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Section 2, part 2 

(1) Team Kelli Brown Mullinix

Team Kelli Brown Mullinix (Kelli Mullinix)

The Story

Kelli Brown Mullinix is a wife, mother of three, worship leader, children’s choir director, actress ,singer, and local musician.  She was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative breast cancer on July 18 at age 39. The course of treatment will include four months of weekly chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy and hysterectomy, radiation treatment, and reconstruction surgery.  As we all know, health insurance doesn’t fully cover the cost of catastrophic illness.  Your donations will help Kelli beat cancer and not be burden with it.  It will pay for many things for her family including medical expenses, missed work, travel expenses, childcare, chemotherapy/radiation therapy, surgeries, medical prosthesis, health insurance premiums, household expenses such as rent, electric and water bills, and groceries due to lost income from missing work.
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(2) No Foul Mouths on This Field: Football With a New Age Twist
(3) Lori H. in PA: I saw Learn to Drive with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson in a sneak peak. I liked it. Thought it was a sweet film.
(4) Carole C. in NC: We loved Jimmy’s Hall because of the beautiful scenery in Ireland, the Irish music and the beautiful faces of the extras. We loved the story, too, but it might be a little slow for everyone. Also, we had to work hard to understand all the dialogue but that was OK. We would recommend this to people who aren’t necessarily looking for a blockbuster.
(5) Suzanne S. in NC: Great Job Blaine,  and happy Labrador weekend!
(6) Bob H. in NJ: Great to see you in Langhorne. If I get to Asheville I want to go to all of your favorite restaurants.

(7) Seven L. in NC: I hope this letter finds both you, and Your Lovely Bride are well. I really have grown to look forward each week to read my BW weekly, or is it monthly, I don’t know as my new oncologist raised my morphine while in Hospital, as my cancer has spread all due to passiveness from my old Dr. He didn’t treat me aggressively enough. … Please forgive my long written letters, and I with you a Happy Rosh Hashana, and that your past year of good deeds will go in the book and Baruch Ha Shem seal the deal for a good and charitable year ahead, my love to you both.

Let me quote my late father, All my love and best wishes, caviar dreams, and spinach knishes.

(8) Ellane C. in NC: As always, I enjoyed this blainesword.  I especially appreciated the piece about Oliver Saks.  As I get older, and more of my friends and people I care about pass on, I’ve thought more about mortality and how I’m dealing with mine.  I hope I’ll have the grace and courage Dr. Saks and others have shown.

(9) Rod R. in NJ: He [Wayne Dyer] graciously granted me permission to use one of his quotes in the revised edition of my book on bipolar, now titled Mania on the Loose. It goes: Truly, there’s absolutely nothing in this universe including ourselves, that isn’t perfectly timed.

(10) Carole S. in NJ: I always enjoy receiving your recommendations for movies. Don’t recall whether you mentioned this one when it was in theaters. If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend FRUITVALE STATION. We really enjoyed it; very emotional.

Note: I enjoyed it, too. Get it on DVR and/or find it on SHOWTIME.


Section 12A, NC events


(2) Sidney Barnes and Richard Shulman Celebrate the Music of Sam Cooke
Sidney Barnes & Richard Shulman
Oct 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC

$12 in advance / $15 at the door 8:30pm

This is special evening of tribute to one of the legends and innovators of Rhythm & Blues. Mr. Sam Cooke

From 1957 to the early ‘60s, Sam Cooke, known as the “King of Soul” was one of the great innovators of Rhythm & Blues. He had numerous Top 10 and Top 40 hits until his untimely demise in 1964. Songs such as “You Send Me,” “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” “Chain Gang” and “A Change is Gonna Come” are deeply loved favorites of millions of people.

Sam Cooke was one of Sidney Barnes’ favorites when as a budding R&B singer Barnes would hear him in concert. Sidney was immersed in the music then as he is now, decades later.

Sidney and Richard will be joined by “Echoes in Rhythm” led by Richard and specializing in popular music of earlier eras. Joining them will be guitarist Jonathan Pearlman, bassist Bill Fouty, drummer Rick Dilling, saxophonist Jason Moore and vocalists Juan Holladay, Gwendolyn Olympia Adams-Garrett and Peggy Ratusz.

Limited Tables are available with dinner reservation. Seating / Standing is otherwise available first come first serve. Call Isis at 828-575-2737 for reservations.

