BEST BETS: Haleyz Cometz soars with music history

As a kid watching “American Bandstand” with his sister and her friends in upstate Pennsylvania, little did John Melinchock know that years later, he would be playing in some of those same bands he grew up idolizing. Mr. Melinchock, a guitar player since he picked up the instrument after he saw what Elvis Presley could […]

BEST BETS: Amillion the Poet aims to do Dover proud at Firefly

As it turns out, Dover’s Amillion the Poet had to go halfway around the world in order to perform in his own backyard. The hip-hop artist and author was last week officially named to the lineup for this summer’s Firefly Music Festival. It’s the fulfillment of a longtime dream. “They reached out to me,” he […]

Arts Alliance: ‘Arts are an industry, not a charity’

DOVER — Daniel Cruce, board president of the Delaware Arts Alliance, hoped legislators and delegates would leave the House Hearing Room in Legislative Hall with one takeaway: “the arts are an industry, not a charity.” “The data shows that spending on the arts in the state reached almost $150 million in 2015,” said Mr. Cruce. […]

BEST BETS: Wall of Cain to provide rock ‘n’ roll lesson at Milton Theatre

The local band Wall of Cain gives Nathan Ames a chance to play what he calls the “good stuff.” Mr. Ames, a longtime guitarist from Milford, is part of a group that performs a harder style of classic rock. With original songs and covers, they encapsulate the sound of bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, […]

Drawing on art to help Delaware children

DOVER — The boys drawing pictures with markers and paint at round tables inside Solid Rock Community Outreach Center weren’t just creating artwork. They were using art to express their feelings, part of a mental health approach called art therapy. A’Zion Curtis, a sixth grader from Dover, picked up a thin brush and began to […]

‘Christo and Jeanne-Claude’ on display at Biggs Museum

DOVER — The latest exhibitions to open at downtown Dover’s Biggs Museum of American Art uphold that the process of making an art object is as important, and sometimes even more important, than the object that gets made. Almost everyone has, at one time or another, been deeply impressed with the skill and technique many […]

BEST BETS: Parker in tune with Wyoming Peach Festival

To say Meeta Parker has an eclectic repertoire would be a massive understatement. She has recorded nine solo albums over the years. They have included three dance records, jazz, country, rock, progressive and Indian chants. She’s currently working on a 10th with a band in Italy, which is a record of cover tunes, including “Angel” […]

BEST BETS: Barham brings ‘Great 48’ tour to Rehoboth Beach

BJ Barham yawns frequently throughout a 15-minute phone interview. It’s not that he’s bored. The guy’s just tired. And who can blame him? Mr. Barham, the front man for the alt-country band American Aquarium, is on the tail end of a grueling solo concert tour dubbed “The Great 48.” Performing 53 shows in 59 days, […]

Arts Advocacy Day comes to Legislative Hall

  DOVER — If you ask Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, why he hangs art from his home district up on his office walls, he’d say it’s because it soothes him. “It’s relaxing, it lowers my blood pressure,” he said with a grin. In the run up to the second annual […]

Biggs Museum offers early look at Ansel Adams

DOVER — Perfectly timed to capture the interest of summer visitors, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is offering a rare opportunity to view 40 photographic prints made by the late Ansel Adams. The exhibition entitled “Ansel Adams: Early Works” opens on May 5 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and […]