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7 The War on Words 9 FYI 11 Worth Trying 13 By the Numbers 15 Coppélia: An Intro to Ballet 17 O&A Fitness Challenge 19 Terrance Vann 21 I Robot 22 Spring Arts Preview
59 Art on the Town 64 Theatre N 65 City News 68 On the Riverfront
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32 City Restaurant Week 36 A Passion for Ice Cream
77 Reviews 81 WilmFilm Fest
41 The Sausage Story 44 MidAtlantic Wine + Food 46 Where the Chefs Eat 48 New Places, Familiar Faces 53 Quest for Delicious Bread 55 A Weekend of Giving 57 Food Notes
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FEATURES 22 Spring Into the Arts The Wilmington area offers a cornucopia of arts events this spring. Here’s a comprehensive overview. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
32 City Restaurant Week Wilmington’s culinary rite of spring returns for its 11th year this month.
36 A Passion for Ice Cream Wild and crazy flavors make Woodside Farm’s product a favorite with area restaurants and thousands of ice cream lovers each season. By Larry Nagengast
46 Where the Chefs Eat Top picks for special occasions, regular evenings out & guilty pleasures. By Krista Connor
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48 New Places, Familiar Faces Spring welcomes brewpubs, bistros and more to the restaurant scene. By Pam George
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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications
Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine
THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
Jockspeak Athletes and sports commentators have a language all their own. A few examples, along with our admonitions to the perpetrators: • Phillies Coach Larry Bowa, commenting on former Phil Darren Daulton (who is recovering from cancer): “He looks good. He was over my house yesterday.” Really, Larry? Dutch was hovering above your domicile? • Michael Carter-Williams, late of the 76ers, now with the Milwaukee Bucks: “I try to emulate my game after Jason Kidd.” MCW, my man, you emulate Kidd by fashioning/modeling your game after that of the Bucks head coach. • Announcer at NCAA wrestling tournament, commenting on the Iowa coach’s philosophy and his team’s acceptance of same: “They have boughten into it.” Not a word, dude. • Radio/TV personality Dan Patrick: “The Seahawks should’ve put themselves in a less riskier position.” You committed the double comparative there, Danny boy. It’s “less risky.” Sure and Begorrah A couple of weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, we received a note from the very Irish Mary Kate McKenna, of Wilmington, reminding us that the nickname for the holiday is St. Paddy’s Day, not St. Patty’s. (We had it right in a story in the March issue). Mary Kate says this annual gaffe on banners, invitations, menus, etc., drives her Dublin-born hubby “‘round the bend.” Patty, she points out, is the nickname for Patricia. Niceties Reocurring is not a word. It’s sometimes used instead of recurring, which means happening or occurring again. A reader asks us to explain the difference between farther and further. Here ‘tis: the first refers to physical distance; the second covers time or figurative/metaphorical distance. An Annoying Habit The execrable “hone in” for “home in” trend continues unabated. Frequent contributor Larry Kerchner reports that a recent crawl (the continuous verbiage appearing at the bottom of your TV screen) on CCN Newsroom read: “Authorities hone in on terrorist cells.” Comments LK: “Maybe they used honing pigeons. I can see them now, laboring over their little whetstones.” (Hone means to sharpen).
By Bob Yearick
Talk About Irony Just read an online discussion of frequently misused words that included this sentence: “This is the kind of mistake we are often pray to.” That would be prey. Busted Mike Dinsmore, of Elsmere, points out that a recent O&A story contained the phrase “waiting on a bus.” Mike notes that it’s “impossible to wait on a bus, unless one was serving food and drink to the people on the bus, or if one was seated on (or atop) the bus, awaiting its departure.” Waiting for a bus is the correct term, of course. “I think the Rolling Stones have a lot to answer for in this matter,” says Mike. “Their 1981 song, ‘Waiting on a Friend,’ certainly did not help matters.” Measurement Literacy • Light-year: This term measures distance, not time, as it might suggest. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year (about 5.88 trillion miles). Thus, to say “I read that book light years ago” would be wrong. • Walter Frank, of Wilmington, notes that the media (and everyone else) are being redundant when they refer to “a high rate of speed.” Says Walter: “Even a high school physics student should know that speed can be defined as the ‘the rate at which something moves.’ So, ‘high rate of speed’ equates to ‘the rate of the rate at which something moves.’ A really astute high school physics student also might observe that this sounds somewhat like ‘acceleration.’ That is the rate at which the speed of a moving object changes over time.” Media Watch • “The public believes the U.S. economy unfairly advantages the wealthy”—Claire Snyder-Hall, in The News Journal. Advantages as a verb? Really? • USA Today’s Paul Myerberg says Joe Paterno didn't want a statue of himself erected, describing Paterno as “disinterested” in the proposal. That means neutral, but it sounds so much more sophisticated than the correct uninterested, doesn’t it?
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing
he Food Bank of Delaware, Brae’s Brown Bags and the Food Research and Action Center are hosting Delaware’s third annual hunger-awareness conference. This year’s regional conference, Coming Together: A Community Response to Hunger, will be a reminder that it takes everyone— children, adults, nonprofits, government entities, businesses, faith-based organizations, educational institutions—working together to end hunger in communities. The conference is set for Monday, May 4, from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Tickets are $40; $50 after April 17. Get them at fbd.org/comingtogether.
BRAIN TUMOR WALK IS APRIL 25 Raising funds for brain cancer research
n honor of the memory of Joann Mitchell "Joey" Outten, Team Wonder Woman Joey will participate in the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, April 25. Outten, who passed away last year at 38 after her third bout with brain cancer, maintained a positive energy and attitude; during her first round of chemo, she even ran a half marathon. At the time this article went to press, the team had raised almost $800 for cancer research. Hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society, the Delaware Brain Tumor Walk offers individuals and teams a chance to honor loved ones, connect with others interested in the brain tumor cause, and helps to educate the community on the diverse needs of those who have brain tumors. The 5K walk begins at 10 a.m. at Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront. For more information, visit events. braintumor.org. To donate to Team Wonder Woman Joey, visit events. braintumor.org/delaware-brain-tumorwalk, and search for the team.
FASHION ON MAIN Annual Middletown show is April 4
iddletown Main Street, Inc., in partnership with Middletown boutiques first & little, Nicole J., Femme Fatale, Jewelapalooza and Buttercups, will host the fourth Fashion Day Out event, the Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Show, on Saturday, April 4. The all-ages show at the historic Everett Theatre on Main Street will be hosted by Middletown Main Street President Nick Manerchia and current Miss Delaware Renee Bull. In addition to the fashion show, there will be red carpet photo opportunities with Richard Frasher Photography, live beauty demos from Elayne James, and giveaways and discounts from several local merchants throughout the day. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $20 for VIP, which includes reserved seating in the first three rows and a swag bag. For more information, visit facebook. com/FashionOnMain.
DOWNLOAD BANANA’S SPLIT, HELP FIGHT CANCER Local company launches gaming app for iPhone
ast month, Wilmington mobile app group mLAB Audio LLC launched Banana’s Split, its inaugural gaming app for iPhone. Owner Nick Barba lost his mother, Lynn, to brain cancer two years ago. In her honor, mLAB will donate a portion of the game’s profits to the National Brain Tumor Society. The game’s characters are Banana, a large, friendly gorilla, and his buddy, Peel, a tiny Chihuahua. The duo sets out on a journey to meet friends at the park. While this seems like an easy task, it proves more than challenging for the unlikely pair. For more information, visit mlabaudio.com.
WILMINGTON WRITER MAKES DEBUT WITH CRIME THRILLER 25 percent of profits go to Habitat for Humanity
ormer civil litigator Kathryn Pincus recently released her debut book, Long Hill Home, a crime novel. The Wilmington resident is also a community philanthropist—25 percent of the book’s profits will go to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. The novel brings readers along for a thrilling ride that begins with a tranquil morning run along the Brandywine River, and culminates in a narrative that tackles issues like social injustice, sexual violence, wrongful imprisonment, and illegal immigration. Visit kathrynpincus.com for more information. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Worth Trying Suggestions from our staff and contributors
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World – The Decemberists
Breakfast at the Riverfront Market
Colin Meloy and company have returned to produce their seventh studio album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, a sonic chill pill featuring plenty of strings, piano and harmonica. Diehard fans of The Decemberists might be a bit disappointed in the lack of a more upbeat tune (a la "16 Military Wives," "July, July!"), but the 14-track album is simply a slower, slightly dark, and more thought-provoking collection, highlighted by the track "12/17/12," an homage to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Conn.
If you've been to the Riverfront Market for lunch during the work week, you may not be aware that you can stop there for a quick breakfast as well. Check out Old World Cheesesteak Factory's $3 pre-made egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches, with the options of bacon, sausage or ham. If you're a coffee drinker, walk over to Eeffoc's Cafe to grab a coffee. Insider tip: You can grab a sandwich, then pay for the coffee and sandwich at Eeffoc's for added convenience.
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That’s how Deerfield describes its glorious Sunday Brunch—and I can confirm. Choices ranged from traditional breakfast to seafood and dessert, and everything was prepared to perfection. Overwhelmed at first, I quickly grabbed my plate and found my place in line. Our miniature humans were quite pleased as well. This paragraph does not do it justice. Check it out for yourself and make a reservation today: Deerfieldgolfclub.com. —Matthew Loeb, Creative Director
Workaway.info Work on a tea farm in Nepal, volunteer in orphanages in Africa, teach surf or yoga lessons in the Caribbean. This web-based organization is founded on a simple idea: connect people from around the world through volunteer opportunities. Volunteer up to five hours a day, five days a week, and usually lodging and food will be provided free of charge. With Workaway, it's possible to travel for longer periods of time because you're not spending all your money on hotels and food. Last fall I did Workaway in Iceland on a horse and dairy farm and learned the day-to-day life of average farmers by milking cows and exercising horses. And thanks to my host family, I also learned about the hidden, naturally-heated pool at the foot of a glacier, feasted on varieties of homemade lamb from the farm, and discovered that many Icelanders roll their eyes at the mention of Sigur Rós. I experienced the challenges and rewards, pros and cons, that I otherwise wouldn't have had the time to understand had I been a fluttering tourist. Visit workaway.info for more information. —Krista Connor, Associate Editor
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MARCH 7 – MAY 24, 2015 There is no love like the love of man’s best friend! Discover photographs taken around the world by photojournalist Elliott Erwitt as he recorded the relationship between humans and their canine companions.
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A new Broadway-bound musical based on the award-winning children’s novel by Kate DiCamillo, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE is poised to become the first Broadway musical starring a live dog as the main character! A gentle, warm, and enthralling story about the intimate friendship between a young girl and her dog, BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE shows how the smallest act of kindness can ripple into a celebration of community. Young and old, alike, will find their lives changed... because of Winn Dixie.
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Coppélia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century.
COPPÉLIA: THE IDEAL INTRODUCTION TO BALLET FSBT presents the comic production April 18 and 19 By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald If Letterman had a Top 10 List of “Best Artistic Genre MashUps,” First State Ballet Theatre's (FSBT) production of Coppélia could be number one. The ballet, which runs in Wilmington the weekend of April 18-19, mixes hilarious physical comedy with exhilarating choreography and dazzling costumes from one of Russia’s finest costumiers. "Coppélia is near the top of virtually every list of the world's favorite ballets," says FSBT President and Executive Director Robert Grenfell. “It can be understood and appreciated by audiences of all ages.” Originally choreographed by Arthur St. Léon in 1870, Coppélia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century and has remained one of the best-loved classical works in the ballet repertory. Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the story begins as village “Romeo” Franz becomes obsessed with the life-size creation of doll maker Dr. Coppélius. Thinking the doll is a real girl, Franz flirts with her, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Swanilda. Of course, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Swanilda—with the help of Coppélius—disguises herself as the doll in an elaborate and riotous joke on Franz. Played out onstage, the story is the perfect narrative for a ballet, observes Leonid Goykhman, who dances the role of Franz. There is plenty of physical comedy, especially for Franz, who spends nearly an entire act being kicked, slapped and flung around by the collar. “Portraying comedy can be difficult, particularly because the physical humor must look natural and not ‘over-choreographed,’” he says. “They may look easy on stage, but the comedic scenes require just as much rehearsal as the dancing.”
Rie Aoki, who dances the role of Swanilda, agrees that comedy in ballet can be challenging. “Because it can't be just about the humor,” she says. “It has to be a great ballet performance, too.” Aoki describes Swanilda as a young, fun, super-active girl with lots of attitude. “She dances with quick steps, tons of jumps. She's a powerful girl; I'm enjoying her so much.” “If you’ve never seen a ballet, I would highly recommend making Coppélia the first,” says Goykhman. “It will dispel many preconceived notions; [I hope] people will see ballet does not have to be serious or tragic, and they’ll enjoy the clever melding of dance, music and story.” Adds Aoki: “I'd love for audiences to see it with a light heart, not too serious. Just laugh and enjoy all the silly characters.” First State Ballet Theatre chose Coppélia because it is both the perfect comic masterpiece and an ideal springtime performance, according to Grenfell. "And it's a ballet for the whole family — one that will delight everyone from 3 to 103." The production follows three very dramatic pieces presented earlier in FSBT’s season — Giselle, The Young Lady and the Hooligan and Carmen. Coppélia runs Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. Tickets range from $28-$48; tickets are half-price for students age 18 and under. Seniors, groups and military personnel receive $5 off their ticket price. Tickets are available at TicketsAtTheGrand.com. First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full-length ballets, mixed-repertory productions and major new works from acclaimed international choreographers. The company performs in all three counties in Delaware. For more information, visit firststateballet.com. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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As the father of two young girls, Eric Duckworth feels a certain responsibility to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s why, when his doctor told him a little over a year ago that his cholesterol was high and he was a bit overweight, the 41-year-old Duckworth decided to start exercising. Since he was never much for gym workouts, he started looking for a team sport—and discovered the Delaware Men’s Ultimate O&A Fitness Challenge participant Frisbee League. Eric Duckworth with his family. “I played a few pickup games in my younger days,” says the Graylyn Crest resident, “but I had never been in an organized league.” Official Ultimate involves seven players on a side, with about 15 total on a team. It’s played on a field about two-thirds the size of a football field, with larger end zones, By tossing the Frisbee to teammates, teams try to reach the end zone and score a point. Games are played to 15 points, with a two-hour limit. Players are divided into two basic positions: handlers (throwers) and strikers (receivers). The Delaware League plays its games on the Alapocas fields off Rt. 141. Duckworth, who is president of Coliseum Construction in Eddystone, Pa., was a wideout on Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School football team in 1991. He didn’t see much playing time because he backed up Marvin Harrison, who went on to a highly successful NFL career, but he did have some receiving skills, so he became a striker. He quickly discovered that Ultimate can be a true aerobic workout. The six-foot Duckworth lost 12 pounds in that first season but has put about half of it back on. He says he is now at 195 pounds. The six-week-long spring season began last month, and his goal is to get to 185 pounds. Just as important, he wants to become a handler and win the coveted black disc, which goes to the league champion. The league also has summer and fall seasons, and Out & About will be following Eric throughout the rest of the year as part of the 2015 O&A Fitness Challenge. Anyone interested in the joining the league, which is part of the Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance, can go to pada.org.
