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September/October 2018 Calendar of Events

Art & Museum Exhibits
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Art & Museum Exhibits

Jevon Woods
Through Sept. 7 at Love’s Jazz & Arts Center 2510 N. 24th St. Woods’ work captures the essence of social and historical figures and explores the intricacies of Afrocentric everyday life. Admission: $10 adults, $7 students and seniors (ages 55+), $5 children ages 6-12, free for children age 5 and under. 402-502-5291.
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Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection
Through Sept. 9 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Take a look at 50 masterworks from one of the most private collections of British painting in the U.S. Tickets: $10 general public ($5 4-8 p.m. Thursdays), $5 college students, free for Joslyn members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
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Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism
Through Sept. 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This exhibit examines how Pepe often plays with feminist and craft traditions to counter patriarchal notions of art. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Kristine Allphin: Taking Root
Through Sept. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit celebrates batik, an ancient decorative art used to embellish textiles, and the various forms of beauty found in the natural world. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Betni Kalk
Through Sept. 21 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. View the works of Kalk, a Creighton University design instructor inspired by the natural world. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
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Reality
Through Sept. 26 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. This exhibit investigates art, science, and technology that creates, alters, and reflects upon the sense of what’s real. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

Museum of Nebraska Art Traveling Exhibition
Sept. 7-Oct. 28 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Come see the works of artists from across the state at MONA’s traveling exhibition. MONA was developed in 1976 to create an art collective that celebrates Nebraska’s unique artistic heritage. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Sept. 1 through Jan. 6, 2019 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The Durham Museum hosts the world premiere of 40 of this acclaimed nature photographer’s works. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402-444-5071.
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Dottie Seymour, Virginia Ocken, Glenda Musilek, and Judy Greff
Sept. 7-30 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Discover the paintings by these featured artists, which range from watercolor to acrylic, with subjects from horses to abstract images. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
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Watie White and Brent Houzenga
Sept. 7-Oct. 26 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. Take part in the notable printmaking and portraiture of White and Houzenga at the gallery in Benson’s Petshop. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.
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James Bockelman
Sept. 14-Oct. 5 at Project Project, 1818 Vinton St. This exhibit showcases James Bockelman’s modern works. Bockelman is an art professor at Concordia University. Admission: free. 402-680-6737.
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John Thein
Sept. 14-Oct. 12 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Take in new oil paint and watercolor pieces by Creighton professor Thein. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
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Todd McCollister and Katie Temple
Starting Sept. 28-Nov. 23 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. View McCollister’s long-grain furniture and woodwork and Temple’s architecture-inspired art. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
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Kay Chapman: Wearable Art
Oct. 2-4 at Anderson O’Brien Art, 1108 Jackson St. Chapman uses natural fibers such as silk, cotton, linen, and wool to create clothing that is subtle and bold. See her work and understand the inspirations behind her designs. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.
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Cindy Mathiason, Elisa Benn, and Courtney Christiansen
Oct. 5 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Enjoy artwork by three featured artists during the month of October, with pieces ranging from oil and charcoal portraits to nature photography. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
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Northwest Missouri State Faculty Invitational
Oct. 5-Nov. 9 at Osborne Family Gallery in Criss Library, 6401 University Dr. N. Take in the works of a shared art community from Northwest Missouri State University. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
unomaha.edu

Joe Pankowski
Oct. 5-Nov. 30 at Petshop Gallery, 2725 N. 62nd St. This University of Nebraska-Omaha alum brings his sketches—turned paintings, films, gadgets, and more—to the local gallery. Admission: free. 402-203-5488.
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Fall Chrysanthemum Show
Oct. 6-Nov. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Discover a fascinating fabrication of flowers. Bold mums combine with vibrant and diverse colors, textures, and fabrics representative of Japanese culture. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002. 
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Japanese Ambience Festival
Oct. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Participate in cultural events and celebrate Omaha’s special relationship with Japan. Hosted by the Omaha Sister Cities Association, the event will include a wide range of activities like Japanese calligraphy, origami, food tastings, martial arts demonstrations, and more. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Most activities included with regular admission, $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
Oct. 6 through Jan. 6, 2019, at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. View 35 quilt designs by traditional and contemporary makers inspired by everything from nature to geometric patterns. Tickets: $10 general public, $5 college students, free for Joslyn members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Sarah Hummel Jones
Starting Oct. 12 at Project Project, 1818 Vinton St. Sarah Hummel Jones is an interdisciplinary artist who works with a variety of materials and teaches students across the nation. Admission: free. 402-680-6737.
projectprojectomaha.com

Dia De Los Muertos
Starting Oct. 13 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead by viewing an exhibit and memorial ofrenda. Admission: $5 general admission, $4 college students with ID, $3.50 students K-12 and senior citizens (55+), free for members, active military with ID, and children under 5. 402-731-1137.
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Benefit Art Auction Exhibition
Oct. 13-26 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This annual exhibition will feature more than 300 works from local, regional, and national artists. All proceeds will benefit artists and raise funds for Bemis Center programs. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Starting Oct. 13 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This special exhibit is a hands-on exploration of sports, with skill-building experiences through play. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (age 60+), free for children 2 and younger and members. 402-342-6164.
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Stage Performances

Bagels & Sometimes Bach
Sundays starting Sept. 2, at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Partake in a community breakfast with entertainment from musicians around Omaha, including the University of Nebraska-Omaha Music Department, Opera Omaha, Omaha Chamber Music Society, and more. Doors open 11 a.m. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Maria Bamford
Sept. 2 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This Comedy Central-hailing comedian brings her realistic and revelatory stand-up to the Omaha stage. Bamford is best known for her semi-autobiographical Netflix series Lady Dynamite. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Fun Home
Through Sept. 16 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she explores her past to tell the story of their tumultuous relationship. Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel. Times vary. Tickets: $42 and up. 402-553-0800.
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Fortune Feimster 
Sept. 7-8 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Known for her roles in Office Christmas Party and The Mindy Project, witness the comedic skill of Fortune Feimster. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $25. Ages 21 and up. 402-493-8036.
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Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Sept. 7-23 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Bring the family to see this book-based production about two adventurous siblings with an appetite for the pirate’s life. 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: free for members, $20 for nonmembers. 402-345-4849.
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TJ Miller
Sept. 13-15 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. This improvisation and stand-up pro was featured in comedic superhero blockbuster Deadpool. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $30. Ages 21 and up. 402-493-8036.
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Shrek the Musical
Sept. 14-Oct. 14 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation film, this musical tells the family-favorite story of classic fairy-tale characters—and an unapologetic green ogre. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20 and up. 402-553-0800.
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Rodney Carrington
Sept. 20 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Carrington is best known for his ABC comedy, Rodney, and has released eight comedy albums. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$50. 402-934-9966. 
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Gatsby on 16th Street
Sept. 22 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Attend a throwback to the 1920s with an evening of glitz and glamour, including refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, as well as performances by the Hot Tail Honeys, Doom Lagoon, and The Good Gurls. This event is for ages 21 and up. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m., main event at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35 general, $140 VIP. 402-345-0606.
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The Clearing
Sept. 26-29, Oct. 3-6 at UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St. Learn the story of a community caught in the crossfire of Oliver Cromwell’s Irish genocide in the 17th century. All shows at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16 general admission, free for students who present MavCard. 402-554-7529.
unomaha.edu

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds
Sept. 30 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Master comedian and cellist have joined forces to develop a fascinating one-of-a-kind show celebrating their shared love of music and literature. 7 p.m. Tickets: $49-$250. 402-345-0606.
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Goosebumps: The Musical—The Phantom of the Auditorium
Oct. 26- Nov. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This musical will leave audience members feeling silly—and perhaps with their hair on end. 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $20 for nonmembers, free for members. 402-345-4849.
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Black Violin’s “Classical Boom Tour”

Oct. 4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Spend the evening listening to the stylings of Kev Marcus on violin and Wil B on viola, performing their signature blend of popular and classical music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$55. 402-345-0606.
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Eric Schwartz
Oct. 4 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This comedian will perform a show that highlights his talents as an actor, musician, voiceover artist and content creator. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

iLuminate
Oct. 6 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This techno-dance group from America’s Got Talent is known for their electrified glow-in-the-dark suits that light up the stage with illusions and imagination. See them with the whole family. 7 p.m. Tickets: $22-$38. 402-345-0606.
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She Kills Monsters
Oct. 12-Nov. 4 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Agnes Evans stumbles upon the Dungeons & Dragons notebook of her late sister and finds herself on a comedic, fantastical adventure. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $18+. 402-553-0800.
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The Little Engine That Could
Oct. 12-Nov. 4 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Climb aboard for this classic production and learn the life lesson of persistence told by a group of talented actors. 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $12 nonmembers; $10 members.
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Bert ‘The Machine’ Kreischer
Oct. 18-20 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St. No. 201. A self-proclaimed “perpetual man-child,” Kreischer’s stand-up is sure to be full of laughs, college party stories, and many shirtless moments. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $40-50. Ages 21 and up. 402-493-8036.
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Bill Engvall
Oct. 19 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Known for his leading role in The Bill Engvall Show, Engvall will show audiences a night of knee-slapping comedy with a Southern twang. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$60. 402-934-6291.
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Dorrance Dance
Oct. 24 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This NYC-based troupe is known for their electronic tap dancing, which aims to honor the history of dance while also incorporating a modern context. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20+. 402-345-0606.
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LIVE @ The Backline
Oct. 27 at The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St. In the spirit of Saturday Night Live, this show is back with a guest host and musical performance, as well as new sketches written by Omaha’s best comedians. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. 402-720-7670.
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The Play That Goes Wrong
Oct. 30-Nov. 4 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This London-born play embraces comedic storytelling that is part Monty Python and part Sherlock Holmes. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $87 and up. 402-345-0606.
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Handled
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 at Creighton Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza. This play by Chicago playwright Shayne Kennedy explores the concepts of mental illness, the stigma that surrounds anxiety and depression, and the burden of presenting the “perfect self” on social media. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 students, $15 seniors, $18 adults. 402-280-1448.
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Concerts

Shakey Graves
Sept. 1 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This Austin native crosses blues, folk, and rock ’n’ roll, and has been shaking up the music scene since 2007. 8 p.m. Tickets: $27 advance, $30 day of show. 402-346-9802.
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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Sept. 2 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. These two musicians will swap songs and tell stories in conjunction with rhythm and blues. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. 402-884-5353. 
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Lake Street Dive
Sept. 4 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This group mixes classic pop and swing-era jazz to promote self-empowerment with a dazzling performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $29 advance, $32 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Fozzy
Sept. 6 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Their unique rock ’n’ roll sound that may include an ABBA cover. Adelitas Way, Stone Broken and The Stir will also perform. 7 p.m. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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The Temptations And The Four Tops
Sept. 6 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Sit and sway to two legendary Motown groups as they sing hits like “My Girl” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” that will put a happy-go-lucky rhythm in the auditorium. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-$89.50. 402-345-0606.
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Wovenhand
Sept. 7 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. Fronted and founded by Colorado native David Eugene Edwards, Wovenhand jumps between folk and gospel music, calling themselves alt-country.8 p.m. Tickets: $10 advance. 402-391-2554.
lookoutomaha.com

Pentatonix
Sept. 11 at Stir Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. This a cappella group originated on YouTube, and often perform covers of popular songs as well as their own original tunes. 8 p.m. Tickets: $71-$153. 712-329-6000.
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Marbin
Sept. 12 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This Chicago-hailing jazz-rock band will grace Omaha with its progressive sound, playing from six studio albums. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Nahko & Medicine For The People
Sept. 12 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This Native American group will present their latest work, which is inspired by faith, nature, and activism. Xiuhtezcatl will open the show. 9 p.m. Tickets: $23 advance, $25 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Counting Crows
Sept. 13 at Stir Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. This California-based rock band has been on the front of the scene since 1991, performing hits such as “Mr. Jones and Me” and “Omaha.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $66-$153. 712-329-6000.
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Here Come The Mummies
Sept. 13 at Slowdown, 728 N. 14th St. This eight-piece Nashville funk-rock band is known for keeping their identities “under wraps” in their live performances dressed as mummies. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Colt Ford
Sept. 14 at Bourbon Saloon, 311 S. 15th St. Once a pro-golfer, this musician combines country and EDM, as he aims to cultivate a universal musical message for listeners everywhere. 7 p.m. Tickets: $25. Ages 18 and up. 402-884-2259.
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Red Fang
Sept. 14 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This Portland-based stoner metal band is ready to head-bang all night. Big Business and Dead Now will open the show. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 advance, $22 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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Amernet String Quartet
Sept. 16 at Vesper Concerts, 1517 S. 114th St. This string quartet will make an onstage appearance to perform their classical works. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
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Hed PE
Sept. 17 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. Hed PE is a nu-metal band that has fused together punk-rock heritage with modern hip-hop beats. They will be joined by Murderhouse, Before I Burn, and Jonasty. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show. 402-391-2554.
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Alan Jackson’s “The Honky Tonk Highway Tour”
Sept. 21 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This award-winning country star will perform a show that will draw in longtime and new fans. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.99-$129.99. 402-341-1500.
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Deep Purple and Judas Priest
Sept. 21 at Stir Cove, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs. These hard-rock veterans are teaming up. Deep Purple recently released their 20th studio album, while Judas Priest is on No. 18. 7 p.m. Ages 21 and up. Tickets: $68-$202. 712-329-6000.
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Midwest Masquerade 2018
Sept. 22 at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This annual event aims to combine the elegant feel of a traditional masquerade ball with the upbeat and electric environment of a music festival. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$30. 402-884-6291.
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Bad Bunny
Sept. 27 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This 24-year-old Puerto Rican pop star sings a combination of Latin trap and reggaeton tunes. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49-$149. 402-934-9966.
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Gary Numan
Sept. 27 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This British new wave pioneer of synth-pop has produced 22 studio albums. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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The Buttertones
Oct. 1 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Formed in 2012, this alternative rock group draws from multitudes of rock genres like surf, garage, and post-punk. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $14 day of show. 402-345-7569.
theslowdown.com

The Decemberists
Oct. 1 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This five-member indie-rock group just released their newest album, I’ll Be Your Girl. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40-$199. 402-345-0606.
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the Julian Lage Trio
Oct. 2 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Known for his killer guitar work, Julian Lage’s music has been described as a mix of jazz, folk, classical, and country. 8 p.m. Tickets: $17 advance, $20 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Bob Moses
Oct. 2 at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Bob Moses is a Vancouver-bred duo consisting of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. Their electronic beats mesh with classic songwriting and lyricism to dominate the stage. Mansionair will also perform. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-884-5353.
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Ryley Walker
Oct. 2 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This folk artist is changing his sound to have a little more looseness and imagination than previous works. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Jeremy Zucker
Oct. 3 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This moody songwriter is known for biting lyrics and emotional singles. Carlie Hanson will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Lord Huron
Oct. 3 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This band, created by Ben Schneider, has played at well-established music festivals, such as the Capitol Hill Block Party and the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Expect to hear fan favorites like “The Night We Met,” as well as recent releases from their album Vide Noir. 8 p.m. Tickets: $29. 402-346-9802.
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Spag Heddy
Oct. 4 at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This group will bring their dubstep and electronic jams for a night of dance and upbeat performance. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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Meg Myers
Oct. 7 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This singer-songwriter’s tunes will sweep the audience with emotion and empathy as she tells the details of her interesting backstory. 7 p.m. Tickets: $17 advance, $20 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Neck Deep
Oct. 7 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Spend your evening with fellow pop-punk fans. Stand Atlantic, WSTR, and Gardenside will open the show. 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show, $82 VIP. 402-346-9802.
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The Essex Green
Oct. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This three-piece indie-rock band just released their newest album Hardly Electronic. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
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The Wombats
Oct. 9 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This rock band will play sing-along classics like “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” and “Tokyo,” as well as new, more mature pieces like “Lemon to a Knife Fight.” 8 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402-884-5353.
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Dreamers
Oct. 13 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This cosmic rock trio will take the stage to play their sophomore album Phenomena. Weathers and Rad Horror will open the show. 9 p.m. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Lauv Fall 2018 Tour
Oct. 16 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. This 23-year-old sensation plays modern pop hits like “I Like Me Better” and “Chasing Fire.” Charlotte Lawrence will open the show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22 advance, $25 day of show. 402-346-9802.
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OK Go’s “The Live Video Tour”
Oct. 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This rock band will perform live and in sync with 20 of their fan-favorite videos, as well as host question and answer sessions with the audience. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$50. 402-345-0606.
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Gladys Knight
Oct. 20 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Relish in the live performance of the soulful and iconic R&B tunes of seven-time Grammy-winner Gladys Knight. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$119. 402-345-0606.
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Darwin Deez
Oct. 22 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This indie band will play songs from their new album, 10 Songs That Happened When You Left Me With My Stupid Heart.7 p.m. Tickets: $15 advance, $18 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Colony House
Oct. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This American indie-rock quartet is a self-described cross between the Beach Boys and Vampire Weekend. 9 p.m. Tickets: $16 advance, $18 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Family & More

La Festa Italiana
Through Sept. 2 at American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St. This 34th annual festival features authentic Italian food, wine, beer, fireworks, games, dancing, and more. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5.50 in advance, $7 at the door, free for children under 12 with an adult. 402-493-8888.
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SeptemberFest
Through Sept. 3 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Omaha’s annual salute to labor includes live music, a carnival, arts and crafts, food, and more. In addition, the festival ends with Omaha’s largest parade on Labor Day. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday-Monday; 10 a.m. Labor Day parade. Admission: $7 per person ages 6 and up, per day, free for children under 5. 
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Midwest Paranormal History/Ghost Tours
Through Oct. 19 at various locations. Explore the sinister past of Omaha and learn about the spooky legends and lore. Hear the stories and reports of paranormal activity and go on a ghost hunt. Various types of tours are available. Time is based on sunset. Admission: $10-$20 per person, reserve by phone. 402-953-9670.
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Centered: Let Us Face the Reality of Our Time Without Panic
Sept. 1 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Participate in learning about the healing arts through meditation, artistic practices, laughter, humor, and more. Find guidance from professionals in the field and leave refreshed and calm. 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $24. 402-341-3800.
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38th Annual Zoo Run
Sept. 2 at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium 3701 S. 10th St. Lace up your shoes or sharpen your claws to participate in this annual fun run. All participants will receive medals, bagels, bananas, and free zoo admission on the day of the five-mile run and two-mile run/walk. 6-9 a.m. Registration cost: $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Advanced registration available online. 402-738-2038.
omahazoo.com

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Sept. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge St. Attend a viewing of the 1975 British classic. A cash bar will also compliment the feature film. 5 p.m. cash bar, 6:30 p.m. movie. Admission: $5 Joslyn members, $10 general public. 402-661-3862.
joslyn.org

Gerda’s Oktoberfest
Sept. 7-8 at Gerda’s Restaurant and Bakery, 5180 Leavenworth St. Attend this annual Oktoberfest, which will consist of plenty of food, beer, and bands. 5 p.m. Admission: free. 402-553-6774. 
gerdasgermanrestaurant.com

Jamborama: Omaha Swing Dance Festival
Sept. 7-9 at Eagles Ballroom, 201 S. 24th St. Take part in the 16th year of swing dance workshops, contests, and live music. 6 p.m. Registration: $15 Saturday late night pass-$200 full weekend pass. 402-208-3006. 
jitterbugs.org

47th Annual Art Fair
Sept. 8-9 at Rockbrook Village, 108th and Center Streets. More than 150 national, regional, and local artists will display and sell their one-of-a-kind works of art. Spend the day browsing quality art and meeting talented creators. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-390-0890.
rockbrookvillageartfair.com

All-European Show and Shine
Sept. 9 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Spend your afternoon strolling through the gardens, marveling at European cars and motorcycles on display. Models will include Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, and more. A narrated tram tour will also be available. Noon-3 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members; $3 tram rides. Includes entrance to the gardens. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Oktoberfest Celebration
Sept. 14-15 at 3717 S. 120th St. Take part in the classic Oktoberfest event with traditional German food and entertainment. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday. Admission: $5 adults, free for children under 12 and active military members. 402-333-6615.
germanamericansociety.org

Third Annual Omaha Food Truck Rodeo
Sept. 14 outside Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Taste a variety of dishes from 15 food trucks, listen to a DJ, visit beer gardens and outdoor bars; seating throughout Benson. 4-11 p.m. Admission: free. 402-884-5707.
reverblounge.com

27th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow
Sept. 15 at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus, 5300 N. 30th St. This celebration of Native American culture honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, oral history, and foods of various tribes across Nebraska and the surrounding region. 1-7:30 p.m. Admission: free. 531-622-2253.
mccneb.edu

Fall Festival on the Farm
Sept. 15-16 at Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue. Take part in animal visits, educational sessions, raffles, scavenger hunts, concessions, pony rides, and more at this fun seasonal event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 for ages 2 and older, $2.50 for military personnel with ID. Pony rides are $5 extra. 402-332-5771.
esu3.org

Omaha Marathon & Half Marathon
Sept. 16 starting at TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St. Register to run either 13.1 or 26.2 miles and attempt to beat your personal best. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-95. 402-341-1500.
omahamarathon.com

Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show
Sept. 20-23 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Attend one of the community’s most beloved traditions. Listen to lectures, attend luncheons, and walk through design and antique exhibits throughout the garden. Times vary. Tickets: $10-$150. 402-346-4002.
omahaantiqueshow.org

Huber Haus Oktoberfest
Sept. 21-22 at Huber Haus, 3578 Farnam St. Take part in the 17th annual Oktoberfest celebration, which includes live polka music, German food,and lots of beer. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; noon-2 a.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 ages 21 and up. 402-345-1708.
beercornerusa.com

Who are you? An Identity Workshop
Sept. 22 at Omaha Public Library, Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St. Omaha Little Girls Rock offers this free Saturday session for girls age 4-9. Little rockers will explore themes of identity through music-based programming. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ages 4-6), 1:30-3:30 p.m. (ages 7-9). Admission: free. 402-321-2252.
omahagirlsrock.org

Open NOH8 Photo Shoot
Sept. 22 at Metropolitan Community Church, 819 S. 22nd St. Become a part of the NOH8 (No Hate) Campaign, a photography project dedicated to promoting human rights. Come in NOH8’s signature look—a clean white T-shirt—and be prepared to have a temporary tattoo applied to your skin. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Prices: $40 single photos; $25 per person in group or couples photos. 402-345-2563.
noh8campaign.org

Junkstock: Harvest Edition
Sept. 28-30 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo. Savor the festive fall adventure that is Junkstock, a seasonal event that brings antique and craft vendors, food, live music, and plenty of photo opportunities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10+. 402-765-8651.
junkstock.com

Omaha’s River City Rodeo
Sept. 28-29 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. After a two-year hiatus, the rodeo is back with seven events, including steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. World-champion cattle handlers will compete for entry into the National Finals Rodeo. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $17-$42. 402-341-1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Turner Park Night Market
Sept. 28 at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. Omaha Farmer’s Market teams up with Turner Park to feature local artisans, vendors, activities, food, and more. Local nonprofits will also engage in the festivities to showcase their service opportunities. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-557-6006. 
midtowncrossing.com

Nebraska Reptile Breeders Expo
Sept. 30 at Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. Explore the scaly and slimy by visiting 55 tables of vendors, all showcasing thousands of snakes, lizards, turtles, and amphibians. Purchase supplies or books, learn about conservation efforts, or even go home with a new pet. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. 402-778-6313.
nebherp.org

Omaha Baby Fair
Sept. 30 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. All parents, whether expecting or already on the job, are encouraged to take part in this event. The event includes over 50 vendors, free safety classes and activities, maternity photos, swag bags, and more.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets: $8 advance, $12 at the door, free for children 12 and under. 402-320-2879.
omahababyfair.com

Marvel vs. DC Night
Oct. 5 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Enjoy a superhero theme for the Children’s Museum’s First Friday Family Date Night. This month’s theme is epic, where attendees can meet characters, try themed activities and enjoy a late night of play at the museum. 5-8 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors, free for children 2 and younger and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Market to Market Relay
Oct. 6 beginning in Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St. Participate in Nebraska’s Market to Market Relay, the largest day-long relay in the nation. With 19 exchange points spanning over 76 miles from Omaha to Lincoln, participants follow trails, paved streets, and gravel roads through a scenic slice of Nebraska. Limited to 600 teams. 3 a.m.-noon. Registration: $550-$1040 per team. Advanced registration available online. 402-937-8518.
markettomarketrelay.com

Sports Card Show
Oct. 7 at Hilton Garden Inn Omaha East, 2702 Mid America Dr., Council Bluffs. A hit for sports lovers and collectors from the Midwest, the Card Shop will host this show to allow fans to pick up some cards for their collections and mingle with other fans. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-807-5220.
thecardshopomaha.com

Monster Jam
Oct. 12-14 at Mid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. The ultimate monster trucks will compete against each other in this fan-favorite showcase of mechanical beasts. 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$45. 712-323-0536.
caesars.com

Bubble Run
Oct. 13 at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion. Take part in a 5K run where participants get to run through foam and bubbles at each kilometer. Colorful foams, DJ jams, and free swag will be included in registration. 8 a.m.-noon. Registration: $50-65; children 4 and under run for free with paid adult registration. Advanced registration available online. 402-738-5100.
bubblerun.com

41st Annual Witches Tea
Oct. 13 at Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St. With Halloween crafts and games, bounce houses, treats, prizes, and a costume contest, attendees will be full of festive spirit at one of Omaha’s longest-running Halloween events. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-391-6225.
mangelsens.com

Holiday Meats Cooking Class
Oct. 18 at Fireplace Stone & Patio of Omaha, 13709 Industrial Road. Learn how to prepare meals for the upcoming holiday season. Participants will sample food and understand the cooking process or turkey, beef tenderloin, and prime rib. Refreshments and goodie bags will be provided. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Admission: $60-$75. 402-807-2684.
fireplacestonepatio.com

So You Wanna Use Your Voice? A Change-Making Workshop
Oct. 20 at Omaha Public Library South Branch, 2808 Q St. This Omaha Little Girls Rock Saturday session will use music to empower Omaha’s smallest superstars to speak up for what they believe. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (ages 4-6), 1 p.m-3 p.m. (ages 7-9). Admission: free 402-321-2252.
omahagirlsrock.org

Monster’s Ball
Oct. 20 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Dance the monster mash at this family-friendly ball. Meet characters, dance, and eat spooky, festive food. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $10 per person for members, $25 per person for nonmembers. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Second Annual Midwest Coffee and Tea Festival
Oct. 21 at Mid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. Taste and buy samples of coffee and tea from local vendors, plus attend seminars. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets: $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. 402-302-1752.
midwestcoffeeandteaexpo.com

Healthy Trick-or-Treat Nights
Oct. 23 and 30 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Dress up in a Halloween costume and get ready to trick-or-treat indoors at the museum. Trick-or-treaters will get healthy treats and the chance to play in the museum. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors, free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Oct. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Dress up in costume for this special event. Explore the visitor and education centers, visit the gardens, and trick-or-treat at different activity stations. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. Includes regular garden admission. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Haunted Houses

Omaha’s haunted houses deliver an array of thrills from the maze-like Mystery Manor, to the Haunted Hollow Theme Park, which is located on a seven-acre farm. Camp Fear is one of the most immersive and horrifying attractions in Nebraska, where organizers encourage only the bravest souls to camp overnight. Enter if you dare…

 Camp Fear (Riverwest Park, 23301 West Maple Road, Elkhorn) Opens Sept. 14: Fridays and Saturdays; October, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Camp check-in begins at 4 p.m. and all attractions begin at dark.
campfearomaha.com

 Carnival of Terror (1209 Jackson St.) Opens Sept. 28: Dusk-10 p.m. weekdays, dusk-midnight weekends.
—”Carnival of Terror” on Facebook

 Haunted Hollow Theme Park (12501 Giles Road) Opens Sept. 28. 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 
hauntedhollowomaha.com

 Mystery Manor (716 N. 18th St.) Opens Sept. 14. September times vary; October, dusk-10 p.m. weekdays, and dusk-midnight weekends. 
mysterymanoromaha.org

 Ranch of Terror (11001 S. 48th St.) Opens Sept. 28. 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7:30-10 p.m. Sundays.
bellevueberryfarm.com

 Scary Acres (17272 Giles Road) Opens Sept. 14: 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays in September; 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays in October.

Pumpkin Patches and More

Fall isn’t complete without a visit to at least one of the area’s many pumpkin patches. Most locations offer attractions from hayrack rides and corn mazes to bonfires, spooky trails, delicious seasonal treats, and more. 

 Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch (11001 S. 48th St.) Opens Sept. 21. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 
bellevueberryfarm.com

Harvest Moon Farm (1410 US-77, Oakland, Neb.) Opens Sept. 17. Noon-6 p.m. Fridays; Noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
harvestmoonoakland.com

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch (3935 NE-133, Blair) Opens Sept. 9. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.
skinnybonespumpkinpatch.com

 Wenninghoff’s Farm Pumpkin Patch (6707 Wenninghoff Road) Opens Oct. 1. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
wenninghoff.com

 Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (12102 S. 180th St.) Opens Sept. 14. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
valaspumpkinpatch.com

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This calendar was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Balloon and Wine Festival Lifts More than Spirits

Watch out for the 12th Annual Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival on Aug. 10-11 at the festival’s new homeLeo Royal Memorial Park. The festival will host hot air balloons, helicopters, paragliders, skydivers, food, wine, beer, musical entertainment, and more.

Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival hours run from 5-11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, and 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. The venue (Leo Royal Memorial Park) is located on 204th Street just south of Cornhusker Road.

Tickets include five tastes of wine or your choice of beers ($15 per person in advance, $19 per person day of show). A souvenir wine glass is included while supplies last.

The festival is a showcase for tasting great wines. The Local Wine Showcase will include experts and wines from vineyards and wineries including Soaring Wings, James Arthur, Deer Springs, Glacial Till, Miletta Vista, SchillingBridge, Whiskey Run Creek, Niobrara Valley, Little Swan Lake, Feather River, Nissen, and Prairie Creek, as well as this year’s sponsoring winery, Dark Horse. The festival also offers the opportunity to taste craft beers at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

Festival attendees can enjoy performances by local bands. High Heel will perform on Friday. This Omaha band covers a wide variety of genres, including classic rock, country, and pop. On Saturday, the opening entertainment is Front Ro, followed by The Personics.

At the Food and Wine Experience, people can taste a vast selection of wine paired with hors d’oeuvres and other foods prepared by area chefs at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each evening. 

Festival Director Mike Mancuso says, “Whether you are a wine connoisseur, wine lover, or simply interested in trying something new, the Food and Wine Experience will offer a special interaction with wine tastings by chefs from Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Friday, Aug. 10, and from 801 Grill on Saturday, Aug. 11.”

The event offers plenty of opportunities to eat, listen to live entertainment, and even shop for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts and unique items in the Marketplace Village. For those with kids, don’t forget to check out the Family Fare KidZone.

New this year, the festival will feature the RE/MAX Skydiving Team. Area Paragliders will return to entertain crowds at the 2018 festival both Friday and Saturday evening.

One of the most popular activities is watching the hot air balloons, which launch at 7 p.m. nightly, and will glow when illuminated at 9 p.m. (weather permitting). Organizer Mark Enholm is excited to announce that members of the Nebraska Balloon Club will bring balloons from Omaha, and other hot air balloons will be featured from around the Midwest. 

This event offers balloon and helicopter rides. Call 402-346-8003 for reservations/availability of hot air balloon rides and Husker Helicopter Excursions.

To order tickets and group sales, call 402-346-8003 or visit https://localstubs.com/events/nebraska-balloon-2018. Local Stubs is Omaha Magazine’s ticketing hub.

For more information about the Balloon and Wine Festival, visit showofficeonline.com.

July/August 2018 Giving Calendar

June 20, 2018 by

July 7 (8-11 a.m.)
Superhero 5K!
Benefiting: CASA for Douglas County
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
casaomaha.org 

July 7 (9 p.m.-1 a.m.)
Ladies of Hip Hop Night
Benefiting: Women’s Center for Advancement
Location: Reverb Lounge
onepercentproductions.com 

July 9 (10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Angels Among Us/Bland Cares Golf Outing
Benefiting: Angels Among Us
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
myangelsamongus.org 

July 9 (11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)
25th Annual Golf Classic
Benefiting: Keep Omaha Beautiful
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek.
keepomahabeautiful.org 

July 12 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Gala
Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
nelinkstoacure.eventscff.org

July 13 (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Links to a Cure Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: ArborLinks Golf Course
nelinkstoacure.eventscff.org

July 14 (5-11 p.m.)
Relay for Life of Greater Omaha
Benefiting: American Cancer Society
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
relay.acsevents.org 

July 15 (noon-3 p.m.)
ULN Guild Men Who Cook
Benefiting: Urban League of Nebraska
Location: OPS Administrative Building Cafeteria
urbanleagueneb.org 

July 19 (5-9 p.m.)
Iowa Western Reiver Athletic Golf Dinner
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student-Athlete Scholarships
Location: Bent Tree Golf Club
iwcc.edu/foundation

July 19 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Songs and Suds 2018
Benefiting: Merrymakers Association
Location: Pitch Pizzeria West Omaha
merrymakers.org 

July 20 (8:30 a.m.)
Iowa Western Reiver Athletic Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Iowa Western Student-Athlete Scholarships
Location: Bent Tree Golf Club
iwcc.edu/foundation  

July 21 (4 p.m.-midnight)
Block Out After Dark 2018
Benefiting: Cancer Alliance of Nebraska
Location: Sinnott’s Sand Bar
cancerallianceofnebraska.org 

July 21 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com

July 22 (8-11 a.m.)
Head for the Cure 5K Run/Walk
Benefiting: Head for the Cure Foundation
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
headforthecure.org 

July 27 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Ninth Annual La Vista Community Foundation Golf Classic
Benefiting: La Vista Community Foundation
Location: Tara Hills Golf Course
lavistacommunityfoundation.com 

July 28 (8:30-11 a.m.)
PurpleStride Omaha 2018: Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer
Benefiting: PurpleStride Omaha
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village
support.pancan.org 

July 28 (6:30-11 p.m.)
Seventh Annual Blue Water Bash
Benefiting: Boys Town Okoboji Camp
Location: Boys Town Okoboji Camp, Milford, Iowa
boystown.org

July 29 (7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)
2018 Packer Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Omaha South High School Alumni Association
Location: Eagle Hills Golf Course
omahasouthalumni.com

July 30 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Fresh Start Classic
Benefiting: Fresh Start for All Nations
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
freshstartclassic.org

July 30 (10 a.m.-7 p.m.)
19th Annual CINCF Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
nicfonline.org 

July 30 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Swing 4 Kids Golf Benefit
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
p4k.org 

July 30 (11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Help Build a House Golf Event
Benefiting: Gesu Housing
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
gesuhousing.com 

Aug. 3 (11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Fairways Fore Airways Fifth Annual Golf Scramble
Benefiting: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
lungs4lifefoundation.org

Aug. 3 (4-11 p.m.)
2018 New American Arts Festival
Benefiting: Lutheran Family Services
Location: Benson First Friday, Military Avenue and Maple Street
bensonfirstfriday.com 

Aug. 3 (6-9:30 p.m.)
10th annual Dance for a Chance: “Diamonds in the Rough”
Benefiting: Youth Emergency Services
Location: Omaha Design Center
yesomaha.org  

Aug. 3 (6-11 p.m.)
River Bash ’N’ Brew
Benefiting: Visiting Nurse Association
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
thevnacares.org  

Aug. 4 (8 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Dodge Riverside Golf Club
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 4 (6-10 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage Gala
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Mid America Center
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 4 (9-11:30 p.m.)
OwL Ride: Omaha with Lights
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
owlride.org 

Aug. 5 (noon-3 p.m.)
Spirit of Courage No Limits Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
Benefiting: Jennie Edmundson Hospital Cancer Center Charitable Patient Care Fund
Location: Mid America Center
jehfoundation.org 

Aug. 6 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Shootout for Cancer
Benefiting: Various local pediatric cancer organizations
Location: Champions Run Golf Course
omahanm.com 

Aug. 6 (10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
A-United Golf Classic
Benefiting: Scare Away Cancer
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
aunitedglass.com 

Aug. 6 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Swing with Pride, A. Len Leavitt Memorial Golf Open
Benefiting: Roncalli Catholic High School
Location: Indian Creek Golf Club
roncallicatholic.org

Aug. 9 (7 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
19th Annual Release Ministries Bill Ellett Memorial Golf Classic
Benefiting: Release Ministries
Location: Iron Horse Golf Club
releaseministries.org

Aug. 11 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Aqua-Run 10K Relay and 2K Walk
Benefiting: Aqua Africa
Location: Elmwood Park
aqua-africa.net 

Aug. 11 (5-9 p.m.)
Joslyn Castle Unlocked
Benefiting: Joslyn Castle Trust
Location: Joslyn Castle
joslyncastle.com 

Aug. 13 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
QLI’s 14th Annual Golf Challenge
Benefiting: QLI Tri-Dimensional Rehab
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
teamqli.com

Aug. 17 (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
Step Out for Seniors Walk-A-Thon
Benefiting: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging
Location: Benson Park
stepoutforseniors.weebly.com 

Aug. 17 (6-10 p.m.)
EXPOSED: That’s How We Roll Annual Benefit
Benefiting: Project Pink’d
Location: Hilton Downtown Omaha
projectpinkd.org

Aug. 17 (6-9 p.m.)
Jefferson House “Stand Up for Kids” Comedy Night
Benefiting: Heartland Family Services
Location: Fremont Golf Club
heartlandfamilyservice.org 

Aug. 18 (9-11:30 a.m.)
20th Annual Remembrance Walk
Benefiting: Grief’s Journey
Location: Miller’s Landing/Pedestrian Bridge
griefsjourney.org 

Aug. 18 (day-long)
Paint-A-Thon
Benefiting: Brush Up Nebraska
Location: Various
brushupnebraska.org

Aug. 19 (7-11 a.m.)
Boxer 500 Run/Walk
Benefiting: Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force
Location: Werner Park
coloncancertaskforce.org   

Aug. 19 (7:30 a.m., end times vary)
Corporate Cycling Challenge
Benefiting: Eastern Nebraska Trails Network
Location: Heartland of America Park
showofficeonline.com

Aug. 19 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Historic Fort Omaha
douglascohistory.org

Aug. 20 (10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Heroes for the Homeless Golf Benefit
Benefiting: Stephen Center’s Pettigrew Emergency Homeless Shelter
Location: Shadow Ridge Country Club
stephencenter.org 

Aug. 21 (10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Annual Golf Classic
Benefiting: Methodist Hospital Foundation
Location: Tiburon Golf Club
methodisthospitalfoundation.org 

Aug. 23 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
World Bash “Global Homecoming”
Benefiting: Intercultural Senior Center
Location: Mainelli Center at Saint Robert’s
interculturalseniorcenter.org 

Aug. 24 (5-10 p.m.)
Wine and Beer Event
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Shops of Legacy
alsintheheartland.org 

Aug. 25 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
12th Annual Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer: An Evening in Paris
Benefiting: Childhood Cancer Campaign
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center
summerbashforccc.org

Aug. 25 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
One Sweet School
Benefiting: Madonna School
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha
madonnaschool.org

Aug. 26 (1:30-4 p.m.)
Grow With Us Gala
Benefiting: City Sprouts
Location: Institute for the Culinary Arts, Metro Community College
omahasprouts.org

Aug. 27 (noon-8 p.m.)
11th Annual Jesuit Academy Golf Tournament
Benefiting: Jesuit Academy Tuition Assistance Fund
Location: Indian Creek Golf Course
jesuitacademy.org 

Aug. 27 (noon-6 p.m.)
20th Annual Goodwill Golf Classic
Benefiting: Goodwill’s Real Employment Assisting You (READY) & Business Solutions Programs
Location: The Players Club at Deer Creek
goodwillomaha.org


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July/August 2018 Explore!

