6/10/2011 - Asheville's Hot Picks: Entertainment highlights for WNC
by Tony Kiss - Asheville Citizen Times
ENJOY A GREAT WEEKEND HERE IN THE MOUNTAINS! So much to do in Western North Carolina!
The great outdoors
There's no reason to stay inside this weekend, other than the air conditioning. Why not visit some of the local breweries?
Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Highway, opens its long-awaited outdoor stage this weekend. Tonight, Dave Desmelik performs, and on Saturday, it's the Lyndsay Wojcik Band, both shows 6-8 p.m. and free. Highland has beer taps and portable restroom at the stage. Or chill out in the tasting room. www.highlandbrewing.com
Pisgah Brewing, 150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, has a free show by Chalwa at 8 tonight. On Saturday, the outdoor stage is buzzing with the Blues, Brews and Cruise Festival. There's a free car show 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and music 6:30-11p.m. by Sugar Blue, Damon Fowler, Shane Pruitt Band, and Peggy Ratusz and Daddy Long Legs. It's a benefit for CarePartners Hospice and the Asheville Humane Society. Tickets are $25 general admission, $50 VIP. http://pisgahbrewing.com
Start this weekend with Asheville's very own Feral Chihuahuas. They're doing a new show, "Keywords" at 8 tonight and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. Tickets are $10 online at feralchihuahuas.com or $13 at the door.
"The Dixie Swim Club" is making waves this weekend at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 Walnut St. Written by the celebrated Asheville playwright team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, it's about five former members of a college swim team who still get together once a year on the Outer Banks. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sunday through June 19. Call 254-1320.
Performance the park
The Air National Guard Band of the South plays at 7-10 p.m. at Pack Square Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy some free music, presented by the Pack Square Park Conservancy.
In the 1970s, '80s and into the early '90s, McDibbs in Black Mountain was the area's hottest music room. Starting tonight, the venue will be celebrated with a series of monthly shows at White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Road ,Black Mountain. Performing first is the famed puppeteer Hobey Ford at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit www.mcdibbs.com and www.whitehorseblackmountain.com.
The timing is perfect for a Civil War re-enactment, since this year is the 150th anniversary of the start of the conflict. The Vance Birthplace on Reems Creek Road in Weaverville is hosting the 26th N.C. Regiment10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The weekend includes drills, concerts, patriotic speeches and a flag presentation. Admission is free.
Singer-songwriter Amy Speace plays the next Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse show at 7-9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Charlotte Street and Edwin Place. She has been hailed by USA TODAY and National Public Radio. Admission is $15, $8 students. Call 299-4171.