Delaware Today 302 First: Thirty Seconds interview with WDEL's Rick Jensen

Rick Jensen is a conservative talk-show host on WDEL 1150 AM. Catch him from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. He’ll be the first to tell you that his show is always informative and entertaining.




Photograph by Jared Castaldi

DT: Can you hang on for a second so I can put you on speakerphone? I want to record this.
RJ: You do NOT have permission to record this phone call.

DT: I have that on tape.
RJ: Good. You should put that in the story somehow. It’s pretty funny.

DT: I don’t think I’m supposed to be the funny one here.
RJ: You can be the funny one here. I don’t care.

DT: So, how much of your on-air persona is an act or meant to entertain? Are you 100 percent you on the air, or do you have a shtick?
RJ: Unfortunately for my family, it’s me. I do this because it’s what I do. I’ve always been a little bit goofy. I’m the dorky guy who read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica when I was a kid.

DT: Really? How long did that take?
RJ: Many snowy days. You go out. You throw snowballs at each other. You come inside and drink cocoa and then read the encyclopedia.

DT: Dude, that sounds like a punishment.
RJ: (laughs) I didn’t think so. I thought it was kind of fun. I was a … dork.

DT: So, I guess you’re probably good at playing along with Jeopardy on TV?
RJ: I’m always stunned when I sit there with a friend of mine and they beat me. I’m like, ‘What? Nobody beats me at Jeopardy.’ Yeah, it’s fun.

DT: You need to find better friends.
RJ: I’m a lucky guy. I’ve got a lot of friends.

DT: Yeah, but you need to find some that will let you win at Jeopardy.
RJ: You know, it’s like Foosball. Nobody lets anybody win.

DT: I agree.
RJ: Do you play Foosball?

DT: No, but I play Jeopardy with my 10-year-old and 13-year-old and I don’t take it easy on them.
RJ: I’m on the other side of the generational spectrum. For me and many of my friends, it’s our older parents. That’s their big thing—watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and play along with it. Mostly it’s moms. We guys are the lucky ones—we die early.

DT: How do you truly feel about your callers?
RJ: (Pause.) I don’t even know what that question means.

DT:  The people who call your show.
RJ: Yeah, I know who they are. How do I feel about them? I enjoy the discussions. The great majority of them are pretty intelligent people and every once in a while you get a complete whacko and they’re fun, too, for their own reasons.

DT: Have you ever seriously ticked off a caller?
RJ: Of course. I put a liberal woman on the phone with a conservative guy once a couple years ago. They were arguing to a point where they both said they had won tickets to an event we had and she threatened to go to the event and kick his ass. She had one of these deep, gravelly voices that suggested she had the ability to do that.

DT: Rick Jensen: building community.
RJ: Bringing people together.

DT: Let’s talk a bit about Al Mascitti.
RJ: He’s crazy, you know.

DT: How so?
RJ: Listen to him from 9 till noon and you’ll hear why.

DT: I’m working at 9, so I don’t get to listen to him.
RJ: You can listen online at WDEL.com. And we have the app for the iPhone, the Droid … What do you use?

DT: None of that.
RJ: OK. We don’t have an app for “none of that.”

DT: Somebody stole my iTouch.
RJ: Oh, I hate that. Sorry. Yeah, Al. They say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. He has a great mind and I’m afraid he’s wasting it by studying the ideas of the wrong side of our political debates.

DT: For those who don’t listen to both of you, would you mind explaining the difference in your political views in a nutshell?
RJ: Well, I’m right and he’s wrong. (laughs) You said summarize. That’s the shortest summary I can think of. He’s a wild-eyed screaming liberal and I’m a calm, reserved, thoughtful conservative. Now, his opinion may differ. Are you going to go to him after me and say, “This is what Rick says about you,” and you’re going to pit us against each other?

DT: Certainly.
RJ: Excellent. I want a copy of this recording.

DT: I would give it to you if I had one. So, who is smarter?
RJ: I have always come to work thinking I am not the smartest guy in the room. I feel like I have to start reading and researching early in the morning. I usually arrive at 8:20 in the morning and I’m working all the way until 1 o’clock in the afternoon, so that I feel like I have a really good understanding of the issues of the day, historical references. I have to work harder and study more. I am the anti-Joe Biden.

DT: OK. Then who’s better looking, you or Mascitti?
RJ: He wears glasses. I don’t have to, so obviously, I have the better eyesight. (laughs) Each one of us has our own unique features of unattractiveness, which is why we’re in radio and not television. Why do you hide behind pen and keyboard there, you weasel?

DT: You’ve seen me.
RJ: I know. What other snarky-ass questions do you have for this pitiful little excuse you call a magazine?

DT: Are we done with Al? Is there anything else you’d like to say about him?
RJ: I don’t want to think about anything else about Al. It was a dark day when I hired him.

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Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

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Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
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This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Contact Name: Amanda Perez
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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
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Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
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Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
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Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
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Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
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Telephone: 571-9590
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B. Proud displays photographs from the ''First Comes Love'' project which captures LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. Proud is the recipient of a 2014...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
820 N. French St.
Carvel State Office Building
Wilmington, DE  19810
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Lynn discovered photography through working in wild bird rehabilitation. Her images  explore Delaware’s wonderful variety of life and landscapes. She is a regular contributor to Delaware State...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Ball Barn
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
View map »


Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

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Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

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Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Killens Pond Nature Center presents... Pondside Artisans: Gary Knox, Photographer February 6th, 2015 6-8 p.m. Join Gary Knox for a meet-and-greet and enjoy his breathtaking portfolio....