Nebraska

Uncle Sam Jam! July 3 at Oak Lake Park, First and Charleston streets, Lincoln. Bring the whole family to Lincoln’s official celebration of Independence Day, featuring food, music, fireworks, and more. 402-441-7547.
lincoln.ne.gov 

Annual July Fourth Flea Market July 3-4 at Fairbury City Park, 421 Park Road, Fairbury. Spend two days celebrating America’s independence at the largest flea market in southeast Nebraska, where everything from dishes to clothes will be available for purchase, along with great food. A morning parade and a fireworks show at dusk will take place on July 4. 402-729-3221.
fairburyfleamarket.com 

1898 Independence Day Celebration July 4 at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island. This summer tradition includes a parade, a concert, pie-eating contests, games, and more. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org

Zoofest July 6-7, 14th and O streets, Lincoln. Taking place in front of the Zoo Bar, this festival will feature all-day performances from national and local musicians along with food, drinks, and merchandise for sale. 402-435-8754.
zoobar.com 

The Good Living Tour July 7 at City Park, 100 Third Ave., Red Cloud; July 20 at Johnny Carson Mural, 111 Third St.,  Norfolk. This statewide concert tour is back. Acts performing in Red Cloud are Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band, Rascal Martinez, Freakabout, and Lester Junction. Acts performing in Norfolk are Emily Bass and the Near Miracle, Bokr Tov, and The Belles. 308-386-8117.
goodlivingtour.com

Midwest Toy Farmers’ 31st Annual Toy Show July 8 at Northeast Community College, 801 E. Benjamin Ave., Norfolk. Midwest toy farmers will display and sell their toy trucks, tractors, and more at this annual event.
toyfarmer.com/showsauctions

Oregon Trail Days July 12-15 in Scottsbluff. This 97th annual event is one of the oldest community festivals in Nebraska. The celebration includes a kickoff barbecue, a hill climb bicycle ride to the top of Scotts Bluff National Monument, a chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament, and more. 308-632-2133.
oregontraildays.com

John C. Fremont Days July 13-15 in Fremont. This award-winning celebration of Fremont’s history offers education along with the “Cruisers on Main” car and bike show, a rodeo, an antique and collectors show, a parade, beautiful hot air balloon glow, and many more activities. This year’s festival is dedicated to the remembrance of World War I, and displays will be a part of this recognition of the Great War. 402-727-9428.
johncfremontdays.org

2018 MCA Mustang National Show July 13-15 at Pinnacle Bank Arena Festival Lot, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln. Spectators will be treated to a display of Mustangs along with approximately 500 other vehicles. 402-267-3665.
hoofbeatoflincoln.com

My Ántonia  July 20-22 at Red Cloud Opera House, 413 N. Webster St., Red Cloud. This play by A.P. Andrews, based on the novel by Willa Cather, follows the life of Ántonia, a young and lonely immigrant girl living with her family in Black Hawk, Nebraska, who befriends young Jim Burden. Their story is one of pioneer hardships, personal struggles, and the endurance of memory. 402-746-2641.
willacather.org 

Christofer Visser—Civil War Re-enactor July 20 at Schoolhouse Art Gallery & Nature Center, 427 Main St., Brownville. Spend an evening listening to Christofer Visser’s true historical stories along with unique stories pertaining to his travels. 402-825-4992.
brownville-ne.com 

Cornhusker State Games July 20-29, various locations in Lincoln, Omaha, and surrounding communities. This amateur sporting event offers participants the opportunity to compete in Olympic contests like gymnastics, track and field, and swimming, as well as more relaxed events like horseshoe pitching and chess. 402-471-2544.
cornhuskerstategames.com

Highway 66 Concourse Classic July 22 at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Come view the nation’s history of classic automobiles while viewing rare autos and motorcycles. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org 

Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton Aug. 2 at Pinewood Bowl Theater, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., Lincoln. The two icons will perform hits from their legendary careers and jam together. 402-904-4444.
pinewoodbowltheater.com

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal Aug. 3-5 at Brownville Concert Hall, 126 Atlantic St., Brownville. Guests will be entertained by Hoyer and his band’s electrifying fusion of soul and funk. 402-825-3331.
brownville-ne.com 

Family Fun Carnival  Aug. 4 at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland. Animals, face painters, and balloon artists will be present at this kid-friendly event, which includes a large shuttle slide, a spacewalk, and a science lesson. 402-944-3100.
sacmuseum.org      

GSK Orange Run Aug. 4 at Fallbrook YMCA, 700 Penrose Drive, Lincoln. Offering both family-friendly and competitive activities, this event features a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 5K race aimed at promoting fitness, health, and fun.
lincolnrun.org 

NHRA Nebraska State Championships Aug. 4-5 at Kearney Raceway Park, 4860 Imperial Ave. Racers from all over the state will compete for the state title in this race. 308-750-2049.
krpi.com

Nebraska Rod & Custom Car Show Aug. 5 at Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island. Dozens of street rods, hot rods, customized vehicles, and historical American automobiles will be on display at the museum’s 1890s Railroad Town. 308-385-5316.
stuhrmuseum.org 

Nebraska Star Party Aug. 5-10 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area, Highway 97 & Cedar Bay, Valentine. This week-long event dedicated to nature and the stars will entertain children and adults alike. Guests can learn how to explore the night sky and take educational tours of the surrounding area. 402-333-5460.
nebraskastarparty.org 

Kool-Aid Days Aug. 10-12 in downtown Hastings. Celebrate America’s beloved powdered drink mix, which was created in Hastings, with this weekend festival. Events include Kwickest Kool-Aid Drinking Contest, Jammers Boat Races, a fun run/walk, and more. 402-461-8405.
kool-aiddays.com

An Evening with Earth, Wind & Fire Aug. 14 at Pinewood Bowl Theater, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., Lincoln. Enjoy a night listening to the legendary tunes of this band whose works range from disco and funk to Latin and African music. 402-904-4444.
pinewoodbowltheater.com 

Columbus Days Aug. 16-19 in Columbus. Spend the weekend listening to live music, enjoying food, viewing the All Ford Car Show, a pedal tractor pull, a parade, and more. 402-564-2769.
facebook.com/columbusdays 

Nebraska Football Fanday Late August (date TBD) at Memorial Stadium, 1 Memorial Stadium Drive, Lincoln. Come to Memorial Stadium for a day full of events such as obtaining autographs, and meeting the coaching staff and players. 402-472-2263.
huskers.com

Nebraska State Fair Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 501 E. Fonner Park Road, Grand Island. Participate in traditional fair activities like livestock exhibits, a midway, and lots of fried food. Concerts include Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland, Up with People, and more. 308-382-1620.
statefair.org

Jason Mraz Aug. 30 at Pinewood Bowl Theater, 3201 S. Coddington Ave., Lincoln. The Grammy-award winning artist will entertain fans alongside his “Superband.” Brett Dennen will perform as a special guest.  402-904-4444.
pinewoodbowltheater.com

Iowa

Yankee Doodle Pops July 2 at Iowa State Capitol, E. Ninth St. and Grand Ave., Des Moines. The 25th annual performance by the Des Moines Symphony will entertain guests with a patriotic outdoor musical performance that ends with a display of fireworks over the city. This free event is welcome to all ages. 515-280-4000.
dmsymphony.org 

Independence Day July 4 at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Celebrate America’s birthday with a family-oriented day of pie-eating contests, foot races, a town parade, and more. The celebration will also include the Walnut Hill Bluestockings playing baseball according to 1875 rules. 515-278-5286.
lhf.org

80/35 Music Festival 2018 July 6-7 at Western Gateway Park, 12th and Locust Streets, Des Moines. The 11th-annual music festival will entertain with over 50 musical performances, including Kesha and Phantogram as headliners.
80-35.com

Saturday In The Park July 7 at Grandview Park, 24th St. and Grandview Blvd., Sioux City. On July Fourth weekend, Sioux City hosts a free music festival featuring jazz legend Boz Scaggs and Grammy-winner Jason Isbell and the 400 unit. 712-277-2575.
saturdayinthepark.com

North Liberty Blues & BBQ July 14 at Centennial Park, St. Andrews Drive, North Liberty. Eat barbecue and listen to performances from regional blues musicians. Activities for children and craft beers are also featured.
northlibertyblues.org

Ioway Culture Day July 14 at Living History Farms, 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. Spend the day exploring the Ioway culture—the namesake of the state of Iowa. Guests can take a tractor-cart ride to a 1700-style Ioway farm where they can learn how the Ioway constructed their homes, farmed, and prepared food. In addition, guest speakers will impart their personal knowledge of Ioway tradition and technology. 515-278-5286.
lhf.org

Jamey Johnson July 20 at McGrath Amphitheater, 475 First St. S.W., Cedar Rapids. The award-winning singer and songwriter will entertain with his highly praised country hits. 319-362-1729.
mcgrathamphitheatre.com

46th Annual RAGBRAI July 22-28 across Iowa. Thousands of bicyclists will converge upon Iowa for one week in this annual event. This year’s event travels the state from Onawa in western Iowa to Davenport in eastern Iowa. Come for the ride, stay for the homemade pie found in each town along the route. 515-284-8341.
ragbrai.com

Nordic Festival July 26-28, 507 W. Water St., Decorah. For over 50 years, Decorah has welcomed visitors from around the world to a festival full of traditional crafts, food, colorful parades, musical performances, and a Saturday night fireworks show. 800-382-3378.
nordicfest.com

Friday Night Main Event LLC July 27 at Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road SE., Iowa City. This event features  carnival rides, a rodeo, and a live performance from country artist Walker McGuire. 319-530-1170.
—fridaynightmainevent.org 2018 National Balloon Classic  July 27-Aug. 4 at the National Balloon Classic Memorial Balloon Field, 15335 Jewell St., Indianola. This event promises a spectacular visual experience, with nearly 100 hot air balloons adorning the sky, live music, glowing lights, and fireworks at night, along with other family-friendly attractions. 515-961-8415.
nationalballoonclassic.com

2018 Hinterland Music Festival  Aug. 3-4 at Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater, 3357 St. Charles Road, St. Charles. Guests will be entertained with music from a talented number of artists from around the country (and the world) with styles rooted in rock, country, and more. Performers include Sturgill Simpson, Chvrches, and Ancient Posse.
hinterlandiowa.com

newbo evolve Aug. 3-5, 1620 Second St. S.E., Cedar Rapids.  The 10th annual festival includes appearances by film director John Waters and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, a panel session by Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon, and performances from Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. 319-398-5009.
gocedarrapids.com/newboevolve

The Second City Aug. 4 at Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 U.S. Highway 71, Okoboji.  This tour of Chicago’s legendary improv comedy theater features the troupe’s best sketches and songs. 712-332-7013.
lakesart.org

Iowa State Fair Aug. 9-19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E. 30th St. and E. University Ave., Des Moines. Revel in the family-friendly atmosphere of this annual and traditional event, featuring a butter cow, thrill parks, talent show, games, and much more. Special guests include Reba McEntire, Florida Georgia Line, and comedian Jim Gaffigan. 515-262-3111.
iowastatefair.org

FRYfrest Aug. 31, Quarry Road and E. Ninth St., Coralville. Join Hawkeye fans in this annual celebration of historic football coach Hayden Fry for a day of tailgating, live music, and autograph sessions from current and former football players. 319-337-6592.
fryfest.com

