BLAINESWORLD #1131 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Seve Rizzo [in response to my question about his favorite movies]: Thank you. Not necessarily Mr. Curious. Just lured by your invitation to ask. I don’t see a lot of movies, and usually forget them immediately. Or very quickly. And no one I know has my taste. But here are the ones that stick out now. I might come up with a few more and you might say “stop, those are nobody’s taste.” I’ll bet you a fiver (cents) that they’re not your cup of tea.

Perfume, The Story of a Murderer.
mother! (Small “m.”)
Green Room
Don’t Breath (I think. Google scary movie with blind Vietnam vet.)
Splice
10 Cloverfield.
Melancholia
The Details (Toby Maguire)
When the Bough Breaks
Breaking In
Get Out
Martha Marcy May Marlene
London is Falling     Just ok
Eye in the Sky       Just ok
The Call   Just ok
mother!   (I really had fun with that one.)
Run Lola Run
Hardcore Henry (not dirty) reminded me of Run Lola Run
Elvis & Nixon
Paranormal Activity (I recommend that to no one, not even me. Never.)
(2) Mike Yow: I love that old pic from 1976, sir! 😉

(3)  Laura Beyer: I know you like movies as much as I do. I am watching a bunch of them this weekend having borrowed 7 from the library. I just saw “Breathe” and liked it very much. It is a true story about a “golden couple” very much in love. He catches polio and she is pregnant. They are told that he will be confined to a respirator for the rest of his life. But some how they hook up with a man who helps him by building a device that makes the respirator usable at home so they can bring him home. Then they modify it for portable use. It is so good.

You recommended “Deli Man” a year or so ago. I finally got it out. I was amazed to find “Hobby’s Restaurant” in Newark featured on it. I had been there once with my Aunt Eadie who worked in the area.

(4) Zuzu Welsh: Surf in and vote Zuzu Welsh Band – The Tavern

https://www.sitelistener.com/poll1963698x6e03448F-53

(5) Ilene Logelin: Didn’t know about your hernia operation. Glad that you are doing well. Thanks for jokes 1 &3. A giggle a day keeps the blues away!

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Section 12A. NC events

(1) David Joe Miller: The Friends of the Buncombe County Library present Storyteller and Producer, David Joe Miller on Thursday evening June 21st at 7pm in the Lord Auditorium of Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville.  Doors will open at 6:30 and show will end by 7:50pm.

David Joe will be telling family stories and speaking on the importance of those family stories.  After the show he will discuss ways of finding, learning and telling your own family stories.  “So many people I encounter feel that they really don’t have many interesting family stories but, with a little urging and a few memory starters, I can usually help them discover a treasure of family characters, settings and plots that they can develop into amazing stories.” says Miller.

In 1989, David Joe Miller began his storytelling career as an employee of the National Storytelling Association and Festival in Jonesborough, TN.  He soon became their staff storyteller and created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild which is now the oldest performing storytellers guild in the country.

In 1997, David Joe launched his free-lance storytelling career and has traveled all over the United States telling stories in schools, libraries, corporate boardrooms and festivals.  He has taught corporate executives and sales leaders how to use narrative in their presentations and has taught teachers how to use persuasive storytelling in teaching narrative writing skills.  He has entertained thousands including audiences at Disney, World Bank, Library of Congress, The Smithsonian, The Nature Conservancy and a fundraising event for former Vice President, Al Gore.

Today David Joe and his wife Robin, reside in Asheville where he continues to tell stories.  David Joe also produces spoken word shows for storytellers and poets at several different venues in Asheville as well as venues in Jonesborough, TN, The Storytelling Capital of the World.

More information can be found at http://www.davidjoemiller.com/ and http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/

(2) Kimberly Hughes:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Laugh-Out-Loud Tribute to Wild ’70s in Disaster! A Musical,’ Coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre June 8 to 17

West Windsor, N.J. – From earthquakes to tidal waves to infernos, disaster movies were the film genre of the 1970s that just would not go away. Prepare to laugh as Pierrot Productions presents “Disaster! A Musical” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, June 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 9 and June 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on June 8.

