BLAINESWORLD #1074 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Terry Buznicki:  Hope you and your BB are both well.

I loved the turkey joke…it was a good one!!!






Section 12A, NC events

(1) Tina FireWolf:

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(2) Brevard High School presents… The Addams Family

May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The show is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre.

The musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Tickets will go on sale soon at:

BHS Box Office from 8:00-3:00 Mon-Fri
Theophilus Gifts and Clothing
Souther Comfort Records

Ticket Prices:

Reserved: Adult: $15
Student: $12
General Admission: $10

At the Door: Adult: $17
Student: $14
General Admission: $12


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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Book Signing by Jim Freeman
Thursday, May 4, from 7-8 p.m.
Newtown Library Company, 114 Centre Ave., Newtown, Pennsylania

Book Examines How Transformations of Myth and History
Allow Cultures to Claim Land Defended by OthersTwo academic outsiders tackle Biblical scholarship and the history
of the Middle East, offering a compelling argument for peaceLong-time professors and Middle East saunterers Tom Gage and James A. Freeman have teamed up in a new book that explores how transformations of myth and history result in perpetual conflicts over land.Biblical Time Out of Mind, a scholarly examination of maps, language, myths, and the appropriation of history, analyzes how cultures all inherit and invent identities under incremental pressures of technology and change.In addition to exploring how collective memories craft resultant maps, the book also conveys the authors’ core belief that understanding the background of biblical and literary memories that threaten peace might provide a common base that results in cultural unity rather than endless bloody disputes.Honing in on the Israeli-Arab conflict, Gage and Freeman analyze Israel’s claim to ownership of land and explore how its identity and boundaries have been culturally inherited, shared, divided, and invented based on ancient stories that have been “enshrined in scripture, promoted by politicians, and buttressed by Hollywood.”

The authors sift through research that suggests these claims are tenuous, that the Exodus of scripture was not actually a Hebrew exodus, nor was the Moses depicted by Charlton Heston actually a Hebrew leader. Ultimately, they argue that this evacuation was the exodus of Hyksos, the invasive people to first conquer and reign over the Egyptians.

The authors conclude, “The same care and consideration extended to family can be logically extended from personal peace to community peace to that of state, of nations, and to all people.”

“Biblical Time Out of Mind is a book of scholarship and vision, one that enlightens and empowers. It leads us to reflect on the past, to live wisely in the present, and to hope for the future.”  Dr. Christopher Bursk, author of The Improbable Swervings of Atoms

Biblical Time Out of Mind: Maps, Myths & Memories by Tom Gage & James A. Freeman; Cune Press; Nonfiction; History/Religion/Social Science/Travel; Hardback 9781614571346 $34.95; Paperback 9781614571353 $21.95; eBook 9781614571360 $9.99; Kindle 9781614571377 $9.99
Available: and


Tom Gage is an emeritus professor from Humboldt State University who hitchhiked through Damascus, Syria, in 1959 and returned in 1983 to teach at Aleppo University on a Fullbright scholarship. His specialty is the study of higher education, and his wide-ranging intellectual interests have brought him back to the Middle East many times.

James A Freeman is a professor of language and literature based in Newtown, PA. He is a prolific writer, editor, and expert on composition theory and is featured as James Andrew Freeman

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BLAINESWORLD #1073 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Eric Weinberger:  BTW, great Passover joke in Blainesworld!



(4) Which Milk Is Most Nutritious: Soy, Cashew, Almond or Coconut?

(5) Richard Shulman:  Loved the jokes about the Jewish knight and the hellish pianist! Also, I just heard about the Self-Help Credit Union….  Good to be reminded!

(6) Deborah Belcher: OMG, the Passover/Queen joke!!!! LOVE. IT. (The chocolate rabbis aren’t bad either!)