Kansas

14th Annual Heartland Art Guild International Miniatures Art Show July 2-31 at Paola Chamber of Commerce, Six W. Peoria, Paola. At this art display, all pieces must be 25 square inches or less in size, making it a display like no other. Over 180 works of art created by artists from the United States and beyond will be present. 913-294-4940.
artkc.com 

Junk ’N’ Donuts Swap Meets July 14 and Aug. 11 at Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 K68 Highway, Louisburg. Grab a Lost Trail root beer and a cider donut, and shop around the Cider Mill where vendors will be selling antiques and other goods. 913-837-5202.
louisburgcidermill.com 

2018 Amelia Earhart Festival July 20-21 in Atchison. In an annual, honorary celebration of the city’s own pioneer, Atchison’s community will entertain with a carnival, an outdoor concert featuring country artists Brett Young and Maddie & Tae, food, aerobatic displays, historical presentations, and more—capped by a finale of fireworks. 1-800-234-1854.
visitatchison.com

Clue: The Musical July 20-Aug. 5 at Helen Hocker Theater, 700 S.W. Zoo Parkway, Topeka. This musical adaptation of the beloved board game invites the audience to guess the suspect via clues given out throughout the performance. Each performance offers a different conclusion, making the production a truly unique experience. 785-357-5211.
topekacivictheatre.com 

Blacksmiths and Pioneers Days  Aug. 18-19 at Transue Brothers Blacksmith and Wagon Shop, 309 Main St., Summerfield. Spend the weekend watching gun fights, riding in covered wagons and stage coaches, and observing the arts of blacksmithing, marble blowing, and other practices of the late 1800s. 402-520-0644.
transueblacksmith.org

Missouri

KC RiverFest July 4 at Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Road, Kansas City.  This festival features live shows from the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America’s Jazz Ensemble and one of the largest fireworks shows in the Midwest.
kcriverfest.com

Paramore with Foster The People July 7 at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City. This American rock ’n’ roll band will perform their hits and will be joined by Foster The People. 816-363-7827.
kcstarlight.com

First Saturday Event  July 7 and Aug. 4 at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 N.E. Barry Road, Kansas City. This free event will introduce guests to the Missouri of the 19th century through historical demonstrations and activities. Re-enactors dressed as outlaws, mountain men, and other characters will participate in skits and gunfights. 816-792-2655.
shoalcreeklivinghistorymuseum.com

The Teddy Bear Picnic July 13, Roanoke Park, 3601 Roanoke Road, Kansas City. This celebration of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day will give families the opportunity to have a picnic with their teddy bears and participate in other activities. Janie Next Door will provide live music. 816-513-7500.
kcparks.org 

AquaPalooza July 21 at Lake of the Ozarks, 1232 Jeffries Road, Osage Beach. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of boating, live music, and a visit to Dog Days Bar & Grill. 573-348-9797.
dogdays.ws 

Buzz Beach Ball Festival July 27 at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs. This up-and-coming music festival showcases a mixture of underground and indie rock/pop talent,  including Portugal. The Man, Awolnation, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise. 1-800-745-3000.
beachballkc.com

Heart of America Hot Dog Festival Aug. 4 at Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E 18th St. Celebrate baseball and the all-American hot dog. Sample specially produced dogs like the Monarch, Royal Frank, and El Maestro, while providing music and family fun. Tickets to the festival include admission to the museum, which celebrates African-American baseball players. 816-221-1920.
nlbm.com

Feast of Fountains: A Food Truck Festival  Aug. 9 at The Northland Fountain in Anita B. Gorman Park, Vivion Road & N. Oak, Kansas City. Marvel at Kansas City’s mesmerizing fountains as part of this family-friendly event that also includes live music and a wide selection from a variety of food trucks. 816-513-7500.
kcparks.org 

The Farmer’s House Cornfest Aug. 11 at The Farmer’s House, 23200 Highway 273, Weston. This event includes a corn-eating contest, dunk tank, and duck races. Farm to Fork Kitchen will be serving barbecue, grilled corn on the cob, and hot apple fritters. 816-640-2909.
westonmo.com

Rod Stewart Aug. 14 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. The rock-and-roll icon will perform his greatest hits with Cyndi Lauper as special guest. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Love Never Dies Aug. 14-19 at Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City. This sequel to The Phantom of the Opera takes place in 1907 New York, in which the Phantom tries to reclaim the love of Christine Daaé. 816-363-7827.
kcstarlight.com 

Ethnic Enrichment Festival Aug. 17-19 at Swope Park, 3999 Swope Parkway in Kansas City. This event features more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods and crafts, and performing ethnic music and dances. 816-513-7553.
eeckc.net

Trails West! 2018 Aug. 17-19 at Civic Center Park, 900-1200 Francis St., St Joseph. This community celebration features visual and musical artists along with a wide variety of food. 816-233-0231.
stjomo.com 

Sam Smith Aug. 18 at Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City. Smith will entertain guests with his signature soulful style. 816-949-7100.
sprintcenter.com

Happy Together Tour 2018 Aug. 19 at Muriel Kauffman Theatre, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City. Named after the hit song by The Turtles, this event brings together some popular bands of the 1960s as they perform their hits, which defined a generation. Acts include The Turtles, The Association, The Cowsills, and more. 816-994-7222.
theturtles.com


Event times and details may change. 

Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

Omaha is 120 Years Old (In Tourism Years)

May 15, 2018 by

The year of 1898 was a huge tourism year for Omaha. It was the year that an event lasted five months and attracted 2.6 million people from around the world—the Trans-Mississippi and International Expo, also known as the Omaha World’s Fair.         

It was no accident that Omaha played host to this event; it was all by design. The tourist attraction was the innovative vision of a small committee of local businessmen who understood that tourism meant big business and could provide a boost to the local economy. The fair had an economic impact of almost $2 million dollars, an equivalent of more than $54 million by today’s standards.  And it all started with a small group of business leaders with an idea.

Omaha has a long history of small committees doing big things. In 1950, four men who loved baseball had the vision to bring the NCAA Men’s College World Series to Omaha—Ed Pettis of Brandeis Department Stores, Morris Jacobs and Byron W. Reed of Bozell & Jacobs, and then-Mayor of Omaha Johnny Rosenblatt. The first games played in Omaha had a total attendance of 17,805. Over the years, College World Series of Omaha Inc., a local nonprofit organizing committee, was formed to sell tickets, plan special events, and rally community support for the series. Today the average attendance is more than 20,000 people per game.

It was the belief of a local woman, Lisa Yanney Roskens, and her love of horses that played a big part in Omaha hosting the 2017 FEI World Cup Horse Jumping and Dressage Finals. While there were many people involved, she played a key role in presenting the proposal to the international committee members in Lausanne, Switzerland, and convincing them that Omaha was the right place to host the event. More than 50,000 people from around the world attended the competition, putting the city on an international stage. 

Junkstock is another Omaha event that started with an idea from Sarah Alexander, a stay-at-home mom with a passion for vintage pieces. She envisioned a place where junk enthusiasts could find some of the best antiques and repurposed art in the region. Junkstock started in 2012 with 29 vendors. This fall more than 200 vendors and 23 food trucks will be on site to welcome more than 10,000 guests through the gates. To accommodate the demand, Alexander purchased Sycamore Farms, a 135-acre century-old horse farm which now hosts three premier junk festivals every year. 

Some of the names you may recognize, while others may not be as well-known. Each person named helped with events that brought thousands of out-of-town visitors to our city and millions of dollars to our local economy. And they all started with an idea, a few creative minds, and faith in Omaha as a destination.


This column was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B.

Keith Backsen is executive director of the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau.

May/June 2018 Exhibits Calendar

April 27, 2018 by
Photography by provided

Art & Museum Exhibits

BFA & BASA Thesis and Senior Shows
Through May 5 at UNO Criss Library and Weber Art Gallery, 6001 Dodge St. Thesis students in the art gallery and BASA graduating seniors from UNO showcase their work. Admission: free. 402-554-3206.
unomaha.edu

Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha
Through May 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The first major exhibition featuring Ruscha in his home state of Nebraska, Word/Play brings together prints, photographs, and artist books, complemented by a selection of major paintings. Ruscha’s use of the written word is a signature element of his work. Tickets: $10 ($5 from 4-8 p.m. Thursdays), $5 students with valid ID, free to members and youths 17 and under. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Metamorphosis: Works by Sayaka Ganz and Aurora Robson
Through May 13 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit is constructed of found, recycled, and reused plastic objects. Equal parts artistic and educational, it will feature fine art accompanied by a message of environmental stewardship. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

beginning.break.rapid: Kenji Fujita & Barbara Takenaga
Through June 2 at Bemis Center, 742 S. 12th St. These artists use a variety of mediums including vinyl, paint, spray paint, gesso, paper, calcium carbonate, wood, plywood, and linen. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying
Through June 2 at Bemis Center, 742 S. 12th St. The artists in this exhibit examine how support for the body in states of illness and rest prompts us to re-imagine the world collectively. The exhibit aims to bring attention to how the body is articulated in capitalism and health-related discourse. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Widespread Flowering
Through June 4 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Motivated by the beauty and passage of time, space, and geometry of the world of nature, Ann Brugenhemke explores life and love through art. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Wedes
Through June 4 at Darger HQ, 1804 Vinton St. Artists Angela Simione and Sarah Rowe are inspired by traditional craft. Their work embodies illustrations of everyday objects as metaphors of self-identity, boundaries, and protection. Admission: free. 402-209-5554.
dargerhq.org

Tuskeegee Airmen: Who Called Nebraska Home
Through June 30 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. (Jewell Building). The exhibit will highlight photos, historical information, and artifacts about the Tuskeegee Airmen who called Nebraska home. Admission: free. 402-932-5554
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Wearable Art—Kiss of the Wolf
May 3-6 at Anderson O’Brien Art, 1108 Jackson St. Artist Lori Bacigalupi explores different techniques in fabric design, such as screen process, natural dyeing, and mono-printing in wearable art. Admission: free. 402-884-0911.
aobfineart.com

Awakening
Starting May 4 at Omaha Artists’ Co-op, 405 S. 11th St. Enjoy works of art by Jasmine Greenwaldt, Alan Smith, and George Skuodas. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Salon Time: Sonya Clark + Althea Murphy-Price + Nontsikelelo Mutiti
May 4-June 30 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 North 24th St. Salon Time features three artists who examine and celebrate the ritual time and material culture surrounding black women’s hair care. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
u-ca.org

Missouri Valley Impressionist Society
May 11-June 30 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This national juried exhibition features pieces from the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, a painting group striving to bring impressionism throughout the Missouri River Valley Region. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Amy Haney
Starting May 25 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnman St. An Omaha native, Haney has practiced her artwork in several U.S. cities. Currently a professor in the college of communication, fine arts, and media at UNO, she is excited to share her printmaking pieces. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Secrets of the Sewer
Starting May 26 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving through puzzles, mazes, and obstacles just like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello. Also showing at this time is: Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character, and Confucius. Admission: $12 adults and kids, $11 seniors, free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Reality
Starting June 1 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Reality will dissect the notion of truth, history, and the presentation of what is “real.” This exhibit will investigate art, science, and technology that creates, alters, and reflects upon the sense of real. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

The Eye Perceives
Starting June 1 at Artists Co-op, 405 S. 11th St. View works by Richard Markoff, Gabriella Quiroz, and Duane Adams. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection
Starting June 2 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Take a look at 50 masterworks from one of the most private collections of British painting in the U.S. Tickets: $10 adults ($5 on Thursday 4-8 p.m.), $5 college students, free for Joslyn members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org   

Patriotic Perches
Starting June 20 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit features a collection of 51 handcrafted birdhouses by Richard Yost. Yost combines art, geography, and horticulture to educate visitors about state birds and flowers. Each birdhouse is decorated with knick-knacks that represent each state. Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African-American Experiences in World War II
Through July 15 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibit features artifacts, photographs, and oral histories to highlight some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African-Americans during World War II, both overseas and at home. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), and free to children age 2 and under and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org


Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2018 March/April Giving Events

March 1 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Celebrity Chef 2018
Benefiting: Food Bank for the Heartland
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
foodbankheartland.org

March 2 (7-10:30 p.m.)
I-80 Cosmopolitan Club’s Gala: An Evening on the Italian Riviera
Benefiting: Diabetes-related causes
Location: il Palazzo
business.facebook.com/I80cosmos 

March 3 (7 a.m.)
Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth
Benefiting: Common Fund of the Heartland
Location: Midtown Crossing
heatthestreetsomaha.org

March 3 (6-10 p.m.)
Irish Fest
Benefiting: Catholic Charities
Location: Marriott Capitol District
ccomaha.org

March 3 (noon-4 p.m.)
Omaha Barstool Open
Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska
Location: the Old Market
ucpnebraska.org

March 3 (6 p.m.)
Cruise Away to Hollywood
Benefiting: Stephen Center
Location: Champions Run
stephencenter.org

March 4 (9-11:30 a.m.)
14th Annual Walk & Roll for Disabilities
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Oak View Mall
mfdisabilities.org

March 4 (noon-6 p.m.)
Hooley! Hooley! Hooley!
Benefiting: Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians
Location: Firefighters Union Hall
aohomaha.org

