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February/January 2019 Family & More

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Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets. During this holiday season, visitors can stroll Farnam Street and browse window displays created by local artists and organizations, presented by The Afternoon. Times vary. Cost: free. 402-557-6006.
—midtowncrossing.com

THE CAPITOL DISTRICT ICE RINK
Through Jan. 21 at the Capitol District, 10th and Capitol Ave. This Holiday Lights Festival tradition is alive and well in a new location. The rink is available well after the lights turn off for the season, so folks can skate during those dull days of January. Times vary. Admission: $10, which benefits Food Bank for the Heartland and includes skate rental (if needed). 402-345-5401.
—holidaylightsfestival.org

Toast the Year 5k
Jan. 1 at Anytime Fitness, 20231 Manderson St. No. 105. Anytime Fitness will kick off the new year with a 5K, mimosas, snacks, and a commitment to a healthy 2019 at this indoor treadmill event. Participants will sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots. Open to members and non-members. 8 a.m. Cost: $35. 402-939-7444.
—anytimefitness.com

Commitment Day 5k
Jan. 1 at Life Time Fitness, 17007 Elm St. This family-friendly event is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the new year. Ticket includes a T-shirt, race bib, medal, and brunch social after the run. 10 a.m. Cost: $25-$40, free for kids 12 and under. 402-334-3000.
—commitmentday.com

First Friday Old Market
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at the Old Market. Old Market art galleries will be open, and this event will feature live music, free Ollie the Trolley rides between venues, and lots of art (recurring the first Friday of each month). Cost: free
—firstfridayoldmarket.com

Benson First Friday
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 in Benson (Maple St. 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. Cost: free.
—bensonfirstfriday.com

Wintertainment!
Jan. 2-4 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Winter fun comes to Hummel Day Camp for first through seventh graders. Participants can cook lunch over the fire, learn archery and wilderness skills, compete in the Snowbowl, and other fun winter games. Must pre-register online. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25/session. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Bee-Smart
Jan. 4 and Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach classes all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun trivia about particular bees. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Seniors Understanding Nature
Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, and includes refreshments, an indoor program, and an optional nature walk. 9:45 a.m. Cost: $10 per senior (62+), free for members. 402-731-3140.
—fontenelleforest.org

Lil’ Sprouts—Garden Exploration
Jan. 9-10 and Feb. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Adults and children work together to learn about nature through story time, crafts, garden exploration, and more. January and February classes will focus on the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Registration required. Hours vary. Cost: $14. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

The Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime
Jan. 9 at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St. Children can celebrate music and act out the story of Cinderella through ballet and movement with an Omaha Symphony artist. This storytime will explore the literacy skills of singing, playing, talking, and reading. Seating is limited to 30 children. 10:30 a.m. Cost: free. 402-444-4851.
—omahalibrary.org

Miss Nebraska Latina 2019 Grand Finale
Jan. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. As the largest state beauty contest for Latinas, this event provides a platform for aspiring models to propel their careers. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 402-212-5763.
—missnebraskalatina.com

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. View more than 100 exhibitors; attend seminars on topics such as ultimate fishing in Canada, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, and dog training; and try out the indoor BB gun and archery ranges, interactive games, and turkey call-in teepee. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $3 kids ages 4-15, and free for ages 3 and under. 712-326-2295.
—rivercityexpo.com

WWE Live
Jan. 20 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wrestler A.J. Styles will face WWE champion Daniel Bryan in a championship match. The event will also feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, New Day, and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20-$110. 402-593-2729.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

2019 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 24-27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This show features the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the automotive industry’s latest and greatest from around the world. 11 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 ages 13+; $7 ages 7-12, seniors (65+), and military members with current ID; free for children under 7. 402-444-1263.
—omahaautoshow.com

Omaha Global Game Jam 2019
Jan. 25-27 at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. In this world-wide event, participants build a video or board game in 48 hours alongside development teams in other nations. All skill levels welcome, with brainstorming and team building activities on Friday night. 18+ only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-979-6894.
—globalgamejam.org

Mac and Cheese Binge
Jan. 26 at participating Midtown Crossing restaurants. Guests can celebrate one of food’s greatest marriages: mac and cheese. Participating restaurants will offer mac and cheese samplers, and beer/cocktail pairings are also available. Cost: $3 for pasta samples, drinks extra. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 402-351-5954.
—midtowncrossing.com

Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 26-27 at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-551-2313.
—cathedralartsproject.org

Dinosaur Yoga for Families
Jan. 26 & Feb. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Yoga is going prehistoric in these dinosaur-themed classes taught by Megan Roth among dinosaur sculptures. Classes encourage playful movement for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. One registration per family (up to four people, including at least one adult). 8-9 a.m. Admission: $15. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

13th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
Jan. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30.
—oea-awards.org

Adult Trivia Night at Knolls Golf Course
Jan. 31 at Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. Teams of four can test their knowledge in categories such as pop culture, movies and TV, and current events. This event will feature snacks, giveaways, and prizes. Must be 21+. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. Admission: $40 per team. 402-444-5440.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Super Bowl Party
Feb. 2 at Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave. Participants can try out the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house, and make a healthy snack before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Admission: free. Noon. 402-444-4956.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Guests will witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment for fans of all ages. Globetrotter stars will stay after the game for an autograph, photograph, and high-five session for fans. 2 p.m. Tickets: $21-$111. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Nebraska sanctioned Snow Competition
Feb. 7-10 in Olde Town Elkhorn. This first-time event is the only sanctioned snow competiton in Nebraska. Multiple amateur and professional teams from across the country will carve and display 8-foot-tall snow sculptures. The event also includes a people’s choice award and an ice bar. 9 a.m. Admission: free. 402-216-7812.
—mainstreetstudios2610.com

Omaha Home & Garden Expo
Feb. 7-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This four-day multi-event extravaganza will feature the latest innovations, products, and experts in the home and garden industry. Hours vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

KanPai! Con
Feb. 8-10 at Ramada Plaza, 3321 S. 72nd St. Kanpai! Con is an annual cultural appreciation convention that focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese video gaming. Come dressed as a favorite character and enjoy the family-friendly convention setting. Times vary. Admission: $30 weekend pass or $20 one-day pass. 402-393-3950.
—kanpaicon.com

<3 Hummel
Feb. 9 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Hummel Park will celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, a winter hike, and archery. 9:30 a.m-noon. Admission: free. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Teen Poetry Workshop
Feb. 9 at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz. Teens can join Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn slam poetry from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition in December with original pieces performed for a live audience. Recommended for grades 8-12. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-289-4367.
—omahalibrary.org

Sacred Styles and Materials: The Cathedrals of French Colonial Tunisia
Feb. 10 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Art History at Creighton University, is pleased to present the annual McCormick Lecture in Art History. 2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner at Lauritzen Gardens. Tickets include a choice of five main courses, a complimentary glass of wine, and all service charges. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Admission: $55 per person. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Love at the Zoo
Feb. 13 and 14 at Henry Doorly Zoo. This lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom includes a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets, dessert, and special animal encounters in the aquarium building. 6:30 p.m. Admission: $75 per person. 402-773-8401.
—omahazoo.com

Omaha Beer Week 2019
Feb. 15-24 at various locations. This annual event celebrates local businesses and Omaha’s long history of craft beer culture. Featuring more than 100 events at dozens of bars, breweries, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Hours and costs vary. 402-670-0390.
—omahabeerweek.com

TEDxUNO 2019: Resilience
Feb. 16 at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive N. Video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection around the theme of “resilience.” 2-6 p.m. Tickets: $15 UNO/UNMC faculty, staff, and students; $30 general admission. 402-554-4859.
—tedxuno.unomaha.edu

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 16-17 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $240+. 402-342-6452.
—hibernateandcreate.com

Kids Rule! Fashion Show
Feb. 17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Kids Rule is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show for kids ages 5-12. Registration covers a child’s spot in the show, instruction in runway modeling from Develop Model Management, and a $50 voucher toward the child’s garment. 2 p.m. Registration: $80, Tickets: $40-$80. 402-819-8792.
—kidsruleomaha.com

