Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.

Bringing a little funk to Arden

WHAT Shady Grove Winter Jam featuring Apex Watson, Universal Funk Order and Xtra Alltra

WHEN 8 p.m., Friday

WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden

COST $10 members

INFO Visit or call (302) 475-3126

Jam, rock and lots of funk are what you'll get at the Shady Grove Winter Jam at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden tonight.

The night will feature the talents of the Apex Watson, Universal Funk Order (better known as UFO) and Xtra Alltra.

You'll definitely want to be on the lookout for the Apex Watson. The band combines elements of rock, funk, transfusion and improvisation. Each performance is unique, calling on free-form jams that keep the band on the creative edge. At any time you may hear influences from Phish, Primus, Sublime, The Lemonheads and The Disco Biscuits. By the way, they also have some surprising covers up their sleeves, as well. In the end, this band absorbs time, space and positive vibes from their audience and transforms it back to reach the "Apex."

Legend Shirley Alston Reeves comes to Harrington

WHAT Shirley Alston Reeves in concert

WHEN 6 and 8 p.m., Friday

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

COST $15

INFO Visit or call (888) 887-5687

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Shirley Alston Reeves will excite the audience tonight in the Gold Room of Harrington Raceway & Casino.

Reeves is a rare performer, often considered a trendsetter. As a member of The Shirelles, Reeves and her fellow singers were the first all-girl group of the rock 'n' roll era to score a No. 1 record. The hit tune was "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," released in 1960.

The Shirelles have received three gold records and were named Best Female Group in Billboard and Cash Box for five consecutive years.

Furthermore, the Shirelles' songs have been recorded by legends including The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Cher, Pattie LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Roberta Flack, Peaches & Herb, and a trove of other performers.

Strangely-stunning art

WHAT 'Sublime Creatures: The Animal-Human Hybrids of Hunter Clarke' exhibit

WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday

WHERE Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington


INFO Visit or call (302) 656-6466

Painter Hunter Clarke takes maternity portraits to a new level with her bizarre, yet stunning, artwork of mostly pregnant animals that star in her ongoing art exhibit titled "Sublime Creatures: The Animal-Human Hybrids of Hunter Clarke" at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington.

The exhibit includes hybrid portrait paintings of animal heads on top of mostly nude, pregnant females. Some of the characters are juxtaposed against floral patterned backdrops.

Clarke's characters recall the ancient Egyptian sphinx, the Hindu elephant-headed god Ganesha, and the monsters or chimera from classical Greek mythology such as mermaids and harpies.

Several of Clarke's works include children that are being breastfeed, an image which conjures the Roman origin myth of Romulus and Remus who suckle from a wolf mother.

Again, Clarke's artwork appears pretty strange, but it's also something you can't take your eyes off of.

"Sublime Creatures: The Animal-Human Hybrids of Hunter Clarke" is on display at the DCCA this entire weekend.