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Wilmington fine artist Terrance Vann is inspired by graffiti's boldness.
DEDICATED TO ART c AND HIS COMMUNITY Raised in Wilmington’s Westside, Terrance Vann is helping to develop the Creative District By Krista Connor
or Terrance Vann, the phrase “art is life” is not just an ideal or cliché, but reality. While putting in 40 hours a week as a web designer, the 23-year-old Wilmington native has worked weekends and nights the past few months completing a nine-piece fine art series. He also recently published a 40-page book of illustrations called Killing Time. His artwork and motivation caught the attention of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, whose members invited him to work alongside the WRC to help cultivate Wilmington’s Creative District, which is to be a living and work area for creative, local entrepreneurs and residents—artists, musicians, designers, manufacturers. Locally designed goods and original works will be made and sold. The Creative District will redevelop the Quaker Hill neighborhood, and plans are to spread the district from Market Street to Washington Street, and Fourth Street to Ninth. Groundbreaking for artist housing is slated for spring and summer. Says Barb Bullock, director of development and communication at WRC: “Terrance is an artist with great energy and enthusiasm for his hometown and just the kind of person who can spearhead some really exciting events and happenings downtown.” ►
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Comprising vibrant, portrait-style paintings of faces, “Life Through Color” is Vann’s first series, which he says is a culmination of past experiences, situations, family members and friends melded into graffiti-inspired pieces. He used to be a graffiti artist, and that style—graphic, colorful, bold—found its way into his fine art ventures. He says the title of the series is a double entendre. “All characters are of color, a representative of the neighborhood I came up in and everyday life – not overly beautiful, but [the faces say] ‘I’m tired,’ or ‘happy’ or ‘sad,’” he says. “I wanted to depict life as much as I could in a nine-piece series. This series has changed my life.” Growing up in Wilmington’s Westside, Vann has been creating art since doodling at the age of 5. He attended Cab Calloway School of the Arts, the Delaware College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute in New York City and the Art Institute of Philadelphia, where he graduated in 2013. He currently works as a web designer at hibu in King of Prussia. There, during workday lulls, he says he produced his book of 80 illustrations as a mental break from working on his paintings. A resident of Cool Spring, Vann is working with members of the community to help bridge communication gaps and build cohesion in the city. He believes he has a relationship with the community that entities like corporations don’t know how to access, and vice versa. And he’s hoping that through the Creative District “a great bridge” can be formed so that the two sides can “really get things done.” “I want to be a person that people can lean on, who can speak for artists in the city, speak for the city and creative people. I try to represent that every day, wherever I go,” says Vann. His non-stop art can be exhausting, but when a young person or fellow artist walks up and tells him he’s an inspiration, he in turn is encouraged to continue. “I don’t think there’s a better reason for art—to inspire others to create art.” “Life Through Color” has been featured at Levitea, the tea bar on West Ninth Street, and other works have been displayed at Home Grown Café in Newark. For more information on Vann’s work, visit terrancevann.com/web.html. For more on the Creative District, go to bigideaswilmington.com/WRC.
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A.I. duPont graduate Alex Broadbent finds himself on cutting edge of robotics field
hen Alex Broadbent was a student at Alexis I. du Pont High School, the thought of a career working with robots was the furthest thing from his mind. After all, he graduated in 1989, when there were no robotics organizations for high school students and well before schools in Delaware and throughout the nation began to intensify instruction in the fields known today as STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. “I thought of myself as an artist. I took a lot of art and pottery classes,” he says. But that artistic background has helped Broadbent get where he is today, as DI-Guy director for VT MAK, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that makes modeling and simulation software for the medical, aerospace, defense and transportation industries. DI-Guy is a line of products that places human characters into computerized combat simulations and other types of training exercises. Broadbent’s journey into robotics started in Atlanta, where he earned an associate’s degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta and a bachelor’s from the American College for the Applied Arts. While in school, he interned at CNN, and found he had a knack for technology, working with the hardware and software used for audio and video special effects. After seven years with CNN in Atlanta, Broadbent headed to Boston, where he got involved in several virtual reality projects, creating three-dimensional environments for a variety of clients. He further strengthened his resume by taking computer science classes at Harvard. That led him to Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company best known for creating robots with potential military uses, usually through grants and contracts with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Working as part of a team that included designers, mechanical engineers and programmers, Broadbent produced computer simulations of how the experimental robots should operate. His simulations had a role in the development of robots similar to Big Dog and WildCat, whose exploits have been popularized on YouTube videos. Big Dog, a rough-terrain robot, runs at 4 mph, climbs slopes up to 35 degrees, walks across rubble, climbs muddy hiking trails, walks in snow and water, and carries a 340-pound load. In test runs, WildCat has achieved speeds of up to 16 mph. Broadbent, 44, who attributes his success in the industry to a unique combination of talents—“to be an engineer who can think like an artist”—shifted gears last year after Google purchased Boston Dynamics. Google wasn’t interested in keeping the DI-Guy portion of the Boston Dynamics portfolio and sold that segment of the business to VT MAK, which had previously collaborated with Boston Dynamics on multiple projects, Broadbent says. Broadbent, who lives in Cumberland, R.I., with his wife, Resa, and two children, still has family in Delaware—his parents, Carol and Dick Broadbent, and two sisters, Lisa and Kim. — Larry Nagengast
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The Wilmington area offers a cornucopia of arts events this spring. Here’s a comprehensive overview. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
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ARDEN CONCERT GILD Spring in Arden kicks off Saturday, April 11, with the global Afropop sensation Fatoumata Diawara—an explosive mix of funk and African dance with glorious costumes. Arden Concerts next welcomes budding Nashville star Lera Lynn and her trio on Friday, April 17, fresh off her universally praised 2014 album The Avenues and a rousing performance on the The Late Show with David Letterman. On Friday, May 8, Arden will have critically acclaimed Baltimore indie/shoegaze/synth pop titans Lower Dens. Their new album, Escape From Evil, is an absolute breakthrough— think Beach House meets Future Islands, with Jana Hunter's soaring vocals. Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden • 475-3126 • ardenconcerts.com San Fermin
BRANDYWINE BAROQUE The region’s premier Early Music ensemble welcomes spring with Harpsichord Heaven. The annual early music festival highlights works performed on one of the largest private collections of antique instruments in the world. The festival runs April 24-26 and features such renowned international musicians as Arthur Haas, Luc Beauséjour, Janine Johnson, Adam Pearl and Davitt Moroney. A complete festival pass, including admission to three days of performances, the opening reception, all lectures and lunches, is $120. Details and tickets are available at brandywinebaroque.org. The Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington • 877.594.4546 brandywinebaroque.org
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CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER - Christina continues to produce first-rate live performances and creative programming for adults and youth. The Pivot, a monthly open mic night (second and fourth Fridays), draws some of the best local talent. On Saturday, April 18, Christina launches the First Annual Young People’s Festival of the Arts at the Laird Performing Arts Center of the Tatnall School. The Festival offers workshops on Songwriting, Modern Dance and Audition Techniques; live performances by faculty and guest artists; and the Delaware Premiere of Concrete Rose by choreographer Dara Stevens-Meredith, featuring Eleone Dance Theatre. Festival tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. At CCAC’s Clifford Brown Performance Space, musical trio WeBe3 presents a performance and vocal workshop for regional singers on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, respectively. Concert tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Vocal workshop registration is $25 for students and $40 for adults; advance reservations are encouraged. 705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • ccacde.org
CITYFEST Cityfest, Inc., part of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, provides a variety of arts offerings for City visitors and residents to enjoy. Wilmington’s popular Art on the Town (artloopwilm.com)—a free self-guided tour occurring on the first Friday of each month—connects patrons with the latest visual art exhibitions and artists. Theatre N at Nemours (theatren.org) features weekly independent and foreign films in addition to special events and presentations by local filmmakers. The Visual Fringe Festival (fringede.org), May 20-24, will feature visual art exhibits and outdoor installations of non-traditional topics, materials or styles by visiting and local artists. Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, 800 N. French St., Wilmington • 576.2100 wilmingtonde.gov/government/cityfest
CITY THEATER COMPANY Delaware’s Off-Broadway closes out its 21st season with the Delaware premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, running April 10-25. The two-time Tony Award-winning musical—based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name—is a multimedia rock opera following three friends as they search for meaning in a post 9/11 world. Songs include "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me Up When September Ends," "Holiday" and “American Idiot.” CTC’s Fearless Improv team continues to deliver belly laughs to comedy fans on the second Saturday of each month at Penn’s Place in Old New Castle. Tickets for American Idiot are $25-$40; Fearless Improv tickets are $5. All are available now at city-theater.org. Performance address: The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 220.8285 • city-theater.org
DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Symphony’s spring performances include the Chamber Concert at the DuPont Country Club (note the new venue) on Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m., and their Classics Concert at The Grand Opera House on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber Concert will feature works by Mozart and the piece Arcana by composer Kevin Puts, winner of the 2015 A.I. du Pont Composer’s Award. The Classics Concert celebrates works by Webern, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Tickets for both concerts are $66 and available at the Grand Box Office, 652.5577, or at ticketsatthegrand.org. Limited $10 tickets are offered for students under 21 with ID (by phone or in person). 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 656.7442 • delawaresymphony.org DSO Music Director David Amado
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DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY This one gets two paws way up from Dewey the Art Dog! Delaware Theatre Company produces the new Broadwaybound musical Because of Winn Dixie (April 8-May 3), based on the awardwinning children’s novel by Kate DeCamillo. A tale about the gentle and intimate friendship between a young girl and her dog, the production is poised to become the first Broadway musical starring a live dog as the main character. The show’s music is written by Duncan Sheik (Tony Award winner for Spring Awakening) with book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway’s Legally Blonde: The Musical) and animal direction by Bill Berloni (Broadway’s award-winning dog trainer). Every Saturday during the production run, DTC will host adoption events in conjunction with Delaware animal shelters. In May, DTC joins forces with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra to present Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together. Stay tuned for more details! 200 Water St., Wilmington • 594.1100 • DelawareTheatre.org
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE/THE PLAYHOUSE ON RODNEY SQUARE April at The Grand is busy. On Thursday, April 9, David Sedaris returns to offer insightful observations delivered with his characteristic sardonic wit. Alt-rock singer-songwriter Johnette Napolitano brings her far-reaching vocals on Friday, April 17. Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals get things “Groovin” with feel-good ‘60s rock on Thursday, April 23. On Friday, April 24, spice up your spring at Grand The Waterboys Baile Latin Dance Night. End the month with The Grand’s Stage of Discovery show, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Monday, April 27. The Grand also has announced several just-added shows: The Waterboys (Sunday, April 26); Ryan Adams (Tuesday, May 12); The Psychedelic Furs (Sunday, May 17), and Steven Wilson (Sunday, May 31). Onstage at The Playhouse on Rodney Square, Camelot tells the legend of King Arthur as you’ve never seen it before, April 14-19. Then, laugh a little on Saturday, May 2, with Rich Little, the master mimic of more than 200 voices. 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 800.37.GRAND TheGrandWilmington.org for all Grand events 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington • 888-0200 ThePlayhouseDE.org for all Playhouse shows
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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM As Dewey the Art Dog and I say, there is no love like that of man’s best friend. The Art Museum proves it with Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs, on view through Sunday, May 24. The exhibit features photographs taken around the world by photojournalist Elliott Erwitt as he recorded the relationship between humans and their canine companions. Families are invited to the Dog Dogs Free Family Day on Sunday, April 19, from noon to 3:30 p.m., for dog-themed art activities and The Barker of Seville puppet show. Adult art lovers can stop by Art is Social: Dog Dogs on Friday, May 15, 7 to 10 p.m., for music by jazz band JD3, gallery games, dog-themed activities and treats, a cash bar and café. The event is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Admission to the museum is free on Thursday evenings and Sundays. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington • 571.9590 • delart.org
DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will kick off April with a special Trailers, Tastes, and Trucks Art Loop on Friday, April 10 (note alternate Loop date), from 5-11 p.m., featuring WilmFilm Festival film trailers; wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings by Peco's Liquor and Barry's Events; a fantastic line-up of food trucks; and a DJ spinning movie soundtracks. At the Thursday, April 23, gala spring fundraising event make(r)evolution, the DCCA will highlight the work of artists exploring the medium of 3-D printing with on-site demos and a benefit sale of regional 3-D printed artworks. The DCCA's Friday, May 1, Art Loop will feature the first Rolling Revolution Food Truck Rally and an album release party with Richard Raw performing from his new hip-hop album, Conversational Pieces. On May 3, contemporary and baroque ensemble Mélomanie will premiere composer Larry Nelson's work “Moonbow.” Scheduled for Saturday, May 9, is the DCCA's 2015 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, Selfies and Social Robotics in the Digital Age, which will explore the historical, contemporary, and future contexts of the ways we both connect to and distance ourselves from face-to-face engagement in an age of social media. Exhibitions opening in April and May include Layering Constructs, with works by Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, and Antonio Puri; Relics by Drew Leshko; Whisper by David Slovic; and the Annual Members' Juried Exhibition, New Eyes: Experimental Photography Today; as well as shows by DCCA studio artists Rachel Briggs, Hugh Atkins, Dan Jackson and Ken Mabrey. 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656-6466 • thedcca.org
DELAWARE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN Join the DCAD community for the opening reception of its 18th Annual Student Exhibition, on Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery. Enjoy the best student work from this past year, as selected by studio faculty. The work on display represents a variety of assignments and media from each of DCAD’s six majors: Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography. The exhibition will be on display until April 24. 600 N. Market St., Wilmington • 622.8000 • dcad.edu
WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN Musical spring has sprung in Wilmington. First up is the incomparable Sheila E., live on Wednesday, April 29; power-pop band Jukebox the Ghost on Wednesday, May 6; WXPN, AEG Live and World Cafe Live present Todd Rundgren on Saturday, May 16; Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra hits the stage on Wednesday, May 27; and WCLQ and NOLAFUNK present Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers on Thursday, May 28. 500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 994-1400 • queen.worldcafelive.com Dark Star Orchestra. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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GABLE MUSIC VENTURES Raise a glass for the City’s newest arts & culture happening—Wilmo Wednesdays—from Gable and World Cafe Live at the Queen. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Gable presents a curated variety show featuring live music, stand-up comedy, spoken word and slam poetry, storytelling and other forms of performance art. NOTE: This is not an open mic; interested performers should contact Jeremy Hebbel at jeremy@ gablemusicventures.com. Additional Gable projects include April 17 and May 15 Friday Singer Songwriter Showcases at the Queen; Betty & The Bullet at Cromwell’s Tavern on Saturday, April 18; and WilMusic Festival, a free event at Wilmington University featuring The Splashing Pearls, Nadjah Nicole, Minshara, Kevin McCove and more on Saturday, May 2. Performance venues: World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St.; Extreme Pizza, 201 N. Market St., Wilmington gablemusicventures.com
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OPERADELAWARE Two Weekends, Three Programs = A Magical Spring Festival in Wilmington. The OperaDelaware series launches with Lakmé on Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. at the baby grand. Sharon Cheng stars as Lakmé, with the OperaDelaware chorus led by Maestro Anthony Barrese. For audiences who attend the performances of La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook has transformed Bizet’s timeless classic, adding more passion, fresh blood and sexual fury than you’ve ever seen. Audrey Babcock’s portrayal of this seductive sorceress is irresistible. Shows are Saturday, May 9, and Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Laird Center for the Performing Arts. On May 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., opera blends with the culinary arts in Wine, Women & Food. The event will feature Bon Appétit, a 20-minute, one-woman opera based on Julia Child’s famous chocolate cake episode, capturing all the joie de vivre of the original French chef. 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 442.7807 • operade.org
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MARKET STREET MUSIC Market Street Music’s noted Thursday Noontime Concerts continue weekly through May 14, with lineups of jazz, bossa nova, choral music and an OperaDelaware preview. The final Festival Concert on Saturday, May 16, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Gabriel Kney organ with a rare performance by concert organ virtuoso Nathan Laube. Laube has earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers with his brilliant playing and creative programming, which spans five centuries. Performance address: First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington • 654.5371 • marketstreetmusicde.org
MÉLOMANIE Enjoy two art forms in one ticket! The provocative pairings of this ensemble are juxtaposed with contemporary works of the DCCA’s featured gallery artists. The concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, welcomes guest violinist Daniela Pierson and composer Larry Nelson. Nelson’s piece, Moonbow, will mark its Wilmington premiere with this performance, which also includes works of Vivaldi, Boismortier and Telemann. Performance address: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 764.6338 • melomanie.org
THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE The Music School serves up musical experiences for the entire family this spring. On Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m., the school celebrates its young alumni in a “Shining Stars” concert with artists Jennifer Campbell and Maria Scott, piano; Rachyl Duffy, viola; Witt Godden, singer/songwriter; Emma Scott, violin; and Alexander Weir, fiddle. Tickets are $5-10. The music continues on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. for the Spring Choral Concert, which showcases performances by the Delaware Children’s Chorus, the Delaware Women’s Chorus (who will be prepping for their tour of Ireland in June) and special guest ensemble Brotherly Love, the chamber group from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. This performance is free. On Friday, May 15, the Wilmington Community Orchestra performs its final concert of the season with Winners of the Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. Tickets are $5-10. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington • 762.1132 • musicschoolofdelaware.org APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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ilmington’s culinary rite of spring, City Restaurant Week, returns for its 11th year this month. After the winter we’ve had, the promotion provides great incentive to visit one of Wilmington’s destination restaurants. The 2015 lineup features 15 of Wilmington’s finest, each owner-operated. That’s one of the beauties of the city’s fine dining scene. Chain restaurants are not an option. “City Restaurant Week has changed over time and now includes some of the very best dining Wilmington has to offer,” says Dan Butler, owner of two CRW participants: Deep Blue and Piccolina Toscana. “You might not think of it until you see the roster of terrific restaurants that are participating. And with this special pricing, I may be sneaking out of work early.” Once again, diners will be treated to an eclectic array of menus, offering everything from Asian to French to Italian. Prix-fixe, two-course lunches are $15. Three-course dinners are $35. “It is easy as a consumer to get stuck in the same pattern, and offering a Restaurant Week gives everyone a fun excuse to dine out at a great value,” says Hayla DeLano, general manager at Columbus Inn. For an overview of this year’s participating restaurants, read on.
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CityRestaurantWeek.com CANTINA DI NAPOLI 7 A Trolley Square 777-3300
Part of the family owned and operated Napoli Family of Restaurants which boasts over 20 years of culinary experience, specializing in Neapolitan Italian Cuisine, opened its doors in the heart of Trolley Square in 2012. The most popular feature to their extensive menu is the Italian concept of bocconcini, better known as small plates. They pride themselves in freshly preparing by hand breads, pastas, salad dressings, and mozzarella cheese to name a few. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive wine list, in the second floor dining room or choose to sit downstairs and watch your chefs prepare your meals from scratch. Buon Appetito!
CHELSEA TAVERN 821 North Market St. 482-3333
Chelsea Tavern is a place for a simple appetizer and a beer, a place to graze and share small plates or a setting to experience a more traditional lunch or dinner. Beverage highlights include great cocktails, amazing 31 tapped handcrafted beers, superb wines by the glass… all may be enjoyed alone or as a complement to our handcrafted original menus featuring the best in gastro-comfort cuisine with a twist.
DEEP BLUE BAR & GRILL
2216 Pennsylvania Ave. 571-1492
111 West 11th St. 777-2040
Columbus Inn, a Wilmington tradition since 1849, is a premier American tavern and restaurant that seamlessly combines the best of “old and new,” serving seasonally inspired, market fresh, progressive yet playful modern cuisine paired with an amazing selection of old and new world wines, micro and macro brews, as well as traditional and new style spirits. The creative menus for dinner, brunches and private events feature new and classic dishes with an approachable, new age twist at an affordable value. From happy hour to special events, there is always a good reason to come “inn.”
Featuring innovative preparations of fresh fish, a selection of oysters from around the world, and a newly added steakhouse menu, Chef Dan Butler’s Deep Blue Bar and Grill is one of Wilmington’s most creative restaurants. Its location in the heart of the city makes it a convenient choice for patrons of the DuPont Theatre and the Grand Opera House. Business entertaining and special events, sophisticated happy hours and special weekend dining are a natural fit in this upscale locale.
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1020 N. Union St. 658-1588
Named a “must-visit restaurant serving some of the best food in Wilmington, if not the entire state” by The News Journal and awarded “best restaurant in Wilmington” by TripAdvisor, Domaine Hudson is known for premium food, superb wine pairings and inventive cocktails. Zagat rates the food as “perfection” and service as “excellent.” A well-known wine tasting destination, Domaine Hudson offers more than 450 premium wines and 40 wines by the glass. A closed-door dining room is the perfect setting for your private party or business meeting.
ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM 902 North Market St. 384-8113 Whether you seek a local watering hole to saddle up to the bar for a hearty sandwich and a beer, or an elegant location for a magnificent dining event, guests at Ernest & Scott will find a warm, friendly environment where all are welcome.
HARRY’S SEAFOOD GRILL 101 South Market St. 777-1500
A cornerstone of the Wilmington dining scene since 1996, Eclipse Bistro has cemented its reputation as a neighborhood hangout as well as a destination for travelers near and far. The kitchen, led by James Beard Nominated Chef JD Morton, sources the finest ingredients while employing classic and modern techniques to create a menu sure to satisfy guests of all tastes. Eclipse offers a well-regarded and flexible wine list thoughtfully designed to pair with its diverse and familiar fare. Its hospitable, knowledgeable staff complements the food, consistently delivering an excellent dining experience.
THE GREEN ROOM 100 West 11th St. 594-3154
Enjoy French cuisine in the 100-year-old Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, an unforgettable setting of oak paneling, coffered oak beamed ceilings, gold chandeliers, and original oil paintings. The world-class Green Room is a winner of the Four-Diamond AAA Award for 28 consecutive years. Featuring a colorful combination of shimmering draperies, wingback chairs, and Versace patterned china, the historic elegance of the Green Room is complemented by a fresh, seasonally-inspired menu under the direction of Executive Chef Keith Miller. An award-winning wine collection and impeccable service will further enhance your fine dining experience.
LA FIA BAKERY + MARKET + BISTRO The name Harry’s has always been recognized for its tradition of fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine and unsurpassed service. That tradition can be found on Wilmington’s Riverfront at Harry’s Seafood Grill. Adjacent to the Riverwalk, Harry’s Seafood Grill is the place for lunch, dinner, cocktails and a late night in Wilmington. A chic atmosphere, fresh raw bar, award-winning crab cakes, outstanding lobsters, imaginatively prepared seafood, great martinis and 50 wines by the glass are some of the keys to an exciting experience. Harry’s is a coveted spot for patio dining or cocktails on the waterfront.
MIKIMOTOS 1212 North Washington St. 656-8638
In August 2000, owner Darius Mansoory added a second restaurant to his portfolio when he opened Mikimotos Asian Grill & Sushi Bar. Like its older sister, Washington Street Ale House, Mikimotos continues to surpass the expectations of its guests. Mikimotos is a high-energy restaurant sheathed in contemporary urban décor. Walls and tables are dressed in bold reds and yellows with black accents. The half-moon bar, a Wilmington hotspot, delivers creative cocktails along with old favorites, and the unusual circleshaped 24-seat sushi bar serves the freshest fish in the city.
421 N. Market St. 543-5574 The menu at La Fia has something for everyone. From handmade pasta, gnocchi and ravioli to the eclectic menu of small plates, each dish is carefully crafted by Chef Bryan Sikora. Chef Sikora finds inspiration in all types of European cuisine. The kitchen at La Fia prides itself in making everything in house from the freshly baked bread to the desserts, La Fia is true artisan cooking. In 2014 Chef Sikora was nominated for Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic and he continues to deliver his outstanding food to Wilmington.
PICCOLINA TOSCANA 1412 N. DuPont St. 654-8001
Dan Butler opened Toscana upon returning home to Wilmington in 1990. His vision was a contemporary Italian restaurant with the big city feel of the places that he had seen in his travels and work experience in Europe, Washington, D.C and Florida. His education and the kitchens he has worked in since taught him to cook everything from scratch, using the best, freshest ingredients in a simple way that lets the natural goodness shine. Toscana has been renovated and updated several times over the years, including a to-go and catering shop adjacent to the restaurant, but the core concept of nice people serving “really good food” has never changed. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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RIVER ROCK KITCHEN 818 Shipyard Dr. 397-5518
River Rock Kitchen features flavorful American fare that is crafted from indigenous, seasonal, and healthful ingredients, served on a variety small and large plates for sharing in a warm, welcoming and modern environments. Inspired by local ingredients, providing the freshest flavors of the season, River Rock Kitchen is a multi-occasion gathering place for a power breakfast, lunch with business associates or friends, and socializing over drinks and dinner. With a menu drawing inspiration from the region and consisting of locally sourced meats and produce, the River Rock Kitchen evolves with the seasons and delivers a unique dining experience every time.
UBON THAI CUISINE 936 Justison St. 656-1706
Jeenwong Thai Cuisine has been in Wilmington for about 13 years now, and is proud to have chosen to stay here and present Ubon Thai Cuisine. Their goal is to bring exotic flavors to Wilmington, such as “Thai Guy’s Wings” and “Yai’s Rolls,” with service that makes customers feel like they’re with family. They take all the fresh ingredients that you would see in Thailand, along with local produce, to create family Thai dishes, including“Yai’s Rolls” and the “Momochas” —from scratch.
WALTER’S STEAKHOUSE 802 N. Union St. 652-6780
Walter’s Steakhouse is synonymous with great beef in Wilmington and throughout the world. Serving the finest beef available guarantees the two things customers desire most: flavor and tenderness. The slow-roasted prime rib is the sweetest and juiciest, the filet is so tender you can cut it with a fork. Or enjoy the New York strip or Delmonico for a more savory cut. Seafood and poultry entrees are available, also. Every Sunday and Thursday features a complimentary seafood bar (with oysters and clams on the half shell). Every Friday night is Prime Rib Night. Choose from 250 highly-rated wines by the bottle or 24 wines by the glass.
WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE 1206 North Washington St. 658-2537 Opened in 1997 by Darius Mansoory, Washington Street Ale House specializes in great food and handcrafted beers. With an extensive selection of 24 beers on tap, this is the best place in the city to enjoy great drinks with family and friends. Guests are able to relax and unwind in the inviting dining room, which is the perfect location for evening dates, family outings and friendly get-togethers. And the year-round deck offers a premier atmosphere to enjoy dinner and appetizers for any occasion. 34 APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The Mitchells: Jim, Janet and Jim’s father, Joe, at Woodside Farm. Joe, 85, milks cows every day.
