some other source of funding be found instead of attaching yet another corporate name to a publicly owned property. Alas, I also understand the necessity for funds to accomplish improvements to this aging structure. At the very least, just for the best financial benefit for us all, make this a transparent open bidding process; it just makes good business sense. — Max Poppers, Asheville

i Please respect our community and its values by not changing the name of our beloved Civic Center to the U.S. Cellular building. That’s not what it is, nor what it embodies in any way, and the monetary exchange should have nothing to do with this decision. Do what is right: Preserve the dignity of Asheville, and yourselves. Don’t sell out. — Alana Johnson, Asheville

definition community oriented) an advertisement for a corporation? Yes, I know, it will all come to “rational decisions” about money. It always seems in our system like there is no alternative but selling out. The acoustics are bad; we need repairs. Let’s have someone do it. I think that a big fundraising campaign to keep Asheville independent would work wonders and create a wave of support from artists and citizens. Just on the side of art, too, the name “U.S. Cellular” is ugly. It might define some stem-cell research but certainly not an artistic- and community-oriented enterprise. Just like newspapers and media that sell out to advertising, what would we exchange for the name? It never comes free. When you have such a big donor, with the name in big letters, for sure, you are not going to want to antagonize, displease or ruffle its feathers in anyway. Gone is independence of thinking and spirit. I am stunned that this is even considered as an option. Please, please, let’s think out of the box. Go with the spirit of Asheville, the Occupy Wall Street spirit, instead of caving in to old dictates of “either/or.” Let’s dream bigger, mobilize and get a citizens’ action plan — Liliane Papin, Asheville

i Let’s get some money for the name of our Civic Center — put it out to the best bid. What did Mayor Bellamy receive under the table for this? How can she make a decision without involving the citizens and Council? — Nan Davis, Asheville i It is for us to decide, no one else. Period. — Mary Fishman, Asheville i How does U.S. Cellular Greenway


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Sound? There is a great opportunity for the whole community to sell out. I hate company names on public places, but in this case it would be a better alternative than another apartment complex and a greenway that goes nowhere.

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by Jake Frankel The Buncombe County commissioners kicked off their Nov. 15 meeting by reiterating their support for local farmers with an update on the N.C. Cooperative Extension’s statewide 10% Campaign, which urges Tar Heel residents to spend more of their food dollars locally. The idea is to get people, organizations and businesses to commit to spending 10 percent of their food budget on products grown, harvested or produced in North Carolina, Melinda Roberts explained. Since the project’s launch in July of last year, 104 county residents and 13 businesses have committed to the target, pumping more than $150,000 into the state’s food economy, she reported. Only 10 other counties in the state had more participants, she said, noting that the local numbers continue to increase. Roberts, the local-food coordinator for the Buncombe County Extension office, asked the commissioners to support the campaign, perhaps by encouraging county departments and employees to participate and promoting it via the website and other marketing efforts. Buncombe doesn’t “have a formal policy, but we try to buy local,” responded County Manager Wanda Greene. David Gantt, who chairs the Board of Commissioners, said he wants to formalize the county’s support of the project, asking staff to have a proclamation ready for a vote at the Dec. 6 meeting. “It’s hard to meet the goal if you don’t know what the target is,” Gantt observed. He went on to tout the benefits of community-supported agriculture, in which members pay an up-front fee in exchange for a weekly share of what the farm produces. Having more folks join CSAs is a key part of the 10% Campaign, noted Roberts. “It’s really beneficial for farmers, because it gives them income in advance. So it allows them to have the money to purchase seeds,” she explained. “It’s a risk for the person that’s paying for it, because sometimes you do have crop failure. But usually you get things in abundance.” Gantt concurred, saying, “When my family has participated in that, we got more food than we thought we would.” He added: “It’s a priority of this board to encourage farming, preserve farmland and make sure farmers can make a living.” Commissioner Holly Jones also praised CSAs and the Extension campaign, gushing, “It’s fantastic to invest dollars in local food.”

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Bee local: The commissioners voiced support for the 10% Campaign, which urges North Carolina residents to spend more of their food dollars on locally produced products, such as this jar of honey from a farm in Yancey County. Photo by Bill Rhodes (honey provided by Fresh Quarter Produce)

Community split over A-B Tech referendum Although there was nothing directly related to A-B Tech on the meeting’s agenda, a number of school officials were present, including Hank Dunn. Gantt invited him to speak, noting that as the community college’s president, Dunn has had a busy year campaigning on behalf of a quarter-cent sales-tax increase that would benefit the school. County residents approved the increase by a razor-thin margin in a Nov. 8 referendum: 503 votes out of more than 33,000 cast. Commissioners have pledged to use the revenue to fund capital improvements at the school. “We’re here just to say thank you to the commissioners for allowing the vote to go on


the ballot,” Dunn explained. “It was certainly a little closer than we ever thought it was going to be, but we appreciate the support of the community. When people see the commissioners and A-B Tech coming together to do what we said we were, I think they’ll be very pleased with the results.” During the public-comment period, however, Mike Fryar, a former Republican candidate for commissioner who’d actively campaigned against the measure, said he wasn’t the least bit happy with the results. Fryar maintained that it wasn’t fair to hold the referendum in a year when there were no countywide races on the ballot. And because the vote was so close, he asserted, the commissioners should hold another vote on the measure next year before levying the tax. Noting the split between city and county

“It was certainly a little closer than we ever thought it was going to be, but we appreciate the support of the community.” — A-B Tech PresidenT hAnk dunn on referendum voTe

voters (a majority of Asheville voters supported the measure, and most voters outside the city limits opposed it), Fryar commented: “A lot of people in Buncombe County are mad. We don’t want to call this ‘A Tech’ — it’s called Asheville-Buncombe Technical institution. And the way this was done, it’s A Tech.” Fryar also questioned the legality of the push to get the tax increase approved, submitting a request for detailed information concerning the campaign’s finances and coordination with county officials. Next up was Candler resident Jerry Rice, who chastised both county and school officials for not providing information about the college and the sales tax that he said he’d requested several months ago. “We need a democracy that will listen to the people,” Rice declared.

Other business In addition, the commissioners: • Unanimously approved a resolution asking the state Department of Transportation to dedicate the Interstate 26 overpass at Long Shoals Road as the “Justice Harry C. Martin Bridge.” Martin was an associate justice on the state Supreme Court from 1982 to 1992; in 2000, he was named chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, which made him an honorary member when he retired in 2006. • Heard a report on county government’s carbon footprint from General Services Director Greg Israel, who originally delivered the report during the commissioners’ Sept. 13 meeting (see “Going Green,” Sept. 21 Xpress) but was asked to repeat it because Gantt and Jones were absent at that time. Between 2005 and 2010, the amount of carbon county government operations released into the atmosphere rose from 23,416 metric tons to 26,096 metric tons, according to Israel. That was due mostly to a jump from nearly 1.3 million square feet of county-owned facilities in 2005 to more than 1.5 million square feet five years later. During the same period, however, the county actually reduced its energy use per square foot, replacing windows at the courthouse and updating heating and air-conditioning systems. • Delayed a decision on Planning Board appointments until Dec. 6. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 5

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Newly trained Green Jobs grads scramble to find work

Tim Alexander, president, HomeSource Builders

by Tracy Rose As a local program that trains workers for green jobs winds down, staff and graduates alike confront a frustrating situation. “As far as finding training-related work, that’s the challenge,” says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. The ABCCM Green Jobs program began nearly two years ago when the nonprofit received an $880,000 federal stimulus grant to train disadvantaged workers for jobs in the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sectors.

training ABCCM’s Green Jobs program will offer free weatherization training through mid-January. Applicants must be 18 or older, live in targeted high-poverty areas of Asheville and meet one of the following requirements: be unemployed, a high-school dropout, have a criminal record or a low income. For more info or to apply, call 2595333 or e-mail

Candaus Richardson, program graduate

Larry Funk, program graduate

“We’ve got all these wonderful trained people, but the market never materialized.” — SuSan Garrett, Green JobS proGram

Garrett was hired in March 2010, and training began that July. Since then, she reports, 52 people have been trained as biofuels technicians, 24 as solar-thermal installers, 38 as LEED green associates specializing in green-building practices, and 156 as weatherization technicians. To date, however, only 60 of those 270 people have found green employment; another 51 have found other jobs, Garrett reports, noting that roughly 30 to 40 percent of those placements have been for part-time work. A similar story has played out nationwide. Of the of 3,586 people who completed greenjobs training funded by the 2009 Recovery Act as of Sept. 30, 2010, only 466 found new jobs, according to a February report by the BlueGreen Alliance and the Economic Policy Institute. “Now we’ve got all these wonderful trained people, but the market never materialized,” says Garrett. She blames a still-weak economy in which many homeowners aren’t willing to pay for energy-saving improvements even if it would

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benefit their household’s bottom line while reducing the structure’s carbon footprint. A companion program was supposed to spur spending by providing rebates for such improvements. But President Barack Obama’s $6.6 billion “Cash for Caulkers” program (aka Home Star) has yet to gain Senate approval.

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a pool of people that can participate and help us in our construction,” said Alexander. “I’d like to try to support the local labor force, as opposed to bringing in folks from out of town, whenever possible.” That’s music to the ears of program graduate Larry Funk, who’s worked in construction for years but needed to be “re-educated” after business dwindled for his tile-installation company, Dynamic Chai Standard. Funk had already received solar-energy training through Appalachian State University, so this time he opted for LEED green associate training. In the meantime, Garrett was collaborating with the Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute, which received a grant to install solar panels on eight Asheville restaurants. Sundance Power Systems of Weaverville will do the work, and Funk is one of two Green Jobs graduates hired under the grant. Garrett is also trying to tap into the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Clean Air Act settlement to fund a local version of the stalled federal Home Star program, creating a revolving-loan program that would help homeowners pay for energy-efficiency upgrades. “Nobody expected the economy to take the hit that it has,” Garrett reflects. “I think just like with everything, we want to approach this with a can-do attitude.” X

Against that background, ABCCM has resorted to a two-pronged approach to drumming up jobs for program graduates: networking with employers and seeking out grants. “We’ve really tried to raise awareness that we have all these trained people,” Garrett says, telling potential employers “We’re your talent scouts: We can recruit good people for you.” Last month, the nonprofit hosted a “meet and greet” for employers and program grads at The Magnetic Field in the River Arts District. Among the roughly 30 people who attended was Tim Alexander, president of the Ashevillebased HomeSource Builders. “I’m feeling like this will be an exceptional Freelance writer and editor Tracy Rose lives in resource for me to have, to be introduced to Asheville.

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calendar categories community events & workshops / social & shared-interest groups / government & politics / seniors & retirees / animals / technology / business & careers / volunteering / health programs / support groups / helplines / sports groups & activities / kids / spirituality / arts / spoken & written word / festivals & gatherings / music / theater / comedy / film / dance / auditions & call to artists calEndaR FoR novEmbER 23 dEcEmbER 1, 2011 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue A no-kill organization. Info: or 505-3440.

• DAILY, 8am-8pm - Pet Adoption Day at the rescue center, 31 Glendale Ave. Open from 8am-6pm on Sundays. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: or 6935172. • 4th SATURDAYS, 10am-2pm - Vouchers for free and low-cost spay/neuter services will be available to Henderson County residents at Tractor Supply Company, 115 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. Pet Biggest Loser Contest • Through SU (5/20) - All Pets Animal Hospital and Rehabilitation Center will hold a Pet Biggest Loser Contest to promote a

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

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Art aRt 16 Patton Located at 16 Patton Ave. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: www.16patton. com or 236-2889. • Through SA (11/26) - Works by Karen Hollingsworth, Karin Jurick and Suzy Schultz. All member Art Show • Through FR (1/6), The All Member Art Show will be held at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. Info: or 692-2078. American Folk Art and Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: or 281-2134. • FR (11/25) through SA (12/31) - Virgins, Saints and Angels. 12 painters, wood carvers and potters will share their interpretation of the virgins, saints and angels for the holidays. • FR (11/25), 5-7pm Opening reception. AntHm gallery Located at 110.5 W. State St. in downtown Black Mountain. Info: www. • Through FR (11/25) Works by Ellen Langford, Keith Spencer and Constance Humphries. • SA (11/26) through TU (1/31) - Resurrection, works by Amy Greenan, and Abstracts and Writings, works by Lou Majors. • SA (11/26), 5-8:30pm - Opening reception. Appalachian Pastel Society Info: • Through TH (12/1) - What Can You Do in 24 Inches will be on display at Conn-Artist Studios and Gallery, 611 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville.

Appalachian State University • Through SU (1/1) Sanctuary, works by Val Lyle. Info: or 262-6084. • Through SU (1/1) - Living in the Light: A Retrospective, works by the late John Scarlata, will be on display in the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. stageme@ or 2626084. 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: www.fineartmuseum. or 227-3591. • Through FR (12/9) Exhi-beard-tion fall senior thesis exhibition for WCU art and design students. • Through FR (12/9) - Bachelor of Fine Arts portfolio exhibit. Asheville Art museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • Through SU (3/18) - The New Materiality: Digital Dialogues at the Boundaries of Contemporary Craft. • Through SU (3/4) Homage2 will pay tribute to Josef Albers. Atelier 24 Lexington: A gallery of Local Art Located at 24 Lexington Ave. Info: • Through WE (11/30) Horse and Barn, works by Brian Hibbard. Autumn in the Southern Appalachians • Through SU (1/1) Autumn and Winter in the Southern Appalachians, a juried exhibit of Carolina nature photographers, will be on display at Deerpark Inn at the Biltmore Estate, 1 Approach Road. Info: Bella vista Art gallery

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Environmental leader Bill McKibben will speak at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium on Wednesday,

wed Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. Free, but limited seating. Info:

A candlelight memorial vigil will honor World AIDS Day and the AIDS Memorial Quilt on

thur Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Held at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square. Info: fri

Get in the holiday spirit at the Holly Jolly Parade featuring extended downtown business hours and a visit from Santa. Parade departs from Cherry Street in Black Mountain on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Info:


Give back to the community at a Red Cross holiday blood drive on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Red Cross mobile unit will be parked at Sarge’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Drive, Waynesville. Call for appointment: 246-9050.


No matter how stuffed you end up on Thanksgiving there’s always a hefty load of leftovers, so bring those neglected dishes to The Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive, on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a post-Thanksgiving party with music by Miriam and the Pasionistas. 6-10 p.m. Info: 232-6967. Experiencing back pain from carrying those holiday decorations down from the attic? Fairview

mon Chiropractic Center offers free spinal screenings at Jazzercise South Asheville Fitness Center, 3426 Sweeten Creek Road, on Monday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. Info: fairviewchiroprac


Join Dr. Matthew Robinson, author of Death Nation: The Experts Explain American Capital Punishment, for “The Real Death Penalty: A Summary of the Data and Scientific Studies,” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. The free lecture will discuss North Carolina’s execution history and the controversial Racial Justice Act. Held at UNCA’s Highsmith Union Grotto. Info: or 262-6560.

Located in Biltmore Village next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Summer hours: Mon., Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: www.bellavistaart. com or 768-0246. • Through SA (12/31) - Spider Series, works by Paul Owen, Tif McDonald and Nicora Gangi.

Black mountain College museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College. Info: bmcmac@bellsouth. net or or 3508484. • Through SA (1/14) - John Cage: A Circle of Influences will explore Cage’s work during his time at Black Mountain College and his later collaborative projects. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle Street in downtown Asheville. Info: www.castellphotography. com or 255-1188.

• Through WE (11/30) Particular Histories, works by Rebecca Drolen. • Through WE (11/30) - Manipulated, juried by Ariel Shanberg. Caterine Stinson Yellowroot • Through TH (12/1) - Works by Caterine Stinson Yellowroot will be on display at The Wilderness Society, 563 West Main St. Suite 1, Sylva. Info: http://www. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Info: or 890-2050. • Through FR (1/27) Common Threads, works by four fiber artists who have collaborated with other artists or businesses. Courtyard gallery An eclectic art and performance space located at 109 Roberts St., Phil Mechanic Studios, River Arts District. Info: www. or 273-3332. • Through SA (12/31) - Anything Goes Everything Shows, the 5th annual mail art show. All entries received through the postal system will be exhibited. Participants were encouraged to explore themes, sizes, shapes and media of any kind. Flood gallery events Located in the Phil Mechanic building at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: or 254-2166. • Through WE (11/30) - Uncharted Waters, featuring the work of nine local artists. Hosted by Flood Gallery and Bold Life Magazine. Fountainhead Bookstore Located at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Info: or 697-1870. • Through WE (11/30) Pieces of the Sky, works by Ray Cooper. george terry

• Through WE (11/30) - Works by George Terry will be on display at DeSoto Lounge, 504 Haywood Road. Info: www.brotherwayword. grand Bohemian gallery Located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, 11 Boston Way. Info: www. bohemianhotelasheville. com or 505-2949. • FR (11/25), 4-8pm & SA (11/26), 5-8pm - Kate Stockman (jewelry). • Through WE (11/30) - New works by Jean Claude Roy. grovewood gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. Info: or 253-7651. • Through TH (12/1) - The Art of Making Music will feature instruments made in WNC. it’s A Small, Small Work • Through FR (12/31) - It’s A Small, Small Work will feature works that are 12 inches or smaller by over 100 regional artists. On display at Gallery

getaway turn “Black Friday” green What: Let’s face it — you probably won’t be first in line at any big box store this Friday. Rather than wait all morning for a big screen TV, skip the shopping and glide through the air instead. Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours will offer a special day of zip line excursions to benefit several environmental organizations. Half of the ticket price at its Asheville location will go to Asheville GreenWorks, a volunteer organization dedicated to environmental stewardship in Asheville and Buncombe County. If you’d rather take an afternoon drive before zipping through the trees, Pigeon River Canopy Tours, in Hartford, Tenn., will also be participating. Further still, Nantahala Gorge Canopy Tours, near Bryson City, will donate part of its profits to

asheville-area escapes the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR). And Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tours, in Long Creek, S.C., will support TreesGreenville, which has planted 2,200 trees since its founding in 2005. These are just a few reasons to skip the shopping lines and try a zip line instead. When: Friday, Nov. 25, throughout the day Where: Asheville, Hartford and Bryson City, Tenn. and Long Creek, S.C. Price: $54-79, depending on location. Half of the ticket price will be donated to various environmental organizations. Contact: (the company website) or 877-247-5535 Photo: Courtesy of Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 9

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• Through SU (3/11) - A Blue Ridge Rhapsody, works by Paul Hastings. Study Abroad Photo exhibit • Through WE (11/30) Study Abroad will feature the winners of the study abroad photo contest. Held in UNCA’s Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library. Info: 251-6436. the Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: • Through WE (11/30) - Third Nature, works by Virginia Derryberry. transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: or 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm - Downtown Brevard’s Gallery Walk, a self-guided tour of galleries and art studios.

Auditions & Call to Artists Capital infrastructure grants • Through MO (12/12) - Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services seeks applications for its Capital Infrastructure Grants, which directly promotes physical activity. Mail to 59 Woodfin Place by Dec. 12. Info: jessica.stevermer@buncombecounty. org or 250-4260. eco Arts Awards

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Benefits Chanukah Judaica/gift Shop • Congregation Beth israel Asheville (pd.) Expands it’s Judaica/Gift Shop from November 21 through Chanukah (December 28) by occupying a Micro Cottage generously donated by Compact Cottages Company, which will be located outside the Synagogue. Choose from a wide selection of traditional Judaica items and Chanukah gifts for the entire family. Visit us Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-2pm and Sundays 9:30am-12:30pm. 229 Murdock Avenue. (704) 773-3901. AiDS memorial Quilt • SU (11/27) through SA (12/3) - The AIDS Memorial Quilt, “A Tapestry of Lives, Living with 30 Years of HIV/ AIDS,â€? will be hosted by The Western North Carolina AIDS Project at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square. Info: www. • TH (12/1), 7-9pm - A candlelight memorial vigil will be held to honor World AIDS Day. Beauty through Cancer • Through WE (11/30) - Print4Food, an environmentally conscious print company, will donate $5 of its orders to Beauty Through Cancer. Info: Christmas tree Sale for Charity



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Fresh Produce Sporswear, 18 Lodge St. in Biltmore Village, will host a food drive to benefit MANNA FoodBank. Donors receive $1 store credit for each food item donated (up to $20). Nominate A Family in Need For the Holidays • Through SU (11/27) - Assist a family in need with this year’s “AdoptA-Family,â€? sponsored by George’s Stor-Mor, Storage Center and Stowaway Self Storage. Email nominations with information about who and why, and be sure to include names and ages of all family members and how to contact them. Families will be chosen Nov. 28th and receive gifts and food certificates. Donations of unwrapped gifts and certificates for groceries or gas can be dropped off at any sponsor locations. Nominations and info: tryon Fine Arts Center’s Christmas Fundraiser • FR (12/9), 6:30pm - An annual Christmas fundraiser will benefit the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: vegetarian thanksgiving Dinner • WE (11/23), 5-9pm - A 3-course, vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner to benefit Animal Haven will be held at Plant Restaurant, 165 Merrimon Ave. Reservations recommended. $30. Info: www. Women At Risk Benefit Concert • TH (12/1), 7-10pm - A benefit concert for the Women At Risk program will be held at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave., featuring music by Dehila Low and Every Mother’s Dream. $10.

