BLAINESWORLD #799, Section 12A (NC)

(1) 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:

NOTE: According to Bradshaw Call, one of the stars: “The show is roughly two hours with intermission. It is very sci-fi oriented…lots of jokes for fans of the genre. With that said…I think it would be fun for everyone. Its silly and action packed.”

(2) Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 3 p.m.

SHMAC Productions is proud to perform:

“A Bad Dress Rehearsal………..” a spoof on Phantom of the Opera, a second time, for those who
weren’t able to make it last time. This FINAL performance is an opportunity that you won’t want
to miss! In this parody, a professional director (Caroline Owen) tries to produce the musical Phantom of the Opera, but everything seems to go wrong! This fully sung comedy is self
produced and directed by a group of homeschooled actresses who love drama and music. Very
funny and great for the whole family. While the show itself is free, a love offering will be taken
to support the SHMAC girl’s mission trip to Honduras at the end of this month.

The production will be held on January 22nd at 3:00 at Grace Centre, off of Airport Road. The address is, 495 Cardinal Road. You can email me, Hannah Grady, at
or Melanie Owen for more information. Please forward this
email to everyone who might be able to come!!!!

Hope to see you there!!


(3) 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.

Tickets are just $10; $13 at the door. To purchase:

(4) Lenore in North Carolina (with an NC Volunteer Opportunity): I’ve been volunteering to collect tickets for every Chatauqua event in Asheville for years and really enjoy the performances. Our current volunteer coordinator, Gil Elliot, would like to take a break and is looking for someone to co-chair and train this summer and run the event in 2013. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Gil, below.

Asheville Chautauqua Coordinator Opening

Chatauqua is the decades-old tradition of assembling to hear, learn and be entertained by historic figures from America’s past. These people, like Thomas Jefferson, John Muir or Rosa Parks, are brought to life on stage by accomplished Chatauqua performers.

The Asheville Chatauqua is run in cooperation with Greenville, SC Chatauqua organization every June. This will be the last year for the current Asheville Chatauqua coordinator, and he is looking to work with someone this 2012 season who will replace him during the 2013 season. The scope of the duties, which are performed by a team of volunteers, are:
Arrange with a AB Tech to use Ferguson Auditorium
Coordinate with Greenville Chautauqua committee for performers and credits for the companion reader
Publicize the program
Arrange for musicians to perform from 7 to 7:30
Arrange for volunteers each night to help with tickets refreshments etc.
Arrange for lodging for presenters
Coordinate with presenters when they arrive in town
Arrange to have series passes made
Post all signs at performance site
Arrange to have stipend checks for musicians and presenters each evening
Please help this tradition continue and contact Gil Elliot for more information about this volunteer opportunity. 667-4146 or

(5) Volunteers Needed

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to volunteer for a good cause, now’s your chance.

Mission Childrens’ Hospital needs your help for its 4th annual Radiothon with KISS Country 99.9. Volunteers are needed to staff booths throughout the mall in 3-hour shifts on either Friday, February 17th or Saturday, February 18th. For more information, please contact our Biltmore Lake volunteers, Blaine Greenfield at 633-1049, email: or Carol Keleher at 670-7821, email:

In addition, the Radiothon is in need of musicians/entertainers who would be available in 2 hour shifts on either Friday or Saturday. If you’d be interested in performing or you know somebody who might be, please contact Marilynne Herbert, another volunteer, at 633.2049; email:

The Radiothon has raised over $300,000 to help the children of Western North Carolina. Mission Childrens’ Hospital never bases care on the ability to pay. We need your help to continue to serve all children in our area. The Radiothon is a lot of work from a lot of dedicated people, and we invite you to join in this joyful experience.

For more information about the Radiothon, please visit:

(6) Heather in Asheville: Hi kids, Did you know that I publish a weekly newsletter with a min-calendar for SWING and ZYDECO DANCE events!? It’s an email, very brief, a good quick-reference for all the Asheville dancin’ folks. I put together a digest from a few sources that I’m sure you see – Lonnie at DanceAsheville primarily, plus Deb Swanson’s Zydeco emails, plus Swing Asheville’s emails and calendar, plus last-minute notes from other sources (like Olive or Twist, which doesn’t always get the word out about what they are up to on a Friday night)… I’d be glad to add you to the email distribution. Write to me at and check it out. I publish late Monday. Unsubscribing is easy, too. Come dancin’!

(7) “A Dream of Camelot,” is now being cast for a new production to be performed March 29,30,31 and April 1 at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville, directed by Rock Eblen. If you are an actor who sings, we invite you to contact us to audition!

Auditions will be held on Sat. Jan. 28 from 2 – 5 and Sun. Jan. 30 from 1 – 3:30. We are still filling out our support team and welcome participation. To arrange for an audition or meeting contact Richard by email or call 828-658-9604. Email:

(8) Upcoming at The Hop:

Friday January 20th The Hop West 6:30-7:30pm
The Mad Tea and 23 Special Duet

Tuesday January 24th on Merrimon 6-7pm
The Roaring Lions Jazz Show

Tuesday January 31st on Merrimon 6-7pm
Mr. Twister Magic and Balloon Show

The Hop at 640 Merrimon Ave
The Hop West at 721 Haywood Rd

Stop by and get some great ice cram, too!

(9) Leadership Asheville Forum and the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement will host an evening celebrating Appalachian Music, including its connections to Scotland and the Scotch-Irish who immigrated to our region. The program is free and open to the public, and will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in the Manheimer Room of the NC Center for Creative Retirement on the campus of UNC-Asheville.

The program will feature Dr. Douglas and Darcy Orr, with musical support by Joe and Karen Holbert. All four are accomplished performers of Celtic and Appalachian music. Dr. Orr served as President of Warren Wilson College from 1991 until his retirement in 2006, and is co-authoring a book on Appalachian music with Fiona Ritchie, host of NPR’s “The Thistle & Shamrock”. Darcy is the art editor of the book, which will be published by the UNC Press. The performance will last about an hour and will be followed by a half-hour for questions and discussion. Please join us for an informative and entertaining evening.

(9) Spring 2012 Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office would like to invite the public to attend the spring 2012 Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy. The academy is designed to provide an overview of daily operations and each topic will be presented by Sheriff’s Office staff. Space is limited to the first 30 Buncombe County residents who are approved to attend, so don’t delay – class will fill up quickly!
You must apply and be accepted. A background check will be conducted on all applicants.
Application deadline is Friday, February 17, 2012.
The academy is scheduled for Tuesday evenings beginning on March 6, 2012 and ending on May 8, 2012, during the hours of 6:00pm and 9:00pm. All classes will be held at the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, 202 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
To apply simply email Deputy Robyn Michalove with the following information

Full name
Date of birth
Current address (no PO Box)
Drivers license number and State of issuance
Phone number(s) and
Email address

All above information must be fully complete and is subject to approval. Please correspond by email to Deputy Robyn Michalove, no later than Friday, February 17, 2012.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Deputy Robyn Michalove
Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Unit

NOTE: I participated in this program, and it was great. You’ll enjoy it, too!

(10) John Crutchfield (“One of Asheville’s brightest theatre stars”—Asheville Citizen-Times) is the author and director of our latest world premiere theatre show, SOLSTICE. The Mountain Xpress called this mesmerizing play “..daring…superb” and said that you should “get your tickets now.” The show runs now through February 4th. For tickets, please click:

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