Calendar of Events

The following online calendar of events appears as it does in the print edition of Omaha Magazine.
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Neil Hamburger
April 7 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Known for delighting audiences, the dynamic comedian has earned critical acclaim and lots of laughs in his television and stand-up career. Doors: 8 p.m. Tickets: $14-$16. 402-345-7569

Parachute with Kris Allen
April 11 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
They have toured with the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw. They are back in Omaha with their latest album Wide Awake. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-884-5353

Neil Diamond: The 50-Year Anniversary World Tour
April 14 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St.
The American singer-songwriter and one of the world’s best selling artists of all time invites fans to sing along to all the hits as he celebrates his prolific career. 8 p.m. Tickets: $33. 402-341-1500

The Beach Boys and The Temptations: Surf and Soul Tour
April 26 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.
Two of the most influential American music groups will delight audiences with classic rock and soul hits that helped shape music worldwide. 7 p.m. Tickets: $38-$150. 402-554-6200

Anthrax and Killswitch Engage with The Devil Wears Prada
April 29 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St.
Anthrax and Killswitch Engage are notable heavy metal groups, coming to perform a show of a lifetime. 7 p.m. Tickets: $34. 402-346-9802.


Through April 29 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.
Renowned performance artist and bodybuilder Cassils presents a three-part exhibition to address hidden violence and trauma that targets transgender bodies. The exhibit will be contextualized with objects from the Queer Omaha Archives at UNO. Admission: Free. 402-341-7130

Through April 29 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.
International women artists collaborate to create an exhibit that explores the increasingly blurred lines between humans, animals, and technology in modern society. Admission: Free. 402-341-7130

Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance
Through April 29 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.
Wilson transforms the gallery into an innovative space where modern expression meets ancient themes. The exhibit investigates race, identity, and objectification of the female body to transport viewers into a mythical creation story where the female figure is personified as a heroine. Admission: Free. 402-341-7130

Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
Through April 30 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.
Drawing inspiration from the Great Depression-era Farm Security Administration photography project, the photographers of the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project created a portrait of America in the early and mid-’70s. 402-444-5071.

Passion & Obsession: From the Collection
Through May 6 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
This exhibit celebrates both the passion of the artist to create and the obsession of the connoisseurs who collect. Admission: Free. 402-341-3800.

Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art
Through May 7 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.
See how American hunting and fishing culture has intersected with art. Paintings and sculptures from the 1820s through the 1940s illuminate changing concepts of nature, place, and wildlife that have shaped national identity. Admission: $10 exhibition charge for adults. Free to youth, college students with ID, and members. 402-342-3300

Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks
Through May 15 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
Sean Kenney’s third exhibit at Lauritzen Gardens features fantastic new pieces along with old favorites. Inspired by nature and built from more than 450,000 Lego pieces, this indoor exhibit features 13 displays with larger-than-life sculptures. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for members and children under 6 years old. 402-346-4002

History of Latinos in Omaha: 1890 through Present
Through Aug. 31 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.
Discover the stories of the Latino community members that helped to create our city. This photography exhibit highlights the key role of Latino culture and history in the area. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students with ID, $3.50 K-12 children and seniors. 402-731-1137

Art rEVOLOVED: Local Art & Local Business: Connected. Empowered. Inspired.
April 28 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
Stroll distinctive brick streets to live music, ride Ollie the Trolley for free between venues, and ignite your imagination with art. 6-9 p.m. Free.


Silent Sky
March 23-April 15 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St.
This new play features the stories of the real women “computers” working in the Harvard Observatory during the beginning stages of modern astronomy. Science, history, and love create the story of a strong woman navigating romance and astronomy to make history in a male-dominated field. Tickets: $30 adults, $25 students and seniors. 402-345-1576

Clue, The Musical
March 24-April 9 at Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave.
A melodic, clever tribute to the popular board game. Follow the music and pick up the clues. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors age 65 and older, and $10 students. 402-291-1554

April 4-9 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
This hit musical tells the inspiring true story of singer-songwriter Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Tickets: $35-$105. 402-345-0606

Leading Ladies
April 14-May 7 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.
Two English actors hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews; they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Then they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces. Tickets: On sale March 28. 402-553-0800

Intangible: tbd. Dance Collective Performance
April 15 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
tbd. Dance Collective will create an original performance exploring the idea of movement as an intangible collection, able to be viewed, but only truly stored in the mind. Through movement, lighting, and sound, tbd. will transform the performance space into the mind of the artist. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, free for KANEKO members. Register for tickets: 402-341-3800

