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letters Sandy Mort’s “health assessment” needs to be reassessed The document referenced in “State Health Assessment Finds Most CTS Neighbors Not at Risk” [March 2 Xpress] is a slap in the face to Arden residents by Sandy Mort of N.C. Health and Human Services. People who live near the abandoned CTS site have dealt with life-threatening maladies for years from contaminants such as vinyl chloride and trichloroethylene (TCE) seeping from the site. In her “health assessment,” Mort states, “groundwater contaminants, including the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, are not expected to harm people’s health.” In fact, vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen, is No. 4 on the ATSDR’s “Top 20 Hazardous Substances List.” TCE ranks No. 16. Mort claims vinyl chloride has not been found off site; however, in 2004, in a stream down-gradient from CTS, MACTEC Engineering detected vinyl chloride at seven times the legal limit. Mort likewise does not reveal the astronomical levels of TCE discovered around the CTS site, stating “[off-site] levels were lower than the levels expected to harm people’s health.” In 2007 Xpress reporter Rebecca Bowe sampled a spring in Southside Village. Pace Analytical found its TCE content to be 630 parts per billion (126 times the drinking-water legal limit), which topped out their measuring instrument (see “Fail Safe,” July 11, 2007 Xpress at http://avl. mx/2t). Another finding Mort neglects in her final

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report actually appears in the January 2010 draft of her document. It reveals a well in The Oaks subdivision that, in 2007, tested at 57 ppb for TCE. The dangers of these chemicals are not debatable. As the mother of two children who have survived tumors (one a benign bone tumor, the other a malignant thyroid cancer), I am disheartened that a representative of the N.C. Department of Public Health omits pertinent evidence of contamination, and will not admit to the dangers posed by the abandoned CTS facility. Though some area residents have been placed on municipal water, noxious waste continues to flow through streams where children and animals play. This is unconscionable. The mess needs to be cleaned up and CTS should foot the bill. Sandy Mort is in a position to advocate for us; instead we have to fight against her as well as CTS, and in the meantime people continue to get sick. For more information, visit the Facebook page “Clean Up CTS Asheville.” — Lee Ann Smith Arden

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Hey, Hanke: Some of us are happy with “crappy”! I actually felt hurt when I read Mr. Hanke’s review of the recently released Gnomeo & Juliet [“Cranky Hanke,” Feb. 16 Xpress]. I took my chil-

dren, ages 12 and 5, to see the film. The older one, a fan of Shakespeare, was skeptical. But, being young and mainly happy (read: easily pleased by a movie date with mom on $5 Tuesday) she was won over. She was glad for the happy ending, not being able to imagine killing such cute garden ornaments. My 5-yearold son loved the movie and the music. My only complaint is with my son: He made me move to the very first row of seats, about 10 minutes before the end. At the risk of being too direct, I’m going to gently tell Mr. Hanke what I tell my children: only boring people are bored. They never like that statement and I see by the number of “cranky” Hanke letters, he won’t either. — Kathryn Fiddyment Chicago Park, Ca.

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Commissioners: It’s our money, not yours! It appears our commissioners haven’t accepted the fact that they are employees of the taxpayers of Buncombe County. Their travel allowance was just reduced from $650 every two weeks to $320 every two weeks, which is still unacceptable. Chairman Gantt wants the commissioners to be paid for the average miles they travel “as long as it’s not too far out of line.” He also stated, in an interview, “the new allowance might not cover the cost of going to the many events the commissioners feel pressured to attend.” Hello! A mileage log pays for all their trips,

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even the 200 to 250 meetings he said he attends each year. They should be paid for the exact number of miles they travel; no more, no less. That would be acceptable. They are exhibiting pure selfishness and greed. In the last two years, the commissioners have received a total of $214,500, or $42,900 each in travel and technology allowances! For the next two years, even with the recent reduction in allowances, they will still receive $89,700, or $17,940 each. These are perks, not salaries, and this is still unacceptable. There are many upcoming political conventions and meetings, which some or all of the commissioners will be attending, and gas and plane fares will be exorbitant. We must see frugality in the commissioners’ expenditures.

And we must see fair and honest reporting of, and payment for, the actual expenses. My suggestion is to post online every meeting any or all of the commissioners attend. And they get paid by using a mileage log. — Peggy T. Bennett Leicester

The left lane is for passing Thank you, Vernon Hill, for bringing up the most annoying habit to grace our highways: cars residing in the fast lane, otherwise known as Fast-Lane Hogs [“Drive, He Said,” March 16 Xpress]. Nothing enrages me more than drivers taking up occupancy in the passing lane. On a recent trip, I was graced with a middle fin-

ger twice for tailgating in the fast lane while patiently waiting to pass. How screwy is that? I have learned that folks simply won’t budge and am forced to find an opening to pass in the wrong lane. However foolhardy, I have even gone so far as to pass fast-lane hogs, get in front of them and slow down to give them a taste of their own medicine. I am flabbergasted by the pandemic of thoughtless and discourteous drivers in this part of the world — or is it a nationwide problem? The words I call them while driving are unprintable. I would happily donate to the N.C. State Troopers, who call for donations all the time, if ticketing fast-lane hogs were on their agenda. Knowing this is another “freedom” that will go unaddressed. I am reduced to putting a bum-

per sticker on my car that says, “The left lane is for passing.” It is next to the sticker that says “Being nice to people is a really good idea.” In the meantime, I will continue to pass in the wrong lane, give fast-lane hogs a grimace and wave in thanks to those that do pull over into the slow lane in order to let me pass. — Julia Brooke Black Mountain

All aboard, Asheville! Let us not hesitate to build a new transportation system that implements light rail, bus and bike lanes as an addition to Asheville’s current transportation system. The long-term effects of implementing this infrastructure now far outweigh any doubt, hesitation or fear of cost. Long term, a light rail could bring residents from Marshall or Canton or Waynesville — even Swannanoa — directly to Asheville. Family members could travel to church without the hassle of using a car. This would also eliminate much of the driving under the influence that already happens; citizens could easily take a system of light rail and bus to their destination. Additionally, by building this dream now, we can preserve our precious forests and fragile ecosystems — those same forests and ecosystems that we use in our livelihood, work, homes and everyday living. We are blessed to have such a well-preserved sylvan landscape. Unfortunately, urban sprawl will happen, has happened and will continue to happen. Nobody really wants to see it happen; it just does. But we can easily make Western North Carolina resistant to urban sprawl: Build the light-rail and bus system now so we can save our culture and heritage, and dignify the city of Asheville. — Jesse Moore Asheville

A small investment in the arts yields a high return Regarding the upcoming 2011-2012 state budget, the WNC Jazz Society wants legislators to make informed and responsible decisions for funding to the North Carolina Arts Council. The arts mean business in North Carolina. Most citizens would be surprised to learn that the state invested $6.6 million in arts funding in 2009, yet employees of the funded organizations returned $3.3 million in income taxes back to the state. Funded organizations generate $223 million in total income for North Carolina. When a person buys a ticket for a nonprofit arts performance, grants subsidize the ticket price to keep it affordable so more citizens can participate. Yet, for every ticket purchased, citizens spend, on average, an additional $27.50 per ticket on restaurants, parking and transportation, gifts and souvenirs, concessions, etc. A continued strong and vital presence of the arts in North Carolina is necessary in order for our state to continue to thrive in the 21st century. — Bo Farson WNC Jazz Society Asheville

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Help build a Haven in Transylvania County In the 2009-2010 school year, 142 children in the nine Transylvania County elementary, middle and high schools were identified as homeless at some point during the year. Most of those identified were “sofa surfing,” or temporarily living with another family. Despite having extensive services for the homeless, Transylvania County has no short-term emergency shelter for homeless families and individuals. The mission of The Haven of Transylvania County is to assist homeless families and individuals in crisis in Transylvania County by providing safe, temporary refuge in a clean, comfortable shelter. This facility will accommodate 18 people and will be located on the grounds of The Bread of Life, a local food bank. The total cost of construction for The Haven, a 1400square foot facility, will be $234,800. Operations are estimated to cost $90,500 per year. The Institute for Women In Leadership at Brevard College is raising funds for The Haven to help with the costs of construction and operation. The IWIL will host an online auction of art, goods, services and trips in a MissionFish auction, through eBay. These items will be presented at a kick-off party scheduled for April 1. The auction will last from April 1 until April 14. To donate or buy items, go to missionfish. org and search for The Haven of Transylvania County. Help us make this online auction a success. The more money raised, the faster The Haven’s doors can be opened to those who need it most. If you have any donations or questions, please contact IWIL member Taylor Spivey at For more information about The Haven, please visit thehavenshelter. org. — Leighia Eggett Institute for Women In Leadership Brevard

ernment waste has to stop because America simply cannot afford it any longer. Why not help all elected officials figure out what needs to be done to restore the American Dream that has already been destroyed by a government that violates our unalienable liberties and robs from our future generations. — Bernard Baruch Carman Asheville

Don’t let public media go to static! The future of public broadcasting in the U.S. is seriously in doubt. The Republicans are trying to cut out all funds for public radio and TV, which would be devastating not only to NPR and PBS, but to WCQS, public radio for our area, and UNC-TV, public TV for our entire state.

Some argue that if the $430 million in taxpayer funds going to public radio and TV were to disappear, supporters of public broadcasting would make up the difference with voluntary contributions. They ignore the fact that for the past 40 years only one out of 10 NPR listeners and one out of 10 PBS viewers has contributed to their local stations, despite the incessant on-air requests and tedious membership drives. Why would this change if federal funds ceased? Free enterprise zealots might argue that if public broadcasting advocates aren’t willing to pay for the services, they don’t deserve to exist. But private enterprise in the U.S., with all the radio and TV stations that it owns, and all the money at their disposal, has not given us any-

thing remotely approaching the consistent quality and in-depth reporting of NPR News, nor the educational programs for children and adults of PBS. All this despite the fact that public TV and radio have never been adequately or securely funded. It would be fine with me if Congress cut all funds to public broadcasting, as long as they voted to provide the system with adequate funding from another source. For example: the FCC could charge annual license fees for all commercial uses of the public airwaves that would be used to automatically fund some or all of the noncommercial applications. — Fred Flaxman Weaverville

In response to the “Defend the American Dream” rally I’m not a Republican or a Democrat; I just want to ask how long it plans to contribute to America’s great divide? Regarding recent budget-cut proposals, or “Republican attacks” as you called them in your recent “Defend the American Dream” campaign, I’m certain that there are errors in whatever cutbacks the Republicans have put on the table. I’m also certain there are tons of government cuts needed at all levels. Over time, “we the people” have allowed government to become bloated by bureaucrats serving their own interests on both sides of the political divide, rather than the people’s interests. Left out in the middle are the rest of us who suffer the consequences of poor governance. I ask both D- and R-leaning groups the same question, because, frankly, the growing dichotomy is sickening; it continues to tear Americans apart, rather than bring them together in unity. It’s true: United we stand, divided we fall. So, rather than perpetuating the “blame game,” perhaps consider the reality that gov- • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 

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Local author stalks vanishing history by Bob Collins Editor’s note: Roving local historian/photographer Bob Collins is on a mission to document the fastdisappearing remains of the area’s fascinating past. His book Hidden Historic Treasures: Henderson County, N.C., was produced, as he puts it, “to put the old structures that have been overgrown and forgotten for all these years together with the people who once inhabited them” while paying tribute to his deceased wife (and editor), Jackie Collins/Bodnar. Here are some excerpts: “This story began over 200 years ago here in Henderson County, and I suspect it will never be finished. I stumbled onto it through an encounter with Doug Shipman, who was born and bred in N.C. He told me of an old cemetery deep in the woods. My first attempt at finding it was fruitless. ... There were no visible paths or any other signs that gave evidence of our objective. We had to hack our way through numerous briar patches and gullies. I say ‘we’ because I had my dog, Portia, with me. She trailed along reluctantly and at one point resisted and wanted

I revisited the site three times after this, and each time Portia stayed on the perimeter. I wondered what she knew that I didn’t. to turn back, and I opted to listen to her because I thought we were lost. But I later realized she was warning me that I was close to my goal. She just had no liking for a cemetery. “Being determined, I went back to see Doug. He jumped into my pickup and said, ‘Let’s go.’ We parked on the same gravel road and again entered the woods. Doug took the lead through the sticker bushes, and again Portia was trailing behind. We wandered aimlessly about, and I thought Doug was also lost. Finally we came to a knoll, and there was the hidden treasure: about 15 very old tombstones. “I then realized Portia wasn’t with me. She had stopped short of entering this hallowed ground, just as she did when we unknowingly came close on our first try. I revisited the site three times after this, and each time Portia stayed on the perimeter. I wondered what she knew that I didn’t. ...” ••• ••• ••• “The tombstones date back to the Revolutionary War. ... The inscriptions are almost gone. ... Some of the stones may have been removed by vandals; consequently we may never know how many are buried there. “There are several schools of thought on how to treat such hallowed ground. Some believe that old cemeteries should be restored and kept

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up. Others believe that the dead should be left in peace. Of course, there is the developer’s theory, which is to plow over the graves and, if caught, move the bodies elsewhere and continue with the development...” “I first saw Alma’s house on a cold winter North Carolina night eight years ago. You could see the inside light shining through the walls. At the time, I thought the people living there were tough as nails, never suspecting it was just one elderly lady. “The house has been in her family for 140some years. It was a kin to her that carved those logs by hand. Like the house, those people were tough as nails — and like the house, they will soon be forgotten. ...” ••• ••• ••• “Long John Mountain looms quietly above Lake Rugby, stretching from Broyles Road to downtown Hendersonville. ... The first colonial settler here, he must have been quite a sight to see. Most people of that era were of small stature, but Long John McCarson was allegedly 6 feet tall and lanky; he would walk with long, determined strides, his red hair reflecting the bright sunlight ... “If you sit very quietly on the trail, you may catch a glimpse of a tall, lanky man, his red hair flying in the wind. This explorer has experienced this, but only after a low growl from his dog and a strange swirl of wind that came out of nowhere. “Never abandon a belief in the magic, mystery and unseen footprints of previous lives around you: They may have left an imprint as a reminder to care deeply and tread softly within the hidden spaces of Mother Earth. It is all that is left; it is our responsibility to do no harm for the next generation.” X Bob Collins lives in Hendersonville. He can be contacted at

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City, county aim to expand social media efforts

Changing our look: Buncombe County’s website, soon to undergo an overhaul as part of county government’s effort to better communicate with the public.

by David Forbes Asheville and Buncombe County are all a-Twitter. Both local governments are looking to ramp up their online presence, taking advantage of social media to enhance their communications capabilities. For its part, the city has recently shifted staff as part of an ongoing effort to boost its social media involvement and add another dimension to community relations. Former Asheville Police Department spokesperson Melissa Williams is moving into a general community-relations role overseeing the city’s blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts; Lt. Wally Welch will step up as the APD’s new public-information liaison. “We’ve found there’s a lot of value in using as many platforms as we can to communicate with the public,” notes city spokesperson Dawa Hitch. “We saw an opportunity there where we could redefine Melissa Williams’ previous role to include keeping up with the blog, Twitter and Facebook. There’s a lot we need to do there, and having Melissa Williams join the community-relations team opens up the space for us to do that.” Over the past two years, the city has relied on outside contractors to help develop its

social media efforts. Buncombe County, meanwhile, has limited its online presence to a website plus central Twitter and YouTube accounts. That’s about to change, however, Clerk to the Board Kathy Hughes reports. “We are so excited: It vastly changes what we’ve got,” Hughes says about an upcoming website overhaul. “And social media is front and center. Everything you should need, you’ll only need one click to get there.” The county aims to have the retooled site up and running by April 15. Former Xpress reporter Brian Postelle has been running the city’s social media efforts on a one-year contract that expires March 24. Hitch praised Postelle’s work “getting our program off the ground, assessing what things the community found useful. ... He’s done an amazing job with us.”

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“Do we have the time and resources to have someone sit and answer tweets and posts all day long? We don’t.” — city spokesperson Dawa Hitch

Hughes, meanwhile, says the updated county website will make accessing its social media activity much easier. “You’re going to see our links to Facebook, Twitter and all that in the center,” she explains. “People will be able to post comments there. We won’t respond to them on the social media, but we do respond.” In addition, says Hughes, “We’ve overhauled our YouTube channel to make it more useful, and you’ll see video all through the site as well.” As for the city, says Hitch, “We have our toes in the water as far as social media. I foresee, in the future, we’ll step that up a level, and there will be more accessibility. Do we have the time and resources to have someone sit and answer tweets and posts all day long? We don’t. It’s just a small part of everything we do in community relations. But it has a big impact, and we recognize that.” Specific plans are still being worked out. Will the APD, for example, follow the lead of the Fire Department and the city itself by establishing an informational Twitter account? “We’ll have to assess the need — and whether we’re doing other things that we’ll stop if we move in that direction,” Hitch reports. “Working with the media and the community to identify what kinds of information will be useful to them. We need to think about where there’s overlap: We don’t want to create any redundancies.” “In the next six months,” she adds, “we’ll be looking to hear from the public on what they want — on whether it’s better for us to be decentralized or have everything on the city of Asheville home page. We’ll have to feel that out.” The county has so far opted for a centralized approach. Asked if it might expand its Twitter presence beyond a single account, for example, Hughes says: “Right now, we’re funneling everything through here. As we get more used to it and see what more people are interested in, that certainly may expand. It’s been really popular, considering we haven’t pushed it at all.” The county is holding off on actively promoting its social media efforts until the new website debuts next month. “Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of feedback on what we could do better,” notes Hughes. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at

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ncmatters Stock-car racing on track to become N.C.’s state sport by Nelda Holder Two bills introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly recently came directly from the people — 13 elementary-school students, to be exact. And if they’re passed, the state will have its first official sport: stock-car racing. The Mooresville “pit crew” worked secretly at first so as not to tip off fans of any other sport, according to a report in The Charlotte Observer. Then they obtained the cooperation of Rep. Grey Mills, a Mooresville Republican, who’s the primary sponsor of HB 333. Meanwhile, Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a Buncombe County Democrat and longtime stockcar aficionado, teamed up with Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca to introduce SB 322, and the race was on. The Iredell County students compiled a number of compelling facts about the homegrown sport that are cited by the bills. They include: the state’s claim to racing legends Richard Petty, Junior Johnson and the late Dale Earnhardt; the industry’s estimated $6 billion-plus annual economic impact in the state; the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte; and the fact that more than 90 percent of the NASCAR Sprint Cup teams are based here. Furthermore, the students themselves hail from the Lake Norman and Mount Mourne IB schools in Mooresville, aka Race City USA. (Think Dale Earnhardt Inc., JR Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and more.) Nesbitt, meanwhile, is involved with the sport in conjunction with son Mart Nesbitt of Nesbitt Racing Enterprises. The younger Nesbitt is a racing veteran who took the 2010 Super Late Model Champion at Newport Speedway and whose 13year-old daughter, Taylor, had three wins in her 2010 rookie year. A call to the Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters in Greensboro (think basketball and more) went unanswered, leaving the question of a potential basketball/stock-car-racing legislative rivalry stalled. Reaching further back in N.C. history is a resolution honoring the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville was the first U.S. city in named for Lafayette, known as the “Hero of Two Worlds” because he fought in both the American and French revolutions. The town was North Carolina’s capital when the state’s delegates ratified the U.S. Constitution and chartered the University of North Carolina. The House has adopted HB 191; at this writing, the companion bill (SB 142) was pending in the Senate. Other bills introduced the week of March 7 that Western North Carolina legislators were involved with included the following: • HB 237 (Economic Impact/Regulatory Legislation): Would require economic-impact statements for all bills proposing regulatory changes that would create “substantial economic impact”

(defined as $1 million for everyone affected within a 12-month period, or $1,000 for any one person). Passed first reading; referred to Committtee on Commerce and Job Development. Buncombe County Republican Tim Moffitt co-sponsored. • HB 241 (North Carolina Firearms Freedom Act): Would exempt firearms, accessories and ammunition manufactured and retained in the state from federal regulation “under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.” Passed first reading; referred to Committee on Judiciary. Spruce Pine Republican Phillip Frye co-sponsored. • HB 247 (Enhance Charter School Accountability): Would eliminate the cap on the number of charter schools in the state, establish the N.C. Charter School Commission and “provide for enhanced accountability for charter school academic performance, along with other changes in the current law. (See “Backdoor Vouchers?” March 9 Xpress.) Passed first reading; referred to Committee on Education. Primary sponsor: Mars Hill Democrat Ray Rapp. Co-sponsors: Buncombe County Democrats Susan Fisher and Patsy Keever; Sylva Democrat Phil Haire. • HB 326 (Buncombe Involuntary Annexation Moratorium): Would establish a moratorium on annexations by Buncombe County municipalities until July 1, 2016, including annexation proceedings not yet included in a town’s ordinances and any that are the subject of litigation as of the proposed law’s effective date. Filed. Primary sponsor: Buncombe County Republican Tim Moffitt. • HB 327 (Incorporate Leicester): Would incorporate the “Town of Leicester,” subject to a referendum. Filed. Primary sponsor, Buncombe County Democrat Susan Fisher. • SB 268 (Enhance Protection of Victims and Witnesses): Would allow testimony by people not present in court to be admitted if offered against a party that engaged in wrongdoing to make the witness unavailable; would also increase the penalty for intimidating or interfering with a witness. Passed first reading; referred to Committee on Rules and Operations. Co-sponsors: Hendersonville Republican Tom Apodaca, Youngsville Democrat Doug Berger, Spruce Pine Republican Ralph Hise. • SB 334/HB 84 (Expand Inpatient Psychiatric Bed/Funds): Would provide additional funding for more local inpatient psychiatric beds or bed days (as recommended by the Committee on Mental Health, Development Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services). Filed. Senate primary sponsor: Buncombe County Democrat Martin Nesbitt; co-sponsor: Youngsville Democrat Doug Berger. House co-sponsor: Mars Hill Democrat Ray Rapp. X Nelda Holder can be reached at Follow our Statehouse news at • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 13

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UNCA Bulldogs get an NCAA spotlight, WNC residents buying iodide After seven straight wins, a Big South Conference championship and a first-round NCAA tournament victory, the “UNC Asheville Bulldogs’ Dream Run Ends,” reported the Asheville Citizen-Times. The Bulldogs had a tough St. Patrick’s Day. On March 17, they lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers, which knocked them out of the NCAA tournament. “It’s been a really good run, and I couldn’t be prouder of my team, how they played and the effort they gave,” coach Eddie Biedenbach said after the game. A small but vocal group of supportive UNCA students represented Asheville at the game in Washington, D.C. However, it hasn’t been all free throws and layups for the college’s undergrads. The Carolina Public Press reported last week that four students have been working side by side with Buncombe County detectives to investigate the 2002 missing persons case of Joseph D’Aquisto, an Asheville man who went missing in 2002, at the age of 61. In their report, “UNC Asheville Students Investigate Public records, Help Reopen Buncombe County Cold Case,” the students explained, “Unlike the worlds portrayed in Law & Order and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, making sense of and using available, open information does not come easily. The glamour of Hollywood’s on-demand field samples and quick evidence processing fades in the real world, or at least in Buncombe County, where systematic and complex processes prevail.” They plan to continue working with the detectives and reporting on the experience through May. It’s the kind of school program that Gov. Bev Perdue implied she would like to see continue when she spoke in Asheville last week. According to “In Asheville, Gov. Perdue Vows No Retreat on Schools,” the governor pledged to the Citizen-Times editorial board that she won’t “go backwards” on education. “This state has been transformed since the ‘50s by one method — through education. We were cotton, low-wage manufacturing and textiles, and this emphasis on education has transformed North Carolina … and I don’t believe we can go backwards, and my budget did not do that,” Perdue said.

Iodine, hunger and gas

In a story that brought the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan a little closer to home, the Citizen-Times devoted front-page space to “Asheville-area Residents Make Run on Potassium Iodide Pills.” “Demand for products with iodine has cleared shelves at pharmacies and other businesses selling health merchandise nationwide amid fears over the threat of meltdowns in several of Japan’s nuclear power plants,” wrote reporter Joel Burgess. Asheville company Nature’s Pharmacy had exhausted its 600-capsule supply of potassium iodide by Tuesday, and on Wednesday was making 6,000 more pills. The capsules, which help prevent radioactive iodine from causing thyroid cancer, were selling for $1 each, according to the article. However, much of the fear driving sales was misplaced, said experts.

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Defending the dream? About 80 people gathered at Pack Square Park on the cold, rainy afternoon of March 15 to rally against a national Republican budget proposal that opponents say would cut needed services and jobs. PHOTO BY JERRY NELSON

“You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” explained Greg Jaczko, Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman. Meanwhile, a new report revealed that many area residents are having a hard time affording the necessities of life. According to the Xpress online post, “Hunger Study: Asheville Seventh Worst Metro Area in Country,” 23.9 percent of the area’s population (defined as Buncombe, Madison, Henderson and Haywood counties) struggled to feed themselves and their families at some point in 2010. The region’s rising gas costs certainly won’t help. According to another Xpress online post, “Gas Prices Steadily Rising,” prices in Asheville averaged $3.54 a gallon as of March 14, a 4.5 cent per-gallon increase over the week before. The national average that week increased 3.8 cents per gallon to $3.53. — by Jake Frankel

themap Hendersonville was struck by two small earthquakes last week. A 2.1-magnitude tremor was recorded the night of March 15 and another 2.3-magnitude rumble occurred the next morning. No damage was reported.


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After a winter of silence, the weekly Friday evening drum circle returned to Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville on March 18. Anthony Lee Wadsworth of Bartlett Street was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on March 19 after striking a victim repeatedly with a wooden broom handle, causing lacerations to his head and face.

A contract worker installing underground cable for security cameras at Hillcrest Apartments was shot in the back of the neck with a pellet gun March 16. The shot didn’t pierce his skin, and he declined medical treatment.


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Exploding science

The boom to get kids engaged in the subject that may matter most by Anne Fitten Glenn If you’re a parent, you may know just how important it is to get kids focused on science. Kids know, too, from watching TV shows like Sid the Science Kid and Magic School Bus. But how to get kids the knowledge they need, when science education is hampered by budget cuts? In WNC, there are science museums brimming with interactive programs and exhibits (Asheville is home to both The Health Adventure and The Colburn Earth Science Museum). There are summer camps and after-school programs (many of which are listed in this issue). And, of course, there are our schools, some of which have specific science and technology mandates, including Hall Fletcher Elementary, Evergreen Community Charter School and the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences within Asheville High School (SILSA). Turns out there are many good reasons to get our kids to focus on the sciences.

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According to recent research, America’s students lag behind their counterparts in many European and Asian countries when it comes to science and technology. Results from a national exam reveal that less than a third of U.S. students in fourth, eighth and 12th grade have a solid grasp of ageappropriate science. These scores, from the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, were released in January. While North Carolina’s fourth graders performed on par with the nation’s fourth-graders, the state’s eighth- and 12th-grade students were significantly behind the nation when it comes to science. In fact, the South trails the rest of the country. Western North Carolina educators offer a couple of different explanations for the dismal test scores of both our nation’s and region’s students on these (and other) science exams. Many blame the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires testing in math and reading, but not science. Because the results of the testing directly affect each individual school’s funding, teachers feel forced to teach to the tests, often to the detriment of other subjects. “I think [the low test results in science] are an unintended consequence of the No Child Left Behind testing program,” says Jason Carter, associate director for grades 5-8 at Evergreen Community Charter School. “I think if we don’t test it, we don’t value it as much.” The U.S. Department of Education administers the National Association of Educational Progress assessment, while North Carolina requires end-of-grade science tests for grades 5 and 8 — but those statewide tests in science were first administered in 2008. “It’s only been in the past few years that elementary and middle schools have been testing

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Get curious: How to keep the kids interested? Asheville (and the surrounding area) is lucky to have a bevy of camps, after-school programs and activities, such as the The Health Adventure’s Super Science Saturday program, each week from noon to 2 p.m. photo by Jonathan welch

science at all,” says Greg Townsend, principal at SILSA, whose curriculum emphasizes health and life sciences. “The emphasis has been on high-stakes testing in math and reading.” Educators also note that there are fewer qualified teachers and fewer teacher positions, both of which impact science study. Budget cuts have decreased the number of teacher jobs in North Carolina significantly. These cuts have impelled many teachers to widen their specialties in order to keep their jobs. At the elementary-school

level, science teachers are rare. Asheville City Schools employs one science coach for all five of its elementary schools. And, of course, testing often can only reveal so much in terms of student knowledge and ability. Educators emphasize the importance of learning the scientific method in order to apply its logic to other aspects of school and life. “It’s not knowledge that’s as important in science. It’s a process and a way to explore the world around you using the scientific method,” • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 19

explains Carter. “It’s about learning skills that will last way beyond school.” Inoculating our kids with science not only can help them catch up with the rest of the world’s students, but can offer life-long benefits to them and to our society as they move from the educational world into the work world. From farming to construction work, from law to the healthcare profession, ability to apply the scientific method can be key. “I think that what you learn through the study of inquiry-driven science is process,” says Townsend. “I think it’s essential that we continue to develop the ability of the students to solve problems. This is the challenge we face in all of our educational environments: How do we change what we’re doing in a way that enables students to move forward in a time of uncertain future in terms of career development and nontraditional work? If we can give them the ability to problem-solve in a variety of situations, we’ve developed their capacity to succeed.”

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If many of our schools are failing our kids, with testing mandates and budget cuts, where can parents turn? There are the previously mentioned extracurricular science programs, one of which, the national Science Olympiad, fields teams from at least 13 Western North Carolina public and independent schools. Carter co-coaches Evergreen’s Science Olympiad team, which consists of 18 middleschool students who compete in science competitions at the regional, state and national levels.

Making it happen: Above, at the Health Adventure at Pack Place. Below, students of Evergreen Community Charter School’s Science Olympiad team test their experiments before the big competition. That program is in jeopardy, with state funding on the chopping block. photos by Jonathan welch

The students spend their Saturdays preparing for both written and experiential tests, which include building actual contraptions and applying the scientific method in situations such as crime solving. “All the students have to be ready to go into two or three different events,” Carter says. “These competitions really get kids entrenched in science. They’re giving up their Saturdays to do this, and they’re excited and hungry for it.” Despite the popularity of the program in the state, Governor Beverly Perdue’s proposed budget cuts include cutting funding for the Science Olympiad, which could leave the students involved having to raise money to continue competing. More teachers are working together — across age groups — to support science learning. For example, SILSA technology facilitator and lead teacher Shannon Baggett helped organize a Kids Inquiry Conference between SILSA students

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and 12 Asheville City Schools elementary classrooms. The SILSA students visited classrooms to work with kids in grades 3 through 5. Then, on March 30, they’ll help the younger students present their science projects at a special event held at UNCA. There are other regional examples of educators, nonprofits and institutions who are stepping up to the science plate in order to feed that student hunger. Whether or not North Carolina students will catch up to the rest of the U.S., and U.S. students will catch up to the rest of the world, remains to be seen. In the meantime, parents can avail themselves and their progeny of the myriad opportunities in our area. And to quote Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus, “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” X Anne Fitten Glenn is an Asheville-based freelance writer. • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 21

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Think back to the science classes you had when you were a kid. Mine conjure up the acrid smell of formaldehyde as my high-school biology classmates and I dissected enormous, pale, flatworms that seemed too otherworldly to slither on the earth. Nature photographer Kevin W. FitzPatrick has a similarly uninspiring story. “When I was a kid, you’d sit at a blackboard and you’d look at chemistry and physics and science, and if you weren’t of a mind it was just — I don’t want to think about it,� he recalls. Luckily, times have changed. “If you know a bit about education, you know that more and more people are now taking their kids out into streams and into the forest and they’re seeing it firsthand,� he says. The hands-on approach is the cornerstone of a summer day camp offered through the Western North Carolina Nature Center, as well as a budding year-round club sponsored by FitzPatrick, a board member of the Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center. “The kids are just dying to get into science,� FitzPatrick says. 2010 was the inaugural year for the day camp, in which 10 sixth- through ninth-graders gathered in a log cabin at the Nature Center for talks by scientists about their specialties. Then it was off to the nearby Swannanoa River or Trillium Trail for fieldwork. Scientific collection methods are followed at the camp, though FitzPatrick notes that the insects, mollusks and other life forms are examined alive, then safely returned to their habitat. One research method involved the campers marking off a plot of ground and studying all the diverse life forms they could find there. “That made an impression on the kids,� recalls Karen Boekschoten, whose 14-yearold son, Nico, an eighth-grader at Evergreen Community Charter School, was an enthusiastic participant. Another day involved campers blocking off a small section of the Swannanoa River to learn

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about water quality and the fish, insects and other aquatic life that live there. In other sessions, a scientist brought along 15 or so cases of butterfly specimens, while a snake specialist toted along his own live snakes for the kids to handle. “It was AMAZING!� 12-year-old Serena Morgan Dotson-Smith declares via e-mail. “I can’t quite put the feeling of what walking in the stream, searching in the forest, and running with wolves was like! We all made great friends, learned some new scientific terms and plain-out just had fun! It was an experience not worth missing, in fact not worth trading for a thousand dollars!� (To clarify, the seventh-grader at North

Buncombe Middle School notes that the kids ran on the outside of the wolf enclosure, while the wolves ran back and forth on the inside. One of the best parts of the camp, she adds, was meeting other people who shared her interest in wildlife.) Once last summer’s camp was over, the kids were hungry for more hands-on science. Those campers form the core of a nascent club that will meet once a month on weekends, following much the same format as the camp. (Though there’s a fee for the summer camp, the club is free.) FitzPatrick admits that the camp suffers from a somewhat unwieldy name: The ATBI (All • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 23

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explore Learning about nature = good times Budding naturalists can indulge their interests through a cluster of camps in the Asheville area. The N.C. Arboretum offers a variety of nature-themed Discovery Camp programs for preschoolers through high-school students, including an intriguing Advanced Eco Detectives camp for second- and third-graders. For more info, see or call (828) 665-2492. And Bug Camp is back this summer at UNCA, although a funding shortage has downscaled it from a residential camp to a day camp, says UNCA biology professor Tim Forrest. Two sessions run June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, with a maximum of 20 students per camp. Bug Camp, free for rising sixth- through rising eighth-graders, involves working in the lab and the great outdoors — usually the national forest — where campers collect various insects for study the next day. They also run experiments in the field, including measuring the pulling force of beetles that live in logs, and then calculating what that force would equal for a child. “It turns out to be a Volkswagen microbus, pretty much,” Forrest says with a laugh. For more info, call Forrest at (828) 232-5150 or visit tforrest/BugCamp2011.htm. • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 25

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The traditional view of a kids’ summer camp is steeped in a nostalgic woodsy setting. There’s always a lake for swimming and canoeing and a nightly campfire with singing, swapping spooky stories and roasting various treats-on-a-stick. This classic design was the “forest” ushering in a growing acceptance of “trees” — or the rising tide of specialty camps, which cater to a broader range of specific interests. Worldwide, camps and clubs are gaining attendance. Participants are eager to try various activities such as fencing, playing in a rock band, dramatic arts or even explosives (it’s an engineering science, don’t ya know?).

But even for kids raised without television, the inevitable desire for an iPhone moves in as naturally as osmosis.

