This weekend on a shoestring

Thursday, Oct. 10

• Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions with a close listening of the album, followed by discussion, at The Cathedral of All Souls’ Zabriskie Hall, 9 Swan St. $5 includes free beer, wine and light fare. Proceeds benefit Homeward Bound’s Room in the Inn program.

• “We’re coming together and doing the only thing we know how — make jokes — to raise money for Xander, a tough little 2-year-old battling acute lymphoblasic leukemia,” begins an event page for an upcoming comedy benefit. “Xander Kai Valentin just turned 2 years old … He is currently in remission, but there are just enough cancerous cells remaining that he continues to go through chemotherapy every few weeks. The treatments can get very difficult, but it’s very rare that he doesn’t have a smile on his face. It’s one of those smiles that makes everyone fall in love with him instantly and keeps his mother strong. We’re raising money to help with medical bills and to show our support to his mom and throw some love to the littlest member of our comedy community.” Memphis-based comedian Mo Alexander headlines the event at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road. $10; all proceeds support medical expenses.

Friday, Oct. 11

Anam Cara Theater Company hosts a two-night, sideshow-themed cabaret show featuring a variety of performances and a cash bar with beer from Hi-Wire Brewing. 203 Haywood Road. 8 p.m. $10.

•  Browse local art and mingle with the artists at Riverview Station Celebration, a collaboration between River Arts District artists at 191 Lyman St. More, from the facility’s website, “Home to 310 Art Gallery, Antiques at Riverview Station, Companion Dog Training School and a vast variety of artists and businesses, Riverview Station provides a variety of artist studios for rent in addition to studio space for businesses ranging from small renovated or rustic studios to larger studios up to 5,000 square feet. There are two entrances welcoming people to stroll this historic structure built in 1902. As visitors drive up Meadow Road from the Biltmore Estate, or drive down Lyman Street, Riverview Station serves as the southern gateway to the River Arts District.” 11am-3pm. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 12

• “Little Red is ridin’ into your ‘hood’ and the Big Bad Wolf is working double-time in this twisted tangle of tales performed with puppets,” according to a Diana Wortham Theatre page for the Asheville Puppetry Alliance‘s production of The Big Bad Little Red Pig Show. “Two childhood favorites have been cleverly ‘squished’ together with just one Big Bad Wolf to share in all the hilarious fun! We huffed and puffed new life into this production through the use of rod puppets, hand puppets, clever music and an original script.” 2 S. Pack Square. 11 a.m. $8.

Slice of Life comedy showcase celebrates its two-year anniversary this weekend with a performance at The Orange Peel featuring headliner Jarrod Harris, local food and music by Mystery Cult. 101 Biltmore Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8/$10.

• From a Smart Bet in this week’s Xpress, “New West Asheville listening room The Mothlight throws open its doors this Saturday! OK, the venue actually holds its inaugural show on Friday, Oct. 11, with singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. But the grand opening is Saturday, Oct. 12, with two artists who are pushing their individual envelopes. Angel Olsen, who came through Asheville in the past with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, recently released her sophomore album, Half Way Home, on local label Bathetic Records. Former Xpress editor Jaye Bartell shares the bill, bringing his ambient, guitar-driven cantos to the mix. The local poet and singer-songwriter is releasing his Headway Recordings album, Loyalty, at the show. Think Velvet Underground meets Emily Dickinson. His backing band is Emily Easterly on drums and J Seger on bass. 8 p.m. $10.” 701 Haywood Road. Alli Marshall



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