Section 2, part 2
(1) Henry W. in NY: Now in his mid-50’s, forever boyish Hugh Grant stars in “The Rewrite,” an appealingly predictable, romantic comedy, in which Grant plays a charming, bumbling, cad – sound familiar – who hasn’t written a successful screenplay in 15 years. Unable to find work anymore in Hollywood, Grant is offered a college teaching gig in Binghamton, New York, where, lo and behold, he sleeps with an awe-struck student and offends the stern Jane Austen professor with his anti-feminist remarks. Irrepressibly beautiful Marisa Tomei steals the film as a single mom, attending college and working two jobs. If you enjoy watching Hugh Grant, and who doesn’t, you’ll find the film to your liking.
(2) Mike M. in NC: STILL ALICE ** 1/2
Very weak script about Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) a professor of linguist who is diagnosed at age 50 with early Alzheimer’s disease and her and her families being able to cope with the disease. The story is true to Alzheimer’s, but that is all it is true to.
Alec Baldwin who plays her husband John was miscast. You just don’t believe that he is the loving husband.
Julianne Moore’s performance is good and she will walk away with Oscar tomorrow night not because it is the best performance of the year, but because of all her past performances that she didn’t win for. I didn’t see two of the other best actress performances, Reese Witherspoon or Marion Cortillard so I can’t honesty say if they would deserve to win.
Note: I saw the above and as indicated in my review in last week’s BLAINESWORLD, I liked it more than Mike did. In addition, I think the film should be seen to give others more awareness of this terrible disease.
50 SHADES OF GREY *
The only thing I can say if you want to waste the admission price to a movie or the price of a rental when it comes out then this is the movie. Absolutley the worst acting and the stupidest story possible. The only thing it was good for was Cheri and I laughed at how bad it was. There was not even chemistry between the characters terrible casting.
(3) Michelle B. in NC: Bringing a daughter back from the brink with poems
(4) Please vote for a the daughter of a friend of mine (Amy G. in NJ) in the following competition. The daughter’s name is Molly Dunn. All you need to do is click this link and say you “love it.”
Section 12A, NC events
(1) Barbara Brady in NC: You’re Invited to my talk and slide show: THE CAMINO: A METAPHOR FOR LIVING LIFE FULLY. Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at REI Asheville. I’ll be sharing my experiences and reflecting on their relevance to living life to the fullest. This event is FREE but a reservation is recommended to guarantee a seat. We usually get 40 to 45 attendees, room capacity is officially 47. I also plan on giving talks at Jubilee and the Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville later this Spring to which you’ll be invited as well.
At Asheville REI 31 Schenck Parkway Asheville, NC 28803; 828-687-0918.
(2) The Autumn Players and The Asheville Community Theater
Man + Wife + Mistress + Interloper = Chaos, Confusion and Comedy.
by: Muriel Resnick
Directed by: Walter Goodrich
Stage Assistant: Gary Gaines
A romantic comedy where miscommunication, missteps, mishaps
and bad timing lead to lots of laughter!
35below (Asheville Community Theater – downstairs/back entrance)
Narrated by: Rose Lynn Katz
Friday, February 27th, 2:30 pm at 35below
Saturday, February 29th, 2:30 pm at 35below
Sunday, March 1st, 2:30 pm at the Reuter Center/OLLI at UNCA
Tickets are $6 (Oy, such a bargain!)
Note: I just saw this play and enjoyed it. You will, too. Pictures to follow next week.
(5) LA 34 Application Forms
Thank you so much for your interest in the Leadership Asheville Program! The LA 34 application forms are accessible by clicking on the links below. Applicants must submit both the application and the commitment statement by MAY 29. To complete the commitment statement, please sign, scan, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to a scanner, please mail the signed commitment statement to Leadership Asheville at 1 University Heights, CPO #3800, Asheville, NC 28804.
(6) LOCAL MOVEMENT THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPRING WORKSHOP
Asheville-based Community Choreography Projects presents “Creating Your Legacy Through Movement and Story,” an 8-week movement theater workshop. People of all experience levels are invited to join Artistic Director Barrie Barton to discover and craft their legacy — past, present and future. Participants engage in expressive activities using movement, story, writing and art. The Legacy workshop culminates with a collaborative, community-based movement-theater piece to be performed for friends and family on Sunday, May 17.