Exciting possibilities: Students with the Girls Scouts FIRST Lego League team from Asheville Middle School work on a robot. The program helps keep girls interested in science, technology, electronics and math. photo courtesy carrie myers

For some parents and educators, electronic media has garnered a taboo reputation — its encroachment is feared as limiting, passive or violating. But even for kids raised without television, the inevitable desire for an iPhone moves in as naturally as osmosis. More positively, today’s savvy “elders” raised in the Atari age have utilized their digital roots to pursue engineering, computer programming, graphic designing and film or video editing; now in leadership roles, they’ve created engaging tech programs that may provide a threshold of interest for the newest generation. Sara Sanders, who teaches the budding Robotics Club at Odyssey Community School in Asheville, will earn her Bachelors of Science in Engineering with a Mechatronics concentration from both UNCA and North Carolina State University this spring. The club was started by Odyssey Executive Director Dr. John Johnson, who runs the private Pre-K through 12th-grade campus on a foundation of experiential learning. He also keeps a keen eye on the trends of the future. “I want kids to have exposure to engineering skills, to gain an interest as early as possible,” he tells Xpress. Johnson initiated a collaboration with the NCSU Office at UNCA to offer Odyssey gradeschool students the after-school program (the local college supplied all model kits and materials to minimize student cost). Sanders teaches Robotics Club members related computer-programming skills and electronic-circuitry know-how. The seven enrolled students,

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boys age 8 to 13, work in teams of two to build and program their own “Sumobot” Robot Kit (manufactured by Parallax). Their autonomous creations will be able to follow a line, navigate a maze and “ultimately duke it out in a Sumo competition,” promises a line in the program’s curriculum. The club meets biweekly after school in Odyssey’s hushed, cozy computer lab. “In this case, the computer is not a medium for social alienation or isolation. It is a tool that the kids have to cooperatively use to develop their robots,” explains Sanders as the boys barely glance up from their screens. At the program’s halfway point, Sanders offers some intriguing observations: “I think initially they tend to have a very imaginative idea of what building robots looks like. Most kids want to make these huge, Transformer-style robots that will blow things up. “When they see that the robots we are working with are quite small, they are a little disappointed,” she says. “But as they learn to program and use the sensors to control the ’bots, they get an understanding — the possibilities become much more exciting.”

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Even in 2011, male engineers still significantly outnumber their female counterparts. Accordingly, there’s been a groundswell in recent years to coax preteen girls back into typically male-dominated school subjects. Around third grade, some studies say, girls begin to lose interest in math and science. Among other groups endeavoring to correct this, North

Carolina’s “Peaks to Piedmont” chapter of the Girl Scouts is taking part in a new initiative: The STEM program uses girls’ existing connection to their peers to foster a collective interest in the fields represented by the acronym: science, technology, electronics and math. The group is continuing to work toward grants and funding to strengthen its development, says Carrie Myers, director of programs for Peaks to Piedmont. “It is our goal to nurture this interest so that more girls build a strong STEM foundation.” The ultimate hope, explains Myers, is to create “future female leaders who will meet the increasing need for science and technology professionals.” This camp season, the STEM Summer Academy is an opportunity for girls to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots, participate in sessions of digital photography and computer programs, and bond with girls of similar interest. But it’s not just a summer stint. The girl who may have discovered a particular interest, “can potentially continue this activity during the school year, such as joining a First Lego League robotics team,” says Myers. While the community ethic is an underlying tenet of woodsy camp life, the more specialized youth clubs and camps seem to celebrate the uniqueness of the individual, a developmentally appropriate tool in any adolescent or tween’s quest for identity. X Freelance writer Cara Ciliberto enjoys searching for images in cloud formations with her sons.

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Two fun (and only slightly dangerous) experiments that kids can do at home by Mackensy Lunsford Bored? Want to make a minor mess and learn something at the same time? Do try these experiments at home (with a parent’s permission, of course). (Thanks to SaraKate and Abby Makoviney for helping with these experiments and deciding that science is “delicious and fun.”)

scream! Ice cream in a bag Almost everyone likes ice cream, except the lactose intolerant, of course. Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own? You can, and you don’t even need your own ice cream churn; just a few bags, some ice and salt and the desire to shake things up. This is a fun and delicious experiment that must be done in an area where it’s OK to spill a little milk. After all of the ingredients are combined and it’s time to shake the bags, it’s best to wear gloves — the bag may be cold enough to damage your skin. Go ahead and throw on a scarf and a hat, too ... just to be silly. What you need: 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla 1/2 to 3/4 cup of rock salt 2 cups ice 1-quart zipper bag 1-gallon zipper bag measuring cups and spoons Note: Make as many recipes as you want. Also, experiment with flavors — add chocolate syrup or chocolate chips, for example. What to do: 1. Put the sugar, milk, cream and vanilla into the quart bag. Seal the bag very securely — and we mean very. Salt water can ruin the ice cream! 2. Put 2 cups of ice into the gallon bag. 3. Add salt to the bag of ice. 4. Place the sealed quart bag inside the gallon bag of ice and salt. Seal the gallon bag very securely. 5. Rock the gallon bag from side to side. Throw it around! Dance a little! 6. Continue to rock and roll until the liquid ice cream has firmed up into solid(ish) ice cream. 7. Remove the quart bag, scoop out your ice cream and enjoy. Why it works: Salt lowers the freezing point of ice. By lowering the temperature at which ice is frozen, the milk mixture can freeze (at a temperature below 32 degrees Fahrenheit) into ice cream. So, why do you need to shake the bag anyway? The motion breaks up larger ice crystals, making a smoother ice cream.

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We’ve all seen the baking-soda volcano. It’s a classic example of an experiment that can be performed with common kitchen ingredients. While non-damaging and safe explosions are fun in any respect (if planned), this one seems a little meek. In perhaps the best use of diet soda and Mentos we’ve ever seen, here’s a similar experiment that makes a sky-high eruption — and a pretty big mess. Note: Absolutely do this outside, away from anything that wouldn’t benefit from splatters of soda (for example, a laundry-laden clothesline). Also, diet soda is not essential, but keeps the experimenters from getting too sticky from the sugar. Regardless of stickiness, the soda will splatter, so make sure to wear old clothes. What you need: 1 roll of Mentos (keep wrapped until right before the experiment in order to construct your “candy chute”). 2-liter bottle of diet soda index card Construction paper Scissors Scotch tape What to do: 1. The Mentos must be stacked in a neat column, with minimal space between them, so that they can be dropped all at once into the bottle. Make a “candy chute” by cutting a small piece of paper about the length of the package of Mentos and about four inches wide. 2. Wrap the paper around the Mentos package to form a tube. Tape it so it holds its shape. Now you have your chute. 3. Take everything outside! Open your soda bottle. Everything will happen fast once you get started, so make sure that you set everything up. 4. Place the index card over the opening of the soda bottle, then place your chute on top of that so that the end of the chute lines up

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with the opening of the bottle. 5. Fill your chute with the Mentos and let the adults run away to a safe place. 6. Open your full 2-liter bottle of diet soda. Remove the index card quickly, and let the Mentos drop into the bottle. Why it works: Bottled soda contains carbon dioxide that’s dissolved in liquid. When the bottle is opened, pressure is released, making the gas bubble out of the liquid, which is what makes soda fizzy. A few different things happen when the candies are dropped into the soda, but here’s the most significant factor in the eruption: When the Mentos fall into the bottle, they start to dissolve, releasing ingredients like gelatin and gum arabic into the soda. Those two things lower the surface tension of the soda (like softening an egg shell) making it easier for the bubbles in the liquid to expand and escape. • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 29

Smart play

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When it comes to the explosive intersection of kids and chemicals, it’s not just about the bakingsoda-and-vinegar volcano anymore. Solar-powered vehicles and other greenthemed toys are on the rise; likewise modern adaptations of beloved classics. Xpress contacted local independent stores whose primary retail space is devoted to toys, and discovered the very latest in weird science.

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Summery summary The 2011 Kids’ Camp Guide

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Compiled by Jaye Bartell and Melanie McGee Bianchi Western North Carolina’s many summer camps are keeping up with the techie times. Some offer up-to-the-minute instruction in rocketry, robotics, ecology, Web design and music production, among other creative subjects. Delve into the science of summer!

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Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism offers an Earth Sprouts! Summer Camp August 1-5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. “Soulflower Botanical Sanctuary” teaches kids about medicinal plants, farm animals and healing with herbs in a setting that cultivates a love of nature. Each child receives a botanically correct wildflowercoloring book and makes an herbal first aid kit to bring home. Call 350-1221 or e-mail info@ Asheville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts administers an ambitious series of programs aimed at rising first-graders through 12th-graders, including traditional day camps, a Teen Leadership Program, therapeutic sessions for kids with cognitive or developmental delays,

a skateboarding camp and a theater camp. An Outdoor Adventure Camp series will highlight nature exploration for all ages, peaking with the Teen Canoe Camp, an overnight odyssey for older kids with primitive camping and a 25-mile canoe trip down the New River in northern N.C. Programs run June 14 through Aug. 11; rates vary. For more information, contact Amy Pruett Rickman at 251-4080 or e-mail An outgrowth of Black Mountain-based residential camps Merri-Mac and Timberlake, local Black Mountain Expeditions has taken teens to the literal ends of the earth in search of the ultimate hiking challenge. French Alps, anyone? Or how about topping a summit in the Bolivian Andes? This year’s series of treks run June 11 through July 16. Sequoia National Park is in view, as well as the N.C. High Country. See or call 669-8766. From deep inside the earth to way up in space, The Colburn Earth Science Museum has the sciences covered for preschoolers through rising fifth-graders. In a variety of weeklong sessions running June 27 through Aug. 5, participants mine for shining gemstones, dig for real fossils, blast off into outer space and explore our home planet through experiments,


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1-, 2- and 3-week sessions designed for rising second- through rising 12th-graders. (Older kids get a chance to travel to the Outer Banks.) Naturalist “mentors” lead campers in wilderness exploration, and afternoon art might include pottery, drama or creative writing. Camps run June 4 through Aug. 6, plus a fourday Family Camp held Labor Day weekend. At press time, sessions were filling up fast. www. A division of USA Raft, Mountain Adventure Guides sponsors a series of 12-day and 18day overnight Summer Adventure Camps June 26 through Aug. 4, for kids ages 12-17. Counselor/camper ratio is small and expectations are high. MAG camps feature rugged outdoor excursions in a wilderness area straddling the N.C./Tenn. Border — including caving, rafting, advanced hiking and outdoor cooking. No cabins here: The young adventurers are expected to make their beds under the stars every night. Gear is included in tuition, and a good attitude must be packed along with bug spray. The program’s motto says it all: “We put the camping back in camp.” See or call 866-813-5210.


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through rising eighth-graders who attend RiverLink’s French Broad Summer River Camps. The first session runs June 13-17 (thirdthrough fifth-graders); the second session runs June 20-24 (sixth-through eighth-graders). Environmental education and service learning (including river clean-up and interpretive nature walks) are emphasized in this reasonably priced adventure, but there’s plenty of water recreation too. For more information, e-mail Becca Childress at education@riverlink. org or call 252-8474. Another well-seasoned local camp, Brevard’s Rockbrook Camp for Girls goes back so far it even boasts fourth-generation attendees. And yet the curriculum is definitely of the moment. Open to girls 6-16, Rockbrook is a traditional overnight camp whose 3-week sessions run June 5 through Aug. 11. Swimming, tennis, equestrian endeavors, yoga, journalism, visual art and musical theater comprise the short list of activities. For full info: The Swannanoa 4-H Center was the first 4H camp in the state and does the mountains proud with a comprehensive series of day and residential camps running 3, 6 and 10 days for kids 4-16. Specialty programs abound for those kids who want to pursue a particular skill (e.g., rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting or caving). A special week for children of military families is offered free of charge. But the menu also includes lots of all-around traditional fun. Prices vary based on length of camp and interests. Some sessions were already full at press time; check for updates or call 828-686-3196. Terra Summer is an experiential, interdisciplinary summer day camp for children 11-14 located on an organic farm in Mills River, 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville. The

program revolves entirely around the magical worlds of food, cooking and farming. What is the story behind what we eat? What is the importance of those choices? Campers learn elements of science, history, geography and other academic topics while exploring important environmental, economic and social justice issues related to food. Three sessions are scheduled for 2011. The first starts on June 13. Full and partial scholarships are available, as is transportation. Please visit www.terrasummer. org for more information about each session, or call Sybil Fix at 782-7842. A free overnight camp sponsored by UNCA, the irresistibly named Bug Camp (for rising sixth- through rising eighth-graders) happens in two sessions spanning June 20-24 and June 27 through July 1 The program uses insects to inspire creative thinking through hands on, interactive, discovery based learning. Activities include collecting field trips, identifying, curating and experimenting with insects to investigate biological principles. Enrollment, contingent on reference from a teacher, is limited to 20 students per session. See http://facstaff. for registration forms, or call (828) 232-5150. Other camps sponsored by UNCA include a series of day and overnight Volleyball Camps for kids 10-18, held July 11-16 (contact Julie Torbett at, (828) 232-5659); and Smoky Mountain Running Camps for those entering ninth grade and above, held July 10-15, July 17-22 and July 24-29. (www.unca. edu/oaci/sumYouth/sumYouth.html). Wild Weeks Summer Camp at the Western North Carolina Nature Center is, well, wildly popular. This comprehensive series of day camps, designed for kids from age 2 through ninth graders, comes in weeklong segments including “Pioneer Living,” where pre-teens

Photo Courtesy of True Ink will barter for goods and make cheese from scratch; “Staying Found,” i.e., how not to get lost in the woods; “Rhythms of the Earth,” a new, highly experiential camp this year, focused on the patterns and cycles of nature; and “Forest of Lilliput,” another new camp, invites campers to “discover of the Appalachian forest.” (Most programs, including the PeeWee Camp for preschoolers, emphasize some interaction with the Nature Center’s resident animals.) Wild Weeks runs June 1 through Aug. 5.

Asheville Art Museum offers morning, afternoon and all-day programs for rising kindergarteners through rising 12th-graders, presented in a true studio environment in the museum’s spacious WNC Art Resource Center, June 13 through Aug. 1. Among the full spectrum of media, kids might learn printmaking, cartooning and sculpture. Classes include regular visits to AAM’s various galleries. This popular program fills up fast. Info at (828) 253-3227, ext. 122, or e-mail Sharon McRorie at

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Enrollment is open for Appalachian Institute of Creative Learning’s Summer Enrichment Camp, held at scenic Warren Wilson College in two weeklong sessions: July 17-23 and July 24-30. Rising third- through rising 12th-graders are invited to attend either day camp or overnight sessions. Arts and academics are highlighted. See or call (800) 951-7442. Asheville Arts Center nurtures budding performers year-round, and that means two full months — June 13 to Aug. 12 — of “music, drama, dance and life!” Kids ages 3 and up can expect everything from Irish dance to the circus of fun and performance that is “Under the Big Top.” The returning “Asheville Idol” series (for kids 8 and up) is sure to stay a hit. A varied menu of musical theater, including “Gleeeeee Camp,” “Superheroes to the Rescue” and “The Little Mermaid,” is available — but the full list is extensive, so see www.ashevilleartscenter. com for dates, rates and the whole lowdown.

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Photos Courtesy of Waynesville Parks and Recreation The First Stage Youth Theatre of Madison County presents its Summer Workshop Camp for area kids ages 8-18. The series of weeklong programs — “by kids and for kids” — culminates in a production and after-play picnic. Workshops start mid-July and emphasize “the skills of discipline, concentration and teamwork so prominent in the theater and in real life.” Todd Weakley returns for the seventh year as Summer Camp Director. Todd is a professional theatre artist, Playwright and Director, and holds a masters degree in theater education. As usual, Todd has developed two full weeks of theatre fun for students. See for details. Flat Rock Playhouse, the official state theatre of North Carolina, hosts a comprehensive selection of summer-long programs in acting and stagecraft — check out “Aesop to BeBop” — through their YouTheatre division. Morning and day camps are intended for kindergarteners through rising ninth graders, and a series

of specialty camps for (including a film program) is offered for seventh- through rising 12th-graders. Sessions run between June 6 and Aug. 5. Check for full postings on this year’s themes and rates. (Tuition assistance for qualifying families is available.) Green-minded Gwynn Valley in Brevard gets kids down to earth with an assortment of overnight (1-3 weeks) and daylong programs geared strongly toward traditional crafts and survival skills. Basketry, gourd sculpture, tiedying, leatherwork and candle making are among the artsy offerings. Way-cool sports include ultimate Frisbee and cricket. Older kids get to try wilderness training. And all attendees help out on the farm, a vital part of the Gwynn Valley experience (70 percent of the camp’s food is grown onsite). Sessions, running June 10 through Aug. 14, are for kids who’ve finished kindergarten through eighth-grade. Info at (828) 885-2900 or at www.gwynnvalley. com.

Photo courtesy of The Health Adventure John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., isn’t just a great place for adults to find their roots. Their summer kids’ programs, the Little Folk School and Middle Folk School for rising seventh- through rising 12th-graders, aim to teach the next generation about Appalachian culture. Nearly 30 classes in dance and craft are traditionally offered, running the week of June 19. Find updates and details at, or call 1-800FOLK-SCH to get on the mailing list. Roots + Wings School of Art, for preschoolers, families and adults based at the Cathedral of All Souls at Biltmore Village, will offer three-day art-exploration camps for kids ages 3-12. Sessions run June 13 through Aug. 8 and include instruction in clay, drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and design. Classes tend to fill up fast, so call soon: (828) 545-4827 or e-mail Offering a unique day-camp experience that includes up-close-and-personal immersion in the most fascinating eras of the past, Smith-McDowell House Museum will host a Hands-On History camp July 25-29 for rising second- through rising fifth-graders. This year’s theme, “Who Were the Victorians?” will include major costume fun, old-time photos, themed crafts, and even making homemade ice cream. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is limited to 12 students. Call (828) 253-9231 or e-mail Lisa Whitfield at for registration information. Tanglewood Youth Theatre, a division of Asheville Community Theatre, hosts many youth-oriented theater programs each year, including its well-known Tanglewood Summer Camp, which runs in 2-week-long

sessions June 27 through July 8, for kids 5-17. Each series is capped with a performance on ACT’s Main Stage. See www.ashevilletheatre. org or contact Camp Director Janna Hoekema at Transylvania Community Arts Council has a busy summer planned! It all starts with the outdoor “fun-in-the-sun” Kids Art Day on May 7 (part of the Transylvania County Sesquicentennial Celebration). Summer Art Camp begins on July 11 this year, through July 29 at the Transylvania Community Arts Center in Brevard, mornings or afternoons, for kids ages 5-12. Visual art, pottery, dance and music will all be explored. Flanking the art camp, The Carwile-Dodson Studio’s Summer Pottery Camp hosts two sessions, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15. See or call (828) 884-2787 for registration info. True Ink’s Creative Summer Programs for young writers (elementary through high school) are experiential and active, and include visual art, crafts, dance, performance, math, science, publishing, music, history, bookmaking and more. Program locations such the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site, the New School of Dance studio (both in downtown Asheville) and the River Arts District give kids the chance to work in the realm of real practitioners past and present. New this year: a collaboration with Roots + Wings School of Art, which will include a summer intensive for high-school teens. Returning instructors Jeff Kinzel, cartoonist, and Allan Wolf, internationally renowned performance poet, author and musician, are examples of some of the esteemed faculty. Camps begin the week of June 13, schedules and fees vary. For complete descriptions and registration, visit or call 215-9002. • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 39

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Traditional DANCE CAMPS If you love to dance, then this is the camp for you! Enjoy classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and acrobatics. Spend your day polishing up your skills and acquiring new ones. We will also learn about nutrition, dance history, costume design, stage makeup and scenery and create special arts and crafts projects. Our week culminates with an informal performance for friends and parents on Friday to showcase everything we have learned! Petite Dance Camp, ages 4-6, 9 am - 1 pm, $150 ($160 after 5/6/11) Mini Dance Camp, ages 7-9, 9 am – 2 pm, $200 ($215 after 5/6/11) Junior Dance Camp, ages 9-12, 9 am – 2 pm, $200 ($215 after 5/6/11) Early drop off 8-9 am available for an additional fee of $35.

THEME CAMPS Join us for a week dance studio fun, each with a unique theme. Every day is a dream come true with dress-up in fabulous costumes, innovative craft projects, structured play activities and games and daily dance class where basic routines are learned. Each fantastic week features a photo shoot on Wednesday, water day on Thursday and an adorable, informal parent show on Friday for friends and family to enjoy! TIME: 9 am – 1 pm (early drop off 8-9 am available, $35) COST: $150 before May 6th or $160 after that THEMES: Broadway Baby, Dancy Nancy, Superheros, Princess & Frog, Bunny Hop, Sea Cruise, Rapunzel, Princess for a Week, Fairytale Fun, Royal Tea Party, Pirate Adventures (828) 654-7010 • Rosscragon Business Park, Asheville 40 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 •

Camp Ton-a-Wandah for girls is located in a cozy cove in Hendersonville. Camp runs June 5 through Aug. 5 in 2- and 3-week residential sessions, for girls ages 6-16. The curriculum is particularly eclectic, including rappelling, whitewater rafting (its name means “by the fall of water”) on the Nantahala and Pigeon rivers and horseback riding. Find full info at www. Boasting one of the most affordable — and popular — day-camp programs in the area, the 188-acre, five-star Eliada Summer Camp offers field trips, golfing, horseback riding, confidencebuilding exercises, mini-biking and swimming in a heated pool. Activities are geared for kids 5-12. The related Eliada Summer Sports Academy, for kids ages 8-12, features focused instruction in lacrosse, basketball, baseball, soccer, and more. See, or call Denise West at 254-5356, ext. 224, to check out summer dates and rates for Summer Camp. E-mail jcarnivale@ for Sports Academy info. But be quick! Registration is already in process. Asheville Gymnastics Summer Gymnastics Fun Camp for kids ages 5-13 emphasizes fun physical activity: Think Indoor gymnastics, a climbing wall and walking field trips in the downtown area. Camp runs June 13 through Aug. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. See for rates, or call 252-8746. In its 10-week day-camp program running June 6 through Aug. 12, Odyssey Community School in Montford promises “sheer fun and relaxation” along with soccer, ultimate Frisbee, daily swimming and tennis lessons led by Brad Lawrence (who’s coached such stars as Andy Roddick and Venus and Serena Williams). A traditional arts-and-crafts program is distinguished

by such unique offerings as didgeridoo-making and playing. Sessions are divided into three age groups (5-6, 7-9, and 10-13), and campers may attend as many sessions as they wish. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and before- and aftercamp care is available. Three weeks of half-day Summer Intensives for Teens (13-17 year olds) are offered mid-July through early August and include Digital Photography with Photoshop, Digital Video Shooting and Editing with iMovie, and 3D Modeling and Animation with Google Sketchup. For rates and more information, call 259-3653 or e-mail office@odysseycommunity. org. Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer its third annual Summer Camp, a series of weeklong day camps that run June 17 through Aug. 5 for rising first- through rising fifth-graders. Lots of outdoor sports and educational field trips are highlighted, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., M-F. For rates and registration info, call 456-2030 or e-mail www. YMCA of Western North Carolina facilitates a comprehensive selection of day-camp programs running June through August. Y camps are held at various area schools, and central pick-up and drop-off locations are available for parents’ convenience. Theme programs and environmental awareness are emphasized. Around for more than 100 years, Y camps are always coveted, so don’t delay in checking out for registration info. At the YWCA Summer Day Camp, kindergarteners through sixth-graders enjoy weekly field trips, nature hikes, swimming lessons, music, art and much more. Camp will starts June 15. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call CiCi Weston at 254-7206, ext. 111, or e-mail her at

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Camp Cedar Cliff, based in Asheville, has a simple mission: “communicating the truth of Christ’s love in word and deed.” For grades K-12, with nine sessions starting June 13 and going until Aug. 12, there is plenty of adventure and fun as well. Even the program names are fun — “20,000 Leagues Under the Cedar”; “Around the Cliff in 80 Days; Clifflock Homes”; and “Wild, Wild Cedar Cliff” are just a few. For more information, and to register, visit, call 828.450.3331 or e-mail

Traditional overnight camps that emphasize visual arts, music, sports and high-octane outdoor adventure in a nondenominational Christian atmosphere, Camp Merri-Mac for girls 6-16 ( and Camp Timberlake for boys 7-16 ( also boast low camper-to-counselor ratios and special wilderness trips. Sessions run June 12 through Aug. 13 in programs ranging from 1-5 weeks. Both camps are located in Black Mountain; registration is available online.

Camp Celo is a scenic, noncompetitive overnight camp near Burnsville that has operated for more than 50 years. Though not overtly religious in its mission, the program seeks to teach boys and girls the Quaker values of nonviolence, simplicity and environmental awareness. The arts, including performance and traditional crafts, are a major element of the experience, as is animal stewardship and enjoying the nearby South Toe River. Sessions (June 12 through Aug. 13) are designed for kids 7-12. A low counselor-to-camper ratio is a hallmark of Camp Celo.

Camp Rockmont, a Christian residential camp for boys in Black Mountain, is better known locally as the site of the biannual Lake Eden Arts Festival. Like the festival, the camp draws kids from all over. A particularly gorgeous setting is one highlight, as is an ambitious roster of activities that includes disc golf, storytelling, lacrosse, zip-lining and rocketry. Sessions include day-camp options for grades K-4; the overnight programs run six days to a month, June 12 through Aug. 12, for boys 6-16. www.

Camp Hollymont on Lake Eden in Black Mountain is a Christian residential camp for girls 6-15. An expansive list of activities includes digital photography, sewing, modeling, guitar, horseback riding, tennis, creative writing and “outdoor living.” Program options

The Jewish Community Center’s five-star-rated Camp Ruach (Hebrew for “spirit”) combines traditional day-camp activities for boys and girls with cooking, gardening, Israeli dance and instruction in Jewish values and concepts — including environmental stewardship and charitable deeds. The two-week sessions,

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Photo courtesy of the N.C. Arboretum Discovery Camp designed for rising first- through rising eighthgraders, begin June 13 and go through Aug. 5. Field trips take advantage of the area’s scenic beauty. Other unique highlights include Israeli dance, archery, weekly Shabbat celebrations and guided nature expeditions. See for information on a counselorin-training program for rising 9th and 10th graders and for more details on camp. Pretty Camp Wayfarer, a Christian overnight camp for boys and girls in Flat Rock, offers the typical summer-camp experience, including classes in such wide-ranging subjects as “pioneering” and puppetry — plus an emphasis on confidence building. Mini sessions are available for kids as young as kindergarten age, while main camp (for kids age 6-16) runs

for various lengths up to five weeks, June 19 through July 28. Emmanuel Lutheran School in Asheville has all the cultural bases covered with its Summer Rocks! 2011 series of day camps running June 13 through Aug. 12. The long, varied list of programs, held on the school’s 8-acre campus, are targeted for rising kindergarteners through rising sixth-graders. Highlights include gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, a Cooking With Kids week and Survivor Week. For older campers, a two-week drama series will culminate with a performance of The Wizard of Oz. For details on auditions for the play or for general camp information, see or call (828) 281-8182. X • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 43

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“Orchids are not difficult to grow, just misunderstood.” That’s the description of the opening discussion at the annual Western North Carolina Orchid Society Show and Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27, at the North Carolina Arboretum. The event features three presentations each day, from the 11 a.m. opener to Sunday afternoon’s “Repotting Your Orchid.” Presenters include Linda Wilhelm, Hadley Cash, Mark Reinke, Shan Nassar, Cynthia Gillooy and Linda Thorne. Of course, a key part of the event is the display of hundreds of orchids. There will also be orchid paintings by Gary Gessford as well as music by Western Carolina University’s Gamelan Gunung Biru (Gamelan is an Indonesian-based musical form involving xylophones, gongs, flutes and other instruments). Arboretum members get a preview on Friday, March 25, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s public events start at 11 a.m. For more information and directions, visit the website

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A variety of resources are available for beginner gardeners and those who want brush up on their knowledge. Here are a few: How much mulch? has a handy calculation for determining the quantity of mulch, topsoil or pine straw needed to cover a given area: “1 cubic yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet to a depth of 3 inches. That’s enough to fill the bed of a midsize truck. Bagged, you’d need 13 of the 2-cubic-foot bags or nine 3-cubic-foot bags. One cubic yard of topsoil will add a 2-inch layer over an area of 100 square feet. A bale of pine straw is enough to cover about 35 square feet.”

If that’s too much math, go to the online calculator at (Source: Carolina Country, distributed by the North Carolina Electric Cooperative.) How to start a vegetable garden: The Buncombe County Extension Center on Coxe Avenue offers a beginner’s class, Thursday, March 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The class fee is $5, and advance registration is required (Call 255-5522). Master Gardener Spring Garden School: Offered on Saturday, April 9, at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., this program is intended to provide participants with the resources to grow in Western North Carolina. The instructors are the master gardeners of the area — the experts when it

gardeningcalendar Calendar for March 23 - 31, 2011 A Smart Gardening Seminar by Buncombe Master Gardeners (pd.) Learn best plants, techniques, edible landscaping, design ideas, for WNC gardens. • ABTech’s Ferguson Auditorium • Saturday, April 9. $12. Pre-registration required.(828) 255-5522 or http:// Invasive Plant Workshop • SA (3/26), 9:30am-noon - Learn to identify and control invasive plants that threaten private and public woodlands in Western NC. Presented by Bob Gale, ecologist with the Western NC Alliance. Held at the Reems Creek Fire Department’s community room, 711 Reems Creek Road in Weaverville. Free. Info: Leicester Garden Club • SA (3/26), 1pm - This month’s topic: How to balance energy in your garden to enhance the health of your plants. Held at the Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road. Meets the fourth Saturday of most months. Info: 683-7159 or lgcmember@yahoo. com. N.C. Arboretum Events The Arboretum hosts a variety of educational programs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with parking fee ($8/vehicle). No parking fees on

comes to making your soil more fertile, picking native plants (and others suitable for our region), creating an edible landscape, gardening in small spaces and (my favorite) choosing plants that can make gardening less work. There’s also Q&A at the end, and participants are encouraged to ask master gardeners their toughest questions. Registration runs from 8:30 to 9 a.m. The fee is $12. For more information, call 255-5522. The Buncombe County Extension Center is located at 94 Coxe Ave. in downtown Asheville.

Kids’ stuff at the Botanical Gardens

April showers mark the beginning of kid season at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. On April 16, the Garden Science series begins with a session for kids age 5 to 11. “How does the weather impact our ecosystem, plant life, animals and the seasons? We will learn the answer to these questions and make a weather station to take home,” the description reads.

1st Tuesdays. Info: 665-2492 or • SA (3/26) & SU (3/27) - The WNC Orchid Society’s annual spring flower show will be on display at the Education Center, which features an array of rare orchids, supplies, educational classes and orchid-growing advice. Swannanoa Community Garden A garden in Swannanoa where community members can rent plots for individual or group use. Sponsored by the Swannanoa Pride Community Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting public events and services in Swannanoa. Plots are available for $15-$25 per season. Info: 581-4064 or • Through SA (4/30) - Join the Swannanoa Community Garden.


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Next up, on May 21, is a “Forest Floor” workshop in which “participants will explore the Botanical Gardens’ wooded areas for signs of life and look under leaf litter, rocks and logs to see life forms in the woods.” The series continues into the fall, from “Frogs and Toads” to “Don’t Take Rocks for Granite.” The curriculum is designed to “engage kids in the observation and investigation of living and non-living things using their senses and simple tools,” organizers say. All programs take place at the Botanical Gardens (151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., adjacent to UNCA) on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact the BGA office administrator at 252-5190. The cost is $7/per child per activity. Each session is limited to 12 participants. X Send your garden-and-farm news to news@ or call News Editor Margaret Williams at 251-1333, ext. 152. • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 45


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Evergreen science students track Haw Creek watershed by Susan Andrew Some may remember eighth-grade science as boring and perfunctory, with a focus on things like converting teaspoons to milliliters. Or maybe it was high ick-factor, slicing and dicing your way through some worm’s digestive tract? But for Stuart Miles’ seventh- and eighthgrade students at Evergreen Community Charter School, science class is more about how they can help save the world — or at least their little corner of it. Miles, the 2010-11 North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year, teamed up with Hayley Smith, RiverLink’s education coordinator, to develop a more hands-on, action-oriented approach to teaching basic environmental science. Over the course of several weeks, students analyzed samples collected in the Haw Creek watershed, drew conclusions from the data and began developing plans for community outreach based on the results.

Water quality is a key component of the state’s standard course of study for public schools. And in years past, Miles has taken his classes to streams throughout Western North Carolina, aiming to make their learning as hands-on and place-based as possible. But even so, he notes, it all felt somewhat artificial, consisting of “get off the bus, test the water, get back on.” So Miles decided to try something closer to home: assessing the environmental health of the school’s immediate surroundings in the Haw Creek drainage. “This year,” he explains, “They have that ownership of the information they’re gathering.” The 47 eighth-graders also got a taste of the challenges of real-life fieldwork. “The way our curriculum works out, this field trip would occur in January, where the ink is freezing in their pens and they can hardly hold the bottles. In this case, there were four sites selected in Haw Creek: two on the creek itself (one in the headwaters and one in a more developed area), and two on unnamed streams in the watershed.” Miles collected most of the

ecocalendar Calendar for March 23 - 31, 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., in Hendersonville. Info: 692-0385 or • MO (3/28), 6pm - “Protecting Our Natural Resources,” a discussion at the BRCC Patton Building, room 150.Cosponsored by Transition Hendersonville and the League of Women Voters. • TU (3/29) - “Kids in the Creek at Rugby Middle School,” a hands-on water quality event for youngsters. • WE (3/30) - Mud Creek Watershed will offer an educational class for eighth graders. WNC Alliance

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Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 2588737 or • TH (3/24), 10am-noon - Tour Asheville’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. Do you know what happens to water after it disappears down the drain? Find out what goes into processing wastewater for Buncombe County. $7. Info:


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samples, turning them over to the students along with video showing stream-bank conditions and other aspects of the sites that might suggest potential water-quality impacts. Students also discussed what constitute “good” and “bad” levels for the five parameters tested (temperature, pH, turbidity, nitrates and phosphates) — pollutants commonly associated with fertilizers and septic systems. And when the data came in, the results were encouraging. “Haw Creek’s in pretty good shape!” Miles reports. “I encouraged the kids to infer and describe the results as deeply as possible, as in: What is Haw Creek used for? What is our value for our streams and watershed? A lot of what it came down to is that we appreciate the stream for its aesthetics, and we use it as a gauge for the overall health of the watershed and watershed practices in general.” Students then moved on to the action component, placing “Don’t Pollute — Flows to Waterways” placards provided by RiverLink on storm drains around campus and at the nearby Charlie Bullman Park. Meanwhile, Miles used the fact that he lives uphill from the school to help drive a fundamental inquiry: Are my choices impacting the stream below? This, he says, fed students’ growing interest in identifying potential pollution sources.” Among their ideas was using high-resolution photos on Google Earth to identify unnaturally green lawns that could help determine future sampling sites.

Miles believes projects like this one provide a “reconnection to our agrarian roots and awareness of the land and its history. We want to do some oral histories with Haw Creek residents, to talk about how this valley has changed from a primarily agricultural valley to the suburban area it is now, to help the students connect to where we are. We’ve tried to bring them into ownership of ‘We are the next generation of Appalachians.’ “As a teacher, you’re always trying to connect them with the ground they’re standing on,” he emphasizes, adding that the school year culminates in a three-day backpacking trip. “We’ve got a lot of ideas for next year,” adds Miles, noting that students may contact the U.S. Geological Survey to propose a name for one of the unnamed Haw Creek tributaries. Students are also designing fliers describing the project and their desire to maintain local ecological health, for possible mailing to area residents. “You just have to really be careful,” says Evergreen eighth-grader Noah Hyman. “Fertilizers are good for plants in the ground but can have a harsh impact on animals and plants that live in the streams.” As for the impact of the class, Hyman says, “Having the ability to show people what is happening in our streams is really cool. Stuart makes things really interesting and a lot of fun.” X Direct your environmental news to Susan Andrew (251-1333, ext. 153, or


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Community Events & Workshops Dressed to Invest (pd.) Mar. 24, 2011, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Seminar for women by Michelle Matson, VP of Matson Money and author of “Rich Chick: The 9 Must-Have Accessories

Every Girl Needs to Create Financial Confidence, Independence and Freedom”. Presented by The Financial Coaching Center, LLC. Free. RSVP by 3/21/11. 828-7794002. coachingcenter@ AARP Tax-Aide Free tax preparation for seniors and low-and middleincome taxpayers. Electronic filing available. Call the individual location for details on what to bring. Info: www. Questions and requests for homebound individuals: 277-8288. • Through MO (4/18) - Free tax preparation available at Pack Library, 67 Haywood St., Mon. & Wed., 10am-4pm (628-3662); West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, Tues., 9am-3pm (658-9718); Weaverville Library, 41 North Main St., Thurs., noon-5pm (713-9381); and Black Mountain Library, 105 N.