13th Annual Extreme
Feb. 23 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is a beer event featuring over 300 brews, including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38 advanced, $43 day of event for general admission; $60 advanced or $65 day of event for VIP. 402-345-1708.
—beercornerusa.com

Omaha Wedding Salon
Feb. 25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Brides can plan the big day the fashionable way. Glasses of bubbly will be on hand during this glamorous bridal-themed showcase. Every category on the wedding-planning to-do list will be covered, from the high-end runway show, to the vendor market showcasing hors d’oeuvres, tablescapes, and floral arrangements. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. 402-819-8792.
—omahaweddingsalon.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 25-March 2 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The nation’s fifth largest fashion event supports more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region. The spring 2019 season features Omaha Wedding Salon, Student Night, UNL Student Showcase, Methodist Survivor Show, Adorn Emerging Designer Showcase, and Gilded Featured Designer Showcase. 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $40-$85. 402-819-8792.
—omahafashionweek.com

Triumph of Agriculture Expo: Farm & Ranch Machinery Show
Feb. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature farm products and equipment, local businesses, antique farm tractors, and special craft exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

A Warrior of the People: The Story of Dr. Susan La Flesche
Feb. 28 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St. Dr. Joe Starita, a professor at the University of Nebraska, shares the story of a historical doctor who fought enormous racial and gender barriers to become the nation’s first Native American doctor. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-391-0350.
—countrysideucc.org

From Seed to Cup
Feb. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors can learn about the process of coffee-making from the head roaster of A Hill of Beans and hear about different methods of brewing while visiting the garden’s coffee tree in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Participants will receive a sample pack of coffee. 6 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for members. 402-346-4002.—lauritzengardens.org

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

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

January/February 2019 Concerts

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Remember Sports
Jan. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Remember Sports will be playing their third album, Slow Buzz, which focuses intently on all of the nuances and production that they have fine-tuned over five years of playing together. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Remember Sports

Kate Campbell
Jan. 13 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Hailed as a brilliant pianist, Kate Campbell performs as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Eric Church
Jan. 18 & 19 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Eric Church is bringing his “Double Down” tour to Omaha. Designed to treat fans with dynamic marathon sets, Church will perform six albums worth of material across two very different nights of music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $36+. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Noname
Jan. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Born in Chicago, Noname (Fatima Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Noname

The Way Down Wanderers
Jan. 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. High-energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience that has sold out shows across the U.K. and the U.S. 8 p.m. $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Winter Jam
Jan. 24 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. This large Christian-music tour comes to Omaha with uplifting music. Artists on the tour include Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, and Hollyn. Speaker Greg Stier is also on the tour. 7 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door. 712.323.0536
—caesars.com/mid-america-center

Sidewalk Chalk
Jan. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Chicago-based band Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The group is comprised of an emcee, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist, and trumpeter. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Sidewalk Chalk

Dave Stryker
Jan. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha-native and celebrated jazz guitarist Dave Stryker brings his signature style to the Holland Center’s 1200 Club. Dubbed “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” he is among the top jazz guitarists today. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Panic! At the Disco
Feb. 1 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This Las Vegas emo-punk troupe will perform pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics. 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.75-$73.75. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

The Funk Hunters: Typecast Tour 2019
Feb. 8 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip-hop, The Funk Hunters are putting soul back into electronic dance music. The DJ duo’s show is a technical display of creative collaboration between four turntables. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Reverso
Feb. 10 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. This new chamber jazz ensemble will present their original works in concert. Their album Suite Ravel looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music with the help of the unique quartet. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Feb. 12 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Elton John will take his fans on a musical and visual journey spanning his 50-year career of hits. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$224.50. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Postmodern Jukebox
Feb. 13 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This concert will include music that ranges from the 1980s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Songs are performed by a rotating cast of musicians and singers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Okilly Dokilly and Playboy Manbaby
Feb. 25 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The Ned Flanders-themed metalcore band Okilly Dokilly teams up with punk band Playboy Manbaby for an explosive performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-391-2554.
—lookoutomaha.com

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Feb. 26 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Kurt Vile and his backing band, The Violators, will be performing songs from countless albums, including numbers from his brand new album, Bottle It In. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
—theslowdown.com

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

January/February 2019 Stage Performances

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Jo Koy
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Koy has appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central specials, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family inspired humor cross all boundaries. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony
Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 Joslyn Art Museum members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Theo Von
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Von can be seen in his very own Netflix Originals comedy special, No Offense. His podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the fastest growing comedy podcasts. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Russian, French, and American Tales: A Festival
Jan. 11 & 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. A festival of mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Windborne’s Music of Michael Jackson
Jan. 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Windborne returns to the Symphony Rocks series with a high-energy homage to the King of Pop. The band and vocalists will deliver hits from The Jackson 5 and his solo work, including songs such as “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Disney’s ALADDIN
Jan. 16-27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$95. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Arabian Nights Women_Disney’s Aladdin Original Broadway Company_copyright Disney_Photo by Deen van Meer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jan. 18-Feb. 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of five Tony Awards (including best play) and based on the best-selling mystery novel, this play tells the emotional story of a 15-year-old boy with autism who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $24-$36. 402-553-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

David Koechner
Jan. 25-27 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner stars as Tush on CBS’s Superior Donuts. He’s also well-known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office and Champ Kind from Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Tickets: $20-$50. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Return to Niobrara
Jan. 25-Feb. 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The world premiere of this historic Omaha story follows Chief Standing Bear’s great-great-grandson as he speaks out against those trying to erase his identity. This play invites the audience to see the past emerging in the present, and ultimately what it means to truly stand for who they are. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Jan. 26-27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Stars from Music Theatre Wichita’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific take the stage with the Omaha Symphony, delivering the magnificent music and moving story of this beloved classic in a dynamic concert performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Romeo & Juliet and Carmen
Jan. 30 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Russian National Ballet performs two of the world’s greatest ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Carmen, on the Orpheum Theater stage. The company enchants all ages with masterpieces set to symphonic favorites and featuring more than 50 dancers in resplendent costumes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$45. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

I and You
Jan. 31-Feb. 24 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. When Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, these two classmates begin an adventure to unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35, Seniors (65+) $30, educators and military $28. 402-345-1576.
—bluebarn.org

Shen Yun
Feb. 2-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Through the universal language of dance and music, classical dance company Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of celestial paradises, ancient legends, modern heroic tales, and a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $85-$155. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Guster
Feb. 8 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This renowned alternative rock band, known for their driving rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and fun concerts, will perform fan favorites accompanied by the Omaha Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Thumbelina
Feb. 9-Mar. 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Aladdin, Cinderella, and More Magical Tales
Feb.10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates magical music that tells timeless tales, including songs from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Damien Sneed’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Feb. 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore)
Feb. 15 & 17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Hapless and hopelessly in love, Nemorino idolizes the beautiful and popular Adina. To win her heart, he spends everything he has to buy a “love potion” from the dubious Dulcamara. Director Rosetta Cucchi’s Opera Omaha production updates this light-hearted romantic comedy to an American high school circa 1980. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Of Mice and Men
Feb 15-Mar. 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

Women Rock
Feb. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates some of the greatest women in rock ’n’ roll. Hits from Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Tina Turner, and Pat Benatar will be performed. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Bach’s “Brandenburg 4”
Feb. 24 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Bach’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 for members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Social by Nature with Photographer Ronan Donovan
Feb. 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan talks about his work in documenting animals and what can be learned from them. Donovan will share his love of the natural world at this National Geographic Live event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Feb. 20-23, 27-28 & Mar. 1-2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
—etix.com

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul
Feb. 22 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul. He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background, including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Etienne Charles

The Doll Maker’s Gift
Feb. 22-24, Mar. 1-3, & 8-10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

ON YOUR FEET!
Feb. 26-28 & Mar. 1-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s pop classics. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$92. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com


 

January/February 2019 Art & Museum Exhibits

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Art & Museum Exhibits

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Quilting is an art form that bridges the gap between domestic life and public display. This exhibit showcases 35 quilts that range from complex geometric designs to delicate patterns inspired by nature. Tickets: $10 ($5 on Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.), $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. 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 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