March 8 (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
American Red Cross Heroes in the Heartland Luncheon
Benefiting: American Red Cross
Location: Hilton Omaha
redcross.org/neia

March 8 (6:30-9 p.m.)
Assure Banquet with Franklin Graham
Benefiting: Assure Women’s Center
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
assureomaha.com

March 10 (5:30-11 p.m.)
HOLT International Gala: A Benefit for Mongolia
Benefiting: Holt International
Location: Hotel RL
holtinternational.org

March 10 (6 p.m.)
Silver Ribbon Event: The Heart and Art of Caring
Benefiting: CRCC (Children’s Respite Care Center)
Location: Scoular Ballroom
crccomaha.org

March 17 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Ancient Order of the Hibernians’ St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon
Benefiting: St. Vincent de Paul Society
Location: Firefighters Union Hall
aohomaha.org

March 18 (4 p.m.)
Celebration of Spirit Dinner
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Robert Bellarmine Social Hall
notredamesisters.org

March 19, April 16 (6 p.m.)
Breathe & Brew Yoga Series
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Scriptown Brewing Co.
lung.org

March 22 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Scholarship Luncheon
Benefiting: Phoenix Academy
Location: Hilton Omaha
phoenixacademyomaha.org

March 24 (4 p.m.)
Basketball Bash
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: UNO Milo Bail Student Center
bbbsomaha.org

March 24 (1-2:30 p.m. girl reception, 7-9:30 p.m. reception and silent auction)
artVenture Omaha
Benefiting: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Location: UNO Mammel Hall
girlscoutsnebraska.org

March 24 (5:30 p.m.)
The Gathering
Benefiting: CUES Supported Schools
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
cuesschools.org

March 24 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating Community
Benefiting: Omaha Together One Community
Location: KANEKO
otoc.org

March 28 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Fusion Luncheon 2018 featuring Jeff Lewis
Benefiting: Nebraska Medicine Guild scholarships
Location: Mariott Downtown
nebraskamed.com/giving/volunteer-services

March 31 (5-10 p.m.)
March Madnezz 2018
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Location: The Grass Wagon
bgcomaha.org

April 4-5 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Speaking of Children Luncheon and Conference
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
projectharmony.com

April 6 (6:30-10 p.m.)
Wine, Women & Shoes
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center
winewomenandshoes.com/omaha

April 7-8 (noon-5 p.m.)
NARI Remodeled Home Tour
Benefiting: Healing Embrace
Locations: various
omahanari.org

April 7 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Pink Ribbon Affair
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha
komennebraska.org

April 8 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Rock the Nest Trivia Night
Benefiting: Central High School Foundation
Location: Omaha Design Center
chsfomaha.org/events/rock-the-nest

April 10 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Assistance League of Omaha Style Show
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run
alomaha.org

April 11 (noon-1:30 p.m.)
2018 Author Luncheon, featuring Dr. Michele Borba
Benefiting: Completely Kids
Location: Hilton Omaha
completelykids.org

April 13 (6-9 p.m.)
Circle of Dreams
Benefiting: St. Augustine Mission School
Location: A View on State
staugustinemission.org

April 13 (5-10 p.m.)
Kicks for a Cure Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
kicksforacure.org

April 13-14 (times vary)
Big DREAM weekend with bowling, tailgating, and more
Benefiting: DREAM (Developing Relationships through Education, Athletics, and Mentoring)
Locations: various
joindream.org

April 14 (7-10:30 a.m.)
Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Live Forward! Run-Walk to Remember
Benefiting: Keep Kids Alive Drive 25
Location: Skutt High School
kkad25.org

April 14 (9 a.m.-noon)
Autism Puzzle Walk
Benefiting: Autism Center of Nebraska
Location: Ralston Arena
autismnebraska.org/autism-walks

April 14 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Seventh Annual Spring Luncheon
Benefiting: Santa Monica House
Location: DC Centre
santamonicahouse.org

April 14 (4:30 p.m.-midnight)
Cathedral Comedy & Cuisine
Benefiting: St. Cecilia School
Location: St. Cecilia Parish Center
stceciliacathedral.org

 April 14 (5-8 p.m.)
Spaghetti Dinner
Benefitting: Nebraska Miss Amazing
Location: Celebration Covenant Church
—@nemissamazing on Facebook

April 14 (5-9 p.m.)
vinNEBRASKA Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction
Benefiting: Partnership 4 Kids
Location: Hotel RL
vinnebraska.com

April 14 (5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Festa del Leone
Benefiting: Roncalli High School
Location: Roncalli High School
roncallicatholic.org

April 14 (6 p.m.)
Blue Jeans Ball: 35 Years of Wishes
Benefiting: Make-A-Wish Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha
nebraska.wish.org

April 14 (6 p.m.-midnight)
14th Annual Barrister’s Ball—“Escapes to the Tropics”
Benefiting: various legal projects
Location: Embassy Suites La Vista
nebar.com/nlfevents

April 14 (times vary)
Kicks for a Cure Soccer Exhibition
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Creighton Soccer Complex, UNO Caniglia Soccer Complex
kicksforacure.org

April 14 (6-9 p.m.)
Feather Our Nest 2018
Benefiting: Fontenelle Forest
Location: Omaha Mariott Downtown
fontenelleforest.org

April 15 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Pork Dinner & Polka Fest
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: St. Philip Neri Activity Center
notredamesisters.org

April 15
Humanitarian Brunch featuring John Quinones
Benefitting: Inclusive Communities
Location: Omaha Mariott at the Capitol District
inclusive-communities.org

April 17 (6-9:30 p.m.)
Omaha Business Hall of Fame Gala
Benefiting: Greater Omaha Chamber
Location: Holland Performing Arts Center
omahachamber.org

April 18 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
At Ease USA Annual Luncheon
Benefiting: At Ease USA
Location: CenturyLink Center Omaha
ateaseusa.org

April 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Can Do Luncheon
Benefitting: Kids Can
Location: Hilton Downtown at the Capitol District
kidscanomaha.org

April 19 (7-8:30 a.m.)
BPS Foundation Community Breakfast
Benefiting: Bellevue Public Schools Foundation
Location: BPS Lied Activity Center
bellevuepublicschoolsfoundation.org

April 19 (6-9 p.m.)
A Night of Inspiring Hope
Benefiting: Fresh Hope
Location: Embassy Suites Omaha
nightofinspiringhope.com

April 20 (6 p.m.-10 p.m.)
Night of Celebration
Immanuel Auxiliary
Location: A View on State
give.chihealth.com/nightofcelebration

April 20 (7-10 p.m.)
RivALZ—Blondes vs. Brunettes
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Omaha Sports Complex
act.alz.org

April 20 (5:30-8 p.m.)
13th Annual Men of Honor “Igniting Our Youth” Awards Dinner
Benefiting: 100 Black Men of Omaha
Location: Hilton Omaha
100blackmenomaha.org

April 20, 21, 27, and 28 (times vary)
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Maplewood Lanes
bbbsomaha.org

April 21 (9-11 a.m.)
Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
Benefiting: UNO Athletics
Location: Baxter Arena
omavs.com

April 21 (noon-3 p.m.)
Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Institute of the Culinary Arts
douglascohistory.org

April 21 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Nebraska Lymphoma Walk
Benefitting:  Lymphoma Research Foundation
Location: Mahoney State Park
support.lymphoma.org

April 21 (5-8 p.m.)
Bowtie BASH
Benefiting: Creighton Prep
Location: Creighton Prep High School
creightonprep.creighton.edu

April 21 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Black Tie and Tails
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Omaha Marriott Downtown
nehumanesociety.org

April 22 (2-4 p.m.)
Walk for Awareness
Benefiting: Conceive Nebraska
Location: Turner Park
conceivenebraska.org

April 23 (noon-1 p.m.)
Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year Luncheon, honoring Chris Murphy
Benefiting: Boy Scouts of America
Location: Scott Conference Center
mac-bsa.org

April 24 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood
Benefiting: Omaha Community Foundation
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse
omahaplayhouse.com

April 28 (9 a.m.)
March for Babies
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
marchforbabies.org

April 28 (5-11 p.m.)
Blue Jeans & Dreams
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA Barn
hetra.org

April 28 (9 a.m.)
Third Annual Brunch 5K
Benefiting: Junior League of Omaha
Location: Midtown Crossing, brunch at CRAVE
jlomaha.org

April 29 (noon registration, 1 p.m. start)
Omaha Area Walk
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Baxter Arena
alsintheheartland.org

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2018 March/April Family & More

Family & More

Omaha Beef 2018 Preseason Game
March 2 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Missing football? Arena football starts with this preseason exhibition game, which promises to be lots of fun. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Benson First Friday
March 2 and April 6 in Benson (Maple and 59th to 63rd streets). Art galleries, bars, music venues, and cultural institutions of Benson collaborate on the first Friday of every month with a showcase of local arts and culture. 4 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month.
bensonfirstfriday.com

First Friday Old Market
March 2 and April 6 at the Old Market. Walk the distinctive brick streets of the Old Market to live music, ride Ollie the Trolley for free between venues, and ignite your imagination with art at this free event. 6-9 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month.
firstfridayoldmarket.com

2018 Chinese New Year Gala
March 3 at Burke High School, 12200 Burke St. Ring in the Year of the Dog at this annual event put on by the Nebraska Chinese Association. The Chinese New Year’s Gala showcases the Chinese culture and heritage through cuisine, traditional performances, a lion dance, and other cultural activities. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. $20 members, $30 non-members.
omahachinese.net

Omaha Film Festival
March 6-11 at Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St. This film festival celebrates motion pictures big and small. Local filmmakers will showcase their work alongside special previews and releases that are coming to Omaha just for this event. Festival parties after screenings allow film aficionados to mingle with filmmakers. Times vary. Tickets: $100 all-access pass, $70 all-films pass, $70 weekend pass. Tickets to individual films available at the box office. 402-203-8173.
omahafilmfestival.org/

Signs of Spring Hike
March 17 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Search for signs of spring, such as new growth and animal activity, with this spring hike. 9:45-11 a.m. Admission: $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 youths (2-17), and free for children under age 2 and members. 402-731-2403.
fontenelleforest.org

Omaha Rollergirls Green Out/Military Appreciation Night
March 17 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Come support Omaha’s all-female roller derby league. Wear green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and show your appreciation for those in uniform. 6 p.m. Admission: $12 adults, $6 children ages 4-10, free for kids under 3. Buy one get one free adult ticket for any military person with a valid ID. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous
March 20 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Travel back in time with paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim as he explains how he rediscovered spinosaurus before it was lost to science. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$26. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, midwest regional
March 23 and 25 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. Watch March Madness in Omaha as Creighton University hosts the Midwest Regional. 6 p.m. Tickets: $125-$150 single session, $250-$300 all sessions. 800-745-3000.
centurylinkcenteromaha.com

Fairy Faire
March 24 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. Dress up and meet some forest fairies while building fairy houses, making crafts, blowing bubbles, having your face painted, and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: $15 for non-members, $5 for members. 402-731-3140.
fontenelleforest.org

31st Annual Orchid Show and Sale
March 24-25 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. View orchid displays from local and international growers, and return home with a plant of your own as an array of orchids will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free to children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Junkstock
April 6-8 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive. This Omaha-grown vintage festival features more than 200 “junk” vendors from across the country, accompanied by live music, food, and activities for younger kids. 8 a.m. early birds, 10 a.m. general admission. Admission: $10 one-day pass, $20 three-day pass, $30 three-day early bird pass, $50 early bird season pass. 402-765-8651.
junkstock.com

Harlem Globetrotters
April 6 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. This iconic, internationally recognized group bring their entertainment and basketball skills to Omaha. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$111. 800-745-3000.
centurylinkcenteromaha.com

Spring Festival
April 6-8 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Live entertainment, family fun, food, and drink accompany the shoppers. Times vary. Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors (62+), free to children under 10. 402-934-9966.
ralstonarena.com

The International Omaha Horse Competition
April 12-15 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Come watch the speed, execution, and the competitive spirit of both rider and horse at this world-class indoor horse jumping and dressage competition. Free expo events will feature interactive displays and activities for all ages—including opportunities to meet eight different breeds of horses, a treasure hunt, and hands-on exhibits. Tickets: all-session passes for three dressage contests cost $75 (April 12-14); all-session passes for three jumping contests cost $75 (April 13-15). Individual session tickets cost $12.50-$30. VIP tickets cost $400-$600. 402-930-3079.
internationalomaha.com/

Omaha Zine Fest 2018
April 14 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Omaha’s third annual zine festival features creators from across the country. Whether you like poetry, comics, art, or all of the above, this is a fun, free event for the whole family. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. 402-933-3161.
omahazinefest.org

Earth Day Omaha
April 21 at Elmwood Park, 60th and Dodge streets. This event combines science, education, music, food, and fun. Spend a relaxing day outside learning and enjoying the atmosphere. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free.
earthdayomaha.org

