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At left: The First Families at the Wilmington Train Station (Jan. 2009). At right, me with Sophie and Bowen moments after President-elect Obama concluded his remarks.
A POWERFUL EXAMPLE C
an we pause for just a moment? Before we resume the partisan bickering. Before we return to assigning blame. Before we take our seats on the Trump train. Can we take a minute to reflect on what we’ve just experienced? Could we have just witnessed one of the most dignified presidencies in modern American history? Be honest. You may dislike his policies, reject his world view, even question his ancestry. But there is no denying that the Obama years were remarkable in the grace and integrity demonstrated by the First Family at virtually every twist or turn. Then there are the eight scandal-free years across an entire administration. Eight years! Are you kidding me? Respected presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said the Obama presidency will go down as one of the most unimpeachable in American history. "When you rank presidents on ethical standards, Barack Obama's the highest. He's up there with some of our really great American leaders," Brinkley said recently during a CNN appearance. Other esteemed presidential scholars such as Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin—people who measure presidencies in scores, not sound bites—have made similar statements. As parents, we strive to set good examples for our children. In fact, setting a good example would be Point #1 in the Being A Good Parent Handbook, if there were such a resource. We also point to examples worth emulating. My wife and I pointed to the Obamas a lot. During so many pivotal moments, so many heartfelt tragedies, the Obamas had just the right words, the appropriate tone. The President's Selma Speech. Michele Obama's speech
last summer at the Democratic National Convention. But the one that stands out for me is President Obama's 2015 eulogy in Charleston, S.C. (often referred to as the Amazing Grace Speech), after a white gunman killed a pastor and eight parishioners while they were attending church. It may be the most poignant presidential moment I’ve ever witnessed. Minimize the power of oratory if you wish, but words do matter. And they’re especially effective when carefully chosen and skillfully delivered. Of course, as the first black president, whose very citizenry was questioned, his margin for error was narrow. Back in 2009, my kids and I had the privilege of attending the momentous Obama-Biden appearance at the Wilmington Train Station as the two families made their way to Washington, D.C., to assume office. As you can see in the photo above, my two kids were quite young back then—13 and 10. But the experience made quite an impression, and for the past eight years our kids have been tuned in to the actions of a president for the first time. Moving forward, the Obamas will be the standard by which they measure other presidencies. My wife and I take comfort in that. It was Bill Clinton who said: “People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.” For eight years, the Obamas provided us with powerful examples of leadership, friendship and kinship. Politics aside, we should all agree on that.
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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
Media Watch • From the Philadelphia Inquirer: “But a claim that only Democratic lawmakers were targeted does underscore the need for future attorney generals to administer justice without fear or favor.” The correct term is attorneys general. • A letter to the Wilmington News Journal from “an alumna of Middletown H.S.” was signed “Joshua.” We are assuming, then, that he is an alumnus of Middletown High. An alumna is a female graduate, an alumnus is a male. • The News Journal’s story on the annual New Year’s Day Hummers Parade in Middletown noted that one float was “a rift on two events.” That would be riff, meaning a witty comment or part of a comic performance. The same story also referred to the “Philadelphia Eagle’s season.” Reads as if it’s referring to just one Eagle. • An obituary is a final commentary on the life of the deceased, and as such it should be treated with care and reverence. Unfortunately, these brief biographies are usually a collaboration between the deceased’s family and the funeral home, and this sometimes produces misspellings, bad syntax and misused or misplaced words. The notice is printed by most papers (including the News Journal) with little or no editing. As a result, even common obituary terminology is sometimes mangled. Recent examples, with corrections in parentheses: — Readers were invited to send online “condolances” (condolences). — The deceased was described as being “formally (formerly) of Newark.” — “He will be gratefully (greatly) missed.” Readers Write A reader sent us a notice she received about an event featuring a presentation on "The Importance of Reigning in Your Operating Expenses." Reigning (to govern or rule over) is often confused with reining—the correct term here—which means to hold back, as with the reins on a horse. Another reader, noting our recent item on incorrect movie titles, submits The Secret Life of Pets. She asks: “Should this not be The Secret Lives of Pets?” Yes, it should. Yet another says that her pet peeves include the misuse of the verbs lie and lay and sit and set. The two sets of words present similar problems for some speakers and writers.
By Bob Yearick
Here’s a brief tutorial: • “To lie” means “to be at rest.” “To lay” means “to place or put somewhere.” An object must always follow this verb. So, you lie on the bed, or you tell the dog, “go lie down.” And you lay the book (the object) on the table. The usual mistake is to use lay where lie is needed: If you say, “I’m going to lay down,” I might ask you: “What are you going to lay down?” • “To sit” means “to occupy a seat.” “To set” means “to put in place,” and, like lay, it must be followed by an object. You sit in the chair and you set a dish on the table. Again, the most common mistake is to substitute set for sit, as in the command “set down.” Department of Redundancies Dept. • Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos coach: “It’s our job to do our job and stop them.” • On The Dan Patrick Show, I heard these comments: “empty out the bowl,” and “they listed off the reasons . . .” Random Notes I wrote the phrase “have rung” in an email, and my system (Outlook) “corrected” it to have rang. Amazing. The system could double as a sports radio talk show host. Speaking of radio, I heard a venerable WDEL personality utter this sentence: “Did I over-exaggerate that?” Shades of swimmer Ryan Lochte, who, in his Rio Olympics debacle, said he “over-exaggerated” a story about a robbery. The word of can be problematic. It is unnecessary in such phrases as “not too big of a deal.” On the other hand, it needs to be inserted in such phrases as “a couple (of) teams are in contention.”
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UNRAVELING THE FINANCE KNOT The national student loan default rate continues to rise, but not at WilmU
ilmington University has long offered exceptional, career-driven education affordably. In fact, the University’s tuition rates are among the lowest in the Mid-Atlantic region, and it offers the same low tuition rates for both in-state and out-of-state students. Still, it might come as a surprise that during a time when the nation’s student loan default rate continues to increase, WilmU’s default rate is low—well below the national average—and student satisfaction is high. Why? In addition to offering myriad scholarship opportunities and financial aid options, WilmU awards credit to incoming students for prior training and learning experiences, cooperative education, and professional certifications, which can reduce the overall cost of degree programs by decreasing the number of credits for which the student will have to pay. Flexible course formats (day, evening and weekend) and online options allow students to maintain their jobs while pursuing their education, thereby lessening the risk of income loss during degree attainment. Just as important, however, is the University’s commitment to the success of their students—academically, personally and financially. Their financial aid team goes beyond the call of duty in assisting students. “We are committed to offering a high level of customer service to our students,” says Nicole McDaniel-Smith, WilmU’s financial aid director. “We’re here for them.” Part of that high level of service is the $tand By Me Financial Empowerment Program, designed to provide students with personal finance coaching. McDaniel-Smith notes: “The program
offers free, confidential group and one-on-one financial coaching in the areas of managing credit, raising credit scores, building monthly budgets, reducing monthly bills, saving for retirement, buying homes, and more. It’s an excellent program and opportunity for all of our students, not just financial aid recipients, to get assistance with managing their personal finances.” Dr. LaVerne Harmon, Executive Vice President of the University, reinforces how WilmU’s dedication to students results in affordable tuition, better financial advisement, and ultimately greater success for WilmU graduates. She states: “Every student matters. We take each of their journeys to heart. Affordable, quality education should be available to all who seek it, and we take that core value very seriously. Our goal is to provide a variety of student services that are designed to help students succeed intellectually and financially.” The Wilmington University Alumni Review Report captures the success of WilmU graduates: 81% are employed full-time or part-time. 92% say their jobs are relevant to their degrees. 91% feel “exceptionally well prepared” for their job by their WilmU degree. 86% would choose WilmU again if they had to start all over. See for yourself how a Wilmington University education is a valuable investment at wilmu.edu/PayingforSchool. And for more information on $tand By Me, visit wilmu.edu/ studentfinancialservices/standbyme.aspx.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE QUEEN
fter a six-year run, World Cafe Live will no longer manage Market Street’s Queen Theater effective May 25, 2017. Moving forward, the venue will be known simply as The Queen and plans to remain one of the region’s prominent venues for experiencing live music and hosting private events, according to property owners The Buccini/Pollin Group. Between now and May 25, World Cafe Live at The Queen will continue to present shows and events, including Marc Broussard, Mothership, Gad Elmaleh, KT Tunstall, Shine A Light concert fundraiser benefitting the Light Up the Queen Foundation, JD McPherson, Modern Baseball, and more. To celebrate WCL’s role as a “clubhouse” for the local music community, on May 25 there will be a free final show featuring performances by many area performers. The Light Up The Queen Foundation will continue to operate. At press time, a new management company had not been announced.
ANNUAL DCH VOLUNTEER AWARDS
he Delaware Center for Horticulture recently announced the recipients of its Annual Volunteer Awards. In 2016, 420 volunteers contributed 3,685 hours to TheDCH, helping achieve its mission to cultivate greener communities by inspiring appreciation and improvement of the environment through horticulture, education and conservation statewide. Seven recipients—Carroll Eaton, David Brownlee, Ed Kee, Kevin Fenimore, Carrie Murphy, Jason Gaskill and Dizara Miller—were honored for their contribution to the area’s horticulture community and to TheDCH.
CHINESE NEW YEAR AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
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or the 11th consecutive year, the Delaware Art Museum is celebrating the Chinese New Year. This year’s event, on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m.3 p.m., is presented in conjunction with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association. It will include traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, and a gallery scavenger hunt. Performances include a lion and folk dance and a yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk and Lion Dance Troupes and Yo-Yo Club, and acrobat Yang Xiao Di. Artwork from the Chinese School of Delaware to commemorate this holiday will be on view. Admission is free. Galleries will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
THE FESTIVAL OF WORDS FEB. 16
tudents, teachers and librarians from throughout Delaware will come together for the 17th annual Festival of Words on Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss and write about young adult literature. This year’s event, at John Dickinson High School from 4-8:30 p.m., features the Peace Poets—an artist collective celebrating music and poetry—and author Brendan Keily of New York Times bestselling books All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story and The Gospel of Winter. Each year, the Festival features discussion books that students are encouraged to read in advance. Students select workshops that include sessions with the authors, skill development and a contest. The festival is free and a meal is provided for all attendees.
