Thursday, Sept. 22
• Hip-hop is getting lots of exposure in Asheville lately, with a host of showcases highlighting the sometimes neglected local scene. The latest, hosted at One Stop Deli and Bar (55 College St., 255-7777), features the lyrical wizardry of Porter Yalye and HBC, HBC, GPE, Attaboy, Money Cooka and TMAC. 9 p.m. $5.
Friday, Sept. 23
• Don’t miss one of the last chances to pick up mums, daisies, pansies and more green goodies at Vance Elementary’s garden sale. Held on the corner of Sulpher Springs and Harnett Roads in West Asheville. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 254-3442.
• From Asheville Bookworks, “BookOpolis, in its seventh year, showcases the contemporary book arts and original prints. BookOpolis is a weekend event displayed in the BookWorks Gallery and walls of the BookWorks studio. The weekend opens with a grand reception and unveiling on Friday evening. With permission of the artist, work may be handled with care under supervision of BookWorks staff and volunteers. On Saturday, BookOpolis remains on view with an open house demonstrating the unique tools of the trade associated with papermaking, letterpress printing, book binding, and printmaking. Visitors can meet with artists and participate in guided projects. After the BookOpolis weekend, a selection of work juried from the full submission of artists’ books and prints will remain on display in the BookWorks Gallery through November 28, 2011.” 428 1/2 Haywood Road in West Asheville. Fri., 6-9 p.m.; Sat., 1-5 p.m.
• Learn more about the life of a local benefactor and environmentalist as Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers present “Julian Price: Who Was He?” during an easy hike around the Prince Lake Loop of Julian Price Park Amphitheater, MP 297. 6:30 p.m. Info: 271-4779.
• Loyal readers know that fans of film can always count on free movie Fridays thanks to the Classic World Cinema Foreign Film Series, hosted at the Courtyard Gallery (109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District). This week, enjoy the German silent film The Last Laugh, directed by F. W. Murnau, which explores the shame and rejection faced by an aging doorman after he is demoted from his prestigious position. 8 p.m. Free.
Saturday, Sept. 24
• “The Curb Market has been a local Hendersonville tradition since 1924,” begins a release for the weekend event. “What began as a group of farmers bringing their extra produce to town for the ‘city folk’ has expanded over the years to include some of the freshest fruits and vegetables, plants and fresh cut flowers, homemade jams, jellies and baked goods and hand made mountain crafts. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, the Curb Market always has something different. Each vendor brings his specialty items for a unique collection of offerings. Come visit and make new friends while enjoying some of the best that Henderson County has to offer.” 221 N. Church St. in downtown Hendersonville. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
• Enrich your body, mind and spirit at Free Yoga Day, a fundraiser for N.C. Stage presented by Lighten Up Yoga. The afternoon event will feature classes for all skill levels, hourly door prizes, and special discounts for ongoing classes. Donations requested. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Browse more than 70 regional and national glassblowers, potters, painters, sculptors, jewelers and more at the third annual Pisgah Inn Craft Fair, situated at one of the highest points on the Blue Ridge Parkway, MP 408. From organizers, “Enjoy the cool mountain weather at the beginning of the leaf changing season while you stroll through the art show with a backdrop of the most beautiful views in the east.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. More info.
• “Come rock out!!” invites an enthusiastic event page for Flip the Switch, a benefit concert for No Nuclear Waste In WNC. “Join us for a day of music, fun, entertainment and a silent auction. Bring your family and friends — this free concert is open to the whole community. Donations are deeply appreciated.” Held at the UNCA Quad. 3-11 p.m.
• From the band’s tour press, “The latest release by the fringe pop outfit Bird Names is another bright star in their galaxy of offerings. The album, Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun, was created meticulously over the course of many moons and spiritual awakenings in sunny Chicago, IL. The band is a duo, of sorts, comprised of Phelan LaVelle and David Lineal, though a cast of good souls have helped them along their travels. Recently making Athens, GA their home, they explore a pop sound that touches as much on the naïve as it does the borders of avant-experimentation. Their new album, mastered by Griffin Rodriguez (Icy Demons, Beirut, Band of Horses), is a lo-fi, boundary-pushing, pop experiment in the vein of the Beach Boys’ Smile. It is a fully-realized reflection on the sun and the fount of organic energy, or human energies, as the speech of the sun.” Catch the band with local bizzaro-electo outfit Ear PWR at Bandwagon (474 Haywood Road, above the Dry Goods Shop in West Asheville). 9 p.m.