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					         Karan Casey,
         the most soulful
         singer to emerge
         in Irish traditional
         music, performs
         at Diana Wortham
                                Rediscover Asheville’s
         May 14. PAGE 15         Masterpieces at the
         Local experts,
                                 Biltmore House PAGE 5
         Rob Campbell
         (shown), Alex
         Buerckholtz, and
         Jason Atallah
         show us how to
         conduct a tasting.
                    PAGE 33

         Theater’s ill-
         tempered, R&B-
         singing carnivore
         takes the stage.
                    PAGE 10

Michelle & Chip’s
   Reel Takes
Movie Reviews   PAGE   23

                                              Walled Gardens at Biltmore House
                                                  Image: The Biltmore Company
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                                                                                                                         National Day of Puppetry – May 1
                                                                                                                            Puppet shows, puppet themed games, and puppet
                                                                                                                                building activities for the entire family!

           11 MillionYVictims
    O ve r
                                                                                                                                 his is a special op-
                                                                                                                                                                                           BY SUSAN VANDEWEGHE
                  Last ear.
                                                                                                                                 portunity to see

     of Identity Theft
                                                                                                                                 several shows by
                                                                                                                                 some of Carolina’s                                   tive improvisation, drawing
                                                                                                                2010.            emerging pup-
                                                                                   d Survey Report.” February                                                                         on his diverse background
                                                      Research. “2010 Identity Frau
                         Source: Javelin Strategy &                                                                     peteers and build a puppet                                    of fine art, ecology and
                                                                                                                        or two of your own in our                                     puppet construction.
          Help Protect Yourself Today.                                                                                  family friendly make and
                                                                                                                        take. Throughout the day        Pam Gabler performs           Wolf Tales
                                                                                                                        there will be puppet build-          Wolf Tales               by Pam Gabler
                                                                                                                        ing for young children,
            30 DAY RISK-FREE* TRIAL                                         PROMO CODE:           ID                    puppet themed games, and puppet manipu-
                                                                                                                        lation for all ages.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Pam Gabler performs tra-
                                                                                                                                                                    ditional favorites such as “The Three Little
                                                                                                                                                                    Pigs” and “Little Red Roding Hood” with
                                                                                                                                      PERFORMANCES                  charming hand puppets.
                    CALL NOW: 1-888-252-5862
                                                                                                                        The Boy Who Had A Turnip For A Nose                 Kids On The Block
        *At the end of the 30-day free period your card will be billed automatically ($10.00                            by Toybox Theatre                                   Internationally acclaimed Kids on the Block,
        monthly/$110.00 annually) unless you cancel within the 30-day period. You can cancel
        anytime without penalty by calling 1-800-LifeLock. Offer is for new LifeLock members only.                      Performed with Czech style marionettes,             Inc. originated in 1977 to help children with
                                                                                                                        this show is a collection of bits from faerie       disabilities to have their non-disabled peers
                                                                                                                        tales, childhood recollections, and dreams.         understand and accept them. They offer
                                                                                                                        It tells the tale of a boy whose nose is a          programs on disabilities such as cerebral
                                                                                                                        turnip and the colorful characters he meets         palsy, spina bifida and visual impairment,
                                                                                                                        on his journey for acceptance.                      medical differences such as leukemia and
                                                                                                                                                                            AIDS; educational differences including
                                                                                                                                                     Strings Attached       learning disabilities and ADHD, and social
                                                                                                                                                     Marionettes            concerns including sexual abuse prevention,
                                                                                                                                                   by Madison J.            and alternatives to violence.
                                                                                                                                                   Enjoy this vintage
                                                                                                                                                   cabaret style                 IF          The 12th Annual National
                                                                                                                                                   marionette show
                                                                                                                                                   full of tricks and           YOU         Day of Puppetry, Saturday,
                                                                                                                                                                                           May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4
                                                                                                                                                   surprises! Meet               GO        p.m. at the Folk Art Center,
                                                                                                                          Strings Attached
                                                                                                                                                   Sam E. Miner, the                       Milepost 382 Blue Ridge
                                                                                                                                                   street sweeper,                Parkway, Asheville, NC.
                                                                                                                        Pinky the Mayor - part man and part hare,           General Admission: $7 (includes 3 game
                                                                                                                        and Charlotte the Dancer who sings about            tickets); Children under three years $3. No
                                                                                                                        her favorite letter. A champion of the people       charge for infants. For more information
                                                                                                                        and environment, Madison’s unique style             visit or call the
                                                                                                                        weaves together dynamic songs and interac-          Folk Art Center, (828) 298-7928.

                                                                                                                                MOOG-INSPIRED VISUAL ART EXHIBIT
                                                                                                                           At the Orange Peel, May 27                                    BY   MICHELLE MOOG-KOUSSA
                                                                                                                                Asheville artists spotlighted in
                                                                                                                           benefit auction and event with works all
                                                                                                                           pertaining to Moog instruments, vintage          forming with a virtuoso synthesist from
                                                                                                                           or new, (synthesizers, theremins, sound          California, a legendary Moog modular
                                                                                                                           design elements, analog circuitry, etc), or      synthesizer from 1967, and a MoogLab
                                                                                                                           were inspired by Dr. Robert Moog and             interactive exhibit.
                                                                                                                           his legacy of electronic music innova-                All proceeds from the event will go
                                                                                                                           tion. Exhibited works will be featured in        to benefit the projects of the Bob Moog
                                                                                                                           an online auction.                               Foundation. The Ebay auction goes live
                                                                                                                                Computers provided by City Mac              on May 20.
                                                                                                                           will be available, allowing attendees to         IF YOU GO: For more information about
                                                                                                                           participate in the auction which will            the event or about the BMF, please visit
                                                                                                                           close at the end of the evening. The    or send an email to
                                                                                                                           evening will feature local musicians per-

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              we love this place
   The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary
                                            The Blue Ridge Parkway will be showcased as one                       RAPID RIVER ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE
                                            of America’s most beautiful motorcycling roads with
                                            events in North Carolina and Virginia during the motor                      Established in 1997 • Volume Thirteen, Number Nine
                                            road’s 75th anniversary. For more information visit

                                                                                                                                                            2 Noteworthy
                                            Asheville Bikefest and Blue Ridge Run takes place             MAY 2010
                                            May 13-16 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural                         National Day of Puppetry . . . . . . . . 2
                                         Center in Asheville. The event includes scheduled rides
                                                                                                                                                             Diva*licious . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
                                         along the Parkway, dealer displays, stunt shows, live            Publisher/Editor: Dennis Ray

                                                                                                                                                            5 Fine Art
       Photo: the National Park Service
                                         bluegrass music, and seminars on motorcycle safety. For
   more information, visit
                                                                                                          Managing Editor: Beth Gossett
                                                                                                          Marketing: Dennis Ray
   Motoring the Blue Ridge Parkway, a year-long exhibition at the
   Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, opens June 11.                                            Staff Photographer: Dennis Ray                     The Biltmore House . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
   The exhibit showcases Parkway history, construction, and the road’s                                    Layout & Design: Simone Bouyer                     Folk Art Center – Fiber Weekend 18
   role as the most visited of the national parks. Period Wheels Through                                  Book Editor: Cauley Bennett                        Studio B Custom Framing . . . . . . 18
   Time machines driven and ridden on the Parkway during the past 75                                                                                         William King Museum . . . . . . . . . . 38
   years will be on display. The museum houses a collection of more than                                  Poetry Editor: Ted Olson

                                                                                                                                                            7 Performance
   300 vintage motorcycles and other cycling memorabilia. Visit www.               Photo courtesy of
                                                                                  Wheels Through Time
                                                                                                          Proofreader: Mary Wilson for more information.                                                            Accounting: Sharon Cole
   Harley Owners Group members will participate in a national HOG touring rally, Ridin’ the               Distribution: Dennis Ray                           Asheville Symphony Orchestra . . . . 7
   Ridge, July 12-16, riding the Parkway from Roanoke, VA, to Asheville, NC. Welcoming nearly
   600 riders during the five-day event, the rally includes a visit to Biltmore Estate. Registration is                                                      Hendersonville Chamber Music . . 7
   open through May 7, visit
                                                                                                          CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:                              Bua, Irish Music Ensemble . . . . . . . 8
                                                                                                          Amy Ammons, Cauley Bennett,                        The Muses of Terpsicorps . . . . . . . 12
                        Western Carolina University’s Galaxy of Stars                                     Dale Bowen, James Cassara, Michael Cole,           Alice in Wonderland . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
                                                                                                          Rebecca D’Angelo, LeeAnn Donnelly,

                                                                                                                                                            10 Stage Preview
                      Fiddling siblings, performing cats, and a master juggler who incorporates
                                                                                                          Amy Downs, John Ellis, Beth Gossett,
                      3-D technology into his act are on the bill for the 2010-2011 Galaxy of
                      Stars season at Western Carolina University.The event features world-               Steven R. Hageman, Max Hammonds MD,
                      class theater, music and dance staged in WCU’s Fine and Performing Arts             Phil Hawkins, Jill Ingram, Carl Iobst,             ACT – Little Shop of Horrors . . . 10
                      Center. Many of the performances are suitable for children 5 years of age           Phil Juliano, Chip Kaufmann,                       NC Stage – What the Butler Saw . 32
                      and older. Tickets for season subscribers go on sale in June, and individual        Michelle Keenan, Peter Loewer,

                                                                                                                                                            11Asheville Shops
                      tickets will be available in August. At $130 (and $40 for students and chil-        Kathy Lowdermilk, Heather Maloy,
                      dren), subscriptions offer a substantial savings over individual ticket prices
     Popovich Comedy                                                                                      Kay S. Miller, Michelle Moog-Koussa,
                      and allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats. To purchase tickets, or
         Pet Theater  for more information, contact the FAPAC box office at (828) 227-2479, or            April Nance, Karen Nilsen, Ted Olson,              Affordable Treasures . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   visit                                                                               Michael Parker, Katherine Powell,                  The ARCH Relocates . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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                                                                                                          Susan VandeWeghe, Greg Vineyard,                   Bill Walz - Artful Living . . . . . . . . 13
                                                                                                          Bill Walz, Daniel Weiser, Joe Zinich.              James Cassara - Music . . . . . . . . . . 14
                                                                                                                                                             Greg Vineyard - Fine Art . . . . . . . . 17
                                                                                                          INFO                                               Peter Loewer - Thoreau’s Garden . 19
                                                                                                          Rapid River Art Magazine is a free monthly         Joseph Rathbone - Culture . . . . . . . 22
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                                                                                                          Walled Gardens at Biltmore House                  Best Show  Phil Juliano . . .                       37
                                                                                                          Image: The Biltmore Company                        Callie & Cats by Amy Downs . . . . 37
                                                                                                          Illustration of Michelle Keenan and Chip           Corgi Tales by Phil Hawkins . . . . 37
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                              asheville’s impressive arts & culture

                     Biltmore                                                          THOUSANDS OF PRICELESS
                                                                                       WORKS UNDER ONE ROOF
                                                                                       If Mom is an art lover, where else
                                                                                       in Asheville can she see:

                                                                                       • Renoir paintings
                                                                                       • John Singer Sargent portraits
                                                                                       • A chess set once owned by
                                                                                         Napoleon Bonaparte
                                                                                       • 16th century Flemish tapestries
                                                                                       • The “Chariot of Aurora” ceiling
                                                                                       • Ming Dynasty (circa 1500s)
                                                                                         goldfish bowls
                                                                                                                                                        Biltmore House Banquet Hall

                                                                                           The Biltmore House                                               For more information, visit
                                                                                           Images courtesy of The Biltmore Company                    

         hese priceless objects are part of the
                                                                          BY LEEANN   DONNELLY
         50,000-plus pieces that make up
         George Washington Vanderbilt’s art
         collection inside Biltmore House, in            Adding to the array of activities avail-
         Asheville.                                able to visitors, Antler Hill Village, Bilt-
     This veritable treasure chest filled with     more’s newest guest venue, offers a glimpse
rare and priceless possessions is an art lover’s   into the history of the Vanderbilt’s love of
dream destination. Repeat guests often say         entertaining and travel. During the village’s
they notice something different each time          grand opening on May 20, Biltmore will
they tour through the house. It’s no wonder.       debut a rare 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model
The details are both huge and minute in the        “C-Six” seven-passenger tour car, which
175,000 square-foot home.                          belonged to the couple.
     A simple way for the art-loving mother              “Our guests will be able to look in the
— and visitors of all stripes — to become          passenger seat door, the driver door and be
a repeat guest to Biltmore is to present her       within a foot or two of the car,” said Ellen
with a 12-Month Pass to Biltmore. At $8.75         Rickman, director of guest and museum ser-
per month, the pass allows for unlimited           vices at Biltmore. Vintage clothing examples
daytime visits to Biltmore House for a year;       will accompany the display to enhance the
access to all of the gardens, walking trails       story of George and Edith’s love of car
and hiking trails (dogs on leashes are also al-    travel. Those pieces will include a woman’s
lowed); discounts on tickets for friends and       duster — the type of jacket Edith would
family; and discounts on estate shopping           have worn over her clothing to protect it
and dining.                                        from dust — plus a hat, scarf, boots and
     Starting May 20, vintage clothing from        leather driving gloves.
the Victorian Era will be part of the Bilt-              For moms who love an outdoor chal-
more House tour. Beautiful pieces repre-           lenge, the Explore Biltmore pass includes
senting the style and type worn by George          everything the 12-Month Pass offers plus
and Edith Vanderbilt and their friends will        full access to the estate’s bicycle trails and
be featured in several rooms. Some of the          discounts on selected outdoor experiences
items include a brown walking suit that            such as off-roading through muddy acre-
characterizes author Edith Wharton, author         age with a skilled Land Rover Experience
and frequent visitor to Biltmore House; a          and Driving School instructor, fly-fishing
cream and gold gown for George’s niece,            lessons, Segway tours and sporting-clay
Gertrude Vanderbilt, to support the story of       shooting lessons. The Explore Biltmore pass
her Christmas visit to Biltmore in 1895; and       is $125.
a riding jacket and boots for George’s friend
Willie Field.

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                                                                                       Western North Carolina’s Award-Winning Theatre
                                                                                                                                          “West Side Story”


                                                                                                                   “Strange Snow”


                                                  On The Main Stage in 2010!
                   Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty                                                                                                      Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
                  Weekends, April 23 - May 9                                           Weekends, June 4 - 13                                            Weekends, July 9 - August 1
        A fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza from Tony           The star is out, the intern is in as understudy, then leading
        winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime” and          lady and in the meantime, there could be a romance, but            us as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly vie for stardom in this tale
        “Once On This Island”). They have lovingly brought to life       sometimes the best you can hope for is to fall in like. “The       of fame, fortune, murder and all that jazz. This full scale
        all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton       dialogue fairly crackles with wit and theatrical in-jokes. The     Broadway blockbuster is filled with hit numbers, hot jazz,
        the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy          show’s a must see for theatre people and a delight for the         sizzling dance numbers and its own steam heat.
        Mayzie ... and a little boy with one big imagination. This       rest of us.” Raleigh News and Observer
        hit show will delight all ages!                                               (Not appropriate for very young audiences.)                             (Not appropriate for very young audiences.)
                  Adults $22, Seniors $20, Students $10                            Adults $18, Seniors $16, Students $8                                  Adults $22, Seniors $20, Students $10

                               By Laddy Sartin                                                                                                                           By Lillian Hellman
           Weekends, August 27 - September 5                              Weekends, September 24 - October 17                                           Weekends, November 5 - 14
        The old fishing pier out on the end of Cypress Lake has just      The music of an era comes back with all the excitement that        In the midst of some families are little foxes, scheming
        fallen under the magic of another Catfish Moon. It was the        made a generation “Rock Around the Clock.” Featuring               and vying for the prize and feeding off the misfortunes of
        favorite hangout for three best friends when they were kids      the music of Richie Valens, the Big Bopper and others who          others. Regina is one of the most skilled and ruthless. When
        — skipping school, skinny dipping and even experiencing          shared the stage with the legendary Buddy Holly, this hit          she and her two brothers scheme mercilessly to make a
        the mysteries of kissing girls. Now, for adulthood. “… full of   musical will take you back to a time when pop music made           fortune on a new cotton mill, Regina will let nothing stand
        the most bodacious joviality … the ending is pure delight,       you dance in the aisles.                                           in her way — not even her husband’s life or her daughter’s
        comic writing as sweet as it comes.” Charlotte Observer                                                                             love.
                  Adults $18, Seniors $16, Students $8                            Adults $22, Seniors $20, Students $10                                  Adults $18, Seniors $16, Students $8

                                                               Season Tickets Available!
                                                       For Tickets: Call 828-456-6322 or visit

                                                                250 Pigeon Street                                          Waynesville, NC 28786
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                     Asheville Symphony Presents                                                         Hendersonville Chamber Music
   Heavenly Life, Earthly Pleasures                                                                                               May Performances

           he Asheville Symphony
                                                                                                      May 2 - Pastyme
                                                                            BY STEVEN R. HAGEMAN           This versatile                                                       BY   ROBERT WILEY
           Orchestra will conclude
           its 49th season of Mas-                                                                    group’s eight highly
           terworks concerts on Sat-                            near perfect delivery. She achieves   trained voices takes its                                         Pastyme
           urday, May 15 at 8 p.m.                              tempos and long phrasing that are     name from a madrigal
The concert will consist of works                               usually only heard in violin and      written by Henry VIII                                             and sound of “name”
by Rodrigo and Mahler, conducted                                piano virtuosos.”                     that extols the virtues                                           quartets. Members in-
by Music Director Daniel Meyer,                                      The Asheville Symphony           of “all goodly sport” in                                          clude Amy Lovinger and
with guitarist Ana Vidovic and                                  will end its 49th season with a       passing away the hours.                                           Frances Hsieh, violins;
soprano Deborah Selig as featured                               highly anticipated performance        You’ll have to agree as                                           Kara Poorbaugh, viola
soloists.                                       Soprano         of the Symphony No. 4 in G            Pastyme brings you an                          and Franklin Keel, cello.
      The concert will begin with           Deborah Selig       Major by Gustav Mahler. The           exciting cross section of the wonderful
Concierto de Aranjuez, written                                  ASO is joining orchestras around      world of a cappella song from Renais-
in 1939 by Joaquín Rodrigo, one of Spain’s           the world in celebrating the 150th anniver-      sance and rock to Bach and Broadway.               IF      Concerts take place at First
                                                     sary of Mahler’s birth, and Maestro Meyer        Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival
most beloved composers. Rodrigo lost virtu-
                                                     refers to this work as “a special journey into   gave them rave reviews!                           YOU      Congregational Church
ally all of his sight at the age of three as the
                                                     [Mahler’s] own sonic world, richly sym-                                                             GO    on the corner of Fifth
                                                                                                                                                                Avenue and White Pine in
result of a diphtheria epidemic. However,
the composer later felt that this misfortune         bolic of nature, and his own emotions.”          May 23 - Opal String Quartet                             Hendersonville. Performances
led him toward a career in music.                          A review written in 1901, when the              Sometimes one finds an outstand-           are on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.
      He began musical studies at the age of         work was premiered, noted “amusing but           ing treasure in one’s own back yard!       Tickets are $17. Available at Hendersonville
eight, later continuing with teachers at the         subtle and technically ultra-refined chat-       Based in Asheville, the Opal Quartet is    Visitors Center, Opportunity House, and
Conservatory in Valencia. The piece “evokes          ter on the part of the orchestra, which          one such. Formed in January 2006 by        at the door on the day of the performance.
a vast array of colorful imagery and feel-           babbles, cackles, squeaks, burlesques, roars     professional musicians who both teach      For more information call (828) 697-
ings,” Rodrigo said. “Being a history lover,         and creaks in every corner.” After numer-        and perform with area orchestras, their    0455, (828) 890-4411, or visit www.
especially Spanish history, when I created           ous mood-swings, the finale sings (literally)    playing rivals the technique, excitement
this concerto, I had in mind the courts of           of the pleasures of heavenly life, imagined
Charles IV, a Bourbon king of eighteenth             through a child’s eyes.
century Spain, whose summer holiday                        That finale will be sung by soprano
residence was the palace of Aranjuez. Ev-            Deborah Selig, a rising young star in the
erything about it is awe-inspiring: its lordly       world of opera. Her recent appearances in
palace; its gardens and fountains; its majestic      Carlisle Floyd’s opera Of Mice and Men at
views. Bearing this in mind while listen-            Kentucky Opera garnered a rave review in
ing to the Concierto de Aranjuez, one can            the prestigious magazine Opera News. Ms.
clearly visualize the fair maidens, noblemen,        Selig comes from Washington, D.C., and
toreadors and commoners of the kingdom.              has performed major roles in works of Mo-
Each listener is free to seek his or her own         zart, Rossini, Donizetti and Johann Strauss.
interpretation.”                                           Two free presentations will be of-
                                                     fered on the music and its background. On
                                                     Friday, May 14 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the
                                                     Reuter Center on the Campus of UNC-
                                                     Asheville, Mountaine Jonas will speak about
                                                     the lives and times of the composers, and
                                                     Music Director Daniel Meyer will discuss
                                                     the musical works and introduce the fea-
                                                     tured soloists. Then, on Saturday, May 15
                                                     from 7 to 7:30 p.m., Meyer will present an
                                                     abridged version of his talk on the musical
                                                     works, and will introduce the soloists, in the
                                                     Banquet Hall of the Asheville Civic Center.
              Guitarist Ana Vidovic                  Both events are free of charge and open to
      23-year-old Ana Vidovic will appear            the public.
as guitar soloist in the Concierto. Born in
Croatia, Ms. Vidovic has already given over
1,000 performances. “It is difficult to know
where to begin when discussing the enor-
                                                            IF        Tickets for the performance
mous talents of Ana Vidovic,” said Stephen                YOU are available through the
Griesbraber in the magazine Guitar Review.                  GO Symphony office or thebox
                                                                     Asheville Civic Center
“Her dynamic range, beauty of sound, preci-                         office, and range in price from
sion of articulation and virtuosity are such              $53 to $10 (with discounts available for
that listening becomes more of an absolute           students). Visit
musical experience.” And Brian Roberts,              or call (828) 254-7046 for more information,
Professor of Guitar at Wayne State Universi-         and to inquire about subscription tickets for
ty, has called her playing “the perfect balance      the Asheville Symphony’s upcoming 50th
between musical expression, excitement, and          Anniversary season.