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Dougherty St., Tues., 10am4pm (505-4373). Encounter Cuba • SA (3/26), 6-8pm - Enjoy a traditional Cuban meal while learning about Cuba’s people, history and culture from residents of Asheville seeking to overcome barriers between the United States and Cuba. Held at the Parish Hall of All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. $5-$10 suggested donation. Info: Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Rd. in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • TUESDAYS, 10am-1pm & SATURDAYS, 10am-3pm Thrift Store, held in the white building next to the picnic shelter at the back of the property. Items to be donated should be brought during hours of operation. For large items, please call first. Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or www. • WE (3/23), noon - Lunch and Learn: “21st Century Egypt Revealed,” with Pam Gaitskill. Hear stories from her recent trip to Egypt and see photos taken during the visit. Learn about the pyramids, camels and sights of everyday life in today’s Egypt. Bring a lunch. Coffee, tea and water provided. Reservations recommended. $5. Mars Hill College Events Info: • TH (3/31), 3pm - “Integration of Original Genomic Research into Undergraduate Instruction through Collaboration with the U.S. Joint Genome Institute,” with Dr. Kari Loomis, professor of biology. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Highway. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • WE (3/23), 10am-3pm - See what the Opportunity House is all about at this open house, with free food and demos. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted.

• WE (3/23), 4pm - Career Interest Panel: “Women and Writing Careers,” at the Highsmith University Union, rooms 221-223. Free and open to the public. Info: or 251-6515. • TH (3/24), 7pm - The 10th annual Parsons Lecture, “Monkeys, Mathematics and Mischief,” by award-winning math educator Ed Burger, will be held at Lipinsky Auditorium. • FR (3/25), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “New Math and New Physics,” with Sam Kaplan, UNCA associate professor of mathematics, and Jeff Konz, UNCA associate professor of economics at Lipinsky Auditorium and “Music,” a lecture with Lyn Burkett, UNCA assistant professor of music, at the Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (3/28) through FR (4/1) - “Life is Calling: What is Your Intention?” This week-long series of experiential programs about setting intention and “living the life you were meant to live” will feature presentations by keynote poet Laura HopeGill. Held at the Highsmith University Union Mountain Suites. Info: http://career. or 251-6515. • MO (3/28), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Ancient Philosophy,” with Brian Hook, UNCA associate professor of classics, at Lipinsky Auditorium and “Counter-Renaissance and Othello,” with Ann Dunn, UNCA lecturer, at the Humanities Lecture Hall. SciGirls • TU (3/29), 6-8pm - Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program titled “Blowin’ in the Wind,” sponsored by the Public Broadcasting System to engage girls in science. Come learn about wind power. Participation is $10/student and all girls ages 9-14 are eligible.Info: www.

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A Let's Talk: Workshop for Parents of Teens, focusing on drugs and alcohol, will be held on Wednesday, March 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. Workshops are designed to help parents start conversations with their kids about hard-to-discuss issues. $5. Info:, 252-7489, ext. 321 or


A-B Tech’s Drama Club presents The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail at the Carriage House Theatre, on A-B Tech’s Asheville campus, on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. The play will be staged Thursdays though Saturdays until April 2. $3 for A-B Tech students and staff/$5 for area students/$10 general public. Reservations required: 254-1921, ext. 890 or


ArtSpace Charter School, located at 2030 US Hwy. 70 in Swannanoa, will host an "Empty Bowls" event to raise money for hungry families in WNC on Friday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The menu will include soups from around the world with bread and salad. $25 per family/$10 adults/$5 children under 10. Info: 289-2787 or


Enjoy a traditional Cuban meal while learning about Cuba's people, history and culture, from residents of Asheville seeking to overcome barriers between our countries. Encounter Cuba will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St. $5-$10 donation. Info:


Join the "Flasheville Meditation Mob" at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville on Sunday, March 27 at noon. Converge at Pack Square for an hour of meditation. Info: 519-8021, or


UNCA kicks off "Intention Week" with a presentation entitled "Life is Calling: What is Your Intention," on Monday, March 28 at 4 p.m., in the Highsmith University Union, room 223. The discussion, part of a weeklong series, will feature author Peggy Tabor Millin. Info: or 251-6515.


In celebration of Women's History Month, Malaprop's Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., hosts a meet and greet with "amazing women business owners in Asheville" on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Malaprop's, Early Girl Eatery, Bruisin' Ales and Bloomin' Art are among the many women-owned business featured at this event. Info: 254-6734 or

under 35. Info: Asheville Clothing Exchange • SU (3/27), 4-7pm - The Asheville Clothing Exchange is a quarterly event that offers women a fun opportunity to clean out their closets and get rid of items they no longer want. Held at Aerial Space, 46 New Leicester Highway (Moose Heart Drive) suite #103, in Asheville. Info: or Asheville Front Runners Asheville Front Runners is group of LGBTQ Ashevillans and straight allies who strive for equality. Info: • SUNDAYS - Join us at Carrier Park’s picnic tables for a run or walk. Check website for time. CLOSER Looking for gay folks in your age group? CLOSER is Asheville’s oldest LGBT social club serving all boomers and seniors. Providing entertainment, education and fellowship. Info: 776-0109.

• TUESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets in the library at All Souls Cathedral on All Souls Crescent in Asheville. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • SA (3/26), 11am - A prison pen pal discussion group will be held. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. Community members offer free classes to other community members. Info: • WEDNESDAYS (through 3/30), 6:30-7:30pm - Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong with Trey Crispin at 28 Forsythe St. • TH (3/24), 7-9pm - “Permaculture IV: Permaculture, Design Process, Mapping, and Backyard Economics.” Held at 40 Congress St. • TU (3/29), 7-8:30pm - “Felting Slippers With Wool: Fiber Arts III,” at 128 Swannanoa Ave. Donations requested for cost of fleece. RSVP:

Helios Warriors Health Care Program for Veterans A nonprofit alternative therapy program for veterans. Info: 299-0776, or • FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS - Offering complementary/ alternative therapies. Needed: professional licensed/insured practitioners willing to offer a minimum of three hours per month of their service. “Journey to the End of Night” • WE (3/30), 6:30-8pm - Come join a free game of tag in downtown Asheville. Meet at the Vance Memorial at 6:30pm then travel the city collecting clues and dodging dreaded chasers. Info: find the “Tag Asheville” facebook event. Just Economics An Asheville-based nonprofit dedicated to working toward closing the gap between earning a minimum wage and a “living wage,” taking into consideration the cost of living in Asheville. Info: www. • Through (4/25) - Applications for “Just

Brew It,” a homebrew beer festival and competition, will be accepted. Info: Land-of-Sky Regional Council Info: 251-6622 or www. • WE (3/23), 1pm - Meeting at the Land-Of-Sky Regional Council. Letters to Prisoners • SU (3/27), 2-4pm - “Letter Writers to Prisoners of Conscience,” an event at 11 Digges Road. RSVP: 2546795. LGBT Living History • TU (3/29), 7pm - A group discussion focusing on personal histories and views of LGBT issues will be held at the All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swan St., Asheville. Info: 274-2681. The WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) Operates out of the SmithMcDowell House Museum. Info: 253-9231. • SA (3/26), 10am-noon - The WNC Historical Association will sponsor a genealogy workshop • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 47

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with Nancy Manning, of the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society, at the Smith McDowell House Museum. $15/$10 for members of WNCHA. Reservations required. Handouts and light refreshments included. Info: 2539231. Transylvania Genealogical Society The organizations’ Genealogy Room is located at the Transylvania Heritage Museum, 189 W. Main St., in Brevard. Info: 862-8228, or www.transylvaniagenealogy. com. • WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS - The Genealogy Research Room will be open to genealogists from 1-5pm on Wednesdays, and from 10am-5pm on Fridays.

Government & Politics Henderson County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Luncheon • SA (3/26), noon - The meeting will be held in the Apple Valley Middle School cafeteria. Special guest: N.C. GOP Chairman and former Congressman Robin Hayes. Dr. David Woodard, professor, author and political consultant, will give

a speech titled “President Ronald Reagan.” $20/$35 per couple. Info: 693-6040. Sean Faircloth of Secular Coalition for America Speaks • FR (3/25), 7pm - Sean Faircloth, of the Secular Coalition for America (an organization representing secular Americans to engage in a formal briefing with White House officials), invites the public to a discussion on religious-based injustices in America. Held at the Cinebarre, 800 Brevard Road in Asheville. Info: or 242-4870. The Green Tea Party Free and open to the public. Info: 582-5180 or • THURSDAYS, 6pm - You are invited to a brewing of home-grown ideas steeped in traditional values. Meeting at Dobra Tea Room, 78 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville.

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for $130. 117 Furman, Asheville. RSVP: 225-3786. www.FormFitnessFunction. com Fitness at Battery Park Apartments • FRIDAYS, 10:40-11:40am - Interested in fun exercise? Come get healthy! Chairs are available to accommodate all fitness levels. Located at 1 Battle Square, across from the Grove Arcade. Free. Info: 252-7397. N.C. Center for Creative Retirement Unless otherwise noted, these events and classes are held in the Chestnut Ridge Room at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Info: 251-6140. • FR (3/25), 11:30am - Fab Friday: “Asheville Greenworks: Working for a Green and Clean Buncombe County,” a talk by Asheville Greenworks’ Executive Director Susan Roderick at the Manheimer Room. The Senior Fun Bunch • 4th THURSDAYS, 7pm - A social/activities group for active 50+ singles in the Asheville/Hendersonville areas. Meet at Papa’s & Beer Restaurant, 1821 Asheville Highway in Hendersonville. Info: 699-8180, or www.


Grow Your Business Connect With Regional Leaders Support Your Local Community Join Us Today! Visit or Call 828-258-6114 “We’re for Business” for more information on the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce visit us: • 36 Montford Ave. Asheville 48 MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 •

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation The Foundation’s mission is to save healthy, adoptable animals in the Haywood County Animal Control facility. Located at 1659 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 2469050. • Through TU (4/26) - Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is now accepting photographs for the fifth annual “Pet Photography Contest.” Categories for the contest include: dog, puppy, cat, kitten, other pets, Sarge’s rescue animal and photographers under 12. Photos must be original and done by an amateur photographer. Prizes will be awarded on April 30, 10am, at Bocelli’s Italian Eatery, 319 N. Haywood St., in Waynesville. • SA (3/26), 10am-2pm - A grand opening celebration for the new adoption center for Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation will be held at 256B Industrial Drive in the Waynesville Industrial Park. There will be food, fun and animals for adoption! Plus, Sarge youth supporters (Youth for Sarge) will offer their hand-made art for dona-

tions. The facility features a reception area, 1,800 square foot indoor display and greeting area and a 14,000 square foot outdoor fenced area. • SATURDAYS, 10am-3pm - Adoption Days at 256B Industrial Park Drive in the Waynesville Industrial Park. Interested in volunteering or donating to the shelter? Call: 246-9050.

Business Ready To Sell Or Buy A Restaurant In WNC? (pd.) We work exclusively with the food and beverage industry. • Contact National Restaurant Properties in Asheville: (828) 225-4801. • A-B Tech Continuing Ed Classes Classes are free, unless otherwise noted. Info & registration: www.abtech. edu/ce/registration. • TH (3/24), 6-8pm “Effectively Market Natural Products.” Gain the tools and knowledge needed to get herbal, food and functional food products noticed. Topics include: how to be competitive, branding, store and trade show promotions, and old-fashioned and newonline social networking. $5. At A-B Tech, Madison. A-B Tech’s Center for Business & Technology Incubation To register for seminars: 254-1921, ext. 5857 or • Applications are currently being accepted for the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Camp, a weeklong summer day camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in business ownership. The program will take place June 13-17 from 9am-3pm at the school’s Enka campus. $25. •A free Middle School Academy for sixth through eighth grade students will be held July 18 and 19 from 9am-2pm. Asheville SCORE Counselors to Small Business If your business could use some help, SCORE is the place to start. Free and confidential. To make an appointment: 271-4786. Our offices are located in the Federal Building, 151 Patton Ave., room 259. Seminars are held at A-B Tech’s Small Business Center, room 2046. Free for veterans. Info: www. • SA (3/26), 8:30am-noon - “Salesmanship.” International Association of Administrative Professionals • TH (3/24), 5:30-7pm - Land of the Sky Chapter of

International Association of Administrative Professionals will have Donna Cutting, author and national professional speaker, present a program titled “The Celebrity Experience: Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service.” Located at Arden First Baptist, Sweeten Creek Road. Park in the back lot, lower level. All are welcome. International Association of Administrative Professionals • 4th THURSDAYS, 5:307pm - The monthly chapter meeting will be held at Arden First Baptist Church, Sweeten Creek Road. Park in the lower level in the back parking lot. Meetings feature presentations and guest speakers. Free. Info: Stecoah Valley Center Events Located at 121 Schoolhouse Rd., Robbinsville. Info: 4793364 or • TH (3/31), 6-9pm - “Taking Care of Your Business Taxes.” Tax compliance is an essential part of business management. Participants will become familiar with the procedures and forms required to report sales and payroll taxes liabilities. Free.

Technology Free Computer Classes Classes are held at Charlotte Street Computers, 252 Charlotte St. To register: • MONDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - Mac OSX Basics. • TUESDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - iPhoto Basics. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - iMovie Basics. • THURSDAYS, 12:151:15pm - iPad Basics. • FRIDAYS, Noon-1:30pm - Google docs —- 2-3:30pm - Windows 7 —- 4-6pm - Facebook/YouTube. • SATURDAYS, Noon-1pm - Protecting your PC. • SUNDAYS, 12:15-1:15pm - GarageBand.

Volunteering American Cancer Society Learn to become a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery Program: Volunteers are needed to drive cancer patients to and from their treatments. Make a difference in the lives of cancer patients by becoming a volunteer driver. Info: 2546931, 1-800-ACS-2345 or • WE (3/23) - Training session: Learn to become a volunteer with the American

Cancer Society and drive a cancer patient to treatment. Call for more information. Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Seeks Volunteers Info: or 210-9377. • TUESDAYS or THURSDAYS, 5:30-8pm - Skip the gym and head to Habitat. Get your workout while volunteering in the home store warehouse. ASSE International • Through WE (8/31) - ASSE International seeks local families to host male and female cultural exchange students between the ages of 15 and 18. Students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. Families can choose students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests. Info: 301-0794 or (800)-473-0696. Blue Ridge Literacy Council Info: 696-3811 or www. • TUESDAYS (3/15 & 3/22) & THURSDAYS (3/17 & 3/24), 6-9pm - Tutor training sessions for adult volunteers interested in teaching writing and reading skills. Location & info: 696-3811. 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., in Hendersonville. Info: 6920385 or • TH (3/31) - Volunteers needed to help on a restoration project. RSVP: 692-0385 or 697-4891. Hands On Asheville-Buncombe Choose the volunteer opportunity that works for you. Youth are welcome on many projects with adult supervision. Info: www. or call 2-1-1. Visit the website to sign up for a project. • TH (3/24), 5-7pm - Meals for Hope: Cook and serve a meal for 15-25 women and children who are part of New Choices, an empowerment program for displaced homemakers in need of counseling and assistance. • TH (3/24), 4-6pm - FairTrade Stock-Up: Assist with unpacking and pricing merchandise for Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit, fairtrade retail store that sells handcrafted items made by artisans in more than 30 developing countries. • SA (3/26), 3-5pm - Bonding Blankets: Help make “lovies” blankets for

premature babies served by Mission Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Instructions provided • SU (3/27), 2-3pm - Knitn-Give: Make hats for newborns served by the Health Center’s Community Health Program and homeless adults served by Homeward Bound of Asheville. All skill levels welcome. • MO (3/28) - 7-8:30pm - Cookie Night: Help bake cookies for families staying at the Lewis Rathbun Center, which provides free lodging for out-of-town families who have a loved one in an area hospital. Supplies provided. • TU (3/31), 6:30-8:30pm - Volunteer with On Track: Copy and collate packets for distribution to individuals and families that benefit from On Track’s various financial assistance programs. Montford Park Players Unless otherwise noted, performances are free and take place outdoors Fri.Sun. at 7:30 p.m. at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Bring folding chair and umbrella in case of rain. Donations accepted. Info: 254-5146 or • SATURDAYS (through 4/30) - Volunteers are needed to help renovate the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, home to the Montford Park Players’ summer Shakespeare season. Community efforts will “help bring the current performance space back to life, with new materials for safety, aesthetics and durability.” Call for details. The Nature Conservancy Info: 350-1431, ext. 105 or • SA (3/26) - Help The Nature Conservancy remove invasive plants and clear trails at the Bat Cave Preserve, located southwest of Asheville in Hickory Nut Gorge. Email name and phone number to register. The WNC Historical Association (WNCHA) Operates out of the SmithMcDowell House Museum. Info: 253-9231. • SA (3/26), 1-3pm WNCHA will host a volunteer orientation and training event at the Smith McDowell House Museum. This will include a house tour, light refreshments and an exploration of various volunteer opportunities at the museum. Info: wnchavolunteers@gmail. com.

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Pre-registration ends March 25. $25/$30. Info: 252-7867 or Events at Historic Johnson Farm Located at 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville. There are two nature trails (free), and guided tours are offered. Info: 891-6585 or www. • TH (3/24), 7pm - “Gary Eblan’s Bucket List.” Eblan will share the items he is placing in his personal “bucket list” of things to do, places to go and things to buy. This session is offered to encourage listeners to gain a new perspective on the wonders of the natural world. Reservations required. $5. Safe Bicycling Skills • SA (3/26) - Learn smart cycling skills like how to ride safely in traffic, bike handling and basic maintenance skills, to help gain confidence. Class will include parking lot drills and road riding practice. Materials provided. $20. Email for details and times: Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy The mission of the SAHC is to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generations. Info: 253-0095 or n Reservations required for SAHC hikes: or 253-0095, ext. 205. • FR (3/25), 10am - All are welcome to join on a guided hike on the Sloan Property (strenuous). The 52-acre property is located in the Swannanoa township, directly adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the hike will be led by Claire Hobbs and Allison Kiehl. Free for members/$10 nonmembers. RSVP: claire@appalachian. org.

Sports Groups & Activities Horse Back Riding Instruction (pd.) Professional and private. All ages and levels, beginner through advanced. Horses provided. English and Western-Pleasure. Summer Camp 2011 - July 11-15, Aug. 1-5. Please call Stephanie with Cedar Hill Farm at 239-989-7139. Asheville Municipal Ladies Golf Association Join the AMLGA for camaraderie on the golf course. $35 for the year. Info: 667-5419. • TUESDAYS (starting 3/29), 8:30am - Meeting, with golf to follow. Call for more information. Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit dedicated to educating and preparing girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Info: www.gotrwnc. org or girlsontherunwnc@ • SA (3/26), 8am-4pm - National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a community event designed to give women of all ages a chance to try out a variety of fun activities. The event will include various clinics designed to motivate girls and women to lead an active, healthy life. Held at UNCA, 1 University Heights. Info: 350-2058. Harlem Globetrotters • SU (3/27), 3pm - The Globetrotters will perform the first-ever 4-point shot as part of all of their games on the team’s 2011 “4 Times the Fun” North American tour at the Asheville Civic Center $21+. Info & tickets: www. or (800) 745-3000. Introductory Wing Tsun (wing chun) Class • SATURDAYS, 1-1:45pm - An introductory Authentic WingTsun (Chinese Boxing) class will be held at Asheville Dance Revolution, 63 Brook St. The class involves self-defense/fighting techniques and no experience is required. Safe and friendly training environment. Sponsored by The Cultural Development Group, a local nonprofit. Donations encouraged. Info: 277-6777. Tai Chi for Seniors & Beginners • WEDNESDAYS, 10:30am - Held at Aston Park, in the tennis center, 336 Hilliard Ave. Info: 707-6907 or Women’s Self-Defense Classes • SA (3/26), 4-6pm - This self-defense class is free for all women ages 16 and up. Learn pressure points, escape techniques, effective striking and much more at 282-B Old Country Home Road in Asheville. Info: www.

Kids Asheville Culture Project A cultural arts community center offering ongoing classes in Capoeira Angola and Samba percussion. Other instructors, groups and organizations are invited to share the space. Located at 257 Short Coxe Ave. Info: www. • MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Kids capoeira classes with Centro Esportivo de Capoeira Angola Asheville. Children

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sing in Portuguese and play traditional, Afro-Brazilian instruments. Open to children ages 7-11. $5. 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: • Through SU (5/15) “Alice’s Wonderland: A Most Curious Adventure.” Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TUESDAYS (through 4/26), 10am - Book Babies: Story time for children ages 3 and under. Easter Egg Hunt • WE (4/23), 11:45am - An Easter egg hunt will be held at the Fletcher Community Park for children through age 11. Info: 687-0751 or www. Hands On! This children’s museum is located at 318 North Main St., Hendersonville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Admission is $5, with discounts available on certain days. Info: 697-8333 or • TU (3/29), 10:30am - “Crazy Chemists Make Crazy Concoctions,” a class for children ages 3 and up. Come make oatmealplay-clay. Free for museum members. Joyful Noise Theatre Playground • SATURDAYS - This weekly drama class uses theatre games to encourage creative play, while exploring artistic possibilities. Children ages 7-9 are welcome from 1011am, and children ages 10-13 are welcome from 11am-noon. Held at First Presbyterian Church of Weaverville, 30 Alabama Ave. $10. Info: iamrebeccam@ or 215-8738. N.C. Arboretum Events for Kids Info: 665-2492, jmarchal@ or www. • TU (3/29), 10am & 1:30pm - Wee Naturalist: A Close Look at Nature. Ageappropriate, nature-based activities for youngsters ages 2-5. $6.

Spirituality A Way of Being (pd.) Alexander Technique offers you the Potential that lies in that space between stimulus and response. Plant

a seed there this Spring. (828) 225-3786. www. Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation “TM” (pd.) Learn the most effective, natural way to meditate. Transcend the active levels of mind to experience pure awareness—your most peaceful, inner Self. • Clinically proven benefits for mind, body and relationships. • Free Introductory Lecture: Sunday, 2pm, 165 E. Chestnut • Topics: Meditation and brain research • How meditation techniques differ • What science says about stress, TM, and your health. (828) 254-4350. www.MeditationAsheville. org Asheville Meditation Group (pd.) Practice meditation in a supportive group environment. Guided meditations follow the Insight/Mindfulness/ Vipassana practices. Insight meditation cultivates a happier, more peaceful and focused mind. Our “sangha” (a community of cool people) provides added support and joy to one’s spiritual awakening process. All are invited. • By donation. • Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm: Guided meditation and discussion. • Sundays, 10am-11:30am: Seated meditation and dharma talks. • The Women’s Wellness Center, 24 Arlington Street, Asheville. • Info/directions: (828) 808-4444. • www.ashevillemeditation. com Astro-Counseling (pd.) Licensed counselor and accredited professional astrologer uses your chart when counseling for additional insight into yourself, your relationships and life directions. Readings also available. Christy Gunther, MA, LPC. (828)258-3229. Awaken to the Wisdom of Your Akashic Records (pd.) Wed. Mar. 30 7:30 - 9:30pm -or- Sat. Apr. 2 10am - 12 noon: Intro & Experiential, 2 Hr. Interactive Workshop, $33.00 • Sat./Sun Apr. 9-10 9:30am - 5:30pm: 2-Day Akashic Records Training- Level 1, $222. RSVP: 828-281-0888 www.VoiceofYourSoul. com 60 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Kelly S. Jones, LLC Awareness Group (pd.) Come relax and be inspired with Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing, Breathwork and Guided Meditation. Facilitated by Isa Soler, LMHC, LPC, C.Ht. • Saturday, March 26, 4pm5:30pm, Lighten Up Yoga. • Donations accepted. 60

Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. Black Swan Counseling-New Ongoing Open Enrollment Groups (pd.) DECIPHERING INTUITIVE CLUES - THE SYMBOLIC LANGUAGE OF INTUITION: 2nd Thursday of each month 6:308:30pm. Begins March 10. AKASHIC FIELD TRIPS - LIVE CHANNELING: 4th Tuesday of each month 6:30-8:30pm. Begins March 22. —Claudia LeMarquand, MA, LPC Intuitive/Licensed Counselor 828.707.1185. • SOUND OF THE SACRED WORD: 3rd Wednesday of each month 6:30-8:30pm. Begins March 16. • SOOTHING THE STRESS OF GRIEF: 4th Wednesday of each month 6:30-8:00pm. Begins March 23. John V. Berdy, MA Psychotherapist/ Grief Specialist/Musician 828.707.1184. See website for descriptions, fees, location: blackswancounseling. com Compassionate Communication (pd.) Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work, and community by practicing compassionate communication. Great for couples! Group uses model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book “Non-violent Communication, A Language of Life”. Free. Info: 299-0538 or • 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 5:006:15—Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Open Heart Meditation (pd.) Learn easy, wonderful practices that opens your life to the beauty within and connects you to your heart. • Free. 7pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 645-5950 or 296-0017. St. Germain Aquarian Consciousness Fellowship (pd.) Sacred space using the St. Germain Violet Flame for ascension clearing. Live high frequency intuitive piano from classical composers on the other side. Wednesdays, 6:30pm. • Donation. (828) 658-3362. The Work of Byron Katie Intensive (pd.) Saturday/Sunday, March 26/27. Recycle your thoughts! Find the freedom, peace and joy just below thoughts about people or situations that cause grief or drive you nuts. • Led by Certified Facilitators of The Work, Meg MacLeod and Maaike Hoijtink. At French Broad Food Coop, 90 Biltmore Avenue, 28801. • Earlybird: $200. • After

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March13: $230. Please contact us if finances are a problem for you. • Information/ registration: (828) 254-6484 or megfrolic@yahoo. com • TheWorkofByronKatieA-ville An Evening With Spirit • MONDAYS, 6-8pm - You are invited to an evening with Spirit. Theo Salvucci channels messages from the angelic realm at The White Horse, 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain. Donations only. Info: 713-2439. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - An evening with Spirit at 68 Grove St., suite C2. The entrance is on Hilliard Street. Asheville Jewish Meditation and Chanting Circle • ALT SUNDAYS - Cultivate an awareness of the Divine Presence through sitting and walking meditation, chanting and the study of Jewish and other texts. Email for location and times. Free. Info: Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@ • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at Insight Counseling, 25 Orange St. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8/$4 students & seniors. Info: 779-5502 or • TH (3/24), 7:15pm - “How to solve our anger problem/ Why anger is a problem.” • TH (3/31), 7:15pm - “How to solve our anger problem/ What we can do about it.” Community Worship Service With Fellowship Meal • SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Join SOS Anglican Mission, 370 N. Louisiana Ave., Asheville, for a worship service, followed by an Agape Fellowship meal. Compassionate Communication Practice Group Learn ways to create understanding and clarity in your relationships, work and community by practicing compassionate communication. Group uses a model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication, A Language of Life. Free. Info: 252-0538 or • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 56:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Dhyan Meditation • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm Seeking to deepen your meditation practice? One hour silent meditation and singing

of spiritual songs with meditation instruction included. All are welcome. Classes held in Fairview. Free. Info and directions: 299-3246, 329-9022 or “Flasheville Meditation Mob” • SU (3/27), noon-1:30pm - Meditation groups and individuals will convene at the Vance Monument, Pack Square in downtown Asheville, for an hour of meditation followed by chanting. Our goal: Expose people to meditation through public display and send positive intentions out into the world. Info: (323)-519-8021, or Interfaith Engagement for Christians, Muslims & Jews • TH (3/31), 6:30-8pm - Dr. Don Wagner, author and professor at Eastern Mennonite University, will present a new paradigm for interfaith relations based on a commitment to peace, justice and the equality of every person. Held at the Asheville Islamic Center, 941 Old Fairview Road in Asheville. Meditation for Beginners • TH (2/24), 7pm - New to meditation? Tried to meditate in the past but were unsuccessful? A free, introductory 12-week course will be taught by instructor Sarah Wood Vallely. Donations accepted. Info: 242-0680 or htm. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. With consciousness teacher and columnist Bill Walz. Info: 258-3241 or www.billwalz. com. • MONDAYS, 7-8pm - Meditation class with lesson and discussions in contemporary Zen living. At the Asheville Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Mountain Mindfulness Sangha at Yoga South • SUNDAYS, 7-8pm - Sitting meditation followed by walking meditation. A brief reading and discussion of the practice of mindfulness in daily lives, and how being fully present in this moment can bring us more peace and joy. Donations optional. Info: www.YogaSouth-Asheville. com. Power of Soul • WEDNESDAYS - Learn and practice self healing through the teachings of Dr. Zhi Gang Sha, given by one of his qualified teachers.

Held in West Asheville. Love offering. Info & directions: 258-9584.

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. Info: 774-1978. 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, 8918700 or • WE (3/23), 7pm “Healer’s Intro,” with Pam Hurst. Love offering. • WE (3/30), 7pm “Labyrinth Walk,” with Sam Richardson. Walk a five-path labyrinth and discover the healing, magical power of this ancient energy pattern. 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 Road, West Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am Musical Celebration Service. Musicians are always welcome. Info: 768-3339. • SUNDAYS, 11am Spiritual Celebration Service —- 12:15-1:30pm - A Course in Miracles with Rev. Gene Conner.

Food Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Rd. in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438. • Angel Ministry Food Buying Program allows anyone to purchase high-quality, nutritional food. Orders must be placed and paid for at the Community Club on the second or third Tuesday of each month from 9-11am or 45:30pm. Distribution occurs the third Friday of each month at the Community Club. See website for menu and details: or Info: 231-8823.

Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. • TH (3/24) through TH (4/28) - Spring Fling will be on display at Oui-Oui Gallery. Art at Eclipse Salon and Gallery • Through MO (4/18) Pattern on Pattern, an exhibit of paintings and illustrations by Molly Rose Freeman, will be held at Eclipse Salon and Gallery, 16 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Art at Jubilee! The Jubilee! Community Building is located at 46 Wall St., enter on Patton Ave. Info: 252-5335. • Through TH (3/31) - An installation of photography from past “Hand Me Down” performances, rehearsals and more, will be on display. Free. Art at Mars Hill College Info: • Through FR (4/1) - Credo, an exhibition of documentary photography by Dr. Rick Cary will be on display in Weizenblatt Gallery. Cary’s work captures the worship practices of “signs following” believers, an expressive sect of Christianity commonly associated with snake handling and speaking in tongues. Free. • FR (4/1), 1-4pm - Cary will host a closing program for Credo, sharing personal reflections and descriptions of the congregations he photographed. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. Info: www. • Through FR (4/1) - The annual Art Front Exhibit, featuring works in various media by members of UNCA’s student art organization, will be showcased at Highsmith Gallery, Highsmith University Union. • Through SA (4/2) Intimacy and Contemplation, an exhibition of fiber art by Norma Bradley and Vicki Essig, will be on display at Blowers Gallery, Ramsey Library. Arts Council of Henderson County Located at 401 N. Main Street (entrance on Fourth Street), above Flight Restaurant in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or

• Through FR (4/1) - Art Teachers Create, an exhibition featuring the work of area teachers working with elementary and secondary school students. Free. 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 (7/10) - An Inside View will be on display at the Holden Community Gallery. The exhibition examines the notion of interior environments as depicted by a number of artists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. • Through SU (6/26) - A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes. 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. • Through SA (4/30) - Emerging Artists, featuring works by students Bob Travers and Paul Harcharik. Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center The center is located at 56 Broadway, and preserves the legacy of the Black Mountain College through permanent collections, educational activities and public programs. Info: 350-8484, bmcmac@ or • Through SA (6/4) - In Site: Late Works by Irwin Kremen. Blue Spiral 1 Located at 38 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Featuring Southeastern fine art and studio craft. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, and Sun., noon-5pm. Info: 2510202 or www.bluespiral1. com. • Through SA (3/26) - New Times Three, work in a variety of media byeight artists new to the gallery —Margaret Couch Cogswell, mixed media works —- Southeastern Emerging Clay, functional and sculptural work by eight regional ceramicists —- Dirck Cruser + Robert Winkler, paintings and sculpture. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off Eagle St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or

freewillastrology ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Were you under the impression that the sky is completely mapped? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. Advances in technology are unveiling a nonstop flow of new mysteries. In a recent lecture, astronomer Joshua Bloom of the University of California described the explosion of wonder. One particular telescope, for example, detects 1.5 million transient phenomena every night, and an average of 10 of those turn out to be previously undiscovered. Reporting on Bloomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work, compared astronomersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; task to â&#x20AC;&#x153;finding a few needles in a giant haystack night after night.â&#x20AC;? I see this challenge as resembling your imminent future, Aries. Mixed in with all the chatter and hubbub, there are some scattered gems out there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; rich revelations and zesty potentials. Will you have the patience to pinpoint them?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking of calling on a ghost to provide you with information, make sure you know how to banish it when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finished milking it. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considering a trek into the past to seek some consolation or inspiration, drop breadcrumbs as you go so you can find your way back to the present when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to return. Catch my drift, Taurus? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine to draw on the old days and the old ways, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get lost or stuck there.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

From an astrological point of view, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a favorable time for people to give you gifts and perks and blessings. You have my permission to convey that message to your friends and associates. Let them know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in their interest to be generous toward you. The truth, as I see it, is that they will attract rewards for themselves, some unexpected, if they help you. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your role in this dynamic? Be modest. Be grateful. Be gracious. At the same time, rake it all in with supreme confidence that you deserve such an outpouring.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Nobel Prizes are awarded to geniuses in a variety of fields for work theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done to elevate science and culture. But have you heard of Ig Nobel Prizes? The Annals of Improbable Research hands them out to eccentrics whose work it deems useless but amusing. For instance, one recipient was honored for investigating how impotency drugs help hamsters recover quickly from jet lag. Another award went to engineers who developed a remote-control helicopter to collect whale snot. In 2000, physicist Andre Geim won an Ig Nobel Prize for using magnetism to levitate a frog. Unlike all of his fellow honorees, however, Geim later won a Nobel Prize for his research on a remarkable substance called graphene ( I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll soon have a resemblance to him, Cancerian. Some of your efforts will be odd and others spectacular; some will be dismissed or derided and others will be loved and lauded.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

If you have ever fantasized about setting up a booth at the foot of an active volcano and creating balloon animals for touristsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kids, now is an excellent time to get started on making that happen. Same is true if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever thought youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be a rodeo clown in Brazil or a stand-up comedian at a gambling casino or a mentor who teaches card tricks and stage magic to juvenile delinquents. The astrological omens suggest that playfulness and risk-taking would synergize well right now. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a chance that if you found a way to blend them, it would lead to financial gain.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve arrived at a phase in your cycle when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the opportunity to scope out new competitors, inspirational rivals, and allies who challenge you to grow. Choose wisely! Keep in mind that you will be giving them a lot of power to shape you; they will be conditioning your thoughts about yourself and about the goals you regard as worthy of your passions. If you pick people of low character or weak values, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring you down. If you opt for hard workers with high ideals, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll raise you up.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no key to the universe,â&#x20AC;? writes Swami Beyondananda. But that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lead us to existential despair or hopeless apathy, adds the Swami. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately, the universe has been left unlocked,â&#x20AC;? he concludes. In other words, Libra, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need for a key to the universe! I offer you this good news because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a similar principle at work in your life. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been banging on a certain door, imagining that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re shut out from whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside. But the fact is that the door is unlocked and nothing is stopping you from letting yourself in.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

When you travel to Mozambique, the Ministry of Fish and Wildlife gives you a warning about the frequency of human encounters with lions out in nature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wear little noisy bells so as to give advanced warning to any lions that might be close by so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take them by surprise,â&#x20AC;? reads the notice youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re handed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m certain, Scorpio, that no matter where you are in the coming week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mozambique or elsewhere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to tangle with beasts as long as you observe similar precautions. So please take measures to avoid star-

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tling goblins, rascals, and rogues. If you visit a dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s domain, keep your spirit light and jingly. If you use a shortcut that requires you to pass through the wasteland, sing your favorite nonsense songs as you hippety-hop along.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Few things make me more excited than being able to predict good tidings headed your way. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why, as I meditated on your upcoming astrological aspects, I found myself teetering on the edge of ecstasy. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I foresee: a renaissance of pleasure . . . an outbreak of feeling really fine, both physically and emotionally . . . and an awakening of your deeper capacity to experience joy. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your mantra for the week, generated by my friend Rana Satori Stewart: yum yum yum yum yum / yum yum yum yum yummy yum / yum yum yum yum yummy yummy yum yum.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

CNN reported on two neo-Nazi skinheads from Poland, a married couple, who discovered they were actually Jews. It turned out that during World War II, the truth about their origins had been hidden by their parents for fear of persecution. Years later, when the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw informed them that they were members of the group they had hated for so long, they were shocked. Since then, they have become observant Jews who worship at an orthodox synagogue. The new perspective youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be getting about your own roots may not be as dramatic as theirs, Capricorn. But I bet it will lead to a shift in your self-image. Are you ready to revise your history? (More info: tinyurl. com/Ex-skinheads.)

