Weekly Picks

Enjoy an episode of Art in the Twenty-First Century, featuring "artists at work and speaking in their own words as they demonstrate the power of art to alter perception,” on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Screened in the upstairs library of the Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. Info: http://www.ashevillecourtyard.com.

Take an in-depth look at regional native plants and some of their medicinal uses during "Clinical Uses of Appalachian Plants for Women's Health," a workshop with Patricia Kyristi Howell. Held on A-B Tech's Enka campus on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. $10. Info and registration: http://avl.mx/eb.

View the sun safely through telescopes equipped with proper filters during a solar observing party, hosted by the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Held at UNCA's quad on Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info: http://avl.mx/ec.

WNC celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 with a variety of family-friendly events featuring live music, dancing, local food, gardening, hikes, crafts and more. Check out the festival section of http://www.mountainx.com/events for a comprehensive list.

If you loved Dolly Parton in the 1980 film 9 to 5, you won’t want to miss Warren Wilson College’s take on the country pop musical. The final performance of 9 to 5: The Musical will be held in the college’s Kittredge Theatre on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Thursday and additional performances will be held on Fri. and Sat. $5/free for students, alumni and staff. Info: http://www.warren-wilson.edu or 771-3040.

Celebrate modern Jewish life and learn about this history of this rich culture at the Jewish Film Festival. Films on Monday, April 23 include The Hangman and Circus Kids. All movies will be screened at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. Festival runs through April 26. $8 per film. Info: http://www.ashevillejewishfilmfestival.com.

Brush up on math, geography and history at “Are You Smarter Than An Elementary Student,” a benefit for Children First/Communities In Schools of Buncombe County. The public is invited to test its knowledge on Tuesday, April 24 from 6-8 p.m. in A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. $300 per team of three to participate. $5 or five cans of food to watch. Info: http://www.childrenfirstbc.org.

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