A Passion For Ice Cream Wild and crazy flavors make Woodside Farm’s product a favorite with area restaurants, while thousands of people flock to the farm stand from March through October By Larry Nagengast Photos by Joe del Tufo
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s a seventh-generation farmer, Jim Mitchell knows a lot about tradition. He can talk about how his great-great-great-greatgrandparents, Thomas and Lucy Mitchell, bought the family farm in 1796, when George Washington was president, making it the fourth-oldest farm in New Castle County. He can talk about what the traffic was like on Little Baltimore Road west of Hockessin in the 1880s, when his great-grandfather moved part of the 1804 farmhouse farther back from the roadway. He can tell you how his grandfather, in the 1920s, drove a horse and wagon every Friday from the farm into Wilmington to deliver milk, sausage, eggs and other products to his regular customers. But though he knows his history, Jim Mitchell is anything but a hide-bound traditionalist—at least not in the opinion of his friend, Chip Hearn. When Hearn talks about Mitchell, that sense of tradition vanishes. Indeed, Hearn tosses around phrases like “cutting edge,” “never ceases to amaze,” “spectacular” and “wild and crazy.” Hearn, owner of the Ice Cream Store in Rehoboth, shares with Mitchell a passion for ice cream, especially for flavors never before known to mankind. Hearn’s store boasts some 70 flavors, all made at the Mitchell family’s Woodside Farm Creamery. “They don’t mess around,” says Hearn of the Woodside operation. “They’ve got their own herd of Jersey cows, and they’re bred to make ice cream. They have special hay. They have special barns. These cows are having a great winter,” he exclaims … on a day when seven inches of snow is falling in frigid northern New Castle County. Hearn was speaking in early March. By now the snow has melted, and Woodside Farm is open for the season, selling bowls and cones of ice cream by the ounce at the stand on North Star Road, just south of Little Baltimore Road. For those who prefer to take their ice cream home, quarts and pints are available, as well as ice cream cakes, ice cream pies, ice cream cookies and fudge. (The Mitchells keep a flock of hens on the farm, so fresh eggs are also on sale.) “At any one time, we’ve got 30 to 35 flavors. We don’t have the capacity [at the stand] to carry more than that,” says Janet Mitchell, Jim’s wife, who runs the retail side of the operation while Jim supervises production and the herd of 30-plus dairy cows. The inventory varies, so customers are in for a surprise at every visit. There are standard flavors, of course, like chocolate and vanilla, and seasonal offerings, like pumpkin in the fall.
Woodside has a herd of 32 Jersey cows.
Megan McBride and A.J. Smith work in Woodside’s ice cream lab.
“We’ve also got our ‘flip-flop flavors,’” says Janet, explaining that these are old favorites that have returned after being cycled out of the rotation for a year or two. And, she adds, there are the “one and done” specials—quirky flavors made in larger quantities for Hearn’s store, with just a couple of two-and-a-half-gallon boxes held back for sale at the farm stand. Neither the Mitchells nor Hearn are telling what this year’s special flavors will be, since Hearn will unveil them at a one-day tasteathon in mid-May that attracts about 3,000 visitors. Like many people, Hearn and Jim Mitchell have a fondness for bacon. That predilection results in special blended flavors like Chocolate-Covered Bacon and “Breakfast in Bed,” whose ingredients include vanilla, pasteurized egg yolks, maple syrup and bacon. As “Breakfast in Bed” indicates, plenty of word play goes into Woodside Farm’s flavors. Examples: “Motor Oil”—coffee ice cream with a swirl of fudge and green-colored caramel, and “Dirt”—a chewy, kid-friendly concoction filled with Gummi Worms and crushed Oreo cookies. The creations made for Hearn’s store tend to have even wilder names, including “Better Than Sex,” “Lick Me, I’m Delicious” and “Looks Like Viagra.” And bacon is hardly the most unusual ingredient. Don’t be surprised to find flavors on the menu that include spinach, corn, figs, mango, Red Bull or even pepper sauces. “I give them ideas, and out comes spectacular ice cream,” Hearn says. While The Ice Cream Store is among the largest of the 40 restaurants and ice cream stores that carry Woodside Farm products, all the ideas don’t come from Hearn, according to Janet Mitchell. “When you get ideas, it’s a group effort,” she says, noting that their team—three year-round employees and 30 to 35 seasonal workers, mostly high school and college students, regularly brainstorm ideas. While Jim’s favorite flavor is chocolate, he and his wife are hard-pressed to say what’s number one with customers. Perhaps because many flavors are rotated regularly, “people always seem to want what we don’t have,” he says. For customers who can’t find their favorite, and those who just can’t make up their minds, Woodside offers an easy solution, Jim says. Just give the “Wheel of Indecision”—located behind the counter—a good turn and buy a scoop of the flavor indicated when the wheel stops spinning. ►
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To make great ice cream, the Mitchells say, you must start with the cows. Woodside had long been a dairy farm, but in 1961 Jim’s father and grandfather chose to sell off their herd of cows rather than make expensive upgrades to their equipment. But Jim missed the cows, so when he took over operations of the farm from his father, he and Janet decided to bring back the dairy herd in the mid-1990s. The ice cream stand opened in 1998. ( Jim’s dad, Joe Mitchell, now 85, still milks the cows twice a day.) This year there are 32 cows, and each produces five to six gallons of milk a day, Janet says. About 30 percent of the milk is hauled to a dairy in Pennsylvania, which adds extra cream, sugar and other ingredients to create an ice cream mix, which then comes back to the farm in sealed five-gallon plastic bags. The remainder of the milk is sold to the Land o’ Lakes cooperative. “Nothing goes to waste,” she says. With the added ingredients, the 170 gallons of milk typically hauled to the dairy results in about 400 gallons of ice cream mix, which, with the air and flavorings introduced in production, results in about 600 gallons of ice cream. The production process is easy to explain. Woodside has three batch freezers, two capable of making five gallons at a time, and one 10-gallon freezer. The ice cream mix is poured into the top of the freezer and the flavorings go into a chute on the side. (Some bulkier ingredients, like cake dough used for some flavors, are poured in after the ice cream is processed because its thickness could gum up the inside of the machines.) Everything is blended for eight to 10 minutes, then a nozzle on the front of the machine is opened and the ice cream dispenses into a carton. Most of the ice cream goes into two-and-a-half-gallon boxes. Some popular flavors are packed into quart and pint containers for retail sale. The containers are frozen overnight at 15 degrees below zero before they’re ready to be sold. Last year Woodside Farm made 45,000 gallons of ice cream. About 25 to 30 percent is sold wholesale to dozens of restaurants and ice cream shops in
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Each cow produces five to six gallons of milk a day.
Delaware and nearby Pennsylvania and Maryland. The rest is sold at the farm’s ice cream stand. The stand, open from March 21 until late October (it’s closed on Easter Sunday), serves 130,000 to 140,000 people a year, Janet says. “I’m not too concerned about counting customers,” Jim says, “only that they keep coming back.” Exact numbers are hard to come by because transactions are counted by sales check, with families and groups typically ordering on a single check, she says. On weekdays, the stand processes more than 300 checks; on weekends, the daily tally is between 400 and 500. Last year, the stand used 110 cases of spoons, with 1,000 spoons per case, which translates into 110,000 cups of ice cream. Woodside sells bowls and cones by weight, not by the scoop. That method, says Janet, “is fair to us; it’s fair to everybody. A family with a 2-year-old might want just a little dollop for him, and then we’ve got one kid who comes in and always wants five scoops of chocolate.” A typical single purchase goes for $3.25 to $3.50. At 55 cents per ounce, that’s about a six-ounce serving. In addition to the stand and selling to restaurants and ice cream shops, Woodside Farm has expanded into catering, serving multiple flavors from a trailer at corporate events, picnics, barbecues, graduation parties and weddings. By carefully managing their herd of 1,200-pound Jerseys, the Mitchells can keep their wholesale operation going year-round. As demand at the stand tapers off in the fall, ice cream mix made from milk produced in October through December is frozen for use in January and February, when the cows are artificially inseminated, giving birth to calves in February and March. Cows give birth to their first calf when they are 2 years old. To keep producing milk, they must calve every year. Jersey cows usually are productive for three years. After that, they are literally put out to pasture, grazing leisurely on the 80 acres that remain from the 1,000-acre farm of more than two centuries ago. “The Mitchells treat their cows well,” Hearn says. As a rule, Jim Mitchell says, Jersey cows are great milk producers for their size, and they’re relatively easy to manage. If any health problems develop, the Mitchells call on the largeanimal specialists at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. But they don’t have to do that often, because Janet Mitchell is the farm’s first line of defense. Besides running the retail operation, she also happens to be a veterinarian.
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THE SAUSAGE STORY: NOT FOR EVERYONE
Our writer takes a butchery class and learns in intimate detail just how committed the pig must be to creating this savory delight By Matt Sullivan omewhere in Maiale Deli & Salumeria, on Lancaster Pike in Wilmington, there’s a Tuscan sausage with my name on it. Even for sausage, it's not all that pretty—a bit lumpy in spots, to be honest—but at least it didn’t burst. And I made that salami with my own two hands and one foot that was working the pedal that powered the machine that shot the pork and fat and spices into the casing—a process that requires significantly more hand-eye-foot coordination than I usually display. Still, I managed. The pork came fresh from a pig butchered during a class led by Maiale owner Billy Rawstrom. And right now, as I type, my sausage is curing in a temperature-controlled environment at Maiale, bacteria inside the casing releasing the acids that will slowly “cook” the salami, until the day Billy calls to let me know it’s ready to eat.
I can’t wait to eat that salami. But I’m getting ahead of myself. This is not about eating the sausage. It’s about how the sausage is made, and it starts with a pig—a 230-pound Delaware pig named Tommy. (Truth be told, they don’t name pigs at the farm. But Tommy is the farmer’s name, and after seeing it written on the animal’s hide, it was impossible not to think of him that way.) Let’s be clear: This is not a story for everyone. Some people, even those who love their bacon, don’t want to think about the sausage-creating process. So fair warning: I won’t be sparing any details. This is your jumping off point. Class is starting. You may want to step out now. Because we’re going to have to cut the head off that pig. ►
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It’s Sunday morning and there are four of us signed up for Snout THE SAUSAGE STORY: to Tail Butcher Class today. Doug NOT FOR EVERYONE continued from previous page and Eddie are younger guys who got tickets from Eddie’s sister as a surprise, and they’re stoked to be here. Dave heard about the class from his veterinarian and came on a whim. I’m here to pay my respects to an animal that provides some of my favorite things to cook … and see if I can pick up any tricks that I can use at home. Our instructor, Billy Rawstrom, is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, and was a culinary teacher at Delaware Technical Community College before he opened Maiale five years ago. When he announced the first butchery class on Facebook in early February, he didn’t know what kind of response it would get. The Saturday class filled to capacity—about 10 people—in a matter of days, so he added an additional Sunday slot for slackers like us. The knives are laid out on a nearby table—long, sleek, curved blades designed for this purpose—plus a hacksaw that has much less panache. This first part of the class, the actual butchering of the pig, will be lecture and demonstration only—probably so we don’t lose any fingers. The pig arrived on Friday, fresh from Kalmar Farm in Harrington, left whole but drained of blood and innards so all that’s left is flesh and bone, hanging by the left rear hoof from a steel support beam in the middle of the shop. Butchering is not a bloody business. As Rawstrom slices through the neck to decapitate the pig, the knife work draws no more blood that a pork loin might if you were slicing it up at home. But if there’s a moment that might make you squeamish, it’s this
one. After Rawstrom makes all his cuts, it still takes a couple of solid twists to break the neck bone and remove the head, which is placed in a metal pan to be worked with later. Once that is done, he goes into the belly of the pig to remove the tenderloins, and this is when I have my first revelation of the morning: Every pig has two tenderloins, no more, no less. You can understand that intellectually, but until you see the butchering process, it’s hard to grasp how every pair of tenderloins— marinated, pre-wrapped and sitting in the supermarket cooler— represent all a single animal had to give. “It definitely makes me think about how I use my products,” Rawstrom says. Of course there are other cuts beyond tenderloin, and a commercial butcher shop would use a band saw to quickly split the pig in half, but in this small space, Rawstrom employs a simple handsaw to slice the pig from the tail, along the spine, straight through to the neck. Half a pig now lies on the table, and even in this raw state, it’s easy to see familiar cuts. There’s the Boston butt. The belly that will become the bacon. The spare ribs. The small backbone nubs that were once considered scraps until Applebee’s invented the riblet and started serving them with fries and cole slaw for $12.99. And the leg, the first to go, looking exactly like an Ibérico ham when removed from the pig. As he breaks the pig down, Rawstrom describes in detail the different ways he uses each part in the store—curing the loin to make Italian lonzo, frying the pork cheek like an oyster to make “pork cheek po’ boys,” or cooking the loin sous vide as the first step in his roast pork sandwich. (“That’s a great sandwich!” Doug says. “It’s cool to get a look behind the curtain.”)
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Finished sausages created by students from one of Maiale's classes.
Today, the fresh pork loin from Tommy will become sausage. You hear jokes, of course, about what sausage is made of, but Billy uses cuts straight from the loin (and fat from all over the pig) to make his pork sausages. In the back, he lets us step up to the grinder to feed the meat and fat into the powerful machine, and then after he adds the spices (salt, pepper, fennel, garlic, sugar, and some starter culture to get the chemical reactions going), we make our own. Ten salamis from Saturday’s class are already hanging. After our amateur attempts at sausage making, Maiale staffers use more of the pig to whip up some fresh Italian sausage (ours to take home), and tell us they’ll call when it’s time to come back to pick up the salami (and a little bacon too, because they want us to be happy, and bacon makes people happy.) After that, it’s all over but the snacking. Billy takes Tommy’s tenderloin off the grill, seasons it simply with some salt, pepper and oil and puts it on a plate. We eat with our fingers, the fat still hot and melting in our mouths. It’s delicious. Freshness makes a clear difference. So what did we learn? If I ever have to butcher a hog in the future, I’ll probably do it very, very badly—but I’ll know where to start. And I learned how a good butcher will faithfully follow the “snout to tail” philosophy. All through the process, Rawstrom would tell us how the ears, the trotters and the trimmed bits would be used in soups, in sandwiches and elsewhere. I remember an old saying about the division of labor involved in breakfast: Sure, the chicken made a contribution, but the pig really commits. It’s tough not to respect that commitment once you’ve seen Billy Rawstrom work—and he was still at it as I left, carving out pieces for the rest of the week. Tommy would provide necessary nourishment to many people, even if they’d prefer not to know his name. Billy Rawstrom runs butchery classes out of his shop, Maiale Deli & Salumeria, 3301 Lancaster Pike in Wilmington. Class was $125 for about two-and-a-half hours, and each student goes home with some meat. Follow Maiale on Facebook or sign up for emails to learn about future classes at www.maialecuredmeats.com.
