A musical adaptation from a classic '80s film awaits you this weekend, along with four other events that will tide you over until the kickoff of Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
1. 'Flash Dance: The Musical'
Alex Owens will dance the night away in her iconic shoulder sweatshirt and leggings, Friday through Sunday, in "Flashdance: The Musical" at the Dupont Theatre.
With electrifying dance at its core, "Flashdance: The Musical" tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Owens, steel mill welder by day in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a bar dancer by night with dreams of becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Owens learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.
"Flashdance: The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation. Similar to the film, the production includes hit songs like "Maniac" and "Flash Dance – What a Feeling."
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Flashdance: The Musical'
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4
WHERE DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO duponttheatre.com or (1-800) 338-0881
2. 'Circumventions' art exhibit
As part of Friday's Wilmington's art loop, skilled painter David Brinley will present an exhibition titled "Circumventions" at the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, located in the Carvel State Office Building.
Brinley will be in attendance during tomorrow's reception. The exhibit ends Feb. 22.
Brinley's solo exhibition will showcase lovely paintings based on past experiences that convey ideas for viewers to relate to their own inspirations. The Wilmington artist — whose work has been featured in publications such as Time and Rolling Stone Magazine — combines these themes into paintings that feature domestic objects juxtaposed with characters that relate to — and are drawn from — his personal history and memories, which includes vintage books.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Circumventions' art exhibit
WHEN 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; exhibit ends Feb. 22
WHERE Carvel State Office Building (in the Mezzanine Gallery), 820 N. French St., Wilmington
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3. Hear 'America's Bluegrass Band' live
Kicking off The Grand's February events will be the distinguished bluegrass band Seldom Scene, which will perform Friday night.
Seldom Scene continues to excel in the bluegrass scene and has received critical acclaim for their work. Their latest CD, "Scenechronized," recorded in 2007, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
The band has performed at the White House multiple times, and continues to tour the world, garnering the moniker: "America's Bluegrass Band."
IF YOU GO
WHAT Seldom Scene in concert
WHEN 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1
WHERE The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO thegrandwilmington.org or 652-5577
4. Black History Month photo exhibit
In honor of Black History Month, local photographer Henry Szymanski Sr. will bring us back in time to observe a black community during the Great Depression with his exhibit titled "Wilmington in the 1930s: Focus on the East Side."
The opening reception will be held Friday at the Delaware Historical Society. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'Wilmington in the 1930s: Focus on the East Side' photo exhibit
WHEN 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; the exhibit ends Feb. 28
WHERE 505 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO hsd.org or 655-7161
5. 'Dollar Days' at Hagley
It'd be a crime for you not to bring the kids to Hagley Museum and Library this Sunday for its sweet Dollar Days event!
In February and March (except on March 31), Sunday admission at Hagley will only cost $1.
There's ample fun for families to be had at Hagley. You can enjoy the picturesque winter landscape along the Brandywine, experience the warmth of the Steam Engine house and industrial noise of the Machine Shop. Visitors can also tour the du Pont ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills and have a nice lunch at the Belin House Organic Café.
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WHAT 'Dollar Days at Hagley'
WHEN 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3; event continues every Sunday in February and March (except March 31)
WHERE Hagley Museum and Library, 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington
INFO hagley.org or 658-2400