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letters Xpress is not here to tell us what to think or fear This letter is in response to the Dec. 5 story, “No Easy Answers,” and the Dec. 22 followup, “Merchants Protest Dec. 5 Lexington Avenue Story.” I am in the process of turning the former TV Eye location into Devotion Organics, a retail store for local, organic, eco-responsible and non-corporate bath and beauty products. The main focus of my business is to create a centralized venue for the many small-market manufacturers of these products who reside in and around Asheville, thereby strengthening our local economy and our small-business community while providing chemical-free, ethical products to our customers. It is on this platform that I stand “outraged” at the irresponsible journalism of “No Easy Answers.” At the Dec. 14 meeting with Lexington business owners, Xpress reacted with nepotistic defense of its fellow journalist, without regard to the needs or voices of those present. We all felt that David Forbes' portrayal was false, fear-inciting, sensationalistic journalism that belonged more in a tabloid than in a reputable news source. The printed quote made it sound like I was taking Xpress' side. I was absolutely not. This piece of journalism was old news, born of a dated concern and opinionated rhetoric. Forbes left out the majority of Lexington Avenue’s voices (such as the ones “protesting“ at this meeting).

CorreCtion The owner of Mamacita’s is John Atwater. An article in the Nov. 14 issue was incorrect. Table’s new bar, The Imperial Life, is closed on Tuesdays. An article in the Dec. 19 issue was incorrect. Those present from Xpress were unwilling to listen to any of us. Their raised voices in defense of their fellow journalist only led to more contempt from our side. We were upset not that the article was printed, but that the information was no longer valid, was hearsay, or was otherwise untrue. For example: Earlier in the year, many people came to Lexington in search of “bath salts,” and exhibited erratic (and sometimes criminal) behavior as a result of these drugs. Some people at the meeting were trying (correctly) to make the point that Xpress did not report this as it was happening, rather months after the sale of bath salts on Lexington avenue ceased. The concerns raised in the article had already been addressed by those responsible for the sale of these legal but harmful drugs. Xpress is not here to tell us what to think or what to be afraid of, just as we as business owners aren’t here to pay Xpress to say what we want. Rather, Xpress is here to bring our lEttERs CoNtiNUE

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voices to one another in the spirit of community. Instead, Xpress spat in the face of the community that has supported it since its inception, and isolated itself as part of the problem and not the solution. All we really wanted was an admission and an apology, but Xpress was too blind with pride to hear that request. Lexington Avenue is the colorful heart of this beautiful city, not a dark corner of violence. I did not receive a free ad, nor did anyone else. I humbly ask the readers to stand up and support local small business, and show David Forbes and those who may have been swayed by his tactics that our city is safe, and that we are not afraid to walk the streets, no matter what he tries to tell us. — Joshua Lawton Devotion Organics Asheville

suspicious people I see hanging out in that spot are typically scroungy looking white guys. Why did Xpress choose these specific images to print? Well, as I read further, it turns out that perhaps all that has changed is the perception of crime, not the actual number of incidents. And, after investigating further online, the face on the cover is that of the musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as seen on a Lexington Avenue mural on [the storefront of Static Age Records]. Nothing identifies it as such in the printed paper. In a country where blacks have been portrayed as the evil bad guys over and over again, we and Xpress must take responsibility to not perpetuate fears and stereotypes. — Linda Block Leicester

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the white elephant on the avenue David Forbes’ Dec. 5 piece, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future,” accurately and fairly framed many of the issues troubling downtown these days. I’m grateful that so much of my professional life and private friendships play out in such a beautiful environment. I was glad to see crack use and overt prostitution replaced by more decent activities. I admire my landlord, love my building and have warm feelings for many of my neighbors. Some of them own businesses while others are probably homeless. We don’t discuss our private lives, but manage to maintain respectful, symbiotic relationships. I don’t want to see people with limited resources pushed out of the public eye. I think this is the general sentiment of many people in these neighborhoods. However, these new hard drugs and aggressive, transient men have become a white elephant in the room. In the last few months the women in my building have had interactions with men who appeared to be extremely drug-addled and mentally ill in dangerous ways. This behavior was presenting itself in ways we quietly understood to be sexually menacing. For many months, clusters of men seemed to be running wild through town, fully aware that there are no consequences for their behavior. It has left reasonable, adult women at a loss for how to comport themselves — in the daytime or the evening. We responded to it, as women frequently do, by internalizing it, feeling ashamed and remaining quiet. I think this is because if we articulated what was going on it meant that it was actually happening. I would hate for decent business owners who have put so much work into cleaning up the area

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to be financially affected by that kind of media. On the other hand, ignoring the escalating and erratic behavior of some of these men downtown isn’t doing anyone any favors. It really needs to be addressed. I appreciated Capt. Tim Splain’s candor in the article. Most women are not cracking under the pressure of simple “hey baby” cat calls, but being called a “f--king c-nt” is decidedly more threatening. These men need to understand that there are boundaries within the culture, and that the police take this kind of menacing and sexually demeaning behavior seriously. I appreciate the honest and rational dialogue we are having about this situation. — Rebecca MacNeice Asheville

“no easy answers” is shoddy journalism The Dec. 5 article, "No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue's Uncertain Future," paints Lexington Avenue as a street of violence, crime and gentrification. Do these things exist on Lexington? Of course they do. However, these are not the defining characteristics of the street. Lexington is, for the most part, a vibrant and bustling, culturally distinct district. I ask reporter David Forbes: Where are your sources? Where are your interviews with business owners? Where do you draw your conclusions from? Interviewing one disgruntled business owner on his way out doesn't suffice in painting a real picture of what is actually happening on the rest of Lexington. The north end of Lexington has had some drug problems, but what about the other 10 blocks of the street? Ask business owners here, of which I am one. Rents are stable, business is flourishing and the over-the-counter drug problem stemming from Octopus Garden ended during the summer. How did you miss that one? You

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missed it because you didn't ask. You cited two business sources on a massive street, but paint this as a neighborhood problem. Even your article states that the cops find Lexington's crime stats stable and in line with the other parts of downtown. So what are you left with? Primarily, one business owner's opinion of an entire district. I find the article misleading and poorly written. — Alex Carr TOPS for Shoes Asheville

don’t perpetuate fears and stereotypes I’d just put down Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow, in which I’d been reading page after page of evidence of the many racial disparities and stereotypes in the “war on drugs.” When I picked up the Dec. 5 Mountain Xpress, an African-American face jumped out at me from the cover with two fingers pointed towards my face. I wondered, what does this have to do with the cover story? Then I turned to page 10 and was greeted by an ominous photo of Lexington Avenue with three dark figures lurking on crumpled sidewalk. The caption read, “Changing dynamics on Lexington Avenue have business owners and residents looking for solutions.” The article goes on to discuss the increase in violence and in hard drugs. What message is Xpress really trying to portray? Who are these people who are making others feel so unsafe that they are afraid to pick up a DVD at 10 at night? Sure looks like the implication is that this “changing dynamic” may really mean “African-American.” What I know from having lived here for more than 10 years and walked down Lexington alone on many occasions (safely, I may add) is that the

In the past few weeks, we have received many letters and online comments about the Dec. 5 cover story, “No Easy Answers: Lexington Avenue’s Uncertain Future.” We welcome such feedback, as it is part of our mission to encourage community dialogue. And as journalists, we’re always striving to hone our craft, while reporting fairly and accurately what happens in Asheville and the surrounding area. In our more than 20 years as a downtown business, we have published many stories about Lexington and chronicled its evolution into a thriving district. We tend to see these many articles as a whole and our coverage as an ongoing, larger story. In the Dec. 5 piece, we examined, primarily, the northernmost block of Lexington Avenue, based on various tips we had received in the last few months. We did not report what couldn’t be corroborated, and we did report that Asheville Police Department stats show that the street, as a whole, doesn’t have a higher crime incidence than any other part of downtown. We also didn’t shy away from concerns about late-night safety on that section of Lexington. However, we regret not making this article’s limited, single-block focus clear. We also regret that, although more than a dozen people were interviewed for the story, we did not reach out for a broader sampling of business owners. Doing so could have improved the story and provided more context. However, nothing racial was intended in the choice of cover images or interior photos. Gus Cutty’s mural at Static Age Records, depicting musician Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, shows one aspect of the lively energy and attitude on Lexington; that’s one reason we picked it for the cover image. An interior, late-night shot of people huddled in a doorway shows at least two white men, which may be hard to discern in print. Moving forward, we aim to do better, and are grateful for the feedback that Lexington’s impassioned merchants have given us. For those who remain dissatisfied with this particular article, we hope you’ll keep in mind that Mountain Xpress is deeply committed to our community. There will be many more stories and the conversation will continue. — News Editor Margaret Williams Publisher Jeff Fobes, Mountain Xpress Asheville

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Editor’s note: This is the sixth “Life in Seely’s Castle� tale. You can find all of them, with photos at or A lot of people let their hair down in my castle, but Rapunzel never did. No, the answer to the third-most-frequently-asked question about my former residence lay deep in the bowels of the ominous, imposing tower at the west end. The question was "How the hell did you heat this place?� and the answer was “Not very well.� At the bottom of the tower saat a huge coal furnace which, assisted by a big pump, delivered hot water through thousands of feet of pipe to the radiators spread throughout the castle and in the four-car, freestanding garage and chauffeur’s quarters some 300 feet to the north. I didn’t really appreciate the enormity of the task of keeping this massive heating plant going until the caretaker was out of town for a couple of days during an extreme cold snap, and the king had to shovel what seemed like tons of coal into the stoker’s gaping maw and remove innumerable clinkers. Shortly after that, we converted the system to oil, employing a 2,000-gallon tank, retrieved from the junkyard, that could hold a whole tanker load of fuel. This turned out to be far more cost-efficient and less labor-intensive, and I always wondered why Asheville-Biltmore College hadn’t done it years before. In the interest of conservation, we kept the radiators in the public areas turned way down, creating an appropriately frigid English castle atmosphere. Surprisingly, the bedroom was very comfortable; in the rest of the house, we simply wore sweaters and let our teeth chatter in our best British accent. Above the furnace at ground level sat an austere room that had originally been guarded from the outside by a very unusual curved, ornately carved oak door. Unfortunately, the previous owner had transferred it to his home in Memphis, Tenn., where I had occasion to admire it. One might have mistaken this room for a sort of concrete dungeon if not for the vaultlike safe that many banks would have been proud of. This, my friends was the countinghouse, where I’m sure much treasure and secret documents pertaining to

the many enterprises undertaken by Seely and his extraordinarily wealthy father-in-law, E.W. Grove, were stored. It’s also rumored that secret papers from the Teapot Dome oil scandal in the early 1920s had been locked in this safe. When I acquired the house, the safe’s doors were locked open and I didn’t have the combination. When I tried to close the doors they would bang and gape, as if mocking me for not having anything of value to stash there anyway. The very proper dining area, which could probably have accommodated 30 or 40 people, was reached by a set of stairs that wound down from the great room. We put red-velvet wallpaper above the oak wainscoting, and with a beautiful chandelier and a very large table (a family heirloom that was almost big enough for the space), it achieved a very satisfying effect. To take advantage of this, I wanted to hold at least one very special dinner for my family and close friends. I engaged legendary chef Bob Werth and his talented staff at A-B Tech to cater an evening to remember with candlelight, wine, incredible food and impeccable service. On this night I truly felt like a king. Around the time we bought the castle we got a contract to remove all the furniture and fixtures from the old Biltmore Hospital (where I was born, by the way). Much of the big kitchen equipment ended up in the castle kitchen. We ate most of our meals there on a lazy Susan table that must have been 10 feet in diameter (one of many that we liquidated from the Lazy Susan Restaurant on Merrimon). It was the perfect solution to the seemingly endless stream of little crumb-crushers visiting my children: It wasn't unusual to have eight or 10 chairs filled. We would just place the food on the central turntable and let everyone help themselves. This did lead to occasional food fights, with sometimes disastrous results. In the heat of battle, it seemed as though that thing could rotate at 50 mph! Happily, however, there were no actual casualties, other than the odd bowl of spaghetti flung against the white tile walls. X Asheville native Jerry Sternberg, a longtime observer of the local scene, can be reached at

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hiStoriC aSheville ChurCheS Confront religion’S Changing role by Caitlin byrd “The old church with its sharp steeple, rotted slowly, decently, prosperously, like a good man’s life, down into its wet lichened brick.” — Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel They stand like a trinity of silent sentinels, surveying every sinner, saint and stranger who ventures down Church Street. Erected by the hand of man more than a century ago, the limestone exterior of Central United Methodist and the weathered bricks of First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal now seem to be as rooted there as the mature trees that line the stately street. But while people still fill the pews on Sunday mornings in search of the sacred, pastors at these historic churches fear that changes in the wider world could undermine those devoted congregations. An October study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that one-fifth of the nearly 3,000 respondents, and one-third of the adults under 30, identified themselves as unaffiliated with any religion — the highest percentages since the forum began asking these questions more than a decade ago (see sidebar, “Faith by the Numbers”). And in a just-released Pew study that was international in scope, about one in six respondents said they had no religious affiliation. To varying degrees, most American faith groups must confront that reality, but the decline seems to be concentrated among white Protestants. In a 1972 survey of Americans by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center, 62 percent of respondents identified themselves as Protestant. In a 2010 Pew survey, however, that figure had dropped to 51 percent. Against that dramatically shifting sociocultural backdrop, each of these landmark institutions is seeking to chart a new course while staying true to its spiritual roots.

Shoulder to Shoulder Pastors at Central United Methodist, said to be the city’s oldest continuously operating congregation, say the old-school, high-church style of worship cannot be the only way for people to have a relationship with the divine. “We want to be attentive to what’s happening across the globe,” says the Rev. Julie Wilburn Peeler, the minister of congregational care. “We are in this seismic shift in all ways, and the church is experiencing that too — and, consequently, so is the way we do church.” Central United Methodist, she notes, is in the early stages of establishing “house church-

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full pewS: Central United Methodist Church has close to 3,000 members in its congregation. However, in a national study by pew Research Center, more than half of respondents said religious institutions are too concerned with money, power and rules. Photo by Max Cooper

faith for all: The Rev. Brian Combs of the Haywood Street Congregation talks to people sitting in the balcony during last year’s memorial service for the homeless. The nontraditional congregation meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Photo by Bill Rhodes

es” where people gather informally to pray and learn more about Scripture. “Though they may never walk through these halls, that’s OK. Their community of faith is that house church. We are trying not to be so rooted in the institution that we can’t hear the Spirit moving,” Peeler reveals. That’s one of the reasons for the organ music that issues from the Haywood Street Congregation on Wednesday afternoons. Central United Methodist owns the building at 297 Haywood St., but Haywood Street’s pastor, the Rev. Brian Combs, says his church tries to redefine how Christian discipleship and worship should look and sound. “If church is supposed to look like the context it’s in, being in the middle of the homeless corridor downtown, we look like what’s around us, and that’s what we want to be,” he explains. “Faith is a verb for us. We’re not a church with a Mission Committee: We’re a Mission Committee that happens to be a church.” The congregation was formed in 2009 to provide a worship service for all people, especially those in poverty, during the work week. The midday time, notes Combs, came from a conversation he had with a man on the street who told him, “In the middle of the day, I have all this idle time. I would rather hear the good news than get high.” At the weekly service, the prosperous people in suits sit shoulder to shoulder with homeless folks in sweats — and the pews are usually full.

“thoSe of uS who Show up at pretty ChurCh buildingS on Sunday morningS looking like we are all put together really aren’t. we, too, are Seeking Something more than we Can aCCompliSh by our own Strength.” the rev. r. SCott white of trinity epiSCopal

Changing mindS Similarly, says the Rev. Mark Burnham, First Presbyterian’s Church Street location shapes the way that institution helps its congregation keep the faith. “I think our mission is informed by our worship life together. ... It’s not for gathering in, circling the wagons and hiding out. It’s where you’re both inspired and challenged, and then you’re sent back out.” But having and sharing faith, he stresses, also means creating a space within the church for people in need. First Presbyterian continues to be a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, the Boy Scouts and the A HOPE Day Center for the homeless. In the long run, argues Burnham, serving as a home base for different community groups could help change some minds about organized religion. “In a lot of the mainline churches,” Burnham maintains, “you have less of that class distinction” than in the past. “It used to be if you were Episcopal or Presbyterian or Methodist, you were a little more established, and I think a lot of that is changing. I think ... the downtown location gives you that opportunity. You have more of a connection with people and interchange with people who may be from different places in life than you are.” With that opportunity, however, comes a kind of near invisibility, says Burnham, noting that the city’s Downtown Master Plan makes no reference to faith communities except in connection with parking problems at the Basilica of St. Lawrence.

a downtown meSSage, miSSion The Rev. R. Scott White began preaching at Trinity episcopal in October and says that downtown churches face unique challenges. Photos by Max Cooper • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 11

faith by the numberS On Oct. 9, the pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & public Life released a study, titled “nones on the Rise,” exploring the role of religion in contemporary America. Here are some key findings:

“faith iS a verb for uS.” the rev. brian CombS, haywood Street Congregation

Of those claiming no religious affiliation: 88 percent said they’re not looking for one, 10 percent are looking, and 2 percent said they don’t know or declined to answer. 50 percent of those who said they seldom or never attend religious services still retain a religious affiliation. Two-thirds of respondents, including 63 percent of the unaffiliated, said religion as a whole is losing its influence on American life. 21 percent of respondents representing generation X and 15 percent of those who are baby boomers described themselves as religiously unaffiliated. 44 percent of people who identified themselves as spiritual but not religious said they pray daily. — C.B.

“They talk about the entertainment district, the business district and the historic district, but churches and faith communities aren’t mentioned once,” he points out. “But I think if you took away all of the work, all of the funding and all of the volunteer hours that churches and synagogues and faith communities do in downtown, you’d have a huge gap.”

living the miSSion The Rev. R. scott White has been preaching at Trinity Episcopal Church only since October, but he understands that a downtown location necessarily entails different challenges than what suburban churches face. “A downtown congregation is confronted with the realities of city life, and we know that, and we believe that we’ve been called to be here to meet those needs and those concerns,” he says. “We’re seeking to live out that mission as it’s been given to us.” But for these three historic churches, the overarching question seems to be what the future holds in store for them as more and more people lose interest in organized religion. According to the October Pew study, titled “Nones on the Rise,” two-thirds of respondents said religion as a whole is losing its influence on American life. About 8 percent said they hadn’t been raised in any religious tradition. Nonetheless, White

‘in thiS SeiSmiC Shift’ The Rev. Julie Wilburn peeler of Central United Methodist says the historic church is trying to find new ways for people to worship.

still believes religious communities serve a broader community that’s not limited to their actual membership. Surrounded by the 18 stained-glass windows that architect Joseph A. Miller designed more than 100 years ago, White strides down the aisle, past the pews and toward the hallway to turn off the lights in the sanctuary. As weak winter sunlight penetrates the glass, casting subtle hues across the azure carpet, he says: “I think there’s a lot of faith communities that have old, pretty buildings like the ones on Church Street. They look impos-

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from the pulpit The Rev. Mark Burnham of First presbyterian says counting membership numbers is not the best measure of a successful church.

ing and they look threatening, and yet for generations, hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands of people have been supported and lifted up in these places by the love of God.” In other words, he continues, what lies at the core of traditional religion is something central to the human experience that transcends even the current global shift — and may even, ultimately, support it. “If you really want to be countercultural, if you really want to go against the grain, if you really want to stand out in the crowd and

speak truth to the power structures of the world and the individualism of the human heart, then Jesus is your man. And those of us who show up at pretty church buildings on Sunday mornings looking like we’re all put together really aren’t. We, too, are seeking something more than we can accomplish by our own strength. We, too, are seeking a way to cut through the veneer of life to that which really matters.” X Caitlin Byrd can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 140, or at

divine direCtionS How well do you know Western north Carolina's spiritual leaders and faith-based groups? in the following pages, you’ll get to meet some of them and see that WnC is far deeper and more complex than descriptions like “new Age Mecca” or “Bible Belt” imply. Among the messages from these groups and leaders, you may just find a revelation that gives you a vision for a brand new path. As a way of saluting both the outgoing and incoming years, we in the Mountain Xpress Advertising Department wanted to offer our readers something refreshing and powerful, something that speaks to deeper elements of the seasonal holiday themes. We reached out to the region’s spiritual leaders and faith-based groups, inviting them to tell their stories, talk about what they stand for and share how they are

bringing their words and deeds to the community and the world. You may be surprised to find out how timely and relevant their concerns are, and perhaps you will even discover something that you did not know you needed — but do. Are your ancestors trying to tell you how to avoid the same mistakes they made? is there an apartheid that you willingly maintain in your own life, separating yourself from your fellows or family? What if you had a way to gain direct knowledge of your soul, rather than relying on faith alone that it exists? What do you know about divine love and grace? in this special section, you'll learn how area spiritual leaders are addressing these and other questions, and read about the visions that they are working toward. — Jordan Foltz

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Land of the Sky United Church of Christ

Land of the Sky United Church of Christ is an emerging, progressive community seeking to serve the stillspeaking God by living justly, loving abundantly and walking humbly in the ways of Jesus. We are people of extravagant welcome. Whether you are young or old, gay or straight, single or partnered, happy or sad, confused or inspired, street-smart or college-educated, whether you can’t pay your bills or have more than enough to share: We invite you to join us as we worship the God who welcomes us all. No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Land of the Sky United Church of Christ. Worship with us on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the sanctuary of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church at 123 Kenilworth Road in Asheville. Childcare provided. Live Justly. Love Abundantly. Walk Humbly.

The Heart Center offers a unique retreat experience for the mind, body and spirit. Our beautiful setting in Robbinsville is located along the secluded western entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near the pristine and ancient Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Here you will find a peaceful space that ushers your transition from the outer concerns and limitations of the material world, to a journey into the unexplored depths of your soul. Integral to our healing process is rediscovering our intimate relationship with Mother Nature through walking, hiking, water activities, grounding work and simply remembering how to feel and savor her beautiful energy, sights and sounds. Retreats feature expansive self-exploration and healing techniques, such as Contemplative Living workshops based on the writings of Thomas Merton, guided and silent meditations, Reiki healing, chakra cleansing and balancing, the Enneagram, labyrinth walks and expression through music and dance. Our facility features comfortable accommodations as well as indoor and outdoor recreation spaces. We prepare healthy, homemade vegetarian meals to enhance the body’s receptivity to healing, releasing and re-energizing. We invite you to reclaim your own inner peace and tranquility, your physical and emotional harmony, your innate wisdom and power, and your personal connection with the Divine.

(828) 498-2999 | 504 Mountain View School Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771

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Life Between Lives “Why am I here?” “What is my life’s true purpose?”

Spiritual Growth / Right Relations / Conscious Living

“How can I tap into the source of healing and transformation?”