Audiences can relive – or discover for the first time – an era at the movies that brought disaster at every turn. When a group of New Yorkers attends the opening of a floating casino and disco, chaos ensues in the form of multiple calamities that harken back to such films as “Earthquake,” “The Swarm,” and “The Poseidon Adventure.” The parody is full-on ’70s, adorned by cringe worthy fashions like platform shoes and bell bottoms, and set to the beat of hit songs such as “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff.” Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the show had a 2016 run on Broadway that included a Tony Award nomination.

The ensemble cast features Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Ted, Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Sister Mary, Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton as Marianne, Jennifer Winn of Ewing as Jackie, Jim Petro of Hamilton as Chad, Joe Zedeny of East Windsor as Tony, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., as Scott, Jeffrey Milstein of East Windsor as Maury, Joseph Stockette as Langhorne, Pa., as Jake, Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing as Ben/Lisa, Ally Masson of Levittown, Pa., as Levora, and Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton as Shirley. Playing multiple roles are Mike Wemer of Mt. Holly and Dana Cavagnaro of Hillsborough. (Among these roles are workmen, chef, waitress, taxi driver, wealthy couple, blinded woman, victims and passengers.)

The production team includes Artistic Director Pete LaBriola, Musical Director Lou Woodruff, Vocal Director Janine Bowen and Choreographer Kat Ross-Kline.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/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.

 

 

 

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BLAINESWORLD #1130 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Kai Elijah Hamilton: 

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(2) Amazon Banning Customers for Too Many Returns

https://nypost.com/2018/05/22/amazon-banning-customers-for-too-many-returns/

(3) How to Succeed Llike the Simpsons

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-succeed-like-the-simpsons-1527253200?emailToken=769119494c7a89da728761139cbb5d08U9okxCaZIGUxMrrAQzRpo/Vwuh+fpwgU4Z7vuIg40o9rQlPOrIksHRdymYoEzDxFnQd4zm5yEl31SHnhqTUn5A%3D%3D&reflink=article_email_share

(4) Natalie Kaye:  Saw RBG.  Loved it.  Highly recommend it.

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Section 12A, NC events

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Note: I recently saw a preview production of the above play. It was a lot of fun. More details to follow next week.

(2) JUNE 10: Yoga & Your Dosha with Jamie
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Asheville Community Yoga
8 Brookdale Rd, Asheville, North Carolina
For tickets, please click:
ashevillecommunityyoga.com

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Laugh-Out-Loud Tribute to Wild ’70s in Disaster! A Musical,’ Coming to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre June 8 to 17

West Windsor, N.J. – From earthquakes to tidal waves to infernos, disaster movies were the film genre of the 1970s that just would not go away. Prepare to laugh as Pierrot Productions presents “Disaster! A Musical” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, June 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 9 and June 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on June 8.

Audiences can relive – or discover for the first time – an era at the movies that brought disaster at every turn. When a group of New Yorkers attends the opening of a floating casino and disco, chaos ensues in the form of multiple calamities that harken back to such films as “Earthquake,” “The Swarm,” and “The Poseidon Adventure.” The parody is full-on ’70s, adorned by cringe worthy fashions like platform shoes and bell bottoms, and set to the beat of hit songs such as “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff.” Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the show had a 2016 run on Broadway that included a Tony Award nomination.

The ensemble cast features Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Ted, Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Sister Mary, Jennifer Fischer of Hamilton as Marianne, Jennifer Winn of Ewing as Jackie, Jim Petro of Hamilton as Chad, Joe Zedeny of East Windsor as Tony, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., as Scott, Jeffrey Milstein of East Windsor as Maury, Joseph Stockette as Langhorne, Pa., as Jake, Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing as Ben/Lisa, Ally Masson of Levittown, Pa., as Levora, and Gina Migliaccio of Hamilton as Shirley. Playing multiple roles are Mike Wemer of Mt. Holly and Dana Cavagnaro of Hillsborough. (Among these roles are workmen, chef, waitress, taxi driver, wealthy couple, blinded woman, victims and passengers.)

The production team includes Artistic Director Pete LaBriola, Musical Director Lou Woodruff, Vocal Director Janine Bowen and Choreographer Kat Ross-Kline.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors; and $16 for students/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.

