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A Quest for Knowledge

January 16, 2020 by
Illustration by Thalia Rodgers

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The featured image is a section of one of Thalia Rodgers’ pieces. 


Hector Anchondo playing guitar

Thursday, Jan. 16: You can listen to live music while helping launch a career tonight by attending the Héctor Anchondo’s IBC Fundraiser event at Stocks & Bonds. Héctor Anchondo will be performing with the full band in an attempt to raise money to send Anchondo to compete in the solo challenge in the world-famous International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Find out more about this and other blues events here, and read about Anchondo here.

the word "poetry" written in book

Friday, Jany. 17: Fridays are for poetry (this week, anyway). Several local Omaha poets will be reading published and unpublished works at KANEKO at the Bibliophilia: An Evening of Poetry & Camaraderie event. Bibliophilia is a new partner program hosted by the KANEKO-UNO Library and Dr. Todd Robinson, who will be hosting this free evening of entertainment and conviviality. Read more about it here.

Quest exhibit poster graphic

Saturday, Jan. 18: QUEST! Navigating the World at SAC Museum is an exhibit that will feature over 20 interactive stations focused on navigation, whether on land, sea, or in the air. Explore the stations, including a nearly 70 square foot LEGO City, larger-than-life sized game of Battleship, an augmented reality sandbox, and more. Don’t worry if you can’t make it this weekend. The exhibit runs through May 25. Glide over here for more information.

colorful section of Thalia Rodgers’ drawing

Saturday, Jan. 18: Thalia Rodgers’ exhibit is opening at The Union this weekend with what may be the most relatable title ever, You make my heart smile but you also make my eyes cry. Rodgers’ work is colorful and chaotic, at once dreamy yet urgent. An Opening Reception with the artist will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Union’s Wanda D. Ewing Gallery. Get more information here.

mother koala with two babies

Through Sunday, Feb. 2: Not to get all heavy, but with the fires in Australia destroying wildlife, it’s important to support conservation and preservation efforts. To that end, we want to share the MONA2Omaha exhibition: PHOTOARK by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who was featured in Omaha Magazine’s May 2019 issue. This is a free exhibit, but we hope you leave encouraged and inspired to do your part. Learn more here.


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From Beers to Cheers

January 9, 2020 by

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Birds & Beer poster, winged beer

Thursday, Jan. 9: Angels Among Us is throwing a beer-centric event to raise awareness about their work in the community. This new celebration is the Birds & Beer Bash, where you can drink some brews and eat some chicken while you do some good, as this organization is devoted to helping families of children with cancer being treated at Nebraska hospitals. Gather your flock and head to Buildertrend. Pick up tickets here now.

one child, adult, Star Wars characters

Friday, Jan. 10: The newest Star Wars movie came out a few weeks ago, so if you’re a fan chances are you’ve already seen it. But you can keep the force going strong when you take the kids to Star Wars Weekend at Omaha Children’s Museum. Don a costume, watch the Imperial March, and allow yourself to be taken to another galaxy for a while. Seek more information here.

a section of Hugo Zamorano painting

Friday, Jan. 10: The great thing about certain types of art is that all types of people are able to appreciate it. I would say Hugo Zamorano’s work fits in that category. It’s truly for everyone, as he has helped create several murals in the Omaha area. Crutches is his latest exhibit, opening at Project Project. Learn more about the artist here and more about this free event here.

exterior MCC Express South Omaha building

Saturday, Jan. 11: Are you interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education? Or maybe you don’t really know, but would like to learn more about it? Metropolitan Community College and MCC Continuing Education–Nebraska are here to help. Attend their MCC STEM Day–Día STEM for 3D pen activities, drone coding and programming, and other STEM related activities. Find out more here.

GLCC graphic for Cornhusker Nationals

Sunday, Jan. 12: Need a little cheering up this Sunday? (Sorry, couldn’t help it!) The GLCC Cornhusker Nationals can do just that. These rockin’ leaders are here to have fun and show off their talent. This cheerleading competition is special to us, as our distribution manager Mike Brewer has a daughter competing, and he will be there to cheer her on. Flip on over here to get your tickets now.


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Featured image provided by Omaha Children’s Museum. 

January/February 2020 Family & More Calendar

January 7, 2020 by

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Family & More

Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 at Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam Streets. Miracle on Farnam is a unique tradition where families and friends can browse decorated storefront displays created by local artists and non-profits. Times vary.
midtowncrossing.com

Kwanzaa 2019
Through Jan. 1 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture. This event will feature the traditional elements of Kwanzaa. 1-2 p.m. 402.932.7077.
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Winterfest, the 2020 Kroc Winter Games
Jan. 11 at The Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. This event is fun for the entire family and includes Indoor Snowball Fights, Bounce houses, snacks and crafts, superheroes, a winter Olympic training ground obstacle course, floor hockey, and live entertainment. Admission: Free. 402.905.3500.
omahakroc.org

Bee There or Bee Square
Jan. 17 at Nebraska Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road. Dr. Jody Green will speak about attracting bees and other pollinators to gardens. She will also discuss how to build and maintain a “bee hotel” for the planet’s pollinating friends. 9 a.m. Admission: $5. 402.444.7804
events.unl.edu

Pheasants Forever Presents River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 17-19 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this show, which features more than 100 exhibitors  showcasing hunting, fishing, and archery equipment; plus boats, ATVs, and campers. Times vary. Tickets: $10 adults, $3 children 15 and under, and free to children under age 3. 712-323-0536
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Miss Nebraska Latina 2020-Coronation Night
Jan. 18 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Miss Nebraska Latina is the state’s largest beauty contest for Latinas. A winner will be crowned on this night. Tickets: $25. 6-8 p.m. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

2020 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 23-26 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. This event features some of the finest cars in the world. There is something for every car fan out there, as cars, trucks, and SUVs will be on display. 402.341.1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Mac & Cheese Binge
Jan. 25 at Midtown Crossing. The fourth annual Mac & Cheese Binge features $3 mac & cheese samplers from participating restaurants. Participants can also vote on their favorites. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
midtowncrossing.com

Bash & Brawl 2020
Jan. 25 at The Bunker, 9006 Maple St. Omaha Roller Derby is hosting a holiday mini co-ed tournament. Get in the game, or take a seat and cheer on your favorites. Admission: $5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
omaharollergirls.org