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• FR (11/25) through SA (12/24) - The Artisan Gourmet Market will host a Christmas tree sale to benefit Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministries, Camp Lakey Gap, Swannanoa Valley Museum and others. Held at 2 East Market St., Black Mountain. Mon.-Thurs., 37pm. Fri.-Sat., noon-7pm. Sun., 10am-2pm. Info: 357-5500. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation • SA (11/26), 9pm - A benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in memory of Austin Shannon, will feature The American Gonzos, Last Science and Running on E. Held at The Get Down, 1045 Haywood Road. $7/$5 in advance. Info: www.getdownasheville. com or 505-8388. green Friday • FR (11/25) - Green Friday, an alternative to Black Friday, will feature zipline tours by Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours to benefit Asheville GreenWorks. Call for times. Info: www. or 877-247-5535. Hope in a Hopeless World • TH (12/1), 7:30-9:30pm - Hope in a Hopeless World: A musical benefit for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, featuring musicians Phil Roy and Rebecca White. Held at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highlands. $20. $50 VIP includes a meet and greet with the artist, a cocktail and dessert at the Hummingbird of Old Edwards Inn. Info: or 526-9047. mANNA Food Drive • FR (11/25) through SA (12/10), 11am-5pm -


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classEs, mEEtIngs, EvEnts & lEctuREs 24th Annual “Hard Candy Christmas” Arts & Crafts Show • November 25-26 (pd.) At Western Carolina University Ramsey Center, Friday/Saturday, 10am5pm each day. • Come early for crafts from the hands of 100 regional artisans. The area’s best potters, glass artists, and woodcrafts. • Old World Santas, heirloom ornaments, and fresh wreaths. Admission: $3 adults, children under 12 free. Free parking. (828) 5243405. ACt vs SAt Comparison test • SATURDAYS, 9am & SUNDAYS, 1pm Asheville students are invited to take an “ACT vs SAT Comparison Test” to determine which represents their best match. Held at Chyten Educational Services, 1550 Hendersonville Road, Suite 104, Asheville. Free. Info and reservations: www. or 505-2495. Apple valley model Railroad Club Meets at the Hendersonville Depot at the corner of 7th Avenue and Maple Street. Info: • FR (11/25), 10am-4pm & SA (11/26), 10am-2pm - The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club will host an open house featuring a raffle for a complete train set. Asheville tantra School Located at 2 Westwood Place, inside the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism building. $10-15 per hour with sliding scale available for

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levels welcome. Info: 254-3899. Dinner Club • TU (11/29), 5pm - The City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts program will host a dinner club at Papas and Beer, 17 Tunnel Road. Registration required by Nov. 28. Info: 350-2048. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St. Info: or 255-8115. • WE (11/23), 5pm - An Asheville Copwatch meeting will promote civilian police oversight. Free Beginner massage Class • A beginner massage class will be offered monthly. Free. Info, location and dates: www. or 645-5228. Henderson County Heritage museum Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: or 694-1619. • Through FR (12/30) - An exhibit of Civil War artifacts will feature military weaponry and uniforms. muslim Awareness Project A series of lectures and events at Warren Wilson College to highlight Muslim culture, politics and economics. Info: • TU (11/29), 5:45pm - “Representations of Muslim Women in Jordan and Indonesia: Diversity and Contradiction.” Held in the Mierke dinning room. Public Lectures & events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • MO (11/28), 11:25am “Second Temple Judaism • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 



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Dance Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/ week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. Capoeira Angola (pd.) An Afro-Brazilian cultural art, combines dance, music, and martial arts. • Adult and kids classes offered, see website for schedule. Beginners welcome Mondays, Saturdays. • Location: 257 Short Coxe. Studio Zahiya (pd.) Monday, 6-7 Yoga • 7:30-9 Bellydance • Tuesday 9-10am Hip Hop

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Eco Bill mcKibben • WE (11/30), 7pm - Bill McKibben, leader of 350. org and organizer of the Keystone Pipeline actions in Washington DC, will speak at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Free, but limited seating. Info: http:// Free trees • Through SA (12/10) - Individuals who join the Arbor Day Foundation will receive a free tree as part of the Trees for America campaign. Info: or 888-448-7337. N.C. Arboretum events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on 1st Tuesdays. Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: or 665-2492. • Through SU (12/11) - The North Carolina Arboretum and MOSAIC Community Lifestyle Realty will offer green home tours. Email for details. • Through MO (1/2), 10am-4pm - “Sustainable Shelter” will feature scale models and interactive computer games to investigate how humans can

green their homes. $3/$2 students. • Through MO (1/2) - The Home Green Home exhibit will feature animal shelters, insect hives and nests. Regional Bicycle Plan • WE (11/30), 10:30am2:30pm - A kick-off event for the regional bicycle plan will be feature speakers, a public input session and a light lunch. Held at the Haywood Community College’s High Tech Center, 112 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville. Info:

Food Jura Wine tasting • TU (11/29), 6:30pm - Wines from the Jura region of France will be offered at Vinsite, 64 Broadway. $20. Registration required. Info: 252-4545.

Gardening Amaryllis Sale • TH (12/1) through TU (12/20) - An amaryllis sale will take place at Bullington Center, 33 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Open house Dec. 9 and 10. Info: or 698-6104.

Kids Celebration Singers • THURSDAYS, 6:207:45pm - The Celebration Singers of Asheville Community Youth Chorus invites children ages 714 to join. Held at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 2305778. Day Camp • WE (11/23), 7:30am5:30pm - A day camp for children grades 1-5 will be offered at the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. Bring a lunch, two snacks, a swimsuit, towel and a quiet activity. $20/$15 members. Info: youthprogramsupervisor@townofwaynesville. org or 456-2030. Hands on! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: or 697-8333. • WE (11/23), 10:30am - Book ‘n craft will feature a book-themed craft.

Supplies provided by Fountainhead Bookstore. —- 2-4pm - Coffee filter tie-dye art. • FR (11/25) - Animal rubbing plate crafts will be presented throughout the day. • WE (11/30), 10:30am - Crazy Chemistry for children ages 3 and up. Letters to Santa • Through TU (12/20) - Children are invited to write letters to Santa and receive a personal reply. Drop off letters at 1831 Hendersonville Road. Info: or 239-2972. Pisgah Astronomical Research institute Located at 1 PARI Drive, Rosman. Info: 862-5554 or • TU (11/29), 6-8pm Girls ages 9-14 are invited to SciGirls, a program on wind power. Held at the Transylvania County Extension Center, 98 East Morgan St., Brevard.

Outdoors Lake James State Park N.C. Highway 126. Info: 584-7728. • SA (11/26), 10am & SU (11/27), 2pm - A fall colors boat tour will depart from the Paddy’s Creek Area office. Bring binoculars, a towel or cushion. Call for registration.

Parenting events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: www.pardeehospital. org or 692-4600. • TH (12/1) & TH (12/8), 6:30-9pm - Childbirth classes will focus on birthing options, breathing patterns and comfort. Free iPad Academy • A free iPad academy will be offered for children under 5. iPads provided for class. Info and directions to downtown location: How to Be Healthy at Home • TU (11/29), 6-7pm - “How to Be Healthy at Home: Addressing Childhood Diet and Exercise” will be offered at Mission Outpatient Care Center, 490 Hospital Drive, Waynesville. Registration required. Info: or 213-2222, option 2.

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• Hunting with guns is prohibited on Sundays, as is attempting to obtain alcohol with a gun before noon on Sundays. • Hunting with archery is allowed on Sundays, so hikers don’t need to wear “blaze orange” due to the increased visibility of razor-tipped arrows. • On Sundays, hunters may also hunt with crossbows, along with swords, hammers, and baseball bats. • You are allowed to hunt deer with a pistol, and you are allowed to force the deer to dig its own grave first before hunting it execution-style with two shots to the back of its head at close range. • To avoid accidents with guns, always point the muzzle in a safe direction when you’re driving to the hunting site with your gun in your lap. • Tell someone where you will be hunting, and then hunt somewhere else lest you become the hunted. • Don’t overexert yourself by dragging deer carcasses from the woods, lest you have a heart attack. Tragedy often strikes when the most minor physical activity is incorporated into hunting.

• Avoid hunting alone, especially in less-familiar parts of town populated with younger, out-of-work deer. • Be wary of permanent tree stands — many are shoddily built tree houses that are in the foreclosure process.

• Never cross a fence with a loaded rifle. Throw it across the fence first with a big looping toss, and make sure it makes two full (not half) rotations in the air before it lands safely on its trigger guard. • If you see a game warden, determine if it’s a deer dressed as a game warden by blasting away in its direction. If it yells in what sounds like a deerlike language, you’ve probably hit the game warden in the chest region and should call for immediate assistance. • If hunting on private land, always remain courteous or else the landowners may freak out when they discover you’re hunting on their land. • If the deer is not killed instantly, make every effort to track the deer in order to find and wound its life-mate too. • Although it’s not, you should consider deer-hunting to be a competitive sport to keep yourself “on point.” • You can hunt up to a half-hour after the sun goes down, because that’s when highly valued, shape-shifting deer are most abundant.

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B to Mayor Bellamy, who announced her intention to run for Congress. She came close to earning an “A” for her effort but, sadly, her name starts with a “B.”

C to Conventional wisdom. What is good? What is bad? Sometimes you just have to play it safe. D to the Deficit. Step up your game, deficit.

F to Fall. After leading editorial departments to believe this would be the year no innocent leaves would have to die, the Fall time once again ruined everything. Incomplete to North Carolina’s former eugenics program (1929-1974). Do we love it? Do we hate it? With only 45 years of forced sterilization in N.C., it’s hard to judge without more information. The Asheville Disclaimer is parody/satire. Contact Twitter: AvlDisclaimer

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At the Barn on State Street between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. Info: or 692-1082. • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (11/27) The Diary of Anne Frank. mars Hill College events Info: • WE (11/30) through SU (12/4) - The Rainmaker. $8/$5 students. Info: 6891239. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info and tickets: 239-0263 or • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (11/30 until 12/18), 7:30pm - The 12 Dates of Christmas, “a one-woman show about how much the holidays suck after your heart’s been crushed.” Recommended for mature audiences. Neurotypical • WE (11/30), 6:30pm - Neurotypical, a film about autism, will be screened at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville Campus. $5. Info: or 254-1921. Prime time in the Camps • TH (12/1), 5:15pm Prime Time in the Camps focuses on Bosnian refugees living in the ruins of army barracks in Slovenia. Screened at WCU’s Bardo Arts Center. Info: www. or 2272553. St. matthias musical Performances Located at 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 285-0033. • SU (11/27), 3pm - Lenoir Saxophone Ensemble. the Altamont Located at 18 Church St. Info: www.myaltamont. com or 274-8070. • SU (11/27), 11:30am - Jazz with Pat Bergeson and Annie Sellick. the American Quartet • SU (11/27), 6pm - The American Quartet will perform at First Freewill Baptist Church, 965 Baldwin Ave., Marion. Info: the Hop Ice cream, concerts and community events. 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 103, unless otherwise noted.

Search “The Hop Cafe” on Facebook or 254-2224. • TU (11/29), 6-7pm - Woody Wood (singersongwriter). • TH (12/1), 6-7pm Canyon Creek (bluegrass). the Laramie Project • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/1) until (12/10), 7:30pm - The Laramie Project will be performed by Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective. $15/$12 student. Info: or 275-2093.

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Spirituality Asheville Center for transcendental meditation (“tm”) (pd.) Discover why TM is the world’s most effective and scientifically validated meditation technique. Clinically proven to boost brain function and reduce anxiety, depression, addiction, and ADHD. Allows you to effortlessly transcend the busy, agitated mind to experience inner peace and unbounded awareness. • Free Introductory Class: Thursday, 6:30pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: How meditation techniques differ • Meditation and brain research • What is enlightenment? (828) 254-4350. www. Asheville meditation group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/ Mindfulness/Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community

of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 808-4444. • Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828) 258-3229. Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life.” Free. Info: 299-0538 or www. • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:006:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Dowsing Beyond Duality (pd.) Master teachers/ authors David and Erina Cowan will teach how to release/shift unconscious limiting patterns, ancestral miasms, mental, physical and emotional limits, clearing mental clutter, allowing for Grace to flow. Dec 10-11. Register at www.bluesunenergetics. net or call 828-683-4221. events to Uplift Humanity With Bill Bowers (pd.) Bill Bowers Guidance: Connect with Spirit in a private or group session. • Contact Bill: (828) 216-9039 or • www. mindfulness meditation Class (pd.) Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussion of contemporary Zen liv-

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Basic research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing,” said rocket scientist Werner von Braun. I think it’s an excellent time for you to plunge into that kind of basic research, Aries. You’re overdue to wander around frontiers you didn’t even realize you needed to investigate. You’re ready to soak up insights from outside the boundaries of your understanding. In fact, I think it’s your sacred duty to expose yourself to raw truths and unexpected vistas that have been beyond your imagination’s power to envision.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, the Ernest Hemingway character says, “All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well enough.” Given the state of your current astrological omens, Taurus, that is an excellent piece of advice. I suspect you are going to be asked to call on previously untapped reserves of courage in the coming weeks — not because you’ll have to face physical danger but rather because you will have a chance to get to the bottom of mysteries that can only be explored if you have more courage than you’ve had up until now. And the single best way to summon the valor you’ll need is to love like a god or goddess loves.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

you might freak out in abject fear as you encountered dragonflies as big as eagles and cockroaches the size of dogs. But since you’re quite safe from those monsters here in the present, there’s no need to worry yourself sick about them. Similarly, if you managed to locate a time machine and return to an earlier phase of your current life, you’d come upon certain events that upset you and derailed you way back then. And yet the odds are very high that you’re not going to find a time machine. So maybe you could agree to relinquish all the anxiety you’re still carrying from those experiences that can no longer upset and derail you. Now would be an excellent moment to do so.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) To prepare for her role in the film The Help, actress Jessica Chastain forced herself to gain 15 pounds. It was tough, because she normally follows a very healthy diet. The strategy that worked best was to ingest a lot of calorie-heavy, estrogen-rich ice cream made from soybeans. To be in alignment with current cosmic rhythms, it would make sense for you to fatten yourself up, too, Virgo — metaphorically speaking, that is. I think you’d benefit from having more ballast, more gravitas. You need to be sure you’re wellanchored and not easy to push around. It’s nearly time to take an unshakable stand for what you care about most.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

“When I see your face, the stones start spinning!” wrote the poet Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks. “Water turns pearly. Fire dies down and doesn’t destroy. In your presence I don’t want what I thought I wanted.” I think you need to be in the presence of a face like that, Gemini. You’ve got to get your fixations scrambled by an arresting vision of soulful authenticity. You need your colors transposed and your fire and water reconfigured. Most of all, it’s crucial that you get nudged into transforming your ideas about what you really want. So go find that healingly disruptive prod, please. It’s not necessarily the face of a gorgeous icon. It could be the face of a whisperer in the darkness or of a humble hero who’s skilled in the art of surrender. Do you know where to look?

In a famous Monty Python sketch, a Hungarian tourist goes into a British tobacconist’s store to buy cigarettes. Since he doesn’t speak English, he consults a phrase book to find the right words. “My hovercraft is full of eels,” he tells the clerk, who’s not sure what he means. The tourist tries again: “Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?” Again, the clerk is confused. In the coming week, Libra, I foresee you having to deal with communications that are equally askew. Be patient, please. Try your best to figure out the intentions and meanings behind the odd messages you’re presented with. Your translating skills are at a peak, fortunately, as are your abilities to understand what other people — even fuzzy thinkers — are saying.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

“All my life I have longed to be loved by a woman There are modern Chinese painters who use oil who was melancholy, thin, and an actress,” wrote paints on canvas to create near-perfect replicas 19th-century French author Stendhal in his diary. of famous European masterpieces. So while the “Now I have been, and I am not happy.” I myself had a similar experience — craving a particular type of women who, when she finally showed up in the flesh, disappointed me. But it turned out to be a liberating experience. Relieved of my delusory fantasy, I was able to draw more joy Are you ready for an orgy of from what life was actually giving me. As you gratitude? Identify ten of your best contemplate your own loss, Cancerian, I hope blessings. Tell me all about it at you will find the release and deliverance I did.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) “It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything,” said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. “I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning.” I urge you to consider trying that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about how to launch your rebirth, maybe you should just dive into the middle of the new life you want for yourself. Avoid stewing interminably in the frustrating mysteries of the primal chaos so you can leap into the fun in full swing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The Golden Gate Bridge spans the place where San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. It wasn’t easy to build. The water below is deep, wind-swept, beset with swirling currents, and on occasion shrouded with blinding fog. Recognizing its magnificence, the American Society of Civil Engineers calls the bridge one of the modern Wonders of the World. Strange to think, then, that the bridge was constructed between 1933 and 1937, during the height of the Great Depression. I suggest you make it your symbol of power for the coming weeks, Capricorn. Formulate a plan to begin working toward a triumph in the least successful part of your life.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) It’s an excellent time for you to get an entourage — or if you already have one, to expand it. For that matter, it’s a perfect moment for you to recruit more soldiers to help you carry out your plot to overthrow the status quo. Or to round up more allies for your plans to change the course of local history. Or to gather more accomplices as you seek to boldly go where you have never gone before. So beef up your support system. Boost the likelihood that your conspiracy will succeed.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) If you expand your concept of what you’re capable of, you will receive a specific offer to move up a notch. If you perform your duties with intensified care and grace, you will be given new responsibilities that catalyze your sleeping potential. The universe doesn’t always act with so much karmic precision, with such sleek, efficient fairness, but that’s how it’s working in your vicinity right now. Here’s one more example of how reasonable the fates are behaving: If you resolve to compete against no one but yourself, you will be shown new secrets about how to express your idiosyncratic genius.

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Finding (more) time for your kids Every now and again, I ask my kids what they think I should write about. Recently, my 10-year-old replied, “You should write about how parents should spend more time with their kids.” Uh-oh, I thought. “Do you feel like you don’t get to spend enough time with your parents?” I asked. “Sometimes. Some of my friends complain that their parents work too much or are on the computer too much, or are doing other things when they could just be hanging out with their kids,” he says. Uh-oh, I thought, again.

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ing. Held at the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Avenue). Donations encouraged. Cloud Cottage Sangha Location: 219 Old Toll Circle in Black Mountain. Info: www.cloudcottage. org or 669-0920. • WEDNESDAYS, 67:30pm & SUNDAYS, 8-10am - Weekly meetings will feature seated and walking meditation, Dharma talks and chanting. • WE (11/23), 7:30pm A potluck “gratitude meal” will feature meditation, discussion and Dharma talks. Bring a vegetarian dish to share. • WE (11/30), 6pm - A Dharma talk on “The Presence of Love.” events at montford Books & more Used bookstore hosting workshops and authors at 31 Montford Ave. Info: or 285-8805. • SUNDAYS, 7pm-8:30 - Join Buddhist teacher Hannah Kim for an exploration of the book, Modern Buddhism, by Gehse Kelsang Gyatso. Includes meditation, talk and discussion. $8/$5 seniors and students.

Info: i Ching Support and Study group • THURSDAYS, 6-8:30pm - “I Ching Support and Study Group,” a study of Taoism and I Ching practice. Will meet at an area cafe, to be determined. Info: patrickgfrank@ infinite Way • THURSDAYS, 2-3:15pm - Tape study group, based on the mysticism of Joel Goldsmith, will be held at the United Research Light Center, 2190 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain. Info: 669-6845. meditation and Satsang with madhyanandi • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS, 6am-9pm - Meditate and practice with an awakened yogini. Sessions available by appointment. All fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info: www. or madhyanandi@gmail. com. Reversed effort Workshop • SU (11/27), 11am12:30pm - “Did you ever feel that the harder you push, the more your goals slip away? This workshop will explore the spiritual principle of

Clearly, there’s an issue here. And one I’m verklempt about, because I realize that all too soon, he’s going to rather spend time with his friends than with me. Plus he has been dealt the one-two punch over the past year of only getting to spend half his time with me (though the other half is with his other parent), and I’ve been working more, even when he’s with me. Oh, the parental guilt trip. Luckily, the interwebs have once again come to my rescue. “It turns out that parents are spending a lot more time interacting with their kids now than they did in, say, 1965. That year, according to data from the 1965-66 Americans’ Use of Time Study, mothers spent 10 hours weekly on childcare as a primary activity. Fathers spent 3 hours,” writes Laura Vanderkam, in an article for the Free-Range Kids blog. In fact, after decades of decline, the amount of time parents spend with their kids began to rise significantly in the 1990s, according to a recent study by economists at the University of California at San Diego.

‘reversed effort’ and how knowledge of this spiritual law can help us in every area of our lives.” Held at Eckankar Center of Asheville, 797 Haywood Road. Info: or 254-6775.