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Where Do The Chefs Eat...
. . . for special occasions, regular evenings out and guilty pleasures? Here’s what we found out.
By Krista Connor
hey’re culinary masters at their own establishments, but when the chefs set aside their knives and the workday is done, where are they dining? We talked to several local culinary artists, and here are some of their favorites, along with some confessions.
Where do you dine for...
A regular evening out: Home Grown, Mikimotos, Two Stones. Guilty pleasure: Philly food trucks like Tyson Bees or Yumtown. —Joshua Keating, Delaware Park Race Track and Casino & At The Rail Wine Bar and Grille
A regular evening out: Pinto bean burritos with every pickled pepper that El Diablo has available. And sushi and a beer at the Whole Foods bar. Guilty pleasure: Anytime I head down to the shore, I always look forward to stopping at Helen’s Sausage House. —Bryan Crowley, Cantwell’s Tavern
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A regular evening out: I am a big fan of Drip in Lantana Square. Drip is doing great things with sustainable, organic and locally-sourced ingredients. But that isn’t why I go there. Delicious food and coffee in an unpretentious environment is. The Root Beer Espresso Shake is life changing. It will make you a better, more charming and attractive person. Guilty pleasure: Royal Farms’ fried chicken. As a culinary professional, nothing feels more wrong than late-night fried chicken from a gas station. —Eric Huntley, Redfire Grill & Steakhouse
Special occasions: Usually on mine and my wife’s beach week for our anniversary we go to see Chef Andy Feeley at Eden.
Special occasions: The House of William & Merry, Domaine Hudson, Amuse & Espuma.
Guilty pleasure: A large chocolate turtle milkshake from Woodside Farm Creamery.
A regular evening out: Okura and Chesapeake Inn.
—Chef Bill Hoffman, The House of William and Merry
—Patrick A. D’Amico, Harry’s Savoy Grill
Special occasions: Typically for special occasions I tend to visit Amis in Philadelphia. The style of Italian food that they offer is incredibly comforting to me, but the fact that they offer a number of ingredients that you can’t typically find a lot of in other restaurants makes it that much more special. I think Marc Vetri does a great job at his restaurants keeping Italian food simple and really letting the freshness of the ingredients shine through. A regular evening out: A typical evening out for me away from the restaurant usually consists of going to a farmers market, or a farm such as Pete’s Farm in Westtown, Pa., then bringing everything home and preparing a meal for family and/or friends. There’s something very relaxing about cooking at home, enjoying the company of great people and great food. —Jeff Matyger, Taverna Rustic Italian
A regular evening out: Masamoto in Glen Mills. I love the vibe at the sushi bar; they always have my favorites: Uni with quail egg and Toro. It’s nice to watch the young men work hard and rock out the rolls.
Special occasions: House of William and Merry—chef’s tasting menu at the bar with house Manhattan.
Guilty pleasure: Herr’s Barbeque Potato Chips. What can I say? Except that if I add an Italian hoagie, it’s the best bad thing for the heart that I can eat.
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—David Banks, Harry’s Seafood Grill
Guilty pleasure: Crab bisque at Nutter’s Sandwich Shop.
Special occasions: All special occasions are at Harry’s Seafood. Hands down. Top notch. A regular evening out: Taverna in Newark. Always perfect food. Best new restaurant in years in northern Delaware. —Michael Stiglitz, Two Stones Pub
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Spring welcomes brewpubs, bistros and more to the restaurant scene By Pam George
he frigid winter that kept foodies inside with their cookbooks has finally given way to warmer weather. So forget loading your Facebook page with photos of homemade soups and stews—it’s time to get out and dine in one of the many restaurants that have opened or are about to open in New Castle County and the surrounding area. Local chains are expanding and seasoned chefs are delving into new concepts. As summer approaches, there’ll be even more tasty options on the horizon.
THE FAR EAST IN LITTLE ITALY
Brian Ashby, whose parents own the Deer Park Tavern, Cantwell’s Tavern and McGlynns Pub, is hoping to open 8th & Union Kitchen this month. The restaurant is located in Little Italy, in space formerly occupied by Union City Grille and, before that, Tarabicos Restaurant. Ashby, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu, has rearranged the restaurant’s footprint. There’s a 30-seat copper-topped bar and a total capacity of 150 indoors. He also added 24 seats outside. The hip décor features subway tiles and natural materials, including reclaimed wood. Ashby worked in a restaurant featuring Southeast Asian cuisine when he was in culinary school, and he’s incorporating some of those dishes into the eclectic menu. “For lack of a better term, it’s gastropub, but I’m not offering any sushi,” he says. Although he could handle the kitchen, he’s hired a chef, Scott Morozin, with whom he worked at Espuma in Rehoboth Beach.
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The opening of another restaurant this month is whetting diners’ appetites. Goat Kitchen and Bar, whose sign in a small North Wilmington shopping center has prompted double takes for months, is scheduled to debut at any time. You might remember owner David Weir from Buckley’s Tavern. His restaurant group also owned Four Dogs Tavern, the Chaddsford Inn, and the Marshalton Inn in Pennsylvania. After taking a break as a consultant at the Kitty Knight House for a year, Weir decided to get back in the business in space occupied by China Royal until that owner retired. Goat is an approachable 75-seat space with lots of reclaimed wood, some of which came from the Marshalton Inn. The menu is peppered with shared snacks, salads and entrees with seasonal ingredients. There are burgers (beef, black bean, lamb and tuna), pizzas and sandwiches, as well as “big plates.” It sounds like pub food, and it is, but Goat is not competing with nearby Two Stones or Ulysses. Although Goat will offer craft beers, taps won’t line the bar. Yes, Buckley’s fans of old, there will be Thai chicken noodle soup. ►
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Weir has been holding the “goat” name in reserve for years. “It sticks in the mind,” he says. “Goats are cute, and goats eat everything.” Further down the line he might open a vegetarian spot, Rabbit, and a rib-centric location, Pig.
THE RETURN OF MIZ WALT’S
Barbecue has been the main offering at Fat Rick’s BBQ, which is tucked in a businessmedical complex off Foulk Road near Brandywine High School. Owner Rick Betz originally took the space for its commercial kitchen, which he could use for catering. Then he opened the small dining room for lunch. This winter, he brought Miz Walt’s fried chicken into the fold. Betz and wife Tina opened a Miz Walt’s location in Little Italy in 1990, and it later moved to North Wilmington before closing. Fans of the juicy chicken with the crisp, golden crust are thrilled to see it on the menu.
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Arguably Delaware’s favorite style of cuisine, Italian continues to dominate the restaurant scene, with the openings last year of Bella Coast on Concord Pike next to the Charcoal Pit, Vincenza & Margarita (V&M) Bistro on Marsh Road in Brandywine Hundred (across from the Shoppes of Graylyn), Café Sítaly, also in Brandywine Hundred, and Limoncello Italian Grill in Newark. A new concept from the Big Fish Restaurant Group, Bella Coast has the same clean, bright design. There are branded bottles of olive oil on the tables, as well as copies of the Fodor Guide to Italy— should you care to read while you wait for your food. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a menu featuring baked ziti and meatballs, chicken parm, pizzas and sandwiches. Not surprisingly, you can’t go wrong if you choose a seafood dish. Big Fish also has a wholesale seafood division. V&M Bistro brings an upscale look to the once pedestrian and mostly empty strip of shops across from the Shoppes of Graylyn. The Meatball pizza at Bella Coast on Concord Pike. restaurant is surprisingly roomy inside. Step in the vestibule to spot the open bakery and see the tempting loaves of bread, calzones and pizzas. Named for sisters Vincenza and Margherita Carrieri-Russo, who run the restaurant with their family, V&M is a step above red gravy places, with the prices to prove it. But the budget-conscious can opt for sandwiches and pizzas at dinner as well as lunch. On Naamans Road, Café Sítaly occupies European Bistro’s old digs in a small oldfashioned strip center that received a makeover. This slim space has quickly become popular with the North Wilmington crowd. One caution: Add a few minutes to takeout orders; arrive at the appointed time and you may have to wait. Lauren Cox-Ristenbatt and her husband, Ed Ristenbatt, owned and operated Cafe Sole' in Rehoboth Beach before moving to New Castle County and opening Limoncello on Ogletown-Stanton Road in Newark last spring. Here you’ll find pizzas, cheesesteaks and such entrees as pork roasted for 12 hours, Southwest salmon, crab cakes, and pasta specialties.
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MORE THAN A DELI
Speaking of Newark, Arena's Deli & Bar in December opened a location on Main Street in the former home of Pita Pit and Cold Stone Creamery. The 93-seat restaurant, which has a pet-friendly patio, is the latest location for the restaurant chain, which initially gained fame for its creative sandwiches at the 25-year-old Rehoboth Beach site.
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Also on the casual side in Newark, El Diablo Burritos recently opened its third location on Main Street. Menu-wise, the 26-seat restaurant follows the lead of the Trolley Square and Brandywine Hundred locations. However, owner Dean Vilone hopes to offer breakfast in Newark at some point. By May 1, Bryan Sikora plans to open Cocina Lolo in the Renaissance Building on King Street, across from the courthouse in downtown Wilmington. It’s a short jaunt from Sikora’s other restaurant, La Fia, which opened in 2013 on Market Street. The new restaurant, whose dining room will seat about 40, is inspired by Latin and Mexican cuisine. “It’s my interpretation,” Sikora says. “Everybody has their own; every chef does it his or her own way.” Fresh ingredients and execution will differentiate Cocina Lolo from the many Mexican restaurants that dot the highways. Finishing is also key, from finding just the right cheese to the fresh salsa. The restaurant will also feature tequilas and rums, as well as craft cocktails.
BREAD, BAGELS, BAKED GOODS
Sikora quietly opened Market Street Bagel & Bread in Primo’s old location on Wilmington’s Market Street about six months ago to make wholesale goods, but retail is on the way. “We’re getting our technique down and getting the right equipment,” he says. “In the future, we want to open a bagelry with sandwiches, sodas and lunch stuff—this area is bustling at lunchtime.” Expect more for Sikora, who has plans for a bar concept, also on Market Street.
A RESTORATION AND A RESTAURANT
In Smyrna, Howard Johnson also has had big plans. If all goes well, he will open the Inn at Duck Creek in June. Johnson, who opened and sold Odd Fellows Café in downtown Smyrna, is restoring the Inn at Duck Creek for use as an upscale restaurant. “Our chimneys for our fireplace are just about finished, and then we will move inside to plaster and repair the flooring, and install restrooms, the kitchen and a bar,” he says. “This project is the direct response to the town of Smyrna forming a redevelopment authority, and the funds being used for our project are federal.” He’s partnered with Donna Ignasz on the project, which also has received funds from a Kickstarter initiative. ►
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Johnson will feature local products, including beer from Blue Earl Brewery, which will hopefully open soon. “We don’t have an exact date—it depends on construction and inspections,” says Ron Price, president of the brewery. “Things don’t always go as planned.” The brewery is located in the Smyrna Business Park. Price plans to brew varying styles of beer, including hoppy American ales, lagers and Belgian-style beers. The brewery will bottle, and there will be tours and a tasting room. Also on the beer front, plans for a Two Stones Pub in Hockessin fell through before settlement. “We incorporated Hockessin Two Stones, so we have it if something else comes up,” says co-owner Mike Stiglitz. A Jennersville, Pa., restaurant is in the works. Meanwhile, he and his partners have more time to devote to 2SP, a brewery opening in Aston, just over the Pennsylvania state line. The brewery benefits from the talent of Bob Barrar, whose beers have won medals at the Great American Beer Festival for Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. The brewing system should be up by May 15, Stiglitz says, and the brewery should open for tours sometime this summer. 2SP plans to feature six core beers. (Barrar is known for his Russian Imperial Stouts, Stiglitz notes.) The brewery will offer glass and stainless steel growlers and noshes, such as charcuterie and pressed sandwiches. You may see some of the crazy themed tacos for which the pubs have become famous. People in Pennsylvania and Delaware have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Victory Brewing Company’s Kennett Square location, which is scheduled to open this year. (Although
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the building looks as though it’s an old brick warehouse building in a commercial district, it was built from the ground up.) Expect a menu similar to the flagship Downingtown brewpub, which has sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and beer-friendly entrees. Down in Newark, the Stone Balloon Ale House this year opened in the space most recently occupied by 16 Mile Taphouse, which took over the Stone Balloon Winehouse, built on the site of the old Stone Balloon nightclub. Got it? This incarnation has new owners, including Bobby Pancake, who owns Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in Delaware, and it salutes the old Stone Balloon with its décor, which includes a back wall sporting the names of popular acts that played there. Chef Robbie Jester, formerly of Piccolina Toscana, is in the kitchen, and the beer list is impressive. That’s appropriate, because for foodies, there are many good reasons to toast the Northern Delaware dining scene.
