This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Sept. 27

• “27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry showcases the literary community of Asheville and captures its sense of place in essays, short stories and poems,” according to a UNCA event page. Three of the book’s co-authors — faculty members Rick Chess, Holly Iglesias and Dan Pierce — will read from and discuss their contributions to the book at the next Faculty Brown Bag Talk in Ramsey Library, Special Collections. Brown bag lunches are welcome, light refreshments will be available and this event is free and open to the public.” 12:30 p.m.

• Pick up tips to prepare your own delicious dishes as local baker Julie Stevens shares cooking tricks at the Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave. Participants are invited to bring a favorite recipe and a sample of the dish to share. Free. Info: 648-2924.

• From an Xpress blog by Alli Marshall earlier this year, “‘We are a blues/rock explosion in the vein of The Cramps, The White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, etc.,’ writes Austin, Texas band The Ghost Wolves. Even more compelling, the guitar/drum duo (Carley and Jonny Wolf) take their name from their 125-pound arctic wolf-hybrid named Winter, who runs their merch table.” Catch the band (and its furry traveling companion) at The Get Down, 1045 Haywood Road, with Koonda Holaa, Petula Clarck and Broken Lilacs. 9 p.m. $5.

The Ghost Wolves: Interview from Mountain Xpress on Vimeo.

Friday, Sept. 28

• From a Facebook event page for UNCA’s College Radio Day Music Festival, “Come out and celebrate what college radio is all about! There will be live music, free pizza from Asheville Pizza and Brewing, ice cream from The Hop, candy buffet from Laughing Mask Candies, bodypainting/henna tattoos, cornhole, giveaways and more!” And, of course, the event will also feature live. Performers include Yoeshi Roberts, David Mann and the Southern Songwriters, Sloantones, Razorbread, Finding Altlantis, Skylines Always Fall, Free the Optimus and Raimee. Held on UNCA’s quad. 5 p.m.-midnight. Free.

• “This backstage comedy shines the spotlight on the Broadway opening of a new play by a young, untested playwright,” begins a synopsis for The Autumn Players’ Light Up the Sky. “A colorful and very flamboyant cast of theatre folk take the audience right into the 1940s theatre scene in New York with its crazy highs, lows and ever-present unpredictability. This production marks the 20th birthday of The Autumn Players.” Performed Friday and Saturday at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St.; Sunday at UNCA’s Reuter Center. All shows at 2:30 p.m. $5.

• Has the wealth of knowledge available online actually made modern society less intelligent? Find out as Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, presents a lecture entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” From an event page for the presentation, “When [Carr] posed that question in a celebrated Atlantic essay, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time. As we enjoy the Net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply? Building on the insights of thinkers from Plato to Mcluhan, Carr makes a convincing case that every information technology carries an intellectual ethic — a set of assumptions about the nature of knowledge and intelligence.” Held at A-B Tech’s Ferguson Auditorium. 7 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 29

• Marshall’s Art on the Island will feature arts and crafts, food, the Rural Academy Theatre, horse-drawn carriage tours, music by The Brothers Harrell and a bicycle-powered silent movie. Held on Blannahassett Island. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

• From a Facebook page for Trivial Pawsuit, “Think you know dogs and cats? Come test your knowledge against other pet lovers and raise money for homeless dogs and cats at the same time! Patton Avenue Pet Company presents ‘Trivial Pawsuit’ at Altamont Brewing Company … Questions will be dog and cat related, and the event will be MC’d by Dr. Brown.” All proceeds benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Well behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Prizes awarded for top three teams. 1042 Haywood Road. 4 p.m. $5.

• From the band’s bio, “The Fritz is truly a band that defies the word ‘genre.’ As schooled musicians, the members of The Fritz draw inspiration from a variety of musical traditions and techniques. This fusion of styles is rooted within improvised funk and rock, but also builds in elements of jazz, classical, world and electronic music.” The band celebrates the release of its latest recording with a performance at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave. Jahman Brahman and Cope open. 10 p.m. $8/$6 advance.


Sunday, Sept. 30

• “In support of her upcoming children’s book, Roasting Questions, local favorite Barbie Dockstader Angell will perform two sets with David Earl, of David Earl and the Plowshares, at downtown Asheville’s Altamont Theatre,” according to a release for the show. “The 6 p.m. set will feature Angell’s children’s poetry and Earl’s family-friendly, high-energy folk style, followed by a 7 p.m. show with Angell’s distinctive bar poetry, as well as some of her more serious work.” 18 Church St. $3.


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