The Arts Buzz: A blog about Newark Film Festival and WilmFilm, Reel Life, Howard Pyle at Brandywine River Museum, Photo Month 2011 and the Lewes Artists' Studio Tour

Celebrating Cinema

Get to Cinema Center 3 in Newark now for the heart of the Newark Film Festival, or wait till the weekend, when it moves to Delaware Art Museum as WilmFilm. Newark or Wilmington, you can see documentary gems such as Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and Richard Press’ “Bill Cunningham New York” about the famous fashion photographer, and “Saint of 9/11,” which tells of Father Mychal Judge, the only priest to die in the terrorist attacks. There are plenty of indies, foreign and limited-release flicks, so you’ll find something to suit your taste. New this year: OUTflix for those interested in LGBT issues. Check the full schedule of films, times and location at

The Reel Deal

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What happens when a group of at-risk youth follow the governor for a day? Find out when “Reel Talk” premiers at the World Cafe Live at The Queen on Sept. 14. The short documentary is the fruit of efforts by participants in Jewish Family Services’ Youth Development program, who spent the day with Gov. Jack Markell. The Queen event features “Reel Talk,” as well as public service videos produced by the kids and the performance of an original rap song. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75. Call 478-9411, or visit

Reflecting on Pyle

A year full of celebrations and reflections on the centenary of illustrator Howard Pyle’s death begins Sept. 17, when the Brandywine River Museum opens “Inspiring Minds: Howard Pyle as Teacher,” which shows how the seminal artist shaped luminaries such as Jessie Willcox Smith, Thornton Oakley, Frank Schoonover and N.C Wyeth through examples of their class assignments and their later works, with period photographs. This is a rare insight into one of the area’s greatest teachers in any discipline. See it before it ends Nov. 17.

See the Studios

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Sept. 17 brings the annual Lewes Artists’ Studio Tour, which opens the work spaces of 17 local artists for view. See how they work in mediums from painting and photography to wood and glass to photography and digital imaging and more. Meet and discuss the work with artists Julie Molyneux, Barbara Warden, Bert Long, Susan Bartley, Aina Nergaard-Nammack, Connie Ballato, Kevin Fleming, Jean Doran, Marilyn Nugent, Barbara Petterson, Caryl Ekirch Williams, George Williams, Dorothy Greet, Connie Miller, Nick Serratore and Leslie Delmege McDonald. Maps are provided at the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach chambers of commerce. For more, call 645-9431, or visit

A Unique Lens

While you’re at the beach, remember that it’s Photo Month 2011, which means special shows at two of the best galleries in the area: Packard Reath in Lewes (until Sept. 15) and Gallery 50 in Rehoboth (Sept. 17-30). The juried show features outstanding work from advanced and amateur photographers. If you’re interested in improving your skills, there will also be various workshops and seminars. For more, call Jay Pastore at 227-2050, or check

Theater 101

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sing or dance, Clear Space Theatre Company can help. Whether you’re retired or toddling, there’s a fall class for you: Broadway babies for the pre-schoolers, Broadway Bound for kids in grades one through eight, the popular Adult Acting and Adult Dance—for adults, of course—and Broadway Legends for those over 50. Classes happen right at the theater on 20 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth. Check the sked and costs at

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

See it before it ends. “Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art” at Delaware Art Museum explores how four visual artists question the senses through shadow, mirrors, paintings and sculptures that will make you do a double take. What is real and what is illusion? You decide. The exhibition ends Sept. 25. For more, visit


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