Sidney Barnes got his professional start in show business in the early 1960’s, when Berry Gordy discovered him and signed him to his Motown Records empire as an singer, song writer, producer, and talent scout. Since then Sidney has gone on to work on the concert stage and in the recording studio with legions of Soul, Jazz, and Rock ‘n Roll music royalty, including The Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire, Chaka Kahn, Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, and many others. His songs have appeared on movie soundtracks and in radio & TV commercials. Sidney grew up listening to, and trying to emulate the beautiful vocal styling of several great singers, one of whom was the late great Sam Cooke. Now Sidney has partnered with keyboard legend Richard Shulman and a group of other talented friends to bring the sound and music of Sam Cooke to the public, for the enjoyment of all. (

Composer, pianist, and recording artist Richard Shulman uses his skills as a jazz, classical, and healing-music keyboardist to create music to uplift hearts. A student of Chuck Mangione and Marian McPartland at the Eastman School of Music, and Frank Foster at the University of Buffalo, Shulman has performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Art Park, the United Nations and venues throughout North America and in Europe, and has produced 25 recordings on his label, RichHeart Music. (

(3) GLASS MENAGERIE at Parkway Playhouse

September 19 – October 3S
202 Green Mountain Dr, Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

In Tennessee Williams’ shattering classic, an aging Southern Belle longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her children. Her restless son Tom—a would–be poet and the story’s narrator—gets swept up in his mother’s funny and heartbreaking schemes to find his painfully shy sister, Laura, a husband. Join us for an intimate take on one of the most beautiful dramas in American theatre.

(4) Chuck Taft in Asheville NC: Blue Ridge Orchestera needs more quality, energetic violinists in its ranks. So I have arranged for a couple of Open Audition times for violinist in the area looking to be part of an above average Community Orchestra that rehearses on the campus of UNCA on Wednesday nights and performs approximately four weekends a year on Saturday and Sunday. More information can be found on the orchestra’s website:


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Monday, September 14at 7:30pm – 9:00pm

The NEW Vanishing Wheelchair Building, beside Magic Central. 175 Weaverville HWY, Asheville, NC 28804
A Ricky D Boone original show to Asheville.
All money goes to The Vanishing Wheelchair INC.
Sept. 14th 7:30pm

Comedy Magic Show
This show will contain language. Mostly English.
OPENING ACT WILL BE, Sam Riddle, He is a funny guy, BUT I LIKE HIM ANYWAY……………………..
They will go fast.


Asheville SCORE-Women’s Business Roundtable
Thursday September 17, 2015 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
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AB-Tech Enka Campus
1459 Sand Hill Rd.
Small Business Center, Room 2046
Candler, NC 28715
Driving Directions

Come to the September meeting 
Still a few spaces left – sign up now!
   Asheville SCORE mentor and small business owner Gayle Sovinee will follow Deane Giordanno’s July presentation on elevator speeches with: 
“What Comes Next?” – what steps do you need to take to “hook” that potential client? 
Gayle will provide guidelines and facilitate a discussion and  small group practice.  As always, the meeting will begin with each attendee giving their 30-60 second elevator speech and end with time to network. Your active participation is requested.  
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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

“The Fantasticks” Brings Music and Magic to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Sept. 25 to Oct. 4

West Windsor, N.J. – The age-old tale of boy meets girl is presented with classic showmanship and high style when the longest-running musical of all time comes to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  PinnWorth Productions presents “The Fantasticks” Fridays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on Sept. 25.

Drawing on plot elements reminiscent of Shakespeare and Rostand, “The Fantasticks” chronicles the budding romance between a boy named Matt and his neighbor, Luisa. Their fathers hatch a plot to bring them together by appearing to be feuding, knowing the teens will be even more drawn to each other if they believe their love to be forbidden.  They do fall in love, but are then separated by family events and their need to mature and explore the world.  When the lovers finally reunite, they possess a deeper understanding of life and an even greater appreciation of each other.

With book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, the original Off-Broadway production at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village premiered in 1960 and ran for a record-breaking 17,162 performances over 42 years.  After closing in 2002, a revival directed by Jones opened in 2006 at The Theater Center, where it continues to captivate theater-goers almost ten years later.  The show is packed with familiar tunes, including the memorable songs “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and “I Can See It.”

The cast features Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., and Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as the Old Actors (Mortimer and Henry); Benjamin Menahem of Plainsboro as El Gallo, the narrator; Brent Tuccillo of Hamilton and Emily Applebaum of Lawrenceville as young lovers Matt and Luisa; Jina Nam of New York City as The Mute; and Sean McGrath of Churchville, Pa., and Bill Osman of North Brunswick as the scheming fathers, Huck and Bell.

The production team includes director LouJ Stalsworth, set and costume designer Kate Pinner, and choreographer Koren Zander.  Lighting design and publicity photographs are by Robert Terrano and the stage manager is Nicole Schulnick.  Calla Tisdale and Dennis Tolentino are assistant stage managers.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Discounted subscription packages for the 2015-16 season are still on sale.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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