Louder Than a Bomb Finals
April 20 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
High school students from across the Great Plains have been crafting world-class slam poetry under the guidance of local artists and competing for the highest audience scores throughout the school year. Audiences are encouraged to snap and cheer for higher scores as students showcase their soulful, funny, and innovative poetry onstage. 7 p.m. Admission: Free. 402-345-0202

April 21 and 23 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Jonathon Dove’s opera tells a compelling and thrilling tale of a group of travelers trapped in an airport overnight. As a storm rages outside, the strangers are forced to shed facades to confront inner hopes and desires, as well as each other. 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 2:30 p.m. April 23. Tickets: $15- $99. 402-346-7372

April 21-May 14 at Shelterbelt Theatre, 3225 California St.
Budding author Susan and her husband head to Red Cloud, Nebraska, to begin a simpler life, but a slew of mysterious guests prove that there’s nothing simple about small-town living. Susan’s future begins to resemble that of novelist Willa Cather. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 students, seniors (65+), and TAG members. 402-341-2757

Generator Series: Sound & Nature
April 23 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
Omaha Under the Radar and KANEKO present the kickoff to the new series devoted to exploration of intersections of music’s relationship to our physical world. Non-commercial artists will guide audiences in an investigation of how we listen and interact with sound. 7 p.m. Admission: $10, free for members. 402-341-3800

Gay Men’s Chorus of LA: It Gets Better Tour
April 28 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.
Dan Savage’s simple message has given hope to LGBTQIA+ youth across the country. The GMCLA now brings the anti-bullying message to life onstage in a moving musical theater performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 402-345-0202


Vegan Thursdays
Every Thursday at Flagship Commons, Westroads
Vegan Thursday is a weekly celebration of vegan food at Flagship Commons. You are invited every Thursday to enjoy special discounts on our vegan selections at all our restaurants, including Aromas Coffeehouse. 402-932-9993

Block Party
Through April 9 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
Build cities and buildings in this very interactive exhibit. Playing with blocks stimulates the minds of children of all ages. Admission: $12 adults and kids, $11 seniors, free for members and children under 24 months. 402-342-6164

SAC Aerospace Museum Spring Fling and Egg Hunt
April 8 at Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy.
Join the Easter Bunny for a family fun-filled morning at the museum with an Easter egg hunt, face painting, and make-and-take projects. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission: $6 children ages 4-12, $11 senior citizens and active/retired military, $12 adults, free for members. 402-944-3100

Easter EGGstravaganza at Kroc Center
April 8 at Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.
Visit the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter egg hunt, along with an underwater egg hunt, and much more. 2-4 p.m. Admission: $5 children ages 3-18, $7 adults ages 19 and older. Traditional egg hunt only is free to kids 10 and under. 402-905-3500

National Geographic Live! Chasing Rivers with photographer Pete McBride
April 18 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
Join National Geographic’s acclaimed photographer and “freshwater hero” as he tells the stories of his unforgettable journeys down the majestic Colorado and the sacred Ganges rivers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10-25. 402-345-0606

Nebraska Science Festival
April 20-29 at various locations.
Kari Byron of MythBusters will give the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 at Joslyn Art Museum. Other events throughout the week include “The Science of Ice Cream” at eCreamery, a science expo at Durham Museum, and more. Prices vary by event. Keynote speaker is free, but reservations are required. 402-559-4319

Dinner on the Dark Side
April 22 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
Eat Star Wars-themed food and participate in activities such as all-ages Jedi training sessions, a 501st Legion costume exhibition, and interaction with costumed characters. Members of the 501st will be honored that evening for their volunteer work. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-342-6164

Party for the Planet
April 22 at Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St.
Celebrate Earth Day at Omaha’s Zoo with conservation-themed booths inside the Wild Kingdom Pavilion. Gate gifts will also be given while supplies last. Admission: $17.95 adults, $16.95 seniors ages 65 and over, $11.95 children ages 3-11, and free to children ages 2 and under. 402-733-8400

Little Scientist Day
April 25 at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
In conjunction with the Nebraska Science Festival, the museum will have hands-on science experiments for young children and science shows for families. Included with museum admission: $12 for children and adults, $11 for seniors, free for members and children under 24 months. 402-342-6164

Omaha Czech Festival
April 30 at Millard Social Hall, 10508 S. 144th St.
The Omaha Czech Club says, “Vitame vas!” (“We welcome you”) to their annual spring festival. Events include a luncheon, Czech music, vendors, and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


State of Nebraska

The Photo Ark. March 3-July 9. Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has visited more than 40 countries in the last 20 years to compile an archive of amazing images of animals in their natural environments. His first museum exhibition in the Midwest will focus on North American and prairie animals. Hours vary. 308-865-8559

The Midtown Men. April 7. Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln.