Wow – I had 105 recently deleted pics. Thanks for that. (There’s an additional step in iOS 10…easy to find…)

(7) Susan Harper:  Do you have 1 minute a day for the next 22 days to help ACT score $100,000 for our capital campaign to build and education complex?  That is only 22 minutes total or less – check it out – it is so easy!

ACT is a contestant in the “A Community Thrives” grant project sponsored by the USA TODAY NETWORK​.​

It is one of the many ways in which ACT is working toward reaching our funding goal so we can renovate the storage building we own and make it into an Education Complex!  This grant would go a long way toward achieving that dream and

​ here’s how it works:
The project with the most votes ​moves forward to a panel of judges.
You can vote daily between now and May 12th.  YOU can help make this happen!  Invite all your friends… how much fun is this???​

To vote – please click on or copy & paste this link:

It includes a short video ​featuring two of our students explaining this project.​

It’s easy and you can vote once a day every day until May 12th!

Please share this link with your friends & family and ask them to vote too!  ACT has been around for 71 years and it would be wonderful to be around for 71+ more!
(8) Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind
(9) Diet soca can increase risk of dementia and stroke

Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jerry Crouch:

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(2) Julia Holladay: Montford Park Players Company (Family) Photo Shoot
Saturday, May 6 at 3 PM

Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
90 Gay St, Asheville, North Carolina

In honor of our beloved matriarch, Hazel Robinson, a Montford Park Players company photo will be done the day of Hazel’s memorial service. The service will take place at 2:00pm at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, The photo will be taken immediately after. The goal is to assemble as many people as possible who have worked with MPP since its inception for the family photo to top all family photos. Please, spread the word, especially to folks who may be from the early years since I might not know them.

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(3) Walela Dobroski:

March 10, 2017


“Show Me the Money Conference” talks funding this Summer

Asheville, North Carolina

On May 11th & 12th, the inaugural “Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo” will be held in Downtown Asheville, bringing “all things funding” to Western North Carolina. The two-day event will provide attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure funding for their businesses or non-profits.

The Conference, Funding Expo, and Networking Reception will take place on May 11th at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. Then on May 12th there will be optional intensive workshops offered at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies for those looking to aggressively seek funding platforms.

At the May 11th Conference, there will be two nationally renowned keynotes, 35+ expert trainers, and 15 breakout sessions led by industry experts from across the Southeast.  The breakout sessions are organized around the following five tracks;

  • Track A: Start-Up Businesses
  • Track B: Business Expansions
  • Track C: Investor Ready
  • Track D: Non-Profit Organizations
  • Track E: Cluster Focus
    • Catalyzing the Life Science Innovation Sector
    • Financing Agribusiness and the Local Food System
    • Funding Tech Ecosystems and Community Infrastructure

Event planners anticipate over 50 organizations to participate in the May 11th Funding Expo, consisting mainly of; federal granting agencies, regional foundations, commercial loan providers, crowdfunding experts, Angel Fund Networks, business counselors, Small Business Centers, University departments, industry-specific experts, grant writers, attorneys, accounting firms, and government contractors.

On May 12th, the optional intensive workshops will present attendees with the opportunity to get hands-on support to the processes taken to successfully apply for funding in WNC. Held at the Lenoir-Rhyne University classrooms in the Asheville Chamber of Commerce building, the following four workshops will be offered;

  • Track A: “Start-Up Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Russ Seagle, Executive Director of Sequoyah Fund
  • Track B: “Expansion Funding Application Workshop,” taught by Tonya Snider and Tommy Dennison, Business Development Officers at the Carolina Small Business Development Fund
  • Track C: “Pitch Prep Workshop,” taught by Stephen Poland, Lead Trainer of ScaleUp WNC, Director of the Embedded Entrepreneur Program, and Owner of 1×1 Media
  • Track D: “Competitive Grant Writing Workshop,” taught by Mark Goldstein, President and CEO of Communication Mark

Tickets are on sale now online, with Early Bird Rates available until April 5th. Full agenda, sponsors, and speakers are listed on the main event website at

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For additional information, contact:

Emily Breedlove, Small Town Ventures




Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Lisa Zaglin:

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BLAINESWORLD #1072 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2



(3) Can naps make up for sleep deficits?

