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Works of Scott Heiser at Delaware Art Museum

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Photographer Scott Heiser (1949-1993) was a Wilmington native who chronicled the cultural landscape of New York City, producing portraits of Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, Marianne Faithful, Alberta Hunter, Robert Wilson and Jamie Wyeth. His photo of Jamie was his big breakthrough, giving him an entrée to be published regularly in the magazines “Interview,” “Soho Weekly News” and “Paper.” “Interview” sent him around New York, Paris and Milan to capture fashions by Claude Montana, Yves Saint Laurent, Shamask and Issey Miyake. His photos were published, even though he was best known for his grainy, edgy, surreal, wildly cropped glimpses of fashion runway shows that appeared between 1978 and 1986. The photos are very black, so that details of the fashions were not visible. If the designers wanted photos as a selling aid, these would not be the ones to do it.

Heiser supposedly was trying to show the emotions and movement in a fashion show. He became interested in the public performance aspect of fashion, circuses, the Miss America Pageant, dance competitions, the Ice Capades and the Westminster Kennel Club, but here at the Delaware Art Museum he indulged his penchant for cropping. He had a performing elephant with no head showing, and only the legs of Ariel artists in the photo. One photo entitled “Beautiful Nude” was a shot of a beautiful greyhound. The museum owns nine of his photos, but have chosen and mounted 140 of his works. The show has been in the making for eight years by Curator of American Art Heather Campbell Coyle. The show will run through June 1.


The current show “Pride and Prejudice” directed by Samantha Bellomo at People’s Light & Theatre is one of the finest, most exciting performances I have seen in many a year. It is innovative, beautiful and terrifically funny. Everyone knows the 200-year-old story by Jane Austen of the aggressively social Mrs. Bennett (Marcia Saunders) who is trying to marry off her five daughters, but never has it been performed so brilliantly. A modicum of reason provided by Mr. Bennett (Tom Teti) seasons the social stew. The energy the cast uses is contagious, with each daughter a distinct personality, each with a different type of humor. The addition of elaborate Regency dances adds charm and beauty while advancing the story. If you enjoy the theatre, do not miss this production. I just hope you can get tickets. It will be given through March 30. Call 610-644-3500.


The story of the Irish immigrants who worked for the DuPont Company from 1802 to 1902 will be the topic of a lecture by Margaret Mulrooney at the Soda House at Hagley Museum on March 27 at 7 p.m. Her research comes from the interviews of the residents who were very loyal to the duPont Company. At that time the company took care of their employees: they assisted in migration, gave free or low cost housing, gave them interest bearing accounts and widows pensions.

Mulrooney is associate vice provost at James Madison University and teaches in the history department. Her talk is based on her book “Black Powder; White Lace: The duPont Irish and Cultural Identity in 19th Nineteenth Century America.” The lecture is free, but reservations are requested; Call 302-658-2499, ext. 243 or e-mail Use Haley’s Buck Road East Entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington.


The area seems to be hyped up over the marvelous Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur. They have a lecture “Downton Abbey Inspired” on March 29. Perhaps of interest is their English breakfast brunch that has the most mouth-watering breakfast food I have ever seen listed. This


As Spring approaches it is good to hear that the Chris Sanderson Museum has new hours and will be open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. This museum that has the collection of historical events from one man’s life and his nation’s is quite unique. Located in downtown Chadds Ford just north of Route 1. It is a fascinating place to spend an afternoon.


The History on Tap Lecture on abolitionist Ann Preston will be held Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, 117 Gay St., West Chester. Laurie Rofini, CCHS director of Chester County archives and records will tell her story. She was a published author, an advocate for women’s rights and one of the first American women to receive a medical degree.


Tickets for Winterthur’s Point-to-Point are now on sale. Anyone buying a tailgate parking space will automatically be entered in a drawing for a catered tailgate for 20, complete with a butler. Wristbands to attend are $30 if bought prior to April 25. If purchased April 26 to May 3, the cost is $50. None will be sold on Race Day. To purchase tickets call 800-448-3883. Tickets for young adults (ages 12 – 20) are $15. Young children are free but must have a wristband.

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity to be held Monday, March 24 at William M. Bunch Auctions to benefit the Chester County Foundation has announced the judges for the array of delectable desserts for the evening. These are Dee Rogevich of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association, Mary Bigham of The Town Dish and Albert Lauber: Swiss Chocolatier: Neuchatel Chocolates. That’s a pretty impressive line up. For tickets to their feast, call 610-696-8211.