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

My astrological colleague Antero Alli says that a lot of good ideas occur to him while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taking a shower. He also finds frequent inspiration while riding his bike. Why, then, does he not enjoy biking in the rain? He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. I bring this up, Aquarius, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entering a phase of your cycle when flashes of insight and intuition are likely to erupt at a higher rate than usual. I suggest you aggressively put yourself in every kind of situation that tends to provoke such eruptions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including ones, like maybe riding your bike in the rain, that you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tried before.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

A Canadian man named William Treble once found over a thousand four-leaf clovers in a single day. Niamh Bond, a British baby, was born on the tenth day of the tenth month of 2010 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at exactly 10:10 a.m. and 10 seconds. My friend Allan told me he was driving in suburbia the other day when two white cats bolted across the road right in front of him. And yet as lucky as all that might sound, it pales in comparison to the good fortune thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headed your way, Pisces. Unlike their luck, which was flashy but ultimately meaningless, yours will be down-toearth and have practical value.

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More Art Exhibits & Openings

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www.castellphotography. com. • Through SA (3/26) - Studies, an exhibition featuring the work of Asheville artist Honour Hiers and Wisconsin artist Wanrudee Buranakorn. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design Located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Road in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • Through FR (4/22) - WNC Models of Sustainability in Craft Making, an exhibit featuring eight studio craft artists working in residence at EnergyXchange in Burnsville and Jackson County Green Energy Park in Sylva. Constance Williams Gallery & Studios • Through FR (4/8) - MisCommunity-Caution: Dioramas of Discord, clay works by Greg Vineyard, will be on display at 9 Riverside Drive in Asheville’s River Arts District. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • Through SA (6/4) - The eighth annual Appalachian

Mountain Photography Competition, featuring 46 selected images, will be on display at the Mezzanine Gallery. Info: 262-4954. Grovewood Gallery Located at 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Info: 2537651 or www.grovewood. com. • Through SU (4/10) - DNA of a Handcrafted Heirloom, an exhibit that explores the building blocks of handmade furniture and accessories created today, destined to be the heirlooms of tomorrow. Haen Gallery Located at 52 Biltmore Ave., downtown Asheville. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm, Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., Noon5pm. Info: 254-8577 or • Through TH (3/31) - Winter’s Ebb, a group exhibition. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Highway. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or • Through SA (3/26) - A four-day trunk show will be held for noted raku artist Barry Bernstein. A wide variety of raku-fired vessels will be available to view and purchase. • FR (3/25), 5-7pm - “Meetthe-Artist” reception Barry

Bernstein. Wine, beverages and light refreshments will be served. Haywood County Arts Council The HCAC sponsors a variety of art-related events in Waynesville and Haywood County. Unless otherwise noted, showings take place at HCAC’s Gallery 86 (86 North Main St.) in Waynesville. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am5pm. Info: 452-0593 or • Through SA (3/26) Reflected Light: Scenes of Haywood County by Luke Allsbrook. This exhibition of oil paintings highlights landscapes with a common theme of water. Odyssey Gallery Exhibits work by Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts instructors and residents. Located at 238 Clingman Ave., in Asheville’s River Arts District. Info: 285-0210 or • Through (4/17) - Spirited Vessels, featuring ceramics by three Odyssey members focusing on “the muse and the spirit that flows into the vessels.” Penland School of Crafts A national center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located at 67 Dora’s Trail, Penland, NC. Gallery hours:

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Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. Noon -5pm. Info: or 765-2359. • Through SU (5/8) - Many Paths: A Legacy of Karen Karnes will be on display at the Penland Gallery. The exhibit features the ceramic art of Karnes and 14 artists whose lives and work have been touched by her. $8 adults/$7 for students and seniors. • FR (4/8), 7-8:30pm Opening reception for Many Paths: A Legacy of Karen Karnes. There will be a film screening of Don’t Know, We’ll See: The Work of Karen Karnes by Lucy Phenix at 4:30pm at Ridgeway Hall. Push Skate Shop & Gallery Located at 25 Patton Ave., between Stella Blue and the Kress Building. Info: 2255509 or • Through TU (4/5) Stalefish 3, a group show featuring photographs, drawings and robot-inspired works by Dwight Morgan, Jon Svendsen, Rob Sebrell and Layne Hutchison. 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 • Through WE (4/6) - An exhibition of landscape and figurative paintings by Richard Oversmith. The Artery Community arts facility at 346 Depot St., River Arts District. Info: • Through TH (3/31) - Falling Into the Sky, a solo exhibition of works by Mark Koven, a 2011 recipient of a North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant. The exhibition will also feature the Mobile ART Lab, a collaborative project launched by the Asheville Area Arts Council and the City of Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 8842787 or www.artsofbrevard. org. • Through TH (3/31) Outdoor Adventure exhibit. WCU Exhibits Unless otherwise noted, exhibits are held at the

Fine Art Museum, Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Thurs. 10am7pm. Free, but donations welcome. Info: 227-3591 or www.fineartmuseum. • Through (4/11) - The Youth Art Month exhibit, an annual observance that emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages public support for quality school art programs, will be on display in the lobby of WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. WCU Video Art Screening Series Co-curated by WCU Art History Professor Seth McCormick, this series runs throughout the spring semester, featuring a wide range of works on loan from the Electronic Arts Intermix in New York City. Screening are held at the Fine Art Museum of WCU. Open Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Info: www.Fineartmuseum.wcu. edu or 227-3591. • Through FR (4/1) - Joan Jonas’ Left Side Right Side and Dan Graham’s Performer/Audience/Mirror. These works are part of a series from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s dealing with issues

Art at West Asheville Library • Through TH (3/31) - An exhibition by Victor Palomino. Located at 942 Haywood Road. Info: 250-4750. or http://vaptart. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or • Through TU (5/31) - Carl Sandburg’s Presidential Medal of Freedom will be on display in the bookstore. Sandburg was one of 30 citizens who received the award that year, a group that included Helen Keller, Walt Disney and John Steinbeck. It is recognized as the highest civilian award for service during peacetime. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • Through TH (3/31) - Frost & Flower, an exhibition by local artist Johnny Dean McCurry. All paintings were inspired by two visually dramatic seasons experienced in the mountains of WNC and include winterscapes and spring floral landscapes. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • FR (3/25), 7pm - Mo’ Betta Soul. A night of music, art, coffee and conversation with musical artist Lyric Jones, visual artist Joshua Spiceland and hosts Preach Jacobs and Juan Holladay. All are welcome to this art opening and reception. $3. Harvest Moon Gallery & Gift Shop • Through SU (5/8) Paintings by Gary Elgin will be on display at 81 Bridge St., in Hot Springs.

Classes, Meetings & Arts-Related Events Arts2People Artist Resource Center Offering business management workshops for artists at 39 D S. Market St., in downtown Asheville. Classes, unless otherwise noted, are $35. Email to register. Info:

• TH (3/24), 10am-1pm - “Do It Yourself Audio-Visual Portfolio.” • SA (3/26), 10am-1pm - “Easy Web Presence: Word Press and Blogs.” 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 FR (4/1) - Applications for a 2011 summer internship program will be accepted. See website for details. • FR (3/25), Noon-1pm - Art Break: A guided tour of An Inside View with a museum curator. Free with membership or museum admission. • WEDNESDAYS (starting 3/30), 4-5pm - An eight-week workshop titled “Explore + Experiment With Sculpture” will be offered for students in grades 6-8. $40. Register: 253-3227, ext. 122 or Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 29 regional artists, located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm. Info: 251-5796 or • Through TH (3/31) - Personages, an exhibition featuring works by Hal Boyd. Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • FR & SA (3/25 & 26) - The second annual Draw-a-Thon will be held to celebrate and promote drawing, creativity, spontaneity and artistic collaboration. Students, professors and local artists (of all levels and ages) are invited to gather at the Turchin Center to draw from life models with the goal of creating a casual, fun atmosphere that is open to the curious novice, the devoted expert and every level in between. Free. • WE (3/30), 7pm - Visiting artist lecture, with site-specific artist Laura Berman. Held at the Turchin Center Lecture Hall. Phil Mechanic Studios Located at 109 Roberts St. on the corner of Clingman Ave. in the River Arts District. Houses Flood Gallery, Pump Gallery and Nook Gallery. Info: • Community members interested in photography are invited to sign up for open

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21st-Century American Exports? In strife-torn Sudan (land of the Darfur murder-and-rape atrocities and a $2,200 per capita annual income), an epic, yearlong Ponzi scheme engineered by a lowly former police officer has enticed nearly 50,000 victims to invest an estimated $180 million (according to a March dispatch on Slate). At the height of the hysteria, even militia fighters in Darfur rushed to invest. (Just as Bernard Madoff initially did, perpetrator Adam Ismael is lounging comfortably under house arrest.) And in February, NPR reported that the United States government will soon be asked to bail out yet another bank that dramatically overextended itself with bad loans and is now $900 million short: the Bank of Kabul in Afghanistan.

Cultural diversity

â&#x20AC;˘ A leather designer purse is now de rigueur for ambitious Chinese businessmen, the Los Angeles Times reported in February. And companies like Coach (which will have 53 stores in China by midyear), Hermes and Louis Vuitton â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe their luckâ&#x20AC;? now that â&#x20AC;&#x153;both sexes in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most populous country adore purses.â&#x20AC;? (Apparently, only authentic designer items cut it; China remains a world leader in trademark-pirating knockoffs for the export market.) â&#x20AC;˘ The lower house of Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parliament approved legislation in February classifying beer, for the first time, as an alcoholic beverage. Because of the vodka industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dominance, beer has traditionally been considered closer to a soft drink. â&#x20AC;˘ Ewwww! (1) Malawiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s justice minister said the proposed environmental legislationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on â&#x20AC;&#x153;fouling the airâ&#x20AC;? should criminalize extreme flatulence, but the solicitor general insisted that only commercial air pollution would be punishable. (2) Only 20 percent of Cambodians have access to toilets (twice as many have mobile phones), and elaborate campaigns promote toilet usage. In Kandal province, BBC News reported in February, an investigating team called a public meeting and singled out (â&#x20AC;&#x153;amid much laughterâ&#x20AC;?) the farmer whom it had concluded produced the most excrement of anyone in the village.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Man, is this what Jesus would do?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Akron, Ohio, repo man Ken Falzini in January after surviving a short, harrowing ride clinging to the hood of the Lexus he was trying to repossess from Bishop Marc Neal of Akronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Charged with felony assault, Neal told a reporter it was disrespectful to repossess a preacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car during Sunday services. Falzini said Neal was laughing during parts of the drive, which included sharp zigzagging at 50 mph to dislodge Falzini from the hood. â&#x20AC;˘ In Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coleraine Crown Court in February, Colin Howell, convicted last year of murdering his wife and his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband, testified at the girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trial that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d frequently drugged her during sex, at her request, to avoid â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian guiltâ&#x20AC;? over their extramarital affair. (The trial was continuing at press time.)

Genetic legacies

(1) In January, Czech Television reported on a recent joyous but confusing family reunion featuring a woman (Ilona Tomeckova) whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d become a man (Dominik Sejda) and had finally found love (in the person of Andrea Kajzarova, who was, before her own sex change, a bodybuilder named Tomas Kajzar). Dominik, motivated to reconnect with his original family, learned that the son heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d given birth to (Radim) was himself undergoing a sex change (to become Viki). (2) Rachel Brock, 21, was arrested in Phoenix in December for an alleged sexual relationship with an underage boy whom her mother, Susan Brock, had already been arrested for sexually abusing. (Neither woman knew about the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affair.)

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Questionable judgments

â&#x20AC;˘ Just How Bad Was Mom? In Brooklyn, N.Y., Judge Bernard Graham recently awarded custody of an estranged coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teenage boy to the father, who was homeless and living in shelters and storefronts. The mother, Jeannette Traylor, who earns $90,000 a year as a courthouse employee, was even denied visitation rights. (The arrangement was in the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best interest, insisted Graham, who was later transferred to nondivorce cases.) â&#x20AC;˘ At the annual meeting of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association of Annandale, Va., in June, 50 people sleepily elected as president Ms. Beatha Lee, a Wheaten terrier belonging to former association officer Mark Crawford. Beatha, said Crawford, â&#x20AC;&#x153;delegates a lot.â&#x20AC;?

Least-competent criminals

(1) To conceal an arrest warrant for auto theft, Amos Ashley, 62, told traffic-stop officers in Lawrenceburg, Ind., in February that he was (as he wrote on a paper for them) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rorth Taylor.â&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pronounce it,â&#x20AC;? ordered a trooper.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robert Taylor.â&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spell it once more, please.â&#x20AC;?) â&#x20AC;&#x153;R-e-r-er-t,â&#x20AC;? wrote Ashley. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;And â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Taylorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;?) â&#x20AC;&#x153;T-a-y-l-o-er.â&#x20AC;? Several more attempts followed, until Ashley finally admitted his name and was arrested. (2) Police in Princess Anne, Md., arrested George Ballard, 25, inside a PNC Bank at 11 p.m. on Jan. 25 after a motion detector sounded. Officers said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;cashâ&#x20AC;? Ballard was in the process of taking was in fact a stack of fake bills the bank uses for training.


Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Lawyer: In February, Christopher Soon won acquittal for client Alan Patton, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been charged with violating a law aimed primarily at him. In 1993 and 2008, the Dublin, Ohio, resident was convicted of waiting in restrooms and, when young boys finished using the urinal (Patton had obstructed the flushing mechanism), rushing to gather the contents, which he admitted sexually excited him. After Pattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 conviction, the Ohio Legislature made that specific act a felony, and Pattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s October 2010 arrest was supposed to yield the first conviction. (Patton was found guilty of â&#x20AC;&#x153;criminal mischief,â&#x20AC;? a misdemeanor.)

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hours at the Phil Mechanic Studios’ public darkroom. Beginning this month, individualized instruction will also be available. The studio provides “a comfortable learning environment for whoever wishes to gain experience in traditional and digital photography.” $20 per month includes chemicals and equipment. RiverLink Events RiverLink, WNC’s organization working to improve life along the French Broad, sponsors a variety of riverfriendly events. Info: 2528474 or • Through TH (3/31) RiverLink invites the community to share their thoughts on a potential outdoor arts festival of handmade goods, to be held in the fall of 2011 on Riverside Drive. The survey can be completed at Stecoah Valley Center Events Located at 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. Info: 479-3364 or • SA (3/26), 1-4pm - “A Taste of Weaving (Floor Loom).” Diane Kelly’s beginner’s class is perfect for those seeking a hands-on weaving experience with a simple project.Learn the basics of using a floor loom and using the shuttle to weave a mug rug with good, even tension. $35 includes materials. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: or • THURSDAYS, noon-3pm - Try something new every week at the Experimental Art Group. Learn and share collage and water/mixed media techniques in a playful setting. All levels welcome. $6 per session. Info: or 357-8129. • FRIDAYS, 10am-1pm - A figure drawing/open studio session will be held with a live model in various poses. No instruction provided. “Working with a live model strengthens your drawing and painting abilities.” $10 fee for model. Info: The Conn-Artist Studios & Art Gallery Located at 611 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville. Info: 329-2918. • TUESDAYS, 10am-1pm - Hendersonville artist Ruth Goldsborough offers portrait classes with a live model for pastel, oil or charcoal artists. Goldsborough demonstrates with a sketch portrait of the subject, then works

with each student on color, composition, lighting and facial structure. $25. Info: 890-3929 or

Art/Craft Fairs Events at the Turchin Center Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 West King St., in Boone. Info: 262-3017 or • SU (3/27), 1-5pm - Spring handmade market.

Spoken & Written Word Asheville BookWorks presents the Edible Book Festival (pd.) 4/1/11 Friday. 5:30 – 8:30 PM . We are seeking participants for this annual world-wide event celebrating books, food and the people who love them. Visit for info. Biltmore Farms Communities Present the Asheville Poetry Review Reading Series (pd.) On Friday, March 25th, at 7 pm Biltmore Farms Communities invites guests to the Asheville Poetry Review Reading Series at the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park. This free event celebrates the work of famed poets, Pamela Uschuk, Marilyn Kallet and William Pitt Root. Guests are invited to hear these three poets speak and purchase autographed copies of the 2011 Asheville Poetry Review. Biltmore Farms Communities, one of the four divisions of Biltmore Farms, LLC, strives to promote arts and culture in Western North Carolina. Finding the Stoyteller in You (pd.) Nationally acclaimed storyteller, Connie ReganBlake, offers her one-day workshop “Finding the Storyteller in You” on Sat. April 2. All levels welcomed. Early bird discount. www. 828-2581113 Asheville Poetry Review Reading Series • FR (3/25), 7pm - Poets William Pitt Root, Marilyn Kallet and Pamela Uschuk will read from and discuss their work as part of the first annual Poetry Review Reading Series, held at the Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park. Info: 209-2000. Blue Ridge Books Located at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Info: www. or 4566000. • TH (3/24), 6:30-8pm Game Night. All are welcome to attend. • SA (3/26), 3pm - Leanna Sain will read from and

discuss Magnolia Blossoms, the third book in the Gate to Nowheremystery series. • TU (3/29), 10am - Book Babies. Story time for children ages 3 and younger. 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 SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n Library storyline: 250KIDS. • MO (3/28), 6:30pm - Mary Anne Thomas, Black Mountain news columnist, will give a presentation on “How to Write a Good Essay.” The event will also feature an award presentation for the winner of the March Short Story Contest. Info: Literary2010@AOL. Com. BM. • TH (3/31), 7pm - Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. SW. Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or • FR (3/25), 7pm - The “Carl Sandburg Student Poetry Contest Celebration” will be held at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, at the corner of Kanuga and Church Street in Hendersonville. Jane Sadusky, the 2011 Carl Sandburg Writer-inResidence, will give a short reading at the event. • SA (3/26), 2-4pm - Jane Sadusky, the 2011 Carl Sandburg Writer-inResidence, will lead a writing workshop. Register: 6934178. Cipher Circle Mondays • MONDAYS beginning (3/14), 10pm - Join emcee/ producer CAMPAIGN for this jazz-infused open mic catered toward spoken word artists, freestylers, improv singers and rhyme artists of all natures. Bass and drum accompaniment provided by the LikeMind Trio’s Mike Holstein and Justin Watt. Sit-in musicians welcome. Held at Hole ‘n’ Da Wall, 44 Market St., in downtown Asheville. Donations encouraged. Info: PureSavageEnt@ Events at Big Ivy Community Center Located at 540 Dillingham Rd. in Barnardsville. Info: 626-3438.

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• 4th SATURDAYS, 10am - Book club. Info: nandilly@ Events at City Lights City Lights Bookstore is at 3 E. Jackson St., in downtown Sylva. Info: 586-9499 or • SA (3/26), 4pm & 7pm Poetry workshop and reading with Tracey Schmidt, author of I Have Fallen in Love with the World. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • TH (3/24), 7pm - Bring a current project, settle down with a hot cup of tea and talk shop with fiber artist and “Urban GypZ,” Stacey Budge-Kamison. • FR (3/25), 7pm - Sara Henry will read from and sign copies of her debut novel, Learning to Swim. • SA (3/26), 7pm - Gloria Houston will read from and sign copies of her novel Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile, the story of a woman determined to be a librarian, even where there aren’t any libraries. • SU (3/17), 3pm Husband-and-wife team Clay and Susan Griffith will read from and sign copies of The Greyfriar, the first in their new Vampire Empire series. • TU (3/29), 7pm - In celebration of Women’s History Month, all are welcome to come meet “amazing women business owners in Asheville.” Malaprop’s, Early Girl Eatery, Bruisin’ Ales and Bloomin’ Art are among the many women owned (and co-owned) featured at this event. • TH (3/31), 7pm - Charlotte native Anna Jean Mayhew will read from and sign copies of her debut novel, The Dry Grass of August, a story about the intimate consequences of segregation on a family and young girl on the verge of adulthood. Events at Montford Books & More The bookstore at 31 Montford Ave. hosts author readings and writing groups. Info: 285-8805. • FR (3/25), 7pm - Bill Branyon will read from his thought-provoking book Liberating Liberals: A political synthesis of Nietzsche & Jesus, Vonnegut & Marx (Groucho, not Karl), Gandhi & Machiavelli. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or

• SA (3/26), 6pm - “Women and Music,” a Tom Tom Magazine concert and workshop. Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Poetry Contest Open to children in grades K12 and to adults and professional writers. Poems must be about trees or forests. The contest commemorates the 75thanniversary of the dedication of the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. All poems will be received by Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center and are judged by a panel of teachers, writers and the general public.Info: www. • Through TU (5/31) Submissions will be received. Literary Events at UNCA Events are free unless noted. Tickets & info: 232-5000. • TH (3/24), 12:30pm Book talk with Laurel Taylor, UNCA classics lecturer and author of The 100 Roman Farms Project, in the special collections room at Ramsey Library. Macon County Public Library Located at 149 Siler Farm Road in Franklin. Open Mon.Thurs., 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Info: or 524-3600. • TH (3/24), 6pm - James Costa, WCU biology professor and director of the Highlands Biological Station, will lead a discussion of The World Without Us by WCU Literary Festival author Alan Weisman. The New York Times bestseller explores the fate of natural and manmade environments should humans suddenly disappear. • SU (3/27), 2pm - Former N.C. poet laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will speak about her collection Coming to Rest. Madison County Library • ONGOING - Donate books, movies and music to the Friends of the Madison County Library for the upcoming book sale held in June. Drop off donations at Books and Breadboard, 30 All Souls Crescent near the entrance to Biltmore Estate. For pick-up service call: 333-3882. All donations benefit the Children’s Reading Programs at all three branched of Madison County’s Public Libraries. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. • SA (3/26), 10am-4pm “Writing Your Memoirs,” with Anne Barnhill.

Festivals & Gatherings Carl Sandburg Home Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 25 on Little River Road. Info: 693-4178 or • WE (4/23), 10am-4am - “Spring Into the Park: A Family Fun Day.”

Music Analog To Digital • Vinyl/ Tape To CD • VHS To DVD (pd.) Convert classic vinyl and tape to digital or CD and old VHS to DVD. Great quality! Very affordable. Call (828) 442-6211. Asheville Chamber Music Series Concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on the corner of Charlotte Street and Edwin Place, unless otherwise noted. Tickets at the door/Free for students. Info: 259-3626 or • TH (3/24), 4:15pm - Asheville Chamber Music presents a pre-concert talk at the Reuter Center, on the campus of UNCA. Free. • FR (3/25), 8pm - The Miro Quartet will perform works by Schubert, Brahms and Philip Glass. $35. Asheville Lyric Opera All performances take place at Diana Wortham Theater. Tickets: 257-4530. Info: 236-0670 or • WE (3/30), 7pm - Preview dress rehearsal of La Boheme. FENCE Events The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon. Info: 859-9021 or • SU (3/27), 4pm - FENCE Family Concerts presents Joseph and Kathleen Erwin for piano and violin performance. Free. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. Community members offer free classes to other community members. Info: • MONDAYS, 6:30-8:30pm - “Community Sing,” open to singers, experienced and new, to share traditional tunes at 41 Balsam Ave. Facilitated by Sara Frances. Madison County Arts Council Events Located at 90 S. Main St., in Marshall. Info: 649-1301

or www.madisoncountyarts. com. • FR (3/25), 8-11pm WNC’s own Pierce Edens and Pennsylvania’s The Great Unknown perform at The Art Center. Two great bands in one intimate setting. $5. Music at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church • SU (3/27), 6pm - The American Quartet from Forest City, N.C., will perform a worship service. The Church is located at 130 Pleasant Grove Road, in Rutherfordton. Info: 2870085. Music at Poppies Market • TH (3/31), 6pm - Blues harmonica player Mark Hummel will perform at the Garden Stage of Poppies Market, 1 Market St., in Brevard, weather permitting. $10. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • SU (3/27), 4pm - The University Singers will perform under the direction of Melodie Galloway. $5. Performances at Diana Wortham Theatre For ticket information or more details: 257-4530 or www. • TH (3/24), 8pm - Dervish. At the forefront of Celtic music for over two decades, Dervish is one of the all-time great Irish traditional bands. $30. • SA (3/26), 7:30pm - The Blue Ridge Orchestra and Dr. Hwa-Jin Kim will perform Gershwin’s beautiful “Rhapsody in Blue.” $25 adult/$10 students/Free for children ages 5 and under. 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,6:45pm Rehearsals in the Fellowship Hall at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. St. Matthias Episcopal Church Located at 1 Dundee Street (off South Charlotte). Info: 252-0643. • SU (3/27), 3pm - Dave Wendelin and Mari Jo Finsterwalder present a concert of original songs. Free will offering. Sunday Jam • SUNDAYS, 5pm Musicians, no matter their skill level, instrument or style, are welcome to attend this community jam. Bring a dish to share for a potluck meal.

Details and weekly locations: 317-1861. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 S. Caldwell St., Brevard. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-4pm. Info: 8842787 or www.artsofbrevard. org. • SA (3/26), 7:30pm - U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval will present a solo concert featuring selections from his new album. $15/$8 students. Tickets: or at the door.

Theater A-B Tech Drama Club The club sponsors and produces a variety of productions, performances, workshops and lectures. Reservations & info: 2541921 or pcarver@abtech. edu. • THURSDAYS (3/24) through SATURDAYS (4/2), 7:30pm - The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail will be performed at the Carriage House Theatre (behind the Fernihurst Mansion), at A-B Tech’s Asheville campus. A strong activist, abolitionist and transcendentalist, Thoreau spent time in jail for refusing to pay taxes to a government conducting a war of aggression in Mexico.$3/A-B Tech students and staff/$5 area students/$10. Reservations required: 254-1921, ext. 890. Asheville Community Theatre 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, 8918700 or • FR (3/25) through SU (3/27), 7:30pm - Awardwinning playwright Murphy Funkhouser presents her one-woman show, Crazy Bag!, a humorous take on her own life. Recommended for mature audiences. Asheville Playback Theatre An improvisational theatre experience building a community of neighbors and honoring personal stories. $10/$5 students (but no one turned away). Info: www. • FR (3/25), 8pm Performance at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Brevard Little Theatre Located in the American Legion Hall, 55 E. Jordan St., Brevard. Info: www. Reservations: 884-2587.

• FRIDAYS (3/25) through SUNDAYS (4/10) - The Hallelujah Girls, a comedy about feisty older women who decide to turn an abandoned church into a day spa, will be performed. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 E. Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • TH (3/24), 7:30pm - From the Mouth of Madness: True Tales from the Edge of Insanity, a storytelling event hosted by Tom Chalmers. The performance will feature “true stories about mental health told by local comedians, actors and people just like you.” $10. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Highway 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 6930731 or • WE (3/30) through SU (4/17) - The Music of the Night: Andrew Lloyd Webber in Concert, a tribute to one of Broadway’s greatest composers, will be presented at the Flat Rock Playhouse in Hendersonville. See website for tickets and showtimes. Hendersonville Little Theatre Located at the Barn on State St., between Kanuga and Willow Roads in Hendersonville. $14/$8 or $18/$10 for musicals. Info: 692-1082 or • FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS until (3/27) - The Odd Couple, described as “a hilarious face-off between the neat-freak and the slob,” will be performed. Fri.-Sat., 8pm & Sun., 2pm. Opening night will feature a champagne reception before the performance. NC Stage Company Asheville’s professional resident theater company, performing at 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville (entrance off of Walnut St., across from Zambra’s). Info & tickets: 239-0263 or • MO (3/28), 8pm - The Odyssey, a staged reading by Ian McNeely and James W. Johnson. A Q&A session will follow the performance. The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield. com or 257-4003. • THURSDAYS (3/24) through SATURDAYS (4/2) - Songs of Robert, John Crutchfield’s “quirkily poetic” one-man show, will be per-

formed. Performances begin at 7:30pm, with late-night performances held at 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. No late show April 1. Tickets $12-14. Theater at WCU Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Fine & Performing Arts Center. Tickets & info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. • TH (3/24) through SU (3/27) - Kiss Me, Kate, written by Cole Porter and directed by Terrence Mann, is a play-within-a-play that combines Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew with Porter’s iconic music and lyrics. $20/$15 seniors and WCU faculty/$5 students.

Comedy The Magnetic Field A cafe, bar and performance house located at 372 Depot St., in the River Arts District. Info: www.themagneticfield. com or 257-4003. • TU (3/29), 8pm - Magnetic Comedy: Improvisational and sketch comedy by Mondy Carter, Karen Stobbe, Tom Chalmers and guest artists. $7.

Film Asheville Jewish Film Festival The annual Asheville Jewish Film Festival promotes the diversity of Jewish identity through film, exploring the dynamic environment of history and culture on the modern Jewish experience. Screenings are held at the Fine Arts Theatre. $8. Info: 253-3227, 251-6576 or • SA (3/26), 6pm - An opening reception for the film festival will be held at Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave. —- 7:30pm - The Gefilte Fish Chronicles will be screened and a Q&A with the filmmaker, or guests, will follow. $18 includes the reception and screening. • SU (3/27), 1pm - The Gefilte Fish Chronicles. A Q&A session with the filmmaker, or guests, will follow —- 7pm - Howl. • MO (3/28), 1pm - Budrus. A Q&A session will the filmmaker, or guests, will follow —- 7pm - Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray. • TU (3/29), 1pm - Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray. A Q&A session with the filmmaker, or guests, will follow —- 7pm - A Matter of Size. • WE (3/30), 1pm - A Matter of Size —- 7pm - Budrus. A Q&A session with the filmmaker, or guests, will follow.

• TH (3/31), 1pm - Howl —- 6pm - A closing reception will be held at Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave —7:30pm - The Last Survivor. $18 includes the reception and screening. “Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence” • TU (3/29), 5pm - Film screening: Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence. Through the stories of six battered women and expert information from Jewish, Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders, Broken Vows addresses how religious teachings have been misused to perpetuate abuse and how religious communities can work proactively to end domestic violence. Held at 370 N. Louisiana Ave., suite C1. Info: 575-2003 or rchovey@ Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series • FR (3/25), 7:45pm Double Feature: La Jetee by Marker (1962 France) and Cleo from Five to Seven by Varda (1962 France/Italy). Held at the Courtyard Gallery, in the upstairs library at the Phil Mechanic Studio, 109 Roberts St. Info: or Cranky Hanke’s special showing section. Seven Sisters Cinema A documentary film series presenting films by regional filmmakers and/or subjects of regional interest. Screens are held at the White Horse in Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. Info: www. or 686-3922. • TH (3/24), 7pm - Awardwinning filmmaker Elizabeth Barret will introduce her 2000 documentary film Stranger With a Camera. In 1967, Canadian filmmaker Hugh O’Connor visited the mountains of Central Appalachia to document poverty. Barret uses O’Connor’s death as a lens to explore the complex relationship between those who make films to promote social change and the people whose lives are represented in such media productions.

