Thursday, July 7
• Freeskool Asheville is a cooperative “teaching and learning network organized by and for the community,” says the group’s Facebook page. “There is no physical school, center, institution or corporation involved. Teachers (like you) find space and put on free classes for community members (like you).” This weekend, Dylan Ryals-Hamilton will discuss edible forest gardens at Pearson Garden, 408 Pearson Drive in Montford. According to a short description on the Freeskool calendar, “We’ll discuss the vision, theory and practice of re-foresting Earth and growing our own food at the same time!” 7-9 p.m. Donations appreciated.
• One of the best parts of summer is free outdoor music, and every Thursday Park Rhythms keeps that tradition alive with local artists at Lake Tomahawk Park in Black Mountain. This week, enjoy the heartbreaking, country-tinged Americana of The Honeycutters. In case of inclement weather, concerts are moved indoors to the Lakeview Clubhouse. 7-9 p.m.
• R. Stevie Moore was DIY before anyone knew what that meant. Over the course of three decades he’s released more than 400 self-produced albums, earning a cult following that includes MGMT’s James Richardson and Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken. Yet Moore has never toured, despite his prolific recording habits … until now. Backed by Brooklyn-based trio Tropical Ooze, the eccentric songwriter is traversing the country on his first-ever tour, and the whole thing is being documented for a full-legnth film. Catch his show at The Grey Eagle (185 Clingman Ave., 232-5800). Quiet Hooves opens. 8:30 p.m. $8.
• Downtown’s newest music venue, the One Stop Deli and Bar (formerly the downstairs of Stella Blue), finally opened this week and it already has more than a dozen shows booked for this month. Drop by Thursday for the garage-y surf rock of The Krektones and the instrumental avant-garde of The E.Normus Trio. 10 p.m. $5.
Friday, July 8
• Take in the lush greens of summer on a moderate three-mile hike along the Mountains-to-Sea trail, led by a Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger. Trip departs from the Glassmine Falls overlook, MP 361. Bring lunch and be prepared for inclement weather. 10 a.m. Info: 298-5330.
• According to a Facebook page for the event, “Barnaroo is Asheville’s only music event run entirely by youth. Happening between spring and fall, it is a home for local bands interested in networking with other musicians and fans. It’s a laid back, family-friendly atmosphere with good food, friends and great music.” Held at 839 Old Marshall Highway in Asheville. See link for more info. 4-11 p.m. Free/$5 for food.
• Carolina Mountain Ribfest “features world-class professional barbecue competition chefs from all over the country,” reads the event’s website. “They will be serving mouth watering, award winning BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork with all the traditional side dishes. A variety of scrumptious desserts and specialty comfort foods will also be available. The festival is packed with fun for the whole family, including a full schedule of top-name live entertainment daily, featuring national, regional and local acts.” Performers include Bayou Diesel, The Broadcast, The David Mayfield Parade, Sons Ralph, Underhill Rose and Sanctum Sully. 4-11 p.m. $7. Festival runs through Sunday.
• One-time local Morgan Christopher Greer (formerly of The Merle) may have relocated to Portland, but that doesn’t stop him from making a yearly trek back east for a series of July performances in Asheville. Catch his dark, country-flavored rock ‘n’ roll at Broadway’s (113 Broadway St., 285-0400) when Drunken Prayer (Greer’s adopted moniker) performs with The Unholy Trio. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
• The Asheville-Buncombe Aeromodelers Flying Club hosts the 4th annual Model Airplane Show, featuring “various types of aircraft ranging from small electric to gasoline powered 33 percent size airplanes,” according to a release for the event. “Many of the members are master aircraft builders and have built their own model planes from balsa wood and plywood. The Club, collectively, has hundreds of years of flying and building experience. Helicopter, free flight and control line pilots are all represented at this show.” In addition, children and adults will have the opportunity to fly their own planes. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info: 250-4269 or email@example.com.
• Local artist Jonas Gerard paints everything from still lifes and landscapes to pottery and abstract pieces, but all his work shares a common theme: bright and dazzling color schemes. This weekend, Gerard invites the public to watch the art unfold when he holds a live painting demonstration at his studio (240 Clingman Ave., 350-7711). 2 p.m. Free.
• Most people, even those who prefer to be outdoors, don’t spend much time in the woods after dark. Unfortunately, many of the forest’s most interesting creatures only come out when the sun goes down. Explore the unseen creatures of the night as the Cradle of Forestry (Route 276 in Pisgah National Forest) presents “Winged Creatures of the Night,” a discussion and slow-paced walk focusing on nocturnal life in the summer woods. “Bring a flashlight and a sense of wonder.” Meet at the amphitheater. 7:30-9:30 p.m.