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Delaware Today Culture 302: Arts and entertainment at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover, Delaware State Bar Association performance and Iva at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington


Dance Fever

In the midst of its 10th anniversary season, the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover welcomes the Alvin Ailey II Dance Company Nov. 3. An offshoot of the famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, AAII is the premier showcase for some of the best young dancers and choreographers in the country. (678-5152, schwartzcenter.com)



Courtroom Drama

Not exactly, but we can promise judges, lawyers and other legal professionals when the more theatrical members of the Delaware State Bar Association unite to perform “An American Tragedy” Nov. 18-20. Adapted for the stage by Kent County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Young, Theodore Dreiser’s tale of Clyde Griffith’s descent into licentiousness becomes a musical comedy. Young has re-worked such classics as “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Macbeth” and “Moby Dick” in similar ways, finding humor in the French revolution, outrageous self-absorption and stalker sea captains. See him do the same with a drunken philanderer. Catch the show Nov. 18-19 at the Wilmington Drama League and Nov. 20 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.  (674-8822, rgreen@youngandmcnelis.com)


No Drop Dead (D)Iva

From her first public performance, with OperaDelaware at The Grand Opera House when she was 9, to her professional debut with New Jersey Opera Theatre to her current career as an operatic pop singer (or would that be poppy opera singer?) Wilmington native Emily Samson Tepe’s star is on the rise. Better known as Iva, especially in her ancestral home of Sweden, the diva will return to The Grand Nov. 12 for a program of crossover music not unlike that of Sarah Brightman. Wilmington and Swedes—like chocolate and peanut butter. (652-5577, thegrandwilmington.org)