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#PlanAhead: Your April Asheville events calendar

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Happy April, Asheville. 2021 is officially a quarter of the way over which means Asheville’s warmer-weather events are practically here. Let me tell you, April has some pretty great events in store for all of us Ashevillians. See what’s happening here ⬇️:

Week of April 1

Thursday | April 1st

Learn

AIR Presents: Restaurant Recovery & Repositioning | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 10 a.m. | Virtual, Register | Free | Walter Repatski presents his take on 45 years in the industry. 

Art 

Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 4-9 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sqr. | Free, Museum Members Only | An exclusive opening of the museum’s newest exhibition. 

Cultivating Digital Photography Skills: Mise-en-Scène | Thurs., Apr. 1, 8, 15 + 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Virtual | $75+ | This four-part virtual class explores the visual concept of mise-en-scène.

National Nordic Museum | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | The Asheville Art Museum Art Travels visits the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, WA. 

Show 

Act Casual | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 5-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $5 Cover | Blues, funk, long instrumentals + catchy songs.

Art

Auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Thurs., Apr. 1 | Various Times | Virtual | Free, Complete Application | Montford Players Park is back — complete + record your audition by Mar. 31 for a chance to star in its next production. 

Event 

Meet Red Power Ranger Jason Faunt | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 5 p.m. | Comic Envy, 333 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Time for…Time Force

Learn 

How Geology has Shaped your Favorite Mountains and Waterfalls | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Natural history writer Bill Jacobs present at the monthly Sierra Club meeting.

Friday | April 2nd

Drink

Peanut Butter Jelly Time Release | Fri., Apr. 2-Sun., Apr. 4 | 12-10 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Co., 32 Banks Ave. | Free | Catawba releases the cult favorite, featuring Strawberry-Rhubarb, Raspberry, Orange Marmalade + Grape. 

Art 

Clear as Mud | Fri., Apr. 2 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | Join Sarah Reincke for an interactive conversation about ceramic pieces in the Asheville Art Museum’s collection + more.

Show

The Lazybirds | Fri., Apr. 2 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Classic American roots band. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Dr. Bacon | Fri., Apr. 2 | 5-9:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Six-piece Appalachian Funk, Grass + Rock & Roll band.

Patio Show: Brother Smith | Fri., Apr. 2 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | A mix of country, funk + soul. 

Saturday |  April 3rd

Show

Chris Ferree & Medicine Crow | Sat., Apr. 3 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Americana rock, world + instrumental vibes. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Black Sea Beat Society | Sat., Apr. 3 | 5-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $5 Cover | Dance it up to Balkan + Turkish classic tunes. 

Patio Show: Aaron Price | Sat., Apr. 3 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | Hear the pop-rock musical talent of AP. 

Drink 

NC Small Batch Beer Festival | Sat., Apr. 3 | Various Times | Hi-Wire Brewing, 2A Huntsman Pl. | $50+ | Small batch brews, live music + more. 

ForKids

Impressionist Optics: Connecting Photography and Painting | Sat., Apr. 3 | 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sqr. | $55+ | Study the relationship between art, science + technology critical to the Impressionist movement. Ages 6-12, registration deadline Mar. 27.

Sunday |  April 4th

Show 

5j Barrow | Sun., Apr. 4 | 5-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Enjoy soulful tunes + evocative lyrics from this New York-based band.

Monday | April 5th

Tuesday | April 6th

Event

West Asheville Tailgate Market | Tues., Apr. 6 | 3:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | The locally sourced farmers market reopens for the spring. 

Wednesday | April 7th 

Show

An Eve With Mike Dillon + Brian Haas | Wed., Apr. 7 | 7-9:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $12+ | Music from the trilogy of albums released during the Great Quarantine of 2020.

Week of April 8

 

Thursday | April 8th

Show

Eleanor Underhill & Friends | Thurs., Apr. 8 | 7-9:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $5 Cover | Banjo forward, genre-bending grooves.

Live Stream: Chad VanGaalen | Thurs., Apr. 8 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $14 | Experience the latest work from songwriter, animator + visual artist.

Crafting Resilience: Education and Community Engagement | Thur., Apr. 8 | 5:00-6:00 p.m. | Virtual | Free, donations appreciated | Join us as we explore how craft can cultivate strength and sustainability in individuals, spaces, and communities in the face of adverse conditions.

Friday | April 9th

Show

Papadosio 15 Year Anniversary Drive In Show | Fri., Apr. 9 | 6 p.m. | Smoky Mountain Event Center, 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville | $180+ | Grab a car pass + celebrate Papadosio while munching on food from local food trucks. 

