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Take a Joke

2/7 With more than 20 years of stand-up experience, Demetri Martin brings his Wandering Mind tour to The Grand Opera House. This award-winning comedian delivers an unconventional style by using instruments, one-liners and a notoriously dry delivery. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org

Fairy Tales

2/12 Help save the Beauty from a 100-year sleep spell during Stages of Discovery: The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale. Audience members will run, jump, climb and interact directly with characters onstage. Convince Red Riding Hood to let go of her cape, discover what’s under Grandma’s bed and save the golden spoon from a 10-foot giant. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org 

Good Vibes

2/13 The Delaware Art Museum hosts bright new vibraphonist Joel Ross Good Vibes. This young jazz artist dedicated himself to the vibraphone to explore his passion in music, forming the quintet Good Vibes. Wilmington, delart.org

Courtesy of the Brandywine River Museum of Art

A Visual History

Thru. 6/7 Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Votes for Women: A Visual History includes drawings, illustrations, museum posters, historical societies and private collections that show the suffragists’ complex political messages. Examples of attire worn in Washington, D.C., in March 1913 will also be on display. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, brandywine.org

 

5 Black History Month Events to Check Out in February

2/20 and 2/29 Delaware-based Out Of The Ordinary Catering Mobile Food Truck is celebrating Black History Month with soul food cuisine on the food truck. Catch them in Newark at the University of Delaware STAR Campus, and at Volunteer Brewing Company. Newark, Middletown, facebook.com

2/21 and 2/28 Enjoy free showings of Greek Book and Selma as part of the The South Coastal Public Library’s African American History Month Movie Series. Popcorn is provided. Bethany Beach, southcoastal.lib.de.us

2/22 Traveling art and entertainment company Paint, Sip & Chat Studio’s stops in Wilmington for Black History Leap Into your ROOTS. This painting event includes supplies, food vendors, unlimited drinks and more in celebration of Black History Month. Wilmington, eventbrite.com

2/24 Award-winning folk artist Eunice LaFate joins the Delaware City Public Library for Black History Month: Folk Art and Culture. Learn about her work as a local folk artist and gallery owner, and create your own piece of folk art. Delaware City, delawarecity.lib.de.us

2/27 UD’s Center for Black Culture presents Common—an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning artist, actor, and activist as part of Black History Month Extravaganza 2020. Newark, udel.edu/cbc

Week of Feb. 1-7

2/1 Celebrate winter at the Delaware Museum of Natural History’s Frozen Fun! in Wilmington. Activities include building snowmen, freezing water and enjoying frozen treats. Don’t miss your chance to meet Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen. Wilmington, delmnh.org

2/4 Enjoy an evening of story time, music and activities to celebrate African-American culture at Woodlawn Library’s Black History Month Family Story in Wilmington. Wilmington, nccde.org/344/Woodlawn-Library

2/6 After a successful first year, the Delaware Art Museum and Fund for Women are bringing back Conversations with Women Making a Difference in Delaware. The first of multiple panel discussions kicks off this month. Blue Blaze Associates, NEWS4Women and the Fund for Women sponsor the event. Wilmington, delart.org

 

Week of Feb. 8-14

2/8 For nine years, Spokey Speaky has celebrated the birthday and music of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. The local Wilmington band plays a full night of Marley music, from popular sing-alongs to deep cuts at The Queen in downtown Wilmington. Wilmington, thequeenwilmington.com

2/7–2/8 The Rehoboth Beach Art League at the Corkran and Tubbs Galleries presents the Jewelry Trunk Show. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there is a wide range of fine art jewelry from a juried group of artisans available for purchase. The Friday evening show opens with refreshments and appetizers. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org 

2/9 Enjoy a classic Italian dinner while listening to a jazz and rock fusion performance from Paul Cullen. You can sing along with Cullen, who has six solo albums and more than 30 years as a professional musician with his trio at the historic Milton Theatre. He pairs his performance with the dinner and wine selected from his family vineyards in Italy. Milton, miltontheatre.com

2/14 Indulge this Valentine’s Day during the Chocolate Festival at the Wilmington Public Library. Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., sample chocolates and see a baking contest. There will also be raffle baskets and face painting. For more information, visit wilmington.lib.de.us.

