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It all happened in 2010 Fifty-one weeks of news, arts and entertainment may be difficult to summarize — especially a period as vibrant and active as 2010. This year, Xpress offers a selection of stories and images that staff writers, designers, photographers and readers found most interesting and memorable. A story in stories, it came from you, our community. Cover design by Nathanael Roney

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letters Buchi owners’ response to Dec. 22 article If your Dec. 21 article [“Bottled in Bond,” Xpress] about our company were accurate, we’d be hating on us too. However, the basic premise of the article is false. Because Xpress didn’t get our side of the story, fundamental information is incorrect. In addition, the language used to portray us is misleading and offensive. Buchi is a new, small craft brewery. We do everything by hand — hardly the industrial behemoth exploiting workers you portrayed. Your article makes it sound as if Kila [Donovan] had been a full-time employee for six months. Actually, she worked one day in June, two in July, three in August, and only 16 more over the next three months. [Xpress reporter David Forbes] seems to have thoroughly interviewed everyone except us. We found out from Just Economics that he was writing an article, and we sent him our original statement. [He] responded with only two questions, and even our answers to those two questions were misrepresented: 1. We gave a thorough explanation of why the people that help us are classified as independent contractors. … It’s what our accountant told us made sense, considering all of the facts, which we explained but Xpress did not include. We also [said] we were already in the process of switching to W-2 employees, but [the article] didn’t mention that either. If we find out we’ve made a mistake, we’ll happily make it right. 2. Xpress asked if Buchi’s parting with [Donovan] was because of Living Wage. We said no, but the entire article [seems to be based] on [the] belief that we are lying. We’re stuck being publicly accused of something that’s not true, but we can’t defend ourselves without giving the real reasons, possibly

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hurting [Donovan] and inviting a libel lawsuit. Just Economics investigated an anonymous call and asked what we were paying. Then they told us that we were fine and had nothing to worry about. Yes, we were frustrated that one of our friends would not come to us first, but we did not end our relationship with [Donovan] because of this call. Why would we retaliate for someone asking for clarification of the rules? When you are not sure about something, clarification is always good. In addition, two workers told us they questioned our certification, and the other one still works with us. We were one of the early businesses to join Living Wage. Our marketing consultant, who also worked for lots of other companies in town, including Just Economics, informed us that our pay rate qualified for their program and invited us to join. It was very easy for us to say, “Sure, we will support the living wage effort by putting the symbol on our bottle.” Then we went back to being our overworked selves and didn’t think about it again. We totally thought we were in compliance with the criteria until a Dec. 7 meeting with Just Economics, where we discovered that we screwed up on our application. It was an honest mistake, and we’d really like to explain what happened. We take full responsibility and apologize. However, it’s important to note that we have always paid exactly what we promised our workers we would. We think the Living Wage question was a good one, and after reflecting on it we agree that non-essentials, including bottles of Buchi, should not be counted as compensation for a program that’s supposed to be based on meeting the basic necessities. Therefore, on Dec. 16, Buchi decided to drop the certification.

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letters Every week, the Mountain Xpress receives a steady bundle (or packet, in Internet terms) of letters, mostly through e-mail, from readers in our community. Whether the subject refers to a specific Xpress article, an experience in Asheville or a reader’s opinion on politics, the economy or any other topical matter, we are always happy to receive contributions. Below are the three most-viewed letters of 2010, according to our Web stats. The variety of writing styles and the reasons behind the letters testify to the diversity and intelligence of our readers. Your letters are appreciated and welcomed. Send letters as follows: E-mail: (plain-text e-mail only; no attachments or HTML); postal mail: Letters to the Editor, Mountain Xpress P.O. Box 144 Asheville, NC 28802. If you have further questions, please contact News Editor Margaret Williams at (828) 251-1333, ext. 152, or Editorial Assistant Jaye Bartell at (828) 251-1333, ext. 127, or simply:

“Wanting More Than ‘War, War and More War’” Published Jan. 27

I am often distressed at how our country and elected officials keep making war, war and more war. It is a failed and unproductive policy that will bankrupt us financially and spiritually, and has destroyed the lives of millions of innocent people. And there is no end in sight. Remember “shock and awe”? That bombing campaign was supposed to get Saddam and his imaginary WMDs, but it only killed innocent people who lived in Iraq. That was well over six years ago, and today the Iraqi people are seeing extraordinary increases in birth defects and cancer rates. Millions of them fled the country of their birth and they are not going to return. It is a hideous, murderous crime we fostered on them. And now it appears we will be doing the same thing to Afghanistan under a different president. Afghanistan currently has one of the most corrupt governments in the world. President Karzai was recently “elected” for the next five years in a fraud-filled election. We are fighting over there to preserve a very corrupt government that the native population does not support. Mr. Obama somehow managed to get a “peace prize” while running two occupations and bombing a third country, Pakistan. Hundreds

of civilians have been killed by drone bombings in Pakistan, and in just one year, the Obama administration has killed more civilians there than the Bush administration ever did. … I really don’t think the CIA knows what they are doing. They are sure killing people though, and those deaths are inspiring protests in Pakistan, just like the Afghan deaths are inspiring protests in Afghanistan. I would bet they are inspiring more than protests. Just last month, I heard that the U.S. was behind some bombings in Yemen that killed almost two dozen children. If this turns out to be true, we will be occupying two countries and bombing two more. Who knows? Maybe there are even more countries we are bombing. We are spending more on our military, wars, bombings and occupations of foreign countries than we are spending on infrastructure here at home. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” This is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., and I agree with him. — Susan Oehler Asheville


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“Disclaimer Bit on Church Puzzle Project is Unworthy of Even the Birdcage” Published Feb. 10

The piece in the Asheville Disclaimer page about Mills River Presbyterian Church [“World’s Largest Puzzle Completed,” Jan. 27] was tasteless and crass. I appreciate creative satire and humor, but this spoof was neither. It sadly demonstrated the extreme lack of creativity and poor judgment of managing editor Jon Elliston and the entire management staff of Xpress. In my 27 years as chief creative director of Philadelphia’s leading ad agency, I have witnessed some brilliant creative efforts, and I can unquestionably state this is the worst I have ever seen. This insensitive piece has degraded your publication, [making it] unworthy to even be considered flooring for my parrot. — Hap Del Buono Hendersonville

“Ashevilleans Not So Tolerant of the Differently Clothed” Published Aug. 24

Asheville is the kind of place where a guy can confidently step out on the streets wearing a loincloth, army boots and a live ferret on his head. Weirdness is a cottage industry here. The sophisticated and tolerant folks of Asheville celebrate eccentricity and diversity. Well, maybe not so much. [On a] Friday afternoon, I made a rare trip into town to take in some of the studios in the River Arts district and to visit the downtown galleries. As I usually do, I put on my boots and bib overalls (Pointer brand overalls, proudly manufactured in Bristol, Va.). With my long hair and beard, [I may not be] a pretty sight, but it is what I look like – and this is, after all, Asheville. Barely a minute after I got off of my bike in the River Arts district, a gentleman yells from a passing vehicle “Farmer Brown! Have you lost your pig?” Granted, dressed as I was, pig farming was a reasonable guess as to my occupation, but this certainly did not merit a public announcement. For the record, my

last name is Greene, and I have not been involved in pig farming for 40 years or so. Leaving the River Arts District, I made my way uptown. Just outside the Blue Spiral [Gallery], a young lady about 20 [years old] took a quick look at me, whipped around to her friend and loudly exclaimed, “Oh. My. God (unintelligible) turnip truck.” I got the gist. My final encounter, just outside of Gallery Minerva, was the most “in your face.” I say this because the guy was literally in my face. While I talked on the phone to my wife, a gentleman in his mid 20s stopped in front of me, looked me in the eye and said, “You need to go back to Waynesville or wherever you came from.” “What was that all about?” my wife asked. I did not have an answer. Did I just happen to meet three unusually rude people, or have I badly misinterpreted the Asheville dress code? — David Greene Arden


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Highlights from a yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of Xpress commentary As 2010 draws to a close, rather than adding one more strident voice to the general holiday hubbub, we thought it might be fun to look back over 12 months of rants, postulations and pleas by assorted members of this astonishingly diverse, emphatically opinionated and sometimes tragically divided community and try to identify some high points. Having worked with almost all the writers whose work graced this section, I was drafted for the task. What follows are excerpts from three commentaries that appeared in Xpress this year, along with my reasons for choosing them. We invite you to sample, ponder and, if you feel inspired, revisit these pieces in their entirety on our website. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Peter Gregutt, Senior Editor

We are not TV:

Why local public-access television is failing by Nelda Holder (Published June 23 ) The recent headlines announcing the impending demise of URTV come as no surprise. The stories accompanying those headlines, however, claim the station (now an arm of the WNC Community Media Center, which manages public-access television for Asheville and Buncombe County) is failing because it lacks sufficient funding. I beg to differ. Unfortunately, URTV failed long ago. And money had nothing to do with it. I was around â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and was a vocal advocate of publicaccess â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when the city of Asheville and Buncombe County were negotiating cable contracts with Charter Communications, starting in the late 1990s. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember it as a particularly easy sell, this peculiar animal called public access. Some officials and administrators seemed leery of creating a television channel open to people of any and all persuasions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creating an electronic soapbox, as it was called. How on earth would they maintain con-

trol of the message if â&#x20AC;&#x153;the peopleâ&#x20AC;? were free to say what they thought and have it shot to the entire community via cable? Then there were the members of the public who feared that this â&#x20AC;&#x153;free speechâ&#x20AC;? merely guaranteed that all manner of vile material, including outright pornography, would enter their homes through that insidious black wire... ditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: Tackling a hot-button topic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this e communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bumpy ride with public-access TV â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nelda Holder keeps her tone civil yet doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull her punches. Addressing what was very much a local issue, she invites readers to expand their own perspectives by providing valuable context. And speaking to a subject that is clearly very dear to her own heart, she nonetheless manages to avoid easy finger-pointing.

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donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trash the middle class in the name of affordable housing by Mike Lewis (Published Aug. 18 ) At this writing, the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Planning And Zoning Commission is poised to consider a revised version of the [proposed UDO] amendment that would exempt single-family neighborhoods, restrict the changes to areas along major transit routes and perhaps include some process for notifying neighboring residents. I would support affordable housing in these areas; what I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t support is imposing big concentrations of multifamily housing on singlefamily neighborhoods. For most middle-class Americans, their home is their most valuable asset. Few dispute that the American middle class is under great pressure, yet the proposed amendment would largely reward the have-nots at the expense of folks whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked hard for what they have and feel it slipping through their fingers day by day. Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s single-family homeowners should not be made into unwilling players in a zerosum game. Finally, affordable housing is just one aspect of Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic conundrum. The other part is jobs. If more people could earn a living wage here, affordable housing would be less of an issue... editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: M ike Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cogent take on a proposed amendment to Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unified Development Ordinance that would allow multiunit housing in single-family neighborhoods stakes out a position at odds with both current city policy and, most likely, the views of a significant percentage of Xpress readers. Rather than simply paroting clichĂŠs or resorting to name-calling, however, Lewis produces a thoughtful, factbased response to Robin Merrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s July 14 commentary (â&#x20AC;?Priced Outâ&#x20AC;?) on the same subject that respects (and even partly agrees with) her while illuminating points she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t raise.





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Hand-Me-Down Memories:

Holidays invite us all to join the parade by Jerry Sternberg (Published Dec. 1 ) The most exhilarating moment was when you heard the magic beat of the award-winning Stephens-Lee Band. The crowd noise exploded, and no one seemed to notice that these extremely talented black musicians were wearing hand-me-down uniforms from the white schools or that some boasted only a uniform hat. ... The spectacle was mesmerizing, and as the chills ran up our spines, many of us would fall right in behind them, marching proudly in step till the end of the parade as if, for those brief moments, we were truly one. AND THEN THE MUSIC STOPPED. As we watched the band members pack up their instruments, it never occurred to us (and possibly not even to some of them) that perhaps there was something wrong with the fact that we were now going for a soda at the Woolworth’s counter, where they

could not be served. Or that if we went to a movie at the Plaza Theater, we could enter by the front door but their only access was through the back. They had to climb up to the balcony, and if they took the bus home, they’d have to sit in the back. ... After all, why did the black kids need an education when most would be hired only for menial jobs, and few had any hope of making it to the front office? ditor’s note: Asheville native Jerry e Sternberg, a longtime observer of the local scene, here depicts a social order fundamentally at odds with the way many current residents perceive this city. Serving as a kind of freelance community conscience, Sternberg blends his own strong opinions with striking snapshots of an era that, if not exactly vanished, sheds telling light on the challenges Asheville faces today.

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Xpress reporters look back on 2010

The year seems like such a whirlwind. In early 2010, the news team underwent some major changes, with three staffers moving on and several new ones coming on board. The newbies quickly got their feet wet, from election coverage to the CTS issue to Bele Chere. What have we accomplished? What’s next? While we ponder these questions, we hope you’ll enjoy these highlights from 2010. — Margaret Williams, co-managing editor, News

“Down and Out in Asheville: The Many Faces of Local Poverty”

Published May 5

David forbes eams of text are regularly devoted to R Asheville’s beer, food, arts, businesses, architecture and natural beauty — as well as whatever new development City Council is considering this week that will, we’re told, either save or doom everything we hold dear about our hometown. But a far more pressing topic is often completely ignored. Despite Asheville’s much-touted quality of life, one in five city residents lives below the federal poverty line — a number far exceeding both the national and state averages. Many more Ashevilleans must fight to get by, confronting underemployment, a severe lack of affordable housing and a high cost of living. Economic turmoil has further aggravated these problems, leaving many people struggling just to pay for basic food and shelter even as the social-service “safety net” faces considerable cuts. “Down and Out in Asheville” was an attempt to redress that imbalance, in a small way, by focusing both on the larger problem and on individual city residents’ stories. In researching it, however, I ran face first into the fact that many people here — including longtime friends — feel they can’t publicly discuss their own poverty, for reasons ranging from shame to fears of endangering their jobs or living situations. Although the piece wound up spotlighting four residents’ diverse stories and outlooks, many,

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many more declined to speak. Endemic poverty remains this city’s great unspoken secret. Forget the pretty pictures on the billboards: For far more residents, this is reality. — David Forbes, senior news reporter

tered in front of the Eblen-Kimmel Charities, an off-white building tucked back near the West Asheville Sam’s Club and the state lottery office. They are male and female, young and old, of differing ethnicities and races. Some carry purses or water bottles; others clasp forms closely to their chest or tap the rolled-up papers against the palm of one hand.”

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Randy Molton Dunkin’ Booth Baptism (published Sept. 29), featuring Buncombe County Republican Party chairman Chad Nesbitt, was my favorite cartoon for 2010. I especially enjoyed drawing the characters. In fact, the characters, the concept and the writing were quite easy for me to develop. In earlier years, I loved lampooning Carl Mumpower, because he seemed a little pompous, self-righteous and thin-skinned. To use the old metaphor, his reaction to my cartoons was like blood to a shark. But I must admit, even Dr. Mumpower is no match for Chad Nesbitt. Chad is pure gold to a cartoonist! — Randy Molton, cartoonist

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I t seems I do little writing these days, but as an editor I get to be part of our ongoing good-faith efforts to track down and deliver the news. One project I’d like to toot the horn about: our 2010 election coverage. Reporters David Forbes, Jake Frankel and Michael Muller (with a little help from former X press Associate Editor Nelda Holder and videographer Michael Knox) covered everything from the spring primaries to the Nov. 2 finale. They wrote, they filmed, they blogged; our fall coverage spanned almost two months. One of the most rewarding moments was witnessing the excitement and energy these contributors brought to the project — particularly the day we covered a little-reported Council of Independent Business Owners event at which Rep. Heath Shuler publicly announced that he had his eye on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s job. — Margaret Williams, co-managing editor, News “Speaker of the House Heath Shuler?” Blog post Aug. 26 “Looking dapper and tan in a welltailored blue suit, Rep. Heath Shuler talked about job creation, partisanship, the need to balance the federal budget — and his own ambition to be speaker of the House — at a luncheon today sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners. Xpress covered the event live and shot a brief video interview with Shuler after his speech.” o view the full story, visit http://avl. T mx/1m. “Blue Dogs Rule?” Published Sept. 1 “At an Aug. 26 luncheon sponsored by the Council of Independent Business Owners, Rep. Heath Shuler emphasized his credentials as a moderate ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat who’s willing to buck both parties to do what he thinks is best for the country.” o view the full story, visit http://avl. T mx/1n.

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“Good Deal: County Drug Court Saves Lives, Money” Published May 5

Jake frankel The way Rebecca Robinson looked me in the eyes and told me how Buncombe County’s Adult Treatment Court saved her life from an intense addiction to prescription narcotics was one of the most haunting moments I experienced all year. I hope that shining a light on her story and the program may have inspired others who struggle with addictions to seek help. — Jake Frankel, staff reporter “‘If it weren’t for drug court, I’d probably be dead,’ says Rebecca Robinson, reflecting on an eight-year addiction to painkillers that eventually landed her in Buncombe County’s Adult Treatment Court. An Asheville native, Robinson says she first started taking pharmaceuticals to deal with pain from ulcers and gallbladder surgery, but the habit started spiraling out of control as she went through a difficult divorce. ‘It was a roller coaster of depression and the Percocets seemed to numb my ability to deal with pain,’ she says, explaining that at her low point, she was taking 90 of the prescription narcotics a day. ‘I was in a deep, deep addiction, so much so that I couldn’t get out.’ All of that changed in September 2007, however, when the 46year-old mother of three and freelance cleaner was arrested for forging prescriptions in five counties and faced a choice: seven to nine years of jail time at the state penitentiary in Raleigh or enrollment in drug-treatment court, which offers qualifying nonviolent drug offenders like Robinson a strict program of probation, treatment and community service.”

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Aiyanna sezak-Blatt efore writing this story, I spent an afternoon working at the Pisgah View B Community Peace Garden combing through rows of garlic and tugging at strongly rooted invaders with caretaker Robert White and a small group of volunteers (pictured above). I was touched by the scene: Children played games in the grass by the shed; a little girl asked White to tie her shoe laces for her; chickens scratched and clucked in their handmade coop. Most significantly, I was impressed by the common goal that keeps this garden growing — to inspire peace, instill knowledge of the earth and support the residents that live beside it. The story accompanied a photo essay by Xpress Staff Photographer Jonathan Welch. — Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, calendar editor, A&E writer “Three years ago, Robert White and his wife, Lucia Daugherty, sized up an abandoned baseball field at Pisgah View Apartments, the West Asheville public-housing complex they call home, and envisioned a beautiful communal green space. From that prodigious act of the imagination sprang the Pisgah View Community Peace Garden, which today teems with life. Besides providing organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and eggs, the garden gives residents a chance to learn about urban farming in a supportive, empowering community environment.” To view the full story, visit

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“Finding Your Niche: Choosing the Livelihood Road Less Traveled” Published Sept. 29

Michele scheve B y far, the coolest story in the Mountain Xpress for 2010 was the interesting article I wrote about myself. In it I discussed me, my business and how I run my business. How I don’t have money to run the business that I don’t run very well and about how I need your money to continue running my business that I am not running so well, but could be with the right cash flow. I also talked about some other interesting women I admire, including Christine DiBenedetto and Laura Blackley, but they are only included to balance out all the parts where I talk about me. — Michele Scheve, freelance writer and co-producer of the Asheville Disclaimer “When I finished college in New Orleans in 1992, my parents said I had to find a job. I’d genuinely thought they’d just keep paying my bills and making donations in my name to the alumni association. Starting a business hadn’t even crossed my mind. The only work I could find that was related to my mass communications major was at a free monthly tabloid called Health & Home New Orleans. I had no idea when I applied that being an account executive meant I’d be selling advertising.”

