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Jun
06

Friday Open Thread

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Why can’t my money say “I want to bribe you?”

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Jun
01

Chef

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(Cross-posted with permission from chickflix.net)

Chef

Chef-2014-Movie-Poster1-650x955Written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, Chef is the feel good foodie flick du jour. Favreau stars as Carl Casper, a formerly hot young chef who’s lost his mojo, but finds his way back by starting from scratch. It a fun movie with a lot of heart and a fabulous cast. Besides Favreau, it boasts Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, and a host of other top shelf talent. For audiences hungering for a change of pace from the special effects driven films out there, this is the ticket!

Chef Carl is a divorced, workaholic Dad who’s got a decent job at a decent restaurant, but his days of creative cuisine are behind him, until a famous food blogger plans a visit to the restaurant. Carl decides grab this opportunity to show what he still has in him and to cook him up something amazing, but the owner of the place (Dustin Hoffman) vetoes his plan and forces him to serve the critic (Oliver Platt) some dishes from the regular, safe menu. When the review comes back negative, Carl enlists his 10-year-old son Percy (Emjay Anthony) in using social media to register his displeasure, and not understanding that Twitter is not email he starts a flame war, which escalates even more when he confronts the critic and a video of his rant goes viral. Chef1His reputation ruined and jobless, Carl reluctantly accepts his ex-wife’s (Sofia Vergara) help and the next thing you know he’s in Miami with a food truck, serving up to-die-for Cuban sandwiches alongside his social media genius son and his buddy/sous chef (John Leguizamo) and finding his creative culinary spark all over again.

Besides being a wonderful foodie movie, and it really did make me hungry, Chef is a very sweet story of a father and son coming to understand one another, especially during the road trip portion of the film. All the actors are wonderful and the script though simple has some very touching and very funny moments. This would make a great date flick or family flick or chick outing, but be sure you know exactly where the good food trucks are for your post-movie chow down.

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May
30

Friday Open Thread

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They lit their garden hoses too. Scroll to timestamp 10:30.

May
25

Over It

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Hot Shot Cafe, courtesy zen Southerland

Gordon’s FB page linked to a post by Jonathan Ammons at The Dirty Spoon: Asheville: Land of the Discontent.

The post spun out of comments from people complaining about being so “over Asheville.” You know the type: people who just have to be the hippist in the room. That once the hip thing they “discovered” first is discovered and enjoyed by others, it’s not hip anymore. Ammons writes,

Several folks saw need to respond, many very graciously, but some in very disparaging terms about Asheville. Many blamed tourism, one man simply said, in the most valleygirl statement of the late oughties, “I’m over Asheville.” And it all really stuck in my craw. You see it all the time on social media now, “this place is just here for tourists”, or my favorite “the Asheville food scene is so overrated”. No, it isn’t you nitwit, you’ve just been in the bubble too long.

Since I just made it to WALK last night for the first time for a late dinner — and really enjoyed my huevos rancheros special, BTW — and since we were the oldest customers in the place, I’m sure we killed it off as a hip place to eat.

Still, overrated compared to what? I remember an Asheville when Chinese food was the Paradise and the hip, late-night place to eat was the Hot Shot. Excuse me if my standards aren’t so rarefied.

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May
20

No Pants: Colbert v. Warren

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Because I can’t stay up that late on Mondays.

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Everyday, taxpaying citizens? Not so much.

NC legislature adopts new rules on protests

 — New rules intended to clarify when protesters at the Legislative Building should be arrested were adopted by state lawmakers Thursday.

The rules had not been changed since 1987, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

You a lobbyist? We’re all ears.

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May
09

Friday Open Thread

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It’s all Benghazi all the time on Capitol Hill. What’s happening in the real world?

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May
07

Attention! Your presence is requested:

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Asheville Free Media Holds Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden

Asheville Free Media is raising funds to get on the airwaves at 103.3FM, and in order to provide this service to the Asheville community, we need Asheville to help us Power the Tower!

On Saturday, May 10th, we are hosting a social & benefit at Christopher’s Garden from 1-6pm at 307 Waynesville Avenue in West Asheville. That’s right, it’s the colorful garden behind The Walk, where Westwood and Waynesville Avenues intersect!

Asheville Free Media volunteers will be on site to talk about what we’re broadcasting now, and to hear what you’re interested in listening to on the radio! We’re hosting a silent auction featuring pieces by local artists, there will be artisan coffee by Aesthetic Coffee, and Sow True Seed has donated seed packets for our party favors!

Our friends at The Mothlight are continuing the party on Saturday night! Starting May 10th at 5pm, the entire sale of the New Belgium Brewing Ranger IPA draft sales at The Mothlight will go towards getting Asheville Free Media on the airwaves!

Stop by our Garden Party at Christopher’s Garden on Saturday afternoon between 1-6pm, then swing by The Mothlight to refresh!

For more information, email info@ashevillefm.org.

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May
06

Election day Open Thread

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Does Ron Moore finally get the heave-ho?

Here’s some thinking music:

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May
02

Friday Open Thread

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It’s meekless Friday. Don’t be shy.

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