HAPPY DOG SEMINAR
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ue to demand from thousands of women who have attended Great Dames events, the nonprofit, which is a female-led coalition dedicated to bettering the world, has announced a new membership program for those who wish to join the “Great Dames Circle.” Participants will receive an invitation to the Great Dames annual members-only event; early access to purchase tickets to the Great Dames Powerful Conversations Series at early-bird members-only rates (every prior series has sold out); voting privileges in the Great Dames Ideas Competition (only members will vote for the winner) and more. Members of the Great Dames Circle help women of all ages and walks of life activate their purpose and passion at work, in communities and in their personal lives. Annual membership fee is $95. Visit tinyurl.com/GDCircleMembership to join.
AMERICA’S PROMISE GRANT
ast month, U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Governor-Elect John Carney spoke at Wilmington’s Delaware Technical Community College as the school received a $3.5 million America’s Promise Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will fund tuition for 600 students to complete Delaware Tech Certificate programs in IT and Advanced Manufacturing over the next four years. Key grant partners include the Delaware Department of Labor, Jobs for the Future, and Delaware’s Department of Education, Economic Development Office, and Workforce Development Board. The America’s Promise Grant program was designed to create or expand regional partnerships among employers, economic development, workforce development, community colleges, training programs, K-12 education systems and community-based organizations that make a commitment— or a “promise”—to provide a pipeline of workers to fill existing job openings, meet existing employer needs for expansion, fuel the talent needs of entrepreneurs, and attract more jobs from overseas. FEBRUARY 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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About Ready for the Challenge An interview with Wilmington’s new mayor (by Larry Nagengast, January) Finally, someone who understands that job creation for currently unemployable people is a significant key to turning Wilmington around. Best wishes to Mayor Purzycki. If he can do only a fraction of what he talked about in this article, it will be a major improvement. — Gina Mondzelewski Small, Wilmington He has a big challenge; I wish him great success and am grateful that there are people willing to take on such a difficult job. — Margaret Pfaff, Wilmington About Remembering Darius A tribute to a local restaurant titan, as seen on outandaboutnow.com (by Jerry DuPhily, January) Worked for “Big D” from the early days at Knuckleheads (I stayed there with second owners). Knuckleheads closed and I signed on with Grotto Pizza for a year. When Darius was preparing to open WSAH he asked me to come aboard, I told him I signed on with Grotto for a year. On my one year anniversary I got a call from Darius: "You ready to come home?" I returned to his employment at the Ale House and was manager and then GM in the early days. — Mark Pinelli, Wilmington Very well written, Jerry. Darius was a great guy, with a huge vision, and made a big impact on downtown. He was an early pioneer in the microbrew serving restaurant. He mentored many young people in the business he loved. — James Shehan, Wilmington About Playing the Ace of Hearts An event preview (by Krista Connor, January) I want to let you know that we in the Ace of Hearts really appreciate your coverage in your music column, Tuned In. Your magazine is a valuable asset for anyone interested in learning about cultural options in northern Delaware, so keep up the good work. — Des Kahn, drummer and leader of The Ace of Hearts, Newark
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A Winter Hike
I try to find small, locallyowned options whenever I can. During my inevitable weekend home repairs, I find myself at Wagner Hardware on Lancaster Avenue (formerly in Greenville). The staff brings an old-school approach of being helpful and knowledgeable, unlike the big-box hardware employees who avoid eye contact and turn the other way. These folks will hand your child a lollipop as they answer your questions and guide you to the items you need.
February is an easy month to feel cooped up indoors. For an extended period of time, that makes most people—like me! —miserable. So why not face the elements and get outside at a state or county park? Particularly after a snowstorm, Delaware’s trails, forests and meadows have a solitary allure in the winter that you just can’t find during the warmer months when they’re crowded with people and activity. So layer up, grab your dog, a friend, a loved one, or hit the trails solo for an outdoor adventure.
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A few years ago, my dog chewed our art director’s new sketchbook. Naturally I was mortified. In an attempt to reconcile as soon as possible, I ran to Jerry’s Artarama on Market Street. I have a hard time drawing a stick-person, so I was out of my element, but the staff was friendly and the store was filled with so much cool stuff. So when my son recently asked if we could make a cobra for his school project, I knew Jerry’s Artarama would be the place to go—and we didn’t have to deal with Concord Pike or Kirkwood Highway. The staff loved that there was a child there who was interested in art, and they enthusiastically guided us to the right supplies. —Marie Graham Poot, Director of Digital Media and Distribution
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P u t t in g C o m m u n it y F ir s t The Friends of White Clay Creek State Park have received a grant for a campground from REI, “a purpose-driven company.” The project will be finished this autumn. By Krista Connor
hen nationwide outdoor and recreation outfitter REI— Recreational Equipment Inc.—opened a new location at the Christiana Fashion Center in the fall of 2015, it wasn’t just another addition to what is now 149 stores throughout the country. Instead, it was an example of the altruistic premise under which the 79-year-old company operates: business strategy should align with positive social and environmental impact. As a consumer co-op rather than a standard publicly-traded company, REI has the means and vision to serve each community in which its stores are located. Simply put, it aims to help. And it does so in a big way. In 2015, REI gave away more than 72 percent
of its profits, most of which went to an employee bonus program and local communities. Under its Stewardship program, location managers and employees around the country develop relationships with local nonprofit organizations to target the needs of each community. As part of the initiative, REI provides grants to select organizations that have a good partnership with that local REI staff. The 2016 report is not out yet, but in 2015 REI invested $8.5 million in more than 300 nonprofits working to steward and increase access to more than 1,000 “inspiring” outdoor places. ►
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Over the years, REI has made grants to bordering states, including the Pineland Preservation Alliance from REI’s Marlton, N.J., branch, and, in Pennsylvania, to the Valley Forge State Park from the Conshohocken location. “After that, then it’s about a grant itself,” says Christiana REI Manager Adam Orenstein. “Creating access is one thing we really look for in our grants, as well as stewardship, trail maintenance, getting more trail use and more access to the outdoors. Once a place submits a grant, the folks at headquarters review and see what aligns best with our mission.” Recently, Delaware made the cut for a grant project: White Clay Creek State Park will now have its first-ever campground. The 3,300-acre meld of forests, meadows, streams, historical sites, and 37 miles of trail surrounding Newark is the soon-to-be location of primitive campsites. That’s thanks to the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park. The nonprofit, run by volunteers who support the park, applied for the $12,500 REI grant. The money will go toward labor, plus equipment such as picnic tables, fire pits, grates, water spigots, etc. As of now, there are two to three TBA location possibilities for the campground, and the total project should be complete this fall. Considerations like environmental impact and habitat are being taken into account, Orenstein notes, so nobody wants to rush the venture. “Now the community at large will have opportunities to go camping in their backyard, and this will encourage more hiking, and create onramps to give people better access to parks,” says Orenstein. “Hopefully it can help some of our local scout groups and clubs.
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t’s February. The trees are bare, the temperatures hover near freezing, it’s dark by six in the evening, football season is over, and baseball is two months away. What’s more, we are coming off a year that was disquieting, to say the least. It was fraught with social and political upheaval, the passing of an extraordinary number of beloved celebrities, many at a relatively young age, continued violent crime in our city and our nation, along with unrest, war and terrorism throughout the world. Yet there is always reason—make that reasons—for hope. In fact, when the staff of Out & About began putting together our list of things to be optimistic about, we found it relatively easy to come up with 100. And while 100 is a nice, round number, these are by no means the only reasons to be optimistic about 2017. Feel free to send us your list.
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In 2015, approximately 700,000 volunteer hours were documented by Delaware’s Office of Volunteerism. The value of this continuing service is estimated at more than $15 million.
Through Meals On Wheels Delaware last year, 738,807 meals were delivered to approximately 4,000 seniors by more than 1,000 volunteers. That's an 11 percent increase from 2015.
Trying to stem high turnover in store jobs, nonprofit groups and chains such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot and the Home Shopping Network are launching a program to help people develop the skills to land entry-level jobs and advance in a retail career. More than 20 major retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Ashley Stewart, have pledged general support for the Rise Up program that was launched Jan. 15.
In 2016, 420 volunteers contributed 3,685 hours at The Delaware Center for Horticulture, helping the nonprofit continue its statewide mission of cultivating greener communities.
After years of fundraising, the folks behind Preston’s Playground are getting closer to achieving their goal of $500,000. The 8,400-square-foot space at the base of the Newark Reservoir will be outfitted with a rubberized base and handicapaccessible entrances and exits for kids of all abilities and disabilities. You can help them get there by donating at prestonsplayground.com.
The Delaware River is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi, and it’s not just an important habitat for wildlife—it’s a major economic engine for our region, too. A recent study shows that the basin contributes $25 billion annually in economic activity and supports 600,000 jobs in our region.
Amazon announced last month that it will hire 100,000 new employees over the course of the next year and a half. That’s a 56 percent increase in its U.S. workforce (180,000 at the end of 2016). The New York Times reported that “Amazon fulfillment centers across the country stand to be among the biggest beneficiaries.”
After looking at options in neighboring states, Chemours— the DuPont Co. chemical spinoff—announced it would remain in Delaware. Not only does this keep the long-standing DuPont family name in business in the First State, it also saves the jobs of some 1,000 workers who may have been otherwise laid off or forced to relocate.
At the University of Delaware, the last three years have seen the most diverse entering undergraduate class in the institution’s history, with more than 25 percent coming from historically underrepresented and underserved communities.
Vice President Joe Biden returns home to Delaware for some welldeserved R&R. But he won’t be sitting still long. He plans to collaborate with the University of Delaware on economic and domestic policy, an effort that hopefully will spell great things ahead for both the country and the First State.
About a year after DuPont laid off 200 Experimental Station employees (that’s the bad news), it announced last month that it would be investing $200 million into the facility (that’s the good news). Enhancements in the lab space won’t just benefit DuPont and Dow, which are merging to create three new companies, two of which will be based in Delaware. It also will be a boon for third-party science companies looking for business incubation space.
Delaware's graduation rate is rising, according to the U.S. Department of Education. During the 2014-2015 schoolyear, the upward trend in Delaware graduation success (85 percent) mirrored the recently-released graduation data from the Department that showed the nation hitting a record high (83 percent) for high school graduation. The rise has been steady since 2010.
