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(1) Michael G. in Germany: Thank you for your email.I enjoy the pictures and comments very much. Currently , the weather conditions are changing here in Germany (Thuringia).Six weeks ago we had temperatures between 35 and 39 degrees celcius and now the weather forecast prognosticated the first snow for the higher regions from Thuringia.Have a nice day and take care of you.

(2) Marilyn S. in NC: Going to tag a bunch of locals with this. THREE Gorgeous healthy kittens two females and one male ready for adoption. FREE but need to be fixed later. First shots given. They are ten weeks old and just around 2 lbs. Mom is small so these kittens probably won’t get too big full grown. The only “rules” are promise they will be indoor cats and if you have problems give them back to us, not to the shelter. These are our babies!! Please share the info around your friends.

If interested, PM Marilyn Sholin at Facebook or they can call me. I’m in Fletcher easy to get to. Appt to see them. 305.582.4750. Leave message and I’ll call back if no answer.

(3) Mike Martinelli’s insightful review of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN:

The question that comes to mind as I watched this show last night atAsheville Community Theatre is, can a show this great really be a community theater production? Based on the Mel Brook’s 1974 film, this first class quality production is one you will love even if you are not a Mel Brooks fan.

No matter if he’s directing or as he did this summer in Not Now Darling Jerry Crouch proves that anything he is involved in is sure to be a hit. Add to his magnificent casting, great sets by Jillian Summers,some of the best choreography you will see in WNC by newcomer to ACT Shari Azarand you could not find a better show to see. The performances in this show are better then some of the Broadway tour shows that I have seen. I do have to mention David Fine who is a senior at T C T.C. Roberson High School who absolutely blows everyone in the audience including me and several critics out of the water as Igor. My cohort in crime at ACT Blaine Greenfield is funny as patient Mr.Hilltop, a role that we were sharing until the klutz that I am broke my hand and had to drop out of the show. Calintha Beckett BriggsMark Jones Waylon Wood Nana Hosmer Griffin Carol Leslie DuermitStrother Stingley Rock Eblen Frank E. Salvo Scott Cameron Kyle M G SmithCharles Eden Burchill Tristan Cameron Ruth L Butler Candice Owen Karyn Panek Leslie Lang (my Zumba partner in crime) Jessica Garland Shepherdand the rest of the cast, your performances are equity quality and I am so honored and humbled to have been part of this show with you all.

To all the musicans Chuck Taft Sarah Fowler David Bruce and the magic onstage would not happen without you.

There are 4 more performances left, today and 3 next weekend so do NOT wait to get your tickets immediately as I am sure the show will sell out as it did Friday and Saturday night. You can get tickets by call 828-254-1320 or

(4)  The Fats You Don’t Need to Fear, and the Carbs That You Do

(5) 27 Ways to Be a Modern Man

(6) A Myth About Refreezing Foods

(7) This Column Is Gluten Free


Section 12A, PA events


“King Lear” opens this Friday, October 9th, for a three-week run at the Asheville Masonic Temple. It’s been a great pleasure working with our stellar cast – starring David Mycoff in the title role – bringing this classic of English theater to life as deception, betrayal and revenge lead to the greatest theatrical denouements ever written. Tickets available online at Montford Park Players or at the door.

Please note that our final dress rehearsal on Thursday, October 8th, is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. We only ask that you ‘pay what you can’ to help defray costs.

Also, since there is no performance on Saturday, October 10th, it would be a great night to see “4000 Miles” at NC Stage featuring Trinity Smith (wife of our esteemed director Scott Keel) and my acting coach Dusty McKeelan.

All the best,

Steven Turner





(4) We are honored that The Black Mountain Center For The Arts has asked us to kick off their season with an Encore Presentation of our production of, ART!

A Play By Yasmina Reza; Translated by Christopher Hampton
Produced by The Actor’s Center of Asheville, NC
Directed by Lyn Nihart

Three old friends, and the challenging piece of artwork that tests the strength of their friendship.

Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy. “…wildly funny, naughtily provocative…” —NY Post. This production stars Kevin Patrick Murphy, Dan Clancy, and Robert Dale Walker

Presented in partnership with Black Mountain Front Porch Theatre atBlack Mountain Center for the Arts
November, 5th, 6th & 7th 2015
Doors at 7pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Get your tickets in advance!


