More of what’s going around:
-Wicked Weed Brewing has announced that it is donating $50,000 to Pisgah Legal Services to help low income people in need of legal services.
-Garret K. Woodward, entertainment editor for the weekly Waynesville-based Smoky Mountain News, will be doing a reading and discussion of his new book about bluegrass music at 7 p.m. on July 12 at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe. Woodward’s book, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage, includes interviews with some of the biggest names in bluegrass music, including David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Peter Rowan, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Reno, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and more.
-The Doobie Brothers are playing Harrah’s Cherokee Casino on Sept. 16.
-Tessa Lauren has launched a new business, Ascend Adventure Wellness, which specializes in adventure spa experiences in Asheville. Lauren leads clients on destination hikes featuring waterfalls or grand mountain views then provides custom spa treatments outdoors in Pisgah National Forest.
-White Labs is getting closer to opening its new tasting room and restaurant on Charlotte Street. Projected opening is fall 2017.
-Daniel J. Foor, a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology who lives in Asheville, will have a book release and signing event for his new book at 6 p.m. on July 18 at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe. Foor’s book, Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing, centers on cultural healing.
–Gallery Mugen is moving from Cotton Mill Studios to Riverview Station. A celebration of that move is set for 5-8 p.m. on July 2 at Studio 165, Riverview Station on Lyman Street. The event will feature live music and Japanese food. Gallery Mugen showcases the work of ceramicist Akira Satake and the baked goods, coffee, tea, furniture, art, music and flowers curated by Cynthia Pierce. More from the press release:
“We hope the new Gallery Mugen will become a hub for creative life in Asheville, and we’re looking forward to seeing lots of new faces at our grand opening party,” Satake said. “We’re inviting more people to connect with the community we love, and Riverview Station, where there are so many talented neighbors, is a great place for that.”
The expansive, 1,700-square-foot space will feature a cafe area with an outdoor courtyard, a gallery, Satake’s studio, and room for workshops and concerts. It’s much larger than the Cotton Mill Studios space the couple is departing. They launched that gallery four years ago, and they’ve lived and worked in Asheville for 14 years. Now, they’re growing with the River Arts District. …
Although Pierce and Satake are cultivating a restorative atmosphere, they also love to host a good party. The grand opening event, which runs 5-8 p.m. on July 2, will include Japanese food cooked by the artist, French-style pastries with Japanese ingredients by Pierce, libations, ceramics from Satake’s latest firing and a concert. Satake plays banjo and shamisen, a Japanese instrument similar to the banjo. The event is free and open to the public.