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Start the Weekend on a High Note

May 15, 2019 by
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Lizz Wright

Thursday, May 16:

Lizz Wright is a jazz and gospel singer and composer who has garnered widespread attention as one of the most venerable popular singers of her generation. Her voice has been described as smooth, velvety, and buttery. Basically everything you want in a jazz singer. She has released five critically acclaimed albums, and tonight she brings all that talent to the Holland Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets here now.

musician MICH

Friday, May 17:

Chicago-based, indie pop songwriter, MICH, is playing at Barley St. Tavern this Friday. A Bellevue native, Mich Shirey returns from Chicago to play his guitar-driven music inspired by his childhood in Nebraska. This is the first time he’ll perform his music in Nebraska since he left for Chicago 10 years ago, so get out and give him a good welcome home. The music starts at 9 p.m., and he’ll be sharing the stage that night with Greg Woods, The Sounds of Many, and Maya Duis at this 21 and over show. Get the details here, and for a taste of what you’re in for click here.

Ben Beck, Sherlock Catherine Vazquez, Watson

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19:

It’s the last weekend to catch Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Bellevue Little Theatre. Holmes and Watson are on the case to find who is slaying the Baskerville line. This performance is done in a “classic farce style,” so expect to see horror mingled with laughter in this tale of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome hound of supernatural origin. Reserve your tickets to the show here.
(Pictured in photo: Ben Beck, Sherlock and Catherine Vazquez, Watson)

helicopter in flight

Saturday, May 18:

Helicopter Day is an indoor/outdoor event held at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in celebration of aviation careers and the history of helicopters. Watch in wonder as helicopters from military, law enforcement, and commercial pilots fly over the horizon and land right in front of your eyes. Activities will take place inside the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a drone workshop on flight and safety, free movies in the museum’s theater, free balloon sculptures, and a make-and-take project. Find out more here.

logo, graphics for EdgeOmaha

Sunday, May 19:

EveryDopeGirl is a platform for everyday women, created to support, uplift, and showcase dope girls from around the world. Every Dope Girl Omaha 2019 is an event connecting women and entrepreneurs together through professional development, networking, and philanthropy. Your ticket includes a complimentary beverage, automatic entry for the raffle, professional headshot, panel discussion, and access to the EDG global community. Learn more about the organization here, and more about the event here.


Bonsai and Benson

May 2, 2019 by

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Alison O'Daniel's Heavy Air exhibit

Thursday, May 2: 

Do you enjoy going to museums but sometimes wish there was someone there to help you understand the artists’ point of view? Then join Bemis Center’s chief curator (and director of programs) Rachel Adams for a lively and informative curator-led tour of Alison O’Daniel: Heavy Air. O’Daniel’s work explores what it means to not have full access to sound and transfers that experience to a hearing audience. While Bemis exhibitions are always free and open to the public, tonight’s tour offers a unique opportunity to interact with others while learning about the artist and her motivation. Register here now.

Little girl at Cinco de Mayo

Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5: 

Naturally, there are plenty of businesses celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend. But really, don’t you want to have an authentic experience? If this sounds ideal to you, head to South O for all the tasty food and live music you can handle, not to mention the parade and carnival. Throw in the fact thatwhile you’re experiencing and celebrating Mexican cultureyou are also helping raise funds for scholarships and other nonprofits, and how can you miss it? This (now three-day) celebration has been happening in some form in Omaha since the 1920s. If you haven’t been, get there now. Learn more about this long-running event here.

Bonsai tree

Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5: 

Bonsai trees are small trees that mimic the shape and scale of larger, full-size trees. The Nebraska Bonsai Society is dedicated to advancing this artistic, Japanese landscaping style, and Lauritzen Gardens is helping them share their passion by hosting the club’s Bonsai Exhibition this weekend. Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arrangement, and Ikebana International Omaha 60 is also hosting their spring exhibition at the garden this weekend. So if you’re looking for some decorating inspiration this spring, this is a don’t-miss excursion to Lauritzen. Find out more here.

