BLAINESWORLD #783, Section 12B (NC)

Changing Hands: an evening of acoustic guitar with Billy McLaughlin

Come out and join us for a wonderful evening of music featuring Billy McLaughlin, nationally acclaimed guitarist, subject of PBS documentary Changing Keys, and the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation’s (DMRF) Awareness Ambassador. If you’re not familiar with McLaughlin’s work, please click:

Proceeds from this concert will benefit the DMRF, an organization whose ultimate mission is to find a cure for this devastating neurological disorder.

When: October 1, 2011
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville,1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801 (corner of Charlotte Street)
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; Concert begins at 8:00 p.m.
Reception to immediately follow concert
Cost: $35 per person

To order tickets, please click:


Marilynne in North Carolina:

You are invited to Paint the Town Pink and help build the largest human pink ribbon.

This was an amazing event last year, hope you can join us on October 6th. You will be part of something remarkable!

5:30-7:30 p.m. in Pack Square Park.


If you like jazz, you might enjoy my Saturday evening gigs at the Chop House, inside the Sheraton Four Points hotel, downtown Asheville. I bring my trio every Sat from 6-9PM

All the best,

Mark Guest
Jazz Guitar


Shotgun, a play by John Biguenet

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, joined by the YWCA of Asheville is excited to announce an upcoming production of John Biguenet’s Shotgun, September 29 through October 8 at Asheville’s BeBe Theatre. A portion of proceeds will benefit Building Bridges of Asheville, which endeavors to overcome racism by community dialogue.

Shotgun is a thought-provoking play set in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the words of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, “playwright John Biguenet exposes with power and grace the wounds that remain and examines how they might best be healed.” The play follows a white man and his teenage son who rent half of a shotgun duplex from an African-American woman, whose father has lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward and moved in with her. The two families find that more than just a wall runs between them. “Shotgun”explores whether this divide, like the city’s levees, can be breached.”Shotgun is not just about an African American family sharing a roof with a white family,” says Stephanie Hickling Beckman, Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective’s Managing Artistic Director. “One of the lovely things about Shotgun is that it is less of a play about race and completely a play about people. At its core, Shotgun is about people and the similarities they share as human beings despite their differences.”

The cast features Chuck Beattie, Gary Gaines, Angela Joyce, Jake McNair and Peter Millis. Stephanie Hickling Beckman directs and Caitlin Lane serves as stage manager. The show runs two weekends only: September 29-October 8, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the BeBe Theatre, located at 20 Commerce St., in downtown Asheville. Tickets are $15. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by emailing or calling (828) 275-2093.



November 11, 12, 2011

Womansong, Asheville’s oldest and largest women’s community chorus, presents
“EVERYTHING IS MUSIC” a benefit concert,
Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm
at the Unity Center, 2041 Old Fanning Bridge Road, Mills River 28759

This vibrant choral village of 70 women is directed by Deborah Nordeen, and assistant directors Sarah Rubin and Althea Gonzalez. Songs are signed by music sign language interpreter, Shiner Antiorio. Combining humor, harmony, colorful visuals, and a chance for the audience to sing along, the evening will celebrate the transformative power of music to uplift, unite, and heal our world. Freedom songs from the African American tradition will be featured as well as inspiring and entertaining songs from “The Sound of Music.” The title piece, Everything is Music, is based on the words of Rumi and composed by Asheville songwriter, Catherine Haas Riley.

Womansong is a community chorus that celebrates the unity, diversity and empowerment of women through musical expression. A 2011 YWCA Tribute to Women of Influence honoree and recipient of the 2005
Community of Kindness Award, Womansong promotes social change through its New Start Program. This program offers scholarships for women in Western North Carolina to improve their lives through education and training. It also provides small grants to “fill the gap” for women in need when other funds are not available. Womansong’s efforts are founded in the common spirit of women working and singing together.

Concert proceeds will benefit Womansong, its New Start Program, and Unity’s Kindness Fund.
Advance tickets are available at,
by phone from the Unity Center at 684-3798 or 891-8700,
or from Womansong members.
Adults: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Children: $5.

For more information: and


Invitation to the Moving Party!

The new location for Hendersonville Little Theatre (HLT) is currently being remodeled for our needs. We need your help to move fixtures and props from the old facility to our new location on Wednesday, September 28th.

Specifically we’re recruiting volunteers capable of lifting heavy boxes and moving bulky furniture.

We’d be grateful if you will respond to this request quickly so we can plan accordingly. Contact project manager Annette Hobbs by calling 828-685-0545 or by email. Be prepared to tell her if you wish to participate from 1:00 to 4:00 or 4:00 to 7:00–or if you can help out for the entire time.

The project will begin at 1:00 PM at our current location on State Street.