Dance 7pm Wednesdays • InterPlay Asheville (pd.) Play with us, and tap into body wisdom, with movement, reflection, voice, and 1 minute stories. It’s easy and Fun, plus, you can’t do it wrong! (Really!) (now every Wednesday.) $5$15. • Sacred Embodiment Center, 31 Carolina Lane,

Asheville, NC • downtown Asheville! Info: Beginner Swing Dancing Lessons (pd.) 4 week series starts first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. $12/week per person. • No partner necessary. Eleven on Grove, downtown Asheville. Details: www. Studio Zahiya (pd.) • Tuesday: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness • 6-7pm: Beginner Bellydance • 8:10-9:10pm: Intermediate/ Advanced Bellydance • Thursday: 9-10am: All Levels Bellydance • 6-7pm: Bollywood and Bhangra • 8:10-9:10pm: Hip Hop. • Drop-in anytime. $12/class. • Info: (828) 242-7595 or Asheville International Folk Dancers • TUESDAYS, 7-9:30pm - We do a variety of dances from all over the world, but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. At Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. No partner, no cost. Info: 645-1543 or Asheville Movement Collective AMC hosts weekly dancewaves for personal and community transformation. First wave is free. Info: www. • FRIDAYS, 7-9pm - Meet at the Terpsicorps Studio of Dance above The Wedge in the River Arts District. $5. • SUNDAYS, 8:30-10:30 am & 10:30am-12:30pm - Meet at Studio 11, 11 Richland St., in West Asheville. $5. B-Boy & B-Girl Classes • MONDAYS, 6:30-7:45pm - Learn and practice the art otherwise known as breakdancing at the Stephens-Lee recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Sneakers required. Free. Info: 350-2058. Carolina Shag Dancing • WEDNESDAYS, 7-11pm - Dance with a DJ. $5. • SUNDAYS, 4-5pm - Free dance lesson. An open dance will follow until 7pm. Held at Bosco’s Sports Zone, 3210 Hendersonville Road. Info: 684-2646. Contra Dance Waynesville • 4th SUNDAYS, 2-4:30pm Contra dance in Waynesville, featuring live music and a walk-through dance. Held in the ballroom of The Gateway Club, 37 Church St. $5. Info: 734-1027 or 454-5514. Creative Technology & Arts Center • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 55


parenting from the edge by Anne Fitten Glenn

Runaway: Alaska or bust Here’s the slightly edited story of what happened at our house a few weeks ago (originally written on Twitter): My 9-year-old says he’s running away because his sister is annoying. He’s packed Legos, his stuffed jaguar and four peanut-butter sandwiches. So far, he’s made it to under the porch, where he’s sitting on an old tire eating his first peanut-butter sandwich. He just came back and asked for an umbrella and a map to Alaska. He added his Greek Mythology book to his backpack. And a rubber snake. He says the rubber snake is to use as a whip. I can’t find a decent map showing how to get from Asheville to Alaska. The front porch just became Alaska. Now he’s requesting orange juice. I told him we don’t serve runaways here without cash up front. He’s already eaten all four peanut-butter sandwiches. He might need to go stand outside Greenlife and sing for his supper. Just had vision of my son becoming that guy with the dreads who plays the flute outside Greenlife everyday. So the runaway is back. Says Alaska is too cold and wet. Speedy (the stuffed jaguar)

didn’t much like it there. Seems that Asheville, even though rife with evil sisters, ain’t so bad. Particularly as there’s lots of orange juice here. I’m not sure whether or not I handled my son’s threat to run away well. I did sense almost immediately that he wasn’t serious. If I’d thought he was earnest in his desire to leave, I would’ve reacted differently. I probably wouldn’t have written about it. As it is, I let him read and edit this slightly to avoid embarrassing him. Too much. In this situation, I think my son’s unconscious goal was to emotionally manipulate his sister. She woke me up that morning by dramatically flinging open my bedroom door and crying: “He’s running away, and it’s all my fault.” She tried to stop him as he headed toward the door. I told her to let him go, then went outside and talked to him for a while. Once I realized he wasn’t going far, and he just wanted to be alone, I went back inside and talked to her. I made a couple of jokes about his packing priorities, and my daughter started to see the humor of the situation. We also talked about how much my son needs time alone, and how she needs to respect that. I explained that his occasional desire for solitude doesn’t mean he doesn’t love her. It’s just who he is. I was the same as a child, but back then, I was allowed to wander the woods all day without having to check in regularly with my parents — as long as I was home for dinner. I

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try to give my boy some of the same freedom, within boundaries, in a world that’s a little different from the one I grew up in. It’s natural and normal to want to get away from your life now and again — even if you’re a kid. And, of course, running away has been dramatized as romantic and adventurous in books and movies. The day after the “incident,” I talked with my kids about what the realities of truly running away might look like. My goal was to de-romanticize the idea. Especially as my daughter is middle-school aged — prime-time for thinking the dramas of adolescence might be improved by escaping parental restrictions. Obviously, if a child often threatens to run away or manages to do so successfully (i.e., disappears and has to be “found”), it’s prob-

ably time to find professional help — for the child and the family. Because there are true dangers out there for runaways — though obviously some kids are savvier, or just plain luckier, than others. I haven’t heard another word from my son about running away. Since that day, I’ve encouraged him to spend more time outside on his own, and I’ve asked his sister to try to let him be and take care of her own needs — even if that means chattering to me about her pre-adolescent feelings and concerns for the half-hour a day that he’s not around. God grant me patience, please. X Anne Fitten “Edgy Mama” Glenn writes about a number of subjects, including parenting, at www.

parentingcalendar Calendar for March 23 - 31, 2011 A Nesting Party This Saturday! (pd.) March 26, 2-4pm. Join local mama Mary Densmore at Nest Organics for a nesting party in our store at 51 N. Lexington Avenue, downtown Asheville • Parents and Parents-To-Be will learn about Organic and non-toxic parenting, Cloth diapering, Babywearing and much more! • This free event includes complimentary organic refreshments, and a 10% in-store discount! Please RSVP by calling the store at (828) 258-1901. • Baby registries available. Nest Organics. Asheville Area Mothers of Multiples This group supports mothers of multiples and promotes knowledge of multiple pregnancies and births. Info: • SA (3/26), 7-7:30am - Early bird rummage sale. $1 admission —- 7:30am-2pm - The annual spring rummage sale, featuring children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, bedding, furniture, toys, books, maternity clothes, house wares, appliances, furniture and more, will be held at the U.S. Army Reserve Center, 224 Louisiana Ave. —- 2:30-3pm - Half-price sale. Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 7:30am-6pm - Donations of gently-used children’s items will be gratefully accepted for the annual “Kids Stuff Rummage Sale” (held on April 17). All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Jewish Community Center’s early childhood programs. Donations will be accepted through April 14. Info: 253-0701, ext. 109 or Autism Parent Support Group • 4th THURSDAYS, 6-8pm - Meet other parents of children with Autism, share your experiences and learn from others. RSVP by 3rd Thursday to ensure childcare held at St. Gerard House, 718 Oakland St., Hendersonville. Available to area parents. Info: Let’s Talk: Workshops for Parents of Teens

“Embrace your right and responsibility to be your teen’s primary educator.” Workshops focus on a variety of topics, including sexual health and violence prevention designed to help parents start conversations with their kids about hard-to-discuss issues. Held at the Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. A $5 fee is refundable upon the completion of five classes. Info:, 252-7489, ext. 321 or • WE (3/23), 6-7:30pm - “Drugs and Alcohol.” Mama-Time • WEDNESDAYS, 11am-1pm - A circle of postpartum moms meets weekly to share the highs and lows of life with a new baby. Plus, stress management skills and group discussions. Siblings/ newborns welcome. $6-$10. Fees support 4th Trimester, a nonprofit organization dedicated to well-being during postpartum and parenthood. Meet at 65 Hill St. Info: 337-8630. Parenting Classes at Pardee Hospital All classes are held in the orientation classroom of Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • TH (3/24), 6:30-8pm - Infant Care Class. The basics of infant care, including newborn characteristics, feeding, bathing, cord care, diapering and swaddling. Training Session for Prospective Foster Parents • TUESDAYS, 6-9pm - This 10-week training program, offered by Buncombe County DSS, is designed to help individuals and families decide if they would like to become foster parents. Free. Location and registration: 250-5868 or


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Located at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville. Info: • MONDAYS (through 4/25), 5-6:30pm - A “Modern Dance & Expressive Movement” class will be taught by Claire Elizabeth Barratt. All adults and teens are welcome. $10-$20 sliding scale. Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Meets in the ballroom of the Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St., Hendersonville. Yearly membership is $10. Couples and singles of all ages are welcome. Info: 692-8281. • FRIDAYS, 7-7:30pm - Dance lessons —- 7:3010pm - Dance. DJ Fred Young provides a variety of dance tunes from waltz to tango. Refreshments will be served. $5 admission for members/$6 nonmembers. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner swing dance lessons at Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St., in downtown Asheville. $12 per week for a four-week workshop. No partner needed. Classes start first Tuesday of every month. Swing dance from 8pm11pm every Tuesday night. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org. • FR (3/25), 7-9pm “School Dance,” for grades 3-5 at the Old Armory, 44 Boundary St. There will be pizza, drinks and a dance contest. $5. Info: 456-2030 or youthprogramsupervisor@

Auditions & Call to Artists Artists Needed! (pd.) Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival is looking for a few artists to help create carved art installations for our 2011 event. For details, call Jeannine at 400-2088. www. stingyjackspumpkinpatch. com Asheville Art in the Park A local arts market held at Pack Square Park, 1 W. Pack Square, downtown Asheville. Offerings will include glass, ceramics, woodworks, metal arts and fabric arts. Partial proceeds from the market benefit a local art nonprofit. Info: www. • Interested in becoming an Art-in-the-Park vendor? Info:

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Ripples of Hope • Through MO (3/28) - Adults, teens and children are encouraged to paint, decorate, collage, write or otherwise creatively cover a blank “teardrop” for Ripples of Hope, a local exhibit of expressive art pieces by those whose lives have been affected in some way by sexual assault. Sponsored by the Daydreamz project, Earthworks Gallery, REACH of Haywood and other local agencies. Blank “teardrops” are available at Earthworks Gallery, 21 N Main St., Waynesville, and completed pieces can be submitted at the gallery. Turchin Center’s Community Art School A variety of programs are offered through Appalachian State Universitys Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone. To register or for more info: 262-3017 or • Through MO (3/28) Submissions will be accepted for the Halpert Biennial 2011, a national, juried, two-dimensional art competition and exhibition program designed to recognize new works by emerging and established artists. Info: halpert.tcva. Voices of the River • Through MO (4/6) Submissions for the fourth annual poetry and art contest will be accepted. This year’s contest is titled “It’s In Your Hands.” Send poetry, 2D and 3D art to RiverLink, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving life along the French Broad, and visit www. asp for guidelines. Local writers Glenis Redmon and Sebastian Matthews will judge this year’s contest. Info: 252-8474 or www.

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consciousparty What: Hands of Hope benefit concert, featuring Billy Jonas. Where: The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., in downtown Asheville. When: Sunday, March 27 (2:30 to 4:30 p.m. $15 adults/$10 for children under 12. All proceeds benefit ChildrenFirst/ CIS and RiverLink. Info & tickets at or 225-5851). Why: The Hands of Hope benefit concert, featuring a performance by Billy Jonas, a percussionist specializing in interactive, family-oriented shows, promises to delight children and adults alike. Jonas’ high-energy and engaging concert will be the culminating event in this year’s Hands of Hope project, Maccabi Academy and Odyssey School’s “four-month service-learning project designed to teach students what it means to lend a helping hand to hose in need,” as described in a press release. This year, “each participating school teamed up with a local nonprofit agency to study an area of social need,” the release continues. “Students from Maccabi

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Academy partnered with the staff from Children First in order to better understand and help disadvantaged youths while students at Odyssey worked with RiverLink, to learn firsthand of their responsibility toward our area’s waterways.” All proceeds from the show will benefit this year’s Hands of Hope nonprofit partners, and will be divided between Children First and RiverLink. Children First is a local nonprofit dedicated to improving “the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs,” as stated on childrenfirstbc. org; RiverLink is a “regional nonprofit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to work, live and play,” as stated on Come dance and sing along at Jonas’ all-ages show and support the handson education and outreach offered by the annual Hands of Hope service project.

benefitscalendar Calendar for March 23 - 31, 2011 Asheville Idiotarod • SU (3/27), 2pm - The third annual Asheville Idiotarod will be held. Here’s what it’s all about: “one shopping cart, five runners and canned food for MANNA equals one huge bag of awesome.” The 5K shopping-cart race benefits MANNA FoodBank. Info: A Celebration of Mountain Traditions • SA (3/26), 7pm - This fundraising concert, benefiting Shindig on the Green (a summer-time celebration of traditional and old-time string bands and bluegrass), will be held at the Colonial Theatre in downtown Canton. The concert features performances by Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Runners of the Green Laurel and the Green Valley Cloggers. $20/$10 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets: or 2352760. Info: or 258-6101, ext. 345. ArtSpace Charter School Productions ArtSpace Charter School is a K-8 public charter school located at 2030 US Highway. 70 in Swannanoa. Info: 298-2787 or www.artspacecharter. org. • FR (3/25), 6pm - The “Empty Bowls” event will raise money for hungry families in WNC. Last year’s event provided over 3,000 meals for area residents in need. The menu will

include soups from around the world with bread and salad. $25 per family/$10 for adults/$5 for children under 10. Info and tickets: 289-2787. Asheville West Rotary Club • TH (3/31), 3:45pm - A basketball battle will be held between the faculty of Erwin and Enka High Schools at the Erwin High School gymnasium. The event is sponsored by the Asheville West Rotary Club and all proceeds benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund. Info: or 665-8273. Call for Our VOICE Survivors Art Show Our VOICE, the Rape Crisis Center for Buncombe County, will host its annual Survivors Art Show in April. All artists who have been affected by sexual violence, and/or want to support the services of Our VOICE, are invited to donate artwork to raise money via a silent auction at the event. Info: 2520562 or • FR (3/25) - Deadline for submissions. There is a two piece limit per artist. Carpenter’s Heart A faith-based nonprofit whose goal is to build relationships, just as Christ did. The organization works in Buncombe County, in any area of need (wheel chair ramps, back-toschool ministries and much more). Info: • SA (3/26), 9am - 5K and 1-mile fun run at Carrier Park in Asheville. Proceeds will benefit an orphanage in

Honduras. $25. Free shirt to the first 125 5K registrants. Info & registration: Cupcakes for Cures • SA (3/26) - Professional and amateur bakers will face off to claim the title of Best Cupcake. The event will be held at The Grove Park Inn. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Info: Hands of Hope • SU (3/27), 2:30-4:30pm - This family concert, featuring nationallyrecognized entertainer Billy Jonas, marks the culmination of this year’s “Hands of Hope” project, a fourmonth service learning project with the staff and students of Maccabi Academy and Odyseey School. $15/$10 children under 10. All proceeds benefit Children First and RiverLink. Tickets: 225-5851 or Henderson County Habitat for Humanity • SA (3/26), 5-7pm - Benefit concert featuring live music by the University of South Carolina’s Upstate Gospel Choir. $10. Held at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall. Tickets: 694-0340. Pardee Apple Festival 8K & Mini Moo Mile • SA (9/3), 8-10am - Early registration is currently open for both events, which will begin at Pardee Hospital, 800 North Justice St., in

Hendersonville. Awards will be based on standard age groups and male/ female overall. Proceeds will benefit the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce’s programs to promote healthful workplaces and business support/workforce development. $28 before Aug. 30/ $35 day of/$10 for Mini-Moo Mile. Info and registration: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Located at 10 N. Liberty St., Asheville. Info: 273-5420 or • SA (3/27), 2:30pm - A benefit concert for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. All free-will offerings benefit the Thrivent Builds House. Singers and musicians from Lutheran Churches will perform and Dr. Vance Reese will direct the Asheville Holistic Opera Group in a special musical and comedic opera. The Freedom Ball: A Fundraiser for NC Death Row Exoneree Edward Chapman • TH (3/31), 7pm - The third annual Freedom Ball and fundraiser for N.C. death row exoneree Edward Chapman will feature live music by David LaMotte, Skinny Legs & All, The Krektones and Kinjah. Held at the Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. Chapman is now celebrating his third year of freedom, after more than thirteen years on North Carolina’s death row for crimes he did not commit. $10 stu-

dent/$15/$25. Tickets: braveulysses. com/tickets. Info: 232-5800. Warm Up the Winter Fundraiser • FR (3/25), 6-10pm - Ol’ Hoopty, The Screamers and Joedan & Hank will perform at the Eye Scream Parlour, 2064 U.S. 70, to raise funds for needy families in Swannanoa. A pasta dinner will be available by donation. Presented by the Swannanoa Emergency Assistance Program. Info: Wells 4 Wells • TH (3/24) - A special happy-hour drink special will be hosted at Brixx, 30 Town Square Blvd. #140, in Asheville, as part of a nationwide campaign to raise funds to build a well at a school in Sub-Saharan Africa. Presented by the Drop In the Bucket charity organization, which strives to bring clean water to developing nations. Info: or


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Trucking: A Tyson foods truck delivers 29,000 lbs. of boneless chicken breasts as part of a charitable effort in conjunction with Ingles supermarkets and MANNA Food bank. The move came after a recent study showed the Asheville metro area is seventh worst in the nation for food hardship. Photo courtesy of MANNA food bank

in 2010.” Based on data from a Gallup Poll involving hundreds of thousands of people nationwide, the study defined “food hardship” by asking participants, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” That information, paired with the results of a separate hunger survey conducted by the Action Center and Tyson Foods as part of a charitable effort, prompted a March 15 donation of 29,000 lbs. of boneless chicken to the Asheville-based MANNA FoodBank, in partnership with Ingles Markets. “We will distribute that to our 255 partner agencies across 16 counties,” MANNA spokesperson Joshua Stack explains. “We go from Cherokee to Avery, Madison to Polk and everywhere in between; it’s going to be around 22,000 meals.” Asheville wasn’t the only metro area in the state to make the hunger list: Winston-Salem and Greensboro/High Point ranked third and fourth, respectively. Tyson is also assisting food banks in those areas, as part of a broader plan to donate 1 million pounds of chicken nationwide during March. “Ever since the economy took a severe downturn, we’ve seen the need spike,” notes Stack. “There’s not been much of an abatement in folks seeking food assistance. This study is a validation of what our agency has been seeing for a while.” The problem, he says, is seen all across North Carolina. “It used to be that folks could make a living farming or that they were going to work in a textile or furniture mill. Now, those options aren’t there, so people are making very difficult choices. Food hardship is different than hunger: These are

folks who are [either] going to buy groceries or put gas in their car.” Asheville more typically draws attention via high rankings in national (and even international) lists of the best places to visit, start a business, retire or drink beer. In fact, however, the Asheville metro is one of the worst in the country in terms of credit-card debt, according to a study by the credit bureau Equifax, and the poverty rate is also above state and national averages. Since the economic downturn began in 2008, Buncombe County’s expenditures on food assistance have tripled. According to the Action Center/Tyson survey, most people see hunger as a national rather than a local problem. And even at the local level, notes Stack, “People think the face of hunger is not something that is familiar to them — it’s the guy on Biltmore Avenue who’s hitting you up for spare change. In actuality, it’s all around you: One in six of our neighbors seeks food assistance in the course of a single year.” Accordingly, Stack urges area residents to volunteer in the “work of ending hunger” and advocate against cuts for food assistance, “which is crucial as a stabilizing tool.” “The need is not going to get any better until the economy improves and creates jobs these folks have access to,” he stresses. “Until then, we need people to become united behind the work of dealing with this. These numbers are compelling, and it needs to be spread far and wide. This is the land of milk and honey in many ways, but the hills and the rural region [are often a hard place] to pay the bills.” X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137, or at • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 59

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Health Programs “Love Your Liver: Spring and the Wood Element” New Online Class (pd.) Starting April 2 with herbal mentor, Thea Summer Deer • $75 for 12 week class including 4 interactive webinars. • Free Introductory Webinar for this class series, Saturday, March 26, 10am. • Information/registration visit A Weekend of Awareness and Open House (pd.) Friday, April 1, 7pm-9pm and Saturday, April 2, 9:30am-4pm. • Public invited. • Free event. Hosted by Maitri Center for Women, 41 Clayton Street, Asheville. • Presentations to promote Mind/Body/Spirit Health. • Chair massage. Arrive early for seating. (828) 772-5315. See schedule Aromatherapy Workshop (pd.) Gain new skills. • Aromatherapy Level I workshop with Dr. Joie Power. • Massage Therapy NCBTMB Approved Provider 15 CE hours • Next Asheville 2-day workshop: May 21-22. $345.00. (828) 835-2231. Compassion Focused Therapy (pd.) This being “human” is difficult. We find ourselves being hard on ourselves, driven to perfection, pushing harder or giving up. We become wired for stress, depression, anxiety, codependency, alcohol and drug problems, overeating, etc. • Learn effective mindful self-compassion skills to respond differently to your suffering, feelings of inadequacies and self-judgments. Individual and group sessions. Denise Kelley, MA, LPC; Call 231-2107 or email: Feldenkrais/Anat Baniel Method (pd.) Reduce Tension • Alleviate Pain • Improve Flexibility and Posture. • Group Class Mondays 7:45pm - First Time is Free, Downtown Asheville. • Private sessions by appointment, East Asheville. 299-8490. New! West Asheville Pilates Class (pd.) All ages/abilities welcome. Certified instructor, 15 years experience. Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm. $15, or 5 for $65. Francine Delaney New School for Children, 119 Brevard Road. RSVP: 225-3786. www. Park Ridge Health (pd.) Free Health Screenings with the Park Ridge Health WOW Van: Free Cholesterol Screenings: Lipid and glucose profiles by finger stick, along with blood pressure and body mass index screening. For best results, fast overnight. • Friday, March 25 (8-11am) Hair Gallery, 1038 Greenville Hwy., Hendersonville. • Sunday, March 27 (9-11am), Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street, Asheville. • Thursday, March 31 (8-11am) 1st Presbyterian Church 399 N. Grove St., Hendersonville. • Free Vision Screening for Adults and Children: Vision Screenings are for near-sightedness, far-sightedness, color acuity and macular degeneration. • Monday, March 28 (2-5pm) Pat’s Hair Design, 321 White St., Hendersonville. • Free EKG and Blood Pressure: Saturday, March 26 (10am-1pm) Wal-Mart, 50 Highland Square Drive, Hendersonville. Community Events Poison Prevention Week: Medicine Cabinet Clean-Out Event and Free Adult Flu Shots: March 25, 9am-3pm: Fletcher Valley Natural Foods Parking Lot (Across from Park Ridge Health entrance ‚Äì Naples Rd.) Join Park Ridge Health in celebrating National Poison Prevention Week by cleaning out your medicine cabinet. The community is encouraged to drop-off all expired and unwanted medications for safe and environmentally-friendly disposal. A community drop-off location will be located in the Fletcher Valley Natural Food Store parking lot, directly across from the Park Ridge Health entrance on Naples Rd. in Fletcher. At the same location and time, Park Ridge Health will be offering free adult flu shots to all interested participants.

For more information, please call the Fletcher Community Pharmacy at (828) 684-3756. A Chronic Disease Self Management Program • TUESDAYS, 4-6:30pm - Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Take charge of your health during this sixweek workshop for people with chronic health conditions. Caregivers are also welcome. Held at CarePartners Health Services, 68 Sweeten Creek Road. Free. Registration required: 251-7438. Boot Camp Classes • SATURDAYS, 8:30am - Using high-intensity interval training, this program was created to burn fat, tone and shape muscles, increase metabolism and drop pounds. Everyone participates at their own level. Free. At O3 Health and Fitness, 554-C Riverside Drive. Info: 2581066 or 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. Info and registration: or 692-4600. • MO (3/28), 12:30-1:30pm - “Pelvic Prolapse.” David Beaty, M.D., with Pardee OB/GYN Associates, will discuss the causes of pelvic prolapse in women and what can be done to correct this condition. Free Cancer Education Classes • WEDNESDAYS through (4/27), 3-5pm - For people with cancer, family and friends. Guest speakers will discuss a different topic each week. Attend one or all classes, held at Cancer Centers of North Carolina, 20 Medical Park Drive in Asheville. Free. Info and registration: 271-6510. Living Healthy with Diabetes • WEDNESDAYS - A six-week self-management diabetes program will be held at MAHEC, 501 Biltmore Ave. The workshop is for people living with diabetes and caregivers. Free. Registration required: 251-7438. 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. • SA (3/26), 8:30am-5pm - The Western Regional Conference, featuring an address by keynote speaker Michael Mayer, of Community Resource Alliance, and a panel discussion on “The New Political Environment in 2011: Leveraging the Opportunity,” will be held at A-B Tech, 340 Victoria Road, in the Rhododendron Building, rooms 344 and 351. Panelists include Patsy Keever of Buncombe County and Commissioner Ronnie Beale of Macon County. $10 for members/$20 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. Info: 505-7353 or cijp1860@yahoo. com. Operation Medicine Drop • SA (3/26), 11am-3pm - Dispose unused, expired prescription drugs at the CVS Pharmacy on Carl Eller Road in Mars Hill. Info: Parenting Classes at Pardee Hospital All classes are held in the orientation classroom of Pardee Hospital, 800 N. Justice St., in Hendersonville. Free, but registration is required. Info: (866)-790-WELL. • TH (3/31), 6:30-8pm - “Infant CPR and Choking.” $10. Red Cross Events & Classes Red Cross holds classes in CPR/First Aid for infants, children and adults; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid; Bloodborne Pathogens; Swimming & Water Safety; and Lifeguarding. All classes held at chapter headquarters, 100 Edgewood Road. To register call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • TH (3/24), 2-6:30pm - North Asheville Christian School, 20 Reynolds Mountain Blvd. Info: 645-8053

wellnesscontinued —- 1:30-6:30pm - Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Road, Swannanoa. Info: 771-3065. • TH (3/31), 2-6:30pm - Lutheran Church of the Nativity, 2425 Hendersonville Road. Info: 684-0352. “The Way Back” • THURSDAYS (3/31 through 5/26), 5:30-8pm CarePartners presents “The Way Back,” a free educational series on aging and recovering from injury or illness. Complimentary dinner provided. Held at 68 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. RSVP: 274-9567, ext. 8379 or YWCA Health Seminars & Screenings Free, unless otherwise noted. The YWCA is at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: 254-7206 ext. 202. • TU (3/29), 4-7pm - The Wellness Open House will feature free chair massages, health screenings, giveaways and presentations by local health practitioners. Also, the YW will waive the joining fee for anyone who signs up for membership. Info: 254-7206 x 203.

Support Groups Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families ACOA is an anonymous 12-step, “Twelve Tradition” program for women and men who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Info:http://adultchildren. org. • 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. 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, 5:45pm - Wednesday Women’s AlAnon meeting at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 798 Merrimon Ave. (at Gracelyn Road). Newcomers welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous - N.C. Mountain Central Office • This service center for AA members and groups provides 24-hour phone support for AA meetings in WNC, recovery literature and more. Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri.: 10am-1pm; Tue. & Thur.: 1-4pm. 254-8539 within Buncombe Co. Info: Attention Migraine Sufferers • WEEKLY - All are welcome to attend this new support group. Come learn about the latest treatments and research on migraines. For directions and details: 2776723. Celebrate Recovery Christ-centered, biblically based recovery ministry. Weekly fellowship and support meetings deal with reallife issues, including divorce, co-dependency, anger, control, chemical dependency, sexual addictions, hurtful relationships, eating disorders, depression, and other addictive, compulsive or dysfunctional behaviors. Info: 687-1111. • MONDAYS, 7-9pm - Eye Scream Parlour, 2064 Highway 70 in Swannanoa. Info: 301-3582. • TUESDAYS, 6:15-9pm - Tired of life’s hurts, habits and hangups? Meetings are held every Tuesday. Starts with group dinner. Held at Mountain View Church, 2221 North Fork Road in Black Mountain. Nursery available. Info: or 298-0430. Co-Dependents Anonymous A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. • SATURDAYS, 11am - Meeting at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St., in Asheville. The Church entrance and parking is in back. Info: 779-2317 or 299-1666. 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. GriefShare GriefShare features nationally recognized experts in grief-and-recovery support and meets at Calvary Baptist Church, 531 Haywood Road in Asheville. Info: 253-7301 or • SUNDAYS, 3pm - GriefShare group meeting. I Can Cope The American Cancer Society, Cancer Centers of North Carolina and Carepartners host “I Can Cope,” a program that gives participants an opportunity to share concerns and ways to cope with the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. Patients, caregivers and family members are invited to attend. Meetings are held at Cancer Centers of North Carolina, located in Regional Medical Park, Asheville. Free. Info: 271-6510. • WE (3/23), 3-5pm - “Keeping Well in Mind and Body,” with a CarePartner physical therapist. • WE (3/30), 3-5pm - “Communicating Concerns and Feelings,” with Dr. Bruce Schell. 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 thoughts, emotions and 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 230-4143. • 4th TUESDAYS, 1-3pm - Alzheimer’s caregivers support group meeting at First Baptist Church, 63 N. Main St., Weaverville. 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 otherwise noted. • THURSDAYS, 6:30 - Hendersonville: O.A. Step Study group at the Cox House, 723 N. Grove St. Info: 3291637. • THURSDAYS, noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road (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 meeting. Info: 6690986. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 252-4828. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Methodist Church, 2567 Asheville Highway. Info: (800)580-4761. • TUESDAYS, 10:30am-noon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave., at Ottari. Info: 280-2213. SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous) • SATURDAYS, 10-11am - Do you want to stop living out a destructive pattern of sex and love addiction over which you are personally powerless? This 12-step-based recovery program meets at 20 Oak St., Asheville. Info: or

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McDowell Hospital recruits telehealth robot named “Otto”

“Otto, which was purchased through a grant to the hospital from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, enables physicians from Mission Hospital in Asheville to communicate virtually with McDowell patients. Mission Hospital sees more than 2,000 patient transfers a year, but remote access to Mission physicians through Otto allows patients to receive the care they need while staying closer to home.” — [Becker’s Hospital Review]

Local VA working to eliminate exam backlog in region “As part of The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, Charles George VA Medical Center will tackle the growing backlog of Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams during three one-week sessions beginning in March. ” — [Mountain Xpress]

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Ladies Night Out program offers free health screenings for women

“Ladies Night Out, typically held the first Thursday of every month, offers free physicals, mammograms, pap smears, refreshments and health education for uninsured and underinsured women. But according to one of the program’s most loyal volunteers, the experience is anything but cold and clinical.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Asheville-area health experts offer tips on dietary cleanses

“Whether it’s a kick-start to a spring weight-loss goal, a fasting regimen in honor of Lent or just a way to detoxify from a day of Mardi Gras indulgences, a cleanse could be the perfect way to eliminate some of the thousands of toxins that most people let into their bodies every day.” — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Coffee drinking linked to reduced stroke risk in women “Drinking more than a cup of coffee a day was associated with a 22 percent to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared with those who drank less, in a study reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.” — []

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They account for more than two-thirds of all known earthly organisms. They’re protein-rich and valued by cultures the world over. But while insects fill tacos and tamales in South America, they’re mostly the stuff of nightmares here in the U.S. Entomophagy, or the eating of insects, is regarded as a shock-value culinary exploit by some. It’s a scene from Fear Factor, a challenge from Survivor. On rare occasions, underground bug-eating dinners are organized by entomophagy enthusiasts. In September of last year, the New York Times featured a Williamsburg bug dinner in the pages of its dining section, painting the feasts as vehicles for personal transformation. And while many see insect-eating as the final threshold of the daring (or disgusting) foodie, other cultures eat them out of necessity. Others simply view them as a plentiful and acceptable food source. In Botswana, sun-dried mopane worms are relished for their protein content, more than three times that of beef. In Oaxaca, dishes of spiced chapulines (crickets) are as common to Mexicans as bowls of peanuts are to Americans.

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Hugo Ramirez, chef and owner of the Asheville Mexican-Californian restaurant Limones, grew up in Mexico. As a young adult, he moved to California to further the culinary education kickstarted by his grandmother, whose recipes turn up in some of the menu’s more traditional Mexican dishes. Ramirez recently looked into importing whole crickets (mostly because Xpress asked him to arrange a chapuline taco-tasting), but has found them difficult to source. Customers should not expect bug tacos to turn up on the menu any time soon, he says, but Limones currently offers a Maya Margarita for the aspiring entomophagist. The drink is made with Monte de Alban mezcal, tamarind juice, Cointreau — and a chapuline-salt rim. Currently, says Ramirez, his parents can legally bring him the cricket salt from Mexico, since it’s considered a prepared product, like a spice. “And that’s the only way that I can get it, that I’m aware of,” he says. While insect farms do exist in the U.S., many of the insects raised are farmed in order to feed pets, and aren’t labeled for human consumption. In Mexico, there are rules surrounding the harvest of the chapulines, which can be found already cooked and piled high at markets, as common as bananas in the grocery store.

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Um, waiter..? Limones in downtown Asheville serves a margarita with a cricket-salt rim. Photo by Jonathan Welch

“Not all are edible,” he says. “The ones they have in Mexico, they go and get them in the forest in certain areas and bring them to the city. Most of them come from Oaxaca and are shipped to the rest of the country.”

Waiter, there’s a bug in my drink

Ramirez says that about half of the customers who order the Maya Margarita request it without the crickets. He leaves it up to the waitstaff to explain what chapuline salt means in the first place, since it’s not described on the menu. “Not many people know what it really is, but I think that they like the flavor of the drink. Some customers are OK with it, and some just aren’t.” It’s rather easy to see why some would be squeamish; though the drink is more than palatable, chapuline leg fragments are clearly visible on the rim of the glass. Ramirez is also personally interested in sourcing whole crickets, he says, and not for the shock factor. When properly roasted, “it tastes to me like shrimp shells,” he says. “The flavor is good.” Also, he says, chapulines are versatile. “Literally you can make anything you want with them,” says Ramirez, who says that he’s seen crickets served with molé, with beef and — a dish that would likely never fly on this side of the border — in tamales peppered with agave worms.

Termite tasting

Whether you want to accept it or not, it’s nearly impossible to completely erase insects from the human diet. In fact, the USDA allows a certain amount of insect fragments in most food products — wheat flour, for example, can contain around 150 insect fragments per 100 grams before it is considered to be contaminated. As a point of comparison, in China, bugs are not contaminants, but part of the main dish — silk worm pupae is routinely wok-fried; scorpion soup is a delicacy. Asheville’s Alan Muskat, best known for his wild-mushroom-gathering skills, doesn’t view edible insects as a nuisance. “I’m trying to eat local and harvest wild,” says the Princeton-educated Muskat, who’s been known to lean out of his bedroom window to harvest tent caterpillars. And what was that like? Gooey and furry, he says. “You would think it would be nasty, but it’s not.” Muskat just so happens to have a jar of termite larvae and ants in his freezer on the day I visit. Why does he hold onto such things? “Anything that’s edible I want to try,” he says. I’m offered a taste of the termite larvae, and I begin to get nervous only when Muskat lifts the jar of frozen worms to his nose, inhales deeply and makes an odd face. “What a strange smell,” he says.

he feels that people should get over their aversion to insects. “Your first responsibility is to yourself,” he says. “When you say, ‘get over it’ to somebody, it doesn’t really work.”

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Wild man: Alan Muskat in his kitchen where he cooks a bevy of wild-gathered foods, including the sauce pan of buttered termite larvae that he’s holding. Photo by Mackensy Lunsford

I tried the ants on a previous visit. Muskat, at the time, was trying to convince me to eat lamb heart — raw. The ants were a fine compromise. They’re rather tart and acidic, similar to the flavor of sumac, a purple-tinged spice used in Middle Eastern cuisine to add a lemony taste to food. But termite larvae? “These would probably taste better fried,” says Muskat, trailing off as he discovers and removes a doodlebug from the jar of frozen termite grubs. “I’m not going to try to fool you, I don’t have a rather long track record with these things, so I don’t know what to do with them.” Not exactly comforting talk. Muskat’s heart is in the right place when he assumes that everything is better with butter, and fries the termite larvae in a pat or two. Despite his efforts, it’s hard to claim that the termites would make a suitable meal — I likened their flavor to green wood with something oddly chemical on the finish. They’re rather tannic and, frankly, not very good. Maybe it’s what they had for lunch — though it couldn’t have been much stranger than what I was having. It wasn’t helpful that I looked at them under a magnifying glass first.

