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DOG DOGS 5.15.15 • 7 PM – 10 PM • CAFÉ • LIVE MUSIC • $5 The canine-inspired exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features images of dogs from around the world. Join us for an after-hours event with music by JD3, gallery games, prizes, and dog-themed beers and treats. Cash bar.

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A recent UD grad makes home state proud on the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail. By Krista Connor

22 Ready, Set, Yoga! Disregard the myths and get started in this ancient practice that has become staple of mainstream fitness in the U.S. Andréa Miller

28 Creative Energy Can a new community of artists resurrect a city neighborhood? By Larry Nagengast

34 Silicon Valley East Entrepreneurs have found a haven at 1313 Innovation on Market Street, where dreams can become viable businesses. By Larry Nagengast

39 Wilmington Grand Prix One of the nation’s premier cycling events returns May 15-17.

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guest visiting from Virginia recently made an interesting denial, it’s important that we tell the whole story, which in comment to me. She had lived in Wilmington for quite Wilmington’s case means balancing the bad news with the some time before moving south, so I valued her perspective. good. Not hyperbole, just true stories that demonstrate there My guest awoke very early on Saturday morning, so before are many points of light in our city. our coffee conversation she had taken the time to read the entire This issue marks the first installment in a four-part series April issue of Out & About. That earned her brownie points as by senior writer Larry Nagengast that we’re calling: Building A a houseguest, but then she elevated her standing by making the Better Wilmington. These stories will focus on the construction following observation: “You know, if you just picked up this projects that could significantly improve various pockets of our magazine and didn’t know anything about Wilmington, you’d city. Some aspects of these projects you will be reading about think it was a wonderful place. The issue was so full of life and for the first time here. there appeared to be so many things to do. What a contrast to all The first installment is a look at the Creative District, the negative news we keep hearing.” spearheaded by Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. This Well, thank you. Can I is an ambitious endeavor get you another cup of coffee? to resurrect Quaker Hill It's important that we tell the whole story, and the area bordered Perhaps a croissant? The truth is, Out & by Shipley, Fourth, About Magazine has that which in Wilmington's case means balancing Washington and Ninth luxury. As a monthly the bad news with the good. Not hyperbole, streets by creating an artist variety magazine we have live/work community. the latitude to focus on In June we will focus just true stories that demonstrate there are the positive and leave the on the Riverfront and the many points of light in our city. responsibility of reporting incredible momentum hard news and crime to that continues there. July news organizations. And I takes us to Market Street hear few pleading for more crime coverage. and some interesting projects led by the dauntless Buccini Pollin But this is not an attempt to shoot the messenger. Wilmington Group. Finally, in August we look at the impressive early results does have a crime problem, and by all means that information of the coalition West Side Grows Together. West Side’s Better should be reported to the public. In fact, one could argue that the Block event Aug. 3-5 will provide the organization’s vision for silver lining to the recent coverage of Wilmington’s crime woes the future of Union Street. is that it has turned the right heads. And now the governor and Each of these projects, regardless of whether they reach their attorney general as well as our Congressional representatives are full potential, means more jobs, more residents, and a positive step promising to help. forward for our city. They also are a tangible reminder that for But the challenges of urban America are not unique to every negative story there’s a positive one. And broadening one’s Wilmington, and are not going to be solved any time soon. perspective is never a bad thing. So while a coalition of the willing works to reverse years of — Jerry duPhily

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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 The first three below are from the good ol’ Wilmington News Journal: • “However, 10 council staff members are currently at the top of that pay scale, including some whose wages have been stagnate for several years.” Stagnant, the adjective, was needed here. Stagnate is the verb. • Subhead from the sports page: “Lydia Olivere makes seemless move to varsity competition.” Seamless is the proper word. Seemless? Not a word. • “The $2.7 million will be split between four different organizations.” Use among when referring to more than two items or people. Oh, and why is “different” needed? • From the usually literate Jim Miklaszewski, on NBC: “They apparently stoled the van.” Really, Jim? Haven’t heard that one since grade school. • And a reporter on the CBS show Sunday Morning committed the dreaded “whole nother subject” gaffe. As we’ve pointed out before, nother is not a word. More Media Word Warrior gleanings from a single weekend of electronic sports media monitoring: • “Wisconsin commits the least fouls per game in the Big 10.” That’s fewest. Remember: amount or singular = least; number or plural = fewest. • “He should return it back” – (ESPN anchor commenting on Phil Mikelson’s broken golf club). • “There’s a lot of Kool-Aid being drank down there” (WIP sports talk radio host commenting on the Eagles). It’s drunk, pal. • And during the NCAA tournament, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski referred to “the powers to be.” That’s powers that be. A moment’s thought by someone as intelligent as Coach K should make him realize his mistake. More Clarifications Krzyzewski’s gaffe brings to mind other words and phrases that people misuse constantly. Among the most obvious is “tongue in cheek,” which is often inexplicably conflated into tongue and cheek. A reader pinpoints another common near-miss, noting that she often sees “renown” used in the following way: “world-renown

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designer” or “world-renown chef.” The correct adjective is renowned. Renown, meaning fame, celebrity, is a noun. Another incredible mistake is the mangling of “all intents and purposes” into “all intensive purposes.” Some people are convinced the latter is correct. Note to them: It’s not. And a reader says she recently saw an article about health insurance that contained this: “The U.S. Supreme Court is about to take on a challenging case that could change a major tenant of Obamacare.” That’s tenet, which means principle or theory. A tenant, or course, is an occupant or renter. Gamut and gambit are also frequently confused. An amateurish reviewer, for instance, may laud an actor for “running the emotional gambit from sorrow to joy.” The correct word is gamut, which is a range, or scale. A gambit is a ploy or strategy. And finally, a letter to the editor of the News Journal spotlights another mix-up: Referring to the Delaware Congressional delegation, the writer asks, “Are they adverse to such meetings?” He meant averse—unwilling or disinclined. Adverse means unfavorable, contrary or hostile, as in “adverse weather conditions.” A and An It’s truly appalling how many people rarely use an. “I am a Eagles fan” is a common refrain in sports talk radio. Using these indefinite articles depends on the sound that begins the next word. If the word begins with a vowel sound (elephant, egg, apple, Eagles), use an. If it begins with a consonant sound (boy, car, bike, zoo), use a. For a silent h (hour), use an. If the h is pronounced (horse), go with a. Department of Redundancies Dept. In the popular Netflix series House of Cards, President Underwood’s press secretary reprimands a reporter thusly: “You disrespected your fellow colleagues.” In the “not necessarily redundant, but superfluous” department, we note that many folks employ the phrase “kind of a” in such sentences as “what kind of a car do you want?” The “a” is not only superfluous, but unsophisticated.

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A DAY IN OLD NEW CASTLE 91st annual event includes rare tours, Civil War reenactments

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et for Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Day in Old New Castle is in its 91st year and features the longest-running garden tour in the U.S. House tours are back, with 18 homes participating, including six that have not been on the tour in recent years. Twentytwo gardens in New Castle will be open to visitors. And, as in previous years, the Read House, Amstel House and other historic landmarks are open and free to visitors throughout the day. The event also will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the city’s role in the conflict, with encampments of Union Civil War reenactors on the Green. Additionally, the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival will present a Historic New Castle Festival Lunch Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—a progressive luncheon and wine-tasting through five historic homes. Tickets for house and garden tours are $20 ($5 for children ages 6-12) in advance at dionc.immanuelepiscopal.com or historicnewcastle.com, at the New Castle Public Library and Penn’s Place on Delaware Street in Old New Castle. Tickets are also available day-of for $25 ($7 for children). Reservations for Historic New Castle Festival Lunch Tour are $100 and include access to house and garden tours. They are available at mawff.org.

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n May 1 and 2, the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation will host Friends of the Arts: A Festival of Creativity on Quaker Hill in Wilmington. On Friday, May 1, from 6-9 p.m., local art will be on display for a silent auction at the Foundation, 521 N. West St., in conjunction with the Wilmington Art Loop. The auction will continue on Saturday, May 2, until 3 p.m., when bids close. Also on May 2, displays of art and crafts will be featured, along with live entertainment and performances at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West Street. For more information, visit quakerhillhistoric.org.

NATURAL HAGLEY Rejuvenate along the Brandywine on May 16

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agley Museum and Library invites guests to unplug and recharge on Saturday, May 16, for a new event, Natural Hagley. Families can enjoy yoga workshops, guided nature and walking experiences, and freedom to roam in some areas normally closed to visitors. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children 6 to 14, and free for members and children 5 and under. Guided nature walks will be offered throughout the day. Learn about local trees, wildflowers, birds and more. Discover the importance of natural resources used to make black powder with demonstrations of 19th-century machinery and two powdermaking processes not typically featured (drying tables and willow-peeling). Guests are welcome to bring picnics or purchase lunch at the Belin House Organic Café, which is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 658-2400 on weekdays or visit hagley.org.

MAKE OUT MOB Campaign seeks to overturn 'Murder Town USA' stereotype

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ake Out Mob is a creative grassroots campaign to promote peace in downtown Wilmington. People of all ages, backgrounds and orientations are invited to overturn the city’s recent “Murder Town USA” stereotype in a show of affection and solidarity at H.B. DuPont Park at Washington Street and Delaware Avenue on Wednesday, May 13. Couples and singles are welcome and complimentary matchmaking services will be provided for interested parties. The project is meant to support Wilmington’s urban renaissance by infusing the city with optimism, accessible public art, and non-violent protest. MOB starts at 7:30 p.m. Visit makeoutmob.org for more information.

GO APE CONTINUES! Lums Pond adventure course returns for a third year

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o Ape, a national treetop adventure company, is continuing a successful partnership with Delaware State Parks, and has reopened the region’s premier treetop adventure course in Lums Pond State Park through November. The Lums Pond Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor experience that provides participants up to three hours of outdoor fun and exercise. Participants can explore the park from above, navigating through the treetops using zip lines and Tarzan swings. This marks the third year for the Lums Pond Go Ape experience, which is estimated to increase park attendance by 25 percent. For more information, visit goape.com.

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than Kent, senior vice president for the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces, will be the keynote speaker at Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Titled “Placemaking: Why It Matters,” the event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Based in New York, Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities. With nearly 20 years at PPS, Kent has traveled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause. WRC’s ninth annual meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, focusing on WRC’s core strategic project, the Creative District. Tickets are $50 per person and $475 for a table of 10. Included is a gourmet breakfast and complimentary parking at the Court House Parking Garage. Guests can enter from Walnut Street or King Street and ask for a voucher at the check-in table. For tickets, call 425-5500, or visit wrc-annual-meeting.eventbrite.com.

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he first-ever dragon boat race in Wilmington will take place on Saturday, May 30. High Five Dragon Boat, LLC, the producer of the Wilmington Dragon Boat Races, is bringing fun and competition to the Riverfront District along the Christina River at TubmanGarrett Riverfront Park, and raising money for the Delaware Children's Museum. Racing will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectators will be able to view the races from the Wilmington Youth Rowing Boathouse down to the Market Street Bridge. Local companies, community groups, associations, high schools and colleges are encouraged to form a team and join in the fun. High Five Dragon Boat will provide each team with the necessary equipment (boat, paddles, life vests) and teach your team how to paddle during an introductory practice session. High Five aims to make this an annual Wilmington event. For more information, visit racingontheriverfront.com.

