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Art Show, Expo, and Oh, So (Much More)

November 14, 2019 by

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Brokedown Palace stage at night

Thursday, Nov. 14: 

Need some regular Thursday night plans? The folks at Brokedown Palace have your back with Touch of Grey Thursdays. It’s a night of all things Grateful, with sit-ins, guest appearances, and signature Dead tunes. If you love The Grateful Dead, this place is for you. Not the biggest Dead fan? Well, they also love the Cornhuskers. Yes, it is a Deadhead Husker bar. Didn’t know that’s what you needed in life? Now you do. Jam out to more details here.

Ailey II dance groupFriday, Nov. 15: 

If you’re anything like my mom, you can’t get enough of watching others dance, whether live and in-person or on TV shows, such as So You Think You Can Dance. If this sounds like you, Ailey II at Orpheum Theater is a performance you won’t want to miss. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater marked its 60th anniversary in March of last year, and they are still going strong. Get your tickets here now, as they’re going fast.

Holly Jolly poster

Saturday, Nov. 16: 

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Holly Jolly Boutique and Art Show at Il Palazzo. With over 40 local artists and vendors selling everything from toffee to jewelry to dolls, you can find something for anyone on your list. There will be a cash bar with the signature Holly Jolly mimosa and a catered lunch available for purchase. Click here to find out more about the vendors and to purchase an early shopping pass.

Lanoha Christmas sceneSaturday, Nov. 16: 

We know. It’s not Christmas yet. But that doesn’t have to stop you from checking out the Christmas Preview at Lanoha Nurseries. Heavenly Waffles (read more about them here) will be serving their protein-heavy breakfast staple, perfect for providing shopping power. Coffee and cocoa will also be available. Find out more here.

Author Expo at SAC posterSunday, Nov.17: 

The Author Expo at Strategic Air Command will include aspiring and established authors, with styles ranging from conspiracy theory to rom-com to poetry. They will share their inspirations, read excerpts from their work, and they will also be available to autograph their books, which will be available for purchase. Learn more here.

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

Songs and Soirées

November 6, 2019 by

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Best of Omaha Soiree poster

Thursday, Nov. 7:

Today is the day. It’s time for the Second Annual Best of Omaha Soirée, and we couldn’t be more excited to see you there! With incredible entertainment, a stunning venue, tasty beverages, and food from some of the Best of Omaha winners, this event is all about Omaha. Which means it’s about all of us. If you don’t have your tickets yet, get them here now! There is a limited number available, and we hope to see you there.

Sneaker Soiree poster

Friday, Nov. 8:

If you like to dress up, but still be comfortable, the 1st Annual Sneaker Soiree (yes, it’s another soiree) is a party for you. Forget the heels and the toe-pinchers. Slip on that gown you never get to wear or your favorite suit and throw on a pair of sneakers. Seriously. It’s all about kickin’ it in fancy-style in your favorite kicks. In addition, bring in your new or gently used shoes in support of Youth Emergency Services (YES House) of Omaha. Learn more about the event here.

Hector Anchondo Band

Friday, Nov. 8:

True Omaha music fans know about Hector Anchondo Band. Never heard of them? Expand your local music knowledge by heading to The Jewell to catch one of two shows they’re playing this Friday evening—or catch both! If you like good music, you’ll have a good time. Learn more about the man behind the name here, then purchase your tickets here.

Red toy truck

Saturday, Nov. 9:

Love music and supporting good causes? The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge is the perfect opportunity to enjoy both. Catch local acts Low Long Signal, RAF, Ghost Whale, TWITCH, Dead On Dust, and Sabbaths Disciples all in one place, at Winchester Saloon. All you need is $10 or a new unwrapped toy to donate to the drive. Want to know the story behind the toy drive? Head here. For more information on the show, click here.

a long, clear highway, no cars

Sunday, Nov. 10:

There’s no better way to end the weekend than with a bluesy evening of good music and good people. The Joe McCarthy CD Release Party at Stocks n Bonds is your ticket to that perfect ending. McCarthy is a local working musician whose warm voice and kicked-up blend of country, blues, and rock will get you reset for the rest of the week. Find out more here.