35th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 25-26 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-551-2313.
cathedralartsproject.org

Nebraska Chinese Association New Year’s Gala
Feb. 3 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This year’s annual gala includes a rare and exclusive opportunity to see world renown performers from some of China’s top song and dance troupes. Tickets will also be available for a VIP Dinner featuring traditional Chinese banquet cuisine. 402-345-0606
omahachinese.net

Chinese New Year dancers

15th Annual Daddy/Daughter Date Night
Feb. 6 at Papillion Landing Community Center, 1046 W. Lincoln St. This annual date night is a special night for fathers or father-figures and their daughters. The event includes dinner, dancing, pictures, and more. Semi-formal attire requested. Registration is required by Jan. 31. Tickets: TBA. 402.597.2041
papillion.org

The Omaha Home and Garden Expo
Feb. 6-9 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 54th annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo features items and ideas for the inside and outside of your house. There is also a special focus on eco-friendly ideas. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Times vary.
showofficeonline.com

Home-and-Garden-Show fountains

Opera & Entrees
Feb. 7 at Monarch Prime, 316 S. 15th St. Before seeing “Abduction from the Seraglio,” opera-lovers can eat hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal put on by the Opera Omaha Guild before the performance. In attendance will be the conductor, who will present a pre-dinner lecture about the production. Tickets: $75. 5 p.m. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

Snow Sculpting Competition
Feb. 7-9 at 2610 N. Main St. in Elkhorn This event will show beautiful snow sculptures from professional exhibitions across the nation local teams. Competitors will sculpt in sanctioned events for a chance at going to the 2021 national competition. The event will also feature Nebraska’s only Ice Bar. Admission: Free. 402-216-7812.
mainstreetstudios2610.comsnow sculpting dragon, man's face

Omaha Whiskey Festival
Feb. 8 at Embassy Suites, 555 S. 10th St. Whiskey distillers, master blenders, and other whiskey experts who will be in attendance. The event will showcase a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies.
omahawhiskeyfest.com

Second Annual Tattoo Arts Convention
Feb. 14-16 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. Tattoo fans will appreciate this convention, which celebrates all things ink. Special guests include Ink Master contestants James Vaughn, Kyle Dunbar, and Al Fliction. Tickets: $20 day or $40 for a three-day pass.712-323-0536.
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 15-16 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $200. 402-342-6452.
hibernateandcreate.com

Asics Presidents’ Day Classic
Feb. 15-17 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. Up to 450 of the best Junior Olympic volleyball teams from around the nation will be competing in this weekend of aces, digs, and spikes. Tickets: $10 for single-day pass or $25 for three day pass. Ages 6 and under are free. 402.341.1500
chihealthcenteromaha.com

14th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards
Feb. 16 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This awards show recognizes some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and live music. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. show. Tickets: $30-$60.
oea-awards.org

2020 Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show
Feb. 20-23 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 73rd year of this event features a wide variety of items for those who love the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, camping, and boating equipment will be on display and experts will be there to assist those looking for more information. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students 18 and under, free for children 5 and under. Times vary. 402.393.3339.
omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com

14th Annual Extreme Presented by Beertopia
Feb. 22 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is an event featuring over 300 beers including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+ only. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38-$65. 402-345-1708.
beercornerusa.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 23-29 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The fifth-largest fashion week in the nation returns for another round of great clothes and great fun. Local designers are a big part of this event, which also includes a cancer survivors night and shopping. Tickets: $25-$45. 402.937.1061.
omahafashionweek.com

Restore Nebraska Conference
Feb. 28-29 at Metropolitan Community College, 5300 N. 30th St. Restoration Exchange is offering another weekend of public education and motivation to restore, revive and preserve older homes and buildings. The two day event opens Feb. 28 with an evening sneak peek tour of the restoration of the former Blackstone Hotel. Times vary. 402-933-3104.
restorationexchange.org

Omaha Royal Princess Ball
Feb. 29 at Courtyard by Omaha Mariott Bellevue, 3750 Raynor Parkway. Princesses in training (and their parents) will get to participate in princess games, story time sing along, ballroom dancing, and more. Children will meet their favorite princesses, such as Cinderella, Beauty, the Snow Sisters, and more. Tickets: $25-$40. 402-408-5300.
bellevueeventcenter.com


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Polka, Potluck, and Pajamas

January 2, 2020 by

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two girls at the library

Thursday, Jan. 2: My pick for the day after New Year’s Day? A relaxing day at the library, of course. Hit up the Friends of OPL Book Sale at the Swanson Branch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (you can do it on your lunch break if you have to work). Or take the kids to one of several different Family Storytimes at Bess Johnson, Millard or Benson, and Dancing Storytime at Ralston’s Baright Public Library for the more active children. Special note: older kids should check out The Readers’ Society: Teen Book Group at Milton R. Abrahams, where members vote on books they would like to read each month. Find all the cool things your local library offers here.

Outrspaces poster image

Friday, Jan. 3: Need a relaxing evening of good music and laughter? Catch Michael Griffin, Marcey Yates, and Voske at Outrspaces to fulfill that need. Griffin is bringing his standup about race, politics, and insecurities to Omaha, while local musicians Yates and Voske (aka Rickle Lopez) bring the tunes. Read more about Yates here, and find out more about the show here.

Union Pacific Railroad Museum with clouds

Saturday, Jan. 4: More laughs are here, thanks to Mary Mack, who will perform her sometimes-musical comedy at The Backline. Mack has acted in cartoons, student films, and commercials for hungry hamsters. She is popular on the podcast circuit, including 2 Dope Queens and WTF with Mark Maron. Mack will be performing twice this evening, but space is limited, so be sure to purchase tickets here ahead of time.

Mary Mack/Backline show poster

Saturday, Jan. 4: More laughs are here, thanks to Mary Mack, who will perform her sometimes-musical comedy at The Backline. Mack has acted in cartoons, student films, and commercials for hungry hamsters. She is popular on the podcast circuit, including 2 Dope Queens and WTF with Mark Maron. Mack will be performing twice this evening, but space is limited, so be sure to purchase tickets here ahead of time.

Hindsight 2020 graphic poster

Sunday, Jan. 5: Culxr House recently celebrated their grand opening, and they are jumping into the new year full-force with Hindsight 2020: poetry + dance show. This is a night of interdisciplinary performance including music, poetry, and a dance party. (Because what new year celebration doesn’t have dancing?!) This event is a mere $5, and drinks will be available for purchase. Learn more here.


