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Out & About Magazine Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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7 War On Words

61 Me & This Army

9 FYI

60 Tuned In

11 By the Numbers

It takes more than mixology to make a great bartender.

63 Rainbow Records

By Matt Amis

20 Secrets of Great Bartending

13 Worth Trying

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17 SNAP Challenge

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65 Delaware Goes to Hollywood

34 Budding Farmers

67 Late-night DVDs

39 Feby’s Farm & Table

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DRINK 45 16 Mile

The Halloween Loop: A 34-year-old spectacle that is spectacular fun.

32 Finding Their Inner Farmer

69 Funny Guys 73 Burger Battle

At UD and elsewhere, students are being attracted to agriculture. By By Sarah Coonin

75 Blue Parrot Fundraiser

57 Musikarmageddon Winners

51 Oregon Wines 56 Beer Buzz

32 Oh What a Night

Cover Design by Carlton Morrison

Glim Dropper takes the title... and vocalist Dan Kauffman gives himself a Mohawk in the process. By Jim Miller

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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

Phony Sophistication It occurs to me that if we stopped trying to sound so sophisticated, we would eliminate many of our linguistic mistakes. Take, for instance, the phrase “begs the question” (one of my faves, as readers know). It’s almost always used to mean “raises the question” or “brings up the question.” And, indeed, it is fast becoming accepted to mean just that. To be accurate, however, when one begs the question, the initial assumption of a statement is treated as already proven without any logic to show why the statement is true. E.g., “I think he is unattractive because he’s ugly.” Then there is “between he and I.” The preposition “between” requires an objective pronoun, so the proper phrase is “between him and me.” But that just doesn't sound learned or sophisticated, does it? So most people make this mistake, for fear of appearing stupid to others, when in fact they are being stupid by continuing to use the subjective pronouns. Next, let’s consider the word “often.” Many of us pronounce the t, making it off-TEN. Again, it sounds sophisticated, and vaguely English – a people we in the Colonies subconsciously continue to believe are superior to us linguistically. Truth is, the t is silent. Continuing with the Anglophile angle, let’s consider “amongst.” This is a totally useless variation of “among.” But it’s common in England, and therefore, once again, the sophisticate wannabes in this country use “amongst” when the much simpler “among” will do. And don’t get me started on “whilst” in place of “while.” I think this desire to sound smart also contributes to such logorrhea as “general consensus of opinion” (“consensus” works quite nicely, thank you), and the relatively recent abomination “skill set” (whatever happened to a simple “skills”?). This has led to the bastardization of words like

By Bob Yearick

“bemused” and “disinterested.” The former means “confused, puzzled,” but is often used to mean “amused.” Disinterested means “unbiased, impartial,” but is used to mean “uninterested.” Both sound more erudite than the words they mistakenly replace. So let’s all stop trying to sound sophisticated or British or whatever it is that is compelling us to gussy-up our language. Just speak good ol’ American, folks. Department of Redundancies Dept. •Spotted in a News Journal story about a woman who is retiring from a government job in Washington: “She was a former native of Cumberland County.” •“It was in such poor bad taste” – Sal Palantonio on EPSN about the racist rant by Philadelphia Eagle Riley Cooper. •The term “slow slog.” Is there any other kind of slog? •“Sworn affidavit” is another common redundancy How Long, Oh Lord, How Long? Son Steven submits this headline from an ad for Miller’s Gun Center in New Castle: “Salute To Our Hero’s Sale” – “Who,” he wants to know, “is our hero, and why is Miller's saluting his or her sale?” Media Watch •From USA Today: “In a game void of anything meaningful . . .” The word is devoid. •From the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Simon Pegg says his friend Gwyneth Paltrow and her family ‘scoffed down’ food he brought them.” The term is “scarfed down.” Maybe Simon’s English accent was confusing.

Seen a good (bad) one lately? Words of the Month

logomania Pronounced lo-go-MAY-nee-uh, it’s a noun meaning obsessive interest in words, or excessive and often incoherent talking.

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Movie filmed in lower Delaware and directed by Wilmington native screens in Rehoboth

Things you absolutely need to know

ilmington native Chris Malinowski directed the 2013 independent film Yes, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir, shot in more than 20 locations in the Lewes and Rehoboth areas, where the story is based. The film will screen on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Movies at Midway in Rehoboth, with limited seating. The film previously screened at the Chain Film Festival in New York City, where it won the Best Original Ideas Award, in New Orleans at the Timecode: NOLA Film Festival last month, and will screen at the International Film Festival in London this month, where it received nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director. Visit www.yesyourtide.eventbrite.com for tickets and more info.

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he Delaware Art Museum’s fall exhibition American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell will open Friday, Oct. 11. A traveling show from the Brooklyn Museum, it features paintings and sculptures spotlighting changes in American art and culture. The works of art were produced by leading artists of the day, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Rockwell Kent, Joseph Stella, Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell. “It’s an incredible opportunity for the museum to host a traveling exhibition of so many iconic artists,” says Jessica Jenkins, manager of marketing and public relations. Inspired by past decades, the event also features music from the Jazz Age to early rock ‘n’ roll. The whole event is free for museum members, and from 6-8 p.m., signature cocktail samples mixed by bartenders from the Columbus Inn and tastings from The Table at Brandywine will be available ($20 for guests of members). The event will be open to the public from 8-10 p.m. for $5 for non-members.

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reshDirect, the leading online grocer in the U. S., expanded its service into Delaware on Sept. 9. FreshDirect is a premium fresh food and grocery retailer with no brick and mortar store. Its fresh food is sourced from organic, sustainable, grass-fed, heritage breeds and fair-trade farmers and organizations across the U S. Many are located within a 300-mile radius of the FreshDirect service area. The Delaware launch targets 15 zip codes in Wilmington, Newark, Bear, Claymont, Hockessin and Yorklyn. To see if FreshDirect is delivering to your area, go to www.freshdirect.com.

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amuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain, once famously said that rumors of his death were “greatly exaggerated.” Clemens finally succumbed to the inevitable in 1910, but the Delaware Literary Connection will help keep his memory alive with a reading in honor of the author of Huckleberry Finn on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Deer Park Tavern in Newark. Scheduled for 4 to 7:30 p.m., the evening will include a two-round slam contest with original, Twain-inspired poems or prose of three minutes or less. There also will be an open mic for participants to share their writing on any theme, with a five-minute limit per reader. The $5 admission fee includes party trays. There will be a cash bar. For further information, contact Barbara Gray at graybeg@comcast.net.

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he mission of the Coalition to End Hunger is to coordinate the development of an equitable, accessible and just regional food system for the state’s three counties. Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee joined the Coalition to End Hunger last month to announce the Coalition’s four priorities for the coming year: increasing access to school breakfasts for Delaware’s children, advocacy, healthy food financing, and connecting area farmers to low income Delawareans. To learn more about the work of the coalition, visit www. coalitiontoendhunger.org.

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600 $44 MILLION The number of pounds of candy Americans purchase for Halloween.

The amount spent per year on Halloween candy in the average American household.

30,128 The most jack-o’-lanterns lit at once, a record held by the city of Boston since 2006.

4,000 B.C. The year Halloween is thought to have originated in Ireland.

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41.1 MILLION Estimated number of trick-or-treaters— children ages 5 to 14— across the U.S. last year.

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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and readers

Web Therapy

I recall having a conversation with my husband not long ago about drive-thru restaurants: Why must they be limited to fast-food chains? Enter Farmer’s Road Drive Thru in Glen Mills, brought to you by the owners of Lotus Farm to Table in Media. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner items on the go, and most of the ingredients are locally sourced and organic. I’ve tried the veggie burger topped with apple slaw and house-made pickle, the buffalo chicken wrap (which had bbq chips inside the wrap— brilliant!) and the coffee shake. I’d recommend them all. And they have a great kids menu, too. (farmersroaddrivethru.com)

If you get Showtime, don’t miss this improvised gem starring Lisa Kudrow as Fiona Wallice, a therapist who has conceived of a new “modality” (her favorite word) of therapy. In her estimation, the traditional 50-minute hour version of therapy gives people too much leeway to talk about irrelevant things – like themselves, for instance. The self-involved, shallow Fiona scores guests like Chelsea Handler, Meg Ryan, Lilly Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Matt LeBlanc and Steve Carell, playing fictional characters. Their unscripted conversations with Fiona, and her counter-productive suggestions and comments, are hilarious.

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— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor, O&A

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Elmore Leonard This prolific novelist, who died at the age of 87 in August, gave us Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Jackie Browne, Fifty-Two Pickup and Hombre, among scores of others. In his memory, why not pick up one of his novels and enjoy Leonard’s minimalist genius. For starters, try Raylan, the 2012 novel featuring Marshal Raylan Givens, hero of the hit TV show Justified on the FX Network.

— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor, O&A

New Hope, Pa. The quintessential autumn town, New Hope is stuffed with antique shops, restaurants, art galleries and that unnamable sense of excitement brought by crisp weather. It’s easy to spend a day exploring eclectic bookstores and shops selling handmade bags, jewelry, soaps, pottery, and so much more. Nighttime, when the lights strung up on trees are glowing, becomes magical. Check out Marsha Brown’s, an upscale restaurant in an old church with vaulted ceilings. If you have time, walk across the bridge over the Delaware River to Lambertville, N.J., where jazz music floats lazily down streets and alleyways.

— Krista Connor, Contributing Writer, O&A

Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Jim with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ►

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he 2013 Weight Loss Challenge for the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Castle County raised $17,140 (which includes corporate board fund matching) to support the work of the clubs. In just its second year, the event has contributed more than $42,000 to the operating mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. “We have great appreciation for the participating gyms—Plexus, Fusion Fitness and Hockessin Athletic Club,” says Chris Barton, Annual Fund chair of Metro-Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs. Nearly 60 participants spent three months shedding pounds through diet and exercise while securing pledges from sponsors for achieving weight loss goals. Greg Moore, who lost 23 pounds—the most of any participant – said the public nature of the Challenge provided plenty of incentive. “There is no way I ever

would have gotten this committed just on my own,” says Moore. “Because I publicly announced my goal of losing 15 pounds in 90 days, I was out there. I had to follow through – or be explaining to a lot of people why I hadn’t.” John DiEleuterio, who lost 17 pounds and was one of the top individual fundraisers, said he was amazed at the support from family and friends. “It just goes to show you that when you commit to living a healthy lifestyle a lot of people will rally to the cause,” he says. “I live right around the corner from the Fraim Boy & Girls Club and I am so pleased to be able to have helped their efforts.” Anyone interested in participating in the 2014 event may contact Barton at chris@bartoncareeradvisors.com or Scott Ciabattoni at Scott.Ciabattoni@capitalone.com. — O&A

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s I waited in line at my local bank, the welldressed elderly woman in front of me stepped to the teller and began her transaction. She spoke clearly and politely; I couldn’t help but overhear. “I’d like to withdraw $5 from my savings account, please,” she said. “And would you please make $3 of it quarters. I need it for bus fare.” Her words were riveting. Then two thoughts rushed into my mind:

It takes a lot of discipline for a person who barely has two quarters to rub together to put those quarters into a savings account (so they are there when you really need them). When you are pulling $5 at a time from your savings account, you are living at the minimum. I took the experience as a message. Yes, I will do the SNAP Challenge.

