Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
Comedy's Queen of Mean
WHAT Lisa Lampanelli standup show
WHEN 8 p.m., Friday; 8 p.m., Saturday; 3 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO Visit thegrandwilmington.org or call (800)-374-7263.
Lisa Lampanelli's style of comedy is communistic. She rags on everyone, from roasting the clock-wearing Flavor Flav to sweet ol' Betty White.
Prepare for sidesplitting comedy at its finest during Lampanelli's trio of performances this weekend at the Baby Grand in Wilmington. The first show starts tonight.
Lampanelli's rise to stardom in comedy began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to torch Chevy Chase during a Friars Club Roast on Comedy Central. Soon after, she became one of the few white comedians to perform on BET's "Comic View," cementing her huge crossover appeal.
A year later, Lampanelli shook up Comedy Central again with consecutive appearances on "Premium Blend" and on the "Roast of Jeff Foxworthy," in which she was the only female invited to roast him.
Multiple acts on the cheap
WHAT The Bullbuckers, The Lift Up and Mark Thousands in concert
WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Mojo Main, 270 E. Main St., Newark
INFO Visit mojomain.com or call (302) 369-6656
The Bullbuckers, The Lift Up and Mark Thousands will give you more than enough homegrown tunes to satisfy your tummy on Saturday night at Mojo Main in Newark.
The Lift Up, a three-piece with a garage-band sound, will likely preview tunes off its upcoming album, "Without Dreams, We Are Only Sleeping," slated for release on Sept. 10. The nine songs on the album alternate from aggressive, modern rock garage stompers and quiet moments of equally intense sonic reflection, all the while remaining short and to the point. "Without Dreams" was co-produced by the band and Grammy-nominated producer Jim Salamone.
Then there's The Bullbuckers, a horn band with a reggae, ska and soul personality that commands movement and attention. Meanwhile, Mark Thousands is an indie singer-songwriter with a transparent passion for music.
Additional acts are to be announced for Saturday's concert.
Celebrating Hispanic culture
WHAT 19th annual Festival Hispano
WHEN Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Millsboro Little League Complex, 262 W. State St., Millsboro
COST Free admission
INFO Visit elcentrocultural.org or call (302) 745-6828
In addition to celebrating all Latin American countries, this Sunday's 19th annual Festival Hispano will place a special emphasis on Chile.
With an estimated 5,000-plus people expected to attend the festival on Sunday, the event will be held at the Millsboro Little League Complex. Expect a variety of Hispanic cuisine, a designated children's area with games (starting at 1 p.m.), a costume contest for the best-dressed festivalgoers in Latin American attire (beginning at 1 p.m. in the children's area) and a wealth of rich music and native dances (starting a noon).
Festival Hispano will feature traditional folk music and dance groups from different regions of Chile. Grupo Lonquimay will show off classic dances from the northern and southern regions of the country, while Grupo Rumisonko will deliver music from the plateau region. Grupo Haka Nini will introduce snazzy footwork from Easter Island, which belongs to Chile. And Expresiones de Chile will present dances from the center region, including the Chilean traditional dance of Cueca, which is an assortment of styles associated with Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.