Thursday, Oct. 3
• “Our second season is wrapping up, and the only sensible thing to do is throw another party,” exclaims a post on the Oakley Farmers Market‘s website. “Join us October 3 during market hours (from 3:30–6:30 p.m.) for a lovingly prepared home cooked dinner from our vendors’ wonderful food. Stick around for a raffle drawing for gift baskets choc full of amazing gifts from our vendors, and tell the kids they have their own raffle drawing.” The celebration will also include pumpkin carving, farm animals, a scavenger hunt, fresh pressed apple cider, balloon art, face painting, live music and more. 607 Fairview Road. Free to attend; dinner by donation.
• The Odditorium will host a benefit for embattled local women’s clinic Femcare, featuring live music, auctions, food and more. Performers include folk duo Jen Duke and Kyle Campbell, local blues guitarist and songwriter Aaron ‘Woody’ Wood and electronic acts like Third Nature, KRI and J-Hecht. 1045 Haywood Road. 7 p.m. $5. All proceeds benefit FEMCARE.
• From the band’s bio, “If The Everly Brothers were invited to The Birthday Party, The Shine Brothers — a liberal dose of melodic mayhem — would be the party favor. Waving the ‘psych-my-delic’ banner, The Shine Brothers achieve an alchemic balance of slanted sunshine pop song structures with howling devilish rhythms, crowned by dirty, weaving vocal harmonies. The Shine Brothers’ ensemble includes Nate Ryan (ex Black Angels), Colin Ryan (ex Woven Bones), Oakley Munson (ex The Rondelles) and Ryan Rapsys (ex too-many-bands-to-name).” The recent Asheville transplants introduce themselves to the local scene this week with a show at The Double Crown, 375 Haywood Road, on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Both shows begin at 10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4
• Studio Zahiya, 90 1/2 Lexington Ave., hosts a women’s clothing swap to benefit youth dance scholarships, featuring a free hip-hop class demo with admission. 6 p.m. $5.
• “In horse pulled wagons stocked with a bicycle powered silent cinema, an Appalachian-balkan-brass-klezmer-dixieland-string ensemble, kinetic sculpture and their signature low-tech theater appliances, the newly formed Rural Academy Theater have staged their innovative performances in the town greens, theaters, college campuses and pastures of Western North Carolina,” explains the troupe’s website. “‘By not relying on gasoline powered propulsion or being dependent upon electricity and the typical expensive gadgetry associated with professional theater, we will be traveling and performing at a much more human pace, one that will allow for a more thorough integration into the communities and lives we visit,’ says Gabriel Harrell, the theater’s co-founder. “Central to the theater’s mission is to celebrate and call attention to the rural, in opposition to the global, urbanization of our culture, economy, food, media, education and art.” Catch The Rural Academy Theater Friday on the main quad of Mars Hill College. 7 p.m. Free.
• From a Smart Bet in this week’s issue, “Local psychedelic/indie-rock trio Doc Aquatic is no stranger to recorded music: the group’s Bandcamp page boasts three EPs — Memories, Distance Means and, most recently, the three-song offering Tombs. The band (brothers JC and Zack Hayes on guitar and drums, respectively, and Charles Gately on bass and synthesizers) has expanded Tombs to nine tracks for its first full-length. An early listen shows a collective that’s matured into its sound. Doc Aquatic has always had a grip on controlled chaos — on Tombs, JC’s voice dips and soars, sometimes under layers of reverb, sometimes with minimal effects. Guitars range from shimmery to grungy, while drums are a riot of energy. Songs like ‘Sonic,’ with its glimmery chord progressions and resonant production, diminish the distance between edgy experimentalism and alt-pop acumen. Doc Aquatic holds an album release show at Emerald Lounge on Friday, Oct. 4. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Shook Foil and Wyla also perform. $5.” Alli Marshall
Saturday, Oct. 5
• Forest Festival Day at the Cradle of Forestry will feature crafters, exhibitors, forestry students, entertainers, blacksmiths and an intercollegiate lumberjack competition. Route 276, Pisgah National Forest. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $6/$3 for children 15 and under and pass holders/children under four free.
• “The mission of the True Nature Country Fair is to celebrate a life lived in connection with the Earth,” begins the event’s mission statement. “The celebration is designed in collaboration with local individuals, organizations and businesses to offer experiential education that will raise awareness of sustainable living and build a community with ecological resilience. True Nature seeks to plant seeds of awareness that sprout into ideas and actions that change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. … The exhibit areas include a farmers market, energy and shelter, health and healing, social and political action and crafts. The education component includes workshops on gardening, farming and homesteading, plus nature walks, a children’s program and small livestock displays.” Held at Highland Lake Cove in Flat Rock. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10/$3 kids under 12.
• “Don’t miss this year’s festival in the heart of downtown Asheville,” urges an event page for the 2013 Blue Ridge Pride Festival in Pack Square Park. “We’ve grown again and added another street to the festival footprint! Inside that area we included an Adult Fun Zone for 18 and up to have their own fun: mechanical bull, bouncy houses, silent disco and more all in one place. In addition to that, we’ve beefed up the Pride experience for our younger festival goers. Check out Youth Pride with poetry slam, improv, carney games, bouncy houses and live entertainment in the parking lot of the Renaissance Hotel. Stop by one of the more than 100 vendors and organizations located in the heart of the festival footprint! And of course we’re bringing you some great entertainment from local, regional and national artists to keep you moving throughout the day.” Noon-7 p.m. in Pack Square Park. Free. More info available here.
• From a post by John Schacht in advance of the band’s appearance at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival, “Lonnie Walker frontman Brian Corum’s lyrics are a tangled torrent of stream-of-consciousness observations whose opacity defies easy translation. But, to borrow a title from one of the band’s intriguing blends of guitar-centric roots and indie fare, it somehow ‘Feels Like Right,’ and what began as a solo vehicle has morphed into a great Raleigh-based quintet renowned for the kind of joyfully sloppy throw-downs critical to any festival experience. Corum can take a twangy life-on-the-road trope like the one underpinning ‘Compass Comforts’ — from his band’s sparkling 2009 debut These Times Old Times — and chronicle the emotional toll without losing sight of the youthful elan that so many roots rockers exclude just to make their added-gravitas point.” The band visits Asheville for a show at Apothecary, 38 Market St., with Asheville’s own Kovacs and the Polar Bear, Triangle-based Lilac Shadows and saxophone improvisationist Jonah Parzen Johnson. 8:30 p.m. $5.