This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, March 31

• Start your weekend with a scare as The Carolina Asheville (1640 Hendersonville Road, 274-9500) hosts a free screening of The Ring, a psychological thriller about a cursed videotape and the journalist who attempts to investigate its origins. The showing is part of a weekly “Horror Picture Show” series held every Thursday. 8 p.m.

Friday, April 1

35Below (35 East Walnut St., below the Asheville Community Theatre) presents a somber performance with The Shadow Box, which centers around three hospice patients and highlights their process of dying. The play is the third offering in the Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre season. 2:30 p.m. $5.

The Madison County Arts Center (90 South Main St., in Marshall, 649-1301) hosts an opening reception for Show Poster Show, an exhibition of concert posters from local designers and collectors, featuring vintage and current works. Mad Tea Party and Dubalicious perform immediately following the reception. 6-8pm. Free/$5 for music performance.

• “Go west!” for Disposable, an exhibition featuring hundreds of photographs taken with disposable cameras by local artists, held at DeSoto Lounge (504 Haywood Road, 255-1109). Music by Forty Furies and House of Building follows. 7 p.m. Free.

• Witness the human form at its most graceful as UNCA hosts From the Heart: A Celebration of Dance, featuring performances by more than 100 dancers in genres including African, ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, Middle Eastern and modern, at Lapinsky Auditorium. The family-friendly performance is suitable for all ages. $5. Info: 232-5652.

• “Most widely known as the harpist collaborator with mewithoutYou and Anathallo, Timbre’s solo project is a distinctly unique musical experience,” reads a bio for the Nashville-based singer and instrumentalist. “She combines the sounds of harp with a gentle soprano voice, often joined by her band, mostly made up of family members on piano, cello, vibraphones, drums and even a choir, to create a moving and ethereal sound. On tour she travels with drums, guitar, fiddle, accordian, bells, bass, flute, oboe, and a lush mixture of other instruments. Her live performances are always met with an awed hush, whether it be in front of thousands of people at a festival, or in a music venue or a bar, and is most often described as breath-taking and enchanting.” Catch her at Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce Street, 255-8115) with Folk Family Union.


Saturday, April 2

• Join the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition for an educational outing to survey Hemlocks and learn about the Wooley Adelgid insect, which threatens to decimate the regions Hemlock forests. According to a release, the field trip will “provide participants an opportunity to compare Hemlock stands that have been chemically treated to other stands that are in various stages of die back due to the Adelgid infestation.  We will also discuss treatment options the Forest Service is using to save the hemlocks and hike two miles round trip to a scenic waterfall.” Participants should meet at the Swannanoa Ingles and bring water and lunch. 9:30 a.m. Free.

• Celebrate spring and its coming beauty as the U.S. Forest Service hosts a Spring Forest Festival “to celebrate the national and experimental forests of North Carolina and the Weeks Act that helped create the forests,” according to a release for the event. The afternoon will feature booths, games, food, educational activities, film, music, dancing and more. Held at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

• “Blvd Park is all heart, with talent and musicianship to boot,” begins the bands bio. “Haunting, raw and edgy male vocals weave stories of nights spent wandering the desert, reminisces of Sacramento’s old town railroad tracks and sweet delta breeze, and the occasional lamentation of love’s losses, all the while managing to ease their way into your confidence.” See the Seattle-based outfit at Emerald Lounge (112 North Lexington Ave., 232-4372) with Musical Charis.


Sunday, April 3

• End the weekend on a charitable note as Craggie Brewing Company (197 Hilliard Avenue, 254-0360) hosts an after party for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s Run for the Paws 5K, featuring pizza, chili, beer, ice cream and live music by Alex Krug, Jenny Greer and Juan Holladay. $10. All proceeds benefit WNC animals in need. 3:30-6:30pm.




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