Thursday, May 12
• Just Us for All, a community organization that strives to “gain support and inevitability get equality and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians and their families,” hosts We’re Not Bashful, a free speech rally and march from Tod’s Tasties (102 Montford Ave.) to the Vance Monument downtown. The rally will be followed by a dance party and fundraiser at the BoBo Gallery (22 Lexington Avenue, 254-3426). 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Photo by Jeremy Miller
• Support local television with free hors d’oeuvres and live music by John Cogburn and other special guests at a benefit for URTV, hosted by the WNC Community Media Center at Mo Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Ave.). Free. 5 p.m.
• “Hammer No More The Fingers’ sound is luxuriously full for a 3 piece,” begins the band’s bio. “They write catchy, edgy, slightly off-kilter rock music and their live show is powerful and reckless, yet somehow tasteful and refined. Searing, mellow, crunchy, they do brain surgery and tree removal with the same pocket knife, producing a small-club-arena-rock, happy-from-the-inside, soul jam.” Catch them at The LAB (39 North Lexington Avenue, 252-0212) with Jews and Catholics, Rat Jackson and Ribs. 10 p.m. $5-$8.
Friday, May 13
• Get a glimpse into professional audio and video recording as the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a “state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD studio,” visits downtown Asheville. Tours will take place in the parking lot across from the WCQS studios on Broadway Street Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Double Take, a local band comprised of middle and high school students, will be on board to write, perform, record and produce original material. Free.
• Help Asheville Community Yoga (8 Brookdale Road in Woodfin) celebrate its 1-year anniversary with food from Earth Fare, a raffle for tickets to the Steel Pulse show at Pisgah Brewing Company and a free screening of Harold and Maude. 7:30 p.m. Free.
• According to the band’s website, “The Maudlin Frogs were born and raised in the marshes of Merrimon Avenue, specifically at Papa John’s. In March of 2011 they will have been a band for one full year, having played five shows and recorded one EP with a second one on the way. An innovative blend of ‘60s rockabilly and modern indie rock, their goal is to play pop music in whatever way possible.” The Frogs take the stage of Fred’s Speakeasy (122 College St., 281-0920) with Luke Punk, Liam McKay and The Go Devils. 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
• The time for planting has arrived, and luckily, so has the time for garden shows. Pick up perennials, annuals, ornamentals, herbs, vegetable starts, tress and accessories for your home garden at the 6th annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale, held on Sutton Avenue downtown. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: 460-7970.
• Join artists in their East Asheville, Swannanoa, Black Mountain and Fairview studios to talk, watch demos and learn how they produce art during the East of Asheville Studio Tour. Pottery, weaving, sculpture, marquetry, wood turning, oil painting, watercolor and glass blowing are among the featured mediums. Printable maps are available through the website. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Info: 712-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Violinist Todd Elliot is “a frequent performer at storytelling festivals throughout the United States,” offering a “contemporary mix of old-time fiddling, bluegrass, blues and ‘fiddle tricks,’” according to a release for his upcoming visit to Tryon. Catch his family-friendly performance at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon, 859-9021) this weekend. Free.
• The Feral Chihuahuas weekly residency at Broadway’s (113 Broadway St., 285-0400) has been tagged “a multimedia comedy event like no other.” What should you expect? The troupe’s website promises “stand up, short films, sketch comedy, improv, songs, experimental ideas and interactive performances.” 9:30 p.m. Free with club membership.