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March/April 2019 Instagram

February 25, 2019 by

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rickety barn in field, blue sky

@lolasblest

Yellow fluted flower with water droplets

@alisontopphotography

backpack/lantern in snow, water's edge

@alexvielee

snowy street Council Bluffs, Iowa, nighttime

@hayleyocho

leafless tree in snow during sunset

@kdkader

Omaha's First National Tower at night

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two people leaning on mailboxes/heads inside TVs

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bridge over Missouri River at sunset

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carousel coming out of phone

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About the Cover

February 20, 2019 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Four states (Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Idaho) prohibit hemp-derived CBD following the recent legalization of hemp at the federal level. On Jan. 24, Idaho State Police busted a truck driver transporting 6,701 pounds of cannabis from Oregon to Colorado. The Idaho State Police say it’s marijuana. The Colorado-based company, Big Sky Scientific, says the shipment is industrial hemp for CBD. Meanwhile, the driver is stuck in limbo, facing a mandatory punishment of at least five years in prison and a minimum fine of $15,000. Marijuana and hemp are different varieties of the same plant, cannabis sativa. While marijuana is cultivated for high THC content, hemp has less than 0.3 percent THC. 

Omaha Magazine March/April 2019 cover, featuring a marijuana leaf in a drop of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil with text reading: The Hazy Legality of CBD, Hemp, Cannabis-What's legal? What's not?


Learn more about the legality of CBD in Nebraska from the cover story of the March/April 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine“‘CBD Madness’ Sweeps Nebraska.”

Read other Nebraskan perspectives on the medical use of cannabis (from which CBD is derived) in this online exclusive content, “2019 Medical Cannabis Op-Eds: From the Governor, a Colonel, and a Drug Dealer.” 

Additionally, the print edition’s editor letter discusses the medical side of CBD. It excerpts an interview with a Nebraska mother whose son takes CBD for severe seizures, “Legal CBD, Medical Cannabis, and in Between.”

March/April 2019 Exhibitions

February 19, 2019 by and

This calendar was printed in the March/April 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Exhibitions

Jeremy Caniglia: Into Purer Light
Through March 8 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Creighton Alumnus Caniglia will show his latest figurative works, which are an exploratory journey into the Greek concept of the afterlife. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
creighton.edu

Juried UNO Studio Art Majors
Through March 29 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Visitors can view works by UNO students studying various forms of art. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
unomaha.edu

Effects of PTSD
Through March 30 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit will feature works by artist Elizabeth Boutin that explore the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Painting titled "AFTER" by Elizabeth Boutin, featuring American flag in triangle box, two roses on sliver platter, a crumpled note with writing, and a bug

AFTER, Elizabeth Boutin

Mary Zicafoose: Alchemy of Color and Cloth
Through April 6 at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 505 S. 45th St. This exhibit showcases Mary Zicafoose’s woven tapestries and collographic monoprints, largely curated from two of her recent bodies of work: Fault Lines and Mountain for the Buddha. Admission: free. 402-559-5600.
maryzicafoose.com

Nebraska 8 Invitational
Through April 7 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The Nebraska 8 Invitational features the work of eight contemporary artists associated with Nebraska: Wanda Ewing, Catherine Ferguson, Sheila Hicks, Gail Kendall, Jacqueline Kluver, Karen Kunc, Christina Narwicz, and Mary Zicafoose. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs; take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts; attempt a CrossFit course; or bump, set, and spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (60+), free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Human Condition
Through May 2 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. This exhibit provides audiences with sculpture and photography that explore physical and psychological experiences. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

A giant human male head made from dollar bills

Human Condition at KANEKO

30 Americans
Through May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

Artist group shot, 30 Americans artists (featuring 16 people, mostly standing)

30 Americans artist group

Dinosaur UpROAR
Through May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit will feature 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden, where massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Chris Cassimatis featuring Larry Roots and Kenny Adkins
March 1-April 24 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Sculpture artist Chris Cassimatis is showcased in this exhibit, which also features painter and sculptor Larry Roots and mixed-media artist Kenny Adkins. Admission: free. 402-502-8737.
modernartsmidtown.com

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
March 2-June 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Inspired by the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of American History, this exhibit explores America’s bold experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people.” It features engaging multimedia experiences, immersive design, and artifacts from the Smithsonian and state historical organizations. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children 3-12, and free to children 2 and under and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Invisible Synonyms
March 8-April 26 at Amplify Arts, 1804 Vinton St. This exhibit invites the viewer to slow down and scan the surface of the everyday. Artists David Knox, Josh Johnson, and Ella Weber choose the raw material of familiar language and found objects to locate the connective tissue between disparate or unseen elements. Admission: free. 402-996-1092.
amplifyarts.org

Alison O’Daniel’s Heavy Air and Lui Shtini’s Tempos
April 4-June 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. O’Daniel creates cinema, performances, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations that intend to visualize what it means to not have complete access to sound. Shtini is presenting his first solo institutional exhibition in the Unites States. His painting technique engages his surfaces through layers of underpainting and brushstrokes while his drawings extend how one might look at charcoal and graphite. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

oil on board, black, white, and gray

Skin III, Lui Shtini

BFA Thesis Exhibition
April 5-28 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Visual arts students will display their thesis work at this exhibition. Admission: free. 402-280-2290.
creighton.edu

Carolyn Albracht & Jennifer Radil: Depth & Accumulation
April 5-June 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Painters Carolyn Albracht and Jennifer Radil sift through the ebb-and-flow nature of their medium, self, the stories people create, and the balance of depth and frivolity. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov


2019 Medical Cannabis Op-Eds

Omaha Magazine‘s March/April issue offers an in-depth look at the legality of cannabidiol (CBD) in Nebraska. Because CBD is sourced from cannabis, the magazine’s coverage in the article touches upon discussions of medical cannabis legalization ongoing in the state legislature.

Here are three divergent views on medical cannabis from the perspective of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, former Nebraska Sen. Tommy Garrett, and Mary Jane Doe (an anonymous drug dealer):


by Gov. Pete Rickets

Former Husker Football Coach Tom Osborne and several Nebraskans visited the State Capitol to issue a warning to state lawmakers ahead of a Jan. 25 hearing on LB 110, a proposal to legalize marijuana in Nebraska. They are right to be concerned about the consequences of legalizing marijuana. The impact in other states has been significant. Every two-and-a-half days in Colorado, someone dies in a marijuana-related car accident, and every one in six kids who was hospitalized for a respiratory illness was exposed to marijuana.  As Mary Hilton, a mother from Lincoln who testified said, “[this is] very dangerous legislation,” and the bill would subject Nebraskans to a “giant medical experiment” should it pass. 

Governor Pete Ricketts is the governor of Nebraska.During the hearing on the bill, opponents presented many thoughtful arguments. LB 110 would broadly legalize marijuana, ostensibly for medical use, by allowing people to grow marijuana in their own homes for any ailment. Furthermore, the bill ignores federal law to set Nebraska on a path to legalizing recreational marijuana. I will highlight three of the major arguments made by opponents of the bill here.