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NAP is an acronym Delaware who receive for Supplemental emergency assistance Nutrition Assistance from the Food Bank Program. You may know are experiencing. By it as food stamps. As part the way, according to the of September’s Hunger Food Bank of Delaware, Action Month, the Food 43 percent of those Bank of Delaware asked households have at least its staff and several one employed adult. So supporters—including it’s not as simple as "Get me—to participate in the a job!" SNAP Challenge: Live for The SNAP Challenge a week off a daily food began at midnight on budget of $4.50. That a Thursday. I’m no amount represents the dummy, so I ate like a approximate national king that evening, and average of SNAP benefits even had a couple of craft per person, per week. beers before bidding Let me open by saying a temporary farewell I know what it’s like to to such excess. I’m not be broke. Twice in my high maintenance, but a life I’ve had significant “For seven days I pretended to be food-deprived, bold coffee to start the stretches with no income day and a glass of beer and no cash or credit. knowing all along the all-you-can-eat buffet was or wine to end it are my The experience is beyond daily bookends. Giving only days away. I didn’t walk a mile in the shoes those up for a week humbling. I can vividly remember would not be easy. of someone on SNAP. I merely tried them on.” a typical week’s menu On Day One I worked during the summer of out at the Y, figuring I 1978: one loaf of bread, one pound of cheese, two cans of tuna fish, could capitalize on the calorie-load I did the night before. Then I pretzels, one half gallon of milk, one box of cereal, five cans of went to the ShopRite website and used the chain’s online circular tomato soup (In ‘78, tomato soup was 25 cents per can or five for (and coupons) to identify deals and plan my attack. It took three $1). Being hungry is only part of it. It’s the blow to your self-esteem mock menus and nearly two hours to compile a seven-day grocery that is especially tormenting. list that fell within my budget of $31.50. Even then, I made a few So with that as context, I volunteered to relive those days, in-store audibles and walked out feeling like a wizard after the clerk and get a fresh taste of what the more than 241,000 people in rang up $31.24. I celebrated with a peanut butter sandwich. ► OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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o what did I learn from impersonating a person on SNAP? That’s right, impersonating. For seven days I pretended to be food-deprived, knowing all along the all-you-can-eat buffet was only days away. I didn’t walk a mile in the shoes of someone on SNAP. I merely tried them on. It leaves you with a bit of guilt. Nevertheless, it was illuminating. Following are a few impressions from my week with SNAP: • When you’re lacking food, you think about food a lot. • Forget regular portions of meat and fresh fruit if you’re on a SNAP budget. • Bad food is cheaper than good food. • Food is much more than a mere energy source. • A lack of food diversity and taste is demoralizing. • There is no take out, dining out or going out on $4.50 a day. • Staying within budget on SNAP takes planning…lots of it. • It takes only a few days before feeling the physical effects from a lack of food – I lost three pounds during the week.

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So whose fault is it that: • Among households with children, 68 percent are food insecure? • 72 percent of households receiving Food Bank of Delaware assistance have income below the federal poverty level? • 33 percent of the clients served by the Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heat? • 17,500 different people receive emergency food assistance any given week? • More than 49 million Americans struggle to feed themselves? Who cares? Perhaps a better question is: Does all this happen in a great country?

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great bartender is never just someone who serves you drinks. Between drawing a beer or mixing a mojito, a great bartender acts as a therapist and a confidant. He or she listens to your troubles, offers some advice or another drink. If you’re a regular, a good bartender is a supporting character in your life—your own version of Cheers’ Sam Malone or The Simpsons’ Moe Szyslak—a friend. Being a pal to customers is intrinsic to the highly social gig, says Becky Bradley, who’s in her 13th year of bartending. “Just talking to people is one of my things,” Bradley says. “You’ve got to be personable and talkative because you’re going to hear about their families, their relationships, and they’re going to want to keep up with what I’m doing.”

Bradley splits time between Grotto Pizza and Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington. Her people skills have allowed her to build an online social network that’s 2,000 people strong. Whenever she posts her work schedule, the regulars follow. The same goes for Brandy Willever, also a 13-year vet. She’s tended bars at Iron Hill, Home Grown Café, East End Café, the Blue Parrot, Chelsea Tavern, World Cafe Live at The Queen and Ulysses Gastropub. She currently works at Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar in Trolley Square. Loyal customers track her from bar to bar to experience what Willever describes as her “happy-go-lucky, fun-loving” personality. ►

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Brandy Willever says bartenders are often part referee, party babysitter and part cop.

“I feel like I’m acting in a show sometimes,” Willever says. “A lot of my customers are regulars who come to see me, people who have followed me from restaurant to restaurant because of who I am. You have to cater to what is expected. Be that person that they want.” But Delaware’s veteran bartenders know their job can be a thankless one. They must be part referee, part babysitter and part cop. The nights are late, the tips are unpredictable, and the tax on the body is undeniable. “I don’t think people realize how difficult it is to be a great bartender,” says Anna Cooney, who works at Schaffer’s Canal House in Chesapeake City, Md., and has tended bar for seven years. Great bartenders serve us alcohol at high volumes. And as such they witness humanity at its most uninhibited, primitive and debauched. Being a great bartender means having to break up the occasional fight, or a late-night grope session in the corner booth, or cleaning up afterward when some 21-year-old kid projectile vomits his celebratory Jägerbombs. “Shit happens all the time,” Willever says. “People get belligerent. People throw up on the bar. People pee their pants. People drool on themselves. I called the cops once a week at a place I used to work. But it’s always an interesting job. That’s why I love it.” Great bartenders often come to love the chaos that surrounds them, and the adrenaline (and the cash) that accompanies a fastpaced, efficient night of service. When a bartender hits his or her groove and gets into a rhythm, “it should work like a well-oiled machine,” Willever says. “When I work the high-volume, beach type of scene, it’s almost like a high for me,” says Stan Yau, who works Dewey Beach fave The Starboard in the summer, and BBC Tavern in Greenville parttime the rest of the year. “But there’s a sense of control over that environment. You’re not getting mauled by the crowd. You’re not wasted. They’re coming to you.” ►

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As sober sentries in a room full of drinkers, longtime bartenders are part sociologists. There’s an almost voyeuristic appeal to observing and interacting with people whose guard is down. “One of my favorite things to do is people watch,” Willever says. “In this job you get people at their best and at their worst. You definitely, through observation as people’s inhibitions go down, learn types and trends in people’s behavior and things to watch out for.” “It’s always interesting,” Cooney says. “Especially seeing how they were when they walked in and the transformation that takes place throughout the night.” And great bartenders are just plain tough. Long shifts and late nights— all spent standing or walking—can easily wear a person down. Feet ache and burn after hours of standing, and even the wrists, shoulders and back will throb after a weekend of tilting heavy bottles, shaking cups and scooping ice. The busier a bar, the tougher the physical toll. At Dewey Beach’s well-attended Running of the Bull event, Yau’s pedometer recorded 37,000 steps throughout the day. “My knees are pretty much shot,” he says. “I’ll get in at four o’clock in the afternoon and leave at four in the morning,” says Klondike Kate’s bartender Brian Ford. “The only other people who get that are nurses, firefighters and cops.” Ford has

developed arthritis in his hips after two decades in the bartending trade. “The busier you are, the more you move around,” he says. “Lower back pain is big,” Cooney says. “I always spend good money on shoes because it’s one thing you need to have. Stretching the night before is crucial. Yoga too.” But the secret heroes of the service industry know their worth, and what makes their jobs worthwhile. The connections they form with regular customers and colleagues, the fast-paced, highly socialized environment and a steady stream of cash keep them going. Above all things, a great bartender loves his or her work. “If you don’t love it, get out,” Ford says. “Don’t do it just to pay your bills. When I got into my mind in my mid— Brian Ford bartending 20s, something just clicked. Now I can’t see myself doing anything else.” Yau, who grew up in a scholastic environment and went to school for electrical engineering, says bartending changed his view of life completely. “It shaped my future,” he says. “Where my father grew up, in Taiwan, military service was required before you could enter the workforce. I think here, everyone should work in the service industry before they enter the workforce. When I finally got into that environment where I could be more social, and learn how to deal with people, I enjoyed every second of it.”

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ORDERING: “We like to make mixed drinks or martinis,” Bradley says. “It lets us show our stuff, that we know flavors, and appreciate a delicious dirty martini.”

TIPPING: “We live basically on tips,” Willever says. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that. So as kind of a general rule of thumb: 20 percent. Same as servers.” “Tip very well on your first drink,” Cooney says. “I’ll come back to you. I’ll remember you.”

GETTING IN GOOD WITH THE BARTENDER: “Just be a good customer,” Yau says. “Be consistent with your tipping. Just be humble. That’s the best practice in any situation. People gravitate to nice people.”

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“My biggest pet peeve is when someone flags you down, and you rush over and they have no idea what they want,” Willever says.” I don’t need this traffic jam. I want to work as efficiently as possible.”

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NEW SEASON, NEW SCENE A host of Wilmington bars and restaurants are putting on fresh face for fall

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he Wilmington area nightlife landscape is changing. A few establishments are new, others are switching management, undergoing renovations, and more. Here’s a rundown of some of the changes:

SATSUMA ASIAN KITCHEN + BAR Since 1962, the Del Rose Café and Restaurant was part of the Wilmington dining scene, but a few months ago the Del Rose closed and a new restaurant, Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar, took its place at 1701 Delaware Ave. Owned by Chef Michael DiBianca—also owner and chef at Mediterranean-inspired Moro Restaurant a few blocks away—the Asian establishment opened its doors last month. Satsuma, a name derived from a Japanese citrus fruit, has undergone extensive renovations. The bottom floor includes a

sushi bar and high-top tables, exposed brick walls, cork floors and industrial-chic décor, while the outside patio has been refurbished, and late-night dining is available until 12:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, along with live music three to four nights per week. Entrees are under $30, and include such dishes as wild salmon with Asian pear, yuzu, black sea salt and fried basil; chicken wing yakatori with chiles, soy, scallion and toasted sesame; and Berkshire pork bahn mi with cilantro mayo and pickled vegetables. Reservations are accepted for the second floor dining area. Firstcome, first-served seating is offered in the restaurant’s other areas. For more, visit SatsumaKitchen.com. ► OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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THE ODDITY BAR Pat McCutcheon and Andrea McCauley opened the Oddity Bar in Wilmington in June. According to McCauley, Oddity lives up to its name, offering an alternative, offbeat, yet comfortable atmosphere. It’s stocked with more than 100 beers, an assortment of craft and unusual brews, and a variety of liquor (including five brands of absinthe, infusions, premium aged Scotch, Dogfish Head craft gin, rums, and vodka, as well as all the standards). The “unique and entertaining décor”— McCauley’s words—includes taxidermy (all of which have names and Facebook pages of their own), and unusual objects and art, with many pieces by local artists. Table tops embellished with images of palmistry charts, UFOs, and Ouija boards, and B-movies and cult classics on the televisions create a fun atmosphere and an escape from the typical sports bar, she says. “Our crowd is made up of an eclectic group of people from all walks of life and ages, from 21- to 75-year-olds that enjoy alternative rock, punk rock, and rockabilly, as well as Sinatra and Liberace,” says McCauley. “We’ve been told it’s a homey, cozy environment that’s a little off-center, reminiscent of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.” Live music on Friday and Saturday showcases local musicians and touring bands. There are activities such as Drink and Draw on Wednesdays, which offers an outlet for people to express themselves artistically over drinks in a social setting. Thursdays are Oddball Bingo, a quirky version of the game that’s free to play, with the chance to win off-the-wall prizes. The bar, at 500 Greenhill Ave., also has off-street parking in a large lot – a rarity in the city.