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Hallowed Halloween Happenings (and other things)

October 31, 2019 by and
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sugar skull

Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2: 

El Museo Latino is featuring a Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos exhibit on display until Nov. 16. The Day of the Dead is a tradition that celebrates loved ones who have passed away with flowers, candles, and favorite foods. The exhibit showcases these elements and the history of the tradition. With the celebration taking place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, now is the perfect time to learn about how other cultures celebrate this time of year. Learn more here.

white owl

Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2: 

Get in touch with your magical side at several Harry Potter-themed events at Fontenelle Forest this weekend. On Friday, wizards ages 21 and over can attend A Night at the Forbidden Forest for a costume competition, pub quiz, and more. On Saturday, A Holiday at Hogwarts is an event the whole family can enjoy. Visitors can work on wizard-themed crafts, visit animals, and hunt for magical objects. Make your reservations here.

Nebraskon poster

Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3: 

This weekend, over 5,000 people will visit one of Nebraska’s largest and longest-running anime conventions. Anime  NebrasKon takes place over three days and features many prominent guest speakers from the anime community, including the voice actors and cosplayers. With 200+ hours of activities, a dance, video games, board games, and more, this is a don’t-miss for all anime fans. There’s also an art contest and auction, so you can show your skills or take home a unique souvenir. Get your tickets here now.

scene from Madama Butterfly

Friday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 3: 

The popular opera Madama Butterfly tells the love story of a young Japanese woman and an American naval officer. The renowned opera comes to the Orpheum Theater for two performances this weekend. Artist, and founder of Omaha nonprofit organization KANEKO, Jun Kaneko, designed the set and costumes of this production that has been seen around the world. Get your tickets here while you can.

people at Fall Refugee Health Fair

Saturday, Nov. 2: 

The University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Bridge to Care is a student-led interprofessional organization. They are hosting their annual Fall Refugee Health Fair at Benson High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering free services such as vision assessments, dental screenings, Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement, blood pressure checks, and glucose level screenings. There is also a refugee cultural orientation with Alana Schriver, refugee specialist for the Omaha Public Schools. To learn more, click here.

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Spooks and Stars

October 24, 2019 by and
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stars and trees

Friday Oct. 25: 

If you’d like to get away from the hectic Halloween planning and take a little time to enjoy the changing of seasons, Fontenelle Forest is hosting an Autumn Constellation Viewing. Andromeda, Aquarius, Capricornus, Pegasus, and Pisces are constellations best seen in the fall (and preferably in the forest). If you’re interested in an enjoyable, relaxing way to spend the evening, look no further than the night sky at Fontenelle Forest. Seek out more information here.

woman in genealogy section of library

Friday Oct. 25: 

Discover your family history at the 11th Annual Genealogy Lock-In at the W. Dale Clark Library. The Greater Omaha Genealogical Society will be at the library to answer questions about genealogy. The event will also feature a presentation of “Daniel Freeman: America’s First Homesteader,” a story about the first homesteader in the United States and the effects of the Homestead Act on the West. Registration is required. Dig in here for more information.

pumpkin tree festival banner

Saturday Oct. 26:

It’s almost time for Halloween, and Village Pointe Shopping Center is having a day full of festive activities for all ages. Omaha’s Great Pumpkin Tree Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., so you have plenty of time to get out and find just the right treat. With pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, a concert from Best of Omaha-winning local band eNVy, and a pumpkin tree lighting, this free event is no trick. Be sure to check out all the treats here.

Omaha Oddities & Art Expo poster

Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27: 

The Omaha Oddities and Art Expo is a unique event perfect for Halloween. There will be over 50 vendors selling unique items to satisfy all your spooky season needs. Magicians, fire, aerial, and sideshow performers will provide entertainment throughout. Bring a non-perishable food item for Food Bank for the Heartland to receive an admission discount. For the full agenda, head here.

woman with book, The Gallows II

Day trip—Friday, Oct. 25: 

We’re definitely well into scary movie season, and you have the chance to #supportlocal by heading to see The Gallows Act II at the Holly Theatre in Beatrice this Friday. This film is the sequel to Nebraska filmmaker, and Beatrice native, Chris Lofing’s The Gallows. It is premiering in select theaters and on demand. Get your tickets here now.