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Loaf Of Bread A spare-time curiosity morphs into a full-blown obsession Text and photo by Robert Lhulier
mong the aging professional chefs of the world it is said you must use your head more and your body less. Highpressure kitchen jobs are for the young, with long hours on your feet, extreme temperatures and frenetic shifts that can cause sleepless nights and wicked hangovers. But even as we may find ourselves further from the stove, we understand there is always more to learn. I’ve heard it called “reinventing yourself,” but it’s really accepting that you are a life-long student. Crossing over into the unfamiliar is common, though unsettling, for pro chefs. Take baking, for example. Not all chefs are bakers, and not all bakers are chefs. And bread bakers are different from all the rest. Some chefs dabble in “chef desserts,” producing the safer dishes of crème brulée, bread pudding, cheesecake and panna cotta. I call them safe because most chefs can execute these dishes without much difficulty. However, the Sweet Kitchen, as it’s sometimes known, is a whole study unto itself. Pastry and dessert-making employ a very disciplined routine with precise measuring and weighing in place of dashes and dollops, spoonfuls and sprigs. This is why the quartet of flour, water, yeast and salt can be so perplexing to those in search of the perfect loaf of bread. I recently embarked on such a quest at home. It started with wanting to try out a popular technique that involved leaving out the heavy lifting, or kneading. The idea is that rough-textured dough, not smooth, can yield rustic-style breads that many covet. I began following the exact directions around Christmas time, changing only one element of the process with each loaf I baked.
I recorded the changes and results, employing an almost scientific approach. Now, three months later, the current recipe resembles nothing like my original. I have read two books on bread and am weekly adding the tools of the trade of great bread baking to my kitchen. I am hooked. What began as a curiosity has morphed into a full-blown obsession. The variables are numerous: strains of yeasts, wet dough versus smooth, pre-heated cast iron pan or baking stone, proper steam injection, first rise, secondary rise, room temperature, long-ferment, starters, unbleached flours, baskets versus free-form, scoring. And they all affect those four simple ingredients and how they combine to give you the simplest, arguably oldest of kitchen byproducts. As I cut into each loaf, I find myself frequently revisiting the Pixar foodie film Ratatouille, in which Colette says: “How do you tell how good bread is without tasting it? Not the smell, not the look, but the sound of the crust. Listen. [pressing the bread in her hands] A symphony of crackle! Only great bread sounds this way!” Indeed, bread baking can be visceral. The desire to perfect another dimension of your craft can leave you feeling both humbled and completely restored at the same time. As with many things in life, we are all on our own journey, at our own pace. In the kitchen, you may be way ahead, you may be behind, but always keep moving forward, because when you’re done learning, you’re done. Robert Lhulier is executive chef at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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(AND EATING AND DRINKING) Red Cross and Meals On Wheels host annual fundraisers April 17-19 On one weekend this month, two unrelated charities are throwing galas for good causes. First, on Friday, April 17, the American Red Cross of Delmarva will host Caps n’ Corks, an evening of wine and craft beer tastings, savory food, live music by Blue Label, and a silent auction. New this year: a psychic reading and photo booth. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of Delmarva, which provides lifesaving services to more than 1.4 million people in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The nonprofit helps those affected by disasters and aids the Delmarva community in preventing, preparing for, and responding to emergencies and disasters. Caps n’ Corks is scheduled for 6-11 p.m. at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. VIP tickets include premium balcony seating, upscale cuisine, rare select wines and craft beer. Tickets range from $75-$360. Caps n’ Corks is a 21 and over event. For more information, visit redcross.org. On Sunday, April 19, Meals On Wheels Delaware hosts its 18th annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hercules Plaza in Wilmington. The event will showcase delicious delights created by 30-35 national and international guest chefs. In addition to decadent food, wine and specialty cocktails, a silent auction will feature high-end culinary items, travel packages, one-of-a-kind experiences and luxury gifts. Top Chef: New Orleans reality TV show winner Nicholas Elmi will prepare dishes, along with other renowned chefs like Hari Cameron and Jay Caputo of Rehoboth Beach, Don Drake of Magnolias in Charleston, S. C., and Cathy Whims of Nostrana in Portland, Ore. The event, at $175 per ticket, helps to provide hot, nutritious meals delivered to homebound senior citizens throughout the state. Unlike previous years, Meals On Wheels is not sponsoring three consecutive fundraisers in one weekend this year—Evening With the Masters, Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, and the brunch. Instead, Evening with the Masters, which traditionally kicked off the weekend of culinary events, has been replaced with a new fundraiser, The Ultimate Tailgate, on Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Wilmington South. The culinary theme is tailgate cuisine, with wine, spirits and a beer garden. Tickets are $50 in advance. The Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction, now a four-course dinner, will be at the Wilmington Country Club in Greenville on Saturday, April 18. For more information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org. —Krista Connor APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FOOD NOTES Tasty things worth knowing MIDATLANTIC WINE + FOOD FEST: MAY 13-17 35 brunches, lunches and events set for three states
or a third year, the not-for-profit MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival will again boast international guests, chefs, drink purveyors and more from May 13-17. Chefs and winemakers from around the world will travel to the East Coast to collaborate on 35 brunches, lunches, tastings and dinners. Guests can chat with vintners, brewers, distillers and other experts, and take a culinary journey through the Brandywine area, in addition to other activities. Last year, festival events took place in 14 cities and towns throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania. This year the reach is extending to additional sites in New Jersey and Maryland. Additionally, a culinary event called Breaking Bread Behind Bars is added to the lineup. This dinner is a collaboration between the Delaware Department of Correction, Delaware restaurant group SoDel Concepts, and the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival to benefit skills training for Delaware offenders and facilitate their reentry to the community. Breaking Bread Behind Bars will be held on Thursday, May 14, inside the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle. Since its founding in 2013, the festival has engaged 126 chefs and 28 winemakers from six continents, has issued 6,500 tickets, and has sold out 46 events. The festival has drawn attendees from more than 15 countries. This year the festival will raise funds for CAMP Rehoboth, OperaDelaware and Christina Cultural Arts Center. For specific locations and ticket info, visit the website: mawff.org.
Cape Henlopen, Wm. Penn earn national invitation
tudents from Cape Henlopen and William Penn high schools won top honors at Delaware ProStart Invitational, an annual competition presented by the Delaware Restaurant Association for high school students. The culinary and management students will now advance to the country’s premier high school competition, the National ProStart Invitational, in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20, which focuses on restaurant management and culinary arts. More than 60 Delaware students competed for the top honors this year. A team from William Penn was named the 2015 Delaware ProStart Student Invitational culinary champions, and a team from Cape Henlopen once again took home first place in the management competition, after going to nationals last year. The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team as they prepare a three-course meal in 60 minutes, using only two butane burners, with no access to running water or electricity.
Management teams develop a business proposal for an original restaurant concept and present it to a panel of industry judges, who challenge them to address the issues restaurant managers face on a daily basis. For more information on the competition and the DRA, visit delawarerestaurant.org.
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he Indiegogo fundraiser for the Delaware Local Food Exchange (DLFE), an area grocery store located in Wilmington, has concluded its fundraiser for a new DLFE location in Trolley Square. At press time, the DLFE had raised almost $19,000, with just over $6,000 more to go to reach its $25,000 goal by the end of the campaign, which was scheduled for March 28. In business for almost five years, the DLFE focuses on local and sustainable foods, helping put thousands of dollars back into the local farming community. Donations went toward renovations and equipment in the new Trolley Square space. For more information, visit indiegogo. com/projects/delaware-local-food-exchange.
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Gregory Fischer’s “Salvation at 45 Revolutions Per Minute” shows acrylic euphoric or melancholic states vicariosly through the revolution of a vinyl disc. Julie Dixon is back with her popular glitter photos, adding sparkle to any room. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Apr 30.
On the Town STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP.
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xVandalize Perception, Smashed Label. An exploration of shapes and abstractions that appear from layering letter forms and minimal collage. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Mar 30.
STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling 302.576.2135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Abandoned Delaware by Jillian Wilson
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Christa House is a Delaware Technical and Community College student studying business administration. In her spare time, she loves to travel and take as many pictures as possible. Wherever she goes, she tries to see the beauty in everything and capture that in her photos. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Apr 30.
Holy Man by James Wyatt
Holy Man, James Wyatt. The face paint of a holy man in India (Sadhu Culture) which uses vibrant colors and designs to face paint their faces fits the 3D style and use of textures by this local artist. Art Loop reception 4 – 7 p.m. On view 2 p.m. – 1 a.m. through May 1.
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Eternal Shores by Zakkiyya MuMin
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Venezia, Elisabeth Bard. Rain, fog and other atmospherics along with the azure lagoon make this ancient city a magical and photogenic site. Elisabeth Bard captures photographs in this labyrinth of the city – that is the magic of Venice. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through Apr 30.
Constant Flow, Zakkiyya Mu’Min. Zakkiyyah’s work is evident of her belief that there is a child inside all of us, she embraces her inner child by doing something artistic everyday, “A day without art is a day without joy.” Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 27.
Poppycock Tattoo DT 115 W. 8th Street Wilmington, DE 302.543.7973 poppycocktattoo.com Resurrection Group Art Show; Matt Halter, Tina Marabito, Eric Hendrickson, Dave Mele, BJ Betts, Damian Guerin, Demian Rivera, John Vega, Terry Manning, Mark Rosenblatt, Wendy Mitchell, and other artists. Featuring religious and sacrilegious themed artwork. Art Loop reception 6 – 10 p.m. On view 12 – 7 p.m. through May 1.
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True Friends by Michelle Foster
Figure That, A member group show with a figure theme. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through May 1.
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New Paintings by Murray Taylor. Murray Taylor’s paintings bring into focus some of nature’s most fleeting moments. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 28.
Horses and Hummingbirds, Carol Tippit Woolworth. Paintings of horses and hummingbirds in oil and cold wax on panel. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Apr 3.
Hummingbird 3 by Carol Tippit Woolworth
Exhuming Woolf by Murray Taylor
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Eunice LaFate’s folk art images have evolved to a more abstract dimension in recent years. In this Exhibition, titled “A Reflection on Diverse Folk Art,” LaFate will feature works representing whimsical abstracts, tropical blossoms, and multicultural images. Her paintings are rendered in vibrant acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Apr 30.
Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE 302.571.7407 wilmlib.org Stories Inspire Art, First State Montessori Academy artfully celebrates opening year! Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 30.
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Luminous Moments, Jean Diver. The Blue Streak Gallery is hosting an exhibition of oil on canvas paintings at Fit Fitness Center. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 29. Times Square NYC by Alim Smith
Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com Double feature: The Journey, Michael Doyle, and The Earth’s Sharp Edge (Part 5), Francis Di Fronzo. Doyle’s vivid interiors and landscapes are displayed with Di Fronzo’s vast, mysterious spaces. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 11. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Bonita Frawley. The artist looks for light, color and reflection to create realistic impressions of still lifes, landscapes and people. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Wed – Sat 10 a.m. – 5p .m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Apr 29.
Finally Spring! Jan Williams. Landscape and nature photography with a goal of portraying scenes that evoke a feeling or emotion in the viewer. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 30.
Leipsic Crab Boats by Jan Williams
Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com
Vibrant pencil drawings with kaleidoscopic movement by Matt Biddle, Tourmaline and Rose Quartz with Ginko leaf necklace inspired by nature created by Bobeaux Designs, inspirational “Real or Whimsical” watercolor cards and calendars by Janet Riter, and Ocean’s wave tumbled wearable treasures hand crafted by Seascapes by Stephen. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Apr 30.
The Buzz Gallery Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.547.1401 ardenbuzz.com
Red Scarf by Beth Trepper
Couture Rouge, Beth Trepper. In an allnew body of work, vintage-inspired fashion photographs emulating the exquisite styles of the 1920s-1940s. Beth’s elegant photographs are primarily black/white with just a hint of brilliant red. Art Loop reception 6 – 8:30 p.m. On view by appointment through Apr 30.
The following venues will be opening on Friday, April 10 due to Good Friday.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net Group Show. Jacalyn Beam, Carol Gray, Virginia Gray. Colorful oil paintings including local scenes gardens and still lifes. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Mar 28.
Rodney Pratt Framing and Gallery 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.0222 rodneyprattframing.com
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org
Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net
Redding Gallery 800 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artloopwilm.org
For the Love of Art! A collection of artist that will take your imagination on a road trip of beauty, colors, people, places & things. Each piece of work captures the essence of each artist’s love of what they do and allows the imagery of thinking outside the box. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat 12 – 8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.
Vintage & Vino meet Very Venetia, Venetia Thompson: “Very Venetia” uses vibrant colors and multiple textures to create oneof-a-kind trays and glasses made from repurposed picture frames, fabrics, and glass. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Apr 30. 62 APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The DCCA’s April 10 Art Loop will feature “Trailers, Tastes & Trucks,” with WilmFilm Festival film trailers, craft beer, wine, and spirits tastings, and food truck fare, plus an art sale and a DJ spinning movie soundtracks til 11. Save the date for the DCCA’s April 23 “make(r)evolution” Spring Fundraiser! Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m., Wed 12 – 7 p.m.
Of Light and of Water, is an exhibition of photographs of the landscape of Port Penn and Augustine, as seen, through the eyes of local nature and landscape photographer Leo Lynch. This exhibit will showcase some of the images from an ongoing body of work. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Apr 30. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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April 10 th Venues Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artsdel.org
Trapped by Michael Quattrociocchi
Point of View, Michael Quattrociocchi, A selection of fine woodworking on view for the month of April. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Apr 24.
The Grand Opera House baby grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries Bear Stakeout by Susan Peter
Diversity in Photography, The Delaware Photographic Society. Selected members present different photographic styles and diverse interests Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 28.
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries Bluegrass Fans at Night by Peggy J. O. Schultz
At a Bluegrass Festival, Peggy J. O. Schultz. This photographic exhibit is about the shapes and color and movement and spirit of a bluegrass festival, onstage, in the parking lot, or hanging out on the grounds. This is not about how bluegrass music sounds, but how it looks. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 28.
Film Fringe re-deux Festival | May 15 - 17 Visual Fringe wilm. festival | May 20 - 24
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children 302.576.2565 Monday - Friday
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302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org
*Theatre N reserves the right to change the film schedule at any time. Please visit our website at www.theatren.org for the most up to date information for all film and events at Theatre N.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS April 3-5 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 8pm | Sun 4pm
From the creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi co-write, co-direct, and co-star in this hilarious comedy in which an endearingly unhip quartet of vampires ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old, squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends, antagonize the local werewolves, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY NR | 104 mins | April 3-5 Fri 7pm | Sat 4pm | Sun 7pm
A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.
