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letters NC: If you test new-car emissions then test old ones too I’d like to know why I pay $30 every year to make sure my car is not emitting any toxic fumes, while old cars and trucks continue to emit not just a little but plumes of noxious smoke. This morning while driving to work on Riverside Drive, an old pickup was spouting two columns of dark, gray smoke. Even though I had my air conditioning on, the noxious fumes filled my car making it hard for me to breathe. My 95-year-old mother, who is on oxygen, began to pant for breath, so I was forced to take a detour, making me late for work. I am outraged that this is allowed on our roads. I am happy to comply with rules about emissions, but what good is it if everyone is not also forced to comply? — Carolyn B. Pidgeon Asheville

Show the love for Bent Creek trails Jonathan Poston’s Aug. 12 article in the Xpress Outdoors section, “All Wet� — the story of a barely evaded rainstorm at Bent Creek — was a familiar account to many mountain bikers. We’ve all got “caught out� stories that are funny only in retrospect; mine involves hail! Riding wet trails, however, has more serious effects than mud up your britches and a crunchy drive train. Natural-surface trails become extremely vul-

nerable to damage in wet weather. Left alone, they will dry out with minor impact. But the passage of boots, tires and paws in muddy conditions accelerates trail wear dramatically. Fortunately, Mr. Poston seems to have taken pains to stay mostly on gravel roads, which is the best possible choice in wet conditions. This is an excellent example to follow, although ideally the entire ride could have stayed off trails. So: You rode in the mud and want to ease your troubled conscience? The Bent Creek trails are maintained by the local mountain bike club, Pisgah Area SORBA. Volunteer workers meet for “Dirty Thursdays� on the first and second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. No experience is required, and you don’t even have to be a biker — all trail users are welcome. There is also a larger, weekend workday scheduled for Sept. 27. For more information, you can check the PAS Web site: Thanks for doing your part to keep our local trails intact! — Jerud Crandall and Shaun Moore, PAS trail coordinators for Bent Creek Recreation Area Asheville

Arboretum for a ride (mainly, I hike). But I would never ride my bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway or any rural road that did not have a designated bike lane. Like many a local vehicle driver, I have cussed out on-road bicyclists who ride double or singly in the middle of the lane. I have a partial solution that does not require taxing all of us for designated bike lanes on some rural roads frequented by on-road bicyclists: Why not have them pay for a yearly license tag ($15?) as a Use Tax? And have all the tax go to paving shoulders for designated bike lanes. As an 8-year-old living in St. Paul, Minn., (this was 1945), I had to pay $5 for a tiny metal tag to put on my bicycle seat. They told us all this money went toward bike safety (we had to show yearly that we knew the “rules of road� before we bought the tag). And maybe legislation in this direction would get under-50cc moped operators licensed, registered and insured! — Yale W. Mooers Candler

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True story: I’m jogging south on McDowell when I see two cars stop abruptly. Right after this, a car that was behind them turns around and pulls over. A couple of guys get out of the first cars and are road raging and walking toward each other. A young man jumps out of the third car, a quite beat up clunker, and yells, “It ain’t worth it!� The ragers continue moving towards each other. The young man walks halfway across the street and yells again “Hey, It ain’t f^^%%ing worth it, it ain’t worth it!�, while staring furiously back and forth at the rages, daring them to defy his logic. At which point they finally decide that, after all, it isn’t worth it, and they get in their cars and leave. Are you as heroic as that young, scruffy, kid? Can you chill out and remain courteous or does driving bring out the worst in you? Please “check yourself before you wreck yourself.� — Austin Hill Asheville

I am still shaken by what I have read of the recent incident between the local firefighter and Alan Simons. At 72-and-a-half, I occasionally take my bicycle down to the Bent Creek [Experimental Forest] or the North Carolina

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City spends big bucks in taxpayer money on OT, but managers say it’s under control by Jason Sandford and David Forbes Asheville city employees raked in $1.8 million in overtime pay last year, with some earning more than 50 percent of their base pay. One Asheville Police Department sergeant made $34,191 by working extra hours. The taxpayer money spent on overtime is a drop in the bucket compared with the $47.5 million the city spends on base salaries for its roughly 1,100 employees. But it’s a critical part of the city’s annual spending plan that could be overlooked. Overtime spending can be an indicator of bad management or critical understaffing, city officials say. It can also give managers and workers valuable wiggle room to meet seasonal city needs or handle unforeseen circumstances. Because of the pressures that the sluggish economy has put on city coffers, however, that cushion just got smaller. Officials cut overtime pay from 5 to 10 percent in all but one department for fiscal 2009-10, which started July 1. The Asheville Fire Department — the second largest user of overtime behind the Asheville Police Department — was the lone exception. It is essential to maintain an adequate standard of fire protection, city officials say. “You certainly have to have an overtime cushion,� Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower says. “But if it becomes the practice versus the exception, you’re using it to compensate for manpower and resource gaps. That’s bad management if you’re doing that routinely.� Figuring out the best use of overtime can be tricky for cities, which provide such a wide variety of services. Asheville Building Safety Department workers won’t often get called out to an emergency, for example, whereas Water Resource Department workers must respond to calls about line breaks. Water department workers who made the most money in overtime last year were focused on keeping the water system up and running and often responded to calls after hours, according to Water

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On the clock: The city spent $1.8 million in taxpayers’ money on overtime for the 2008-09 fiscal year, according to city records. Employees of the Asheville Police Department were paid the most in overtime, with the Asheville Fire Department second. Above, APD officers working Bele Chere. photo by Jonathan welch

Resources Director Steve Shoaf. “They have a 24-hour obligation to be on call,� Shoaf says. Assistant City Manager Jeff Richardson says the city has a policy to manage OT that helps. Managers receive monthly and quarterly reports on overtime spending, and OT spending is formally reviewed during the annual budget process. While high overtime spending might indicate the need to hire additional workers, says Richardson, that determination requires a deeper look. Hiring additional full-time staff also brings added expenses, such as health benefits, uniforms, training and equipment. It might not make sense from a budgetary standpoint, he says. “We’re looking for judicial use of overtime

resources,� Richardson says. “It’s critical for us to have the ability to use overtime in a judicious way.� Police and firefighters take home the most in overtime pay because of the unusual nature of their jobs and a set of separate rules for their pay set forth by the federal government. In the last fiscal year, overtime for APD officers totaled almost $1 million dollars. That’s almost three times the overtime paid out by the Asheville Fire Department, which is next on the list at $344,825. The APD also has the individual city employees who received the most overtime pay. Sgt. Luke Bigelow, who received $34,191 in overtime last year, came in first overall. And Sgt. Ernest Welborn, • AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

Over and above: Who’s getting the most overtime Here’s a look at the departments within the city of Asheville that paid the most in overtime pay during the 2008-09 fiscal year. In total the city spent $1.8 million on overtime.

Asheville Police Department: $923,350 Employees paid most in overtime: • Luke Bigelow, sergeant — $34,191 • Ernest F. Welborn, sergeant and hostage-negotiations team — $32,232 • Eric Lauffer, drug-suppression unit sergeant — $25,522

Asheville Fire Department: $344,825 Employees paid most in overtime: • Joe T. Robinson, fire engineer — $19,062 • Thomas G. Haynie, captain/company officer — $15,422 • Eric J. Velez, captain/company officer — $10,329

Water Resources Department total: $235,330 who works criminal investigations and is also a member of the hostage negotiation team, earned $32,232 and came in second. Why all the extra hours? According to APD spokesperson Melissa Williams, much of it comes from the nature of downtown Asheville as a dense hub for events, tourism and transportation. She cites the recent Phish concert, “where we required more

Employees paid most in overtime: • McKinley E. Allen, water maintenance worker — $9,708 • Frank D. Hyatt, water maintenance worker — $9,298 • Randy K. Smith, water maintenance worker — $8,580

Parks and Recreation Department total: $133,848 Employees paid most in overtime: • Samuel Lindsey, labor crew supervisor — $31,728 • Mark Davis, turf specialist — $4,875 • Cristin C. Lee, events specialist — $3,985

Public Works Department total: $127,323 Employees paid most in overtime: • Kevin Haughinberry, stock room supervisor — $6,589 • Bernard McDowell, labor crew coordinator — $6,100 • Julian A. Chapman, labor crew coordinator — $5,102 — J.S.

ing with festival security and their regular shift. “It’s a balancing act, who gets what hours,” he says. “Sometimes people will have to give up or not be able to take [overtime] days, and you have others who constantly request it, who need that money for whatever reason. We try to be fair, but also make sure their head’s in the game and they don’t get burnt out.”

“We try to be fair, but also make sure their head’s in the game and they don’t get burnt out.” APD Lt. Wally Welch officers for traffic and crowd control.” “The remainder of the extra work hours comes through their regular duties, such as longer hours required at the scene of a homicide or a special operation,” he says. Lt. Wally Welch, who manages overtime for the APD, says there’s simply no dodging some of its overtime needs. “There’s state-mandated training for the entire department. That’s a big one,” Welch says. “There’s also court duties. That’s another big chunk.” Some officers consistently request overtime, and fatigue is “always a concern,” he adds. The APD has a policy that officers have to have at least eight hours off between “augment assignments,” such as help-

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But does this mean that the APD is understaffed? “For the most part we do pretty well,” Welch says, adding that the recession has actually helped the situation. “Back when the economy was good, we had a lot of requests [from the community] for additional assignments, and it was tough to keep up. But now there’s less of that and things have calmed down a bit.” X Contact Jason Sandford at jsandford@ and David Forbes at dforbes@

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The last time the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners took one of the many steps required to reinstate zoning throughout the county, they faced a roomful of zoning opponents, many demanding a referendum. Not so during its Aug. 18 meeting. The commissioners voted unanimously to pass the new zoning maps for the unincorporated areas of the county, as well as the Limestone and Beaverdam townships, to the Buncombe County Planning Board for review. There was little opposition this time, with only one speaker criticizing the move towards zoning. The commissioners passed a zoning ordinance in 2007, but in March the N.C. Court of Appeals struck it down, declaring that there had been insufficient public notice and insufficient time for the county planning board to consider the ordinance. That sent the county back to the drawing board and zoning opponents back to the barricades. The new county zoning map, displayed on TV screens around the room, has now emerged from the drawing board, as have some changes to the overall zoning ordinance. “We have made some changes since the Court of Appeals overturned our ordinance,” said Assistant County Manager Jon Creighton, noting that the reworked zoning ordinance will place fewer restrictions on mobile homes and duplexes. The new ordinance also tightens public-notice requirements to ensure that they conform to state law. One of the court’s criticisms of the old ordinance was that hundreds of changes to the zoning map were made in the period just before the ordinance was approved. To avoid a repeat of that scenario, Assistant County Attorney Michael Frue noted that any parcel changed late in the process will be designated “open use,” the least restrictive zoning classification. In total, 748 properties will have different zoning from before. But most properties — over 64,000 — would have the same zoning they had before the ordinance’s repeal. “The vast majority is identical to what it was a few months ago,” Frue said. “We’re going to make it as easy as possible for citizens to find out what their zoning will be. The problem was, we were dealing with three sets of ordinances and a set of statutes, and they just weren’t consistent.” Chair David Gantt reaffirmed the board’s commitment to bringing zoning back, saying it gives people an important voice in the future of the community — although he acknowledged that some see it as “the end of the world.” Hope Herrick, speaking in the public comment portion at the end of the meeting, com-

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The shape of things to come (maybe): The proposed zoning map for Buncombe County, which the Buncombe Commissioners have sent to the county planning board for review. Image courtesy Buncombe County

pared zoning to a dictatorial, centrally run economic system. “With all these laws already on the books, why would you all want to zone our county,” Herrick said. “It gives local government more power over the people, to restrict their personal property rights. Several years ago that would have been called communist, socialist. Of course now it’s called progressive.”

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The commissioners agreed to send a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue calling for better communication between state and federal authorities and the county-appointed council that’s monitoring the contaminated former CTS of Asheville site. The board also agreed to send another letter to the governor expressing commissioners’ concerns about the closing of the Environmental Quality Institute, which did soil and water testing. Activists who live near the CTS site have criticized the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources for what they see as a lack of action in cleaning up groundwater contaminated by the chemical TCE, a possible carcinogen. Last month, the EPA’s inspector general’s office announced that it would investigate the conduct of the Southeast regional office in the case.

“What we would like to see is a letter asking that our [citizen’s advisory group] be notified anytime someone from the EPAs inspector general’s office is in town,” said Aaron Penland, who lives near the CTS site and has been active in calling for a complete cleanup. “Our group needs to be kept in the loop. A lot of things have transpired, and we’ve been left in the cold. We’d like the opportunity to speak to the inspector general, to give him our point of view, instead of him just getting that from the EPA. No one in our community has faith in the EPA; we’ve lost it.” Penland also told the board that area residents were distressed by the announced closing of the EQI due to UNCA’s budget crunch, noting that the center filled a vital role and would be invaluable in providing independent testing around the contaminated area. “The EQI lab has done tremendous work over the last 15 years, and they’re funded primarily by grants,” Penland said. “They’ve done work all over the area; they really deserve a second shot. We’re losing a really vital piece of equipment, not just for the community, but for future generations. They are the independent tester we wanted.” The board agreed to send the letters. “It’s a shame they did that,” Gantt said about the EPA neglecting to inform the citizen’s advisory group.

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Turning to more positive environmental news, county General Services Director Greg Isreal touted the many steps the county has taken to reduce its carbon footprint — steps that have also sharply reduced the county’s energy expenditures. “In Buncombe County you have to blend fiscal responsibility [and] state and federal mandates with environmental stewardship.” The county is in the process of replacing the courthouse windows, something Isreal said will further increase energy savings. The replacement of 600 lights in the courthouse with more modern, environmentally sound

in public comment is not a place we should go.” “With all due respect, I’m a citizen and I’m due my voice in these chambers,” Rosenthal shot back. “When I bring information to you that you took a board’s and commission’s application and did not vet it, that you just took the person at their word, I’m bringing information that I worked hard on. I’m not making silly comments. I demand my time to make my case.” At that point Gantt struck his gavel. “Sir, you’re out of order,” he said. “Our county attorney has made a ruling and we’re not going to have any personal attacks. I’m

“We’d like the opportunity to speak to the inspector general, to give him our point of view. ... No one in our community has faith in the EPA; we’ve lost it.” Aaron Penland fixtures in 1997 paid for itself within three years, he said. It has saved a quarter of a million dollars in energy costs and was equivalent to taking 21 cars off the road in terms of reducing carbon emissions. Now, he said, “this sort of effort has become routine,” with light fixtures, automated systems, air conditioning and vehicles all geared toward saving energy and reducing their environmental impact.

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The board also ruled Alan Rosenthal out of order when he asked them to rescind the appointment of Joe Scotto to the board of local public access channel URTV. “I’m here to ask you [to] rescind that, and I’ve provided the information to do that,” Rosenthal said, asserting that Scotto made false statements about his URTV experience in his application to serve on the board. That’s when Commissioner Holly Jones called for Rosenthal to stop because she had a problem with where his comments were heading. “Nobody supports public comment more than me, but I’m uncomfortable with a person being talked about that’s not us,” Jones said. County Attorney Joe Connolly agreed. “What’s appropriate is that you’ve provided that information to the board, and I’m sure they will direct our office to review that information and see if the board needs to follow up on that,” Connolly told Rosenthal. “Making accusations about false information

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going to refer this to the county attorney and if there’s been something improper, they’ll advise us on that. If you have a comment to make that doesn’t involve a personal attack, we’ll hear you. Otherwise, you’re through.” Gantt promised that he would contact Rosenthal to inform him of the results of the attorney’s inquiries. Rosenthal has been an active critic of URTV, sending out many e-mails highlighting what he believes to be significant prior criminal charges that were filed against URTV producers who support the station’s management. Scotto is currently treasurer of the URTV board. The county and the city of Asheville both appoint two members to the station’s board, and they also distribute the cablefranchise fee funds that make up the majority of its funding. In recent months, critics of URTV’s management have asserted that the station has violated open-meetings law and that its management has sought to silence critics. Supporters of management, meanwhile, have said that the station is being run more effectively than before and that the critics are pursuing personal vendettas. Both supporters and critics have turned out at Asheville City Council and commissioners’ meetings over the last month. X David Forbes can be reached at 251-1333, ext. 137 or at

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Asheville’s ‘intellectual capital’ takes center stage at TEDx Asheville event Call it a circus for your brain. Call it an idea explosion with a rock-and-roll vibe. Call it a variety show for nerds, by nerds. No matter how organizer Jennifer Saylor describes it, the TEDx Asheville event set for Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Orange Peel will do one thing — spotlight the ideas and talents of Asheville’s big thinkers and creative minds. The event is the culmination of several months of planning after a local group of fans of the annual California-based conference known as TED (which stands for technology, entertainment and design) got together and decided to stage an Asheville version of the event. “Our presenter lineup is the result of around 90 speaker nominees and months of volunteer labor, watching videos, reading bios, discussing our options, listening to talks and ideas,” Saylor says. “We think our lineup is completely in the TED spirit of humor, mastery, changing society and having vision for the future. It’s made up out of the coolest and most interesting people we could find in a citywide search several months long.” The line-up of speakers includes David

McConville, co-founder of The Elumenati, an Asheville design and engineering company that creates custom immersive environments such as domes; Drew Jones, a specialist in systems dynamics and climate-change modeling who is program director for the Vermontbased Sustainability Institute; Dee Eggers, an environmental studies professor at UNC Asheville; Robert Zimmerman, whose Web development company has created sites for illustrators and art directors; and Caroline Yongue, a home-funeral educator who talks about end-of-life transitions. There’s plenty of entertainment mixed in the four-hour event, with acts including poet Glenis Redmond and Chris Tanfield and Dave Hamilton. Saylor promises a couple of “big surprises” as well. Seating is limited to 400 people and the show is free, so Saylor is encouraging people to arrive early to be sure they get a seat. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saylor says she doesn’t have a feel for whether the event will fill up, but adds that interest has been high. Asheville resident Rick Fornoff, who

coaches public speakers and is a TEDx Asheville organizer, has been coaching four of the event speakers. The TED requirement is that each speaker be limited to 18 minutes. “Part of the power of the talks is that it’s great information that’s condensed. You don’t have long to get it out there,” Fornoff says. “So it’s a matter of pruning and getting to the point.” Both Saylor and Fornoff note that local organizers have a real passion for TED, which is built around the idea of offering a global forum for ideas worth spreading. They hope that their excitement shows in the production. “We’re all fans of TED, and in Asheville we’re all proud of the fertility of the community here,” Fornoff says. “This is a chance for us to show off our intellectual capital.” The goal is to hold the event again next summer, with planning for that starting in October. Saylor urges anyone interested in getting involved to send an e-mail to For more info, visit www. — Jason Sandford

Buncombe prepares for “many, many people to get infected” with flu Buncombe County public-health officials are readying to deal with the possibility that up to 30 or 40 percent of the population will be infected with either seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus at any one time in coming months. “We are preparing for many, many people to be infected,” Health Director Gibbie Harris told reporters at an Aug. 21 briefing. “We know we’ve got it [the flu] in the community. It never really went away over the summer. With schools coming back and moving into a new flu season, our expectation is that it’s just going to balloon.” There have been 19 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus, also called “swine flu,” in Buncombe County, and one death. But Harris said that there are probably hundreds of more cases that have not been confirmed. For most individuals, she emphasized, H1N1 is relatively mild, though certain populations are far more vulnerable. “The difficulty will come with the number of people that are going to be affected at any given time,” Harris said. “It could be that we have many health-care workers out at one time. That will make it difficult for our hospitals and our doctors’ offices to see the people that are sick. ... That’s the issue for us

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as we move in — it’s the sheer volume.” In October, county health staff will begin vaccinating children for seasonal flu with parental permission slips in local public schools. Harris said health officials hope to vaccinate 50 percent of those enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade, or about 6,000 children. The county will also try to assist businesses and public services in dealing with a temporary loss of personnel. “We’re asking them how they’re going to cross-train their staff to make sure that they have sufficient staff [so] that their primary role gets done,” Harris said. “That’s critical with our city and county services; the schools, the colleges, our water system and food supply need to stay up and running. People need to have gas for their cars.” The Asheville area also includes a large service-industry sector, where workers come into constant contact with the public and may, for financial reasons, be reluctant to stay home from work if they become infected. “They need to take the time off,” Harris said. “And if [employers] start firing everybody because they take a week off from work, they won’t have anybody to come back. So we’re asking for some give

and take here.” The H1N1 vaccine, which the health department will be receiving in October, will only be given to vulnerable populations: young children, pregnant women, adults under the age of 24 and those with existing medical conditions. There will not be a charge for its administration. “We’ll be getting only a third of the vaccines we expected,” Harris said. The county is working with UNCA, ABTech and Warren Wilson, which will all receive H1N1 vaccines to help the under-24 age group. If a person becomes infected with the flu — either seasonal or H1N1 — the Health Department recommends that they stay home until they go without symptoms for 24 hours, unmedicated. It’s recommended that people prepare a kit of emergency supplies and get a “flu buddy” to run errands and help them, Harris said. The county is also looking for volunteer nurses to assist with the vaccination efforts. “This is still a mild virus. That’s the good news. Most people will get sick and get well,” Harris said. “This fall, it’s going to be all hands on deck.” — David Forbes

Asheville man charged in domestic violence murder An Asheville woman was stabbed to death Aug. 16 outside a Montford home. Police say the killing stemmed from a domestic dispute and have charged Rodney Lamar Robinson with firstdegree murder. According to a statement from the Asheville Police Department, officers responded to a call at 72 Woodlawn Ave. that afternoon reporting that “a male and female were engaged in a fight and that the male had a knife and was attempting to stab the female.” As officers were on their way, they heard further word that the man, Robinson, had chased the woman, Angela Lorraine Hart, from his residence towards Young Street. EMTs found Hart in the front yard of 31 1/2 West Chestnut St. and pronounced her dead on the scene. Police found Robinson walking back from Young Street towards his home, and according to their report, he “had blood on him from the victim and made statements to responding officers, taking responsibility for the homicide.” Robinson

and Hart were reportedly involved in a romantic relationship and had recently been arguing. Robinson has a long criminal record, including charges of assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats in 1990, an assault on a female charge in 2008, and multiple drug charges. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Buncombe County jail without bond. The homicide was the first in Asheville this year. Helpmate, a local agency that provides emergency shelter, counseling and assistance to domestic violence survivors and their children, has seen an increase in activity over the past year with the economy faltering. “We’ve definitely seen a rise in people needing our help and in the length of time they stay here,” Executive Director Valerie Collins told Xpress. “This is in line with national data. The more times someone has been unemployed, the more of a risk they are to inflict domestic violence.” — David Forbes

Director seeks new home for watertesting center cut by UNCA Dr. Steve Patch is not ready to call it quits on the Environmental Quality Institute. The director of the water-testing center, which was recently cut from UNC-Asheville, says he is working with other colleges to try to get one of them to pick up the EQI. Meanwhile, UNCA Provost Jane Fernandes says the controversial decision to boot the EQI and the Mossbauer Effect Data Center was made by her. Early in the spring semester, after the UNC General Administration issued a directive to review centers and institutions to determine their contribution to undergraduate studies, she asked each director to write a report explaining, she says, “why the university could not function without them.” “As a result of that process,” Fernandes continues, “I decided that [the EQI] and the Mossbaur Effect Data Center were not integral to the education of undergraduate students.” Patch disagrees: In pursuing the mission of providing low-cost lead and copper testing, he argues, the centers conducted important research and provided a venue for student research and material for his class curriculum. The EQI has, he says, also used thousands in grant funding for scholarships and student salaries. “I believe that EQI’s record of contributing to UNCA’s mission compares quite favorably compared to the centers that have not been cut,” Patch says. The EQI sustains itself on grant funding, and Patch thinks the impetus of the decision was the $280,000 the university would save by not renovating the lab space. Rhodes Hall, which houses the lab, is scheduled for a $9 million refurbishment, and UNCA officials are planning to convert the lab into classroom space. Passed by the General Assembly and approved

on Aug. 15 by the UNC Board of Governors, the university-system budget lists cuts for several centers within the UNC system, but there is no such mandate for UNC-Asheville. But UNCA is required to make $1.28 million in cuts, to be determined at the discretion of the administration. There is also a $237,214 reduction in state funding for the Rhodes Hall renovation. “The only way I can rationalize it was that they didn’t want to pay the remodeling cost,” Patch says, adding that the current lab was working fine for the EQI, having been remodeled 10 years earlier. Some EQI grant funds also go to UNCA — $44,000 last year — for facilities and administrative costs. But, according to UNCA Vice Chancellor of Finance and Campus Operations John Pierce, that sum, as determined by EQI’s budget, should be more like $119,000. That means cutting the center amounts to administrative savings, he says. Meanwhile, Patch has been discussing a new future for the EQI and approaching other area campuses, which at this point he won’t name. He is hoping for an affirmative by the end of August. “We have to move fairly quickly because our grantors are saying, ‘You have to let us know if we need to renew our grants or not,’” he says. Fernandes says she hopes EQI finds a new home. ”We would be happy to work with any site in every way possible to make a smooth transition so that the work of EQI can continue,” she says. That includes holding recent meetings to determine how to free up the thousands of dollars of EQI equipment that was paid for by grants but is now property of the UNC system. “There are some technicalities that we have to work out,” she says. — Brian Postelle

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election09 Campaign Calendar Thursday, Sept. 3: WNC Citizens for Change forum for Asheville City Council candidates, 6:30 p.m. at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill St. Friday, Sept. 11: Deadline for registering to vote in the Asheville City Council primary. Saturday, Sept. 12: Get Out the Vote and Meet the Candidate event for Asheville City Council candidate Esther Manheimer, 3 to 5 p.m., Columbine Road clubhouse, Biltmore Park. Monday, Sept. 14: League of Women Voters candidate forum for Asheville City Council, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. at YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St. Tuesday, Sept. 15: Mountain Voices Alliance and People Advocating Real Conservancy host candidate forum for Asheville City Council from 7 to 9 p.m. at Randolph Learning Center, 90 Montford Ave. Thursday, Sept. 17: Get There Asheville City Council candidate transit forum, 7 p.m. at Clingman Cafe, 242 Clingman Ave. Thursday, Sept. 17: Early voting begins for the primary election (Asheville only). For

details, contact Buncombe County Election Services at 250-4200, or visit Saturday, Sept. 19: Campaign block party for Asheville City Council candidate J. Neal Jackson, 3 to 10 p.m. on Eagle Street, downtown. Saturday, Oct. 3: Last day of early voting for the Asheville City Council and mayoral primary. Tuesday, Oct. 6: Primary election (Asheville only). Thursday, Oct. 15: Early voting begins for all Buncombe municipal elections. Saturday, Oct. 31: Last day of early voting for Buncombe general election. Tuesday, Nov. 3: General election for all Buncombe municipal elections. Please send all campaign-related event information for races within Buncombe County to or call 251-1333, ext. 153. — Brian Postelle

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Firefighter Charles Alexander Diez, facing felony assault charges for allegedly shooting at cyclist Alan Simons’s head last month, is no longer employed by the city of Asheville. City staff would not reveal whether Diez was fired or chose to leave. Diez’s employment with the Asheville Fire Department ended on Aug. 10, according to Lisa Roth, the city’s human resources director. His departure came just over two weeks after he was accused of firing a .38-caliber handgun at Simons while the cyclist and his family were riding on Tunnel Road on July 26. According to Asheville police, Diez had begun arguing with Simons, saying that the child seat Simons’ 3-year-old son was riding in was unsafe. As Simons began walking away, Diez fired, the bullet tearing through the back of Simons’ bike helmet, less than an inch from his head. Diez was originally suspended, with pay, after his arrest. At the time, interim Fire Chief Scott Burnette said that decision was in line

with the city’s guidelines. Diez has no prior criminal record and was sober at the time of the incident. A firefighter since 1992, Diez was making $46,839 a year before he lost his job. After his arrest, a judge lowered Diez’s bond from $500,000 to $200,000 and he was released on July 28. Police had originally charged Diez with attempted first-degree murder, but on Aug. 6, a grand jury declined to press those charges, instead opting for the charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Grand juries convene in secret and District Attorney Ron Moore said afterwards that he didn’t know why the grand jury rejected the murder charge. The assault charge carries a much lighter penalty, and many in the cycling community have expressed outrage at both the incident and the decision to drop the attempted murder charge. Neither Simons nor Diez have returned calls for comment. — David Forbes

Cape announces write-in reelection bid Less than three months after saying she would not run for reelection, incumbent Robin Cape announced that she will make a bid as a write-in candidate for Asheville City Council. Cape, who won her seat in 2005, says that she has taken care of the personal and family issues that initially made her pull out of the race. But she cites the response from her supporters as the main factor in her decision. “I got an incredible outpouring from the community that said, essentially, ‘We don’t want you to leave.’” Cape also noted that some initiatives she helped launch will come to Council after the election and that she’d help keep things rolling by staying on. In the upcoming primary race, 10 candidates, including fellow incumbents Carl Mumpower and Kelly Miller, have filed for places on the ballot. The three top vote-getters will advance to the general election. Since there is no spot for write-in candidates during the primary, Cape’s supporters will not be able to cast a ballot for her until the Nov. 3 general election (or during early voting from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31). Don Wright, general counsel of the North Carolina Board of Elections, says that a writein candidate in municipal elections — unlike

in county, state or federal elections — does not need to present a petition. Write-in candidates, he continues, are subject to the same campaign finance laws as any other candidate. A statement of committee organization that Cape submitted on April 11 before she withdrew her name is still on file with the Buncombe County Board of Elections. This is not the first time Cape has pursued a write-in candidacy. Her introduction to the political arena came in 2003, after she won 231 write-in votes to secure a seat on the Woodfin Water Board. Cape, who had led a grassroots movement to resist the logging of the Woodfin watershed, was one of three newly elected board members to unseat incumbents in the aftermath of the scandal. At the time, a Buncombe County Board of Elections official told Xpress that Cape’s election was the first successful write-in candidacy in his 25 years on the board (see “One Man, One vote, Many Capes,” Nov. 11, 2003, Xpress). Write in candidates are not unheard of in Asheville City Council politics, but they rarely make a strong showing when it’s time to count the ballots. Cape’s status as an incumbent, however, could mean bigger numbers come November. — Brian Postelle

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Because of that beaver’s handy work, the trail we were on was flooded — not uncommon at Pink Beds — and we were doing our best to balance on logs. Equipped with a Coke and chocolate candy bar, I met Elliott at a parking lot near Brevard off U.S. Highway 276. He’s a thin and curiously bright-eyed, bearded man, 62 years old, and I could tell he was ready to get in the woods. We started up the trail, a popular Pisgah Forest hiking spot so named for the many rhododendrons and laurels that flower there.

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Beaver territory: The Pink Beds is known for active beavers, whose dams often flood the trail. photo by Jonathan Poston

A few steps down the trail, Elliott said, “Hear that?” “Sounds like a pissed bird,” I said. “That’s an enraged red squirrel scolding us for intruding,” Elliott corrected me. As we walked up to a bridge crossing, Elliot pointed out Southern yellowroot, describing it as a substitute for the medicinal herb goldenseal, though it might be toxic in high doses. Yellowroot contains an antimicrobial ingredient, berberine. “This stuff has a bitter taste, but it’s good for ulcers, “ said Elliott. Then he spied the pink-flowered joe-pye weed, aka “queen of

the meadow,” used by old timers as a urinary-tract remedy. The sight elicited a story from Elliott: “One time, I was with an elderly mountain buddy of mine in this wet mountain meadow. We were thirsty, and there were holes 2- or 3-feet deep in the thick turf. In the holes, we could see a stream of clear spring water running underneath. My friend said, ‘I’m gonna get me a drink of water. I’ll make me a drinking straw.’ He cut a 4-foot section of the hollow joe-pye weed stem and slurped it right up. That water tasted great through that long natu-

ral straw,” said Elliott, calling his friend’s resourcefulness “the traditional folks’ fluidity with the environment.” Elliott continued as he looked over the bridge: “See how that stream’s not hardly flowing? See all those green stems in the water? Now, why would there be a bunch of cut stems just lying in the water like that? Because a beaver’s been working. A beaver’s got a dam on this creek,” said Elliott. “They’re not interested in cutting trees when there’s all this delicious greenery to eat.” We walked a little further up the trail. “Look,” said Elliot, indicating ripples in the water — maybe a beaver diving under. “And there’s its dam — raised the creek 3 or 4 feet,” he concluded. Because of that beaver’s handy work, the trail we were on was flooded — not uncommon at Pink Beds — and we were doing our best to balance on logs (well, at least I was; Elliott didn’t seem to have much trouble). After a while, though, it didn’t matter because our feet and ankles were soon covered in mud. As we walked, Elliott pointed out oyster mushrooms, lobelia and huckleberries. He lifted his chin, listening, then said, “Hear that sound, like two rocks being snapped together? That’s a junco.” (That’s a little

bird, Elliott had to explain to me.) On the return walk, Elliott mentioned he was on the way to the airport to pick up his 16-year-old son, who had been studying truffles in Australia. With a look of nostalgia, he picked up a wad of bright green sphagnum moss, squeezed it like a sponge, watched the water pour out of it and said, “I used to stuff his diaper liners with this moss. Organic biodegradable disposable diapers! It holds ten times its weight in water. It’s how the ancients (and a few of us moderns) made diapers.” Back at the trailhead, Elliott produced a picnic bag and shared his dried persimmons, homemade honey and roadkill deer jerky with me. I sat in awe, immersed in this man’s wisdom and stories. I shook his hand, congratulated him on his new book, Swarm Tree: Of Honeybees, Honeymoons and the Tree of Life, and bode him goodbye. Like I said, I’m into taking a different kind of hike and learning from my elders. I might never view the Pink Beds in the same way again. I’m even thinking about trying Elliott’s moss-diaper notion, but my wife might not let me get that stuff near our 10month-old. X Jonathan Poston lives near Asheville.

