On her MySpace page, country superstar Emmylou Harris credits acclaimed songwriters Bill and Taffy Danoff for “rescuing me from working as a hostess for model homes.” The model home community’s loss is the music world’s gain. Harris, who will appear at The Grand November 16, has been singing professionally for more than 40 years now. Her 12 Grammys validate a successful career. “Emmylou is one of those artists that we try to book every year—and this year it finally worked out,” says executive director Steve Bailey. “We’re particularly excited that she’ll be bringing the Red Dirt Boys as her backing band, and I suspect we’ll see a show with music from all periods of a very prolific recording career.” For more, visit www.thegrandwilmington.org, or call 652-5577. —Maria Hess
Page 2: A Distinctive Voice
Break open the bubbly. Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s Champagne Chamber Series opens a smashing season at the Hotel du Pont November 16. During the show, maestro David Amado will present the 2010 A.I. du Pont Award to composer George Crumb, and the orchestra will perform Crumb’s “The Ghosts of the Alhambra,” which features baritone Patrick Mason. Crumb’s music, Amado says, “Stretches our perceptions, broadens our spirit and challenges our expectations.” For more, visit www.delawaresymphony.org, or call 652-5577.
Page 3: And They’re Off!
Enjoy a night of virtual horse racing, food, martinis and fun when the Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center in Wilmington hosts its fourth annual Night at the Races on November 20. Pick your favorite horse. Place your bets. Then watch the action on a big screen in the JCC clubhouse while a live announcer calls the race. “There’s lots of screaming and yelling,” says event co-creator Annette Aerenson. Proceeds benefit the JCC, which provides everything from high-quality early childhood education, after-school programs and summer camps for children, to hot lunches, fitness and educational programs for seniors, as well as health and wellness programs for people of all ages. For more, call 478-5660, or email email@example.com.
Page 4: Get Real
Imagine being able to sculpt a lifelike creation of a person you admire. Artist Marc Sijan does that for a living. His colorful friends—or lifelike sculptures of them—will be on display at the Delaware Art Museum November 13-January 16. The exhibit “Ultra-Realistic Sculpture” will offer work that, as Sijan puts it, “Goes beyond the physical to the inner spirit and soul of the person.” For more, visit www.delart.org, or call 571-9590.
Page 5: The Reel Deal
The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival spotlights films from and about India at Movies at Midway November 10-14. Other highlights include a chat with Matt Porterfield, a Baltimore filmmaker recently named one of the 25 indie filmmakers to watch by Filmmaker Magazine. There also will be a showing of Joan Crawford’s personal home movies, and Casey LaLonde, Crawford’s grandson, will be on hand for a Q&A session. For more, visit www.rehobothfilm.com, or call 645-9095.