Sound Healing Circle • MONDAYS, 7-8:30pm “Come and receive if you are feeling lowly and in need of support or come and share healing light if your bliss cup runneth over.” Bring bowls, bells, rattles, didge, etc. Held at 41 Carolina Lane. By donation. Info: 310-7459150. Unity Center events Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: www., 684-3798 or 891-8700. • WE (11/30), 7pm - A labyrinth walk will promote healing, mediation and prayer. Unity Church of Asheville Located at 130 Shelburne Road. Info: or 252-5010. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - A Search For God A.R.E. Study Group. • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am - Musical celebration service. Musicians are

always welcome. Info: 768-3339. • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual celebration service —- 12:30-2pm - A Course in Miracles study group. Wiccan open Court • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Open Court meets weekly in Marshall for potluck, Wiccan principals and elements, meditations, hand crafting and occasional ceremonies. Provided by Highland Wild Coven. Email to meet about attendance: shinemoon76@ Windhorse Zen Community Newcomers call ahead for orientation. Located at 580 Panther Branch Road, near Weaverville. Info: or 645-8001. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Meditation, chanting and Dharma talk, followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch. Yoga of Awakening • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - “Awaken to profound peace. Practice technologies to free the body and mind of stress and tension. Begin your adventure of awakening.” Fees by donation; no one will be turned away. Info and

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It seems that, even though more moms are working now than in 1965, we’re spending a lot less time cooking and cleaning, and more time interacting with our kids instead of locking them out of the house for hours at a time to wander the woods while we scrub the floors. If you visit my house, you’ll learn that scrubbing floors isn’t much of a priority for me. Even so, I’m not against the idea of telling the kids to go play outside for an hour or two while I hide in the bathroom with a novel. The economists also note that the increase in parent/child interaction is most evident in parents who are college-educated, which they theorize may be because these parents want their offspring also to become collegeeducated and are spending more time with them to support that. Various other studies, including one recently cited in Education Week, say that parental involvement does influence kids’ success in school. That’s one of those happy

directions: or Young Adult Friends Worship group • SATURDAYS, 4-6:30pm - This small Quaker group for young adults meets upstairs at Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road. Singing and silence will be followed by a potluck. For Quakers, quasiQuakers and anyone who is interested. Info: Zen Center of Asheville • WEDNESDAYS, 78:30pm - Zazen and dharma talks will be offered at 12 Van Ruck Court. Enter at back deck. Info: or 398-4212.

Spoken & Written Word Joseph Bathanti • TU (11/29), 7-8pm - Joseph Bathanti, Appalachian State University professor, author and poet, will read at the Madison County Public Library, 25 Library St., Mars Hill. Info: www. Henderson County Heritage museum

Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: or 694-1619. • SA (11/26), 11am2pm - Rick Wood will read from his book 40 Seasons.

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cause and effect lessons — more parental interaction equals higher academic success equals college for kid equals learning how to use a beer bong properly. So I pulled out a tried but true parental tactic on my son — the “you have no idea how great you have it” counter-attack. “I just did some research, and boy, are you lucky!” I told him. “I spend a lot more time with you and your sister than moms used to spend with their kids. In the old days, there were no restaurants, so moms had to cook all the time and raise chickens and make clothes and dust stuff, and if the kids wanted to be with mom, they had to help. There wasn’t much going out to dinner or taking bike rides or watching movies together.” So there, I thought. He said, “I don’t think I want to talk about this any more. I’m going outside.” It was one of those Pyrrhic victories.

• FRIDAYS through (12/9), 9-10am - Explore the subtleties of a yoga practice with focus on stretch, breath and balance in this six-week series at Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Road. $10. Info: www. or 277-5741. Jus’ Running Weekly coach-led runs. Meet at 523 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: • MONDAYS, 6pm - Fivemile group run, 10-11 minutes per mile. •TUESDAYS, 6:30pm Run from the store to the UNCA track for a maggot track workout. There will also be a post-workout get together at a local restaurant. •WEDNESDAYS, 6:30pm - Eight-mile group run. •THURSDAYS, 6pm - 8-mile run from Jus’ Running store. Pickleball • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am Pickleball is like playing ping pong on a tennis court. Groups meet weekly at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. For all

ages/levels. $1 per session. Info: stephenslee@ or 3502058.

Spin Class • TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - A spin class will be offered at Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St. Daily admission charge/free for members. Info: recaquatics@ or 456-2030. Step Aerobics Class • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5:306:30pm - Enhance cardio, strength and flexibility at this step aerobics, weights and stretch class. Meets at Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 G.W. Carver St. Open to all levels. Free. Info: stephenslee@ashevillenc. gov or 350-2058.

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newsoftheweird Lead story At press time, Australian Melinda Arnold, 34, was waiting to hear whether her mother would be accepted as an organ donor — so Melinda could receive her womb. Melinda (a Melbourne nurse) was born with healthy ovaries and eggs but no uterus; if the transplant by Swedish surgeon Mats Brannstrom of Gothenburg University is successful and Melinda later conceives, her baby will be nurtured in the very same womb as Melinda herself was. (Such transplants have been performed in rats and, with limited success, from a deceased human donor.)

Government in action • British manufacturer BCB International is flourishing, buoyed by sales of its Kevlar underwear to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. But soldiers and Marines must buy the “Bomb Boxers” themselves ($65 a pair): The Pentagon doesn’t supply them, even though nearly 10 percent of battlefield explosive-device injuries include sometimes-catastrophic genital and rectal damage. According to an October report on the Talking Points Memo website, the Pentagon-issued version is inferior to BCB’s but costs less. (The Pentagon fully funds postinjury prostheses and colostomies, but a single Tomahawk missile costs as much as about 7,700 Bomb Boxers.) • In what a cement company executive called “one of those bureaucratic things that doesn’t make any sense,” the city of Detroit recently built wheelchair ramps at 13 intersections along Grandy Street that were connected to seldomused, badly crumbling sidewalks — or to none at all. As part of a 2006 lawsuit settlement, the city pledged to build ramps on any street that gets re-paved, and apparently, no one in city government thought to explore swapping those 13 intersections for others that are more widely used. • A Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV investigation this fall revealed that Illinois laws passed in 1997 and 2007 with support from organized labor have given at least three former union leaders lifetime government pensions totaling about $7 million. Two teachers’ union officials and one from an

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Great art! • Haute couture met haute cuisine at Berlin’s Communication Museum in November, as prominent German chef Roland Trettl introduced his food-based fashions (displayed on live models), including an octopus tunic, a seaweed miniskirt, a bacon trouser suit, a squid-ink-pasta scarf and a hat made of lettuce. The museum director said the items were “provocative” and “raised questions.” • Veteran New York City performance artist Marni Kotak, 36, gave birth to her first child, Ajax, Oct. 25 at the Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn (she’d moved into the space two weeks earlier to interact with visitors). Prior Kotak “art” included “re-enacting” both her own birth and the loss of her virginity in the back seat of a car. But a New York Times report suggests Kotak may be one-upped by her artist-husband, Jason Martin, who makes videos in which, dressed as a wolf or dog, he “conducts seance-like rituals intended to contact the half-animal, half-human creatures that visited him in dreams as a child.”

Police report • Cutting-edge Policing: Officials in Prince George’s County, Md., reported that crime fell up to 23 percent during the first nine months of 2011 after they met with 67 of the most likely recidivist offenders in five neighborhoods and

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sweet-talked them. The 67 were offered help in applying for various government and volunteer programs but were warned that patrols would watch them more closely. • Milestone: Joseph Wilson, 50, was chased by police and arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in October and charged with shoplifting from a Beall’s department store. Although it was his 100th arrest, prosecutors are batting only .353 against him (35 for 99). Wilson’s getaway was delayed when he jumped into the passenger seat of an idling SUV and commanded “Take off!” but the driver didn’t. • Points for style: (1) In October, police in Corpus Christi, Texas, asked the public to help find the man who stole three surveillance cameras from a city agency by lassoing them from their perches near the ceiling. (2) In a dramatic escape attempt, Theresa Mejia, held on kidnapping charges, climbed through a ceiling vent in the Burlington, Wash., police station and traversed the entire length of the building before crashing through the ceiling into the police chief’s office.

Least-competent criminals Brent Morgan, 20, was arrested in Prince George, British Columbia, in October on three counts related to the attempted theft of a Corvette. Spotting the car in a driveway, Morgan jumped in and locked the doors, but the owner was in the process of charging the battery, which was too weak to start the car or even unlock the doors. Feeling trapped, Morgan panicked and began trying to smash the window. According to the police report, officers arrived just as he’d broken open the driver’s side window — not realizing that he could have exited the car simply by manually lifting the door lock.

Recent alarming headlines “Maine Woman Loses Lawsuit Over Removal of Husband’s Brain.” “Condoms Rushed to Thai Flood Victims.” “Killer Sharks Invade Golf Course in Australia.” “Lingerie Football League Wants to Start a Youth League.” “Man Uncooperative After Being Stabbed in Scrotum With Hypodermic Needle.”



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Local group upset about MAHEC’s retooled midwife program by caitlin Byrd Coming out of general anesthesia, erin salkin opened her eyes and looked around the hospital room, searching for the woman who could answer her question. She’d just given birth to her first child, Dylan, and she wanted to know if the emergency cesarean section doctors had performed meant she couldn’t have another child naturally, as she’d hoped. “There is no doubt in my mind that you can have a natural birth,” the midwife reassured her. “No doubt at all.” But when Salkin went into labor again three years later and searing pain ripped through her body, she couldn’t help but wonder whether she’d be able to have a natural birth this time. After 22 hours of labor, Salkin was exhausted, but her midwife encouraged her to keep pushing. It took another two hours, but Salkin eventually did give birth naturally to her second son, Caius. “Childbirth is a dangerous but also a natural thing,” says Salkin, who had both her children with the help of certified nurse-midwives from the Mountain Area Health Education Center. Now, however, she fears other local women won’t have that opportunity due to changes announced in late October by the MAHEC OBGYN Specialists. Effective Jan. 1, the certified nurse-midwife service will emphasize in-office access and prenatal care and phase out the current 24/7 call schedule. This means there’s no guarantee a midwife will be present at the time of birth. “For four or five years now, we have been struggling to stay above water, and then we got this 15.5 percent budget cut this year,” CEO/ President Teck Penland explains. During those years, he notes, MAHEC administrators worked diligently to keep the midwifery program intact while continuing their mission of education and quality patient care. They considered options ranging from cut-

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modern traditions: Midwives perform medical exams and deliver babies in lieu of an OB-GYN, whereas doulas provide emotional and physical support to women in labor and their families, explains Dolly Pressley Byrd, a certified nurse-midwife. Photo by Bill Rhodes ting back on the number of physicians to terminating their OB-GYN residency. But in the end, says Penland, “It really forced us into another level, and we feel like we made the only decisions that we had in front of us.” Distressed about the changes, Salkin created the “Mamas for MAHEC Midwives” Facebook page. To date, more than 250 mothers have rallied behind the midwives, saying there must be another solution to the budget-cut blues.

Allison Margerison, a registered nurse who gave birth to her daughter, Nora, in February with a MAHEC midwife’s help, is one of them. “There is nothing more normal and natural than women helping other women bring babies into the world,” she asserts. “It’s been this way since the beginning of time; that is the backbone of the midwifery model. OB-GYNs are trained pathologists and surgeons, so they often have a completely different way of looking at birth,”

she continues, adding that midwives “provide a needed and desired alternative to the medical model of birth in our community.” Currently, there are two groups of certified nurse-midwives practicing in the Asheville area: MAHEC and New Dawn Midwifery, each with four midwives on staff. Both groups use Mission Hospital, though New Dawn also offers home births for low-risk women. After Jan. 1, however, only New Dawn will offer a 24/7 call schedule. “Unless another birthing center opens up between now and then, New Dawn is pretty much the only choice,” says Salkin. “And that breaks my heart, because I love these [MAHEC] midwives, and I have a special connection with them.” But dolly Pressley Byrd, who delivered Salkin’s younger son, says MAHEC’s new care model could expose a more diverse group of Western North Carolina women to midwifery and how it differs from other forms of care. Midwives, for example, perform medical exams and deliver babies in lieu of an OBGYN, whereas doulas provide emotional and physical support to women in labor and their families. Historically, notes Byrd (no relation to the author), “Our typical population for midwifery care has been well-educated women who have pursued this avenue as a choice. But there are lots of women out there who don’t even know it exists. Those women, she continues, “are maybe more disenfranchised with the whole medical community, impoverished, that kind of thing.” Last year, MAHEC’s nurse-midwives were honored by the American College of NurseMidwives for having the highest rate of successful vaginal births after a C-section among low-volume practices. Byrd says she hopes the new approach will enable these care providers to maintain their high standards while serving a broader segment of the community. And despite some patients’ dissatisfaction with the changes, says Dr. Kellett letson, director of the nonprofit’s OB-GYN division, the most important aspect of the care the program provides — the doctors, nurse-midwives and residents — remains the same. “While we can respect the disappointment in the reorganization of care, these are the same people that have supported natural childbirth and patientcentered care all along,” he points out. “The suggestion that the care would be drastically different, or that we would want to change anyone’s plan or begin to intervene in ways that people are not interested in, is simply false.” Salkin, meanwhile, says she hopes women will continue to support the midwives and advocate for the care model that made them choose MAHEC to begin with. When giving birth to Caius, she explains, “I put everything on [the midwife] and all of my trust. You look forward to seeing these women and sharing this moment with them, because they’re so passionate and skilled at what they do.” X

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If you do your Christmas shopping at the Asheville Mall you have probably noticed a large tree-like structure that is composed of boxes and cans of food products. This is the Ingles Giving Tree that is erected prior to Thanksgiving each year and remains up through Christmas to remind us to donate to Manna Food Bank. Founder of Ingles Markets, the late Robert P. Ingle once said, “Christmas would not be Christmas without the Ingles Giving Tree!” Each year the Ingle’s Giving Tree generates thousands of pounds of food and monetary donations that help Western North Carolina’s Manna Food Bank supply their partner agencies, shelters and food pantries in counties across Western North Carolina. You can also donate at your local Ingles store by putting items in the large red Manna barrels in each store. Here are the items that are welcome and will help provide nutritious meals: • Peanut & nut butters in PLASTIC jars • Cans of meat, chicken, salmon or tuna • Canned vegetables and fruit • Hearty stews or pasta with meat in CANS • Baby food in plastic containers or packaging • Diapers To find out more about donating products or funds to Manna Food Bank or to volunteer your time:

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Are You trying to Force Yourself to Change? (pd.) Emotional Brain Training (EBT) is a structured program that addresses the Emotional Root Cause of using Food, Alcohol/Drugs, Overspending, Overworking to feel pleasure, numb out, and/or comfort and soothe ourselves. • Create a healthy lifestyle that promotes self compassion, brain health and grounded joy. Call 2312107 or or visit website: the ReAL Center (pd.) Offers life-changing skills including Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Radical Honesty, and Somatic Awareness. Learn to stay centered in any situation, be flexible without being submissive, and more. $120/8session class in Asheville with Steve Torma, 828-2545613. YWCA Club W Boot Camp (pd.) MONDAYS (12/5-9 and 12/12-16), 6:30-7:30 am. Get in shape this season in the YWCA’s Club W Boot Camp. Improve cardio fitness and build lean muscle mass. Pre and post assessments. 185 S. French Broad Ave. Cost: $100/members, $175/non-members. Info: or 254-7206. Chiropractic Screenings • MO (11/28), 10am-noon - Free spinal screenings by Fairview Chiropractic Center will be offered at Jazzercise South Asheville Fitness Center, 3426 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden. Complete in-office visits will be available for a $20 donation to the Fairview Food Bank. Info: • WE (11/30), 5-8pm - Free spinal screenings by Fairview Chiropractic Center will be offered at The Rush Fitness Center, 1815 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Complete in-office visits will be available for a $20 donation to the Fairview Food Bank. Info: events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: or 692-4600. • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9:30am & WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 3pm - Flu vaccine. $25. Registration not required. • WE (11/23), 8-10am - Cholesterol screening. Fasting and appointment required. $20. • Free blood pressure screenings will be offered throughout the week. Call for times. Appointment not required. • MONDAYS through (11/28), 6-8:30pm - A 12-week class for caregivers and family members of those with mental illness. Info: 1-888-955-NAMI. • TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly weight-loss support group. Registration not required. • TH (12/1), 3-4:30pm - “Balance and fall prevention.” Nutrition 101 • MONDAYS, 5:15-6:15pm - This weekly course covers the fundamentals of nutrition. Topics include eating healthy on a budget, smart food choices wherever you are and what the food industry is not telling you. Held at Blitmore Premier Fitness, 711 Biltmore Ave. $7. Info: or 617-4075261. Red Cross Blood Drive • MONDAYS, 12:30-5:30pm, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 2-7pm, WEDNESDAYS, 7:30am-12:30pm & 1st SATURDAYS, 7:30am-12:30pm - Blood donors will be entered to win a $25 gas card after donating blood at Asheville Blood Donation Center, 100 Edgewood Road. Appointment required. Info: 1-877975-2835.

Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: or 800-2861326. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:45pm - An Al-Anon meeting for women will be held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Al-Anon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. Newcomers welcome. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - “Parents of Children with Alcoholism,” West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • FRIDAYS, 12:30pm - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 8pm - “Lambda,” Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan St. • SATURDAYS, 10am - “Grace Fireside,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 10am - “Saturday Serenity,” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Charlotte Street at Macon Avenue. —- noon “Courage to Change,” Bess Sprinkle Memorial Library, Weaverville. • SUNDAYS, 5pm - Al-Anon and Alateen, West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. • MONDAYS, noon - “Keeping the Focus,” First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. —- 6pm - “Attitude of Gratitude,” Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. —- 7pm Meeting at First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. • TUESDAYS, 9:45am - “Serenity Through Courage and Wisdom,” St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 109 Crescent Hill, Arden. —- 5:30pm - “Steps to Recovery,” Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. —- 7pm - “One Day at a Time,” First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Autism Parent Support group • 4th THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Meet other parents of children with autism, share your experiences and learn from others. RSVP by 3rd Thursday to ensure childcare. Held at St. Gerard House, 718 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Info: Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. Debters and Underearners Anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - The local chapter of Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program, meets at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Underearners Anonymous meets at 8pm. Info: www., or 704-299-8909. events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required unless otherwise noted. Info and registration: or 692-4600.

wellnesscontinued • WEDNESDAYS, noon-1:30pm & 5:30-7pm - Vet Center Out Station, a support group for veterans. Registration not required. • MONDAYS, 2-3pm - “It Works,” a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addiction. Registration not required. Info: 489-7259. • TU (11/29), 3-4:30pm - A caregiver support group will be held at Pardee Pavillion Adult Day Health, 114 College Drive, Flat Rock. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous will meet at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 9893227. Grief Support Groups • CarePartners’ bereavement support services are available to anyone who has suffered a loss through death. Weekly grief support groups, a relaxation group, a Grief Choir, Yoga for Grievers and one-on-one counseling available. Donations accepted. Info: kcaldwell@ or 251-0126. Magnetic Minds • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm-9pm - A meeting of Magnetic Minds, the local chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, provides support, information and advocacy for those with mood disorders. Friends and family welcome. Held at 1314F Patton Ave. Info: 3189179. Marshall Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting • FRIDAYS, 8pm - AA meeting at Marshall Presbyterian Church, 165 South Main St. Info: 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: or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6pm - A support group for men. •TUESDAYS, 7pm - A support group for women. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compul-

sive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 329-1637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks and Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: 800580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. Sexaholics Anonymous • DAILY - A 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Daily Asheville meetings. Call confidential voicemail 237-1332 or e-mail Info: SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-stepbased recovery program meets at 20 Oak St. Info: or


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by Mackensy Lunsford In the West, we’re likely to associate any kind of powdered food or beverage with inauthenticity. Powdered lemonade, powdered cheese sauce and powdered milk — they all smack of the artificial. Matcha, a dried, finely milled, shade-grown Japanese gyokuro green tea, busts the notion of powdered food as inferior alternative, and is emerging locally as part of the larger national trend. And no wonder: Matcha is super-tea; it’s packed full of antioxidants, it boosts the body’s metabolism and contains vitamin C, selenium, zinc and magnesium, among other vitamins and minerals. “Matcha’s amazing,� says Andrew Snavely, the well-traveled tea aficionado who opened Dobra Tea Room on Lexington Avenue nearly a year ago. Since the entire leaf is consumed, Snavely says, it’s especially healthful. Matcha

recipe Matcha latte The key to making a matcha latte that tastes like you bought it in a cafĂŠ or tea shop is to make the matcha first, then add the hot milk and foam.



