Howdy, folks! It's the first official weekend of summer. How will you be celebrating? We've got a few suggestions, including our featured event of the weekend—the theatrical performance emersion.
Party with a Purpose @ the Boathouse
Join the Asheville Affiliates at the Smoky Park Supper Club's Boathouse to celebrate nine non-profits. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
Pieces of Tangier with Jenny Roberts @ the BLOCK off Biltmore
Filmmaker Jenny Roberts presents Pieces of Tangier, her documentary about a barrier island community in Virginia that is being lost to erosion. Q&A to follow; check out the trailer below.
Presentation: Robert Motherwell @ BMCM+AC
A discussion with Jerald Melberg of Charlotte's Jerald Melberg Gallery and the Dedalus Foundation (Robert Motherwell Estate) in conjunction with the BMCM+AC's summer exhibition, "Robert Motherwell: The Quiet + the Wild." Free for members and students, $5 for non-members.
Science Pub: At the Interface @ the Collider
Charles Floyd, a freelance designer and the former art director of National Geographic, will present "At the Interface: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Public Understanding Through Art and Design." Free, beverages and light food provided. The talk begins at 6:30.
Homegrown Comedy Show @ Habitat Brewing
Local comics in one of our favorite local breweries! James Harrod, Ben Atkins, Ian Howell, Cody Hughes, and Kelly Morgan will perform; Marlene Thompson hosts. $10
Friday and Saturday
4th emersion: Fall From Grace @ 43 Chestnut St W (featured event of the Weekend Update!)
Staggered times beginning at 9 pm
This wildly imaginative theatrical performance is an exploration of themes of sin, transcendence, mythology, sensuality, and more, all in a 100-year-old home in Montford. Organized by Grayson Morris and with a cast of characters that range from storytellers to puppeteers, the performance happens over several rooms filled with surprises. Sign up online first; space is limited. $10 at the door (cash or check).
Dragon Boat Racing @ Lake Julian
9 am - 12 noon
Hard Exercise Works hosts the inaugural Drums and Dragons event at Lake Julian. Teams have already signed up, so if you're not competing this year, come and support on the shoreside.
¡Hola! Asheville @ Pack Square Park
12 noon - 8 pm
A festival of the foods, costumes, dances, music, and cultures of Latin American in downtown Asheville. Check out the full lineup and more details here.
Samuel Paradise Album Release w/ Futexture + EmE @ the Altamont Theatre
7 pm; late-night show at Noble Kava begins at midnight
Celebrate the release of local producer Samuel Paradise's new album, Vision Quest, along with other local production talent. After-party begins at midnight with Grizzleboogie. Profits go to Survival International. Read Asheville Grit's album review and interview with Samuel Paradise here.
A Good Trip with Shane Mauss @ the Mothlight
Comedian, podcast host, and science whiz Shane Mauss brings his psychedelic comedy show to the Mothlight. This time around, he's also including a talk on DMT. This show sold out both times it came to Asheville; get your tickets now. Read our interview with Mauss on Asheville Grit here.
AVL Flea for Y'all @ Asheville Outlets
8 am - 3 pm
The popular flea market invites you to wander through its wares on Sunday morning or afternoon at the Asheville Outlets. Vintage pieces, art, and other unique items for sale.
MG Flea @ MG Road
The monthly MG Road flea market is back. Find new (or new to you) treasures and enjoy food, drink, and conviviality at the popular Wall Street bar.
Shane Mauss and Here We Are Live @ The Mothlight
Come back to the Mothlight on Sunday for more Shane Mauss, when he'll record his popular Here We Are podcast live. He'll be interviewing the head researchers and co-therapists behind the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies' (MAPS) MDMA/PTSD studies, Drs. Michael and Annie Mithoefer. The podcast taping will include an audience Q&A. $10.