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                                                                                            The Diana Wortham Theatre
                                                                                      2010 Mainstage Celtic Series Concludes With

                                                                               Bua, America’s Premiere
                                                                           Traditional Irish Music Ensemble

                                                                                   he virtuo-
                                                                                                                                                                BY JOHN ELLIS
                                                                                   sic musi-
                                                                                   cians of
                                                                                   Bua, with                                                              Chicago. This is
                                                                                   musical                                                                a group that has
                                                                         roots in Ireland and                                                             established itself
                                                                         Chicago, bring their                                                             [both] individu-
                                                                         driving traditional                                                              ally and as a group
                                                                         Irish music to the                                                               in the eyes and
                                                                         Diana Wortham                                                                    ears of the tradi-
                                                                         Theatre at Pack                                                                  tional community.
                                                                         Place Saturday,                                                                  . . . As other bands
                                                                         May 29 at 8 p.m.                      Bua Photo by Tanya Tucka                   change, disband or
                                                                              Presented in                                                                simply fade away,
                                                                         partnership with                                                                   the tradition is
                                                                         The Swannanoa              “The essence of a superb band”                          blessed by what
                                                                         Gathering at                     ~ Irish Music Magazine                            seems to be an
                                                                         Warren Wilson                                                                      inexhaustible
                                                                         College, this                                                                      pool of talent that
                                                                         quintet comprised of some of America’s              comes to the front of the stage. It is Bua’s
                                                                         most talented, young musicians, has been            time. Here they come.”
                                                                         described by Irish Music Magazine as “the                 Bua’s May 29 Asheville performance is
                                                                         essence of a superb band,” their sound “a           presented in partnership with The Swan-
                                                                         throwback to the playing of the 1960s and           nanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College,
                                                                         1970s, keeping the music down the path of           and is sponsored by Mainstage Celtic Series
                                     2009-2010                           tradition . . . where the musicianship is of        sponsors Don and Nancy Ackermann Cole
                                                                         the highest quality.” It is no surprise then        and First Citizens Bank, with additional
                                     SEASON                              that Bua, meaning “innate gift” in Gaelic,          support from Media Sponsors WNCW 88.7
                                      Daniel Meyer,                      has quickly risen to the status of America’s        FM and Clear Channel Asheville.
                                      Music Director                     premier traditional Irish music ensemble.                 The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack
                                                                              Singer Brian Ó hAirt’s evocative voice         Place is located in the heart of the Pack
                                                                         has earned him great acclaim — the young-           Square Cultural District in the center of
   M a s t e r w or k s S e v e n                               Call     est and only American to become an All-             downtown Asheville. The intimate theatre
                                                              now for    Ireland Champion singer. His talent is a            seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional
   Saturday May 15, 2010                                      tickets!   cornerstone of Bua’s unique sound. Along            acoustics and sightlines, making it the
                                                                         with Chris Bain on fiddle, Seán Gavin on            premier performance space in all of Western
   Thomas Wolfe Auditorium                                               flute and uilleann pipes, Jackie Moran on           North Carolina.
                                                                         bodhrán and Brian Miller on guitar, Bua                   The Mainstage Series is supported by
                                 RODRIGO & MAHLER                        have performed at numerous festivals in-            a grant from the North Carolina Arts Coun-
                                                                         cluding Boston’s prestigious Irish Connec-          cil, a state agency. The Mainstage Series
                                 Daniel Meyer, Conductor                 tions Festival, The Milwaukee Irish Fes-            2009/2010 season sponsors are Asheville
                                                                         tival, Cleveland’s Irish Cultural Festival,         Citizen-Times, Asheville Renaissance Ho-
                                    Rodrigo:                             Celtic Fest Chicago and The Saline Celtic           tel, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and
                                    Concierto de Aranjuez                Festival. As individuals they’ve shared the         Gourmet-to-go, and the North Carolina
                                                                         stage with a host of top Irish musicians            Arts Council.
                                        Ana Vidovic, guitar              including Martin Hayes, David Munnelly,
                                                                         Liz Carroll, Larry Nugent, Paddy Keenan,
   Ana Vidovic                         Mahler:                           Aoife Clancy, Pat Broaders, Dennis Cahill
                                                                                                                                              Artist’s Website:
                                       Symphony No. 4                    and John Williams.
                                          Deborah Selig, soprano              Bua’s most recent album, An Spealadóir
                                                                         — Gaelic for “The Harvester” or “Scythe-
                                                                         man” — draws from more than a century’s                    IF         Mainstage Celtic Series
                                                                         worth of Irish traditional music and song                YOU presents Bua, Saturday, May
                                                                         cultivated in both the Midwest and Ireland.                GO 29 at 8 p.m.Pack Place.
                                                                                                                                              Theatre at
                                                                                                                                                           Diana Wortham
                                                               SEASON    The collection, inspired by groundbreaking
                 Deborah Selig                                SPONSOR    Irish traditional melodies collected by Irish-                      For more information or to
                                     The Layden Family                   man Chief Francis O’Neill.
                                        Foundation                                                                          purchase tickets (Regular $30; Seniors $28;
                                                                              Bill Margeson of the Irish American           Students $25; Student Rush day-of-the-
                                                                         News captures Bua’s essence concisely:             show with valid ID $10), call the theatre’s
                                                                         “Clearly, this group is no locally-based col-      box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.
                                      lection of musicians trying to break out of

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         sheville Community Theatre is thrilled to an-
         nounce two dates for Diva*licious, the musical
         theatre gala and annual fundraiser. For those
         who just like a good show, the Diva*licious
         Concert on Friday, May 21 will be singing only.
But for those who want the full Diva experience, the
Diva*licious Gala on Saturday, May 22 will include a
catered reception, signature cocktails, and the concert!
     The Diva*licious Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. for
drinks and a catered reception. The performance will
begin just after 8:00 p.m. Contestants will vie for the title
of ACT Diva through the magic and outrageousness of
musical theatre. The audience will vote on their favorite
contestant by donating money to Asheville Community
Theatre. The contestant who raises the most money
for ACT takes the title and the crown! Each contestant
will sing two numbers of their choosing and perform in
several group numbers. From Broadway and beyond, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      june 25 & 26, 2010
songs will range from silly to serious, from jaw-dropping                                                                                                                                                                             The North Carolina Arboretum
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              Tickets: $20 Concert; $35 Concert & Gala
reception. Available online at
or by calling (828) 254-1320.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mother’s Day special

 Works by Marie Hudson on Display
  at Asheville Community Theatre

        he work of artist Marie Hudson will be on
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        lobby through May 23, with a reception on May
        7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
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                                                                                                                                                                   stage preview
                                                                                                                                                       Little Shop of Horrors

                                                                                                                                                    sheville Community                                                 BY   WILLIAM TIERNAN
                                                                                                                                                    Theater presents
                                                                                                                                                    the Little Shop of
                                                                                                                                                    Horrors. A down-                                            of 1950s sci-fi movies has
                                                                                                                                                    and-out skid row                                            become a household name.
                                                                                                                                          floral assistant becomes an                                           Book and lyrics by Howard
                                                                                                                                          overnight sensation when                                              Ashman, with music by
                                                                                                                                          he discovers an exotic plant                                          Alan Menken. Directed by
                                                                                                                                          with a mysterious craving                                             Mark Jones. Musical direc-
                                                                                                                                          for fresh blood.                                                      tion by Gary Mitchell.
                                                                                                                                                Soon “Audrey II”
                                                                                                                                          grows into an ill-tempered,
                                                                                                                                          foul-mouthed, R&B-singing
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                                                                                                                                          carnivore who offers him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of Horrors        YOU
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                                                                                                                                          fame and fortune in exchange for feeding             Performances Fridays and
                                                                                                                                          its growing appetite, finally revealing itself       Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays,
                                                                                                                                          to be an alien creature poised for global            2:30 p.m. Tickets: $22 adults; $19
                                                                                                                                          domination!                                          seniors and students; $12 children. Tickets
                                                                                                                                                One of the longest-running Off-Broad-          available at or by
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                                                                                                                                                        The Trip to Bountiful
                                                                                                                                                A READERS’ THEATRE PRODUCTION BY THE AUTUMN PLAYERS OF
                                                                                                                                                              ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE

                                                                                                                                                    he Trip to Bountiful, written by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BY   WILLIAM TIERNAN
                                                                                                                                                    Horton Foote and directed by Anita
                                                                                                                                                    Chapman, is the tale of the spiritual
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                    asheville shops
The Art of
Soy Candles

           ow many times have you
           bought a scented candle, lit
           it, and then smelled nothing?
           Have you burned a candle
           only to have to stand over it to
smell it? How about a buried wick that
can’t be relit? How often have you had
wax left over on the sides of the holder?
Mary Elizabeth’s local line of candles will
change all of this.
                                                    Mary Elizabeth, owner of ME Candles.               Tell them you saw it in Rapid River Magazine
      Elizabeth’s company,
ME Candles founded in                                                                BY   DENNIS RAY
2007, produces 100% soy
candles that burn clean,                                                       These 100% soy
last long and utilize all the                                                  candles burn
wax in the jar.                                                                clean, last long,
      The word candle                                                          and utilize all the
comes from the Latin word                                                      wax in the jar.
“candere” which means to
flicker. The Egyptians and
Cretans made their candles from
beeswax, as early as 3000 BC.
      In Europe and the U.S. early
candles were first made from various
forms of natural fat, tallow, and wax.
In the 18th century spermaceti oil
produced by the sperm whale be-
came quite popular but was replaced
in the late 18th century by colza oil and           to remove paraffin wax from furniture or
rapeseed oil because they were far cheaper.         textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned
By 1830 paraffin revolutionized candle-             up with hot soapy water.
making, as it was an inexpensive material                “Paraffin has soot as a by-product of
which produced a high-quality, odorless             burning, which can blacken walls and place
candle that burned reasonably cleanly.              carcinogens into the air you breathe,” Eliza-
      The industry was devastated soon              beth says. “Soy burns clean and is nontoxic.
after by the distillation of kerosene in 1857       Soy candles last longer because of their
and the light bulb in 1879. Candles were            lower melting point, thereby enabling the
destined to lose their reign as the “King of        candle to burn three times longer.”
Light” saved only for emergencies and the                Each candle is scented and ME Candles
occasional candlelit dinner.                        offers over 300 scents to choose from. Her
      In 1992, looking for a cheaper alter-         triple scented candles have three times more
native to beeswax, candle maker Michael             pure fragrance oil in them than any retail
Richards invented soy wax. He soon real-            “store-bought” scented candle has.
ized there was a growing demand for natural              ME Candles are a great gift especially
wax candles.                                        to people that may have a respiratory disease
      The incorporation of soybean oil low-         and love the scent of an aromatherapy-based
ers the melting point of the candle, which          candle. This is because the soy candle does
translates into cooler burning candles and          not put out the harmful fumes that a petro-
                        faster scent dispersion.    leum based paraffin candle does.
                        “The lower melt-                 Soy candles are great to add to any
                        ing point of soy wax        room when you are planning to entertain
                        results in a larger size    friends and want to have the house filled
                        of the liquid wax pool      with the wonderful fragrance of your
                        around the candle           choice. Imagine the joy your guests will
                        wick,” Elizabeth adds.      feel when the candle brings back some
                         “It is from this liquid    childhood memory they may have forgot-
                         wax pool that the es-      ten about.
                         sential oils evaporate
                         into the atmosphere.”
                               As anyone who                     ME Candles are available at
                         has ever had to deal                 Affordable Treasures
                         with spilt candlewax               Located inside the Haywood Park Hotel
                         know it’s very difficult                      (828) 505-4530

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                                                       Center Stage Dance Studio and Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance present

                                                        The Muses of Terpsicorps,
                                                          Stars of Tomorrow

                                                                   n Sunday, May 16, Ashe-
                                                                   ville’s professional ballet              BY   HEATHER MALOY
                                                                   company, Terpsicorps The-
                                                                   atre of Dance, and Michele      to Asheville in 2003.
                                                                   Lee’s Center Stage Dance        Since then, the school’s
                                                       Studio will come together to present a      ballet program has grown
                                                       show featuring five of the area’s most      greatly and the students
                                                                                                   are not only winning                                                             Photo by
                                                       remarkable young talents.                                                                                                Jeff Cravotta
                                                             Lorraine Conti, Kelsey Lee, Logan     awards at competitions,
                                                       Ling, Sarah Margaret Qualley and            but also gaining entrance
                                                       Anthony Sigler comprise The Muses           into programs that will push
                                                       of Terpsicorps. The new company, in         them further down the
                                                       its first season, is starting off with an   road to professional                                  former Center Stage students
                                                       intensely challenging show, even by         careers in dance. In                                 Emma Tilson, in her third year at
                                                       professional standards. These preco-        the past four years                             UNC School of the Arts, and Devon
                                                       cious teenaged artists will be perform-     alone, ten Center                               Kelly, in her third year at Florida
                                                       ing a variety of works, displaying a        Stage students                                  State, will be returning to Asheville to
                                                       range of abilities and strengths.           have been                                       apprentice with Terpsicorps.
                                                             The program will include excerpts     accepted                                             Terpsicorps’ principal dancers are
                                                       from Terpsicorps’ repertoire, original      into the                                        hand picked from professional com-
                                                       contemporary work created for the           UNC                                             panies across the country and come to
                                                       students by Heather Maloy, as well as       School                                          Asheville every summer to perform
                                                       pas de deux from the virtuosic clas-        of the Arts’ high school dance pro-             works by Heather Maloy. Working
                                                       sical works, “Don Quixote,” “Les            gram, arguably one of the finest and            with them is not only an inspirational
                                                       Sylphides” and “Sleeping Beauty”. This      most competitive in the nation, as              learning experience for these young
                                                       is the last year in Asheville for four of   well as into the dance programs at              apprentices, but also an invaluable
                                                       the five students, three of whom will       Florida State University and the Alvin          networking opportunity. The danc-
                                                       be moving on to the UNC School of           Ailey School in NY.                             ers in June’s The Rite of Spring and
                                                       the Arts’ high school dance program in            The close tie that Center Stage has       Other Works, will represent six of the
                                                       Winston-Salem next year. Two rising         with Terpsicorps brings with it many            nation’s finest companies.
                                                       sophomores and one rising senior, this      benefits for their students. The sum-
                                                       is a huge move for any young artist         mer ballet workshop offers opportuni-
                                                       with the dream of being a dancer.           ties to see professionals rehearse, to
                                                             Terpsicorps artistic director,        take classes, and to perform with the
                                                       Heather Maloy, has been teaching            troupe during the Terpsicorps outreach               IF           The Muses of
                                                       alongside a talented staff of instruc-      matinee for disadvantaged youth.                    YOU          Terpsicorps, Stars
                                                                                                                                                                   of Tomorrow – May
                                                       tors at Center Stage since relocating             This year, for the first time,                 GO         16, at 7:30 p.m. Diana
                                                                                                                                                                   Wortham Theater in
                                                                                                                                                                Asheville. To purchase
                                                           For more information on Center Stage Dance Studio and their pre-professional            tickets, call (828) 257-4530 or visit
                                                                ballet division, call (828) 654-7010 or visit       

                                                                   Alice in Wonderland                                                             and Alice grows from tall to small and
                                                                                                                                                   back again, you’ll want to get your

                                                                                                                                                   tickets today. And you just might get
                                                                he students of New Studio          of Hearts, but how long has it been             to find out what is really going on
                                                                of Dance and the Asheville         since you’ve heard the story of the             with that duchess and her pig/child!
                                                                Contemporary Dance Theatre         duchess and her pig/child? This dance
                                                                bring you on a journey into        theatre production will bring you
                                                                Wonderland. This is not Walt       back to the book where it all started,
                                                       Disney’s Alice or even Tim Burton’s         Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in
                                                                                                                                                        IF          “Alice in Wonderland”
                                                       Alice. This is a dance theatre experi-      Wonderland.                                         YOU         Dance Theatre for
                                                                                                                                                                 all ages. BeBe Theatre,
                                                       ence unlike any other interpreted by             Alice in Wonderland runs for two                GO       20 Commerce Street,
                                                       the wacky and creative minds of Susan       weekends at the BeBe Theatre, so there                         Downtown Asheville.
                                                       and Giles Collard.                          should be plenty of opportunity to see                     May 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30
                                                            New Studio of Dance’s Alice in         the latest from New Studio of Dance             p.m. and May 16 and 23 at 3:00 p.m.
                                                       Wonderland will be a surreal experi-        and Asheville Contemporary Dance                Tickets in advance: $10 student and
                                                       ence that is epic yet playful, tongue in    Theatre. These productions always sell          seniors, $15 general admission. At the
                                                       cheek yet filled with adventure and         out so if you are looking for a playful         Door: $12 students and seniors, $17
                                                       fun. You may already know about             and colorful show where children turn           general admission. Call (828) 254-
                                                       Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen        into doors, cats disappear and reapper,         2621 for tickets or more information.

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                                                                         artful living
   Awakening Our Deepest Nature                                                                   looked upon as merely resources.
                                                                                                                                                                                          BY   BILL WALZ
                                                                                                  How much is enough? There is
             Do you know that you are Nature? – Zen koan                                          never enough.
                                                                                                        The anxiety, anger, cynicism,                         the energy, the great quantum whole.
                                                                                                                                                                  Humans in civilization, still holding

                                                                                                  selfishness, shallow consum-
              hen I teach, I often will chal-     human egoism or have sustainable civiliza-      erism, boredom, ambition,                                        the dim memory of this quantum
              lenge students with koans.          tions as long as we have lost touch with the    aggressive competitiveness,                                       consciousness, place it outside
              Koans are statements or ques-       Beingness of our Nature.                        quest for stimulation, and even                                   themselves; as in our dualism
              tions meant to awaken insight            Another way of addressing this is that     despair that come with this way                                    everything that is not our small
              into an entirely new perspective    human egoic mind and the cultures and           of life have become the norm.                                      self must be outside, and we call
on the experience of being human. One of          societies that the human egoic mind has         We grab for happiness that                                               it God and create religions.
my favorites is: “Do you know that you are        created are fundamentally dualistic. Dual-      is fleeting and precarious,                                                 Buddhists call it the Big
Nature?” I will often follow this by exhort-      ism means that every experience is divided      mistaking it for well-                                                       Self, Big Mind, the Bud-
ing, “What else could you be!” Then I will        into separate parts. Every experience is of     being. We always need                                                        dha or awakened Self,
explain, “I am not interested in whether          the experiencer here, and that which is         more and more and more                                                      and it is not out there. It is
there is an intellectual understanding of this,   experienced over there. There is no inher-      of what we think will                                                        within and all around. It is
I want to know – Do you know it? To know          ent harmony, connectedness or unity. As         bring our fulfillment,                                                         the Nature of Life that
is not an intellectual understanding. It is a     a self-aware civilized human, our primary       all the while, push-                                                            humans are within, that
feeling state. I want to know, Can you feel       experience is of being alone in the vastness    ing away and fleeing                                                             we humans are.
that you are Nature.”                             of a universe made up of separate parts, of-    from all that we think                                                               I look at Buddhism
      Two words in the title of this column,      ten in antagonism, competition and violence     will detract from us.                                                 as an ancient time capsule from
“Awakening” and “Nature,” are at the              with each other.                                      Our individual and communal lives                an era when civilizations were emerging
heart of Zen. All of Buddhism is                                                                  leave much to be desired. Meanwhile, as a              into their full dominance over and separa-
directed at “awakening” a human                                                                   consequence of lifestyles of selfish consum-           tion from Nature. It is a warning, a guide
into their full potential, and into         Our Being needs nothing. We are.                      erism, the damage to humanity’s home, this             and a message of hope. It is a diagnosis and
the realization that at the heart                                                                 planet, is approaching catastrophic and irre-          a prescription for humanity to heal itself of
                                                 Nothing else is needed.                                                                                 this rupture. Its prescription is meditation
of that potential is the balance,                                                                 versible consequences and the environments
harmony and unity of Nature.                                                                      we occupy are less and less nurturing to our           and mindfulness, becoming aware of aware-
Buddhism diagnoses as the cause for hu-                From this perspective, we look at          souls, hungry for the harmony of Nature.               ness as the essence of who we are beneath
man emotional suffering the grasping after        Nature, and see it as dangerous, where                                                                 the insecure seeking and clinging of the
                                                                                                  What to do? There is only a remembering.               ever-turbulent egoic mind. It guides us to
identity, security and happiness in human         everything lives off of the demise of ev-
egoism, our abstracting mental capacity to        erything else. Nature is something to be        “Do you know that you are Nature?”                     awakening, to remembering, our true Na-
separate, organize and prioritize the entire      conquered and then tamed to our purposes,                                                              ture and the true Nature of existence where
                                                                                                        And what is Nature? It is everything. It         there is no anxiety. It points to the end of
world as it relates to our separate self. And it  and we have been so successful that we have     is the Universe unfolding as a single, unbro-
prescribes as the cure the “awakening” into       even conquered, that is tamed, civilized and                                                           destructive grasping where wise, compas-
                                                                                                  ken field of energy that is also infinite in its       sionate, joyous and sane living begins – even
the knowing of our “deepest nature,” into         forgotten our own nature within. We look        forms. Nature is the unbroken web of these
the realization of the ground of our funda-       at each other and see either competitors for                                                           within civilization.
                                                                                                  forms: animal, plant, rock, human, sky, wa-                  Look into the sky. Listen to a mountain
mental Beingness.                                 significance and success, or resources for      ter, fire, in which individual forms arise and
      The needs of our separate egoic self,       our enhancement and pleasure.                                                                          stream. Feel a cool breeze and the warmth
                                                                                                  pass, arise and pass, arise into form and pass         of the sun and know – I am of this. Experi-
seeking security, not only for the physical            Significance, acquisition and power        out of form, are born and die, consume and
organism, but also for our psychological          become our coinage for security and hap-                                                               ence your own breathing. Be in deep pres-
                                                                                                  are consumed in an endless dance of Life.              ence with another human, and feel Nature
safety and significance, are endless. Awak-       piness. Sometimes, the significance and         This is Nature. This is the Universe. This
ening into the truth of who we are is the         acquisition seem to be helpful. Very often,                                                            in union. Be aware of awareness, and know
                                                                                                  is not dualistic. Forms come and go. The               this is who I am and this is my place. Nature
realization that beyond organismic needs,         the significance and the acquisitions, and      unbroken field of energy that is Nature does
our Being needs nothing. We are. Nothing          particularly the power, are very transient,                                                            is my place. Nature is my nature. Medita-
                                                                                                  not. Forms only change within the web that             tion is for the purpose of penetrating the
else is needed. Nature is like this, but not      fickle and unstable. True to Nature,            is Nature, that is Life.
civilized human beings. Nature is whole           however, there never is total taming, and                                                              veil of separateness to experience the net of
                                                                                                        Pre-civilized and mystical civilized             unity. It awakens us to know our deepest
and complete just as it is. There is no anxi-     the outbreaks of our suppressed natural                            cultures, including Bud-
ety in Nature. Even in dying of starvation,       forces can be devastating.                                                                             Nature, not just when sitting in silence,
                                                                                                                     dhist culture, know that            but when in the world, vibrantly awake and
a bird or bear does not worry itself about        In any case, even the best of                                      the Universe is form and
whether it has led a significant life, whether    acquisitions do not bring any       We must    evolve…                                                 engaged, mindful that the unifying back-
                                                                                                                     consciousness. Modern               ground to all our activity is life and Nature.
it accomplished all it wanted, will it be         lasting security or happiness.                                     civilized culture does not,
remembered well, does anybody care.               As the Buddha pointed out,                                                                                   To find yourself, you must stop running
                                                                                                                     even though modern quan-            around trying to get somewhere, trying to
      The dilemma of humanity is that it has      impermanence is in the nature of forms.         tum physics is discovering that at the most
forgotten that in addition to being civilized,    And death is the fate for even the luckiest                                                            be somebody. You are already in the most
                                                                                                  elemental level, all form and its underlying           important of places – your life in Nature.
we are also Nature. The implications of           among us, often, ignominiously accompa-         energy contains consciousness and unity.
this are at the core of the strife and turmoil    nied by old age, infirmity and the suffer-                                                             Stop and breathe. Listen to the silence within
                                                                                                  But this discovery remains intellectual. It            and all around, find the silence beneath the
that fills human history both for individuals     ings of illness.                                                             felt
                                                                                                  is not yet known; it is not felt. Except for
and societies. Today, the implications are             This is the human dilemma. In such a                                                              turbulent noise of self in the world. Find
                                                                                                  mystics, not since humans left the forests             the stillness that is dynamic and penetrates
more critical than ever as we face individual     world, where is my safety and significance?     where we lived within Nature has this
psychological insecurity and collective social    Knowing no other way, we keep upping the                                                               all movement. There you will find yourself,
                                                                                                  been known. We must evolve, bringing to                your true Nature. Then, you can engage the
and ecological crisis.                            ante in the world of form. More for me and      our civilization this remembering, going
      Buddhism, and particularly Zen, teaches     mine is the unspoken guide of modern hu-                                                               world, its circumstances, its civilization, and
                                                                                                  forward braced with this wisdom from our               you will not get lost. You will know who you
us to awaken into the paradoxical condition       man existence. Individuals, groups and so-      forgotten past.
of being human. We are civilized Human            cieties keep grabbing for more, taking from                                                            are and what needs doing.
                                                                                                        Forms come and go. Consciousness                       Take a brisk walk in the sunshine,
Beings emerging within Nature. As we strive       those “others” that are our competitors. All    does not. It is only manifested from form to
to master the conditions of our lives, it must    around us, both human and non-human                                                                    a slow walk in the woods, break into a
                                                                                                  form. It is in the energy that morphs from
be remembered that we can never master our        denizens and manifestations of Nature are       form to form, and it is in the unity of all                                       Continued on page 16

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                                                                                            spinning discs
                                              CD Reviews
                                                                                            I’m back again with an unusually diverse selection of albums guaranteed to challenge
                                                                                            your notions of music and (hopefully) expand your horizons. Just be sure to expand
                                                                                            them at any one of our local independently owned record stores. They’re the ones
                                                     by James Cassara                       who help keep the music real!

