More of what’s going around:

-The television remake of Dirty Dancing, which aired last night on ABC, really sucked. Rolling Stone summed it up nicely:

So how do you re-create that magic? The short answer is: You don’t. The long, much more painful answer is: You wait 30 years, you throw together a three-hour-long remake, and you put it on ABC – and then after even a cursory check of Twitter, you realize that you should not have even attempted it. This is one Baby that should have stayed in the corner.

I would never have imagined a more soulless updating of the cult classic, which is held near and dear to hearts in Western North Carolina because both the original, and this remake, had lots of key scenes filmed around Asheville. Oh well.

-Asheville entrepreneur Timothy Martin is seeking $50,000 in crowdfunding support for his Rokher chairs, touted as “the world’s most ergonomically correct rocker” and designed for musicians and others who sit for long periods.

-Eda Rhyne Distillery in Asheville is seeking $56,000 is crowdfunding support for its “flask distillery that captures the flavors of Western North Carolina.”

-The Asheville Brewers Alliance will unveil a 100″ x 75″ T-shirt quilt at The Salvage Station during the alliance’s annual member meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, according to a press release. More:

The quilt, featuring 30 local breweries, is the work of Stephanie Weil, a local fiber artist specializing in T-shirt quilts, who donated her talent to create the quilt for the ABA.

“This quilt, featuring t-shirts from 30 of our members, is a historic record of the ABA community in 2017,” says Kendra Penland, executive director of the Asheville Brewers Alliance. “We will proudly display this generous gift from Ms. Weil at a variety of craft beer events throughout the year.”

Originally from Chicago, Stephanie has lived in Asheville since 2007. She has created numerous t-shirt quilts and other fiber-based artworks over the past 10 years. “I am thrilled to have this t-shirt quilt serve as a visual representation of the great breweries in our area,” says Weil. “I am honored that the ABA entrusted me with this special project.”

-Brian Crow is the new executive chef at downtown Asheville restaurant Chestnut. Crow started his career at Chestnut, moved away and is now back to lead Chestnut’s kitchen.

-The Lakota Solidarity Project is holding two events next week titled the Lakota Solidarity Beyond Standing Rock. Here they area:

 

Tuesday May 30th 6pm -8pm
Firestorm Books & Coffee
610 Haywood Rd W. Asheville
Facebook event: May 30th at Firestorm

Wednesday May 31st 6pm – 8pm
Activity Room, Pack Memorial Library
67 Haywood St. downtown Asheville
Facebook event: May 31st at Pack Library

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One Comment

  1. Stephanie Weil says:

    Thanks, Jason. We had a really good time at the opening of Beer Week! And everyone had fun looking at the quilt. Thanks for the shout out!

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