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

It’s Time to Get Tricky for Treats

October 17, 2019 by and

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Dogfight poster

Thursday Oct. 17 to Sunday Oct. 27: 

The story of a Vietnam War-era Marine who returns home and reconnects with a woman he mistreated years earlier. Dogfight is playing at the Weber Fine Arts Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Tickets are $20 ($10 on weekdays) for this popular play based on the slightly idealistic 1991 film starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. Find show times and purchase tickets here now.

zombie graphic

Friday, Oct. 18: 

Get an early jump on trick-or-treating when you take your little monsters to Tricks and Treats at Westwood Plaza from 6-8 p.m. The first 1,500 children will receive a free treat bag and foam glow stick, while supplies last. There will also be a photo booth and special appearances from some of your favorite princesses and superheroes. The check-in booth will be outside, across from Burlington Coat Factory. Catch all the treats here, no trick.

fireworks in sky

Friday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 25:

If the cold weather and early sunsets haven’t been enough to convince you that fall is officially here, then Friday Fireworks at Vala’s is sure to do the trick. Crisp, fall weather, the pumpkin patch, and a fireworks show make for a great evening out. Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is putting on a professional fireworks show at 9 p.m. on Friday night. Find this and other Vala’s activities here.

chili in a bowl

Saturday Oct. 19: 

As the fall weather settles in for the next few months, chili is going to be an essential food to fight the cold. Check out the best chili in town at the eighth annual Blazin’ Saddles Chili Cookoff at Dillon Brothers. This event is free and open to the public for judging and competition from noon until 3 p.m. All competitors get a $40 gift card from Dillon Brothers on the day of the event. Get more hot details here.

carved wood owl in tree

Saturday Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct. 20: 

This weekend is the 45th Annual Wood Art Fair Show and Sale. Wood carvings small and large will be on display and for sale at the German-American Society, thanks to the Mid-America Woodcarvers Association. The event features a “best of show” competition and various demonstrations, including chainsaw carving, woodturning, and hand-carving demonstrations. Carvings on display will include wildlife, realistic, relief, miniatures, and more. Learn more about MAWA here.

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

Fall Into the Music

October 10, 2019 by and

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Jackson Stokes

Thursday, Oct. 10: Need a little respite from the hectic week before jumping into the weekend? Singer/songwriter Jackson Stokes is bringing his bluesy sound to Omaha’s Harney St. Tavern, all the way from St. Louis, Missouri. Local act The Shineys will open this funky set. Oh, and because it’s at HST, it’s free! Get there early if you want a seat, but be prepared to get up and dance. Trust us, you’ll want to. Show starts at 9 p.m. Find out more here.

Farewell Angelina

Friday, Oct. 11: Keep the music going with Farewell Angelina at Iowa Western Community College. Named after the haunting Bob Dylan song, Farewell Angelina is an all-female country group comprised of dynamic songwriters and accomplished multi-instrumentalists. The women blend their “heart-stopping harmonies” over blazing double violins and guitars. Even if you don’t like country music, these talented musicians just might change your mind. Get your tickets here.

Fall Harvest at Big Garden

Saturday, Oct. 12: Celebrate The Big Garden’s fourth annual Harvest Festival with live music, games, face painting, and of course, food. If fall is your favorite season, the costume contest and pumpkin decorating are don’t-miss attractions. Oh, and there are…wait for it…pony rides! Don’t let the weather monsters get you down. For updates and more information, fall over here.

Lanoha Nurseries festival

Saturday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 13: Can’t get enough of the fall festivals? (We obviously can’t.) If you love everything about fall, from pumpkin spice to foliage, get out and enjoy a weekend full of fall activities at Lanoha Nurseries Fall Festival. Play yard games, eat some food, and take a hayrack ride. You also have the chance to win savings of up to 40% off plants. Best of all, this event is free to all. Learn more here.

Cobweb Castle at Children's Museum poster

OngoingNow through Oct. 31: Getting stuck in cobwebs is no fun, except when it’s at Omaha Children’s Museum. If you’re looking for a way to get in the Halloween spirit without scaring the kids, the museum’s Cobweb Castle is here for you. Children can enjoy the thrill of the holiday minus the scares that come with being in a haunted house. This castle is uniquely made for children and family members of all ages. Find this and other kid-friendly events at the museum here.

