Delaware’s Arts & Culture Guide for 2013-2014
Mark your calendars. This is going to be a great season for arts enthusiasts.
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Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
Brew as art? Believe it. In conjunction with the exhibition “The Act Of Drinking Beer With Friends Is The Highest Form Of Art” through Nov. 17, you have three more opportunities to tip one with local celebrities: Oct. 9, Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. The celebrity guests will lead great conversation in artist Tom Marioni’s beer bar installation. The California-based conceptual artist re-defines the gallery space to elevate the act of drinking beer to one of aesthetic significance, one as important as viewing the Mona Lisa. (Wilmington, 656-6466, thedcca.org)
Delaware College of Art and Design
DCAD offers “Six: Women Photographers of the Mid-Atlantic,” a curated exhibit featuring the work of women artists who have previously lectured at the college through the Artist Speakers Series. Featured artists include Alida Fish, Connie Imboden, Amy Stein, Martha Madigan, Jeannie Pearce, and France Scully Osterman, with photographic works ranging in technique from historic practices, like prints from collodion negatives, to contemporary digital work. It runs Nov. 1-Jan. 12. (Wilmington, 622-8000, dcad.edu)
Delaware Children’s Theatre
Following its best season in 20 years, DCT has a gangbuster schedule for the year, featuring “Annie” Oct. 5-Nov. 3, “The Wizard of Oz” Nov. 23-Dec. 15, “Aladdin” Jan. 18-Feb. 9, “Seussical, the Musical” March 1-23, “Sleeping Beauty” April 5-May 10 and “The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” May 17-25. Cool things of note: “Sleeping Beauty” is the premiere of a re-written play—by Emmy-winner Donna Swajeski, daughter of theater founder Marie Swajeski—with updated themes that modern kids can relate to. As with “Snow White” last year, “Sleeping Beauty” will be produced in other theaters around the country. And there’s a new concert series for adult, Music of the Night. It features tunes from “Phantom of the Opera” Jan. 24-25 and “Forty Shades of Emerald” March 7-8 in time for St. Patrick’s Day. (Wilmington, 655-1014, dechildrenstheatre.org)
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Check out “Nature’s Bounty” March 7-April 20, a collaboration with the Delaware College of Art and Design. The juried exhibition will feature 25 to 40 pieces of nature-inspired artwork by DCAD students.
“The goal is to celebrate nature and art together while reaching out to groups of people who might not otherwise encounter one or the other,” says communications director Dan McCunney. From Oct. 11 till Jan. 5, you can touch the fossils of the sabertooth cat, woolly mammoth, dire wolf and giant beaver in “Ice Age Imperials.” (Wilmington, 658-9111, delmnh.org)
Delaware Theatre Company
A farce, a musical, a play with a social conscience and a Broadway classic—that’s what’s on tap for the season at DTC. Our fave: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” April 2-27. If you love the music, lyrics and wicked piano of the inimitable Fats Waller, this 1978 Tony Award winner is for you. (Wilmington, 594-1100, delawaretheatre.org)