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Section 2, part 2

(1) 97-Year-Old Cries Tears Of Joy After She Finally Gets Her High School Diploma

(2) The evolution of simplicity

(3) The ambivalent marriage takes a toll on health

(4) Major benefits for students who attend live theater, study finds

(5) Micaheleen L. in PA:  I want to let you know that I went to the dermatologist this week.  She zapped a spot on my nose with liquid N and checked me thoroughly.  All was thankfully good.  Keep pushing for skin checks.  That is one place cancer can be cured when caught at the beginning.

(6) The 17 most controversial TV episodes ever

(7) The World Café – Percolating Possibilities by Sunny Cook


Section 12, NC events



(2) This yearly benefit for Eblen-Kimmel Charities celebrates the holiday season with some of the region’s best artists and musicians. Daytime segment (2-6pm) is family friendly with all the Faerie basics: costumes, magic, music, Faerie Kin stilt walkers, life-size sculptures by Marcie The Balloon Fairy, face painting, inflated castle bouncer, and much more!

Evening segment (7pm-11pm) is adult themed with the popular world music of Juan Benavides Group plus Sarah Merrell’s Body Art/Painting Fashion Show, organic chocolate, snacks and drinks, and crafts by wonderful local artisans. Sponsored by WICKED WEED BREWING

More info and Advance Price Tickets at:



(3) Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang

Produced by Attic Salt Theatre Company
at 35below

November 6th through the 22nd
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm

35 East Walnut St., Asheville, NC

Tickets can be purchased through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at

or call 828-254-1320.

Attic Salt Theatre Company, the team who produced 2013’s comedy hit All in the Timing and 2014’s acclaimed God of Carnage and this summer’s smash The Underpants, is pleased to announce their latest play, the Tony-award winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, at 35below in Downtown Asheville. 35below is located at 35 East Walnut St in Downtown Asheville. The performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, from November 6th through the 22nd. Seating in the black box theater will be general admission, with all tickets costing $20.00. Tickets can be purchased through the Asheville Community Theatre box office

or call 828-254-1320.

Nominated for six Tony Awards, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. The plot revolves around Vanya and his
adopted sister Sonia as they live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. Their peace is shattered when their sister Masha, an aging movie star, returns with her young boy-toy, Spike. Rivalries are sparked and regrets are voiced. Oh, and their clairvoyant cleaning woman may or may not have predicted the whole weekend.

“Best Play” Awards won by Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won include the 2013 Tony Award Outer Circle Critics Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production, and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award.

Producer and Attic Salt Theatre Company co-founder Marci Bernstein says, “We’ve always loved the works of Durang. It’s fitting that he won such accolades for this play. It’s like Christopher Durang all grown up!”

“I love that this show has all of the wackiness and irreverence that Durang typically espouses, but that it’s all placed in a more mature setting,” said Ms. Bernstein. “That’s speaking both literally and metaphorically.”

Having never produced any of the works by Anton Chekov that the play draws from, the creative team of Attic Salt Theatre Company is nonetheless thrilled to be touching upon them for the sake of comedy. “Although not a direct parody of Chekov,” says Mr. Catanese, “and one doesn’t even have to know Chekov to ‘get it,’ the allusions are fun to play with.”

The cast is made up of local favorites Adam Arthur, Jane Hallstrom, Christy Montesdeoca and Henry Williamson, and also features relative newcomers to the Asheville stage Amanda Hunt and Josephine Thomas. The play will be directed by Jeff Catanese, who helmed Attic Salt Theatre Company’s All in the Timing, Women and Wallace, God of Carnage and The Underpants.

Tickets for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike are available now through the Asheville Community Theatre box office at 828-254-1320, or online at

(4) Thirteen women, aged 30 to 70 years old, will perform stories, movement, poetry, with visual art and music as an artistic answer to the question: Do we connect with God, Spirit or the Divine, and how do we connect?

“From various religious backgrounds, the cast members share humorous and poignant stories of their religious upbringing and lifetime explorations of the divine and their connections to it,” says Barton. “It’s ambitious in concept but the results will surprise you. It’s deeply humbling.”

Barton has served as Artistic Director of Community Choreography Projects since its inception in 2005. She has 30 years’ experience teaching, dancing, directing and choreographing work with the main goal of deepening every day conversations for both cast participants as well as audience members.

Joining the Talking to God cast is poet and writer Donna Glee Williams, who will perform one of her poems. Visual artist Tebbe Davis, Jan Harrison and Maureen Simon will be featured in a multimedia portion of the show.

Talking to God premieres Sunday, November 22 at Jubilee! Community. Tickets are available at the door for $10. The performance begins at 5:30 pm.For more information, please contact Barrie Barton at

(5) New Orleans…Honoring her resilience, her heart, an exhibit of photographs by local photographer Maureen Simon, will be on view November 9 – December 16, in Blowers Gallery, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. An opening reception will be held in the gallery at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

(6) Rabbi Tirzah Firestone: Friday•November 20, 2015

at Congregation Beth Ha Tephila
43 North Liberty St., Asheville, NC 28801

and also:


(7) This is an encore performance of a play that was performed recently. It runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-8,  night at The Black Mountain Preforming Arts Center.

Note: I saw the above when it was performed at 35below. It’s fantastic!

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