An acclaimed film, a band with exotic tunes and a cute musical for kids are just a few events you'll want to check out this weekend.

An acclaimed film, a band with exotic tunes and a cute musical for kids are a few events that will shine this weekend.

1. Afro-Cuban All Stars

Grab your dancing shoes, because Juan De Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars are coming to The Grand Friday night.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, a style that embraces several generations and all musical forms. Over the years many of the band's musicians have become international stars, including brilliant performers such as: Ruben Gonzalez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Guillermo Rubalcava, Amadito Valdes and Manuel "The Guajiro" Mirabal.

Not to mention, the outfit's bandleader is Juan de Marcos González, one of the most significant people in Cuban music today. However, since neither his name nor his crucial contribution is well known to the general public, he remains something of an unsung hero of Cuban music.

WHAT Juan De Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars in concert
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 22
WHERE The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington
COST $30-$37
INFO or 1-800-37-GRAND

2. Dance your worries away

If you really want to cut a rug, yet prefer to do so in a quieter setting, then the Delaware Art Museum's artful salsa dancing class will be up your alley Friday night. Furthermore, this would make a great activity for couples.

Artful salsa dancing is open to beginners and dancers with experience, and will include salsa dancing instruction from Noel Rodriguez, as well as light snacks, a cash bar and tour of legendary painter Howard Pyle's exhibit titled "The Dancer."

WHAT Artful salsa dancing
WHEN 7 to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington
COST $5 members; $10 non-members
INFO or 571-9590

3. 'War Witch'

The Oscar-nominated film "War Witch" will be screened Friday night through Sunday at the Theatre N. The movie is in French and Lingala with English subtitles.

Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, 14-year-old girl Komona tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. It all started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12 and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle.

Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her "War Witch"), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician.

WHAT Film, "War Witch"
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 22; 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24
WHERE Theatre N., 800 N. French St., Wilmington
COST $6 senior and students $8 adult (except for matinee on Saturday, which is $6)
INFO or 576-2139

4. Romantic comedy

Don Baker, who has been blind since birth, is determined to pursue his songwriting ambitions and make a life for himself in the romantic comedy "Butterflies are Free," presented by Wilmington Drama League Friday night through Sunday.

Once Baker leaves his parents' home, he falls in love with Jill Tanner, an eccentric actress. Despite their fondness for each other, can their love survive their ambitions and Baker's overprotective mother?

WHAT "Butterflies are Free" stage play
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday, March 22; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24
WHERE Wilmington Drama League, 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington
COST $10-$17
INFO or 764-1172

5. Worth the trip

Two dozen darling kids will transform into spotted puppies in "101 Dalmatians" the musical, presented by Premier Centre for the Arts Saturday through Sunday in Middletown.

With plans to make coats from Dalmatian fur, the evil Cruella De Vil has plans to capture a Dalmatian couple's pups to accomplish her goal. But it won't be any easy task, of course.

"101 Dalmatians" features a cast of approximately 40 kids, of which an estimated 28 are Dalmatians who'll don costumes of black bottoms and white tops spotted with black paint blotches in this adorable family production.

WHAT "101 Dalmatians" the musical
WHEN 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23; 7 p.m. Sunday, March 24
WHERE Premier Centre for the Arts, Anderson St., Middletown
COST $10
INFO or 378-1384