Section 2, part 2

(1) Terry B. in FL: I always enjoy Blainesworld!!!  Thanks for sharing it. We did get to see The Butler…loved it…a very good movie.

(2) Steve G. in PA: Herb and you look great. Suspect the dollar was applied to the pizza. 🙂

(3) Lori H. in PA: Thanks for the recommendation [to see THE BUTLER]. My parents never go to the movies. I read them your review so they agreed to go this morning. All three of us thought it was great.

Response: Make sure you take them to see UNFINISHED SONG. They’ll also like it and so will you.

(4) Colleen D. in PA: Am I reading this for the second time? Some of it seems familiar (picture of boy, information about the bi-partisan gathering). Just wondering.

It is good to see you enjoying life.

Response: You’re very observant! Some of stuff I do run on Facebook, so that is where you may have seen it. But not all newsletter readers are on Facebook and vice versa, not all Facebook friends get newsletter. Also, I don’t automatically see all Facebook posts from you–or others.

As for enjoying life, I am. Very much so. Hope that’s the case with you, too!

(5) Joe B. in PA: I enjoy reading Blaines World each week.  Keep up the great work!

(6) Walter W. in PA: Save your money on Jobs, talking and firing people.

(7) Barb B. in NC: Awesome Newsletter….as always, Blaine!!

(8) Robin S. in PA: Think you might be interested in learning a bit more about The Butler: Some great performances, and bizarre casting for presidents—especially John Cusack as Nixon.

Just saw Blue Jasmine.  Phenomenal performance from Cate Blanchett.  Incredible cast.

(9) Henry W. in NY: Finally got to see Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s somewhat depressing new movie about a Park Avenue socialite, Jasmine, played magnificently by Cate Blanchett, who rapidly descends from the pinnacle of high society following her husband’s (Alec Baldwin plays the charming, philandering, financial whiz to a tee) arrest for financial shenanigans in his business operations. Set in my two favorite US cities – NY and San Francisco – the film liberally cuts back and forth between Jasmine’s not so glamorous life in SF with her lower-class, unsophisticated sister and her former elegant life-style as one of the “ladies who lunch.” As critics have observed, there are unmistakable parallels between Blue Jasmine and Streetcar Named Desire and the Bernie Madoff fiasco. Enjoy the movie. I did.

(10) Ken G. in NY: You must see YOU WILL BE MY SON.

(11) Jim M. in NC: I am writing this request at a sad time for the brotherhood of Firefighters and for all those who care for them. It was a great loss and it affected me.

I am dedicating my motorcycle trip to the memory of these 19 young, “Granite Mountain Hotshot” Firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, who gave their lives on June 30th, many leaving behind wives and children. They were doing a job they loved and they payed the ultimate sacrifice for it.

We are leaving our home to roam the Pacific Northwest then south along the coast, returning home whenever we get there. I hope to do somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 miles depending on where the days took us.
There is no pressure or expectations in my request, but for those interested I would ask that you consider a pledge of maybe 1/2 cent per mile of the traveling that we do, to go to the Firefighters families. Any donation is appreciated but the pledge makes it a more involved process for all those who participate. At 1/2 cent per mile, if I were to accomplish the 10,000 miles it would amount to a $50 donation.

I have a paypal account that I will use for collecting, and100% of monies generated will go to their fund.

If you are so inclined to participate, please email me back with your intentions and please place whatever limit you would like on the pledge for miles. Just email me your name and amount per mile you would care to give which will be strictly confidential. I will document and email everyone the odometer reading on the day of departure and finally on the day of return and inform everyone of the total miles so that you can figure your donated pledge to contribute.

I thank you in advance for any participation, and if you cannot participate that is still fine, just say a prayer for the families of the fallen and for the safety of their fellow firefighters. I thought this would give a little more meaning to the ride I am going to take and I also plan on visiting some Fire Stations along the way.
My paypal (and also email) account is

(12) Steve T. in PA: I’m delighted that several thousand people participated in the Mountain Moral Majority rally.  I think what’s happening in North Carolina with voter restrictions and abortion rights is horrible. Please keep me informed on how people are fighting back against this extremism.  North Carolina has certainly gained the nation’s attention, not in a good way.

(13) Kandi D. in IA: I went and saw “We are the Millers” tonight. Fun movie, great laughs. 3 thumbs up. Not for kids . . . pretty strong language.

(14) Marty S. in PA: I hear a frozen yogurt place is going in right next to the Zebra Striped Whale [in Newtown, PA]!  Don’t know if that’s a good idea but it fills an empty store front.

(15) Natalie K. in PA: Saw Red Tails last night and loved it.  Did you see it? We missed it in the movies.

Response: I did see it and also enjoyed it. The film is about untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program in Word War II.

