Section 2, part 2
(1) At Grammys Charity Event, Bob Dylan Speech Steals the Show
(2) Stressed by Money? Get on the Couch
(3) Mike A. in PA: I wanted to share a tip that no one else will tell you. If you are an American and you are traveling abroad alone or with your family, whether it be business or pleasure, DO NOT overtly identify yourself as an American. Don’t wear lapel pins, hats, shirts, jackets showing your patriotism. I’m not saying don’t be proud to be an American or patriotic, i’m saying don’t make yourself an obvious target. Any item of clothing, (hats, jackets, shirts, bandanas, luggage tags, etc.) They are looking for obvious targets. Help protect you and your family from possible danger. Thanks!
(4) Seeking a beautiful death
Section 12A, NC event
(1) Upcoming free seminars from Asheville SCORE:
(4) The Asheville Choral Society Presents
“A Life in Song: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Robert Keener”
Artistic Director Dr. Melodie Galloway and the Asheville Choral Society will perform “A Life in Song” in honor of founding Director Dr. Bob Keener on Friday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 21st at 4:00 p.m. Both performances will be at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville. “I’ve always appreciated Dr. Keener’s thoroughness, his thoughtfulness, and his incredible musicianship,” says Dr. Melodie Galloway. “Bringing out the beauty in the choral voices has always been his craft. I’ve always admired that about him.”
Dr. Keener founded the Asheville Choral Society in 1977. He directed the chorus for 23 years while on the faculty of Warren Wilson College. “A Life in Song” celebrates the life and spirit of this wonderful conductor and the rich legacy he has created. “Dr. Bob Keener has made such an impact on music in the city of Asheville,” Dr. Galloway explains. “When he first started the Asheville Choral Society it really was something new. There was not a community chorus, certainly not a professional community chorus, in Asheville so he really gave us a gift.”
Because Dr. Keener worked diligently to start a “new thing” in Asheville, Dr. Galloway has matched his selections with contemporary works of beauty and expression. Our tribute to Dr. Keener shines through in the music of J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Jerome Kern, and in the stunning Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Dr. Galloway has specifically chosen Pater Noster, by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, for its composition of minimalist textures and Romantic sonorities. Written for chorus and strings, the piece’s sustained harmonies are a perfect representation of the lasting affect Dr. Keener has had on the Asheville Choral Society.
Tickets for “A Life in Song” can be purchased on the Asheville Choral Society website at www.ashevillechoralsociety.org or by calling (828) 232-2060. They are $25 for adults and $10 for students.
This is the second concert in the 38th season of the Asheville Choral Society, which concludes with “Stage and Screen: Music of Struggle and Triumph” on May 1-2 at First Presbyterian Church, in downtown Asheville.
(5) Cappy T. in NC: Hi there, Just wanted to share something interesting coming up next week on the 19th here in Asheville. An opportunity to see the new Julianne Moore film, Still Alice, at the Fine Arts Theatre. We will have information on local resources for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers and families….along with a short presentation onstage before the film.
I’ll be there for the 1pm and 7pm showing……wearing purple and helping open up the conversation about memory loss. We are so fortunate here in the area to have such dedicated individuals providing support groups, memory cafes, workshops and more.
Another note – looking forward to the workshop with improvisation next week on the 20th caregiving: Dementia: Embracing the Moment.
It’s not always easy talking about dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, but we’re here to open up the conversation. I think this movie is going to touch a lot of individual’s lives.
Hope to see you at the Fine Arts Theatre on the 19th!!
Special Showing of Still Alice at Fine Arts Theatre
Community Awareness & Opening Up the Conversation
Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Asheville, NC – It’s time to wear purple, the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement, Go Purple, and view the newly released film, Still Alice, based on the bestselling novel by Lisa Genova, starring Julianne Moore in the role of Alice, a Columbia linguistics professor at 50 years of age diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease: Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.
Moore’s performance has earned rave reviews including wins for a Golden Globe for Best Actress – Drama, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, A SAG Award, and a BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) with a pending nomination for an Academy Award, among other nominations and accolades.
There will be three showings of the film on the 19th at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm at a reduced fee of $5.00 per ticket at the theatre. Still Alice opens February 12 for a usual run of two to three weeks at regular rates. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about local resources and chat with professionals and individuals in the field of memory loss, raising community awareness and opening up the conversation about dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease. Discover more about what’s available for support and help for those with memory loss and their caregivers here in Buncombe County.
Still Alice opens on February 12th for a regular run of two to three weeks at the regular rates – theatre schedule: www.fineartstheatre.com For more information on the special showing of the film and community resources on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, contact Mary Donnelly: Network Coordinator at MemoryCare in Asheville. firstname.lastname@example.org (828) 230-4143
(6) Health Insurance Awareness Day
Health Insurance Awareness Day
Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr Southside Center
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Call or email Andi Block for additional information:
Visit our website
At the above, members of Western North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters will help educate the community at large regarding the vital role of the health insurance agent. It is essential that consumers fully understand that other health insurance coverage exist beyond the Affordable Care Act and the importance of securing them.
The members of Western North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters are part of North Carolina Association of Health Underwriters as well as National Association of Health Underwriters. They are licensed professionals whose entire careers are based on helping consumers with health insurance issues.
Light refreshments will be available.
6pm doors, 7pm show. $10 ADV, $15 day of show. ALL AGES. Limited seating available.http://bioflyer.wordpress.com/bioflyer/asheville-sing-slam/
(8) Ann-Lee Waite in NC: For our upcoming February 21st workshop at Weaverville Yoga, Nicole does not feel she can contribute at the level she would like to, for the present, to the workshops due to her schedule and her desire to focus on completing her pilates certification requirements. And because my relationship with her is more important than our professional collaboration, I am supporting her decision wholeheartedly.
