Screening "A Separation," great art goes on




What’s on the Line?

If you’re curious about life in contemporary Iran, see The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s screening series feature for this month, “A Separation,” a 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay, May 24-25. The film tells about Simin’s desire to give her daughter Temeh more opportunities by living abroad, though patriarch Nader stays in Iran to care for his father, who suffers from Alzheimers. After an unsuccessful attempt to sue for divorce, Simin moves back in with her parents. When Nader hires a deceitful a young religious woman to help him, he realizes that there is more at stake than his marriage. See it at 7 p.m. Friday at DiFebo’s in Bear Trap Dunes, and on May 25 in the screening room of Movies at Midway. 645-9095, rehobothfilm.com

Songs of Summer
The Lewes Summer Music Concert Series begins its eighth season on May 29, featuring both new and returning performing groups. “We are attempting to cover almost all types of music in the concert series,” says concerts coordinator Jon Woodyard, “and this year, in addition to the jazz, rock, variety, military service bands  and old time favorites, we will be bringing  a Celtic band and a dance band to the stage.” The series begins with CHHS Band Old Swing Favorites , followed by locally popularJoe Baione Quartet Jazz the following Tuesday. All concerts begin at 7 p.m., mostly on Tuesdays (with some exceptions) at Stango Park near the Lewes Public Library, though some could be moved to the Cape Henlopen High School auditorium, due toweather. Concerts continue until Aug. 28. Bring a lawn chair, a snack, and the willingness to have a good time 645-2733

Great Exhibitions Continue

In “Picturing WWI: The American Illustration Collection of the Delaware National Guard,” the Biggs Museum of American Art shows works by local illustrators such as Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) and Gayle Porter Hoskins (1887-1962) as created for magazines such as Ladies Home Journal to depict key events of the war. It’s a rare opportunity to view the collection of the Delaware National Guard. Visit through June 24. 674-2111, biggsmuseum.org

Cheers to Winterthur for “Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition,” a celebration of 300 objects and imagery created in response to our love of wine. “Uncorked!” shows how wine was marketed and consumed  in America and Britain from the 1600s through the 1800s. See unique wine bottles, decanters and cellarettes, lead figures of Bacchus, “Champagne Charlie” song sheets, advertisements and more. The exhibition will be on view through January 6. winterthur.org/uncorked

“American Masters Art of the 19th and 20th centuries” at Sommerville Manning Gallery in Greenville shows works by contemporaries of the Wyeth family. You’ll see works by N.C., American Impressionists Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt and John Henry Twatchtman, Ashcan School artists Maurice Prendergast, Everett Shinn and William Glackens, and masters John Singer Sargent and Thomas Anschutz. There’s more. See it through June 2. 652-0271, somervillemanning.com

We’re all intimately familiar with the life and work of illustrator Howard Pyle, but probably not as well acquainted with the oeuvre of his younger sister. Learn more in “Tales of Folk and Fairies: The Life and Work of Katharine Pyle,” on view at Delaware Art Museum until September 9. Katharine Pyle became one of the most prolific woman writers and illustrators of her day, even if she did spend a good portion of her career working in the shadow of her famous brother. Her poems were published in the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Bazaar while she was still a girl, before she went on to study art at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the Drexel Institute as a prelude to working as an illustrator. Her output includes 50 books, most famously Anna Sewell's “Black Beauty, ” which she illustrated in her own, inimitable style. See more now. You’ll be charmed. 571-9590, delart.org

Get to The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover for “Jewels of the Generations: The Legacy of Loockerman and Bradford Family of Dover.” The exhibition displays early American clothing, Victorian jewelry, European and Asian ceramics, American and European silver, American and European portraits, and Delaware- and Philadelphia-made furniture as collected by Vincent Loockerman and his descendants, the Bradfords. When Loockerman died in 1785 he was probably Dover’s largest collector of Delaware and Philadelphia-made furniture. For the past 200 years, his family has lived with those pieces while adding their own. Biggs museum founder Sewell C. Biggs was an admirer of Loockerman’s collection, hence the exhibition and related events. On March 21, curator Ryan Grover, and Margaret Dunham of Delaware Public Archives will discuss the Loockerman family and its influence through objects in the exhibition. There’s more, so check the Biggs Web site. 674-2111, biggsmusuem.org

On Stage

Who can forget many-eating Audrey II, the man-eating plant hell bent on world domination? See her, uh, him, uh, it in “Little Shop of Horrors” by Clear Space Theatre Company starting through May 27 at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach. David Button plays hapless floral assistant Seymour Krelborn, who has to deal with the giant singing Venus flytrap while trying to thwart disaster. Hilarious. 227-2270, clearspacetheatre.org

Who can resist this? In “The Skin of Our Teeth,” the inventor of the wheel, his family and his saucy maid face calamity after calamity—war, flood, famine, climate change and economic collapse—yet somehow manage to pull through. Yes, there is hope. This uproarious Pulitzer winner even offers wooly mammoth. Need we say more? Catch the UD’s Resident Ensemble Players production at Roselle Center for the Arts through July 5. 831-2204, rep.udel.edu

Re-living Dover Days Through Art

Who painted during the Dover Days Plein Air Paint Out on May 6? Find out, and see their work, during a special exhibition at Dover Art League June 1. The 14 artists are Dianne Bauer, Harrington; Maria Liberto Bessette, Dover; N. Taylor Collins, Dover; Jan Crumpley, Dover; Donna Hansen, Dover; Leah Kinder, Felton; L.D. Kinder, Felton; Claire Lewandowski, Magnolia, Rick Schuman, Hartly; Letitia Schuman, Hartly; Diane Laird, Middletown; Brandon Schaefer, Felton; Dennis Young, New Castle; and Robbin Hare, Dover. All painted outdoors during Dover Days May 6. The reception, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., means light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists, free of charge. 734-8511

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