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.
At The Quarry, melodies dance through the evening air as knives clink over Angus steaks, veal, and seafood. The Quarry’s executive chef, Craig Gosnell, drizzles shiitake bordelaises, simmers white wine with lemon capers, and stirs mornay sauces, whose aromas waft amid the dining room’s layered rock walls, which are adorned with local art including six murals depicting new and old facets of Brevard. Patrons escaping from the labors of cooking and the low-hanging branches that snag chef hats chatter happily over dishes that tag in regional ingredients such as Carolinian trout. Nightly live music gives time in the limelight to local troubadours, who perform everything from jazz to bluegrass before basking in cheers and signing autographs for applause signs. Glasses of port kiss with a crystalline tinkle in the flickering light of handmade soy candles. Handcrafted tablecloths hearken back to old-fashioned artistry, and eyes wander to the smooth whorls of a walnut bar and a wrought-iron wine rack forged by the hardened hands of a blacksmith.
Guest conductor Michael Porter leads the Asheville Choral Society in the final performance of its 34th season, raising 100 volunteer voices in traditional and contemporary song. During the program, the large chorus, bolstered by guest soloists Amanda Porter (mezzo soprano), Beth DuRoy (soprano), and Carl Kimbrough (boy soprano), lend their voices to music as powerful as a bench-pressing xylophone. The concert commences with Bach's time-honored "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," which builds virtual fortresses with concrete German consonants, followed by selections of the contemporary composition John Brown. Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms concludes the evening, leaving patrons’ ears contentedly purring.
During Shake, Rattle, & Roll!, professional Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce accurately depicts The King during his prime by belting out hits from the 1950s and 1960s in classic Presley attire. Known for his cameo in Faith Hill's "Let's Go to Vegas" music video, Bruce impresses audiences with an uncanny resemblance to Presley that encompasses the same pompadour, shared facial characteristics, and the ability to power a propeller-less helicopter by swiveling his hips. A four-piece band equipped with vintage instruments joins Bruce in successfully recreating Elvis's journey from his humble beginnings at Sun Records.
At Aerial Space, workouts unfold in midair. Practitioners weave through suspended silks, flow through yoga poses supported by hammocks, or practice acrobatic moves on the static trapeze and lyra, a suspended hoop. Aerial Space's aerial circus-arts classes, offered privately and for groups of children and adults, instill equal parts grace, fitness, and newfound skill.