This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, March 29

• “As some of you know, I was a winner of Canon’s ‘Project Imagin8ion,’” reads an event page for a screening of When You Find Me, posted by Walter Arnold Photography. “From nearly 100,000 entries, eight photos were chosen by director Ron Howard and then woven into an incredible short film directed by his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard. When you Find Me is the final film and the culmination of the incredible imaginations of Ron, his daughter and so many more people involved in the project. The time has finally arrived for the Asheville, N.C. premiere of the Project Imagin8ion film! … I hope you can all make it out to watch the film and attend a dessert reception afterwards where we will be giving away memorbilia from the film signed by Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard, as well as a signed metal print of the winning image ‘The Final View.’ This is a one night only event and is completely free, however, we kindly ask that if you can come, please RSVP by sending an email with how many will be attending to” Held at the Biltmore Grande Stadium, 292 Thetford St. 6:30 p.m.

• Get tips for staying healthy and comfortable as Danny Dreyer, author and founder of Chi Running and Chi Walking, discusses his latest book, Chi Marathon, a holistic approach to injury-free training for half and full marathons. Hosted by Foot RX, 1979 Hendersonville Road. Free. 6 p.m. Info: 687-2825.


• “Doc Aquatic is an indie rock quartet based in Asheville, N.C.,” begins the band’s bio. “Their distinct sound comes from a tasteful blend of vintage rock ’n’ roll and new age indie-rock sensibilities. Angular and melodic guitar work combines with a steadily bouncing rhythm section to create a familiar but unconventional sound. Having their latest EP, Distance Means, being named one of the Best Releases of 2011 by Asheville’s Mountain Xpress, they are currently writing and recording their first full-length from home.” The band plays The LAB, 39 N. Lexington Ave., with Onward, Soldiers and Andrew John Usher. 9:30 p.m. $5.



Friday, March 30


• ”{Re}HAPPENING is a meeting of creative minds and bodies, drawn to the historic and inspirational site of Black Mountain College’s main campus, known as Lake Eden in Western North Carolina,” according the event’s website. “Once a year, artists come together from various genres and disciplines to cross-pollinate and draw inspiration from these historic grounds.  …The {Re}HAPPENING is part art event, part fundraiser, and at its root, a community instigator. All participating artists from years past are invited back, and many of them recruit new artists to join in. Bonds between the artists and the historically rich space are created and strengthened throughout the weekend.” This year, art lovers can get a preview of the event, to be held April 7, at a {Pre}HAPPENING celebration, featuring Claire Elizabeth Barratt and other {Re}Happening participants. Hosted by the Asheville Area Arts Council at The Artery, 346 Depot St. 6-9 p.m. $5. suggested donation.

• Delve into the controversial practice of fracking for natural gas during a screening of the documentary Gasland at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road. In addition to the film, the evening will include informative presentations and live music by Joe Hallock and friends. Presented by Clean Water for N.C., N.C. Interfaith Power and Light and the UU Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley. $5. 7 p.m.


• Get silly at the Tryon April Fool’s Festival, a family-friendly event featuring a farmer’s market, fools parade, outhouse race, “trashion show,” masquerade ball, live music and more. Festivities kick off Friday at 7 p.m. and resume Saturday at 10 a.m. Held throughout downtown Tryon. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits.


Saturday, March 31


• Just in time for spring planting, Live Simply Workshops presents tips for the garden at Biltmore Coffee Traders, 518 Hendersonville Road. A morning session, from 9-10:45 a.m., will cover “Raised Bed and Square Foot Gardening,” followed by “Composting and Natural Soil Amendments: Companion Planting and More” from 10:45 a.m.-noon. Free. Info: 699-2887.

•  Learn to interpret your dog’s body language and better understand dog-dog interactions at a workshop with Jenny White of Dog-Ed, hosted by Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Ave. Well behaved dogs welcome. Noon. Free.

• What Easter would be complete without a frantic search for pastel ovals buried in tall grass? So change out of your Sunday’s best and haul the family to Carrier Park, 500 Amboy Road, for an outdoor celebration that will include live music, an egg hunt, inflatables, crafts and an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. Info: or 259-5800.

• Indie folk quartet Kovacs and the Polar Bear bids a fond farewell to multi-instrumentalist Chris Lee this weekend with a performance at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. Lee, who will soon release his debut solo effort under the Birthday Boy moniker, leaves Asheville (and Kovacs) for Portland later this summer. 9 p.m. $8 in advance/$10 at the door.


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