So much to do, so little time

Mark your calendar: Friday, Dec. 7 is one of those days in Asheville where everything is happening. Art openings, music and a sing-a-long are all on the agenda.

• The December downtown Art Walk runs from 5-8 p.m. Exhibits include Comfort & Joy with “new twists on familiar themes” including wreaths made of old hymnal pages and corn shuck figures at American Folk Art & Framing; and Salon 2012, a group show with work by Timothy Pakron, Justine Reyes and Roger Ricco at Castell Photography.

• Diana Wortham Theatre announces “Winter Songs,” part of its Sing Together series. Beth and Jim Magill lead this family-friendly singalong in the Forum at Pack Place. “Regardless of your religious affiliation, you will learn seasonal songs to share with the entire family to create a warm holiday season. Mulled apple cider and cookies are included. Bring the kids and help them cut out a snowflake to take home.” 6:30 p.m., $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

• Singer-songwriter and Donna the Buffalo founding member Tara Nevins is on tour in support of her latest solo album, Wood and Stone. She plays The Grey Eagle at 9 p.m. $10 in advance or $12 day of show.

• The Claire Lynch Band (Lynch is the two-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” title) landed the coveted slot of debut performer at the newly-opened Isis Restaurant and Music Hall (743 Haywood Rd., West Asheville). According to a press release, “Lynch will be previewing new songs from a forthcoming album in 2013.” 9 p.m. $18 advance or $20 at the door.

• At Jack of Hearts it’s a “Cajun Zydeco a Honky Tonk Dance Party” with Jackomo and Hearts Gone South. 9 p.m., $8.

• Sol Driven Train returns to Asheville Music hall with its happy, jammy, groove-rich mix of island, calypso, soul, funk, reggae and rock. Dangermuffin, from Folly Beach, opens the show. 9 p.m., $10 in advance or $12 day of show.

• Emerald Lounge hosts the Exam Jam reggae rock tour, featuring Jay D Clark (Philadelphia, Penn.). Of Good Nature (Charlotte, N.C.), Sun-Dried Vibes (Rock Hill, S.C.) and TreeHouse! (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), also perform their own sets, as well as back up Clark. 9 p.m., $5.

• Rock trio Cusses returns to Asheville and, while their local date isn’t listed on their tour schedule, we know they’ll be at the Get Down. Probably at 10 p.m.-ish. Watch the Cusses perform “Worst Enemy”:

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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