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gardeningcalendar Calendar for August 26 - September 3, 2009 August Special (pd.) Custom grading • Lot clearing • View enhancements • Driveways • Tree removal • Ponds • Mulch/gravel. • 15 years experience, • Insured • Free estimates. Call Britt: (828) 216-0726. Ace Grading and Landscaping. Garden Composters • Rain Barrels (pd.) Asheville GreenWorks (Quality Forward), Asheville’s Keep America Beautiful, sells Garden Composters and Rain Barrels in the Green Goods Shop at 357 Depot Street. • 2 kinds of composters: an 11 cubic foot square stacked model for $85 and a 7 cubic foot tumbler that makes compost faster and looks cool for $175. • Rain Barrels are 65 gallons, are easy to install, and cost $135. • All are made of 100% recycled plastic. • All sales benefit plantings in Asheville and Buncombe County. For more information, call 254-1776 or stop on by 357 Depot Street or visit: Regional Tailgate Markets For more information, including the exact start and end dates of markets, contact the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Info: 236-1282 or • WEDNESDAYS - 7:30-11:30am - Asheville City Market South at Biltmore Park Town Square. Info: 348-0340; 4:30-6:30pm - Open June-Sept.: Tryon Tailgate Market, across the railroad tracks from the Tryon Theatre. Info: 894-8823; 1-4pm - Open June-Oct.: Valle Crucis Farmers Market behind the Mast General store. Info: 963-6511; 3-6pm - Victory Tailgate Market, 1329 Tunnel Rd., E. Asheville, past the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. Info: 775-5593; 2:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Weaverville Tailgate Market at Lake Louise. Info: 450-0708; 3:30-6:30pm - Open April-Oct.: West Asheville Tailgate Market behind the West End Bakery and Haywood Road Market. Info: 281-9099; 2:30-5:30pm - Open MayOct.: Spruce Pine Farmers Tailgate Market on Pollyanna’s Porch, next to Wildflowers, on Upper Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Info: 467-2171; 2-6:30pm - Open April-Dec.: Wednesday Afternoon Downtown Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op in downtown Asheville. Info: 683-1607. • WEDNESDAYS - 9am-Noon & FRIDAYS - 2-6pm - Open May-Oct.: Burke County Farmers Market. Info: 439-4460. • WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS - 8am1pm - Open May-Oct.: Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market at the HART Theater and Shelton House parking lot on Pigeon St. Info: 627-3469; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Waynesville Tailgate Market. Info: 648-6323; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Watauga County Farmers Market on Hwy. 105 Ext. in Boone. Info: 355-4918; WE, 1-6pm & SA, 7am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Cashiers Tailgate Market. Info: 230-4785. • THURSDAYS - 3-6pm - Open May-Nov.: Flat Rock Tailgate Market. Info: 698-8775. • FRIDAYS - 10am-2pm - Open June-Nov.: Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market on Acquoni Road. in downtown Cherokee. Info: 554-6931; 4:30-6:30pm - Open July-Oct.: Saluda Tailgate Market in the city parking lot on the west end of town. Info: 749-9365. • SATURDAYS - 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Andrews Farmers Market at First Street in Andrews. Info: 321-2006; 8am-1pm - Open April through Dec.: Asheville City Market in the Public Works parking lot on S. Charlotte St. Info: 348-0340; 8am-Noon - Open April-Dec.: North Asheville Tailgate Market on the campus of UNCA. Info: 683-1607; 7am-Noon - Open April-Nov.: Henderson County Tailgate Market at 100 N. King St. (between First and Second Avenues). Info: 693-7265; 10am-2pm - Open April-Oct.: Cedar Valley Farmers Market in downtown Murphy. Info: 3617505; 8-11:30am - Open April-Nov.: Polk Tailgate Market in front of the Polk County Courthouse. Info: 894-2281; 8am-Noon - Open June-Oct.: Franklin

Tailgate Market in Macon County at West Palmer St. Info: 349-2046; 8am-Noon - Open April-early fall: Lenoir Bluegrass Farmers Market at the Hog Waller stage. Info: 292-4664; 8am-2pm - Open year-round: French Broad Food Co-op Arts & Farm Market at 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Art demos and live music. Info: 236-9367; 9am-Noon - Rutherfordton Farmers Market on Main St. in downtown Rutherfordton; 8am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Mountain Valley Farmers Market on the downtown square in Hayesville. Info: 389-3022; 8:30am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Graham County Farmers Market in the United Community Bank parking lot in Robbinsville. Info: 479-8788; 8am-Noon - Bakersville Farmers Market in the Bakersville Community Medical Clinic parking lot in Bakersville; 8:30am-12:30pm - Open April-Oct.: Yancey County Farmers Market on S. Main St. at Hwy 19E. Info: 682-0601; 9am-1pm - Open April-Nov.: Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market in the parking lot near Pittman Cafeteria up Dormitory Dr. at Mars Hill College. Info: 680-9890; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Black Mountain Tailgate Market on 1st Street behind the First Baptist Church. Info: 582-5039; 9am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Jackson County Farmers Market on Railroad Ave. at Bridge Park. Info: 507-1146; 9am-Noon - Open May-Sept.: Riceville Community Tailgate Market in the parking lot of the Riceville Community Center. Info: 2986549; 10am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Big Ivy Market on the grounds of the Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville. Info: 626-2624; 8am-Noon - Open June-Sept.: Swain County Tailgate Market in downtown Bryson City. Info: 488-3848. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Open May-Oct.: Greenlife Tailgate Market at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440; Noon-4pm - Open April-Nov.: Sundays on the Island, cross the river at the courthouse on Main St. in Marshall; 9am-5pm - Open June-Oct.: Topton Farmers Market at the crossroads in Topton. Info: 321-9030. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8am-Noon - Open JuneSept.: Canton Tailgate Market at the town hall in the municipal parking lot on Park St. Info: 235-2760. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 7am-Noon - Open May-Oct.: Rutherford County Farmers Market on Fairgrounds Road, off Business 74 Hwy. Info: 287-6080. • TUESDAYS, Noon-5pm & SATURDAYS, 8am-1pm - Open May-Oct.: Morganton Farmers Market behind Geppetto’s Pizza on Beach St. in Morganton. Info: 438-5252; TU 3-6pm & SA 8-11am - Open JuneSept.: Marion Tailgate Market in the W. Henderson Street city parking lot. Info: 652-2215. • TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, 8am-2pm - Hendersonville Curb Market at Church St., directly across from the old courthouse. Info: 692-8012 or; 7am-1pm - Open AprilDec.: Transylvania County Tailgate Market in the parking lot behind South Broad Park, next to the library in Brevard. Info: 884-9483. Waynesville Creative Thought Center Located at 741 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Info: 456-9697, or • FR (8/28), 6:30pm - People Wisdom Series: “LongTerm Food Storage and Preserving the Harvest,â€? presented by Kathleen Lamont, master gardener. Lamont will discuss canning, dehydrating, root cellaring, vacuum sealing and more. $10 love offering.


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Community Events & Workshops • Social & Shared-Interest Groups • Government & Politics • Seniors & Retirees • Animals • Technology • Business & Careers • Volunteering • Health Programs & Support Groups Calendar C a t e g o r i e s : Helplines • Sports Groups & Activities • Kids • Spirituality • Arts • Spoken & Written Word • Food • Festivals & Gatherings • Music • Theater • Comedy • Film • Dance • Auditions & Call to Artists Calendar for August 26 - September 3, 2009 Unless otherwise stated, events take place in Asheville, and phone numbers are in the 828 area code. Day-by-day calendar is online Want to find out everything that’s happening today — or tomorrow, or any day of the week? Go to www.mountainx. com/events. Weekday Abbreviations: SU = Sunday, MO = Monday, TU = Tuesday, WE = Wednesday, TH = Thursday, FR = Friday, SA = Saturday

Community Events & Workshops An Evening of International Solidarity • FR (8/28), 7-10pm - Join WNC Workers Center and Nuestro in welcoming Guatemalan activist and banana worker Carmen Molina with the STITCH

International Solidarity Tour. Learn about women leading the human rights struggle in the age of globalization. Local leaders to speak. Family dance. Info: 255-2987. Buncombe Co. Parks, Greenways & Rec. Events Events are free and are held at 59 Woodfin Pl., unless otherwise noted. To register or for more info: 250-4265. • FR (9/4), 10:30am Sightseers: Hendersonville Apple Festival. Take a trip to the festival and enjoy a street fair with arts, crafts, music and more. $12. Please bring money for lunch. Register by Aug. 28. Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County Info: 259-9717, gregb@ or www. TH (8/27), 7-8:30pm - State and local advocates will host “Our Children’s Stake in the Health Care Debate,” an educational forum about the impact of current

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Congressional health care reform on children. At the YWCA. Events at the YWCA Located at 185 S. French Broad Ave. Info: www. • SA (8/29), 9am-3pm - “Neighborhood Appreciation Day.” The YWCA encourages neighbors to stop by for snacks, tours and coupons for free swim lessons. Visitors will also be able to try out fitness equipment and classes. Freeskool Events & Classes A teaching and learning network by and for the community. Community members offer free classes to other community members. Info: • SU (8/30), 1pm - DIY Sustainable Homes Tour. Meet at the Greenlife parking lot. • MO (8/31), 6-7pm - Belly dance class with Sparrow. Meet at the corner of Broadway and College St., in downtown Asheville —- 7pm - Idea night & potluck at the Creative Music School, 178 Westwood Pl. Life o’ Mike A health-care advocacy and education group. Info:, lifeomike@ or 243-6712. • FR (8/28), 6-8pm - Story Circle at First Congregation United Church of Christ, Rm. 208, 20 Oak St., Asheville. Story Circles offer participants the chance to tell their own stories of encounters with the U.S. health-care system. Donations welcome. Reservations suggested. Public Lectures & Events at UNCA Events are free unless otherwise noted. • FR (8/28), 11:25am - Humanities Lectures: “Enlightenment and Liberalism: Rights and Revolution,” with Dr. Ellen Pearson in Lipinsky Auditorium and “Globalization,” with Dr. Surain Subramaniam in the Humanities Lecture Hall. • MO (8/31), 11:25am Humanities Lectures: “China,” with Dr. Grant Hardy in the Humanities Lecture Hall and “Community and Authority in the Medieval West,” with Dr. Bill Spellman at Lipinsky Auditorium.

TEDxAsheville Local fans of TED, the California-based organization offering free talks from the world’s most inspiring speakers, present an independently organized, homegrown TEDx event. Info: tedxavl@gmail. com or • SU (8/30), 7-11pm - Author and revolutionary thinker bell hooks will join four Asheville visionaries — Dee Eggers, Drew Jones, David McConville and Caroline Yongue — and all-local performers at the Orange Peel. Free.

Social & SharedInterest Groups Tuesday Nights! • Single And Looking For Something Fun? (pd.) Try AVL Speed Dating! Events start at 6:30pm and are held monthly at Forest Blue Restaurant (900 Hendersonville Road). • Next event: Tuesday, September 1, ages 21-39. • To make a reservation or for more info, call (828) 274-6934 or see Ardent Toastmasters Club Afraid to speak in public? Want to practice your speaking skills in a fun and supportive environment? Come see what the club is about. Meets at Zona Lofts, 162 Coxe Ave., in downtown Asheville. Info: 225-8680 or • Alternate THURSDAYS, 5:30pm - Meeting. Arise & Shine Toastmasters Ready to overcome your fear of public speaking and to enhance your communication and leadership skills? This group provides a friendly environment in which to do so. Guests have no obligation to join. Info: 776-5076. • THURSDAYS, 7:30am - Meets at UNCA’s Highsmith Student Union. Asheville Civitan Club Come hear community leaders present programs. Meetings are held at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church St. and Aston St. Open to the public. RSVP for lunch: $10. Info: 348-4222 or • TUESDAYS, 1pm - Weekly topical speakers of community interest. Upcoming political forum for voters.

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wed Acoustic folk music will be performed by local musician Billy Jonas Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 12:45 p.m. at UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. Info: 251-6432.

Veterans for Peace will host a film screening and community discussion of the documentary Rethink

thur Afghanistan Thursday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Asheville Library. Info: 626-2572 or 528-5180.


Spend Friday evening watching Shakespeare under the stars with the Asheville Shakesperience, the Montford Park Players’ resident repertory company, as they give a special performance titled The Best of The Bard Friday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Montford. Performances continue through Sept. 5. Info: 254-5146.


This year’s Relay for Clean Air — a 100-mile demonstration where bike riders, runners and walkers take turns marching from Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville — will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. The relay ends on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville, where a rally and press conference will be held. Info: 631-3447. Local fans of TED, the California-based organization offering free talks from the world’s most inspiring

sun speakers, won’t want to miss Asheville’s independently organized, homegrown TEDx event Sunday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Orange Peel. Info:

mon The season finale of Hendersonville’s Summer Street Dances will be held Monday, Aug. 31, from 7

to 9 p.m. Hear some mountain music by the Blue Ridge Tradition and watch some mountain dancing by the Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers on the street in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Bring a chair, but please leave pets at home. Info: 693-9708. Catch the grand opening of an exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum Atrium Sales

tue Gallery and Cyber Coffee Cafe featuring the works of Western MFA/BFA art students Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1 suggested donation for coffee. Proceeds benefit the Art Student’s League Exhibition Awards. Info: 227-3591.

Asheville Homeless Network Meetings take place at Firestorm Cafe & Books in downtown Asheville. Info: 552-0505. • THURSDAYS, 2pm - All homeless people and interested citizens are welcome. Asheville Lesbian Brunch Club Info: Asheville-Lesbian-BrunchClub or Asheville-LesbianBrunch-Club-list@meetup. com. • SUNDAYS - Be a part of creating positive community every Sunday. Koinonia Monday Night Potlucks • MONDAYS - Potluck. The gathering invites people of all walks of life to share their ideas and wisdom with those that are interested in fostering an evolved local and global community. Change begins within us. Info: 333-2000. Scrabble Club Come play America’s favorite word game SCRABBLE. We have all the gear, just bring your vocabulary. Info: 2528154. • SUNDAYS, 1-5pm - Meets at Books-A-Million

in Asheville. We have all the gear. No dues the first six months. Just bring your vocabulary. Fun!

Society of American Magicians Interested in the magical arts? Consider joining WNC’s local Assembly of the Society of American Magicians, the oldest magical society in the world. All experience levels welcome. Info: 712-1319 or • 1st TUESDAYS, 6:30-8pm - Monthly meeting at Denny’s on Patton Ave. Veterans for Peace Info: 626-2572 or 528-5180. • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Regular business meeting of the WNC Veterans for Peace Chapter 099 at Atlanta Bread Company, 633 Merrimon Ave. Free and open to the public. • TH (8/27), 7-9pm - Film showing and discussion at N. Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave. Brave New Films’ documentary Rethink Afghanistan ( features expert opinions and troubling images.

Government & Politics Buncombe County Public Meetings Info: 250-4105 or kathy. hughes@buncombecounty. org. • 1st & 3rd TUESDAYS, 4:30pm - The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners meets in Rm. 204 of the Buncombe County Courthouse. Cecil for City Council Events Info: http://cecilbothwell. • 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 7-9pm - Join Cecil for City Council campaign supporters at the Wedge Brewery in the River Arts District. Free Hugs for Health Care Reform • FRIDAYS, 5-8pm - Join local Obama supporters and give free hugs for health care reform. Pick up signs at Mountain Java in north Asheville at 5pm. WNC for Change Health Care Campaign Office • MONDAYS through SATURDAYS, 2-8pm - Visit the campaign office inside

Mountain Java coffeeshop in north Asheville. Learn how you can fight for health care reform.

Seniors & Retirees Henderson County Senior Softball League The league is always looking for new players, age 50 and older. Weather permitting, they play year-round. Info: 698-3448 or www. • TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS - Morning games at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Walk Wise, Drive Smart Aimed at senior citizens, but open to everyone. Walks are canceled in the event of bad weather. Info: 457-6166 or • TH (9/3) - Urban walk. Waynesville Parks and Recreation Info: 456-2030 or • SA (8/29), 8am-5pm - Senior trip to Lake Lure. Depart from the Rec. Center and travel to watch the Dragon Boat races. Participants will also enjoy a boat tour. Bring money for

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lunch or pack a picnic. $20 members/$25 nonmembers. Info: 456-2030 or recprograms@townofwaynesville. org.

Animals Mayfel’s Dog Days of Summer (pd.) Every Thursday through August patrons are invited to come eat and drink with their furry friends in our front patio or back courtyard, 22 College Street, downtown Asheville, 252-8840. Complimentary dog treats provided! This week 10% of proceeds will go to Find a Pet Society. Buncombe County Animal Services The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division offers low-cost vaccination clinics. Rabies shots: $6. Combo shots: $15 per dog and $20 per cat. Microchips: $10. To receive a three-year rabies vaccine, bring the one-year certificate. Please bring restraints for pets. Info: 253-1195. • SA (8/29), 9am-Noon - At Superpetz on Brevard Rd. —- 1-4pm - At Tractor Supply on Monticello Rd. ChainFree Asheville A nonprofit, all-volunteer effort dedicated to improving the welfare of dogs living outdoors on chains and in pens in Asheville and Buncombe County. Info: or 450-7736. • SUNDAYS, 11am-3pm - Come help a chained dog experience freedom. No experience necessary. We meet 4 times a month within Asheville or Buncombe County to build a fence for a chained dog. Community Partnership for Pets This nonprofit organization’s primary goal is to stop the unnecessary killing of hundreds of healthy and adoptable animals at local shelters in Henderson, Buncombe, Transylvania and Polk County. Info: 693-5172 or • SA (8/29), Noon-4pm - Spray and neuter vouchers will be sold at Walmart in Highland Square, 64 E. Hendersonville. $20 cats/$30 dogs. Cost includes a free rabies vaccination if needed. Info: 693-5172. Transylvania Animal Alliance Group For information about T.A.A.G., or donations of time or resources, 9663166, or


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• SATURDAYS, 11am-4pm Adoption Days at PETsMART on Airport Road in Arden. View adoptable animals on our website: www.taagwags. org

Technology Basic Computer Classes Opportunity House in Hendersonville offers basic computer classes including: Basic Skills I, Basic Skills II, Basic Skills III, Internet I, Internet II and E-Mail. Courses in MS Word and MS Excel can be scheduled with enough interest. $30 members/$40 nonmembers. To register: 692-0575. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9:30-11am or 11:30am-1pm - Classes. WNC SharePoint User Group The group aims to provide knowledge and resources to IT professionals in the region. Monthly meetings provide members with a forum to hear top industry experts give educational presentations on Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies. Info: • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm - Bi-monthly meetings, with guest speakers, provide knowledge and resources to SharePoint Developers, Users and Administrators in the region. Meetings in July, Sept. and Nov. of this year.

Business & Careers Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Located at 36 Montford Ave. Info: 258-6101 or www. • TH (8/27), 8-9:30am - The Economic Development Coalition for AshevilleBuncombe County’s annual meeting will be held in the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom. Free. RSVP: 258-6117. Mountain BizWorks Workshops Mountain BizWorks is located at 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. • TH (9/3), 11:45am-1pm Free lunch seminar on branding at the HomeTrust Bank in Clyde. Learn how to expand your advertising effectiveness without spending more money. Advanced registration required: 692-5826 or adriana@mountainbizworks. org. Public Relations Association of WNC Info: • 4th FRIDAYS, 11:30am1pm - Networking and luncheon with other public relations pros. $15/$25 nonmembers. Stephens-Lee Center Events

Located at 30 George Washington Carver St. Info: 350-2058. • TH (8/27), 6:30-8pm - Free workshop on “Saving Money on Your Utility Bills — You Can Do It!” with Nancy Ostergaard, N.C. Cooperative Extension. Learn easy low-cost/no-cost ways to save energy and money. Swannanoa Business Association Info: info@swannanoaba. com, www.swannanoaba. com or 337-4718. • WE (8/26), 10am-1pm - Swannanoa’s strengths and opportunities will be discussed at Beacon Hall on Whitson Ave. Lunch reservations: 337-4718. • TH (8/27), Noon - Join preservation experts for a walk around the downtown area and discuss the possibilities. Meet at Beacon Hall on Whitson Ave. Lunch reservations: 337-4718.

Volunteering American Cancer Society Relay for Life Info: 254-6931. • TH (8/27), 5:30-7pm - Biltmore Park interest meeting. Do you want to save lives from cancer and become involved in a groundbreaking event in Biltmore Park? If so, come to the meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities for a summer 2010 event. Ashevillage Institute (AVI) Nonprofit eco-urban education center and living laboratory for sustainable solutions. Info or to RSVP: 225-8820, or • THURSDAYS, 9am-5pm - Volunteer days and potluck lunch. Volunteers needed in: gardening, permaculture, stonework, carpentry, marketing, administration, fundraising, business development. Asheville City Schools Foundation Seeking Academic Coaches (tutors/mentors) to support students by assisting them with a variety of tasks that support educational success. One hr/wk min., for one school year, in your choice of school or after school program. Training provided. Info: 350-6135, terri.wells@ or www. • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 8:30am-4:45pm - Academic coaching in the schools or at after-school programs, once a week. Beaucatcher Brew Bringing the community to the stage. This musical folk-life play is presented

by Homeward Bound of Asheville. Info: 768-2456 or • TUESDAYS, 10am - Volunteer meeting at Haywood Street Campus, Central Methodist Church, past the Rescue Mission. Seeking story-gatherers, transcribers, office assistants, grant writers and more. Bountiful Cities Project A nonprofit that creates, manages and, in some cases, owns community gardens on Asheville’s urban land. Info: 257-4000 or info@bountifulcitiesproject. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 3-8:30pm - Community Garden Workdays. Volunteers appreciated at Pearson Drive garden located in the Montford neighborhood. Info: 273-8151 or 257-4000 and leave a message. Catholic Social Services n Volunteers are needed throughout the week. Info: 255-0146. • WEDNESDAYS, 1-4pm - Direct Assistance Day. Help sort clothing, shelve food, pack bags of food and more. Call for details. Graffiti Removal Action Teams Join Asheville GreenWorks in combating graffiti vandalism in our community. Removing quickly and keeping covered is the best way to reduce graffiti. Info: 254-1776. • THURSDAYS - Graffiti removal. Guardian ad Litem Program Seeks Volunteers Volunteers are needed to advocate for children involved in the juvenile court process due to abuse and neglect. No experience necessary. Free training prepares volunteers to make a difference in a child’s life. Info: 251-6130. • MO (9/21) - Training begins. Call to register. Madison County Arts Council Events MCAC is located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301 or • SU (8/30), 4-7pm - The Madison County Arts Council, in association with Roger Hartner and the residents of Chestnut Hill, present a volunteer thank you and organizational party. Food and drinks. For past and future volunteers. RSVP: erich@madisoncountyarts. com. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling Formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of WNC. OnTrack offers services to improve personal finances. Unless otherwise noted, all

classes are free and held at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Ste. 222. Info: 255-5166 or • OnTrack needs extra office administrative support. Volunteers are needed to assist with various office tasks. The volunteer must be available during OnTrack’s regular business hours (8am-5:30pm). Info: 2104956 or tarag@ontractwnc. org.

Seeking Volunteers for Mill Around the Village • MONDAYS, 6pm Planning meetings for the third annual Mill Around the Village Festival in downtown Swannanoa are held at Beacon Hall in Swannanoa. Volunteers are needed. Info: 337-4718. Special Olympics Buncombe County Info: 250-4265 or grace. young@buncombecounty. org. • Through MO (8/31) - Sign up to be a volunteer cheerleader for the Special Olympic events scheduled for the fall and winter. No experience is necessary. Practice begins in Sept. Call for details and to pick up a physical and consent form. The Lord’s Acre A Faith Garden Project organized and sponsored by local churches and volunteers who have come together to help provide food for families in need. Located in Fairview. Info: • WEDNESDAYS, 6-8pm & SATURDAYS, 8-11am Volunteers are needed. United Way’s Day of Caring Volunteers from local businesses and individuals spend the day doing projects to help area nonprofits. Organized by Hands On, a program of United Way that makes it easy to lend a hand and help others in our community. To sign up or for more info: 255-0696 or • TH (9/3) - Day of Caring. Volunteer at LAAFF Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Fest (LAAFF) is a free street festival held on N. Lexington Ave. between College St. and the 240 overpass. The festival is a fundraiser for local nonprofit Arts2People, and will be held on Sept. 6. Info: 776-6248, www. or www. • Through SU (9/6) Volunteers are needed for this year’s festival. To sign up:

Health Programs & Support Groups CREATE FREEDOM From Compulsive Habits, Depression and Anxiety (pd.) Studies have proven that self-destructive patterns involving food, alcohol/drugs, overspending and moods all have a common emotional root. • Learn effective skills to interrupt patterns so cravings, urges and moods fade • Create emotional balance and FREEDOM • Free orientation • Call 231-2107 or email: Experience Nia and Qigong • Free! (pd.) • Nia for fun and fitness. All levels welcome. • Healing Qigong to reduce stress. • Monday, August 31. Call Jan at (828) 2777318. Shoji Spa Discounts and Events (pd.) • Locals Discount: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. • SPArty: Wednesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. Drinks, food and music, free. 828-299-0999. www. 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: 800-2861326 or www.wnc-alanon. org. • WEDNESDAYS, 12:151:15pm - Step study: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • WEDNESDAYS, 8pm - Al-Anon in West Asheville: Meeting at West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Rd., across from Ingles. Separate Newcomers’ Meeting meets also at 8pm. Info: 258-4799. • THURSDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting for parents of children with addictions: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road, across from Ingles. Info: 242-6197. • FRIDAYS, 8pm - The Lambda (GLBT) group of Al-Anon is a gay-friendly support group for families and friends of alcoholics, and holds their weekly candlelight meeting at All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 670-6277 (until 9pm). • FRIDAYS, 12:30-1:30pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • FRIDAYS, 6:30pm - Discussion meeting for

couples only: All Souls Cathedral, 3 Angle St. Info: 676-0485. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Al-Anon North: Meeting at Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. • SATURDAYS, 10am - Saturday Serenity at St Mary’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Charlotte and Macon. Beginners welcome. • SATURDAYS, Noon - Weaverville discussion meeting at First Baptist Church on N. Main St., next to the library. Enter via side glass doors. • SUNDAYS, 5-6pm - Discussion meeting: West Asheville Presbyterian Church, 690 Haywood Road. Info: 281-1566. • MONDAYS, 12-1pm - Discussion meeting: First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. Park in the back of lot between Church and Y. Info: 686-8131. • TUESDAYS, Noon - Black Mountain Group meets at St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St. Info: 2778620. • TUESDAYS, 7pm - Discussion meeting: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Info: 253-6624. CarePartners Hospice Bereavement Offers one-on-one grief counseling, support groups, grief education classes, a monthly grief support newsletter and semi-annual memorial services (available to anyone who is suffering a loss through death). Located at 68 Sweeten Creek Road., Asheville. Call 251-0126 to set up an initial visit with a counselor. • WEDNESDAYS (monthly) Suicide Loss Group meets. • TUESDAYS & WEDNESDAYS - Good Grief Support Groups meet. • WEDNESDAYS - ChildLoss Support Groups meet. • MONDAYS & TUESDAYS - Grief Education Classes. DivorceCare • WEDNESDAYS, 6:157:30pm - DivorceCare, a video seminar and support group featuring nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics, including “Facing my Anger,â€? “Facing my Lonelinessâ€? and “Forgiveness.â€? Childcare provided. Info: 254-4688 or www.mountcarmelonline. org. Dual Recovery Group Group meets at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church House, 117 Montreat Road. For individuals who have a chemical dependency, emotional, and/or psychiatric illness and need

support. A 12-step based program. Info: 357-8403. • TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 8pm - Group meets. Eating Disorders Individuals are welcome to come to one or all of the support group meetings. Info: 337-4685 or www. • WEDNESDAYS, 7-8pm - Support group for adults at T.H.E. Center for Disordered Eating, 297 Haywood St. Free. Essential Tremor Support Group Info: 687-2356 or • 1st THURSDAYS, 67pm - Meeting at Symour Auditorium, CarePartners, Sweeten Creek Rd. Events at Pardee Hospital All programs held at the Pardee Health Education Center in the Blue Ridge Mall in Hendersonville. Free, but registration and appointments required unless otherwise noted. To register or for info: or 692-4600. • WE (9/2), Noon-1:30pm - “Understanding Back Pain,â€? with John Hicks, M.D. Hicks will discuss the causes of back pain and preventative measures. • TH (9/3), 3-4:30pm - “Sharp as a Tack: Keeping your brain young,â€? with Lucy Butler, a speech therapist with Pardee Hospital. Butler will discuss the concept of “brain plasticityâ€? and how to use this method to help prevent cognitive decline. Food Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women who are willing to recover from the disease of food addiction. Sharing experiences and hope with others allows participants to recover from the disease one day at a time. All are welcome. Info: 242-3717. • MONDAYS, Noon-1pm & FRIDAYS, 7-8pm - Meetings at Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Henderson County Red Cross Red Cross holds classes in CPR and First Aid for infants, children and adults; Standard First Aid in Spanish; Babysitter Training; Pet First Aid. Located at 203 Second Ave. East, Hendersonville. Info: 693-5605. : Blood Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (8/26), 1:30-5:30pm - Kenmure, 100 Clubhouse Dr., Flat Rock. Info: 6935605 or bethg@hcredcross. net —- 6:30-11am & 12:30-5pm — Pardee

Hospital Jamison Conference Room, 800 N. Justice St. Info: Chris.Power@ or call 696-4712. • TH (8/27), 9am-1:30pm - Blue Ridge Community College in the student lounge, 180 West Campus Dr. Info: 694-1802 —- 2:30-7pm - Mac Easler Ford & WMIT, 601 Duncan Hill Road. Info: 693-4281. • TU (9/1), Noon-4:30pm - High Vista Country Club, 88 Country Club Road, Mills River. Info: 693-5605. K.A.R.E. Support Groups Kid’s Advocacy Resource Effort offers several ongoing support groups. Info: 4568995. • WEDNESDAYS, 5:307:30pm - Single Parents Support Group. Dinner and childcare provided. At First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Call ext. 201 for more info. Narcotics Anonymous A fellowship of recovering addicts that can help those afflicted get clean and stay clean through a 12-step program. The group focuses on recovering from the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. For WNC NA meeting schedules and info: Helpline: (866) 925-2148. • DAILY - Please call for location details. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • WEDNESDAYS, 7:30-9am - Low cost medical testing with Linda Garren, RN of Hendersonville. No appointments necessary. Info: 692-0575. Overcomers Recovery Support Group A Christian-based 12-step recovery program. Provides a spiritual plan of recovery for people struggling with life-controlling problems. Meetings are held at 32 Rosscraggon Road. All are welcome. Info: rchovey@ • TUESDAYS, 7-8pm Meeting. Overeaters Anonymous A fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. This 12-step program welcomes everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Meetings are one hour unless noted. • THURSDAYS, Noon - Asheville: Biltmore United Methodist Church, 376

Hendersonville Rd. (S. 25 at Yorkshire). Info: 298-1899. • SATURDAYS, 9:30am - Black Mountain: Carver Parks & Recreation Center, 101 Carver Ave. off Blue Ridge Road. Open relapse and recovery mtg. Info: 669-0986. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm - Hendersonville: Balfour United Meth. Church, 2567 Asheville Hwy. (Hwy. 25). Open mtg. Info: 1-800-5804761. • MONDAYS, 5:15pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Beginners mtg. Info: 277-8185. • MONDAYS, 6pm - Asheville: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Open mtg. Info: 277-8185. • TUESDAYS, 10:30amNoon - Asheville: Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. at Ottari. Open BBSS mtg. Info: 2802213. Park Ridge Hospital Park Ridge Hospital is located in Fletcher and hosts a number of free events, including cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, PSA screenings, bone density checks for women, lectures, numerous support groups

and a Kid Power program. Info: 687-3947 or www. • Through FR (8/28) - 2009 WOW Events: Free vision screenings, cholesterol screenings and bone-density checks, plus $10 PSA screenings. Call or see Web site for locations and times. Pet Loss Support Group For anyone who has lost a pet or is anticipating the death of a companion animal. Free. Info: 258-3229. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6pm - The group meets at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. 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 Rd. To register, call 258-3888, ext. 221. Info: : Bloodmobile Drive dates and locations are listed below. Appointment and ID required. • WE (8/26) - Lowe’s in Weaverville, 24 North Ridge Commons Pkwy. Info: 7829020. • TH (8/27), 2:30pm-7pm 106.9 the Light is promoting

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S-Anon For those affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. Info: 545-4287 or 606-6803. • WEEKLY - Three meetings are available per week. Sex Addicts Anonymous A fellowship of men and women recovering from addictive sexual behavior (physical and/or emotional). Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Info: 800477-8191 (live person Mon.Fri. 11am-7pm) or 348-0284 to leave a local message for a return call. • SUNDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous SLAA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women who have a desire to stop living out a pattern of sex and love addiction. Meetings are held in downtown Asheville. Open to all sexual orientations. Info: AshevilleSLAA@gmail. com. • SATURDAYS, 10am - First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Oak St. Straighten Up, America • WE (8/26), 11:30am-1pm - Join Madeline Dillingham, CarePartners Orthopaedic Provider Relations Director, for a free exercise program for adults of all ages. Lunch provided. Learn how 3 minutes a day of easy exercises can improve your posture and spinal health. To register: 277-4815. Transitions: Job Loss Resource & Support Group • WEDNESDAYS, 3pm - Meets at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Church Street in downtown Hendersonville. Info: www. or 693-4275.


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Sports Groups & Activities APA Pool League (pd.) Amateur League, all skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up for 8-ball or 9-ball. 828-329-8197 ONGOING — Mon, Tue, Wed, or Thur — YOUR CHOICE! Asheville Masters Swimming • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS, 5:45-7:15am & SATURDAYS, 7-9am - Fitness, competitive and triathlon swimmers welcome at Asheville Country Club. Info: www.ashevillemasters. com. Disc Golf Check the kiosk at Richmond Hill Park for events and nearby tournaments. Info: 680-9626 or • SUNDAYS, 4pm - Doubles at Waynesville Rec Park. • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Black Mountain Park. • TUESDAYS, 5:30pm - Doubles at Richmond Hill Park. Monday Night Women’s Road Ride • MONDAYS, 6-8pm Sponsored by ABRC. Meet at Youngblood Bicycles, 233 Merrimon Ave. Be ready to ride at 6pm Approx. 27 miles at 12-15mph; no one left behind. Info: 254-4578. Pickleball It’s like playing ping pong on a tennis court. For all ages. $1 per session. Paddles and balls are provided. Info: 350-2058. • MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS, 9-11am - Meets at Stephens-Lee Rec Center, 30 George Washington Carver St. (take S. Charlotte to Max St.). Sports at UNCA Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. Info: 251-6459. • FR (8/28), 4pm - UNCA Women’s Soccer vs. Clemson at Greenwood Field. • WE (9/2), 7pm - UNCA Volleyball vs. Western Carolina at the Justice Center. $5.

Kids The Little Gym • Open House (pd.) The Little Gym on 1000 Brevard Road will be holding an open house (ages

4 months -12 years) on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 p.m. Games, free play, door prizes. Please call 667-9588, or visit us online at www. for more information. At The Health Adventure Free first Wed. of every month from 3-5pm. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm & Sun., 1-5pm. $8.50 adults/$7.50 students & seniors/$6 kids 2-11. Program info or to RSVP: 254-6373, ext. 324. Info: • MONDAYS through FRIDAYS (through Aug.), 10:30am - Story time. • Through SU (9/6) Arthur’s World, the national touring exhibition based on the PBS children’s television series and popular Marc Brown books, will be on display. Children’s Concert • SU (8/30), 6-6:45pm - Award-winning children’s musician Joanie Leeds will be performing at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. Joanie is the recipient of a Parent’s Choice award and is now on tour. Jolly Balloon Smiths will open. $3 for ages 3 and up. Children’s Festival on the Blue Ridge Parkway • SA (8/29), 10am-3pm - Children’s festival at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, milepost 384, to celebrate the opening of Asheville’s newest family adventure: the TRACK trail. Ribbon cutting at 11am. Hands-on activities, face painting, food, music and fun. Events at Earth Fare South Located at 1856 Hendersonville Rd. Info: 210-0100. • WE (8/29), 6:30pm - Learn to make healthy kidfriendly homemade snacks. $9. Call to register. Events for Kids at Spellbound Spellbound Children’s Bookshop is located at 19 Wall St., in downtown Asheville. Info: 232-2228 or • SA (8/29), 1pm - Susan Runholt presents her new mystery novel Rescuing Seneca Crane. Suggested for ages 8-14. • SU (8/30), 1pm - Kristy Dempsey will read her picture book Me with You. A book signing and activity will follow. Flag Football Youth League • MO (8/31) through TH (9/3) - Registration for Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts’ NFL Flag Football Youth League for kids ages 6-14. $25 for

Asheville residents/$30 for non-residents. Call or e-mail for registration locations: 232-4526 or Kids Corner Market A series of free activities for kids at the Asheville City Market. Organized by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project to get children excited about fresh food and physical activity. Info: 236-1282 or brook@ • SA (8/29), 10am-12:30pm - Fun Farm Activities with the Organic Growers School. Tea Parties at the SmithMcDowell House A hands-on program that brings American history to life. Each party includes a different lesson, snacks, tea and craft activity. For children 7 and up. $25/$20. Please make reservations two weeks prior to the program desired. Reservations & info: 253-9231 or • SA (9/12), 11am - Civil War Era Tea Party for both boys and girls. Dress code is casual. Civil War actors will bring the event to life.

