1) Smith Gallery Presents Southern Constellations
Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University presents Southern Constellations: Selections from Elsewhere Museum’s curatorial initiative supporting experimental art practice in the South. This new exhibition includes select works from artists participating in the Southern Constellations program at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC.Southern Constellations is curated by Jennie Carlisle and Cyrus Smith and will be on view from Oct. 31 to Nov. 18, at the Smith Gallery. On Nov. 13, the gallery will host three public events in conjunction with the exhibition. Elsewhere Museum is an artist-run non-profit contemporary art organization, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing and exchanging in its downtown neighborhood and across the world. Through an annual process of peer nomination, six Southern Constellations fellows from across the region participate in Elsewhere Museum’s residency program. This exhibition includes select projects that investigate the museum and its dense collection of material from popular culture. While each work speaks to a unique set of concerns, the artists respond to the unique conditions of the museum, its material resources, and local community.
2) High Country Environmental Technology Tour Held Nov. 13
Thursday, Nov. 13, from 1-4 p.m. Stops on the tour include Boone Stormwater Wetlands, ASU Recycling Facility, ASU Composting Facility and ASU Appropriate Technology Greenhouses. Meet at the Boone Greenway Pavilions at the Clawson-Burnley Park off Hunting Hills Lane in Boone. Call the Watauga County Cooperative Extension Service Office at 828-264-3061 to RSVP.
3) BRWIA Probiotics and Fermentation Workshop Held Nov. 8
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) announces their second Fall HomeGrown Workshop. A Probiotics and Fermentation Workshop will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 1-4 p.m.. The HomeGrown Workshop Series consists of seasonal workshops that promote sustainable living & self sufficiency in our High Country Region. Each workshop features a local expert in our area. All proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA). On Saturday, Nov. 8, join Dr. Susan Lappan and local farmer, Carolina Hampton, of Octopus Garden for an interactive workshop and lecture about the fermentation process and all of the food and drinks that can be made. Dr. Lappan will discuss the science behind the fermentation process and the health benefits behind probiotics and fermented foods. Caroline will then demonstrate a few popular fermentation practices like sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, and water kefir. Participants will be invited to try their hand at making sauerkraut and sample the delicious kombucha varieties provided by Bucci. “Many studies have shown that fermented foods and probiotics do wonders for your gut flora and all around heath” says BRWIA Program Coordinator Suzanne Fleishman, adding “We are very excited to have Dr. Lappan teach us more about the science behind fermentation! ” The class is $20 per ticket or $30 for two if purchased before Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. Ticket prices go up to $25 per ticket if purchase after Nov. 7 at 12 p.m. All proceeds from these classes will benefit Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture. Go to http://www.brwia.org and to register and pay the workshop. The class is limited so act now to reserve a spot!
4) November Contra Dance
The Boone Country Dancers will be at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis for its next community contra dance on Saturday, Nov. 8. Everyone is welcome to attend the contra dance regardless of dance experience. The evening will begin with a beginners’ workshop from 7:30-8:00 p.m. The goal of the workshop is to teach the fundamentals of contra dance with a focus on having fun. After the workshop, the regular dance will run from 8:00-11:00 p.m. with a waltz break at 9:30 p.m. The dance will feature the band Celador and the caller will be Terry Doyle. Dancers of all ages are encouraged to attend and no partner is necessary. Come as you are and wear clean, soft-soled flexible shoes for dancing. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7 for adults, $5 for high school students, and free to anyone 12 years old or younger. For further information please visit the Boone Country Dancers webpage at boonecountrydancers.org.
5) Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Company
Tuesday, Nov. 4: Cheap date night at Lost Province. Dinner and a movie only $25, held 6-10 p.m. The movie will begin at 8 p.m. No charge to come and watch the movie. Movie feature this week: “Hook”
Thursday, Nov. 6: $3 Thursday – $3 pints on all Lost Province Brewed Beers (except high gravity). Live music by Matt Walsh from 8 p.m. until closing with no cover charge.
Friday, Nov. 7: Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Five continues with the release of a special 12-gallon cask of beer at 5 p.m. Live music starts at 8 p.m. by Andy Ferrell with no cover charge.
Saturday, Nov. 8: ASU v. Louisiana Monroe Football game watch party on large screen. Live music by Cougar Bait will begin at 8 p.m. with no cover charge.
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Veterans Day – In appreciation for their service, veterans get 25 percent off all day. Cheap date night at Lost Province, movie feature “The Birdcage” starts at 8 p.m.
6) Moliere’s Comedy “Tartuffe” with New Orleans Flair Presented Nov. 5-8, 12-15
The Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents Moliere’s beloved comedy “Tartuffe” in the intimate I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian campus. This classic tale – with a modern spin – will be presented in an extended two-week run Nov. 5-8 and 12-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9 and 16. Ticket prices are $9 for students and $16 for adults and are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday 1 – 5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3036 or 800-841-ARTS (2787), and online at www.theatre.appstate.edu. Written 345 years ago, “Tartuffe” is a satirical look at human foibles that modern audiences can still enjoy. It was conceived by the renowned playwright Moliere and has historic French origins dating back to 1669. The seemingly pious character of Tartuffe attempts to seduce and steal the riches of Orgon, a naive husband and father. Fortunately, Orgon’s family is not blind to Tartuffe’s true nature and they plot to trap and expose Tartuffe for the villain he is. The play explores this story and themes of religion, hypocrisy, politics, and social and economic status. The manner in which they are explored is witty and at times biting, not unlike the approach of popular programs like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” Director Joel Williams, a professor of theatre at Appalachian, places his staging of “Tartuffe” in Louisiana in the 1930s, giving the show a French flavor unique to that region of the South. Williams came to this conclusion as he read the script and experimented with different southern dialects. He explained that “Moliere’s rich language and words just slid off the tongue, and did so in a really funny way.” Williams said he is fascinated with the fact that people laugh at the same play that kings laughed at hundreds of years ago. The cast of 12 actors ranges from first semester freshmen to graduating students, led by seniors Luke White and Molly Winstead as Tartuffe and Elmire. The two-week run not only gives the cast a greater chance to sustain and delve into their roles, but it also provides two of the actors with smaller roles the chance to understudy a principal role. Jake Roberts and Madison Viterito will portray the leading characters during the Nov. 9 and 15 performances. I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the east side of I.G. Greer Hall below the main auditorium, with a separate entrance down the stairway on the side of the building. Parking is available after 5:30 p.m. on campus in faculty lots and the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons.