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Pies in Disguise anniversary party

There have been mutterings of a pie fest, as in "Asheville really should have one." Makes sense: There are multiple beer fests, a wine and food fest, Organic fest and plenty of music fests that wouldn't be complete without local edibles. Perhaps the Pies in Disguise one year anniversary party, with promises of "lots of pie such as blueberry, blackberry, strawberry rhubarb, peach, pecan, bumbleberry, chocolate stout, Nutella, key lime, peanut butter and so many more!" will lead the stampede to a future pie fest. For now, celebrate this local bakery at The Get Down (formerly Cowboy's Nightlife) on Friday, Sept. 3. Music by ICE CREAM (organ/drums experimental) and the Hillside Bombers (acoustic punk). 7 p.m., $5. piesindisguise.com.

Erin McKeown at N.C. Stage

Erin McKeown can rock a suit and a pair of Fluevogs. She can also just flat-out rock, keeping company with fellow folk-rockers like Ani DiFranco, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird and Melissa Ferrick. McKeown's earlier sound was more folky; these days she's closer to the rock side of things. Her most recent effort, Hundred of Lions (released last fall on DiFranco's Righteous Babe label) also hints at a circus-y, jazz-y sound with plenty of swing. Which makes sense because McKeown occasionally performs with Boston-based 18-piece big band The Beantown Swing Orchestra. She carves out time in her seemingly non-stop schedule to play N.C. Stage. The show commemorates the 10th anniversary of McKeown's album Distillation. During the show, she'll perform all of that album in sequence. 7:30 p.m., $15. ncstage.org.

Savage Surrenders at Flood Gallery

"Over the past few years I’ve been collecting bed sheets and Harlequin Presents paperback romances and using the patterns and pages to think about what the books mean to me, and what I think they might mean in a larger, cultural sense," writes artist Lauren Scanlon, whose exhibition, Savage Surrenders, opens at Flood Gallery in the Phil Mechanic Building on Saturday, Sept. 4. The two seemingly unrelated inspirations both came from Scanlon's childhood and got her thinking: "There are so many points of symbolic overlap; domesticity, personal story, mass production, industry, women’s work, intimacy, sex, dirty laundry." The opening is from 7-10 p.m.; the solo show runs through Oct. 8. laurenscanlon.com.

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