Put 1 teaspoon of matcha powder into your favorite mug Cream the matcha by adding 2 oz of hot water and whisking until smooth and creamy (special bamboo whisks are sold specifically for this purpose through Dobra or the Living Qi site) Pour 5 oz steamed milk into your favorite matcha bowl or teacup (you can steam the milk using a steamer, or just bring it to near boiling) Add the “creamed� matcha tea to the milk (you may need a milk frother for this step, or a small aerolatte device) Scoop foamy milk on top Sprinkle with matcha powder or cocoa powder

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Matcha maker: Andrew Snavely of Dobra makes a hot bowl of matcha. Photos by Bill Rhodes boosts metabolism and burns calories, detoxifies the blood, enhances concentration, lowers blood sugar and more. “The reason that matcha is so nutritious is that you’re drinking the leaf in its entirety. You’re taking the plant in, so it’s a little bit fuller, a little bit more concentrated,� he says. Because it’s concentrated, it’s also very caffeinated, says Snavely. “But it’s very clarifying and very uplifting. It’s not a jittery high — it’s very mental, kind of like drinking a super-food. It’s the super-food of tea — it’s very high in chlorophyll.� Dobra offers a full-on matcha experience, serving everything from the traditional bowl of hot matcha to truffles made with the tea. The rich chocolates, made by the French

Broad Chocolate Lounge, are filled with a creamy white chocolate-and-matcha ganache, dusted with a vibrant sprinkle of the green tea powder. The tea, with its slightly bitter herbal flavor, pairs well with sweets. You may have already experienced the flavor of matcha without realizing it; most green tea ice cream gets its earthy savoriness and green color from matcha powder. Snavely hopes to enlist the help of Asheville’s Ultimate Ice Cream Company to create a matcha ice cream to add to his comprehensive selection of sweets, many of which mirror what one might find in an actual Japanese tea house. Snavely serves daifukumochi, for example, sweet glutinous rice cakes stuffed with adzuki bean paste,

Health elixir: Matcha is very high in chlorophyll, giving it a green tint.

often served with the tea to temper some of its natural astringency. He also offers a gluten-free matcha cheesecake made by Blue Door Bakery in Candler that has a subtle herbal tang. Dobra can whip up a hot matcha or “hot-cha” (basically a tea latte) or serve the tea in the classic style, frothed with hot water using a special bamboo whisk and served in a bowl. Matcha bubble tea is also available, made with organic tapioca pearls cooked fresh daily by the Dobra crew. The bubble tea, a bright chlorophyll-green with sweet glutinous dark tapioca pearls submerged in the liquid, is more delicious than it is attractive. Nevertheless, it’s already drawn a bit of a following, says Snavely, including some of Asheville’s Asian population. That’s especially gratifying to the seasoned tea gatherer, who spent much of his young career visiting world-renowned tea countries where the leaf is an integral part of the culture. Many of those places are concentrated in the Far East. In Japan, for example, tea ceremonies celebrate events from the mundane to the sacred. A tea ceremony is as likely to accompany an impromptu family gathering as it is a funeral wake. “I was in Japan three years ago,” says Snavely. “And receiving a bowl of matcha from a tea master in Japan is like receiving a bowl of medicine, receiving a bowl of life. ... The tea master honors you as a guest, so when a bowl is traditionally and authentically prepared in a ceremonial manner, with pure intention, receiving that bowl from a tea

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forces are converging to place matcha strategically in the mix.” The Living Qi site features several recipes, two of which we’ve provided here. To see more, visit Wholesale matcha can also be purchased through Dobra, through The Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic (254-4405) or at Black Mountain Natural Foods ( Want to give matcha a try before you buy? Dobra Tea Room features “Matcha Mondays” from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Monday. During that time, a bowl of matcha costs $3. Dobra is located at 78 N. Lexington Ave. For more information, visit X Send your food news to


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Matcha is starting to become more prevalent in this corner of the world, too. Bon Appetit magazine’s editor-in-chief, Adam Rapoport, named matcha one of the food trends to watch for 2011. The magazine’s October issue features a number of savory matcha recipes, including matcha- and pistachio-crusted halibut. Locally, Dobra offers wholesale matcha, as does another local online business, Living Qi. The website acts as a comprehensive resource for all things matcha. Living Qi was founded by James Whittle, an acupuncturist at the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic who also imports organic matcha from Japan and is currently writing a book about the tea. While studying for his graduate degree in Chinese medicine and working at a tea shop on the side, Whittle was invited to the house of a Japanese exchange student to take part in a tea ceremony. There, he was introduced to matcha for the first time. “It was pretty amazing. You feel matcha. It’s a mood food,” says Whittle. “It puts you into a state of alert relaxation.” Whittle says that the rise of the tea powder’s popularity is due to a convergence of trends, including a focus on the antioxidant capabilities of food, an awareness of green tea as medicinal herb, and a turning away from sugar-filled energy drinks. “People are wising up to the whole Red Bull high-caffeine energy drink phenomenon, and they want solutions to that,” says Whittle. “All of those


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green Sage south now open The green Sage Coffeehouse and Café recently opened at 1800 Hendersonville Road, in the Dingle Creek Crossing shopping center. This is the second location for the eatery. The first opened in downtown Asheville three years ago, in the building that once housed Bean Streets Coffee Shop. After the coffee shop vacated, an ill-fated Asian restaurant occupied the location for a spell — but Green Sage was the first business to breathe life back into the building, a site with a history of community events and gatherings. The Green Sage south mirrors the downtown location in food, feel and effort toward ecological responsibility. The menu features smoothies, granola, pancakes, omelets, soups, salads and sandwiches, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and local ingredients.

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And though the original Green Sage is decidedly environmentally friendly, the south location takes that a step further. The 2,700-square-foot building boasts thermal solar panels on the roof, which are expected to heat about 80 percent of the hot water the restaurant uses. LED lighting and a customintegrated heating system have been installed. Much of the wood used in the upfit of the building is reclaimed barn wood. The restaurant plans to achieve a 4-star energy rating from the Green Restaurant Association, making it one of three 4-star-rated restaurants in the country. For more information about Green Sage, visit

fect for us, and it’s pretty much all set up already,” says Doug Riley, brewer and owner of the Asheville Pizza Company. “It already had a walk-in [refrigerator], a hood,” he says. “We just basically have to buy a makeline and some ovens, and we’re ready to go.” To start out, Asheville Pizza south will only offer pizza and beer — in growlers and cans (when they’re ready). But what more do you really need?

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Riley says that the pizza location could be ready to open as early as December. “There’s so many apartments and houses down there, it’s kind of a nobrainer,” he says. “The only delivery [in that area] now that Domino’s is gone is Pizza Hut. We’re going to be almost the only game in town down there, which will be nice.” Information about the new location will be posted at as it becomes available.

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Sign of the times: Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company demonstrates a corporate takeover in reverse. The local pizza business plans to take control of a now-defunct Domino’s Pizza takeout/delivery location in south Asheville. They’ll be ready to open for business sometime in December, says Doug Riley, an APBC owner. Photo by Bill Rhodes

Spreading the love ... and the pizza How well does Asheville support local? Well enough that at least one local business has been able to take over a building recently abandoned by a struggling chain restaurant. When a Domino’s Pizza location in south Asheville closed, the owners of the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, a beloved local business with a loyal following and a burgeoning empire to show for it, pounced on the opportunity to take over the space. The Asheville Pizza crew, it seems, know a good opportunity when they see one. The newest addition to the growing Asheville Pizza family (the restaurant currently has locations on Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville and Coxe Avenue downtown) is located off Hendersonville Road in the Gerber Village. The spot will offer delivery and takeout only; the old Domino’s building doesn’t have the facilities to accommodate dine-in eating. On the plus side, however, the building is almost ready for business, as is. “The location is per- • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 37

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all dressed up and somewhere to go Stylish, fashion-forward, a little bit trendy, snazzy, sophisticated, bright, crisp and (like a good mulled cider) slightly spicy. Is a genius with wrapping paper and bow, and was way ahead of the curve on the return to strands of plain white lights. Her look: Maddy K blue longsleeves dress with embellished collar; Orla Kiely green coat; Echo design chartreusse scarf, all from Minx (64 N. Lexington Ave., 225-5680). His look: Original Penguin plaid blazer; Scotch & Soda pinstriped button down; AG Adriano Goldschmidt slouchy slim jean, all from Union (18 Haywood St., 259-3300).

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Holiday sweater party Bold, colorful, quirky, whimsically elegant and unflappably unique. Loves playing Secret Santa (or Naughty Santa), travels with the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas on vinyl and knows all the alternate words to “Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer.” Her look: Vintage Kwanzaa top; Heart X yellow skinny jeans; Ethiopian cross necklaces; Skunkfunk red leather gloves; Hi-Fi black and gold boombox bag all from Honeypot (86 N. Lexington Ave., 225-0304). “Silver Streak” upcycled bracelet from Amber Hatchett Designs ( His look: Yellow “Lion of Troy” ruffled tuxedo shirt; tan Lee cords; McBrian green wool sweater all from Ragtime (20 E. Walnut St., 225-8889).

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Her look: Little black dress with roses by Sew Moe (; Jeffrey Campbell “Turner” pump in black from Tops For Shoes. “Twilight Zone” upcycled bracelet from Amber Hatchett Designs His look: Royal blue M Marsh blazer; red M Marsh longsleeved T; red-and-charcoalstriped scarf, all from Spiritex (14 Haywood St., 254-3375). AG Adriano Goldschmidt slouchy slim jean from Union. Ecco Dark Shadow wing tip from Tops For Shoes (27 N. Lexington Ave., 2546721).

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Retro all aglow Tried and true, classic, traditional with a twist, glamorous, the stuff of grand entrances. All the charm of a gingerbread house; actually knows the words to “Good King Wenceslas.” Her look: Lucky Thirteen black halter dress with red crinoline; Pin Up Couture red and black T-strap pump; Bettie Page clutch by Sourpuss, all from Hip Replacements (72 N. Lexington Ave., 255-7573). His look: Laura Jeffries wool blazer with leather collar; Red Rustler buttondown shirt; vintage tan sweater vest; clip-on bow tie all from Vintage Moon (82-B N. Lexington Ave., 225-2768). Model’s own jeans. Models: Jackie Franquez and Matt Shepard. Jackie’s hair courtesy of Guadalupe Chavarria and Studio Chavarria ( All decor (red bolster pillow; multi-color votives; red suede mini Christmas tree; metal bar stool) from Mobilia (43 Haywood St., 252-8322).

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laurie corral: Book artist, printmaker, founder and director of asheville BookWorks What’s on your wish list this year? I’d like a fab Moog t-shirt, designed for Moog by local graphic designer philip Bell (pictured above). any fun and fabulous gift suggestions? Letterpress and paper-making classes at BookWorks! Books from Malaprop’s, Battery park Book exchange or spellbound Books. Frame a piece of your own work for a personal gift. My favorites are Frugal Framer or american Folk art and Framing. A restaurant gift certificate, because there are so many good ones here. What kind of holiday specials is BookWorks offering? Asheville BookWorks will have a holiday sale set up in our gallery the entire month of December, with handmade books, letterpress and handmade cards, original prints, journals, jewelry, ornaments, paper gifts and more. We sell lots of gift certificates for classes and hard-to-find book-arts supplies during the season.

Charlie Flynn-McIver: Artistic director, N.C. Stage Company If you could have piece of art by a local artist what would it be? My wife and I really like Spencer Herr. We have one of his pieces in our living room. We also like Moni Hill (work available at Atelier gallery downtown, pictured at left). We love to give her smaller pieces as gifts. Any fun and fabulous gift ideas?


As I was doing some shopping today, I thought it would be neat to give someone a basket or maybe a locally made, craft-style vessel filled with some edible and drinkable goodies — and tickets to an upcoming show in the new year as the centerpiece. It’s the kind of gift that they will remember long into the new year. What is N.C. Stage offering for the holidays? We’re offering two shows during the holidays, Live From WVL Radio Theatre: It’s A Wonderful Life through Thanksgiving and The 12 Dates Of Christmas from the beginning of December through Dec. 18. We also have gift certificates, and you can purchase advance tickets for the early 2012 comedy Love Child as gifts with several other packages.

river guerguerian: Musician, composer, educator I think the gift of a class or workshop is a good idea because it breaks a person out of their normal routine, and gets them to try something different. When you give someone a class as a present, you’re creating an experience and a memory they’re not going to forget. lisa Zahiya teaches belly-dancing classes. A lot of times a group of people will have her give a private workshop. Julie Becton gillum gives Butoh classes. A-B Tech offers some really good affordable classes for adults. The Creative Technology and Arts Center at Odyssey School has been offering some really great multimedia workshops. do you offer workshops?


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Minori Hinds: comedian, dJ, student What local art would be on your holiday wish list?

galen Frost-Bernard and gabriel Shaffer really freak me out — I would love to have a work from those guys. Get a ticket to lazoom [Tours] and a bottle to take on the trip! Support a local fabric artist and pick up a piece of clothing from one of countless seamstresses or screen printers from Asheville.

Anything that lisa Nance (aka Gus Grissom) has up her sleeves I’m always enamored with — she recently had her work at PUSH, and there are some of her early paintings up at Downtown Books & News. I find myself always staring at the gilded ginkgo-leaf necklaces at Honeypot. I’ve found countless treasures there and often find myself wearing an outfit almost entirely from there. Penland School of Crafts had a reception where I was so smitten with a textile landscape by Amanda Thatch that I felt compelled to buy it for my mom as a birthday present.

For entertainment lovers and art nerds, I would suggest going to ZaPow! gallery and picking up something. There are a couple of pieces that I’ve had my eye on. Melissa Moss has a couple paintings there that I really love. ZaPow! is a very accessible gallery that offers some inexpensive pieces that can be a great way to start an art collection. I have a bunch of prints at ZaPow! (pictured at left) and my Etsy site ( My business partner, lance Wille, and I have, as well as some cool old posters for sale down at Static Age records on Lexington Avenue.

Any good gift ideas? This is hard because I think the best gifts are personal. Lately I’ve been enjoying listening to comedy albums, especially while driving. A couple that I enjoy are Dilation by rory Scovel and Death of the Party by kyle kinane, both comics who headlined at Laugh Your Asheville Off [comedy festival] last summer. I think if you’re an entertainment lover, seeing it live is about as fun as it gets, short of doing it yourself. The Magnetic Field in the River Arts District is always putting on a gamut of events including standup, improv, plays, story slams, musicals, etc. Also Malaprop’s bookstore brings in fantastic comedianauthors such as Amy Sedaris and John Hodgman. I’ve found many a unique present wandering the lexington Park Antiques. Shopping there feels less like shopping, and more like roaming in old, strangers’ homes, if you’re into that sort of thing. • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 47

Micah Mackenzie: photographer If you could have a piece of art by a local artist what or whose would it be? “Alight No. 8” by Mitchell lonas (pictured above). This work is so simply beautiful and evokes my imagination. He has work at Blue Spiral 1 right now. Any fun and fabulous gift ideas? A beautiful dress from royal Peasantry, because Danielle Miller’s clothes are wearable art. Butt pants from Feathers gallery (trust me). An amazing eating experience at Curate (especially if you sit at the bar). While you’re shopping, get a Jitterbug from French Broad Chocolate lounge — it’ll speed up your shopping! I offer the gift of art in the form of a portrait. No one will see you with my eyes.

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Justin rabuck: artist and co-founder of The Big Crafty and Big love Fest What local art would be on your holiday wish list? One of my favorite pieces of art in our home is by Asheville artist/illustrator robert Zimmerman, and I recently saw some of his new work, a grid of tiny paintings, or “thoughts,” that were all perfectly precise and really amazing. Yes, I want one! I’ve also long wanted one of River Arts District artist Heinz kossler’s fist sculptures. Some other gift suggestions: Woodworking classes from Asheville Hardware. Knit baby-monster pants from Crankypants. A print from Heroes & Criminals Press. Personalized glassware from etchville. A ceramic piece from runnybunny. Why is The Big Crafty (held on dec. 4 at Pack Place) so great? There is a perfect one-of-a-kind gift waiting for all your loved ones (including yourself) and you will be supporting amazing artists and indie crafters. At The Big Crafty you can also sip on a local beer while meeting the maker of the work. I do all my holiday shopping at The Big Crafty. • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 49

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Claire reeder: Owner/operator, True Blue Art Supply If you could have piece of art from a local artist, who would you choose? elizabeth lasley at rivers edge Studios. I love her mixed-media work. What kinds of items at your store make neat gifts? The little Chinese painting kits are a really fun and affordable way to introduce artists to a new painting medium. Also, a simple sketchbook and some watercolor pencils or crayons can be a very portable inspiration for someone who’s struggling to find time for their artistic pursuits. Of course, easels are always a big “wow” if looking for something special for a painter. Or a really awesome brush — one they can cherish for years. Recognizing that it can be tricky to pick materials for an artist, we always offer gift certificates in any amount.

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Live in the Listening Room... Julian Vorus: Actor, playwright, manager of Downtown Books and News What kinds of fun gifts does DBN offer? The collage kits by Tami-Lu Barry seem to be very popular. Each is individually put together, so one kit is usually completely different from the other. Nina Ruffini’s artwork is a weird combination of sweet and sad, funny and dark. People may recognize her work because one of the city buses was painted with her bunny on a boat. All her pieces are painted on found objects and are $30 or less. We have these decks of 52 playing cards by Corina Droff. Each card is a “protection card” and the art is great. Some examples are: Protection from self-sabotage, protection from disturbed sleep, protection from doppelgangers, protection from the burden of dreams. Dark Star Magazine, is a really well-produced publication we have in our literary magazine section with quality paper, writing and art. Definitely worth its $10 price tag. One zine I really like is “Letters I Will Never Send to You” by Morgan Inez Smith. It’s funny and moving and has everything you would want from a well-made zine, like a dense layout, a lot of imagery and a very handmade feel to it. We just got in about four dozen leather-bound reissues of Peterson Field Guides. They’re really beautiful authoritative field guides identifying minerals, birds, stars and planets, wildflowers, etc., for around $15 each. The most expensive thing we have in the store is a 10-volume reissue of Aleister Crowley’s “Equinox Publication” which was his literary and occult journal. $1,000. We will be open this year on Christmas Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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INDEPENDENTLY FoCuSED ShoPPING SEASoN by Rebecca Sulock Here’s a gift idea for you: The brand-new Go Local discount card offered by the Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Asheville Grown Business Alliance. Remember school checks? They were popular, yes, but the discounts were typically for chain restaurants and half the money went to the company that underwrote the program. The Go-Local card operates under a similar premise: pay $15 upfront, get discounts at local businesses throughout the year. The card is available as a pre-sale now; actual, physical cards will be ready in mid-January. “We want it to be a thing where all the locals in the know have a card, and then businesses who don’t know about it will ask to be on it,” says Franzi Charen of Asheville Grown. So far, 50 businesses have signed on to the program, and more are in the works. The discounts will revolve and change according to what the restaurant, retailer or other business wants to offer. Say, for example, a store wants to put all its socks on sale at 50 percent off for a month. Go Local! card holders will be privy to the deal. To order the cards, visit the Asheville City Schools Foundation website at, or Asheville Grown’s website (ashevillegrown.

Shift your shopping Asheville Grown also wants us to shift our shopping — although hopefully, many of us have already done so. Charen was recruited by the national organization Shift Your Shopping to help with this year’s campaign, which aims to encourage people to move their holiday spending to local, independent businesses — providing a powerful boost to the local economy, and helping preserve and create local jobs. Americans spend about $700 per person on holiday-related purchases, according to data from the National Retail Federation. “When you have even a portion of

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that going back to the local economy, it’s so important,” Charen says. But there are more reasons than that to shop local for your loved ones. “Thinking about quality is huge, and spending more money on quality and less on quantity,” Charen says. “So maybe you skip the stocking stuffers but buy quality products made local, and emphasize that on your gift. So they know it’s more than just a scarf, it’s a scarf that a local artist made, and it becomes that much more special.” Asheville Grown’s “Local is the New Black” campaign cranked up last year, and this year its revving its engine again. It seems the trend has caught on: an email titled “Christmas 2011: Birth of a New Tradition” has come to our inbox more than once this November. An excerpt: “As the holidays approach, the giant overseas factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. Local! There is no longer an excuse that, at gift-giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.” The note then offers a list of suggestions, from gift certificates to oil-changes to haircuts and more. Read the full list at X

holidaymarkets Calendar for november 23 - deCember 1, 2011 ArtSpace Charter School Market • SA (12/10), 11am-4pm - The ArtSpace Charter School market will feature pottery, jewelry, textiles and more. Held at 2030 US Highway 70, Swannanoa. Info: or 298-2787. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: www.ashevilleart. org or 253-3227. • Through SU (12/3) - A holiday market will be held during regular museum hours. Closed on Thanksgiving. Asheville City Holiday Market • SATURDAYS through (12/17), 10am-1pm - Asheville City Holiday Market, 161 S. Charlotte St. Info: Beech Glen Community Center Holiday Market • SA (12/3), 10am-3pm - The Beech Glen Community Center will host a holiday market, featuring jewelry, wood, handmade cards and jam. Lunch by Loaf Child Bakery available. Held at 2936 Beech Glen Road, Mars Hill. Info: 779-1218. Boone Handmade Market • SU (12/4), 1-5pm - The Boone Handmade Market will feature photography, knit-wear, woodwork and more. Held at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, 423 West King St., Boone. Info: C.D. Owen Middle School • SA (12/10), 10am-4pm - A craft fair to benefit C.D. Owen Middle School will feature pottery, metalwork and woodwork, along with music, food and a raffle. Held at 730 Old US 70, Swannanoa. Info: 686-7917. Flat Rock Christmas Market • SA (12/10), 2-5pm - The Flat Rock Tailgate Market will host a Christmas fair featuring Christmas trees, jams, wool items, meats and sweets for sale, along with free music. Held in front of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Highway 225 in downtown Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719. Francine Delany New School Craft Show • SA (12/3), 10am-3pm - Francine Delany New School for Children will host a craft show featuring jewelry, pottery, ornaments and more. Held at 119 Brevard Road. Info: www.fdnsc. net or 236-9441. Handcrafted Holiday Market • Through SA (12/24) - Arts2People holiday market will be held at 91 Biltmore Ave. Info: www.arts2people. org. Hard Candy Christmas Craft Show • FR (11/25) & SA (11/26), 10am5pm - The Hard Candy Christmas Fine Art and Craft Show will feature works by weavers, woodworkers,

quilters, silversmiths, blacksmiths and more. Held at WCU’s Ramsey Center. $3/under 12 free. Info: or 524-3405. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Holiday Market • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS through (12/17), 9am-noon Haywood’s Historic Farmers Holiday Market will feature vegetables, meats, eggs, soaps and candles. Held at 449A Pigeon St., Waynesville. Info: Holiday Home Show • SU (12/4), noon-4pm - A holiday home tour will feature jewelry, paintings and pottery. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Held at a private home, 177 Lakeshore Drive. Park on Shorewood Drive. Info: lori@ Holidays Naturally Market in Hendersonville • FR (12/9), 1-4pm & SA (12/10), 10am-4pm - Holidays Naturally open house and holiday sale will feature amaryllis, sprays and wreaths. Held at Bullington Center, 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville. Info: 698-6104. Loaves and Fishes Alternative Gift Fair • SU (12/4), 12:15-2pm - Loaves and Fishes Alternative Gift Fair will donate a portion of its proceeds to local nonprofits. Held at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. Info: Madison County Farmers and Artisans Holiday Market • SATURDAYS through (12/17), 10am-3pm - Madison County Farmers and Artisans Holiday Market will feature jewelry, candles, quilts, vegetables and more. Hot lunch available from Mackey Farm. Held at Fiddlestix, 37 Library St. Mars Hill. Info: Montford Farmers Market Holiday Bazaar • SATURDAYS (12/3) through (12/17), 11am-3pm - The Montford Farmers Market Holiday Bazaar will feature Christmas trees, dancing, singing and gifts. Held in the parking lot of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. Info: Southern Highland Craft Guild Holiday Sale • SA (12/3) & SA (12/10) - A holiday art sale will feature items by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Held at the Folk Art Center, MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Info: www. or 298-7928. Sylva Arts and Crafts Festival • SA (12/10), 10am-3pm - An arts and crafts festival, featuring artists, crafters and home-based businesses, will be held at the National Guard Armory, 611 Webster Road. Info: or 226-0045. Teacher and Student Pottery Market • FR (12/2), 6-8pm - Black Mountain Center for the Arts’ Clay Studio Teacher and Student Exhibit and

Pottery Market will feature works for sale, along with live music and refreshments. Exhibit continues through Jan. Held during Holly Jolly at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. Info: or 669-0930.

