BLAINESWORLD #939 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Mike M. in NC: LOVE IS STRANGE ***1/2

Wonderful acting and very true to life script is a touching and yes heartbreaking film that is well worth seeing.

Superb performances by John Lithgow (Ben)and Alfred Molina(George) as a gay couple together for 39 years living in NYC. What should have been the happiest years of their lives turns out to be anything but that. After they are married, George who is a music teacher at a Catholic school is immediately fired because of the churches stance on gays and gay marriage. Ben although a talented artist is not a renown well known artist leaving them unable to afford their Manhattan co op. With no viable options Ben moves in with his nephew and his wife,(played excellent by Marisa Tomei) and George moves in with their party loving gay cop friends, played by Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez. Neither situation is good. Ben is stuck sharing his nephews bedroom in a cramped apartment and George is stuck with two party goers. Unfortunately they are not meant to live happily ever after and the ending will have you in tears.
What I loved about this movie is that it showed how in a split second your life can change and take you in a totally different direction. What I didn’t like is the all to realistic fact that religion and also the corporate world can decide that they think their beliefs have to be followed by everyone.
This is strictly my opinion but getting involved in peoples sexual orientation and also woman’s and couple decision on birth control is something that no church, religion or business has any right being in.
Two last things I found it very enlightening that the audience at the early evening show was older straight couples and when you see this movie bring tissues.

(2) Carole S. in NJ: Have you seen THE IDENTICAL?  I thought it was FANTASTIC.  Evidently it is not getting much play, but one review headline I read (who has time to read entire reviews?) seemed to sum it up:  Grossly underrated!

We generally go to an AMC theater on Tuesdays as part of our date night — senior rate at movie and coupon for dinner. 🙂  This past Tuesday, The Individual was playing ONLY at 1:30 in Hamilton and ONLY at 2:10 in Neshaminy.  Do ya think no one was interested in seeing it???
I found this link describing the film:
This link gives you the first 15 minutes:
I can see parts of the Elvis story here, but it is not meant to be him.  But that Elvis had a twin who died at birth, and the “identical” going to an all-black night club, and the lip twitch…  The music is great, even though they didn’t throw in an Elvis song just for the heck of it.  The star sings his own songs.  Never heard of Blake Rayne, but this should give a big kick to his career!
Blake Rayne (also know as Ryan Pelton), an indie recording artist and studio 
musician resides in Nashville, TN (2014). He is from Columbus, Ohio. Once 
a website designer, his life took a turn when he won an Elvis impersonator 
competition which he entered in 1998 on a dare from his mom. He spent 
time as an Elvis impersonator and later moved to Nashville to record his 
own work.

The executive producer of the film ‘The Identical’ knew the owner of a recording studio in Nashville who introduced him to Blake. Blake said that the script sounded like his own life story. After being cast, he was given acting lessons with DW Brown to prepare him for the film.

Hope you will take the time to see it.

(3) Peter S. in NC: How Do You Differentiate Good Acting From Bad Acting?
(4) Lori in GA: Wow! Blaine!  l’ve always thought you were so toothsome!
(5) Carol S. in PA: This Restaurant Wants to Be the Worst Rated on Yelp, and the Reviews Are Indeed Hilarious
(6) Carole B. in NC: Why I Kicked My Keurig to the Curb
(7) Nancy W. in NC (commenting on BLAINESWORLD #938): A really good thought! Thanks, Blaine.
(8) George H. in PA: Great tribute to photographic skills, as well as acting skills
(9) Chris L. in PA:  How about a “best caption” competition in your newsletter?
(10) Marilynne H. in NC: Eating Out in Asheville, NC: The 10 Best Restaurants & Diners


Section 12A, NC events


Welcome to the first annual WNC Video Music Awards. Each year more and more local musicians and film makers are collaborating to create new and exciting visual statements. Yet there is limited opportunity for them to publicly showcase their efforts. Now these artists have another forum to get well deserved exposure and support their local community as well. By entering this new competition they have a chance to win prizes and participate in an Eblen Charities fundraiser at the same time. Invite all family, friends, and fans!

Each music video submission (must be under 5 mins) is only $15 to enter with a chance to win one of six prizes. 1st place: $300, 2nd place $200, 3rd place $100, with 4th, 5th, and 6th places earning $50 gift certificates. Judging will be by ballots collected from all artists and their fans attending the showcase on Oct 16th at 7:30pm in the Fine Arts Theater downtown Asheville.

Must be at least age 13 to enter. Contest is limited to first 30 verified entries and deadline for submissions is midnight OCT 12th. Click the following link for more info and how to submit:


at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

September 26, 27 & October 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 PM
September 28 & October 5, 12 at 7:30 PM

Adults $24,Seniors $20,Students $12
Visit or 828-456-6322

Really?? Is that the title? Can’t we change it? The Tony award-winning Broadway Musical about the ultimate corporate takeover – a water shortage forces the tight regulation of all public facilities – so if you wanna go … you gotta pay. Revolution ensues. In the style of Kurt Weil’s “Three Penny Opera”, this hilarious new musical was a smash hit in New York and on tour and we are the first in the region to do it!

(3) Sat. Sept. 27th 7:30 pm Richard Shulman at the UR Light Center in an interactive concert/meditative experience/prayer session for World Peace and inner peace. Solo piano on the Kawaii Concert Grand piano in the acoustics of the Light Center’s Geodesic Dome Prayer Room. The Light Center is 8.2 miles South of I-40 exit 64 on Route 9 (after the 2nd “straight-a-way). 2190 NC Rte. 9, 828-669-6845. $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through and by calling the Light Center 828-669-6845.

