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Thursday, April 4 to Sunday, April 7:
Kick off the bad-weather blues with a little pony show—or rather, a very large horse show. The Burlington Capital International Omaha is back and more popular than ever. Socialize, shop, dine, party, and watch some of the best horses and riders in the Midwest compete for top prizes in three categories: the Grand Prix jumping contest, InIt2WinIt speed jumping series finale, and the Dressage Team Challenge. Did we mention it’s all under one roof at the CHI Health Center Omaha? So regardless of the weather, you can still enjoy watching these majestic animals and their skilled riders take over the arena. For the full schedule of events, gallop over here.
Thursday, April 4 to Friday, April 5:
You know I can’t resist the combination of entertainment for a good cause. The Nebraska Flood Relief Benefit Concert at The Jewell, in partnership with the Nebraska Community Foundation, is donating 100 percent of ticket sales and proceeds from this weekend’s concert to Nebraska flood relief. There’s a $10 minimum donation (feel free to give more), and the musicians and artists are donating their time. Oh, haven’t I mentioned them yet? Both nights include some serious Omaha heavy-hitters, including Aly Peeler, Andrew Bailie, Jocelyn, and Miwi La Lupa (shameless story plug here). There are so many other incredible performers, you’ll want to be there both nights. For a full list of the artists, go here. To purchase tickets now, click here.
Saturday, April 6:
It’s bunny time at the Easter Egg-stravaganza at Urban Abbey this weekend! Bring the whole family out to pet the bunnies and receive your first Easter egg of the season. You can also create your own little microgreen garden, thanks to the folks from The Big Garden. Their mission is to cultivate food security by developing community gardens, creating opportunities to serve, and providing education on issues related to hunger. The Big Garden and Urban Abbey want to help Omaha “grow.” Learn more about the event here.
Saturday, April 6:
Want to have a truly unique experience tonight? Then the (free!) Danny Burns & the Disagreements CD Release Show at Down Under Lounge is where you need to be. This is the debut solo release from Danny Burns, who plays all of the instruments and does all of the singing on this record. However, for this show he put together a killer all-star band, including Jessica Errett (All Young Girls are Machine Guns), Lee Gambrel (Electroliners), and Todd Partridge (King Of The Tramps). This is the only live performance by this particular quartet, so don’t miss it! As if that weren’t enough, King Of The Tramps and Kait Berreckman are also performing. Get the lowdown, dirty details here.
Sunday, April 7:
Another free concert, you say? Why yes, there is. Opera Omaha’s Poetry & Music Project Concert at KANEKO is the culmination of a partnership with Nebraska Writers Collective and Luna Composition Lab. Last fall, students from Nebraska and Iowa were invited to submit works of poetry on themes of creativity and community. Composer alumni from the Luna Composition Lab project selected eight pieces to set to music from this pool of submissions, culminating in this hour-long concert. Please register here.