The Big Crafty • SU (12/4), noon-6pm - The Big Crafty will feature 90 juried artisans and indie crafters. Beer and sweets will be available. Live DJ. Held at Pack Place, 2 South Pack Square. Info: Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: or 884-2787. • Through FR (12/16) - Santa’s Palette holiday show and sale. • FR (11/25), 5-9pm - Opening reception. Transylvania Tailgate Holiday Market • SA (12/3), 8am-noon - Featuring special “holiday offerings.” Held at 190 E. Main St., Brevard. Info: www. UNCA Holiday Art and Ceramic Sale • FR (12/2), 4-7pm & SA (12/3), 10am-2pm - UNCA’s annual holiday art and ceramics sale will feature work by UNCA students. Held in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Info: art.unca. edu or 251-6559. Upstairs Artspace • SA (11/26), 11am-5pm - “Presents of Art” will feature scarves, jewelry, handbags, bird houses and Christmas ornaments. Member’s preview party Nov. 25, 5-8pm. Held at 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. Info: or 859-2828. Weaverville Tailgate Holiday Market • WEDNESDAYS (11/30) through (12/21), 2-6pm - The Weaverville Tailgate Holiday Market will feature artisans, meats and cheeses. Held inside the Weaverville Community Center, Lake Louise Drive. Info: www. White Horse Holiday Farmers Market • WEDNESDAYS through (12/28), 3-6pm - The White Horse Holiday Farmers Market will feature baked goods, jewelry, meats, cheeses and vegetables. Held at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Info:

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Eco-bright: A-B Tech displays its energy-efficient holiday lights at the Lighting of the Green, Dec. 9-22 . Photo courtesy of A-B Tech

Holiday Happenings A Carolina Christmas • FR (12/9), 7:30pm & SA (12/10), 3pm - The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra presents “A Carolina Christmas.” Held at Blue Ridge Community College’s Blue Ridge Conference Hall. $30/$5 students. Info: or 697-5884. A Christmas Carol • SA (11/26), 7pm - A Christmas Carol will be performed as a staged radio play by Ensemble Stage at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, 160 Sunset Drive. $10/$8 kids 16 and under. Info: or 414-1844. A Christmas Carol • SA (11/26) through SU (12/4) - The Absolute Theatre Company will present A Christmas Carol at the Hendersonville Christian School, 708 Old Spartanburg Road. $12. See website for full schedule: absolutetheatre. org A “Creepy” Christmas Carol • TH (12/8) through FR (12/23) - A “creepy” version of A Christmas Carol will be performed by Montford Park Players at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Pay-whatwe’re-worth nights Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. See website for complete schedule. $12/$10 students/$6 under 18. Info: or 254-5146. A Swannanoa Solstice • SU (12/18), 2 & 7pm - A Swannanoa Solstice will feature musicians Al Petteway, Amy White and Robin Bullock, along with storytellers and dancers. Held at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 South Pack Square. $35/$30 student/$12 child.

Info: or 2574530. A Very Merry Christmas • FR (12/2) through TH (12/22) - Flat Rock Playhouse’s YouTheatre presents A Very Merry Christmas, its annual Christmas tour. See website for times, locations and dates. Info: Asheville Choral Society • FR (12/2), 7:30pm & SA (12/3), 4pm - The Asheville Choral Society will perform “Winterfest: Songs for the Season” at Arden Presbyterian Church, 2215 Hendersonville Road. $20/$10 students. Info: or 232-2060. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 E. Walnut St. Tickets and info: or 254-1320. • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (12/4) - Dashing Through the Snow. No performance Nov. 25. Asheville Community Yoga Center Located at 8 Brookdale Road. Info: • TH (11/24), 10-11am - “The Practice of Gratitude” Thanksgiving yoga. All ages and levels welcome for yoga and brunch. • SA (11/26), 2-4pm - Post-holiday “detox flow” yoga class. Advance registration required. $15 donation. Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS (12/1) until (12/17), 7:30pm - The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will ask the question “Is Santa actually a Communist?” Held at The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot St. Additional performances: Mon.-Wed., Dec. 19-21. $14/$12. Info: or 668-2154. Black Mountain Christmas Parade

• SA (12/3), 4pm - The Black Mountain Christmas Parade will depart from the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. State St. A celebration at Lake Tomahawk will follow. Info: or 669-2300. Blue Ridge Orchestra • SU (12/11), 4pm - The Blue Ridge Orchestra will perform holiday favorites by Mozart, Prokofiev and Leroy Anderson. Held at the Folk Arts Center, MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. $15/$5 students. Info: Blue Ridge Ringers • SA (12/3), 2pm - The Blue Ridge Ringers will perform at the Henderson County Library, 301 N Washington St., Hendersonville. Info: blueridgeringers@ or 692-4910. • TU (12/13), noon-1pm - The Blue Ridge Ringers will perform at Transylvania County Public Library, 212 South Gaston St., Brevard. Info: or 6924910. • SA (12/17), 4pm - The Blue Ridge Ringers will perform at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on the corner of North Broad Street and Fisher Road, Brevard. Info: or 692-4910. Carolina Christmas Mountain Spectacular • FR (12/2) through SU (12/4), 7pm - A broadway-style production will be performed at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. $20 gold circle seating/$10 general admission. Info: Chamber Open House with Santa • SA (12/3), noon-3pm - Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, 201 East State St. Info: 669-2300. Christmas Banquet and Silent Auction

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Tis the season: Frannie Oats shows off her new poinsettias at the Flat Rock Tailgate’s Christmas Market, Dec. 10. Photo by Molly Sharp • TU (12/6), 5-7pm - A Christmas banquet and silent auction will be held at the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, 201 East State St. $20. Info: or 6692300. Christmas in Appalachia • SA (12/3), 7pm - Christmas in Appalachia, a fundraising concert for Shindig on the Green, will feature The Cockman Family, AppalachiaSong, clogging and buck dancing demos. Held at the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive. $20/$10 under 12. Info: or 6858313. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony • FR (11/25), 5-8pm - A Christmas tree lighting ceremony will feature entertainment, a free trolly, carriage rides and a visit from Santa. Held at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street in Hendersonville. Info: 233-3216. Community Orchestra of Hendersonville • SU (11/27), 3pm - The Community Orchestra of Hendersonville will present its annual Messiah concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe Ave., Hendersonville. Free. Info: 693-3081.

Deck the Trees • TH (12/1) through MO (1/2) - “Deck the Trees” will feature Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and nonprofits. Trees will be on display at The Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain. Info: www., or 669-2300. Festival of Lights • TH (12/1) through SU (12/18), 69pm - The Festival of Lights will feature 50 animated and stationary light displays. A walking preview will be held on Dec. 1, 6-9pm. $5/$3 for walking tour. $15 per car for driving tour. 20 percent of proceeds benefit Buncombe County Special Olympics. Held at Lake Julian Park, 406 Overlook Extension, Arden. Info: or 684-0376. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, three miles south of Hendersonville. Info: or 693-0731. • WE (11/30) through TH (12/22) - A holiday edition of Plaid Tidings. See website for full schedule. Gingerbread Contest Display

• Through SU (1/1) - The winners of the National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display at at the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, 290 Macon Ave. Guided tours will be offered Wed. through Sun. at 9am and 3pm through Jan. 1. Registration required for tour. Info: or 800-438-5800. Holiday Barn Tour • SA (11/26), 11am-1pm - A holiday barn tour will depart from FENCE, 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon. $10/$5 children. Info: Holiday Cookie and Bake Sale • SA (12/3), 10am-1pm - A cookie and bake sale will feature a “cookie labyrinth” and used books for purchase. Held at First Congregational Church, 1735 5th Ave. W., Hendersonville. Info: or 692-8630. Holiday LaZoom Tour • Through SA (12/31) - LaZoom will host a new holiday tour featuring a snowman, turkey and “Asheville fruit cake.” See website for dates. Departs from French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. $23/$15 ages 13-17/$12 ages 5-12. Info: www.lazoomtours. com or 225-6932.

holidaycontinued Holiday Origami Party for Kids • SA (12/10), 1-3pm - A holiday origami party for kids will be held at North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Info: 250-4752. Holiday Ornament Workshop for Kids • SA (12/3), 11am-noon - A holiday ornament workshop for kids will be held at Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road. Info: 250-6480. Holiday Show • WE (12/21) & TH (12/22), 7pm - A holiday theater performance will feature Carol Anderson and Jim Shores. Held at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. $15. Info: or 669-0930. Holiday Wine, Cheese and Champagne Tasting • TH (12/22), 6pm - A holiday wine, cheese and champagne tasting will be held at Appalachain Vintner, 2-B Huntsman Place. Info: or 505-7500. Leftover Party • SU (11/27), 6-10pm - Bring your leftovers to a post-Thanksgiving party with music by Miriam and the Pasionistas. Held at the Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive. Info: 232-6967. Lighting of the Green • FR (12/9) through TH (12/22), 6-9pm - The Lighting of the Green will feature energy-efficient bulbs on historic homes on the A-B Tech campus. Fernihurst Mansion will be open for tours and entertainment on Dec. 9, 13, 16 and 20. Info: http://avl. mx/71. Merry Everything • SA (11/26), 7-9pm - The Merry Everything Holiday Spectacular, a show of small works of art, will feature French Broad Wee Heavier beer on tap and The BuskBox Player (gypsy swing). Held at ZaPow!, 21 Battery Park Ave., Suite 101. Info: NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut Street, across from Zambra’s). Info and tickets: 239-0263 or • TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS until (11/27) - It’s a Wonderful Life. No performance on Thanksgiving. Ole Timey Christmas • SA (11/26), 8am-2pm - Ole Timey Christmas celebration will feature crafts, demonstrations, music and carriage rides. Held at the Henderson County Curb Market, 221 North Church St., Hendersonville. Info: 692-8012. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre Located at 2 South Pack Square. Info: or 257-4530. • SA (11/26), 2pm - The Legend of La Befana, a holiday puppet show. $7. Rekindle the Holiday Spirit

• TU (11/29), 7-8pm - Explore practical ways to rekindle the holiday spirit at Mountain Java, 901 Smoky Park Highway in Candler. Materials provided to make simple gifts for those who must work on Christmas day. Info: Santa Comes to Town • SA (11/26), 1-5pm - Santa will visit Main Street in Hendersonville, outside the Historic Courthouse. Info: 233-3216. Santaland Diaries • WE (12/7), 7pm - Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’ story of a disenchanted department store elf, will be performed at Upstairs Artspace, 49 S. Trade St., Tryon. $40 includes hors-d’ouvres made from Amy Sedaris’ cookbook. Not recommended for children. Info: frontdesk@ or 859-2828. Sleigh Bells Ring • FR (12/16), 2pm - Blissing, a local women’s a capella trio, will perform “Sleigh Bells Ring... Are You Listening,” a Christmas concert. Held at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. $10. Info: 692-0575. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Road. Info: education@wnchistory. org or 253-9231. • Through WE (1/4) - The Carolina Christmas Celebration will feature fresh trees and seven decorated period rooms. Stories to Help Us Through the Holidays • SU (12/11), 2:30pm - The Asheville Storytelling Circle will present “Stories to Help Us Through the Holidays,” a humorous look at holiday stress, in UNCA’s Reuter Center. $5. Info: 299-0748. “Thank You” Yoga and Pilates • SA (11/26), 8am & 9:30am Thanksgiving “thank you” Saturday will feature free yoga at 8am and free pilates at 9:30am. Registration suggested. Held at Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Road. Info: www. or 2775741. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King • FR (12/2) & SA (12/3), 7:30pm - Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and New Studio of Dance will present The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Held at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 Pack Place. $25/$20 students and children. Info: or 257-4530. Twilight Tour • SA (12/3), 11am-5:30pm - The Twilight Tour will now be held during the day, featuring entertainment, horse-drawn carriages and Santa Claus. Held throughout downtown Brevard. Info: or 884-3278. UNCA Holiday Concert

• SU (12/4), 4pm - UNCA’s holiday concert will feature performances by the percussion and wind ensembles, with a pre-show performance by the brass quintet. Held in Lipinsky Auditorium. $5/students and children free. Info: or 2516432. Unity Center Events Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: www.unitync. net, 684-3798 or 891-8700. • WE (11/23). 7:30pm Thanksgiving Eve service will celebrate gratitude. • TH (11/24), 1pm - Thanksgiving feast. Bring dish to share or $5 donation. Call for reservation. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site Located at 911 Reems Creek Road, Weaverville. Info: 645-6706. • SA (12/3), 4-7pm - Enjoy a candlelight tour of a two-story reconstructed log house decorated in the style of the 1830’s. Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck • SU (11/27), 5:30-9pm - A vegan macrobiotic Thanksgiving-style potluck will feature tofu turkey, stuffing and gravy. Bring appetizers and side dishes. Held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. $5. Send check and phone number to 101 Willow Lake Drive, Asheville. Info: 254-6001. Visions of Sugar Plums Self-Guided Tour • SA (12/10) through SU (12/11), noon-4pm - “Visions of Sugar Plums,” a self-guided tour of nine Black Mountain Bed and Breakfasts, will feature Christmas decorations and cookies. $15. Call for details: 669-2300. Winter Crafts for Kids • SA (12/3), noon-2pm - Winter crafts for kids will be offered at the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Road. Info: 250-6485.

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sites. Volunteers ages 18 and older needed to share outings in the community twice a month. Info session: Nov. 29 Call A Ride • Volunteers needed to drive seniors to doctor appointments as part of the Call A Ride program. Volunteers use their own vehicles and mileage reimbursement is available. Info: www. or 277-8228. Center for New Beginnings • The Center for New Beginnings seeks volunteers for community awareness and services for crime victims and survivors of traffic fatalities, suicides and other death-related

incidents. Info: contact@centerfornb. org or 989-9306. Children First/CIS Children First/CIS is a nonprofit advocating for children living in vulnerable conditions. Info: or 768-2072. • Through TU (5/1), 2:30-5:30pm - Volunteers needed at least one hour per week, Mon.-Thurs., to help K-5th graders with homework and activities. Info: or 768-2072. Children First/CIS Benefit Sales • Through SU (11/26) - A portion of Barnes and Noble’s sales will benefit Children First/CIS. Offered at Asheville

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Cookie Decorating • MO (11/28), 4-6pm - The Ethical Society of Asheville seeks volunteers to decorate cookies to benefit “human and pet friends and neighbors.” Held in the community room at EarthFare, Westgate Plaza. Registration required: www.youthquestcookies.eventbrite. com. Fabric Needed for Donated Quilts

holidaycontinued â&#x20AC;˘ St. Markâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church seeks large pieces of fabric (82â&#x20AC;?x64â&#x20AC;?) to make quilts for charity. Drop off: 10 N. Liberty St. Info: 263-0043. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. â&#x20AC;˘ MO (11/28), 7-8:30pm - Help bake homemade cookies for families who are staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for families from out of town who have a loved one in an area hospital. Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: info@, or 299-0776. â&#x20AC;˘ THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS Offering complementary/alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners willing to offer a minimum of three hours per month of their service. Info: or 299-0776.

Holiday Giving Tree at the Oakley Library â&#x20AC;˘ Through WE (12/16) - A holiday giving tree will provide books to children in need. Contact library to select a book for a child based on age, gender and interests. Held at the Oakley Library, 749 Fairview Road. Info: or 250-4754. Holiday Hero â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (12/16) - Youth Villages will accept donations for Holiday Heroes, a program for abused and neglected children or those with mental health issues. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at Youth Villages, 38 Rosscraggon Road, Suite 38C by Dec. 16. Checks for $75 will be accepted through Dec. 12. Info: Stephanie.Hoyle@YouthVillages. org or 704-357-7943. MANNA FoodBank Drive â&#x20AC;˘ Through WE (11/30) - High Vista Country Club, 88 Country Club Road in Mills River, will collect non-perishable canned goods for MANNA FoodBank. Info: 8911986 or natalie@highvistagolf. com. Meals On Wheels â&#x20AC;˘ Through TH (12/15) - Meals On Wheels will collect shoe

boxes filled will gifts for the elderly. Please wrap (but do not seal) packages and label male or female. Items must be dropped off at 146 Victoria Road by Dec. 15. Info: or 253-5286. New Opportunities Thrift Store â&#x20AC;˘ The Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville, seeks donations for the New Opportunities Thrift Store. Volunteers also needed during store hours. Info: 692-0575. Pisgah Center for Wildlife Located in Pisgah National Forest, 10 miles from Brevard off of US Highway 276 N. Programs are free, but registration is required. Info: or 8774423. â&#x20AC;˘ Through WE (11/30) Volunteers needed to answer phones, help with the gift shop and answer visitor questions. Pot Luck Parents â&#x20AC;˘ Pot Luck Parents seeks foster parents to form a support group. Date, time and location to be determined. Info: leighlo@yahoo. com or 226-3876. Smith-McDowell House Museum Period rooms grace this antebellum house on the campus of A-B

Tech Community College, 283 Victoria Road. Info: education@ or 253-9231. â&#x20AC;˘ Through TH (1/5) - Volunteer tour guides needed, especially on weekends. Flexible hours. Training provided. Info: wnchavolunteers@ or 253-5518. Smoky Mountain Toy Run â&#x20AC;˘ SA (12/3), 1pm - The Smoky Mountain Toy Run will provide toys to Buncombe County children. The motorcycle ride will depart from Kearfott Plant, 2858 US Highway 70 W., Black Mountain. Bring a new toy priced $10-$20. Info: Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am4pm. Info: or 884-2787. â&#x20AC;˘ Through SA (12/31) Volunteers needed for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Art to Heartâ&#x20AC;? program to share works of art with elementary school students. Info: tcarts@ Volunteers for Family Therapy Study â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (12/30) - Family therapist Vikki Stark seeks adults

who experienced divorce as a child or teen for a clinical study. Info: ChildDivorceStudy@gmail. com. Winter Coat Drive â&#x20AC;˘ MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - The Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office will collect coats, sweaters and winter items for local shelters. Collection boxes located at 202 Haywood St. and 20 Davidson Drive. Info: 250-4441. YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (12/16) - The YWCA MotherLove Giving Tree will be on display at 185 S. French Broad Ave. The Giving Tree is made of stars bearing wishes from local teen mothers. The public is invited to provide gifts for children. Info: 254-7206.

