Some of what’s going around:
-Tonight at O. Henry’s, Asheville’s oldest gay bar, a candlelight vigil service will honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando. The event begins at 8 p.m. Local groups including Transmission, Equality NC and the Campaign for Southern Equality will take part in the event.
-The South Slope Neighborhood Association has invited people who live and work on the South Slope to attend a 5:30 p.m. meeting tonight to brainstorm ideas about how to guide the future of the neighborhood. The meeting will be held at The Refinery on Coxe Avenue.
–Rebel Strength and Row House is holding its grand opening today. The new business at 480 Depot Street is offering a special of 5 rows for $50. Founder Adam Smith is a personal trainer/former college athlete and rower who is into creating a kick-ass 45-minute workout.
–Sanctuary Brewing in Hendersonville will host a screening of a documentary called Food Choices on June 15. The event will start with a 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet, with the film screening at 7:45 p.m. and a panel discussion at 9:15 p.m.
–Malaprop’s celebrated the release Saturday night of a new tome in the insanely popular Harry Potter series. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play, is being released in book format and the play is being staged in London.
-There’s a Champion Credit Union banner up at the former Wendy’s restaurant location on Patton Avenue, says loyal reader Russ.
–The Hollywood movie Genius, which stars Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and several other stars, opened to limited release in theaters on Friday. The movie tells the story of editor Max Perkins (played by Firth) and his relationship with big-name writers of his day, including Thomas Wolfe (Law).
-The popular 5 Walnut bar is planning to remake its small, adjacent art gallery space into a room featuring specialty cheeses. Look for the change in a month or two.
–The Blackbird restaurant on the ground floor of the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville is under new ownership. Jesson Gil and his wife Cristina purchased The Blackbird in May with the announcement of former owner, Roz Taubman’s, retirement after 40 years in the industry, according to the Asheville Independent Restaurants newsletter. The Gils bring over 26 years of restaurant experience, most recently owned two very successful restaurants in The Woodlands, Texas area, according to the newsletter.
-The Asheville Section of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a July 21 screening of a movie that details how the High Line, a New York City park, was created. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office, 36 Biltmore Ave or online.Proceeds from the screening will benefit Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation to help fund projects in the Asheville community.
–Danceclub Asheville is hosting a grand opening party on June 23. Owner Kathleen Hahn’s studio, where she teaches a variety of dance classes, has been open in Asheville for one month in Woodfin. There will be a 4 p.m. ribbon cutting and a 5:30 p.m. dance party. Also, starting today through June 18, all classes are free, but you have to sign up ahead of time at danceclubasheville.com.