First, marijuana legalization has wreaked havoc in other states. In Colorado, traffic deaths involving people who tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2017. From 2006 to 2013, states that legalized marijuana under the guise of medicine saw a 610 percent increase in the rate of children with a hospital visit due to unintentional exposure to marijuana. In her testimony, a doctor who had practiced in Colorado and now works in Nebraska shared the stories of victims of marijuana legalization. For example, Levi Pongi, age 19, died after consuming a marijuana cookie and jumping off a balcony. Marc Bullard, age 23, committed suicide after he began using a concentrated form of marijuana. He had no previous history of depression. These stories reflect data from Colorado showing that the number of youth suicides with marijuana present has tripled in 10 years.

Second, legislatively approving new drugs would set a precedent for how Nebraska approaches medicine. For many years, the United States has had the best system of medical research in the world. We have access to safe and effective pharmaceutical drugs thanks in part to outstanding research universities, peer-reviewed studies, and clinical trials overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has already researched and approved Epidiolex and Marinol, both products based on derivatives or synthetic versions of marijuana. LB 110 would circumvent the research process and rely on non-expert opinions rather than clinical research. Hearing participants noted that state policymakers do not have the expertise in medicine or pharmacology to determine dosing, drug interactions, and appropriate medical uses for marijuana. 

Research in recent years showing the negative impacts of marijuana is confirming why this drug deserves expert medical review. From the New England Journal of Medicine to Northwestern Medicine, research is revealing that marijuana has harmful impacts on brain function and emotional health, including schizophrenia and psychosis, among others.

Third, the marijuana industry has worked for the legalization of recreational marijuana in other states. Statessuch as Colorado and Michigan—that started with marijuana, purportedly for a medical purpose, moved to legalize recreational marijuana. Nebraska should expect nothing different if marijuana is legislatively approved for a limited purpose now. Furthermore, at least one state is already seeing a new attempt to push beyond marijuana and legalize another drug that is currently illegal: hallucinogenic mushrooms.

As the session progresses, I expect there will be vigorous debate on the subject of marijuana. There has already been one amendment to LB 110, and there will likely be additional changes as proponents attempt to garner more votes. I will not support LB 110 under any circumstances. We have seen the marijuana industry’s vision for what they want in Nebraska. It is clear in the two versions of the bill already presented to the Legislature, and you can see it in what has happened in California and Colorado. Public health depends on the integrity of our medical research process and practice, and legalizing marijuana without traditional medical trials gambles with the health and safety of the people of Nebraska. 

These are just a few of the concerns Nebraskans are raising. The Legislature should listen to, and maintain the integrity of, our world-class system of medical research. I hope you will take a few moments to contact your state senator and ask them to safeguard public health and reject LB 110. You can find your senator’s contact information at nebraskalegislature.gov. If you have questions or thoughts you would like to share with me, please email pete.ricketts@nebraska.gov or call 402-471-2244. 

(Editor’s note: a version of this letter was originally published Jan. 28 on Gov. Rickett’s official website, here).

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by Tommy L. Garrett, Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

How does a retired Air Force Intelligence Colonel, fortunate enough to serve as a Nebraska State Senator representing the 3rd Legislative District, come to sponsor legislation for medical cannabis? There is a one-word answer: moms.

I vividly remember the Friday afternoon on the last day Tommy Garrett represented the 3rd District in the Nebraska Legislature.to submit legislation for the 2015 session when I returned to my office from a Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting. There were some ladies waiting for me in my office. These ladies had one thing in common…they all had children suffering from seizure disorders for whom traditional medicines were not working. They told me a story about a little girl in Colorado who had miraculously been helped with her life-threatening seizures through the use of medical cannabis. The little girl’s name was Charlotte. The company that produced/manufactured the medical cannabis that she used was so impressed with the results that they named that product after the little girl…they name the product Charlotte’s Web.

These moms were desperate to help their children and medical cannabis offered hope. One of the moms who has a daughter that suffers from seizures is taking an incredible number of meds—that were not working—and the doctors were recommending the next step in her treatment to be a frontal lobectomy (i.e., removing an entire lobe of the brain). Take a moment and think about that.

The stories these moms conveyed to me were heart-wrenching…and compelling. I’m not a politician…I hate politicians. I volunteered to serve in the Legislature so that I could help make a difference in people’s lives. I was honored to serve in several leadership positions when I was on active duty and my goal was always the same: accomplish the mission and take care of people. Here was that opportunity, in the Legislature, to truly help people.

When I agreed to bring a medical cannabis bill I really didn’t know the first thing about medical cannabis. I did have some peripheral knowledge of cannabis being used for medical purposes. My father-in-law was taking chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer back in 1979 and was getting so violently ill with nausea that he could no longer take his treatments. The chemo also took away his appetite. His oncologist recommended that he smoke cannabis as it would alleviate the nausea and restore his appetite. I can remember thinking at the time that it was strange that a doctor would recommend an “illegal drug” to treat his cancer. Nevertheless, my father-in-law was able to easily acquire the cannabis and it did exactly what the doctor said it would. The nausea stopped, and he regained his appetite, which in turn allowed him to resume his chemotherapy treatment.

So, like any good intelligence officer…or legislator…I set about getting myself educated about medical cannabis. To say that I was stunned with what I found would be an understatement. I found out that cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The Chinese were among the first to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. By 1850, cannabis became part of the American pharmacopoeia. It was listed as a useful drug for a whole litany of ailments and diseases. However, for some strange reason in 1937 Congress passed a law against cannabis. This occurred despite the objections of the American Medical Association (AMA). They argued that outlawing cannabis would “deprive U.S. citizens of a drug of substantial value.” Nevertheless, just like that, medical cannabis became illegal. Have I told you how much I hate politicians (#followthemoney)?

The disingenuousness of those that argue that cannabis isn’t FDA approved and that there hasn’t been any research to establish the efficacy of cannabis is obscene. The FDA classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug. By definition, a Schedule I drug has “no currently accepted medical use.” Examples of Schedule I drugs are: heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, Meth…and cannabis. And, oh by the way, you cannot conduct research on any Schedule I drug…because after all, by definition, they don’t have any accepted medical use. Wait a minute! What? It’s the proverbial Catch 22…we cannot do research on cannabis to establish its medical efficacy because it’s a Schedule I drug…defined as a drug with “no currently accepted use.” What?

Anyone who will but take the time to research this topic will quickly realize that cannabis has legitimate medicinal value for treatment of numerous ailments and diseases. This is evidenced by the fact that there are now 33 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical cannabis. And, internationally, there are 30+ countries that have legalized medical cannabis. Americans are not stupid. National polls show overwhelming approval of medical cannabis. More and more states are approving medical cannabis every year and it’s only a matter of time before it’s legalized at the national level.