                                                                Jason and the                   recordings have long displayed a certain re-       Hawk”. “Where my legs go/I will follow/
                                                                Scorchers                       active charm – on one track he might sound         Where the wind blows/I don’t care/As long
                                                                Halcyon Times                   a bit like Marshall Crenshaw while on              as I know/That you love me/Wherever I go/
                                                                                                another he might be channeling John Prine          You’ll be there,” is the type of straightfor-
                                                                Courageous                      – which has resulted in a sound that, while        ward no nonsense lyrics Olney excels at, the
                                                                Chicken Records                 fresh, suffers from a bit of an identity crisis.   often lost art of saying more with less. Ditto
                                                                      It might be                     His latest effort does go a long way         for “Little Sparrow” a gorgeous and under-
                                         tempting to casually dismiss Jason and The             towards more clearly defining Will Kim-            stated paean to the British singer Edith Piaf.
                                         Scorchers’ first album in nearly fifteen years         brough the artist. Its universal themes of         Not all the songs connect directly one to
                                         on principle alone: half the original band is          family and parenthood (hardly original but         another but that’s clearly by design.
                                         no longer on board – leaving originals Jason           certainly worth re-exploring) resonate with              Olney is too smart a writer to limit his
                                         Ringenberg and Warner Hodges to enlist                 a warm tone and affable delight.                   work to mere narration; he instead exam-
                                         a slew of replacements and guest musi-                       On the opening “Three Angels” he             ines the lyrical heart of a song and fleshes
                                         cians – while (despite the lengthy lay off)            reflects on the perfection he sees in his          out the emotional connections therein. As
                                         the dearth of original songs might indicate            children and the singular joys he finds in         such the gently lolling “Mister Vermeer”
                                         they’ve run out of ideas and are soldiering            them. It’s a pleasant groove (and one Kim-         (seemingly based more on the book The
                                         on primarily for the memories and a steady             brough likely mines a bit too often) but my        Girl with the Pearl Earring than on any
                                         paycheck. But such assumptions would not               preferences run towards the more soulful           actual events) fits beautifully with ”Coving-
                                         only be wrong, they might deprive you of               numbers. “Love To Spare” and “It Ain’t             ton Girl”.
                                         the pleasures found in what is one of the              Cool” display Kimbrough’s southern roots                 The relationship between songs is as
                                         stronger albums the band has ever released.            by countering his own overly sweet voice           complex and unpredictable as that between
                                               Ringenberg and Hodges are more sim-              with some kick tail backing vocals.                lovers, friends, or our own hearts and
                                         patico than ever, while the new kids on the                  “Let Me Be Your Frame” is a forceful         minds. This is a major statement for Olney,
                                         block sound as if they’d been there all along.         duet with Dawn Kinnard that adds some              a huge leap forward in his already impres-
                                         Drummer Pontus Snibb (replacing long                   much needed fuel to a slowly smoldering            sive catalog. It’s rarely wise to compare
                                         time stick man Perry Baggs) is especially              fire. In fact it serves as a “what if” for the     one artist to another but with the release
                                         impressive, adding a degree of firepower               remaining tracks: it would be great to see         of Dutchman’s Curve David Olney now
                                         that helps compensate for the sometimes                Kimbrough record with a little less pol-           compares favorable to Kris Kristofferson,
                                         perfunctory nature of the songs while                  ish, setting aside the smooth edges and J. J.      Townes Van Zant, Jimmy Webb, and the
                                         bassist Al Collins anchors the low end with            Cale vibe and really shaking things up. As         other great storytellers of the day. ****1/2
                                         certitude and finesse.                                 it is Wings still leaves us wondering if Will
                                               Much of the album was recorded                   Kimbrough will ever make a record as good          Allen Toussaint
                                         live in the studio – a smart approach that             as his reputation. ***                             The Bright
                                         emphasizes the band’s swagger and kick
                                         – and while Halcyon Days does sound                                            David Olney                Nonesuch
                                         too much like a warm up for the stage it                                       Dutchman’s                 Records
                                         partially recaptures much of the Scorchers’
                                                                                                                        Curve                            Although
                                         ethos. Songs like “Gettin’ Nowhere Fast,”
                                                                                                                        Dead Beet                  he’s often skirted
                                         and “Better Than This” may not be instant
                                                                                                                        Records                    the edges of jazz – after all his native New
                                         classics but they do remind us why we loved
                                         the band so much to begin with. Even the                                              While David         Orleans does rightfully claim itself the
                                         quieter moments (well, as quiet as these                                         Olney is highly          birthplace of the form – Allen Toussaint has
                                         country thrashers ever get!) add a nice bit of         respected for his uncanny ability to fuse          recorded relatively few of his many albums
                                         soulful respite and charm.                             various musical influences into one, he is,        as straight jazz collections. Dating back to
                                               I’d caution against labeling this a trium-       at the heart of the matter, a folk artist. Even    2005 he ventured more directly into the
                                         phant comeback: Mr. R. is well ensconced               while he consistently nudges the boundaries        genre but The Bright Mississippi is the first
                                         in his Farmer Jason persona while the other            of his songs in unexpected sonic directions        of his forays to achieve wide distribution
                                         band members have moved on to new ven-                 (the multi-talented Olney plays an astound-        and promotion.
                                         tures. But if they’re so inclined to occasion-         ing number of instruments) it has never                  It’s also his first record since his highly
                                         ally get back together, plug in the amps, and          been at the expense of a good song or, more        successful duet disc with Elvis Costello and,
                                         kick out the jams, then Halcyon Days might             importantly, a heck of a tale.                     as such, is likely to be heard by an audience
                                         just be a hopeful portent of greater things to               With Dutchman’s Curve Olney has              wider than might otherwise have been the
                                         come. ***1/2                                           taken this a step further, constructing a          case. Toussaint is again teamed with pro-
                                                                                                song-cycle around a single and explicit            ducer Joe Henry and the results are nothing
                                         Will Kimbrough                                         incident. It’s an approach that hearkens back      short of fabulous.
                                                                                                to the groundbreaking folk albums of the                 Henry’s unencumbered production
                                         Wings                                                                                )
                                                                                                past (a la Alice’s Restaurant) and one that        allows the music to flourish; it’s a bright
                                         Daphne Records                                         compliments Olney’s scrappy baritone and           and spotless sound that allows the precision
                                              While primarily                                   literate wordplay.                                 of Toussaint piano – not to mention that oh
                                         known as a go to guy                                         The versatility of his song craft is evi-    so soulful voice – to really shine. Teamed
                                         for some of country                                    denced by the pacing of the thirteen tunes         with some of the Crescent City’s finest,
                                         rock’s elite hipsters Will Kimbrough has               found herein: the opening “Train Wreck”            including clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter
                                         certainly knocked around the not-so-far                is a full throttle rocker but stands comfort-      Nicholas Payton, guitarist Marc Ribot and
                                         edges of mainstream solo success. His                  ably next to the more reflective “Red Tail
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                                                                 what’s happening
                                                        Irish Vocalist Karan Casey to
‘CD’s’ continued from page 14

saxophonist Joshua Redman, the eighty
year old Toussaint leads these “youngsters”
through standards via Duke Ellington and                 enchant Diana Wortham Theatre
Django Reinhardt by way of Louis Arm-
strong and Thelonious Monk.

      If the choices seem a bit safe the ar-                   ike many from her part of the                                BY JAMES   CASSARA
rangements are anything but. Toussaint                         world (in her case the southeast-
and company stretch these familiar gems                        ern side of Waterford in the Irish     alongside notables such as Bela Fleck,
in every which way they unexpectedly can.                      village of Ballyduff Lowe), Karan      the Chieftains, and Iris DeMent.
Everyone involved gets to show their stuff                     Casey grew up singing with her                In the midst of this, Karan Casey
but this is clearly Toussaint’s day (as well it       family, finding a communion and joy that        still found time to record a solo
should be) and if any further evidence of his         helped counter the cloudy skies and long        album (1997’s Song Lines) and per-
royalty need be presented here, it is.                winter nights of her homeland.                  form a slate of stand alone gigs. This
      While Toussaint would never hail him-                 As a child Casey sang in the church       lead to a renewed interest in solo
self as a jazz artist – the man is uncommonly         choir but later took up piano. While            work, eventually leading to the 2001
humble – his deft touch and supple tone is            studying voice and piano at the University      release of Winds Begin to Sing.
perfectly suited for the nuance demanded by           College Dublin – and later at the Royal                To better control her demand-
the form.                                             Irish Academy of Music – Casey sang             ing touring schedule – by this time
      Upon first listen The Bright Mississippi        Ella Fitzgerald standards in a jazz duo at      she’d become a wife and mother
sounds like another impressive addition to            a local pub in Dublin, and formed her           – Casey eventually decided to
the already staggering career of Allen Tous-          own short-lived jazz group. She credits         leave the band, albeit on very good                           Karen Casey
saint. Repeated plays reveal even more, cast-         jazz music for allowing her to “wholly          terms. After playing shows in North
ing it as a rich and varied compliment to the         approach and understand her skill in sing-      America and Europe (and appearing               more depth,” she says. “You have to be
encyclopedia of American Music. *****                 ing traditional Irish folklore,” giving her     as a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A     a lot more confident in your playing and
                                                      a vocal dexterity uncommon among her            Prairie Home Companion), Casey briefly          singing to take an honest, direct, simple
Various Artists                                       peers. Dublin, however, was not the place       returned to Solas for the group’s 2006          approach. You can’t hide anywhere and
Crazy Heart                                           for her to continue her exploration.            release Reunion.                                there’s no room for error. It’s a very ex-
Soundtrack                                                  In 1993 Casey immigrated to New                  Following a three year and much          posed album.” The spare arrangements on
New West Records                                      York to again find herself studying music       needed hiatus, her fifth solo album, Ships      Exiles Return cut right to the heart of the
                                                      as a jazz music major; this time at Brook-      in the Forest, was released in 2008. Casey      music, and that was the point.
      Those who                                       lyn’s Long Island University. During this       has on several occasions been given the
were ho-hummed                                                                                                                                              “A song is very intimate,” adds Doyle,
                                                      period she rediscovered her fondness            BBC Folk Award and has performed with           “even if it’s a very traditional song. Each
by the movie should                                   for Irish traditional music and made the        Peggy Seeger, Liam Clancy, James Taylor,
be dazzled by the soundtrack. Under the                                                                                                               song has a personal meaning.” On this
                                                      rounds singing in local bars in Manhattan.      and Tim O’Brien. USA Today has called           CD, he says, “all the songs have an ele-
auspices of T. Bone Burnett the Crazy                       Perhaps the geographical separa-          her work “shiver-inducing and excellent”.
Heart Soundtrack might well do for country                                                                                                            ment of loss and yearning. At the end of
                                                      tion from her homeland gave Casey a             But like any artist it is her most recent       the day songs are what carry stories of
what Oh Brother! Where Art Thou did for               fresh perspective on her own roots. Such        work in which she is most excited. Early
traditional bluegrass and gospel. Dedicated                                                                                                           love, and all human emotions.”
                                                      passion led Casey to briefly play with the      this year Casey and former Solas member,
to the late guitarist Stephen Bruton, an              New York based band Atlantic Bridge, but        John Doyle released the long anticipated
extraordinary musician and lifelong friend            by the end of 1994, Casey joined Seamus         Exiles Return. On the album, the two
of Burnett’s who passed away shortly after            Egan, John Doyle, John Williams, and            former band mates reunite to create a
                                                                                                                                                               IF         Karan Casey and her band
writing many of the songs performed by                Winifred Horan to form Solas.                   stripped-down collection that showcases                 YOU        at The Diana Wortham
                                                                                                                                                                       Theatre at Pack Place:
lead actors Jeff Bridges and Ryan Bingham,                  The band quickly received criti-          the power of their collective voices and                 GO       Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
Crazy Heart’s new material sounds authen-             cal acclaim, recording three albums for         the songs they sing.                                              Ticket prices are regular
tically classic, while the hand picked older          the Shanachie label, and in short order                Casey describes the CD as a way                         $30, seniors $28, students $25,
songs – including such gems as Waylon                 won several prestigious awards. Solas also      of “pushing back a bit” to shine a bright           and children $12. Go to www.dwtheatre.
Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Would Have               toured America, Europe, and Japan, playing      light on the songs. Simplicity “takes much          com for more information.
Done It This Way?” and” Bucks Owens’
delirious two minute romp of everyman’s
hurt and sorrow “Hello Trouble”.
      Most everything here clicks – only
                                                        The rest of the set is filled out with        ants of improvisation, free form                                      If it weren’t for the credits
Lucinda Williams’ monotonic “Joy” seems
                                                  tracks from Townes Van Zandt, the                   artists whose best moments oc-                                   you would swear there was more
out of place. And while we all admire Jeff
                                                  Louvin Brothers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and             cur between the lines. They’ve a                                 than one guitarist in the studio.
Bridges as an actor/artist, who knew he
                                                  Sam Phillips that weave perfectly into the          long history between them, both                                  What’s even more amazing is that
could sing? It’s his performances that carry
                                                  story’s narrative thread. Be sure to buy the        as a duet and in various band                                    the sessions were done without
the day, delivering rollicking honky tonk
                                                  deluxe edition, containing an additional            incarnations, which sets a high                                  overdubs or editing: what you
numbers (“Somebody Else”), or weary on
                                                  seven more cuts that only underscore the            bar for this release.                                            hear is what was played.
the road love songs (the raucous rocker
                                                  role of Burnett in bringing Crazy Heart to                Recorded during a trio of                                       Zorn gets a sharp, almost
“Fallin’ and Flyin’”) with authenticity and
                                                  life. Here’s to him, to Bruton, and to the          unrehearsed sessions during                                      harsh edge to his sound which
real chops.
                                                  rough patches of life that eventually lead to       October of last year, Late Works is, surpris-       perfectly matches Frith’s own atonal wail.
      Bingham, a songwriter and relative
                                                  redemption and understanding. ****                  ingly, the first time the pair have brought         The connections between the pair are al-
newcomer, holds his own with the movie’s
                                                                                                      their improvisational approach to the studio.       most frighteningly telepathic (the lingering
theme song, “The Weary Kind” but the
unexpected thrill is Robert Duvall’s a capella    John Zorn and Fred Frith                            Zorn’s range of alto sounds is simply stun-         “Slow Lattice” is a cagy delight) and both
                                                  Late Works                                          ning, even if time has lessened his breadth         artists know when to vary the pace and set
performance of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Live
                                                                                                      ever so slightly, while Frith continues to          the mood. It’s a wild romp, and while this
Forever” that should send shivers down            Tzadik Records
                                                                                                      wring sounds from his guitar that are noth-         sort of abstract cacophony isn’t for everyone
your spine.                                            John Zorn and Fred Frith are both gi-          ing short of otherworldly.                          it’s a taste well worth cultivating. ****

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                                                                                        Oh, Horsefeathers!

                                                                               he Portland,
                                                                                                                                                         BY JAMES CASSARA
                                                                               Oregon folk band
                                                                               Horse Feathers are
                                                                               a bit of an anomaly,                                              vocals and Broderick’s
                                                                               not only because                                                  baroque filigree.
                                                                     they hail from a city better                                                     Words Are Dead was
                                                                     known for grunge and early                                                  released on Lucky Madi-
                                                                     punk but in attaining their                                                 son Records in September
                                                                     level of success the tradi-                                                 2006. The band inked a
                                                                     tional way. Not by having a                                                 deal with the Kill Rock
                                                                     song on an iPod commer-                                                     Stars label the following
                                                                     cial (although they would          (L-R) Nathan Crockett, Justin            year and released House
                                                                     hardly be averse to such!)           Ringle, Heather Broderick.             with No Home in 2008.
                                                                     or with pretty boy maga-                  Photo: Alicia J. Rose             House with No Home
                                                                     zine covers that say much                                                   became one of the highest
                                                                     about style and little about substance, but             selling debuts in the label’s history. This-
                                                                     rather by incessant touring and a working               tled Spring followed in 2010, marking the
                                                                     class commitment to making each record                  group’s first release without the recently
                                                                     better than the last.                                   departed Broderick.
                                                                           Initially consisting of singer/songwriter               The current line-up of Ringle, Nathan
                                                                     Justin Ringle (acoustic guitar, vocals, percus-         Crockett on violin and saws, Catherine
                                                                     sion) and a rotating cast of supporting musi-           Odell on cello and Sam Cooper on banjo,
                                                                     cians, including multi-instrumentalist Peter            mandolin, percussion, violin, and harmo-
                                                                     Broderick and several string players, the band          nium (all four contribute vocals) is a fully
                                                                     has had a most interesting evolution.                   rounded and diverse mix that beautifully
                                                                           Ringle grew up in Idaho and performed             compliments the nature of the material. It
                                                                     in several short-lived indie rock bands before          is also a testament to Portland itself. It may
                                                                     moving to Portland, where he began playing              be known for Courtney Love and Gang of
                                                                     shows under the name Horse Feathers. It                 Four but Blitzen Trapper, Everclear, and
                                                                     was there that he met Broderick, a member               Blind Pilot call it home. Not to mention the
                                                                     of the established local act Norfolk & West-            Kingmen recorded “Louis, Louis” there!
                                                                     ern. The two spent much of 2005 writing                       Opening for the band will be Seattle-
                                                                     songs and honing their live performances at             based musician Barton Carroll. Carroll be-
                                                                     various Portland open-microphone nights,                gan touring with Crooked Fingers in 2002,
                                                                     effectively turning the “band” from a solo              playing guitar, steel guitar, and upright
                                                                     project into a duo. What they soon discov-              bass, appearing on their first three albums.
                                                                     ered was a shared love for much the same                Carroll has recorded four solo albums and
                                                                     – although unusually paired – sounds.                   remains a vital part of the Seattle scene.
                                                                           Enamored by both the stark folk music
                                                                     of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and the
                                                                     work of Scandinavian composer Max Rich-                       IF        Horse Feathers and Barton
                                                                     ter, the duo entered the studio in February                  YOU Saturday,at the 8 at 9 p.m., with
                                                                                                                                                              Grey Eagle.
                                                                     2006 to record Words Are Dead, a chamber-                     GO tickets priced at $8 in advance
                                                                     folk album featuring Ringle’s high, reedy                              and $10 day of show.

                                                                     ‘Awakening’ continued from page 13
                                                                                                                                          Bill Walz teaches meditation
                                                                     spontaneous dance of nature, cultivate a                             and mindfulness at UNCA
                                                                     garden, contemplate a flower, sing like a                            and public forums, and
                                                                     bird, become still like snow falling in the                          is a private-practice
                                                                     night, even hug a tree. Love being alive and                         meditation teacher and
                                                                                                                                          life-coach for individuals in
                                                                     love the life around you. Love the life in
                                                                                                                                          mindfulness, personal growth
                                                                     others. Smile at and hug them too. Engage               and consciousness. He holds a weekly
                                                                     your human world and its responsibilities               meditation class, Mondays, 7 p.m., at the
                                                                     with a deep knowing of your own wild and                Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood.
                                                                     wise nature.
                                                                          Revere and save the woodlands, wet-                He will hold a program on “Awakening our
                                                                     lands, meadows, tundra, glaciers, lakes, riv-           Deepest Nature” on Sunday, June 20 from
                                                                     ers and oceans. Revere and save the animals.            2-5 p.m. at JUBILEE Community Church, 46
                                                                                                                             Wall Street, downtown Asheville.
                                                                     Revere and save the planet. Revere and save
                                                                     yourself and others. Revere and help save               Info on classes, talks, personal growth and
                                                                     humanity. There is no one else you need to              healing instruction, or phone consultations
                                                                     be. There is nowhere else you need to go.               at (828) 258-3241, or e-mail at healing@
                                                                     You are home.                                  Visit

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                                  fine art                                                                                                                                            Central Heating &
                                                                                                                                                                                      Cooling Systems
            Shameless Self-Promotion
      joke with
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     about S.S.P.
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tion”), but I’m                                                              experience with
actually serious, as                                                         interacting with
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ultimately helps                                                             your message and
support that art                                                             learn how to
habit.                                                                       put it out there
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erything, so it can                                                          specialize in this
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                                                                                           fine art
     Patchwork Folk &
                                                           Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center
      Fabric Festival                                                   SATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 8-9

                                                                    hroughout Mother’s Day
        During the Patchwork Folk and                                                                                              BY   APRIL NANCE
                                                                    weekend craftspeople at the
  Fabric Festival held at the Jack-                                 Folk Art Center will be sharing
  son County Recreation Center in                                   their inspiration and expertise       the years fiber in all forms has been a
  Cullowhee on Saturday, June 5, the                                in a variety of textile arts as the   part of my life.”
  traditions of spinning, weaving, quilt-                 Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts                  Georgia Bonesteel of Flat Rock,
  ing, caning, blacksmithing, sewing,                     Fiber Weekend 2010.                             NC: Georgia has been a member of
  hand stitchery,                                               Demonstrations on Saturday in-            the Guild since 1974. For more than
  and other folk                                          clude: quilting, doll making, weaving,          30 years she has been a leader in the
  arts will be                                            mixed media fiber arts, clothing design,        quilt world. As the creator and host of                                    Liz Spear, Red Flair
  showcased and                                           printing and surface design, and natural                                     Bonesteel
                                                                                                          Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel,                                       Shirt with Marbling
  honored.                                                dyeing. There will be hands-on activities       produced with North Carolina Public                                          by Laura Sims.
                                                                                                                                                      Georgia Bonesteel
        Traditional                                       for children hosted by Guild members            Television (UNCTV), she has shared           Photo: Paul Bonesteel
                                                                                                                                                                                       Model: Chery Cratty
                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Mary Vogel
  craft classes will                                      Sandra Rowland and Jan Morris. Other            her enthusiasm and love of quilting
  be given during                                         artists participating include:                  on television since 1979. Lap Quilting
  the week before                                               Martine House of Columbus, NC:                           Bonesteel
                                                                                                          with Georgia Bonesteel, Series 1100 and          nizations such
  the festival, June                                      Martine has been a member of the Guild          1200 continue to air on Create TV through-       as the Friends of
  1-4. Annie Lee                                          since 2004. She uses embroidery, quilt-         out the country.                                 the Blue Ridge
  Bryson, age 88,                                         ing, beading and various mixed-media                 For a complete listing of Fiber Week-       Parkway, Inc. will
                          Nan Smith, crocheting
  will be teaching                                        techniques to achieve unique textures on        end participants, visit      be participating
  corn shuck doll making, Dot Conner                      three dimensional pieces.                            On Sunday, the Folk Art Center’s            in Fiber Weekend
  takes you to yester-year with old-                            Rebecca Kempson of Fairview, NC:          auditorium will be transformed into a            on Saturday. They
  fashioned tin punching, Judy Rhodes                     Rebecca has been a member of the Guild          runway for the Eleventh Annual Fashion           will be sharing
  will be teaching the skill of ballad                                  since 2004. An expert doll        Show of Wearable Art. Fiber artist Liz Spear     information on
  singing, Ron Yount will teach wood                                     maker, she writes in her         will emcee the event. Participants in this       Parkway history,
  carving, Judy Chliger’s students will                                       artist statement: “My       year’s show will be exploring the topics of      the importance of
  quilt a “Rail Fence” wall hanging,                                            mother put a needle       recycling, repurposing and sustainability        stewardship and
  and much more.                                                                 in my hand when I        through their fiber art. Styles showcased        volunteer oppor-          Rebecca Kempson,
        On Saturday, June 5, the talented                                       was three years old       will range from contemporary to traditional,     tunities.                    “Bird Lady of
  Anne Lough will teach a two hour                                              and the love of creat-    from funky to classic, made by members of                                    Sugar Hollow”
  class on the dulcimer. Students will                                          ing from fabric has       the Southern Highland Craft Guild. There                                      Photo: Steve Mann
  assemble a sample dulcimer and learn                                          never left me. Over       will be two separate showings of the Fash-        IF          Fiber Weekend is a free event
  to play. Appalachian Homestead Farm                                                                     ion Show, at 1 and 3 p.m.                       YOU on May 8 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and
  & Preserve will also host an after                                                                           Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center         GO May 9 (two fashion shows, 1 and
  school “Children’s Cultural Activi-                                          Martine House,             offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the                  3 p.m.) at the Folk Art Center on
  ties” classes June 1-4 from 3:15 until                                             “Mumtaz              Blue Ridge Parkway, which is celebrating                    the Blue Ridge Parkway in east
                         5:15 p.m. Please                                            Mahal”               its 75th anniversary this year. In honor of
                                                                                      Photo: Eli Warren
                                                                                                                                                           Asheville. For more information, visit www.
                         call (828) 399-                                                                  the anniversary, Parkway volunteer orga- or call (828) 298-7928.
                         0958 to register for
                         by Catch the
                         Spirit of Appala-                Studio B Custom Framing & Fine Art

                         chia, Inc. (CSA),
                         the Appalachian                         tudio B Custom                                                pricing on anything from       by Trudy Springer (Columbus, Ohio) and
                         Homestead Farm                          Framing & Fine Art,                                           a simple photo to your         Amy Jacob (Charlotte, NC). Please stop by
   Faile Fields, quilter
                         & Preserve, and the                     formerly in The                                               most valued artwork or         and see what we have to offer.
  Jackson County Parks & Recreational                            Shoppes at Beaver                                             keepsake. All work is
  Department, the Patchwork Folk and                             Lake, has relocated                                           done on-site by the
  Fabric Festival has drawn crafters in                   2 miles up the road to 171                                           owner with attention
  traditional dress from the region for 5                 Weaverville Highway into                                             to detail. Studio B also
  years to showcase old-time traditions.                  a larger facility.                                                   offers consulting and
  This year’s festival holds excitement                        Patti Bell established                                          hanging services for
  in its traditional demonstrations. As                   Studio B Custom Framing in 1981 in              business, corporate and residential spaces.
  we celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway’s                   Ohio and relocated to Asheville in Octo-             The expanded gallery area show-
  75th Anniversary, this festival exem-                   ber of 2006. Studio B specializes in mu-        cases artwork by regional, national and
  plifies our mountain culture.                           seum, conservation, textile and shadow-         international artists. Currently on exhibit
  IF YOU GO: Patchwork Folk & Fabric                      box framing and offers a large selection        are original equine paintings by Patricia
  Festival. Classes June 1-5, Festival                    of framing choices, some exclusive to the       Ramos Alcayaga (Santiago, Chile), small
  June 5. Festival and Classes take place                 Asheville area.                                 quilts by Marla Hattabaugh (Scottsdale,                               Studio B
  at the Jackson County Recreation                             With almost 40 years of custom             Arizona) and giclee prints by Asheville art-
                                                          framing experience and 30 years of own-         ists Ray Byram, Deborah Squier and Coralie              171 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville, NC
  Center, 88 Cullowhee Mountain                                                                                                                                          Just 0.2 miles north of the
  Road, Cullowhee, NC. Call (828)                         ing a gallery/custom framing business,          Tweed. The gallery also features original                Merrimon Ave./Woodfin exit, on the right
  293-3053 for more information.                          owner Patti Bell offers extensive knowl-        porcelain ceramic by Sarah Jaeger (Helena,
                                                          edge of color and design and competitive        Montana) and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces                           (828) 225-5200