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Brent Brown he Sirens cartoon (published June 16), which used the popular T myth as a metaphor for the duplicitous allure of Asheville, is my favorite from 2010. I enjoyed creating it because: I was able to use a simple pen-and-ink style (with the benefit of not having to color) as well as an over-flowery narrative; I got a dig in at my hometown of Hendersonville, with which I have a love/hate relationship; and I got to draw hot girls — always more enjoyable than drawing buildings or bureaucrats — and, for once, it was justifiable. — Brent Brown, cartoonist

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Ryan Baldwin’s “positive” test for the XMRV retrovirus was a hard-won vindication in his personal saga and a newsworthy means to aid the public’s knowledge of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — a debilitating but misunderstood disease. That misunderstanding was evident in court proceedings after Ryan was removed from his home by the “Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Department of Social Services. An unnamed YouTube — names that didn’t source had accused his parents of medical exist a handful of years ago — are neglect, implying that his mother “caused” now indispensable business-sur- the effects of his illness. Clinically diagnosed vival tools. with CFS, Ryan testified in court that his foster caretakers had been told there was Remember when small busi- “nothing wrong” with him. — Nelda Holder, nesses were scrambling to set freelance writer and former associate editor up websites — to provide an easily accessible online presence “The one-page letter dated Sept. 1, 2010, for their clients and customers? contained the following statement: Today, these same businesses are learning they must expand ‘I wanted to inform you that your son Ryan’s beyond static Web pages and into tests indicated that he has positive [sic] evithe continuously updated stream dence of XMRV in his blood sample drawn of information otherwise known by PSI several months ago. As you know, we as social media.” are just at the beginning of understanding what this means and what the implication To view the full story, visit: http:// may be for Ryan and your family.’” To view the full story, visit .

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outdoors “The View from Above” Published July 7

Jerry Nelson f my many adventures in life, O the balloon ride described in my July 7 article, “The View from Above,” was the most memorable. The serenity and peace that I experienced at 6,000 feet as I rode the wind was matched only by the serenity and peace of snow falling in the pines on Christmas Eve — another experience I’ve had. You’ve had those moments too. When it’s so still and silent you could hear the snow crystals being made. Everyone has such moments in their lives. Usually in quiet, still moments when an experience reaches through us to our very essence of being. They arise from the simplest of events; staring at our new born child, making a connection with a new friend or even just napping with a pet.

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“PARI Presents A Look Back in Time” Published June 9

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your guide to community events, classes, concerts & galleries

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 29 - January 6, 2011 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops BEAR Closet II • 1st WEDNESDAYS, Noon6pm & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 9am-Noon - The Closet provides families with baby/children’s clothing and diapers and has baby equipment on loan. Volunteers available to assist

with accessing additional community services. At Abernethy United Methodist Church, 1418 Patton Ave. Info: 254-2612. Peacetown Meeting • TU (1/4), 6:15pm - Meeting at Top Floor Studio, 58.5 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Info: 254-6795. Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) Info: 966-4097 or www.pari. edu. • TH (1/6), 6-8pm - Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a “Science Cooks” program at PARI. The program is part of the monthly SciGirls series and is affiliated with the national effort to engage girls in science.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Arise & Shine Toastmasters Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn

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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

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

to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30-8:30am - Meeting at the University Highsmith building at UNCA. Artistic Asheville Singles Group • WEEKLY - Meeting locations vary. For single people under 35. Info: coolspiritualartistic@ Futurist Group Forming in Asheville • Interested in the future? A futurist group is forming in Asheville to discuss various topics. This will make us sharper citizens, workers and business owners. If you are interested in tomorrow, join us. Info: ashevillefuturist@ Land of Sky Toastmasters Your success in business is based on how effective you are. Through participation in the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership program, people from all backgrounds learn to effectively speak, conduct a meeting, manage a department or business, lead, delegate and motivate. $10/month. Info: www.landofskytoastmasters. org. • TUESDAYS, 7am - Meeting at the South Asheville Reuter YMCA. Veterans for Peace The public is invited to the regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099. Info: 258-1800 or vfpchapter099wnc.blogspot. com. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Meeting at the Phil Mechanic Studios building, mezzanine level, 109 Roberts St., Asheville.

fun exercise. Come get healthy, and it’s free, too! No discrimination against younger participants. • MONDAYS & THURSDAYS, 9-9:45am - Exercise.

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Ready To Sell Or Buy A Restaurant In WNC? (pd.) We work exclusively with the food and beverage industry. • Contact National Restaurant Properties in Asheville: (828) 225-4801. • American Business Women’s Association ABWA brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations to raise funds for local scholarships and enhance the professional and personal lives of its members. Info: www. • TH (1/6), 5:30-7:30pm - The January meeting will be held at Chef Mo’s, 900 Hendersonville A national nonpartisan social group connecting liberty advocates. • MONDAYS, 7pm - The Liberty on the Rocks social meets at El Chapala Restaurant off of Merrimon Ave. Info:

Seniors & Retirees Fitness at North Asheville Community Center An exercise group welcomes new participants interested in

Animals Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Fundraiser BWAR is a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats find permanent homes. Info: or 4587778. • Through FR (12/31) - The adoption fee for all adult cats will be dropped to $25. Cats have been tested for FIV and Feline Leukemia, are vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit’s primary goal is to provide affordable spay/neuter services to communities in/around Henderson County. Info: 693-5172 or • 1st & 4th SATURDAYS, Noon-3pm - Purchase your spay/neuter vouchers at the Blue Ridge Mall, 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville (at the Kmart entrance). $20 cats/$30 dogs. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. • WE (12/29), 5pm - Pet First Aid, a class at WAG, a boutique at 231-A N. Main St., in Hendersonville. $30.


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Events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Come see the play “A Child's Christmas in Wales,” a timeless depiction of Christmas Day

wed featuring live music by Lea Kibler and Valerie Von Pechy Whitcup. Held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. $10. All proceeds benefit MANNA FoodBank. A reception will follow. Info: 252-8729.

The Old Farmers' Ball invites the public to a contra dance at Bryson Gym, on the Warren

thur Wilson College campus, 701 Warren Wilson Road, on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m. Live music will be performed by Toss the Possum. $6. A free beginner's lesson starts at 7:30pm. Info:

Madison County Arts Council presents a Marshall New Year's Eve on Friday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m.

fri Whitewater Bluegrass Co. will perform, and Mark and Aimee Bumgarner open. Enjoy good-luck

foods and a champagne toast at midnight. $15. Info & tickets: 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts. com. Happy New Year!

up early and welcome 2011 on a hike through Green River Gamelands on Saturday, sat Wake Jan. 1, at 9:15 a.m. Hosted by the Carolina Mountain Club. Info: 692-0116. Afternoon in Vienna," a 33-piece chamber orchestra concert, will be performed on Sunday, sun "An Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee St. Come listen to Strauss' waltzes and polkas while ballroom dancers glide across the floor. Free-will offerings encouraged. Info: 252-0643.

Travel Club of Henderson County Public, located at 301 N. Washington St., presents mon The "Land of the Navajo & Southern Arizona," a photographic presentation set to music featuring photography by Michael Lociero. Held on Monday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m. Info: 697-4725.

Memorial Library will host Mother Goose stories for youngsters (ages 18 months to 4 tue Pack years) and their guardians. Held on Tuesday, Jan., 4, at 10:30 a.m. Snuggle up at the library and enjoy classic goose tales! The library is located at 67 Haywood St. Info: 250-4700

Road. Janet Slacks, coaching entrepreneur, will be the guest speaker focusing on the subject: “Making your business a bold business.” • 1st THURSDAYS, 5:307:45pm - Meeting at the Flat Rock Grille, 1302 Hendersonville Road. Networking begins at 5:30pm and the meeting/dinner begins at 6pm. $5, plus personal menu choice. RSVP: 6819688.

Technology DisAbility Partners Located at 108 New Leicester Hwy., Asheville. Info: 2981977, or • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-5pm - Give your computer a second life by donating it to Western Alliance to benefit people with disabilities. Donations are tax deductible. Free Mac Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register:

• MONDAYS, 12:15-12:45pm - Mac OSX. • TUESDAYS, 12:15-12:45pm - iPhoto class. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iTunes. • THURSDAYS, 12:1512:45pm - iMovie.

Volunteering Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 5-8pm - Head to Habitat and get a workout while volunteering in the Home Store warehouse. Info: volunteer@ or call 210-9377. Be Loved Community Center Located at 39 Grove St. in Asheville. Info: www.beloved. • Through (1/1) - Seeking donations for the day shelter and transitional housing program that serves the homeless community here in Asheville. Needs include: monetary donations, tents, tent heaters, gloves, thermal underwear, over-the-counter medicines, flashlights, AA batteries and food.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC Located at 50 S. French Broad Ave., room 213, in the United Way building. The organization matches children from single-parent homes with adult mentors. Info: www.bbbswnc. org or 253-1470. • The Mentors and Matches after-school program, which requires an one-hour per-week time commitment, seeks volunteers to work with elementary students ages 6-14. Activities include helping with homework, playing educational games, making art and more. Info: Friends2Ferals • DAILY - Cat-loving volunteers are needed to help homeless cats. Duties include trapping, transporting to and from the Humane Alliance, post-surgery care, fostering kittens and fundraising. Info: 505-6737 or Give the Gift of Home • Through FR (12/31) - Make a donation to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity in the name of a loved one. Provide the recipient’s name and address and they will receive a card about the donation made

in their name. Located at 30 Meadow Road. Info: 210-9361 or ahubbard@ashevillehabitat. org. Meals On Wheels Meals On Wheels delivers meals to more than 500 homebound elderly people each weekday through the help of a network of more than 300 volunteers. Info: 253-5286. • Meals On Wheels of Asheville/Buncombe County is seeking individuals interested in volunteering as substitute drivers to deliver meals to the homebound elderly. Free gas cards are provided. Mills River Presbyterian Church Located at 10 Presbyterian Church Road. Info: 891-7101. • SA (1/1) through MO (1/31) - Area residents are encouraged to donate gently used and clean outerwear to the “Warm Coats, Warm Hearts” clothing drive. Donated coats, gloves, hats, mittens and scarfs will be transported to the Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Hendersonville to support those in need. Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7

Makes yarn comfort items that are sent to troops deployed overseas. Info: 696-9777 or • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS, 10am - Volunteers are needed to knit and crochet gifts for soldiers serving overseas.Meet at 105 Campbell Drive, Flat Rock.

Eco Asheville Green Drinks A networking party that is part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement to connect communities with environmental ideas, media and action. Meets to discuss pressing green issues at Craggie Brewing Co., 197 Hilliard Ave. Info: www.ashevillegreendrinks. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 5-7pm Program with guest speakers. WNC Sierra Club Members of the WNC Sierra Club Chapter work together to protect the community and the planet. The mission of the Sierra Club, America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. Info: org/wenoca or 251-8289. • WE (1/5), 7-9pm - Social followed by a program at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Charlotte and Edwin

Place in Asheville. Stephanie Pankiewizz, City of Asheville Greenways Commission, will talk about greenways, and there will be an update on coal ash.

Outdoors Asheville Track Club The club provides information, education, training, social and sporting events for runners and walkers of any age. Please see the group Web site for weekly events and news. Info: or 253-8781. • SUNDAYS, 8:30am - Trail run for all paces. Meet at the NC Arboretum, Greenhouse Parking Area. Info: 648-9336. Blue Ridge Bicycle Club For more information on the club, or to view a current and comprehensive club calendar: • WEEKLY - Leads road rides ranging from novice to advanced skill levels. Rides usually have a designated Ride Leader and participants will not be left behind. Carolina Mountain Club CMC fosters the enjoyment of the mountains of WNC and adjoining regions and encourages the conservation of our natural resources, through an extensive schedule of hikes and a program of trail building and maintenance. $20 per year,

family memberships $30 per year. Newcomers must call the leader before the hike. Info: • WE (12/29), 8:30am - Hospital Rock to Pretty Place and Rainbow Falls. Info: 859-9387 or gleason.ann@ • SA (1/1), 9:15am - Green River Gamelands. Info: 6920116. • SU (1/2), 9am - Dupont Forest Lake Imaging P.L. Info: 658-1220. • WE (1/5), 8:30am - Dupont Forest North Loop. Info: 6581220.

Gardening Pearson Community Garden Workdays • WEDNESDAYS, 3-9pm - Gather in the Pearson Garden at the end of Pearson Drive in Montford with folks and grow some food. A potluck and produce to take home often follow the work.

Kids Swim Lessons (pd.) In the YWCA’s solar-heated pool. All levels welcome. Saturday classes available. Info: 254-7206 x 110 or www. At The Health Adventure Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50

adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • THURSDAYS, 10:3011:30am - Preschool Play Date. Interactive fun just for preschoolers led by museum facilitators. Free with admission. Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition/performance info: 230-5778 or • THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - New singers are invited to join the chorus. Rehearsals at First Congregational Church, downtown Asheville. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.Fri., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or • FR (12/31), 10am Countdown to New Year’s at noon. Come in beginning at 10am and make a countdown noisemaker. Just before noon, everyone will gather together on the Hands On! stage and countdown to 2011. Free with $5 admission. • TU (1/4) - Happy Braille Day! Come create a Braille message. $5 admission/Free for members.

Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org. • Through FR (12/31), 7:30am-5:30pm - The recreation center offers a “Winter Camp for Children,” open to youth in grades 1-5. $15 for members/$20 for nonmembers. Bring a lunch, two snacks, a swimsuit, towel and a quiet activity such as a book.

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prayer. At 70 Woodfin Place, Suite 2. • MONDAYS - Book discussion group, facilitated by Antiga, on the book The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lemer. Info: 285-9927. Puja at Maha Shakti Mandir • SATURDAYS, 6-8pm - Gathering at Maha Shakti Mandir (Temple of the Great Goddess). Join Yogacharya Kalidas for Puja, chanting and spiritual discourse. Services offered on a donation basis. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group Receive initiation into Sri Swamiji’s one-hour meditation technique. One-hour of silent meditation followed by Bhajans (devotional singing). Fairview location directions: 299-3246. Info: www.shivabalamahayogi. com. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm “Silent Meditation.” Free. St. Germain Aquarian Consciousness Fellowship Sacred spaceusing the St. Germain Violet Flameto support ascension clearing is created with live high-frequency intuitive piano music from classical composers and includesthe Atomic Accelerator Chair and Water into Golden Elixir ceremonies. Info: 658-3362. • WEDNESDAYS, 6:309:30pm - Meditation and potluck in the Weaverville area. Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Located at the corner of Charlotte St. & Edwin Pl. Info: 254-6001 or www.uuasheville. org. • SUNDAYS, 9:15am & 11:15am - Services. Unity Center Events Celebrate joyful, mindful living in a church with heart. Contemporary music by Lytingale and The Unitic Band. Located at 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or www. • WE (1/5), 7pm - Film screening: Mythic Journeys, featuring insights from spiritual leaders Deepak Chopra, Sobonfu Some, Michael Meade and Michael Beckwith. Love offering. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or • SUNDAYS, 11am - Spiritual Celebration Service —- 12:151:30pm - A Course in Miracles classes with Rev. Gene Conner.

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Parenting Parenting Classes at Pardee Hospital All classes are held at Pardee Hospital, in the orientation classroom, 800 N. Justice St. in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • THURSDAYS (1/6 & 1/13), 6:30-9pm - “Childbirth Class,” a two-part session for expectant parents. Professional Parenting Open House • 1st & 3rd MONDAYS - Professional Parenting Open House. Adoption Plus is now recruiting families. To learn more, join us at 38 Garfield St., Suite B, Asheville. Info: 236-2877.

