Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Redone Asheville River Arts District building set to fill with new tenants

Jason Sandford

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

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kent_building_asheville_august_2015The press release edition of more of what’s happening around:

-Kent Building in River Arts District set to fill up: The Kent building at 95 Roberts St. in the River Arts District has been under renovation for months. Now there’s a new Kent Building website up advertising a ton of square footage up for lease. The building will be home to artist studios and new commercial businesses. Stay tuned.

-Magnetic Midnight returns: From a press release:

It’s back! Magnetic Midnight, where the best of The Magnetic Theatre meets the best of you! You are invited to present works in any genre of the performing arts–comedy or dramatic sketches and monologues, songs, rants, dance pieces, juggling, puppetry, genre-fluid performance art, or what you will–with only two restrictions: the work must be no longer than five minutes in length, and they must be original.

Friday, August 7! 9:30 to participate (actors and directors, too!). 10:30 just to watch. $5 admission at the door.

-Pleasure yourself at Pulp: Pulp, the private club beneath the Orange Peel, is hosting evenings of “sensual, erotic and exciting performances” called Pleasure Pages. More:

The Pulp – 103 Hilliard Avenue (Downstairs in the Orange Peel building), Asheville, NC/ $7 for non-members/ $5 for Members/ August 26th, door opens at 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of of sensual, erotic and exciting performances. An open mike for authors and performers of erotic and sensually themed writing. Doors will open at 7:30 pm with a sign up sheet for readers. You may read your own works, or from someone else’s (your favorite passage from a novel or poem). Readers get 5 minute time slots. There will also be other fun surprises with Pleasure or Sexuality as the topic. From the divine passion of Rumi to our own graphically intense fantasies, all works are welcome. You don’t have to participate as a reader to come and enjoy.

-Workshop for musicians: From the press release:

Join Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) at The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, August 25th for a free workshop on the best practices of marketing for musicians with publicists Crissa Requate and Erin Scholze, editor Alli Marshall, and non-profit director and events publicist Josh Stack. The workshop goes from 6-8pm and will feature a panel discussion exploring topics ranging from when to hire a publicist, what a publicity campaign consists of, and creative ways to promote your band through social media.

Seyrn performs that evening at 9pm, just after the workshop. Expect a dynamic show featuring layered textures of guitars, ukulele, accordion, bass, violin, banjo and various percussion. The Dallas Observer raves the band displays “beautiful arrangements (both in instrumentation and in vocal harmonies) and an epic “big sky” sound that, at times, seems more fitting washing over dilapidated wooden pews in an old church than the usual torn-up couches, vinyl booths and barstools of area venues.” As a special for AMP attendees, The Grey Eagle is offering a discounted $8 ticket price to the show (reg price $10 ADV / $12 DOS)

-Fundraising event for SisterCare on Aug. 16: From a press release:

SisterCare will hold a live auction at Lake Julian on Sunday, August 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.

SisterCare was formed to serve the LGBTQ community and provides free short-term, in-home non-medical care as well as transportation to doctor appointments and errands for folks recovering from accidents, illness or surgery.

To help raise money to provide training, pay insurance premiums, and offer gas cards and T-shirts to volunteers, as well as other upfront costs, SisterCare is holding a live auction at Lake Julian on Sunday, August 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.

Items to be auctioned include area restaurant gift certificates, art, local healing sessions, and local excursions. Refreshments at the event will be provided from in-kind donations from restaurants including Home Grown, Vortex, El Que Pasa and more.

For more information visit or contact Cindy Moors, SisterCareWNC President, at [email protected].

-Ribbon-cutting for U-LEAF: From a press release:

​You’re Invited! Please join us TOMORROW for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the U-LEAF Stage – the latest Asheville Design Center / DesignBuild Studio project.

Thursday, August 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at The Boat House – 318 Riverside Drive.

For more information, please see visit the following links:
ADC’s Events Page
Our DesignBuild Studio’s Blog

-Race event set for Sept. 4: Here’s the release:

Part of the Asheville Running Experience, The Happening at New Mountain is a packet pick up and race expo like no other. Hosted by New Mountain AVL (38 N French Broad Ave). in Asheville, this unique music venue will be transformed into a more unique race expo.. The Happening will run from 11am to 7pm on Friday, September 4th and is open to the public.

Just like any other packet pickup, pre registered runners will be able to pick up their bibs and T-shirts for any of the four running events: ARX Half Marathon, Funktastic Fun Run, Super Heroes 5k and Chasing Trail 6k. There is also a chance to register for the above if race caps have not been met. Besides picking up their packets, runners and the public can meet our race sponsors and vendors; buy a pair of shoes from Jus’ Running, have The Runners Mechanic check out your form.

In addition to the usual, the event will have the following:

● Beer – of course, it’s beer city. New Mountain will have their Sol Bar as well as on outdoor bar open so you can enjoy a local brew.

● Juice Bar – Not only does the Sol Bar have beer, they also have a juice and coffee bar, something for everyone.

● Food Truck – Again, it’s not Asheville without a food truck. We’ll have both The Hop with locally created ice cream and the Appalachian Chic food truck with a wide variety to chose from. Grab your bib and grab your lunch!

● Performance art in the Theater – Come and see and artist full body paint a model with the ARX logo on the New Mountain main theater stage. Painting will occur 11-1, 2-4 and 5-7.

● Interactive Art – We’ll have canvases set up with a question that we want answered with runners answered displayed at the finish lines..

After the Happening, the party continues in the Sol Bar with the​ ARX Music Showcase​ from 8:00

PM to midnight.. Here’s where you can see and hear the bands performing on the ARX Half Marathon and Super Heroes 5k courses. These are all local bands and part of the ARX mission All to highlight what we love about the AVL. Tickets are $8 at the door or $5 if runners show their bibs.


Jason Sandford

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

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