Love Bubble | Fri., Apr. 9 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | A harmony driven trio with a sound from the 60s + 70s. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Gunslinging Parrots | Fri., Apr. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | A Phish tribute band. 

Cosmic Charlie | Fri., Apr. 9 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | A unique + personal twist on the Grateful Dead. Tickets sold in pods.

Art 

Impressionist Optics: Connecting Photography and Painting | Fri., Apr. 9 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | Free, Register | Professional development for local arts + STEAM teachers/coordinators.

Event

Be the Change Challenge & Virtual Race | Fri., Apr. 9-Sun., Apr. 18 | All Day | Virtual | $33+ | This race will support the Be the Change Grant + programs of the Junior League of Asheville.  

Saturday | April 10th

Show

Papadosio 15 Year Anniversary Drive In Show | Sat., Apr. 10 | 6 p.m. | Smoky Mountain Event Center, 758 Crabtree Rd., Waynesville | $180+ | Grab a car pass + celebrate Papadosio while munching on food from local food trucks. 

In The Moment- Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Live Stream | Sat., Apr. 10 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $20+ | A fiddle + cello duo.

Alexa Rose Band | Sat., Apr. 10 | 8 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Modern folk with American mountain roots. 

Live Stream: Chad VanGaalen | Sat., Apr. 10 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | $12 | A three-piece rock band making their Grey Eagle debut. 

Sicard Hollow | Sat., Apr. 10 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $15 | A four-piece progressive bluegrass band.

Art 

Impressionist Optics: Connecting Photography and Painting | Sat., Apr. 10 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | Free, Register | Professional development for local arts + STEAM teachers/coordinators.

Slow Art Day 2021 | Sat., Apr. 10 | 1-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Suggested $10 Donation | Join the Asheville Art Museum’s Doris Potash + Carol Falender as they foray into the joy of art. 

 

Sunday | April 11th

Show

Shawn Lane and Richard Bennett | Sun., Apr. 11 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | A folk duo. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Patio Show: WNC Writers | Sun., Apr. 11 | 6 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $10 | Featuring Stephen Evans, Nick Mac + Jesse Frizsell. 

Empire Strikes Brass | Sun., Apr. 11 | 6 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20+ | Asheville-based brass + funk rock band. Tickets sold in pods. 

Monday | April 12th

Learn

Conflict Resolution and Healthy Communication | Mon., Apr. 12-Tues., Apr. 13 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to address conflict before + after it happens.

Appalachian Experience: Mounds, Towns, and Sacred Fires | Mon., Apr. 12 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Virtual | $8+ | Dr. Ben Steere, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Carolina University, discusses the historical + cultural importance of Cherokee mound sites.

Tuesday | April 13th 

Art 

Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door edited by Stephen C. Wicks | Tues., Apr. 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Suggested $10 Donation | Discuss the book that examines the 38-year relationship between painter Beauford Delaney + writer James Baldwin.

PlanAhead

Let’s Talk Recruitment | Tues., Apr. 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn the tactics, techniques and communication strategies that savvy marketers are using for better recruitment in 2021. 

Wednesday | April 14th

Show

Yarn | Wed., Apr. 14 | 6-9 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $20 | A folk band prides itself in telling stories, truth + fiction.

Week of April 15

 

Thursday | April 15th

Art 

Coloring and Cocktails | Thurs., Apr. 15 | 7-8 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | Free, Suggested $10 Donation | Appalachia Now! artist Byron Tenesaca will be interviewed. 

Friday | April 16th

Art 

Play It Again: Repetition in Art | Fri., Apr. 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Suggested $10 Donation | Join Kay Dunn + Ralinda Luri for a conversation about four artworks at the Asheville Art Museum. 

Show 

John Mark McMillan | Fri., Apr. 16 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $20+ | Check out the alternative rock + gospel musician’s “Awake In The Dream” Tour.

An Evening With Keller Williams | Fri., Apr. 16 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $45+ | Genre-crossing, boundary-breaking music.

Ska City | Fri., Apr. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Elements of Caribbean mento + calypso mixed with American jazz + rhythm. 

The Traveling Pilsburys’ Benefit for Asheville Guitar Bar | Fri., Apr. 16 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Support the Asheville Guitar Bar + hear a local band. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Saturday | April 17th

Art 

Developing Drawing Skills Through Still Life | Sat., Apr. 17 | 12-5 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $70+ | Learn the basics of still life drawing. 

