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Thru Oct 1: Autumn Craft Show. Delaware State Fair- grounds, 717-656-3208, www.handcraftunlimited.com.

Thru Oct 1: Dewey Beach Music Conference. Hundreds of bands descend on Dewey, 227-3888, www.dbmc06.com.

Thru Oct 1: Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale. In the Lewes commercial district, 645-8073, www.leweschamber.com.

Thru Oct 1: Bike to the Bay. Take a ride with a few hundred of your closest friends — 150 miles from Smyrna to Dewey Beach and back—to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 655-5610, www.biketothebay.org.

Oct 1: Head of the Christina Regatta. Rowers of all ages compete in the annual regatta, 777-4533.

Oct 1: Coast Day. University of Delaware College of Marine Studies, Lewes, 831-8083, www.ocean.udel.edu.

Oct 1: Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch. Beach eateries come together for an afternoon of culinary excellence. At The BayCenter, Ruddertowne, 656-3257 or 800-620-MEALS, www.mealsfromthemasters.com.

Oct 1: Delaware Humane Association’s 16th Annual Walk for the Animals. One-mile, fun walk for participants and their canines at Banning Park, 571-8172, ext 301, www.dehumane.org.

Oct 6-7: 15th Delmarva Folk Festival includes performances by BarleyJuice, Red Molly, Liz Carlisle, Last Train Home, Jake Armerding, Beaucoup Blues, Dead Man’s Hollow, Spirit Wing, Nik Everett, George & Ossi, The Supertonics, Celtic Harvest, Squagum Possums and Crabmeat Thompson. At the Fields’ Farm in Hartley, 877-DEL-FOLK, www.delfolk.org.

Oct 6-9: Greyhounds Reach the Beach. Elegant hounds visit Dewey for the weekend, 617-774-0230, www.adopt-a-greyhound.org.

Oct 6-7: Apple-Scrapple Festival. Eat it, carve it and toss it at the annual celebration. In Bridgeville, 337-7135.

Oct 6-8: 20th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. Find great deals in downtown Rehoboth Beach, 227-2772, www.rehomain.com.

Oct 7: Fall Festival at Woodburn. Celebrate autumn at the governor’s mansion, 739-5656, www.state.de.us/woodburn.

Oct 7-8: Fine Art at the Riverfront IV presents artists of color from throughout the country, plus lectures on collecting. At the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 567-0652, www.ralproductionsart.com.

Oct 7-8: Annual Fall Surf-Fishing Tournament. Hook the state record-breaking bluefish and take home big bucks. At Indian River Inlet, 800-962-SURF, www.bethany-fenwick.org.

Oct 7-8: Harvest Moon Festival. Music, pumpkin croquet, guided nature walks and a corn maze are just a few of the many activities at Coverdale Farm, 239-2334, www.delawarenaturesociety.org.

Oct 11-15: Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival. Tear the Roof Off and other jazz acts such as Vinyl Shockley, trumpeter Chris Botti, the Smooth Jazz AllStar Jam, the New York Jazz Ensemble and George Benson hit Rehoboth for the festival, 800-29-MUSIC, www.rehobothjazz.com.

Oct 13-14: 12th annual Family Fun Wilmington RiverFest at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington. Includes a Friday evening lighted boat parade and fireworks, plus a full day of activity on Saturday with Radio Disney, chalk artists, bubbleologists and more, 656-8400.

Oct 14: Annual Bull Blast. Watch bull riding and barrel racing, plus enjoy lots of activities for the kids. At the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 492-3327.

Oct 14: The New Castle Kitchen and Garden Tour features 15 kitchens and 14 gardens including the Read House, which is hosting an open-hearth cooking demonstration. Friday night’s preview party includes live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, 322-7895, www.newcastlelibraryfriends.org.

Oct 14: Waterfowl Festival. At Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Milton, 684-8419, www.fws.gov/northeast/primehook.

Oct 14: Delaware Air National Guard 60th Anniversary Open House and Air Show. Check out exhibits and demonstrations by the Air and Army National Guard in Delaware, including military aircraft from WWII to the present. At the New Castle County Airport, 9am-5pm, 323-3504, www.denewc.ang.af.mil.

Oct 14-15: Brandywine Valley Quilters 2006 Quilt Show “Somewhere in Time.” At the Brookhaven Municipal Building in Brookhaven, www.brandywinevlyquilters.org.