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January/February 2020 Calendar of Events

January 1, 2020 by

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Exhibitions
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Exhibitions

Frida Kahlo’s Garden
Through Jan. 4 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. The garden at her home in Mexico City was the creative inspiration of most of her work. Admission: $5 general admission, $3.50 for senior citizens and children under 5. 402.731.1137.
elmuseolatino.org

Holiday Cultural Trees Display
Through Jan. 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. A showcase of how cultures from around the world celebrate the holiday season. Each tree is decorated by a local Omaha ethnic society and is accompanied by interpretative text explaining the meaning behind the various decorations and unique traditions of each culture. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Holiday Poinsettia Show
Through Jan. 5 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Lauritzen Gardens gets into the holiday spirit with a display of thousands of poinsettias and a 20 ft. tall poinsettia tree at the center of it all. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages six to 12, free for children under six. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 402.346.4002.
lauritzengardens.org

RACE: Are We So Different?
Through Jan. 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibit takes an unprecedented look at race through biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

MONA2Omaha: National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark
Through Jan. 5, 2020, at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Photo Ark is an effort to document species before they disappear and record the world’s biodiversity. Sartore has spent the last 25 years documenting approximately 12,000 species from around the world. To date, he has completed portraits of 9,000 unique species. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.
gallery1516.org

The Tuskegee Airmen and African Americans in the Military
Through Jan. 18 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American military pilots that fought in the second World War. Learn more about them at this exhibit. Admission: free. 402.932.7077.
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Word and Image: The Saint John’s Bible
Through Jan. 19 at Joslyn Art Museum. 2200 Dodge St. This ticketed exhibit features 76 pages from the first handwritten illuminated bible. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 college students with ID, free for members and ages 17 and under. Admission to the museum itself is free. 402.342.3300.
joslyn.org

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics
Through Feb. 2 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. From civil rights to feminism to war and peace, rock music has influenced large parts of our society. This interactive exhibit explores how rock music has effected our society and features artifacts from famous musicians. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Village People, Louder-than-Words exhibit

Lisa Bang Hoffman/Terry Koopman
Through Feb. 7 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Hoffman uses traditional gelatin-silver photography to evolve from the history of the medium and respond to the contemporary. Koopman is a 40-year veteran photographer who started with film and has evolved to digital. Admission: free. 402.595.2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens Project
Through Feb. 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This exhibit explores the communication of birds and the possibility of communication between different species of animals. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.
bemiscenter.org

Diggin’ Dinos
Through April 11 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This exhibit features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and a digging and building area to transport your kids into another world. Admission: $14 age 2 and up, $13 seniors age 60+, free to members and children under 24 months. 402.342.6164.
ocm.org

Area High School Art Exhibition
Jan. 2-Feb. 2 at Artists Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Some of the best young artists in the area will be showcased in this exhibition. The intention of this special show is to promote the art of high school artists and provide insight on how to put on a professional show at a public gallery. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.
artistscoopomaha.com

Origins: New work by Graceann Warn, Michael James, Edgard Camacho, Jason Papenfuss and James Freeman
Jan. 3 through Feb. 28 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. This exhibit features contemporary works by listed artists and additional work by local abstract artists. Admission: free. 402.502.8737.
modernartsmidtown.com

100 People
Jan. 17 through Feb. 22 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive South. Artist Watie White’s project consists of wood carvings of local people who he admires. Admission: free. 402.554.2796.
unomaha.edu

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far
Jan. 18 through April 19 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This first-of-its-kind exhibit is designed for children to learn about the diversity of Muslim culture throughout the world. Different sections of the exhibit will focus on art, architecture, travel, and trade. Admission: $14 age 2 and up, $13 seniors age 60+, free to members and children under 24 months. 402.342.6164.
ocm.org

kids in teahouse setting at Zanzibar exhibit

Mary Zicafoose, IKAT: The Essential Handbook to Weaving Resist-Dyed Cloth
Jan. 24-March 6 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Mary Zicafoose’s work is displayed throughout the world and her knowledge of weaving is self-taught. Admission: free. 402. 280.2509.
creighton.edu

OEAA Winter Visual Arts Showcase
Feb. 7-22 at Roberta and Bob Rogers Gallery, 1806 Vinton St. The folks behind Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards will celebrate their visual arts nominees with this arts display.
Admission: free.
oea-awards.org

Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Feb. 22 through May 3, 2020 at Durham Museum. 801 S. 10th St. Photography plays an important role in documenting history. This exhibit will feature over 80 large-format photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize. Descriptions of how the photographer captured the moment will also be on display for a unique perspective on the images. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402.444.5071.
durhammuseum.org

Spontaneity: 10 Nebraskan Abstract Expressionists
Feb. 28-May 24 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibition features artwork by 10 abstract and abstract expressionist artists from Nebraska. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Influence
Through Aug. 20, 2020, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Influence displays the creative work of KANEKO founder and Japanese ceramist Jun Kaneko and how his work, teaching, and creative philosophy has impacted the Omaha community and beyond. Admission: free. 402.341.3800.
thekaneko.org

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Stage Performances

Les Misérables
Jan. 14-19 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. One of the most popular productions in theater history, this is the story of former convict Jean Valjean’s life in 19th-century France. Tickets: $40-$125. Times vary. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

Les-Miserables-Photo-Matthew-Murphy

A Raisin in the Sun
Jan. 17 through Feb. 9 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Set in South Side Chicago, this show follows the Younger family as they fight against poverty and racism. An unexpected insurance check could lead to a better life, but how should they use it? Tickets: $24+ adults, $16+ students. Times vary. 402.553.0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Cirque Mechanics
Jan. 21 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Aerialists soar up to 42 feet in the air in this modern take on a traditional circus. Tickets: $18-$35. 7 p.m. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

Cirque-Mechanics acrobats

Is There a Doctor in the House?
Jan. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The orchestra is sick and they need the audience to help them feel better. Tickets: $15. 2 p.m. 402.345.0202.
ticketomaha.com

Women Laughing Alone with Salad
Jan. 27 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. A staged reading by award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan about the oppressive and unrealistic cultural expectations that women face in society. This event is free and open to the public. 7 p.m. 403.553.0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

