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The Crackers of Comedy

Comedians Matt Ward and Joe Pettis (AKA underground indie duo The Crackers of Comedy) plan to cover 14 states, 17 shows and 3,000 miles during their current tour. They'll perform at The Magnetic Field (with local comedians Tom Scheve and the Feral Chihuahuas' George the Bastard) on Tuesday, March 1, 8 p.m. $10. themagneticfield.com.

Bike Love

The fifth annual Bike Love (a party/fundraiser celebrating/benefiting local bicycle culture and bike advocacy group Asheville on Bikes) is set for Saturday, Feb. 26. Held at Arcade Asheville, the event includes bands (Uncle Mountain, Red Dirt Floor and C Scott with The Multimodalers), a raffle, French Broad Beer, Arcade food and more. 8 p.m.-1 a.m., $12 advance/$15 doors. ashevilleonbikes.com.

Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage


According to UNCA Drama Department Chair Robert Bowen, this creatively named play is "somewhat along the lines of Gallagher or Rocky Horror …with cowboys, cougars, a biker who is killed four times and keeps coming back to life and lots of blood." Promising a "raucous good time," the comedy Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage shows at UNCA's Carol Belk Theatre Wednesday, Feb. 23-Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. $5/$8/$10. drama.unca.edu/theatre-unca.

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