The Nebraska Legislature is going to debate medical cannabis again in 2019. There’s also an initiative to get the issue on the ballot for 2020. The Nebraska Legislature, and the governor, need to ask themselves the question: Do we want to approve a bill for medical cannabis in the Legislature and thereby control it (i.e., how it’s produced, distributed, and for what ailments and diseases it can be used) or have it approved by ballot and not have any control as to how it is produced and distributed? The bottom line is all about helping people who are sick and ailing. The Nebraska Legislature needs to pass a medical cannabis law in 2019.      

(Editor’s note: Tommy Garrett represented the 3rd Legislative District in the Nebraska Legislature between 2013 and 2017. He introduced a bill, LB643, that proposed legalization of medical cannabis in 2015). 

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by Mary Jane Doe

I have been smoking weed for half of my life. Recently, I heard someone voice their assumption that I don’t smoke. It reminded me that—however transparent I think my habit is—it’s not transparent to everyone.

I’m a college graduate with a professional job who, for lack of a better term, looks “normal.” Since I’m a social smoker, I tend to surround myself with people who also smoke. The people I smoke with are average Nebraskans. They are your cashiers, medical providers, veterans, artists, fitness instructors, teachers, parents, retail workers, engineers, cosmetologists, farmers, etc. They are your neighbors, your cousins, your friends who are too scared to tell you that they smoke in fear of judgment, and they are your family. 

Don’t get me wrong, not everyone smokes marijuana. Even though 66 percent of Americans support its legalization (according to a 2018 report from Gallup), legalization and consumption are different. There are plenty of people, however, who are too scared to tell anyone—besides their significant other and their smoking buddies—in fear of the consequences.

Since we live in a state where marijuana is not legal, I also cannot disclose my marijuana use to some of my close friends, my work, my befriended coworkers, and to those who are strict believers in marijuana being illegal. I never know how others knowing that I smoke marijuana will negatively affect my life. Will they try to get me fired? Will they unfriend me? Will they disown me? These are some of the judgments and consequences that I, and many others, live in fear of, so I keep this secret from them. If I lived in a state in which medical and/or recreational marijuana was legal, this would be a different scenario.

We, as people, tend to judge others based on the social norms and stereotypes we have learned growing up. The typical marijuana user has been branded as being lazy and unmotivated (a mooch, if you will). However, people use marijuana for a plethora of reasons that have nothing to do with being lazy. I know one local user who is a mother of two who smokes after her kids go to bed when she wants to clean. I also know a user suffering from hyperactivity disorder, and instead of taking a pill every day, they smoke to calm down. Others deal with social anxiety and smoke before heading to parties or large events to prevent panic attacks. Some deal with low appetites because of various digestive issues and smoke in order to eat enough food to live—as with cancer patients undergoing chemo. A close relative with multiple sclerosis was prescribed, and regularly consumed, marijuana in the form of edibles and tincture (in a state where it is legal); unfortunately, this relative has since passed away from complications relating to the disease, but the medication did offer relief. 

Some smokers don’t like to consume alcohol and smoke when socializing instead of drinking. There are so many reasons people smoke, I could never cover them all, nor could I speak for all smokers. Whether for recreational or medicinal purposes, there are “pot-smokers”  from all segments of society and socioeconomic status who consume marijuana for various personal reasons while they maintain their public personas as contributing members of society.

Can I tell you a secret? You have absolutely spoken to someone when they were high on marijuana and until now, you had absolutely no idea. How do I know? Well, for the past six years, I’ve been selling marijuana to friends and friends of friends as my side job. Marijuana has always been easy to access in Nebraska—even before it became legal in Colorado.

Now with legalization (for medical and recreational use) spreading throughout the United States, I’m faced with the prospect of losing a source of my income. Do I support legalization? Yes. But it’s complicated for me. I think it would be the right thing to do. I think it would be the logical thing to do. But I could lose that income stream. Maybe there would be some sort of regulatory framework or licensing regime that would allow local entrepreneurs—such as myself—to continue in the market. Or maybe I would be squeezed out by larger market forces.

It’s hard to say what the future holds for legalization of marijuana in Nebraska. Regardless, marijuana will continue to be consumed in our society by regular folks who are good people. Just like me.

(Editor’s note: Mary Jane Doe is a pseudonym. The writer contributed this essay on the condition of anonymity.) 

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Read more about the medical cannabis debate as it relates to CBD in the March/April 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine (in the editor’s letter, “Legal CBD, Medical Cannabis, and in Between,” and the cover story, “‘CBD Madness’ Sweeps Nebraska”).

March/April 2019 Calendar of Events

Exhibitions
Stage Performances
Concerts
Family & More

Exhibitions

Jeremy Caniglia: Into Purer Light
Through March 8 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Creighton Alumnus Caniglia will show his latest figurative works, which are an exploratory journey into the Greek concept of the afterlife. Admission: free. 402-280-2509.
creighton.edu

Juried UNO Studio Art Majors
Through March 29 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive S. Visitors can view works by UNO students studying various forms of art. Admission: free. 402-554-2796.
unomaha.edu

Effects of PTSD
Through March 30 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. This exhibit will feature works by artist Elizabeth Boutin that explore the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

Flag folded in triangle painting

AFTER, Elizabeth Boutin

Mary Zicafoose: Alchemy of Color and Cloth
Through April 6 at Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, 505 S. 45th St. This exhibit showcases Mary Zicafoose’s woven tapestries and collographic monoprints, largely curated from two of her recent bodies of work: Fault Lines and Mountain for the Buddha. Admission: free. 402-559-5600.
maryzicafoose.com

Nebraska 8 Invitational
Through April 7 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The Nebraska 8 Invitational features the work of eight contemporary artists associated with Nebraska: Wanda Ewing, Catherine Ferguson, Sheila Hicks, Gail Kendall, Jacqueline Kluver, Karen Kunc, Christina Narwicz, and Mary Zicafoose. Admission: free. 402-305-1510.
gallery1516.org

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts
Through April 14 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Children can test their skills by throwing footballs and baseballs; take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts; attempt a CrossFit course; or bump, set, and spike on multi-level volleyball nets. Admission: $13 children and adults, $12 seniors (60+), free for children under 2 and members. 402-342-6164.
ocm.org

Human Condition
Through May 2 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. This exhibit provides audiences with sculpture and photography that explore physical and psychological experiences. Admission: free. 402-341-3800.
thekaneko.org

large macrame head made of money

Human Condition at KANEKO

30 Americans
Through May 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Over 60 works by contemporary African-American artists focus on important issues of racial, gender, and sexual identity; ongoing narratives of racial inequality in the United States; poverty; racial stereotyping; and the power of protest. Admission: $10 adults, $5 college students, free for members and ages 17 or younger. 402-342-3300.
joslyn.org