Four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys have reunited. The group will perform music from their album Sixties Hits. 402-472-4747

Guts & Glory: A Parasite Story. Opens April 22. University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln.
The temporary science exhibit explores the planet’s “most common mode of life,” i.e., parasitism.

Springfest. April 23. Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning, Hastings.
Celebrate agriculture during Earth Day weekend. Music will greet visitors as they partake in wagon rides, visit with farm animals, see antique and modern farm equipment, and shop among the many vendors. Free admission. 1-6 p.m. 402-463-0565


Young Frankenstein. March 17-April 9.
Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines.
This hit musical is based on the popular movie by Mel Brooks and the late Gene Wilder. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday. 515-277-6261

Heartland Swing Festival. April 6-9. Multiple venues, Des Moines.
The festival features jazz music, swing dancing, classes, and contests (including the Collegiate Jitterbug Championships). 515-490-1549

The Flaming Lips. April 22. Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines.
Known for psychedelic alternative rock, The Flaming Lips’ concerts feature stunning visuals (costumes, balloons, puppets, and video projections) along with the band’s iconic sound. 515-244-0507

Kansas City

Pompeii: The Exhibition. Through April 16. Union Station, Kansas City.
Travel back to 79 A.D. in the one-of-a-kind exhibition that has more than 200 preserved artifacts from the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The exhibit includes a simulated eruption that allows visitors to experience the blast that destroyed the Roman city of Pompeii. 816-460-2020

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. April 16. Sprint Center, Kansas City.
Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey combine to form a powerhouse of lyrics and vocals on their “All the Hits” tour. 816-949-7100

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents: The Pirates of Penzance. April 22, 26, 28, 29, 30. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City.
Set sail on the high seas for the highly acclaimed operetta.The all-ages show will be performed in English and features fast-paced songs, lavish costumes, and imaginative sets. 816-471-7344


April 7 (5-8 p.m.)
Annual Men of Honor Gala/Celebrating Our Youth Affair
Benefiting: 100 Black Men of Omaha
Location: Omaha Hilton, Downtown

April 7 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Wine Women & Shoes
Benefiting: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center’s Carolyn Scott Rainbow House
Location: Omaha Design Center

April 8 (6-9:30 p.m.)
The Gathering
Benefiting: Christian Urban Education Services
Location: Embassy Suites, LaVista

April 10 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
American Red Cross, a Century of Service
Benefiting: American Red Cross
Location: 2912 S 80th Ave.

April 11 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Assistance League of Omaha Style Show
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run Golf Club

April 20 (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Breathe and Brew Spring Yoga Series
Benefiting: American Lung Association
Location: Lucky Bucket Brewery

April 21-22, 28-29 (6-10 p.m.)
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Maplewood Lanes

April 21 (6:45 p.m.)
Kicks for a Cure: Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Embassy Suites, La Vista

April 22
Kicks for a Cure: Soccer Exhibition
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Creighton Soccer Complex, UNO Caniglia Soccer Complex

April 22 (8:30-11 a.m.)
Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
Benefiting: UNO Athletics
Location: Baxter Arena

April 22 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Pink Ribbon Affair 2017
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha

April 22 (6-9 p.m.)
Dining with Dogs
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Omaha Design Center

April 24 (noon-1 p.m.)
Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year Luncheon
Benefiting: Boy Scouts of America
Location: Scott Conference Center

April 28 (5:30-11 p.m.)
Blondes vs. Brunettes
Benefiting: Alzheimer’s Association
Location: Ralston High School

April 29 (9 a.m.)
Benefiting: Junior League of Omaha
Location: Midtown Crossing

April 29 (9-10 a.m.)
March for Babies
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing

April 29 (noon-3 p.m.)
Women Defining History Luncheon and Runway Show
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Institute of the Culinary Arts

April 29 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Rebuilding Day 2017
Benefiting: Rebuilding Together Omaha
Location: Deer Park Neighborhood

April 29 (5-11 p.m.)
Blue Jeans and Dreams
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA Barn

April 29 (6-9 p.m.)
Feather Our Nest 2017
Benefiting: Fontenelle Forest
Location: Omaha Design Center

April 30 (noon-3 p.m.)
2017 Omaha Community Walk
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village