The Delaware Restaurant Association’s ProStart Program continues to teach life skills and create career opportunities for Delaware’s youth. It is currently in 18 high schools, reaches more than 3,000 students, and offers more than $100,000 in scholarship money.
There are upwards of 1,000 co-working spaces in the United States—and at least four in Wilmington: The Mill, coIN Loft, 1313 Innovation and Artist Ave. Station— fostering creative collaborations and community.
Community gardens are becoming more prominent. The Delaware Center for Horticulture currently supports approximately 20 throughout New Castle County.
Delaware is reducing food waste. Last year, Food Bank of Delaware redirected more than 2 million pounds of food destined for landfills to the tables of those in need. It expects to exceed that total in 2017. ►
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Last year, the Food Bank of Delaware received almost 9 million pounds of donated food.
Local farmers’ markets have surpassed $3 million in sales annually over the past couple of years and area family farmers are finding new markets by selling to local supermarkets, who recognize their value.
Every Delaware public school district buys directly from local farmers.
On Jan. 13, Panera Bread announced that it had removed artificial ingredients from its food menu and Panera at Home products in the United States. The company has said that by year end it would remove artificial flavors and colors, preservatives and sweeteners from the food served at its 2,000 restaurants.
You might recycle, drive an environmentally-friendly car—good. Next step? Composting for your garden. The state offers workshops, classes and demonstrations on composting throughout the year.
Delaware now diverts nearly 43 percent of recyclables from landfills to recycling operations. That’s nearly 8 billion pounds of trash.
Delaware’s municipal solid waste recycling rate has been steadily improving for the past decade. The rate is currently 42.6 percent, up from 23.2 percent in 2006. The state goal is 60 percent by 2020.
The U.S. Department of Energy has tapped the University of Delaware to be a key player in the new Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). RAPID’s role will be to develop breakthrough technologies and processes to boost energy productivity and efficiency and decrease environmental impacts, especially related to chemical manufacturing.
The United States continues to lead the world in number of patents filed, with 109,353 in the first half of 2016. It isn’t even close. Secondplace Japan had 24,200. Proof that America has a lot of people with a lot of ideas.
with solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system, will be powered by wind, the sun, and selfgenerated hydrogen. The boat, which is currently in a shipyard in Saint-Malo (western France), will set sail from the Brittany port.
Wind and solar are crushing fossil fuels. Clean energy investment now outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1. As renewable energy is becoming ever cheaper to produce, installations are booming. Recent trends show that wealthier countries are slowly phasing out coal out entirely.
More hybrid and electric vehicles are on the road. It seems the auto manufacturers are finally getting the hint that consumers not only want to save on gasoline, but also want to save the planet. Hybrids aren’t going anywhere and now it seems EVs (Electric Vehicles) are here to stay. There are now more than 20 plug-in models offered from more than a dozen brands.
The Chevy Bolt has been named top car in North America, an important milestone for a car General Motors hopes will finally get Americans hooked on electric vehicles. The honor was announced Jan. 9 in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.
The first self-sufficient boat powered only by emissionfree energy will start a six-year trip around the world in the spring. Energy Observer, a former multi-hull race boat converted into a green vessel equipped
In 2015, REI—outdoor outfitters Recreational Equipment Inc.—gave more than 72 percent of its profit to community projects (and generous employee bonuses). This generosity has a direct, positive impact on Delaware parks (see story, pg. 21).
While 2016’s stats aren’t released yet, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation saw a 19 percent jump in camping throughout state parks between 2014 and 2015. Keep getting outdoors!
Families have only so many options at the beach when the weather turns bad: the outlets, the movies, and that’s pretty much it. But now there is Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes, which opened in January. The joint offers bowling, laser tag, and an arcade, as well as a 110-seat restaurant and bar.
Beach-goers will now have a new, large concert venue come this summer, thanks to Highway One (Rusty Rudder, Bottle & Cork) opening a 4,000-capacity, amphitheater-style venue at Hudson Fields in Milton. The first concert— country music band Old Dominion—is set to christen the place on June 1.
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Suicide Sunday, the Running of the Bull, an Orange (or Grapefruit) Crush, Kristen and the Noise; these terms are synonymous with summers in Dewey, and all dwell under the same roof. Yes, The Starboard Opening Weekend begins March 16, coinciding with the first day of spring (March 20).
Anyone can hit the outlets yearround, but getting a good deal in town can be a little harder to find. Your best bet for beach discounts is to hit the annual sidewalk sales in Rehoboth. There are two dates this year: the spring event the weekend of May 19-20 and the fall event from Oct. 6-8.
Who says we don’t like opera? In 2016, 20,184 people attended a performance by OperaDelaware, the state’s only professional opera company and the 11th oldest opera company in the nation.
The Light Up The Queen Foundation continues its fundraising ways with its sixth anniversary show on March 4, this one titled Shine A Light on ‘77. Some of the best local musicians will gather at World Cafe Live to pay tribute to the year 1977, which saw the likes of Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder topping the charts.
Wilmington’s arthouse cinema destination Theatre N reopened last fall under new leadership with fresh momentum. You go, local arts scene!
Firefly, perhaps the best Delaware music event ever, returns to The Woodlands in Dover June 15-18. Regardless of age, you owe yourself the experience.
The Wilmington Grand Prix has been named to USA Cycling’s national calendar for the 10th straight year and will bring an international cycling field to Downtown Wilmington May 19-20. The event has generated more than $3 million in economic impact since 2012.
Each year, the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival celebrates the culture of a particular region of the home country, and in 2017, Sicily is the focus. That means lots of dishes with eggplant and sardines, pignolata and almond cookies, and plenty of refreshing ice granita.
After hitting the $1 million mark in tickets sales last season for the first time in its 38-year history, Delaware Theatre Company continues to build its regional reputation by presenting two new plays in 2017 that will then move on to New York City: White Guy on the Bus and Hetty Feather.
Ladybug, Wilmington’s own little version of Lilith Fair, will be rocking Lower Market Street (LOMA) once again this summer. The female-driven music festival takes place July 20-21, and offers advantages over Firefly Music Festival: it’s a heck of a lot closer and a heck of a lot cheaper—in fact, it’s free!
It’s quite a scheduling accomplishment for The Grand Opera House as it brings one of the world’s greatest humorists, Dave Sedaris, back to Wilmington almost every year. Do yourself a favor and read one of Sedaris’ many best-selling books, then go see him on April 12.
Fueled by laugh-out-loud skits, a talented and diverse cast and a powerhouse line-up of hosts and guests, Saturday Night Live is enjoying a resurgence. Its 42nd season kicked off with its best premiere ratings in eight years.
On the heels of setting the record for total number of Emmy awards (38, besting Frasier by one), Game of Thrones returns to HBO this summer. Date to be announced.
Netflix’s instant cult classic that premiered last August, Stranger Things, is returning for season two to drag us all—happily— back to the Upside Down.
Veep, nominated once again for Best Television Series— Musical or Comedy, returns in the spring. All hail Julia Louis-Dreyfus!
Aubrey Plaza, Delaware’s favorite funny girl, gets a shot at starring in Marvel Comics’ Legion this spring on FX. Plaza plays “Lenny,” the chatty, psychiatric ward counterpart to David Haller (Dan Stevens), whose schizophrenic nature forces him to question whether he’s human, mutant, or both.
The Trump administration will provide endless fodder for late night talk shows and especially Saturday Night Live, where Alec Baldwin will be assured of continued employment.
Trump will inspire progressives to be vigilant and vocal in opposition to attempts to roll back gains related to the environment, women's health, marriage equality, religious liberty, civil rights, etc.
Per No. 51, there was the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington.
Donald Trump’s strategy of publicly shaming corporations for exporting jobs may prove effective in job creation and bringing U.S. companies back to America.
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Facebook has taken steps to address its role in spreading fake news, such as enlisting the help of third-party fact-checkers, according to Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg. The social network was widely criticized for allowing false stories to circulate in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election.
Contrary to newsroom sensationalism, violent crime in the U.S. continues to decline and has been on a steady downward trend since 1991.
The employment report showed solid gains in December despite the narrowing supply of unemployed workers in the labor market.
Democrat Mike Purzycki won the election for Mayor of Wilmington in November, and already citizens of “A Place to be Somebody” are excited for their future. Purzycki chose a solid transition team, which included Out & About’s own Jerry duPhily as Cultural Affairs chair. Purzycki’s website (mikeformayor2016.com) includes an “ideas” button for citizens to submit suggestions on how to improve the city.
It takes a village. Two newlyelected leaders, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer and Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, have promised an unprecedented spirit of cooperation in addressing the county’s major challenges.
Dr. LaVerne Harmon will become the first black female college president in Delaware history when she assumes the reins at Wilmington University after Dr. Jack Varsalona retires on June 30.
From July 2015 to July 2016, Delawareans checked out more than 360,000 STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) books. That’s a lot of educational material being read—and shows that libraries are still relevant and thriving.
Some recent studies have shown that being optimistic can decrease your risk of heart attacks and strokes and increase longevity.
After decades of increasing, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off and the rise in obesity among adults is beginning to slow, according to the Center for Disease Control. Obesity remains one of the biggest threats to the health of our children and our country, putting millions of Americans at increased risk for a range of chronic diseases and contributing to more than $147 billion dollars in preventable healthcare spending. At least its progress.
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or one of every five deaths. But according to the CDC, smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adults (20.9 percent) in 2005 to about 15 of every 100 adults (15.1 percent) in 2015.
According to a recently published article in the journal Pediatrics, the use of physical discipline is decreasing and enthusiasm for alternative forms of discipline is increasing among mothers of all socioeconomic backgrounds. (Delaware is good at being first: In 2012, we became the first state to pass a law that effectively outlawed the corporal discipline of children by their parents.)
Drug advances to look for in 2017 include: a vaccine for HIV beginning Phase II trials, the use of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine to target treatment-resistant depression,
new drugs and therapies based on the microbiome and even a new female libido booster that’s up for approval.
Expect further improvements in robotic surgery. In addition to the currently available da Vinci Surgical System, look for competition from the new surgical robot system developed by the partnership of Google and Johnson & Johnson. These systems will allow for minimally invasive surgeries on the most delicate elements of human anatomy.
In 2016, according to the journal Science, the discovery of gravitational waves launched a new branch of science. Think black holes, dark matter, seeing further back in time…some pretty intense stuff.
