Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Who’s Tommy, 40th Anniversary, in Asheville NC!

The Who's Tommy: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Album Release
Presented by Bioflyer Productions and the Asheville Arts Center Diana Wortham Theatre
May 14-16 at 8PM, May 17 at 2pm
Benefit for Eblen Charities
Tickets $10-$25, Student, senior and group discounts available
Tickets on Sale now!

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Peter Townshend's tale of a young boy's journey from trial to triumph is one of the most electrifying evenings of rock'n roll ever to play in a theatre! A great night out for the whole family.

Following a successful presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2008, Bioflyer Productions is mounting another famous British creation, The Who's Tommy. The full-scale Broadway version of the show will have a three night, one matinee run at Diana Wortham Theatre from May 14-17. Producer and director, Rock Eblen, has joined forces this year with the prolific Asheville Arts Center owned by Heather and Chuck Taft with artistic direction by Christopher Lynn. Chuck Taft will also be returning as musical director. This community showcase is Bioflyer's annual fundraiser for the Eblen-Kimmel Charitable Group. The producers have adapted the story to be suitable for children at least 7 years old.

Tommy was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. Pete Townshend says he wrote the piece to describe how he felt after being taught by mystic Meher Baba about various spiritual principals and ideas. The music and lyrics became "a metaphorical story for different states of consciousness."

When the original album was released in 1969, many critics called it a modern masterpiece, the beginnings of a new genre. It became a huge commercial success, as did THE WHO'S frequently sold-out live performances of the album in the following years, elevating the band to a new level of prestige and international stardom.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the album's release.

In 1975, Tommy was adapted as a film, produced by Robert Stigwood and directed by maverick British auteur Ken Russell. The film was a huge commercial success on release and has achieved cult film status due to scenes such as Arthur Brown's portrayal of a priest, and Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother. Other highlights included Elton John's very memorable appearance as the "Pinball Wizard" and Tina Turner's electrifying cameo as the "Acid Queen." Although the film version is known to have mature themes, Bioflyer's new stage production has been modified to be family friendly.

In 1993, Townshend and La Jolla Playhouse theatrical director Des McAnuff wrote and produced a Broadway musical adaptation. The production, titled The Who's Tommy, featured several rewrites in lyrics, and an all-star cast. The production won five Tony Awards that year, including Best Original Score for Townshend. Various touring revivals have met with popular acclaim ever since.

This production is a benefit for The Eblen Charities. Founded by Joe Eblen in 1991 as a grassroots foundation to help local children, this organization has now grown into 55 associated programs that annually assists over 60,000 families with needs such as medication, medical supplies, food, emergency travel, utilities, rent, and other special requests. This assistance is offered at no charge to children, adults, and families with illness or disabilities who live anywhere in Western North Carolina.

Asheville on Bikes Mountain Bike Race

French Broad River Festival Mountain Bike Race in Asheville North Carolina

Host is "Asheville on Bikes"
Time: Sat May 2 from 9:45 am to 1:45 pm
Venue: Flood Stage Tent

Ride the edge of the Smoky Mountains in Pisgah National forest at the French Broad River Festival. There are three different race categories for the annual cross country race: The Soft Core – 10 miles, Single Speed - 14 miles, Hard Core -18 miles. The race begins and ends at the festival grounds. Registration is free with your general admission festival ticket. A registration booth will be located in the main festival area. Register on Friday from 4pm – 8pm or on Saturday from 8-9:30.

If you show just for the race, registration is $15. Otherwise, the entry fee is complimentary with admission to the festival. Prizes awarded for each category. In AoB style, prizes will be awarded to the BEST IN SHOW and BEST HOOD ORNAMENT!

Register online and check out the details.

Breast Cancer Awareness Bowling League

Time: Fri May 22 at 6:00 pm until Fri Jul 31 at 9:00 pm

Venue: AMF Bowling Alley Kenilworth in Asheville North Carolina

This is a 10 week bowling league to help raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation. It's every Friday at 6pm for $12 a week. Not bad yo! Lots of fun and happy people!!

From: Lindsay Ellis on Facebook

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge in Black Mtn

The Flat Picking Legend and His Mighty Band on Tour

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
Friday, May 29, 2009
White Horse Black Mountain 105c Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC
Tix $12/ $15
(828) 669-0816

Audiences across the globe are repeatedly rendered slack-jawed with astonishment by the overwhelming creative power of Larry Keel and his band. Like some massive musical storm that has taken on a life of its own, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge continue to gather strength and intensify. Batten down the hatches or prepare to be blown away in the perfect storm, a raging musical maelstrom of swirling innovations. The extended forecast is calling for tonal tornadoes of epic proportions made more dangerous by syncopated sound cyclones scattered with bursts of colossal chord changes and intermittent harmonies. For those in the direct path of this vast vortex of energy, expect to be further battered by sonic tsunamis fed by raging rhythms. Keel advisories will remain in effect until after the second set. The audience at a Larry Keel performance is not simply being entertained; instead, they are having their hearts and brains happily steamed in a boiling cauldron of blazing instrumentation and BRAND NEW original sounds. Driven jamming is linked in flawless cohesion to brilliant and multiple variations—this band is anything but ordinary! A band of kindred spirits who share a common musical vision, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge is: the beautiful, cheerful steady backbone-Jenny Keel (bass fiddle, vocals), the atomic, off the chain fireball-Mark Schimick (mandolin, vocals), the charming, crescendo pickin' stud-Jason Flournoy (banjo, vocals), and, of course, the MAD, marquee headlining maestro-Larry Keel (guitar, vocals).

Larry Keel is a world renowned, internationally touring, Mountain Music Troubadour. Keel has released 13 albums, and is featured on 9 others. A documentary film about Keel and his band was debuted at Merlefest, as the first film ever shown at the famous Americana festival. His original music has been recorded by Del McCoury Band and Acoustic Syndicate. Larry and his wife Jenny also perform in Keller and The Keels, a side project that also features Keller Williams. The Keller and Keels release, Grass¸ spent 3 months on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.

The long-awaited second studio project from Larry Keel and his powerhouse acoustic ensemble 'Natural Bridge' has finally been unleashed! With these revolutionary tracks Keel and his ultra progressive string band have hand-crafted 7 original compositions of the 10 tunes on BACKWOODS that defy all ordinary expectations of what Bluegrass and Americana music has ever offered-- until now. Co-produced by creative genius Keller Williams and monster mountain music master Larry Keel, BACKWOODS is a supremely energizing musical ride. The official release date was February 5, 2009. With BACKWOODS, Keel and his band deliver one of the most powerful, expansive performances ever heard in Acoustic American music to date.

