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Amusing animals cavort and delight in this nearly silent but hysterically funny family show

Young artists recreate the folk classics of the early ‘60’s from Peter Paul and Mary to the Mamas and the Papas

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 8PM | $48-$57

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Paddy Moloney and Special Guest

First time at The Grand in 25 years! Six-time Grammy winners bring vibrant life to traditional Irish tunes

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One Night of Queen

Robert Ellis SUNDAY, MARCH 1 7PM | $26

Gary Mullen and The Works THURSDAY, MARCH 5 8PM | $32-$38

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All tickets subject to box office service charges. Artists, dates, times and programs are subject to change. THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY GRANTS FROM THE DELAWARE DIVISION OF THE ARTS. A STATE AGENCY DEDICATED TO NURTURING AND SUPPORTING THE ARTS IN DELAWARE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Arden Concert Gild, The Green Willow, Brandywine Friends of Oldtime Music, and the Latino Community Advisory Council are valued partners for many performances in the 2014-15 season.

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7 From the Publisher 9 The War on Words 10 FYI 12 By the Numbers 15 Worth Trying 16 All-Star Startup

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DRINK 59 Detoxing Made Simple

LISTEN 61 Shine A Light 64 Tuned In

“Medal Machine” Bob Barrar and Two Stones are partnering in a new craft brewery—2SP—set to begin production in May. By Allan McKinley

21 Central to the Community The YMCA continues to draw a diverse membership to downtown Wilmington—and their goals don’t always involve fitness. By Rob Kalesse

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67 Reviews

PLAY 71 Snap Shots 75 Blame It on Bandit

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29 Fun & Funky Fitness Creative ways to get in shape in The First State. By Andréa Miller

35 Get Involved: Volunteer Food and shelter. Animal care. The Environment. Education. There are myriad opportunities throughout the state for you to have a positive impact on others—and yourself. By Krista Connor

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VALENTINE’S DAY 2.13.15 • 7 PM – 10 PM • CAFÉ & CASH BAR FREE FOR MEMBERS, $5 NON-MEMBERS Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Delaware Art Museum! The evening includes soulful pop-rock by Jesse Ruben, a gallery scavenger hunt, and an interactive love letter wall. Plus, enjoy dessert and wine tastings by Sugar Tastes Better, Sweet Somethings Desserts, Columbus Inn, and more.

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Left to right: Lady Lilith, 1866– 1868 (altered 1872–1873) Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882). Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 × 33 1/2 inches. Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935. Photograph by Leslie W. Kipp. | Photograph courtesy of Jesse Ruben.

NORA is a riveting reduction of Ibsen’s famous A Doll’s House. Adapted by internationally acclaimed film and theatre director Ingmar Bergman, this story about a woman who wittingly risks losing everything to save her family is filmic in its escalation and as provocative as the original. Secrets, lies, and struggles for power continue to test relationships between men and women today. This play will certainly resonate for those who question whether or not women have really shattered the “glass ceiling”.

“Astonishing!” Written by Ingmar Bergman Directed by Michael Mastro

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t's been a rough stretch on the PR front for Wilmington. I’m not who’s spent nearly three decades trying to help improve the sure who coined the phrase there’s no such thing as bad publicity, perception of Wilmington, it’s disheartening. But disheartened is but that’s bullshit. a far cry from being defeated. The Newsweek feature on Wilmington’s crime issue struck With every challenge comes an opportunity and it’s important a nerve and the perception is being reinforced by almost daily we don’t waste this one. The issues of drug abuse, joblessness, poor stories of violence on Wilmington streets. The fact that the parenting and lack of education are daunting. They also didn’t majority of that violence is criminal to criminal, and that those arise during any one person’s watch. So while the entire state is streets are areas identified as trouble spots long ago, are details watching, let’s translate that attention into additional resources lost in the sensationalism. and reduce the violent crime numbers. For this battle, the cavalry “Fire!” scream the headlines, and it’s assumed the entire city is definitely welcome. is ablaze. Well, as the publisher of this magazine, whose office is Simultaneously, we can change the narrative while also giving in the city and who ventures downtown daily, I assure you that people more reasons to venture downtown. It’s amazing how crime is not the case. concerns dwindle when Elvis Costello is playing The Grand, Shine For every negative A Light is packing The story about Wilmington and international It’s amazing how crime concerns dwindle Queen, there’s a positive one to cyclists are racing up counter, and if you pick when Elvis Costello is playing The Grand, Market Street during the up Out & About regularly Wilmington Grand Prix. Shine A Light is packing The Queen, and you will read plenty about Oh, we won’t win over the positive. That said, everyone. I’ve had people say international cyclists are racing up Market to me that, out of fear, they there is no denying that the smoke from the hot spots Street during the Wilmington Grand Prix. won’t come to the city for is beginning to cloud more a meeting. Others say they of the sky. As one respected quit coming to the city years Wilmington businessman recently said to me: “We’re way beyond ago and relish putting it down. You’re afraid? Really? You sure that’s it? a perception issue; this is now hurting business.” Delaware benefits immensely from a strong Wilmington and A tipping point? I’m confident there are enough pragmatists who understand Fifteen years ago I was president of the Downtown that. So assist with the resources needed to make a real dent (Wilmington) Business Association. Our top priority? You got it, in the horrific numbers in places such as Southbridge and the improving the perception of Wilmington. East Side (64 percent unemployed; 44 percent with less than What I didn’t realize then is, like it or not, Wilmington’s a high school diploma; 55 percent losing a family member to neighborhoods and its business district are inextricably linked. We gun violence. Source: The Peoples Report, 2013). We have willing can tell the out-of-towner all we want that crime is restricted to a hands to help with the rest. few trouble spots, but few understand city geography. It’s important that we focus on the problems, not blame the Fair or not, crime statistics in Wilmington’s worst place. At no time in recent history are more people aware of the neighborhoods are dictating the story. It’s statistics that brought problems. That’s a good thing; we’ll take all the help we can get. Newsweek to Wilmington and it’s statistics that keep getting quoted — Jerry duPhily by national magazines and our own daily newspaper. For someone

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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

Grammatically-Challenged Holiday Greetings Once again, on Jan. 1 and for days thereafter, we heard the greeting “happy New Years.” Makes us wonder about the rationale behind such a wish. Is the person hoping that all of our remaining New Years will be happy? Doubt it. Methinks it’s simply a linguistic absurdity learned in childhood— and never unlearned. We also received a Christmas card wishing us “Happy Holiday’s.” The aberrant apostrophe is everywhere!

By Bob Yearick

Cosby Gleanings Friends of the apparently morally-challenged Bill Cosby seem to be grammatically challenged. Singer Jill Scott redundantly defended him against “alleged allegations,” while another friend asked why the media needed to “drudge up” past events. Some in the media may indeed be drudges, but the verb is “dredge up.”

This sign greeted patrons at a local restaurant in January.

Media Watch • A sideline reporter at a Kentucky basketball game called a player “one of the team’s most feistiest.” Here’s the thing: If a word ends in –est, never put “most” in front of it. That’s a double superlative. Put another way, if you use “most,” the next word should never end in –est. • A reader calls out the nearly perfect New York Times for the phrase “guild the lily.” That’s gild (a verb) the lily. The noun guild means an organization of people with similar interests, goals, etc. Rejection of the Objective The media—and everyone else—continue to incorrectly use subjective pronouns (I, he, she, we, they) after prepositions because, we suspect, they sound more elegant than the correct objective pronouns (me, him, her, us, them). Example: A recent discussion between 97.5 sports talker Mike Missanelli and his producer as to whether the correct phrase is “between you and I” or “between you and me.” The producer argued for “I.” Missanelli—a communications graduate of (gulp!) Penn State—wasn’t so sure. The preposition “between” requires the objective case—me. Similarly, an ESPN announcer sympathized with Auburn’s kicker, saying the Outback Bowl ended in “heartbreak for he and Auburn.” That would be “him and Auburn,” of course.

Word of the Month

entropy Pronounced EN-truh-pee, it’s a noun meaning a measure of the disorder in a system or the natural tendency of things to decline into disorder. Randomness, chaos.

Bring, Take These terms are challenging for many. Bring often is used where take is correct. Reader Randall Hedrick, of Elsmere, cites an example: “I once had a boss who had an Ed.D degree, yet in spite of that, stood in front of the entire office one morning and said, ‘I had a wonderful weekend . . . I brought my daughter to the movies.” “I spontaneously corrected him by muttering ‘took my daughter.’ He snipped, ‘Language is fluid!’ “I softly began singing ‘Bring Me Out To The Ball Game,’ and he walked away.” To review: Take is used in relation to starting point. We take things or people from the place we are to another place. Bring means to carry or transport something or someone to the speaker. Err-otica (as opposed to erotica) The wire that supports utility poles continues to give the electronic media problems. WDEL recently referred to an accident in which a vehicle hit a “utility pole guide wire,” and a national radio network announcer used “guide wire” twice in referring to a parachutist who got hung up on a support wire. Those are guy wires, sometimes simply referred to as “guys.” The word comes from the Old French “guier,” meaning—you guessed it—“to guide.” In Defense of The Chipper A recent WIP caller described Eagles Coach Chip Kelly as both “narcissistic” and “egomaniacal.” They’re not the same. Essentially, a narcissist has an excessive or erotic interest in himself and his physical appearance. The term is derived from the hunter Narcissus, who was so in love with his own image that he drowned in his reflection in a pool. We doubt that Chipper is narcissistic; he doesn't seem to give much attention to his appearance. And while he has a strong ego, “egomaniacal”—with all its psychological undertones—may be an overstatement.

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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing

DUPONT THEATRE SOLD New owner: The Grand

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n Jan. 12, DuPont and The Grand Opera House announced that The Grand has purchased the DuPont Theatre business. A symbol of the arts and entertainment community in Wilmington for more than 100 years, the theatre will be renamed The Playhouse on Rodney Square. The sale will have no impact on the remainder of the 2014-2015 Broadway Season, theatre subscription packages or ticket prices, according to the announcement. Opened in 1913, the DuPont Theatre is the oldest continually operating professional theatre in the nation. Known as "Delaware's Broadway Experience," the theatre has provided years of professional Broadway shows, an acclaimed Children’s Series and many special events. Built in 1871, The Grand Opera House served as a touring theatre, vaudeville house and movie palace before it was mostly shuttered in the late 1960s. A band of arts enthusiasts restored the theatre to its Victorian elegance in the 1970s, and since then it has become the preeminent regional venue for music, comedy and family programs, complementing the theatrical focus of the DuPont Theatre.

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he 82nd Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP) opens Sunday, Feb. 22, at noon at Arsht Hall on the UD campus. A juried exhibition presented by the Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) and recognized by the Photographic Society of America, it features images submitted by photographers worldwide, with 300 selected for display. An additional 300 digital photographs will be shown in a 45-minute audiovisual presentation on Feb. 22, and on Sunday, March 1, at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. DPS photographers are always well represented in this international show. Among them are Bob Hunt, Karl Lech and Lynn Troy Maniscalco, to name a few. Admission and parking are free. For more information: WilmingtonInternational.org.