WAKEY, WAKEY
Jan. 30-Feb. 23 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. This show talks about time, gratitude, childhood, and the million miracles at work in the world. It includes pictures, music, and cake. 7:30 p.m. most days, Sundays vary. $35 general admission; $30 seniors, educators, military members. 402-345-1576.
bluebarn.org

Howie D: Back in the Day
Jan. 31-Feb. 16 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Howie Dorough explores what life was like as a middle schooler trying to fit in-long before he became a member of the Backstreet Boys. Tickets: $25 non-members, $12 members. Times vary. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

Todd Barry
Feb. 1 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. International comedian and actor Todd Barry visits Omaha and brings his unique brand of standup with him. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Opera Omaha: Abduction from the Seraglio
Feb. 7 and 9 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This comedic, yet ultimately tragic, opera is the story of two men rescuing their lovers from a Pasha’s harem. Tickets: $19-$99. 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 9. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

A Bronx Tale
Feb. 11-16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. An energetic show about a young man who finds himself caught between his love for his father and the mob in the Bronx in the 1960s. Tickets: $32-$90. Times vary. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

Young Calogero, Sonny, A Bronx Tale

Native Gardens
Feb. 14-Mar. 15 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. A minor disagreement about property lines escalates into a much bigger battle between two neighbors. Tickets: $36+ students, $18+ students. Times vary. 402.553.0800.
ticketomaha.com

The Little Engine That Could
Feb. 15-Mar. 8 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The timeless tale of believing in yourself comes to the stage in a show for all ages. Tickets: $12 non-members, $10 members. Times vary. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

Mystery Science Theater 3000
Feb. 18 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Creator Joel Hodgson embarks on his final tour, complete with movie riffing robots. Tickets: $30-$300. 7:30 p.m. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

Blood at the Root
Feb. 19-22 at UNO, 6001 Dodge St.
Feb. 28-29, Mar. 1 and 6-8 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. This performance recounts the story of the Jena Six and looks at racial double standards in America. Tickets: $16. Times vary. 402.554.7529.
unomaha.edu

The Crystal
Feb. 21-22 & Feb. 28-29 at the Apollon, 1801 Vinton St. This interactive theatrical performance explores space and time. 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, includes dinner. 402.884.0135.
apollonomaha.com

Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Feb. 21 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Broadway choreographer Camille A. Brown blends hip-hop, ballet, and tap in this performance. Tickets: $20-$38. 7:30 p.m. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

five Camille A. Brown dancers

Buzzing About Bugs!
Feb. 23 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. An original work by 11-year-old Winston Schneider of Omaha, presented in partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Tickets: $15. 2 p.m. 402.345.0202.
ticketomaha.com

Shen Yun
Feb. 25 & 26 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Combining ancient legends and modern technology, this troupe brings a unique performance of Chinese dance to the stage. Tickets: $80-$165. 7:30 p.m. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

Once
Feb. 28-March 22 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. An Irish musician falls in love with a Czech immigrant. Based on the Oscar-winning film. Tickets: $24+ adults, $18+ students. Times vary. 402.553.0800.
ticketomaha.com

The Diary of Anne Frank
Feb. 28-March 15 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. A live stage performance of the story of Anne Frank. Tickets: $20 non-members, $12 members. Times vary. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

Stomp
Feb. 28 & 29 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Traditional instruments make way for matchboxes, wooden poles, garbage cans, hubcaps and more in this inventive performance.Tickets: $25-$85. 7:30 p.m. 402.661.8501.
ticketomaha.com

drummers, percussion on fence in STOMP

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CONCERTS

Keep Push’n
Jan. 4 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This REO Speedwagon tribute band formed from a Beatles tribute band. Tickets: $10. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Dirtysnatcha
Jan. 4 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The slowdown hosts an EDM dance party with Dirtysnatacha and Space Wizard. Tickets: $12-$15. 9 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

RiFF RAFF: Cranberry Vampire Tour
Jan. 9 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The 37-year-old rapper makes a stop in Omaha on his Cranberry Vampire Tour. Tickets: $20. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Recaptured
Jan. 10 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The Journey tribute band is one of the most popular in the region. Tickets:$12-$25. 9 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella
Jan. 12 at Witherspoon Theater, 2200 Dodge St. Omaha Symphony performs Stravinsky’s entire ballet, one that is both elegant and whimsical. Prior to the show, Joslyn curators will give a talk about the museum’s Degas statue, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.” Tickets: $35. 2 p.m. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

Nebraska’s Own: James Barnett
Jan. 12 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. The second annual Nebraska’s Own concert features pianist James Barnett. Admission: free. 5:30 p.m. 402.333.7466.
vesperconcerts.org

Hotel Desperado
Jan. 17 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. These popular performers are a tribute band to the Eagles. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. 8:30 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Haystak
Jan. 17 at the Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. This Southern hip-hop legend is coming to Omaha with a host of guests, including Bad News Bobby and Mr Lyd. Tickets: $15 advance. 7 p.m. 402.391.2554.
lookoutomaha.com

The Party After
Jan. 17 at the Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The rock band from Omaha released their first single in February 2019. Tickets: $10. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Piano Power: Rhapsody in Blue
Jan. 17 & 18 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Louis Schwizgebel and Xiayin Wang perform several classic works on piano. Tickets: $19-$75. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
ticketomaha.com

Mark & Maggie O’Connor
Jan. 18 at Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St. Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor and his wife, Maggie, are performing with Omaha Conservatory of Music strings students. A Three-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Grand Master Fiddler Champion, Mark has composed music for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Tickets: $10. 402-932-4978.
omahacm.org

Your Smith
Jan. 19 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Caroline Smith makes music that is inspired by a combination of her hometown Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Tickets: $10-$12. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Cold War Kids
Jan. 23 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The band’s latest album, LA Divine, is inspired by how weird and strange the city of Los Angeles is. Tickets: $32. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Stevie Stone
Jan. 23 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. This hip-hop artist is signed to the same label as Tech N9ne. His music combines intense bars with gravelly melodies. Tickets: $15 advance. 8 p.m. 402.391.2554.
lookoutomaha.com

