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Section 2, part 2

(1) Tom F. in NJ: Happy New Year to the character I have grown to appreciate and admire even from afar…the man in the elevator with the newspapers under his arms…..may your 2015 bless you with many joys, love, laughter, health, time with your beautiful bride and new adventures….peace be with you..with aloha from NJ.

(2) Carle R. in PA: Great quote [from Cuomo] … Thanks for the friendly reminder, Blaine!

(3) Terry B. in FL: You know, Blaine…I don’t know if I wished you a Healthy and Happy New Year with your Beautiful Wife….but I am now!!

I still enjoy all your pictures, your articles, everything you do!!!

I am happy to have known you! Ron is in for a few days…I will give him your regards and I am sure he will do the same as well!!!

(4) Ken G. in GA: Saw Top 5 yesterday ONLY because LaVelle’s buddy (Ben Vereen) had a relatively small part.

LaV hated- if you get over all the cursing and screwing, I’d rate it a C-.

(5) If You Want to Meet That Deadline, Play a Trick on Your Mind

(6) 30 adorable animals sleeping

(7) The liberation of growing old
(8) Natalie K. in PA:  Just watched this [DEAD POET’S SOCIETY] again.  They don’t come any better than Robin Williams. I’m still saddened by his death and the loss of him as a performer.  What a great film.
(9) Tom S. in NY:  Thanks, Blaine, for the “Into the Woods” recommendation. I need that boost to get me to go see it.
(10) Anne C. in NC: Wal-Mart: An economic cancer on our cities. (In Asheville, N.C., a dense downtown generated jobs and tax revenue and restored the city’s soul)
(11) The One Universal Secret To A Lasting Marriage
(12) Creating a New Mission Statement
(13) To fall in love with anyone, do this
Note: Also see #14.
(14) The 36 questions referred to in the above article:
Note: Also see #13.
(15) When Autocorrect Goes Horribly Right


Section 12A, NC events


• Solo performances at Isis Music Hall
• Our Website
Featured Performances
Hi Everyone!
After a busy December, January is turning out to be quieter with a few solo piano performances. These shows promise to be inspired and beautiful, reflecting the inner warmth the Winter season encourages.
Sat. Jan 10th, 7:00 – 8:30 at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Solo Piano in the upstairs lounge. 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737 ($10)
Sat. Jan 17th, 3:00 pm Solo Piano Concert at the Waynesville Public Library 678 South Haywood Street, Waynesville, NC 28786 (828) 452-5169 (free and open to the public)
Sat. Jan 17th, 7:00 – 9:00 at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Solo Piano in the upstairs lounge. 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737 ($10)

(2) Wednesday, January 14 at 5:30pm

Hi-Wire Brewing

197 Hilliard Ave, Asheville, North Carolina

Pitch for Pitchers is an event series that brings the startup community together each month to hear 1-minute business pitches from 10 local entrepreneurs. Each month, the event is held at a different Asheville brewery, connecting Asheville’s thriving and creative brewery scene with its growing startup community. The format is a 1-minute pitch, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A, all on the clock. After 30 minutes, the audience is invited to choose the winners with the best pitches. First prize wins $50 and a free pitcher of beer. The next four runners-up also win a free pitcher of beer. Entrepreneurs need only have an idea, not an operating business to participate. Pitches must be able to address 3 basic questions: 1) what’s the problem? 2) How does your product/service solve it? 3) who is the customer?

If you are interested in pitching, send your name and answers to the three questions to: don’t need a pitch to come!

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
250 Pigeon St, Waynesville, North Carolina

Come see a play about the Haves and Have-Nots…life on Martha’s Vineyard isn’t always what it seems!

Starring – in order of appearance:

Chelsey Lee Gaddy
Christy Bishop
Strother Stingley
Jennifer Russ
Scott Bean

Friday, January 16, 2015 7:30 PM The Feichter Studio
Saturday, January 17, 2015 7:30 PM The Feichter Studio
Sunday, January 18, 2015 3:00 PM The Feichter Studio
Ticket Prices: Adults $10, Students $6
Author(s): Molly Smith Metzler
Director(s): Buffy Queen
Show Rating: Mature
HOLD OVER DATES Jan. 23, 24,25 (same times as above)

Description: It’s just after Labor Day, and Martha’s Vineyard has started emptying out, but you can still smell the suntan lotion (the expensive kind). And the expensive life is just what Simone is living these days, as personal assistant to Michaela Kell, trophy wife of an absurdly rich (and often absent) New York ad man. When Simone’s older sister, a social worker from blue collar Buffalo, comes to visit, lifestyles—and worlds—collide. This keenly observed comedy about class, family and the choices that shape who we are unfolds in real time, fast, furious and funny.

