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Jeff Robinson Invitational PBR Rodeo Coming 6/6/14

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In addition to awesome happenings here in Asheville this weekend (GeekOut pop culture convention and All Go West music fest) you can also drop by the Ag Center and enjoy some PBR. Now I know what you are thinking- “I was drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon before it was cool," and you probably were, but I’m referring to Professional Bull Riding. Who doesn’t want to go out and watch someone get thrown around like a ragdoll while trying so stay on the back of animal the size of a mid-sized sedan? Well if this sounds like your kind of party, you can pick up tickets at Alan’s Jewelry and Pawn or Jackson’s Western Store.

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Busy Weekend in Asheville: All Go West Fest & Geek Out

Busy Weekend in Asheville: GeekOut and All Go West Fest June 7th & 8th

Happening June 7th, 2014 the second All Go West Fest is happening in West Asheville. There will be three stages set up with bands playing starting at 11 am until 1 am. Three stages will be used, so pick and choose your bands wisely. Find bands at Isis, The Mothlight, and an outdoor stage (location of the outdoor stage is to be announced.) All Go West is an entirely free event, so be sure to show your local love and buy a beer (or two, or three...) from the venues that offer a fine variety of wares. Unlike last year, Taste of the West - the VIP portion of All Go West is not happening, but we hope to see it back next year. In the meantime, check out the list of amazing artists that are performing June 7th.

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UPDATE: Summer Movies at The Orange Peel and Wedge Brewing

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It’s that time of the year again, and if you are like me, you are just itching to go sit around outside with close friends and watch a classic movie. Unfortunately this year with the Biltmore Square Mall undergoing renovations, Cinebarre won’t be playing outdoor movies this summer. Lucky for you, we have found a couple of alternatives.

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Mario Kart

Asheville Beer Week: Mario Kart

It's the last day of the 2014 Asheville Beer Week folks. We saved the best for last in terms of drinking games - trust us, you'll love this one. What could be better then Asheville beer, an old school game system, and an iconic game? Nothing, my dear friends. Nothing

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Kings Cup

Asheville Beer Week 2014: King's Cup

You Will Need: beer, a deck of cards

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Preserve the Summer’s Produce Bounty from Asheville’s Local Markets

Fresh and local produce at the Farmer's Market in Asheville, NC. Photo credit Janet Bray

Asheville has a huge variety of markets featuring local, organic and fresh produce. Summer is the perfect time to put away these beautiful treats from nature through dehydration, canning, freezing, and cooking. But to start, you need to pick the best of the produce offerings. 

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Asheville Sessions: Michael McFarland

Asheville Sessions: Michael McFarland

Asheville Sessions meets up with local singer/songwriter Michael McFarland for an acoustic set off of his new album, A Sarcastic TangoUnleaded rhythmic alt-pop fuels singer/songwriter and two-wheel troubadour Michael McFarland’s engine. Garnering comparisons ranging from modern rock groups such as Matchbox 20 & The Fray to classic singer-songwriters such as Paul Simon & Elton John, the Asheville, NC based performer mixes an intensity with a sensitivity wrapped in effective contradictions. Astride his motorcycle, with a guitar strapped to his back – making references to quantum mechanics or science fiction – McFarland embraces and explores his wide spectrum of knowledge, interests, experiences, and hobbies in his music and writing. Michael McFarland in the simplest summary? Writer, Rocker, Biker, Geek.

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Beer Week 2014: AnimaL

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Three more days left of beer week 2014 folks! As a continuation of our beer week series, we are going to introduce you to a drinking game called AnimaL. This fast paced thinking game requires you to be quick on your feet and with your words. This is an ideal drinking game to be played as an icebreaker with a group of new friends. Grab some growlers, shot glasses, and your beer of choice and let's play AnimaL!

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Author and Poet Maya Angelou Dead at 86

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Well loved Maya Angelou, author and poet, has passed away in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina at 86 years of age. One of her most beloved books, "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is an autobiography that has been described as "a work of art that eludes description." Angelou was an avid seeker of knowledge, and she held over 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem.

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Asheville Beer Week 2014: Flip Cup

Asheville Beer Week: Flip Cup

Another oldie but goodie, the classic Flip Cup is a game that people (even tipsy) take seriously. Don't take my word for it - on my internet travels I found a website dedicated to the Major League Flip Cup, and the World Series Flip Cup Event. Perhaps beer week isn't an official drinking game event, but it is still a good period of time to practice for your team - maybe you can take the gold in the 2014 World Series Flip Cup Event (time and date to be announced). 

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