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The Asheville Symphony Orchestra celebrates the holiday season on Sunday, December 14, with its traditional Classical Christmas concert at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer will conduct the orchestra, the 120-member Asheville Symphony Chorus, and soprano and bass-baritone soloists in portions of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio as well as other holiday favorites. The first half of the concert will be comprised of selections from the Christmas Oratorio, which was written to be performed on the six feast days surrounding the celebration of Christmas. The second half of the concert will feature Christmas favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The audience will be encouraged to sing along with the Asheville Symphony Chorus. For more details call (828) 254-7046 or go to www.ashevillesymphony.org.

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ASO Music Director Daniel Meyer. IF YOU Asheville Symphony Orchestra GO presents A Classical Christmas, Sunday,

December 14 at 3 p.m., Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Tickets start at $22 for adults and $11 for youth, and are available through the ASO office or the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office.

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Hansel and Gretel, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, and The Sound of Music. She often appears as soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with various groups in North Carolina, including the AsheSoprano Amanda Horton and ville Symphony Chorus and baritone Jonathan Ross, both longthe Carolina Concert Choir. time Asheville favorites, will team up Amanda performed as a Amanda Horton, with pianist Daniel Weiser, artistic Young Artist with Opera Santa Soprano director of AmiciMusic, in this fun Barbara, and holds opera pershow featuring arias, duets, and some formance degrees from Furman beautiful arrangements of American University and Shenandoah folk songs. Conservatory. Each program will include scenes Jonathan Ross, baritone, from Douglas Moore’s beautiful Ballad received a BM in Music from of Baby Doe, a love story set in ColoJames Madison University, rado during the Silver Boom of the late and a MM in Music from 1800’s, as well as Andre Previn’s Billy Binghamton University. While the Kid. In addition, several of Aaron in Binghamton, Jonathan was Copland’s American song settings a member of the Tri-Cities will be included, along with Irving Jonathan Ross, Opera Company for which Fine’s humorous Childhood Fables for baritone he performed leading roles Grown-ups. in many operas including Le Amanda Horton, soprano, has sung Nozze di Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, and The leading roles with Asheville Lyric Opera in Magic Flute.

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A Joyous Holiday Event! Organist Eric Wall leads a merry band of musicians in a rousing instrumental version of Georg Alicia Chapman, oboe, F. Handel’s and Eric Wall on organ. favorite Christmas tradition. All proceeds will benefit Homeward Bound, which ends homelessness in Western North Carolina. A Chamber Music Messiah features Kate Steinbeck, flute, Alicia Chapman, oboe and English horn, Rosalind Buda, bassoon, David Ginn, trumpet, and Eric Wall on organ.

IF YOU GO: Concert takes place on

Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, downtown Asheville. Suggested donation of $25/person, $30/family appreciated, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To learn more, visit www.pan-harmonia.org or www. homewardboundwnc.org.

In Asheville, Jonathan has performed with the Asheville Symphony & Symphony Chorus, Opera Creations and Asheville Lyric Opera. Most recently, he performed the role of Leporello with ALO in their production of Don Giovanni. There will be three venues: Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Rd. in Black Mountain; Classical Brunch on Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. in West Asheville; and Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville. Seats for the shows are $15-20. For more details, visit www.amicimusic.org.

Daniel Weiser, AmiciMusic founder and Artistic Director

AmiciMusic is a professional chamber music organization dedicated to performing the highest quality music in intimate venues and nontraditional spaces. For more information please visit www.amicimusic.org


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Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

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Help us give stories to children in WNC with Bedtime in a Bag, a partnership with Children First. Ensemble Theatre Company, in conjunction with North Carolina Stage Company, is proud to present Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol! The show is playing exclusively at NC Stage in downtown Asheville, from December 17 through December 28th. Under the direction of Andrew Hampton Livingston and starring Michael MacCauley, this one man, tour-de-force performance is not to be missed. “Scrooge? I have to redeem old Scrooge? The one man I knew who was worse than I was? Impossible!” So begins the journey of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul – and in the process, save his own. Aided by Bogle, a mischievous little sprite with an agenda of his own, their hilarious journey takes them from the depths of the underworld to the stars above! This irreverent, funny, and ultimately, deeply moving story retells Dickens’ classic with warmth and infectious zest. This thrilling performance is sure to become a holiday classic for generations to come, and has been per-

December Events at Asheville Community Theater A Charlie Brown Christmas Includes the classic songs Christmas Time is Here, Skating, Linus and Lucy, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing – with arrangements by Vince Guaraldi. A perfect treat for the entire family! A Charlie Brown Christmas, December 5-21 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $12-$22.

The Santaland Diaries Bradshaw Call is back to star in this one-man-one-act that can only be described one way: crazy funny. When an out of work slacker takes a job as an elf in Macy’s Santaland, his hilarious observations of the shoppers and employees are much more naughty than nice. The Santaland Diaries, December 1120 with performances Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. in 35below. All tickets are $15.

IF YOU GO: Tickets are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at (828) 254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office. Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville.

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formed to rave reviews and standing ovations in theaters across the country! During the entire run of the show, the Children First holiday drive will be in the lobby. NC Stage is partnering with Children First to collect items for “Bedtime in a Bag” which include toiletry items, pajamas, and children’s stories! Saturday, December 27 is a special holiday benefit day with a portion of ticket sales from the 2 p.m. matinee being donated to benefit Children First. Here is what the critics had to say about this remarkable show: “The verbal and physical virtuosity of MacCauley’s embodiment of Mula’s play is masterful, interpreting the voices of 16 varied characters with almost gymnastic physical power.” ~ Asheville Citizen-Times “MacCauley, giving us Marley and Scrooge in dialogue, and more than a dozen other voices – male, female, animal – offers a tour-de-force bravado performance.” Founded by Charlie and Angie FlynnMcIver, North Carolina Stage Company is

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“I have to redeem Old Scrooge?” celebrating its 13th year producing plays for the Asheville community. NC Stage was recently awarded the prestigious American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Grant. For more details and a full calendar of events, please visit www.ncstage.org or call (828) 239-0263. IF YOU Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol. GO Performances December 17-28.

Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Two performances on Saturday, December 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Children First Benefit, Saturday, December 27 at 2 p.m. Ticket Prices: $15-$28 tiered pricing based on seating. Student tickets are $10 anytime! Tickets are available by calling (828) 239-0263 or online at www.ncstage.org. Discounts are offered for groups of 6 or more. North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in downtown Asheville.

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Asheville’s favorite, raunchy, screwball holiday comedy from The Magnetic Theatre returns for The 38th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! The bawdy, bodacious, and boisterous Bernsteins are back, and they’ve got some special surprises in store for old fans and new friends! Judy Bernstein (Tracey Johnston-Crum, voted best actress in WNC in the Mountain Xpress poll three years in a row) is ready to get up close and personal with audiences at the Bernsteins’ most intimate venue yet – the BeBe Theatre in downtown Asheville. “I just can’t wait to get cozy – very cozy – with all of Asheville,” Judy said with a wink in a recent interview. The Bernsteins will bring their signature mix of skits, songs, dance numbers, and excessive drinking to the BeBe for a limited run (which will, as with all Bernstein Spectaculars, be for mature audiences only). Get your tickets now for this year’s Christmas Spectacular, which Asheville Scene called “the Christmas show to see in Asheville.” The show is expected to sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

The Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular is for mature audiences only.

Ticket information can be found at www.themagnetictheatre.org IF YOU The 38th Annual Bernstein Family GO Christmas Spectacular, December 4-6,

11-13, and 18-20, at 7:30 p.m. nightly, with 10 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays. Performances take place at the Bebe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. in downtown Asheville. Advance tickets highly recommended. All advance tickets are discounted $2 from purchase price at the door.

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Surrounded by the beautiful mountains, Hendersonville is known as the “City of Four Seasons,” a place where one can be as idle or active as one wishes.

Hendersonville offers abundant cultural opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages. The Flat Rock Playhouse (the State Theater of NC), the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, festivals throughout the year, parks and hiking trails, all add to the diverse entertainment and recreational opportunities. Visit www.hendersonvilleartsdistrict.com

THE GREEN ROOM CAFÉ Hendersonville’s premier live dinner music venue, The Green Room Café, specializes in artisan crafted scrumptious food made fresh from local ingredients. The menu features signature dinner entrees, gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads, breakfast, and baked treats. The café offers beer & wine, Fair Trade, locally roasted, primo espresso and coffees, and an assortment of loose-leaf teas.

Live Dinner Music Friday & Saturday from 6-8 p.m. Friday, December 5: Americana by

Carrie Morrison, vocals and keyboard.

Saturday, December 6: Kevin Lorenz, guitar mix Jazz, Pop, Ragtime, Classical. Saturday, December 13:

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The Blue Ridge Ringers, a western North Carolina community handbell ensemble, will perform several public Christmas concerts in Hendersonville and Brevard, NC. Organized in September 1995, this 5-octave ensemble rings under the direction of Robert Currier of Brevard. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. From the classic “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” arranged by Hart Morris, to Cathy Moklebust’s compelling arrangement of “Silent Night,” the ringing of Christmas music on handbells is distinctive and refreshing. Valerie Stephenson’s arrangement of the Catalan carol, “Fum, Fum, Fum,” played in its entirety with mallets, is a visual and aural delight. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas makes a new appearance in a slow jazz/swing style, arranged by Joel Raney. “‘Twas in the Moon at Wintertime” was originally a French folk tune. Based

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on the Huron carol, the song evolved into a Canadian Christmas hymn and is now known as the first North American Christmas carol. The lovely and poignant “Manger Lullaby,” featuring a flute solo, weaves together the two familiar tunes of “Away in a Manger.” Arnold Sherman’s “Masters in this Hall,” a favorite of handbell ensembles, brings this centuries-old French carol to life with relentless drive and energy. These selections and others can be heard at the Blue Ridge Ringers concerts during the 2014 Christmas season.

CONCERT SCHEDULE Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. – Concert

with the Hendersonville Community Band. Blue Ridge Community College, Hendersonville campus Conference Hall.

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December 1-31 – Home for the Holidays.

Throughout the Historic Hendersonville & Flat Rock Area. For a complete listing of holiday events and Christmas tree growers visit www.historichendersonville.org. 800-(828) 4244 or (828) 693-9708.

Now through December 31 – Golden Age I & II, “Coming of the Railroad” exhibit. A rep-

lica of the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the US; the History of Laurel Park, when visitors crowded the area’s lakes and pavilions to swim by day and dance by night; and a replica of a general store. Henderson County Heritage Museum. Wed.-Sat. 10-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free. (828) 694-1619

Now through January 6 – Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Decorated for

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Christmas in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree. House Tour Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & Older $3; children 15 & under admitted free. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Flat Rock. (828) 693-4178

December 4-7 – SRA Finals Rodeo. WNC Agricultural Center, McGough Arena, Fletcher, (828) 254-8681 Friday, December 5 – Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas. Merchants host an open house with refreshments, entertainment

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and late night shopping. 5-8 p.m., Historic Downtown Hendersonville. (828) 233-3216

December 5 & 6 – Bullington Gardens Holiday Sale. Freshly cut Fraser fir trees, wreaths

and garland. Benefits the educational programs at Bullington Gardens. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hendersonville. (828) 698-6104

December 5 & 6 – WNC Fly Fishing Expo.