(4)  Mike Martinelli in NC:  JOHN AND JEN ***

John & Jen in 35below is a two character musical that opened last night atAsheville Community Theatre intimate 35 Below.
Set between 1952 and 1990, its the story of a brother and sister as changes take place in America.
Act 1 opens in 1952 when John is born. The first act takes you through 1971 as the relationship changes between the two siblings. You learn how one sibling feels when his older sister goes off to college and gets into the hippie era of the late 60’s
Act 2 takes a slightly different direction. This act is about the relationship between Jen and her rebellious son John, born in 1972 and how a mother can be so over protective of her child.
The show without the two right actor playing the parts would not have the same effect as it did with the brilliant performance by Kelli Brown Mullinixand Mark Jones whose direction made the audience not only see how great and actor he is, but also director.
Without giving to much away I will tell you that both performers will draw you into the emotions and tears that only two great performers could do.

Note: I already have my tickets for Sunday, Jan. 18, and am really looking forward to seeing this show–in large part because I know both Kelli and Mark, and they are always great in anything they do.

(5) The Power and Practice of Intuition:

A Workshop with Charley Castex

Saturday, February 21st 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Jubilee! 46 Wall St Asheville NC

Join Charley as he guides this workshop for an inter-active tutelage experience on all things intuitive.  Charley will share effective hands-on strategies for tapping intuition and offer empowering advice for living sensitively in the 21st century. A portion of the workshop will include open floor questions from the participants regarding their own intuitive process.  Throughout his twenty year career, Charley has provided guidance to a multitude of individuals and Fortune 500 Companies across six continents. His unique Clairvoyant Spiritual Counseling is centered on big picture perspective.  Mountain Xpress readers have voted Charley “Best Psychic” consistently for a decade. Charley has notably been spotlighted in the New York Times and featured on NBC and ABC National News.

$ 15 donation at the door.

Visit  828.251.5043

(6) Intuitive Tarot Workshop

with Charley Castex

Saturday   February 7th  2015  * 2:00 – 5:00 * (short break) $45.

This workshop will delve into the mechanics of the deck  covering Major and Minor Arcana divinatory meanings.  

Insights will be shared regarding:

* Effective Tarot spread interpretations

* Modern meanings for reading love- work & health questions

*Yes or no questions

*Celtic Cross Spread- handouts

* Practical applications of Tarot for clarity of life direction

* Ample Question & Answer session 

All Students are encouraged to bring*

Clip board & paper, pen or pencil for note taking*

Tarot deck –* preferably a Rider- Waite or similar classical deck*

Water bottle or securely contained beverage of choice 

Charley’s unique Clairvoyant Spiritual Counseling is centered on Big Picture Perspective.  Mountain Xpress readers have voted him  “Best Psychic” consitently for a decade.  Charley has notably been spotlighted in The New York Timesand featured on NBC and ABC National News. 

Contact: or 828-251-5043 for info and seat rez!


Note: Contact Rhoda Weaver at to get tickets in advance and save $4. Also, she is one of the stars in this show, so you know it’s going to be great!

(8)  the Zuzu Welsh Band at Asheville Music Hall 01-23-2015

Enter Asheville and 01/23/2015 at the above link, and Zuzu Welsh Band as the band you are coming to see, and order your tickets now.

$10 in advance, $12 at the door. The doors open at 6PM, multiple bands in this local music showcase and “BOTB” event. An opportunity to play in front of a large home crowd with several other local bands, it is going to be very cool and I hope you all can come out to hear us – along with our friends The Dirty Badgers and others – on a Friday night in downtown Asheville!
Of course, our CD will be on sale there (and if you cannot make the show, you can still order it at http://www.zuzuwelshmusic/online-store.html and we will sign and mail it to you), or go on itunes to find it, or cdbaby, or amazon.
Looking forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming shows.

(9) Food and How To Eat It!

The Magnetic Theatre proudly announces its next, all-original sketch comedy adventure:Food and How To Eat It!

