This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, May 16

• Interested in catching some classical music without paying a high admission price? The Pan Harmonia chamber music series, whose mission is “to share great music with audiences of all ages,” will host a free open rehearsal in UNCA’s Reuter Center. 7 p.m. Info:  251-6140.

• “The time is near for one of the most iconic symbols of a summer vegetable garden,” begins a calendar entry on the Small Terrain website. “Come learn about all things tomato in preparation for this year’s crop. Whether you’re transplanting your seed starts or seeking information on which varieties to take home to your garden, this workshop will help you understand how to cultivate healthy, productive and delicious tomatoes in our region.” 278 Haywood Road. 6-8 p.m. Free.

• From a Clubland feature in this week’s Xpress, “Titus Andronicus is often billed as punk rock, but the New Jersey quintet’s anthemic, no-holds-barred take on in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll is far more nuanced than its favored genre would suggest. The band visits Asheville for a show at Emerald Lounge with The So So Glos and Junior Astronomers. 112 N. Lexington Ave. 9 p.m. $12.

Friday, May 17

• Does spring have you feeling nostalgic? Revisit a bygone era as the Reuter Center Singers host a free evening of music from the 1950s in UNCA’s Reuter Center. 3 p.m.

• The Twin Rivers Media Festival will feature animation, feature and narrative films, documentaries, short dramas and experimental films in the Courtyard Gallery, located on the top floor of the Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St. Fri., May 17 through Sun., May 19. See website for complete schedule.

Saturday, May 18

• “Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens and wild spaces in downtown West Asheville,” invites the Center for Holistic Medicine. “This event will take place from 10:30 a.m.-noon and is on rain or shine. It begins at the Center for Holistic Medicine, located at 779 Haywood Road in the heart of downtown West Asheville. The walk will be co-hosted by Nancy Hyton, licensed acupuncturist, certified herbalist and director of the Center, and Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism. The cost is $5 for adults (kids are free) and includes a free handout of local plants. Sign up in advance at the Center or come by the day of the event.” Info: 505-3174 or

• “Bring the kids and enjoy a couple hours of fun craft making with an under-the-sea twist,” invites an entry on the Haywood Country Arts Council‘s website. “The workshops will be 2-4 p.m. We have space for a maximum of 15 children, and parents with children from 4 to 7 years old are encouraged to stay during the workshop.” Held in conduction with Under the Sea, photography by Dr. John Highsmith. 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Free. Info and registration: 452-0593.

Asheville Greenworks and RiverLink invite the community to help clean streams and roads near the French Broad River. A social gathering will follow at the RiverLink Performance and Sculpture Plaza. Boats, canoes and kayaks are also needed. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, location and registration:

• The Hickory Nut Gap Farm Spring Open House will feature meat sampling, opportunities to meet the farmers, baby animals and more. “Learn what we do and why we do it.” Full farm tour begins at 1 p.m. 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info:

• “The Montford Music and Arts Festival is the largest one-day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina and will be in its 10th year of continuous operation in 2013,” according to its website. “The festival has grown to encompass two tree lined streets in the historic Montford community. … More than 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activities will be located on Montford Avenue and Soco Street, just down from the Asheville Visitors Center. Two stages, one on each street, will offer the perfect setting for non-stop entertainment and more than 20 bands and musical acts. The festival is an exciting way to experience the warmth and friendly atmosphere of one of Asheville’s most intriguing neighborhoods. A special bike corral will be set up again for our many bikers. Parking is throughout the neighborhood. While it is unlawful in Asheville to have pets on the street during a festival, we offer a Doggy Daycare so you can still enjoy the festival in case you forget to leave your pet at home.” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.


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