(4) Which milk is most nutritious for you?






Section 12A, NC events


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(2) Flapjack & Friends

Friday, April 21 at 8 AM – 11:30 AM

2 Compton Dr, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Find Tickets
Tickets Available

Eliada and the Kiwanis Club of Asheville are partnering to bring you Flapjacks & Friends! We invite you to join us on the morning of April 21st at Eliada’s PARC Building for Flapjacks & Friends. Tickets are just $5 each and tables of 10 are $50. Enjoy a delicious plate of pancakes with your colleagues, family and friends in support of children and youth across Buncombe County.

We look forward to sharing pancakes, smiles and good conversations with you!

Not able to make it?? Buy a few plates of pancakes for your local law enforcement and fire departments. Simply click, the “Giving Back to Public Servants” ticket and select the number of plates you would like to purchase and we will distribute them to our wonderful public servants throughout the community!

*For Takeout plates, please RSVP to*


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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Meet the Candidates for Lower Makefield Township Supervisor:
Jeannette Kelley & Fred Weiss

Thursday, May 4, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

@ Trattoria Rosa Bianca
94 South Main Street, Yardley, PA

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(2) OUR NEXT PRODUCTION (OPENS APR. 28) at Actors’ NET of Bucks County:

The Explorers Club
Written by Nell Benjamin
Apr. 28 – May 14, 2017

In this zany romp, London’s Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman who discovered a lost city. Worse still, the club’s bartender is terrible! Will the intrepid members resolve their dilemma and get a decent drink? And who is that blue-painted fellow at the bar?


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BLAINESWORLD #1071 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Richard Shulman:  Great photo of us at the Jazz for Justice event!

(2) Jean Brenner:  You are the best self-promoter in the world!

Response: To quote Ken Blanchard, if you don’t toot your own horn, somebody else will use it as a spittoon. … But what I really enjoy is promoting others! So let me know when you’re next directing something.

(3) Kristil Deville: On dealing with grief

(4) Steve Darter:  FYI. I thought that The Shack was pretty good. The book was much better (as it usually is.)  The history behind the author (and what likely drove him to write such a book) and how this book took flight to become a best seller makes it even more interesting. But I think you have to be into this to really appreciate it.

Take care. Keep living fully as you are doing. Good luck with all.

(5) Ruthann Uhl: Leave a legacy, tell your story! If you’ve ever wanted to write your life story, now is the time. Write just 2 pages per week with a small, online group of like-minded people and finally write the memoir you’ve always wanted for y our children and grandchildren. You don’t have to be a writer; Ruthanne will guide you every step of the way. It’s never been more affordable either. Take advantage of her teaching from Germany where she’s charging only $99 for 8 weeks of fun and budding friendships. For more information and to register for the workshop beginning May 3, see or email




(9) Mike Martinelli: GOING IN STYLE **1/2

What do you get when you put Alan Arkin, Ann Margaret, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in one Moive? A cute funny movie ( a remake from 1979)that isn’t the best but funny and well worth seeing if just to see all this great talent in one film. And it is no wher near as bad as the critics made it seem.

The story centers around 3 friends who end up losing their pensions due to a company merger. After Joe (Michael Caine)witnesses a bank robbery at Wiliamsburg Savings Bank and the three find out they lost their pensions he tells Albert (Alan Arkin) and Willie (Morgan Freeman) that they can pull off the same heist.

The film also features Chrisopher Lloyd and Matt Dillion. It was written by Theodore Melfi ( Hidden Figures) and produced and directed by Zach Braff (Scrubs)


Section 12A, NC events


Attic Salt Theatre Company's photo.

At NC Stage – April 7-23

Tickets for The Nerd are available now through the NC Stage box office at
or by calling 828-239-0263.