Will Rockingbear and Zoe Allison have created Earth Green Medicine Lodge as an accessible and inviting spiritual center in the heart of the Western North Carolina mountains.

These are some of the questions that one is able to personally retrieve answers to during a spiritual exploration of Life Between Lives. As a trained facilitator, I can help you move into alignment with your soul state — that place where we return home between lifetimes. Accessing this higher state of consciousness brings about a remarkable new awareness of our true potential, and specifics on how we can make it a reality. In aligning ourselves with the Divine, we move ourselves from the darkness into the Light, experiencing joy, love and gratitude. When you are shown how to move into these deeper meditative states, the benefits enhance every aspect of being. Many different paths can be followed to Spiritual Enfoldment, and they are all paved with jewels of mystical moments, each unique to the soul of the seeker. Each of us has a responsibility to walk with purpose and meet our challenges and opportunities with integrity and good intention. I am a counselor and hypnotherapist certified with the Newton Institute as a Life Between Lives Spiritual Regression Facilitator.

In these times, many feel the pressing call to heal and let go of what is no longer needed in their lives. Through the practice of ancient rites, healings and teachings, these two respected teachers have nurtured a fortified community that supports all individuals seeking a balanced path for the mind, body, and spirit. For 20 years, this community has facilitated the Vision Quest ceremony -a powerful and transformative experience offering individuals a new vision for themselves. Other offerings include sweat lodges, drum making, soul retrievals and personal consultations. Rockingbear and Zoe also hold ongoing weekly circles on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Come and share with us some time to listen, learn, heal and grow. | (828) 508-2139 | ClaudiaJeanHilton (828) 675-4114 | Burnsville, NC

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church At Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, at the conclusion of our Christmas Eve service, a reader steps into a circle surrounded by light from candles held by a crowd of worshippers. We hear the words from the Gospel of John: “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” That is an audacious claim. Darkness descends on even the brightest days, as we confront continuing violence both in places well known and others seldom considered, such as the global pandemic of AIDS and generations of children growing up knowing little other than enmity and strife - to say nothing of the shadows of heartbreak, divorce, addiction, joblessness and ongoing struggles which befall us in the course of our lives. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.”

We believe that light shines in some unlikely but persistent ways: We cultivated a community garden in our yard on Merrimon Avenue. Neighbors and members alike tend it, with 80 percent of the harvest donated to local food banks and shelters. In a time where so many categorize people as “in” or “out,” we welcome everyone. With scores of small acts of kindness, justice, love and generosity, women and men, girls and boys witness the light that overcomes the darkness. Completely audacious, this claim. And thoroughly wonderful. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” Sunday worship: 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Education: 9:15 a.m. Find us on Facebook & Twitter.

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Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville

Southern Dharma Retreat Center

The Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville is a community where people of all traditions can come together to practice meditation, study the dharma and support each other’s life journey. We are a part of an international community of 170 meditation centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. We aspire to create an enlightened society based on the realization of basic goodness and the cultivation of gentleness, fearlessness and dignity. The Shambhala path combines the teachings of the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism with the Shambhala principles of living an uplifted life by rousing our life force and connecting with the natural power and energy of phenomena to more fully engage with the world. Our center, located in the heart of West Asheville and near downtown, offers public meditation on Thursdays and Sundays, weekly dharma readings and discussions, and meditation instruction. We also offer ongoing programs and classes in Shambhala and Buddhist teachings. Our center is home to a vibrant, diverse and friendly community of members and friends. Come visit our open house on the first Thursday of every month. Please join us!

Southern Dharma Retreat Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit offering affordable, residential, teacher-led, silent Buddhist retreats. Traditions include Vipassana, Soto Zen, American Zen, Thich Nhat Hanh, New Kadampa and Won-Buddhism, all of which share the unifying thread of meditation, contemplation and silence. Small groups (limited to 30 retreatants), excellent teachers, opportunities for private meetings with teachers, delicious meals, simple yet comfortable accommodations, and our setting’s natural beauty distinguish Southern Dharma’s retreats. The Center is nestled on a 130-acre forest preserve adjacent to Pisgah National Forest about one hour northwest of Asheville. Retreatants can walk in the woods, enjoy the view from the knoll, or hike up to the top of Hap Mountain. At Southern Dharma an atmosphere of peace and tranquility prevails, offering opportunities for quiet reflection and enabling one to uncover truths within the heart conducive to personal growth and transformation. The 2013 retreat season includes 25 teacher-led retreats varying in length from three to seven nights and two work weekends. The Center welcomes people with all levels of experience, but some retreats are limited to experienced Buddhist meditators. Scholarships are available to those with financial need. Please find retreat and teacher descriptions on our website.

19 Westwood Place, Asheville | 490 4587 |

1661 West Rd. Hot Springs, NC | (828) 622-7112

Baha’i Community of Asheville Baha’is believe the purpose of life is to know and worship God, and carry forward an everadvancing civilization. Baha’is strive to bring about the unity of mankind, through principles that include the divine origin of all the major religions, elimination of all forms of prejudice and the equality of women and men. The Baha’i Faith is an independent world religion with adherents in virtually every country. The Faith had its beginnings in Persia (Iran) in 1844, and its World Center and sacred shrines are now located in and around Haifa, Israel. There are over 5 million Baha’is residing in 230 countries, representing over 2,000 ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. The founder of the Baha’i Faith is recognized by the title Baha’u’llah, meaning, “The Glory of God,” just as Jesus was referred to as Christ, meaning

“The Anointed.” Baha’u’llah’s teachings incorporate goals that educate and improve the state of humanity by promoting universal education, recognizing that true religion is in harmony with reason and scientific knowledge, and seeking spiritual solutions to global economic injustice. We invite you to visit the local Baha’i community and learn more about our programs to promote the unity of our human family, including classes for youth, study groups and devotional opportunities for adults. Activities are free and open to the public. Contact us at the WNC Baha’i Center, 5 Ravenscroft Drive (downtown Asheville) at 2511051. Visit our website at and our national website at to learn more about Baha’i activities!

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Soka Gakkai International – Asheville

New Hope Presbyterian Church – PCUSA

“A great Human Revolution in just a single individual will help achieve a change in the destiny of a nation and further, will enable a change in the destiny of humankind.” — Daisaku Ikeda What is SGI? Soka Gakkai International was born from war-torn Japan after World War II, becoming a grassroots, lay Buddhist movement that linked more than 12 million people around the world. Our collective goal is to realize world peace through each person becoming more peaceful and happy. This is accomplished through the Buddhist concept of Human Revolution - the process of attaining enlightenment through breaking the shackles of our ego-centered “lesser selves” and revealing our “greater selves.” Locally, at SGI-Asheville, we support each other in Buddhist practice by holding weekly meetings for study, discussion and directed activities. As our primary practice, we chant the mantra: “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,” from the Lotus Sutra daily. Through chanting and activities we aim to foster, in each of us, Buddahood, which is the state of indestructible happiness wherein we manifest our limitless potential, boundless wisdom and infinite compassion. We hold free and open meetings in Asheville, Swannanoa, Hendersonville and points west, as well as our Charlotte, N.C., Buddhist Center.

In a world that seems to be increasingly divided, we are striving to be an inclusive church - a place where traditional and progressive Christians from all social, economic and educational backgrounds come together to worship and serve in mutual acceptance and respect. We are people who want to live as followers of Jesus Christ and share a faith journey that includes working for the peace and justice that God envisions. We do that through hands-on involvement in Asheville, mission trips following disasters and our partnership with a community in Guatemala. Our worship seeks to be joyful and significant. We invite you to join us for worship each Sunday at 11 a.m. We are located on Sweeten Creek Road about four miles south of Interstate 40 in south Asheville.

828-683-8460 | | Calendar listings appear in Mountain Xpress

3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville | 274-0191 Contact us for meeting space needs.

School for Esoteric Studies The School for Esoteric Studies Offers Correspondence Courses in the Ageless Wisdom Have you ever noticed the common themes running through various religious and spiritual traditions, such as Goodwill, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Harmlessness? The framework that holds these common threads together is known as the Ageless Wisdom. The School for Esoteric Studies is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides training in the Ageless Wisdom, offering these teachings to spiritual seekers around the world. Headquartered in Asheville, the School is part of a network of similar spiritually oriented organizations; its services are supported by donations and grants. The goal is a practical understanding of the nature of the Cosmos, the Self or Soul, the Soul’s relation to the little self or personality, and the process of integrating and fusing the Soul and the personality using well-defined and proven techniques. This fusion enables us to acquire direct knowledge of the spiritual worlds rather than functioning by faith alone. Esotericism is a practical science, useful not only in daily life, but also in world affairs, as it reveals the workings behind current events. The sequence of training offered by The School for Esoteric Studies has been developed and tested over a period of sixty years. Coursework is administered via email or postal mail and includes structured meditation, study, the preparation of papers and practical application through service.

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Missio Dei Church

Elemental Divination Elemental Divination has its roots in an earth-based, tribal lineage from West Africa. Within this indigenous cosmology, maintaining “right relations” with all life — including the spirit world — is what brings healing, reconciliation and balance. These relationships are nurtured through divination, ritual, rites of passage, vision quest, storytelling, prayer, music and art.

It’s all about, only about, always about Jesus. There has been no more polarizing figure in all of human history than Jesus Christ. More books have been written about him, more artwork created of him, more songs sung to him than anyone else ever. At Missio Dei Church, we’re all about Jesus, and our desire is to see the prizing of Jesus Christ by the people of Asheville. Missio Dei (Mission of God) is a congregation in the heart of the city, for the good of the city. Central to our mission is the Gospel - the good news that God himself has come to rescue and renew his creation through the life, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe the gospel changes everything; transforming our hearts, lives, families and communities.

An old idea says each of us has an indigenous soul that is directly connected to the soul of the earth. Indeed, we are more ancient than we are modern, having lived as tribal people for most of our human existence. However, we have wounds that block our connection with that indigenous soul. Divination and the prescribed rituals it unveils help us heal and see obstacles that stand in the way of fully engaging in the life we came here to live. As we develop a mythic sense - and consciously engage with this inspirited earth where everything is alive - life and nature become revelatory.

You’re invited to join us as we get to know Jesus, and grow to become more like him.

Re-ritualizing our lives is central to our own healing and community building. Jon Rousseau teaches communication with ancestors to heal what is known as “ancestral grief debt,” providing remembrance of one’s purpose and an action plan for creating beauty, harmony and abundance.

297 Haywood St., Asheville | (828) 407-0441 | Sundays at 9 a.m. & 11 a.m.

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West Asheville Vineyard Faith has become a divisive topic in our country. One’s choice to align or avoid a particular spirituality is usually associated with a host of issues, including how someone votes and the types of people one includes in one’s circle. Particularly when the focus is Jesus, most people have heard his message presented as a threat rather than any sort of opportunity. For that reason, some people never consider the possibilities that faith in Jesus might have for their lives. At West Asheville Vineyard, we believe that faith in Jesus can be free from all of the attachments that really detract from us contemplating faith. We believe Jesus offers us a richness of life that actually expands our circle of friends rather than minimizing it.

In our view, Jesus wanted to support and uplift all people, even those that at the time of his interest in them had no interest in him. We believe people should have a place to belong, investigate and ask questions regardless of where they stand in terms of following Jesus. On Sundays, we try to create a comfortable environment where people can experience Jesus, connect with others, and gain understanding. Our facility at 717 Haywood Road functions as a community center where folks can host and attend community events, classes and activities that engage the whole person. Some of these events are faith-based, and many of them are not. We would love to have the opportunity to learn and grow with you. | (828) 367-7104 | spiRitUAlitY ADvERtisiNg sUpplEMENt • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 17

Hendersonville’s First Congregational Church

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sunday worship @ 10:30 Our FAITH is over 2000 years old. Our THINKING is not. Our Thinking for Today • Open and Affirming Congregation • Annual lecture series featuring progressive theologians: Past speakers include: John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, Dominic Crossan. 2013: Brian McLaren, Michael Dowd • Weekly stimulating Adult Education seminars — Sundays @ 9:15 Social Justice Activities • Hosting youthOUTright in Henderson County • Publicly Opposing NC Amendment 1 • Focusing on Immigration Issues United Church of Christ (our denomination) “Firsts” • 1785: Ordained first African American pastor • 1853: Ordained first female pastor • 1972: Ordained first openly gay person • 2006: First mainline Christian denomination to approve same-sex marriage Whoever YOU are, wherever YOU are, YOU are welcome with US.

1735 Fifth Ave. W., Hendersonville, NC 28739 692-8630 | |

Where God is all-loving and inclusive. Where the Church of Jesus Christ accepts everyone as they are. Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul. Where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary.

Come & share the journey with us!

Where together we grow a just and peaceful world. First Congregational United Church of Christ is a public church in downtown Asheville that honors diversity, embraces differences, seeks to live joyfully, works for justice and strives to allow the Spirit we find in Jesus to grow in us.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville Standing on the Side of Love

Rev. Mark Ward

In challenging times we need religious communities where: • Everyone is treated with dignity. • People can live with depth and integrity. • Life together is centered in justice and care for others and the Earth. At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, we are committed to open-minded, open-hearted religious search. We combine compassionate action, spiritual reflection and critical thinking to help people grow spiritually. We’re committed to peace and equality, and we seek to change the world through the transforming power of love. We gather each Sunday for worship for adults,

while offering religious education for children. We meet throughout the week to explore wisdom from many sources and help each other discover how our hearts and spirits call us to deeper faith. You will see us in the community in support of justice and freedom, standing on the side of love. Whoever you are. Wherever you come from. Whomever you love. You are welcome in our faith community.

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Gurdjieff Foundation of WNC

Fuller Life Center

Alphabiotic Association The best kept secret of our time: ALPHABIOTICS.

self: Peacefulness, self-healing, and happiness are readily attainable.

Most have not heard of this limitless release and integration work. What is it? My acupuncturist calls my work a “clearing.” Alphabiotics is a hands-on process that enables an individual to release and recover rapidly from stress.

Alphbiotics is the best hands-on process of our time, and it’s been unknown to many since the 1920s. It’s real, it’s fast and it’s beyond amazing. Be ready to shift on every level and integrate your highest consciousness into body balance and healing.

Stress depletes our life force, our structure, our ability to feel great, our spiritual connection, our hormonal balance and much more. You name it — stress affects it.

What is Inner Freedom? Questions like this arise when I stand under the night sky or am touched by the beauty of the mountains. Located in Asheville, The Gurdjieff Foundation of WNC provides a place where people meet to pursue their questions and study the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff. GFWNC is engaged in the search for self-development through the study of and work with attention. Activities include evening meetings for self-study, for understanding and applying the ideas of Gurdjieff, and for the study of his dances and music. There is also work with crafts and practical tasks. GFWNC is related to the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and other centers worldwide. These Foundations remain closely connected in an effort to remain faithful to the original source. The Foundation in Asheville offers to interested people the study of and participation in the Gurdjieff teaching as it corresponds to their individual search for what gives meaning in life.

Do you have neck pain that won’t heal? Trouble feeling happy? Do you suffer from lack of energy? Is it challenging to meditate? When you balance the brain, you will discover your innate ability to heal. When we are stress-free, we are in our real

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The School of Peace The School of Peace, in downtown Asheville, is a welcoming oasis of love and upliftment. The three healers who share this peaceful space teach classes for awakening consciousness, in addition to offering individual sessions. They emphasize meditation, energy healing and gentle trauma release to enhance transformation. Classes offered: Energy Medicine and Energy Healing; Communing with the Angel Realm; Intuitive Development; Spiritual Mastery; Peace Ministry Ordination Program; Holistic Business for Healers. Founder Bonnie Willow, healer/teacher for 30 years, leads meditation groups for heart-oriented wellness and powerful personal growth. She has an international clientele for energy healing and guidance. Bonnie also teaches Peace Ministry, mostly to healers and counselors, to develop the practical skills for wisely and effectively

ministering to the heart and soul. Deborah Mills, a gifted healer and Medical Intuitive in practice for 20 years, helps uncover the causal level of dis-ease and dis-harmony in the body, mind, heart, and Soul. A Soul Focused teacher of Energy Medicine and Self-Mastery, she assists people in living from their Divine Essence through the freedom of the Soul, aligned with the Universe and the Heart of God. KarenAnn Pizzorni, ATP® has been accessing and sharing the many gifts of the angels for over 15 years. She assists others in deepening their connection to their angelic team through Intuitive Readings and individual and group teachings. Through insights and exercises, clients find great peace as they gracefully awaken to the wisdom that’s constantly available.

29 Ravenscroft Dr. #206 Asheville, NC 28801

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First Church Of Christ, Scientist Join us on a journey of selfless discovery. Our mission: To commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing. Christian Science is more than a theory—it is a spiritual practice that deepens your relationship with God and changes your life; improving health, healing personal issues, and finding solutions to global challenges. It is a revelation of the awesome unity of the Divine and humanity—God and man, never separated. We invite you to meet weekly for Sunday Services and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Share healing testimonies every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the local church. Come explore your local Christian Science Reading Room at 2 Wall St., Downtown Asheville; open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays; and noon-3 p.m. all other weekdays.

Westside Church is a newly formed community of Christians who love West Asheville and are striving to live in light of God’s redemptive Story among our neighbors here. This Story tells us of God’s relentless love and grace towards people who are not able to love like they are truly meant to love. This Story is ultimately expressed in Jesus, who came into our world to rescue us and free us to love God and neighbor. Having tasted God’s love and grace, our deep desire is to be a community that is in, of and for our neighborhood. We welcome the skeptical, the agnostic and the curious to pursue their questions and explore the Christian faith. At the same time, we nurture faith and love in those who already follow Jesus.

Weekday spiritual “Uplifts,” offered in 2 minutes, are available at or 1-617-450-3430.

Currently, we gather for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at the Vance Elementary School gymnasium, 98 Sulphur Springs Road.

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Crystal Visions Spirituality is a relationship with the Divine, cultivated through meditation, ritual, intuition and other practices, such as Yoga. Practicing a path or tradition allows us to create a sacred space wherein we can listen to messages from Spirit. Mindfulness, being in Nature and practicing Gratitude in all things strengthen our One-ness with All That Is. Crystal Visions offers many resources to assist in nurturing your path. Volumes are written about meditation and mindfulness. Music, candles and incense facilitate relaxing into the quiet. Crystals and Tarot also help with focusing thoughts while accessing an inner space. Deepen your connection to the rhythms of the natural world in our garden, where we have a beautiful Labyrinth for walking meditation and a Medicine Wheel for prayers. To encourage awareness, we offer classes, events, ceremonies, healing arts and intuitive readings. We invite you to visit us - to explore a spiritual smorgasbord — and to shop in an uplifting, magical place filled with gifts, jewelry, statuary and more. See if being a part of the Crystal Visions community is a good fit for you. Let Love be your guide.

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Avalon Grove Avalon Grove is a nontraditional, home-based Celtic Christian Church, meeting just eight times a year to honor the Celtic holidays. We began hosting Celtic gatherings some years ago as a way to share with others the spiritual teachings we have been given over the years - teachings that may offer a glimpse into what was once taught on the ancient Isle of Avalon in Britain. It is our hope that, over time, a new Avalon will be born here in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Please come and visit us for one of our Celtic holiday services, where you will hear about the traditions and stories that center around the holiday, including lore from Celtic, Biblical or Faerie tales. You may also hear drumming, harp or flute music. The message that every visitor will be offered is that the Mother and Father Creator and their son, Jesus, love you no matter what you have done with your life and no matter how perfect or imperfect you are. That’s the most important message we could ever give you whether or not we see you at our services - but we hope we will, and we look forward to meeting you!

Ananda Marga Ananda Marga is an international, socio-spiritual organization, established in 1955 by Indian philosopher and social activist, P. R. Sarkar (aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti). It is known for its unique integration of spiritual practices and social services, based on its motto: “Self-realization and Service to all creation.” Ananda Marga - literally “Path of Infinite Happiness” teaches the holistic practices of Tantra yoga that help people in achieveg physical health, mental expansion and spiritual elevation. This comprehensive approach incorporates yoga postures, a vegetarian diet, ethical conduct, selfless service and meditation into a socially active but spiritually focused lifestyle. Its philosophy is rooted in universalism, which rejects all artificial divisions and barriers based on race, nationality, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, species and all other “isms,” while affirming the idea of a universal family composed of all living beings. As a multi-faceted service organization, Ananda Marga engages in a wide range of projects and programs, including international relief teams, schools and colleges, development of cooperatives and other economic development, women’s services and empowerment, and advocating for the rights of animals and plants. Those interested in the practices or activities of Ananda Marga can visit 22 Ravenscroft Dr., in Asheville, call 281-4292 or email

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Asheville Yoga Center is a community space reflecting the qualities of yoga: loving, vibrant, conscious, healing, peaceful and transformative. AYC brings this spirit to every level of its business and community, and manifests this vision by offering:

a profound power to heal. At AYC, talented yoga teachers are dedicated to affirming and supporting one's innate power to heal. AYC has helped leverage yoga to manage conditions, reduce symptoms, restore balance and regain health.

Yoga for Wellbeing. Modern medicine has started to embrace what yogis have known for a long time: In the hands of a gifted teacher, yoga has

A Wonderful Space. Fresh air. Filtered water. Freedom from toxins. AYC was built to LEED standards. It's the only green-built yoga studio we know of in

the country, built with consideration to the people in it and the planet it sits on. With three yoga rooms, showers, a state-of-the-art ventilation system and outdoor space to gather, AYC offers a wonderful space for the community. Amazing Teachers. AYC's teachers are widely recognized as some of the best in the world. Their expertise, experience and passion shine through in the classroom and off the mat.

An Expansive Class Schedule. With 90 classes every week, you'll find one to fit your mood, practice and schedule. Classes are rooted in respected traditions that nurture holistic physical, mental and spiritual growth. Classes are designed for beginners and deeply experienced practitioners alike. Classes for every budget: 35 "donation" classes a week; $7 classes; and deals on passes.

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Woodfin Wellness Center for Healing and Personal Transformation

We are a collective of health care professionals sharing a common vision and intention. We offer collaborative care that utilizes our diverse skills, experiences and perspectives, as we facilitate each client’s unique journey towards optimal growth, radiant health and results-oriented meaningful change.

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Open Heart Meditation Are you interested in opening your heart more to Source? Do you want to experience and know more about the real you? Or would you just like to be happier and not let stuff bug you as much in your daily life? Each week, we host a sweet session called “Open Heart Meditation” in West Asheville for the public to join. If you are interested in finding a simple, natural and very deep meditation that is full of love and light, we enjoy guiding new meditators as well as the more seasoned sitters.

