BLAINESWORLD #819, Section 12B (NC)

(1) Unit 50 at Wild Wing Cafe in Asheville

Saturday, June 9, at 9 p.m.

(2) Stories on Asheville’s 

Front Porch
with David Novak
Saturday, June 30, 
10:30 – 11:45 am
Rhino Courtyard of Pack Place
Downtown Asheville
 Plan to attend this performance by internationally reknowned storyteller David Novak.   
Performances continue
July 7, 14, 21, 2012
with Connie Regan Blake, Pat Stone, and Michael Reno Harrell taking center stage at
Pack Place
in the Rhino Courtyard from 10:30-11:45 a.m., rain or shine, and free to the public.
This year’s theme is “Stories Whispered by a Mountain Breeze” as the festival honors the memory of Ray Hicks, for his contribution for celebrating and preserving our storytelling tradition here in the mountains. Other sponsors are Pack Place and The Asheville Storytelling Circle.  Director Sarah Larson says, “All stories are true, and some of them happened.”  This program joins all the other efforts of the Center such as Apalachian Studies, mountain dulcimer, clogging, storytelling, and the Storytelling SIG as we seek, according to Director Catherine Frank,  “to celebrate the place we call home.”
(3) Magnetic Field: June 8 and 9
Is that a euphemism in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?  For two performances only in its new Magnetic Late Night series, The Magnetic Theatre proudly presents its first homegrown sketch show, Sex and How To Have It, A Light Blue Comedy.  With quick, comic looks at sex education, first forays, gay sex, group sex, online sex, loss of libido, visits from the pizza delivery guy, the plumber, the police, and “The Spouse Whisperer,” songs such as “Tie The Knot (A Little Tighter, Please)” and “My Loathing,” and a special appearance by the Big Blue Bin, Sex covers a lot in its one-hour running time.

Conceived, written, and performed by Magnetic Theatre veterans Brian Claflin, Kathryn Langwell, and Glenn Reed, and Valerie Meiss, the Hellblinki stalwart making her Magnetic stage debut, the show features songs by Brian Claflin performed by the company, choreography by Kathleen Hahn, and direction by The Magnetic Theatre’s artistic director, Steven Samuels, Sex and How To Have It is the latest entry in our Magnetic Late Night series, which led off with Claflin’s Mezzo, The Happy Medium.  “Magnetic Late Night,” says Samuels, “is a way for The Magnetic Theatre to stretch its collective talents in new and unexpected directions.  Sex and How To Have It represents our desire to reconceive what sketch comedy can be by giving it a theme and continuity.  These four writer-performers are among the finest I’ve ever seen, and their rapport is astonishing and inspiring.  I’m very impressed with how funny this show has turned out to be.” Sex and How To Have It won’t be here long.  Fans of comedy and The Magnetic Theatre’s original works won’t want to miss it.

(4) Fort Fingers & A Missing Tooth presents . . . The Temps

    • June 14 at 7:30pm until June 23 at 10:00pm
  • 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.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!Two weekends only! June 14-16 & 21-23, Thursdays – Saturdays.
    At The Magnetic Field in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.Tickets are $15 for 7:30pm shows, and $12 for 10pm* shows.Get tickets online at www.themagneticfield.comor in person at their box office.*10pm shows on Friday and Saturday nights only.Also, check out:
    • June 22 at 7:30pm until July 1 at 2:30pm
  • Bioflyer Productions is bringing to Asheville the award winning Broadway hit for the first time in Western North Carolina! The dates are two weekends, June 22–July 1, at Asheville Masonic Temple. Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL this is the groundbreaking show that celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with power, poignancy, and passion.The exciting score of this famous rock musical will feature Chuck Taft as returning Music Director. This year’s production will also benefit Planned Parenthood, one of the area’s most powerful community outreach organizations for young people and family education.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.Performances are June 22-23 at 7:30pm, June 24 matinee at 2:30, June 29-30 at 7:30, July 1 matinee at 2:30. Tickets are $15 in advance thru Etix or at Planned Parenthood, 603 Biltmore Ave in Asheville. Suggested for mature audiences.CAST:
    Daniel Hensley……Melchior
    Ty Shelton……….. Moritz
    Taylor Loven…….. Wendla
    Chelsea Gandy…… Ilse
    Nick Parker………. Hanschen
    (Frank) Wagoner… Georg
    Holly Harmon…….. Martha
    Justin Slack……… Ernst
    Kyle Smith……….. Otto
    Alice Night……….. Thea
    Stefanie Crane…… Anna
    Jacque Glenn…….. Adults
    Russell Ledbetter.. Adults
    Tony Fogleman……AdultsADVANCE DISCOUNT TICKETS: Concerned citizens are planning a demonstration this Saturday, June 9 to protest the sale of public land to the McKibbon Hotel Group. We’re sorry for the very late notice but spontaneous happenings are hard to keep up with. Here’s the announcement as we received it:

    Let’s get it together! Let’s stage a picketing at St. Lawrence Basilica to protest the possible 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, 11 a.m.We know the PLACE: the bell-tolling, roses-wrapped, beautiful, historical, 100 year old church across from the Civic Center.Be pro-active folks: Let’s not watch another big enterprise obscure another piece of history and beauty!

    This is grass roots–bring your own signs!

    For more information contact:

    Maria Mason

    (7) Don’t miss this one!

    Ana has sung with Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and many others. She says music has taught her how to treat and not treat people. She’s a composer, performer, arranger who uses the holistic, transformative aspects of music/chant. For over a decade she’s been creating community by having people explore the effects of rhythm & chant on their bodies…and spirits. It’s hard to leave one of Ana’s events without being uplifted.

    Just $5, Sat. 6:30 (tomorrow!) at White Horse!

    Tomorrow at 6:30pm at White Horse Black Mountain

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