Monday, December 8, 2008

Local talent. Local establishments. Local economy.

My personal philosophy of late has been to analyze the decisions I am facing and choose the ones that I hope will help my local economy and keep local people employed.

~~Use the Internet to do my Christmas shopping or shop locally. SHOP LOCALLY! (See bottom of email for Wilmington shopping opportunities.)
~~Green grocer or Farmer’s market? FARMERS!
~~Mom-n-pop store/restaurant or chain? MOM-N-POP! (Kudos to Orillas, The Rebel and Lapp’s for successful openings, good reports and a great sense of community.)
~~Peach or Pomegranate? PEACH! (OK, that’s an inside joke. But peaches were once one of Delaware’s top exports, so it makes me FEEL like a locavore.)
~~Go to Philly for a late night of dancing or check out local talent. CHECK OUT LOCAL TALENT!

I say this because in these busy and expensive times, I hope you can take a minute and apply a philosophy to how you spend your time and how you spend your money. (And because I know you missed me and my random blog topics which all lead back to getting you to come out to events.)

So, with that segue, on to events:

If you are a Facebook friend, you may also be part of the “I Heart Wilmington House Music DJs.” One of the purposes of the group is to bring together people who recognize that non-commercial dance music will make Wilmington a better place to spend leisure time. What it has inadvertently done is to bring the DJ community closer together and given birth to some great collaborations that uplift us all. Support local talent and check out local DJs at any of the following events:

Tuesday 12/9: Pdub at Union City Grille for Happy Hour
Weds 12/10: DJ Zip at Deep Blue for Wilmington After Work Happy Hour
Weds 12/10: Bis at Irish Christmas at Kildares for late night
Thursday 12/11: Pdub at Union City Grille for Happy Hour
Friday 12/12: Pdub at Deep Blue for Friday Night Flights Happy Hour
Weds 12/17: Skinny White at Deep Blue for Wilmington After Work Happy Hour
Friday 12/19: Zip at Deep Blue for Friday Night Flights Happy Hour
Friday 12/19: Bis* at CW Harborside for late night
Friday 12/26: Bis* at CW Harborside for late night
*Occasional special guest, Zip

We still might have a Thursday night event to announce this week, so my apologies if I send out another message tomorrow. For more good stuff, check out DJ JNH's weekly Thursday "International Night" at Pat's MVP in Newark. Also, Bis often pairs up with Andrew Hugh at Klondike Kates.


Thru the 24th ~ DTC injects comedy into the holiday season with PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, by actor/comedian Steve Martin. In a legendary bar in 1904 Paris, a chance encounter between the young Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso sets sparks and stars flying. Their views on sex, fame and the future collide amidst a colorful constellation of characters. Tickets $36-$49, with discounts available for students and seniors. Order at 302.594.1100 or

Frid, Dec 5th ~ Champagne dinner, featuring Moet & Chandon champagnes, in the Green Room at the Hotel duPont. Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 • Dinner 7:00 featuring an 8-course specialty dinner to include: Seared Jumbo Scallop, Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Strudel of Braised Rabbit, Breast of Pheasant, Cyprus Groove Blue Moon Goat Cheese, Hotel duPont Dessert. And to enhance your dining experience, there will be a guest speaker from United Distributors along with John McCullough on keyboard. For more information and reservations, please call 302.594.3154.

Tues, Dec 9th – 14th ~ Frost/Nixon at DuPont Theatre. Just after the national elections, legendary stage and screen actor Stacy Keach stars as Richard Nixon in this new national tour. Keach leads a cast of 10 in this fast-paced Tony Award™-nominated play written by Peter Morgan, author of screenplays The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. While the Watergate scandal shook the executive office and ultimately lead to Richard Nixon's 1974 resignation, it was not until an unlikely 1977 interview that the former president admitted his role. Now, see the nail-biting behind the scenes story of the interview that lifted the curtain on Nixon's involvement with Watergate.