Born of the North Wind, 1993, Thomas D. Mangelsen

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Through Jan. 6 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This annual exhibition displays thousands of plants surrounded by model trains and miniature Omaha-area landmarks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Holiday Cultural Trees Exhibit
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This holiday fixture showcases how cultures around the world celebrate the Christmas season. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

Bart Vargas: AMALGAMATIONS
Through Jan. 25 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Inspired by pop culture, Vargas’ works stand out as playful and entertaining ceramic figures. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
—artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Local African-Americans Who Served Their Country
Through Jan. 26 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit features local individuals who have served in the military, including the Tuskegee Airmen who called Nebraska home. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
—gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Testigo/Witness
Through Jan. 26 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Contemporary interdisciplinary photography is on display at this exhibition, which incorporates both words and images. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 seniors (55+) and students K-12, free for members and children under 5. 402-731-1137.
—elmuseolatino.org

Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War I
Through Jan. 27 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Using objects obtained from a community crowdsourcing campaign, this exhibition focuses on a variety of Omaha communities that contributed to World War I. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

QLI
Through January at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. This exhibition features artwork by QLI residents who were mentored by artists Paula Wallace and Dar Vande Voort. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger
Through Feb. 23 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Amidst the current “migrant crisis,” these artworks interrogate who is afforded the right to speak or the ability to be understood (considering dominant representational narratives and the political, socio-psychological, and technological systems that shape our understandings of self and the communal). Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
—bemiscenter.org

Mary Zicafoose: Alchemy of Color and Cloth
Through April 6 at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 505 S. 45th St. This exhibit showcases Mary Zicafoose’s woven tapestries and collographic monoprints, largely curated from two of her recent bodies of work: Fault Lines and Mountain for the Buddha. Admission: free. 402-559-5600.
—maryzicafoose.com

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs; take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts; attempt a CrossFit course; or bump, set, and spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (60+), free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
—ocm.org

Salute to Black Men and Women
Jan. 4-March 2 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit features pencil drawings by Artist Terry Diel in this tribute to historic women and distinguished men, including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many more. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
—gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Martha Horvay
Jan. 4-Feb. 22 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. This exhibit features new work by artist Martha Horvay, as well as pieces from the Modern Arts Midtown Collection. Admission: free. 402-502-8737.
—modernartsmidtown.com

Omen

Albert Rhea: Nebraska Habitat
Jan. 4-Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
This collection of macrophotography takes viewers into a smaller universe of vibrant colors, exquisite details, and extraordinary patterns found in nature. Admission: $10 adults, $5 (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Faces of Israel
Jan. 11-March 29 at Criss Gallery, 6401 University Drive N. This exhibit features the intimate portraiture artwork of artist Ophir Palmon. Admission: free. 402-554-3122.
—unomaha.edu

Before the Holocaust: Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland
Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett are on display at the UNO Art Gallery. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
—unomaha.edu

Dinosaur UpROAR
Jan. 17-May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit features 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden, where massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Nebraska Sixty Five Plus
Jan. 20-March 25 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Over 65 pieces of artwork by Nebraskan artists aged 65 and over are on display at this exhibit. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
—gallery1516.org

Santiago Cal
Jan. 25-March 2 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. This exhibit features works by sculpture artist Santiago Cal. Born in Belize, Cal has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
—u-ca.org

Drawing from Life
February (date TBA) at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. Selected pieces amassed from 2018’s Drawing from Life studio sessions. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

Effects of PTSD
Feb. 1-March 30 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit features works by artist Elizabeth Boutin that explore the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
—artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Jeremy Caniglia: Into Purer Light
Feb. 1-March 8 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Figurative paintings and illustrations by artist Jeremy Caniglia will emphasize the human condition through imaginative realism, portraiture, and concept art. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
—creighton.edu

Unknown, Jeremy Caniglia


30 Americans
Feb. 2-May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Banana SPLIT
Feb. 22-24 at Split Gallery, 2561 Leavenworth St. One of Omaha’s newest galleries invites guests to view this erotic art show. Admission: free. 402-415-7095.
—split.gallery


 

My Bucket List

January 3, 2019 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Lots of people have what they call a “bucket list.”

That, of course, is a list of things you want to do before you die. Because, obviously, there are not a lot of things you can do after you die. At least, so far as I know.

Before we go any further, it’s important to note that there are all sorts of buckets. Livestock buckets, ice buckets, mop buckets, ash buckets, sand buckets, etc. None of these buckets are to be confused with milk pails. All pails are buckets, but not all buckets are pails.

And it’s also important to understand that, in my mind, nothing made out of plastic should be considered a bucket. Plastic things with handles are an abomination. It says so in the Bible. Trust me. Just search Leviticus, you’ll see. True buckets must be made from wood or some type of durable metal, preferably galvanized aluminum or steel. Plastic buckets are…well, they are…plastic. There’s too much plastic in the world. We should put all of it in a super large bucket and seal it in a mountain in Nevada. Our grandchildren and the planet would thank us.

But back to “bucket lists.” Where did that phrase come from anyway? I know it’s a reference to “kick the bucket,” like Jimmy Durante did at the beginning of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. But what does “kicking” a bucket (not a pail) have to do with dying? Some say it’s a reference to knocking the bucket out from under your own feet while you are trying to hang yourself in the barn. That’s a cheery thought. There’s an even less cheery explanation that involves slaughtering pigs…I will spare you that origin story.

There is another, less gruesome claim to the genesis of the saying. Back in the old days, the dearly departed would be laid out for the wake and a bucket of holy water would be placed at their feet. Mourners would then file by and sprinkle the corpse. Now, though no kicking the bucket would be expected at that point, I suppose if a clumsy friend knocked the pail to the floor, he might suddenly blurt out, “It wasn’t me! He did it!” pointing an accusing finger at the motionless honoree.

Wherever the term came from, like I said, lots of people have bucket lists.

I’ve noticed that most of these lists are heavy on travel. Like, “I want to visit the Alhambra at sunset.” Or…“I want to go to Bora Bora with Jennifer Aniston.” Well, leave me out of that. I love being in cool places. But I hate getting there. I’m 6’5” and not fond of security checkpoints, sitting in coach, or deep-vein thrombosis.

I have my own bucket list. So, before I die….

  1. Please let me never be on a Perillo Tour of Italy.
  2. Spare me food poisoning and/or a Caribbean cruise.
  3. I don’t want to ever watch the television news while in the dentist’s chair.
  4. Give me a cellphone with the ringer permanently set on “off.”
  5. Please let me never hear the words, “You might feel some pressure.”
  6. Three weeks alone at the Merritt Reservoir would be nice.
  7. I’d like to have a personal assistant. Might be fun.
  8. I’d like to have a TV that responds to me when I yell at it.
  9. Keep me alive until the Cornhuskers, 76ers, Cubs, and Chiefs win it all in the same year.
  10. I want to attend my grandchild’s retirement party.

Don’t get me wrong. I also want to see the Alhambra at sunset. But until there’s a train to get me there, I’ll just sit here with my steel bucket and dream.


Otis Twelve hosts the radio program Early Morning Classics with Otis Twelve on 90.7 KVNO, weekday mornings from 5-9 a.m. Visit kvno.org for more information.

This column was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Prime Time 2019

Photography by Bill Sitzmann

A couple of years ago, I saw a book featuring older people from California and New York dressed to the hilt, telling stories of their life experiences.

I thought, “Omahans have many stories to tell, too!” The January/February 2018 issue of Omaha Magazine was our first “Prime Time” story with unforgettable people. It was well-received, and here we are again.

The models were chosen by talking to people, getting recommendations for men and women who are 60-plus. Model candidates had to be active in the community, live interesting lives, and had to be sharp, upbeat, and youthful.

The questions asked of each person were challenging, and their answers and advice are amazing.

We asked them their age, what has been most important to them in their lives, and about their careers and challenges. We also asked what accomplishments they are most proud of and what brings them happiness. Finally, we asked them for advice about living life, aging gracefully, and looking good at any age.

There were some surprises. Marian Andersen, 90, is always going somewhere—every time I talked with her she was just getting home and was on her way out the door. This busy lady is still driving.

