December won't disappoint you with a lack of things to do. Here are five events to check out this weekend.
FRIDAY, DEC. 7
1. 'Bah, humbug!'
The age-old tale of self-centered old man Ebenezer Scrooge will be shared Friday at the Arden Gild Hall in the Ardensingers' comedic musical production of "A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol." Show dates also run on Saturday.
Adapted from Charles Dickens' famous "A Christmas Carol," and set to popular Gilbert & Sullivan tunes, "A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol" follows Scrooge and his visitation from three ghosts (The Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future) as they attempt to thaw his frozen heart and steer him towards the Christmas spirit.
IF YOU GO
WHAT The Ardensingers' "A Gilbert & Sullivan Christmas Carol"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
COST Advance tickets: $12 adult; $10 senior (65 and up), $8 child/student; day of show tickets: $14 adult; $12 senior; $8 child/student
2. Clifford Brown Year-Round Jazz Series
As a tribute to the greatest trumpeter from Delaware (Clifford Brown), Wilmington multi-instrumentalist E. Shawn Qaissaunee has been selected to take the stage in the Clifford Brown Year-Round Jazz Series Friday night at Christina Cultural Arts Center.
Qaissaunee, nicknamed "Q," is a Berklee College of Music grad who's been sought after for his talents on guitar, bass, piano and both the rubab and dutar, instruments from his native Afghanistan.
Named after the late and legendary trumpeter Brown, the Year Round Jazz Series is a collaborative effort by Christina, The Grand and the City of Wilmington to keep the excitement of the annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (a week-long event held during the summer in Wilmington) flowing throughout the year.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Clifford Brown Year-Round Jazz Series: featuring E. Shawn Qaissaunee
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
WHERE Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 N. Market St., Wilmington
COST $10 advance; $15 at door
INFO ccacde.org or 652-0101
SATURDAY, DEC. 8
3. 'Egge' her on at Kennett Flash
What happens when mental illness turns a loved one into someone you don't recognize? How do you tell that story, which is both theirs, and your own? These are a few topics singer-songwriter Ana Egge, of Brooklyn, N.Y., addresses in her latest album "On Bad Blood," released in 2011.
Page 2 of 2 - Grab an earful of the singer-songwriter's many compelling stories when she performs at the Kennett Flash on Saturday night.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Ana Egge in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $18 advance; $21 door
INFO kennettflash.org or 484-732-8295
4. 'A Christmas Carol'
For those still hungry for more festive stage productions this weekend, treat yourself to Delaware Theatre Company's retelling of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" on Saturday night. Show dates run on Sunday and through Dec. 30.
"A Christmas Carol" features five actors portraying more than 20 characters as they explore new facets of this canonical classic. Re-imagined in fresh fashion, this theatrical — and sometimes comedic — adaptation will surely brighten up your holidays.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Delaware Theatre Company's "A Christmas Carol"
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; show dates run through Dec. 30
WHERE Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water Street, Wilmington
COST $49 (Saturday evenings); $45 (Sunday matinee)
INFO delawaretheatre.org or 594-1100
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
5. Charmingly-deceptive art
It's hard to separate reality from fiction when gazing at one of Daniel Jackson's oil paintings. Truth be told, Jackson, a grad from the University of Delaware, features pieces that look so life-like that you'll convince yourself they're simply photographs; because they are, right?
Decide for yourself by checking out Jackson's works in "Out of Sorts," a new exhibit at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts that'll be on display Sunday. The exhibition runs through Dec. 30.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Out of Sorts' art exhibit
WHEN 12-5 p.m. Sunday; the exhibit runs through Dec. 30
WHERE Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington
INFO thedcca.org or 656-6466