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Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • Through SA (1/8) - Paintings and drawings by select staff and students of The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas and Reflections, a solo exhibition by Lori Gene, will be on display. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or • Through SU (1/9) - The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians, a collaboration between Laura

Hope-Gill and Asheville CitizenTimes photographer John Fletcher, Jr. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • WE (1/5) through SU (1/30) - Essence of Asheville, an exhibition of fused glass and encaustic art by Marsha T. Balbier, will be on display at Blowers Gallery in the Ramsey Library. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. For viewing hours: 692-0575. Info: 6987868 or • Through FR (1/7) - 2010 All Member Art Show at the Opportunity House. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • Through SU (4/24) - The Olmsted Project. • Through SU (3/13) - The Director’s Cut: 1995-2010. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open Mon.-Fri., 10am-5pm, and Sat., 10am6pm. Info: 768-0246 or www. • Through FR (12/31) - Feature wall artist Skip Rohde, Etchings & Dry Points of Asheville Area. New paintings: August Hoerr. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Located in the renovated Old City Hall at 225 West State St. in Black Mountain. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri., 10am-5pm (closed Sat. during winter months). Info: 669-0930 or www.BlackMountainArts. org. • Through FR (1/21) - Gallery Pottery Show, featuring works from the Black Mountain Center for the Arts Clay Studio. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 3508484, or www.blackmountaincollege. org. • Through SA (2/5) - Paintings by Don Alter and W.P. “Pete” Jennerjahn. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

Info: 251-0202 or www. • Through FR (12/31) - Milestones: Blue Ridge Parkway, an exhibition by 20 regional artists; “animal imagery earthenware” by Ron Meyers; and figurative ceramic sculpture by Donna Polseno. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is at 423 West King St. in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • Through SA (3/19) - The Hemlocks! The Hemlocks!: Grief and Celebration by Lowell Hayes in Gallery B and Mayer Gallery, West Wing —- In the Void, sculpture by David Meyer in Gallery A, West Wing. Flood Gallery Events Located in the Phil Mechanic building at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 254-2166 or • Through SA (1/8) - The Birds On Acid, work by Aaron Sizemore. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or www. • SA (12/11) through MO (1/31) - Wintertide, a rotating group exhibit of works from many of The Haen Gallery artists. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • Through FR (12/31) - It’s a Small, Small Work 2010, featuring artwork 12” or smaller by more than 100 artists from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in N.C. Miya Gallery Located at 20 N. Main St., Weaverville. Info: 658-9655 or • Through FR (12/31) - Art by Simone Wilson will be on display. Seven Sisters Gallery This Black Mountain gallery is located at 117 Cherry St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: 669-5107 or • Through MO (3/28) - Earth and Water, oil paintings by Martha Kelley. Skyuka Fine Art Located at 133 N. Trade St. in Tryon. Info: 817-3783 or

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More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at PULP Located underneath the Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Info: • Through MO (1/31) - Paintings by Asheville artist Brian Haynes. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or • Through MO (2/28) - Emissaries of Peace: The 1762 Cherokee and British Delegations, an exhibition on display in the Baker Center. Art at West Asheville Library • Through MO (1/31) - A multimedia exhibition by local artist Mimi Harvey will be on display at West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750. Clingman Cafe Located at 242 Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. • Through FR (12/31) - Peace + Joy + Love = Art. The show will feature the work of local artists Dawn Dalto, Les Powell, Heather Tinnaro and Melissa Weiss. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or • Through FR (12/31) - The chapter is celebrating the holiday season with a holidaythemed exhibit of hand-stitched items on display at the Henderson County Library. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave. between Stella Blue and the

Kress Building. Info: 225-5509 or • Through MO (1/31) - Birdsong, new drawings, paintings and installation by David Hale.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Collage Mandala Class (pd.) 2nd Floor Wedge. River Arts District, 129 Roberts Street. $100 includes 2 classes/all materials/one painting. • Registration/information, call Amy at LangeArt, (630) 200-9410 for details! The Painting Experience (pd.) Experience the power of process painting with Stewart Cubley as described in the groundbreaking book Life, Paint & Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression. • January 21-23 in Atlanta and February 18-20 in Chapel Hill. (888) 639-8569. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $8/$7 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • MO (12/27) through TH (12/30), 1-4pm - Holiday Arts Extravaganza Camp: Hands on crafting, all day long. $18 a day for members/$20 nonmembers. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or • TH (1/6), 9:30am Registration followed by a short business meeting and a project involving creating a pulledthread bookmark. The chapter is stitching bookmarks for area children. At Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Mountain Made Located in the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. Features the works of regional artisans, writers and musicians. Info: 350-0307 or mtnmade807@ • THURSDAYS through SATURDAYS, 10am-6pm & SUNDAYS, Noon-5pm - Glassblowing demonstrations. New Meetup of The Artists Way • Julia Cameron’s popular 12-step program to help artists and artist-want-to-bes get unblocked will start in mid January. If interested in being a

part of this support group, call (865) 964-5616. The Fine Arts League of the Carolinas Located at 362 Depot St. in the River Arts District. Info: 2525050 or www.fineartsleague. org. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Open figure drawing sessions. Four 5-minute poses and four 20-minute poses. $5.

Spoken & Written Word Attention WNC Mystery Writers WNC Mysterians critique group. For serious mystery/suspense/ thriller writers. Info: 712-5570 or • TH (12/30), 6pm - Meeting at Books-a-Million (lounge area), Tunnel Road, Asheville. This session we’re analyzing Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress. Read it and come for discussion. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • 1st THURSDAYS - The Music and Poetry Lover’s Network presents Open Mic Night. Performers must sign up for their set at 6:45pm. Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBREVIATIONS - Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 2504758) n PM = Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood Street, 250-4700) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) n Library storyline: 250-KIDS. • TU (1/4), 10:30am - Mother Goose stories for youngsters (ages 18 months to 4 years). PM — 6pm - Knit-n-Chain. A casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. SS —7pm - Book Discussion: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. WV —7pm - Book Club: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson. EC. • WE (1/5), 3pm - Book Club: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. WV —- 5-7pm - Library Knitters: A casual knitting and needlework group for all skill levels. SW. • TH (1/6), 7pm - Book Club: Cutting for Stone by Abraham A. Verghese. SW —- 7pm - Library Knitters. A casual knit-

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed,” said writer Irene Peter. That should be cautionary advice for you in 2011, Aries. From what I can tell, it will be relatively easy for you to rearrange the way things look, but trickier to transform them from the inside out. You will have to be vigilant to keep from getting swept up in the giddiness of big talk at the expense of practical action. You’ll have to push hard to make sure that seductive ideas are translated into concrete details. Can you do it? I think you can.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

In 1967, John McCain was a U.S. Navy pilot fighting in Vietnam. Shot down during a bombing mission, he was captured and jailed in the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison camp, where he was tortured. After being freed in 1973, he returned to the U.S. and eventually launched a political career. When he ran for president in 2008, his candidacy got an endorsement from an unlikely source: Tran Trong Duyet, the Vietnamese prison commander who had supervised his torture. In the coming months, Taurus, I expect you to experience a turnaround that will have comparable poetic justice. I’m not sure how it will unfold. Maybe an adversary will praise you, a person who wounded you will make amends, or a force of nature that once opposed you will come over to your side. Twenty-eleven will be a Year of Vindicating Reversals.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Can you finally escape the pain you got imprinted with during adolescence? Is it a realistic possibility that you could triumph over the conditioning you absorbed before you knew how to talk? Do you have the power to do what few of us have done, which is to get out from under the weight of the past, shed the inertia of your memories, and live brave and free in the raw truth of NOW? If there will ever in your life be a time when you can accomplish at least some of this noble quest, Gemini, it will be in 2011.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Decades ago, the U.S. built a network of sleek expressways to make it fast and easy for cars to travel between cities. But like many of America’s impressive engineering feats, this one took little account of what the human soul might enjoy. Ugly buildings or empty spaces surround many of those roads. Visually, the difference between I-95 in Georgia and I-74 in Illinois is negligible. “The Interstate highway system has made it possible,” said Charles Kuralt, “to go from sea to shining sea without seeing anything.” You cannot afford to let this be your operative metaphor in 2011, Cancerian. Your potential for rapid, extensive progress is sizable, but it would be a mistake to barrel along with your eyes fixed on the prize in the distance as you neglect what’s happening along

the way. Be both global and local; romance the details as you revel in the big picture.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Fixing people’s teeth is one of Dr. Peter Kertesz’s specialties. The British dentist has a thriving business in London. Now and then he’s also called on to practice an exotic variation: animal dentistry. Recently, he corrected the tooth problems of two tigers in a zoo. Other species he has helped include elephants, whales, and pandas. In 2011, Leo, I suggest you consider branching out like Dr. Kertesz. What would be the equivalent, in your domain, of expanding the ways you use your primary skills?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“What can I do with this eternal longing?” That’s the first line of “Assouf,” a song by the African band Tinariwen. During the rest of the tune, the singer never offers a definitive answer to that plea, but as he tumbles and rumbles over the possibilities, the band plays a lot of righteous music. I suggest that you make Tinariwen’s cry your question of the year in 2011. It will be an excellent use of your time to meditate on how to call forth, nurture, and direct your ineffable, insatiable yearning. (Hear the song:

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

In 2011, I believe you will have the chance to weave your fortunes together with an abundance of allies who are good for you. They will be your equals, they will share at least some of your most important values, and they will respect you for who you are. That’s excellent news, right? My only worry is that you might shy away from the demands that such invigorating collaborations will make on you. It would be less work, after all, to fall back into reliance on more prosaic relationships that don’t ask so much of you. Please don’t take the easy way out, Libra. Rise to the occasion!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Michelangelo didn’t think of himself as primarily a painter. Sculpture was his first love. Yet in 1508 he was coaxed into painting prodigious frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. As he worked for four years, covering 12,000 square feet with sublime images, he sometimes complained and felt resentful. The project took him away from two large sculptures he would have preferred to be working on. He feared his enemies had convinced the Pope to give him this task in order to demonstrate how mediocre his painting was. But today his work at the Sistine Chapel is regarded as a masterpiece. I suspect that in 2011 you may face a version of Michelangelo’s dilemma, Scorpio: being offered a job you don’t consider your forte. It’s quite possible, however, that accepting this “diversion” will yield interesting results.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“When I became a man I put away childish things,” said Sagittarian author C.S. Lewis,

“including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” I suggest you take up that attitude yourself in 2011, Sagittarius. One of your top assignments in the coming months will be to play with greater intensity and more frequency and a heightened imagination. If you want to achieve your adult goals, you’ll be wise to recreate your childhood wisdom on a higher octave.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last 24 hours,” wrote historian Will Durant some decades ago. “We are the not the best informed as to the events of the last sixty centuries,” he concluded. Today this describes many Westerners, not just Americans. We are adrift in the Age of the Short Attention Span — a time when the lessons of the past are becoming lost or irrelevant. But in 2011, I’ll be rooting for you to elude this curse, Capricorn. It’s crucial for you to be in close touch with both the lessons provided by the grand sweep of human civilization and by your own personal history.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority,” said author A.A. Milne. “The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” You will have an excellent chance to cultivate that definition of a first-rate mind in 2011, Aquarius. According to my reading of the astrological omens, life will be conspiring to strengthen your brain. You will have everything going for you if you make it your intention to sharpen your wits, use language more precisely, and see the world with greater clarity and objectivity. To get the fun started, make a list of what you could do to push your intelligence beyond its current limits.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness,” said philosopher Bertrand Russell. If I had my way, Pisces, you’d write that on a note and tape it to your bathroom mirror for the duration of 2011. I think it would raise your appreciation for the power your personal gifts have to bestow blessings on both yourself and others. And I hope it would inspire you to spend a lot of quality time finding out all you can about what you’re good at and deepening your capacity to do what you’re good at.

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The Cabral Chrysler dealership in Manteca, Calif., was so desperate for a sale in October that one of its employees picked up 67-yearold Donald Davis at his nursing home. After Davis (a dementia sufferer who was wearing pajamas and slippers) signed the papers, the salesman handed him the keys to his new pickup truck (with the requested chrome wheels) and sent him on his way (tossing Davis’ wheelchair in the back as he sped away). Shortly afterward, Davis led police on a high-speed chase; detained and hospitalized, he died of heart failure the next morning. The Cabral salesman said Davis had called him twice the day before, insisting on buying a new truck.

Cultural diversity

• At an out-of-the-way Iranian cemetery on the border with Turkmenistan lies an ancient burial ground guarded by a majestic tower and marked with headstones resembling penises and breasts. It supposedly honors the prophet Khalid Nabi, who was born a Christian but became a hero of Islam when his daughter visited the Prophet Muhammad and converted her father. The site is growing in popularity among young Iranians, but officials struggle to fully embrace it as a tourist destination. • Despite high death and injury rates for motorbikers in Nigeria, compliance with a helmet law is notoriously bad because so many riders fear “juju” (supernatural spirits inside head coverings that supposedly capture a person’s brain and take it away). Most riders “comply” with the helmet law by wearing only a thin cloth hat that spiritualists assure them will not allow “juju” to take hold (such as Ralph Ibuzo’s Original Lapa Guard, which also supposedly prevents disease).

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Questionable judgments

An unnamed plumber in Stockholm was arrested in August for seeking sex with an underage girl after a phone confrontation with her father. According to the plumber, the girl’s sex services were advertised on the Internet, and after he’d paid online and scheduled a session, she failed to show up. The plumber somehow found the girl’s home telephone number and demanded a refund from her father, who reported him to police.

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“Dr.” Berlyn Aussieahshowna, 37, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, in November and charged with practicing medicine without a license after she persuaded at least two women to let her fondle their breasts while supposedly performing an “exam.” According to police investigators, Aussieahshowna is actually Kristina Ross, identified in a 2004 arrest as a male-to-female transsexual. Authorities were puzzled why the two women complied, however, since both “consultations” were performed in bars.


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Robbery Modus Operandi: (1) Caroline Slusher, 32, and two associates were indicted in Willoughby, Ohio, in the November “armed” robbery of a BP convenience store. After a clerk caught Slusher shoplifting, she raised her arm menacingly, claiming to be infected with the highly destructive MRSA bacteria. The clerk backed off and the three fled. (2) Nakita Norman, 44, aided by two distracting associates, was captured on surveillance video stuffing two fur coats down the front of her pants and departing the Sword Furs store in Westlake, Ohio. Norman was arrested based on informants’ tips.

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An 83-year-old woman accidentally plowed into Lickity Split Yogurt in Carmichael, Calif. (August). A man, 89, accidentally drove into the waters off the Dunedin (Fla.) Marina but was rescued before his car sank (August). A man in his 80s accidentally drove through the front window of the Petco store in Chico, Calif. (August). A woman, 89, accidentally backed over her husband while pulling out of her garage in Allentown, Pa. (April). A woman in her 70s accidentally drove into an optometry office in Anaheim, Calif., in March. A woman, 73, accidentally crashed into a Pizza Hut in Houston (March). A woman, 82, arriving for her appointment at Classic Hair Design in Plainfield Township, Mich., accidentally drove through the front window (April).

ting and needlework group for all skill levels. BM Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 697-4725 or • MO (1/3), 3pm - The Travel Club will present “Land of the Navajo & Southern Arizona,” photographic presentations set to music featuring photography by Michael Lociero. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 2548111 or • Through TH (12/30) - 22nd annual Memoirs Competition.

Festivals & Gatherings Family New Year’s Eve Celebration • FR (12/31), 8pm-12:30am - Join members of the Boys & Girls Club at 11 Gallimore Road in Brevard for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be fun activities,food, games, a bouncy house for kids, a silent auction, live music by The Carolina Country Band and more. $4/$2 children in advance; $6 adults/$3 children at the door. Info: 877-4684 or 884-6849. Holiday Events at the Grove Arcade Info: • Through SU (1/2) - Entries from the annual National Gingerbread House Competition will be on display. Marshall New Year’s Eve • FR (12/31), 9pm - The Madison County Arts Council will host Whitewater Bluegrass Co. Opening will be Mark and Aimee Bumgarner. Enjoy goodluck foods and at midnight a champagne toast. $15. Info & tickets: 649-1301 or www. Operation Toasty Toes Chapter 7 Makes yarn comfort items that are sent to troops deployed overseas. Info: 696-9777 or • Through MO (1/3) - View the second annual Christmas Tree dedicated to our armed forces, featuring silver stars with photos of service members who have received packages of yarn comfort items. On display in the rear lobby of the Hendersonville Public Library.

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Concerts are presented at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie ValleyTown Hall, and are free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner. Info: 452-5553 or 452-7530 or • THURSDAYS, 7pm Rehearsals at Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. All interested concert band musicians are welcome to attend. Land of the Sky Chorus For men age 12 and older. Info: or 768-9303. • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Open Rehearsals at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Pl. Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) The chorus is always looking for women 18+ who want to learn how to sing barbershop harmony. Please visit a rehearsal. Info: 1-866-8249547 or • TUESDAYS (starting 1/4), 7-9:30pm - Rehearsals at Reed Memorial Baptist Church, 756 Fairview Road. St. Matthias Musical Performances These classical music concerts take place at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Asheville, 1 Dundee St. (off South Charlotte). Info: 252-0643. • SU (1/2), 3pm - Chamber Music Concert: “An Afternoon in Vienna.” The 33-piece chamber orchestra will play a concert of Strauss’ waltzes and polkas. This gala performance will open the 15th season of live music at St. Matthias Church. Plus, ballroom dancers will perform throughout the concert. Freewill offerings encouraged. All proceeds support the restoration of the historic church. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 2272479 or • TH (1/6) through SU (1/9) - Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend. At the Terrace Hotel at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. $40 nonparticipant rate includes attendance at jams, nightly events and Sunday morning singing. Info: 227-7397.

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What: Swing-era tunes to benefit Jubileeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Heating Assistance Fund Where: Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St., in downtown Asheville When: Friday, Dec. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. (Donations are strongly encouraged. Info: or 252-5335). Why: Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Tuxedo Junction will perform swing-era music from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and maybe even a few songs from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s this New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. As stated in a press release, all donations from the evening concert will benefit the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal to â&#x20AC;&#x153;help folks keep warm this winter.â&#x20AC;?

Auditions & Call to Artists Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre Performances are held at BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St., Asheville. Info & tickets: 254-2621. â&#x20AC;˘ Dancers are needed to participate in ACDTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual 48 Hour Dance Project, which begins on Feb. 25. Paired with choreographers of different stylistic backgrounds, participants work to master a dance in just two days. The project culminates with a public performance at the BeBe Theatre on Feb. 27. Open to adults with dance experience only. Respond with name, email and phone number. Info: Montford Park Players Seeks Directors â&#x20AC;˘ Through FR (12/31) Seeking directors for the 2011 outdoor season. Interested candidates should request a guidelines packet by e-mailing info@montfordparkplayers. org. Proposals are due by Dec. 31. Info: 254-5146 or www. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 884-2787 or â&#x20AC;˘ Now accepting applications for winter 2011 exhibits. Open to all artists. Call or e-mail to get an application.

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Don Fortuna, the administrator of Jubilee, adds that 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry Heating Fund and to the Eblen Foundation Heating Assistance Fund, while 20 percent will go to Mountain Housing Opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Furnace Repair Fund. Before you beckon the new year, come on out an dance in support of Jublieeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invaluable community outreach. As stated on, the Community Church remains, since 1989, dedicated â&#x20AC;&#x153;to improving our lives, our community and our world.â&#x20AC;?

benefitscalendar Calendar for December 29 - January 6, 2011 ECO Events The Environmental and Conservation Organization is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region as an effective voice of the environment. Located at 121 Third Ave. W. Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or â&#x20AC;˘ Through SA (2/5) - Heritage apple, peach and chestnut trees will be available for order. Maintain biodiversity while raising money for ECO. $25/tree. Trees must be picked up at the Hendersonville Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center parking lot on Feb. 5. Musical Events at Jubilee! Located at 46 Wall St., downtown Asheville. Info: â&#x20AC;˘ FR (12/31), 4-6pm - Tuxedo Junction will perform songs from the swing-era through the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s and maybe even a few songs from the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s. The concert will benefit Jubileeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of helping folks keep warm this winter. Performance of A Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas in Wales â&#x20AC;˘ WE (12/29), 7pm - A Childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, will be performed at First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St. A timeless depiction of Christmas Day starring Dean Zuch, with music by Lea Kibler and Valerie Von

Pechy Whitcup. Benefit for MANNA FoodBank. $10. Reception follows. Info: 252-8729. RiverLink Benefit All proceeds benefit RiverLink. Info: 252-8474 or â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save the French Broad Riverâ&#x20AC;? raffle tickets will be sold. Sponsored by Asheville Adventure Guide. Win outdoor gear and prizes while helping the local nonprofit achieve its mission to revitalize the French Broad River and watershed as a place to live, work and play. $5.To purchase tickets, stop by the RiverLink offices at 170 Lyman St.


