All Jazzed Up

Of course, we’re in the thick of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington’s Rodney Square. If you missed the start, there’s plenty more to enjoy.

See Manifest 3 and the Junior Mance Quartet on Tuesday, The Avery Sharpe Quintet and Ninety Miles (featuring Stefon Harris, David Sanchez and Christian Scott) on Wednesday, The Ronny Jordan Full Band and Soul of Summer on Thursday, and The Metta Quintet, Tizer and Take 6 on Friday.

On Saturday, the party wraps with a huge day of music. The captain Black Big Band goes on at 3 p.m., Rene Marie’s “Voice of My Beautiful County” at 5 p.m. and Rufus Reid’s Out Front Quintet at 7 p.m. The big finish comes at 9 p.m. with “Sweet Clifford: The Music of Clifford Brown,” which features Jeremy Pelt, Tom Harrell, David Weiss and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet.

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Of all the things Wilmington has going for it, a summer full of festivals is tops, especially the Clifford Brown. Don’t miss at least part of it.


One for a Hero

We don’t see enough documentaries of local interest (“The Bells on the Hill,” the pieces about Wilmington’s Twin Poets and the Storm of ’62, etc.) But if there can be only one at the moment, it might as well be this.

“Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act: An Evolving Legacy,” produced by Michael Oates of 302 Stories Inc., explains late Gov. Russell W. Peterson’s struggle to craft the law that protects the Delaware Coast from heavy industrialization, thus protecting important habitats. The film premieres at Theatre N in Wilmington on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m.

There are few heroes like Peterson, who took on corporate giants like Shell Oil and his former employer, the DuPont Co., as well as powerful members of the federal government, in order to protect local wildlife. Forty years later, the law is still occasionally challenged by industrial interests, but never successfully.

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Supporters of the June J. and Russell W. Peterson Fund for Environmental Education, which helps the Delaware Nature Society’s environmental education programs at the DuPont Environmental Education Center in the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge on the Wilmington Riverfront, will gather at the theater for the premiere and a wine reception. Help them. Tickets are available at For more, contact Cathy Klocko at


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