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“Our initial goal was to provide some relief for the crowd downstairs. For years it was primarily used for weekend entertainment,” says General Manager Tim Crowley. “The space will still be used primarily for live music. We have just enhanced it to make it more desirable when music isn’t on the schedule.” As for alcohol, the focus upstairs will be whiskey, bourbon and craft beer. “We just got a bottle of rare vintage Jameson that we are excited to try – as well as over 50 other selections,” Crowley says. The bar already carries more than 100 craft beers, and will expand the selections upstairs, working with distributors to balance seasonal offerings with staples. This fall and winter, look for charity events, comedy, dinner and a movie, a takeout program with growlers and reusable takeout bags, and whiskey, beer and wine tastings. This month is Tito’s for Tatas fundraiser: for every Tito’s Vodka drink sold, a portion of the cost will be donated to breast cancer research. In November and December, the Logan House will hold its annual food drive in support of the Food Bank of Delaware. Each night there is a cover charge in effect, guests may bring canned goods in lieu of a cover. Live music is Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Check out the new look at 1701 Delaware Ave. JAMES STREET TAVERN

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f you were a 21-year-old when the first Halloween Loop was held, you are now 55 (or very close to that age) and likely have had a son or a daughter participate in this rite of fall. Scary, huh? There are annual events and there are traditions. The Halloween Loop is a Monster Tradition. “In terms of annual nightlife events in Wilmington, nothing really compares to the Halloween Loop,” says Jim Miller of Out & About Magazine, the presenting sponsor of the event. “Three things make it such a supremely successful series: longevity, draw and spectacle.” The 34th installment of Delaware’s premier Halloween celebration is set for Saturday, Oct. 26. Fifteen clubs are on board this year, covering Trolley Square, Downtown, West End and the Riverfront. A one-time $10 cover gains Loopsters admission to all participating venues and gives them access to the free shuttle buses circulating throughout the city. The show and bus service start at 8 p.m. As always, dress to impress. By that we mean creativity is king when it comes to a costume. So don’t come as a cowboy, a Philadelphia Eagle or a Playmate. Think shamed politician, pop culture icon, dead rock star. . . There is no official starting point to the Loop. You simply select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and receive a wristband that gains you admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover.

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Here are a few other Halloween Loop tips: • You don’t have to wear a costume, but you will be much more a part of the party if you do. This is a costumed bar crawl. And many venues have prizes. In fact, the Loop Patrol will be awarding on-the-spot prizes for costumes that catch their eye. • The buses stop running their regular routes at 12:45 a.m. and begin making last-visit stops at 1 a.m. Buses stop running at 1:30 a.m. So be at the last venue you plan to visit by 12:30 a.m. • Wear a comfortable costume. Make sure it allows you to see where you are walking and use the rest room with ease. And make sure it doesn’t cause you to become overheated (Venues get very crowded on the Loop). • Get there early. Lines begin forming by 9 p.m. • Designate a sober driver or plan to stay in the city for the evening at a friend’s place or one of the city’s five hotels. For a list of venues and updates on the Halloween Loop, visit outandaboutnow.com —O&A

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FINDING THEIR INNER FARMER At UD and elsewhere, job opportunities and innovative ideas attract students to a career in agriculture By Sarah Coonin

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ntil the early 20th century, farming dominated America’s economy. In 1910, the U. S. had 6.4 million farms, but by 1950 that had dropped to 5.6 million and by 2008 it was down to 2.2 million. Today, farming represents only 1 percent of the American job market. Yet students seem to be gravitating to agriculture as a career choice—perhaps because of the opportunities farming offers. There are an estimated 54,000 new jobs in the agriculture industry annually and there are only about 29,000 students in college programs to fill those positions. That’s nearly a 2:1 ratio of jobs to graduates. According to Dr. Mark Rieger, dean of the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 94 percent of the school’s recent graduates attained jobs in their field. Kim Yackoski, assistant dean of Undergraduate Services in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has noticed an increase in the number of applications for the University’s agriculture program over the past several years. She believes those numbers will continue to rise and the college will reach its goal of increasing undergraduate student enrollment by 15 percent by 2015. ► University of Delaware Agriculture Department students Owen Cass (left) and Mike Popvich. Photo Danielle Quigley OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“Nationwide, colleges like mine have seen, on average, a 21 percent increase in enrollment.” Dr. Mark Rieger, Dean of UD's College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

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“Nationwide, colleges like mine have seen, on average, a 21 percent increase in enrollment,” Rieger says. “Increases nationwide have resulted from students becoming more interested in the world’s grand challenges – feeding the growing population sustainably and protecting our precious natural resources.” Farming also offers a career that students are passionate about. Many UD undergrads have taken an interest in agriculture outside the classroom and have developed clubs and programs to educate others and create close-knit communities. Take Zach Elfers, a University of Delaware senior who has become an avid member of the farming community in Delaware, on and off campus. He has spent years working on multiple farms and gaining experience for his life’s work.

Elfers participates in Down to Earth, the food co-op in Newark that reaches its one-year anniversary this month. The student-run program, created by Eliza Hetterly, a 2013 UD graduate, requires students to volunteer 10 hours per semester at Calvert Farms in Rising Sun, Md. In return for the free labor the local farm provides the produce for weekly club dinners that are also open to the public for a small fee. The club has gained fame on campus with as many as 50 regular members and has fed up to 120 people at weekly dinners. Elfers hopes to make sustainable farming a lifestyle on the university campus by heading up Gardens for Growth, the newest approved program in sustainable farming. ►

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“We’ve created a 25-year plan for the community gardens around campus,” he says. “It will culminate in a student-run organic farm at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, along with a new curriculum in sustainable development.” Elfers and co-creator Jason Begany proposed the permaculture initiative, an ecological design aimed at sustainable farming and edible landscaping, after seeing the idea first-hand at the University of Massachusetts in January at a permaculture conference. Three years ago, UMass Amherst became the first public university to implement the idea, turning unused patches of grass into student gardens. Ryan Harb, founder of the UMass Permaculture Committee, started his career in agriculture by beginning the successful program at his alma mater. It now provides 2,000 pounds of food per year to the dining halls and creates a community for agriculture enthusiasts on campus. “There are a lot of shifts happening in the next 20-30 years for agriculture,” says Harb. “The average age of farmers is 55. In 20 years that makes them 75, making a whole older generation of farmers who are going to retire. We need young farmers to move in with innovative ideas. The style of farming will be very different and there’s a need for entrepreneurship in the farming field.” One compelling problem that may be drawing students into agriculture is the world’s food supply issue. According to Rieger, it’s estimated that supply must double by 2050 to feed the growing population. While the demand for food grows, farmland is decreasing. The U.S. has lost 8 percent of its farmland in the last 20 years due to urbanization and housing developments, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Over the past 10 years, Delaware’s farmland has dropped from 47 to 39 percent of the state’s total acreage, according to the USDA. “While it’s been difficult overcoming the stigma attached to the word ‘agriculture’ on the young people we are recruiting, I believe more and more are realizing that everything in this world depends on food, eating, and the sustainable use of natural resources, and that’s what we are preparing them to do,” says Yackoski. “They want to make a difference in the world and their majors here are allowing them to make that a reality.”

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He and his wife, Mary, were headed back home after a leisurely weekend drive in southern New Jersey when they spotted a real estate office on Route 40. Out of curiosity, they stopped in and were greeted by a sales agent in her first day on the job. “I told her we were interested in a farm,” he recalls, “and the next day, she emails me a list of 15 to 20 farms in the area.” One caught their attention immediately—186 acres off Route 49 near Pennsville. A couple of days later, the diFebos were back in their car, crossing the Delaware Memorial Bridge and checking out the place. Call it love at first sight. “We were jumping up and down,” he says. “This was just what we were looking for.” It was also a lot of work, says Chad diFebo, Philip’s 33-year-old son and kitchen manager at the restaurant. The two of them, along with diFebo’s brother, spent pretty much all their spare time in the next year-and-a-half putting into shape a farm that had been generally neglected for nearly 40 years. In 2005, they started farming in earnest, but the first year wasn’t a harbinger of things to come. “We wanted to plant five acres of tomatoes,” Philip diFebo recalls, until he mentioned it to Andy and Dawn Busby, a couple of farming friends in New Jersey. “Andy said, ‘you and 25 more people couldn’t take care of five acres of tomatoes.’ So we scaled it back to 1,100 plants, and that was still too many.” The diFebos aren’t planting tomatoes now, but it seems like they grow just about everything else on the nearly 10 acres they have in production. Chad helps his father as they tick off the list: asparagus, zucchini, squash, eggplant, cucumbers, five varieties of peppers, cabbage, beets, green and bush beans, kohlrabi and carrots—not to mention cantaloupe, watermelon, basil and other herbs. “We grow 90 percent of the produce we use in the restaurant,” Philip diFebo says. Actually, the farm provides more vegetables and fruit than Feby’s needs for the restaurant and market. So they sell some of their crop to nearby restaurants, including the House of William and Merry and the Back Burner in Hockessin and Krazy Kat’s in Montchanin. “We really love the asparagus, and the eggplant is really nice,” says Matt August, front of the house manager at the House of William and Merry. Much of the asparagus is used in asparagus bisque, and the eggplant in ratatouille, both popular spring menu items. The farm also helps supply two other restaurants owned by family members: DiFebo’s in Bethany Beach and DiFebo’s Bistro at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View. Still more of the bounty is donated to the Food Bank of Delaware, one of many charities the family business supports. Like the restaurant, managing the farm is still largely a family affair. Chad diFebo says he and his father do much of the work, supplemented by college students who express an interest in farming while working in the restaurant or market during the summer months. “We’re still trying to do it all ourselves,” he says. “To do more, we’d have to hire more people.” “We really believe in farm to table,” Philip diFebo says. “Five or six years ago, Mary and I went to Las Vegas for a food show. All the top chefs in Vegas were there. I told them about our farm and what we were doing. They were really impressed.” The hard work, and the keep-it-fresh and keep-it-in-the-family attitudes that mark Feby’s farm-to-table connection are the same ones that gave the business its start. Philip diFebo’s great-grandfather was a fisherman in Italy, and his grandfather, soon after coming to the United States, ran a fish market on King Street in Wilmington. So it was only natural that, in 1974, the 25-year-old Philip would open the original Feby’s Fishery in a small building near the Elsmere Fire Hall. ►

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At the start, he would wake up at 3 a.m., drive to Cape May, N.J., haggle on the docks, then bring fresh fish back to the store before it opened at 9 a.m. The business quickly took off and customers soon were asking for recipes, prepared fish, and more. The takeout operation expanded, and he eventually added six stools inside for casual dining. By 1983, diFebo knew he needed a bigger place, and he found a site to his liking on Lancaster Avenue, just outside Wilmington. Roughly at the midpoint of the main route between downtown and Hockessin, and with two DuPont research facilities and office sites nearby, diFebo could build a restaurant, expand his market and attract a crowd at midday and into the evening. DuPont downsizing has hurt the business from time to time, but Feby’s customer base continues to grow. These days, Feby’s serves up to 300 dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, and 100 to 150 on weekdays. The lunch business is steady. “We have a lot of regulars,” says Philip’s wife, Mary. Bad knees have forced her to give up the front of the house duties she had handled for years, but she keeps a close eye on what’s going on. “I know who will be here Mondays, who will be here Tuesdays,” she says. DiFebo’s oldest son, 36-year-old Philip Jr., had assumed some of the day-to-day management responsibilities of both the restaurant and the retail operation but he recently left the business to pursue other opportunities. Philip Jr. is joking when he says he has been working in the business “since birth,” but his mother says he’s not far off the mark. “When the kids were young, they started working in the fish market, and they kept going through high school and college,” she says. Chad diFebo did drift away from the business for a couple of years, earning a license as a tugboat captain and working as a mate or deckhand on fishing boats out of the Jersey shore and Ocean City, Md. A third son, Dominic, never did get into the business, choosing a career in finance instead. Over the years, the diFebos have seen much change, especially the increased competition from new restaurants and expanded seafood departments in most restaurants. “There’s a lot more places [for customers] to buy from,” Philip Sr. says. He responds to such challenges with the single-minded dedication that has sustained him for 40 years. “Everything we have, we own. We work hard, and we put it back into our business,” he says.