Oct 20-21: Brandywine Creek State Park’s 15th Annual Haunted Trail. The park goes all out with new scares and creeps for the 15th anniversary year, 655-5740, www.destateparks.com.

Oct 20-21: Americana Music Fest. Forty bands play homegrown music, 277-3888, www.deweybeachfest.com.

Oct 20-22: Rocktober Charity Fishing Tournament and Festival More than $24,000 in cash prizes in three categories: rockfish, flounder and tautog. At the Indian River Marina, 645-5949, www.rocktoberfishing.org.

Oct 21: Autumn at Abbott’s Mill Festival. Nature encounters, strawman stuffing, a hay maze, storytelling, canoe rides and guided walks, plus lots of tasty treats, 422-0847, www.delawarenaturesociety.org.

Oct 25-28: The Great Pumpkin Carve. Watch area artists transform pumpkins into spectacular creatures. At the Chadds Ford Historical Society, 610-388-7376, www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

Oct 27-29: Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival. Halloween fun throughout Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach, 800-441-1329 or visit www.beach-fun.com.

Oct 29: Whiskazz and Pawzz’ 5th annual Howl-o-ween Event. Canines and their humans compete in games, plus lots of dog-related vendors, fashion show and costume contest. Benefits Canine Partners for Life, 235-2002, www.whiskazzandpawzz.com.

Oct 29: Newark Halloween Parade Trick-or-Treat Main Street. Enjoy costumed paraders and spectators lined up on Main Street, 369-7036.

Oct 31: Do politics scare you? Enjoy a lighthearted scare during the Halloween Haunted House at Woodburn, 739-5656, www.state.de.us/woodburn.

Fund-Raisers

Oct 7: 1st Annual Survivor’s Ball “Burning the Blue Light All Night” celebrates law enforcement officers throughout Delaware. At Dover Downs Convention Center, 668-6676, cerase@msn.com.

Oct 7: Born 2B Wild. Hard-driving music, exceptional food, premium wine and beer, and an expanded auction of art and luxury items, not to mention the vintage Harleys serving as a backdrop, At the DCCA, 200 S Madison St, 656-6466 ext 7112, www.thedcca.org/Born2Bwild.

Oct 14: Light the Night Walk. Walk along the boardwalk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 800-220-1617, ext 21, www.lightthenight.org.

Oct 20: Red Balloon Big Bash. Celebrate the Wellness Community’s 10th anniversary by grooving to Club Phred at this tie-dyed optional event, 227-1155.

Oct 20: The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 15th Anniversary Gala. At Longwood Gardens. Cocktail dress, 656-4847.

Oct 29: 7th Annual Scott Mackler 5k run/walk to benefit the ALS Association. Noon at Temple Beth El, 301 Possum Park Road. Registration online, www.race2run.com.

Historical Sites and Museums

Air Mobility Command Museum 1301 Heritage Road, Dover Air Force Base, 677-5938. Vintage aircraft and artifacts. www.amcmuseum.org
Oct 7-8: Dover AFB Open House Airshow featuring the USAF Thunderbirds.

Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village 866 N DuPont Hwy, Dover, 734-1618, www.agriculturalmuseum.org. Thousands of artifacts and restored buildings of Loockerman Landing Village explore 200 years of farming history.
Thru 2006: “The Dirt on Dirt: Secrets of the Soil”
Thru Oct 29: “Route 9 by 2,” paintings by Michele Green, give a 360-degree view of Route 9
Oct 3-Nov 29: “Living Life Close to the Ground”
Oct 21: Blacksmithing for Beginners. Learn the basics of this craft.
Oct 21: Cider Making and Pumpkin Carving
Oct 28: Goodies and Goblins. A safe, fun trick-or-treat through Loockerman Village.

Delaware History Center 504 Market St, Wilm, 656-0637. Delaware History Museum, permanent exhibit “Distinctively Delaware” and Grandma’s Attic Kids Museum plus special exhibits. www.hsd.org
Sep 21-Jan 6: Delaware in the early 1600s
Thru Jan 6: “Complex Relations: Delaware at the Time of First Contact.” On display in conjunction with the Lewes 375th anniversary, this exhibition explores the interaction between arriving European settlers and those living in what we now call Delaware.
Oct 1-Jan 6: “The Dansey Flag,” an exhibition featuring the only known Delaware regimental flag from the Revolutionary War.