Sun. Sept. 28th, 9:45 & 11:15 am playing piano for the Jubilee! Choir Jubilee! Community Church, 46 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801 828-252-5335
(4)  FORTE.
a cabaret.
nov 21 & 22 at The Altamont Theatre
$15 in advance/$18 DOS
— with Beverly Todd, Liz Aiello and Carol Leslie Duermit.

(5) Join area expert, Tonya Wilson Snider, for a monthly series designed to teach key marketing strategies relevant for small business owners.  This month, gain a greater understanding of the differences between branding, advertising and promotion, while learning the importance of effective advertising and branding. Develop promotional strategies that your customers can relate to.  Register now.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 5th

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Room 2046, SBC Enka

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

(6) A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, October 2-26. For more information, please click:

(7)  The Sacred Art of Hula – the Dance of the Heart
Monday nights, beginning on Sept. 29; 6:45 to 8:15 p.m

At: Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, 2 Westwood Pl, Asheville, North Carolina

Tuesdays, started on Sept. 23 and now continuing; 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At: WNC School of Massage, 131 McDowell Street.

A weekly class taught by Kaleo Wheeler

Would you like to “Tell Story” through the graceful & flowing movements of your hands and body?

Would you like to experience a flowing and sacred dancing meditation?

Would you like to move with more zest, vitality & mobility?

Hawaiian Hula is an energy dance, with its slow and fluid movements similar to the Chinese Tai Chi.

Medical studies are showing the therapeutic physical benefits produced by the tempo, style and movements of the Hula.

….a moving, flowing dancing meditation, honoring Life, Love…every dance seems to be more beautiful and inspiring”

…one feels oneself being transformed by this sensuous, graceful moving meditation. Hula has helped me overcome physical limitation and injury to feel empowered and radiant”

$15 for a single class; $45 for 4 consecutive classes
September Special: 1/2 for the first class

To register, call: 812-929-8898
You can pay by cash, check, Mastercard or Visa

Part of the Be In the Hawaiian Flow, The Way of the Heart Mentoring and Facilitation Program
and the He ‘olina Leo Ka Ke Aloha School of Hawaiian Healing Arts

For more info, visit:

(8) Asheville Quilt Show

(9) 10 Reasons Why the Upcoming Inception Point Therapy Workshop is for You

Experience the joy of healing yourself and those you love.

  1. Expand your intuition.
  2. Learn to change DNA to overcome genetic issues.
  3. Discover the awesome power of  forgiveness.
  4. Experience intentional manifestation to attain your desires.
  5. Help your clients get better, faster results.
  6. Eliminate what’s blocking you from fully moving forward on your spiritual path.
  7. Learn a safe and effective means of reaching a deep meditative state.
  8. Learn how to set up your own business as an IPT Practitioner.
  9. Meet great people and have fun!

Are you ready for a profound tool in your life and business?
So whether you’re a practitioner or simply wish to receive healing, this is a weekend you’ll enjoy.

It’s happening October 5-7 in beautiful Asheville.

There is still time to register and we have 4 seats left.

Secure your spot here:   Register Now

I’ve dedicated my life to sharing Inception Point with everyone I can.  I know it changes lives-I’ve seen it in my clients and students.  This is your opportunity to command this powerful tool and start using it right away.

I know you want to help people and help yourself.  I can show you how to truly make a difference-and love every moment you’re doing it.

Find out more here

I look forward to personally seeing you at this event!

To your health, wellness and life purpose,



Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Kaleidoscope Theatre Presents Live History Lesson in “Pocahontas” Musical at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Oct. 11

West Windsor, N.J. – History comes to life for young audiences in the enchanting tale of “Pocahontas” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  This original stage musical is presented by the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

It’s the early 1600s on the shores of the New World and British and Native American cultures are about to be introduced to each other. When our heroine, Pocahontas, meets British explorer John Smith and his fellow colonists, she finds she has much to teach them about honoring each other, caring for the natural environment, and respecting the never-ending circle of life. Eventually, her life’s journey takes her all the way to England as the wife of British citizen John Rolfe.

The Rhode-Island based Kaleidoscope Theatre has made Kelsey Theatre one of the regular stops for its traveling company; the troupe earned rave reviews for its production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in the spring.  Founded in 1977, Kaleidoscope’s goal is to educate and entertain young people through presentational and participatory drama.

Tickets for “Pocahontas” are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

Due to sell-out crowds, Kelsey Theatre has added two more performances of the “FROZEN Movie Sing-A-Long” on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events for the 2014-15 season, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) 50th Anniversary Premiere Music Performance and Art Unveiling

Saturday October 11, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Road
Linksz Pavilion
Newtown, PA

Even though the performance in the Gateway Auditorium is now sold out, you may still enjoy the music performance as it will be simulcast on the large video screen in the Linksz Pavilion. The art unveiling and reception will follow. Please join us as we #CelebrateBucks on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m.

To register, please click:

(3) For retirees (from Bucks County Community College):

Dear Blaine,

Final opportunity to join us on Saturday, October 11, 2014 for Bucks County Community College’s second annual Retiree Reception. Reconnect with colleagues and friends, and celebrate Bucks’ 50th Anniversary! A premiere music performance and art unveiling will immediately follow the reception.
Get more information
Register Now!
I can’t make it

Tobi Bruhn, Karen Dawkins, John Schweizer, Maureen Seibert, John Strauss, Arta Szathmary, and Monica Willis
Planning Committee


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