Thurs, Dec 11th ~ HD Concert Series: Steve Miller Band Live in Chicago at 7:30 pm. Special engagement- No passes accepted. Shot with 14 HD cameras during the band's 2007 summer tour. There will be a cash bar for beer and wine, plus movie concessions, including popcorn at Theatre N.

Frid, Dec 12th ~ Kreston Wine & Spirits 25th Annual Champagne Shoot-Out is an event designed to give you the opportunity to experience the very best champagnes and sparkling wines available. We have also included specialty wines, spirits and beers, including new products and specialty drinks. An incredible selection of food is offered as well. Time: 7:00pm to 9:30pm @ Brandywine Country Club Cost: $70.00 PER PERSON

Frid, Dec 12th ~ Beef and Beer for 93rd Academy Class of the Wilmington Police Department. Enjoy food, drinks, DJ, silent auction and 50/50 from 7PM until midnight. The event will be held at the Cranston Heights Fire Hall, 3306 Kirkwood HWY. Tickets are $25 per person and include all you can eat and drink! Tickets are limited and must be purchased by November 19. To purchase tickets, contact Recruit Ball (302)743-0807, Recruit Ivey (617)233-2288, Recruit Lucyk (856)266-0947 or email Hope to see you there!

Sat, Dec 13th ~ Holiday House Tour. Self-guided tour of Wilmington homes and artist studios decorated for the holidays, an annual tradition presented by the Museum Council. The Delaware Art Museum is part of the tour, and besides enjoying the current exhibitions, visitors can meet local artisans and choose their art as holiday gifts; hear live holiday music; purchase raffle tickets for a decorated tree and wreath; and take a break in the café. Tickets are $25. 10-4pm. Delaware Art Museum

Sat, Dec 13th ~ The 32nd Annual Grand Gala will feature a unique evocation of the music of The Beatles by The Fab Faux. Fully orchestrated with strings and brass, this show features the greatest hits from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, The White Album, and more. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. at The Grand in Wilmington with a star performance in the historic opera house followed by a series of black-tie after parties at the Hotel du Pont – complete with live entertainment, dancing, body painting, delicious food spreads, and unlimited spirits to enchant even the most seasoned of Gala guests.

Mon, Dec 15th ~ Monday Night Football: Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles at 8:30 pm at Theatre N. Free Admission! Watch the game on the 15'x30' screen with Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. $2 beers $4 wine free popcorn!

Tues, Dec 16th ~ Tis the season for something wild! Domaine Hudson co-chefs Jason and Mark have prepared a gourmet menu of wild game dishes for a 5-course wine pairing dinner. Fresh meats and vegetables in tasty sauces are the highlights of this unforgettable menu, which can be viewed online. Don't miss it! Free off-street parking is available a half block away in the well-lit Wilmington Hospital Annex parking lot. Click here for the menu $75pp + gratuity. Reservation required: (302) 655-9463

Sat, Dec 20th ~ The Wilmington Children's Chorus presents A Candlelight Holiday Concert, 7:00 pm First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market Street Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students & seniors, Free for children under 16, Call (302) 762-3637 to reserve today!

Wed, Dec 31st ~ Ring in 2009 with a bang at First Night Wilmington, and we don’t just mean fireworks. Wilmington’s shindig, Puttin’ on the Ritz, starts in Rodney Square at 4pm. Traditional ballroom dancing and live big band music are main attractions, but a nearby youth tent boasts marionette shows, dancers, musicians and a moon bounce. Best of all, the Market Street skating rink returns. For Wilmington, visit or call 576-2138.

Frid, Feb 6th ~ Enjoy an evening of fine wine and gourmet food at the Delaware Theatre Companies 20th Annual Wine Feast and Auction at the Chase Center on the Riverfront 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $150 Patron Tickets* $90 General Admission $65 Young Friends (21-35 yrs. Old) *Includes one raffle ticket and auction program book listing

Frid, Feb 6th ~ ART LOOP RETURNS. More info to come.