A SAVORY SUCCESS Food Bank of Delaware sponsors students

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hirteen students have begun 2015 with careers in the food industry after successfully completing the Food Bank of Delaware’s 14-week culinary arts training program at Newark’s Food Bank facility. Under Chef Instructor Sean McNeice, students developed proper knife handling techniques, had the opportunity to become ServSafe certified, learned culinary techniques, and more. Graduates also had the opportunity to work alongside chefs from Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant preparing for the Food Bank’s annual Blue Jean Ball and catered a holiday event for 1,000 Capital One employees. Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, Firestone, Desserts by Dana and Iron Hill Brewery are among the local restaurants where students also had internships.

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ut & About Contributing Editor Bob Yearick will discuss Americans’ declining language skills on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Kid Shelleen’s in Wilmington. The event, sponsored by the Delaware Press Association, will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Yearick’s presentation, “The War on Words,” will begin at 7 p.m. He writes a column of the same name for O&A. Price is $10 for DPA members and $15 for non-members. Make reservations by contacting Katherine Ward at DelawarePress@aol.com or 655-2175. You may pay at the door, but please call ahead so that organizers have an accurate head count.

STATE'S NEW INITIATIVE One Downtown Development District in each county

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ov. Jack Markell announced last month that he has selected Seaford, Dover and Wilmington for designation as Downtown Development Districts (DDDs). Under the DDD program, the first three areas chosen must include one district in each county. The program, created by legislation proposed by the governor and passed unanimously by the General Assembly last year, provides incentives and other benefit to spur investment and community development. Funded with a $7 million allocation by the General Assembly, the program will be administered by the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA).

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MORE TIME, FREE ART! Delaware Art Museum makes changes

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ast month the Delaware Art Museum extended its hours and is now open to the public on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday evenings after 4 p.m. will be free and Sundays will remain free all day. The Museum Store and Thronson Café also will be open. Visit delart.org for a full list of programs, events and exhibitions on view.

STEM EXPO AT CAB CALLOWAY March 7 event includes screening of award-winning film

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osted by First State Robotics, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Expo at Cab Calloway Theatre on Saturday, March 7, will include local organizations displaying and demonstrating programs for students of all ages. In conjunction with the expo, a one-time screening of SlingShot, a movie about inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen and his quest to solve the world’s drinkable water shortage, will be shown. The recipient of many film festival awards, the film appeals to those interested in technical challenges, environmental issues and STEM pursuits.

SPRING CAREER FAIR UD event offers job, internship opportunities

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t the University of Delaware’s Spring Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 26, full-time, part-time, summer internship, volunteer and oncampus opportunities will be showcased. Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fair will provide an informative and diverse forum for employers and UD students to interact. For more information, visit udel.edu.

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nion City Grille owner Matthew Curtis, who has operated the restaurant since 2008, has turned the Wilmington eatery over to Brian Ashby, who will rename it 8th & Union Kitchen. The restaurant will feature a blend of contemporary American foods with strong Southeast Asian influences, says Ashby. The restaurant is slated to open this spring. Craft beer, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will all be available, alongside tiki drinks and classic American-style cheeseburgers. The 150-seat restaurant will include a 25-seat deck, banquet area and more. Ashby, also a chef, spent a few weeks in Thailand when he attended culinary school in Australia in 2007. He also worked in a Southeast Asian restaurant that focused on street food. “I’ve always been in love with it [Southeast Asian cuisine],” Ashby says.

11TH ANNUAL CITY RESTAURANT WEEK Fine dining for a deal

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ilmington’s premier restaurants are once again joining forces in the 11th annual City Restaurant Week from April 20-25. Diners will be able to enjoy prix-fixe menus at more than 14 fine dining destinations, including The Green Room, Domaine Hudson and Piccolina Toscana. Two-course lunches will be $15 per person and three-course dinners will be $35. Visit cityrestaurantweek.com.

NEW SLOGAN FOR DELAWARE TOURISM COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs

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fundraiser for the Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs’ Annual Fund for Kids is happening Thursday, Feb. 5, at Timothy’s On the Riverfront. An open bar, dinner, live music by The Splashing Pearls, silent auction, raffle and more are included in the ticket price ($50 in advance, $60 at the door). All proceeds go to the nonprofit. The event, hosted by Corporation Service Company, is from 6-9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at bgclubs.org/cocktails4acause.

“Endless Discoveries” aims to boost tourism

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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and contributors

Second Saturday Poets Meeting, as its name implies, the second Saturday of each month, this group offers amateur poets an opportunity to read their creations and receive positive feedback. Open mic readings are limited to five minutes, while one or two featured readers get 20 minutes. The Jackson Inn, on Lancaster Avenue in Wilmington, hosts these gatherings, which begin at 5 p.m. Drop in, sign up for the open mic, or just have an adult beverage and listen. Folks at the bar are generally quiet and respectful of the group. For more info, contact Barbara Gray at grayBEG@comcast.net.

River Rock Kitchen Last month we had a couple of relatives staying at the Westin on the Riverfront, and we decided to meet them there for breakfast before they left town. We had no expectations, but were more than pleasantly surprised. Everything was prepared to perfection and it was the best breakfast dish I've had in a long time. We were so pleased that we've already returned—and it was equally as great! Oh, and they're kid-friendly. Check it out. —Matthew Loeb, Creative Director

—Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor

Fairfax Hardware

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Sure, Lowe’s and Home Depot have just about everything, and the prices are great, but try finding an employee that actually knows the merchandise. That’s why places such as Fairfax Hardware (Fairfax Shopping Center, North Wilmington) will survive. The staff not only knows the inventory, they seem to relish problem-solving. Not sure how to go about a home repair? They’ll tell you what you need and often how to do it. And they have free calendars—usually with money-saving coupons.

HitRecord on TV is the debut television series from HitRecord production company, the brainchild of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt, of 50/50 and (500) Days of Summer fame, curates the variety show. HitRecord as a company is “open-source,” meaning any person with a collaborative mind can help produce music, animation or scripts. It’s a mashup of music videos, short stories, live performances, and much more. You not only get to view the short productions, but you’re allowed an inside glimpse at the creative process. HitRecord has won an Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. The show is a great reminder of the Internet’s ability to help people connect, collaborate, and create. Episode One is free to view on YouTube, and the complete first season is on Amazon Instant Video.

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Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Jim with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ► (jmiller@tsnpub.com)

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f you type the name “Bob Barrar” into Google, your browser will autofill to “Bob Barrar beer” before you finish typing. The very first link will direct you to an article titled “Meet the Medal Machine.” Published in a 2012 issue of Philly Beer Scene, the profile of Barrar lists his brewing accomplishments, which seem almost impossible for one individual: 14 Great American Beer Festival medals (that number is now 19) and ten World Beer Cup awards. Of course, if you’re into the local craft beer scene, you probably don’t need a Google search to tell you who Bob Barrar is. He’s currently the head brewer for Iron Hill Brewery’s Media location and the mastermind behind some of Iron Hill’s award-winning beers, most notably a gold medal Russian Imperial Stout. And now, after nearly 15 years with Iron Hill, he is partnering with several heavy hitters in the local craft beer scene to bring his beers to a much wider audience. This month, he will officially join forces will an all-star cast to form a new production brewery in Aston, Pa. ►

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“I’m super excited about this,” says Barrar, 42, of Rutledge, Pa. “I’m a little nervous, but also really excited at the same time.” The brewery, 2SP Brewing Company, is a joint venture between Barrar and an entity that arguably has transformed the area’s craft beer landscape—The Two Stones Pub restaurant group. The 10,000-square-foot 2SP production facility includes a 20-barrel brewhouse with 200 barrels of cellaring space. By May, it will be supplying fresh craft beer to Two Stones’ three area locations. The facility initially will distribute in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and a tasting room will be added by this fall. A bottling and canning operation will likely be in place by next year. Additionally, 2SP has secured 40 bourbon barrels and a sherry cask that will be used for aging an assortment of beers. While the brewery has yet to establish its lineup of flagship beers, Michael “Stigz” Stiglitz, co-founder of Two Stones Pub, says there probably will be a rotation that includes IPAs, a Belgian wit, and “DelCo lager,” a nod to Barrar’s native Delaware County. The idea to form a brewery seems a logical extension of the huge success Stiglitz and Ben “Gumbo” Muse have enjoyed since they opened the first Two Stones Pub in Newark in 2011. Located in the Chesmar Plaza just off Rt. 4, the original Two Stones raised the stakes for craft beer in Delaware by offering 24 craft beers on tap. The pub was a smash hit, and its success led to additional locations in North Wilmington and, most recently, Kennett Square. Stiglitz and Muse had long discussed the idea of opening a brewery, dating back to their days working together at the Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth. Stiglitz was a co-owner and Muse served as general manager. The pair would routinely go home and fire up the homebrew kettles after putting in long hours at the restaurant, and, like most homebrewers, they often kicked around the idea of commercially brewing their own beer.

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“We had dreams downstate of doing a brew pub with the right brewer,” Stiglitz says, “but my partnership [at the time] had no interest.” So they moved upstate to begin building Two Stones into what has become a craft beer destination. With three locations, Stiglitz and Muse have quickly established a locally-respected platform from which they will launch their own brand of craft beer. Stiglitz admits that it didn’t take long after opening the very first Newark restaurant for him to begin sowing the seeds for what would ultimately become 2SP Brewing Company. During the Newark pub’s first few months of business, Two Stones hosted a tasting event for Evolution Craft Brewing Company, formerly a Delaware-based brewery now located in Salisbury, Md. Stiglitz remembers making an offhand comment about opening a brewery to Evolution co-founder Tom Knorr. His reaction was less than encouraging. “Tommy literally spun around, grabbed both of my shoulders, stared me in the face, and said, ‘when you have a million dollars that you want to throw away, open up a brewery.’ “Because he knew I did not mean a small one.” By “small one,” Stiglitz refers to the success of “nanobreweries,” which focus on small-scale production. “These places are making phenomenal beer,” he says of threeand five-barrel breweries. “They’re small, they’re precise, and they’re awesome. But that’s not what we want to do. We want to be at a production level.”