Tom Tomoser, 79, has a 3-year-old daughter and a 61-year-old son. All of the subjects are very busy living life.

Everyone was great to talk to and open to suggestions on attire and locations for photos. We wanted to depict their personalities and styles. Many thanks to photographers Heather and Jameson Hooton for their beautiful photography.

Thank you to all who participated. You have such interesting lives. You show us that you can look good at every age and to live every day anew.

Influencers included here:


This article first appeared in the January/February 2019 edition of 60PLUS in Omaha MagazineTo receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

 

January/February 2019 Explore!

For NebraskaIowaKansas, and Missouri

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Nebraska

Paul Shaffer & The Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Jan. 10 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Paul Shaffer has worked as a musical director for David Letterman, John Belushi, and Dan Akyroyd. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Jan. 17 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Amazing puppetry, innovative black-light staging, and an original score bring new life to Eric Carle’s classic for kids of all ages. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

Disturbed with Three Days Grace Jan. 22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. Multi-platinum-selling rock band Disturbed headlines with classic hits and new music with Three Days Grace supporting. 402-904-4444.

—pinnaclebankarena.com

Susan Werner Jan. 25 at Rococo Theatre, Lincoln. Werner returns to Lincoln after sold-out shows across the country to perform music from her latest album, An American in Havana, inspired by Werner’s recent travels to Cuba. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

Harlem Globetrotters Feb. 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. These athletes are known for performing “amazing feats of basketball.” This year, everything they do will bring fans closer to the action than ever before. 402-904-4444.

—pinnaclebankarena.com

The King and I Feb. 1-2 at Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

Chris Botti Feb. 7 at  Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln. Featuring jazz standards, famous masterpieces, and pop music classics, the Grammy-winning trumpeter will perform along with his band. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

My Ántonia Feb. 7-9 at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Lincoln. Willa Cather’s novel, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary, is presented in this new theatrical adaptation. The story is told through the memories of narrator Jim Burden. 402-472-2072.

—liedcenter.org

Dutchman Feb. 15-23 at the Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Lincoln. A conversation on a subway turns vicious as Dutchman’s two passengers, a white woman and a young black man, flirt with race and rage. 402-472-4747.

—liedcenter.org

The OK Factor Feb. 17 at the Kearney Concert Association, Kearney. This self-described alternative folk duo will perform original music as well as familiar folk favorites. 308-627-2717.

—kearneyconcerts.org

James Taylor and His All-Star Band with Special Guest Bonnie Raitt Feb. 20 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln. Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band perform with special guest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt and her band. 402-904-4444.

—pinnaclebankarena.com

One-Ham Manlet Feb. 23-24 at the Elder Memorial Theatre Center, Lincoln. Watch one actor play 20 characters in this comedic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 402-465-2384.

—nebrwesleyan.edu

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Iowa

Triple Espresso—A Highly Caffeinated Comedy through Jan. 13 at The Temple for Performing Arts, Des Moines. Viewers will get to see the story of three guys whose bid for showbiz fame and fortune ended in four minutes of magnificent failure on national television. 515-246-2368.

—desmoinesperformingarts.org

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood Jan. 12 at Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. This invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev’s much-loved classic explores themes of family and friendship, courage and heroism. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.org

Ordinarius Jan. 15 at The Temple Theater, Des Moines. Audience members will see Brazil’s award-winning contemporary vocal group make their U.S. debut. Their current show focuses on the songs of Carmen Miranda. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.org

Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival Jan. 18-19 in downtown Cherokee. The weekend includes pub crawls on Friday and Saturday nights, a jam session on Saturday afternoon, and a big band dance on Saturday night. A music clinic is offered for high school students on Friday. 712-225-6414.

—cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com

35th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days Jan. 19-20 at the River City Mall, Keokuk. View bald eagles in their natural habitat at the Mississippi Riverfront and Victory Park & Southside Boat Club on Saturday and Sunday. 319-524-5599.

—keokukiowatourism.org

Jesse Cook Jan. 20 at Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines. On his albums and in concert, Cook explores the roots of flamenco and its many offshoots, from India to Spain, and on to Cuba and Latin America. Along the way, he developed his signature synthesis of world music. 515-244-0507.

—hoytsherman.org

39th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games Jan. 24-27 at Lake Okoboji. Iowa’s fictional university comes together for a spectacular weekend of sporting events to shake off cabin fever. 712-332-2107.

—uofowintergames.com

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert Jan. 25-26 at Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition (on a giant screen) while the Des Moines Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.org

The Choir of Man Jan. 31 at Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time. This multi-talented cast of nine handsome blokes sings everything—pub tunes, folk, Broadway, classic rock—all to roof-raising heights. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformigarts.org

Charlotte’s Web Feb. 5 at Stephens Auditorium, Ames. This treasured tale—featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals—explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. 515-294-7389.

—center.iastate.edu

Dear Evan Hansen Feb. 5-10 at Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and the 2018 Grammy Award, Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.com

Des Moines Home and Garden SHOW Feb. 7-10 at Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. This show is the largest and most successful home show in central Iowa, featuring over 400 exhibitors, 1,000 experts, and amazing feature gardens. 515-244-5456.

—desmoineshomeandgardenshow.com 

12th Annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival Feb. 16 at Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. Bacon lovers unite at this bacon-centric event that promotes international bacon fellowship. 515-564-8000.

—iowaeventscenter.com

Malpaso Dance Company Feb. 19 at Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines. Since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most acclaimed Cuban dance companies. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.com

Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters Feb. 23 at Temple Theater, Des Moines. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter. She brings it to the stage with her six-piece backing band. 515-246-2300.

—desmoinesperformingarts.com

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 Kansas

American Aquarium Jan. 3 at The Granada, Lawrence. This alt-country band’s songs are filled with biographical lyrics about last calls, lost love, and long horizons. For every drunken night at the bar, there’s a hangover in the morning. For every new relationship, there’s the chance of a broken heart. 785-842-1390.

—unmistakablylawrence.com

Who Am I, And Where Am I Going? Jan. 19 at Topeka Symphony, Topeka. Giant philosophical questions will be posed and artists will respond through poetry and prose, nostalgia, and naivete. 785-232-2032.

—topekasymphony.org

Junk’N’Donuts Swap Meet Jan. 12 at the Louisburg Cider Mill, Louisburg. Discover antiques, new items, food, and live music. Grab a friend and peruse the 50-plus vendors, or stop by the country store for some root beer and cider doughnuts. 913-837-5202.

—louisburgcidermill.com

Trek to the Tower Jan. 13 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Junction City. Get a full tour of the Opera House and the chance to see inside history. Requires reservations. 785-532-6428.

—jcoperahouse.org

Stomp Jan. 15 at the McCain Auditorium, Manhattan. This international percussion sensation has garnered awards, rave reviews, and appeared on numerous television shows. 785-532-6428.

—k-state.edu/mccain

Lawrence Cody Ko and Noel Miller: Tiny Meat Gang Live Jan. 23 at The Granada, Lawrence. Cody & Noel are achieving the American dream, setting out on a self-financed comedy tour and entertaining tens of hundreds of people around the ninth smartest nation in the world. 785-842-1390.

—unmistakablylawrence.com

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Jan. 25 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, Wichita. The Russian National Ballet Theatre combines artistic mastery and technical perfection, all set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal music. 316-303-8000.

—century2.org

Acoustic Junction Jan. 26 at the C.L. Hoover Opera House, Manhattan. Audiences will get the chance to view the best talent in the region. Each show offers a wide variety of music, including country, folk, and bluegrass. 785-238-3906.

—jcoperahouse.org

Eagle Day at Milford Lake Jan. 26 at the Milford Nature Center, Junction City. Take a guided bus tour and view live eagles as they soar above Milford Lake. There will also be various programs on raptors of Kansas and a tent with activities for the kids. 785- 238-5323.

—ksoutdoors.com

imPerfect Dancers: Anne Frank—Words from the Shadows Jan. 29 at the McCain Auditorium, Manhattan. This inspirational tribute is a work of extraordinary beauty and grace, The Diary of Anne Frank, inviting attendees to think about this dark period of history through the eyes of an adolescent. 785-532-6428.