Space exploration is back in vogue. Last March, Commander Scott Kelly completed his one-year mission in space, providing tons of data on what it’s like to live in the weightless environment. NASA’s Juno satellite arrived at Jupiter in July and continues to provide the most precise data that the agency has ever collected on the giant planet. And in August, an international team of astronomers confirmed the discovery of another Earth-like planet in a habitable zone four light years away from us.
Twenty percent of all international tourists— that’s 200 million people—are millennials, according to a United Nations study, and that’s now the fastest-growing age segment in terms of the money spent on travel. What does this translate to? Increased openmindedness, understanding of different cultures, and new perspectives for the world’s future leaders.
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People are interested in visiting us. More than a half-million people visited VisitWilmingtonDe. com, the official tourism website for New Castle County, in 2016.
Be sure to thank your visiting in-laws. Thanks to tourism, each Delaware household will pay approximately $1,360 less in taxes this year.
For the first time in years, Wilmington will see at least four major ground-up new construction sites in Downtown and Riverfront Wilmington.
Main Street Wilmington opened 2017 in conversation with 15 businesses looking to locate Downtown.
Downtown Wilmington will see at least six new food and beverage destinations open this year.
You can now get a cup of coffee in Downtown Wilmington on Sunday. In fact, it’s a Starbucks, located on Market Street.
DiFonzo Bakery, a Wilmington institution since 1945, is returning to Little Italy after a 13year absence.
While it’s still years away from breaking ground, a direct rail line from Wilmington to the Philadelphia Airport has inched closer to approval. Federal officials gave their stamp of approval on a proposal for upgrades to the Northeast Corridor, but it would need financial backing from state or local government. Fingers crossed, commuters.
The Brandywine YMCA is scheduled to start a 16,000-square-foot expansion this spring. It will include adding adaptive fitness equipment for patrons with limited mobility and renovated preschool classrooms.
In 2017 there will be 450 more new apartments in the Downtown and Riverfront Wilmington districts than existed only three years ago.
Delaware’s restaurant industry, the largest small business employer in Delaware at 11 percent of the total workforce, expects to add 1,000 jobs each year for the next 10 years. The majority will be at the managerial level.
Cajun Kate’s New Orleans Market has been a staple at the Booths Corner Farmers Market for about a decade, but a trip to Pennsylvania during the limited hours of operation wasn’t exactly ideal for Delawareans. Now we can all get our Cajun and Creole fix from Kate and company a little closer to home, thanks to the second location that recently opened in Bellefonte. The dine-in area seats 30.
Most sushi lovers were sad to see Kooma leave the Wilmington Riverfront in 2016, but all foodies are excited to see Del Pez reinvigorate the old space. The Newarkbased Mexican gastropub got its second location at 400 Justison St. in December, and so far, reviews are positive.
Although a location hasn’t been selected or approved yet, we have on very good authority that Grain, one of Newark’s best and brightest new restaurant stars, will have a sister restaurant in the next year. A second Grain (perhaps in the Wilmington area?) would be something special for fans of great pub fare and a polished craft beer selection.
Craft beer lovers can rejoice as they have more choices than ever. The number of breweries has been steadily increasing since Prohibition (when there were none), and as of the end of November 2016 there were 5,005. Ninety-nine percent of them are small and independent craft breweries.
Iron Hill locations started canning their beers a few years ago, and now the regional chain’s resolution for 2017 includes canned beer available at all times at every location. That includes appearances by the Ore House IPA and seasonals like the Rising Sun IPA, with Sorachi Ace hops.
Amid the new restaurant, expansion, and canning program, let’s not forget why Dogfish Head put Delaware on the craft beer map: the beer! This year, there will be three new brews, including Saison du BUFF, a collaboration with Stone Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Co.
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Odds are you’ve passed the old Bull’s Eye more than a hundred times over the 23 years it’s been open for business. But after a change in ownership, the place is getting a makeover. Craft beer options, carefully prepared comfort food, a refurbished interior and a sparkling new red-and-white sign make this somewhat forgotten stopover a new neighborhood destination.
Sounds like it will be a good year for local music. This month will see new albums from Davey Dickens Jr. and The Troubadours and Ringleader, plus a video of the new single from Gozer. Look for Gozer to follow up with a full release, “Sick of Waking Up”, on cassette this spring. Over the summer, count on The Joe Trainor Trio to deliver Three, followed by albums from both The Cocks and Grace Vonderkuhn in the fall.
Delaware’s growing fleet of food trucks will get another member this spring when Wheely’s Café starts roaming the streets of Old New Castle. A “carbon-neutral mobile café,” Wheely’s will serve locally roasted, fair trade, organic coffee, cappuccino, espresso and tea. Follow them on Facebook for a list of locations where they’ll be setting up shop.
On July 22, the Newark Food & Brew Festival will celebrate its 14th anniversary. The Food & Brew, now a rite of summer in Newark, is one of the state’s first craft beer-focused festivals.
Delaware’s biggest costume party, the Halloween Loop, returns for its 38th year on Saturday, Oct. 28. How many Donald Trump lookalikes do you think we’ll see?
Carson Wentz will be in his second year as the quarterback (and the future) of the Eagles, and Coach Doug Pederson also will be in his second year. No more rookie mistakes?
There are rumors of a 2017 Phish Europe tour—or a “baker’s dozen” run at Madison Square Garden.
According to BuzzAngle Music’s firstever yearly report, vinyl album sales in 2016 were up more than 25 percent from 2015, despite the fact that physical album sales were down 11.7 percent and subscription streams (a competing format) rose nearly 125 percent. This is good news for independent record stores such as Rainbow and Jupiter Records. The numbers also give credence to the notion that vinyl is still alive and growing, and that the format offers upand-coming bands the opportunity to make more money than via streaming options, which—although popular— generally pay peanuts.
Chris Berman is retiring from most of his duties at ESPN. It was time. One more “backback-back-back-back” at the MLB home run competition would have been one too many.
Phillies pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 13—the first precursor of spring.
Blue Hens football admits it laid an egg with the licensing fee for season ticket holders and ends the policy for the 2017 season. For good measure, new University of Delaware Athletics Director Chrissy Rawak has brought in a new head coach, Danny Rocco, who led Richmond to playoff appearances in each of the past three seasons.
The Flyers are moving in the right direction. As they celebrate 50 years this season, a young team proves they have deep talent and could squeak into the postseason (Hopefully that doesn’t change by the time this is published).
Joel Embid is the real deal. Ben Simmons will be on the court soon. The 76ers are returning to relevance.
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n a blustery fall morning, members of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce gathered at Ted’s Montana Grill in the Christiana Fashion Center for the restaurant’s grand opening ceremonies. It was only 10 a.m., but that didn’t stop servers from passing copper mugs filled with “Hendrick’s Mules” and diminutive burgers speared with tiny American flags. The crowd gathered to watch Ted’s CEO, George McKerrow Jr., and chamber President Mark Kleinschmidt cut into a steak so large that it easily dwarfed a cheesecake. Just another restaurant opening near the mall? Not quite. The ceremonial steak and sliders are bison, which is the star attraction at Ted’s Montana Grill. Sodas, which come with wax-coated paper straws, are placed on 100-percent biodegradable coasters. Want yours to go? Takeout cups are
made with cornstarch. In the bathroom, soap dispensers contain biodegradable Boraxo. McKerrow and his partner, the media mogul Ted Turner, are dedicated to sustainability in the restaurant industry. “We started the conversation,” says McKerrow. In 2008, they spearheaded “The Green Restaurant Revolution” tour. But they’re not the only ones making an effort. Several Delaware-based establishments are also stepping up to the plate. It’s not easy. Most restaurants lack the resources of Ted’s Montana Grill, which is fueled by Turner’s convictions, McKerrow’s 40-plus years of industry experience—he also founded LongHorn Steakhouse—and some serious buying power; Ted’s is now in 16 states. But even Ted’s bows to some consumer preferences, practical considerations, and an industry that has yet to catch up. ► FEBRUARY 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Turner—who is an avid outdoorsman—and McKerrow decided to feature bison to help increase the threatened animal’s herds. The population, which numbered up to 30 million at one time, dwindled due to habitat loss and overhunting in the 19th century. As more consumers become aware of the health benefits of bison (it’s higher in nutrients and lower in calories than most meat), they will increase the demand—or so the theory goes. Ranchers, as a result, will grow their herds, which can be good for the environment. Able to withstand harsh weather conditions, bison are natural foragers that thrive on grass outdoors; there’s no need for feed and artificial shelter. They calve without human interference, and their natural heartiness requires fewer vet visits than cattle. Their grass diet results in meat that is slightly sweeter than regular beef and much leaner. The taste and the health benefits have whetted the public’s appetite, which is evident by the number of bison burgers in many local restaurants, including Buckley’s Tavern in Centreville. Of course, both Buckley's and Ted's also offer standard beef burgers and steaks. Supporting the growth of an endangered species is one way that restaurants can be sustainable. Another is to create dishes with creatures that are causing an imbalance. Take, for instance, the wild blue catfish, which was introduced into the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in the 1970s for anglers. The fish, however, has few predators other than man, and it exhibited a voracious appetite for just about anything on the bay’s bottom. “It’s a pesky fish, but it is delicious,” says William Hoffman, who with his wife, Merry Catanuto, owns The House of William & Merry in Hockessin. “We try to serve it as much as we can to try and help balance the ecosystem in the bay.” Farm-raised fish have been getting a bad rap for the fish’s unhealthy habitat. Disease not only can affect the farm-raised fish but it can also drift into the wild fish population. But not all aquaculture practices are detrimental to the ocean. Brian Ashby, the owner of 8th & Union Kitchen in Wilmington’s Little Italy, features Verlasso salmon, which is raised on Patagonian farms that follow sustainability standards established by the World Wildlife Fund. He also sells specials with cobia that’s raised in open-water farms. These new methods encourage containment in the deep ocean, where the currents can flush the pens. The containment mimics a natural habitat as much as possible, right down to including species such as mussels, which consume waste. Hoffman offers alternatives to overfished species like swordfish, tuna and salmon. “There are so many species out there that aren’t overfished, but that people don’t know about,” Hoffman says. OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Sourcing sustainable food is not the only way that restaurants can benefit the environment. The reclaimed wood that makes 8th & Union Kitchen’s décor so distinctive likely came from a tobacco factory, says Ashby, who noticed the aroma when the workers were cutting the wood. Van Horn says that his restaurants recycle paper, cardboard, plastic. glass, metal and fryer grease. (Using services that manage and recycle kitchen oil has become a common practice.) Along with reclaimed wood for the dining rooms, using services that manage and recycle kitchen oil has become a common practice.