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Turns out they were onto something, and almost two years and seven beers later, 16 Mile has rubbed elbows with fellow brewers, local chefs, farmers and even radio personalities, all in the name of helping others. Now that collaborative effort has made its way from Sussex County to New Castle County, with the opening of the 16 Mile Taphouse on Main Street, where the Georgetown beers have found a new home in Newark. (See side-bar.) McCrea and Campbell initially intended to keep the collaborative process local, reaching out first to area beer judge George Hummel for help with their Delaware Oyster Stout (which benefitted the Delaware Bay Oyster Task Force), and later Brian Finn, Iron Hill Wilmington’s head brewer, who joined them for the Riverside Dock Maple Porter (which benefitted the Delaware HIV Consortium), both in 2012. But Claus Hagelman, 16 Mile’s savvy marketing director, was convinced he could also get a “big name” to visit Georgetown to help the guys collaborate on an English style ale. “Claus came to us and said, ‘I want to get Pete Slosberg [of Pete’s Wicked Ale] to come out,’” McCrea says. “We all kind of rolled our eyes and said, ‘OK, Claus. You go ahead and do that.’” Sure enough, Slosberg, a homebrew pioneer who helped revolutionize the craft beer industry in the late 1980s, agreed to fly in from California and put his stamp on a Hot Fudge Sundae Stout, an idea he came up with when sharing dessert with his father. Besides cherries from Fifer Orchards in Camden, the crew also threw in cocoa nibs and Indonesian vanilla beans, resulting in a sweet and creamy success. The wort (a sweet, unfermented liquid extracted during the mashing stage of the brewing process) was even used by King’s Ice Cream in Lewes to create a Wicked Sundae Stout ice cream. According to McCrea, it was one of 16 Mile’s proudest moments, working sideby-side with Slosberg, and also aiding the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation to the tune of $5 per keg sold. “The Breakwater Lighthouse near Lewes is the logo for our Amber Sun Ale, so that was pretty cool,” says McCrea. ►

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Seen here milling the barley, co-owner Chad Campbell enjoys getting hands-on at 16 Mile Brewery.

ON THE AIR WITH GNARLY NECTAR For the third and final installment of this year’s “Collaborative” series, 16 Mile took to the airwaves, partnering with Great Scott Broadcasting, a locally owned and operated broadcasting group that includes radio stations like 93.5 The Beach, a modern rock station out of Georgetown. On-air jock Adam “Crank” Murr, along with co-hosts Sarah and Phoebus, struck up a relationship with the brewery at several charity events and asked to have them on air to talk beer. “They wanted to promote themselves and the charities they were helping, so we invited them to come on,” Murr says. “We asked them, ‘Why can’t we have our own beer?’ Kind of as a joke, but they thought it was a great idea, and we kept pushing until it happened.” Once the brew date was set, Murr and his crew opened the telephone and text lines, asking listeners for input on ingredients, a name, and even inviting them out to help brew and eventually taste the beer. After hundreds of submissions, the details were set: 16 Mile would brew an American blonde ale, infused with blueberries and nectarines, and would call it “Gnarly Nectar.” On Sept. 6, listeners joined the jocks and brewers at 16 Mile for a successful keg tapping. “To my knowledge, it’s the first time a radio station has taken part in brewing and naming its own beer,” says Murr. “Adding the blueberries and nectarines, we thought, was kind of unique. Getting the whole community involved, from helping chop the fruit to coming for a final tasting, was pretty special.” OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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New to Newark, 16 Mile Taphouse offers more than 100 beers as well as growlers to go.

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David Adelsheim provided the best wine of the trip. The 1988 Elizabeth Reserve Pinot Noir was a special treat from his cellar: rich with silky, eloquent flavors of black currant fruit and blueberries. I was in awe of its youthful yet mature, rich flavors. This matched perfectly with fresh salmon for lunch. David, who first planted in the Chehalem Mountains in the early 1970s, is passionate about the wines he produces. Tony Soter sat down with us for three hours to discuss his wines, which are simply spectacular. He produces a sparkling Blanc de Noir that is rich, creamy, delicate and dry. The Chardonnay/Gewürztraminer blend is clean and crisp with hints of citrus zest and white pepper spice. His Pinot Noirs have great textures, with flavors of elegant blackberry and black cherry as the fruit gives way to a rich, silky, earthy finish. Tony first became known in the Napa Valley. He put Spottswood and Etude on the map, and consulted for wineries in their development stage, including Shafer, Arajo, Viader and others. Says Tony: “Pinot Noir is the most appropriate vehicle with which to study winegrowing precisely because of its delicacy and transparency.” Jim Bernau founded Willamette Valley Vineyards in 1983. He was so successful the winery became the first in the U. S. to be publicly traded. His Pinot Noirs were bright and clean with lots of black currant flavors. I also enjoyed the 2012 Pinot Gris, with hints of melon surrounded by nice citrus and floral overtones. St. Innocent is a winery located in the Amity-Eola hills appellation. Mark Vlossak, owner and winemaker, has crafted all his wines to show the soil, climate, and clonal differences of each vineyard. He is the master of vineyard expression, utilizing all the fruit characteristics the vines have to show. Mark’s talent marries old and new world techniques in crafting his wines, such as the “Village Cuvee,” a blend from all six vineyard sites from which he gets fruit.

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Tom and Deb Mortimer are fairly new to the Oregon wine industry. They bought and planted 28 acres in 1999 in the Chehalem Mountains, and bottle under the label Le Cadeau. Annual production from their vineyards is 1200 cases. The wines have taken on an American version of French Burgundy: not overripe, clean, terroir-driven, black currant fruit. I can’t wait to see more from this site as the vines become older. Tom has surrounded himself with and received advice from many prestigious people in the Valley, including Tony Soter and Harry Peterson-Nedry, of Chehalem Vineyards. Tom has taken the art of farming to a new level, collecting statistical data on each vineyard. He monitors berry clusters, berry size and secondary fruit clusters to make sure he is getting the most out of each vineyard. Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Winery first planted grapes in 1980. The Stoller family joined Harry in 1993 and brought some fruit from the Dundee appellation into the winery. Chehalem wines are produced by Wynne Peterson-Nedry, daughter of Harry. Her undergraduate degree in chemistry was completed at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. No visit to the Willamette would be complete without a meal at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton. Chris Czarnecki is a fourth generation owner/chef from Reading, Pa., where his family owned Joe’s Tavern. His father, Jack, is known for his mushroom dishes. Chris’s combination of mushrooms with the local produce pays homage to his father and shows the infusion of flavors that complement the wines of the Willamette. Evening Lane is a working concept that utilizes fruit from the Burgundy region of France, California’s Sonoma Coast, and the Willamette. Winemaker Isabelle Meunier is making wines from the Sonoma Coast and Oregon’s Seven Springs Vineyard. Her wines are elegant with blueberry and cherry fruit flavors, and intriguing, exotic spice flavors of cardamom and tamarind. Eyrie Vineyard is now run by Jason Lett, son of “Papa Pinot” David Lett. David was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley. His first vintage was in 1970. He was a true visionary—hence his nickname. Other visits on this trip include the Four Graces, a winery making very good Pinot Noirs and Pinot Blanc; Ken Wright, Stoller, Dobbes and Methven. The Willamette Valley is worth a visit, especially during the summer months. It offers excellent wine, excellent food, personalities without pretension, and welcoming tasting rooms. I know I’ll be going back soon. —John Murray is a co-owner of State Line Liquors in Elkton, Md. He regularly visits renowned winemakers.

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ith a theme of “Drink local, eat local and buy local,” this year’s Delaware Wine and Beer Festival will feature Delaware wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans and eateries. The fourth annual festival is set for Sunday, Oct. 20, from noon to 5 p.m. at the 19th century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. Participating breweries, wineries and distilleries offering samples of their Delaware-made products will include 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Delaware Distilling Company and Nassau Valley Vineyards. The event also will features the Delaware Artisan Faire, with 40 local artisans and artists, along with live music, tournaments, a keg tossing competition, and—new this year—the Delaware Homebrew Championship. This is an American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned competition, which means that the champion will be selected by Beer Judge Certified Program (BJCP) judges. Festival-goers who purchase a VIP ticket package will select the semi-finalists in five categories, and the certified judges will pick the champion from among those five. The winner, in addition to holding the state title, will earn $250 in cash, a minimum of $250 in prizes from the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail and Cabot Cheese, and a ribbon. Five finalists will earn ribbons. The five categories will be: IPA (American/Imperial), American Ale (Pale, Amber, and Brown), Delaware-Grown Fruit Beer, Belgian/ French Ale and Specialty. The competition is sponsored by How Do You Brew, a wine and beer homebrew store in Newark. Admission is $25 in advance and $35 at the door, and includes 10 sample options. VIP tickets for homebrew sampling and voting are an additional $5. The first 500 ticket buyers also will receive a keepsake wine or beer glass. Designated driver (non-tasting) admission is $10. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with nonalcoholic beverages and food provided by local restaurants. The event will be held rain or shine, and will be held inside the museum in case of bad weather. To purchase tickets and for a full list of participants, visit DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com or call Kent County Tourism, 302734-4888 or 800-233-5368. —O&A

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ove over, Folgers; the best part of waking up is actually Founders Breakfast Stout in your cup. And what’s better than beer for breakfast? Beer that’s made with coffee, oatmeal and two different types of chocolate. Available from September through December, this double stout is a beer I love to drink once the leaves begin to turn. It pairs best with roaring fires, hearty foods and flannel shirts. It smells like a bag of oats in a barn. Don’t be thrown off by the innocent baby face on the label; at 8.3 ABV, this is no session beer. It’s worthy of being a slow-sipper – not that you’d want to rush it. Stretch this one out, long and slow, easy like Sunday morning. Its flavors are presented elegantly - a wave of cocoa, sweet caramel notes, thick, velvety chewiness, all wonderfully balanced. Heaven in a glass (That is, if you like coffee). With a huge java nose that evokes dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, Breakfast Stout pours about as dark as you can get, a midnight black opaque with ruby-brown edges, and produces a creamy, khaki-colored, seemingly never-ending head. You cannot see through this beer. At all. It’s robust and bold, a meal all on its own. And the mouthfeel! Nothing short of amazing. A four-pack can be hard to come by and leans on the pricier side at an average of $9.99, but it’s worth every penny. If you think 7:30 a.m. is too early to be drinking an 8.3 percent beer, then maybe you need to woman up. I may be biased, though. After all, coffee, chocolate and alcohol are my three basic food groups.