Spirituality 20th Of Each Month • Heal Yourself And Mother Earth (pd.) Participate in worldwide long-distance group EssenceWork TM sessions. • Registration deadline: 15th of each month. • Private sessions, please call Lania Desmond: (828) 236-1230 or essence-work.html A Labor Day Weekend Zen Celebration! (pd.) 2 special events will commemorate the 4th anniversary of Great Tree Zen Temple: all-day sitting: September 5; Free brunch: September 6. • Rev. Munnich leads Meditation Day, cost $35. Questions? (828) 645-2085. • For details see: 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. (828)258-3229. Buying And Selling Metaphysical, Occult, And Self-Care Books (pd.) Monday-Saturday. 5428 Asheville Hwy (Hwy 25) 1/2 mile South, I-26 exit 44 next to Crystal Visions. (828) 681-5580. www. newvisionsmarketplace. com

AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 •

Hebrew Language Classes (pd.) By a native Hebrew speaker. Immersion through the Bible. Successful method, for all levels. • Individuals or groups. Call Maria Thomas (828) 5071622. mariati00@hotmail. com Tuesday Afternoons • Meditation • Great Tree Zen Temple (pd.) 5:30pm, 679 Lower Flat Creek Road, Alexander. More information: 645-2085 or A Course in Miracles Classes For anyone sincerely interested in joining a loving group for ACIM study and practice. The group meets at Groce United Methodist Church in East Asheville. Info: 712-5472. • MONDAYS, 6:30pm Study group meets. An Evening With Spirit All are welcome to communion with Spirit and channel messages. Held at the White Horse in Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. No latecomers. Love offering. Info: 713-2439. • SUNDAYS, 6-9pm Evening events will be lead by Theo Salvucci. Asheville Meditation Center Classes are held at the Greenlife Community Center, 90 Merrimon Ave., unless otherwise noted. Info: 5052300 or • THURSDAYS, 6:307:30pm - Meditation Circle. Held at One World Healing Arts Institute, 2 Sulphur Springs Road, W. Asheville. Donations accepted. Asheville Satsang With Gangaji Info: 216-7051 or • SUNDAYS, 7pm Discover true fulfillment. Silent sitting and video satsang with Western spiritual teacher Gangaji. New location at Serventhood House, 156 East Chestnut St., near Greenlife. Avalon Grove Nontraditional Celtic Christian worship services to honor the ancient Celtic holidays. Participants are welcome to bring vegetarian food to share after the service. Info: 645-2674 or • SA (8/29), 2-4pm - Faerie Workshop at Avalon Grove. Learn about the Faerie world and how to communicate and interact with them. $10. Awakening Practices Study the works of Eckhart Tolle and put words into action through meditation and discussion. Info: Trey@

• 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - Meets at the EnkaCandler Library meeting room. Beth Israel Synagogue Located at 229 Murdock Ave. An egalitarian house of prayer, study and assembly in the Conservative Jewish tradition where all are welcome. Join us for Shabbat services, Minyans, high holidays and festival services and celebrations. Info: 2528431 or www.bethisraelnc. org. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm Services. Buddhist Meditation and Discussion Meets in the space above the French Broad Food Co-op. Suggested donation: $8. Info: 779-5502 or www. meditation-in-northcarolina. org. • WE (8/26), 7:15pm Introduction to Meditation. • WE (9/2), 7:15pm “Bringing the Spiritual Path Into Daily Life.” 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. • THURSDAYS, 6pm-10pm - Evenings at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Coalition of Earth Religions Events Info: 230-5069 or www. • 1st WEDNESDAYS, 6:309pm - Pagans Night Out. Meet at the Bier Garden in downtown Asheville. 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 www. • 2nd & 4th THURSDAYS, 5-6:15pm - Practice group for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth in Bible Study • SUNDAYS (8/30 through 9/20), 6-8pm - Explore A New Earth and discuss what author Eckhart Tolle brings to the Christian conversation and what Christianity brings

to what the book offers. At The Chapel Door, 32 Joe Jenkins Rd., Fairview. Free. Everyone welcome. Events at Montreat College Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. • TH (8/27), 11am Communion service with Chaplain Steve. • TU (9/1), 11am - Opening convocation in Gaither Chapel. A panel discussion focusing on “Visions of Community” will take place. Events at The Chapel Door • SUNDAYS, 6-8pm Meeting at 32 Joe Jenkins Rd. to explore Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and discuss what Tolle brings to the Christian conversation and what Christianity brings to what the book offers. Info: 628-1882. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or • SUNDAYS (through 9/6), 10am - Summer worship service with Rev. Joe Hoffman and Rev. Shannon Spencer. Childcare is provided. FCUCC is an open and affirming congregation; all are welcome. Journey Expansion Team (JET) • THURSDAYS, 7-9pm - An inspiration of James Ray featured on Oprah/The Secret. Join a group of like-minded people who want to share with others The Law Of Vibration and other Universal Laws. Meetings held in Fletcher/Asheville. Info: 3297145 or kimberlycroteau@yahoo. com. Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation Technique Transcend the busy, active mind—effortlessly—for peace, bliss and full awakening of creative intelligence. The most effective, extensively researched meditation. Revitalizes mind/body, relieves worry and anxiety, improves brain functioning. Free. Info: 254-4350 or • WEDNESDAYS, 7:15pm - At the Asheville TM Center, 165 E. Chestnut. Mantras Cafe • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:308:30pm - Bring your favorite kirtan mantras, multi-cultural chants and soul-centered music. Open mike. Sign-up 6-6:30pm. At BoBo Gallery. Free or $3 donation. Mindfulness Meditation Class Explore the miracle of healing into life through deepened stillness and presence. 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 at 227 Edgewood Ave. (off Merrimon Ave.). Donation. Modern-Day Meditation Class For Young Adults • TUESDAYS, 7:30-9:30pm - Class. For ages 18-35. Safe space to let down walls, release pent up emotion, get in touch with a truer part of yourself. Free. Info: 301-7892. Mother Grove Events Info: 230-5069, info@ or • SU (8/30), 3pm - “In the Mother Grove,” a multimedia concert of music and poetry devoted to the Divine Feminine, will premiere at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place. Love donation. Benefit for the Asheville Mother Grove Goddess Temple. Mountain Zen Practice Center Ending suffering through the practice of Conscious Compassionate Awareness. Located at 156 E. Chestnut St. Info: 253-4621 or www. Orientation required for newcomers. • TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm Meditation and discussion. Mystic Gatherings Share in the community of those who are governed both by logic and observing signs around them: gut, spirit, intuition or whatever That is. Bring your stories and experiences. Gatherings are dynamic and diverse and range from topics such as changes in our society to defining moments in life and much more. Info: 206-2009. • WEDNESDAYS, 7pm - Meeting. Psychic Development Class • 2nd & 4th WEDNESDAYS, 7-8:30pm - Develop your intuition in a stress-free environment. Everyone will have an opportunity to read and to be read. Love donation accepted. Info: 255-8304. Sojourner Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) A congregation in formation. The goal is provide a caring, non-threatening environment for the exploration of Christian spirituality. Info: • SUNDAYS, 9:30am - Worship —- 10:30am - Fellowship. Lower floor of Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Road, Asheville. Sri Sri Sri Shivabalayogi Meditation Group

freewillastrology What I wish for you this week is that you won’t be satisfied with mediocre truths; that you’ll be a fussy perfectionist focused on cutting out waste, fraud, and delusion; that you’ll be itchy to know more about the unacknowledged games that are being played. Frustration, I hope, will be your holy fuel. Unsweetened lemonade, I trust, will be your rejuvenating drink. These are blessings, Aries, not curses! I pray that you’ll pick one of your scabs until it bleeds so the healing process can start over — the right way this time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

What have you always wanted to yell from the pinnacle of the hill in the distance? This is the week to go there and yell it. What is that safe way of getting high that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time for before? This is the week to try it. What is the alluring phenomenon that is always going on just outside the reach of your ordinary awareness — the seductive pull you have always somehow resisted? This is the time to dive in and explore it. (Thanks to John Averill for his inspiration in composing this horoscope. His tweets are at

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden because of an incident involving an apple, right? Wrong. Many biblical scholars suspect the fruit in question was either a fig, grape, or pomegranate. I mention this, Gemini, because I think you’d be wise to review your own personal myth of exile. It’s time to question the story you have been telling yourself about how your paradise got lost. Evidence you discover in the coming days just might suggest that everything you’ve believed is at least half-wrong — that your origins are different from what you imagine. And as for the forbidden fruit that supposedly led you astray: You may realize that it was actually a precious medicine.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

The coming week will be prime time to perform minor miracles without trying too hard. You’ll probably have maximum success if you refrain from hoping and worrying about achieving maximum success. The cosmic currents will be likely to bend and shape themselves to accommodate your deeper needs if you proceed on the assumption that they know, better than your little ego does, what’s best for you. To get yourself in the proper frame of mind to do challenging tasks without expending strenuous effort, you might want to check out this photo spread of people practicing drunk yoga:

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Are you familiar with the phenomenon known as a fire whirl? It happens on rare

occasions when a fire produces a tornadolike vortex that rises up vertically, spinning madly. It’s beautiful to behold but is not something you ever want to be close to. I bring this to your attention in the hope that you will not let yourself turn into the human equivalent of a fire whirl in the coming week. You’re not yet close to being one, but there are signs you’re headed that way. With just a modicum of adjustment, you can ensure that you’ll be more like a blaze in a fireplace or a wild but controlled bonfire on a beach — not a fire whirl.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I was listening to a sports talk show on the radio. The host had recently discovered Twitter, and was pleased with how many fans he had already accumulated. But he was not at all happy with the words “Twitter” or “tweet.” Too effeminate, he said. Not macho enough for a he-man like himself to use comfortably. In fact, he promised that he would never again refer to his Twitter messages as “tweets,” but would hereafter call them “spurts.” Instead of “Twitter,” he would say “Twister.” I encourage you to draw inspiration from his example, Virgo. You’re in an astrological phase when you can and should reconfigure anything that doesn’t suit your needs or accommodate your spirit, whether it’s the language you use, the environments you hang out in, or the processes you’re working on.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Years ago, a TV sitcom called *The Andy Griffith Show* ran for seven seasons on CBS. Its star, Any Griffith, played a mild-mannered sheriff in a small town in North Carolina. His sidekick was Barney Fife, a bumbling deputy with a sweet disposition. Shortly after he left the show, Griffith had a dream in which he thrashed and pummeled his co-star. When he asked his psychiatrist about the meaning of this dream violence, the shrink speculated that he was trying to kill off his old image. I recommend that exact strategy to you now, Libra. Don’t actually wreak any real-life mayhem. Rather, see if you can have a dream or two in which you destroy a symbol of the life you’re ready to leave behind.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

What life will you be living at noon on September 1, 2014? Who will you be? How thoroughly will your dreams have come true? What kind of beauty and truth and love and justice will you be serving? Will you look back at the time between August 27 and September 21, 2009 and sigh, “If only I had initiated my Five Year Master Plan at that ripe astrological moment”? Or on September 1, 2014 will you instead be able to crow, “I can truly say that in these past five years I have become the president of my own life”?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

If at some future time you sell your life story to a filmmaker who makes it into a feature film, it may have a lot to do with adventures that kick into high gear in the coming weeks. The fun will start (I hope) when you decide not to merely lie back and be victimized by your signature pain any longer. This brave act will recalibrate the cosmic scales and shift the currents of destiny that flow through you. Soon you will be making progress in untangling a mystery that has eluded your insight for a long time. You will be able to uncover the guarded secrets of a source that has for some time been tweaking your personal power without your full awareness.

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In his book *From Heaven to Earth: Spiritual Living in a Market-Oriented World,* Aaron Zerah riffs on the Hebrew word “nabal.” It describes someone who’s so staunchly concentrated on practical concerns that he becomes impractical. Please don’t let this be your fate anytime soon, Capricorn. For the ultimate benefit of the bottom line, disregard the bottom line for a while. Fantasize like a teenage poet. Be as whimsical as a mystic clown. Be a sweet, fun-loving fool so you won’t turn into a sour, workaholic fool.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

A woman living in China’s Jilin province got married in a wedding gown with a train that was 1.4 miles long. Lin Rong’s dress was decorated with 9,999 red silk roses and took three months to sew. In the spirit of her record-breaking ritual, Aquarius I encourage you to be extravagant and imaginative as you celebrate a great union in the coming weeks. You have an astrological mandate to think big as you carry out a rite of passage that will lead to an upgrade in the role that collaboration and symbiosis play in your life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Close your eyes and imagine you’re in a meadow as rain falls. Inhale the aroma of the earth as the ground is soaked. Dwell in the midst of that scent for a while, allowing it to permeate your organs and nerves. Feel its life-giving energy circulating through you. Give yourself to the memories it evokes. In my astrological opinion, experiences like this are what you need most in the coming week. Can you think of some others that would speak directly to your animal intelligence? It’s a perfect time to please and excite the part of you that is a soft, warm creature.

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The Bhakti Vinyasa Project • SA (8/29), 5-7pm - “Alive Musical Yoga Experience,” a blend of yoga, music and mantra by the Bhakti Vinyasa Project at After the Masters Yoga Studio. Senior yoga teacher Katy Knowles will collaborate with local musicians Luna Ray and Joshua Canter. All levels welcome. $20 donation. Info: 3371464. Transmission Meditation Group Join in this group meditation for your own personal spiritual growth, as well as the healing and transformation of the planet. Info: 318-8547. • TUESDAYS, 6:30pm - Meditation for personal and spiritual growth. 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 Rd. Info: 684-3798, 891-8700 or • WE (8/26), 7pm “Mellowing Your Drama,” with Rev. Chad. Love offering. • SUNDAYS, 9:30am & 11am - Two Sunday Celebration Services. Children’s nursery available during both services —11am - Children’s Sunday School (ages 4 to 18). • WE (9/2), 7-9pm “Vedic Astrology: Steering Your Life by the Stars,” with Ryan Kurczak. Love offering. Info: www. AshevilleVedicAstrology. com. Unity Church of Asheville Looking for something different? Unity of Asheville explores the deeper spiritual meaning of the scriptures combined with an upbeat contemporary music program to create a joyous and sincere worship service. Come join us this Sunday and try it for yourself. Located at 130 Shelburne Rd., W. Asheville. Info: 252-5010 or • 5th SUNDAYS, 11am Musical Celebration Service.


Art Gallery Exhibits & Openings 16 Patton Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-6pm and Sun., 1-6pm (open on Sun. May-Oct. only). Info: 236-2889 or • SA (8/29) through SU (10/4) - Drawings: Foundations of Fine Art. • SA (8/29), 6-8pm - Opening reception for Drawings: Foundations of Fine Art. Aesthetic Gallery Located at 6 College St., Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., Noon-6pm. Info: 398-0219 or www.aestheticgallery. com. • Through FR (9/11) Beyond Photography, digital painting giclees by photographer artist Ron Morecraf. American Folk Art & Framing The gallery at 64 Biltmore Ave. is open daily, representing contemporary self-taught artists and regional pottery. Info: 281-2134 or www. • Through WE (8/26) - Unbound by Tradition, the pottery of Michel Bayne and wood-cut prints by Kent Ambler —- A Day at the Beach, work by Woodie Long, Amanda Riddle and Spencer Herr in the Oui Oui Gallery. Art at UNCA Art exhibits and events at the university are free, unless otherwise noted. • Through TU (9/8) - The annual Studio Art Faculty Exhibition will be on display in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. • Through FR (8/28) - Inmate Art, drawings and collages by student-inmates at Avery Mitchell Correctional Facility, will be on display in Blowers Gallery. Arts Council of Henderson County D. Samuel Neill Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 1-5pm and Sat., 1-4pm. Located at 538 N. Main St., 2nd Floor, Hendersonville. Info: 6938504 or • Through SA (9/19) - The juried and judged exhibition Bring Us Your Best 6 will be on display. Asheville Area Arts Council The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is at 11 Biltmore Ave. Hours: Mon.Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat., Noon-3pm. Info: 258-0710 or • Through SU (8/30) - New artwork by Cynthia Hall and Dawson Fogg will be on display.

Asheville Art Museum The museum is in Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center on Pack Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 10am-5pm and Sun. from 1-5pm. Free the 1st Wed. of every month from 35pm. Info: 253-3227. $6/$5. • Through SU (9/13) Response and Memory: The Art of Beverly Buchanan. Asheville Gallery of Art A co-op gallery representing 28 regional artists located at 16 College St. Hours: Mon.Sat., 10am-5:30pm and Sun.: 1-4pm. Info: 251-5796 or • Through MO (8/31) Internal Landscape, a collection of abstract oil paintings by Cindy Walton. • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Quiet Beauty, a collection of watercolor paintings by Sandra Brugh Moore. Bella Vista Art Gallery Located in Biltmore Village, next to the parking lot of Rezaz’s restaurant. Open daily. Info: 768-0246 or • Through MO (8/31) - New Raku artists: Terry Hagiwara and Lorri Acott-Fowler. New works in pastel by Karen Margulis. 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 FR (9/25) - Captured on Canvas, a solo exhibit by photographer Susan Stanton. Blue Spiral 1 The gallery at 38 Biltmore Ave. is open Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Info: 251-0202 or • Through SU (9/20) - Will Henry Stevens (18811949) + Tom Turner: Stevens’ never-before exhibited abstracts paired with Turner’s porcelain. Alice R. Ballard: nature-inspired ceramics. Alex Bernstein, Julyan Davis, Charles Goolsby: glass sculpture and paintings. Brevard Gallery Walks A variety of Brevard galleries and art spots open their doors. Info: 884-2787. • 4th FRIDAYS, 5-9pm Gallery Walk. Castell Photography A photo-based art gallery located at 2C Wilson Alley, off of Eagle St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 255-1188 or

www.castellphotography. com. • Ongoing exhibit featuring a series of wet-plate collodian images by Brie Castell and a continued exhibit of work by Govind Garg. Crimson Laurel Gallery Info: 688-3599 or www. • Through SA (8/29) - Anthropogenic, new work by Matt Jacobs and Eric Knoche. 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 MO (8/31) Summer Samplings, a group exhibition. Hand In Hand Gallery Located at 2720 Greenville Hwy. (U.S. 25 South) in Flat Rock. Info: 697-7719 or www.handinhandgallery. com. • Through SU (10/4) - Summertime Memories: W.N.C. Treasures. Hollingsworth Gallery Located at 147 E. Main St., Brevard. Info: 877-3886. • Through MO (8/31) - Paintings by local artist Martha D’Angona will be on display. • FR (8/28), 6-8pm - Meet and greet with painter Martha D’Angona, during the 4th Friday Gallery Walk. D’Angona will discuss her paintings on display at the gallery. Madison County Arts Council Exhibits Located at 90 S. Main St. in Marshall. Info: 649-1301. • Through FR (10/2) Amalgam, a solo show by Chukk Bruurseema featuring works in metal, wood, digital layering, even clothing. • FR (8/21) through FR (10/2) - “33” installation by Laura Kathleen Marsico. A site-specific/site- constructed installation. Pack Place Front Gallery Located at 2 S. Pack Place Square. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 15pm. Info: 257-4530. • Through SA (8/29) Freaks of Asheville Calendar and Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival exhibit, featuring photographs from the calendar and LAAFF. 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: • Through SA (9/5) - Oh Kaos, a group show featur-

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ing local and national artists, will be on display at Flood Gallery. The works address the range of possibilities between the ideas of “OK” and “chaos.” • Through MO (9/7) - The work of Merlin Strivelli will be on display at the Pump Gallery. Strivelli, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child, recently received an “Award of Excellence” at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. The Bender Gallery Located at 57 Haywood St., Asheville. Hours: Mon.Thurs., 10am-5pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-7pm; and Sun., Noon-5pm. Info: www. or 225-6625. • TH (9/3) through SA (10/31) - Glass sculptures by Toland Sand. • TH (9/3), 5-8pm - Opening reception for an exhibition of glass sculptures by Toland Sand. Sand will be on hand to discuss his work. Toe River Arts Council The TRAC Center Gallery is at 269 Oak Ave. in Spruce Pine. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm. The Burnsville TRAC Gallery is at 102 W. Main St. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm. Spruce Pine info: 765-0520. Burnsville info: 682-7215. General info: • SA (8/22) through SA (9/26) - Local Children Books: Writers and Illustrators and 40th Anniversary Retrospective, blown glass by Richard Ritter, will be on display. Transylvania Community Arts Council Located at 349 South Caldwell St. in Brevard. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10am-4 pm. Info: 884-2787 or www. • FR (8/28) through FR (9/25) - WNC Woodworkers, featuring the works of local and regional woodworkers. • FR (8/28), 5-9pm Opening reception for WNC Woodworkers. 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: Tues.-Fri., 10am-4pm & Sat., 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $5 family/$3 person. Info: 227-3591 or www.wcu. edu/fapac/galleries. • Through FR (9/18) - New Gifts: Selections from the Collection of Professor Emeritus Perry Kelly, George Masa: A Photographic Vision of the Mountains and Dean and Nancy Cramer

Lettenstrom: Delicate Balance: Painting & Drawing. • TU (9/1) through TU (10/6) - An exhibit featuring the works of Western MFA and BFA student artists will be on display at the Atrium Sales Gallery and Cyber Coffee Cafe. • TU (9/1), 10am-4pm - Grand opening for an exhibit featuring the works of Western MFA/BFA art students. $1 suggested donation for coffee. Proceeds benefit the Art Student’s League Exhibition Awards. YMI Cultural Center Located at 39 South Market St., the community-based organization seeks to enhance the cultural and economic lives of people in WNC, particularly minority and low-income residents. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., 10am-5pm. Info: 252-4614 or • Through SU (9/20) Working Process, sculptures by Robert Winkler.

More Art Exhibits & Openings Art at Nova Located at 109 Broadway, Asheville. • Through MO (8/31) - Work by Stephen Lange will be on display. Art at the N.C. Arboretum Works by members of the Asheville Quilt Guild and regional artists are on display daily in The Visitor Education Center. Info: 665-2492 or • Through SU (11/1) - H. Douglas Pratt and John C. Sill’s BIRDS: The Science of Illustration. The exhibit celebrates the art and science of birds. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: or www. • Through TU (10/27) More than 30 original pieces of artwork by nine local artists will be on display. Art League of Henderson County The ALHC meets and shows exhibits at the Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. (25N) in downtown Hendersonville. Info: 6920575 or • Through TH (9/10) Works by local guest artist Gloria Elasky will be on display in the Grace Etheredge Room at Opportunity House. Artwork by Cyndi • Through WE (9/30) - Artwork by Cyndi Calhou will be on display at Salsa’s

Restaurant in downtown Asheville and at Brixx Pizza in S. Asheville. Carolina Nature Photographers Association Info: www.cnpa-asheville. org. • Through SU (11/15) Celebrating Nature Through Photography, images from the N.C. Arboretum and WNC will be on display at the N.C. Arboretum. Center For Craft, Creativity and Design The inter-institutional Regional Center of the University of North Carolina is located at the Kellogg Conference Center, 11 Broyles Rd. in Hendersonville. Info: 8902050 or • TU (9/1) through FR (12/11) - Different Tempers: Jewelry & Blacksmithing, an exhibit featuring the works of 14 nationally known metalsmiths. Events at First Congregational United Church of Christ Located at 20 Oak St., Asheville. • Through MO (8/31) - All Things Bright & Beautiful, a photography exhibit by Connie Toops. Toops’ work explores a hummingbird’s perspective as it zips from flower to flower. First Congregational Church Located at 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. “An open and affirming congregation.” Info: 252-8729 or • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Nuestra Historias, a traveling exhibit about migrant workers in America. Wine-and-Cheese Receptions for Art Exhibits At 32 Rosscraggon Road, Asheville. Proceeds go towards S.O.S. Mission, which works with victims of domestic violence and promotes domestic violence awareness and prevention education. Info: rchovey@ • Last FRIDAYS, 6-8pm - Reception. Changing exhibits, mixed media art by various local artists.

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• MO (8/31), 5pm - Monthly meeting at the Civic Center Rec Park in Highlands. Well-known artist Barbara St. Denis, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, will demonstrate her techniques in watermedia. Guests welcome. Info: (864) 877-2454. Asheville Art Museum Located on Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm and Sun., 1-5pm. Admission: $6/$5 students and seniors/ Free for kids under 4. Free first Wednesdays from 3-5pm. Info: 253-3227 or • FR (8/28), Noon-1pm - Art Break: Aiko Cuneo will discuss the work of her mother, Ruth Asawa. Asheville Chapter of the Church of Craft Info: • Last SUNDAYS, 1-4pm Meets at Short Street Cakes, 225 Haywood Rd. Info: 505-4822. Laurel Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America Holds monthly meetings and smaller groups dedicated to teaching different types of needlework. The chapter is also involved in numerous outreach projects. Guests are always welcome at meetings. Info: 654-9788 or • TH (9/3), 9:30am Registration followed by a short business meeting and a program on decorative felted orbs by Ellen Anderson. Orbs will be created at this meeting and decorated at the Oct. meeting. At Cummings United Methodist Church in Horse Shoe. Regional Artist Project Grant An annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. • Through MO (9/14) - Application deadline. Applications are available through the Asheville Area Arts Council, 258-0710; the Avery County Arts Council, 898-4292; the Madison County Arts Council, 6491301; or the Toe River Arts Council, 765-0520. Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Classes are held at the studio, 999 W. Old Rt. 70, Black Mountain. Info: svfal. or www. • THURSDAYS, Noon-3pm - Experimental Art Group. Experimental learning and sharing water-media techniques and collage. $20 for four sessions or $6/session.

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Transylvania Heritage Museum Located at 40 West Jordan St., Brevard. Info: 884-2347 or www.transylvaniaheritage. org. • FR (8/28), 5-9pm - 4th Friday Gallery Walk & Craft Demonstration. Variable 4 • SA (8/29), 9pm - Catalyst Productions presents Variable 4, a showcase of Asheville’s talent. The first 3 shows showcased latin dance, classical string quartets, tuvan throat singing, short plays, burlesque acts and much more. At the Hookah Bar. $8. WNC Fibers/Handweavers Guild The guild meets at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. All are welcome. Info: 877-3033 or www. • SA (8/29), 10am - A business meeting will be followed by a program by Guild member Jean McGrew on “Weaving Brocade With Bamboo.” Following the meeting, the second half of a Brocade workshop will be held.

Art/Craft Fairs American Gem, Bead & Jewelry Expo • SA & SU (8/29 & 30), 10am-5pm - Featuring vendors from all over the country. Held at the Double Tree Hotel in Biltmore, 115 Hendersonville Road. Info: 274-1800. $4. Asheville People’s Market Held June through October in the parking lot across from Rosetta’s Kitchen at 93 N. Lexington Ave. Info: • SUNDAYS, 11am-4pm - Search for art, crafts and homemade items made by Asheville artists at this fleamarket style market. Firestorm Cafe & Books Located at 48 Commerce St., Asheville. Info: 255-8115 or • SA (8/29), 3pm - Lush Life Trunk Show, featuring unique garments for the whole family. Greenlife Grocery Arts Market Located at 70 Merrimon Ave. Info: 254-5440. • SATURDAYS, 11am-6pm - Browse the wares of local and regional artists on the grass at Greenlife Grocery.

Spoken & Written Word 2009 Writer’s Workout • September And October (pd.) Announcing the September and October Writer’s Workouts, Posana Restaurant Meeting Room, Asheville. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry; 5-hour group sessions, $150. • Beginning writers, September 24 or October 1; • Intermediate, September 25 or October 2; • Advanced, September 26 or October 3. • Contact Kevin McIlvoy, (828) 3184456. • McIlvoy is a nationally recognized creative writing teacher. kmcilvoy54@ Buncombe County Public Libraries LIBRARY ABBRVIATIONS Each Library event is marked by the following location abbreviations: n BM = Black Mountain Library (105 N. Dougherty St., 250-4756) n EA = East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Road, 250-4738) n EC = Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Road, 250-4758) n SS = Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Road, 250-6488) n SW = Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Street, 250-6486) n WV = Weaverville Library (41 N. Main Street, 250-6482) • TU (9/1), 11:15am - Family Storytime. Enjoy stories, songs and fun activities. All ages welcome. WV —- 7pm - Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver. WV —- 7pm - Book Club: Bleeding Kansas, by Sara Paretsky. EC. • WE (9/2), 11am - Mother Goose Time. Babies and their parents are welcome. WV —- 11:30am - Book Club: Persepolis, by Mary Jane Satrapi. WV —- 5pm - Library Knitters. SW —- 68pm - Library Knitters. SS. • TH (9/3), 11am - Toddler Time. Enjoy stories, songs and more. WV —- 6:30pm - Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, by Mary Ann Shafer. EA —- 7pm - Book Club: Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. BM. Events at Malaprop’s The bookstore and cafe at 55 Haywood St. hosts visiting authors for talks and book signings. Info: 254-6734 or • WE (8/26), 7pm - Peter Neofotis will discuss his book Concord, Virginia: A

Southern Town in Eleven Stories . • TH (8/27), 7pm Hendersonville author Mindy Meltz will present her novel Beauty. • FR (8/28), 7pm - R. Dwayne Betts will present his memoir A Question of Freedom. • SA (8/29), 7pm - Amanda Gable will read from and sign her book The Confederate General Rides North. • SU (8/30), 3pm - Lin Stepp will present her book The Foster Girls. For Accomplished Asheville Writers Seeking other serious writers for critique group. Mostly fiction and nonfiction. Info: 658-8217. • Alternate THURSDAYS, 6:30pm - Group meets. Haywood County Public Library System The main branch is located at 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. The county system includes branches in Canton, Maggie Valley, Fines Creek and Cruso. Info: 4525169 or • TUESDAYS, 11am - Family story time at the Fines Creek Branch Library. We will read books, tell stories, learn songs and finger plays, and do a simple craft. Info: 627-0146. • TUESDAYS, 11:15am Family story time for children of all ages at the Canton Branch Library. We will read books, listen to songs, and learn finger plays. Info: 648-2924. • WEDNESDAYS, 1:30pm - Ready 4 Learning. A story time designed for 4 and 5 year olds with a focus on kindergarten readiness. This story time runs Sept.-May. • WEDNESDAYS, 11am Family story time for children of all ages. We will read books, sing songs, learn finger plays and more. • THURSDAYS, 11am - Movers & Shakers. This story time for active 2-3 year olds incorporates dance, physical activity, songs and age-appropriate books. Henderson County Public Library System Unless otherwise stated, all events take place in Kaplan Auditorium of the main branch library, located at 301 N. Washington St. in Hendersonville. The county system includes branches in Edneyville, Etowah, Fletcher and Green River. Info: 6974725 or www.henderson. • SA (8/29), 3pm - Local author Bahia Abrams will speak about her novel The Other Half of My Soul. Join in

the discussion about radical fundamentalism, intolerance, greed and the hunger for power — all themes found in the book. Osondu Booksellers All events are held at Osondu, 184 North Main St., Waynesville, unless otherwise noted. Info: 456-8062 or www.osondubooksellers. com. • MO (8/31), Noon Celebrate the Great Smoky Mountains 75th Anniversary and have lunch with Louise Nelson, local author and historian. Bring a lunch; tea will be provided. • TU (9/1), Noon-1pm Brown bag lunch with Phyllis Inman Barnett author of At the Foot of Cold Mountain. Barnett will tell stories that relate to the area from 75 years ago. • WE (9/2), Noon-1pm - Brown bag lunch with a guest storyteller. Call for details. • TH (9/3), Noon-1pm - Brown bag lunch with Wayne Caldwell, the author of Cataloochee. Spanish for Beginners Call International Link for details and to sign up: 2559104. • MONDAYS, 6-7:30pm - Small group six-week Beginner Spanish classes with a native speaker. $10 a class. • TUESDAYS, 5-6:30pm Intermediate Spanish classes with a native speaker. $10 a class. Writers’ Workshop Events WW offers a variety of classes and events for beginning and experienced writers. Info: 254-8111 or www. • Through SU (8/30) - Deadline for the “Short Fiction” contest. $20 entry fee.

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Center, 540 Dillingham Rd., Barnardsville. Plus, food, swimming and kids’ fun. $10/Free for kids under 10. Info: 626-3438. Festivities at Pritchard Park Events are sponsored by The Friends of Pritchard Park, a partnership between the Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors and Asheville GreenWork. Located at the intersection of Patton Ave., College St. and Haywood St. in downtown Asheville. • WE (8/26), Noon-2pm - The one-man band Jason Krekel will perform. • TH (8/27), 5-7pm - Folkrock music by Loveslave. • TUESDAYS, 5-7pm - Hula hooping for all ages. • WE (9/2), Noon-2pm - Classical music will be performed by Intermezzo. • TH (9/3), 5-7pm - Live music with Vinyl Cushions.

Music Redbone Willy’s Bluegrass and Peddler’s Festival (pd.) • Saturday, September 5, 12 NOON-9pm. Rhythm, Roots and Redbone Willy’s! Local food, wine and arts. Pickin’ presented by: • Buncombe Turnpike, Mama Said, The Dollar Brothers Band and MORE! $15 in advance. www. African Drum and History Class Learn djembe from Adama Dembele, a 33rd generation djembe player from the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Info: (520) 243-3123. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Drum class at Koinonia Studio, 178 Westwood Place, W. Asheville. • TUESDAYS, 6:30-7:30pm - Drum class at Terpsicorps dance studio, 129 Roberts St., River Arts District. African Drumming With Billy Zanski at Skinny Beats Drum Shop, 4 Eagle St., downtown Asheville. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Suggested donation $10 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Info: 768-2826. • WEDNESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginners. • SUNDAYS, 1-2pm - Intermediates —- 2-3pm - Beginners. An Afternoon of Story and Song • SU (8/30), 2-3:30pm - Singer/songwriter and social activist Holly Near will perform at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands. $15. Reservations are necessary: 526-5838, ext. 0. Info:


Bluegrass Slow Jam in Asheville • MONDAYS, 6:30-7pm - “Slow” jam for people learning bluegrass banjo, mandolin and guitar —- 78:30pm - Regular bluegrass jam. Not held when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday. At Blue Ridge Music, 828 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville. Info: 277-5588. Concerts on the Creek Held in the pavilion at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free. Info: (800)-962-1911 or www. • SA (8/29), 6-9pm - Modern bluegrass will be performed by Dehlia Low. Events at Barnes & Noble The bookstore is located at 3 Tunnel Rd. Info: 296-9330 or • TH (8/27), 7-9pm - Local multi-percussionist River Gueruerian will perform songs from his album Tibetan Bowl Meditation. John Vorus and others will accompany him. Free. A CD signing will follow. Info: Haywood Community Chorus Membership is open to all interested singers; no auditions are required. Sponsored in part by The Junaluskans and the Haywood County Arts Council. Info: 452-4075 or 456-1020. • MONDAYS, 7pm Rehearsal at First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra Info: 697-5884 or • TH (9/3), 6-7:30pm - “Sound Bites,” a taste of the 2009/2010 season. Hors d’oeuvres and music at the Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall. Free. RSVP to the Chamber of Commerce by Aug. 27: 692-1413. Land of the Sky Men’s Harmony Chorus Male singers invited to weekly meetings at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 51 Wilburn Place, W. Asheville. Info: 298-9248 or • TUESDAYS, 7:30pm - Regular meeting at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. See website for details. Music at the Asheville City Market The market is held in the parking lot of the Public Works building on South Charlotte Street. Info: 2426881. • SA (8/29), 8am-1pm - Galen Kipar, singer/songwriter.

Music at the Asheville City Market South The market is held at Biltmore Square Park. Info: 348-0340. • WE (8/26), 7:30-11:30am - Jay Brow, singer/songwriter. Music at UNCA Concerts are held in Lipinsky Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Tickets & info: 2325000. • WE (8/26), 12:45pm - Billy Jonas will perform acoustic and folk music. Free. Music on Main Street Live music and dancing at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St. in Hendersonville. Bring a chair. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708, 1-800-828-4244 or • FR (8/28), 7-9pm Season finale: variety music with Tuxedo Junction. Reuter Center Singers All persons who read music and enjoy singing are invited to attend. Practices are held at the Reuter Center on the UNCA campus. All adult singers are welcome to join; no auditions. Info: 669-0605. • MONDAYS, 6:15pm - Fall rehearsal will begin Aug. 31. Shindig on the Green A celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. At Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. Stage show and informal jam sessions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Info: 258-6101 ext. 345 or • SATURDAYS (through 9/5), 7pm - Shindig. WCU Musical Events Unless otherwise noted, performances are held at the Fine & Performing Arts Center on the campus of Western Carolina University. Tickets or info: 227-2479 or http://fapac. • SU (8/30), 3pm - The Galaxy of Stars Series presents GRITS: The Musical, based on the book Friends Are Forevah, by Deborah Ford. $25/$20 seniors and WCU staff/$5 students.

Central Methodist Church. Info: 768-2456. Open to all. Events at 35below This black box theater is located underneath Asheville Community Theatre at 35 Walnut St. Info: 254-1320 or • Through SU (8/30) - Miss Gulch Returns, a musical by Fred Barton. Thurs.-Sat. at 8pm and Sun. at 5pm. $15. Events in Cherokee Info: 438-1601 or www. • Through SA (8/29), 7:30pm - Unto These Hills, a drama that tells of the Cherokee Indians from Desoto to today. Held in the renovated Mountainside Theatre. Performances are held Monday through Saturday. A preshow begins at 7pm. $18/$8 children. Flat Rock Playhouse The State Theater of North Carolina is on Hwy. 225, 3 miles south of Hendersonville. Info: 693-0731 or www. • Through SU (9/6) - Real Estate, a light drama about relationships and selling a house, will be performed. $30, with discounts available. Haywood Arts Regional Theater HART is in the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. (Hwy. 276 S.) in downtown Waynesville. Tickets & info: 456-6322. • FR (8/28) through SU (9/6) - Walking Across Egypt, a comedy by Clyde Edgerton. Aug. 28-29 and Sept. 3-5 at 7:30pm and Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 at 3pm. $18 adults/$15 seniors/$8 students. 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 • FR (8/28) through SA (9/5), 7:30pm - The Asheville Shakesperience, the Players’ resident repertory company, will give special performances titled The Best of The Bard.



Beaucatcher Brew Acting Classes • WEDNESDAYS (9/2) through (12/2), 7-8:30pm - Beaucatcher Brew will offer free acting classes taught by UNCA Drama Instructor Lise Kloeppel. Held at the Haywood Street Campus,

Gag Order Improv Comedy Comedy theater based on audience suggestions at Brightwater Yoga Studio, 506 1/2 N. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Free. Info: • 2nd & 4th FRIDAYS, 9pm - Improv. BYOB.

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Film Call for Funniest Home Short Film • Through FR (9/25) - The Asheville Intl Children’s Film Festival is looking for the funniest home short film in WNC. The film needs to be no longer than 3 min. and feature children or pets in a fun nonharmful way. The winning film will be featured in Nov. at the AICFF. Submit film as a QuickTime movie file: info@ World Film Premiere of Facing East • FR (8/28), 6:30-9pm Facing East will be shown at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville. Vital Films presents the story about the last experience of the Yangtze River before it is transformed into reservoirs. Bring one canned food item for MANNA FoodBank. Info: 299-3370.

