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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 79 |O • Arzt is new director of the Schwartz Center By Maddy Lauria maddy@capegazette.com Sydney Arzt - Miss Music of southern Delaware - is taking her entertainment talents to Kent County. The Rehoboth Beach resident, known for bringing jazz to the beaches, stepped into a new role as the new executive director of the Schwartz Center for the Arts Nov. 1, replacing the center's interim executive director Sylvia Cowell. Cowell served as the interim director for about a year and a half. Arzt, former owner and operator of Sydney's Blues & Jazz Restaurant, spent 18 years with the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival as one of the event's founding members, three years as an entertain- ment coordinator at Bethany Blues and four years with Kent County's Delaware Charitable Music, producing concerts and booking performers. Before her leading roles in the southern Delaware music scene, the closest Arzt had gotten to musical performance was a short stint playing piano, that and the fact that her grandfather was leader of a big band in the 1930s. She said her connection to music is based on the feeling and enjoy- ment she gets from a good tune. "I always say I've been on a mission from God, like in the Blues Brothers, be- cause there is no rational explanation," she said. "It's a soulful connection for me and always has been." Arzt said that connection has helped her develop a formula for booking impres- sive talent that has worked for years, and she hopes to bring that - as well as some other changes - to the Schwartz Center. Arzt will play a key role in developing the center's new strategic plan, as well as restructuring the board of directors and by-laws to produce a more community- oriented center for the arts. "Our intention is to become a very strong anchor in the revitalization of downtown Dover," she said. She hopes to bring in more national and international talent through a new method of program- ming, which is expected to include a more open schedule for booking big-name stars. "We're kind of restructuring from the ground up, so to speak, except for the building," she said. Arzt credited Ed Dulin, liaison for the center's board of directors and CEO of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA, for spearheading the restructuring efforts at the Schwartz. "The Schwartz Center is a beautiful facility. It has wonderful potential - it's just terribly underutilized," Dulin said. "Sydney is just Miss Music. I think she is just going to be a jewel in the executive director position. If we can utilize her knowledge of the talent in the industry, I believe we can maximize the potential of the Schwartz Center into being a great thing for central Delaware." Dulin said the restructuring will begin with Arzt cleaning up the center organi- zationally, then enhancing and updating programming for 2015. Along with the restructuring efforts and a new strategic plan, Arzt and Dulin said the new focus is on fundraising to make the center more sustainable and community-oriented, al- lowing for less university involvement. The Schwartz Center is currently oper- ated by a nine-member board: three representatives from Delaware State University, three from Wesley College and three from The Friends of the Capitol Theater. "My top priority is really to create a more financially viable Schwartz Center with greater community participation," Arzt said. 'k&s Dover is the capital, we hope to make this theater representative of the capital city in Delaware." Dulin said there are going to be a lot of changes in the next six to nine months, but said the tasks are doable with Arzt at the helm. "I hope what people are going to see is much better programming, much more programming that touches on all aspects of the community - from children to education to big-star shows that come through this area," Dulin said. "[Arzt] believes in music and the arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO SYDNEY ARZT, known for her involvement with jazz and bringing music to Sussex Coun- ty, has taken over as the new executive director for the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover She's done amazing things in Delaware already, and I think what she can bring to the Schwartz Center is just going to be terrific." Steppin' Out )) DEWEY BEACH • H~Rme~e~Is: 1818 Coastal Hwy. Thursdays - Let's Do Trivia. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays - DJ music. 227-7325. • The Slarl~a~l: 2009 Coastal Highway. Wednesdays - DJ Deogee, 9 p.m. and LauraLea & Tripp Fabulous, 10 p.m.; Thursdays - Rick Arzt acoustic, 9 p.m.; Fridays - DJ John Hardy, 5-8 p.m., and DJ RedDog, 8 p.m.; Saturdays - DJ Deogee, 9 p.m. Sundays - Kristen & Johnny Phatt acoustic. 10 p.m. 227-4600, • Woody's Dewey Beach Bar & Grill: 1904 Hwy. One. Fridays - DJ Hype; Saturdays - DJ Uneek. 302-260-9945. I,EWES • Batlmm/Blues: 18385 Coastal Highway. Wednesdays - Rick Arzt performs acous- tic. Thursdays - Let's Do Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 - RoadHouse Clams; Saturday, Nov. 8 - Deb Callahan Blues Band; Friday, Nov. 14 - To The Max; Saturday, Nov. 15 - Comfort Zone: Friday, Nov, 21 - Nothin' But Trouble; Saturday, Nov. 22 - Three Sheets Acoustic; Friday~ Nov, 28 - Ursula Rocks Project; Saturday, Nov. 29 - The Three Seeds. 644-2500. - Fuzzbox Piranha: Saturday, Nov. 22 - BarCode; Friday, Nov. 28 - Liquid Groove; Saturday, Nov. 29 - Over Time. 645-9911. • Grotto Pizza Grand Slam: 17467 Coastal Hwy. 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Rhodes; Saturday, Nov. 8 - Goodbye Motel: Friday, Nov.'14 - Dapp; Saturday, Nov. 15 - The Galaxy Collective. 26-BREW. • Purple Pa,~t: 134 Rehoboth Ave. Every Sunday Tara Austin; Friday and Saturday karaoke. 226-1139 • J~e's ,~: 19178 Coastal Highway. • Conch Island Key West Bar and Grill: Friday, Oct. 31 - Sol Knopf; Friday, Nov. 7- , Seafood ~ 421/2 Baltimore Ave. Every Thursday - Karaoke. Every Saturday Melissa Alesi; Friday, Nov. 14 - Sol Knopf; Thursdays - Cathy Gorman, 7 to 10 p.m. - Matt Avery. Friday, Nov. 14 - Matt Friday, Nov. 21 - Kevin Poole; Friday, Nov. Sunday and Monday John Flynn, 7:30- ~ Avery; Friday, Nov. 21 - Matt Avery; 28 - Nathan Johnson. 644-7711. 10:30 p,m.: Friday and Saturday live music, Fdday,Nov. 28 - Matt Avery. 226-9378. 8:30 p.m. 227-5881. • Nicola Pizza on the Avenue: 71 • Gray Hare Tavern: Route 24. . Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant: 105 Union • Delaware Distilling Company: 18693 Rehoboth Ave. Tuesdays - Let's Do Trivia. Tuesdays - Open Mike with Luvio, 9 p.m. St. Fridays - Jimmy G on steel drums. 6-9 Coastal Hwy. Mondays - Poker Night, 7:30/~.m. 226-1393, Wednesdays - Karaoke with Shermanater, p.m. on the patio and Guess What Trivia 7 p,m., and Open Mike Night, 9 p.m. 7-10 p.m. and Freshly Squeezed, 10 p.m, 9 p.m. 684-8889. Wednesdays - Trivia, 7 p.m. Thursdays- • The Pond" South First Street. Mondays Thursdays - The Dug, 10 p.m. Sundays - Lower Case Blues, 7 p.m. Fridays - Latino - Pete Wiedmann, 10 p.m.; Tuesdays- Luvio, 4-8 p.m. and Karaoke with Nancy, REHOBOTH B~IkCH Night, 10 p.m. Sundays - Vocal open mic Karaoke at 9 p,m.; Wednesdays - Open- 7 p.m, Friday, Nov. 7 - Down Tyme Band; Saturday, Nov. 8 - Mari Hill Band: Friday, • Arena's: 149 Rehoboth Ave., in the night, 9 p.m 645-8273. mike night with BJ Muntz at 10 p,m,; NOv. 14 - Petting Hendrix Band; Saturday, Village by the Sea Mall. Mondays - Let's Thursdays - Trivia at 7 p.m. and karaoke Nov. 15 - Go with the Flo: Friday, Nov. 21 Do Trivia, 7 p,m.; Fridays - Live musnc. • Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 at 10 p.m.: Sundays - Lower Case Blues, 10 227-1272. Rehoboth Ave. Friday, Nov. 7 - Stolen p.m. 227-2234, ! 1776: Midway Shopping Center. Wednesdays - Cathy Gorman, 6-9 p,m, Fridays and Saturdays - Bernard Sweetney, 7-10 p.m. 645-6611. • Summer House: 228 Rehoboth Ave. Fridays - DJ Petch. Saturdays - DJ Dking. 227-3895.