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As the Gregorian calendar tick-tocks its way into 2011, many Ashevilleans will make resolutions hoping to change their lives for the better. Many start out with good intentions, but according to national polls, about 75 percent won’t succeed. Gary Rollins, a local personal and professional development coach, suggests that the usual efforts don’t create lasting change because most of us approach the issue from the wrong level. “Most people approach change from a behavioral level, and what is preventing change is much deeper than that,” says Rollins. “Change is an inside job.” According to his Principle Impact Program, individuals are like onions, comprised of layers. Starting from the most external, the layers consist first of the environment, then behavior, followed by inner resources and talents, core beliefs and values, and identity. Most of the obstacles that sabotage our desire for change stem from core beliefs about who we are and what we deserve; simply changing our environment or behavior will not create lasting results, says Rollins. His program outlines five core principles that help us meet our deeper self and make change from there. The first he calls Integrity, from the Latin integritatem, meaning “wholeness”. Embodying our wholeness means telling the truth about who we are, how we’re feeling and our core values. Most of us are taught to listen to external voices; instead this principle helps us tap into our true desires and our deeper callings. Rollins suggests that when we let these lead the way, lasting change will occur with joy, excitement and appreciation. “An acorn becomes an oak, because the potential is built in. It will never be a pine tree,” says Rollins. “Humans have the same unfolding potential within, and the more we focus on those inner desires, the more energy we have to deal with the obstacles that may arise.” At the same time, the program recognizes that we are simultaneously in relationship to everything else. “Polls show that the No. 1 obstacle people give for not accomplishing their goals is family and friends,” Rollins continues. “People need support to make changes, yet some of our intimates have an investment in keeping us the way we are.” The next principle he calls Relatedness. It involves not letting our external judgment and observations prevent us from expressing our inner truth. “Believing we are separate is a lie,”

he continues. “It keeps us polarized, looking for differences and developing judgments.” Instead, Rollins suggests we look for our commonality and similarities, and learn to “say what we mean and mean what we say.” We redefine ourselves from the inside out and sift through the trees of potential sabotage, he continues. This requires taking responsibility for our experience, and that’s the basis of the third principle. “We are where we are by choice, though not necessarily all of it conscious,” says Rollins. He mentions that while we might be victims of others’ actions, when we choose to operate as a victim, we will feel hopeless and helpless. Taking responsibility means we regain our personal power, and reclaim the ability to influence our situation. From there, we can create a new vision and then learn to practice that vision. Masters of many different spiritual traditions suggest that energy follows thought, so whatever we focus on gets bigger (for good or bad). “We think about 60 to 80,000 thoughts a day, and about 85 percent of those will be repeated tomorrow,” states Rollins. “To make lasting change, we need to practice thinking new thoughts.” Keeping these thoughts focused on the positive is the key to lasting success for change. The last principle in Rollins program is creating a plan. “If you want to have lunch with someone, you can say ‘let’s have lunch’, but it is more likely to happen if you set a time and a place. The same structure is needed to support a goal,” he continues. Rather than overwhelming yourself with a huge plan, Will Eill, a Life Coach in Asheville, suggests creating bite-sized chunks. “If you want to lose weight because you feel better in your body when you’re lighter, then you can decide to go to the gym two times a week.” Both Eill and Rollins remind us to be flexible. “When we fall off the plan, it doesn’t matter that we fell off,” he says. “It’s what we think, feel and do when we fall off that is important. People tend to get emotional and almost hysterical when they haven’t met their goals. It’s insanity what we do to ourselves.” Instead, he recommends coming back to the core value and remember that making lasting change is a process. So this year, as you make your resolutions, remember that you’re stepping into something bigger. You’re stepping into the fullness of your identity. You’re stepping into the true you. X Jacquelyn Dobrinska is an Asheville-based writer and yoga therapist working on an advanced degree in health.

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Health Programs ADD/ADHD and Meditation: Introduction Scientific findings from medical journals on the applications of the Transcendental Meditation technique for treatment of ADHD and other learning disorders. Discussion, video and Q&A. Free. Info: • WEEKLY - Meets at the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut St. Info: 254-4350. Art of Intimacy Learn life-changing communication and relationship skills, drawing from the work of Marshal Rosenberg (Nonviolent Communication), Brad Blanton (Radical Honesty), Susan Campbell (Getting Real), John Bradshaw (Homecoming) and others. $60/4-session class. Info: 254-5613 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Meeting. C.L.O.S.E.R.R. Community Liaison Organization for Support, Education, Reform and Referral. The group offers support, networking, education, entertainment and fellowship for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Straight and their Allies. • TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the social room at All Souls Episcopal in Asheville. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required

unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • TU (1/4), 12:30-1:30pm - “CPR Made Simple.” Spend your lunch hour training to save a life. To register: 6935605 —- 6:30-7:30pm - “Centering Menopause Discussion Group,” with Dr. David Ellis at Pardee Center for Women’s Health, 512 6th Ave. West in Hendersonville. • TH (1/6), 10:30-11:30am - “Breast Self-Examination Education.” A registered nurse will provide instruction on the correct technique for breast self-exams using silicone models —- 3-4:30pm - “Keeping Your Brain Young,” with speech therapist Lucy Butler. The discussion will focus on “brain plasticity” and how to use this method to help prevent cognitive decline. Free Blood Pressure Clinic • TUESDAYS, 1-6pm - The Faith Community Nurse at SOS Anglican Mission will offer free blood pressure checks at 370 N. Louisiana Ave, Suite C1. Info: rchovey@sos.spc-asheville. org. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (1/5), 9am-1:30pm Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Highway. Info: 693-5605. Western Highlands Network Events Info: 258-3511 ext. 2232.


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Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes.Info: • FRIDAYS, 7pm - “Inner Child” meets at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville.Info: 989-8075. • SUNDAYS, 3pm - “Living in the Solution” meets at The Servanthood House, 156 E. Chestnut St., Asheville. Open big book study. Info: 989-8075. • MONDAYS, 7pm - “Generations” meets at First Congregational United Church Of Christ, 20 Oak St. at College, Asheville. Info:474-5120. Al-Anon Al-Anon is a support group for the family and friends of alcoholics. More than 33 groups are available in the WNC area. Info: 800-286-1326 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9pm - Newcomers meeting 7:30pm, Discussion meeting 8-9pm: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690

wellnesscontinued Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Enter through parking lot door. Info: 225-0515. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Newcomers meeting at 7:30pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 2426197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gayfriendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 7pm - Black Mountain Al-Anon: Meeting at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 201 Blue Ridge Road (corner of Blue Ridge Road and Hwy. 9). Info: 669-0274. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - 12 Steps and 12 Traditions Study at Kennilworth Presbyterian Church, 123 Kenilworth Road. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Bipolar and Depression Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Magnetic Minds meets at 314-F Patton Ave., in the Parkwood Business Park. Peer support, empowerment, recovery and advocacy. Info: 318-9179. Crystal Meth Anonymous • MONDAYS, 8pm - This 12-step meeting welcomes anyone who has a desire to quit using crystal meth. The group meets at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-8729. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group. Info: 337-4685 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St.

Focus is on positive peer support, coping skills and recovery tools. Led by licensed professionals. Free. Journaling Group • THURSDAYS - Want to better know yourself? The single most essential instrument for nurturing your spirit is a personal journal. Sharing a journal with others can help clarify your thoughts, your emotions, and your reactions to certain people or situations. Info: 989-9811. MemoryCaregivers Network Support for caregivers of loved ones who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Info: 645-9189 or 7712219. • 1st TUESDAYS, 12:30-2pm Meeting at Fletcher Calvary Episcopal Church. • 3rd TUESDAYS, 12:30-2pm - Meeting at New Hope Presbyterian Church. National Alliance on Mental Illness Dedicated to improving the lives of persons with severe mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Free connection recovery support groups. Info: 505-7353. • 1st SATURDAYS, 10am - Group meets at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 400. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at S.O.S. Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C-1. All are welcome. Info: or 575-2003. • MONDAYS, 6:30PM - A support group for men will meet. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 686-8131. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-580-4761. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-Noon Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 280-2213. S-Anon

For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sexaholics Anonymous SA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women recovering from compulsive patterns of lust, romance, destructive relationships, sexual thoughts or sexual behavior. Call confidential voice mail 681-9250 or e-mail saasheville@ Info: nc/saasheville/. • DAILY - Asheville meetings. Womenheart of Asheville • Alternate WEDNESDAYS, 10amNoon or 6-8pm - This support group for women with heart disease meets at Parkway Behavioral Health, 31 College Place. Info: Rickitannen@ or 505-2534.

Sports Groups & Activities Amateur Pool League (pd.) New years resolution? HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Beginners welcome. Sign-up to play on a team. 828-329-8197. www. Ongoing weekly league play. Filipino Martial Arts Kuntao: Traditional empty-hand system of self defense. Kali: Filipino method of stick-and-knife combat. First two lessons are free. Info: 7778225 or • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 7pm - Classes at Asheville Culture Project, 257 Short Coxe Ave. Sports And Exercise at YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: • MO (1/3) - The next session of American Red Cross swim lessons will begin. Learn to swim in the YWCA of Asheville’s indoor solar-heated pool. To sign up: 254-7206, ext. 110 or stop by the YWCA. Waynesville Recreation Center Located at 550 Vance St. in Waynesville. Info: 456-2030 or • SA (1/1) through MO (1/10) - 10th Anniversary Celebration: Membership is free for the general public. Take a cycling class, play racquetball, lift weights and check out the facility. On Jan. 10, from 5:30-6:30pm, complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served.

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wellbits Wade Inganamort In this week’s WNC Wellness review, which we update online each week, you’ll find: Free clinics get increased funding; local alternative health Meetup group ... meets; acupuncture affects pain perception; the EPA plans a national bed-bug summit; there may be formaldehyde in wrinkle-free clothes; and more. Mission Hospital & Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries increase funding for free clinics “Mission Hospital and Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministries plan to increase funding to the ABCCM-Doctors’ Medical Clinic. Both groups will give $370,000 to the clinic, a total increase of $60,000 over the previous year. The bump in funding means the clinic will be able to serve 1,000 more patients, said Scott Rogers, executive director of ABCCM.” — [Asheville Citizen—Times] Asheville’s Alternative Health Community Meetup group “A Community of people interested in Alternative Health to talk about homeopathic remedies, holistic healing, and prevention of disease through healthy living, proper eating habits, and toxin—free personal care.” — [Meetup. com]

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Bed bugs: EPA will host national summit in February “To help find solutions to the nation’s bed bug problem, the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup is convening a second national summit set for February 1—2, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The summit is open to the public and will focus on ways the federal government and others can continue to work together on management and control of these pests” — [Mountain Xpress] Acupuncture affects pain perception “Researchers at the University Hospital in Essen, Germany, and their colleagues at University of Duisburg-Essen were able

to locate the areas of the brain that are activated by acupuncture. Using fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) before and after needles were inserted into the ankles of volunteers, the researchers found that areas of the brain corresponding to ankle pain were quieted during acupuncture.” — [Technorati via Asheville Center for Chinese Medicine] NAMI honors Buncombe officers for crisis intervention training “The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Carolina in Asheville will honor two Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department officers for their contribution to the Crisis Intervention Team. “ — [Asheville Citizen-Times] Symposium announced on caring for patients with serious and chronic illness “Novant Health Inc. will host a symposium on It’s About How You Live: Transforming the Care of Patients with Serious and Chronic Illness, Friday, January 28, 2011 at Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center in Winston—Salem. “ — [North Carolina Medical Society] Probiotic supplements are a good bet for better health “The American Academy of Pediatrics recently reported that supplements known as “probiotics” in children can shorten the duration of viral diarrhea and reduce the probability getting diarrhea from taking antibiotics.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times] Formaldehyde in wrinkle—free clothes may pose skin risks “Though it is not obvious from the label, the anti-wrinkle finish comes from a resin that releases formaldehyde, the chemical that is usually associated with embalming fluids or dissected frogs in biology class.” — [The New York Times] Please follow us on Twitter and submit WNC health & wellness info with the hashtag: #avlhealth or by • DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 31

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dors that offer everything from authentic asada tacos to Vietnamese Pho. The trucks are cheap to keep, for the most part, and the street-food purveyors pass on the savings with their oftentimes exotic offerings.

hen I came on board full-time at W Xpress , I hoped my new position would enable me to shed a new and different light on Asheville’s amazing food scene, something that’s near and dear to my heart (obviously). It’s inevitable in a food town like Asheville that mobile food vendors With this article about street food and would motor onto the scene. We have a one local woman’s efforts to follow wealth of talented cooks trying to make through on a simple dream — her own a living, while everyone else is trying food truck — I hoped to help get people not to spend too much of their own talking about some of the unexamined cash. But slow your roll — a number of rules preventing certain types of street laws currently discourage the moveable food in Asheville. feast. And people are still talking. The Asheville Downtown Association, Asheville Independent Restaurant Association and Downtown Commission have all brought the issue to the table, and we could see street food in Asheville during the coming year. — Mackensy Lunsford, food writer and features coordinator

‘Philosophically, we just aren’t ready for it,’ says City Planner Shannon Tuch. Simply put, food trucks are not allowed in downtown Asheville under city ordinance — at least not yet. There are standards already put in place allowing, yet limiting, the number of push-carts in the city — the hot dog and burrito vendors that you already see. No laws “Food trucks are taking it to the streets exist to regulate the existence of food everywhere. They’re all over cities like trucks; until now, there simply hasn’t Austin and local-foods mecca Portland, been enough interest.” Ore. — a city with sensibilities much like our own. Hungry diners can choose To view the full story, visit from a veritable stable of mobile ven- • DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 33

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id you know that Xpress has plenty of online content that never makes it D into these pages? One example is my favorite food video of the year, which was one of the first multimedia collaborations between staff reporter Jake Frankel and me. What better forum than summer’s WNC Magazine Chefs Challenge competitions? Those well-attended events marked Asheville’s first foray into official Iron Chef-style competitions, secret ingredient and all. In this installment, the Admiral went up against Grove Park Inn’s Sunset Terrace. The secret ingredient was bacon, a foodstuff that I consider to be akin to manna from heaven. My enthusiasm is perhaps embarrassing at times, but the video was obviously fun to make, and Frankel did an excellent job of editing. An excerpt from the blog post: “This tete-a-tete between the Sunset Terrace from the Grove Park Inn and the Admiral in West Asheville was highly anticipated; the two teams cruised into the semifinals, and were both considered to be formidable contenders. The highest-scoring dish of the competition, a very simple chicken roulade wrapped in bacon and served over mashed potatoes, brought my favorite phrase of the night into circulation: ‘meat glue.’ There was just something very fun about watching team Admiral — T-shirted and drinking Budweiser at the bar while awaiting the results — talk about meat glue next to the toque and white jacket-wearing team from the Sunset Terrace. It was perhaps that highly simple dish that pushed team Admiral into the lead; the results of the audience-judged competition were close once again — the Admiral won by only 4.1 percent after all of the points were tallied.” Check out Food TV: An online-only feature at .

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What they said: Memorable food quotes from 2010

Mark Rosenstein on molecular gastronomy (March 31) : “If I were 10 years younger,” he says, “perhaps I would be devoting all of my energy into understanding that science. But I’m an emotional cook, not a scientist. There’s an emotional side to alchemy, and I think some of the molecular chemistry takes the emotional and intuitive side out of things. I am,” he says, laying his hand on his chest, “the instrument instead of a thermometer, a computer program or water bath.” To view the full story, visit Michael Capra on picking out the President’s lunch (May 5): When Michelle asked him what was good at the restaurant, Capra recommended the blueberry-chipotle ribs — the dish that the president ended up ordering. “I don’t want to say because I told him to order it, I’m just saying — he did get what I suggested,” says Capra. “I’m pretty sure that, by law, that makes me a member of the Cabinet.” To view the full story, visit J eremy Hardcastle on handmade hot dogs (Aug. 4): Hardcastle is, in fact, so enthusiastic about wieners that he’s got one tattooed on his body. This particular hot dog is wearing Mickey Mouse gloves and waving from a spot on Hardcastle’s thigh. “I think it’s going to be my new logo,” says Hardcastle. “I’ll at least put it on my Tshirts, if not on the side of the cart.” He might, he adds, depict his waving hot dog as dropping any number of racy double entendres about wieners. To view the full story, visit . Michael Muller on bacon-bourbon sampling (Oct. 6): After sampling a half-dozen different bacon concoctions, Muller makes a sour face, plunks his drink down on the bar and declares, “I’m done with the baconinfused anything. It’s too much.” “Well, you’re in the wrong place,” I say. “I know,” replies Muller, looking downtrodden and searching in vain for anything sans pork, settling, God knows why, on a mouthful of salted scallions and a bite of hard sheep’s cheese I keep around solely for grating. T o view the full story, visit http://avl. mx/1y . Firestorm worker/owner scott evans on sandwiches/ anarchy (Nov. 24) : Serious philosophies, serious convictions, serious opinions. What exactly does this all have to do with sandwiches? Evans is quick with an answer. “I don’t think that any of us grew up thinking that when we were older what we really wanted to do was make sandwiches for people,” he says. “I think we grew up thinking that we wanted to change the world. As it turns out, making sandwiches might be a way to finance changing the world.” To view the full story, visit .

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This has been another standout year for Western North Carolina breweries and craft beer. The craft beer industry seems recession-proof, thank Ninkasi! Here are some of my WNC beery highlights of 2010, in no particular order.

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Highland (finally) joined the other Ashevillebased breweries and opened a tasting room. The new tasting room is something to behold — spacious, funky and well lit, with a locally harvested wood bar and a stage for live music sets. Highland also added a three-barrel experimental brew room — where the brewers can do their own playing. These small-batch beers are available on tap in the tasting room. As if we needed any icing on this cake, Highland recently announced that starting in February, the tasting room will be open Thursday through Saturday from 4 until 8 p.m., instead of only Fridays. Yay!

Pisgah built a stage, LAB’s back room rocked

Since you can’t swing a bucket of hops around here without either hitting a musician or a brewer, it makes sense that the two hang out together — a lot. Since expanding two years ago, Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain has become as much a music venue as a brewery. Now Pisgah has added a huge new outdoor stage behind the brewery. This summer saw some rocking festival-type shows out there, including Del Yeah and Celtic Fest. Lexington Avenue Brewery also opened — first their gastro-brewpub, and then their back room music venue in January. The back room’s an intimate listening space with, of course, a stellar sound system. French Broad Brewing has been featuring great local live music for a number of years now, and one-year-old Craggie Brewing has been featuring local live music regularly. And as mentioned above, Highland’s new stage will offer live sets Fridays and Saturdays. Music and beer: a rocking team round here. For more about the French Broad Brewing Company, visit

Nantahala Brewing opened

The far western reaches of WNC finally got their own brewery in late spring and, just last week, a tasting room to go with it. Brewers/owners Chris and Christina Collier have been producing some tasty beers and picking up accounts all over Western North Carolina. Try their Eddy Out Stout, if you get the chance.

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The inaugural Beer City Fest was a blast

The Asheville Brewers Association teamed up with the folks who organize the annual Brewgrass Festival to hold a new beer fest in June. Beer City Fest celebrates Asheville’s being voted Beer City, USA, in Charlie Papazian’s highly scientific online poll. Held in June at the brand-spanking new Roger McGuire Green in City-County Plaza Park, this was a great addition to Asheville’s beer festival roster. Organizers say they’ll do it again on June 4, 2011, whether or not we hold onto the Beer City title. And Charlie Papazian will visit Asheville this year. Stay tuned for details.