—k-state.edu/mccain

Celebrating Women Feb. 1 at The 1900 Building, Mission Woods. Bach Aria Soloists honors celebrated women composers throughout history, from the Middle Ages to today’s living composers, who are making vital contributions to chamber music. 913-449-6995.

—bachariasoloists.com

Hidden Art Locked Away Feb. 1-2 at the Riverfront Convention and Community Center, Leavenworth. This exhibit features artwork produced by inmates of the United States Penitentiary and the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth,and an art sale on Saturday. 913-682-4459.

—lvks.org

Legally Blonde—The Musical Feb. 2 at the McCain Auditorium, Manhattan. The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 785-532-6428.

—k-state.edu

Luke Combs: “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour” Feb. 7 at INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita. This artist, with his gritty, grizzled vocals and brazen songwriting talent takes his arena tour to Kansas, featuring special guests LANCO and Jameson Rodgers. 855-755-7328.

—intrustbankarena.com

Jeff Dunham: “Passively Aggressive Tour” Feb. 9 at INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita. Record-breaking global comedy superstar Jeff Dunham will bring his cast of characters to Wichita for a night of riotous laughter and comedy.  855-755-7328.

—intrustbankarena.com

Potted Potter Feb. 10 at the McCain Auditorium, Manhattan. This parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books, and a real-life game of Quidditch, into 70 hilarious minutes. 785-532-6428.

—k-state.edu/mccain

Pops—Will You Be My Valentine Feb. 16 at the Topeka Symphony, Topeka. Steve Lippia performs with the Topeka Symphony in a concert of the sweet, romantic, and fun songs that made Frank Sinatra famous. 785-232-2032.

—topekasymphony.org

Jersey Boys Feb.19-20 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, Wichita. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning, true-life musical phenomenon. 316-303-8000.

—century2.org

30th Annual Winter Bluegrass Festival Feb. 22-23 at Wichita Marriott Hotel. The Kansas Bluegrass Association will be throwing the 30th annual festival, which will include Grammy Award-winning singer Tim O’Brien, a songwriting workshop, and an instrument petting zoo. 316-777-1091.

—kansasbluegrass.org

Taco Topia Feb. 22 at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City. This one-day festival features a variety of Mexican food. This taco-inspired event will include local music acts, giant yard games, unique drinks, and interactive activities. 913-321-5800.

—tacotopiaevent.com

Chocolate After Dark Feb. 23 at Dillion House Events, Topeka. This event features chocolate samplings, music, and the chance to consult with world-renowned chocolatiers throughout the evening. 785-290-0073

—visittopeka.com

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 Missouri

Russian Romantics: Tchaikovsky and Glazunov Jan. 11-13 at the Kauffman Center, Kansas City. Presumed lost for more than a century, the recent rediscovery of “Chant funèbre” allows audiences to hear a young Stravinsky’s rise to prominence before he wrote his famed “Firebird.” Glazunov’s passionate “Violin Concerto” blends colorful, freewheeling melodies with impressive technical feats. Tchaikovsky’s triumphant “Third Suite” culminates in a powerful finale. 816-471-0400.

—kcsymphony.org

Stray Cat Lee Rocker Jan. 18 at the Missouri Theatre, St. Joseph. Lee Rocker made his mark singing and playing his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. 816-279-1225.

—saintjosephperformingarts.org

Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise Jan. 22-Feb. 10 at The Coterie, Kansas City. Watch these true accounts of four women who, for different reasons, served as men in the Civil War. 816-474-6552.

—thecoterie.org

Alon Goldstein Jan. 24 at the Kauffman Center, Kansas City. Musicians and music fans can sit in on a fascinating encounter as virtuoso pianist Alon Goldstein shares musical insights with two area piano students on stage in Helzberg Hall. 816-471-0400.

—kauffmancenter.org

7th Annual Beer, Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Feb. 1-2 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center, Springfield. A unique tasting and shopping experience for guests 21 and older, this event includes live music, educational seminars, and live cooking demonstrations from top local chefs. 417-833-2660.

—ozarkempirefair.com

Anita Jackson Feb. 2 at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Gallery, St Louis. One of St. Louis’ premier ladies of song, Anita Jackson, makes her Sheldon series debut, paying tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald. 800-916-8938.

—thesheldon.org

10th Annual Hunt & Fish Outdoor Show Feb. 9-10 at Springfield Expo Center, Springfield. Listen to experts discuss deer and mushroom hunting, watch demonstrations, and shop local and regional vendors. 417-881-2231.

—springfieldmo.org

Pony Express Family DAY Feb. 18 at the Pony Express National Museum, St. Joseph. Family Day gives the kids a chance to step back into the 1860s job of a Pony Express Rider. You can experience the lifestyle through educational, hands-on exhibits and activities during this family fun day. 816-279-5059.
—ponyexpress.org

Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Celebration Feb. 23 at Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis. This annual concert celebrates African-American culture and community traditions that have influenced the history of St. Louis, as well as cities around the world. 314-534-1700.

—slso.org

Northland Symphony Orchestra Concert Feb. 23 at Pine Ridge Presbyterian, Kansas City. In their third concert of the season, the Northland Symphony Orchestra will feature pieces from Mendelssohn, Copland, Britten, and Dvorak. 816-945-2436.

—northlandsymphony.org

Trio Virado Feb. 24 at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, St. Louis. Trio Virado is a fresh new collaboration of three of the most distinguished artists on their instruments of flute, viola, and guitar—Amy Porter, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and João Luiz. 314-991-0955.

—stlclassicalguitar.org

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

January/February 2019 Calendar of Events

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Art & Museum Exhibits
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Art & Museum Exhibits

Pattern and Purpose: American Quilts from the Shelburne Museum
Through Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Quilting is an art form that bridges the gap between domestic life and public display. This exhibit showcases 35 quilts that range from complex geometric designs to delicate patterns inspired by nature. Tickets: $10 ($5 on Thursdays, 4-8 p.m.), $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 and younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. 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 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

Born of the North Wind, 1993, Thomas D. Mangelsen

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Through Jan. 6 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This annual exhibition displays thousands of plants surrounded by model trains and miniature Omaha-area landmarks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Holiday Cultural Trees Exhibit
Through Jan. 6 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This holiday fixture showcases how cultures around the world celebrate the Christmas season. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

Bart Vargas: AMALGAMATIONS
Through Jan. 25 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Inspired by pop culture, Vargas’ works stand out as playful and entertaining ceramic figures. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
—artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Local African-Americans Who Served Their Country
Through Jan. 26 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit features local individuals who have served in the military, including the Tuskegee Airmen who called Nebraska home. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
—gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Testigo/Witness
Through Jan. 26 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Contemporary interdisciplinary photography is on display at this exhibition, which incorporates both words and images. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students, $3.50 seniors (55+) and students K-12, free for members and children under 5. 402-731-1137.
—elmuseolatino.org

Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War I
Through Jan. 27 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Using objects obtained from a community crowdsourcing campaign, this exhibition focuses on a variety of Omaha communities that contributed to World War I. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children ages 3-12, free for children under 3 and members. 402-444-5071.
—durhammuseum.org

QLI
Through January at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. This exhibition features artwork by QLI residents who were mentored by artists Paula Wallace and Dar Vande Voort. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger
Through Feb. 23 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Amidst the current “migrant crisis,” these artworks interrogate who is afforded the right to speak or the ability to be understood (considering dominant representational narratives and the political, socio-psychological, and technological systems that shape our understandings of self and the communal). Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
—bemiscenter.org

Mary Zicafoose: Alchemy of Color and Cloth
Through April 6 at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 505 S. 45th St. This exhibit showcases Mary Zicafoose’s woven tapestries and collographic monoprints, largely curated from two of her recent bodies of work: Fault Lines and Mountain for the Buddha. Admission: free. 402-559-5600.
—maryzicafoose.com

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs; take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts; attempt a CrossFit course; or bump, set, and spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (60+), free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
—ocm.org