(2) At Actors’ Net in Morrisville, PA:

THE SUM OF US  
by David Stevens.
Jun 1 – 17, 2018
David Stevens’ delightful comedy about a straight Australian father who goes way overboard in supporting his gay son’s lifestyle – to the point of driving his son crazy.

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BLAINESWORLD #1129 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Pat Hannigan: PF Changs can be hit or miss. The one in Atlantic City is usually pretty good. But there is one in Warrington PA that is not good. I’m finding that it can be hit or miss with these Chain restaurants. Like Carabbas. They usually are always great! However, they had one in Pleasantville NJ near the shore and it was hit or miss. They actually closed.. But the one in Bensalem on Street road is excellent and usually its packed!!! Same with Olive Garden. One can be good and others are so so.

(2) Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/where-you-live-has-a-bigger-impact-on-happiness-and-health-than-you-might-imagine/2018/05/11/16be7126-2c55-11e8-8ad6-fbc50284fce8_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5b6ec98342d2

(3) Six Actually Convincing Ways to Fake a Tan

https://www.wsj.com/articles/6-actually-convincing-ways-to-fake-a-tan-1526401423?emailToken=186e228bc66b1164ee259eb18c7a075c0dNfUEORces0owfPWiw0YX1T9jODoWm%2F3ppMgL6gPcWOVvucRHVuoxNlV%2Bodsw05wU%2FTD3ucd4AJ68uMP9GOEFxlghBHdCMNjGEedMHvc3w%3D

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Section 11, Thought for the day

A BETTER WAY TO FIGHT ANY WAR (long, but well worth the read):
Draft guys over 60!

I am over 60. and the Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists.

You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year-olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys.

You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least 35. For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.’ We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn’t even like to get up before 10am. Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides, like I said, I’m tired and can’t sleep and since I’m already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we’d forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser. Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food.

We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling. They could lighten up on the obstacle course, however… I’ve been in combat and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. … I’ve never seen anyone outrun a bullet. An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to shave, as well as how to start a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way. Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best years are already behind them.

HEY How about recruiting Women over 50 … in menopause! You think MEN have attitudes?? Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!! If nothing else, put them on border patrol. They’ll have it secured the first night!

Send this to all your senior friends. And make the font size larger, so they can read it.

 

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BLAINESWORLD #1128 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) A Surprise Medical Solution: Hypnosis

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-surprise-medical-solution-hypnosis-1525698883?emailToken=7754a45084c007290e9da7a40d2e6ddbdN%2BZvSrv4FC%2BHXQubaF%2FGbOqIWUEQ3pt35ocS6hMUYeQ46ZXyBqZRX2xvuIZZgXKokwD4tlx0RwSaCakq0P1gA%3D%3D

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Section 11, Thought for the day

My Friend Tom

by Brian Biro*

Simple human dignity… Focus on character rather than reputation. For your character is who you ARE, your reputation only what others THINK you are… Humility… never thinking you know it all and always hungry to learn… Generosity and compassion to everyone in need no matter how tough things may be in your own life… Kindness even to those who treat you unfairly… A smile and irrepressible sense of humor even in the face of the cruelest blow one can receive… Love and joy centered…not self-centered. A lifelong friend who exemplifies the beauty of WE GO over ego…

My friend Tom is all these things and more. From the moment we met on our first day of junior high school more than 50 years ago we have been dear friends. Tom was my hero all through school…the fastest, strongest, and most athletic of all of us and yet without an ounce of arrogance, selfishness, or conceit. Whenever anyone was around Tom they felt energized, happy, and uplifted. He was always fully present and his presence made you feel that you were important and that he truly cared about you.

And oh could Tom laugh! As I get older I realize more and more how incredibly important it is to laugh each day…to laugh at yourself and with each other. Tom taught me that.

I flew across the country to visit my friend last week. I HAD to see him. You see, my friend Tom has been stricken with a rare and cruel disease called MSA. His autonomic nervous system is shutting down and his strength, energy, voice, and life force are fading away. My big, strong, joyful friend now needs help to make it through each day.