Cost: Free

Where:
Killens Pond Nature Center
5025 Killens Pond Road
Use Special Events Gate Across from Scrap Tavern Rd
Felton, DE  19943
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Sponsor: Killens Pond Nature Center
Telephone: (302)284-4299
Contact Name: Kara Okonewski
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The Lighthouse Church will be starting a Training Center for Deliverances beginning Friday September 12, 2014.  The school will be focused on all aspects of ministering deliverance and healing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Lighthouse Church Inc.
6 South Railroad Avenue
Wyoming, DE  19934
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Church Inc.
Telephone: (302) 632-4679
Contact Name: Bro. Christopher Gore
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Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

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Guitarist Bruce Anthony plays timeless jazz standards from the American songbook, with an impeccable style that incorporates swing, ragtime and his own personal interpretation. Friends of Folk is...

Cost: Free

Where:
First State Heritage Park
The Old State House
25 The Green
Dover, DE  19901
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Sponsor: First State Heritage Park
Telephone: 302-739-9194
Contact Name: Sarah Zimmerman
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“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
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Website »

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Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Biggs Museum of American Arts
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901
View map »

More information

Somerville Manning Gallery presents a solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective on view at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA.  The...

Cost: Free

Where:
Somerville Manning Gallery
101 Stone Block Row
Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Somerville Manning Gallery
Telephone: (302) 652-0271
Contact Name: Marisa Nolan
Website »

More information

This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new home, Hippo Haven. As the only aquarium in the...

Cost: $18.95 - 25.95

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Contact Name: Amanda Perez
Website »

More information

Prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront for a limited-time exhibit starting January 16....

Cost: $25.95 for adults; $18.95 for children ages 2-12

Where:
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ  08103
View map »


Sponsor: Adventure Aquarium
Telephone: 856-365-3300
Website »

More information

Visitors may take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site. Stops include Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family home built in America; the First Office of the DuPont Company; a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum
201 Hagley Creek Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
View map »


Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Meg Marcozzi
Website »

More information

Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893...

Cost: Regular Admission - Free on Sunday

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-351-8558
Contact Name: Jessica Jenkins
Website »

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Ditch the winter whites for a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Where:
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
View map »

More information

Delaware native, Carson Zullinger, has been exhibiting his figural and landscape fine-art photographs for forty years. Zullinger often subordinates his dynamic and thoroughly modern compositions to...

Cost: Free

Where:
406 Federal Street
Dover, DE  19901

More information

A highlight of Coastal Concerts' current season will be a recital by virtuoso pianist Ingrid Fliter who has received high acclaim throughout the world for her masterful interpretations of Chopin,...

Cost: $30. Ages 10-18 years free. Students 19 years and older $10.

Where:
Bethel United Methodist Church Hall
Fourth and Market Streets
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Coastal Concerts, Inc.
Telephone: 888-212-6458
Contact Name: Edna Ellett
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Tobacco Cessation Location: Bayhealth Kent General, Private Dining Room 1–2, 640 S. State St., Dover Time: 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. More info: Must be at least 18 years old to register...

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General
Private Dining Room 1–2
640 S. State St.
Dover, DE
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Explore Alapocas Woods to find the animals that only come out after the sun goes down.  Worried you won’t see anything?  Use our night vision tools to help your search.  This hike will be on a...

Cost: $4 per person, $10 per family of four

Where:
Alapocas Run State Park
1914 West Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Telephone: 302-577-7020
Website »

More information

Chips for Charity is a Monte Carlo-style cocktail event that boasts table games and dealers, an open bar, catering, a photo booth, a silent auction, 50/50, raffle prizes, a DJ and much more! Unlike...

Cost: $75/ticket

Where:
Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (DCCA)
200 S. Madison St.
The Riverfront
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Next Gen North
Telephone: 609-665-6001
Contact Name: Danielle Dick
Website »

More information

  Imago Theatre’s original production have toured internationally for over three decades. Imago’s signature works FROGZ have appeared three times on Broadway in 2000, 2002 and 2010 at the...

Cost: $24

Where:
The Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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“Leaves,” a drama by Lucy Caldwell, follows the Murdoch family. After the oldest daughter goes off to college and attempts suicide, the family must make sense of the tragedy. A story of blame,...

Cost: $12

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 W. Lea Blvd.
wilmington, DE  19802
View map »


Website »

More information

Grammy nominated pianist David Lanz enthralls music lovers around the world with his engaging playing style and original compositions. The well-known top instrumental recording and concert artist...

Cost: $35

Where:
live @ the baby grand
818 N. Market St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Website »

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These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Pkwy.
Wilmington, DE
View map »


Telephone: 571-9590
Website »

More information

Make no beans about it—you won’t want to miss Jack face off against the mighty Giant. 

Where:
Delaware Children’s Theatre
1014 Delaware Ave
Wilmington, DE
View map »

More information

Epifania is pretty boss when it comes to making money. Finding love, though? Not so much. But when the richest woman on earth finds a guy who holds her fancy, will she meet his challenge to live...

Where:
Resident Ensemble Players/Thompson Theatre
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE
View map »


Website »

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