Salute to Black Men and Women
Jan. 4-March 2 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. This exhibit features pencil drawings by Artist Terry Diel in this tribute to historic women and distinguished men, including Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and many more. Admission: free. 402-932-7077.
—gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Martha Horvay
Jan. 4-Feb. 22 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. This exhibit features new work by artist Martha Horvay, as well as pieces from the Modern Arts Midtown Collection. Admission: free. 402-502-8737.
—modernartsmidtown.com

Omen

Albert Rhea: Nebraska Habitat
Jan. 4-Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
This collection of macrophotography takes viewers into a smaller universe of vibrant colors, exquisite details, and extraordinary patterns found in nature. Admission: $10 adults, $5 (6-12), free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Faces of Israel
Jan. 11-March 29 at Criss Gallery, 6401 University Drive N. This exhibit features the intimate portraiture artwork of artist Ophir Palmon. Admission: free. 402-554-3122.
—unomaha.edu

Before the Holocaust: Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland
Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Works by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett are on display at the UNO Art Gallery. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
—unomaha.edu

Dinosaur UpROAR
Jan. 17-May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit features 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden, where massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Nebraska Sixty Five Plus
Jan. 20-March 25 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Over 65 pieces of artwork by Nebraskan artists aged 65 and over are on display at this exhibit. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
—gallery1516.org

Santiago Cal
Jan. 25-March 2 at the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. This exhibit features works by sculpture artist Santiago Cal. Born in Belize, Cal has had exhibitions in Barcelona, Taipei, Havana, Auckland, and New York, as well as other cities. Admission: free. 402-933-3161.
—u-ca.org

Drawing from Life
February (date TBA) at HotShops, 1301 Nicholas St. Selected pieces amassed from 2018’s Drawing from Life studio sessions. Admission: free. 402-342-6452.
—hotshopsartcenter.com

Effects of PTSD
Feb. 1-March 30 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit features works by artist Elizabeth Boutin that explore the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
—artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Jeremy Caniglia: Into Purer Light
Feb. 1-March 8 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Figurative paintings and illustrations by artist Jeremy Caniglia will emphasize the human condition through imaginative realism, portraiture, and concept art. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
—creighton.edu


30 Americans
Feb. 2-May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Banana SPLIT
Feb. 22-24 at Split Gallery, 2561 Leavenworth St. One of Omaha’s newest galleries invites guests to view this erotic art show. Admission: free. 402-415-7095.
—split.gallery

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Stage Performances

Jo Koy
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Koy has appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central specials, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family inspired humor cross all boundaries. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony
Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 Joslyn Art Museum members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Theo Von
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Von can be seen in his very own Netflix Originals comedy special, No Offense. His podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the fastest growing comedy podcasts. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Russian, French, and American Tales: A Festival
Jan. 11 & 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. A festival of mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Windborne’s Music of Michael Jackson
Jan. 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Windborne returns to the Symphony Rocks series with a high-energy homage to the King of Pop. The band and vocalists will deliver hits from The Jackson 5 and his solo work, including songs such as “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Disney’s ALADDIN
Jan. 16-27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$95. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Arabian Nights Women_Disney’s Aladdin Original Broadway Company_copyright Disney_Photo by Deen van Meer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jan. 18-Feb. 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of five Tony Awards (including best play) and based on the best-selling mystery novel, this play tells the emotional story of a 15-year-old boy with autism who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $24-$36. 402-553-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

David Koechner
Jan. 25-27 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner stars as Tush on CBS’s Superior Donuts. He’s also well-known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office and Champ Kind from Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Tickets: $20-$50. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Return to Niobrara
Jan. 25-Feb. 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The world premiere of this historic Omaha story follows Chief Standing Bear’s great-great-grandson as he speaks out against those trying to erase his identity. This play invites the audience to see the past emerging in the present, and ultimately what it means to truly stand for who they are. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Jan. 26-27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Stars from Music Theatre Wichita’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific take the stage with the Omaha Symphony, delivering the magnificent music and moving story of this beloved classic in a dynamic concert performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Romeo & Juliet and Carmen
Jan. 30 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Russian National Ballet performs two of the world’s greatest ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Carmen, on the Orpheum Theater stage. The company enchants all ages with masterpieces set to symphonic favorites and featuring more than 50 dancers in resplendent costumes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$45. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

I and You
Jan. 31-Feb. 24 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. When Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, these two classmates begin an adventure to unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35, Seniors (65+) $30, educators and military $28. 402-345-1576.
—bluebarn.org

Shen Yun
Feb. 2-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Through the universal language of dance and music, classical dance company Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of celestial paradises, ancient legends, modern heroic tales, and a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $85-$155. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Guster
Feb. 8 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This renowned alternative rock band, known for their driving rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and fun concerts, will perform fan favorites accompanied by the Omaha Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Thumbelina
Feb. 9-Mar. 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

Aladdin, Cinderella, and More Magical Tales
Feb.10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates magical music that tells timeless tales, including songs from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Damien Sneed’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Feb. 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore)
Feb. 15 & 17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Hapless and hopelessly in love, Nemorino idolizes the beautiful and popular Adina. To win her heart, he spends everything he has to buy a “love potion” from the dubious Dulcamara. Director Rosetta Cucchi’s Opera Omaha production updates this light-hearted romantic comedy to an American high school circa 1980. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Of Mice and Men
Feb 15-Mar. 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

Women Rock
Feb. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates some of the greatest women in rock ’n’ roll. Hits from Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Tina Turner, and Pat Benatar will be performed. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Bach’s “Brandenburg 4”
Feb. 24 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Bach’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 for members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Social by Nature with Photographer Ronan Donovan
Feb. 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan talks about his work in documenting animals and what can be learned from them. Donovan will share his love of the natural world at this National Geographic Live event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Feb. 20-23, 27-28 & Mar. 1-2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
—etix.com

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul
Feb. 22 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul. He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background, including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Etienne Charles

The Doll Maker’s Gift
Feb. 22-24, Mar. 1-3, & 8-10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
—rosetheater.org

ON YOUR FEET!
Feb. 26-28 & Mar. 1-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s pop classics. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$92. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

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CONCERTS

Remember Sports
Jan. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Remember Sports will be playing their third album, Slow Buzz, which focuses intently on all of the nuances and production that they have fine-tuned over five years of playing together. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Remember Sports

Kate Campbell
Jan. 13 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Hailed as a brilliant pianist, Kate Campbell performs as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Eric Church
Jan. 18 & 19 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Eric Church is bringing his “Double Down” tour to Omaha. Designed to treat fans with dynamic marathon sets, Church will perform six albums worth of material across two very different nights of music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $36+. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Noname
Jan. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Born in Chicago, Noname (Fatima Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Noname

The Way Down Wanderers
Jan. 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. High-energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience that has sold out shows across the U.K. and the U.S. 8 p.m. $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Winter Jam
Jan. 24 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. This large Christian-music tour comes to Omaha with uplifting music. Artists on the tour include Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, and Hollyn. Speaker Greg Stier is also on the tour. 7 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door. 712.323.0536
—caesars.com/mid-america-center

Sidewalk Chalk
Jan. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Chicago-based band Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The group is comprised of an emcee, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist, and trumpeter. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Sidewalk Chalk

Dave Stryker
Jan. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha-native and celebrated jazz guitarist Dave Stryker brings his signature style to the Holland Center’s 1200 Club. Dubbed “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” he is among the top jazz guitarists today. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Panic! At the Disco
Feb. 1 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This Las Vegas emo-punk troupe will perform pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics. 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.75-$73.75. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

The Funk Hunters: Typecast Tour 2019
Feb. 8 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip-hop, The Funk Hunters are putting soul back into electronic dance music. The DJ duo’s show is a technical display of creative collaboration between four turntables. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Reverso
Feb. 10 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. This new chamber jazz ensemble will present their original works in concert. Their album Suite Ravel looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music with the help of the unique quartet. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Feb. 12 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Elton John will take his fans on a musical and visual journey spanning his 50-year career of hits. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$224.50. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Postmodern Jukebox
Feb. 13 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This concert will include music that ranges from the 1980s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Songs are performed by a rotating cast of musicians and singers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Okilly Dokilly and Playboy Manbaby
Feb. 25 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The Ned Flanders-themed metalcore band Okilly Dokilly teams up with punk band Playboy Manbaby for an explosive performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-391-2554.
—lookoutomaha.com

