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Diana Wortham Theatre’s 2014/2015 Mainstage Season

The Diana Wortham Theatre Mainstage Series includes a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts. The 2014/2015 Mainstage Series season opens September 19, 2014 with Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience, a foot-stomping, sing-along sensational night presenting the songs of a generation. The set list is …

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Art MoB Studios – August 2014

Classes & Workshops You will leave each class with a completed piece of your art and the skill to continue. Call (828) 693-4545 to register for any of these classes. Find us on Facebook. Canvas & Corks – Share a bottle of wine and paint with friends. Many different fun classes. August 13 or 27 …

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Realizing Emerald City

Find Your True Power on the Yellow Brick Road Alcoholics Anonymous is a well documented program that has restored hope for millions by changing their lives. True rags to riches stories abound in the original 12-steps’ programs. Why should the “Anonymous people” have the corner on life-changing miracles? Most recovering people wished the rest of …

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Messages to the Heart, Reflections of Beauty and Truth

Written by Elise and Phil Okrend preview by Kathleen Colburn “People are pulled to places. Sometimes they don’t know why. They just listen to the call.” Elise and Phil Okrend have found home in Asheville. Elise’s art is at home here and things have fallen into place in many ways. They also saw the area …

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The Curmudgeon Loses His Cool

by Peter Loewer Last week in the midst of one of the season’s worst downpours, the Curmudgeon opened the door of the General Store. Holding his 20-year-old outdoorsman’s canvas hat, originally purchased from Eddie Bauer, rolled up and wet in his left hand, a paper drink container labeled “Exotic Coffee” in his right, and a …

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Food

by Max Hammonds, MD “I’m afraid my food was grown in poor soil and doesn’t have the right nutrition.” “What if my food has been contaminated by pesticides?” “Will I get cancer from my food?” “Did someone irradiate my food?” “Do I need to avoid certain types of food?” These are questions heard by nutritionists …

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Jazz Profile: Youth At Jazz

by Eddie LeShure Youth At Jazz, a music and mentorship program geared toward offering accessible music education to the Asheville area, is hosting its YAJ Summer Workshop from August 4-8. The Youth At Jazz Summer Workshop will be a blend of ensemble playing, music fundamentals, and Masterclasses, featuring an amazing and diverse group of clinicians, …

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Monthly Reel for August 2014

by Michelle Keenan Usually the summer movie season brings action-packed CGI fests, animated blockbusters and little else. This year that is not the case. Asheville continues to book the usual big budget box office fare, but also a host of smaller titles. Since 2008 the good Professor Kaufmann and I have tried to cover as …

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Helping Films Find Their Audience

in a Short Attention Span Theatre by Chip Kaufmann If you’re a regular reader of Rapid River Magazine’s movie section, then you know that when I write an article it’s usually a profile of some movie person, such as silent movie comedienne Mabel Normand (March 2014). Or, it’s to provide a historical overview on something …

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Movie Reviews – August 2014

A Most Wanted Man **** Short Take: When a half-Chechen, half-Russian man with terrorist ties turns up in Hamburg with a claim to his father’s ill-gotten gains, German and U.S. intelligence agencies take notice. REEL TAKE: Based on John le Carre’s 2008 best-selling novel by the same name, A Most Wanted Man, is a thinking …

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DVD Picks for August 2014

Chip Kaufmann’s Pick: Zardoz (1974) Of all the dystopian sci-fi flicks out there from Metropolis to Snowpiercer (see review this issue), none is more unique or more bizarre than British director John Boorman’s 1974 opus Zardoz. Back in the day it was what was known as a “head trip”. The film is set in the …

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Spinning Discs August 2014

by James Cassara It’s hot time, Summer in the City but that doesn’t slow down the music. This month delivers a bit of genre hopping, as I cover music ranging from country to symphonic rock and all points in between. As always, Rapid River Magazine readers are encouraged to support their local music stores; they’re …

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Toadies Hop into The Orange Peel

While perhaps best known for their 1995 grunge breakthrough “Possum Kingdom” the Toadies have a long and sturdy history, one which roughly correlates with the musical trends of the past quarter century. by James Cassara The band emerged out of Fort Worth, Texas, in 1989; the earliest incarnations were noted for the ever shifting nature …

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Gratitude is my word for the month

The Poets Voice: August 2014 by Carol Pearce Bjorlie, Rapid River Magazine Poetry Editor/Columnist My husband and I just returned from a visit to West Texas. I am grateful for Mary Oliver’s ‘wild and precious’ world. Yes, it exists in Texas. Our days were wind-dizzy; road side cactus prevalent. Flat land with hill country lay …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Straddling Various Worlds by Greg Vineyard Many forms of entertainment require a suspension of disbelief. Sitcoms and rom-coms, for example, often expect one to believe that anyone can have a fabulous New York flat, that all couches face the viewer, and that no mere set of wacky circumstances can hinder true love. Science fiction, however, …

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What’s Ok?

by Bill Walz “One way to evaluate our practice is to see whether life is more and more OK with us… More and more we know that whatever happens, however much we hate it, however much we have to struggle with it – in some way, it’s OK… We grow in understanding and appreciation of …

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Rosco Bandana at The New Mountain Theatre

The Mississippi based band Rosco Bandana proudly describes itself as “the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences; of lost love, false starts and most of all lasting friendships.” by James Cassara It’s a time honored and familiar story; a group of kids, their lives consumed by music, take a chance and follow their dream. …

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The Asheville Loft

A feast for all the senses. By Kathleen Colburn The Asheville Loft is a unique contemporary fine art gallery located in downtown Asheville. This impeccably restored loft space is on the third floor of a building with a history of over 100 years. Owners David Lawter and Leigh Ann Singleton are both professional artists and musicians and …

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Spirituality and Collaborative Community

Business in a More Beautiful World by Ron Czecholinski & Kathleen Colburn We need to take a quantum leap forward into a collective and integrated whole. We are in the midst of a changing collective story. It is no longer enough to remain in an unconscious, fear-based environment. People are waking up and moving away …

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A Good First Step

Welcome to the first installment of The Business of Art, written by visual arts consultant Wendy H. Outland. Contact her at imwhoknowsart@gmail.com. Once an emerging artist has developed a body of work, they realize it’s time to get it into the marketplace. Most want someone else to do the selling for them. There are two …

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