Metro Asheville Selections, June 3-9 2015
By Shannon Kemp
It’s a weekend of acting, art and wrestling. From a Downtown Asheville art walk to a cabaret drawing class, Asheville is serving up the visual and performing arts this weekend with gusto. Add a dash of punk, rock, and nerdy hip-hop for spice. Here’s a list of a few things happening midweek to the weekend.
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Wednesday June 3
Take it easy this Wednesday with ukulele and guitar duo Victor and Penny. Boogie to their old world, jazzy style music at Crow and Quill, 106 North Lexington Ave. 9 p.m. $5-$10 suggested donation.
Thursday June 4
Grab your sketchpad, find your favorite Speed Racer fan, and get your anti-art school groove on with Dr. Sketchy’s Asheville cabaret drawing class at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood. Join Queen April, Miso Darling and Plucky Chicken for scandalous figure drawing, wicked fun, and a tribute to Speed and Trixie. Go, Speed Chicken. Go. 18 and over. 6:30 p.m. $7 or $5 with student ID. Bring your own supplies.
Friday June 5
It’s the first Friday of the month, and that means a free art walk through Ashville’s Art District. Home to artists of all media and forms, Asheville boasts more than 20 galleries that showcase photography, glass art, folk and contemporary, textiles and more. 5-8 p.m. Free.
You know something funny is bound to happen with fairy kings, donkey-headed men, and mistaken love. Asheville’s Montford Park Players perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream during their summer season of Shakespeare held at Hazel Robinson Ampitheatre. The laughs start at 7:30 PM. Free.
William Fitzsimmons plays at The Mothlight, 701 West Haywood Rd. 21 and over. Find tickets at www.ticketfly.com. Show 9 p.m. $12-$15.
Saturday June 6
Summer is a perfect time for Shakespeare in the park. Long, lazy days and cool nights provide the right atmosphere for Thee’s and Thou’s and Thither’s. So, get thee hence and head to Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre when Montford Park Players perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7:30 p.m. Free.
The all-female wrestling team, Gore Gore Luchadores get bad-ass in the ring for a good cause at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood. This time they are fighting the good fundraising fight for the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, which brings health services and prevention to people regardless of circumstance or condition. Music provided by The Last Word Benders and their nerdy hip-hop, Sext Message’s sexy synth-pop, Sulfur the Starfighter Rapper, and Red Jesse’s futurefolk hearthop. For more information about NCHRC visit www.nchrc.org. Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. $5.
Sunday June 7
It’s cookout season. But, before you fire up the grill and break out the barbecue sauce, get pro tips from 12 Bone Smokehouse’s head chef Shane Heavner during a book signing and dish tasting event at Barnes & Noble, 33 Town Square Blvd. Purchase a signed copy of the Mountain BBQ Cookbook just in time for Father’s Day. 2-4 p.m. Free.
Monday June 8
Get ready for some acting, improv, voice over and film making workshops. The New York Studio of Stage and Screen, or NYS3, 2002 Riverside Dr., presents its 2015 Summer Intensive Free Workshop Series. The series starts June 8 and goes until June 11. Choose from classes like Broadway dance, the business of acting and independent filmmaking. Register for classes or for more information visit www.nys3.com. 3 p.m.- 8 p.m. Free.
Want to know the secret to bursting onto the silver screen? Hollywood Talent Manager Wendy Alane Wright presents “How to be a Star Right Where You Are” at NYS3, 2002 Riverside Dr. Wright has written five books and taught countless performing artists the secrets to starting an acting career. Register at www.nys3.com. 3p.m.-6p.m. $30.
Tango Music Monday at the Crow and Quill, 106 North Lexington Ave. Just listen or try your feet at dancing. 9 p.m. Donations for performers accepted.
Tuesday June 9
The old-timey punk, hillbilly “gut rock”, drum-kicking band Skunk Ruckus plays at Wedge Brewing Company, 37 Paynes Way. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Odd Comedy Open Mic strikes again at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood. Music by Meridian and the Glory Hole Singers. Hilarity starts at 9 p.m. Comedy show Free.