Sunday, September 15
Ethical Humanist Society
“Is it Just? Is it Justice?” Join our Buncombe County District Attorney, Todd Williams, for a wide-ranging discussion on the results and challenges in seeking safety, justice, victim support, accountability and transparency, while reducing recidivism, reducing the jail population, tackling the opioid crisis and fostering effective programs for non-violent offenders. The discussion is sure to be lively, educational, and thoughtful. The meeting, which begins at 2 p.m., is held at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in Asheville. All are welcome. For more information: call 828 687-7759, email EHSAsheville@gmail.com, visit EHSAsheville.org, or www.meetup.com/Ethical-Society-of-Asheville.
Monday, September 16
Featuring Adam Chase on drums, Jamar A. Woods on keys and vox, and Brennan Dugan on bass. 8–11 p.m. at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St. in Asheville. Great opportunity to make some awesome music. $5 cover/free for players. Visit theblockoffbiltmore.com.
Friday, September 20
Asheville Climate Justice Rally
Young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Learn about community work and organizations, register to vote, and listen to live music. Local speakers at 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. at the Vance monument and the plaza area behind it in downtown Asheville. For more information, please visit strikewithus.org.
Friday September 20
The Midnight Hour
Two of hip hop’s most accomplished producers, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge, bring their highly acclaimed live project, which features a nine-piece brass and string section, to Asheville. Doors open at 8 p.m. Show begins at 9 p.m. $17 advance; $20 day of show. Visit ashevillemusichall.com. Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave. in Asheville.
The theme this year is “Bringing it Back to the Block.” The free three-day event will feature all-local vendors and performers. Held on Market Street in downtown Asheville on Friday from 5–10 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit ymiculturalcenter.org.
through September 21
Truth Be Told
Two one-act plays display the struggles of sexual abuse. Written and directed by Monica McDaniel. Starring Ki’era Gash, Naeem Akbar, Tifphanie Darity, and Kim Akbar. Performances held at 35below Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 East Walnut St. in Asheville. Tickets are $20. Phone (828) 254-1320 or go to www.ashevilletheatre.org.
September 27, 28 & 29
33rd Annual Greek Festival
Enjoy fellowship, food, dancing, tours of the church, and an all-around good time. Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville at 227 Cumberland Avenue in the Historic Montford District. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (828) 253-3754, or visit holytrinityasheville.com/greek-festival.
Sunday, September 29
Jaki Shelton Green
Reading and book signing featuring Green, NC’s first black Poet Laureate. She will be joined by poet Mary Ellen Lough. 3–4 p.m. at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St. in Asheville.
African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia
UNC Asheville will host its sixth annual conference led by Dr. Darin Waters and covering a wide range of historical and contemporary topics. Visit aawnc.unca.edu for details and registration. Aall events are free except for the Saturday brunch.
Open Mic Night with Laura Blackley
Each week Laura Blackley performs. Local artists are also featured during the course of the evening. 7–10 p.m. at Pillar Rooftop Bar, 309 College St. in Asheville. Visit pillaravl.com.
Ruby’s Wednesday Night Jam
Starting at 9 p.m. Ruby Mayfield & Co. generate the groove and you help them take it to new heights. Held at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S. Market St. in Asheville. Call (828) 254-9277 or visit theblockoffbiltmore.com.
An interactive tour focusing on Asheville’s resilient African American history and future in the arts, environmentalism, and entrepreneurship. Tours run most Thursdays through Saturdays, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Call (828) 275-5305 or email email@example.com for details and to register.