We only serve great beer [at Two Stones], That’s the reason we waited until we found the right brewer. We wanted to do this because of who Bob is. —Michael Stiglitz Stiglitz and Muse had both worked with Barrar at Iron Hill in the early-to-mid 2000s, prior to their days at the Pickled Pig, and were familiar with his brewing skills. After opening the first Two Stones, Stiglitz would joke with Barrar about starting a brewery together whenever they ran into each other at a beer event. “He tried to ‘recruit’ me back in the day,” Barrar says with a laugh. At the time, Stiglitz’s overtures were not serious – he and Muse were too busy building restaurants to think about the heavy lift that a brewery would entail. But they knew if they eventually wanted to pursue a brewery, they needed a pro with the bona fides of someone like Barrar. “It was sort of a running joke for a while,” Muse says. “But early last year, [Barrar] mentioned that he was actually serious about this. “It was really good fortune for us.” Barrar got in touch with Muse and Stiglitz and told them of his interest, and that set the wheels in motion. "We only serve great beer [at Two Stones],” Stiglitz says. “That’s the reason we waited until we found the right brewer. We wanted to do this because of who Bob is.” ►

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With a brew master and partner now in place, Stiglitz again approached Tom Knorr from Evolution to ask him about the feasibility of starting a production brewery. Again, Knorr was skeptical. “He said, ‘I will help you The new brewery will be located in Aston, Pa. if you want it, but trust me, you do not want to do this,’” Stiglitz says. “I said don’t worry, we have an all-star brewer. When I told him who it was, he said, ‘Ok, you have a great brewer.’” Knorr began serving as a consultant, and Stiglitz says he has proved instrumental in everything from equipment acquisition to optimizing the layout of the new facility. Stiglitz says 2SP also has received consultative advice from Dave Benfield of Maryland’s DuClaw Brewing Company. In addition to Barrar, 2SP has brought in another seasoned craft beer veteran to help build the brand. Mike Contreras, formerly of Rogue and Dogfish Head, will serve as director of sales and marketing. “I learned a great deal at Rogue and Dogfish,” Contreras says. “But those were established brands. Here we’re starting from scratch, so there’s definitely a learning curve.” Contreras’s familiarity with the local beer scene is an asset he hopes to leverage to help put 2SP on the map. “From my perspective, the marketing is fun,” Contreras says of his dual responsibilities at 2SP. “But the best part with all of this is building relationships [on the sales end]. That’s what makes this job so great.” It’s those relationships that will hopefully prove to be the secret sauce for 2SP. “We have a loyal following of regulars,” Muse says of the fans that pack Two Stones Pubs nightly. “They will absolutely tell us if we’re doing something wrong. But we hope to hear a lot of great things, of course.” For Stiglitz and Muse, 2SP Brewing Company represents the “heart” that will pump blood—and beer—out to the many “arteries” that they have created with Two Stones Pub. While they are excited to augment the already impressive beer lists they’ve established, they’re also mindful of the standards they have set for themselves. “I don’t want it to be selective or definitive with just our beers,” Stiglitz says of serving 2SP beers at Two Stones. “I don’t want it to be forced on anybody. I want our beer drinkers to come in, look up at that board, and say, ‘yes, they do belong up there. They are just as great as those beers.’ “But we have to make sure they deserve to be up on that board. We don’t serve bad beers.” And with the “medal machine” on board, Stiglitz does not expect that to change. “He’s perfect,” Stiglitz says of Barrar. “Not just because of the medals, but because of who he is. His passion, his fear of failure. “If he had said no, we would not have done this.”

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CENTRAL TO THE COMMUNITY The YMCA continues to draw a diverse membership to downtown Wilmington—and their goals don’t always involve fitness By Rob Kalesse

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or the last 87 years, the six-story building at the corner of 11th and North Washington streets in downtown Wilmington has welcomed every walk of life imaginable. White collar or blue collar, rich or poor, black or white, politically connected or disenfranchised, all are welcome at the Central YMCA. They come to run on the famous row of treadmills overlooking West 12th Street, or to swim a few laps in the seven-lane pool. They come for a quick workout or a pickup basketball game. And then there are those who are there

because Central offers affordable, low-rent housing and hot meals, including lunch five days a week, Thursday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast, all served in the lounge area, where there are TVs and a billiard table. Ever since the brick-and-limestone building was erected in May of 1927, it’s been more than just a gym or a fitness center. At a time when Wilmington’s reputation is reeling from epithets leveled by local and national media, the Central Y offers a sense of community, camaraderie and a connection with its surroundings that continues to bring Delawareans downtown. ► FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The first U.S. Youth Men’s Christian Association was formed in Boston in 1851, after originating in London just seven years earlier. By the time the YMCA officially made its way to Delaware in 1889, it had been established as a flourishing community-based organization focusing on social responsibility in a safe environment. Today, the YMCA of Delaware operates six branches statewide, and employs more than 1,200 people (closer to 1,600 during summer camping season), according to President and CEO Deborah Bagatta-Bowles. “The community we employ is as diverse as the community we serve,” Bagatta-Bowles says. “In fact, we are often the first job for high school and college students, and we also employ many retirees.” Lee Bunting is one such employee, joining the Central Y right out of the University of Delaware in 1979 as program director. He remained there until 1985, when he left to work at branches in Philadelphia, Chicago and upstate New York. He returned to Delaware in 2011 as executive director of the Downtown Y, which encompasses both the Central and Walnut Street Ys. “Pretty much right after I graduated from UD, except for a stint doing grad work at the University of Indiana, I’ve always been a YMCA employee,” Bunting says. “I liked the atmosphere of the Y, because everyone always got along with each other so well. It was amazing to see back then, and it’s even more amazing to see some 30 years later. And this building, in particular, has everything you could want in a fitness center.” Even Bagatta-Bowles, in her limited time since joining the YMCA of Delaware in 2013, sees the significance of the Central Y. “It really is a beautiful old building, and you’d never know there was any racial tension in this country when you walk in there.” Central features separate men’s and women’s steam and sauna rooms (the only Y to do so out of the six locations), five racquetball courts, two squash courts and two indoor basketball courts. The exercise machines offer the latest in technology (most of the treadmills are hardwired to the Internet), and for those who want to go old school, there’s plenty of iron to lift. There are countless spinning, yoga and Body Pump classes, daycare, 180 rooms for rent, and what some members now refer to on Facebook as the “dreadmill.”

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Coined by those who use the track located above the basketball court, the “dreadmill” is a convenient alternative to outdoor running during cold weather. It takes 24 laps around the monotonous oval to reach one mile, and members used to line up to use the track on freezing winter days, according to Bunting. Wayne Kursh, founder of Races 2 Run, has painful memories of the track. “In the early ‘80s, we had the winter from hell, and there was ice on the ground everywhere,” Kursh says. “I couldn’t run outside, so I ran on that ‘dreadmill’ for two-and-half-hours training for the Delaware Marathon. It was brutal running that oval for that long, because you feel like a mouse on a wheel. It was the weirdest run I’ve ever had, but I lived to tell about it.” Races 2 Run, the Mid-Atlantic’s preeminent race event organizers, produces the Mayor’s Icicle Race every January, with the Central Y as the start and finish place. These days, Kursh spends most of his time in Rehoboth Beach and Key West, but every January he says his memories of the dreadmill are jogged to life. While the indoor track doesn’t get as much mileage as it once did, the swimming pool is still one of the Central Y’s biggest attractions, and the place where Bunting’s life changed forever.

CENTRAL CONNECTIONS On a bitter cold day in January, Lee Bunting walks the marcasite floors of the Central Y across the building to the seven-lane lap pool. It was there, years ago, that he met Criss Irvin. A teacher at Monteith Middle School in Claymont, Irvin would bring students to Central for swim and physical education classes.

“We got to know each other and after a while started talking about tennis,” Bunting recalls. “I asked if she wanted to play sometime, so we met at the Rodney Street courts. Unfortunately for me, she didn’t mention that she was a collegiate player at UD, so she whooped me pretty good.” The two continued to see each other at the Y, connecting with mutual friends, running together in the Icicle Race, and even playing squash together, which led to one unfortunate accident six months into their relationship. “It was on a Saturday and we stopped in to my office on the second level to grab my racquet,” Bunting says. “Her hand was in the door when I closed it and it pinched off about a halfinch of her thumb. It was awful. Needless to say, we didn’t play squash that day.” Despite Criss’ quick dispatching of Lee in tennis, and Lee’s near-severing of her thumb, their friendship grew into a romance, and within three years, they were married. But they certainly aren’t the only couple whose marriage had its beginning at the YMCA. Part-time fitness instructor Warren Cox met his future wife, Aly Gauthier, at Central in the summer of 2010. She was on the elliptical machine, and he struck up a conversation. “She was only there for a 30-minute workout, but I guess I just kept talking and talking, and before you know it, an hour had passed,” Cox says. “Eventually she agreed to go out with me for dinner and a movie.” The two got engaged in September of 2013, married this past August, and are now expecting their first child in July. Aly believes Central is a great spot to meet new people, because there’s always a young crowd present. ►

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“I was about 30 when we met, and I remember living in Trolley Square and seeing so many Y members out at the CENTRAL TO THE COMMUNITY bars,” Cox says. “It was like Trolley was the spot to hang continued from previous page out socially at night, but the Central Y was the place to hang out during the day.” In addition to budding romances and lifelong friendships, Central is the spot for Delaware celebrity sightings. Mike Graves, who was CEO from 1987-2013, met countless new friends during his tenure and recalls seeing many state, county and city movers and shakers on a regular basis. “Even today, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons work out there regularly, and did when I worked there,” Graves says. “Mayor Dan Frawley, [former Philadelphia Phillies owner] Ruly Carpenter, Joe Biden, [former Kelly’s Logan House owner and county sheriff] John Kelly, [Delaware Superior Court Judge] Ferris Wharton—you name it. If they were a big name in Delaware, particularly Wilmington, they met at the Central Y, either to work out or even hold court, so to speak.” Senator Carper has exercised regularly at the Y for two decades. Last year, he even conducted his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge there. But unless you’re an especially early riser, you might not catch the senator before he heads off to the nation’s capital. “I’ve been working out at the Central Y for more than 20 years, along with my wife Martha and our two boys when they were living at home,” Carper says. “I prefer to work out early in the morning there before I jump on the 7:15 train to Washington. I usually lift weights or use the elliptical, and I haven’t missed a day of work due to illness in over 35 years. I attribute that to staying physically fit, and much of that is done at the Central Y.” Today, younger members like Kristy Carpenter also go there for the chance to connect with fellow Delawareans. Carpenter moved from New Jersey for employment about five years ago, and the Y has been one of the most consistent aspects of her life ever since. “For the first year I lived in Wilmington, I was a member of [another local gym],” Carpenter says. “It was easy and cheap, but it just wasn’t doing it for me. For someone who didn’t know a lot of people here, I needed more. I was looking to make connections, and I wasn’t getting that.” The 27-year-old was working for Enterprise Rent-A-Car after graduating with a business degree from Widener University. Little did she know that her time at the Central Y would go from casual member to instructor to what will eventually become a brand new career.

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“I was able to get a job at Rowan University, and am now finishing my masters there in wellness and health promotion,” Carpenter says. “After I started teaching Body Pump classes at the Central Y, I knew it was something I wanted to do with my life. Seeing people change their lives and lifestyles is very inspiring. I wanted more of that.” Carpenter says that besides finding a new calling, she’s met one of her “best friends”—fellow member Kristin Roberts—while working out at the Y. Carpenter credits the “feeling of being accepted without any judgment” as the reason she and Roberts began talking and hanging out. Now that Central has launched social mixers, Carpenter and Roberts might be making more new friends very soon.

MIXING IT UP Chrissy Shiring, associate executive director at the Central Y for three years and a YMCA employee for 15 years, knows the benefits of staying connected with both current and potential members. While social media platforms are an obvious choice to foster those relationships, she feels that person-to-person interaction is equally important, so she organized the Central Y’s first social mixer in early January. Members ($5) and non-members ($10) could enroll in an hour-long class at the Y, then clean up and head across the street to the Washington Street Ale House’s Maraschino Room, where they would meet for complimentary food and soda and a cash bar. The goal was to allow members to see each other out of the fitness center on a social level. The first event was a big success. “We had more than 70 people come out to the Ale House, and even though we were only scheduled until 8 p.m., almost the entire crowd stayed out past 9, and that was on a weeknight,” Shiring says. “We had live music playing and there was a tremendous cross-section of people, both young and old.” Naturally, a lot of the conversation at the first social mixer turned toward career aspirations and employment. “We’ve had plenty of instances here where, through engaging with members around them, people have found new employment, or hired people for their own firms and companies,” Shiring says. “In a social setting, like a restaurant, that’s even more likely to happen. Making that connection is what we’re all about.” Carpenter also attended the first mixer, and was astonished at how popular the event was. “With the live music, it was cool to see people in a different atmosphere. I met members that I’ve instructed but never really hung out with socially. A lot of times after classes, you feel rushed. This gave everyone more opportunity to really get to know each other.” Roberts, a 27-year-old special education teacher at Bancroft Elementary, taught the Body Pump class the night of the social mixer, even getting her father to come in and attend. “He really liked the atmosphere and eventually became a member, even though he’d really never stepped foot in a gym before,” Roberts says. “I think the mixer had a big effect on him as well, because it was so laidback. I really enjoyed seeing people you sweat next to all week in a different atmosphere, dressed up nice and socializing. It was a pretty cool experience.” Shiring is already in the process of planning an in-house event on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Central Y, with a coffeehouse theme. Complimentary Starbucks will be served and the Gene Huff Trio will perform. She also has her eyes set on a Feb. 18 guest bartender fundraiser at BBC Tavern and Grill in Greenville.