WNC Agricultural Center Expo Bldg., Fletcher. (828) 687-1414

December 5-7, 11-14, 18-21 – Hendersonville Little Theatre presents People’s Choice. Vote for A 1940’s Radio Christmas

Carol (musical), Little Women, It’s a Wonderful Life (musical), or The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. (828) 692-1082

Saturday, December 6 – Christmas Open House at the Historic Johnson Farm. Guided

tours of the farmhouse and the weaver’s building, refreshments, farm animals, sale of baked goods, small greenery centerpieces and fiber creations. Bring your camera for family photos in front of the antique sleigh, wagon rides available, weather permitting. $5; children $3; preschoolers free. Parking at Rugby Middle School, shuttle bus available. (828) 891-6585

Saturday, December 6 – Hendersonville Christmas Parade. Main Street, Five Points to Caswell Street. 10 a.m. (828) 692-4179

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Tuesday, December 9 at 12 noon – Concert at the Transylvania County Public Library.

Friday, December 12 at 3 p.m. – Henderson County Public Library, Kaplan Auditorium.

Sunday, December 21 at 4 p.m. – Concert

at the First Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, N. Grove St. & US 64.

December 11-14 – United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA) Dog Agility Trial. Dogs

jump hurdles, race through tunnels and climb over A-frames at high speed. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. McGough Arena, WNC Agricultural Center. Please leave your dogs comfortably at home. Presented by the Blue Ridge Agility Club, (828) 243-3821.

December 11-14 & 18-21 – Music on the Rock: A Motown Christmas. Flat Rock Play-

house Downtown presents a tribute concert featuring hits by Motown artists. 8 p.m. (828) 693-0731 or 866-732-8008.

Saturday, December 13 – A Carolina Christmas featuring the Greenville Chorale. Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Greenville Chorale to present a holiday celebration. Concert includes sacred and seasonal favorites. Tickets: $35; $5 for students. Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall, Flat Rock. (828) 697-5884

Friday, December 26 – Indoor Motocross.

McGough Arena, WNC Agricultural Center, Fletcher. (423) 323-5497

Saturday, December 27 – Christmas at Connemara. Carl Sandburg Home. Music and

storytelling from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg Home. Refreshments, holiday craft-making from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flat Rock. (828) 693-4178. IF YOU Information is subject to change. GO Compiled by the Henderson County

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Fiber arts are on display alongside woodturning, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and glass. David Vrooman’s stunningly beautiful jewelry is on view alongside Janet Taylor’s incredible textiles. There At Ariel Gallery you will find an impressive array of quality, handmade jewelry, is a wide array of sculpture, glass, fiber, wood, ceramic, and mixed media works. styles and perspectives assembled by to its present location on Biltmore Avenue across from the Fine 12 different artists. Arts Theatre in 2008. In a city full of fine craft galleries and a reThe concept of an artistgion brimming with artisans, Ariel Gallery is a standout. Owned owned and operated fine craft galand operated by the exhibiting artists themselves, this unique lery in downtown Asheville began gallery is a showcase for original works of handmade jewelry, with a working group of area craftssculpture, glass, fiber, clay, mixed media, and woodwork. people meeting in various peoples’ “All of the artists are local,” says David Vrooman. “Every homes in 2000 and 2001. Borrowartist is part owner of Ariel Gallery and each artist is required to ing its name from Shakespeare’s work so many days per month.” Because they are an artist-run “The Tempest,” Ariel Gallery gallery, visitors can look forward to the unique experience of opened for business in April, 2002 Wood Vessel by meeting at least one of the gallery’s artists on any given day. on Haywood Street before moving Joel Hunnicutt Custom and commission works are available by most of their members. Having the artists own part of the gallery insures everyone takes pride not only in their work but the goings on of the business. Vrooman explains that each artist also belongs to a committee, such as adverting and promotion etc.

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This Philadelphia based trio delight in swirling groove arrangements propelled by fuzz laden guitars and an underpinning of psychedelic pop. Front man guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike Polizze is a one man wrecking band, alternately introducing elements of grunge, folk, and all out assault guitar with equal ease. Much like last year’s Water on Mars, Weirdon conjures up the best of 1990s independent rock without miring in the self absorbed excesses that too often marked that era. Dazzling numbers such as “Forcefield of Solitude” and “Where’s Sweetboy?” are reminiscent of primo Sonic Youth or Husker Du but when the band dials it down, as in the folksy “Reptili-a-genda” they bring to mind a mix of Paul Westerberg and various periods of Beck. None of which adequately describes the sheer bullishness of Weirdon

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or the complex ways in which is weaves together obvious influences into a sound that is entirely its own. ****

Twin Peaks Wild Onion

Grand Jury Music

At times, the introduction of this quartet, whose members have yet to reach their 20th birthdays, sounds more like prison break than an album. Played with a wild abandon and arrogance (in a good way) that is rarely heard these days, Wild Onion is a fresh blast of high octane energy with songs ranging from the swagger of “Telephone” to the more reflective “Strange World” to the endearing soul/pop of “Strawberry Smoothie.” Co-produced by the shrewd team of R. Andrew Humphrey and Colin Croom the sound is clear, bright, and joyous, augmented with wonderfully ragged vocal harmonies, pounding drums, and sweet as honey arrangements. The overall affect is a glittering example of a multi-dimensional band just feeling their oats while getting some sense of how good they can be. It’s as strong a debut as I’ve heard this year, and a shining example of the virtues of youthful innocence. ****

The Hollies 50 at Fifty

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In celebration of the Hollies’ 1964 album debut (their first single was released in late 1963) the usually reliable Rhino Records has put together what should have been the lavish and meticulously researched boxed set the band so richly deserves. Unfortunately 50 at Fifty is a missed opportunity; sure the music is grand – with this many tracks by one of England’s great groups it would be nigh impossible to go wrong – but the unimaginative sequencing and lack of deep cuts leaves this collection sounding perfunctory at best. Longtime Hollies fans will likely nitpick with a few omissions (no “Long Dark Road”?) and the inclusion of a lone new song, the schmaltzy “Skylarks” adds nothing to the band’s glorious resume, but it’s the packaging, or rather lack of, that really disappoints. A slim 12 page booklet fleshed out with middling photos and liner notes that go no further than song writing credits, is a slap in the face to the band (whose individual names aren’t even mentioned!) and their fans. No tidbits on the many session musicians The Hollies employed, no chart status, no anecdotal recollections of their glory years from those who were there. It’s just maddening. Those new to The Hollies would be better served by seeking out the fine 30th

Anniversary Collection or the EMI 3x10 Anthology. As a last resort you can download this release and visit the bands website for the historical background. As a long time devotee to Manchester’s greatest band I’ll give the music four stars: But shame on Rhino for failing to do the boys right. **

Dave Mason Future’s Past Barham Productions

Available at his shows or via his website this nine song collection is a fine reintroduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, as well as a nifty compliment to his current Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam tour. Four reworked takes of early material (highlighted by a jaunty “You Can All Join In”) mixed in with others showcasing the width and depth of his talents. “How Do I Get To Heaven?” fulfills a promise to his Traffic mate Jim Capaldi by finishing the song Capaldi had begun just prior to his passing; it’s a moving tribute to a fine musician and friend, while “Good 2 U” reminds us that new love can happen at any time. Having finally regained control to the publishing rights of his classic songs Mason has again embraced his legacy. Bully for him and a bonus for us. ****

The Flaming Lips With a Little Help From Our Fwends Warner Brothers

Having already retuned Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King, the Flaming Lips now take on the most iconic album of them all. Armed with a bevy of guests, Wayne Coyne and company deconstruct what might be the most famous rock album ever, but one wishes they hadn’t. With its restless and fuzzed out sound With a Little Help… is a jumbled mess, not unlike listening to the fab four while under the influence of all the wrong substances. Coyne is desperately trying to recreate that sense of the unexpected but in doing so he totally misses the mark. Fwends is not an homage to the original but rather a tepid and dull mockery of it. The inclusion of such names as Miley Cyrus (seriously?) and Tegan and Sara might raise a few eyebrows but neither seems to have much to do. The uneven nature of Fwends gives it a patchwork feel (and Sgt. Pepper’s was nothing if not seamless) and adds little to The Lips reputation. I get what the band is trying to do and I continued on page 13


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am not one of those who considers any work of art sacred beyond reconstruction. But Fwends comes across as a joke gone wrong, making me question what I saw in this band in the first place. Time to go give The Soft Bulletin or Yoshima Battles The Pink Robots another listen so I can fall in love with these guys all over again. **

Jesse Winchester

A Reasonable Amount of Trouble

Appleseed Music

Few musicians infused their personalities into their music as succinctly as did the late Jesse Winchester. Cordial, humble, honest, and with a sense of wit as dry as the Sahara, Winchester always came across as the sort you’d like to spend an afternoon with. While his 1970 Robbie Robertson produced debut remains his best known effort, the years that followed were no less artistically rewarding. And while his move to Canada to avoid the draft prevented his touring the US, Winchester’s tunes became favorites for other more well known names; Jimmy Buffett (who contributes the liner notes to this release), Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and Wilson Pickett are among the many who recorded his songs. But his versions were the definitive ones, making this posthumous effort a bittersweet affair. Never the most prolific of writers – Winchester would go years between recordings – herein he revisits songs from his early days while adding a few new ones (along with a trio of late 1950s numbers). Despite his health issues the mood is jubilant, almost playful, as Winchester and his entourage of long time friends straddle the course of his career. Most of the new songs were written and recorded after he survived an earlier bout with esophagus cancer, giving the material the veneer of a man grateful for his new lease on life. And while that illness certainly wore down the smooth edges of his voice the courser texture of his late period singing beautifully suits such songs as the rootsy “A Little Louisiana” or the bounce along romance of “All That We Have Is Now.” His cover of the Del Vikings “Whispering Bells” is fleshed out with doo wop harmonies, a sax solo that is perfect for the era it evokes. Only the Cajun ditty “Never Forget to Boogie” falls flat but given the circumstance we can forgive a misfiring or two. It’s a real shame Jesse Winchester spent his most creative years in exile and an even greater one that he left us just as his creative spark seemed to be returning. But I’m obliged for the music he did give us; A Reasonable Amount of Trouble is by no means a masterpiece but it’s a solid enough work by an artist who deserved sales to match his standing. If nothing else it might inspire a few wise readers

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all over the country. Zansa is led by 33rd generation West African Celebrate New Years Eve musician Adama Demin style with two great local bele. Zansa is a Nouchi bands! The Fritz and Zansa will slang word from Ivory come together to give Asheville Coast meaning “combione of the best musical nights nation” or “blend.” The it’s ever seen. This eclectic band describes themmelding of genres will provide selves as “a synthesis of your feet with plenty of matetraditional and modern rial to get them moving. This styles of West African show takes place on New Years The Fritz afropop.” Eve, Wednesday, December 31 This month AMH also hosts their beginning at 8 p.m. annual Enter The Earth Xmas Party on The Fritz is a funk, jam band, originally Friday, December 12 at 9 p.m. This is from Florida who transplanted to Asheville one of best parties of the year. This year in 2010 as a whole unit. They were immedithe party hosts local New Orleans styled ately, and warmly welcomed into the vibrant, brass band, Empire Strikes Brass, along local music scene and have continued to have with a few other special guests. Empire solid success in Asheville, as well as touring Strikes Brass is the creation of long-time Asheville musician Paul Juhl. Empire started cutting their teeth by introducing second line parades to Asheville in 2012. They have since expanded to the stage with a 10-piece New Orleans brass funk band, and a groundbreaking DJ/Electronic/Brass section. IF YOU Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton GO Ave, Asheville. (828) 255-7777, or