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A FAR-FROM-GLUM GLIM DROPPER: Guitarist Ben Geise, drummer Rob Schnell, and lead singer/bassist Dan Kauffman took home top honors in this year’s Musikarmageddon.

SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM Learning from last year, Philly’s Glim Dropper won Musikarmageddon 2013 with strong audience support By Jim Miller

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t was time to take action… On Sept. 7, roughly 30 minutes before the rock group Glim Dropper would take the baby grand stage in the finals of Delaware’s biggest battle of the bands, lead vocalist and bassist Dan Kauffman wandered to his backstage dressing room and took a long look in the mirror. Then he proceeded to give himself a Mohawk. For Kauffman, this year’s Musikarmageddon competition was about making a statement. “When you are in something like this, you want to stand out,” Kauffman said later. “Last year we

wore three-piece suits, and we did a take on that this year, too. I just wanted to mix it up a bit.” And the power trio did just that: mix it up while standing out. Playing tracks from their 2012 release Last Days of Analog, along with fresher takes from their upcoming yet-to-be-named album, the band nearly blasted off the stage, starting the show at a rocket-like pace. The set impressed all six of the show’s judges and fired up the audience, many of whom had walked into the theater moments earlier with looks of awe, uncertain as to what sort of furious sound had been unleashed. ► OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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But Kauffman and his bandmates, guitarist Ben Geise and drummer Rob Schnell, knew from experience that a stellar set would not necessarily guarantee a win. Last year, just like this year, they had advanced from a field of 12 area acts during three months of competition. Their 2012 finals performance would earn Glim Dropper the highest scores among the judges, but the lowest number of votes from the audience. The Philadelphia-area band learned the hard way that they were at a distinct disadvantage: They didn’t have enough Wilmington area fans to beat the other three finalists. The judges’ scores weren’t enough.

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So Musikarmageddon 2012 saw Schroeder, a longtime area favorite, win it all. Glim Dropper would have to wait. “Last year we weren’t really familiar with the competition and we had no one really cheering us on,” says Schnell. “This year I felt a lot more confident about the audience vote. We’ve become a lot more familyoriented with other groups and musicians in Wilmington. We’ve earned a lot more fans and built many good relationships.” But more familiarity with the local landscape didn’t allay all fears. The fact that they knew the scene better merely shed more light on this year’s tough competition. “We went in with some trepidation,” Schnell says. “I was sweating coming into The Grand. We knew we had some monstrous bands we were playing against.” That was true. Glim Dropper would be followed by the talented vets of Old Baltimore Speedway, the energetic upstarts Kind of Creatures, and the super-smooth soul squad Universal Funk Order.

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“There was no point that night where I thought [winning] was a sure thing,” says Schnell. The uncertainty was warranted, as UFO made a solid case for first place during their set, the evening’s closer. The band delivered a relentlessly funky performance powered by a skintight rhythm section and powerful horn arrangements. It would be a photo finish with the judges. In the end, UFO was awarded 3 percent more points from the six panelists than Glim Dropper. But where Glim Dropper failed to get audience support in 2012, they came up big this year, with a vote count that was more than twice that of any other band. Combined with their strong performance with the judges, that made Glim Dropper the runaway winner. First place included an invitation to make an appearance on WSTW’s Hometown Heroes the following night, and the trio jumped at the opportunity. They sat down with program host Mark Rogers and recounted the win, shared some laughs, and played some recently recorded songs from their upcoming LP. They also got a chance to thank their fans. “We had a lot of people who came out from three states,” Kauffman says about the finals. “It really came down to audience support… and it made us feel appreciative.” Geise echoes the sentiment: “We literally could not have done it without them.” If you missed Glim Dropper at the Musikarmageddon Finals, you can catch them Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1984 (2511 W. 4th St., Wilmington), where they will perform a special night of music from The Police. For details, visit their website at www.glimdropper.com or call 1984—384-6479.

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TUNED IN What’s happening in the local music scene: Email kconnor@tsnpub.com with ideas. They could be added to our list.

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ractice Without Pressure, an organization that assists people in receiving dental, medical and personal care, is holding its annual Blues Jam Benefit at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to midnight. With catering by Texas Roadhouse, a fresh lineup of six blues bands will entertain: Blue Lords, lower case blues, Gretchen Emery & Dirty Boots, What’s in the Box?, Barrelhouse Blues Band and Bad JuJu. For more info, visit www.pwpde.com.

Matthew Moore of Maiden Names first learned guitar when he was about 7, but he didn’t attempt to sing while playing until a few years later when an eccentric guitar teacher told him to. “He was this really interesting, far-out kind of guy with long hair and Lennon glasses,” Moore says. “Man, sing,” his teacher said. “You gotta sing as loud and long as you can, because you can, and you should. We all should.” “And although that seems sort of cheesy, that’s what got me started,” says Moore. Now this University of Delaware singer-songwriter plays —“in the most general sense,”—neo-folk music infused with sound from other favorite genres, like R&B, at Newark venues with a rotating crew of band mates. “I’m fortunate enough to know some of the best musicians who are willing to play some goofy folk songs with me,” Moore says. “I’m really happy to just be making music. I’m writing as often as I can, but I’m not really concerned with cracking into the industry or being a force to be reckoned with in the indie scene. I’m not apathetic—I’m just content with what’s going on.” Moore is going into the studio this fall. For show and recording updates, check out www. maidennamessound.bandcamp. com and www.facebook.com/ maidennamesmusic. — Krista Connor 60 OCTOBER 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Me and This Army: Nick Pollione (bass); Courtney Hargrove (vocals/guitar); Jonathan Burrier (drums).

FINDING A NICHE Me & This Army’s sound gaining traction. Baltimore trio to play Wilmo Rock Circus Nov. 24

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fter earning a degree in communications and marketing from West Chester University in 2010, lead singer of Me & This Army Courtney Hargrove knew that she would never truly be happy unless she was making music, something she had enjoyed from childhood. After a bit of soul searching, she began looking for band mates through friends and other local musicians, and eventually formed Me & This Army. The band really took off with the addition of bassist and childhood friend Nick Pollione and drummer Jonathan Burrier. Their name came from a playful suggestion by a friend, according to Hargrove. She describes the Baltimore-based trio’s style as “pop, but we make it kind of weird.” She says the band combines pop with alternative music and adds flares of different genres, including funk, hip hop and punk. The style is exemplified by the energy and enthusiasm in “Some People,” a cut from their newest three-song EP, scheduled for release in late fall. Me & This Army is inspired by a wide range of bands, including Friendly Fires, Master Don and Joy Formidable. “We’re all over the place,” says Hargrove. “The music we listen to somehow emulates who we would like to become and we’re all doing a terrible job at figuring out what that is.” The band frequently plays shows in the Baltimore area, but they have played as far south as Virginia and as far north as New York. They have worked beside bands of many genres, including heavy metal and hip-hop, in hopes of gaining further recognition and getting to know other musicians. The band most recently played for Bad Rabbit’s headlining tour in Baltimore and is excited to be playing again in Delaware after this past spring’s Wilmington Flower Market and last year’s Wilmo Rock Circus. They are among 22 bands scheduled to perform at this year’s Wilmo Rock Circus, presented by Gable Music, on Sunday, Nov. 24, at The Queen. The three songs on the band’s new EP, tentatively named Zoo, were recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn. This is the Me & This Army’s second EP after Soul, released in 2011. The first single off Zoo, titled “What It Is,” was released in September and can be downloaded free off their Facebook page. The song describes having inexplicable feelings for someone and has strong beats, meaningful vocals, and an impressive guitar solo by Hargrove. Like many musicians, Hargrove, Pollione and Burrier supplement their musical careers by working day jobs while hoping that music will one day be their only profession. “I’d scrub floors if it meant I could keep playing music,” says Hargrove. For now the trio enjoys meeting new fans and continuing to push pop to new levels. For more information about Me & This Army visit www.MeandThisArmy.com and www. facebook.com/MeandThisArmy. — Sarah Coonin

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A ‘MUSIC PERSON’ RESCUES rainbow Newark’s 35-year-old landmark music and book shop thrives under new ownership

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ith a satisfied smile, Miranda Brewer sifts through records at Rainbow Music & Books. She purchased the record and book shop in June from Chris Avino, who had announced his move to the West Coast. Loyal customers heaved a collective sigh of relief when Brewer—wife, mother, musician —stepped up to save the 35-year-old store on Newark’s Main Street. “It’s the dream, right? To own your own business?” Brewer says. “I’m such a music person. I’m in a band, I’ve always been a fan of music,

always go to shows, I have huge music collections, my ancestry—they were music people. I’m so happy being around music all the time. And that’s my job now, to know and recommend music.” For Brewer, this endeavor is yet another massive change over the past two years. For 10 years she worked in the corporate world, but because she and her husband had always been interested in running their own business, she took time off to try working the restaurant-bar scene in hopes of starting an establishment with him. But she soon knew it wasn’t the right direction to go in. ►

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When the Brewers heard about Rainbow being for sale, they were concerned the store would shut down. They both had retail experience, and they discussed purchasing the shop. “Next thing you know, we’re signing paperwork. It’s surreal,” she says. Since buying the store, Brewer, who also plays in her new band This is Weird, has worked “beyond full time” learning the ropes and keeping things going. Changes are minor – she’s stopped carrying movies because their sales have declined, whereas used books and CDs are still selling well. Rainbow now carries cassettes, and they’ve been well-received. Brewer’s main focus, though, is vinyl. Nationally, vinyl sales surpassed CD sales last year. She revels in the renewed interest in vinyl. “It’s so nice to have something tangible to put your hands on, as opposed to carrying this around,” she says, holding up her iPhone. “It makes listening to music more of an event and less of an afterthought. And I think music is important enough to some people that they’ll spend the money to have that experience.” The topic of digital downloading and how it has reduced record store sales around the country elicits a shrug from Brewer. She claims not to be concerned. There’s a diehard base of people who will always shun big box stores and chains, she explains, who have decided that supporting independent businesses is the right course of action. “I don’t think that’s ever going to go away,” she says. “When I took the store over, especially the first few weeks, every day someone would come in and say ‘You saved the store—thank you,’ over and over again. People love the store.”

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ote to future Oscar winners: Your chances of being considered a home-state hero increase exponentially if you thank said state in your Academy Award acceptance speech. No one knows that better than Luke Matheny, the Concord High School graduate whose thank yous to the Academy and Delaware—and his mom—charmed the socks off the 2011 Oscars audience after his master’s thesis project God of Love was named best live action short. Though Dead Poets Society was filmed here 24 years ago, the film business isn’t exactly top-of-mind in any discussion about Delaware. Yet lately our tiny state has made contributions to the movies in some big ways. Take Matheny. After bringing home an Oscar and becoming one of the high points of the normally tedious awards telecast, the shaggy-haired writer, actor and filmmaker has been working non-stop. First out of the gate is the feature film A Birder’s Guide to Everything, a teen coming-of-age story he co-wrote with his NYU classmate Rob Meyer and that features veteran actor Ben Kingsley.

