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  • A celebration of the Chinese New Year and a concert featuring an original member of the Parliament-Funkadelic band are two of five events you should consider checking out this weekend.
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  • A celebration of the Chinese New Year and a concert featuring an original member of the Parliament-Funkadelic band are two of five events you should consider checking out this weekend.
    1. Chris Bruni at Kennett Flash
    You'll get Stevie Wonder, Martin Sexton and David Gray all wrapped into one when singer-songwriter Chris Bruni hits the Kennett Flash's stage Friday night. However, Bruni's concert will only cost you a fraction of what it would to see the respected performers his music reflects.
    Songs from Bruni's latest album, "I've Been Here," released in 2009, clearly show the artist exploring a darker side of himself, as well as touching on topics that aren't completely personal.
    "I've Been Here" remains true to the accessible nature that Bruni, of Chadds Ford, Pa., carries with him in his music and his personal life. His mix of folk, pop, and soul on the project makes it easily accessible to new listeners from any age group or social status. Bruni's storytelling and unique vocals shine through on a level that's hard not to be impressed with.
    WHAT Chris Bruni in concert
    WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15
    WHERE Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pa.
    COST $12 advance; $15 door
    INFO kennettflash.org or (484) 732-8295
    2. 'Escanaba in da Moonlight' is worth the trip
    When you're a man living in upstate Michigan, whose last name happens to be Soady, and you still haven't killed a deer — you're destined to be labeled a jinx in the court of public opinion.
    Reuben Soady is desperately attempting to avoid this shameful label in Wilmington director Marsha Omato-Greenspan's hilarious comedic production "Escanaba in da Moonlight," which opens Friday at the Everett Theatre in Middletown and will have show dates all weekend.
    "Escanaba in da Moonlight" features mild language and is recommended for patrons aged 11 or older.
    The twisted comedy — written by actor and playwright Jeff Daniels ("Dumb & Dumber") — is a love letter to hunting fans and includes inside jokes, supernatural elements and, of course, a scene with farting.
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    WHAT "Escanaba in da Moonlight" theater show
    WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; the final show is on Sunday, Feb. 24
    WHERE Everett Theatre, 47 W. Main St., Middletown
    COST $15 senior/student; $18 adult
    INFO everetttheatre.com
    3. Chinese New Year 2013
    It's only February, but you can celebrate the New Year, again, as the Delaware Art Museum will host its seventh annual Chinese New Year party on Saturday.
    Presented in conjunction with Hockessin's Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, this festive, free celebration includes traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a dragon art scavenger hunt, a dragon dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club, of Hockessin. There will also be a special musical performance by the Taiwanese Music Ensemble, of New York.
    Performers will really sink their teeth into this event, as 2013 is the Year of the Snake!
    WHAT Chinese New Year 2013 celebration
    WHEN 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
    WHERE Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington
    COST Free
    INFO delart.org or 571-9590
    4. Hollywood icon Mitzi Gaynor will 'Dazzle!'
    Emmy Award-winner Mitzi Gaynor will light up the DuPont Theatre with her autobiographical, one-woman show "Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins," with performances Saturday and Sunday.
    In "Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins," Gaynor offers hilarious stories, poignant reminiscences and intimate reflections on her star-studded life, which includes anecdotes about her famous friends and costars like Marilyn Monroe, Gene Kelly and Ethel Merman.
    Gaynor has appeared in several Hollywood musicals, films and has had numerous television specials including Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific," "My Blue Heaven," "Anything Goes" and "Mitzi… A Tribute to the American Housewife."
    "Razzle Dazzle!" is a mixed media show and will feature footage culled from Gaynor's television, concert and film work.
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    WHAT Mitzi Gaynor presents "Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins"
    WHEN 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
    WHERE DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington
    COST $35-$70
    INFO duponttheatre.com or (1-800) 338-0881
    5. P-Funk keyboardist comes to The Queen
    Psychedelic-funk pioneer and music legend Bernie Worrell is piloting a new mothership: the Bernie Worrell Orchestra, set to land at World Café Live at The Queen on Saturday.
    Worrell is the original keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic (better known as P-Funk). He and the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. His unmistakable, spaced-out sound fueled original P-Funk classics like "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" and "Chocolate City."
    The Bernie Worrell Orchestra is a nine-piece ensemble Worrell co-founded with drummer/bandleader Evan Taylor. The group debuted in 2011 with "Bernie Worrell: Standards," a collection of jazz classics done in Worrell's signature raw, unclassifiable "Dr. Woo" style. The band toured widely in support of the album, playing new music reminiscent of late '60s and early '70s psychedelic rock, as well as R&B and funk.
    WHAT Bernie Worrell Orchestra in concert
    WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
    WHERE World Café Live at The Queen, Wilmington
    COST $16 advance; $19 door
    INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400
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