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of this magazine to delve into his catalog and the rich rewards to be found. ***1/2

Rory Gallagher Irish Tour ’74 40th Anniversary Deluxe Boxed Set Sony Music UK

Quite simply one of the greatest live albums of all time, leaving me again wondering why Gallagher never became the superstar his talent warranted. This 40th anniversary has all the goods, including the full show (the original 2 LP set cut a few tracks), sound checks, a live DVD, and meticulously researched liner notes. They’ve even generously tossed in a pair of Belfast shows from the week previous to this one. The sound is expertly remastered-Gallagher’s stunning guitar and gut bucket vocals have never sounded better-while his core band of drummer Rod De’Ath, bassist Gerald McAvoy, and keyboardist Lou Martin are at their peak. This was a time when virtually no performers-Irish or not-dared to tour the strife torn island, but Gallagher bucked the odds and

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was rewarded with what are now seen as his finest gigs. Highlights include a dramatic take on Muddy Waters’ “I Wonder Who” and an acoustic rendering of Tony Joe White’s “As the Crow Flies” that crackles with energy. “Too Much Alcohol” has a prophetic twinge – Gallagher passed away from complications owing to liver transplant surgery in 1995, at age 47 – and while the 12 minute marathon of “Walk On Hot Coals” remains his authoritative moment, there’s simply too much greatness here to absorb at once: Which is why this seven disc set seems not the least bit excessive, but the mere tip of the iceberg. *****

Shelby Lynne I Am Shelby Lynne-Deluxe Edition

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An evening of well-crafted, beautiful new songs, and the cultural sounds of world music.

Asheville’s award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer, Chris Rosser will celebrate the release of his new CD, A Thousand Hands. Rosser will be joined by fellow Free Planet Radio members, world-renowned percussionist River Guerguerian, and two-time Grammy award-winner, bassist Eliot Wadopian. The evening will include songs from the new CD, followed by the eclectic world music of Free Planet Radio. A Thousand Hands is primarily a solo affair, with Rosser playing nearly all of the instruments, and his wife, Lynn Morgan Rosser, singing harmonies.

IF YOU GO: CD release show with Chris

Rosser and special guests Free Planet Radio, Friday, December 12 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance/$15 door. ISIS Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd, Asheville. (828) 575-2737, www.isisasheville.com.

lishing Lynne as a genuine star: So much so that I Am Shelby Lynne earned her a new artist Grammy, despite her having spent more than a decade as a recording artist. Fifteen years late, Rounder Records, to whom Lynne is currently signed, has repackaged and expanded I Am into a deluxe and most welcome offering. Six previously unheard tracks are added to the original ten (which is sweet enough) but what really makes this worth having is the bonus DVD, a fiery 90 minute live show that literally rocks the house. This impeccably filmed and recorded performance, from April 2000, features Lynne fronting her six piece band, sliding easily from soul to pop to take no prisoners rock. A stunning version of John Lennon’s acerbic “Mother” sits comfortably near a mournful remake of Glen Campbell’s by way of Jimmy Webb’s “Wichita Lineman.” The performance is emotionally stunning, musically delirious, and nothing short of breathtaking. Its inclusion makes an already brilliant reissue even better and more than justifies this deluxe reissue of her breakthrough masterpiece. *****

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WINTER LIGHT

Evening’s phosphorescence through skeletal trees arrives around 5:15. This light stuns, dazzles, illuminates. Do I love the day’s first light, or last light best? I can’t choose. I do know that when the sun sets in the west and shines on our sourwood tree, it’s last leaves are the stained glass in our formerly green cathedral. Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz, edited an International Anthology of poetry titled, A Book of Luminous Things. This collection speaks of “epiphanies, realities unveiling. An epiphany interrupts the flow of time when we intuitively grasp an essential hidden in things or persons.” “I see the light,” is an expression of an ephiphany, or ‘showing.’ The Book of Common Prayer includes an evening prayer called, “Gracious Light,” or The Phos Hilaron. The tone of the second verse is Celtic in essence: Now as we come to the setting of the sun, and our eyes behold the vesper light, we sing Your praises . . . . I love this word magic and the illumination it brings to the world. Wonder is present. The miracle of the moment revealed. I heard Mary Oliver read in St. Paul, Minnesota. She leaned on her podium and said, “All poems are prayers.” Perhaps all

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KENDRA

This book is a fun exploration into strange, impossible-seeming creatures, but it’s so much more than that, too. Henderson combines mythology, history, philosophy, and science to present a nuanced vision of our world and to open up a discussion of our role within it. It’s fascinating and entertaining, and it still leaves you feeling more enlightened at the end of it.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Reading this book felt like reading a long letter from a good friend. It’s funny, sweet, sharp, and full of embarrassing pictures of Amy – in other words, it’s just about as perfect as a memoir can get.

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Stop for the light. Pay attention. Put it’s prayers are poems, too. (I’ll leave that discuspresence on the page. sion to my theological friends.) In Mary’s book on writing, A Poetry Handbook, she shares her light: “Good poems are Food for Thought, a the best teachers.” She Soulspeak slam, will be The Round is suggesting that to see held at Rainbow ComLight splashed this morning the light, you must read, munity Center, Saturday, on the shell-pink anemones memorize and inwardly December 13. After our swaying on their tall stems; digest works by great and over indulged Halloween down blue-spiked veronica ordinary writers. Poetry and Thanksgiving, and light flowed in rivulets is found in your library in our impulsive purchases over the humps of the honeybees; the Dewey Decimal sysof dark chocolate Santas, this morning I saw light kiss tem at 811. Book stores come down to earth. the silk of the roses are bursting with poems. Soulspeak is raising in their second flowering, One will fall from the awareness and $$ for my late bloomers shelves into your hands MANNA food bank. flushed with their brandy. crying, “Read me!” (This The main course will be A curious gladness shook me. happened to me.) be poetry. Bring dollars Mary reminds us ~ Stanley Kunitz and peanut butter. YOU that the light/essence/ are invited! voice of poetry is found in details. Details identify you. The late Stanley When The Light Appears Kunitz’s voice remains You’ll bare your bones you’ll grow you’ll pray you’ll only know as present as his watering When the light appears, boy, when the light appears can. (This poet knew his You’ll sing & you’ll love you’ll praise blue heavens above dirt.) Anemones and veWhen the light appears, byou, when the light appears ronica bloomed to please You’ll whimper & you’ll cry you’ll get yourself sick and sigh him. Verse one of “The You’ll sleep & you’ll dream you’ll only know what you mean Round” is full of light. When the light appears, boy, when the light appears. Allen Ginsberg saw another kind of light. ~ Allen Ginsberg

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LAUREN N. 2 AM at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

Bertino’s novel follows brassy, nine year-old jazz singer Madeline, the recently divorced, but deep in unrequited love Sarina, and down on his luck bar owner Lorca as their lives collide on a serendipitous Christmas Eve in Philadelphia. It’s a buoyant, swinging story that is full of life, wit, and jazzy snark. Utterly charming!

LAUREN H. Something Rich & Strange by Ron Rash

These selected stories showcase the full range of Rash’s talents from his earliest collections to the few new stories included. Expect the beautiful language, rich settings, and human struggles that show up in his stories, novels, and poetry.

Aimless Love by Billy Collins

One of our most astute and amused poets showcases his career in Aimless Love. Collins wears his sense of humor and his open eyes in these poems, always written with his Irish lyricism. continued on page 15

POETRIO Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. Readings and signings by three poets at 3 p.m.

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LAURA Let Me Be Frank With You, by Richard Ford

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Richard Ford, is an American Master. Whether or not you were a fan of his Bascombe novels (The Sportwriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land), you should pick this one up.In this new collection of four brilliant narratives, Frank Bascombe is back and attempting to interpret the world in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Each one is full of insights on the human condition expressed as only Richard Ford can.

The League of Seven by Alan Gratz

This is Alan’s ninth book for younger readers and, if you haven’t tried him yet, this is the perfect place to start. A steampunk and alternate American history hybrid, this first book in a new series is full of awesome things like brass goggles, airships, tentacled monsters, brains in jars, windup robots, secret societies, and super powers! It is perfect for boys or girls and even the most reluctant reader on your list will not be able to resist the fun! Recommended for ages 10 and up.

CAROLINE One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

A wonderful, fun, and light read that will make you smile and love the workings of serendipity! Two people from radically different worlds come together on a mission that will change their lives – and other’s lives – for the better.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson One of the funniest books I have read in a long time! The story of a centenarian’s present day antics – as well as his past through the course of the twentieth century – will have you laughing and loving Allan and his band of merry thieves as they romp all over Sweden!

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A Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home, written by Tina FireWolf. “Invite yourself into the room… into the conversation, into the moment – into your life fully alive.” Like many people, I am challenged every day by the speed and busyness of my life. Being typically caught up in my “editorial” mind, I crave more time in my heart. If you’re at that place in life, determined to slow down a bit, Tina FireWolf’s book, Beneath the Chatter, is a companion on your path. When Tina and I met to talk about her book, I noticed that in her presence, I easily shifted from hurrying and accomplishing, to a more contemplative and relaxed state. We had fun talking about what “makes” a spiritual life. For both of us, it’s less about time on a meditation cushion, doing it right and more about how you live your life. “Fit your spiritual life into your everyday life.” For me, it’s about kindly and compassionately moving about your day. Striving to be aware and engaged in the moments of life. In Beneath the Chatter Tina tells beautiful, vivid stories of her awakening experiences. The book is sprinkled with delightful moments that let the reader connect with her journey and see that yes, it’s often a difficult and emotionally messy one. But the reader is

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Writing Sensorably

How Expressive & Natural Voice Advance Recording Thoughts

Writing Sensorably, written by Michelle Payton, is for people who are interested in ways to record as much content as possible prior to polish stage. Payton marries expressive ideas with practical steps that enhance: self-help processing, scientific observations, creative writing, and journaling. Enhance descriptive work using multiple senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, tactile or touching. Technical or methodical work is covered, with an interest in how published papers and research support

out-of-the-box processes. Payton demonstrates how natural voice and sensory-based writing contribute to building content. Using this process, left and right-brained communicators and writers will understand how storytelling, writing and even reading experiences enhance the recording and writing processes. Writing Sensorably: How Expressive & Natural Voice Advance Recording Thoughts, is Michelle Payton’s eighth book.

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We host numerous Readings & Bookclubs, as well as Poetrio! Visit www.malaprops.com

READINGS & BOOKCLUBS Monday, December 1 at 7 p.m. BRIDGING DIFFERENCES Book Club discusses Little Failure: A Memoir by Gary Shteyngart Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. CURRENT EVENTS Book Club Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. WILD Book Club discusses The Wilds by Julia Elliott Wednesday, December 3 at 1 p.m. AUTISM Book Club discusses Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism by Ron Suskind Wednesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. MALAPROP’S Book Club discusses Travels with Epicurus: A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. Poetrio Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m. MYSTERY Book Club discusses The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m. JAYE ROBIN BROWN presents No Place to Fall. Wednesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. RICK BRAGG presents Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. COMIX CLUB. Join bookseller Lauren for a discussion of Invisibles Vol 1: Say You Want a Revolution, part of the cult classic series by Grant Morrison. The club meets the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. Members get 10% off the monthly picks. Come on down and talk nerdy to us! Watch Podcasts – Visit malaprops.weebly. com for readings by Maureen Corrigan, Tom Robbins, Patti Callahan Henry, and others. You can also find Malaprop’s on iTunes and Podbay!