Artist News ** Larry Keel performed with Little Feat at Camp Feat in Negril, Jamaica, Feb 2008.** LK&NB with Tony Rice appeared on NPR's Mountain Stage on Wed, Dec 12, 2007.** LK&NB was featured on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour on Monday Nov 12, 2007.** Larry Keel was featured in the Feb 2007 Guitar Player Magazine** Keel Brothers, Vol. 2 is reviewed in the August 2007 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited.** Larry Keel proudly endorses D'Addario Stings.

The Bizarre Bazaar in Asheville NC

The New Funky Friendly Outdoor Market.... Lexington Ave Bazaar
Soak in the Sun, Look Fly and Shop Yourself Happy!

Opening Day: Saturday, May 23rd 2009 from 11am – 4pm
58 1/2 N. Lexington Avenue
Lexington Park Courtyard

Performing: Now You See Them, Benefiting Arts 2 People's Asheville Mural Project (Asheville, NC) The new and funky Lexington Ave. Bazaar is about to kick-off for the year on Saturday, May 23rd in downtown Asheville from 11am – 4pm. This is an eclectic outdoor market featuring indie artists, crafters and designers local to Asheville and will also feature a different musical performance as well as benefit local non-profits. The Bazaar will take place every 1st and 3rd Saturday in the Lexington Park Courtyard (gated entrance next to Virtue) nestled between North Lexington Ave and Carolina Lane in Asheville, NC. This is an ongoing event through the beginning of October.

The Bizarre Bazaar is proud to announce that the organizer's proceeds from the first four Saturdays will go to support Arts 2 People's Asheville Mural Project on Lexington Ave. We like to think of it as the Arts supporting the Arts. This might give you another reason to come and support the Bazaar.

Each market will also feature performers from Asheville. Now You See Them will be performing at the kickoff event, they are a super-fun acoustic indie/folk trio dedicated to delivering a great time. Appealing to virtually all audiences through beautiful harmonies, slow burning lyrics, and non traditional instruments, NYST combines thoughtfully ironic originals alongside carefully selected covers making their shows a not-to-be-missed breath of fresh air.

Not only will you be able to shop, but you can also treat yourself to some fine eats; Lexington Ave's French restaurant, Bouchon, will host an exclusive Street food stand featuring crêpes and his famous French fries for each Bazaar.

Specific Bazaar dates this spring and summer are as follows:5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 7/4, 7/18, 8/1, 8/15, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17. Come and check out the local art and crafts and also hop around to the great shops on Lexington Ave!

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Influenza Information

Asheville Ladies and Gentlemen, and people Worldwide:

Based on assessment of all available information, and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5. Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world. On the positive side, the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic than at any time in history. Preparedness measures undertaken because of the threat from H5N1 avian influenza were an investment, and we are now benefiting from this investment.

For the first time in history, we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real-time. I thank countries who are making the results of their investigations publicly available. This helps us understand the disease. I am impressed by the work being done by affected countries as they deal with the current outbreaks. I also want to thank the governments of the USA and Canada for their support to WHO, and to Mexico.

Let me remind you. New diseases are, by definition, poorly understood. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour. WHO and health authorities in affected countries will not have all the answers immediately, but we will get them.

WHO will be tracking the pandemic at the epidemiological, clinical, and virological levels. The results of these ongoing assessments will be issued as public health advice, and made publicly available. All countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

At this stage, effective and essential measures include heightened surveillance, early detection and treatment of cases, and infection control in all health facilities. This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace. I have reached out to donor countries, to UNITAID, to the GAVI Alliance, the World Bank and others to mobilize resources. I have reached out to companies manufacturing antiviral drugs to assess capacity and all options for ramping up production. I have also reached out to influenza vaccine manufacturers that can contribute to the production of a pandemic vaccine.

The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start? It is possible that the full clinical spectrum of this disease goes from mild illness to severe disease. We need to continue to monitor the evolution of the situation to get the specific information and data we need to answer this question.

From past experience, we also know that influenza may cause mild disease in affluent countries, but more severe disease, with higher mortality, in developing countries. No matter what the situation is, the international community should treat this as a window of opportunity to ramp up preparedness and response. Above all, this is an opportunity for global solidarity as we look for responses and solutions that benefit all countries, all of humanity. After all, it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic. As I have said, we do not have all the answers right now, but we will get them.

Thank you.
WHO Director-General
Dr Margaret Chan

Asheville Home Builders - Custom Homes and Real Estate for less

Asheville Home Builders are going through a rough time for the most part and business is slow, but Asheville Building and Real Estate is getting ready to launch their new "Design Your Own Home, Choose The Subcontractors and Create Your Own Home Price" to the Western North Carolina area.

This program goes perfect with the current market condition we are in. People want to save or at least use their money very wisely. Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) can make a big difference in today's economy. ABandRE has a great program where you choose or design your own home from scratch with the exact building materials you pick, they compile a the bids to complete this project, you review the bids and pricing with them, you make the decision on which bids to accept, and you declare you final home price! Wonderful. I know several people that are getting ready to bid their home out with this program. It is a great incentive to build. Once the price is finalized, the General Contractors overhead is determined exactly by a percentage. No hidden costs, everything on the table, and big savings are sure to occur.

Sometimes you deal with Builders who have a set amount of how much they are going to make off of a project and any savings at all, even on top of that, go into their pocket. Then you have some Builders who get a pre-appraisal of sorts and then charge that "appraised amount" even if it cost them half of that amount to build it. This is not right whether the market is good or bad. The equity should go into your pocket. (Thank you to the home builders that do price their project fair and correctly). Here is an escape from that type of business, and an open door to good business with full disclosure. I love it! I will have my new house this year!

For more information, please visit and click on the Request Info button on the top left. Find out how much your home will really cost you and how much you can save in the process.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Pisgah Print and AEMC - DJ Bandwagon May 16, 2009 The Garage at Biltmore

Join Asheville Electronic Music Collective and for a night of Electro, Dance Rock, House, and Techno. Featuring Master of Crowd Control "DJ Bandwagon!!!" from Tampa Florida. His Style is tasteful, his selection is prolific, his mixing is flawless, and your presence in mandatory.

Bandwagon's been honing his craft since the early 90's. Some may have known him as Unkphae, others as Johnny Law. The man has covered a lot of ground musically, between house, drum and bass, had a lounge act once, and his new projects and efforts in Dance Rock / Electro Pop direction. He has stood tall in rooms of broad shoulders playing with many of the finest acts from around the world and turned their heads in Awe! Now, the time has come for him to inhibit some ass shaking in our quaint mountain town.