Band Build graphic

Friday, May 3: 

Band Build is a live music showcase organized by Omaha Habitat Young Professionals. This ninth annual benefit concert features Nebraska musicians Mesonjixx and Sebastian Lane Band. Lane is the grandson of blues legend Jimmy Rogers and the son of Blues Hall of Fame artist Jimmy D. Lane and was nominated for two OEAAs this year. Mesonjixx is a soulful singer who’s been making a name for herself (quite literally). The proceeds from this show at Slowdown will go to the construction of a new Habitat Omaha home. Show your support and get your tickets here.

Kentucky Derby at Horsemen's Park

Saturday, May 4: 

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is a horse race—but anyone who’s ever gone knows it’s so much more than that. The Kentucky Derby Party at Horsemen’s Park celebrates all things Derby, complete with mint juleps and a Derby Day Hat Contest (which pays out $3,000 in prize money). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. the day of the big race and simulcast wagering from Churchill Downs begins at 9:30 a.m. Hoof it over here for more info.

Microphone stand at Benson

Sunday, May 5: 

End the weekend on a musical note at the B Side of Benson Theatre with Matt Cox, Evan Bartels, Union Specific, and Jack Hotel. It’s an evening packed with Americana, country, folk, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll music, and a full bar is available. Matt Cox is a seven-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner (in case you’ve been under a rock). Evan Bartels is an Americana storyteller of the highest caliber we featured last fall. (You can read that here.) If all this local talent isn’t enough to get you out, Union Specific is an Austin band who has showcased at SXSW, and Jack Hotel out of Lincoln opened for Willie Nelson and Neil Young. Impressed yet? Learn more here.


Start Your Weekend Poppin’

April 25, 2019 by

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Poetry/popcorn promo photo

Thursday, April 25:

Looking for a relaxing evening, but don’t want to stay in? Poetry and Popcorn at Emery’s Cafe will do you right tonight. You’ll get to enjoy music, poetry, drink specials, and everyone’s favorite snack to munch on, thanks to Still Poppin Gourmet Popcorn. (You can read more about them here.) The entertainment will be hosted by Shanketta Newsom, with the laid-back atmosphere courtesy of Emery’s. So head north for some spoken word, great snacks, and all the relaxation you know you need after a long week. Find your way there here

Guns & Hoses promo photo

Friday, April 26:

You know we love the feel-good events, and this Friday’s Guns & Hoses Boxing Challenge at Baxter Arena fits that bill perfectly. Every dollar from this event goes to support the First Responders Foundation, a nonprofit working directly with local police and fire departments to provide resources where they need them the most. Plus, you get to watch them fight it out to see who’s best. Learn how you can help here. And get tickets to this knock-down-drag-out match here.

Kids at Die del Nino

Saturday, April 27:

In Mexico, Dia del Niño, aka Children’s Day, is a big deal. Here in Omaha, El Museo Latino is putting on a special celebration complete with games, books, prizes, music, and dancing. Did I mention it’s free?! So think of the kids this Saturday. Get out to South O and celebrate their joy, freedom, and fun-loving attitudes. Maybe even let yourself be a kid again for awhile? Also, don’t forget to check out the delicious local cuisine. (Perhaps this little gem here?) Get the details for this family event here.

Letters to Barley book cover

Saturday, April 27:

Everyone’s favorite librarian (and a favorite writer of ours) Wendy Townley has put out another book, Letters to Barley: Personal Stories My Dog Should Know. Find out what Barley knows when you purchase the book—and get it signed—at Hardy Coffee this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Letters to Barley Book Signing. No worries if you can’t make it to this one. There are several others happening next month. Learn more about Townley and Barley here

Rider on horse at Renaissance Faire

Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28:

Established in 2003, the Nebraska Renaissance Faire moves to Riverwest Park this year, due to the flooding. While there may not be dragons, there will be fire-breathing…and magic, juggling, and jousting. Oh, and pirates! This year’s event is combining the faire with the 12th Annual Midlands Pirate Festival. So bust out the feathered caps and peg legs, because this is one combo you won’t want to miss. Find out more here.