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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

(1) MCCC Theatre/Dance Program to Present Federico Lorca’s Classic ‘Blood Wedding’ April 21 to 30 at Kelsey Theatre

West Windsor, N.J. – The Academic Theatre and Dance program at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will combine storytelling, dance and music in the spell-binding production “Blood Wedding.” Wildly popular in its day and still performed regularly in Latin countries, this Spanish classic comes to Kelsey Theatre Fridays, April 21 and 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, April 22 and 29 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 23 and 30 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Written by Federico Garcia Lorca, “Blood Wedding” premiered in Madrid in 1933 and was an overnight sensation. It was performed around the world, including on Broadway. Incorporating song, chant, poetry, music, and rhythm, with action and sets that are highly symbolic and stylized, the show explores universal themes of love and death, family bonds and rigid societal laws that can lead to tragedy.

“Lorca wrote the play wanting to create a hit, and it was,” said Jody Gazenbeek-Person, the production’s producer and choreographer, and coordinator of the Theatre and Dance program. “It is a highly theatrical production that is emotional, thought-provoking and entertaining.”

Gazenbeek-Person notes that the cast includes not only MCCC students, but other Mercer County actors. “Many people came out to audition, specifically because they had always dreamed of performing a role in this particular play,” he said. “Blood Wedding is a highly regarded and much loved play,” he said.

Reflecting the play’s universal appeal, the production will feature a diverse cast and many different accents. “Especially in our choreography, we have absorbed elements from many of the original productions, including those performed in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Paris, and more,” Gazenbeek-Person said.

The cast of includes Marissa Edwards of Lawrenceville as the Bride; Chris Ryan of Trenton as the Bridegroom; Sari Ruskin of Princeton as the Bridegroom’s Mother; Dan Fowler of Flemington as Father of the Bride; Charles Acosta of Levittown, Pa., as Leonardo; Jessica Klatskin of East Windsor as Leonardo’s wife; Meaghan Lukacs of Robbinsville as Leonardo’s Mother-in-Law; Madelyn Morrison Lichtman of Monroe Township as The Neighbor; Kimberly King of Mercerville as the Beggar Woman/Death; Sonia Perez of Princeton as The Maid; and Max Lobben of Lawrenceville as The Moon.

Also featured are Nestor Pacheco of Lawrence as Woodcutter #1; Kay Salcfas of New Egypt as Woodcutter #2; Pierce Hittelman of Bordentown as Woodcutter #3; Francisco Estrada of Lawrenceville as Young Man; Kadeem Rockhead of Franklin Park as First Young Man; Bobby Ahmad as Second Young Man; Kayla Johnson of Wrightstown as Little Girl; Amy Annucci of Ewing as First Girl; Christan Ellis of Trenton as Second Girl; Kayla Johnson as Third Girl; and Brianna Rapp of East Windsor as Young Girl/Dancer.

In addition to Producer/Choreographer Jody Gazenbeek-Person, the production team includes Director Deena Jiles-Shuaib, Assistant Director Patrick Martin, Stage Manager Nicole Schulnick, and Assistant Stage Manager E. Lukas DiGiacomo. Lighting and sound is provided by MCCC Entertainment Technology students.

Tickets for “Blood Wedding” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

(2) At ActorsNET in Morrisville, PA

The Explorers Club
Written by Nell Benjamin
Apr. 28 – May 14, 2017

In this zany romp, London’s Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman who discovered a lost city. Worse still, the club’s bartender is terrible! Will the intrepid members resolve their dilemma and get a decent drink? And who is that blue-painted fellow at the bar?


Facebook: ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Training your brain so you that you don’t need glasses





(6) Arlene Ditzer:   I just listened to your first radio broadcast. I was eager to hear more about Brian Biro and his latest book. I really enjoyed the interview, took notes, and I cannot wait to buy “There are no Overachievers.” You did a great job as host. Why am I not surprised???? Good luck! Thanks for all your support during the past 27 years. You continue to amaze me.

