Friday, Nov. 5
• The Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (56 Broadway Street, 350-8484) hosts an opening reception for “Two Painters: Donald Alter and W.P. ‘Pete’ Jennerjahn.” Reads a release about the event, “From the late 1940s to the early 1950s, Don Alter and Pete Jennerjahn were part of the intensely creative Black Mountain College community. Don was a student, and Pete was both a student and a teacher. This exhibition looks at two painters and the evolution of their work from BMC to the present.” 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a talk by Alter at 6:30 p.m. Free for members/$3 non-members.
• If you like to get tipsy and dance like a fool, we’ve got just the show for you. Charlotte-based Actual Proof bring their funkified jazz-fusion to Highland Brewing Company‘s Tasting Room (12 Old Charlotte Highway, 299-3370) Friday at 4 p.m. Free.
• Kings of Prussia really know how to put on a show, whether it be with onstage theatrics, psychedelic light shows, unsettling video installations or their intoxicating blend of chaotic metal and eerie electronics. Catch them at the Boiler Room (11 Grove Street, 505-1612) with Ocoai and Zero Messenger. 9 p.m. $5.
• “Country-soul” duo Eleanor Underhill and Molly Rose Reed have been making music together since they met at Warren Wilson College in 2002 and helped found the Barrel House Mamas. These days they perform as Underhill Rose, but their sweeping melodies and lonesome Appalachian harmonies are still as sweet as ever. They take the stage of Mo-Daddy’s (77 Biltmore Avenue, 258-1550) at 9 p.m. $5.
Saturday, Nov. 6
• Enjoy the beauty of falling leaves before they’re all gone with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, which aims to “conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations,” according to its website. This weekend, the organization leads the free “Seven Sisters Hike” through a Montreat wilderness area in Black Mountain. Attendees are encouraged to wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes and pack a lunch. 9:30 a.m. Reservations required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-0095, ext. 205.
• The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club strives to “bring together a community of road cyclists, who work together to provide opportunities for safer and more enjoyable recreational cycling in Western North Carolina,” says it’s mission statement. Join them for the weekly Gary Arthur Ledges Road Ride, which follows the French Broad River to Marshall for coffee and returns through Ivy Hill, Jupiter Rd, Flat Creek, New Stock and Monticello. Contact email@example.com for directions and details. Free.
• If you hadn’t noticed, local breweries are a great place to catch free music. Keeping with that tradition, the French Broad Brewery (101 Fairview Road, 277-0222) hosts the Leigh Glass Band, whose “original songs are built upon an electric blues musical foundation, with healthy ladles of country (and country-blues) influences added,” according to the band’s bio. 6-8 p.m. Free.
• Do it to Julia‘s soaring folk-rock can be dense and epic or sparse and gentle. Catch their softer side as singer/violinist Halli Anderson and singer/guitarist Ryan O’Keefe perform a stripped-down acoustic set at Craggie Brewing Company (197 Hillard Ave., 254-0360). 7-9 p.m. Free.
• If you’ve ever been to a Now You See Them show, you already know how endlessly entertaining their infectious folk-pop and charming stage banter can be. If not, see for yourself at the Westville Pub (777 Haywood Road, 225-9782) Saturday night. 10 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 7
• UNCA’s Blowers Gallery hosts an opening reception for “Archaea: Secret Life in Yellowstone & Beyond,” an exhibition by Robbie Lipe — Vance Elementary School art teacher and co-founder of ArtSpace Charter School. Her mixed-media work, according to a news release, “examines single-celled organism groups called archaea, which were among some of the earliest life forms on Earth and still exist today. Archaea can thrive in extreme habitats, such as the hot springs located in Yellowstone National Park, where they were first discovered.” 2-4 p.m. Free.