Stina's PicksA point in the right direction
Do you know those movies that pick you up, shake you around and don’t let you go until you get a mildly life-altering understanding of the world? Yes? No? I think I do, or least I’m always chasing that. It draws me to art-house cinemas in far-away cities and the less popular aisles of video stores. This weekend, it drove me to Netflix, and I still haven’t fully recovered.
Due to some pretty racy stuff and questionable subject matter, I won’t full-on recommend “Take This Waltz” to everyone. I will say, though, that this melancholy, sexual tension-filled, ever-so-Canadian study of desire and longing got to me in a way I can’t fully explain. I identified with some of the themes, but more than anything, I just appreciated how risky the movie was, unafraid to delve into the ephemeral and kind of ordinary nature of attraction.
Now, this might not be your cup of tea, and I’m not pushing anyone, but maybe this week we should all see a movie that’s outside our comfort zone — be it through Netflix, the local video store or even a trip into Asheville. If you’re lucky enough to have even more free time, here are a few other suggestions about how to spend it.
Knitting for all
Knitting, unlike some solitary art forms, is almost universally more enjoyable when shared. The women (and men) of the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild know this and invite you twice a week to a group knit at the Haywood County Library. “Knit Witz,” from 2:30 to 5 p.m. is open to every level and every age of knitters, from scarf-making first-timers to intarsia-loving pros. All you have to do is bring your yarn, your needles and your love of fiber. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.smkguild.com.
Forget the eggnog — at least for a night. This Friday evening, the Frog Level Brewing Company is celebrating both the holiday season and their first year in business with a big, beer-filled bash, bluegrass included. From 6 p.m. on, you can sip FLB’s sudsy classics, like Catcher in the Rye, and listen to tunes by the Darren Nicholson Band. But, in true holiday (and Haywood County) fashion, that’s not all. The night is also a Toys for Tots drive, and for every two unwrapped presents you bring, you get a free pint of brew. What a nice way to get that warm feeling in your stomach. For more info, call the brewery, at 56 Commerce St. in Waynesville, at 454-5664.
I’ll be honest that I haven’t seen HART’s take on “A Christmas Carol” quite yet, but I’ve got nothing but faith that it’s great. From Mary Ann Enloe’s review (see page 13), to the snippets I heard at a recent rehearsal, to the enthusiasm with which Steve Lloyd describes the show, this sounds like an event you don’t want to miss. I won’t. And with shows on Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there’s no reason you should. For tickets to this new Haywood County holiday tradition, call 456-6322, visit www.harttheater.com or just stop by the box office, near the Shelton House on Pigeon Street, from 1 to 5 p.m.
A ‘Jam’ by any other name
Are you going to the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam? Yeah, me neither. But just because you don’t have the hottest tickets in town doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of live music this weekend. Asheville’s Jack of the Wood is offering “Christmas Jam By Day,” aka The Kevn Kinney All-Star Acoustic Jam, from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. I personally don’t know much about Mr. Kinney, but his guests do sound quite impressive, including Shane Pruitt and Underhill Rose (Friday), and The Harris Brothers (Saturday), and so many others. Don’t worry about not having a ticket, as it’s all first-come, first-served. For more information, call 252-5445 or visit www.jackofthewood.com.