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he first-ever hedgehog show in Dover is set for May 15-17. HedgieCon, a convention attended by hedgehog owners from all over the U.S. and Canada, will be at the Holiday Inn, located just off DuPont Highway. There will be vendors, educational speakers, and, of course, plenty of the loveable little pets. The purpose of Hedgie-Con is to generate support and raise funds for hedgehog charities, rescue groups, and supporting industries. Proceeds go to hedgehog rescue, education and research. For more information, visit hedgiecon.wix.com/eastcoast.

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et sail! The Niña—the most historically accurate Christopher Columbus replica ship ever built—and its sister ship Pinta are sailing up the East Coast this summer, and will dock for tours at the Riverfront in Wilmington from May 15-19. Columbus sailed the original Niña across the Atlantic on his three voyages, beginning in 1492. The tiny ship sailed more than 25,000 miles in its lifetime. Pinta was recently built in Brazil to accompany the Niña. It is a larger version of the archetypal caravel-style ship and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours. It features a 40-foot air-conditioned main cabin with seating. Pinta is available for private parties and charters. Tickets range from $6-$8. For more information visit thenina.com.

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Kelley Stone stands in front of one of her chalkboard creations.

Artist in Waiting Commissioned by her boss, Kelley Stone’s “fun and whimsical” chalkboard illustrations help brighten Bella Coast Restaurant Text and photo by Krista Connor

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alk into warm yet industrial modern Bella Coast Restaurant on Concord Pike and one of the first things to grab your eye from across the spacious room is a 17-foot-wide chalkboard. On the board is a playful rendering of how to make three Italian staples: tomato sauce, cheese and pasta. Drawn in evenly balanced tones of red, white, yellow or brown chalk are tomatoes, a cow, milk bottles, a man eating pasta, eggs, and more. Complementing the images, in simple, sometimes flowing hand lettering, is a quirky recipe for each staple: “Pick your tomatoes” for the sauce. “Find a nice cow…or goat” for cheese. Nearby, spanning the width of a partial wall over the open kitchen, in large, hand-lettered italics is the phrase “Life is too short not to eat well.” A chalk-drawn pig, cow and chicken, with droll quotes lettered on their bodies (e.g., “God gave the angels wings. He gave us pork.”), a detailed map of Italy and Bella Coast’s logo also adorn the wall in the open, brightly lit restaurant. All of the images are the work of Kelley Stone, a part-time waitress at Big Fish on the Riverfront. Today, Stone can smile about her Bella Coast chalkboard creations, but that wasn’t the case last October, when Big Fish Restaurant Group and Bella Coast co-owner Eric Sugrue recruited her to do the chalkboard art for the entire restaurant. ► MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“[When] I came in and saw how big the blank chalkboard was, I said, ‘Oh, boy,’” says Stone. A Delaware native, Stone has been a waitress at various restaurants in the Big Fish Group since 2000. She’s been doing small sign and decorative pieces for the restaurants since her co-workers and management learned of her degree in fine arts and artistic skill. But this is her most extensive artwork yet for Big Fish. In fact, she had only one or two previous chalk art commissions, but Sugrue felt she was the right artist for the job at the new Concord Pike restaurant. And she was eager to meet the challenge. Sugrue suggested “fun and whimsical” chalkboard art, and Stone took it from there. Freelancing and working on paintings on and off since receiving a degree in 1990 from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Stone has never had the chance to focus on her craft full time, like many artists. But these days, she’s cut back her waitressing hours because the Bella Coast buzz has already led to other opportunities, including a chalkboard at BadHairDay? salon in Rehoboth. The Bella Coast pieces, which took 15 hours to complete, started with sketches and white chalk—the kind teachers use. Once the sketches were complete, Stone would add detail with pastels and neutral colors, then go back and do tedious q-tip touch-ups. Some pieces, like the huge chalkboard, were done freehand, while others, like the Bella Coast logo and the most difficult drawing—the map of Italy —required a template. Then tracing came in, along with more q-tipping and refining. For taller places she couldn’t reach, Stone spent hours balanced on ladders or planks that were placed across booths. The result, she says, is very raw, and the colors contrast nicely with the blackboards and surroundings. “It gives the place character,” she says. Currently working night shifts, Stone aims to find more time for commissions and hopes to one day make art her career. “Whatever art I do, I want to draw people’s attention,” she says. Contact Stone with inquiries at kelstone@verizon.net.

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Margaret Pierse on the final stretch of the A.T. in Maine.

‘DELAWARE’ BECOMES A THRU-HIKER A recent UD grad does her home state proud on the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail By Krista Connor Photos courtesy of Margaret Pierse

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argaret Pierse was in third grade when she gaped, fascinated, at a female guest speaker during one of her Girl Scout meetings. The woman wove a story of adventure and excitement about her experience of completing the legendary Appalachian Trail—solo. That she was a woman who had completed the A.T. alone inspired the young Scout. It’s estimated that only one out of every four potential “thru-hikers” (those who aim to walk the whole Trail in one continuous journey) succeed. And no wonder: the Trail stretches 2,180 miles, from Springer Mountain in Georgia through 14 states to the northern terminus, Mount Katahdin in Maine. “Yeah, I’m going to do that someday,” Pierse told herself. More than a decade later, in 2013, the Wilmington native graduated from the University of Delaware, and, with no immediate plans, revisited her childhood dream of thru-hiking. She was wellversed in nature, having grown up exploring trails and pitching tents with her family, who encouraged her love of the outdoors.

She decided to go for it. For the next year, at the age 23, she saved money from her barista job at the Trolley Square Brew HaHa! and researched the A.T. Because of her parents’ concern for her safety, Pierse says, she reached out to another female hiker on an official A.T. forum, and they agreed to walk together. Says Pierse’s father, Terry: “When I realized she was very serious, I had a lot of questions. I think that, for a time at least, I was probably too quick to offer advice. I was concerned about her personal safety and wanted to know what she was doing to make sure she would be safe on the Trail.” Despite his concerns, Terry Pierse describes his daughter as practical, strong and able to “see things through to a conclusion,” so he had no doubt she would succeed. And he and her mother, Marie, were reassured when Margaret took proactive safety steps like purchasing tracking and location devices in case something went wrong. ► MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Pierse, pictured, describes the Trail as a "romance with nature."

Generally, though, the 78-year-old A.T. is considered extremely safe. Hikers tend to look out for each other, and most female hikers make it through without an issue. The first A.T. solo female thru-hiker was Emma Gatewood, mother of 11 children and grandmother of 23. When she completed the Trail in 1955, she was 67. She was famous for carrying a small knapsack and wearing a pair of Keds instead of hiking boots for the entire trip. On April 10 last year, Pierse and her traveling companion stuffed each of their backpacks with a rain jacket, sleeping bag, a water filter, a hammock (that’s what the Girl Scouts speaker used), and typical trail foods (Snickers bars, instant mashed potatoes, Clif Bars, peanut butter, tortillas, Ramen Noodles). Then, with just one set of clothes, which they had on, the young women were dropped off near the Trail and started north from Springer Mountain (Most hikers, like Pierse, start in the south and work their way north as the weather warms; it takes most thru-hikers about half a year to complete the Trail). The hike quickly settled into a routine. When the women ran low on food and supplies, they would hike off the Trail or hitchhike to one of the hundreds of towns dotting its outskirts, replenish, then hike back out, following the white blazes on trees leading to and through the entire the A.T. But just two weeks in, her companion dropped out, leaving Pierse to make the rest of the journey by herself. However, the A.T. is supported by a tight-knit community of hikers. Even though she was technically solo, she was rarely totally alone. Like many hikers, she formed friendships and walked with others for months at a time. And solitude was a rarity: an estimated 2-3 million people visit the Trail every year and approximately 1,800 people attempt to thru-hike annually. Hikers adopt trail names, which usually stay with them for the entire journey. Typically, a trail name is given to a hiker by another hiker as a sort of rite of passage, although the recipient can keep it or find another. “It has a lot to do with the person you are on the Trail, building a new identity, forming a whole new persona,” says Pierse. On her first day, a hiker named Ritz asked where she was from, and soon he was jokingly calling her “Delaware.” Others overheard and the name caught on. She gladly accepted representation for her small, far-away state. “As much as I love to travel, I like coming back home. I liked the idea of people knowing where I was from; that’s important to me,” she says.

Usually, at first, she didn’t learn other hikers’ real names, but if they grew closer, they would learn all about each other. Atlas, Gadget, Shay, Sassafras and Engineer were just some of the strangers who would eventually become Pierse’s pen pals and anticipated lifelong friends post-Trail. They would hike together for months, forming groups with names like Barbarian Kings. “At that point we were pretty feral,” Pierse jokes about the last stretch of the journey, when they foraged for food, looking and feeling a little crazy. Pierse says she got in better shape as she progressed along the Trail, which acted as her personal fitness trainer. During the first days she made seven to nine miles. By the time she hit Virginia, she was often doing a marathon (26 miles) a day. Backpackers can burn up to 6,000 calories daily on the A.T. Her friend Sassafras was extremely overweight when he started, Pierse says, and was “really slow”, hiking from first light until dark. But he ultimately finished the Trail, losing 46 pounds along the way. The journey understandably got rough—really rough at times, pushing Pierse to tears and mental and physical exhaustion. But according to her father, her “strength of character, fortitude, goodness, strong moral compass, and the ability to ‘make do’” helped her continue. The Trail ultimately boosted Pierse’s confidence. “I have no doubt in my capability to do things now,” she says. Once back in Wilmington, she found that this self-assurance helped her in many areas of life: interacting with customers as assistant manager at Brew HaHa!; traveling to Namibia, Africa, to hike with friends; concluding that one day she’ll thru-hike the renowned 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Continuing on despite blistering feet, weight loss, and an “unbelievable, unquenchable hunger,” Pierse reached Mount Katahdin in October, six months after she started in Georgia. That’s the equivalent of hiking Mount Everest from sea level and back 16 times. It was well worth the hardship, she says. “Mountains burst up out of the earth. You’re climbing up through pine and deciduous forests, then it’s bare and rocky, and you feel like you can see the whole planet at the tops of those mountains. It’s almost like a romance with nature. It was the best thing I ever could have done, and I learned more hiking the A.T. in six months than I did in college in four years.”

Hiking 2,180 miles in six months, Pierse reached Mount Katahdin last October.

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TRAIL TIPS Margaret Pierse offers a few A.T. words of wisdom: • Everyone had the Sawyer Squeeze water filter; it’s unanimously considered the best. • I used the Z Lite sleeping pad. • I was divided between tents and hammocks, but I went with hammock because the woman with Girl Scouts had talked about that and I was really enamored by it. And I used a tarp and bug netting. I really liked it. • I would also sleep in shelters or “cowboy camp” under the stars. • When you are outside all day every day, you learn to know when it’s going to rain. I didn’t anticipate how in-tune I’d become with the weather. • If you have blisters, put duct tape on them, or moleskin. • It’s important to hang food in a bear bag. Otherwise, bears will eat your food. • A rule of thumb is to get rid of anything you won’t need for two weeks. I say get rid of it if you don’t use it for two days. • My first-aid kit was narrowed down to duct tape, moleskin, ibuprofen and a needle. • I saw six or seven bears. They’re not as cool as people think. They’re kind of scaredy-cats. They lumber around. Then you yell, and they run away. • You think you need clothes, but you don’t. You only need what will keep you alive. One set is fine, along with warm gear, a sleeping bag, a water filter, food, and a hammock/tent. • Everyone should quit their job and go on an adventure sometime.

