BLAINESWORLD #961 (Please send any comments to:

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.

and also:


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)


Milli Adams

Kermit Brown

Ellen Pappas

Greg Ryan

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 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.

Click here to access the application form

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Click here to access the financial assistance form

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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


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 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.


Presenting the Eighth Annual
Tyler Formal Gardens & Landscaping Lecture
Featuring Chris Strand lecturing on “The du Pont Influence on American gardening.” A guided tour of the Tyler Formal Gardens is also included.
Saturday April 25, 9 to 10:30am

Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center

Bucks County Community College Newtown Campus

$15 Admission (Students with I.D. $10)

  by clicking:

Since 2005, Chris Strand has served as Director of Garden & Estate at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Recently, he co-curated the highly successful exhibition “Costumes of Downton Abbey” at Winterthur. Strand will address the various ways that the du Pont Gardens in the Brandywine Valley influenced American gardening.

Sponsored by:
BCCC Foundation * Bucks Historic Preservation Program * Carol Tyler * Christiansen Memorials, Montgomeryville * de Gruchy Masonry for Preservation, Quakertown * Feeney’s Garden Center, Feasterville * Heartland Wealth Advisors, Lebanon * Lowe’s Home Improvement, Hatfield * Prudential Fox & Roach Realty, Newtown
All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of the Tyler Gardens.
For more information, contact Lyle Rosenberger –

(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)

Paypal link:

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,

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.

The series continues Thursday, March 5, when Professor Christopher Bursk, Ph.D., presents “The Play of the Mind: An Interdisciplinary Lecture.” Bursk, an award-winning poet and author who has taught at Bucks for more than four decades, will draw on the work of educator John Holt and historian Johann Huizinga, research essays and poems by Bucks graduates, and a case study from the Harvard Business School.“The lecture will invite those attending to consider that the play of the mind lies at the heart of all academic disciplines,” explained Bursk. “It’s what gives life its adventure, its flavor, its greatest rewards.”Bursk, who has touched the hearts and minds of thousands of students throughout his long tenure at Bucks, still finds it an honor to be part of this unique educational enterprise that is the community college.“Although the students I originally taught when I came to Bucks did not have smart phones or computers, they shared, with the students of today, the same eagerness to develop their potential and the same receptivity to the play of the mind,” said Bursk. “The student body then was also made up of veterans, single parents, first-generation Americans, young people unaware just how they smart they might be, and workers returning to college to chart new careers.”Bursk, the 1978 Bucks County Poet Laureate, is the author of 13 books, most recently Unthrifty Loveliness and Selected Poems. He is the recipient of NEA, Guggenheim, and Pew Fellowships. Several of his books have won awards, including Ovid at Fifteen (New Issues Press), winner of the Green Rose Prize; The Improbable Swervings of Atoms (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of Donald Hall Prize in Poetry from AWP and the Milton Kessler Prize; and The First Inhabitants of Arcadia (University of Arkansas Press), winner of the Patterson Prize. The Langhorne resident’s poems have earned the Another Chicago Magazine Award, the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review, the New Letters Prize in Poetry, and the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award.Bursk’s presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in room 142 of Tyler Hall, the historic mansion that is the cornerstone of the college’s original campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa. Admission and parking are free.The 50th Anniversary Faculty Lecture Series, which was launched last fall at the Upper Bucks Campus, concludes April 2 at the Lower Bucks Campus with instructor Courtney Polidori on “Knowledge is the New Black: Teaching Literature in a Maximum Security Women’s Prison.”

(6) Fabulous Females of Broadway – this Tuesday


Join us!
777 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA

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.
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2 Responses to BLAINESWORLD #961 (Please send any comments to:

  1. Carole Biro says:

    Thank you Blaine for including the condolences to Jenna and info about the memorial for her beloved Phil. He was truly a kind and loving soul who will be so missed!

    • bginbc says:

      Thank you for having us join you at the service (we were moved), as well as to Brian for writing that piece about the person who helped him at Walmart. Good seeing you tonight!

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