16 members of 30 Americans exhibit

30 Americans artist group

Dinosaur UpROAR
Through May 12 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This exhibit will feature 20 life-sized dinosaur installations positioned throughout the garden, where massive creations by Guy Darrough will appear right at home nestled among jungle-like landscapes and plant fossils. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Chris Cassimatis featuring Larry Roots and Kenny Adkins
March 1-April 24 at Modern Arts Midtown, 3615 Dodge St. Sculpture artist Chris Cassimatis is showcased in this exhibit, which also features painter and sculptor Larry Roots and mixed-media artist Kenny Adkins. Admission: free. 402-502-8737.
modernartsmidtown.com

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
March 2-June 23 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Inspired by the new permanent exhibition at the National Museum of American History, this exhibit explores America’s bold experiment in a government “of, by, and for the people.” It features engaging multimedia experiences, immersive design, and artifacts from the Smithsonian and state historical organizations. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children 3-12, and free to children 2 and under and members. 402-444-5071.
durhammuseum.org

Invisible Synonyms
March 8-April 26 at Amplify Arts, 1804 Vinton St. This exhibit invites the viewer to slow down and scan the surface of the everyday. Artists David Knox, Josh Johnson, and Ella Weber choose the raw material of familiar language and found objects to locate the connective tissue between disparate or unseen elements. Admission: free. 402-996-1092.
amplifyarts.org

Alison O’Daniel’s Heavy Air and Lui Shtini’s Tempos
April 4-June 15 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. O’Daniel creates cinema, performances, sound-dampening textiles, sculptures, mobiles, and large-scale installations that intend to visualize what it means to not have complete access to sound. Shtini is presenting his first solo institutional exhibition in the Unites States. His painting technique engages his surfaces through layers of underpainting and brushstrokes while his drawings extend how one might look at charcoal and graphite. Admission: free. 402-341-7130.
bemiscenter.org

Skin III piece, Lui Shtini

Skin III, Lui Shtini

BFA Thesis Exhibition
April 5-28 at Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Visual arts students will display their thesis work at this exhibition. Admission: free. 402-280-2290.
creighton.edu

Carolyn Albracht & Jennifer Radil: Depth & Accumulation
April 5-June 2 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Painters Carolyn Albracht and Jennifer Radil sift through the ebb-and-flow nature of their medium, self, the stories people create, and the balance of depth and frivolity. Admission: free. 402-595-2122.
artscouncil.nebraska.gov

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Stage Performances

The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Through March 2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
etix.com

On Your Feet!
Through March 3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s infectious pop classics. Times vary. Tickets: $35-$99. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Thumbelina
Through March 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Times vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

The Doll Maker’s Gift
Through March 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Times vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
rosetheater.org

Of Mice and Men
Through March 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Times vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

two men onstage, Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

The Bridges of Madison County
March 1-24 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The Bridges of Madison County is a sweeping love story about an emotional yet brief love affair. A National Geographic photographer seeks directions to an iconic covered bridge from local housewife. Their immediate connection takes them both by surprise, and ultimately changes them forever. Times vary. Tickets: $24-$42. 402-553-0800.
omahaplayhouse.com

Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour
March 6 & 7 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This hard-rock musical captures the iconic era known as the 1980s. Stacee Jaxx returns to the stage and rock ’n’ roll dreamers line up to turn their fantasies into reality. The show features the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake among other bands. 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets: $35-$75. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

PJ Masks Live: Save the Day!
March 18 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and their new friend PJ Robot try to save the day from the sneaky villains Romeo, Night Ninja, and Luna Girl in this live-action performance. 6 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55, $110 VIP. 402-934-6291.
ralstonarena.com

Air Play
March 16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 402-345-0606.
ticketomaha.com

Jess Hilarious
March 19 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This comedian is best known to television viewers for her appearances on season nine of MTV’s Wild ’N Out as well as various shows on VH1, and BET. She has also opened for Martin Lawrence. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40. 402-493-8036.
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Capturing the Impossible with Filmmaker Bryan Smith
March 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Smith loves an extreme challenge—especially if it involves frostbite, angry locals with machetes, or ice climbing Niagara Falls. In this performance, he shows audience members what it means to adventure with purpose. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
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Indecent
March 21-April 14 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it. Times vary. Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors (65+). 402-345-1576.
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Winnie-The-Pooh
March 22-April 7 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Pooh spends his days searching for honey, doing his exercises, and playing with his best friends. One day, the group learns that a new animal will be moving into the forest, one that Rabbit fears might be dangerous—a kangaroo! The group’s plan to avoid this bouncy animal changes when they actually meet Kanga and her child Roo and learn just how much fun new members of the community can be. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
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Steve-O
March 22-23 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This funny man, of Jackass fame, has also appeared in the spin-off Wildboyz, Dancing with the Stars, and Killer Karaoke for truTV. The veteran stand-up performer is sure to entertain audiences. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
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Steve-O

Steve-O

My Favorite Murder Live
March 24 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. An evening with the creators of this hit true crime comedy podcast will be one-of-a-kind. The podcast has broken download records and steadily landed on the iTunes Top 10 comedy chart. Karen Kilgariff is a stand-up comedian and TV writer; Georgia Hardstark is a writer and host on the Cooking Channel. 8 p.m. Limited tickets available. Contact Omaha Performing Arts directly for prices. 402-345-0606.
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Aubree Sweeney
April 27 at at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This nationally touring comedian and animal advocate returns to her home state. Note: This is event is the rescheduled date from the cancelled Sept. 27 show. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-934-6291.
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Come From Away
March 27-31 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This new musical tells the tale of 7,000 passengers stranded in Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, when their airplanes were suspended due to terrorist activities. Tickets: $32-$110. 402-345-0606.
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Legally Blonde: The Musical
March 27-31 at Lied Education Center, 2500 California Plaza. This story is about Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. Throughout the story, no one has faith in Elle, but she manages to surprise them all. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 students, $15 senior citizens, $18 adults. 402-280-1448.
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Christopher Titus
March 28 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Titus’ Fifth Annual “End of the World” tour is a hard, but funny, look at the world since Sept. 11, 2001. His daughter is learning colors from the terrorist alert rainbow. She thinks Winnie the Pooh is a medium threat. He will tell the audience why. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. 402-493-8036.
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Christopher Titus