Not every body can twist and turn like a pretzel, yet challenging our physical bodies brings practitioners into contact with the diverse aspects of their being. Through the practice of yoga, founded in alignment principles and perennial wisdom, students discover the connection between body and mind to release mental stress and enter into the heart of compassion. “There is no mental event that doesn’t have a biological expression.” — Deepak Chopra, MD

By achieving meditation in action, Join us at either location to experience students learn to exist fully and vibrantly expert guidance into an authentic in the present moment. journey toward wholeness. | 22 DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 •

Participants can expect a cozy guided relaxation, followed by some laughter and smiling! This joy-based meditation is held at 5 Covington Street in West Asheville on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

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Yoga is not just an exotic exercise. Yoga is a way to connect to our essential nature.

Correct alignment allows students to aim towards true center and transform their lives from a place of clarity.

Heart Sanctuary is a local nonprofit that is part of an even larger international community. We welcome anyone who would like to let go, smile more and tangibly feel more love and light in their lives. The focus of the meditation is all about the spiritual heart opening, without any visualization or special techniques. It’s organic and effortless.

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2012’s greatest hits the year’s most-viewed stories online By jake frankel Xpress readers may have been parked in front of their computers, but they had their eyes on the sky. The blog post titled "Our Planet — A Unique view of a Truly special Place!" received more hits than any other article on this year. It featured stunning imagery of the Earth from one of NASA's newest satellites, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Besides collecting images, the satellite gathers data intended to improve weather forecasts and scientists' understanding of climate change, said writer Pamela McCown, who coordinates A-B Tech’s Institute for Climate Education. Her post was one of many contributions for Xpress that explored weather and climate related issues. Here's a look at some of the other most viewed stories on the Xpress website this year, divided by category.

hot news Topping the list of popular news blogs was "Buncombe GOP Tables security Amendment, Moves to Kick Yelton Off Committee." The post was one in a series by staff reporter Jake Frankel revealing tensions within the Buncombe County Republican Party. A small but vocal group of longtime GOP leaders blamed party Chair Henry Mitchell for grievances including local voters rejecting Amendment One (which passed overwhelmingly statewide) and approving a sales-tax increase last year. However, the vast majority of the party's Executive Committee supported Mitchell and his move to strip longtime conservative activist don Yelton (one of Mitchell's harshest critics) of his responsibilities as precinct chair. Mitchell later won praise for helping the party's candidates make big gains on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, as well as in local races for the Statehouse and Congress. The second-most-viewed news story was also penned by McCown: "venus in Transit: A Rare event Gives Us some Perspective." Using images and info graphics to illustrate the scale of the phenomenon, she reported that on June 5 Venus visibly passed in front of the sun. "Life is crazy busy, I know," she wrote. "We get so focused on daily activities that we often forget what a wondrous and amazingly large universe we live in. Occasionally, we get a glimpse of that reality and it never fails to leave us awestruck." The third-most-viewed story was "Ballots in Question for 1,000 Registered voters at Warren Wilson College." Frankel’s story broke the news that confusion over new district boundaries was creating big problems for local election officials and voters at the school. Posted just a few days

it was a grand old party: There were tensions within the Buncombe County Republican Party over chairman Henry Mitchell’s leadership, but local GOP candidates ended up making big gains on Election Day. Photo by Max Cooper


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thanks a lot: After a long-running push, vendors were granted the right to sell food in Asheville’s central business district in a designated area called The Lot on 51 Coxe Ave. Photo by Bill Rhodes before the Nov. 6 election, the story generated national attention on social network news site, Reddit, and helped spawn stories in other media outlets across the region and state. Since then, questions about ballots given to Warren Wilson residents have remained in the forefront, with District 2 Republican candidate Christina Kelley G. Merrill mounting a series of legal challenges charging that some of the school's residents were improperly allowed to vote in the district. The courts will eventually decide the election outcome, determining which party holds a majority on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners.

top arts & entertainment features The A&E story garnering the most hits was "Winning at Pinning: local Web star Kelby Carr Re-enters the Print World With Two Books About Pinterest." Written by Contributing Editor Jon elliston, the piece features an interview with Carr, a nationally known Asheville author who made her June debut at BookExpo America in New York City. Carr was there to sign copies of her new book, Pinterest for Dummies, a primer on what she described as the "mesmerizing and beautiful social network driven by visual content.” The second-most-viewed A&E post announced the winners of Xpress' annual readers’ poll. In "Best of WNC 2012: All of Your Favorites Revealed!" readers weighed in on over 200 categories, naming their favorite restaurants, bands, villains and much more. The poll, wrote A&E Managing Editor Rebecca sulock, is "a showcase of our community, the place we love and serve."

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Third in line was "Promoting the Art of the Raconteur." A&E reporter Alli Marshall’s post previewed the “Unchained” storytelling tour, which made a Sept. 16 stop at the Diana Wortham Theatre. The star of the tour was Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction and graphic novels such as The Sandman and Coraline. Other performers included Peter Aguero and edgar Oliver. Their mission, wrote Marshall, was "to bring brilliant raconteurs, along with musicians and writers and other artists, to towns large and small across the South — and eventually across the continent. We’ll champion the local and home-grown: independent bookstores, community gardens, performing cafés. We’ll advocate getting offline and off the grid, and wherever we go we’ll celebrate the pleasure and inspiration of raconteuring."

popular food/ Beer stories "Asheville Beer Week Is on the Horizon *Updated, with New events*" was a collaboration involving several staffers. Coming on the tail of announcements that two big craft breweries, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, will be calling WNC home, the 11-day May celebration included events at various local restaurants, breweries and other venues, culminating in the June 2 Beer City Festival. The article gave readers the first taste of which events were planned. Next in line was "Asheville's First Food Truck lot Opens in downtown (With slideshow)" by former Xpress food writer Mackensy lunsford. The story reported the March 2 opening of "The Lot," a mobile-vending area at 51 Coxe Ave. The occasion marked the end of a long-running push by vendors for the right to sell food in Asheville’s

face of an international factory-farm industry. "Trying to stop the production of foie gras is like swinging a fly swatter at a single, specific hornet when you are standing in the middle of a hornets' nest," he wrote. "If you really want to end cruelty in foie gras production, stop factory farming and you will be left with the heavily regulated and ethical foie gras that most high-end restaurants already serve."

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obama country: Democrats held their national convention in Charlotte. Local delegate Sarah Zambon shared her thoughts, urging for support of the president and describing the experience of attending as “exhilarating and exhausting.” Photo by Jake Frankel central business district. The post included a photo slideshow by staff reporter Bill Rhodes. The third-most-viewed article, "Yet Another Brewery Comes to Asheville," was also by Lunsford. The May 23 story reported on a new brewery in the works at the former Asheville Hardware site at 91 Biltmore Ave. “This is really turning into a crazy beer city right now, isn’t it?” co-owner Walt dickinson observed in the article. Subsequently dubbed Wicked Weed Brewing, the business plans to open its doors Dec. 28.

well-read opinions The most popular opinion piece was written by guest contributor sarah Zambon, a local delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. She updated the post throughout the week with dispatches from the event as it unfolded. "I believe in this president, and I support the decisions he has made the last four years on health care, women's rights, foreign policy and the economy," she wrote. Taking part in the September marathon of speeches, meetings and parties, Zambon wrote, was "an exhilarating and exhausting experience, both physically and emotionally."

The second-most-viewed opinion offering came from Xpress staff photographer Max Cooper, who shared his misgivings about covering the local GoTopless rally in August. Cooper’s keen photos and observations about last year’s rally got the attention of the Xpress editors, who later hired him. This time, however, he fretted in "Argus: Covering Boobfest" that the event would "illustrate the power of photography to alter — or reinforce — the behavior of the subject. If the feedback loop of sexual expression, condemnation and media attention continues every year, we will one day reach a point where we can't be friends afterward. All for what? Some boobs?" he added. "So I wonder if this is really the place for a responsible photojournalist. But then, if a journalist isn’t willing to report from an uncomfortable place, what good is he?" In another thought-provoking article, "Foie Gras Ban a Waste of energy," guest writer Jonathan Ammons responded to an earlier commentary by Joe Walsh, who called the rich goose-liver spread a "cruel delicacy" that should be prohibited because the geese are force-fed. Ammons countered that a local ban would be naive and unproductive in the

The Xpress site's Blogwire section aims to aggregate local news and views from a wide range of sources — publishing summaries of reports from other media outlets, as well as entire press releases from local nonprofits, government advisories and more. This year’s mostviewed Blogwire offering was "salmonella Contamination Forces s.C. dog Food Plant to Issue Recall — Others May Be Coming." Rhodes cited May 5 report that a rare strain of salmonella linked to dog food had infected 14 people in nine states, including North Carolina. The next-most-read Blogwire was "Buncombe County school Board sets Religious Policy," posted by News Managing Editor Margaret Williams. She highlighted an April 12 Asheville Citizen-Times article reporting that the new board had updated its policy, decreeing that the county school system would “neither advance nor inhibit any religion or religious belief, viewpoint, expression or practice.” Williams also rounded up related Twitter dispatches from Angela Pippinger, a pagan with a child in the county schools. Another post by Williams, "U.s. Geological survey: sea level Rise Increasing Three to Four Times Faster on Part of east Coast," claimed the No. 3 spot. "Since about 1990, sealevel rise in the 600-mile stretch of coastal zone from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to north of Boston, Mass. — coined a ‘hotspot’ by scientists — has increased 2 to 3.7 millimeters per year; the global increase over the same period was 0.6 to 1.0 millimeter per year," the U.S. Geological Survey press release warned. X Jake Frankel can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 115, or at

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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 deCember 26 January 3, 2013 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. weekday abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

animals Community partnership for pets • 1st & 3rd SATURDAYS, noon-3pm - Community Partnership for Pets will offer spay/neuter vouchers at the

K-Mart entrance of the Blue Ridge Mall, 4 Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville. Info: 693-5172 or cpforpetsinc@aol. com. haywood County animal shelter • Through MO (12/31) - Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation and Aidan’s Fund will supplement adoption fees at Haywood County Animal Shelter, 245 Hemlock St., Waynesville. Info: or 246-9050. outward hounds • WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS, 10am-1pm - Brother Wolf Animal Rescue invites the public to take adoptable dogs on local hikes. Meets at BWAR, 31 Glendale Ave. Free. Info: or 5053440. pet loss support Group • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - A support group for anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of

Calendar deadlines free and paid listings - Wednesday, 5 p.m. (7 days prior to publication)

Can’t find your group’s listing? Due to the abundance of great things to do in our area, we only have the space in print to focus on timely events. Our print calendar now covers an eight-day range. For a complete directory of all Community Calendar groups and upcoming events, please visit www.mountainx. com/events. 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.

trees galore: Start your own orchard with ECO’s heritage tree sale. Apple, chestnut and persimmon trees will be available Monday, Feb. 11, but advance orders are strongly encouraged. (pg. 29)

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): 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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expressions of the Earth’s landscapes and skies." ameriCan folk art and framinG Oui-Oui Gallery is located at 64

16 patton 16 Patton Ave. Tues.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 236-2889. • Through MO (12/31) 3D-Hieroglyphs: Hermeneutics, wall book sculptures by Daniel Lai, and New Work, New Voice, resin paintings by J.F. Stewart. 310 art Gallery 191 Lyman St., #310. Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., noon-4pm or by appointment. Info: or 776-2716. • Through SU (3/31) - Works by Fleta Monaghan, Betty Carlson, Bob Martin and Mark Holland explore "visual

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Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www.amerifolk. com or 281-2134. • Through WE (1/2) - Joy in the Mountains, works by self-taught Southern artists. art at appalaChian state university 423 W. King St., Boone. Info: www. or 262-3017. • Through SA (2/9) - Pieces of the Puzzle, works by ASU's community outreach programs, will be on display in the Community Gallery. • Through SA (2/9) - Visible/Invisible, Polish works from the Jan Fejkiel

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art events at wCu Held at the Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs., 10am7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: or 227-3591. • Through FR (2/1) - North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50 Years of Studio Glass in America.

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Admission: $8/$7 students and first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: or 253-3227. • Through SU (3/31) - Survivors and Liberators: Portraits by Wilma Bulkin Siegel will be on display in the East Wing. • Through SU (1/27) - Robert Morris: Mind/Body/Earth will be on display in the North Wing. Photographs by Erich Hartmann will be on display in the East Wing. • Through SU (1/20) - Chasing the Image, works by Madeleine d’Ivry Lord and Sally Massengale, will be on display in the North Wing. • Through SU (1/6) - Art/Sewn, "works of art in which sewing is integral to the making and viewing

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bella vista art Gallery 14 Lodge St. Summer hours: Mon., 11am-5pm; Wed.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 7680246. • Through MO (12/31) - August Hoerr (small portraits); Shellie Lewis Dambax (paintings); Tiffany Dill (encaustics).

aarp driver safety instruCtors needed • AARP seeks driver safety instructors for its refresher courses in Buncombe, Henderson and Transylvania County. Info: or 298-6600. asheville affiliates • Through MO (12/31), Asheville Affiliates will accept applications from local nonprofits for its fundraising parties through dec. 31. Info: www.

blaCk mountain ColleGe museum + arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College. Tues. & Wed., noon-4pm; Thurs.-Sat., 11am-5pm. Info: or 350-8484. • Through SA (12/29) - Looking Forward at Buckminster Fuller's Legacy, an exhibit of Fuller’s "ideas and inventions as well as a new generation of Fuller-inspired thinkers and artists." Features winning projects from the first five years of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. blue spiral 1 38 Biltmore Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10am6pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: www. or 251-0202. • Through TU (12/31) - Ceramics by Ben Owen III, Gary Schlappal and Vicki Grant, along with wood pendulums by Michael Costello and baskets by Carole Hetzel. Castell photoGraphy 2C Wilson Alley. Wed.-Fri., noon6pm; Sat., noon-7pm, or by appointment. Info: www.castellphotography. com or 255-1188. • Through MO (12/31) - Salon 2012, works by 10 national photographers. Center for Craft, Creativity and desiGn Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Info: or 890-2050. • Through MO (1/7) - Harvey's Legacy: The Next Generation of Studio Glass in Western North Carolina, works by Harvey K. Littleton and emerging artists. dolCe far niente • Through MO (12/31) - Dolce Far Niente, works by Heather Shirin, will be on display at Working Girls Studios and Gallery, 30 Battery Park Ave., Suite 210. Thurs.-Sat., 11am5pm and by appointment. Info: www. or www. dusty roads • Through MO (12/31) - Dusty Roads, photographs of classic and junkyard vehicles by Barbara Sammons, will be on display at Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe, 1800 Hendersonville Road. Info: www. or www. flood Gallery The Phil Mechanic Building, 109 Roberts St. Tues.-Sat., 10am-4pm. Info: or 2542166.

Community foundation of henderson County sCholarships • Through FR (3/1) - The Community Foundation of Henderson County will accept college scholarship applications from Henderson County students through march 1. Info: www. eCo arts award • Through TU (1/15) - Eco Arts Awards will accept submissions for its songwriting, art, literature, video, photography and repurposed-material competitions through Jan. 15. Info:

Beat the band: Travel back in time to the 1930s with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. The group will bring its big band sound to White Horse Black Mountain Sunday, Dec. 30. (pg. 30)

• Through TH (12/27) - Travelers, works by Maureen Robinson. folk art Center MP 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Info: www. or 298-7928. • Through TU (3/19) - Works by Valerie McGaughey (fiber) and Virginia McKinney (mixed media). Grateful steps Publishing house located at 159 S. Lexington Ave. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: or 277-0998. • Through MO (12/31) - Night of the Living Print Media, works by Delhi Fine. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road. April-Dec.: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or 253-7651. • Through MO (12/31) - Cut, Bend, Fold, Color: Paper Sculpture and Collage in Dimension. handmade in ameriCa Located at 125 S. Lexington Ave. Info: or 252-0121. • Through FR (2/22) - Flux: A Craft Exchange, an exhibit exchange with Flux Studios of Mount Rainier, Md. haywood County arts CounCil Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC's Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-

Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: or 452-0593. • Through SA (12/29) - It’s a Small, Small Work, a group show featuring small works by regional artists. Joseph anderson: forGed iron • Through FR (1/25) - Figuratively Speaking, an exhibition of iron works by Joseph Anderson, will be on display at 296 Depot, 296 Depot St. Info: 467-0265. matthew zedler • Through TU (1/15) - Works by local modern/contemporary artist Matthew Zedler will be on display in the lobby of Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood St. Info: miCa fine Contemporary Craft 37 N. Mitchell Ave., Bakersville. Sun.Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: or 688-6422. • Through MO (12/31) - Late Bloomer, oil paintings by Dorothy Buchanan Collins. number104 Gallery 191 Lyman St. Suite #104. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 251-1717. • Through TU (1/1) - Photography by GD Whalen. push skate shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. Mon.Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am7pm; Sun., noon-6pm. Info: www. or 225-5509.

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• Through TU (1/8) - Kin, works by Ursula Gullow.

sculpture by Martin Kremer, Toland Peter Sand and William Zweifel.

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us and them • Through MO (1/28) - Us and Them, new paintings, drawings and sculptures by Julie Armbruster, will be on display at Early Girl Eatery, 8 Wall St. Info:

117 Cherry St., Black Mountain. Summer hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 669-5107. • Through TH (1/31) - Trees, Trees, Trees, paintings by Kim Rody. student winter art show • Through MO (1/7) - Featuring "the best works produced in our schools over the past semester." Show includes works from all Hendersonville high schools and middle schools. On display at The Starving Artist, 814 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville. www. swannanoa valley fine arts leaGue • Through SU (1/6) - The Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League will present Fabulous Fakes and 3-D Show at Red House Studios and Gallery, 310 W. State St., Black Mountain. Tues.-Thurs., 11am-3pm; Fri.-Sun., 11am-5pm. Info: or the bender Gallery 12 S. Lexington Ave. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10:30am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Info: or 505-8341. • Through FR (12/28) - Vitric Compositions: Assemblages in Glass,

zapow! 21 Battery Park, Suite 101. Mon., Wed. & Fri., noon-8pm. Thurs., noon-5:30pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun. 1-6pm. Info: or 575-2024. • Through MO (1/14) - Cult Movie Classics, art inspired by classic movies.

art/Craft fairs handmade holiday sale • Through MO (12/31) - Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery, 372 Depot St., presents a juried selection of "affordable, giftable items by local artisans." Mon.-Sat., 11am-5pm; Sun., noon-4pm. Info: Jewelry showCase • Through MO (12/31) - Mora Designer Jewelry, 9 W. Walnut St., Suite 2A, will present a handmade jewelry sale for the holidays. Mon.Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm. Prices vary. Info: www.moracollection. com or 575-2294.

frenCh broad mensa • Through (1/15) - French Broad Mensa will accept scholarship applications through Jan. 15. Info: www. montford park players loGo • Through FR (3/1) - The Montford Park Players will accept submissions for its new logo design through march 1. Info: rose post Creative nonfiCtion Competition • Through TH (1/17) - The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will accept submissions through Jan. 17. Info: tC arts CounCil Applications available at or 884-2787. • Through TU (2/5) - TC Arts Council will accept submissions for its Material World exhibit through feb. 5. thomas wolfe fiCtion prize • Through WE (1/30) - The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will accept submissions through Jan. 30. Info: www. united way Community Grants • Through FR (1/18) - The United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County will accept applications from local nonprofits for its community grants in the fields of education, income and health through Jan. 18. Info and orientation dates: www.unitedwayabc. org or 255-0696. wnC artists postCard show • Through TU (1/1) - The Asheville Area Arts Council will accept submissions for the WNC Artists Postcards

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Benefits new year's eve masquerade furball • MO (12/31), 9pm-1am - The New Year's Eve Masquerade Furball, to benefit brother wolf animal rescue, will feature food, music, a silent auction and open bar. Semi-formal attire. Masks encouraged. Held at Celine and Company: On Broadway, 49 Broadway Ave. $75. Info: www.

Business & teChnology homeCominG Job fair • TH (1/3), 10am-3pm - The Homecoming Job Fair will include employment opportunities in manufacturing, health care and other industries. Held at Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road. Free. Info: www. mountain bizworks workshops 153 S. Lexington Ave. Info: 253-2834 or • MONDAYS, noon & WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm - An informational meeting about Mountain BizWorks' programs will help businesses make the first step toward accessing the organization's services. Free. Info and registration: or 253-2834.

Classes, meetings & events maC basiCs Classes at Charlotte street Computers (pd.) Mac Basics Computer Classes are being held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte Street. Class time is 9:30 - 10:30am. Mondays in January (excluding New Years Day) - Mac OS X Basics, January 8th - Safari, January 15th - iCloud, January 22nd - iMovie, January 29th - Garageband. iPad Basics will be held each Wednesday in January from 10:45am - 12:15pm, excluding January 2nd. Registration is just $9.99 at classes@charlottestreetcomputers. com. 150th anniversary of the Civil war • WE (1/2) through TU (12/31), 10am5pm - Henderson County Heritage Museum will observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with neverbefore-seen artifacts including military weaponry and uniforms at 1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville. Free. Info: 694-1619. apple valley model railroad Club • WE (12/26), 10am-4pm - The Apple Valley Model Railroad Club will host an open house, featuring a Thomas the Tank Engine children's area, at the

Historic Hendersonville Train Depot on Maple Street, Hendersonville. Free. Info: asheville anime Club • SATURDAYS, 3pm - The Asheville Anime Club features "geeky films and fun" at Firestorm Cafe, 48 Commerce St. Free. Info: or 255-8115. asheville Chess Club • WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-10:30pm - The Asheville Chess Club meets at the North Asheville Community Center, 37 E. Larchmont Drive. Children's club meets from 5:15-6:30pm. $5 per session. Info: or 299-3715. asheville homeless parade • FR (12/28), 2pm - The Asheville Homeless Parade will focus on "the rights of our homeless brothers and sisters here in Asheville and a rejection of the criminalization of homelessness." Departs from Pritchard Park and concludes with speakers at Vance Memorial. Free. www.dancewater. asheville radiCal mental health ColleCtive • TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - This "radical mental health community for those who experience self/world in ways that are often diagnosed as psychiatric disorders" meets for social time and discussion at the Vendor's Lounge in The Downtown Market, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Info: asheville sCrabble Club • SUNDAYS, 2-6pm - The Asheville Scrabble Club meets at Atlanta Bread Company North, 633 Merrimon Ave. Info: astronomy Club of asheville • 1st THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - The Astronomy Club of Asheville meets in UNCA's Reuter Center. See website for stargazing events. $20 per year. Info: embroiderers' Guild of ameriCa • TH (1/3), 9:30am-noon - The monthly meeting of the WNC chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America will be held at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Info and cost: 654-9788. hand in hand Gallery ClosinG party • SA (12/29), 4-8pm - Hand in Hand Gallery, which will close its doors on Dec. 29, will host a closing party featuring food, music and door prizes. Held at 2720 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. Free. Info: or 697-7719. henderson County heritaGe museum Located in the Historic Courthouse on Main St., Hendersonville. Wed.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm. Free unless otherwise noted. Info: or 694-1619. • Through SU (12/30) - School Days: 1797-1940 will feature a complete timeline for all Henderson County

schools of that era, many of which no longer exist. n.C. arboretum Located at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9am-5pm daily. Programs are free with $8 parking fee. Info: or 665-2492. • Through SU (1/6) - After the Dinosaurs: The Age of Mammals and Ice, featuring fossils and teeth, allows visitors to "touch the Ice Age." $3/$2 students, in addition to parking fee. small terrain 278 Haywood Road. Info: or 216-8102. • WE (1/2), 6-8pm - A class on tying knots for the farm and homestead will cover the trucker's hitch, prusik knot and other techniques. $5. Registration required. smoky mountain Chess Club • THURSDAYS, 1-4pm - The Smoky Mountain Chess Club invites players of all levels to participate in friendly competition at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Free. Info: or 456-6000. veterans for peaCe Info: vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot. com. • TH (1/3), 6:30pm - Veterans for Peace will meet at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. western Carolina amateur radio soCiety • 1st THURSDAYS, 7pm - The Western Carolina Amateur Radio Society meets monthly at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. $20 for year-long membership; meetings free to attend. Info: www.wcars. org, 254-0513 or

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Masquerade for mutts What: New Year’s Eve Masquerade Furball, to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Where: Céline and Company On Broadway, 49 Broadway St. When: Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $75; $140 per couple. Info: or 808-9435. Why: If Fido was left to his own devices, what would he do on New Year’s Eve? He’d probably spend the night hobnobbing with Asheville animal-lovers while nibbling on the finest kibble. Follow in his pawsteps at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Furball. This humans-only event encourages anyone with a soft spot for homeless pets to break out their most glamorous mask and ring in the new year. Heavy appetizers, an open bar and a silent auction will greet partygoers while local music fills the air. Cocktail attire is encouraged, so pull out your sparkly dress or sharpest suit and tie. A limited number of masquerade masks will be available at the door. All the merriment benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s efforts to provide loving homes to pets in need. So do something good for Fido and his friends while waltzing your way into the new year. Photo by Colby Rabon

$25 per tree. Info: or 692-0385. SIERRA CLUB MEETING • WE (1/2), 7:15pm - A meeting of the Sierra Club will feature a discussion of Cataloochee and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with author Wayne Caldwell and Steve Woody, a founder of Friends of the Smokies. Held at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place. Free. Info: www.