Pumpkins are out on neighborhood porches. Candy and costumes to follow. Next comes the Thanksgiving menu, but before you go any farther, write this date down on your calendar.
A performance you don’t want to miss!
Thirteen remarkable women perform….Talking to God
Sunday, Nov. 22
Jubilee! Community
Doors Open – 5:00 p.m.
Presentation – 5:30 p.m.
$10.00Tickets on sale at the door!
Wall Street Parking Deck Next Door



Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective is excited to announce their final production of their 5th Season, The Boys Next Door by Tom Griffin; directed by Steph Hickling Beckman. The Boys Next Door runs November 5th through 21st at The Be Be Theatre.

Arnold has decided he’s going to move to Russia. Barry thinks he’s a golf pro. Norman can’t stop eating donuts and Lucien is concerned that they don’t have any trees. These men are all roommates and they all have special needs. Written with humor and compassion, The Boys Next Door, by Tom Griffin, is a series of vignettes that together form a charming and moving picture of life, friendship and challenges. Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where “little things” sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy. Perhaps most evidently, the story displays the extraordinary gift that special needs individuals are to society, by offering a glimpse into their lives, their home, and their hearts.
“With what kind of freedom and abandon do we present ourselves when we think no one is watching or judging? There is a great deal of humor in this play and it comes from that place of childlike innocence and overall lack of inhibition, that gets replaced by ‘filter’ as we make the intellectual transition to adulthood. Can we measure the pleasure and ease derived from just being ourselves; when who we are is just… who we are? Without norms and expectation?” says Hickling Beckman.
The Boys Next Door highlights the beautiful humanity, humor, and heartache of the cognitively impaired, while underlining, that at their core, they are not much different than the rest of us.

The Beneficiary for this production is Paws on ASD. Paws on ASD is an Asheville based non-profit resource center for low income families with children on the autism spectrum. Paws on ASD provides therapeutic services (including those of the resident therapy dog) for the entire family Find out more at

Under the stage direction of Steph Hickling Beckman, The Boys Next Door features a good mix of new faces (Tristan Cameron, Matthew Sauve, Karl Knierim, and Bill Parks) along with veteran Different Strokes actors, Scott Bean, Scott Fisher, Danielle King, Denise Carter, and Gary Gaines, within this adept ensemble. Performances run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. Audience Talk Back sessions follow Friday and Saturday performances.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get your tickets by 11/7/158 for $5 off online ticket price. Use code FALLBOYS

For more information about Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective and their beneficiary please visit www., and


An Evening with Deep River

November 7, 2015 8:00 PM

Doors Open: 7:00 PM




(9) Thanks to John Crawley for sharing the folloing information about THE SPITFIRE GRILL:
It is this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22 and 23, @ 7:15pm in Graham Theater on the campus of Asheville School. Admission free. We are doing the musical, The Spitfire Grill, which originally played Off-Broadway in 2001. It won the prestigious Richard Rodgers Production Award. Hope you can catch it!

Section 12B, PA/NJ events


October 23-November 8
Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army — and also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a man who made millions profiting from the sale of war munitions. The real war exists in the struggle between a domineering father and an independent daughter as they wrestle with the question: does salvation come through faith or finance? What happens when father and daughter clash is the magic of this delightfully smart, funny and timely play by the always witty and thought-provoking George Bernard Shaw.
Directed by Cheryl Doyle and George Hartpence.

Performing at:
The Heritage Center
635 N Delmorr Ave Morrsivile, Pa 19067

Fridays and Satrudays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

(2) At Kelsey Theatre (Mercer County Community College)

Neil Simon’s Rumors

By The Yardley Players

Oct. 23, 24, 30, 31 at 8pm

Oct. 25, Nov 1 at 2pm

It is Charley and Myra Brock’s 10th Anniversary, and his friends are looking forward to a classy evening with their closest friends and the always excellent cuisine at the Deputy Mayor of New York’s house.  They arrive to find that their host has “accidentally” shot himself, his wife is missing and, what’s even worse, the kitchen staff has vanished!!  What are they to do?  They cannot let the media, or the police for that matter, reveal this horrendous scandal.  At least, not until they really know what has happened!   This comedic mayhem is surely something that only Neil Simon could have thought up, and The Yardley Players present.

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