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Pick your Easter Pet (Project)

April 18, 2019 by

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Paintbrushes in jar

Thursday, April 18:

ArtSlam19 at Bancroft Street Market happens tonight. A collaboration between the market and UNO volunteer support group Friends of Art, the reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with the artist talks starting at 6:30. Proceeds from admissions and raffle tickets sales support scholarships for UNO Art and Art History students. You may also purchase art made by the ArtSlam19 artists directly, with the artist receiving the full amount of that sale. To get all the slammin’ details, including a full list of the featured artists, click here. Purchase tickets for the event here.

a long spread of plants

Friday, April 18:

You know it’s that time, so get your ducks in a row (and by “ducks” I mean plants). Don’t know where to start? The folks at The Big Garden are here to help, with their big Spring Plant Sale, happening now through next month (ending May 18). Know what’s even better than finding reasonably priced plants to fill your yard? Filling the pockets of an organization committed to providing garden education programs in the Omaha-metro area, encouraging people, including you, to grow their own food. Proceeds from the sale will support school-based and childcare-based garden classes in low-income areas of Omaha. Eat good, do good. Learn more here.

Lucas Minor and guitar

Friday, April 19:

Sure, rock shows can be fun. But don’t underestimate the country scene. Lucas Minor is taking over The Hop Yard in Plattsmouth this Friday. What better way to unwind after a long week—and kick off a family-filled weekend—than with a little down-home music and some good beer? So take a well-deserved little road trip and treat yourself to good scenery, tasty food, and local music. For a taste of Minor’s music, head here. To learn more about The Hop Yard, hop here.

hand holding seeds, with text

Saturday, April 20:

Looking for something for the whole family to do? Or maybe you just need a little motivation to get out and into nature this weekend? Fontenelle Forest has you covered with their Land Stewardship Volunteer Work Day. The crew meets on selected Saturdays mornings to work on various projects and lunch is provided. Commitment phobes need not worry, as one-time volunteers are also welcome. Learn more about this and other forestry fun here.

Spring Fling graphic w/ eggs

Sunday, April 20: 

Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is holding a Spring Fling with fun for the entire family. Things get hopping (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) with an egg hunt at 10 a.m. There will also be plenty of hands-on indoor activities to keep the bunnies happy, including a coloring contest raffle for the artistically inclined. And of course, there’s also the option to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny before their big day. Find out more here.

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Gaming, Greenhouses, Greenhouse Gases

April 11, 2019 by

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Jessica Hottman/Sun Cycles

Thursday, April 11:

Want to be in a music video? Now’s the time! Just head to Slowdown tonight for the Jessica Hottman Single Release Party, celebrating her first single “Kids” from her upcoming six-song EP. This is a solo project from the Omaha frontwoman of The Hottman Sisters (read more about them here) and you can be the first to see her live and to hear the whole EP. DJ Kethro is also performing and you can look forward to his first solo album in the fall. (And you can read more about him here.) Don’t miss your chance for video stardom. Buy your tickets here now.

group of video gamers and screens

Friday, April 12 to Saturday, April 13:

Gamers, bring your computers or consoles to NETWAR 36.0 at Baxter Arena this weekend, where you can play a wide range of multiplayer games for a full 26 hours. Best of all? Proceeds from this event will go to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, furnishing medical grade gaming kiosks, or “GO Karts,” for children who are unable to leave their rooms. NETWAR is not just for competitive players—it’s for everyone who likes to play and have fun. Every gamer is also eligible to win big prizes in the event raffle. Learn more about this event here.

image of Earth from space

Saturday, April 13:

Weird weather got you going, “What the what?” Do something about it this weekend at Earth Day Omaha in Elmwood Park. Dust off your bike, check out some electric vehicles, and recycle your electronics, all while learning what you can do to help keep our planet green. This year’s event is running on a biofuel blend to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, and you can visit their Zero Waste stations to learn how to responsibly dispose of food scraps, non-recyclable organic waste, paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal. It’s not all about learning, though. There’s plenty of fun to be had, including great live music, a variety of food, a beer garden, and around 100 vendors to visit. Get the full day’s schedule here.  

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation's greenhouse

Saturday, April 13:

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation collaborated with artist Jordan Weber to build the 4MX Greenhouse. This weekend is the Spring Greenhouse Opening and you are invited to come check out the building, constructed on the historic grounds of the Malcolm X birthsite in North Omaha. The greenhouse will aid in the storing of produce and work collaboratively with the already established Shabazz Community Garden. The community is invited to this free, family-friendly event, where they can listen to live music from Liz Gre, followed by the breaking of bread, meditation, and a Salah prayer. Read more about the event here, and more about the foundation here.  

