From a musical by Elton John to a garden adventure with your kids, this weekend is flooded with great events for all ages to enjoy. Some of the events are even free, too!
1. FSSB's milestone concert
In celebration of their 35th anniversary, the First State Symphonic Band will go all out Friday night with a free concert at Faith Baptist Church.
FSSB's set list will include: highlights of John Williams' tunes from "Jurassic Park," Saint Francis of Assisi's "All Creatures of Our God and King" and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36" and more. During intermission, senior FSSB musicians will be honored, which includes members who've been with the band for 30-plus years.
FSSB is based in Newark and led by conductor Jonathan Wittman. The band features more than 50 musicians and most are based in the Greater Wilmington area, while the furthest performers live as far south as near Elkton, Md., and as far north near Kennett Square, Pa. Not to mention, there a few members representing Hockessin.
IF YOU GO
WHAT First State Symphonic Band 35th anniversary concert
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15
WHERE Faith Baptist Church, 4210 Limestone Road, Wilmington
INFO fbcwilmington.com or 998-4105
2. 'Aida' the musical
Cab Calloway School of the Arts will perform Tim Rice and Elton John's musical "Aida," which opens Friday night The final show is next Sunday.
Based on Giuseppe Verdi's opera, "Aida" is a dramatic love story between Aida, a captured Nubian princess, and Radames, Captain of the Egyptian Army. John's music is an eclectic mix of reggae, Motown, pop, gospel, and African-based influences blended seamlessly in a contemporary style.
The production features a stellar cast that brings this timeless love story to life on the Cab stage, just before the theater closes its doors for a year-long renovation.
IF YOU GO
WHAT "Aida" the musical
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, March 15; 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17; the show runs through Sunday, March 24
Page 2 of 3 - WHERE Cab Calloway School of the Arts, 100 N. DuPont Ave., Wilmington
COST $8 students and seniors; $10 adults
INFO cabcallowayschool.org or 651-2700 x290
3. FAWN Delaware showcase
A dozen local singer-songwriters accepted the challenge to pen 14 songs in 28 days. The fruits of their labor will be on display in a free concert on Saturday night at Film Brothers Movie Co-op.
Songs from the event were created during this year's February Artist Writing Month (better known as FAMW), a worldwide songwriting challenge that tasks music artists with scribing 14 songs in February. Each day artists can post their new tunes online at FAWN to share and receive feedback.
Saturday's list of singer-songwriters will feature: Jessica Graae, Todd Chappelle, Aaron Nathans, Shane Palko, Matthew Halley, Alyssa Regan, Sarah Linde, Nathan Surles, Lori Citro and Nancy Huebner. In addition, Michael Natrin and Erin Magnin, members of the Honey Badgers folk duo, based in Newark, will also perform in the show.
IF YOU GO
WHAT FAWN Delaware concert featuring 12 local singer-songwriters
WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16
WHERE Film Brothers Movie Co-op, 205 N. Market St., Wilmington
INFO FacebookLink or filmbrothers.com
4. 'Why Torture is Wrong' dark comedy
Bootless Stageworks will present Christopher Durang's critically acclaimed black comedy that pokes fun at America's homeland insecurity in "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them," Friday through Sunday at Newport Industrial Park.
The play tells the story of a young woman who's now in a panic: is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or is he just crazy? Or both?
Known for presenting contemporary, offbeat productions for nontraditional playgoers — with their previous shows including "Jerry Springer: The Opera" and "Evil Dead: The Musical" — Bootless will do it again with this one.
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WHAT "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 15; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17
WHERE Newport Industrial Park, 405 E. Marsh Lane, Newport
COST $18 adult; $15 senior; $12 military
5. Family fun with 'OrKID Days'
You and the little ones can enjoy an afternoon surrounded by exotic plants and fresh tunes on Saturday with "OrKID Days" at Longwood Gardens.
In OrKID Days, families can learn about orchids firsthand at discovery stations, and they can also sketch their own orchid, too, as well as search for the six hidden orchids in the Children's Garden for a scavenger hunt. OrKID Days will also feature a live concert by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Longwood Gardens OrKID Days
WHEN 12-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16; concert is held at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
WHERE Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.
COST $18 adult; $15 seniors; $8 (students with valid ID); free (4 and under)
INFO longwoodgardens.org or (610) 388-1000