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This is the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar and I’m Jen Nathan Orris. Each week we sort through the best of Western North Carolina so you can plan your weekend hassle-free.
Thursday, June 2nd, there will be an opening reception for Seven Little Things: 14 photographs of “body painted masterpieces.” It will feature the work of Terra Fender, and let me tell you, these images are gorgeous. They’re on display at MACA, that’s M-A-C-A, on 50 South Main Street in Marion. If you can’t make it for tonight’s opening, you can see the exhibit through June 30th.
If gnarly guitars are more your thing, stop by Shredfest, tonight at 10pm. Discordian Society and Consider The Source will perform at the Mellow Mushroom, 50 Broadway Street in Asheviile. The show is 18 and up, so leave the kids at home. It costs $6 bucks and for more info call 236-9800.
Thursday, from 6 to 8:30pm, bring your dog to The Hop North for a doggie ice cream social. It will benefit Animal Compassion Network. For more info, call 254-2224.
Friday June 3rd, come cheer on the fastest runners from the Mountain Xpress at the The Chamber Challenge 5K. There will be costumes… and there is an unconfirmed and highly speculative rumor that someone from the Mountain Xpress will be wearing a chicken suit. You’ll have to see for yourself. The race begins and ends in the Chamber parking lot at 36 Montford Ave. in Asheville. Visit ChamberChallenge.org for more information.
If you’re looking for something a bit classier, there will be a duo-piano concert on Friday. That means there will be two pianos back to back with pianists on either end. If you’ve never heard it one person, it’s worth going to see. That’s this Friday at 7pm, presented by Classicopia, at White Horse Black Mountain, , 105C Montreat Road in Black Mountain. $15 dollars for adults, $5 dollars for students. For more info, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shake and Bake is not just for chicken anymore. “Shake and Bake” a group meal for men staying at the Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and Inn. It’s being put on by Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, a great volunteer organization. That’s Friday, June 3rd from 11am to 12:30pm. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.handsonasheville.org” handsonasheville.org.
From noon to 2pm on Friday, bring the kids to Pickin’ on the Porch of the Old Kentucky Home. The show will be at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site in downtown Asheville and will feature The Time Bandits. For more information, visit wolfememorial.com.
Get ready, the Americana Burlesque and Slideshow Festival is coming to town. There will be two full days of performance and workshops, for all you budding burlesque-ers. If you’re more of a spectator, check out the Friday night Red Carpet Gala and the Saturday Night Spectacular, which will feature a Burlesque Bazzar, music and an after party. Locations vary, so visit blast off burlesque.com.
If you’re in the mood for something more traditional, a wide variety of quilts will be on display at the Patchwork Folk and Fabric festival, See these fabric masterpieces on Saturday June 4th from 9am to 4pm. at the Jackson County Recreation Center. For more information, call 506-8331.
If clowns don’t terrify you, come on down to Celebrate Flat Rock on Saturday, June 4th from noon to 4pm. There will be an ice cream social, food, and drink, so even if you’re still recovering from Poltergeist, there’s something for you too. But leave your dog at home. This is a pup-free event. It will be held at Flat Rock Village Hall, 110 Village Center Drive. For more info call 697-0208.
Pull out your reel for the big Troutacular on Saturday June 4th from 6am to noon. It’s free for children under 14, so bring the kids along. It will be held at Riverside Park on Tappan Street in Spruce Pine, and for more information, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” info@downtown sprucepine.com.
Help protect the Hemlock Forests with a lecture on invasive insects and conservation efforts. It will be held at Earthfare in the Westgate Shopping Center, on Sunday June 5th from 5 to 7pm. For more information, visit S-A-F-C.org
If you think gourds are just for Thanksgiving, don’t miss these beautiful multi-colored art gourds. They will be presented at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 441 Sequoyah Trail, on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th. For more information, visit gourdgathering.net.
If you’re looking for something tougher, check out the Black Monster Relay along the Tomahawk Branch River. It will be held on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th and will benefit local charities. For more information, visit BMmonster24.org
That’s it for the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar. Tune in to the Asheville News Hour every Thursday at 7pm for news, commentary and the Community Calendar. If you have an event you’d like us to feature, just email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com.