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                                                                       thoreau’s garden
The Ponytail Palm                                                                                                                                                   Ecology, Organic Farming,
                                                                                                                                               PETER LOEWER              Trees & Gardens

           n rare occasions ponytail palms are        swelling soaks
           found in the genus Nolina, bo-             up water like                                                                      Only fertilize once
           tanical nomenclature that’s easy to        a sponge and                                                                       or twice a year.           Readings at Malaprops
           explain because this appellation is        allows the plant                                                                         The expand-          Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
           in honor of P. C. Nolin, a French-         to store water. If                                                                 ing trunks will            Anthropologist Shepard Krech III
man who wrote on agriculture in the Paris             watering house-                                                                    adjust to crowded
of 1755. Unfortunately for Monsieur Nolin             plants is one of                                                                   conditions but             Brown University anthropology profes-
most authorities include it in the genus              those chores                                                                       eventually they            sor Shepard Krech III is the author of
Beaucarnea which means beautiful flesh-col-           you rarely re-                                                                     have to be moved           The Ecological Indian: Myth and His-
ored something and because the flowers are            member to do,                                                                                                 tory, which the New York Times Book
                                                                                                                                         to a larger pot.
usually white, I have been unable to find the         a large outdoor                                                                                               Review called “a good story and first-rate
                                                                                                                                         Perform this               social science,” among others. He will be
true meaning.                                         specimen pony-                                                                     operation in early         discussing his most recent book, Spirits
      The species found in cultivation is             tail can some-                                                                     spring before the          in the Air: Birds and American Indians in
recurvata, and that’s easy to explain because         times trudge on                                                                    new leaves appear.         the South.
the leaves cascade to the floor in gentle             for up to a year.                                                                        Many pony-
curves (that on the way to the bottom often           While a potted                                                                     tails in cultivation       Thursday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.
curve again), making it a most attractive             specimen will                                                                      have leaves about          The Organic Farmer’s Business
plant to grow. Here’s one of those great              not put up with                                                                    3 feet long and            Handbook
plants that make an architectural statement           that intensity                                                                     belong to the var.         Organic Farmer Richard Wiswall, who
especially in a modern home or apartment              of neglect, it                                                                     intermedia.
                                                                                                                                         intermedia                 started Cate Farm in East Montpelier,
with lots of glass, chrome, and white walls           will survive for                                                                                              Vermont where he has farmed since 1981,
or in a place with the decor dedicated to the         months without                                                                                                will share with us some of his knowledge
best of the American southwest.                       water if the                                                                                                  about operating a farm. His book, The
      In the wilds of southern Texas and              basal swelling is                                                                                             Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook: A
Mexico, this tree-like plant can reach a              in excess of four                  Illustration by Peter Loewer
                                                                                                                                                                    Complete Guide to Managing Finances,
height of 30 feet but in the usual home               or five inches.                                                                                               Crops, and Staff – and Making a Profit,
surroundings (where the owner can take ad-                  In fact there are two approaches involv-                                                                is a useful tool for anyone involved in or
vantage of its ability to survive in a small pot      ing care. The first is to provide the ponytail                                       Peter Loewer,            considering organic farming.
and withstand forgetful watering), the height         with an evenly moist soil and a spot with                                            shown here,
                                                                                                                                           examining the            Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m.
rarely tops six feet — but what a stunning            partial shade and the second is to keep the
six feet. Those twisting leaves are flat, about       soil on the dry side and set the plant in a                                          blossoms of              Asheville’s Eco-Future
three-quarters-inch wide, and often reach             sunny spot. Just remember that a well-wa-                                            early-blooming           Come by to meet Yuri Koslen, the City
a length of five feet. A well-grown ponytail          tered plant will grow twice as fast.                                                 Lenten roses,            of Asheville’s Transportation Projects
has a Rapunzel-like quality.                                While ponytails can withstand tempera-                                         is a well-known          Coordinator, and Woody Eaton, founder
      The other common name is the                    tures in the high 40s, they prefer tempera-                 writer and botanical artist who has               of Blue Ridge Biofuels, as they discuss
elephant-foot-tree and refers to the ponder-          tures between 55°F and 70°F. A good soil mix                written and illustrated more than                 Asheville’s eco-future.
                                                                                                                  twenty-fiv e books on natural history
ous shape of the trunk’s base, a shape that           consists of potting soil, composted manure,                                                                   Monday, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                  over the past thirty years.
resembles a balloon made of rigid bark. This          and sharp sand or bird gravel, one-third each.
                                                                                                                                                                    Re-Greening America
                                                                                                                                                                    Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-
                                                                                                                                                                    Greening America collects the stories
                                                                                                                                                                    of fourteen people – conservationists,
               SEVEN SISTERS CINEMA PRESENTS                                                                                                                        loggers, tree doctors, and wood carvers
                                                                                                                                                                    among them – whose lives have been

   Documentary Films Focusing on                                                                                                                                    irrevocably shaped by trees. Ann Linnea
                                                                                                                                                                    herself has been an outdoors enthusiast

     Local and Regional Culture                                                                                                                                     and writer for many years and was the
                                                                                                                                                                    first woman to circumnavigate Lake Su-
                                                                                                                                                                    perior in a sea kayak.

       even Sisters Cinema, a documentary                                                                                                                           Thursday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                      BY   DON TALLEY
       film series at White Horse Black                                                                                                                             A Southern Garden
       Mountain in Black Mountain North
                                                      of Ashevillians who decide to visit every                                                                     Elizabeth Lawrence, the author of the
       Carolina announces documentaries in
                                                      brewery in North Carolina. Micro-brewer-                                                                      classic tome, A Southern Garden, was a
       May and June. Full information about
                                                      ies are a relatively new part of our regional                                                                 woman ahead of her time in the 1930s
the series can be found at www.sevensister-                                                                                                                         and 40s. In Becoming Elizabeth Law-                                          culture but they play an important role in
                                                      tourism and the local economy.                                                                                rence: Discovered Letters of a Southern
     The filmmakers will be present to dis-                                                                                                                         Gardener, editor Emily Herring Wilson
cuss their work and answer questions at the                All films are at 7 p.m. at the White
                                                                                                                                                                    opens up the world of this unique woman
end of the program.                                   Horse Black Mountain. Admission is $5 for                                                                     through many letters to her friend and
     Films include “Why Old Time?” on                 adults, $3 for students with ID.                                                                              mentor, Ann Preston Bridgers.
May 20; a documentary about why young                      Seven Sisters Cinema is a project of
folks are continually attracted to the older          Serpent Child Ensemble, a Swannanoa-                   organization focusing on the power of
                                                      based 501c3 non-profit organization. The               art for communities to tell their stories.
                                                                                                                                                                       Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café
styles of fiddle and banjo music of our                                                                                                                                   55 Haywood St. in Asheville
forefathers.                                          film series focuses on films of regional inter-        The organization is currently working
     On June 17, Seven Sisters Cinema will            est and films by regional filmmakers. Ser-             on it’s own documentary production                          Phone (828) 254-6734 or visit
feature, “Beer Y’all,” the record of a van full       pent Child Ensemble is a community arts                about Beacon Mill.                                    

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                   asheville shops
    The ARCH

          he ARCH, your local
          showroom for architectural
          finishes, FSC-certified
          flooring, handmade art
          tile, wood-fired ovens and
a number of artistic home accents,
has relocated just two miles north
of their former location in North
Asheville. In fact, you’ll find two
new businesses at 171 Weaverville
Highway — Studio B Custom Framing and                     The ARCH is also devoted to provid-
Fine Art is right next door to The ARCH.             ing sustainable flooring such as EcoTimber
     The showroom is conveniently located            FSC-certified flooring, Vida Cork, and
just off I-26, the neighborhood is friendly,         Natural Fiber flooring. The ARCH refers
the space is spacious and parking is plentiful.      local skilled artisans, ranging from craftsmen
New green building products have begun to            of concrete counters, fine woodworking,
arrive at The ARCH and the space can ac-             textile weavings, and various design services.
commodate larger workshops for a growing                  Catherine and Jim enjoy the creative
line of natural finishes.                            design component of interesting projects.
                                                                                   Whether finish-
                                                                                   ing the walls
                                                                                   of a bedroom
                                                                                   with a rich
                                                                                   earth clay fin-
                                                                                   ish, designing a
                                                                                   handcrafted tile
                                                                                   fireplace sur-
                                                                                   round, assisting
                                                                                   with the design
                                                                                   installation of a
                                                                                   wood-fired oven
                                                                                   for the cooking
                                                                                   enthusiast, or
     As dealers of American Clay Earth               simply discussing copper house numbers
Plaster, Catherine Silver and Jim Erskine            for a new business front, it’s the design talk
have an extensive product understanding              and support among the community that is
and Jim provides professional applications.          most gratifying.
Jim has worked on a number of Asheville
homes and commercial projects with archi-
tects, designers and homeowners. Exciting                             The ARCH
new finish options are now available such              171 Weaverville Hwy., Asheville, NC 28804
as a Natural Lime plaster for interior and                          828 253 5455
exterior applications and Vermont Natural           
Coatings- a premium natural waterborne
finish for wood surfaces.

                                  Studio 103 Fine Art Gallery
                                  Tif McDonald is an Asheville encaustic artist. Her work will
                                  be on display through May 26. It is lyrical and poetic. Sabrina
                                  Cabada, a figurative artist from Washington, D.C., will have
                                  an opening recep-
                                  tion for her work
                                  on Friday, May 28
                                  from 5-8. Her ex-
        Tif McDonald              hibit runs through
                                  June 23.
   103 West St., Black Mountain, NC.
   Phone (828) 357-8327 or visit www. for more details.                     Sabrina Cabada

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                                                                                         Custom Cabinet
                                                                                        Refacing & Kitchen                                                                                                         youth culture
                                                                                                                                                                                           JOSEPH RATHBONE RECOMMENDS

                  SAVE                                                                                                                                                                     T
                                                                                                                                                                                                     his spring’s release of Clash of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               BY JOSEPH   RATHBONE, AGE 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Titans is not so much a remake of
                                                                                                                                                                                                     the 1981 original film of the same

                                                                                                                                                                                                     name as it is a “rethinking” or even      necessarily better ac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     what some will call a “re-imagin-         tors). Some of the things
                                                             *                                                                                                                             ing” of the story.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Neither version will go down in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that were similar were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               both movies involved a city at risk of being
                                                                                                                                                                                           cinematic history as being a great or even          destroyed by the Cracken (a giant under-
                                                                                                                                                                                           “artful” action movie, but both are pure            water creature), both had Medusa and the
                                                                                                                                                                                           popcorn fun, none-the-less, the later version       three Fates, both had Perseus as the main
                                                                                                                                                                                           being more entertaining if not a better film.       character, and both had Perseus’ pegus (a
                                                                                                                                                                                           Still, I was impressed with the claymation          flying winged horse).
                                                                                                                                                                                           from the first and even enjoyed its corny
                                                                                                                                                                                           dialogue at times, but felt the robot owl was
                                                                                                                                                                                           added only because R2D2 the small robot in
                                                                                                                                                                                           Star Wars had been such a big fan favorite at
                                                                                                                                                                                           the time. Hollywood has no shame when it
                                                                                                                                                                                           comes to ripping off other films.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Clash of the Titans is not in any way
                                                                                                                                                                                           affiliated with the Percy Jackson and the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Olympians series as some kids in my school
                                                                                                                                                                                           have drawn that conclusion. Anyway, both                    Sam Worthington as Perseus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clash films are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        based on Greek              The old movie stayed true to the my-
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        one of his most        new one took a great deal more liberty with
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Centurion ∑∑1/2                                                  warrior Etain. She doesn’t           to the first movie and to the original myth,          livers on that front and effects geeks won’t
Short Take: Standard                                             speak a word of dialogue, her        is reduced to a cameo appearance.                     be disappointed. Why it was even retooled
sword and sandal                                                 tongue having been cut out as              This isn’t really surprising when you           in 3-D to make the effects more special
epic recalls the days                                            a young girl. The rest of the        consider that in most of today’s fantasy/hor-         (and ticket prices more expensive)? I did
of Saturday matinees                                             cast of little known perform-        ror/action movies the story is there to serve         it the old fashioned way and saw it in 2-D.
except for its never                                             ers do what is expected of           the special effects rather than the other way         For me the added dimension wouldn’t have
ending parade                                                    them, which is primarily to          around and most of the performances we                made any difference.
of brutal, bloody                                                die, although Rachael Stirling       see in films of this nature are in accordance         Rated PG-13 for action violence, frighten-
violence.                                                        as a Pict outcast provides a last    with that fact. The fact that the major per-          ing images, and brief sensuality.
                                Olga Kurylenko as Etain in       minute love interest.                formances in Titans fly in the face of that
REEL TAKE: Neil                    the bloody Centurion.                                                                                                                             REVIEW BY CHIP KAUFMANN
                                                                      It was interesting to note      fact is a testament to the performers
Marshall’s Centurion
                                                                 and good to see that the film        themselves who, in what was once the
was chosen to open the first ever Actionfest
                                                  was shot entirely in England and Scotland           time honored tradition of movies like
                                                                                                                                                                                          Death at a
Film festival at the Carolina Cinemas here
                                                  rather than in some East European coun-             this, try to elevate the material they’ve                                           Funeral ∑∑
in Asheville. It certainly qualifies for that                                                                                                                                             Short Take:
                                                  try. The photography is gorgeous and is             been given.
honor as it is mostly non-stop action, or in                                                                                                                                              An American
                                                  the film’s strongest asset, along with an                 Liam Neeson (Zeus) and Ralph
this case non-stop violence with numerous                                                                                                                                                 remake of the
                                                  effective score and less headache inducing          Fiennes (Hades, who is not in the
hacked limbs, head splatterings and the oc-                                                                                                                                               ‘old’ (2007)
                                                  editing than usual. The bottom line though          original movie) know what to do
casional sword, ax, or spear to the groin.                                                                                                                                                British farce.
                                                  remains that this is a picture with no heart        with stuff like this and though some
      I’m trying to persuade myself that
                                                  whatsoever. Even the cheapest of the Satur-         may call it slumming, they are obvi-                                                REEL TAKE: It’s
                            (The Descent
writer/director Marshall (The Descent)                                                                                                                  Martin Lawrence, Peter
                                                  day matinee features that Centurion tries to        ously having a grand old time. Sam                                                  amazing to see
really intended to leave no cliché unused in                                                                                                           Dinklage, Tracy Morgan
                                                  emulate had that. If you must see it, it goes       Worthington (Perseus) is too ear-                                                   what projects ac-
crafting this throwback to the Saturday mat-                                                                                                          and Chris Rock in Death
                                                  into general release this August.                   nest for his own good. He needs to                                                  tually get green-
inees of yore. Movies from The Long Ships                                                                                                                    at a Funeral.
                                                  Unrated at this time but contains lots of           lighten up. This is Ancient Greece                                                  lighted and
and The War Lord to the Steve Reeves
                                                  bloody, graphic violence.                           not Pandora (even though he has his                   funded in the movie industry. Big bucks are
Hercules films come readily to mind, along
                                                                                                      Avatar haircut), myth not fantasy (there is a         spent on productions that really serve no
with such weightier fare like The Magnifi-                                  REVIEW BY CHIP KAUFMANN
                                                                                                      difference), and he needs to act accordingly,         point, while other worthy projects get re-
cent Seven and The Dirty Dozen, not to
                                                                                                      although I really blame the triple screen-            jected, circular filed or simply left to die. A
mention Gladiator. If that is indeed the case     Clash of the Titans ∑∑∑                             writing team of Travis Beachem, Phil Hay,
then it’s a sad day indeed when updating                                                                                                                    case in point is Neil LaBute’s recent remake
                                                  Short Take: Pointless CGI laden remake              and Matt Manfredi for his not doing so.
an old action/adventure film means adding         of the 1981 film is neither better nor                                                                                                      Funeral.
                                                                                                                                                            of Frank Oz’s 2007 Death at a Funeral
                                                                                                            My biggest complaint about the new                    The 2007 version was a dry British farce
videogame style violence to try and draw in       worse than the original.                            Titans is the shift in the focus of the original      about the mayhem that ensues on the day of
today’s more jaded audience.
                                                  REEL TAKE: It came as                                                  storyline. In 1981 and in the      the funeral of the patriarch of a dysfunction-
      The story, for those of you who care,
                                                  something of a shock to                                                original myth, Perseus was         al, stiff-upper-lip-type British family. The
concerns survivors of a massacred Roman
                                                  me that the new Clash                                                  motivated to undertake his         2010 version is an Americanized duplicate
legion in 2nd century Britain trying to get
                                                  of the Titans was not                                                  trials and tribulations by his     of the story, replacing uppity Brits for upper
back to their lines before being completely
                                                  significantly inferior to                                              love for Princess Androm-          middle class African Americans. The differ-
picked off by the enemy, who are led by a
                                                  the 1981 original (see                                                 eda which gives him the            ence? Vulgarity is now used to elicit laughs
fearsome female warrior. It’s the standard
                                                  my DVD pick for the                                                    strength and the motivation        versus the ludicrous farce itself.
plotline for many a war movie, which Cen-
                                                  month). The special                                                    to triumph against the odds              Chris Rock plays the dutiful and re-
turion qualifies as, but it’s not the familiar-
                                                  effects are technically                                                (and the Gods). This time          sponsible eldest son of the bereaved family
ity that bothers me as much as it’s the lack
                                                  superior and are consis- Sam Worthington as Perseus in                 around, in accordance with         and Martin Lawrence the Prodigal son. A
of sympathy for any of the characters. If
                                                  tent all the way through              Clash of the Titans.             our more cynical times and         menagerie of other characters round out
we don’t care about them then it really is
                                                  but they lack the charm                                                emphasis on the negative,          the family and friends and include Tracey
videogame style killing only on a big screen
                                                  and personality of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-          Perseus is motivated by hate and revenge for          Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover and
and with better graphics.
                                                  motion originals. The performances are              the murder of his family. This not only alters        James Marsden. Chaos (not be confused
      Michael Fassbender (300, Inglourious
                                                  better overall this time around but there           the focus of the story but the nature of the          with hilarity) ensues from the get go;
Basterds) fits right into this Romans-vs-Picts
                                                  just aren’t enough of them. The Gods are            performances as well.                                 among the highlights, the undertaker deliv-
story but to tell you the truth any actor with
                                                  reduced to a two man show (Zeus and                       But who cares about the story anyway?           ers the wrong dead guy, LSD is mistaken
the proper physique could have done it (al-
                                                  Hades), there is no elderly sidekick to move        This movie was made to show off its CGI               for valium and ingested by more than one
though with CGI even that isn’t necessary).
                                                  the story along and provide running com-            and from Medusa to the giant scorpions to             character, and a dwarf shows up claiming to
                    Quantam Solace
Olga Kurylenko (Quantam of Solace) gives
                                                  mentary, and Princess Andromeda, the key            the all encompassing Kraken, it certainly de-
the film’s best performance as the female                                                                                                                                     ‘Movies’ continued on page 24

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                                                      Date Night ∑∑∑                                                         was not as good as I             felonies to try to get out of trouble.
be the long time lover of the dead patriarch                Date Night is about                                              hoped it would be.                    There were also a few sequences
and tries to blackmail the family. Ironically         a suburban couple, Claire                                              The dialogue be-                 where the action went on far too long
Peter Dinklage reprises his role as the secret        and Phil Foster (Tina Fey                                              tween the two leads              without anything funny happening and
lover. (Personally I thought this was odd at          and Steve Carell), who                                                 was probably the                 that I found boring. However there were
first, but then really liked that he is the one       want to take a break from                                              most enjoyable part              some redeemable moments that were
constant between the two versions.)                   their lives as parents and                                             because Carell and               funny enough to make up for the parts
      Much has been made about the decline            decide to go to dinner                                                 Fey were obviously               that dragged.
of Neil LaBute’s career of late, with this film       at a fancy restaurant in                                               having fun working                    Date Night wasn’t a complete waste
being touted as the nail in the coffin (pun           Manhattan. When they                                                   together, but overall            of time and is probably worth seeing
completely intended). When Tracy Morgan’s                                            Tina Fey and Steve Carell in the
                                                      can’t get in, they steal          action comedy Date Night.            Date Night wasn’t                once, especially if you are a fan of Tina
hand is covered in Danny Glover’s sh!t, it            another couple’s din-                                                  very special.                    Fey or Steve Carell or if you enjoy movies
is hard to believe that this film is made by          ner reservations and try to enjoy their            I understand that most movies in the                 that incorporate action and comedy. It
the same man who directed Possession and              night. But it turns out that the couple      action/comedy genre generally don’t make                   certainly does provide some good laughs
In the Company of Men. However, more                  that they’re impersonating is involved in    sense, but the plot of Date                                                     but unless you’re ex-
people will go to see Death at a Funeral than         shady business, and the night that they      Night was illogical to the                                                      ceptionally eager to see
ever went to see the aforementioned films.            hoped would be romantic and glamor-          point of annoyance. It                                                          it, I would wait until it
Maybe I’m just having a ‘glass half full’ day,
but kudos to LaBute for taking chances and
                                                      ous dissolves into a race from thugs who
                                                      want them dead.
                                                                                                   wasn’t clear to me why
                                                                                                   the characters, two fairly
                                                                                                                                         TEEN                                      comes out on DVD.
working to avoid ‘typecasting.’
      While I’ve sounded less than kind so far
                                                            I am a big fan of Steve Carell and
                                                      Tina Fey, so I was very excited to see
                                                                                                   straitlaced parents, con-
                                                                                                   tinued to run around the
                                                                                                                                       REVIEW                                      Rated PG-13 for sexual
                                                                                                                                                                                   and crude content, lan-
about this film, it’s really not that bad. It’s                                                                                      by Clara Sofia                                guage, some violence,
                                                      this movie. But I have to admit that it      city committing various                                                         and a drug reference.
actually exactly what I thought it would be.
The 2007 film (which I liked) certainly plays
better as a classic farce. However, I couldn’t
have cared less about any of the characters
and I didn’t really laugh out loud. Per-                That said, I still don’t quite see why        he used to make back in his heyday. Much            worth seeing for that aspect alone. In Ghost
haps it’s just the difference of us ‘Yanks’ in    this film was remade or at least why it was         has been made about the similarities of this        Writer he creates a bleak and windy land-
general, but this version is warmer and you       remade so shortly after the original. Many          film to those of Alfred Hitchcock, and it is        scape (supposedly the Massachusetts coast
actually like some of the characters, in par-     classic French and English farces have              certainly there, but with one important differ-     but shot in Germany since Polanski can’t
ticular Chris Rock as the #1 son and James        played community theatres the world over,           ence. More about that later.                        come to the U.S.) that reinforces the isola-
Marsden as the white, unwittingly acid-laced      over and over again – maybe that’s what’s                 Like Hitchcock, Polanski is fascinated        tion and growing fear that the protagonist
suitor of one of the nieces.                      happening here. Maybe Almodovar or Ang              with putting ordinary people into extraordi-        feels and that we feel as well.
                                                  Lee will redo it in another three years (with       nary circumstances. Films like Rosemary’s                I cannot close out this review without
                                                  Peter Dinklage, of course).                         Baby, Chinatown, The Tenant and Frantic             mentioning Eli Wallach. The legendary
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                                                                            REVIEW BY MICHELLE KEENAN                                                                                   variety of very diverse films. His ghost writer     beginning about telling you the one im-
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  Carmike 10 (Asheville)                          The Ghost Writer ∑∑∑∑                               then so is the source material. MacGregor’s         Roman Polanski without providing a major
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                                                  REEL TAKE: Roman
  Cinebarre (Asheville)                           Polanski is back in the                                             Brosnan’s turn as the politi-       Knew Too Much, Saboteur or especially                               celebrity news again                                                cian is also a testament to this    North By Northwest and you can easily see
  The Falls Theatre (Brevard)                     as a result of his arrest                                           fact. It shows him comfortably      the difference for yourselves.
  Movieline (828) 883-2200                        and imprisonment (he                                                shedding the role of James          Rated PG-13 for language, nudity, violence
                                                  has since been released)                                            Bond and settling in to be-         and drug references.
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  Movieline (828) 232-1536                        and possible extradition                                                                                                             REVIEW BY CHIP KAUFMANN
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                                                  a 30+ year old morals                                                                                   Harry Brown ∑∑∑
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  Movieline (828) 697-2463                                                          A wary Ewan MacGregor                                                 Short Take: This harrowing story about
                                                  rently being detained                                               with actors, very few direc-                                                            and bystander in Roman                                                a geriatric vigilante is ugly, unpleasant,
                                                  in Switzerland. All this                                            tors working today have the
                                                                                  Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.                                            and unrelievedly grim despite fine
  Four Seasons (Hendersonville)                   publicity has tended to                                             pictorial skills of Polanski. All
                                                                                                      of his films, even the lesser ones like Pirates     performances from Michael Caine and
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                                                  obscure his latest effort, The Ghost Writer,                                                            Emily Mortimer.
                                                  which is a return to the type of classic thriller   or Oliver Twist are visually striking and are
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                                                                 Sharp as a Tack: The Films of Don Sharp
‘Movies’ continued from pg. 24


