Everyone in Asheville has a favorite reason for staying here, as well as a favorite addiction. Is it biking at Bent Creek? Sunday mornings at Jubilee? Protesting in Pack Square? Sunday brunch at Sunny Point? Dressing up in costume for a City Council meeting? Izzy's coffee? Crashing art-gallery openings? Whatever your chosen delight, I urge you (if you need urging) to do it regularly. Life is short. Restaurants don't last forever, and — even if you don't believe in global warming — neither do mountains. What if the Diana Wortham closed its doors for good? What if the Orange Peel lost its license? What if Parkside became a reality?
Things change. Don't waste your summer fretting about it. Get out there and enjoy it while it's just the way you like it. Keep your favorite store going. Keep your favorite bar in business. Keep Asheville an independent paradise.
For me, a film buff (and budding filmmaker), the one thing I cannot imagine doing without is the Fine Arts Theatre. Although I regrettably do not see every movie shown there, I go there more often than to all the other cineplexes combined. I've never seen a movie there that's not worth watching. Even the movies I don't like are worth watching. And the ones I do like? They're like a Republican sweep to Rush Limbaugh. They're like a wet dream to Cookie LaRue. They're like an LSD trip to Carl Mumpower. They're everything you expect and more. They're entertaining. They're deep. They're juicy.
So I urge you to put the Fine Arts on your radar. Check out the listings and read the reviews. If you love film or just like to see a decent movie from time to time — something other than the explosions that pass for entertainment now showing in every other theater in the county — try something different at the Fine Arts. Maybe you'll become as addicted to the filmmaker's art as I am.
P.S. — I have no financial interest in the Fine Arts other than a selfish interest to keep it going.
— Mark Bloom