A smash hit in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Zero Motivation is a unique, sharply observed, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie’s brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do.
R | 140 mins | April 17-19 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 12 noon | Sun 4pm In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
PG-13 | 91 mins | April 17-19 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 3pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm Jewish culture reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. As that culture continues to shift and adapt alongside mainstream America, delicatessen food—as its name suggests—remains a beloved communal delicacy.
3 NIGHTS IN THE DESERT
Set against the majestic landscape of the desert, three estranged friends and former bandmates “celebrate” turning 30, carrying their hopes and unresolved wounds, their intertwined romantic baggage, in this funny and poignant look at lost loves, forgotten dreams and missed opportunity.
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives—which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith —abruptly disturbed.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.
R | 1 hr 30 mins | April 3-5 Fri 1pm | Sat 2pm | Sun 1pm
PG-13 | 1 hr 41 mins | April 10-12 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm
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NR | 1 hr 37 mins | April 10-12 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm Hebrew with English subtitles
PG-13 | 97 mins | April 24-26 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm
R | 150 mins | April 24-26 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm
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ITWorks Offers Unique Opportunities for Young Adults Calvin Boyce is a lot like many 23 year-old Wilmingtonians. After graduating from Alexis I. High School, and not being sure whether going to college was the right path for him or knowing what he would study if he did go, he enlisted in the Army. Three years later, he was back at home in Wilmington, not knowing what he would do next. His chosen field in the Army offered no options for continuation in the private or public sector and he knew he didn’t enjoy that work enough to make a career of it. “I was a Signal Analyst in Intel Security. It’s not exactly something I can do long term unless I plan to work for the government forever,” he said. Calvin describes the months that followed as an “extended period of not doing anything.” He had no direction, didn’t want to do something uninteresting just to make money, and had no idea how to make a move into the next phase of his adulthood. It was during that time that a family member casually mentioned something they heard about a program called ITWorks through an organization called Tech Impact. “I mulled it over for only a short time, and knew it was the right fit for me and where I was in life,” said Calvin. Tech Impact is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower communities and nonprofits to use technology to better serve our world. They serve nonprofits of all sizes, no matter what size their budget is. Their contracts include large, national, well-known human service organizations from all over the country such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and Food Banks. Over the years, corporate partners began to ask Tech Impact how they might give back to the communities where they operated. Tech Impact’s Associate Executive Director Anthony Pisapia explains that they developed the ITWorks Program based on a model that provided 18-26 year-old adults with an intensive, 16-week training experience in information technology, completely free of charge. As Pisapia explains, “Our program focuses on young adults who, for a variety of reasons, do not consider college or other opportunities a good fit for them. These are young adults for whom food service, retail and other low-paying jobs are often the only option.” Through ITWorks these young people have the opportunity to enter the IT sector with similar competitive skills and experience as other tech professionals. In both Wilmington and Philadelphia, Tech Impact recruits and trains a cohort of approximately 18 students who spend 11 weeks in the classroom, learning IT and earning certifications under the instruction of their own in-house instructor. Students are in the A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
classroom from Monday through Thursday of every week. Fridays are reserved for time with corporate mentors from the IT field who conduct trainings and network sessions that focus on the ‘soft skills’ related to work-readiness. Topics include resume writing, interview skills, networking, and adapting to a new work environment. After the 11-week training, students are placed in five-week internships, where they work side-by-side with professionals in the field. “Throughout the process, we continued to meet with our mentors on Fridays,” said Boyce. “Thinking back, those Fridays were just as important as our courses because many of us had not been in the corporate setting before. We may not have been successful without that mentorship.” ITWorks has been made available to young adults in Wilmington in part through Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Wilmington’s Department of Real Estate and Housing. Department of Real Estate & Housing Director Nailah Gilliam explained why the program is so important to the mission of Real Estate & Housing. “Our department isn’t just about bricks and mortar projects. We understand that communities thrive when the people who live there are stable. CDBG funds allow the City to address the myriad of factors that can undermine community stability. Helping young people to launch into sustainable careers is necessary for creating a strong foundation for our communities.” ITWorks is a competitive program. Ninety applications are received for the 18 available slots. Intensive application and interview processes are followed up by an even more rigorous class load. As a result, ITWorks graduates are able to compete for positions starting at $15 per hour in the job market. After leaving ITWorks, Calvin Boyce was hired by Capital One, where he was hosted for his 5-week internship. He worked there for two full years before then joining Compucom, where he is working under a contract with M&T Bank and living locally in downtown Wilmington. “I am working side-byside with colleagues with ten years of experience. But because IT is always changing, I am young, and I have a passion for the work and to keep up to speed with my skills, I feel I have an advantage. I love what I do and my future is bright in this field.” To learn more about ITWorks, please contact Grace Harpole, ITWorks Program Director, at email@example.com or 302-2565015 ext. 200, or Becca Johnson, Development Director, at becca@ techimpact.org or 302-256-5015 ext. 112. Please visit their websites at www.itworks.org and www.techimpact.org. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Delaware’s ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway’ Connects Economic Development to Wilmington History
arriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist who made thirteen trips back and forth across the Mason Dixon line to guide approximately seventy enslaved African-Americans to freedom in the north. Her primary motivation was to free her extended family after liberating herself, but she helped as many as she could along the way. Tubman’s primary route to the north, eventually called the Underground Railroad, came directly through Delaware, and her movements through the First State are traced today by a roadway route called the ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway,’ which begins at Sandtown, Del. in Kent County, winds through Wilmington, and crosses into Pennsylvania by way of Route 52, just north of Wilmington. Harriet Tubman’s network of abolitionists and safe houses are documented to include some of the most well-known names in Wilmington’s social and political history. To commemorate Harriet Tubman Day on Tuesday March 10th, City of Wilmington, State of Delaware, and U.S. Small Business Administration officials gathered along the ‘Tubman Byway’ in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood to announce the new Delaware Byway Committee. The Committee is forming to strengthen economies in communities lining the ‘Tubman Byway’ – like Southbridge –and to spotlight those communities’ crucial roles in the Underground Railroad. Starting with the ‘Tubman Byway,’ the Committee will work to generate visitor traffic along the byways by highlighting byway-adjacent businesses and then encourage those visitors to patronize byway businesses. The Committee will look at revenue drivers for byway-affiliated businesses like: coupons for use at those businesses, signage, small “information discovery zones”, and grant opportunities intended to link businesses and the visiting public for a mutuallybeneficial relationship. Byway businesses will be designated for visitors with a byway logo seal in their businesses’ windows.
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Following Delaware Byways Committee announcement event at the Southbridge Neighborhood House, – officials visited three Southbridge businesses along the ‘Tubman Byway’ to place ‘Tubman Byway’ logo seals in their windows, marking them as the first officially designated Byway-affiliated businesses: • Harvest Christian Retail Stores; • Sepia Cleaners Pre-Paid Dry Cleaning; and • Ms. Bonnie’s Savvor the Flavvors Seefood Restaurant The businesses highlighted at the Harriet Tubman Day festivities are working with SBA and the SBA-backed Delaware Small Business Development Center to gear up for growth. Starting with an early 2015 SBA business building workshop at Southbridge’s Neighborhood House, the businesses have begun work on their business plans and growth strategies, with some exploring new markets like federal government contracting. Businesses Connected to the Community Tyrran Smith of Sepia Cleaners represents a long-standing institution of Southbridge. Sepia was opened by Charles Smith, Sr. in 1970 and has been operating at 336 South Heald Street continuously ever since. The Smiths are a well-known family in Southbridge and across the city, as Mr. Smith, Sr. was an activist and beloved figure in community life and social and economic justice citywide. Smith’s grandson, Tyrran, has been running the cleaners for the past four years and got onboard with the SBA’s programming around the Byway immediately upon hearing about the opportunity from his uncle Travis. “My uncle urged me to join the group of businesses who were engaging with the SBA at the Neighborhood House,” he said. “I knew that, for the benefit of the A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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business and for me as someone who represents an institution in this neighborhood, I had to become involved. It’s all for the good. I am networking with other businesses in the community who I never knew personally before.” Travis Smith, Sr. is a son of Charles and Naomi Smith, Sr. “I grew up on East 24th Street, but because my parents’ business was in Southbridge, I have always considered this neighborhood home,” Smith said. Smith is the leader of South Bridge Connects Commercial District Affiliates Program, which is under the Main Street Initiative. Main Street is a proven community-driven, comprehensive methodology used to revitalize older, traditional business districts throughout the United States. The underlying premise is to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation. Main Street advocates a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, pedestrian friendly environment, personal service, and a sense of community. Smith went on to explain how his community work and a chance meeting started the Delaware Byways Committee project. “I met Jennifer Pilcher of the SBA quite by accident and from that happenstance conversation and input from folks that were to become the first members of the Delaware Byways Committee, the Delaware Byways Committee was born.. The pilot will unite two collective passions in Southbridge: neighborhood and economic development, and our community identity and history.” Suzette Flemming is an experienced entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in business. Her shop, Harvest Christian Retail Store, at 333 New Castle Avenue, is relatively new to Southbridge, opening in 2014. Harvest Christian is a book store that also provides materials and services used by churches and faith-based groups such as communion supplies, bibles, Christian curriculums and clergy apparel. “In the short time I have been in business in Southbridge, I have never questioned my decision to plant roots here,” said Flemming. “When I learned that the SBA was having meetings where I could gain knowledge about business and network, and also learn about all of the work going on in the community through the Civic Association, South Wilmington Planning Network, Main Street and Commercial District Affiliates Programs, I knew I wanted to be a part of what is developing here in this neighborhood.” Bonnie White, of Ms. Bonnie’s Savvor the Flavvor Seefood at 518 New Castle Avenue,, is another experienced small business owner who chose Southbridge to continue her reputation as one of the most well-known seafood eateries in the City. “I have spent over 30 years in this industry and I’ve done it all from having my restaurant on 30th and Market, to my food truck at the terminal,” White explained. “Coming to Southbridge made sense for me. Easy access and visible, my former customers have no problem following me here for my specialties.” Ms. Bonnie also has taken advantage of opportunities the SBA has offered, in addition to being a part of the proposed byway focused efforts. “I needed to rewrite my business plan and they were right there to help me put my ideas an vision into a plan that I can see myself following and growing.” A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
Underground Railroad and Tubman History in Southbridge
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City Historic Preservation Planner Debra Martin joined Governor Jack Markell and SBA Deputy District Director John Banks to announce the project on March 10th. “The best part of my job is making connections which link people with their local heritage,” said Martin. “Connecting the Tubman Byway to businesses in Southbridge is an ideal opportunity for the community to be appreciated for its value on more than one level.” In the state of Delaware, efforts to assist freedom seekers date back to at least the 18th century. Individual efforts eventually developed into the network that we know operated in the 19th century, but, prior to the advent of railroads, it had no name that historians have been able to discover. Knowledge of Tubman’s movement through Delaware comes from historian Wilbur Siebert’s 1897 interview notes, from the letters and journals of Underground Railroad operatives such as Wilmington’s Thomas Garrett and Philadelphia’s William Still, and current scholars, including historian Kate Larson. “To think that in 1856 Harriet Tubman waited hidden, not far from the heart of Southbridge, at the south side of Market Street Bridge, with frightened freedom seekers; and to know that these important figures were active and engaged with Wilmingtonians, is a point of pride and inspiration,” said Martin. The route of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway connects up those Tubman references utilizing modern secondary roads. The Byway also includes non-Tubman sites and landscapes of importance to the Underground Railroad. Records are not complete enough to be able to trace the exact steps of Tubman or other freedom seekers, but the Byway allows us to highlight places of importance. Some segments of the Byway route serve only to connect sites in a continuous journey. According to Jeff Flynn, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, “This partnership between the State, the SBA, the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware, and South Bridge Connects is a demonstration of economic development being tied to neighborhood development,” he said. “Without the incentives and marketing being made available, byway-adjacent businesses may not have resources to take advantage of their proximity to frequently visited landmarks just around their storefronts.” The Delaware Byway Committee members announced at the Harriet Tubman Day event in Southbridge are: • The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware • Delaware Department of Transportation Byways • The Harriet Tubman Byway Management Organization, • The U.S. Small Business Administration, and • South Bridge Connects To learn more about the partnership and programming harnessing tourism dollars for small businesses along the ‘Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway,’ please contact Debra Martin, City Historic Preservation Planner, at 302-576-3107 or visit: http://www.deldot.gov/information/community_programs_ and_services/byways/railroad.shtml. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM Starbucks on the Riverfront 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame
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27 Riverfront Commuter Lot, RIVERFRONTWILM.COM/PARKING 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30: The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31: Stratosphere Trampoline Park, WILMINGTONTRAMPOLINEPARK.COM 32: The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM 33: Delaware Humane Association, DEHUMANE.ORG
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n Saturday, May 16, enjoy a 30-minute tour of the first floor of the historic Auburn Heights mansion, then join Whiskeys of the World Tasting event host Mike Whitwell of Premier Wine & Spirits on the sun porch for a half-hour tasting of five whiskeys. Auburn Heights Preserve, located in Yorklyn, features the furnished mansion built in 1897 as well as the Marshall Steam Museum, which holds the largest collection of operating steam cars in the world. Three tastings are available: 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Event seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Tickets are available by calling Auburn Heights Preserve at 239-5687. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Delaware KIDS Fund. For more information, visit auburnheights.org.
BEERS & GEARS Delaware Park hosts car show featuring brews
n Saturday, May 9, Delaware Park will present a spring car show and beer event, which is free for spectators. Open to all years, makes and models of cars, the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. show will include dash plaques, door prizes, and a DJ. Beers include Blue Moon, 16 Mile and more. The first 500 show cars are guaranteed a spot. For those showing cars, registration is $10 before May 2 and $15 day-of-show. Rain date is Sunday, June 7. For more information, visit delawarepark.com.
