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ARTS & ENTERT;,INMENT Steppin Out Sharper than cheddar, Yellowman returns to Rudder By Jen Ellingsworth Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1956, it didn't take Winston Fos- ter long to show his real colors. Twenty-five albums later, Fos- ter - better known as the artist Yel- lowman - is "Yellow Like Cheese" once again thanks to a comeback of "muenster-like" pro- portions. Yellowman was discovered in a talent contest while still a DJ in the 70's. It was during that time he developed his unique style of alternating rap with signing - style that has made him the most requested DJ in dance hall history and the most infamous "Cheese- head" in music history thus far. His litany of hits include "Me Kill Barney," "Soldier Take Over," "Mad Over Me," "I'm Get- ting Married," "Jamaica a Little Miami" and "Mister Ching." He is noted as being the number one selling reggae artist since the legendary Bob Marley. Dubbed his famous moniker because of his skin condition (characterized by an absence of pigmentation), Yellowman has had to overcome many real life obstacles in order to achieve his fame. Because of his unusual appear- ance he was institutionalized as a child and forced to attend a special school. Most recently, he has had to overcome another challenge, throat and skin cancer His fans (many of whom can be seen at his sold out concerts around the world including Madi- son Square Garden, Tokyo and Japan) will agree - Yellowman's ability to conquer the odds has made him a legend in his own right. The "Yellow Like Cheese" per- former will make a special appear- ance on the Rusty Rudder deck on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. A $5 cover charge is in effect, but well worth it. Yellowman will promote his latest CD, due out in Septem- ber, titled "Freedom of Speech." The disc includes eight songs writ- ten by Yellowman and a collabo- ration with the Mighty Diamonds and one with David Folkes. For information about the Rud- der show, call 227-3888. In other local entertainment news.. One of the biggest shows of the summer is coming this weekend. Saturday, Aug. 16, the Bottle & Cork in Dewey Beach presents national recording artists Match- box 20. "Soulful vocals, ringing guitars and probing lyrics about people whose lives are coming apart and their struggle to hold on - these are the elements that drive the debut album by Matchbox 20, "Yourself oi" Someone Like You," according to Atlantic Recording Corporation sources. The CD features chart-topping hits including "Long Day" and "Push." Laden with guitar-driven melodic rock tunes and emotional- ly-charged vocals, Matchbox 20 material is intelligent rock with substance, and well worth check- ing out. Led by vocalist Rob Thomas (who has said he usually gets his best song writing ideas when he's walking) said the romantically- combative song "Push" is a song about how he was manipulated and how he handled it. The song, he said, is actually written from three different points of view, including the one of the woman who it's about. Other members of Matchbox 20 include lead guitarist Kyle Cook, rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor, bassist Brian Yale and drummer Paul Doucette. Tickets for Saturday's show are have confirmed that advance tick- ets are sold out. The establish- ment will, however, be selling a limited number of tickets at the door on the night of the show. For more information, call the Bottle & Cork at 227-8545. "Sondheim's Broadway," an after-dinner cabaret which played to sold-out houses in June, will return to La Rosa Negra Restau- rant at 128 Second Street in Lewes for four more performances, Aug. 15-16 and Aug. 22-23. While originally booked for just three nights in June, La Rosa Negra owner Bob Cirelli said the response to the show prompted him to ask performers to juggle their busy theatre schedules to squeeze in another two weekends at the beach. The performers have a wealth of musical comedy between them. Directed by Fay Jacobs, "Sond- heim's Broadway" stars Margaret Allman, Eric Peterson and Eloise Ullman. The show features an array of songs from the early career of Broadway lyricist/com- poser Stephen Sondheim. Some of his most popular show tunes, including songs from "Gypsy," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Compa- ny" are included in this musical revue. Seating for "Sondheim's Broad- way" performances is I0 p.m. on Friday nights and 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The price of admission is $10 per person, which includes one of the establishment's special cabaret light fare items or award- winning desserts. For reservations, call La Rosa Negra at 645-1980. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Every Tuesday Yellowman's meteoric comeback has earned him more than one star on the wall with fans worldwide. Catch his spicy fla- vor of reggae rap and signing at the Rusty Rudder on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. Aug. 15 - Juliet's Wishing Well; Saturday, Aug. 16 - Starbelly; Sunday,, Aug. 17 - Burning Bus.; Wednesday, Aug. 20 - One Step Beyond; Friday, Aug. 22 - Cara- van; Saturday, Aug. 23 - Scrapple; Sunday, Aug. 24 - Honor Among Thieves. For information, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Fri- day, Aug. 15 - Lenahan; Saturday, Aug. 16 - Mightyhead; Sunday, Aug. 17 - Kate Jacobs; Wednes- day, Aug. 20 - The Finders; Fri- day, Aug. 22 - Freedy Johnston; Saturday, Aug. 23 - Starbelly; Sunday, Aug. 24 - Dan Bern. For information, call 226-BREW Fran O'Brien's Beach House: Lake Avenue. Every Fri- day is Fran's 25th Anniversary Customer Appreciation Party from 9-11 p.m. with drink specials. Register for the Beach House, Dance Contest on Fridays by 11 p.m. DJ music by Jim Dawson every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. Scotty on the grand piano Thursday through Sunday from 5:30-9 p.m. For information, call 227-6121. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke every Thursday. Open Mike Night with Blue Raven every Saturday and Sunday from 4-7 p.m. Aug. 15-17 - BOINK!; Wednesday, Aug. 20 - $5, but Bottle & Cork sources is Acoustic Jam Night. Friday, (2739). Continued onpage 63 Waterfront Arts Fest set for Lewes The Fifth Annual Lewes Water- front Arts Festival will be held on the decks of the Lighthouse Restaurant on Sunday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to5 p.m. The festival will feature a vari- ety of waterfront activities for the whole family, a seafood grilling demonstration, T-shirt painting, the Cape Artists and a perfor- mance by the Rehoboth Summer Children's Theater. The festival opens at 10 a.m. with a t-shirt painting activity for kids who are invited to create their very own Waterfront Arts Festival shirts, using colorful paints and real fish. The Cape Artists will also be on the deck from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., painting nautical scenes. The Cape Artists will be avail- able to discuss their works and techniques with visitors, and there will be works by group members which will be available for pur- chase. At 1 p.m., children will be invit- ed to enter an art competition on the deck and prizes will be award- ed. At noon, the Lighthouse Restau- rant's Paul Buchness will man the deck grill and demonstrate the proper way to marinate, prepare and grill seafood. Those watching the demonstra- tion will also have the chance to sample some of the items and will be given recipe cards containing lots of great cooking tips. At 4 p.m., the cast of the Rehoboth Summer Children's Theater will present the play, "Toad's Escape." There is no charge for admission to the festival and all events are free. Lewes-area artist Matthew Mack painted a scene of the canal and waterfront during the 1996 version of the Lewes Waterfront Arts Festival at the Lighthouse Restaurant.