(16) Is there danger lurking in your lipstick?

(17) Hillary Z. in NJ: To all my friends: This year will be my 6th year walking in the Race for the Cure and my 7th year since I was struck by this disease. I would like to make it my biggest team ever. Let’s get rid of this sucky disease. I turned 60 this year and would like to find a cure before I turn 65! If you can’t walk with us, please go to the website and give a donation in my teams name: Breast of Friends. The race is Sunday, Oct 6. The website is Its a fun morning and I would like to share it with special friends. Please sign up by Sept. 15th. Thanks in advance to everyone.


Section 4, Reviews

A. Add BLUE JASMINE to the growing list of films (including THE BUTLER and UNFINISHED SONG) that are currently out in release–and that I recommend strongly . . . this is writer-director Woody Allen’s latest . . . it is the story of a woman, superbly played by Cate Blanchett, who loses everything when her philandering husband is thrown into jail for swindling his financial customers out of all their money . . . I also liked the work of Sally Hawkins, in addition to Andrew Dice Clay in a surprising dramatic turn. Though billed as a comedy, this film is definitely not the laugh-out-loud type. You will instead find yourself feeling for the Blanchett character, and you’ll be blown away by the catchy dialogue. Rated R.

B. THE GREAT GATSBY is now out in DVD format . . . my review from BLAINESWORLD #868 follows:

THE GREAT GATSBY tells the story of would-be writer Nick Carraway who leaves the Midwest to move to New York City in the spring of 1922. It is there that he encounters a millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and they soon become friends and participants in the lives of the super-rich. I thought the first half was a bit slow, but shortly thereafter, I became drawn into the story. Tobey Maguire was fine as Carraway; Leonardo DeCaprio was outstanding as Gatsby. Rated PG-13.

Mr. Curious here: Did anybody see the 3D version of the film and, if so, did it enhance your viewing pleasure? Intentionally, I chose to see the 2D version and that worked for me.

C. HOW I CREATED A DOLLAR OUT OF THIN AIR (The Houghtailing Group) by Ann marie Houghtailing is the impressive story of a woman who launched her own company in 2009 with nothing more than a Macbook, $5 and truckload of tenacity.

Since then, she has partnered with a private university to launch an Institute for Sales and Business Development, founded The Millionaire Girls’ Movement and toured her one-woman show: RENEGADE PRINCESS.

The author shares many of the idea that have helped her succeed, including the following:

*  I watched a documentary called BORN RICH, in which wealthy heirs talk about all of the money that they will or have inherited. In the film, Ivanka Trump recounts being ten years old outside of Trump Tower and her father telling her that the homeless guy on the street was richer than he was, because at the time The Donald was something like $8 million in debt. I wouldn’t be so presumptuous to guess what Trump was thinking or feeling at that particular time, but if I were a betting woman I would bet that it didn’t occur to him to quit or assume that this was the end of his empire. Struggle is either a motivator or an excuse. You get to choose which it will be for you.

* If you want to be a writer, you’ll find time to write. It may be for 15 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening, but you’ll do it. You really can have whatever you want in life if you give yourself the time and permission. You have to choose this moment right now in your life to do what gives you joy.

And this one that I particularly liked:

* If you want to be a writer, you’ll find time to write. It may be for 15 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening, but you’ll do it. You really can have whatever you want in life if you give yourself the time and permission. You have to choose this moment right now in your life to do what gives you joy.

My only disappointment in the book was that it was sparse on specifics. I would have liked more detail on how Houghtailing actually accomplished all that she has been able to do in the past several years.

D. Heard THE FIVE TEMPTATIONS OF A CEO: A LEADERSHIP FABLE (Simon and Schuster Audio), written by  Patrick M. Lencioni and read by Boyd Gaines.

The author, whose THE FIVE DYSFUNCTIONS OF A TEAM I liked very, tells the story this time of an ambitious but overwhelmed executive named Andrew. While in a deserted commuter train one night, he strikes up a conversation with a man who eventually becomes his mentor.

Together, they both explore these five temptations: putting self first, wanting to be liked rather than to lead, making decisions reluctantly, elevating harmony above productive argument and not trusting subordinates.

This book can be listened to–or read–in one sitting. Don’t be deceived by its brevity; there’s a lot of meat her. Also, Lenconi does a nice job clarifying the main points when he leads a discussion at the end of the story.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Something to look forward to, especially since Alison Young will be in it.  For more information, please click:

(2) A FEW GOOD MEN opens at Parkway Playhouse this week. The show runs through Sept. 7. For information and tickets, please click: (Pictured: Eric Martinez.)

