More of what’s going on, including the opening of Manicomio Pizza on Biltmore Avenue:

-Manicomio Pizza has finally opened at 27 Biltmore Ave., the former space of Hannah Flannagan’s bar, according to Stu Helm. Manicomio features New York-style pizza.

-Hot Space Events and Asheville Music Hall will hold the first annual Vinyl Fetish Record Fair beginning at noon on Sept. 30 at Asheville Music Hall. Admission is free, but early pickers can $5 to enter at 11 a.m.

-The annual BaconFest Asheville is set for 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at Highland Brewing. Event sponsors include Ingles and 105.9 the Mountain radio station. Ingles will be preparing 110 pounds of Laura Lynn bacon for sampling, and American Idol winner Caleb Johnson of Asheville will be performing that afternoon. General admission is $20. Children age 9 and under get in free.

-The Asheville School of Improv at Asheville Community Theatre is offering two levels of classes. Classes are taught at 35 Below, the blackbox theater beneath ACT. Go here for details, and here’s more:

Improv I: The Basics of Inspired Improvisation
Tuesdays, 6:​30-8:​30 pm – August 22 -October 17, 2017
Class dates: ​8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17 (Note: no class on ​October 2)
Cost: $225.00

Improv II: Beyond the Basics – Learning to Fly
​Mondays, 6:​30-​9:00 pm – August 21-September 25, 2017
Class dates: ​8/21, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25
Cost: $225.00

Hatch This, a local competition to build a business in a weekend, has a new date of Nov. 3-5, while Asheville Entrepreneurship Week will be held the second week of September.

-Candidates running for Asheville City Council this year have filled out questionnaires. Here’s the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s candidate questionnaire; and here’s the Asheville Downtown Association’s council questionnaire.

-Warren Wilson College recently announced that is would launch a new master’s program in craft studies in summer 2018. More:

“This new program is the outcome of a three-year campuswide craft initiative at Warren Wilson College in collaboration with The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design,” said Paula Garrett, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College. “Last year, we jointly convened the ‘Craft Think Tank’ of national and regional thought leaders who helped us determine the content, format, approach, audience and resources needed to create a relevant and successful graduate program. In the end, they determined there is, indeed, a need for this new graduate degree.”

The founding director of the program is Namita Gupta Wiggers. Wiggers is a noted expert in the field of craft and led the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, from 2004-14. She is also director and co-founder of Critical Craft Forum, a growing online and on-site platform with more than 10,000 international members, a monthly podcast and a blog. Her writing and curatorial work on contemporary and historic craft are recognized nationally and abroad.

“Warren Wilson College’s environment and applied approach to learning coupled with a range of local resources and diverse communities make it an excellent location to develop the emerging field of craft studies,” said Wiggers, who also served on the Craft Think Tank and the board of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Following the low-residency model originated by the College’s MFA Program for Writers, students in this new program will work through a multisemester program in alternating residencies and self-study. Five residencies and four directed study semesters are required to complete the degree.

Pending approval by The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the first cohort of students in the Master of Arts in Craft Studies is expected to begin in the summer of 2018. To receive information on program developments and admission requirements, email admit@warren-wilson.edu.

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