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Drop It Like It’s…Eggs?

March 22, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Saturday, March 24: It’s raining eggs this weekend! Well, kind of. There will be eggs dropping from a helicopter at the Easter Egg Drop at Brookside Church. But don’t worry, the eggs are plastic and will contain one piece of candy each. What’s better than candy, you ask? Well, one lucky kid from each age division also has the chance to win a helicopter ride if they find the hollow plastic egg with a small helicopter in it. This event is for children from the age 3 up to those in the 5th grade. While they’re waiting to scramble for their eggs, they’ll have plenty of other activities to entertain, including inflatables and even petting goats. And of course, the Easter bunny will be available for photo ops. Hunt for all the details you need here.

Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, April 15: Rudolf Nureyev was an international sensation for more than just his dancing prowess—he was the first Russian artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The man known as the “Lord of the Dance” would eventually become the subject of hundreds of sketches and canvases of artist James Wyeth. Nureyev’s Eyes at the Blue Barn Theatre imagines what the relationship between the two creative men must have been like. If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry. This show goes on for several weeks, so you still have time to catch the incredible performances of this cast. Get your tickets here now.

Friday, March 23: Don’t miss the first show of the season for Hugo’s Art Galleries, a showing of The Art of Di Farho. The show is also Farho’s first since her return to Omaha five years ago after living in Colorado for two decades. She noticed that her old neighborhood (31st and Leavenworth area) had changed significantly, so she started documenting the changing urban landscape in her sketches and oil paintings. Be among the first to see Farho’s impressions of her beloved neighborhood. Head here for more information on the show and here to find out more about Hugo’s Art Galleries.

Saturday, March 24: It’s been over two years since the death of legendary performer David Bowie. If reading that sentence hurt your heart a little, take solace this weekend at the Holland Performing Arts Center with a Tribute to David Bowie by the Omaha Symphony. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Ernest Richardson, this show will bring you all the classics, from “Space Oddity” to “Under Pressure.” No matter which Bowie you preferred, this performance will help fill that little black, star-shaped hole in your heart. Head here to get your tickets now, you pretty things.

Sunday, March 25: Is there a better way to spend a Sunday Funday than drinking half-off beers while shopping half-off books? If you said no, then Day Drinking with the DBCSpring Cleaning Edition at Pageturners Lounge is where you need to be this Sunday. The Dundee Book Company is making room for new stuff, so help them (and yourselves) out by buying some books while you’re drinking some beer. To find out more, lick your finger and turn the proverbial page here. (Just kidding, there’s really no need to lick your finger.)

Girl on Fire

August 13, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Haunting melodies float on a summer breeze. Anna McClellan is practicing on the grand piano;  her melancholy lyrics and precise keystrokes are muffled by walls of her friend’s house in the Dundee neighborhood. Step inside the house and it becomes clear: the calm singer-songwriter with oversized eyeglasses is on fire.

AnnaMcClellan2McClellan, 23, is preparing for several shows scheduled across town in the coming days and weeks. She is also preparing for a two-week, cross-country tour to California. Her destination: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a free festival on the first weekend of October at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. She is booking her own gigs for the trip there and back.

The Omaha-born musician will take the stage with another famous local singer-songwriter, Conor Oberst. One of the festival’s seven stages is called “Conor Brings Friends.”

Oberst contributed vocals to McClellan’s most successful single, “Fire Flames,” also the title of her 2015 album (Fire Flames was a cassette tape released simultaneously in digital format by Majestic Litter).

McClellan has played several times at Oberst’s Pageturners Lounge in Dundee. “He’s very supportive of a lot of people around town,” she says. “It’s nice in Omaha, because it’s such a tight-knit community of people (making music). It’s really easy to get help.”

She wrote the song “Fire Flames” in a single sitting, which McClellan says is unusual for her. The lyrics exemplify a recurring theme in her music: “It is such a universal idea to want to be a part of what’s going on, and what the world is, and also being scared of it. But knowing that even though you’re scared of it, if you don’t jump in and try to be a part of it, you won’t be satisfied.”

In conversation, her demeanor is so chill. But she’s a hustler behind the scenes. She works two jobs (one at Joslyn Art Museum, another at The Blackstone Meatball) and plays shows around town by night. She’s speaking to Omaha Magazine on her day off.

AnnaMcClellan3McClellan began studying piano at age 8 through the Omaha Conservatory of Music. She credits the tutelage of Anne Madison for inspiring her passion for piano. Playing the saxophone in jazz band, concert band, and marching band (while a student at Central High School) helped her break out of her comfort zone: “I tend toward structure, where everything’s pre-planned and you know what you are going to do. To be taken out of that comfort zone, and then pushed into solos, made me better, more daring.”

Her mother, former KETV newscaster Carol Kloss, also provided crucial encouragement. They performed together in church musicals, and Kloss included McClellan—the younger of her two daughters—in several Omaha Press Club Show performances.

McClellan first began experimenting with songwriting while studying abroad in Denmark during her junior year of high school. She was in a band called Howard after returning to Omaha, then went solo in 2013. Last year she moved to New York City for three months, working and performing, eventually catching a break to go on tour as the opener for the band Frankie Cosmos. 

Now, she’s working on a new album with Ben Brodin (the Omaha producer of Fire Flames). “We recorded new demos last Sunday for the new record,” McClellan says in July. “It’s going to be a little different. All of the songs that were in Fire Flames were written over this long period (some dating back to high school) more like a collection, but this will be more cohesive.”

“A lot of it is about relationships of two people…and romantic relationships in general, and then, fear,” she says, laughing. “I think it’s easy to get worked up over being scared, so I tend to do that a lot, even for the sake of the song.”

Visit annamcclellan.bandcamp.com for more information. Omaha Magazine

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