Please be our guest and become and become impressed. Download his most recent mix "Social Currency" by clicking HERE. Physical copies are also free and available through Pisgah Print. Also appearing are some great local favorites including Phil Milldr, Jared and Matiq. The event is on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at The Garage in Biltmore. Tickets are only $10, Doors Open at 9pm, 21 and over with ID only please. Thank you Asheville!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Asheville Social Media by G Social Media

Here are a few ways that G Social in Asheville North Carolina can help you and your business, network with you, and compensate you. G Social can produce an effective turnkey solution in Social Media for any business, including yours.

Here are a few ways that G Social Media can help and network with your business:

1. G Social Agents - Registered Agents, whether businesses or individuals, of G Social Media earn up to 20% of the package sold to the client they refer to our company. (Example: a $2000 package contracted would put $400 into your pocket - or with a $900 (basic package) you would earn $180). To register to become a "G Social Agent", simply send us an email with your information, what you do, etc and we will review it and send a confirmation out with some instructions.

2. G Social Benefit - G Social Media will donate up to 10% of the cost of the package you contract to a worthy approved cause of your choice. The donation would be sent from G Social and You! If you live in the Asheville North Carolina area, we recommend that you contribute to a great local cause such as American Rainbow Rapid Response, Hearts with Hands, Western North Carolina Aids Project, Western Carolina Rescue Mission, Red Cross, local Sickness and Injury Benefits, and many others you may know of and recommend. If you do not live in the Asheville area, feel free to present the cause of your choice.

3. G Social Referral - People or businesses can refer clients to G Social Media and receive a 5% referral commission. If the client you refer purchases a $2000 package, you will receive $100. Help a friend or business get all over the Internet and make a bonus at the same time. For proper credit, please contact us and make the connection, or they need to please specify that you are referring them to us.

4. G Social Media Barter - By the request of some local companies: Businesses may offer to Barter with G Social Media for up to 25% of the contracted package price upon approval, if G Social is in need of this certain product or service. We support business so this is a solution to assist company owners with costs, while contributing to their businesses at the same time. Great networking! You would simply contact G Social with your business information and what you would like to offer in exchange.

***Note: these offers can only be used individually. Please pick from either 1, 2, 3 or 4 if they apply. Thank you.

Will Asheville Suffer the Swine Virus?

American Rainbow Rapid Response will be working closely with the Buncombe County Health Department and the CDC sharing information on the situation and how to prepare. ARRR is in touch with the person at the CDC headquarters who is the head organizer for Pandemic Influenza. Please visit this website:

I'm sure you have heard about the Swine Virus that has been spreading from Mexico. It's believed to have been found in CA, TX, KS, possibly NYC and maybe even England. The situation is not serious yet, but it could get that way quickly. I suggest that you follow our facebook page - American Rainbow Rapid Response - It will be updated frequently until this is settled. Our website is and it will also be updated frequently. Thank you, Mari Director's Aide ARRR Inc

Thank you to Aaron Funk for this information.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Buncombe GOP Executive Committee Meeting

Time: Mon Apr 27 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the West Asheville Library

We have our executive committee meetings once each month on the 4th Monday at 6:30pm at the West Asheville Library. Meetings last until about 8/8:30pm.

Please review our previous meeting minutes: so that we can vote on approving them.

If you are also a member of the Central Committee (officers, club presidents, area and district coordinators), we meet on the same night in the same location but at 5pm.We welcome all sincere, committed Republicans to attend our Executive Committee meetings, but only members of the Executive Committee may vote on meeting business. Precinct Vice-Chairs and Precinct Secretaries have been included in this invitation and are quite welcome to attend, but only the top ranking officer of each precinct may vote. In other words, if a Precinct Chair is absent, the Precinct Vice-Chair may vote and if both the Chair and Vice-Chair are absent, the Precinct Secretary may vote.

Phone: 8282535800

The Wizard of Oz - Montford Park May 1st - May 3rd 2009 in Asheville

From the Asheville Arts Center:
Children's Theatre Workshop Presents... The Wizard of Oz

Come and see Dorthy and friends follow the Yellow Brick Road to OZ. With a cast of over 60 children, this is sure to be a very engaging and entertaining show! The show is at the Hazel Robinson Theatre in Montford Park, so bring the whole family and sit outside, relax and enjoy the show!

May 1-3
Friday and Saturday 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 2pm

Phone: 828-253-4000

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Maria Voisin - Asheville's Latin Dance Queen and More!

Ask Asheville has had the great pleasure of meeting Maria Voisin, talking to her and seeing her in action. She is a wonderful person who contributes so much to her special niche in the Asheville Community. Thank you for everything Maria!

Who is Maria Voisin?

The simplest version of an answer to this: Maria is a simple messenger, una guajira, someone who is here to remind people to live fully, to enjoy the music, to take care of their bodies and souls, and to GET DOWN! Maria has soulpower and it is superbad (thanks James Brown!).

Where did Maria learn her talents?

My musical ear came from my parents - both musicians... piano and trumpet (makes sense why I love salsa). My parents were very strict about my education, and Excellent grades were required! I studied with some of the best Instructors. Some examples are Juan de Dios from Folklorico Nacional in Cuba, Frankie Martinez - NYC, Richard Gonzales - NYC, and countless others. Also, having faith in something bigger, something universal and connective, which was one more important thing I learned from my Grandfather, a career musician with profound respect for music and the creators of it! Oh, and I learned to loosen up in New Orleans where I got schooled by the Brass Band dancers.

What is Maria's mission in Asheville and beyond?

First and foremost, I started teaching and forming performance groups in an attempt to create something unique and beneficial to the Asheville community here. Secondly, I wanted people outside of Asheville to know about our city and how friendly and creative we are up here. My hope was to keep the dance scene here very open to everyone and also to improve the standards of dance and the respect given towards the craft. Since my first classes and club events in 1999 we have really worked hard to create a safe and welcoming Latin dance community here in Asheville. I named my group Salseros 828 to represent the region in the best possible way. My hope is to travel more outside of Asheville and to teach workshops that empower people to move in ways that feel free in their bodies. I have been developing technique with my Afro-Cuban curriculums that are very unique and inspiring to my students. I look forward to sharing this with other dance communities. The long term goal for Asheville is a secret right now (in the works)... wait and see!! Siempre p'alante!

Where is Maria's main works in Asheville?