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agazine covers of svelte women modeling idealized yoga poses. Sanskrit terms peppering class descriptions. YouTube videos of an 85-year-old effortlessly tucking his heels behind his head. With all the intimidating and baffling messages about yoga, it’s no wonder some people simply refuse to make it one of their exercise options. But a growing number of women and men are seeking out yoga classes and reaping its physical and mental rewards. This ancient practice has come a long way in the U.S. since Weese Wagner, owner of Yoga U on Concord Pike, stumbled onto a yoga library book as a young teen and used it to teach herself, because that’s all that was available. Back then, if you could find a class, it was likely to be a continuing education course on an obscure topic in a chilly community center classroom—like the eight-week “yoga for the eyes” Wagner took as a teenager. Thanks to modern research, today’s yoga teachers have more tools to structure a well-balanced class, techniques for cueing students in and out of poses safely, and ways to adapt traditional postures for every type of body in the room, says Erin Sweeney, coowner of Liberty Yoga in Newark. That’s really important, because the postures were designed for boys training to sit for long periods of meditation, and a grown woman’s hips and a 74-year-old man’s ability to balance are nothing like a child’s. Today there are also classes that present specific challenges, like mobility and balance, prenatal, the MS population, even recovery from addiction. Despite its growing popularity, myths abound that keep people from getting started in yoga. Among them: I can’t do it because I’m not athletic. This one comes in a variety of flavors: I’m not flexible enough, I’m too fat, I don’t have enough strength, I’m not coordinated, and so on. A core principle in yoga is acceptance and starting where you are. If showing up in shape had been a pre-requisite, Jason Aviles, owner of Flyogi in downtown Wilmington, never would have tried yoga, or transformed his life. “I was 250 pounds and could not touch my knees,” he says. “Yoga was the safe space where I could progress.”

Students in a class at the Awareness Center in Newark settle into "Stretch Pose," a challenging Kundalini posture that wakes up the body by engaging the core.

Wagner agrees, and she loves it when people tell her they can’t try yoga because they can’t touch their toes. “That’s when I invite them to a class to see that 90 percent of the people in class can’t either.” A video is the same as a class. Nothing can replace a teacher observing your movements and individualizing instruction for you. Vicki Mazik of Zen Yoga Room in Newark shares this story: “I never realized that I clench my jaw and raise my shoulders when I’m cold. In a yoga class one day, the instructor noticed and invited me to release my shoulders and jaw. I don’t have neck and shoulder issues anymore.” Yoga is for women. This myth is ironic, because yoga was created for guys—monks-in-training, to be exact. However, when studios became popular in the U.S. in the 1990s, the meditative atmosphere attracted mostly women. Thankfully, the advent of yoga in guy-friendly places like fitness centers is making it popular among men, says YMCA teacher Gwen Gerty. “Accessibility is one of the reasons I teach at the Y,” she says. Ys have workout equipment, tracks, and basketball courts, which can make it easier for a man to walk into a yoga class. Whatever the reason, Gerty says that about 40 percent of her classes tend to be male. That’s great, because men need yoga too, says Rita Stapiro, owner of Inner Light Yoga and teacher at Fit Studio in Wilmington's Rockford Park. Athletes who have lost muscle flexibility as they bulked up find their way to yoga to get it back. She often hears them say they are surprised to find yoga is as physically challenging as a typical workout, but in a different way. Instead of promoting a forceful, aggressive lifestyle, yoga reinforces mental focus and inner discipline. Yoga’s biggest payoff is physical. Make no mistake, regular practice tones and strengthens a body magnificently. It helps with weight loss as well as any exercise regimen out there. But the biggest benefit is a mind transformed, and with that, the possibility of a transformed life. That’s a big claim, yet one teachers and regular practitioners testify to over and over. “It doesn’t matter who you are; get on the mat and you will experience a quieting of the mind,” says Stapiro. “Society is demanding and the mind is busy. When we quiet the mind, we are prepared to deal with life, and everything comes with more ease.” Sounds unrealistic? It’s actually the whole point of yoga, says Sarah Wnenchak, owner of Truly Yoga Studio in Newark. “We start with the body because it’s tangible,” she says, knowing that it is connected to the mind, and they work together. Examples: specific breath work activates the parasympathetic relaxation response. Moving through postures shifts attention to the present moment, away from the mind’s un-restful storyline. ►

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Sweeney puts it this way: “Once you relax the mind, nothing more really needs to be done. Everything else follows.” The pros we talked to offered these tips for first-timers: Start with a “Brand New Beginner” class. Most studios have them. When you do try your first “all levels” class, arrive early so you can put your mat in the middle of the room, where you can hear the teacher and see other students from any angle. Know and act on what’s important to you. If you prefer anonymity during your learning curve or feel squeamish about people getting an unflattering view, try a large studio, get there early and unroll your mat in the back. If auditory and visual learning isn’t enough and you wish someone would physically help you get into a position, look for a class where the teacher makes physical adjustments. Try out a lot of studios, classes and teachers. Two gentle flow vinyasa teachers may cure the same posture quite differently. Be patient and experiment. Practice with teachers who educate as they cue. The best ones will give you tools to help you tune in and make adjustments that work for your skeletal type, muscle tone, injuries and/ or conditions. “When students first come to class they often can’t identify what they are sensing in their bodies and don’t know what to do about it even if they did,” says Sweeney. “Our aim is to help people feel in their own body what they are experiencing.” Modify, modify, modify. When teachers invite the class to rest in child’s pose as needed, or to try a gentler or supported version of a posture, they mean it. In many group exercise classes, the norm is to push, feel the burn, work harder—which can breed competition with others or yourself. But in yoga, it’s the opposite: the norm is to listen to your body, not to imitate your neighbor. You’ll see experienced practitioners do just that in class.

Meredith McFadden of Pure Yoga demonstrates an advanced pose: "Side Crow," an arm balance posture in which both legs rest on the same elbow. Photo Luigi Ciuffetelli

THE RIGHT CLASS FOR YOU With the plethora of styles, formats and specializations out there, finding the right class can be tough. Here’s a guide to local studios to help get you started. HANDS-ON ATTENTION Pure Yoga Pilates Studio, Trolley Square, Wilmington 226.9642 | pureyogapilatesstudio.com Meredith McFadden’s studio is all about the “middle way”—a balance of serious and lighthearted, of work and play. Her studio isn’t heated, she says, because “there’s no need to. The practice creates heat internally and safely.” There are no mirrors to spur competition or self-judgment, and with the medium-sized classes (30 max), she aims to give personal attention to each student with either a verbal or physical adjustment. Non-heated Classes: Vinyasa, Yin, Power, Restorative, Beginner, Gentle, Fusion with weights. Specialty: Prenatal, Kids. Cost: Drop in/$15; Unlimited/$110 mo. PRACTICAL COACHING Yoga U, Concord Pike, North Wilmington 893.4585 | yogau.org When fitness trainer Weese Wagner opened Yoga U, she almost called it “Oasis,” because that’s what she envisioned: a place where hard-working people could come for an hour and leave physically better and mentally more at ease. In this medium-sized studio (35 max), rather than strictly follow a preset workout or routine, she adapts each class to what people need that day. Those who want to make sure they “get it,” visit Wagner; she’ll pause an experienced class to go over a common posture if it looks like folks need review. Heated Classes: Vinyasa, Boot Camp Full Fit. Non-heated: Flow, Restorative, Gentle, Yin. Workshops: Inversion, Partner, Restorative with Reiki, Aroma-Vinyasa. Cost: Dropin/$15; Unlimited/$99 mo. Noteworthy: five Classes: $40 for new customers. INTIMATE SETTING Zen Yoga Room, St. Regis Dr., Newark 983.6983 | ZenYogaRoom.com Owner Vicki Mazik says people recovering from injury and beginners gravitate to her studio and stay, perhaps because the intimate size (10 max) ensures individual attention. Or, perhaps because her vision and practice is to be practical, therapeutic and affordable. This unheated studio runs a Brand New Beginner class every five weeks. Non-heated Classes: Beginners, All Levels Vinyasa Flow. Specialty: Yoga as Medicine Series. Cost: Drop-in/$10. Noteworthy: Free yoga workshops for people in cancer treatment; Yoga and Meditation for high stress jobs like first responders, teachers, medical professions, bankers and collections, sales and customer service. ►

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Jason Aviles and Gov. Jack Markell demonstrate "Warrior I," a standing pose used in many yoga sequences.

YOUTHFUL VIBE Truly Yoga Studio, Polly Drummond Shopping Center, Newark 547.7905 | trulyyogastudio.com Sarah Wnenchak, 25, is like her studio: young, energetic, and community-minded. The soccer and cross country athlete opened Truly Yoga in January because she felt strongly about sharing the benefits of yoga with her neighbors and friends. This larger studio (40 max) offers Vinyasa and gentle Hatha—a more stationary, less flowing movement, for older adults or people with balance challenges. Heated Classes: Vinyasa Flow, Balanced. Non-heated: Gentle Hatha. Specialty workshops: Kids. Cost: Drop-in/$16; Senior & Student/$14; Unlimited/$95 mo. Noteworthy: Private sessions for $75/ hour. GET GROUNDED AND FLY Liberty Yoga, Liberty Plaza, Newark 367.5074 | LibertyYoga.org Co-owner Christine Shaw’s unique Fly Vinyasa is great for building body awareness and mental grounding. The flowing repetitions build a strong core with movements that hug to center. Co-owner Erin Sweeney’s therapeutic yoga, once called yoga for seniors, is more stationary, and generally starts and ends each posture from a centered position, with time for using props as needed—great for anyone with injuries and balance challenges. Students must be able to get up and down on the floor unassisted. Max class: 26. Non-heated: Vinyasa, Fly, Therapeutic, Restorative, Gentle Therapeutic. Heated: Tues/Thurs evenings. Specialty Classes: Prenatal, MELT (acupressure self-treatment), Chair. Cost: Drop-in/$18; Unlimited/$99 mo. Noteworthy: 10 classes/$45 for new students. CREATIVE & RADICALLY INCLUSIVE Flyogi, Shipley Lofts. North Shipley Street, Wilmington 298-0926| flyogi.com Owner Jason Aviles’ mission is to make yoga accessible to urban kids and everyone else. A young black man raised in the projects, Aviles knows that substantial cultural barriers exist for many people, so in his intimate studio (10 max), be prepared to toss out every preconceived notion about what yoga is “supposed to be,” and get ready for an unconventional practice that will put you at ease. “Come here to breathe, work things out, share, feel a part of something,” he says. “No matter who you are, shape, size, ethnic background—you can say yes to you.” Non-heated: Vinyasa, Flow. Cost: Drop-in/$12 Noteworthy: 45-minute lunch hour classes Tuesday – Thursday. Cool Flyogi apparel online.

