Celebrating a Legend

Join host David Dye of WXPN’s World Cafe, film director Beth Kruvant and master musician David Bromberg for a special hometown screening of “David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure” at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Oct. 17. This feature documentary reveals the rich and largely untold history of David Bromberg through intimate interviews, archival photographs and footage, music recordings (including never-before-released cuts of Bromberg’s music), and interviews with his contemporaries and family. Why The Queen? Bromberg lives almost right across the street. It will be a remarkable night. Proceeds benefit the Light Up the Queen Foundation. 994-1400, queen.worldcafelive.com

Springer as “Faust?”

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This is how Bootless Stageworks describes “Jerry Springer: The Opera”: “Jerry Springer is the host of the world’s most notorious chat show. His guests are a parade of some of the worst variety of people that modern society can offer—and boy, can they sing! When Jerry is shot at the climax of one particularly seedy edition of his show, the Devil seizes the opportunity to solve his problems by forcing Jerry to present his show in Hell.” Who can resist? No one under 16 will be admitted without an adult. See it through Oct. 20. 887-9300, bootless.org

Heavenly Strings

Serafin String Quartet returns to launch the second season of The Arts at Trinity with guest pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion. The program features Mozart’s Divertimento in D K.136 (I); Beethoven’s Op. 74 and the Dohnanyi Piano Quintet in C minor. Visit Trinity Episcopal Church on North Adams Street in Wilmington Oct. 20. There is no admission charge, but a free-will donation is always welcome. theartsattrinity.org

More Heavenly Music

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The Market Street Music Thursday Noontime Concert on Oct. 20 features organist David Schelat, music director of First & Central Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. Schelat will perform music of the Baroque, 19th century and today on the church’s organ, one of the finest in the region. Built by Gabriel Kney, it exemplifies his talent for producing color and clarity. Hear Praeludium in D Major by Dieterich Buxtehude, Selections from the Orgelbüchlein, J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in A Minor, Johann Ludwig Krebs Organ Sonata (2011), David Schelat Fantasie in A and César Franck Pièce Héroïque by César Franck. The concert begins at 12:30 p.m. at First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St. 654-5371, marketstreetmusic.com


The Music Masters series concert of Delaware Music School is titled “Beloved Composers—Cherubini & Schubert.” Listen to beautiful chamber works performed by the talented faculty of the Delaware Music School and guest musicians. Hear Cherubini String Quartet No. 6 and Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898. The concert features Nelson Armitano, viola; Lotus Cheng, piano; Alessandra Cuffaro, violin; Jessica Hoffman, violin; Luigi Mazzocchi, violin & Jennifer Stomberg, cello. It happens Oct. 24 at the Music School of Delaware Wilmington Branch. 762-1132, musicschoolofdelaware.org

Fiesta Time

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The Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover celebrates Hispanic heritage with a special weekend Oct. 19-20. First up, trombonist Steve Turre and his sextet on Oct. 19. Turre has performed as a member of the Saturday Night Live Band since 1984. A true jazz innovator, he currently teaches at both Julliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has consistently won both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls in JazzTimes, Downbeat, and Jazziz for Best Trombone and for Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist. On Oct. 20, the Schwartz will host speaker Vivian Rapposelli, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, live music, traditional cuisine and a screening of the documentary film “Estamos Aqui” (“We Are Here”) by local director Sharon Baker of Hearts and Minds Films. We’ll be there. 678-5152, schwartzcenter.com

Before the Tide Goes Out…

The Delaware Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season—its first under new director Bud Martin—is off too a great start with “The Outgoing Tide,” a drama by Barrymore Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham starring Michael Learned of “The Waltons.” (She played Olivia Walton.) “The Outgoing Tide” offers surprising humor as it explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic. In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son. See why through Oct. 28. Few new plays have won as many awards. 594-1100, delawaretheatre.com

Can You Spell “Fun?”

Going back to school has never been funnier than it is in the Tony-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescents in the spelling championship of a lifetime. Get in on the action. “Spelling Bee” will have you holding your ribs. See it through Oct. 28 at The New Candlelight Theatre. nctstage.org

Simply Beautiful

Now at the Delaware Art Museum, “So Beautifully Illustrated” shows the work of Katharine Richardson Wireman, who studied with Howard Pyle before embarking on a 50-year career as an illustrator. Her illustrations, which often featured domestic scenes, ranged from advertisements and fashion features to children’s books to covers of magazines such as The Country Gentleman. “So Beautifully Illustrated” continues the series of exhibitions focused on the Golden Age of Illustration and the students of Howard Pyle. See it through Jan. 6. 571-9590, delart.org

The Moment is Now

 “The Aesthetic Moment: The Art of Still Life” at Delaware Art Museum features 11 regional painters with different styles, but a common love for the genre. The still life arrangements are uniquely perceived and rendered by the artists, then perceived uniquely again by the viewer. The guest curator is Paul DuSold of Philadelphia, who has shown his work widely across the United States over the last 30 years, concentrating on still life. His unerring eye reveals a range of still life subjects, themes and styles that will astound you. See it though Jan. 6. 571-9590, delart.org

Quoth the Raven…

“Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories and Poems” at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford shows how the master of the macabre inspired other artists, making him one of the world’s most illustrated authors. See drawings, paintings and first-edition books illustrated by 30 artists, including Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Robert Motherwell and F.O.C. Darley, who Poe selected by hand. See it through Nov. 15.

The museum will continue Tuesday tours of Andrew Wyeth’s recently opened studio through Nov. 13. It’s an amazing opportunity to see how a true American master thought and worked. Make your reservation  soon. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

Young at Art

Don’t miss “Young Country,” a traveling show of art that speaks of place. Organized by DCCA, it hit UArts in Philadelphia and Salisbury University in Maryland before its exhibition in Delaware. “Young Country” examines how artists living in fringe art centers are re-defining ideas of fine art, class, and “country” in America. The exhibition features artists who use rural images and subjects such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading to address how the visual culture of a region shapes perception and identity. The show features work by artists from Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, New York, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and other areas. The show grows as it travels. See it now.

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