BLAINESWORLD #1067 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

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(2) Linda Kanner: My hairdresser calls my gray hairs, “stress highlights.” Indeed!

(3) Herb Spiegel:  My philosophy is be in the back of all funeral processions.

Response: Makes sense to me! What I’d like to do is have folks approach my casket at my funeral, then say, “He’s moving!”

(4) 5 ways decluttering can benefit your health

https://www.vitacost.com/blog/home-family/wellness/5-ways-decluttering-can-benefit-your-health.html?csrc=soc%3Afb-5-ways-decluttering-can-benefit-your-health-0117

(5) Carol Seufert … Why a Silent Book Club Might Save Your life

http://www.readitforward.com/essay/silent-book-club-might-save-life/?utm_source=facebook

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(7) Librarians develop new fact-checking system

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/after-trump-librarians-develop-new-fact-checking-system_us_58c071d3e4b0ed7182699786

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Section 12A, NC events

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(2) Unit 50 Special Throwdown Revival
Friday, April 21 at 9 PM – 12 AM

Root Bar
1410 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, North Carolina

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(3) Richard Shulman & Jacob Rodriguez in Concert
Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
White Horse Black Mountain
105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain,NC

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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(2) Theater To Go Takes on Racial Injustice and Acts of Courage in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre March 17-26
Separate Solo Show Features Acclaimed Actress Prudence Wright Holmes as Harper Lee March 25

West Windsor, N.J. – It’s a coming of age story set against a backdrop of racism and small town secrets. Theater to Go presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, March 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, March 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 17.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, the story of tomboy Scout Finch unfolds as she observes her father, lawyer Atticus Finch, take on the most controversial case of his career. Set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1935, Atticus is preparing for the trial of Tom Robinson, a young Black man unjustly accused of raping a young white woman.  As Atticus strives to prove Tom’s innocence against daunting odds, Scout learns about the imperative to do what is right over what is easy. These lessons in courage, compassion and hope are ones that she – and the audience – are unlikely to forget.

Director Ruth Markoe is excited to bring this production to Kelsey Theatre. “When this book was released, it had particular resonance due to the growing Civil Rights Movement.  It speaks to issues we still face in America today – inequality, justice, hopelessness and the need for compassion.”  As Atticus says in the play, ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.’”

The cast features Tim Anderson of Princeton as Atticus; Katie Greendorfer of Lambertville as Scout; Shane Howell of Morrisville, Pa., as Scout’s brother, Jem; Malik Abdul Khaaliq of King of Prussia, Pa., as Tom Robinson; David Whiteman of Lambertville as Sheriff Heck Tate; Evan Chartock of Princeton Junction as Dill; Cherylanne Jones of  Ewing as Calpurnia; Linda Cunningham of Yardley, Pa., as Miss Maudie; Deb Lasky of New Egypt as Miss Stephanie; Susan Schwirck of Monroe as Mrs. Dubose; Chelsea Sznaza of Allentown as Mayella Ewell; Rob Lasky of New Egypt as Bob Ewell; Fred Dennehy of Cranbury as Mr. Gilmer; Jeffrey Millstein of East Windsor as Judge Taylor; Renard Wright of Lakewood as Rev. Sykes; Lee Grabelsky as Mr. Cunningham; and Wayne Rossignol of Hamilton as Boo Radley. Ensemble members include

Roger Madding of New Hope, Pa., Karen Hilton of Trenton, Vivian Blackshear of Trenton, and Brenda Jackson of Willingboro.

The production team includes Director Ruth Markoe and Stage Manager Melissa Rittmann, along with Ruth Rittmann (costumes), M. Kitty Getlik (lighting design), Eric Collins (sound design), and John Russell (set design).

Theater To Go will present a fascinating companion piece on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. when acclaimed actress Prudence Wright Holmes presents a solo show, “The Secret Life of Harper Lee.” Lee was a reclusive figure and, in this solo show, audience members will learn of her close relationships with her father and her childhood friend, Truman Capote, both of whom ultimately broke her heart. Lee did not publish another book until the controversial “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015.

Holmes has appeared in numerous films and Broadway productions alongside some of today’s most well-known stars. She wrote and performed her critically-acclaimed solo show Bexley, OH! at New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently touring her solo show, “Call Me William, the Life and Loves of Willa Cather,” as well as her interactive murder mystery, “Agatha is Missing.” This show originated in NYC and is touring regionally.

Tickets for “To Kill a Mockingbird” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students.  Tickets for “The Secret Life of Harper Lee” are $15 for all. Tickets for both shows are available at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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