FESTIVALS A CHRISTMAS CAROL: NC STAGE COMPANY • WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (12/19) until (12/30) - Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. "We know what happens to Scrooge, but what about his old business partner Marley? Is he truly past redemption, or does every person deserve a chance to change?" Performed at N.C. Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane. Wed.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun., 2pm. $20. Info and tickets: 2390263 or CAROLINA CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT • Through WE (1/2) - The Carolina Christmas exhibit will feature fresh trees, ornaments and toys from the Victorian era at the Smith McDowell House Museum on the A-B Tech campus. Wed.-Sat., 10am-4pm; Sun., noon-4pm. $10/$5 children. Info: or 253-9231. FIRST KWANZAA CELEBRATION • TH (12/27), 7:30pm - First Kwanzaa Celebration will be held at Jubilee!, 46 Wall St. Donations benefit local food

banks. Bring fresh fruit or vegetables to share. Info: www.jubileecommunity. org or 252-5335. GROVE ARCADE WINTER WONDERLAND • Through WE (1/2) - The Grove Arcade Winter Wonderland will feature decorated trees and holiday displays at 1 Page Ave. Free. Info: www. or 252-7799. NATIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION • MONDAYS through THURSDAYS until (1/2) - The Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave., will display National Gingerbread House Competition submissions. No public viewings on major holidays. $10-$15 parking fee. Info: • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS until (1/2), 10am-6pm - Gingerbread House Competition submissions will also be on display at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. Sunday hours: 10am-5pm. Free. Info:

504 Haywood Road. $5. Info: www. NEW YEAR'S EVE: SONS OF RALPH • MO (12/31), 9pm - Sons of Ralph, with special guests Josh Goforth and Laura Boosinger, will perform a New Year's Eve concert at the Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main St., Marshall. The evening will include a Champagne toast and food. $15. Info: or 649-1301. NEW YEAR EVE: WINE AND BUBBLY TASTING • TH (12/27), 5-7pm - A New Year's wine and Champagne tasting event will be held at The Artisan Gourmet Market Coffee and Wine Bar, 2 E. Market St., Black Mountain. Free. Info: or 357-5500.


NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TREE EXHIBIT • Through MO (1/7), 9am-5pm - The National Park Service will present trees decorated to reflect the region's cultural history at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free. Info: or 348-3406.

• THURSDAYS, 7pm - Ashe-Bots is a FIRST Robotics Team and nonprofit STEM-based program for high school students ages 14-18. Group meets weekly at A-B Tech's Dogwood Building. Engineering and tech professionals are invited to mentor participants. Info: or

NEW YEAR’S EVE: ASHEVILLE FREE MEDIA DANCE PARTY • MO (12/31), 10pm-2am - Asheville Free Media will host a New Year’s Eve dance party at DeSoto Lounge,

HANDS ON! This children's museum is located at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville. Tues.Sat., 10am-5pm. Programs require $5 admission fee/free for members,

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unless otherwise noted. Info: www. or 697-8333. • WE (12/26) - Children are invited to make snowflakes throughout the day. • WE (12/26) through SA (12/29) Children are invited to draw a snow family throughout the day. • TH (12/27), 10:30-11:30am Children ages 6 and up (or accompanied by an adult) are invited to make a ski lodge. $12/$6 members. • FR (12/28) - Children are invited to explore the science and art of rocks throughout the day. • WE (1/2) through FR (1/4) - World Braille Day invites children to learn to write their name in Braille. Offered throughout the day. • TH (1/3), 11am - The Healthy Kids Club will focus on hand washing.

3-6 will focus on evergreen trees.

HOLIDAY ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA • Through FR (12/28), 1-4pm -The Asheville Art Museum, 2 Pack Square, will host a Holiday Arts Extravaganza for children grades 1-4 featuring hands-on art making of all kinds. $20 per day/$18 members. Registration required: or 253-3227, ext. 121 or 122.

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HOLIDAY BREAK CAMP • Through TU (1/1), 7:30am-5:30pm - The Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St., will host a holiday break camp for grades K-5. $20 per day/$15 members. Info and registration: or 456-2030.

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LAKE JAMES STATE PARK 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • FR (12/28), 10am - Indoor and outdoor activities for children ages

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Registration required. NEW YEAR'S EVE: HEALTH ADVENTURE • SA (12/29), noon-2pm - The Health Adventure, 800 Brevard Road #620, will host a New Year's Eve celebration for kids featuring confetti, noisemakers and a rocket launch. Free with museum admission. Info: NEW YEAR'S EVE: HANDS ON! • MO (12/31), noon - Children are invited to celebrate New Year's Eve with costumes and noise makers at Hands On!, 318 N. Main St., or 697-8333. SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY • SATURDAYS, noon-2pm - Super Science Saturday will feature hands-on activities with museum facilitators at The Health Adventure, 800 Brevard um admission. Info: TC ARTS COUNCIL TALENT SHOW • Through TU (1/15) - Children ages 10-17 are invited to audition for the TC Arts Council's Performing Arts ing, drama and poetry auditions will be held Jan. 30 & 31. Info and application: or 884-2787.

MUSIC SONG O' SKY SHOW CHORUS (pd.) TUESDAYS, 6:45pm - Rehearsal at Covenant Community UMC 11 Rocket Dr. Asheville, NC 28803. Guests welcome. Contact: Toll Free # 1-866-824-9547. ASHEVILLE JAZZ ORCHESTRA • SU (12/30) - The Asheville Jazz Orchestra (big band) will perform at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain. $15. Info: or www. BIG DADDY LOVE • FR (12/28), 8:30pm - Big Daddy Love (Americana) will perform at Legal Grounds, 217 N. Main St., Rutherfordton. $10. Info: FOURTH FRIDAY OPEN MIC • 4th FRIDAYS, 7:30-10:30pm - Open to musicians, poets, comedians and entertainers of all types. Hosted by The Sacred Embodiment Center, 41 Carolina Lane. Sign up at 7:30pm, performances at 8pm. Info: OPEN MIC • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm-midnight - The Sly Grog Lounge, 45 S. French Broad Ave., inside The Downtown Market, hosts a weekly open mic for poets, musicians and performers of all types. Info: THE EL CHAPALA JAMBOREE • THURSDAYS, 8-10pm - A weekly talent showcase featuring singer-songwriters, poets, comics and a capella

sing-offs. 868 Merrimon Ave. Info and booking: (617) 858-6740.

outdoors lake James state park 6883 N.C. Highway 126, Nebo. Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Info: 584-7728. • SA (12/29), 2pm - An easy 1.5-mile hike along the Overmountain Victory Trail will depart from the Paddy's Creek Bridge parking area.

parenting mountain Child Care ConneCtions • Mountain Child Care Connections offers free childcare referral services in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania counties. Parents receive referrals to meet their individual needs. Info: 1-877752-5955.

seniors arthritis foundation proGram of tai Chi (pd.) 12 week series: Give yourself the gift of health in 2013 Decrease Fall Risk, Improve Balance, Quality of Life. First Baptist Church, Asheville, corner of Charlotte St. & I-240. Registration on . More info. on Facebook: WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis. Nurses, Physical Therapists, PTA’s. Earn 12 hours continuing education credit. Call 828-230-9208 or 253-8649.

spirituality 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. asheville Compassionate CommuniCation Center (pd.) Free practice group. Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication (nonviolent communication). 252-0538 or • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 5:00-6:15. Jerry Donoghue <jerry@> 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. Mondays, 7-8pm – Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House at

227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon). Donation. asheville insiGht meditation (pd.) Practice/learn mindfulness meditation and ramp up your spiritual practice in a supportive group environment. We practice Insight Meditation, also known as: Vipassana, or Mindfulness Meditation, which cultivates a happier, more peaceful, and focused mind. Our caring community environment provides added support and joy to one's spiritual awakening processes. Open to adults. By donation. Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30pm. Sundays, 10am-11:30pm. Meditation, Dhamma talk, and discussion. 29 Ravenscroft Dr., Suite 200, Asheville, NC. Info/directions: (828) 808-4444,

• SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual celebration service. --- 12:30-2pm - A Course in Miracles study group. • TUESDAYS, 2-4pm - Edgar Cayce study group. wnC paGan and maGiCkal fellowship • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - The WNC Pagan and Magickal Fellowship hosts Pagan's Night Out at The Bier Garden, 46 Haywood St. Restaurant prices apply. Info: www.

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• 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 3-5pm - The Transylvania Writers' Alliance meets at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, 249 E. Main St., Brevard. $10 yearly/three months free for new members. Info: or 884-5669.

open heart meditation (pd.) Experience easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free 7pm, Tuesdays, 5 Covington St. 296-0017 or 367-6954

wnC mystery writers • TH (12/27), 6pm - The WNC Mysterians Critique Group will meet at Atlanta Bread Company, 633A Merrimon Ave. For serious mystery/ suspense/thriller writers. Now recruiting for a weekly critique group. Info: or 712-5570.

exodus ChurCh bible study • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-noon - A community discussion on the New Testament. This group is open to all who are searching for new friends or a new beginning in life. Meets at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St. Info: 252-2535. fundamentals of buddhism • MONDAYS, 7:30pm - The Karma Kagyu Study Group of Asheville hosts an introduction to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism at the Flatiron Building, 20 Battery Park Ave., Room 309. Info: asheville. Gene keys readinG Group • WEDNESDAYS, 4:30pm - This weekly gathering meets to discuss Richard Rudd's Gene Keys, a "guide to facing and eradicating every fear that stands in the way of your freedom." A free PDF intro is available at Info and location: 785-2828. shambhala meditation Center of asheville 19 Westwood Place. Visitors welcome; donations accepted. Info: • THURSDAYS, 6pm - Shambhala Meditation Center of Asheville offers group sitting meditation, followed by Dharma reading and discussion at 7pm.

sports 20/20/20 fitness Class • MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St., hosts 20/20/20 fitness classes featuring equal sessions of cardio, weights and floor exercises. Free with daily admission. Info: recprograms@ or 456-2030. pilates Class • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 5:306:30pm - The Waynesville Recreation Center will host pilates classes at 550 Vance St. Regular admission/free for members. Info: or 456-2030.

volunteering a-b teCh • A-B Tech seeks volunteers for student services, academic success programs and its writing center. Opportunities available at the Asheville and Enka campuses. Info: or 3987761.

taoist tai Chi • Participants are sought to join a Taoist Tai Chi 108 class in the Asheville area. Info:

asheville area arts CounCil • The Asheville Area Arts Council seeks volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks. Complete a volunteer form at or stop by the ARTery, 346 Depot St.

unity ChurCh of asheville Located at 130 Shelburne Road. Info: or 252-5010.

asheville City sChools • Through (2/8) - The Asheville City Schools Foundation seeks volunteers to work with K-12 students as tutors,

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mileage reimbursement is available. Info: or 277-8288.

biG brothers biG sisters of wnC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers to mentor 1 hr/week in schools and after-school programs. Volunteers 18 and older are also needed to share outings in the community twice a month with youth from single-parent homes. Activities are free or low-cost.

habitat for humanity • Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for its Home Repair program. Use existing skills or gain new ones while helping low-income homeowners make improvements to their homes. No experience or long-term commitment necessary. Info: 2109383. • Volunteers are needed to clean donated items and unload trucks at the organization's ReStore. Regular commitment not required. Info: or 210-9377.

bunCombe County Jail • Volunteers are sought for a variety of programs with inmates from Buncombe County Jail. Must be 21 years or older. Info: 989-9459. Children first/Cis • Children First/CIS seeks volunteers for its learning centers and after school program for elementary school children living in public and low-income housing. Mon.-Thurs., 2:30-5:30pm. Volunteer for one hour a week and change the life of a local child. Info: or 768-2072. CounCil on aGinG • Volunteers are needed to drive seniors to doctor appointments as part of the Call-A-Ride program. Volunteers use their own vehicles;

hands on ashevillebunCombe 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. • TH (12/27), 11am-12:30pm - Shake and Bake: Cook and serve a homemade lunch to the men staying at the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters and Inn. Both men and women are encouraged to participate. literaCy CounCil of bunCombe County Located at 31 College Place, Building B, Suite 221. Info: 254-3442, ext. 204. • Volunteers are needed to tutor adults in basic literacy skills including reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language. Tutors provide one-on-one or small group instruction

to adults in our community. No prior tutoring experience required. Tutors will receive 15 hours of training as well as ongoing support from certified professionals. Orientation will be held Jan 9 and 10. Info: literacytutors@ motherlove mentor • The YWCA MotherLove program seeks volunteers to provide support and encouragement to teen mothers. A commitment of eight hours per month required. Info: 254-7206. partners unlimited • Partners Unlimited, a program for at-risk youth ages 10-18, seeks volunteer tutors and website assistance. Info: or 281-2800. the rathbun Center • The Rathbun Center, a nonprofit corporation which provides free lodging for patients and their caregivers staying in Asheville for medical treatment, seeks volunteers to support and register guests. Info: or 251-0595. Calendar deadline The deadline for free and paid listings is 5 p.m. wednesday, one week prior to publication. Questions? Call (828)251-1333, ext. 365

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In the past year, we’ve seen a continuing decline in unemployment. It’s still higher than we’d like it to be, but it seems to slowly be getting better. We also saw some improvement in the real-estate market, and we’re starting to see more retail spending in the community. We’ve also had some positive news from the manufacturing sector, where the trend for hiring has been a little stronger. Our economic-development folks have made several positive announcements this year. The last one was Blue Ridge Metals — a small expansion with new equipment and a new line of work coming in, which means more jobs and money being invested in a local facility. When you look at manufacturing payroll, it’s rising; when those workers have more money to spend in the community, it trickles to the Main Street stores and everything else.

In the next year, it feels like we’re going to see continued improvement with bumps here and there. We hope the manufacturing gains remain, and that, with more confidence in the economy, there will be a continued rise in spending. Hopefully there will also be some nice surprises in there — catalysts to make things improve more quickly — like [last year’s] Sierra Nevada announcement.

janet sCiaCCa eXeCutive direCtor Carolina foothills ChamBer of CommerCe Tourism is our biggest industry, and we have a big retirement community. We’re also a bedroom community for surrounding counties; many people work outside of the county. So we didn’t get hit [as] hard in the downturn as more metropolitan areas. Tourism was down by only about 5 percent, and it’s back up now. And unemployment is down; a few years ago it was 9 percent, and now it’s around 7 percent, among the lowest in the state. Today there’s more activity in real estate and construction, with a lot of new building permits and remodeling projects. Construction was a huge growth field here, between 2000 to 2005, when the population went up by 27 percent. So when the housing economy crashed and people couldn’t sell their homes and buy here, new building came to a standstill. This put a lot of our skilled workers, like plumbers and electricians, out of work. These jobs are coming back, but slowly. In 2011, we had 30 businesses join the Chamber; in 2012 we had 45, which means people are feeling more optimistic so they can start thinking about putting money and time into marketing in 2013. So we hope that everything improves. We know that the future is a little shaky in a lot of areas — the country is divided as far as how things should be run — but basically it comes down to money. A lot of people are still out of work, so we need to get money into the pockets of employers. I see people come in and say, “I need to do something, I can’t find work.” They’re getting creative, seeing what’s needed, and starting new businesses. X Mountain BizWorks supports small businesses in Western North Carolina through lending, consulting and training. For more information, visit Anana Raddatz is development and communications coordinator at Mountain BizWorks.

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artful dodgers The head of the Perse School in Cambridge, England, recently instituted a "10-second rule" for minor infractions: Students could avoid punishment if they quickly produced a clever explanation. "Getting children to talk their way out of a tight corner in a very short period of time," said Ed Elliott, encourages creativity and could produce a generation of British entrepreneurs. “Often the ones who get further are the artful dodgers" who "bend the truth," said a supporter. Elliott warned that "out-and-out falseness" would not be tolerated.

Can't possiBly Be true • Family values: (1) A Tampa, Fla., mother and daughter (ages 56 and 22, familial ties verified by the Huffington Post), shoot scenes together for their pornography website ("The Sexxxtons"), including threesomes with a man, but insist that they never incestuously touch each other. (2) Tiffany Hartford, 23, and George Sayers Jr., 48, were charged in Bethel, Conn., in December with selling unauthorized videos of Hartford having sex with another woman. That woman charged (and a DNA test confirmed) that Sayers is Hartford's father and that the two have a baby. Both deny knowing they were related when they had sex.

• Too silly To Be True: (1) Police in Geraldton, Australia, were chasing a thief through backyards in the dark. Leaping over a fence, he landed on a family's trampoline and was propelled backward, practically into the cops' laps. (2) Guy Black, 76, was charged in Turbotville, Pa., in October with threatening housemate Ronald Tanner with a chain saw. Defending himself with the only "weapon" within reach (an umbrella), Tanner managed to pin Black with it as the chain saw jammed.

inCrediBle • In November, Deputy NYPD Commissioner Paul Browne said that not a single criminal shooting, stabbing or slashing was reported in the five boroughs on Nov. 26, something no police official could remember ever having seen. The city is on track to finish 2012 with less than 400 homicides; in 1990, a record 2,245 people were murdered.

perspeCtive • Patrick Townsend, 30, arrested in Lakeland, Fla., in November, had allegedly confessed into a detective's digital recorder when he snatched it from a table and flushed it down a toilet. "Tighten up on your job, homie," Townsend advised; "destroying evidence" was added to his charges. • In 2011, a jury in Orlando acquitted Casey Anthony of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, partly because a search of Internet Explorer on her computer yielded no incriminating evidence. But this November, investigators admitted having overlooked the computer's other browser, which, on the date of Caylee's disappearance, showed pages containing such terms as "fool-proof suffication" (sic) and "asphyxiation." Anthony cannot be tried again. X

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the metaphysiCs of Clutter By katie souris I had my carpets cleaned the other day, and it shook up my life like a snow globe. Trapped in the middle of the sphere, I felt barraged by my belongings. The rain of letters, books, clothes, rags masquerading as clothes, and odd plastic things swirled around my room as I scrambled to get everything up from the floor. After seven years of living with Type 1 diabetes, it’s hard not to see everything in the terms of blood-sugar balance. But this excess clutter, well, this was clearly high “habitat sugar.” Why all this stuff hanging around, pulling me down? There were reminders of who I was at 2 years old (plastic jack-o’-lantern), at 7 (kids’ books), at 13 (journals — all right, I'm keeping those), in high school (jeans painted with peace signs and shout-outs to Joplin and Hendrix — decades late, but still felt it, man), and who I was some months ago (letters, bank statements, numerous prescription-refill bags).

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let’s commune: The Haywood Street Congregation is one of many local organizations that collects new or gently used items for sharing with those in need. High on the list this time of year: warm coats and clothes, as well as children’s toys. Photo courtesy of the Haywood Street Congregation Why? Did I think my room was going to be audited by my Self? (“Are you really who you think you are? Prove it!”) No, not really. And in fact I have a pretty good memory even without that plastic orange pumpkin accumulating dust under the bed. Things have been better since the cleaning. I separated stuff into give-away, throwaway and keep piles, and I’m now slowly relocating those belongings to the appropriate habitats. But the process has made me think about the origin of stress in my life. Is the frustration really coming from the traffic jam? Is it really coming from the fact that I’m five minutes late for a meeting? Or did it start months ago, years ago, stuck energy piling up in closets and corners? Not all of life's stress comes from clutter, but a lot of it does come from excess on one end and lack on the other. Many in our community are experiencing an acute need, especially during these winter months, and I suspect there are at least as many of us who could use a little paring down. Simplifying one's habitat to only those objects that truly enrich one’s life, either functionally

or emotionally, creates an opportunity for clarity — a jumping-off place. Meanwhile, for those who live in fear of being cold or not having the basic kitchen goods to cook their family a healthy meal, it’s a chance to enhance security. Some of what we hold onto is junk, but a lot of it is really good stuff that we're not using but may just be afraid to let go of. Potential is unlocked by use. Giving away clothes, appliances and other things you don’t need is a great way to nourish your community — and yourself. There are so many amazing organizations working to make Asheville a city built on equality and caring for individuals. Please don’t let fresh, viable food go to waste when people are hungry — especially healthy foods that could help children grow. Do not let a single coat go unworn this winter. And let that cast iron you’re not using fry eggs the way it was made to! X Asheville resident Katie Souris is a care counselor in the YWCA’s Diabetes Wellness and Prevention program.

sharing the wealth step 1: Make some tea. step 2: Get three big bags — a recycling bag, a give-away bag and a trash bag. Fill and repeat as needed. step 3: Throw away and recycle first, then relocate your giveaways to places they can thrive. Here are some ideas to get you started; there are many other worthy groups as well, from Goodwill to Hearts with Hands. Call first to make sure they can use what you’re offering.

