-New Italian restaurant coming to downtown Asheville: It looks like Macchialina, a new Italian restaurant planned for the ground floor of the Windsor Hotel at the corner of Walnut and Broadway in downtown Asheville is finally a go (at least according to signs up in the windows). The restaurant was announced last spring, then nothing happened. The new sign says the Miami-based eatery will be open in spring 2015. Another new sign up in another Windsor Hotel retail space on Broadway advertises a store called Desirant.
-Gas prices are great: Several Facebook friends of mine were reporting Thursday night that they were finding gas below the $2-a-gallon mark around Asheville at Sam’s stores. That’s the first time in more than five years that we’ve seen gas that cheap.
-Die Antwoord sellout: Tickets to see the South African hip-hop/rave duo Die Antwoord at The Orange Peel sold out quickly online this morning, and had people lined up on Biltmore Avenue to buy in person.
-Celebrate Tom Selleck’s birthday: At Burial Beer on Jan. 29.
-New businesses in YMI building: Word on the street is that there are two new businesses planned for the YMI building at the corner of Eagle and Market streets in downtown Asheville.
-Vincenzo’s still open: Despite threats from a landlord to shut down Vincenzo’s restaurant in downtown Asheville, the restaurant remains open.
-Buncombe Built: A new exhibition at the Asheville Area Arts Council in the Grove Arcade celebrates musical instruments made in Buncombe County. The opening reception is tonight beginning at 5 p.m.
-Amboy road construction: Construction is well underway on the new Smoky Mountain Adventure Center on Amboy Road. The project received $100,000 in Buncombe TDA money in 2010 to build a new outdoor sports and adventure center featuring climbing walls, canoe and bike rentals, and other outdoor recreation opportunities.
-New Mountain breaks ground: On their new outdoor stage, which will be open in spring, according to the New Mountain Asheville FB page:
Join us April 24th-26th for the grand opening of our Amphitheater!
Featuring headliners : The Black Lips | RJD2 | and Snarky Puppy!!!
with support from: Slow Magic | Gringo Star | The Fritz | Kansas Bible Company | The Tills | RBTS WIN | The Shine Brothers | Southern Fried Funk | Cure For The Common and more!
-MLK Day in Asheville: Here are Asheville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, via Lauryn Higgins of WNC Magazine:
Asheville Prayer Breakfast
January 17 | Asheville
During this 34th annual event, keynote speaker Dr. Thavolia Glymph of Duke University will address more than 1,000 guests of all races, faiths, and backgrounds on her studies on the emancipation of female slaves. A new venue will host this ever-growing audience, and breakfast will be served following a communal prayer. Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; $30, $15 youth; (828) 281-1624;www.mlkasheville.org
UNCA MLK Week
January 19-23 | Asheville
The weeklong celebration includes volunteer opportunities, lectures, film screenings, a prayer breakfast, and a Thursday-evening appearance by documentary filmmaker, writer and anti-sexist activist Byron Hurt, who will delve into issues of race, equality, gender, and media. University of North Carolina at Asheville, 1 University Heights; Monday-Friday, times vary; free; (828) 251-6481; cesap.unca.edu