Put Dover in the rear view mirror this weekend and check out a couple of destinations that are worth the trip.
STORYTELLING WITH SONG
WHAT Chris Bruni in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $12 advance; $15 door
INFO kennettflash.org or (484) 732-8295
You'll get Stevie Wonder, Martin Sexton and David Gray all wrapped into one when singer-songwriter Chris Bruni hits the Kennett Flash's stage Friday night. However, Bruni's concert will only cost you a fraction of what it would to see the respected performers his music reflects.
Songs from Bruni's latest album, "I've Been Here," released in 2009, clearly showed the artist exploring a darker side of himself, as well as touching on topics that aren't completely personal.
"I've Been Here" remains true to the accessible nature that Bruni, of Chadds Ford, Pa., carries with him in his music and his personal life. His mix of folk, pop, and soul on the project makes it easily accessible to new listeners from any age group or social status. Bruni's storytelling and unique vocals shine through on a level that's hard not to be impressed with.
GET PSYCHEDELIC AT THE QUEEN
WHAT Bernie Worrell Orchestra in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington
COST $16 advance; $19 door
INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400
Psychedelic-funk pioneer and music legend Bernie Worrell is piloting a new mother ship: the Bernie Worrell Orchestra, set to land at World Café Live at The Queen on Saturday.
Worrell is the original keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic (better known as P-Funk). He and the group were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. His unmistakable, spaced-out sound fueled original P-Funk classics like "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" and "Chocolate City."
The Bernie Worrell Orchestra is a nine-piece ensemble Worrell co-founded with drummer/bandleader Evan Taylor. The group debuted in 2011 with "Bernie Worrell: Standards," a collection of jazz classics done in Worrell's signature raw, unclassifiable "Dr. Woo" style. The band toured widely in support of the album, playing new music reminiscent of late '60s and early '70s psychedelic rock, and well as R&B and funk.
CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE
WHAT Chinese New Year 2013
WHEN 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington
INFO delart.org or 571-9590
It's only February, but you can celebrate the New Year, again, as the Delaware Art Museum will host its seventh annual Chinese New Year Party on Saturday.
Presented in conjunction with the Hockessin's Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, this festive, free celebration includes traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a dragon art scavenger hunt, a dragon dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club, of Hockessin. There will also be a special musical performance by Taiwanese Music Ensemble of New York.
Performers will really sink their teeth into this event, as 2013 is the Year of the Snake.
CLASSIC SLEUTHING ON THE STAGE
WHAT "The Mousetrap"
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Clear Space Theatre, 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach
Murder, mystery and mayhem has made its way to the beach with the Clear Space Theatre performances of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap."
A murderer is on the loose and has infiltrated a group of snowed in strangers stuck in a stately manor in the English countryside.
"An intriguing aspect of the show is that every character involved has secrets - secrets that each is keeping from others, and in some cases even from themselves" said director Aleta Thompson. "We don't know what is true. We don't know whom to believe."
Members of the audience start to question reality right alongside the characters, as everyone seems to be lying.
"Though the play is 60 years old, the emotions that Christie churns up are here and now," said Thompson."