I spent an unforgettable day with him. We laughed through most of our time together. As I was getting ready to leave I hugged him tight and told him how much he has meant to my life, how he has and always will be my hero. I’ll treasure the memory of him receiving my love fully and saying simply, “Oh Brian.” And then we cried together for a moment.

Tom is surrounded by friends and family who love him dearly. The man who always thought about what he could GIVE others…never about what he would GET, is now learning to receive. In true Tom fashion he does this gracefully and simply. And all those who help care for him feel blessed by the chance to let him know how much he’s appreciated and admired.

I needed to tell you about Tom today because he reminded me that right now we need to hear about REAL heroes… more than ever! I’m not talking about Marvel super-heroes in capes and masks or public figures driven by ego and obsessed with being in the spotlight.

I’m talking about REAL heroes. People who understand that the love we fail to share is the only pain we live with. So they choose to be loving no matter what. People who will do more for others than they’ll do for themselves. People who are like angels among us. They seem to have wings because they take themselves lightly. People who have learned that REAL wealth is not measured by your bank account but rather by the friends you’ve made and the impact you’ve had on others. Heroes like Tom.

Tom has taught me that we have a choice every single day to live our lives the way he has. He has made the most of every precious moment. We can do no better than that. I hope his shining example inspires you to do the same. Please hold my friend Tom in your heart today. You’ll be better for it.

* Thanks, Brian, for your gracious permission to use the above. For more information about Brian Biro, husband, father, grandfather, speaker, author and America’s Breakthrough Coach, please click:

www.brianbiro.com

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Section 12A , NC events

(1) Award-winning Sirens in Concert: Ash Devine with Annette Wasilik

Join us for a special concert and celebration featuring DC based award winning songwriter Annette Wasilik, and Asheville based songwriter Ash Devine. The two will play two compelling and inspiring sets of original music at the Flood Gallery on Wednesday May 16th 7pm-9pm. Light refreshements will be served at 6:30. Tickets are suggested $10-15 donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Ash Devine: Songwriter, Appalachian folk musician, humanitarian clown, recent Gerontology grad student and social activist Ash Devine is based in the blue ridge mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. www.ashdevine.net

“her voice whispers like a backwoods wind” (Beth Simpson, Artist)
“Ash Devine personifies activism through song” – David Elrod, Producer)
“Ash Devine did a fine job of recreated those driving carter family sounds”- (Grammy Award Nominee David Holt)

ANNETTE WASILIK – SONGWRITER, VOCALS, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, ELECTRIC GUITAR
“Annette has the uninverse in her voice.”…Barbara Ireland
Annette’s performances are marked by her compelling alto and moving songs that “touch you to the bone”. In the tradition of the poet songwriter and with rich tones reminiscent of Linda Thompson or Natalie Merchant, she weaves a spell both startling in its intimacy and expansive in its vision. Her debut recording, Songs from the Talking House won Best Contemporary Recording of the Year by The Washington Area Music Association in 2016.
www.annettewasilik.com

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Pennington Players Expose Cutthroat Real Estate World in Mamet’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 25 to June 3

West Windsor, N.J. – A group of desperate real estate salesmen are sharpening their knives as they prepare to sell some questionable properties really fast! Join The Pennington Players as they present David Mamet’s modern classic, “Glengarry Glen Ross,” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, May 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 27 and June 3 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on May 25.

In the cutthroat world of Chicago real estate, a band of dodgy salesmen are prepared to use all means necessary, legal or otherwise, to sell undesirable properties to unwitting prospective buyers. Over the course of two intense days, they employ flattery, lies, bribes, threats, intimidation and even burglary in an attempt to get the job done. The plot is based on work experiences from Mamet’s past – before he became a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

The show had its world premiere at the National Theatre in London in 1983. It opened on Broadway in 1984, where it ran for 378 performances and was nominated for four Tony awards. A 1992 film version included actors Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Ed Harris.

The Pennington Players’ ensemble cast features Daniel Gleason of Yardley, Pa., as Lyngk; Gina Hermans of Lawrenceville as Baylen; Brian Jason Kelly of Doylestown, Pa., as Roma; Rick Purcell of Jamesburg as Levene; Andrew Timmes of Princeton as Williamson; Mark Violi of Hamilton as Moss; and Sheldon Bruce Zeff of Newtown, Pa., as Aaronow.

