Famous Artists on Vacation

My Summer Vacation

You love to visit the beach and mountains during summer. So did some of the country’s most famous artists, and they created some unforgettable images while there. The Brandywine River Museum presents them, along with scenes from Europe, Asia and the Mideast, in “Summer Sojourns: Art on Holiday.” Starting June 9, the exhibition will present nearly 100 paintings, drawings and prints from its collection. See work from N.C. Wyeth’s visits to Port Clyde, Maine, including “Herring Gut” and Untitled (View of Eight Bells). See how the ocean and dunes in Rehoboth Beach inspired some of Howard Pyle’s paintings of pirate lore. Among other notable works are wood-engraved illustrations of resort life in New England by Winslow Homer. Other artists whose works appear include John Whorf, Frank Bensing, Henry McCarter, Edward Penfield, Childe Hassam, Jessie Willcox Smith and F.O.C. Darley, whose sketches from Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria led to the book “Travels Abroad with Pen and Pencil.” A copy of the book appears in the exhibition. All in all, this is a show that will make you see summer vacation in a new light. See it through Sept. 3. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

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The Voice

Musical entertainment just doesn’t get any better than this: pop songstress k.d. lang brings The Siss Boom Bang—along with eclectic musical artist Jane Siberry—to The Grand Opera House in Wilmington on June 5. Lang may have started as a country-ish rocker, but found her groove with the album “Constant Craving,” which won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1993. From then till now, she’s defied categorization as she’s made some of the best music in pop today. Did we mention the voice? It is, quite simply, remarkable, and there’s no better place to hear it than The Grand. Take our word for it. Go. 652-5577, thegrandwilmington.org

Paint in Film

We’ve written a few times about painter Mary Page Evans, and for good reason: Her work is outstanding. See why she was selected to represent the current state of painting during the Delaware Art Museum’s centennial year by viewing the documentary “Mary Page Evans: Force of Nature” at the museum on June 6. Meet Evans and filmmaker Sharon Baker while enjoying food, drink and some lively conversation. And don’t forget to see the exhibition, “Painted Poetry.” 351-8506, delart.org

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Driven to Read

Grab a picnic dinner, then head to Brecknock County Park for a performance by Sankofa African Dance Company on June 7. Sankofa, a group of local teens, is steeped in the Guinea dance tradition and West African model of drum and dance. This one is presented by the Kent County Bookmobile, so we remind you: Reading is fundamental. If it rains, head instead to the Kent County Public Library. 698-6440

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

“Star Wars: A New Musical Hope” is anything but the same old song and dance. Yes, it is the same story of Princess Leia’s efforts to save the rebel forces from Darth Vader and the evil empire. But this version features a tap dancing chorus line of storm troopers. So there you have it. See old friends Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2D2, C3PO and Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi. And see how Bootless Stageworks pulls it all together at the OperaDelaware studios June 7-17. 658-8063, bootless.org

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Oh, Mama

The comedy “I Remember Mama” has been described as “one of the most heartwarming depictions of American life yet to reach the stage.” See why when Possum Point Players present their production June 8-17 at the playouse in Georgetown. Mama (E.J. Panico of Seaford), Papa (Pat Erhardt of Seaford) and assorted relatives, friends and boarders, raise four children through childhood in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, where Mama’s compassion and wisdom carry all through illness, poverty, romance and more. This is the biggest cast PPP has ever assembled for a comedy, so it is one special occasion. 856-4560, possumpointplayers.org

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

It’s been 39 years since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” changed late-night cinema. It’s been 49 years since Chapel Street Players started having annual fundraisers. This year, the stage version of the film and the fun-draiser are one and the same. If you miss Saturday nights at the old State Theater in Newark, this is your chance to relive those days—the CSP is most definitely encouraging audience participation. It should be quite a party. Be there June 8-23. 368-2248, chapelstreetplayers.org

The Art Goes On…

The Station Gallery has a new show of new paintings by Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride. Both paint in oil, gathering inspiration from their travels and from their home on the Eastern Shore. The exhibition runs through June 30. 654-8638, stationgallery.net

Artwork from this year’s Plein Air Coastal Delaware Event will be on exhibit and for sale in the Homestead Gallery of Rehoboth Art League, even as the 39th annual Members Fine Craft Exhibit is shown in the Cockran and Tubbs Gallery. That’s a lot of good art. Hit the opening reception June 1. Both shows will run through June 20. 227-8408, rehobothartleague.org

Get to The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover for “Jewels of the Generations: The Legacy of Loockerman and Bradford Family of Dover.” The exhibition displays early American clothing, Victorian jewelry, European and Asian ceramics, American and European silver, American and European portraits, and Delaware- and Philadelphia-made furniture as collected by Vincent Loockerman and his descendants, the Bradfords. When Loockerman died in 1785 he was probably Dover’s largest collector of Delaware- and Philadelphia-made furniture. For the past 200 years, his family has lived with those pieces while adding their own. Biggs Museum founder Sewell C. Biggs was an admirer of Loockerman’s collection, hence the exhibition and related events. See it through June 24. Also at The Biggs, “Picturing WWI: The American Illustration Collection of the Delaware National Guard,” shows works by local illustrators such as Frank E. Schoonover (1877-1972) and Gayle Porter Hoskins (1887-1962) as created for magazines such as Ladies Home Journal to depict key events of the war. It’s a rare opportunity to view the collection of the Delaware National Guard. Visit through June 24. 674-2111, biggsmuseum.org

Cheers to Winterthur for “Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition,” a celebration of 300 objects and imagery created in response to our love of wine. “Uncorked!” shows how wine was marketed and consumed  in America and Britain from the 1600s through the 1800s. See unique wine bottles, decanters and cellarettes, lead figures of Bacchus, “Champagne Charlie” song sheets, advertisements and more. The exhibition will be on view through January 6. winterthur.org/uncorked

On Stage

Who can resist this? In “The Skin of Our Teeth,” the inventor of the wheel, his family and his saucy maid face calamity after calamity—war, flood, famine, climate change and economic collapse—yet somehow manage to pull through. Yes, there is hope. This uproarious Pulitzer winner even offers wooly mammoth. Need we say more? Catch the UD’s Resident Ensemble Players production at Roselle Center for the Arts through July 5. 831-2204, rep.udel.edu


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