This year, many of Wilmington’s downtown merchants are offering discounts to those who wear the new holiday "in" pin. So do some shopping downtown! Participating businesses include:
Al's Sporting Goods, The Perky Bean Café, The Rebel, Subway, Hi Sound Electronics, SneakerVilla, Shivam's Paradise, Rainbow, Expressions, Gennelle's Restaurant, Grand Sports, Collars n' Cuffs, Sports Connection, Shingar Designs, Fashion Place, Nzinga's Cultural Connection, Jay's Family Fashions, Yoly's Place, SM Jewelry , A.R. Morris, Lapps Kitchen, Minster's Jewelers, Boyd's Flowers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

about being positive

I started a Facebook group recently called “I heart Wilmington house music DJs.” I invited anyone who might “(A) love house music, (B) love Wilmington's own talented house music DJs, or (C) recognize the value of non-commercial dance music to a city's healthy nightlife scene”

I am grateful for the response I have gotten to this group. It has grown beyond just my existing friends, and some people I didn’t think would join actually did.

It caused me to reflect a bit, so I wanted to share some of what I told the group.

Just as one can be a Zen Buddhist and a Christian minister at the same time, you can love house music AND WYSP AND Power99 AND Q102. It's pretty healthy, in fact.

Most of you know that I am practically 100% house music. I have heard people criticize that as being weird, but I suspect they'd never say the same about a jazz enthusiast, a classical music lover or a country music fan. Because of this, "making House music happen in Delaware" has become almost an obsession.

That said, most of you know that I am SUPER supportive of whatever music you are passionate about. I think that is evidenced by how many hip-hop folk are members of this group.

Point is, there's a time and place for all types of music. Some of you were singing WITH me to "Devil Went Down to Georgia" on H'ween, and Mike could tell you that I had more b*lls than him to introduce myself to Ice-T in Vegas. And I recently dredged up an ancient memory of fighting tooth and nail to get Yo MTV Raps up on Rainbow Records' TV on Sat. mornings. And, child, I have moshed, swing-danced, headbanged. I owned Monie Love and Social Distortion CDs in the same year.

I am sure you all recognize that there is a sinful absence of non-commercial music in Delaware. That goes for house music and original rock music. And I bet the hiphop heads fight the same things we do: knuckleheads want to hear the radio music, not the art that many of our talented creators want to put forth. The only way to combat all of this is keep pushing on, don't worry about the drunks, the haters and the cynics...or the greedy bastards who only care about the $.

In a nutshell: follow your bliss, don't hate, just create. And show love for your fellow man's passion. It will come back to you many fold.

And one missed point: dance when you hear a beat you like. Period.

Friday, October 17, 2008

doing my part for the U.S. of A.

In these harsh economic times, it is comforting to know that drinking a beer or martini can equate to helping out your fellow man, dog or tree. Short of organ donation, it’s the best job a liver can do for anyone besides you.

And it's downright patriotic. Like buying lipstick.

What? Huh?

There is a phenomenon called the Lipstick Leader Index, which notes that lipstick sales increase during stressful economic times. Look pretty, feel better. Spend money, boost the economy.

I think as the brilliant Wilmonites that we are, we have found the way to be patriotic and optimistic and self-medicating all at the same time. When we go to these events, maybe have a drink or two, we feel better. Maybe it's the good company, maybe it's the hooch, but for the most part, the mood at a charity event feels light. But there's the added benefit of knowing that you are giving money to a good cause. Turkeys for the hungry, cat food for the strays... Then you realize you are infusing money into the economy, as opposed to staying home and raking your compost pile, and you've now elevated yourself to patriot status. This makes us feel like we are accomplishing something, but we are really just enjoying a tipple.

And the nonprofits are starting to notice. I think the Wilmonites (the nightlife lovers of our fair city) are who they are after. It seems as though they are banking on us hedonists today to be the future supporters and audiences of tomorrow. They might be right, and they are using the greatest possible bait to lure us in.

