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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - April 16, 1998 - 73 Steppin Arena's bowls a strike with Herb T. and the 7-10 Split By Jen EUingsworth No, you're not reading the sports page. But this story is about a bunch of seasoned play- ers. Herb T. and the 7-10 Split is causing quite a ruckus around here and it's not because of their scores at the local lanes. Maybe it's because of the four- man band's penchant for wearing bowling attire or its quirky behav- ior (rolling a bowling ball through the crowd during gigs and the like). Or maybe it's because of its sound, somewhat reminiscent of the '80s group Stray Cats, which "has taken the rock-a-billy blues concept to new heights," accord- ing to drummer Chris "Slim Jim" Lausch. "This has been building and building behind closed doors for the past month or month-and-a- half," said Lausch, who's also a member of the Finders and the Velvet Waltz, two other popular local ensembles. Although it remained under wraps for awhile, the bowling bali's out of the bag for this group. "It's been a totally inside thing and now we're making it a totally outside thing," he said. "We've had two sort of surprise appear- ances, the first of which was April Fool's Day [at B.J.'s on the Water in Ocean City, Md.]. We did that on purpose." Herb T. and the 7-10 Split also made a surprise appearance at Arena's in Rehoboth Beach for an open-mike night a few weeks ago where it bowled a strike with locals. The band returns to Are- na's on Friday, April 10, for its first official Rehoboth gig since that informal debut. The band has already been booked for summer performances in Delaware and Maryland. It's important to note that all members of the 7-10 Split go by aliases. Lausch said that's because it is necessary for them to metamorphose into their on-stage personas. Members of this performance art-esque group include kingpin guitarist Herbert T. Schwimmer, The Mighty Chihuahuas are back! The duo will headline at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. also known as "Herb T"; Greg Haughey, known simply as "Raoul," who plays a '30s upright bass; guitarist Wayne, aka."Miles Long"; and Lausch, who's notori- ous for slinging smoked beef sticks into the audience (hence the "Slim Jim" alias). It's also important to know that this is not a green team of musi- cians, but rather a veteran bunch of players who've been on the scene for awhile. The quintet performs a mix of clever originals and interpreta- tions of cover tunes, including a blues, swing version of Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" At any given time, listen- ers could also be treated to an ear- ful of songs such as "Buy Me a Beer" or "Bowling Ball on a Shelf." So why this keen interest in bowling? "We've all been underground bowlers for a while now," said Lausch. In other local entertainment news... Don't forget to check out the Saturday, April 11 Easter Band Blowout at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. The Haze, Less Traveled, Digstown, Gingham Schmtiz and Exploding Bay will take the stage. A $5 cover charge includes all five bands. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 227-2888 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, April 10 - Herb T. and the 7-10 Split; Saturday, April 11 - Major Company; Wednesday, April 15 - Velvet Waltz; Friday, April 17 - The Naildrivers; Satur- You never know when you'll see them at the local lanes. But you can be sure to catch Herb T. and the 7-10 Split in action Friday, April 10, at Arenas in Rehoboth Beach. day, April 18 - Grabus Feelgood. For information, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Ave. Friday, April 10 - Christine Havrilla; Sat- urday, April 11 - Juliet's Wishing Well. For information, call 226- BREW (2739). Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 - Swoon. For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes Pub & Restau- rant: 15 Wilmington Ave. Friday and Saturday, April 10-11 - The Mighty Chihuahuas; Friday and Saturday, April 17-18 - Harry 'O and Ed Shaner. For information, call 227-2888. Sir Guy's: 243 Rehoboth Ave. Tuesday nights are Wing Continued on page 74 'Starry, Starry Night' theme of annual art show Lewis to be honored at Del Tech April 24 "Starry, Starry Night- An Evening of Art & Enchantment," is the theme of the fourth annual Delaware Art Show and Sale, which will be held Friday, April 24, at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Cam- pus. This year's event will benefit the Center for Language & Cul- ture, which opened on campus last fall. Event coordinator Carolyn ,t"t 4" t"'l LAkl I 'I..AI, DePew noted that the show has taken an excit- ing turn this year. "A gala evening is planned in addition to the show featur- ing works by regional and local artists," she said. The evening LEWIS begins at 6 p.m. with the appetizers followed by a buffet dinner, a champagne dessert and an espresso bar. The featured entertainment for sale gala the black-tie-optional evening will be The Funsters, a band well- known along the East Coast for their expert playing of pop tunes from the '60s and '70s. Highlighting the affair will be the presentation of the Arts & Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award to Jack Lewis of Bridgeville. The award recognizes Lewis for his contributions to the arts, com- munity and his fellow Delaware- ans. An exhibit of his works, typical of the ones displayed everywhere from Legislative Hall to the local barbershop, will also be featured. 4th Annual Delaware An Evening of Art Those attending the gala will have the opportunity to view and purchase works, including paint- ings, photographs, and baskets by 22 other artists. Greenwood Trust Company is the major sponsor of this event. Other sponsors are Delaware National Bank; Conectiv; Duane Art Show & Sale & Enchantment Morris & Hecksher, attorneys-at- law; McCool & McCool Architec- ture Design; Perdue; Prudential Joy-Gallo Realtors; and Delaware Tech. Tickets are $50 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Office of Institutional Advancement at 855-1607.