All events take place on Saturday, Dec. 3.
• Mystery writer Mark de Castrique signs copies of his new novel, The Sandburg Connection, at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. The novel is the final installment in de Castrique’s “Sam Blackman” series. It delves into a murder plot involving the life and home of biographer Carl Sandburg. De Castrique will give a brief presentation on the story behind the new novel. 3 p.m.
• Bari Salon hosts an Upcycled Holiday Trunk Show, featuring artwork by Darlene Hatchett and jewelry by Amber Hatchett. From the invitation: “Join us for the evening and enjoy some wine, light bites, giveaways and holiday cheer! We’ll be handing out swag bags to the first 10 people to arrive… All attendees to the trunk show will have the chance to win upcycled artwork by Hatchett Designs.” 6-8 p.m.
• Raising Our Voices’ Community Art Project Nuestras Historias, Nuestras Voces/ Our Stories, Our Voices opens a traveling exhibition in the River Arts District at The ARTERY. According to a press release, “This unique project documents the lives and journeys of ‘new North Carolinians’ through a dynamic multi-media experience created by local artists from the region. …The exhibition is connecting artists from many backgrounds and points of view and will include: Sandra Garcia, visual artist of Colombian descent; DeWayne Barton, sculptor, poet, and African American organizer; Adrianna Vasiut, Romanian painter; Kenna Sommer, local visual artist and teacher; Chris Corral, Texas native with Mexican decent oil on panel/canvass, visual narrative with figurative landscapes; Martha Skinner, Colombian designer and educator and founder of 10^10, installations and performances involving collective participation and Oscar Santana, local Latin music DJ from Mexico.” The opening is held from 7-9 p.m.; the art remains on display through Friday, Dec. 30.
• Looking for something for the whole family? Try Pulse: A Journey through Light, Rhythm & Movement (above) held at the Creative Technology & Arts Center (90 Zillicoa St., Asheville). The evening features a pre-show light lab for kids at 6 p.m., and then an exploration of “new worlds of creativity, through the overlapping rhythms of light, sound, dance & performance.” Lights by Gene Felice, Chad Adair and Melissa Terrezza. Rhythm by River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser, John Vorus and Kima Moore. Movement by Julie Becton Gillum, Sara Baird and Kathleen Hahn. Light lab by Chynna Avery. Story weaver: David Novak. $10 per person or $20 per family. RSVP at email@example.com.
• And for a bargain: Tripsta Trip, CrazyHorse & Colston (with DJ Kilby) and headliners The Neckbreaka Society (with DJ Nicodemus) play the Garage at Biltmore, starting at 9 p.m. $5 at the door.
• Southern rockers The Southern Lights (above; from Asheville by way of Boone) take the stage at The Emerald Lounge at 10 p.m. $5 cover.