Dance All Ages • Dance Classes (pd.) Jazz, ballet and modern techniques. Creative and fun-filled class. Pure enjoyment of dance. • All levels. Asheville. Starts September 2! • Mention this ad • Save 5%! Call Jill: 989-3692. www. Beginning Jitterbug/East Coast Swing (pd.) Classes starting Sept. 16, 8pm at Asheville Arts Center. No experience or partner needed. Perfect for guys with two left feet! $40 per person. 484-9392 or visit Belly Dance! • Raqs Sharqi By Mahsati (pd.) New Schedule Begins 9/9/2009 • Essentials Belly Dance Level I: Mondays, 7:30pm-9pm. • Combining Elements Belly Dance Level II: Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9pm. • Drop-ins welcome. $15/ class, multi-class discounts available. 20 Commerce Street, Asheville. (828) 3187572. www.mahsati-janan. com Argentine Tango Dancers of all levels welcome. Info: www.tangoasheville. com. • SATURDAYS, 7:30-10pm - Filo Milongas at 1155 Tunnel Rd. $5. • SUNDAYS (except 1st), 7-10pm - Practica at North Asheville Recreation Center, 37 E. Larchmont Road. Beginning Scottish Country Dance Offered by the Haywood Scottish Country Dancers at the Harvest House recreation center in Asheville. Registration required. $20/per-

son. To register, or for more info: 622-0071. • FRIDAYS (8/21 through 9/4), 7-8:30pm - An introduction to Scottish Country Dancing. Dance Classes August classes at Asheville Dance Revolution, 63 Brook St., are sponsored by the nonprofit Cultural Development Group are are by donation. • WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-6pm - Hip Hop —- 6-7:30pm - Teen/Adult Ballet. • MONDAYS, 6-7pm - Teen/ Adult Tap —- 7-8:30pm - Teen/Adult Jazz. • TUESDAYS, 4-5pm - Jazz for Children —- 5-6pm - Tap for Children. Morris Dancing Learn English traditional Morris dances and become a member of one of three local teams as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free. Info: 994-2094 or • MONDAYS, 5:30pm - Women’s Garland practice held at Reid Center for Creative Art. Opportunity House Events Located at 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Info: 698-5517 or 692-0575. • FRIDAYS, 7:30pm - Ballroom dance class. Couples and singles welcome. $5. Snacks and drinks provided. Info: 254-0814. Skyland Twirlers Western square dancing at the Senior Opportunity Center (not just for seniors), 36 Grove St., near the Federal Building in downtown Asheville. Info: 650-6405. • FR (8/28) - South of the Border Square Dance. A Plus workshop at 7pm, with Rounds, Mainstream and Plus tips from 7:30-9pm. Members free. Edna Anderson will be cueing her final dance with the club; she will be honored. $5. Studio Zahiya Classes Classes are held at Studio Zahiya, 41 Carolina Lane. $12 drop-in. $40 for four classes, with other discounts available. Info: 242-7595 or • THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30pm - Beginner belly dance for youth ages 12-16 —- 6:307:30pm - Bhangra! East Indian high-energy dance. • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm - Beginner belly dance —- 7:10-8:10pm - Drills and skills. Summer Street Dances in Hendersonville Mountain music and dancing on the street in front of the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main St., downtown Hendersonville. Bring a chair, but please leave pets at

home. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Free. Info: 693-9708 or • MO (8/31), 7-9pm - Season finale: Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition and Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers. Caller: Walt Puckett. Swing Asheville Info: www.swingasheville. com, 301-7629 or dance@ • TUESDAYS, 6-7pm Beginner swing dance lessons in the Lindy Hop style. $10 per person per week for four weeks. No partner necessary. At Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville.

Auditions & Call to Artists Anam Cara Theatre Company Cabaret Auditions • MO & WE (8/24 & 26), 7:30-10:30pm - Open auditions for The Connective Collective: A Cabaret of Consciousness at Jubilee!, 101 Patton Ave. Looking for singers, actors, dancers, jugglers or any other creative expression. Come prepared with a piece no longer than 10 min. To schedule audition: 545-3861. Annual Mail Art Exhibit Call for Entries Anything Goes—Everything Shows is an uncensored free-style mail-art show held at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., Asheville. Mail art is art that uses the postal system as a medium. Mail artists exchange ephemera in the form of illustrated letters, zines, envelopes, postcards and more. Info: 273-3332. • MO (8/31) - Deadline for submissions. No entry fee. Mail to: Anything Goes—Everything Shows, Carlos Steward, Courtyard Gallery, PO 9907, Asheville, NC 28815. Art in the Airport Gallery Located on the pre-security side of the Asheville Regional Airport terminal. Open to the public during the airport’s hours of operation. Info: art@ or • Through FR (10/2) Application deadline for new exhibit. Interested artists may visit the Web site or e-mail for more info. Asheville Arts Center The main campus is located at 308 Merrimon Ave. Info: 253-4000 or • SA & SU (8/29 & 30), 4-7pm - Auditions for The Songs: An Asheville Arts Center Cabaret, a Broadway musical revue in two acts. Prepare a favorite Broadway song. Bring sheet music.

Production dates are first two weekends in Nov. Seeking 30 people, children and adults. Asheville Community Theatre Located at 35 East Walnut St. Tickets & info: 254-1320 or • SU & MO (8/30 & 31), 7-9pm - Auditions for the comedy The Hallelujah Girls. Directed by Jessie Jones. Seeking six women (40-60) and two men (40-60). Call ext. 29 or visit the Web site for more info. Asheville Jewish Community Center Events The JCC is located at 236 Charlotte St., Asheville. Info: 253-0701. • Through MO (8/31) - Open auditions are being held for local talent who would like a chance to appear in the annual JCC Variety Show Oct. 24. All dancers, singers, comedians, actors, musicians and other talent are welcome to audition. To schedule an audition time: hmoor@ Celebration Singers of Asheville Community children’s chorus for ages 7-14. For audition info: 230-5778 or www. • TH (8/27), 6:30-7:30pm - Celebration Singers of Asheville will hold auditions for singers. The show choir presents two concerts plus additional performances. Bring a song you like to sing. At First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. Mural Contest • Through MO (8/31) - Deadline for the Craggie Brewing Company’s mural contest. Artists who reside in Buncombe County are invited to participate. Entries should include images reflecting the artist’s vision of Craggie. Info: 254-0360 or images/stories/craggie/general/mural_contest.pdf

Tryon Fine Arts Center The gallery is at 34 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Open Mon.-Fri., 9am-Noon & 1:30-4pm; Sat., 9am-1pm. Info: www. • TU & WE (9/1 & 2), 9:30am-3pm - Hand-delivered sculptures (limit 2 per person) will be accepted for the 12th Biennial Tryon Painters & Sculptors Juried Sculpturama show. Info: or 749-3900.


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• Donald Duck may be a lovable icon of comic mishap to American youngsters, but in Germany, he is wise and complicated and retains followers well past their childhoods. Using licensed Disney storyline and art, the legendary translator Erika Fuchs created an erudite Donald, who often “quotes from German literature, speaks in grammatically complex sentences, and is prone to philosophical musings,” according to a May Wall Street Journal dispatch. Though Donald and Uncle Scrooge (“Dagoberto”) speak in a lofty richness, nephews Tick, Trick and Track use the slang of youth. Recently in Stuttgart, academics gathered for the 32nd annual convention of the “German Organization for NonCommercial Followers of Pure Donaldism,” with presentations on such topics as Duckburg’s solar system.

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• The preferred “disciplinary” tactic of Tampa, Fla., high school assistant principal Olayinka Alege, 28, is to have underperforming students remove a shoe so he can “pop” their toes. Five students at King High School complained, triggering a sheriff’s office investigation, but Alege was cleared, and indeed, the students admit that the popping is painless (though “weird,” said some). One apparently incorrigible student said his toes had been popped 20 times. However, the principal recently ordered Alege to stop. • Chicago banker George Michael, seeking to avoid $80,000 a year in property taxes, decided to call his $3 million mansion a “church” and apply for tax exemption as pastor, and in July 2008, his application was somehow preliminarily approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue. According to a Chicago Tribune report, the application included a photograph of the “church,” which was just a shot of an outer wall of Michael’s house with a large cross on it, except that the cross was later discovered to have been merely placed on the photograph in marker pen. In July 2009, a state administrative law judge finally reversed the earlier approval.

Leading Economic Indicators

• The Economy Is Working: (1) Carole Bohanan was hired among 300 applicants by the Wookey Hole tourist facility in Somerset, England, in July to be its witch-in-residence, at a pro-rated annual salary of the equivalent of about $83,000. The witch’s job is to linger in the caves full-time during tourist season, looking like a hag and cackling. (2) Officials in Heath, Ohio, might have solved their budget problems. The town (population 8,500) reported in July that its new, six-intersection traffic-camera ticketing system issued 10,000 citations in its first four weeks. (Nonetheless, officials admitted that was too many and were discussing how to ease up.) • The Economy Is Failing: (1) A 36-year-old woman pleaded guilty to prostitution in Oklahoma City in June, for giving oral sex to a Frito-Lay employee in exchange for a case of chips. (2) In an interview with the Toronto Star in June, a 36-year-old drag queen, who said he usually gets $60 for oral sex, was lately receiving offers as low as $5. Said “Ray”: “I didn’t spend two hours getting my makeup on and all dressed up for ($5).”

Things That Live in the Water

• “Goose barnacles”: A 6-foot-long log composed of hundreds of barnacles, locked together, washed ashore near Swansea, Wales, in August. Each of the barnacles uses tentacles for snatching food, and a 6foot mass of snake-like appendages, writhing simultaneously, terrified local beachgoers. Scientists said goose barnacles usually remain on the ocean floor. • “Tubifex worms”: Using a flexible-hose camera, public utility officials in Raleigh, N.C., inspected a faulty water pipe under the Cameron Village shopping district in April and found a pulsating, tennis-ball-size

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mass attached to a pipe wall. Local biologists identified it as a colony of tubifex worms that navigated the system until finding a propitious feeding spot. Officials have attempted to assure residents that the worms are somehow no threat to water quality.

Cutting-Edge Breakthroughs

(1) In April, researchers at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City reported the ability to encase scorpion venom in “nanoparticles” that were somehow able to guide the venom intravenously to the human brain, to attack tumors, potentially doubling the venom’s success rate. (2) A team from Britain’s University of Warwick announced in April that it had built a speedy, fully functioning Formula 3 race car using biodegradable ingredients in the frame (including carrots, potatoes and soybean foam) and chocolate oils in the fuel.

News That Sounds Like a Joke

(1) A 114-pound tortoise, part of the Zambini Family Circus performing in Madison, Wis., in July, escaped. He actually made good time on his dash for freedom, covering two miles in six days before being spotted. (2) About 20 men were present for a Belgian body builders’ championship in May when three anti-doping officials arrived unexpectedly and requested urine samples. Every single contestant abruptly grabbed his gear and fled, according to press reports, and the event was canceled.

Creme de la Weird

According to prosecutors in Britain’s Preston Crown Court in July, Christopher Monks, 24, wanted two things (based on transcribed Internet chat room dialogue): his parents killed and his penis bitten off. As the Internet is fertile ground for communities of sexual aberrants, Monks easily found a man, Shaun Skarnes, 19, who was searching to accommodate someone on the latter desire and who allegedly agreed to kill Monks’ parents in exchange. However, Skarnes botched the killings, and Monks, himself, is still intact.

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by Anne Fitten Glenn

Back-to-school nightmares While us parents are wandering around humming, “School, glorious school,” our kids are caught up in a state of what I call “dreadcitement.” They’re both dreading and excited about — anxious over and anticipating — the start of a new school year. Unfortunately, “dreadcitement” can result in back-to-school nightmares. We’ve all had them. Some of us still have them: those oft-recurring dreams of failing a test, showing up in class starkers, or being the subject of derision or scorn from teachers or other students. School’s a huge part of most of our lives. Thus, school dreams are among the most common. I spent 17 years attending school. I worked in schools for another 8 years. Now I’m a parent of kids in school. Thus, I experience regular school nightmares. One is the classic exam dream, where I realize I’ve inadvertently skipped an entire class, and now I’m going to be tested on a subject I know

nothing about, and I can’t find the classroom where the exam’s supposed to take place. This sometimes morphs into a first day of school dream where I can’t find a classroom and no one will help me. And, oh my God, I’m late! In my other recurring school-based nightmare, I’m teaching ninth graders again, and I lose control of the class, and all the kids start beating each other up and shouting obscenities as I cower against the chalkboard. Asheville psychologist Dr. Paul Fleischer says, “Bad dreams about being back in school often come up at times when we’re having anxieties about our performance or abilities in our current lives. Let’s face it, most of the insecurities and feelings of inadequacy we have as adults are the ones we developed as children.” Because I’m female, I can admit to performance anxiety without cringing. For all of the years that I both attended and worked in schools, the first day of school was the fulcrum of the year. For several nights before

the first day, I’d sleep fitfully, caught up in that state of “dreadcitement.” There’s the thrill of newness and the fear of the unknown all wrapped up in that first day. I still experience this, but now it’s for my kids instead of for myself. My girl’s inherited my feelings about the first day of school, though she’s more excited than nervous. She loves school. She likes structure and challenge. Her nightmares tend to be of the performance anxiety variety. My boy, on the other hand, likes school, but doesn’t want to give up his autonomy and hangout time. His nightmare last week was: “My new teacher wanted me to write about my summer, but I wanted to write about aliens taking over the school.” I’ve never been clear on how to handle realistic nightmares. I can handle monsters and bad guys. However, I think the realistic dreams, particularly those about school, serve to help kids work through some of their “dreadcitement.”

“Kids’ realistic but disturbing dreams provide a chance for you as a parent to hear some of their fears that they may not talk about more directly. You don’t have to have all the answers or make it all better. Just asking your children what would be helpful to them will help build a stronger sense of security,” Fleischer says. So, we can learn from examining these school dreams: both ours and those of our kids. I told my boy that there was no chance the talking, man-eating wolf he dreamed about would show up at his school. On the other hand, he probably will have to write about his summer even though he’d rather compose something more outrageous. Over the first few days and weeks of school, as we all run around like beavers before a flood, talking about the nightmares could help alleviate some of that “dreadcitement.” (Full disclosure: Fleischer is my friend and neighbor as well as a really smart guy). X

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Registration/Information: (828) 281-2299, ext 2. www. Crisis Counseling • Multicultural/ Diverse Lifestyles (pd.) • Teens • Young Adults/Adults • Eclectic/diverse therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral, Equine, Afro-centric, Parent Coordination/Mediation. • Tracy Keene, LPC, 828-318-3991, • 13 1/2 Eagle Street, Suite P, Asheville, 28801. www. Improvisational Theatre Classes (pd.) Fun class helps develop confidence, life skills and personal freedom. • Teens: 14-18, Children: 9-14. Begins September. Registration/information, please call Maria Thomas: (828) 507-1622. mariati00@hotmail. com Involve Your Partner In Your Child’s Birth • Empowered Birthing Classes (pd.) Increase confidence, learn hands-on tools, enjoy your birth! 828-231-9227. Classes monthly: Wednesdays, 6p.m. $175. Next begins Sept. 16. www. Spanish Tutoring

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(pd.) Children up to 12 years old. Native Speaker Tutor. Immersion through reading, speaking, pronunciation and writing to help improve Spanish Language skills. One-One Basis. Call Ms. Morales at (828) 4891801, Family Resource Center at Emma Registration & info: 252-4810 or www.childrenfirstbc. org. • THURSDAYS, 5-7pm & MONDAYS, 10am-Noon (starting 9/3 & 9/14) - “Love & Logic Parenting” classes will be held at the Family Resource Center at Emma, 37 Brickyard Road. This seven-week course will review various parenting skills. Sliding fee scale; scholarships available. Registration is due by the first day/night of class. MOPS of Biltmore Baptist Kickoff Event • WE (8/26), 9:30-11:30am - Experience community, mothering support, personal growth and spiritual hope. For mothers with infants and children in kindergarten. Held at Biltmore Baptist Church, 35 Clayton Road, Arden. Info: or www. Parenting Group: The Highly Sensitive Child A free monthly lecture by parenting author Maureen Healy on parenting the highly sensitive child, with rotating topics. Learn new skills, meet other parents and build a stronger community for highly sensitive children to thrive in. Info: www.growinghappykids. com.

• THURSDAYS (9/3 & 10), 6:30pm - Meeting at Westgate Earth Fare Sept. 3 and at Earth Fare South Sept. 10. Parents Night Out at the YMCA of WNC Take a night off and let your kids have fun at the YMCA. Activities for ages 2-12 include swimming, arts and crafts, an inflatable obstacle course, snacks and movies. Register at least 24 hours in advance. Fridays: $12/$24 nonmembers. Saturdays: $15/$30 nonmembers. Info: or 210-YMCA. • 1st SATURDAYS, 6-10pm & 3rd FRIDAYS, 6:309:30pm - Parents Night Out. Toddler Fun A free group that provides an opportunity for parents to have some structured fun with their toddlers including 45 minutes of songs, stories, finger-plays, parachute play and more. To register: 213-8098 or • TUESDAYS, 9:30am-10:15am - Toddler Fun. At the Reuter YMCA in the Mission Hospitals Room. Call 213-8098 to register.


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Raising a temple for the Divine Feminine The Asheville Mother Grove Temple of the Goddess will hold a multimedia event, “In the Mother Grove,” celebrating the theme of the Divine Feminine on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Asheville. The event, created by Annelinde Metzner, is a benefit, with funds going to help the nonprofit achieve its main objective: to build a cob temple: “The purpose of the Mother Grove is to create and maintain a permanent Benefits Calendar for August 26 September 3, 2009 Mystery in the Mountains (pd.) 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27 Grand Bohemian Hotel Enjoy dinner and a show – Curtains at the Speakeasy. Tickets are $60. Prizes raffled off to those who guess the criminal, first time leadership donors, renewing donors, best costume (1920’s) and more. Purchase tickets online: Limited seating, deadline August 24. This event is a part of year-round efforts to raise awareness of United Way and leadership giving opportunities for people 40 years and younger. American Cancer Society Relay for Life Info: 254-6931. • SA (8/29), 8am-1pm - Relay for Life of Fletcher pancake breakfast and rummage sale at Fletcher United Methodist Church. Suggested donation for breakfast: $10 adults/$5 kids. Vendor opportunities available for $20 donation. All proceeds benefit ACS. Brain Waves • FR (8/28), 8pm - A benefit concert for Hinds’ Feet Farm, a day program for persons living with brain injury, and the Brain Injury Association of N.C. Bands: The Black Lillies, Now You See Them and The Lone Derangers. $10. At the Grey Eagle. Denim Swap • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Wink Heads and Threads will be accepting gently worn denim. Trade old blues for some that are new to you. Donated jeans will be given to ABCCM for women in need. Info: 277-4070 or 259-5300. Fundraiser Gala and Silent Auction • SA (8/29), 6pm - Presented by Events Unlimited to benefit orphans and the poor in Haiti. There will be

sanctuary where people of all faith traditions may openly and safely celebrate the Divine Feminine,” the group says on its Web site. “The sanctuary fulfills the community’s needs which include but are not limited to worship, religious education, community outreach and other charitable and religious activities. Performances at “In the Mother Grove” will include dance, puppetry, spoken word, a women’s choir, soloists and drumming. a formal dinner and live jazz music. $35. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 Resort Dr. Info: 545-4567 or 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: or • TH (8/27), 6-8pm - Girls on the Run International founder Molly Barker will serve as the keynote speaker at the “Growing Strong Girls” dinner held to benefit the organization’s WNC council. Food, live music and a raffle. $26.50. Info: 713-4290. Great Smoky Mountains Bed and Breakfast Tour • TH (9/3), 3-6pm - Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while visiting six Waynesville inns on a self-guided tour. Reception at the end of the tour. All proceeds from the tour will go to the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Info: 452-3089. Haywood County Arts Council’s FUNd Party Series Pick up a FUNd Party book at 86 N. Main St. in Waynesville or call 452-0593 for details on events and reservations. • SU (9/13), 4pm - Wolf Tales IV. Meet and touch a magnificent timber wolf, with expert Rob Gudger. $35/$15 children. Register by August 31. Literacy Council of Buncombe County Located at 31 College Place, Bldg. B, Suite 221. Info: 254-3442, ext. 205. • FR (8/28), 6pm - The annual fundraiser “Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction” will be held at DoubleTree Biltmore Hotel in Asheville. Sara Gruen, bestselling author of Water for Elephants, will be the keynote speaker.

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Loving Food Resources LFR provides food, health and personal-care items to people living with HIV/AIDS or any person in home hospice regardless of diagnosis in WNC. LFR is a selfselect food pantry. If you think you qualify and need some help: 280-4112 or • SU (8/30), 4-6pm - Benefit concert: “A Soulful Afternoon of Song” will be performed by Kat Williams at All Souls Cathedral, 9 Swann St., Biltmore Village. $20. Info: 255-9282 or 216-6952. Ride for Kids • SU (8/30) - The Ride for Kids benefit will be held at Biltmore Square Mall, 800 Brevard Road. Riders on all motorcycle makes and models are welcome. All proceeds support the Kids Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Registration will be held from 7 to 8:45am. Info: 665-6891 or Rock and Roll BBQ • SA (8/29), 4-9pm - At the Fairview Community Center. ‘70s and Southern-style rock & roll from Flying Rock & Roadside Lions bands. $1 at door/BBQ pork dinners for purchase ($5/$3). Family-friendly. Playground available. Fundraiser for the center’s 2nd Forty campaign.


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You say trolley, I say tram: A vision for public transit Once upon a time, Asheville had a premier electric-trolley system. Between 1889 and 1934, several private companies operated lines that ran about 40 cars and totaled 18 miles of track. The service linked the main train depot, downtown and surrounding areas. Why not build a new system that transforms the city into a modern model for public transportation? ask planning expert David Johnson and architect Joachim Bruder. Just months after the first American system was installed in Richmond, Va. in 1888, Asheville got the second. George Vanderbilt had installed a generator and electric lights at the Biltmore Estate, Johnson recounts. With more electricity than he needed and a keen interest in using new technology, Vanderbilt helped establish a powered trolley line that ran from Biltmore Village to downtown Asheville. It quickly expanded into a-state-of-the-art network that shuttled customers between the city center and its “suburbs,” such as Montford and West Asheville. Old photos show the hustle-bustle of people boarding and disembarking as trolley cars converged on Pack Square. Johnson has a flyer from 1899 on which you’ll find the name of his wife’s grandfather, Charles E. Waddell, who served as superintendent for the Asheville and Biltmore Street Railway and Transportation Company. In-town rides were a mere nickel, the flyer notes. A quarter fare would get you to Weaverville. “With climate change and the need to save energy, there’s reason to restart a streetcar system,” says Johnson, a professor emeritus of planning at the University of Tennessee who is on the board of the Asheville Design Center. Semi-retired, Johnson now lives in Asheville. “We’ve been building highways to solve all our transportation problems, and that era is over.”



Bruder and Johnson recommend integrating existing buses and bus routes with a network of electric, rubber-tired trams, creating an improved and expanded publictransit system that would cut carbon emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It would also reduce the need for more highways and more parking lots — two contentious topics in Asheville. The city was once a trendsetter in transportation, with one of the first trolley systems in the world, says Bruder, who’s from Germany. “If Asheville wants to be a greener city, we have to do something.” More commonly called streetcars in America, “trams” once referred to the cars used in British mines. Modern trams come in a host of designs that are compatible with auto traffic and easily accessed by the disabled and cyclists, says Bruder, as he shares photos of tram systems from around the world and a photo montage that shows what an Asheville tram might look like. Kenosha, Wis. — a city of about 90,000 located north of Chicago — runs a short tram line using vintage Art Deco cars connected to an overhead power line. The tram routes link to the city’s regular bus system and regional rail stations. In much bigger Strasbourg, France, the trams are ultra-modern, running on light rails and offering such amenities as powered wheelchair ramps and enclosed shelters at stops. Whatever their size and design, electric trams are more efficient than gasoline-powered buses, and when well designed, the system blends into the urban landscape and invites ridership, Bruder claims. He explains how it would work: Small electric buses could bring riders from outlying areas to tram stops linking downtown Asheville, smaller town centers, colleges like UNCA, local schools like Asheville High, the Asheville Regional Airport and even tourist attractions such as the Biltmore

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Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway. “It would be a big network, bringing outlying people to the stations,” says Bruder. It would encourage better urban planning and help make city centers more walkable, he continues. The price tag? About $250 million, but the system could be phased in, says Johnson. “For the cost of the Interstate 26 connector, you could have an entire public-transit system in the Asheville area,” he estimates, suggesting there may be some federal funding available for a tram system. Considering the carbon-reduction requirements that may come out of the climate-change legislation being debated in the U.S. Congress, along with growing local interest in smart growth that

slows urban sprawl, Asheville may just be ready to try the idea, Johnson suggests. Mentioning the interstate highway system and such local amenities as the Blue Ridge Parkway, Johnson adds: “These things happened because people and civic leaders wanted them to happen and made them happen.” He recommends working with the city’s Master Transit Plan but looking a few steps further into the future. “Let’s get ready to do something before the feds set greenhouse-gas limits,” Johnson urges. “Cities with a plan will be a step ahead.” X Send your environmental news to mvwilliams@ or call 251-1333, ext. 152.





Asheville GreenWorks Our area’s Keep America Beautiful affiliate, working to clean and green the community through environmental volunteer projects. Info: 254-1776 or info@ • TUESDAYS (through 9/22), Noon-1pm - Create a healthy body and a healthy environment at the same time with this active community cleanup. Starts at Pritchard Park. Cleanup supplies provided. RSVP. Events With Crabtree Meadows Info: 765-1228. • TH (8/27), 10:30am-12:30pm - “Fur and Feathers” can be used to catch a trout’s attention. Held at the Minerals Museum, milepost 331 —- 2pm - “Animals of Linville Falls,” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center. • FR (8/28), 2pm - “Vultures; Nature’s Janitors,” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center —- 7:30pm - “The Bear Necessities,” milepost 316 —- 7pm - “Mountain Murder Mysteries: Just the Facts, Ma’am,” at the Amphitheater, milepost 340. • SA (8/29), 9:30am - “Snakes of the Blue Ridge Parkway,” at the Minerals Museum, milepost 331 —- 2pm - “Fur and Feathers” can be used to catch trout. Held at the Linville Falls Visitor Center —- 7pm - “Birds of the Blue Ridge,” at the Amphitheater, milepost 340 —- 8pm - “Folklore, Rumor and Myth,” milepost 316. • SU (8/30), 10am - “Winged Jewels: Butterflies and Moths of the Blue Ridge” at the Linville Falls Visitor Center. Green Building Seminars Free and open to the public. Info: 215-9064. • Last SUNDAYS, 2-4pm - Seminar at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3070 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Free refreshments provided. Call to RSVP. Relay for Clean Air Annual 100-mile “civil rights march” where bike riders, runners and walkers take turns marching from Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville. To sign up, to volunteer, or for more info: 631-3447, or www.

• SA (8/29), 6:15am-9pm - Relay. Starts at Newfound Gap Parking area and ends on Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville with a rally and press conference. Stand up for your right to breathe clean air. Wild Birds Unlimited Events Located at 1997 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: 687-9433 or • SA (8/29), 8am - Bird walk at The Orchard, Altapass, Mitchell County. Meet at the Loops Overlook, milepost 328 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Info: WNC Alliance Members of the WNC Alliance and the public are invited to be agents of change for the environment. Info: 258-8737 or • 1st THURSDAYS, 6:30 pm - Meeting for Buncombe County members and the public at the WNC Alliance office, 29 N. Market St., Ste. 610, Asheville. Info: 258-8737. WNC Nature Center Located at 75 Gashes Creek Rd. Hours: 10am-5pm daily (closed on Wednesdays from Dec. 17-Feb. 25). Admission: $8/$6 Asheville City residents/$4 kids. Info: 298-5600 or • Through MO (9/7) - The Beauty of Butterflies exhibit features native species of butterflies and moths and the plants they need for survival. • TU (9/1) through WE (9/30) - Documenting Life, an exhibition of high resolution photographs revealing the beauty and biological diversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will be on display.


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In the ongoing contest to get closer to the source of one’s food, Asheville restaurateur Laurey Masterson may have achieved a new level of kitchen intimacy. Eaters who merely dabble in locavorism are generally content to know where their tomatoes grew. Slightly geekier grocery-goers might seek out information about who did the growing, taking comfort in the photos of local farmers posted alongside their produce in stores like Greenlife. The more committed, of course, shop at tailgate markets, where they can shake the hands that plucked their tomatoes from the vine. But even at the tailgate market, the shopper-farmer relationship is primarily a commercial one. All the small talk about blight and rainfall is a

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“Wednesday morning?” offered Ballard Branch Farm’s Paul Litman, prompting the 30person crowd to make a sound that fell halfway between a cheer and a sigh. While farm dinners are a well-established element of the local food scene, few restaurants have tried to replicate the casual ease and pastoral vibe that prevails at those events. Masterson is probably the only chef in Western North Carolina — and perhaps in the Southeast — offering straight-from-the-field meals for the urban set. “When I think about the best thing I do, this is it, right here,” Masterson reflected. “My dream would be to have this dinner on a regular basis with a long waiting list.” Masterson selects three local food producers for each dinner (“I’m starting it with just my buddies,” she says) and builds a menu around their products. While she’d prefer to fashion a meal from whatever she found at the market the day before the event, her commonsense sister warned her that some guests might not welcome her whimsy. “She said, ‘People want to know what they’re going to eat,’” Masterson says. Last month, the bill of fare included a waxbean salad showered with a cloudburst of Black Cherry, Cherokee Purple and Sun Volt tomatoes from Ballard Branch, hearth-baked bread from Wake Robin Farm Breads and fat, tail-on shrimp submerged in buttery, coarse grits milled by Blue Hill Farm’s Wayne Uffleman from his Hawkins Prolific corn. “It’s like maybe the equivalent of cooking for one’s mother-in-law,” Masterson told the diners. “I said to Wayne: ‘Four to one, right?’ He said, ‘Yup, you don’t want to cook them too long, it ruins them.’ Wayne, I hope you like the way I cooked your grits tonight.” The grits were so popular that a number of diners went back for second helpings — and maneuvered the serving spoon around the shrimp. “I’ve gotten more into poverty foods, foods people can grow and live on,” Uffleman

explained during his turn addressing the group. “I’ve tried to revive that.” Masterson pretty much leaves it up to the farmers to decide how they’ll use the time they’re allotted to explain their food. While she’ll sometimes steer the conversation, farmers usually don’t require much prompting to tell the story of how they built their farm or expound on the state of modern agriculture. Many of the guest farmers veer into political talk, condemning restrictive regulations designed for industrial-sized farms and lamenting the high cost of farmland with a fervor that only someone who’s stared at a balance sheet could summon. Uffleman’s commentary centered on the changing status of local food, a category that had little cachet when he first started farming an old tobacco field in Madison County. “We tried to take vegetables to the north Asheville market 30 years ago,” he recalled. “Nobody was there. Now it’s a circus. I can’t tell you how much I love what’s going on now. People buy stuff from me and tell me how great I am.” Masterson said her favorite farmer talk was delivered on behalf of East Fork Farm by Steve and Dawn Robertson’s young daughters, who explained their farm’s operations in exquisite detail. While East Fork’s lamb regularly surfaces in Masterson’s always local-leaning deli case, the girls’ discourse gave even Masterson a new appreciation of the family farm. “I love people’s stories,” Masterson says. “That’s what it’s about. Last month, we had eight guests and eight farmers. And it’s like, to heck with the money. This is it.” Laurey’s, at 67 Biltmore Ave., plans to host at least two more farm dinners this year, with the next one scheduled for Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Dinners are priced at $37 per person, with a $10 alcohol surcharge for guests who’d like wine or beer with their meal. To learn more, call 252-1200. X

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NOVA: Nova (pictured here), the ritzy smallplates spot that restaurateur Eric Backer introduced to downtown last year, has a new chef. Justin Burdett, who had served as sous under Nova’s first executive chef, was promoted last month. Burdett, a veteran of Hugh Acheson’s lauded Athens eatery Five & Ten, has worked in a number of local kitchens, including the Market Place and Gabrielle’s. He’s revamped the menus at Nova, creating dinner dishes including a compressed melon salad, coldsmoked tuna with roasted olives, fried sweetbreads and grain-mustard potato croquettes tossed with a truffle vinaigrette. “It’s definitely seasonal, but it reflects his influence,” Backer says of the new menu. “Outside of it being super-creative, it’s fantastic.” The restaurant has also swiped the small plates approach for its lunch menu, now offering diners a similar experience in the evening and at mid-day. Nova is located at 109 Broadway. To learn more, visit or call 505-2152. FIREFLY FARM: Inspired by their eventhosting neighbors at Green Toe Ground, Elizabeth Gibbs and Scott Paquin are spiffing up their Burnsville farm for a whitetablecloth dinner later this week. Firefly’s “Repast by the River” will feature a fivecourse French menu made from the farm’s produce and grass-fed Devon beef. Dinner will be preceded by a farm tour, and accompanied by live jazz. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, with tickets priced at $40 a person. To make a reservation, call 675-4739.

CRAGGIE BREWING: Local artists have until Monday, Aug. 31, to submit their sketch for a mural celebrating all things Craggie — the Craggie prison, Craggie gardens and Craggie trolley — for a competition sponsored by the forthcoming Craggie Brewing Company. The brewery will select three winning designs by Sept. 7, with the second- and third-place finishers receiving beer-based prizes. The top winner will claim a cash prize, and have until the end of the month to complete the mural, using supplies provided by the brewery. According to a release, the mural, on the side of Craggie’s building at 197 Hilliard Ave., will serve “in lieu of signage.” For more, visit GREENLIFE: Groceries grow up so fast! Greenlife, the natural-foods store started by Chuck Pruett and John Swann, celebrates its fifth year in Asheville this summer. To mark the occasion, the store, at 70 Merrimon Ave., is hosting a customer-appreciation party this Saturday, Aug. 29, from noon to 6 p.m. Festivities include live music, giveaways, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and outdoor grilling. But the biggest draw for loyal customers may be the discounts: All items — other than alcohol, flowers and those already marked down — will be 5 percent off for the duration of the party. Even better, customers who attend the event dressed as produce will receive a special prize. To learn more, call 254-5440.

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arts&entertainment Light and shadow: The mystery and legacy of George Masa As the Great Smoky Mountains National Park turns 75, new tales emerge of the Japanese immigrant who helped save the land he photographed and loved by Kent Priestley He lay against white sheets, a slight figure wasted by disease. Friends came to see him, sat beside him, reached out to touch his arm. They asked whether he was comfortable. Could they get him anything? But he was out of reach now. He had traveled beyond words. More than 60 seasons had passed since George Masa arrived in the North Carolina mountains — winters when ice draped the firs, springs when the bloodroot unfurled along the trail, summers when the Turk’s-cap lily nodded above the wet places, autumns when the mountainsides were in flame. Now he was dying. Influenza, along with the chronic ravages of tuberculosis, had sent him weeks before to this bed, at the county sanitarium in Asheville. It was an end that likely no one would have predicted for Masa, a man who had walked nearly every mile of the mountains. A brief, hopeful notice in a newsletter of the Carolina Mountain Club from the time said it best: “Who’d have thought that George Masa, of all people, would fall victim to Old Man Flu?” Masa, a Japanese immigrant who died on June 21, 1933, blazed a singular path through the North Carolina mountains. He was, among

a number of things, a photographer of rare skill and sensitivity, a dogged advocate for the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a key figure in the identification and naming of the park’s natural features, and a chief engineer of the North Carolina portion of Appalachian Trail. This year, the celebration surrounding the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has stirred to life what might be described as the year of George Masa. Earlier this summer, Masa’s landscapes were featured in an exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum; another exhibit of Masa’s work is ongoing at Western Carolina University, in Cullowhee. The late photographer has been the subject of recent features in the regional and national press, including WNC Magazine and National Parks magazine. And next month, Masa’s life and achievements will reach their widest audience yet, as part of Ken Burns’ new documentary on PBS, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Despite all the attention, Masa remains an elusive figure. He is a knot of contradictions: a socialite of scant means, a stranger with a thousand friends. He was an intensely private man who nevertheless managed to leave behind stacks of correspondence and

To take some of the earliest photos of the landscape, George Masa lugged his equipment up the steep slopes of the Smoky Mountains before trails had been constructed. photo courtesy george ellison

Many of Masa’s photographs have been lost, and some believed to have been taken by Masa can’t be firmly attributed. This shot may have been his, and is part of the WCU exhibit. photo courtesy hunter library / wcu


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handwritten records. As a businessman, he was shrewd but constantly in need of money. Trusted by many of the region’s most powerful men and women, he was once suspected of being nothing less than an international spy. “He’s just a phenomenal curiosity,” says Paul Bonesteel, the Asheville filmmaker whose 2003 documentary, The Mystery of George Masa, is the most comprehensive accounting of Masa’s life to date. “There are just so many unanswered questions about him.” Here is a little of what we know about George Masa: He was born Masahara Izuka in Osaka, Japan, sometime in the early 1880s. His father was a jeweler, maybe. He is believed to have had at least one sibling, a brother. Around 1905, he arrived in the United States and traveled throughout the country by rail, keeping detailed notes of his location and expenses. He passed through New Orleans and St. Louis, and may have spent several months in Colorado. In 1915, along with a handful of fellow travelers from Austria, he reached Asheville. In time the Austrians left; Izuka stayed. He found a job at the Grove Park Inn, and within a few years had given himself a new name, George Masa.