(9) Submission Guidelines: How to Get Your Work Published in Literary Journals & Magazines by Jennifer McGaha (Great Smokies Writing Program faculty)Saturday, February 28, 2-4pm at UNC AshevilleSo you’ve written something—a story, a poem, an essay—and you think this particular piece is pretty good, really good, in fact. You have shown it to your dog, to your mother, to your writing group, and they all agree: This piece is ready to share with a larger audience. Now, how do you find magazines, literary journals, and other publications that are appropriate for your work? How do you create a cover letter? How do you keep track of your submissions? Can you submit a piece to more than one publication at a time? When is it okay to follow up with an editor if he/she has not responded to your submission? How do you deal with and learn from rejection? This workshop will focus on strategies you can use to publish single works of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, humor, and poetry as you make the leap from private writing into the wild and sometimes confounding world of publishing.Jennifer McGaha is an Appalachian writer, teacher, and humorist whose creative nonfiction work has appeared in dozens of magazines and literary journals. For the past 15 years, Jennifer has taught composition and creative writing in a variety of settings, including the Great Smokies Writing Program, Brevard College, and Western Illinois University.Registration fee: $35. Contact Jordan Dolfi to register: email@example.com or (828) 250-2399. Sponsored by the Great Smokies Writing Program.
(10) Vic A. in NC: Saw the show [Annapurna] tonight and really enjoyed it. … The scene when trying to remember what was done to their son, and also reading the poem at the end.
Note: Readers are in luck, in that this fine play runs through Feb. 22 at NC Stage.
February 12 – March 1, Thursday – Sunday. All shows at 7:30 P.M. at the BeBe Theatre (20 Commerce St. Asheville, NC).
Tickets available at
This up-and-coming theatre takes off with their second production ever: a witty, sexual, and very honest play called Seminar by the unbelievably talented Theresa Rebeck. It presents itself as five writers who are too clever, and too miserable, for their own good, sitting in an apartment delivering some of the finest dialogue you are like to hear from a modern writer. The all-star cast pulls from a myriad of companies and backgrounds. The two resident actors of Rarely Theatre, Trinity Smith and Dwight Chiles, lead this hilarious play, joined by Patrick Ian Hackney and Mary-Katherine O’Donnell; rounding out the cast is Andrew Gall, the Artistic Director of Parkway Playhouse. Scott Keel continues as the Artistic Director of Rarely Theatre and guides this formidable cast with his usual stamp of manifesting reality as closely as possible on the stage.
“This play is fundamentally about truth. It calls truth to the forefront and shows us how everyone deals with it (or frankly, refuses to deal with it),” Keel says. “People love and hate the truth, but in either case, they generally have trouble accepting it for what it is.”
Chiles takes on his usual dual-role as set designer with the company and creates a minimalist upper-class New York apartment. As always, it is complemented and enriched by Abby Auman’s skillful lighting, and resident costumer Victoria Smith creates a cohesive modern fashion that pulls no focus but never leaves you doubting where you are.
Come join us for a good laugh, some shock value, and a good dose of embracing the truth.
Note: Readers are also in luck, in that I have already seen and enjoyed this play–and you will, too. See next week’s issue for more information and a picture.
(12) DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre
250 Pigeon St, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786
Set in a South American country which has just had a revolution overturning a vicious regime, the story concerns a woman who has survived imprisonment and torture, only to be confronted with her possible assailant.
Featuring: Julie Kinter, Charles Mills and Steve Lloyd
February 13, 14 at 7:30 pm
February 15 at 3:00 pm
February 20, 21 at 7:30 pm
February 22 at 3:00 pm
Adults $10, Students $6
Contains adult language and subject matter.
(13) Any Wednesday
By Muriel Resnick
Directed by Walter Goodrich
Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28, 2015 in 35below
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus
“A happy comedy with the giddy bubble of champagne”, in the words of one reviewer, this presents a quartet of contentious characters: a wealthy businessman who cheats on his wife, his loyal wife who’s kept in the dark, the husband’s young mistress who longs to finally get married, and a client who first assumes that the mistress must be a general offering for all those who do business with the firm. All characters get their just rewards as the plot rolls merrily to its end.
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
FREE PROGRAMS AT PINE RUN
777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA
1:30 p.m. February 17
“Love is in the Air” with Jeff Dershin, pianist/singer
So, is love all it’s cracked up to be? Is it really “S’Wonderful” as George and Ira Gershwin wrote in 1927, or is it “…the root of all midnight blues” as Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg wrote in 1937?
Pianist and educator Jeff Dershin offers a lively program featuring songs by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, and many more.
1:30 p.m. March 31
“Women Soliders and Spies of the Civil War” with Trish Chambers, historical performer
This fascinating presentation addresses those women who chose to become soldiers and spies during the Civil War. Learn why they selected the path they did and how they were able to function effectively as soldiers and influence history as spies.
1:30 p.m. May 12
“Songs My Mother Taught Me” with Jeff Dershin, pianist/singer
Mothers have, for decades, been a subject of popular songs, whether we sing about her in Italian (like Connie Francis), Yiddish (like Sophie Tucker), or English (like Al Jolson). Explore the subject of motherhood with Jeff Dershin, in a program that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes humorous, and always entertaining.
(2) Glenn B. in PA: The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 7 PM
Program: David Steward will cover “Genealogy 101” How to trace family or property history