Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Asheville Indymedia

    Asheville Indymedia has just gone global this week and it's really off to a respectable beginning. The time is overdue for Asheville to have a global voice, (of which there are over 170 autonomous local collectives all around the world) and this is one way to do that.

    Anyone can post news to the AIMC website, including text, photos, audio, and video. News appears on the open publishing newswire on the right side of the website. The AIMC editorial working group decides what news is important and pressing enough to deserve to be featured in the center-column and what news needs to be hidden or deleted, all the while keeping the Editorial Guidelines in mind, which are posted on the website and decided on democratically by the AIMC collective.

    Asheville Indymedia is truly independent. No corporation owns AIMC, no government manages the organization, no single donor finances the project. AIMC is not the mouthpiece of any political party or organization. People involved with Indymedia have a wide variety of political and personal viewpoints.

    Go have a look around. You may want to contribute to the newly launched Asheville Indymedia.

    Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    Asheville Yard Sales

    I happened upon a website called Asheville Yard Sales & Garage Sales Map. It's a free local listing of private yard sales, garage sales and more. Place a free ad for your upcoming yard sale or find some in Asheville and the surrounding area with our detailed map.

    Ties in with my favorite mantra, Reduce, Recycle, Re-use!

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    Crop Circles in Asheville?

    Asheville resident Danny Tetrault sent in this photo of what he called a crop circle he saw in West Asheville on Sunday, May 27.

    It's not very intricate looking enough to be authentic. And then there's the whole track thing leading up to it but it's been fun to imagine "what if".

    See the article in Asheville Citizen-Times and see more photos

    Monday, May 28, 2007

    Clowns defeat Nazis!

    From Asheville Indymedia
    A white power march in Knoxville, TN, composed of Klansmen and Nazis met serious (sic) resistance from a group of organized clowns. Or Klowns. Here's about how it went:

    "White Power!" the Nazi's shouted, "White Flour?" the clowns yelled back running in circles throwing flour in the air and raising separate letters which spelled "White Flour".

    "White Power!" the Nazi’s angrily shouted once more, "White flowers?" the clowns cheers and threw white flowers in the air and danced about merrily.

    "White Power!" the Nazi’s tried once again in a doomed and somewhat funny attempt to clarify their message, "ohhhhhh!" the clowns yelled "Tight Shower!" and held a solar shower in the air and all tried to crowd under to get clean as per the Klan’s directions.

    At this point several of the Nazi’s and Klan members began clutching their hearts as if they were about to have a heart attack. Their beady eyes bulged, and the veins in their tiny narrow foreheads beat in rage. One last time they screamed "White Power!"

    The clown women thought they finally understood what the Klan was trying to say. "Ohhhhh…" the women clowns said. "Now we understand…", "WIFE POWER!" they lifted the letters up in the air, grabbed the nearest male clowns and lifted them in their arms and ran about merrily chanting "WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER! WIFE POWER!"

    Some of the Klowns are from the Asheville area

    Monday, May 21, 2007

    For Catherine

    Asheville Based Film to be Released Wide-ish

    "For Catherine," the first feature film from Asheville writer/director Ethan Hunter, will be available on Netflix and in stores on Tuesday, May 22, 2007.

    Inspired by his bedeviled relationship with a young lady named, "Catherine," Hunter wrote the screenplay while still an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina Asheville, and he and his cast and crew would spend the next four years bringing to life this brutally funny, unflinchingly honest and ultra low-budget look at character and love in the twenty-first century.

    Beginning with a satirical stab at the unbearable Hollywood Romantic Comedy paradigm, "For Catherine" quickly dispenses with the clich├ęs of so many terrible films before flashing forward to show the viewer what happens after the leads in the Romantic Comedy walk off together into the sunset. Two years later we witness the young Duo Black (Grant "Stemage" Henry of Metroid Metal fame) feeling so suffocated by his life and so desperate for solitude that he Fed Ex’s everything he owns to himself. We watch as his friends and the delivery guy try to help him reclaim his life along with his belongings.

    This uniquely sincere comedy, produced for less that the price of a decent used car and filmed entirely in Asheville, NC, has been fortunate enough to gather a devoted fan base and receive several awards, high acclaim and exceptional reviews in dozens of countries on every continent except Antarctica (and we’re working on that to be sure) and on May 22nd will be finally be available on Netflix and in stores everywhere.

    Asheville Citizen-Times
    Website | For Catherine
    IMDB | For Catherine

    Friday, May 18, 2007

    Who's Got The Homegrown?

    Apples don't cut it. Neither do mangoes. Nor do cherries or grapes or grapefruits or oranges. A bottled strawberry smoothie? Almost, but still not quite there.

    At the market today the strawberries looked absolutely ghastly. Those huge offerings of boxed, hydroponic delight wouldn't be coming home with me today. So what's a internet-savvy, strawberry-craving gal to do?

    Buy Appalachian Tailgate shows me where to find the strawberries from local farms, farmers and tailgate events by county and city.

    Buy Appalachia, celebrating fresh foods from Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Indeed.

    Monday, May 14, 2007

    The Orange Peel and AC Entertainment announce:

    Monday May 14th - AC Entertainment and The Orange Peel are proud to announce that alt-rock legends THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will perform a nine-show residency June 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30, and July 2, 3 and 5 at THE ORANGE PEEL in Asheville, NC.

    In anticipation of the release of ZEITGEIST, their sixth album and first of new material since 2000, The Smashing Pumpkins announced this special and intimate residency, in addition to eight nights at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. The band's set lists will vary from night to night to include songs from Zeitgeist, Pumpkins' classics, retooled songs that didn’t make it onto the new disc, and even tunes written the day of the show. Fans get the unique opportunity to see the Pumpkins inside the process of impromptu creation and taking chances in the hope of taking fans, and their music, to new places. Fans are invited to capture the concerts with audio and video recorders.

    Tickets for these special general admission all-ages shows go on sale Sunday, May 20, at 1pm ONLY via or Tickets are $20, plus applicable service fees. Two-ticket limit per person. Purchaser must pick up tickets at the box office night-of-show only. Ticket-holders must immediately enter the venue. Photo ID required for ticket pick-up. Tickets are non-transferable. No refunds or exchanges.

    The Orange Peel 101 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, North Carolina 28801

    * They've not toured since 2000 and this is one of just two venues for their US tour. Word around town is that they'll be staying in Asheville for one month.

    Sunday, May 06, 2007

    May 25-28, 2007
    Asheville, NC

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