(7) Pat Hannigan: Sorry, but with the emphasis that they put on writing and meaning with what one writes..I’m confused….. In a good fun way, I have to inquire about two comments near the begining of your newsletter.

First, it seems that a lot of your newsletters start off with comments about shows you saw during the week. And that is great. And as any night flows you write about your dinner excursions… So I have to ask about the real message of what is being sent here.. You wrote:

(2) From there, we went to dinner at a place that is rapidly becoming one of our favorite eateries in Waynesville, Angelo’s, where we received fine service from Alicia.  You say it is becoming a favorite place.. ( Meaning its not there yet as far as your favorite? Why not?  ). Seems you are referring the establishment. no?  And you go on to say that you received great service from Alicia. Hmmm……What about the others? The Matrie D, or the chef? or hostess? But you really never mention if the food  is good or if someting there is your favorite? Or? ???? For me it reads that you are following one of the golden rules.. That is, if something is bad don’t metion it. But just highlight the positives… Make sense?

(3) On another night, we had a delicious meal at Sushi Thai. Emily was our server, and she got everything just right. Hmm.. when you say “delicious”.. meaning it was the best you ever had ? Or so so? Maybe say on a scale of 1-10 what was this? And like above you praised the server which is great. But what about the establishment? The atmosphere? Or what about the owner, chef, hostess?

Sorry but it is what hit me as I read your post…and I mean this in a good way… Thoughts?

Response: As you probably know by now, I tend to emphasize the positive; in fact, a friend even wrote a play about me with the title MR. POSITVITY. See below if you never saw it:

So if I have a good experience at a place, I’ll mention it without going into too much detail. I used to give more detail, but my blog was running even longer than it is now. And it was also taking me too much time to write.

If a server is not particularly memorable, I don’t mention him or her. Same thing about a restaurant. And I don’t typically mention others in a restaurant unless they make a special impression on me. They did on a recent visit to Bonefish Grill–as evidenced in BLAINESWORLD #963:
Met our friends Tom and Marcy Gallagher for a dinner at Bonefish Grill that was just perfect. Things started out well when we received an enthusiastic greeting from Daniel Hopey, the matire d’. Randall Keaton (left) provided attentive service throughout the meal. And special thanks to Brian Wess (right), the assistant food manager. He made a “special” dish for me, coconut-crusted tilapia, then came over to see how it came out.

I do like finding something good about most things I do and/or encounter!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) What The Health

Thursday, April 27, 2017 6:30pm–8:17pm
at Carmike 10 – Asheville121 River Hills Rd, Asheville, NC, United States, 28805
$10.00 General
Contributions Available
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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Joni Dowburd: The Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre production of HELLO DOLLY continues through April 8 at at the Neshaminy High School auditorium. For tickets, please click:

Note: This group’s shows are always excellent. I’m especially sorry that I won’t be up North to the above since Joni is also in it, and that alone should make it watchable.

(2) ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ to Lift Spirits and Warm Hearts at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre April 22

West Windsor, N.J. – Young audiences are invited to spend an afternoon in the woods as “The House at Pooh Corner” comes to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre.  The show is presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre as part of the Kelsey Kids Series on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Faithfully based on the 1928 A. A. Milne classic, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends make a visit to the magical Hundred Acre Wood in a tale of imagination, fun and friendship.  This charming musical introduces a new generation to the Pooh story, proving that the lessons shared by Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin are truly timeless.  Young and old alike are reminded that “…Of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there… and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”

Virginia Repertory Theatre (formerly Theatre IV) is an award-winning nonprofit professional theater company that has been producing high quality children’s shows since 1975. Based in Richmond, Va., the traveling company tours from Wisconsin to Florida and Texas to Maine, while also presenting major productions in its home city.  The company performs live for more than half a million children, teens, parents and teachers across America every year.