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In the House of William & Merry, diners expect to find new ingredients prepared in innovative ways. Buckley’s Tavern, known for its comfort food, recently offered parrotfish, which are threatening coral reefs. But at the Big Fish Grill restaurants, customers stick to the familiar, says Eric Sugrue, the managing partner. “It’s challenging because obviously, we want to do the right thing, but we also want to put items on the menu that people like and can afford to eat,” he says. The price point is also a factor for the restaurant’s cost, Sugrue adds. Joe Van Horn, owner of Chelsea Tavern, might agree. “We use reputable vendors, and purchase the most sustainable [ingredients that] we can, while continuing to offer the price point that we do,” he says. What’s more, many restaurants won’t take a risk on an item not selling because diners refuse to try it. Sugrue says there’s been no noticeable uptick in customer concern for sustainable fish or new species, even in the market adjacent to the original Big Fish location in Rehoboth Beach.
Brian Ashby, owner of 8th & Union Kitchen, says the restaurant's reclaimed wood decor likely came from a tobacco factory.
Reducing food waste is also a practical priority. Home Grown Café in Newark orders small quantities to make sure that everything is used, says owner Sasha Aber, who also buys as much of her seasonal food as possible from local vendors. Restaurants like Home Grown and 8th & Union Kitchen that make items from scratch can be resourceful. “There is very little that goes to waste in this kitchen,” Ashby says. “Nearly every vegetable scrap is used in our mushroom pho. Meat scraps are almost always incorporated into other dishes. There is always a veg scrap bin in the walk-in.” Some Delaware restaurants once participated in a composting program with the Wilmington Organic Recycling Center. But that business was ordered to cease operations in 2014 due to neighbors’ complaints about the smell. At Harry’s Savoy Grill, the leftover prime rib is donated to Emmanuel Dining Room and other charities. Oyster shells are sprinkled in garden beds. From plastic to glass bottles, everything that can be recycled is recycled at The House of William & Merry. ►
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With their plastic straws, coffee stirrers and takeout containers, restaurants can generate a lot of waste that collects in landfills— and stays there. When McKerrow and Turner decided to open Ted’s Montana Gill, they wanted to do something about that problem. In 2001, McKerrow researched paper straws online and found a company in New Jersey that invented the product in 1833. He called and talked to the third-generation owner. “He said: ‘George, we haven’t made a paper straw since 1970,’” McKerrow recalls. It was possible, however, that the machine was still around. The owner called back to say the engineers had indeed found the machine and could make it work. With packaging in hand, the straws arrived at the first Ted’s in Columbus, Ohio, in trash bags. Unfortunately, they quickly turned to limp noodles in the soda. The motivated company found a biodegradable polymer to make the straw and stirrer last an hour. Today, the company also sells the products to cruise lines under the name Aardvark Straws. Being responsible does not come cheap. Regular straws cost less than a penny when purchased in bulk. A package of 24 paper straws is $4.99 online. Ted’s originally used all biodegradable takeout containers. Without clear plastic lids, though, servers mixed up the orders. Plus, some foods quickly soak through cardboard. The restaurant conceded that aluminum with a clear lid was better for some items. As for building materials, low-flow toilets, no-water urinals, and high-pressure/low-volume water sprayers deliver a return on investment and help promote sustainability. These are additions that customers, who can press restaurants to do more, cannot see. But for those committed to sustainability, there is too much that they do notice. Yasmine Bowman, for one, is watching. The realtor and Wilmington resident says she is dedicated to being a responsible consumer. On her Facebook page, she writes, “‘Sustainability’ will be my personal word and cause for 2017.” “I tend to stay away from restaurants that do not recycle. I prefer to frequent establishments that are in line with my value systems. I also do not go to fast food restaurants that put hot food in plastic containers. The health dangers of BPA leaching into the food are a huge health threat. I would also like to see more restaurants offer organic, cruelty-free and gluten-free options. This is the future. Those who find a way to accommodate this sooner will thrive; those who don't will slowly fail.”
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hanks to a $10,000 donation from Delaware Food Lion locations, kids at Clayton Court Apartments in Wilmington won't have to worry about being hungry after school. Clayton Court is the newest site to participate in the Food Bank of Delaware’s pilot after-school grab and go meal offering. Meal service began just before the holidays, and it's already popular with both kids and parents. Kids who live in the complex can stop by the rental office and grab a nutritious meal to take home. Meanwhile, two ongoing supporters of the Food Bank surprised the staff with significant donations. The TD Charitable Foundation delivered a check for $80,000, and the Norfolk Southern Foundation donated $15,000 for the Backpack Program plus an additional $15,000 for community nutrition programming. More Food Bank news includes its Culinary School course, which begins Feb. 13. It’s for those interested in a career in the food service industry. The 14-week training class will take place in Newark and Milford. The program includes 12 weeks of hands-on training in basic and high-end kitchen skills, safe food handling, and life skills. Students also have the opportunity to become ServSafe certified. The 12 weeks of training culminate with a two-week paid internship at a food service company. Upon graduation, the Food Bank of Delaware helps place students in entry-level jobs in the food industry.
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The Delaware Contemporary 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE www.decontemporary.org Opening reception for “Due South,” a remarkable group exhibition of work by 38 accomplished artists. The artists have traveled between the U.S. and Italy to collaborate on works inspired by the rich culture of Sicily. Enjoy Sicilian wines and a NYC Sicilian food truck! Also opening, “The Flame,” an exhibition of new work by Carlucci Coehlo and Max Levinson. Reception 5 – 9 PM. On view Tues, Sun 12 – 5 PM, Wed 12 – 7 PM, Thu, Fri ArtzScape 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.aladycproductioncompany.com
In the Land of Flotus by Amor La Luna. A combination of black goddesses, nature and mystical things. Reception 6 PM – 9 PM. On view through February 28, 2017.
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LaFate Gallery 227 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.lafategallery.com African America History Month, Eunice LaFate’s iconic paintings featuring Famous African Americans will be showcased. Important to Black History is LaFate’s Acrylic painting of “then Senator Barack Obama,” at Rodney Square, February 2008. Reception 6 PM – 8 PM. On view Tues – Sat 11 AM – 4 PM through February 28, 2017. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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“20th annual Student Show,” current students enrolled at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Students from each of DCAD’s six areas of study (animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design and photography) will exhibit works created as part of their respective programs.Reception 5 – 8 PM. On view 9 AM to 9 PM. Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday and Sunday through March 12.
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Roots Untold Creations, Nick Irving. Surrealistic connection between the roots of Nature and the inner strength and beauty Black women. Reception 5:30 – 7 PM. On view through January 31, 2017.
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.thegrandwilmington.org/grand-galleries The PreZOOdents, by Zach Bluett, is a lighthearted watercolor and ink portraiture series of the US Presidents and Founding Figures depicted as some very ‘punny’ animals. This series reminds us that though our country may seem like a zoo at times, we should focus on celebrating the uniqueness of everyone’s background, beliefs, and perspective. 30 – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 10 AM – 5 PM through February 27, 2017.
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Artist Terrance Vann introduces a new collection of paintings that experiment with both color and concept. Terrance pushes his work to new dimensions with a show full of surreal visual experiences at the Baby Grand. Reception 5:30 – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 10 AM – 5 PM through February 27, 2017.
Still Nature, Frank DePietro. Paintings display a quiet, meditative quality, contemplating our connection with nature and changing notions of what nature is. Reception 5:30 – 8:00 PM. On view from 9 AM – 5 PM Mon – Fri through March 31, 2017.
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Masks and More, Valetta Valeta. Exhibiting her colorful masks and pastels as well as presenting her original and timely screenplay. Reception 5-8 PM. On view Tues – Fri 10 – 5 PM and Sat 10 – 4 PM through February 28, 2017.
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Happy Hour FUNdraiser! Enjoy team SCRABBLE with heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine, while supporting adult literacy in Delaware Friday, February 24 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel 1124 East 7th Street Wilmington, DE 19801 Free, onsite parking!
The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE www.stationgallery.net Winter Group Show, Rosemary Castiglioni, Gay Freeborn, Jim Gears. Still life paintings in oil by Rosemary Castiglioni; Gestural animal paintings by Gay Freeborn; Plein air landscapes from Zion National Park, Utah by Jim Gears. Reception 5 – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 9- 5 PM, Sat 10 – 3 PM. Hardcastle Gallery 5714 Kennett Pike Centreville, DE www.hardcastlegallery.com National League of American Pen Women 2017 Diamond State Branch Biennial Show Featuring Art, Music, Books and Poetry by Delaware members of the National League of American Pen Women. Reception 3:00 – 8:30 PM. On view Tues – Fri 10 A – 5 PM. Sat 10 AM – 4 PM through February 25, 2017. Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 the Highway Arden, DE www.ardenbuzz.com The First and Last Gasp of the Freaky Camera, Allan Kleban. These interestingly rendered digital photographs resulted from a happy accident that turned landscapes, still lifes and portraits into dreamy, illuminating, psychedelic photographs that tell a strange story that may or may not have been there. Reception 6 – 9 PM. On view by appointment only Mon – Sat 8 AM – 8 PM. Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Blvd Bellefonte, DE www.bellefontearts.com Celebrating Artists of Color Exhibiting artists: Larry Hinson Photography (cover photo), Kara Hinson Watercolors, Alice Reid African inspired jewelry, and Kamysha Martin of LolahSoul metal jewelry. Reception 5 – 8PM. On view Tues – Fri 11 – 5 PM, at 10 – 4 PM, Sun 12 – 4 PM through February 28th.
