Thursday, Nov. 18
• Need some help with those songs you’ve been working on? Tennessee Hollow‘s Dave Dribbon wants to lend a helping hand. He’ll lead a songwriting class at Skinny Beats Drum Shop (4 Eagle Street, 768-2826) to discuss mechanics and more. Call 776-3786 or 460-0269 to register. Free.
• “Bring your favorite side, entrée or dessert and break bread with the local community,” reads a release for The Courtyard Gallery‘s Potluck Cinema series (109 Roberts Street, 273-3332). “We’ll provide dinnerware, beverages and seating. Then sit down for a collection of award-winning films including animation, documentaries and dramas.” November selections include films “exploring the volatile connections between people.” Dinner at 6:30 p.m., films at 7 p.m.
• Take in some verbal voodoo and shake a leg as BoBo Gallery (22 North Lexington Avenue, 254-3426) hosts the one-year anniversary of Juniper Bends, a local poetry series, with readings by Ingrid Carson, Jeff Davis, Mesha Marin, (Xpress‘s own) Jaye Bartell, Julian Vorus and more. Intermission music provided by The Sugarfoot Serenaders with a post-reading set by DJ Lorruh. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Friday, Nov. 19
• Vadim Bora Studio (30 1/2 Battery Park Avenue, 254-7959) holds an opening reception for the Mountain Sculptors exhibit, featuring selected three-dimensional works by members of the local association, which aims to “enhance community awareness, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary sculpture, and advance members’ technical, aesthetic, and professional development,” according to its website. “We value building strength in the art community. We celebrate tradition and diversity.” 5-8 p.m. Free.
• This one’s a little off the beaten path, but the creative staging of local crafts warrants the drive. The Toe River Arts Council (102 West Main Street, 682-7215) presents the opening of “Artistree in the Home — Winter Show” featuring the work of more than 50 regional artists displayed in a contemporary living room interior at their Burnsville gallery. Works include handmade wooden furniture, iron wrought lamps, candlesticks, textile pillows, paintings, clay and glass sculptures and more. “In short,” reads the events website, “this is another exquisite mountain interior furnished from arts and crafts made locally in the Toe River Valley area.” Gallery open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Athena Reel Productions offers a screening of Shift Happens at the back room of Posana Cafe (1 Biltmore Avenue, 505-3969). The documentary explores the work and process of local abstract artist Jonas Gerard. RSVP at 423-4287 or email@example.com. 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20
• Embrace the spirit of the season at the Asheville Holiday Parade, hosted by The Steep Canyon Rangers. And while you’re there, be sure to scope out our personal favorite, the Xpress float! This year’s theme is “Mountain Magic.” More information at 628-2403. 11 p.m.
• Malaprops Bookstore (55 Haywood Street, 254-6734) invites you to a family-friendly afternoon of “puppetry, magic, ‘Buster Keaton’ and more” as Kristin Tubb, author of Selling Hope joins Asheville Vaudeville to “share the tale of her story’s characters’ lives.” 3-5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21
• Don’t miss your last chance to check out Ladylike: Exploring the Dark Side of Female Relationships at The Satellite Gallery (55 Broadway Street, 505-2225). Reads a release for the event, “The partnership between women can be the most sacred, nurturing, and long lasting of bonds. This relationship can also be tinged with a brutal shadow of jealousy, competitiveness, and cruelty. From childhood through adolescence and adulthood most women have some memory of threads of exclusion, rejection, ridicule, betrayal, hunger for acceptance, heartache, and more. Whether it’s harsh words passed on folded paper between school desks or unspoken doubts and criticisms hidden by lipstick smiles, the dark side of female friendships is something most women can relate to on some level. It is uncomfortable and, more often than not, well concealed. Ladylike, a new show bringing together the creative vision of twelve local female artists, explores these themes within the walls of Asheville’s Satellite Gallery.”
• UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center hosts a performance of The Little Foxes by The Autumn Players. According to the event’s website, “The Little Foxes is a timely tale of selfishness and greed. In a small southern town in 1900, Regina Hubbard Giddens and her two brothers, descendants of prosperous merchants, are eager to amass great wealth and power. They make a deal with a northern entrepreneur, agreeing to exploit local resources to build a lucrative cotton mill. Regina’s investment depends on the cooperation of her husband. When he refuses, an ugly web of deceit, betrayal and revenge leads to the breakup of the family. In a changing world, hope for a more humane future lies in the passionate determination of Regina’s daughter to not just ‘stand around and watch’ while other people eat the earth.” More info at 254-1320. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $5.