WCF seminar; ‘Blue Jasmine’

Fearless prediction: Cardinals in 7.

 

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It’s Week 7 for the Sheridan (fall) Film Festival.

This week’s offering is “Blue Jasmine,” the Woody Allen film starring Cate Blanchett, Alex Baldwin, among others in a terrific ensemble cast. David Denby, film critic at The New Yorker, says it’s the best Woody Allen film ever. “It is startling and brilliant; Cate Blanchett gives the most complicated and demanding performance of her movie career,” he writes. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times adds: “A revelation. A moral fable about greed and comeuppance.”

Well, there you go. Provocative and affecting, what good film is supposed to.

Show times (Wednesday) in the Centennial Theatre: 4:30 p.m. and 7:15.

 

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Today, at 6 p.m., is the showing of the award-winning documentary, “Miss Representation.” It’ll be at the Carriage House Theater at the Trail End Museum.

It was originally scheduled to be shown at the FAB Women’s Conference on Oct. 4, but the big snowstorm and rescheduling time constraints forced this film into an earlier showing. The film challenges the “often limited and disparaging” portrayals of women and young girls through popular media as they seek to achieve leadership positions.

 

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Legend — and facts — have it that no member of Congress read the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) before it was signed into law; ditto, the Supreme Court justices that affirmed it as the law of the land. It’s more than 1,000 pages.

Along comes Mike Chandler to Sheridan. He makes it easier to grasp. He’ll keynote the Wyoming Community Foundation’s one-day session on estate planning, charitable giving and a session on the ACA at 2 p.m. It’s at the Whitney Education Center on the campus of Sheridan College today, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It’s $100.

Chandler told the Notebook the ACA is still “very fluid,” though it’s been on the books for more than two years. The mashup of the ACA’s website was something many professionals like himself didn’t see coming, given the lengthy rollout. Half of the ACA’s 82 segments are on some sort of hold, but adds, there are some components “that are good.”

Mike’s the founder of Dogwood Capital Management out of Fayetteville, N.C. A couple of the movers-and-shakers for this event, Vickery Fales-Hall of Cody, representing the WCF, and local arbitrageur Bernie Spielman, have put this together.

While having dinner Monday night at the Rib & Chop House with his delightful Better Half, Debbie Chandler, we got quite well while discussing a mutally-appreciated public figure (and friend) of ours, the late Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.)

It should be a good event, particularly if you’re a small business owner and not quite sure about the ACA. (Hint: To break the ice, talk to Mike about East Carolina U. football; he’s a devoted alumnus.)

 

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Quotable

 

“There is only the trying. The rest is not our business.”

 

— T.S. Eliot, poet, playwright, social critic, 1888-1965

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