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or nearly a quarter century, Deborah BagattaBowles has been consumed by her job. For most people, that might be a recipe for an early retirement (or even an early grave). But BagattaBowles works for the YMCA, and feels very fortunate to have found her calling. “From early on, I was drawn to the Y because I saw the difference that could be made when you work so closely with your own community,” the New York native says. “It brought the best out in me, it allowed me to bring my skills to another level, and I learned a lot.” After working for several New York state branches, Bagatta-Bowles now finds herself at the helm of the YMCA of Delaware, becoming the non-profit’s newest CEO and president in 2013. Deborah Bagatta-Bowles has been head of From the jump, she was excited at the prospect of the YMCA of Delaware for two years. living in the First State and directing a statewide institution in her new home. “I’ve always loved coming to Delaware to visit, especially when our family was younger and we would travel to the beaches for vacation,” the mother of two says. “There is great quality of life here, but to be able to work in the only place where the Y is statewide, well, that got me excited about the opportunity here.” Bagatta-Bowles spent most of her first year in Delaware living at the Rodney Residences, hitting the Downtown Y for her hour-long workouts. Now she lives in North Wilmington, where she frequents the Brandywine Y. As she looks at the road ahead of her, Bagatta-Bowles sees the advantages of a statewide program. As she puts it, “We can do almost anything for a family that needs it, and we can incubate programs here and be an example for other YMCA locations across the country.” She explains that in all other states, there are several independent associations with separate leadership. In Delaware, the YMCA acts as one entity, making it easier to make decisions on key initiatives—like the child water safety program Water Wise, and Diabetes Prevention—for all branches. She says that this makes it easier to get legislators on board to endorse the Y’s message. The benefit to members is that it allows them to belong to every YMCA branch in the state. So if a Wilmington Y member goes to the Delaware beaches in the summer, she or he can use the Y in Rehoboth Beach without paying a guest fee. One area that Bagatta-Bowles views as a weakness is the lack of service to certain areas of the state. Though six YMCA locations might seem like enough for a state with three counties, four of those branches are located in New Castle County. “We certainly need to do a lot more work downstate, and my goal is to have a YMCA program within reach of everyone in Delaware,” Bagatta-Bowles says. “That means that within 15 to 20 minutes of each Delawarean’s home, there should be a YMCA facility. Even if that means providing transportation, let’s discuss how we can make that happen.” First up is the potential of a Middletown Y, followed by expanding the YMCA in Sussex County, where Bagatta-Bowles and her family spent those family vacations years ago. “The Y in Rehoboth Beach is very small, so I would like to build something that represents the changes in population that area has seen,” she says.

ROUTINE WORKOUT AT CENTRAL HELPS SAVE 500 DELAWARE JOBS One of Dan Eason’s routine workouts at the Central Y helped save hundreds of Delaware jobs, and got him an invitation to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. It all started when Eason saw Congressman John Carney exercising at Central and decided to introduce himself and share his story. It wasn’t a happy one. As a senior benefits analyst with health insurance giant Cigna, Eason was concerned about potential layoffs because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act that would have caused jobs to move overseas. He told Carney that because Cigna employees in Delaware specifically sell, write, manage and service expatriate health insurance, certain measures would need to be taken to protect them. Carney and the other members of Delaware’s Congressional delegation, Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, got to work on the Expatriate Health Coverage Clarification Act, clarifying that the Affordable Healthcare Act does not apply to expatriate health insurance plans. The bill passed the House of Representatives in April last year, and was part of an omnibus spending package signed into law in late 2014. It helped save the jobs of more than 500 Cigna employees in Delaware. As a result of their conversation, Carney invited his new friend to be his guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20. As he prepared for the trip to Washington, Eason said, “I’m thrilled that my job is safe, and I’m thrilled to be able to attend the President’s speech tonight. And I’m grateful to Congressman Carney and Senators Carper and Coons for their hard work on this issue.” Eason lives in Claymont with his wife Jessica Moret and his step-son and step-daughter. He also has three adult daughters. He has worked for Cigna Global Benefits since January 2008.

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Build upper body strength and endurance by shooting lifesize foam animals at New Castle 100 Archers indoor range in Newark. A $35 Saturday class gets the novice a loaner bow and arrows, instruction, and an hour of shooting. Delaware Archery Club member Gary Proctor says it’s family friendly, and the club plans to add dinosaurs to the menagerie of deer, cougars, elk, alligators and coyotes, because kids will love it. In March, 3D Archery moves outdoors to the 13-acre wooded property. FYI: Wednesday is Ladies Night ($20). nc100archers.com, 722.7997 ► FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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An ancient Mideast tradition, belly dancing was developed to strengthen a woman’s core for childbirth, says Jewel’s Belly Dance Company instructor Layla. Today, it’s a freeform dance base that uses 90 percent of the body’s muscles in a low-impact workout. What to expect: laughter; women (sometimes men) of all ages and sizes; and relaxed instruction to modern Mideastern music. Wear comfortable clothes; dance barefoot or in ballet slippers; hip scarves provided for extra jingle. Come at 6 p.m. for the beginner class in Bear ($12), stay for the 7 p.m. class (no charge). More classes at delawarebellydance. org., jewelsbellydanceco.com, i2dance@comcast.net

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If you’re nuts enough to launch off a cliff or bridge anchored by a rubber band, you’ll have to do it elsewhere. The closest pro outfit is in Tyrone, Ky. (facebook.com/VertigoBungee).

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Disc golf is like traditional golf, except the putters, midranges and drivers are weighted discs. With fewer trees and obstacles than other courses, White Clay Creek State Park is great for novices, says Delaware Disc Golf member Robert Marley. Once you’ve got the hang of hitting the chain baskets 200plus feet away, try other courses, including Bellevue, Iron Hill, Brandywine Creek and Trap Pond (complete list at dediscgolf.com/ courses). Visit the Facebook page to find other people who are looking for casual play to get started. dediscgolf.com

FENCING

To those willing to learn to be nimble and quick by facing an armed opponent: Touché! Try fencing at the Chinese American Community Center in Hockessin. Monday group classes, individual lessons by appointment. Cost varies. caccdelaware.org, 239.0432

FIELD PAINTBALL

Indoor arena paintball often leaves beginners unhappy with welts from point-blank hits in close quarters. A better option for newbies also happens to be a great cardio workout—paintball in a field, says Barry, who owns Paintball Action Games. His Newark outfit has three-acre fields with interesting terrain, trees and manmade barriers. For $30, players get a facemask, marker gun, 200 paintballs, CO2 propellant, instruction and four hours of play (6 – 12 games) with trained referees. Grab some friends or join a pickup team. Dress for messy fun. paintballactiongames.com

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For those who experience separation anxiety from a gadget-less hour in nature, there’s geocaching. The idea: use GPS coordinates to find caches (as small as a pill bottle) hidden in odd places; then sign the log inside the cache to commemorate your find. Hardcore geocachers use an off-road GPS starting at $100 (a car GPS won’t work), but a $10 smartphone app from Geocaching.com is great, too. Delaware’s got 2,883 active caches, so you won’t get bored. The trend today is quick-hit urban caching, says geocacher Mike Ott, but he still hides caches in places like White Clay Creek State Park because it’s nice to have a goal on a hike. geocachingde.com

HULA HOOPING

It burns 100 calories in 15 minutes, and you’ll be a sensation at the next hipster music festival.

ICE SKATING AND SLEDDING

Make the most of winter weather at popular public hills, including New Castle County’s Delcastle, Glasgow, and Rockwood parks, and try Wilmington’s new outdoor attraction: the Horizon Riverfront Rink (650.2336). Year-round skating happens at Wilmington Ice Arena in North Wilmington (656.5005), The Pond Ice Arena (266.0777) and Fred Rust Ice Arena (831.2868), both in Newark.

HASHING

Been nurturing a beer gut for years? Welcome to hashing, the sport for drinkers with a running problem. You’d better have a sense of humor, because hashers have a reputation for merciless teasing. The play: prior to a run, the club “hare” sets a trail of 2-5 miles for the “hounds.” It could be on pavement, in woods, among thorns, and/or through water. Generally, there’s a beer stop along the way, says Chris Donahue, of Hockessin Hash House Harriers (H4) and Blue Hen Hash Harriers (H3). Run, jog, walk, crawl, skip— whatever. But at the end, circle up at the “Down Down” (designated drinking hole) to make fun of those who did especially dumb –or smart—things. Bring: ID, “virgins, tutus, Band-Aids, kilts, an alibi, and honey badgers that don’t care.” The H4 club runs Saturdays rain/shine with 25-plus hares, H3 runs at odd times and stops for beer often. $5; virgins run free. hockessinhash.org, bh4@bluehen-h3.org

KAYAKING

It’s never too cold to practice kayak maneuvers safely—indoors at the Western YMCA. Sundays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., $5 and up. Wear a bathing suit. Kayaks and flotation devices are provided. ymcade.org, jkoroly@ymcade.org, 709.9622 x1126

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Dim the lights, roll the disco ball, and swivel around a pole in a hot pink room to the instructor’s cue with a handful of gals at the Pole Power Studio in Salisbury and Ocean City, Md. It’s edgy, it’s sexy, it’s a confidence builder for women about moving their bodies. What it’s not is a striptease lesson, says instructor Angela Houck. “It’s a whole body workout. We aren’t running around in pasties.” And it’s definitely not co-ed (though it is fun to show your partner new moves at home). What to expect: camaraderie, pose and spin instruction, and choreography breakdown until everyone can do the whole routine together. Wear shorts for good skin-to-pole contact. High heels are not for beginners. thepolepowerstudio@gmail.com, 1.87.POLE.DIVA FUN AND FUNKY FITNESS— FROM A TO Z continued from previous page

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If you love a good drum beat and a sweaty, intense workout, try turbo kick boxing at Fit Studio in Wilmington. The last 20 minutes of class features the hot new fitness craze “Pound It.” What to expect: lunge and hit the ground with a weighted drumstick to the beat of lively music. “The best part is it that concentrating on the pattern of the drumming takes your mind off the intense exercise. You just did 120 squats or lunges and had no idea,” says instructor Joanie Sotomayor. It’s a high rep, low weight, low impact activity, and you’ll feel it everywhere, especially biceps and quads. For beginners, Sotomayor also cues and demonstrates less intense modifications. Check out a Pound It video at Joaniefit.com and watch for dedicated Pound It classes at Fit soon. Drumsticks and towels provided. Wear loose-fitting clothes. Exercise barefoot or in shoes that are easy to pivot in. Avoid heavy shoes and shoes that grip the floor. $16 drop-in rate. fitdelaware.com | fitstudio@msn.com, 777.4fit

