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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 23 - May 29, 1997 - 63 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Steppin Out Cape Region entertainment heats up for holiday weekend By Yen Ellingsworth On Friday, May 24, Dogfish The Memorial Day holiday is shaping up to be a hot entertain- ment weekend on the local circuit. Establishments are pulling out all the stops to ensure locals and visi- tors that this holiday packs the punch. For instance, the Rusty Rudder on Dickinson Street in Dewey Beach has a stellar lineup planned. The bevy of live entertainment begins on Friday, May 23, when local faves Love Seed Mama Jump will make their seasonal debut on the Rudder deck. For the past several years, Love Seed has been seen jamming the deck on Thursdays, and it looks like the tradition will continue this season. You can look forward to seeing Love Seed play on the Rudder deck each and every Thursday night, starting Thursday, June 19. On Sunday, May 25, the Rudder will host the progressive group Mr. Greengenes. Upcoming entertainment for the Rusty Rudder includes the band Jah Works on Monday, May 26; Juliet's Wishing Well with The Finders on Thursday, May 29; 80s rockers One Step Beyond on Mon- day, June 2; and Laughing Colors on Thursday, June 5. In addition, the Rusty Rudder has welcomed back the steel drum sounds of the Ruddertowne Island Boyz every Saturday and Sunday starting at 4 p.m. Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats on Rehoboth Avenue also has a jam-packed weekend of live, original entertainment planned. Head will host Starbelly. Then, on Saturday, May 25, it will present Juliet's Wishing Well with open- ing act Seven Potato Baby. On Sunday, May 26, Rehoboth Beach will be treated to Half Japanese, a seasoned band whose musical career spans 30 albums. Led by veteran solo artist Jad Fair, the band is making its sweep of the east coast after touring the U.S. The band has enjoyed world- wide popularity, and worked with artists including Sonic Youth, NRBQ, Velvet Underground and most recently Nirvana, for whom Half Japanese opened the "In Utero Tour." The band is currently on tour to promote its latest effort, "Bone Head." It's hard to pinpoint the musical style of this band because it is so original. The unique, sim- ple sound is undoubtedly going to be well received by the crowd at Dogfish Head. If dinner entertainment is your bag, there's still plenty of action for you, too. The Potpourri Restaurant and Lounge in Rehoboth Beach will be featuring Seattle native Scott Hen- richsen on piano for the next two weekends. Henrichsen plays and sings a mix of jazz, standards, pop, rock and everything else. On Fridays, May 23 and 30, he will appear from 7:30-11:30 p.m. On Saturdays, May 24 and 31, from 8 p.m. until midnight. On Sundays, May 25 and June 1, from 7-11 p.m. Jump into summer with the Rusty Rudder deck on Friday, Additionally, the Saturday, May 24, performance will feature the rest of the trio - Kelly Dudley on tenor sax and Brian Larson on drums. Henrichsen has played exten- sively in the Virginia Beach, Washington and Richmond metro areas for eight years, and is a local favorite in each of those cities. Call 227-4227 for information. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Monday is Monday Martini Madness; sounds of Love Seed Mama Jump, who will be returning to the May 23. Call 227-3888 for information. every Tuesday - Import Night; every Sunday - acoustic jam; every Thursday - Mexican Fiesta Night; Friday, May 23 - The Naildrivers; Saturdays May 24 - Scrapple. For information, call 227-1272. Dogf'tsh Head: 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Friday, May 23 - Starbel- ly; Saturday, May 24 - Juliet's Wishing Well (opening act is Sev- en Potato Baby); Sunday, May 25 - Half Japanese; Wednesday, May 28 - The Shoe Gazers; Friday, May 30 - Lenahann. For informa- tion, call 226-BREW (2739). Fran O'Brien's Beach House: Lake Avenue. For infor- mation, call 227-6121. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke every Thursday. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-25 - Common- bond; Friday and Saturday, May 30-31 - The Pet Detectives. For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Wilmington Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 23-25 - Danny Quinn; Wednesday, May 28 - The Mighty Chihuahuas; Fri- day and Saturday, May 30-31 - Brian and O'Brien. For more Continued on page 64 The building is the canvas for Cape Region artis.t By Jen EUingsworth You won't find Andrew Dera's artwork framed and hung on a wall. You will, however, find his art- work covering the walls, or the sides of buildings. Sometimes four stories tall, Dera's murals canvas the sides of many local buildings, including the one adjacent to Woody's Restaurant. It's hard to ignore the bright blue skies and ocean, painted to include dolphins, killer whales and exotic tropical fish. In fact, Dera said he's seen many people stop to have their photo taken in front of the vibrant-colored mural, which took him a little more than a week to paint. At the time he painted the mur- al, Dera was working as a chef at Woody's. "I'd work on the wall until about three, go clean up and get ready to start cooking at four," he said. He said he made the decision to leave that job about two weeks ago, so that he could devote his total attention to painting. "Since I've always had another job, I've only spent about two per- cent of my time painting," he said. "Now I'll be able to focus my attention on this." Currently living in Ocean View with his wife, Lucinda, and two- year-old son Rad, the New Jersey native said he's "always doodled throughout school and whatnot." He said he has no degree or formal training in art, and that what he does has always come natural for him. "It's just one of those things that's in my blood," said Dera. "When I start to paint it's like I'm in a hypnotic trance." The Deras spent some time in Key West, Fla., where he said air- brushing is a very popular art form. Dera said that during Key West's Mardi-Gras-like Fantasy Fest, he discovered that air-brush- ing is not only used to paint inani- mate objects, but paint people as well. "You could make thousands of dollars during Fantasy Fest air- brushing on people," he said. "It was wild." Dera said since he's moved back to Delaware, he's noticed that there's definitely a demand for the murals. He said he's received inquires from the Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach areas, and he thinks its only a matter of time before he expands into the sur- Continued on page 66 Jen EIIingsworth photo Andrew Dera's work in progress can be seen at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, where the Ocean View artist's four-story mural covers one side of the building.