• T.O.U.C.H. Samadhi hosts PSYCHOGENIC at the Masonic Temple (80 Broadway St.). "Join us in an evening of consciousness expansion as we celebrate humanity’s transition into the new aeon of spiritual ascension," says an invite to the event. "Together we will consecrate our collective evolutionary shift through rhythmic dances of psychedelic bliss. May our meditative movements inflame our spirits in the light of purified mind as we enter the age of psychogenic revelation." An opening ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. Annunaki, Kri, GoaDream, Sensoma, Medisin and SpaghettiMan perform. The alcohol- and drug-free show runs to 3 p.m., $10.
• "Well this is the night that the world is supposed to end, so let's go out with a smile on our faces," says Brevard's 185 King Street. "Leigh Glass has a few end of the world songs worked out." That's The Leigh Glass Band, playing from 8 p.m.-midnight. $5.
• One Stop (55 College St.) holds a free End of the World Party. Local reggae/ska act One Foundation performs. 10 p.m.
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More end of the world parties from this week's Xpress feature in print:
• Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro (125 S. Lexington Ave.) holds its End of the World Decadence Party on Thursday, Dec. 20. The event includes food and drink specials and live music.
• Peddle to the apocalypse with the End of the World Bike Ride. Though not a beginner’s ride, the group trip promises to be “be fun and easy with no one left behind.” Make sure your bike is in good working order, with lights. Bring a helmet, glove and warm clothes. Meet at Bent Creek at the Rice pinnacle parking lot at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21; the ride starts at 6 p.m.
• Straightaway Cafe (1722 NC Hwy 9, Black Mountain) wraps up its season with an End of the World Party on Friday, Dec. 21. (Following that show, the cafe will close until Jan. 2.) Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with music from Coping Stone and Wilhelm McKay.
• Joshua Spiceland closes his current art exhibit at One Stop (55 College St.) on Friday, Dec. 21. View more than 50 large and small works which, according to Spiceland, include “pieces about life, death, time, creation, sex, hallucination, abbreviation, culmination, facial expression, hip hop, jazz, chocolate, and Los Angeles.” Electric Blanket (a 9 year-old producer from Prague by way of Tibet) makes his US debut at the reception/End of the World Party. 8-10 p.m., free.
• Town Mountain with The Shawn Camp Band play The Grey Eagle on Friday, Dec. 21. 9 p.m. $10 advance or $12 day of show.
• See the world off in style at Broadways (120 N. Lexington Ave.) on Friday, Dec. 21. Asheville's own country-noir act Drunken Prayer headlines. Ouroboros Boys and DJ Lil Lorruh also perform. More info at http://avl.mx/nz.
• Birth 2012: A New Beginning has events planned in 26 countries and will unite as many as 100 million people worldwide in an "historic day of global unity that will birth a new era for humankind: a global rite of passage filled with celebration, prayer, cultural expression and acts of generosity." The Asheville event is held on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Center for Spiritual Living (2 Science of Mind Way, West Asheville). Live performances by LUMINA, music by Richard Shulman, indigenous wisdom and a Pachakuti Mesa by Kim Hughes and “Embracing the Elements” by MS Toltec wisdom teacher Michele Laub are set to take place. 7-9:30 p.m., $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
• David Wilcox’s Concert for the End of the World takes place at The Grey Eagle on Saturday, Dec. 22. Read more about the show, along with an interview with the local singer-songwriter, at http://avl.mx/o0. 8 p.m. $20 advance or $25 day of show.