Weekend News Round-up, via Twitter

This was a weekend of balmy weather, a bit short on news quantity, but long on downtown excitement, including the River District Studio Stroll. What follows is a summary of tweets that passed through the Xpress Twitter feed, on five different fronts, between late Friday night and 8 p.m. Sunday.

The “news”:
FRIDAY:
• damn .. wtf RT @RussBowenNews13: Breaking: Two people shot at Applebees in Hendersonville. h0zae 11:28 PM
•more on Applebee’s shooting in Hendersonville, names released bit.ly/anxTL h0zae 2:07 AM
SATURDAY:
•RT @AskAsheville:Struggling Artists tell their story which led to citation they received tonight twitvid.com/D02C8 Alicia & Jose talk to AVL Police / Park Ranger & get help on citation situation twitvid.com/ECBC1 J&A lost all in Miami. In AVL living in van, selling art,playing music on streets twitpic.com/pfdn7 fobes Nov. 14, 11:20 AM
• scenes from Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Asheville: bit.ly/2zTLso Ashevegas 3:45 PM
• downtown is packed with people on the street. the streets of AVL are the new mall;everybody wants to see, be seen fobes quoting: Ashevegas 5:07 PM
SUNDAY:
• New no-kill animal shelter, Pet Soup, opens off of River Road bit.ly/2kcGgX fobes quoting: BlogAsheville 10:55 AM
• Nearly 20 homeless people from AVL traveled today to Miss. to assist ongoing post-Katrina reconstrctn efforts fobes quoting: michaelfmuller 6:15 PM

Arts & Entertainment:
FRIDAY:
•Free performance by Teatro Latino de Asheville. 2pm Sat., UNCA Highsmith Union. Bilingual show. itswendylou quoting: wordnrrrd 11:13 PM
SATURDAY:
• Hey #Asheville! The movie Thunder Road was partially filmed near the Wedge … turn to TCM at Noon! fobes quoting: jenbowen 11:23 AM
• FB link: great image from last night’s Prom! event bit.ly/2yq22w BlogAsheville 12:46 PM
• Sat 1am: RT @ashevillein: weird people dressed like proms from bygone eras flooding the streets of W asheville… wft? fobes 1:01 PM
• RT @nowyouseethem: Playing a show in Swannanoa, NC at 9:00 PM today at Warren Wilson College bit.ly/2YI34y Fobes_news quoting: itswendylou 2:39 PM
• [River District] Paul with work: flic.kr/p/7fzU9B Two more: flic.kr/p/7fzUMB flic.kr/p/7fDPvY fobes quoting: ashevillein 5:10 PM
• jinx’s rubber chicken launcher flic.kr/p/7fH4SL fobes quoting: ashevillein 8:05 PM
• MAP Presents: Off The Map |Enacting Exhausted Language/Exhausting Enacted Language 11/24 Bobo bit.ly/2gbuam fobes quoting: gordondsmith 8:06 PM
SUNDAY:
• Avl Film Fest closes tonight. Winners, films to look out for today bit.ly/DVsAr BlogAsheville 8:46 AM
• Sweet, swoony Athens folk band Hope for Agoldensummer plays Phil Mechanic Bldg tonight 8pm, $5 bit.ly/1Dm7vh BlogAsheville 8:51 AM
• Shame it’s not a warm summer night for music like Agoldensummer plays bit.ly/2YIK4M BlogAsheville 8:54 AM
• the cloud she flees barefoot #zensphoto flic.kr/p/7fRveY fobes quoting: zenSutherland 1:33 PM

Food & Drink:
SATURDAY:
• #Avl blogger Marty W of Ephemera posts about a great local bread maker, Farm & Sparrow bit.ly/3acsck BlogAsheville 9:49 AM
• RT @ninemile:Oh it’s days like this that make us wish we had more outdoor seating.We should look into rooftop dining fobes quoting: bruisinales 11:16 AM
• Great news! RT@ RezazRestaurant: My new pizzeria “PIAZZA”will open end of this month. tinyurl.com/ylgv5x2 Fobes_news quoting: Ashevegas 2:48 PM
SUNDAY:
• Mother & Son Bistro & Bakery opens in Woodfin, in shopping center with Ace Hardware. Lots of desserts to vid: bit.ly/2zE1S7 fobes 6:32 PM
• Agreed. RT @bruisinales: Wishing for 36 dozen thai chili lime truffles from @chocolatelounge. They should be on @blueridgetogo. bmccall17 6:33 PM

The outdoors:
SUNDAY:• RT @h0zae: UNCA Botanical Gardens has a touch of color. post.ly/CfkZ fobes quoting: gatherlogic 2:32 PM
• French Broad River is still swimming temperature itswendylou 4:18 PM
• RT @HighlandBrews: Oh… Asheville, how we love thee!!! pic.gd/abd77c fobes quoting: bruisinales 6:09 PM

The environment:
• County Ext offers session on making Xmas ornaments from recycled materials. Nov 18 bit.ly/4wo9o fobes 1:21 PM
•  RT @TotalBeverage: …and in the US, it’s “America Recycles Day” today. Got bottles? bit.ly/3AzZ2x fobes quoting: bruisinales 3:45 PM

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About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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