Thursday, Oct. 11
• “Today we kick off our coloring contest fundraiser for Animal Compassion Network,” begins an event page for the Monk’s Mutt Ale release party. “Buy a paper dog for $1, $3 or $5 and color to your dog-loving heart’s content! Plus, buy a pint of Monk’s Mutt Ale (our 57th batch) and we’ll donate $1 for every Mutt beer sold through end of the month. Our patio is pooch-friendly, so please feel free to bring your pooch! We might just convince Chef Todd to donate some of his infamous beer-mash dog biscuits for Spot to enjoy. We will have an ACN rep and maybe even some little guys looking for a fur-ever home. Please show some compassion for the animals, help us raise some money and have great beer too! Coloring contest winners will be announced on Halloween! Winner need not be present.” Hosted by Thirsty Monk South, 1836 Hendersonville Road.
• “The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is the greatest producer of comedic talent in America today and the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company brings the very best of our theatres in NYC and LA directly to you,” boasts the troupe’s website. “It’s your chance to see stars of today and tomorrow live on stage from the theatre that brought you comedy greats like Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, MTV’s Human Giant, the Daily Show’s Rob Riggle and many many more.” Laugh along when UCB visits WCU’s Bardo Performing Arts Center. 16 and up. $5. Info and tickets: www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or 227-3622.
Friday, Oct. 12
• Don’t waste your lunch break staring at a sandwich; learn something new during the Asheville Art Museum’s Lunchtime Art Break, “a series of gallery talks and presentations designed to inform and engage you in dialogue with members of our curatorial and education departments, docents and special guests.” This session will feature a guided tour and discussion of the current exhibition, Art/Sewn, led by clothing designer Brooke Priddy. Free with membership or $8 museum admission. 2 N Pack Square.
• The Anam Cara Theatre Company invites the community to share stories, drinks and laughs at Tales and Ales, “an open-mic-style night of storytelling” at 203 Haywood Road. “… Hear some humorous stories — and maybe even tell one of your own! Anyone can take the mic to tell one. If that isn’t enough, there will also be some local beer and some wine available for a suggested donation.” The evening kicks off with local folk pop outfit The Wootones. Free to attend.
• From Firestorm Cafe and Books, “This fall is the 91st anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain, America’s largest labor uprising. Blair Pathways, a not-for-profit organization, is releasing a music compilation that helps tell the story of that uprising. Musicians from the CD will perform at the release. National award-winning fiddle player Jamie Laval opens, followed by NYC-based metro-billy band 2/3 Goat. The CD will be for sale, with proceeds benefitting efforts to save Blair Mountain, now under threat of strip-mining.” 7 p.m. $5.
• According to the band’s bio, “David Earl Tomlinson is among Asheville, North Carolina’s more soulful singers and performers. Cutting his teeth as the token white guy singing gospel in the Kuumba and David Band, Earl quickly gained a reputation as one to watch. As the Kuumba and David Band gave way to The Plowshares, the focus switched to Earl’s very strong original material. The 2008 EP Local Anesthesia was rated 17th favorite regional release by listeners of the local NPR station, WNCW, and the band was featured in a 2009 summer primer of bands not to miss in WNC Magazine. After a short hiatus, Earl is back with an extended, original rock and roll setlist and a band with phenomenal talent and experience.” David Earl and the Plowshares perform at Southern Appalachian Brewery, 822 Locust St., Hendersonville. 8 p.m.
• “Magnetic Midnight is a magical, mysterious, monthly event in which the best of The Magnetic Theatre meets the best of you,” according to The Magnetic Field. “Arrive at 10 p.m. to participate with an original script, song, dance or routine no more than five minutes long, or if you wish to act or direct. Up to 13 acts accepted as they appear. Each month we also have a featured act and an opening song which kicks off the evening. Magnetic Midnight usually sells out — so arrive early!” Show begins at 11 p.m. 372 Depot St. $5.
Saturday, Oct. 13
• Haywood Community College‘s Jammin’ at the Millpond will showcase the Appalachian heritage of WNC with bluegrass, molasses-making demonstrations, food, a car show, garden tours, a fishing clinic, children’s activities and areas for open jams (bring instruments). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info: 627-4522 or email@example.com.
• “To further explore our ‘Appalachian Heritage’ October theme at the Learning Center, and in the spirit of keeping our unique mountain culture alive in our children, we are preparing a fun day of old-time games, music, food and dance. Come down and visit yesteryear with us,” invites a page for Hot Springs’ Appalachian Heritage Festival. Featuring performances by Cassey Dreisson, creepy stories with Joe Penland, mountain ballads with Madison County Ballad Singers and a possible visit from storyteller Sheila K. Adams. Other events include a quilt show, biscuit and cornbread making contest, couples apple eating contest, cake walks, old-time dress up photo station, face painting, fall crafts, $5 haircuts on the porch, silent auction and raffles!” Held in downtown Hot Springs, between the Post Office and Harvest Moon. Noon-3 p.m.
• From Weekend Cult‘s bio, “The highly-acclaimed rap group sticks to what they know best, a lifestyle filled with mind-altering substances, late nights and women of questionable morals, while never straying too far from their Southern roots. With a refined and refreshing approach defined as psychedelic country rap tunes, you will not find a more entertaining and talented group of rappers. As Asheville’s super rap collective Gurp City South’s official four-man Death Squad, the Weekend Cult provides a genuinely entertaining and unforgettable experience every time they step on the stage. The quality of production and rap styles uniquely defines Weekend Cult as confidence and experience, easily noticeable for longtime fans and up-and-coming rap enthusiasts.” The group headlines a local hip-hop showcase at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave., featuring Crazyhorse and Colston and Whiskey and Daggers. 10 p.m. $8/$6 advance.