                                      I have                   rom time to time I like to focus on       remarkable movies together.
                                      been fol-                the little guy, the unsung heroes               Rasputin, The Mad Monk                                               BY   CHIP KAUFMANN
                                      lowing the               behind the camera who have                (1965) gave Lee one of his best
                                      career of                given and still continue to give          roles as the infamous Russian                              devil worship and teen suicide
                                      Michael                  us pleasure and satisfaction in the       mystic and libertine. Although                             while having a healthy disre-
                                      Caine            works they created and left behind for us         worthless as history (to avoid                             spect for just about everything.
                                      for over         to enjoy. This time our unsung hero is the        lawsuits), it was beautifully made                         It satirizes The Wild Angels and
  Michael Caine as the title
                                      40 years         Australian director Don Sharp.                    and very entertaining. Next were                           Night of the Living Dead while
   character in the intense           now. At                Sharp was born in Hobart, Tasmania          two films for sexploitation pro-                           giving Hollywood icon George
         Harry Brown.                 the age of       (the same birthplace as Errol Flynn) in           ducer Harry Alan Towers based                              Sanders a last memorable role as
                                      77 he has        1922. He began working in the theatre at          on Sax Rohmer’s Oriental vil-                              a satanic butler who knows how
become an icon who can pick and choose                 an early age but dreamed of leaving Aus-          lain, Fu Manchu. The Face of Fu                            to deliver the witty and sardonic
what work he wants to do when he wants                 tralia in order to make films abroad. Sharp       Manchu (1965) and The Brides                               dialogue. You may not like
to do it. I’m sure the idea of returning to            came to England in the early 1950s and            of Fu Manchu (1966) were                                   Psychomania, but once seen you
Britain to appear in the type of gritty, vio-          began working first as an actor for the BBC       good old-fashioned, politically                            won’t forget it, especially the
lent, crime thriller that he more or less in-          in some of their early TV programs and            incorrect thrillers that featured                          out-of-left-field ending.
augurated with the original Get Carter back            then as a director of children’s theatre.         Sharp’s trademark steady pace                                    If Sharp’s movies could be
in 1971 must have appealed to him if for no                  His first real break as a director came     and visual mastery.                                        summed up in one word that
other reason than to show that despite his             with Hammer Films in 1962. Hammer                       The 1970s saw Sharp move                             word would be “foreground”.
advanced age, like Clint Eastwood in Gran              was famous for its horror films, a Fran-          away from horror films into                                Taking a page from the films
Torino, he still has an edge.                          kenstein series with Peter Cushing and a          tense thrillers for which he was                           of Fritz Lang, Sharp always
     Harry Brown is a British version of               Dracula series with Christopher Lee. Sharp        ideally suited. There was Dark                             seems to have something in
Gran Torino which means that it’s a grim,              had never seen a horror film when he was          Places (1973) about hidden loot                            the foreground of his shots.
unflinching look at contemporary urban                 asked to direct a non-Christopher Lee film        and madness, Hennessey (1976)                              This not only makes his movies
crime but without the other film’s redemp-             called Kiss of the Vampire about a cult of        about an IRA plot to blow up                               more interesting to look at, but
tive qualities. It also does not attempt to            vampires at the turn of the 20th century.         Parliament and a remake of                                 it subliminally creates a sense
manipulate the audience the way Michael                After viewing a few of the studio’s early         Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps                            of depth that draws you deeper
Winner did with Death Wish back in 1974.               films, he jumped right in and gave Ham-           (1978) which was more faithful                             into the film without your real-
There is no rooting for Harry Brown as he              mer a big success on a very small budget.         to the original material but did                           izing it at the time.
gets back at the lowlifes who inhabit his                    This success led to a costume picture       poorly at the box office. By then                                Most of the movies men-
tenement and murder his friend and chess               (The Devil Ship Pirates) and then a couple        he had moved into television and                           tioned in this article are readily
partner. We watch him go into their world,             of black and white B pictures for American        directed a number of films there.                          available on DVD except for the
do what he can about it (i.e., killing them),          producer Robert L. Lippert (Witchcraft,           His best known TV movie was a remake            late 70s ones which are available in Europe
and then try to reemerge.                              Curse of the Fly), which solidified his
                                                                       Fly                               of The Four Feathers (1977) with Beau           only for the time being. So if you enjoy
     Emily Mortimer plays a police inspec-             reputation as someone who could get               Bridges and Jane Seymour.                       disposable entertainment that turns out
tor who is systematically subjected to sexism          the most out of the least. These pictures               It was in 1972 that Sharp made his        not to be so disposable then check out the
on her job (like Helen Mirren in Prime                 have since become cult classics especially        masterpiece, the deliciously subversive         movies of Don Sharp. They have a habit
Suspect but who still manages to take a
Suspect)                                               in England. The success of these films            black comedy Psychomania. The title is          of staying with you long after they have
humanistic approach to her police work in              brought Sharp into partnership with               meaningless and that’s part of the joke. It’s   finished and plenty of movies with much
spite of the hostile environment from her              Christopher Lee and they made three               a biker movie that contains elements of         bigger budgets cannot make that claim.
peers as well as the criminals. She wants to
help Harry after the death of his friend, not
realizing that he’s the one responsible for
the recent spate of killings.                      Emily Mortimer, although much younger,                How to Train Your Dragon                            tion used to be a Disney competitor. Their
     The criminal elements who inhabit             is very similar. She can go from the heartfelt                                                            features, especially the Shrek series, were
the world of this film are every law abiding
                                                   feelings of Dear Frankie to the slapstick of          Short Take: This animated feature                   noted for their irreverence and the ability
citizen’s worst nightmare. They are doped          the recent Pink Panther movies to this grim                                                               to update the old Disney formula of all’s
up, sexed out, cretins who revel in every                                                                recycles old material but makes for
                                                   world of crime without batting an eye. May            a pleasant enough outing with the                   well that ends well and they all lived hap-
violent act they can commit. What few              her career continue to flourish.                                                                          pily ever after by supplying an edge. But
sentences they can speak are laden with                                                                  occasional breathtaking 3-D effect.
                                                        Although the Brits are really good                                                                   not this time.
profanity. Compared to them the punks in           at this down and dirty type of urban                  REEL TAKE: Having sat through some                        This is strictly a paint-by-the-numbers
Gran Torino are Sunday School kids. Of             thriller, most of the others have elements            rather heavy fare for this month’s batch            effort of the young misfit who must prove
course Harry Brown eventually gets his             of humor, or at least black humor, to ease            of reviews, I decided I needed a break and          himself to those around him and get the girl
revenge, but we don’t cheer for him when           the burden of sitting through the really              looked forward to seeing something upbeat           in the end. Not that there’s anything wrong
they die. Harry’s odyssey through their            unpleasant bits. Such is not the case with            and positive as well as something that would        with that scenario but somehow Dragon
world, much like George C. Scott’s journey         Harry Brown. It’s as harrowing and un-                be just good old fashioned fun. How to              just didn’t involve me the way I wanted
through the world of porno in Hardcore, is         relenting a film as I’ve seen in a very long          Train Your Dragon was all of these things           it to. Maybe it was the mood I was in.
a trip through Hell.                               time, a film that can be admired for its look         but ultimately I found it lacking.                  There were six others in the theatre for the
     Caine is able to invest this unfortunate      and for its performances but not one that                  While watching this I was not only             afternoon showing I attended, two different
character with as much charisma as he can.         you can enjoy (at least I hope not).                  reminded of countless other titles in this          families, and they thoroughly enjoyed the
Harry Brown is not unlikable, he’s just not                                                                      Pete’s
                                                                                                         genre (Pete’s Dragon and Cloudy with a              film. In the long run, it’s their opinion and
sympathetic. It’s another fine performance         Rated R for strong violence, language, drug           Chance of Meatballs to name two), but I
                                                   use, and sexual content.                                                                                  their money that counts.
showing that Caine can effortlessly play                                                                 was struck by how Disneylike this Dream-
almost anything and make it believable.                                    REVIEW BY CHIP KAUFMANN       works offering was. Dreamworks Anima-                                ‘Movies’ continued on page 26

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‘Movies’ continued from page 25                           Mostly known for her                                             Cherie Currie, on the           cinating to watch. I don’t know if it was just
                                                    music videos, Italian director and                                     other hand, did not.            a slightly naïve and maternal instinct, but I
     The story involves Hiccup (Jay Ba-             photographer Floria Sigismondi                                         As a young girl on the          was aghast that no one looked out for these
ruchel), a young, scrawny Viking who is the         is a good fit for this vehicle. She                                    threshold of woman-             girls – no one at home, no one on the road.
laughing stock of his village because of his        adapted Cherie Currie’s autobiog-                                      hood (as the first shot         Regardless of how tough they were or how
size and lack of ability. The village is con-       raphy Neon Angel and serves as                                         of the movie so aptly           ready they thought they were, the record
stantly being attacked by dragons and Hic-          director. While the film is good,                                      conveys), she grows             industry slices, dices and calls the shots.
cup’s father, the uber-macho Stoick (Gerald         it’s a pretty standard bio-pic. A few                                  up altogether too fast                I was impressed at the performances by
Butler) lives to destroy them. In the mean-         startling shots and a rawness give                                     when she’s handpicked           Fanning and Stewart; the nuanced under-
time Hiccup has to undergo basic training in        it a certain edge, but do not elevate                                  to be the part-Bar-             standing of their characters belies their
fighting dragons which, of course, he isn’t         it to greatness. What is remark-                                       dot, part-Bowie, part           youth, and I look forward to seeing more
any good at. Hardly the way to impress the          able is how easily we forget that as                                   school-girl lead singer         from them both as they mature. Michael
girl Viking Astrid (America Ferrara) that he’s      recently as the mid-70’s societal                                      of the world’s first all        Shannon, (Revolutionary Road, Pearl
fond of. One day while retrieving an errant         attitudes still didn’t allow women                                     female rock band The            Harbor
                                                                                                                                                           Harbor) turns in another wonderful and
invention, he discovers a wounded dragon            the freedoms we enjoy today.                                           Runaways. She falls
                                                                                                                           Runaways                        colorful performance as Kim Fowley, the
he names Toothless and a friendship is                    At 15 years old Joan Jett had                                    prey to sex, drugs and          producer who launched The Runaways.
born. This friendship transforms his life and       a clear vision of what she wanted                                      rock ‘n’ roll and loses               All in all, The Runaways is a worth-
those of the Viking villagers.                      to do; she wanted to rock and             Dakota Fanning and           herself by the ripe old         while view, but, like the band itself, it
                                                    she wanted to rock with women.           Kristen Stewart rock it       age of 17.                      doesn’t have staying power.
                                                    She didn’t want to be part of a            in The Runaways.                 The Runaways               Rated R for language, drug use and sexual
                                                    ‘boys club’ nor did she want to be                                     caught me by surprise.          content - all involving teens.
                                                    manipulated by a male dominated world             Standard bio-pic fare and drug addiction
                                                                                                                                                                                  REVIEW BY MICHELLE KEENAN
                                                    or industry. As we all know, Jett had the         don’t usually hold my attention or rouse my
                                                    stamina and fortitude to survive and thrive.      sympathies. Here though it was almost fas-

Gerard Butler is the voice of Stoick (on
 right) in How to Train Your Dragon.
                                                             Chip Kaufmann’s Pick:
                                                               “Clash of the Titans”                           May DVD Picks                                  Michelle Keenan’s Pick:
                                                                                                                                                              “Death at a Funeral”

      It turns out that dragons aren’t really
bad by choice. The real villain of the piece            Clash of the Titans (1981)                                                                     the new version it’s fun to compare the
is a gigantic monster dragon who holds the                   Clash of the Titans was the last film                                                     two and the audiences for each. If you
other dragons in bondage, forcing them to               to be made by stop motion animation                                                            are someone who just knows you won’t
do the bad things that they do like raid and            specialist Ray Harryhausen and despite                                                         like the new version, you’re probably are
burn the Viking village. Can Hiccup and                 some typically marvelous effects such                                                          someone who will like the other.
Toothless defeat the monster and save the               as Pegasus, Medusa, the scorpions and                                                                Frank Oz directed the 2007 ver-
village? Can Hiccup and his father ever see             the two headed dog, the film is seriously                                                      sion. It’s a dry, classic British farce. The
eye to eye? Will Hiccup win Astrid’s love               hampered by budgetary constraints and                                                          story is identical to the new version (see
and respect? Is the Pope Catholic?                      the unfortunate decision to combine too                                                        review on page 23), but instead of upper
      It isn’t the predictability of How to             many animated figures with live action                                                         middle class African Americans we have
Train Your Dragon that bothered me. A film              ones without properly matching them up.                                                        uppity Brits. Matthew MacFadyen (Pride
                                                        Bubo, the R2-D2 owl is also something          just in time to cash in on the new film’s       & Prejudice) is Daniel, the eldest son of
of this nature is supposed to be predictable.                                                          release but the first version was a less than
That’s part of what we go to it for. What did           that’ll you’ll either love or hate.                                                            a dysfunctional British family gathered
                                                             Despite the occasional effects short-     sterling transfer which magnified the spe-      to mourn the loss of the patriarch of the
bother me was the blandness of it all. Even                                                            cial effects deficiencies. The film looked
the 3-D failed to hold my attention after               comings, this Titans has a much better sto-                                                    family. He, like Chris Rock in the new
                                                        ry than the new one thanks to screenwriter     much better on the big screen and hope-         version, is the central figure in a day
awhile, which just goes to show that you                                                               fully this new transfer will have made the
need more than 3-D (real 3-D in this case)              Beverley Cross who knows his mythology.                                                        of mayhem. The undertaker delivers
                                                        He even persuaded wife Maggie Smith to         necessary corrections.                          the wrong body, his cousin’s fiancé has
to make a movie work. You need characters                                                                    Despite its flaws, Clash of the Titans
that the audience cares about and you need              perform in it and that is this film’s other                                                    mistakenly ingested hallucinogenic drugs,
                                                        strong suit. It has a much stronger cast       remains an ideal film for the young and         and a dwarf that nobody seems to know
to be able to tell a familiar story in such a                                                          the young at heart. It imparts a positive
way that it engages the audience and doesn’t            (Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Burgess                                                       turns out to be his late father’s longtime
                                                        Meredith, Sian Phillips) and a script that     message and features a cast of seasoned         lover and is prepared to blackmail the
seem so familiar.                                                                                      professionals who know how to get the
                                                        actually gives the women characters (god-                                                      family for a certain sum of money.
Rated PG for action sequences, scary im-                desses and mortals) something to do.           most out of the mythological material.                While it has a few guttural moments,
ages, and some mild language.                                                                          The sad thing is that soon everyone will        the Brit version plays with less vulgarity
                                                             The major difference between the
                        REVIEW BY CHIP KAUFMANN         two is this film’s emphasis on Love as         only think of the 2010 version and this         and is straight farce. Hence it is the better
                                                        opposed to Hate. It is Love that motivates     one will appear outdated, its message of        of the two farces, but perhaps the lesser
The Runaways ∑∑∑∑                                       Perseus (Harry Hamlin) to seek out, win        courage and hope lost among the CGI             for laugh out loud comedy. Critically,
Short Take: Girls rock!                                 the heart of, and eventually rescue the        spectacle of its successor.                     it is clearly the better movie, but many
                                                        Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker) who                                                           more people will see the new version and
REEL TAKE: Dakota Fanning is all grown                  is no shrinking violet and is definitely       Death at a Funeral (2007)                       many more Americans will prefer it to the
up and Kristen Stewart is free of vampires                                                                                                             Brit version. If you are an Anglophile, or
                                                        worth saving. The new film has Perseus              After watching the recent remake of
and werewolves in The Runaways. Both                                                                                                                   if this simply sounds better than Tracy
                                                        motivated by hatred and revenge and            Death at a Funeral, I thought the 2007
young actresses have left their former per-                                                                                                            Morgan helping a crotchety old wheel-
                                                        Andromeda is merely an excuse to trot          version would be a great DVD pick for
sonas in the dust to play Cherie Currie and                                                                                                            chair bound Danny Glover in and out of
                                                        out the monstrous Kraken.                      the month. Chances are you didn’t see
Joan Jett. Innocence is shed and hard core                                                                                                             the bathroom, then you may want to rent
                                                             I haven’t seen the latest DVD incar-      it when it was out and you may not have
living is embraced in this story of the first                                                                                                          the 2007 version of Death at a Funeral.
                                                        nation of this film which was rolled out       even known about it to rent it. If you see
all-female rock band in the mid-1970s.

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    The Art of Teaching ... the Craft of Poetry                                                                                                             Cold Rains of Spring

                                                                                                                                                                The cold rains of spring
           major reason for the enduring                                                              cover. He is that rare teacher who cares                      come every year;
                                                                                  BY TED OLSON
          relevance of poetry — an ancient art                                                        about students long after a class is over.           Driving down from the heavens,
          form — in our routinized society is                                                              Recently, three decades after I took          Flashing from the dark cloud masses,
          that certain people have dedicated          Michael’s approach to critiquing such           his class, I received notification that the       Creating a muddy mess of bogs, puddles,
          their lives to keeping the spirit of  formative efforts at poetry was markedly              U. of M.’s Department of English would                     and torrential streams.
poetry alive in our minds and hearts. I’m re-   different. He recognized strengths in some            mark Michael’s retirement from teaching
                                                of my individual poems, and he intuited the                                                                      Humans hunched over
ferring to poets, public champions of poetry,                                                         by celebrating his extensive service to the             against the gusts scurry about
or teachers. And, of course, some people        larger trajectory of my poetry. His writ-             department, to the wider community, and
                                                ten comments on drafts of my poems were                                                                      Encased in Gore-Tex and plastic
serve in all three roles.                                                                             to poetry. I received an email encouraging             grimacing at the windy wetness.
      Truly dedicated poets are champions       always spot-on, sensitive to human frailties          me to reminisce about studying poetry
of poetry and — whether or not they ever        and generally positive in nature yet helpfully        with Michael, an invitation apparently                   Cars and trucks driving on
set foot in a classroom — teachers, because     critical. Michael knew that the students in           sent to 38 other former or current stu-                dirt roads and grass driveways,
by their example they dem-                                            that class were writing po-     dents (39 being the number of years he              Spinning tires helplessly boring tracks
onstrate to younger gen-                                              ems for a purpose beyond        has taught at that school).                                  into the sodden turf.
erations that words (even           Words can wield the               simply gaining college               I was honored to be asked, and
                                                                      credit, and he conveyed                                                                   Cold winds whip the rain
in our image-conscious                power to make us                                                while jotting down my memories of
                                                                      to each of us his sense of                                                                   into a pagan frenzy,
society) still can wield the                                                                          Michael’s influence on my own journey
power to make us aware of             aware of a deeper               what that purpose might         to and through poetry, I have realized                 Piercing every crack and cranny,
                                      experience of life.             be if we applied ourselves.                                                            Thundering upon the rooftops,
— and perhaps inspire us                                                                              the considerable extent to which he has
                                                                            As represented in                                                             battering against windows and doors,
to move toward — a deeper                                                                             been a role-model (to me and obviously
                                                                      Michael’s class, poetry                                                                Wetting all, inside and out, like
experience of life.                                                                                   to many others) of how to proceed into
                                                was an exciting if ultimately mysterious                                                                   the waves of a stormy merciless sea.
      Any person who has discovered poetry                                                            poetry’s mysterious realm — without a
(or perhaps I should say, any person whom       realm — we students savored class gather-             map, perhaps, but with a clear sense that                Beasts of the fields huddle
poetry has discovered) can remember a mo-       ings, and several of us discussed poetry              the journey is well worth taking.                    furtively under bushes and rocks;
ment or moments when poetry awakened            outside of class. We were all impressed with                                                                      In their dens praying
in him or her some transcendent revelation      Michael’s ability to negotiate his roles as a                                                              with their primitive minds while
(however grounded that revelation might         gifted, widely published poet, a dedicated                                                                Hungry bellies rumbling, beseeching,
                                                advocate for poetry on and off campus, and                              Ted Olson is the
have been in quotidian reality). I can recall                                                                           author of such books                 cry out for a coming soon of
a few formative memories in which my fate       an accessible and insightful teacher.                                                                         Sunshine, warmth, dryness
                                                                                                                        as Breathing in
was first cast to the powerful, unpredictable         It was a sad day for us students when                             Darkness: Poems (Wind                     and life-giving food.
winds of poetry.                                that class ended. As it turned out, Michael’s                           Publications, 2006)
      At the age of sixteen, having previ-      support for my poetry continued. After I had                                                                      Only poets and madmen
                                                                                                                        and Blue Ridge Folklife
ously written a range of juvenile poems, I      left Minnesota, my mother very occasion-                                (University Press of                    wander around on such days
produced the first of many failed attempts at   ally crossed paths with Michael on campus                Mississippi, 1998) and he is the                   Staring upwards with mouths agape,
composing a “serious” poem. On my seven-        (where she likewise worked), and he appar-               editor of numerous books, including                   Feeling the pressure of the rain
teenth birthday, my mother, a “Britophile,”     ently would tell her that he thought I was a             CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual                    on their upturned faces;
gave me two paperback books that had in         promising poet.                                          (Mercer University Press, 2009). His                 Laughing joyfully, manically —
common the distinction of being, as she put           Such support meant a lot to me — I had             experiences as a poet and musician are                   with complete abandon.
it, “important examples of modern British       graduated and was off working in a world                 discussed on
                                                                                                                                                               Wondering, hoping, willing
poetry.” One book featured the exuber-          that didn’t particularly care whether or not             breathingindarkness.htm.
                                                                                                                                                                 for the wildness of it all,
ant poems of Dylan Thomas and the other         I would ever compose a single worthwhile
                                                                                                                                                              The spiritual connectiveness
the rather austere work of T. S. Eliot. I was   poem. Many years later, after some of my              Poets who would like for their poetry to               to all things — praying that the
intrigued by the powerful communication         poems had been published in periodicals and           be considered for a future column may                  Cold rains of spring last forever;
lurking within the words of those challeng-     after I had received an offer from a small-           send their books and manuscripts to                         For at least this year…
ing yet compelling poems.                       press publisher to collect those and some             Ted Olson, ETSU, Box 70400, Johnson
      Three years later, in 1980, after trans-  other poems into book-form, Michael gra-              City, TN 37614. Please include contact                          Carl Iobst
ferring to the University of Minnesota as a     ciously offered to write a blurb for the book’s       information and a SASE with submissions.                          March 17, 2010
second semester freshman, I enrolled in Mi-
chael Dennis Browne’s class entitled “Ad-
vanced Poetry Writing.” The first creative
writing class I ever took, Michael’s class was
a highlight of my time as a college student.          APPRECIATING POETS AND TEACHERS                                                                   Poet Susan Rebecca White
Thereafter, any confidence I mustered in                                                                                                                   Appears in Asheville
my ability to write poetry was a direct result     Sunday, May 2 - 3:00 p.m.                         Wednesday May 12 - 7:00 p.m.
of Michael’s encouragement.                        Poetrio – Featured poets are Joseph Bathanti,     Men’s Poetry Workshop with Trey Moore              Susan Rebecca White, author of
      Shortly before enrolling in that class,      Ava Leavell Haymon, and Peter Blair.              – Helpful feedback from fellow poets.              Bound South, will be on tour in the
                                                                                                                                                        area promoting her latest book, A
while attending my previous college, I
                                                   Tuesday May 4 - 7:00 p.m.                         Thursday May 20 - 5:30 p.m.                        Soft Place to Land.
had given a group of my poems to another
teacher, who had returned the poems to me          Teacher Appreciation Night – Join us for an       Women on Words – Members inspire and               IF YOU GO: Friday, May
                                                   evening with Danny Kofke, author of How to        critique the presented poems. New members
with the following hand-written note: “In                                                                                                               21 at 5:30 p.m. Cyrano’s
                                                   Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher’s       are always welcome.
five years time you’ll disown every one of         Salary, and Elizabeth Hubbell, author of                                                             Books, 390 Main Street,
these poems; in ten years time you’ll forgive      Learning: A Challenge to Parents, Educators,      Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St.          Highlands, NC.
yourself having written these.” However            and Legislators. Enjoy free coffee, free books,   in Asheville. Phone (828) 254-6734 or visit        Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
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                                                   Going Rogue: An American Life                                                                        MAY BOOK REVIEWS
                                                                                                                                                        BOOK REVIEWS BY CAULEY BENNETT
                                                                 Written and read by Sarah Palin                                                        ADDITIONAL REVIEWS BY DALE BOWEN
    Bookstore Happenings