Wellness 

Early Bird Yoga | Sat., Apr. 17 | 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $7+ | Relax + extend your limbs towards the rising sun. 

Show

Darren Nicholson Band | Sat., Apr. 17 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Appalachian acoustic music. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Patio Show: The New Rustics | Sat., Apr. 17 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $10 | High energy folk, rock, jam + country. 

The Texas Gentlemen | Sat., Apr. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12+ | Listen to sounds steeped in the classic roots, rock + pop music of the ‘60s + ‘70s.

Funk You | Sat., Apr. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | A nine-piece band with soul + funk. 

Event

Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay | Sat., Apr. 17 | 5 a.m.-8 p.m. | Starting Location Given | Join Waitlist | Run from Asheville to Greenville.

Sunday | April 18th

Show

The John Henrys | Sun., Apr. 18 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Gypsy jazz, swing, country + original sound. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Monday | April 19th

Tuesday | April 20th

Wednesday | April 21st

Show

Live Stream: The Travis Book Happy Hour | Wed., Apr. 21 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Featuring Andy Falco. 

PlanAhead

○ Earth Day Event | Wed., April 21 | 4:00-7:30 p.m. | Atelier Maison & Co., 121 Sweeten Creek Rd., Suite 50| Free | Hear from Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of Wellness Within Your Walls, + take part in a Q&A with local builders, designers and industry professionals. Hors d’oeuvres + beverages to follow. You can also sign up for Jillian’s WWYW certification class on April 22. 

Week of April 22

 

Thursday | April 22nd

Show

Patio Show: An Evening Of Americana With My One And Only, Wyatt Espalin | Thurs., Apr. 22 | 6 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $8 | Lively music of the southern-soul persuasion.

Art

Conversation with the Curator: Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom | Thurs., Apr. 22 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Suggested Donation | Ask questions + learn about the exhibition + experience. 

Friday | April 23rd

Show

Peggy Ratusz and Daddy LongLegs | Fri., Apr. 23 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Blues, jazz, swing, R&B + more. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

The Wild Feathers | Fri., Apr. 23 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | Southern rock, Americana roots + heartland pop.

Saturday | April 24th

Show

The Special Consensus | Sat., Apr. 24 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Hear contemporary bluegrass. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Abbey Road Live! | Sat., Apr. 24 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | A Beatles tribute band.

Event

Taco & Tequila Crawl | Sat., Apr. 24 | 2-8 p.m. | South Slope, Downtown Asheville | $19.99+ | Stroll through downtown Asheville, eat tasty tacos, sip margaritas + more.

Outdoors

Project Parkway | Sat., Apr. 24 | All Day | Blue Ridge Parkway | Free | Prepare park campgrounds, picnic areas + other places for the annual all-Parkway volunteer clean-up.

Sunday | April 25th

Monday | April 26th

Talk

History Café: Julia Wolfe | Mon., Apr. 26 | 10:30-11:45 a.m. | Virtual | $8+ | Kayla Seay discusses the life of Swannanoa Valley native Julia Wolfe.

Tuesday | April 27th

Learn

Edible and Native Plants of WNC: Green Built Alliance Spring 2021 Workshops | Tues., Apr. 27 | 2-4 p.m. | Virtual | $20+ | Get introduced to more than 40 edible + attractive landscaping plants. 

Wednesday | April 28th

Art

Let’s Laugh! | Wed., Apr. 28 | 1-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Led by Kathy Seguin + Sheila Langdon, this arts-based program serves adults with mild to moderate memory loss + their care partners.

Week of April 29

 

Thursday | April 29th

Show

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers | Thurs., Apr. 29 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | Groove + move with this funky soul group. 

Jerry Douglas Band | Thurs., Apr. 29 | 6-10 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 100 Gay St. | $25+ | Bluegrass with a twist from 14-time Grammy award winner Jerry Douglas. 

Friday | April 30th

Art

Is It a Woman’s Point of View? | Fri., Apr. 30 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Suggested Donation | Discuss artworks in the Asheville Art Museum collection + special exhibition Meeting the Moon.

Show

Seth Walker | Fri., Apr. 30 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Contemporary Americana. Seated show with dinner, reservations highly recommended. 

Patio Show: The Mid Majors | Fri., Apr. 30 | 6 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $10 | A “pop-up” group featuring a rotating collective with soulful vocals + more. 

An Evening With Hustle Souls | Fri., Apr. 30 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | An EP release party featuring a blend of jazz, pop + rock.