Get your Thanksgiving relaxation started early with a weekend chock full of fun events. From holiday light shows to gallery openings, costume party extravaganzas, yoga kirtans and storytelling festivals – this weekend is jam packed! Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events!
Winter Wonderland Opening Festivities
FR (11/18), 5-8pm – Winter Wonderland opening with music by the Asheville Symphony Chorus, story time, photos with Santa Claus and lighting celebration. Free to attend. Held at the Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave.
3rd FRIDAYS, 5-8pm – Self-guided tour of artist studios in Hendersonville and Flat Rock. Free to attend.
Beer City Science Pub: ‘Hop Into Beer’
FR (11/18), 5:30-8pm – Beer City Science Pub: “Hop Into Beer,” presentation by Scott Jennings, head brewer at Sierra Nevada, about hops cultivation, use and importance. Free to attend. Held at the Asheville Museum of Science, 42 Patton Ave.
The Punctuative Power of the Final Image – Artist Talk
FR (11/18), 6pm – “The Punctuative Power of the Final Image,” presentation by filmmaker Monté Patterson. $5. Held at Firestorm Cafe, 610 Haywood Road
‘A Thousand Cranes’
FRIDAYS through SUDAYS (11/11) until (11/20) – A Thousand Cranes, presented by Studio 52. Fri.: 7pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $10-$18. Held at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., Flat Rock
‘Abandoned London Pub: 1880′ Anam Cara Fundraiser
FR (11/18), 7:30pm – Proceeds from the “Abandoned London Pub: 1880″ costumed fundraising event with silent auction and performances benefit Anam Cara Theatre Company. $12/$10 advance. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B
‘Innocent & Ethereal: The Visionary Work of Paul Lancaster’
FR (11/18) through SU (3/5) – “Innocent & Ethereal: The Visionary Work of Paul Lancaster,” exhibition. Reception: Friday, Nov. 18, 5:30-7:30pm. Held at the Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Ave. N.E., Hickory
The Village Potters Fifth Anniversary Event
SA (11/19), 4-8pm – Fifth Anniversary event with demonstrations, raku firing, kiln opening and raffle prizes. Registration: firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to attend. Held at The Village Potters, 191 Lyman St., #180
Gratitude Kirtan Fundraiser for Light a Path
SA (11/19), 7-8:30pm – Proceeds from the “Gratitude Kirtan Fundraiser” with live music benefit Light a Path. Admission by monetary donation or with a gently used or new yoga mat. Held at One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave., 3rd Floor
‘The Nightmare WASP’
SA (11/19), 7:30pm – TheatreUNCA presents The Nightmare WASP. $12. Held in the Carol Belk Theatre.
‘A Christmas Carol’
WEDNESDAYS through SUNDAYS (11/17) until (12/17) – A Christmas Carol. Wed. & Thurs.: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $15-$40. Held at Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Highway 225, Flat Rock
Asheville Symphony Masterworks: ‘Rhapsody in Blue’
SA (11/19), 8pm – Masterworks Series: ‘Rhapsody in Blue ,’ featuring pianist Conrad Tao and selections from Copland, Diamond and Gershwin. $22 and up. Held at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St.
Rock Doll Vintage Benefit for Animal Rescue Efforts
SA (11/19), 8-11:30pm – Proceeds raised at this anniversary party with refreshments and live music by Ouroboros Boys benefit Pinups for Pitbpinulls. Free to attend. Held at Cork & Keg, 86 Patton Ave.
‘In the Soundless Awe’
WEDNESDAY through SUNDAY (11/16) until(11/20) – In the Soundless Awe. Wed.-Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $16/$11 faculty and seniors/$10 students. Held in Hoey Auditorium at Western Carolina University
Tellabration! A Worldwide Storytelling Event
SU (11/20), 3pm – “Tellabration! A Worldwide Storytelling Event,” hosted by the Asheville Storytelling Circle. $10. Held at the Folk Art Center, MP 382, Blue Ridge Parkway
Winter Lights Exhibition
FR (11/18) through SU (1/1), 6-10pm – “Winter Lights,” outdoor holiday lights exhibition. $18/$16 children under 12/Free children under 4. Held at the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way