Jason Sandford

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

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Ashvegas: The City You Love. The News You Want.Some of what’s going around:

-Candidates for Asheville City Council, as well as other local municipal elections, began filing their official paperwork to run on Monday morning. Lindsay Simerly and Julie Mayfield both arrived to sign documents first thing. Councilman Marc Hunt, who is seeking re-election but is out of town, had paperwork delivered by Veronika Gunter, who will be managing Simerly’s campaign. Candidate Joe Grady also filed for City Council, according to the Buncombe County Board of Elections.

-There’s a new CrossFit gym in Asheville. It’s called Beer City Crossfit, and it’s located at 812 Riverside Dr. just north of The Bywater.luau_asheville_holiday_liquor_dance_2015

-Tickets here for the summer version of the ever-popular liquor and dance party at New Mountain AVL. DJ Marley Carroll. Festival dress. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fun.

Nina Simone is getting some well-earned renewed attention, reports The musical great was born in Tryon, down in Polk County, about an hour south of Asheville. From

As society continues to wrestle with racial and socio-political tensions, the release of two new Nina Simone-related projects — the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? and star-studded tribute album, Nina Revisited — feel incredibly appropriate. There couldn’t be a better time to look through the the iconic singer’s life and legacy for hope, guidance, and inspiration.

Though her name will forever be legendary in blues, jazz, and soul circles, she was more than just a mere musician: Simone was an artist who spoke truthfully of life and the landscape around her, even when the masses forbade it, even when the truth was ugly and painful.

Empyrean Arts, a new aerial arts studio in Asheville, is opening in a space behind Catawba Brewing on Banks Avenue, on Asheville’s South Slope.

Firestorm Cafe and Books, Asheville’s worker-owned bookstore featuring small press and rare books, had a soft opening on Friday at it’s new location at 610 Haywood Road. Firestorm had been closed for about a year after shuttering its downtown Asheville location.

-The Seasonal School of Culinary Arts coming to Asheville next week on July 12—18. “Asheville’s and Charleston’s top chefs will converge to mark the beginning of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts’ second decade,” according to a press release.

NYS3 is hosting a Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp, taught by Asheville filmmaker Paul Schattel. The program starts Aug. 3. Still not too late to get signed up.

-Professional photographer Kevin Miyazaki has set up a portable photo booth on Broadway in downtown Asheville to shoot portraits of locals, according to Asheville Grit. Here’s the info:

Kevin Miyazaki – July 10th to October 30th, 2015
Public Reception and Sidewalk Artist Talk – Friday, July 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Exterior of Henco Reprographics @ 54 Broadway, in Downtown Asheville

Window (Re/production | Re/presentation) is pleased to welcome Milwaukee, WI artist, Kevin Miyazaki to Asheville from July 8 through July 10, 2015, during which time he will produce a new work exclusively for our space. Taking cues from his recently completed project, Perimeter (commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee), Miyazaki will set up a portable photo booth in the alcove adjacent to the window space on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Over the course of two days (July 8th and 9th), Miyazaki will create a series of portraits of members of the community, which will ultimately be formed into a gridded composite image. The final work will be on view from July 10 through October 30, 2015. There will be an opening reception and sidewalk art talk with the artist on Friday, July 10th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Suzi July 10, 2015

    Re: Firestorm – Is that assclown who sprayed Suzi all over the town still involved as an owner/employee? Don’t know how anyone could support that store if his partners didn’t kick him to the curb.

  2. indie July 9, 2015

    If a person is a vegan and does crossfit, what do they talk about first?

    1. Unaffiliated Voter July 16, 2015


  3. Tim Peck July 9, 2015

    I just note an under-reported story. In this case, a non-reported local story. I wonder who it is that is obsessed. Hmmm, anonymous troll?

    1. Barry Summers July 9, 2015

      Leave the poor guy alone. Wainscott obviously has serious problems to deal with. Maybe the reason it’s “non-reported” is that the rest of us know when it’s time to stop kicking someone who’s down.

      Find another punching bag.

      1. Tim Peck July 11, 2015

        Barry Summers says: “Leave the poor guy alone.”

        Waaaa. Waaaa. Leave him alone. Waaaa. This is not news. Waaa.

        Earlier this week, a reader was upset about our story on Asheville City Council candidate Jonathan Wainscott’s latest arrest and felony charge. The reader said we shouldn’t have covered the arrest, and that we were giving in to tabloid journalism. He “is not a serious candidate for City Council. Stop calling him a candidate,” the person said.

        1. Tim Peck July 14, 2015

          I hear Republican candidate for Asheville city council Dr. Carl Mumpower was arrested, charged and jailed for felony assault with a deadly weapon against a veteran. Is that true?

          1. Nate July 14, 2015

            It’s telling that you think Carl Mumpower is on the same level as Wainscott. Mumpower actually served on the City Council for eight years, and continues to be actively engaged in social and political issues, whether you agree with him or not. Wainscott is a marginal candidate who ran one time and lost badly, and whose only public activity outside of running for office has been loudly grousing about the New Belgium project. You keep on with your endless project of separating us all into tribes, applying labels, and keeping score, though, I’m sure it’s been very productive.

      2. Harry July 12, 2015

        Awww. Poor Jonathan Wainscott. Guy’s booked for domestic abuse, violates the restraining order against him, makes a mock masturbation video while not wearing pants, and now threatens a tenant with a knife. Wait. He’s a candidate for City Council? Oh leave the poor fella alone.

        More hackery from the eyeball. I’m sure you would have let it go if this were a Conservative candidate.

        1. Nate July 12, 2015

          Oh, please. Wainscott was an unsympathetic and ridiculous candidate long before his recent legal troubles, and no one took him particularly seriously regardless of their political beliefs. The man’s life is pretty clearly spiraling out of control now, whether or not he’s willing to acknowledge it, so I agree that posting constant updates about it would just feel like mean-spirited piling on. However much of a jerk he’s been, it’s never fun to watch someone’s life fall apart in public. If he actually gets around to filing his candidacy paperwork, we can return to ridiculing him, don’t worry.

  4. Tim Peck July 9, 2015

    Is Jonathan Wainscott out of jail?

    1. Avg. Joe July 9, 2015

      You seem to have an unhealthy obsession. You should get that looked at.


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