Tickets for “The House at Pooh Corner” are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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Section 2, part 2

(1) Cappy Tosetti:  Hi there……always an interesting read.  Glad to know about Jerry Crouch’s award……wonderful news. It’s going to be fun working with him as stage manager on the upcoming Jubilee production in April.

(2) Hannan Isaacs: A robot is not about to replace your lawyer

(3) Arlene Ditzler:   I recently read a wonderful book–actually 5 CDs (your reference to the Vanderbilts reminded me) The Rainbow Comes and Goes, by Anderson Cooper & his Mom, Gloria Vanderbilt.  It covers a year long dialogue between Mother & Son as they reveal and discover their lives. I really enjoyed how–although they always loved each other–they revealed so much of themselves from the past & they really got to know and understand each other better. You may have read it. Take care.


(5) Roger Clark:   I love the jokes you share in your newsletters.   They are always the first thing I read. This one is a hoot.  Thanks and have a happy upcoming Passover – just around the corner.

Dear friends of mine always have me to their house for the Seder Prayers and Meal.  More, later and thanks for creating a very interesting newsletter.
You da MAN !!!!
(6) Why People Continue to Believe Objectively False Things
(7) Terry Coleman Toporek:  I love your BLAINESWORLD paper…..keep it going…..please!!!!
(8) The best exercise for aging muscles
(9) Carol Seufert: 50 questions to ask your kids instead of asking “How was your day?”
 Note: And then there us this additional question that I received from my friend Karen Marinoff who has run nursery schools and is now also a grandmother:
We mostly say “do you have poop in your diaper???”  Most important!!

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 (3) Maintaining An Election w/Jeff Messer at Magnetic Theatre

Saturday, April 1 at 7:30
Jeff Messer’s live radio show meets late night TV style format! Stay tuned for a line up of special guests!
Non-FCC restricted evening of poltical satire and entertainment from the skewed mind of WNC’s #1 Radio personality of 2016 (Mt Xpress Best Of WNC reader’s poll)
This is the prime time kick off of what will become a once-a-month late night offered at Magentic Theatre.
$8 to get in on the action. (We’re practically giving it away!

(4) Zuzu Welsh Band returning to Bonfire BBQ
on Friday, March 31, from 8-11 p.m.
1056 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC

Come out to west Asheville’s premier BBQ restaurant for some great music in The Pit. Rock and roll, brews and blues, all you can get.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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

The Explorers Club
Written by Nell Benjamin
Apr. 28 – May 14, 2017

In this zany romp, London’s Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman who discovered a lost city. Worse still, the club’s bartender is terrible! Will the intrepid members resolve their dilemma and get a decent drink? And who is that blue-painted fellow at the bar?

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

(2) At Kelsey Theatre in West Windsor, NJ:
Playful Theatre Productions, the Yardley, PA-based theatre company that produced recent Kelsey Theatre Productions of The Addams Family, Cats, Les Miserables, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, is extremely pleased and proud to bring you the area debut of this unusual new musical!

In this staging, the instrumental orchestration and accompaniment will be provided by the onstage cast. So in addition to the usual complement of singers, dancers, and actors, look for clairvoyant pianists, guitar-playing antagonists, a bride with a clarinet, and a respected local physician armed with a tuba. And fish. A lot of fish. Too many fish, most likely. But it’s too late to give them back.

Big Fish: The Musical ​will run for six performances only, March 31 and April 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. All shows will be at Kelsey Theatre, on campus at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ.

Tickets are on sale right at this very moment, unless you are reading this after 5:00PM and before 8:00AM. We urge you to consider ordering tickets in advance, either by clicking: or calling the Kelsey Theatre box office at 609-570-3333 or 609-570-3586.

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BLAINESWORLD #1068 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Jean Dolan: Jeff Singer was working at a car dealership, then the Phillies called

(4) Need pruning shears or a ukelele? Try the public library


(5) Pat Hannigan: When you write: “Enjoyed a tasty dinner at 131 Main.”