“I’m really trying to get a screening in Wilmington, so hopefully you’ll see it at Theater N,” Matheny says. The movie is scheduled for release next spring. He also has directed the IFC channel show Maron, featuring comedian Marc Maron, and is set to begin directing Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, a kids’ program he describes as an “offbeat, fairy tale kind of show with a little bit of puppetry” for the production wing of online retail giant Amazon. In the meantime, there’s also post-production work on his first feature-length directorial effort, Lovesick, starring Friends alum Matt LeBlanc as Charlie Darby, who has a psychiatric condition that makes him go clinically insane whenever he falls in love. “I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire, although my primary goal is directing my own scripts, including one I have called Ron Quixote,” he says, describing the story as a riff on Don Quixote. He’d like to shoot as much of the film in Delaware as possible, in part “to blow Dead Poets Society out of the water as far as movies shot in Delaware go,” he says. ►

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FAKE-PUNCHED BY STALLONE In the movie Escape Plan, opening Oct. 18, action veterans Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger Three Delawareans are doing the First State proud in Hollywood. blow things out of the water and sky Pictured from left are: Luke Matheny, Miles Chapman and Mary Posatko. and into oblivion as they try to escape from a secret prison where the powerful pay to incarcerate their enemies. But before Sly and Arnold could The Ain’t In It crew essentially lived at the Helm mini-compound hit the screen, University of Delaware grad and Abington, Pa., native —which included a performance space, full studio and office, in addition Miles Chapman put the ideas down for the film’s story and co-wrote to a “backstage area” and private residence —for about two years during the screenplay. This from someone who admits that as of his senior year filming, Posatko says. Visitors who popped in included Chris Robinson in high school he had little idea of what he’d do with the rest of his life. of the Black Crowes and rock legend Elvis Costello. At UD he grew into a love of live theater, and after graduating The fact that the A. I. DuPont High School grad earns her living in 1988 he kicked around the Philly area theater scene, eventually doing something she dreamed of most of her life doesn’t make it moving to New York City to pursue a stage career. any easier to explain what she does as a producer. The fact is, a lot The interest in stage work eventually led Chapman to a master’s of her job involves managing personalities – “because there’s a lot of degree program at the American Repertory Theater Institute for personality in the room when all these people get together,” she says. Advanced Theater Training at Harvard, after which he returned, And money. On the money end—particularly for a music film MFA in hand, to New York, where he wrote, directed and self—much of the budget could have gone toward securing rights produced a play. to archival footage and music. But because Helm is admired “I think that was really the changing point for me,” he says. “As throughout the business, music icons such as Bruce Springsteen, much as I love being involved in a play, the acting part of it wasn’t Bob Dylan and Chuck Berry allowed the use of their songs for free necessarily the calling.” or just a nominal fee. The big switch in his perspective came when his wife, Erica “With Levon, doors are opened,” she says. Chapman, an actress he’d met through his theater work, started But Posatko admits that even though she had some early interest testing for TV pilots in Los Angeles. “I recognized that I wanted to in filmmaking, at no point during her childhood in Delaware was she write for a living and that my current arrangement wasn’t going to one of “those kids who emerged with a Super 8 camera in their hands.” allow for that, so we packed up and moved to L.A. and segued into the After graduating from A.I. and matriculating to Brown University movie side of things.” as a history major, she says, “I did study a lot of film theory and my Once Escape Plan went into production, it didn’t go unnoticed to mind was definitely blown by that.” the former Philly-area screenwriter that Rocky had been cast in the It wasn’t until she met her husband – already in the film business movie he wrote. At one point while on set, Chapman was called over —and moved to Los Angeles with him that she got her first taste by Stallone to help add some dialog to a fight scene. of producing while working as an intern for NPR and on a few “And we’re working the fight together and he’s kind of using me HBO documentaries. After that, she took a leap and enrolled in the University of Southern California’s graduate film program. as Arnold,” he says. “To be fake-punched by Stallone, it’s pretty great.” “I kind of backed into producing,” she says. “I had a mentor and teacher who said, ‘You should try this. I think you’ll be good at this.’ DOCUMENTING LEVON HELM So I decided to be the producer of a student film and I really liked it.” She landed her first production jobs thanks to grad school Presumably no punches were thrown (fake or otherwise) during connections and now makes the modern documentary beyond the old the filming of Ain’t In It For My Health, a documentary on Levon PBS stereotype where “you felt like you were taking your medicine Helm, rock legend and founding member of The Band. But producer when you watched it. I see documentaries filling a hole that a lot of and Hockessin native Mary Posatko can still claim some impressive journalism used to fill.” brushes with celebrity beyond the film’s primary subject. No matter whether it’s an indie film, a blockbuster or a Helm, drummer for The Band during its heyday in the early 1970s, was groundbreaking documentary, Matheny, Chapman and Posatko all living in Woodstock, N.Y., when Posatko and her crew were contracted know that producing quality work comes down to a single thread, a by Helm’s record label to produce and direct a music video for his first thread that links them together. album in 25 years. When they returned from the initial shoot with enough “At the end of the day, is it a good story?” Chapman says. “You footage for a 30-minute documentary, the label gave the green light for have to start there.” them to return and produce it at feature length.

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TRIPPING THE NIGHT FANTASTIC A festival of late night DVDs by Mark Fields

After you hit all the great nightspots in our region, you can still party vicariously with this six-pack of films that all take place in the wee small hours.

This is the End (scheduled for DVD release October 1) Seth Rogen, James Franco and friends play off their familiar public personas in a hilariously shambling tale of the final days, Hollywood style. There’s no great art in this loosey-goosey movie, but if the Apatow school of movie humor (heavy emphasis on bodily functions, drugs and indiscriminate swearing) is your cup of tea booze, it’s certainly entertaining. Watch for lots of cameos by comedic celebrities, especially a scandalous take on Michael Cera. Sin City (2005) Robert Rodriquez, Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino co-directed this film version of Miller’s acclaimed neo-noir comics series about a violent, corrupt city. Although packed with an all-star cast with cuttingedge cred (Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen), the movie’s primary appeal is its cinematic interpretation of comic-book style. Striking to look at but hard to follow. Adventures in Babysitting (1987) Wilmington native Elisabeth Shue stars in this manic comedy directed by Chris Columbus (Gremlins, The Goonies). A suburban teen reluctantly takes a babysitting job and quickly finds herself and her young charges on an endless night of misadventures on the expressway, at a blues club and in a hospital in downtown Chicago. Intentionally implausible, the film is funny but misses more opportunities than it captures. After Hours (1985) Another evening of bizarre urban adventures, this time in New York’s SoHo District and played in a much, much darker comic tone. Griffin Dunne is a bored office drone who attempts to pick up a girl in a coffee shop and ends up enmeshed in a series of improbable coincidences on the bohemian streets of lower Manhattan. Directed by Martin Scorsese, After Hours has an unsettling rhythm, bouncing strangely from serious to comic and back. I’m not sure the film is really as funny as Scorsese seems to think it is. Also starring Rosanna Arquette, Teri Garr, John Heard and Cheech and Chong. Sixteen Candles (1984) In arguably the perfect distillation of the John Hughes teen movie aesthetic—which blends unabashed romanticism and slapstick humor—Molly Ringwald plays Sam, whose hopes for her 16th birthday celebration are overshadowed by her sister’s wedding. Sam must endure an interminable evening of embarrassing mishaps (detecting a theme emerging here?). Anthony Michael Hall is surprisingly endearing as The Geek, and the film also features John Cusack, Joan Cusack and Jami Gertz in minor roles. American Graffiti (1973) The up-all-night movie that launched a dozen Hollywood careers, including those of Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Suzanne Somers, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams and a little-known director named George Lucas. Based on Lucas’ memories of growing up in Modesto, Calif., the film follows a couple of high school buddies on their last night in town before they go off to college. This movie also sparked a renewed interest in the music and styles of the late 1950s and early ‘60s, and inspired other films and TV shows set during that time, including the long-running Happy Days. It’s ranked number 62 on the American Film Institute’s Greatest Films of All Time list. OCTOBER 2013

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n case you didn’t get the hint from the headline, let’s get something straight: Ian Fidance + Alex Grubard = Funny. Both men are stand-up comedians who have performed locally within the last year and have area connections (Fidance is a Wilmington native; Grubard attends Temple University). Both won The Grand’s LOL stand-up comedy competition in consecutive years (Fidance in 2012; Grubard in 2013). And both will return to live @ the baby grand this month, combining their comedic powers in a show called LOL with Ian & Alex.

Recently we caught up with the two funny guys at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington. Our conversation began with two topics simultaneously: the implications of the NSA spying on Americans, and a debate about possible appetizers. Within a few minutes it was decided that spying on citizens had gone too far and that beer-battered pickles would do just fine with the tavern wings. Here’s what else we discovered when we spoke with the two 20-something comics, both of whom are serious about making people laugh. ►

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What is it about stand-up comedy that attracted you to it? Grubard: When I was 13, my sister went to business school at USC. My dad, my step-mom and I would go visit her. One night we went to the Hollywood Improv. The last comic was Harland Williams, who was the only comic I recognized. He was in Half-Baked. So this guy is a professional comic. He’s a big deal. And he just did his act and was killing. But he was not really interesting. [Yet, the comic right before him], Greg Behrendt, looked like he was having the most fun out of anyone I’d ever seen in my entire life. So I was really blown away by seeing someone I recognized. But by seeing a guy who I didn’t know having so much fun, that was when I was like, “That’s what I want to do. I want to try that.” Fidance: A neighbor told my parents and me that [he and his wife] had gone to see a comic at a comedy cabaret in Wilmington. And I begged my mom to go. But they told my mom it was too smoky. I was really into metal and stuff, and wanted to smoke cigarettes. I was in the sixth or seventh grade at the time. So I said [in a macho teenage voice], “I don’t care if there’s smoke in there.” And my mom was like [in a high-pitched mom voice], “You are not going in there because of the cigarettes!” Right then I decided: I have to do comedy now because it’s going to piss off my parents.

Why do you think comedy is important and what makes for good comedy? Fidance: Everybody’s life sucks at a certain point in time, no matter what you do. You may have been through something that I might think is harrowing, but you might think is no big deal. Or you might have been through something that’s not that big of a deal, but you make it out to be like your world is ending. It’s all relative. I think humor brings everyone together no matter if you’ve led a great life or if you’ve led a rough life; or if you’re having the best day or if you’re having the worst day in the world. No one’s ever like, “I’m not in the mood to laugh, thank you.” Laughter is the key to the semblance of healthy living. Grubard: What I think is great about comedy is that it’s a really excellent way to express yourself. You don’t need to purchase anything to start doing comedy, which I think is one of the greatest things about it because it’s very accessible to anyone who wants to express [him or herself] in that way. It’s very solitary. It’s a defense mechanism. We’ve found a way to turn a defense mechanism into an art form that people make millions of dollars doing. I think what makes good comedy is that expression. Even the most observational, meaningless comedy comes from a truth about how someone feels. I love watching Seinfeld late-night. He’s the most universal comic in the world and he still will have a line where you are like, “Oh, that’s his perspective.” It’s very subtle with a guy like that. And some guys are not as subtle. But you are seeing someone’s perspective, and they are good at making you agree with their perspective through humor.

Who makes you laugh the hardest and why? Grubard: That’s the thing: When you are doing stand-up, you don’t laugh as much. Because you know all of the tricks. There is a lot of surprise in comedy. And when you’ve seen a lot of comedy, it’s hard to be surprised as much…It’s so fun to see someone do something different. My three favorite comics are Tom Rhodes, Doug Stanhope and Mitch Hedberg. And one thing I love about them is that they were friends. And they were like, “Yeah, anytime we were in the same town together, we just got to get some mushrooms and hang out.” They were road comics who were fans of each other.

