Oralene Graves Anderson Simmons, founder of Asheville's Martin Luther King Jr. annual prayer breakfast, accepts a proclamation from the mayor of Jan. 14-16 as Martin Luther King Jr. Days in the city. This year's prayer breakfast is sold out, said Simmons. Photo by Virginia Daffron

Council approves annexation­, hears good news about Housing Authority program

On Jan. 10., Asheville City Council approved the free downtown shuttle service offered by Slidr, a request to voluntarily annex a 4.8-acre parcel in South Asheville and an amendment to the zoning approval for the RAD Lofts housing development on Roberts Street. Council also agreed to move forward with a study of voters’ attitudes about district elections for positions on City Council.

STRANGE MEDICINE: In 1918, "Doctor" John Brinkley implanted goat testes into the first of many patients who sought treatment for impotence.

Tuesday History: John Brinkley, the goat gland king

The John R. Brinkley historic marker in Jackson County, N.C. reads: “Medical maverick, radio and advertising pioneer, candidate for governor of Kansas. Boyhood home stood across the river.” While “medical maverick” touches on Brinkley’s unorthodox role within the world of medicine, it doesn’t address the duplicity of his practice — namely, a scam that involved the implantation […]

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Council likely to postpone hearing on Haywood Street hotel

The public hearing scheduled for Council’s Tuesday, Jan. 10 meeting on the zoning request for a 185-room Embassy Suites Hotel at 192 Haywood St. has a “100 percent chance” of being continued until a later Council meeting, according to Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer earlier today. No alternate date has been identified for the hearing yet, said City Clerk Maggie Burleson.

Mora Contemporary Jewelry is highlighting fiber artist and jeweler Lisa Klakulak during the month of January. The opening reception is Friday, Jan. 6 from 5-8 p.m.  Photos of Lisa Klakulak's jewelry courtesy of Mora Contemporary Jewelry

Weekend Picks: Friday, Jan. 6 – Sunday, Jan 8

Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events! EXHIBITIONS ‘Running From Madness’ at PUSH Skate Shop 25 Patton Ave., 225-5509, facebook.com/PushSkateShop/ Through MO (1/23) – Running From Madness, a group show curated by Maxx Feist. Lisa Klakulak Jewelry Exhibition at Mora Contemporary Jewelry 9 Walnut […]

THE WOLFE FAMILY: From left, Effie, Frank, Julia, Thomas, Mabel, Fred and Ollie Wolfe.

Tuesday History: Bringing the Old Kentucky Home to Black Mountain College

We continue with the letters of Frank Wolfe, older brother of Thomas Wolfe. This particular batch, written in 1947, examines Frank’s unique relationship with Black Mountain College. It also touches on the challenges Frank faced in preserving his younger brother’s literary legacy. He would play a major role in the creation of The Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association, […]

Through Saturday, Jan. 7, the Asheville Area Arts Council is hosting the second annual Ceramics Invitational, titled 'Beauty + Function: Ceramic Arts in Western North Carolina.' Photo credit: Josh Copus, Linda McFarling, Will Dickert, William Baker

Weekend Picks: Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events! EXHIBITIONS ‘we’re not who we thought we were’ at Ramp Studio Gallery 821 Riverside Drive Through SA (12/31) – we’re not who we thought we were, exhibition of the multimedia sculpture by Jameid Ferrin. […]