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The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

The latest novel from German writer Jenny Erpenbeck is difficult to describe, consisting of five books that each end in different possible deaths of our female protagonist. In practice, it makes much more sense as a touching, intelligent and wonderfully clever journey through the 20th century and the heartbreak of death itself. A beautiful, brilliant book.

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to visually delight all ages. This year’s performance features the ACDT Expect the brilliantly adult company, White Dog unexpected from AsheProjectX International, ville Contemporary Dance and the students of New Theatre’s fourth annual Studio of Dance. With performance of The Nuttypical ACDT flair, The cracker and the Mouse King. Nutcracker and the Mouse The company shocked and King will again prove to be a surprised audiences last year wonderful Christmas story with their original version of full of adventure, courage The Nutcracker. and loyalty. An evening Though The Nutcrackwhere love comes alive in a er might be the world’s most spectacular modern dance famous ballet, if it is being experience. performed by the Asheville Asheville ContemContemporary Dance Theporary Dance Theatre atre (ACDT) you can guar(ACDT) is a non-profit antee it is something you A wonderful Christmas story full professional dance company haven’t seen before. Their of adventure, courage and loyalty. created in 1979. As western version of The Nutcracker North Carolina’s first couldn’t be farther from professional modern dance company, they beTchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the lieve that everything everywhere is dance and original and much darker story written in 1816 everyone is a dancer. ACDT is devoted to local by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann. and international work, forging collaborations “I always want to go back to the original and partnerships between Asheville artists and work,” artistic co- director Collard says. “The dance artists from around the world. characters and the story are so much more interesting.” Take for example the King and Queen of Sausages who surprised and delightIF ed last year’s audience with delightful humor, YOU The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and the party guests wrapped in gorgeous GO December 5 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27; $20 costumes dancing a wild and wonderful polka. children; students and seniors $22. Diana And then there is the famous Mouse King, Wortham Theatre, Pack Place. Call (828) 257his lovely wife, and their numerous children 4530 for reservations or additional information creating havoc all over the ballet, with magical or visit www.dwtheatre.com. aerialists flying over head creating a surrealism

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December 4-31: Deck The Trees - View 20 beautifully decorated Christmas Trees at the Monte Vista Hotel. The results of a decorating competition. Friday, December 5: Holly Jolly -

Downtown, 5-8 p.m. Shops open with refreshments. Cherry Street/Sutton blocked off. Special entertainment at Old Caboose Stage. Black Mountain News open house. Black Mountain Center for the Arts Pottery Market.

Saturday, December 6: Santa On Town Square - noon to 3 p.m. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa in the Big Rocking Chair. Saturday, December 6: Christmas Parade “It’s a Wonderful Life,” 4 p.m. on State St., moving west from Flat Rock Rd. to Craigmont Rd. Saturday, December 6: Circle of Lights Luminaries, Santa, and music around Lake Tomahawk after the parade. Monday, December 8: Santa Claus Visits Red Rocker Inn. Free, 4-7 p.m. Bring your camera. Stay for dinner. Two children ages 12 and under eat free per paid adult. December 12 & 13: It’s a Wonderful Life - in Black Mountain. Participating shops open until 7 p.m., Street performers, music, cookie & food tours and more!

Saturday, December 13: Visions of Sugar Plums Cookie Tour. 4th Annual B&B and Country Inn Cookie Tour. 2-4 p.m. Admission fee.

Friday, December 19: Sweet Plum

Holiday Dessert Tour - 2 p.m. Creative Mountain Food Tours. For information and registration, (828) 419-0590, or visit www.creativemountainfoodtours.com

December 19 & 20: It’s a Wonderful Life

- in Black Mountain. Participating shops open until 7 p.m., Street performers, music, cookie & food tours. Storytelling at the Library from 2-4 p.m. and more!

December 19 & 20: Instant Christmas, improv comedy. $15, 7:30 p.m. Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St. (828) 669-0930 Detailed listing on www.ExploreBlackMountain.com or call 1-800-669-2301


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Santa Moo, original 10x10 inch oil painting by Pat Cotterill.

Folk art collaged barrel staves, 7x18 inches, by Marianne Reninger.

Artista, mixed media by Diane Hammer, on display at the Red House Gallery.

The market has artist made gifts including turned wood, fiber art, jewelry, altered art, folk art, ceramics, journals, small fine art prints, cards, ornaments and many more original, unique works. “Our artists have priced these items from $10 to $100 to encourage people to buy from local talent for their friends and family,” says Ray Mata, coordinator of the market. “Dimensions of Mixed Media” is currently on display at the Red House gallery. These works include creations by regional artists using two or more distinct mediums in one integrated piece of art. This allows great versatility and provides a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers and dimensionality that often characterizes mixed media art. This characteristic of mixed media contributes to its popularity within the modern art world. Viewers will see works that use paint, encaustic, cold wax, collage, assemblage, paper, textiles, found objects, metals, clay, fiber, wood and more. People think that because we are known as a fine art league we limit ourselves to the development of “traditional” art. However our mission encourages our members to explore all avenues of creativity from experimental to reallife drawing.

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Everett Schmidt is Asheville Gallery of Art’s featured artist for the month of December.

Schmidt’s pastel studies strive to depict the essence of scenes from North Carolina, coastal Maine, New York City, and Europe. He agrees with the artist who said, “We are driven to capture what we know is fading and someday will be lost.”

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p.m. The exhibit runs from December 1 through December 31, 2014. The Asheville Gallery of Art is located at 16 College Street in downtown Asheville, across from Pritchard Park. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The gallery will be closed from 1:30 p.m. December 24, through December 25. For more information, call (828) 2515796 or visit www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com

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Pastel by Everett Schmidt

The Western North Carolina artist paints with vivid colors, expressive style, and understated detail. He says, “My plein air paintings reflect not only the colors I actually see during outdoor studies, but the colors that I see in my mind’s eye. I hope to stir the viewer’s imagination and wonder at the beauty and spirit of a place.” The public is cordially invited to meet the artist at a reception on Friday, December 5, from 5-8 p.m.

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stones and pearls to enhance the sense of motion as one’s eye flows throughout the piece. While the finest quality gemstones she uses add elegance, the simplicity of form in her gold work assists with a casual touch. This allows the pieces to be worn for everyday use as well as for life’s most special occasions.

Susan Marie Designs 4 Biltmore Avenuem, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 277-1272, www.susanmariedesigns.com

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It’s the summer of 1988. Sue a waitress, catches the eye of Ben, a bartender. They shared food, wine, romance, and a dream of having their own place. Fast forward to 2012. And now Sue and Ben Green have a chance to make that dream a reality. They searched for a place that matched their style and found a fading-but-promising coffee house in the now revitalized Main Street of Hendersonville, the best street in town. It appears

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The dinner menu (Friday and Saturday nights) includes appetizers, seafood, steak, pork and chicken.

special of steak & shrimp primavera. The shrimp primavera with lots of fresh basil, and tomatoes was our favorite. It was lightly sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, the only oil in the house. The steak was well marbled, cooked as ordered, and about the most tender rib eye we’ve ever had. The classic pecan encrusted salmon came with sautéed seasonal vegetables and an Israeli couscous (larger than the American version) with quinoa. It was all very fresh and house-made, we knew the chef enjoys creating. You can’t visit a café without trying the coffee, so we ended with the homemade cheesecake drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauce, along with a cup of coffee from the local fresh roasted Sweet Gypsy Coffee. The Green Room Café has a full service espresso bar, which exclusively uses Sweet Gypsy. The NY style cheesecake was perfect. We can’t wait to go back again for breakfast and lunch, or just a coffee and homemade treat. See you there!

The Green Room Café and Coffeehouse 536 North Main Street Hendersonville, NC 28792 (828) 692-6335 Sunday & Monday 11 a.m. to 3-ish Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 3-ish Dinner: Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 9-ish

Susan Devitt is co-owner of Asheville food company BelloLea Artisan Kitchen, which makes delicious, fun Pizza Kits. She and husband Tom are confessed foodies and therefore won’t be leaving Asheville, unless they’re dragged out, kicking and screaming. Contact her at SusanBelloLea@gmail.com


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Preparation time: 50 min., plus one hour refrigeration.

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1 cup Amaretti Cookies 3 1/2 Tbsp butter 3/4 cup pure chocolate 1 can condensed milk 3 Tbsp Crema al Caffe 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup white chocolate 2 Tbsp Almond Creme 1/2 cup red berries 2 Tbsp Strawberry Vinegar

Eclectic Homemade Cuisine

Build up the cake layer by layer as follows: Line a spring form with parchment paper. Grind 1/3 cup Amaretti into crumbs. Melt the butter in a pan, remove from the hear and stir in the Amaretti crumbs. Spread this over the bottom of the spring form tin and press firmly. Refrigerate until the next step.

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Roughly chop 2/3 cup Amaretti. Melt the chocolate and condensed milk in a double boiler pan. Remove from heat, fold in the Crema al Caffe and then the Amaretti. Pour half of the mixture on top of the base. Pour the rest in the other spring form. Leave to stiffen in the refrigerator for at least an hour until the next step.

White Chocolate Almond Mixture Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler and remove from heat. Fold in the Almond Creme. Place in piping bag.

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Town Mountain and Mandolin Orange will play a benefit concert at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall for two local hunger relief organizations, Funding America Through Entertainment (FATE), and Manna FoodBank. FATE brings attention to various hunger-related issues and generates revenue to combat hunger. For more information visit www.SupportFate.org New Belgium Brewing Company is sponsoring the event and will donate proceeds from their beer sales in addition to a monetary bonus. Town Mountain has

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dedicated a portion of ticket sales for the cause, and they have arranged for a 50/50 raffle the evening of the show. This is the Mandolin Orange: Emily third time that FATE Frantz and Andrew Marlin. and Town MounPhoto: D.L. Anderson tain have teamed up to fight hunger, having donated more than $3,000 towards the cause. Asheville-based Town Mountain’s hard driving bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the bands trademark. They light up the stage with their honky-tonk edge and barroom swagger. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass. Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, from Carrboro, NC, are Mandolin Orange. With acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz draw the listener in with a heart-worn sensibility, combining bluegrass, rock and country. They released their third album, This Side of Jordan, last summer and have made quite a bit of noise on the folk/Americana circuit, while displaying a virtuosity and exuberance that crosses over to more indie-rock inclined audiences. IF YOU Town Mountain and Mandolin Orange, Friday, GO December 20. Admission $20; some balcony

seating. Doors open at 5 p.m. Come early and dine-in. Show at 9 p.m. Raffle. Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road Asheville. Call (828) 575-2737, or visit www.IsisAsheville.com

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CHIP KAUFMANN is a film historian who also shares his love of classical music as a program host on WCQS-FM radio. MICHELLE KEENAN is a long time student of film, a believer in the magic of movies, and a fundraiser for public radio.