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Fishnets are optional, but a good sports bra is essential, says Tabitha “Cheetahs Never Prosper” Bendel of Diamond State Roller Girls. Known for its bad girl nicknames and outrageous digs, roller derby remains fun but has become a lot more athletic in recent years. Women (of all ages) still dominate the sport, but men are welcome, too. A $35 monthly fee covers roller rink time and referees. It’s a contact sport, so gear up with a helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards, kneepads, mouth guard, (about $150 new) and quad skates for Monday/Thursday practices at Christiana Skating Rink in Newark. Also optional: warrior face paint for Saturday/ Sunday bouts. Season: March to November. facebook.com/diamondstaterollergirls, dsrginfo@gmail.com

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SOCIAL DANCING

Guys: Tired of the sausage fest at the gym? Learn to dance. It’s good exercise with major upside: guys who are confident on the dance floor have an edge over their bulked-up buddies because gals love to dance, says Take the Lead Dance Studio owner Peter Ennis. It’s how he met his wife. Get a free intro lesson at the Hockessin studio, then try a group class ($10) or a Saturday Dance Social ($15)—no partner necessary. New Castle County has classes ($24/residents) and community dances, too, including Feb. 7 and March 6 at Brandywine Community Recreation Center ($20/advance, $25/door). Salsa, swing, waltz, tango, hustle, rumba, fox trot, cha-cha, jitterbug—it’s all great exercise, a fantastic confidence builder, and good for psychological health, Ennis says. “You can have the worst day, but you forget your problems when you start to move.” taketheleaddancestudio.com, 234.0909 nccde.org/communityservices, BillSappDance@gmail.com And Fit Gym offers Argentine Tango. You don’t have to be a member to take classes. Tango is a six-week course ww for $90. Wear casual clothes and shoes with leather soles. fitdelaware.com | fitstudio@msn.com, 777.4fit

SPELUNKING

Delaware’s got only one small cave and its location is a well-kept secret, so you’ll have to cross the border to enjoy the challenge of hunting through dark caves. However, you can enjoy it with other Delawareans through Commander Cody Caving Club. caves.org, cccchtml@gmail.com

ZIP-LINING

Go ape at Lums Pond State Park in Bear, with 42 crossings, (some traverse ponds), rope ladders, Tarzan swings, trapezes, and more. The climbing, obstacles and feats of balance are great fun and good exercise. The Season starts Saturday, March 21. A two-hour treetop excursion is $57 for adults, $37 for kids. Make a day of it and explore Lums’ 1,790 acres: 10 miles of trails, disc golf, kayak and boat rentals, horseshoe pits, playground and picnic areas. There is a $3/vehicle/ entrance fee for residents. goape.com, 410.787.2417.

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EXPAND YOUR MIND —AND YOUR HORIZONS Check these continuing ed opportunities

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n line with the Self-Improvement theme of this month’s issue, we’ve provided plenty of diet and exercise suggestions aimed at slimming your waist. But what about expanding your mind? For those looking to get ahead in their careers or just take up a new hobby or intellectual pursuit, here are a couple of places where you can follow your bliss:

A sampling of classes and workshops include: Abstract Contemporary Painting, Art Inspired by Nature, Beginning Animation, Black and White Photo Techniques, Encaustic Painting, Green Design and Web Design Fundamentals. The spring semester begins Feb. 16. To view the current catalog or register online, visit dcad.edu/CE or call 622.8867, ext. 110.

DELAWARE COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN CONTINUING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT The Continuing Education Department of the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), located in downtown Wilmington, offers students the opportunity to sharpen skills and enhance artistic abilities through focused, compact courses and workshops that develop creative and technical skills needed to excel. Areas of study include: Web and Graphic Design, Fine Arts/ Studio Art, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Photography, as well as Young Artist Programs. These small classes—conducted by an engaging faculty of working art and design professionals— focus on individual success and artistic exploration.

UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE: PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING STUDIES UD has a long tradition of extending educational opportunities and services to the state and global community. As the portal to the University for adult and post-traditional learners, the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies provides access to courses, programs and skills to enable you to achieve your goal. Learners range in age from 16 to 90, and include many of Delaware’s major organizations. They are engaged in the classroom, at the work site, and through distance learning. Whether you want to complete your degree, hone your skills through a certificate program, or pursue personal interests, UD is for you. For more info, go to: pcs.udel.edu/certificate.

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Volunteers from Bank of America do a bit of landscaping at Bellevue State Park.

Get Involved: VolunteeR Food and shelter. Animal care. The Environment. Education. There are myriad opportunities throughout the state for you to have a positive impact on others—and yourself. By Krista Connor

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he idea of volunteering can sometimes create anxiety. Time commitment concerns, not knowing what opportunities are out there, narrowing down options from the roughly 1,000 nonprofits in Delaware—these are just a few of the angst-inducing considerations. “Just choosing the organization is an obstacle in itself,” says Kim Turner, communications director at the Food Bank of Delaware. “It’s important for individuals to do research about the cause they want to support and then choose an organization that is most in line with their ideals.” Naomi Leibowitz, marketing and communications coordinator at no-kill animal adoption center Delaware Humane Association, says people sometimes are afraid that seeing homeless animals will be a depressing experience, or that they will want to take all the pets home but can’t, she says. “Once they visit, however, they find it to be a wonderful, positive experience that is highly rewarding,” Leibowitz says. Whether the nonprofit is focused on feeding and sheltering homeless, building homes, rescuing animals, protecting the environment, or preserving nature and history, they all share three characteristics:

1. Volunteers are absolutely essential. “Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization,” says Turner. “Last year we had 15,691 volunteer visits for a total of 41,455 donated hours.” That’s the equivalent of 19 full-time staff members. 2. Programs are extremely flexible. If you can’t volunteer daily, weekly or monthly, you have the option of signing up once for an hour or two. “It is not necessary to commit large blocks of time on an ongoing basis in order to volunteer,” says Marie Keefer, deputy director of human resources at the Ministry of Caring in Wilmington. “If someone has just a few hours to help out now and then, we will be happy to find a place for them to serve.” 3. By helping others, we help ourselves. Says Turner: “While volunteers help put much-needed food into the hands of struggling Delawareans, our volunteers also tell us how good they feel volunteering. Research shows that individuals who volunteer are happier.” A recent United Health Group survey of volunteers bears out her statement. Seventy-six percent of volunteers said volunteering has made them feel healthier, and 94 percent said it improves their mood. So help others while feeling better about yourself by checking out these opportunities and finding one or more that fit your interests and your schedule: ► FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“We provide Delawareans with their most basic need – food. We believe that no one should have to go hungry in our state,” says Turner of the Food Bank of Delaware. Aside from flexible daytime volunteer opportunities, the Food Bank offers evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays and select Saturdays during the month. Work includes sorting, stocking, organizing and packaging foods, along with clerical and teaching opportunities in nutrition and health. Get involved: fbd.org. Last year, more than 100 volunteers worked more than 7,500 hours delivering fresh, hot, nutritious meals to the elderly and homebound through Meals On Wheels Delaware. “We deliver about 130 meals every day,” says Stefanie Thomas, nutrition director and Meals On Wheels coordinator at the Newark Senior Center. “Without the volunteers that would not be possible. They are the backbone to this program.” Delivering meals takes only about an hour to an hour-and-ahalf, and Thomas says many people do this on their lunch break. Detailed directions are provided for volunteers; each route includes eight to 17 stops. Get involved: mealsonwheelsde.org.

Youth Mentoring

Wilmington nonprofit Connecting Generations creates volunteer opportunities through its Creative Mentoring Program, which supports in-school programs for at-risk youth in all three Delaware counties. Free training is provided for mentors. The program started in 1996 with 60 mentors in nine Delaware schools. Today more than 2,500 mentors are working in 70 schools throughout the state. Volunteers have served more than 12,000 people, a third of the number of students from low-income homes in Delaware schools. While this represents progress, the organization is always in need of mentors to better serve the community. Get involved: connecting-generations.org. Similar organizations include Urban Promise (urbanpromise. org) and AmeriCorps (nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps).

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Photo Ministry of Caring

2015 Volunteers receive instructions before lunch at Emmanuel Dining Room.

Serving the Homeless

The Sunday Breakfast Mission provides shelter for more than 200 homeless men, women and children nightly, and the Ministry of Caring annually serves about 179,236 meals. They also provide a network of social, health and support services to help individuals get back on their feet. This creates a plethora of volunteer opportunities, ranging from serving or cooking meals to providing mentoring, child-care services and legal aid. Says Keefer: “Volunteers often get a sense of belonging, and enjoy the social aspect of working with other staff members for a common goal.” She says it also helps with résumé-building as well as learning or enhancing specific skills. For volunteers who are unavailable weekdays, Keefer says Ministry of Caring programs like the Emmanuel Dining Room are open on weekends. Get involved: sundaybreakfastmission.org; ministryofcaring. org or contact Keefer at 428-3652 or by email at mkeefer@ ministryofcaring.org. A similar organization is Sojourners’ Place (sojournersplace.org).

Building Projects

More than 7,600 people live in substandard housing conditions in New Castle County alone. Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County combats this need by building more than 20 homes a year for low-income families at a price of $125,000$130,000 each. Habitat currently is seeking help in recovering the Wilmington neighborhoods of East Side, Eastlawn, Gander Hill, 11th Street Bridge, and Vandever Avenue, along with East Lake Street in Middletown. Get involved: habitatncc.org/about-us.

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Leibowitz notes that DHA is a great place for families to volunteer together, and people who are not able to keep a pet at home can have the opportunity to spend time with them at DHA instead. “The ultimate goal is to ensure that the animals are happy, healthy, trained and well-socialized,” says Leibowitz. “This improves their chances for adoption and reduces the amount of time they spend in the shelter prior to adoption.” Volunteers are needed seven days a week. Walk a dog one hour a week and it will make a major difference, Leibowitz notes. DHA volunteer foster parent Deanna Reid, of Smyrna, with Volunteer opportunities also are available at her foster puppies, Miranda and Murphy. the association’s satellite adoption centers (PetSmart at Brandywine Town Center and Concord Pet Foods and Supplies at Chestnut Run Shopping Center and The Shoppes of Graylyn) as well as off-site events that may be more convenient for volunteers. Get involved: dehumane.org. Similar organizations include Delaware SPCA (delspca.org), Faithful Friends Animal Society (faithfulfriends.us) and National Humane Society (humanesocietynational.org).

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

If you’re passionate about the environment and building community, Wilmington’s Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) may the place for you. Make a local impact by joining greening initiatives like community gardens, which produce healthy food for people who need it; plant trees, do public landscaping, improve air quality, serve on committees and more. “We have episodic opportunities at different times throughout the year, so people can come out and volunteer once,” says Membership and Volunteer Coordinator Marcia Stephenson. “We also have some opportunities for volunteers to do important tasks from home, or on their own schedule as time allows, such as data entry or flyer distribution.” Get involved: thedch.org. One-third of the work done in Delaware State Parks is conducted by volunteers—the equivalent of 57 full-time staff members. Says Glen Stubbolo, chief of volunteer and community involvement: “We borrow from the experiential learning model of ‘challenge by choice’ by offering opportunities for folks to volunteer at their skill, comfort and interest level.” Internships for all college majors are available, along with trail work, conservation projects and special events. Volunteers also can work at the Nature Center, on musical, theater and historical projects, and more. “Delaware State Parks is prepared to meet people where they are at and do what we can to craft a volunteer activity that meets the volunteers’ needs and interests as well as a need in the park,” says Stubbolo. Get involved: Fill out the online application at DEStateParks.com/VolunteerApplication.