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A BRAND-NEW huNT MASToDoN ESChEWS uNNECESSARY CoMPLEXITY oN ITS MoST ACCESSIBLE LP YET by Jordan Lawrence I’m on hold with Warner Brothers Records, and a pretty typical modern pop song is blaring from my receiver. The treble is too high, blurring the melody and the tone of the singer’s voice, but she has a piercing bubble-gum delivery that resembles many of the blandly hooked starlets clogging today’s FM airwaves. Mercifully, the track is cut short a voice that clicks in to tell me that I’m on the line with Troy Sanders, bassist and singer for Atlanta-based hard-rock act Mastodon. The conversation begins as an exploration of the band’s new album The Hunter. Sanders explains that the creative process was more organic this time out. Mastodon leaped into national relevance about seven years ago on the strength of a sludgy sound that twisted and tangled with prog-rock complexity and a series of baffling, but fascinating concepts. 2004’s Leviathan features a nautical story loosely based on Moby Dick. 2006’s Blood Mountain concerns a hallucination-ridden attempt to survive in the wilderness. 2009’s Crack the Skye uses the suicide of drummer Bränn Dailor’s sister Skye as the impetus for a multidimensional tragedy that focuses on a paraplegic who goes out of his body to visit czarist Russia. Skye is also the band’s most musically challenging effort, a melodic ganglion that forgoes many of the band’s heavier elements, sometimes sounding more like King Crimson than it does the Melvins. The density of the music and the highly emotional songs made the subsequent tour an exhausting, if highly rewarding experience. Things didn’t get easier in the aftermath. Guitarist/singer Brent Hinds’ brother died unexpectedly during work on The Hunter. Tired and put out, Sanders says they approached their music as a release, dumping the complicated structures of the past for a more immediate approach.

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In three minutes and 40 seconds, “Curl of the Burl” condenses Mastodon’s appeal into an approachable package that most any listener could digest. It might not be calculated, but like Metallica before them, the yoke of an economic, radio-ready approach fits the band quite well. “This time around we’d plug in our gear, someone would start making some noise, someone would start playing something that grabbed our attention, and we’d gravitate towards that and build on that, build on that, build on that until it became a song,” he explains. “We don’t need to get more technical just for the sake of people expecting us to be more technical. You know, ‘That sounds great — verse-chorus-versechorus. That’s killer. I love it. High five! Let’s get out of here, and go eat tacos.’”

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The Hunter is a solid record to be sure, built of chugging, riff-be-speckled blasts that rarely run past the five-minute mark. They’re insistent and cathartic, shot through with howling choruses that overflow with angst, but there’s also something seemingly calculated about them. An album like this is exactly the right move for Mastodon at this point in their career. Skye was their first album to crack the top 10 of Billboard’s album chart. The Hunter repeated the accomplishment. A collection of concise,

catchy jams is a great way to lure in suddenly interested ears. Sanders says it’s simply a happy coincidence, insisting that the band never bases artistic decisions on what listeners might want. “We still write music that makes the four of us happy, first and foremost,” he says. “We never feel pressure on our shoulders that we’ve got to make a better record than the last one. We never second-guess ourselves. What’s the rest of the world going to think? That’s out of our control.”

Still, if the band was to cater to a larger audience, it couldn’t do a better job. Take “Curl of the Burl,” which lumbers to life on a weighty guitar and bass combo before clicking into an insistent, solo-powered romp. Guitars shred in simple, but scintillating patterns around a chorus that’s pure rock-radio perfection. “It’s just the curl of the burl/ It’s just the curl of the burl/ That’s just the way of the world,” Sanders and Hinds sing together, intensifying their delivery with each repetitively structured line. The words explore an appealingly pretentious concept, keying on how drug addicts will cut down trees for their burls — large knots that are extremely valuable to furniture makers — and sell them to fund their habit. In three minutes and 40 seconds, it neatly condenses Mastodon’s appeal into an approachable package that most any listener could digest. It might not be calculated, but like Metallica before them, the yoke of an economic, radioready approach fits the band quite well. “We still feel like we’re ascending the mountain,” Sanders says, reiterating that there is no map to Mastodon’s success. “Could we strip back and do some crazy storyline or a flashback of prog or something? Where the future will lead us is completely unknown at the moment, but the groove that we’re in feels great. We’re loving every minute of it.”

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Déjà Fuze Prog-electronic quartet Déjà Fuze formed in Buffalo one January, perhaps trying to get through the winter doldrums or to stay warm. Either way, the band (now based in Asheville) probably knows a thing or two about heating up a room. Or a set. “The four melody makers at the center of Déjà dial into each other’s wavelengths, releasing music that oscillates with the frequencies of your state of being,” says the band’s bio. Get your being-frequencies oscillated at BoBo Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Dirk Quinn Band also performs).

David Wilcox Singer/songwriter David Wilcox is an Asheville staple going back to the ‘90s when he played Black Mountain’s storied McDibbs, released his East Asheville Hardware album and his songs like “Eye of the Hurricane” were in heavy rotation. Though he’s moved away from (and back to) the area, Wilcox’s Thanksgiving shows are a thing of tradition. This year’s “Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Show” (perhaps a homecoming for fans who have moved away?) takes place at The Grey Eagle on Friday, Nov. 25. The fully seated concert begins at 8 p.m. $15 in advance or $18 day of show.

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Local electronic band Sonmi has been having a pretty great year, what with Bele Chere and Moogfest engagements. The instrumental outfit wraps up 2011 with one more local performance — this one as part of the RUN DMT show at the Asheville Music Hall. “RUN DMT began as an experiment in sonic debauchery in the summer of 2010 between veteran producers Parson and Lemiwinks,” says press for the show. “Fusing influences ranging from dubstep, dnb, rock, trip hop, psychedelic and punk, the duo began creating a new kind of dance music, focused on no-holdsbarred maximized bass and pounding beats.” Music starts at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. $8 in advance or $12 day of show. ashevillemusichall. com. Photo by Rich Orris

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pinball, foosball, ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late 504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109 “It’s bigger than it looks!”

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

Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm

Lobster Trap

Blend Hookah Lounge

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Open mic w/ Sven Hooson

The Fritz (funk, rock)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Olive or Twist

Open mic

Cadillac Rex (surf, rockabilly), 8pm

Blue Note Grille

One Stop Deli & Bar

Open mic, 9pm

Brown Bag Songwriting Competition w/ Alex Krug, 6:30pm Kellin Watson (pop, rock, soul), 10pm

The Get Down

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and

Fred’s Speakeasy

Straightaway Cafe


Live music

Allstar Thanksgiving Blues Jam w/ Peggy Ratusz & friends

French Broad Brewery Tasting

Fri., November 25

Tennessee Hollow (rock, country, blues)


French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Downstairs: “No Cover, No Shame” dance party w/ Abu Dissaray, 9pm Upstairs: DJ Capital, 9pm

Dave Desmelik (folk, Americana)

Creatures Cafe

Salsa night (free lessons, followed by dance)

Screech Owl Serenade

Dirty South Lounge

Wax in the Back, 9pm

TallGary’s Cantina

Open mic/jam, 7pm

Fred’s Speakeasy


The Get Down

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

BABIES (punk) w/ Thee Loud Crowd & The Bob Band

Michael Jefry Stevens (jazz)

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and

Grove Park Inn Great Hall



ONE LEG UP Bring your dancing shoes


7 pm - 11 pm - Sign up at 7 pm Amanda Platt of the Honeycutters hosts


10:00 pm - 1:00 am | Gypsy Jazz


OPEN BLUES JAM w/ WESTVILLE ALLSTARS Sign up 9 pm - 10 pm Jam with other blues aficionados from Asheville

WED 11/30

TRAVEL CHANNEL IS COMING AT 5! Join us $1 Off All Local Drafts

Wed., November 23 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Ben Hovey (jazz) ARCADE

Karaoke, 10pm Athena’s Club

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm



Vanuatu Kava Bar









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Peggy’s All Girl Singer Showcase (blues) Open mic

Max Melner Orchestra (jazz, funk), 10pm

Parker Roads & friends (indie, folk, rock)

White Horse

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Sons of Ralph (bluegrass) w/ Bill Phillips

Friday Night Live w/ Disclaimer Comedy

Wild Wing Cafe

(standup) & Dueling Pianos (rock ‘n’ roll

Wing of Fire w/ Jeff & Justin (acoustic)


Thu., November 24

Eleven on Grove

Zumba “In da Club” dance party, 8pmmidnight


Asheville Music Hall


Garage at Biltmore

Arpetrio w/ MagmaBlood & Agobi Good Stuff

RUN DMT (electronic) w/ Sonmi

Skunk Ruckus

Athena’s Club

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

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

Back stage: Culture Kids (hardcore)

Westville Pub

Creatures Cafe

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Piedmont Boys (country, Southern rock) w/ Hammerdown & The Smith Outfit

Vincenzo’s Bistro

David Wilcox’s annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Show

Tune In to Cranky Hanke’s Movie Reviews

4:35 pm Fridays on Local Edge Radio.


Valorie Miller (Americana, folk)

DOWNTOWN ON THE PARK fine foods • 30 brews on tap • patio sports room • 110” projector • event space open 7 Days 11am - Late • Now Catering

LIVE MUSIC... NEVER A COVER Thur Thanksgiving Buffet & Full 11/24 Menu - Open All Day!

Atomic Sauce

Fri (jazz-fusion, rock, blues) 11/25 Sat DJ Paco 11/26 (dance, pop, old school)

Open Mic • 7 pm • $3 Highlands Local, national, international musicians


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Drink Specials • Asheville Showcase • 8 pm Listen to up and coming local talent Open at 3 pm M-Th & Fri-Sun at 11 am

Music & EvEnts

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

Details & aDvance tickets:

Off Biltmore Ave. in the new Pack Square Park.

Taproom Hours: M-W: 4pm - 9pm th-sat: 2pm - 12am | sun: 2pm - 9pm

20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm The Business (Motown funk), 8-11pm Handlebar

RetroVertigo (‘80s tribute) Highland Brewing Company

Whitewater Bluegrass Company, 6-8pm Jack of Hearts Pub

Dead Elvis Ragtime Band Jack of the Wood Pub

Carolina Call Time (bluegrass) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Jahman Brahman SCI Afterparty

Straightaway Cafe

Downstairs: “Bear Exploder” dance party w/ DJ Kipper Schauer, 9pm Upstairs: DJ Capital, 9pm

Hobos & Lace

Asheville Music Hall

The Chop House

Live jazz w/ Mark Guest, 5-10pm

Vertigo Jazz Project feat: Kofi Burbridge w/ Overflow Jug Band & Zansa

The Get Down

Athena’s Club

Marvin & the Cloud Wall (garage, blues, rock) w/ Pierce Edens

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

Southern Appalachian Brewery

Nitrograss (bluegrass)

The Market Place

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, world, roots), 7:30pm

Creatures Cafe

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Kinds of the Foxfire w/ Aaron Lafalce (indie, rock, folk)

Now You See Them (indie, folk)

Emerald Lounge

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Lobster Trap

Calico Moon (Americana, country) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Jarvis Jenkins Band (jam, rock) Olive or Twist

Copper Kid Solo w/ Brown the Artist & DJ Ra Mak

WestSound (R&B) Vanuatu Kava Bar

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

Fred’s Speakeasy

Karaoke Fred’s Speakeasy South

Live jazz, Motown & rock, 8pm

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Orange Peel

Acoustic Syndicate (bluegrass, jam, roots)

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

Pack’s Tavern

Westville Pub

Atomic Sauce (jazz, fusion, rock, blues)

Trivia night

Purple Onion Cafe

White Horse

Fred Whiskin (piano)

“Home for the Holidays” benefit

Root Bar No. 1

Wild Wing Cafe

Sweet Wednesday (folk, acoustic, roots)

Too Far Gone (country)

Scandals Nightclub

SaT., November 26

The Mantras (jam, metal, funk) w/ Common Foundation & Cindercat


Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

Friday, Nov. 25th


Saturday, Nov. 26th

Garage at Biltmore

Housetival 4 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern


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Bob Burnette (indie, rock) Hannah Levin (indie, folk)


Thursday, Nov. 24th

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

French Broad Chocolate Lounge


Tha Growlers (rock covers)



Fred Eaglesmith | Futurebirds Amy Ray (of the Indigo Girls) | John Gorka | John Doyle Tom Maxwell | The 999 Eyes Freakshow & Sideshow

Kitchen Open for Dinner on Nights of Shows!

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Alien Music Club SUN. 11/27


See Menu & Live Music Calendar:



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Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm Kat Williams (blues, jazz, soul), 8-11pm

Jerome Widenhouse & His Roaring Lions (jazz), 7-9pm

The Bywater


Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues


Craig Sorrells (soul, funk, jazz)

Hallelujah Hullabaloo w/ DJs Jamie Hepler, Whitney Shroyer & friends

Sharon LaMotte (vocal jazz), 7:30pm Karaoke, 10:30pm

Highland Brewing Company

Dirty South Lounge

Westville Pub

Blind Boy Chocolate & the Milk Sheiks (jugband, old-time), 6pm

Drive-by Sci-Fi, 9pm

Open mic

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Wild Wing Cafe

Jack of Hearts Pub


Twilite Broadcasters (old-time, parlor)

David LaMotte (singer/songwriter) w/ Eliot Bronson

Jack of the Wood Pub

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Sons of Ralph (bluegrass)

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

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Hotel Indigo

Altamont Brewing Company

Lobster Trap

Ben Hovey (multi-instrumentalist, electronic, soul), 7-10pm

Creatures Cafe

Jazz Trio

Jack of the Wood Pub

Singer/songwriter showcase

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Irish session, 3 & 5pm

Eleven on Grove

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Malcolm Holcombe (Americana, folk)

Firecracker Jazz Band CD release party w/ Pleasure Chest

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Olive or Twist

Lobster Trap

The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm

Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7pm

Orange Peel

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

MiMosa (electronic) w/ Kraddy & Bitch Please

Open mic w/ Ami Worthen, 9pm

Pack’s Tavern

One Stop Deli & Bar

DJ Paco (dance, pop, old school)

Bluegrass brunch w/ The Pond Brothers, 11am

Pisgah Brewing Company

Orange Peel

The Secret B-Sides (R&B, soul, hip-hop)

Waltz lesson, 6pm Dance, 7pm

Purple Onion Cafe

Friday, November 25th DeAD elvis rAgTime BAnD FRIDAY 11/25


A “ragged time” will be had by all!

Saturday, November 26th The TwilighT BroADCAsTers Nostalgic Acoustic Parlor Boys




Friday, December 2nd Ten CenT poeTry

Melodic Folk Pop

Saturday, December 3rd AlArm CloCk ConspirACy Duo Power Pop & Rock


Gigi Dover & the Big Love (Americana, rock, soul)

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

Scandals Nightclub

Live acoustic music, 8-10pm

Miss Land of the Sky EOY Pageant, 10pm

Root Bar No. 1

The Bywater

Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz)

Miriam & the Passionistas (Latin, folk), 5-8pm

Scandals Nightclub

The Get Down

Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am


Shovelhead Saloon

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

Gary Cody w/ Desperado

Village Wayside Bar and Grille

Southern Appalachian Brewery

The Wayside Sound (acoustic jazz duo)

Serious Clark (pop, folk)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Straightaway Cafe

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

JoeDan & Hank

White Horse

The Chop House

Drum circle, 2pm

Live jazz w/ Mark Guest, 5-10pm

Wild Wing Cafe

The Get Down

Acoustic on the Patio

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation benefit feat: Running On-E, American Gonzos & Last Science

moN., November 28

The Market Place

5 Walnut Wine Bar

Psychobilly Sock Hop Sundays

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Live music

CaroMia Tiller (singer/songwriter), 8-10pm

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Altamont Brewing Company

Bayou Diesel (blues, zydeco)

Roots jam w/ Kevin Scanlon

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Dirty South Lounge

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Tears in My Beers (DJ set), 9pm

Westville Pub

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

One Leg Up (jazz, swing)

Contra dance, 8pm

White Horse

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

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

Wild Wing Cafe


Chatter Box (covers)

Megan Jean & the KFB (Americana)

SuN., November 27

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

5 Walnut Wine Bar

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Front stage: Aaron Price (piano)

The Roaring Lions (ragtime)

Bluegrass jam, 8:30pm

Tue., November 29 The John Henry’s (jazz, swing), 8-10pm Open mic w/ Zachary T, 8:30pm

Swing lessons, 6:30 & 7:30pm Tango lessons, 7pm Dance, 8:30pm Firestorm Cafe and Books

Micheal “Lucky” Luchtan (golden-era country), 9am Garage at Biltmore

Phat Tuesdays Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Sam Roberts Band (rock) w/ Zeus Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Handlebar

Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard Bluegrass Jam, 8:30pm Hotel Indigo

Ben Hovey (multi-instrumentalist, electronic, soul), 7-10pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Front stage: Jake Hollifield (blues, ragtime) Lobster Trap

Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7pm Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Music Mandala w/ Ty Gilpin Northside Bar and Grill

Karaoke Olive or Twist

Al Coffee McDaniel (blues, soul), 8-11pm One Stop Deli & Bar

Music trivia, 8pm Funk jam, 10pm Orange Peel

Mastodon (metal) w/ Dillinger Escape Plan & Red Fang Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Tuesday Rotations w/ Chris Ballard & guests, 10pm TallGary’s Cantina

“Garyoke” The Bywater

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

Roadside Prophets (movie) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

World Beat Latin Music Jam

clubdirectory 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 All Stars Sports Bar & Grill 684-5116 Altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 ARCADE 258-1400 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Asheville Music hall 255-7777 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Avenue M 350-8181 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Black Mountain Ale house 669-9090 Blend hookah Lounge 505-0067 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Broadway’s 285-0400 Burgerworx 253-2333 The Bywater 232-6967 Clingman Cafe 253-2177 Club hairspray 258-2027 The Chop house 253-1852 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Blues jam White Horse

Irish sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm Wild Wing Cafe

Video trivia, 8pm

Wed., November 30 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Dirty South Lounge 251-1777 The Dripolator 398-0209 Dobra Tea Room 575-2424 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy 281-0920 Fred’s Speakeasy South 684-2646 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove house Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great hall) 252-2711 The handlebar (864) 233-6173 hannah Flanagans 252-1922 harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 havana Restaurant 252-1611 haywood Lounge 232-4938 highland Brewing Company 299-3370 holland’s Grille 298-8780

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

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

Ben Hovey (jazz)

Open mic, 9pm


Dirty South Lounge

Karaoke, 10pm

Wax in the Back, 9pm

Athena’s Club

Fred’s Speakeasy

Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm


Blend Hookah Lounge

The Steel Wheels (Americana) w/ Josh Oliver

Open mic w/ Sven Hooson

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Open mic

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm

Blue Note Grille

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

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Front stage: Shane Perlowin

Pree (electric folk)

Westville Pub

Lobster Trap

Good Stuff

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

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

Laura Thurston & Wildwood Flyers (“bluesy folk”)

The Fritz (funk, rock)

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Olive or Twist

An Evening with John Gorka (folk)

Cadillac Rex (surf, rockabilly), 8pm

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

One Stop Deli & Bar

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm

Brown Bag Songwriting Competition w/ Alex Krug, 6:30pm PULP

at t h e O r a n g e Pe e l The Amazing

Kipper Schauer As RingMaster!

Darien w/ Sarah McCoy (acoustic, singer/songwriter)

The Rambunctious & Radical

mad Tea Party!

The exotic & enchanting

Sirius. B!

The wild &wooly

Music of the Swannanoa Valley CD release party

Fri., december 2

Hoopers Creek Cafe

Open mic & bluegrass jam w/ Sherry Lynn Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)


Downstairs: “No Cover, No Shame” dance party w/ Abu Dissaray, 9pm Upstairs: DJ Capital, 9pm Creatures Cafe

Winston Holder, Liam McKay & Chris Wilhelm

TallGary’s Cantina

Back Stage: Pick Your Switch (Americana, rock) w/ Grass Monkey

Open mic/jam, 7pm

Lobster Trap

The Get Down

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

The Underhill Family Orchestra

Olive or Twist

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Russ & Peggy Show

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

Vanuatu Kava Bar

One Stop Deli & Bar

Fred’s Speakeasy

John Farmer w/ Flight Club, Tori Clark & DJ Superman

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Open mic Westville Pub

Max Melner Orchestra (jazz, funk), 10pm Wild Wing Cafe

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Friday Night Live w/ Disclaimer Comedy (standup) & Dueling Pianos (rock ‘n’ roll sing-a-long) Emerald Lounge

Young Antiques w/ Warm the Bell & Albatross Party (pop, rock) Live music Lyndsay Wojcik (rock, folk, soul)

Orange Peel

Make-A-Wish Benefit feat: The Buchanan Boys, The Sharkadelics & more, 6:30pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Pisgah Brewing Company

Town Mountain (bluegrass) w/ The Freight Hoppers

Woody Pines (roots, blues, ragtime)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Asheville Music Hall


Women at Risk fundraiser feat: Dehlia Low & Every Mother’s Dream

Slice of Life (comedy open mic), 8:30pm

Dirty South Lounge

Jon Shain

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm The Business (Motown funk), 8-11pm

Dirty Bingo, 9pm

Red Stag Grill


Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ

Eric Ciborski (piano)

Lucky James (roots, blues, swing), 8-11pm

Root Bar No. 1

Emerald Lounge

Kevin Scanlon (bluegrass, folk)

Dead Night w/ Phuncle Sam

TallGary’s Cantina

Fred’s Speakeasy

Asheville music showcase

Highland Brewing Company

Wendy Hayes Quartet (blues, jazz), 8-11pm

The Get Down

Clouds of Greer (country, Americana, rock), 6pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Nature Films (indie, folk)

Hoopers Creek Cafe

Wing of Fire w/ Jeff & Justin (acoustic)


White Horse

Thu., december 1

Purple Onion Cafe

Ruth Moody (singer/songwriter, folk) w/ Emily Hearn & Granville Automatic Harrah’s Cherokee

Dwight Yoakam (country)

Runaway Circus!