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THE MONTHLY REEL

‘Tis the Season

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Drop Kid and Bing Crosby’s Holiday Inn. You can find the listing on page 27. Pack Memorial Library will show a series of free holiday films the first three Thursday’s in December at 3 p.m., including Frank Capra’s classic It’s a Wonderful Life to kick off the series on December 4. Fresh off their successful Asheville Cinema Festival, Tom and Susan Anton will be hosting a free night of short films December 2 at 7 p.m. at Grace Center in Mills River. You can find out more about

As I write this (a week before Thanksgiving), I have yet to be struck by the faintest murmur of holiday spirit or an iota of Christmas cheer. It seems impossible that we can be so close to wrapping all those presents and another year. For those of us in the movie reviewing business we’ll be compiling our Top Ten lists for the year and voting for the best films of 2014 in just a couple of short weeks. The good Professor Kaufmann and I will be sure to report those findings in the January Reel Takes, but in the meanwhile we’ve still got an interesting array of films for your viewing pleasure this month. Chip gives his take on Christopher Nolan’s dimension-bending Interstellar, while I share a few thoughts about Michael Keaton’s comeback role Pack Memorial Library will show the beloved holiday classic, in Birdman, It’s a Wonderful Life, Thursday, December 4 at 3 p.m. Jon Stewart’s directional debut with Rosewater, and Eddie the films at the library and the Asheville Redmayne’s portrayal of Steven Hawking in Cinema Society shorts in the “What to Do” The Theory of Everything. Hunger Games guide on pages 34 & 35. fans will likely have flocked to see MockingIf your ‘what to dos’ include heading jay Part I by the time this issue comes out, to the cinema with your sweetie or family, which is good seeing as it was not available to we’ve also included a list of highlights for us for review before deadline. holiday movie season. In area screening news, the HenderUntil next time, we wish you sonville Film Society is off until January, but The Asheville Film Society has a full glad tidings, good movies, docket this month, including a couple of tiand happy holidays. tles for the season, Bob Hope’s, The Lemon

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Short Take: In an effort to be taken seriously a former movie star, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, attempts to launch a dramatic play on Broadway.

REEL TAKE: Talk about art imitating life. The casting of Michael Keaton, twenty years after he last Birdman takes Michael Keaton to new heights. wore his caped crusader suit, in Alejandro González ing Zach Galifinakis, Naomi Watts and Emma Iñárritu’s play-like movie Birdman or The Stone, is excellent. Edward Norton who plays Unexpected Virture of Ignorance was a stroke a last minute replacement in the show, and of genius. And Keaton wasn’t afraid to persona theatrical prima donna to boot, puts it out alize the experience by sharing his own career there almost as much as Keaton does. highs and lows with his character Riggan Who knew Iñárritu could do comedy, Thomson. In a nutshell, Keaton plays a former dark comedy to be sure, but comedy no less. movie super hero, ‘Birdman.’ Desperate to be My only real criticism – and it did detract from taken seriously, he adapts a Raymond Carver the film for me – was knowing when to end it short story into a dramatic play for Broadway. and how to end it. Still though, with everyIt’s clear from the get go, that Riggan’s thing that happens in the course of its running psyche is hanging by a thread. He’s haunted time, I’m not sure how Birdman managed to constantly by a voice, his alter ego, ‘Birdget off the ground, but it does and it soars. man.’ Burdened by backstage shenanigans and theatrical catastrophe, production week of the Rated R for language throughout, some sexual play is destined to send Riggan to the brink of content and brief violence. insanity. Think of it as an All About Eve for a Review by Michelle Keenan middle aged action hero. His fight for clarity and dissent into madness is a fascinating and Interstellar  wild ride and Keaton is all in. His performance Short Take: Interstellar is a family friendly, is sure to bring him an Oscar nomination. thought provoking but overlong saga that Iñárritu further accentuates Riggan’s solidly entertains thanks to committed stress by shooting the film to look like one performances, arresting visuals, and continuous shot. I’ve heard some criticize some interesting though hardly unique this aspect, but for me it worked. Every shot plot twists. is a segue. The result is beautiful and even somewhat theatrical, but ultimately it serves REEL TAKE: A little background research on the purpose best because it’s unrelenting. The Interstellar will tell you that it was originally technical choreography to achieve this must conceived as a project for Steven Spielberg. have been a massive undertaking and in the This results in the film being a mix of Spielend Iñárritu makes it look so simple. berg and Christopher Nolan, which is a good When I first heard about Birdman, I thing. The shadow of Stanley Kubrick hovers thought it sounded a bit gimmicky. It may well over Interstellar as it is basically 2001: A Space be just that, but it works. The fun of Birdman Odyssey for the 21st century. In addition is watching it unfold. I could tell you more to 2001 there are references to several other about the plot, but it’s really not necessary. I movies including Reds, Days of Heaven, The will tell you that the supporting cast, includ-

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The holiday season is upon us.

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That means Hollywood will be rolling out some big-budget mainstream crowd pleasers and Oscar contenders. Whether it’s wholesome family fun, a CGI action-fest, or art house fare, there’s something for everyone at your local theatres. Here are some of the titles we’re looking forward to, in order of release date.

Short Take: A troubled young man and his straight-laced niece embark on a thrilling odyssey through New York City in this heartrending drama based on an Oscar-winning short.

NOW PLAYING The Imitation Game Short Take: Benedict Cumberbatch

stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer pioneer who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that

REEL BUZZ: Small film, getting good notices.

Should be hitting the Carolina Asheville soon.

OPENS DECEMBER 5

OPENS DECEMBER 12 Top Five Short Take: Directed by Chris Rock,

Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront the comedy career, and the past that he’s left behind. Stars Chris

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The Gambler Short Take: Jim Bennett (Mark Wahl-

berg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Jessica Lange) in his wake.

REEL BUZZ: Wahlberg lost a boatload of weight for this part, but that doesn’t mean it’s Oscar worthy.

Short Take: With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

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Reese Witherspoon gets uncharacteristically dirty and is getting good reviews.

Foxcatcher Short Take:

Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic Gold Medalwinning wrestler Mark Schultz Benedict Cumberbatch leads an all-star cast as Alan Turing (Channing in the biopic The Imitation Game. Tatum), who sees a way out from helped the Allies win WWII but whose the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling career and life were sadly cut short after brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and a life of the British government prosecuted him poverty when he is summoned by eccentric for homosexual acts (deemed illegal multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) at that time). The film also stars Keira to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Knightley, Mark Strong and Downtown Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect Abbey’s Allen Leech. of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in REEL BUZZ: Not your average biopic the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, fare. Film festival buzz and early reviews breaks his confidence and drives him into a have been largely positive with a pretty self-destructive spiral. much unanimous consensus that it’s a performance driven vehicle led wonderfully by Benedict Cumberbatch.

REEL BUZZ: This is supposed to be one of the must-see movies of the year. It will play at the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville.

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Chris Rock stars in and directs Top Five.

Rock, Adam Sandler, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.

REEL BUZZ: We don’t really know, but we’re

curious.

OPENS DECEMBER 19 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Unbroken

Short Take: Directed and produced by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken is an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-ofwar camp. Based on Lauren Hillenbrand’s best-selling book.

REEL BUZZ: Get out another party dress, Angie. You’re going to the Oscars.

Short Take: It’s another adventure-filled Night at the Museum as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

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Show, just before the election. The satirical humor wholly lost on them, the Iranian authorities held Bahari in solitary confinement for 118 days. The arresting police officer, identified only as ‘Rosewater,’ interrogated and tortured Bahari during the course of his captivity. Stewart took a leave of absence last year from The Daily Show to make the film. I, like other Daily Show fans, missed Stewart during that time, but would say that if ever there was a Sabbatical put to good use, this was it. Stewart imbues the film with two key elements that you expect from him, journalistic nuance and humor. It’s also beautifully filmed. Maziar Bahari consulted on the film, as one would expect. I have not read Bahari’s memoir but would hazard a guess that having Stewart at the helm probably created a good balance. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Bahari. He’s likeable and sympathetic. Kim Bodnia plays ‘Rosewater.’ Interestingly, while the film makes no apologies for him or his actions, he is portrayed somewhat sympathetically, or at least he is not entirely demonized. This was a curious aspect which I found appealing. Both actors turn in fine performances and play well off of each other. While in captivity, Bahari talked to his late father and sister, both of whom had been arrested at various time in their life for political activities. These

Black Hole, and ____________ (fill in the time travel movie of your choice). The story unfolds in the not too distant future where a crop blight is turning the Earth into a vast Dust Bowl. Almost everyone is becoming a farmer to try and produce enough food for the world’s population. Matthew McConaughey stars as Cooper, a former astronaut now a farmer trying to survive in these Dust Bowl conditions. One day he and his young Astronauts Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and daughter Murphy discover lines David Gyasi are trying to locate a new planet where Earth’s in the dust on the floor of their population can move to in Interstellar. home that spell out coordinates. These coordinates lead them to a they were totally captivated. Thanks to its secret underground NASA base headed up by Spielberg-like aura, the story has a lot of heart a Professor Brand (Michael Caine). Cooper and manipulates the emotions in a time-honis recruited to fly the last space ship to a ored way. The performances of everyone (exwormhole in space to look for other habitable cept Hathaway) are engaging and in the case of worlds. He is joined by Brand’s daughter Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Matthew (Anne Hathaway), two other astronauts, and McConaughey, absolutely engrossing. Bottom an all purpose robot called TARS. line, I liked it while I was there but I won’t be There are three potential worlds to visit revisiting Interstellar anytime soon. but only enough fuel for two. The first visit to a planet covered in water ends badly. Thanks Rated PG-13 for intense perilous action and to a time-space anomaly, one hour there equals brief strong language. several years on Earth. In their short visit to Review by Chip Kaufmann the surface, many years have passed on Earth. Murph is now a grown woman (Jessica ChasRosewater 1/2 tain), and she works to solve Brand’s equation Short Take: Adapted from which will allow the Earth’s population to his memoir, Rosewater tells travel to a new home. Back in space, Cooper the story of Maziar Bahari, and Brand’s daughter argue over where to go a journalist covering the next. They wind up visiting a planet where an national election in Iran in earlier astronaut (Matt Damon) has sent out a 2009 who was arrested by the welcoming signal. Things there turn out to not Iranian government, charged be what they expected. with being a spy and held in By this time their ship has drifted too solitary confinement for 118 near a Black Hole. In order to save Hathaway, days. The film marks Jon McConaughey and the faithful robot TARS Stewart’s directional debut. send her in an escape pod to the third planet while they journey into the Black Hole. At REEL TAKE: Rosewater is based this point, the movie is only 2/3 over. What on the memoir “Then They Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Maziar Bahari, the happens next? You’ll just have to see the movie Came for Me: A Family’s Story journalist imprisoned in Iran for being a spy after to find out, but it’s at this point that the film of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” appearing on The Daily Show. really becomes interesting. written by Maziar Bahari. The From my perspective, Interstellar defifilm mark’s John Stewart’s direc‘vision’ sequences are nice enough, nitely has some issues. First and foremost it’s tional debut and it is a fitting vehicle for him. but to me seemed a little contrived. too long. This is primarily due to extended The host and creative force behind The Daily However, who am I to criticize this? scenes shot to be shown in an IMAX theater. I Show was closely tied to the source material. It’s Bahari’s story, and if that’s his story, am an advocate for a policy where the studios In 2009 journalist Maziar Bahari, a that’s his story. release a non-IMAX version of their blockTehran-born journalist, returned to Iran cover Rosewater may not be a cinematibusters much like their 2D and 3D versions the elections between President Mahmoud cally important film, but that doesn’t of a film. This would tighten up a movie by Ahmadinejad and challenger Mir-Hossein matter in my assessment of it. In the focusing on the characters and story rather Mousavi. Mousavi had quite a movement end, Stewart and Bahari succeed exactly than on visual effects. Secondly there is Anne behind him and it was expected to be a game where they need to. Rosewater is an imHathaway’s performance. She isn’t bad, but changing election. When Ahmadinejad’s portant and moving story, a worthwhile she seems uncomfortable and ill suited for the victory was declared hours before the polls effort and a crowd-pleaser. role. Finally there is the script’s tendency to closed, uprisings broke out. Bahari witnessed spell everything out for us in Twilight Zone or Rated R for language, including some and filmed the protests and shared the footage, crude references and violent content. Outer Limits like summations. a great personal risk, with the BBC. Shortly In the end, Interstellar is a movie that thereafter Bahari is arrested at his mother’s Review by Michelle Keenan should definitely be seen. I saw it with a nearly home and imprisoned for being a spy. Their Movies continued on page 28 full house of older people, like myself, and proof? An interview Bahari did with The Daily

