BLAINESWORLD #798, Section 12B (NC events)

(5) Asheville Talent Slam

Saturday, February 11
7:30pm until 10:30pm

Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St,, Asheville, NC

Registration is now open at the Bioflyer website:

Three winners will be awarded: $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Contestants will also be considered for casting in Bioflye.

MAIN-FM 103.5 on your radio dial
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(7) The Altamont Theater and Pan Harmonia are excited to announce their new collaboration: 2nd Sunday @ 5 – Pan Harmonia @ The Altamont Theater, monthly concerts of premier chamber music in the heart of downtown Asheville!

This 10-concert series begins Sunday, Feb 12 @ 5. Pan Harmonia artistic director/flutist Kate Steinbeck and pianist Fabio Parrini perform a delightful program of “American Valentines,” exquisite works by Aaron Copland, Arthur Foote, Joseph Schwantner and Paul Schoenfield. For “dessert” (the second half of the program), Steinbeck and Parrini will be joined by another gifted and award-winning musician, 14-year-old cellist Maria Parrini, Fabio’s daughter, in a trio by French Romantic composer Louise Farrenc.

Tickets are $12 in advance and available at or $15 at the door. A limited number of subscriptions for the entire series are available at a specially reduced price until February 10. Contact Rosalind at for more information and to reserve.

Lauded for its eclectic, unpretentious and genre-smashing performances, Pan Harmonia (formerly Keowee Chamber Music) has been producing concerts throughout WNC since 2000. Pan Harmonia has been nationally recognized for its excellence, imaginative programming and outreach. It produces affordably priced world-class concerts of regional musicians.

The Altamont Theatre is Asheville’s newest professional music venue – a 120-seat intimate listening room for the serious music lover. An elegant, but by no means stuffy venue, The Altamont gives audiences the chance to relax, enjoy a beer or a glass of wine and experience the best acoustics in town in a cozy setting.

Pan Harmonia

The Altamont Theatre
18 Church Street, Asheville, NC

(8) Men friends –

I’m about to offer an ongoing weekly group for men who are seeking more connection with other men and are ready to commit to their own personal growth. I think this experience will offer not only an exceptionally safe setting for enjoying the natural bonds that exist between men, but a very powerful vehicle for personal development.

I bring to this group my professional background of 20 years working as a Ph.D. clinical psychologist and psychotherapist – and another 15 as a management consultant and executive coach. My approach will naturally be informed by my extensive experience with Gestalt Therapy and peer counseling, and over 40 years of immersion in Eastern philosophy and practice. I have also facilitated, convened or participated in men’s groups for over 30 years. The group will additionally make use of the Enneagram and the work of Byron Katie. I will also be available for individual coaching when that might be helpful.

What you can expect from this group is guided experiences designed to maximize mutual support and to deepen and nurture your identity as a man – along with focused attention on your uniqueness, your life path and next steps in your personal evolution. Over time, you are likely to experience increased self-confidence and benefits in your primary personal relationships, your work and your health.

This group will meet weekly from 6:30-8:30 on Monday evenings, beginning on February 20. The location will be my home in East Asheville (Haw Creek, near the VA Hospital). The fee will be $40-80 per month, depending on your financial circumstances. To maximize intimacy and to allow sufficient personal focus on each member, the group will be limited to a maximum of eight men.

For more information, you can call me at 582-9822 or email me at


P.S. If you are aware of other men who might profit from this experience, please feel encouraged to forward them this email.

Majo John Madden


(9) Solstice by John Crutchfield at Magnetic Field . . . Thurs. until Sat., Feb. 4


Kicking off the new year is the world premiere of award-winning writer/actor John Crutchfield’s Solstice, which tells the story of an ambitious young man, Eugene (Glenn Reed), who goes to visit his best friend, Carlton (Scott Fisher), only to find him living in desperate and dangerous circumstances.

Eugene is repulsed by the life his friend seems to lead, and yet he can’t leave–because he’s afraid of what Carlton will do to himself if he does. Add a Civil War pistol, a Darth Vader mask, a child’s doll, and a drug-addicted prostitute named Sparky (Lisa M. Smith) hiding out from her homicidal pimp, and there is no telling what will happen next in this volatile mixture of drama and black comedy.

As the unforgettable characters of Solstice hurtle toward the conclusion, what unfolds is by turns grotesque, gripping, and hilarious–in short, a superb and dynamic drama that will leave you at the edge of your seat until the very last moment.

Thursdays – Saturdays, Jan. 12-Feb 4. For prices and tickets visit

(10) NC Stage Presents “Fight Girl Battle World” January 19 – February 4

NC Stage Catalyst Series Production This production IS included in Super FlexPass subscriptions! North Carolina Stage Company’s Catalyst Series kicks off the new year with the award-winning sci-fi play Fight Girl Battle World, opening Thursday, January 19th and running through February 4th.

Set in a futuristic universe where the human race is on the brink of extinction, Fight Girl… is the story of E-V, the last human female in all the known galaxies, and her quest to stay alive in the face of an intergalactic government conspiracy. Accompanying her is a rag-tag team composed of an ex-military General, an alien spaceship pilot, and an overly sarcastic robot sidekick as they face the President of the United Galactic Alliance and his compatriots.

Fight Girl Battle World is directed by Charlie Flynn-McIver, Artistic Director and co-founder of NC Stage, and it stars many local actors seen on stage everywhere from UNCA and Warren Wilson College to Montford Park and NC Stage. Cast includes Rebecca Morris (last seen at NC Stage as Harper Pitt in Angels in America), Jake Bowden, Lauren Kriel, Bobby Abrahamson, Jessica Lewis, Alison Young, Bradshaw Call, Travis Kelley, and Jason Williams.

For more information, please click:

(11) The Asheville Citizen’s Police Academy starts March 8
The entire program, lectures, dinner, parking and a graduation dinner are free.
Here’s the link for all the information:

It is a 13 week-course that runs from 6-9 p.m. with an additional 2 opportunities outside class (shooting range and a drive along with an officer).

You will meet officers from each department including the Police Chief.

To register, contact: Allen Dunlap by Email at:

MY TWO CENTS: It’s a fantastic experience. I participated in it, and I recommend it highly.

(12) Volunteers are needed to help in a number of areas with the upcoming men’s and women’s tournaments that are returning to Asheville after an absence of many years.

You can learn a more about this here:

(13) Bruce Lang: Beginning tonight for the next 4 weekends I’ll be performing with “The B’s” (Bill Covington, Byron Hedgepeth & myself) in the Grove Park Inn’s Great Hall. First set is mostly Jazz, grand piano, upright bass, drums & vocals, then we mix it up with a little of everything. What could be more fun then playing a Miles Davis tune followed by Aqualung? No cover & huge blazing ireplace.

(14) Coach Doug Blevins at the Biltmore Lake Clubhouse

When: 7:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, Feb. 2

You’re invited to hear Coach Doug Blevins, the only coach in NFL history who has never walked–or even played football!

His presentation, “Kick Your Life Into High Gear,” is guaranteed to amaze you. In addition, you’ll find it both inspirational and amusing.

You’ll learn his incredible story, as well as powerful techniques for:
* Becoming the best you possibly can be.
* Setting goals.
* Developing action steps for getting what you want in life.

For more information about Coach Blevins, please view his interview with Bryant Gumbel on REAL SPORTS:

Or read this informative SPORTS ILLUSTRATED article about him:

TO REGISTER: If you’re a Biltmore Lake resident, please sign-up via the Intranet. If you’d like to be Blaine’s guest (there’s limited seating!), send an email to: and put FEBRUARY 2 in the subject line.

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