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Space shifters and musical mood lifters to brighten a wet weekend

Abi Tapia&bsp;Tonight become enchanted with the beautiful sunshine of musical troubadour Abi Tapia at Purple Onion 7:30 p.m. This lovely lady with a winning smile has blended the best of what she&squo;s learned in her travels across America to create original songs that have fetched her awards from prominent folks like the Austin Songwriters Group and Kerrville Folk Festival. Want to hear a sample of her &dquo;wanderlusty&dquo; music before you go? Catch her husky sweet songs on the air at 2 p.m. today on WGWG 88.3 FM. Friday night take shelter from the storm at Upstairs Artspace with their opening reception 5-8 p.m. for &dquo;Space Shifters: Mountain Sculptors 2008.&dquo; Wake up your sleepy senses with this adventure in texture and form ranging from serious stone to whimsical fabric and more variations of materials and ideas than you can imagine. There is something for every taste in this show which features 78 pieces from Mountain Sculptors members Ralph Berger, Barron Brown, Marty Cain, Richard (&uot;Rick&uot;) Conn, Elizabeth Franklin, Len Fury, Dan Howachyn, Ina, Larry King, Harry McDaniel, Dale McEntire, Catherine Murray, Joseph Race, John Richards, Ila Seltzer, Ripp Smith, Julia Stout, Tekla, Martin Webster, and Robert Winkler. Call 828-859-2828 more information. Later on Friday, if you still need a bit of cheer, head over to Columbus where Elmo&squo;s Too welcomes the acoustic rock of Smiley and the Randoms starting at 7 p.m. Elmo&squo;s in Tryon invites you to sing your heart out this Labor Day weekend with Karaoke Saturday and Sunday night. Otherwise, you can count on Karaoke every Thursday at Elmo&squo;s. Elmo&squo;s Too will have Karaoke every Sunday at 6:30pm. Saturday, leave your yard labor for another day and adventure out to Green Creek Winery for their 3rd anniversary festival starting at 10 a.m. They have a whole day of wine, food, vendors, games, and live music lined up to keep you entertained. Highlights include a grape stomping contest and a Lucille Ball look-a-like contest. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but leave the pets and coolers at home. For more information or directions to 413 Gilbert Road, Columbus visit www.greencreekwinery.com or call 828-863-2182. If it&squo;s rainy on your parade, why not slip into the Hare & the Hound for an afternoon of jazz with the Fred Whiskin Trio from 3-5 p.m.? Smiley and the Randoms will be in Landrum spreading their joyous acoustic music Saturday at Twigs from 5:30 ‐ 8:30 p.m. Up in Saluda you can catch the delightful folk rock of Every Mother&squo;s Dream at The Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. that will have your toes tapping with their clever original tunes that mix of country, funk and jazz. Be sure to rest up Sunday, because you&squo;ll need your energy Monday for the 2nd Annual Buffalo Dance at the Tryon Youth Center. Hosted by the Pacolet Area Conservancy this is a fundraising event to preserve our vanishing lands and save the places we love. Think green and carpool with your friends to the event without spending the gas to leave the county to enjoy a great dinner, country style dancing, music by the Blue Ridge Rounders, and an exciting live auction. The event starts at 5 p.m. at Tryon Youth Center located on Highway 176 in the Pacolet Valley. For more information call 828-859-5060 or email info@pacolet.org.