Charity brews abounded (win-wins for all)

2010 was the year our small breweries offered their suds and their space to help others — over and over again. To name just a few such offerings, both Brewgrass and Beer City Fest proceeds went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Asheville. In addition to donating beer to nonprofits for events, several breweries held fundraisers, including one for MANNA Food Bank at Craggie Brewing, one for A Growing Culture at Pisgah, and a homebrew competition to benefit Just Economics at the Wedge. Also, Asheville Brewing Company brewed both Moog Filtered Ale (for the first time) and the Xmas Jam Beer (for the second year). Proceeds from sales of the first went to The Moog Foundation and the latter to Asheville area Habitat for Humanity. Highland Brewing partnered up with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy to organize free hikes up the mountains for which their seasonal brews are named, held a fundraiser for the group and put educational facts about threatened mountain flora and fauna on their packaging. Thanks, y’all, for supporting our community in so many ways. and

Green Man Brewery changed hands

Dennis Thies purchased the iconic Green Man Brewery from founders Joe and Joan Eckhardt in May. After sprucing up the tasting room, Thies added three tanks (two fermenters and a “Brite” or storage), which will double capacity. Brewers John Stuart and Mike Karnowski have been producing some really interesting beers, including a rum-barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

What else?

The second annual Oktoberfest downtown was a brewsoaked hit. Highland Brewing celebrated 15 years of brewing, while Pisgah Brewing celebrated five. Craggie Brewing turned 1 year old — and started bottling and distributing. The Asheville Brewers Association celebrated a one-year birthday in 2010 also. Overall, it’s been a damn good year for beer. Cheers! Send your brews news to Anne Fitten Glenn at




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Where to celebrate your New Year’s Eve by Alli Marshall It’s an important decision, this issue of where to spend New Year’s Eve. Cold Play didn’t coin the phrase “start as you mean to go on,” but the band made it famous-ish. And if there’s any truth to the concept, do you really want to begin 2011 watching the ball drop from the solo, Snuggie-draped comfort of your own couch? (If yes, no judgment, but you don’t need to read further.) If, on the other hand, your idea of going out/in with a bang involves wearing something sparkly, drinking something bubbly, dancing to something bouncy (preferably with someone fabulous), you might want to peruse the options below. Events in Asheville unless otherwise noted.

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Have yourself an absurdist/Gypsy/folk/ funk/punk New Year’s Eve with Sirius.B and Bloodroot Orchestarr. Both bands take the back stage of The LAB (39 N. Lexington Ave., 252-0212). 9 p.m. to close, no cover. “Looking for a cool place to spend New Year’s eve?” asks OneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen, located in the Hotel Indigo (151 Haywood St., 239-0239). Following a threecourse prix fixe dinner, the bar opens up for revelers with $2 glasses of champagne, free light hors d’oeuvres and music by Ben Hovey (trumpet player who’s self-described sound is “jazz/funk/soul/dub/latin/electro/house”). 10 p.m., no cover. boutiquehotel-asheville. com. “Do you remember what happened last year?” asks swanky/jazzy/soulful group The Secret B-Sides. Actually, yes. They played a fantastic (and free!) New Year’s Eve show at Barley’s (42 Biltmore Ave., 255-0504). Don’t remember/didn’t make it? Good news: The Secret B-Sides do it all over again. 10 p.m., no cover.

In the clubs

With songs like “Funky Sexy” and “Slow Thunder,” Milwaukee-based R&B group The Charles Walker Band is sure to set a swanky tone at Tressa’s annual New Year’s Eve Bash. As usual, the ticket price includes a soul food buffet (in the upstairs lounge) and complimentary champagne for the midnight toast and balloon drop. 28 Broadway St., 254-7072. Doors at 7:30 p.m., buffet at 8 p.m., entertainment at 10 p.m.

It’s the third annual Hope Food Jam at Stella Blue (31 Patton Ave., 236-2424), featuring Ralph Roddenbery & the Jones with special guest Ted Norton, local Grateful Dead tribute band Phuncle Sam and local folk musician Jaimee Tomas. “The Hope Food Drive has helped raise thousands of dollars and collected hundreds of pounds of food,” says Roddenbery’s website. “We do this to help local food banks and local families in need during the holiday season.” $10 pre-sale (at The Circle in West Asheville or, $12 at the door (discount with a canned food donation). 8 p.m., It’s kind of like two parties in one at the White Horse (105C Montreat Road, Black Mountain, 669-0816). The Swayback Sisters (songwriter trio Nikki Talley, Laura Blackley and Lindsay Wojcik) open at 8:30, then it’s the John Lennon Tribute Party featuring local cover band John Leo & the Eggman performing “the best of John Lennon and the Beatles. 8:30 p.m. $20. Maryland-based rockers  Clutch (together for 20 years!) play the Orange Peel (101 Biltmore Ave., 225-5851) with Kylesa and Righteous Fool. 9 p.m., $29.50 advance/$35 doors. theorangepeel. net. The Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Ave., 2325800) presents New Year’s Eve with Reigning Sound! That’s their exclamation point, and rightly so — the Greg Cartwright-led garage/ punk/retro/soul outfit hits just the right celebratory note. DJ sets from Greg Cartwright and Whitney Shroyer. 9 p.m. $12 advance/$15 day of show. The super-popular folk/punk (and, recently, less-beardy) Avett Brothers finish out a twonight stand at the Asheville Civic Center Arena, 87 Haywood St., 258-2279. David Mayfield Parade opens. 9 p.m., sold out. The Grove House (11 Grove St., 505-1612) New Year’s Eve party is a not-to-be-missed extravaganza. Seriously, extravaganza. The entire complex will be (Eleven on Grove, Scandals and the Boiler Room), which means three three balloon drops and a three-story midnight champagne toast. There’s also over $1000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, plus hors d’oeuvres and party favors. Entertainment includes “a night of Electronic and Video Production with breakbeats/tech house/trance/techno brought to you by A/V Club producers Nicodemus &

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Celebration time!: Swing dance your way into 2011 with Lindy Focus (pictured above, dancers Sharon and Juan), or have a real ball at the giant Grove House New Year’s party. VJ Loopy Jenkins and Tech tRIBE producers Yorgo Simou, J-Hecht & Luis Armando” at Club Eleven; DJ Stratos (club house/tech house/top-40) at Scandals; DJ Acolyte spinning and drag performers every 30 minutes at the Boiler Room. 9 p.m.-3 a.m., $15/$20, ages 18 and up.

sound almost familiar? It’s actually the combined efforts of three crews: TOUCH Samadhi, Asheville Full Moon and Wondrous Temple of Boom. Performers include Psyonic, Goadream, Rasa, Lady C vs. DJ Tonell, Quetzatl, GalaxC Girl, Pericles, Selector Cleofus, D:Raf and Xist. 9 p.m., $15.

Atlanta’s blues-rockers Delta Moon ring in the new year at Fairview Tavern (831 Old Fairview Road, 505-7236). 9 p.m., all ages show.

MoDaddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave., 258-1550) calls The Shane Pruitt Band “one of the most explosive blues acts coming out of the Southeast today” — an enticing description for the club’s New Year’s Eve act. 9 p.m., $15. modaddysbar. com.

The Garage at Biltmore (101 Fairview Road, Suite B, 505-2663) sets the stage for Touch Full Boom New Year’s Eve. Does that name

TallGary’s (4 College St., 232-0809) rocks out

with Unit 50 who, says the pub’s owner, are “our most popular band ... really great rock ‘n roll.” 9 p.m., $5. ”It’s a NYE family tradition at Jack of the Wood, so ring in 2011 with Ralph Lewis and his astoundingly talented sons and friends,” says Jack of the Wood (95 Patton Ave., Asheville, 252-5445). Of course, the club is talking about Sons of Ralph (voted Best Bluegrass Band in WNC in 2010 by Xpress readers). 9:30 p.m. At the Westville Pub (777 Haywood Road, 225-9782) it’s a New Year’s Eve Dance with midnight champagne. Western-swing band extraordinaire Cisco Playboys provides the soundtrack. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Colorful costumes, a six-piece line-up, “triumphant horns, laid-back grooves, and heavy backbeats”: must be funk/party outfit Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, ringing (perhaps trumpeting?) in the New Year at The Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave., 232-4372). 10 p.m., Head over to 44 S. Market St. for NYE Freakout: A Night of Filthy Hot Jams. Two floors of music with performances by Megahurtz, Plucky Walker, The Dispersants, Crow’s Foot, Abu Disarray, Doctor Awesome and Blood Summer. $5, 10 p.m. The Market Place Restaurant (20 Wall St., 252-4162) will hold a “Bubbles. Bites. Boogie.”

bash. The downtown Asheville restaurant will feature a special menu, followed by champagne, hors d’oeuvres and dancing to a DJ. Special menu items include a dry-aged bone-in ribeye, lobster “mac & cheese” and Kumamoto oysters on the half-shell. Guests receive a complimentary amuse bouche from Chef William Dissen. $20.

the traditional midnight countdown with a sparkling grape- juice toast. Advance tickets: $4 adults/$2 children (available at Family Place in Brevard, Smart Start of Transylvania County, Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County, OP Taylor’s in Brevard and the Transylvania County Health Department), $6/$3 at the door.

Make a night of it

The theme this year’s annual Old Farmer’s Ball New Year’s Eve contra dance is is Meet Me on Broadway. “Meet us on Broadway as your favorite character from your Broadway hit of choice,” says the website. “This is your chance to play dress-up in the most ridiculous of ways, so live it up, make it fun and most of all, make it danceable!” The Contrarians play; Hank Morris calls. 8 p.m.12:30 a.m., at the Warren Wilson College Gym, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannannoa. $15.50 advance/$20 doors.

• Make the drive to Laughing Waters Retreat Center at Hickory Nut Forest Eco-Community (3963 Gerton Hwy., Gerton) for the Festival of Light: New Years Eve with Sangita Devi Kirtan & Arundas. Starting at 7:30 p.m., “Join us for a warm, sacred, playful and ecstatic celebration of New Years Eve ... 25 minutes from downtown Asheville.” Sangita Devi leads call and response devotional chanting, Arundas performs ecstatic world music and dance grooves and an interactive group ceremony is planned to “harmonize intention and bring in the new year with Love and Light.” $15 advance/$25 at the door. • The Family Place of Transylvania holds an alchohol-free evening of family fun at the Transylvania County Boys and Girls Club (11 Gallimore Road, Brevard). Starting at 8 p.m., a live band, bounce house, silent auction are on the itinary; chili beans, soup, crackers, cornbread and drinks will be sold. A Rio de Janeiro countdown is scheduled for 10 p.m. for those with an earlier bedtime along with

The annual Lindy Focus (Monday, Dec. 27New Year’s Eve) has been a breathlessly anticipated event for swing and jazz dancers for nine years running. Check out for the week’s-worth of happenings, or just plan to Lindy Hop, Balboa and jazz dance your New Year’s Eve away at the Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Drive, 254-3211. “You can be taken back to the 1930s with live big band music, beginner swing dance lesson and performances by international dance champions,” says press for the event. The Nouveau Passe Orchestra headlines and “the evening climaxes in a Lindy Hop Dance Show featuring the event’s top talent - instructors

and performers showcasing thrilling and eyepopping dance routines.” 9 p.m., $45-$55. “Make it a Marshall New Year’s Eve,” suggests the Madison County Arts Council. “New Year’s Eve 2010! Marshall is the place to be!” Starting at 9 p.m., the Arts Council (90 S. Main St., Marshall) hosts an evening of fun — Musical duo Mark and Aimee Bumgarner open for The Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Opening will be Mark and Aimee Bumgarner. “About 11 p.m. we will be serving a taste of good luck seasonal foods and at midnight a Champagne toast! All of this for $15.” Info and tickets at 649-1301 or Ride into the new year on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. The New Year’s Eve Gala includes an evening of dining, dancing and live musical entertainment, plus party favors. The train leaves at 9 p.m. from Bryson City (arrive early for parking and a reception). $135 all-inclusive. Reservations at 800-872-4681 or Danceland Ballroom (4020 Hendersonville Road, Suite D., Fletcher) holds a Gala New Year’s Party with refreshments, Champagne, party favors and a Belgian waffle breakfast (and, presumably, dance — the studio teaches foxtrot, rhumba, tango, cha-cha and more). 9 p.m.-1 a.m., $25. Reservations: 423-4653. X Know of other NYE happenings? Post ‘em at

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Toubab Krewe adds keys, vocals and Yo Gabba Gabba to its already vast repertoire BOPWFMJEFB


All influences considered: From the deserts of Africa to the dinosaur cats of Yo Gabba Gabba, road warriors Toubab Krewe find inspirations for new songs in whateverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s around them. by C. Taylor Crothers

by Alli Marshall From Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Toubab Krewe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect the unexpected. Kora, kamelengoni, soku. The band requires of its fans both a nominal West African vocabulary and a willingness to go there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if not to West Africa itself, than to the sonic border crossing between American rock and roots, and African rhythms and melodies. Which makes it all that much more surprising when the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophomore studio album, TK2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; released this past summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; opens with ... piano. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a kind of familiar, smoky/sultry vintage cabaret-style piano, too. The smack of snare and thump of bass set the mood so that ethereal strains of the kora, when it makes its entrance, is more shimmying showgirl than Saharan statesman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely new for Toubab Krewe, on our stage set-up, but for me personally, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my first instrument,â&#x20AC;? says Drew Heller who (prior to Toubab Krewe) played keys with Count Clovis and other projects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really been more of an issue of space.â&#x20AC;? In storage, the band has a Hammond Organ and a Rhodes, among other â&#x20AC;&#x153;cumbersome gear.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve felt stubborn about wanting to have the real organ, the real Rhodes or a real piano,â&#x20AC;? says Heller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the realization struck that the years were going to pass and either Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d play the piano or not play the piano.â&#x20AC;? He says the studio felt like the right time to â&#x20AC;&#x153;enter that textureâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that first step likely means

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Toubab Krewe will now have keys on tour. Another new addition to the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound: Vocals. Namely, their own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be playing some newer music, integrating some vocal songs,â&#x20AC;? says percussionist Luke Quaranta of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pre-New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve show at the Orange Peel. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another interesting turn for a group that, since its 2005 inception, has been pushing the envelope as an instrumental ensemble. While Toubab Krewe certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t invent instrumental music and other groups (Galactic, Medeski Martin & Wood) have found success among contemporary jam, rock and jazz fans, Toubab Krewe has rapidly risen in prominence on the festival circuit, performing at some of the largest (and least world music-ish) in the U.S. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bonnaroo and MerleFest among them. So why add vocals now? Simply, the band says theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed singing off stage; now the fun of singing has crept on stage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that vocals could attract new audiences â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a recent string of shows as part of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Party In My City!â&#x20AC;? tour put them in front of a different demographic for sure. Kids. The family-friendly concerts (a spin-off of the popular TV and stage shows featuring the brightly-colored Gabba characters) are part educational/part sheer entertainment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The robots and monsters and dinosaur cats were right on stage doing a song called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peek-a-Boo,â&#x20AC;? right before we came on,â&#x20AC;? says

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Toubab Krewe (with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra)


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Friday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m., $15 advance/$17 doors. Heller. Toubab Krewe was on a stage that was wheeled forward to the audience. They played a four-minute song and then were wheeled back behind an LED screen. “It’s an intense, fun and very different experience as far as performance art goes,” says Heller. The band was booked on the tour by its manager (hip-hop artist Biz Markie was another guest Super Music Friend on the tour) but it was up to the band to decide what to play. They started with Appalachian tune “Cluck Old Hen,” but after testing an ensemble drumming piece — “A one-eighty from old-time string music,” says Quaranta — the band found the rhythm was what brought the crowd to its feet. Quaranta points out, “We have a lot of different aspects and different things we can do, from old-time to rock ‘n’ roll to straight-ahead West African.” These influences are evident on TK2. From the surf-rock gallop of “NTB” and the dirty blues of “Sirens” to the breezy, exotic sway of “Carnivalito” and the expansive 10-plusminute journey of “Beacon,” Toubab Krewe paints a canvas of creased road maps, offtrack meanderings, diesel fuel, sun rises and friendly strangers. “We don’t really let any influence not make its way in,” says kora, kamelengoni and elec-

tric guitarist Justin Perkins. “As you travel down the road and to different parts of the the world, you soak up what’s around you.” Perhaps most notably, the band has traveled to Africa a number of times, dating back to 1999 when Quaranta and Brown made their first trip to Guinea. In 2001, Quaranta, Brown, Heller and Perkins visited Conakry, Guinea, and Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Over the years, they’ve studied with tAfrican eachers Lamine Soumano, Vieux Kante, Koungbanan Conde and Madou Dembele. In 2007, they performed at the Desert Music Festival in Essakane, Mali. This year (could they have known, more than a decade ago?) the band released TK2 on the National Geographic world-music label, cementing their place among world-beat acts — though that label seems less and less necessary as world music (like instrumental music) is embraced by widening audiences. Toubab Krewe is planning another fullband Africa trip in the next year or two, but it seems the journey they’re most focused on is a philosophical quest — continuing to realize who they are as a band. The making of TK2 brought much of that to the forefront. “This recording was something that was a long time in the making,” says drummer Teal Brown. “From the first time we started touring in 2005, we’ve wanted to get back in the studio.” The band spend six weeks-worth of 12-hour days at Echo Mountain “tapping the creative source. We picked out moments that were special to us; we were able to let the cream float to the top,” says Brown. “It felt really cathartic, it was a great learning experience and it was very revealing to all of us which directions we can and which directions we want to head in as a band.” Says Heller, “It’s not always easy, but it’s such a beautiful dream to be doing this.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@

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What we saw and heard and watched and loved Our area and its rich arts scene continues to astound me: with concerts from Beach House (at the Grey Eagle) to Joanna Newsom (at the Orange Peel), local bands from Sky Lake to Sonmi Suite, theatre from community to equity, literature, visual art and dance, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a quiet night around WNC. What follows are some of our favorites from the past year, and maybe some online features you

didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about: Rich Orrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stellar concert photography, for example, or our online theater-review project. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s near impossible to sum it all up, and this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t our attempt (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the website is for!) But, do stroll back through the past 12 months with us, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you? A slight pause before a big, wild next year arrives, no doubt full of big, wild arts. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rebecca Sulock, co-managing editor, A&E

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Body Electric: Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Electronic Music Scene Evolvesâ&#x20AC;? Published March 3

Alli Marshall undreds of articles into my career at Xpress , it takes a special H story to stand out for me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Body Electricâ&#x20AC;? is that one for this past year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a three-part feature covering various aspects of the local electronica scene, and I was joined in the effort by writers Jake Frankel and Gabe Chess (an editorial intern at the time).

