Section 2, part 2
(1) Howard D. in FL: Congrats on another stellar issue of BW and thanks for promoting my stock! I particularly enjoyed the “Catwoman” cartoon and the quote from one of my favs Arthur Ashe.
(2) Len E. in NC: Here in Sarasota, FL, I saw another great movie that few people will see or even know about. Based on a true story, SPARE PARTS is about 4 illegal alien high school students living in Phoenix, AZ who enter an underwater robotics competition in the Silicon Valley area of California against the most prestigious colleges in the USA– MIT, VA Tech, Cornell, Etc.and win. The end will keep you on the edge of your seat and when it’s all over you’ll shed a tear or two. Hope it comes to Asheville.
Response: Me, too! It has gotten pretty good reviews and those who have seen it seemed to like it. I did see a coming attraction not too long ago, so I’m hopeful that it does come to Asheville …. but I doubt it will be in town for very long.
(3) Brian S. in NC: Thanks so much for including a link to my poem in this week’s Blainesworld. I also wanted to say I appreciate your encouragement for so much of the arts scene here.
(4) Bill K. in CA: Thanks Blaine! Love the jokes and updates; nice to hear of Chris Bursk still around.
(5) Lisa Z. in PA: Good tips and jokes. Sometimes, I wish I could just hit a “like” button on some of the stuff in your newsletters – as you can do on Facebook. We’ll have to figure out how to do that on Blainesworld 2.0 release.
(6) Marty S. in PA: Love the thumb up in all of the pix!
(7) How to Start a Business With Very Little Money
(8) Nelson S. in NC: Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 220 Million Undocumented Whites
Section 12A, NC events
Good conversation is always enhanced with good wine!
Metro Wines hosts a one of a kind, entertaining and interactive salon experience with Master Storyteller, David Novak, on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3 PM at Metro Wines,169 Charlotte Street in Asheville.
Novak is an award-winning storyteller, author and actor. He performs at the nation’s top storytelling festivals and teaches the art of storytelling around the world. A recipient of the Oscar of the storytelling world, the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network, he is a master of all genres and brings hundreds of stories to life.
To learn more about David Novak: http://novateller.com/
(3) Tine FireWolf: Come out to Malaprops in Downtown Asheville, NC for my book signing of Beneath the Chatter – Thursday March 5, 2015 from 7 – 8 pm. To find out more, please click:
(4) Ann-Lee Waite: I’m thrilled to tell you two new foot fitness classes will start next week, the first week of February, at Asheville Running Co. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-9:30.
Ann-Lee Waite, Bodyrolling and Foot Fitness Instructor
(5) BJ Leiderman Band House Party
Wednesday, February 4at 8:30pm
Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, North Carolina
(6) Have You Seen the Movie Selma?
Sunday, February 22at 2:00pm
YMI Cultural Center
39 S Market St, Asheville, North Carolina
If not, take the pledge to see it before Sunday, February 22, then join us to listen to and participate in a panel discussion on the Freedom Summer and the history of the civil rights movement as portrayed in this important film.
The African-American, Jewish, and white non-Jewish panelists will share their perspectives as Freedom Riders, civil rights organizers, and native southerners during the era of the civil rights movement in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi including:
Ellen Clarke grew up in Montgomery, Alabama during the civil rights era; she remains active in various organizations that address the inequities and racial disparities of our country’s criminal justice system; Isaac Coleman went to Mississippi in l964 as part of SNCC’s Freedom Summer, worked as SNCC staff member for 5 years, moved to Asheville in 1971, and is recognized for his activism in educational, political, social and environmental areas; Carol Deutsch was born and raised in Atlanta and was a teenager getting ready for her senior year in high school during Freedom Summer; and Carol Rogoff Hallstrom went to Mississippi as a Freedom Rider, became an attorney, and remains an activist. Join us to hear their stories.
Fifty years ago, Selma, Alabama, may have been ground zero in the struggle for voting rights in America … but the right to vote is far from a guaranteed right for people of color in 2015. Today, the struggle for justice continues.
The program offered in collaboration with the YMI, is free and open to the community. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(2) Merriment and Mayhem Abound in “Lend Me a Tenor” at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 20 to March 1
West Windsor, NJ – A hilarious salute to screwball comedies of the 1930s is coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO) brings Ken Ludwig’s comedy farce “Lend Me A Tenor” to the Kelsey stage Fridays, Feb. 20 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 22 and March 1 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. 20.
Maurer Productions is set to tell the tale of a big celebrity who goes missing in a small town. The Cleveland Grand Opera Company has laid out the red carpet to welcome the world famous Tito Merelli, known as Il Stupendo. The greatest tenor of his generation, Merelli is scheduled to appear for one night only as Othello. He arrives late and, through a series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers. Has he just passed out – or is he dead? And who will take his place as curtain time approaches?
Frantic attempts to salvage the evening ensue, including an assistant who steps in as Merelli’s understudy, only to have the star recover and eager to join the show that’s begun without him, plus a mistrusting wife and two women running around in lingerie, each thinking she is Il Stupendo’s gal. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, “Lend Me a Tenor” is guaranteed to leave audiences breathless with laughter.
The cast features Maria Aromando of Bridgewater as Diana; Peter Bisgaier of Princeton Junction as Saunders; Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as the Bellhop; Laurie Hardy of Hamilton as Julia; Roman Sohor of Manalapan as Tito Merelli; Andrew Timmes of Lawrenceville as Max; Alysia Toscano of Mercerville as Maggie; and Stephanie Zimmerman of Hamilton as Maria.
The show is directed by MPO’s Artistic Director, John Maurer, and co-produced by Maurer and his wife, Diana. MPO has presented dramas, musicals, comedies and children’s shows at Kelsey, but Maurer says his first love is comedy. “I am always comfortable doing comedy. Helping people laugh is always a great joy. Give me a good script and some talented performers and we can make a wonderful evening’s entertainment.”
Tickets for “Lend Me a Tenor” 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.