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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 April 2, 1998 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Stepl3in Scatologists to serve up sassy ska at Sir Guy's March 28 By Jen Ellingsworth A Scatologists show is like an education: If you don't know what "ska" music is all about, it may be time to school yourself. Beginners who aren't familiar with ska can easily learn by catch- ing a sassy serving of the dance music at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, March 28. The Scatologists' sound is spiced with classical training and impro- visational notes. While many of its members are classically trained, it's clear that improvisation plays a key role in the sauciness of their sound. While the band plays frequently gigs at venues in Newark, it also makes several appearances here in the Cape Region, performing at Sir Guy's and at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats across the street. Ska, Jamaican dance music that erupted in the early '60s, spread like wildfire through that country to the United Kingdom and then on to the rest of the world. Con- trary to popular belief, it was not invented by bands like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones or Reel Big Fish. According to the International House of Ska's Web site, "ska music" is defined as a "fusion of Jamaican mento rhythm with R & B, with the drum coming in on the second and fourth beats and the guitar emphasizing the up of the second, third and fourth beats. The drum, therefore, is carrying the blues and swing beats of the American music and the guitar is expressing the mento sound." No two Scatologists shows are the same. One thing's for sure, though. If you like to dance, ska's the thing. The style of"ska" danc- ing even has its own name. It's called "skanking." If you don't know how, don't worry. It's not hard to learn either. Playing a medley of horns and guitars, the necktie- and shorts- wearing members of the Scatolo, gists manage to work the crowd into a skanking, ska frenzy every time. Check out the Scatologists' full- length CD, "Skank for Your Life." Call 227-7616 for more informa- tion about the Sir Guy's show. In other local entertainment news ... Sample some Flower Power this weekend at the Crab Barn in Long Neck. Membexs of this four-man, Landsdale, Pa.- based band freely admit ttheir The Scatologlsts will serve up their funky style of ska music at Sir Guy's in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, March 28. music is a byproduct of the '60s. Singer Jim Sgrignioli said the band has been together for about 10 or 12 years now and plays only cover songs. Stay tuned to this page in future issues for the full story on these flower children. In the meantime, catch the Crab Barn show on Saturday, March 28. Call 945-8900 for information. 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 27 - Scrap- ple; Saturday, March 28 - Braxton Hicks;Wednesday, April 1 - Lucky Shoes Blues Band; Friday, April 3 - The Licks; Saturday, April 4 - Closed. For information, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Ave. Friday, March 27 - Kalai King; Saturday, March 28 - Cravin' Dogs; Friday, April 3 - Hugh Blumenfeld; Satur- day, April 4 - The Grandsons. For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke every Friday and Saturday. For informa- tion, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes Pub & Restau- rant: 15 Wilmington Ave. Satur- day, March 28 - Velvet Waltz; Saturday, April 4 - John Fahres. For information, call 227-2888. Sir Guy's: 243 Rehoboth Continued on page 63 Rehoboth Designer Sh,owhouse V opens with preview April 26 Opera in April at the Beach to benefit RAt, Sussex Habitat Spring has arrived, and opera will arrive in the Cape Region when Designer Showhouse V opens its doors to preview party- goers on Thursday, April 2, at Sea Witch Manor in Rehoboth Beach. In keeping with the theme "Opera in April at the Beach," nearly 30 individual artists and designers have been working their magic since late January on walls, windows and the grounds of this 5,000-square-foot Victorian-style bed and breakfast. Each space has been designed around a significant scene or plot element from one of the world's most famous operas. In keeping with this theme, dur- ing the preview gala (slated for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) four profession- al singers affiliated with Wilming- ton's Opera Delaware will per- rorm ac Fp.m., ac t ouy Restaurant on Rehoboth Avenue. Dorothy Cardella, soprano; Car- ol Denenberg, mezzo-soprano; John Dennison, baritone; and James Longacre, tenor, will itmgin their serenades with an ense:mble performance of Libiamo from Verdi's "La Traviata." This i especially appropriate since the Sea Witch Manor bridal suite has been transformed into the bo,udoir of this opera's tragic heroine, Vio- letta Valery. Other arias will follow, imclud- ing the Flower Duet from Pucci- ni's "Madame Butterfly,"' the opera around which the sthow- house garden is designed, amd the Barcarolle Duet from Offenlach's "The Tales of Hoffman,'? the theme of Iris Brook's and Mary Rawl's designs in Mr. Lutther's Room and Bath. As a ggrand finale, the singers will ask preeview party-goers to join them in at rous- ing and celebrity rendition tof the Champagne Finale from J. Straus' "Die Fledermaus" to launcch the showhouse. Each preview party soloistt has a distinguished performance rcecord. Cardella has sung with the Opera Company bf Philadelphia arnd has teen a tatured so,blOt wld ctle Philadelphia Orchestra. Longacre, who has performed with the Met- ropolitan Opera Guild, made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in the New York premier of a work by Norman Dello Joio. Dennison studied with Normal Walker at the Royal Opera at Con- vent Garden in London and has appeared with the New York Phil- harmonic Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein. Denenberg's dramatic mezzo- soprano voice has been heard throughout the Delaware Valley in major mezzo roles in "Aida," "Carmen" and "Madame Butter- fly," to name a few of the operas in which she has starred: She has studied in New York with Gar- briella Tucci and at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Not to be outdone in terms of excellence, local restaurants have generously donated an array of hors d'oeuvres to ensure that the preview party will delight the appetites as well as the eardrums of the guests. Contributing businesses include Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, A Taste of Heaven, Blue Moon, The Great American Diner, Lamp Fos ear'ood aaf't, La Rosa Negra, Pasta Bowl, The But- tery, The Cultured Pearl and The Dessert Cart, as well as Sir Guy's, Continued on page 68 Soprano Dorothy Cardella and tenor James Longacre, a husband and wife team from Philadelphia, will be performing along with mezzo-soprano Carol Denenberg and baritone John Dennison at Sir Guy's Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.