UNO Faculty Showcase
Jan. 24 at Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Dr N. A showcase of renowned musicians who are also committed to teaching students across the country. Tickets: $15 general admission, $8 students, seniors, military. 6:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.
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Pet Rock
Jan. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Hear music from The Eagles, E.L.O, Styx, and other ’70s bands performed by one of Omaha’s most popular tribute bands. Tickets: $70-$105. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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The Anniversary
Jan. 29 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The Anniversary was formed in Kansas in the late ’90s and has consistently toured the Midwest region in the years since. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show. 8:30 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Squirrel Nut Zippers and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Jan. 30 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. These bands combine swing, funk, jazz, and blues for a unique sound. Tickets: $25-$40. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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Squirrel-Nut-Zippers band on porch

Chris Janson
Jan. 31 at Ralston Arena, 1200 Douglas St. This country singer is known for hits such as “Fix a Drink,” “Buy Me a Boat,” and “Drunk Girl.” Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. 7 p.m. 402.934.6291.
ralstonarena.com

Sinatra & Beyond
Feb. 1 & 2 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Singer/songwriter/pianist Tony DeSare puts his own style on Sinatra classics. Tickets: $19-$82. 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. 402.345.0202.
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Run River North
Feb. 5 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The band released their third studio album, Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 1, in May 2019. Tickets: $15-$18. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Curly Martin & Friends
Feb. 6 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha native Curly Martin performs in his hometown with several other locally-known jazz artists in this popular concert. Tickets: $19-$40. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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Ingested, Visceral Disgorge, Cabal, Oppress the Tyrant, Ba’al Berith
Feb. 6 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. This show features performances from several bands, including the headliner, a death metal band from the UK. Tickets: $17. 6-11 p.m. 402.391.2554.
lookoutomaha.com

Jason Aldean: We Back Tour
Feb. 7 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. Following the release of his ninth album, the country music superstar makes a stop in Omaha on his latest tour. Tickets: $51-$325. 7:30 p.m. 402.341.1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Cody Jinks
Feb. 7 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. This singer of “I’m Not the Devil” and “Lifers” is coming to Omaha. Tickets: $29-$154. 402.934.6291.
ralstonarena.com

The Rush Tribute Project
Feb. 7 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. A tribute band for Rush performs their biggest hits. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Bob Marley Birthday Bash
Feb. 8 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Award winning band Rhythm Collective performs Bob Marley and other reggae songs in honor of the late singer. Tickets: $10-$12, $20 VIP. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Imani Winds: The Beauty of Strife
Feb. 10 at at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. The Grammy-nominated group aims to connect with their audience in every performance and will make their first stop in Omaha. 7 p.m. 402.333.7466.
vesperconcerts.org

Eddie Palmieri Afro-Caribbean Jazz Sextet
Feb. 11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Since the 1950s, Eddie Palmieri has mixed American jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms into his own unique sound. Tickets: $20-$50. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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Eddie-Palmieri and piano

Otis Murphy
Feb. 13 at Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Dr N. An internationally renowned musician, Otis Murphy has played at some of the largest concert halls in the world and will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha for their International Concert Series. Tickets: $15 adults, $8 students, seniors, military members. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.
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The New Pornographers
Feb. 13 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The Canadian indie rock band, known for their single “High Ticket Attractions,” released their eighth album, In the Morse Code of Brake Lights, in 2019. Tickets: $30. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Grayscale
Feb. 13 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Grayscale has been building momentum since their 2011 beginnings with music influenced by everything from nineties rock to modern pop. Tickets: $16 advance, $20 day of show. 7 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Koe Wetzel
Feb. 14 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Country singer Koe Wetzel infuses hints of punk in his songs. Tickets: $22-$25. 8:30 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Batman (1989)
Feb. 15 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience one of the first big screen adaptions of the caped crusader while the Omaha Symphony performs the film’s score live. Tickets: $19-$79. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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The Toasters
Feb. 16 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The Toasters perform in Omaha as part of their “4 Decades in Ska” tour. Tickets: $10-$12. 7 p.m. 402.391.2554.
lookoutomaha.com

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Feb. 19 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The Colorado jam band is known for their hits like “Bittersweet,” and “Blue Sky.” Tickets: $29.50-$44.50. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Brahm’s Symphony No. 1
Feb. 21 and 22 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Brahm’s Symphony No. 1 features a fantastic finale. Tickets: $19-$73. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
ticketomaha.com

Floyd
Feb. 21 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. A tribute band to Pink Floyd intent on delivering the most authentic performance possible. Tickets: $12. 8:30 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

Motherfolk
Feb. 22 at the Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The indie rock band released their third studio album, Family Ghost, in October 2019. Tickets: $10. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.
reverblounge.com

Watch What Crappens
Feb. 22 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. “The creators of “Watch What Crappens” are taking their show on the road. The podcast is a discussion of Bravo TV shows and stars. Tickets: $25 advance, $80 advance VIP, $28 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.
waitingroomlounge.com

The Glorious Sons
Feb. 23 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This Canadian band captures the confusion and chaos of young adulthood in their new album, Young Beauties and Fools. Tickets: $20-$99. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Colt Ford
Feb. 27 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Ford is known for his hits “Sleep Without You,” “Like I Loved You,” and “Mercy.” Tickets: $25-$30. 8:30 p.m. 402.345.7569.
theslowdown.com

Brett Young with special guest Matt Ferranti
Feb. 27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The rising country music star is known for his platinum hits like “Sleep Without You,” “Like I Loved You” and “Mercy.” Tickets: $35-$225. 8 p.m. 402.661.8501.
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Stefon Harris & Blackout
Feb. 28 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Harris combines jazz and R&B for a unique sound. Tickets: $19-$40. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.
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Stefon Harris in gray suit

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Family & More

Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 at Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam Streets. Miracle on Farnam is a unique tradition where families and friends can browse decorated storefront displays created by local artists and non-profits. Times vary.
midtowncrossing.com

Kwanzaa 2019
Through Jan. 1 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community and culture. This event will feature the traditional elements of Kwanzaa. 1-2 p.m. 402.932.7077.
gpblackhistorymuseum.org

Winterfest, the 2020 Kroc Winter Games
Jan. 11 at The Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. This event is fun for the entire family and includes Indoor Snowball Fights, Bounce houses, snacks and crafts, superheroes, a winter Olympic training ground obstacle course, floor hockey, and live entertainment. Admission: Free. 402.905.3500.
omahakroc.org