Christopher Titus

Jay Leno
March 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Leno is a stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder, philanthropist, and Emmy Award winner. He spent more than two decades as host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Tickets: $59-$129. 402-345-0606.
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Les Enfants Terribles
April 3, 5, 7, 13, and 14 at Mastercraft Building, 1111 N. 13th St. Composer Philip Glass based this opera on the work of Jean Cocteau. Siblings Paul and Lise are cut off from the world and dangerously dependent on each other. The psychological game that intertwines their lives twists inevitably to tragedy. Times vary. Tickets: $60. 402-345-0606.
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Rumors in the Kitchen
April 4-20 at Apollon, 1801 Vinton St. It is the Edwardian age, the Titanic has sunk, and rumors are flying. The kitchen staff hears all in this old English manor, but which rumors are true and which ones are rubbish? The audience will wade through all the rumors in the kitchen to seek out the truth. Tickets: $35. 402-884-0135.
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The Wolves
April 10-13, 17-20 at UNO Theatre, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge Street. A group of nine female soccer players discuss everything from Harry Potter to menstruation during their weekly warm-ups. Tickets: $16 adults, free to students. $6 adults on April 10, 11, and 17. 402-554-7529.
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Drew Lynch
April 11-13 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. Drew Lynch has been on The Dr. Oz Show, and most notably, was runner-up on season 10 of America’s Got Talent (he lost to some puppets). Times vary. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
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Faust
April 12 & 14 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. In despair the aging and regretful scholar Faust makes a deal with the devil for an ill-fated chance at youth, vitality, and love. 7:30 p.m. April 12, 2 p.m. April 14. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
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One Man, Two Guvnors
April 12-May 5 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Francis becomes employed by two men after being out of work, and he goes to great lengths to serve both employers without them finding out about each other. But cases of mistaken identity and the introduction of several unusual characters begin to thwart his plan. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets: $24-$42. 402-553-0800.
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When Women Ruled the World
April 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens. Cleopatra used her sexuality and her money to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of King. Nefertiti is known more for her beauty than for bringing a fractured Egypt together. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
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Steve Martin and Martin Short
April 18 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Two legends come together on one stage. Martin has earned an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, the Mark Twain Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors. Short started on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. These actors have worked together on modern classic films such as Three Amigos and Father of the Bride.  7 p.m. Tickets: $49.25-$225.25. 402-345-0606.
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T.J. Miller
April 18-20 at Funnybone Comedy Club, 17305 Davenport St. This comedian can be seen in Office Christmas Party opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, and Deadpool 2. He has also voiced Tuffnut in the Oscar-nominated How To Train Your Dragon. Times vary. Tickets: $25-$50. 402-493-8036.
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Paul Taylor Dance Co.
April 20 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This widely known dance company experienced a major change last year when founder Paul Taylor died and longtime dancer Michael Novak became artistic director. The company will perform Taylor’s repertoire during this performance in their 65th year. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
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School of Rock
April 23-28 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This musical, based on the hit film, follows a wannabe rock star who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. This musical features new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber along with the original songs from the movie. Times vary. Tickets: $35+. 402-345-0606.
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Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal
April 24-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s first ice show. The misfit Crystal dives into a world of her own imagination to become confident, curious, and creative. The show features acrobatics, juggling, and other signature Cirque events. Times vary. Tickets: $41-$145. 402-341-1500.
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Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal aerial performers

Cirque Du Soleil: Crystal

Knowing Good and Evil
April 25-28 at Lied Education Center, 2500 California Plaza. This ballet presents the implied temptation of Eve when the Devil presented her with the forbidden fruit which is taken from the verse “you will not surely die, but be like God knowing good and evil.” 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $5 students, $15 senior citizens, $18 adults. 402-280-1448.
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Dragons Love Tacos
April 26-May 12 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. In this adaptation of Adam Rubin’s book, audiences meet Boy—and his faithful fido, Leroy—as the pair wrestle with a particularly stubborn homework problem. During a break, they discover a documentary about dragons and their favorite food (tacos), and they are soon interested in the dos and don’ts of serving tasty treats to big beasts. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
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CONCERTS

Brahms’ Fourth Symphony
March 1 & 2 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The summation of Brahms’ entire career, his Fourth Symphony is an intense and exciting tribute to the musical masters who came before him. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0202.
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Dierks Bentley: “Burning Man Tour”
March 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Bentley will perform with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes, and Hot Country Knights. 7 p.m. Tickets: $34.75+. 402-341-1500.
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Dylan Scott
Mar. 6 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. An old soul with a young spirit, Scott is an up-and-coming country star known for his cover of the song “My Girl.” Texas-born Cash Campbell will open. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 advance, $28 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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KISS: “End of the World Tour”
March 7 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. After an epic and storied 45-year career that launched an era of rock ’n’ roll legends, KISS will take their final tour ever in 2019. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$1,000. 402-341-1500.
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the band KISS

KISS

Awadagin Pratt
March 7 at Strauss Performing Arts UNO, 6001 Dodge St. Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: general admission $15, students, seniors, and military members $8. 402-345-0606.
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Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
March 9 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Bridging the gap between rock ‘n’ roll, roadhouse Americana, and the music sound of the southwestern United States, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have carved their own path over 15 years. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. 402-884-5353.
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Unforgettable Nat & Natalie
March 9 & 10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Celebrated vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Dee Daniels combine their talents with the Omaha Symphony to pay tribute to music legends Natalie and Nat King Cole. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
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Hector Anchondo Band 
March 10 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Anchondo’s 2017 album Roll the Dice immediately made major waves on blues charts and blues radio worldwide, hitting the top 25 on the Living Blues chart, and he has a new one on the way. 8 p.m. Tickets: $8 advanced, $10 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Chelsea Cutler
March 14 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Fresh off the release of her latest project Sleeping With Roses II, Cutler is set to go back out on the road for her first world tour in spring 2019. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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Veronica Swift Scott 
March 14 at Scott Recital Hall, 1200 Douglas St. Singer Veronica Swift is quickly making her mark on the jazz world. Featuring the Benny Green Trio. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $40. 402-345-0606.
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Night of Nostalgia
March 16 at Marian Performing Arts Center, 7400 Military Ave. Nebraska Brass Band features a night of nostalgia, playing hits from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. 6 p.m. Admission: free. 402-571-2618.
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
March 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience the unparalleled magic and imagination of E.T. complete with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync with the film projected on a huge HD screen. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
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Mt. Joy 
March 16 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Mt. Joy’s infectious folk-rock started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends, Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
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The Temptations and The Four Tops 
March 20 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Two Motown legends and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees entertain with an evening of their hit songs that helped define a generation. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50. 402-345-0606.
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Justin Timberlake: “The Man of the Woods Tour”
March 23 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This is the sixth concert tour by the American singer-songwriter. This concert is rescheduled from Dec. 8, 2018. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $51.50 to $227. 402-341-1500.
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Justin Timberlake promo

Justin Timberlake

Oh Pep!
March 25 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Australian band Oh Pep! have always been as driven as they are creative. They will soon release their second full-length album, I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. 402-884-5707.
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Jerry Paper
March 26 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Jerry Paper is the creative persona of Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Lucas Nathan. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour
March 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This tour features Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura, and Jamison Ross. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
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Ripe Tour 2019
March 26 at the Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Siphoning the spirits of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, and pop through a kaleidoscope of unpredictable and virtuosic improvisation, the Boston-based seven-piece Ripe consistently bring people to their feet. 8 p.m. Tickets: $14. 402-884-5353.
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Mitch Towne
March 27 & 28 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician. This show will feature saxophonist Adam Larson. Times vary. Tickets: $15. 917-748-4337.
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Switchfoot
March 28 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. California rock band Switchfoot is back on the road with Tyson Motsenbocker opening. The “Native Tongue Tour” is in support to the band’s eleventh full-length studio album. 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-346-9802.
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The Kings Company
March 30 at Barley St. Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St. The three-piece alternative rock band from Bellevue will play with About Face. 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. 402-408-0028.
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Trevor Hall
March 31 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Hall’s music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae, and Sanskrit chanting, conveying a refreshing universal message. 7:15 p.m. Tickets: $20 advanced, $25 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Hand Habits
April 1 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. What started as a private songwriting outlet soon evolved into a full-fledged band with Meg Duffy at the helm. 8 p.m. Tickets: $8 advanced, $10 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Meg Duffy of Hand Habits