The production team includes Director Kyrus Keenan Westcott, Producer/Stage Manager Vicki Kaiser, Assistant Stage Manager Lili Timmes, Scenic Designer Kate Pinner, Lighting Designer Kat Ross Kline, Costume Designer Sally Page Sohor, and Sound Designer Evan Paine. Photos are by KyrusKeenan Photography.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 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.

(2) At Actors’ Net in Morrisville, PA:

The Sum of Us, written by David Stevens, follows the story of a widower and his gay son. The play is about wanting love but being afraid to look for it; about finding love and being afraid to go for it; and about having love and not being able to hold onto it. It’s a play from the heart that tickles the funny bone in many delicious ways.

Performing June 1-17
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

*Opening Night Gala: Friday, June 1st
*Talk Back Friday: Friday, June 8th

Directed by Hayley Rubins-Topoleski & John Bocanfuso
Producer: Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski
Stage Manger: Julie McMillan

Staring:
Tim Irvine as Harry Mitchell
Daniel River as Jeff Mitchell
Rocco Angelastro as Greg
and Laurie Hardy as Joyce

For more information visit:
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Section 2, part 2

(1) Thanks, Sharon Lewis, for a recent Facebook post about the dangers of releasing balloons. I wanted to share some more information about that subject, so came up with this article that I thought y’all would find thought-provoking:

Please Don’t Release Your Balloons

https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2015/8/5/Balloons-and-Wildlife-Please-Dont-Release-Your-Balloons

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(6) Ken Greenfield: The attribution to me [in last week’s issue] should have been “Joke 1.”

(7) Chuck Fink: Just read about your hernia surgery. Glad to hear you’re at 97, rounding third and heading to 100 percent. … Your joke about the monks hit home. Yesterday in Florence we went to a cathedral and heard Benetcine monks singing Gregorian chants. It was so moving I almost converted.

(8) Walter Weeks: Great shirt: HEMP!

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jerome Sims: 20th Anniversary Cantaria Concert
June 16, 2018 • 7:30 PM
Cantaria Website 

Cantaria-The Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with a concert celebrating its achievements. For over 19 years Asheville’s gay men’s chorus has been sharing its voice with Asheville and the greater Western North Carolina. Starting with just a few gay men the chorus is growing and our voices are reaching an increasingly diverse audience.

The gay men’s chorus continues to serve as a voice for the LGBTQ community singing for various events. Including our Spring and Holiday concerts the chorus continues to support Blue Ridge Pride Celebrations, International GALA Choruses Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, World AIDS Day, Orlando PULSE Memorials, Regional Democratic Women’s Breakfast and more. From churches to retirement homes we have shared our United Voice.

Tickets: $20 – $45

(2)  Haven Volpe: Montford Park Players opens its 45th Season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater with this classic comedy by Oscar Wilde.
Playing May4-26, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm.
For more information see www.montfordparkplayers.org

The cast:
Algernon Moncrieff: Will Storrs
Jack Worthing: Haven Volpe
Lady Bracknell: Natasha Charles
Cecily Cardew: Carter Sue Bostwick
Gwendolyn: Sonia Rose D’Andrea
Miss Prism: Alexandra McPherson
Rev Chasuble: Mike Yow
Lane: Scott Bean
Merriman: John Mycroft

Director: John Preston Mendenhall
Stage Manager: Kate Sullivan
Art Director: Aaron Pelman

Costumes: Sandy McDaniel

(3) Chuck Fink: WORD! Story Slammers Showcase!

Saturday night June 2nd at Habitat Tavern and Commons on Broadway in downtown Asheville with:

    Scott Whitehair from Chicago

    Pete Koschnick from Weaverville

    David Joe Miller from Asheville

    Alison Fields from Carborro

    Lee Lindsey from ETSU in Johnson City

    Chuck Fink from OLLI and Weaverville

    Raymond Christian from Boone

A STAR STUDDED SHOWCASE beginning at 7pm, doors at 6pm.  Tickets are 15.00 online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-slammers-showcase-tickets-44634930278  We’ve already sold around 40% of the tickets before publicity so I urge you to purchase yours online.  THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT!