Bee There or Bee Square
Jan. 17 at Nebraska Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road. Dr. Jody Green will speak about attracting bees and other pollinators to gardens. She will also discuss how to build and maintain a “bee hotel” for the planet’s pollinating friends. 9 a.m. Admission: $5. 402.444.7804
events.unl.edu

Pheasants Forever Presents River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 17-19 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy this show, which features more than 100 exhibitors  showcasing hunting, fishing, and archery equipment; plus boats, ATVs, and campers. Times vary. Tickets: $10 adults, $3 children 15 and under, and free to children under age 3. 712-323-0536
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Miss Nebraska Latina 2020-Coronation Night
Jan. 18 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Miss Nebraska Latina is the state’s largest beauty contest for Latinas. A winner will be crowned on this night. Tickets: $25. 6-8 p.m. 402.345.4849.
rosetheater.org

2020 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 23-26 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. This event features some of the finest cars in the world. There is something for every car fan out there, as cars, trucks, and SUVs will be on display. 402.341.1500.
chihealthcenteromaha.com

Mac & Cheese Binge
Jan. 25 at Midtown Crossing. The fourth annual Mac & Cheese Binge features $3 mac & cheese samplers from participating restaurants. Participants can also vote on their favorites. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
midtowncrossing.com

Bash & Brawl 2020
Jan. 25 at The Bunker, 9006 Maple St. Omaha Roller Derby is hosting a holiday mini co-ed tournament. Get in the game, or take a seat and cheer on your favorites. Admission: $5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
omaharollergirls.org

35th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 25-26 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-551-2313.
cathedralartsproject.org

Nebraska Chinese Association New Year’s Gala
Feb. 3 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This year’s annual gala includes a rare and exclusive opportunity to see world renown performers from some of China’s top song and dance troupes. Tickets will also be available for a VIP Dinner featuring traditional Chinese banquet cuisine. 402-345-0606
omahachinese.net

Chinese New Year dancers

15th Annual Daddy/Daughter Date Night
Feb. 6 at Papillion Landing Community Center, 1046 W. Lincoln St. This annual date night is a special night for fathers or father-figures and their daughters. The event includes dinner, dancing, pictures, and more. Semi-formal attire requested. Registration is required by Jan. 31. Tickets: TBA. 402.597.2041
papillion.org

The Omaha Home and Garden Expo
Feb. 6-9 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 54th annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo features items and ideas for the inside and outside of your house. There is also a special focus on eco-friendly ideas. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Times vary.
showofficeonline.com

Home-and-Garden-Show fountains

Opera & Entrees
Feb. 7 at Monarch Prime, 316 S. 15th St. Before seeing “Abduction from the Seraglio,” opera-lovers can eat hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal put on by the Opera Omaha Guild before the performance. In attendance will be the conductor, who will present a pre-dinner lecture about the production. Tickets: $75. 5 p.m. 402.345.0606.
ticketomaha.com

Snow Sculpting Competition
Feb. 7-9 at 2610 N. Main St. in Elkhorn This event will show beautiful snow sculptures from professional exhibitions across the nation local teams. Competitors will sculpt in sanctioned events for a chance at going to the 2021 national competition. The event will also feature Nebraska’s only Ice Bar. Admission: Free. 402-216-7812.
mainstreetstudios2610.comsnow sculpting dragon, man's face

Omaha Whiskey Festival
Feb. 8 at Embassy Suites, 555 S. 10th St. Whiskey distillers, master blenders, and other whiskey experts who will be in attendance. The event will showcase a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies.
omahawhiskeyfest.com

Second Annual Tattoo Arts Convention
Feb. 14-16 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way. Tattoo fans will appreciate this convention, which celebrates all things ink. Special guests include Ink Master contestants James Vaughn, Kyle Dunbar, and Al Fliction. Tickets: $20 day or $40 for a three-day pass.712-323-0536.
caesars.com/mid-america-center

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 15-16 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Guests can participate in this two-day event of fun and creativity, featuring optional classes, meals, and a dedicated space to create in any medium of their choosing. Registration required. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $200. 402-342-6452.
hibernateandcreate.com

Asics Presidents’ Day Classic
Feb. 15-17 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. Up to 450 of the best Junior Olympic volleyball teams from around the nation will be competing in this weekend of aces, digs, and spikes. Tickets: $10 for single-day pass or $25 for three day pass. Ages 6 and under are free. 402.341.1500
chihealthcenteromaha.com

14th Annual Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards
Feb. 16 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This awards show recognizes some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and live music. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. show. Tickets: $30-$60.
oea-awards.org

2020 Omaha Boat Sports and Travel Show
Feb. 20-23 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 73rd year of this event features a wide variety of items for those who love the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, camping, and boating equipment will be on display and experts will be there to assist those looking for more information. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students 18 and under, free for children 5 and under. Times vary. 402.393.3339.
omahaboatsportsandtravelshow.com

14th Annual Extreme Presented by Beertopia
Feb. 22 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is an event featuring over 300 beers including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+ only. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38-$65. 402-345-1708.
beercornerusa.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 23-29 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The fifth-largest fashion week in the nation returns for another round of great clothes and great fun. Local designers are a big part of this event, which also includes a cancer survivors night and shopping. Tickets: $25-$45. 402.937.1061.
omahafashionweek.com

Restore Nebraska Conference
Feb. 28-29 at Metropolitan Community College, 5300 N. 30th St. Restoration Exchange is offering another weekend of public education and motivation to restore, revive and preserve older homes and buildings. The two day event opens Feb. 28 with an evening sneak peek tour of the restoration of the former Blackstone Hotel. Times vary. 402-933-3104.
restorationexchange.org

Omaha Royal Princess Ball
Feb. 29 at Courtyard by Omaha Mariott Bellevue, 3750 Raynor Parkway. Princesses in training (and their parents) will get to participate in princess games, story time sing along, ballroom dancing, and more. Children will meet their favorite princesses, such as Cinderella, Beauty, the Snow Sisters, and more. Tickets: $25-$40. 402-408-5300.
bellevueeventcenter.com


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Bass, Bash, and Black Magic for Christmas

December 19, 2019 by

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Santa shack at Cabela's

Thursday, Dec. 19:

Finishing some last-minute shopping before the holidays? Why not  multitask and get some Santa pictures taken while you’re at it? Santa’s Wonderland at Cabela’s in La Vista is offering photos with Santa, as well as free crafts and activities to occupy the kiddos (with a Bass Pass). Time slots are limited, so get there early and sign up for the pass. To see a full schedule, head here.