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Craig Wensell, CEO and co-owner of Bellefonte Brewing Co., sets a flight of sour beers on the bar. Photo Anthony Santoro
PUCKER UP Sour beers are a growing presence on the brewing landscape By Scott Pruden ore has it that thousands of years ago, when humans first discovered that hops, grain and water combined to create beer, all the resulting beverages featured a taste profile that we would describe as sour. Blame the microorganisms that linger around us—then and now. Bacteria and naturally occurring yeasts were in the air, water and dust, and especially in the open vessels often used to craft the early brews. They settled freely in the wort (the grain and water mixture that forms the beginnings of beer) and thrived. Once Louis Pasteur demonstrated how to rid food and prep equipment of unwanted microorganisms using his namesake process and simple sterilization, brewers learned the importance of making sure the final product was free of unwanted microbial visitors. Open wooden vessels gave way to closed, easily cleaned
copper kettles and eventually, stainless steel vats. Paired with hightemperature cleaning, the simple changes all but eliminated the potential of unwanted critters infesting a batch of beer. The disappearance of sour beers from the American landscape also had a good bit to do with changes in approaches to food storage, as well as a healthy dose of big-business marketing, says Craig Wensell, CEO and co-owner of Bellefonte Brewing Co. in Wilmington. “Brewing in America has been in an awakening almost since Prohibition. Everything changed after that period of self-isolation. Sour beers almost immediately made a comeback right after that,” he says. “But along with the whole concept of canned foods and long-term shelf-stable products, there was an attempt to run the old-style beers off. Either that or they just faded away.” ►
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Bellefonte Brewing Co.'s sour Belgian quadruple, Sour Claymonster, fermenting. It’s available at the brewery this month.
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Because nothing is as alluring as the forbidden or unattainable, modern brewers began to plumb history for those funky flavors lost through modern cleanliness. However skeevy it might sound, in pursuit of this primordial flavor born from higher acidity, modern beer makers began intentionally infecting their brews with several types of bacteria and wild yeasts, all designed to add a little something to bring about that new/old sour flavor only the wonkiest beer enthusiasts and culinary anthropologist even knew we were missing. The master brewers of Belgium were the first in recent history to bring these flavors back to commercially produced brews, going back to the old open koelschip—the Germanic name for what Americans refer to as the coolship, or an open vessel used to cool wort. This allowed “wild” yeasts and bacteria to settle into the mix before it moved to the brewing process. They began offering up their intentionally inoculated and fermented sour ales known as lambics, as well as lambic blends (known as gueuzes) and Flanders ales. Others not of Belgian provenance included Berliner weisse and gose, both from Germany. Goosed with naturally occurring flora in the wort stage, the finished brews were often aged in used wine barrels, where other lingering bacteria and the remnants of each vintage would boost the flavor profile further. Properly prepared, these beers can range from light and fruity to verging on the complexity of a fine, dry red wine and lend themselves to a variety of food pairings. In fact, Wensell says that among traditional craft brew drinkers who lean toward a hoppy flavor, sours can often fall flat. But with wine drinkers who often claim to not like beer, sours are frequently a hit. “The mouth feel of the product is going to be the same as wine, so I use that as my reference point for people who say, “I don’t really like beer,’” he says. “Ten to 15 times over the course of every weekend we see the beer person turn up their nose and someone who doesn’t like beer will go to the sours. It can really take people 180 degrees out of where they thought they were.”
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Bellefonte Brewing Co.'s Funk n' Pineapple.
Done wrong, the taste of a sour beer can skew toward the unpleasantly earthy or even, um … poopy. Because of their brewing process, even when done well, consistency isn’t the hallmark of sour beers. If you find a brand you like and stick with it, you can still expect flavor variations from batch to batch, Wensell says. “Sours are kind of hit and miss, but they’re becoming more ‘hit.’ In my drinking experience, I’ve been punished by a number of sours,” he notes. “It’s been kind of an adventure in discovery. It doesn’t always go your way, but it’s always entertaining.” Sours available at Bellefonte this month will be the Sour Claymonster, a sour Belgian quadruple (or “quad” – essentially an extra-strong Trappiststyle ale) with flavors of tart cherry and caramel; a mixed fermentation with Brettanomyces bruxellensis (“Brett brux”) and Saccharomyces Trois (“Sacc. Trois”) yeasts that Wensell describes as “a big, bright. pineapple bomb”; Bellefonte’s second batch of Solera #1, a complex sour with a wine-like flavor that, with carbonation, comes off like a prosecco; and a bright and complex full Brett fermentation that features strong flavors of sour peach and mango. Wensell says he also likes to keep at least two sours on tap throughout the year, usually a blueberry and raspberry. ► FEBRUARY 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Searching your favorite beer shop for something to take home? Here are a few top-rated bottles to try: Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale – The only blend on the list happens to also be one from the locals at Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach. This session hazy golden sour combines three separate brews—a traditional German-style Kolsch wheat beer; a gose with hints of sea salt, coriander and black lime; and a Berliner weisse flavored with lime and lime peel. All three are aged together to produce a thirst-quenching drink that’s tart and citrusy up front with a hint of salt and a malty sweet finish. It pairs well with steamed mussels, grilled chicken and raw oysters for the main dish, or a bit of chevre during your cheese course. As a seasonal release, SeaQuench won’t be back around until the summer. Sierra Nevada Otra Vez GoseStyle Ale – Flavored with prickly pear cactus fruit, coriander and grapefruit, this brew from the Chico, Calif.-based brewery offers a tangy bitterness reminiscent of watermelon that goes well with spicy main dishes, goat cheeses and citrusy desserts. Its 4.5 percent ABV makes it a refreshing, smooth-drinking selection. Russian River Consecration – A dark reddish-brown brew, Consecration gets much of its color from being aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels acquired from wineries local to the Santa Rosa, Calif., brewery, and from being spiked with black currant prior to the four- to eight-month aging process. What emerges is ale with a sour punch. Undertones of the wine remain, complementing top notes of currant, chocolate truffle, tobacco and spice. Its 10 percent ABV is as foreboding as its dark color, so take your time enjoying this one. Weyerbacher Brewing Tarte Nouveau Session Sour – This light, refreshing and mildly sour offering originally began as an experiment by the Easton, Pa., brewery to see if it was possible to create a sour beer that wouldn’t contaminate the rest of its drafting and packing equipment. What first emerged as their limitededition Zulu label has now morphed into this tart, pale-yellow ale that offers an easily drinkable 3.9 percent ABV and a dry, smooth finish. The subtle presence of cherries helps this beer pair well with light seafood dishes like ceviche and the earthier tastes of a beet and goat cheese salad. Be patient, though. This sought-after seasonal won’t be back again until spring.
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ranksWine, at 1206 N. Union St. in Wilmington, is celebrating 30 years in 2017. And that’s not all. This month, FranksWine is hosting a fundraiser—a popup Golden Wine Event on Saturday, Feb. 11. After a five-year break, the event is back at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom at 2020 Naamans Rd. Twenty vendors will be pouring wine that comes from various regions, and guests are invited to meander from station to station—which include craft beer from four local brewers. Overall, the drink menu comprises 80 wines and 16 craft brew selections. Tickets are $100, and $25 of each ticket and 100 percent of the proceeds from the FranksWine Big Bottle Silent Auction will be donated to Kids Runway for Research, which raises awareness and support for The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The event runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Get tickets at frankswine.com.
BOB’S 1ST ALE IS BACK
rom now through March 30, the South Burlington, Vt. Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Bob’s 1st Ale— the brewery’s inaugural 1994 ale, originally dubbed Magic Hat Ale—is back. Magic Hat has moved away from its seasonal brews, which the ale was originally among, and is introducing the Limited Run series, offering beers from its vault that have been fan and staff favorites over the years. The rotation of the series will have a two-month window for each—totaling five brews for this year. An Irish-style, deep ruby red ale at 4.6 percent ABV, Bob’s 1st is fermented with the brewery’s 150-year-old strain of top-fermenting English yeast. Find the brew at local liquor stores.
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rewed with a ratio of fruit, freshlysqueezed juice, and Northwest citrusy-hop varieties, Flesh & Blood India Pale Ale—Dogfish Head’s newest year-round brew—is now available at local liquor stores. Clocking in at 7.5 percent ABV and 45 IBUs, and exclusively available in six-pack cans, Flesh & Blood is crafted with orange peel, lemon flesh and an aromatic blood orange juice, resulting in a balanced and zesty ale. Dogfish remains consistent in its use of all-natural culinary products in which consumers can easily identify the whole ingredient and trust in the freshness of fruits and vegetables, and thoughtfully sourced spices. “Because we derive flavors and aromas from actual fruits you would recognize at your local farmers market and not jugs or buckets of flavoring created in a laboratory, you will not see statements like ‘brewed with natural flavors’ or ‘natural flavors added’ on our labels,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and CEO. Flesh & Blood represents more than 21 years of commitment to tweaking and perfecting the fruit IPA style. Dogfish Head is a leading pioneer in this arena; it was the first American brewery to package and ship fruit IPAs nationally. “We’ve been experimenting with fruit and citrus IPAs since 1996 when we released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with apricots,” Calagione says. “We think the fruit IPA category will surge the fastest in 2017 and we are proud of Dogfish Head’s innovator position in this realm.” To find Flesh & Blood IPA, visit dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder.
fter a three-year hiatus, Dover brewery Dominion has brought back its Millennium Ale. This Barley Wine Style Ale uses the original recipe first brewed in Ashburn, Va., to commemorate its 1,000th batch of beer. This full-bodied English/American style barley wine comes in at 10.5 percent ABV. Millennium is brewed with Pale and Crystal Malts, Perle, Hallertau, Mt. Hood and EKG hops, and pure Virginia honey. The limited 100-barrel release is a labor of love that takes 24 hours of non-stop brewing before spending 15 weeks in the fermenter. Dominion Millennium Ale paired with sharp cheeses or a variety of desserts promises to be an ally in the cold winter months. Says Head Brewer Daniel Louder: “This beer’s complexity, nostalgia and demand makes it something special and a pleasure to brew. Beer drinkers that have had it will be pleased that it’s available again, and ones that haven’t tried it will not be disappointed.” Dominion Millennium Ale was released last month and is available in six-packs and on draught at local liquor stores.
ew Belgium Brewing is on a roll. Four new year-round beers are now available from the Fort Collins, Colo., brewery, which is tweaking some other brews, too. Fresh out of the gate are Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale. A new line of hoppy beers under the Voodoo Ranger trademark is also being introduced, while Blue Paddle Pilsener paves the way for New Belgium Bohemian Pilsener. To make room for all these new flavors, Snapshot Wheat, Slow Ride Session IPA and Shift Pale Lager will roll off into the sunset (at least for now). In a purely cosmetic tweak, Sunshine Wheat will be newly adorned with a Colorado state flag to signify its roots. “This is our most ambitious portfolio reimagining since our beginnings,” says New Belgium Brewing spokesperson Bryan Simpson. “We’ve got a lot of excitement, momentum and energy and that makes for a bounty of great beers with interesting twists—2017 is shaping up to be an awesome year for drinking beer.”
