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Section 2, part 2




(4) Bray Creech: Contingency Day is a great idea! I like the notion of scheduling it and making it an appointment to keep rather than waiting for inspiration or the right moment to discuss these things.  … Well done! Happy New Year!

(5) Deborah Belcher:  I confess that I scan more than read your newsletters. Except for the jokes – I LOOK for & read them!

Contingency Day is a great idea for solo or coupled people!

I take it one doesn’t have to be Jewish to attend JBF
meetings, right? And are they always on Tuesdays?

Thanks for how you care for Life & your life & the people in it!

I *know* your 2017 will be wonderful.



(8) Mike Martinelli: Absolutely recommend Sing. It’s cute and just a movie you can go and relax and enjoy. Very cute.

Also, here are his predictions for the Golden Globe Awards:

Here are my choices (indicated by a star) for who I think should win.  I really have struggles with two categories, best picture drama and best actor drama. Had Fences been nominated for best picture drama there would have been no conflict, but the Hollywood Foreign press didn’t nominate it and choose to nominate a few that either came and went real quick or never played here. I am not big on the TV categories except for one so I am skipping those.

Next up my SAG predictions on January 29. And, don’t forget Oscar nominations January 24 at 8:30am.


Best Motion Picture, Drama
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea
* Moonlight

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
20th Century Women
Florence Foster Jenkins
* La La Land  
Sing Street

Best Foreign Language Film
* Elle
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Best Animated Feature
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
* Sing

Best Director – Motion Picture
* Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
* Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Amy Adams, Arrival
Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
* Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen
* Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
* Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
* Denzel Washington, Fences
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Joel Edgerton, Loving

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
* Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
* Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel, Lion
Aaron Taylor Johsnon, Nocturnal Animals

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
* La La Land
Hidden Figures

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls
* “City of Stars,” La La Land
“Faith,” Sing
“Gold,” Gold
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana


Best TV Series, Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
* This Is Us



(11) Thanks, Kathy Byers, for sharing. …  Fill Those Amazon Boxes With Donations To Goodwill And They Ship For Free


Section 12A, NC events

(1) ROMEO & JULIET at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre

January 13,14, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm, 15, 22 at 2:00 pm

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(2) Asheville Creative Arts – ACA: Innovative Theatre for Children of ALL Agesand The Magnetic Theatre host a conversation as part of The Ghostlight Project, with Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective, Montford Park Players, Mountain Art Theatre, and others (list in formation)

Thursday January 19, 2017 from 5:30-6:30pm at Magentic 375 (375 Depot Street)

Free and open to the public, with a cash bar.

RSVP to For more information,,, or call 914-830-3000.

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Section 12B. PA/NJ event

LATE-NITE IMPROV JAM! Hosted by JOEY NOVICK Thousands of Laughs. Dozens of Scenes. Audience Suggestions. JUST $5 at the door! No Reservations Necessary! The show starts at 10:00 PM.

Saturday, Jan. 14, at The Bucks County Cabaret, 6426 York Rd, New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938

Be part of the madness!
The Improv Jam is a night of spontaneous, comedic scenes inspired by audience suggestions and performed by experienced improvisers. Every Improv Jam opens with an audience warm-up, and then a quick, high-energy round of speed freeze to loosen everyone up.

A featured team of professional improvisers takes the stage, getting suggestions from the audience and promptly blowing everyone’s minds for the next 60 minutes. Like like the popular show, Whose Line Is It, Anyway? Finally, audience members and improv performers are brought to the stage for a closing Improv Jam!

What isn’t the Improv Jam? It is not a jokey-jokey stand-up comedy show. Nor is it some awkward, amateur open-mic night. And this isn’t where you go to yell “poop” or “gynecologist” or “two gay guys in a bar” every time we ask you for a suggestion.

So you want to be an improviser? We encourage anyone who would like to perform to first come to watch the Improv Jam, and then talk with us after the show. Buy us a beer and a burger. Let us know that you’re interested in being on stage and that you’d be willing to buy us another beer. We’ll give you the run-down on how to sign up for a stage turn the next time out.

That’s enough talk, computer screen! Let’s face it: we can’t convince you like this. Seriously: talking about comedy is like trying to describe the color of a new yogurt flavor from a dream or the effect that a cool breeze has on your swiss cheese sandwich. It’s just better to be here for it, in the moment. So, come to the Bucks County Cabaret, inspire our performers with your suggestions and be a part of the most exciting comedy in New Hope – The Improv Jam!

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