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Mission Health’s approach to Dogwood Health Trust worries local nonprofits

“There’s real fear among nonprofit organizations that not supporting the current iteration of the board could mean retaliation in the form of being cut from the $1.5 billion that DHT will control once the sale is final,” wrote Asheville-Buncombe NAACP President Carmen Ramos-Kennedy. “In order to truly build trust, citizens and organizations must feel free to speak their hearts and minds without fear.”

Starring: Maria Callas, Joyce DiDonato, Fanny Ardant

Maria by Callas

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The Story: A biographical sketch of esteemed opera singer Maria Callas, told entirely through her own perspective. The Lowdown: Reverential but seldom revelatory, director Tom Volf's doting doc showcases Callas' prodigious talent while skimping on context.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy hosts energy efficiency webinar Dec. 13

Press release from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy: On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 2:00 p.m., the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will host a webinar to present the release of a new report detailing the latest data findings, policy insights, and energy efficiency trends for utility companies and states in the Southeast. Customers in […]

CBD business budding across WNC, nation

Are CBD businesses — which are exploding across WNC and elsewhere — laying down the tracks, preparing for an expansion into legal marijuana? The answer depends on whom you ask. Many local CBD entrepreneurs say they’ll continue their focus on the health benefits of CBD, regardless of whether medical or recreational marijuana are legalized in the state.

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal

Wildlife

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The Story: A teen in 1960 Montana is forced into maturity far too soon when his father loses his job, leaving the boy and his mother to an uncertain fate. The Lowdown: Uncompromising emotional realism bolstered by a strong central cast lends Paul Dano's directorial debut a level of dramatic weight uncommon in small films about big themes.
Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell

Widows

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The Story: When their husbands rob the wrong people and wind up dead, their widows bands together to pull off a daring heist. The Lowdown: A compellingly gritty thriller that tweaks genre conventions in some interesting ways, even as it finds itself weighed down by extraneous plot threads.

Connect Buncombe holds annual meeting Nov. 28

Press release from Connect Buncombe: You are invited to attend Connect Buncombe’s Annual Meeting, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Comfort Suites Asheville Outlets at 890 Brevard Road. It is a time to gather with friends and fellow supporters and celebrate progress in improving our greenway system in Buncombe County.  Hope […]

Change of face: Attracting diverse visitors to a mostly white city

Local tourism operators are sensing a shift in the racial makeup of visitors to the Asheville area. Though the data don’t definitively support that conclusion — at least not yet — efforts to make Asheville a more welcoming and inclusive destination continue, as do fledgling initiatives to give minority tourism entrepreneurs a bigger piece of the industry’s pie.

Starring: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Stefanie Scott

Beautiful Boy

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The Story: A father struggles with his son's unexpected addiction to drugs and a seemingly impossible recovery. The Lowdown: While there are some interesting stylistic flourishes here, a lack of an emotional linchpin, uneventful performances and a narrow view of addiction keep the movie from being something more impressive.

Vecinos Farmworker Health Program receives $2,500 grant

Press release from the Vecinos Farmworker Health Program: Farmworkers and their families in Western North Carolina received some relief from high prescription drug prices with a recent grant of $2,500 from the Jackson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Vecinos Farmworker Health Program Executive Director Marianne Martinez accepted the grant, […]

City of Asheville to update community on affordable housing bonds Nov. 14

Press release from the City of Asheville: On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the City of Asheville will host an open house about the potential to create affordable housing on two City-owned properties. Everyone is invited to attend! The drop-in style event happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Asheville Public Works Building, 161 […]

Building our City Speaker Series features Mitchell J. Silver on Nov. 13

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association: Please join us for our next event in the Building our City Speaker Series event with renowned planner and urbanist, Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver who has lead the New York City Parks Department since 2014. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13 from 6-7pm at The Capital Club […]