                                                         ears ago, I listened to Nancy
                                                                                              REVIEW BY CAULEY BENNETT
  Saturday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. It’s a                    Reagan’s autobiography (My
  Zombie Crawl. Join children’s librarian                Turn, the Memoirs of                                                                                                    Two Readings
  Carol Dennis and author Eric Brown for                 Nancy Reagan), which she
  a night of the living dead.                            herself read. Although the
                                                                                                  “…short…                                                                          by Author
  Tuesday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m. Book Babies.    book didn’t change my politics, it               energetic…                                                                      David Madden
                                               did turn my head 180-degrees about                  snarky…”
  Thursday May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Meet Ann         Mrs. Reagan and I now count her as                                                                                               Prolific novelist,
  Herendeen, author of Pride/Prejudice         a personal heroine of mine.                                                                                                      poet, critic and
  and Phyllida and the Brotherhood both              So I hoped it was with an
  published by Harper Collins.
                                                                                                                                                                                playwright David
                                               open mind I ventured into Going Rogue,                                                                                           Madden will read
  Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Art After Dark.   the autobiography of Sarah Palin, former             is standard interviewing technique when              from his tenth novel, Abducted by
                                               governor of Alaska and Republican Vice-              the subject is trying to be evasive. Couric          Circumstance. It tells the story of a
  Saturday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Live Music.
                                               Presidential candidate. I chose the audio            was only doing her job. Ms. Palin needs to           woman whose life is unraveling and
  Tuesday, May 11                              version (Harper Audio, unabridged) on                accept she was at fault for reacting with an-        what happens when she glimpses a
                                               the theory that hearing Palin’s voice would          noyance instead of diplomacy.                        woman who disappears.
  • 10:00 a.m. Book Babies                     tell me more about her than looking at                     By the end of the book, 8 hours on
  • 6:00 p.m. Mountain Writers. New            disembodied words on page.                           7 discs, I came away feeling I knew Sarah            IF YOU GO: Saturday, May 8 at 7:00
  members welcome.                                   My first problem with the audio book           Palin the person, a little better. I’d like to       p.m. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café,
                                               was unexpected. Ms. Palin’s delivery is              go hiking with her someday, just the two of          Asheville. Saturday, May 15, at 1:00
  Thursday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. Afternoon                                                           us and our dogs. I think we’d have a lot of          p.m., Blue Ridge Osondu Books &
                                               folksy (“You betcha!”) and her wit is keen
  Book Club.                                                                                                                                             Café, Waynesville. (828) 456-6000.
                                               (“What’s the difference between a pitbull            things to laugh about.
  Saturday, May 15                             and a hockey mom? Lipstick.”) But her                      But her autobiography didn’t positively
                                               nasal, clipped speaking style is distracting.        influence my opinion about her readiness
  • 11:00 a.m. Teddy Bear Picnic with our      When she says “fill” for “feel” and “big dill        for national office. In the entire book Palin
  very own Allison Best-Teague. Bring          for “big deal,” I want to shout back “loosen         did not say one thing that lead me to believe                 Historical Novelist
  your favorite teddy bear and come and
  hear about bears. We may even have a
                                               up and love your vowels!”                            she has acquired the depth or self-analysis            Ann Herendeen Reads at
                                                     The early parts of her life were the most      that a true leader needs. “Don’t retreat — re-
  bear expert to talk with us.                 interesting. I learned Sarah Palin and I have        load!” is not an expression of wisdom, it’s a                  Local Bookstores
  • 1:00 p.m. David Madden, author of          a lot in common. We were born Catholic,              sound bite.
  Abducted by Circumstance, will read and      come from large, lower-income families                     Other than a brief tribute to Ronald                               If you like historical
  sign books.                                  and worked our way through colleges that             Reagan (“We win. You lose.), never does                                  fiction with bi-sexual
                                               weren’t fancy eastern finishing schools. We          Palin discuss great men or women who have                                heroes and heroines
  • 6:30 p.m. Music with Jonathan Martin.                                                                                                                                    you’ll be fascinated
                                               both love the outdoors, manly men, and               influenced her. She never reveals the soul-
                                               single color suits. I come from a military           searching process, hard-won from education                               by Ann Herendeen’s
  Monday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Nonfiction
                                               family and married a Marine; she has a son           and experience, that a person must take to                               books. She’s making
  Book Club. New members are always
  welcome.                                     in Iraq. We even wear the same eye glasses.          be worthy to lead the #1 country in the                                  a quick tour of WNC
                                                     I responded positively to all her personal     free world. No where does she indicate any
                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Fred Gary
  Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Book
  Babies.                                      stories of marriage to Todd Palin and moth-          philosophy noble enough to inspire others,           IF YOU GO: Thursday, May 6 at 7:00
                                               ering a brood of five. She touched me deeply         other than her conviction that when “one             p.m. Blue Ridge Osondu Books &
  Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. Spirit         with the description of her decision not to          door closes, another opens.”                         Café, Waynesville. (828) 456-6000.
  Seekers Book Club.                           seek an abortion when she found out the                    I enjoyed reading Going Rogue. It was          Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Malaprop’s
  Saturday, May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Live Music     child would have Down’s Syndrome. Head-              short and informative, and the energetic,            Bookstore/Café, Asheville. For more
  with Chris Minick.                           on she dealt with the disappointment she felt        sometimes snarky tone was entertaining.              details call (828) 254-6734.
                                               at the news of daughter Bristol’s pregnancy. I       I’m also glad I didn’t have to pay for it. I got     Saturday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. City
  Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. Meet poet                                                             it for free in the library. You know, one of
                                               agree with her that Bristol should have been                                                              Lights Bookstore, Sylva. For more
  Scott Owens who will read from his
                                               off limits to press coverage. Children are           those big, overblown government things.              details call (828) 586-9499.
  new collection Paternity. Books will be
  available for sale.                          children even if they’re pregnant.                          – Cauley Bennett is an Asheville writer.
                                                     Palin let the daggers fly in her version
  Tuesday, May 25                              of what happened on the national campaign
                                               and it was interesting to learn her behind-
  • 10:00 a.m. Book Babies                     the-scenes viewpoint. It seemed obvious
  • 6:30 p.m. All Gender All Genre             to me at the time that in the chaos of the                 A Literary Witch Awakens in the Blue Ridge Mountains
  Book Club. New members are always            campaign she was mishandled and treated                 What happens when a novice witch              Nilsen is currently revising Tapestry
  welcome.                                     unfairly by some campaign staffers — I                  confronts the vengeful ghost of her           Lion and writing the first draft of
  Saturday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. Live Music     doubt a male candidate would have had to                beloved’s long-dead mother?                   Phoenix Ashes, the next two novels in
  with Lorraine Conard.                        go through such indignities.                                                                          the witch series. Visit www.karennilsen.
                                                                                                       In her recently published gothic fanta-       com for more information.
                                                     Being a former journalist however, I
                                                                                                       sy romance The Witch Awakening (426
            Blue Ridge                         disagree with Palin’s interpretation of what
                                                                                                       pages, $14.95), author Karen Nilsen           IF YOU GO: Nilsen will be selling signed
                                               happened with the infamous Katie Couric
        Osondu Books & Cafe                    interview. Among other things, Palin feels
                                                                                                       tells the story of Safire of Long Marsh,      copies of The Witch Awakening at the Self-
    152 S. Main St., Waynesville, NC                                                                   a young psychic whose unusual talents Published Book Fair (see article on page 30)
                                               Couric was demeaning by asking the same                 are considered witchcraft and punisha- on Saturday, May 15 at Kenilworth Presbyte-
         (828) 828-456-6000                    question several times. For the record, re-             ble by death at the stake in her skewed rian Church in Asheville, NC.
                 peating the same question in different ways             Renaissance world.

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                                                  book reviews
                 Farewell Navigator
                                                                                                                          REVIEW BY   DALE BOWEN
     Debut collection of short stories by Leni Zumas

          ive into Farewell Navigator (Open       they are metaphors for lost souls                                    The author weaves tiny
          City Books 2008), by local author/      tossed about in the murky sea of                                beads, threads, and bits of mari-
          teacher Leni Zumas, and it’s guar-      life. Zumas’ characters taste the                               time references to underscore her
                                                                                                                                                                MAY 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                      Partial Listing –
          anteed your people-watching skills      picking of their own skin, they                                characters’ navigation through                                       for more events

          will never be the same. Zumas ob-       con and get conned, or they slip                               their rough currents. In Waste        Friday, May 7, 4:00 p.m.
serves her characters — often the oddball, the    in and out of reality. A few are                                                           Fails
                                                                                                                No Time if This Method Fails, a        Wordfest poets reception and signing.
zany misfit, the down-cast stranger — with        suicidal, or anorexic or venge-                               mental patient keeps The Odyssey
                                                                                                                                                       Sunday, May 9, 3:00 p.m. – Fred Flaxman
attention so exquisite you’ll be unable to see    fully overweight. One is addicted to tapi-                    on his nightstand “so his room-        presents Sixty Slices of Life ... on Wry: The
such people ever again without empathy.           oca pudding. Another one commits bigamy           mate will fear him.” Residents of a nursing        Private Life of a Public Broadcaster.
     The ten stories in this collection aren’t    on the run in an attempt to practice sorcery.     home for the young take smoke breaks on
high adventure on the salty yonder. Rather        Since Zumas’ close inspection is tempered         a porch in What a Wicked Son He Was, as            Monday, May 10, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                       Curtis W. Wood, Jr. & Michael Beadle
                                                  by compassion, readers feel compelled to          “wind gusted off the great plains to churn         present Haywood County: Portrait of a
                                                  respond to her tales with awe and wonder.         in frozen tiding against its rails.” One of the    Mountain Community.
                                                        Zumas’ protagonists search for that star    young men senses another’s disdain for him.
                   Best-Selling                   to follow to their personal port of home. In      “I felt the contempt like a dull radar beam.”      Friday, May 14, 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                       Jeffrey Stepakoff presents his first novel,
                                                  Farewell Navigator, the title story, a boy is           Zumas’ unique talent is to spin poetical-
                 Novelist Brunonia                the only child of blind parents. He’s highly      ly into humanity’s secret darkness and steer
                                                                                                                                                       Fireworks Over Toccoa.
                 Barry Appears at                 talented and at the age where he is consid-       readers into the breaking light of its textured    Friday, May 14, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                       Poet Paul Guest presents One More Theory
                    Malaprop’s                    ering his plans for college. The boy balks
                                                  when his school counselors goad him into
                                                                                                    heart. In Heart Sockets, an older woman
                                                                                                    lusts over a young man and says to him,
                                                                                                                                                       About Happiness, a gripping memoir.
   Brunonia Barry, the New York                   going away to university. One day, tardy          “What last thing did you think of last night       Saturday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.
                                                  from his classes, he contemplates the di-         before sleep? Mine was black stars lashed to       Mike Roselle presents Tree Spiker: From
   Times bestselling author of The Lace                                                                                                                Earth First! to Lowbagging: My Struggles in
   Reader, discusses her compelling new
   Reader                                         lemma of leaving his disabled parents alone.      the bottoms of canoes.”
                                                                                                                                                       Radical Environmental Action.
   novel, The Map of                              He sees a small parade of blind children on a           Insightful, outrageous, wildly inven-
   True Places. It’s the                          field trip, being carefully led by their teach-   tive, hilarious — if you read only one short       Sunday, May 16, 5:00 p.m.
                                                  ers. All the children look happy and normal       story collection this spring, let it be Farewell   Emily Gould presents her new book, And the
   emotionally searing                                                                                                                                 Heart Says Whatever.
   tale of a psychothera-                         except for the flutter of their eyes. The boy     Navigator
   pist who returns to                            then recognizes his lonely jealousy, “They                                                           Friday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                    IF YOU GO: Leni Zumas and Travis Nichols           Susan Kelly author of Now You Know and
   her childhood home                             have teachers’ hands to pull them. Nobody
                                                                                                    will have a joint reading Saturday, May 29 at      How Close We Come, presents By Accident.
   in Salem, Massachu-                            expects them to know where to go.”                7:00 p.m. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. For
   setts, to find her true                              In Thieves and Mapmakers, another           more information call (828) 254-6734.              Saturday, May 22, 7:00 p.m.
   place in the world.                            proverbial star gazer is a teen girl bored sick                                                      Susan Rebecca White presents her latest
                                                  by her town. “In those hot guts of August                  – Dale Bowen is an Asheville writer.      novel, A Soft Place to Land.
   IF YOU GO: Wednesday, May 19 at                I would wake up drenched with fears of
   7:00 p.m. Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe,                                                                                                                Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 p.m.
                                                  walking in the Town until I died. My sweat                                                           Join us for the Fret Knot Radio *LIVE*
   Asheville (828) 254-6734.                      smelled like rust.”                                    Author’s website:           podcast from Malaprop’s Café!
                                                                                                                                                       Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                       Rice Freeman-Zachary will discuss Creative
                                                                                                                                                       Time & Space: Making Room for Making Art.
                         Mountain Born                                                                                                                 Friday, May 28, 7:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                       Glenn Taylor presents his second novel, The
                                                                                                                       or I’m gonna get on you         Marrowbone Marble Company.
 A Recollection of Life and Language in Western North
                                                                                                                      ‘like a hen on a June bug.’”     Saturday, May 29, 7:00 p.m.
      Carolina. Written by Jean Boone Benfield                                                                        Jealous women might com-         Travis Nichols will read from his book Off

                                                                                                                      plain about a prettier lass      We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
           he hand-drawn map on the end                                                                               — “She was woman enough
                                                                REVIEW BY   CAULEY BENNETT                                                             Tuesday, June 1
           pages of Mountain Born illustrates                                                                        to make a preacher lay his        Malaprop’s 28th Anniversary Sale!
           the small world in the 1950s that                                                                         Bible down.”
                                                  incorporated into stories or a lavishly
           local author Jean Boone Benfield
                                                  photographed cookbook.
                                                                                                                          To put a “bee in your                 55 Haywood St.
           remembers — from Boone Holler                                                                            bonnet,” Ms. Benfield, I say,
                                                       The final section is like an                                                                    828-254-6734 • 800-441-9829
and Bear Creek Road in West Buncombe to                                                                             don’t “tarry” in non-fiction.
                                                  archivist’s collection of moun-                                                                        Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Haw Creek in the east. Concentrated in that                                                                        It would “behoove” you, and
                                                  tain expressions, their history and                                                                        Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
isolated area, the centuries-old traditions                                                                        Asheville readers, to try your
from England, Wales and Scotland lived on         definitions written with academic preci-          talented hand at fiction, in a collection of
as if time stood still.                           sion. Some of the expressions I remember          short stories or a novel.
      Benfield divides her book into three        from my own childhood in rural Ohio. My                Mountain Born is self-published by
sections: her memoirs, food, and mountain         mother was always warning me not to “get          The Reprint Company in Spartanburg, It
expressions. The memoir of her childhood          up on my high horse.” Our school teachers         can be ordered at local bookstores.
is brief, almost pithy, written in a clear, ac-   railed against my “ornery” brothers and me
cessible style that makes you eager for more.     because no matter how they tried to civilize      IF YOU GO: Two Jean Boone Benfield
The second section, plain as grits, without       us, we were “set in our ways.”                    readings: Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
recipes or photos, is about “vittles,” or the          Other expressions are particular to the      Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, Asheville.
special food of the mountains. How mouth-         mountains. An exasperated mother might            Tuesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. Leicester
watering all this info would be it if were        shout at her unruly brood, “You cut that out      Library.

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                                                                                   book reviews
                                  Impatient with Desire
                                                                                                                                                                “…extraordinary achievement
    Fiction version of an American tragedy written by Gabrielle Burton                                                                                             in historical fiction…”

     read this book because it has one of the most beautiful
                                                                                                    REVIEW BY   CAULEY BENNETT
    covers I’ve ever seen. It was so attractive, I figured the                                                                                                  A skilled artist and botanist, Tamsen drew
    designer must have been inspired by the book’s con-                                                                                                    pictures of the flowers she saw along the way. She
    tents. Upon further inspection I noted a lovely map on                  enough to give it their all, then obviously it                                 wrote letters to loved ones back home. She kept
    the inside front pages and an inviting design and lay-out               was worthy of my attention.                                                   notes of the daily passage in a leather bound journal,
throughout. If the artistic team of the publishing company                        I began Impatient with Desire, a first                                  whose cover she and her family would one day
(Voice, a subsidiary of Hyperion Books) respected this book                 novel by Gabrielle Burton, and couldn’t                                      have to eat. No one has ever found her journal. But
                                                                            put it down till I’d finished it early the next                              author Burton conjures it up as lucidly as if Tamsen
                                                                            morning. Burton’s prose shimmers. Her                                        were channeling it.
  COMING NEXT MONTH – BLOODROOT, written by Amy Greene. A
  haunting debut novel set in the hills of East Tennessee. So lyrical
                                                                            scope is epic but her focus is exquisite. The                                    Many years in the making, Impatient with
  you feel like singing its beautiful mountain language, and so             characters she created, based loosely on historical figures, are            Desire is not merely a labor of love. It’s an extraor-
  haunting you can’t stop thinking about it.                                uncannily full of life, even as they’re dying. It’s as if they’re   dinary achievement in historical fiction. It stands as tribute
                                                                            telling their stories by appearing from the ether and materi-       to all pioneers who made this great country. In the Author’s
                                                                            alizing before the reader.                                          Notes at the end of the book Burton describes the long
                                                                                  The story of the trek across the plains and then the          process of writing the story and how she adjusted historical
                                                                            four horrifying months trapped by the Sierra Nevada snow,           truths to imagine the creative fiction. If you enjoy knowing
     BOOK FAIR FOR SELF-                                                    would ordinarily depress me enough to stop reading. But
                                                                            in Burton’s hands the story spirals in time, back and forth,
                                                                                                                                                history before its dramatization, you might want to read that
                                                                                                                                                section first. In fact, the story behind Impatient with Desire
   PUBLISHED LOCAL AUTHORS                                                  rising and falling, amidst dreams and despair, while float-
                                                                            ing like a rose petal a weary lover wishes to hold aloft with
                                                                                                                                                is so fascinating Burton wrote another book, a memoir
                                                                                                                                                called Searching for Tamsen.
        If you’re like everyone else in Asheville, you’re                   urgent exhalations.                                                       The designer of the book jacket deserves to be named
   thinking of publishing a book. Now’s your chance to                            Forty-five year old Tamsen Donner, mother of five             — she’s Laura Klynstra. Impatient with Desire is one of
   meet authors who already did it, buy their books, and                    daughters, wife of the expedition leader George Donner,             several books produced by a publishing group dedicated to
   chat with them about their experience. It’s about time                   has an incurable wanderlust. Her husband didn’t have to             women’s work. For more information about these authors
   we had a book fair like this one!                                        talk her into venturing on the long, treacherous journey to         see
        It’s BYOB: Bring your own books, you’re re-                         a new Promised Land. Tamsen was jumping to go. She was,
   sponsible for sales. Used books, goodies, and more.                                                                                                                   – Cauley Bennett is an Asheville writer.
                                                                            as people said of her always “impatient with desire.” Starting
                                                                            over again in a new land was a dream she would do anything                    Author’s website
                                                                            to accomplish.
          IF      Self-Published Book Fair, Saturday,
         YOU      May 15, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
          GO    the Kenilworth Presbyterian Church,
                123 Kenwilworth Rd., Asheville.                                    The Girl Who Chased the Moon
                 Fee is $10 for participants. Free to
   attend. Sponsored by the Candy Maier Scholarship                             Magical happenings in a North Carolina barbecue town.
   Fund for Women Writers. For more information                                            Written by Sarah Addison Allen
   contact Cheryl Dietrich at (828) 277-1757 or email

                                                                                      sheville author Sarah Addison Allen’s third novel,
                                                                                                                                                           REVIEW BY   CAULEY BENNETT
                                                                                      The Girl Who Chased the Moon (Bantam Books
                                                                                      2010), is as enchanting as her two previous novels.
                                                                                      Her fans will love it.                                         Will all the secrets be
                                                                                          It includes all the things we love about Allen’s      revealed? Will everyone who’s
                                                                            stories — echoes of fairy tales, quirky southern ways, gentle       hankering to fall in love get the
                                                                            magic, long-held secrets, tasty eats, characters in search of       spunk to do it? Will the magic
                                                                            redemption, and a satisfying ending that makes closing the          stay no matter how ordinary
                                                                                                                        book an act of          humans try to ignore it? Oh, of course — Allen’s books
                                                                                 “Shining on everyone                   regret. Shining on      are fun!
                                                                                is the seductive power                  everyone is the
                                                                                                                        seductive power                  Author’s website:
                                                                                and soothing touch of                   and soothing touch
                                                                                        moonlight.“                     of moonlight.
                                                                                                                              Mullaby is a
                                                                            small southern town where barbecue is king, and the smell
                                                                            of hickory smoke wafts through the air morning and night.                                   Local Author Ed Nielsen
                                                                            A new aroma enters — a siren-call of sweetness from the
                                                                            exquisite cakes baked by Julia. She’s a former punk teen                                      at Accent on Books
                                                                            with pink hair who has returned to pay off her father’s debts
                                                                                                                                                                       Local author Ed Nielsen signs and
                                                                            — and maybe some of her own.
                                                                                                                                                                       discusses his highly praised first
                                                                                 Young Emily comes to Mullaby for the first time to dis-
                                                                                                                                                                       book, Warriors, unique interviews
                                                                            cover the truth of her dead mother’s history. She stays with
                                                                                                                                                                       with 19 Vietnam War vets.
                                                                            her grandfather, a reclusive giant; flirts with a strange boy
                                                                            whose father hates her; sees ghostly lights dancing through                               IF YOU GO: Saturday, May 15, from
                                                                            the trees; and watches the wallpaper in her room eerily                 3 to 6 p.m. Accent on Books, 854 Merrimon Ave.,
                                                                            change to match her mood.                                               Asheville. Call (828) 252-6255 for details.

