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Lauren E. Peters' Studio IN Wilmington

Lauren Peters is not one thing. This is fortunate for her because Peters has painted her own image almost exclusively for the last three years. I met Peters in the parking lot at the Delaware Contemporary, so she could escort me to her studio. In this month of early darkness and never-ending rain, the Warholian colors of her workspace hit me like a jolt of vitamin C...

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze IN Wilmington Delaware November 23-25

It’s the holiday season. So, whoop-de-do. Time for the annual six-week marathon of local productions of “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” various tree-lighting ceremonies, visits and parades with Santa, and yuletide jazz shows seemingly every day and night of the week through the new year...

 

Pyxis Lights Up Market Street Music Festival Concert Series

The Sunday, October 14, 2018 concert by Pyxis Piano Quartet — as part of Market Street Music's Festival Concert series — at Wilmington’s First & Central Presbyterian Church revealed once again the abundance of talent within each member of this laudable ensemble.  Members include Luigi Mazzocchi, violin; Amy Leonard, viola; Jennifer Jie Jin, cello and Hiroko Yamazaki, piano

CoroAllegro IN Wilmington

Walking around Wilmington from LOMA to the Creative Arts District you see will old institutions coming to life in a new way. CoroAllegro, one of Wilmington’s several choral ensembles, is an example of the transformational energy happening in our city. Choral ensembles? Like the concerts grandma used to attend in a church on Sunday afternoon to get her fill of Handel or Bach? CoroAllegro may have fit that description at one time, but these days they are taking aim at the Saturday night crowd—and they are a worthy challenger in Wilmington’s competitive weekend cultural scene. Becky Hamilton, a soprano and president of CoroAllegro says, “I always knew I liked singing in choral ensembles, but I never thought I’d enjoy being an audience member until I heard this group. I was just. . .wow.”

Fred Carspecken - Delaware Arts Pioneer

Delaware arts lovers sadly mourn the passing of Frederick John Carspecken, founder of Delaware’s preeminent art gallery, Carspecken-Scott Gallery. Carspecken died at home on October 14, 2018.

Delaware Shakespeare Community Tour • “The Merchant of Venice

Wilfredo “Freddy” Amill was a sophomore at Arcadia University when a friend first introduced him to David Stradley, the producing artistic director of Delaware Shakespeare. A couple years later, when Freddy was a senior, David called and asked if he’d be interested in auditioning for Delaware Shakespeare’s 2018 Community Tour...

The Delaware Shakespeare Community Tour returns this autumn with a lively performance of The Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare’s multi-layered drama about the corrosive impact of anti-Semitism and xenophobia. It’s a timely choice, as the instances of hate speech and hate crimes have risen in recent times (up 57% per the Anti-Defamation League's 2017 audit).

Neil Simon's Rumors at Wilmington Drama League

Although a bit of a period piece (from 1988), Neil Simon’s closest attempt at farce rings true today. Yes, one must suspend disbelief that any mover and shaker’s reputation would be seriously threatened by the scandal of having a friend who attempted suicide. Today’s confessional culture lauds such faux-empathy as being “authentic.” Emphasis on faux, since the true motivation is self-interest. And it is relevant today, since such potential-scandal-in-the-making leads those in power, as many characters in Rumors admit, to make things up...

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