Delaware State Museums 739-4266, www.destatemuseums.org. Eight sites throughout the state open to the public free of charge: Delaware Archaeology Museum, Museum of Small Town Life, Delaware State Visitor Center, New Castle Court House Museum, John Dickinson Plantation, The State House, Johnson Victrola Museum, Zwaanendael Museum.

Fort Delaware On Pea Patch Island near Delaware City, 834-7941, www.destateparks.com. Delaware’s Civil War-era fort.
Oct 13-14, 20-21, 27-28: Halloween Tours.

Hagley Museum and Library Rt 141, Wilm, 658-2400, www.hagley.org. Hosts special events on Blacksmith Hill, the Powder Yard and tours of Eleutherian Mills.
Thru July 31: “Centuries of Progress: American World’s Fairs” exhibits photographs, books, artifacts and souvenirs from the museum’s collection.
Oct 7: Harvest Party
Oct 21-22: Hagley’s Craft Fair

Longwood Gardens US Rt 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, 610-388-1000, 800-737-5500, www.longwoodgardens.org. 1,050 acres of outdoor gardens and 20 indoor gardens, seasonal exhibits.
Thru Oct 3: GardenFest celebrates the bounty of harvest season.
Oct 4-27: Experience Autumn’s Colors with glowing shades of yellow, orange, purple and red in the indoor and outdoor gardens.
Oct 28-Nov 19: See thousands of mums in spectacular displays during Chrysanthemum Festival.

Nanticoke Indian Museum Rt 24, Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro, 945-7022. The history of Delaware’s Nanticoke Indians.

Seaford Historical Society 203 High St, Seaford, 628-9828 or 628-9500, www.seafordhistoricalsociety.com. Owns and operates the historic Governor Ross Mansion and plantation and the Seaford Museum. Events include Victorian Teas, Riverfest, Towne and Country Fair, Victorian Christmas and Civil War encampments.

Selbyville Museum & Railroad Depot 6 Railroad Ave, Selbyville, 436-8314, www.townofselbyville.com. Restored Railroad Depot, town historical items, police historical items and railroad display are open the first Saturday of the month or by appointment.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 33rd and Spruce sts, Philadelphia, 215-898-4000, www.museum.upenn.edu. Advances our understanding of world cultures through research and exhibitions.
Thru Nov 26: “Connecting Cultures: Kids Across the World” features Joan S. Klatchko’s photographs of children.
Thru Dec 31: “Trouble in Paradise: The Art of Polynesian Warfare”
Thru Feb 26: “Under European Eyes: Conquistadors and Arts of the New World”

Wheaton Village 1501 Glasstown Road (Rt 55, Exit 26), Millville, NJ, 800-998-4552. Galleries at Wheaton explore the art of glassblowing, www.wheatonvillage.org.
Thru Dec 31: “Aartigianato Popolare: Italian folk Arts and Crafts” features traditional Italian arts and crafts including woodcarving, ceramics and porcelain, weaving, embroidery, dolls and more.
Oct 7-8: Festival of Fine Craft. More than 150 juried artists display and demonstrate their crafts.

Winterthur, an American Country Estate Rt 52, 800-448-3883 or 888-4600, www.winterthur.org. A former du Pont family home with period rooms furnished with antiques and American decorative arts, special exhibits and manicured gardens, including the Enchanted Woods children’s garden.
Thru Jan 7: “Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen”

Art Museums and Galleries

Biggs Museum of American Art 406 Federal St, Dover, 674-2111, www.biggsmuseum.org. Fourteen galleries house a collection of American fine and decorative arts, including Frank E. Schoonover, the Peale family and the Janvier family, plus special exhibits.
Thru Oct 29: Award Winners VI Exhibition Opening

Brandywine River Museum Rt 1, Chadds Ford, Pa, 610-388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org. Civil War-era grist mill houses works by the Wyeth family and American illustrators Howard Pyle and Maxfield Parrish.
Weekends thru Nov 5: Fall Harvest Market
Thru Nov 19: N.C. Wyeth House and Studio Tours and Kuerner Farm Tours
Thru Nov 19: “Factory Work: Warhol, Wyeth and Basquiat” features paintings, photographs, interviews, clippings and audiotapes related to the interaction between three artists.