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another all-star extravaganza Last year’s Shine A Light On The Queen concert was the fifth straight sell-out. Photo Joe del Tufo
The Shine A Light concert series continues March 4, with a spotlight on 1977. The fundraiser once again features scores of the area’s top musicians. By Kevin Francis
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And that was last year. The Shine A Light On The Queen concert series has been a hit with the public from the outset, and this year’s event, The Shine A Light on ’77, promises to exceed those numbers on its way to another sell-out and another lucrative fundraiser for the Light Up The Queen Foundation. Set for 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, the concert will once again bring together an all-star musical lineup of scores of the most popular and revered singers and musicians in the Wilmington area. They’ll be celebrating the music of 1977, when punk and disco were bursting into full flower, signaling a new wave in pop music. ► FEBRUARY 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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One change fans will note this year is the March date. In previous ANOTHER ALL-STAR years, the concerts took place in EXTRAVAGANZA February, when the chance of continued from previous page inclement weather was a greater variable. In 2015, a stifling blizzard hit the area on the day of the show, rendering many roads impassable. Yet, says bassist Betty Bullington, “It was a full house. You never would have known the weather was so bad outside.” For its first three years, the series was a musical tribute to The Rolling Stones. Two years ago, organizers switched gears and decided to fete the music of 1975. It was a 40th anniversary retrospective on what concert co-producer and performer Rob Grant describes as “a time when some of the best music was being made.” “Besides, we ran out of Rolling Stones songs and, let’s face it, the ‘70s were cool,” he says. “It [will be] a really big mix of funk, folk, disco, good old country and badass rock and roll,” says Shine A Light performer Davey Dickens Jr. about this year’s show. “There was a lot of stuff going on in 1977—and the 1970s as a whole—musically.”
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Grant, who sits on the of the Shine A Light Planning Committee, also performs at the event. He says it gives him and other musicians “an opportunity to play some great music with really talented musicians and performers while also knowing we are helping a worthy cause.” “The Light Up The Queen Foundation began in 2011 with a single arts education program and has developed and diversified over the years,” says Tina Betz, the Light Up The Queen Foundation executive director. “The concert is by far the biggest fundraiser for the Foundation, pulling in approximately a half million dollars in its six-year run. The money raised has benefitted over 10,000 young people through musical arts programs,” she adds. The foundation also provides education on social issues and healthy living, along with education through music and art. “The concert for the Light Up The Queen Foundation is a truly worthwhile event in a city constantly struggling with their arts programs,” says Joe Trainor, who is seen by many as a leader in the area’s music and theater scene. Trainor has organized many tribute concerts for bands such as The Eagles, Queen and Genesis, outside of his own extensive oeuvre of original work. When asked for one word to describe the event, he didn’t hesitate: “Community.” “This event brings people together and provides an opportunity to play with others you don’t normally get to play with,” he says, adding that this spirit of community forces everyone to “up their game.” Trainor enjoys the wider palate the tribute to an entire year offers versus celebrating a single band’s repertoire, because the gamut of music is both a challenge and a change of pace. Other musicians share that view. “There are no songs we wouldn’t want to play [on the playlist],” according to Tony Cappella, the troubadour bassist from Montana Wildaxe, who also performs with approximately a dozen other bands. “If anything, it gives us a chance as musicians to step out of our comfort zones. We love new challenges and styles.” Cappella’s own musical career began a few years before 1977. “There is a really good chance I might be playing on a song I haven’t played on in 40 years,” he laughs. For the performers, the journey to the night of the show rivals the actual show.
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Performers jamming at last year’s concert.
“In a way, the show itself is a bit anti-climactic for the musicians,” says Lew Indellini, lead singer of Special Delivery. “Don’t get me wrong, we love performing for this event, but the meetings, discovering the playlist, the rehearsals and collaborating with some of the most accomplished musicians in the area is one of the best parts of this event for us.”
“It’s great to have helped invent something all the performers look forward to,” says Shine A Light Committee member and event co-founder Kevin McCabe, “especially since I’ve looked up to many of these musicians for such a long time.” Despite the high level of musical accomplishment of the individual performers, “there is no ego” involved, according to McCabe, who also performs. “Everyone has a lot of respect for one another.” Last year’s show ran much longer than the intended three hours. At the first musicians’ meeting for this year’s show, Grant emphasized quicker change-overs between songs. Singer Dan McGowan and guitarist Mike Petrillo discussed additional production value. “We believe adding more production value will enhance the experience for the audience,” says Petrillo. The meeting also was an opportunity for “rookie” musicians— most of them younger—to meet the rest of the members. “I couldn’t believe how passionate everyone is,” says Samantha Poole, who will be performing at her first Shine A Light event. “The gig itself is one thing, but the relationships you develop are very special,” she says. “My father used to play in The Sky Band with Nick Bucci when I was 10 years old. I’ve performed onstage with Nick since then, but it will be amazing if I get to perform with him at this year’s event.” Poole’s father will be in attendance, making it extra special for her. Newcomer Pat Kane, the wunderkind 20-something guitarist, may be the youngest performer at this year’s event. He will share the stage with some of the “silverbacks”—the musicians who are his grandparents’ age. “It would be great to continue to add more young musicians and singers each year,” says Poole, to continue what has quickly become a tradition and centerpiece event of the local music landscape. The Light Up The Queen Foundation “helps feed and cultivate the local arts,” says Betz, “by bringing music to young people who may, one day, be up on that stage themselves performing in a Shine A Light event.” Tickets are available at the World Cafe Live website, www. WorldCafeLive.com. General admission is $60 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250. Kathleen Ford, the Shine A Light Committee chair, says a portion of the price of the tickets is tax deductible. “But,” she adds, “don’t hesitate, because they are going quickly.”
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TUNED IN Not-to-be-missed music news CLASSICAL GUITAR PERFORMANCE BY DUO 220 SET FOR FEB. 25
Hailed for their technique and musicianship, classical guitarists Adam Larison and Andrew Stroud of Duo 220 have established a firm position in a newly emerging generation of guitar ensembles. The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is hosting a performance by the duo at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant (503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. Duo 220 strives to create programs that are new, fresh and accessible through a mixture of both standards and lesser-known works in the guitar duo. Admission is $10 for students, seniors and WCGS members and $15 for general admission, available at the door or online at wilmingtonguitar.org.
CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES
Join an intimate evening performance with Cory Henry and his band, The Funk Apostles, on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Clifford Brown Performance Center. Henry is a 29-year-old Brooklynborn songwriter, organist, pianist and music producer well-versed in jazz, gospel and funk. He has toured with Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, Boyz II Men, Israel Houghton, Donnie McClurkin and Kirk Franklin and has released two albums, First Steps (2014) and The Revival (2016). Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins promptly at 7:30. Early bird tickets are $20 through Feb. 5 and $30 after. Tickets are available at ccacde.org.
THE ARTS AT TRINITY
On Saturday, Feb. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church (1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington), The Arts at Trinity presents a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Music Society as part of its 20162017 music series. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. The performance is at 7:30 p.m.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Music School of Delaware hosts a bi-monthly open mic night on the second Thursday of every other month, beginning in February. On Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilmington branch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4104 Washington St.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the event will include professional-grade equipment for artists: drum set, grand piano, electric piano/synth, guitar/bass amplification available upon request, microphones, PA system and monitors. A complimentary recording of the performance is available to all participants as well as an after party. The event is free.
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THRONES IN THE ROUND IN PHILLY
The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is coming to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, Feb. 26. It will mark the first time an orchestral concert like this will be performed in the round. The performance is expected to be massive in terms of sound, size, and visuals, sure to mirror the Emmy-winning show’s stature. Innovative music tour production and video technology will take the audience through the seven kingdoms of the Game of Thrones universe.
THE TRAVEL SONGS FOUNDATION
Delaware band and creative organization Travel Songs recently established a nonprofit, The Travel Songs Foundation, and launched its first project: preserving instrument-making in Peru’s Andean region. In 2013, the band—now foundation—broadened perspectives with a successful Kickstarter campaign that funded the group’s first award-winning documentary, Travel Songs: Peru. Now, the Travel Songs Foundation takes things a step further, and is chartered under the Delaware Community Foundation with the mission to connect cultures through music. Funded by grants and tax-deductible donations from its supporters, the foundation fulfills its mission by producing documentaries and other multimedia about music and culture from around the world. Paired with each film project, the foundation identifies a critical need in a host country’s local music or culture and launches a charitable initiative. The first initiative for the foundation launched mid-January in Cusco, Peru, and is called The Sabino Luthier School. While filming in Cusco in 2013, the team met and interviewed a Peruvian instrument maker named Sabino Huaman, who expressed a fear that his trade, which had been passed from generation to generation within his family for more than 100 years, would soon disappear. In launching The Sabino Luthier School, the foundation hopes to help preserve this local art. By the end of this year-long intensive training course, students at the school will possess the general skills to be able to construct traditional Andean instruments, and will have the training to pursue building or repairing string instruments as a profession. The project covers full day courses every Saturday in 2017, all travel and lodging for the students, a course instructor wage for Huaman, as well as the cost of all tools and materials. The Travel Songs Foundation will also provide equipment and training to a local videographer (Huaman’s son) to document the students’ progress throughout the year. For updates, visit travelsongs.org.
MÉLOMANIE FEBRUARY SERIES
Mélomanie will present provocative pairings of early and contemporary works in innovative chamber music on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. at CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach) and on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at The Delaware Contemporary (200 S. Madison St., Wilmington). Parking is free onsite and a reception follows the performance. These concerts feature the premier of “Just a Regular Child” by Delaware composer David Schelat and collaborations with two guest artists, violinist Daniela Pierson and cellist Todd Thiel. The repertoire also includes works by Couperin, Guignon, Bartók and Corelli. General tickets are $25, and $15 for students ages 16 and older. For children through age 15 admission is free. Purchase tickets online at melomanie.org, at the door, or at 764-6338.