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

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BLAINESWORLD #1126 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 2, part 2

(1) Amy Przynosch: In defense of the not so busy retirement

https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-defense-of-the-not-so-busy-retirement-1524449520?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

(2) Delores Chalmers:  I am embarking on another journey that would not only lift my own spirits, but more importantly help save lives.  In spite of my injury after my race in Savannah last November.  I am pushing on healing and ready to do what my heart desire.  You all know what that is: SAVING LIVES fighting for a cure.  I have lost several family members and close friends in the last two years and this has encouraged me to push on!  I am training for my next event with Team In Training again this year.  TNT is the signature fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which is dedicated to battling blood cancers.  Through Team In Training, I am preparing myself to do another marathon Yah!

 The money I am asking you to donate will go towards finding new cures, assisting patients who are dealing with the financial struggles of their disease, and help LLS lobby for better care and coverage of blood cancer patients.  Upon completing my marathon this year I will be doing the race in memory of my aunt, cousin, and close friend love one and other countless others who lost their battle with these terrible diseases.

 I am asking for your help in reaching my goal of raising $4000.00 towards the fight against blood cancers. I am asking you to consider LLS as your charity of choice this year for your charitable gift. Simply go to my webpage (link below) and make a donation towards helping save someone’s life! Thank you in advance for your help and keep checking my website for updates about the race! All donations are tax deductible.  http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/diswine18/DChalmers

(3) Rock Eblen: Here’s What Happens to a Plastic Bag After You Throw It Away

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/heres-what-happens-to-a-plastic-bag-after-you-throw-it-away.html

(4) Angie Flynn-McIver:  Good morning! Let’s get $300 raised today for my NCTC Play-It-Forward campaign! 21 people have already donated–you know you wanna be one!

https://www.crowdrise.com/…/play-it-forw…/angelaflynn-mciver 

Check out this great video from an NCTC High School Play Festival alum I had the honor of directing 12 (!!) years ago:

https://youtu.be/gWNBw9tn8qY

(5) Charlotte Wade: If you can do it, it would be great if you can put in a plug for Jamie
for Stu Helm’s contest to find the best chicken sandwich in Asheville.
He came in about a week ago, and followed through since he told her it
was the best one he had ever eaten.
Here is the link:
https://stuhelmfoodfan.com/…/…/asheville-best-fried-chicken/

I posted it on BL Neighbors, and I updated her site on NextDoor, but I
am not allowed to promote her in general since it is “Our business”.
She has a lot of fans in the neighborhood. There are six more days left
to vote and so far she is killing it. She has a lot of regulars who
pressured him to come in for his first visit.

I hope we all do well in the Best of Asheville too.  Lots of local
contenders in different categories.

(6) ZuZu Welsh: Surf in and vote for Zuzu Welsh Band – Faultine. Thank you!
https://www.sitelistener.com/poll1939113xAc554123-53

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Section 12A, NC events

(1) Playing for Change: Gameathon to Support Helpmate

May 12 at 4 PM to May 13 at 4 PM

Well Played
58 Wall Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801Join us Mother’s Day weekend to game for a good cause!

We’ve partnered with Wyvern’s Tale, Hillside Games, Comic Envy, Breakout Games and the Game Outlet to support Helpmate and to stop domestic violence. Now we need you to come out and play.

We have 24 hours to fill, so we’ll have giveaways and gaming sessions all day and night to keep up the momentum. See a full list of events and sign up here: https://goo.gl/iGr5Fh

Additional donations for the event from Violet Owl Wellness, UpCountry Brewing, Pisgah Brewing, and Bouchon!

SCHEDULE

May 12th

4pm Twilight Imperium (6 players max sign up in advance)

6pm Ticket to Ride Mini Tournament (12 player max)

10-1030 Violet Owl Stretch Session

10pm-12pm Play to Win games (Dice throne, Back to the future, and more)

10:30pm Survive the Arena! (D&D)

Create your character and see how long you can survive GM Charley’s sinister arena. Donations can be made to give your character bonuses; But watch out! The crowd can make donations as well to add even more peril.