The stuff of nightmares

Muskat’s shelves are lined with books about eating wild. But nothing really seems wild about the black walnuts from the yard sitting on the table next to a jar of fruit leather when there are termite nymphs on the cutting board. We talk about how egg yolks from free-range chickens that feast on grubs are bright yellow-orange from antioxidants and good fats. What is it with this aversion to insects when they can be a healthy — and many say delicious — snack? Bug-eating is simply not a part of our culture yet, he says, even with the rise of wild food gathering and daring foodies. “There’s no field guide to edible insects. It’s very sad that there’s very little info about it,” he says. “There are field guides to insects in general and anthropological lists with Latin names of insects that people used to eat.” Which is why Muskat is somewhat of a pioneer, harvesting all sorts of creepy crawlies with which to experiment. This talk of eating caterpillars and such stirs up a bit of an unbidden, visceral reaction in me — not to mention the experience of eating the termite larvae, which I’d hoped to enjoy. I ask Muskat if

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When it comes to food taboos, Muskat says, our personal memories and associations run deep, and can be hard to overcome — and, if eating an insect isn’t going to save you from certain starvation, there’s not necessarily any reason to do it. “When I started getting used to eating raw meat and blood, I didn’t push myself, really,” he says. “That’s what causes trauma.” So, that’s why children in Indonesia gleefully scoop up sago palm grubs, while American children (mostly) squeal in fear. “They’re foreign to us, and it’s how we depict them,” says Muskat. “Look at the movie Alien — the monsters look like insects.” When it comes down to it, he says, it’s all about our conditioning. Some cultures regard eating cows as disgusting. Others see eating horse as being wrong on almost a moral level. That doesn’t stop it from happening. “What makes something disgusting?” he asks. “What makes something wrong morally? That line can often overlap, and they both ultimately come down to what is safe. What is going to hurt me or someone else? That’s all that matters.” And often, in our culture, some of the most plentiful foods are often ignored. Take the prolific — and very edible — dandelion, for example. “What is common is disparaged,” says Muskat. “We take for granted what’s there. And refinement is what people often want.” He cites white flour and rice as examples of natural foods that have been refined or whitewashed by our food culture. “But now, ironically, you end up paying more for whole foods, like unpolished rice.” Bugs, says Muskat, also remind us of our vulnerability. “They represent something that can slip through the cracks, in the walls that we build around ourselves, and invade our space.” And challenging those deep-seated reactions may seem too much of an effort to make for lunch, but those boundaries seem to weaken little by little. After munching on termites, finding a few Indian meal moths in my jar of arborio rice didn’t bother me so much. X Mackensy Lunsford can be reached at food@


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The Market Place, a 30-yearplus downtown institution, will reopen on Tuesday, April 5, after a makeover to update both the look and feel of the venue. “Any business goes through evolutions,” says chef and owner William Dissen, who took over The Market Place from Mark Rosenstein in 2009. “What better time to do it than right when spring starts? We’re a farm-totable restaurant trying to have a new beginning as spring starts.” Dissen is updating the restaurant with the help of local green builder Elm Construction, local architect Luke Perry and designer and furniture-maker Clint Brown. “We’re going to have more of a ‘rustic-refined’ feel,” he says. “There will be a lot more wood, stone, kind of a more natural feel, and to me that’s what a farm-totable restaurant should exude.” To that end, all of the white tablecloths are gone, and the tables are now exposed to reveal locally crafted wood tops. New bamboo flooring is being installed, as is LED lighting. A new, larger, poured-concrete bar may be the biggest change. It’s located near the front of the restaurant, where there’s more room for gathering than at the old bar. (Taking down several walls also helped open up the space.) The new placement helps to reveal the change in focus for The Market Place. Dissen says that he hopes to offer a more approachable environment, with entertainment on weekend nights and lower prices on the menu. “The bar menu is where we’re trying to become a little bit more approachable and have a laid-back atmosphere,” he says. Bar snacks and sandwiches, small and large plates and a rotating selection of local beers on tap are among the new offerings. Expect to see casual dishes like smoked-chicken egg rolls and Benton’s prosciutto mac and cheese. “The Market Place has always been known as a formal place to go out to eat, a place with high-end food and great products — a special-occasion-only kind of spot,” Dissen says. “It might be hard to

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change that perception, but that’s what we’re trying to do.” The restaurant will still offer the same world-class fare it has before, just scaled down some, Dissen says. The tone of the menu will also be a bit less formal. “We do want people to still be able to come in and have a great dining experience, but we still want them to be able to come in and have fun,” he says. “Especially in this recession, people are looking to have mini-vacations when they go out to eat. The real focus of this innovation, however, is going to be on the bar area.” Dissen says that the bar will host DJs and laid-back live music that will wind up as regular dinner service is winding down. “I’m going to try to break the mold of the regular beer bar here in Asheville,” he says. “I want a place where people can hang out, enjoy some music, some great mixology-style drinks and have a good time.” Part of providing a good time, says Dissen, is making sure that diners are able to leave The Market Place both satisfied and with money left in their pockets. “It’s important to know what the people want and what they want to spend,” he says. “You own a restaurant because you love making people happy, and for the love of great food and having fun. People aren’t having fun nowadays if they’re spending $300 on dinner. We feel that our food, pricing and the idea of our


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On Tuesday, March 29, Weinhaus hosts a wine dinner at Kathmandu Café, a downtown Asheville restaurant that features Himalayan fare. “It is always an exciting challenge to pair wine with exotic cuisine,” says Weinhaus’ Pat Gill. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., and the cost is $45, including tax and gratuity. Call the Weinhaus at 254-6453 to make reservations. For more information about Kathmandu, visit On Sunday, March 27, at 5 p.m., Santé hosts Girls Gone Wino. The theme is understanding the “nose” part of tasting wine. Says the description on Santé’s website: “Cherry or berry? Damp forest floor or mushrooms? And what the hell is a gooseberry and what does it smell like anyway? Sign up and find out!” For more information, visit 5 Walnut wine bar offers a $5 wine special every day. And every Thursday, from 5 until 7 p.m., the bar hosts a free wine tasting. Sunday sees an ever-changing rotation of $5 cava drinks. For more information about 5 Walnut, visit X Send your food news and fodder for Small Bites to

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On Saturday, March 26, get into the spring of things with the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s “Meet the Farmers” event (2 until 6 p.m.) at the Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Avenue, immediately followed by a performance by Red June at Highland Brewing Company in East Asheville (12 Old Charlotte Highway) from 6 until 8 p.m. ASAP’s event is an opportunity to meet farmers face to face, learn about their farm share programs and sample CSA products and other farm-fresh fare. For more information about the fair, including a list of participating farms, visit The Red June event is an opportunity to cut loose with an Asheville-based acoustic Americana band, drink some of Highland’s brews and give back to ASAP. How? Red June (named after an heirloom apple variety) donates $1 of their CD sales at each live show to ASAP. It’s part of the band’s Homegrown tour, the focus of which is to highlight the importance of local agriculture. “The tour has been going really well so far, and folks have been really responsive to our message,” says fiddler Natalya Weinstein. “We had a great crew of farmers out at our Jack of the Wood show in January. We recently played a house concert in Nashville, and the hosts made appetizers and lasagna with ingredients from local farms and markets.” For more information, visit

Club, once a Masonic Lodge. The event is in its seventh year, and features food from various WNC restaurants and vendors, beer and wine. A culinary competition with edible entries ranging from soup to seafood to dessert will also be featured, with Michael Fahey, WNC Culinary Association President, acting as lead judge. “The refinement of the culinary arts in our region is why cuisine in Western North Carolina is current and delicious,” says Fahey. “Mélange of the Mountains gives the talented chefs of WNC a great venue to share their creations.” Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members. The Chamber will also have VIP ticket upgrades available that include mezzanine seating, host staff and china dinnerware. For tickets and information, visit

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by Maggie Cramer It’s been a long winter, but a green glow at the end of the tunnel is finally visible. “My asparagus is starting to wake up,” says Danny McConnell of McConnell Farms in Hendersonville. While his exact harvest date is up in the air (literally; it depends upon the weather), he estimates they’ll be ready around the second week of April. That means you could possibly snag some spears from him and other area growers at the first tailgate markets of the season. While McConnell’s other early spring crop, strawberries, won’t be ready until mid-May, he’s keeping busy all the same. “We’re weeding and thinking about the dreaded frost protection,” he says. Despite the weather waiting game that every farmer plays this time of year, McConnell always gets excited for the season. “That’s when the farm looks its best and the greenhouses are full,” he says. Amy Hamilton gets excited, too. She and her partner, Gabe Noard, own Appalachian Seeds, Farm and Nursery, where they grow plant starts. “There’s so much potential with the starts. You know they’re going to be so delicious when they’re older!” Her excitement started off as anxiety this winter, though. She and Noard bought the 13-year-old business from the previous owner Chip Hope in February. “We immediately started sowing seeds,” says Hamilton. “Had we bought the business just a week later than we did, we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off this season.”

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Spring starts: Gabe Noard in the Appalachian Seeds, Farm and Nursery greenhouse with his plant starts. They specialize in heirloom tomatoes, but, “we pretty much grow everything,” they say. How does your garden grow? With plant starts, like these kale starts from Appalachian Seeds, Farm and Nursery. Find them at Earth Fare, the Hendersonville Community Co-op, Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center and B.B. Barns. Photos courtesy of ASAP

The duo are finishing things up in their greenhouse now, transplanting starts into the containers you’ll find for sale at Earth Fare stores, the Hendersonville Community Co-op, Jesse Israel & Sons Garden Center and B.B. Barns Garden Center. Appalachian Seeds is known for their heirloom tomatoes — both seeds and plants — but they don’t stop there. “We’ve got greens, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce, plus some more unusual things like purslane, radicchio and endive, as well as all the culinary herbs and flowers and veggies,” Hamilton says, noting that it’s all 100-percent locally produced. “We’re pretty much growing everything; it’s basically our variety garden gone wild!” In addition to finding their products at area groceries and nurseries, also look for Appalachian Seeds at the Asheville Herb Festival,

April 29 and 30 at the WNC Farmers Market. Hamilton’s specialty is working with medicinal herbs, and she says that’s a direction they’ll take the company in the future. Shopping for your starts? Hamilton advises asking the grower about their soil mix and fertilization program. “It’s just like raising a child,” she says. “If you give a plant what it needs from the moment that seed makes contact with that soil, it’s going to set the tone for that plant’s life — it’ll flourish.” Hamilton and Noard use a soil mix with a wide range of macro- and micro-nutrients that are organically sourced — from green sand to worm castings. “A lot of times in big-box stores, a plant will look good, but when you take it home, it’s a different story,” Hamilton says, because of a heavy use of fertilizers. “Rather than feeding it that way from the top down, we feed it from the bottom up, to give the plant the healthiest start.”

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Tailgate markets begin opening next month, and vendors will have plant starts, eggs, cheeses, meats and select spring veggies — McConnell hopes to make it to early markets and have asparagus to sell. In Asheville, the West Asheville Tailgate Market (April 12), Asheville City Market (April 16) and North Asheville Tailgate Market (April 16) are some of the first to open. Outside of town, the Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market starts first (April 2), followed by the Weaverville Tailgate Market (April 13) and Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market (April 16), just to name a few. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is compiling information about market openings. Check the website,, for start dates. And, find out what’s fresh at markets during opening week in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at

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Now is the time to sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). As a CSA member, you pay the farmer in advance for “shares” of the season’s bounty. Then, you get to enjoy a steady supply of fresh foods, from meats to veggies, straight from the farm every week. To help you find the farm share that’s right for you, ASAP is hosting a free Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair on Saturday, March 26. Find more information about that in this week’s Small Bites. Those unable to attend the fair can browse the more than 90 farms offering CSAs in ASAP’s Local Food Guide at For more information about the fair visit Danny McConnell and McConnell Farms can be reached at 692-2819 or Appalachian Seeds, Farm and Nursery can be reached at 400-7014 or, or visit them online at X • MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 69

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Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy on transcending goth and releasing his ninth solo album by Alli Marshall “I don’t feel cynical at all. I feel as vital and valid as ever,” says musician Peter Murphy. Over the years he’s been many things to many people: The frontman for British post-punk band Bauhaus, the harbinger of gothic rock, an underappreciated solo act, a world-music maverick. If his career began on a lark (according to the book Dark Entries: Bauhaus and Beyond, Murphy was working in a factory and was tapped because he had the right look), as soon as he picked up the mic, he never looked back. Part glam, part rock-noir, Bauhaus lasted a mere four years (with a few subsequent reunions) but left an indelible mark on music. It inspired a profusion of bands, including Nine Inch Nails, whose frontman, Trent Reznor, has become a regular collaborator with Murphy. Bauhaus is also credited for igniting goth — the music and its accompanying look. Though Murphy insists that goth was never his thing. “I want to to deny it immediately while not sounding bitter or unappreciative or negative,” he says of the “Father of Goth” moniker. “But it’s a great compliment, so I’m careful not to stamp on anybody’s thing.” Similarly, the darkly haunting Bauhaus song “Bela Legosi’s Dead” neatly tied Murphy to the vampire archetype despite that it was but one song in a 30-year career. Recently, Murphy capitalized on that association, landing a cameo in the Twilight series film Eclipse and handily introducing himself to a new generation of listeners. Of course, it’s more than a song. Murphy’s

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This mortal coil: Peter Murphy eschews (politely) the “Father of Goth” title, though he doesn’t mind tapping into the dark persona on occasion — like a recent cameo in Eclipse from the Twilight series. The album, finished a couple of years ago, has been in limbo while Murphy sought the right label and management. Past solo projects were colored by Murphy’s life in Istanbul, where he’s been based at least part time since ‘92. Dust, from 2002, echoes with ambient electronics, pulsing hand drums and nods to Murphy’s interest in mystic Sufism. His most commercially successful album, 1990’s Deep, marries the most brooding pop melodies with the aching poetry of songs like “A Strange Kind of Love.” Ninth, he says, will follow neither set of footprints. Instead, recorded in a repurposed church in Woodstock, N.Y., with producer David Baron, Ninth references “early Bauhaus in a sense. Not exactly, not being too esoteric, too eclectic,” says Murphy. “Although, naturally, my work does go that way.” Indeed, spirituality is a far more consistent exploration in the musician’s work than, say, the undead. “I write about my personal subconsciousness. Never proselytizing but giving out ideas and notions within stories,” he says. “My lyrics have always had an esoteric quality to them. I don’t feel that it’s necessary for me to explain those because, rather, like a painting, you shouldn’t have to.”

Of Ninth he does reveal that it was important for him to work with a full band and “I wanted it to sound very guitar-oriented and to have an organic-played feeling to it.” Murphy’s not a fan of working remotely on an album, even though technology has made that possible. “It’s like making love over the telephone,” he says. Instead, Ninth was recorded with all the players in a room, over the span of a week. “You can become too overindulgent in what you’re doing and mess it up,” says Murphy. “I didn’t want to be too precious about it.” And now he’s ready to tour those songs — though Murphy has often maintained that he’ll also continue to play from his back catalog as well. In his words, he wears the mantle of Bauhaus which (rather like the immortal beings linked to Murphy’s image) “has a long shelf life. Because I think it’s more than just music, there’s a character behind it,” he says. “I do feel that it’s still relevant and I can make it relevant every night that I perform.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@

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“Most people don’t get so lucky, to just be born into their career, bred for it like who: a horse,” says Jessica Lea Jessica Lea Mayfield, Mayfield. with Daniel Martin Moore The 21-year-old Ohio where: native isn’t exaggerating. The Grey Eagle She’s been performing since when: the age of 8, first in her parents touring bluegrass band Sunday, March 27 (8 p.m. and soon after as a solo $10/$12. singer-songwriter, including a bar residency at the tender ago of 15. At 16, the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach discovered Mayfield’s sparse, country-leaning home recordings on MySpace and invited her into his studio in nearby Akron, Ohio. The pair hit it off immediately and spent the next two years crafting what would become Mayfield’s debut. Shortly after her 19th birthday, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt was released. The record is a dark and moody collection of mostly acoustic, heartbroken love songs, many of which were penned before Mayfield was old enough to drive. It made an instant splash and, despite her age, comparisons to legendary female songwriters like Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris abounded. Pitchfork lauded Mayfield for her plaintive drawl and lyrical insight and Asheville-based music magazine Blurt even named Blasphemy the “Best Album of 2008.” Cut to the present: It’s a dark, dreary Tuesday, and Mayfield is “having the worst day ever” driving from her home in Ohio to pick up the band in Nashville. She’s just stopped to pick up her third set of temporary tags (the last two got wet and blew off), but this time, she “didn’t even have to cry or nothin’, luckily.” However irritating, the inconvenience is a minor setback. They’re headed to Austin for the South by Southwest music showcase, and this year Mayfield and Co. are in high demand: 10 shows in four days. Her sophomore album, Tell Me, was released in early February; once again, the young singer is all over the pages of major music Magazines. In less than two months, she’s become a regular fixture on the pages of Rolling Stone and Spin, been featured in Uncut and American Songwriter, appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, The Late Show with David Letterman and the BBC, and landed a track on iTunes’ “SXSW: Featured Artists” playlist. Needless to say, the reception to Tell Me has been warm. “I’m always surprised,” she says. “You’d think I wouldn’t be, and most people that work with me aren’t as surprised as I am. But every time I see a glowing review I’m like, ‘Oh wow! They really like the record!’ Someone will have to remind me that 90 percent of people like the record.” It’s easy to see what all the fuss is about. Mayfield’s minimalist take on the vulnerable heart has been replaced with an aggressively unapologetic perspective, one that’s often downright mean. She sings in a world-weary tone with wisdom beyond her years, evoking a sirenlike magnetism. With the new attitude also comes fuzzy electric guitars, drum machines, keys, and powerful backing vocals that make it clear: Mayfield is no longer the victim. “[Those songs] are about the first fight I ever got in with my first boyfriend, you know,” she says of Blasphemy. “I’m kind of done with rehashing the same argument I had with some dude when I was 16. The new record is me being less naive I guess. I’m not going to be a teenager getting my heart broken on every song. It’s sort of just me being an asshole for the most part.” Still, she says, it’s hard to escape first impressions. People expect certain things, and they tend to interpret songs to fit those ideas. “There’s a lot of songs about me being an asshole or songs that are

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not love songs, but they come off as love songs,” Mayfield observes. “It’s really weird; I’ve been trying to consciously not write love songs. I’ve been writing songs about myself and the struggles that people have with themselves. But people think that when I’m singing about me that I’m singing about a boy. It’s really funny.” After the flurry of dates at SXSW, Mayfield won’t be heading home to rest. She and the band are booked through the end of May, including a month-long tour of Europe. While she’s excited to get out and perform the new material, Mayfield says being on the road is not all its cracked up to be. She just bought a house last year, and so far, there hasn’t been time to make it a home. “It’s hard for me, because it still has a lot of renovating that needs to get done,” she says. “I come home to a house where one wall is white, one wall is pink, one wall is half pink, there’s still stuff in boxes. In the four days I’m home, the last thing I want to do is paint my ceiling. I come home to a house that is a little uncomfortable.” Still, she says, touring has become a stabilizing factor in her life. “I can’t not travel and play music. I’ll lose my mind. I need the routine and the insanity a little bit to keep me busy. If I have too much time on my hands, then I just end up doing stupid stuff. I end partying or going to bed a different time every night and waking up at three in the afternoon doing an oil painting in my underwear while listening to Metallica at an insane volume. I kind of need routine to keep me from being a total nutcase.” X

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something so buoyant and blithe about local indie/psychedelic band Doc Aquatic that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty near impossible to watch them on stage and not smile. The band started off its Grey Eagle set, opening for The Baker Family Band, with lots of bounce and energy. In fact, the crowd for the opener was sizable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a little larger than the group that hung around for Austin, Texas-by-way-of-Asheville group The Bakers. It was a testament to the following Doc Aquatic has built since relocating to Asheville from Boone in 2009, and the audience was rewarded for its devotion. Doc Aquaticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound, on the Grey Eagle stage, engineered by Mars Fariss, was the best this reviewer has heard to date â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that crisp clarity made all the difference. The standard rock setup of Doc Aquatic (J.C. Hayes on vocals and guitar, Adam Grogan on guitar and piano, Charles Gately on bass and vocals and Zack Hayes on drums) can grow muddy when the band launches into its trademark, psychedelic-tinged instrumental breaks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that effect that gets labeled â&#x20AC;&#x153;jam.â&#x20AC;? But on the

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Grey Eagle stage, with each instrument differentiated, Doc Aquaticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuances came to light. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Headinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Westâ&#x20AC;? was a tightly crafted work of doubled vocals and turn-on-dime tempo changes, underscored throughout by a sense of space and light reminiscent of California country rock. Not that anyone could call Doc Aquatic a country-rock act. Its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70s nods were more Cream than Flying Burrito Brothers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rattle Snake Shakeâ&#x20AC;? combined soul rhythms with J.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s trippy lyrics: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stars hover down sharp, stung my eyes. They are electric eels in summertime.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go Ghostâ&#x20AC;? took an appropriately darker turn, turning up the intensity, the melody reminiscent of the clang and grind of Pink Floydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money.â&#x20AC;? Gatelyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bass line was prominent in the song and yet he kept his playing simple and tasteful, only adding what was needed. The bass was equally strong on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sea of Trees,â&#x20AC;? a new song slated for the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer release. High, shimmering guitar parts toe the line between structure and abandon, a kind of orchestrated psychedelia â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which pretty much sums up the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sound. Frontman J.C. was a pleasure to watch because, on stage, he conveyed such a sense of audacious fun. If his glasses and shawl-collar sweater seem out of character for a rocker, his

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loose-limbed movements and experimental guitar parts are fully realized. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run,â&#x20AC;? another new song, showed J.C. in full form. The melody was languid and layered, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formula a combination of a simple lyric (highlighted by J.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s apt falsetto) leading into the extended barely controlled chaos of instrumentals. But even as J.C. threw himself into an unabashed dance, the music is never less than taut. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost at Sea,â&#x20AC;? another new offering, was even more of a juxtaposition of volatile emotion and controlled burn, with Zackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-quarter sway on percussion and J.C. singing the anguished refrain, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I kill my only love, with the poisons of the man Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become.â&#x20AC;? The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final number, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summertime,â&#x20AC;? was lush and aptly summery with a kick drum opening and washes of descending guitar scales as the band clustered around Zack. From there, the music opened into something primordial and jangly, sprawling into to Steve Miller/â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Mountain Honeyâ&#x20AC;?-esque psychedelia as J.C. hit the verse, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, I believe in summertime, even though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snowed for days.â&#x20AC;? Gately played the bass with one hand and hit a drum with his other, the songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tightly coiled tension swept over the audience in a perfectly timed apex. The end of the set came all too soon. X Learn more at


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

He began his career playing the country bar circuit in Athens 10 years ago; his sixth and latest release, Keeping Up With the Joneses, produced by Russ-T Cobb (Butch Walker, April Lavigne) is full of radio-ready revelry. As one fan on his website says, “Corey’s music captures college in a nutshell: friends, late nights and lasting memories.” Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Friday, March 25. RIYD (Recommended if You Dig): Zac Brown Band, Hootie and the Blowfish. You Should Go If: You put the “Vice” in Service Industry; you’ve been using daylight saving time as an all-purpose excuse for two weeks and counting; you’re on a firstname basis with everyone at Sunglass Hut; longer days give you more time to … scan in pictures from high school, tag pictures from high school and keep apprised of the relationship status of everyone in your graduating class.

The Suspect: Jonathan Coulton

The descriptions of fan qualities and quirks are intended to be a playful take on what’s unique about all of us. The world would be a better place if everyone went out to see more live music.

A Yale graduate and a former computer programmer, Coulton says he plays “well-crafted geek folk-pop … songs about mad scientists, robot armies and self-loathing giant squids.” He gained most of his fame via the internet with a free podcast called “Thing a Week” for which he wrote, recorded and published a new song every week for a year. Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Friday, March 25. RIYD: Fountains of Wayne, Flight of the Conchords. You Should Go If: You think you’re the only guy in town who subscribes to Details, The New Yorker and PC World; Watson losing to that congressman really messed with your worldview; you have to remind people almost daily that it’s a satchel, OK? Indiana Jones carried one; longer days give you more time to … nothing — you have self-diagnosed perfection paralysis.

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The Suspect: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

This musician/songwriter/producer/actor and film director is part of the prog-rock Grammy-winning group The Mars Volta, and an extremely prolific solo artist as well (he released 10 solo albums in two years.) After seeing Rodriguez-Lopez live, MTV’s Iggy blog said “the chemistry was electrifying. If it is a cult, I think I might join.” Can Be Found: The Orange Peel, Saturday, March 26. RIYD: Rush, Yes. You Should Go If: Your standard outfit is “waiter in mourning”; your most vivid childhood memories are of eating cheese fondue and watching The Wall with your parents; you double majored in philosophy and industrial engineering; longer days give you more time to … insinuate yourself into the Pritchard Park chess scene.

margaritas The Suspect: The Cave Singers

This Seattle group formed in 2007 when former members of Pretty Girls Make Graves, Hint Hint and Cobra High united as one. Pitchfork said this about last month’s release “they lend their local folkie scene a welcome dark side, and No Witch is their strongest album yet.” Can Be Found: The Grey Eagle, Tuesday, March 29. RIYD: Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons. You Should Go If: You’re the one who got a little too rough in the flash-mob pillow fight; you’ve been preparing your raised bed with unbridled enthusiasm while trying to block out the “killing fields” of past years; longer days give you more time to … pour over the New Testament and look for a Lent loophole.

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Little Tybee

Part orchestral, part moody jazz-pop, part modern-ambient, Little Tybee is an odd collection of sounds and influences that fall together in wondrous ways. The band, which takes its name from a tiny island off the coast of their native Georgia, recently released its sophomore album Humorous to Bees. They play the Grey Eagle on Thursday, March 24 with local bands Sky Lake and Do It To Julia. 8:30 p.m., $7.

Future Islands

Minimalist pop band (“post-wave,” if you will) Future Islands may be based in Baltimore, but they have an N.C. connection. Members met as students at East Carolina University and after a brief stint as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits, they regrouped in the current lineup. Most recently, they released In Evening Air on Thrill Jockey records. Future Islands plays Broadway’s on Friday, March 25 with Thank You.

Club phone numbers are listed in Clubland in the (828) area code unless otherwise stated; more details at www. Send your Smart Bet requests in to for consideration by the Monday the week prior to publication.

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There’s something about the band name The Fleshtones that sounds like you’ve heard it before. And you might have: 25 years and 16 albums in the band, according to press, “wears the mantle of ‘world’s best party band’ with pride.” They bring their self-described “shindiggin’ rock” to the Admiral on Thursday, March 24. Greg Cartwright of Reigning Sound opens. 10:30 p.m., $13 advance/$15 day of show.

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where to find the clubs • what is playing • listings for venues throughout Western North Carolina C l u bland r u l e s

Downtown On The Park Open 7 Days (11am - Late)

restaurant • bar • patio

Jazz jam

Westville Pub

Old-time jam, 6pm

Jammin’ w/ Max & Miles

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Wild Wing Cafe

Angela Easterling (Americana, folk)

Canyon Creek

Garage at Biltmore

Soul/jazz jam 1-year anniversary feat: Neil Fountain

BoBo Gallery

Spicy Moustache and the Flavor Saviors (“funk-hop,” soul, rock) w/ special guests

Barley’s Taproom

Good Stuff

Shag dance & lesson

Swing dancing w/ The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7:30pm

Alien Music Club

Gene Peyroux (rock, funk, soul)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Orange Peel

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Olive or Twist

Bosco’s Sports Zone

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

Queens of the Stone Age (rock) w/ The Dough Rollers

Fairview Tavern

Red Stag Grill

Open mic & jam

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

BoBo Gallery

Good Stuff

TallGary’s Cantina

Craggie Brewing Company

Raul Malo (roots, acoustic)

Open mic, 6-9pm

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Open mic

Open mic, 7:30pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

The Get Down

Wild Flag (rock, indie) w/ Times New Viking

The Judas Horse (folk, pop, post-punk) w/ Justin Whitlow

Grove Park Inn Great Hall


Creatures Cafe

Leo Converse (jazz)

Open mic

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Diana Wortham Theater

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

The Magnetic Field

Dervish (Celtic)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Brian Claflin (singer-songwriter)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar


Athena’s Club

A Place to Bury Strangers (psychedelic, experimental, noise-pop) w/ Hooray for Earth

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Ellen Trnka (singer-songwriter) Pierce Edens (country, folk rock, roots) w/ The Great Unknown

5 Walnut Wine Bar

live music …never a cover

Blue Note Grille

Open mic w/ Brian Keith

creative, local cuisine

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

Little Tybee (pop, indie, rock) w/ Do it to Julia & Sky Lake

Barrie Howard (one-man-band)

Lauren LaPointe (indie, folk)

Wed., March 23 Live music, 8-10pm

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Thu., March 24

Tiny Victories (electronic, pop, dance) w/ Action Team & Monogold

sports room • events space

huge selection of WNC craft beers

Town Pump

Open mic w/ David Bryan

Jim Arrendell & the Cheap Suits (dance)

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

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

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Emerald Lounge

Back stage: Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun w/ The Critters (rock, psychedelic)

Daryl Hance (Southern rock)

Lobster Trap

Hank Bones (“man of 1,000 songs”)

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Tom Tom Magaizine event - “Women in Music” (free lessons, panel discussion)

Mike’s Side Pocket

Open mic w/ Greg Terkelsen

Aaron LaFalce


WestSound [funk n’ roll]

Sat 3/26

Blue Note Grille

Jack Of The Wood Pub

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

over 30 beers on tap

Thur 3/24

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

Open mic

Fri 3/25

Thur . mar . 24

tOday the MOOn, tOMOrrOw the sun

DJ Jason

[live DJ - dance/baby/dance]

NCAA Tourney Headquarters! 110” Projector - 10 Big Screens

Thursday, March 24


Fri. mar . 25

Friday, March 25

w/ Manray

David Earl

& The PlowShares americana rocks

Saturday, March 26

Red June bluegrass

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

20 S. Spruce St. • 225.6944

Off Biltmore Ave. in the new Pack Square Park.

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w/ the Critters

the BrOnzed ChOrus PBR Tallboys



w/ zOMBie Queen & treatMent mariachi mondayS

Live Mariachi Band $2 Tacos & Mexican Beer Specials O n t h e f r O n t s ta g e SundayS

no cover charge (4-8pm)


SaT. mar . 26

Aaron Price 1pm | Piano


Jake Hollifield Piano | 9pm


Woody Wood 9pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Grammer School (indie, rock) w/ Railbird & The Rex Complex Olive or Twist

Ballroom dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band, 7:30pm Orange Peel

Badfish (Sublime tribute) w/ Scotty Don’t & Spiritual Rez

Aaron LaFalce (piano) Westville Pub

“Ultra Asheville” feat: In Plain Sight, Candace B, Nigel One, Disc-Oh! & Yorgo

Valorie Miller (Americana, folk)

Emerald Lounge

White Horse

The Broadcast (funk, rock, soul)

Seven Sisters Cinema - “Stranger With a Camera”

Feed and Seed

Wild Wing Cafe

Firestorm Cafe and Books

DJ Paco

Fri., March 25

Pack’s Tavern

Aaron LaFalce (acoustic, rock) Pisgah Brewing Company

Onward Soldiers (“moody rock”) Purple Onion Cafe

Paul Cataldo (acoustic, folk, roots) Red Room

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto Red Stag Grill

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

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

Dave Desmelik (Americana, folk, rock) French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Garage at Biltmore

Open mic

Johnson’s Crossroad (acoustic, Americana, country)

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

BoBo Gallery

Steve Whiddon (“the pianoman”)

DJ Rasa

Root Bar No. 1

High Gravity Jazz Trio (jazz, soul) Psychotropic feat: Goadream, Kri, Medisin, Fuzz, Klaws, Kameleon Poimandres & Gregor Konstantin Good Stuff

Linda Mitchell (blues, jazz) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Just Die! (punk)

Jonathan Coulton (singer-songwriter, humor) w/ Mike Gibbons

Scandals Nightclub


Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Admiral

Future Islands (new wave, pop, rock) w/ EAR PWR

Boiler Room

Stray Dog Trio (rock, blues) Diego’s March Madness DJ Battle (finals) The Fleshtones (garage rock) w/ Greg Cartwright The Get Down

Craggie Brewing Company

South French Broads (experimental, fusion, rock)

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Peggy Ratusz (blues, soul), 8-11pm Harrah’s Cherokee

Taylor Martin & friends (roots, rock)

Creatures Cafe

Live DJ, 12-2am

Town Pump

Live music

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Leo Converse (jazz)

Peggy Ratusz & friends

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

Highland Brewing Company

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Eleven on Grove

Mac Comer (funky folk) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

David Earl & the Plowshares (Americana, rock, soul)


WED. 3/23

Fred’s Speakeasy

Athena’s Club

Blue Note Grille

Red Step Artworks

Mo’ Betta Soul feat: Lyric Jones, Joshua Spiceland, Preach Jacobs & Juan Holladay

The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots)

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Miriam Allen Band (fusion, roots)

Chris Wilhelm (indie folk, rock) w/ Adrian Hardkor, Ken Wenzel & Alissa Taylor

Allstars Sports Bar and Grill


Real New Orleans Po Boys $1 off all Whiskey


sultry Carolina-sound w/ a twist

Music & EvEnts

FREE SHOW! $1 off All Vodkas

friday, MarCh 25 - 8:30PM - $5

Big daddy love

Open 11am • $3.50 Gin & Tonics


gypsy folk

sanCTuM sully

$5 Robo Shots

SUN. 3/27

Wednesday, MarCh 30 - 9:30PM - $8


sTereofideliCs, Blue dragons, lyriCs Born, larry keel solo, everTon Blender, greensky Bluegrass Band Mon - Wed 4pm - 9pm | Thurs - saT 2pm - 12am | sun 2pm - 9pm

advanced Tickets Can Be Purchased @

SAT. 3/26

• All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast All Day! • $1 Off Bloody Mary’s & Mimosas

Appetizers - Buy One Get One ½ Off $4 Margaritas! Wii™Bowling on 11 ft. Screen

CoMing soon:

Voted Best Local Brewery.

TRIVIA NIGHT 9 pm • Prizes

FRI. 3/25

saTurday, MarCh 26 - 8:30PM - $6

THUR. 3/24

MON. 3/28


TUES. 3/29

Shrimp ‘n Grits $1 off Rum Drinks

777 HAYWOOD ROAD • 225-WPUB (9782)



Newly Renovated Upscale Adult Club & Sports Lounge


WNC’s Most Gorgeous Women


Sports on the Big Screen


Couples Welcome


Great Nightly Drink Specials 520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 • Mon - Sat 5pm - 2am • (828) 298-1400


Mon. - Sat. 7pm - 2am • 21 to Enter 828-258-9652 • 99 New Leicester Hwy. (3miles west of Downtown -off Patton Ave.)


Horizons at Grove Park Inn


The Get Down

Emerald Lounge

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Fat Cat’s Billiards

Town Pump

Back stage: The Bronzed Chorus (instrumental) w/ Manray

Feed and Seed

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Lobster Trap

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Iron Horse Station

Jenna Lindbo (soul, folk)


Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jon Stickley Trio (bluegrass, jazz)

THURSDAY • 3/31 • $5

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)



wiLd fLaG w/ tiMes new VikinG • 9PM


do it to JuLia

3/24 FRI


#1 Outdoor Dining!

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


w/ sky Lake & LittLe tybee • 8:30PM

Jonathan couLton w/ Mike Gibbons • 9PM

LaMafest • 5PM


Jessica Lea MayfieLd cd ReLease w/



Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Bear Down Easy, 8pm

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

3/26 3/27

The Sean Smith Trio

danieL MaRtin MooRe • 8PM

the caVe sinGeRs w/ Lia ices • 9PM

J Mascis | darrell scott | Joe Purdy Langhorne slim | Growlers | Matt costa

Ike Stubblefield (funk, groove, jazz) O’Malley’s On Main

Bobby G (classic rock covers) Olive or Twist

Live jazz or swing Orange Peel

Corey Smith (country, singer-songwriter) w/ Crowfield Pack’s Tavern

WestSound (dance, R&B)

Fred’s Speakeasy

Tim Marsh Collective (“flatpickin’ to funk”) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Peggy Ratusz (blues, soul, rock)

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Matt Getman Duo (jazz, pop, soul) Garage at Biltmore

Mr. Rogers w/ GalaxC Girl, Brad Bitt, Ratchett & more Good Stuff

Todd Hoke (Americana, country, folk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Root Bar No. 1

Jamie Kent & the Options (rock, acoustic) Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 1am

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Randall Bramblett (pop, R&B, rock) Town Pump

Blood Roots Barter (“voodoo grass”) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Joshua Singleton & the Funky Four Corners (dance, funkabilly) Vincenzo’s Bistro

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

Turku, Nomads of the Silk Road (“3,000 year old rock ‘n’ roll”)

Sat., March 26 Allstars Sports Bar and Grill

Fine Line (classic rock) Athena’s Club

One Leg Up (jazz, swing), 2-5pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Harrah’s Cherokee

Live band, 7-10pm Live DJ, 10pm-2am

Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar

Leo Converse (jazz)

Highland Brewing Company

Red June (roots)

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Hotel Indigo

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

Dana & Susan Robinson (bluegrass, folk) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bayou Diesel (cajun, zydeco)

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Back stage: Cusses (weirdo rock) w/ Zombie Queen and Treatment Lobster Trap

Jazz night feat: Trevors Trio Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Paul Edelman (Americana) w/ Fustics Olive or Twist

Jazz night w/ The 42nd Street Jazz Band Orange Peel

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group (rock, experimental) w/ Zechs Marquise

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

Pack’s Tavern

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Sanctum Sully (Americana, bluegrass)

DJ Jason Wyatt (dance) Pisgah Brewing Company

Mark Bumgarner (Americana, bluegrass, country)

Purple Onion Cafe

Blue Note Grille

Red Room

Aaron Burdett (acoustic, roots) BoBo Gallery

DJ JoyNerd

Club Hairspray

Sick of Sarah (pop punk) Craggie Brewing Company

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PJB (electronic, experimental) w/ Aswara (psychedelic)

Red Room

Hillside Bombers (folk, country) w/ Super Collider & Might Could

50 Broadway • Asheville, NC 236-9800

Dehlia Low (Americana, bluegrass)

Big Daddy Love (Americana)

The Get Down

Over 70 Beers on Tap

102.5 House Band

LAMAfest feat: Now You See Them, Uncle Mountain, Underhill Rose & more

Pat Flaherty (folk, country, blues)

Most Draft Beer in Asheville!

