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:

-White Labs Kitchen and Tap is scheduled to open on Charlotte Street in October, the Mountain Xpress reports.

-A “Hard 2 Recycle” event for East Asheville, Swannanoa and Black Mountain will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Madden’s Ace Hardware in Swannanoa. The following will be accepted: electronics, batteries, small appliances, styrofoam, books, pet supplies, select items for the Habitat ReStore, spent cooking oils and TerraCycle items.

-This weekend is grand opening weekend for Polanco restaurant, a new Mexican eatery on North Market Street in downtown Asheville.

-The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority more than $5 million in grant funding for an ongoing airfield redevelopment project, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. The money will be used for an ongoing project to build a new runway and taxiway at the airport.


-Climate change author Dr. Katharine Wilkinson and CNN climate change columnist John Sutter will be the featured speakers at a 6 p.m., Oct. 3 event at The Collider in Asheville, according to a press release. Admission is free and space is limited, so RSVP here. More:

“Reversing Global Warming: A Conversation with Katharine Wilkinson and John Sutter” will feature the two thought leaders in a panel moderated by responsible investment firm Earth Equity’s CEO, Peter Krull, of Asheville.

The Earth Equity Advisors Lecture Series is an annual one-night event open to Asheville’s community members, featuring nationally renowned thinkers who provide fresh insights to environmental challenges and social responsibility. Past speakers have included thought leaders from Patagonia, Cradle to Cradle Institute, and Green Century Investments.

-One of stand-up comedy’s all time greats, Emo Philips, will perform two shows in Asheville at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Oct. 7, according to a press release. The shows are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $21 at the door. More:

Since starting out in Chicago in 1976 at the age of twenty, Emo has had award-winning comedy albums, several cable specials (including an hour-long one on HBO), and many appearances on network television, both in America and in the UK.

He has appeared in films (most notably, as the table-saw demonstrator in UHF) and has lent his distinctive voice to animated TV shows (such as Slacker Cats, Doctor Katz, Adventure Time, and Home Movies), but his first love, stand-up, remains his true one.

Buying tickets in advance is highly-recommended. Parking is available at the Grey Eagle’s parking lot and on Clingman Ave. and Haywood Road. The Grey Eagle offers full bar service, and food is available inside the club at The Grey Eagle Taqueria.

-Asheville Outlets will team up with OpenDoors of Asheville to host Flea for Y’all the last Sunday of each month through October, according to a press release. More:

The Flea takes over the tree-lined lot next to Field & Stream. The next Asheville Outlets Flea for Y’all will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from the gate will benefit OpenDoors of Asheville, a non-profit that invests time and energy into supporting our local children. OpenDoors of Asheville will be onsite at each event to provide detailed information about their organization, services and volunteer opportunities.

Sandra Bottinelli, founder of whiteSPACE Gallery in Wedge Studios, is opening a second gallery in downtown Asheville in early October, according to a press release. More:

Located in the new Aloft live/work development at 56 S. Lexington Ave., #105, the location will expand Bottinelli’’s presence in the vibrant Asheville art scene. An opening reception is planned for November. The artist will work and exhibit in both locations.

Bottinelli came to Asheville in 2012 after successfully exhibiting and earning accolades in Portland, OR, and Orlando, FL. Her current work explores animal forms placed into abstract, atypical environments. The large cavasses have a contemporary appeal but certainly pay homage to classic oil painting techniques. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan with continued studies in Salamanca and Barcelona, Spain.

Jason Sandford

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

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