Ashvegas Hot Sheet: ‘Bright Star’ coming to Raleigh


Here’s more of what’s going around, including some serious allegations made about the leader of an Asheville urban farm called Ashevillage:

-Jim Bakker is back, according to the Charlotte Observer. The television evangelist has a new show and a new, darker apocalyptic message that he’s broadcasting on satellite channels and Christian television channels. The former leader of the PTL television evangelism based near Charlotte was felled by a sex scandal and financial improprieties some 30 years ago. In the 1990s, Bakker spent about a year living in the Salvation Army half-way house on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville as he was transitioning out of federal prison and back to civilian life.

-Carolina Panthers star linebacker Luke Keuchly was spotted hanging out at Oscar Blues Brewery in Brevard on Saturday.

-The Tony-nominated Broadway musical Bright Star, by collaborators Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, is coming to Raleigh in April. The musical, which tells “a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in 1920’s and ’40s,” is set in Asheville.

Earth Magick, a new gift shop at 80 N. Lexington Ave., celebrated its grand opening on Saturday with astrology readings, a gong bath, Tarot readings and more.

-Antioch University New England’s David Sobel, author and senior faculty member, will serve as one of two keynote speakers at “In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-based Early Childhood Education” on April 7 at Rainbow Community School, according to a press release. The day will be filled with workshops, discovery learning, collaboration and discussions. Registration is $125 for a working professional, $100 for three or more and $75 for a university student. For more information, email

-Hall Booth Smith, P.C.’s recently opened office in Asheville is expanding with the addition of a partner who is relocating from the firm’s main office in Atlanta to lead the growing medical malpractice defense practice in North Carolina, according to a press release. More:

Ryan M. Donihue is a partner with an extensive practice defending hospitals, physicians and nurses in birth trauma, catastrophic injury and other complex malpractice actions. He is also the co-leader of the Dental Practice Group at HBS, and has deep experience representing health care professionals in disciplinary proceedings.

Donihue will lead the medical malpractice team in Asheville, where Hall Booth Smith opened an office in June in response to rising client demand. Asheville was the firm’s second office in North Carolina, and the firm’s 14th office in the Southeast. The office is located at 123 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.

“We are delighted to add Ryan’s sharp legal mind and rich medical malpractice expertise to our Asheville office,” said Isaac N. Northup, Jr., a native of Asheville who manages the office.

Northup has concentrated on medical malpractice defense litigation for 35 years, and has tried more than 75 medical malpractice trials to jury verdict. He exclusively represents the insureds of North Carolina’s major Medical Malpractice insurance carrier. A graduate of the University of North Carolina undergraduate and law schools, Northrup is an emeritus member of the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Those in need of medical malpractice lawyers in New Jersey may wish to reach out to someone like O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble to help them out with their potential claim.


Helen February 20, 2018 - 11:05 am

Thank you for changing your choice of words in one of the reports above. It made me feel very uncomfortable.

Jane February 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Why is Ashevegas writing about a lawyer coming to town whose sole purpose is to deprive medical malpractice victims any restitution?

Big Al February 21, 2018 - 10:51 pm

Because doctors and nurses who are accused of malpractice deserve the same legal defense as their accusers. Or do you believe that all caregivers are guilty until proven innocent? Not a very “progressive” attitude.

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