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:

Sonora Mexican Cuisine, a new Mexican eatery, is planned for Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville, in the former Artetude Gallery space. According to Sonora Restaurant’s page on Facebook, the restaurant is the work of a crew that operated Whitward Catering Company in Tuscon, Arizona. Here’s more:

The Whitward Catering Company page has been changed over to Sonora Restaurant. Chef EJ, Cora, Tim, and I have partnered together to bring downtown Asheville its best Mexican food yet! Sonora will be serving up a fresh take on Sonoran Mexican Cuisine with traditional favorites and a little something new. Over the next couple months we will provide you with a glimpse of who we are and what is to come in preparation for our Grand Opening in 2016! Be on the lookout for more from the Sonora team!

The sequel to Serafina and the Black Cloak, a New York Times bestseller by Asheville author Robert Beatty, has been named: Serafina and the Twisted Staff. Beatty will give a sneak preview of the book during a reading on April 9 at Barnes and Noble in Asheville. More from the FB event listing:

Come on out to Asheville’s big spring Serafina Event for a special sneak-preview reading from Book 2 of the Serafina Series! Robert Beatty–the author of the New York Times bestselling mystery-thriller, “Serafina and the Black Cloak”–will be giving a talk, doing Q&A, meeting fans, and autographing copies of Book 1. But first, a professional Southern storyteller will be reading the first two chapters of Book 2, “Serafina and the Twisted Staff” (July 12 publication). Be among the first to hear it and experience it! All the costumed actors from the book trailer will be in attendance to sign books and talk to people, including the costumes for the new trailer. Free food and drink will be provided, along with lots of Serafina giveaways, and a chance to meet other fans of this exciting new book series.

“Serafina and the Black Cloak” is a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual 12-year-old girl who lives secretly in the basement of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 1899. All the action of the story takes place in Biltmore House and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A mixture of historical fiction and fantasy-adventure, this book is written for adults and young readers (8 and above). Parents are enjoying it with their children. It’s also being taught in over 300 classrooms nationwide. In addition to being published by Disney Hyperion, it is also being published by Scholastic and translated into many languages around the world.

Asheville Comic Expo is going on hiatus after a four year run in Asheville. From the A.C.E. page on Facebook:

A.C.E has been a part of our lives for four years and, although we have only gotten bigger and better with each yearly show, the time has come to accept the fact that we can no longer grow A.C.E in the facilities available to us. Despite having such a great location in the heart of downtown, the size of the convention has become severely limited by the surrounding construction and the changing focus of the city.
Asheville is home to a fantastic and diverse nerd community, one that we see every day at Comic Envy. We regret that, for now, we will no longer be able to put on an annual convention that will celebrate that community and the amazing creative talent that only a town like Asheville can produce.
We are looking forward to hosting a great series of events at Comic Envy this year, and promise that the void left by the hiatus of A.C.E. will not go unfilled. Starting with Free Comic Book Day we will be packing 2016 with guest signings, movie premieres and other special events sure to delight and entertain.
We would like to thank our hard-working staff and volunteers for all of the work they have put in over the years. Thank to our special guests, our artists, our vendors and most of all, our attendees.
This is not a goodbye from the Asheville Comic Expo, this is a see you later.
Thank you for everything!
Darrin and the A.C.E crew

-There are no Asheville chefs on the list of James Beard Award finalists this year.

Rocket Fizz candy shop is opening on Battery Park Avenue in downtown Asheville, next to ZaPow Gallery.

Eco Depot Market is a new “arts and artists” venue on Depot Street in the River Arts District. Get a sneak peek at Eco Depot Market in April:

Meet our Artists • Get a SNEAK PEAK at our Market Stalls & Studio Pods • See what our artists can do with shipping pallets • Light Refreshments • Silent Auction benefitting Asheville Greenworks!

Actor Jude Law, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, talks about playing writer Thomas Wolfe in the new movie Genius:

Jude Law: I hadn’t read or heard a lot about Wolfe until I read this script, and in that way I think it was really clever to write a piece about him instead of Max Perkins, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, or others that people have strong opinions of already. Wolfe’s books offered a whole new world to step into, and whilst at times you could accuse him of being somewhat long-winded, he had an incredible quality of prose and a bravery of writing from the heart. He believed in being autobiographical at all times.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Tim Peck March 27, 2016

    “No one paying attention to you, Ted?”

    It appears that someone is ^.

    Try going back over this thread. Unless that’s too painful. I would venture that some folks are fairly obsessed. So much so that they can hardly remember the topic. Remind me.

  2. Tim Peck March 26, 2016

    “Concentrate. Focus. Now, what’s the topic?”

    I see the oh-so-clever progressives need a little more time for that one.

    1. chris March 26, 2016

      No one paying attention to you, Ted?

  3. Tim Peck March 22, 2016

    “Poor Ted. Er, Tim.”

    Concentrate. Focus. Now, what’s the topic?

  4. Tim Peck March 19, 2016

    “Shorter Peckerwood: hijack thread, complain that commenters are fixated on him. What a tedious, pathetic life of unachievement he leads.”

    I don’t blame Mr. Blissett and his peanut gallery of progressives for trying to change the subject.

  5. luther blissett March 18, 2016

    Shorter Peckerwood: hijack thread, complain that commenters are fixated on him. What a tedious, pathetic life of unachievement he leads.

    1. chris March 19, 2016

      They don’t call him the Ted Cruz of WNC for nuthin’.

  6. Tim Peck March 18, 2016

    Water lawsuit update:

    The City of Asheville has reserved 37 seats in the courtroom. Nothing says failure like a manufactured crowd.

  7. Lindig Harris March 18, 2016

    Tucson (c before s) — a very common mistake. I’ll be very interesting in the Sonora-style restaurant as I lived in Tucson for 14 years. Hope it matches my tastebud memories.

  8. Tim Peck March 17, 2016

    “Of course you do, Tim. That goes without saying.”

    Chris continues having trouble addressing the topic. Or any topic other than me.

    1. chris March 17, 2016
  9. Tim Peck March 16, 2016

    “Christ, you’re a nutter.”

    It’s interesting that you would comment on me personally instead of on the topic. But I understand your fascination.

    1. chris March 16, 2016

      “But I understand your fascination.”

      Of course you do, Tim. That goes without saying.

  10. chris March 15, 2016

    Christ, you’re a nutter.

    1. chris March 15, 2016

      Tim P, that is.

  11. Tim Peck March 15, 2016

    Water lawsuit update:

    Buncombe County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) gets credit rating upgrade. MSD now has a higher revenue bond credit rating than the City of Asheville.


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