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ARTs & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Out BayCenter hosts Five Band Blow-Out Easter weekend By Jen Ellingsworth The BayCenter stage at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach will explode with the sounds of five bands this Easter weekend on Saturday, March 29. The Five Band Blow-Out is co- sponsored by the Rusty Rudder and 93.5 WZBH radio, and will feature the lineup of Jimmy's Chicken Shack, Laughing Colors, Underfoot and Jay Jay, along with acoustic artist Mary Prankster. Tickets are $5 and can be pur- chased in advance in the Rusty Rudder Lounge or at the door on the night of the show. 93.5 WZBH will also be giving away tickets on the air. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the first band is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Jimmie's Chicken Shack is a high-energy band that incorpo- rates a little bit of everything into its music. Billboard magazine described the group as being "tough, attitude-laden funk 'n' roll." limmie's Chicken Shack recent- ly signed a deal with Rocket Records, Elton John's division of Polygram Records. The Shack was the only unsigned act per- forming at last summer's 'HFSti- val at RFK stadium in Washing- ton, D.C. The band has played with 311, Everclear, The Violent Femmes, and Filter. The band fie- quently performs in New York, Virginia, Maryland and D.C. The Shack has even been featured on I the Jerry Springer Show. Baltimore-based rock band Laughing Colors was the first unsigned band to be added to the regular music rotation of Balti- more's 98 Rock (WTYY). The four-man band has shared the stage with The Toadies, Cracker, Dishwalla, Gravity Kills, Goldftn- ger and The Nixons. Last September, the band signed a management deal with New Y0rk-based Leber/Laguna Man- agement, who represents SUlSer- groups such as Aerosmith and AC/DC. Jay Jay, a 1G-piece funk-ftlled "orchestra" based out of Balti- more, is also included in Satur- day's line-up. Creativity is the key to this unique group, whose influences include Bob Marley, James Brown, Jim Hen&ix, Miles Davis, Sly and Family Stone and James Brown. Those who attend the show will be treated to percussion, guitars and a horn section, which all mesh together to provide the rich, diver- sifted texture known as the funky band Jay Jay. Acoustic artist Mary Prankster will also be bringing her unique pop-punk to the BayCenter. Prankster has played at many of the premier showcase venues, from New York to North Carolina in support of her latest release, "Mata Haft." She has charted with the College Music Journal on all of the Mid-Atlantic college sta- tions that have received her music, She too has appeared on the Jerry Springer Show, as well as the Ric- ki Lake Show. She was also nom- inated for a Mid-Atlantic Wammie award for Best New Release in the same category as the Dave Matthews Band and emmet swim- ruing. Touted as being one of the largest touring bands on the East Coast, Underfoot's combination of introspective lyricism and infectious rhythms have earned them a large and dedicated follow- ing. A track from their debut CD, "Still Green," is slated to be included on MTV's "The Real World" soundtrack next season. The band has shared the spotlight with artist including G. Love, Special Sauce, Edwin MeCain, Shawn Colvin, Dag Self, Agents of Good Roots, Yolk, emmet swimming, Nil Lara, and the Fred- dy Jones Band. For more information about the Five Band Blow-Out, call the Rusty Rudder at 227-3888. In other entertainment news... Be sure to experience Friday night's happy hour at Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach. Not only is it a good place to meet old friends, but you can always make new ones as you enjoy reduced drink prices and free hors d'oeuvres from 5,7 p.m. Baystar Dinner Theater in the Sussex Room of the Sea Horse Continued on page 61 There's nothing fowl about Jimm/e's Chicken Shack, a high-energy band which Billboard magazine recently described as being "tough, attitude-laden funk 'n' relL  The group is among those participating in the Five Band Blow- Out at the Ruddertowne Bay Center in Dewey Beach on Sat- urday, March 29. Tickets are $5. Call 227-3888. Lewes artists in the spotlight for Saturday's self-guided studio tour A studio tour featuring the work of 16 artists at 11 different Lewes area locales will be held Saturday, March 29. The self-guided tour, an independent venture sponsored by the artists themselves, will be held from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featured on the tour will be the studios of watercolorist Breck Stringer at 39 Sycamore Drive in Edgewater Estates. Stringer is a watercolorist with an impressionist approach and places great emphasis on color. He said he feels that the bright col- ors used in his paintings lend an uplifting feeling to the work. Stringer is retired from the drug and alcohol treatment field and ha lived in Delaware for 12 years. He is a member of the Rehoboth Art Lgne and the Sussex County Arts Council. His paintings can be seen on display at the Peninsula Collection in Lewes. Copper plate etchings featuring local scenes will be shown at the studio of artist Ray Jackson at 35 Harborview Road. Award-winning watei'colorist Henry Meier's studio at 40 Har- borview Road. is also included on the tour, as well as the 9 Schaeffer Lane studio of watercolorist Julie Molyneux. Meier's work deals with landscape, still fife, and fig- ures painted in a loose wet water- color technique, while Molyneux art is realistic representational landscapes and florals in watercol- or and acrylic. The studio of Barbara Petterson at 130 McEee Street is also a high- light of the tour. Petterson's art includes "People-Scape Paint- ings," which humorously depict Delaware's beach visitors. Aina Nergaard-Nammack's stu- dio is located at 115 Rodaline Avenue. Her paintings emphasize the simplicity of form, vibrant col- or, and negative and positive space. She also exhibits locally, and her work can currently be seen at the Rehoboth Art League. Artists Victor and Karen Letonoff will feature their artistic and decorative iron and bronze sculpture and functional house- wares at their forge located in the old Lewes Ice Plant. In addition to the forge, the Letonoffs also have a showroom in Rehoboth Beach on Christian St. The couple works together to design the art (a drawing or sketch) which then evolves into an individual, unique work of art. Another stop on the tour will include stained glass creations by Barbara Berl, cast glass sculptured dinnerware by Terry Saville; and "Venetian-style wound glass beads by Marilyn Nugent at The Glass Crafter Studio at 518 Savannah Road. Specialized pillows and quilts by Pat Staby-Rogers and hand- crafted miniature boats by Steve Rogers will be featured at The Market Street Studios. Lamp working and lathe working by  Tony Bailey, and landscape and floral paintings by Julie Bailey Jen EIIingsworth photo Julie Molyneux is both organizer and participant in this year's studio tour of the Lewes arem Molyneux's work deals with realistic representational landscapes and florals in watercolor and acryUc. will be on display at the couple's Connie Costigan at her 210 N.E. 212 Cedar Street home, and the Market Street studio. landscape drawings, paintings and Flyers for the studio tour are pastels in a semi-abstract style of Continued on page 57