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Feb. 26 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Kurt Vile and his backing band, The Violators, will be performing songs from countless albums, including numbers from his brand new album, Bottle It In. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
—theslowdown.com

Family & More

Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets. During this holiday season, visitors can stroll Farnam Street and browse window displays created by local artists and organizations, presented by The Afternoon. Times vary. Cost: free. 402-557-6006.
—midtowncrossing.com

THE CAPITOL DISTRICT ICE RINK
Through Jan. 21 at the Capitol District, 10th and Capitol Ave. This Holiday Lights Festival tradition is alive and well in a new location. The rink is available well after the lights turn off for the season, so folks can skate during those dull days of January. Times vary. Admission: $10, which benefits Food Bank for the Heartland and includes skate rental (if needed). 402-345-5401.
—holidaylightsfestival.org

Toast the Year 5k
Jan. 1 at Anytime Fitness, 20231 Manderson St. No. 105. Anytime Fitness will kick off the new year with a 5K, mimosas, snacks, and a commitment to a healthy 2019 at this indoor treadmill event. Participants will sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots. Open to members and non-members. 8 a.m. Cost: $35. 402-939-7444.
—anytimefitness.com

Commitment Day 5k
Jan. 1 at Life Time Fitness, 17007 Elm St. This family-friendly event is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the new year. Ticket includes a T-shirt, race bib, medal, and brunch social after the run. 10 a.m. Cost: $25-$40, free for kids 12 and under. 402-334-3000.
—commitmentday.com

First Friday Old Market
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at the Old Market. Old Market art galleries will be open, and this event will feature live music, free Ollie the Trolley rides between venues, and lots of art (recurring the first Friday of each month). Cost: free
—firstfridayoldmarket.com

Benson First Friday
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 in Benson (Maple St. 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. Cost: free.
—bensonfirstfriday.com

Wintertainment!
Jan. 2-4 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Winter fun comes to Hummel Day Camp for first through seventh graders. Participants can cook lunch over the fire, learn archery and wilderness skills, compete in the Snowbowl, and other fun winter games. Must pre-register online. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25/session. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Bee-Smart
Jan. 4 and Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach classes all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun trivia about particular bees. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Seniors Understanding Nature
Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, and includes refreshments, an indoor program, and an optional nature walk. 9:45 a.m. Cost: $10 per senior (62+), free for members. 402-731-3140.
—fontenelleforest.org

Lil’ Sprouts—Garden Exploration
Jan. 9-10 and Feb. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Adults and children work together to learn about nature through story time, crafts, garden exploration, and more. January and February classes will focus on the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Registration required. Hours vary. Cost: $14. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

The Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime
Jan. 9 at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St. Children can celebrate music and act out the story of Cinderella through ballet and movement with an Omaha Symphony artist. This storytime will explore the literacy skills of singing, playing, talking, and reading. Seating is limited to 30 children. 10:30 a.m. Cost: free. 402-444-4851.
—omahalibrary.org

Miss Nebraska Latina 2019 Grand Finale
Jan. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. As the largest state beauty contest for Latinas, this event provides a platform for aspiring models to propel their careers. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 402-212-5763.
—missnebraskalatina.com

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. View more than 100 exhibitors; attend seminars on topics such as ultimate fishing in Canada, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, and dog training; and try out the indoor BB gun and archery ranges, interactive games, and turkey call-in teepee. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $3 kids ages 4-15, and free for ages 3 and under. 712-326-2295.
—rivercityexpo.com

WWE Live
Jan. 20 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wrestler A.J. Styles will face WWE champion Daniel Bryan in a championship match. The event will also feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, New Day, and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20-$110. 402-593-2729.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

2019 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 24-27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This show features the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the automotive industry’s latest and greatest from around the world. 11 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 ages 13+; $7 ages 7-12, seniors (65+), and military members with current ID; free for children under 7. 402-444-1263.
—omahaautoshow.com

Omaha Global Game Jam 2019
Jan. 25-27 at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. In this world-wide event, participants build a video or board game in 48 hours alongside development teams in other nations. All skill levels welcome, with brainstorming and team building activities on Friday night. 18+ only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-979-6894.
—globalgamejam.org

Mac and Cheese Binge
Jan. 26 at participating Midtown Crossing restaurants. Guests can celebrate one of food’s greatest marriages: mac and cheese. Participating restaurants will offer mac and cheese samplers, and beer/cocktail pairings are also available. Cost: $3 for pasta samples, drinks extra. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 402-351-5954.
—midtowncrossing.com

Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 26-27 at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-551-2313.
—cathedralartsproject.org

Dinosaur Yoga for Families
Jan. 26 & Feb. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Yoga is going prehistoric in these dinosaur-themed classes taught by Megan Roth among dinosaur sculptures. Classes encourage playful movement for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. One registration per family (up to four people, including at least one adult). 8-9 a.m. Admission: $15. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

13th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
Jan. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30.
—oea-awards.org

Adult Trivia Night at Knolls Golf Course
Jan. 31 at Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. Teams of four can test their knowledge in categories such as pop culture, movies and TV, and current events. This event will feature snacks, giveaways, and prizes. Must be 21+. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. Admission: $40 per team. 402-444-5440.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Super Bowl Party
Feb. 2 at Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave. Participants can try out the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house, and make a healthy snack before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Admission: free. Noon. 402-444-4956.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Guests will witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment for fans of all ages. Globetrotter stars will stay after the game for an autograph, photograph, and high-five session for fans. 2 p.m. Tickets: $21-$111. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Nebraska sanctioned Snow Competition
Feb. 7-10 in Olde Town Elkhorn. This first-time event is the only sanctioned snow competiton in Nebraska. Multiple amateur and professional teams from across the country will carve and display 8-foot-tall snow sculptures. The event also includes a people’s choice award and an ice bar. 9 a.m. Admission: free. 402-216-7812.
—mainstreetstudios2610.com

Omaha Home & Garden Expo
Feb. 7-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This four-day multi-event extravaganza will feature the latest innovations, products, and experts in the home and garden industry. Hours vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

KanPai! Con
Feb. 8-10 at Ramada Plaza, 3321 S. 72nd St. Kanpai! Con is an annual cultural appreciation convention that focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese video gaming. Come dressed as a favorite character and enjoy the family-friendly convention setting. Times vary. Admission: $30 weekend pass or $20 one-day pass. 402-393-3950.
—kanpaicon.com

I <3 Hummel
Feb. 9 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Hummel Park will celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, a winter hike, and archery. 9:30 a.m-noon. Admission: free. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Teen Poetry Workshop
Feb. 9 at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz. Teens can join Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn slam poetry from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition in December with original pieces performed for a live audience. Recommended for grades 8-12. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-289-4367.
—omahalibrary.org

Sacred Styles and Materials: The Cathedrals of French Colonial Tunisia
Feb. 10 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Art History at Creighton University, is pleased to present the annual McCormick Lecture in Art History. 2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner at Lauritzen Gardens. Tickets include a choice of five main courses, a complimentary glass of wine, and all service charges. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Admission: $55 per person. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Love at the Zoo
Feb. 13 and 14 at Henry Doorly Zoo. This lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom includes a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets, dessert, and special animal encounters in the aquarium building. 6:30 p.m. Admission: $75 per person. 402-773-8401.
—omahazoo.com

Omaha Beer Week 2019
Feb. 15-24 at various locations. This annual event celebrates local businesses and Omaha’s long history of craft beer culture. Featuring more than 100 events at dozens of bars, breweries, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Hours and costs vary. 402-670-0390.
—omahabeerweek.com

TEDxUNO 2019: Resilience
Feb. 16 at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive N. Video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection around the theme of “resilience.” 2-6 p.m. Tickets: $15 UNO/UNMC faculty, staff, and students; $30 general admission. 402-554-4859.
—tedxuno.unomaha.edu

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 16-17 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $240+. 402-342-6452.
—hibernateandcreate.com