Historical Organizations

Volunteers at the Delaware Historical Society, which was founded in 1864, are vital to the success of the Delaware History Museum, the Read House & Gardens, the Research Library and all areas of programming and operation at DHS. Get involved: Email deinfo@dehistory.org or call 655-716. Similar organizations include the New Castle Historical Society (newcastlehistory. org), Longwood Gardens (longwoodgardens.org), Winterthur (winterthur.org) and Hagley Museum & Library (hagley.org). These highlights cover only a small percentage of the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the state. More can be found here: greatnonprofits.org/state/Delaware.

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nce primarily used to sprout “fur” on clay statutes, chia seeds now are the “Superfood of the Aztecs.” Grown in Mexico and South America, they’re proof that good things come in small packages. “It’s the size of a speck but it’s nutrient-dense and loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein,” says V. Capaldi, aka PaleoBoss Lady, who has a blog devoted to the Paleo lifestyle, which focuses on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. The former Delaware resident now lives in Venice Beach, Calif.

Chia seeds are gluten-free and low calorie, she says, and they have a strong antioxidant that supports bone health. The seeds are among a growing group of nutritional marvels that fall under the label “Superfoods,” a buzzword in health magazines. The group includes avocados, blueberries, kale and broccoli. They’re typically whole, unprocessed foods that provide multiple benefits. But do they really deliver the goods? And can too much superfood be super bad? ► FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Nutrients like fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids are plentiful in chia seeds.

Packing a Punch Compared to other foods, particularly processed products, superfoods provide “more bang for the buck,” says Beverly Dennett, a personal trainer and nutrition coach based in North Wilmington. Many contain antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals, says Beth Kelly, a dietitian with the Kenny Family ShopRite stores in Delaware. But because the FDA doesn’t regulate the term, marketers can use it however they wish. “Everything has a marketing element to it these days. However, there is some pretty decent science on nutrients and antioxidants,” says Dr. Deb Laino of Wilmington, who recently became a certified nutritionist. Best known as a sexual and relationship counselor, Laino recently finished the recipe book, Sex in the Kitchen, which showcases superfoods. Many consumers up their intake of a certain superfood to tackle health concerns, such as a heart issue, or to prevent one. However, research isn’t conclusive in some areas. Claims that acai berries might provide anti-aging benefits and help with weight loss, for instance, are unsubstantiated at this point. Yet we do know that the berries are high in nutrient-rich flavonoids and antioxidants, which can block the cell damage that may cause cancer.

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Listen and Learn Depending on the condition, a superfood could hurt rather than help. Food sensitivities and allergies are factors, as are medications. For instance, people with allergies to sesame seeds could also be allergic to chia seeds, Kelly notes. The seeds are reportedly good for lowering blood pressure. However, if you’re on blood pressure medication or blood thinners, consult a professional before sprinkling them in smoothies and soups. ►

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SEVEN SUPERFOODS The list of superfoods is long, but here are seven popular food items that have reached superstar status Avocado Capaldi usually eats one a day—if not more. “Omega-3s, baby!” she says. “We all need them, and these are filled with good fat.” Kelly agrees. “They’re a great plant-based fat replacement for butter and other saturated fats.” A monosaturated fat, avocados are also full of antioxidants and fiber.

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Blueberries Current research is focusing on the berry’s role in improving cardiovascular health, brain health, insulin response and cancer prevention, Kelly says. We do know that blueberries are rich in fiber, which is good for digestive and heart health.

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Coconut oil Capaldi is a big fan. “The benefits of coconut oil are amazing,” she says. “The oil is perfect for supporting a high-fat, low-carb lifestyle. It works well at high temps. In addition, it’s great for your skin, and it’s an anti-inflammatory.” Cooks love the oil’s high smoke point, Laino says. “You can cook with it, moisturize with it, use it for sexual lubrication, and oil pull with it – and the list goes on.” (Oil pulling involves swishing the oil, an antibacterial, in your mouth for a short time to “pull” out bacteria.) Coconut also reportedly helps with weight loss, the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and heart health. Research is still in the early stages, Kelly says. ►

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Remember, it’s a saturated fat—up to 87 percent—although it is a plantbased one. “Switching out butter for coconut oil may be a great swap, but don’t throw out your olive oil,” Kelly says. She recommends variety.

Coconut water Some athletes favor coconut water over neon-colored sports drinks. “It’s great after a sweat-filled workout,” Capaldi says. Coconut water is high in potassium and contains some sodium and natural sugars. (The weight-conscious should buy unflavored varieties for the lowest calories and sugar count.) The taste is not for everyone. “My family tried fresh coconut water and no one liked it,” Dennett says. “None of us are doing heavy training, so regular water works fine.”

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Aloft by Gary Sczerbaniewicz

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP.

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STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. 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 jbarton@wilmingtonde.gov.

Opening receptions for Gary Sczerbaniewicz’s Aloft, and an exhibition of new work by studio artists Lynda Johnson and Graham Dougherty. Other current exhibitions: Hiro Sakaguchi, Dan Jackson, Dennis Beach, Jim Morris & Sam Blanchard. Save the Date: Jazz Brunch March 1. 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.

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the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.

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Solitude, Melissa L. Pelczar. Moments of peace along the many roads traveled. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Feb 28.

or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.

STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month! Thoughtless by Melissa L. Pelczar

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FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS WHERE DOES THE ART LOOP START? The Art Loop is a self-guided, go-at-your-own pace tour that can start at any of the locations listed in this guide. There is no designated route for the Art Loop.

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Fourth Alumni Biennial Exhibition. DCAD will host its Fourth Alumni Exhibition featuring the work of alumni from across several classes. A variety of media and art forms will be featured in this diverse show. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.

The Creative Vision Factory 617 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, DE 302-397-8472 thecreativevisionfactory.org

Reflective Imagination features the creativity of Carley and Bailey’s Mural of an impressionist street scene and paintings reflecting geometric forms as finite examples in the infinity of shapes and colors regarding the collective consciousness aesthetic/esthetic visual contemplation. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Downtown Loop Redding Gallery 800 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artloopwilm.org

Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.690.8092 ccacde.org

Ganymede Full Rotation by Anne Yoncha

Milkshed by Sherry McVickar

After the Sunset of the Analog Age, Anne Yoncha. Multi-layered silk paintings that explore how digital mapping imagery affects our perception of space and our ability to create place. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Mar 1.

From Fact to Abstract, Milton Downing. The style known as jux-t has developed over time from an emphasis on media generated facts in an assemblage of elements to landscape abstractions of color transformations. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.

Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com

Poppycock Tattoo 115 W. 8th Street Wilmington, DE 302.543.7973 poppycocktattoo.com

Barn Again, Sherry McVickar. McVickars has been called “Barn Again” “Barn Free” “Van Good”. An amiable day; cruising the countryside; spying the perfect relic; slamming on the brakes; jumping out; plastering paint on the canvas. Art Loop reception 5 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.

Sweetheart and Heartache, Group Show. Various artists including Poppycock’s own Tina Marabito, Eric Hendrickson, Dave Mele and Jeff Madonna. Heart shaped artwork by artists and their sweethearts and/or heart shaped artwork emphasizing heartache or solitude. Art Loop reception 6 – 10 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 12 – 7 p.m. through Mar 1.

The Grand Opera House DT baby grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries Horizons, Cody Bluett. A series of paintings that strive to create unique visual experiences through the recognition and exploration of the relationship between human beings and nature as a means of emotional and conceptual understanding. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 3.

Barrel of Makers, Inc. 105 W. 9th Street (Between Shipley & Orange) Wilmington, DE Barrellofmakers.org

The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries

Levitea 228 W. 9th Street Wilmington, DE 302.565.9802 leviteawilmington.com

Jim Carr conveys the archetypal spirit within the human form. His portraits-in-settings, usually feminine, capture the soul of the subject, projecting this subtle essence onto the canvas. Whether portraiture, thematic, or still life, his works present the beauty of the subject, both to the eye and to the soul. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 3.

Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artsdel.org First Comes Love, B. Proud. A selection of Portraits by Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow in Photography B. Proud. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Feb 27.

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Love Never Dies by David Mele

Maker Mixer, featuring works by the Barrel of Makers community. A selection of art in a variety of mediums will be presented in a meet and greet environment with other makers. Artists can provide feedback on what they are looking for in a collaborative art space. Art Loop reception 7 – 9 p.m. On view Wed & Fri 7 – 9 p.m., Sun 2 – 5 p.m.

Life Through Color by Terrence Vann

Life Through Color, Terrance Vann. A series of colorful portaits inspired by life experiences, friends, family, love and observations of Wilmington life. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Mar 1.

Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE 302.571.7407 wilmlib.org Insect Exhibit, Group Show. Insects and spiders may be disparaged, but they are the true beauties of nature. Their elegant structures and colors are celebrated in this mixed media group exhibit. 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 Feb 28. FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Shish Interiors 1012 N. Lincoln Street Wilmington, DE 302.540.9843 shishinteriors.com

1313 Innovation 1313 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 732.567.4300 1313innovation.com

LIquid Flow in Color at 1313 Innovation

Young Talent + Science = Art, 4youth Production Students. Fusing knowledge and expression through education. (Science+Engineering) x Photography = Art. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 20.

Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi Hearts on Display by Denise Kandravi

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Paintings From Six Decades, Jamie Wyeth. A solo exhibition of works by Jamie Wyeth concurrent with the artist’s major retrospective at the Brandywine River Museum that will offer classic as well as never-before-seen works spanning Wyeth’s career from the 1960s through today. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 7.

Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 Love and Romance; Steve Boyden, Alida Fish, Beth Trepper and Carson Zullinger. Love and Romance interpreted by four photographers. 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 Mar 3.

Denise Kandravi, Owner of 2Design Studios. Her vision is represented through working in hand made goods in the wet felted process, art work created with digital photography manipulation, pressed and framed botanicals, enhanced cyanotypes and in jewelry design. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Feb 27.

Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com

Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 610.644.5440 howardpylestudio.org Award winning paper collages by Trina Gardner, Studio Member and National Collage Society Trustee. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 1.

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White Pumpkin by Kate Mundie

Winter Group Show; Rosemary Castiglioni, Jim Gears, Kate Mundie, Corien Sieplinga. Winter group show featuring warm art for cold days. 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 Feb 28.

Primavera by Beth Trepper

Intercurrence by Bryan Deprosporo

Resting Rabble by Susan Benarcik

Carspecken Scott Gallery 1707 N. Lincoln Street Wilmington, DE 302.655.7173 carspeckenscott.com

Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com

Shift, Paintings by Bryan Deprosporo. Exhibition of new contemporary landscape paintings. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5:50 p.m. through Mar 31.

