Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More of what’s going around:

-The curtain will soon go up on a play called Red Pill Diaries, written by an Asheville playwright and based on last year’s Waking Life coffee shop scandal. Tickets are here for the play by Toni Sherwood, which wills start Aug. 18 at NC Stage Co. Here’s more:

In the “Manosphere”, men view relationships with women as games to be won. Inspired by actual events, Red Pill Diaries is a scathing, satirical, and critical look at the behaviors (and underlying culture that makes such behaviors possible) of the Red Pill Movement.

If you have been in a relationship with someone adhering to the Men’s Rights Movement, this show may be a trigger. Do not attend! If you are offended by frank, graphic, sexual language and men behaving extremely badly, Do not attend! If you believe that white, middle class men are the actual oppressed demographic in the world, do not…wait…you need to attend this!

Entertainment Weekly has posted new photos from the upcoming comedy flick Masterminds starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig and several other stars. The movie was shot around Asheville and Western North Carolina in 2014. The movie is set for release on Sept. 30.

Bandidos restaurant on Haywood Road in West Asheville reports:

Weve had a facelift!!!! Come in and check out the new Bandidos!! I think youll be pleased. Thank you all for your business and support over the years. We worked tirelessly trough the weekend and nights to bring a fresh and amazing look and feel to our restaurant. Allot of people came by and asked if we were moving or leaving and the answer is NO! Were just updating the ambiance to give our awesome customers an even better experience.

The Asheville Flea For Y’all is this weekend.

LEAF Downtown is this weekend.

Tickets are on sale to visit the former Land of Oz theme park at Beech Mountain, reports Romantic Asheville. The dates are Sept. 9-11 for Autumn at Oz.

Scully’s will close after this weekend.

Brandi Carlile will be playing at Highland Brewing on Sept. 10. The show is in conjunction with The Orange Peel venue in downtown Asheville. The show is one of the biggest since Highland Brewing opened up its new expansion in May.

-The Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure is coming up from Aug. 19-20 in Lake Lure, and interest is likely to be high coming off the

IBMA award nominations for 2016 are out; Balsam Range and Town Mountain are on the list.

-Here’s a job listing for managing director of Asheville’s Fox & Beggar Theatre. More:

Asheville’s newest performing arts collective, the Fox & Beggar Theater, has grown to a size where its Artistic Direction and Managing Direction can no longer be executed by a single individual. We are hiring a committed, experienced, and visionary individual to radically upgrade the effectiveness of this bold new organization.

The Lake Logan Multisport Festival is coming up on Aug. 6-7. Here are the details:

Athletes from across the US and beyond will once again flock to the Lake Logan Episcopal Center the weekend of August 6-7 for the 11th Lake Logan Multisport Festival. Close to 1,000 participants are expected for the three races that weekend.

Since the event was created in 2006, over 5,000 people have participated in at least one of the races. Because Western North Carolina is not home to a large number of triathletes, a majority of participants racing at Lake Logan come from other areas. Since the first race, 81% of all participants have come from outside Western North Carolina, requiring them to purchase hotel nights, meals and other travel expenses during their stay that has created a total economic impact of over $1,000,000 since 2006.

In addition to the local economy, many non-profits have benefited from the event over the past ten years and will so again in 2016. This year KARE, ARC of Haywood County, Girls on the Run, Waynesville Middle School and Tuscola High School Cross Country Team and the Candler Lions Club will receive donations from race organizers.

Race organizers are urging residents in the area who find themselves sharing the roads with cyclists that weekend to be cautious and patient. The Bethel area will be affected the most along Highway 276 between Highway 110 and Lake Logan Road but Canton, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, and Crabtree/Ironduff will see bike traffic on Saturday morning. The Sunday bike route includes only Canton and Bethel but those going to church that morning can expect some delays. Travel on Highway 215 at Lake Logan is discouraged as the lake and the road leading to Sunburst Campground will be congested with runners and cars through mid afternoon on Saturday and 11:00 AM on Sunday.

Information about the event may be found at

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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