Smart Bets: The Emerald Ball

No need to survive a tornado or follow a yellow-brick road or battle a wicked witch: The Emerald City is well within reach. Well, at least the Emerald Ball is. This year’s iteration of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s annual Color Ball fundraiser takes place in Pink Dog Creative (including the AAAC Gallery, Randy Shull’s studio and the affiliated spaces in the RAD). “Not only is emerald the Pantone color of the year, it is North Carolina’s [official] precious stone,” say organizers for the extravaganza. The evening includes a live and silent art auction, curated by nationally recognized artist Shull; entertainment, food and drink. Saturday, Oct. 5. VIP preparty, 6-7 p.m.; silent auction, 6-8:30 p.m.; live auction, 8:30 p.m.; Emerald Ball, 8:30 p.m.-midnight. $50/$100. ashevillearts.com. Photo from last year’s Tangerine Ball by Halima Flynt

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