Recent works by Lynne Troll. Colorful cats, vivid florals and vibrant cityscapes are often subjects of Lynne’s paintings. Working in mixed media and oils, she loves color and paints in a variety of styles. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 11 a.m. – 5p .m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.

The Highlands Art Garage 2003 W. 17th Street Wilmington, DE 302.319.4050 highlandsartgarage.com

Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com

Pop Up Art Shop & Featured Local Artist Susan Benarcik. The Highlands Art Garage, a new and exciting arts education venue offering unique classes and workshops will feature artist demonstrations, and a “Pop Up Art Shop” with works for sale by students, featured artists, and instructors. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 28.

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Richard Hagerty’s hand forged recycled copper and steal sculpture entitled “Cattails”, Angela Cosenzo’s Nautical Watercolors, Soapologist Michael Hagerty’s featured scent “Maple Syrup” made with aged Maple bark and Oatmeal, Alejandra Castillo’s repurposed soda tab purses in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. 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 Mar 1. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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New Castle Loop The Buzz Gallery Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.547.1401 ardenbuzz.com Outerbanks by Jane Koestar

Casting with Light, Jane Koester. Koester uses light painting to create her photography. This night-time lighting technique takes an ordinary scene, enhances the texture, color, and contrast, and turns it into something magical. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 28.

Rodney Pratt Framing and Gallery 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.0222 rodneyprattframing.com The Rose by John Holton

As I See It, John Holton. Wilmington painter captures the people and places he encounters flyfishing his way across North America. Introducing colorful Ordinary People by University of Delaware graduate Grace Guillebeau. 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. – 6 p.m. through Feb 28.

Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net Stop Horsing Around! Donna Teleis. Equine Art is one of the many subjects that Donna likes to paint. Utilizing oils, acrylics and pastels she captures the very essence of these magnificent creatures and brings them to life on canvas. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.

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NR | 1 hr 39 mins | Jan. 30 – Feb 1 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 2pm Farsi with english subtitles The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mashup of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.

THE BAREFOOT ARTIST

NR | 1 hr 23 mins | Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 11am

A visually stunning and deeply emotional film, THE BAREFOOT ARTIST chronicles the long and colorful life of Lily Yeh, a Philadelphia-based artist who has committed herself to creating communitybased art projects in some of the world’s most troubled areas.

February 13-16 Live Action, Animation, Documentary For information about the Shorts and a listing of all shorts nominated go to http://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/ LIVE ACTION – Fri 1pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 7pm | Mon 1pm ANIMATION – Fri 4pm | Sat 2pm | Sun 1pm | Mon 4pm DOCUMENTARY – Fri 7pm | Sat 8pm | Sun 4pm | Mon 7pm

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The Fringe Wilmington Festival is a five-day celebration of unconventional and experimental art held three times annually as Live Fringe, Film Fringe and Visual Fringe. The 2015 Film Fringe Festival will include the popular Extreme Film Making Competition and screenings of independent films by local, regional and national film-makers with a preview party on Wednesday, February 18. All films are $5. Additional details

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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

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CITY OF WILMINGTON

City Urban Bike Initiative Picks Up Speed In 2009 the State of Delaware’s Department of Transportation infused a Complete Streets policy into their planning, calling for a multi-modal initiative that promotes safe access to the state’s street and its users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders. Since that time, the City of Wilmington’s bike initiative has sought to develop a framework for a citywide comprehensive plan for networked bike and pedestrian infrastructure so that bicyclists may move safely throughout the city. Both the recently unveiled Economic Development Strategic Action Plan, as well as the Mayor’s Young Professionals Task Force, referenced a commitment to bicycling infrastructure as a priority for a establishing a more livable and attractive Wilmington. The City’s Planning and Urban Development Department, along with the Wilmington Bicycle Advisory Committee, have already begun working to transform the way we view the movement of people. A critical part of the framework for the City’s emerging Comprehensive Plan calls for the implementation of a citywide cycling network. One of the first steps will be to use funds from DelDOT for striping, pavement markings, signage, and bike racks on highly traveled corridors through the city. These initial markings are the first planned activities and will include community education about safety cycling, rules for drivers and explanations of new pavement markings. Leah Kacanda, a Planner for the City’s Department of Planning and Development and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Urban

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Bike Project, has been a part of the drive to shift Wilmington towards embracing the changing philosophies on urban transportation policy, which have already gained tremendous success in other cities throughout the country. Urban Bike Project is a volunteerdriven nonprofit organization which supports Wilmington communities by providing access to bicycling as a healthy, affordable and practical means of transportation and recreation. Urban Bike Project is currently based out of a City-owned building located at 15th and Walnut Streets. Their programming includes Open Shop for adults on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Youth Only Open Shop on Wednesday nights. “A big part of what Urban Bike Project does is to educate youth and adults about bicycling. Education includes teaching the basics of bicycle maintenance as well as how to bike safely for transportation and recreation in the City of Wilmington. Bicycling infrastructure such as pavement markings and signage will make the City a safe place for everyone. The Urban Bike Project looks forward to continuing to work with the City in support of a bike friendly Wilmington. Currently, the City is collaborating with State and local agencies, supporters of greenways and better block projects to move this work forward. Public engagement will be an essential element in the design process as the City shapes an effective bicycling network. This planning work will become an integral part of all transportation planning initiatives undertaken in the years to come.

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Young Professionals Task Force Reveals Its Recommendations for Wilmington

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ast month Mayor Dennis P. Williams formally introduced his Young Professionals Task Force and their White Paper to business leaders, elected officials, community stakeholders, and the general public at the Delaware Theatre Company on the Riverfront. The Mayor established the Young Professionals Task Force this past fall by Executive Order. Mayor Williams assembled this body to hear directly from this critical demographic about what change is needed in Wilmington, and to provide creative ideas on how to encourage more young professionals to live and work in the city. The Task Force is comprised of young professionals representing a cross-section of the economy, including banking, law, education, healthcare, construction, design, nonprofit, government, the arts, restauranteurs, and entrepreneurs. The Mayor charged his staff to bring this diverse group of young professionals together and to facilitate the discussions on what, in their view, Wilmington needs to improve in order to firmly establish the city as a desirable place for young professionals to move to. “It’s important that young people are included when plans are being 54 FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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made regarding a city’s path forward,” said Mayor Williams. “As the Task Force’s report shows us, they want to be here and they have input that will be valuable to our growth and improvement.” Task Force workshops were held at local downtown venues Start It Up Delaware, the newly opened Levitea tea shop, and the Residences at Christiana Landing. Discussions were designed to provide environments where the Task Force could engage and brainstorm around the themes of living, working and playing in Wilmington. Participants were also encouraged to provide recommendations on more specific policy objectives that could be potentially implemented, during intermediate brown bag lunch meetings held in the fall. From these discussion forums and brown-bag meetings came the Young Professionals Task Force White Paper. Among Wilmington’s cited strengths were opportunities for professional growth and relative affordability of housing. Proximity and accessibility to our larger neighboring cities, existing social networks in the area, and walkability within Downtown were also mentioned. However, according to the document, “Despite these A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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KOMBUCHA It may sound, look and quite

possibly taste like something out of an alien invasion flick, but over the centuries and across continents, it gained nicknames such as “miracle fungus,” “magical fungus,” “gout tea” and “elixir of life.” A fermented yeast enzyme tea, kombucha can be traced back to China’s Tsin dynasty, circa 212 BC. A couple of thousand years later, during World War II, it became popular throughout Europe. Kombucha finally reached the United States in the 1990s, and it’s currently one of the biggest trends in health beverages. While no major research has been done in the U.S., and many advise against drinking it due to lack of proof that it backs up health claims, others believe that in addition to its other benefits the drink can help prevent and cure cancer. Kombucha is naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, which makes this antioxidant-rich drink probiotic. The result looks like a slimy pancake floating in the tea. One of kombucha’s greatest alleged health benefits is the ability to detox the body. Additionally, Kombucha contains glucosamine, which helps ease joint pain caused by arthritis. It also is said to aid digestion and stomach health, reduce or eliminate symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety, and is filled with an extraordinary amount of antioxidants, which boosts the immune system and energy levels. Kombucha can be made inexpensively at home (a variety of recipes are available online). It also can be purchased at area grocery stores and markets like Newark Natural Foods. The most popular brand, GT’s Kombucha, has been handcrafted and bottled raw and organic in Los Angeles since 1995.

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LISTEN Shine A Light—now called Shine A Light On ‘75—is back on Friday, Feb. 21, on the Copeland Theater stage at The Queen. This time, though, the format will switch from Rolling Stones covers to focus on the best music of 40 years ago. “We felt that three years of the Stones were enough,” says Grant. “We did a pretty comprehensive cover of the Stones’ catalog, and we wanted to keep the event fresh.” He explains that organizers discussed playing other bands’ work, but they couldn’t decide on another group that offered a sufficient range of music. So they decided to focus on a particular year. They chose 1975 because it represents what Grant calls “a crazy time” in the music world –the mid-to-late-‘70s. The music of the ‘60s had evolved and was still a dominant force, he says, while punk and disco were just starting to get traction; you could go from Zeppelin to Abba to Freddie Fender in a single segment. This year also marks four decades since 1975. Grant says organizers will probably focus on 1976 and 1977 in the next two years before shifting themes again. Shine A Light originated from an idea between two friends, Grant and Chip Porter, the event co-founder and guitarist/vocalist in area band Montana Wildaxe. In 2005 they founded Jam On The Brandywine, an annual September music event that is now the biggest fundraiser for the Brandywine Valley Association. SHINE A LIGHT ON ‘75: CAN YOU DIG IT? continued from page 61

Porter had the idea for a winter show, and after a few meetings that included others area musicians, Shine A Light was born. A fundraiser for The Queen’s nonprofit Light Up The Queen Foundation, it has raised $158,000 since 2012. The funds help defray LUQ’s operating expenses and fund arts enrichment programs offered at no cost to schools located primarily in Wilmington’s underserved communities. Last year’s concert raised approximately $80,000, the most in the event’s short history. This year, Grant says, there will be more horns and backing vocals, string instruments and a pedal steel guitar. Each song will feature a different lineup from 60 of the area’s most prominent musicians, who represent multiple generations of the local music scene. Davis from The Bullets, Grant from The Cameltones and Ben LeRoy from The Snap are just some of the artists who will perform. “That’s what makes this event so special, because you get a mixture of musical chemistry from people who in their own way bring a lot to the table,” says Porter. While the set list is top secret, it will contain a number of obvious and less-obvious choices—a mix of hits and obscure but cool songs, Grant says. “What makes it work so well is that everyone checks their egos at the door and approaches this as a fun project with a bunch of their friends,” he says. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30. For more information visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com and lightupthequeen.org.

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Ahmed Gallab, born in London and raised in the Sudan, Utah and Brooklyn, effortlessly blends krautrock (electrorock), free jazz and funk rock with Sudanese pop in his band Sinkane. The band will play its feel-good music at Arden Gild Hall on Friday, Feb. 13. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 for members and $16 for general admission. For more information, visit ardenconcerts.com.