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ASHEVILLE FILM SOCIETY The Asheville Film Society will show the following films on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. in Theater 6 at the Carolina Cinema on Hendersonville Road. Tuesday night screenings are free, but membership dues for the society are only $10. Membership gets you into any special members-only events and screenings. December 2:

Cardinal Richelieu (1935) The cunning Cardinal Richelieu must save King Louis XIII from treachery within his inner circle. Stars George Arliss, Maureen O’Sullivan and Edward Arnold. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. December 9: Life Begins at 8:30

(1942) A young woman lives in a cramped New York flat with her father Madden Thomas, a celebrated actor brought down by drink. Lame since a young age she feels trapped until she meets a young composer with big dreams. Stars Monty Wooley, Ida Lupino and Cornel Wilde. Directed by Irving Pichel. December 16: The Lemon Drop Kid

(1951) When the Lemon Drop Kid accidentally steers Moose Moran’s girl away from a winning bet, he is forced to come up with $10,000 to repay the angry gangster. Fortunately it’s Christmas, a time when people can be persuaded to part with money for the right cause. Stars Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell and Lloyd Nolan. Directed by Sidney Lanfield. December 23: Donovan’s Reef

(1963) ‘Guns’ Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and ‘Boats’ Gilhooley, until Dedham’s high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise. Stars John Wayne, Lee Marvin and Elizabeth Allen. Directed by John Ford. December 30:

Holiday Inn

(1942) At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. Stars Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds. Directed by Mark Sandrich. Carolina Cinemas, 1640 Hendersonville Rd. (828) 274-9500. For more information go to www.facebook.com/ashevillefilmsociety

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The Theory of Everything

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Short Take: Adapted from the book by his first wife, The Theory of Everything tells the story of Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde Hawking and their 30 years together.

REEL TAKE: Based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Stephen Hawking’s first wife Jane Wilde Hawking, The Theory of Everything is a romantic drama about their thirty challenging years together. The result is a very well made, nice, safe, pseudo bio pic. As one of my fellow reviewers said, “It’s perfectly fine.” The film starts in 1963. A twenty-one year old Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) is a doctoral student at Cambridge. A gangly, gawky science geek, he manages to attract the attentions of Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), a lovely English rose studying medieval poetry. In spite of their vast differences and differences of opinion, sparks fly. Meanwhile we see symptomatic glimpses of things to come, Chip Kaufmann’s Pick: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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before he himself understands what’s happening. Just as he seems to be hitting his stride personally and academically, Hawking takes a fateful fall and subsequently learns that he has a motor neuron disorder (a form of ALS). He is told he’ll be dead within two years. Fifty one years later we all know he defied those odds, and while the degenerative disease ravaged and contorted his body, his beautiful mind was left unscathed, Many filmgoers, who have only seen Hawking as the crippled Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in The genius in the wheelchair with Theory of Everything, the challenging love story the American-sounding roof Jane and Stephen Hawking. botic voice, may be surprised his many scientific milestones. and touched to see the story of Hawking as a More than anything else The Theory of vibrant young Englishman. The film focuses Everything is a love story, and what a remarkmore on the days at Cambridge and the early able love story it is. And that’s what I found years of the disease and his life with Jane, but somewhat disappointing; in spite of such an runs through the course of their marriage and

December DVD Picks

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Rather than offer up another Holiday themed movie for the December issue, I decided that it would be nice (and different) to offer up my favorite title of 2014 now that’s it available on DVD. Actually it’s been out for a little while now but it would be an ideal Christmas gift for some people and would make a suitable holiday viewing experience for others. The movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel and if you are already familiar with the quirky movies of Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, The Royal Tennenbaums – all good DVD picks by the way) then you’ll have some idea of what to expect but be prepared for a few surprises. You should be advised right now that Grand Budapest is an old school sophisticated farce that harks back to the 1930s and the films of Ernst Lubitsch. Although it has some dramatic moments, it is not a glamorous all-star soap opera in the vein of Grand Hotel which the title led many people to believe. Set in a grand European hotel in a fictional European country, the story concerns the adventures (and misadventures) of an eccentric hotel concierge (Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby boy-in-training (Tony Revolori in a revelatory performance) in the period between the two World Wars. The limited space I have here cannot begin to do justice to this unique film

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Being the humbug that I am right now, devoid of any holiday spirit at present and disgusted with the pre-Thanksgiving Christmas Trees and Pre-Black Friday madness and commercialization of an otherwise lovely time of year, we’re going to have to pull out the heavy artillery this year. Scrooged, How The Grinch

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Michelle Keenan’s Pick: “It’s a Wonderful Life” Stole Christmas (the perennial Christmas special, not the Ron Howard film), and the biggie, the film that gets me every time I watch it, It’s a Wonderful Life. For those that have been living in a cave for the last 68 years, It’s a Wonderful a Life is the story of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart). George is the salt of the earth and a pillar in his community. He gives up his boyhood dreams to run the family’s Savings and Loan. He marries his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed) and they have a family. When the town villain, and George’s personal arch nemesis, Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) seizes the opportunity to put the Bailey family out of business once and for all, there’s a run on the bank and George thinks everyone would be better off if he were dead. It’s at that point that he gets to see what the world would be like had he never been born thanks to Clarence (Henry Travers) a 2nd class angel. Cliché though it may be to some, just thinking about It’s a Wonderful Life makes my heart warm and my eyes well. The movie may be almost 70 years old, but the story is timeless. While there are plenty of corny moments and quotable/spoofable lines (“Zuzu’s Petals!” is such a favorite, I even have cat named Zuzu), there is also something very universal and lovely about it. The casting is perfect. It was said to have been Jimmy Stewart’s favorite film of his career. After you revisit it, or see it for the first time, you will never hear a bell ring the same way again.

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amazing story, the film doesn’t engage its audience emotionally or move us as much as one would expect. Director James Marsh succeeds in executing a beautifully made film but a very safe film with little edge and perhaps too much British stiff upper lip. The exception to this is the cinematography by Benoit Delhomme. In the moments of blossoming love and Hawking’s cosmological discoveries, Delhomme’s cinematography imbues the film with movie magic. Redmayne delivers an elegant performance in what had to be a daunting and challenging task. The result is a performance that plays more to Hawking’s humanity, his humor and his brilliant mind, rather than being too focused on the physicality as to seem contrived or gimmicky. For this, all are to be commended. And for this his performance is Oscar bait. For me however, the film belongs to Felicity Jones who, yes, has an easier time of it, not having to portray a figure as familiar as Hawking, but who has to show us the woman behind the genius for all those years (a task which in real life must have been as daunting for her as the disease was to him). In the end I drew the same conclusion that I did with Interstellar; Love – unscientific, immeasurable, and transcendent of time – is the greatest force in the universe. The Theory of Everything is simply love. Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material. Review by Michelle Keenan

Theatre Directory Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company Movieline (828) 254-1281 www.ashevillepizza.com

Beaucatcher Cinemas (Asheville) Movieline (828) 298-1234

Biltmore Grande

1-800-FANDANGO #4010 www.REGmovies.com

Carmike 10 (Asheville)

Movieline (828) 298-4452 www.carmike.com

Carolina Cinemas

(828) 274-9500 www.carolinacinemas.com

The Falls Theatre (Brevard) Movieline (828) 883-2200

Fine Arts Theatre (Asheville) Movieline (828) 232-1536 www.fineartstheatre.com

Flat Rock Theatre (Flat Rock) Movieline (828) 697-2463 www.flatrockcinema.com

Four Seasons (Hendersonville) Movieline (828) 693-8989

The Strand (Waynesville)

(828) 283-0079, www.38main.com


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Resolve to Revolt!

In physics, “revolution” is about cycles and movement. At the end of each year, there is great focus on New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve written in the past about my belief that every day is when we can resolve to do certain things (like FINALLY watch all of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). In addition, each day can also be a path to cultivating a personal, peaceful revolution, where we build up our hearts. Why wait until January 1st to firmly reject apathy and donuts and to reclaim love and exercise programs when we can revolutionize our hearts all the time through something like charitable giving?

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Many of my goals have been culled from YEARS of year-end lists. Items that appeared over and over (and over) again turned out to be the ones that apparently just needed to be a part of daily living. Exercise. Eat Better. Communicate More. Communicate Less. Communicate Effectively. And Give More. I can’t even convey here the depth and duration of the impact that generosity by others has had in my life. Give. I’m surrounded by folks who put this topic very high on the list, from both a business perspective, as well as simply a concept for living. As an artist and writer, I’ve written about how artists are uniquely positioned to give of themselves and their talents

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to businesses and non-profit organizations throughout our service area. As part of our mission to extend Internet access beyond the middle-class and wealthy, we also offer reduced-fee dial-up accounts to people in need of such help. You can visit our website at main.nc.us to discover how the team at MAIN works to support its local community.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

Performance to benefit Hall Fletcher Elementary Outdoor Learning Center

As part of their ongoing fundraising efforts to bring an outdoor learning center to Hall Fletcher Elementary, Charlotte Street Computers is sponsoring a private performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Asheville Community Theatre on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at Charlotte Street Computers, or by sending an email to tickets@charlottestreetcomputers.com. 100% of the money raised will benefit this community project. Charlotte Street Computers provides upgrades, networking, troubleshooting, and

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In the design field, “resolution” has everything to do with clarity.

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in order to support our local charities. And the premise is pretty simple: create twelve extra pieces of whatever it is one makes, and give them away during the year. We’re artists – we all make stuff that some one or some agency can use for their cause. Of course, everyone knows those one or two people who loudly proclaim how they hate being asked to help out. But that rare attitude is overwhelmed by the giving energy of thousands of others who resolve to have a more compassionate response. An artist may or may not have funds available for charity depending on where they are in their business-building, but many do have inventory; if it’s designated as part of a personal revolution to earmark certain works for donation, it’s easy and simple to just move forward with that plan. I’m not advocating working for free, and some Asks can’t be answered. I just focus on what I can do. I have Extra Art, and it can be parted-with. Another option for many who may not have the resource of inventory is the giving of Time. Volunteerism is alive and well in our region. If you look at the United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County list (www. unitedwayabc.org), think not only of all the charitable causes that are being helped, but also consider how many human beings are physically out there, doing things for others. What’s the reward for giving? In a sense, NOTHING. The reward for giving is giving. What are the reasons? Many give because they are simply giving back or paying it forward. And of course there are residual effects to giving. Reminiscent of the revolutionizing personal lesson of The Grinch, one’s heart gets bigger (and we don’t have to steal everything first). Sometimes folks shy away from committing to a giving plan because they’re in a spot where they can only give intermittently. No problem! Give a little, give a lot, give when possible, give every month, give in a planned way, give on the spur of the moment… every plan works.

