Put Dover in the rear view mirror this weekend and head to a couple of events within a day's driving distance of home.

Leave your troubles behind this weekend and head to a few locations north and south of home. From classic fairy tales to classic music, spots all over Delaware have something to offer.


WHAT Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre

WHERE Smyrna Opera House, 7 W. South St., Smyrna

WHEN 3 p.m., Saturday

COST $8 to $25

INFO (302) 653-4236

Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre, a Philadelphia-based performing company, will bring some whimsy to the Smyrna Opera stage this weekend with several recognizable adventures.

Meet Mr. Furr E. Wolf and a few of his friends as they travel down the road for a few adventures. The "Three Little Pigs" will be there, along with Br'er Rabbit, Red Riding Hood and a gruff billy goat or three.

SOH Executive Director David Keller thinks audiences will enjoy the playful departure from the opera house's usual schedule.

"I am excited to bring back Tuckers' Tales this season as our audience really enjoyed their previous performances and they are great people," said Keller. "Tom and Marianne present a very entertaining show that the entire family can enjoy.

The Tuckers formed their troupe in 1981 and have toured the country, entertaining kids and kids-at-heart for more than 30 years.


WHAT Citizen Cope in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Sunday
WHERE World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington
COST $44 to $125
INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Citizen Cope will perform at the World Café Live at the Queen on Sunday, as part of his ongoing winter tour.

Offering a hodgepodge of rock-n-roll, soul grooves and acoustic blues, Citizen Cope ushers listeners into a world painted with honesty, heartfelt lyrics and a ton of spirit.

Born Clarence Greenwood, but simply known to his friends as known to friends as "Cope," the singer-songwriter, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is perhaps best known for his ever-popular song "Sideways," a tune from his album, "The Terrance Greenwood Recordings." The song also appeared on Carlos Santana's album "Shaman," and it's been covered by artists such as Sheryl Crow and Corey Taylor. "Sideways" has been featured in multiple TV shows and movies like "Scrubs," "Trust the Man" "Ghost Town" and "One Tree Hill."

Cope originally started out in the early '90s as a DJ in Washington, D.C., spinning records for the DC-based hip-hop group Basehead. While staying in the background with Basehead, he was slowly forming stories in his mind. However, Cope never intended to sing any of his material, as he was in search of a singer-songwriter to sing them.

Cope eventually had a revelation that the singer he was looking for was himself. In 2002, he recorded his debut album and hasn't looked back. He's since recorded four more records, the most recent being "One Lovely Day," which dropped in 2012.


WHAT Hotel California: Eagles Tribute Band

WHERE The Gold Room at Harrington Raceway & Casino, 15 W. Rider Road

WHEN 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday

COST $20

INFO (302) 398-4920

Fans of the 1970s harmonizing rock quartet, The Eagles, who have been missing the live music they were known for can have that void filled when Hotel California stops in Harrington for two performances Saturday night.

The tribute band was formed following the demise of The Eagles in 1982 and features five multi-talented musicians who aim to recreate the classic sound that defined The Eagles – a blend of rock, R&B, and country, with a focus on harmony and lyrics.

The tribute band tours almost as much as The Eagles once did, performing almost 200 shows each year to sold-out crowds clamoring to hear their favorites, from "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Take it Easy" to "Desperado" and, of course, "Hotel California.

Fans will have two opportunities to reminisce Saturday night: an early show at 7 p.m. and a later show at 9:30 p.m. And, unlike ticket prices for the Eagles Reunion Tour, these will only set you back $20.