On the radar

River Arts District studio stroll

Don’t be fooled by the “studio stroll” title. Sure, this twice-a-year happening is about visiting the workspaces of the River District’s artists. But it’s really a weekend-long social event. Make plans to meet friends, gather out-of-town visitors or just go it solo: You can’t go to a RAD studio stroll without running into a dozen people you know.

Along with artwork and craft waiting to be discovered, there are also plenty of demos. Desert Moon Designs/Sutherland Handweaving Studio offers hands-on floor-loom weaving demonstrations for kids and adults; Planet Art showcases chair-caning; and ceramist/musician Akira Satake will both make pots and play banjo. Find a full, printable schedule of demos at riverartsdistrict.com.

And when you need a break (because strolling is thirsty business), there’s always the porch at The Wedge or the patio at Clingman Cafe. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

XAVL Synthesis

Music, art, fashion, dance, design — it sounds like a bullet list of all the things we love about the hyperactive local arts scene. Add workshops and panels and you’ve got XAVL Synthesis, an all-day/all-night celebration of creative culture. Held at The Mill Room, the event promises “20+ participating artists demonstrating the creative process in real time, including live painters and graphic designers, installation art, photography, fashion, videography, music and much, much more.”

The daytime segment is dedicated to education (check out “The Art of Listening” and a master class on “Analog Synthesis in a Digital Environment” among other offerings) and culminates with a freestyle beat-lab performance by Jeremy Ellis and Aswell of Mr. Invisible. The main event, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, includes a fashion show in which models will be live-styled on the runway, live painting by Joshua Spiceland, Makasi Siriwayo and others, and music from Aligning Minds, Marley Carroll, Panther God and ilmi.

Learn more about performances, installations, raffles and giveaways at xavl.org. $25 all-day ticket/$15 at the doors for daytime events/$15 advance for night events/$20 at the door for night events. Photo of Joshua Spiceland by J Christian Smilinac

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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