Monday, March 25, 2013

Rolling Stone's Sheffield Gives Us Another Great List

I love reading writer Rob Sheffield's work in RS—comments on pop culture, TV reviews, etc. This month, on, he's given me a list that I will return to again and again to rejoice in iconic moments of pure hilarity, joy, shock and awe, including some of my very favorites from my idol, Cameron Crowe.  Thanks, Rob for this fab list!

The 30 Greatest Rock n' Roll Movie Moments! by Rob Sheffield

Sunday, March 24, 2013

An imPERFECT City Grows in Wilmo

I'll give you a full article on the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts' current exhibit, imPERFECT CITY, which will appear in the April issue of Out & About mazgaine. (Be sure to pick that up on March 31 at your favorite restaurant or retailer in the Wilmington area.)

For now, though, imPERFECT CITY rolls on as beds of greens, fruit and herbs in the latest piece of the interactive exhibit that's growing...literally. Check out the details below on the micro-farm project!

excerpt borrowed from DCCA eNewsletter, 3/20/2013 – by Curator Maiza Hixson

DCCA's micro-farm is growing! Happy imPERFECT Spring! Volunteers are needed to tend to the growing farm. Watering, weeding, thinning, talking and singing to the plants is encouraged. Interested parties can contact the curatorial department to learn more.

Tuesday, March 26, 11:00am-4:00pm
imPERFECT CITY artist Laura Hudson will be in the galleries interacting with and sketching citizens. Please stop by!

Thursday, March 28, 6:00-8:00pm

Dr. Annette Giesecke - Learn more about imPERFECT CITY's Utopia Above the Law graffiti wall.

Sun, April 7, 2:30-4:00pm
Professors John Muse & Jeanne Finley will present on their Imperfect City/Imperfect State project.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Wilmo Arts Supporter Turns 25

I've been a Wilmingtonian for 20 years, and a die-hard lover and supporter of all things fun, lively, artsy and nightlife-y in our fair city (and our State).  The folks at Out & About magazine have me beat.
The magazine celebrated its 25th anniversary this month, with a fabulous celebration issue that's as much forward-looking as it is retrospective.  It's a fun walk through the magazine's history here, but also shows how much we've accomplished and what we can still do in the years ahead.

Check it out here...and maybe read the tiny article about 25 years of the Arts in Wilmo while you're at it.  You might recognize the author.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Love, Loss, & What I Wore at the Delaware Theatre Company is a Perfect Girls Night Out!

The Delaware Theatre Company’s latest production, Daryl Roth presents:” Love, Loss, and What I Wore” is an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron; based on the book by Ilene Beckerman. The limited run play boasts a cast of familiar faces, including Sabrina Le Beauf (The Cosby Show), Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street), Karyn Quakenbush (Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun), Erica Watson (Precious), and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island).

The cast, sitting on stools, reads multiple stories of love, death, disease, and relationships, all inspired by their characters’ clothing and accessories. Only the endearing Ms. Wells reads a story (Gingy’s story) that continues throughout the play. Gingy’s story is based on her dresses and weaves between the other ladies’ tales. Ms. Wells opens the performance with Gingy’s first monologue as an awkward 12-year-old and ends the evening with the character’s final monologue as a confident grandmother. Ms. Wells’ precise reading takes the audience on Gingy’s journey of personal and professional triumphs and failures – many of the experiences are identifiable by both women and men. 
The rest of the readings, many of which deal with the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, are short stories and monologues. The tales, whether humorous or sad, mostly maintain a positive outlook on life and keep the audiences’ spirits up!

In addition to reading stories about relationships between women, some tales are about the relationships between women and their belongings. Ms. Watson expertly delivers a monologue regarding the bottomless purse and how it becomes a messy home for everything a woman owns. By the sound of the audience’s laughter, it appears that most women could identify with the story. Ms. Watson’s story telling is perfect. Her tone, voice inflections, and body language brought the story to life.

While Gingy’s story resurfaces periodically throughout the production and the purse story keeps the audience in stitches, other monologues and tales revolve around inner turmoil (the feeling of being too fat or too thin), horrible fashions from the past (jumpsuits and sleeveless turtlenecks), and friends enjoying a night out (a group of ladies dressing like Madonna for a Halloween party).

Ms. Watson and Ms. Wells along with the other actresses give stunning performances. Whether they are reading a monologue or joining together to tell a story, each woman rises to the occasion. Since there is no set and only a few props, the women must depend on themselves to make the stories enjoyable and real, and they do through their brilliant story telling talents.

This is the kind of show that you want to see with your “besties” – a girls night out! I think the female audiences would enjoy a conversation with libations after the play. Get your tickets today! The play closes March 17th. To purchase tickets and/or for more information visit www.delaware or call 302.594.1100.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Celebrating Family Fun in the First State

originally posted on Trekaoo by on March 7, 2013
Blogger Beth Keklak from Trekaroo exalts the Top 10 Things to Do in Delaware with your kids, including a shout-out for the Delaware Art Museum, which offers a family admission rate (2 adults & up to 4 kids for $25) and FREE admission on Sundays.

Monday, March 4, 2013

DCCA Offers Call for Entries, Development Workshops

The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts announces a number of new programs, including artist workshops and a call for entries.  Check out the details below or visit their website.
Artist Development Workshops: Spring 2013
Work It: A Guide to Artist Residencies and Fellowships

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 • 5:00-6:30 pm
$10 Members • $15 Non Members  
Artist residencies and fellowships are crucial for many artists working to make a living and build their career. Learn how to find, apply for, and utilize these opportunities to improve your résumé and enrich your art experience. Discussion will include local and national residencies with an emphasis on both individual and community engagement.     

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Program Director, Leeway Foundation (Philadelphia)
Kristin Pleasanton, Art & Artist Services Coordinator, Delaware Division of the Arts
Alison Corter, Manager, Communications and Development, New Courtland (Philadelphia)

Register online!

Open Call: 2013 Members' Juried Group Exhibition
Exhibition: July 6-October 6, 2013 • DuPont I & II Galleries
Juried by Guest Curator Molly Donovan, Associate Curator Modern and Contemporary Arts at the
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
POSTMARK DEADLINE: Friday May 3, 2013

Download PDF requirements Here