…a word I haven’t used since 1971 (at least), is all I can say about this column. I’m ‘limited’ to 1,200 words for publication, though I started with nearly 4,800 before I excised the superfluous adjectives supplied by the bon vivants in our arts community. Don’t be dissuaded to travel Route 1 by the advent of The Season! Get out there and catch a film at the new Cinema Arts Theatre, or a live show at one of our many local theaters, or buy some new art for your walls! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (in residence at the Dickens Parlor Theater; 35715 Atlantic Avenue; Bethany Beach; 302-829-1071).
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee through May 22. Local artist/actor, Andrew Criss, performs the one-man show Chesapeake by Lee Blessing for one weekend only—June 3-5.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) offers an “Early Bird” subscription discount for their 2016-2017 season—five concerts for the price of four—featuring The American Brass Quintet, Pianist Ingrid Fliter, Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the American String Quartet, Violinist Elena Urioste, and Cellist Nicholas Canellakis, Trio Virado, and Red Priest—a one-of-a-kind Baroque group as their non-subscription “Wild Card.”
Concerts by the Sea (All Saints Episcopal; 18 Olive Avenue) announces their eighth Annual Summer Organ Recital Series— Every Thursday afternoon (12:15 p.m.) from June 23-August 11.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) presents Shout! A Swinging ‘60s Sensation—one weekend only—May 20-22. Rivers and Rhoades in concert, May 27 (8 p.m.). Off the Cuff Kids—an evening of Improv—June 4 (6:30 p.m.).
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area. Check their website for locations.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) produces A Raisin in the Sun—June 10-19—directed by John Marino.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) offers a huge variety of entertainment! May 19: Revival House (6 p.m.)—Don’t Hassle Me, I’m Local. May 20-21: Recital of the Arts (7 p.m./2 p.m.) featuring the Milton Theatre students. May 21: Cape High School Theatre Department Show (8 p.m.). May 22: Dogfish Head Bike to the Theatre Movie Series (2 p.m.) Quicksilver (PG). May 23: The Milton Theatre Artist Showcase (8 p.m.) live original music by local performers. May 25: Kirtan—Trans-cendental Jam Session (6 p.m.) with a complimentary vegetarian feast. May 27: Murder at the Long Branch Saloon Dinner Theatre (7 p.m.) with Ovation Dinner Theatre, and catered by Hobos of Rehoboth. May 28: Tool Gypsies (8 p.m.)—an unforgettable night of gypsy music, dance, and story. June 1: Tribe 8x8 (7 p.m.)—eight speakers each deliver an eight minute talk. June 3: Todd Chappelle and Hot Breakfast (8 p.m.)—music comedy. The Clear Space Theatre Company hits the road! June 4 and 5: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (8 p.m.) June 9: Where to Invade Next (7:30 p.m.)—a Michael Moore film. Details on their website.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents a Free Concert in the Garden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (18 Olive Avenue) presents A Touch of Brass in the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (18 Olive Avenue), Sunday, June 5 (2 p.m.). Bring a chair and a picnic lunch!
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) has opened their new Cinema Arts Theatre (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes) and has showings of different Independent films Friday-Sunday each week! National Theatre Live Screenings—live broadcasts from the London stage!—Hamlet is offered May 23-28. See the World: Afternoon events presented by Accent on Travel second Thursday of each month (3:45 p.m.). Sharkey’s Hill in honor of Military Appreciation Month—May 26 (2 p.m.); Veg Fest: Pure Plant Nation (June 10, 8 p.m.).
St. Peter’s Episcopal (Second and Market Street in Lewes; 302-645-8479) Immanuel Bach Consort presents An IBC Messiah featuring arias and choruses from Handel’s Messiah and chorales of J.S. Bach—June 9 (7 p.m.). The Wilmington Children’s Chorus—June 20 (7 p.m.). Both concerts are presented on a free-will offering basis, with reception following.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) holds auditions for Drop Dead!—May 22 and 23 (7 p.m.). Check their website for more information. Their Children’s Theater presents Pinocchio—June 3-5. Tickets: $5 (17 and younger) and $10 (18+).
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) will bring the spring season alive with colorful floral works, including original paintings by Yvonne Mora, Sergey Cherep, and new artist, Tom Clarke. Anne Packard’s new seascape canvases continue to be displayed throughout the summer.
Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) hosts Tango de Arte on last Saturday of the month—a social dance lesson in Argentine Tango until midnight. Reception for Brook Andrews’ retrospective: Shades of White 1970-1990— May 29 (5-8 p.m.). They welcome you to share your dreams of building your collection of fine art, and they offer layaway.
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302- 227-2050; gallery50art.com) kicks off its 2016 season in top gear, bringing the best in modern and contemporary art to the beach. They feature artists Rachel Black and Tara Lausch for VegFest (June 11). Their frame shop offers the best quality and workmanship for all of your framing needs.
*Gallery 50 and G-50 Fine Art Photography (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features the work of potter Susan Gladstone. Take a step into the studio and watch Susan throwing pots!
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120) is featuring classes in jewelry making and beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase. Their annual Earrings Galore Exhibition opens May 21 with a reception from 4-6 p.m.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) is a fun, new studio offering public painting classes and private pARTies for anyone over the age of 7. The spacious, well-lit studio, provides complimentary wine, beer, and soda. Paint Your Pet—May 22 and June 26. Kidz Camp—weeks of June 20 and July 18. Prince Birthday Tribute pARTy—June 7 (Prince’s birthday!). Date Night couples’ set paintings—June 10. Daddy and Me— June 19 (Father’s Day).
Paintiques and The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302- 258-4203) has “painted furniture galore,” as well as a fantastic new selection of pieces for the Spring and Summer season. Remember, they can customize anything, and they do beautiful work.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551) continues Light on the Land exploring how light and color interact by artists Carole Boggemann Peirson and Meg Nottingham Walsh—through May 31. Atmosphere—the contemporary landscapes of Jill Basham will be featured June 4-July 5.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) presents The Choreography of Shape (through June 12) in The Marcia and Henry Dewitt Gallery. Curators Constance Costigan and Lee Wayne Mills select works from the RAL Permanent Collection under the theme Wetlands and Waterways. Totally Geometric—(Corkran Gallery); Abstract American—Diane Mesirow (Tubbs Gallery); Into the Light—Marina Reiter (Ventures Gallery). Through June 12.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) is busy, as always! You Can Say That Again!—on the topic of repetition in the arts by Certified Needle arts judge Dolores Andrew—May 22 (1 p.m.). Reservations required. Opening May 28—Wish You Were Here—an exhibition of postcards dating back more than 100 years. Blue Suede Shoe stroll around downtown—learn about the locations and events that shaped our town! June 4 (9 a.m.). Reservations required.
Scénique Art Gallery (7 North First Street, 302-226-ARTS ) is a premier fine art gallery specializing in seascapes and fun in the sun. Join them for Gala-Ray Sashay every Second Saturday. The gallery now features the work of local artist Sunny Heitzman, new installations by Marco Vazquez, and Bob Kimball, with more from Andrea Costa coming soon.
WibergArt and Studio 3 (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 302-226-0206 or 302-245-3615) features renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, and his original oils of sailing vessels and ships, as well as the work of Dolores Andrew, Joyce Blakeslee, Rose Doster, Wendy Kesler, Melissa McLean, and LaVerne McIntyre.