Of the five events you should consider hitting up this weekend, one includes a humorous William Shakespeare play.
1. Early salute to St. Patty's Day
Mystical lyrics set to an eclectic mixture of Celtic, newgrass, folk rock and world music are sure to get you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit on Saturday at World Café Live at The Queen.
Toast to St. Patty's Day early with bands and singer-songwriters Mythica, Melissa Cox and Rory Sullivan. Mythica will take you on a sonic roller coaster ride through time and culture with their neo-Celtic fusion arrangements, while singer-songwriter Melissa Cox seamlessly blends Irish and Scottish influences with countless other genres. As for Rory Sullivan, you'll have to come to the show to see what he'll have up his sleeves!
IF YOU GO
WHAT Mythica, Melissa Cox and Rory Sullivan in concert (pre-St. Patrick's Day concert)
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
WHERE World Café Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO worldcafelive.com or 994-1400
2. 'Granny's Funeral' full of laughs
Despite his lack of effort to not visit his grandmother, pharmacist Armand (Denis Podalydès) has still found himself tasked with making her funeral arrangements in the funny film "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Granny's Funeral" at the Theatre N tonight.
As if his situation isn't awkward enough, Armand is also dealing with his mood swings between a wife he can't part from and a lover he can't quite commit to, in a film clustered with Catherine Heigel, Valerie Lemercier, Isabelle Candelier and Benoit Hamon.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema: Granny's Funeral"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
WHERE Theatre N, 8 N. French St., Wilmington
COST $8 adult; $6 senior and student
INFO theatren.org or 656-6466
3. Musical tribute to Hollywood
You'll go back in time and encounter the most cherished movie musicals of the last five decades in the musical "Hooray for Hollywood" at the DuPont Theatre on Friday. Show dates run through Sunday.
"Hooray for Hollywood" sings and dances its way through more than 30 songs including "Staying Alive," "All that Jazz," "Dancing Queen," "Jailhouse Rock" and plenty more. The show includes film clips of your favorite flicks such as "Singing in the Rain," "Grease," "Dirty Dancing" and "Titanic."
Page 2 of 3 - Boasting a cast of 14-plus skilled singers and dancers, along with a six-piece band, and more than 300 costume changes, "Hooray for Hollywood" is a busy production that will certainly keep patrons engaged from start to finish.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Hooray for Hollywood"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 8; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
WHERE DuPont Theatre, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO duponttheatre.com or 656-4401
4. Shakespeare comedy
For those who enjoy Shakespeare comedies, Chapel Street Player's rendition of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" will easily be a must-see on Friday. Show dates also run through Saturday.
This sunny comedy is awash with wit, deception and the fun to be had when one of literature's most beloved and larger-than-life personalities makes the mistake of underestimating small-town folk.
The notorious Sir John Falstaff steps out of the world of court life to take up residence in the country town of Windsor. There, he attempts to take advantage of his own celebrity by seducing two happily married wives. But once the wives, and their husbands, find out the game that's afoot, Shakespeare's hilarious rogue might find the last laugh to be on him.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 8; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
WHERE Chapel Street Players, 27 North Chapel St., Newark
COST $15 adult; $10 senior; $5 student
INFO chapelstreetplayers.org or 368-2248
5. 'Illuminated Connections' photo exhibit
Crowded rush hour buses in Shanghai, China serve as the subject matter in photographer Mickey Freed's new exhibition "Illuminate Connections," on display at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts through March 31.
"Illuminate Connections" allows us to view multiple perspectives all at once, as the bus serves as a fishbowl. Furthermore, the bus reflects the outside world where we can sometimes spot the photographer and his surroundings — surroundings which are more familiar to the rider than the photographer. Some passengers watch the viewer, while the viewer gets a glimpse into the mind of the viewed. The foreigner and the familiar are united in a single moment.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Illuminated Connections"
WHEN 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday
Page 3 of 3 - WHERE Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington
INFO thedcca.org or 656-6466