These three events have your name on them this weekend

'Pippi Longstocking Ballet’ to premiere at Schwartz Center

WHAT "Pippi Longstocking Ballet,” presented by Delaware Dance Alliance

WHEN 7 p.m., Friday

WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover

COST $15 for adults; $10 for children and seniors

INFO Visit or call 678-5152

Whether it’s defeating a bull in a wrestling match or saving children from a burning house, adventure always knows where to find young Pippi Longstocking.

An eccentric 9-year-old who wears a can on her head, Pippi has superhuman strength and lives alone with her monkey, Mr. Nelson, and her nameless horse. She’s known for doing odd things like walking backwards, which makes her only two human friends, Anita and Timmy, giggle. Pippi owns a box of gold coins, but doesn’t quite understand the concept of money because she hasn’t had much schooling.

Inspired by the children’s story “Pippi Longstocking,” Delaware Dance Alliance will unfold Pippi’s unconventional life on stage in the premiere of its original production "Pippi Longstocking Ballet” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts tonight.

Book signing and performance by poet James Alexander

WHAT James Alexander’s book signing for “If Words Could Talk What Might They Say?: Poems to Whom It May Concern,” and performance

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Dover Public Library, 35 E. Loockerman St., Dover


INFO Visit or call 736-7030.

Ever wonder what words would say if they could talk and express their emotions? If you’re curious, you can find out when poet James Alexander hosts a book signing for his latest book of poetry, “If Words Could Talk What Might They Say?: Poems to Whom It May Concern” at the Dover Public Library on Saturday afternoon. “If Words Could Talk” is a witty book that personifies words, offering readers insight into what their thoughts and feelings. In addition to signing books, James Alexander will also give a performance as well.

Hair Affair to turn heads with crazy styles

WHAT Fourth annual Hair Affair

WHEN 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday

WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover

COST $30 in advance; $35 at the door

INFO Visit or call 674-2111

The Biggs Museum of American Art’s Hair Affair competition is the only event in town where you’ll find hairdos styled with dryer events and cotton candy. Bringing back this ambitious competition by popular demand, the Biggs will launch its fourth annual Hair Affair on Sunday afternoon at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. This unique event offers salons and hair stylists an opportunity to showcase whimsical and artful hair designs during a runway show and competition. Eight salons from across the state will participate by creating a hair sculpture on a live model in one of three categories: fantasy couture, updo and children. Formerly held at the Biggs Museum, the Hair Affair has relocated to the Schwartz Center as the event has outgrown the Biggs, a testament to the increasing acclaim of the competition. The participating salons include Bonnie’s Beauty Solutions, Gloss in the City, J La Salon and Spa, Michael Angelo’s Hair Designs, Okemah's Cut Above, Rene Delyn Designs, Salon Pasca and The Upper Cut Salon and Spa.

A panel of three judges will vote during the runway show to decide which salon is the most innovative, fashion-forward and creative in each category.