Doesn’t sound like a rave review? No? Just my opinion……??? Seems like when you really like a place you speak more positive about this. Like you recognize the waiter or waitress and you use more colorful language… Seems like your comments really mean the meal was so so…? not the best but not the worst???Or?

Response: Actually, it is one of my favorite places that I like very much. The meal was good, too. Probably when I wrote it, I was pressed for time or space. And in this case, the server didn’t knock my socks off, so I didn’t mention her by name.

Generally, if I don’t like something, I will not say anything about it.


(6) Tom Gallagher:  As always, good information and a fun read!  I am always impressed that you are able to crank out one of these every week!  You’re the best.


(7) Nate Himmelstein:  You constantly amaze me. With all you do where do you find the time for a radio show?  Many years ago my wife and I saw a “Majority of One” with Gertrude Berg ( The Molly in the TV Show The Goldbergs she was also the major writer of the show) and Sir Cedric Hardwick at the  Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ.  I still remember it.  I am always reading you missives.  By the way, I am teaching  two on line course one a  Principles of Management course and another Principle of Selling course, but each week I use Kaltura and video a 15 to 20 minute introduction.  In my selling course, I feel I am back in the classroom for I also have my students video oral reports and have the students critique them.  This is for NJIT. I retired from Essex but these on line courses keep me on my toes. Regards to your lovely wife.


(8) KaChina Davine: Holy Smokes. This is one power packed Newsletter! How did I miss out on it for so long?


(9) Mike Martinelli: Beauty And The Beast ***1/2

[It] is as wonderful as the original animated film which was the first animated film to ever get a best picture regular nomination. The 3 new songs added to all the original are great. The 3-D was nothing special and not worth the extra money. You will absolutely love the film. It has a great cast too. The gay character i s not really a gay character. You get the just of it but it was nothing that people needed to be idiots about and to start protests about or cancel the showing of the film like that idiot did in Alabama. Oh, Alabama that says it all. LOL.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Bonnie Firestone: Tonight [Friday, 3.17] is opening night of “Copenhagen!” A brilliant play about the physicists behind the atom bomb and all the twisting turns of personal motivation and responsibility. Come down to Hendersonville Community Theater to support us this weekend or next. Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

(2)  KaChina Davine: January 18, 2017 – ASHEVILLE, NC — Please join Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), for the 7th Annual {Re}HAPPENING, on Saturday March 25, 3-10 pm at Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening. The 7th annual {Re}HAPPENING will reshape one of Asheville’s most anticipated yearly art events by offering two international projects alongside a roster of 18 local installation, new media, music, and performance projects with environmental lighting by students of the Odyssey Community School. The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser, and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

Tickets will be on-sale starting Wednesday Jan. 25th. $20 for Advance Adult Admission, $25 – Regular Adult Admission, $15 – Youth (10+) / Student (w/ID), Children under the age of 10 are FREE with a ticket holding adult, $10 – Parking Pass, $5 – Round Trip Shuttle Pass from downtown Asheville. Food trucks will be available on site. More info: or email:

(3) Magic, Mirth & Meaning Show
Friday, March 24
7-8 p.m.

The vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre
Town And Country Square 175 Weaverville Hwy, Woodfin, NC

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(4) David Joe Miller presents:
WORD! with Dr. Joseph Sobel

Saturday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m.
Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Asheville, NC

David Joe Miller Presents WORD! with Dr. Joseph Sobol, the director of the Masters Degree Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Sobol with present “Jack And The Least Gal.” He original work about The Folk Legend, Jack and his cohort, The Least Gal (youngest gal.) Doors open at 1:30 for seating show begins at 2 pm. FREE ADMISSION sponsored by The Buncombe County Friends of the Library, David Joe Miller and his wife Robin Sanchez.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) 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 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.

(2) Glenn Burd: The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Program: ~Kathryn Finegan Clark author of Bucks County Pennsylvania book will talk about the rich heritage of our area.
Meeting Place Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA.









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