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Bubbles and bikes help Grand Prix spin through Wilmington Saturday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

It won’t only be bikes gliding through downtown Wilmington Saturday as part of the Wilmington Grand Prix Criterium Races. Bubbles will be, too. The Grand Prix offers both professional and amateur races, and this year will add a community ride Saturday, which will mark the start of street festival along Market Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part …

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Symphony to keep mask, vaccine rules for March 11 concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Conductor David Amado, center, leads the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in its February performance. Photo by Martin Martinez.   Even though The Grand Opera House in Wilmington has dropped its face mask and vaccine rules, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will continue to require them for its March 11 concert there. J.C. Barker, executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, said while …

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The Grand lifts mask, vaccine requirements for audiences

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

While The Grand has dropped its mask, vaccine requirements, it recommends people continue to wear them during performances because it draws patrons from such a large area. Photo by Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography   Well, you can whoop it up all you like at The Grand Opera House’s performances now that the venue has suspended its COVID-19 mask mandate and …

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36 arts groups, 13 artists get chunk of Rescue Plan cash

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Grand was one of three arts groups to get $45,000 in American Rescue Plan money.     The Delaware Division of the Arts has given 36 arts organizations and 13 artists grants from its $753,000 in American Rescue Plan Art money designed to secure jobs and support artists and nonprofit arts organizations. The grants ranged from $900 for an …

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Rising COVID cases force postponement of New Year’s Eve concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A concert planned for New Year’s Eve will be moved into 2022 to avoid rising COVID-19 cases.   A New Year’s Eve concert planned by the The Grand, Delaware Symphony Orchestra and OperaDelaware has been postponed. The concert, which would have seen the symphony and the OperaDelaware play in the first half and Tony-award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell play in …

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The Grand to mark 150th anniversary with ribbon cutting Wednesday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Grand Opera House will celebrate its 150th birthday by re-enacting its original ribbon cutting.   The Grand Opera House will celebrate its 15oth anniversary Wednesday with a recreation of its inaugural ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. The building, with its facade made of cast iron, had been an anchor of Market Street, where it sits at 818 N. Market. …

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‘Waitress’ to hit Playhouse with new lead actress, seats – but no pie

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Jisel Soleil Ayon stars in “Waitress,” which starts Nov. 18 at the newly renovated Playhouse on Rodney Square. Photo by Jeremy Daniel When “Waitress” opens Nov. 18, it becomes the first show on stage in 617 days for the Playhouse on Rodney Square, which will be showing off a $1.3 million renovation. Jisel Soleil Ayon will take the stage as …

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Grand, opera, symphony join forces for New Year’s Eve gala concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A New Year’s Eve gala concert at The Grand will include a champagne toast.   Three of Wilmington’s arts organizations are joining forces for a New Year’s Eve gala concert that will feature Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Grand Opera House, Delaware Symphony and OperaDelaware will include a champagne toast and take place at 7:30 p.m., in time for …

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Delaware Art Museum to require proof of vaccination to enter

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The Delaware Art Museum changed its admission requirements today. The Delaware Art Museum announced Thursday that starting Oct. 1, visitors must provide proof of vaccination to enter. The move will help ensure the health of members, guests, staff, volunteers, other visitors and the wider community, museum Executive Director Molly Giordano said in a social media statement. The Art Museum’s move …

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Grand to require masks, vaccine proof or negative test to attend shows

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

The Grand Opera House will require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test and masks in all three of its theaters.   The Grand Opera House now requires masks and proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend shows at either of its theaters or at the Playhouse on Rodney Square. The Wilmington performing arts venue is …