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

Ghouls, Gifford, Gems, and Junk

October 3, 2019 by and
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Ghouls and Glow at the zoo

Thursday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct. 6: Every weekend in October, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo hosts a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family can attend. Ghouls and Glow features around 400 lanterns and hundreds of glowing pumpkins illuminating the zoo. Enjoy the beautiful lights and be on the lookout for Omaha Circus Arts and Omaha Street Percussion as they perform throughout the night. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by hanging out with some of the zoo’s nocturnal animals? Get your tickets here.

gas can jack o' lanterns

Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6: We’ve heard the phrase “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Is there an event that better personifies that mantra than Junkstock: Harvest Edition? What started as an idea to bring together lovers of unique items has grown into one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. Junkstock features over 150 vendors selling all things vintage, antique, and yes…junk. Junkstock is a can’t miss event featuring vendors, nearly 20 food trucks with everything from pork rinds to egg rolls, and live music from several local artists. Find out more, and purchase tickets, here now.

amethyst stone up close

Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6: For those looking to get more in touch with the natural world, the Omaha Gem and Mineral Show is this weekend. Westside Middle School is hosting this event and it’s much more than just looking at rocks. There are a variety of things to do at this educational, entertaining event, such as talk with gemstone and jewelry artists about their craft, learn how to find and clean collectible materials from local experts, and bid on items in a silent auction. Learn more here.

band at Porchfest

Sunday, Oct. 6: Omaha’s Gifford Park Neighborhood at 33rd and California streets is bringing the community together again for a day of live, local, musical entertainment. The third annual Porchfest is where artists perform from the front porch (or the back patio) of neighborhood homes. The idea began in Ithaca, New York, in 2007 and has spread to numerous cities throughout the country. Performances begin at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon and evening. This jam fest is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Check the schedule here.

yellow cat, golden retriever in field

Road TripSaturday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 6: The Nebraska Pet Expo features local and  nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers, and organizations geared towards pet lovers. This animal-friendly event is happening at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Weeping Water. It tends to attract a lot of fur babies, so make sure yours are on their best behavior. There will be pet water stations throughout, and if you plan on adopting or fostering, organizers recommend bringing your own crate or restraints for the joyful ride home. Dig up all the dirt here.

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

Red Summer to Power Summit

September 26, 2019 by

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Red Summer play poster

Thursday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 20: 

This year marks the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919. The opening of Red Summer, a detailed account of the life of William Brown by Beaufield Berry, commemorates this tragic event. While the show is an unflinching account of a city torn apart, it is also a portrait of the man whose name is known to many Omahans, but whose life has never been portrayed. You can read about one of the play’s actors in our latest issue here, and you can purchase tickets here.
To learn more about what happened and honor Brown’s memory, you can also attend an event at the Douglas County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 28. Learn more about that here.

River City Rodeo, man on bull

Friday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 28: 

The River City Rodeo returns, with two nights of high-caliber PRCA rodeo featuring events such as steer wrestling, team roping, and bull riding. This volunteer-fueled, annual celebration of Western heritage brings nonstop action and entertainment with a kick. World champion cowboys will be competing for official entry into the National Finals Rodeo. There will also be fierce competition for announcer of the year, sound man of the year, and, of course, they’ll send out the clowns to compete for clown of the year. Get your tickets here now.

5 girls at Stand Up Summit

Saturday, Sept. 28: 

The Stand Up You Go Girl Summit seeks to build up our girls and young women from the inside. You Go Girl Omaha is a nonprofit committed to encouraging, empowering, and inspiring in an effort to end the cycle of self-doubt and low self-esteem by creating unique experiences that amplify self-love, self-awareness, wellness, education, and leadership. There will be two breakout sessions, with lunch provided by some of Omaha’s food trucks, live music from DJ Houston Alexander, games, prizes, scholarships, and more, including comedy, music, and even some basketball. Learn all about this event and the organization here.

OEAA nomination ballots

Saturday, Sept. 28: 

Want to be among the first to know this year’s nominees for Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards? Be sure to head to Hi-Fi House for the OEAA Nominee Reveal Party and get a front-row seat to find out if your favorite musician, artist, comedian, or actor has made the cut. Find out more here and check out Omaha Magazine’s recent stories on the OEAAs and its history.

two alpacas "kissing"

Saturday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Sept. 29: 

Alpacas are the manic-pixie-dream girls of the animal world–quirky, charming, and often elusive. But this weekend you can catch them in Fort Calhoun at the National Alpaca Farm Day Free Open House. Feed them, pet them, walk with them, and admire their adorable babies. Pack a lunch, shop for alpaca products, and make a day of it. For directions and hours, click here.

face collage, RACE: Are We So Different?