Jurassic Park
April 28 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Return to Isla Nublar for Steven Spielberg’s original dinosaur epic. John Williams’ heart-pumping score amplifies the action to thrilling new heights. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$79. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration
April 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Celebrate Nebraska’s homegrown holiday at Lauritzen Gardens. Children who dress like a tree will get in free. The first 100 households will receive a free tree seedling. 9 a.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2018 March/April Stage Performances

Comedy shows
Recurring Thursdays-Saturdays at The Backline Comedy Theatre, 1618 Harney St. Primarily long-form improv, the Backline also hosts standup shows, short-form improv shows, and occasionally sketch shows. INTERROGATED, the Backline’s premiere show, recurs every Friday. Times vary. Admission: $3-5 Thursday, $5-10 Friday and Saturday. 402-720-7670.
backlinecomedy.com

The Revolutionists
March 1-3 at the Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Go inside the mind of a feminist during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. This “testament to solidarity” explores what could happen if four powerful women got together to oust a tyrant. Times vary. Tickets: $6-$16, free to UNO students. 402-554-3857.
unomaha.edu

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Through March 4 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Performed by The Rose Theater and told through nonverbal, creative movement, the words of Eugene Field’s poem come alive as children sail through the stars while on a fishing trip. Times vary. Tickets: $12. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

Parade
Through March 11 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the trial of a Jewish man wrongfully accused of murder in Marietta, Georgia, in 1913. Times vary. Tickets: $42+ adults, $25+ students. 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Seedfolks
Through March 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This production features a community brought together by the work of one girl as she tries to turn the lot next to her house into a garden. Times vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

Musical Thrones: a Parody of Ice and Fire
March 2 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This musical brings the most beloved and hated characters to life as it journeys through all six seasons of the Game of Thrones TV series. Tickets: $20-$45. 8 p.m. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

MOVEMENT: When Visible
March 2-3 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. An original dance performance, When Visible explores the presence and absence of light and the power it has to illuminate and absorb perceptions of feelings and reality. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, free to members and children. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
March 2-25 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. James and the Giant Peach is a brand-new musical telling the story of a young orphan who accidentally drops magic crystals by an old peach tree. Times vary. Tickets: $24-$50. 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Centered: Reiki Light & Vibrational Sound Healing
March 3 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Join reiki healers under the immersive light installation, “TRIPH.” Get ready for spring and emerge with a wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $20. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Music
March 4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The game is afoot and Sherlock Holmes is on the case when the orchestra’s melody goes missing. All are suspect as Sherlock investigates great music, including Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Mancini’s The Pink Panther, and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. Can he solve the mystery in time to save the concert? 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Siro-A The Techno Circus
March 8 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Experience a mesmerizing mix of technology and theater. The company fuses mime, dance, visual effects, and a techno soundtrack. 7 p.m. Tickets: $20-$42. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens
March 8-April 1 at SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St. This celebration of lives lost to AIDS is told in free verse monologues with a blues, jazz, and rock score. This popular show was performed in Omaha in 1999 and is back by popular demand. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. 6 p.m., Sunday. Tickets: $20 general, $15 for seniors, students and TAG members, $12 on Thursdays. 402-341-2757.
snapproductions.com

Celtic Journey: The Return
March 10-11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Authentic Irish music, dance, and storytelling join forces with the orchestra to revive the majesty and charm of Celtic culture. “Danny Boy,” “Galway Bay,” and “The Last Rose of Summer” never sounded so moving and magnificent. Times vary. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Riverdance
March 14-15 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand on their 20th Anniversary World Tour. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $41-$61. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

The Word
March 15 at the Opollo, 6052 Maple St. This jazz-inspired, spoken word poetry open mic night runs until 9:30 p.m. and is hosted by Withlove, Felicia. 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10. 402-210-3386.
withlovefelicia.weebly.com

Bonnie and Clyde
March 21-25 at the Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza, No. 101. Creighton’s theater department will host a musical reimagining the criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde and their crime spree. They have been immortalized in folk stories since the Great Depression when they tore across the country. Times vary. Tickets: $18 adults, $15 senior citizens, $5 students and Creighton staff. 402-280-1448.
creighton.edu

Che Malambo
March 22 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. An Argentinian troupe brings malambo dance to Omaha. Through fast-paced footwork and explosive drumming, the company celebrates the South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Nureyev’s Eyes
March 22-April 15 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. During the ’70s, painter Jamie Wyeth did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized Western ballet. This play imagines what their relationship may have been like. Times vary. Tickets: $30 general, $25 students, seniors age 65+, TAG members. 402-345-1576.
bluebarn.org

Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure
March 23-April 8 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Get ready to look down a different rock ’n’ roll rabbit hole in this contemporary, reimagining of the classic Lewis Carroll tale. Times vary. Tickets: $25. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day
March 31 at Orpheum Theatre, 409 S. 16th St. Based on the PBS Kids TV series, this hugely popular musical is back for little tigers and grown-ups alike to enjoy. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets: $30.25-$80.25. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Jeff Dunham
April 7 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. This comedy and ventriloquist act comes to Omaha after previously appearing on shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, and The Tonight Show. Tickets: $49.50 and up. 5 p.m. 800-745-3000.
centurylinkcenteromaha.com

Shakespeare in Love
April 13-May 6 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. While the government threatens to close all theaters, young Will Shakespeare suffers from writer’s block, as his muse Viola disguises herself as a man to pursue her dreams of being an actor. Based on the film of the same title. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $24-$50 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Proving Up
April 13-22 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Opera Omaha presents this show, set in the brutal early years of post-Civil War Nebraska. A mother is pushed to the brink as her family is pulled apart by loss and isolation. Performed in English. Times vary. Tickets: $60. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

Medea
April 20, 22 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Opera Omaha joins Ireland’s Wexford Festival Opera for a striking new production of this dark chapter of Greek mythology. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets: $19-$99. Times vary. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Three to Beam Up
April 20-May 13 at Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St. John Wisher believes it is the 23rd century, and he is the captain of the USS Valkyries starship. He goes missing again when he hears an alien voice calling him elsewhere. His children, Sam and Jules, go looking for their missing father and try to keep his mind back on Earth. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. 6 p.m., Sunday. Tickets: $20 general, $15 students, seniors age 65+, and TAG members; $12 special on Thursdays. 402-341-2757.
shelterbelt.org

Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

2017 November/December Calendar of Events

Photography by contributed

Art and Museum Exhibits

Svenja Deininger at Joslyn Art Museum

Svenja Deininger, Through Jan. 7 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This exhibit features the work of Austrian artist Svenja Deininger. Her abstract paintings are an intense and intimate exploration of color, form, and feeling. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Travels with Brian Floca, Through Jan. 14 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. See Caldecott Medal-winner Brian Floca’s numerous illustrations from more than 20 popular children’s books including Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo, Lightship, The Racecar Alphabet, and Locomotive. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Let’s go to town for Boys’ Town! 100 Years of saving children, healing families, Through Jan. 21 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Founded in 1917 in Omaha by an Irish immigrant, the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan, Boys Town today is a worldwide leader in child care. This exhibition will explore the organization’s history from its inauspicious beginnings in a rundown mansion at 25th and Dodge streets to now, when it provides assistance to over 2 million children and families each year. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Forever Forest at Omaha Children’s Museum.

Forever Forest, Through April 15 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. The national tour of Forever Forest begins right here in Omaha. Exploring the realities of forests through play, families will learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and everyday products that are made from trees. Admission: $12 adults and children (2+), $11 seniors (60+), free for members and children under 2. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Lori Elliott-Bartle, Marcia Joffe-Bouska, and Tom Quest Gallery Reception, Nov. 3 at Michael Phipps Gallery, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St. This exhibit, entitled Rivers, Roads, Remains, is a collaborative effort from three local artists. They use old maps of Omaha as well as the design of the Bob Kerrey bridge to explore the relationship between nature and manufactured structures. 4-6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-444-4800.
omahapubliclibrary.org

Camille Hawbaker, Nov. 4-Dec. 29 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit features the work from local up-and-coming artist Camille Hawbaker. Her work is an eclectic blend of printmaking, weaving, dyeing, and bookmaking. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Pushing Boundaries: HDR at 100, Nov. 24-Feb. 25 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibit is an homage to HDR founders and their innovations in engineering. Their work began in the Omaha area and has since developed a number of global projects that have impacted people around the world. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Bridges: Sharing Our Past at The Durham

Bridges: Sharing our Past to Enrich the Future, Nov. 24-Jan. 7 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibit is the outcome of a photo call asking amateur and professional photographers across Nebraska’s 93 counties to capture historical sites and other photos that help to tell the story of Nebraska. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Light, Dec. 1, 2017-March 31, 2018, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. This exhibition will reinvigorate mystique and wonder into this ancient energy through conceptual explorations and creative endeavors. Artists will employ glass, sculpture, and light itself to showcase the beauty that light evokes aesthetically and thematically. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, Dec. 7, 2017–Feb. 24, 2018, at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This exhibit uses the yearly migration path of the monarch butterfly as a metaphor for considering themes of place, home, immigration, and movement. The exhibition considers the aesthetic forms in which objects and images reveal their identities through mediums such as basket weaving, ceramics, dressmaking, plaster, and more. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Performing Arts

Stupid F@#%ING Bird, Through Nov. 12 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This “sort-of adaptation” of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov tells a story in which an aspiring young director battles against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress competes with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist and everyone discovers just how complicated life, art, and success can be. Tickets: $24. 402-553-0800.
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Point A to Point B, Through Nov. 12 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Point A to Point B is a unique nonverbal show in which two coworkers working in a lab of fun found objects have to get a ball from “point A” to “point B” without using the same path twice. With a bit of theater magic, they fill their work day exploring the excitement of the journey. Show times vary. Best for preschool- to second-grade students. Tickets: $12. 402-345-4849.
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Tosca, Nov. 3 and 5 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Love, lust, religion, and politics fatally collide in Giacomo Puccini’s beloved masterpiece. The lecherous chief of police, Scarpia, will stop at nothing to possess the beautiful singer, Floria Tosca, who must give the ultimate performance in a desperate attempt to save the man she loves. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
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Festival of South African Dance at the Holland

Festival of South African Dance, Nov. 5 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The festival celebrates expressive dance styles created during the Apartheid era. Two companies featuring more than 20 dancers and musicians share their culture in high-energy performances. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 402-345-0606.
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Van Gogh & Me, Nov. 3-12 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This show is written by Omaha’s own Matthew Gutschick. Based on actual events, the story follows painter Vincent van Gogh (creator of such iconic works as The Starry Night and Sunflowers) as he retreats to a French town and befriends a curious girl named Adeline. Appropriate for ages: 10+. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
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Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Nov. 7-12 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Re-experience the classic Disney animated feature film as a live-action production, featuring favorite characters and songs. The show has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “the most innovative production of the season.” Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$110. 402-345-0606.
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Carmina Burana, Nov. 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Hear “O Fortuna” the music that adds thrills to movie blockbusters as an epic chorus of 500 elite singers from regional high schools join with professional soloists and the Omaha Symphony to perform Carl Orff’s choral masterwork. 2 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
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Christmas with the Crawfords, Nov. 16-Dec. 10 at SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St. The campy comedy deemed “the Christmas Carol of the 21st century” is back. This nostalgic tribute to one of America’s favorite dysfunctional families highlights beautiful, funny musical numbers. Tickets: $20 adults, and $15 students, seniors (55+), TAG members, or military personnel. 402-341-2757.
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The 39 Steps, Nov. 24-Dec. 17 at The Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. The original cast returns in this retro award-winning flashback. Mix a 1930s Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy film noir and a dash of Monty Python for an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. Packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 characters, an on-stage plane crash, and romance, The 39 Steps is a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft that’s guaranteed to thrill. Times vary. Tickets: $30 adults, $25 students, seniors (65+), or TAG members. 402-345-1576.
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A Charlie Brown Christmas, Nov. 18 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life on stage featuring beloved characters and Vince Guaraldi’s famous score. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets: $20-$56. 402-553-0800.
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“A Christmas Carol” at Omaha Community Playhouse

