A roundup of things to do this weekend in Asheville, June 1-3.

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Micah Mackenzie, Proving Grounds: Ongoing through Aug. 5 at Pisgah Brewing

Mackenzie’s opening reception was May 31, but this top local fashion photographer’s exhibit continues at Pisgah Brewing through August 5.

https://www.facebook.com/events/246751215432256/

Friday

Mermaids in Marshall 
5 p.m.

Parade of mermaids, pirates and sea creatures of all kinds, prizes for best float, best costume, and more.  Tour the renovated SECU building.   Enjoy Sarah Tucker (winner of The Brown Bag Competition) performing on the island stage at 5pm, Pleasure Chest, and Shake It Like A Caveman on the courthouse steps at 7pm, Peace Jones performing at Good Stuff at 8pm.

Malalprop’s 30th Anniversary Sale (Happy anniversary to Malaprop’s)!
06/01/2012 9:00 am

We’re celebrating 30 years of independent bookselling throughout the month of June!  Join us on this first day of the month for our annual sale of 25% off almost everything in the bookstore!

Floating Action at Jack of the Wood
From Mountain Xpress:

Floating Action, brings its eclectic and effortless tunes to Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave., for an intimate downtown performance with If You Wannas’Ryan Barrington Cox and Curtains. 8 p.m. $7. Friday

Sgt Pepper 45th Anniversary Show at the Orange Peel
The “compleat” album performed with live horns, strings, and sitar
All Ages
Show: 8:00 pm Doors: 7:00 pm
$16 advance / $19 day of show

Since 2002, Abbey Road LIVE! has been rocking the music of the Beatles at clubs, theatres, festivals, and private events. Initially a tribute to the monumental “Abbey Road” album, the band has expanded its scope to include more than 100 Beatles tunes, from all eras of the Fab Four’s career. The band specializes in complete, start-to-finish album performances of masterpieces such as “Abbey Road,” “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band“.

Abbey Road LIVE! is not your typical Beatle look-alike tribute act; don’t expect mop-top haircuts and vintage Rickenbacker guitars. Rather, this show is about bringing to life some of the more mature and complex Beatles material in a raw & spirited fashion, while remaining true to the original recordings. Combining attention to detail with a creative exuberance, the band always delights its audiences with its diverse repertoire of hits and more obscure favorites.

abbeyroadlive.com

Alejandro Escovedo at the Grey Eagle

We’re proud to welcome Alejandro Escovedo back this Friday at 9pm, with very special guest Jesse Malin.

9pm. $15 ADV/$18 DAY OF. TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

Escovedo, undeniably on the short list of celebrated Texas songsmiths, brings the entirety of his hard-won poetic gift to Big Stations 12 songs. He artfully chronicles his hometown and own personal decline in “Bottom of the World,” saying “Austin’s changed, it’s true/Show me what hasn’t” as he watches “the cities of the world reduced to ashes” on television. Similarly, on the ultra danceable pop number Party People he intones, “One time I knew just how to get around knew all the secrets in this dirty town.”

http://www.thegreyeagle.com/

Much Ado About Nothing:  Montford Park Players, new Shakespeare in the park performance opens
June 1 -23
7:30 PM Fri – Sun
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

We’re delighted to bring back this classic comedy about two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero, last performed in 2007. Benedick and Beatrice are engaged in a “merry war”. They both talk a mile a minute and proclaim their scorn for love, marriage, and each other. In contrast, Claudio and Hero are sweet young people who are rendered practically speechless by their love for one another. Can Benedick and Beatrice ever find love? Can Claudio and Hero’s love survive? And really, what’s all the ado about? Come find out in this fun romp opening our Summer Shakespeare season.

 THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE: New ACT show opens
June 1, 2012 – June 17, 2012
35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Venue: Asheville Community Theatre

We head to the Hudson Valley in New York for this wacky musical that captured glowing reviews and full houses when it debuted off-Broadway. Six quirky outsiders compete to win a spelling championship – but along the way, they learn that winning isn’t everything and losing isn’t always so bad. We think it’s spelled W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! We recommend this show for mature audiences.