Kids Rule! Fashion Show
Feb. 17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Kids Rule is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show for kids ages 5-12. Registration covers a child’s spot in the show, instruction in runway modeling from Develop Model Management, and a $50 voucher toward the child’s garment. 2 p.m. Registration: $80, Tickets: $40-$80. 402-819-8792.
—kidsruleomaha.com

13th Annual Extreme
Feb. 23 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is a beer event featuring over 300 brews, including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38 advanced, $43 day of event for general admission; $60 advanced or $65 day of event for VIP. 402-345-1708.
—beercornerusa.com

Omaha Wedding Salon
Feb. 25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Brides can plan the big day the fashionable way. Glasses of bubbly will be on hand during this glamorous bridal-themed showcase. Every category on the wedding-planning to-do list will be covered, from the high-end runway show, to the vendor market showcasing hors d’oeuvres, tablescapes, and floral arrangements. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. 402-819-8792.
—omahaweddingsalon.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 25-March 2 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The nation’s fifth largest fashion event supports more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region. The spring 2019 season features Omaha Wedding Salon, Student Night, UNL Student Showcase, Methodist Survivor Show, Adorn Emerging Designer Showcase, and Gilded Featured Designer Showcase. 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $40-$85. 402-819-8792.
—omahafashionweek.com

Triumph of Agriculture Expo: Farm & Ranch Machinery Show
Feb. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature farm products and equipment, local businesses, antique farm tractors, and special craft exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

A Warrior of the People: The Story of Dr. Susan La Flesche
Feb. 28 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St. Dr. Joe Starita, a professor at the University of Nebraska, shares the story of a historical doctor who fought enormous racial and gender barriers to become the nation’s first Native American doctor. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-391-0350.
—countrysideucc.org

From Seed to Cup
Feb. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors can learn about the process of coffee-making from the head roaster of A Hill of Beans and hear about different methods of brewing while visiting the garden’s coffee tree in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Participants will receive a sample pack of coffee. 6 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for members. 402-346-4002.—lauritzengardens.org

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Transformations

December 28, 2018 by
Photography by Tom Kessler Photography

Meet the designer: Lisa McCoid is one of the Midwest’s few design professionals with both an architecture license and interior design certification. As co-owner of D3 Interiors, her goal is total customer satisfaction. “The client has to love it,” she says. McCoid loves getting to know clients and their project goals. She strives to improve the lives of her clients through design.

A year ago, this living space was a cold, dark, unfinished basement used for storage and workout equipment. Today it is transformed into an impressive entertaining area.

The airy and hospitable ambiance begins as one walks down the stairs. Where the staircase once felt like a tunnel, a non-load bearing wall was removed, a second landing was built, and the staircase was completed with an illuminated baseboard and a metal banister with thin horizontal bars that leave lots of open space.

The bar area is considered the hub of the lower level. The homeowners chose black matte cabinets and custom chrome tiles for a dramatic effect. The raised bar-table-style island was incorporated to provide a gathering place to converse, watch sports, or enjoy a drink. The island is supported by a custom steel base and topped with a thickened-edge quartz countertop. Decorative pendant lighting above the island lends to the dramatic feel of the space. The ceiling includes a curved, lowered soffit detail to disguise the existing steel beams and house structure. Lighting was added into the soffit design to highlight the locally made, hand-painted Vahallan paper applied to the raised portion of the ceiling. These finishing touches bring the space together.

On one side of the bar area, a linear, two-sided fireplace adds to the contemporary design and provides warmth. The mini, stacked stones add dimension, texture, and style to the room. This fireplace serves as a divider between the areas and holds TVs on both sides. Integrated shelving on the fireplace wall serves as a way to display items. It could also be a pass-through between the bar and game room if the display items were removed.

In the game room, a banquette was designed under the large window as a place to watch a ping-pong game or a quiet spot to turn a few pages of a book. The seat has hidden storage and is encased by shelving. The barn door adds to the fun atmosphere of the game room. This sliding door can be closed to eliminate the noise of a ping-pong game or conversation in the game room for the benefit of those in the theater room.

In fact, every aspect of the theater room has been taken into consideration to achieve a comfortable and fun environment for movie nights. The wall panel incorporates LED lighting and horizontal wood banding, painted to match the bar cabinets. Additional starry-night sky lighting and accent wall sconces allow the homeowner to create varying scenes for different types of entertainment.

The initial inspiration for the powder bathroom was a custom countertop consisting of an exaggerated, L-shaped quartz element with a profile of over 10 inches. A lowered soffit above the countertop mimics the L-shape to create a dramatic effect. It also serves as a barrier between the toilet and vanity areas. The glass chevron backsplash and a horizontal floating mirror accentuate the clean lines of this space, as do the vertical sconce lights.

This exclusively designed, fully-functional space has been arranged to be a gathering place for the family that matches the personality of the homeowners and provides them with a variety of ways to entertain guests.


Visit d3interiors.net for more information.

This article was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Fireplace & Chill

Photography by Bill Sitzmann

As the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon, the circadian rhythms of Dean and Robyn Powell signal their descent into the basement of their home. Lambent flames from the fireplace deliver a comforting invite to linger in its warmth on chilly nights.

A street view of the Powells’ home could certainly fool the naked eye into believing it has existed for a century or longer. External stone walls and dark wooden beams give the illusion of a classical house rooted within Omaha’s history, yet it was erected less than a decade ago.

During summer 2015, the Powells excitedly began renovating their new home near 90th and Farnam streets. Without uprooting the original creation by the initial owners and builders, the Powells set out to personalize their living space. Together, they remodeled the interior structure in a way that harmonizes their lifestyle and aesthetical preferences while respecting the existing architecture.

The main floor comes to life during the daytime hours. Natural light peeping through the massive windows accentuates the classically designed wood floors, vaulted ceilings, and white furnishings.

The remodeled house called for a new seasonal routine after completion of the magnificent basement fireplace. When darkness falls upon the Powell home, the main floor retires its duties to the basement, and the fireplace becomes the focal point of household activities.

Similar to the home itself, the fireplace is a result of multiple forces cooperating to create a fresh design. After sketching the project for the new basement addition, the Powells contacted Claxton Fireplace Center and Flair Custom Cabinets in February 2018 to implement their vision.

The Powells were accustomed to media rooms; indeed, a media room was their original plan for the basement. While they ultimately decided against this idea, the urge to incorporate an immense television for entertainment remained. The classical integrity of the architecture played a pivotal role in their planning, and they wanted to match stone from the home’s exterior. Finally, they desired the basement to offer a comforting, evening oasis with warm, earthy tones. The challenge became how to incorporate a big-screen television without sacrificing their other needs.

“Let’s put a fireplace in. That way we get the best of both worlds,” Robyn recalls saying.

For Dan Claxton, president of Claxton Fireplace Center, the puzzle was how to prevent damage to the television caused by the fireplace. Claxton and his team designed a venting system to guide the heat behind the television cabinet instead of directly through the vertical face of the fireplace. After months of laborious collaboration, the heart and soul of the Powells’ basement was finished.

An 86-inch television fills the wall, framed with towering Birchwood cabinets. But onlookers’ eyes are drawn below to the 6-foot-wide natural stone veneer fireplace. It is an incredible display of symbiosis between old and new technology.

Prior to the fireplace, the Powells seldom used their basement. Once the project was complete, that all changed.

“The fireplace creates an ambiance that gives the feeling of a multi-purpose space where we can relax by the fire and read a book, watch a movie, write, or even entertain family and friends,” Robyn says.

It is this indulgent glow of flames coming from the basement that contributes to the living quality of the Powells’ home. When the sun ceases to bless the main floor with life, the softly lit basement offers comfort and a place to unwind.

The Powells see endless opportunities hidden within the glimmering fireplace. It represents an area to celebrate the holidays surrounded by the warmth of family. Soft flames dancing beneath the television allow them to watch a movie or enjoy their favorite sporting events in a relaxed environment. The fireplace acts as a centerpiece to work around in their continued creative effort to blend classic and modern styles into a harmonious living environment. Most importantly, it is a vital part to the rhythmic balance of the home that will be a reflection of the Powells for years to come.


Visit claxtonfireplace.com for more information.

This article was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of OmahaHome. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.