Howard Schroeder at Rehoboth Art League, lots of great drama, and local writers read about Delaware




A New Perspective on Schroeder

If you thought you were well acquainted with the work of beloved painter Howard Schroeder, take another look. Opening at Rehoboth Art League on Jan. 27 is “The Other Side of Howard Schroeder,” an exhibit of works from the collections of his five children and other family members. The late painter, of Lewes, worked in many styles with many mediums. His subject matter ranged from landscapes to human subjects and beyond. Schroeder could do it all, and he did, mostly in search of new ways to express himself, often by playing with new perspectives and techniques. “The Other Side” surveys his vast output, displaying paintings, watercolors, pastel works and drawings of one of the area’s—and Rehoboth Art League’s—most important artists. An opening reception will be held Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. The exhibition will end March 4. 227-8408, rehobothartleague.org

Don’t Call Him Mellow Cello

We are great fans of Coastal Concerts for bringing top classical talent to the beaches. Jan. 28 sees the return of cellist Clancy Newman, an audience fave on his previous visit to Lewes. CC calls him a “young artist with ferocious technical ability, impeccable tonal mastery and passionate commitment.” Newman is winner of the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004. He currently performs as part of the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio. See him at Bethel United Methodist Church with guest Noreen Cassidy-Polera, a Juilliard-trained pianist who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma. It should be quite a show. (888) 212-6458, coastalconcerts.org

A Dag-Blasted Good Show

We promise that “Blast” will be a, um, blast when it noisily makes its way to DuPont Theatre Jan. 31-Feb. 5.  Hear and see 35 brass musicians, percussionists and performing artists come together in a unique display that earned them the 2001 Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event and 2001 Emmy for choreography. 656-4401, duponttheatre.com

More Spectacle

How does one describe “Intergalactic Nemesis?” The savvy crew at The Grand Opera House calls it  “a live-action graphic novel, science fiction homage, and old-time radio show, all rolled into one spectacular stage performance.” That sounds awesome to us. The show projects 1,500 hand-drawn comic book illustrations one by one as three actors voice the action, a foley artist creates the sound effects and a keyboardist plays the score. As for the story, more froom our friends at The Grand: “The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez team up with a mysterious librarian from Flagstaff, Arizona, named Ben Wilcott. Together, they travel from Romania to Scotland to the Alps to Tunis to the Robot Planet and finally to Imperial Zygon to defeat a terrible threat to the very future of humanity: an invading force of sludge-monsters from outer space known as the Zygonians.” How can we resist? Presented in partnership with The Comic Book Shop of Wilmington. See it Jan. 27. 652-5577, thegrandwilmington.org

First-Class Theater

First, the drama. In a period of war, “Time Stands Still” is a timely tale. See what happens when life suddenly changes for two journalists working in harsh conditions overseas. It plays at Delaware Theatre Company Jan. 18-Feb. 5. (594-1104, delawaretheatre.org) Second, the comedy. Find out how a small Irish community really feels about Cripple Billy when he auditions for a Hollywood director in “The Cripple of Inishmaan” Jan. 26-Feb. 12  at Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware. It’s funny and touching.  831-2201, rep.udel.edu

More Great Theater

To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub. What’s a young Shakespearean to do? Find out what television actor Andrew Rally decides in “I Hate Hamlet.” This dramatic comedy, presented by the Possum Point Players in Georgetown, features the ghost of John Barrymore trying to convince Rally to take on one of The Bard’s most venerated characters. The play runs Jan. 20-29. 856-4560, possumpointplayers.org

Even More Great Theater

In the gripping “Parade,” Leo Frank finds himself accused of murder and doomed to pay the ultimate price for it, thanks to corruption and sensationalized reporting. Can his wife or governor save him? The drama, based on a true story, won two Tonys in 1999. Find out why at Wilmington Drama League Jan. 27-Feb. 11. 764-3396, wilmingtondramaleague.org

Yet Even More Great Theater

Here’s to the New Candlelight Theater for the Delaware premiere of “Miss Saigon.” The drama tells the story of U.S. soldier Chris and his love for native Kim in Vietnam during the war, as based on “Madame Butterfly.” The play runs Jan. 27-March 11. Don’t forget: dinner comes with the show. 475-2313, nctstage.org

 

In the Theatre

Theatre N, that is, where you can see the film “Riding the Bus with My Sister” on Jan. 25. The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie stars Rosie O’Donnell as a mentally challenged young woman who spends her days riding public buses and Andie McDowell as the sister who is trying to understand her. Directed by Anjelica Huston, the movie is based on the memoir by Rachel Simon, now of Wilmington. (She lives just blocks from the theater.) If you missed the film on Hallmark, it’s well worth the visit to Theatre N. 571-4699, theatren.org

For Delaphiles

Yes, the First State has literature, and you can hear it read by the writers who contributed to the collection “No Place Like Here” when they gather Jan. 25 at Wesley College in Dover. The panel includes poets Linda Blaskey,Vanessa Haley and Abby Millager, short story writer Pati Nach, fiction writer Billie Travalini  and non-fiction writer Victor Greto. Readings will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Henry duPont College Center. Find out what home is and why it’s special. 736-2300, whetstone.wesley.edu/artsculture

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