Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.More of what’s going around:

-Asheville-based Soomo Publishing creates online assignments for classrooms around the country. Five years ago, the company created an educational parody video, and now they’re fighting to keep the YouTube video ad-free. From Soomo:

Sony/ATV is requiring Soomo to take down our educational parody video Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage unless Sony can monetize it with an advertisement. As part of their copyright claims process, YouTube recently allowed Sony to place an ad on our video, and in an effort to defend the video and remove the ad, we’ve repeatedly appealed this claim on the basis of fair use provisions for parody works.

The parody video, with over 3 million views and an Emmy win in 2012 for Best Instructional Content, receives fan mail weekly and has inspired thousands of students to learn about how women got the vote. Since its release in 2012, Soomo has made the video available on YouTube for free, without ads, in hopes that teachers across America could engage students with the story of the women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th amendment. Help amplify our voice so that Sony/ATV sees the value in preserving this educational resource.

If you think this video should remain in place and ad-free, tweet @SonyATVMusicPub and let them know why you think they should #SaveBadRomance.

-Dark Knight III hit the stands at area comic book shops. The Frank Miller/Klaus Janson collaboration has lots of folks fired up. Get there early at places like Comic Envy and Pastimes to get a copy.

-Asheville Street and Dirt, a new skate shop and mountain biking shop, has opened at 717 Haywood Road in West Asheville.

-A new “find-parking” app launches for Asheville parking lots.angela_kim_asheville_nov_2015

-Angela Kim, one of Asheville’s hottest fashion designers, will present her limited edition Holiday Collection at Monkee’s of Biltmore, 7 All Souls Crescent in Asheville on Friday, Dec. 11, according to a press release. More:

The pop-up shop will be open from 1 – 6 pm, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris Steak House, compliments of Monkee’s of Biltmore. Local models will be showcasing Angela’s holiday styles from 2 – 4 pm.

The Holiday collection includes stylish cocktail dresses, glamorous eveningwear and luxurious separates appropriate for special holiday occasions. “These designs are for the black-tie charity ball, New Year’s Eve cocktail party, girls’ night out or holiday brunch,” Angela says. “Stylish, festive and one-of-a-kind.”

A $50 gift voucher will be raffled at the event, and discounts will be offered for in-store purchases. The group of talented local models is being organized by Asheville fashionista Sarah Merrell.

Angela’s ready-to-wear designs are featured on her company website, www.angela-kim.com, and currently can be purchased directly from her online store. She also offers custom design and personal tailoring services for private clients.

Here are the photo credits:
– Photographer: Duncan Chaboudy
– Designer: Angela Kim
– Hair Styling: Shane Boone & Amanda Hughes
– Makeup: Iliana Guardado & Marley Simmons
– Models: Rachel Graham in photo with red dress, Rachel Graham & Kristen Spruill (in the photo with 2 models), and Sarah Merrell in the photo holding the “love” sign.

-Ingles (and its Milkco Inc.) is donating 6,000 gallons of fresh, in-date gallon milk to MANNA, according to a press release. More: “These donations will come in batches that the food bank can ensure will remain fresh, from donation to distribution. This is the largest milk donation in MANNA FoodBank’s history. In addition to Ingles Market’s continued and ongoing support of MANNA’s mission, Milkco itself has donated over 1,000,000 pounds of dairy products to MANNA over the last 15 years.”

-Blue Ridge Parkway officials have announced tunnel repair work occurring this winter to the north and south of the Asheville corridor, according to a press release. More:

Both closures will be in effect from December 1, 2015 through spring of 2016. Repairs to Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 will require a closure from Milepost 364.1 at Craggy Dome Parking Overlook to Milepost 375.6 at Ox Creek Road. Repairs to the Buck Springs Tunnel at Milepost 407.3 will require a closure from Milepost 405.5 at NC Route 151 to Milepost 408.8 near Mt. Pisgah. Both lanes of the motor road in these sections will be closed to all visitor traffic, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

The two projects will accomplish repairs to deteriorating concrete tunnel liners, drainage systems, stone tunnel portals and the road surface. The Blue Ridge Parkway is recognized internationally as an example of landscape design achievement and Parkway tunnels are a significant design feature along the historic route. Tunnels along the Parkway were often constructed to reduce excessive scarring that open cuts would entail, enabling the Parkway to cross through ridges in the interest of maintaining the most desirable route location. Over time Parkway tunnels have become a signature design feature and part of the Parkway’s cultural history.

-The Asheville Design Center is seeking applicants for our Asheville DesignBuild Studio Instructor position for the summer of 2016, according to a press release. More:

The deadline for applications is January 10, 2016. Our regular instructors, Miriam Gee and Luke W. Perry, will be taking the summer off to pursue some personal projects.

Please feel free to share the attached PDF of the job description with any designers you think may be interested. Here is a link to the job description, as well.

Applications can be sent to admin@ashevilledesigncenter.org, or mailed to
Asheville Design Center
PO Box 1524
Asheville, NC 28802

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2 Comments

  1. Every carton of milk contains a hidden ingredient,and that’s a lifetime of deprivation and suffering for mother cows and the calves who are stolen from them. If you care about animals, drink healthy, humane plant-based milks (soy, almond, hemp, rice,etc.).

  2. The inclement weather closures on the parkway make for awesome open areas for biking with kids, long-boarding and other stuff on the roadway surface.

    Hopefully, not all of the stretches on the northern side will be closed….just those immediately surrounding the work on the tunnels.

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