FOOD and How to Eat It

“It’s amazing that The Magnetic has developed two such strong sketch comedy writing and acting teams as those who bring us the Bernsteins and the How To evenings. Together, they make the perfect December/January one-two punch to drive off the winter blues!”  Steven Samuels, Artistic Director, The Magnetic Theatre

Bring your New Year’s resolutions and bizarre food allergies to the BeBe Theatre…but hurry! Only six performances! Thursday-Saturday, January 8-10 & 15-17, at 7:30 PM.

Yes, the loons who brought you the smash hit Sex and How To Have It are at it again! This time, they take on another, ahem, sacred cow with Food and How To Eat It! From farmers’ markets to the trendiest restaurants, from your kitchen to test kitchens, from spaghetti and meatballs to tuna cones, and from pie-eating contests to monster food truck rallies—not to mention a little drinking and a soupçon of sex—this show has it all, including music, dancing, and lots and lots of laughs!

Starring the hilarious Katie Langwell, the delightful Valerie Meiss, Magnetic veteran and Bernstein regular Glenn Reed, and our latest loon, the inimitable Scott Fisher. Written by the company, Lisa Yoffee, and Magnetic Theatre Artistic Director Steven Samuels, who also produces and directs.

This special engagement of Food and How To Eat It, the last production before The Magnetic moves into its new home in the River Arts District, is strictly limited.

At the BeBe Theatre (20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville), January 8-10 and 15-17 at 7:30 PM. All seats $18 advance/$21 at the door (+ tax and credit card charges.)

Don’t miss it! Get your tickets at EventBrite here.

Note: My friend Vic A. in NC said this show is a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to seeing it on Thursday night, Jan. 15.


Section 12B, PA, NJ events


Shamanic Sound Healing Circle Ceremony 

Saturday, January 31 from 6 – 10 pm
Come and experience a Shamanic Sound Healing Circle Ceremony. Connect with soulful, like minded people on a path to self nourishment and bliss. Surrender to total relaxation while I play various instruments for you individually, and for the circle as a whole. This is a powerful integrative healing opportunity, and some have found this to be a deeply transformational process.
Feed yourself with beautiful sacred sounds, and understand in your bones why some call sound the medicine of the future. During our time together we will explore many sound healing processes including:
• Meditative drumming;
• Singing bowls (crystal and Tibetan);
• Tuning forks;
• Powerful sound healing music (live and recorded); and
• A journey facilitated by sound to discover or reconnect with your power animal;
Please bring a pad, blankets, and a pillow for your comfort while lying on the sofas or carpet.
Energy Exchange – $75 | Click here for details
To register – simply email me at or call 610-563-3918.


Broadway & Off-Broadway entertainers – this SUNDAY in Bucks County

January 2015

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY!On Demand! and Forever Young are proud to present
Broadway and Off-Broadway entertainers
“Look Who’s in Love”
A cabaret celebration of romance10:30 am Sunday, January 11, 2015
Shir Ami,101 Richboro Road, Newtown, PAProgram and buffet brunch: $18
($14 for Forever Young members)

Tickets at the door, or call 215-579-1836
Celebrating the possibility of finding love at any age, “Look Who’s in Love” features amusing patter, timeless jazzy standards, original songs, and music by veteran Broadway composer Albert Hague (Christine’s uncle) — plus insider anecdotes from Christine and Don’s showbiz careers, including how they were both influenced by Bob Fosse!CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT DON AND CHRISTINE

 (3)  Sing Along to Disney’s “FROZEN” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Jan. 24West Windsor, N.J. – Back by popular demand, Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre presents “Disney’s FROZEN Movie Sing-A-Long” on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Children will delight in the chance to sing along to the inspiring score of the Academy Award-nominated film, which has become a sensation for the younger generation.Based on the classic fairy tale The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, it’s a story filled with bravery, optimism and love. A fearless princess sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged mountain man Olaf, his loyal pet reindeer, and a hapless snowman. Their mission is to find Anna’s estranged sister, Elsa, whose icy powers have unintentionally trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. What can Anna do to save her kingdom – and her sister?This spirited adventure is led by the talented cast members of Theater To Go, who appear as characters from the movie and lead the audience in a costume contest and trivia contest. Audience members receive a gift bag of activities that accompany the action in the movie.Tickets for the “FROZEN Sing-A-Long” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 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.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.
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