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Fidance: My top three are John Mulaney, Patrice O’Neal and Patton Oswalt. I saw John Mulaney in New York for over an hour and my leg was hurting from me slapping it so many times.

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What is it like for you when you see a successful comedian—such as Robin Williams—stop doing stand-up in order to do something like dramatic acting? Fidance: I feel like it’s very rare to completely sustain yourself as a stand-up comedian, which is why so many comedians go into other realms. Today it’s great because there are so many avenues you can go down where you don’t have to be a road comic for 20 years before you find success. You don’t have to express yourself just through stand-up. There are so many writers that do stand-up, who make clear, funny, poignant statements. Which is great.

You guys sound like you really know comedy, that you really study it. Grubard: I literally study it. I go to school for English creative writing. That’s a way of saying, “I go to school for comedy and no one in the world offers that program.” It doesn’t exist. What’s great about comedy is that it takes you to the weirdest places in the world. To me, it feels like a belief system. It’s a way of interpreting your thoughts and expressing them to other people so that they know what you’re talking about. Fidance: It’s a form of spirituality. Grubard: Yeah, it’s fantastic. Going to different venues, it’s like going to different churches: You are spreading the word.

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Ian Fidance and Alex Grubard return to Wilmington’s live at the baby grand on Friday, Oct. 18 for their show, LOL with Ian & Alex, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance by calling 1-800-37-GRAND or by visiting www.ticketsatthegrand.com.

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advice, beginning at age 50 people should start taking the preventive measure. At the time Mauk and Diamond weren’t acquainted, but she posted on his thread, saying that after she experienced some stomach pains her doctor suggested she get a colonoscopy. After her diagnosis, Mauk wasted no time—she began to organize cancer walks and became an advocate for cancer awareness. The Blue Parrot fundraiser will help Mauk with her medical bills. The event includes a morning walk from Rockford Park to the Blue Parrot, a drawing for a beach cruiser, and items for sale and auction, including guitars and photographs signed by musicians. Also scheduled are a candlelight ceremony and moment of silence in honor of cancer survivors who continue to fight and those who have lost their lives to the disease. “It’s all about helping, giving and karma,” says Diamond. For more information, visit www.blueparrotgrille.com. —O&A

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FRIDAY, OCT 4 - SUNDAY, NOV 3

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 8PM

City Theater Co: Jesus Christ Superstar (Concert Version)

Cirque Eloize “Cirkopolis”

Think & Drink

A Chorus Line

DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Streets 302.656.4401 • bit.ly/1ebTCgd

Delaware History Museum & Hotel duPont • Market Street • 302.655.7161 bit.ly/1ebUKAn

New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Road • 302.475.2313 bit.ly/1fx9jMM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 10:30AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 3PM

WEDS OCT 9, 23 & NOV 13, 5PM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 8PM

Tails Around the Tower, DHA’s 23rd Walk for the Animals

Brandywine Baroque’s Handel & Friends

The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art

Hey Marseilles with The Apache Relay

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/13aqOA6

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OperaDelaware’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)

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The Grand 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND bit.ly/14Y3SW2

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 8PM

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Andy Statman Trio Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway • 302.475.3126 bit.ly/15ts0wi

Lend Me a Tenor

Art in the Ark: Intro to Sketching & Drawing Live Animals

Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100 bit.ly/15D8Nao

Brandywine Zoo • 1001 N. Park Drive 302.571.7747• bit.ly/19i2YTX

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World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

Lee Fields & The Expressions • Arden

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John Mayall • World Cafe Live at The

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Yoga in the Park • Rockford Park 2000 Lookout Drive • 302.739.9220

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DCCA’s Family Sunday - Rag Time

World Cafe Live’s Unsung Heroes Open Stage • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

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Carolina Story • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Moving & Grooving • Brandywine Creek State Park • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302656.6466

Sarah Jarosz w/ Brian Wright • The

Megan Knight • Extreme Pizza

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Green Willow prsnts Archie Fisher

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Sustainable Solutions (Unveiling)

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Jewish Federation prsnts Moshav

James Hunter Six • World Cafe Live at

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The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH

Music Masters: PianoPalooza! & Rising Stars • Music School of Delaware

Owls in October • Brandywine Creek

State Park • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302656.6466

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

American Moderns Preview

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH

Delaware Art Museum • 302.571.9590

Keller Williams • World Cafe Live at The

Butch Zito & The Prine Time Players

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12

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Steve Forbert • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

American Moderns Gallery Talks Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Colin Quinn “Unconstitutional” • The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Howie Day • World Cafe Live at The

Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Art is Social Halloween Party

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH Autumn Photography Hike

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH

Blue Ball Barn • 1914 W. Park Dr. • 302.577.1164

Boo at the Brandywine Zoo

Music Along the Bank • Winterthur 5105 Kennett Pike • 302.888.4600

1001 North Park Dr. • 302.571.7747

Fall Folklore • Brandywine Creek State Park • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302656.6466

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH

Avenue Q thru Oct 6 Wilmington Drama

Sonny Landreth w/ Suzie Brown

Columbus Day Party • Brandywine Zoo

League • 10 W. Lee Blvd. • 302.764.1172

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

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Hump Nite w/ The Sermon!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

Cheech & Chong • The Grand

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Phil Vassar • The Grand

Fall Photography Day Camp

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818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

The Addams Family thru Nov 3 • DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Sts. • 302.656.4401

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH

Dan Orlando Fridays 12-2pm • World Cafe

Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

Art is Tasty • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Art on the Town • Various Locations Buses

leave 5:45pm from DCCA, last return approx. 8:30pm • 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

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The Mosstins & The Sin City Band

Autumn Artist in the Garden Series

Church • 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

Delaware Art Museum • 302.571.9590

Church • 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH

Market Street Music Thurs. Noontime Concerts 12:30pm Thursdays • 1st & Central

Glory of Stories

2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590

Bach and His Circle • 1st & Central

DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302656.6466

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

DEEC • 1400 Delmarva Lane • 302.656.1490

Westside Family Healthcare’s Art of Caring • Delaware Art Museum

Melomanie’s October Concert

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Steamin' Days • Marshall Steam Museum 3000 Creek Road • 302.239.2385

4W5 Blues Jam • World Cafe Live at The

Take 6 • World Cafe Live at The Queen

Delaware Art Museum • 302.571.9590

DCCA’s Kid’s Class Saturdays thru Nov 9

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH

Rodney Square • 10th & Market Streets

Museum • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

American Moderns Symposium

Nik Everett • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market 10am-2pm Wednesdays

Luminaria Labyrinth Walk • Delaware Art

Quilt Documentation Day • Blue Ball Barn • 1914 W. Park Dr. • 302.577.1164

baby grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Oddity Bar • 500 Greenhill Ave. • 302.668.1078

DCCA • 200 South Madison St • 302.656.6466

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Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzy Roche

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Art Salad 12-1pm Thursdays

Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Rd • 302.655.5740

Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm

Dravo Plaza • Justison Street • 302.453.3013

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Haunted Hayrides & Oct 19

The Ivy League of Stand Up

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262

DTCC Alumni & Friends 5K

Spokey Speaky • World Cafe Live at The

200 S. Madison St. • 302656.6466

Walk & Talk Tour Through Trolley

Open Mic Night every Tues. 9pm-1am

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH

Arts at Trinity: Ward Marston Orchestra • 1108 N. Adams St. • 302.652.8605

Centennial Afternoon Tea 3pm daily Green Room at the Hotel du Pont 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street

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Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pk. • 800.448.3883

TodZOOler & PreK Programs 9:30am e/o Tues thru Dec 10 • Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Dr. • 302.571.7747

Candlelight Comedy Club

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

Delaware History Museum 505 N. Market Street • 302.655.7161

The Station Gallery

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection thru Jan 4

Aoife O'Donvan w/ The Sweater Set

baby grand • 818 N. Market St. • 302.594.3154

Caring for Your Church Collections

• Denise DuMont’s Scenes from the Beach & Brandywine Oct 4 thru Oct 26 302.654.8638 • 3922 Kennett Pike

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

Vanilla Fudge w/ Tony Mowen

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

Somerville Manning Gallery • Jon Redmond thru Oct 12 • Rikki Morley Saunders opens Oct 18 302.652.0271 • 101 Stone Block Row

Bootless Artworks prsnts The Musical of Musicals: The Musical

baby grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Delaware College of Art & Design

• From the Studio: 17th Annual DCAD Faculty Show thru October 11 302.658.6262 • 1810 N. DuPont St.

Delaware Humanities’ Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture w/ Dr. Gary May

Opera Studios • 4 S. Poplar St. • 302.658.8063

Delaware Art Museum

• American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell opens October 12 • Recognition: Artists for the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts thru Oct 14 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Sustainable Site Day Trip • DCCA

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 TH

200 S. Madison St. • 302656.6466

Fringe Wilmington

Stroller Tours • Delaware Art Museum

Journey Beyond the Edge thru November 3rd! Various Locations #inWilm • 302.571.2100

2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

St. Michael’s 25th Anniversary Celebration • Hotel du Pont

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST

11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

Peek-A-Boooo Halloween Revue

World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

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Fringe returns Oct. 30 By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald Brandywine Baroque’s performance space— The Barn at Flintwoods—is unique to the area.

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World Café Live at the Queen, which is a sneak peek at several of the festival’s featured acts. Also returning to the Fringe scene that night is Visual Fringe, happening in the downtown footprint near the Preview Party (although the exact location is yet to be announced). The Visual Fringe component encompasses a collection of cutting-edge, contemporary painting, photography and sculpture. The exhibit also will be part of the October Art Loop and open during the entire Festival. All artwork will be available for sale, and all proceeds go directly to Visual Fringe artists. And there’s a fun, new Fringe-y event to titillate audiences as well. Oct. 31 brings the Fringe Halloween Costume Ball, kicking off at 9 p.m. at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA). “We’re super excited about this new piece of the Festival this year,” says Barton. “It’s the perfect partnership with the DCCA at the perfect time of year, and it’s one of the only events happening in the city on Halloween night.” For a minimal ticket price, guests will enjoy flashlight gallery tours, special cocktails, live music, a costume contest and an appearance by “Fringenstein,” who is eager to teach you his favorite dance moves. This year will surely see a variety of submissions, but Barton hopes to see more of a certain genre. “I’d love to see more cinema entries,” she notes. “There are plenty of great filmmakers out there, but I would love to see the long-form cinema category expand.” Join Fringe Wilmington, beginning Oct. 30. Single tickets are $5 and all-access passes are $25, available at fringewilmingtonde.com. Want to volunteer for positions within the Fringe Box Office, Visual Fringe Gallery or Fringe Headquarters? Contact Jeni Barton at jbarton@wilmingtonde.gov.

Only the DCCA can bring art to sharing a pint. Check out this fun new interactive exhibit.

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ARTS EVENTS IN OCTOBER THE ARTS AT TRINITY: JAZZ WITH THE WARD MARSTON ORCHESTRA The series opens with Ward Marston Orchestra in an evening of jazz styling to honor a dedicated jazzloving parishioner. Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30pm Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams St. Free-will offering.