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MINDFUL & CONSISTENT Empowered Yoga, Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; East Main Street,, Newark; Wilmington Pike, Glen Mills, Pa. (Owned and operated by Plexus Fitness) 654-YOGA | empoweredyoga.com Empowered Yoga applies modern exercise science to the ancient practice, and achieves remarkable consistency among its 140 weekly classes and its roster of 40 teachers, because all are trained in the studio’s methods. Mindfulness is incorporated into every program. “A mindful brain is more beneficial and important than strong quads or the ability to do an arm balance,” says Operations Director and teacher Diana Hoscheit. Max class size varies by location, from 10 to 50. Heated & Non-heated: Stationary Sequence, Vinyasa, Roots, Balanced Athlete, Sacred Music. Specialty Classes: Yin, Restorative. Cost: Drop-in/$18; Unlimited/$135 mo. Sunday donation-based class. Noteworthy: eight-session Beginner course introduces postures, alignment and movement; Yoga for Recovery for Addiction is an eightweek evidence-based course that uses breath, movement and awareness for recovery. NICHE OFFERINGS FIT, Rockford Park, Wilmington 777.4FIT | fitdelaware.com Michael Fahey, Ellyn Stanek Hutton and Rita Stapiro provide diverse offerings. Fahey’s classes are informed by Iyengar, focusing on proper alignment and the use of props (belts, blocks, blankets and chairs). In contrast, Hutton’s Kundalini-based class is infused with chanting, breath work and spiritual teachings (mudras and krias). It includes warm-up, extended savasana (final relaxation) and meditation. Hutton, author of Colors of Birth, also offers pregnancy and infant massage, and therapeutic body work in her studio, Wellness Within. Stapiro, a selfdescribed traditionalist, offers a classic vinyasa flow, with breath work and challenging and healing postures, with cuing to evoke intentionality and mindfulness. Cost: $18/drop-in. Heated: Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa Flow, Vinyasa Restorative, Relax & Release. Noteworthy: Preferred members can come early to Stapiro’s class for one-on-one review. POPULAR WITH GUYS YMCA of Delaware, Wilmington, Newark, North Wilmington & more. Find your local Y at ymcade.org All Y locations in northern Delaware offer a variety of yoga classes. Most of the teachers also teach at local yoga studios. Classes are held in multipurpose group exercise rooms, and so are unheated. Max class size varies by location. Cost: Free to members. Adult membership starts at $60/month, plus a one-time $60 joiner fee. Childcare and scholarships available. Non-heated: Sunrise, Gentle, Flex, Flow, Flow Challenge, Power, Fundamentals, Advanced. Specialty: Chair, Yoga and Meditation AFFORDABLE FITNESS NCC Community Services, Community Recreation Center (inside PAL) in Hockessin, Brandywine Town Center, Garfield Park, New Castle de-newcastlecounty.civicplus.com/255/The-Happenings-Guide Max class size varies by location, small to 50. Non-heated: Core Stability, Dynamic Flow, Gentle, Senior Strength, YogaLates. Specialty: Restorative. Noteworthy: Most classes run in fourweek series and cost $6/class. Preregistration recommended. Drop-in/$5 at the Gilliam Building, New Castle.

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ith downtown revitalization having taken hold along Market Street, the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation is ready to extend the experience and investment with the launch of a comprehensive plan to establish a Creative District west of Market, bordered by Shipley, Fourth, Washington and Ninth streets. The first concrete steps toward implementation of the plan, whose development started with a series of community focus groups in 2012, will come in early June. That’s when Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware will break ground on a $1.7 million project to transform six vacant buildings in Quaker Hill into seven one-bedroom condominium units and three two- and three-bedroom homes. The units, with condo prices starting around $60,000 and the houses for up to $130,000 or so, “will be designed by artists and marketed and sold to artists,” says Gary Pollio, Interfaith’s executive director. Pricing will be set so monthly

Rodney Square, and to the south at the Riverfront. Then you’ve got this one place in the middle that needs some stabilization in order to protect all those other investments.” “Bringing art into the community can change the culture of our city, change the culture of our neighborhoods,” says Wilmington City Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha. “It could make the area very different from what it is today.” “We talk about this as a marathon, not a sprint,” says Carrie Gray, Wilmington Renaissance managing director. “There will be some tangible changes that people will see in the next two or three years … but it could be 15 to 20 years [before it is completed],” she says. Given that time line, comparisons to Wilmington’s Riverfront redevelopment, which began more than 20 years ago, are almost inevitable. One of the lessons learned from the Riverfront experience, proponents of the Creative District plan say, is that the infusion of a strong residential component was essential to

Bringing art into the community can change the culture of our city, change the culture of our neighborhoods. —Wilmington City Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha costs approximate what residents would be paying for a rental property of similar size, and purchasers will have to pledge to occupy their units for at least 10 years, he says. Each unit will include studio space so artists will be able to work in their homes, Pollio says. The condos and homes should be ready for occupancy between June and September 2016. Stabilizing the neighborhood by strengthening home ownership and bringing excitement to the community by making it attractive to artists and other creators are essential components of the plan. The area would eventually include new housing and retail, creative and gallery space for artists, and streetscape improvements, including a series of small parks. “We’re widening the value of the very narrow Market Street corridor,” says Leonard Sophrin, Wilmington’s city planning director. “We’re not simply looking at a street. We’re looking at a larger grouping of city blocks, to create a more vibrant downtown.” “It’s ambitious, but it’s really necessary,” says Cassandra Marshall, president of the Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association. “You’ve got a lot of development on Market Street, downtown on

ensuring the success of the commercial and office projects that marked the first stages of that redevelopment. And that, Gray and Pollio say, is a big reason why the Creative District initiative will begin with housing. “Most artists don’t have a lot of income, so they need affordable places to live, work and conduct their business,” says Raye Jones Avery, executive director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center and a Quaker Hill resident. As more artists move into the area, she says, they will play a key role in shaping the district’s future. “The artist imagines possibilities. You have to be able to see it when others can’t see it. If we don’t believe it will happen, it won’t happen.” What Avery and others hope to see happen is the gradual revival of a neighborhood that lacks cohesion and currently is a large gap between the redeveloped Riverfront and Market Street corridors and the downtown office district to the north. “Having this kind of creative district will be very attractive to a lot of folks who might not have thought of Wilmington” as a place to work and live, Gov. Jack Markell says. ►

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“Great employers want to attract very talented people,” Markell says, “and talented people want to work where they want to live—in nice places where there are outdoor spaces, weekend activities, restaurants, and are walkable, bikable, and have arts outlets as well.” The Creative District plan, developed through a partnership that includes Wilmington Renaissance, Interfaith Housing, Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Chris White Community Development Center and the Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association, relies on “place-based strategies,” an incremental effort to place compatible activities near each other in a way that unifies the entire community. Under this approach, the Quaker Hill area, in the southwest corner of the district, becomes the focal point for low-cost live/ work options, with infill development and rehabilitation of vacant buildings on or near West Street. As residential development expands in the district it would gradually move to the east and north, Gray and Pollio say. Meanwhile, Shipley Street, long regarded as the gritty service entrance to businesses fronting on Market Street, would see a gradual transformation focusing on streetscape and infill projects. The northeast corner of the district—bordered by Shipley, Eighth, Orange and Ninth streets—is already getting a major boost with construction of a 231-unit apartment building on the site of a former parking garage. Heading south, widening sidewalks and burying utility lines along Shipley have been discussed for years, Gray says. Painting murals on the walls of existing buildings is likely, she adds. Other ideas mentioned in the plan include art galleries, small shops, temporary installations and event programming to reinforce Shipley’s linkage to Market Street. Meanwhile, the goal for Washington Street, on the western edge of the district, would be the creation of a “village of social practice,” a home for art-based social services programs. This combination of initiatives is anticipated to support existing shops along Ninth Street and encourage developers to improve existing structures and develop surface parking areas and vacant lots for higher uses.

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The Creative District living space concept includes an artist’s gallery in most homes.

Another key to the district’s development is the creation of a “maker space,” which Gray and others like to describe as “a high school woodshop on steroids.” The model under consideration is Philadelphia’s NextFab, which offers members the space and use of equipment for woodworking, metalworking, jewelry making and high-tech tasks like 3D printing, laser cutting and computer-aided design. “It’s a gym for innovators,” Gray says. “The average person interested in doing these types of projects isn’t going to be able to afford to buy the equipment for their homes. Here, you pay your monthly fee, use the equipment on your own or get help from someone who works there.” “If NextFab comes here, that’s huge,” says Joel McLaughlin, a Quaker Hill resident and home rehabilitator who has seen the operation firsthand in Philadelphia. “It attracts all kinds of people and creates synergies among them.” Maker spaces contribute to economic development in the areas where they are located, adds Laura Semmelroth, Wilmington Renaissance’s Creative District strategist. NextFab, Gray says, has served as an incubator for biomedical and robotics businesses in Philadelphia. NextFab’s operators are scouting vacant buildings in the Creative District for a possible location, “an industrial-type space with a loading dock so it’s easy to move furnishings and materials in and out,” Gray says. Neither the cost nor the funding sources for the Creative District initiative are clearly defined. Gray gives $50 million as a ballpark estimate for completing all the projects described in the master plan, but points out that “you don’t know what a particular project is going to cost until you know all the details.” Wilmington Renaissance received $300,000 from the Longwood Foundation for Creative District planning, and it is a finalist for a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration among 12 foundations, whose recipients will be selected in June. Some funding will come through the state’s new Downtown Development District program and the Delaware State Housing Authority’s Strong Neighborhoods Housing Fund. Some projects may also qualify for special tax credits, including historic preservation credits for work done in Quaker Hill. In addition, city and state officials have been discussing proposals to introduce legislation that would permit establishment of a “land bank,” an entity that would acquire and hold vacant properties within designated areas and then make them available for development. (As of mid-April, enabling legislation had not been introduced in the General Assembly.) ►

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“It would be another tool in the toolbox,” says Cleon Cauley, chief of staff for Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams. Gathering properties together and pooling resources makes it easier to create the critical mass that’s needed for successful development, Sophrin says. At least two banks with major operations in Wilmington, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, are also potential supporters, according to Glenn Moore, a Delmarva Power vice president who serves as chair of Wilmington Renaissance’s board of directors. As detailed plans for specific projects come together, Creative District planners will attempt to guide developers to the most appropriate funding sources, including foundations, government agencies, traditional banks and angel investors, Gray says. “If a few pioneers make an investment, others will follow,” Avery says. How long it takes remains to be seen but, Markell says, “if you don’t start, you’re never going to get there.” Everyone involved in the planning is confident that significant progress, in addition to the housing in Quaker Hill, will be evident in two to three years. “The real work is getting it toward a tipping point, when [the revitalization] starts running itself,” Marshall says. “How long that will take, I don’t know, but it will definitely take a long time.” The process, Cauley adds, might never end. “Newer versions of [people like] us will come in and want to do more and more, and that’s a good thing,” he says. More discussion of Wilmington’s Creative District will be on the agenda for the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s annual meeting, set for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St. Keynote speaker for the event will be Ethan Kent, senior vice president at the Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit that promotes transformational placemaking initiatives like the Creative District around the world. Gov. Markell will also speak at the event. Tickets are $50 per person and $475 for a table of 10. A gourmet breakfast and complimentary parking at the Courthouse Parking Garage are included. For tickets, call 425-5500, or purchase them online at wrc-annual-meeting.eventbrite.com.