Meg Duffy of Hand Habits

Mansionair
April 1 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Sydney-based trio Mansionair made their debut with breakout hit “Hold Me Down,” which made radio waves from the clubs around the world. 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
April 2 at O’Leaver’s Pub, 1322 Saddle Creek Road. The Against Me! lead singer and her new trio are touring in support of their Bought to Rot debut album. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $22.50. 402-556-1238.
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Telekinesis
April 4 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The fifth full-length album from Telekinesis (Michael Benjamin Lerner) is perfect, unfussy power pop. Producer Joseph LeMay will also perform, sharing his personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs under the moniker SONTALK. 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis

Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis

Glenn Miller Orchestra
April 5 at IWCC Arts Center, 2700 College Road. They’re the most sought-after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements.The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30-$39, seniors, $27-$36. 712-388-7140.
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Terrace Martin and Friends
April 5 at Scott Recital Hall, 1200 Douglas St. Musician, producer, and rapper Terrace Martin puts a fresh spin on funk, jazz and classic music. The Los Angeles artist has lent his skills to artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Quincy Jones, Snoop Dogg, 9th Wonder, Talib Kweli and many others. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
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Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance
April 5 & 6 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances headlines a program that includes Brahms’ majestic and masterful Piano Concerto No. 1, and a grand waltz from MGM’s 1949 Madame Bovary. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
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Velvet Caravan
April 6 at Scott Recital Hall, 1200 Douglas St. This group blends gypsy, honky-tonk, swing, and Latin-upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and a relentless sense of humor. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
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Durand Jones & The Indications
April 7 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This young band of twenty-somethings conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, and The Impressions. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
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Fascinating Rhythm: An Evening With George Gershwin
April 7 at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St. Gershwin is one of the most recognizable and prolific composers of all time. The MasterSingers will sing their way through his impressive catalogue of classics. 6 p.m. Tickets: $12. 402-345-1533.
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Blac Rabbit
April 10 at The Slowdown, 720 N. 14th St. Blac Rabbit is a psychedelic rock band created by Amiri and Rahiem Taylor. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 advanced, $12 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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members of Blac Rabbit

Blac Rabbit

Alan Jackson: “Honky Tonk Highway Tour”
April 13 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This concert is rescheduled from September. Country music hitmaker Randy Houser is the special guest. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.99-$129.99. 402-341-1500.
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Whiskey Myers
April 13 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Fueled by larger-than-life performances honed tight from countless nights on the road, the band’s latest album Mud finds them scaling new heights of songwriting and musicianship. With Bones Owens opening. 8 p.m. Tickets: $27 advanced, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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The John Mellencamp Show
April 15 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Grammy-winning rocker Mellencamp was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$353.25. 402-345-0606.
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Damian McGinty
April 16 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Irish singer-songwriter-actor McGinty is best known for his work with the Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder. His solo work is vibrant, joyful, pop-infused music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35-$100. 402-884-5707.
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Sasami
April 18 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Los Angeles songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth, aka SASAMI, writes songs that will put a little bounce in your step, sometimes despite the subject matter. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10 advanced, $12 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Ben Rector Magic Tour
April 20 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Rector is a songwriter, singer, fellow internet user, and former Newy Lewis and the Hues frontman. 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50. 402-346-9802.
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Band Build
April 21 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This is a live music showcase organized by Omaha Habitat Young Professionals. The eighth annual benefit concert will feature Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal and CJ Mills. 402-345-7569.
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Lady Lamb
April 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Aly Spaltro, better known by her stage name Lady Lamb, is a songwriter and musician who started writing music while working at her local video store in Maine. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $17 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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The Midtown Men
April 27 & 28 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The original stars of Broadway’s runaway hit Jersey Boys are taking the country by storm with a whole new musical act that celebrates the music of the 1960s. 7:30 p.m. April 27, 2 p.m. April 28. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
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Celebrate Jazz!
April 26 at Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St. Part concert, part jam session, and all improvisation, this concert features the soothing and sizzling sounds of Omaha Conservatory of Music faculty artists and special guests. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-932-4978.
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Shower Me Blue
April 27 at Barley St. Tavern, 2735 N. 62nd St. This trio is a global gumbo of original, heavy blues rock music out of Boulder, Colorado. 9 p.m. Admission: $5. 402-408-0028.
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Family & More

Benson First Friday
March 1 & April 5 in Benson (Maple and 59th to 63rd streets). Art galleries, bars, music venues, and cultural institutions of Benson collaborate on a showcase of local arts and culture. 4 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month. Free.
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Umoja Choir performing onstage

Umoja Choir, photo by Sarah Miller

First Friday Old Market
March 1 & April 5 in the Old Market. Walk the distinctive brick streets of the Old Market to live music, ride Ollie the Trolley for free between venues, and ignite your imagination with art at this free event. 6-9 p.m. Recurring the first Friday of each month.
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Omaha Film Festival
March 5-10 at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St. Local, national, and international films will be discussed, watched, and celebrated at this annual festival, which includes hundreds of flicks, along with an OFF Academy where filmmakers and potential filmmakers can learn the trade, and late-night parties, where attendees can talk shop. Times vary. Admission varies from $10 per single movie-ticket to $100 for multi-day passes. 402-203-8173.
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Metro Omaha Builders Association Home Show
March 8-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Homeowners and future homeowners can find everything they want for their current and future home projects in home building, home improvement, landscaping, decorating, smart energy, and more. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $7 seniors (65+), kids 7-12, and those with valid military ID. Free to children age 6 and under. 402-341-1500.
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Fish fries
March 8-April 19 in various locations. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday on March 6, and while some people will abstain from eating meat on Fridays for religious reasons, others will eat fish simply because they enjoy it. Many churches and community centers around Omaha will provide a fish (or meatless) dinner on Fridays during this time frame. Here are a few popular choices that draw crowds:

