BLAINESWORLD #1020 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Len E. in NC: Saw Eye In The Sky. Did not care for Helen Mirren. The movie was irritating and seemed to show that the drone program is hurting the US more than the terrorists.

(2) John D. in PA: Congrats on your adoption of Lovey.

(3) It’s Not Cancer: Doctors Reclassify a Thyroid Tumor

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) David Joe Miller in NC: Once again, our very popular OPEN MIC! is coming up on APRIL 20th at Buffalo Nickel 7pm.   Sign up to tell a story, recite a poem, do comedy or read your written work at 6:30pm.

You’ll have ten minutes on stage if your name is drawn from the hat.  Spoken word only, not music. 
 My co-host will be CHUCK FINK from OLLI at UNCA and a very SPECIAL guest from Washington, DC will be story coach/teller and energy therapist, Elizabeth McCain  http://www.elizabethmccain.com/
Come share and be heard!  Call Buffalo Nickel for dinner reservations at 828-575-2844.  NO COVER CHARGE!  Just have some FUN!

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An Evening of the Blues with Chuck Beattie
Chuck Beattie
May 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
Asheville, NC
  • General Admission :: Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER (for a table) ARE AVAILABLE IN THE LOUNGE or THE MUSIC HALL by calling Isis at 828-575-2737. Otherwise, seating is available on a first come basis.

    We are pleased to have Chuck Beattie back in the house. Chuck’s truly unigue, but authentic musical style is influenced by a life lived in the roots music of gospel, rhythm and blues, and soul of eastern North Carolina. With bold vocals reminiscent of past giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and lyrical sensitivity of practitioners like Taj Mahal, Bill Withers, and Keb Mo, Chuck draws out the best of Chicago Style Blues.

 
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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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(2) Film Noir Detective Tale Mixes with Music and Romance in “City of Angels” at MCCC Kelsey Theatre May 6 to 15

West Windsor, N.J. – Welcome to the “City of Angels,” a musical that mixes the glamorously seductive world of 1940s Hollywood with a fish out of water romantic comedy.  Add great songs and Jazz music and it all adds up to a rare theater experience.  Join Maurer Productions OnStage as they present “City of Angels” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, May 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 7 and 14 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on Friday, May 6. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

With a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Colman and lyrics by David Zippel, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist writing his first screenplay for movie producer/director Buddy Fidler. While Buddy professes to be a fan of Stine’s work, the young screenwriter soon finds himself mired in rewrites to accommodate the egomaniacal Fidler.

Stine’s script stars a Raymond Chandler-esque private investigator named Stone.  In this show within a show, every movie scene that Stine writes is acted out on stage in a black and white “film noir” world with a musical score reminiscent of a 1940s private eye film.  Weaving the two worlds together on stage, Stine risks his integrity and his marriage while Stone is busy risking his life to solve a mystery.  It’s a double tale of decadence, deceit and homicide – with a liberal sprinkling of fun.

This technically challenging production features most of the cast in dual roles – in the real world of Hollywood and in the movie world of Detective Stone.  Cast members include: Sean St. Louis-Farrelly of New Hope, Pa., as Stone; John Zimmerman of Hamilton as Stine; Alexandra Rush of Philadelphia, Pa., as Gabby/Bobbi; Kim Cupo of Fairless Hills, Pa., as Donna/Oolie; Peter Sauer of Yardley, Pa., as Buddy Fidler/Irwin S. Irving; Stephanie Zimmerman of Hamilton as Alaura /Carla; Jeffery Millstein of East Brunswick as Luther /Werner; Matt Blazejewski of Trenton as Peter/Gerald; Macy Jae Davis of Philadelphia,  Pa., as Mallory/Avril; Jonathan Polanco of Hamilton as Lieutenant Muñoz/Pancho; Jim Petro of Hamilton as Jimmy Powers; Mattie Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as Dr Mandril/Gilbert; James Zimmerman of Hamilton as Officer Pasco/Gene; Stan Karuzis of Lawrence as Big Six/Commissioner Gaines; Nick Pecht of Hamilton as Sonny/ Coroner; Michael Sherman of Philadelphia, Pa., as Del Dacosta/Mahoney; and introducing the “Angel City 4,” a quartet made up of Laura Young of Levittown, Pa. (soprano), Shannon Ferrara of West Windsor (alto), Matt Dawson of Flemington (tenor), and Bill Weir of Chalfont, Pa. (bass).

The production team is led by Director John M. Maurer, whose Kelsey credits include large scale musicals like Singin’ in the Rain, Man of La Mancha, Avenue Q and Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Stage Manager Beverly Kuo-Hamilton, Music Director Peter de Mets, and Choreographer Jane Coult.  Costumes are by Anthony Remer.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 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 next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

More information about this production of “City of Angels” is available at www.mponstage.com.

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