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’m excited about the flurry of redevelopment and positive energy around our city recently: the successful return of the small business incubator Project Pop-Up, which has enlivened Ninth Street’s corridor; the opening of Harlan Flats residences on Justison Street; not one but two locations of an iconic coffee company (Now we’ve truly arrived!); the ribbon-cutting for the multi-location Market Street Village retail and residence project. Combine all this with the steady buzz that the arts and culture scene has generated, and you see that Wilmington is reaching a significant point in its revitalization. Wilmington artists, arts and culture organizations have long been some of the city’s greatest champions—and key drivers in its vitality. Numerous individual artists and organizations large and small are committed to Wilmington as their “home base.” They celebrate being a part of the city and believe in its potential. They create and promote some of the very best parts of Wilmington through music, dance, spoken word and visual arts. There is also exciting momentum for cultivating, expanding and promoting arts and culture in Wilmington—most notably in the large-scale project of The Creative District, but also with programs like Gable Music and World Cafe Live at the Queen’s Wilmo Wednesdays performance showcases and soon-to-reappear Block Party events from the IN Wilmington Campaign. All of us—residents, non-residents (I like to call us “Wilmington enthusiasts”), business and property owners, elected and appointed officials—should embrace and support these efforts at every level. They bring more opportunities for people to live, work and play in Wilmington.

There is much potential in downtown Wilmington that has yet to be tapped. There are underutilized buildings, lots and spaces, and there are occupied spaces that could be improved, and attract more traffic, with just a little out-of-the-box thinking. There are artists and art organizations—especially those small in size—that often seek space to present their work. Some don’t have the funding to purchase a building outright or pay high rental fees; other organizations don’t require a “permanent” home. But all have a need for a space in which to create. In the past, downtown has been host to imaginative and effectively executed events such as Fringe Wilmington, Downtown Visions’ Music Garden series and Art on the Town. While these projects are ongoing and successful, we should work collectively to connect even more downtown business and property owners with artists to develop regular programming or “pop-up” events within their spaces. Think house concerts or coffee house setups, pop-up art exhibits, even “flash mob” performances. Keep the collective energy flowing, provide more experiences to drive more people downtown, and give artists and smaller arts organizations affordable and distinctive options to put their work “out there.” I’d love to see more of this happen…how about you? Are you an artist? Tell me what your needs are. Do you own property in the city? Let’s talk about what you might be able to offer to some of Wilmington’s most talented. Are you a public servant? Maybe you can help connect the dots between the two. These efforts together can surely create something even greater for Wilmington. Until then, you can find me here: mfitzgerald@artsinmedia.com or @ArtsinMedia. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your ideas. MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Thor’s hammer serves as a symbol of the fun of creativity at 1313 Innovation, where Ryan Harrington, education coordinator, and Megan Anthony, community manager, share a desk.

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taring intently at their laptops, sharing ideas with coworkers and people they hardly know, or designing prototypes that emerge from a 3-D printer, the denizens of 1313 Innovation are deeply into ideation—the process of transforming ideas into creations. Located in the northwest corner of the first floor of Hercules Plaza at 1313 N. Market St., 1313 Innovation is one of Wilmington’s first co-working spaces, where individual entrepreneurs and operators of small businesses, especially those who rely heavily on computers and the internet, can hang out, make contacts, hold meetings and participate in special events. What they’ll accomplish remains to be seen—and when it’s seen, it will more likely be visible on a computer or smartphone screen rather than in a retail outlet. Kjell Hegstad parks his customized motorcycle inside 1313. Digital Vikings, his mobile design and development business, is a primary user of the facility. 1313 Innovation is the brainchild of Paul McConnell, a principal in McConnell Royer learned about 1313 Innovation from managers of Start It Up Johnson Real Estate, property manager of Delaware, operators of the Coinloft, another Wilmington co-working Hercules Plaza. He is in the process of transforming portions of the space. As an entrepreneur, Royer is impressed by McConnell’s building’s lower level and first and second floors into a “business commitment to providing space for technology entrepreneurs. As a campus” that will also include on-demand office space, meeting businessman, he’s pleased that he can rent Class A office space month and event space, and rooms that local colleges and universities to month at a location where he has plenty of room to expand. could use to host classes and other programs. “I’ve always wanted to get in on the ground floor of something “Paul is a visionary, a doer, and the most optimistic person that’s about to take off,” Royer says, adding that he hopes to hire I’ve ever met,” says Kjell Hegstad, who helped McConnell plan eight or more people for his staff within the year. and design the space and who has made Digital Vikings, his Also on hand most of the time is one of the four Digital Vikings, mobile design and development business, a primary user of a group that specializes in creating digital applications for multiple 1313 Innovation. industries, including banking, healthcare and law enforcement. One of the goals of 1313 Innovation, Hegstad says, is to bring Hegstad, who titles himself “chief innovation Viking,” launched to Delaware “a slice of Silicon Valley”—the California technology the business after serving as managing director of mobile and hotbed where he and his three associates once worked. emerging technologies for ING Direct, which pioneered online Visitors to the space, however, aren’t always sure what they’re banking in the United States before its acquisition by Capital One. walking into, says Ryan Harrington, the unit’s education coordinator. One recent project, he says, was a digital app created for That’s understandable, considering that Hegstad’s immaculate R2 Talent, a service that matches job seekers with prospective chrome customized motorcycle is usually parked at the end employers without the need for writing a resume. Job seekers of the hallway that opens into the “locker room,” a work space follow a series of prompts on the app to create a digital profile and with plain cafeteria-style tables flanked by sleek, high-backed use the video feature of their smartphone to record their pitch. royal blue and black mesh chairs. A couple of life-size cardboard Employers then use their selection criteria to search the database cutouts—Captain America and Thor from Marvel’s Avengers for the best candidates for their openings. comic series —stand near the table that Harrington and Megan Digital Vikings has projects underway with a local hospital and Anthony, the community manager, use as their desk. other businesses. Projects with law-enforcement agencies are in Sitting at the tables might be entrepreneurs who are renting the discussion stage, pending available funding, Hegstad says. space by the day or by the week, or others who have already found In addition to their own work, he says, the Vikings mentor the location worthy of a longer commitment. many of the entrepreneurs who gather at 1313 Innovation, offering One example, Anthony says, is Carvatise, a year-old business advice during the day and arranging meetups for IT professionals started by two recent University of Delaware graduates who pay and others interested in creating applications for use in banking, car owners to have their vehicles wrapped with advertising for healthcare and other industries. area businesses and nonprofits. Many of those meetups take place in 1313 Innovation’s Another is Connecthub, a team of software specialists that “presentation room,” which features an interactive projector and has created two mobile applications: an education platform a “writable wall,” ideal for large-group brainstorming sessions. called Insitehub.com and a coaching/sales training platform, Modular furnishings—sofas, chairs, stools and beanbag chairs— Connecthub.com. The software, sold primarily to pharmaceutical provide comfortable seating in an informal atmosphere. businesses, helps sales representatives learn more about their Among regular users of the space are Teach for America, product lines and enables sales managers to coach members of the Relay Graduate School of Education, Barrel of Makers and their sales teams through online connections even when they are TechForum of Delaware. ► miles apart, Connecthub CEO John Royer says. MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Tenants on the upper floors of Hercules Plaza, including the Siegried Group and Condé Nast Publications, are also using the space for staff meetings because “it’s so different from their regular conference rooms,” Anthony says. Since January, 1313 Innovation has hosted at least 25 events, drawing more than 800 people, Harrington says. Another feature of 1313 Innovation is a 3D printing lab, with a 3D scanner and a pair of 3D printers that can be used to make prototypes of product designs. Harrington and Anthony are pleased with the favorable response 1313 Innovation has received. Because people are excited about the space, they haven’t had to embark on a push to sell memberships, Anthony says. That could change as McConnell Johnson moves ahead with plans to add more co-workng space to create the business campus. There will be about 16,000 square feet of usable office space on the west side of Hercules Plaza’s second floor, says Shona Grace, chief operating officer for McConnell Johnson and 1313 Innovation. The second-floor space will be configured to meet users’ preferences, with a combination of dedicated desk space in an open setting and private office areas to accommodate one to four users, she says. “We’re finding that people want private office space, where they’re able to lock their stuff up, but they also want to connect with the community and have access to classroom space and conference rooms,” Harrington says. As second-floor space is readied, the outreach effort to identify potential users will include recent graduates of UD, Wilmington University and other area schools, Harrington says. He also notes that plans are underway to launch a competitive program that would provide free office space for up to six months to recent graduates who have potentially successful business concepts. “We want to work with them while they’re at the university, and when they graduate we want them to realize that Main Street [in Newark] isn’t all there is to Delaware,” Harrington says. “We would love to have them come to Wilmington, where they would have access to more business connections and to a professional environment.” 36 MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Join us for the 1st Rolling Revolution Food Truck Rally; an album release/listening party for Richard Raw’s new CD “Conversational Piece;” and an opening reception for a new exhibition, Fear of Empty Spaces, by DCCA studio artists Ken Mabrey and Dan Jackson. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wed 12 - 7 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. through May 31.

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Craig Hable incorporates strong color palettes into symmetrical abstractions for the viewer’s individual interpretations. Sean Edward Brown utilizes candy wrappers, thus recycling a waste product into meaningful and resonant Pop art. Brian Hearns abstract painting, stone sculpture and jewelry is an interpretation of his. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through May 31.

Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE zaikka.com Jason Olney is a native Delawarean and an illustrator, photographer and graphic designer. He will show his flower photography from Longwood Gardens. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. through May 31.

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2nd and LOMA Leasing Office 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.655.0124 2ndandloma.com The Art of Hintz, Jen Hintz Eggers’s exhibit is an exploration of floral motifs from various traditions rendered in oil, gouache, and enamels. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through May 28.

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Chas Grayson, a native Delawarean who has lived in Idaho for the past five years, is a full time PA student who enjoys hiking and running. His pictures represent his personal viewpoints as he’s spent many hours along the trails of the Rocky Mountains.Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. through May 31.

Remnants, Michael Hower. Remnants exemplify how structures and objects, especially those devoid of human activity, possess subtleties and individuality. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through June 1.

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Animation Art Stills by artist Franco Ciuffetelli. Pen & ink drawings and color paintings of animated characters created by the vivid imagination of the artist. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m through May 31. Ernest & Scott Taproom 900 N Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.384.8113 ernestandscott.com The RTO Art Show hosts a collection of talented visual artists from all walks of life who have one thing in common - they work for one of the most secretive companies in the world. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 11:30 a.m. - late, Sat 4 p.m. - late through May 30.

Christina Cultural Arts Center DT 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.690.8092 ccacde.org Visual Art Student Exhibit. The annual exhibit features images and paintings by students of CCAC under direction of Milton Downing: Art Loop reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. On view Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. through May 31. Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com Gouache Paintings. Connie Simon grew up in Princeton, N.J. and has been on the faculty of the Delaware College of Art and Design for 18 years. Her gouache paintings have been featured at the Blue Streak Gallery in Wilmington, DE, and the O’Brian Arts Center at St. Andrew’s School. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. On view Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. through May 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Back to Eden, Kathleen Shaver. Shaver combines collaged fragments of classical art works illustrating Greek myths, fairy tales and legends with mixed media, inviting the viewer to focus on and examine well-known narratives from new perspectives. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through June 1.

Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org Harold Kalmus Sculpture. The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of sculptures by Harold Kalmus. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through May 29.

Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilm.org Holy Man, James Wyatt. The face paint of a holy man in India (Sadhu Culture) which uses vibrant colors and designs to paint their faces fits the 3D style and use of textures by this local artist. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through May 31.

Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation 521 N West Street Wilmington, DE quakerhillhistoric.org Friends of the Arts features works (most up for silent auction) by several local artists, celebrating the new Wilmington Creative District, which is centered in Quaker Hill. Artists include Eunice LaFate, Patty Evans, Roldan West, Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, and others. Art Loop reception 6 - 9 p.m. On view 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On view May 2 only. MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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

This debut exhibition of photographer Renee Gadson, marries the extraordinary beauty found in ordinary places with lyrical phrases and lines of poetry. A series of work that beckons us to be more attentive: to stop, look, appreciate and even marvel at everyday surroundings. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through May 31.

Lacunary Skyscape Series, Murray Taylor. The paintings in this exhibit bring into focus some of nature’s most fleeting moments. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Showing Mon - Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. 3 p.m., through May 31.

Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE 302.571.7407 wilmington.lib.de.us

Highlands Art Garage 2003 West 17th Street Wilmington, DE 302.650.7108 highlandsartgarage.com

Persian Dreams: From Miniature to Ceramic Fish, Fariba Amini. The artist combines Persian Miniature textures, calligraphy and ceramics in her work. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon - Wed 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri and Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through May 28.

Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi

Heaven and Hell, Nicole Royer. This exhibit compels self-judgment of where we lie within the spectrum of good and evil. Nicole focuses on brushwork techniques and sentiment, using only a handful of colors on large canvases. Also a 3rd “Clear the Studio” sale of over 100 original works at discounted prices! Art Loop reception: 5 - 8 p.m. On view Sat 2 - 4 p.m., Wed 2 - 8 p.m. through May 10.

Colourworks Photo/Art Space 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE 302.428.022 colourworks.com

Westminster Presbyterian Church 1502 W. 13th Street Wilmington, DE 302.654.5214 ext121 wpc.org

Velvia, Peter Rozday. This exhibit is a collection of photographic abstractions created from very familiar objects and spaces. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through June 3.

Marilyn Bauman’s paintings employ intense color, sharp contrasts, and active lines, with subjects ranging from portraits, to still life, to landscapes. Also enjoy a free concert at 8 p.m. by the University of Delaware Chorale. Art Loop reception: 6:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., through May 29.

Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.7304 howardpylestudio.org

Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com The Masters show returns, featuring Theodore Earl Butler, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Mark Rothko, Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, and more. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 30.

FOUR BY FOUR, Diane Cannon, Betsey Greer, Erika Neidhardt, Siv Spurgeon. An intriguing exhibit featuring four of our studio members. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 p.m. On view by appointment through June 2015.

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 Spring Jewelry and Landscape shows featuring Mimi Favre, Hollis Bauer, Susan B. Myers, Barbara Neville, Dan O’Neill, Linda Harris Reynolds and Peter Willard. Pop into spring with our amazing jewelry and landscape show with 7 amazing artists. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through June 2. 46 MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A World of Color, Helena van Emmerik-Finn. Featuring a mix of pastel paintings including landscapes, beach scenes and animals. Helena uses pastel because it gives her the freedom to work in a spontaneous style with the immediacy of a bold, impressionistic application. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. through May 30. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Spring Interpretations, Local Artists. The essence of spring, this long-awaited season, is captured in this multimedia group show through color, scene and imagery. Art Loop reception - 6 - 9 p.m. On view Tue - Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through May 30.

Rodney Pratt Framing and Gallery 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.0222 rodneyprattframing.com

Spring Forward, Art is Life!, Mike Tavani. Nothing is more exciting to this oil colorist than seeing beautiful colors come together & share the experience of how the love of art can be a wonderful journey. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat 12 – 8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through May.

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Allstate Insurance Company 204 B Street New Castle, DE 302.725.0505

Humorous, fun and creative describe Janet Martin-Aylam’s pieces which combine ceramics and wire to celebrate small patches of her vegetable garden. Joyce Nerlinger paints with both soft and bold applications of color to achieve a realistic and sometimes unexpected result. Art Loop reception: 5 - 9 p.m. On view Wed - Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun noon - 4 p.m. through May 31.

No Junk in These Trunks, Ken Sturgis. Ken finds authentic steamer and doll trunks from the mid 1800’s through 1920’s and refurbishes them into unique furniture pieces and more using original methods including bent nails. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. through May 31st.

Bellefonte Arts 803 C Brandywine Blvd Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com

Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net

Group show various mediums. Arlene Finocchiaro’s jewelry, Linda Solomon’s photography, Terry Zink’s repurposed cigar boxes with paper embellishments, and Edie Krauss’s paintings and illustrations. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun noon – 4 p.m. through May 31.

Tick-Tock goes the Clock, Sami CampbellSarver. Specializing in custom heritage and Steampunk jewelry, Sami utilizes pieces from the past infused with a splash of futuristic reality in creating her repurposed, yet highly distinctive jewelry. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun noon – 5 p.m. through May 31.

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Extraordinary Gifts: Portraits and Landscapes of Melissa Tevere. Through exploration of color, light, shadow and movement, Melissa’s work captures the “feel” of a person or a place, rather than an exact likeness or reproduction. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through May 9.

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New Beginnings features the varied works of Bonnie White, Jan Williams, Mary Wolfe and Michael Melloy. Their varied mediums range from photography, oil, watercolor and acrylic to those of blurred distinction, using combinations of more than one. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Wed, Thur, Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun noon - 4 p.m. through May 31.

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NR | 1 hr 41 mins | May 1-3 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm What the Funk Brothers did for Motown… The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound.

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R | 1 hr 44 mins | May 1-3 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm 12-year-old cello prodigy and all around genius Reggie, lives a solitary, bookish life lacking only frequently absent parents and friends. Estranged from family, having slacker boyfriend troubles, and fired from her waitress job, 23-year-old Eleanor needs a new place to live and a new job.

SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION PG | 1 hr 21 mins | May 8-10 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 8pm | Sun 4pm

SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION is a glorious portrait of one of the most unlikely but truly magnetic characters ever to grace the screen – 86 year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.

WHITE GOD

R | 1 hr 59 mins | May 8-10 Fri 7pm | Sat 2pm | Sun 1pm Hungarian with English subtitles A cautionary tale between a superior species and its disgraced inferior… Favoring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets.

FARAH GOES BANG

Best of Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival at Theatre N Best Narrative Feature NR | 90 mins | May 8-10 Fri 1pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 7pm During a cross-country road-trip campaigning for John Kerry in the 2004 Election, a Persian American woman in her twenties tries to lose her virginity. *Theatre N reserves the right to change the film schedule at any time. Please visit our website at www.theatren.org for the most up to date information for all film and events at Theatre N.

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R | 1 hr 37 mins | May 15-17 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm Brian (Anton Yelchin), a talented young writer, meets the beautiful, intriguing Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe) over a cigarette outside the Manhattan St. Regis. She’s older than he, married, French, and the mother of two. They begin a cinq-a-sept affair.

ZOMBEAVERS

R | 1 hr 25 mins | May 15-17 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm They’re ferocious, they’re furry, they’re ZOMBEAVERS, the stars of this 2015 horror-comedy, directed by Jordan Rubin. The result of a local chemical spill, a horde of bloodthirsty, zombified beavers closes in on the unsuspecting co-eds..

ADULT BEGINNERS

R | 1 hr 30 mins | May 22-24 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm A young, hipster entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) and three yearold nephew in the suburbs — only to become their manny.

MERCHANTS OF DOUBT

PG-13 | 1 hr 33 mins | May 22-24 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, MERCHANTS OF DOUBT takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin.

WILD TALES

R | 2 hrs 2 mins | May 29-31 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 7pm Spanish with English subtitles Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode.

INTREPIDO: A LONELY HERO R | 1 hr 44 mins | May 29-31 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 4pm Italian with English subtitles

Set in modern day Milan, this is a Chaplinesque odyssey through the world of work – every type of work, but primarily unskilled manual labour, seen through the eyes of a kind, middle-aged man who takes on every conceivable temporary job in order to be useful and have self respect.

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Earth and Arbor Days Kick Off Environmental Awareness April 22nd of this year marked the 45th Anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was originally held in 1970 to highlight events worldwide and demonstrate support for environmental protection. The City of Wilmington commemorated its joint celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day in Rodney Square on April 22nd and, much like the first, the focus was on employing responsible stewardship of the natural resources around us, including water and trees.Wilmington’s Arbor and Earth Day Celebration was attended by Wilmington residents and visitors, including school children and downtown employees, and featured education stations at the Wilmington Public Library, tree planting demonstrations by the City of Wilmington and climbing demonstrations by Kerns Brothers and Davey Tree Expert Company. The event was also a kick off of the spring season in the City, with mindfulness toward educating the community to the importance of our shared, natural green spaces. The City of Wilmington’s Department of Public Works welcomed Philadelphia native Herb White to the position of Urban Forestry Administrator (UFA) last summer. As the City’s UFA, White is responsible for the maintenance of the city’s existing inventory of trees, the management of the permit processes related to all city trees, and community outreach and education related to the urban tree canopy. It was White’s vision to combine Earth and Arbor Day celebrations in the city, for the sake of merging consistent messaging about communities’ and residents’ roles in developing and maintaining our natural. “Since starting I have been very busy as I engage in the administrative side of the work, which includes coordinating the Tree Commission, working with L&I to resolve tree-related code infringements, permits and appeals, while also engaging with 50 MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Wilmingtonians to educate them about the importance and impact of the city’s urban tree canopy and green spaces on infrastructure, public safety and the overall livability of every unique community,” said White. “The other big focus has been on the city’s relationship with the Delaware Center for Horticulture who act as the city’s arms, legs and advocates related to increasing the tree canopy in the city’s watershed.” White has been busy, indeed. Delaware Center for Horticulture (The DCH) Executive Director, Pam Sapko and Program Manager Vikram Krishnamurthy meet and speak with White almost daily to coordinate efforts and resources for the sake of the city’s green spaces and tree inventory. “The work that needs to be done around the city is so diverse, neither the city nor The DCH could do the job alone,” said Sapko. “On one hand, the city has resources related to site-prep and city infrastructure, on the other hand, at The DCH we can frequently leverage grant resources for planting trees and we have the connections to volunteers and organizations who provide hands-on volunteers and grassroots programs who are ready to do the work required to plant, water and maintain the city’s trees and green spaces through grassroots programs.” As spring begins, the City and The DCH want to help educate Wilmingtonians about the practical reasons that trees and water should be among our top environmental priorities. The DCH Director of Programs, Krishnamurthy explains, “Trees are vital to the natural process of water purification in our neighborhoods. When trees absorb rain water through the soil and it is drawn through their trunks, branches and leaves, natural purification takes place that, otherwise, the city’s municipal storm water system must process.” White elaborates, “Basically, the more healthy permeable ground, A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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grass, shrubbery and trees, the less we all have to pay to clean the water that flows through our environment on a continual basis.” The numbers speak for themselves. The USDA conducted a study of the City of Wilmington called “Urban Forest Assessment of Northern Delaware”, in partnership with The DCH, and other environmental partners. The data reflected that there are about 136,000 trees in the City of Wilmington. Those trees City Urban Forestry Administrator, Herb White, remove the equivalent conducts community workshop. of 45 tons of pollution from the atmosphere annually, which would amount to an additional $291,000 to remove. The report also reflected that “Wilmington trees store 46,000 tons of carbon (per year),” the cost of which to extract would amount to $959,000. The outfall of water resources not collected by trees are ultimately combined with our city sewer system, which is a system paid for through city water fees – specifically the storm water utility bill.. The more water that is not naturally collected by greenery around the city, results in more dirty water that needs to be artificially and chemically treated by our municipal plants. The equation is simple: the more we can decrease impenetrable surfaces and replace them with trees and greenery, the fewer expenses and more we all incur. Wilmington is a proud member of Tree City USA and a two-time recipient of Community Forestry Awards from the State of Delaware. The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities in the program maintain the four core standards of sound forestry management: maintaining a tree board or committee, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry (the city exceeds this minimum), and celebrating Arbor Day. Mayor Dennis P. Williams understands and supports these important standards. “While at first glance the maintenance and growth of our tree inventory may seem like a small matter to some, the reality is that every tree in this city plays an important role in natural water treatment and retention, our city’s green infrastructure, the beautification of our living spaces, and the overall feeling of security and safety through well-maintained neighborhoods,” said the Mayor.

