City Council appointed Franzi Charen to the Downtown Commission and Barry Bialik and Laura Collins to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee at its Jan. 26 meeting. Council also passed a “Ban the Box” measure, meaning that applicants for most city positions will no longer be required to answer questions about past criminal convictions on their initial job applications.
A benefit concert by pianist David Troy Francis and vocalist Carol Duermit stands to earn $40,000 for the Western North Carolina AIDS Project in one evening. Asheville Country Club hosts the early show on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Mountain Xpress and Sherwood’s Music are partnering to showcase local musicians through a series of stripped-down performances for the web. This week Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots perform “Sky Elevator Machine.”