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a hope 19 N. Ann St., downtown Asheville, 258-1695, what: Furniture, dishes, shower curtains, pots and pans, etc., to help homeless people get set up in an apartment.

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western Carolina rescue ministry 225 Patton Ave., 254-0471, what: Food, clothing, personal hygiene products, linens, cleaning supplies. New or lightly used books, furniture, electronics, household items for thrift store. when: Doors unlocked 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; food accepted anytime (call ahead).

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wellnesscalendar wellness nutrition forward (pd.) Offering intelligent and soulful counseling that inspires you to improve your nutrition choices and habits for life. Sandy Buchanan, RD, CDE828-2309865 arthritis foundation proGram of tai Chi (pd.) 12 week series: Give yourself the gift of health in 2013 Decrease Fall Risk, Improve Balance, Quality of Life. First Baptist Church, Asheville, corner of Charlotte St. & I-240. Registration on . More info. on Facebook: WNC Tai Chi for Arthritis. Nurses, Physical Therapists, PTA’s. Earn 12 hours continuing education credit. Call 828-2309208 or 253-8649. a toninG & healinG Journey with aliCe mCCall (pd.) Saturday, Jan 19, 6-8pm, The Salt Spa, Asheville • Transform your major organs, with a focus on the health of the respiratory tract. 828-5775623. pilates reformer Classes (pd.) 15+ reformer classes a week! Happy Body, 1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Registration required, $23 drop-in. or 277-5741 free meditation • SU (12/30), 4pm - Free meditation will be offered by Alice McCall at Healing Path, 172 Highlands Square Drive #192, Hendersonville. Info: or 577-5623. memory Cafe • 1st MONDAYS, 1st WEDNESDAYS, 3rd SATURDAYS, 3rd THURSDAYS - Memory Cafe invites those with memory challenges and their caregivers, family and friends to socialize in a safe and supportive environment. Free. Info and locations:, or red Cross blood drives 100 Edgewood Road. Info: or 258-3888. Appointment and ID required for blood drives. • FR (12/28), 6:30-11am - Blood drive: Reuter Family YMCA, 3 Town Square Blvd. Info: 1-800-REDCROSS. womb healinG CirCle • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - It's Natural, 70 S. Market St., hosts a weekly womb wellness discussion, featuring topics based on the book Sacred Woman by Queen Afua. Donations appreciated. Info: yanG 24 tai Chi • WEDNESDAYS (1/2) through (2/20), 7:459pm - Yang 24 Tai Chi will be offered at Asheville Community Yoga, 8 Brookdale Road. $80 for fourweek series; a portion of proceeds benefit Asheville Community Yoga. Info and registration:

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holic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info: www. • SATURDAYS, 9:45am - “There is a Solution.” Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 749-9537. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - "Living in the Solution," The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • FRIDAYS, 7pm - "Inner Child" study group. Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: 9898075. • SUNDAYS, 2pm - "Inner Child" study group, Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton. Info: 648-2924. • MONDAYS, 7pm - "Generations," First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 474-5120. adult Children of alCoholiCs and dysfunCtional families • SUNDAYS, 2pm - A confidential study group based on the twelve steps of ACOA. Everyone welcome; no age or gender restrictions. "What you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here." Meets at the Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave. Info: 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 800286-1326. • WEDNESDAYS, 11:30am - "Daytime Serenity," Pardee Education Center at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd. --- 7pm - Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. --- 5:45pm - Al-Anon meeting for women, Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. at Gracelyn Road. • MONDAYS, noon - "Keeping the Focus," First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Entrance near Charlotte Street. --- 6pm - "Attitude of Gratitude," Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. --- 7pm First Christian Church, 201 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain. --- 7:30pm - First United Methodist Church, Jackson and Church Streets, Sylva. --- 8pm "Al-Anon Spoken Here," Ledger Baptist Church, U.S. 226 near Bakersville. --- 8pm - Pinecrest Presbyterian Church, 1790 Greenville Highway at North Highland Lake Road. ChroniC pain support Group • SUNDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Open to those with chronic pain, friends and family. Held at Unity Church of Asheville, 130 Shelburne Road. Donations accepted. Info: (770) 846-0651. Co-dependents anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. • THURSDAYS, 6:45pm - MCC Sacred Journey, 135 Sugarloaf Road (I-26 exit 49A), Hendersonville. Info: or text 489-4042. debtors anonymous • MONDAYS, 7pm - Debtors Anonymous meets at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Room 101. Info: fertility support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Therapist-led group for women who are experiencing infertility and may be using assisted reproduction. Meets at 43 Grove St. #4. Call to register: 803-0824. food addiCtion Group • MONDAYS, 2pm - It Works, a 12-step program for individuals struggling to overcome food addic-

wellnesscontinued tion, meets at Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Info and directions: 489-7259. Grandparents raisinG Grandkids • 1st TUESDAYS, 7pm - A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren will include playtime for children. Held at McDonald's, 401 Smoky Park Highway. Info: HiV/aids support Group • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 6pm - This facilitated, confidential support group meets at WNCAP, 554 Fairview Road. All are welcome, regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation. Info: naMi support Groups The National Alliance on Mental Illness supports recovery for people living with mental illness and their families. Most groups meet at 356 Biltmore Ave. #207/315. Free. Info: or 505-7353. • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - A Dual Diagnosis Support Group for those living with mental illness and substance abuse issues will be held at 3 Thurland Ave. • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 6pm - An additional Dual Diagnosis support group will be held at Wall Street Coffee House, 62 Wall St. nar-anon • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Nar-Anon provides support to relatives and friends concerned about the addiction or drug problem of a loved one. "We share experience, strength and hope." Meets at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road; enter through back door. Info: robinplemmons@gmail. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:30pm - First United Methodist Chuch, 204 Sixth Ave. W., Hendersonville. Enter through side parking lot. 891-8050.

• THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road. Info: 277-1975. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: 424 W. State St. Open relapse and recovery meeting. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: 697-5437. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Info: 626-2572. s-anon • S-Anon, a 12-step program for those struggling with the sexual behavior of a family member or friend. Three meetings are held each week. Info: or 258-5117 (confidential). 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 or email: 237-1332 or Info: saasheville. sMart recoVery • THURSDAYS, 6pm - This peer support group is dedicated to helping individuals gain independence from all types of addictive behavior (drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, etc.). Meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. Info: smartrecoveryavl@ or 407-0460.

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• WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - Workaholics Anonymous. Info and directions: www.workaholics-anonymous. org or 301-1727.

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glass-bottle Farm to Home Milk offers a modern delivery service by Emily Patrick Jonathon Flaum is precisely the kind of person you want to show up on your front porch once a week. With a smile for everyone and a smart blue cap and coat emblazoned with the word “milk,” his demeanor is as wholesome as the product he sells. He’s a milkman. With help from his wife, Tami Flaum, and their children, Eve, 7, and Ren, 11, Jonathon heads up Farm to Home Milk, an old-school milk delivery service, complete with a truck and glass bottles — and updates such as online ordering. The massive, refrigerated truck bears the company’s tagline: “Udderly fresh milk.” Its whimsical decals, coupled with its exaggerated scale, make it look like an oversized Tonka Truck. It’s not a toy, but it sure looks fun; that’s the effect the Flaums are hoping to achieve. “When [people] think about a milkman, there’s no downside; there’s just happiness,” Jonathon says. “I love the fact that we can do this simple, basic service and bring something to people that makes them happy and provides clear nourishment.” The Flaums are big milk drinkers, especially Eve, who is enthusiastic about sharing one of her favorite drinks with the community. When she talks about milk, she throws out her arms and speaks in a tone that would be the envy of any advertiser. She’s the marketing arm, Jonathon says with a chuckle: The venture has been a family project. “We went through many, many iterations before we came up with this that you see in front of you,” says Ren, who helps his dad with website design and IT projects. Before starting a delivery service, they considered bringing milk on-tap to grocery stores as well as traveling to festivals to vend milk as a kids’ drink. But after a vacation to Denver, where Royal Crest Dairy has deployed a troop of milkmen since 1927, they settled on their current plan. “We were talking about what a milkman used to do and how it used to be,” Jonathon says. “The more we talked to people around, we found out that people were actually still doing it.”


Until now, Jonathon has worked as a writer and corporate leadership consultant. He founded the WriteMind Institute, which set up on Lexington Avenue for several years. There, he discovered his interest in food. He used activities like bread baking to bring his clients together. But that job required travel and left Jonathon longing for a way to spend more time with his wife and kids. Farm to Home Milk will become a family business, Jonathon hopes. He’s not just resurrecting the career of milkman; drawing from an earlier day, he wants to build something of a family trade. “It’s really fun for the kids to have something to connect with,” he says. “They can’t easily connect to me consulting a company in Chicago on their leadership practices, so it’s super-nice to have something simple to talk about at the dinner table [that] everyone can brainstorm about.” He’s even started networking, and what better contact for the milkman than the mailman? Flaum chats routemaking and delivery practices with his neighborhood postal carrier. “A friend was outside and snapped a picture and said, Not just Nostalgia: Jonathon Flaum offers an updated version of an old-school business. Farm to Home offers online ordering for consumer convenience. Photos by Max Cooper

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“‘That’s what we like to see: the mailman and the milkman,’” Flaum says with a laugh.

The milky way Before refrigeration, which wasn’t common until the ‘20s and ‘30s, the milkman was a major source of fresh dairy. “[My grandfather] grew up not just with a milkman but with an ice man.” Jonathon says. “He and I were super-close. He probably had the biggest influence on me of any other adult.” As technology improved, large, industrial dairies developed. According to the Associated Press, recipients of home milk delivery decreased from 29.7 percent of the milk market in 1963, to less than 1 percent in the 1990s. Tami remembers when her family made the switch from doorstep to grocery store. “We all got used to big stores and supermarkets; it was convenient, but we lost something,” she says. “[Milk delivery] was just a nice, personal kind of experience.” As it turns out, Jonathon has picked up on a national trend. He and his family are part of a contingent of milkmen and women that’s growing nationwide. In an Oct. 2009 article, the Wall Street Journal declared, “The old-fashioned milkman is making a comeback.” The authors tried out delivery services based in North Aurora, Ill., Seattle and Minneapolis. When they sampled the milk from Manhattan Milk in New York City, they proclaimed it “better than any we have ever tried.”

Weekly staples Milk enthusiasts attest: The freshness of bottled-on-site milk sets it above the conventional, grocery-store variety. “I will get the milk the same day as coming out of the cow,” Jonathon says. Farm to Home’s milk comes from Maple View Farms, a fifth-generation dairy in Hillsborough, near Durham. It’s free from hormones and antibiotics, and it’s flash-pasteurized and homogenized on-site. Farm to Home Milk will stock the farm’s cream and buttermilk and skim, low-fat, whole

Blast from the past: For almost a century, Biltmore Dairy Farms provided Asheville with milk. Here’s their squadron of milkmen ready to make the rounds. Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company and chocolate milk. (Eve highly recommends the latter.) A half-gallon of low-fat milk costs $4.40 (check the website for prices on the other varieties, including cream), along with a refundable $2-perbottle deposit, a $2.99-per-week delivery charge, a $1.50 charge for ice (if requested), and a 2 percent food-sales tax. But the inventory doesn’t stop at milk. The Flaums hope to provide other staples. That’s particularly important to Tami, who does the shopping. She considers specialty grocery stores too expensive, but wants to buy healthy, humanely produced animal products. “I had certain pieces of our diet that I really wanted local and organic and as healthy as possible, and I was running all over town,” she says. The Farm to Home inventory brings those pieces together. It includes City Bakery bread, Hickory Nut Gap meat and sausage, Farside Farms freerange eggs, chicken and duck, Sunburst trout, Wild Salmon Co. fish, coffee and tea, and goat’s milk from Round Mountain Creamery in Black Mountain. It also offers package deals, such as the “Complete Weekly Staples” pack, which incorporates a variety of their products. Farm to Home Milk already has started taking orders on its website, and Jonathon will begin delivering milk and other products to area homes and offices on Jan. 8. His route of once-weekly deliveries will take him to nine zip codes that span Asheville and the surrounding area. All orders go through the website, so to see the full inventory and delivery area, and sign up for an account, visit Not just a pretty Bottle: Maple View Farm milk is free from hormones and antibiotics. It’s flash pasteurized and homogenized on-site, so it gets to consumers sooner than heavily processed, ultra-pasteurized milk. • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 39

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It’s not hogwash Growing up in eastern North Carolina, chef Mike Moore learned how to make his own luck. “There’s an old saying in the South that if you have seven sows and one boar on the new moon, you’ll always have a litter of eight piglets,” he says. Moore, who is the executive director of the Blind Pig Underground Supper Club, is teaming up with a cast of Asheville culinarians to create Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder. He’s hoping the pig reference will bring him good fortune. Like the new moon, Moore’s Blind Pig creations have been ephemeral; there’s only about one dinner per month, and tickets sell out just hours after they’re released. Come February, he’ll have a brick-and-mortar presence downtown at 77 Biltmore Ave. in the space recently vacated by the Baja Kitchen, next door to Mamacita’s. (Until then, you can find him in the kitchen at The Admiral, where he’s worked between Blind Pig events for the last couple of years.) Seven Sows, a collaboration between Moore, Adam Bannasch of Zambra and Jason Caughman of Pisgah Brewing, will serve dinner and weekend brunches that feature local and heirloom products and Southern foods. Libation-wise, the bar will focus on bourbon. Moore likes to drink his straight, and it’s a habit he’s hoping to popularize. “Bourbon is something that is created here in the South, in Kentucky and West Virginia in distilleries around the South,” he says. “We want to focus on it and have a great selection.” He recommends Willett Bourbon, a smallbatch product from a family-operated distillery in Bardstown, Ky. Bannasch hopes the bar will be a gathering spot for downtown concertgoers. “I’m hoping it can be a place where people can come in and get a drink before a show at the Orange Peel and be comfortable with that, with not having to order a whole meal,” he says. “They don’t have to be into food to feel like they can go in there.” Moore’s family has been in farming for generations, and that legacy will inspire the menu. He hopes to grow much of the produce at Just Ripe Farm in Weaverville. He will work with owners Chad Briar and Rachel Kinard to produce hard-to-find heirloom crops, such as Carolina cabbage collards and red-speckled butter beans. “Some of these things have been lost in time, and I’d love to bring them back and

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spotlight them,” he says. “The South is indicative of a very agrarian lifestyle, and everything about Southern food and Southern people is that.” As chef and owner of Zambra, Bannasch has been working with area farmers for several years, and he’s glad to bring the “tight-knit” relationships he’s developed with them to Seven Sows. Moore has already started sourcing regional products. He makes regular trips to Knoxville for buttermilk from Cruze Farm, a small herbicide- and pesticide-free dairy recently featured in Condé Nast Traveler. He’s also convinced distributors to carry Stump Sound oysters from the North Carolina coast. Seven Sows won’t be “New Southern” or “upscale,” Moore says. He plans to offer a variety of plate sizes so diners can customize their experience depending on the occasion. “I don’t want to cast our net just to reach the foodies, just

to reach the people that have the huge purses,” he says. “I want to cast my net to folks that want to enjoy great food or something from Renaissance South.” Bannasch also wants to keep the place accessible. ”I think we’re going for the average-Joe crowd who wants to come in and get some good food and some good drinks,” he says. “We’re not trying to redefine anything.” Moore hopes to offer bar snacks, such as popcorn with bacon and french fries with ham puree, in addition to small plates and entree portions. “You can’t have a white tablecloth,” he says. The three partners hope to open Seven Sows in February 2013. Moore says now is a good time to open a Southern food restaurant, but adds that it’s always been a good time to eat Southern food. “We’ve always been very connected to the earth and growing things and raising things,” he says. “That’s the reason why the food is so damn good.” • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 41

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Wicked Weed plans a Dec. 28 opening

The brewery that won the People’s Choice award at Brewgrass 2012 finally has a place to rest its hops. Wicked Weed plans to open on Friday, Dec. 28 with as many as 14 of its beers on tap, including Freak Imperial IPA, one of the crowd favorites from Brewgrass. The two-story converted auto-garage (former location of Asheville Hardware) houses a restaurant. Expect approachable fare, such as burgers, sandwiches, salads and fish and chips. Pick up the Jan. 2 issue of Xpress for more on the brewery and restaurant, or check it out yourself. Wicked Weed is located at 91 Biltmore Ave. next to the Orange Peel. It’s scheduled to open at 5 p.m. on Dec. 28. Other days, it opens Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. For details, visit or check out the brewpub’s Facebook page.

Brothers in Beer: Walt and Luke Dickinson, two of the five co-owners, show off the brewery’s fermentors. Photo by Max Cooper

Chestnut stirs up the cocktail scene Thank you, Asheville for a wonderful three years. As we step into the fourth year we wanted to let you know we love you!

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Charlie Hodge, bar manager at Chestnut, is putting the economy on ice. He’s bringing recession-proof mixology (RPMs) to the cocktail program. The Biltmore Avenue restaurant will host RPMs on Tuesdays. Hodge will create a menu that spotlights two to four classic drinks. The cocktails come at reduced prices ($5 to $7), and the menu includes more information about the drinks than an average bar leaflet. “My plan is for the menu to have the drinks and have a little information and history,” Hodge says. “Hopefully, people will leave saying, ‘I learned something about cocktails today.’” Hodge is part of a contingent of Asheville bartenders taking a modern approach to classic mixed drinks

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by using house-made mixers and small-batch libations. They’re hoping Asheville will take to craft cocktails, just as the town has taken to craft beer. Chestnut’s menu features fewer than a dozen drinks, but it offers a handful of carefully chosen staples and contemporary creations. “What interests me the most is: How do you craft good cocktails but do it in an environment that’s fun?” Hodge says. “How do you balance your integrity AMBitious not oBnoxious: Bar manager Charlie Hodge focuses Chestnut’s cocktail program on quality as well as affordability and accessibility. Photo by Max Cooper

with having fun and being able to, at the end of the day, pay all your bills and take care of people? That’s what we’re trying to do here. We’re not trying to be snooty.” Chef and co-owner Joe Scully makes some of the drinks’ components himself, such as the ginger syrup for the dark and stormy. Other times, he collaborates with Hodge; the two worked out the flash-pickled vegetables for the bloody mary.

Hodge also has room show off his own mixology expertise, which he honed in Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles. The Once Again includes fig shrub (a tart mixture of mission figs, d’Anjou pears and sherry vinegar), and the Cerveza de Diablo melds together tequila, ginger, lemon, cayenne pepper, molé bitters and Bells Double Cream Stout. RPM Tuesdays begin on Jan. 8. Chestnut is located at 48 Biltmore Ave. For more information, visit

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GO Kitchen-Ready completes its first year with a graduating class of nine aspiring chefs

Congratulations to the nine recent graduates of the GO Kitchen-Ready culinary training program. They officially completed the 13-week certification course on Dec. 19. Some of the students plan further training at A-B Tech, and some have accepted jobs at downtown restaurants, such as Bouchon and The Green Sage. Others plan to explore interests in nutrition and food photography. Local nonprofit Green Opportunities oversees the Kitchen-Ready program, which provides basic training in kitchen techniques, career choices and money management to adults with financial constraints. The program is free for qualified applicants. Chef Mark

Rosenstein, founder and former owner of The Market Place Restaurant, and chef Brian Good of Asheville Sandwich Company teach the classes. Good says the graduation ceremony isn’t the end of the students’ time with GO. In fact, the longevity of the program hinges on their success. “We track their progress and where they’re going so we can keep up with them and build a network,” he says. “Our students believe that they’re part of something bigger than this one class, that they’re part of this organization, this family. One day, they’re going to be in a hiring position and looking at Green Opportunities graduates and thinking about how they can help them and hire them.”


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Looking for a small squash to bake with butter for dinner for two? Appoint acorn! Want to replace pasta dishes with a veggie this season? Seek out spaghetti squash! Need lots of squash to last through the winter? Hoard hubbards! Find these types and more at holiday farmers markets and when indoor winter tailgate markets open come January. If you’re especially batty for butternut, get over to Appalachian Grown partner eatery Glass Onion in Weaverville before Jan. 1. In celebration of ASAP’s Get Local winter squash focus, they’re whipping up squash specials featuring Ivy Creek Family Farm’s butternut squash, and donating a percentage of special sales to ASAP. Why is butternut, co-owner/manager Natalie Byrnes’ favorite type of winter squash? “With butternut you can be versatile, roasting it for salads or boiling it for soups,” she says, adding, “We wanted to highlight and prepare it in different ways to show how many uses it really does have.”

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go Big aNd take home: Stock up on big squashes such as hubbards and jarrahdales. Both have hard skin and store well through the winter months.

Between Christmas and New Year’s, they’ll serve up fresh pappardelle (a large fettuccini) with roasted butternut squash, duck confit, cherries and sage. Why local? “Our mission is just that: We try to work with local farmers as best as possible,” Byrnes says. “It’s about the relationship between your menu and your farmers.” “I met Natalie and her husband Edward Hannibal (co-owner/chef) at our booth at the Weaverville Tailgate Market,” says Paul Littman, who owns and operates Ivy Creek Family Farm in Barnardsville with his family. “As a new restaurant, they sought out local farmers and local food for their menu, and they’re already making a strong impact in the community because of this.”

Littman’s excited to have developed a great relationship with the restaurant and that his squash is being put in the spotlight this month. He knows firsthand just how many uses butternut has. Find one of his favorite recipes for butternut pie, yes pie, below — which he says he eats not only for dessert but even to get a veggie in for breakfast. And, visit Glass Onion to benefit ASAP for lunch Wednesday through Monday or dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Also try their butternut squash soup recipe below for a little restaurant style at home. Find the restaurant online at For a list of holiday and winter markets, visit ASAP’s community website and market calendar at For a list of growers and more restaurants serving local squash, search ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at

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toppiNg (Optional) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 2 tbsp chilled butter, cut into small pieces 3 tbsp chopped pecans method Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash squash. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place squash, cut sides down, in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add about 1/4 cup water to the baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until squash is tender. Cool slightly. Using a spoon, remove all of the squash from the peel. Combine the pulp and milk in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Add granulated sugar and next six ingredients (through cloves); blend. Optional topping: Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter using two knives or a pastry blender. Add pecans and toss to combine. Pour squash mixture into a prepared pie crust. Bake for 55-60 minutes. (If you are adding the topping, take the pie out of the oven after 15-20 minutes and sprinkle flour mixture evenly over filling. Return pie plate to bottom rack; bake an additional 40 minutes or until center is set.) Cool on a wire rack. Note & variation: You can add more sugar or use less to make the pie as sweet as you like. You can also substitute sweet potatoes for squash to create a sweet potato pie!