Big Fert's Big Bash poster

Friday, Dec. 20:

Who doesn’t love a good holiday bash? Big Fert’s Big Holiday Bash is happening at Lookout Lounge, and he is spinning all of your favorite holiday tunes, whether you like punk, hip-hop, rock, metal or ska. Plus, you can catch The Shidiots, Smokebreak, The Scabby Ghouls, Neves, and Bate$. Bad Santa might even make an appearance, as long as the drink specials are nice (or naughty). Get your tickets to this holiday rager here.

Preston Love Jr. at his office

Saturday, Dec. 21:

Still looking for a meaningful gift for that special child who can’t get enough to read? Attend the book signing of Preston Love Jr.’s book Your Bridge to History at Great Plains Black History Museum and you can get them a signed copy of Portia and Preston Love’s book describing the Face-to-Face with Black History Tour. They will learn about Black History while seeing some of the most famous historical landmarks associated with the Black Rights Movements. Learn more here.

Marcos Eduardo playing his guitar

Saturday, Dec. 21:

Oye Como Va is a tribute band bringing you the gift of Santana this Saturday. They put on a high-energy show filled with Santana classics such as “Black Magic Woman,” “Maria Maria,” and of course, “Oye Como Va.” Catch this local favorite paying the ultimate homage to one of rock music’s longest-touring groups (almost 50 years). They are playing at The Jewell, so there will be two shows, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m., but you’ll want to get your tickets asap, as they will likely sell out. Best to be smooth and get your tickets here now.

Holiday Music Series Josh Hoyer graphic

Day Trip—Sunday, Dec. 22:

You might have seen local musician Josh Hoyer on a little show called The Voice a couple years ago (or maybe you remember him from this Omaha Magazine story). If the holiday shopping is stressing you out, let Hoyer’s voice restore your soul. Take a little trip to James Arthur Vineyards for the last Holiday Music Series event where you can listen to the man himself. Oh, and if you’re worried about your pocketbook, no need. There’s no cover fee at this rejuvenation session. Find out more here.   


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Crafty Queens and Other Things

December 12, 2019 by

Featured video is of Taylor Swift’s “Style” cover by Names Without Numbers.

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Lettuce Turnip the Beet poster

Thursday, Dec. 12: 

The December Lettuce Turnip the Beet: Youth Poetry Night is a gift slam, whether you are a participant or a spectator. In the spirit of the season, poems will focus on gifts, whether it’s about a specific gift you have received or given, what the word itself means to the speaker, or the poem is a gift to someone special. Space is limited, so get there early to sign up if you would like do your thing at The B Side of Benson Theatre. Learn more here.

A Very Die Hard Christmas scene

Thursday, Dec. 12 to Sunday, Dec. 22: 

Whether Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie or not is a hotly debated topic this time of year. (Spoiler, it is!) Regardless of that back and forth, the musical A Very Die Hard Christmas at Blue Barn Theatre is most definitely a Christmas production. One that examines the question, how did this film become a holiday favorite among so many? No matter which side of the is-it-or-isn’t-it question you fall on, this play will entertain, and, perhaps, put you in the holiday mood. Get your tickets here now.

Winter Wonderland photo of VW bug

Friday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 15: 

If you missed the kickoff of Winter Wonderland at Sycamore Farms 2019 last week, don’t worry. It’s happening again this weekend, and there is so much to check out. With 70 vendors offering holiday decor and gifts, artisan food vendors, holiday movies, music, and more, don’t let the chill keep you away. Get some fresh air while you shop for gifts, grab a bite, or just soak up the atmosphere. You can even stop and see Santa (or the Grinch, depending on how good you’ve been this year). Find more details here.

She's Crafty band members

Friday, Dec. 13: 

Who’s crafty? She’s Crafty gets around, all the way to The Sydney in Omaha. Straight outta Chicago, this all-female Beastie Boys tribute band knows how to kick some bass, right out in the open. Omaha’s own grunge crew, CatBeret will also take the stage and DJ Kobrakyle knows all the grooves. We’re sure you’ll love this show where the ice is cold. But don’t hide that gold, even if you have to spend your last dollar here.

the guys from Names Without Numbers

Saturday, Dec. 14:

Speaking of blasts from the past, it has been 16 years since this band released their last full-length album. The Names Without Numbers CD Release at The Waiting Room celebrates their long-overdue second album, Silos & Smokestacks, named for the Iowa region of the same name. Their music is a blend of indie and power-pop, focusing on catchy hooks in the style of T-Swift (who they cover) and raw emotion, à la Dashboard Confessional. Which, of course, never goes out of style. Pick up tickets here.

Holiday Drag Queen Brunch poster

Sunday, Dec. 15:

Unlimited mimosas in a holiday atmosphere and a show? What more could you ask for in a brunch? Well, when it’s the Drag Queen Holiday Brunch at Crescent Moon Ale House featuring Dakota Prayer, Kally Lateral Damage, and Vanity, the simple answer is, nothing. To get the full-on, glamourous details, head here.


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Curious Specimens and Puppy Dog Tails

December 5, 2019 by

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Alluring Specimens collaboration

Thursday, Dec. 5:

Want to know what art curatorship shares with zoological practice? Attend Alluring Specimens: Curating & the Curious Intersections of Art and Zoology at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art to find out. Bemis Curator-in-Residence Sylvie Fortin and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Curator Stephanie Huettner will discuss their work. They will also discuss what they learned by collaborating with artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens on the Bemis exhibition Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing. This is a free event, so sign up for tickets here now.

colorful poster for O’Leaver’s show

Friday, Dec. 6: 

Soul, doo-wop, pop rock, indie pop–what’s your flavor? Whichever you’re in the mood for, the All Young Girls Are Machine Guns show, with other local acts Field Club and Talent Show, happening at O’Leaver’s is here to satisfy. This 21 and over show is only $7, so get there early, because you know that parking lot will fill up fast. Find our more here.

Alaskan husky and The Grinch

Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8:

Dog Things are happening. Yes, I’m aware this may seem excessive. However, there were just so many options to support animals this week, I had to cover more than one. Below is a list of just a few of the opportunities to get your pet’s photo taken while supporting a good cause.

