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:

-Smoky Park Supper Club is now open for lunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’ve got a great veggie burger and much, much more down by the river. Check ’em out.

-OWL Bakery in West Asheville is extending its hours. Starting today, they’ll be open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They’ll be serving seasonal wines and small plates during the evening, as well as all their delicious desserts and coffee drinks.

-There’s a new restaurant coming to the Wicked Weed Funkatorium on Coxe Avenue in downtown. Wicked Weed Brewing has been quietly expanding the Funkatorium into a major presence on the Asheville South Slope

-Word on the street is that the Duke Energy is moving forward with its plans to build a gas-insulated electrical substation on the former Hunter Volvo car dealership lot at the corner of Patton and Clingman avenues in downtown Asheville.

Malaprop’s Bookstore recently celebrated its 36th anniversary in downtown Asheville.

-Carolina Hemp Co. is planning to open a new office/retail location on Haywood Road in West Asheville. These guys sell amazing hemp and CBD oil products.

-One World Brewing should be opening its West Asheville location on Haywood Road in the next couple of weeks.

-A new restaurant called Mr. Kabab is coming to Oakley Plaza on Fairview Road on the east side of town.

-The Asheville band the Natural Born Leaders recently got a mention on NPR’s All Songs Considered for their funky Tiny Desk Concert entry.

Barkley’s Mill Grits are just yum. Grown out in Barnardsville, they’re GMO-free, white corn, artisanal and delicious. Southern Living noticed them last year, and that has really put them on the map. Here’s more from my 2015 mention of Barkley’s Mill.

-Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Beer Camp festival will return to the brewery’s Mills River facility from noon to 5 p.m. on June 16 with a new concept this year, according to a press release. Guests can expect an epic adult day camp, complete with dozens of games, a high-ropes obstacle course, human foosball, keg bowling,, a silent disco and more. Zach Deputy will headline the festival along with opening act The Broadcast. Tickets are $25. There’s also a complimentary shuttles from Asheville and Hendersonville.

-The Satellite Gallery recently celebrated the opening of a new exhibition, “OPENING EYES: New Asheville Painting,” a show that includes six Asheville-based artists – Mark Flowers, Nava Lubelski, Randy Shull, Ralston Fox Smith, Aaron Tucker, and Jeremy Phillips – curated by Jeremy Phillips. The exhibit runs through June 30 at the Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St. in downtown. Here’s more:

The show is meant to highlight the riches of contemporary art being made right here in Asheville. These artists in particular share a common rootedness in the American modern art traditions that incubated at Black Mountain College and that have continued to define, inspire and challenge art making in America. The stunning work in this show demonstrates how alive and rich that vein continues to be. The Satellite Gallery has long been at the forefront of dynamic local contemporary art and is a perfect venue for this forward looking show.

Jason Sandford

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

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