11pm-12.30am Game Session #1:Game of Thrones, Scythe, Terraforming Mars

May 13th

1am-330am Rpg game #2 (6 players sign up in advance)

1am-330am Game Session #2 : Azul, Century Spice Road,7 Wonders

1am Catan Mini Tournament (Max 12 players)

4am-6am Game Session #3: Free Play

2pm-4pm Well Played Wipeout!
Can you make it through our series of gaming challenges? You’re going to need to bring your A game.

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(3) Our Friends: Liking Laughter, Longings and Loss
Hosted by Story Choreography Projects and Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

2 Times · May 13
MAY
13
Sun
4:00 PM
MAY
13
Sun
6:15 PM

Jubilee Community Church
46 Wall St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Come witness the interweaving of stories, movement and multimedia about the dynamic, sometimes joyful and equally heartbreaking world of friendships. Friends are part of our life journey, reflecting how we connect, love and let go.

Story Choreography Project has been producing authentic theater experiences in Asheville since 2006. Artistic Director, Barrie Barton leads participants – men and women, ages 25-70 into the dynamic and multi-layered world of personal stories. The group co-creates these stories in a performance art which has delighted, moved and entertained over a 2,000 audience members.

Join our community event and be prepared to remember your world of friendships. I promise a rich, deeply moving and entertaining evening.

Tickets are $16.
Purchase on Eventbrite or At the Door

Proceeds from the performance to be donated to Big Brothers – Big Sisters of WNC

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ:

SYLVIA

Fridays, May 11 & 18, 2018 at 8pm

Saturdays, May 12 & 19 at 8pm

Sundays, May 13 & 20 at 2pm

Unleash your laughter when Forte Dramatic Productions, brings us A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy about marriage… and a dog. Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart Labradoodle, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage in hilarious and touching ways.

Tickets – $18 adults, $16 seniors, $14 students/children

(2) At ActorsNet in Morrisville, PA:

A Little Night Music
Music by By Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
A Little Night Music Logo
Sondheim’s romantic music and lyrics, coupled with the artful book by Hugh Wheeler, sweeps us away to a weekend in the Swedish countryside. Actress Desiree Armfeldt, her family, her lovers, and their families learn when to “Send in the Clowns.”
April 20 – May 6
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm
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BLAINESWORLD #1125 (Please send any comments to: bginbc@aol.com.)

Section 1

TJ Shimeld: It is unbelievable to me to post the sad fact that a wonderful magician, Harry Anderson, has passed away this morning. I grew up watching him on “Night Court” as Judge Harry T. Stone, seeing him on comedy and magic specials. He always made me laugh. He was a great influence to many magicians, including Ricky Boone, and we were thrilled when Harry moved to Asheville, North Carolina. It was here, at Ricky’s magic shop, that I met Harry Anderson, and my admiration for the man grew exponentially.

Harry lectured to the Western North Carolina Magic Club, emphasizing to “write it down!” His seeming impromptu, off-the-cuff performances were meticulously scripted. I got to see his full-evening show in South Carolina, after which I was even more impressed to find, still, all the “impromptu moments” were the same in each show, demonstrating that he was truly a superb actor.

Harry and I connected as well in the writing world, as he was a fan of Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow (for whom it was my honor to write his biography). I found Harry had written the opening scene in the script to The Shadow movie starring Alex Baldwin in 1994 (to me, the best part of the movie being the most accurate to the pulp novels). Harry had invited me to his house in Asheville (“the one on the left with the polar bear on the porch”) where I gave him a signed copy of my book and he presented me with a framed Shadow novel from his collection.

I will miss Harry’s words, wit, and magic, and I am sorry there was not more time to get to know the man himself better. Thank you, Harry, for the time you gave.

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Section 2, part 2

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(2) George Pappas: I already downloaded my data. Removed ALL  apps from my facebook.  Seriously, but not for a specific group I need to be part of of, I would have deleted my account.  Still, have taken control of facbook at least in terms of what I can reasonable stop from potentially being accessed by third parties.  too much data was being accessed – still, I confirmed I was not hacked. Type BFF into a comments section, and if it turns green, you have not been hacked.