  • Holy Name Catholic Church (2019 Best of Omaha Winner), 2901 Fontenelle Blvd. 402-451-6622. holynameomaha.org (Note: fish dinners at Holy Name start on March 1.)
  • Mary Our Queen Catholic Church (2019 Best of Omaha Winner), 3405 S. 118th St. 402-333-8662. maryourqueenchurch.com
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Elkhorn (2019 Best of Omaha Winner), 20500 W. Maple Road, Elkhorn. 402-289-4289. stpatselkhorn.org
  • St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive. 402-496-7988. svdpomaha.org
  • St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church 602 Park Ave. 402-345-7103. stjohnsgreekorthodox.org
  • Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 5219 S. 53rd St. 402-731-3176. holyghostomaha.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 9 in downtown Omaha. This annual parade, put on by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will march through the downtown area starting at 15th and Harney streets and winding through the Old Market.
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seven men, St. Patrick's Day parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bockfest
March 9 at The German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. German food, polka music, and geniality abound at this spring festival, during which a hot poker is inserted into the freshly tapped bock beer in order to caramelize the sugars. 1-7 p.m. Admission: free, but cash must be used for beer and food. 402-333-6615.
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Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
March 14-17 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, favorite Disney moments from movies like Frozen, Cars, and The Little Mermaid come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Times vary. Tickets: $16.50-$77. 402-341-1500.
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64th Annual World of Wheels
March 14-17 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Vehicles from classic Cadillacs to hot rods will be shown at this annual event, which allows local car owners to display their machines. Times vary. Tickets: $18 general admission, $6 children 6-12, free to children 5 and under. 402-341-1500.
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Omaha Zine Fest 2019
March 16 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St. Omaha’s third annual zine festival features creators from across the country. Zines cover subjects like poetry, comics, art, or all of the above. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Free. 402-933-3161.
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Omaha Zinefest promo poster

Zinefest

Spring Equinox Sound Alchemy
March 20 at Omaha Power Yoga, 8721 Shamrock Road. Attendees can celebrate the equinox with  Astara (Lily Marie Livingston) and Orion (Ryan Lee Muff) as they provide a multi-instrument sound immersion. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 advanced, $44 at door. 402-884-8850.
omahapoweryoga.com

14th Annual Bockfest
March 23 at Huber-Haus and the Crescent Moon, 3578 Farnam St. People of all ages can come to Huber-Haus for this spring celebration, which includes the blessing and tapping of the bock keg, live music, and a fire pit to stave off the March winds. Noon-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-1708.
beercornerusa.com

Orchid Show and Sale
March 23 & 24 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Orchids from local and international growers will be on display, and visitors can return home with a plant, as an array of orchids will be available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free to children under 6 and members. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Culinary Fight Club: The Blended Burger Battle
April 2 at Blatt Beer & Table, 610 N. 12th St. Fans of cooking shows will enjoy attending this event, in which area chefs will have a signature local ingredient to help them blend a better burger. Tickets include sampling of the burgers and complimentary drinks for the first hour. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $40. 1-800-611-7080.
culinaryfightclub.com

The International Omaha Horse Competition
April 4-7 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This indoor horse jumping and dressage competition combines speed, execution, and the competitive spirit of both rider and horse. Free expo events will feature interactive displays and activities for all ages—including opportunities to meet eight different breeds of horses, a treasure hunt, and hands-on exhibits. Times vary. Tickets: $50-$100 for ticket packages, $12-$30 for individual tickets. 402-930-3079.
internationalomaha.com

Nebraska Science Festival Featuring Grant Imahara
April 5 at Joslyn Art Museum Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge St. One of the highlights of the Nebraska Science festival is the keynote speech, which will be delivered by Imahara, the electronics and robotics expert from Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. He has also worked on some of the most famous robots of all time, putting the lights in R2-D2 for the Star Wars prequels and giving the Energizer Bunny his beat. Tickets: free, but quantities are limited. 402-559-4319.
nescifest.com

Earth Day Omaha
April 13 at Elmwood Park, 60th and Dodge streets. This event combines science, education, music, food, and fun with eco-friendly demonstrations about ways to help the Earth, health and wellness, and activities for children. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission: free.
earthdayomaha.org

Omaha Czech-Slovak Festival
April 14 at St. Nicholas Community Center, 5050 Harrison St. Celebrate Czech-Slovak culture with this spring festival, which features Czech food, dancing, music, and more. The Omaha Czech queen will be crowned this day. Times TBA. Admission: free, but cash is needed for drinks and food. 402-740-6552.
omahaczechclub.com

Easter Egg Hunts:
April 20 & 21 in various locations. Easter falls late this year, which hopefully means the weather will be warm enough for spring dresses and outdoor Easter Egg Hunts. Here are some popular events:

  • A candy dash will happen on April 20 at The Venue at Highlander, 2112 N. 30th St., Omaha, NE 68111 The event includes thousands of pieces of candy for kids to run after and grab, and is put on by Mission Church. 402-909-5675. thisismission.org.
  • The City of La Vista will have an Easter Egg Hunt with 10,000 eggs available on April 20 at La Vista Sports Complex, 7346 S. 66th St. 402-331-3455. cityoflavista.org.
  • Montclair Pool holds an underwater Easter Egg hunt on April 20 from 2-3 p.m. at Montclair Pool, 2304 S. 135th St. Pool admission rates apply. 402-444-4956. parks.cityofomaha.org.
  • Bellevue Christian Center, 1400 Harvell Drive, will hold an Easter Scramble on April 20 for kids 10 and under in which they can vie for some of the 20,000 eggs available. The event also includes games, shows, food, and prizes. 402-291-0616. bellevuechristian.com.

Junkstock
April 26-28 at Sycamore Farm, 1150 River Road Drive. More than 150 vintage, antique, and junk vendors will display their wares at this southern-style flea market. The event also features over 20 food trucks and various bands onstage. Kids 12 and under are free. Adult tickets: $10 daily pass, $20 three-day pass. 402-765-8651.
junkstock.com

people shopping in quonset at junkstock

Junkstock

Tremendous Arbor Day Celebration
April 27 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors to the gardens can learn about Nebraska’s homegrown holiday during this tree-themed event, which features a variety of educational activities. The first 100 households to come will receive a free tree seedling to plant. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 6-12, free for children under 6 and members. Children who dress like a tree will receive free admission. 402-346-4002.
lauritzengardens.org

Maifest
April 27 at German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. The public is invited to celebrate spring with German food, drinks, and a Maypole at this traditional celebration. Noon-11 p.m. Admission: free, but cash is needed for drinks and food. 402-333-6615.
germanamericansociety.org

Sarpy County Earth Day
April 28 at Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Drive. This indoor event will provide lots of family fun and education about saving the planet. Events include a trashion fashion show; 5K run/walk; recycling of electronics, sneakers, and markers; and more. Noon-4 p.m. Admission: free. 402-880-7580.
greenbellevue.org

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March/April 2019 Explore!

February 14, 2019 by and

For NebraskaIowa, Kansas, and Missouri

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Nebraska

Twelfth Annual Polar Bear Tank Race March 1 & 2 at Middle Loup River near Mullen. This timed event features teams of four-to-six people racing down the river in metal stock tanks. Prizes are awarded for tank decorations and themes. Teams may also choose to forgo the race and enjoy a relaxing float down the river. 308-546-2206.