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Oskar Blues is brewing in Brevard There were no seat belts and just about everyone was drinking beer. Still, we were surprised when the first Oskar Blues trolley from Asheville to Brevard was pulled over by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. It turns out there was just a minor license plate issue, or, in the words of our driver, Craig, “It’s all good!” But the humor of a red brewery trolley with 30-something beer-drinking passengers on the side of I-26 was not missed on Twitter. The inaugural brewday event kept the excitement going. Head brewer Noah Tuttle speed-toured the crowd through mash tuns, fermentors, conditioning tanks and the skeleton of the bottling line. We didn’t get to see the inaugural mashin of Dale’s Pale Ale, which was happening later that day. And, sadly, the canning line wasn’t running either — something about not having all the pieces yet. However, the facility was impressive even at a standstill. The main takeaways were the size (big) and the speed (fast) with which it all came together. “The brewhouse equipment arrived nine days ago,” said Jim Weatherwax, project manager at Oskar Blues. “It’s been a lot of 12-hour days.”

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iNaugural ruN: Oskar Blues ran a trolley from downtown Asheville to Brevard. The trolley will run again on New Year’s Eve, and for other special events.

The whole process from start to finish was equally speedy. Just seven months after the initial announcement, Oskar Blues is the proud parent of the largest craft brewery in the state of North Carolina. “It’s an historic moment,” said Anne Fitten Glenn, regional marketing director at Oskar Blues (and former Xpress Brews News columnist). In 2013, they predict they’ll brew about 40,000 barrels (at 31 gallons per barrel), about 10,000 more barrels than the current big guy, Highland. With the ability to ramp up to 85,000 barrels in the future, you’d think Oskar Blues would remain the largest craft brewery in the state for some time. But, that will change quickly once Sierra Nevada’s facility comes online in Mills River next year. The Oskar Blues folks are OK with that. “It’s not about size or being the biggest,” said Glenn, when asked about the process of choosing the eastern location. “It was always about finding a town like Longmont.” (Longmont, Colo. is where Oskar Blues built its original brewery.) Dale Katechis, owner of Oskar Blues and an avid mountain biker, echoed that sentiment. “I’ve been coming to Brevard for years and love it. And I’d keep coming here even if I wasn’t building a brewery.” Employees hired from Brevard and the surrounding area were quick to say the good-fit feeling was mutual.

“Everyone I’ve met works really hard and everyone’s always smiling,” said Eric Dillon, a longtime Brevard resident, now the shipping and receiving manager at the Brevard facility. “It’s pretty remarkable. Not to mention the beer is good.” Mike Green, another Brevard resident recruited as tasting room manager, was nearby snacking on cupcakes sent over by neighbors Blue Ridge Bakery. “They’re like family,” Green said. “Absolutely a great fit for Brevard and for Asheville.” Want to get in on the Oskar Blues opening action? The tasting room, The Thirsty Squirrel, is located at 342 Mountain Industrial Drive in Brevard, and is now open to the public. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. On Fridays and Saturdays starting Dec. 21, the brewery trolley will depart from upper Coxe Avenue in Asheville (close to Thirsty Monk) at 5 p.m. and drop back off at the same location at 9 p.m. On New Year’s Eve, Oskar Blues will have a grand opening “Hootenanny,” complete with food trucks, special release beers and live music from Jupiter Coyote, The Foxfire and Pisgah Pickers with Jeff Sipe. Find details at

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Dale’s Pale Ale


6.5 %

American Pale Ale

Billed as a pale ale, this beer pushes towards IPA in both bitterness and hop aroma. For flavor, think citrus and pine layered on a solid, bready malt foundation. A reliable crowd-pleaser, there’s a reason Dale’s is the OB flagship.


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8.7 %

Imperial IPA

Stronger than Dale’s but tamer than Gubna, this beer is an imperial IPA that’s focused on balance. The hops may kick things off, especially in the aroma, but the malt isn’t far behind. G’Knight is for those who like hops, but also more than just hops, in a strong beer.


Deviant Dale’s IPA



American IPA

The new kid on the block, Deviant Dale’s won silver at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 before going into full production. Picture a bigger brother of Dale’s Pale Ale and you’re getting close. Even the can is bigger.


Ten Fidy


10.5 %

Russian Imperial Stout

While Oskar Blues usually does big, hoppy beers and does them well, Ten Fidy is probably their most popular beer with the beer nerds. As dark, deep, and oily as you’d expect, it has a wide variety of tasting notes including dark chocolate, molasses, char, raisins, and the like. As more and more pale ales are found in cans, there is still something novel in pouring an Imperial Stout from one (or, should you choose to break all the “rules,” drinking one straight from the can).


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5.3 %

Bohemian Style Pilsner

Little Yella is the odd man out in a lineup of beers known for being bold, but that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you need a beer to sit back and be beer. Crisp and refreshing.




10 %

Imperial IPA

A strong IPA even by Oskar Blues standards, Gubna’s character is unique. It relies on a single hop that’s not often the star of IPAs, Summit, from start to finish. Hazy golden orange, it has malt presence behind the hops, and some say lower than average carbonation. In other words, it’s a bit different than West Coast style IPAs.



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CAN we get to kNow you? Above are the seven core beers that will be brewed in Brevard by Oskar Blues. All beers come in 12-ounce cans, except for Deviant Dale’s, which comes in 16-ounce cans. Every beer is sold year-round, except for Gubna, which has been a spring seasonal in the past. The Brevard brewery will brew others on a smaller pilot system, but there is currently no plan to distribute those beers beyond the brewery.

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by Alli MArshAll “You can get pretty much any sound. Anybody can get cool sounds,” says musician/producer/Floating Action mastermind Seth Kauffman. “But no one’s really figured out a definite way to write great songs.” Kauffman may not have distilled the process to a foolproof formula, but listen to Floating Action’s latest, Fake Blood (released in September in a collaboration between Harvest Records and and Jim James’ Removador label) and it’s apparent that he’s on to something. “Alpine Shadow,” is almost a meditation, imbued with dusk and an ethereal settling of refracted light. “Matador” jogs and snaps through itchy guitars and humming, driving percussion. Each instrument sounds as if it was recorded not in an isolation booth, but

in an underground cave or a darkened swimming pool (the video for the single features the band performing — in alarmingly retro apparel — an aerobics routine). “Not What I Came For” revisits themes of fate, selfdeprecation and off-kilter philosophies that are so true to Floating Action. That, and lo-fi production filtered through a dub aesthetic. Though, as Kauffman tells it, each album that he makes is intended to be more accessible. “To try to have a good beat and a good melody and good lyrics, and have it all come together — that magic moment where it all works — and still be accessible” is the challenge, he says. But, “I tried to make Fake Blood a little more accessible. It’s kind of like an imaginary wrestling match with the world.” Kauffman adds, “Me saying that I’m making these more accessible and higher-fi, that’s in my world. Some engineer would say it’s still super lo-fi.”

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There are plenty of listeners who are just fine with Kauffman sticking to his aesthetic; his is a unique vision set to contagious rhythms. It’s not just a growing fan base that concurs. Kauffman is regularly called on to produce albums for other artists. Most recently he’s worked on Shannon Whitworth’s forthcoming record (Kauffman also plays bass in Whitworth’s band); and on This Is a Future, the solo effort by Benny Yurco of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. (Yurco told Vermont’s alt-weekly Seven Days that “Everything is effortless with Seth.”) And the muse continues to visit. “I’m recording a new Floating Action album right now,” says Kauffman. “There are those magical, mysterious moments when you’re writing a song. That magical moment is the last thing that no one can manufacture.” Kauffman plans to track vocals for that record (to be named Body Questions) at the Ojai, Calif. studio of Bill Reynolds (Blue Rags, Band of

Horses) in February. Look for it to drop sometime next summer. Already part of the new album is Bryan Cates, Kauffman’s collaborator from pre-Floating Action band Choosy Beggars. Cates plays keys on Body Questions, but Choosy Beggars showcased his singer-songwriter skills. Kauffman remembers that, years ago, he and Cates were looking to book a Choosy Beggars gig in Asheville and thought, “Jack of the Wood: That’s a place where bands play.” They visited the booking agent with a standup bass in tow and live-auditioned, only to be turned away. Times have changed. Jack of the Wood now books a wide variety of bands and this New Year’s Eve show will be Floating Action’s second on that stage this year. Expect some special touches: Former Floating Action member Michael Libramento (now in Grace Potter’s band) returns as part of experimental duo Ice Cream. Kauffman says that during Floating Action’s set, Libramento will run the sound board and “dub us out.” The other half of Ice Cream is Floating Action percussionist Evan Martin who joined

Kauffman’s band early on, left, and then returned as a sideman after drummer Josh Carpenter had taken over the kit. Kauffman said it was guitarist Brian Landrum who pointed out not having Martin on percussion was a waste of talent — so these days Floating Action boasts two drummers. The group has seen its share of changes. What hasn’t changed is what Kauffman is so good at, and what he never seems to tire of reinventing: How to work with muffled layers, varying degrees of delay and sonic density. Of early albums like Ting (a Floating Action precursor), Kauffman says, “I didn’t know what I was doing at all. Analog distortion can be cool, but I had all this digital distortion. It was not cool.” But these days, buzzed-about bands like Tame Impala are making that a key part of their sound. Kauffman’s not saying he called the digital distortion thing five years ahead of time. But with 2013 just around the corner, Floating Action’s next moves are well worth watching. X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@

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Here’s where to see out the old year (and toast to the fact that the Mayan Calendar didn’t spell the end, after all) and ring in the new. All addresses are in Asheville unless otherwise noted. For more events, check out Clubland and Calendar.

in downTown Asheville The New Year’s Eve Throwback Throwdown at Asheville Music Hall (31 Patton Ave.) is all about funk, rock and soul. Prog-funk quintet The Fritz splits the bill with up-andcoming rock and pop act The Broadcast. 8:30 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 day of show.

emancipator (aka Douglas Appling) is a trip-hop producer from Oregon. He’s been to Asheville before — he played Moogfest in 2011. His particular brand of electronic music fuses organic samples with danceable beats. And, even better, he’s joined on stage by violinist Ilya Goldberg. See for yourself at The Orange Peel (101 Biltmore Ave.) 8 p.m. $25 / $30. Show is 18 and up.

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FirecrAcker JAZZ bAnd / PhoTo by seTh JAcobson Metropolis and Club Remix (38 N. French Broad Ave.) are the dual sites of World Championship NYe: Avl. According to the event invite, “General athletic, super-hero, superhuman and super-creature attire is encouraged.” The local showcase includes Aligning Minds, Sex Panther, Medisin, Disc-Oh!, Sound Pimp, Brett Rock, Bowie van Ling, Olof, Splynter, Josh Hughey of Earthtone Soundsystem and Sky Walkers. Tickets are $15 advance at, or $25 at the door.

The gleeful rockers david earl and the Plowshares take the (tiny) BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Ave.) stage at 10 p.m. Special guests are promised. “Come declare your intentions for a great year,” says Earl. $8.

TallGary’s Cantina (4 College St.) rings in 2013 with classic rock act Mojomatic. 9:30 p.m.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue holds its New Year’s eve Masquerade Furball at Céline and Company (49 Broadway St.). Make an evening of it: There will be heavy appetizers, an open bar, music, local entertainment and a silent auction. Dress is semi-formal (that means cocktail attire for women, suit and tie for men); attendees are also asked to wear a stylish mask. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $75 each or $140 per couple and are available at All proceeds benefit homeless animals.


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The Cisco Playboys perform Western Swing at Barley’s (41 Biltmore Ave.). 10 p.m. Free.

Looking for another free show? Newly opened Timo’s House (5 Biltmore Ave.) offers up an open jam starting at 10 p.m., followed by a countdown to the new year and then a set from Asheville’s own instrumental space-rockers, A Ghost like Me. Info at:

Tressa’s annual New Year’s eve Bash starts at 9:30 p.m. with “Asheville’s finest blues/ R&B/soul/funk/MoTown and more.” There will also be Champagne fountains, a midnight toast, party favors, a balloon drop and a soulfood buffet. More info at

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Surf-rock your way into the new year with The Krektones. The scorching, swaggering combo play a free show at The Lab (39 N. Lexington Ave.) from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

The Gauche Vibrations and Circutree Records party takes over the Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave.). The packed electronic/dance bill features Panther God, samuel Paradise, Woodwork, deflon and d: Raf. 9 p.m., $6.

Pack’s Tavern (20 S. Spruce St.) rings in the new year with a bash on three floors, looking out on Pack Square. Two dJs perform. 9 p.m., $10. ($50 includes a buffet in the Century Room.)

The New Year’s Eve Party at The Grove House (11 Grove St.) is three clubs’ worth of parties for one ticket price. There are DJs, hors d’oeuvres and party favors in all three venues (Eleven on Grove, Scandals and The Boiler Room), along with a midnight Champagne toast, balloon drops and prizes. 9 p.m., $25.

JusT ouTside downTown Celebrate the spirit at sangita devi’s New Year’s eve Celebration of Kirtan, Tea & dance. The “Sacred, Playful and Illuminated” evening takes place at Homewood (19 Zillicoa St.) with Kirtan led by Sangita Devi and friends beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will be a New Year’s Eve Ceremony to create intentions for 2013, ecstatic dance with world fusion beats by Saki and and a tea room hosted by the Infusion Lounge. Tickets are $25 in advance at, or at the door on a $35-$45 sliding scale.

JP Harris and the Tough Choices strum it up at the New Year’s eve Honky Tonk Blowout, held at Toy Boat Community Art Space (101 Fairview Road). Doors at 9 p.m. with JP Harris spinning honky tonk records. Hearts Gone South (from Asheville) and Corn Cutters (from New York) also perform, with the headliner at 11:50 p.m. The evening also entails a Champagne toast in a take-home boot cup, photo booth, best dressed

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Roots music is kind of like getting back to the basics. In a fun, high-energy way. Which seems like a fitting metaphor for ending one trip around the sun and beginning the next. A trio of roots acts take the stage at The Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Ave.): Hackensaw Boys (Americana), danny Barnes (banjo folk) and Woody Pines (retro folk, jazz and ragtime). 9 p.m. $13 in advance or $15 day of show.


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in wesT Asheville Crank it up with some of the patented tunes we expect from our free community media operation when Asheville Free Media hosts a dance party at Desoto Lounge (504 Haywood Road). With DJ Lovebird Jewel, Jonathan Price of Tenor to Tabla and the Phoney Roney Song Selectah. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Proceeds to Asheville Free Media.

Appalachian-Americana trio Red June performs as part of the Isis Restaurant’s (743 Haywood Road, West Asheville) bid to kick off 2013 in style. Special guests will join in. 9 p.m., $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

on The ouTskirTs A buzzed-about reunion: Boogie to the rag’n’roll of Asheville throwback The Blue Rags, who play a free show at the Black Mountain Ale House (117 Cherry St., Black Mountain) starting at 10 p.m. Original members Abe Reid, Jake Hollifield and Scott Sharpe join with Mike Rhodes and Korey Dudley to form an evening of breathless dance mayhem.

In case you didn’t get the blues for Christmas, Purple Onion Cafe (16 E. Main St., Saluda) will make sure you get the blues (and a healthy dose of soul) for New Year’s Eve. Jim Peterman Quartet (aka JPQ) plays music made for dancing as part of the Purple Onion’s special dinner. 5:30 p.m.

Oskar Blues Brewery (342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard) celebrates not just the start of a new year, but the start of a new business with its North Cackalacky New Year’s eve Grand Opening Hootenanny. Here’s the big surprise: Jupiter Coyote (who got their start in Brevard) reunite for the party. The Foxfire and Pisgah Pickers with Jeff Sipe also perform. Special beers



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White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Road, Black Mountain) serves up a New Year’s Eve dinner (starting at 7 p.m.) that will fuel the subsequent dance party. Firecracker Jazz Band performs. More info at whitehorseblackmountain. com.

Do-si-do into the next year at the Old Farmer’s Ball New Year’s eve Contra dance. The high-energy event is held at Warren Wilson College. Great Bear Trio plays with caller Beth Molaro. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. 8:30 p.m.

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If Cajun country is your style, you can two-step your way into 2013. Jackomo puts on a Cajun Zydeco dance Party at Jack of Hearts Pub (10 S. Main St., Weaverville). 9 p.m., $10.

Phoenix Lounge (14 S. Gaston St., Brevard) hosts Howie Johnson’s NYe House Party Bash, starting at 9 p.m. — A.M.

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multiple interpretations leXington, s.C.’s the restoration straddles the fault lines of Belief By jordan lawrenCe Like most musicians, Daniel Machado offers lofty influences while explaining the work of The Restoration, the eclectic chamber-folk outfit he’s led for more than three years. But he’s not naming other bands. He speaks of William Faulkner’s mastery of narration and setting, Flannery O’Connor’s concise and vivid details, the rich community of characters in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. The Restoration is a proficient musical ensemble, nimbly connecting various strains of folk and rock, but it’s the band’s prickly stories of life in the small-town South that steal the show. Honor the Father, the group’s new EP, is its second-straight concept album. Two years ago, Constance LP targeted race relations in antebellum South Carolina, following the struggle of an interracial couple and their progeny in a fictionalized version of Lexington, The Restoration’s hometown. As explosive as that story was, Honor might just top it: The saga of Roman Bright finds the Christian zealot using strict interpretations of scripture as the motivation for the abuse and subsequent murders of his wife and daughter. It’s the first effort in a planned EP trilogy that Machado says will explore various interpretations of religion. “That’s really the heart of all of them,” he explains, “exploring the chasm between one person’s interpretation and another person’s interpretation, and how often in society and in families it pushes people apart, even though they’re supposed to be part of the same community, or claim to be part of the same theology.” Intricately constructed, Honor places complex characters into allegorical roles. There’s the sheriff “who can’t make service every Sunday,” an extension of Machado’s agnos-

who The Restoration, with Marshall Brown and His Shades of Blue

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explosive allegory: The band’s new concept album explores religion through character-driven stories and eclectic chamber-folk. tic viewpoint. His writing partner, Adam Corbett, is a music minister. The friendly tension between their beliefs helped foster the album’s religious conflict. Roman, a good man brought to evil by extremist principles, represents organized Christianity. His wife Diana — named for the Roman goddess — represents the subjugated role that women are allotted by literal readings of scripture.

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The story’s terrible end is hastened by energetic arrangements that slyly shift from ragtime to early shades of rock ‘n’ roll as the story moves from the ‘30s to the ‘50s. Roman’s trial makes explicit the sources of his rigid beliefs. Machado plays the role, his soft croon building to a crackling, unhinged rant as Roman references the verses that led him to his terrible acts, railing against the “hypocrites” and “false witnesses” that don’t

see things his way. “Your faith is just a shallow lie!” he cries. To help listeners interpret for themselves, the printed lyrics note the verses Roman relies on in his defense. “I think one of the most troubling verses on the album is Genesis 3:16,” Machado says of the line where God tells Eve that her husband “shall rule over you.” “That’s a message from God to the first woman on earth. How are you supposed to reconcile that? I would say that my Christian argument is he’s only talking to one person about one specific thing. But the same person might tell you that that part of the Bible is supposed to be a metaphor for men and women and humankind.” Machado’s stances on these issues are decisive, but The Restoration isn’t out to force a particular viewpoint. Machado wants the story to foster debate, to confront listeners with shocking situations and allow them to reach their own conclusions. “It’s an interesting topic to figure out the space between interpretations,” he says. “I want people to have that discussion.” X Jordan Lawrence is music editor at Shuffle Magazine and a contributing writer at The Independent. Culinary/Medicinal Herbs and Teas Essential oils • Essence Oils Incense • Candles • Native Gifts Unique Gift Cards • Jewelry Crystals • Rocks • Alternative Books, Games and Puzzles One of the Largest selections of Mineral Skulls in WNC & More!