Work at the inn suited him. Masa was a laundry worker at first, then a bellhop, and finally, a valet to guests arriving at the inn. His rapport with guests was excellent, and as time permitted, he began taking pictures of them at their request, converting a portion of the Grove Park into a darkroom where, for a fee, he developed and printed the images. Three years later, he established a photographic studio, first named Plateau Studios, later named Asheville Photo Service, in downtown Asheville. At first, hardly an event took place in town that escaped Masa’s lens, but his interest, increasingly, was focused on the high places. Excursions led him out of town and into the mountains, where his tools of choice were an unwieldy box camera that used 8-by-10-inch film plates, a canvas sling to carry it in, a wooden tripod and, strangest of all, a bicycle wheel fitted with handlebars and an odometer, a device that allowed Masa to measure and record the distances he hiked.

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George Masa’s story will appear as part of Ken Burns’ new documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which debuts on PBS affiliate stations (including UNC-TV) beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m., and continues nightly through Friday, Oct. 2. The series, narrated by Peter Coyote and featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow and others, intends to “tell the the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone,” according to the producers. Program No. 4 of the series, titled Going Home (1920-1933), recounts the efforts to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and airs on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Bonesteel Films’ documentary, The Mystery of George Masa, will air on UNC-TV sister channel UNC-NC during three showings on Sept. 28. Visit for more information. A full-length DVD copy of Bonesteel Films’ The Mystery of George Masa, can be ordered through the company’s Web site, www.bonesteelfilms.

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The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will present the student- and faculty-curated exhibit George Masa (1881-1933): Vision of the Mountains through Sept. 18. The museum is located on the campus in Cullowhee; hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (828) 227-3591. — K.P.

Chimney Top at Sunset, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920, black and white gelatin print. Asheville Art Museum collection. photo courtesy paul bonesteel /

ten about Masa prior to 1997, when William Hart Jr.’s biography, “George Masa: The Best Mountaineer” appeared in the book May We All Remember Well, Vol. I (Robert S. Brunk Auction Services, Inc.). Hart’s amply cited work provided the ideal jumping-off point for Paul Bonesteel’s documentary on Masa. “I called Bill Hart and asked him, ‘How much more is there about this Masa guy?’” Bonesteel recalls. “And he said, ‘Honestly, I’ve just scratched the surface.’” Bonesteel and his crew made phone calls, spent months digging through archival materials, and interviewed most of the surviving people who knew Masa. The resulting film, an obsessive 90-minute tale, follows Masa from his blurry beginnings to his early years in Asheville, through to his role in helping to create the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the work he did establishing the North Carolina portion of the Appalachian Trail, right up to his death in 1933. Yet the project stirred up nearly as many questions as it answered. Where, for instance, had Masa gained his photographic skills? Why had he made a habit of telling people that he was a graduate of the mining program at Meige University in Tokyo, an institution that has on its rolls no record of a Masahara Izuka? And, more to the point, what had prompted him to leave Japan in the first place? Then there is the question of Masa’s photographs. Around 1,000 of his images are currently accounted for, but an estimated 2,500 of his negatives — which may include the lion’s share of his Great Smoky Mountains work — have never been found. After Masa’s death, the negatives were purchased by another Asheville photographer, Elliot Lyman Fisher, who ran a studio here for 15 years before retiring to Florida, where he died in 1968. (There is, as yet, no encouraging news about those

negatives from the Sunshine State.) The better images by Masa — the ones we do have — are tonally complex, full of deep shadows and penetrating light. In one of them, a Smokies vista marked simply as “O2250,” this quality is especially well represented. A bank of clouds hovers slightly above the distant peaks, admitting enough light to touch off the horizon in a bright glow. Sunlight rolls down the valley floor, arrow-like, ending at a dark cleft that shadows the foreground completely. “People think of our mountains and the words ‘divine inspiration’ come to mind,” says Martin DeWitt, director and curator of Western Carolina University’s Fine Art Museum. “Well, Masa achieved that feeling by capturing a precise atmospheric moment. You can imagine him out there waiting for a sunrise, having left Asheville at probably three in the morning, sitting out in the cold and rain and finally, here it comes — the moment that he’s been waiting for. There’s more than just an artistic vision at work in his photographs; there’s a tremendous sacrifice there as well.” Western’s current exhibit on Masa, on loan from the university’s Hunter Library collection, focuses on the photographer’s less grandiose work. Among the 35 pieces on display is a scrapbook of Masa photos taken during a Carolina Mountain Club ascent of Mount Mitchell in 1924. Each snapshot-size photo — there are 25 of them — is hand-notated with the names and elevations of the physical features they show. Smaller still are the 10 photographs in the exhibit — none bigger than three inches on a side — of mountain wildflowers, detailed images that show signs of being retouched, perhaps for reproduction as postcards. The largest image by far in the Western exhibit is one that the photographer didn’t

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actually take. The photograph is of Masa himself as a young, recent arrival to the mountains. Dressed in a fine wool suit and crowned with a puffy wool hat, Masa stands on a bare patch of ground, both hands clasping a bunch of aster flowers. He is smiling a mild smile; his shadow falls hard against the ground behind him, suggesting that the picture was taken late in the day. “It seems like it offers personal insight into his unique character,” says DeWitt. “It features him as what everyone seemed to say about him: that he was a gentle soul.”

The search for Masa isn’t over A “gentle soul,” perhaps, but Masa clearly had a steely side. His rigorous approach to outdoor photography exposed him to hardship on a daily basis and may have contributed to his declining health. (The harsh darkroom chemicals he worked with may have been an aggravating factor in his respiratory troubles as well.) That same spirit of persistence is evident in all of Masa’s following work. After befriending the backwoods author Horace Kephart in the early 1920s, Masa joined him in applying considerable pressure to federal officials to turn the Smokies, a landscape increasingly ravaged by industrial logging, into a national preserve. Masa’s photographs were clear evidence of the region’s natural glory — or what was left of it, at least. The men’s close friendship and their agitation for the park idea provided an ideal entry point for the Smokies segment of the Ken Burns’ new documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, explains Dayton Duncan, the series’ writer and producer. “Kephart was remarkably eloquent in making the case for the park [and] Masa’s photographs were a tremendous visual complement to that,” Duncan says. “In George Masa’s case, his life is about as dramatic a representation of the power of the national park idea as anyone could ever find. An immigrant from a different nation falls in love with a beautiful portion of America and sets out to do everything he can to preserve that place for future generations of Americans. Deep in his heart, he understood that these majestic and sacred portions of our land need to be saved on behalf of everyone. As Kephart himself said, ‘He deserves a monument.’”

Some of Masa’s snapshot-sized photographs show evidence of being retouched, possibly for use as postcards. The exhibit at Western displays some of these. photo courtesy hunter library, WCU

As a complement to the Burns project, Bonesteel’s documentary, pared down to an hour-long program, will run alongside the series on a number of public television stations nationwide, including UNC-TV. “We’re excited about the Burns collaboration,” says Bonesteel. “It’s great knowing that Masa’s story will finally get widespread attention.” But the search for George Masa isn’t over yet. Bonesteel maintains a blog dedicated to the late photographer, posting new clues to Masa’s story that he happens to come across. Last year, a man named Gaylord Shepherd happened by the Web page and left a note, mentioning that his father had been involved with James Madison Chiles, developer of the Kenilworth neighborhood, south of downtown Asheville. Among the records his father had kept, Shepherd told Bonesteel, were some photographs Masa had taken of the project. “So he invited me over and sure enough — here are 30 or 40 photos by Masa showing the Kenilworth area as it was being developed,” Bonesteel says. “Historically they’re interesting, but do they reveal any bombshells? Not

really. Still, if those photographs are out there, who knows what else still is?” In fact there is another crumb out there, one that seems to lie perpetually beyond Bonesteel’s grasp. Not long after Masa died, a string of letters, written in Japanese, began arriving at the last residence where Masa boarded. Apparently, the owners held onto them. Descendants of the family still live in the area, and believe that the letters are stored on the premises somewhere. For several years, Bonesteel has carried on a fitful negotiation with the family, hoping that the letters — if recovered — might provide at least the smallest link to Masa’s Japanese beginnings. So far, nothing. “What I’ve learned through all this is how hard it is to get a true picture of a person,” Bonesteel says. “You take a core sampling of their life and all you know is that one little sliver. It’s just a fraction, a narrow representation, of the life they led.” X Kent Priestley lives in Knoxville, Tenn.

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of the last five years as “real politically progressive; almost annoyingly so”). Back to that songwriting scene: Geer describes his current sound as gravitating toward fellow Portland band She & Him (that’s M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel) and “later Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, which is real acoustic,” Geer says. “More song-oriented and less crank it up and jam out.” So, is it difficult to go from the full-volume garage rock of the Merle (which, according to its MySpace page, is a “goddamn band who have received the word, the calling of the rock and roll demon in their souls”) to the relative subtlety of Drunken Prayer? “It’s kind of a transitional period,” Geer says. “We’d started doing a lot of shows as a two- and three-piece which meant I’d switch over to an acoustic guitar. I didn’t enjoy it as much but it sounded better and that’s really what matters. After a while I’d switch to electric and miss the acoustic guitar.” These days, Drunken Prayer sets are twothirds acoustic. “The way the songs are based, they fit better with acoustic-guitar accompaniment because we also have piano and organ and often times steel guitar, plus the bass and drums,” says Geer. “It’s more song-driven music than solo-driven of steamroller-y.” But that doesn’t mean Geer has gone soft: Drunken Prayer’s recently recorded live EP includes the songs “The Demon” and “What Made Me Kill,” those same dark/religious themes that drove both the Merle and the Unholy Trio and which Geer sites as “a way for me to sort through the complexities in my own

Domestic bliss: Geer with band-mate and partner Audra Fleming. mind.” And “Take This Hammer,” a traditional work song set to a fierce, Zeppelin-like tune, is a blistering example of bad-assedness. “Ultimately,” Geer says, “You want the person who’s listening to be as moved as you were inspired to do it in the first place.” X Alli Marshall can be reached at amarshall@

“The barrel of a loaded .44 pressed between the eyes of The Man” With Geer in town, The Merle play Broadway’s Fresh out of Warren Wilson College and hot on the heels of the underground/punk scene that turned Asheville’s hair metal and folky movements on their respective heads, The Merle seemed to arrive at the top of its game. Bassist Chris Yountz (who also owned the oddly organized but brilliantly edited Broadway Video) and drummer Jamie Stirling (later of DrugMoney and Custard Pie fame) rounded out the trio with guitarist/vocalist Morgan Geer. The Merle’s era was short-lived, but explosive. They played crowded, smoky rooms at top volume. They neither simpered nor grandstanded but simply rocked. Hard. After the Merle, Geer formed alt-country act The Unholy Trio with drummer Lance Wille and bassist David Wayne Gay (who, when Geer split for California, joined Greg Cartwright’s Reigning Sound). A definite departure from the Merle’s bombastic glee (”The Merle is the barrel of a loaded .44 pressed between the eyes of the man,” Yountz writes), the Unholy Trio still danced with the devil in yowlingly unfettered four-minute (or fewer) song cycles. Before leaving Asheville, Geer says, he had a really strong identification with both bands. “Those were the only bands I was in,” he says. “It could be a bit of a crutch. It was cool to be out in California and not be in a band or have any shows on the horizon, but still be inspired to play.” These days, he borrows from both bands, which he refers to as his bedrock, and builds on them in Drunken Prayer. As for the reunion: “I can’t wait,” Geer says. The Merle was “so visceral. It’s so easy to strap on a guitar, close your eyes and go.” The Merle plays Broadway’s on Friday, Aug. 28. The Whappers and Krek & the Kurmudgeons open. 9 p.m. Info: 285-0400. —A.M.


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Dog Training In Your Home

Marshall: The South of France of the South by Ursula Gullow If it’s true that Asheville is the Paris of the South, then Marshall is more akin to a small town in the South of France, with its picturesque landscape, close-knit community and laid-back quality of living. Over the past few years, the small historic river town of barely 900 occupants has quietly grown into a thriving arts community of cafes, galleries and artist studios. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Asheville, Marshall is well worth visiting for the current exhibitions at the Madison Arts Council, the quaint buildings that line the Main Street and the majestic view of the French Broad River. Most impressive is the former high school located on Blannahassett Island across the river from downtown Marshall. The building, which was constructed in 1927, was recently renovated into 28 artist studios — most of them original classrooms, plus the old auditorium and stage. Affectionately referred to by locals as “The Island,” currently more than 25 artists of all different mediums occupy this remarkable building, which is open daily to the public. With its brightly lit hallways, hardwood floors, spotless bathrooms and freshly painted walls, Marshall High Studios is a distinguished example of the promise that lies in the reclamation of old institutions for the progression of new ideas and community. For Laura Marsico, an artist who has lived in Marshall for nearly six years, community is what her most recent exhibition, 33, all about. “I couldn’t have done this without the help of other people,” she says. The site-specific sculptural installation is currently on display on the upper level of the Madison Arts Council on Main Street — a space that Marsico was allowed access to for

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Reclaiming old institutions for the progression of new ideas: Frank Lombardo works in his space at the Marshall High Studios, a former high school. Photos by daniel avazpour

nearly three months in order to prepare for her show. 33 is Marsico’s first solo exhibition since 2001, and for it she has ambitiously-constructed 33 12foot spires, or what she refers to as “trees,” using recycled and found materials. Walking through Marsico’s trees is how one might imagine entering a Dr. Seuss forest with all its bright colors and imaginative shapes. There is playfulness to the installation, with the exaggerated height of each sculpture, but the sophistication lies in Marsico’s definitive sculptural choices. Each tree maintains a unique personality while

visually complimenting the trees around it. “I was always thinking about how lines and shapes work together — I was never thinking about just one tree at a time,” she says. A silver spiked tree constructed out of yarn spindles stands next to a tree of brown wrapping paper, which stands next to a bubble-wrap tree. A column of packing peanuts, which Marsico has had friends ornament with personalized patterns, complements a spire of floppy discs and mathematical lanterns. The materials for the project came from Marsico’s own collection of dumpster finds and things people started bringing her when word got out about her project. Many of the chosen artifacts were happy accidents, like the unraveled bows of Easter baskets that looked, to Marsico, like calligraphy scribbles. “They were just so beautiful, I couldn’t even stand it.” Finding inventive ways to use the materials is why she says the project reflects “ he relationship between resources and resourcefulness.” Marsico’s 33 trees represent the 33 years of her life (she turned 34 last Saturday — the day after the show opened). The 34th tree of her exhibition is exemplified through the window display of the Arts Council, where 17 female residents of Marshall constructed their own trees. “Many of them don’t even consider themselves artists, and it’s really cool to see what they came up with,” Marsico says. X 33 is currently on display at the Madison County Arts Council along with the mixed media work of Chukk Bruursema.

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Briefs S. Asheville leg-hugger caught by police

Local woman wonders why nobody ever attacks her legs

In show of solidarity against Argentine home-wreckers, Jenny Sanford’s garden club gives cold shoulder to half-Hispanic member On heels of Mumpower’s man-opausal surges and Bowen’s pregnancy, Cape claims hormones played no part in changing mind to run for reelection as write-in candidate

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News & Burlap

Buncombe schools now qualify as charitable causes

Asheville, MondAy — A recent supply-the-state’s-supplies drive for Buncombe County schools yielded a bounty of tissues, crayons and fun stickers, ensuring that local high schoolers will have the educational materials they need to pass the time while attending classes with a 45-to1 student/teacher ratio. “If only there was some way to pool together money collected from all citizens and then have a governing body of sorts distribute the money toward pencils, pens, and teachers,” opined one resident. “But I’d hate to raise taxes when some of us can just rummage through our kitchen ‘stuff’ drawer for materials to supply and finance our school system.” Tim Roland, the last man standing in Asheville High’s science department after deep cuts in the state education budget, is grateful for private donations and believes that “all-around belt-tightening” can suffice in lieu of raising tax revenues. “Private citizens have donated erasers and fruit roll-ups, so Biology II marches on,” Roland said. “The mathematics department just got a load of Dora the Explorer tracing paper, so Advanced Algebra is a ‘go’ this year.”

Asheville High School student seen here with her donated backpack.

AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 •

Host a nontraditional foreign exchange student! AYUSA is looking for a family to host a college student who wishes to visit Asheville on a foreign exchange visa. Meet your boarder, Derhbahli, a 46-year-old French Moroccan expatriate who “busted flat” on a beach in Cameroon before deciding to return to school until the Mauritanian economy picks back up enough to support a “mystical night club” he dreams of opening. Derhbahli, who drove taxis Derhbahli before enrolling in night school at a small West African coastal community college, hopes to “learn computers” so that he can help his own college-attending son with school work. Derhbahli’s son lives with Derhbahli’s ex-wife in Benegal, but Derhbahli will see them in the not-so-distant future when they visit America for an emotional reunion with Derhbahli in your family room. Derhbahli will have his own spending money for personal expenses. “You won’t even know I’m there,” he jokes through his translator with whom he travels everywhere, Mister George. As is the custom among French Morrocans living in Northern Africa, Derhbahli and Mister George believe they are invisible to outsiders, and should be treated as such except when they snap their fingers and “become temporarily visible to get answers.” Host families should make an effort to pretend to wonder why the television is on, or why the sofa cushions appear to Mister support two grown men when no such men are visible. George Derhbahli has many interests, such as out-of-body experiences and the African art of “screech channeling,” as well as “hiding from people in their own homes before jumping out and scaring them by channeling a screech and winning their affection and then re-entering my body.” Derhbahli strongly dislikes the outdoors, so you won’t need to plan any outings or activities for him. He plans to spend his time on campus or home on your computer. Derhbahli’s translator, Mister George, will spend nights sleeping naked in your back yard, as research for a planned work of fiction about a AYUSA host family “that struggles to incorporate nudism into its otherwise traditional American-mountain lifestyle,” for which the Gabonese publisher Baguette Cigarette paid Mister George an advance in the mid-six-figures. Derhbahli isn’t actually enrolled in the foreign exchange student program per se, but he has received the green light from a former UNCA faculty member to sit quietly in the back of the lecture hall. Mister George is allergic to cats, Vitamin A, and cotton. AYUSA will have more information available shortly after Derhbahli and his translator take residence with the host family. Sign up today with AYUSA, and you can be that host family!

This week in the Alibi bedroom, Gordo continues his bid for the bed... So I was thinking that we should definitely get a new duvet and one of those foam cushion thingies once I move into the bedroom...and of course some new curtains...should I go ahead and measure them?

Sorry, I should of mentioned it earlier but that thing I said about you taking Robin’s place once she went on tour fell through... in fact I think she is moving back in later this afternoon...

Meanwhile in the foyer... I’m back, y’all! My Gods, what a great time I had! We hit every major function in town while living in our eco-van for the past month! It was awesome until we realized that we didn’t actually have enough veggie-gas money to leave the area. Wooh, I can’t wait to hit the bed for some well-deserved shut-eye! Where is your cello?

Smashed it in the parking lot after a GPI event. That’s right! Rock n’ roll, baby! and in the back bedroom...Brownie takes a nap and Cecil joins the scene... I swear on my 700 GB harddrive that I will one day have a place in that bed... ...even if I have to kick someone out!!!

The le Ashevil Alibi™ House

...can you kick two people out? ...we can try, my friend. We can try...

To be continued...

smartbets Helpmate benefit featuring a bevy of funky bands

There’s a little somethin’ for everyone at this benefit show: From the soulful, funky Discordian Society and Asheville Horns, to the jangle-pop-rock of Fifty Year Flood, to the M.C. Huggs-fronted ‘70s funk/hip-hop fusion of Motorskills, to the punk-ska-grunge of Project Loungecore. Featuring indoor and outdoor stages, the music gets started at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Westville Pub. Best of all, proceeds go to Helpmate, a local agency dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and their children.

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and Odd Meters

The initials (and subsequent stylized logo) of Brevard-based instrumental duo Odd Meters is that universal yoga chant “OM.” And there’s something appropriately trancey about their jazz-pop-Afro-Cuban-Indianfunk brew. However, the Odd Meters are not your average jam band. Instruments include eight-string guitar, vibraphone and spirit drums: Expect lushly chic grooves. The band opens for Asheville’s-own steel pan jazz wonders, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. The Grey Eagle. $7. and Photo by Sandlin Gaither

WSNB at Jack of the Wood

Blues-festival circuit faves WSNB (We Sing Nasty Blues) get all down and dirty at Jack of the Wood this week. Describing themselves as “jomo swamp root boogie blues ... babymakin’ music ... we’ll make your hips shake, your feet move and your big toes jump up in yo’ boot,” we feel obligated to recommend appropriate footwear and prophylactics. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. and


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Grove Park Inn Great Hall

BoBo Gallery

Keppie Coutts (acoustic, jazz) w/ Rebecca Perkins & Angi West

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Boiler Room

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Vortex Cabaret (variety show)

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Old Time Jam, 6pm

Shag music w/ DJ

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


The Screaming Jays

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;80s Night

Never Blue

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

No Tears Today (indie)

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

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

DJ Marley Carroll

Emerald Lounge

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Mark Appleford

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

Blue Ridge Performing Arts



Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band


Vincenzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bistro

EAR PWR (metal)

Marc Keller (variety)

Boiler Room

Waynesville Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;n Hole

Unity Village (Southern rock)

Funk jam featuring local artists

Boscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sports Zone

Wedge Brewing Co.

Open jam w/ Mirage

Kontici (exotic lounge)

Courtyard Gallery

Wild Wing Cafe

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

Caribbean Cowboys

Curras Dom

Thu., August 27

Reggae Resurrection


Firestorm Cafe and Books

Bluegrass jam night (band 8-10pm, open jam 10pm)

Club 828

Celtic & eclectic jam

Live music w/ DJ Drea

Red Stag Grill

Back Room

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Taylor Martin w/ special guests

Garage at Biltmore

Scandals Nightclub

Beacon Pub

Latin dance

Aaron Lafalce (rock, acoustic)

Back Room

Mixed Bag Open Jam hosted by Michael Tao

The Hookah Bar

Blu Lounge

Open mic


Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass)

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Morglbl (jazz, funk)

Town Pump

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Wed., August 26 Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter)

Frankie Bones

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Thur. 8/27 Fri. 8/28

Odd Meters & Jonathan Scales Fourchestra 9pm Brain Waves Benefit

w/ Black Lillies, Now You See Them, more 9pm

SaT. 8/29

Bottle Rockets w/ Drunken Prayer 9pm

Sun. 8/30

Ellis Paul w/ Chris Trapper 8pm

Wed. 9/2

Royal Bangs w/ Memes 9pm

Thur. 9/3

Will Hoge w/ Erick Baker 9pm

Fri. 9/4 Fri. 9/5

The Stereofidelics w/ Wilsin 9pm The Blue Rags

Original Line-Up & More! 9pm

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BoBo Gallery

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

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

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar) Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Kate McNally

Garage at Biltmore

Wild Wing Cafe

Jolt Wagon (Americana, rock) w/ Jeff Johansson & Tom Hall and the Plowboys

Gullah Roots


Thursday night bluegrass jam

The Movement Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Zuma Coffee

Fri., August 28

Odd Meters (jazz, Afro-Cuban, fusion) & Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

Back Room

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Blu Lounge

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

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Ten Tow Turbo (rockabilly, bluegrass) Dance mix w/ local DJ’s


Mark Bumgarner

Jeff Sipe Trio

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

BoBo Gallery

Infusions Lounge

Live music

The Grownup Noise (indie, folk, rock) w/ Ensemble, Pamplemousse & Shod My Feet

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Boiler Room

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm Lobster Trap

Hank Bones Magnolia’s Raw Bar

A Social Funk-tion (party covers) Mela

Belly dancing Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

DJ Chalis Never Blue

Singer/songwriter showcase New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Another Day Falls w/ Eastern Sky & Dawn of the Dude (rock) Bosco’s Sports Zone

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band Club Hairspray

Theatre Fetiche Club Xcapades

Live music

Orange Peel

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

The Lazybirds Purple Onion Cafe

Garry Segal (blues, roots) Razcal’s

Mark Keller (singer/songwriter) Red Stag Grill

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues) Root Bar No. 1

Kevin Scanlon (bluegrass, folk, rock) Scandals Nightclub

Drag show w/ music by The Bandits & NoName Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro

Singer-songwriter showcase The Hookah Bar

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School (life drawing class, cabaret) Town Pump

The Humbuckers

Mimosa Drive (blues, Southern rock)

Dancing w/ Darin Kohler & the Asheville Katz Non-stop rock’n roll sing-a-long party show, 8pm-1am Eleven on Grove

Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 10:30pm Emerald Lounge

Secret B-Sides (soul, R&B) Feed and Seed

Red River Firestorm Cafe and Books

The Porch Pickers & Mitzi Cowel (blues, bluegrass) French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

Tennessee Hollow (rock, Americana) Garage at Biltmore

Agobi Project w/ Truly Grimy, Robert Rice & Dex vs. Juice Gottrocks

Acoustic Syndicate Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Iron Horse Station

Utah Green (singer/songwriter) Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Chuck Beatie (blues) New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

The Poles (rock) w/ Hammer No More the Fingers & Birds of Avalon O’Malley’s On Main

Smokin’ Section (blues, Southern rock)

Pisgah Brewing Company

Woody Pines (roots, blues) Purple Onion Cafe

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist) Razcal’s

West Sound (R&B) Red Room at Temptations

DJ Dday

Westville Pub

Los 3 De La Habana (Cuban band)

Butch Ross (“rock & roll dulcimer”)



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WSNB Blues Band

We Sing Nasty Blues from Hickory, NC

Stella Blue

Virgins Mary, The Blackheadz & The Poontanglers Switzerland Cafe

Singer/songwriter contest Temptations Martini Bar

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm The Hookah Bar

Sugar Momma’s Cookie Benefit feat: RBTS WIN & Now You See Them Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Swink Town Pump

Phuncle Sam Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective (eclectic jazz)

Every Mother’s Dream CD release party (folk, funk)



1pm, 4pm & 7pm

Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies (pop, psychedelic) & Arizona

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

DJ night

Open Mic Night!

Rocket Club

Vincenzo’s Bistro

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


No Cover tueSdAy

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Peggy Ratusz’ Invitational Blues Jam



Red Stag Grill

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

675 Merrimon Ave • Asheville, NC

WSNB Blues Band (“nasty blues”)

Brain Waves benefit feat: The Black Lillies (Americana, country) w/ Now You See Them & The Lone Derangers

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

No Cover

S At u R d Ay

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

The New Deal (electronic) w/ Thunderdrums (tribal electronica)

Chaser’s Nitelife


Holland’s Grille


The Merle (blues, garage)

F R i d Ay

East Coast Dirt (rock, progressive)

Orange Peel

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Pisgah Brewing Company

Hannah Flanagan’s

Live music

Caltrop (rock, blues) w/ Fing Fang Foom & Ritual ZOSO (Led Zeppelin tribute)

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Bobby Sullivan (piano) White Horse

Sat., August 29 Club 828

“Back To Cool” w/ DJ A.D.Dict Back Room

August 26th Come Support MANNA!

1/2 off appetizer 2 can donation for MANNA 7-9pm Widespread Wednesday


Zach Blew

Stevie Wonder & Janis Joplin’s love child

The Screaming Jays

August 27th

DJ Chalis • $3 Well Rum Drinks

August 28th Chuck Beattie

Blues & Soul

• $3 Well Gin Drinks

August 29th

DJ Lamonte CD Release Party Benefit for Asheville FM

September 1st Acoustic Jambalaya


Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues Collard Greens & Cornbread Blues SATURDAY • SEPT 5

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Gigi Dover Trio (rock, soul) Beacon Pub

Paul Edelman & Jangding Sparrow (folk, soul) Blu Lounge

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M. Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe




Pool & Board Game niGht-

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Bosco’s Sports Zone

montana slim strinG Band

BlueGrass/aCoustiC roots from san franCisCo

Sunday, auguSt 30


helPmate Benefit

outside & inside staGes: 50 year flood, ProJeCt lounGe Core, asheville horns, disCordian soCiety, motor skills• raffles! Prizes! 7:30 OPEN MIC hosted by Scott Stewart

Blues Jam Featuring the

Westville All Stars hosted by Mars

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm As Sick As Us w/ Face Down, Glass Walls & Order by Corruption (metal)

Saturday, aug 29

- tueS. -

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Boiler Room

roCk & roll dulCimer

- Mon. -

Patrick Fitzsimons

- Fri. -

Trivia Night with Prizes 9pm

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Feed and Seed

Never Blue

Mountain Angel

Trees Are Green (rock)

French Broad Brewery Tasting Room

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Woody Wood (rock, soul)

Surfer Blood w/ On the Take, Silver Hand Band & Sugar Glyder

Garage at Biltmore

American Rainbow Rapid Response Benefit feat: Blue Jay Way, The Cope Creek Gang & Dan Johnston

O’Malley’s On Main


Red X & Every Mans Enemy w/ Relentless

Framing Hanley (rock) w/ Transmit Now & Milestone

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Purple Onion Cafe

The Bottle Rockets w/ Drunken Prayer (roots)

Drovers Old Time Medicine Show (bluegrass, folk)

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Kris Minick Orange Peel

Live music

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

Red Room at Temptations

Chaser’s Nitelife


Red Stag Grill

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Closure in Moscow w/ Ivoryline & Kiros

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Club Hairspray


Rocket Club

Diva Saturday feat: Ashley Michaels & Miss North Carolina Brooke Divine

Live music Hannah Flanagan’s

Chocolate City Comedy Tour w/ A.G. White & J.A. the Comedian

Curras Dom

Brittany Reilly (country, bluegrass)

Scandals Nightclub

Mark Guest & friends (jazz-guitar ensemble)

Havana Restaurant

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

Stella Blue

42nd Street Jazz Band

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Umlautn, Vic Crown & The Force

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Switzerland Cafe

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

Infusions Lounge

Donovan Keith (guitar)

Live music

Temptations Martini Bar

Eleven on Grove

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm

Swing dance with live music by Space Heaters

Zach Blew (guitar)

The Hookah Bar

Emerald Lounge

Jerusalem Garden

Variable 4.0

Schwartz B-Day Bash w/ Entropy (funk)

Belly dancing w/ live music

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

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828-258-9652 99 New Leicester Hwy.


AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 •

Mack Kell’s • Razcals Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues TUESDAY Decades Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) Headlights • Mike’s Side Pocket W EDNESDAY Beacon Pub • Fred’s Speakeasy The Hangar • Blu Lounge Temptations Martini Bar O’Malleys on Main • Infusions Holland’s Grille T H URSDAY Chasers • Club Hairspray Razcals • Shovelhead Saloon Cancun Mexican Grill FRIDAY Infusions • Mack Kell’s Shovelhead Saloon SATURDAY Club Hairspray • Holland’s Grille Shovelhead Saloon • The Still SUNDAY Bosco’s Sports Zone • College St. Pub Getaway’s (Eleven on Grove) The Hangar • Mack Kell’s Wing Cafe • Cancun Mexican Grill Live music w/ singer-songwriters Town Pump

Bluestopia Highway (blues, R&B) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

The Free Flow Band (soul, funk) Live music w/ Marc Keller (variety)

Area & Take in the Scenery 77 Coxe Avenue Asheville 7, 9, 11pm, 1am


Vincenzo’s Bistro

Just Relax in Our Upscale Lounge 135 Cherry St. Black Mountain 6, 8, 10, 12am, 2am

IN  T H E  C L U B S

DJ Spy-V

club xcapades



(3miles west of Downtown -off Patton Ave.)


“Guitar Hero Contest” Westville Pub

Montana Slim String Band (bluegrass, acoustic) White Horse

Now You See Them (alternative folk, rock) w/ Ty Nemecek Wild Wing Cafe

Urban Sophisticates

Sun., August 30 Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter) Barley’s Taproom

Holstein, Davis & RahAmen (jazz) Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe



Since 1965 Vintage & Modern Belt Buckles Custom Cut Belts Artisan Made Leather Sandals

Complete clubland directory: Questions or errors? E-mail ( Asheville Civic Center & Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 251-5505 The Back Room (OSO) 697-6828 Barley’s Tap Room (SH) 255-0504 Beacon Pub 686-5943 Blue Mountain Pizza (OSO) 658-8777 Blue Lounge 650-5198 Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center 693-0087 BoBo Gallery (OSO) 254-3426 Bosco’s Sports Zone 684-2646 Broadway’s (SA) 285-0400 Cancun Mexican Grill 505-3951 Chaser’s (SA) 684-3780 Club 828 252-2001 Club Hairspray (SA) 258-2027 College St. Pub (SA) 232-0809 Courtyard Gallery 273-3332 Curras Dom 253-2111

Decades Restaurant & Bar 254-0555 Diana Wortham Theater 257-4530 Dock’s Restaurant 883-4447 Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar 252-2711 Eleven on Grove 505-1612 Emerald Lounge (OSO) 232- 4372 The Encouraging Cup 329-8210 Feed & Seed + Jamas Acoustic 216-3492 Firestorm Cafe (OSO) 255-8115 Five Fifty Three 631-3810 Frankie Bones 274-7111 Fred’s Speakeasy (SA) 281-0920 French Broad Brewery Tasting Room 277-0222 The Garage 505-2663 Gottrocks 235-5519 Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern (OSO) 232-5800 Grove House Eleven on Grove 505-1612


The Grove Park Inn 252-2711 Guadalupe Cafe 586-9877 The Handlebar (864)233-6173 The Hangar (SA) 684-1213 Havana Restaurant 252-1611 Holland’s Grille 298-8780 The Hookah Bar 252-1522 Infusions 665-2161 Iron Horse Station 622-0022 The Lobster Trap 350-0505 Mack Kell’s Pub & Grill 253-8805 Magnolia’s Raw Bar (ISS) 251-5211 Mela 225-8880 Mike’s Tavern 281-3096 Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill (SH) 258-1550 New French Bar Courtyard Cafe 225-6445 Never Blue 693-4646 O’Malley’s On Main 246--0898

The Orange Peel (OSO) 225-5851 Picnics 258-2858 Panther’s Paw 696-0810 Pisgah Brewing Co. 669-0190 Purple Onion Cafe 749-1179 Rankin Vault 254-4993 Razcal’s 277-7117 Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel 505-2949 Rocket Club 505-2494 Root Bar No.1 299-7597 Ruby’s BBQ Shack (ISS) 299-3511 Sadie’s Seafood 505-3364 Scandals Nightclub 252-2838 Shovelhead Saloon (SA) 669-9541 Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (OSO) 586-1717 Steak & Wine 505-3362 Stella Blue 236-2424

The Still 683-5913 Switzerland Cafe 765-5289 The Red Room at Temptations (SA) 252-0775 Temptations Martini Bar (SA) 252-0775 Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub 505-2129 Town Pump (SA) 669-4808 Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues (SA) 254-7072 Vaso de Vino Wine Bar & Market 687-3838 Vincenzo’s Bistro 254-4698 The Watershed 669-0777 Waynesville Water’n Hole 456-4750 Wedge Brewery 505 2792 Westville Pub (OSO) 225-9782 White Horse 669-0816 Wild Wing Cafe (SA) 253-3066 Xcapades 258-9652

Better Buckle Up... Rough Road Ahead

Piranha belt buckle - solid brass Carl Tasha, Provincetown, MA 1970

Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat. 12 ‘til about 4 12 Wall St., Asheville • 828-251-0057

S M OK E  O R  NO T   T O  S M OK E

OSO: outdoor/patio smoking only • SH: smoking hours, call clubs for specfics • ISS: indoor smoking section • SA: smoking allowed Luke Wood

Mon., August 31

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Curras Dom

Shag music w/ DJ Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Ellis Paul (folk-rock, acoustic) w/ Chris Trapper Grove Park Inn Great Hall

The Two Guitars of Yasmin & Lou, 10am12:30pm Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm Jack Of The Wood Pub

Irish session, 5pm Tom Waits time, late Lobster Trap

Chris Rhodes Orange Peel

TEDx Asheville Event Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

“Vinyl at the Vault” w/ Chris Ballard Rocket Club

Sunday jazz jam Scandals Nightclub

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show The Hookah Bar

Belly dance showcase w/ Alysha & Lisa Zahiya Town Pump

Montana Slim String Band Vincenzo’s Bistro

Johnny Blackwell (variety, covers) Wedge Brewing Co.

