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Here’s a quick look at some of what to do around Asheville this weekend, including our pick of five places around town to watch the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four games on Saturday and national championship game on Monday.
Asheville City Soccer Kick-Off Party, 6-9 p.m. at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top near Biltmore Village:
Night 1: Red Carpet Night featuring horror and drama films @ Amplified Media & Magnetic Theatre, 5:30-9 pm ($15)
Night 2: Comedy & Curls featuring comedy films and stand-up @ Habitat Brewing, 5:30-9 ($15)
Night 3: Community Night featuring artsy/experimental films and music videos @ Trade & Lore Coffee, 7-9 ($10)
Weekend passes $35
This is Our Youth at 35 below shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays: Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Pulitzer prize-nominated playwright Kenneth Lonergen, set at the dawn of the Reagan era.
CreativeMornings Asheville, a networking event held at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, begins at 8:30 a.m. and features storyteller Connie Regan-Blake.
Saturday (April Fool’s Day!)
Twin Leaf Tea Beer Launch!, 2-7 p.m. at Twin Leaf Brewing: Twin Leaf launches “Elevensies,” a Wild Earl-tea infused brew, which they’ll serve with cookies and actual tea.
The Happening, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Salvage Station: “Art, music, and fun” courtesy of EZ Productions and the Undergrowth
A vintage bottle and barrel sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by Wicked Weed Brewing at its Funkatorium taproom on Coxe Avenue; shop for bourbon, gin and wine barrels, as well as a limited amount of vintage sour beer bottles.
The Final Four games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be played on Saturday evening. South Carolina and Gonzaga face off at 6:09 p.m., and North Carolina and Oregan tip at 8:49 p.m. Consider watching at a local restaurant/bar, including: Frazier’s Tavern, Creekside Taphouse, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack, Buffalo Nickel and Beer Garden.
Check out the Punk flea market and swap meet, 1-6 p.m. at Static Age Records on North Lexington Avenue in downtown; shop for old punk T-shirts, pins, patches, records and more.
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