BOOTLESS STAGEWORKS: THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL It’s a musical about...musicals! Four players take a classic melodrama and present it in five musical theater styles to provide side-splitting laughter. Starts Friday, Oct. 4, 8pm The Black Box at Opera Delaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St. Tickets $25; $20 seniors; $18 students and military. Purchase at www.bootless.org.

BRANDYWINE BAROQUE: HANDEL & FRIENDS Brandywine Baroque begins with Handel cantatas and Festing overtures and sonatas. With Laura Heimes, soprano; Martin Davids, violin; Edwin Huizinga, violin; Amy Leonard, viola; John Mark Rozendaal, cello and Karen Flint, harpsichord. Sunday, Oct. 6, 3pm The Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Rd. Tickets $26; seniors $24; students $13; youth 18 and under free . Purchase at www. brandywinebaroque.org or call 877.594.4546.

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CITY THEATER COMPANY: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT Rock out with an in-concert production of Jesus Christ Superstar in celebration of CTC’s 20th anniversary. A one-night only event produced by Joe Trainor with a full band and cast of CTC fan favorites. Saturday, Oct. 5, 8pm World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St. Tickets $25; $40 VIP. Purchase at queentickets.worldcafelive.com or call 994.1400.

MARKET STREET MUSIC: OCTOBER THURSDAY NOONTIME CONCERTS From jazz to choral music and “dork rock,” Market Street has it all! Starts Thursday, Oct. 3, with Dave Posmontier Quartet and continues weekly with David Schelat, organist; UD Faculty Jazz Ensemble; Qvinctus and Hot Breakfast! All performances 12:30pm. First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1100 N. Market St. A $3 donation suggested at the door.

THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE: PIANOPALOOZA! & RISING STARS The school’s Music Masters series composes a musical “thank you” to its supporters via pianists Dan Carunchio, David Brown, Richard Gangwisch and Oleg Maslov plus two Music School young “rising stars,” performing noted works by Brahms, Chopin and David Auldon Brown. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7pm The Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington Street Tickets $10; $5 students/seniors. Purchase by calling 762.1132.

OPERADELAWARE: L’ELISIR D’AMORE (THE ELIXIR OF LOVE) The story of a magic love potion and a love triangle involving a charming country bumpkin, a dashing sergeant and the bewitching town flirt. Starts Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30pm The Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St. Tickets: $30-79. Purchase at ticketsatthegrand.org or call 800.37.GRAND.

MÉLOMANIE: OCTOBER CONCERT Mélomanie’s 20th year welcomes a new partnership — The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts — and two World Premieres: Jennifer Margaret Barker’s Le Passage du Temps and Michael Stambaugh’s The Machine Comes to Life. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2pm The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St. Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students/ seniors; Youth through age 15 free. Purchase at www.melomanie.org or call 764.6338.

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Oktoberfest Blue Jean Ball

Presented by Join us for an Oktoberfest Celebration featuring a German Small Plate menu prepared by Iron Hill Brewery’s team of chefs and students from The Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware!

Saturday, October 5 7pm-11pm Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark

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HEAD OF THE CHRISTINA REGATTA October 6, 10am Wilmington Youth Rowing Association

Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG 27 DART Park-n-Ride Lot 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM Photo by Dick Dubroff of Final Focus Photography

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RIVERFRONT EVENTS

FALL PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CAMP* October 4, 8:30-3:30pm Explore the plants and animals surrounding DEEC’s pond on your day off from school through the lens of a camera. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 2013 DELAWARE AUTO SHOW* October 4-6, 10-6pm New 2014 models, kids fun zone, and more! Chase Center on the Riverfront DelawareAutoShow.com

SALVATION ARMY ANNUAL CIVIC & AWARDS DINNER* October 7, 5:30pm Featuring guest speaker internationally renowned swim coach, Jim Ellis. Chase Center on the Riverfront SalvationArmy.org 24TH ANNUAL BLACK ACHIEVERS AWARDS CEREMONY* October 9, 6:30pm Enjoy a special evening with Jeff Johnson “A Stronger America: Making The Grade” Chase Center on the Riverfront YMCADE.org EASTER SEALS ANNUAL DINNER* October 10, 5:30pm A Tribute to James F. Kearns, Sr. Chase Center on the Riverfront DE.EasterSeals.com

2013 DELAWARE AUTO SHOW BLACK TIE GALA* October 4, 6-10pm $100/Person The exclusive black tie charity benefit of the Delaware Auto Show. Chase Center on the Riverfront DelawareAutoShow.com

BIG SIT BIRDING COMPETITION October 12, 4am Compete in the international Big Sit competition hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

DELAWARE CONSUMER EXPO & MARKETPLACE October 5, 11-5pm Vendors, food, music and fun for people of all ages! Justison Landing Park DelawareConsumerExpo.com

VENDEMMIA DA VINCI* October 13, 2-6pm The da Vinci Society of Delaware is proud to hold the 9th Annual Vendemmia Harvest of the Grapes Wine Festival! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park Societadavinci.com/html/vendemmia

PAPER PUSHERS* October 5 & 6, 1:30-4:30pm Learn to make your own paper out of a variety of natural materials at this 2 day workshop. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org THE IVY LEAGUE OF COMEDY* October 5, 8pm The Ivy League of Comedy is clean stand-up comedy starring smart, clever comedians Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org HEAD OF THE CHRISTINA REGATTA October 6, 10am There will be live jazz music, good food, competitive racing, and unique medals for first place in each event. Wilmington Youth Rowing Association WYRA.org MÉLOMANIE AT THE DCCA* October 6, 2pm The internationally acclaimed Wilmington music ensemble noted for provocative pairings of early and contemporary works. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

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BIRD WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS* October 16, 5:30-7:30pm Join bird expert Jim White to learn the ins and outs of birding. DuPont Environmental Education Center DupontEEC.org

INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL AND MARSH RESTORATION DAY October 26, 9-12pm Help remove aggressive, non-native plants that cause havoc in natural areas. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org FORCES IN MOTION* October 26, 10-11:30am Look to the air and in the water and discover forces in motion. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org DCM PLAY DATE* October 26, 5-9pm Ditch the babysitter and sign them up for a DCM Play Date — a night that both kids and parents will LOVE. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org

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DTCC ALUMNI AND FRIENDS 5K RUN/WALK* October 2, 6pm MAKING STRIDES OF WILMINGTON, DE* October 12, 9:30am DELAWARE DISTANCE CLASSIC 15K & 5K ROAD RACES* October 6, 9am MAKING STRIDES OF WILMINGTON, DE* October 12, 9:30am LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK* October 12, 5pm 2013 WILMINGTON KIDNEY WALK* October 13, 10am 2013 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S* October 19, 8am

28TH ANNUAL KANDLER MEMORIAL AWARDS DINNER* October 16, 5:30pm Celebrate the accomplishments of the ACLU of Delaware and our award recipients on this very special occasion. Chase Center on the Riverfront ACLU-DE.org

KIND TO KIDS HALLOWEEN HOOPLA 5K WALK/RUN* October 19, 8am

RACCOON THE RASCAL* October 17, 10-11:30am Find out how these furry marsh animals manage to get in so much trouble! DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

ONGOING EVENTS

RAG TIME October 20, 12-3pm Turn rags into riches as you create your own currency designs using fabrics, paints, dyes, and more! Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

E-RACING THE BLUES 5K/10K RUN/WALK* October 27, 8:30am For more info, please visit RiverfrontWilm.com.

CHRISTINA RIVER SAIL* October 19 & 20, Times vary Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware on this 1.5 hour cruise of the Christina River. Dravo Plaza KalmarNyckel.org THE ACT OF DRINKING BEER WITH FRIENDS IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF ART* October 9 and 23, 5pm With special guests from the Wilmington community. Must be 21 to attend. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

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CITY NOTES

BigIdeasWilmington.com Welcome to the Neighborhood!

First State’s First Montessori Charter School

Shop Mamie, 1942 Gilpin Ave.

First State Montessori Academy (FSMA), scheduled to open in September 2014, will be Delaware’s first Montessori Charter School (K-6th). FSMA was approved by the Delaware Department of Education in 2012 and will open its doors in a central Wilmington location. Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school has just begun. During the development of FSMA, its founding board members visited Montessori public magnet schools, Montessori charter schools, and independent Montessori schools across the country as part of the planning process. They also toured successful charter and magnet schools in Delaware to round out their understanding of the local public sector. FSMA officials and board members want all Delawareans to have and know about the Montessori option, which is why they have spent the summer attending local events, distributing educational pamphlets and getting the word out.

Shop Mamie in Trolley Square offers chic yet affordable clothing and accessories for men and women. Store owners, best friends and Wilmington natives Megan Corey and Amy Trelenberg focus on the latest trends. shopmamie.com.

Satsuma Kitchen + Bar, 1707 Delaware Ave. Moro restaurant owner/chef Michael DiBianca’s new restaurant, Satsuma Kitchen + Bar, is located at the former location of the Del Rose. DiBianca will serve Japanese street food–style plates that lend themselves to sharing, at reasonable prices. Stop by and take in the mouth-watering experience that is Satsuma Kitchen + Bar. satsumakitchen.com.

Zaikka Indian Grill—New Location, 901 N. King St.

Zaikka has opened a second location in downtown Wilmington. Try something wholesome and different from Zaikka Indian Grill on King Street or Market Street. zaikka.com.

— Barb Bullock

STAFF PICKS Every month we highlight a few happenings in the City. Our favorites for October: Film Brothers Shorts Film Fest at the Delaware Art Museum, Saturday, Oct. 5 Top short films from around the world! This is Film Brothers’ most popular event. This show will feature eight short films, two of which are international: one from Barcelona, Spain, and one from Calgary, Canada. Another was made right here in Wilmington. The films range in length from two minutes to 13, and all will surprise and impress you. More information: filmbrothers.com/festival.html

Lend Me a Tenor, presented by the Delaware Theatre Company, Oct. 16 to Nov. 3 Check into this zany 1930s hotel, complete with mistaken identities, misunderstandings, mixed signals and doors — lots of doors. This raucous farce follows the fiery-tempered, world-famous Italian superstar Tito Merelli as he arrives in Cleveland to make his debut with the local opera company, then promptly goes missing. More information: delawaretheatre.org/plays/lend-me-tenor

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional at The Grand, Friday, Oct. 25 Plann to get schooled this fall when smoky-voiced standup comic Colin Quinn brings his newest one-man show, Unconstitutional, to The Grand. A recent hit off-Broadway, Unconstitutional tackles 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes. More information: thegrandwilmington. org/Productions/1314-Season/Colin-Quinn-Unconstitutional

Tails around the Tower at Rockford Tower Park, Sunday, Oct. 27 Like a tower from a fairy tale, Rockford Tower brings to mind fantastic creatures. Dress as your favorite fairytale creature and listen to wonderful stories, then climb to the top of the tower for a special “costumed castle” treat. More information: inwilmingtonde.com/events/event.php?e=3547

Addams Family, presented by the DuPont Theatre, Oct. 29 to Nov. 3 As the musical begins, there are storm clouds gathering over the Addams Family home. Wednesday is falling in love, young Pugsley is jealous of all the attention his sister is getting, and mother Morticia fears being discarded in her daughter’s lurch into womanhood. But when outsiders come to dinner one night, it will forever change this famously macabre family — a family so very different from your own. More information: wilmingtontheater. com/theaters/dupont-theatre/the-addams-family.php

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Out & About Magazine -- October 2013