Saturday

K.D. Lang at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND AT 7:30.
800.745.3000 for info
www.kdlang.com    www.ticketmaster.com

Burton Street Community Day presented by GO!
134 Burton Street Asheville, NC 28806
2 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Burton St. in West Asheville
https://www.facebook.com/events/305721636176319/317133205035162/

You’re invited to get your jam on at Burton Street.

Activities include:
*Talent showcase
*Dance party
*Basketball tournament
*Breakdancing workshop
*Games for the kids
and more…

This is a free event for the whole family with food prepared by GO Kitchen-Ready.

Also, we’re raffling tickets between now and June 2. Visit online at http://greenopportunities.org/go-gear/raffle-ticket/ and enter the chance to win a stromer electric bike! Tickets are $10.

Come ready to celebrate community and support an inclusive green economy. We’ll see you there!

 At the Grey Eagle: Jonathan Scales Fourchestra & Casey Driessen w/ Andrew Usher

Jonathan Scales
http://www.jonscales.com/

Here you have Jonathan Scales: a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro who takes in influences from Igor Stravinsky to Kanye West and uses every element in between as a basis for his mind-bending compositions. Cody Wright’s technical yet melodic style on the bass pulls from masters Bobby Vega & Jaco Pastorius. His pick-style provides the harmonic foundation for Scales’ sound, while his solos leave audiences awestruck. Drummer Phill Bronson drives the Fourchestra’s time-shifting, modern grooves with a style stemming from his extensive background as a percussionist. He fuses his upbringing with his training, gracefully maneuvering through Jonathan’s complex rhythmic structures. The Fourchestra is a true mix of jazz edge and classical sensibility.

Casey Driessen

http://caseydriessen.com/

With limitless energy and spontaneity, The Singularity Tour kicks off in the Summer of 2012, putting Casey Driessen’s unique creative vision center stage. The set up is simple: One man. One fiddle. One pedal board. Mixing his signature percussive fiddle style with digital loops and effects, the GRAMMY-nominated fiddler will build each show layer by layer in real time in front of the audience. The result is a one of a kind experience that pushes the boundaries of musical genres and styles.

9pm. $8 advance/$10 day of show

Advance tickets are available online and at local outlets.

Limited seating available.

Buy tickets.

First Annual Green Swan Festival
http://www.greenswanfest.org/


Green Swan Music Fest- Benefit for Asheville GreenWorks June 2,2012

Enjoy a full day of music with local and national performers on the main stage. Bring the family for children’s events and environmental activities. Raffles for great door prizes, local food trucks and micro-brews too. Located at beautiful Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC.

OOH LA LA CURIOSITY MARKET
June 2, 2012 – September 1, 2012
Location: Prichard Park
Address: Downtown Asheville, Asheville, NC 28801
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
Dates: June 2nd, June 9th, July 7th, August 4th & 18th, Sept. 1st.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market is a new artist’s market to take place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters ,up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas.

Downtown Asheville Artwalk: The Asheville Downtown Gallery Association presents the Downtown Asheville Artwalk, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Manna FoodBank: Blue Jean Ball

MANNA FOODBANK’S ANNUAL  “BLUE JEAN BALL” IS HAPPENING ON SATURDAY NIGHT, JUNE 2ND.  THIS YEAR’S THEME  IS “ ONE TABLE FOR ALL”.  THE EVENT INCLUDES FOOD FROM AREA RESTAURANTS, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, DANCING, A DESSERT “ LOUNGE,” A SILENT AUCTION AND MORE.

Presented by:
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel
and
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Saturday, June 2, 2012
7:00-11:00p.m.
MANNA FoodBank: 627 Swannanoa River Road in Asheville
Shuttle parking at WNC Nature Center, just east of MANNA FoodBank, beginning at 6:30

Live Entertainment by:
Byron Hedgepeth & Mike Holstein
Stranded Sally
Motownblue
Diana McCall & Christine Garvin Dance
FreeFlow

828-299-FOOD
mannafoodbank.org

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