BLAINESWORLD #792, Section 12A (NC)

(3) The 28th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular! (Dec 1-21)
Public Event · at The Magnetic Field

Thursday at 7:30pm until Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 10:30pm

“Hilarious” —Mountain Xpress
“Nothing is sacred”—Citizen-Times

The fun-loving, drunken, and wildly dysfunctional Bernstein Family returns! The 28th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular brings long-lost family members, old favorites, and some new material to entertain Magnetic audiences this holiday season!

For more info:

Low-priced previews Dec 1 & 2 ($8). Opening Night Gala Dec. 3 at 7:30 ($15). Performances Dec 8-10, 15-17, 20-21 at 7:30, with late shows Friday and Saturday nights at 10:00 ($12/15).


(4) Annual Interfaith Prayer Service Set For December 29

SPECIAL NOTE: Cynthia will be dancing at this event!

Mark your calendar today. The annual URI Interfaith service is beginning to take shape under the leadership of John Snodgrass, President of the Interfaith Ministerial Association.
Music and Prayers from Different Religions will help us Celebrate the New Year, Thursday, December 29th, 7:00 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville
In English and Spanish

Volunteers needed:

We need a projectionist to volunteer to design and run digital slide-shows.


Rabbi Cohen has volunteered to lead a couple short songs in Hebrew.

Laura Miklowitz has volunteered to help round up other musical acts.

We’re still waiting to hear back from other musicians.


Robert Hudson has volunteered to lead a community chorus. He has music and folders ready.

Any volunteers for the chorus should e-mail with the words “community chorus” in the subject line.
If we do not have eight singers by 12/4, we will have to hold onto the community chorus idea for some other event (that would be sad, really sad.)


Rabbi Bentley has volunteered to offer a prayer in Hebrew and English

Alfredo Oviedo and members of Grace Lutheran have volunteered to offer a prayer in Spanish

John Snodgrass will offer a short witness on “The Rebirth of the Sun,” the basic human desire for togetherness at the end of December.

We’re still waiting for hear back from other potential speakers.

If you have an idea or want to participate in any way, please email


(5) Get Some Faerie Tail
Friday, December 30th at 7:30pm
Friday December 30th at 11:00pm
Get Some Fairie Tale

Featuring Bombs Away Cabaret, The Hellblinki Sextet and Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth

Two shows! 7:30pm and 11:00pm

Tickets $20 in advance/$25 at the door

One-time special event. Not included in Super FlexPass Subscriptions.

Bombs Away Cabaret, Asheville’s foremost cabaret and burlesque collaborative, is excited to announce its next venture: Get Some Faerie Tail, a fairytale-themed revue show also featuring psycho-cabaret band Hellblinki and juggling troupe Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth. All material featured will be original.

The Mountain Xpress calls Bombs Away Cabaret “bright, feisty and accomplished, without ever taking itself seriously.”

Asheville audiences know Bombs Away Cabaret from its previous full-length productions, which have all attracted sellout crowds – and for good reason.

In the words of The Laurel of Asheville, Bombs Away Cabaret’s shows are “tawdry, bawdy, and leave you saying ‘Oh, lawdy!’”

Bombs Away Cabaret was formed in 2008 and is dedicated to restoring burlesque to its comedic roots while raise funds for charitable causes. In April 2012, the troupe will venture to the Magnetic Field Theatre for its fourth full-length production, High Skirts: Illicitly Yours, a farcical play interwoven with original musical comedy numbers. Proceeds from Get Some Faerie Tail will help the troupe stage High Skirts: Illicitly Yours, whose proceeds will benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

What do you get when you mix elements of American folk, European cabaret and Punk Rock experimentation? You get the Hellblinki Sextet, a three-piece psycho-cabaret band based in Asheville. As members of Hellblinki, Andrew Benjamin, Valerie Meiss and JonPaul Hess tour and record regularly.

Local favorite Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth is a juggling troupe known for their unique and engaging take on juggling. Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth has joined Bombs Away previously as guest performers in Bombs Away’s full-length productions.

This fairytale-themed revue show promises a little something for everyone, with a vaudevillian spin on fairytale archetypes. Due to language and sexual content this show is appropriate for adult audiences only.


(6) Remember all the filming that went on during the Bank Robbery Reenactment? Legacy Films has completed work on the music video “Sleepy Little Town,” written and performed by Mark Bumgarner, and a film of the reenactmentitself. These videos will premier on December 10 at 7:30 PM and December
11 at 2:30 PM at Owen Theater in Mars Hill.


(7) Most Fridays and Saturdays you will find jazz guitarist Mark Guest playing at the Chop House in downtown Asheville from 6-9PM. Fridays, Mark plays solo in the dining room. His solo offerings range from jazz standards to odd treatments of unusual tunes like Paint it Black, You Are My Sunshine, and more. Saturdays, he brings his trio into the lounge area and lets his hair down a little bit. The trio normally includes Mark on guitar, Zack Page on bass, and the great Sonny Thornton on drums. “No one plays the drums the way Sonny does, and that’s why I always try to use him whenever I need a drummer”, says Guest. “He treats the drums more like a piano or melodic instrument than most other drummers.”

Mark has been at the Chop House for a little over a year now, and has seen the business change. “In the beginning, it was pretty slow, often almost empty. Now, we see a nice mix of locals and travelers in the dining room and lounge. The management and servers have been very supportive of the music and I have grown to enjoy them all.” said Guest. “We hope to continue building the audience base at the Chop House by playing the best music we can, both in solo and trio settings”

The Chop House is located inside the Sheraton Four Season Hotel at 22 Woodfin Street, downtown Asheville (I-240 at the Merrimon on-ramp). While the Chop House is known as a steak house, their executive chef owned and operated the Left Bank restaurant for 8 years in Asheville before coming to the Chop House, so don’t be afraid of ordering the specials.

All the best,

Mark Guest
Jazz Guitar

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
Confucius (c.551-479 BC)

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