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Hot Picks: What's happening in Asheville and WNC



5/27/2011 - Hot Picks: What's happening in Asheville and WNC
by Tony Kiss

TONS of things to do in the mountains over the Memorial Day weekend!  Check out the information and links below to see what everyone will be out and about doing this holida weekend across Western North Carolina!



Chill out at the breweries

It's Memorial Day weekend, the unofficially start of summer, so what better place to get the party going than one of the local breweries? Take your pick:

o Pisgah Brewing, 150 Eastside Dr., is proving to be one of the area's hot music venues this year. On Saturday, Grammy-nominated, Dove-winning signer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp plays, with Ed Snodderly opening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door, $45 VIP admission. On Sunday, Pisgah has the Infamous Stringdusters, the Black Lillies and Brushfire Stankgrass. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 gate, $50 VIP.

o Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, has Cutthroat Shamrock playing at 6 tonight, and fresh off their gig at Downtown After Five last week, it's Bayou Diesel with Louisiana dance music at 6 p.m. Saturday.

o Craggie Brewing, 197 Hilliard Ave., has John Ball and Robert Henderson tonight at 6 and The Drawltrings at 8. On Saturday, it's Circus Mutt at 6 p.m. and Shorty Can't Eat Books at 8 p.m.

o French Broad Brewing, 101 Fairview Road, is a cozy place to see early shows. Taylor Martin's Engine fires up at 6 tonight. On Saturday, it's Grace Adele and the Grand Band.

o Lexington Avenue Brewery, 39. N. Lexington Ave. has the Hypsies and Jahman Brahman at 10 tonight ($5). On Saturday, it's The Devil Horns Kill the Matador, with Banned Books and Hello Hugo.

o Got your Beer City festival tickets yet? They're just about gone, but check at the breweries about availability. The festival is June 4 on Roger McGuire Green in downtown Asheville.

Brahms and the blues

The Classicopia series has something special this weekend with a performance including the Brahms Horn Trio and bluesy works by Gershwin, Ravel and African-American composer William Grant Still. The players are the fast-rising young violinist Rachel Patrick, French horn player John Reem, and pianist Daniel Weiser. H ear it at 7 tonight at White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road in Black Mountain, or at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the acoustically grand Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St. in Asheville

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Celtic collision

Take a fiery fiddle, add a groovy guitar and that's Grammy nominee Liz Carroll and Ireland's own Daithi Sproule, doing grand Celtic music at 8 tonight at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place on Pack Square. Tickets are $30. Call 257-4530.

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Garden party

It's time to get that garden going. The place to start is the 18th annual Garden Jubilee, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in downtown Hendersonville. More than 200 vendors will line Main Street, selling annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs and lots more. Bring along a wagon or cart to tote your plants back to the car. But leave pets at home, please.

Puppet power

The Red Herring Puppets do an original version of "Aesop's Fables," at 2 p.m. Saturday at White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road in Black Mountain. This is a good bet for families. Tickets are $7 at the door.


Fabulous folk

Finish the long weekend with the Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Little River Road in Flat Rock. Performers include the Buddy Davis Band and the famed folk singer John McCutcheon. Admission is free.

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