The annual pantomime musical presented each year by the Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society will be this weekend Friday, Jan. 11 and with evening performances at 8 p. and the matinee at 2 p.m.Performances are at Kennett High School. For tickets $8/$4 for evenings, $4/$3 for matinee. Call 610-444-3815.
The King Neptune Gala, the benefit for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, will honor the internationally known environmentalist and former Gov. Russell W. Peterson on Jan. 26 with a dinner at the University and Whist Club in Wilmington. Gov. Peterson was a research chemist at DuPont, the governor of Delaware, champion of the landmark Coastal Zone Act, chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality, president of the National Audubon Society and head of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge.
Tickets are $100 for members of the Kalmar Nyckel Society, $125 for non-members. In other categories there are two tickets for $500 in the Sea Shells Sand Castle category, four tickets for $1,000 for the Mermaids Circle and $2,500 for 10 tickets at King Neptune's Court. For tickets call Marcia Ferranto at 302-429-7447 or go on line at www.KalmarNyckel.org.
The nearby 35-year-old Delaware Children's Theatre will present "Sleeping Beauty" on Jan. 20, 26, 27 and February 2, 3, 9 and 10, at 2 p.m. for all performances. The tickets are $10 from 302-655-1014 in the theatre at 1014 Delaware Ave. in Wilmington. The production is recommended for ages 4 and up.
"Crispin: The Cross of Lead" The world premiere of the play based on the award winning book by Avi. The story of a boy in the 1300s who is run out of town to learn a new world of music, and intrigue. For ages 8-andup at People's Light & Theatre in Malvern from Jan. 17 to Feb. 24. For tickets call 610-647-8060.
The Kennett Square Historical Commission is holding a free series of short classes, one a month on the third Thursday of each month, for owners of historic and old homes in the area. The topic for the meeting on January 17 is "Research the Roots" or how to discover the history of your house, all the way back to the original builder. The sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Borough Building at 120 Marshall Street in Kennett Square.
The classic story of the Trojan War, "The Iliad," will be presented on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at Kennett High School by the Curio Theatre. The epic poem will be acted by two actors playing all the parts from gods, goddesses, men and women. The performance is free and open to the public.
It may seem like a stretch to celebrate Martin Luther King Day at the 1725 John Chad House on Monday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but this is the 40th anniversary of the Chadds Ford Historical Society purchasing the house. And guess who the last occupant was: Maryann Strand and family, an African-American family who lived there almost 19 years. There will be special exhibits, speakers reading historic passages and special activities, along with bread baking in the cellar in the beehive oven. Admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.
The Delaware Art Museum presents "West Meets East: Encounter With Chinese Art" from Jan. 12 through Feb. 24. The show features over 30 works by artists from the mid-Atlantic area who have combined time-honored Chinese practices and subject matter with modern Western techniques and ideas. The show will also have historical master-works from private collections.
The exhibition displays both painting and calligraphy. On Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 3:30 p.m. it is a free Chinese New Year Family Day with activities, special performances and art demonstrations.
The films being shown at Theatre N in January are a mixed bag.
| "Once" - A unique Irish musical about two street musicians in Dublin. The hit of the Sundance Festival. Presented on singles night (the second Thursday every month) on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. At 7 p.m. there is happy hour at Sugarfoot in the lobby of the Nemours Building.
| "Steel Toes" - Sunday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Conflict between a court-appointed Jewish lawyer and his client, a murderous neo-Nazi skin-head.
| "Quiet City" - Gorgeous shots of New York City with two clean cut Bohemian losers. Done in the mumblecore genre. Friday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m.
| "What Would Jesus Buy?" -Very funny anti-consumerism Christmas film with "Rev. Billy" accompanied by a gospel choir. Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.
| "Everything's Cool" - A documentary showing the campaigns of misinformation put out by the fossil fuel industry about global warming. Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m.
| "The Walker" - with Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall and Lily Tomlin. Highly rated film about the social scene in Washington. Friday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m.
| "Starting Out in the Evening" -Story with romantic overtones of an older forgotten writer who has outlived the social order where his life made sense. Starring Frank Langella. Friday, Jan. 25, at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2, 5 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 and 5 p.m.
| "A Love to Hide" - In French. A Jewish girl is sheltered from the Gestapo by childhood friend and his gay lover. Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre N at Nemours will present live opera recorded in high definition every month. There are six operas with a subscription for the series for five of the operas for $80. Individual tickets are $18 each, $16 for seniors/students.
Tristan und Isolde by Wagner will be shown on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. You get a lot for your money, as the show is 240 minutes long.
"La Traviata" by Verdi will be shown on Feb. 12 and 6:30 pm. For information call 302-571-4699.
The nEW FESTIVAL of dance produced by Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre will have two performance programs from Jan. 18 through 20 at the University of the Arts School of Dance at The Drake, 1512 Spruce St. in Philadelphia. Tickets are $10 and $15 from 215-359-7775. There are also daily community classes from Jan. 7 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Terra Building, 211 S. Broad St. Single dance classes at the door are $10 or "What you can pay" for professional dancers.
Legal Sea Foods at the Court at King of Prussia mall is offering a free cup of their award winning clam chowder on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate National Soup Month. Their chowder has been served at seven presidential inaugurations and several of their 34 locations have won awards as "Best Seafood Restaurant."
| "Dorothy Parker & friends: One Perfect Rose" - Original play based on the famous wit of Dorothy Parker at Hedgerow Theatre Jan. 8 through 27 with matinees on Sundays. For tickets call 610-565-4211.
| "Jeffrey" at Walnut Street -The Walnut Street Theatre will present "Jeffrey," a wildly funny story about gay man and the sexual climate of Manhattan in the 1990's Jan. 9 through 20. For tickets call 215-965-8289.
| "Lend Me a Tenor" at Candlelight - an incredibly funny farce with wonderful singing by tenors. Buffet with show. Jan. 11 through March 1 in Ardentown, Del. Call 3020475-2313.
| "Movin' Out" - Music and dance extravaganza with the music of Billy Joel and the choreography of Twyla Tharp at DuPont Theatre through Jan. 12. For tickets call 302-656-4401.
? Caryl E. Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.