Center for the Creative Arts 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn, 239-2434, www.ccarts.org. Art classes for all ages plus exhibits.
Oct 6-27: 2006 Regional Fine Arts Exhibition

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilm, 571-9590, www.delart.org.
The museum’s recent redesign and expansion includes Delaware’s first sculpture park and two floors of new galleries housing distinguished collections of 19th- and 20th-century and contemporary American art and illustration. The museum’s collection of English Pre-Raphaelite art is currently on tour until spring 2007.
Thru Oct 1: “Icons and Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960-1995.” Jack Mitchell’s portraits of legends of American culture: Alfred Hitchcock, John Lennon, Lauren Bacall and Andy Warhol, among others.
Thru Feb 11: “From Raku to Ray Guns: Ceramics since 1960.” Contemporary ceramic artists use diverse techniques to create exquisite vessels and playful objects.
Oct 4: Art After Hours: BDG All-Stars
Oct 4: Gallery Chat: “From Raku to Ray Guns: Contemporary Ceramics since 1960,” with Charlie Metzger, ceramics instructor. Following the chat, a special wheel throwing demonstration in the Museum’s Bank of America Education Wing.
Oct 5: Starving for Art tour and discussion: “Father & Son: Robert Walter Weir and Julian Alden Weir”
Oct 5: Art History Lecture Series: “Themes in the History of Photography: Photography and Art”
Oct 7: Art History Lecture Series: “Director’s Discoveries: Masterpieces of American Art in Context,” “Homer’s ‘Milking Time,’ Art at the End of the Civil War,” and “Pyle’s ‘Flying Dutchman’: Imagining the Sublime”
Oct 11: Art After Hours: Matt Davis
Oct 12: Starving for Art tour and discussion: “Artist Focus: Jack Beal”
Oct 14-Jan 7: “Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay.” David Macaulay is an author and illustrator who helps us to understand the workings and origins of everything from simple gadgets to elaborate architectural structures.
Oct 18: Art After Hours: Vince Lardear Quartet
Oct 19: Starving for Art tour and discussion: “Building Books: The Art of David Macaulay” (special exhibition)
Oct 21: Art History Lecture Series: Director’s Discoveries: Masterpieces of American Art in Context: “Sloan’s ‘Spring Rain’: Impressions of the City in Europe and America” and “Hopper’s ‘Summertime’: The Alienation of Modern Life”
Oct 25: Art After Hours: Nik Everett
Oct 26: Starving for Art tour and discussion: “19th-Century American Portraiture”

DCCA 200 S Madison St, Wilm, 656-6466, www.thedcca.org. Seven galleries house more than 30 exhibits each year, plus the 26 artists who have studios at the DCCA exhibit their works on a rotating monthly schedule.
Thru Nov 5: Donna Tauscher, “Uncertain Horizon,” installation
Thru Nov 5, Gina Bosworth, “Conversations,” fiber art
Thru Nov 26: Elizabeth Morisette, “Re/Collections,” mixed media
Thru Nov 26: James Mundie, “Congress of Oddities: Prodigies,” pen and ink drawings
Thru Jan 7: Morris Sato Studio, “Light Showers,” light-video installation
Thru Jan 7: “The Modern Seat: Selections from the Rymer Stakgold Collection,” chairs
Oct 7: “Born 2B Wild,” annual art auction and fundraiser
Oct 17-Feb 4: “The Painted Interior,” painted interior environments
Oct 27-Dec 10: Seth Adelsberger, “Domino Overflo,” paintings, drawings, wall collages

Hardcastle Gallery Frederick’s County Center, 5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 655-5230, www.hardcastlegallery.com.
Thru Oct 1: Michael Brock
Oct 6-28: Evening & Afternoon of Art at Goodstay Center, an elegant fine art event to benefit The Friends of Goodstay Gardens.

The Mispillion Art League Inc., Milford Library Public Meeting Room, 11 SE Front St, 422-0260.
Thru Oct 7: The Third Annual Mispillion Art League Members’ Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Show featuring “Palate to Palette.”

