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Connect to the community through galleries, music, &dogs

Don&squo;t let the wet weather trap you in the house with your television. Get out and socialize this weekend and remember why this community is a beautiful place to live. You&squo;ve heard what the big city pundits have to say on the flat screen, but have you talked to your friends and neighbors about the upcoming local elections? Let the artists and musicians inspire you to keep communicating and dreaming of a brighter tomorrow. Is there anything Aaron Price can&squo;t do? Catch this multi-talented producer and musician at Purple Onion tonight at 7:30 p.m. It&squo;s sure to be an eclectic mix of original tunes. He started piano at age two and has been writing songs and playing with musicians that cross genres from cabaret to folk to rock and beyond. The only thing he hasn&squo;t done is produce his own pop album that might limit him to one genre. The Tryon Painters and Sculptors welcome you to the Tryon Fine Arts Center from 5-7 p.m. Friday to join them for opening receptions of their two new exhibits. In Gallery I you&squo;ll find Suzanne Doyle&squo;s &dquo;25 Years of Artistic Expression.&dquo; Doyle&squo;s work in oils is a culmination of her artistic vision ranging from still life subjects to Italian landscapes with even a few pieces from her historical Holocaust series. Downstairs in Gallery Too you&squo;ll discover Ellen Delehanty &dquo;Dabbling in Art.&dquo; Delehanty, an industrial designer and arts educator, has been gently guided back to the art world inspired by local artists. This show will included a few new watercolors as well as her oil paintings. Both exhibits will be available for viewing from October 10 through November 8. For more information call (828) 859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org. After the openings why not venture over to Columbus for dinner and catch some live blues to groove into the weekend from local favorites Dog Fight Blues Band at Elmo&squo;s Too at 9 p.m. Saturday plan to spend the day in Columbus for the Second Annual Columbus Day Celebration. From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. the town will be alive with music, crafts, farmers market, pumpkin carving, and fun for the kids. The line up of music for the day is as follows: 10 a.m. Rich Bauer 11 a.m. Black Lightning 12 p.m. Walt Whitney/Ellen Trnka&bsp; 1:30 p.m. Silver Travis Band 3:30 p.m. True Blues 6 p.m. Geoff Achison While you&squo;re out in that part of the county consider stopping in for the 34th annual holiday open house at Little Mountain Pottery. The studio of Claude Graves comes alive with guest craftsmen and mountain music. The kiln openings are Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Little Mountain Pottery is located at 6372 Peniel Road in Columbus. Saturday evening head into Tryon to The Upstairs Artspace for the Southern Exposure artists group&squo;s opening of &dquo;Southern Exposure Exposed.&dquo; From 5 to 8 p.m. explore the work and visit with the artists themselves. As you walk down the block you&squo;ll discover another showing and reception at Grace Foothills in the Tryon Movie Theatre from 5-7 p.m., coinciding with the Upstairs Gallery.&bsp; The exhibit features the art work of the children of Grace Foothills. Stop in to explore the art and enter the free raffle that includes art lessons from the Tryon Fine Arts Center and also an assortment of art supplies. Afterwards wander down the street to grab some coffee at the Gallery Coffeehouse and check out the new art on the walls from local artists. Then step into Elmo&squo;s to rock the night away with No Alibi from Boiling Springs at 9 p.m. Up the hill in Saluda The Purple Onion welcomes Brian McGee and The Hollow Speed at 8 p.m. While Saluda Mountain Jamboree hosts &dquo;Tarheel Christian Singles&dquo; of all denominations for a night of dancing with Southern Pointe from 8-11 p.m. For more information call 828-231-2831. Geoff Achison &bsp;All the entertainment has gone to the dogs with the Any and all Dog Show at Harmon Field starting at 2 p.m. Register in one of the many categories at 1 p.m. to get your dog in on the act. Is there a &dquo;best doggone comedian&dquo; category? I know my furry friend from Foothills Humane Society loves to steal the show with her goofy antics. All fees are donated to the Foothills Humane Society. For more information call the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club at 828-859-6109. Get out on a Wednesday night and discover live music to wake up your week. Find intimate dining with Fred Whiskin tinkling the ivories and vocals from songbird Elizabeth Moore at Twigs. Discover lively conversation and dinner with toe tapping acoustic jazz from Wendi Loomis and the Rhythm Rascals at Persimmons. Rock out at Elmo&squo;s with Weird Mojo featuring the high energy Susie Kocher with a band that can play all your favorites from Janis Joplin to the Violent Femmes.