Plus: Games, Prizes. Local raffle, & Scrumptious Carnival Snacks*! AND M O RE ! * S o m e F R E E , s o m e Ava i l a b l e f o r p u r c h a s e.

8 pm - Midnight - Doors open at 7:30 pm This is a benefit for Brother wolf Animal Rescue, MANNA Foodbank,ASAP & Riverlink $10 in advance/ $12 At the door Tickets Available at Orange Peel Box Office, or at 2 wall st.,AVL 28801 68 NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 •



(828) 684-8250

2334 Hendersonville Rd.

(S. Asheville/Arden)

Southern Songwriter Guitar Pull feat: David Mann, Joe Littell & Quentin Marshburn

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

4 Rounds Left (rock covers)

Jack of Hearts Pub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

John Wesley Satterfield (rock, folk) w/ The Damn Fine Band

Ten Cent Poetry (folk)

Russ Wilson & His Mighty Mighty Men (swing)

Olive or Twist

Jack of the Wood Pub

Westville Pub

The 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8pm

Imagicnation (bluegrass)

Trivia night

Jus One More

White Horse

Mountain Feist (bluegrass) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back Stage: River Whyless (indie, folk, rock) w/ Uncle Mountain Lobster Trap

Leo Johnson & the Space Heaters (acoustic, jazz, swing) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Jimmy Thackery (blues) Olive or Twist

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

The Zealots w/ Antique Firearms Orange Peel

Asheville Jazz Orchestra Christmas show

SaT., december 3

Orange Peel

Pack’s Tavern

Creatures Cafe

Overmountain Men

Emerald Lounge

The Southern Lights (Southern rock, Americana) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Jeremy Current Band (folk, Americana)

Eric Ciborski (piano) Scandals Nightclub

Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Shovelhead Saloon

Gary Cody w/ Desperado Straightaway Cafe

Pack’s Tavern

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Gary Segal

Scandals Nightclub

Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am Straightaway Cafe

Jenne Sluder The Chop House

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Little King Records Showcase feat: Big Daddy Love, A.V.A.S., Evergreen & The Toneblazers

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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Get Down

Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 5:30-7:30pm Underhill Rose (country, folk, soul), 8-11pm Jack of Hearts Pub

Alarm Clock Conspiracy (power pop) Jack of the Wood Pub

Jucifer w/ SLAW & Free Lunch Carolina Rex (blues) Vortex (Marion)

Westville Pub

Corduroy Road (roots)

The Market Place

Lobster Trap

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, world, roots), 7:30pm

Jazz Trio

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Throwdown Jones (rock, metal)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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Brown Chicken Brown Cow (Americana, folk)

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Vertigo Jazz Band featuring Kofi Burbridge $6adv/$8Door Sunday, November 27th

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arthur Christmas (PG) 11:35, 1:55, 4:25, 7:20, 9:45 Happy Feet two 3D (PG) 11:10, 9:50 Happy Feet two 2D (PG) 2:00, 4:35, 7:15 Hugo 3D (PG) 11:20, 2:15, 5:00, 7:50, 10:30 Hugo 2D (PG) 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:50 the ides of march (r) 2:15, 8:00 (sofa cinema) immortals (r) 11:55, 2:30, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 J. edgar (r) 12:05, 3:15, 7:35, 10:30 Jack and Jill (PG) 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:45, 10:00 (sofa cinema) Like Crazy (PG-13) 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 7:55, 10:20 margin Call (r) 11:40, 2:20, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 (sofa cinema) the muppets (PG) 11:15, 1:45, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Puss in Boots 2D (PG) 11:25, 1:45, 4:10 (sofa cinema) the rum Diary (r) 11:35, 4:40, 10:25 (sofa cinema) tower Heist (PG-13) 7:10, 10:05 (sofa cinema) the twilight saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 (PG-13) 11:00, 11:30, 1:40, 2:05, 4:20, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 9:40, 10:10

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pickoftheweek Like Crazy


Director: Drake Doremus Players: anton yelchin, Felicity Jones, JenniFer lawrence, charlie Bewley, alex kingston, oliver muirheaD romantiC Drama

rateD PG-13

The Story: Anatomy of a romance separated by a continent, an ocean and perhaps a mindset. The Lowdown: A lot of this movie either doesn’t work or is too mired in a filmmaking style, but there’s an agreeable and altogether human aspect that very much comes through. Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy is a deeply flawed film that manages nonetheless to distinguish itself by focusing on an aspect of romance that’s rarely addressed in romantic drama. At the same time, make no mistake, this is a far from perfect film that boasts a story requiring such forehead-slapping stupidity on the part of its protagonists — and not just once — that rather than sympathize with them, you may sometimes wish they’d been drowned at birth and saved us all a lot of trouble. It may, in fact, be only that they’re played by such inherently likable actors as Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones that this doesn’t become the overriding response. At best, this is a good movie — never a great one, nor even a very good one. Just good, though that — combined with the cast — may be enough. One of the film’s main problems lies in its central plot device that has Brit exchange student Anna (Jones) overstay her visa because she’s so all a-dither over Jacob (Yelchin) that she can’t be parted from him for two months (maybe that’s what they mean by “like crazy”). OK, as dumb as this is, the film then compounds the dim-bulb factor by having her subsequently fly back to the U.S. only to be shocked — shocked — to learn that her little visa episode has repercussions — like being tossed into a detainee room and shipped back to Britain. We are apparently supposed to be sympathetic to this rather than merely irritated by her astonishing stupidity.

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Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones in Drake Doremus’ flawed but recognizably human Like Crazy. This, by the way, is not the only problem with Like Crazy. There’s also an unfortunate tendency to overindulge in indie film tropes — like montages that take the place of actual plot development, utterly pointless jump-cuts and at least one of those annoying time-lapse scenes. I won’t even get into the fact that burgeoning furniture-design genius Jacob seems to keep designing the same chair throughout the entire movie. Worse, said chair looks like ... well, a chair. And then there’s one of those “If you get near a tune, play it” tinkly piano musical scores that consists mostly of random notes and the odd chord. So now that I’ve told you most of the things that I didn’t like about the film, I want to note that there are some innately human aspects to the film that transcend its other limitations and missteps. If it is indeed true — and I think it mostly is — that in every relationship there’s an inherent imbalance of one who loves and one who is loved, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen it so well expressed as it is here. Generally, such things — at least in movies — are the stuff from which stalker melodramas are made. Like Crazy does, in fact, flirt with that in its opening where Anna leaves a kind of mash note on Jacob’s windshield in which she assures him she’s “not a nutcase,” which makes anyone schooled in movies suspect she might be. The development of their relationship is interesting, though, in that it’s Jacob who at first works harder (or seems to) to win her over, but once he’s got her, the balance of power changes — something revealed in the fact that it’s Anna who makes the stupidly fateful decision to overstay her visa. There’s soon no question but that Anna is more in love with Jacob than he is with her. That’s not to say that he isn’t, but not to the same degree. If it was, he’d simply move to London and solve the

problem (though perhaps the English are less likely to be impressed by his chair than Californians are). But that’s never an option in his mind. He’s also much more ready to take up with someone else — in this case, Sam (Jennifer Lawrence), who works with him (presumably designing chairs). In fact, Sam is the classic “good enough for now” girlfriend, who gets treated pretty shabbily if you pause to consider it. There’s a parallel situation with Anna, but her consolation boyfriend (Charlie Bewley, the Twilight series) is much less sympathetic. What makes all this work — in spite of the rest of the film — is that it’s all so recognizably human in a way that very few movie romances are. That alone makes the film worth consideration. Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Wednesday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14

HaPPy Feet two JJJ

Director: george miller (Happy Feet) Players: (voices) eliJah wooD, Pink, roBin williams, ava acres, BraD Pitt, matt Damon animateD musiCaL aDventure

rateD PG

The Story: A runaway iceberg traps a city of emperor penguins. The Lowdown: Gorgeous-looking computer animation can’t make up for a plot severely lacking in cohesion. With George Miller’s Happy Feet Two, we have a prime example of diminishing returns. Not that the original Happy Feet (2006) should be considered some paragon of animated film, but even so we have a sequel that’s listless — and probably

startingwednesday ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

The Aardman folks — you know, the Wallace & Grommit people — have shown up with a new Christmas comedy that addresses the question of just how Santa Claus can cover the whole world in one night. It also brings in the usual sort of an undervalued son — Arthur — who gets a chance to become a hero over the course of the film. Most of the glowing reviews so far are from the UK, which is no guarantee of the UK’s overall take. (PG) Early Review samples: • “Arthur Christmas feels less insularly British than previous Aardman releases; there’s plenty here for all ages and nationalities, including the sly but entirely welcome suggestion that female characters have been under-credited in previous yuletide tales.” (Peter Debruge, Variety) • “Leave it to the folks who brought us Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run and Flushed Away to bring a delightful blast of fresh air to the conventional Christmas genre.” (Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter)


OK, even if you don’t know the source book and aren’t all that hot for family movies, it’s still pretty hard not to at least be curious about Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. First of all, it’s Scorsese. Second of all, it’s Scorsese doing a kind of film he’s never done before, an animated film in 3D. Here, we’re talking about someone who might make the 3D format seem legitimate. Or at least conjure up the illusion that it is. The trailer looks pretty astonishing — even if the stuff with Sacha Baron Cohen looks slightly forced. The early reviews for this improbable story of an orphan boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station are very encouraging. (PG) pointless. Everything the original film had going for it — musical numbers that served a purpose within the plot, a good dose of subtext — are watered down or nonexistent this time around. But the biggest problem with Happy Feet Two is how messy it is. There’s a plot of sorts, but the film really doesn’t get around to explaining itself till the midpoint. Before — and even after that — the film’s a jumble of ideas and characters, and it soon becomes evident that the script’s sole purpose is to set-up the film’s climax. We have our original penguin protagonist, Mumble (voiced by Elijah Wood), who’s now raising a family with Gloria (voiced by pop singer Pink, taking over for the late Brittany Murphy) and his awkward son Erik (voiced by TV actress Ava Acres). The point is part “believe in yourself” family-film tract, part sermon on how even the smallest things matter, mixed with a vague ecological message that’s too thin to glue it all together. There’s also a dab of pointing out the perils of dishonesty, but this — like the rest of the film’s disparate messages — is shoved into the picture. It’s just constipated with ideas. Add onto this the MacGuffin of a runaway iceberg that’s trapped Mumble’s friends and threat-

Early Review samples: • “In attempting to make his first film for all ages, Martin Scorsese has fashioned one for the ages.” (Peter Debruge, Variety) • “A passionate brief for film preservation wrapped in a fanciful tale of childhood intrigue and adventure, Hugo dazzlingly conjoins the earliest days of cinema with the very latest big screen technology.” (Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter)


See review in “Cranky Hanke.”

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Based on the early reviews, it appears that everyone on Earth has been waiting for a new Muppet movie. This one’s all about an evil Texas oil man (Chris Cooper) planning to tear down the old Muppet Theater in order to drill for oil underneath it. It’s up to Jason Segel and Amy Adams to get the Muppets back together to hold a benefit and save the theater.(PG) Early Review samples: • “Effortlessly blending wised-up, self-reflexive humor with old-fashioned let’s-put-on-ashow pizzazz, The Muppets is an unexpected treat.” (Justin Chang, Variety) • “The Muppets marks a very welcome return for Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of Jim Henson’s creations after a 12-year bigscreen absence.” (David Germain, Associated Press)

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ens to starve them, and the movie just can’t get to the damn point. Instead, the majority of the film is concerned with a parade of characters, both new and old. We get Robin Williams as the annoying Ramon, and then we’re burdened with Lovelace, another annoying Robin Williams penguin creation in a sweater. We have a savior-like flying “penguin” (Hank Azaria), a macho sea lion named Bryan (Richard Carter, Happy Feet) and a couple of krill, one of which (voiced by Brad Pitt) is going through some sort of existential crisis. The film is a mish-mash of action pieces, occasional musical numbers that don’t serve the plot, and characters being trotted out and occasionally forgotten — and none if it is cohesive. When it comes down to it, the movie is dramatically inert because of all of this wandering around. There seems to be more thought going into figuring out how to shove some Queen songs into the movie than there is how to make an engaging, exciting story. Even the film’s technically gorgeous animation is has exchanged cartoonish style and heart in favor of photorealism. When the only thing you take away from a film is the burning desire to never hear Brad Pitt or Matt Damon sing again, it’s • NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011 71

safe to say that the film is seriously crippled. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

Martha Marcy May Marlene JJJ

Director: Sean Durkin PlayerS: elizabeth olSen, John hawkeS, Sarah PaulSon, hugh Dancy, louiSa krauSe DraMa thriller

rateD r

The Story: The story of a young woman who attempts to get away from a cult and reclaim her life for herself. The Lowdown: Highly acclaimed quasithriller that didn’t work for this reviewer, but has impressed an awful lot of folks. At least once a year — usually during awards season — we get a movie that everyone goes lollipops over that I not only don’t “get,” but I just plain dislike. This year has had more than its share actually, though the clear winner is newcomer Sean Durkin’s awkwardly-titled Sundance darling Martha Marcy May Marlene. I never like to completely condemn movies like this, because they obviously have an audience — and there are usually good things about them. This one is no exception, though from a personal standpoint, my feelings are largely summed up by what I told the studio rep at the press screening — “It’s a badly photographed dreary little movie about dreary people I didn’t care what happened to.” Bear in mind, I’m in the minority here and your response may well be at odds with mine. I should have known I was in trouble when I saw this film compared to the work of Michael Haneke. I did, however, expect technical competence, though since that is not invariably necessary in the realm of the indie film, I don’t know why I should have. Even so, I don’t know when I’ve seen such badly lit, murky cinematography in a theatrical release. This, of course, is excused by the film’s admirers as an aesthetic choice. Maybe, but it looks like ineptitude, amateurishness, or an insufficient budget for lighting equipment. The fact that scenes in the woods are often perfectly exposed makes me lean toward ineptitude. That to one side, the story is all about Martha (Elizabeth Olsen, whose acting is quite good, but not perhaps as revelatory as is claimed), who at the beginning of the film is living in a kind of communal cult headed up by Patrick (John Hawkes, also good). The exact nature of this cult is only made clear over the course of the film — via sometimes too-clever flashbacks — but it’s not really spoiling anything to say that it’s a kind of bargain-basement Manson family, but without any clear agenda. The point at the beginning is that Martha — rechristened Marcy May by Patrick (the Marlene being the all-purpose name for answering the phone) — wants to leave the cult and so calls her estranged sister, Lucy (TV actress Sarah Paulson), to come get her. Lucy takes her to live with her and her husband, Ted (Hugh Dancy in a thankless role), in the conspicuous-consumption lakefront home they’re renting. To say that Martha doesn’t fit in would be an understatement. She has no sense of

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propriety — thinking swimming nude in public is OK and clambering into bed with Lucy and Ted when they’re having sex — and zero social skills. Even allowing for the fact that she’s been traumatized by Patrick and her experiences in the cult — to the point where a combination of paranoia and withdrawal from the only place she fits in have made her sense of reality sketchy at best — the film constantly threatens to make the character seem downright simple-minded. The cult scenes are often disturbing — especially, the business of Patrick rewriting the girls’ lives to suit his image of them until they believe it themselves, and the process of drugging the newcomers so he can have sex with them by way of initiation — but I’m not sure what the point of the whole thing is. Nor am I clear on the point being made about the shallowness of the materialistic Lucy and Ted. Neither of them are likable, it’s true, but they’re generally less annoying than Martha — and I don’t think the idea was for the audience to find her annoying. Yet that’s mostly what I’m left with. I do not, however, think this is a bad movie — apart from the photography and its in-your-face indie cred, which has become just as cliched as the worst of mainstream film. I merely think it’s not a movie for me. I neither enjoyed it, nor did I feel like it had anything of note to say. Others — even in the group I saw it with — found it compelling, deep and even terrifying. You may too. Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, nudity and language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Wedesday at Fine Arts Theatre

the twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 JJJ

Director: bill conDon PlayerS: kriSten Stewart, robert PattinSon, taylor lautner, billy burke, gil birmingham, Peter Facinelli tween horror roMance

rateD Pg-13

The Story: The wedding of the century between Edward and Bella quickly turns into a nightmare when Bella gets pregnant with a baby that threatens her life. Drama ensues. The Lowdown: Much more stylish than the previous Twilight films, making it more interesting as filmmaking. As drama, however, it’s more of the same — only maybe a little goofier. Another Twilight movie, another $140 million of teen and tween money into the pockets of Summit Entertainment, another bad movie. It ought to be as simple as that, and in some ways it is. The difference here is that every so often director Bill Condon manages to make the film a heady mix of visual splendor and over-the-top camp. He even briefly really pulls a rabbit out of his hat and makes the story compelling. That’s no mean feat when you’re talking a movie with a leading lady who already looks like the walking dead while yearning to become one — and whose basic notion of acting consists of remaining expressionless or running her hand through her hair. This is not to say I’m recommendng this movie — merely that it’s more elegant and

specialscreenings Fantasia 2000 JJJ

Director: James algar, gaetan Brizzi etc. Players: (narrators) steve martin, itzhak Perlman, Quincy Jones, Bette miDler, James earl Jones Music aniMation Rated G When Walt Disney made Fantasia in 1940, his idea was that it would be an ongoing film project, with new segments added and old ones dropped over the years. What Disney hadn’t reckoned on was the fact that the film might be a flop and earn the ire of classical music purists and moviegoers alike. That, however, is pretty much what happened, causing Disney to drop the idea and stick to making movies that didn’t upset anybody. Then, of course, the tide turned — especially in the 1960s, when the colorful imagery was co-opted as psychedelica — and Fantasia found its audience. It would still not be till 2000 — decades after Disney’s death — that an attempt was made to follow through on his original concept with this film, Fantasia 2000. The results were uneven at best, trite at worst and likely to appeal mostly to the “Disney can do no wrong” crowd. The idea of bringing in “humorous” celebrities to introduce the segments made the whole thing feel like an awards program. The centerpiece of the film was — guess what? — the already over-exposed “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence from the original. The new segments ranged from the fairly awful opening with the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth (which looked like a screensaver, even in 2000) to the rather dull and dated “Pines of Rome” sequence, memorable for things like its flying whales. (That sequence, in particular, felt like a relic from 30 years earlier.) The best is the Al Hirschfeldinspired take on Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” though Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” isn’t bad, even if if feels a little like an uneasy amalgam of the original’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and anime. Overall, though, I didn’t find it particularly satisfying — and considering that it cost about $80 million and grossed about $60 million, the likelihood of a subsequent update seems slim. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show Fantasia 2000 at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas), 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. interesting than its predecessors. And considering the squandered talent of its director, that’s ever so slightly depressing. The problem is that Condon can only do so much with the material at hand — especially in this case, where maybe an hour of plot is stretched out to 117 minutes. It starts off with Bella (Kristen Stewart) doing a voice-over about putting away childish things (like fantasizing about dreamy dead guys and muscle-bound wolf boys?), but then the movie immediately gets down to cases with pissy Jacob (Taylor Lautner) throwing away his invitation her wedding with Edward (Robert Pattinson), bursting out of his clothes, turning into one of those ludicrous Buick-sized CGI wolves, and running off into the woods to do whatever it is these boys do in the woods. Unfortunately, this level of overheated lunacy is short-lived as we plunge into the wedding preparations. In all honesty, the wedding preparations and the wedding (taking place under the world’s biggest weeping cherry tree) are pretty good. In fact, the single best scene in the film — where Edward details his bout of real-throat-munching-vampirism ca. 1935 — takes place here. But that scene is a double-edged sword and then some, since it starts in a movie palace that’s showing James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which not only brings in a vastly superior movie to the one we’re watching, but it calls to mind Condon’s own Gods and Monsters (1998), which is also vastly superior to Breaking Dawn — Part 1. Bella’s nightmare isn’t bad either — probably more horrific than the first three movies put together — and the wedding is cleverly edited.

By now you’re thinking it’s not that bad, right? Well, then we get to the honeymoon and ... well, it all goes to hell pretty fast. I’m not even going to get into the whole business of the property damage that seems to go hand in hand with vampire sex (I don’t see this improving once Bella gets vampirized), but let’s pause for a moment to reflect on how Bella is all roughed-up and bruised, but she’s cool with it because Edward did it. If there’s ever been a more brazen excuse for spousal abuse, you probably have to go back to Ferenc Molnar’s play Liliom from 1909 to find it. No matter, the big point here is that, for a dead guy, Edward appears to have some pretty lively sperm, because Bella finds herself pregnant — with a rapidly developing fetus that threatens her life. From here it just gets sillier as it turns into some weird pro-life tract, a stand-off between the vampires and the amusingly telepathically chatty werewolves, and general dumbness. The ending improves on this — vampire teeth C-section and all — but it’s so protracted that it loses whatever dramatic impact it might have had. OK, I’ll admit to some amusement over Condon’s final shot being a reworking of our first look at the bride in Bride of Frankenstein. Now, about this business of Jacob going all ga-ga over and “imprinting” on the baby ... And just think, a year from now you’ll get to see the bad vampires come after the baby. In the meantime, you can watch parents fret over whether this one went too far, while the fans grumble that it didn’t go far enough. Rated PG-13 for distubring images, violence, sexuality/partial nudity and some thematic elements. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande


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Homes For Sale

2BR COTTAGE IN CENTRAL ASHEVILLE Sweet, Funky, 1920’s cottage in Central Asheville. 2BR/1BA. Dog friendly large yard. Nice culde-sac neighborhood. Walk to town. $124,900. 253-9451.