Like everyone else on the East Coast, I received two dozen roses over a week ago, frozen, of course. I called Pro-Flowers with my report and received an immediate response –“Oh, you must be from the East Coast1.” There was no problem, they would send me replacements in April when the flowers probably wouldn’t freeze. I could even have my favorite color – yellow. Knowing other people had experienced this problem, I asked how many of their roses had gotten frozen. The answer surprised me. “I don’t know exactly but its hundreds of thousands.” Good Grief! That poor insurance company. And they are still so warm and friendly at Pro-Flowers.


The Community Read initiated by Longwood Gardens is a project designed to inspire people to read Aldo Leopold’s environmental classic “A Sand County Almanac.” The Conservancy and Museum are the hosts for the events. “Green Fire” screening on Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. This Emmy award winning documentary is free with admission and for members. The museum and galleries will open at 6 p.m.

‘La Mancha’

One of the top shows to ever hit Broadway is “Man of LaMancha” the dramatic story of Don Quixote, who against all odds sees good and innocence in a world full of darkness and despair. Protected by his servant Sancho, he tries to talk his way out of dungeon in Seville. Filled with marvelous songs that helped it win numerous theatre awards, the show will be at the DuPont Theatre March 25 through 30. For tickets call 302-656-4401.


Candlelight Theater is holding its Barny Gala ’14 on March 22 from 6 to midnight. They have an incredible show with The Fabulous Greaseband, Scott Mason as Dame Edna, the Barny Awards, a silent auction, table games and dancing. Sounds like a good evening to me. Tickets are $55 general admission, that included hors d’oeuvres, dessert bar and one complimentary beer or wine. VIP tickets at $85 include complimentary beer and wine for the evening, dinner buffet and priority seating. The dress is elegant, black tie optional, or dress in your best flapper costume. For tickets call 302-472313. Members of the cast of “Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat” will be at Candlelight on March 20 doing stand-up comedy. Tickets are $45 and include full buffet and show. See phone number above.


“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” has songs “To Say You Love Me” and “I Will Follow Him.” For a brief visit to young love, The Media Theatre is presenting the Philadelphia regional premiere of “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” through March 30. For tickets call610-891-0100.

Books to Boots

This event for 3-to-5-year-olds is a joint venture with Baldwin’s Book Barn and the Brandywine Valley Association. Potter the Otter comes over from Baldwin’s to the BVA and reads a story to the children, who then wade in the creek or go for a hike. The remaining readings are Thursdays March 20 and Sunday March 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per member’s child, $8 per non-member’s child.


The Chadds Ford Historical Society will be open this Saturday, March 15, from noon to 3 p.m., which would be a good time to see the free displays of Chester County minerals and collectibles. There are even sample minerals for sale. Even though the Plein Air paint out was cancelled due to snow, the artists painted anyway and their paintings are on display, and they are for sale. The museum now has a Please Touch corner where kids can handle colonial toys or try on a hat.


An exciting new production of the block buster musical “The Phantom of the Opera” will be at the Academy of Music March 19 through April 13. This dramatic show that is one of the longest running in history has a cast of 52 in the cast to perform those wonderful songs. For tickets call 215-731-3333.


The Mt. Pleasant High School will present the musical”Hairspray” March 27, 28 and 29. This play is about acceptance and community. They have a cast with leads that are people of color and one actor in a wheelchair. The performances will be on March 27, 28 and 29. For tickets.


The delightful comedy about two old ladies who murder old men and bury them in the basement, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” will be at the Walnut Street Theatre (825 Walnut Street) through April 27. This funny play debuted on Broadway in 1941 and ran for 1,444 performances. If you have never seen this, you would be highly entertained. For tickets call 215-574-3550.


New City Stage Co. at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia. will have the world premiere of “Hinckley” through March 30. This is the first person story of John Hinckley Jr’s life and the events leading up to his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. For tickets call 215-563-7500.

‘Side Show’

This is a true story about conjoined twins who made a living as a sideshow attraction. While they were quite successful as vaudeville stars, they never achieved love. This play and lyrics are by Bill Russell with music by Henry Krieger at the 11th Hour Theatre Co. at the Caplan Studio Theatre, 211 S. Broad St., 16th floor, Philadelphia. The musical will be given March 15 at 8 p.m., March 16 at 3 p.m. and March 17 at 7 p.m. For tickets call 267-987-9865.

Kennett Flash

Thursday, March 13 - Better Than Bacon -–Improv Comedy

Friday, March 14 – Amish Comic & comedian Tom Riley

Saturday, March 15 – Mary Fahl – haunting voice folk singer

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.