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Woody Pines at the LAB

Always wanted to make an album? Here's your chance: Local roots act Woody Pines will perform at the LAB's back room on Friday, Oct. 22, and Echo Mountain Studios will record the show, to be released as a limited-edition vinyl LP for the holidays. Says Pines, "it's a great chance for folks to come out and be part of the record." The Salty Caramels also perform. 9:30 p.m.


You know all the songs — “Surrey With a Fringe on Top,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’” and (awesomely, covered by none other than Amanda Palmer with The Boston Pops) "I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No." Asheville Bravo Concerts reclaims Pulitzer/Grammy/Tony/Academy Award-winning music Oklahoma! ("the high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys") from high-school musical territory. Saturday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Tickets are $20-$55 with half-price for students.

Blood Done Sign My Name

Based on the book by N.C. author Tim Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name recounts the 1970 murder of a black Army veteran and the subsequent acquittal of the three men charged in his death. The story has a local tie: African-American civil rights attorneys James Ferguson, who helped the prosecution, is an Asheville native. Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. $30, $28 seniors, $25 students. Adult content.


Dauntless Productions performs Dracula at the (appropriately spooky) Masonic Lodge (80 Broadway St., Asheville, 252-3924). Shows are on October 22, 23, 24, 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Sunday, October 24 is “Pay What We’re Worth Night” — no reservations; first come, first served. Advance tickets are $10 and $8 online; $15 & $12 at the door. Info: 254-5146 or

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

The autumn installment of the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands takes over the Asheville Civic Center (seriously takes over: there are even demos and crafters set up out front) from Thursday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 24. Along with exhibits and a wide range of crafts, the event includes entertainment by the likes of Quarterhouse, Buncombe Turnpike and Hot Duck Soup. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7, children under 12 free.

The Paul Collins Beat

According to his bio, Juilliard-trained musician Paul Collins "spent his pre-teens living in Greece, Vietnam and Europe." His 1974 band, The Nerves, were American punk rock pioneers. He formed The Beat in L.A. a few years later, and his buddy Eddie Money recommended the band to concert promoter Bill Graham. So Collins is pretty much like a walking rock 'n roll history exhibit. He plays Broadways on Sunday, Oct. 24 with Future Virgins.


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