Here are some fun First State events to dive into this weekend.
1. The Olate Dogs are a fast-paced canine act filled with theatrics and impressive dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor.
Tickets are selling fast, so you’ll want to reserve yours ASAP.
Led by Richard Olate and his son, Nicholas, the group has performed at high profile sporting events nationwide including the NBA and headlined The Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Growing up in South America, Richard Olate came from a poor family and got his start at age 10 when he rescued his first street dogs and found he had a gift for dog training.
The talented trainer will bring his act, which is off the leash, to Copeland Hall of The Grand, 818 N. Market St., in Wilmington at 2 p.m., Sunday. COST $28. INFO thegrandwilmington.org or call (800) 37-GRAND.
2. Ecarte Dance Theatre will present an evening of eye-catching moves set to a soundtrack featuring The Who, Kesha, Leonard Cohen and more.
Opening and closing the show will be the piece “Shout All Over God’s Heaven,” parts one and two. The dance examines the political, racial and social divides facing the nation and is a tribute to those who’ve given their lives as a result.
“My Mother and My Brothers” is a piece drawing music and images from the soundtrack of “Pete’s Dragon.” It offers a classical look at childhood innocence.
Ecarte will entertain audiences with more treats in their show at the Education & Humanities Theater of Delaware State University, 1200 N. Dupont Highway, in Dover at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $15 adults; $10 students and senior citizens. INFO ecartedance.com or 674-4689
3. The Chinese drama “Coming Home” reveals how far one man will go to return something precious to his partner.
“Coming Home” depicts events in China during the early 1970s. Devoted couple Lu and Feng are forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp for political prisoners.
Once Lu is released and reunited with Feng, he learns she has amnesia and remembers very little of her past. Lu, however, is determined to restore her memory.
The film is part of the series “What Makes Us Tick,” presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society. The series is an annual event in January that explores aspects of the human experience.
It includes the presentation of three films and post-screening discussions led by mental health and educational professionals.
The two other films to be screened in the series this weekend are the Oscar-nominated “Mustang” at 3 p.m., Saturday and the historical drama “Jimmy’s Hall” at 1:30 p.m., Sunday.
“Coming Home” will screen at the Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive 2, Dartmouth Plaza in Lewes at 7 p.m., Friday. COST $10 per film. INFO rehobothfilm.com or 645-9095.