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    Versatile Pianist and Jazz Artist                                                                          Laura Reed returns to Asheville with
          to Perform May 14                                                                                            Grammy Award-Winning Band

         eing hailed as “one of the hottest
                                                                                BY KAY S. MILLER
         young pianists in the world,” An-

         thony Molinaro’s stunning perfor-                                                                      fter a year-                                              BY KATHERINE POWELL
         mances and unique versatility have         Gershwin collection featuring his own solo                  long hiatus
         captivated audiences and critics alike     version of Rhapsody in Blue. Titled “New                    Laura Reed                                                   Laura has
since his victory at                                                        Blue,” the disc also                will be                                                 recently returned
the 1997 Naumburg                                                           includes Three Pre-         returning to the                                                from a month long
International Piano                                                         ludes and Molinaro’s        international music                                             trip in Brasil with
Competition in New                                                          arrangements and            scene with new                                                  many more musical
York City.                                                                  improvisations on           projects and col-                                               influences, as well
      Acclaimed for his                                                     the Gershwin clas-          laborations.                                                    as a new proficiency
                                                                            sics Summertime,                  Reed will be                  Laura Reed
“edge-of-the-seat bril-                                                                                                                                                 in Portuguese to
liance” and “musically                                                      Someone To Watch            appearing live at                                               enhance her music
imaginative mind,”                                                          Over Me, Embrace-           The Grey Eagle on Friday, May 7 with        and performances.
Molinaro’s perfor-                                                          able You, and I Got         her newest all-star band. The lineup             From her sultry introductory
mances have taken                                                           Rhythm. His most            features the Grammy Award Winning           ‘Hello, my name is Laura Reed...’ to
him to major music                                                          recent recording,           rhythm section comprised of Yonrico         the final note of the evening, the air is
centers throughout                                                          “The Molinaro-              Scott and Todd Smallie, both of the         infused with a spiritual energy that is
the country includ-                                                         Levy Project, LIVE”         Derek Trucks Band, with platinum al-        immediately absorbed by the audience.
ing Boston, Chicago,                                                        is a collection of          bum producer Buzz Amato (formerly           Laura’s soulful vocals incite dance,
Cleveland, Dallas, In-       Classical pianist, composer, and jazz          performances from           Curtis Mayfield’s Music Director) on        reflection and sometimes, even tears.
dianapolis, Los Ange-                artist Anthony Molinaro.               The Green Mill in           keyboard.                                   Laura holds much reverence for live
les, Miami, Philadel-                                                       Chicago and a pair of             Laura’s music has roots going         performance and the power music
phia, and New York’s                                                        venues in upstate NY.       back to her country of birth, South         can have on one’s life, and it comes
Alice Tully Hall. He has been featured on                 Molinaro currently lives in his native        Africa. Laura has absorbed a diverse        through with every song.
Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, The Young            Chicago. He studied at the University of            range of musical influences through-             “I find music to be medicine; it
Artist Series at the Kravis Center, The Santa       North Texas and Northwestern University             out her deep travels. Her first public      has changed my life and provided me
Fe Jazz Festival, The Charles Vanda Master          and has won several awards in addition to           appearances at ‘open mic’ venues at the     with insight and empathy that I feel is
Series in Las Vegas, The Grand Teton                the Naumburg Prize, most notably the Wil-           age of 15 led to her debut as the front-    a beautiful thing to share.”
Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival           liam C. Byrd International Piano Competi-           woman for the soul/funk outfit, “Laura
                                                    tion and the 1995 National Piano Fellow-            Reed & Deep Pocket” in 2006.                   For more information on Laura Reed
among many others.                                                                                                                                       please visit
      Recent concerto engagements include           ship from the American Pianist Association.               Musically Laura’s sound is diverse
the Arkansas, Boise, Lake Forest, Louis-                  When he is not performing, Molinaro           and encompasses the many rhythms
ville, Napa Valley, Naples, Richmond, and           devotes considerable time to music educa-           and styles she has been exposed to and
Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. He has                tion. For three summers he has coordinated          absorbed over the course of her young
                                                    a music program for physically challenged           life. Laura’s influences range from
                                                                                                                                                            IF         Laura Reed in
also performed with the Canton, Cape Cod,                                                                                                                      U concert, Friday, May
Eugene, Flint, Savannah, and Catskill Sym-          children in South Hampton, New York. In             North American soul/R&B/funk/jazz                 YO
phonies as well as with the Chicago Sinfo-          August of 2008 Molinaro joined the music            to South African Xhosa harmonies and
                                                                                                                                                                                The Grey
                                                                                                                                                            GO 7 at 8 p.m. Clingman
                                                                                                                                                                     Eagle, 185
nietta and Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Outside          faculty at Loyola University in Chicago. He         township music, to Brazilian Bossa                           Avenue in Asheville.
the U.S. Anthony has recently played in             is also an avid runner and recently took up         Nova and samba. Her music is a per-                (828) 232-5800 or visit www.
France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy,            the sport of triathlon.                             sonal reflection and fusion of these dif- Tickets: $8/
Switzerland, Austria, and Canada.                         For more information about the                ferent styles, languages, and cultures.      advance, $10 door. All ages.
      In addition to his traditional concert        Anthony Molinaro concert as well as other
repertoire, Molinaro is also a gifted com-          programs or events, visit the Haywood
poser and jazz artist, giving him a musical         County Arts Council website at www.
dimension uncommon to artists of his       The Concert is sponsored
generation. He often plays his own caden-           in part by WCQS Radio (88.1FM), John
zas in Mozart and Beethoven concerti, and           Highsmith, DDS and Mrs. Sandra Hayes,
                                                    and New Meridian Technologies.
                                                                                                        DIVAS AND DRAFTS                           Classicopia, has long been a strong
                                                                                                                                                   advocate for performing classical music
his “free-wheeling” and “unconventional”
rendition of Rhapsody in Blue features                    Mr. Molinaro will also be a guest on               White Horse Black Mountain will       in non-traditional venues.
improvised cadenzas. In November 2004               WCQS Radio with host Dick Kowal on                  host a new series – Sunday Classics             Kim Hughes, who co-founded
he premiered his first Piano Concerto with          Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Classical pianist,         Concerts! Classic music from opera,        White Horse Black Mountain with
the Catskill Symphony and later that year           composer, and jazz artist Anthony Molinaro          art song, musical theatre, chamber and     her husband, Bob Hinkle, is herself a
returned to The Chicago Jazz Orchestra to           will perform in Waynesville on May 14.              chamber music.                             trained opera singer, having sung sev-
debut his big band arrangement of Rhap-                                                                       Daniel Weiser, a recent trans-       eral “leading lady” roles in New York
sody in Blue.                                                                                           plant to the Asheville area from New       City, including Puccini’s Madame But-
                                                                                                        England, will co-ordinate the Sunday       terfly, Tosca, La Boheme, and Gianni
      Molinaro records exclusively for                    IF         The Haywood County Arts
                                                                                                        Classics series, with the aim of bring-    Schicchi.
Nineteen-Eight Records, a label he founded
in 2001 to support creative music of all
                                                         YOU Molinaro in concert, Friday,
                                                                     Council presents Anthony
                                                                                                        ing the highest quality chamber and
                                                          GO May 14 at 7:30 p.m. The                                                               IF YOU GO: Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m.
genres. His debut CD, “The Bach Sessions”                                                               vocal music to this informal and more      $12 adult, $8 student. Tickets available
features The Goldberg Variations and the                           Performing Arts Center, 250          relaxed type of venue.                     at
F Minor and A Major Concertos with the                    Pigeon Street, in Waynesville, NC.                 Weiser, who co-founded and still      or by calling (828) 669-0816. White
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Cham-          Concert tickets are $20 per person with a            directs an award-winning chamber           Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat
ber Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton.          limited number of FREE student tickets               music series in New England called         Rd., Black Mountain, NC.
His follow-up recording, “New Blue,” is a          available. A reception follows the concert.

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                                                                                            stage preview
                                                                                  What the Butler Saw

                                                                     W            hat the Butler
                                                                                  Saw is a farce
                                                                                  with a bite,
                                                                                  even 41 years
                                                                     after its premiere. Dr.
                                                                     Rance: “Why are there
                                                                     so many doors? Was
                                                                     this house designed by a
                                                                          In Joe Orton’s bril-
                                                                     liantly subversive farce
                                                                     What the Butler Saw, the
                                                                     answer of course is “Yes.”                       All the hallmarks of a classic
                                                                          Dr. Prentice operates a successful
                                                                     psychiatry practice out of his Lon-
                                                                                                                   farce, combined with biting social
                                                                     don home, but when he attempts to                            commentary.
                                                                     seduce his attractive new secretary, it
                                                                     sets off a chain of seductions, cover-
                                                                     ups, mistaken identity and double-crosses.        thing, a truly revolutionary play.”
                                                                          What the Butler Saw has all the hall-              Ron Bashoford directs a stellar local
                                                                     marks of a classic farce, including a higher-     cast in this comedy: Matt Burke, Charlie
                                                                     than average number of doors. What sets           Flynn-McIver, Casey Morris, Rebecca Mor-
                                                                     Orton’s work apart, however, is the biting        ris, Graham Smith and Vivian Smith.
                                                                     social commentary underneath the absur-                 North Carolina Stage Company opens
                                                                     dity. No one escapes unscathed, as Orton          the run of What the Butler Saw on Wednes-
                                                                     gleefully questions our assumptions about         day, May 12 with a Pay What You Can
                                                                     psychiatry, government, sexual mores – even       Night sponsored by Minx Boutique. On
                                                                     the concept of a nuclear family.                  Pay What You Can Night, tickets are sub-
                                                                          Before Orton’s untimely death, he            sidized so that patrons can see the show for
                                                                     shocked, amused, and outraged audiences           as little as $6. The only catch? You must call
                                                                     with his scandalous (and sometimes ma-            ahead to get on the list, and when you get to
                                                                     cabre) comedies. At the premiere of What          the show, you have to pay for your tickets in
                                                                     the Butler Saw in 1969, audience members          cash, with exact change.
                                                                     actually shouted at the actors on stage, and
                                                                     tore their playbills to shreds. The Christian
                                                                     Science Monitor wrote that the play was                   IF         “What the Butler Saw”
                                                                     “impregnated with evil.”                                            by Joe Orton. Directed
                                                                          It was only years later that the play              YOU by Ron Bashford. May 12
                                                                     became considered a classic of 20th century               GO - 30 at North Carolina Stage
                                                                     comedy. Of a 1989 revival of the play, the                          Company in downtown
                                                                     New York Times wrote “to settle for calling               Asheville.
                                                                     Orton’s comedy funny is not to do it justice.     Regular tickets are $16 - $26, varying by day
                                                                     In this work, the author of ‘’Entertaining        of the week. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit
                                                                     Mr. Sloane’’ and ‘’Loot’’ wrote that rare

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                      CRAFT BEER,
                      A LOOK INTO                                                            joe’s brew notes
                      THE FUTURE
                      PART 2 Try and Compare: How to
                                            Conduct a Tasting with Friends

           his second article of a four part       occasion. Experience improved
           series looks into the future of Craft   my taste preferences and flavor                                                    BY JOE ZINICH
           Beer. The first article was about       became my objective. So why
           the dramatic growth of beer sales       not use a robust porter to make                                  goes well with both wine and
           and number of micro breweries.          a rich beef stew and enjoy it                                    beer. The key is to provide
That growth is driven by availability, va-         with a Scottish ale instead of a                                 food that does not overpower
riety of styles and flavors, and the public’s      cabernet. A quiet conversation                                   the taste and aroma of the
desire to try and enjoy new taste sensa-           can be enjoyed with a barley                                     beverage.                           Jason Atallah, owner of Bruisin’ Ales.
tions. This and the remaining articles are         wine or oak aged porter as                                             Since a tasting is about
intended to help expand your flavor palate         readily as a top shelf brandy.        Rob Campbell, wine         the discovery of new flavors
and influence your choices.                        One beverage type does not           consultant and author,      and aromas and why you like          Alex Buerckholtz’s passion for home
     When I was younger, I selected bever-         exclude the other but rather                Wine Guy.            them, supply a pencil and            brewing and love of flavorful beers and
ages based on the social situation; wine for       provides additional options.                                     paper or a scoring card (these       wine led him to open Hops and Vines in
food and family, beer for pizza and parties,             To really appreciate what                                  can be purchased or found            West Asheville. Alex is an award winning
liquor for conversation and contemplation.         you eat or drink, it helps to                                    online). Present a description       home brewer, conducts home brewing
As I learned about and sampled an ever-in-         consider and discuss why                                         of each beverage served; this        lessons at his store, and is ranked as a
creasing variety of imported and craft beer        they are enjoyable — the                                         will help participants to find       recognized beer judge by the prestigious
styles, I realized my old habits and prejudices    look, the aroma, the flavor.                                     words for flavors and aromas,        BJCP organization.
prevented me from full enjoyment of the            Although my preferences                                          enliven discussions, and help         
                                                   were developed over a long                                       them remember their favor-
                                                   period of time, yours might be                                   ites. Plan for the tasting to        Jason Atallah has been passionate about
               Brew News                           expedited by having a tasting                                    take 1 to 3 hours (sometimes         flavorful imported and American craft
                                                                                                                                                         beers since the end of his college days.
                                                   that features wine, beer, or a                                   more) to complete.
  Craggie Brewing unveils its Antebellum                                                                                                                 He and his wife Julie have researched
                                                   combination of the two. For                                            For a wine tasting, each       and traveled the country to find the beers
  Ale (based on an 1840’s American recipe          advice and suggestions on                                        sample should be 2 ounces
  that contained water, molasses, ginger,                                                                                                                they enjoyed. Acknowledged “foodies”,
                                                   how to conduct a tasting, I                                      (or less); one 750-ml bottle         many of their favorite recipes have beer
  a touch of yeast, and spruce tips), a pale       spoke with some local experts; Alex Buerckholtz owner can serve 10 – 12 people. To                    as an ingredient. Together they own
  ale spiked with the flavors of molasses,         Rob Campbell (Wine Guy),               of Hops and Vines.        prevent palate fatigue and
  ginger and spruce, 5%. They collaborated                                                                                                               Brusin’ Ales, an all beer (800 differ-
                                                   Alex Buerckholtz (Hops and                                       potential inebriation, serve         ent kinds) and beer merchandise store
  with The Hop Ice Cream Cafe (thehopi-            Vines) and Jason Atallah (Brusin’ Ales).          a maximum of 6 – 8 different wines (the to produce a delicious                                                                                                                ranked number three in the world.
                                                         The experts agree that first and fore-      equivalent of 2 – 3 glasses per person). For          
  Antebellum ice cream.
                                                   most a tasting should be simple and fun. A        a more complex tasting, serve the wines in
  French Broad Brewing has opened a                time when you and your friends discover           flights of 3 (4 maximum) and don’t mix              Rob Campbell successfully opened
  new beer oasis, their back patio. Buy a          and enjoy new flavors and share why you           red and white in a flight. A “reception”            Atlanta’s first wine bar and restaurant. In
  beer and enjoy it and the weather out            like them. It’s not what’s best in the show,      wine (white for a white wine tasting, red           1999 he moved to Asheville and opened
  back. Opens 3 p.m. daily, weather permit-        it’s what’s best in your show. All tastings       for red, champagne for either) gets the             the Wine Guy stores. A wine professional
  ting, through the fall.                          have a number of common elements — a              palate ready for the tasting to come. Put a         for over 25 years, he is a judge for local
  The Thirsty Monk has a pint night with           theme (unifying factor), glassware or plastic     numbered cover over the bottles and serve           and international competitions, a writer
  Magic Hat Brewing that features rare and         cups, water to drink, food to clean the pal-      everyone a sample of each wine in the               for the Laurel of Asheville, and a consul-
  unusual kegs with a custom Monk/Magic            ate, paper and pencils, time to record and        flight then ask them to record the number           tant for wine related events.
  hat logo glass; week of May 10, both loca-       discuss your impressions, and an amount of        of their favorite. Tally the votes, uncover            Contact him at
  tions. On May 20 or 21, they will have a         beer or wine appropriate for the number of        the wines, and discuss the results. Repeat
  special event with Terrapin Brewing Com-         people attending. Also provide a receptacle       for the remaining flights.
  pany from Athens, Georgia. One of the            for people to pour unwanted samples.                   For a beer tasting, each sample should
  founders, Brian “Spike” Buckowski, the                 The theme for a tasting can be as simple    be 4 ounces (or less); one 12-ounce bottle        experience. Follow that approach with the
  creative force behind Terrapin’s uniquely        as presenting 3 bottles of red or white wines     can serve 3 people. Plan to serve a maxi-         lager and finally the porter. The discussion
  flavored beers, will be in attendance.           that you enjoy, or as complex as a compari-       mum of 8 to 10 beers; the equivalent of           should prove to be fun. Most people find
  Wedge Brewing’s Witt bier is now on              son of California, Australian, and French         2 – 3 pints per person. If a certain style of     the flavors of the shiraz and the lager will
  tap; a delicious Belgian style wheat beer,       cabernets (for example three of each priced       beer is presented (example, all IPA’s), put a     contrast with the roasty, caramelization of
  spiced with coriander and orange peel,           under $15). For beer the theme can be a           numbered cover on the bottles. If the tasting     the meat, the flavors clear. However, the
  light and refreshing, 4.9%. The outdoor          comparison of pale ales, one from each local      is more about exploring beers from around         roasty, caramely flavors of the porter en-
  movie series starts Saturday, May 1 and          brewery or, more elaborate, styles that are       the world, numbered covers may not be             hance and harmonize with the flavors of the
  continues every Saturday through Sep-            associated with a country, like a German          necessary. Then serve, sample, record, tally      meat, the flavors linger.
  tember. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy;         pilsner, an English pale ale, an Irish stout, a   and discuss.                                           It’s all about flavor. Take the time to
  a drive in without the car.                      Belgian abbey, a Flemish sour, a U.S. IPA.             As might be expected, a combined beer        taste, enjoy, and explore.
  Asheville’s Beer City Festival – The             Serve drink samples in order from lightest        and wine tasting is best done with food.
  festival showcases the beer from 40 North        to richest in flavor; which is normally light-    This tasting is different than the others
  and South Carolina breweries and is              est to darkest in color.                          because the combination of food and bever-                        For eight years, Joe Zinich
  scheduled for Saturday, June 5 at Roger                Appetizers and water should be served       age together is what’s being explored. As an                      has been taking a self-
  McGuire park in downtown Asheville.              to refresh the taste buds. The food can be        example, invite some friends, grill some red                      guided, high-intensity tour
  Tickets ($35 each) are available at all nine     very simple; for example, serve a mild bread      meat, select a shiraz, a stout, a porter, and a                   of the Asheville beer scene.
  local breweries, Brusin’ Ales and Barley’s.      with a cheese selection that varies from mild     lager. Have everyone take a sip of cabernet                       Contact him at: jzinich@
  Buy early, it’s expected to sell out.            to strong. Cheese is a good choice because it     then eat a cube of meat and record their                

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                                                                  restaurants & wine
           Not-So-Random Tales Involving Wine
         Wine Spectator                                lence. He named the restaurant “Osteria
                                                       L’Intrepido” (which translates to The
                                                                                                                                  BY   MICHAEL PARKER
         Falls for a Hoax                              Fearless Restaurant), arranged a Google
                                                                                                          generously filled glass, which was later           its way through the neck and oozed down
      The latest addition to my smart-alek             Map locator in Milan, and paid the $250
                                                                                                          found empty in a nearby alley, unbroken.           the outside of the bottle, creating the fro-
hall of fame is wine critic and author                 application fee. He got the award.
                                                                                                               The media made the wine, Chateau              zen ring. Perhaps the burglar's first bottle
Robin Goldstein, who totally fabricated a                   Goldstein posted the imaginary menu
                                                                                                          Malescot St-Exupery, the hero in this tale         of wine lent to his forgetfulness. Whatever,
fictitious restaurant and applied for Wine             and wine list on the internet and listed
                                                                                                          rather than the quick-thinking Cha Cha.            it was a shameful, stupid waste that may
Spectator Magazine’s Award of Excel-                   wines the Wine Spectator had actually
                                                                                                          The wine alone is not due the credit - it          have been prevented if Cha Cha had been
                                                       denounced in previous wine reviews,
                                                                                                          took an ambassador from the world of wine          there to keep the red out of the freezer.
                                                       including an Amarone that had been com-
                                                                                                          (and probably one who goes by the name
                                                       pared to paint thinner. There were even
                                                                                                          Cha Cha) to transform this potentially                    A Tale of Two Sakes
     May at the Weinhaus                               customer reviews about the nonexistent
                                                       restaurant on the Chowhound website.
                                                                                                          deadly situation. Either she possesses amaz-
                                                                                                                                                                  I adore sake of all types. Brewed from
                                                                                                          ingly accurate intuition, or she is a damn
  Reservations are required for these events,               There are two sides to this story. The                                                           rice, it is certainly not a wine, but we still
  please call the Weinhaus at (828) 254-6453                                                              lucky risk-taker who deserves a good slap
                                                       magazine has long been accused of giv-                                                                tend to call it that. I think that’s OK. We
  or 1-800-283-1544.                                                                                      from a specific fourteen year-old girl.
                                                       ing higher ratings and better publicity to                                                            know it does not come from grapes, but
                                                                                                               I still wonder if she was trying to
  Tuesday, May 4                                       advertisers and paying applicants. Yes, they                                                          are comfortable calling it wine because it is
                                                                                                          distract him so another guest could have
                                                       have lost some serious vineyard cred by                                                               a complimentary word for the drink.
  A fine wine dinner will be held at the Broad-                                                           the chance to knock him over the head. In
  moor Country Club near the Asheville                 falling for Goldstein’s hoax, but the awards                                                               I recently considered two brands side-
                                                                                                          a group-hug setting like that, there must
  Airport in their clubhouse overlooking the           have also drawn attention to deserving                                                                by-side on the store shelf, Gekkeikan for
                                                                                                          have been a least one little concrete garden
  golf course. Catered by Dwight Butner of             restaurants that have worked hard on their                                                            seven dollars and Hakutsuru for fifteen.
  Vincenzo’s, the meal promises to be extraor-                                                            Buddha within reach. But then again, that
                                                       wine programs.                                                                                        I bought them both so some friends and
  dinary. The time is 7:00 p.m. The cost is $60                                                           would explain the absence of anyone with
                                                            There are thirty restaurants within 50                                                           I could have a taste test. It was the same
  all inclusive.                                                                                          the fortitude to use it. Further, Cha Cha
                                                       miles of downtown Asheville who have                                                                  day as the Environmental Conservation
                                                                                                          did offer the robber the whole bottle. Per-
  Tuesday, May 18                                      earned the Wine Spectator award.                                                                      Organization’s tour of green homes.
                                                                                                          haps she really did deserve a good slap.
  Ophelia’s restaurant and chef Jamie Allred                                                                                                                      The two brands were almost identical
  will present a dinner of classic dishes paired           How Fine Wine Foiled                                The press did not report the vintage,
                                                                                                          but there will be people who buy this label
                                                                                                                                                             in taste and quality. Hakutsuru, which is
  with classic wines provided by the Wein-
  haus. The time is 7:00 p.m. The cost is $55
                                                             a Capitol Crime                              for its temporary fame and a good story, a
                                                                                                                                                             brewed in Japan, offered only a little more
                                                                                                                                                             fragrance for twice the money. Gekkeikan
  all inclusive.                                                                                          story that will surely be mangled at most
                                                            The international press went wild                                                                is brewed in California.
                                                                                                          of the dinner parties where it will be told.
                                                       for a day in mid-July when a terrifying                                                                    Sake breweries have long been up and
  Friday, May 28                                                                                          I am interested in its age just to know
                                                       Capitol Hill robbery got nullified by an                                                              running in America and are doing just fine.
  Friday night flights at the Weinhaus will                                                               whether it was drunk too soon. The cur-
  feature A Taste of Northern Italy. The price
                                                       intuitive guest and a glass of fine wine.                                                             If you are loyal to Japan, then good for
                                                                                                          rent release needs a decade of ageing. Will
  is $10 for a tasting and light hors d’ouvres.        An armed man crashed an outdoor Soirée,                                                               you, but for the green-minded (both envi-
                                                                                                          the robber return when he finds out he
  From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Held at the Wein-             pointed the gun at the head of the fourteen                                                           ronmental and monetary), the green-bot-
                                                                                                          drank this wine before its time?
  haus, 86 Patton, Ave. Asheville.                     year-old daughter, and demanded cash.                                                                 tled Gekkeikan better serves those goals.
                                                                                                               This took me back to a robbery in
                                                            One guest, Christina "Cha Cha"
  Monday, June 7                                                                                          a downtown Asheville loft in the fall of
                                                       Rowan said to the robber: "We were just
  Sinbad Restaurant in Hendersonville with                                                                2005. In that case, the burglar entered
  their fine classical and middle eastern food
                                                       finishing dinner. Why don't you have a
                                                                                                          the house while the owner was away and                    They always buy the
                                                       glass of wine with us?"
  will prepare a four course wine dinner with
                                                            It worked. He accepted a glass and
                                                                                                          made himself quite at home. As he drank                     ten cent wine…
  appetizers on the deck. The time is 7:00                                                                a bottle of white wine, he put a premium
  p.m. The cost is $55 all inclusive.                  stuck the gun in his waistband. "Damn,
                                                                                                          Silver Oak Cabernet in the freezer.
                                                       that's good wine," he said. This story
                                                                                                               The liquid expanded during the pro-
              The Weinhaus                             does not end before the robber asked for
                                                                                                          cess, as water-based liquids do, and pushed            Ernest Said Something
                                                       a group hug, and got one. He left with a
         86 Patton Ave., in Asheville
              (828) 254-6453
                                                                                                                                                                       About That
                                                                                                                                                                  Michael Veseth, writing for his own
                                                                                                                                                             excellent Wine Economist blog, tells the

   Great values & styles
                                                                                                                                                             story in an April 28, 2008 post:
                                                                                                                                                                  “The story is told of a sales call that
                                                                                                                                                             Ernest Gallo made to a New York cus-
                                                                                                                                                             tomer in the dark days of the depression.
  FREE Wine Tastings on Saturdays                                                                                                                            He offered sample glasses of two red wines
                                                                                                                                                             — one costing five cents per bottle and the
  from 2 to 5 p.m.                                                                                                                                           other ten cents. The buyer tasted both and
  Tasting wine is not only fun, but it presents a chance to learn about                                                                                      pronounced, ‘I’ll take the ten-cent one.’
  wine and what it is about a particular wine that you like, or don't                                                                                        The wine in the two glasses was exactly
  like. You can sip while you shop. Find some new favorites — try                                                                                            the same. Clearly, the customer wanted to
  it before you buy it. We will usually have a few whites and a few                                                                                          buy an identity — the image of someone
                                                                                                                                                             who wouldn’t drink that five-cent rotgut
  reds open, with the occassional guest speaker. Please stop by!
                                                                                                                                                             — even if he couldn’t actually taste the
                                                                                                                        difference. ‘They always buy the ten cent
                                                                                                                                                             wine,’ Ernest Gallo said.”
     Wine Retail                ~   Tastings ~ Wine Classes                                               555 Merrimon Ave.                                       I wouldn’t worry about Hakutsuru’s
           Great wines for any occasion and budget.                                                        (828) 254-6500                                    sales figures.

