Asheville Events July 8-12: Comedian Mark Normand, Get Pop-Cultured, Astronomy Club of Asheville, Haunted Montford Stroll

Around-town-logoAsheville has some pretty spectacular events this weekend. Gaze at the night sky through a telescope, walk haunted historic streets, watch movies outside, laugh till it hurts, or cheer for Asheville’s all female roller derby league. Here’s a few things happening around town this weekend. Want us to know about your upcoming event? Email

Wednesday July 8:

Malaprop’s Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., will be starting a bi-monthly event called “I Am Enough,” a group discussion salon with Andrea Olson. During this event the public can come in for great conversation and contemplation surrounding the book, I Thought it Was Just Me (But it Isn’t) by Brene Brown. You don’t have to start with the first meeting, but can show up at any of the discussion groups. 7 p.m. Free.

Thursday July 9:

1960’s pop culture will be brought to life at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3 S. Tunnel Rd. Participate in trivia contest and giveaways during Get Pop-Cultured events this week. Dust off your comic knowledge and join pop culture reference collectors for the events starting with Comic Collectible Days this Thursday and culminating in a big event Saturday. For more information call 828-296-7335. 9 a.m. Free.

Friday July 10:

The Astronomy Club of Asheville will be having two star gazes open to the public this month. The first being July 10. However, due to its popularity, there may be a wait list. The gazes are held at different locations or observatories around Asheville and start a little before sunset. Visit the club website for more information, wait list sign up, weather and road conditions, and change in venue. The website is Free.

The alleyways of Asheville’s historic Montford come to life in a whole new way during Ghost Hunters of Asheville’s Haunted Montford Stroll. This 90-minute walk through your friendly neighborhood spirit territory will give you a look at the who’s who, where and how of the ghost world. This walk embarks from the Nine Mile Restaurant, 233 Montford Ave. Visit the website for more information and tickets at Walk leaves at 8:30 p.m. $20 adult, $13 children.

Asheville Parks and Recreation presents Movies in the Park 2015. Projected on a massive screen in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville, this night’s movie is Surf’s Up. Bring your friends, family, snacks, and a blanket to sit on. Movie begins at dusk. Free.

Saturday July 11:

Ready for another outdoor movie night? Wedge Brewing Company, 37 Paynes Way Suite 001, is having their Outdoor Cinema tonight and will show Big Fish. The 2003 film, starring Ewan McGregor, will be starting 15 minutes after sundown, weather permitting. Free.

Comedian Mark Normand (seen on Josh Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, Conan, NBC Last Comic Standing) will be at The Millroom, behind Asheville Brewing Company at 77 Coxe Ave., hosted by Funny Business. You’ll want to get your tickets early for these laughs. Normand’s been called Comedy Central’s Comic to Watch 2011, Esquire’s Best New Comedian 2012, and Village Voice’s Best Comedian of 2013, among other things. For more information and tickets visit the website Doors 6:30 p.m. Show 8:30 p.m. $15/$17.50 door. Show is intended for mature audiences.

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls have an old fashioned schoolyard brawl this weekend when they bout it out with the Carolina Wrecking Balls. Roller Derby bouts held at U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, For more information visit 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday July 12:

Interested in 50s music and weird cult films? The Crow and Quill is definitely interested in this combination. If you’re curious, or just want to do some Ultra Lounging, head to 106 N. Lexington Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

Montford Park Players brings you cross dressing twins, shipwrecks, and songs during Shakespeare’s musical comedy, Twelfth Night, Or What You Will. Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St. 7:30 p.m. Free.

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