Barrie states, “our lives are shaped by those who leave us as well as by those who stay. And we influence other’s lives in both subtle and life-altering ways.” The workshop invites participants to creatively engage with their rich ancestral lifeline, influential events and intentions for the future.
Former cast member Karen Beijer says, participating in one of these workshops was “one of the most fulfilling, powerful, moving, touching, community-filled, fun, creative, experiences I have ever been involved in.”
Register now through Monday, March 23
8-week workshop starts Monday, March 23
Class meets at Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. in Asheville, from 6:15 – 8:15pm.
Course fee: $155. Participants can attend a sample first session for $15.
All experience levels welcome.
For information and to register: (828) 658-1217 or go to http://www.communitychoreography.com
Section 12B, PA/NJ events
(2) “Mamma Mia Movie Sing-Along” Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre March 14, 20
West Windsor, N.J. – Attention, dancing queens. It’s time for a sing-along, a play-along, and good old-fashioned fun for all those who appreciate disco – especially the music of ABBA, one of the greatest disco bands of all times. Theater To Go presents a “Mamma Mia Movie Sing-Along” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre for two showings only: Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and Friday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
When a young bride-to-be secretly invites three strangers to her wedding in hopes of discovering which one is her long-lost dad, the plot quickly gets thick with misunderstandings and uncomfortable moments. In this 2008 film version of the popular Broadway show, an all-star cast, featuring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried and Colin Firth, plays out the comic details on a beautiful Greek island where Mamma Streep runs an inn that is the idyllic setting for her daughter’s special day.
But the main star of this movie is the beloved ABBA soundtrack. Fans can follow the bouncing ball and lyrics on the screen in a collective shout-out to some of the biggest hits of the disco era: Dancing Queen, Take a Chance On Me, I Do I Do, S.O.S, and other ABBA favorites. They are invited to get into the spirit with costume and trivia contests. Audience members will also receive a goody bag full of interactive items to enjoy during the viewing of the film.
Founded by Ruth Markoe in 1992, Theater To Go is best known for audience participation murder mysteries and interactive comedy shows. More recently, the company has added movie sing-alongs that give fans a collective viewing experience, complete with participatory props and a master of ceremonies. Among Theater To Go’s film sing-alongs are Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Annie and the wildly popular Frozen. This is Theater To Go’s debut presentation of Mamma Mia.
Markoe says her group is looking forward to presenting a movie that is geared for adults. “We believe that whereas most adults stop playing when they hit adolescence, actors play all their lives, and we invite you to join us in the playground!”
Tickets for the “Mamma Mia Sing-Along” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kelseytheatre.net 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.
(4) Safe Day Studio presents Cane Master Mark Shuey Sr.
and Sho-Dai Soke Mike Andrus FULL DAY SEMINAR
Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm (lunch included)
Train with International martial artist Cane Master Mark Shuey Sr.
Learn all about a Martial Arts weapon that can be carried any-where! Efficient and effective, the American Cane System stands on it’s own as a complete Self-Defense.
Mr. Mike’s seminar includes striking, pressure points, joint lock/joint break, take-downs, submission finishing techniques
Free: training cane, signed book, set of escrima training sticks
**Giveaways for paid pre-registerants only
$150.00 per person
There will be certificates of completion for both seminars
Address: 1733 Township Greene Jamison, PA 18929
You must register!
questions call Mr. Mike at:215-370-1650
(5) Bucks County Community College professor to explore ‘The Play of the Mind’ as part of 50th Anniversary Faculty Lecture Series
Bucks County Community College Professor Christopher Bursk presents “The Play of the Mind: An Interdisciplinary Lecture” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 on the Newtown campus, part of the college’s 50th Anniversary Faculty Lecture Series. Admission and parking are free. To learn more, visitwww.bucks.edu/golden.
NEWTOWN >> To celebrate its founding in 1964 and opening its doors to students in 1965, Bucks County Community College is hosting a 50th Anniversary Faculty Lecture Series to share compelling topics with the community and showcase its instructors.
(6) Fabulous Females of Broadway – this Tuesday