 

Week of Feb. 15-21

2/15 Trio Valtorna at the Bethel United Methodist Church Hall brings together three generations of musicians. Lani Spahr of Performance Insights presents the trio. Lewes, bethellewes.org

2/21 Grammy Award–winning stand-up comedian Lewis Black brings his It Gets Better Every Day tour to The Grand Opera House. With specials on Comedy Central, HBO, Epix and Showtime, Black is one of the most popular stand-up comedians touring the world. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org

Courtesy of Milton Theatre

2/21 Kathie Marti & The Hot Rods is a seven-piece rock band featuring classics from the 1950s and 1960s. After a short touring hiatus, the group is back offering its mix of recent music and classic rock hits. Milton, miltontheatre.com

2/21–2/22 Get an up-close look at the First State Ballet Theatre as they present Up Front on Market. Performing in Studio 1 of The Baby Grand, this show features highlights from the classical repertoire and new contemporary work. A reception with FSBT dancers follows. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org

 

Week of Feb. 22-29

2/22 Join the Junior League of Wilmington at its fifth annual Women’s Leadership Summit. The theme, Together We Rise!, fits into the organization’s mission to train women to become community figures. Speakers include representatives from Millennial Ventures, Delaware YWCA, United Way, Starbucks and the Office of Women’s Advancement and Advocacy. Wilmington, jlwilmington.org

2/22 Celebrate the American Heart Association at the Wilmington Heart Ball at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. Wilmington, heart.org

2/23 Bring the whole family to First State Ballet Theatre Presents Up Front on Market 4 Kids. This one-act ballet brings your favorite fairy-tale characters to life. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org 

2/29 A bit of Louisiana tradition comes to Delaware this month at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition 2020 Lights of Life Mardi Gras Gala. Enjoy New Orleans fare, cocktails, a silent auction, a DJ and a breast cancer survivor showcase. Held at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Dover, debreastcancer.org

2/29 Dance the night away for a good cause at The Queen’s Shine a Light Concert. Benefitting arts education through the Light Up the Queen Foundation, the event brings 40 of the state’s musicians and bands together to perform hits from the ’80’s. Splurging for the VIP ticket gets guests an open bar, buffet, exclusive balcony access and more. Wilmington, lightupthequeen.org

 

Throughout the Month

Courtesy of The Delaware Contemporary

2/4- 6/14 Designer John Breakey’s career spans 30 years, and the Delaware Contemporary museum features his latest exhibit. ATMOSPHERE takes inspiration from the natural events that occur around us every day. The Feb. 7 opening reception offers a showcase of different atmospheric conditions. Wilmington, decontemporary.org

2/11–5/15 Explore the Beat Generation, a counterculture movement that influenced the 1960s and beyond. Beat Visions and the Counterculture at the University of Delaware features authors and visual artists related to the movement while analyzing the influence their ideas and imagery had on the nation. Newark, udel.edu

Thru. 3/8 The RAL Regional Juried Photography Exhibition requests image submissions over five years from local artists with all styles available for exhibition. Join juror, awards judge and Delaware–Maryland–Virginia native Gabrielle Tillenburg and the Rehoboth Art League at the Corkran Gallery. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

Courtesy of Brandywine River Museum

Thru. 6/14  Remembering the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, the Brandywine River Museum presents Witness to History: Selma Photography of Stephen Somerstein. A presentation of 55 of the photographs taken by Somerstein during the final march to the state capitol on March 25, 1965, is paired with his commentary of the day’s events. This exhibit is guest curated by Farrah Spott. Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, brandywine.org

Thru. 6/15 In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, follow Delaware’s ratification story and the state’s legacy of women’s right to vote during Votes for Delaware Women: A Centennial Exhibition. This exhibit explores letters, telegrams, petitions, books and more. The University of Delaware hosts  this exploration through history, highlighting Delaware’s suffrage story and its connection with current events. Newark, udel.edu


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