Fresh events continue to crop up that you and the family can enjoy this weekend, which includes a musical production of the beloved "Pinocchio."
1. Heartfelt documentary
An unlikely group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment in filmmaker David France's compelling documentary "How to Survive a Plague." The film will be screened at Theatre N Friday, with showtimes through Sunday.
The film tells the story of two coalitions — TAG (Treatment Action Group) and ACT UP — whose activism and innovation helped turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.
WHAT "How to Survive a Plague"
WHEN 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20
WHERE Theatre N, 800 N. French St., Wilmington
INFO theatren.org or 576-2135
2. Jazz cats at Kennett Flash
The Chuck Anderson Trio will literally jazz up the Kennett Flash Friday night.
The Trio specializes in styles ranging from up-tempo modal jazz and jazz waltz to bossa nova and beyond.
Guitarist and band namesake Chuck Anderson, who's based in Philadelphia, began his career as a staff guitarist for the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, N.J., at the age of 21. His credits include performing with legends such as Peggy Lee, Billy Eckstine, Bobby Darin, Nancy Wilson, Michel Le Grande and Sammy Davis Jr., among many others.
IF YOU GO
WHAT The Chuck Anderson Trio
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18
WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $20 advance; $23 door
INFO kennettflash.org or (484) 732-8295
3. DCT breaths life into 'Pinocchio'
The Delaware Children's Theatre will present the classic story of "Pinocchio," the wooden puppet with dreams of becoming a real lad, on Saturday and Sunday. Show dates run through Feb. 10.
The musical production, which is part of the Theatre's 40th season, features a cast of more than 30 adults, teens and children, and is directed by Tom Marshall. The musical director is Tony Romano. The show features veteran actors Trip Ivie as Geppetto the Puppet Maker and Mary Spacht as the Blue Fairy. Veteran and comedic actor Dan Healy will play the Fox.
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WHAT "Pinocchio" the musical
WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20; show dates run through Feb. 10
WHERE Delaware Children's Theatre, 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington
COST $11 (online); $14 door
INFO dechildrenstheatre.org or 655-1014
4. Blood Sweat & Tears live
Blood Sweat & Tears, arguably one of the greatest horn bands in the history of popular music, will grace The Grand's stage on Saturday night.
Originally formed in 1967, Blood Sweat & Tears has set the standard that all other horn bands are judged by. To this day, high school and college musicians are taught to play with BS&T charts. The band was the first successful outfit to blend rock and jazz into a genre-crossing sound and style.
The band's second album, which was self titled, topped the Billboard charts, beating out the Beatles "Abbey Road," earning a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album produced three major hit singles: "You Made me so Very Happy," "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Blood Sweat & Tears in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19
WHERE The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO thegrandwilmington.org or 1 (800) 37-GRAND
5. 'Mia' at the Museum
The Delaware Museum of Natural History invites visitors to explore the Museum Saturday night with the animated family film "Mia & the Migoo."
Winner of Best Animated Feature at the 2011 European Film Awards, "Mia & the Migoo," starring vocal talents including Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Modine, tells the story of young Mia as she sets out on a journey to find her father who's gone missing in a tropical paradise threatened by development. Along the way, Mia encounters the Migoos, a group of friendly monsters, and must help them save the forest and find her father before it's too late.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Family film "Mia & the Migoo"
WHEN 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19
WHERE Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington
COST $5 for adults and children. Visitors must RSVP prior to the event
INFO delmnh.org or 658-9111