The Delaware Center for Horticulture and the City’s Department of Public Works encourage and welcome the efforts of residents to maintain the trees and natural water environments in their neighborhoods. There are many ways to become active in a clean, green Wilmington:

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• Start At Home – Take the time to regularly clean any litter or debris that makes it way to the gutters in front of your own home. Debris that travels into the storm water basins has to be sifted out through a separation process, dried and taken to the landfill. Residents should work to ensure that excessive soap suds and animal waste are not deposited into residential storm water drains. • Volunteer at TheDCH – The Delaware Center for Horticulture has successfully stewarded the City’s green spaces, educated residents on the environment and planting around their homes, and engaged volunteers in large and small-scale greening projects in public parks and spaces for decades. TheDCH can let you know what types of trees and greenery to care for them. • Create a Clean, Green Group in Your Neighborhood – Gardening and tree planting, clean-up days and the city’s Street Tree Program are all great ways to bring neighbors together, engage young people and to make the city’s unique communities beautiful. Both the city and The DCH have many planting projects and resources that your neighborhood may qualify to use yearlong. • Steward Your Trees – Well maintained street trees increase property values, deter crime and can even help keep utility payments down. Register with the Urban Forestry Administrator for the City of Wilmington, to learn how to take care of the street trees on your block or in front of your home. Or, ask The DCH about starting a block Pruning Club. You can learn proper pruning techniques, while getting to know other neighbors interested in helping to beautify the neighborhood and the city. • Become a Park Friend – Throughout the city, Friends of Parks groups are convening to organize and work together to keep neighborhood green spaces clean, safe and well-monitored. These efforts are key to keeping the grass healthy and the trees and shrubs lively. • Report It! Resolve It! App – Go to the Public Works page of the City Website and click “Go to Report It Resolve It” to download the smartphone app that allows anyone to submit non-emergency requests for service or log a complaint and it will be routed to the responsible Public Works division, which will then investigate the problem and take the necessary steps to resolve it. Yearlong, the City of Wilmington and the Delaware Center for Horticulture work together to make it easy for every Wilmingtonian to learn and help with the work of making our community healthy, safe and beautiful. To learn more about city efforts and programsrelated to Urban Forestry, the city’s Tree Canopy or how to be a good environmental steward at your home or in your community, please visit: http:// www.wilmingtonde.gov/residents/ citytrees. To learn about The Delaware Center for Horticulture and the many educational and volunteer opportunities offered, please visit: http://www.thedch.org/.

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of the distracted looks of aspiring actors or beauty contest winners that peopled Rocco’s place. At Gotham, every staff member was a gliding, well-greased cog in the machine—with no drama. That kind of calm orchestration wouldn’t exactly sell on television. Cooking competition/reality shows may contain a trace or two now and then of things you’ll see in a real day in the life of a restaurant, but they are largely scripted, staged, filmed, and heavily edited with major sponsors and millions of advertising dollars in mind. Anger, abuse and failure sell. You can understand what would happen if a chef with a reputation for being abusive showed up on set and suddenly began hugging and praising everyone’s work habits. Viewers (and sponsors) would drop that show like a hot potato. As for Gordon Ramsay, the king of reality show chefs, his ridiculous internet memes (“You used so much oil, the U.S. is trying to invade the plate!” or “That pork is so raw, it’s still singing Hakuna Matata!”), where he appears bulgy-eyed and gaping, are famous among fans (and non-fans) of his show. Any self-respecting chef knows that you cannot motivate a staff or get them to follow you unless you earn their respect first. If you can’t earn that respect, you are a poor leader. Pack your knives and go home, Chef. ► MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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On the other hand, there must be a reason Ramsay’s show and those like it are renewed year after year: people WHY I DON'T WATCH like to think there’s a real competition going on, one that 'REALITY' COOKING SHOWS allows them to root for their favorite chef contestant. continued from previous page There’s only one problem: never in the history of restaurants has there been a scenario where a cook had to compete with other cooks to survive being chopped. It’s simply more entertaining to see a cook being handed a mystery basket of Spam, lychee nuts, organic Tiger’s milk and ostrich eggs, and watch him try to make an appetizer in 12 minutes using a can of Sterno, a pingpong paddle and a hollowed-out horseshoe crab. Ready, go! So celebrity chef competitions, Iron Chefs, Master and Top Chefs, Worst Cooks, Throwdowns and Extreme Cooking: none of it holds my interest, mostly because these shows are breeding a whole generation of cooks who first want to be famous. When you compromise your craft and your skills for publicity, you’re less likely to discover the true joys that come with cooking for and with people, instead of against them. But Chef Ramsay wasn’t awarded the coveted Michelin stars for acting. His talents as a chef are real and formidable. Nor does Top Chef Judge Tom Colicchio earn his huge paychecks from product endorsements alone; he is highly respected among his peers for attention to detail and the consistently high quality at his restaurants. And it’s unfortunate that this doesn’t come across in these ersatz cooking shows. Take one of the genre’s originators, Emeril Lagasse. For years, I couldn’t stand to see a mugging Emeril on television, hawking his knives and pots and pans, or his Cajun Bam! spice. Why was the crowd cheering and clapping simply because he threw parsley in a pan? Then, as if by fate, I was chosen to work alongside him as a student cook at the tony Aspen Food and Wine Classic of 1997. What I discovered was not a boisterous cook from the Bowery, but a quiet, gentle person who was thoughtful and genuinely cared about the students. “It’s all an act,” I thought. And instantly, he won my respect. Finally, some real reality. Robert Lhulier is executive chef at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington.

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he Fourth Annual Brandywine Food & Wine Festival will once again showcase the best wines and food of the Brandywine Valley on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 6 p.m. Because of the festival’s growth, it is moving to a larger location: the Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association in Malvern, Pa. Guests can expect more vendors, and of course more wine and fun. Featured area wineries this year are Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard, Grace Winery, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyards, Patone Cellars, Penns Woods Winery, Stone Barn Cellars Winery, and Ten Gallon Hat Winery. Food trucks, BBQ, ethnic foods, seafood, and desserts from various vendors will be available. The event also includes a photo booth and more than 15 craft vendors. Visit pawinefestival.com for more information.

aise a toast to the 37th annual Pointto-Point, and join Dogfish Head and friends at the exclusive Hospitality Tent along the rail at Winterthur on Sunday, May 3. A wide selection of ales and spirits with food pairings will be available, along with merchandise and the opportunity to chat with members of the Dogfish team. Tickets are $100 per person, and just 200 tickets are available. Beers and cocktails include Starboard Bloody Mary Bar with Dogfish Vodka, Dogfish Mint Julep, 60 Minute IPA, SixtyOne, Namaste and Midas Touch. Appetizers and entrees include roasted beet salad, tomato basil bisque, lobster mac-andcheese, chilled seafood, premium antipasti, a premium cheeseboard, and more. Desserts include key lime pie, chocolate mousse and strawberry shortcake. Prizes and gift cards are available. For more information, visit dogfish.com.

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ojo 13, the nine-year-old bar on Philadelphia Pike known for metal music and a clown head ominously overseeing its entrance, is scheduled for some changes, including a new name, remodeling, a wider variety of music, and more craft beer options. Oh, and the clown will be gone. Renovations are headed up by new owner Matthew Jester of Newark, and a June grand opening is anticipated. The date is yet to be determined, and Philadelphiabased punk band The Dead Milkmen are rumored to be playing. Stay tuned for more on the name change.

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Wilmington’s Tommy Murray wins inaugural Musikarmageddon Solo competition By Krista Connor

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coustic and rock guitarist and vocalist Tommy Murray took home first place in the inaugural Musikarmageddon Solo competition by winning over the crowd and judges with a performance rooted in Irish folk music. The style inspires “beautiful songs, passionate songs, songs of rebellion,” says Murray, a Wilmington native. The March 27 event, which awarded booking opportunities and other prizes to the winner, was an off-shoot of the annual summer Musikarmageddon competition in Wilmington. Held at the baby grand, it brought out 15 contestants, with a panel of judges and a crowd of 70 to determine the artists’ fates. Round one eliminations left Tom Esposito, James Hearne, Lauren Kuhne, Kevin McCove, Dave Meredith, Billy Toulson, David Wilson and Murray. By round four, the competition was down to McCove and Murray. “Kevin is a mesmerizing pianist and writer and I was humbled to be in the last round with him,” says Murray. “We shook hands and laughed behind the curtain even before they announced the final winner—it was that kind of night.” As a child, Murray was introduced to music when his parents enrolled him in the Wilmington Music School, where he studied

