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Thursday, July 8
Meet potter Lynn Jenkins at the Southern Highland Craft Guild, 10 a.m., Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Pkwy., Asheville. Jenkins will be demonstrating raku firing and wheel-thrown pottery techniques in the lobby. The event is free and part of an ongoing series of artist demos. Call for updates, 828-298-7928.
Friday, July 9
Three acres here, a postage stamp there, hot and sunny, steep and shady, well established, brand new. The diversity on display with this year’s Art in Bloom Garden Tour is a study in contrasts. Six gardens will be on display during 2021’s two-day Art in Bloom garden tour, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The gardens stretch from Black Mountain in the Settings to Cheshire to up Montreat Road and to the west end of North Fork. Tickets, $25. For information, visit blackmountainarts.org/artinbloom.
“INSIGHTS,” mixed media by Tarah Singh. Opening Reception, 5-7 p.m., Pink Dog Gallery, 348 Depot St., Asheville. Exhibit runs through Aug. 9. Singh is a humanitarian and her-storian. She believes that artists document the times in which they live; that art is a symbolic language for storytelling and educating. Each line, shape and color is meant to communicate. Her works are inspired by her own experiences and local mentors in her area such as Vadim Bora, Reed Todd, Jean Lindaberry and Henk Keifta. Singh’s work can be found in homes around the world. She is a person who values her community and encourages awareness of global issues. “Insights” is about her lens and life as a creative woman. Some of the work is interactive and gives the audience an opportunity to self-relate as they view the work.
Barn Door Ciderworks welcomes Landis Lacey as its kitchen guest from 4-8 p.m., 23 Lytle Road, Fletcher/Fairview. Each month the cidery invites a friend or family member who loves to cook to become chef for the weekend as they take control of the Barn Door kitchen to create one to three small bites that become part of the taproom menu. Check out Lacey’s Instagram to learn more about his approach to growing and cooking food – https://www.instagram.com/lutherlandross/.
The Tuxedo Junction band lights up the stage at the Blue Ghost Brewing Company from 6:30-8:30 p.m., 125 Underwood Road in Fletcher. The concert is free and will take place outside in the Firefly meadow stage area. For more information, visit https://www.fletchernc.org/departments/parks-and-
Head out to the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, Asheville for Brews and Bears, from 5:30-8 p.m. Beer will be provided by Highland Brewing; cider by Urban Orchard. Cecilia’s Kitchen food truck will be serving foods, and there will be Blunt pretzels and ice cream. The event is a great opportunity to learn about WNC bears. Music provided by Mix 96.5-FM. Tickets, $15 for Friends of WNC Nature Center; $20 for non-members.
Opening Night Beethoven Celebration, 7:30 p.m., Brevard Music Center, Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, 349 Andante Lane, Brevard. Conductor Keith Lockhart sets the stage for the 85th anniversary season with two of Beethoven’s greatest works and a new piece by Kennedy Center Composer-In-Residence Carlos Simon. Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Carolos Simon “Fate Now Conquers;” Ludwig Van Beethoven “Violin Concerto and “Symphony No. 7.” Tickets, $20-$80.
Saturday, July 10
“Finding the Light” opening reception for local painter David Sheldon, 4-6:30 p.m., Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery, 123 Roberts St., River Arts District, Asheville. Refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Meet the artist and learn about his creative process. Looking to nature during pandemic times has been Sheldon’s source for not only inspiration but a means to connect with something greater. Sheldon seeks out moments in nature that are charged with light, sometimes directly, sometimes subtly. For information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Kore” by Gabrielle Orcha opens on The Magnetic Theatre stage, 375 Depot St., Asheville. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m.; through July 24. Persephone is 29, unemployed, broke and trying to figure out what to do next. She’s living with her mother, who’s driving her crazy. Enter Hades — the attractive bad boy who might just offer the escape she needs. The question is, what is Persephone willing to give up for her freedom? Directed by Jessica Johnson. For information, visit www.themagnetictheatre.org.
Sunday, July 11
”Grimm’s Fairy Tales” at the Montford Park Players, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 24. Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., Asheville. Based on three of The Brothers Grimm’s most-loved fairy tales — “The Griffin,” “Rumpelstiltskin” and “The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces.” Filled with plenty of princesses and magical twists. Fun for the whole family. For information, visit montfordparkplayers.org, or call 828-254-5146.
Monday, July 12
Down Dog Yoga Studio & Dog Bar, 51 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Frenchies and their owners gather for fellowship during this one-of-a-kind meetup, 5-8 p.m. Bring your Frenchie, meet new friends, enjoy drink specials and a fun photo opportunity.
Tuesday July 13
The Asheville Tourists take on the Greenville Drive, 6:35-9:30 p.m. McCormick Field, 30 Buchanan Place, Asheville. BOGO night, buy one adult ticket, get one free with code: INGLES.
Wednesday, July 14
Vive Le France! Celebrate Bastille Day with a lawn picnic at the Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, 4-7 p.m. Live music by Albi & the Lifters, plus a performance by Elliott Hove. Bring a picnic blanket. Lawn games, food, beverages and a raffle. Tickets, $10 for ASCI members; $15 for non-members. Each ticket includes a free glass of wine. Visit https://ashevillesistercities.org/event/bastille-day-2021/#tribe-tickets.