Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend

1.  Ecarte Dance Theatre will step into the New Year with eight fresh dances, including one piece set to the music of Linkin Park.

The modern dance company will feature dances by novice performers (ages 4-12), apprentice and company dancers.

One of the eight numbers is “Hiraeth,” a nostalgic piece set to the music of the 1984 film “The Never Ending Story.”

Performers will also dance in “Manchester,” a tribute to the young concertgoers in Manchester, England, who became victims of a terror attack at an Ariana Grande show in 2017.

Natascha Ward’s modern work “Traffic” uses the music of Linkin Park to offer a tribute to one of its members.

The eight dances will be presented by Ecarte artistic director and choreographer Judith Engelgau, along with ballet mistress Tricia Massey and company dancer Ward.

Company members are Diane Beish, Michelle Bryan, Melani Coles, Wendy Eaby, Kim Haggard, Massey and Lisa Scott.

Apprentice dancers include Gabrielle Beish, Emma Hardy, Emma Massey and Ruby Rogers.

The winter show will launch at Delaware State University, 1200 N. Dupont Highway, at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $15 adult; $12 senior and student. INFO or 674-4689.

2. In Wilmington you’ll find the first retrospective art exhibit of John Sloan’s work since 1988.

“An American Journey” explores all facets of the artist’s long career. This includes Sloan’s work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Mass., and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, N.M.

The show includes nearly 100 works – drawings, prints and paintings – produced between 1890 and 1946.

The Delaware Art Museum holds the largest collection of work by the American artist and illustrator.

You can check out Sloan’s new exhibit at the Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday-Sunday and Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday. It ends Jan. 28. COST $12 adult; $10 senior; $6 student and ages 7 to 18. Free ages 6 or younger; free admission for Sundays and Thursdays. INFO or 571-9590.

3. The comedic character Dame Edna will tickle the crowd in Sussex County this weekend.

Edna, impersonated by Scott Mason, is famous for being a woman played by a man who dons cat-eyed glasses, purple hair and a feathery boa.

Mason is celebrating a decade of impersonating Edna and has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic, on Broadway and in Florida and Las Vegas.

Sweet ole Edna will hit the stage at the Milton Theatre, 110 Union St., Milton at 7:30 p.m., Saturday. COST $15 to $20. INFO or 684-3038.