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ALL IN THE TIMING
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Davey Dickens Jr. picked up a guitar six years ago. Next month, his band releases its debut album.
t’s funny how much difference five years can make in a person’s life. Take local country musician Davey Dickens Jr. for instance. It wasn’t until 2011, when Dickens was 32 years old, that he started playing guitar. Yet, just five years later, in March 2016, he found himself in one of Wilmington’s most esteemed recording studios, performing and recording his songs with some of the area’s most seasoned musicians—members of the then newly formed Davey Dickens Jr. and the Troubadours. “I’d never stepped foot in a studio, ever,” Dickens says, his voice betraying amazement at where he is today: His band releases its debut self-titled album on Feb. 16 at World Cafe Live at The Queen. The album features eight songs penned by Dickens and touches on life’s challenges as well as some of its joys. Montana Wildaxe cofounder and guitarist Kurt Houff encouraged the project early on. “Kurt and I got to be pretty good buddies,” Dickens says. “He started coming up to the house, and we did a couple of song-writing sessions. [Then] we started playing out a lot as The Troubadours.” The Troubadours came to include a former bandmate of Dickens, Dave Van Allen, on pedal steel, along with Houff’s fellow Montana Wildaxe bassist Tony Cappella and former Caulfields drummer
Ritchie Rubini, who did double-duty as producer during the band’s sessions at Studio 825 last year. Davey Dickens Jr. “I’m so blessed to have such a force,” says Dickens. For Dickens, those blessings included attracting the interest of Johnny Neel, famed keyboardist most known for his time with The Allman Brothers. After getting a copy of Dickens’ material, the Wilmington-born Neel agreed to return to his native state to play on the album. While Dickens is somewhat amazed at the band’s success, he isn’t resting on his laurels. “We’ve got a lot more material,” he says. — Jim Miller
Davey Dickens Jr. and the Troubadours play Upstairs at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Feb. 16. Advance tickets are $10 and include a copy of the new album plus a band t-shirt. More details at worldcafelive.com.
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In celebration of the observance of Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, why not explore some cinematic timetraveling or time-twisting of your own? These moves will keep you preoccupied while we wait for spring. Groundhog Day
This priceless romantic comedy is the perfect vehicle for the off-kilter persona of its star, Bill Murray. Murray plays Phil Connors, a jaded TV weatherman who gets mysteriously stuck in an ever-repeating day while covering the annual groundhog festivities in Punxsutawney, Pa. Phil (the guy, not the rodent) goes through a hilarious evolution of attitude and behavior toward the quaint townsfolk while also pursuing a liaison with his attractive but reserved producer (Andie McDowell).
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) You could almost characterize this military sci-fi thriller as Groundhog Day with warmongering aliens. Tom Cruise plays a glib public relations guy for the allied earth forces as they face a daunting off-planet enemy. He, too, gets stuck on the same repeating day as he tries to figure out how to be an actual soldier and perhaps even defeat this overwhelming alien force. Although Cruise is surprisingly effective in this role, the star of the film is a buff and battered Emily Blunt as our side’s genuine kick-ass hero.
About Time (2013) From writer-director Richard Curtis, the feel-good tearjerker mind that brought us Love, Actually, comes this romantic dramedy. Domhnall Gleeson stars as a young man who discovers he has a genetic ability to travel in time, and he uses that skill to adjust some areas of his past that have been disappointments, specifically the lack of a girlfriend. But, in true movie fashion, time travel can have unintended consequences. Will all the mistakes get cleared up by the end credits? What do you think?
Midnight in Paris (2013) Gil, a restless, nostalgic American writer (Owen Wilson), is discontented with the crass realities of modern life. While on vacation in Paris, he accidentally stumbles down a back street and into the city’s storied past. There, he meets such literary luminaries as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and Scott Fitzgerald, and discovers, to his surprise, that his heroes are equally discontent with their era, which he has idealized. An amusing yet poignant critique of misplaced romanticism about eras gone by.
Back to the Future II (1989) Although it lacks some of the genuine surprise of the first installment, this sequel is certainly more inventive in its mash-ups of 1985, 2015 and 1955. When the future changes the present, Marty must go back to the past again to try to fix things while avoiding running into his former time-traveling self (trust me, it works better than it sounds). The movie integrates the dual storylines in a clever fashion, especially when you consider that it is all done without the benefit of modern CGI technology.
Interstellar (2014) Set in a plausibly dystopian future, astronauts on a barren, decimated Earth must travel through a wormhole to seek other planets capable of sustaining human life. The time-bending aspect of this dense sci-fi film doesn’t emerge until late, but it adds a metaphysical frisson to what could otherwise have been a rather straightforward space saga. Interstellar has a lot, maybe even too much, on its mind, but in the deft hands of director-co-writer Christopher Nolan, the movie is more thought-provoking than it is pretentious. And a shot…coming to Theatre N in February.
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WITH GAD ELMALEH Photo Arié Elmaleh
The French comedian will perform at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Feb. 7 By Jim Miller
hances are you haven’t heard of Gad Elmaleh. And he kind of likes it that way. At least for now. Imagine: a standup comedian who truly enjoys his anonymity; who’d rather you not know his background before you watch him perform; who’d rather you not know that in France he’s considered one of the funniest people alive. “It’s refreshing,” says Elmaleh of his newly discovered privacy here in the United States. “To just stand somewhere and stare at people with nobody recognizing me, it’s great. Because I get to live the situation, and to experience it, and enjoy it.” After more than two decades in comedy in France, and with several TV shows and 22 movies to his credit, Elmaleh took the biggest chance of his career: He moved to America. Here is a guy known as “the French Jerry Seinfeld”; who broke records by selling out L’Olympia in Paris seven weeks in a row; who was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by France’s Minister of Culture. And he’s essentially starting over at age 45.
“I worked very hard on the English,” Elmaleh says during a recent phone interview, his voice revealing not only a French accent, but an animated eagerness and, at times, a sober earnestness. “Two years ago, we couldn’t have had this conversation.” A stranger in a strange land that keeps getting stranger with every passing day, Elmaleh is currently on tour and will be playing World Cafe Live at The Queen on Tuesday, Feb. 7. “I want to do stand-up,” Elmaleh says. “And what you get from this experience—mentally, physically, emotionally, everything—it’s very hard to find this, and retrieve this, and get this with the cinema. It’s a ride, doing stand-up, a crazy ride [with] risk and pleasure and disappointment and fear and anxiety and reinvention and trying every night. “Starting over is a big challenge.” Here, he discusses his passion and why he did what he did— leaving great success behind in his homeland. ►
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O&A: What has been the biggest obstacle for you in coming to America to do comedy, other than having to learn the language? Elmaleh: I think the language is really not the main thing. Obviously, it’s very hard, and you have to write and translate. And talk in English every day with Americans. And watch TV and [understand] it. But the really shocking, surprising thing [is playing comedy clubs] unannounced. They have no idea who’s going to be there. It’s just 100 percent Americans who have no idea: “Who is this guy with the weird name trying to do jokes in English?” And the great thing is I feel I need to earn those laughs. It’s not only that I feel—I have to. Because if I’m not funny there…they’re not going to be nice to me or be like, “Oh, he’s traveling from France, let’s give him a break.” And I love that. It’s a good thing. But it’s also very hard. Because when you bomb, you bomb seriously. It’s humbling. So when I perform in front of 12,000 [in France] and then I go to the Comedy Cellar in New York in front of 100 people who have no idea who I am, it’s a really, really big challenge. And I love it. O&A: When you were on the Jim and Sam Show [featured 8-11 a.m. on Sirius 206 and XM 103], Jim Norton—who has 26 years of experience in comedy —was talking about how after a bad show he questions himself. And this is a veteran comedian questioning himself. Is it like that?
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Elmaleh: You know, it’s both. Because I have this thing in the back of my head all the time that says you have nothing to lose. What’s the worst-case scenario? “Oh, that guy with the bad accent was not funny?” It’s okay. It doesn’t matter. It’s a little painful. But it’s not that bad. Just go home, and I write and rewrite. And listen to my sets, because I record every single set. But I’m lucky that I already made my career in France and made my money and earned my life and had my kids and all that. If I had to struggle and make a living with the standup comedy in the U.S., starting over, I would die. It would be impossible for me. 5 QUESTIONS WITH GAD ELMALEH continued from page 67
O&A: There’s this comparison to Jerry Seinfeld. People have been calling you “the French Jerry Seinfeld.” Does that work for you? Elmaleh: I think it’s kind of lazy to compare people. But it’s good when they compare you to the right person, the person you admire. I do observational comedy…And [Seinfeld and I] have been connected even before we met. Then we became friends, and I went on his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. I open for him often. I travel with him. He comes to Paris sometimes, and performed in Paris in English one night, which I helped arrange. I always say as a joke, and also to him, that they can compare me to Jerry Seinfeld the day that he performs an hour in French. O&A: What was that day like, when you did Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Seinfeld? It looked like you had fun. Had you two met before that? Elmaleh: Yeah, we were friends before. He was really interested in my challenge. He doesn’t understand why I need to come to America to do this. He always makes fun of me and says [in animated voice], “It’s like if you say, ‘OK, I’m going to go to Italy and start a pasta factory, and then I’m going to go to Germany and start building cars!” And he’s making fun of me and he says, “You know it’s standup comedy. You’re from France. You should stay there.” But I want him to understand… standup comedy was born in the U.S. If you play soccer you want to be with the best team. If you play baseball, you want to be in the city where baseball is No. 1. So I came to New York. O&A: You were in the Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. You played the detective. And a theme in that movie was that people kept looking back in the past for a golden age. Everyone was looking back into the past. That said, when was the “Golden Age of Comedy” for you? Were there comedians that inspired you? Or would you say now is the best time for comedy? Elmaleh: It’s funny, because I’ve been inspired as an artist not only by comedians. And it’s really interesting how you can be inspired by different role models that are not necessarily comedians. The shock that I had when I saw Charlie Chaplin, when I was a kid. And the movie was The Kid. I was a little boy in Casablanca, Morocco. It was a shock. It was really an important moment for me. Also, I don’t know why, but I also immediately thought of Frank Sinatra. I don’t know why. When I put on a song from Sinatra, it’s not only the music that I hear, I hear a whole time. A time, an epoch, a way of life. There’s a whole atmosphere. There’s a whole environment. And if I could go back in time, I would really love to attend one of his concerts, and hang out with him, and [see] him hang out with the Rat Pack. There’s something really classic that I’m nostalgic about. Maybe I’m just getting old, but that’s what inspires me.
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