Fall is here, Halloween approaches and one of the funnest weekends of the post-summer year is upon us. Craft market, art sale, gallery opening, free concert with Galactic, fiber fair and two fabulous nerd-friendly events I will NOT be missing: a talk by media artist David McConville and a UNCA stargaze honoring Galileo Galilei. AND the Mountain X Best of WNC blast at the OP, complete with this superb drag queen shown above! Yay Asheville!
This weekend anyone who doesn't have fun in this town has a problem, and we here at BlogAsheville cannot help you. Grab your purple wigs and get with it, people.
Arts for Life & Crafts Market
Fri-Sat, Oct. 22-24
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
30 Cedarcliff Road in Biltmore Forest
"Start your holiday shopping early and support a meaningful cause! Arts For Life Asheville will present its first annual Arts and Crafts Market October 22, 23, & 24 in Biltmore Forest to raise funds that will benefit thousands of children facing medical challenges. The market will feature pottery, textiles, jewelry and many other great craft items donated by artists and community members from all over Western North Carolina. The entire proceeds from the sale will be used to provide hundreds of hours of art lessons to young patients and their siblings."
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
Thu.-Sun., Oct. 23-25
WNC Ag Center
"SAFF is a weekend event which showcases fiber producing animals: sheep, llamas, Angora goats and rabbits, and alpacas. Hands-on workshops in weaving, spinning, knitting, felting and dyeing are offered. A variety of vendors will be carrying fiber arts supplies and unique finished garments and goods. WNC Agriculture Center, across from Asheville Airport."
Galilean Nights Stargaze on the UNCA Quad (weather permitting!)
Fri-Sat, Oct. 23-24
"As part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (commemorating the 400th anniversary of the use of a telescope), members of the Astronomy Club of Asheville will have telescopes set up on the UNC-Asheville Quad on the nights of Oct. 23rd and 24th, Friday and Saturday nights, from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.. Weather permitting you will be able to come either night to observe Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons, the waxing crescent moon, the Andromeda Galaxy, and many stars and sparkling star clusters. Mark your calendars and come by for a view of the heavens above."
Grupo Fantasma & the Afromotive at the Orange Peel
Friday Oct. 23
8 p.m./9 p.m.
Latin horns, then Ashevillestyle Afrobeat funk.
Seduction Sideshow: Grotesque Burlesqe
Friday Oct. 23
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Club 828, 64 Carter St.
"The Seduction Sideshow is back on the stage with their hilariously sexy blend of burlesque, circus sideshow, and vaudeville for a Halloween inspired show. With special guests including Theatre de Fetiche, 40 Fingers and a Missing Tooth, and some boo-tiful new members, this performance promises to be absolutely spook-tacular!"
Cecil Bothwell fall festival event at Hanger Hall
pumpkin carving and bonfire at 31 Park Ave. N. in Chicken Hill
Friday, Oct. 23
From Cecil himself:
We want to keep the party in politics, and it's time for a good, old-fashioned fall bash. We're going to have a bonfire at Hanger Hall and you and your children and your pumpkins are invited! Cider, cookies, hay bales, kid-safe pumpkin carving tools ... we'll get the stuff together ... but we need you!
Echo Gallery opening (new art cooperative!)
6-9 p.m. Friday.
8 Town Square, Suite 160, Biltmore Park.
Textile art, pottery, painting, ceramic sculpture, photography.Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
From artist Genie Maples, who generously donated one of her works to the Blogapalooza raffle:
"Good food, good drink, good art, good time! And eight of my brand new paintings."
Asheville Green Drinks with David McConville
Friday Oct. 23
Bobo Gallery, 22 N. Lexington
TEDxAVL's own David McConville, the Obama of our fine city's media artists, presents new initiatives that have been submitted to the the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, a yearly $100K award that supports the development and implementation of strategies that have significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems.
Eliada Haunted Corn Maze
$8 adults, $5 children
The 1-acre Eliada Corn Maze in West Asheville turns spooky after 6 p.m. this weekend with a little help from the UNCA drama department (before 6, it's just autumn fun in the corn). Hay rides and pumpkins, too.
There are three mazes, one that takes only about 10 minutes for wee ones, another that takes about 45 minutes, and another that takes a good 90 minutes at least.
Asheville 350 Gathering for Climate Change Awareness
Saturday Oct 24
Events all day regarding "an ambitious, fair, and binding global climate deal," including a 2 p.m. rally in front of City Hall and a 3:30 photo stunt that'll look something like this:
Learn more by clicking here.
Ursula Gullow Studio Sale (cheap art from a great local artist!)
Saturday Oct. 24
top floor of the Phil Mechanic
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
From Pollinate Asheville:
Ursula Gullow has been sharing a studio with friend Steve Brown in the River Arts District for a year on November 1. In celebration — and with hopes of clearing out some of the creative baggage that has accumulated over the last year – she is hosting a studio sale on October 24th. There will be food and drinks and give aways (like art magazines and art materials.)
She will also be selling her creative “experiments” (collages/drawings) at hyper affordable prices. her paintings, and prints of them, will be for sale. All prices are negotiable, BUT there is no need to buy anything – she asks: “just show up and put a smile on my face.”
Just Because You're Asheville free concert
Saturday Oct. 24
first band 1 p.m., last band 7:30 p.m.
Free concert with Galactic, Larry Keel, Dubconscious, Soulgrass Rebellion and the Jaime McLean Band, and more. Local food and crafts, plenty of local beers and featured wines.
Mountain Xpress Best of WNC bash at the Orange Peel
Sunday Oct. 25
Food from The Lobster Trap, Mela, Doc Chey's, Jersey Mikes, Mamacita's, Asheville Brewing Company, Rosetta's Kitchen, Jack of the Wood, City Bakery Cafe, Wasabi, Laughing Seed, Tomato Cucina Latina and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge [HELLZ YEAH]. Llive music from Skinny Legs and All and the Firecracker Jazz Band, plus "a raffle, a slide show, art by Gabriel Shaffer and more on the bill, but perhaps the best part of all this best-ness is that the evening benefits best do-gooder group MANNA FoodBank. A barrel will be available at the event to collect canned and nonperishable food items; proceeds from the event will also be donated to MANNA."
I'm likely hitting at least 4-6 of these, time and energy permitting. See you out and about in the 'ville!