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                                                                         what to do guide                                                         ™

May 4-8                                     can be filled out at the time the work is   Pastichio, Moussaka, Spanakopita
Asheville Wordfest                          dropped off.                                etc. We will also have a variety of our
                                                                                        pastries, cookies and breads, like our
                                                                                                                                                HandMade: The Western North Carolina
Asheville Wordfest 2010 will take
place downtown. This year’s visiting
                                            Grace Centre is located on Highway
                                            280, three miles west of the Asheville
                                                                                        famous Baklava, Napoleons Kourabi-                        Craft, Architecture & Design Expo
                                                                                        ethes, Melomakarouna, Koulourakia,
poets include Mark Doty, Natasha            Airport next to the Land Rover. Con-        Paximathia, etc. Our Greek folk dance            Friday, June 25 &
Trethewey, Nickole Brown, American          tact Craig Lotz, Arts Director (828)        troop will perform the traditional Greek         Saturday, June 26
Sign Language Poetry duo The Flying         231-2700 or for         dances dressed in the authentic cos-
Words Project, Raul Zurita, Linda           more information.                                                                            A two-day event inviting
                                                                                        tumes. Tours of our newly renovated
Hogan, and David Whyte. You can also                                                                                                     the public to join artists,
                                            Friday, May 7                               Byzantine Style Sanctuary will also be
hear your favorite local and regional                                                                                                    architects, builders and
poets including Holly Iglesias, Kath-       The Megan and Moe Show                                                                       designers to share and
erine Soniat, Kathryn Stripling Byer,       Local artists Moe Donnelly and Megan        Carry out will be open from 10:30                learn about successful col-
John Hoppenthaler, Glenis Redmond,          Stone will be showcasing their work in      a.m to 2 p.m. To place your order call           laborations between craft
Laura Hope-Gill and Keith Flynn.            the F.W. Front Gallery at Woolworth         Andrea Zourzoukis at (828) 258-3938              artists, home owners and
Visit            Walk for                                    the church office at (828) 253-3754 or           industry professionals.
                                            the month                                   the Hellenic Center at (828) 254-7424
                                                                                                                                         Drawing from the tre-
May 5 - June 8                              of May.                                     between 9 a.m and 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                                         mendous craft resources
Juried Photography Exhibition               Moe of                                      AHEPA stands for American Hellenic               that are a unique and vital              HandMade in America is a nonprofit
                                            Sew Moe                                     Educational Progressive Association,             part of Western North Carolina, the      organization whose mission is to
The 3rd Annual Juried Photography
                                            Designs                                     and its mission is to promote Hel-               event will emphasize craftsmanship       grow handmade economies by creat-
Exhibition will be held from May 5
                                            creates                                     lenism, education, philanthropy,civic            in architectural elements and design     ing tools, markets, and partnerships
through June 8 at Grace Centre. This
                                            unique                                      responsibility, family and individual            for both high-end and mid-range          that honor craft, cultural heritage,
event is open to all photographers.
                                            women’s                                     excellence. Portion of the proceeds will         home markets.                            and a spirit of community. Since its
Drop off dates for photograph entries
                                            clothing. Megan uses collage, decora-       benefit local philanthropic causes.                                                       founding, HandMade in America’s
are from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May                                                                                                      Model home rooms utilizing
                                            tive papers, paint, colorful threads                                                                                                  vision has been to make WNC
5, and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May                                                                                                     handmade objects will be featured.
                                            and more to decorate her handmade                                                                                                     known nationwide as the center of
6. Fee is $10 for one entry and $15                                                                                                      Educational sessions, craft demon-
                                            books. Meet the artists on May 7                                                                                                      the handmade object.
for two.                                                                                                                                 strations inside and on the Arbore-
                                            from 5 to 7 p.m. Woolworth Walk, 25
The opening reception will be 7:30          Haywood Street in Asheville. Gallery                                                         tum grounds, and craft commission        The North Carolina Arboretum,
p.m. Saturday, May 8, where awards          Hours: Monday through Saturday 11                                                            opportunities for artists will also be   100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way,
and cash prizes will be announced.          to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 to 5 p.m. Phone:                                                        offered. Tours of homes and offices      Asheville, NC. For additional infor-
Jurors for the event are Asheville          (828) 254-9234.                                                                              that exemplify the use of craft in the   mation please visit www.handmadei-
photographers Jenny Bowen and Re-                                                                                                        built environment will be scheduled
becca D’Angelo. An entry form can be        May 7-29                                                                                     for both days.
downloaded at or          River District Artists Exhibit
                                            Henderson County Arts Council,                   Karan Casey Photo: Robert Hakalski
                                                                                                                                       go to support the work of the Black        Barry at (828) 338-0042 or visit www.
                                            538 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, in                                                       Mountain Beautification Committee
                                                                                        Friday, May 14
   How to place an event/                   downtown Hendersonville. Free and                                                          volunteers who plant and maintain the
                                            open to the public.                         Karan Casey Band                                                                                                   Saturday,
     classified listing                                                                                                                public Town of Black Mountain gar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           May 29
                                                                                        Hailed as “the most soulful singer to          den sites. There is no admission charge
    with Rapid River Art                                     Saturday, May 8            emerge in Irish traditional music in           to attend the Garden Show.                                          Bua in
         Magazine                                            Chuck Palahniuk            the past decade” by the The Glasgow                                                                                Concert
                                                             Reading                    Herald, Karan Casey brings her warm            Sunday, May 16
 Any “free” event open to the public                                                                                                                                                                        Described as
 can be listed at no charge up to 30                                                    and evocative voice to Diana Wortham           Amanda Horton and
                                                              Chuck Palahniuk           Theatre with her band. Mainstage                                                                                    “the essence
 words. For all other events there is                         will be reading from                                                     Dewitt Tipton in recital                                             of a superb
 a $9.95 charge up to 30 words and                                                      Celtic Series. Diana Wortham Theatre
                                                              and signing copies        at Pack Place. 8 p.m. Friday, May 14.          “First Love, Last Love”: Amanda Hor-                                 band” by
 10 cents for each additional word.                           of his new book Tell                                                     ton, soprano, and Dewitt Tipton, pia-                                Irish Music
 160 word limit per event.                                                              Regular $30; Senior $28; Student $25;
                                                              All at 7 p.m. at the      Children 12 & under $12; Student               no, present music for piano and voice.                               Magazine,
 Sponsored listings (shown in               Asheville High School auditorium,           Rush day-of-the-show (with valid               Music from Mozart, Grieg, Sibelius,                                  the young
 boxes) can be purchased for $12            419 McDowell St. Tickets are $30 plus       I.D.) $10. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530        Liszt, Bernstein and the American              Photo: Tanya Tucka    and highly
 per column inch. Deadline is the           tax and include a signed copy of Tell                                                      songbook. Sunday May 16 at 4 p.m. at                                 talented
                                            All. There are 100 Golden Tickets           or online at
 19th of each month. Payment                                                                                                           the Cathedral of All Souls, Biltmore       quintet Bua brings driving traditional
 must be made prior to printing.            (also $30) available. These 100 VIPS        Saturday, May 15                               Village, Asheville. Suggested donation:    Irish music to Asheville. Mainstage
                                            will get to meet Chuck and have their                                                      $10 general public, $5 musicians.          Celtic Series. Diana Wortham Theatre
 Email Beth Gossett at:                     books personalized. Tickets available       Black Mountain Garden Show                                                                                                                                                       at Pack Place. 8 p.m. Saturday, May
                                            at Malaprop’s Bookstore, or call 1-800-     and Sale                                       Sunday, May 16                             29. Regular $30; Senior $28; Student
 Or mail to: 85 N. Main St, Can-            441-9829. Books and tickets must be
 ton, NC 28716. Call (828) 646-                                                         The Fifth Annual Black Mountain                Up The River                               $25; Children 12 & under $12; Student
                                            picked up prior to the event and are        Garden Show and Sale will be held                                                         Rush day-of-the-show (with valid
 0071 to place ad over the phone.           available beginning Tuesday, May 4.                                                        Second Annual Studio Open House,
                                                                                        from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sutton                                                           I.D.) $10. Tickets/Info: (828) 257-4530
            – Disclaimer –                                                              Avenue (across from the old train              2 to 5 p.m. Third Floor Studios, Riv-      or online at
                                            Sunday, May 9                               depot). Local vendors will offer a             erside Business Park, 2000 Riverside
 Due to the overwhelming number of                                                                                                     Drive. For more information: randy@
 local event submissions we get for our     Mother’s Day Greek Luncheon                 wonderful variety of perennials, annu-                                                    Sunday, May 30
 “What to Do Guide” each month, we          & Bake Sale                                 als, ornamentals, herbs – both kitchen                                                    Asheville Community Band
 can no longer accept entries that do not                                               and medicinal, vegetable plants, native        Thursday, May 27
 specifically follow our publication’s      The Annual AHEPA Mother’s Day               trees and shrubs, gardening books, and                                                    The Asheville Community Band pres-
 format. Non-paid event listings must       Luncheon will be held at the Hellenic       garden accessories.                            Free Christ Meditation                     ents a free program of Patriotic music
 be 30 words or less and both paid and      Center of the Holy Trinity Greek                                                           Teleconference Call                        at 3p.m. at the Folk Art Center on the
 non-paid listings must provide infor-      Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland             Throughout the day there will be rain                                                     Blue Ridge Parkway. Seating is avail-
 mation in the following format: date,      Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.                 barrel demonstrations and sales; free          The Christ Meditation is being of-         able in the auditorium or bring a picnic
 time, brief description of what your                                                   Children’s Activities from 1 to 4 p.m.;        fered via free teleconference call on      and enjoy the music on the grassy area
 event is and any contact information.      As always it will be Cafeteria Style        and a Silent Auction featuring house-          Thursday, May 27th, 8-9pm, to anyone       outside. For more details contact Ralph
 Any entries not following this format      with a variety of Greek Gourmet             hold and garden items.                         who wishes to experience blessings         Campbell, (828) 254-2234.
 will not be considered for publication.    dishes like Lamb Shank with Manestra,                                                      for greater oneness with their Christ
                                            Baked Chicken with rice, Spanakopita,       Proceeds from the Silent Auction will          presence. To sign up contact Mary &

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                                                                      what to do guide                                                        ™

    Hangout Beach                              Plein Air Painting with                                                                                     Concerts at St. Matthias Church
 Music and Arts Festival                           John Mac Kah                                                                                            Concerts start at 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Friday, May 14 - Sunday, May 16                                                                                                                            Sunday, May 2 there will be a concert by a chamber
                                            May 24 -28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.                                                                                   choir and orchestra performing Bach’s Cantata 214
The Hangout Beach, Music
and Arts Festival will take place           Traditional methods in direct painting                                                                         and Handel’s Coronation Anthem and more under
on four stages including two                (alla prima) and indirect painting on                                                                          the direction of Milton Crotts. Soloists include:
main stages located directly on             location, Painting two days using each                                                                         Kristina Pontin, Amanda Porter, Brandon Herder,
the beach. Take in the diverse              method. We start in studio, with one day for technical procedures and demos, summary and critique.             and Jonathan Ross. This will be part of the First
lineup, then go on a deep-sea               Come prepared with a lightweight field easel, oil paints, folding chair, notebook, and a packed lunch.         Sunday Classical Chamber Music Series.
fishing adventure, putter around            Tuition: $450. Space is limited, so register now to guarantee your seat in the class. You can also email
on a number of championship
                                                                                                                                                           Sunday, May 9 the Richard Schulman Trio will
                                   or call (828) 252- 5050 for more information. Fine Arts League of the Caroli-          perform a concert of jazz music for piano, bass and
golf courses, enjoy fresh seafood           nas, 362 Depot St., in Asheville.                                                                              percussion. This will be part of the Second Sunday
from a seaside restaurant, or build
                                                                                                                                                           Jazz Series.
sandcastles on beach.
During this inaugural festival                                                                                                                             Sunday, May 16 the Horn Society of the Carolinas
attendees will be treated to three                                                                                                                         will present a program for an all horn ensemble.
days of music from national             Best in Show                                                                                 by Phil Juliano       Sunday, May 23 the Silverwood Trio will perform
headliners and Grammy award                                                                                                                                a program of classical music for two flutes and cello.
winners of rock, country, soul,                                                                                                                            The flutists are Jo Northup and Georgia Presseman,
bluegrass, funk, and blues.                                                                                                                                and the cellist is Elizabeth Glatstein.
Friday, May 14 – Zac Brown                                                                                                                                 A free-will offering will be taken for the restoration
Band, Alison Krauss and Union                                                                                                                              of the beautiful and historic church. St. Matthias’
Station featuring Jerry Douglas,                                                                                                                           Church is over 100 years old and is on the national
The Black Crowes, North Mis-                                                                                                                               historic register. In some cases the offering will be
sissippi Allstars Duo, Girl Talk,                                                                                                                          shared with the performing group. The church is
Pnuma Trio, Orianthi, Brett                                                                                                                                located in Asheville just off South Charlotte Street
Dennen, Jeff Austin and Friends                                                                                                                            at Max Street on the hill across from the Asheville
featuring Larry Keel, Davy                                                                                                                                 Public Works Building (1 Dundee St.).
Knowles and Back Door Slam,
Rachel Goodrich, Kirsten Price,
El Cantador, Ben Arthur, and            Callie & Cats                                                                                by Amy Downs
Hightide Blues.
Saturday, May 15 – John Legend,                                                                                                                               Call for Artists and Food Vendors
The Flaming Lips, Jakob Dylan                                                                                                                              The Haywood County Arts Council is seeking art-
and Three Legs featuring Neko                                                                                                                              ists and food vendors for its 25th Annual Inter-
Case and Kelly Hogan, Gov’t                                                                                                                                national Festival Day to be held Saturday, July 31
Mule, Funky Meters, Rodrigo y                                                                                                                              from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in historic
Gabriela, Grace Potter and the                                                                                                                             downtown Waynesville, NC.
Nocturnals, Jerry Jeff Walker,
Ozomatli, The Whigs, Toubab                                                                                                                                Food vendors selling international cuisine and artists
Krewe, Moon Taxi, A.A. Bondy,                                                                                                                              in all media are encouraged to apply. All art must be
Wild Sweet Orange, Jon Black,                                                                                                                              original work to be juried into the show. There will
and Rustlanders.                                                                                                                                           be over $1,000 in prizes awarded. Booth spaces are
                                                                                                                                                           10 x 12 feet and all are corner spaces. Interested art-
Sunday, May 16 – Trey Anas-                                                                                                                                ists and food vendors can download an application at
tasio and TAB, Ben Harper and           Corgi Tales                                                                                by Phil Hawkins, or email info@haywoodarts.
Relentless7, Ray LaMontagne,                                                                                                                               org, or call (828) 452-0593.
Michael Franti and Spearhead,
Guster, NeedToBreathe, Mati-
syahu, Keller Williams, OK Go,
Blind Boys of Alabama, Black Joe
Lewis and the Honeybears, ALO,                                                                                                                               Music at French Broad Chocolates
Matt Hires, Kristy Lee, Roman
Street, Rollin’ in the Hay, and                                                                                                                            Wednesday, May 5 – Wine Wednesday with Geoff
The Cary Laine Band.                                                                                                                                       Weeks and his talented soul / jazz piano stylings.

Hightide Blues, Ben Arthur, Jon                                                                                                                            Friday, May 14 – The High Gravity Jazz Trio.
Black, The Cary Laine Band, and                                                                                                                            Intimate jazz standards and originals, in the style of
Rollin’ in the Hay, the winners of                                                                                                                         Chet Baker and Cy Touff.
the Hangout band search hosted                                                                                                                             Friday, May 21 – Juan Holladay, guitar, and Eliza
by Sonic Bids, will also perform.                                                                                                                          Sydney, harp, will be playing at 8 p.m. at the Choco-
                                        Dragin                                                                                     by Michael Cole
Festival tickets are available online                                                                                                                      late Lounge, 1st floor.
at                                                                                                                               Friday, May 28 – Paul Cataldo - This acoustic guitar
101 East Beach Boulevard at the                                                                                                                            player and singer will bring the house down!
southern end of AL-Hwy 59, Gulf
Shores, AL. Tickets: $159 Three-                                                                                                                           Friday, May 29 – The High Gravity Jazz Trio. Inti-
Day Pass; $79 Limited Day Pass.                                                                                                                            mate jazz standards and originals.
VIP travel packages start at $500.
Phone 1-888-512-SHOW.                                                                                                                                                   French Broad Chocolates
                                                                                                                                                            10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC • (828) 252-4181                                                                                                                                 

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                                                                                                                                                                              fine art
                                                                                                                                            Two Asheville Artists Featured in
                                                                                                                                            Virginia’s William King Museum

                                                                                                                                                        illiam King Muse-
                                                                                                                                                        um opens its next                                            BY   KATHY LOWDERMILK
                                                                                                                                                        exhibition, The
                                                                                                                                                        Subject of Being,                                   Gabriel Shaffer, “Dreamin,
                                                                                                                                                        May 14, featuring                                   Breathin, Berlin” Mixed
                                                                                                                                           works by Megan Van Deusen                                        media on box style canvas.
                                                                                                                                           and Gabriel Shaffer.
                                                                                                                                                Megan Van Deusen’s
                                                                                                                                           subtle, almost monochromatic                                       celebrating the opening of
                                                                                                                                           figures evocatively emerge                                         The Subject of Being: Mixed
                                                                                                                                           from the creases and folds of                                      Media Works by Megan Van
                                                                                                                                           the material she works on.                                         Deusen and Gabriel Shaffer.
                                                                                                                                           Her figures are suggestive of                                      Free and open to the public.
                                                                                                                                           academic life-drawing, but the                                          Megan Van Deusen
                                                                                                                                           process of layering and draping                                    studied art at the Interlaken
                                                                                                                                           the fabrics transforms a tradi-                                    School of Art, Stockbridge,
                                                                                                                                           tional two-dimensional work                                        MA, Pratt Institute in Brook-
                                                                                                                                           into a sculptural installation.                                    lyn, NY, and received her
                                                                                                                                                Similarly, Gabriel Shaffer’s paintings        BFA in 2009 from the University of North
                                                                                                                                           on salvaged materials and collage emphasize        Carolina at Asheville. She is a recipient of
                                                                                                                                           the object-hood of his work as well as the         the 2009 Doris P. Deal Fellowship Fund
                                                                                                                                           journeyed process in which they are created.       for Emerging Visual Artists administered by
                                                                                                                                                                                              Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gabriel Shaffer is the son of renowned
                                                                                                                                                                                              folk/visionary artist Cher Shaffer. He was
                                                                                                                                                                                              raised within the self taught medium and

                                                                                                                                                                                              had contact with many folk and outsider
                                                                                                                                                                                              artists as a young boy. Some of Shaffer’s

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    The exhibition will be on view through
                                                                                                                                                                                              October 24, 2010.
   At no cost to you for parts and activation with only
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                                                               $850 Value!                                                                          Megan Van Deusen,
                                                                                                                                            “Re-Presentation” Acrylic, oil, coffee,
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                                                                                                                                           aesthetically dissimilar, both artists share an                  is fully accessible. Hours of
                                                                  Digital Keypad with Police, Fire,                                        affinity for experimentation and the ability               operation are Tues. 10-9, Wed. – Sat.
                                                                                                                                           to defy conventional views of figuration.          10-5, and Sun. 1-5. For more information,
                                                                  Medical, and Emergency Buttons                                                Join William King Museum on Thurs-            contact the Museum at 276-628-5005 or visit
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                                  healthy lifestyles
The Truth About Prostate Cancer                                                                              BY   MAX HAMMONDS, MD

             artin Ware sat on the edge          I’ll be talking with you about many        can. So you aren’t in any of the high
             of the exam table, dressed          areas of your life. Your prostate isn’t    risk groups. And your chances of
             only in his underwear,              even among the top three subjects.”        prostate cancer are very small indeed.
             barely covered by a thin,                 “Second, you are uniquely you.       Feel better yet?”
             paper examination gown.             While there are guidelines for investi-          “A little,” Martin said with a small
“I hope we get this over with soon,” he          gation and treatment of many diseases,     laugh.
thought. Martin was worried.                     I have to take into account your unique          Dr. Doren again checked the
      Dr. Doren breezed into the room,           factors – your family history, your        chart. “I did a rectal exam and an initial
a patient chart in his hand and a smile          propensity to disease, your other risk     PSA on you two years ago – when you
on his face. “Good morning, Mar-                 factors – in deciding what questions to    turned 50. Your prostate was normal
tin. How are we doing today?” The                ask, what specific physical exams to do,   size then and your PSA was 1.3. The
doctor’s eyes quickly took in the stiff          and what lab tests to order.” Dr. Doren    PSA we drew last week is 1.5. So there
posture and the worried facial expres-           stared at him seriously. “Don’t make       is no need to go any further. No rectal
sion of his patient.                             medical decisions based on newspa-         exam today.”
      “I’m a little worried – about              per articles and discussions with your           Martin laughed out loud. “Okay,
what’s going to happen today.” Martin            friends, Martin. If you are concerned,     now I’m not worried.”
fidgeted on the end of the table.                come talk to me.”                                But Dr. Doren was still straight-
      Dr. Doren sat down on the little                 Martin shrugged his shoulders to     faced. “However, if your PSA had
roll around stool and crossed his legs.          relieve the tension. So far, nothing he    been over 2, we would be doing a
“What about?” he asked.                          had heard had removed his worries.         rectal exam. And if it had been over 3,
      “I’ve been reading in the papers                 Dr. Doren continued, “Now so         I would be sending you to a urologist.
about prostate cancer and I know you             far as prostate cancer is concerned        It’s not the PSA number so much as
had them draw my PSA last week.”                 – this is a disease of older men, men      it is how fast the number is climbing.
Martin was talking rapidly, anxiously.           over 60 or 70. You are . . .” He flipped   When the PSA climbs rapidly, it’s wor-
“And I saw that some doctors want to             to the front of the chart he held in his   risome.” Then he smiled, “But that’s
do digital exams every year and some             hands. “You are 52,” he said looking       not your numbers and that’s not your
don’t think you need to. And my                  up. “Your chances of getting prostate      situation.” Then, shaking his head
friends said that I was in for it today.         cancer are very small.” Dr. Doren          Dr. Doren mumbled to himself, “Lab
And I just wondered . . . what would             paused and held up his hand. “But let’s    tests and exams should not be stopped
happen.”                                         ask. Did your father or your brother       blindly or done arbitrarily by some
      Dr. Doren gazed up at the ceiling          have prostate cancer?”                     non-personalized guideline.”
for a long moment. “Well, let’s start at               “No,” Martin answered.                     Dr. Doren looked up. “Now as to
the beginning,” he began. “First of all,               “Did your mother or any of           your cholesterol levels – we have some
you are here for a yearly physical exam          her relatives have breast or ovarian       talking to do.”
– an exam of all of you, not just your           cancer?”                                         Martin took in a deep breath and
prostate. So my concern is for your                    Martin thought about it. “No.”       listened.
total health, body and mind and spirit.                “And you aren’t African-Ameri-

             Vegetarian Dinner,                                                                  Haywood County
         Silent Auction & Concert                                                               Quilt Trails Project                     Have You or One of Your Loved

              omen’s Wellbeing & De-             vouchers and tickets, hand-crafted and       The Quilt Trails projects help
                                                                                                                                         Ones Experienced Negative
              velopment Foundation will          vintage accessories, table-top acces-        communities find and tell their            Side-Effects From Using Yaz®,
                                                                                              stories. Quilt squares represent
              host a Vegetarian Dinner/
              Silent Auction & Concert
                                                 sories, garden items, items for your
                                                 children, jewelry, earrings, necklaces,      a much-loved symbol of comfort,            Yasmin® or Ocella®?
              to benefit a local service         and much more.                               family, heritage, and community.
project for women.                                    The Women’s Wellbeing &                 The trails provide splashes of
     Women’s Wellbeing & Develop-                Development Foundation Vegetarian            color in the rural countryside.                                 We Can Help.
ment Foundation is an international              Dinner, featuring international cuisine,                         If you would
                                                                                                                                         FDA Warning: Yaz®, Yasmin® or Ocella®, the popular birth control
socio-spiritual organization whose               will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010 at                           like to pur-
purpose is to elevate the status of              the Unitarian Universalist Church in                             chase a quilt          pill has serious risks.
women worldwide. WWD-F contin-                   Asheville at 6 p.m. Silent auction bid-                          block for your              Stroke          Blood Clots              Deep Vein Thrombosis
ues to provide food, shelter, clothing           ding ends at 8 p.m. World Music will                             barn or build-              Heart attack    Gallbladder disease      Pulmonary Embolism
and education to hundreds of Haitian             be performed at 7:30 by Anjali Na and                            ing, applica-
families. Locally, we are starting a rural       Rene Ochoa. Tickets are $20.                                     tions may be           If you or a loved one has used Yaz®, Yasmin® or Ocella® and suffered
self-sufficient community for women.                                                                              requested              any of the serious side-effects listed above, call Zimmerman Reed at
This event is a benefit for work on this                                                      via email at info@haywoodarts.             1.888.313.1216. These are potentially life threatening complications.
developing project.                                                                           org, by calling (828) 452-0593,
                                                                                              by visiting the Haywood County
     Join us on May 15 for a sumptu-                    IF      For more information          Arts Council at 86 N. Main Street,
                                                                                                                                                                                 Attorney: Stacy Hauer
                                                                                                                                                                               651 Nicollet Mall, Suite 501
ous feast, silent auction and concert!
The silent auction features health and
                                                       YOU      visit
                                                               html, or contact Mirra at
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wellness opportunities, entertainment                  GO:     (828) 423-4909.
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