Now in its ninth year, the dance/music/theatre/multimedia/performance art extravaganza known as The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival covers spans four days and multiple venues. BeBe Theatre, Asheville Art Museum, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Wedge Building all hosts events. Thursday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Jan. 23. $12/$10 for senior and students for each of the three Fringe shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schedule and artists at ashevillefringe.org.
On Thursday, Jan. 20, the Asheville Art Museum hosts ARTmob Presents: PechaKucha Night. It's the opening event/sneak peek for the weekend-long Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. "PechaKucha means 'chit chat' in Japanese, and ARTmob will be 'exhibiting' 20 images for 20 seconds each," says the museum. "We might see 20 images of someone’s artwork, 20 images of someone’s vacation or 20 images of scary clowns." 7 p.m., $3 museum members/$5 non-members. ashevilleart.org.
Steep Canyon Rangers
For a tenth wedding anniversary, give pewter (traditional) or aluminum (modern). For a band's tenth? Well, in the case of wildly popular, award-winning bluegrass act (and Steve Martin-tour mates) Steep Canyon Rangers, just plan to celebrate with these local guys at their Friday, Jan. 21 Orange Peel show. Special guests Curly Seckler and Larry Keel share the stage. 9 p.m., $16 advance/$18 doors. theorangepeel.net
Russ Wilson’s Art Deco Revue
When Russ Wilson throws a soiree, expect it to be elaborate and fabulous. This he does on Thursday, Jan. 20, with the return of the Art Deco Revue. Featuring Wilson's 14-piece Nouveau Passe Orchestra, the fiery Red Hot Sugar Babies, dancing girls The Tacky Annies, singing sensation Heather Masteron, dancer extraordinaire Ira Bernstein and more. 8 p.m. Vintage, semi-formal or cocktail attire required. $20. At the Grand Ballroom of the Grove Park Inn. groveparkinn.com.
Django Reinhardt tribute
Belgium-born Gypsy Django Reinhardt was (according to Firecracker Jazz Band’s Jon Corbin) “a musical savant, a pure artist, but with the terrible handicap of having the use of only two fingers on his fretting hand due to an injury caused by a fire in his caravan.” Which didn’t stop Reinhardt from defining a new breed of music: Gypsy jazz. Even guitar hero Les Paul thought Reinhardt was the greatest guitarist in the world. Celebrate the 101st anniversary of Reinhardt’s birth with a special tribute at the Grey Eagle on Sunday, Jan. 23. Performers include One Leg Up, Viper's Dream, Musette Guitars and more. 7 p.m., $8 advance/$10 doors.
Looking for sophisticated fun and surprises? HATCHbash will be the place, on Saturday, Jan. 22. It’s a fundraising pre-party for the April HATCH Asheville, a multi-day creative festival with a focus on networking, mentoring and emerging technology. Get ready at this soiree featuring hot music from DJs Par David and Marley Carroll, along with Jon Reid and Jacob Rodriguez of Jar-E. There’ll be food from some of the town’s top restaurants (including The Admiral, Posana and more), and plenty of beer and wine. Oh yes, and secrets we can’t reveal, except to simply say, you oughtta be there. At the Hotel Indigo, 151 Haywood St., downtown. $20. HATCHexperience.com.