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So, each of us can have a mini-revolution, full of resolve, and we all get that lovely internal payoff of a bigger heart. And giving is an endless energy source – think of “volt” in “revolt”: we’re recharging! My intention here is my usual sharing, caring, and inspiring, one artist to another. I urge us all to move forward and Resolve to Revolt! And have you noticed that both “Resolve” and “Revolt” have the letters of the word “LOVE” in them? I’m wishing you the best in this giving season, and throughout the coming year. Greg Vineyard is a marketing professional, and an artist and writer living in Asheville, NC. ZaPOW Gallery carries his illustrations, prints and cards, www.zapow.com. www.gregvineyardillustration.com

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paintings in oil and acrylic, and warm up with refreshments. Brandon Gunter, a singer, songwriter and recording artist out of Nashville, TN will be playing guitar and singing at The Mahogany House Gallery. Several artists will be doing demonstrations including encaustic, watercolor, oil painting, and assemblage. The Village Framer will be featuring local photographer, John

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ing. Completely self taught she has developed a technique using Prismacolor pencils that is uniquely her own. Often spending 3 or 4 months on one piece, she layers the wax based colored pencil from light to dark, finishing each section as she goes. Her husband Robert then prints limited edition giclees on canvas and paper. Teresa and her gallery manager then design meticulous framing for each piece. Pennington will celebrate 30 years in business in 2015 and will create an anniversary series. Interestingly enough, it is also the anniversary of the national park system. That is the only hint we will give you as to the subject matter of the series.

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“Jewel Tones” A colored pencil drawing by Teresa Pennington. Available in Prints, Christmas Cards and the 2014 Ornament.

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Today it is home to Jonas Gerard at Riverview Station and more than 60 fine art and craft studios, several artists’ co-ops and is the closest RAD building to Biltmore Village. The Holiday Market features more than twenty open studios. Additionally, there will be a food truck on premises, a roving Santa Claus, and a bountiful door prize on display at Jonas GeThe Village Potters join more than rard. Within each 40 other artists who will open their open studio, artists studios and galleries for the Holiday and craftspeople Market on Friday, December 5. entice visitors with their creations. One such participant is artist Pat Samuels. In studio 218, Mrs. Samuels designs mixed media collages and will have painted paper ornaments made especially for the Holiday Market. Likewise, Sheri Howe will be open in studio 231 with her mixed media figurative work. Mrs. Howe quips, “My studio will be full of artful wonderment: paintings, drawings, block prints, handmade books, masks, cards, sculpture and more!” Artful objects are indeed abundant at Riverview Station. That is why Jessica Hall, Holiday Market creator and owner of Bluebird Designs in studio 256, was inspired. Says Ms. Hall, “There has been so much progress in our building, why not invite people to come explore? This event will allow us to welcome visitors during the holiday season, and to educate shoppers about Riverview Station. “We have a great mix of people: from well-established painters (like Jonas Gerard), to long established galleries like 310 ART with 22 local artists and artisans exhibiting, to artist co-ops (The Village Potters and Clay Five Ways) to up-and-coming talents. It’s truly ‘onestop-shopping’ in the River Arts District.” One such ambitious studio dweller is ceramic artist Maggie Minor in studio 116. Though relatively new to the medium, Ms. Minor’s tactile dinnerware was chosen to be included in the prestigious Telfair Art Fair in Savannah, GA this November. She agrees that Riverview Station’s friendly environment and eclectic mix of artists make it perfect for a festive shopping experience.

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“The moment between before and after is called Truth or Buddha’s world. We don’t know what it is but we are there. Our life is completely embraced by this… It is the original nature of the self.” ~ Dainin Katagiri

See if you can feel what it means to be in the moment between before and after. Just here. Surrender the compulsive need to get to the next moment or to hold on to the last moment. See if in your meditation you can realize the felt sense of the space between before and after. See how any thought activity that arises is about either the before or the after of your life, carried by the momentum of what you have been training for all your life – to be this person you know as yourself, this person known as “me,” carrying the issues, beliefs, concerns and behaviors, both positive and problematic – out of the before and into the after – all your desires, anxieties, ambitions. See how this self-absorbed story propels you out of the past and into the future. Yet, in between – in the space between before and after – in the space Katagiri is calling Buddha’s world. There is no story. There is just this moment as it is. This is pure awareness receiving Life, being Life. This is the observing mind – the curious, compassionate, silent mind that absorbs and witnesses the present moment. Along with the external world of the present moment, the observing mind is also capable of “noticing” our internal world that includes storylines of thought and emotion that make up our egoic mind, both

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Should We Be Afraid of Infectious Diseases?

Ebola is only the latest infectious disease to make its appearance in the news.

Previously there was SARS, MERS, swine flu, and bird flu. All of these viral diseases occurred in third world settings and caused considerable panic until each in its turn dwindled away and disappeared from the world stage. Why were heath officials worried about these illnesses initially? Why has each one proved to be of concern for only a short time? Should we still be concerned about a world pandemic? The answers to these questions are in the basic formula for catching an infectious disease: the infectious agent, the host, and the environment. To catch and continue to propagate an infectious disease, all three must allow for the passing of the disease from one person to another. The infectious agent, the bug, must be virulent (make the patient very sick), must be hard to kill, and must be easily passed from one person to another. The host, the human who is to catch the bug, must be very susceptible and in close contact with the means (air, fluids, body contact, vectors) by which the bug is passed. The host should also have poor nutrition and a weakened immune system, to pass the bug more easily.

The environment must allow for close contact with the means for spread. Overcrowding – close, continual contact – and unsanitary conditions will facilitate the spreading of the bug. And the absence of adequate health care facilities will hinder the care of patients thus infected. The infectious agent, the ebola virus, is virulent and it is hard to kill. However, it is hard to catch – as evident by the number of people in the immediate casual vicinity of the various people in the US who have had ebola, none of whom have caught the infection. The host must be in close, continual contact with the bodily fluids of someone who is actively shedding the virus (has a fever, which indicates that the virus is multiplying in the person). In the US culture, the only people doing so with sick patients (and got infected) were those medically caring for an infected patient. People in casual contact were not infected. The environment in the US is not generally overcrowded. Basic sanitary conditions are prevalent everywhere – clean public surfaces, water, sewage care, air filtration, food preparation. And most health care facilities can do basic isolation and several centers are prepared to do highly intensive isolation and supportive care with excellent methods to transport patients to these facilities.

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Gallery Opening

The Odyssey Cooperative Art Gallery opens a new show celebrating the ceramic art of Kat McIver, Margaret Klieber, and twenty-five other gallery members. 238 Clingman Ave., Asheville’s River Arts District.

Tuesday, December 2

Free Night of Short Films

Join the founders of the Asheville Cinema Festival, Tom and Sandi Anton, for a free night of short films. The WNC Film Society is hosting an hour

How to place an event/ classified listing with Rapid River Art Magazine Any “free” event open to the public can be listed at no charge up to 30 words. For all other events there is a $14.95 charge up to 35 words and 12 cents for each additional word. 65 word limit per event. Sponsored listings (shown in boxes) can be purchased for $18 per column inch. Deadline is the 19th of each month. Payment must be made prior to printing. Email Beth Gossett at: ads@rapidrivermagazine.com Or mail to: 85 N. Main St, Canton, NC 28716. Call (828) 646-0071 to place ad over the phone. – Disclaimer – Due to the overwhelming number of local event submissions we get for our “What to Do Guide” each month, we can not accept entries that do not specifically follow our publication’s format. Non-paid event listings must be 30 words or less, and both paid and non-paid listings must provide information in the following format: date of event, title, description and time, cost, location, and your contact info. Any entries not following this format will not be considered for publication.

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Kat Williams, along with guitarist and vocalist “Lyric” (Leeda Jones), Cantaria, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Asheville, perform a special concert for WNCAP. This year’s theme, A Celebration of Lives, challenges us to recommit to the fight against AIDS. 7-9 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, downtown Asheville. Call (828) 2527489 or visit www.wncap.org.

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of enjoyable, comical and thoughtprovoking, family-friendly short films. 7 p.m. at Grace Center, 495 Cardinal Road in Mills River, off Highway 280, just past the Asheville Airport. For more information, call (828) 885-5354 or visit www.wncfilmsociety.com

Thursday, December 4 – It’s a Wonderful Life Thursday, December 11 – Four Christmases Thursday, December 18 – The Polar Express Pack Memorial Library 67 Haywood Street, Asheville (828) 250–4700

Friday, December 5

Jeff Thompson CD Release

Thursday, December 4

Walk of Shame Comedy Tour

Live standup comedy show featuring four hilarious women: Lisa Curry, MTV’s Guy Code/Girl Code; Dana Moon and Becky Robinson, Oxygen’s Happy Hour; and Jessica Michelle Singleton. Walk of Shame is a docuseries that follows the women as they pull pranks and performing live across America. Be part of an epic, hilarious adventure! Doors open at 7 p.m. Show at 8 p.m. $10. The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. (828) 2707747 or visit www.myAltamont.com

Friday, December 5

Opera Talks

Asheville Lyric Opera Director, David Craig Starkey, and a cast of industry professionals, guide you through their operatic world. 3 p.m. at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. Free and open to the public. Call (828) 251-6140 or visit www.olliasheville.com.

Friday, December 5

Winter’s Tune

Music to Warm an Appalachian Night. Special concert hosted by the Liston B. Ramsey Center in Broyhill Chapel on the campus of Mars Hill University. Features Roger Howell, Bobby Hicks, Whitewater Bluegrass, Jerry Sutton, Laura Boosinger, Kathryn Parham Brickey, Rhiannon Ramsey, and others. Call Hannah (828) 689-1571 to reserve your space. $15 adv.; $18 dos. Details at www.mhu.edu/ramsey-center

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Celebration for So Far, So Strange. heartfelt-poetry, philosophical introspection, and irresistible grooves. 8:30 p.m. $12 adv.; $15 door. ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville. Call (828) 575-2737, or visit www.isisasheville.com

December 5 & 6, 12 & 13

31st Festival of Lights and Luminaire’s

Thousands of white The Hopberry lights adorn the buildings in the historic town of Dillsboro, NC. Shops will stay open late, providing free refreshments and entertainment. Shop here for Christmas trees, greenery, wreaths, arts and crafts, unique gifts, clothing, gourmet foods and wine. Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in Town Hall. A unique holiday shopping experience. Dillsboro is located at the intersection of US Hwys. 19/74 and 441. For more details call 1-800-962-1911 or visit www.mountainlovers.com.

Friday, December 6

Deja Vu: A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. CSNY Tribute Group, John Keane, Dodd Ferrelle, Rachel O’Neal, Tom Ryan, and Deane Quinter perform at 8 p.m. $20 adv.; $25 dos. The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. For details call (828) 270-7747 or visit www.myAltamont.com

Saturday, December 6

Sixth Annual Asheville Bookfest

Meet authors, live music, readings, book sales and “how to publish” presentations. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Haywood Park Hotel Atrium.

