This weekend's entertainment events are a potpourri of concerts, for both kids and adults, meshed with a comedy show featuring an amusing national comic.

This weekend's entertainment events are a potpourri of concerts, for both kids and adults, meshed with a comedy show featuring an amusing national comic.

1. Cracking up with Kathleen Madigan

There's a time to play and a time to be serious. The moment Kathleen Madigan hits the stage at The Grand on Friday — it'll undoubtedly be a time for playing.

Madigan and her sarcastic commentary on everyday life returns to The Grand for the first time since her standout performance in 2011.

Her accessible, unpretentious style and hilarious stories about her relatives have earned her a devoted and growing following. Madigan's stand-up routine has received high praise from acclaimed comedian Lewis Black who dubbed Madigan "the funniest woman in America."

WHAT Kathleen Madigan live
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11
WHERE The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
COST $30-$36
INFO or 1 (800) 37-GRAND

2. Singer-songwriter from 'The Fixx'

England native and singer-songwriter Cy Curnin will share his evocative lyrics and distinct vocals at the Kennett Flash on Friday. The headliner will share the bill with singer-songwriter Matthew Rineer, of Nashville, Tenn.

For more than 25 years, Curnin has been connecting with audiences through his music. In recent years, Cy has carved out a solo career that has produced a number of records, including "Mayfly" in 2005, "The Returning Sun" in 2007 and his latest release "Solar Minimum" in 2009.

Curnin also remains the frontman for new-wave band The Fixx, best known for its hit "One Thing Leads to Another," which dropped in 1983.

WHAT Cy Curnin and Matthew Rineer in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $25 advance; $28 door
INFO or (484) 732-8295

3. Having a 'ball'

The Friends of Rockwood invites you to waltz for a good cause at their Victorian ball on Saturday night at its Rockwood Carriage House.

In addition to enjoying the ball in your Victorian costumes and finery — which is encouraged, but not required — you'll have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items in the silent auction and purchase special libations, as well as buy 50/50 raffle tickets.

All proceeds will benefit the restoration of Rockwood's museum conservatory.

WHAT The Friends of Rockwood's 2013 Victorian Ball
WHEN 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12
WHERE Rockwood Carriage House, 610 Shipley Road, Wilmington
COST $40
INFO or 762-2075

4. Musical tales

Did you know instruments could tell a story?

Legendary Russian composer Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and respected British composer Alan Ridout's "Ferdinand the Bull" blends instruments with narration to create lively characters and capture one's imagination.

These longtime stories (or tunes) will be reintroduced Sunday afternoon at the Music School of Delaware in "Family Concert: A Musical Storybook."

Pianist Kate Ransom, the president and chief executive officer of the Music School, will be one the featured musicians in the show.

WHAT Family Concert: A Musical Storybook
WHEN 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
WHERE Music School of Delaware, 4101 Washington St., Wilmington
INFO or 422-2043

5. Family concert

In an era of deep division, John Flynn's songs aim to call us together as they speak for the wounded, the weary and all the forgotten ones who walk unseen in our midst.

Flynn's compassion for mankind will seep through his family-friendly tunes during his children's concert at Bellevue Hall, located in Bellevue State Park, on Sunday afternoon. Light refreshments will be served.

A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, Flynn, a native of Ridley Park, Pa., addresses the times we live in through songs that resound with awareness, irony, humor and love.

WHAT John Flynn in concert
WHEN 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13
WHERE Bellevue Hall, 720 Carr Road, Wilmington
COST $7 advance (adults); $5 advance (kids under 12); $9 door (adults); $7 door (kids under 12)
INFO or 761-6952