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Gaelic Storm is back at the Grand for their fourth concert in five years, playing energetic renditions of traditional Irish and Scottish music on Friday, March 6, at 8 p.m. The band also combines interests from rock, bluegrass, Jamaican, African and Middle Eastern music that may surprise those expecting purely traditional Celtic music. Touring more than 200 days a year, the quintet produces a whirlwind of music. Their high-energy, foot-stomping, feel-good harmonies feature a signature acoustic sound with a new batch of crafted story-songs and driving instrumentals. With sales of more than 1 million, the group has had four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, including 2008’s What’s the Rumpus?, 2010’s Cabbage, 2012’s Chicken Boxer, and 2013’s The Boathouse. The evening includes special guests We Banjo 3. Tickets start at $31. For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.

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JOSEPH ARTHUR VISITS ARDEN Singer-songwriter will play March 21 A singer-songwriter and artist from Ohio, Joseph Arthur is best known for his solo material and as a member of bands Fistful of Mercy and RNDM. Combining poetic lyrics with rock and incorporating distortion and loop pedals into his sound, Arthur has built his reputation over the years through critically-acclaimed releases and non-stop touring. He’ll be at Arden Concert Hall on Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m. for a WXPN Welcomes Show, with special guest Cliff Hillis Band. Show-goers may be in luck: Arthur is known for recording live concerts and making them available to fans right after the show. Tickets are $15 for members, $18 for general admission and $40 for VIP. Expect to hear some of Arthur’s hits, including “In The Sun,” “Honey and the Moon” and “I Miss The Zoo,” as well as tracks from his concept album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ. Also a poet and visual artist, Arthur frequently completes entire paintings while on stage. He’ll teach a workshop and curate a gallery of his work earlier in the day. For more information, visit ardenconcerts.com. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB MARLEY Spokey Speaky’s Fourth Annual Celebration is Feb. 13 Local band Spokey Speaky will perform their fourth annual Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on Friday, Feb. 13. Join them and special guest Splashing Pearls at World Cafe Live at The Queen for this show entirely dedicated to one of reggae’s legendary performers (whose actual birthday is Feb. 6). Spokey Speaky has been spreading the positive sounds of Marley’s music for years, and many of his songs have become staples of their live shows. On this night they will focus entirely on paying tribute to the music and message of the one-time Delaware resident. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $12. For more information, visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com. AN EVENING OF LADYFINGERS Four local female artists/groups perform Feb. 13 The Ladybug Festival presents Ladyfingers, an evening of music presented by the Ladybug Festival, at The Queen on Friday, Feb. 13. Four local female artists/groups will be featured: Alexandra Naples (of Lovebettie), Nalani & Sarina, Michelle Ley and Sarah Koon. Recently named Rolling Stone’s “Band to Watch,” Lovebettie’s rock-pop neo-soul hybrid has landed the band an onslaught of exposure. Sisters Nalani & Sarina have been performing throughout the Northeast the past three years, being featured by XPN and Sirius XM. Michelle Ley, a 15-yearold singer-songwriter from Wilmington, began writing original music about a year ago. Focusing on experimental and ambient sounds, Sarah Koon released her most recent album, This Kind of Education, last summer. The event, which starts at 8 p.m., is $10. For more information, visit queentickets. worldcafelive.com.

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Drawn from Kyle’s own celebrated though controversial autobiography of the same name, American Sniper traces his evolution from Texas rodeo cowboy to the most deadly sniper in American military history. The story alternates between hyper-realistic and incredibly tense scenes of Kyle’s burgeoning prowess and reputation through several tours in Iraq, juxtaposed with a growing estrangement from his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and their small children back home. It becomes clear that Kyle only feels truly alive, at least in a way that he can express openly, when he is peering through the scope of a high-powered rifle. Director Eastwood effectively captured the dueling sympathies of people at war in his stunning 2006 World War II diptych Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. To this critic’s dismay, here he goes full-bore American jingoism in American Sniper with a dismayingly simplistic “us vs. them” portrayal of the Middle East conflict, depicting all Iraqi citizens as savage threats to the lives of noble U.S. soldiers. Historical accuracy aside, this complete lack of nuance makes for an unsatisfying film narrative. The screenplay, written by Jason Hall from Kyle ‘s book (which was co-written by Scott McEwen and Jim Felice), does the film no favors either by reducing all of the supporting characters into human props in a story focused nearly entirely on Kyle. Bradley Cooper brings an unexpected depth and fervor to his performance as Kyle. It’s difficult to reconcile this subtle portrayal with the same actor who starred in The Hangover films and Wedding Crashers. Sienna Miller is appealing as Taya Kyle, but her performance is substantially weakened by the trite and whiny posture she must take, imploring her sniper to come home and rejoin his family over and over again. As a glimpse into the life of a real person, American Sniper fails to overcome the same challenge that stymied 2014’s Foxcatcher. What is the point of making a film about a person whose interior life is utterly unknowable? The viewer leaves this film strangely unsatisfied, having gained no insight into the central character’s thinking and motivation. Both Cooper and the movie have received Academy Award nominations. Tellingly, however, Eastwood did not. This no doubt has to do with the tautly-directed, gripping war scenes that contrast sharply with the monochromatic depiction of the various sides in the conflict and the half-hearted portrayal of Kyle’s home life. While audiences have flocked to see it, it is uncertain what, if any, lessons in either love or war they will take home from this fight.

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Beads! 3 Abita Beers On Tap! Giveaways! More Beads! Mardi Gras Hats! Free Face Painting! And More BEADS!

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WILMINGTON CLASSIC

Photos by Stephen J. Neuberger

1. The Wilmington Police Department (white and blue) beat the Wilmington Fire Department 6-2.

2. The sold-out event was a fundraiser for the B+ Foundation, a nonprofit helping kids fight cancer. 3. Left to right: Joey Leonetti, Jr., Bruce Schweiger and Michael Stears of the Fire Department. 4. Both teams drew more than 1,000 people to the Skating Club of Wilmington on this Jan. 3 event.

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SUNDAY,DELAWARE’S FEBRUARY 15TH LARGEST @ 2PM

PRESIDENTS DAY

CELEBRATION! PRESIDENTIAL

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FEATURING “ALES OF THE REVOLUTION” FROM YARD’S BREWERY & 21ST AMENDMENT’S BREW FREE OR DIE IPA

PRESIDENTIAL COSTUME CONTEST ~living presidents & 1st ladies welcome~

GIVEAWAYS, PRIZES & DRINK SPECIALS

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Valentine’s Day Special Menu Thursday, Feb. 12 Friday, Feb. 13 Saturday, Feb. 14

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Call For Reservations Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration! Feb. 17 Special Cajun Menu & Drink specials!

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NEW SWEDEN’S 5TH BIRTHDAY BASH

Photos by Joe del Tufo

1. William Dobies, singer and guitarist of area mainstay band New Sweden, celebrating the band’s 5th Birthday Bash at The Queen on Jan. 9.

2. The Americana group was joined by friends Scantron, Levee Drivers, The Hold-Up, The Future Unwritten, Dirty Dollhouse and Black Horse Motel. 3. New Sweden has a lot to celebrate; playing at last year’s national Firefly Music Festival has been just one highlight on the band’s resume. 4. Guitarist and vocalist James Dukenfield belts out a catchy tune.

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Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 10, Noon

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SINGER / SONGWRITERS Friday, March 27 live @ the baby grand 16 Local Singer/Songwriters will compete in a head-to-head contest to determine the area’s best talent

Prizes – Prestige Booking Opportunities! To enter or for more information go to

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Bandit was just one of hundreds of adoptable pets that come through DHA’s doors each year.

BLAME IT ON BANDIT A dog on the run helps a pup find a home By Jim Miller

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he bark seemed to come out of nowhere. It was the end of the work week. As I left the Out & About office and walked to my car in the parking lot, a dog’s yelp echoed in the windy chill, sounding strange, as if coming from above. I could hear the animal, but I couldn’t see it anywhere. Then I remembered that a day earlier our Riverfront neighbors, Delaware Humane Association, had called with a rare alert: unfortunately, one of their dogs had managed to get away from a staff member, and bolted through a temporary construction gate. In a panic, the young beagle with an outlaw’s name, Bandit, proceeded to flee DHA and his “pursuers.” I followed the sound of his bark, and after few minutes of detective work I found the dog in the office’s recycling dumpster next to our parking lot. He had climbed onto a pile of cardboard boxes, then jumped into the dumpster. As I peered down on him, he stopped barking and sat there looking cold, wet, dejected and helpless. I knew the folks from DHA had been searching for him day and night. But after a day on the lam, Bandit had managed to apprehend himself.

DHA arrived soon after our find to return Bandit to their watchful care. Little did the lost and confused beagle realize that the facility from which he had bolted housed the best hopes for his future. Each year, DHA looks after more than 1,000 homeless dogs and cats, animals the agency says are “in search of a warm bed, good meal, and most importantly, a new home.” With an impressive new facility that opened in December—one that offers more than 13,000 square feet of space and resources like an updated medical facility—DHA has never been better suited to meet those needs. By the time Monday rolled around, my fellow Out & About staff members had already come to the conclusion that I should adopt Bandit. The dog needed a home, and I was the one who found him shivering in a dumpster. It was meant to be. “No thanks,” I replied. I already had a two-year-old rescue mutt—a cross of small country hound and ball of lightning. No need for more. But then the holidays arrived, and the thought of a lonely Bandit worked on my conscience. Maybe it was meant to be. ► FEBRUARY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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After New Year’s Day, I called DHA. Turned out that in the previous week Bandit had been adopted…and then returned. So I went over there to tour the new facilities and reunite with Bandit in much better surroundings than the dumpster where we first met. The reception was frigid. Bandit, it turned out, did not like to be around men. It wasn’t meant to be after all. However, the premise had acquired real estate in my mind: I was ready to adopt a second dog. My two-year-old canine companion could use a playmate, and I had the space in my house—and, frankly, my heart—for another furry friend. So I adopted a puppy instead, the last of his litter. He’s as adorable as a living teddy bear, yet seeing his big paws, I wonder how large he’s going to be. I also wonder how, by an odd twist of fate, I owe a runaway rascal named Bandit thanks for helping bring this wonderful canine bundle of joy into my life. Of course the story doesn’t end there, since the job of DHA is never fully done. With a goal to find “forever homes” for all the animals that come through its doors, DHA is doing work that in a sense requires lifetimes. Fortunately for Bandit, DHA was able to also find a home that met his needs. But there are plenty of other potential pets looking for parents in this area. For more information about these dogs and cats, visit dehumane.org or call (302) 571-0111.

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GRAND

PRIX WEEKEND

FRI-SUN | MAY 15-17, 2015 “The Wilmington Grand Prix has become one of the premier cycling events in the nation.” — Micah Rice, VP, National Events, USA Cycling

FRIDAY - SATURDAY MARCH 17-19, 2013

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A Scenic Ride Through World-Class Attractions

4th ANNUAL

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GRAN FONDO SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

Part of Wilmington Grand Prix Weekend (May 15-17)

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A Celebration of New Orleans Culture & Cuisine fat tuesday, feb. 17 - 5pm No Admission Fee Cajun specialties including: Jambalaya • Gumbo • Creole • Étouffée...

CAJUN CROWN: A competition among restaurants for best Cajun appetizer creation

ABITA TASTING: 6 styles to sample • Tastings & Full Pours New Orleans’ Favorite Beer! Participating Venues: Arenas / Deer Park Tavern / Klondike Kate’s / Catherine Rooney’s Kildare’s Irish Pub / Home Grown Café / Del Pez / The Greene Turtle

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Out & About Magazine February 2015  

Our Self-Improvement Issue