  • Santa Paws: Dog Photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus (PRSSA)—Professional holiday photo pictures will be taken at The Bookworm, with 100% of the proceeds going to Hearts United, a no-kill animal shelter in Omaha.
  • HOWLiday Photos with The Grinch—Photos will be done on a first come, first serve basis, with proceeds benefitting Taysia Blue Husky & Malamute Rescue at The Green Spot.
  • Annual Santa Paws Photos—Get photos of your pooch for only $15 at Woof & Whiskers and 100% of the proceeds benefits Accept-A-Bull’s spay and neuter program.
  • GRRIN Photos with Santa—Have your holiday photo taken with Santa and his Elves at Nature Dog, where all proceeds benefit the Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska.

We would like to remind you that pets are furever! Please do not adopt a cute puppy or kitty to give as a gift without realizing it will grow into a (possibly large) dog or cat.
Okay, that’s enough preaching. Get out and hug some fluffy (or scaly, if you prefer) animals. As long as they consent first. Pet responsibly.   

Ashland Hometown Christmas poster

Saturday, Dec. 7: 

Longing for that small-town, down-home type of Christmas experience you see in Hallmark movies? Take a quick drive over to Ashland and satisfy that craving at their Hometown Christmas and Parade of Lights celebration. Soak in the historic atmosphere while you watch the parade float down the street. There’s a cookie extravaganza, hayrack rides, caroling, and, of course, Santa. Get all the juicy details here.

The Science Sphere, lit orange

Saturday, Dec. 7: 

Metropolitan Community College North Express is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring Science On a Sphere demonstrations, with special guest Houston Alexander. Science On a Sphere is six feet in diameter, bringing science to life for people of all ages. It features weather patterns, animal migrations, ocean temperatures, the surface of Mars, and more. The open house will include live demonstrations using this revolutionary educational tool. Find out more about the installation here and learn more about the sphere here.


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Bright Lights, Black Friday

November 28, 2019 by

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lights in trees

Announcement:

Due to the Gene Leahy Mall construction, there was not the traditional Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony or the Making Spirits Bright Holiday Concert in the Old Market, but the festival will still showcase downtown Omaha and celebrate the spirit of the holidays by providing a full season of festive, family-friendly activities. Click here for a list of things you can do during these winter days.

Reindeer in pen

Friday, Nov. 29:

We know many of you will be out doing your holiday shopping this Black Friday, and if you have kids with you, they will likely get a little cranky as the day wears on. Take a little break (for you and them) from the shopping to see Live Reindeer in Center Court when you swing by Regency Court Omaha from 1-3 p.m. Find this and other seasonal events at Regency here.

Enjoli & Timeless

Friday, Nov. 29:

Black Friday with Enjoli & Timeless is happening at Love’s Jazz & Art Center, marking their third year providing a little respite from the holiday madness. This year’s host is Malakhi Eason, with special guest Jalisa “Juju” Jefferson The Poet. Enjoli & Timeless is a local, soulful R&B band nominated for outstanding soul and outstanding artist of the year in the upcoming 14th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards. You can read about their drummer, Eden Corbitt, and her work here. Learn more about the show and message them to get your tickets now here.

Bancroft St. Market Bazaar poster

Saturday, Nov. 30 to Sunday, Dec. 1: 

Local makers will be selling their unique goods—everything from jewelry to soap to kids items—at the 8th Annual Handmade Omaha Winter Art & Craft Bazaar at Bancroft Street Market. The show features unique items produced in Omaha. Take in the cheery atmosphere of Bancroft Street Market while you shop for your favorite loved ones. Outdoors there will be hot coffee and pastries for sale. Check out the vendors here.

Ralston Holiday Magic poster

Sunday, Dec. 1:

Ralston’s Annual Holiday Magic 2019 will take place in downtown Ralston, with live music, food, and a lighting ceremony. Attendees can sample cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes and take a free carriage ride. Of course, Santa Claus will also make an appearance, arriving on a fire truck. He will make his way through the downtown area from 3:15 to 4 p.m., and visit with children until 6 p.m. in the Downtown Gazebo. Get all the jolly details here.


Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

Markets and Muddy Paws

November 21, 2019 by

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Verbal Gumbo poster

Thursday, Nov. 21:

Take a night to go out, convene, and converse for an evening before the hectic holidays descend upon us. The VERbAL Gumbo 8-year Anniversary Show is a great way to do all that, and grab a bite to eat. Do you have all kinds of feelings you’ve been dying to share? Add your name to the poetry sign-up list. Or, if speaking in front of a group makes you shake just thinking about it, simply listen to others as they share their stories. Hear the full word here, and get a taste of what to expect here.

Midtown Crossing at night

Friday, Nov. 22-23:

Missing those weekend Farmers’ Markets already? Midtown Merry Market is here to help, with over 30 local makers and vendors braving the chill to satisfy all your gifting needs. With music, food, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a little something to sip on from Empire Room’s full bar, this event has a bit of holiday joy for everyone, including football fans. Did we mention the perfect lighting yet? Be sure to get all the details here.

Village Point farmers market poster

Saturday, Nov. 23:

We want to make sure you have the chance to scratch that get-to-market itch this weekend, so head to Village Pointe for their Holiday Pop Up Market. With fresh food, baked goods, specialty food items, and items from local crafters, it’s just the excuse you need to get out this weekend. For more information on this event, click here.

Wine basket and donkey pinata

Saturday, Nov. 23 through Saturday, Nov. 30:

Small trees, tall trees, red trees, all trees will be on display at the Feztival of Trees this year at the Tangier Shrine. Trees and prizes are donated by sponsors. For only $2 per adult (13 and over), you can peep the trees and maybe find some decorating inspiration for your own Christmas tree. Or, try to win one of your favorites by entering the raffle. And what feztival is complete without some sweet treats, available at the Snowflake Cafe. Find out more here.

terrier with Santa Claus doll

Sunday, Nov. 24:

It’s almost time for sending out those holiday cards. Not sure what photo you’re going to use yet? Why not use one of your favorite doggo and Santa Claws? Head to Mangelsen’s, where you can make that happen for only $10 at the Photos with Santa event. Proceeds go to the Muddy Paws Puppy Parvo Project. Pets, people, and children are all welcome. Learn more here.


Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.