Thursday, Jan. 12
• Fans of live electronica most likely know Allen Aucoin as drummer for the wildly popular jam/electronic outfit Disco Biscuits. This week, the “versatile” percussionist trades the festival scene for an intimate performance with his dubstep/techno side project Dr. Fameus at One Stop Deli and Bar, 55 College St. 10 p.m. $5.
Friday, Jan. 13
• Refresh your body and your conscience at free yoga day, a fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. On Friday and Saturday, Lighten Up Yoga, 60 Biltmore Ave., will offer free instruction for all levels, class series discounts, door prizes and a raffle. Instructors change on the hour, and participants may sample as many classes as they wish. Held Friday from 5-7:15 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• From a synopsis for Hill of Beans: Coming of Age in the Last Days of the Old South, “This memoir of growing up in the Old South during the Depression evokes a time gone by. While it is a loving memoir, it is populated by real people dealing with hard times, sometimes with cruelty, sometimes with violence — including a mysterious case of arson that changed John Snyder‘s life. Hill of Beans has been compared by publishing professionals to the seminal writers like William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and even Laura Ingalls Wilder.” Hear more when Snider, who lives part time in Cedar Mountain, N.C., comes to Asheville for a reading and book signing at Malaprop’s. 7 p.m. Free.
• The Garage at Biltmore, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B, hosts Capricrunkus III, a packed evening of electronic music to celebrate Capricorn birthdays. From an event page for the party, “If you’re a horny goat fish person then this is YOUR bday party too! … Remember, if you’re a cappy you have full right to tell everyone this is your party and invite all your friends to get down with you!” In addition to performances by Freddy Todd, GalaxC Girl, d-Queue, Brad BiTT and many more, the two-day party will include visuals, free birthday prizes, live art and surprises. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. $10 for one night or $15 both nights. Half price for Capricorns with valid ID.
• According to the band’s website, “RBTS WIN began as the brainchild of Brien Worsham (Mother-Hood) and Javi Bolea (Boy In Sleep), two emerging musician/producers who changed their approach to creating music. … Their music is a cascade of synthesizers, beat machines and epic guitars with intense vocals laid over.” The trio celebrates the release of its latest full length, The Dark Ones, with a performance at Emerald Lounge, 112 North Lexington Ave. Leann Grimes, The Luxury Spirit and ContraVerse open. 9 p.m. $5.
Saturday, Jan. 14
• “We are a different breed of pet supply store, specializing in nutritionally appropriate foods for dogs and cats of all life stages, diets and budgets,” claims Patton Avenue Pet Company‘s website. “You’ll get the expert nutritional advice you need to assist you in choosing the best diet for your pet, and special orders from our carefully selected suppliers are never a problem.” This weekend, the store celebrates its grand opening with a variety of free services, including nail trims, behavioral consultations, food samples and nutritional advice. Pets welcome; onsite dog park will be open. 1388 Patton Ave. Noon-4 p.m.
• “Amid the rocky crags and misty hollows of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains grew a generation of hardy and fascinating characters whose lives became the stuff of legend,” reads a synopsis for Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains. “Discover the tale of the bold Captain Kennedy and his ragtag band of Mohican and British comrades, who became French and Indian War heroes; how Henry Von Plott became a renowned bear hunter and breeder of the world’s premier hunting dog; and the story of Yonaguska, considered to be the last truly great chief of the Cherokee Nation. Join Von Plott’s relative and prolific local author Bob Plott as he weaves the lively stories of these vibrant characters and their lasting legacy on the people who will always call the area home.” Plott visits Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Weaverville, for a reading and book signing.
• From a synopsis on the PBS website, “Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science. Between the Folds chronicles 10 of their stories. Featuring interviews with and insights into the practice of these intrepid paper folders, the film opens with three of the world’s foremost origami artists: a former sculptor in France who folds caricatures in paper rivaling the figures of Daumier and Picasso; a hyper-realist who walked away from a successful physics career to challenge the physics of a folded square instead; and an artisanal papermaker who folds impressionistic creations from the very same medium he makes from scratch. The film then moves to less conventional artists, exploring concepts of minimalism, deconstruction, process and empiricism. … The film also features advanced mathematicians and a remarkable scientist who received a MacArthur Genius Award for his computational origami research. While debates ebb and flow on issues of folding technique, symbolism and purpose, this unique film shows how closely art and science are intertwined. The medium of paper folding — a simple blank, uncut square — emerges as a resounding metaphor for the creative potential for transformation in all of us.” Screen the film at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Square. 2 p.m. Free with museum membership or admission. An additional screening will be offered Sunday.
• ” … On their new album Conventions, the newly-expanded band marries the staples of the the pop music form (fist-pumping beats, noisy guitars and catchy hooks) with peculiar harmonies and oddball song structures,” says Ugly Purple Sweater‘s bio. “This inclination to pull at musical loose yarn resembles the lyrical content of the album; the ways rely on the conventions of romantic relationships, the moments those conventions fail us and the realization that we’ve achieved genuine intimacy by playing the part.” The D.C. natives play MoDaddy’s, 77 Biltmore Ave., with Vincent’s Missing Ear and Grammer School. 10 p.m. $5.
Sunday, January, 14
• “Ever been lost in the woods?” asks an event page for a wilderness survival course at Lake James State Park. “Join Park Ranger Clay Veasey to find out how to keep from getting lost and how to survive if you do. Clay will discuss survival kits, finding shelter, fire-building and much more. Meet at the Catawba River Area Office (old office).” Park is located in McDowell County, five miles northeast of Marion on Highway 126. See website for detailed directions. 10 a.m.