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musiC & what he really thinks of duos By alli marshall You don't have to remember Dexter Romweberled psychobilly combo Flat Duo Jets (with drummer Chris “Crow” Smith), though it's worth referencing '80s-era documentary Athens, GA Inside/Out. Romweber's personality and searing guitar parts and garage-punk delivery inspired Jack White's style and career (for more on that, check out the new documentary Two Headed Cow, which follows the Chapel-Hill based musician over a couple of decades). The Dex Romweber Duo (with Dex’s sister Sara Romweber, of Let’s Active, on percussion) returns to Asheville this week. Mountain Xpress: Tell us about the trajectory from Flat duo Jets to the dex Romweber duo. dexter Romweber: The Duo Jets started in, I think, ‘84 and lasted for, God, 15 or something years. Playing with different individuals is just a different experience in itself. I think my sister is the most professional drummer I’ve played with in that she really spends a lot of time studying percussion. And not only from this country. She studies Middle Eastern rhythms and stuff. She’s really great. Crow, I thought, was a fine drummer, and Sam [Sandler, who replaced Smith], too, had his moments. But it was always sort of just hook up and go. The Duo Jets rarely held practices. I have to head to my sister’s in an hour for a practice. We’re trying to apply ourselves more than past bands did. do you feel like that has changed your approach to creativity — practice versus being more loose? Every time I had a record due, I would sit down and say, OK, we’ve got to pull together material. I was always doing that. I don’t know if it’s changed my application to creativity. In the past year or so, I’ll sit down and listen to the

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“it’s a little overwhelming. it’s a little bit surprising. it’s a bit delightful”: After four decades in music (starting with his Chapel Hill two-piece Flat Duo Jets), Dex Romweber says he’s still learning about his craft. Photo by Meg Wachter old records — I call them old now, they’re like 22 years ago! — and think that I’m not going to like them. But usually I come out with something that I do like about them. At the same time I see that we were really crazy youths. There was a certain air of trouble about it, to me. But being where we were at the time and being as young as we were, I guess that makes sense. You didn’t start the Flat duo Jets with an idea toward historic preservation, but do you feel connected to that piece of Americana? It was all an accident. Personally, I like groups with more instrumentation. I have another band in Chapel Hill called The New Romans, and there are 10 of us. There’s saxophones and basses and pianos and background singers. I think with more instruments you can get more tones, more vibes and even more balance. With a duo, one person could be slamming it one night and the other person having an off night or vice versa. When the Duo Jets started, it was just because there was no one else around. For complete interview, visit • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 53

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painter Julyan Davis has spent years cataloging the natural and the developed southern landscape. since moving from alabama to asheville in 2003, much of his work has taken from our very own environmental surroundings — desolate Blue ridge wilderness, waterfalls and the like. But an ongoing show of new works, on view through Dec. 31 in Blue spiral 1’s showcase Gallery, departs to take view of the city and its humble peripheries. rather, it re-departs. Davis’ fascination with the aesthetic of southern culture, particularly the dilapidated features of domestic abandonment and urban disrepair, has revived itself from older works painted while living in the Delta. More than a dozen oil landscape paintings of asheville and the surrounding area fill the tiny gallery in the back right of Blue spiral’s main level. the imagery is familiar, in a comforting way. in “you Guessed about right (pretty polly),” you find the ice house, in all its glory. it’s probably the most photographed abandoned building in asheville, certainly in the river arts District. But Davis presents a deeply atmospheric architectural study. the grandeur of the ice house, with all its debris and shoddy remnants, is shrouded in darkness. a chiaroscuro effect blocks the full view of the ceiling, but allows broken light to descend from unseen cracks and electrically highlight bits of refuse scattered around the floor. But it’s the recent homicide and a city-induced property transfer that change the social and psychological impact of the work. there’s an overwhelming sense of isolation in these paintings. its a similar aloneness that seems to carry over from his natural landscapes, which, by the way, are featured in throughout the main level gallery. even though some works contain figures in full costume, as in “Man Dressed as Cow” and “Man Dressed as pizza,” or in casual attire, there is a sense of reverent seclusion. “antique store staircase, Canton” takes note of the musty, cluttered and claustrophobia-inducing power of the roadside antiques market. a single chandelier struggles to cast light on the thin corridor, but fails to reach the top of the stairs. in “antiques Barn” three rows of tables are pushed against one another, reflecting light from mirrors and a glass top, but also familiarizing the overabundance of goods that asheville’s antique consignments peddle. “Motel pool, Cherokee” and “smiley’s flea Market” are completely devoid of life. otherwise, the pool is empty and the flea market appears as a barren jockey lot fixed below a sunset. in “where

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Julyan Davis, “Smiley’s Flea Market” photo courtesy Blue spiral 1

the sun refuse to shine (some Dark holler),” a graffiti-smeared train eases over the french Broad on a steel-framed bridge. all of the works are inherently southern, glorifying what would normally be mundane. But it’s these aspects, the railroads and hotel signs that silently create our sense of place. Julyan Davis’ work is up through Dec. 31 at Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave.

ateLier Leaves asheviLLe the atelier Gallery, which left its main Lexington avenue locale earlier this year to pursue a new footprint down the street, has now completely left asheville. a small space on the corner of Lexington avenue and College street was recently vacated by the gallery. the Laughing Mermaid is set to expand into the space, which was a temporary home for atelier’s collection while construction proceeded at 63 Lexington.

the gallery opened in the B & J Company storefront (now a bridal shop) on Lexington in february 2009. in the fall of 2011, the gallery’s owners opened a second location on king street in the middle of downtown Charleston “there’s more opportunity for us here [in Charleston],” owner Gabrielle egan told Xpress. she added that the logistics of driving back and forth every two weeks were detrimental to both ends of the business. Conferences, exhibitions and citywide arts events were being missed, in asheville and in Charleston. But a bigger problem, egan feels, is the over-saturation of the asheville art market. true gallery representation, which is founded on exclusivity, is rare in asheville. here, you can buy the same artists work in three different locations and for three different prices. “there’s no sense of urgency to collect the work because it’s everywhere,” egan says. egan isn’t writing off a return, but she’ll be representing asheville art in Charleston for now.

Mark Rothko, American (born Russia), 1903−1970, No. 8, 1949, oil and mixed media on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington. Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc. 1986.43.147. © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


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reliving the jam warren haynes & his constellation of stars shone bright at the u.s. cellular center

jamboree: Clockwise from top left, Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), Warren Haynes (Warren Haynes Band), Seth and Scott Avett (Avett Brothers) and Sheryl Crow.

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The Goodies, in case you haven’t been formally introduced, are an Asheville institution. The art-rock band dates back to the ‘90s. Led by Holiday Childress, the Goodies put on a show that’s part storytelling, part theatrics and mostly unbridled rock ‘n’ roll. Over the years, the Goodies have taken on various forms — Childress has honed his stage presence as a solo performer and in theater (Terpsicorps’ The Many Deaths of Edward Gorey & other works; Magnetic Field’s MILF: The Musical). The band reunites for a pre-New Year’s performance on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Asheville Music Hall. Doors at 9 p.m., show at 10 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 day of show.

On- and off-stage couple Dana and Susan Robinson are based in Marshall, N.C., and have been a part of the local roots music scene for years. But their roots aesthetic goes back even further — before he was a WNC singersongwriter, Dana lived off the grid in Vermont and founded a popular bakery/ music venue. This year, the couple released American Hornpipe, a collection that draws “the listener close to the heart of Appalachia with fresh harmonies and impeccable craftsmanship.” The duo performs at The Emerald Lounge on Friday, Dec. 28. Eric Lambert & Friends and Dark Water Rising also take the stage. 9 p.m., $5.

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2334 Hendersonville Rd. (S. Asheville/Arden)

blue mountain pizza Cafe Locomotive Pie (blues, folk, rock), 7pm boiler room Country Revue (drag performance), 10pm elaine's duelinG piano bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am

here comes the funk: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band may be based in Asheville, but it spends most of the year on tour. Don’t miss your chance to bask in the funk when the band returns for a show at Pisgah Brewing Company on Friday, Dec. 28.

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 (CluBland@mountainX.Com), 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.

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Eclectic Menu • Over 30 Taps • Patio • 13 TV’s Sports Room • 110” Projector • Event Space Shuffleboard • Darts • Open 7 Days 11am - Late Night

FRI. 12/28

SAT. 12/29

A Social Function

Howie’s House Party

(rock, classic dance hits)

(blues, fusion)

Countdown to 2013 New Year’s Eve Bash! 3 Floors, 3 Bars, 2 DJs & Toppers! 3.50 Rotating TAPS & $13 Bottles of Champagne


Featuring DJ Moto in the Century Room! $10 Cover @ 9pm

Buffet $50 per person (not including tax & gratuity)

IIn Century Room, price includes $10 ticket to “Countdown to 2013” 7:30pm Champagne Cocktails 8pm Dinner

Make Reservations today! 20 S. SPRUCE ST. • 225.6944 • PACKSTAVERN.COM • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 59

Behind the miC




CLOSED for Private Party

Asheville FM hosts dozens of weekly shows that run the gamut of musical styles and tastes (you name it, they’ve got it). But don’t take our word for it: take theirs. Xpress brings you this weekly feature — direct from the DJs — highlighting a few of the station’s stellar offerings.

Dinner Menu till 10pm Late Night Menu till

Open 7 Days/Week 5pm–12am


Full Bar

On soul of the Blues you’ll hear it all: Chicago blues, country blues, Delta blues, Texas blues, West Coast jump blues, East Coast blues, Louisiana blues, soul blues, blues rock and everything in between. Each week features around five artists, with a particular focus on one album from each. There’s also a discussion of the artists’ colorful backgrounds to give the music context and humorous insights from the dear departed Grand Daddy Blueshound. So, whether you’re an aficionado or just curious about the blues, tune in Fridays from 7-9 p.m. for two hours of mind robbing, butt bobbing blues. Photo by Max Cooper

frenCh broad brewery tastinG room Devils Like Me (folk, world), 6pm Grove park inn Great hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm harrah's Cherokee Karaoke, 8pm-midnight JaCk of hearts pub Old-time jam, 7pm

December 30 • Sunday Jazz

Viper’s Dream • Django Jazz • 8pm • Free

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Isis!

Prix Fixe Four Course Menu • $70 for two menu on website


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JaCk of the wood pub No Strings Attached (bluegrass), 7-9pm Bluegrass jam, 9pm

phoenix lounGe One Leg Up (jazz), 8pm pisGah brewinG Company Throwback Thursday (reggae & food), 6:30pm The Captain Midnight Band (rock, jam), 8pm

white horse Amici Music (chamber performance), 7:30pm

friday, deC. 28

purple onion Cafe Jimmy Landry (folk rock), 7:30pm

allstars sports bar and Grill Sharkadelics (rock, pop, covers), 10pm

red staG Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 7-10pm

altamont brewinG Company New Old Fashioneds (old-time, Americana), 9:30pm

south side station Karaoke, 8pm

lobster trap Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm

southern appalaChian brewery The Swayback Sisters (Americana, country, folk), 7pm

neo Cantina The Caribbean Cowboys (tropical rock)

tallGary's Cantina Asheville music showcase, 8pm

olive or twist Heather Masterton Jazz Quartet, 8-11pm

timo's house Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 8pm-2am

one stop deli & bar Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ w/ Kendall Huntley, 5-8pm Nomadic (jam, electronic, funk, rock), 10pm

town pump Smokin' Joe Randolf, 9pm

oranGe peel Clutch (hard rock) w/ Mondo Generator, Saviours & WINO, 8pm

tressa's downtown Jazz and blues Peggy Ratusz blues showcase, 9pm

treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am

asheville musiC hall Mark Farina (electronic) w/ In Plain Sight, 10pm athena's Club Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am bier Garden DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am blaCk mountain ale house Solar Flares (Americana, country, rock), 9pm blue mountain pizza Cafe Acoustic Swing, 7pm Club eleven on Grove Ole Skool Party, 10pm elaine's duelinG piano bar


Over 40 Entertainers!

A True Gentleman’s Club

SPORTS LOUNGE feat. COLLEGE FOOTBALL, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL & EVERY UFC FIGHT 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!”


Music Schedules

Wednesday, December 26th

11pm SOUL JAZZ JAM FREE! feat. Jeff Sipe 21+

Thursday, December 27th

Brews, Bluegrass, & BBQ 5-8pm FREE! feat. Kendall Huntley & the $1 PBRs


FREE! Nomadic with Special Guests 21+

Friday, December 28th FREE DEAD FRIDAYS




at our new location on Old Lyman St.

10% OFF everything in stock (thru Dec.) free recycling • secure data destruction • used computers and parts

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tues-fri 10-6 pm • sat 10-5 pm • 828-252-7890 •



In Plain $15/$20 Sight 21+

Saturday, December 29th

FRI 12/28


Live Music with Jay Franck (of Sanctum Sully) & Friends

SAT 12/29


Bluegrass Brunch 11am


Grand Re-Opening

520 Swannanoa River Rd • Asheville (828) 298-1400 •




computer & electronics recycling



purple onion Cafe 749-1179 rankin vault 254-4993 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 smokey’s after dark 253-2155 southern appalacian Brewery 684-1235 spurs 575-2258 static age records 254-3232 stingrays 926-4100 straightaway Cafe 669-8856 tallgary’s Cantina 232-0809 rocky’s hot Chicken shack 575-2260 thirsty monk south 505-4564 timo’s house 575-2886 tolliver’s Crossing irish pub 505-2129 treasure Club 298-1400 tressa’s downtown jazz & Blues 254-7072 vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 westville pub 225-9782 white horse 669-0816 wild wing Cafe 253-3066


(elaine’s piano Bar/ great hall) 252-2711 the handlebar (864) 233-6173 harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 havana restaurant 252-1611 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 hearts pub 645-2700 jack of the wood 252-5445 jus one more 253-8770 lexington avenue Brewery 252-0212 the lobster trap 350-0505 the lower level 505-8333 luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS mack kell’s pub & grill 253-8805 the magnetic field 257-4003 mike’s side pocket 281-3096 monte vista hotel 669-8870 one stop Bar deli & Bar 255-7777 o.henry’s/tug 254-1891 the orange peel 225-5851 pack’s tavern 225-6944 pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 pulp 225-5851


the Chop house 253-1852 the Corner 575-2449 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Creekside taphouse 575-2880 adam dalton distillery 367-6401 dark City deli 257-5300 desoto lounge 986-4828 diana wortham theater 257-4530 dirty south lounge 251-1777 dobra tea room 575-2424 the dugout 692-9262 eleven on grove 505-1612 emerald lounge 232- 4372 firestorm Cafe 255-8115 fred’s speakeasy 281-0920 french Broad Brewery tasting room 277-0222 french Broad Chocolate lounge 252-4181 the gateway Club 456-6789 get down 505-8388 good stuff 649-9711 grey eagle music hall & tavern 232-5800 grind Cafe 430-4343 grove house eleven on grove 505-1612 the grove park inn


185 king street 877-1850 5 walnut wine Bar 253-2593 altamont Brewing Company 575-2400 the altamont theatre 348-5327 aqua Cafe & Bar 505-2081 arCade 258-1400 asheville Civic Center & thomas wolfe auditorium 259-5544 the asheville public (tap) 505-1720 asheville music hall 255-7777 athena’s Club 252-2456 avery Creek pizza & ribs 687-2400 Barley’s tap room 255-0504 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 Club hairspray 258-2027 Club metropolis 258-2027 Club remix 258-2027

Bloody mary Bar Sundays @ noon

10pm $10/$12 21+

Sunday, December 30th

Bluegrass Brunch 11am

(ex-Flat Duo Jets) 9pm 9pm

NEW YEAR’S EVE w/ Hackensaw Boys,

Danny Barnes & Woody Pines 9pm

hosted by The Pond Brothers Open Jam! Bring your instruments!



730pm FREE! 21+

NYE Throwback Throwdownf feat.830pm


Tuesday, January 1st

Two For Tuesday - 8pm Henry River & Doco - $2 - ALL AGES

On sale now! Only $13 adv & $15 day of Menomena | Camper Van Beethoven Fishbone | Iris Dement John Spencer Blues Explosion Kitchen Open for Lunch from 11am - 3pm Mon - Fri Open for Dinner at 5:30pm on Nights of a Show!

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Disclaimer Comedy (standup), 8:159:15pm Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9:30pm-1am emerald lounGe Eric Lambert & friends (folk, Americana) w/ Dana & Susan Robinson & Dark Water Rising, 9pm frenCh broad brewery tastinG room Members of Dehlia Low (bluegrass, country), 6pm

sat. DEcEmbEr 29

total war

w/ decent lovers, albert adams 9:30Pm thur. January 3

grace adele & the grand band

Get down Divulgence (metal) w/ Stampede, 9:30pm Grey eaGle musiC hall & tavern Dex Romweber Duo (surf, rockabilly, garage), 9pm Grove park inn Great hall Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm The Business (Motown, funk, soul), 9pmmidnight harrah's Cherokee The Nightcrawlers (blues, rock, soul) w/ DJ Suave, 8pm-2am

pisGah brewinG Company Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band (funk, rock, jam) w/ The Mantras, 9pm red staG Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 8-11pm

Grey eaGle musiC hall & tavern Fist Fam (hip-hop) w/ The Critters (psych-pop, garage, rock), 9pm

sCandals niGhtClub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

Grove park inn Great hall Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm

southern appalaChian brewery Taylor Moore (Americana, rock), 8pm tallGary's Cantina Fine Line (classic rock), 9:30pm

harrah's Cherokee Event center: KC & the Sunshine Band (funk, R&B, disco), 7:30pm Casino: Crocodile Smile (rock) w/ DJ Gallo, 8pm-2am

treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am

havana restaurant Linda Mitchell (jazz, blues), 7-9pm

tressa's downtown Jazz and blues Rus Wilson & His Mighty Mighty Men (swing, jazz), 10pm

hotel indiGo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm

vanuatu kava bar Mary Sparks & Anthony Dorion-Labelle ("electro-coustic," ambient, improv), 9pm wall street Coffee house Open mic, 9pm

w/ jen duke 9:30Pm

havana restaurant Free Flow Band (funk, soul), 7-9pm

white horse Anniversary party w/ Daniel Weiser, Duncan Wickel, Kim Hughes, Bob Hinkle & more, 8pm

fri. January 4

hiGhland brewinG Company The Get Right Band (rock, funk), 6pm

wild winG Cafe Lauren Light (rock), 9:30pm

the hermit kings w/ the river rats 10Pm

WED. January 9

the new river boys w/ the fox fire, jude moses 9:30Pm

hotel indiGo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm JaCk of hearts pub The French Broad Playboys (Western swing), 9pm JaCk of the wood pub Locust Honey (old-time), 5pm The Fighting Jamesons (Irish rock) w/ The Get Downs, 9pm lobster trap Calico Moon (Americana, country), 7pm monte vista hotel Dan Keller (jazz guitar), 6pm native kitChen & soCial pub Asheville Waits Band (Tom Waits covers), 8pm o.henry's/tuG Kings & Queens Party w/ DJ Vien Brocade & DJ XO, 10pm one stop deli & bar Free Dead Fridays feat: members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm oranGe peel Lights Out teen night (ages 15-19), 7:30pm

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Get down Elijah Hooker (rock), 9:30pm

saturday, deC. 29 5 walnut wine bar Hank West & the Smokin' Hots (jazz), 10-midnight allstars sports bar and Grill Saloon 5 (rock, country, covers), 10pm asheville musiC hall The Goodies (rock, vaudeville), 10pm athena's Club Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am bier Garden DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am

JaCk of hearts pub Lyric (pop, soul, funk), 9pm JaCk of the wood pub Phuncle Sam (rock, jam, Grateful Dead covers), 9pm lexinGton ave brewery (lab) Back stage: Total War (indie rock, pop) w/ Decent Lovers & Albert Adams, 9:30pm lobster trap Trevor Stoia Jazz, 7pm monte vista hotel Blue Moon (jazz, country, rock), 6pm o.henry's/tuG Blackout Party w/ DJ Xel olive or twist 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8-11pm one stop deli & bar Bluegrass Brunch w/ Jay Franck (of Sanctum Sully) & friends, noon-3pm oranGe peel Corey Smith (singer-songwriter, country) w/ Connor Christian & Southern Gothic & Indian Rodeo, 9pm paCk's tavern Howie's House Party (blues, fusion), 9pm phoenix lounGe Cody Wright Trio (jazz, jam, rock), 9pm

blaCk mountain ale house Letters to Abigail (Americana), 9pm

pisGah brewinG Company Larry Keel & Natural Bridge (roots, bluegrass) w/ Bryon McMurray, 9pm

blue mountain pizza Cafe Patrick Fitzsimons (blues), 7pm

purple onion Cafe Clay Ross, 8pm

elaine's duelinG piano bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am

red staG Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 8-11pm

paCk's tavern A Social Function (rock/dance hits), 9pm

emerald lounGe The Restoration w/ Marshall Brown & His Shades of Blue (rock) & The Dunder Chiefs, 9pm

phoenix lounGe Dust N' the Wynn (singer-songwriter), 9pm

frenCh broad brewery tastinG room Dave Desmelik (Americana), 6pm

sCandals niGhtClub Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am southern appalaChian brewery Desiree Christa Ricker w/ special guests (folk, roots), 8pm tallGary's Cantina

Live music, 9:30pm town pump Dark Water Rising (folk), 9pm treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am tressa's downtown Jazz and blues The Nightcrawlers (rock, blues, soul), 10pm wall street Coffee house Sylvia Riverwind (traditional Eastern), 7pm westville pub Paul Edelman (folk, country, Americana), 10pm white horse Swannanoa Valley Museum benefit, 8pm wild winG Cafe Burning Bright (rock), 9:30pm

sunday, deC. 30 5 walnut wine bar The Roaring Lions (hot jazz), 7-9pm altamont brewinG Company Sunday Funday Potluck & Pickin', 5:30pm Mountain Feist (bluegrass), 9:30pm asheville musiC hall Phish simulcast, 7pm blue mountain pizza Cafe Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country), 7pm boiler room '80s night (drag performance), 10pm Drag show, 12:30am Grove park inn Great hall Two Guitars (classical), 10am-noon Bob Zullo (jazz, pop, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm harrah's Cherokee Liquid Ginger w/ DJ A-Rod, 8pm-2am hotel indiGo Ben Hovey (downtempo, trumpet, piano, electronics), 7-10pm JaCk of the wood pub Irish session, 5pm

Grove park inn Great hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop, guitar), 6:30-10:30pm JaCk of hearts pub Jackomo (Cajun, country, dance), 9pm JaCk of the wood pub Floating Action (soul, surf, rock) w/ Ice Cream, 9pm lobster trap Bobby Miller & friends (bluegrass), 7pm monte vista hotel Blue Moon (jazz, folk, country), 6pm oranGe peel Emancipator (electronic, trip-hop) w/ Shigeto & Marley Carroll, 8pm

the bywater Bluegrass jam, 5-11pm

altamont brewinG Company NYE w/ The Northside Gentlemen (funk, soul), 9:30pm asheville musiC hall NYE w/ The Fritz & The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul), 8:30pm blaCk mountain ale house Karaoke, 9pm The Blue Rags ("rag 'n' roll"), 10:30pm blue mountain pizza Cafe Calico Moon (Americana, country), 7pm boiler room Grove House NYE (DJs, balloon drop, champagne toast), 9pm Club eleven on Grove Grove House NYE (DJs, balloon drop, champagne toast), 9pm


treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am


tressa's downtown Jazz and blues NYE All Star Jam (blues, funk, R&B, soul), 9:30pm

wild winG Cafe NYE w/ Ball & Chain Party Band (rock covers), 9pm

adam dalton distillery Open mic/jam, 9pm


toy boat Community art spaCe Honky Tonk Blowout w/ Hearts Gone South & JP Harris & the Tough Choices, 10pm

southern appalaChian brewery Big Block Dodge (rock, fusion, jazz), 7pm

tuesday, jan. 1 5 walnut wine bar The John Henry's (gypsy jazz), 8-10pm altamont brewinG Company Open mic, 8:30pm asheville musiC hall Funk jam, 11pm

tressa's downtown Jazz and blues Karaoke, 9:30pm westville pub Blues jam, 10pm

Grove park inn Great hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm

wild winG Cafe Karaoke, 9:30pm

handlebar Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard bluegrass jam, 8:30pm

wednesday, jan. 2

lobster trap Jay Brown (Americana, folk), 7-9pm

adam dalton distillery DJ dance party (EDM, bass), 10pm

native kitChen & soCial pub Trivia, 7pm

allstars sports bar and Grill Karaoke, 9pm

olive or twist Bluedawg blues jam, 8-11pm

blue mountain pizza Cafe Open mic, 7pm

one stop deli & bar Two for Tuesday feat: Henry River & Doco, 8pm

Creekside taphouse Open mic, 9pm

sCully's Daughters of Atlantis (acoustic rock), 10pm

Get down Akris (metal) w/ Skullthunder & Enoch, 9:30pm

timo's house DJ dance party (house, electro, hip-hop), 8pm-2am

Grey eaGle musiC hall & tavern Contra dance, 8pm NYE w/ Hackensaw Boys (folk rock, punk, bluegrass), Danny Barnes & Woody Pines (blues, ragtime, country), 9pm

tolliver's CrossinG irish pub Trivia, 8:30pm

the bywater Open mic, 9pm

treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am


1 OFF Bloodys/Mimosas | All-U-Can-Eat Breakfast


BLUES JAM with Westville Allstars Shrimp ‘n Grits • $3.50 RUM DRINKS

psych-hop: Local hip-hop meets local psych-pop on Saturday, Dec. 29 as Weekend Cult (formerly Fist Fam) and The Critters share a disparate bill at The Grey Eagle.