Sunday, Sept. 29: 

Take advantage of Free Admission Day for RACE: Are We So Different? at Durham Museum. This exhibit was developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. This national exhibition is the first of its kind to tell the stories of race from a biological, cultural, and historical point of view. Find out more here.

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

Best of Omaha 2019 Soirée Video Premiere

Last year’s Best of Omaha Soirée at Omaha Design Center was one for the books. But this year’s exclusive event may just outdo last year, because this year we get to invite you to join us at Empire Room in Midtown Crossing, overlooking Turner Park. Please join us in celebrating the Best of Omaha.


October 2019 Calendar of Events

September 25, 2019 by
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Stage Performances
Family & More


Produce, Consume, Discard
Through Oct. 4 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Fiber artist Sarah Kolar uses deconstructed T-shirt remnants to represent the process involved in knitting a shirt and encourages viewers to contemplate the laborious efforts that go into making their personal belongings. Admission: free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.595.2122.

From Nebraska: Kingman—Dunbier—Gilder
Through Oct. 13 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibit will showcase landscape art by three 20th century Nebraskan artists. Admission: free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 402.305.1510.

Bagels and Sometimes Bach
Through Nov. 23 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Featuring a different musical performance every Sunday, this event offers complimentary bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice. Admission: free. Doors open at 11 a.m., performance begins at 11:30 a.m. 402.305.1510.

Race: Are We So Different?
Through Jan. 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S 10th St. This exhibit combines perspectives to tell stories of race from biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for members and children under 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.444.5071.

Everyday People: The Art of James E. Ransome
Through Jan. 19 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The work of James E. Ransome displayed in this exhibit highlights the simple, joyful moments of life. Features historic figures such as Sojourner Truth and Frederick Douglass. Admission: free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 402.342.3300.

everyday-people painting

Reagan Pufall
Starting Oct. 11 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. The North Dakota native who currently lives in Omaha teaches art and design, and practices photography. He has received several awards and nominations, including an OEAA 2018 Best New Media Artist nomination. Admission: free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.595.2122.

Louder than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics
Starting Oct. 12 through Feb. 2 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibit explores how rock music has shaped cultural norms on topics such as civil rights, feminism, war, and more. Historical artifacts, photos, and videos show how the power of rock has influenced politics throughout American history. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for members and children under 2. 402.444.5071.

MONA2Omaha: National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore — PHOTOARK
Starting Oct. 25 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. Joel Sartore captures photographs of species in an effort to document and create awareness of the animal before it’s too late. Admission: free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 402.305.1510.

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The Doobie Brothers
Oct. 1 at Orpheum Theatre, 409 S. 16th St. The four-time Grammy Award-winning band has sold more than 48 million albums. Tickets: $78-$706. 8 p.m. 402.661.8501.

Australian Pink Floyd- All That You Love World Tour 2019
Oct. 3 at Stir Concert Cove-Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel, One Harrah’s Blvd. The group has sold over 4 million tickets for concerts that have taken place in over 30 countries. Tickets: $39.99+. 8 p.m. 712.329.6000

Plague Vendor
Oct. 3 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. Singer Brandon Blaine and the rest of the band are known for making nothing into something. Come see them live. Tickets: $12-$15. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Bowling For Soup and Less Than Jake
Oct. 4 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The Good Vibes and High Fives Tour. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 8 p.m. 402-345-7569.

Mac DeMarco
Oct. 4 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The Canadian singer-songwriter has released six studio albums, with his newest release being Here Comes the Cowboy. Tickets: $41.49-$43.99. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Mac Demarco at piano

Oct. 5 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The band will be performing hits, such as “Carry On Wayward Son,” during this special concert series. Tickets: $63-$650. 7:30 p.m. 402-444-4750.

No Shelter
Oct. 5 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The Omaha band is a Rage Against The Machine tribute band. Tickets: $10 advanced, $15 day of show. 8 p.m.

