The Arts Buzz: A blog about dance at The Schwartz Center, concerts at The Music School of Delaware, Rasputina at World Cafe Live at The Queen, The Pixies at The Grand Opera House and more
Dancing the Night Away
The Schwartz Center's 10th anniversary season just keeps getting better. Alvin Ailey II Dance Company whirls in on Nov. 3 to show you some of the best contemporary dance in the country. These young performers will stun you with their technical ability and their creative vision. This is a rare opportunity to see a world-class dance troupe in such an intimate place. 678-3583, schwartzcenter.com
School is in Session
If you've never been to the Music School of Delaware for a performance, do yourself a favor. On Wed., Oct. 25, the faculty of the Milford Branch will be joined by some special friends for works by Beethoven, Chopin, Fauré, Grieg, Schubert, Cahuzac, Donaudy and Kovács. They'll feature faculty Donna Beech and Danny Coldren on piano, Vincent Marinelli on clarinet, Julianne Murphy and Stefan Xhori on violin, and soprano Britania Reddington. These are bargain concerts by highly talented people who would love for you to see them. 422-2043, wilmingtonmusic.org
Queens of The Queen
Cello rock? It's the kind of eccentric music making that keeps us interested. No one does it better—no one does it at all—like the trio Rasputina, which visits the World Cafe Live at The Queen Nov. 2 in support of its seventh album, “Sister Kinderhook.” Still crazy after all these years—20 now—leader Melora Creager keeps exploring the same offbeat themes that has kept the group going and kept its following wanting more. Visit queen.worldcafelive.com for tickets and one cool video. Fans of funk, here's one for you: The Meters Experience, featuring Meters founder and guitarist Leo Nocentelli, on Thurs., Nov. 10. This is a New Orleans classic.
Pick The Pixies
Where do they come up with this stuff? The Pixies—unquestionably one of the greatest alternative bands to come out of those whacky '80s—play The Grand on Nov. 6. Call 652-5577 or visit thegrandwilmington.org.
Delaware Theatre Company continues its production of Arthur Miller's “All My Sons” this week. The story goes like this: Joe Keller's son wants to marry the girl next door. His wife wants their estranged eldest son to come home. But a secret from Joe's past threatens to destroy the family. The play won Miller the Tony for Best Play in 1947. It remains fresh as ever. See it Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 2-6. For tickets, call 594-1100, or visit delawaretheatre.org.
Ongoing, But Soon to End
This is the last Thursdays to visit the labyrinth at Delaware Art Museum, which will be lit by hundreds of tea lights, starting at 6 p.m. End your work day with a relaxing walk and some quiet contemplation. Learn more at delart.org.
You Think You Know Poe? The last of the “Evenings with Edgar” at Kent County Library happens Thurs., Oct. 27, when Sarah Fergusen discusses Poe's literary firsts, including writing the first detective novel. The talks are free, but space is limited. Register by calling 698-6440. All start at 6:30 p.m.
This is the last week to see the Tony-winning “Damn Yankees” at The New Candlelight Theatre. You'll hear favorite tunes like “You Gotta Have Heart” as you see how a floundering baseball team struggles toward a pennant. Contact the theater at 475-2313, or ncstage.org. The run ends Oct. 30.
“Narnia” at the Delaware Children's Theatre closes this weekend, Oct. 29-30, so see it quick. A musical version of the C.S. Lewis classic “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” the fantastical tale has delighted children for decades. Visit the historic theater, 1014 Delaware Ave. in Wilmington. Tickets are $12. Call 655-1014, or visit dechildrenstheatre.org.