Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Asheville Community Theatre lists August events



  • Crimes of the Heart Closes Mainstage Season August 12-28, 2016
  • Auditions for Sweeney Todd August 8-9, 2016
  • Auditions for The Circle August 9, 2016
  • Olde Virden’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge August 17, 2016
  • Storytelling series Listen to This August 25, 2016
  • The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series presents The Circle August 26-28, 2016

Event Details
Crimes of the Heart Closes Mainstage Season: The three Magrath sisters reunite in their Mississippi hometown after the youngest has just shot her husband. Each sister, different in her own right, struggles with the unfamiliarity of being back together again. The three women escape the past to seize the future – and it's told in a way that is true, touching, and consistently hilarious. Crimes of the Heart opens August 12, 2016 and runs through August 28, 2016 with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00-$25.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

Auditions for Sweeney Todd: Auditions for Sweeney Todd will be held August 8-9, 2016 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Asheville Community Theatre. Auditions for this large cast musical are open to all in the community, no previous experience required. Please prepare 16 bars of music and bring your sheet music to the audition in the key in which you will be singing. Accompanist provided. Directed by Jerry Crouch with musical direction by Lenora Thom.

Auditions for The Circle: The Autumn Players will hold auditions for the witty drama The Circle on August 9, 2016 from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm in 35below, the black box theatre underneath Asheville Community Theatre. The Circle will be performed as reader’s theatre. Auditions are open to all in the community, no previous experience required. All audition material is provided at the auditions. Directed by Elliot Weiner.

Olde Virden’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge: You’re in the audience for a live game show in the tradition of Wait, Wait…. Don’t Tell Me! Olde Virden’s Super Happy Trivia Challenge is a live, unscripted panel show featuring local actors and personalities putting their wits to the test as they try and answer esoteric questions about random topics. Hosted by Adam Arthur on August 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm in 35below. Tickets are $12.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

Storytelling series Listen to This: For more than 5 years, Listen to This has featured live stories told on stage along with stand-up comedy and original songs – all from local writers, actors, performers, and other interesting folks. Hosted by Tom Chalmers on August 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm in 35below. Tickets are $15.00 and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office.

The Autumn Players’ Readers Theatre Showcase Series Presents The Circle: Is it better to remain in a dull but decent marriage or to leave it behind for the sake of a passionate love affair? This witty drama from 1921 is considered Somerset Maugham’s finest work for the stage. Performances are Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, 2016 in 35below at Asheville Community Theatre and Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Reuter Center on the campus of UNC Asheville.  All performances begin at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $6.00 (includes NC Sales Tax) and are available online at www.ashevilletheatre.org, by phone at 828-254-1320 or in person at the ACT Box Office through August 26. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information on any of the events at Asheville Community Theatre, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.

Mission Health's president and CEO testifies during U.S. Senate hearing


Ronald A. Paulus, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Health testified today before the Senate Finance Committee at the hearing “Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities.” Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Dr. Paulus.  "After testifying today, I am encouraged by the bipartisan discussion on the well known difficulties that the Stark Law presents in our efforts to provide value based, high quality care. This well intended but antiquated law creates a thick fog of uncertainty that handcuffs our efforts to work in partnership with our physicians to fundamentally improve care, lower costs and more fully engage patients. I look forward to the continuing dialogue with the Committee to bring needed reforms in this critical area," Dr. Paulus said.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) convened the hearing to examine ways to improve and reform the Stark Law.  Given the importance of improving care coordination for seniors, the Committee is reviewing the Stark law's impact on Medicare and the seniors this program serves. 

“The Stark Law was designed in an era when fee-for-service was Medicare’s primary payment model.  But now, as providers move to alternative payment models, the law presents practical and outdated barriers in need of updating,” Hatch said.  “This hearing will give members of the Committee the opportunity to hear how the Stark Law works in practice for today’s healthcare providers and what reforms are needed to streamline the law to make it work for providers, patients and taxpayers.”

The hearing was live streamed on the Senate Finance Committee’s website, and a printed transcript can be found here.

NC Dept. of Revenue to host free small business workshop



The Department of Revenue is offering a free workshop at Haywood Community College on August 11, 2016.  This workshop is entitled "Sales and Use Tax Workshop" and will discuss the basics of sales and use taxes including registering for a sales and use tax account, learning about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and preparing and filing a sales and use tax return.

Attached please find a flyer that gives more details on the seminar and the location.  Participants may register through the following link: http://dornc.com/business/smallbusseminars.html, but walk-ins are also welcome.