The Funk Nation Tour 2019 Lewis and Clark FunBrElla
Oct. 5 at Lewis & Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Dr.  See the national recording artist live. Tickets: $20. 6 p.m. 402.444.5900.

Cerebral Rot, Fetid, Carnographer, CBN, Odour of Sancity
Oct. 6 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St.  Four performers. Tickets: $10 advanced, $12 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.391.2554.

Senses Fail
Oct. 6 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The New Jersey band has released seven albums. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402.884.5353.

Oct. 6 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The politically active and aware singer-songwriter invites guests to sing, dance, and converse. Tickets: $15-$18. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Delta Rae
Oct. 8 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The independent band has six members, and is currently working on its third and fourth albums. Tickets: $16. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Hoodie Allen: Whatever USA Tour
Oct. 8 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. This American singer and rapper will perform. Tickets: $30. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569

Hoodie Allen in convertible USA-TOUR

Yonder Mountain String Band
Oct. 10 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The band has pushed boundaries in the bluegrass genre of music, with edgy and unique sounds. Tickets: $25. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live!
Oct. 11 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. One of the world’s most famous hitmakers is making a stop in Omaha. Collins has over 100 million record sales. Tickets: $50+. 8 p.m. 402.341.1500.

Blue October
Oct. 12 at Reverb Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The group describes their latest record as emotional. The band has found themselves in a positive mindset spiritually and physically. Tickets: $35. 7:30 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Cigarettes After Sex
Oct 12 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The American pop band is known for their “ethereal” musical style. Tickets: $25. 9 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Scotty Sire
Oct. 13 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St.  The former “Viner” is now a YouTube celebrity. In October of 2018, he released his first full length album- Ruin Your Party. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Lucy Dacus
Oct. 14 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The indie rock singer-songwriter has two critically acclaimed albums. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 day of show. 8 p.m. 402-345-7569.

Dirt Monkey
Oct. 17 at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Patrick Megeath is an up-and-coming IDM artist, who has performed at established venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater, and collaborated with a wide-range of artists. Tickets: $15. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Oct. 17 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.  The Midwest native is a rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, investor, and entrepreneur. Tickets: $39-$89. 7 p.m. 402.554.2800.

Reverend Raven and The Chain Smoking Altar Boys
Oct. 17 at Chrome Lounge, 8552 Park Drive. The band plays traditional blues music, and is sure to excite the crowd. Tickets: $10. 6 p.m. 402.339.8660.

Nothing, nowhere.
Oct. 18 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. Joseph Edward “Joe” Mulherin is an American rapper. Tickets: $17. 7 p.m. 402.391.2554.

Patti LaBelle
Oct. 18 at the Orpheum Theater, 12th and Douglas St. The Grammy-award winning singer brings attitude and power to her R&B and pop hits. Tickets: $148. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.


Oct. 19 at Orpheum Theatre, 1200 Douglas St. The American rock band is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with a tour, and is making a stop in Omaha. Tickets: $87. 8 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Oct. 19 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. Their second album, Forever Turned Around, has ten songs about friendship and love. Tickets: $25. 8 p.m.  402.345.7569.

The Lacs and Black Stone Cherry
Oct. 19 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The duo blends together different styles of music—from country to rap—to create a unique, authentic sound. Tickets: $30. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353

Mike Doughty
Oct. 20 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6216 Maple St. With plans to adjust each performance to a “real-time remix of the record at each show,” the band is excited to share their record in an authentic way. Tickets: $20. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353

Justin Townes Earle
Oct. 22 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6216 Maple St. This country singer’s latest album takes listeners through emotional and personal stories. Tickets: $25. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Smooth Hound Smith
Oct 22. at O’Leavers Pub, 1322 Saddle Creek Rd. The Nashville-based group is an American roots and rock band. Tickets: $27-$183. 9 p.m. 402.556.1238.

Oct. 23 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6216 Maple St. “Strong vocals, tight harmonies, catchy tunes” can be used to describe the Arizona group. Tickets: $20. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Moon Hooch
Oct. 24 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The trio features two saxophonists and a drummer. Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Through the Stone EP Release Show
Oct. 25 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Avenue.  The heavy-rock band from Omaha shares “powerful” vocals and “unwavering” guitar playing. Admission: $10. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.