ScriptFEST 2011

SART’s 30th Annual Playwrights’ Conference

November 4 – 6, 2011

At the Reuter Center, UNCA Campus

Asheville, NC

* * * FREE ADMISSION * * *

It’s a weekend of new plays!

SART actors & Mars Hill College Theatre Arts students reading the top finalists’ original scripts from 75+ submissions, with the playwrights attending to talk about their work.

Mark your calendar & watch for more details in the next couple weeks.


Healthy Living Day at the Reuter Center Sat Oct 1 FREE

8:30a-12p Health Screenings

Park Ridge Wellness on Wheels van offers free blood pressure and BMI testing and diabetes screening; healthy muffins and juice available afterwards

9:15-10a Classes & Demonstrations Tae Kwon Do demo & participation, Tony Morris, certified martial arts instructor, Room 102B

Cooking & Storing Food for One or Two, Cathy Hohenstein, NCSU Extension Family/Consumer Sciences, Room 230

Pilates demo & participation, Diane Rose, certified pilates instructor, Rm 207 Tai Chi demo & participation, Nancy Chatham, tai chi instructor, Rm 205

10:15-11a Classes & Demonstrations Zumba Gold demo & participation, Judi Lampert, certified dance instructor, Room 207

Happy Yoga demo & participation, LaBet Pritchard, personal fitness trainer, Room 102B Strength Training demo & participation, Jesse Hyder, wellness coach/personal trainer, Rm 230 The Scoop on Supplements Elizabeth Pavka, nutritionist, Room 206

11a–2p Lunch Healthy “Grab & Go” food available for purchase for lunch or snack, Reuter Café

11:30a-12:45p Keynote Address The Predictors of Successful Aging – Dr. Carl Eisdorfer, co-founder, The Alzheimer’s Foundation, Room 102A

1-1:45p Classes & Demonstrations Walking Clinic demo & participation, Tricia Kelly, Mission Hospitals’ Weight & Exercise Management, Room 207

Balance demo & participation, Jason Wingert, UNCA Health & Wellness instructor, Room 230 Rebounding for Your Health demo & participation, LaBet Pritchard, personal fitness trainer,

Room 102B Hula Hooping – demo & participation – Lynn Trezise, YMCA group exercise coordinator,
Room 205


“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” presented by HART

Tomorrow at 7:30pm – October 16 at 3:00pm
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
250 Pigeon Street
Waynesville, North Carolina
Created By
Charles Mills
More Info
September 30 & October 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m.
October 2, 9, 16 at 3:00 p.m.
Adults $22, Seniors $18, Students $10

It is time for the annual spelling bee and this year’s contestants are all out for the big prize with no holds barred. This hilarious show is full of heart and went on to become one of Broadway’s biggest hits.

This production is recommended for Mature Audiences.

Rona Lisa Peretti … Tabitha Judy
Chip Tolentino … Mark Jones
Logainne Schwarzandgrubenierre … Emily Warren
Leaf Coneybear … Justin Slack
William Barfee … Strother Stingley
Marcy Parks … Regina Fernandez
Olive Ostrovsky … Leslie Putnam
Douglas Panch … Jeremy Bridges
Mitch Mahoney … Rod Leigh

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Presented by HART
Lyrics & Music by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Charles Mills
Music Direction by Chuck Taft
Choreography by Jacob Walas
Sponsored By Ron Fendreis, Nila Wilbur and Nadean McArthur to benefit HAWA

To read more about the show, please click:


On The Sunny Side of the Street

Saturday, October 22 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Calvary Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Fletcher NC

October 22nd @ 8pm and October 23rd @ 3pm. Join Beverly Todd, Michael Cheek , Colette Boudreaux, and Scott Joiner for an original Cabaret Revue paying tribute to the Great American Lyracist : Dorothy Fields.
Musical Direction by Jan Powell and arranged by Francis Cullinan
To benefit the Hendersonville Arts Council. Reserve in advance @ 828-693-8504. $35 general admission. Cabaret seating and wine bar.


Smokey Mountain Juggling Festival

Friday, October 7 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Stephens Lee Recreational Center
Created By
Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth
More Info
October 7-9 2011, Special Guest Brian P. Dailey!! FREE Workshops, FREE Open Juggling Space, FREE Late Night Renegade Show, SATURDAY EVENING VARIETY EXTRAVAGANZA ($10 suggested donation)
This event is a benefit for Performing Life a non profit group in Cochabamba Boliva, SA. They, among many other things, teach homeless street beggar children to juggle so they can make more money so they can spend less time on the streets and more time improving their lives! We think that’s pretty freaking cool!
More details at


JECKYL AND HYDE, the musical, will be performed by the Theatre students at Mars Hill College on October 5, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and on October 9 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at Owen Theatre. Tickets are $10 Adults; $8 Students & Children. To reserve tickets, please call the box office at 689.1239 and leave a message.

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