white horse Irish sessions, 6:30pm Open mic, 8:45pm

emerald lounGe Gauche Vibrations and Circuitree Records NYE Party feat: Panther God, Samuel Paradise, Woodwork, Deflon & D: Raf (electronic), 9pm


Prizes • $3.50 GIN & TONICS

Open 11:30am-2am daily | Kitchen open late 777 Haywood road | 225-WPUB WWW.WESTVILLEPUB.COM

Creekside taphouse Old-time jam, 6:30pm

pisGah brewinG Company Phuncle Sam (rock, jam), 2pm

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Watch on our 11-ft screen • $3.50 VODKA DRINKS

PAUL EDELMAN SAT 12.29 Folk, Country, Americana • FREE • $5 ROBO SHOTS

timo's house Timo's Eclectic Stew (multi-genre open jam), 8pm-2am A Ghost Like Me (space rock), midnight-1am

white horse NYE w/ The Firecracker Jazz Band, 8:30pm

Real New Orleans Po-Boys


tallGary's Cantina NYE w/ Mojomatic (classic rock), 9:30pm

one stop deli & bar Bluegrass Brunch & Open Jam w/ The Pond Brothers, noon-3pm

5 walnut wine bar NYE w/ Shake It Like a Caveman (blues, garage, rock), 10pm-1am


sCandals niGhtClub Grove House NYE (DJs, balloon drop, champagne toast), 9pm

westville pub The Honeycutters (Americana, country, folk), 10pm


WED 12.26

purple onion Cafe NYE w/ JPQ, 5:30pm

monte vista hotel Jared Gallamore (standards), 11am

monday, deC. 31

Live Music • Daily Specials

pisGah brewinG Company NYE w/ Phuncle Sam (rock, jam, Grateful Dead covers), 9:30pm

vanuatu kava bar The Nadz ("acoustitronic dance party"), 9pm

white horse Drum circle, 2pm Asheville Jazz Orchestra, 7:30pm

American-Inspired Cuisine Pool | Shuffleboard | Foosball | 11’ Screen

phoenix lounGe Howie Johnson's NYE House Party Bash (jam, rock), 9pm

lobster trap Leo Johnson (hot club jazz), 7-9pm

timo's house DJ Jet (hip-hop), 8pm-2am

Full Bar 27 Beers On Tap

paCk's tavern NYE w/ DJ Moto & Sound Extreme, 9pm

dirty south lounGe Disclaimer Standup Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm elaine's duelinG piano bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am Grove park inn Great hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm JaCk of the wood pub Old-time jam, 4pm olive or twist Cadillac Rex (oldies, swing, rock), 8-11pm one stop deli & bar

Soul/jazz jam w/ Preston Cate, 10pm phoenix lounGe Mike Sweet (classic rock, cover), 8pm red staG Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 7-10pm tallGary's Cantina Open mic/jam, 7pm the Corner Karaoke, 10pm the duGout Karaoke, 8pm treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am vanuatu kava bar Open mic, 9pm

thursday, jan. 3 5 walnut wine bar The Big Nasty (gypsy jazz), 8-10pm allstars sports bar and Grill Dance night, 10pm boiler room Latin Heat (drag performance), 10pm Club eleven on Grove Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, 6:30-10pm elaine's duelinG piano bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am emerald lounGe Phuncle Sam (rock, jam), 9pm frenCh broad brewery tastinG room • DECEMBER 26, 2012 - JANUARY 1, 2013 63

CarolinaBound (folk, country), 6pm

Americana), 6pm

Grove park inn Great hall Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm The B's (favorites by request), 8-11pm

Good stuff Old-time jam, 7pm

JaCk of hearts pub Old-time jam, 7pm JaCk of the wood pub No Strings Attached (bluegrass), 7-9pm Bluegrass jam, 9pm lexinGton ave brewery (lab) Back stage: Grace Adele & the Grand Band (Americana) w/ Jen Duke, 9:30pm lobster trap Hank Bones ("man of 1,000 songs"), 7-9pm olive or twist Heather Masterton Jazz Quartet, 8-11pm one stop deli & bar Brews, Bluegrass & BBQ w/ Kendall Huntley, 5-8pm Akil the MC (of Jurassic 5) & Quanstar w/ sympL, DJ Coach K, Martin Snoddy & Colston, 10pm phoenix lounGe Bradford Carson (rock, jam, blues), 8pm pisGah brewinG Company Throwback Thursday (reggae & food), 6:30pm red staG Grill Eric Ciborski (piano), 7-10pm south side station Karaoke, 8pm tallGary's Cantina Asheville music showcase, 8pm timo's house Asheville Drum 'n' Bass Collective, 8pm-2am treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am

friday, jan. 4 allstars sports bar and Grill Sharkadelics (rock, pop, covers), 10pm athena's Club Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am bier Garden DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am Club eleven on Grove DJ Jam (R&B), 9pm emerald lounGe The Kicks (rock) w/ Worldline & Wayne Graham, 9pm frenCh broad brewery tastinG room Matt Walsh's Low Counts (rock,

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Grove park inn Great hall Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm The Business (Motown, funk, soul), 9pmmidnight havana restaurant Free Flow Band (funk, soul), 7-9pm hotel indiGo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm isis restaurant and musiC hall Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance), 9:15pm JaCk of hearts pub Sherri Lynn (bluegrass), 9pm JaCk of the wood pub Locust Honey (old-time), 5pm Cary Fridley & the Sweet Talkers (rockabilly), 9pm lexinGton ave brewery (lab) Back stage: The Hermit Kings (rock) w/ The River Rats, 10pm one stop deli & bar Free Dead Fridays feat: members of Phuncle Sam, 5-8pm paCk's tavern The Sloantones (rock, bluegrass, funk, blues), 9pm phoenix lounGe Eric Congdon (Americana), 8pm red staG Grill Chris Rhodes (guitar, vocals), 8-11pm sCandals niGhtClub Zumba, 7pm Dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

Mark Appleford (blues, folk, rock), 7-10pm DJ, 10pm-2am bier Garden DJ Don Magic, 9pm-1am boiler room Domination: Circus Maximus, 10pm elaine's duelinG piano bar Dueling Pianos (rock 'n' roll sing-a-long), 9pm-1am emerald lounGe Auto Defiance (rock, alternative) w/ A Great Disaster & Matt Sanders, 9pm frenCh broad brewery tastinG room Turchi (blues, Southern rock), 6pm Grove park inn Great hall Bill Covington (piano classics & standards), 6-9pm havana restaurant Linda Mitchell (jazz, blues), 7-9pm hiGhland brewinG Company Alarm Clock Conspiracy (rock, pop), 6pm hotel indiGo Juan Buenavitas & friends (Spanish/flamenco guitar), 7-10pm JaCk of hearts pub Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work (altcountry, roots), 9pm JaCk of the wood pub Firecracker Jazz Band (hot jazz), 9pm olive or twist 42nd Street Jazz Band, 8-11pm one stop deli & bar Bluegrass Brunch w/ Jay Franck (of Sanctum Sully) & friends, noon-3pm Makayan (prog, jam, rock) w/ Cosmodrome, 10pm

straiGhtaway Cafe Lester Grass, 6pm

oranGe peel Todd Snider (folk rock, alt-country) w/ Bobby Bare Jr., 8pm

treasure Club DJ Mike, 6:30pm-2am

paCk's tavern A Social Function (rock, dance), 9pm

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movie reviews & listings by ken hanke

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additional reviews by justin souther contact n


Frankenweenie 3d (PG) 10:00 hotel transylvania 3d (PG) 1:00, 4:00 Perks of Being a wallflower (PG-13) 7:00

Jack ReacheR


Director: christopher McQuarrie (The Way of The Gun) players: toM cruise, rosaMunD pike, richarD Jenkins, DaviD oyelowo, werner herzog, robert Duvall MysteRy action thRilleR

asheville Pizza & BRewinG co. (254-1281)

Please call the info line for updated showtimes.


Rated PG-13

The Story: An ex-military investigator is called in to investigate a sniper killing.

life of Pi 3d (PG) 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 life of Pi 2d (PG) 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40 Rise of the Guardians 3d (PG) 1:10, 3:40 Rise of the Guardians 2d (PG) 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 wreck-it Ralph 3d (PG) 1:35, 4:15

The Lowdown: Tom Cruise is certainly miscast, but he manages to mostly pull off the title role in this entertaining, but not very special action thriller with mystery elements. In Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise plays a character — the title one, in fact — who comes from a series of novels in which said character is supposed to be a 6-foot-5 and about 250 pounds of bulky manliness. This calls for great audience imagination. Of course, the film makes no mention of this discrepancy, so I don’t guess it matters much, despite the curious casting. Admittedly, the books’ author Lee Daniels has endorsed Cruise’s "rightness" for the role, but let’s be honest: It’s in his best interest for the film to do well. I was just mostly glad that I made it through the movie while the score was still Mayans 0, Earth 1 as concerned the end of the world. Watching a Tom Cruise picture while the world ended would have been just too embarrassing to live down. (Of course if you’re reading this, we may assume that the score remains unchanged — and, somewhere in the cosmos, the ancient Mayans are having a good laugh over a practical joke that took a long time to pay off.) The fact is that Jack Reacher — while hardly anything to get excited about — isn’t a bad little thriller. That it hardly justifies a 130-minute running time seems less of an affront if you’ve sat through 134 minutes of This Is 40 — and, anyway, 130 minutes is pretty svelte this year. Oh, Jack Reacher is not something that is likely to hang around in your brain — apart perhaps from Werner Herzog’s underused villainy — but it’s at the very least OK. The best thing about the film is that it has a sense of humor and is structured as a mystery — albeit one with something of a shortage of suspects and some pretty cheesy misdirection. For that matter, Cruise isn’t bad in the role when he’s detecting and showing off how smart he is — and he has a winning way in the film’s occasional outbursts of snappy repartee (unfortunately, this is mostly in the earlier part of the picture). As for playing the cynical badass who can take on gangs of bad guys single-handedly and beat them to a pulp — well, that proves more of a stretch. (That his opponents either tend to wait their turn to tackle him, or are comically inept helps, I suppose.)

caRMike cineMa 10 (298-4452)

Flight (R) 6:10, 9:25 Guilt trip (PG-13) 1:25. 4:05, 6:35, 9:05 here comes the Boom (PG) 6:55, 9:30 les Miserables (PG-13) 2:00, 12:30, 3:30, 4:00, 7:00. 7:30, 10:30, late show Fri-sat 11:05


caRolina asheville cineMa 14 (274-9500)

note: there may be some adjustments starting 12/28, so checking times after that is recommended django unchained (R) 10:30, 11:30, 2:00, 3:00, 5:30, 6:30, 9:00, 10:00

Rosamund Pike and Tom Cruise in the entertaining, if undistinguished, Jack Reacher. The central idea of an alleged sniper scrawling, "Get Jack Reacher," on a piece of paper (before being conveniently beaten into a coma in jail) isn’t bad. And Reacher just showing up out of nowhere works nicely. In fact, all the early scenes work well — even after we later realize that we’ve been "had" — but the longer the movie goes on, the more it tends to wander into the realm of undistinguished action flick. The way-too-long chase scene is a key example, even if the payoff is amusing in a preposterous way. It’s not that the scene is badly done — though one insert of a determined detective clenching his fist made me chuckle in its overkill. In the end, the overabundance of stock stuff brings the plot to a grinding halt for the sake of fast driving and vehicular mayhem. The presence of filmmaker Werner Herzog as the mob kingpin is a plus, but it’s such a bizarre addition — to no very clear point — that it never quite rises beyond the level of stunt casting. And this is a sort of stunt casting that will almost certainly be lost on the action-movie fan base, making the whole package just seem that much stranger. That said, I wouldn’t in the least mind seeing the invariably fascinating Herzog in more über bad guy roles. On the other hand, there’s the business of the film bringing in Robert Duvall — fairly late in the proceedings — as an ex-Marine rifle-range owner. That is perhaps even more distracting. He’s good enough in his typical Duvall crustiness, but he feels like the guest star he is. Overall, Jack Reacher is certainly watchable and sometimes a bit more. The plot is much more interesting than the kind of thing we generally get from action pictures. It’s not good enough to actually recommend — especially with a lot

of better movies out just now — but neither is it something to be cautioned against. Its popularity is a little doubtful at this time since it remains to be seen if audiences are in the mood for a movie about a sniper right now, but that’s another consideration altogether. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14. Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7

the hobbit: an unexpected Journey 2d (PG-13) 10:00, 1:30, 5:00, 8:30 Jack Reacher (PG13) 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 les Miserables (PG-13) 11:10, 12:20, 2:30, 3:40, 5:50, 7:00, 9:15, 10:20 lincoln (PG-13) 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 10:00 Monsters, inc. 3d (G) 10:30, 12:45, 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Parental Guidance (PG) 10:00, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 silver linings Playbook (R) 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 skyfall (PG-13) 3:00 this is 40 (R) 1:15, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10

the Guilt tRiP JJ

Director: anne Fletcher (The ProPosal) players: seth rogen, barbra streisanD, brett cullen, aDaM scott FaMily coMedy

the Guilt trip (PG-13) 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00, 8:15, 10:30 hitchcock (PG-13) 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 the hobbit: an unexpected Journey 3d (PG-13) 11:20, 6:00, 9:30

Rated PG-13

The Story: A schlubby inventor who’s traveling the country hawking his wares invites his mother along in an attempt to reunite her with a long lost love. The Lowdown: A painless, pointless attempt at a feel-good movie that’s hardly memorable. Sometimes a movie comes along and I’ve just got no idea who it’s meant for. Anne Fletcher’s The Guilt Trip lies firmly within that realm. It’s the kind of feel-good comedic pap that gets fobbed off around the holidays, but lacks any real heart or warmth. Starring almost exclusively Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, the movie verges on quaint, and misses out on whacky. Honestly, The Guilt Trip isn’t much of anything at all — except just a movie by definition alone.


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Fine aRts theatRe (232-1536)

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FlatRock cineMa (697-2463)


ReGal BiltMoRe GRande stadiuM 15 (684-1298)


united aRtists BeaucatcheR (298-1234)

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specialscreenings Duck Soup JJJJJ political comeDy

In Brief: The Marx Brothers’ fifth and final film for Paramount Pictures is far and away the best and most manic movie they ever made. It’s a film that hits the ground running and never lets up for its entire length. A political comedy (with occasional elements of actual satire), Duck Soup finds Grouch being made the head of a mythical postage stamp country (that has certain aspects resembling America) for no discernible reason — except that Margaret Dumont wants him to be. Before long, he and his brothers have reduced the place to insanity and plunged it into an incomprehensible war. All this and a giant production number about the delights of going to war gets packed into a wild 70 minutes.


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The Asheville Film Society will screen Duck Soup Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.

the VampiRe’S coffiN (el ataúD Del VampiRo) JJJJ hoRRoR

RateD NR

In Brief: It’s the exciting sequel to the first big Mexican horror hit, El Vampiro (The Vampire), and while it may not quite be up to its prequel, it’s not anything to be dismissed lightly. Four of the stars from the first film are back and the story adheres fairly closely to the lines of the original. The biggest drawback is perhaps that the Mexico City settings haven’t the atmosphere of the crumbling hacienda in El Vampiro, but it’s still a lot of fun in its own naïve way. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Vampire's Coffin Thursday, Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.



Working inside a road trip/odd couple premise, we find Andrew (Seth Rogen), a socially awkward chemist who’s invented some sort of allorganic cleaning agent with a wonky name that we’re told is revolutionary. He’s running around the country, trying — ineffectively, I might add — to sell the stuff to various big-box chain stores. Running out of money and making one last go of it, he visits his overbearing, somewhat obnoxious mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), and — after hearing her story of a long lost love — decides to take her with him as a means of sneakily reuniting Joyce with her old flame — despite the fact that he finds his mom generally embarrassing and clingy. From here on, the movie is exactly what you expect it to be with hijinks (Babs eats a four-pound steak) and familial understandings popping up here and there. Much of the plot is set up within the formula of a rom-com (though thankfully not as creepy as that sounds), with various misun-

derstandings and reconciliations along the way. Despite its PG-13 rating for “language and some risqué material” (these days “risqué” equates to one scene inside one of those preposterous movie strip clubs where everyone’s naughty bits are covered up, and I guess one unfortunate rape joke that’s in the trailer), The Guilt Trip is too focused on not offending — or maybe pleasing — Babs’ audience to be funny. All this does is keep the movie from entering the realm of unfunny or even actively awful (like, say, a certain film about a racist, misogynistic talking teddy bear). But this doesn’t make The Guilt Trip a film worth the time or effort of passively sitting through. Rated PG-13 for language and some risqué material. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

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Positions will provide assessment, discharge planning, group therapy, and individual treatment for patients receiving in-patient psychiatric stabilization and/or detox services. Please visit to apply. SUBSTANCE ABUSE QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL • CSAS or LCAS preferred. Working with adolescents with substance abuse disorders. See web page: for full job description. Send resume to:

THE ASHEVILLE OFFICE OF FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES is seeking the following: QMHP to work with adults on our Community Support Team; Certified Peer Support Specialist to work with adults in the Center for Recovery, Education, and Wellness; QMHP to work with children

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freewillastrology CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In 2013, I pledge to help you bring only the highest-quality influences and self-responsible people into your life. Together we will work to dispel any unconscious attraction you might have to demoralizing chaos or pathological melodrama. We will furthermore strive to ensure that as you deepen and fine-tune your self-discipline, it will not be motivated by self-denial or obsessive control-freak tendencies. Rather, it will be an act of love that you engage in so as to intensify your ability to express yourself freely and beautifully.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) In the sci-fi film trilogy The Matrix, the heroes are able to instantaneously acquire certain complex skills via software that’s downloaded directly into their brains. In this way, the female hacker named Trinity masters the art of piloting a military M-109 helicopter in just a few minutes. If you could choose a few downloads like that, Aries, what would they be? This isn’t just a rhetorical question meant for your amusement. In 2013, I expect that your educational capacity will be exceptional. While you may not be able to add new skills as easily as Trinity, you’ll be pretty fast and efficient. So what do you want to learn? Choose wisely.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Are you familiar with the fable of the golden goose? The farmer who owned it became impatient because it laid only one gold egg per day. So he killed it, thinking he would thereby get the big chunk of gold that must be inside its body. Alas, his theory was mistaken. There was no chunk. From then on, of course, he no longer got his modest daily treasure. I nominate this fable to be one of your top teaching stories of 2013. As long as you’re content with a slow, steady rate of enrichment, you’ll be successful. Pushing extra hard to expedite the flow might lead to problems.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Here are some of the experiences I hope to help you harvest in the coming year: growing pains that are interesting and invigorating rather than stressful; future shock that feels like a fun joyride rather than a bumpy rumble; two totally new and original ways to get excited; a good reason to have faith in a dream that has previously been improbable; a fresh supply of Innocent Crazy-Wise Love Truth; and access to all the borogoves, mome raths and slithy toves you could ever want.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) In her gallery show “Actuality, Reminiscence and Fabrication,” artist Deborah Sullivan includes a piece called “Penance 1962.” It consists of a series of handwritten statements that repeats a central theme: “I must not look at boys during prayer.” I’m assuming it’s based on her memory of being in church or Catholic school when she was a teenager. You probably have an

analogous rule lodged somewhere in the depths of your unconscious mind — an outmoded prohibition or taboo that may still be subtly corroding your life energy. The coming year will be an excellent time to banish that ancient nonsense for good. If you were Deborah Sullivan, I’d advise you to fill a whole notebook page with the corrected assertion: “It’s OK to look a boys during prayer.”

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) For years, the gravestone of Irish dramatist Oscar Wilde was covered with kiss-shaped lipstick marks that were left by his admirers. Unfortunately, Wilde’s descendants decided to scour away all those blessings and erect a glass wall around the tomb to prevent further displays of affection. In my astrological opinion, Leo, you should favor the former style of behavior over the latter in 2013. In other words, don’t focus on keeping things neat and clean and well-ordered. On the contrary: Be extravagant and uninhibited in expressing your love for the influences that inspire you — even at the risk of being a bit unruly or messy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) In 2013, I hope to conspire with you to raise your levels of righteous success. If you’re a struggling songwriter, I’ll be pushing for you to get your music out to more people — without sacrificing your artistic integrity. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, I’ll prompt you to fine-tune and deepen the benevolent influence you have on your students. If you’re a business owner, I’ll urge you to ensure that the product or service you offer is a well-honed gift to those who use it. As I trust you can see, Virgo, I’m implying that impeccable ethics will be crucial to your ascent in the coming year.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) After Libran poet Wallace Stevens won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955, Harvard University offered him a job as a full professor. But he turned it down. He couldn’t bear leaving his day job as the vice-president of an insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut. I suspect that in the first half of 2013, you will come to a fork in the road that may feel something like Stevens’ quandary. Should you stick with what you know or else head off in the direction of more intense and unpredictable stimulation? I’m not here to tell you which is the better choice; I simply want to make sure you clearly identify the nature of the decision.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) In 2013, I will try to help you retool, reinvent and reinvigorate yourself in every way that’s important to you. I will encourage you to reawaken one of your sleeping aptitudes, recapture a lost treasure, and reanimate a dream you’ve neglected. If you’re smart, Scorpio, you will reallocate resources that got misdirected or wasted. And I hope you will reapply for a privilege or position you were previously denied, because I bet you’ll win it this time around. Here are your words of power for the year ahead: resurrection and redemption.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Based on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, a team of physicists in France and Switzerland announced last July that they had tentatively discovered the Higgs Boson, which is colloquially known as the “God particle.” What’s all the fuss? In her San Francisco Chronicle column, Leah Garchik quoted an expert who sought to explain: “The Higgs boson is the WD40 and duct tape of the universe, all rolled into one.” Is there a metaphorical equivalent of such a glorious and fundamental thing in your life, Sagittarius? If not, I predict you will find it in 2013. If there already is, I expect you will locate and start using its 2.0 version.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) “Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience,” said French painter Paul Cezanne. What do you think he meant by that? Here’s one interpretation: Many of us replay the same old emotions over and over again — even in response to experiences that are nothing like the past events when we felt those exact feelings. So a genius might be someone who generates a fresh emotion for each new adventure. Here’s another possible interpretation of Cezanne’s remark: It can be hard to get excited about continually repeating the basic tasks of our regular routines day after day. But a genius might be someone who is good at doing just that. I think that by both of these definitions, 2013 could be a genius year for you Aquarians.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Home is not just the building where you live. It’s more than the community that gives you support and the patch of earth that comforts you with its familiarity. Home is any place where you’re free to be your authentic self; it’s any power spot where you can think your own thoughts and see with your own eyes. I hope and trust that in 2013 you will put yourself in position to experience this state of mind as often as possible. Do you have any ideas about how to do that? Brainstorm about it on a regular basis for the next six months.



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