Salseros 828 Dance School and Company. Founded as a company in 2002. Maria has brought "On1", "On 2", Afro-Cuban, and numerous other dances to the mountains. They have an extensive resume of Performances both here and outside of Asheville. She was voted Asheville’s #1 Dance Teacher in the Mountain Xpress 2007 “Best of” Reader’s Poll. Maria has worked with non-profit organizations such as LEAF in Schools and Streets, Arts to People, and Asheville Parks and Recreation teaching the youth Salsa in Asheville. She will be teaching as an adjunct faculty member of UNCA’s Dance department as a Latin Dance Instructor in Spring 2009. Maria has also helped to bring Asheville’s growing Salsa community into the national spotlight, with write-ups in the New York Times, Southern Living, and Verve magazine. She was chosen as one of five choreographers for Asheville’s First Annual 48 hour dance festival.

What does Maria want for the future?

For the near future - I am taking a 3 month trip to Europe, where some of the best Cuban dance instructors live now. I can study Flamenco and hopefully a few other new dance forms. I want to return with a treasure chest full of new ideas and as a better dancer of course. I also plan to develop some new approaches to teaching dance which will involve the ideas that are inspiring me right now. For the distant future... remember that secret? lol

How can Asheville support Maria and her work?

Well... keep it friendly, keep the integrity. Dancing is about connection... that means with your partner, the music, yourself. Performance is meant to inspire, not to intimidate... and we perform because it connects us to the crowd and to the group we have been working with to create this great work. It is the choice of the spectator to become a part of the dance. We have never turned anyone away who was interested in performing with us. We just hope that dance can change people in a positive way. I have seen my dancers become very strong and happy individuals as they get deeper into the process. So, support Maria by participating in a positive way... and by smiling as much as possible!

Maria, what would you like to say about yourself?

I am very grateful for everything in my life and feel very blessed for every day!
Please visit for more information

Dining Out For Life In Asheville- Thursday April 30, 2009

Join 90 area restaurants for "Dining Out for Life" on Thursday, April 30th 2009 and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Western North Carolina Aids Project. You can have Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner!!!

Over 1 million people in the U.S. Are currently living with HIV/AIDS and more than 40,000 new cases are reported each year. WNCAP is committed to stopping the spread of AIDS in this region and offering compassionate care to those already affected. To help, all you have to do is go out and have a great meal.

Visit for more information.

2009 Sponsors include Mountain Xpress, AIR, Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville Radio Group, Bold Life / Verve, Clear Channel Asheville, Design One, Hendersonville Times-News, Laurel of Asheville, PLI, Rapid River, Smoky Mountain News, Stereotypd, Subaru, WCQS, WLOS-TV, and WNC Magazine.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Asheville: TERRA SUMMER Camp Ages 11-14

We are launching this summer in Mills River, NC a six-week summer academic enrichment program called Terra Summer. It is an experiential, interdisciplinary program that uses the magical world of food—from growing to cooking to eating—to teach children elements of a rigorous academic curriculum while exploring local and global social, environmental, economic, and health issues.

Terra Summer is a fun, exploratory program designed to accelerate student learning, keep children from falling behind, and positively affect character development by connecting children to themselves, others, and the world at large. Through the process of growing food at the school's organic farm, cooking in the school kitchen lab, and eating together, students deepen threads of their school curriculum—from math and geometry to plant science, chemistry, history, geography, economics, and anthropology. Also, we reflect on and discuss a variety of concepts that are central to the Terra School vision: where our food comes from; who grows it and under what circumstances; the empowerment of the individual to make choices; our responsibility towards the earth, communal resources, and other beings; awareness of other lands and peoples; respect for our bodies through nutrition and exercise; how food connects us all, in strife and joy. There is a story—and an impact—behind everything we eat, and we should know what it is.

Terra Summer is inquiry-based, aimed at making children active engines behind their own learning. Our program provides opportunities for meaningful readings, journaling, portfolio projects, reflections and discussions. We take field trips, learn about bugs and worms, make pizza, plant gardens, make art, and run a produce stand.

The Terra School believes that all activities should foster care, compassion, respect, and a sense of global awareness and responsibility. Terra Summer is not a remedial program or an alternative program or a program designed for children with any particular needs. It is simply a program that uses a non-traditional vehicle to link and make sense of the array of wonderful topics that make our world. We seek a diverse group of children ages 11-14 (grades 6 through 8) who like to spend time outdoors and in the kitchen, who like to question things, learn about new things, grow things, and taste new things. Come make new friends, taste new foods, and look at the world through a new lens.

Terra Summer takes place on Jafasa Farm, a 16-acre working organic farm 20 minutes south of Asheville. The program runs for six consecutive weeks from July 6 through August 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The weekly cost is $150; scholarships, full and partial, are available. Because Terra Summer is an academic enrichment program, students are expected to attend the full session.

Terra Summer and The Terra School are founded by Sybil Fix, a former journalist and education writer and researcher, an animal lover and a foodie who in her 40s got serious about making her role on the planet more meaningful. Sybil is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University. She resides in Charleston, S.C. and Asheville, N.C.

For more information visit or call Sybil at 828-782-7842.

Asheville Mardi Gras Style Party 2009 - The Funkadelic Masquerade, 5/9/09 Asheville Prom!

The 2009 Asheville Prom – The Funkadelic Masquerade – will be the most fun you can have for a good cause. Wear a mask of any kind, or buy one at the door. Bring your “anything goes” attitude for a Mardi-Gras style party. We’ll provide the music and the beads. Awards go to the best handmade masks and costumes. NOTE: This is NOT a High School Prom (far from it!). This is an exciting, fun Adult Party & Benefit.

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band will rock the Orange Peel, along with discs spun by The Merry Spinster Something. When the Booty Band hits the stage, everybody dances! These seven guys from Asheville mix triumphant horns, laid-back grooves, and heavy backbeats to encompass many styles of music that can only be described as Bounce Music. The swarms of swaying bodies at their shows testify to their thick thump and boundless energy. The Booty Band cuts to the core of what great live music is all about: having fun and feeling good. Their energy is contagious and instantly transforms mild mannered adults into booty-shaking barbarians. They're quickly becoming the hottest new band this side of, and even in, the Mississippi. They are The Booty Band, and they are guaranteed to elevate your funk to a new level.
What is Asheville Prom???
Asheville Prom is a benefit for Project Access. Proceeds of the Asheville Prom will go entirely to The Buncombe County Medical Society Foundation Project Access. Project Access is an innovative physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe County residents. Through Project Access physicians and community partners donate their services to patients without receiving reimbursement or compensation. Project Access is not health insurance, it is however a way to help our community members stabilize their health so that health insurance is more attainable. Project Access physicians donate services from routine annual physicals to open heart surgery.
Learn more at: or Call Project Access at 828.274.6989

The Asheville Prom is a dance party put on by a group of friends, for the pleasure of our funkiest fellows. The Prom Committee strives to throw a great party, keep the ticket price low, and have some money left over for charity.