violin. Then his father taught him how to play guitar, which proved a huge inspiration. “I think I just wanted to be like him,” says Murray. As he grew older, Murray continued to pursue music as a hobby while preparing for a career in law. From 2000 to 2003, he attended Southern New England School of Law in North Dartmouth, Mass. Living alone, he focused more intently than ever on playing guitar, sharpening his songs and understanding and defining himself as a musician. Murray returned to Wilmington in 2003 and is currently at the Law Office of Cricket Browne in Elkton, Md., while spending as much time as possible on his music. “I shoot for being sincere and powerful with my writing,” he says. “Even the songs that I have that are quieter, I think are more rock than you’d expect from an acoustic singer-songwriter.” Murray’s album, The Broken Sound, is on iTunes, and he plays regularly in the area with his band, Satellite Go. On Tuesday, May 26, he’ll be at Dead Presidents in Wilmington. Search Murray on Facebook or visit satellitego.bandcamp.com for more information. Look for Musikarmageddon Solo to return next spring—with a new champion. MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES CLOSING ACT Grand Funk Railroad will perform Aug. 1 at Craft Beer Fest American blues rock band Grand Funk Railroad will close the Delaware State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6-9 p.m. at the fair’s Craft Beer Festival. The three-hour concert and beer event will showcase more than 50 beers from craft breweries across the U.S. Attendees will sample beers on the M&T Bank Grandstand to the sounds of Grand Funk Railroad and regional band lower case blues. General admission is $25 for a concert ticket and $35 for a ticket plus souvenir cup and five 4-oz. craft beer samples. Additional tickets may be purchased at the event. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for ID checks. Also, in order to receive tasting tickets and a 21+ wristband, the printed paper ticket must be in hand. Tickets are available at DelawareStateFair.com. CONOR OBERST AT THE QUEEN Singer-songwriter comes to town June 4 Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst, best known as the frontman of Bright Eyes, has been writing and recording music since 1993. Hailing from Omaha, Neb., Oberst has collaborated with or led various bands, including Commander Venus, Monsters of Folk, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and most notably Bright Eyes. He’ll be joined by national act Larkin Poe on Thursday, June 4, at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8, and tickets, available at queen.worldcafelive.com, are $30. KICK CANCER Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser is May 15 Help raise money for cancer research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Kick Cancer show on Friday, May 15, at the Elks Lodge in Wilmington. Musicians who will perform include area mainstays Chip Porter, Kevin Walsh, Tony Cappella, David Poland, Ritchie Rubini, Bill Sweezy, Matt Lock, Eric Montange and Jimmy McFadden. Tickets are $15 and the event is from 8-11 p.m. For those who can’t attend but would still like to donate, visit firstchairopen.com. 64 MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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NEKO CASE COMING TO THE GRAND Rolling Stone calls her “one of the best” Neko Case, Grammy-nominated soloist and member of Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers, brings her smoky, sophisticated vocals to the Grand on Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. The Washington State singer-songwriter has developed a sound of her own: a mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop. Her newest album (2013), The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, reveals her raw emotion. Rolling Stone pegs her “one of America’s best and most ambitious songwriters.” Special guest Jennifer O’Connor will join Case. O’Connor has released a series of well-regarded solo albums and has either toured or played with Wilco, the Indigo Girls, Feist, and more. For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org. SUMMER CONCERTS BEGIN MAY 3 Old Brandywine Village announces lineup Old Brandywine Village, Inc. will host the Third Annual Sunday Summer Concert Series, which takes place in the plaza behind the Hercules Building, 1313 N. Market Street, Wilmington, on the first Sunday evening of each month. The kickoff concert on May 3 will feature the First State Symphonic Band, which has opened the series the previous two years. Additional musicians and dates are: Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project, June 2; Bruce Anthony with Gerald Chavis and Harry Spencer, July 5; Joseph Whitney Steel Pan Trio, Aug. 2, and a TBA artist Sept. 6. All concerts are 4-5:30 p.m. There are no rain dates. Guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit and enjoy the concert. Parking is free around the Hercules Building, and across King Street behind St. Patrick’s Church. For more information, visit oldbrandywinevillage.org or contact Beverly Zimmermann at 588-5983, or bevzimm@comcast.net. NATHAN GRAY GOES SOLO BoySetsFire singer releases EP, plans summer tour Newark’s legendary post hardcore-punk band BoySetsFire formed in the early 1990s, gaining popularity in Europe and at home. The band retired in 2007, and some of the members formed other bands, like lead singer Nathan Gray, who started The Casting Out and I am Heresy. But something he had never done until recently, even after those bands ended and BoySetsFire members decided to reunite in 2010, was try out a solo act. Gray, 42, from Elkton, Md., digitally released his four-track debut solo EP, Nthn Gry, last winter. The EP displays a different side to Gray—loops, synth, acoustic drums. An eightsong expanded version will be released on vinyl and CD in August through BoySetsFire’s End Hits Records, and will be followed by one-week European tour. BoySetsFire also will play the Family First Festival in Germany at Köln Palladium venue in Köln on Aug. 21. For more information, visit nathangraysongs.com.

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Gable Music Ventures presents WILMO WEDNESDAYS (7pm) All shows at 8pm unless otherwise noted. Fri 1 - Ewan Dobson: Acoustic Metal North American Tour

Sat 2 - RKVC vs. Glim Dropper (Officiated by Melissa Bernard) Featuring Maggie Gabbard & Introducing Cat Marie

Fri 8 - Jean Rohe w/ Heather Robb of the Spring Standards

Sat 9 - Garland Jeffreys Thur 14 - Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (6pm) w/ Greg Jones

Thur 14 - Noah Guthrie w/ Zeke Duhon (8:30pm)

Sat 16 - Tinsley Ellis Thur 21 - Suzie Brown and Scot Sax; Cariad Harmon

Fri 22 - Apache Trails w/ Karen Jonas Sat 23 - Caroline Rose and The DuPont Brothers Thur 28 - Yarn Fri 29 - The Melton Brothers Band w/ 3ple Sat 30 - Darin Rex

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THE WATER DIVINER COMES UP DRY Russell Crowe directs, stars in lackluster period drama By Mark Fields

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et amidst the aftermath of the Battle of Gallipoli, a moment of defining national self-image for both Australia and Turkey, The Water Diviner could have been a profound exploration of the senseless destructiveness of war. It could have been a gripping discovery of the potential adverse outcomes of reflexive masculinity. It could have even been a tender meditation on romantic communication across ethnic and cultural boundaries. ►

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Olga Kurylenko is beautiful and appealing as Ayshe, the Turkish widow in whose Istanbul hotel Connor stays.

Alas, the feature directorial debut of actor Russell Crowe is none of those things. The torpid war-time drama aspires to little more than a paint-by-numbers domestic drama played out against a rich historical backdrop that it introduces and then pretty much ignores. The breathtaking Turkish (and Australian) scenery and the brutal war depictions lose all their power when they are merely window-dressing for an actorturned-director’s vanity project. Crowe plays Joshua Connor, an Australian farmer and father whose three young adult sons were casualties of the Gallipoli Campaign, an ill-conceived (and costly) British attack on a strategic Turkish peninsula during World War I. Connor travels to Gallipoli in a redemptive attempt to find his sons’ bodies and bring them back to their Australian home. Along the way, he becomes embroiled in a new dispute between Turkey and Greece; he also encounters simmering tensions with his Turkish hosts still harboring understandable resentments over the past military conflict. None of those promising themes are any more than a backdrop for screenwriters Andrew Wright and Andrew Anastasios’ tired retread of pioneer stoicism and unlikely romance. And their shopworn story finds no respite from Crowe’s stolid pacing and inattentive direction. Andrew Lesnie captures some truly beautiful images of both Turkey and Australia that can’t quite compensate for the tiresome story in the foreground. And David Hirshfelder’s score is frequently overbearing. Whatever happened to the magnetic, brooding screen presence that was once Russell Crowe? His carefully controlled intensity in L.A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, and Gladiator has given way in recent years to impassive boredom. What a waste. On the plus side, Olga Kurylenko is beautiful and appealing as Ayshe, the Turkish widow in whose Istanbul hotel Connor stays. Similarly, Dylan Geordiades breathes some much-needed energy into the story as Ayshe’s son Orhan, desperate for a father figure. Turkish filmmaker and actor Yilmaz Erdogan as a retired major turned nationalist displays the genuine gravitas to which Crowe can only aspire. The Water Diviner never reaches the level of appallingly bad, but it’s one of those films that frustrates critics and audiences alike because it could have been, and should have been, much better than it is. A real disappointment. MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Our critic picks his favorites for the next four months By Mark Fields

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he summer movie season, traditionally Memorial Day to Labor Day, has expanded in recent years in order to jam in as many blockbusters as possible. The sequel and reboot-heavy schedule seems to carry a theme of amazing, powerful technology, some working and some gone badly awry. The 2015 season launches earlier than ever with Avengers: Age of Ultron opening on May 1. The following films are the ones that have most piqued my interest, divided into the various aspects of my movie-going personality. FOR THE FANBOY Avengers: Age of Ultron reunites the premier hero squad from the Marvel universe to fight a sentient and megalomaniacal super machine (voiced by James Spader). Directed by Joss Whedon (May 1). Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron lead a cast of dystopian oddballs in pursuit of precious fuel in Mad Max: Fury Road. The original visionary behind the films, George Miller, returns to helm this reboot (May 15). There’s more fun at the imaginary prehistoric theme park as a new genetically modified dino escapes (big surprise) to wreak havoc. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard co-star in Jurassic World (June 12). He said he would be back, and so Arnold is, in the latest reimagining of the 30-year-old classic sci-fi franchise. This time, Emilia Clarke and Jason Clarke (no relation) play the iconic mother and son Sarah and John Connor in Terminator Genisys (July 1). FOR THE FAMILY GUY Director Brad Bird (MI: Ghost Protocol) brings shimmering, hightech life to a Damon Lindelof (Lost) script about Tomorrowland, a futuristic utopia that can only be accessed if you get a personal invitation. George Clooney plays a reclusive inventor who may hold the key (May 22). Inside Out, the latest Pixar animated movie, features the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Lewis Black (!) as ‘toon personifications of varied emotions and how they act, and interact, as their adolescent human host faces new challenges (June 19).

It was inevitable that the lovably eccentric pill-shaped henchmen from Despicable Me would get their own movie. Minions tells their pre-Gru history as they search for an appropriate evil mastermind to serve. Sandra Bullock and Michael Keaton provide voice talent (July 10). Pan reveals the alternative-universe origin story of Peter Pan and his friends in Neverland. This colorful, action-packed adventure tale features Hugh Jackman as Peter’s piratical nemesis… no, not Hook but the infamous Blackbeard (July 24). FOR THE (INDIE) FILM LOVER Far from the Madding Crowd is the latest film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Victorian-era romance, starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and, as a nearly equal co-star, the picturesque countryside of southwest England (May 1). Infinitely Polar Bear features Mark Ruffalo as a man with bipolar disorder trying to care for his kids while managing his disease. It should be refreshing to see Ruffalo return to his indie roots absent the Hulk-inducing effects of gamma radiation (June 19). Gone Girl was a runaway success at the cinema and in the bookstore. Dark Places, which stars Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz, explores another conflicted, maybe even nastier Gillian Flynn heroine (Aug. 7). Z for Zachariah theorizes a post-apocalyptic scenario where the survivors must begin to restore humanity. This time, however, the family of Man may need to restart, not with a couple but a trio. It stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine (August TBD). FOR THE FUN-SEEKER Pitch Perfect II follows up on the exploits of the Barden Bellas, the college girl a cappella group from the initial film (a surprise smash hit). Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks (who also directs) all return for more lyrical laughter (May 15). Comedy’s reigning queen, Amy Schumer, wrote a script about a magazine writer with serious commitment avoidance. She never expected to play the lead, but Judd Apatow cast her anyway, to costar with Bill Hader in Trainwreck (July 17). Masterminds stars Kristin Wiig and Zack Galifianakis as leaders of a hick band of robbers in this comedy based on a true story. They somehow manage to pull off an impressive heist, only to crumble as they cope with their unexpected success (Aug. 7). MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The fourth Thursday of each month from May through October will treat the senses with an infusion of music, arts and culture at the City of Wilmington’s Tuned In Wilmington Block Party series. The events will feature live entertainment, including musicians, DJs, comedians, spoken word artists and more, all related to each night’s theme. Artists, vendors and food trucks also will be on hand. May 28 kicks off the series with Live IN LOMA, a music-themed event located between 2nd and 3rd Streets on Market Street. Minshara, last year’s Musikarmageddon battle of the bands winner, will headline the night, with more exciting, up-and-coming artists to be announced. Here’s a look ahead to the other nights in the series: June 25 is a family-themed Riverfront Rumpus; July 23 promotes peace, love and community at United on Union; Aug. 27 is Wet & Wild on Washington, a late summer bash with animal, nature, and nautical-themed organizations and offerings; Sept. 24’s Masterpiece on Market is fine-arts themed; Oct. 22 wraps up the series with Rodney Square Reverie, a focus on unconventional art and fringe offerings. For updates, visit inwilmingtonde.com. —O&A

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