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She-Pow Opening Reception

ZaPow artists have created a body of work inspired by heroines, women of strength, villainess and goddesses from fiction, fantasy, myth and history. 7-9 p.m. Come celebrate this impressive showing of female strength created by artists of all genders. Free beer, live music, meet the artists. ZaPow, 21 Battery Park Ave., downtown Asheville. (828) 575-2024, www.zapow.com

Saturday, December 6

Crimson Laurel Gallery

Theatre, 18 Church St., Asheville. Call (828) 270-7747 or visit www.myAltamont.com

December 12-14

Cool Craft Holiday Market

Whimsical Art for the Young at Heart. Marcy Jackson will sell her fantastical art prints, greeting cards, totes and onesies at HandMade in America’s annual craft market. 125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Friday, December 12, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m-6 p.m; Sunday, December 14, 12-4 p.m.

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Three shows: “Woodfired and Functional,” by Plate by featured artist Matt Ron Meyers Schiemann; “One of a Kind” by ceramic artist Ron Meyers; and functional “Soda Works” by ceramicist Carolanne Currier. Work from the exhibition can be seen and purchased online beginning Friday, December 5 at midnight. Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersville, NC, 28705. Call (828) 688-3599 or visit www. crimsonlaurelgallery.com

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The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale

Visit the Odyssey Cooperative Art Gallery during the River Arts District’s Second Saturday Event. Demonstrations, refreshments, music, and a showcase of ceramic arts. 238 Clingman Ave., Asheville’s River Arts District.

Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work 10-50% off retail. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in east Asheville. Call (828) 298-7928 or visit www.craftguild.org.

Youth Poetry Slam Against Hunger, a benefit for Manna. The most thought provoking event of the holiday season. Come hear Asheville’s brightest youth poets address hunger and other community issues with originality and passion. Please bring food donations. 7 pm. $15, $10 students/teachers. Purchase tickets on eventbrite.com. Rainbow Community Center, 60 State St., Asheville. Presented by Soulspeak Asheville. Email Mel Kelley, soulspeakavl@gmail.com, for details.

Fine Art Demonstrations

Sunday, December 14

A Classical Christmas

Monday, December 8

Holiday Concert

The Reuter Center Singers directed by Chuck Taft. Classical, popular, show tunes and other favorites. 7 p.m. at UNCA’s Reuter Center. Free and open to the public. Call (828) 251-6140 or visit www.olliasheville.com.

Friday, December 12

Sip and Shop

Save 10% on all regular priced, American made crafts and up to 40% on sale items. Warm apple cider and wine will be provided. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville. Call (828) 253-7651 or visit www.grovewood.com.

Friday, December 12

The Invisible III with Steelism

Instrumental Fusion. 10 p.m. $7 adv.; $10 dos. The Altamont

Concert by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Tickets start at $22 for adults and $11 for youth, and are available through the ASO office or the U.S. Cellular Center ticket office. For more information go to

www.ashevillesymphony.org or call (828) 254-7046. Sunday, December 14

Emily Dickinson Unplugged

Actress Carol Kessler presents her riveting Chautauqua performance, Emily Dickinson Unplugged. This performance is a benefit for Pan Harmonia. Suggested donation is $20, but no one turned away for lack of funds. 3 p.m. at Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Wine reception to follow in the Owen Library. Please RSVP for the wine reception by email to carol@panharmonia.org.

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Live Dinner Music at The Green Room Café Every Friday & Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

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A Blue Ridge Christmas

Michael Reno Harrell and Sheila Kay Adams return with their sell-out show, updated with fresh, homespun stories of Christmas in The South alongside original as well as traditional music. $18. The Strand, 38 N. Main Street, downtown Waynesville. (828) 283-0079, www.38main.com.

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Hendersonville’s premier live dinner music venue, The Green Room Café, specializes in artisan crafted scrumptious food made fresh from local ingredients. The menu features signature dinner entrees, gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads, breakfast, and baked treats. The café offers beer & wine, Fair Trade, locally roasted, primo espresso and coffees, and an assortment of loose-leaf teas. The Green Room Café 536 North Main, Hendersonville (828) 692-6335 www.thegreenroomcafe.biz

Wednesday, December 31

The Larry Keel Experience with Jeff Sipe

Plus Jeremy Garrett & Travis Book (the Infamous Stringdusters), Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry (Acoustic Syndicate), Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers), and the Jon Stickley Trio. 21+; 7 p.m. $30 adv.; $40 dos. $100 ticket includes entry to the CANuary 1st Hangover Brunch at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville on January 1, 2015. Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., Brevard. Visit brew.oskarblues.com

Live Music at Bogarts Corgi Tales

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Bogart’s Restaurant & Tavern 303 South Main St. Waynesville, NC

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Winter Lights

Walk through a winter wonderland and experience the Arboretum in a whole new way! A new light show enhances the natural beauty of the gardens and landscape. Live music, gifts, food and beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance at eTix.com. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Volunteers are needed! Email volunteering@ncarboretum.org or call (828) 6652492 x 219. The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 28806. More details at www.ncarboretum.org

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Medical Guardian

William Matthews Poetry Prize Deadline: January 15, 2015 First Place: $1,000. Second Place: $250. Third Place: publication in the Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore. All submissions considered. Send three poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee (payable to Asheville Poetry Review) to: William Matthews Poetry Prize, c/o Asheville Poetry Review, PO Box 7086, Asheville, NC 28802. For full details visit www.ashevillepoetryreview.com

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been trained deeply into in the “before.” We’re not in the space between before and after. We’re chasing, trying to shape “before,” trying to create a story we can live with out of the before, and shaping what the story in the “after” is going to be. And what is important, what is healing, is to just notice what is going on. Just experience this movement of mind in the stillness of awareness that is always and only present, peaceful and wise. It can also be very helpful to train ourselves to notice, to observe whether we are tense, both in body and in mind, because tension is a tip-off that we are chasing after something in the mind, some story of “before” or after” or getting from “before” to “after.” So what we have to learn is the very important skill of stopping the momentum of mind traveling in before and after, for as soon as we stop, we are in presence, and we can notice the train of thought/ emotion getting from before to after. A very helpful tactic for facilitating this stopping is through focusing awareness into our breathing and into sensory awareness of our body and environment. In a manner of speaking, stop the train, get off, and look around. This will bring us into presence where we can observe the mind-activity, the story, and the tensions that go with the story, and how they keep pulling us out of presence. We can then settle into the breathing, the senses and the here-and-now, this moment. Eventually we realize that the noticing/observing mind that can see the mind activity and is witness to the senses is also, always, this moment arising in awareness. This opens the dimension of

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Bill Walz has taught meditation and mindfulness in university and public forums, and is a privatepractice meditation teacher and guide for individuals in mindfulness, personal growth and consciousness. He holds a weekly meditation class, Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. , at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood in Asheville. By donation. Information on classes, talks, personal growth and healing instruction, or phone consultations at (828) 258-3241, e-mail at healing@billwalz.com. Learn more, see past columns and schedule of coming events at www.billwalz.com


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The tour winds through scenic mountain by-ways to studios in Yancey and Mitchell Counties. On Friday, December 5 there is a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Spruce Pine TRAC Red Leaf Vases by Gallery, 269 Oak Avenue, where Bernstein Glass visitors can see a sampling of the artists’ work. IF The tour takes place Friday, December 5 YOU Studio Guides can be picked up at from noon to 4 p.m., and Saturday and SunGO the Burnsville or Spruce Pine TRAC day, December 6 & 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. galleries, the Yancey or Mitchell County Chambers of Commerce, and participating More than 100 artisans and galleries will studios, galleries and other local businesses in open their doors and welcome the public. It is Mitchell and Yancey counties. a rare opportunity to visit the actual workplaces. From world-famous to emerging... glass For more information contact Toe River Arts blowers, potters of every description, wood Council at (828) 682-7215 or (828) 765-0520, or visit www.toeriverarts.org turners, basket makers, printers, painters, fiber

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“This is a wonderful group we have here right now,” he says. “Every piece of work (here in the store) is stunning and beautiful. And all of the artists are great people.” This December Ariel is having a storewide 20% off sale. “It’s a great opportunity to get someone you Jewelry by Geoffrey Giles love a wonderful handcrafted present and save money,” Vrooman adds. Ariel Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Asheville on Biltmore Avenue. It was founded by a collection of artists seek-

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During LaZoom’s Special Holiday Tour, you’ll meet a lonesome pine tree, a traveling Gingerbread Man and possibly catch a glimpse of Santa whizzing by the bus! One of our talented tour performers will show you a hysterically, historical side of Asheville the likes of which you’ve NEVER seen. Instead of busting your gut at the holiday table this year, enjoy a side splitting good time as our guides Augusta Wind, Buster Guy, and Earlene Hooch parade you through our lovely town, Asheville!

Get Your Tickets for the Ultimate Holiday Fun!

Get your turkey stuffed, your halls decked and your bells carolled with the laughably lovable LaZoom crew! Tours depart from 90 Biltmore Ave., The French Broad Food Co-op, downtown Asheville. Holiday Tours are 90 minutes in length. Must be age 13 or older. Give the Gift of LaZoom! We have gift certificates for sale in our office and online for all your holiday gift giving needs and our tours now run all weekends year round! Wondering how to get the gang together for some warm memories and laughter this holiday? Get ‘em on the bus! Looking for an extra fun way to treat your friends or staff? La-

Zoom Holiday tours make a fun and memorable office party or holiday get together. We offer a 90 minute daytime ride or a 60 minute evening ride. Book your private tours with us early before they fill up! Call Kelly at (828) 225-6932 or email kellylazoom@gmail.com

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annual Toys for Tots ride on Thursday, December 11, and the 5th Annual Krektone Kristmas on the Bus on Friday, December 19.

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HandMade in America’s Cool Craft Market HandMade in America’s biggest event of the year is back for another holiday season. The market will feature more than 40 local craft, food, and natural product makers, providing a one-stop shop for the gift giving season. The Cool Craft Market will be open Friday, December 12 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 14 from noon to 4 p.m. IF YOU GO: HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Enter on Hilliard between Church Street and Lexington Avenue. Call (828) 252-0121 or visit www.handmadeinamerica.org.

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Grovewood Gallery is a fine crafts destination that showcases traditional and contemporary crafts, all handmade by American artisans. Grovewood is located in a beautiful historic setting adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn in North Asheville. Also located on the Grovewood grounds are the North Carolina Homespun Museum, the Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, Grovewood Studios, and the Grovewood Café. Free parking for gallery patrons is available on the grounds. IF YOU Sip and Shop, Friday, December 12 GO from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Grovewood

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The Chocolate Fetish, Asheville’s premier chocolate shop since 1986, creates handcrafted high-quality chocolates in small batches in downtown Asheville. Visit The Cocolate Fetish® for great gift items. The items listed below are also available for shipping nationwide via their website, www. chocolatefetish.com.

Butter Crunch Gift Tote:

A customer favorite our New England Butter Crunch is our version of toffee covered in Milk or Dark Chocolate and slivered almonds. Makes a great gift! $14.95

Classic Chocolate Santa:

Chocolate Santas are a holiday tradition. Choose from a wide selection of chocolate Santas ranging from $5.95 - $45. We even have one riding a motorcycle! Pictured $12.95

Chocolate Dreidel: Ready to play or devour our chocolate Dreidels are a great way to celebrate Hand Decorated Hanukkah. Inspired Chocolate by real Dreidels, our Dreidel talented chocolatiers hand decorate each Dreidel with colored chocolates to create these fun and festive gifts. Available in milk or dark chocolate. 4" tall $16.95

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