BLAINESWORLD #818, Section 12A (NC)

(1) Get ready to be astounded!  This summer Bioflyer Productions is bringing to Asheville the award winning rock musical SPRING AWAKENING!  It will be the first presentation of the Broadway hit in Western North Carolina. The dates are two weekends, June 22-July 1, 7:30pm at Asheville Masonic Temple.

June 24th and July 1st are 2:30 matinees. Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL this groundbreaking show celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion.

Eblen’s Asheville based company is well known for producing cutting edge theater on a professional level yet only using local performers who volunteer their talent to help raise funds for charity. This year’s production will also benefit Planned Parenthood, one of the area’s most powerful community outreach organizations for young people.

SPRING AWAKENING takes its inspiration from one of literature’s most controversial masterpieces–a work so daring in its depiction of teenage self-discovery, it was banned from the stage and not performed in its complete form in English for nearly 100 years. This was not because of its bold depiction of rebellious youth, but rather the perceived evils of a sexually repressive and socially rigid society. On Broadway, the show became famous because it did not look like a regular musical, and it did not sound like a regular musical. It was truly fresh, innovative, and a magnet for younger theater goers.

Eblen’s production team includes his usual roster of outstanding local theater veterans. Returning as music director will be Chuck Taft, who last year helmed the uproarious sound of Bioflyer’s FOOTLOOSE at Diana Wortham Theater. The website is:

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and available thru Etix or at Planned Parenthood, 603 Biltmore Ave. 28801

(2) The Temps

June 14-16 & 21-23, 7:30pm & 10:00pm*
at The Magnetic Field, 372 Depot Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Times are tough, even for Asheville, North Carolina’s premiere juggling troupe Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth. Despite being forced into modern day indentured servitude (a.k.a. “temping”), they still find a way to bring the mundane hum of 9 to 5 employment to an improbable crescendo. From the morning wake-up routine to the after work karaoke jam, the temps skillfully navigate the labyrinth of cubicles, irrational bosses, and mandatory team building exercises by transforming everyday office situations into moments of pure delight.

Temps Promo 2

Join Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth as they present The Temps, their first full-length stage production. This show brings their years of circus experience together into a fantastic display of juggling, acrobatics, physical theatre and more—performed with a comedic twist that’s fun for all ages!

Because when the going gets tough, the tough get temp jobs!

Tickets are $15 for 7:30pm shows, and $12 for 10pm* shows.

(3) David C. in NC:

A little note from my musical persona—-
A couple of gigs coming up–Friday June 1st, I will be playing with Project:Cash at the Relay for Life outdoor benefit @ Reynolds High School stadium in Fairview, 6:30pm.
And on Friday June 15th I will be with P:C @ Wild Wings Cafe, Asheville, starting at around 9:30-10:00.
These will be my last two shows with the Project, as the band has started to be a little too successful and has begun to interfere with my day job. (First time THAT has happened!) But my good friend and fellow drummer David McNabb will be taking over for me, and will continue the tradition of keeping Johnny Cash’s music alive!
Come on out!

(4) Vic A. in NC: Mary Anne & I went to see this show last night [LOVE AMONG THE FRANKENSTEINS at Magnetic Field].  It was “out there” but very funny.  Opened with an orgy in the graveyard and ended with male actors dressed as women and everyone  dancing on the stage.  In between was a little nudity, giant penis,men kissing men, women kissing woman, and Darren Marshall dressed only in a Depends.  Cast was excellent. Some familiar faces and some new.