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Section 12, NC events

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(2)  The Importance of Being Earnest
May 4 – May 18
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
90 Gay St, Asheville, North Carolina 2

Montford Park Players opens its 45th Season at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater with this classic comedy by Oscar Wilde.

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(3) Local Magic Shop Celebrates 23 Years in Asheville with Two Days of Magic!

Asheville’s premier and only magic shop, Magic Central, is celebrating 23 years in business on April 28 from 11 to 4 p.m. at 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L. Its owner, Ricky D. Boone, is planning numerous festivities throughout the day, including guest performers, discounts, and give-aways. Furthermore, The Vanishing Wheelchair, a non-profit that helps people with disabilities, will be dedicating its monthly show, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” to Boone’s inspirational magic the night before on April 27 at 7 p.m., right next door to Magic Central, at The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre.

Keeping a brick and mortar magic shop in the age of the Internet is a feat in itself, yet keeping it open for 23 years in the same location is truly magic. Yet it comes as no surprise if one stops to get to know the owner, Ricky D. Boone. Boone shares his comedy and love of magic with all who pass through his doors. He not only sells the standard tricks that magicians of all skill levels seek out, but he supplements these with his own creations, that Boone often hand-makes himself. Many people have been inspired by Boone to take up magic as a hobby or profession, and these magicians are magically appearing to help Magic Central celebrate 23 years in business by giving free performances throughout the day on April 28.Boone’s magic shop is aptly named, for he, and his store, are the center around which magic revolves in the area. Boone has played a pivotal role in the art of magic in the Asheville area since he was a teenager. He was instrumental in starting the Western North Carolina Magic Club at which magicians share their secrets, opening Magic Central where beginner to advanced magicians can purchase their magical wares, and founding The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a non-profit that teaches people with disabilities skills in the arts (including magic, of course) so others focus on their abilities rather than on their disabilities.

The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre sits next door to Magic Central and is the venue for several magic and variety shows for the public and is available for private functions and parties. The monthly magic and variety show, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” is a family-friendly, hour-long production that features story tellers, singers, jugglers, and magicians. The show continues the second and fourth Friday of each month at 7 p.m., but April 27 will be a special show in honor of Ricky D. Boone and Magic Central. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and all money benefits the non-profit. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.VanishingWheelchair.org , or contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941, www.MagicCentralAsheville.com

For more information contact T.J. Shimeld at tjshimeld@gmail.com, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-443-8414.

 

(4) Daniel Barber:

Hi Blaine, this may seem like a departure from my typical emails, but it’s all about your (and our!) creative potential.

If you’re not sure what Creation Spirituality is all about, or you’d like to go a little deeper…,

or if you’ve read books by Matthew Fox and would like to hear him speak…,

or if you love a good concert with great writers, musicians and performers…,

or you’re curious about the unusual Cosmic Mass experience (theme: Creation Rising!) – maybe from this week’s Mountain Xpress cover…, 😉

or you’d like to sample from the rich collection of workshops by more than 20 presenters…,

or you’d just like to hang out with other Creation Spirituality enthusiasts who are coming from all over the country to be together..,

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check out the schedule and ask yourself if it would be worth it to experience this inspiring and transformative Creation Spirituality vibe while it’s here.

(And if you have a friend or loved one you’d like to share this with, please forward this to them. It’s about Our Community of humans and four-leggeds and winged one and finned ones and tall-standing ones and…

This gathering is a bi-annual event and it travels the U.S., so it’s not likely to be in Asheville again for many more years.

Plus, any chance to hear Matthew Fox speak is a chance to be liberated from ruts and inspired to your deeper potential.

As you see, this event is the cover story of the latest Mountain Xpress (Sweeet!).

There are still a few work trade opportunities worth $125 off the conference fee.

If you want to support this work with a sponsorship, you can help us create and nourish this wonderful event here.

Thank you for all you are and all you do to be a part of Creation Rising in our time. We have at hand plenty of sacred work to do for sacred Earth.

I look forward to exploring ways to con-spire with you!

In original blessing,

Daniel

 

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