A Christmas Carol, Nov. 17-Dec. 23 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. It just isn’t Christmas without A Christmas Carol. Experience one of Omaha’s favorite holiday traditions as Ebenezer Scrooge takes on a life-changing journey filled with beautiful costumes, exquisite music, perfectly crafted sets, and special effects second to none. Show- times vary. Tickets: $38 and up for adults, $25 and up for students with ID. 402-345-0606.
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The Exterminating Angel, Nov. 18 and 22 at Filmstreams, 1340 Mike Fahey St. The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. Showtimes: 11:55 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets: $24 general admission, $20 members of Opera Omaha, Met Opera, and Film- streams, $10 students with ID. 402-933-0259.
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Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Nov. 19 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Along with this holiday favorite, the performance includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Holloway’s “Europa and the Bull.” Tchaikovsky’s suite from The Nutcracker brings to musical life the Sugar Plum Fairy and “The Waltz of the Flowers.” 2 p.m. Tickets: $33 general admission, $27 Joslyn members. 402-342-3300.
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PJ Masks Live, Nov. 20 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Time to Be a Hero is a brand new live show, featuring the heroic trio from the cartoon series PJ Masks. Watch Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko as they try to save the day from their sneaky foes—Romeo, Night Ninja, and Luna Girl. 6-8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$45. 402-934-9966.
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Yesterday and Today, Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Billy McGuigan and his brothers are back for the 10th consecutive year. This all-request Beatles tribute show will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to every song. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $40. 402-553-0800.
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MJ Live, Nov. 25 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This Michael Jackson tribute concert returns to Omaha. The concert features all of Jackson’s biggest hits, including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” and “Beat It,” performed by the MJ LIVE band and dancers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$150. 402-345-0606.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Nov. 25-26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience the first of the eight films as The Harry Potter Film Concert Series launches in Omaha. John Williams’ score is performed live as the entire motion picture is projected on the big screen. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $19-$79. 402-345-0606.
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Shopkins Live! Shop it up!, Nov. 27 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. All of Shopville is in abuzz as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” But no event is complete without a few hiccups. The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help—the show must go on. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$100. 402-345-0606.
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Cirque Musica Holiday Presents Believe, Nov. 30 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. Cirque Musica combines music, acrobatics, and beloved holiday music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$95. 402-341-1500
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The Nutcracker, Dec. 2-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This family favorite features a uniquely breathtaking “Waltz of the Flowers” scene and includes a cast of 130 professional and student dancers, lavish sets, and more than 250 beautiful costumes. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $27-$87. 402-345-0606.
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Joyful Noise at the Holland

Joyful Noise, Dec. 3 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha’s Grammy-nominated Salem Baptist Church features the soaring voices of more than 70 members. The concert includes special guest artists, theatrical performances, and choreography. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
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The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Dec. 9 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines the classic through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen dancers, a DJ, and an electric violinist bring the traditional story to life in modern-day New York City. A holiday mash-up for the entire family, this performance is a contemporary reimagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-60. 402-345-0606.
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Holiday at Hogwarts, Dec. 9, 14-16, and 21-23 at The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St. During this festive and immersive foray into the wizarding world attendees will be sorted into houses and then join professors Flitwick, Snape, Sprout, and McGonagall for a few final lessons. After class there will be a grand celebratory feast. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 (includes dinner). 402-884-0135.
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Symphony Christmas Celebration 2017, Dec. 9-17 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Ernest Richardson and the Omaha Symphony celebrate the magic of Christmas with Broadway singers and tap-dancing Santas performing Christmas classics and contemporary favorites. Times vary. Tickets: $19-$79. 402-345-0606.
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Waitress at Omaha Community Playhouse

Waitress, Dec. 12-17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker, who uses her skills to try to start a new life far away from her loveless marriage and the small town where she grew up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $35-$100. 402-345-0606.
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John Waters Christmas Show, Dec. 16 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) puts the X in Xmas with rapid-fire monologue, sharing his compulsive desire to give and receive perverted gifts, a religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of true crime holiday horror stories. 8 p.m. Admission: $35 in advance, $40 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Concerts

Real Estate, Nov. 1 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Real Estate’s fourth album, In Mind, retains much of their mellifluous, yet melodic, indie-rock sound. Fans will note that founding guitarist Matt Mondanile has left, and the band has undergone some big lineup changes. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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The Wrecks, Nov. 1 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Heavily influenced by Weezer, The Pixies, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend, this five-piece ensemble from Los Angeles is known for catchy choruses with bitingly honest lyrics. 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Breaking Benjamin Unplugged, Nov. 2 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1999, this hard-rock band has since released five studio albums and are currently touring the United States. Tickets: sold-out. 8 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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The Urge at The Waiting Room

The Urge w/ Clever and Mandown, Nov. 4 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Formed in 1987, The Urge spans multiple genres and generations with their hard-rock and metal music. Tickets: $25. 8 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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The Drums, Nov. 7 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Indie-pop darling The Drums is on tour again to celebrate a fourth album, Abysmal Thoughts. This one-man band consisting of Johnny Pierce delivers a catchy sad- surfer sound. 8 p.m. $15. 402-884-5353.
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Cold Specks, Nov. 10 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Cold Specks (Ladan Hussein) is on tour for the release of her latest album, Fool’s Paradise. Her music has been described as doom-soul. 9 p.m. $10. 402-884-5707.
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Hollywood Undead w/ Butcher Babies and Demrick, Nov. 10 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. On tour promoting their newest album , FIVE, this rap-rock band will be in Omaha one night only. Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of show. 7 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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New Found Glory w/ the Ataris, Nov. 15 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. On tour celebrating “20 Years of Pop-Punk,” the band founded in 1997 is promoting their newest album, Makes Me Sick. Tickets: $24 advance, $27 day of show. 7:30 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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Jack Broadbent, Nov. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The English singer-songwriter was deemed “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-345-0606.
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Chris Stapleton at CenturyLink Center.

Chris Stapleton, Nov. 18 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. This Grammy-winning artist brings his “All American Road Show” to Omaha to celebrate the release of his latest album From A Room: Volume 1. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35.75-$70.75. 402-341-1500.
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The Deslondes, Nov. 20 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The Deslondes are coming to Omaha to promote their new album, Hurry Home. The band’s sophomore release departs from the country-folk sound of their first release into one of psychedelic soul, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5707.
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Grieves, Nov. 20 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Better know by his stage name, Grieves just released his latest album, Running Wild. Tickets: $14 in advance, $16 day of show. 8 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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The English Beat, Nov. 24 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Founded back in 1979 in Birmingham, England, The English Beat continues with vocalist/guitarist Dave Wakeling keeping the beat going after almost 30 years. Tickets: $25. 9 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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Katy Perry, Nov. 28 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. One of the biggest stars of the Twenty-tweens comes to Omaha on tour to celebrate her fifth studio album, Witness. 7 p.m. Tickets: $30.50-$135.50. 402-341-1500.
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Mogwai, Nov. 30 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This Scottish post-rock band will be in Omaha one night only. 8 p.m. Tickets: $23 in advance, $26 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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Whitney, Dec. 1 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Indie-rock newbies Whitney are making waves with their debut album Light Upon The Lake. The band’s songs vary from somber love songs to get-up-and- dance jams. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
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Lindsey Stirling, Dec. 4 at Orpheum Theater, 409. S. 16th St. Lindsey Stirling dreams big. Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario (also a classically trained violinist, dancer, and artist) has become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic, violin-driven, electronic music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$269. 402-345-0606.
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Straight No Chaser at Orpheum Theater

Straight No Chaser, Dec. 6 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Straight No Chaser is the captivating sound of nine voices coming together to make extraordinary music. Formed while attending Indiana University, the group has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base and numerous TV appearances. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$74. 402-345-0606.
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Aqueous, Dec. 6 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This groove-rock band has built a name for themselves touring and performing high-profile sets at major festivals. Aqueous mixes original songs like “Kitty Chaser” with covers of songs like Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.” 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance. 402-884-5707.
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 22-23 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years. Grammy-award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.25-$78.25. 402-345-0606.
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String Theory: NYE 2018, Dec. 31 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. String Theory will be on hand to ring in the new year with performances from other local bands (TBA). 9 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Family and More

Reinert-Alumni Library WWI Lecture Series, Nov. 2 in Heider Hall at Creighton University, 2500 California Place. Two Nebraska authors discuss their books related to events during WWI in Nebraska. Karen Gettert Shoemaker, author of The Meaning of Names, and Ted Wheeler, author of Kings of Broken Things, will read from and discuss their books. 7 p.m. 402-280-4756.
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UNO Native Film Festival, Nov. 4-5 at Roskens Hall, 6005 University Drive North. The fifth annual UNO Native Film Festival highlights films by Native American directors, producers, and actors. Among the films to be screened is Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a new documentary about Native Americans in popular music history. Screening times TBD. Admission: free. 402-554-2248.
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2018 US Olympic Curling Trails, Nov. 11-18 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Omaha will host the Olympic Curling Trials for the first time. Athletes will compete for the chance to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Tickets: $70-$100 for all sessions, $30-$45 for the championships only. 402-554-6200.
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Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder than a Bomb Artists, Nov. 11 at the South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St. These workshops for both novice and seasoned slam poets will be held by Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than A Bomb coaches and other experts. The event will build up to the Teen Poetry Bash in December. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-444-4850.
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Junktoberfest Holiday Edition at Southroads Mall

Junktoberfest Holiday Edition, Nov. 18-19 at Southroads Mall, 1001 Fort Crook Road North, Bellevue. This vintage and artisan market features collectibles, gifts, hand-made or repurposed furniture, and home décor. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $5 for both days. 402-669-6975.
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Holiday Lights Festival NRG Energy Ice Rink, Nov. 21-Feb. 14 at 10th St. and Capitol Ave. Portion of proceeds will go toward the Shine the Light on Hunger campaign which supports the Food Bank for the Heartland. Bring the whole family and create memories while supporting the community this holiday season. Admission: $8 (includes skate rental). 402-341-3700.
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Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony and Making Spirits Bright Concert, Nov. 23 at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets. This community-wide celebration held in Gene Leahy Mall culminates with the illumination of the 2017 holiday lights. The lighting display will blanket the Mall and surrounding area with more than 1 million white lights. Following the ceremony, head over to the Holland Center for Making Spirits Bright Holiday with Drew Duncan and the Nebraska Wind Symphony. 6 p.m. lighting ceremony, 7 p.m. concert. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
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Holiday Poinsettia Show, Nov. 24-Jan. 4 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This floral display features a 20-foot- tall poinsettia tree, model trains, and other nostalgic decorations. On select dates (Nov. 24-25; Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, and 26-30; and Jan. 2-3) Lauritzen Gardens will be open until 8 p.m. and the gardens will be enhanced with lights in the evening. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free to Lauritzen garden members and children under 6. 402-346-4002.
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Christmas at Union Station’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 24 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Kick off the holiday season with cookie decorating and holiday crafts while listening to live music. Santa Claus will be on hand to help turn on the lights on Omaha’s largest Christmas tree. 4-8 p.m., with the tree lighting at 7 p.m. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
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Lights of Aksarben, Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15 at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets. Enjoy complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, and cookies, and view all of the lights throughout the park. Events include music, face painting, horse and carriage rides, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Countdown to the lighting begins at 6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-496-1616.
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Ethnic Holiday Festival, Dec. 1 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Learn how the world celebrates this joyful time of year. More than 20 local cultural organizations display crafts and traditional dress, while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. 5-9 p.m. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (60+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
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Wizard’s Yule Ball 2017, Dec. 2 at Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St. A wizarding event for the whole family. Dress up as a Harry Potter character and enjoy music, food, dancing, prizes, live owls, and more. 6 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults, $5 children (4-10). 402-934-4900.
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Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass, Dec. 2 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Creator, producer, and host of NPR’s This American Life, Ira Glass talks about his life and the stories he’s collected over almost 40 years of working for NPR. During his presentation, Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow his creative process. 8 p.m. Tickets: $20-$48. 402-345-0606.
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Holiday Market, Dec. 2-3 at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets. This German-inspired outdoor market features more than 55 local artisans, who will offer seasonal goods and activities. Santa will come to the market on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Please leave pets at home during this event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 402-345-5401.
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Holiday Lights Fun Run, Dec. 10 in downtown Omaha. View the holiday lights in this four-mile fun run. The event starts at 10th and Harney streets, and participants are encouraged to wear jingle bells and other festive clothing. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served after the run.
All paces welcome. 6 p.m. Admission: free.
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Penguins and Pancakes at Henry Doorly Zoo.

Penguins and Pancakes, Dec. 26-30 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Eat breakfast with some lovable “tuxedo-clad” animals during this annual event, which includes pancakes from The Pancake Man, crafts, and visits from the African penguins. The cost includes a breakfast, a plush penguin toy, and admission to the zoo. Reservations required. 9 a.m. Admission: $25 for adults, $20 for children (ages 3-11), and free to children 2 and under. Members receive a $5 discount. 402-733-8401.
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Noon Year’s Eve, Dec. 30 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This Noon Year’s party includes live music, special crafts, and activities, culminating in a celebratory bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
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Noon Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Join the zoo animals at this event, which includes activities, entertainment, and a beach ball drop at noon. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission: $14.95 adults (ages 12 and over), $9.95 children (ages 3-11), and free to children (2 and under). $1 discount to seniors (65+), members of the military, and children of military members. 402-733-8401.
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New Year’s Eve Bash, Dec. 30 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Families can ring in the new year with kid-friendly activities at Omaha Children’s Museum. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase closer to the event. 402-342-6164.
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular, Dec. 31 at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets. One of Omaha’s favorite New Year’s traditions, the fireworks are choreographed to open on cue to a musical score developed specifically for this event. Spectators are encouraged to tune in to Star 104.5 for the full effect. 7 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.
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Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

This calendar was printed in the November/December edition of Omaha Magazine.