“I WILL PAY UP TO $5000 TOWARDS YOUR CLOSING COSTS!” ...when I act as your Buyers agent. • Call Bill Byrne: (828) 242-4721. Landmark Realty. FREE HOME WARRANTY W/HOME PURCHASE • Luxury homes • Eco-Green Homes • Condos • Foreclosures. (828) 215-9064.

$299,900 • MOUNTAIN CONTEMPORARY 3BR, 2BA on 3.49 acres. • 5 miles south of Black Mountain and I-40. • Private yet convenient. • Newly remodeled. • Yearround views, wraparound decks. (828) 450-6343. 23353349

REMODELED HOME • OAKLEY AREA New kitchen and bath and newer heat pump and roof. 2 fireplaces, refinished hardwoods, and garden space. $150,000. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663

Land For Sale

General Services

110 ACRES • MADISON COUNTY Gorgeous old farm. • Price slashed from $715,000 to $385,000. Bottomland, creek, springs, wooded. • Owner financing with 1/3 down. • 35 minutes to Asheville. Bring all offers! (828) 206-0785.

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ALMOST HEAVEN-WNC MTNS-FSBO Breathtaking, long range views of Mt Mitchell and B Ridge Parkway and French Broad. 12 acres 15 min north of Asheville. 399k. 678-974-8047. FSBO • LARGE LOT NORTH ASHEVILLE Beaver Lake, upscale homes, underground utilities, level area. 0.54 acre. • Huge reduction! $99,900. Call(828) 649-0548 or (407) 394-5104.

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MINI-FARM $350K • Totally renovated 4BR, 3BA on 4 acres. New stone, hardwood, tile, HVAC, roof, windows, doors, sealed “stand-up” crawl space etc. With barn, level fenced pastures, mountain views, pool. MLS#506183. Call Kathy, 828-776-5846.

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MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING Oil and Gas Furnaces • Heat Pumps and AC • Sales • Service • Installation. • Visa • MC • Discover. Call (828) 658-9145.



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NEAR TUNNEL ROAD • Luxury 2 BR, 2BA Unit. Close to Downtown, walking distance to Asheville Mall. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic/hardwood floors. Fireplace, deck w/mountain views. Complex has two elevators, pool with hot tub. Exercise room and well landscaped common area. Unit priced below last appraisal. (828) 231 - 6689.

APPLIANCE ZEN • The best choice for appliance repair in Asheville. With over 12 years in appliance repair. The choice is easy. Locally owned. Fast. Friendly. Honest. • All brands washers, dryers, refrigerator, dishwasher, and small appliances. • Licensed. Insured. Bonded. • Sabastian, 828-505-7670. HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 31 years professional business practices. Trustworthy, quality results, reliability. $2 million liability insurance. References available. Free estimates. 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! Cooperative! References! Call Brad, you’ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.

EXPERIENCED HOUSE PAINTER FOR HIRE Need help with interior painting? I run an affordable one man operation, am reliable, neat, and hospitable. 419-308-1766.


PRESTON PAINTING AND RESTORATION Reliable, detail oriented. 20 years of experience serving designers and homeowners on finish painting, trim carpentry and restoration projects. Local references and insured. Anthony Preston: (828) 367-1418.

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.

CUSTOM WEBSITE DESIGN Are you a small business owner? Are you an artist? Do you feel like you you can’t afford a website? Well now you can! Website packages starting at just $200. -Web Site Email

OFFICE SUITES Downtown Asheville. 1-5 office suites from 490 sq. ft. to 3,200 sq. ft. Modern finishes, elevator, central air. Affordable, full service rates. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024.

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Landscaping BURGESS TREE AND LAWN SERVICE • Rental Property Maintenance • Tree Removal • Tree Pruning • Reliable • Affordable. Call 280-3601.

Caregivers COMPANION • CAREGIVER • LIVE-IN Alzheimer’s experienced. • Heart failure and bed sore care. CarePartners Hospice recommended. • Nonsmoker, with cat, seeks live-in position. • References. • Arnold, (828) 273-2922.

Commercial Listings

Commercial Property

3BR, 1.5BA • WOODFIN Full plumbed basement, Community Shopping zoning, large lot, potential multifamily. Priced below appraisal. Call Cornerstone Real Estate Consultants (828) 319-9651.


AWESOME COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL!!! Property fronts Monticello Road and is located beside I-26 at the overpass bridge at Weaverville. Currently zoned residential, therefore Town of Weaverville must approve your plan. Cornerstone Real Estate Consultants: (828) 319-9651.


Apartments For Rent $800-2BR/2BA IN QUIET, BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ASHEVILLE LOCATION 1150 sq. ft. unfurnished lower level duplex w/W&D, fridge, DW, lots of closets, patio w/small yard, tile floors/carpet, gas FP, elect heat + wonderful evergreens in excellent location: 2 mins from I40/Hendersonville Rd, 2 mins from Parkway/Hendersonville Rd. Utils NOT incl. 1 yr lease w/credit check. Pet considered w/non-refundable deposit. Avail immed. Call 562.310.3338 for appt. 4BR, 1.5 BA WEST ASHEVILLE • Water, garbage included. On bus line. $769/month. Call 828-252-9882. CHARMING STUDIO HISTORIC MONTFORD • Close to UNCA and Downtown. Spacious efficiency with separate sunny kitchen/dining area, big bath, good closet space. Hardwood floors, new appliances, $675.00/month includes all utilities. Years lease, security deposit, credit check required. For appt: Graham Investments 828-253-6800. DUPLEX • 3BR, 2BA apartment, 1300 ft, 1st floor, no stairs, beautiful, modern 5 year old unit, park like setting. Maple Springs Villas, near Haw Creek. Sorry, no dogs. $900/month. 828-299 7502. GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD • Quiet, safe, very convenient location, close to schools, not a large complex, located in Candler off Asbury near Enka Middle school and AB Tech Enka campus. Large, 1200 sqft, with 2 large BR, 1.5BA, W/D hook ups, eat-in kitchen, very large living room, closets. Quiet setting, well kept, new carpet, fresh paint, updated. Long or short term lease. $625/month + utilities. 828-280-0806.






p.79 WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $800/month. Includes water and garbage pickup. Sorry, no pets. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Mobile Homes For Rent WEAVERVILLE -3BR/2BA double-wide, all appliances including front load W/D, fireplace, deck on quiet mountain side. $750.00/mo. plus electricity, 1 yr lease, references and credit check. Also 1BR, cottage, all appliances, wood stove, new heat, a/c. $450.00/ mo. plus electricity. Call (828) 645-9258, ask for Peggy

WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA Mobile. W/D connections. On bus line. Excellent condition. Quiet park. Accepting Section 8. Only $595/month. 828-252-4334.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent SKYLAND • 2BR, 2BA. 1,200 sq.ft. Vaulted ceilings, gas, fireplace, W/D hookup, D/W, refrigerator, stove, balcony. $750/month - deposit. Call Bill, 828-423-3355.

• NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29, 2011


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jobs CONDO NEAR TUNNEL ROAD • Luxury 2BR, 2BA condo on the 4th floor of a new four story building. Close to downtown and Asheville Mall. Elevators, pool with hot tub, exercise room, fireplace, deck w/ mountain views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ceramic/hardwood floors, etc. $995/ month includes water and gas (828) 231-6689.

Homes For Rent $1600/3BR - RIGHT DOWNTOWN, CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW. RENT OR LEASE TO OWN. Beautiful 3 BR Bungalow with stucco walls, high ceilings, big rocking porch, hardwood. Great Walking Neighborhood. Available TODAY. 770.864.5487.lsikand

2BR/1BA MONTFORD CARRIAGE HOUSE Cozy 2Ba/1Ba, 2 levels, quiet alleyway in historic district. Wood floors, many wood windows, deck & patio, mature trees, basement storage, W/D, water/sewer, wireless internet incl. $1200/mo. Michael 3BR, 2BA LOG HOME with basement. Hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings. Easy access. 15 minutes from Weaverville; 25 minutes from Asheville. High speed internet. $985/month. Call 828-649-1170. EAST ASHEVILLE HOME FOR RENT Beverly Hills Neighborhood, Sandwiched Within Municipal Golf Course.1 Story w/ Attached Garage—1,330 Sq. Ft. Including Sunroom.Wood Floors Throughout, Washer/Dryer, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Monitor and/or Electric Baseboard Heat, Fireplace, Attic Fan.Utilities Renter Responsibility.One Month’s Security Deposit Required— Terms Negotiable.828.279.6895

EAST ASHEVILLE Only 10 minutes to downtown. Nice 3BR, 1.5BA home in Haw Creek. Hardwood floors, refrigerator, washer and dryer included. $975/month with 1 year lease. (828) 231-9411. WEST 2BR, 1BA • Hardwood floors. No pets. $750/month. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty.

Short-Term Rentals 15 MINUTES TO ASHEVILLE Guest house, vacation/short term rental. Newly renovated, complete with everything including cable and internet. Weaverville area. • No pets please. (828) 658-9145.

2BR/1BA MONTFORD CARRIAGE HOUSE Fully furnished on 2 floors, quiet alleyway in historic district. Wood floors, many wood windows, deck & patio, mature trees, basement storage, equipped kitchen, linens, W/D, utilities, CATV, wireless internet incl. $1900/mo. Michael


General ADVANCE CONCERT TICKET SALES • $11 per hour guaranteed plus a weekly bonus program. We are seeking individuals for full and part time in our local Asheville sales office. • Benefit package • Weekly paycheck • Students welcome. Our employees earn $500-$650 per week with bonuses. No experience necessary, we will train the right people. Enthusiasm and a clear speaking voice are required. Call today for a personal interview. 828-236-2530.

Sales/ Marketing ADVANCE CONCERT TICKET SALES • $11 per hour guaranteed plus a weekly bonus program. We are seeking individuals for full and part time in our local Asheville sales office. • Benefit package • Weekly paycheck • Students welcome. Our employees earn $500-$650 per week with bonuses. No experience necessary, we will train the right people. Enthusiasm and a clear speaking voice are required. Call today for a personal interview. 828-236-2530. CUSTOMER SERVICE AND MARKETING Positions open at MMS, a progressive printing, mailing and marketing services provider in Asheville. We’re looking for highly motivated individuals with planning and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment to join our team. Professional print industry experience preferred. Must be self motivated, and proficient with all Adobe and Microsoft Office programs. Full time position with benefits package. Email resume to PROFESSIONAL SALES Fortune 200 company recruiting sales associates in this area. • $30-$50K possible first year. • Renewals • Stock Bonuses • Training. For an interview, call (828) 670-6099 or e-mail resume:

Restaurant/ Food EXPERIENCED LINE COOK For casual fine dining. Great work environment. • Diverse, eclectic menu. • Grill and saute experience required. Apply in person, 2pm-4pm, Monday-Saturday, 337 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville. Stoney Knob Cafe. SERVERS AND HOSTESS Now hiring. Apply in person: 2 Hendersonville Road, Biltmore Station, Asheville. 252-7885. Ichiban Japanese Steak House


SEEKING AFTER SCHOOL BUS DRIVER • Eliada Homes is seeking a bus driver to transport children from local schools to our facility for after school care. This job may lead to other opportunities within our organization. Pay is $13/hour. Must have NC CDL. Prefer experience in driving school bus. For more information and to apply, go to

CNA POSITIONS Flexible schedules available to caring, dependable individuals who enjoy assisting seniors in their homes. Home Instead Senior Care.

Home Care Is What We Do Openings for CNA’s and RN’s for Nuring Pool in in Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Yancey, Henderson, Transylvania, Jackson, Mitchell & Swain Counties. • Weekend and weekday schedules available • Come join our team Stacie’s Personal Care is a drug free workplace

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Human Services

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

Medical/ Health Care

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SEEKING CNA’s for Leicester area. Apply online or call 828-484-8440. Background check and drug screen required.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE, has opportunities for Qualified Mental Health Professionals to join our team. Qualified candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in a social services field and a minimum of 1 year experience with children with mental illness. FPS offers a competitive and comprehensive benefit package. To join our team, please send your resume to CooperRiis Therapeutic Community has an excellent opportunity for a 40 hour a week Hall Advisor in Asheville, NC. This position is responsible for assisting residents in their recovery process and integrating with the therapeutic community. • Candidates should have the following qualifications: Experience in working with adults who are coping with mental illness. Must be mature, with work or life experience that has thoroughly tested his or her relationship skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and sound work ethic. Completion of undergraduate study preferred by not required. Forward electronic resume/cover letter to: No phone calls or in person visits please.

AVAILABLE POSITIONS • MERIDIAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Haywood County: Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) Position available within a community-based, multidisciplinary team supporting people in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. Psychiatric experience preferred but not required. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell Cherokee County: JJTC Team Seeking Licensed/Provisionally Licensed Therapist in Cherokee County for an exciting opportunity to serve predominately court referred youth and their families through Intensive In-Home and Basic Benefit Therapy. For more information contact Vicki Sturtevant, vicki.sturtevant Clinician Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) Must have a Master’s degree and be licenseeligible. Please contact Ben Haffey, Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) Position available within a community-based, multidisciplinary team supporting people in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse. Psychiatric experience preferred but not required. Please contact Ben Haffey, ben.haffey Qualla Boundary: JJTC Team Seeking Licensed/Provisionally Licensed Therapist on Qualla Boundary for an exciting opportunity to serve predominately Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian court referred youth and their families through Intensive InHome and Basic Benefit Therapy. For more information, contact Lesa Childers, lesa.childers Swain County: JJTC Team Leader Seeking Licensed Therapist in Swain County for an exciting opportunity to serve as team leader; case load is predominately court referred youth and their families receiving Intensive In-Home and Basic Benefit Therapy. For more information contact Shannon Esco, shannon.esco • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL Monarch is now accepting applications for a Full-time Qualified Professional for three sites in Henderson and Rutherford Counties. • Skills: LEAD RESIDENTIAL COUNSELOR NEEDED • The Lead is responsible for supervising all residential staff in their cottage during their shift. • Other responsibilities include: helping Program Managers with schedule, modeling crisis prevention and taking a leadership role during crisis intervention. • Bachelor’s Degree in a Human Service field and six months behavioral health experience is preferred. To apply and for more information, please go to

Ability to develop and implement person centered plans that address clinical needs and life plans for the individuals we serve. Position is in a residential setting. • Requirements: Must have a four-year college degree. At least two years post baccalaureate experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Ability to work independently, take initiative and make decisions based on sound judgment. Must have a valid NC driver’s license. • Benefits: Competitive salary, major medical insurance and dental coverage, life insurance, paid vacation and

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, please call Rachel Wingo at (828) 696-2667 ext 15 or e-mail Rachel at rachel.wingo@thementornetw• Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

holidays, 401(K) Retirement Plan. • Apply: On line • An Equal Opportunity Employer

THE ASHEVILLE OFFICE OF FAMILY PRESERVATIONS SERVICES • Is seeking an LCSW and QMHP for adult service lines. Also seeking an LCSW to work with young children and on Intensive Home Team. Please send resumes to THE MEDIATION CENTER • Is

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR Mountain Area Recovery Center is seeking a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor to fill a position in our outpatient opioid treatment facility located in Asheville, North Carolina. Candidates will provide substance abuse services, including but not limited to, assessments/screening, intake, client orientation, person centered planning, case management, intervention, client education, and plan and lead structured process and theme centered groups.We offer competitive pay WITH benefits…medical, dental, life, short-term disability, flexible spending account, 401-K, pto, paid holidays, and a flexible work environment in this challenging, yet highly rewarding field. If you are up to the challenge, please email your resume to or fax to attention: Rhonda Ingle at 828.252.9512.Mountain Area Recovery Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.Requirements • Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS); or • Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA); or • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); or • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); or • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) UNIVERSAL MH/DD/SAS is seeking Licensed or Provisionally Licensed Therapists to lead our Intensive In Home Team or Community Support Team for our Asheville and Forest City locations. Please email Patra at to apply or visit us on the web at UNIVERSAL MH/DD/SAS is seeking Licensed or Provisionally Licensed Therapists to provide therapy in School and/or office based settings for our Asheville location, Please call Patra at 828-225-4980 ext 302 to apply or visit us on the web at

WNC GROUP HOMES FOR AUTISTIC PERSONS Is hiring for Direct Care Positions. Full Time on 2nd and 3rd shift, and Part Time. Job duties include providing planned instruction to group home residents to maximize independent living skills, and behavioral health. Eligible applicants must have High School Diploma and 2 years related experience, or college degree, and possess a current Driver’s License. Apply in person at 28 Pisgah View Ave, Asheville or for additional information visit our website WNC Group Homes is a Drug Free Workplace.

Professional/ Management LICENSED THERAPIST Great opportunity to build a practice with referrals. Must be experienced with play therapy and working with children and families. Must be able to bill for Medicaid. Contact Bruce at The Relationship Center, (828) 777-3755.

Teaching/ Education PROGRAM COORDINATOR • In Real Life, a program of the Asheville City Schools Foundation is seeking a Program Coordinator. For more information visit our website:

Arts/Media INTERN AND VOLUNTEERS Local art non profit seeks an arts based non profit intern and volunteers. For more information email PAID ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES! Demonstrations, vending, art installations, group marketing and many more opportunities contact

Announcements GAIA CONCEPTIONS - ECO CHIC APPAREL FOR THE URBAN NOMAD We specialize in custom sustainable clothing created with local organic cotton, hemp, and wool that can be found at THE JAZZ SALON CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH LIVE JAZZ AT YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. The Jazz Salon features Steinway Artist, pianist Michael Jefry Stevens in solo, duo, trio, quartet or large ensemble format. Celebrate the holiday season with your favorite tunes from the 30’s and 40’s.

SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; melt in our sauna; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 299-0999.

Spiritual FREE DRAWING FOR A SPIRIT COMMUNICATION READING! Holidays have you missing a loved one? Connect with them through a Spirit Communication reading. Email/Call contact info! 928-301-8132 HEALING, READINGS AND SHAMANIC JOURNEY • Experience and learn how. Marcel Coyote Anton. 786-302-4204.

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#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER • 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. • 15 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology. • Save money, call now! 505-7088. FREE MASSAGE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS • Continuing education classes (CEU’s) and Ashiatsu barefoot massage training for professionals. Top notch massage therapy for the public. Therapeutic-organic massage and yoga bolsters/pillows/back supports and orthotics. Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. NCBTMB ceu provider #451-495-10. (828) 645-5228

ONE WORLD MEDIA STUDIO • Music and Video Production • In Studio • Live Venue • HD Video • HQ Audio. Call (828) 335-9316. On the web: T AND N GUITAR REPAIR Quality guitar repair available. No job too big or small. Call for Christmas specials. Nate: 828-736-8948 or Tim: 828-550-8193. Fair prices, fast services. VOCALIST NEEDED Need simple backing vocal $150.00 flat fee for session. Will pay gas, food, and other expenses. 828-775-6468.

Pet Xchange

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR PETS • Free or low cost spay/neuter information and vouchers. 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 123PM at Blue Ridge Mall, Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). • 4th Saturday of each month 10AM - 2PM at Tractor Supply, Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. 828-693-5172.

Vehicles For Sale

Tools & Machinery

BobCAT 2002 Only 1507 hours. 773-G Series, Skid Steer tracks over tires, wood splitter 48’, Brush Bandit bush hog. $15,000 Please call 828- 551-4156

General Merchandise

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

For Sale

THE ASHEVILLE PEACE WREATH • $55 ($5 of each sale will be donated to Helpmate). Charm’s Floral of Asheville! 828-424-1463.


Antiques & Collectibles HALLMARK CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS In original boxes, like new. From 19792007. Call June at 254-2415.


CASH FOR CARS: Any Car/Truck. Running or Not! Top Dollar Paid. We Come To You! Call For Instant Offer: 1888-420-3808


CUSTOM 14KT SOLITAIRE DIAMOND RING White gold. Round brilliant cut, .330 carat. Appraisal papers available. Approximate ring size 6-7. • $500 firm. Local inquires only:

A WOMAN’S TOUCH “We’re all about you!” Call 275-6291. DREAMSEEKERS Your destination for relaxation. Call for your appointment. (828) 275-4443.

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

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hiring a Director of Adult PRN TREATMENT STAFF • Are you looking for supplemental income for the holidays? Eliada Homes is seeking PRN Treatment Staff to work within our Day Treatment and Residential Programs. • PRN Treatment Staff are responsible for assisting Teachers and other staff with our students. A strong desire to help children succeed is a must. • Must have High School Diploma. • Prefer experience working with at risk youth. For more information and to apply, please go to

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