Now for the events:

This week: 10/17 - Deep Blue continues their Friday Night Flights with Pdub at the switches and new chef Matt on the knives. They have specials on “flights” – a red wine flight, and one for white wine, beer and spirits plus a tapas flight – where you get a “threefer” deal on tasting portions and also discounted prices if you choose to drink or eat one of the flight items. Try the Absinthe, which is now LEGAL, although I hope if anyone is going to have a dance with the green fairy that I can be there too.

10/17 - Word from the rock n roll contingent is that this is going to be good, too: Critically acclaimed folk/rocker Matthew Ryan will be bringing the music from his hit album Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State to the Arden Gild Hall. Born in Chester and raised in Newark, DE, Ryan has released 11 CDs since his debut in 1998 but has not played a show in Delaware in years. WXPN favorite Garrison Starr will open. Ryan’s new single “Some Streets Lead Nowhere” is featured on the September 15 episode of One Tree Hill, an episode that was also scored by Ryan. Have a listen for yourself (2 downloadable tracks): Tickets are available from or by calling (302) 475-3126.

Thursday, October 23rd – Wilmington Jaycees’ 6th Annual Brew Review & Silent Auction. Join DJ Zip and Skinny White at Ameritage Bistro (9th & Orange Sts) Thursday, October 23 from 7-10pm for beer samplings and free hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds support a Thanksgiving Food Basket program benefiting West End Neighborhood House. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day-of. Order advanced tickets at Ameritage is a cool spot. This is a nice price for a fundraiser, so if you can spare it, support your favorite DJ, a great service organization, a wonderful cause, and a downtown restaurant.

Friday, October 24th – DAYTIME:
The Delaware Humanities Forum celebrates its 35th anniversary with an all-day Symposium on the topic of “Picturing Delaware: Inside and Outside the Frame.” Philosophers, artists, photographers, historians and humanists come together to celebrate 35 years of the Humanities in Delaware. Delaware Art Museum, 9am-5:30pm. FREE Wine, Chocolate, Cheese and Jazz reception to follow-$35.

Friday, October 24th –
The Ministry of Caring Guild hosts the 2008 Party With a Purpose – Let’s Get Elegant! At the Greenville Country Club. Let’s Get Elegant! Is the follow up the to wildly successful 2007 PWP Vegas Baby, Vegas! This year PWP will complement the long standing Ministry of Caring event Eleganza and feature men’s and women’s fashions from local designers and boutiques. PWP is a celebration of everyday elegance and the casual chic lifestyle. The event will feature casino gaming, signature drinks, and the hottest music east of LA. The last PWP sold out weeks in advance, so don’t miss your chance to party with the coolest crowd in Wilmington! For additional information about the event and to purchase tickets beginning 9/19/08, go to Tickets are $65 and include light fare, open bar, casino chips, and 2009 membership in the Ministry of Caring Guild.

***I say this now, and you’ll regret it if you don’t listen to me: the Vegas Baby, Vegas event last year was sold out weeks in advance. $65 for open bar, casino gaming (with prizes), food and a donation to charity is a hot ticket. Plus you get to rock it out at the Greenville Country Club. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!

Friday, October 31st – Halloween at B’Prime There's a party going on at Brandywine Prime this Halloween. The centuries-old Chadds Ford Inn is said to be haunted, you know, and nothing raises the dead like dinner and dancing. Check out the preternaturally toothsome buffet – in the “spirit” of the holiday, you can rip into a whole roasted pig, or chase down the skittery critters for your very own crab cake, or enjoy the rarest of prime rib. What’s in those Monster Mashed potatoes? Only Michael “The Mask” Majewski knows. Wear a spooky costume so the other zombies don’t notice when you shuffle and slide Thriller – style with the rest of the creatures, as un-dead DJ Zip mixes familiar spooky tunes with underground house music dirges. Buffet from 4-10pm. $25 open bar from 9 to midnight. Party til you fall down dead. No cover. Rtes 1 & 100, 1617 Baltimore Pike (610) 388-8088

