Thursday, June 27
• Learn more about the structures that surround us yet often go unnoticed as “two legendary Asheville architects discuss the impact of Modernism on Western North Carolina” during Modernist Asheville, “a conversation with Jim Samsel and John Rogers.” Hosted by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway St. 7:30 p.m. $10.
• When people hear Nashville, they tend to think country, ten-gallon hats and two-for-one cowboy boots. But Music City’s Space Capone is about as far from country as it gets. This seven-to-eight member powerhouse of ‘70s-inspired funk, soul and R&B comes complete with a full horn section and choreographed, dancing backup singers. The band brings its retro stylings to Wild Wing Cafe, 161 Biltmore Ave. 9 p.m. $5.
Friday, June 28
• Get a sneak peak at the Asheville Lyric Opera‘s upcoming performance of Carousel as participants of its summer artists training program perform excerpts from the production in UNCA’s Manheimer Room. 11 a.m. Free.
• From a Malaprop’s event page, “Poet and novelist Travis Nichols will read from his second novel, The More You Ignore Me, a story that unfolds in the realm of blogs. Emily Gould (And the Heart Says Whatever) says, ‘With this hilarious and tragic novel, Travis Nichols has captured the menace and pathos and ridiculousness and dead-seriousness of the Internet so well that now I feel a little bit concerned for him.’” More on the novel, from Malaprop’s, “A habitual interloper crashes a wedding blog in this darkly comic novel of Internet obsession, unrequited love and isolation.” 55 Haywood St. 7 p.m. Free.
• From a Facebook page announcing the tour, “Alligator Indian and Oulipo are once again going out on tour together. This time, they journey northward from Asheville up the East Coast as they make their way to FMLY FEST BOSTON. Along the way, they’ll be spreading the word about Apothecary and connecting with other like-minded community energizers and fellow DIY/DIT champions.” The bands kick off their two-week jaunt with a show at the previously mentioned Apothecary, 39 S. Market St. 9 p.m. Donations appreciated.
• Check out the latest edition to Asheville’s hip-hop scene as Philo, a brand new collective featuring live instrumentation and a “supergroup of Asheville talent,” makes its debut at One Stop Deli and Bar. Razor and Blade open. 10 p.m. Free.
Saturday, June 29
• Nationally syndicated radio host Andy Schneider, aka The Chicken Whisperer, visits Asheville for a live broadcast and backyard chicken workshop at Tractor Supply Company, 1132 Old Brevard Road. 10 a.m.-noon. Free.
• Learn simple strategies that could save your life as Blue Ridge Parkway rangers lead a program on wilderness skills with the Linville Central Rescue K-9 Team at Linville Falls Campground Amphitheater, MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: 765-2681.
• From a Smart Bet in this week’s Xpress, “Orchestral folk-pop outfit River Whyless may be local, but it’s hard to catch the band on an Asheville stage. In fact, this week’s West Asheville performance will be the band’s only show on home turf for 2013. But it promises to be a good one: The band will perform new songs it’s written for its upcoming album. There will also be a photography show (the group put out a call to artists for a collection called ‘River Whyless Photo book’) featuring the works of Molly Milroy, Samantha Carter, Lauren Van Epps and Miranda Maynard. The event takes place at Isis on Saturday, June 29 with James Wallace & the Naked Light. 9 p.m., $8/$10.”
Story by Alli Marshall
• ”Baptist Generals’ sophomore album was 10 years in the making, but fans and critics agree that Jackleg Devotion to the Heart‘s rough-around-the-edges take on experimental folk and indie rock was worth the decade it took to materialize, with Aquarium Drunkard calling it ‘somewhere between an inebriated Isaac Brock field recording and a long-lost Jeff Mangum bedroom cassette,’” begins a Clubland feature in this week’s issue. The Denton, Texas-based outfit plays Emerald Lounge on Saturday, June 29. Decent Lovers and Doc Aquatic open.