The Party in Asheville North Carolina is on Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 8pm to midnight. Your $25 ticket gets you onto the dance floor of Asheville's greatest party. There will be a cash bar, prom snacks, and four hours of funky hip-shaking, booty-bouncing music. A silent auction will benefit Project Access. Tickets can be purchased directly from the Orange Peel Box office, either in person, or on line at at Please purchase your ticket early, as we expect the Prom to sell out.
Are you going to LEAF festival? We realize that our very hip prom patrons may be grooving all weekend. But really, how much sunshine can you take before you need to slip into an alter ego and slink into the night? The Prom is guaranteed to step your night up a notch, so we hope you'll keep us on your busy schedule.
What Should You Wear???
In keeping with the Masquerade theme, we suggest any costume that includes a mask, feathers, or is just plain outrageous. Of course, psychadelia and Mardi Gras style masks will rule the night. However, Halloween masks, superheroes, surgical masks, bandits, facepaint, bedsheets, and beanie caps are welcome. Whatever you wear, make sure it's danceable, because we guarantee you will be moving all night long. And remember, while this is a charity event, the Prom is not meant to break your pocketbook.
Past Asheville Prom Events:
The Solid Gold Polyester Pantsuit Party was 2008's hottest dance party! Royal Groove rocked the Orange Peel and had the crowd shaking to the best dance tunes of that swinging decade - the Seventies. The crowd was a crazy conflagration of sequins, satin, miniskirts and gold chains. We were graced by celebrities Captain and Tenille, Tina Turner, two Elvises, more pimps than Times Square, and the cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. A surprise appearance by the band Kiss reminded us to "Rock and Roll all night and party every day."
The Asheville Prom started in 2007, with "A Big Hair Affair". We Wanged and Chunged to the best of Eighties music. Madonna and Don Johnson were our celebrity guests.

Earth Day Asheville at The Orange Peel - Wednesday April 22, 2009

Asheville GreenWorks Earth Day 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 7:00pm at The Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC. Phone: 8282541776 Email:

Celebrate Earth Day and dance the night away with Bayou Diesel and Blue Heaven. Get the party started with the sounds of swing from Blue Heaven and then it’s time to ‘let the good times roll’ with great cajun/zydeco from Bayou Diesel. And it’s all for a great cause. Proceeds benefit Asheville Greenworks and our local environment. Tickets are only $10 and available online at and at the door. For more info and event links, check out

Asheville YWCA - Solar Panel Dedication

YWCA of Asheville
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Time: 8:00am - 10:00am YWCA of Asheville 185 S. French Broad Avenue, Asheville, NC
Phone: 8282547206 Email:

You are invited to join the YWCA in celebrating our new solar panels, which heat water for our pool, kitchen, laundry and showers. This dedication event will feature speakers, music, food and door prizes.

We're also offering Earth Day sign-up specials to celebrate the fact that we are the area’s first “green gym”! Anyone who joins Club W: The YWCA Health & Fitness Center between April 20 and April 26 will get one month free (with a year contract). New participants who sign up for the April 27 session of YWCA Swim Lessons will get one lesson free.

The YWCA of Asheville is the first community center in Buncombe County to install a solar thermal system. At a time when we all are feeling the rising costs of fuel and gas, the YWCA is taking this important step towards energy independence.

More importantly, the YWCA is committed to being a good steward of our natural resources. This solar energy system will prevent the release of 18 tons of carbon pollution per year. It will have the equivalent air quality benefit of taking seven cars off the highway or planting 4200 trees. The YWCA will be a visible example to the thousands of children and families who we serve annually about the opportunity to use clean, renewable energy.

The YWCA Solar Project is in memory of Ske Bonsike, a wonderful teacher and example of conservation. The lead gift for the project was given by the William and Frances Beattie Foundation. The lead corporate gift was from Progress Energy.

Questions? Call YWCA Development Director Tami Ruckman at 254-7206 x 206.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Asheville Waiters and Waitresses +

Years ago, when I was a waiter in Asheville North Carolina I wished that one day I would have some sort of voice to speak to the people of Asheville, the World, and the public in general about waiters & waitresses.

While working as a server, I developed so much experience, I literally learned so much about life, that I still use it today, and it will no doubt be with me forever. I made my personality stronger and tied up many loose ends that my "public speaking" class in High School simply did not cover. I learned how to be kind, how to be "ripped off", how to be blessed, how to make mistakes, how to fix problems, how to "love my neighbor", and how that outside of my control, a stranger can come into my life (my table) for less than an hour and somehow ruin my whole day or evening. I learned how to make friends, how to speak, how to apologize, and how to accept compliments. It was a fine education.
I learned how to interact with just about everybody and anybody, whether good or bad. I have had people who acted socially terrible, but tipped me great for my service. I have also had "the nicest people I ever met in my life" pay their bill and not leave me a dime. I have had "church groups" come in, eat hundreds of dollars of food, and leave me a "gospel tract" telling me that I was "going to hell"; and I kind of wanted to head that way after that, lol. I have had other groups come in, eat away, and pat me on the back on the way out saying "good job buddy"... with nothing but dirty dishes left behind.

People are different. Some know what it is like to make sure their clients have a somewhat perfect experience, and then ending up with nothing to show for it. Today, they counteract their past dissapointments from others by being fair to their waitresses and waiters when they go out to dine. Some do not tip, or correctly tip, because the are simply cheap or cheapskates. Others do not tip their servers simply because "they don't have to". Whatever reason you give for not tipping right; I assure you that it is most likely invalid.

No joke... even with some of my close family members and good friends, I have to lag behind to make sure they leave a decent tip; and I have even supplemented where and when needed. Even when someone tells me "I got it", I say "how do you have it?" to make sure I am not an accomplice in their "savings scheme" at someone else's expense. Some who know that "I don't play" when it comes to tipping, actually ask me "how much do I leave?", and I gladly tell them. I have went back to some restaurants the next day to "right a wrong tip" left, or not left, by a friend.

