Thursday, Nov. 7
• Halloween may be over, but getting a little scared is always fun. Learn how Alfred Hitchcock spooked viewers as Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St., presents “The Special Effects of Hitchcock,” with excerpts from notable works and a discussion of film techniques. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 250-4717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The UNCA percussion ensemble, directed by Matthew Richmond, will perform at the university’s Lipinsky Hall auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $5/students free.
Friday, Nov. 8
• Learn more about volunteer opportunities and restoration projects as the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy hosts an open house and tour of its stream restoration and mitigation bank project site at the group’s community farm in Alexander. Info and directions: email@example.com or 253-0095.
• NYS3 Acting Conservatory hosts a musical karaoke night featuring selections from Rent, The Book of Mormon, Spring Awakening, Les Mis and more. Light refreshments available. 2002 Riverside Drive, Studio 42-O. 7-9 p.m. Free.
• “UNCA’s Dance Program will host its 16th annual benefit performance, ‘Everybody Can-Can,’ at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, in Lipinsky Auditorium,” according to a university news release. “The evening will feature premiere performances showcasing the rich variety of dance at UNCA in technique, composition and repertory. More than 70 dancers from the university and community will perform in many genres, including contemporary, Middle Eastern, ballet and jazz.” 7:30 p.m. $5 or four non-perishable items for Manna FoodBank.
• “The coast is calling, and Shannon Whitworth is packed and ready,” begins the Brevard-based singer-songwriter’s bio. “If her first two albums were cross-country treks (and they were, taking her across the U.S. and Canada in support of Chris Isaak and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band), High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind, Whitworth’s new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new. … Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the sea that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition.” Catch Whitworth at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road. 9 p.m. $12 in advance.
Saturday, Nov. 9
• From a N.C. Arboretum press release, “The high-tech treasure hunt activity known as geocaching is gaining popularity in the mountains of Western North Carolina and around the world. On Saturday, Nov. 9, The North Carolina Arboretum will host Geocaching Day, offering families, individuals and groups an opportunity to take part in an outdoor adventure. By using a handheld GPS unit, along with coordinates downloaded from www.geocaching.com, geocaching enthusiasts can solve clues to find one of more than 2,247,000 geocaches located around the world. These geocaches contain a log book and pencil for recording the find, and often include trinkets that can be traded out as a memento of the experience.” 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free with $8 parking fee.
• “Come celebrate Harvest Season with family and friends on a mountain island in Marshall, N.C., with fresh North Carolina seafood, live music and local craft beer,” invites a page for the upcoming N.C. Fresh Catch Festival. “On Nov. 9, from 1-9 p.m., Blannahassett Island will become an oasis of fresh N.C. flavor as N.C. Fresh Catch returns with RiverLink to celebrate its second annual seafood, music and beer festival. Menu items include oysters, clams, smoked and grilled fish and a Deep South boil by local chefs and more. Craft beer from N.C. breweries will be on site, along with daylong music performances by regional artists.” $8/$6 in advance. Food and drink sold separately.
• Experimental, avant-metal outfit Kayo Dot has gone through many incarnations and lineups over the years, but no matter how much the band evolves, one thing remains constant: Kayo Dot is dedicated to pushing the envelope. The group’s incomprehensible time signatures, classical instrumentation, drone-y atmospherics, explosive guitars and an unwavering sense of musical adventure are one of a kind. The Boston-based band plays The Mothlight, 701 Haywood Road, with local trailblazers Ahleuchatistas. 9:30 p.m. $8/$10.