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ARTS &amp; ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Bent Peg taking shape at Rehoboth's Arena's MaroL 7 By Jen Ellingsworth Intelligent lyrics,.a healthy dose of industrial-strength guitar and a crafty mix of musical styles sets the band Bent Peg apart from the norm. Hailing from Central New York, the foursome of bass player Jesse Harriott, drummer Shane Hart- man, guitarist Kirk Griffin and lead singer and keyboardist Matt Barnes will debut on the local scene on Saturday, March 7, at Arena's Bar and Deli in Rehoboth Beach. Bent Peg, which was originated in '93 in Ithaca, N.Y.(has released three recordings. The latest, titled "vu-ja-de," shows off the band's industrial side. Hartman said it took the group about a year to compile the all-original material on the disc. He said the group finds it difficult to pinpoint a par- ticular style. "We're eclectic and fun," said Hartman, describing the Bent Peg Kevin Johnson will head- line at Dogfish Head Brew- ings & Eats in Rehohoth Beach on Friday, March 6. philosophy. "We try to do as many different styles [of music] as we can and still get away with it." The band's most recent CD, released in '96, features former bass player Gene Cobb, who was since then replaced by Harriott. Hartrnan said the split was amica- ble and the band still practices at Cobb's house. Hartman said the band is work- ing on another project, but wants to have from 10 to 15 Bent Peg originals before going into the stu- dio to record. In the meantime, the group plans to tour the East Coast. "Our original plan was to stretch out as far as we can," he said. "We've been around New York and New Jersey and now we plan to come to Delaware." Although Bent Peg has only performed original material up to this point, Hartman said the band has been practicing two covers - the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" and the Cars' "Just What I Needed." Hartman said the band plans to include those, songs in its lineup on Saturday night. For information about the Are- na's show, call 227-1272. In other local entertainment news ... Rock-a-billy folkster Kevin Johnson will headline at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on Friday, March 6. Known for his easy conversational tone, Johnson has been well received every time he's performed at the brew pub. The show starts at 10 p.m. Check out his Web site at <www.jlsys-> for photos and more. Call 226-BREW for information. Members of the Central New York band Bent Peg are shown (I-r) Kirk Griffin, Jesse Harriott, Shane Hartman and Matt Barnes. The band will play at Arena's Bar and Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, March 7. Wednesday nights in March will be especially fun for the younger set at Roadsters in Lewes when tlhe restaurant presents its Kids Night. The evening's events i]nclude a 57-cent menu for kids. Offerings include corn dogs, piz- za, burgers and fries and a pleni- tude of rotisserie items, such as chicken, meatloaf and stir-fry dishes. A special evening of entertainment by local sensations the Channel Surfers is also on tap from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. The group is made tap of young adults from the Cape Region, ages 11-14, led by Rehoboth Elementary School teacher and band director Walt Hetfield. Since its humble begin- nings last spring, the band has played benefits, school assem- blies, the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz '97 and other local establishments for special events. Call Roadsters at .645-1957 for information about Kids Night. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Ave. (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Sunday is Acoustic Jam Night with Cliff Hillis. Friday, March 6 - Velvet Waltz; Saturday, March 7 - Bent Peg; Friday, March 13 - Juliet's Wishing Well; Saturday, March 14 - One Step Beyond; Wednes- day, March 18 - The Subter- raneans. For information, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Ave. Friday, March 6 - Kevin Johnson; Satur- day, March 7 - Hexbelt; Friday, March 13 - Burning Bus; Satur- day, March 14 - The Remnants. For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Continued on page 65 :Eighth annual Rehoboth Chocolate Festival slated for March 21 Spring will be heralded by the Eighth Annual Rehoboth Choco- late Festival this year. The Friends of the Rehoboth Library will spon- sor the annual event, set for Satur- day, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rehoboth Beach Con- vention Center, The sweets will be available just in time for Easter. A highlights of the chocolate baking contest includes vendors offering sweets and associated accessories. Admission is $1 and includes one taste from the variety of entries. For those with a sweet tooth, extra tastes are 50 cents. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. There are four divisions within the baking contest - restaurant, professional, amateur and children 12 and younger - in seven differ- ent categories: cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, cheesecakes, can- dy and the most unusual (anything that doesn't fall under the six other categories). Prizes will include ribbons, din- ner and gift certificates, with the grand prize restaurant receiving a one-third-page advertisement in "Delaware Today" magazine and the top professional chef walking away with $200 in cash donated by Grotto Pizza. The best amateur will be" given a two-night stay for two at Board- walk Plaza Hotel, while the 12- and-under grand prize winner will receive a bicycle from Kmart of Rehoboth Beach. Entries will be accepted at the Convention Center between 7 and 9 a.m. the morning of the event. Entry forms will be available at the door when the entry is brought in or can be picked up prior to the festival at Ibach's, 23 A, Rehoboth Ave.; Heaven in a Handbasket, lehoboth Ave. Ext.; Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 223 IRehoboth Ave.; and Rocky Moun- ttain Candy Factory, 1510B Ocean (Outlets. Entry forms will also be available by calling 227-8259. The Friends of the Rehoboth ]Beach Public Library, headed by lPriscilla Smith, are seeking entries, judges and volunteers to he/p with the event. For more information, write Chocolate Festival, P.O. Box 98, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. These two young chefs are festooned with ribbons for their efforts in a past Rehoboth Chocolate Festival. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 21, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall; entries are now being accepted.