Philadelphia Museum of Art Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th St, Philadelphia, 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org. The museum houses a large permanent collection, plus premiere exhibitions throughout the year.
Thru Oct: Contemporary Crafts from the Collection
Thru Oct: “Notations: Energy Yes!” Highlights works that address the literal and metaphorical meanings of energy.
Thru Oct 22: “Someone’s in the Kitchen: Culinary Design Objects from the Collection”
Thru Nov 26: “Gilding the Lotus: Enriching the Himalayan Collection”
Thru Nov 26: “Lines of Thought: Indian Drawings from the Dean Walker Collection”
Thru Dec 31: “Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820,” works from throughout the Americas
Thru Spring: “Celebrate Korea: A Decade of Collecting”
Thru April 30: “Crouching Spider” by Louise Bourgeois, a gigantic sculpture in bronze and stainless steel.
Thru June: “Pop Art and Its Affinities,” features artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claus Oldenburg
Thru Summer: “The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Silks of the 18th Century”
Oct 21-Jan 14: “Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920–50”

Rehoboth Art League 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach, 227-8408, www.rehobothartleague.org.
Thru Oct 29: Fall Theme Exhibit
Thru Oct 29: Glass works by Justin Cavagnaro
Thru Oct 29: “Mystical Geometry: Webs & Structure” paintings and gouaches by Robert Straight

Smyrna Opera House Old Town Hall, Smyrna, 653-4236, www.smyrnaoperahouse.org. Performances ranges from country to classical in restored opera house.
Oct 5-29: Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association Annual Art Show

Somerville Manning Gallery Breck’s Mill, 101 Stone Block Row, Greenville, 652-0271, www.somervillemanning.com.
Thru Oct 7: Francis Di Fronzo: Recent Paintings
Oct 13-Nov 11: 25th Anniversary Exhibition. An exhibition of paintings by illustrators of the Brandywine School, including N.C. Wyeth, Gayle Hoskins, Meade Schaeffer and more.

The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638, www.stationgallery.net.
Oct 6–28: Carol Gray “New Landscapes and Waterscapes,” paintings of the Delaware Valley

University Gallery Main Street and North College Ave, Newark, 831-822, www.museums.udel.edu
Thru Dec 15: “One on One: Image and Response” featuring selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection with responses of 20 writers
Thru Dec 10: “Visionary Anatomies”

You’ve Been Framed 172 E Main St, Newark, 366-1403.
Oct 3-31: “Material Girlz—Sew Kewl!” mixed media fabric art in both 2D and 3D by Gabrielle Bradley and Celeste Kelly of Newark. Show and sale.

Theater

Arden Theatre Company 40 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, 215-922-1122, www.ardentheatre.org. A professional regional theater company dedicated to presenting the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time.
Thru Oct 15: “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” John Irving’s beloved tale of a small child who sees himself as an instrument of God.
Oct 12-Dec 3: “Crime and Punishment,” Dostoevsky’s famous tale of motive and murder.

Brandywine Ballet Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University, 610-696-2711. www.brandywineballet.com
Oct 28-29: Nancy Page’s “Dracula”

Broadway at the Academy The Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts, Philadelphia, 215-893-1999. Brings knockout Broadway shows to Philadelphia. www.kimmelcenter.org/broadway
Thru Oct 1: “I Can’t Stop Loving You” celebrates the genius of Ray Charles with 36 great songs.

Clear Space Productions Cape Henlopen High School “Little Theatre,” Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, Schwartz Center for the Arts. Presents theater and music events throughout the year, plus workshops and summer camps, 644-3810, www.clearspaceproductions.org.
Oct 5-7: “Everything in the Garden”

Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St, Wilm, 594-1100, www.delawaretheatre.com. Delaware’s only professional resident company presents five plays each season.
Oct 18-Nov 2: “Turn of the Screw,” The classic Henry James thriller comes to life.

DuPont Theatre Hotel du Pont, Wilm, 656-4401, 800-338-0881. Broadway and national touring company productions come to Wilmington. www.duponttheatre.com
Oct 10-15: “Pippin,” starring former Monkee Micky Dolenz

InterAct Theatre Company 2030 Sansom St, Philadelphia, 215-568-8079, www.InterActTheatre.org. Develops and produces new plays to educate and entertain its audiences, and foster positive social change.
Oct 20-Nov 19: “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” The drama of two Argentinean men, a gay window dresser and a socialist rebel, forced to share a claustrophobic jail cell.

The New Candlelight Dinner Theatre 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, 475-2313.
Oct 6-Dec 23: “Beauty and the Beast,” the Disney stage spectacular comes to Ardentown.