Not leaving a tip is taking "earned money" away from the circle of life. Some wait staff would somewhat correctly refer to it as "common robbery". Some customers will even try to make their dining a bad experience so they can feel as if they don't have to tip... Suckers! I say this today as a customer who eats at many places in Asheville North Carolina and beyond.

As a waiter, I learned how to deal with people that had a rough day; sometimes along with going through a really hard time myself. I learned that some of my tables needed something... maybe a joke or a sort of inspiration, so I always kept them on hand. Sometimes customers just need a person to listen to their problems for a minute without over-judging them. It is funny how you cannot figure out your own "problems" many times, but you come up with good counsel for others, and you get helped by having a "solution mentality". Some come out to eat for some simple interaction with someone new, and I did my best to make sure I was that "new" positive connection they made. Oh, a few even came to "just eat". Waiters and waitresses wear, or can wear, so so many hats.

So what is the correct tip you should leave? Some say 18%, 15% or 20%. Here is my tip scale of sorts:

10% for service in general
15% for good service
20% for great service
*More if it is right! Think before you tip!

***5/24/09 - I have left 10% two times in the past year, and it was because of the wrong order and a bad attitude to back it up; and then another time when we got our food and they never came back until they were ready to drop the check off. Other times 20% is my standard. I try to communicate and blend so I make it a good experience for the waitstaff as well. When I go out of my way to have a successful time dining, the responding attitude and service is important to me. We have left as much as a 100% tip on several occasions where the waitstaff teamed up with us and went out of their way to make sure that our dinner party had a really great time. (RE: 100%, These times were also when business was great for us!).***

Note: if you take an hour at a table, drink 20 cups of coffee, and only spend $3 or so... 60 cents (20%) is not acceptable.

Do I tip on the amount before of after tax? I will leave this one up to you. Tipping on tax is not necessary. Some tip on the amount before tax, while others look at the bottom line and just tip on the whole thing. If you cannot take the time to figure out the percentages, simply tell the waitstaff to please add a certain percentage to the bill as "the tip". "Can you please add ___% tip to my bill" is all you need to say.

Happy Eating!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

HATCH Asheville - Downtown Asheville on Saturday 4/18/09

There are lots of events going on today, Saturday April 18, 2009 at Hatch Asheville. I am sitting in the Journalism event at 26.5 Battery Park in Downtown Asheville listening to beautiful radio clips that Julie Shapiro is presenting; and I have a big schedule ahead. At 1pm, there is a Fashion Panel at the Innovators Lounge at 46 Wall Street, an Architecture event at Battery Park, and a Groundbreaker Short Films event at the Fine Arts Theatre (film is $8).

At 2pm today, there is a "Fashion Breakout" at 26.5 Battery Park, at 3pm there is a Music Industry discussion at the Innovator's Lounge, at 4pm Elisa Jimenez will be at the AAAC Front Gallery at 11 Biltmore Avenue for a Fashion Event, and also a film called "Good Dick" at the Fine Arts Theatre (film is $8). At 6pm tonight there will be an Architecture Panel Discussion followed by an Exhibit Reception at the Asheville Design Center on 8 College Street. At 7pm, there will also be a film "Made in China" at the Fine Arts Theatre for $8. Also at 9 pm tonight at the Fine Arts Theatre there will the Groundbreaker Short Films event for $8.

The HATCH closing event is at The Orange Peel tonight 4/18/09 at The Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Avenue. Food, Drinks, Music and Video. This is a ticketed event and tickets are $25, and you are promised an awesome time. Fun, networking, connections, socializing, inspiration and life! This is our future Asheville. Get out and HATCH a little!

Asheville is very fortunate to have as a part of our community. I believe they will be planting in Asheville for the next 9 years at least, and by then, they should be here to stay!

HATCH, thank you for all of your hard work and the many great contributions you are making to the Asheville and Western North Carolina community. My life has been enriched so much in just a few days.

Friday, April 17, 2009

'A Number' by the NC Stage Co till 5/3/9'

A Number, by Caryl Churchill, runs through May 3rd at NC Stage in downtown Asheville. "Your parents always told you that you were unique. What if they lied?"

In A Number, a lonely father is confronted by his grown sons with the improbable truth of their origin. Caryl Churchill's tense play is only nominally about the ethical issues of cloning. More importantly, she uses this issue on the cutting edge of science to explore the nature of family and our understanding of our own humanity.

The Evening Standard wrote of the original production: "A Number by Caryl Churchill is the first true play of the 21st century. It's an hour-long experiment in prediction, a meditation upon identity, a sort of nightmare imagining of what the magic of science, in relation to cloning, may one day require of our hearts and minds."

Read more about the play at the North Carolina Stage Company. or get tickets at

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cupcakes for Justice! Because grassroots organizing needs more butter cream icing

CPC is hosting an event on Sunday, April 19, 2009 from 1:00pm - 6:00pm at Short Street Cakes on 225 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC. Phone: 828-505-4822 Email:

The Center for Participatory Change cordially invites you to support grassroots organizing in WNC by indulging in some fresh, made with love cupcakes made by our friends at Short Street Cakes! A portion of proceeds made on April 19th will go directly to CPC!

Nothing says social, economic and racial justice like a dozen cupcakes! Support the Center for Participatory Change and make this Sunday special by coming over to Short Street Cakes from 1 - 6. Bring loved ones, friends and family. Part of the proceeds go to support CPC. Call ahead for special orders - 828-505-4822. You can view a menu at

Howard Street Handmade! Asheville NC Saturday April 18, 2009

Short Street Cakes is hosting an Asheville Event
Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
Corner of Howard St. and Haywood Road
227 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC

On April 18, 2009, from 11am to 5pm, Short Street Cakes in Asheville North Carolina will host the second in a series of local, handmade Craft Markets called “Howard Street Handmade,” located at 227 Haywood Road, at the intersection of Haywood Road and Howard Street. There will be over 20 vendors featuring all-handmade crafts will display their wares in the beautifully renovated brick building adjacent to West Asheville’s newest Cake Shop!

Vendor applications are still being accepted for future Howard Street Handmade markets. Artists interested in vending at Howard Street Handmade should email, or stop by the Cake Shop at 225 Haywood Road to pick up a hard copy.

Birdhouses for Bountiful Cities! Raise money to grow food in the city like you mean it

Bountiful Cities Project
Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 5:00pm - 11:00pm
the Courtyard on Lexington Avenue
N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC

Phone is 828-257-4000 email is

Wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a live auction of handcrafted birdhouses to benefit the Bountiful Cities Project's urban agriculture and community garden programs!