Bianca Del Rio
Oct. 26 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The American drag queen won season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Admission: $49.75. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

David Cook
Oct. 27 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6216 Maple St. See the winner of the seventh season of American Idol live. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25, $100 VIP. 402.884.5353.

Oct. 27 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. This is the Gravity II Tour, with each song leaving an emotional impact. Admission: $25-$30. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

ZOSO—The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Oct. 30 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14 St. The group, formed in 1995, is about touching a golden era in music. They attempt to take viewers back to the atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569

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Stage Performances

Through Oct. 13 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The red-headed orphan navigates several detours to hopefully reunite with her parents. The classic story is entertaining for all ages. Tickets $133-$593. 7:30 p.m. 402.553.0800.

The Cat in The Hat
Through Oct. 13 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The rhyming, classic tale has been around for generations. Tickets: $20. 7 p.m. 402.345.4849.


Red Summer
Through Oct. 20 at BlueBarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10 St. “History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.” This show commemorates the centenary of the Omaha race riots of 1919 through the story of 40 year old factory worker, William Brown. Tickets: $35. Times vary. 402.345.1576.

Nebraska Shakespeare “Othello”
Oct. 15 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The 14th annual season of Shakespeare On Tour is performing the complex tragedy of Othello. Tickets: $10 for non-members, free to members. 6 p.m. 402.346.4002.

Chopin and Swan Lake
Oct. 18-19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Charlie Albright—on piano—has been titled “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by The Washington Post. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets: $149-$560. 402.345.0606.

Symphony Spooktacular: The Haunted Hall
Oct. 20 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This spooky show invites you to come in costume and help solve the mystery. Tickets: $35. 2 p.m. 402.345.0606.

“Children of Metropolis” by Scrap Arts Music
Oct. 25 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas St. Interesting sounds and stunning visuals come to life with metal, artillery shells, accordion parts, and more. Tickets: available as an add-on to season tickets. 7 p.m. 402.345.0606.

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The Rocky Horror Show
Starting Oct. 4 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.  This classic show is full of eccentric music, dancing, costumes, and more. Tickets: $42. Times vary. 402.553.0800.

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Family & More

Village Pointe Farmers Market
Through Oct. 5 at Village Pointe Shopping Center, 168th and West Dodge Rd. Enjoy Saturday mornings by supporting locally grown fresh food. Admission: free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 402.505.9773.

Omaha Farmers Market
Through Oct. 12 at the Old Market. Healthy, fresh food is plentiful. Support local farmers. Admission: free. 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. 402-345-5401.

Omaha Farmers Market
Through Oct. 13 at Aksarben Village, 67th & Center St.  Locally grown, healthy, fresh foods are available here. Admission: free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 402.345.5401.

Ghouls and Ghosts
Through Oct. 25 at Henry Doorly Zoo, 3701 S. 10th St. The zoo is illuminated for all ages to see and enjoy. Admission: $18.95 for ages 12+. $17.95 for seniors, and $12.95 for ages 3 to 11. 402.733.8400.

Lauritzen Gardens Walking Club
Through Oct. 29 at the Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The outdoor environment is a scenic and visually stimulating place to walk every Tuesday morning. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 12, free for children under age 6 and garden members. 8:30 a.m. 402.354.4002.

Kids Jamboree Saturdays
Through Nov. 9 at Nebraska Crossing Outlets, 21209 Nebraska Crossing Dr. Visit Nebraska Crossing Outlets on select Saturdays for entertainment such as stilt walkers, magicians, treats, and face painting. Admission: free. Times vary. 402.332.5650.

October Winery Spotlight- Petrolo
Oct. 2 at WineStyles Tasting Station, 1006 S. 74th Plaza. Petrolo is considered a “top tier super Tuscan wine estate.” The company, which was established in the 1980s, produces wine based on Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Admission: $20. 6-9 p.m. 402.884.6696.

An Evening with Lisa Scottoline
Oct. 3 at Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow. The No.1 Bestselling Author, weekly column writer, New York Times bestselling author, and writer of 32 Edgar award-winning novels will be making an appearance in Council Bluffs. Admission: free. 7 p.m. 712.323.7553.

Junkstock: Harvest Edition
Oct. 4-6 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Dr., Waterloo. Food trucks, antiques, clothing vendors, and more are all seen at this outdoor event. Times vary. Admission: $10-$30.