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Working as part of a team was a fantastic experience; so was broadening my own horizons. The idea came out of a Facebook comment chain in which a number of local electronica artists were discussing the lack of press coverage they received. It made me want to educate myself about electronic music (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a super-dense and expansive field with endless iterations and possibilities) and write about it. Funny to think that, back in March, my knowledge was fairly limited. Since then, a number of electronic/analog bands have become favorites on my playlist and I went from scratching the surface of the local scene to interviewing international electronica heavy-hitters like Pretty Lights and Hot Chip prior to Moogfest. Oh yeah â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a mere seven months after â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Body Electricâ&#x20AC;? published, three-day electronica extravaganza Moogfest debuted in Asheville. Coincidence? Great minds thinking alike? A concept whose time has come? Why not! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Alli Marshall, A&E reporter/ fashion editor â&#x20AC;&#x153;At first glance it might seem that Asheville is stacked in favor of roots music, what with a guitarist on every corner and an Americana band in every bar. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also much to suggest Asheville as an electronica hot bed, despite that sceneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent underground status. ... Ashevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound: Dubstepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been coming out of here for a solid amount of time. Psytrance, real loose, less aggressive, maybe. When I close my eyes and think about it I think liquid-y, dripping around the edges. Less edgy, more fluid, more. .. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be generic and say it, but more organic electronica. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dave Hamilton (local electronic musician, Creative Director of the Moog Foundation).â&#x20AC;? To view the full story, visit .  DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 â&#x20AC;˘

Pedal power: electro-rockers Sonmi Suite blend traditional instrumentation with electronic elements such as synthesizers, vocoders, samplers and computers. PHoTo bY JoNATHAN WeLCH

OK Go at The orange Peel, Nov. 2. PHoTo bY rICH orrIS

Clare & The Reasons, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Moogfest, oct. 30. PHoTo bY rICH orrIS

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The “Art Walk!” cover Published March 31

Carrie Lare I really enjoy getting to put art from local artists on the cover. It’s always beautiful and dynamic. The collage style of this cover allowed me to exhibit the variety of art on display at the season’s first art walk. This cover, like the Gabriel Shaffer (Jan. 6) and Alli Good (Oct. 6) covers I did this year, was a true success for Xpress — and a worthy showcase for some of our most brilliant local artists. — Carrie Lare, designer

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Setting our sightlines on local theatre Rebecca sulock e continued another year of the heavW ily trafficked S ightlines theatre-review project ( A collaboration between Xpress and contributors John Crutchfield, Lucia Del Vecchio Gray, Steven Samuels and guests, the online-only reviews attempt to provide honest and thoughtful criticism of almost every local theatre production. Watch for changes this year, as Samuels opens the Magnetic Field theatre, and Xpress looks to add more contributors. Interested? Write to The most-commented articles this year: 1. S outhern dis(Comfort) by Steven Samuels: (performed by visiting theatre artist Elisabeth Gray at Asheville Community Theatre) 2. R ENT by guest reviewer Meg Hale (a Bioflyer Production at Diana Wortham) 3. The Beautiful Johanna by Steven

Samuels (written by David B. Hopes and performed at N.C. Stage) 4. A Christmas Carol , reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (a Montford Park Players production at the Masonic Temple) 5. Dead Man’s Cell Phone , reviewed by John Crutchfield (N.C. Stage) The most-viewed articles: 1. What the Butler Saw , reviewed by John Crutchfield (N.C. Stage) 2. F ringe on Wheels, reviewed by Steven Samuels (performed on the LaZoom bus during the Asheville Fringe Festival) 3. S teel Magnolias , reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (Flat Rock Playhouse) 4. The Big Bang , reviewed by Lucia Del Vecchio Gray (Asheville Community Theatre) 5. Ruth , reviewed by Alli Marshall (written by John Crutchfield, performed at N.C. Stage)

“i-Dose: Is this how Ashevillans will be getting high in the future?” Published Oct. 20

Miles Britton

the sounds on an MP3. ...

I have to say, despite the resulting migraine, I loved doing that i-Dose piece. As a new X press writer, it was my first chance to really prove to the higher-ups that I could do some hard, investigative journalism. Sure, I wasn’t uncovering a local scandal or a secret spy base or anything, but it did allow me to channel my inner human guinea pig a la Rick Sanchez (CNN’s oft-tasered former anchor). Unlike him, though, I got too deep. It wasn’t long before my iPod and I developed a serious addiction to the sound of Quaaludes. Thank god for iRehab! — Miles Britton, freelance writer

Welcome to the reefer madness of the iPod age.

You’ve probably heard about it by now. It’d be hard not to, with the media in such a tizzy over it. They call it i-Dosing: a “digital drug” that people claim gets you high solely off

And, well, let’s just say you owe me one, Asheville.“

Sure, the whole thing sounds completely ridiculous. But as any loyal reader of t he Mountain Xpr ess knows, we’re hardly ones to shy away from being ridiculous. And who knows? Maybe there really is some truth to the idea that you can get royally crunked on the sounds from your earbuds.

There was only one way to find out. And being the responsible journalistic establishment that the Xp ress is, they assigned me — the newbie — to be their experimental guinea pig, to “Hide the children. Lock your doors. forgo a Friday night in the interest of Kiss your loved ones goodbye. There’s straightening out internet fact from a new drug craze in town. internet fiction.

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An Awkward Comparison: environments falling apart and regenerating.

“Flooding and Rebuilding: Momentous and Magical Realms in Paint on Canvas” Published June 16

Ursula gullow ith so many talented artists in Asheville W to write about, it is difficult to choose a single favorite column of 2010. I always enjoy getting to know artists through the interview process, and for this reason I especially enjoyed writing profiles about people like Tim Barnwell, Luca Dipierro, Peter Parpan and Anna Jensen. Then there are the artists that teach me something new, like Gene Felice, whose work incorporates rapid prototyping — a technology I had never heard about before.

“Process and form rise and converge in the cadenced paintings of Galen Frost Bernard, currently on display at BoBo Gallery in downtown Asheville. Treading the line between abstract and representational art, undulating masses of geometric shape, color and line churn into each other to create the impression of shantytowns built into precipitous environments.

They are more than depictions of fantastical favelas, however — they hearken a frame of mind as well. ‘I’m resistant to the landscape thing,’ says Bernard, ‘I’m more interested in painting the feeling of a place, rather than I finally decided on the article, “Flooding an actual place.’ and Rebuilding” about painter Galen Frost Bernard as my favorite column of 2010. It Indeed, these are not your typical landwas a pleasure to meet Bernard, and even scapes; these are other worldly realms for more of a pleasure to translate the sub- the eye to journey across. “ lime quality of his paintings into words. — Ursula Gullow, columnist, Artillery: Art To view the full story, visit . Around Town

The “Outre is In!” cover Published April 7

Nathanael Roney A lthough I could settle on either of a few, my internal politic unanimously rests with Those Legs. It came and then went with a fluidity quite rare in the grand compromise we call Commercial Art. Two Colors (both dark), One Image, No Photo, Small Teaser. After meeting the story’s author just a few days ago, he used this cover in attempt to identify any professional link he and I might have had. “Did you do My Burlesque Cover?” he asked avidly. I smirked with a brief exhale of the nose. “I did,” I said. Confirmed by his bold, yet understandably harmless sense of entitlement, I resorted back to the inherent conflict I share with this most essential process. The cover fosters the designer’s task to translate the exhaustion of One to the greeting of Many. The means of which this task is unfolded are constructed entirely by the intuition of said designer. The Burlesque Cover was a prime example of this form’s potential success. The Burlesque Cover was mine — particularly, all mine. — Nathanael Roney, designer

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“Eighty-Eight Keys, Many Hands” Published Sept. 22

Jaye Bartell

don’t play piano) — and, I hope, for readers as well. — Jaye Bartell, editorial Classical music had an active year in assistant Asheville. The Asheville Symphony began its 50th season; the Classical “This year marks a number of mileGuitar Society began hosting concerts; stones for several Asheville music the Chamber Music Society continued institutions. The Asheville Symphony performances in its 58th season; and Orchestra began its 50th season last the Asheville Area Piano Forum hosted week, and this week, the Asheville its 10th annual Fall Benefit Concert, Area Piano Forum performs its 10th Fall among other milestones. My first story Benefit concert at the Diana Wortham for the X press , “Eighty-Eight Keys, Theater. The latter celebrates the perMany Hands” focused on the Piano formance of music, while benefiting Forum — an informal collective of further generations of musicians. pianists, music instructors and piano enthusiasts — and their annual ben- In some ways, the audience benefits efit concert. Writing the piece led to a the most.” discovery for me — that the Asheville Piano Forum existed, and hosts public To view the full story, visit http://avl. events, even for amateur listeners (who mx/1w.

Sky Lake played a set that was at turns sparse and understated, ferocious and soaring.

“Soundtrack: Sky Lake Soars at the LAB”

“You Can Sing Me Anything”

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Published Feb. 10

Rebecca sulock

Merritt’s songs seem to make it all more manageable. You might think your pain or joy or weird situation is the only one of its kind, the Most or the Worst or the Biggest. But no, Merritt’s charted more than five-dozen distinct forms of Joy and Pain and Oddity. Most of the songs clock at under three minutes, so really, how important could any of it be? Many are witty, and the wrenching ones are only a few songs away from the chipper ones. So laugh and revel, because tomorrow you could be in the middle of a different disc.

Alas, I don’t get to write much for print. But a certain set of songs demanded the cover, and I allowed: a performance of The Magnetic Field’s iconic 6 9 Love Songs albums, recreated by nine local bands. The article consisted almost entirely of the performer’s answers to a series of questions I sent. It may have been self-indulgent: Getting some of my favorite bands to talk about some of my favorite songs, and then we all got to hear them perform at a sold-out show at the Grey Eagle. Still, ‘twas nice, and (for me) memorable. — Rebecca Says Andy Herod from Electric Owls: Sulock, co-managing editor, A&E ‘Merritt has a great, human view of life and love. He acknowledges the futility “‘69 Love Song s is an enviable pop mas- of it, yet goes back for more and more terpiece that shows off not only what like we all do. That’s when music really seems to be stream of consciousness, hits home, when you hear someone back-handed songwriting, but also singing things you always felt, but are creative and economical production,’ afraid to admit, but they are just belting writes Aaron Price, local songwriter/ it out into the light of day so we can producer/singer who’ll be debut- all look at it together and be like, “F--k ing a new band, GladHammer, at the yeah! That’s me, too!”’” Saturday show. ‘Plus, it’s a charming and unpredictable record, sort of like To view the full story, visit http://avl. what a Valentine’s Day breakfast in mx.2b. bed should be.’

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of Sky Lake (including piano and harp) has been rehearsing, and I for one look For weeks, all my trustworthy friends forward to falling in love with this band had been raving about Sky Lake. all over again. — Dane Smith, Clubland My curiosity was piqued, but still I editor, A&E writer remained skeptical. In my experience, it’s nearly impossible to live up to that “Sky Lake is still in its infancy — with sort of hype. Nevertheless, I was dying only a handful of local appearances to see for myself, so I kept an eye and a few rough demos on MySpace on Sky Lake’s schedule and patiently — which makes the passion and vision waited for the next local performance, of their live show all the more impreswhich happened to be at the LAB (in sive. my opinion, the best sounding room in town). My jaw hit the floor the moment Relaxed and at ease before the attenthe set began. tive crowd, the band quietly continued through a stellar set that was at times Sky Lake’s sound was unlike anything sparse and understated, equally ferocoming out of Asheville at the time, cious and soaring at others — thanks and the dizzying video installations in large part to Pates’ droning cello and only heightened the sense that the band Williams’ atmospheric tenor. Imagine if wasn’t just playing songs, it was build- Devendra Banhart and Thom Yorke had ing moods. This was only the fourth a baby, blessed with the former’s talent local performance, but from what I could for bluesy, freewheeling folk-rock and tell, the sky was the limit for this band the latter’s penchant for ethereal sound(please excuse the pun). Unfortunately, scapes delivered with driving intensity. cellist Benjamin Pates has sense left the Now you’re getting the picture.” country, and the band has been on hiatus. Rumor has it that a new incarnation To view the full story, visit

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The “Moogus Operandi” cover Published May 19

kathy Wadham T he May 19 cover, featuring electronic music pioneer Bob Moog, is my favorite from 2010. The image seems to show the sounds and beats of the music played on the equipment Moog designed. I could almost feel the beat while making the image. — Kathy Wadham, advertising production manager

Edgy Mama: “Do Yourself a Huge Favor, Strengthen Those Pelvic Floor Muscles” Published April 21

Anne fitten glenn “Do Yourself a Huge Favor, Strengthen Those Pelvic Floor Muscles” was one of the more memorable Edgy Mama columns I’ve written for Xpress , both because of the subject matter and the local response to it. The subject — how women can strengthen their pelvic floor muscles to avoid incontinence and improve their sex lives — is a delicate one, but what blew me away was how many women had been embarrassed to ask even their doctors for help until they read my column. Countless women (and their partners) thanked me for putting this information out there. People have come up to me to talk about pelvic

floor exercise balls at the Grey Eagle, Ingles and even during a Tourists game. Writing something that helps people (and improves important stuff such as their self-confidence and sex life) makes me extremely happy. — Anne Fitten Glenn, columnist, Edgy Mama “This is one of those subjects that moms rarely discuss, but we should. Regaining the strength of your pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy and birth can mean the difference between urine-soaked and dry underwear. It also can mean the difference between a mediocre and an intergalactic sex life.” To view the full story, visit . • DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 9

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“The Big Parade: Grammy-Winning Kids’ Singer Leads a Chorus Line of Famous Friends” Published August 11

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in part because of those overly dramatic, deafening soundtracks. Zanes’ music rides The first time I really became aware of a nice line between all those evils. It’s Dan Zanes he was plinking a mandolin just low-key, joyful, bouncy, ageless stuff. on an episode of Sesame Street, gathering a — Melanie McGee Bianchi, freelance writer bunch of kids and Williamsburg-style hipsters around him, Pied Piper-like, on the “Like a toddler with a leaky sippy cup, Dan steps of some Brooklyn brownstone. With Zanes casually dribbles a trail of notable his owl’s-nest hair, craggy features and names wherever he roams. For a decade, scrawny, aging-rocker bod, he physically he’s been a family-music scion. ... reminds me of my all-time rock-star crush, Paul Westerberg of the Replacements. From folk and country heirs (Loudon Zanes is such a gentle presence too — a Wainwright III, Roseanne Cash) to A-listpleasure to interview. Kids’ music is a ers (Sheryl Crow, Matthew Broderick) to shifty business — it’s either too saccha- blues institutions (Blind Boys of Alabama, rine or too condescending or just plain at Lincoln Center no less), an impressive too much. I can’t stand Disney movies list of stars have hopped Zanes’ train. His

famous admirers have performed with him live and contributed tracks to a series of eight albums that most recently includes 76 Trombone s, pared-down versions of Broadway show tunes. ... Absent the bombast, these theatrical anthems (culled from a music-publishing catalogue owned by Paul McCartney) make ideal fodder for kids’ music, and particularly for Zanes’ signature treatment — a tattered lo-fi charm juiced up with virtuosic flourishes from his smiley, zanyinstrument-wielding back-up band. “ To view the full story, visit .

The “Live Like a Tourist” cover Published June 23

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“If you don’t think stick people can be funny, you are sadly mistaken” Published April 28

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“Book Report: the Girl Who chased the Moon” Published online March 10

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“The story, set in a small North Carolina town, is anything but small-minded. Teenager Emily arrives in Mullaby after losing her mother. She’s come to live with a grandfather who she’s never met before and, upon arriving, finds her grandfather is a real-life giant. But Grandpa Vance is hardly the oddest thing about Mullaby. For starters, the whole town smells of barbecue. The wallpaper in Emily’s room changes pattern of its own accord, the townspeople all avoid Emily like the plague, Emily’s neighbor, Julia, bakes cakes to bring back lost love, and there are mysterious lights in the woods at night. For Emily, it’s almost too much to bear.”

hough I didn’t get to interview local T author Sarah Addison Allen prior to the March launch of her novel, The Girl Who Chased the Moon , that book stands out as my favorite that I reviewed this past year. Allen, a formerly frustrated romance writer, found her voice with the Southern-set, best-selling magical realism novel Garden Spells. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is Allen’s third book in that genre, a dreamy work of fiction that touches the known world but in which everything seems infused with sparkle and possibility. People have magical powers — not in the Marvel Comics sense, but in the stillbelievable sense. These are fairy tales T o view the full story, visit http://avl. for grownups. — Alli Marshall mx/1i .

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e get hundreds of e-mails a week W (sometimes a day!) at Xpress , and many of them are easily sortable. This one, received April 21, was so delightful we circulated it immediately around the office, and then decided it was too fun not to share with our readers. (It ran in print, with Ross’ cartoons, in the April 28 issue). — Rebecca Sulock “Salutations, My name is Ross McGuinn. I am fifteen years old and interested in having my comic strip, faceless, seen somewhere other than my Chemistry notebook. I realize that you probably think that there are many reasons not to allow me this oppurtunity. i.e. I am too young, you probably get a million requests for the same thing, or you already have a cartoonist. Well, stop that thinking, RIGHT NOW! I am here to tell you that my age does not affect my work, unlike other cartoons, mine are funny, and what’s wrong with variety in the funnies page? Other reasons to hire me: I do not require monetary satisfaction

I could get you a daily, funny comic I live in Columbus, Polk County, so you could easily get in touch with me. much, much, more! Let me tell you a little bit about my comic: The art quality is low (welldrawn stick men with various characteristics), but the humor quality is high! Now, if you don’t think stick people can be funny you are sadly mistaken. To prove my point, allow me to redirect you to a very popular web-comic done only with stick people: This man lives off of selling merchandise related to his comic. I feel like we have gotten to know each other a little better over the course of this e-mail. If you are interested (I’m holding my breath) contact me. At this point my comic is nothing more than a few comic strips that I find funny drawn on some card stock to make them seem more “official”, but I hope that with your help they can become something more. If you read this e-mail entirely, thank you for your time. If not, thank you for the time it took you to read the subject heading and click the red X in the top right corner. Sincerely, Ross McGuinn”

“Roundhouse Kicks and Rocket Packs” Published April 14

Jake Frankel “Which part are you interested in interviewing? His fist, or his foot?” I braced myself for such words when I called Chuck Norris ahead of the inaugural Actionfest film festival in early April. But my fears proved unfounded, as his wife picked up the phone and thanked me profusely for taking the time to speak with her husband. She soon handed the phone over to the action legend and we proceeded to have a surreal 30-minute conversation about everything from his insecure childhood to what the world would be like under a “Chuck-tatorship.” — Jake Frankel, staff reporter “Since it was announced last month, Actionfest has hit Asheville with the impact of one of Chuck Norris’ stunning roundhouse kicks. Except instead of bringing a world of pain, it’s brought a world of anticipation to local fans of adrenaline-fueled cinema. ... On hand to introduce Braddock and accept the Lifetime Achievement Award will be none other than Norris himself. The legendary martial artist, action star and mythological super-human says he’s pumped. ‘I think this is long overdue,’ Norris tells Xpress. ‘I think eventually it’s going to be bigger than the Academy Awards.’”