Vollie & the Leadfoot Vipers (swing)

Greg Olson & Richard Graham (world, folk) Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Contra dance Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bob Zullo (guitar), 630-10:30pm Guadalupe Cafe

Chad Hallyburton (jazz guitar), 7-9pm Hangar

Open mic night O’Malley’s On Main

Chris Williams from Empty Slate Orange Peel

The Wallflowers (roots-rock) w/ Butterfly Boucher Razcal’s

The Oxymorons (improv comedy) Rocket Club

Asheville Jazz Orchestra (swing, jazz) Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

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

Marc Keller & Company (variety) Westville Pub

Open mic w/ Scott Stewart 7:30pm Apres OM, 11pm

Tue., September 1

Back Room

Jyoti Asha Kokri-Bhatt (pianist) Beacon Pub

Open mic Blu Lounge

Open mic w/ Earl Clarence, Dick Frost & more Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Buddy David Band Eleven on Grove

Swing & Tango lessons and dance Emerald Lounge

Ashevegas All-Stars presents Tuesday Night Funk Jam Firestorm Cafe and Books

Open mic night Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany Iron Horse Station

Open mic w/ Yorky Lobster Trap

Jeoffrey Weeks (piano) Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Asheville Blues String Band New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Tomato Tuesday comedy open mic O’Malley’s On Main

Live music w/ Billy McCracken

EvEry Monday

Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


Sound Extreme Karaoke 8pm Wacky Wing Night - 25¢ Wings & $2 Draft


Live Music | $4 Kamakazees | $2.75 Import Bottles


Sound Extreme Karaoke 8pm $5 Long Island Teas | $3.50 23oz Domestic Draught



Live Music $5 Redbull Bombs | $3 Local Highland Beer • AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009


Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

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Matthew spins rock records Razcal’s

Jazz night w/ Mike Mancuso & friends


Temptations Martini Bar

Open mic w/ Pierce Edens The Hookah Bar


Selector Cleofus Williams & friends

<B7JI9H;;DJLI Mon. - Sat. 6 pm - 2 am • Sun. 8 pm - 2 am

thurSday, auguSt 27

the huMBuCkerS Indie/Folk

Friday, auguSt 28

phunCle SaM Psychedelic Jam Band

Saturday, auguSt 29

BlueStopia highway Blues/R&B


$1.50 Beer




$1 Beer

open MiC night

8:30 pm w/ David Bryan Open SundayS nOOn- Midnight MOn. - wed. 3pM - Midnight thurS. - Sat. 3pM - 2aM


135 Cherry St. BlaCk Mountain, nC

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Marc Keller (variety)

Live music w/ Aaron Laflace (singer/songwriter)

Waynesville Water’n Hole


Funk jam featuring local artists

DJ night

Wedge Brewing Co.

Westville Pub

Kontici (exotic lounge)

Matt Walsh (old-school Chicago blues)

Blues Jam w/ Mars Fariss

Thu., September 3

Zuma Coffee

White Horse

Club 828

Irish session, 6:30pm Open mike w/ Parker Brooks, 8:30pm

Live music w/ DJ Drea

Fri., September 4

Back Room

Back Room

Wild Wing Cafe

Charles Wood and the Lonesome Road Band (bluegrass)

Pond Water Experiment (bluegrass, funk, blues)

Beacon Pub

Dance mix w/ local DJ’s

Live music

Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Blu Lounge

Acoustic Swing

Johnny Blackwell (folk-rock, bluegrass)

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Blue Ridge Performing Arts Center

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm


Boiler Room



Bluegrass & clogging

Wed., September 2 Curras Dom

Eleanor Underhill (singer/songwriter) Back Room

Open mic Blue Mountain Pizza Cafe

Open mic Bosco’s Sports Zone

Shag music w/ DJ

Severed Martyr w/ The Ivory Method & Quatre Tete (metal)

Blu Lounge

Wayfarers All CD release party (indie, fusion) w/ Groove Stain & Shark Knife Bosco’s Sports Zone

Live music

Open jam w/ Mirage

Chaser’s Nitelife

Courtyard Gallery

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Open mic w/ Jarrett Leone

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

Club Hairspray

Curras Dom

Freaky Friday w/ Brandi & Shorty

Mark Guest (jazz guitar)

Decades Restaurant & Bar

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Dancing w/ Darin Kohler & the Asheville Katz

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

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar


‘80s Night

Emerald Lounge

Reggae Resurrection Firestorm Cafe and Books

Celtic & eclectic jam Frankie Bones

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter) Garage at Biltmore

Mixed Bag Open Jam hosted by Michael Tao Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Royal Bangs (neo-soul, tropical) w/ Memes

Five Fifty Three

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

Steve Wolrab & guests (jazz, guitar)

Eleven on Grove

Chris Rhodes (singer/songwriter)

Salsa & Mambo Dancing, 10pm-2am Dance Lessons, 10:30pm

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Garage at Biltmore

Will Hoge (rock) w/ Erick Baker

Steep Winding Road CD release party w/ The Neverhads

Frankie Bones

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

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

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm Infusions Lounge

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

Live music


Jack Of The Wood Pub

The Sharkadelics (classic rock, metal)

Bluegrass Jam, 9:30pm

Holland’s Grille

Lobster Trap

David Cody

Hank Bones

Horizons at Grove Park Inn


Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


Belly dancing

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Bluegrass jam night (band 8-10pm, open jam 10pm)

Never Blue

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues (blues)

Singer/songwriter showcase

Jerusalem Garden

New French Bar Courtyard Cafe

Belly dancing w/ live music

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Bill Covington (classics), 6-7pm Maddy & Masterpiece (dance band), 7-11pm Horizons at Grove Park Inn


No Tears Today (indie)

AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 •

Boiler Room

Thursday night bluegrass jam

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Old Time Jam, 6pm

520 Swannanoa River Rd, Asheville, NC 28805 Mon. - Sat. 6:30pm - 2am

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Vincenzo’s Bistro

Jack Of The Wood Pub

(828) 298-1400

Red Stag Grill

Open Mic w/ David Bryan

Singer-songwriter showcase

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm


Mark Keller (singer/songwriter)

Town Pump

Chuck Lichtenberger presents “An Evening of Jazz” with special guests

Live music w/ Robert Greer



Open Mic w/ Sven Hooson

Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro



Caroline Aiken (folk, rock)

The Hookah Bar

Hump day dance party w/ The Free Flow Band

Westville Pub

Thur. 8/27: The Lazybirds 7pm Fri. 8/28: Woody Pines 8pm Thur. 9/3: Queen Anne’s Revenge 6pm Chalwa 8pm Fri. 9/4: Brushfire Stankgrass and Jen & The Juice 8pm

Purple Onion Cafe

Latin dance

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Marc Keller & Company (variety)

isn’t it time to treat yourself to a quality night on the town?

DJ night feat: Cliff & Zanti

Scandals Nightclub

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues

Vincenzo’s Bistro

252-2456 • 14 College St. • Asheville, NC (Next to Tupelo Honey)

Anne Coombs (jazz, swing)

Never Blue

Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge

DJ Marley Carroll

Red Stag Grill

WiLSiN (soul-punk, funk) w/ The Stereofidelics

One Leg Up (Gypsy jazz)

Mo-Daddy’s Bar & Grill

Bosco’s Sports Zone

Ty Nemecek (Americana)

Live music

O’Malley’s On Main

Chaser’s Nitelife

Summertime Whisky Band

DJ Diva & The Lee Whitaker Band

Purple Onion Cafe

Curras Dom

Fred Whisken (jazz pianist)

Mark Guest & friends (jazz-guitar ensemble)

Red Room at Temptations

Decades Restaurant & Bar

DJ Dday

42nd Street Jazz Band

Ozric Tentacles (psychedelic) w/ The Discordian Society

Red Stag Grill

Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar

Purple Onion Cafe

Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

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

Stereofidelics (alternative, rock)

Michael Burgin and The Drinker’s Union w/ Loud Crowd & Oculi

Garage at Biltmore

DJ Spy-V

Temptations Martini Bar


Robert Thomas (jazz standards, blues)

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm

Scandals Nightclub

Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Lecherous Nocturne w/ Gigan & Insidious Demise

Live music w/ singer-songwriters

Grey Eagle Music Hall & Tavern

Vincenzo’s Bistro

The Blue Rags (Southern rock) w/ Screaming Js, Crackerjack, Woody Wood & Abe Reid

Stella Blue

Bobby Sullivan (piano)

Sat., September 5

The Truth Tour

Grove Park Inn Great Hall

Club 828

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

“Back To Cool” w/ DJ A.D.Dict


Back Room

Live music

The Rockwoods (rock)

Havana Restaurant

Beacon Pub

Ahora Si (salsa, jazz, tropical)

Mud Cutt

Horizons at Grove Park Inn

Blu Lounge

Lajos Pagony (piano), 6-10pm

Music w/ Lady DJ Christian M.

Infusions Lounge

Blue Ridge Dining Room & Wine Bar

Live music

Chris Rhodes (r&b, blues, pop), 5:30-10pm

Jack Of The Wood Pub

Jerusalem Garden

Belly dancing w/ live music O’Malley’s On Main

Listen to Bad Ash &

Empty Slate (Southern rock) Orange Peel

Red Room at Temptations

entertainment writers

every Sunday on

Red Stag Grill

DJ Dance Party & Cabaret Show Stella Blue

Project Loungecore Temptations Martini Bar

Southern Silk Duo (jazz, blues), 7:30-10:30pm Tolliver’s Crossing Irish Pub

Live music w/ singer-songwriters Vincenzo’s Bistro

Live music w/ Marc Keller (variety) Westville Pub

Dave Desmelik Trio CD release party (Americana) w/ Brittany Reilly (country, bluegrass)


$3 Movie nite PAint YoUR WAGon - Comedy - All Ages - 7 PM nachos available BAr Opens 6 pm

~ FriDAY 8/28 ~

eveRY MotHeRS DReAM CD ReLeASe PARtY! Folk/Pop/Jazz/Funk/Rock/Country Fusion! Get tHe “BiG BLenD” CD All Ages - Chefs on the Go food available BAr Opens 6 pm

~ sATurDAY 8/29 ~

noW YoU See tHeM - Winners of the “Last Band Standing” contest at the orange Peel! totally creative, humorous Alt Folk/Rock/Pop - 8 pm All Ages - Chefs on the Go food available BAr Opens 6 pm

~ TuesDAY 9/1 ~

6:30 - iRiSH Sessions 8:45 - oPen MiC with Parker Brooks no Cover - All Ages - Chefs on the Go food available BAr Opens 6 pm

828-669-0816 • AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009


theaterlistings Friday, AUGUST 28 - Thursday, SEPTEMBER 3

Due to possible last-minute scheduling changes, moviegoers may want to confirm showtimes with theaters.

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (254-1281)

12:30, 3:15, 7:05, 9:50

Bruno (R) 10:00

Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince (PG) 1:00, 7:10


Up (PG) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Please call the info line for updated showtimes.

Carmike Cinema 10 (298-4452) n

District 9 (R) 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 The Final Destination 3-D (R) 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:35 The Final Destination 2-D (R) 2:15, 4:45, 8:00, Late show Fri-Sat only 10:20 G-Force (3-D) (PG) 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R) 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2-D) (PG) 12:40, 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:30 Inglourious Basterds (R) 12:45, 3:55, 7:05, 10:15 A Perfect Getaway (R) 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Post Grad (PG-13) 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 The Ugly Truth (R) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45 n Carolina Asheville Cinema 14 (274-9500)

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13) 12:50, 2:20, 4:30, 7:35, 9:45 The Cove (PG-13) 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7:30, 9:45 District 9 (R) 12:15, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40, 10:30 The Final Destination 3-D (R) 11:50, 1:55, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 Food, Inc. (PG) 4:15, 10:15 G-Force (2-D) (PG) 12:40, 2:50, 5:00

Halloween II (R) 12:45, 3:10, 5:15, 7:55, 10:20

The Hurt Locker (R) 11:55, 3:05, 7:20, 10:25 Inglourious Basterds (R) 12:05, 3:30, 7:00, 10:10 Julie and Julia (PG-13) 12:55, 3:45, 7:25, 10:10 Post Grad (PG-13) 7:50, 10:00 Shorts (PG) 11:45, 2:10, 4:20, 7:50, 10:05 Taking Woodstock (R) 12:25, 4:05, 7:15, 9:55 The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13) 12:35, 4:00, 7:45, 10:10

Cinebarre (665-7776) n

Co-ed Cinema Brevard (883-2200) n

Julie & Julia (PG-13) 1:30, 4:00, 7:00, 9:30

Epic of Hendersonville (693-1146) n

Fine Arts Theatre (232-1536) n

(500) Days of Summer (PG-13) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:15 Ponyo (G) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, Late show Fri-Sat only 9:30

Flatrock Cinema (697-2463) n

Julie & Julia (PG-13) 1:00 (no 1:00 show on Fri), 4:00, 7:00 n Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15 (684-1298) n United Artists Beaucatcher (298-1234)

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (PG-13) For some theaters movie listings were not available at press time. Please contact the theater or check for updated information.



movie reviews and listings by ken hanke

JJJJJ is the maximum rating

additional reviews by justin souther • contact

pickoftheweek Inglourious Basterds JJJJJ

Director: Quentin Tarantino Players: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl

Postmodern Alternative-Reality Revisionist War Movie Rated R

The Story: World War II action with sardonic humor and a fantasy twist about efforts to blow up a cinema filled with Nazis. The Lowdown: Quentin Tarantino’s new film is brilliant and unabashedly (and genuinely) quirky — a truly personal work in a sea of largely impersonal movies. A sprawling feast of a movie that’s by turns funny, exciting, outrageous and just plain exhilarating, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds actually is the event — make that Event — it was touted to be. That in itself is deliciously apt since a large part of the movie’s plot — and certainly its raison d’être — centers around the idea of film as an event. Inglourious Basterds culminates with a film premiere that manages to place most of the Nazi high command — including Joseph Goebbels (Sylvester Groth, The Reader), Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler (Martin Wuttke) himself — in the same movie house at the same time. A movie geek of Tarantino’s standing is hardly likely to be unaware of the claim that was once made that the premiere of a new Fritz Lang film in 1920s Berlin was such a big deal that if a bomb had gone off it would have removed most of Germany’s intellectual and political bigwigs in one fell swoop. Considering that Tarantino’s movies are largely about his own love affair with the movies and with the history and esoterica of film, this is precisely the sort of anecdote that one might rightly expect to fuel a Tarantino film (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this was indeed the genesis for the story in the film). What’s surprising is how well it works. In fact, I’m hardpressed to find anything in Inglourious Basterds that doesn’t work. As with most of Tarantino’s films, Inglourious Basterds is pulpy trash. It’s the form he most likes to work in, because it’s exciting and inherently cinematic. Plus, its very pulpiness makes it a little

AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 •

Mélanie Laurent literally dons her war paint as she plans her revenge on a theater full of Nazis in Quentin Tarantino’s exhilarating and darkly funny Inglourious Basterds. subversive — possibly because Tarantino is one of the few working filmmakers who revels in the fact that there’s a fine line between exploitation and art. Tarantino makes movies that become films because of their total immersion in film culture. I sometimes find Tarantino a little too full of himself and a bit grating, but he’s almost certainly right when he claims that he knows more about movies than most of the people who write about them for a living. That’s neither arrogance, nor a putdown. Were it the latter, one of the heroes of Basterds would hardly be a movie critic and film historian (Michael Fassbender) who has written a monograph on German director G.W. Pabst. Although there is more to the story line than the film’s last — and most spectacular — act, Basterds is all about the movies one way or another. Its opening — “Once upon a time in Nazi-Occupied France” — sets the tone not just in fairytale terms, but in movie fairy-tale terms by invoking Sergio Leone movie titles (Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in America). Tarantino then proceeds to create a scene that deliberately recalls Leone’s style. The Basterds themselves are a movie construct — by way of Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Enzo Castellari’s Italian variant The Inglorious Bastards (1978) — reimagined as vengeance-seeking Jews (led by a bizarre hillbilly-ized Brad Pitt) terrorizing Nazis behind enemy lines.

It may even be that the slightly preposterous casting of torture-porn director Eli Roth (Hostel) as Sgt. Donny Donowitz (aka “The Bear Jew”), who specializes in bludgeoning Nazis to death with a baseball bat, is a movie reference to Roth’s films. (This is suggested by the assertion, “Watching Donny beat Nazis to death is as close as we get to the movies.”) Everywhere you turn, this is a movie about movies — from making them, being in them, showing them, promoting them, writing about them, using them as a means to revenge and as wish fulfillment. There’s even a lesson — complete with a split-screen insert of an educational film — about how flammable nitrate movie film is. The structure of the film is really little more than three fairly involved setups that merge into the movie’s frankly astonishing and beautifully crafted final act. The first part sets up both a central revenge scenario for Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) and introduces us to the movie’s primary villain, Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz in a show-stealing performance), who has Shosanna’s family slaughtered. The second jumps ahead in time and brings in Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt) and his Basterds, who are the bane of the Nazi’s existence, jumping and killing and scalping groups of soldiers — and leaving one alive with a swastika

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nowplaying (500) Days of Summer JJJJJ

ership from its terminally quirky employees. Live hard, sell hard — crash harder. Rated R

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moretz, Matthew Gray Gubler Comedy/Romance A young man falls in love with a woman who doesn’t share his romantic worldview, but she can’t help but be drawn to him. A breath of spring — even in the late summer — (500) Days of Summer is a clever, funny and very perceptive comedy/romance that’s a must-see. Rated PG-13

The Cove JJJJ

Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Simon Hutchins, Mandy-Rae Cruikshank, Kirk Krack Documentary A documentary film showing how the filmmakers and some other activists got the footage of what really takes place in the cove of the title. Shrewdly conceived and expertly crafted, The Cove is a documentary of rare suspense that should be seen. Rated PG-13

District 9 JJJJJ

Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James, Vanessa Haywood, Mandka Gaduka, Kenneth Nkosi Science Fiction/Drama Following an accident with a mysterious liquid in the District 9 alien-internment camp, a civil servant finds his worldview altered by alarming changes. A thoughtful, surprisingly deep science-fiction film with an even more surprising emotional core. Rated R

G-Force JJJ

(Voices) Sam Rockwell, Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Penélope Cruz, Tracy Morgan Kiddie Action/Adventure A covert government task force made up of guinea pigs must go rogue in order to stop an arms dealer from taking over the world. A likable cast and some dandy use of 3-D makes for a harmlessly entertaining kiddie flick. Rated PG

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra J

Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dennis Quaid Big Dumb Loud Action A super covert group of high-tech soldiers must stop an evil arms dealer from taking over the world. A loud, cheesy, dumb action picture that closes out the summer moviegoing season in a blaze of property damage, bad dialogue and hokey CGI. Rated PG-13

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard JJ

Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, James Brolin, David Koechner, Kathryn Hahn, Jordana Spiro Faux Edgy Comedy A group of hotshot used-car liquidators are called in to save a dysfunctional car deal-

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince JJJJJ

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman Fantasy/Adventure/Horror Harry and company move one step further toward adulthood and the inevitable confrontation that must one day take place. A surprisingly adult and even somber entry in the popular franchise that neatly builds to the two-part climax to come, while offering solid entertainment and artistry of its own. Rated PG

The Hurt Locker JJJJJ

Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse War/Drama A look into the lives of a bomb squad on the last few weeks of their tour of duty in Iraq. A rivetting, suspenseful war film that packs a wallop unlike any other film to date on the war in Iraq. Rated R

Inglourious Basterds JJJJJ

Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl Postmodern Alternative-Reality Revisionist War Movie World War II action with sardonic humor and a fantasy twist about efforts to blow up a cinema filled with Nazis. Quentin Tarantino’s new film is brilliant and unabashedly (and genuinely) quirky — a truly personal work in a sea of largely impersonal movies. Rated R

Julie & Julia JJJJ

Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Linda Emond Comedy/Drama/Biopic The stories of Julia Child and Julie Powell told in a series of crosscut events. A thoroughly charming and winning entertainment with great characters and acting. It may not be terribly deep, but it’s funny and invariably pleasant. Rated PG-13

Ponyo JJJJ

(Voices) Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett Animated Adventure A magical goldfish escapes to dry land after deciding she wants to be human, thus knocking the balance of nature out of whack. A wholly sweet and fanciful — not to mention endearing — animated film that’s none too deep, but never becomes too precious or too schmaltzy. Rated G

Post Grad J

Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett, Rodrigo Santoro

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Supposed Comedy A college grad doesn’t get the job she wants and has to move in with her family. Supposedly mirth and life lessons follow. Predictable, pointless, shapeless and basically worthless. Rated PG13


Jimmy Bennett, Jolie Vanier, Leslie Mann, John Cryer, James Spader, William H. Macy Kids Fantasy/Adventure A group of kids come upon a magical, rainbow-colored rock that grants any wish. Mayhem ensues. A charmingly goofy kids movie that occasionally shows sparks of Robert Rodriguez’s directorial panache, but too often suffers from the constraints of the film’s lo-fi, backyard approach. Rated PG

The Time Traveler’s Wife JJ

Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Jane McLean, Ron Livingston, Brooklynn Proulx, Arliss Howard Pseudo Sci-Fi/Romance The romantic saga of an uncontrolled time traveler and the woman who loves him. A soupy, goopy mélange of ill-conceived science fiction and uninvolving romance. Rated PG-13

The Ugly Truth JJ

Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Eric Winter, Nick Searcy, Cheryl Hines Mildly Raunchy Romantic Comedy Rom-com antics involving the battle between a TV producer and her unwanted star performer that plods down a well-worn path. An attempt to make the romantic comedy more “adult” by grafting on low jokes and rough language. It almost never works — in large part due to mismatched leads. Rated R


(Voices) Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai, Bob Peterson, Delroy Lindo Animated Fantasy/Adventure Faced with being sent to a retirement home, the 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen — a former balloon vendor at a zoo — ties an unbelievable number of balloons to his house and floats away in search of an obscure part of South America that he and his wife always planned to see. An altogether remarkable — and remarkably moving — film that’s on the very short list of best of 2009. Rated PG


X-Games 3D: The Movie JJ

Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ricky Carmichael, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist Sports Documentary A documentary about extreme sports interspersed with 3-D footage of X-Games action. A mildly entertaining 3-D “event” that’ll be more entertaining to fans of the X-Games than the uninitiated. Rated PG.

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personally carved into his forehead by Raine. (This — and the whole presentation of the Nazi elite as self-absorbed, absurd buffoons — makes one wonder if Tarantino has managed to see Ken Russell’s “banned” 1970 TV film Dance of the Seven Veils.) The film then turns to its third setup with Shosanna, who is now running a cinema in Paris, and the romance-minded pursuit of her by Nazi “war hero” Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brühl, Ladies in Lavender), who wangles the premiere of a propaganda film about his exploits (produced by Goebbels) at her theater. Enter the British high command’s plot, Operation Kino, to take out the Nazi elite at the premiere with the help of doubleagent actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) and the Basterds. What follows is certainly not history (by the time David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” appears on the sound track while Shosanna readies her own plan against the Nazis, you will have guessed that). But it’s remarkable filmmaking, even more remarkably satisfying — and a spectacularly twisted version of using art to make something more “right” than reality. In essence, it’s the ultimate warmovie fantasy. And why not? Inglourious Basterds is kind of the ultimate war movie. It’s the film of the summer that actually is an event — and it just might be what Brad Pitt’s closing line suggests as concerns Tarantino’s oeuvre. Rated R for strong

graphic violence, language and brief sexuality. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Cinebarre, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15.

Post Grad J

Director: Vicky Jenson Players: Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett, Rodrigo Santoro

Supposed Comedy

Rated PG-13

The Story: A college grad doesn’t get the job she wants and has to move in with her family. Supposedly mirth and life lessons follow. The Lowdown: Predictable, pointless, shapeless and basically worthless. I’ve slogged my way through worse films than Post Grad, but what it lacks in sheer awfulness it more than makes up for in utter pointlessness. I sat through this thing trying to imagine why anyone wanted to make it. Did first-time offender Kelly Fremon think she was crafting an engaging or original story when she wrote Post Grad? Was director Vicky Jenson just so delighted to be directing real people instead of co-directing animated ones (Shark Tale) that she failed to notice how

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Final Destination 2 director David R. Ellis returns to the series with what you might think would be Final Destination 4. Ah, but there you would be wrong, because this is The Final Destination — putting that “the” up front makes all the difference, and suggests that this final destination really is final (yeah, well, the box office will determine that). Regardless, this one comes with a nice coating of 3-D (they’re now advertising the 2-D version as being “in select theaters!”). Otherwise expect business as usual, which is to say some folks you’ve never heard of will cheat death. Death will be cheesed and go after them. Creative death will ensue. Early reviews do not ensue, which is also not surprising. The real question is why put this out opposite Halloween II? (R)

thoroughly uninteresting this was? Did people show up for work all excited to be making this movie? I simply can’t believe that. Dropping the proper number of tiddlies into a Tiddlywinks game on an assembly line could not be more soul deadening than making this movie. Post Grad starts with a predictable setup — or several predictable setups — and then proceeds to flail around in a sea of predictable developments before arriving on the shore anyone past the age of 4 could have predicted when they saw the trailer. Alexis Bledel (TV’s Gilmore Girls) plays Ryden Malby, a perky college graduate with a best friend, Adam (Zach Gilford, TV’s Friday Night Lights), who is hopelessly in love with her. She, on the other hand, can only think about her dream job: working as an editor so she can discover the next “great American novel.” Well, guess what? She doesn’t get the dream job and has to move in with her — wait for it — quirky family. What an inspiration that development was. The quirksters, in this case, are played by Michael Keaton as Ryden’s distracted dad, Jane Lynch as her long-suffering mom, Bobby Coleman (Martian Child) as her diabetic-coma-inducing cute little brother and the venerable Carol Burnett as her sharp-tongued “dying” grandmother. They all live in an architecturally improbable house in suburbia, surrounded by garden gnomes — any one of which evidences more personality than the characters. Oh, and there’s also a hunky Brazilian (Rodrigo Santoro, Che) who directs infomercials and lives across the street. His function, of course, is to divert Ryden’s attention from her love-struck swain in order to get us to the dreary penultimate misunderstanding reel that all such movies must have under penalty of law. And yes, there’s the usual coating of bland pop songs of no discernible merit drizzled over the whole thing.


Rob Zombie comes back with Halloween II, which isn’t a remake of the original Halloween II, but the rest of the story of his Halloween remake. Whether that simply means his Halloween II won’t mostly take place in a hospital remains to be seen. The trailer at least looks more interesting than Zombie’s original, which is to say that there’s evidence of the kind of stylish flourishes that marked Zombie’s earlier movies. Once again, he’s assembled an interesting cast — Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Howard Hesseman, Margot Kidder — but the question is if these are much more than the cameos of the first film. No clue yet, because, well, you don’t really expect them to have screened this for critics, do you? (R)

Look, if any of this sounds remotely interesting to you, have at it. Me? I checked my phone three times to see how much longer the movie was going to drag on. I chuckled (snorted, really) once. I was surprised exactly zero times. And I wished I was watching Inglourious Basterds for at least 80 of the movie’s 89 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15.


JJJJ Director: Robert Rodriguez Players: Jimmy Bennett, Jolie Vanier, Leslie Mann, John Cryer, James Spader, William H. Macy

Kids Fantasy/Adventure

Rated PG

The Story: A group of kids come upon a magical, rainbow-colored rock that grants any wish. Mayhem ensues. The Lowdown: A charmingly goofy kids movie that occasionally shows sparks of Robert Rodriguez’s directorial panache, but too often suffers from the constraints of the film’s lo-fi, backyard approach. In 1990 — two years before he burst onto the filmmaking scene with his low-budget actioner El Mariachi — Robert Rodriguez made a short film called Bedhead. Shot in his backyard with the help of his family, the short centers around a young girl who terrorizes her slovenly older brother with newfound psychic powers. Nearly two decades later, after a lot of adult-oriented — and very R-rated — fare and a handful of family films (including the fantastic Spy Kids (2001)), Rodriguez has finally made what can best be called an extension of Bedhead. His latest flick for kids, Shorts, carries the same sense

of preteen empowerment and supernatural adventure, while still being — since it was shot in and around Rodriguez’s home — a homegrown, low-budget, family-made affair (the concept for the film was thought up by Rodriguez’s son Rebel, who also makes an appearance in the movie, along with his siblings Racer, Rocket and Bianca). The movie is presented as a series of interconnected short films (Rodriguez has said in interviews that this is his take on Hal Roach, complete with Our Gangstyled title cards). Each follows a group of kids and their misadventures with a magical wishing rock that suddenly shows up in their quaint suburban neighborhood. Narrated by awkward, bracessporting social misfit “Toe” Thompson (Jimmy Bennett, Star Trek), Shorts jumps around out of order from short to short, as Toe pauses and fast-forwards through the action to get to the best parts. Even though these are kids in possession of a rainbow-colored wishing rock, their enthusiasm causes nothing to go quite right — from the accidental creation of booger monsters, to bipedal alligators, to a creepy, psychic infant (think Alia Atreides from Dune). There are also, of course, various nefarious forces to contend with — such as the Steve Jobslike gadget-making megalomaniac Mr. Black (James Spader) and his daughter Helvetica (newcomer Jolie Vanier), who even gets her own snazzy theme song. But in classic Rodriguez fashion — and in the vein of his Spy Kids flicks — the bad guys aren’t really all that bad, just mostly misunderstood. The same heart — borne out of the feeling that Rodriguez genuinely likes kids — and the imagination that was on display in Spy Kids shows up here, and the low-budget feel of the film suits the guerilla-filmmaking style that the director cut his teeth on. The best bits and pieces are when Rodriguez goes for a lo-fi feel, using editing techniques and stop-motion effects. Unfortunately, the film falters when CGI is introduced, attempting to give a bigger budget and Hollywood feel to a movie that just doesn’t have the cash to support it, let alone the need. Aside from the computer effects simply being shoddy, they also betray the movie’s homemade feel. No, Shorts never approaches the purely entertaining greatness of the first two Spy Kids movies, lacking a lot of the surprise, simple charm and outstanding production design. However, that being said, it’s a tough standard to live up to, since few people have made kids movies that good to begin with. This doesn’t keep Shorts from being its own nice — albeit flawed — piece of family entertainment. Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor. — reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande

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X-Games 3D: The Movie JJ

Director:Steve Lawrence Players: Shaun White, Travis Pastrana, Ricky Carmichael, Danny Way, Bob Burnquist

Sports Documentary

Rated PG

The Story: A documentary about extreme sports interspersed with 3-D footage of X-Games action. The Lowdown: A mildly entertaining 3-D “event” that’ll be more entertaining to fans of the X-Games than the uninitiated. Since X-Games 3D: The Movie has been advertised as a one-week engagement — and with the film’s paltry weekend box office guaranteeing this — it’s a movie that will have just a couple days left of moviegoing life in it by the time this review publishes. So for those of you wanting to hear Emile Hirsch’s narration wax philosophic about the wondrous poetry of dirt bikes whilst men fly through the air on skateboards — all in space-age 3-D —then make haste before it’s too late. For everyone else who doesn’t find this the elephant’s instep, then you’re out of luck. As a celebration of what’s been coined “extreme action sports” — like snowboarding and skateboarding — the movie is strictly for fans only. The biggest draw is some former X-Games competitions filmed in 3-D, which amount to nothing spectacular and special, seeing as how it’s all still shot like a TV broadcast. Some interviews — with X-Games luminaries like Shaun White and Bob Burnquist — are thrown in to add some feature-length padding and give some hint of legitimate filmmaking, but it’s never very interesting or probing. About the only time we get a genuinely interesting or honest response from anyone is at the beginning when Kyle Loza — whose career appears to consist of doing dangerous stunts on dirt bikes — claims that what he does is stupid and dangerous and scary. But that’s about as deep as we get into the heads of these daredevils. In the end, your enjoyment of this film — and how impressive you find the action to be — is totally dependent on your fascination with extreme sports and the men who partake in them. Just don’t expect anything more than what boils down to a tarted-up ESPN special. Rated PG for extreme-sports action and accidents. — reviewed by Justin Souther Playing at Carmike Cinema 10, Carolina Asheville Cinema 14, Epic of Hendersonville, Regal Biltmore Grande Stadium 15.

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JJJJ Director: Andrew Currie Players: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K’Sun Ray, Tim Blake Nelson


Rated R

Andrew Currie’s Fido (2007) is one of those movies that never showed locally — and I was OK with that, since, quite frankly, I’m pretty completely zombied out. Despite embellishments from George A. Romero (making them flesh-eating and “contagious”) and Danny Boyle (making them move fast rather than shamble), there’s only so much you can do with the damned things. I won’t say that Andrew Currie actually found something new, but his Fido does at least offer an interesting variation — and without being great, is much better than I expected. Rethinking the zombie as a satire on 1950s conformity — not to mention spoofing such period TV fare as Lassie — offers something a little different. In some ways it resembles Bob Balaban’s little-seen suburban horror picture Parents (1989), but more than that it’s like the zombie comedy take on Blue Velvet (1986) — in fact, one shot deliberately recalls the white picket fence opening of the Lynch film, but with blood splatters. Aside from the satirical elements, the film boasts some delightful production design and a surprisingly sweet performance from Billy Connolly as the titular Fido, who goes from being a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses acquisition to more of a family member than some members of the actual family. It’s fun, but it’s also surprisingly gentle in most of its humor and its gore quotient, making you wonder who exactly it was aimed at. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Fido will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Firestorm Cafe & Books, 48 Commerce St., in downtown Asheville.

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world cinema Heavenly Creatures JJJJJ

Director: Peter Jackson Players: Kate Winslet, Melanie Lynskey, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison

Fact-Based Drama Rated R For those who think of Peter Jackson strictly in terms of his epics like the Lord of the Rings films or in terms of his splatter comedies like Dead Alive (1992), his 1994 film Heavenly Creatures may come as a revelation. (It also might serve as a good warm-up for his soon-to-be-released The Lovely Bones, which, the trailer suggests, returns to the style of Heavenly Creatures.) Despite the undeniable merits of Jackson’s other works, Heavenly Creatures strikes me as the best film he has made. Certainly, it’s the most disturbing in its depiction of the real-life drama that culminated in two teenage girls — Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) and Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) — brutally murdering one of their mothers in 1950s New Zealand. It’s not so much disturbing because of the murder of Honoria Parker (Sarah Peirse) — though the scene itself is very disturbing — but because of Jackson’s very real depiction of the particular chain of events that lead to this act. And those are disturbing because aspects of the events are relevant to any childhood that involves heightened imagination, fantasy worlds, self-dramatization, intense friendships and parents who “don’t understand” — in other words, just about any childhood. Jackson’s use of film to convey the story is invariably striking — nearly every choice feels just right. Scenes of bitter humor and even subtle charm end on a note of warning (often a look on Pauline’s face caught at just the right moment). The sense of desperation of two lonely girls who have found each other and are determined not to lose what they’ve found permeates the entire film. (The original, truncated U.S. version of the film was less explicit in its depiction of the girls’ lesbianism — an aspect of the story that Hulme, who is now known as British mystery novelist Anne Perry, denies, but which is clearly referred to in Pauline’s diary.) As filmmaking, Heavenly Creatures is stunning, despite the fact that some of the “morphing” effects look a little quaint today, and Jackson’s use of the sound track is equally masterful. — reviewed by Ken Hanke Heavenly Creatures, part of a series of Classic Cinema From Around the World, will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St. in downtown Asheville. Info: 273-3332.

hendersonville film society The Indian Tomb JJJJ

Director: Fritz Lang Players: Debra Paget, Paul Christian, Walter Reyer, Claus Holm, René Deltgen

Exotic Romance/Adventure Rated NR The second part to Fritz Lang’s The Tiger of Eschanpur, The Indian Tomb (1959), is what can be called (in a good sense) more of the same — only a little more so. Since the two films were made together and meant to be seen in succession, it’s not surprising that they’re stylistically of a piece. The Indian Tomb, however, is slightly more fun in that it’s so very obviously exotic nonsense of the serial-film kind. The very fact that it is part two necessitates five or six minutes of “last time, as you remember” lead-in to the story proper — and in its favor, it doesn’t cheat, but it’s still amusingly in keeping with the tone of a movie that boasts lines like, “Please, leave me my goddess. She’s a good goddess.” (Considering that said goddess has just had a spider save the leads’ hash by spinning a web to prove to their pursuers that they couldn’t be in the cave in which they’re hiding, one might agree.) Other aspects of charming foolishness include a lovably hokey papiermâché cobra and a dancing scene where our heroine wears a scanty outft that’s either a testament to the quality of German glue, or proof that there is no law of gravity. And there’s the valuable lesson that if subterranean lepers appear in part one, there will be leper mayhem before part two is over. Always remember that. — reviewed by Ken Hanke The Hendersonville Film Society will show The Indian Tomb at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville. (From Asheville, take I-26 to U.S. 64 West, turn right at the third light onto Thompson Street. Follow to the Lake Point Landing entrance and park in the lot on the left.)