Earth Day @ Martin Luther King Park, Ride your City, Corral your Bike

Asheville on Bikes is hosting an event on Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 10:00am - 10:00pm at Martin Luther King Park - 50 Martin Luther King Drive, Asheville, NC

AoB is hosting the first bicycle corral of spring on Saturday, April 18th at Martin Luther King Park located at 50 Martin Luther King Dr.

Gather your friends and family enjoy a pedal about town, then ride over to Martin Luther King Park and corral your bicycle before taking part in the festivities.

Store your bicycle with Asheville on Bikes and receive a pedallers appreciation prize, as well as, catch up on cycling’s current events. There is plenty of pedaller planning in the works, so stop by, stash your bicycle and catch up with AoB.

Knock! Knock! Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home

Join us for an exceptional evening in community performance of: 'Knock! Knock!, Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home,'on Friday, April 17th & Saturday, April 18th at 7:30 PM at the Diana Wortham Theatre.

The evening features two premiere dance pieces by choreographer, Barrie Barton as well as dazzling music featuring local musicians Daniel Barber, Paula Hanke, Maya Joelle and Jack Devereux, vibrant poetry with Donna Glee Williams and Jay Joslin, uplifting humor with local actors Tebbe Davis, Richard Camuto and Amy LaDeroute and a eclectic multi- dimensional media presentation by Tootie Watson. The entertaining evening concludes with an interactive public discussion with the performers.

Tickets are $12 and will be available at Malaprop's Bookstore, Diana Wortham Theater and Jubilee in March. For online tickets visit Diana Wortham Theater website,

A portion of proceeds for the show will benefit Carepartners Hospice and Palliative Care.'Knock Knock, Crossing the Threshold of Faith and Home' genuinely exams the joyous reminiscences and poignant tribulations about our homes, family and relationships - past, present and future. The versatile dancers, 9 men and 15 women, weave their real life experiences into a passionate interpretation that ignite collective memories that have shaped us as unique individuals and as a larger community and global world. The evening will also invite us into ourselves and reveal the diversity and complexity of our relationship with our Faith, as well as what binds and synchronizes us as humanity. In the format of dance, art, poetry and music, the burning points of our lives will become the unmistakable turning points and the gracious inspiration of a genuine community performance.

Directed by Barrie Barton

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Operation Pill Crusher in Asheville, Buncombe County North Carolina 4/18/09 - 10am-2pm

On April 18, 2009 many people in Asheville North Carolina, Buncombe County and Western North Carolina will be coming together for Operation Pill Crusher. I was talking to a few people today about prescription pills, and how them make their way out of our medicine cabinets and go right into the school systems. Did you know that close to 70% of all drug related charges and arrests in the Buncombe County School System are prescription pills? That is wild people! Parents keep these pills in their medicine cabinets, in their kitchen closets and around the house somehow thinking that the kids will not wonder "what is it", "what does it do", and "what will it do to me". There have been many reports of "Skittles Bowls" at pill parties where everyone goes on a "pill search" in their home or the homes of their family or friends, gather as much medication as possible, go to the party, put it in one big bowl, and everyone at the party grabs 1, 2, 3 or more. Some never come back! I am scared for all of our children these days. Asheville; let us take a stand against things prescription drug abuse. Sometimes we do not take the time to pay attention until it hits our home. Well it is hitting our community, and your home may not be too far away. Please take a part in Operation Pill Crusher in Asheville and Bucombe County!

I read earlier that in one State, death by precription drugs passed deaths by car accidents. Many States report that the number of people abusing prescription drugs is more than people abusing alcohol. People, and even many addicts, sometimes consider it "Okay" to take a friends prescription drugs for pain or relaxation. Not only is this not safe or acceptable; it is very dangerous.

Asheville, this is our combined effort to make our community safer, cleaner, and maybe even save a few lives. Will you help??? You can even drop off cough syrup with Codine, and any other type of narcotic, pill, etc. Note: you are also permitted to also drop of any type of illegal street drugs for disposal and destruction. Bring the pills and drugs in bottles and bags for safe transport and destruction. The drugs will be crushed and then burnt, eliminating the potential abuse of them forever. They are not going to sit on some shelf, and then become "missing" soon thereafter. They are destroyed!Please keep in mind that many times using medication that is prescribed to others is dangerous due to the fact that they may have a reverse or adverse affect on another individual. Well over 100,000 Americans die every year from adverse reactions to prescription drugs. Besides being permanently damaged, drug side effects are a leading cause of death in the U.S. The worst thing that can happen to you when you take a "legal" drug is not that it won’t work, but that you might die. Be Safe!

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, SBI, Asheville Police Department, Black Mountain Police Department, and Weaverville Police Department will be at the following Ingles Grocery Store locations on Saturday April 18, 2009 from 10 in the morning till 2 in the afternoon, to accept the voluntary disposal of old, unused and expired prescription medications:
Ingles Grocery Store on 29 Tunnel Road in Asheville
Ingles Grocery Store on 301 Long Shoals Road in Asheville
Ingles Grocery Store on 575 New Leicester Highway in Leicester
Ingles Grocery Store on 7 Leicester Highway (Patton Ave) in Asheville
Ingles Grocery Store on 915 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville
Ingles Grocery Store on 500 Highway 9 in Black Mountain
Ingles Grocery Store on 140 Weaver Blvd in Weaverville

For more information, please contact the Drug Enforcement Administration at 828-350-3440 or the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office at 828-255-5555

I have family that works for the FDA. Click Here to see one of their articles about the prescription drug problem.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Amalia Miriam Photography in Asheville - Photo Shoot for the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater

Amalia Miriam Photography completed this assignment for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater. It is a show that will be on April 23rd through April 26th, 2009 at 8:00pm "Cabaret Fever" A Tropical Heat Wave at the BeBe Theater.
The party is at 8pm each evening, providing a cash bar and snacks, and will be a fundraiser for Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre. A post-performance DJ party will follow the April 25 show. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 254-2621 for tickets or more information.

