Section 2, part 2
(1) Len E. in NC: Am spending January in Sarasota, FL. Saw a great Indian Bollywood movie called PK. If it ever comes to Asheville, see it. Funny,provocative and especially entertaining.
(2) Rod R. in NC: Going to see highest grossing film in India film industry history – PK. Saw it once and cant wait to see it again and chuckle all over again at its perfect balance of humor and poignancy.
(3) Cappy T. in NC: So enjoy your news and views…….always a treat to read!!!!
(4) Annemarie B. in NC. Excellent [BLAINESWORLD #954] and thanks for adding our beautiful renovation near downtown Asheville. There is much interest in it right now.
(5) Michelle B. in NC: So many great aspects of this issue Blaine! From the chocolate muffin tops to Steph Hickling to the books and movie reviews…not sure where to start but thank you so much for sharing!
(6) Henry W. in NY: Recently saw the acclaimed film “Mr. Turner,” which depicts the last 25 years or so of the renowned British 19th century painter’s life. While Turner may have been a brilliant artist, known primarily for his violent nautical scenes, Turner comes off as a loathsome human being. Grunting his way through life, Turner is a mean-spirited, exploitative eccentric, whose behavior is especially appalling towards his loyal housekeeper. Although the actor who plays Turner, Timothy Spall, does a splendid job, the movie left much to be desired, in my humble opinion.
(7) Joe W. in NV: Life Coaching for Skeptics: 18 Areas of Life (But No Parachutes or Color Therapy)
(8) Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Why Women Stay Quiet at Work
(9) Susan R. in NC: I don’t cook much expect during cold months. Tonight I found a recipe for Tuna casserole that I doctored up and made. It is fantastic. Here’s what you do. Boil a box of whole wheat macaroni. Drain. Heat oven to 350. Mix in cooked macaroni, two cans of white tuna, two cans of cream of chicken soup, one can of peas. Mix it all up in a casserole dish and top with a whole vat of sharp cheddar. Bake for 30 minutes. Then add those crispy fried onions and bake for five more minutes. Just delish!
(10) Mike M. in NC: AMERICAN SNIPER ***
Very well directed and acted true story of Chris KyleBradley Cooper) a Navy Seal sharp shooter who saved countless lives in 4 tours of the Iraq war. In his time home, Chris has difficulty leaving the war behind. Through therapy, Chris learned to give back to help veterans who also had been through the war and to work through his own PTSD only to come to a tragic end.
The film does drag a bit and it you are like me and don ‘t care for war films you will still like this film. Bradley Coopers performance is good, but not worthy of the Oscar nomination he received this week. Clint Eastwood did an excellent job with direction alas his DGA (Directors Guild) nomination. The film’s sound editing and mixing is excellent and is nominated in both categories.
What bothered me about this film is personal. All the men and woman who died because of Iraq, died in vain because of a useless war that was due to a president’s vendetta for his father.
Section 12A, NC events
(2) Randy Robins: I’m hosting a comedy show, mostly alumni from previous classes. It will be Sunday, January 25 at the HIghsmith building on [the UNCA] campus. 3-5 PM. Free admission and parking. Doug Ryan will perform.
(3) 1st time in Asheville – The Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Facial Workshop
Slide the City, Asheville Slip & Slide
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May 23, 2015
The slide flows 12 Noon until 5 PM (with extended hours for VIP tickets holders) and benefits the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. A company from Utah will take the slide to 100+ cities across the country this year.
Bring water buckets, floaties and non-realistic water guns to get the sliders soaked. You can wear whatever you like, but no jeans or clothes with rivets. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, water. More details to come!
Pre registration opens soon. Three levels of tickets will be available:
The Parks and Greenway Foundation are looking for 100 volunteers to help that day. Please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rides must be more than 48 inches tall to ride, and if you are younger than 18, you have to get permission from a legal guardian.
(6) Gregg Levoy:
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be doing two Vital Signs author events in my hometown of Asheville in February. Details below. And it would be marvelous if you’d help us spread the word by sharing this info with your tribe!
1) Thursday, February 5, 7:00 pm, Malaprops Bookstore—–55 Haywood St, downtown Asheville. NC. 800-441-9829, www.malaprops.com. Author lecture/reading, free.
2) Sunday, February 15, Center for Spiritual Living—-2 Science of Mind Way, Asheville, NC, 828-253-2325, http://cslasheville.org. 30-minute lecture at the 11 a.m. service, and a hands-on workshop 1-5 pm. Plenty of seating, pay at the door, $30.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(2) Family in Crisis Exposes Deep Wounds in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 6 to 15
West Windsor, N.J. – Lies, love unrequited, and poisonous greed combine for a night of high intensity drama in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre. Theatre to Go and Pierrot Productions present this Tennessee Williams classic on Fridays, Feb. 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is conveniently located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 6.
The web of deceit holding a wealthy Southern family together is about to come apart. The clan’s Big Daddy is unwell and his family has gathered in support. Over the course of one sultry Mississippi evening, family members let loose about long-simmering jealousies, suspicions of greed, unspoken sexual desires, and some profound and damning lies. Big Daddy and Big Momma, sons Brick and Gooper, and their wives, Maggie and Mae, are in for a very long night. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Williams’ self-proclaimed favorite, forces the audience and the characters alike to determine what is true, what is a lie, and which lies have become truths.
The cast includes Robert Lanchester as Big Daddy, who is featured by special arrangement with Actors’ Equity Association. Mariel Rosati of Ivyland, Pa., is Maggie; Ray Fallon of Westmont is Brick; Lori Fabian of Hightstown is Big Mama; Tim Anderson of Princeton is Gooper; and Jackie Wasneski of Hightstown is Mae. Also featured are William Walters of Columbus as Rev. Tooker, Kevin Hallam of Hamilton as Dr. Baugh, and Mariah King of Jersey City as Sookey. Joining the cast in the roles of the children are Maya Gunaseelan of Plainsboro, William Alena of Princeton, Ruth Learn of New Brunswick, Michaela Meyer of Plainsboro, and Makenna Katz of West Windsor.
The show is directed by Ruth Markoe, who established Theater To Go (T2G) in 1992 and has acted and directed regularly for T2G and Pierrot Productions ever since. Pierrot Productions’ Pete Labriola is the show’s producer. Other crew members include Hannah Knight (stage manager), Jon Cintron (assistant stage manager), Jim Petro (set design), Kitty Getlik (lighting design), Amy Bessellieu (props) and Ruth Rittmann/Ritzzy Productions (costumes).
Markoe notes that the excitement among cast members is building. “Rehearsals are in full swing and we are excited about what we believe will be an amazing production of this classic play,” she said.
Tickets for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.
(3) PLUMSTEAD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
P.O. Box 1725
Plumsteadville, PA 18949
Dear Neighbors & Members:
The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 7 PM
Program: Show and Tell. Bring an antique/Historical item from home. Location Plumstead Township building 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA
Join the Plumstead Historical Society…. Make an investment in local history!! …
$10 for individuals or $15 for family mail to the P.O. Box 172, Plumsteadville, PA 18949.