Pennsylvania Ballet Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts, Merriam Theater, Avenue of the Arts and Broad St, Philadelphia, 215-551-7000, www.paballet.org. Presents a season of innovative contemporary works and major productions of classical ballet like Swan Lake and The Firebird.
Oct 11-15: “Romance and Revelry: An Evening of Dance by Jerome Robbins” featuring “Fancy Free,” “In the Night” and “The Concert.”
Oct 13: An Evening of Audience Favorites

The People’s Light & Theatre Company 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, 610-644-3500. Presents a season of diverse classics and new works. www.peopleslight.org
Thru Oct 22: “The Imaginary Invalid” by Molière
Oct 18-Nov 19: “Something You Did,” by Willy Holtzman, asks disarming questions about freedom and responsibility in the 21st century.

Philadelphia Theatre Company Plays & Players Theater, 1714 Delancey St. Philadelphia, 215-985-0420, www.phillytheatreco.com. Dedicated to producing world and area premieres by contemporary playwrights and discovering the classics of the future.
Oct 6-Nov 5: The East Coast Premiere of “Murderers,” by Jeffrey Hatcher

Possum Point Players At Possum Hall, Georgetown, info 856-3460, tickets 856-4560, www.possumpointplayers.org. Five annual productions plus children’s workshops.
Oct 13-22: “Chicago”

Second Street Players Riverfront Theatre, 2 S Walnut St, Milford, 422-0220, www.secondstreetplayers.com. Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus Sunday matinees.
Thru Oct 8: “Annie”

Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre 3540 Three Little Bakers Blvd, Wilm, 368-1616, 800-368-3303. Presents the Broadway Series of musicals and headline entertainment. www.tlbinc.com
Thru Oct 29: “Big, The Musical” the 1987 hit movie becomes a funny, touching musical.

Walnut Street Theatre 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia, 215-574-3550, www.wstonline.org. America’s oldest theater has a long tradition of producing classic plays and American musicals.
Thru Oct 22: “Windy City.” Rumor has it a Chicago reporter is quitting to marry a Hollywood sweetheart—only he has one more story to write first.

Wilma Theater 265 South Broad St, Philadelphia, 215-546-STAGE, www.wilmatheater.org. Productions explore the complexities of modern life with challenging stories and themes.
Thru Nov 5: The Pillowman.

Wilmington Drama League 10 W Lea Blvd, Wilm, 764-1172. The all-volunteer league presents quality productions of musicals, plays and special events. www.wdl.org
Oct 27-Nov 11: “Wait Until Dark”

Music

Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway, Arden, 475-3126, www.ardenclub.com. Hosts a variety of Arden events and bring in an eclectic blend of world music.
Thru Oct 7: Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Oct 1, 22: Contra Dance
Oct 4, 18: Folk Dance
Oct 11: Square Dancing
Oct 15, 25: Israeli Dancing
Oct 28: Rudie Crew, Ska and Reggae Rock

Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 420 Willa Road, Newark, 475-3454, www.brandywinefriends.org.
Oct 27: A Tribute to the Carter Family

Chaddsford Winery 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, www.chaddsford.com. Combines wine tasting, gourmet picnics and live music for the Summer Nights Under the Stars concert series and special events.
Oct 1, 8, 15: Spiced Apple Sundays

Coastal Concerts Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, 4th and Market sts, Lewes, 545-1539. www.coastalconcerts.org.
Oct 7: David Russell, Classical Guitar

Curtis Institute of Music 1726 Locust St., Philadelphia, 215-893-7902, www.curtis.edu. Watch tomorrow’s star musicians and celebrated alumni in concert.
Oct 9: Student Recital Series
Oct 10: “A Centennial Tribute to Dmitri Shostakovich”
Oct 15, 20: The Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture,” No. 3, Penderecki’s Viola Concerto and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5; Otto-Werner Mueller, conductor, Roberto Diaz, viola
Oct 20: Student Recital Series: Vocal Studies Department Recital
Oct 22: The Curtis Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven’s “Leonore Overture,” No. 3, Britten’s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5; Otto-Werner Mueller, conductor, Hillary Hahn, violin

Delaware Friends of Folk W.T. Smithers, 140 S State St, Dover and Wesley College Underground, 120 N State St, Dover, 465-0805, www.delfolk.org. Hosts monthly Celtic Sessions, Coffee Houses and Pick-Ins.
Oct 6-7: Delmarva Folk Festival
Oct 21: Coffeehouse, Stephen Di Joseph, E. Shawn Qaissaunee opens