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Harvest Fest
Oct. 5 at Village Pointe Farmers Market, 168th and Dodge streets. A fall celebration featuring hayrack rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, and more. Admission: free. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 402.505.9773.

Japanese Ambience Festival
Oct. 5-6 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. In celebration of fall and Japanese culture, a variety of activities and food tastings will be taking place. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12, free for children under age 6 and garden members. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.346.4002.

Omaha Monster Jam
Oct. 5-6 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10 St. This event showcases trained, world-class athletes and their skills with flipping, racing, and flying two and four wheelers. 1 p.m. Tickets: $48-$168. 402.599.6916

Omaha Gem and Mineral Show
Oct. 5-6 at Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor St. Featuring many activities such as rock paintings, arrowhead making, and wire wrap custom jewelry. Admission: free.  9 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.873.6515.

October Harvest Spoon Tour
Oct. 5 at Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop.  A celebration of food and culture with unique experiences throughout the day. Admission: $3 per vehicle. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 712.545-3283.

3rd Annual Porchfest OMA
Oct. 6 in Gifford Park Neighborhood Market.  A free music festival for the community of Omaha. 1-6 p.m. 402.597.4920.

Leashes at Lauritzen
Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Water and treats will be offered throughout the area, as canines are invited to explore the garden with their families. Admission: $10 per person, $5 per dog, free for garden members. 5-8 p.m. 402.346.4002

Flamin’ Pumpkin Fest Part Deux
Oct. 12 at Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St. The second annual Pumpkin Fest will offer a class on paranormal investigating, as well as tricks and treats. Admission: $25. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 712.323.2509.

Callahan Promotions Arts and Crafts Fair
Oct. 12-13 at Mid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. Iowa’s largest arts and crafts show. Times vary. Admission: $5 adults, free to children 10 and younger. 563.357.1986.

Get Fit in the Park
Oct. 13 at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. This event features different workouts such as yoga, Zumba, and body combat. Admission: free. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 402.496.1616.

23rd Annual Schoolhouse Fiddling Bee
Oct. 13 at The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, 504 Garfield St. This event offers something for fiddlers of all types, from a hoedown to a waltz. There is a Fiddler’s Contest, as well as a light snack. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for students, $1 for children. 2:30 p.m. 402.275.3221.

Spooky Sprint Omaha
Oct. 19 at Zorinsky Lake Park, 3808 S. 154 St. A half marathon, 10k, 5k, and Kid’s Dash are all offered for participants to run in their favorite costume. Admission: $32-$45. 7:30 a.m. 816.524.7733.

Trick or Treat with the Animals
Oct. 19 at Gifford Farm, 700 Camp Gifford Rd.  A special day filled with chickens, pigs, goats, farm games, and trick or treating. Admission: $5. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 402.597.4920.

Living Loess Tour
Oct. 19 at Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop. The Nature Center offers prairies and woodlands for more than 1,200 acres. This tour teaches how the hills were made. Admission: $3 per car. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 712.545.3283.

Goatz 50K Trail Run
Oct. 20 at Lake Cunningham Campground, 8152 Rainwood Road. From 5 miles to 50K, this run around Glenn Cunningham Lake has distance for everyone. Admission: $35-$90. 1-6 p.m. 402.444.4628.

Omaha Oddities and Art Expo
Oct. 26 at Hilton Omaha Downtown, 1616 Dodge St. Vendors, guests, and performers are gathering for this special Halloween event. Admission: $8-$13 for adults, $3-$5 for children 7 and up, free for children 6 and under. $1 discount with non-perishable food donation (Food Band for the Heartland). 402.819.9618. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rockbrook Village Cars and Caffeine
Oct. 26 at Rockbrook Village, 2800 S 110 Ct. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the car show. Admission: free. 8-10 a.m. 402.390.0890.

Ghoulish Garden Adventure
Oct. 27 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Educational activities will make for a fun Halloween experience, with entertainment such as a Spooky Spider’s Lair and Haunted Hallow Candy Stations. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 per person. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free for garden members.

Old Market Fall Festival
Oct. 27 at the Old Market, 1100 Howard St. Games, drinks, and treats are plentiful at this celebration of fall in Omaha’s historic district. Admission: free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 402.346.4445.

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