Saturday, November 1st -- FIRST~ Head to the Downtown Fall Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the LOMA Design District (2nd to 6th Streets) on Market Street and beyond will be hopping with family-friendly fall activities! The free event will feature apple bobbing; hay mazes; frozen turkey bowling; live entertainers and other fall activities. As you take the hayride up Market Street you will see the Delaware Historical Society’s fire truck display as well as several fire safety activities. And The Grand Opera House turns into the Haunted Opera House with scary rooms, safe treats, and live entertainment. To learn more, visit

LATER ~ Theatre N at Nemours presents the silent classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Enjoy this classic silent film from 1920 with music and sound effects by Devil Music Ensemble. It'll scare you right out of your seat! Pre-party at Deep Blue Bar & Grill from 6-8pm and don’t forget to ask for the special bubbling cocktail--"Mr. Hyde's Potion" Tickets are $10. One show only!

A couple of other highlights below:

10/15 – 11/2 – Delaware Theatre Company opens its 30th Season with Athol Fugard’s “MASTER HAROLD”...and the Boys, the semi-autobiographical drama about coming-of-age in the age of apartheid. Runs October 15 – November 2, 2008 Tickets are $33-$47 and may be purchased by calling the DTC Box Office at 302.594.1100 or online at

BEFORE YOU GO ON THE LOOP: Sat, Oct 25th ~ Spend a fall day outside with your pooch, on the grounds of the Twin Lakes Brewery for the Faithful Friends Fall Festival for the Animals. Take a brewery tour, check out pet-centric and non-pet-centric goodies that local vendors will have there, nosh on festival food and sip on the wine and beer that will be available for tasting. If you’ve been out in Wilmington recently, you’ve probably tried the Rt. 52 Pilsner or the Greenville Pale Ale from Twin Lakes. On their brewery tour, try their other brews, including the Tweeds Tavern Stout and Caesar Rodney Golden Ale. There will also be live music happening all day. More info: Time: Noon-4 p.m. Admission: $20 ALSO

BEFORE THE LOOP: Sat, Oct 25th ~ Goodwill Live at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 1-8pm. This family-friendly event will feature live music including Love Seed Mama Jump, Plastic Parts, Ange&Ris, and the Gritzz. The goal of the event is to advocate and facilitate continuous learning through the Goodwill Scholarship Fund. For more info visit Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids

Thurs, Oct 30th ~ Hollywood Halloween Cocktail Party. Join Caffé Gelato, Out & About magazine, Bud Light, and Vampire Vodka and Wines for a costumed evening of fun. Dress up as your favorite actor, sports star, socialite, or celebrity, and remember, great costumes win great prizes! VIP pre-party tickets available as well. All tickets include dinner stations with choices like Potato gnocchi served with sautéed pancetta and baby arugula in a brie and green apple cream sauces, and sesame seared tuna bites over a baby bok choy slaw, as well as Vampire and Bud Light drinks. 9-1am at Caffé Gelato $39/Person, $49/VIP Reception at 8:15

Friday, September 5, 2008

Welcome, Wilmonites

In the grand tradition of mennonites, sodomites, Dolemite, stalactites and termites, I brand thee "wilmonites," a new population of radical, naughty, pimpin, pointy wood-eaters.

No, just kidding. I dub thee wilmonites, since you are the people who give a damn about WilmoNites. Whether your thing is dance music (yay!), hip-hop, rock, opera, Broadway or digeridoo, you know that a lively nightlife scene in Wilmington is critical to the city's ongoing revitalization.

Thanks to great advice by a wonderful Wilmonite, I have hence created a blog. This will complement and/or replace my weekly email blast which your fellow Wilmonites have come to love. Choose your poison -- email, blog or text -- I am coming to get you out of the house no matter how I have to do it.

Ms. "I am the afterparty" Wilmonite Herself