Flamenco, Photos and Film


Here’s a spicy event for a warm summer night: Guitarra—An Evening of Classical and Flamenco Guitar, Song and Dance! presented by the Kennett Symphony at the Open Air Theatre of Longwood Gardens on June 23 (rain date June 24). See and hear classical and flamenco guitarist and singer Marija Temo perform a tribute to writer and poet Garcia Lorca in a composition by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, followed by Rodrigo’s beloved guitar concerto. In the second half, flamenco dancer Ulrika Frank will join Temo as she performs Manuel deFalla’s El Amor Brujo (“The Love Sorcerer”). Temo is recognized as a virtuoso classical-flamenco guitarist, vocalist, dancer and conductor. She artfully combines her unique flamenco and classical talents in performance with symphony orchestras, in solo guitar concert performances and at festivals as a flamenco singer/guitar accompanist. With Frank, Temo recently premiered Mano a Mano (Hand to Hand), a program of flamenco, classical, and contemporary styles at Flamenco Festivals across the United States. After Guitarra, stay for a light show by artist Bruce Munro. Munro’s first garden show in the United States features two large outdoor installations, plus small installations indoors and out. Longwood has never seen anything like this. It will be quite a stunner. 610-444-6363, kennettsymphony.org

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Also, don’t forget about the ongoing Delaware Chamber Music Festival of outstanding chamber music performances through June 24. Under Barbara Govatos, first violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the festival features four concerts by the area’s best chamber players, musicians who have been heard from Vermont’s Marlboro Festival to Salzburg’s Mozarteum. Here’s your chance to hear them at home. It happens at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington. 442-0572, dcmf.org

Body Double Take

If ever you were even slightly disturbed by your own body, you may be interested in “Entropy” by Carson Zullingier at the DCCA through Sept. 9. The artist explores the inner self through a photographic examination of the body’s decline from birth till death. “We see metaphors for youth and age, dark and light, good and evil, and the spiritual and the physical,” says curator J. Susan Isaacs. “The gallery space represents a tomb and a laboratory,” reflecting Zullinger’s interest in both Egyptian funerary architecture and physics. How do our inner and outer selves relate to the universe? This is one way to look at it. 656-6466, thedcca.org


Exciting Cinema

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World Cafe Live at the Queen debuts two exciting new film series this week. Tonight, June 18, the SpectiCast Arthouse Film Series begins with a screening of “Carmen.” Tomorrow, June 19, see “A Mighty Wind” as part of Low Brow Cinema: World Cafe Live’s Free Cult Movie Series. (Did you catch that? Free.) Both series continue weekly through the summer. Specticast’s Digital Theater Network delivers state of the art audio and visual technology that is perfect for listening to mezzo sprano Marina Domashenko as Carmen and Rolando Villazon as José. Arthouse? What can we say? The name of the game is fun. In “A Mighty Wind,” you’ll meet Mitch and Mickey, The Folksmen and The New Main Street Singers as they reunite for an uproarious tribute show to the greatest folk music producer ever. As typical with a Christopher Guest mockumentary, nothing goes as planned. Belly laughs are guaranteed. So grab a drink and a bite, then settle in for the two best film series in town. 994-1400, queen.worldcafelive.com


No plans for June 20? Stop by the Newark Arts Alliance, where the gang will dedicate the new Terry Foreman Gallery. The gallery is named for founding member and former director Terry Foreman, who is known as a tireless advocate for the arts as a way of developing community. “When I came to Newark in 1991, I met a lot of artists, but there was no [arts] organization, especially for visual artists,” she says. “There seemed to be a need to corral our efforts to make the arts more accessible for everyone.” Foreman oversaw the move of the organization twice, she implemented the Art to Go and Camp Imagine children’s programs, she started adult classes, and she was responsible for many of Newark’s public murals. The dedication is a fitting tribute to her on the occasion of her departure. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The dedication happens at 7:30 p.m. 893-1156, newarkartsalliance.org


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The Shows Go On

Who will win teen idol Conrad Birdie’s last kiss before he leaves for war? Will it be all-American Kim? Will Conrad give it all up and settle down in Sweet Apple? See the Wilmington Drama League’s production of the Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie” through June 24. 764-1172, wilmingtondramaleague.org

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. Get there before June 23. 368-2248, chapelstreetplayers.org

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

To 100 Years

Admission to Delaware Art Museum will be free June 23 to celebrate the opening of two exhibitions. First “Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Quest of the Perfect Book” explores decorative book covers through the eyes of artist Nina Katchadourian and local collector Mary G. Sawyer. Katchadourian used volumes from Sawyer’s collection of 2,000 rare books to makes photographs of books grouped so their titles can be read as a sequence. The results are both humorous and insightful. Meet Katchadourian at 1:30 p.m. for discussion and a dessert reception. Reservations are requested. In commemoration of the museum’s centennial, “100 Works for 100 Years” displays a fraction of the 12,000 objects in its collection, each selected for its aesthetic merit, popularity or provenance. Each tells a unique tale. 571-9590, delart.org

The Art Goes On…

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 in Chadds Ford presents them, along with scenes from Europe, Asia and the Mideast, in “Summer Sojourns: Art on Holiday.” See nearly 100 paintings, drawings and prints from its collection, including work from  N.C. Wyeth’s visits to Port Clyde, Maine, including “Herring Gut” and Untitled (View of Eight Bells), and works that show how the ocean and dunes in Rehoboth Beach inspired some of Howard Pyle’s paintings of pirate lore. There’s more, of course. See it through Sept. 3. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

The Station Gallery in Greenville features a 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 Jan. 6. winterthur.org/uncorked

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