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Bunnies, Ponies, and Concerts Abound

April 3, 2019 by

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Horse and rider jumping over rails

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.

Nebraska flood scene from above

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.

Bunny in grass with colorful eggs

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.

Jessica Errett, Danny Burns, Lee Gambrel, Todd Partridge

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.

Committee meeting for poetry selection

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.

Let Halloween Carry On

November 1, 2018 by

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Thursday, Nov. 1: Don’t miss the ninth annual celebration of straight-out-of-Nebraska talent at the Premiere: 2018 Film Streams Local Filmmakers Showcase at Film Streams’ Dundee Theater. With 12 different (mostly) short films to watch, chances are you will find at least one that intrigues you. Learn about a piece of dark, Irish folklore from an animation short or an outstanding young pianist from Russia in a brief biographical film. You can also catch a video from the local music virtuosos behind Closeness. With topics that run the gamut, be prepared to laugh, cry, and think. Click here for a preview.

Friday, Nov. 2: Coming to Omaha from Portland, Oregon, and just over the Colorado border (technically, Boulder), Gregory Alan Isakov and Haley Heynderickx are bringing their folksy, roots-based music to Sokol. If there’s a theme to this show, it’s definitely “earthy.” From Isakov’s farming connection to the land, ever-present in his songs, to Heynderickx’s new album titled I Need to Start a Garden, the desire to feel connected is evident. So get out and connect. Get your tickets here now.

Saturday, Nov. 3: You know you haven’t had enough of the costumes yet, so head to Omaha Masquerade Ball 2018 at Nuri Event Studio. Brought to you by the Omaha Diversity Experience, this magical masquerade will feature pop, Afrobeat, and hip hop music from DJ AK. VIP and bottle service packages are available, but you’d better dress the part. This is your chance to pretend, and who doesn’t love that? Get your tickets right here.

Saturday, Nov. 3: Still in the mood for some costume fun, but don’t want to go through the hassle of having to dress up yourself? Head to Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque at Slowdown. Watch the women-of-the-weird perform choreographed dances that pay tribute to a wide range of pop-culture classics, from Star Wars to Sailor Moon. Pit-side seats are already sold out, so you’d better get your tickets here asap.

Sunday, Nov. 4: It’s the time of year for the well-known, yet mystifying Midwest combination of chili and cinnamon rolls. Not for you? The Chili Crawl & Cookoff in Midtown Crossing at Turner Park is the perfect opportunity to find the best chili for whatever you like to pair with it—even drinks. With over eight restaurants participating, there will be plenty to choose from. Be sure to try them all, so you can vote for the best! Get all the details here.

It’s a Fiesta Weekend

September 13, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week— Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16: Celebrate freedom and independence this weekend at Fiestas Patrias Omaha along historic South 24th Street. The three-day national holiday celebrates the end of the Mexican War of Independence, an armed conflict and the culmination of a political and social process which ended the rule of Spain in 1821 in the territory of New Spain. Forget what you’ve heard about Cinco de Mayo. September 16 is the real Mexican Independence Day. Learn more about the event and the holiday here.

Thursday, Sept. 13: Co-op Workshops In a learning mood today? Get down to The Union for Contemporary Art and catch a workshop. For $20 or less, you can learn the basics of a variety of skilled crafts. If you like learning on the regular, become a member and you can save money on several of the classes. On the agenda for this weekend is mending basics, tintype photography, or digital photography. If those aren’t up your alley, take a look at their upcoming schedule here. 

Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16: Omaha Vintage Market Days is bringing you Simply Vintage, a three-day upscale event for connoisseurs of all things retro. Shop around in the charming atmosphere at the Chance Ridge Event Center, where you’ll find “original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, indoor/outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings, and more.” Get more details here.

Dying to check out that hip, new restaurant everyone is talking about? Maybe there’s an old-school joint you’ve been meaning to get to but the timing is never right. Well, the next 10 days are for you. Omaha Restaurant Week gives you the excuse you’ve been looking for to venture outside your food comfort zones. With 50 restaurants to choose from, you will have more than enough options to get you started. Prix fixe (price fix) menus range from $20-50 and will offer apps, entrees, and desserts. A portion of Omaha Restaurant Week proceeds will go to Food Bank for the Heartland, just in case you need an extra incentive. Find out more here.

Saturday, Sept. 15 to Sunday, Sept. 16: Check out the weekend-long live art celebration that is the Chalk Art Festival in Midtown Crossing. Local and regional artists and professional madonnaris will transform patches of the pavement in Midtown Crossing into pastel chalk masterpieces. This outdoor event will feature live music both days. Stick around Sunday for the Salute to the USS Omaha Concert, starting at 7:30 in Turner Park. Take a sneak peek here.