The Asheville International Children's Film Festival entertains all-ages audiences with a tightly packed schedule of 70 cinematic works from artists in 25 countries, divided into seven blocks of short films and one feature-length movie. On Saturday, families gather in Asheville Pizza & Brewing's colorful theater to witness Round the World and Home Again, a live-action flight through the lives, dreams, and playground treaty negotiations of children in seven countries. Wee ones release exhilarated squeals at 13 shorts in Once Upon an Adventure, which fills the screen with animated and live-action feats that delight juniors without the stress of adopting a litter of knights.
Cracker brings their signature brand of irony and irreverence to a performance of their 1993 platinum album release, Kerosene Hat, which produced three radio hits including ‘90s alt-rock jam “Low.” The band’s power-pop-punk tunes have been bopping heads for more than 15 years and over the course of eight albums—making the musicians veterans of the rock scene. The indie-rock showcase includes a performance from Camper van Beethoven, a band that shares a lead singer and a backstage bathroom with Cracker.
The 12,500-square-foot Quarry entertains climbers with rock-ribbed routes, an exposed bouldering area, and craggy, canyon-splitter cracks. Climbers are loaned harnesses and permitted all-day access to scale each area while Quarry employees overlook the bouldered terrain, available to assist rookie cragsmen's errant moments or epic mountaintop rap battles. The Quarry procures clamber-ready routes for both beginner and expert climbers. On the main floor, climbers can explore up to 90 top-rope and lead routes differing in difficulty, and the top floor is littered with boulders, which reach a maximum of 14 feet in height and vary in difficulty from easy to "fist-fighting a steamboat captain.” A series of fixed-width cracks along the main climbing wall are also available to test advanced dangling-and-grabbing techniques. Routes are reinvented every six to eight weeks, meaning past visitors have new surprises in store, and holds are cleaned again before each reuse, meaning past visitors can’t reclaim the love notes they stored in them. Though today's Groupon is only valid for adult admission, The Quarry also offers a variety of kid's climbing camps.
Now in its 34th season, Sweet Fanny Adams continues to sledgehammer its audience's funny bones with its inimitable blend of Old English music hall, American vaudeville, Monty Python, and Broadway musical. Owners Pat and Don MacPherson have written, produced, and directed more than 30 original, offbeat musical comedies for the theatre, in spite of constant heckling from the two elderly Muppets in the balcony seats. Several of these inspired originals have gone on to play in cities throughout the country, including the musical Tom Jones, which ran for more than two years at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. Ticket holders can choose from any show on the 2010 calendar, including Not Quite a Fairy Tale, a madcap medieval fable. Don't Worry…It's Nothing Serious presents a variety show of comic routines, including screwball magic from the "Great Stupino and Trudy." Closer to the holidays, Sweet Fanny Adams will "tickle your fancy and jingle your bells" with Yuletide Madness, featuring holiday-themed mayhem and merriment that will remind audiences of the Christmas they gifted their uncle with a bottle of port and a nail gun.