Norris on if America was a Chuck-tatorship: “Now if that was true, I would go to Washington, I’d line up every member of Congress, and I’d have Ron Paul, who I think is the most honest one down there, and I’d say ‘Ron, point out the honest and dishonest politicians.’ “So as I’m walking down the aisle with all 535 of them lined up there, he says ‘He’s honest, he’s honest, he’s dishonest.” I’d walk up to him, nose to nose, and say ‘You’re fired.’ And if he didn’t move immediately, I’d choke him unconscious and drag him over to the pile (laughing).” To view the full story, visit For some exciting scenes from the Actionfest Stunt Show, visit • DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 55


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Leo Johnston “Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party & drag show Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mon., January 3

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Open mic

New Year’s Eve Party w/ Rewind Blue

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Scandals Nightclub

Hotel Indigo

Contra dance

Grove House New Year’s Eve party w/ DJ Stratos

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

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Stella Blue

Iron Horse Station

Lobster Trap

Ralph Roddenbery (rock) w/ Phuncle Sam & The Jaime Thomas Band

Barbara Turner (acoustic, rock, country)

Dave Desmelik (Americana, roots)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Straightaway Caf&#233;

Peggy Ratusz & the Swing Daddies (swing)

Common Foundation (ska)

Jerusalem Garden

The Get Down

Belly dancing w/ live music

Masters Bluegrass Jam

Lobster Trap

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Jazz night

Marc Keller

Midway Tavern

Tue., January 4


New Year’s party w/ Unit 50 (rock) Temptations Red Room

D-Day dance party The Get Down

Live music

The Dispersants w/ Zombie Queen, Blood Summer & Death of Analog

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Warehouse Live

Live music Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music Town Pump

Wink Keziah (singer-songwriter, folk, roots) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Charles Walker Band Vanuatu Kava Bar

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Bobby Sullivan (piano) Westville Pub

The Cisco Playboys (western swing, rockabilly, country)

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Lobster Trap

New Year’s Day Comedy Show w/ Jerry Farber & Jonny Porrazzo

Red Stag Grill

NYE Reggae Bash w/ KinJah

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Garage at Biltmore

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

White Horse

Travers Chandler & Avery County w/ Danny Paisley Olive or Twist

42nd Street Jazz Band Pack’s Tavern

Aaron LaFalce Band (acoustic, rock) Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Rewind Blue Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party & drag show Stella Blue

American Gonzos (rock, funk) w/ Machiavillians & Neckbreaker Temptations Red Room

Super duper dance party w/ live DJ The Warehouse Live

Live music

Emerald Lounge

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

Eleven on Grove

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

Tuesday Night Funk Jam Firestorm Cafe and Books

Open mic Frankie Bones

Aaron LaFalce (alternative, acoustic) Garage at Biltmore

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Innocent Flannel (indie, rock) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Tuesday swing dance, 7pm Gene Dillard Bluegrass Jam, 8:30pm Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm

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Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Parkside Pub & Grill 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 French Broad Chocolate Lounge 252-4181 The Garage 505-2663 The Get Down 505-8388 Good Stuff 649-9711 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612 The Grove Park Inn (Elaine’s Piano Bar/ Great Hall) 252-2711 The Handlebar (864) 233-6173 The Hangar 684-1213 Hannah Flanagans 252-1922 Harrah’s Cherokee 497-7777 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Highland Brewing Company 299-3370 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770

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Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 Olive Or Twist 254-0555 O’Malley’s On Main 246-0898 The Orange Peel 225-5851 Pack’s Tavern 225-6944 Pineapple Jack’s 253-8860 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Posana Cafe 505-3969 Pulp 225-5851 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Root Bar No.1 299-7597

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Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge (comedy open mic), 9pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

The Archrivals (jazz, rock, fusion) O’Malley’s On Main

Blue Note Grille

Jazz jam, 9pm Broadway’s

‘80s night, 10pm

Open mic

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Blues night Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller & Company (variety) White Horse

Scully’s 251-8880 Skyland Performing Arts Center 693-0087 Stella Blue 236-2424 Stephanie’s Roadhouse Bistro 299-4127 The Still 683-5913 Straightaway Cafe 669-8856 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 Tallgary’s 232-0809 Temptations Red Room 252-0775 Thirsty Monk South 505-4564 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues 254-7072 Vanuatu Kava 505-8118 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Warehouse Live 681-9696 The Watershed 669-0777 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

Dave Desmelik (roots, Americana, singersongwriter)

Athena’s Club

Jay Brown (country, blues)

Scandals Nightclub 252-2838

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

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Lobster Trap

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Fairview Tavern

Open mic Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (requests), 7-11pm Holland’s Grille

Marc Keller (singer-songwriter) Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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

Old-time jam, 6pm Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

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Bluegrass jam Town Pump

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Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

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Nitrograss (bluegrass) Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Mark Guest (jazz guitar) Elaineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dueling Piano Bar

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Eleven on Grove

Good Stuff

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Zydeco lesson & dance, 7pm

Megan Davis Watercolor w/ J.P. Delanoye

Alex Krug (Americana, roots)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Good Stuff

Here’s to the Long Haul (Americana, folk) w/ Innocent Flannel

Do it to Julia (folk, rock, indie) w/ Native Sway & Distribution Band

Daniel Lefkowitz

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Donna Germano (hammer dulcimer), 2-4pm —- Steep Canyon Rangers (bluegrass), 8pm

Soulgrass Rebellion (reggae, folk, rock) w/ Sanctum Sully



Jason & the Scorchers (“cowpunk”, rockabilly) w/ Stacie Collins

The Winter Sounds (indie, rock) w/ Joel Hamilton, East/North & Mountain Homes

Havana Restaurant

Highland Brewing Company

Salsa dance, 7pm

Bayou Diesel (cajun, zydeco)

Rock for Scott Benefit feat: A Vacant Soul, Swingin’ Richards & Star City Meltdown

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

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Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Iron Horse Station

Hotel Indigo

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Chelsea LaBate (folk, acoustic)

Lobster Trap

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

Matt Hill & the Buzzkills (“deep fried R&B”)

Iron Horse Station

Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill

Jerusalem Garden

Marc Keller (acoustic, variety)

Belly dancing w/ live music

An Evening with the Madison County Arts Council feat: Mark Bumgarner (Americana)


Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Belly dancing

Back stage: Johnson’s Crossroad (acoustic, Americana, country) w/ The Honeycutters

Jerusalem Garden

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Taylor Martin’s Engine (roots)

J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices w/ Cary Fridley (country, folk)

Lobster Trap

Belly dancing w/ live music

Space Heaters (acoustic, swing)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Olive or Twist

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Swing dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band

Mosier Brothers CD release show (bluegrass)

Back stage: The Brand New Life (world, jazz, funk) w/ The Secret B-Sides

Pack’s Tavern

Lobster Trap

Pack’s Tavern

96.5 House Band (dance)

Jazz night

Scott Raines (acoustic, rock)

Stella Blue

Midway Tavern

Steve Whiddon the pianoman

Brushfire Stankgrass (rock, bluegrass, progressive)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Straightaway Caf&#233;

Bubonik Funk (funk, jazz) w/ Actual Proof

Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Screech Owl Serenade (country, Western swing)

Olive or Twist


The Warehouse Live

42nd Street Jazz Band

Open mic

Live music

Orange Peel

Westville Pub

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Bloodroot Orkaestarr (gypsy folk)

Live music

Resurrection Dance Theater (dance, drum), 1pm Abbey Road Live (Beatles tribute), 8pm

White Horse

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Pack’s Tavern

Andrew Magill w/ Duncan Wickle

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

DJ Jason Wyatt (‘80s & ‘90s)

White Horse

Red Stag Grill

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Fri., January 7 Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

Acoustic Swing

Sat., January 8

Blue Note Grille

Athena’s Club

Mark Guest Trio (jazz) Curras Nuevo Cuisine

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

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Curras Nuevo Cuisine

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Greg Olson (folk)

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

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Eleven on Grove

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

EDM w/ RavenRage Productions

Emerald Lounge

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Velvet Truckstop (Americana, rock)

Sound Pimp w/ NXT LVL & Selector Timothy

Fairview Tavern

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Live music

Appalachian Song

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Carolina Rex (rock, blues)

28th to Hausman to Pershing, Oh My! (dance)

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French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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High Gravity Jazz Trio (jazz, soul)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Garage at Biltmore

A Question of Meaning w/ Arthur Hancock &Katie; Brugger

Telic (metal, hardcore)

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DJ dance party & drag show Stella Blue

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Gulliver’s Travels (PG) 12:10, 12:40, 2:30, 3:00, 4:50, 7:10, 7:40, 9:30, 10:00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13) 12:20, 4:00, 7:20, 10:30 True Grit (PG-13) 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 The Tourist (PG-13) 12:15, 2:50, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35 TRON: Legacy 3D (PG) 12:00, 12:30, 3:50, 4:20, 7:00, 7:30, 9:50, 10:20

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additional reviews by justin souther contact

Gulliver’s Travels JJ

Director: Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Aliens) Players: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly

Comedy Rated PG

The Story: A goofy New Yorker gets sucked down a whirlpool in the Bermuda Triangle and transported to a world of very tiny people in this update of Jonathan Swift’s classic. The Lowdown: A pretty unfunny film that might rise to the heights of mediocrity if you can handle the overload of Jack Black’s usual screen persona. Warning: Whether you find this movie completely obnoxious and unwatchable or a middling work of mediocrity is dependent upon the level of your Jack Black tolerance. I usually find him harmless. His shtick of mistaking loud for funny isn’t nearly as bad when you take into account his innate likeability and the fact that Will Ferrell is still running around on the loose. I’ve liked Jack Black in the past (Richard Linklater’s The School of Rock (2003) and Michel Gondry’s Be Kind Rewind (2008) come to mind), and have also found him negligible in movies I happen to like (Tropic Thunder (2008)). However, if you find Jack Black to be obnoxious, well, then this is also how you will find the movie. Because, boy, do you get a lot of Jack Black. It’s a full-on assault at times: an all-singing, all-dancing Jack Black extravaganza. Even if you’re blessed like I am and can generally ignore him even while he is on-screen, you’re still going to be watching a pretty stupid movie, but one that won’t pain you. If you can’t stand the man, beware. The film is, of course, a modernization of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. The puckish satire was originally published in 1726, and the movie is exactly what you would expect from Jack Black recreating this nearly 300-year-old piece of fiction. We follow Black’s character of Lemuel Gulliver, who in this day and age is an insecure loser working in a magazine mailroom. After plagiarizing Frommer’s in an attempt to impress his crush, travel editor Darcy (Amanda Peet), Gulliver finds himself on assignment in the Bermuda Triangle, where he’s sucked into a whirlpool. Following this unfortunate occurrence, he finds himself shipwrecked in the land of the Lilliputians, a country of miniature people, and that’s where the film completely diverges from the novel — adhering more to the 1939 Max Fleischer feature cartoon, which also limited itself to Lilliput. All of the satire from the Jonathan Swift classic is, of course, thrown away. In exchange, we get a barrage of pop-culture ref-

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Ben Stiller and Barbra Streisand look like they might have just watched the pretty awful Little Fockers in which they unfortunately appear. erences — like a truly awful musical number built around Edwin Starr’s “War.” The plot becomes focused on the romance between the Lilliputian princess (Emily Blunt) and a lowly commoner (Jason Segel). All of it’s stupid — though I must admit I did laugh at a couple things that immediately flitted from my mind. Still, if you ignore a giant Jack Black giving a very tiny Billy Connolly a golden shower, none of it’s too egregious. Plus, none of the actors truly embarrass themselves. Of course, Emily Blunt is in plenty of good movies where she doesn’t embarrass herself, so I’m not really sure this is an endorsement. Yes, Gulliver’s Travels is a dumb movie, but there are a ton of dumb movies out there. This one isn’t even dumb enough to be noteworthy. Rated PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande, United Artists Beaucatcher Cinema 7.

Little Fockers J

Director: Paul Weitz (American Dreamz) Players: Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman Flaccid Comedy Rated PG-13

The Story: Feeling series regular Jack appoint son-in-law successor as family

his own mortality, Byrnes decides to Greg Focker as his patriarch.

The Lowdown: A mostly tedious, occasionally tasteless attempt to milk more money out of this tired situational premise. Unfortunately, it will probably succeed in that aim. Quite the nicest surprise about Paul Weitz’s pretty abysmal Little Fockers was that it doesn’t quite plumb the depths of sheer abysmalosity that its first reviews indicated. That’s not the same as saying it’s any good. Because it’s not. It’s reasonably appalling — especially the first 30 minutes. The first 30 minutes are, in fact, aggressive in their awfulness. After that, the movie mostly settles in for passive mediocrity, which may actually be worse. At least, the opening sections were punctuated with the sort of peculiar amazement that accompanies seeing the spectacularly ill-advised hit the screen with alarming regularity. After that, the movie is just limp and rather tedious. I didn’t mind Meet the Fockers (2005) — in fact, I gave it three-and-a-half stars, which is more than my Xpress predecessor gave Meet the Parents (2000). (Am I really to believe she had seen Peter Jackson’s Meet the Feebles (1990), though?) And it could be said that everything from Meet the Fockers is in this latest outburst of Fockering around. Problem is it all feels oh-so-recycled — except when it feels just plain desperate. Additionally — to me at least — Little Fockers is simply not funny. I must admit the scene where Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) gives Jack Byrnes

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5:30 pm Fridays on Matt Mittan’s Take a Stand.

James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Clémence Poésy, Treat Williams, Kate Burton Fact-Based Drama A fact-based story about Aron Ralston, who chose to cut off his arm rather than die when he was trapped by a boulder in the walls of a narrow canyon. A harrowing, brutal, yet ultimately life-affirming film from Danny Boyle. It’s virtually a two-man show—director and star James Franco— and one of the movies of the year. Rated R

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon Historical Drama The story of Britain’s King George VI and his attempts—with the help of an unorthodox therapist—to overcome his speech impediment to become the wartime voice of his people. An improbable subject becomes a magnificently enjoyable and moving film experience that needs to be seen. Rated R

Black Swan JJJJJ

Little Fockers J

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder Psychological Thriller/Horror The Story A ballerina in a Lincoln Center opera company lands the lead role in a production of “Swan Lake”—and the experience threatens her sanity. A rewarding, disturbing, full-blooded essay in psychological horror of a kind we rarely see—and one of the best films of 2010. Rated R

Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman Flaccid Comedy Feeling his own mortality, series regular Jack Byrnes decides to appoint son-in-law Greg Focker as his successor as family patriarch. A mostly tedious, occasionally tasteless attempt to milk more money out of this tired situational premise. Unfortunately, it will probably succeed in that aim. Rated PG-13

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader JJ

Tangled JJJJ

Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet Allegorical Fantasy The Story The two younger Pevensie children are whisked back to Narnia for further adventures. Dull adventure, debatable religious themes and childish fantasy are doled out in massively halting slabs in this third installment in the Narnia series. Rated PG

The Fighter JJJJ

Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O’Keefe, Jack McGee Biographical Boxing Drama The Story The reallife story of boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward and his rise to fame against all odds—including the help of his family. A good, creatively made boxing biopic that never breaks through into actual greatness, despite fine work from Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams. Rated R

Gulliver’s Travels JJ

Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly Comedy A goofy New Yorker gets sucked down a whirlpool in the Bermuda Triangle and transported to a world of very tiny people in this update of Jonathan Swift’s classic. A pretty unfunny film that might rise to the heights of mediocrity if you can handle the overload of Jack Black’s usual screen persona. Rated PG

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The King’s Speech JJJJJ

Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson, Kathryn Hahn Theoretical Romcom-Dram A woman whose pro softball career is over has to choose between a pathologically unfaithful pro baseball player and a nice guy who might be going to jail for corporate fraud. Flat, uninspired, uninvolving, unfunny, unromantic and mostly just unlikable. Rated PG-13

I Love You, Phillip Morris JJJJJ

Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone, Brennan Brown Fact-Based Romantic Comedy/Drama A fact-based story of the romance between a con man and the young man he meets in prison. An unusual and very good movie that will ruffle some folks’ feathers, owing to its unabashed gay content, but if that isn’t a problem for you, catch this one. Rated R

(Voices) Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Muprhy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey Animated Fairy Tale Animated variation on the “Rapunzel” fairy tale. A largely successful, charming, beautifully made animated film that is neither too smart for its own good, nor too gooey. Rated PG

The Tourist JJJ

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff, Rufus Sewell Would-be Romantic Thriller The Story An American tourist meets a mysterious woman on a train and finds himself plunged into a web of intrigue. It ought to be an effervescent bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, but this supposed romantic thriller is more flat ginger ale than anything else. Neither the stars nor the scenery can save it from tedium. Rated PG-13


Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen Sci-Fi/Action A young man—in an attempt to track down his long-lost father—gets trapped in a digital world. Short on plot, but heavy on style—and less corny than the original—the movie manages to be engaging, thanks, in part, to a good performance by Jeff Bridges. Rated PG

True Grit JJJJJ

Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper Western/Drama A young girl, a drunken U.S. Marshal and a self-satisfied Texas Ranger pursue the murderer of the girl’s father into Indian Territory. A stunner of an entertaining movie from the Coen Brothers—one of their best and one of the best films of the year. Rated PG-13

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Dan Aykroyd (voice), Justin Timberlake (voice), Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller, Andrew Daly Semi-Animated Kiddie Cash Grab A greedy mayor wants to sell off Jellystone Park to logging interests. A hardly inspired TV cartoon is turned into an even less inspired feature film. Rated PG

filmsociety All About My Mother JJJJJ

Director: Pedro Almodóvar Players: Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Antonia San Juan, Penélope Cruz Drama/Dark Comedy Rated R While Pedro Almodóvar’s work can’t be considered a series, his films do form one magnificent tapestry. I can sometimes keep aspects of individual Almodóvar movies clear in my mind; I know the plots of some and remember individual sequences or even arresting images and what movie they belong to — but I find that, overall, his movies are so connected and so much the world of Almodóvar that the feeling is of one gigantic movie. Nowhere is this more the case for me than with All About My Mother (1999) — a film that I often think is his masterpiece — and not just because it quotes directly from Almodóvar’s earlier film The Flower of My Secret (1995). It’s because All About My Mother seems like the ultimate Almodóvar: a heady mix of soap, melodrama, romance and glitz, shot through with references to A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and All About Eve (1950). Populated with a grieving mother, a lesbian actress, a pregnant nun, a doomed young man, a drug addict and no less than two half-transsexuals, All About My Mother has a bumper crop of Almodóvar outrageousness. Yet, it remains wholly — and painfully — human at all times. The Asheville Film Society will screen All About My Mother Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the Asheville Film Society.

