Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Barber to speak at State of Black Asheville on Tuesday

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:

-Community is Brewing on Facebook reports that a new brewery is coming to Sweeten Creek Road near Biltmore Village. It will be called Hillman Beer. A new LLC, Hillman Beer, was registered in North Carolina on April 7. It’s registered agent is Greig Hillman, who is a local Subway franchise owner.

-State NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber will speak in Asheville at Hill Street Baptist Church on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. as part of the State of Black Asheville and Power of the Vote event. Other speakers include:
Dr. Dwight Mullen; Carmen Ramos-Kennedy (local NAACP President); and Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice representatives.

Word on the street: The owners of Filo coffee shop purchased the former Black Forest Restaurant that just closed on Hendersonville Road.

Female artists at the Cotton Mill Studios are having a special sale event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7, the day before Mother’s Day. The women will have cards, paintings, jewelry, home furnishings and much more for sale.

Pride Prom 2016, a fundraiser for Anam Cara Theatre Company, will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 7 at Toy Boat Community Art space on Fairview Road. More:

Come join the fun and support a good cause! We are celebrating our LGBTTQQIAAP community and raising money for Anam Cara Theatre Company with our 4th annual Pride Prom (for adults 21+). Rock your best ‘70s punk rock look, dance and have a great time! There will be live music by Teem, a cash bar, complimentary snacks, a costume contest (with prizes), AND free mohawks by Blue Ribbon Salon! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Group rates are available for groups 10+; contact [email protected] for more information.

Anam Cara Theatre Company produces experimental theatre that empowers artists, promotes equality, challenges thinking and transforms community. We provide a safe space for artists and audiences to take risks, grow, and collaborate. For tickets and more information about Anam Cara Theatre Company, please visit, email [email protected] or call 828-633-1773.

-Malaprop’s book store in Asheville will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on April 30, according to a press release. Here’s more:

MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE/CAFÉ will be celebrating with our first-everPoetry Upon Request event. We’ll feature local poets writing poems for customers using a lovely vintage typewriter or actual pen and paper! We plan to compile all the poetry and publish a one-of-a-kind chapbook.

10:00-11:00 a.m.: Maria Fire
11:00 a.m.-noon: Ann Dunn
12:30-1:00 p.m.: Tina Barr
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Tracey Schmidt
2:30-3:00 p.m: Emoke B’Racz
3:00-3:30 p.m.: Holly Iglesias
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Katherine Soniat and Peter Copley
We’ll also offer limited edition, unique items created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors that will be available only at participating IBD bookstores like Malaprop’s on April 30. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Unaffiliated Voter April 26, 2016

    Someone PLEASE ask the ‘Reverend’ Bully Barber WHY in the hell that Black lives do NOT
    Matter to other blacks ? ? ?

    1. Matt April 26, 2016

      Ask him yourself.


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