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September 2014

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Inside: September 2014

  Performance: Asheville Lyric Opera..p6 Asheville Area Piano Forum..p6 Asheville Symphony Orchestra..p7 Fine Art: Craft Guild Heritage Weekend..p9 Henderson County Studio Tour…p11 Asheville Gallery of Art..p21 Art After Dark..p23 Joyce Schlapkohl..p30 Flood Gallery ..p32 Movie Reviews: Chip Kaufmann & Michelle Keenan..p12 Music: Noam Pikelny ..p8 A-1 Music Warehouse..p8 LEAF Festival..p17 Mutual Benefit ..p27 Dining Guide: …

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Asheville Symphony Opens 2014-15 Season

Mozart and More The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will open its season on Saturday, September 20, 2014 with a concert featuring works by Mozart, Dvorak, Rossini and Holst, along with a celebration of Music Director Daniel Meyer’s 10th season with the ASO. The season-opening program starts with Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville, followed by …

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A Celebration of Southern Appalachian Culture

The 34th Annual Heritage Weekend will be held September 20-21, 2014 at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center. This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 34th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2-3 …

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Open Studio Tour of Henderson County

The 2014 annual Open Studio Tour of Henderson County NC will be held September 20-21, 2014. This free self-guided tour features 30 fine art and fine craft studios throughout Henderson County. Artist’s studios will be open with their latest artwork to view and purchase with many studios featuring visiting artists. Original works in painting, sculpture, …

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The AAAC’s 2014 Color Ball

In 1895 George Vanderbilt opened his Biltmore Estate; this year marked the crowning moment on years of construction. The Estate fostered a community adorned with lovers of art, beauty, and culture. The 2014 Color Ball is dedicated to the same elegance and energy of a golden age. This was the time of Vincent Van Gogh, …

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The 39th LEAF Festival

LEAF has a stellar lineup of performing artists for the fall festival, taking place October 16-19, 2014 in Black Mountain. “Celebrate Unity, Inspire Every Voice” at the 39th LEAF Festival and experience multiple cultures with the harmonious and stirring tones of Nahko & Medicine for the People; influential hip hop legends De La Soul; and …

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Interview with Peter Ballhaussen

Owner of Black Mountain’s Town Hardware & General Store Interviewed by Dennis Ray Experience the charm of an old-fashioned hardware and general store featuring hand-woodworking tools, toys, gardening supplies, gifts and practical house wares. Rapid River Magazine: Tell us a little about Town Hardware & General Store. Peter Ballhaussen: Not too many stores like us …

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Destination: Chocolate

Interview with Elizabeth Foley Interviewed by Dennis Ray Rapid River Magazine: What makes The Chocolate Fetish an Asheville destination? Elizabeth Foley: The Chocolate Fetish has been handcrafting our gourmet chocolates in our store in downtown Asheville since 1986. People come to taste our award-winning chocolates, watch our chocolates being made on site, and explore our …

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Robin Williams: Tears of a Clown

by Michelle Keenan On the night of August 11th the world was stunned to learn of the death of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. Making the news even harder to digest was that he had been in a dark enough place to commit suicide. In the world of celebritydom, premature death, be it directly …

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Monthly Reel for September 2014

The Monthly Reel by Michelle Keenan This past month dealt the entertainment world a staggering blow; the tragic passing of actor, comedian and all round good guy, Robin Williams. Not a day later actress Lauren Bacall passed at the age of 89. We, at Reel Takes, like to think that Bogey and Bacall are together …

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Movie Reviews – September 2014

Calvary **** ½ Short Take: A good priest in a small Irish town receives a mysterious confessional death threat as payback for the sins of the church. REEL TAKE: John Michael McDonough’s Calvary is a powerful character-driven drama strewn with dark comedy throughout, but it is not a dark comedy. Calvary is a shatteringly cruel …

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Spinning Discs September 2014

by James Cassara In an effort to cover as much worthy music as possible, I am going to limit my reviews to around 150 words. There’s just so much good stuff out there worth mentioning! As always buying your music from one of our many fine independent record stores is the way to go. Benmont …

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A Match Made in Bluegrass Heaven

Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny in concert by James Cassara At the age of 33 Noam Pikelny has already amassed the sort of credentials typical of someone twice his age. The term prodigy is often cavalierly tossed around to the point that it begins to lose all meaning but Pikelny is among those for whom …

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The Eighty-Twenty Principle

…And Other Unusual Math Ratios by Greg Vineyard Math can be a funny thing. Including several non-traditional concepts I offer up here. Like “age-math.” Ask someone: “How old do I look?” and you’ll see them quickly calculating “Eek-What-Do-I-Say Math” in their heads. And there’s the ol’ “I-Relied-On-My-ATM-Receipt-For-My-Balance Math.” And let’s not forget “Weather-Forecaster Math.” Where …

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Orison Books, a New Non-Profit Literary Press

Luke Hankins, senior editor of the Asheville Poetry Review, recently launched Orison Books, a new non-profit literary press. Orison Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad range of perspectives. The new press will serve as a home for writers and readers of all backgrounds, religious …

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The Poets Voice: September 2014

Sky Writing by Carol Pearce Bjorlie, Rapid River Magazine Poetry Editor/Columnist It’s all because of clouds. Poets can’t help themselves. The names of clouds are poetry: Cirro-cumulus, Cumulo-nimbus, Nimbo-stratus, for example. Cirro means wisps of hair, the highest clouds. Cumulo means puffy, or heaped clouds, thunder-heads. (The kind I conjure teddy bears from.) Thin wisps …

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Old to New: Inspiration of Die Fledermaus

Entering its 16th year, Asheville Lyric Opera will enchant audiences with their production of Die Fledermaus. Adapted to reflect the cultural aristocracy of the Southern Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the century, the opera’s famous second act is set during a party at the “Giltmore” (the home of the famous “Vanderburgs”). Asheville is known …

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Asheville Area Piano Forum’s Fall Benefit Concert

Always a highlight of the fall, the Asheville Area Piano Forum will present its 14th annual fall benefit concert on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The event will showcase the talents of 12 of its professional pianists including: Karen Boyd, Scott Camp, Elizabeth Child, Leslie Downs, Polly Feitzinger, David Francis, Anna Hayward, Ruth Nussbaum-Borden, Nathan Shirley, …

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Who Is It That Is Aware?

by Bill Walz “As you are aware of your thoughts and emotions, you must ask yourself, who is it that is aware?”  ~ Zen koan Thoughts and emotions arise. The human mind is a thought-producing machine. Emotions happen. The human body is a resonance chamber for the energy of thoughts and emotions. A thought or …

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