the most soulful
singer to emerge
in Irish traditional
at Diana Wortham
May 14. PAGE 15 Masterpieces at the
Biltmore House PAGE 5
show us how to
conduct a tasting.
takes the stage.
Michelle & Chip’s
Movie Reviews PAGE 23
Walled Gardens at Biltmore House
Image: The Biltmore Company
R A P I D R I V E R A R T S
National Day of Puppetry – May 1
Puppet shows, puppet themed games, and puppet
building activities for the entire family!
O ve r
his is a special op-
BY SUSAN VANDEWEGHE
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,
ENROLL TODAY AND GET:
30 DAY RISK-FREE* TRIAL PROMO CODE: ID puppet themed games, and puppet manipu-
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Pam Gabler performs tra-
ditional favorites such as “The Three Little
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PERFORMANCES charming hand puppets.
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The Boy Who Had A Turnip For A Nose Kids On The Block
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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
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,
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 www.ashevillepuppetry.org 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 moogfoundation.org or send an email to
evening will feature local musicians per- email@example.com.
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5 Fine Art
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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
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Harley Owners Group members will participate in a national HOG touring rally, Ridin’ the Distribution: Dennis Ray Asheville Symphony Orchestra . . . . 7
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Walled Gardens at Biltmore House Best Show Phil Juliano . . . 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
• 16th century Flemish tapestries
• The “Chariot of Aurora” ceiling
• Ming Dynasty (circa 1500s)
Biltmore House Banquet Hall
The Biltmore House For more information, visit
Images courtesy of The Biltmore Company www.biltmore.com
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
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Western North Carolina’s Award-Winning Theatre
“West Side Story”
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 www.sellingticket.com/HART
250 Pigeon Street Waynesville, NC 28786
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R A P I D R I V E R A R T S & C U L T U R E M A G A Z I N E
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 hendersonvillechambermusic.org.
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 www.ashevillesymphony.org
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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R A P I D R I V E R A R T S
The Diana Wortham Theatre
2010 Mainstage Celtic Series Concludes With
Bua, America’s Premiere
Traditional Irish Music Ensemble
BY JOHN ELLIS
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
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.
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.
www.ashevillesymphony.org lection of musicians trying to break out of dwtheatre.com.
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R A P I D R I V E R
THE MUSICAL THEATRE GALA AND FUNDRAISER
OF ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATRE
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
Asheville, North Carolina
IF Diva*licious Concert in A m e r ic a more information at:
YOU – Friday, May 21, 8:00 p.m. at ACT. handmadeinamerica.org/designexpo
GO Diva*licious Concert & Gala P h oto co u r t e s y o f h a n d Ma d e h o u s e at t h e r aM b l e ©2008 s t e wa r t yo u n g
– Saturday, May 22, 6:30 p.m. at ACT.
Tickets: $20 Concert; $35 Concert & Gala
reception. Available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org
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
display in the Asheville Community Theatre
lobby through May 23, with a reception on May
7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Marie Hudson has been referred to as one Supplies are limited. Not valid with any other offer.
of Asheville’s grande dames of painting. The scope of her
work covers a lifetime of baring her soul and passions to
the world, using +s/h
paint on canvas.
“I am often
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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
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ballet division, call (828) 654-7010 or visit www.centerstage1.com dwtheatre.com.
Alice in Wonderland and Alice grows from tall to small and
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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,
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IF “Alice in Wonderland”
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all ages. BeBe Theatre,
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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
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Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen into doors, cats disappear and reapper, 2621 for tickets or more information.
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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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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’
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
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
‘CD’s’ continued on next page
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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
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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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
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
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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.
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 www.craftguild.org. 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- craftguild.org 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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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.
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-
scinema.com. 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.
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. www.malaprops.com
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R A P I D R I V E R A R T S
he ARCH, your local
showroom for architectural
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.
ing the walls
of a bedroom
with a rich
earth clay fin-
ish, designing a
with the design
installation of a
for the cooking
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
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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
103 West St., Black Mountain, NC.
Phone (828) 357-8327 or visit www.
studio103fineartgallery.com for more details. Sabrina Cabada
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Refacing & Kitchen youth culture
JOSEPH RATHBONE RECOMMENDS
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-
mythology involv- thology as far as some of the gifts from the
ing Perseus the gods Perseus received and some plot twists I
son of Zeus in don’t think I’ll mention here. However, the
one of his most new one took a great deal more liberty with
famous adven- mythology; like having Perseus’ pegus being
tures, going after black, the river Styx was in the under world,
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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
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
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
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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‘Movies’ continued from page 23
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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Ghost Writer follows our unnamed hero as
actor is one of the last surviving members
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bother (unless it’s just to tout the Brit version he accepts the routine job of ghostwriting performers that included Marlon Brando,
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rently being detained with actors, very few direc-
www.flatrockcinema.com 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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‘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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poetry & books
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 www.windpub.com/books/
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
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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
ears ago, I listened to Nancy
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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.
www.brbooks-news.com peating the same question in different ways Renaissance world.
28 May 2010 — RAPID RIVER ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE — Vol. 13, No. 9
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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
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: www.lenizumas.com 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
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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Impatient with Desire
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 EveryWomansVoice.com.
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 www.GabrielleBurton.com
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: www.sarahaddisonallen.com
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 www.laurareed.com.
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
GO 7 at 8 p.m. Clingman
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- thegreyeagle.com. 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 haywoodarts.org. 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 www.whitehorseblackmountain.com
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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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 www.ncstage.org.
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A LOOK INTO joe’s brew notes
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 hopsandvines.net
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
cecreamcafe.com) 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 bruisin-ales.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 bellsouth.net.
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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
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
www.theAshevilleWineGuy.com 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 CraigLotz@gmail.com 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 www.ashevillewordfest.org. 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 namerica.org/designexpo
becca D’Angelo. An entry form can be May 7-29 for both days.
downloaded at www.graceinfo.org 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 TheChristSoul.com.
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-
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 www.dwtheatre.com.
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
email@example.com 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 www.dwtheatre.com.
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 &
MAY EVENTS ~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~ CLASSIFIEDS
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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 www.haywoodarts.org, 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 www.hangoutmusicfest.com. 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
CLASSES ~ LECTURES ~ ARTS & CRAFTS ~ READINGS
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Two Asheville Artists Featured in
Virginia’s William King Museum
illiam King Muse-
um opens its next BY KATHY LOWDERMILK
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
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38 May 2010 — RAPID RIVER ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE — Vol. 13, No. 9
R A P I D R I V E R A R T S & C U L T U R E
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-
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