Delaware Symphony Orchestra Grand Opera House, 818 N Market St, Wilm, 652-5577, 800-37-GRAND, www.desymphony.org. The 101st season includes classical concerts, plus chamber performances.
Oct. 13-14: “Ancestors and Descendants” features Beethoven’s “The Ruins of Athens Overture” and “Turkish Mar,” Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, with David Amado, conductor, and Caitlin Tully, violin
Oct 24: DuPont Champagne Chamber I features Mozart’s “Gran Partita” and Dvo?ák’s “Serenade for Winds”

Dover Downs, Rollins Center, Rt 13, Dover, 800-711-5882, www.doverdowns.com. Headline entertainment visits Dover.
Oct 4-5: Tony Danza
Oct 20: Diamond Rio

Grand Opera House 818 N Market St, Wilm, 652-5577, 800-37-GRAND, www.grandopera.org. A full season of music, dance and comedy by nationally renowned performers.
Oct 6: The Slackers Tour
Oct 7: Little Richard
Oct 8: Tower of Power and The Average White Band
Oct 9: Peter Frampton
Oct 15: Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra
Oct 16: Drummers of Burundi
Oct 20: Stars of Doo Wop: The Drifters, Lenny Coco and the Chimes, Larry Chance and the Earls
Oct 21: Nanci Griffith
Oct 30: Madeleine Peyroux

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater and The Academy of Music; Broad and Locust sts, Philadelphia, 215-893-1999, www.kimmelcenter.org. Brings national musicians and performers to the area through a variety of programs and performance series.
Oct 14: Master Musicians Organ Series: Cherry Rhodes features Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Jose Lidon’s “Four Pieces for the Mass,” Mozart’s Introduction and Fugue in C minor, Mader’s “Afternoon of a Toad,” Liszt’s Symphonic Poem “Orpheus” and Guillou’s “Scenes d’Enfant d’apres” “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James
Oct 14: Mellon Jazz Up Close — Roots of Jazz: Congo Square with Donald Harrison Jr.
Oct 15: Emmylou Harris
Oct 17: NHK Symphony Orchestra features Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma” and Debussy’s “La Mer’”
Oct 18: Maxim Vengerov with Lilya Zilberstein features Brahms’ Sonata and Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir d’un lieu cher,” opus 42
Oct 21: Jennifer Koh with Reiko Uchida, piano, features John Adams: Road Movies, Gyorgy Kurtag: “Signs,” “Games and Messages” for solo violin, Poulenc: Sonate for Violin and Piano (a la memoire de Federico Garcia Lorca), Jennifer Higdon world premiere and Robert Schumann’s Sonata in d minor for violin and piano
Oct 28: Planet World Series: Anoushka Shankar

Longwood Gardens Rt 1 near Kennett Square, Pa, 610-388-1000, 800-737-5500, www.longwoodgardens.org. Carillon concerts throughout the year plus special performances.
Oct 1: Carillon Concert: Robin Austin
Oct 7: Blues Music Concert: Bluebone
Oct 8: Avon Grove High School Band
Oct 14: Local Singer/songwriters: Geri Smith, Lisa Johnson and Rob Dickenson
Oct 15: Coatesville High School Red Raider Band
Oct 21: Zydeco-a-Go-Go
Oct 22: Penncrest High School Roaring Lions Band
Oct 28: Chinese Shadow Puppet Theater Performance: Chinese Theatre Works
Oct 28-29: Strolling Puppet Theater: Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater
Oct 29: Martial Arts Demonstrations: American Martial Arts Institute
Oct 29: Japanese Folk Dance Performance: Minbu Za

Newark Symphony Orchestra UD’s Loudis Recital Hall, Newark, 369-3466, www.newarksymphony.org. Presents a symphony series and concert series in Newark.
Oct 29: Symphony Concert

Opera Company of Philadelphia Academy of Music, Broad and Locust sts, Philadelphia, 215-893-3600, www.operaphilly.com. Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera presents both established and rising stars.
Oct 27-Nov 11: “La Boheme,” Puccini’s masterpiece of young love and heartbreak among Parisian artists.

OperaDelaware Grand Opera House, 818 N Market St, Wilm, 652-5577, 800-37-GRAND, www.operade.org. Classic and contemporary opera, plus a family performance every year.
Oct 28-Nov 5: George Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring Lori-Kaye Miller in the title role of the classic opera that changed the genre forever.

Penn Presents Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Zellerbach Theatre, Irvine Auditorium and Harold Prince Theatre; Philadelphia, 215-898-3900, www.pennpresents.org.
Oct 13-15: Dublin’s Gate Theatre: “Waiting for Godot”

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