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9/30/2011 - Hot Entertainment Picks This Weekend
by Tony Kiss - Asheville Citizen Times

LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA!

Happy holidays

It's not too early to be thinking Christmas. Tickets are on sale today for The Christmas Music of Mannhein Steamroller Nov. 15 at the Asheville Civic Center. Prices are $47.50, $57.50 and $67.50 at the Civic Center box office and www.ticketmaster.com.

48 Hours

Spend this weekend with everybody's favorite playwright, William Shakespeare, at N.C. Stage Company's fourth annual Bard-a-Thon play reading. Starting at 8 tonight, performers will be reading Shakespeare classics around the clock through the same hour Sunday. It's free to watch, but they will happily to take a love offering at the door. You can also watch online at www.ncstage.org.

From Broadway to Waynesville

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre keeps landing big blockbusters from the Big Apple. Tonight, it's opening "The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee," about a middle school spelling bee, with the youngsters played by adults. Performance are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 6-8, 14-15 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 9 and 16 at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. Call 456-6322.

Beer Guy picks

Saturday is a great day for new Asheville beers. Green Man Brewing, 23 Buxton Ave., has a Hop Fest Tap Takeover from 2 p.m. until closing. They'll serve 14 small-batch highly hopped beers. They're $2 a pint.

Asheville Brewing releases the 2011 Moog Filtered Ale at the downtown location, 77 Coxe Ave.

And Highland Brewing will tap into its new pink brew at 6 p.m. at the tasting room, 12 Old Charlotte Highway. The Blood Gypsys perform.

Three films for free

See three great movies that were shot around Western North Carolina. The Asheville Film Festival features "Patch Adams" at 2 p.m., "28 Days" at 4:30 p.m. and "In Dreams" at 7:30 p.m., all at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Prepare for the parade

Get your applications in by Monday for the 65th annual Asheville Holiday Parade through downtown on Nov. 19. This year's theme is "Days Gone By." Download those forms at www.ashevilledowntown.org or get more at 628-2403 or 251-9973.

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