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WHAT A VIEW! 4BR, 3BA. Almost 3 acres. Go to (ID 22165075) for information and pictures. Call 828-606-3879. FIND OUT WHY! Folks are calling City Real Estate for exploring the art or finding your home. Sales and Rentals handled professionally and efficiently. We help you find “Views From All Angles”. (828) 210-2222.

THE VILLAGES AT CREST MOUNTAIN Asheville’s Premier Sustainable Community! Top green builders, community gardens, orchards & vineyards, common houses, common solar, so much more. Starting in the low 200s. or 828.252.7787 / info@ for more info.

VERY COOL BUNGALOW • New kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, new laundry and bath, wrap around front porch, large corner lot. This is a wonderfully updated 1300 sq.ft. bungalow ready to move in. $149,999. No agents. 828-582-7198.

WALK TO DOWNTOWN • 1700 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5BA, hardwood floors, new kitchen, deck, sun room, $212,000. No agents. 828-582-7198. WEST ASHEVILLE Green Built New 2000 sqft HBH cert craftsman bungalow, priced to sell at $324,900. Chef’s kitchen, great trees, custom dining nook, river stone firepace. Great deal, just reduced. David, 275-4108, Crest Realty

Condos For Sale $135,000 • CLINGMAN AVENUE Between Downtown and the River Arts District. New 1BR, 1BA urban condo. Parking, storage, private balcony. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

YOUR NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTION A superior clean at no cost to your health. Earth, kid, and pet friendly. (828) 582-0335

General Services First time buyers receive up to $8000 tax credit when buying a home in 2009. • With rates at 40 year lows, there’s never been a better time to buy! All move-in ready 3BR, 2BA with many upgrades, $139,900. Mountain views, pet friendly, owner-occupied. Call Brickton Village today! Nitch Real Estate. (828) 654-9394 or

DOWNTOWN KRESS BUILDING Custom Condo in the historic Kress Building. 2 PINs, adjoining spiral staircase. Original maple floors, private balconies, high ceilings. • $525,000, lease/purchase also available for $1800/month. MLS#423787. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663.

Land For Sale 4.3 ACRES BUNCOMBE COUNTY • Beautifully private. Build near creek or on mountaintop. Raw land has recent survey and septic permit. $57K. (828) 669-7483.

$179,000 CHARMING TOWN HOME • One level, 2BR, 1BA, 950 sq.ft., attached garage. Cathedral ceilings, skylight. Hardwood floors, fireplace. Central AC/Heat. Front and back porches. Pool, tennis court, community room. Wonderful neighborhood. 5 minutes to downtown/Blue Ridge Parkway. 828-277-6502.

$495,000 • DOWNTOWN • AMAZING VIEWS 2BR, 2BA top floor condo in the Piedmont Building. Many windows. Hardwoods, gas fireplace, elevator. Best price/sqft downtown! MLS#435275. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663,

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HISTORIC S&W CONDOS New condos in the heart of downtown in historic art deco building. 3rd and 4th floor units w/elevator access and city or mountain views. From $290,000. The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663, •

Home Services

Heating & Cooling MAYBERRY HEATING AND COOLING INC • Service • Repairs • Replacements AC/Heat Pumps • Gas/Oil Furnaces • New Construction/Renovation s • Indoor Air Quality Products. (828) 658-9145.

Kitchen & Bath ELK MOUNTAIN ASSOCIATES We specialize in • re-fitting Bathrooms and Kitchens and finishing Basements • adding Garages, Porches and • Sunrooms. • Professional education and experience. Call (828) 242-1950 or (for all our information):

LEXINGTON STATION Downtown condos, garage parking, wood floors, private balconies, stainless appliances, fitness center. • 3BR penthouse: $499,000. • 2BR, 2BA: $289,900. • The Real Estate Center: (828) 255-4663.

Painting 1 DAY ROOM TRANSFORMATION Custom painting, decorative finishes, wallpaper installation/removal. • 15 years experience. • Meticulous • Timely • Reasonable. Heather, (828) 215-4365. Custom Home Interior Accents.

TERRIFIC LOCATION DOWNTOWN • $225,000. 2BR. 2BA. Furnished, stainless steel appliances, W/D. Secure entrance/parking. Fitness center, rooftop garden. List price lower than purchase. Brokers welcome. 251-543-6400.

Cleaning A PROFESSIONAL HOUSEKEEPER • 7 years experience • Reliable • Honest • Great references available upon request from upscale clientele. Call Cheri Ostman: 674-2750.

TIME TO BUY A CONDO! With low rates, great inventory and $8000 tax credit, Now is the time to buy. • I can help! Call and let’s talk. Clark Sanders/Broker: 779-9000. Asheville Investment Properties

HOUSEKEEPER/PERSONAL ASSISTANT has an opening to work for you. Call (828) 216-4592

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GET RESULTS! “When we started advertising, we quickly determined that our best response was from our inexpensive ad in the Mountain Xpress Classifieds! Thanks for 10 years, Asheville.” Dale Mayberry, Mayberry Heating and Cooling, Inc. You too, can benefit from advertising in Mountain Xpress. Call today! (828) 251-1333. SANTA FE LOOK • PLASTERING • STUCCO Interior • Exterior • “Green” • Residential • Commercial • 30 years Asheville area. Call Perry: (828) 301-2323 or 258-2443. • • See my work (click Products, Venetian Plaster Base):

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Business Health Insurance is a valuable defense against costly medical expenses. Looking for affordable Health Insurance? For a Free no obligation Quote visit or call Bruce at 828-775-2828.

Commercial Listings

Commercial Property COMMERCIAL FOR SALE • Downtown, Coxe Avenue newer building, groundfloor office/retail w/onsite parking, $349,000. • Downtown, Coxe Avenue one story building, approximately 1800 sqft, needs work, $295,000. • Gateway to Broadway Corridor, 3 buildings, 2 lots, home to many new developments, $1,650,000. The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663.

HIRE A HUSBAND Handyman Services. 25 years professional experience, quality, reliability. References available. Free estimates. Insured. Stephen Houpis, (828) 280-2254.

DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For sale. Renovated 1,227 sqft office building. $259,900. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

RELIABLE REPAIRS! Quality work! All types maintenance/repair, indoor/outdoor. Excellent water leak detection/correction! 38 years experience! Responsible! Honest! Harmonious! References! Call Brad, you’ll be Glad! (828) 273-5271.

$10/NNN • TUNNEL ROAD ANCHOR SPACE! Great space for medical/professional office . Completely modernized for dental care. Also suitable for walk-in clinic or other service oriented business. Easy access with ample parking. Close proximity to VA Hospital. Approximately 3500 sqft, one level with client and separate service entrance. Contact (828) 215-9823 for details.

Carpentry • Minor Electrical • Small Jobs • Repairs. • Call Greg: 230-1132 or 258-1107.

Business Rentals

1 MONTH FREE! (W/12 month lease). River Arts Studios starting at $180/month, includes utilities. Call 250-9700 or e-mail:


Education/ Tutoring MATH AND SCIENCE TUTOR K-12 and college students; coursework, exam preparation. French lessons all levels (native). East Asheville. Call 298-4310.

18 ORANGE, DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE Across from Staples. 1,325 sqft, entire first floor, large kitchen/bath, $1,295/month, water and electric included. Available September 15. By appointment: 828-273-3765.

ATTRACTIVE, 2,000 SQ,FT. DOWNTOWN OFFICE • 55 Grove Street. Four offices, break room, large reception area. $10/ sq. ft. Practical and beautiful. (828) 2539451. BE ON TUNNEL ROAD! High traffic count with great location and convenience to downtown and East Asheville. $650/month. Call (828) 215-2865 for showings. COMMERCIAL LEASES Many opportunities: Office, retail, mixed-use, all locations in and around the area including downtown. • Call the agent with her finger on the pulse! Paula Cooper, (828) 775-1485. The Real Estate Center. DON’T MISS THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY For street corner presence on busy Tunnel Road! Great visibility, suitable for both commercial or business needs. Over 1000 sqft for $850/month and ask about the rent concession! Contact (828) 215-9823 for showings. Davenport Properties. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE: For lease. Retail and office suites, 222 to 2,964 sqft. Very prominent locations. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024. DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE Office space in historic building at 50 College Street. Available now. 3300 sqft heated, upfitted for office @ $14/sqft. Elevator. City parking garage adjacent. Original oak woodwork, marble entrance stair, windows in all work spaces. Call 254-4778, ext. 35. DOWNTOWN WEST ASHEVILLE - 814 Haywood Rd, Great work/live, 1200 sq.ft., 1BR, hardwood floors, utilities included, $925/month. (828) 2369772. DOWNTOWN Coxe Avenue, newer building, groundlevel retail with walking traffic. $1500/month. Call The Real Estate Center, (828) 255-4663. NICE SUBURBAN OFFICES South of Airport, Hwy 280. 4,400 sqft. freestanding building. Possible office/live-in. Approximately $3,000/month. HENDERSONVILLE ROAD Close to Asheville. Deluxe suite of offices, 160, 280 sqft. Ample parking. Cheap! 828-216-6066.

Computer COMPUTER SERVICE AT YOUR DOORSTEP We Come To You! • PC and Mac • Slow computer? We’ll speed it up. • Repairs • Upgrades • Networking • Tutoring. Senior Citizen/Nonprofit Discounts. Call Christopher’s Computers, 828-670-9800. Member Better Business Bureau of WNC. www.christopherscomput

RIVER DISTRICT 6,000 sqft shell - artists; flexible uses. Owner will upfit for Class A office. Call G/M Property Group, 828-281-4024.

LIVE-IN ARTIST STUDIONear Biltmore Village. 1,000 sqft +CHEAP! $675. 216-6066. AFFORDABLE • BRAND NEW! Be the first at Bent Creek Knoll on busy Brevard Road! Great space options and visibility with high traffic count. 1250 sqft, priced from $1250. Owner/broker: 215-9823.

NORTH ASHEVILLE Basement level of the Sherwin Williams building, approximately 6500 sqft, $3000/month. The Real Estate Center, (828) 2554663.

WEDGE STUDIO BUILDING Working artist spaces available for rent 180-600 sq.ft. $275-$650/month. Contact Chas at


Apartments For Rent $325/MONTH CANTON; $450/MONTH CANDLER Nice, renovated 1BR apartments; minutes from downtown Asheville. No smoking; no pets. Call (828) 337-5447. 1 FREE MONTH! (w/contract). Walk to everything downtown, live, work and play! • Studio: $545/month. • 1BR: $650/month. • 2BR: $695/month (reduced!). Water/heat included. Call 254-2029. APM. 1 MONTH FREE RENT* Escape to the woods today! Apartment living in a parklike setting. Convenient South Asheville. * Limited time offer. Call (828) 2744477. dge Woods Edge Apartments 1-2BR, 1-2BA, ARDEN, Glen Beale, *2nd month free*, $575-$675/month, 828-253-1517, 1-3BR, 1-1.5BA, SOUTH, Skyland Heights,* 2nd month free*, $525$780/month, 828-253-1517, 1BR • WEST ASHEVILLE Available mid-September. Charming studio, wooded surroundings. Nice kitchen, WD, storage. • Covered porches. Clawfoot tub. • Pet friendly. $635/month. 230-1845. 1BR, 1BA, NORTH, 365 Weaverville, w/d hookups, $485/month, 828-693-8069, 1ST CALL US! Studio, 1 and 2BR apartments from $425-$800. Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966. 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT Close to Greenlife/downtown. Spacious, large windows, front porch. $750 includes water bill and shared laundry. Sorry, no dogs. 683-5233. 2BR, 1-2BA, 1-2 BR, 1 BA HENDERSONVILLE, 2010 LAUREL PARK, coin-op laundry, $525-$625/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1.5BA, HENDERSONVILLE, 902 Hillcrest, $575/month, 828-693-8069, 2BR, 1BA Main St. Weaverville. Spacious. A/C, W/D included. $595/month. 828-775-9434.

2BR, 1BA, EAST, 7-9 LINDSEY, A/C, W/D hookups, $595/month, 828693-8069, 2BR, 1BA, EAST, 119 Liberty, a/c, w/d hookups, $625/month, 828-253-1517, 2BR, 1BA, EAST 7 Violet Hills, wood floors, $575/month, 828-253-1517, 2BR, 2BA, CENTRAL, 484 Windswept, w/d hookups, fireplace, view, $850/month, 828-693-8069, 3BR, 2BA, NORTH, 81 LAKESHORE, A/C, coin-op laundry, deck, $725/month, 828-253-1517, 3BR, 2BA duplex near Haw Creek. New, modern duplex community next to Bell School, Tunnel Road, East Asheville. Rooms on one level; 1/3 acre lot. Cats or 1 small dog okay. $875/month. Park-like setting, flower beds, huge trees. Available October 1. 299-7502. 65 LOOKOUT ROAD Adjacent to UNCA. Nice 2BR, 1BA, living room, large eat-in kitchen, washer/dryer hookups, water and trash pickup included. Off-street parking. Available immediately. Pets considered. $645/month + $645 deposit, year lease. Contact Tom, (828) 230-7296. ACTON WOODS APARTMENTS • Beautiful 2BR, 2BA, loft, $850/month. • 2BR, 2BA, $750. Include gas log fireplace, water, storage. 828-253-0758. Carver Realty ASHEVILLE • NORTH 2BR, 2BA. New carpet, AC, WD, deck, off street parking, yard. • Pets ok. $850/month • (water included). • Deposit and credit check required. Call (828) 279-3926 or ASHEVILLE • WEST 2BR, 1BA, short walk to Haywood Road. WD connections. Deck. Near parks, off street parking, • Pets ok. $650/month, deposit and credit check required. Call (828) 279-3926 or

BEAUTIFUL KENILWORTH Top floor garage efficiency, perfect for 1 person. Hardwood floors. $450/month, includes water, gas, electricity. $300 deposit. Available now. • No dogs. Call (828) 252-1125. BEVERLY CONDOS North Asheville. 2BR, 2BA, Save money; walk to work, hospital, AB Tech. Hardwood floors. $720/month + deposit. (828) 281-3753. BLACK MOUNTAIN • 2BR, 1BA. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection. Nice area, includes water. Only $625/month. 828-252-4334. CENTRAL • S. French Broad Ave. 1BR, 1BA, office. $615 per month. 828-350-9400. CUMBERLAND AVENUE CLOSE TO UNCA • Charming 1BR with Sunroom. Hardwood floors, gas heat, ceiling fans, porch. $645/month includes. hot and cold water. Year’s lease, security deposit, credit check req. For appt: Elizabeth Graham 253-6800. CUTE 1BR BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND UNCA • Sunny, small 1BR, hardwood floors, ceillng fans, gas heat. $565/month including hot and cold water. Year’s lease, security dep., credit check req. No dogs, 1 cat ok with fee. Elizabeth Graham: 253-6800. EAST • OFF TUNNEL ROAD Available now. 1BR in quiet neighborhood. 5 minutes from hospitals, 3 minutes from Asheville Mall, on busline. New paint and carpet. Cable ready. Offstreet parking. $495/month, water included. Deposit. 713-4600. EFFICIENCY APARTMENT • Available immediately. 289 E Chestnut ST. Ground floor units available, $450/month. No pets. 828-350-9400. ELEGANT QUEEN ANN VICTORIAN IN MONTFORD • Spacious 1 or 2 bedroom with forman livingroom or dining room. Porches, balconies, FP, hardwood floors. $795/month. Years lease, security deposit, credit check required. One cat okay with fiee. No dogs. For appt: Elizabeth Graham. 253-6800.

GET QUALITY RESULTS! I received calls from a lot of high quality renters, as opposed to other publications I’ve tried. I will continue to advertise with Mountain Xpress. Patricia H. You too, can find the ideal renter, just call us! (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace. GLEN BRIDGE APARTMENTS • 1BR, 1BA. $450/month. Includes water/garbage. Small complex in Arden. Move in special with one year lease. m. 828-350-9400. HENDERSONVILLE • 1BR, 1BA. Walking distance to Main St. Includes water. Only $425/month. 828-252-4334. HENDERSONVILLE 1BR studio apartment. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water. Only $385/month. 828-252-4334 KENILWORTH Wonderful, large apartment close to Tunnel Road and downtown. 1BR, 1BA, WD, dishwasher, full-size kitchen, huge storage/studio area. Private yard and patio. Hi-speed DSL, cable TV, water, sewer and electric allowance included. $850/month. No smokers. 828-699-1475 NEAR A-B TECH 1BR for individual. No smoking/pets. $400/month. Deposit. 1 year lease. Off street parking. References. Background check. 2527179, 8am-6pm. NORTH ASHEVILLE APARTMENT 2BR, 1BA, heat pump with central air, dishwasher, washer/dryer connections. In nice location. $625/month. Call (828) 252-4334. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334. NORTH ASHEVILLE • Farrwood Ave. 2BR, 1BA. Hardwood floors throughout, very nice unit. Coin laundry in basement. Covered parking for one car per unit. No pets/no smokers. $795/month. 828-350-9400.

NORTHSIDE • WALK TO DOWNTOWN 1BR, 1BA apartment. Great neighborhood. Offstreet parking. WD available. No pets please. $535/month, water included. • Other utilities separate. Lease, security deposit, references required. (828) 350-1400. STUDIO - 2BR, 1BA, SOUTH • 1020 Hendersonville, A/C, storage, carport. $645$705./month. 828-693-8069.

Condos/ Townhomes For Rent A BIG THANX! “Thanx Xpress! The recent rental ad attracted a steady stream of quality applicants, thanks to your quality publication.” Mark K. • You too can find quality renters by placing an affordable ad in the pages of Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace: 251-1333.

WEST ASHEVILLE • 1BR, 1BA unit available. 856 Haywood Rd. $595 per month. 828-350-9400. Pets with deposit. Near UNCA 1BR DOWNSTAIRS APARTMENT. Own entrance. $515/month inclueds cable/wireless internet, laundry. Garden. Deposit. No pets. No smoking. 828-337-7549.

Mobile Homes For Rent BEAUTIFUL WOODED SETTING Near UNCA. Super clean 2BR, 1BA. New paint, carpet, linoleum and bathroom. Deck. • No pets, please. $700/month, includes utilities, yard maintenance. (828) 768-2191. HAW CREEK Convenient location, good school district. 3BR, 2BA mobile home. Fenced. Nonsmoking. • Some pets ok. $800/month, $800 deposit. • Available September 1. (828) 299-8623. LARGE SINGLE WIDE 14x80 2 bedroom, 2 bath in West Asheville. AC/heatpump, covered front porch, covered parking in a private setting and only 2 miles to downtown. Only $795/month. (828) 275-3651. WEST ASHEVILLE • 2BR, 2BA mobile home. In very nice park. Like new. In city and on bus line close to town. Only $615/month. 828-252-4334. WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2BA mobile home. Like new. In city and on bus line. Close to town. Only $625/month. 828-252-4334.

ASHEVILLE DOWNTOWN LOFT Award-winning contemporary loft with great light and finished with all high-end appointments. Partially furnished. Texas stack gas fireplace, high ceilings with exposed beams, marble bath, bidet, custom cabinets. A great space to make your home. $1500/month 828-2425456 or BILTMORE COMMONS 2BR, 2BA condo. Clubhouse w/workout room, air, gas log fireplace, deck. $800/month. • No pets. (828) 252-6664. Bass and Royster.

DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDO • 2BR, 2BA. Two blocks from Pack Square, corner SW facing. 12’ ceiling. Eleven huge windows, exposed brick, oak floors, and gourmet kitchen. Indoor parking. $2,200/month furnished, $1950/month unfurnished. Year lease. Bright Star Realty, 828-301-8033. Adeed Dawisha 513 529 2332

DOWNTOWN LUXURY CONDOS Brand new loft in historic 52 Biltmore Avenue Building. 1BR, 1.5BA with 250 sqft 2nd floor mezzanine. Gourmet kitchen, oak floors, exposed brick, modular lighting, large windows, W/D, concrete, granite, stone, stainless upgrades. Indoor parking. Best Downtown location; walk to anything. $1,250/month. Year lease. 828-301-8033 or 954-6841300. Oxford Ventures EAST ASHEVILLE Available early October. 2BR, 1.5BA, 2 story townhome, like new. All appliances, hardwood floors. • Pool. • Pets considered. Easy access to I-40. $695/month. Year lease. References. No smoking. (828) 230-3739. FLETCHER • 2BR, 1.5BA townhouse available for immediate rental. Very nice unit with one car garage. Duplex style living, very convenient to I-26 and south Asheville shopping/restaurants. One small pet considered. $800 per month. 828-350-9400. LUXURIOUS STUDIO CONDO Downtown Asheville, Kress building. Fully furnished with water, trash, power and parking included for $1250/month. Please call (828) 670-9772 or email: NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMES Off Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 SOUTH • PEBBLE CREEK 2BR, 2BA condo, bamboo/carpet floors, new paint, WD connections, fireplace, air, $850/month. (828) 252-6664. Bass and Royster. SOUTH ASHEVILLE • Condo. Like new. Heatpump, central air, W/D connection, W/D available if needed. D/W, disposal. Deck. Only $785/month. 828-230-6357. WEAVERVILLE CONDO 2BR, 2BA. Like new. 1200 sq.ft. Fireplace, W/D, deck, views, smoke free. New Stock at I26. $950/month. 828-712-6873.

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• 3/2 Large porch, quiet clean neighborhood $895. • 3/2 Hd, carpet, remodeled, large front porch $995.

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WESTPOINTE • 3BR, 2BA $1095/ month. m. 828-350-9400.

2BR, 1BA • Large kitchen, dining, living room areas. Garage. Heat pump, A/C. Sand Hill Rd area. $725/month. 828-713-7225.

WINDSWEPT VIEWS • 2BR, 2BA. One lower unit for $800/month, one upper unit for $700/month, another upper end unit for $795/month. Available immediately. 828-350-9400.

Homes For Rent 1BR, 1BA WOODFIN • 2nd room can be used as a den or another bedroom for young child. Washer/dryer $750/month. 828-230-1899. 1ST CALL US! 2, 3 and 4BR homes from $600-2000. • Pet friendly. (828) 251-9966 205 Kennedy - Grovemont • 3BR, 1BA. Swannanoa. $650/month. 828-2530758. Carver Realty. 2BR, 1BA • CHUNNS COVE DUPLEX $750/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty

2BR, 2BA CUSTOM LOG CABIN on 18 acres in Fairview. Stream and waterfall, 2 decks, hardwood floors, carport, washer/dryer, central heat and AC. $1200/month. Available Sept 1. Contact 3-4BR 1BA • Beautiful home, hardwood floors, newer appliances, gas heat/wood stove/central A/C. 2000+sq.ft. No pets. $1200/month. Near Enka High School. 828-670-5502. 3BR, 1.5BA • SOUTH ASHEVILLE 1400 sqft. Renovated with new hardwood and slate floors. Fireplace, washer/dryer. Covered porch, private driveway, fenced yard. Dogs ok. Available now. $1000/ month. W. Chapel Road. Call Heather: (904) 718-1942. 3BR, 2.5BA, NORTH, 5 Foxwood, a/c, garage, view, $1,095/month, 828-693-8069,

EMD<EHL;HOBEM CEDJ>BOF7OC;DJI 9B?D=C7D 7L;DK; BE< JI • 1 & 2 BR Condominiums • Close to downtown • Nine foot ceilings • Energy Star and NC HealthyBuilt Home certified • Private Balconies

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WEAVERVILLE: • 2/2, 1750 sqft, sunroom, gas logs, pool & clubhouse. • 3/2 Gas heat, quiet neighborhood $850. • 2/2 Gas heat/logs, 1 car garage $850. • 3/3 Townhome, gas logs, 1 car garage $895.

2BR, 1BA COZY COTTAGE • 1/2 block to Mission Hospital. Central heat/air. Trash pickup and water included. Pet considered with deposit. Off street parking. $750/month + $750 deposit. Year lease. Tom, 828-230-7296.


• 5/3.5, Large Cape Cod, bsmt, $1900. • Mobile Homes $500 - $650.


WEST ASHEVILLE • 1100 sq.ft. 2 BR, 1.5BA townhouse available immediately. Nice unit, very convenient to everything West Asheville has to offer. No pets. $675/month. m 828-350-9400.



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3BR, 2BA • EAST • HAW CREEK Sunny home. Hardwood floors, 1 car garage. • New paint, deck, covered porch. • Big yard. $900/month. • Nonsmokers only. Call 2309412 for details and showing.

ARDEN • ROYAL PINES Available September 1. Charming 3BR, 1BA. Very convenient. Wood floors, paneling, and woodburning fireplace create a cozy feel. WD, AC, dishwasher and disposal. Brand new, heat pump. Large yard. Dog negotiable. $1000/month. (904) 718-1942.

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ARDEN, OAK FOREST • 3BR, 2BA with full basement/garage. Nice area. Reduced to $1100/month. $30 application fee. 828-350-9400.

APPRECIATE OUTDOORS AND WILDLIFE? • Bearwallow Mountain between Edneyville, Asheville, and Gerton. 15 minutes to Hendersonville. 2BR, 1.5BA. Garage, porch. Beautiful views. Electric heat, fireplace, spring water, cable. Nonsmoking environment. $695/month. 615-491-2495.

ASHEVILLE AREA RENTALS $550$1950/month. • 1-East. • 3-West. • 3-North. • 3South. • Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles: (828) 684-2640, ext 17. For more details:

ARDEN • AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1 3BR, 1BA. Fenced back yard, quiet area. • Tons of trees! $895/month. Please call (828) 670-9772 or email ARDEN • COUNTRY SETTING 3BR, 1BA, 1500 sqft, AC/heat pump, WD, whirlpool tub in bath. Big front porch, large level yard. Free water. $950/month. (828) 545-6947.

BILTMORE LAKE 4BR, 2.5BA home, porch, deck, garage, walking trails, clubhouse, lake. $1950/month. (828) 2526664. Bass and Royster.

CANDLER • Newly renovated, 2BR, 1.5BA. Updated baths, office, Energy Star appliances in eat in kitchen, living room, laundry room . Hardwood floors and ceramic tile baths. AC in BRs. New roof and energy efficient windows. Great Mountain views and pretty yard. $895 month. Available immediately with references. Call Mike or Betty 828 279-2114.

BILTMORE PARK. 4BR, 2.5 BA, 2,200 sqft, Rent for $2,300. Carver Realty, 828-253-0758.

CHARMING 3BR, 1BA COTTAGE on quiet street in Kenilworth. Hardwood floors, good closets, washer/dryer, and great neighbors. Pets negotiable. 1300/month. Call 242-2265.

BUNGALOW • NORTH ASHEVILLE Highly desirable location. 2BR, 1BA. Living, dining, WD, hardwood floors, porch. Fenced yard, large deck. Off street parking. • Walk to Beaver Lake and Jones Elementary. • Pets considered. • Available immediately. $950/month. Call Jeff: (239) 281-3685.

CLOSE TO AIRPORT/CHRIST SCHOOL • 2BR, 2BA. Beautifully furnished. Lovely, private and secure. Hardwood floors. 2300 sq.ft. Large deck, porch. Six month lease. $1950/month + deposit. 828-280-2919.

CONVENIENT TO DOWNTOWN • 3BR, 2BA with large office/den space. Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and washer/dryer, storage, open deck overlooking private backyard. $1000/month. Includes utilities. Lease. Sandy McCall, Realtor/Property Manager. Sandy@ DUPLEX • WEAVERVILLE Near new WalMart. 2BR, 2BA. Central AC, ceiling fans. Woodfloors. WD connections. Deck w/view, parking. • Pets considered. $715/month, appliances, water, lawn care included. (828) 273-2271.

UND ER C ONTR ACT ETOWAH • 4BR, 2BA on 2 acres. Hardwood floors, huge garage. Small barn. Very private. Lease option. $1200/month. 828-698-0902. FALL FOLIAGE RENTAL • Nine weeks, 9/18-11/20. Grove Park Inn neighborhood. 2BA, 2BA. Beautifully furnished. Quiet, sunny. $3,150. Call 828-273-3559. HOUSES FOR RENT • Browse thousands of rental listings with photos and maps. Advertise your rental home for free. Visit m. (AAN CAN) MARS HILL • 3BR, 2BA. Family room downstairs, wonderful views. One pet considered with increased deposit. $895 per month. 828-350-9400.

EAST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2.5BA Beautiful, 3-year-old, 1,500 sq.ft. on cul-de-sac. 2-car garage, fireplace, hardwoods. Dog fence. No smoking. Deposit and references required. Cool landlord. $1,300/month. Available Sept. 1.


NORTH ASHEVILLE • NORWOOD PARK Charming 2BR, 2BA home: garage, patio, new carpet and paint. $950/month. (828) 2526664. Bass and Royster. NORTH ASHEVILLE TOWNHOMESOff Merrimon. Walking distance to town. • 1BR: $495/month. • 2BR, 1BA: $525/month. • 3BR, 1BA: $625/month. Includes water. 828-252-4334 NORTH ASHEVILLE Beautiful 2BR, 1BA house with 1/2 acre fenced backyard. Full unfinished basement. Pets allowed. $1,200/month. Call Bob, (828) 259-9328. OAKLEY 2BR,1BA Bungalow. 1,032 sq.ft. Dining area,large porch,big yard, beautiful trees. 5 minutes from downtown. $900/month. 828-713-7768.

Great Rentals in West Asheville, North Asheville, Woodfin, Black Mountain & Hendersonville NO R TH MOBILES LIKE NEW A SHEV ILLE T OW NH OUSE S Off Merrimon Ave.

1 BR/1 BA ............... $495 2BR/1 BA ................ $525 3BR/1BA ................. $625 Walking distance to town, incl. water

ACCEPTING SECTION 8 NOW! In quiet, very nice park. 3BR, 2BA. ............................ $6 2 5 / M O NTH 2BR, 2BA. .......................... $6 1 5 / M O NTH

BLACK MOUNTAIN 2 BR, 1BA apartment. Heat pump with central air, washer/dryer connections. Also includes water.


HENDERSONVILLE 1BR, 1BA apar ment with new berber carpet. Small deck with sliding glass door. Walking distance to Main Street. Includes water.


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REEMS CREEK, MUNDY COVE 3BR, 2BA, $900/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SOUTH ASHEVILLE • 4BR, 2.5BA. All brick. Closed sunporch, huge kitchen/dining area. Fireplace. Large lot. Quiet neighborhood. Available Sept. 1. 828-277-1492. SOUTH OAK FORREST 4 BR, 2BA $1,750. Call Carver Realty 828-253-0758. SOUTH, DEANWOOD 3BR, 2BA, $1,200/month. Call (828) 253-0758. Carver Realty SWANNANOA • 3BR, 2BA. Cherry Blossom Cove, $1095/month. m 828-350-9400. WEAVERVILLE/BARNARDS VILLE • Available immediately. 2BR with office. Views on 1 acre. No pets considered. $850/month. 828-350-9400.

WEST ASHEVILLE • 3BR, 2.5BA Hardwoods, tile, carpet, granite. Stainless steel and ENERGY STAR appliances. W/D hookups. Front porch and private, wooded back deck. 2-car garage. Great for family. 5 minutes from downtown Asheville. $1,650/month. Call Lisa: 828-808-2651. WEST BUNCOMBE • Lovely mountain and farmland views from the decks of this two bedroom , 1.5 bath house. Kitchen includes a microwave and dishwasher. Washer and dryer hookups. Pets negotiable. Credit report and references required. $800/month plus deposit. 231-1371. WEST • 2BR, 1BA. Furnished with barn/farmland. $900/month. Pets and smoking outside only. (828) 645-5086. CANDLER • 3BR, 3BA, 4700 sq.ft., 10 acres, barn, $1600/month. $30 application fee. 828-350-9400

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PROFESSIONAL OFFICE PLUS QUALITY HOME IN ONE Near Asheville Chamber of Commerce. Has “billboard” signage seen from Interstate I-240. On site parking. Handicapped accessible. Rare combination of flexible design to meld a successful business with a very comfortable home. 2300 sqft for $1950/month. Can sublease. Contact: Doug (828) 777-6746.

OFF THE HOOK! We got a great response from our ad for our Rental house in the Mountain Xpress! The phone rang off the hook! Thanks, Ander, owner, Design Painting. Get your Apartment or House rented quickly and affordably. Call (828) 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Classified Marketplace.

The area’s largest selection of Rental Homes under one roof. Tel: (828) 650-6880 Toll Free (800) 789-1135 x 6880 PO Box 580, 2602 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704

Vacation Rentals BEAUTIFUL LOG CABIN Sleeps 5, handicap accessible. Near Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC. (828) 231-4504 or 277-1492.

Roommates $425 in Montford Large room available, 3 blocks from town. wifi, laundry, gardens, big porch, no smoking, community minded. Clean, responsible, respectful. 1st/last/$200 dep. 768-5164 . Arden. Furnished room, beautiful/private setting. Organic garden. Chemicalfree household. Seeking responsible, clean roommate(s). No pets. $395/month, utilities included. No lease. (828) 687-2390. Candler Responsible, mature roommate. Pool, large closet, 52” TV, new appliances and furniture. $400/month or $100/week. $200 dep. 828-808-6640. Female Housemate for October 1-May 1 for a cute house in East Asheville. $450 Oct/Nov, $350 DecApril. Heather 828.719.8690. Female preferred, to share 2BR West Asheville home, close to everything. $350/month, share utilities. Deposit. References. • Pet considered. Call Sherri: 242-6119. Haw Creek Large furnished studio type room with private bath, separate entrance. 3 acres, private and secluded. Wireless high speed internet. Fireplace, tile floors, big private bathroom. Utilities included. $550/month. For pics email or 828-2990087 Healthy Lifestyle Home Female Roommate Wanted. $435/month. A great place for spiritual development and to hold the good energy you produce. NO-drugsalcohol-smoking (828)-333-2717. Historic Montford Home Elegantly furnished room. Kitchen/laundry privileges, cable TV. Front porch, gardens. Off-street parking. Quiet neighborhood. Walk downtown/UNCA. Prefer employed/student male.$425/mo+$100dep. 281-2357. Lovely House w/full basement workspace/storage, wireless, deck, views, hardwood floors, bright, private but very convenient. Short term/$550 /month negotiable w/ grass cutting! 704-806-7300. Negotiable for Right Person Housemate for large country home. Quiet, private bedroom w/bath; washer/dryer, cable & utilities included. Work w/dogs to reduce rent. 828-779-7958. Nice House in Oakley to share w/single mom. Large bedroom and bath downstairs w/private entrance. $470+utilities. 713-9298.

Private Room/Bath for Rent. $500/month includes utilities. $250 deposit. No smoking or pets. Between Airport-Brevard. 828-778-9937. Female. RENTMATES.COM • Browse hundreds of online listings with photos and maps. Find your roommate with a click of a mouse! Visit (AAN CAN) Room Available in 3BR home located in West Asheville. Walk to shops and restaurants. $425/month plus 1/3 utilities. Deposit required. Call 828-423-9853. Roommate Wanted Bright, light house. 10 minutes from dwntn. $595 covers everything: pwr, hgspdInternet, cable&movies, centralA/C/heat, W/D, big kit/lvgrm, great gardenspace. 255-1114. Roommate Wanted Mature, responsible person to share newer mobile home with w/d, air, private bath.$325/month,1/2 utilities, plus $200 deposit. Candler area. 828 423 6718. Roommate Wanted Share 3BR house in Montford Area. Pet and Smoking OK. $450/mo. + utilities. 828713-7663 Steve, Seeking fun, mature roommate cute 2/BR, 1/BA home near Biltmore Village. deck, game room, big yard. pets considered. Call Melissa at (828) 279-1272 West Asheville. Separate entrance apt. in house. $600 includes utilities, internet, laundry, storage, garden. Sorry no pets:( 9month lease. Call 828-545-6909.


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jobs BOMBARDED WITH CALLS! “We’ve literally been bombarded with calls from the employment ads we’ve placed in Mountain Xpress. It’s allowed us to carefully screen our applicants to find just the right employees that help our business grow.” Shay Amber, Manager, Pristine Clean. • What more can we say? Mountain Xpress Classifieds get results! Call 251-1333 Get results and grow your business! CAB DRIVERS Needed at Blue Bird; call JT 258-8331. Drivers needed at Yellow Cab; call Buster at 253-3311. CUSTOMER SERVICE/SHIPPING AND RECEIVING • One position is currently available in our shipping/retail department. Responsibilities would include: shipping internet orders, receiving & stocking product, helping retail customers and taking phone orders. Excellent customer service skills a must - shipping & receiving and or customer service experience would be a plus. MUST be self motivated, detail oriented and able to work at a fast pace. Position starts at $9.00 an hour & will increase based on experience, performance & company growth. Excellent opportunities for advancement if you have a solid work ethic. The position will start at 20 hours per week and will move towards a full time position over time. Schedule would be flexible Monday – Friday between 10:30am – 6:30pm, daily. Email resumes to ashevillecompany@ FIND QUALITY EMPLOYEES FAST! We found more than a dozen highly qualified job applicants in less than a week with just a single classified ad in the Mountain Express. • Chris Dennen, PhD, President of Innovative Healing Inc. • Your business can quickly and affordably find the right employee. Call 251-1333, Mountain Xpress Marketplace! 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.


