Weekly Picks

The fourth annual Music Video Asheville showcase, featuring films that pair Asheville musicians with filmmakers, will be screened on Wednesday, April 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theater, 36 Biltmore Ave. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the screening for Audience Choice awards and the MVA juried selections. $6. Info: 232-1536.

Celebrating Life in the Mountains,” a discussion focusing on the culture and history of our mountain region, will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m., at UNCA’s Reuter Center, Manheimer Room. Info: unca.edu.

“Big Love,” a play about 50 brides who flee to Italy to avoid marrying their 50 cousins, will be presented by The Anam Cara Collective on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. Held at 203 Hawyood Road, West Asheville. $12. Info: anamcaratheatre.blogspot.com.

Asheville’s Earth Day Celebration will be held at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring music by Toubab Krewe, The Lee Boys and Agent 23 Skidoo, plus local beer and a host of local and regional environmental groups. Free. Info: avlearthday.org.

West Asheville's Meadows Studios, 474 Haywood Road, above the Dry Goods Shop, will host an open house and clothing swap on Sunday, April 17 from 1 to 8 p.m. Work from nearly a dozen local artists will be available for viewing and purchase. A performance by Zach Smith and Ross Brubeck will follow at 9 p.m. Info: http://bit.ly/ewrsFl.

Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor/national advocate at the United Nations Foundation and former assistant secretary-general for external relations at the United Nations, presents "Women and Global Poverty: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?" at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St., in downtown Asheville, on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Info: 252-8729 or uccasheville.org.

Malaprop's Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., in downtown Asheville, hosts Stacy Pershall, author of “Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl,” "an honest account of a nontraditional life," on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. Pershall recounts her journey from a self described "Jesus freak," through mental illness and into the "healing powers of body modification." Info: malaprops.com.

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