Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    October 5th Fundraiser: Spahgetti/Salad Dinner*Drum Circle*Live Auction

    Stop by and buy a meal for a good cause before going to Pritchard Park!

    River Guerguerian, Daniel Barber, Sunny Keach and Jerry Donoghue will be leading the drumming.

    Starting 6:00 pm at Odyssey School in Montford (90 Zilicoa Rd.)

    A new K-8 alternative school. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for Compassionate Communication class scholarships. This is one of the few school communities in the world that is making the commitment to train, parents, children, staff, and teachers in using Compassionate Communication (also known as Nonviolent Communication).

    Tickets $12 adults, $8 kids (under 13), under 3 free.
    To purchase tickets contact Ellie at
    776-5514 or e-mail:

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Autumnal Equinox / Mabon

    Sept. 23, 2007
    5:51 A.M. EDT, SUNDAY

    Mabon, or Autumnal Equinox, wil soon be celebrated. The Wiccan calendar contains 13 full moons (Esbats) and 8 Sabbats, or days of power, making 21 Wiccan ritual occasions. The Esbats are for celebrating the Goddess. The Sabbats mark the sun's yearly cycle and tell the story of The Wheel of the Year. On this day, the length of night time is equal to the length of daytime.

    Blessed be this season of Mabon, time of the second harvest, the harvest of fruit and wine.
    Tonight all things are in balance: Goddess and God, Life and Death, Light and Dark.
    Tonight the darkness will conquer the light, leading us deeper into the waning year.

    Mystic Journeys
    333 Merrimon Ave
    Asheville, NC
    828-253-4272 Sunday, September 23, 2007, 7:00 PM. Equinox Rite with Byron Ballard

    Event Details: "Modron's Children: a Celebration of the Second Harvest"

    Modern Pagan practice in the West often honours the Autumnal Equinox as the second of three harvest festivals. Come learn the lore of Mabon and dance the Harvest Ring! This will be a joyous rite as we bid farewell to Summer's bounty and prepare ourselves for the time of introspection that leads us to the final harvest at Samhain. We will begin promptly at 7, so please arrive in time to get ready. Ritual dress is always a beautiful addition to any rite but not required. A love offering will be collected for use of the space. RSVP for Mabon Ritual | Co-sponsored by CERES

    Blessed Mabon

    Sunday, September 16, 2007

    Local Drum Circles

    Feeling that primal urge? I have a special place in my heart for Drum Circles. It's not just the sensual, tribal rhythms that calm your soul. It's the whole spirit of good hearts surrounding the event. When my daughter was 15, some sweet soul at the local drum circle in Pritchard Park in Asheville, NC, gave her his beautiful drum. First he let her play it and when she was through, guru drummer dude bends over with his hands cupped prayer-like and said to her, "My child, you can have it. (a $200 drum) It's yours." Pritchard Park drumming is a little tourist-y, but what the hell? It radiates such a positive vibe so I can't complain one bit.

    I've listed some area Asheville drumming events here for you.

    * Tribal Beats - Drum Dance Gatherers - Asheville, FRIDAYS from 8-11pm at Pritchard Park, weather permitting. Free and open to all. Come play with us! Info: Larry at 828-670-7287 or Rita at 828-259-9121 or

    * WildBodema - Women's drumming troupe in Asheville NC called Wild Bodema. We are a beginners semi-professional women's drumming troupe. We meet Thursdays in East Asheville. email Drumming at for further info. A Troupe is different from a circle in that we learn specific rhythms and all play together (with some different parts). All drums and playing levels welcome including Djun-djun, etc. You can see them in action HERE.

