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Thursday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 20:
This year marks the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919. The opening of Red Summer, a detailed account of the life of William Brown by Beaufield Berry, commemorates this tragic event. While the show is an unflinching account of a city torn apart, it is also a portrait of the man whose name is known to many Omahans, but whose life has never been portrayed. You can read about one of the play’s actors in our latest issue here, and you can purchase tickets here.
To learn more about what happened and honor Brown’s memory, you can also attend an event at the Douglas County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 28. Learn more about that here.
Friday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 28:
The River City Rodeo returns, with two nights of high-caliber PRCA rodeo featuring events such as steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. This volunteer-fueled, annual celebration of Western heritage brings nonstop action and entertainment with a kick. World champion cowboys will be competing for official entry into the National Finals Rodeo. There will also be fierce competition for announcer of the year, sound man of the year, and, of course, they’ll send out the clowns to compete for clown of the year. Get your tickets here now.
Saturday, Sept. 28:
The Stand Up You Go Girl Summit seeks to build up our girls and young women from the inside. You Go Girl Omaha is a nonprofit committed to encouraging, empowering, and inspiring in an effort to end the cycle of self-doubt and low self-esteem by creating unique experiences that amplify self-love, self-awareness, wellness, education, and leadership. There will be two breakout sessions, with lunch provided by some of Omaha’s food trucks, live music from DJ Houston Alexander, games, prizes, scholarships, and more, including comedy, music, and even some basketball. Learn all about this event and the organization here.
Saturday, Sept. 28:
Want to be among the first to know this year’s nominees for Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards? Be sure to head to Hi-Fi House for the OEAA Nominee Reveal Party and get a front-row seat to find out if your favorite musician, artist, comedian, or actor has made the cut. Find out more here and check out Omaha Magazine’s recent stories on the OEAAs and its history.
Saturday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 29:
Alpacas are the manic-pixie-dream girls of the animal world–quirky, charming, and often elusive. But this weekend you can catch them in Fort Calhoun at the National Alpaca Farm Day Free Open House. Feed them, pet them, walk with them, and admire their adorable babies. Pack a lunch, shop for alpaca products, and make a day of it. For directions and hours, click here.
Sunday, Sept. 29:
Take advantage of Free Admission Day for RACE: Are We So Different? at Durham Museum. This exhibit was developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. This national exhibition is the first of its kind to tell the stories of race from a biological, cultural, and historical point of view. Find out more here.
Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.