Thursday, Sept. 1
• “Come by and support BWAR by drinking a beer at West Asheville’s newest brewery,” reads Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s website. “For the month of September, Altamont [Brewing Company] will donate $1 of every beer sold to BWAR! They will also be selling our own BWAR pint glasses for you to add to your collection.” To kick off the monthlong benefit, the organization will host an evening of live music, featuring adoptable dogs and information about its mission. 1042 Haywood Road, West Asheville. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.
• From the band’s bio, “Gramahawk reintroduces Modern Skirts as a band honest to their musical tastes and to their desire to create and perform both intellectually crafted and inherently catchy songs. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the record, though, is the insight into Gulley’s dark, imaginative and humorous brain. There is a gleeful and twisted pop evil afoot here.” Modern Skirts performs with Charlotte’s Matrimony at The Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Ave., 232-5800). 9 p.m. $6/$8.
Friday, Sept. 2
• Don’t miss freshly-picked apples, arts and crafts, festival food and free entertainment at the North Carolina Apple Festival, now celebrating its 65th year. “The apple has been called the loveliest of all fruits,” begins a history on the event’s website. “It is also one of the most important agricultural crops grown in Henderson County. During a normal year it brings in an average income of $22 million dollars or more. Growing apples has been part of Henderson County’s culture and heritage since the mid 1700s. Today there are approximately 200 apple growers in Henderson County. North Carolina is the 7th largest apple-producing state in the nation and Henderson County grows 65% of all apples in North Carolina. The North Carolina Apple Festival is proud to include local apple growers in the Street Fair. You can purchase a few apples or bushels of fresh locally grown apples. Many of the growers also feature items such as fried apple pies, apple cakes, apple butter and apple cider at the Festival.” The North Carolina Apple Festival runs Friday through Sunday in downtown Hendersonville. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Info: ncapplefestival.org.
• Join HOWL — the storytelling trio of Fynn Crooks, Danielle Bellone and Cathy Janssen — for an evening of humorous tales exploring the theme of “Novelty: Scandalous Things Both New and Old” at Anam Cara Theatre Company (203 Haywood Road, West Asheville). 7 p.m. $8/$10.
• “Sue Frederick, career intuitive and author of I See Your Dream Job, will teach you to tap into your powerful intuition, see the mission you came to accomplish and move forward fearlessly even when major reinvention is required,” reads a blurb on the Malaprop’s (55 Haywood Street, 254-6734) website. “During her presentation, Sue will give career readings to several members of the audience. As a professional career counselor and an intuitive since childhood, Sue draws upon dreams, numerology and conversations with spirits to help you ‘see your dream job.’ You’ll walk away with new tools for intuitive living and a fresh perspective on your life’s mission.” 7 p.m.
• “This Friday, 90211, The Get Down turns 1 year old!” reads an event page for the club’s anniversary party. “So come out and celebrate our first anniversary! We opened on September 2nd, 2010 or 90210, so feel free to represent the 90’s210 stylz!” The party will include performances by Them Teasters, Broken Lilacs, Paint Fumes and Unitard. 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3
• LAAFF festival takes over downtown this weekend with “local art, food, beer, music, street performers and random acts of creativity.” According to the event’s website, “LAAFF has become the showcase event for all types of talent on multiple stages and performance areas including rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer/songwriters, bluegrass, old-time, African drummers, clowns, magicians, contortionists, belly dancers, modern dancers, vaudeville actors, hula hoopers and more. LAAFF has grown over the years to become known as Asheville’s largest independent street festival with upwards of 15,000 in attendance.” This year, organizers expanded the festival into a two-day celebration, so save some energy for Sunday. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.
• Join a public panel discussion about the progression of creative photography as Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center hosts “Photography Then and Now,” a presentation that will focus on Apeiron Workshops, a historic study center based in rural New York. 8 p.m. $5. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-1825.
• “There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ Floating Action song,” reads the Black Mountain-based outfit’s bio. “Folk, soul, Southern rock, gospel, surf and bedroom lo-fi somehow coexist and cohere in the same record — even the same song. There is, however, a distinct Floating Action sound. Kauffman’s warm recordings and lushly anachronistic sound is uniquely his. The attentiveness given to production quality is palpable; you can all but hear the vinyl crackle in gently graceful tunes like ‘Please Reveal’ or ‘Rincon.’ Like Dr. Dog keyboardist Zach Miller said in a recent interview, ‘His songs are timeless, effortless, and instantly memorable.’” Catch Kauffman and Co. at Emerald Lounge (112 N. Lexington Ave., 232-4372). 10 p.m. $8.
• According to the band, “The Secret B-Sides are on a mission: Backspin pop music through its own history – hip-hop, rock, funk, jazz, blues, together with hints of gospel. Bridge the gap between old-school and new-school. Make the sound of looking through a kaleidoscope of styles toward a more beautiful future.” Get a glimpse of that “beautiful future” when the band performs at One Stop Deli and Bar (55 College St., 255-7777).