Jessie James Decker

Sunday, April 14:

For the first time in over two years, country-pop singer/songwriter, Jessie James Decker is on tour again and she is bringing her “Jessie James Decker 2019″ tour to the Holland Performing Arts Center. Decker is a singer, songwriter, TV personality, fashion designer, beauty and lifestyle influencer/entrepreneur, and The New York Times best-selling author—basically, she’s the Kim K. of country music. But she’s best known for her music, so this is a show you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets here now.


Getting Green

March 13, 2019 by

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Person in hammock

Thursday, March 14: Charles C. Mann is a journalist and author who often specializes in science-based stories. But he is perhaps best known for his book, 1491, which combines science, history, and archaeology to help readers better understand the Americas before the arrival of Columbus. At An Evening with Charles C. Mann: The Wizard and the Prophet at the UNO Thompson Center, Man will discuss his latest work, which examines the wide-ranging influence of two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt. Both men’s work have greatly influenced today’s environmental debates. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

1950s of-white Cadillac

Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17: The 64th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels is back and they brought the big guns. Celebrities this year include NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, and John Schneider, aka Bo Duke from the original Dukes of Hazzard. There’s a pedal car challenge, a pinup girl contest, chop shop demos  featuring legendary custom car builder Gene Winfield. If you like cars (or trucks or motorcycles), even just a little, you won’t want to miss this three-day custom car show. Find out more and get your tickets here.

Two guys in front of float

Saturday, March 16: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches on, despite having to be postponed from last week. As they wind through the Old Market, starting on 15th and Harney streets, The Ancient Order of Hibernians bring the Irish spirit to downtown Omaha, as they’ve been doing for over five decades. The official AOH Post Parade party will (still) be at Annie’s Irish Pub in Capitol District, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the perfect opportunity to experience this up-and-coming area, which has its own all-day celebration going on. Find out more about the organization here, and more about the parade here.

graffiti-style letters, Omaha Zine Fest

Saturday, March 16: You will find nearly 100 zine creators from the Midwest and beyond at Omaha Zine Fest 2019 this Saturday at The Union for Contemporary Art. This is a fun, free, family-friendly event that’s open to everyone. Besides being able to browse unique, original work from innovative creatives, you can participate in workshops, listen to tutorials, and do a little creating yourself, should the mood strike. Food will also be readily available, thanks to food trucks Fauxmaha Hot Dogs and A Taste of New Orleans, plus the Girls Scouts of America pushing their addictive wares near the check-in table (you have been warned!). If you make it out, be sure to stop by the Omaha Magazine table, as we will be there with copies of our own various publications. Read more about this annual festival here.

glass of Guinness on bar

Sunday, March 17: St. Patrick’s Day this year brings you all the usual suspects—Irish bars serving up Guinness, Jameson, and corned beef (while it lasts). Below is a list of some staples, with a few wild cards thrown in.

  • Clancy’s Pub, in collaboration with Office West, offers a full day of live music, green beer, and free green bagels and doughnuts (while they last!).
  • St. Paddy’s at The Down Under has a tent party going on during the day, with live music, tailgating games, and free Irish stew.
  • The Dubliner Pub will have music from Connor Dowling and Dicey Riley going throughout the day.
  • Maloney’s Irish Pub—where all day-drinking should start.
  • St. Paddy’s at The Nifty Bar is serving up Irish stew and shenanigans (aka games).
  • Have some Irish potato soup while listening to music from Peter Brennan & Friends at Paddy McGown’s.
  • The Sheelytown Boys Irish Band are bringing the Irish to Scriptown Brewing Company.
  • Sullivan’s Bar has shot specials going all day, including their Sully Shooters and Irish Car Bombs.
  • At the Tangier Shrine Annual St. Patrick’s Day Feed, you’ll get the full-on Irish dinner experience—dine-in or drive-thru!
  • The Shenanigans and Lemon Fresh Day are playing at the grand reopening of Two Fine Irishmen.
  • The Annual Ralston St. Patrick’s Trolley Crawl is a safer way to hit all the Irish hotspots in Ralston—The Village BarScorzRalston Keno, and of course, Molly’s Pub.

Please feel free to share you favorite places to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with us. Or add them to our Live Events Calendar online here. Sláinte!