(3) Volunteer at the State Fair on September 11 to benefit MANNA Food Bank (and get a FREE admission that day):


Flat Rock, NC (8/22/2013) – Flat Rock Playhouse presents the international blockbuster musical, CATS, from September 4 through October 6 at the Playhouse Downtown. Based on the universally-popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story of the annual ascension of one special cat to the Heaviside layer.

CATS has been closed on Broadway since 2000,” said director Lisa K. Bryant. “It was an 18 year global phenomenon seen by millions, and earning billions.  However, with that comes a certain amount of saturation and in general audiences were moving on to new pieces. However, 13 years later there are a couple of generations who either just missed seeing it before it closed, or who have been born since.  It’s a new piece again on some level.  Further, in true Lloyd Webber fashion it was written and intended to be a spectacle of rousing entertainment.  Producing such a spectacle in the intimacy of our Downtown space is a pairing that invites a wonderful opportunity for the audience to be truly immersed in the production.  It is the first time that a musical of this scale has been mounted in our Downtown theatre and it is sure to provide sensorial experiences for the audience that are unique to the smaller venue.  The music includes a pulsing rock score, and athletic, contemporary dance is constant throughout.  Add in the extraordinary design elements of lighting, costumes, and make-up and CATS is going to be an exciting new offering for our community and surrounding areas.”

Since CATS first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals and has grossed over $1 billion. With a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS, originally directed by Trevor Nunn, has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires, Seoul, Helsinki and Singapore.

The show has been translated into 10 languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely been translated, the Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos – the response in favor of keeping the English original was unanimous.

The show has not only been presented in theatres, but also in tents in Japan and Korea, an engine shed in Switzerland, and school gymnasiums across the USA.

It won numerous awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards. The London production ran for twenty-one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen years, both setting new records. Actresses Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley became particularly associated with the musical. One actress, Marlene Danielle, performed in the Broadway production for its entire run from 1982 until 2000

CATS is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest-running West End musical.

The Flat Rock Playhouse production of CATS will be a unique immersive experience in which the scenic design will be all around the audience giving the feeling that the audience members are seated within the scrapyard where the musical is set. 

The music is composed by famed theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honors, including seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006. Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “You Must Love Me” from Evita, “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Memory” from CATS.

CATS is directed by Lisa K. Bryant. Choreography is by Jennifer Jancuska. Musical direction is by Eric Fotre Leach. The cast includes Danielle Lanae Burdick, Matthew Curtis, Nicholas Lorenzini, Emily McLoughlin, Kyle Anderson, Rachel Guest, Matthew Oaks, Nicole Pavone, Heather Siemienas, Christopher Michael Lacey, Maria Rodriguez, Chloe Fox, Hannah Rose de Flumeri, Brian Gregory Gephart, Willie Dee, Adam Richardson, Emily Holbert and Molly Bailey.

Emily Holbert and Molly Bailey come from the Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre program. Where possible, the Playhouse uses current and former YouTheatre students in their professional productions. This meets their educational mission to provide training for theatre professionals. Recently, YouTheatre students were cast in the productions of Evita and Les Miserables where they had the opportunity to work alongside Broadway veterans. 

“I love that we have YT students involved with this production,” said Bryant. “Moreover, I love that we’ve had so many youth involved throughout the 2013 season, which will continue with Disney’s Mulan Jr. and A Christmas Story.  Providing our communities’ youth with high-end professional opportunities is a mission most children’s programs are simply unable to provide. Further, it is a built-in connection from the classroom to the stage, where they continue their training by learning from the professional actors and environment surrounding them.  Beyond that, our kids are really talented.  Providing opportunities for them to shine, and for the community to revel in the talents of its youth is a great source of pride to all of us.”

Bryant was previously a theatre instructor for Henderson County schools and has first-hand experience with arts education.

“I also believe that it is important in art for people to see themselves reflected in the stories we produce, and that includes kids.  It encourages youth involvement in the arts either as the actors/designers themselves, or as active life-long audience participants. Also, the message and story, when presented to kids, by kids, has a lasting and keen impact on the youth in our audience that doesn’t always land with adults telling the story. Children have to listen to adults all the time.  What a nice reprieve it is to be interactive with their own peer group when coming to see a play. I deeply value that our YouTheatre was created with the mission of kids performing for kids.  Most children’s theatres in the country have adults performing for kids.  However, that we are also able to include our young artists in the professional productions not only enriches those productions, but also speaks to the level of talent and training our YouTheatre students receive.  When they take their professional lessons back to the classroom, it ups the ante for all of the class participants as they learn from each other and each other’s experiences.  The training is full-circle and everyone benefits from the results.”

This is the second Andrew Lloyd Webber show of the Playhouse season after Evita, which was performed at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage this summer.


