BLAINESWORLD #824, Section 12A (NC)

(1) It will make you smile, laugh, chuckle …

The College for Seniors “Performing Stand-Up Comedy” class is proudly presenting a second performance at The Grotto in the Highsmith Union on campus on Friday, July 13, 2012.  Doors open at 7 p.m.; showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Join instructor Randy Robins and the mirthful troupe of inveterate comics–including yours truly–as they make what for most of them is an encore performance of their stand-up debut. Admission is free, parking is ample, and your presence can only enhance what promises to be a fun time for all.

(2) DramaRama ends on Saturday, July 14 with The Good Old Fashioned Variety Show! One of the acts pictured above will walk away with $500!

And you’ll walk away with a lot of show for your money!  Asheville’s top stand-up comedian, Greg Brown, is in the show.  The choreographer from Chicago and Guys and Dolls, Tina Pisano-Foor, is in the show.  Some of ACT’s favorite performers from the past year (Bradshaw Call, Matt Harper, Nana Hosmer, Jeff Thompson, Emma Stoneberg – we’re looking at you!) are competing tonight. Clarke Spencer will drop your jaw with his singing and guitar playing.  Regina Loveday mixes gospel with classic jazz. And Lisa Ross is singing her heart out (and celebrating her son’s second birthday) at tonight’s show!

We have blues guitar by Harold Robeson, original folk music by Sea Guisando, a gospel number from Total Praise, and a hip hop/Bhangra dance by Christine Garvin & Diana McCall.

Plus an artistic rollerskating routine from Jessica Adams.

Plus a number by the unstoppable Shirley Cohen.

Emcee-ing tonight are the fabulous Betsy Puckett and the debonaire Scottie McCall.  The luminous 2011 Diva*licious winner Sara Fields returns to the stage for a number.  We’re welcoming three celebrity judges – Matt Lutz who just debuted on Broadway, Charlie Flynn-McIver who produces tremendous professional theatre in Asheville, and the honorable Mayor Terry Bellamy!  And our incredible band is fronted by the always awesome Aaron Price.

This is the show not to miss!

All week, people have been buzzing about how much fun they’ve been having at DramaRama events.  Well, this is the last one for this year – you’re going to want to be one of those buzzing tomorrow!

To purchase tickets, please click:

(3) Improve Therapy Workshop at Jubilee (free!)

Friday, July 20, 2012

    • 6:30pm until 8:30pm
  • Healing creativity flows from a whole-hearted embrace of parts of ourselves that had been rejected as unacceptable. Mindfulness and improvisation are two different means of accomplishing this embrace. Through body awareness exercises, visualization, and improv games, we will explore the principles of improv and how they might apply to life in a broader sense.*ABSOLUTELY SAFE FOR SHY PEOPLE! You will not be forced to do anything you don’t want to do.There is no charge for this workshop.

    About Jeff Thompson:
    In addition to teaching Improv Therapy classes, Jeff is also passionate about providing coaching and therapy on an individual basis to people who want to access greater wholeness, spontaneity, and joy in their lives. He is available by Skype counseling (anywhere in the world!), and he also has a real life office in Asheville, NC.
    Jeff Thompson has a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and is licensed as a Professional Counseling Associate in the state of North Carolina. He is also a Certified Creativity Coach. Jeff has done more therapist and personal growth trainings than you can shake a stick at (Gestalt, hypnosis, Hakomi, NLP, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Feldenkrais, etc…). But there’s this other side to what he does/who he is that makes his workshops special. His other passion running alongside all that other stuff has always been performance. He worked for three years as a touring singer/songwriter, has sung for numerous jazz bands, acted in countless plays, and has taken tons of trainings and workshops in vocal, musical, and theatrical improvisation. For Jeff, the two fields have always been just two sides of the same coin!
    Essentially, what Jeff is offeringing is a course in really FUN healing.
    For more info:

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