Amalia is an artistic commercial and portraiture photographer that provides affordable photography for local businesses, performers, musicians, aspiring models and actresses. Contact her at (828) 231-6193

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Godspell Asheville, Easter (This) Weekend

Godspell Asheville - Music and Arts Performance
Friday, April 10, 2009 at 7:00pm till Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 7:00pm
The Orange Peel at 101 Biltmore Avenue Asheville NC

THIS EASTER WEEKEND!!! The longest running off-Broadway show inside one of the top five performance halls in the country will, without a doubt, provide great entertainment. The Highland Acting Company will bring a fresh and relevant portrayal of the 70’s musical - utilizing modern art forms while embracing the original nuance of the Musical’s comedy and memorable songs, “Day by Day” and “Prepare Ye”. The Highland Acting Company will also introduce Resurrectio, an original act telling the story of the resurrection of Christ through stirring songs, "Three Days", "Mary’s Song" and "Go".This new local acting company will deliver powerful vocals, innovative theatre, and a strong production- all with a humorous edge. April 10th - 12th Friday: 7:00 p.m. Saturday: 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sunday: 7:00 p.m. Tickets available at The Orange Peel box-office or

Laugh Your Asheville Off presents Chris Porter, Sat April 11, 2009

Laugh Your Asheville Off, Diana Wortham Theater
Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at the Diana Wortham Theater @ Pack Place, Asheville NC

Last Comic Standing's Chris Porter Stand-Up Comedy

Young Republicans of Buncombe County (Ages 18-40) Meeting Thursday April 9, 2009

Buncombe County Republican Party Club Group Meeting
Thursday, April 9, 2009 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
La Paz restaurant on Biltmore Ave, 10 Biltmore Plz Asheville, NC

Thursday April 9th at La Paz restaurant on Biltmore Ave from 6:30-8:30. After the resignation of the Buncombe YR exec team, the NC YR chairman and exec committee called and asked that we start a new club in western north carolina. We will be collecting $30 dues so that we can be recognized by the state organization, voting on officers, and voting on the constitution and bylaws for the club. Any one between 18-40 is welcome to join as an active member and there are opportunities for those over 40 to get involved as well. Please call Michael Blackmon (interim chairman) with any questions 828 335-9863

Asheville Baseball vs. Furman, Wednesday April 8, 2009

UNC Asheville Athletics Sporting Event:
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Be at McCormick Field to cheer on the Dogs. The first 100 UNC Asheville Students will receive the 2009 Baseball Dog Pound T-shirt. Seniors... Don't forget the Senior Slam in the Pepsi area.... (and I hope you know what's happening out there)

Vino Vino - Asheville Wine Tasting & Massage, this Saturday

Saturday, April 11, 2009 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
178 Weaverville Hwy Woodfin, NC

Vino Vino is hosting a wine tasting this Saturday from 12-5 that will be coupled with massage by massage therapist and regular customer Evaa!! Evaa will be here from 2-5 and will be giving incredible chair massages in between the sips of vino!! PLEASE COME JOIN US!!

UNC Asheville Bulldog Day at Moe's

UNC Asheville Athletics Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 from 10:00am - 10:00pm Moe's Southwest Grill on 1 Hendersonville Rd. Asheville, NC

Moe's Southwest Grill in Biltmore Village is donating 10% of their proceeds from sales on April 15th to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, so come out and help support Moe's and the Bulldog Athletes!

The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra - Steel Pan - at The Grey Eagle on May15th w/Special Guest Futureman

Friday, May 15,2009 at The Grey Eagle on 185 Clingman Ave, Asheville. NC
$10 adv/ $12 at the door. Doors open at 8pm, all ages, 828-232-5800 and and

"...Joyously inventive..." is how Jazz Times describes the work of Asheville-based steel drummer Jonathan Scales. Mixing a traditional Caribbean instrument with a contemporary jazz attitude, Jonathan Scales' music pushes the steel pan into the realms of funk, rock, jazz, and even bluegrass while still digging into the roots of traditional world sounds such as reggae and Latin. His intricate, instrumental writing combines with metric complexities to weave seamlessly between musical styles.

The music world was introduced to Jonathan with his 2007 release, 'One-Track Mind', which brought him acclaim from steady regional press, consistent radio airplay, and a jammed schedule of live performances ranging from small clubs to packed theaters. This year ushered in the release of Jonathan's 2nd studio album 'Plot/Scheme', featuring drum guru Jeff Sipe and Grammy-award winning sax man Jeff Coffin. "Plot/Scheme is an innovative and energetic journey into what the steel pan can do in a modern jazz context,"- Bold Life.

Jonathan Scales has also performed with acts such as The Wooten Brothers Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Matt Butler's Everyone Orchestra, The Duhks, Jon Fishman, Toubab Krewe, and Keller Williams.

For more info visit and

Roy “Futureman” Wooten is an artist known for bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future. Deriving from a rich musical background, Futureman is an inventor, scientist, musician, composer and four time Grammy award winning performer with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The Flecktones are highly regarded for their outstanding virtuosity in live performances. The group includes Bela Fleck on Banjo, Victor Wooten on Bass, Jeff Coffin on Sax and wind instruments, and Futureman on Electronic and Acoustic Drums and Percussion.

Futureman is one of the most innovative, forward thinking figures in modern music. Part of what makes Futureman such an innovative musician is the incorporation of science and invention into his work. His first invention, called the Drumitar is used extensively in the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, which allows him the ability to replicate the sound of an entire contemporary drum kit, with the movement of just a few fingers on a guitar shaped instrument. The great jazz drummer Max Roach said once to Futureman that after seeing him perform he knew that “that was the most creative approach to drumming he had ever seen.” His second invention, the “RoyEl,” resembles a piano but plays notes not found in the traditional western music scales. His third invention, the Dorothy Graye, also resembles a smaller piano and is dedicated to his mother Dorothy who inspired a practice method to learn the keys. This instrument is based to play off of the composer’s scriabin color to sound keys, with the universal mathematics guiding the exploration of tunings, such as the periodic table of elements and the golden ratio.

Futureman is an artist that is able to bring many gifts to his music. While widely admired for his ingenuity, imaginative spirit, and eclectic style, it is his world class musicianship and stage presence that has earned him the respect of some of the best musicians in the industry, and fans alike.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Asheville's Grand Bohemian Hotel - Ribbon Cutting!

Richard Kessler CEO Bohemian Hotels, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy, Chamber of Commerce CEO Richard Lutovsky at the Asheville Bohemian Hotel ribbon cutting today 4/3/09.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Roller Derby in Asheville This Saturday Night!

The all-female flat-track roller derby team from Asheville, The Blue Ridge Rollergirls are kicking off their season this Saturday, April 4th at the Asheville Civic Center. Doors open at 6 pm and the game starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 at the door and kids 12 and under are free. Come watch as your Blue Ridge Rollergirls take on the Savannah Derby Devils from Savannah, GA. The party continues at Broadway's after the game for drinks, dancing, and general rollergirl debauchery. LET'S GET DOWN AND DERBY, Y'ALL! | AskAsheville Youtube | Follow AskAsheville on Twitter |