-Candidates for Asheville City Council, as well as other local municipal elections, began filing their official paperwork to run on Monday morning. Lindsay Simerly and Julie Mayfield both arrived to sign documents first thing. Councilman Marc Hunt, who is seeking re-election but is out of town, had paperwork delivered by Veronika Gunter, who will be managing Simerly’s campaign. Candidate Joe Grady also filed for City Council, according to the Buncombe County Board of Elections.
-There’s a new CrossFit gym in Asheville. It’s called Beer City Crossfit, and it’s located at 812 Riverside Dr. just north of The Bywater.
-Tickets here for the summer version of the ever-popular liquor and dance party at New Mountain AVL. DJ Marley Carroll. Festival dress. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fun.
–Nina Simone is getting some well-earned renewed attention, reports uproxx.com. The musical great was born in Tryon, down in Polk County, about an hour south of Asheville. From uproxx.com:
As society continues to wrestle with racial and socio-political tensions, the release of two new Nina Simone-related projects — the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? and star-studded tribute album, Nina Revisited — feel incredibly appropriate. There couldn’t be a better time to look through the the iconic singer’s life and legacy for hope, guidance, and inspiration.
Though her name will forever be legendary in blues, jazz, and soul circles, she was more than just a mere musician: Simone was an artist who spoke truthfully of life and the landscape around her, even when the masses forbade it, even when the truth was ugly and painful.
–Empyrean Arts, a new aerial arts studio in Asheville, is opening in a space behind Catawba Brewing on Banks Avenue, on Asheville’s South Slope.
–Firestorm Cafe and Books, Asheville’s worker-owned bookstore featuring small press and rare books, had a soft opening on Friday at it’s new location at 610 Haywood Road. Firestorm had been closed for about a year after shuttering its downtown Asheville location.
-The Seasonal School of Culinary Arts coming to Asheville next week on July 12—18. “Asheville’s and Charleston’s top chefs will converge to mark the beginning of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts’ second decade,” according to a press release.
–NYS3 is hosting a Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp, taught by Asheville filmmaker Paul Schattel. The program starts Aug. 3. Still not too late to get signed up.
-Professional photographer Kevin Miyazaki has set up a portable photo booth on Broadway in downtown Asheville to shoot portraits of locals, according to Asheville Grit. Here’s the info:
Kevin Miyazaki – July 10th to October 30th, 2015
Public Reception and Sidewalk Artist Talk – Friday, July 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Exterior of Henco Reprographics @ 54 Broadway, in Downtown Asheville
Window (Re/production | Re/presentation) is pleased to welcome Milwaukee, WI artist, Kevin Miyazaki to Asheville from July 8 through July 10, 2015, during which time he will produce a new work exclusively for our space. Taking cues from his recently completed project, Perimeter (commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee), Miyazaki will set up a portable photo booth in the alcove adjacent to the window space on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Over the course of two days (July 8th and 9th), Miyazaki will create a series of portraits of members of the community, which will ultimately be formed into a gridded composite image. The final work will be on view from July 10 through October 30, 2015. There will be an opening reception and sidewalk art talk with the artist on Friday, July 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.