FORDHAM & DOMINION UNVEILS WHEAT ALE On draft starting April 2
ordham & Dominion Brewing Co. recently announced an addition to its portfolio: the Sunseeker Wheat Ale. This new hefeweizen-style, unfiltered wheat ale, at 5 percent ABV, boasts hints of clove and banana bread. Jim Lutz, president and CEO of Fordham & Dominion, says, “We’ve been experimenting with this recipe for a few years, so being able to finally add it as a year-round offering is exciting stuff.” Beginning Thursday, April 2, the ale will be available in bottles and on draft. The brewery’s release party for Sunseeker will take place on Friday, April 3. Tours and tastings are offered every weekend at the brewery in Dover. Visit fordhamanddominion.com for details.
PECO’S SETS TWO EVENTS Derby Day Fest and Sam Calagione coming in May
eco's Liquor Store will bring the Kentucky Derby to North Wilmington on Saturday, May 2. The parking lot will be transformed into a whiskey festival —Peco’s Derby Day Whiskey Fest. A tent will be set up featuring whiskey, wine, beer, cigars, and food courtesy of Fat Rick’s BBQ. Whiskeys include Jim Beam from Kentucky, Glendalough from Ireland, Wigle from Pittsburgh, Filibuster from Virginia, and many more. The Kentucky Derby will be broadcast live. Derby attire is encouraged. For $35, general admission from 5-8 p.m. includes whiskey samples, a commemorative whiskey-tasting glass and live music. (VIP tickets are sold out.) The event will raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information, visit pecosliquors. com/whiskeyfest.html. On Thursday, May 7, Peco’s will welcome Dogfish Head President and Founder Sam Calagione to the shop. Stop in to meet Sam, and try Dogfish Head brews. There will be a special tap list at the growler bar, special pricing on all Dogfish Head products, and giveaways. And it’s free!
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iddletown Main Street, Inc., a non-profit working with the Middletown community to revitalize its downtown district, is hosting an inaugural event, Grapes and Grains, for lovers of food, wine and craft beer. On Saturday, May 2, the event will showcase unlimited samples from Delaware breweries, wineries and distilleries. Featured craft brewers will be 3rd Wave Brewery with samples of 1st Wave IPA and BeachBreak Apricot Wheat; Fordham & Dominion Brewing with its Fordham Sunseeker Wheat; Dominion Double D IPA and Oak Barrel Stout; Mispillion River Brewing’s samples of Beach Bum Joe; Reach Around IPA; Painted Stave Distilling (samples include Candy Manor Gin, Silver Screen Vodka) and more. Crow Vineyard & Winery from Maryland will offer samples of Vidal Blanc, Rose and Barbara. More will be announced. General tickets are $45, which includes a sampler mug and event entrance from 1 to 5 p.m. VIP tickets for $55 include sampler mug, wine tote, mug or wine glass, and event access from noon to 5 p.m. The event will take place on the property of the oldest home on North Cass Street, constructed circa 1860 and located in the heart of downtown Middletown. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while jamming to Delaware’s Three Sheets Acoustics Trio. Says Tracy Skrobot, program director at Middletown Main Street: “Holding events like this brings together businesses and organizations.” For more information, visit middletownmainstreet.com. —O&A
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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news DOUBLE THE SOUND AT ODDITY, 1984 Wilmington bars partner for a show April 18 Wilmington venues Oddity Bar and 1984 are teaming up on Saturday, April 18, with a $9 cover charge that includes admission to both bars. They are a couple of minutes’ walk from each other; Oddity is on Greenhill Avenue and 1984 is on West 4th Street. The bars will host a total of 14 bands that day. Playing at Oddity will be King Bison, Giant Boy Detectives, Poor Yorik, Cassettes, The Cocks, Maiden Names and Thunder Hank. At 1984 will be Weekday Warriors, Molly Ringworms, Kitty Rotten, Most Ghost, Tracy Chapstick, Paddy and the Slaughterhousers and This Blows. Performances will be from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. RYAN ADAMS PERFORMS MAY 12 Singer-songwriter will be joined by Strand of Oaks The former frontman of alternative country band Whiskeytown, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, will perform at The Grand in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 12. Adams is most recognized for a catalog of music ranging from folk to punk Adams will be joined by Strand of Oaks, the rock project of acclaimed artist and Indiana native Timothy Showalter, who now resides in Philadelphia. The show, which is part of Adams’ spring tour of theaters and amphitheaters, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $45. For more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org. ARDEN WELCOMES FATOUMATA DIAWARA African artist brings melodic and powerful songs to Arden on April 11 Born in West Africa, raised in Mali and now based in Paris, Fatoumata Diawara incorporates her challenging and inspiring past into her musicianship. Fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions and dealing with the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, she managed to find success as an actress in film and theater, and was eventually led to music. Diawara’s warm voice, with minimalistic rhythmical guitar and melodic tones, is a powerful window into her personal, often troubled experiences. She is coming to Arden on Saturday, April 11, along with artists Kinobe and Jaja. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20 for members and $25 for general admission. 74 APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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WILMUSIC FEST IS MAY 2 Wilmington University hosts the free event WILMUSIC Fest is a day-long free event featuring local emerging artists, food trucks, and vendors. Hosted by Wilmington University in partnership with Gable Music Ventures, the festival will be on The Green at WilmU’s New Castle Campus on Saturday, May 2, from 3-7 p.m. For the lineup, visit wilmu.edu.
LIFE-CHANGING LEAP Years abroad transformed area singer-songwriter Emily Tepe and inspired her new album, to be released April 30 Local singer-songwriter Emily Tepe, known by her stage name IVA, was classically trained at Juilliard School and The Manhattan School of Music. But she found her true musical identity when she went to Stockholm, Sweden, in 2004 on a Fulbright Scholarship to study Scandinavian classical music. Much of her studies had involved opera, but during six years in Sweden she explored how classical music could be mixed with more popular genres. This change pervades her third album, LEAP, set for release April 30. Although recorded in the U.S., the album captures the sense of liberation Tepe felt during her time out of the country. For her, living abroad meant being whoever she wanted to be, unbound by context or a past. That sparked a turning point. “I started really thinking, ‘What do I want?’ What is important?’” she says. “And music just started coming out.” Tepe returned to the U. S. in 2010 with a solidified sound. She spent the next few years putting together a band that would be an ideal fit for an album. She eventually found her current bandmates: guitarist Tim Sonnefeld, the album’s producer; Nate Gonzalez on piano and guitar; Sam Nobles on bass, and Matt Scarano on drums. The album comprises songs Tepe wrote abroad and on the East Coast. “I’m most happy with this album for coming together completely and organically,” she says. LEAP was fully funded by a Kickstarter, which was a surprise for the artist. She didn’t expect such a positive response from fans, saying that the show of support is “a really good feeling.” An official album-release show for LEAP will take place on Thursday, April 30, at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Tepe’s vocal student, Michelle Ley and Philly artist Sharon Little will open the show. Tepe will also perform newer songs that aren’t on the album. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. Preview and pre-order LEAP at IVAvoice. com, and visit worldcafelive.com for more show information.
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Thurs 23 - Beer, Wine & More at World Cafe Live at The Queen GRILLED CHEESE AND CRAFT BEER TASTING (6pm) Music by Chris Naples
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STARS µµµµµ Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds star in Woman In Gold. Photo The Weinstein Company.
ART RESTORED, JUSTICE SERVED In Woman in Gold, Helen Mirren recovers a famous family painting stolen by the Nazis By Paula Goulden
he painting now known as “Woman in Gold” by the early 20th century artist Gustav Klimt is famous, but not the woman whose portrait it is. This was a family portrait, hung in the home of an upper-middle-class Jewish family in Vienna whose world imploded when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938. Very soon after, many Jewish residents were deported to death camps, leaving the Nazis free to steal their belongings. Much of this plunder found its way into Austrian museums during and after the war, including this painting. ► APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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(L-R) Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren, and Daniel Bruhl star in Woman In Gold.
Taking its name from the painting, a new movie tells how Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren in a glowing performance), the niece of the “Woman in Gold,” recovered the painting from the Austrian government more than 50 years after World War II. Woman in Gold is told from three angles. One part is a period piece, depicting Maria’s family life in pre-war Vienna, and the nostalgia she feels for a world destroyed by the Nazis. The movie also is a heart-pounding thriller, showing Maria and her new husband escaping from Austria as deportations to the death camps begin. And through the ups and downs of the now-elderly Maria’s quest to recover the portrait, beginning in the late 1990s, the movie also explores the modern struggle to come to terms with a painful past—for both Maria and her homeland. She had to leave her beloved parents behind in order to escape, and the nation of Austria has to deal with—or gloss over—the stark fact that many Austrians welcomed the Nazis. Sharing the spotlight with Mirren, Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) plays Randol Schoenberg, the young lawyer who represents Maria in her legal actions against the Austrian government. Reynolds manages here to shed his superhero persona to demonstrate some true acting skills. Daniel Bruhl (Rush) also turns in a fine performance as Hubertus, the young Austrian journalist who tries to expiate his Nazi father’s sins by helping Maria find evidence for her case against the Austrian government. (Hubertus also exposed the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim, the former UN Secretary General). Director Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) could easily have used documentary footage to show the Nazis’ triumphant entry into Vienna. Instead, Curtis used live actor for those scenes, using slightly muted colors to differentiate them from the modern scenes filmed in the same locations. This makes the flashback portions of the movie flow seamlessly. The lone aspect of the film that doesn’t quite ring true is the last five minutes (no spoilers), which is the only time this otherwise excellent movie descends into sentimentality.
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Barry Schlecker (left) and Matt Sullivan say the WilmFilm lineup is a collection of “movies that matter.”
SELECTING THE WILMFILM LINEUP Schlecker and Sullivan discuss the independent film festival, set for April 23-26 By Mark Fields
he WilmFilm Festival will screen 50 independent films at Penn Cinema Riverfront during the weekend of April 2326. Barry Schlecker, the founder of the festival, and Matt Sullivan, the festival’s general manager, share an enthusiasm for film—and especially independent film—that is palpable, even boisterous. They recently sat down with Mark Fields, Out and About’s movie critic and columnist (another devoted cinephile), to talk about the festival, the current state of the independent film movement, and how they pick the roster of movies to be shown each year. MARK FIELDS: So how did this festival come about? BARRY SCHLECKER: I started it about 8-10 years ago at the Cinema Center in Newark. If you’re an independent or documentary film fan, you have essentially three options: go to one of the Ritz theaters in Philadelphia and spend a lot of time and money on gas and parking; go see it at our one indie film theater here, Theatre N, and hope that you can make it for the one weekend a movie plays; or wait until a movie becomes available on Netflix or Redbox. I thought there was an opportunity to bring together into one weekend a set of movies that everyone wanted to see but didn’t get around to. MATT SULLIVAN: The ideal WilmFilm movie is one where you may not recognize the title right away but when I describe it to you, you realize that you’ve heard something about it or maybe even intended to see it when it was first released. BS: We started calling them “movies you should have seen,” but now we think of them as movies that matter. We believe there’s a critical mass of people in the area who want to see these movies. MF: And now you’re based at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront? BS: Penn (Ketchum, owner of Penn Cinema) has been great. He has said that part of the theater is ours for the weekend. He booked the films for us, and because we’re based at his theater,
tickets are available on Fandango. We like having all these films on one weekend in a luxurious theatre. MF: How do you choose the schedule of movies? MS: We start with a very long list. Barry puts out a call to all his film buddies to get suggestions. And then we start winnowing the list down. We try to focus on ones with name actors or a local connection or some sense of buzz. We want to avoid movies that have been overexposed. What’s the right mix of comedies, dramas, and documentaries? And there are movies on this list that I just personally believe in. BS: We’re showing fare that plays at other prominent festivals. MF: What are some hidden gems among this year’s schedule? BS: Zero Motivation; it’s been called the Israeli MASH. MS: Jodorowsky’s Dune. What an amazing and unknown story! MF: How do you see the current state of independent films? BS: I’m encouraged by the number of independent films that are available. Six or seven of this year’s Oscar nominees were indies. I thought for a while that Netflix and HBO would kill off the indie movement, but there are more choices than ever before. In fact, now Netflix and HBO are making independent movies! The movies we’ve picked all represent a singular vision, and there appears to be more trust from some studios to let people act on that vision. MF: What do you hope people take away from their experience at WilmFilm? BS: I want people to say that they’re coming back next year. I want to hear them say, “I’m glad I got to see it in a theater.” MS: Movies should be a communal experience. These are movies worth talking about, and you can do that only if you see them together. For more information and the full schedule of films and screening times, go to wilmfilm.com. Mark personally recommends Whiplash, The Obvious Child, Birdman and Life Itself. APRIL 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Spring arrives in style… with the grand sporting tradition of Winterthur Point-to-Point!
ask in the pageantry and spectacle of the 37th Annual Point-to-Point, set amid the splendor of Henry Francis du Pont’s Winterthur estate. Enjoy the thrill of professional steeplechase racing at this National Steeplechase Association–sanctioned event and make a memorable day filled with family fun. For race day information, please visit winterthur.org/ptp.
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There are many ways to enjoy Point-to-Point! General Admission $30 Adult Wristband (March 1–April 24); $50 Adult Wristband (April 25–May 2); $15 Young Adult Wristband (ages 12–20); Children under 12 free (wristband required). Purchase general admission wristbands at: Winterthur; online at winterthur.org/ptp (until April 24); by phone 302.888.4994; or at satellite ticket outlets (see below). Enjoy a Terrific Tailgate Party Tailgating spaces start at $250 and include four adult tailgate wristbands. Additional tailgate wristbands available for purchase. Purchase tailgate, tent, and wristband options by phone 302.888.4994 or at Winterthur (4901 Kennett Pike, Building 26). Advance sales only. Rain-or-shine event. No refunds. All wristbands must be purchased by May 2. No tickets will be mailed after April 24. Discount for Winterthur Members. Proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and preservation of the garden and estate at Winterthur.
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