United Community Bank, The Van Winkle Law Firm and Audi Asheville presents CATS at Playhouse Downtown, September 4 – October 6.  Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.  All tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at  Discounts available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups. Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 S. Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC.

(5) Jeff Thompson Band at Emerald Lounge

Sunday at 9:00 pm

Emerald Lounge in Asheville, North Carolina

(6) HAMLET runs from Aug. 23-Sept. 14 at 7:30 PM Friday – Sunday at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, Asheville, NC – See more at:


Section 12B, PA/NC events



Jessie Barth honors Hammerstein’s legacy of music and peace at Doylestown sing-along 

(August 19, 2013) Legendary Broadway lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II lived for 20 years in Doylestown, Pennsylvania—where he drew inspiration for such famous musicals as Oklahoma, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. In honor of his legacy of music, peace, and love, On Demand! Programs and Events presents a Rodgers and Hammerstein SING! from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at the James-Lorah Memorial Home in Doylestown, Pa. Tickets ($25) are available by calling 215-579-1836 or by visiting

The Rodgers and Hammerstein SING! features popular songleader and Hammerstein educator Jessie Barth, joined by pianist Lori Rosolowsky and percussionist Carol Lindsay. In 2009, Jessie began drawing sold-out audiences to Rodgers and Hammerstein sing-alongs at Highland Farm, Hammerstein’s former home, located on East Road in Doylestown. In January 2013, she and Lori Rosolowsky joined forces to lead a South Pacific SING! in Hammerstein’s former living room—where Hammerstein’s grandson, Will, sang along.

The October 6 program will highlight the ever-present themes of peace and love in the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook. Explains Jessie, “More than anything, Oscar Hammerstein wanted to unite the world through music. The SING! events are a means to achieve that end.”

Said Natalie Kaye, founder and president of On Demand! Programs and Events. “I’m thrilled to produce this event because the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein enriches people’s lives. Jessie Barth does an extraordinary job of celebrating the meaning and lasting legacy of their songs, and I want to share that experience with everyone.”

The event will also serve as a send-off for Jessie, who is embarking on a year in Vietnam with her husband, Richard, a former Vietnam War helicopter pilot. Richard will be teaching conversational English at Quang Binh University and working on landmine removal, while Jessie will be working on a new book and continuing to teach and perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein repertoire.

Lori Rosolowsky is one of Bucks County’s most versatile performers: an Oberlin-trained classical pianist who has performed with the Bucks County Symphony; an in-demand musical educator who has engaged thousands of local school students; a singer-songwriter who also performs with local jazz ensembles; and an actor and singer on the Phillips Mill stage. She is the producer of solo and ensemble theatrical shows including the recent “Miraculous Escapes,” about her family’s escape from Nazi Germany and their lasting legacies around the world.

Percussionist Carol Lindsay has performed in symphony orchestras, bands, pit orchestras and percussion ensembles since 1968.  She is a founding member of improv group Tr-HANDS-formation and Celtic band Callanish.

Note: Also, see Section 2, part 2 for a clip of Jessie performing at a Singalong.

Hi Everyone: I’ve been busy this year…

I’m very happy to announce the publication of my new website : – designed by Daniel J Schatz-Miller.

One of my new paintings is in the “Absolutely Abstract” exhibit at
the Sketch Club on Camac Street in Philadelphia,

August 9 to August 24, 2013.

My studio will be open for POST, Philadelphia Open Studios tour,
October 5th and 6th, 2013, 1 to 6 pm.

I will be showing with ASSEMBLAGE at the Thomas Moser
showroom in January, February and March, 2014.

Hoping to see you,


Hi Everyone: I've been busy this year...</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>I'm very happy to announce the publication of my new website :</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p> - designed by Daniel J Schatz-Miller.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>One of my new  paintings is in the "Absolutely Abstract" exhibit at </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>the Sketch Club on Camac Street in Philadelphia, </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>August 9 to August 24, 2013.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>My studio will be open for POST, Philadelphia Open Studios tour, </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>October 5th and 6th, 2013, 1 to 6 pm.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>I will be showing with ASSEMBLAGE at the Thomas Moser </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>showroom in January, February and March, 2014.</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>Hoping to see you,</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
(3) Please try to attend this event to support our efforts to stop The Horsham Drone Command Center before it starts.  We have been holding monthly protests at the Air Guard Center with the next protest scheduled for 12:00 noon on August 31.    Pass this email on to anyone you think would be willing to join us.
BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action Presents: Do You Know Drones? 
Sunday, September 8, 20131:30 p.m.
BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,2040 W. Street Road, Warrington PASpeakers include:
Nick Mottern
, Director of the 2012 Know Drones Tour,
Patrick Eddington
, Former CIA analyst and author of Gassed in the Gulf and Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir
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