Show was sold out and audience seemed to enjoy.  I think you would enjoy, Cynthia, not so sure.  It seems typical Asheville.  Had dinner at the theatre (shrimp & grits were excellent).  Chall Gray came up to us and said this is the most risque show they have ever done.
(5) Dear Buncombe County Residents–and any interested visitors:

Let’s get it together!  Let’s stage a picketing at St. Lawrence Basilica to protest possible real estate sale of the land near it, to a hotel group!
Let’s show that CONCERNED CITIZENS will not sit back and let over-ambitious, money-making American business heads swallow up one of the most beautiful areas of downtown Asheville.
TIME: Saturday, June 9 at 11 am.
We know the PLACE:  the bell-knolling, roses-wrapped, beautiful, historical 150+ years old church and surrounding area, nestled at a corner of mountain views and across from the Civic Center.
Be pro-active, folks: Let’s not watch another big enterprise obscure another piece of history and beauty!
Let’s have 2 main petition-signing stations for those who reject hotel and want public plaza:   one for citizens/voters of Buncombe County,  and one for visitors/tourists.
Asheville City Council, this one’s for you!
Maria Mason, resident of Weaverville, NC
P.S.  Some picket sign ideas:
Asheville or Cashville?
Honor the Almighty not the Almighty Dollar.
Beauty or Loot-y?
Flowers Not Towers
Our Quaint Downtown Not T’ain’t Our Downtown
Pro-business–just not here on this little slice of piazza
(6) Bradshaw C. in NC:  Please come see the show if you can. A great group of actors and an amazing crew. Hope to see you there!

The Top 7 Reasons to See
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

at Asheville Community Theatre

7) Catch up on the latest middle school fads. Amaze your kids with how well you can relate to them after seeing the show!

6) It?s a hilarious way to spend your evening with friends?catching up and ?remembering when.?

5) You can impress your date with your knowledge of spelling bee etiquette and your vast spelling prowess.

4) Be an audience participant and feel a sense of soaring accomplishment.

3) It’s fun for adults. Leave the kids at home, and have a great grownups night out with a hysterical show.

2) It’s like LIVE REALITY TV. You never know what?s going to happen! We’re talking out of control stage parents, gluten intolerance, high drama, and forbidden love – all amidst an overarching steroid-laden competitive spirit.

1) Witness a production that is truly a love letter to the awkward kid in all of us.

For tickets, please click:

7) Gary J. in NC: Bring PRSA to Western North Carolina

The Public Relations Society of America is America’s largest PR networking association. The closest chapter is Charlotte. We want to do something about that. Click on ABOUT to learn more.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), based in New York City, is the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals. The organization has more than 21,000 members, including professionals from public relations agencies, corporations, government, health care institutions, military, professional services firms, associations, nonprofit organizations, and academia. In addition, PRSA has over a hundred local chapters.

But we have no representation in Western North Carolina.

PRSA offers an incredible array of membership features including career development, on-line FREE webinars, seminars, networking possibilities, training, free strategic communications planning software and more.

We just need at least 10 people who are interested in forming a chapter. and would commit to joining.

Fees are not cheap; and there is criteria you have to meet as a PR professional. But what we could establish and get back in return is high.

Check out their website at

and if you’re interested just “LIKE” us for now.

(8) Fantastic opportunity to see Las Vegas magician and entertainer, Jeff McBride, in Asheville for a charity show on 5 June.

Direct from Las Vegas, internationally known entertainer Jeff McBride presents Magic Behind the Mask at New Harvest Church, 142 Elk Mountain Road, Asheville, North Carolina on June 5 at 7 p.m. to benefit The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity for the disabled.
(9) Upcoming events, featuring Richard Shulman:
Upcoming Events
JUNE, 2012
Saturday, June 3
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Holistic Wisdom Faire
at White Horse Black Mountain

Sundays June 3, 10, & 17 Music at the Center for Spiritual Living – Asheville

2 Science of Mind Way  Asheville, NC 28806, (828) 253-2325

Thursdays June 7, 14, & 28, 8:00 – 11:00 pm: piano with the Heather Masterton Quartet at Olive or Twist 81 Broadway, Asheville NC 28801

Friday – Monday June 22nd – 25th Performances and a booth at the International New Age Trade Show (INATS), Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO (This is a for-the-trade-only show for wholesalers and retailers of evolutionary products and services).


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