Smart Bets: ABSFest

Now in its sixth year, the annual Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival returns, Friday-Sunday, May 25-27, to venues around Asheville, with a weekend’s worth of burlesque, circus arts, live music, fire performance and more. There are also workshops for the studious (everything from tassel twirling to hula hooping, for $20-$25 per session) and an array of sideshows and showcases. There are two shows Friday night, 8 and 10:30 p.m., at Club Metropolis. $15 each or $25 for both. Saturday brings the Cabaret Spectacular at the Orange Peel. 8 p.m., $25. Find the full schedule and performer bios at


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