DuPont Theatre Sold
New owner: The Grand
On Jan. 12, DuPont and The Grand Opera House announced that The Grand has purchased the DuPont Theatre business.
A symbol of the arts and entertainment community in Wilmington for more than 100 years, the theatre will be renamed The Playhouse on Rodney Square.
The sale will have no impact on the remainder of the 2014-2015 Broadway Season, theatre subscription packages or ticket prices, according to the announcement.
Opened in 1913, the DuPont Theatre is the oldest continually operating professional theatre in the nation. Known as “Delaware’s Broadway Experience,” the theatre has provided years of professional Broadway shows, an acclaimed Children’s Series and many special events.
Built in 1871, The Grand Opera House served as a touring theatre, vaudeville house and movie palace before it was mostly shuttered in the late 1960s. A band of arts enthusiasts restored the theatre to its Victorian elegance in the 1970s, and since then it has become the preeminent regional venue for music, comedy and family programs, complementing the theatrical focus of the DuPont Theatre.
82nd annual UD eventopens Feb. 22
The 82nd Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP) opens Sunday, Feb. 22, at noon at Arsht Hall on the UD campus. A juried exhibition presented by the Delaware Photographic Society (DPS) and recognized by the Photographic Society of America, it features images submitted by photographers worldwide, with 300 selected for display. An additional 300 digital photographs will be shown in a 45-minute audiovisual presentation on Feb. 22, and on Sunday, March 1, at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
DPS photographers are always well represented in this international show. Among them are Bob Hunt, Karl Lech and Lynn Troy Maniscalco, to name a few.
Admission and parking are free. For more information: WilmingtonInternational.org.
A Savory Success
Food Bank of Delaware sponsors students
Thirteen students have begun 2015 with careers in the food industry after successfully completing the Food Bank of Delaware’s 14-week culinary arts training program at Newark’s Food Bank facility.
Under Chef Instructor Sean McNeice, students developed proper knife handling techniques, had the opportunity to become ServSafe certified, learned culinary techniques, and more. Graduates also had the opportunity to work alongside chefs from Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant preparing for the Food Bank’s annual Blue Jean Ball and catered a holiday event for 1,000 Capital One employees.
Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, Firestone, Desserts by Dana and Iron Hill Brewery are among the local restaurants where students also had internships.
Out & About Contributing Editor Bob Yearick will discuss Americans’ declining language skills on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Kid Shelleen’s in Wilmington.
The event, sponsored by the Delaware Press Association, will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Yearick’s presentation, “The War on Words,” will begin at 7 p.m. He writes a column of the same name for O&A.
Price is $10 for DPA members and $15 for non-members. Make reservations by contacting Katherine Ward at DelawarePress@aol.com or 655-2175. You may pay at the door, but please call ahead so that organizers have an accurate head count.
State’s New Initiative
One Downtown Development District in each county
Gov. Jack Markell announced last month that he has selected Seaford, Dover and Wilmington for designation as Downtown Development Districts (DDDs). Under the DDD program, the first three areas chosen must include one district in each county.
The program, created by legislation proposed by the governor and passed unanimously by the General Assembly last year, provides incentives and other benefit to spur investment and community development.
Funded with a $7 million allocation by the General Assembly, the program will be administered by the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA).
More Time, Free Art!
Delaware Art Museum makes changes
Last month the Delaware Art Museum extended its hours and is now open to the public on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday evenings after 4 p.m. will be free and Sundays will remain free all day. The Museum Store and Thronson Café also will be open.
Visit delart.org for a full list of programs, events and exhibitions on view.
STEM Expo at Cab Calloway
March 7 event includes screening of award-winning film
Hosted by First State Robotics, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Expo at Cab Calloway Theatre on Saturday, March 7, will include local organizations displaying and demonstrating programs for students of all ages. In conjunction with the expo, a one-time screening of SlingShot, a movie about inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen and his quest to solve the world’s drinkable water shortage, will be shown. The recipient of many film festival awards, the film appeals to those interested in technical challenges, environmental issues and STEM pursuits.
Spring Career Fair
UD event offers job, internship opportunities
At the University of Delaware’s Spring Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 26, full-time, part-time, summer internship, volunteer and on-campus opportunities will be showcased. Set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the fair will provide an informative and diverse forum for employers and UD students to interact.
For more information, visit udel.edu.
Presenting 8th & Union Kitchen
It replaces Union City Grille; features American-meets-Southeast Asian
Union City Grille owner Matthew Curtis, who has operated the restaurant since 2008, has turned the Wilmington eatery over to Brian Ashby, who will rename it 8th & Union Kitchen. The restaurant will feature a blend of contemporary American foods with strong Southeast Asian influences, says Ashby. The restaurant is slated to open this spring.
Craft beer, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will all be available, alongside tiki drinks and classic American-style cheeseburgers. The 150-seat restaurant will include a 25-seat deck, banquet area and more.
Ashby, also a chef, spent a few weeks in Thailand when he attended culinary school in Australia in 2007. He also worked in a Southeast Asian restaurant that focused on street food. “I’ve always been in love with it [Southeast Asian cuisine],” Ashby says.
Cocktails for a Cause
Fundraiser for Boys & Girls Clubs
A fundraiser for the Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs’ Annual Fund for Kids is happening Thursday, Feb. 5, at Timothy’s On the Riverfront. An open bar, dinner, live music by The Splashing Pearls, silent auction, raffle and more are included in the ticket price ($50 in advance, $60 at the door). All proceeds go to the nonprofit. The event, hosted by Corporation Service Company, is from 6-9 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at bgclubs.org/cocktails4acause.
11th Annual City Restaurant Week
Fine dining for a deal
Wilmington’s premier restaurants are once again joining forces in the 11th annual City Restaurant Week from April 20-25. Diners will be able to enjoy prix-fixe menus at more than 14 fine dining destinations, including The Green Room, Domaine Hudson and Piccolina Toscana. Two-course lunches will be $15 per person and three-course dinners will be $35. Visit cityrestaurantweek.com.
New Slogan for Delaware Tourism
“Endless Discoveries” aims to boost tourism
Delaware’s new tourism brand campaign, “Endless Discoveries,” aims to boost visitation and tourism revenue in Delaware by creating an image in consumers’ minds of the state as a destination that will surpass any preconceptions.
Tourism has a significant impact on Delaware’s economy, adding billions in revenue and employing nearly 39,000 people every year. The new tourism brand will highlight historical, cultural and natural attractions “that make Delaware not just a great place to visit, but the best place to call home,” says Gov. Jack Markell.