With the hiring of former Verve editor Jess McCuan and Mountain Xpress food writer Mackensy Lunsford, the Asheville Citizen-Times is putting together a team that will produce a new entertainment publication. The publication will replace the current Take5, a tab that is inserted into the newspaper every Friday and distributed as a standalone product in boxes on downtown streets.
Several of the newspaper’s current writers will contribute to the new publication, including entertainment editor Tony Kiss and reporters Carol Motsinger and Casey Blake. I will likely write for it, as well.
The exact content is still being worked out. Food, fashion, music and other “things to do” around town will all likely be in the mix. Look for dazzling photos, a fresh design and new local voices as contributors.
The Citizen-Times has already been touting increased coverage of the “culinary and cultural” scene in marketing materials, and this new publication will be the vehicle. The working title, in fact, is Asheville Scene. Watch for launch in early August.