The Wolf Man JJJJ

Director: George Waggner (Man Made Monster) Players: Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Bela Lugosi, Evelyn Ankers

(Robert De Niro) an injection of adrenalin in his willy for one of those pharmaceutically induced “erections lasting more than four hours” afforded the audience I saw the movie with more amusement than it did me. The fault may lie with me — or in having seen the gag about 50 times in the trailer. Despite its title, the film is only sort of about the younger Fockers — Samantha (Daisy Tahan, Synecdoche, New York) and Henry (Colin Baiocchi, Couples Retreat). It’s mostly about Jack, who after suffering a mild heart attack, names his usually disdained male nurse son-in-law Greg the new family patriarch — or “Godfocker,” as the film endlessly insists. (This gag is apparently meant to remind the viewer that De Niro used to be in somewhat classier fare, which seems somehow more depressing than mirthful.) The role of patriarch is inexplicably taken very seriously by Greg, who, in an effort to make his family financially secure, accepts an offer from oversexed drug rep Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba) to shill for a new erectile dysfunction medication called Sustengo. This will lead to much misunderstanding about Greg’s fidelity to Jack’s daughter Pam (the utterly negligible Teri Polo). That’s about it. Everything else is either pointless digression (Laura Dern as the head of some trendy posh private school) or repeated shtick from the first two films. Most of the peculiar embellishments come early on. These include arterial spray, projectile vomit, De Niro giving himself heart defibrillation and the utterly weird business of Jessica

Alba getting all hot and bothered by helping to give a patient an enema. Dustin Hoffman (who mostly manages to stay offscreen) and Barbra Streisand (who manages to avoid actual interaction with the rest of the cast for a large portion of the movie) probably come off best, even though all they’re doing is a retread of their performances in Meet the Fockers. Somehow, however, they seem less embarrassing. In a movie like this, that’s some kind of achievement. Rated PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, The Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande.

Horror Rated NR It matters very little that George Waggner’s The Wolf Man (1941) is perhaps most notable for assembling one of the greatest casts of any horror movie and then giving them nothing much to do. It’s still the movie that has become ingrained in pop culture as the essential werewolf movie. Lon Chaney Jr.‘s turn as Larry Talbot — the lycanthrope of the title — became the role that would always be the centerpiece of Chaney’s career. Jack Pierce’s werewolf makeup became the standard look for a werewolf. Atmospheric photography by Joseph A. Valentine, a great musical score (from Charles Previn, Hans J. Salter and Frank Skinner) and a brisk pace sealed the deal. The fact that most kids discover horror pictures around the age of puberty has kept the torch burning, because The Wolf Man is the perfect horror film for that age group. Nostalgia has done the rest, but the film is certainly not without merit. It’s a horror essential. The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen The Wolf Man Thursday, Dec. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville. Hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. For Cranky Hanke’s full reviews of these movies, visit • DECEMBER 29, 2010 - JANUARY 4, 2011 65

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Apartments For Rent 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 1225 Highland, $475. Hardwood Floors, Elevator. 828-693-8069. 1-2-BR, 1-2BA SOUTH • 90 Beale St. Central heat/AC, dishwasher. $565$645/month. 828-253-1517. 1, 2, 3 BEDROOM APARTMENTS From $525$1500. • Huge selection! • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. 1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Winter Special! All utilities included. $500/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA EAST • 7 Violet Hills. Coin Op laundry, pets ok. $535/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1.5 BA NORTH • 16 Glenway. $730/month. Dishwasher, garage. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1.5BA NORTH • 30 Clairmont. A/C, great location. Coin-op laundry. $635/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 91 Edwin. $775/month. Great location, Central AC. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 2BA NORTH • 27 Spooks Mill. Deck, mountain views. $975/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR/1BA NORTH 20 Brookdale. A/C, W/D hookups. $595/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR, 2BA ARDEN • 8202 Terra. A/C, walk-in closet. $795/month. 828-253-1517. 3BR/1BA NORTH Westall Apts. great location, W/D hookups. $725/month. 828-253-1517. CHARMING DOWNTOWN DUPLEX APARTMENT One bedroom with livingroom and sunroom. 5 minute walk from Pack Square. Views, private nomaintenance yard. $650/month. Feb 1st. 828-713-4653.

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Community. Contact Dan Zorn, CEO at dzorn@ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Families Together Inc. is now hiring a Part-time Administrative Assistant. • Clerical duties include: filing, typing generating reports. • Knowledge of mental health preferred. Email resume to humanresources@ CAREGIVER • CNA POSITIONS The world’s trusted source of nonmedical home care and companionship services, including personal care. Home Instead Senior Care. CASE MANAGER • Professional needed for Neighbor to Family foster care program in WNC. BA in human Services minimum, 2 years Child Welfare experience necessary. Send resume to: EOE – M/F/D/V

Neighbor To Family, a nationally accredited nonprofit sibling foster care program, in need of an Executive Director to expand WNC program. Responsibilities include staff supervision, contract maintenance and budget administration. MSW or MA in a human services field preferred, 5+ years related Child Welfare Experience, including managing staff and programs. Email resume to: EOE – M/F/D/V

FAMILIES TOGETHER INC. Due to continuous growth in WNC, Families Together, Inc is now hiring licensed professionals and Qualified Professionals in Buncombe, McDowell, Madison, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties. • Qualified candidates will include • LPC’s, LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LCAS’s, PLCSW’s, or LPCA’s and Bachelor’s and Master’s Qualified Professionals. • FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, room for advancement, health benefits, and an innovative culture. • • Candidates should email resumes to humanresources@ FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING COORDINATOR Exciting opportunity with the region’s foremost youth mentoring program. Two to three years experience in event planning and marketing required. A Bachelor’s degree, strong interpersonal skills and strong computer skills; donor data bases, MS Office, Publisher and digital communication programs, are required. Send resume and cover letter by January 12, 2011 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, Asheville, NC 28801.

LICENSED THERAPIST • Experienced therapist needed for residential therapeutic boarding school for middle school age girls. • Applicants must be comfortable conducting individual, family and group therapy; communicating weekly progress to parents; and collaborating with a treatment team to form case conceptualization and treatment plans. • Licensed MA and Doctoral level therapists only. • Pay commensurate with education and experience. Full-time position with benefits. Fax resume to 828-378-0140 or email to careers@

MAKE A DIFFERENCE NC Mentor is offering free informational meetings to those who are interested in becoming therapeutic foster parents. The meetings will be held on the 2nd Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm (snacks provided) and 4th Friday 12pm-1pm (lunch provided). • If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life, please call Nicole at (828) 696-2667 ext 13 or e-mail Nicole: nicole.toto@thementornetw • Become a Therapeutic Foster Family. • Free informational meeting. NC Mentor. 120C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

RAY OF LIGHT HOMES • AFL (Alternative Family Living) home opening for woman with developmental disabilities. Couple or single female preferred. Experience is a must. Home must meet safety inspection standards. No small children, pets okay within reason, some personal care involved. Must be able to transport to day program, doctor’s appts, and community activities. Please call Dawn at 683-7712 or email or apply online at

Jackson County: Registered Nurse (RN) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have four years of psychiatric nursing experience. Please contact Kristy Whitaker, kristy.whitaker@ Clinician/Team Leader Child

COUNSELOR Mountain Area Recovery Center is seeking Licensed Substance Abuse Counselors to fill positions in our Asheville and Clyde facilities. Please e-mail your resume to address below or fax to 828-252-9512. Equal Opportunity Employer

RAY OF LIGHT HOMES • Respite worker needed for 1 or 2 Sat-Sun weekends per month overnight in staff home for man with developmental disabilities in the west Asheville area. Home must meet safety inspection standards. Call or email Claudia QP 213-4293 or apply online at RAY OF LIGHT HOMES • Respite worker needed. 69am 4 days a week. Swannanoa/Blk Mtn area. Call or email Christina QP 215-7767 or apply online at RAY OF LIGHT HOMES • Worker needed to provide habilitative home and community support services to young man with autism in the Weaverville area on Fridays for 7hrs. Call or email Claudia QP 213-4293 or apply online at RAY OF LIGHT HOMES • Worker needed to provide habilitative home and community support services to young woman in west Asheville area. Help her to volunteer wed & fri afternoons for 3-4hrs. Call or email Claudia QP 213-4293 or apply online at

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rhonda.ingle@ THE MEDIATION CENTER • Deep breathing, relaxation…that’s meditation. If conflict resolution is more your thing, consider a career in mediation. The Mediation Center is seeking a full-time Changing Together Project Coordinator and a half-time experienced Family Mediator. See /openings for job descriptions and application instructions. Competitive pay, excellent benefits. The mission of the Mediation Center is to create opportunity from conflict.

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a Veterinary Medical Technology program. • Salary Range: $55,116 $57,456 • Review Date: December 10, 2010 on completed applications, but opened until filled. Start Date: January 3, 2011. • To be considered for any position, applicants must submit a complete application package which includes; A-B Tech application, cover letter, two (2) completed reference forms, and unofficial college transcripts (if applicable for the position) It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required documents are submitted. Positions are open until filled, and review of completed application packages will begin after the Review Date. LAKE HOUSE ACADEMY • Hiring for the following positions: Residential Coaches (FT and PT) , PT Special Ed Certified Teacher, PT Teaching Assistant, FT Math/Science Certified Teacher, FT Office Assistant. Please email resumes to careers@lakehouseacadem or fax to 828-378-0140.

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CULINARY TECHNOLOGY CHEF INSTRUCTOR, CULINARY ARTS AND HOSPITALITY Full Time, 9month contract, Day and/or Evenings. Expected to work supplemental contract in summer. • Duties: Teaches all levels of courses specific to the culinary curriculum. Assumes instruction responsibility of 17- 22 contact hours/week. Schedules five office/advising hours/week. Utilizes assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation to direct course/curriculum improvements. Prepares syllabi/educational materials reflecting course objectives. Maintains student records-grades, attendance, rotation schedules, and performance measures. Maintains involvement in professional activities related to culinary. Serves as department ambassador. Provides occasional culinary services for special events. Participates in departmental/College committee assignments. Demonstrates/facilitates diversity awareness/sensitivity. Attains and/or maintains professional certifications as applicable to field. Coaches competition teams. • Minimum Requirements: 1) Associate degree in Culinary Technology or related field. 2) Serve Safe Certified, 3) Five years professional experience working in upscale facilities in the capacity of Sous or Executive Chef with documented management responsibility for recipe/menu development and execution, and employee supervision/instruction.4) Currently ACF certified or in pursuit of certification for Culinary Educator and/or Sous Chef or higher. 5) Documented hospitality human resources management and training experience.6) Computer skills-Microsoft Office and current working knowledge of industry related software systems.

Preferred Requirements: 1) Baccalaureate degree in Culinary Arts or related field, 2) Experience teaching in higher education, 3) ACF Certification. Salary Range: Associates Degree: $36,558$38,646 Bachelors Degree: $37,926- $40,122. Review of completed applications January 24, 2010 and open until filled. Starting Date: March 1, 2010. To be considered for any position at A-B Tech, applicants must submit a complete A-B Tech application, which includes two (2) completed reference forms, transcripts (if applicable) and a letter of application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application contains all required documents. All requested information must be received by the deadline date. Incomplete applications may not be eligible for consideration. EARLY EDUCATION TEACHER • Term of Employment: Full-time, 12 months (40 hours per week) • Duties: Perform professional educational work in providing services to a group of preschool children by serving as a lead teacher in the A-B Tech Early Education Center. • Minimum Requirements: 1. Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate degree with a minimum of 12 hours in Early Childhood Education. Current Early Educator Certification (EEC) or able to attain within 60 days of hire. • Preferred Requirements: 1. Bachelor’s degree in Preschool or Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development, Social Work, Psychology, or related field 2.Experience in birth/kindergarten/licensure 3. Valid NC Drivers license. • Salary Range: $30,000 $34,000. Review date of completed applications December 31, 2010 or open until filled. Start Date: January 3, 2011. To be considered for any position, applicants must submit a complete application package which includes; A-B Tech application, cover letter, two (2) completed reference forms, and unofficial college transcripts (if applicable for the position) It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all required documents are submitted. Positions are open until filled, and review of completed application packages will begin after the Review Date. THE “I HAVE A DREAM” FOUNDATION OF ASHEVILLE is hiring a parttime Assistant Program Director. A college degree and experience working with youth is required. Visit for full description and to apply.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY Working with mind, body, and spirit for healing and growth. Sliding scale fee. First session free. Michelle Miller, M.S., N.C.C., (828) 776-0576.


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PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-4136293. (AAN CAN)

HEALING HANDS ENERGY WORK • Renew Energy • Open Chakras • Crystal Healing. Please call or email to schedule an appointment. • Studio and Home appointments available. Blessings, Christina: (828) 337-5221.

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Bodywork INTEGRATIVE MASSAGE AND HOLISTIC HEALING BY LAUREN Warm massage oils, hot towels, and herbal compresses. Clean, relaxing, and high-integrity healing space! Specializing in • Deep tissue massage • Relaxation and Energyhealing/clearing work. To schedule call Lauren (828) 333-2717. Xolarts certified holistic educator and ongoing apprentice. LMT#7219. Professionaldraping required. Nonsensual. LIKE BAMBOO THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE & YOGA • Therapeutic Yoga and Deep Holistic Massage inspired by Deep tissue, rhythmic Trager release, passive stretching and movement, Esalen, and ocean rhythms; Hot Stones and Spa treatments; Prenatal and Postpartum. Individuals and couples. Save $10 MonWed. 828-707-7507. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic Massage. Manual Lymph Drainage. Lymphedema Treatment. $45/hour or sliding scale for financial hardship. 17+ years experience. 828-254-4110. NC License #146. SHE-MALE ICESIS Adult Massage Full Service 150 Call 919 344 2276 Icesis

Crate PX700DLX mixer and 2 P15 series speakers. Hardly used, $400. Price negotiable. (828) 253-2763.

Musicians’ Bulletin DRUMMER SEEKS BAND Interested in music similar to Deftones, Parabelle, Stonesour, Foo Fighters. Experienced musicians, no beginners. 778-4777.

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Lost Pets A LOST OR FOUND PET? Free service. If you have lost or found a pet in WNC, post your listing here:

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

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Musical Services ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 AUDIO ROBOT Competitive rates • 22’, 13’, and 10’ ceiling rooms • Seasoned engineer. • Avedis Preamps • Prism Converters (Abbey Road, Skywalker Ranch) • Telefunken and AEA microphones. • Also offering onsite recording. (828) 5150500. LAKEHOUSE MUSIC Asheville’s only non-profit Recording Studio. • Recording • Mixing • Mastering • Video Production • Management • Marketing • Rehearsal Space. (828) 242-3573. pete@ MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION • High Definition Video • High Quality Audio. Call (838) 335-9316 or visit us on the web:

Equipment For Sale CALISTRO MUSIC WNC’s high-end Pro Audio consultation and sales. • Apogee • Adam • Chandler • Empirical Labs • API • Crane Song and many more! (828) 515-0500.

Sadie is a very special little girl. She’s incredibly smart and equally as cute. She seems to already be housetrained, is curious and catches on quickly to all tasks. She gets along well with other dogs. She listens and already sits and shakes hands. Sadie loves to run and needs a fenced in yard to accommodate her 100 mph wind sprints. Whoever adopts her will give their heart away to this precious pup. Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony located at 803 Fairview St., to shop for all your pet supplies.

Love! Bootsy is full of it. She wants to please and be your best friend. Her gentle spirit is so heart warming. The outdoors and your lap are her favorite places. Bootsy loves toys and so far only chews what she is supposed to. She is crate trained, almost house broken, and gets along with cats, dogs and kids. This puppy will make an incredible addition to a family. Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony located at 803 Fairview St., to shop for all your pet supplies.

R.E.A.C.H. Your Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital. Open MondayFriday, 5pm-8am and 24 hours on Weekends and Holidays. • 677 Brevard Road. (828) 665-4399.

Medical Supplies

2010 HONDA ACCORD EX-L • V-6, 2-door coupe. 17,163 miles. Automatic, white, beige leather, sunroof. Loaded, everything power, very clean. Warranty. $17,900. 828-250-0373.

General Merchandise

2010 HONDA CIVIC EX • 4door, automatic, 21,532 miles. Gray, gray cloth interior. Everything power, sunroof, rear and roof spoilers. Very clean. Warranty. $14,500. 828-250-0373.

AWESOME GOURMET COFFEE The perfect holiday gift. Farm Direct, Certified Organic, 100% KONA. Compare Moonstruck’s Organic pound - $25 - to Whole Foods’ Conventional pound - $50. 808-328-0707 (AAN CAN)

2010 HONDA CIVIC LX-S • 113 miles. 4-door, automatic. Tango Red Pearl, black cloth interior. Everything power, alloy wheels. Warranty. $13,500. 828-250-0373.

WE’LL FIX IT AUTOMOTIVE • Honda and Acura repair. Half price repair and service. ASE and factory certified. Located in the Weaverville area. Please call 828-2756063 for appointment.

Vehicles For Sale

Electronics Color Projector TV Works well. $175. Call 216-3488.

Autos 2002 INFINITY G-20 • 39,468 miles. Silver, light gray leather. Sunroof, everything power, Bose CD, keyless entry, new tires, very clean. $7,700. 828-250-0373.

2009 HONDA ACCORD EX-L • V-6, 4-door. 20,954 miles. Automatic, gray, gray leather, sunroof. Everything power, very clean. Warranty. $17,900. 828-250-0373. 2009 HONDA CIVIC EX 2-door, automatic. 42,546 miles. Blue, gray interior. Sunroof, everything power, very clean. Warranty. $11,900. 828-250-0373.

Earthlite Harmony Deluxe Massage Table: New in box, lots of bells and whistles, $370. Call 215-6744.

6 Brand new Dr. Suess books, $68 value, asking $30. 318-2483.

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2008 HONDA CRV EX-L • Navigation, 29,513 miles. 2WD, Tango Red Pearl, gray leather. Sunroof, loaded, back-up camera, new tires, very clean. Warranty. $17,900. 828-250-0373. My name is Monet and I am great with dogs, kids, and other cats. I am a one-yearold who likes to play with other cats, because I am still young and playful at heart. Please adopt me, I would be a great addition to your family. Stop by Animal Compassion Network’s store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony located at 803 Fairview St., to shop for all your pet supplies.

2009 HONDA CIVIC SI • 4door, V-6. 20,514 miles. 5speed manual. Red, black cloth interior. 2.0 liter v-tech. Loaded, sunroof, very clean. $14,300. Warranty. 828-2500373.

A WOMAN’S TOUCH “We’re all about you!” Call 275-6291. ABSOLUTE BEAUTY 24/7. Ask about our “Getting to know you” special. Competitive rates. Give us a call today! (828) 335-1283. DREAMSEEKERS Destination for relaxation. Call for appointment: (828) 216-8900.

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