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PRODUCTION WORKERS NEEDED Recruiting “production workers” for first shift, four 10 hour days, Monday-Thursday. $9/hour. Training provided for those that qualify. • Call today: 654-0310. Apply online lle/application TOUR GUIDE If you are a “people person” with a passion for Asheville and have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), you could be a great Gray Line Trolley tour guide! Training provided. Part-time or fulltime. Contact Elaine at (828) 251-8687 or elaine@ WORK FROM HOME • 29 serious people to work from home using a computer. Up to $1,500-$5,000, PT/FT.

BOOKKEEPER Part-time (20 hours/week) bookkeeper needed for local non-profit early learning center. Knowledge of AR/AP, Excel and payroll data entry necessary. Experience with SAGE and MIP financial software systems a plus. Verifiable excellence in past performance required. Please complete employment application at or call 2980808 for more information. FAST PACED COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FIRM • Hiring immediately for PT or FT administrative support, a PT bookkeeping/accounting position, or a combination of both. BA/BS preferred and/or background that demonstrates responsibility, professionalism, and achievement. Cover letter and resume to

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LOLA SALON One full-time booth rental chair, available Sept. 1. Submit resume Tues.-Sat. at 60 Biltmore Ave. No phone calls please! Employment Opportunities • Call (828) 225-6122 or visit:

Skilled Labor/ Trades MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN NEEDED! Fulltime with benefits, Monday through Friday. Eliada Homes in Asheville is in search of someone to assist in completion of general repairs (electrical, plumbing, appliances, vehicles). Must be able to effectively communicate with supervisors and to complete repairs in a timely manner. Will assist with special events as needed. Must be available to be on call one week a month. Pay: $10.50 per hour. All qualified individuals please send resume to, or fax to 828-210-0361. SPRAY FOAM INSTALLERS. 1+ years of experience. Ability to drive box truck with valid license, mechanical ability, not afraid of heights, team player. $10-$14/hour based on experience. (828)350-1155 x303.

Restaurant/ Food “150 CALLS! At some point, I was hoping they’d stop! The best vehicle for finding quality employees, and advertising your business.” Russell, The Skyclub. Your business can benefit with low cost, efficient advertising. Call 251-1333. Mountain Xpress Marketplace Classifieds. APOLLO FLAME • WAITSTAFF Full-time needed. Fast, friendly atmosphere. Apply in person between 2pm-4pm, 485 Hendersonville Road. 274-3582. FULL TIME BAKERY HELP/CAKE ICER • Worlds Best Carrot Cake,Woodfin. Please call Hannah at (828)658-2738. MOUNTAIN X JAMS! As a growing business that relies on the face put forward by our employees, Mountain Xpress Classifieds is where we turn to find them. The volume of high-quality applicants replying to our ads can be hard to choose from, and it is always worth our investment. Thanks Mountain X! Rebecca and Charlie, owners, Tomato Jam Cafe.

NOW HIRING • Earn $65K, $50K, $40K. (GM, CoManager, Assistant Manager). We currently have managers making this and need more for expansion. One year salaried restaurant management experience required. Fax resume to 336-431-0873.

DONATE PLASMA, EARN COMPENSATION Plasma Biological Services (828) 252-9967

Hotel/ Hospitality PT MAINTENANCE PERSON AND FT/PT DESK CLERKS needed at Downtown Inn. Apply at 120 Patton Avenue.

Medical/ Health Care MADISON MANOR • Is hiring a RN Supervisor for Baylor. Weekends, Friday/Saturday/Sunday. 6am-6pm. Work 36 hours, get paid for 44 hours. For more info call Laura 828689-5200 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) or apply at 345 Manor Rd., Marshall, NC 28754,

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MADISON MANOR • Is now hiring CNA’s. Call 828-6895200 or apply at 345 Manor Rd., Marshall, NC 28754.

Monday, September 21, 2009 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGER, FULL-TIME POSITION Well established family medicine practice seeks organized, enthusiastic manager, Job entails managing office of five doctors ad small staff, coordinating billing scheduling and day-to-day office needs. Experience with computer medical records is a plus. Competitive salary depending on experience and excellent benefits. Fax resume to 828-252-9420.

Families Together Inc. (FTI) is dedicated to providing quality services to our exceptional children, families and adults.

MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGER, FULL-TIME POSITION Well established family medicine practice seeks organized, enthusiastic manager, Job entails managing office of five doctors ad small staff, coordinating billing scheduling and day-to-day office needs. Experience with computer medical records is a plus. Competitive salary depending on experience and excellent benefits. Fax resume to 828-252-9420.

Location: 723 Fairview Road Asheville, NC 28803. 828-258-0031

FTI provides services that are: • in partnership with consumers • culturally aware • strength based • solution focused • person centered FTI is a nationally accredited agency providing mental health services in Buncombe, Madison, Yancey, Mitchell, Henderson, Rutherford, Polk, and Transylvania Counties. FTI provides a positive work environment, flexible hours, competitive pay, and an innovative culture. Now hiring: LPC’s, LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LCAS’s, Provisional LCSW’s, and Board Eligible Counselors to provide Comprehensive Clinical Assessments, Individual and Family Therapy, and Intensive In Home Services. Now hiring: Community Support Team Leads. Candidates will have a minimum of a Masters Degree in Human Services and one year experience working with adult population. For more information please contact:

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PSYCHIATRIC/MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER Western NC Community Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center, seeks a full-time Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for its busy outpatient clinic. Candidates experienced in crisis services and medication management of adults w/severe and persistent mental illness preferred. Salary range $84K$90K, w/excellent benefits. Applicants can send resume and cover letter by email to or US mail to Director of Human Resources, PO Box 338, Asheville, NC 28802. Phone inquiries welcome at (828) 2850622, ext. 1418. E.O. Employer; racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF RUTHERFORD CO. • Is seeking a Clinical Director. Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in counseling, social work or related field, NC licensure, clinical experience with adult and child MH population, a minimum of 5

Human Services AGAPE SERVICES • Is looking for foster families in Buncombe, Henderson, and Transylvania counties. We provide training and 24 hour support and a generous, tax free stipend. Contact Nickie, 828- 3295385 for more information.

yrs. supervisory experience. Email resume: GOODWILL INCOME MAINTENANCE WORKER • The goal of this unit is to provide a combination Work First Program eligibility and

O YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES? Plans For Life is seeking a caring Case Manager to serve children and adults with developmental disabilities primarily in Henderson and Buncombe Counties. Position requires Bachelors degree in Human Services field and minimum 2 years experience working with DD population post college graduation. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to produce detailed, comprehensive documentation required. Submit resume to or by fax at 828-877-2899.

Medicaid determination at Buncombe County Department of Social Services. The employee will be responsible for completing a family based assessment of the client and family to determine immediate needs, assessing the client’s work/educational history, barriers to employment such as transportation and/or childcare, related to program eligibility. Employees in this unit are responsible for interviewing, completing initial Work First

FAMILY PRESERVATION SERVICES OF HENDERSONVILLE has immediate openings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialists to provide individual and group therapy to the MH population. Please email resumes to


applications, verifying information, determining eligibility and completing scheduled reviews for financial assistance under the income maintenance program. Base salary: $30K. Please send cover letter & resume to ksampson@

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Haywood and Jackson County Psychiatrist Assertive Community Treatment Team: Please contact Joe Ferrara, joe.ferrara@meridianbhs.or g Clinician, Haywood County Recovery Education Center Must have Master’s Degree in Human Services Field and be license-eligible. Please contact Jon Esslinger at jon.esslinger@meridianbhs. org Haywood County Therapist/Team Leader Child and Family Services. Master’s Degree and supervisory experience. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Assertive Community Treatment Team: Must have a Bachelors degree in a human services field and two years postdegree experience, or a Masters degree. Please contact Mason Youell, mason.youell@meridianbhs. org Jackson, Macon, Swain County: Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP): Child and Family Services: Must have a Bachelors degree in a human services field and two years post-graduation experience, or a Masters degree. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Therapist:Child and Family Services (Macon and Jackson): Masters degree required. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian Cherokee, Clay, Graham County: Therapist/Team Leader: Child and Family Services: Masters degree and license eligible. Please contact David Hutchinson at david.hutchinson@meridian • For further information and to complete an application, visit our website:

PARENTS NEEDED Do you believe that all youth deserve the opportunity to experience what it feels like to belong, to be happy and to look forward to the future? • Are you willing to open your heart and your home to a child or adolescent who needs a fresh start? • If so ... Become a treatment partner in an innovative and highly successful program for youth with behavioral issues. Therapeutic Foster Care allows you to work from home, receive taxfree income for the services you provide and offers challenging opportunities for personal growth. • Who is eligible? Anyone 21 years old and over, married or single, who rents or owns a home, is already licensed or just now ready for the journey, desires full-time placements or wishes to provide respite only and has a GED or college education. • Please Call: (828) 6313973 extension 1464 or 1480. PARKWAY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH has opening in our Hendersonville office for an LCAS or QP/CSAC. This is a F/T position and knowledge of working with IPRS and Medicaid adult clients helpful. Some evenings required. Good driving record required. Position has full benefits, medical insurance, PTO and more. Send resume to: QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL To manage supervised living home. Part-time hours with responsibilities to include management of household, supplies and staff schedules. • Ideal candidate will be organized, self-motivated and work well independently. 2 years experience in a human services field is required. Please forward resume to

SEEKING OVERNIGHT COUNSELORS!! Does working at night appeal to you? Are you experienced in the human service field, or maybe recently graduated and looking to start your career? Eliada Homes needs night residential counselors (NRCs) to give competent awake coverage to our students. The NRC will continuously monitor students, doing everything possible to assure their security, health, and safety. The NRC works with the treatment team to implement individualized care plans, aiding in the students’ successful return to the community. Major responsibilities include: performing bed/bathroom checks every 7 to 10 minutes, effectively utilizing the agency’s crisis intervention plan-including physical restraint techniques if necessary, preparing meals, executing daily cleaning, providing transportation to routine and emergency medical appointments, administering medications, and completing required documentation. Requirements: bachelor’s degree in human services, or an AA/high school diploma/GED with at least one year of experience in the mental health field or equivalent skills. Must possess a valid NCDL and be insurable by Eliada’s carriers. Must be willing to work some weekends and holidays, as well as be able to attend monthly in-service trainings during daytime hours. This is a full-time benefitted position! All interested and qualified applicants please submit resume to, or fax to 828-210-0361. THE ORELENA HAWKS PUCKETT INSTITUTE Is recruiting an Early Childhood Technical Assistance Provider to work on a research-to-practice project promoting young children’s early literacy learning. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing technical assistance and training to early intervention and preschool special education practitioners at both state and local levels, assisting in literacy-based project activities, and related duties. The applicant will be expected to provide training using the professional development model used by the project. The position requires frequent out-of-state travel. The successful applicant must have a master’s or doctorate degree in early intervention or preschool education with expertise in early literacy or language development for children ages birth to 5 years. Experience in professional development is preferred. The position includes a liberal fringe benefits package, including paid health insurance and retirement. Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and salary history to Dr. Tracy Masiello via, or via regular mail to 8 Elk Mountain Rd., Asheville, NC 28804.

Sales/ Marketing MARKETING RESEARCH • DEVELOPMENT Green company seeking highly organized and motivated candidate for a Research and Development Position. • Are you enthusiastic about environmental issues and making the world a better place? • Do you practice low-impact living and have concerns about caring for the Planet? • Would you love to work for a Green company dedicated to making concrete changes for the greater good? • Nexyoo is a revolutionary Eco company searching for a passionate and skilled person to handle a wide array of projects. You will be responsible for researching independent, green companies; those that meet a specific criteria to partner with Nexyoo. As a self-starter you will need to construct emails, engage, and convey our purpose in order to have these Green companies pair with Nexyoo. Building and nurturing strong relationships between yourself and the companies you bring into our network. This is a full time, independently contracted position. Ideal candidate will possess a background in writing, customer service and marketing, with a minimum of 2 years experience collectively. Personal and professional references in addition to resume required. Must be available for contact days, nights and weekends. Requirements: • The ability to craft emails and dialogue that is personal, yet professional. Excellent writing skills are a must. • Self-motivated. To be forward thinking regarding projects and allocate your time to accomplish projects by due dates. • Detailoriented. Grammar, terminology, and remaining on-point while writing to, and conversing with, potential Providers. • Honesty and integrity. Have high standards for yourself personally and professionally while representing Nexyoo. • Exceptional communication skills. The ability to convey Nexyoo’s concept and mission. Also communicate efficiently and concisely with co-workers. Duties and Responsibilities: • Seek out and research environmentally-sound, organic and sustainable companies that meet Nexyoo’s strict criteria. • When communicating with potential and current Providers, exude passion about Nexyoo’s commitment to truly change the global exchange of currency by redirecting it to environmentally responsible companies. • Log your hours using our online “time-clock” software. • Record companies you’ve contacted, progress and outcome. • Secure a set number of Providers a month. • Duties and responsibilities will continue to expand and evolve based on current projects and as needs arise. Please send cover-letter, references, resume to SALES PROS • Time to get paid what you are worth AND have a life. Call 1-888-700-4916.

SALES PHOTOGRAPHERS SharpShooter Imaging needs motivated, outgoing people to join our Biltmore Estate team ! No experience, we’ll train the right people. Part-time days, nights and weekends. Apply: 1-800-742-7742 ext 123 or www.sharpshooterimagin ADVERTISING SALES OPPORTUNITY Is this you? • Dynamic • Passionate • Hardworking. Immediate opportunity to join our locally owned media source with a proud tradition. No phone calls please. Contact James: Mountain Xpress is an equal opportunity employer.

Professional/ Management 1 ASHEVILLE AREA REALTOR Wanted to share Dwell Realty’s dynamic professional culture and great compensation. Call today for confidential appointment: (828) 254-3334. INSURANCE MANAGEMENT Bankers Life and Casualty Company, one of the largest and most respected companies in the insurance industry is currently seeking individuals interested in entry-level insurance sales positions. Ambition, intelligence, integrity and a strong work ethic will lead qualified individuals into management positions within three months to one year. Our associate managers earn $60,000 to $100,000 per year with top performing managers earning $200,000+. For additional information visit, or please call Rikki Metcalf at (704) 940-1360 to arrange an interview. PROJECT MANAGEMENT Positions open in Asheville at a progressive print and mail facility. Only highly motivated individuals who possess winning personalities with planning and problem solving skills need apply. Bachelor degree or professional experience preferred; with excellent communication and customer service skills as well as the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast paced environment. Must be self motivated, and proficient with all Microsoft Office programs. Full time positions with health, PTO and paid holidays. Email resume to workinthemountains@ Stokton Global Trading needs production managers. No sales. This is a part-time opportunity that could be long-term (up to 24 months). Contract. Stable income from $1,200 per month. Visit us at: cies.html

Teaching/Education FULL-TIME MATH INSTRUCTOR Hanger Hall School is seeking a fulltime Math Instructor for grades 6-8. Certified teacher preferred. Email letter of interest, resume and references to PRESCHOOL TEACHER AND NURSERY SCHOOL TEACHER • Dynamic, fun loving teachers needed Sundays from 8:30-1 for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville. Must have references, background check required. Send resumes/cover letters to TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD! Become TEFL certified. 4week course offered monthly in Prague. Jobs available worldwide. Lifetime job assistance. Tuition: 1300 Euros. http://www.teflworldwidepr info@teflworldwideprague.c om (AAN CAN) YMCA OF WESTERN NC • Afterschool Program Opportunities $7.25 $13/hour Please visit our web site for details: Teachers SCHOOL SEEKING BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL TEACHERS. Preschool experience required. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Native Spanish language speakers encouraged to apply. Send resume:

Jobs Wanted ATTENTION SMALL BUSINESSES Semi-retired CPA seeks part-time work. Reasonable. 206-1157. ELDERLY HOME CARE By mature female. Asheville area. Experienced. Great references. 686-5634..

Career Training EARN YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts in Asheville. Close to home and only one weekend a month. No GRE or MAT required. Lesley University is America’s top teacher of teachers. Contact Jacinta White at 888-608-8463 or at

Employment Services HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA! Fast, affordable & accredited. Free brochure. Call now! 1-800-532-6546 Ext. 97 www.continentalacademy.c om (AAN CAN) UNDERCOVER SHOPPERS Get paid to shop. Retail and dining establishments need undercover clients to judge quality and customer service. Earn up to $100/day. Please call 1800-720-0576.

Business Opportunities AMAZING OPPORTUNITY! I give out this phone number, and make money: 1-712432-0211 access code: 439281#. • Then call Maureen: (828) 779-5883. ATTENTION SERIOUS ENTREPRENEURS Rep personal development product. • Achieve goals. • Live your dream life! • Executive income potential. • No travel. 1-800-570-2110. BEST HOME-BASED BUSINESS EVER! It’s fun; it’s simple; it’s lucrative. To hear 3-minute message, call 1-866-257-3105, code 1. BIZ OP • Want to purchase minerals and other oil/gas interest. Send details to: PO Box 13557, Denver, CO 80201 GREEN TECH COMPANY Seeking caring leaders to educate 4.2 billion cell phone users about the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMF). Work from home, part or full-time. Call 1888-458-1670 or email mybioprohealth@

Announcements ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Rick at 202-289-8484. (AAN CAN) ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS in 111 alternative newspapers like this one. Over 6 million circulation every week for $1200. No adult ads. Call Mountain Xpress Classifieds at (828) 251-1333. (AAN CAN) COMMUNITY PROJECT GRANTS! A great opportunity for local organizations and agencies to receive JLA funding and volunteers to support programs that meet our focus areas of women, children and education. Contact JLA office at 2545608 for information. Applications are due August 28! Junior League of Asheville. PREGNANT CONSIDERING ADOPTION? • Talk with caring agency specializing in matching birthmothers with families nationwide • Living expenses paid. Call 24/7 • Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions • 1-866-4136293. (AAN CAN)

WOMEN, Earn $18k-$30k for 6 egg donations with the largest, most experienced Agency in US. Call: 800444-7119 or to apply online visit: (AAN CAN) AMATEUR POOL LEAGUE All skill levels welcome. HAVE FUN. MEET PEOPLE. PLAY POOL. Sign-up to play on a local team 828-329-8197 ONGOING – weekly league play

Classes & Workshops 2009 WRITER’S WORKOUTS Announcing the September and October Writer’s Workouts, Posana Restaurant Meeting Room, Asheville. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry; 5-hour group sessions, $150. • Beginning writers, September 24 or October 1; • Intermediate, September 25 or October 2; • Advanced, September 26 or October 3. • Contact Kevin McIlvoy, (828) 3184456. • McIlvoy is a nationally recognized creative writing teacher. FALL JEWELRY CLASSES Beginning and Advanced Silversmithing, Lost Wax Casting, Chasing and Repousse’, more Enameling! Jewelry Gallery now open. Repairs; 30+ years of experience. Friday thru Sunday, 11am until 5 pm. Earthspeak Arts, 375 Depot St, Asheville 828-678-9038 GESTALT THERAPY: AN INTENSIVE TRAINING SERIES Offered by the Appalachian Gestalt Training Institute (AGTI) in partnership with the Gentle Bio-Energetics Institute. • For professionals and nonprofessionals alike. • Enhance your existing therapy practice using Gestalt theory and techniques • Deepen personal growth, emphasizing whole personal awareness. • 8 Saturday sessions: September 2009-May 2010 (60 contact hours). • Location: Gentle BioEnergetics Institute, Asheville, NC. • Cost: $695. • For more information regarding training or registration (by September 1), please visit the AGTI website: or call: (828) 508-4539. LEARN VIETNAMESE/ASIAN COOKING • Tired of the same old food? Learn to prepare healthy and nutritious food.


MEDIA SERVICES Audio and Video Recording of Musical, Instructional and Literary Sources Performance & Public Speaking Enhancement Tools

828-335-9316 • • Visa/MC

Mind, Body & Spirit

Health & Fitness

STAY RELAXED. Massage therapy at your home/office. 1/2 or 1-hour appointments. Call Sarah Whiteside, LMBT#4741, (828) 279-1050.

Counseling Services $20-$40* • AFFORDABLE ACUPUNCTURE *Sliding scale. South Asheville near Earth Fare. 5 Allen Avenue, Suite B. (828) 687-8747.


COMPASSIONATE COUNSELING. Licensed, 25 years experience healing childhood issues, relational conflict, anxiety, depression, anger management, substance abuse. Medicaid, BC/BS. Affordable sliding fee. Guy Morganstein, LPC. 828-337-7549.


#1 AFFORDABLE MASSAGE CENTER Best rates in town! $29/hour. Therapeutic Massage: • Deep Tissue • Swedish • Sports • Trigger Point. Also offering: • Acupressure • Energy Work • Reflexology • Classes. Call now for your appointment: • 10 Biltmore Plaza, 505-7088. Asheville. **ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MASSAGE!** Perfect pressure! Caring, intuitive, professional therapist. Tranquil sanctuary just 3 blocks from Greenlife & downtown! Reasonable rates, Open Mon thru Sat., 9am to 7 p.m. by appt. only Brett Rodgers LMBT #7557. (828) 255-4785. $35 MASSAGE- Say goodbye to stress for less. Call to book a wonderful, therapeutic massage.LMT # 7113. 828-275-5497. BEST MASSAGE IN ASHEVILLE Deep tissue, sports massage, Swedish, esalen. Available in/out. Jim Haggerty, LMBT# 7659. Call (828) 545-9700. MASSAGE/MLD Therapeutic massage, $45/hour. Manual lymph drainage, $65/hour. Lymphedema treatment, $45-$65/hour. 15+ years experience. 828-299-4105. NC License #146. SHOJI SPA & LODGE • 7 DAYS A WEEK Looking for the best therapist in town—- or a cheap massage? Soak in your outdoor hot tub; experience the invigorating cold plunge; then get the massage of your life! 26 massage therapists. 2990999.



INTUITIVE HEALER • Removing energy blocks that keep us from moving forward. Transforming mind and body. Stress relief. Suzanne, 779-0077. MORE THAN HOPE! • ASK NINA Psychic Nina, the Auracle of Asheville: (828) 253-7472 or email: PSYCHIC MEDIUM ISIS intones your heart’s desire. Love, career, problems inhibiting your dreams, or peace of mind. 1-877-7779389 Ext 16. PSYCHIC, INTUITIVE FAERIE READINGS Loving guidance from Faeries, Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides to illuminate your life’s path. (828) 645-2674. RENTAL SPACE for healing workshops and classes Plenty of parking and restaurants for lunch. Reasonable rates. Suzanne, 779-0077.

Natural Alternatives HOLISTIC IRIDOLOGY® Fascinating detailed Iris Analysis, Bio-Chemistry Analysis, Cardiovascular Screening, and Meridian Kinesiology for ‘Total Health Assessment’ with effective Natural and Holistic Therapies, BioDetoxification programs, Advanced Energy Healing. Call Jane Smolnik, ND, Iridologist at (828) 777JANE (5263) for appointment or visit

Great for Beginner 4 track recording device. $50 Call 828-645-4385.

WELCOME CELENE! After a decade at Eclipse Salon. • Organic and vegan products and color! • For an appointment, call us: 505-9490. Monday-Saturday.

Musicians’ Xchange

Rockin PA System Mint condition,clear sounding,all Samson,2 speakers DB500A,subwoofer DB1800A and mixing board MDR8. Includes all cables and manuals. Make offer. 828-645-4385 Washburn B-16 Banjo: I am selling my baby. She is about 6 years old. Normal wear on the head and some rusting on the brackets. Hard shell case included. $800, obo.

Musicians’ Musical Services Bulletin AFFORDABLE RECORDING IN ASHEVILLE Special: 8 hours for $140! Awardwinning, radio-quality production. Pro tools, laidback environment. Image consulting, design and photography also at rock bottom prices. 828-413-1145. AMR STUDIO Audio mastering, mixing and recording. • Musical, literary and instructional services. • Tunable performance room, on-site video available. Visa/MC. (828) 335-9316. ASHEVILLE’S WHITEWATER RECORDING Full service studio services since 1987. • Mastering • Mixing and Recording. • CD/DVD duplication at the best prices. (828) 684-8284 MAKE MUSIC! GuitarPiano- Drums- BassSinging- Banjo- Mandolin lessons created for you/your child’s interest. Experienced, enthusiastic instructor, Erik… 828-242-5032.

Equipment For Sale Fender Super Champ XD w/ Footswitch and cover $300.00 firm. Bought on 5/23/09. 5 year transferable warranty. 828-400-8781. GIBSON LES PAUL STUDIO, faded brown, burstbucker pro pickups, excellent condition w/case $650. 828 670-6337.

Deep River Seeks male vocalist. Working country vocal group seeks male vocalist w/great ear for harmony who also plays fiddle, mandolin or keyboards. 828-280-2173. Drummer Experienced 48 yr. old drummer is seeking a professional paying gig. Weddings, etc. Call 828-743-6529. Experienced Drummer Needed to support new indie album release. Once a week rehearsals. Contact: Experienced Vocalist specializing in high harmonies. Available for recording or live performance. Also plays banjo, keys, guitar. Lead Guitarist or Keyboards Wanted. Must sing lead as well. To form a dance band (all styles) trio. Contact Seeking A fixer-upper building to start a venue. Willing to do the work in exchange for cheap rent. Crystal, 828-691-2828. The Hellblinki Sextet is looking for an Asheville area bassist for local, national (and possibly international!) touring. Contact Andrew at learn more about Hellblinki:

Pets for Adoption

Pet Xchange

Lost Pets

$100 REWARD • LOST SUNDAY AUGUST 9 West Asheville. Beloved dog Snoopy Girl. Since Snoopy slipped out of her collar she has no tags. She is microchipped. She is an older Australian Shepherd Mix, medium height, weighing about 80 pounds. She is tri-colored, black, brown and white. She may be hiding or sleeping under bushes or in wooded areas. She may be coming to people and homes in the late evening or early morning. • Please help us in our search for Snoopy. She has been spotted in several areas around there, so she may be traveling a distance. Call 891-4007 or 699-4908. LEO friendly, adult male,microchipped Siamese mix cat missing from Riverside Cemetery/Montford area. Blue eyes, black nose. 254-7458, LOST BLACK MINIATURE PINSCHER Tan markings, docked tail and ears. Answers to Tink. Last seen on Queen Rd., Candler on Pisgah Hwy side. Michelle or Travis 828-280-7753 or 828-242-6092. LOST YOUR PET? FOUND A PET? Call Asheville Humane Society, (828) 253-6807, to fill out a missing or found pet report. Visit 72 Lee’s Creek Road, Asheville.

A LOYAL COMPANION Murray, a Shepherd mix, might be the one for you. Call Brother Wolf Canine Rescue at 808-9435 for more information or visit Adopt Gracie the Cat! Loving spayed, microchipped, indoor/outdoor 3-year-old black cat; small adoption fee. Call 828-298-6600 (East Asheville).

BUTTERS IS WAITING Meet Butters, a poodle mix. Butters is available for adoption through Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Call 458-7778 for more information or see all our adoptable friends at ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPY for adoption to a huge animal lovers home. She is 12 weeks old. For more details email kelvingeorge1903@hotmail. com FIND THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! Cats, dogs, & other small animals available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society • 72 Lee’s Creek Road • Asheville, NC (828) 253-6807

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HARLEY Male/Neutered Hound/ Mix 1 year 3 months, I.D. #5296596 LIBBY Male, Domestic Longhair/ Mix 4 months. I.D. #7767046 BAZOOKA JOE Male Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix 1 year. I.D. #8089193

Let’s wake up the world.™

Earn your Master’s Degree in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts in Asheville, close to home and only one weekend a month. No GRE or MAT required. Lesley University is America’s top teacher of teachers. Contact Jacinta White at 888-608-8463 or at

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I-MAC G 5 17 inch monitor 1.8 GHZ processor 512 KB RAM 150 GB hard drive Mac OSX version 10.5.8 Key board, mouse included $475 call: 258-8560 Larry.


Yard Sales

Bicycles Haro Extreme X-1 26”inch customized (rock hopper) Psylo Rock Shox on front $375 OBO. 828-891-3484,

Sporting Goods Pilates Premier Reformer New, never used, still in box. Assembly required. $200 firm. Cash only.

Autos GET LUCKY! Lucky is a Norwegian Elkhound who is searching for a loving home. He is 8 years old and left homeless since his owner died. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. The adoption fee is $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778.

TRIXIE is a Heeler mix puppy who is searching for her forever home. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a non-profit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. The adoption fee is $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778.

Pet Services

HELP MAX FIND HIS FOREVER HOME Max is a Dachshund who would love to be your dog. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit dog and cat rescue group that is dedicated to helping abandoned dogs and cats find their forever homes. Adoption fee, $125; all animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and microchipped. Visit or call 458-7778. LUNA 2 year old wellbehaved Dalmatian mix. She needs a loving family to live with. Good with kids as well as other animals including cats. danielavazpour@


ASHEVILLE PET SITTERS Dependable, loving care while you’re away. Reasonable rates. Call Sandy Ochsenreiter, (828) 258-0942 or 215-7232.

1988 Volvo 240 GL Just over 200K miles. Owned ten years. Runs great. New alternator, water pump, some minor electric issues. $750 obo. 450-4535.

2006 Convertible Mini Cooper $21,500. Chili Red,Harman/Kardon Stereo, Leather Seats, Automatic. Call for details. 828-782-7443.

1994 Honda Civic Ex Coupe 5-speed, 190K miles, tires 90%, moon roof, after market speakers/sub/amp, clean in and out, alloys, power windows, A/C, solid daily car. $2000. 615-403-2914.

2007 Saturn Ion-3 Coupe Quad. 52K. 5 speed. 2.4L engine, sunroof, spoiler, aluminum wheels, remote. Asking $6600. 828-2319887

1995 Corolla Manual, 4d, 160K, perfect running cond, need new paint job, $1,995. Cindy 828-778-9779. 1998 Expedition Eddie Bauer 4x4 5.4LiterV8. 166,000m miles. Excellent condition, premium sound, Leather, 3rd Row Seat, tow package: $6,500 obo. 1998 Ford Mustang One owner. Like new. Great car! $3500. For more info, call 828-685-3709 or 828-3881819 before 9pm. 1999 Honda EX 4 dOOr sedan 175,000 miles, leather interior, pw, pd, sunroof $4800.00. 280-8986

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE! End cruel and dangerous constant chaining of dogs in NC! Lobby your state reps to reintroduce legislation addressing dog chaining. For information, contacts and downloads, visit

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2004 Subaru Forester 2.5x 71K miles, good condition, $8500. Call 828-290-9491, leave email on message for pics .

2001 Chevy Cavalier 115,234 miles. Great condition! Power locks/windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry. Trying to pay for tuition! $3750. Call Melissa (252)562-4432 2002 Toyota Prius Average 42 mpg in city! W/ GPS, CD. 117K miles. Excellent condition, Up to date w/ service. $8000 obo. (828)335-5321.

2009 Subaru Forrester 2.5X Premier fully loaded. Silver/Black. MP3 Plug In, Multi Disk CD player, sunroof 100K mile, 5 year warranty, all maintenance covered through 45k miles Included. 22K. $21,500. 828-318-6147 DUNE BUGGY Seeking Street legal dune buggy in good condition. Call 275-5650.

Trucks/Vans/SUVs 1977 VW Westfalia Amazing bus, runs great. $6500 Check out photos: vw/classifieds/detail.php?id =803952 Call Kate 828.545.9109. 1979 Ford F-100. 300 ci. 3 on the tree. New vinyl upholstered seat. Good tires. (828) 505-3752. 1995 Chevy Blazer 4X4 $2500 Power everything. Looks and runs great $2500 OBO 828-606-6846 or

2001 Toyota Tacoma SR5 Red w/grey interior, good condition, towing package, rhino liner,5-speed, 4WD,a lloy wheels, cd player, power windows,cruise control, AC,,209,900 miles. $6,900. Aaron 828-551-9250 Chevrolet S-10 4x4 Pickup One owner with 107K miles. Has good tires but needs AC charged and new brake pads. $2,800. 545-3146. Motor Toyota 22RE engine for 1993 4x4 pickup. Complete with intake, exhaust, starter and some new gaskets. $350.00 for all. 828-667-1407 call before noon. Toyota 4Runner 4x4 2005, SR5, V6, 5sp, at,tow pkg, Excellent cond, gray, 66k, price reduced.$17,985. Don, 828-551-1113.

Recreational Vehicles 2003 Salem 27’ FBSS Front bedroom, power slide out, ducted AC/furnace, all hitch accessories included. $11,500 828-606-6846 Coleman Camper Pull behind pop-up camper. Appox. 30 years old but still in great condition. New canvas! $200 Call Kate 828.545.9109.

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

For Sale

Antiques & Collectibles Immaculate 8mm Revere Movie Projector, 1960s. Works well, new bulb, very retro. $15 takes it home. Call Rick @ 232-0905.

Oak Ridge Textured Roof Shingles. One complete bundle. Chateau green. $15.00 OBO. (828) 505-3752.

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HP LaserJet 4L. Excellent condition. Extra print cartridge. $50.00 Owner/Operator’s Manual. (828) 505-3752. OK to leave message.

Rummage Sale at Asbury Church on corner of Beaverdam and Kimberly. Aug. 29. 9am -1pm. Breakfast and Lunch at great prices too! Woodland Hills Fri/Sat

clothes, jewelry, patio set,

Lawn & Garden

Brand New Laptops/Desktops Bad credit, no credit - no problem. Small weekly payments. Order today and get free Nintendo Wii game system. Call now: 800-8405439. (AAN CAN)




Brand New Laptops/Desktops Bad credit, no credit - no problem. Small weekly payments. Order today and get free Nintendo Wii game system. Call now: 800-8405439. (AAN CAN)

Asheville’s Scholarship

8/28-8/29 8am-2pm

Quilts and Quilt Tops 4 antique quilts $15 each, 3 quilt tops $10 each. $50 for all. Call Rick @ 232-0905.


Weaverville. 9am-3pm.

Wedding Dress-Gloria Vanderbilt A-line cut, empire waist, chapel length train, white satin, size 6, beading detail. Beautiful. $200. Call Kate 828.545.9109.

MATTRESSES Pillow-top: queen $250, king $350 • Extra firm: queen $175, king $275 • Full: $150 • Twin: $99. New, in plastic. 828-277-2500.

AFFORDABLE APPLIANCES • Stoves • Refrigerators/Freezers • Washers • Dryers • Repairs • Pickup/Delivery • Se Habla Espanol • Preguntale Por Bonnie: (828) 2587355. Uncle Joe’s Used Appliances

Saturday, Sept.5. 14 N.College Street

New Gas Generator Never opened. HONDA 13 H.P. 6500/8000 Porter Cable body $1250 828-299-3969.

Vehicles For Sale

Monster Yard Sale

Building Supplies

Tools & Machinery

by Brent Brown

$2 OFF • WITH THIS AD Bring your stuff • Take home the money! 6am3pm: • Friday: $5 • Saturday: $10 (Sell on Saturday, get Sunday free!) • Sunday: $5. 1500 Brevard Road • Bent Creek. 230-8585. Bent Creek Flea Market

Edger/Trimmer 9 inch 4 horsepower extra blades. 828-645-3396 after 5pm.

Firewood All Hardwood that will fit into your patio firepit or stove. No Voodoo suprise charges. Call Lumber Jill 545-7062.

Indoors, 3 Squirrel Hill Rd. off New Stock Road. Household items,art,collectibles, xmas, more.

\Adult Services A MAN’S DESIRE • Steamy Summer Specials! • Call for details. • Let us relax and de-stress you! • MondaySaturday, 9am-9pm. • Incall/outcall. (Lic#0800020912). (828) 989-7353.

Mixed Hardwood Seasoned, delivered and stacked $75 to $120 828668-3158


Medical Supplies

Incall/outcall: 713-9901.

Optium Diabetic Test Strips 50 strips per box. 40+ boxes. $5.00 per box. (828) 505-3752.



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Woman’s Mountain Bike Looking for inexpensive, used mountain bike in good condition. Please call Shane at 828-357-8401. Will pay $100 max.


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Need Assistance with a Dependent Loved One? Call us... the next best thing to you! (828) 456-6600 (828) 649-0180

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Mountain Xpress, August 26 2009  

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

Mountain Xpress, August 26 2009  

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