At GritVegas, we wouldn't actually mind six more weeks of winter since winter kinda wimped out on us this year. Then again, 70 degree days in January are nice. But now it's February, so who knows what's coming our way? While you might not be able to control the weather, you can control the level of fun you're having. We've got all the ways for you to celebrate the first February weekend in 2017. Read on for the scoop.
Thursday, February 2 — Groundhog Day!
Scrabble Night with the Literacy Council @ Highland Brewing
To commemorate National Literacy Week, the Literacy Council is kicking things off with word games, including Scrabble, Upwords, Boggle, and Apples to Apples. Bring your favorite game or play one of theirs. There are no losers during this celebration of literacy!
Friday, February 3
A Night of Powerful Poetry and Truth @ Firestorm Books and Cafe
Spend an evening on the west side with poets DeWayne "B-Love" Barton (of Hood Huggers International), Devin Jones, and other special guests.
Parquet Courts with Mary Lattimore @ the Grey Eagle
Get your tickets while you still can for this likely-to-be-sold out show in the River Arts District with Brooklyn indie rock band Parquet Courts. Experimental harpist Mary Lattimore opens, so don't be late.
Saturday, February 4
Michele's Pancreas Party & Kidney Concert @ The Social
Local comedian and Asheville FM DJ Michele Scheve will be celebrated at this fundraiser, which will raise money for medical costs associated with her needed transplants. Live music, comedy, and an auction. No cover; donations accepted there and on Scheve's GiveForward page. A portion of food purchases will also be donated.
Nick Millevoi's Desertion Trio @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC)
Philadelphia-based Nick Millevoi heads up Desertion Trio, a project inspired by Neil Young, free jazz, and urban decay. Read our preview on Asheville Grit here. TIckets are $5 for members of the BMCM+AC/$10 for non-members.
AVL Homegrown Comedy Show @ Habitat Tavern and Brewing
The Asheville Improv Collective (AIC) presents Asheville's finest, including Tom Peters, Minori Hands, Macon Clark, James Harrod, and Kelly Morgan, and hosted by Clifton Hall. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Midnight Snack w/ Indigo de Souza and Machine Speaks @ The Mothlight
Doors at 8 pm
The five-piece local favorite Midnight Snack celebrates their new single, "Shadow Chaser," with an evening in West Asheville. Support from Indigo de Souza and Machine Speaks.
Sunday, February 5 — Superbowl Sunday
For Our Future: Asheville Kids' Protest @ Vance Monument
The younger generations get fired up and politically active this Sunday at Pack Square. If you thought the images of kids at the Women's March on Washington were great, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
The Superbowl @ various venues
The game starts at 6:30, but we all know that this game is an all-day affair. Whether you're rooting for the Patriots, the Falcons, or the commercials, here's a little list of where you might spend the day celebrating:
The Salvage Station: Sunday Funday $2 mimosas, $1 off beers, viewing party with game on a projector
Banks Ave. Bar Party: Begins at 5 p.m. with a potluck dinner, PBR specials, a raffle for a remote-controlled cooler, giveaways, and more
Hi-Wire Brewing Party @ the Big Top
Sanctuary Brewing Puppy Bowl and Party
Grey Eagle Party