Agent 23 (hip-hop) w/ GFE

Pisgah Brewing Company

Straightaway Cafe

One of the Best for Pizza & Kid Friendly Restaurant

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

Southern Exposure (old-time), 6-8pm The Critters (psychedelic, pop, rock), 8-10pm Creatures Cafe

Live music

Joseph Hasty & Centerpiece (jazz, swing) Dance party w/ live DJ Red Stag Grill

Chris Rhodes (singer-songwriter) Root Bar No. 1

Violin River (Grateful Dead covers) Scandals Nightclub

DJ dance party, 10pm Drag show, 12:30am

Straightaway Cafe

Dave Turner (Americana)

Take Your Face (death metal) w/ Hectagons & Blowtorch Circumcision Frank & Friends (blues, Americana)

Antibodies (surf, rock, psychedelic) w/ Pulse The Free Flow Band (funk, soul) Marc Keller

Well-Bred Bakery and Cafe

Joshua Singleton (blues, soul) Westville Pub

Bloodroot Orkaestarr White Horse

Walter Parks (guitar) & James Nave (poet) Wild Wing Cafe

Contagious (covers, rock)

Sun., March 27 Barley’s Taproom

The Archrivals (fusion, jazz, rock) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

John Cook (blues, folk) BoBo Gallery

Transmission Books benefit Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lesson Broadway’s

D. Charles Speer (hasiklidika, cajun, psychedelic) Dirty South Lounge

“Sunday Sessions” w/ Chris Ballard Eleven on Grove

Zydeco lesson, 5pm Dance w/ Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, 6-9pm Fred’s Speakeasy

Punk rock Sundays, 6pm Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Jessica Lea Mayfield (folk, indie) w/ Daniel Martin Moore Hotel Indigo

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

Front stage: Aaron Price (piano) Lobster Trap

Leo Johnston (swing guitar) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Starving artists’ open mic Orange Peel

Billy Jonas (family friendly folk) Scandals Nightclub

Talent search (female/male impersonators) The Get Down

Death of Analog (goth, industrial) w/ Endless Bummer & Johnny Sexx The Magnetic Field

Mast (music, performance art) Town Pump

Jamie Kent & the Options (acoustic, funk) Vincenzo’s Bistro

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals)

Mon., March 28 Bosco’s Sports Zone

Swing lesson & dance

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Mad Mike, Fast Heart Mart & The Good Ship S. S. Perry (comedy) Fred’s Speakeasy

Movie night


clubdirectory 5 Walnut Wine Bar 253-2593 The 170 La Cantinetta 687-8170 All Stars Sports Bar & Grill 684-5116 Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 259-5544 Athena’s Club 252-2456 Avenue M 350-8181 Barley’s Tap Room 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Blue Mountain Pizza 658-8777 Blue Note Grille 697-6828 Boiler Room 505-1612 BoBo Gallery 254-3426 Bosco’s Sports Zone 684-1024 Broadway’s 285-0400 Club Hairspray 258-2027 Craggie Brewing Company 254-0360 Creature’s Cafe 254-3636 Curras Nuevo 253-2111 Desoto Lounge 986-4828 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dirty South Lounge 251-1777 The Dripolator 398-0209 Ed Boudreaux’s Bayou BBQ 296-0100 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612

Emerald Lounge 232- 4372 Fairview Tavern 505-7236 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe 255-8115 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy 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 The Hop 254-2224 The Hop West 252-5155 Infusions 665-2161

Iron Horse Station 622-0022 Jack of the Wood 252-5445 Jerusalem Garden 254-0255 Jus One More 253-8770 Laurey’s Catering 252-1500 Lexington Avenue Brewery 252-0212 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Luella’s Bar-B-Que 505-RIBS Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 The Magnetic Field 257-4003 Midway Tavern 687-7530 Mela 225-8880 Mellow Mushroom 236-9800 Mike’s Side Pocket 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill 258-1550 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

The Van Dangs (rock, blues, country) w/ The Blind Cobras

Paul Cataldo Trio (Americana, roots)


Benefit for the Ivory Coast

Cipher circle, 10pm

BoBo Gallery

Eleven on Grove

Rendezvous 926-0201 Rock Bottom Sports Bar & Grill 622-0001 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 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 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 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Well Bred Bakery & Cafe 645-9300 Westville Pub 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe 253-3066

Orange Peel

Peter Murphy (goth, post punk) w/ Livian Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

Moses Atwood presents: Jar-e & Juan Holladay Root Bar No. 1

Emerald Lounge

The Get Down

NXT LVL w/ Sound Pimp (reggae, dancehall)

Fat Shadow (“new age rock ‘n’ roll)

The Get Down

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Vincenzo’s Bistro

“Network” (film)

Marc Keller

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Westville Pub

The Cave Singers (indie, folk, rock) w/ Lia Ices

Blues jam

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

White Horse

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

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


Wed., March 30

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Vocal jazz session w/ Sharon LaMotte, 7:30pm Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller

Tue., March 29 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Live jazz, 8-10pm

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

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

Open mic w/ Jesse James, 7-10pm

More info at wordpress/ringoffire

Jay Brown (one-man-band)

Beginner swing & tango lessons, 6-7pm Dance w/ Blue Heaven, 8pm

Lake Street Drive (indie pop) w/ World/Inferno Friendship Society

carrier park amboy rd. asheville

Lobster Trap

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Open jam session

March 30th • 6pM

“Tuesday Rotations” w/ Casey Ellis

5 Walnut Wine Bar

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Disposable - art opening April 1st

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

Jazz jam

BoBo Gallery

Br’er w/ Scallion, Abe Leonard & Elisa Faires Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag dance & lesson

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

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

3pm-2am everyday pinball, foosball, ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late 504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109 “It’s bigger than it looks!”

Fairview Tavern

Open mic & jam Good Stuff

Open mic

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Soul/jazz jam feat: Thunderdrums Olive or Twist

Swing dancing w/ The Firecracker Jazz Band, 7:30pm Pisgah Brewing Company

Zoogma (electronic, jam)

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

Zumba “In da Club”

Emerald Lounge

The Get Down

DJ Twan

Ashes vs. Leaves (indie rock, acoustic) Mountain Feist (bluegrass) Garage at Biltmore

Bird of Prey w/ Hopskotch, Anahata Sound & Psymbionic Good Stuff

Gene Peyroux (rock, funk, soul) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Third annual Freedom Ball w/ David LaMotte, The Krektones & Kinjah Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bobby Long (singer-songwriter) w/ Andy Lehman & The Night Moves Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Town Pump

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Steve Whiddon (piano, vocals) Westville Pub

Jammin’ w/ Max & Miles Wild Wing Cafe

Mountain Feist (bluegrass)

Bluegrass jam, 7pm

Back stage: Like Mind Trio (jazz) w/ Shane Perlowin Mellow Mushroom

New Familiars

Blue Note Grille

Gary Segal (singer-songwriter) BoBo Gallery

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Ear Jelly Broadcasting System Scandals Nightclub

Broken Lilacs (rock) w/ American Speedway Town Pump

Paul Cataldo (acoustic, folk, roots) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Peggy Ratusz & friends

Pack’s Tavern

Scott Raines (acoustic, rock)

Jus One More / Red Room

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Westville Pub

Wild Wing Cafe


Aaron LaFalce (piano)

Carolina Call Time (bluegrass) DJ Moto

Fri., April 1 Allstars Sports Bar and Grill

The Sharkadelics (pop, rock), 9:30pm Athena’s Club

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

Wyla (experimental) w/ Balloon Animal Farm & Anubis Rude Craggie Brewing Company

Nathan Simmons & His Intrepid Band (Southern rock)

Fat Cat’s Billards / Mack Kell’s Midway Tavern / Shovelhead Saloon Tallgary’s Cantina

saturday The Hangar / Holland’s Grille Jus One More / Midway Tavern / Rendezvous / Shovelhead Saloon / The Still

sunday Bosco’s Sports Zone / Cancun Mexican Grill / The Hangar / The Get Down

Creatures Cafe

Live music

Ron Moore (Americana, folk)

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Emerald Lounge

Ballroom dancing w/ Heather Masterton & The Swing Station Band, 7:30pm


Cancun Mexican Grill / Club Hairspray / Harrah’s Cherokee Fairview Tavern

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Olive or Twist

Patrick Fitzsimons (blues, folk, roots)

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar

Open mic w/ Greg Terkelsen

Barley’s Taproom Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues / Wild Wing Cafe

Open mic

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

Thu., March 31 Alien Music Club


Red Step Artworks

Billy Sheeran (piano)

Mike’s Side Pocket

Cindercat (progressive, jam) w/ Duende Mountain Duo


Red Stag Grill

The Get Down

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Dance Lush w/ DJ Moto

Fat Cat’s Billiards

The Big John Bates Grindshow (Americana, roots, rock) Open mic w/ David Bryan

Red Room

EDM Exposure w/ Krumbz, Aloysius & Morefiend (feat: Nemesis & D:Raf)


Open mic, 7:30pm

Louise Mosrie (Americana, country, folk)

Royal Bangs (indie, rock, pop) w/ Sonmi Suite

Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar TallGary’s Cantina


Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Open mic w/ Brian Keith


Open mic

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

Red Stag Grill

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Creatures Cafe

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill


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Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Old-time jam, 6pm


Craggie Brewing Company

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Jack Of The Wood Pub


Lifecurse (metal) w/ One Shot Kills & Shadow of the Destroyer

Bob Zullo (jazz, pop guitar), 5:30-7:30pm Killer B’s (favorites by request), 8-11pm Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


Boiler Room

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra (fusion, jazz) CD release party Feed and Seed

Conservation Theory

Darrell Scott & Rayland Baxter (Americana, folk, roots) Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Donna Germano (hammered dulcimer), 2-4pm Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Harrah’s Cherokee

Live DJ, 12-2am

Firestorm Cafe and Books

Holland’s Grille

Timbre (harp, folk) w/ Folk Family Union

Free Flight (rock)

Garage at Biltmore

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Pisgah Brewing Company

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

The Stereofidelics (alternative, rock)

“Fools Gold” w/ DJ Deafmou5, Rosko, Gassnectar & more

Purple Onion Cafe

Good Stuff

Barbara Turner (acoustic, country, rock)

Iron Horse Station

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

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

Back stage: Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat (“swamp rock,” blues)

Craggie Brewing Company

Mother Explosives (indie, rock)

Ric Ledford & the Reems Creek Incident (bluegrass)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Creatures Cafe

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Emerald Lounge

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Feed and Seed

Olive or Twist

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Orange Peel

Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Fox Hunt (Americana, traditional) Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)

Lyric (R&B, soul)

Live music

Olive or Twist

Live jazz or swing

One Leg Up (jazz, swing)

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

Orange Peel

EOTO (dubstep, psychedelic, house) w/ Zebbler Encanti Experience Pisgah Brewing Company

Blue Dragons (rock, funk, jam)

Blvd Park (“spaghetti-western-desert-folk”) w/ Musical Charis (folk rock) Bobby Anderson & Blueridge Tradition

Red Room

Dance party w/ DJ D-Day

Blue Ribbon Healers (“old-time thrash”)

Root Bar No. 1

Blue Ribbon Healers (“old-time thrash”) w/ The Blushin’ Roulettes Stella Blue

Lube Royale

Garage at Biltmore

DJ Champale w/ Abu Dissaray

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Red Room

Town Pump

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

White Horse

Asheville Jazz Orchestra

Bill Covington (piano classics and standards), 5:30-7:30pm Harrah’s Cherokee

Live band, 7-10pm Live DJ, 10pm-2am

Sat., April 2

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Horizons at Grove Park Inn Hotel Indigo

The Honeycutters (Americana, blues, country) Dance party w/ live DJ Root Bar No. 1

The Jack 9’s

The Get Down

Jovantes (rock, psychedelic) w/ The Dispersants & Trevor Kyle Sorenson (singer-songwriter)

Highland Brewing Company

Country Fried Fridays w/ Matt Sitwell

Athena’s Club

Lyrics Born (hip-hop, funk) w/ Skins & Needles

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Aaron Woody Wood (rock, blues, soul) CD release party

Wild Wing Cafe

Easy Star All-Stars (reggae) w/ The Green & Cas Haley

Purple Onion Cafe

Jay Lichty (multi-instrumentalist)

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

Jazz night w/ The 42nd Street Jazz Band

Good Stuff

The Black Angels (rock, psychedelic, garage) w/ Suuns

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Spicy Moustache and the Flavor Saviors (“funkhop,” soul, rock)

Pisgah Brewing Company

The Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn

Travers Brothers (blues, rock)

Back stage: mindshapefist (ambient, progressive) w/ Social Finger

Heyoka w/ Octopus Nebula, Gladkill, Selector Cleofus & Compton’s Finest Panina Holt & the Penny Rollers

The Get Down

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Please call the info line for updated showtimes. 127 Hours (R) 10:00 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) 1:00, 4:00 The Fighter (R) 7:00

pickoftheweek Today’s Special JJJJ

Director: David Kaplan (Year of the Fish) Players: Aasif Mandvi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler, Harish Patel, Madhur Jaffrey, Kumar Pallana Comedy

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The Story: When an ambitious young chef’s father has a heart attack, he finds himself forced to temporarily take over the family’s shabby restaurant. The Lowdown: An old-fashioned story that more than gets by on charm and sweetness of nature. Don’t let the lack of star power or its unfamiliar title keep you from catching this. From its inception in 2003 to its demise in 2009, I saw every narrative feature entered in the Asheville Film Festival. That’s well over 100 movies. Only three of them was I ever compelled to keep a copy of for myself, and at that top of that list was David Kaplan’s Year of the Fish (2007) — a film that won Best Feature and the Audience Award. I remember co-judge (along with Don Mancini) Robby Benson remarking, “I wish I’d made it,” and I know what he meant. It truly was — and is — a magical film. Well, Kaplan’s next film, Today’s Special, comes to town on Friday. It may not be as magical, but it’s a worthy and utterly charming follow-up. The film originated as a one-man OffBroadway show by The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi (the show landed him the lead in Ismail Merchant’s The Mystic Masseur (2001)). Mandvi and TV writer Jonathan Bines turned that show into the screenplay for this film starring Mandvi. It’s a simple story and offers little in the way of surprises once it gets underway, but that’s not a downside in this case because it carries the day with charm and a strong sense of humanity — and a delightful tone. Sometimes that counts for more than originality. This is one of those times. The story concerns Samir (Mandvi), a sous chef at a trendy New York restaurant. When he’s passed over for a promotion (mostly for a lack of imagination in his cooking), he quits, telling new cook Carrie (Jess Weixler) that he’s going to Paris to work for a master chef. Before he can manage this, however, his father, Hakim (Harish Patel, Run, Fatboy, Run), has a heart attack, leaving Samir temporarily in charge of the Tandoori Palace, the rundown family restaurant in Queens. The place is nothing to brag about. It’s shabby,

Naseeruddin Shah and Aasif Mandvi in David Kaplain’s delightfully charming comedy Today’s Special. the paint is peeling, the food is at best mediocre, and the only customers are three old guys (including Wes Anderson regular Kumar Pallana), who virtually live there. It’s also in the red and badly run. When Samir causes the so-called chef to quit, he remembers an earlier encounter with a chatty Indian taxi driver, Akbar (Naseeruddin Shah, Monsoon Wedding), who claimed to be a world class Indian chef. Armed with nothing but the man’s visiting card (left in case Samir needs him, though it offers no clue how to find him), he enlists the aid of the three old men in locating Akbar. (It’s this almost magical aspect of the film — and a few similar touches involving Akbar — that makes it so right for director Kaplan). Now, you know where this is going, don’t you? Yes, Akbar proves to be a great cook and a mentor, who teaches — without seeming to — Samir how to become a great cook himself, and, in so doing, find his place in the world. All this works wonderfully well simply because all the characters are likable (exempting the cocky chef who didn’t promote Samir) and because this is what you want the film to do. Samir’s romance with Carrie (of course, she lives in the neighborhood) feels a little more perfunctory, but it nicely parallels Samir inevitably falling in love with the Tandoori Palace. The performances and direction are all first-rate and there’s nice nod to Merchant-Ivory in using music from

their 1969 film The Guru (Wes Anderson fans will recognize the piece from The Darjeeling Limited (2007)). If I’ve any complaint, it’s with cinematographer David Tumblety’s lighting, but it doesn’t seriously impact this sweetnatured, charming movie. Rated R for language. reviewed by Ken Hanke tarts Friday at Fine Arts Theatre

Limitless JJJJ

Director: Neil Burger (The Lucky Ones) Players: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth Thriller

Rated PG-13

The Story: A lazy writer comes across a pill that unlocks all of his potential, but which isn’t without its own side effects. The Lowdown: An entertaining enough thriller that’s all polish and little substance. As slick entertainment, Neil Burger’s Limitless works. There is the potential for more, because at its base this is the tale of a junkie, but if you’re looking for anything deeper than a fast-paced thriller, you’re not going to find it here. The film is definitely glossy and occasionally clever, and I can’t say it ever bored me. But at the same time, this

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Limitless (PG-13) 1:45, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 The Lincoln Lawyer (R) 1:25, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55 Little Engine Train (NR) 1:00 Sat-Sun Mars Needs Moms 3D (PG) 2:30, 5:05, 7:25, 9:40 Mars Needs Moms 2D (PG) 1:10, 3:25, 5:35 Paul (R) 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 Rango (PG) 1:00, 1:35, 3:35, 4:20, 6:05, 6:50, 8:40, 9:20 Red Riding Hood (PG-13) 2:40, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 The Roommate (PG-13) 2:05, 4:15, 6:40, 9:00 (no 2:05, 4:15 3/28, no 6:40, 9:00 3/30-31) Unknown (PG-13) 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10 n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7:35, 9:55 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:50, 10:25 Cedar Rapids (R) 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:55, 10:10 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) 11:40, 2:00, 4:25, 7:00, 9:20 Just Go with It (PG-13) 12:30, 3:25, 7:45, 10:20 (Sofa Cinema) The King’s Speech (R) 12:35, 3:20, 7:40, 10:15 (Sofa Cinema) Limitless (PG-13) 11:45, 2:05, 4:20, 7:15, 9:30 The Lincoln Lawyer (R) 12:15, 3:00, 7:20, 10:00 Paul (R) 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00 Rango (PG) 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Red Riding Hood (PG-13) 11:50, 2:40, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50 (Sofa Cinema) Somewhere (R) 12:05, 2:20, 4:35, 8:00, 10:25 Sucker Punch (PG-13) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05

True Grit (PG-13) 12:25, 2:55, 7:05, 9:35 (Sofa Cinema) n Cinebarre (665-7776)

Black Swan (R) 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 (no 10:05 show Mon-Thu) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 (no 9:40 show Mon-Thu) The Fighter (R) 7:00, 9:55 (no 9:55 show Mon-Thu) The Mechanic (R) 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 (no 9:50 show Mon-Thu) No Strings Attached (R) 1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:00 (no 10:00 shoow Mon-Thu) Tangled (PG) 1:00, 4:00 n Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200)

Barney’s Version (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00

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Asheville Jewish Film Festival See article in “Cranky Hanke” for titles and times Cedar Rapids (R) 1:00 (Fri-Sat only), 4:00 (daily), 7:00 (Fri only) Today’s Special (R) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat 9:30 n Flatrock Cinema


Barney’s Version (R) 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) 1:40, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) 1:20, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 Beastly (PG-13) 12:55, 3:10, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG) 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:20 Gnomeo and Juliet (G) 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55 Hall Pass (R) 1:45, 4:30, 7:50, 10:15 Sucker Punch (PG-13) 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05

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Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly Romantic Sci-Fi Thriller A politician finds himself entangled with a host of supernatural operatives, whose job it is to ensure that destiny and fate go according to plan. The rarest of things: a science fiction film about ideas, but nevertheless a movie that lives and dies on how well you can buy into its thinking and its far-fetched premise. Rated PG-13

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Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Cory Hardrict, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo Sci-Fi Action A group of marines help to fight off an alien invasion in Los Angeles. A generic mish-mash of sci-fi and war film that works on that simple basis, but offers little else. Rated PG13

Black Swan JJJJJ

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

Cedar Rapids JJJJJ

Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Nicky Whelan Raunchy Comedy A couple of guys are given a week off of marriage by their wives, to sleep with whomever they please. A superfluous attempt at the old gross-out comedy that’s moderately painless—though never, ever good, since it’s such a dud. Rated R

Just Go with It JJ

Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews Rom-Com a la Adam Sandler The Story A philandering plastic surgeon uses a wedding ring as part of his pick-up routine—until he falls in love and has to invent a soon-to-be-ex-wife for his girlfriend’s benefit or be branded a pig. Unfunny, unromantic and flat in the extreme. All the tired Sandler schtick is there, but the star himself seems to be sleepwalking through it. Rated PG-13

The King’s Speech JJJJJ

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

Limitless JJJJ

Ed Helms, John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Stephen Root, Alia Shawkat Comedy Innocent insurance agent Tim Lippe gets a lesson in life at an insurance convention in Cedar Rapids. By turns raunchy and charming, this unassuming little comedy is a breath of fresh air in its sweet-natured approach to its story and characters.. Rated R

Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth Thriller A lazy writer comes across a pill that unlocks all of his potential, but which isn’t without its own side effects. An entertaining enough thriller that’s all polish and little substance. Rated PG-13

The Fighter JJJJ

The Lincoln Lawyer 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

Gnomeo & Juliet JJJ

(Voices) James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jim Cummings, Jason Statham Animated Gnome Movie The Story It’s Romeo and Juliet with garden gnomes. Really, what more do you need to know? Well, it’s pretty lame, too. Rated G

Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas Crime/Courtroom Drama A slick lawyer gets hired to help a rich kid beat an assault rap, but quickly learns there’s more to this case than he knew. An engaging, convoluted, formulaic crime drama that’s a bit on the flimsy side, but remains entertaining. Rated R

Mars Needs Moms JJ

Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling Animated Kiddie Flick When his mother is kidnapped by Martians, young Milo has to rescue her. A one-note premise is interminably dragged out in this unappealing-looking motion-capture kiddie fodder. Rated PG


Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner Sci-fi Comedy Two Brit sci-fi geeks find themselves helping an alien escape from the U.S. government. A genial, casually raunchy and occasionally pointedly satirical comedy about, by, and for sci-fi nerds, but one smart enough not to depend on in-jokes for its laughs. Highly recommended. Rated R

Rabbit Hole JJJJJ

Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Miles Teller, Tammy Blanchard, Sandra Oh Drama The story of a couple coping with the death of their young child in an accident. An unusual—and unusually schmaltz-free— study in grief that’s distinguished by exceptional performances and sensitive direction. Rated PG-13


(Voices) Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy Movie Savvy Animated Comedy A stranded pet chameleon masquerades as a Wild West hero—and then has to live up to his story. Beautifully made, perfectly cast, fast-paced, very funny animated comedy blessed with weird and wonderful invention. Rated PG

Red Riding Hood JJ

Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie Tween/Teen Hormonal Twilight Knockoff “Little Red Hiding Hood” in Twilight clothing. Strong contender for dumbest and most unintentionally funny movie of 2011. Rated PG-13

Somewhere JJJJ

Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Michelle Monaghan Drama A disaffected movie star suddenly finds himself taking care of his 11-year-old daughter. After a maddeningly slow start, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere becomes a strangely compelling, if not wholly satisfying work. Rated R

Today’s Special JJJJ

Aasif Mandvi, Naseeruddin Shah, Jess Weixler, Harish Patel, Madhur Jaffrey, Kumar Pallana Comedy When an ambitious young chef’s father has a heart attack, he finds himself forced to temporarily take over the family’s shabby restaurant. An old-fashioned story that more than gets by on charm and sweetness of nature. Don’t let the lack of star power or its unfamiliar title keep you from catching this. Rated R

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 selfsatisfied 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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Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz Thriller A botanist traveling in Germany falls into a coma after a car accident, only to awaken and find that someone has assumed his identity. An occasionally entertaining thriller with a plot that falls apart under the simplest examination and a dull performance from Liam Neeson. Rated PG-13

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Strangely or not, no one has been allowed to see “visionary director” Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, even though it’s being positioned as the Next Big Thing (at least this week). It’s definitely odd that the press handout not only doesn’t trot out “visionary” or even mention Snyder at all. Instead, they focus on the story — “an epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality.” Perhaps it’s possible that it really is altogether too much like a video game — which is certainly what the trailer suggests. Friday will tell us. (PG-13)




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is all that it has going for it. With nothing to chew on once the credits role, Limitless feels, well, a bit limited. Bradley Cooper plays Eddie, a scruffy writer who we find with a nasty case of writer’s block, a pressing deadline and a girlfriend (Abbie Cornish, Bright Star) who has just dumped him. But as luck would have it, Eddie comes into possession of a little clear pill — given to him by his shady ex-brother-in-law (Johnny Whitworth, 3:10 to Yuma) — that unlocks the full potential of his brain. With the aid of this miracle drug, Eddie finishes his book in four days, finds out that he can learn languages in a matter of days, and has become a financial whiz kid. But with anything this fantastic, it’s not all salad days since the drug not only has its fair share of physical side effects, but all types of ne’er-do-wells — who aren’t above murder — want to get their hands on these pills. And that’s Limitless’ main crux, following Eddie as he traverses the pitfalls and dangers of being little more than an addict. Really, the movie is much like any other film about addiction, with the main shift being that the addict in question is likable and that we’re supposed to root for both him and his addiction. There’s something perverse and interesting about a movie whose ultimate point is that drugs aren’t all that bad as long as you stay away from shifty characters and remember moderation. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really add up to much, since none of this is used as satire or indictment. There are tons of targets the film could’ve gone after — pharmaceutical companies, drug culture, the glamorization of chemical addiction, even politicians — but Burger has little use for this. Instead, he’s out to slather the film in style and camera tricks, an approach which works for the most part,

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but too often feels as if it’s from the David Fincher school of window dressing. It’s a movie that desperately needs some mood — maybe some dread or a good helping of Polanski-esque paranoia — but Limitless is more concerned with polish. Because of this, we get an entertaining enough thriller that holds up as long as you don’t examine it too much. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

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The Lincoln Lawyer JJJJ

Director: Brad Furman (The Take) Players: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Josh Lucas Crime/Courtroom Drama

Rated R

The Story: A slick lawyer gets hired to help a rich kid beat an assault rap, but quickly learns there’s more to this case than he knew. The Lowdown: An engaging, convoluted, formulaic crime drama that’s a bit on the flimsy side, but remains entertaining. There was a time — before his infamous naked bongo-playing, a long run of bad romantic comedies and showing up to the Oscars with a George Hamilton tan — when Matthew McConaughey was a respectable performer. And now, with Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer, McConaughey is making his bid to once again be taken seriously. And for the most part, he succeeds. It helps that this is a role tailor-made to McConaughey’s per-

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The Story: Two Brit sci-fi geeks find themselves helping an alien escape from the U.S. government.

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The Lowdown: A genial, casually raunchy and occasionally pointedly satirical comedy about, by, and for sci-fi nerds, but one smart enough not to depend on in-jokes for its laughs. Highly recommended.

sonality — vaguely likable, yet smarmy — as the film’s titular protagonist, Mick Haller. Haller is a smooth-talking defense lawyer with a nose for working the system and hustling everyone around him. He also — as the title suggests — rides around in a black Lincoln sedan with his driver Earl (Laurence Mason, Hackers), who is the Morgan Freeman to McConaughey’s Miss Daisy. The film’s main strength is in its casting, from William H. Macy to Marisa Tomei. Even Ryan Phillippe is good, mainly because he’s shrewdly cast as Louis Roulet, a conniving, privileged, snotty rich kid. Phillippe was born to play conniving, privileged and snotty. The entire point of his character is to be unlikable, and Phillippe — who’s always been innately unlikable — is perfect to the point it feels like they’re stacking the deck. The film’s plot is another stacked deck, all from the “Chekhov’s gun” school of writing. The gist of the story itself has Haller defending Louis on assault charges. Simple enough, except things are quickly revealed to be not what they seem. We then proceed, reel after reel, as literally every character arc and line of dialogue falls neatly into place. Nothing is wasted, and the film is occasionally clever in its clockwork plotting. But it too often feels forced and contrived — and a bit too convenient. Having never read Michael Connelly’s source novel, I can’t say how accurate an adaptation director Brad Furman’s film is, but I can say that it feels like a piece of bestselling fiction. This isn’t necessarily a slight, but there’s nothing below the surface of the film, which is heavy on plot and little else. The closest thing we get to characterization is Haller’s struggles with his conscience, as his job regularly involves helping guilty criminals go free. Beyond that, The Lincoln Lawyer is little more than a straightforward crime drama. Luckily, it’s one that’s engaging enough in its twisting, manipulated plotting — a potboiler that’s nevertheless enjoyable. Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language. reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande



Director: Greg Mottola (Adventureland) Players: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner Sci-fi Comedy

Rated R

This could have gone wrong in so many ways — and boasting one of the lamest titles in living memory is only the beginning — that it’s a joy to announce that Greg Motolla’s Paul gets far more right than wrong. Oh, sure, there are a few weak points, and there’s little doubt that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s signature director Edgar Wright would have made a more stylish film from the same material and ratcheted up the pace a bit, but that mightn’t have been for the best in this case. This is a slightly different proposition, and while the results aren’t always wildly funny, they’re invariably pleasant and entertaining — with moments that are as funny as Wright at his best. For those who don’t know, Paul is the story of a pair of British comic book/sci-fi geeks, Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost), who — fresh from Comic-Con — are making a pilgrimage in a rented RV through that part of the American West that might be called “the UFO belt,” taking in every alien-oriented tourist trap they come across and buying up its assorted ephemera. Much to their surprise, a car comes careening past them and crashes — and out of the wreckage emerges a cynical, razor-tongued, foulmouthed alien (voiced by Seth Rogen), who has accepted the earth name of Paul that was stuck on him by a little girl when he first crashed on Earth. (Apparently, his flying saucer skills were no better than his driving ones.) While Clive sensibly faints dead away, Graeme, less sensibly, allows Paul to talk him into assisting him in escaping from government scientists who want to dissect him, now that they’ve gotten all the good out of him they can as a living being. So begins a much wilder journey than our geek heroes ever imagined, something that sits less well with Clive than might be expected — in large part because he’s jealous of Graeme’s immediate friendship with Paul. Naturally, the government — in the form of Agent Zoil (Jason Bateman) and his two none-too-bright henchmen, Haggard (Bill Hader) and O’Reilly (Joe Lo Truglio, Superbad), all of whom are under orders from the unseen “Big Guy” — is on their trail, so they duck into the Pearly Gates RV Park, run by Moses Buggs (John Carroll Lynch, Shutter Island) and his daughter Ruth (Kristen Wiig), a pair of hardcore fundamentalist Christians. Things get complicated when Ruth (in the coolest ever anti-Darwin T-shirt) sees Paul and mistakes him for Satan. Naturally, the trio kidnap her, alter her religious worldview (she’d delighted by the prospect of drinking, swearing and having “a lot” of intercourse), and thus end up with her father after them

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Director: Agnes Varda Players: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dominique Davray, Dorothee Blank, Michel Legrand Drama Rated NR It’s completely accidental that World Cinema is running Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961) the same week that Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere hits town. Accidental, but strangely apt, because its heroine, Cleo (Corinne Marchand), is the kind of spoiled, self-absorbed character at the center in Coppola’s film. The difference is that Varda does it all better. This is the movie that placed Varda in the ranks of the New Wave filmmakers. Its concept is to follow the vapid title character, a pop singer, in faux real time (the title claims two hours, the film is 90 minutes) as she waits for a biopsy report she dreads. That’s it, but what matters is the way Varda spends that time depicting Cleo’s dawning realization that her friends don’t really know her and don’t really care, that it’s hard to be sure there even is anyone for them to know, and that her life is a wholly superficial one. In Varda’s hands, it’s a journey into self-discovery that’s worth making. Also showing is the short film La Jette, a review for which can be found at reviewed by Ken Hanke Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Cleo from 5 to 7 at 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Phil Mechanic Studios (109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library). Info: 273-3332,

The Desperate Hours JJJJ

Director: William Wyler Players: Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, Arthur Kennedy, Martha Scott, Dewey Martin, Gig Young Crime Thriller Rated NR Humphrey Bogart’s penultimate film reteams him with his Dead End (1937) director William Wyler for what feels a little too much like a late-in-the-day gangster yarn — and one where the stage underpinnings tend to show through. The Desperate Hours doesn’t really offer Bogie anything that much different than The Petrified Forest had back in 1936, and the 50-odd-year-old Bogart seems to realize that. What makes the film more interesting than it might be is that it’s really an incipient “home invasion” thriller before anyone even thought of that term. The fact that it’s a hostage story — escaped felons holding a family captive in their home — keeps it a step or two away from such later works as Straw Dogs (1971) and A Clockwork Orange, where the invasion is the point. All the same, it preys on — and perhaps helps to foster — the idea that suburbia only offers the illusion of a safe haven in a way — and a frankly unpleasant one — that earlier movies had only touched on. It’s otherwise efficient, but hardly shows either Bogart or Wyler at their best. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Desperate Hours at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community (behind Epic Cinemas, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville). as well. Of course, things become even more dicey and dangerous on the film’s way to its big ending, which actually is pretty big for a change. As noted, it’s not perfect, but it is consistently fun. Within its R rated confines, it’s also rather a sweet film, which is standard for Pegg and Frost — and Mottola, for that matter. Even the handling of the gay subtext between the Pegg and Frost characters is — as such things have been in their previous work — refreshingly free of even a trace of homosexual panic and stock gay jokes. In itself, that’s reason enough to see Paul, but there’s a lot more to like here. Rated R for language including sexual reference and some drug use. reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

Somewhere JJJJ

Director: Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette) Players: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Michelle Monaghan Drama

Rated R

The Story: A disaffected movie star suddenly finds himself taking care of his 11-year-old daughter. The Lowdown: After a maddeningly slow start, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere becomes a strangely compelling, if not wholly satisfying work. The mere fact that I didn’t hate Sofia Coppola’s latest meditation on the ennui of the rich and privileged, Somewhere, is something of a shock. This seems to be the filmmaker’s only theme and her vision of the entire world — to such a degree that it’s

hard not to think that she might well be as clueless about anything or anyone outside of her world as the doomed title character of her Marie Antoinette (2006). And that’s no different here, but she finally suggests the possibility of going — yeah, somewhere (in the most Antonioni-esque manner imaginable). Granted, this is mostly conveyed by the juxtaposition of the film’s opening scene and its closing one, meaning there’s 80-odd minutes of malaise to wade through to get to the point. Whether or not the journey from nowhere to the possibility of somewhere is worth taking is going to vary wildly from viewer to viewer. The film opens with movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) driving his black Ferrari around in circles in the middle of nowhere. (Symbolism doesn’t get much more obvious.) This seems to go on for some considerable time. The action then moves to Johnny in residence at the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He’s apparently between residences, and has holed up there while he waits for a broken wrist (ostensibly gained while doing a stunt in a movie, but actually a drunken fall) to heal. He whiles away the time with such worthy pursuits as having twin blonde pole dancers (they bring their own poles) dance for him. (Why this manages to raise nothing more than a weak smile from him is never really answered.) He drinks. He has casual sex. He receives abusive text messages. He manages to go to a press conference.

Fortunately — for both the viewer and Johnny — this changes when he finds his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) more or less dumped on him by his ex-wife (maybe she saw The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert). Their relationship — to the degree it can be called that — is awkward and strained. He takes her to an ice-skating class, asks how she learned to do that, and is embarrassed to find she’s had three years of lessons. She often seems to disapprove of his actions (especially as concerns women) and tends to seem more adult than he does. However, this slowly — being Sofia Coppola, very slowly — begins to change. And as that happens, the film becomes progressively appealing and human. It’s also why I ended up liking the film far more than the first reel or so ever suggested. No, I don’t think Somewhere is anything like a great film or even a very good one, but I do think — as long as you can get into its leisurely pace — it’s worth a look. As always seems to be the case, the question again arises as to whether or not the film is somewhat autobiographical. Is there a parallel to be drawn between Cleo and Johnny and Sofia Coppola and her famous father? That’s hard to say — certainly, it can’t be argued with any certainty — but it does have a personal feeling. Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language. reviewed by Ken Hanke Starts Friday at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14


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The 2011 Asheville Jewish Film Festival

Portrait of Jennie

The Asheville Jewish Film Festival is back with a new slate of six movies that will be shown at Fine Arts Theatre, starting Saturday, March 26, and concluding Friday, April 1. All films — except for the opening and closing night shows with receptions — are $8. The festival opens with an opening night reception Saturday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at Blue Spiral 1 (next to Fine Arts), followed by a screening of The Gefilte Fish Chronicles at 7:30 p.m. at the theatre. (Special $18 price for the reception and the film.) The film recounts the history Abe and Minnie Dubroff and the 100-plus-year-old family tradition of preparing the food for the Passover Seder. The film screens again (no reception) on Sunday, March 27, at 1 p.m. There’s a Q&A with David and Iris Burnett after both screenings. Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) and Jerry Friedman’s (The Celluloid Closet) ambitious film on Allen Ginsberg (played by James Franco), Howl, is up next. This striking and complex film had no local release, so this marks its Asheville premiere. The film intercuts four sections — Ginsberg being interviewed, the 1957 obscenity trial over the publication of Howl, the young Ginsberg reading the poems in a coffee house, and animations that attempt to depict the poem. It doesn’t completely work (the animations are its weakest point), but when it does, it’s pretty glorious. Unlikely as it may sound, James Franco nails Ginsberg. And the trial scenes take on an added impact in these anti-intellectual times. The film shows at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, and again at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Poet Sebastian Matthews will be at the March 31 screening. Julia Bacha’s highly regarded documentary Budrus examines a growning nonviolent movement in one West Bank village where the struggle is to push back

Director: William Dieterle (Love Letters) Players: Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones, Ethel Barrymore, Cecil Kellaway, Lillian Gish

the Israeli security in order to spare the village’s cemetery and olive trees — and to prevent the town from being isolated from the rest of the occupied territories. Presenting both sides of the argument, the film strikes a balance — and one that makes peace actually seem a possibility. The film shows at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 28, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. There’s a panel discussion after both screenings. Jonathan Gruber’s Jewish Soldiers is a documentary about the little-known subject of Jews on both sides of the Civil War. Created with a large selection of historical photos, letter readings and historical speeches (including Sam Waterston as the voice of Abraham Lincoln), and interviews with notable scholars. The film screens at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, and 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. Co-producer Robert Marcus will do a Q&A after both screenings. A Matter of Size from Erez Tadmor and Sharon Mayman is a charming and touching comedy about a group overweight Israelis who gain self-acceptance through the improbable idea of becoming sumo wrestlers. What could be a one-joke — and not a very funny one — premise turns into an audience-pleasing movie that works, because it respects its characters. The film shows Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, March 30, at 1 p.m. Michael Kleiman and Michael Pertnoy’s The Last Survivor is the festival’s closing night film, a powerful documentary about the survivors of four genocides — The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, Congo — and how they try to come to terms with what happened and how to carry on. The closing night screening (special $18 ticket) starts with a reception at Blue Spiral 1 at 6 p.m., followed by the film and a Q&A with Michael Kleiman at the Fine Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. The film plays again at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

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Mystical Romance Rated NR William Dieterle’s Portrait of Jennie is quite possibly the most utterly romantic movie ever made. It’s a close-to-perfect blend of stylization and unabashed romance of the fatalist and fantasy kind. With a dose of artistically textured overlays, an effective musical score (almost entirely cribbed from Debussy), a perfect cast, impeccable effects, some tinted scenes, and one Technicolor shot, there’s nothing quite like it anywhere. Portrait of Jennie tells the story of Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten), a struggling — and unformed — artist in Depression-era New York, who meets a young girl, Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones), in Central Park. Jennie is a strange girl who seems to be from another time, but her look provides Adams with just the inspiration he needs to unlock his true artistic calling. Stranger still, Jennie appears to be a little older each time he sees her — claiming she’s growing up in a hurry for him — but he doesn’t really suspect anything is wrong till she tells him about her parents just being killed in an accident at the theater where they perform — an accident that took place years and years earlier in a theater long since gone. All this is leading to a romance (when Jennie is 18) and a revelation that isn’t hard to guess. But guessing the revelation has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the movie. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Asheville Film Society will screen Portrait of Jennie Tuesday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther. Hanke is the artistic director of the Asheville Film Society.

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Director: Michael Curtiz (Doctor X) Players: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent, Arthur Edmund Carewe Horror Rated NR Not a sequel, but very much a companion piece to Michael Curtiz’ Doctor X (1932), the oncelost Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) is another two-strip Technicolor exercise in German Expressionist horror with two of the same stars — Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray — and a similar reporter hero, only this time it’s a heroine (Glenda Farrell). This is the original version of House of Wax (1953), the film that turned Vincent Price into a horror star, and it’s every inch the superior film. That has a lot to do with the older film’s pre-code ability to go places and do things that would never get past a 1953 censor (in some ways, it’s surprising even today), but it also just plain has a better script, better (less campy) acting and better direction. The oddity is that the 1933 film ends up feeling fresher and more modern than the remake of 20 years later. The stories are much the same — a wax museum with statues that aren’t what they seem — but the approaches couldn’t be more different, starting with the fact that the earlier film is actually structured as a mystery. The result is a true classic of horror. reviewed by Ken Hanke The Thursday Horror Picture Show will screen Mystery of the Wax Museum Thursday, March 24, at 8 p.m. in the Cinema Lounge of The Carolina Asheville, and will be hosted by Xpress movie critics Ken Hanke and Justin Souther.


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ARTISAN OUTDOORS Complete landscape services for the Asheville area. Design, installation, and free estimates. Over 20 years experience. (612) 250-8025 LANDSCAPE SERVICE Maintenance, installations, and clean-ups. Competitive prices. Owner operated. Call Jon 458-1243

MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 •

Commercial Listings

Businesses For Sale

Landscaping Services

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

HENDERSONVILLE. Urban flex space on historic 7th Ave. Live, work. 9,000 sq. ft. for only $349,000. Bank owned. G/M Property Group 828-281-4024,

MOBILE DOG GROOMING BUSINESS FOR SALE Profitable, 100 clients. Fully equipped van, excellent condition. Groomer software, client records. Owner will help with transition. $95,000. Inquiries:

POTENTIAL LIVE/WORK Arts and Crafts house w/modern Cottage, multiuse Commercial property, currently income producing property as a Hostel in the heart of West Asheville’s Business District! $445,000. MLS#480982. Call The Real Estate Center (828) 255-4663.

COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL 2nd floor of The Leader Building! Great potential for office, residential or both. • Hardwood floors, exposed brick, two electrical panels in place. • Plans for three residential units or two office suites convey. • Also includes the right to create a roof top terrace. $439,000. Call The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

RIVER ARTS DISTRICT • Commercial Storefronts 372 Depot St., Glen Rock Depot 800 - 3500 sq.ft. storefronts. Free Parking, LEED registered, 60 families living upstairs. Current commercial tenants: Café/theater/bar and hair salon. Russ Towers 828-274-2479.

Commercial/Bus iness Rentals 1 MONTH FREE WITH CONTRACT 1550 Hendersonville Road • Beautifully decorated office space. Ready to move in. • High traffic, great visibility. • Ample parking at the door. • (828) 691-0586. 1419 PATTON AVE. • 2,800 sq.ft. 8 exam rooms/offices. Large reception/showroom. Beautifully finished. $3,500/month. 828-281-8127.

COMMERCIAL BUILDING FOR SALE On busy Haywood Road corridor in thriving West Asheville. Building has loads of character w/hardwood floors and tin ceiling. High ceilings and clean functional (unheated) basement w/concrete floors. Parking behind the building. $399,000. Call The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

2 BR, 1BA • In 1920’s craftsman style house in quiet neighborhood (off Merrimon). Recently painted and updated basement apartment. New stove, counters, carpet, lighting. Patio and large backyard. Shared W/D and extra storage on premises. No pets. No smoking. $645/month. One month security deposit and references required. email or call (828) 817-5200.

SPACE FOR RENT • Near Sam’s Club (off Patton Ave.) in busy shopping center. 1,150 sq.ft. Suitable for office or retail. Call 828-231-6689.

2BR, 1.5BA EAST • 532 Warren Wilson. Patio, pets ok. $720/month. 828-253-1517.


Apartments For Rent

Commercial Property ATTRACTIVE STONE COTTAGE • Suitable for arts/craft studio and residence. Several rooms, modern kitchen and bath. Good east location near Warren Wilson College. Reduced. $148,500. Owner 828 337-0873

OFFICE FOR RENT • 191 E Chestnut St. Beautifully restored Victorian house with off street parking. $625/month (unfurnished), $675/month (furnished). Shared utilities, maintenance, ambiance music, shared receptionist/ telephone service. Handicapped accessible. Easy access to interstate and downtown. 6 month lease. 12 month preferred. Call 258-2112.

FULLY FURNISHED AND NEWLY REMODELED OFFICE SPACE FOR COMMERCIAL LEASE Please visit for complete information and photos on this premier property priced to lease cheap!

1-2-BR, 1-2BA SOUTH • 90 Beale St. Central heat/AC, dishwasher. $585$675/month. 828-253-1517. 1-3BR, 1-3BA NORTH • 265 Charlotte St. Hardwood floors, central A/C. $660$1,285/month. 828-253-1517. 1BA/STUDIO • 85 Merrimon. Spring Special! All utilities included. $600/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 51 Choctaw. Hardwood floors, sunroom. $645/month. 828-693-8069. 1BR, 1BA HENDERSONVILLE • 825 4th Ave. Hardwood floors, off-street parking. $475/month. 828-693-8069. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 12 Golf. Hardwood floors, cats ok. $$625/month. 828-253-1517. 1Br, 1BA NORTH • 37 Sunset. Porch, mountain and city views. $455$595/month. 828-253-1517. 1BR, 1BA NORTH • 82 Merrimon. Hardwood floors, heat included. $605/month. 828-253-1517.

2BR, 1.5BA HENDERSONVILLE • 805 Wilken. Garage, W/D connections. $595/month. 828-693-8069. 2BR, 1BA DOWNTOWN • 68 N. French Broad Ave. Hardwood floors, central A/C. $785/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 1746 Tunnel Rd. Dishwasher, A/C. $595/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA EAST • 28 Hillendale. Sunporch, coinop laundry. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 501 Beaverdam. W/D hookups, pets ok. $565/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 87 Wild Cherry. Carport, W/D hookups. $635/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA NORTH • 198 Kimberly. Patio, heat included. $750/month. 2BR, 1BA SOUTH • 1020 Hendersonville Rd. Central heat and A/C. Storage unit. $625/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA • North, 403 Charlotte. $850. Hardwood Floors, Patio. 828-253-1517. ADJACENT TO UNCA • NORTH ASHEVILLE Fully furnished apartment, 1BR, 1BA, $700/month plus deposit. • Includes all utilities, AC, CCTV, Internet. Private parking. (828) 253-9697.

GREAT DUPLEX APT Beautiful, peaceful, country-like setting in Weaverville with open spaces and mountain views a few steps away. It is only 10 minutes from Asheville. The 900 sq.ft. apt. has 2BR and 2BA, an attic w/300 sq.ft storage, W/D, ceiling fans, 300 sq. ft. storage, elegant crown molding, a covered deck and a large yard. No smoking, pets okay. $790/month. Available May 1. Call Thomas, 828-250-0458 or cell 828-545-2981.

NEAR AIRPORT • 2BR, 1.5BA. Hardwoods and carpet, heat pump. Convenient to everything. $800/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

NEAR HAW CREEK • 3BR, 2BA single floor apartment for rent. Nice appliances, fans, heat pump, brick sidewalks, covered porch, extensive landscaping. Quiet, upstairs unit in Maple Springs Villas duplex community. Available April 1st, $900/month. We love cats, sorry, no dogs. 828-299 7502.

2BR HOUSE WITH AMAZING VIEW. Large open kitchen/living area. French doors give great views overlooking upper Herron Cove in Weaverville. Lower level for storage or workshop. Large deck. Quiet, rural setting yet only 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. Off of I26 exit 21. 1 1/3 acres Large deck. Heat pump for heat and AC, Wood stove for the soul. $975/month. 828-230-9473.

PRIVATE CONVENIENT 2 rooms w/bath in house, private entrance, 1 person only, all utilities, satellite TV, clean, private, Asbury Rd Candler. No kitchen. Has fridge, microwave, toaster oven, hot plate, $215 biweekly, $215 deposit 828-242-4321. UNFURNISHED 2BR, 1.5BA WEST ASHEVILLE • Water, garbage included. Swimming pool onsite and on bus line. $725/month. Call 828-252-9882. WEST-ACTON WOODS APTS • 2BR, 2BA, 1100 sq.ft. $800/month. Includes water and garbage pickup. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent CASUAL ELEGANCE IN HAW CREEK CONDO • Very large 2BR/2BA convenient to Mall, Hospitals, and downtown. Quiet, private patio overlooking creek. Great room, big kitchen, HUGE master bedroom and walk-in closet. Great floor plan plus garage. $950/month. Year’s lease, credit check, security deposit req. One small pet considered with fee and vet letter. For appt: Debra Plemmons 828-778-6304 or Paige Stout 828-684-4344. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Lexington Station 1BR, secure parking, hardwoods, granite, stainless, washer/dryer, Jacuzzi tub, balcony. • Right outside: Restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, live music, etc. $1000/month. Call (828) 273-6082.

WEST ASHEVILLE CANTERBURY HEIGHTS • 44 Beri Dr. Updated 2BR 1.5BA. Split level condo, 918 sqft. Fully applianced kitchen. Pool, fitness room. $700/month. Security Dep. Application Fee. Mike 919-624-1513.

Homes For Rent

2BR, 1BA EAST • 2484 Riceville Rd. Porch, Central A/C. $615/month. 828-253-1517. 2BR, 1BA • Near Biltmore Village. Renovated. W/D hookup, all appliances. Central A/C, gas furnace. Hardwoods and ceramic tile. Wrap-around covered porch. $835/month + security. 828-230-2157. 3 BEDROOM, 2.5 BATH • EAST ASHEVILLE Near Warren Wilson. Newer construction. Large deck. $1250/month. (828) 776-1118. 3BR, 2.5BA • Split level living. 1,800 sq.ft. heated space. 2-car garage. Fireplace with gas logs. 0.4 acre fenced lot, welllandscaped front yard. Heat pump. Quiet neighborhood. 2.8 miles from Patton Ave. $925/month. Call 828-231-6689. 3BR, 2BA • Fletcher, 607 Woodberry, $995. Garage, Fenced Yard. 828-253-1517. 4BR, 3BA NORTH • 161 Chatham. Central heat and A/C, large deck. $$1,425/month. 828-253-1517. ALWAYS GREAT RESPONSE “I advertise my rental properties in Mountain Xpress because of the quality and quantity of great calls it produces!” Pauline T., Asheville. • You too can find quality renters! Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace.

Skilled Labor/ Trades

jobs BEAUCATCHER HOUSE CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN AND MALL. Spacious and light-filled, 2BR/2BA. 4th floor inside unit that overlooks the courtyard and swimming pool with great mountain views. Fireplace and onsite Fitness Center. $1,100/month. For appt: 768-7098, James Wilson. BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN VIEWS 2BR, 1.5BA, bonus room, new appliances, laundry room, hardwood floors, gas fireplace, AC. Nice deck overlooks downtown. $950/month. 687-1954. BLACK MOUNTAIN • Small 1BR, 1BA cottage in good neighborhood. Excellent condition, energy efficient, hardwood floors, private yard. No smoking. $650/month. 828-298-3933 WEST 2BR, 1BA • On 10 acres, full basement, part fenced. Pets ok. $750/month. Call 253-0758. Carver Realty.

Short-Term Rentals ATTENTION EXECUTIVES • HOUSEHUNTERS Don’t spend $90/night for a tiny hotel room! • $50/day = 1300 sqft completely equipped (just bring your bags) apartment. • 1-3 month rentals. • 15 minutes from downtown. • 1-2 non-smoking persons. • See us on Facebook: Asheville Hideaway. 258-8539 or 713-3380. ashevillehideaway. SUMMER RENTAL ASHEVILLE Available 6/168/16. Bright and sunny furnished townhouse. Price is $750/month includes internet and all bills. Dates flexible. Susan 828-713-6902. http://www.westwoodcohou

Wanted to Rent RESPONSIBLE ARTIST Moving to Asheville area. Wants spacious rural rental home. $450-$525. 3 outdoorsy cats. Clean, quiet. Susan: (252) 331-3980.


Vacation Rentals A BEACH HOUSE AT FOLLY 20 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, SC. • The legendary dogfriendly Rosie’s Ocean View and Kudzu’s Cottage, across the street from the beach!Visit or call (404) 617-1146. APRIL/MAY SPECIAL • FOLLY BEACH! Locally owned. • Great dog friendly house across from beach. Spacious, sunny, multiple decks and porches, fenced yard. • Special rates for April and May: • 2BR, 2BA: $200/night, $1225/week; • 5BR, 3BA: $250/night, $1575/week plus cleaning. Reservations/Information: (828) 775-3746 or BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

ALL AREAS ROOMMATES.COM. Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of the mouse! Visit: (AAN CAN) HOUSEMATE(S) WANTED • Share 3BR, 1BA house in West Asheville. 1/2 acre lot with lots of garden space. $400 single or $500 for a couple. Please no smokers or pets. Call Bill, 713-2424. ROOMMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN)


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

CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311. CINEBARRE (Biltmore Square Mall) is now hiring for all positions. Fill out an application at theater or online at DELIVERY DRIVER Asheville based produce company now hiring drivers to deliver in local area. Good driving record. Call 255-7630. Mountain Food Products.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit: FULL TIME - 40 HOURS PER WEEK • Our company is seeking 3 individuals for inside sales positions in our Asheville office. $11 per hour, profit sharing, permanent positions, weekly pay and opportunity for career advancement. Call for to schedule a personal interview. 828-236-2530. GREEN CLEANING COMPANY HIRING PART TIME Well established business is growing. Physical, detailed and hard work. Must be bondable and non smoking. Reply to: ecocleanofasheville HIRE QUALITY EMPLOYEES “Our employment advertisements with the Mountain Xpress garner far more educated and qualified applicants than any other publication we have used. The difference is visible in the phone calls, applications and resumes.” Howard Stafford, Owner, Princess Anne Hotel. • Thank you, Howard. Your business can benefit by advertising for your next employee in Mountain Xpress Classifieds. Call 251-1333.

PAID IN ADVANCE • Make $1,000 a Week mailing brochures from home! Guaranteed Income! FREE Supplies! No experience required. Start Immediately! www.homemailerprogram.n et (AAN CAN) RECEPTIONIST/RESERVATI ON MINISTRY ASSISTANT (PART TIME) Part time various hours/days as needed. Communicate warmth and professionalism; answer multiple phone lines; computer proficient w/ excellent organizational skills. Resumes to FBCA Attn: J. Carlton 5 Oak Street Asheville, NC 28801 or Email file to LOCAL WHOLESALE COMPANY • Is looking for full-time help in our shipping and receiving department. Position is mainly pulling product from the warehouse, packing it and shipping it through FedEx to fulfill customer orders. We use Quickbooks and Excel to keep track of inventory, experience with those programs is helpful but can be taught to the computer literate. Interested parties must be self motivated, focused, reliable and have a pleasant disposition. Good attention to detail is an absolute must, as is the ability to keep up a fast pace. Prospective candidates must be able to lift packages up to 50 lbs. We offer competitive salary, health benefits, and paid time off days as well as friendly and comfortable work environment. No phone calls, please! Please email resume to or fax to 828-236-2658

Administrative/ Office

ENERGY SERVICES TECHNICIAN I Recruiting for a skilled and energetic Energy Services Technician I to work with our Weatherization Program to perform skilled technical work that improves the safety and energy-efficient operations of residential buildings. • Requirements: Some college with courses in basic carpentry, industrial work or environmental science preferred, or 2 years of work experience, preferably in heating and cooling, or other trade such as (plumber, electrician, HVAC Specialist) or related occupation. BPI Certificate Preferred; High school graduate or GED required. Basic knowledge of computers and keyboarding skills. Ability to carry out air sealing measures including: mobile home belly repair, caulking, weather-stripping, repair/sealing ducts, installing insulation in attics, knee walls, sidewalls, water heaters, furnace ducts and water pipes. Replace thermostats and install carbon monoxide/smoke detectors and CFLs. Repairs or replaces windows as required by standards and individual unit. Ability to communicate with customers about plans and activities, energy savings measures performed on the home and how to reduce energy bill. Makes roof and incidental repairs to facilitate the installation of materials such as drywall, lumber and glass. Ability to use a variety of standard hand and electric tools including pry bar, hammer, utility knife, chisel, painters tools, tin snips, tape measure, cordless drill, circular saw, speed square, ladder etc. Also set up, use and interpret reading from blower door. • Must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license; and pass drug and background checks. Salary Range: $15./hour. to $20.68/hour. • Send resume along with cover letter, work references and telephone numbers to: Human Resources Manager, 25 Gaston Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. Open until filled. EOE and DFWP.

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT FOR OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE • Warren Wilson College is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant for Office of Administration and Finance. The Administrative Assistant oversees the management and administration of Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance and provides administrative support to the Vice President. Among other things duties include training and supervision of the campus switchboard student work crew; providing support services for the campus telephone system and the mobile phone service; serves as the liaison to the director of the St. Clair Guest House, and works directly with various aspects of the college’s auto, liability, property, and casualty insurer. • Qualified applicants should possess a college degree and five years’ experience in a comparable position; good decision making skills; flexibility in complex situations; computer knowledge and excellent word processing ability; effective and strong interpersonal skills; excellent English language and grammatical skills, including fine writing and proofreading skills; and strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks. • Warren Wilson College is an equal opportunity employer committed to the diversity of its community. Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three professional references by email to • Electronic submissions are required. Review of applications will begin March 31, 2011.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT • FULL-TIME Seeking a polished and experienced person to perform a variety of administrative tasks for a commercial real estate office. Must be a good communicator, have a diplomatic style, and be comfortable on the phone and with last minute requests. While the position works mostly within the office, some business and personal errands are also required. Knowledge of commercial real estate a plus. Send cover letter and salary requirements to lara FULL TIME PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR • ChiLiving, Inc. Duties include: • Instructor Program and Corporate Events Administration • Customer Service/ Office support/ Web supportRequired Skills: • Previous administrative experience required, event planning experience would be a great asset • Meticulous attention to detail. Excellent writing and communication skills • Strong computer skills- Please see our website for information about our vibrant company. View full job description and more information here: about/chi-team/careers/ RECEPTIONIST/LEGAL ASSISTANT Full-time in downtown Asheville law firm. Duties include phone and lobby reception, clerical tasks and legal case management tasks. Submit resume and salary requirements to Jeff Stahl at • No telephone calls please.

Salon/ Spa HIRING HAIR STYLISTS WITH COSMETOLOGY OR BARBER LICENSE Immediate opening for 2 Professional Stylists. Must be a team player, dependable, punctual, honest, friendly, positive attitude, well groomed and passionate about doing hair. You must have a commitment to ongoing education and product knowledge. Very busy Salon with great tips and Extremely HIGH TRAFFIC. • Our full-time Stylists consistently earn between $550 and $800 per week. If you’re not making this we invite you to call us for a confidential interview so that you can learn more about us. We do extensive marketing and advertising and we offer the following: • Guaranteed hourly pay • Paid vacation • Paid holidays • Competitive commission • Product commission up to 30% • Profit sharing based on Salon volume • Blue Cross/Blue Shield and dental insurance available • Career advancement opportunities • Back bar and station supplies furnished (you only need provide shears & clippers) • Extensive Retail Lines • Continuing education • Part time/full time • Flexible schedule Call 828.768.9968 for your confidential interview. Start tomorrow. STYLIST • MANICURIST NEEDED Experience preferred, in North Asheville salon. Organic color line, perms and products. • Less toxic environment on all levels. Call 505-3288, ask for Alissa or email resume to


Earn $65k, $50k, $40k GM, Co-Manager, Assistant Manager We currently have managers making this and need more for expansion. One year restaurant management experience required. Fax resume to 336-431-0873

• MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011


Sales/ Marketing



OPENING • Now hiring all

ATTENTION The largest senior financial planning team in the Country is interviewing professional Salespeople. • Training Provided • 4-6 Leads provided daily • Most competitive products in the industry • Monthly bonuses • Advanced commissions • First Year potential income $40-$60K! • To schedule an interview, call Kim: (828) 684-1477. Learn more about us at

positions. Monte Vista

CUSTOMER SERVICE One position is currently available with a growing Asheville art supply distributor. This position is primarily focused in our retail department. Responsibilities include: helping retail customers, entering complex orders upon checkout in a fast paced environment, stocking product, keeping the retail area clean as well as the pulling and packing of internet orders.Excellent customer service skills a must, retail experience a plus, interest in the arts, especially art glass/glass blowing would be beneficial. Must be self motivated, detail oriented and able to work at a fast pace. Position starts at $10 per hour. Pay increases and promotions are based on regular 6 month performance reviews, experience and company growth. We offer an enjoyable work environment, lunch on Fridays and offer one year benefits that include paid vacations and profit sharing.The position is full time 40 hours per week 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday.Email resumes to ashevilleglassart

FULL TIME - 40 HOURS PER WEEK • Our company is seeking 3 individuals for inside sales positions in our Asheville office. $11 per hour, profit sharing, permanent positions, weekly pay and opportunity for career advancement. Call for to schedule a personal interview. 828-236-2530.

Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain. EXPERIENCED COOK FOR FAST CASUAL CAFE Are you passionate about food and want to have fun while preparing it? Our fast casual café in a scenic Chimney Rock is looking for an experienced, fun-loving, energetic, hard-working, flexible cook with a creative twist. Express your artistic side while catering events. Must be people and teamoriented, dependable, comfortable in a rural setting and have a great

Restaurant/ Food

attitude. This full time position will enjoy a full-

APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Full-time and part-time needed. • Fast, friendly atmosphere. • Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582.

benefit package including medical coverage, vacation and holiday pay. 828-625-9611 darlab

Medical/ Health Care EXPERIENCED LPN/RN/MEDICAL ASSISTANT Great Family Practice in Asheville seeking for full-time or part-time position. • Please send resume to: medofficesearch

Human Services

BILINGUAL THERAPIST • Families Together Inc is now hiring for a Bilingual Therapist and Qualified Professional to provide Intensive In Home Services with our Latino population in Western North Carolina. • Qualified Candidates must be provisionally licensed or licensed therapist, or have a Bachelors degree and minimum of 2-4 years of experience working in mental health with children and families.

Some Of Our Current Job Openings: Restaurant Manager • Restaurant Supervisor Sous Chef • Line Cook Lead Linen Aide • Groundskeeper Spa & Pool Maintenance Technician • Massage Therapist Banquet Server • Cabana Server Convention Set Up House Person

SHARE IN OUR MANY BENEFITS INCLUDING: • Medical,dental and vision coverage including domestic partner • Flex-account spending for medical and dependent care • holiday pay • sick leave; • Sports Complex access • free on-property weekly physician assistant visit • employee recognition • 401(k) • Grove Park Inn Retirement Plan • life insurance • paid vacation • free meals in the employee cafeteria • free uniforms and laundering services • employee discounts on guest rooms, dining, floral, Spa, golf and retail • discounts at area businesses • free and discounted visits to area attractions. For a complete list of our openings and to apply online, go to Or, apply in person, Mon-Fri, 9am-6-pm, with Human Resources at 290 Macon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804. 828.252.2711x2082. EOE Drug Free Workplace.


MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2011 •

DIRECTOR OF PROVIDER RELATIONS Smoky Mountain Mental Health for MH, SA and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities LME. A progressive Regional Management Entity preparing to become a public sector managed care organization serving 15 counties in Western North Carolina is currently accepting applications for the Director of Provider Relations; the successful candidate will join a dynamic team in the development and implementation of a 1915b(c) Medicaid Waiver. Provider Relations Director: The Provider Relations Director will manage and oversee the development and maintenance of the provider network in all disability areas to include MH/I/DD/SA Services. These services, provided over a fifteen county area, are highly varied and provided to a complex and at risk client population. The Provider Relations Director will be responsible for: establishing priorities, and the development and implementation of operational policies and procedures. • This position is responsible for assuring access to needed services, monitoring, penetration and responding to need through an active network management. • Requirements: Licensed Clinician with five years of combined experience in clinical, network operations, provider relations and management experience. Professional experience in all areas of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities is preferred. • For more information please visit the smoky mountain center LME website: • Post offer/pre-employment drug testing will be conducted. Send a NC State Application and Resume to the Department of Human Resources, Smoky Mountain Center, 44 Bonnie Lane SYLVA, NC 28779. AA/EOE

DIRECT CARE POSITION Supervises and interacts with individual and groups of students to improve social and life skills. Works with team to develop student goals and progress. • High school diploma or GED required. Must enjoy working outdoors. • College level courses in social sciences preferred. • Minimum of one year in youth corrections, residential treatment, or other related environment required. • Must demonstrate competency in crisis intervention. SMS is an EEOC employer. Send resume with cover letter to cfitzgerald

DIRECT CARE RESPITE HOURS • For woman with developmental disabilities; available during the week, mostly afternoons. Please contact Rachel at DIRECT CARE/HABILITATION PROVIDER • Needed for young man with autism in the Weaverville area. MonThurs after 3pm, approx 3.5 hrs/day to assist him in attaining volunteer work and accessing his community. contact Claudia at or call 828-281-9998.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF ASHEVILLE is seeking an LCSW to provide individual and group therapy to adult MH consumers at the Recovery Education Center. Email

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF LOCAL YOUTH • If you are experienced in working with youth, particularly the mental health population, Eliada Homes could be a great fit! We are a local non-profit seeking PRN staff. We have availability mostly on second and third shift, and there is potential to move into a full-time benefited position. Must have high school diploma/GED and some experience working with youth or special needs population. Must be able to pass drug and criminal check. Please send resume to

FULL TIME CASE MANAGER • BA/Masters + 2 years experience working with adolescents as a QP. Forward resume to aspireapplicants

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. PREVENTION CURRICULUM SPECIALIST Our VOICE seeks a dynamic individual to fill the role of Sexual Violence Prevention Curriculum Specialist. The Prevention Curriculum Specialist is responsible for developing/shaping prevention education curricula and training education volunteers to implement the curricula. Ideal candidates will have a strong social justice background, with experience in curriculum development, community organizing, youth and/or adult education, men’s engagement, and/or public health. This is a part-time position .Email cover letter and resume to: No calls please. Application deadline: Wednesday April 6.

RECREATION SPECIALISTED NEEDED • Do you have a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a desire to work with a young, at-risk population? Major Responsibilities of this position include: plan and implement therapeutic recreation activities which promote active student participation, working with the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility teacher to create and facilitate an environment that meets both the individual and group needs of the student population (ages 6-12). • The recreation specialist will teach life skills, participate in treatment plans, and implement feedback from leadership staff to aid in students’ successful return to the community. • Must provide constant monitoring and supervision to ensure safety of students, and be able to complete all required mental health documentation. • Qualifications: possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation or a related field. Requires at least two years of experience in an educational/behavioral treatment setting. Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule. • Must possess valid NCDL. Send resume to:, or fax to 828-210-0361 SPEECH THERAPY STUDENT/COMPANION • For gentleman with aphasia. Part-time. Chunns Cove Rd. area. 828-252-0555. Leave message.

SUPERVISORY STAFF Families Together Inc. is now hiring supervisory staff. Qualified candidates must be a Qualified Professional and have a supervisory experience in the mental health field. Families Together provides a positive, supportive team atmosphere, with benefits and team culture.

SUPPORT BROKER (Case Manager). The Arc of NC seeks a passionate and extraordinary person to become our next Support Broker, providing case management services, including person-centered planning and supports coordination for people with developmental and other disabilities in our Asheville office. • Seeking person who is steeped in personcentered principles, with knowledge of selfdetermination and personcentered planning tools a must. • Working knowledge of NC system and generic resources in the local county is crucial. • Knowledge of state and Medicaid funding streams necessary. • Must be able to provide CAP case management. • Requires a creative, progressive thinker and strong advocate who is very self-disciplined. • Must be a QP in Developmental Disabilities with Bachelor’s degree in a human service field and at least two years related experience. • Excellent starting salary and benefits. This position is a Full-time position. • Interested parties should send their resume and cover letter to Lorie Boehm, email to: or fax #: (828) 254-6885. WEEKEND RESPITE PROVIDER • Must have a handicapped accessible home, reliable transportation and experience in the human services field. Home must pass internal safety inspection. Contact Claudia at or 828-281-9998. WEEKEND RESPITE WORKERS • Needed for persons with developmental disabilities. We offer competitive pay, team support and quality training. Respite services to be provided in staff member’s home, your home must meet basic safety inspection. Experience in human services field a must. Please contact Ray of Light Homes, llc. at 828-281-9998, or

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HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED • Work with Eliada Homes’ youth as a residential counselor! Eliada is currently recruiting energetic, passionate staff to work with children ages 7-17. Most of our positions start off PRN with the potential to move into fulltime. We are also seeking one full-time Night Residential Counselor. If you have experience working in the mental health field or with at-risk youth, this could be the perfect job for you! Must be at least 21 years of age and posses a valid NCDL. Please submit resume to

Caregivers/ Nanny NANNY • PART-TIME The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, able to prioritize care of 1 toddler while completing home keeping tasks, and enjoy the company/responsibility of both children and dogs. • Please email resumes to holli

DIGITAL PRINT TECHNICIAN Position open at MMS, a progressive printing and mailing facility in Asheville. • We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with planning and problem solving skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple projects in a fast paced environment to join our team. • Professional print industry experience preferred. Must be self motivated, and proficient with all Adobe and Microsoft Office programs. • Full-time position with benefits package. Email resume to

FREELANCERS WANTED • Xpress is looking for savvy freelancers for the A&E section, for features on music, art, theatre, dance and literature with a local focus. If you can write with flair, abide word counts, pitch offbeat stories and hit deadlines, please send a short email with links to writing samples to XPRESS CALENDAR EDITOR • Mountain Xpress is looking for a calendar editor, responsible for compiling and editing the Community Calendar online and in print. • Candidates should be detail-oriented, well-organized and community-centered. The position requires patience and courtesy, along with the ability to communicate well with the public. • This is a 30/hr a week position with medical, dental and 401K. • Send resume and cover letter to

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SENIOR FUN BUNCH SOCIAL/ACTIVITIES GROUP FOR 50+ SINGLES Meet other 50+ singles for fun, friendship, and activities! $15 month dues. No contract. Shae Kemerer (828) 699-8180. senior-fun-bunch-com.

Business Opportunities LAND FOR LEASE 40 acres of private owned property for lease. Prefer those interested in organic farming or other type of agricultural venture. 828-279-8264

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#1 AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY CONSCIOUS MASSAGE CENTER • 1224 Hendersonville Road. Asheville. $29/hour. • 15 Wonderful Therapists to choose from. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology. • Save money, call now! 505-7088. 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. YOGA FOR STRESS • Mondays 5:45-6:45pm. Doantion based. 70 Woodfin Pl. #320. 828-707-0988.

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

Pets for Adoption KITTENS LOOKING FOR A LOVING HOME - Approx. 5 months old- Both male- Are current on all vaccinationsWould love to go together, but can go individually to good homes.These little guys are extremely friendly, loving, playful and social. They are very eager to find their forever homes. If interested, please call Marylin Christian @ 684-6779.

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Equipment For Sale 4 Road Ready Touring Cases: Can sell individually or package all at reduced rate. Foam lined, hinge lid, designed to roll. Available to show or pictures upon request: CELLO FOR SALE Sino Coetaneo student cello: High quality, beginner cello with bow/case. Asking $1,200 obo, paid $2,600 new. Call Krista: 330-607-7008

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Mountain Xpress, March 23 2011  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina.

Mountain Xpress, March 23 2011  

Independent news, arts, events and information for Asheville and Western North Carolina.