    * Drumming, Dancing & Toning Gathering - Asheville African Drumming Lessons:, and drum circle Mondays, 7:15-8pm – Movement and Learning Center upstairs at the French Broad Food Co-Op. Free with any co-op receipt, otherwise $2 per class. Afterwards, stay and join the drum circle from 8-10:30pm. Info: Larry, 828-670-7287, or info:

    * Folk School Drum Circle I get conflicting dates on this event so I'll list both of them:
    -- is now held on the last Thursday of the month at 7p. It only runs from the last Thursday in April with the last circle for the year held on Halloween night. Info 828-835-4704 or email at John C. Campbell Folk School's Open House. Starts at 7PM, goes till... Open to all. Usually extra drums and other noise makers are available, 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. We will now be gathering year round. Check for locations and times.
    --Folk School Drum Circle meets the last Tuesday every month at the John C. Campbell Folk School Open House. Starts at 7p, goes till... and is open to all. Usually extra drums and other noise makers are available, sometimes drums for sale. Just ask. 1 Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902. Call Kim at 828-835-3506 email: for info and directions.

    * Skinny Beats Drum Shop - located at 4 Eagle St, Downtown Asheville, The number is 828-768-2826, website is Beginner hand drum classes twice a week and have drum circles periodically.

    Drum Circle List - Find more events near you.

    Baraka Mundi - The Bandit Queens of Bellydance

    Live Music and Dance Ensemble - Baraka Mundi

    Better late than never?

    Triboriginal - September 14 - 16, 2007

    Wednesday, September 12, 2007

    Bid for World’s Record Fails

    Daredevil Michael Mooney rides a 12-foot bicycle around a parking lot at North Lexington Avenue and Hiawassee Street during the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival last Sunday. Mooney tried to break a world record by riding a 43-1/2-foot bicycle, but injured his knee after falling from the smaller bicycle. Undeterred, Mooney attempted to ride the taller bike, but his knee gave out and the bicycle collapsed. Above, a safety line attached to a crane catches Mooney mid-fall. Mayor Terry Bellamy was on hand to be an official judge for the event. About 10,000 people attended the annual street festival.

    Staff photos by MATTHEW DOTSON, Asheville Daily Planet

    Friday, September 07, 2007

    Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival

    Date: Sunday, September 9, 2007
    Time: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Location: Bobo Gallery
    22 Lexington Ave.
    Asheville, NC 28801

    More Info:

    * LexFest

    Get yo LAAFF on...

    WACK Radio coming @ ya outside Bobo Gallery, Sunday, Sept. 9th...

    Startin' it off! All day, all night, as well as between times in the meantime.

    Many great sounds on stage, with only the WACKest in bemixst.

    Thursday, September 06, 2007

    How to Exercise Your Right to Dissent

    September 5, 2007

    Re: How to Exercise Your Right to Dissent:
    An Educational Forum for Community & Student Activists

    Date, Time & Place: Thursday, September 27, 2007, 7pm,
    UNCA Highsmith Center, Room 221

    Professor Mark Gibney, UNCA’s Belk Distinguished Professor of Humanities, moderates an educational forum at UNCA’s beautiful north Asheville campus on September 27, 2007, at 7 o’clock in the evening. Professors Mark Gibney and Dwight Mullen along with Attorney Frank Goldsmith and other distinguished panelists will offer expertise on the rights and restrictions that apply to student and community activists.

    How can I exercise my right to free speech and free assembly within the bounds of the law? When do I need a permit? Where and how can I display a sign or banner? Am I allowed to demonstrate on private property? May I use a bullhorn or other amplification equipment? These as well as your own questions will be answered.

    Topics will include important local issues raised by the flag desecration case and the Bank of America protest as well as recent constitutional law and the law of trespass. The laws that apply to rallies, demonstrations and protests will be made clear to participants.

    The forum is sponsored by a large coalition of student and area organizations eager to learn more about their rights, including the UNCA and WNC chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union, Veterans for Peace, Students for A Democratic Society, Carolina Animal Action, Women in Black, Grandmothers for Peace, the Department of Peace, Asheville Buncombe Citizens for Quality Government, Buncombe Greens, WPVM, and others.

    For more information, please contact Alex Cury at 253-5088