—sandhillsjourney.com

Rodeo Grand Island March 1 & 2 at Heartland Events Center in Fonner Park, Grand Island. This Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event features team roping, barrel racing, and Xtreme Bulls Tour (Saturday). 308-382-4515.

—heartlandeventscenter.com

cowboy riding a bucking horse in rodeo ring

A Celtic Celebration March 5 at Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Master musicians Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy take the stage, joined by their virtuosic children. The evening highlights fiery fiddling, step dancing, singing, and world-class music. 402-472-4700.

—liedcenter.org

The Jersey Tenors March 5 at the Neville Center in North Platte. In an opera-rock mash-up sensation that blends opera classics, rock epics, and crooning ballads, The Jersey Tenors combine for a powerhouse vocal performance. 308-532-8559.

—@northplattecommunityplayhouse on Facebook

Delfeayo Marsalis March 14 at Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. Audience members can celebrate a late Mardi Gras with New Orleans-style jazz performed by legendary trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis, founder of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. 402-472-4700.

—liedcenter.org

Aircraft Adventure March 16 at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland. Visitors can learn about the B-17 Flying Fortress and the A-26 Invader during this special event. 402-944-3100.

—sacmuseum.org

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 16 in downtown O’Neill. The home of “The World’s Largest Shamrock” nearly doubles its size to 7,000 people during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Festivities begin Wednesday with the Irish Walk of Fame and the painting of the town’s beloved shamrock. The big day is Saturday, with a fun run, Green Eggs and Ham breakfast, free concert, Irish dancers, a parade, kids activities, and donkey basketball. 402-336-2355.

—oneillchamber.com

Shamrock Shuffle 5k Walk/Run/Crawl March 16 at Chuckles Bar in Fairbury. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in leprechaun gear for this event. The post-race celebration includes unique awards, live music, giveaways, green booze, and food. 402-729-3000.

—fairburychamber.org

Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival March 21-24 at multiple locations in Kearney. Thousands of Sandhill cranes migrate through Nebraska each year, and this festival highlights the cranes. The event includes educational speakers, meals, and, of course, a trip to see the cranes. 308-468-5282.

—ne.audubon.org

Michael Buble March 23 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln. The popular jazz and pop singer will help celebrate the arena’s fifth anniversary with performances of hits such as “Feelin’ Good,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and more. 402-904-4444.

—ticketmaster.com

Michael Buble head shot

Michael Buble

Mystery at the Mansion March 23 at Arbor Lodge Mansion in Nebraska City. Solve clues, look for evidence, and break the old fashioned whodunnit case while mingling with new friends. 402-873-8717.

—arbordayfarm.org

Brownville Concert Series: The Rastrelli Cello Quartet March 31 at Brownville Concert Hall in Brownville. This unique ensemble mixes works by Bach, Dave Brubeck, and more in their concert titled From Brahms to Beatles. 402-825-3331.

—brownvilleconcertseries.com

Star City BaconFest April 7 at Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. The event for meat-lovers features bacon-inspired delights from Lincoln’s finest chefs and live entertainment.

—starcitybaconfest.com

Complexions Contemporary Ballet April 11 at Lied Performing Arts Center in Lincoln. With technical precision, power, and passion, Complexions transcends tradition with a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop. 402-472-4700.

—liedcenter.org

Mahenwahdose April 13 at Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud. Mahenwahdose is a Muscogean word meaning “True Native American Theater.” The Native American performance company from Oklahoma features Native artists dedicated to performing accurate, educational, and traditional stories of indigenous America. 866-731-7304.

—willacather.org

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain April 14 at Lied Performing Arts Center in Lincoln. The world-renowned ukulele superstars come to the Lied with their toe-tapping music, hilarious banter, and sheer superlative entertainment.  402-472-4700.

—liedcenter.org

eight members of ukulele orchestra in tuxedos standing outside in front of doric columns

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Spring Fling April 20 at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland. Kids of all ages can participate in an egg hunt, make and take a craft, visit with the Easter Bunny, and learn about making kites. 402-944-3100.

—sacmuseum.org

Kearney Symphony Orchestra: Dances of Love April 23 at UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall in Kearney. This classical concert features Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances accompanied by the University of Nebraska-Kearney choir. 308-865-8441.

—unk.edu

Arbor Day Celebration April 26-28 at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City. Visitors can celebrate this holiday where it all began—at Arbor Day Farm. All across this 260-acre campus, opportunities abound to play, learn, taste, and shop, all in celebration of trees. Concurrent to this event is the 148th Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Nebraska City, with a parade, kids activities, plant sales, and more. 402- 873-8717.

—arbordayfarm.org

Earth Day April 27 at Union Plaza in Lincoln. This event includes live music, informational booths, family activities, food trucks, and a farmer’s market.

—lincolnearthday.org

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Iowa

Rodney Carrington March 1 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums selling over 3 million copies. 515-244-0507.

—hoytsherman.org

Brothers Osborne March 7 at the Orpheum in Sioux City. This twang-and-crunch duo blends equal parts country and rock into a fresh, identifiable sound. 855-333-8771.

—orpheumlive.com

Kinky Boots March 15 at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City. This musical is scored by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and is about an unlikely friendship between a shoemaker and a drag queen. 855-333-8771.

—orpheumlive.com

Leprechaun Chase 10k March 9 at Principal Park in Des Moines. Skill (and a little luck) will be needed at this particular event. Runners will be decked out in green, or anything shamrock-related, during the race and the green beer after-party.

—lc10k.com

St. Patrick’s Day Festival March 15 and 16 in Emmetsburg. This sister city of Dublin, Ireland, celebrates the “wearing o’ the green” in a grand way. Events include a bean bag tournament, fun run, kids’ zone, free movie, live music, and a parade. Before the parade, eat a cup of Irish stew or a baked potato with toppings, or sample the entries from the chili cookoff. 712-852-4326.

—emmetsburgirishgifts.com

group of people, two holding babies, walking and waving in St. Patrick's Day parade

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Maple Syrup Festival March 23-24 at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids. The Maple Syrup Festival, held at the end of the syruping season, features syrup-making demonstrations, a look inside the Maple Sugar House, a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup, and live music. 319-362-0664.

—indiancreeknaturecenter.org

Randy Rainbow April 4 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Fresh off the sold-out first leg of this national tour, internet sensation Randy Rainbow’s series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over hundreds of millions of views. 515-244-0507.

—hoytsherman.org

Tenderloins and So Much More Tour April 6 at Cooking with Alessandra in Des Moines. This tour explores foods that were made famous in Des Moines and restaurants that keep those traditions alive. 515-508-9474.

—cookingwithalessandra.com

Take a Bite April 12-14 in Amana. This three-day food fest includes cooking demonstrations, hands-on instruction, samples, dinners, and special menu items at Amana Colonies. 319-622-7622.
—amanacolonies.com

Red Green’s “This Could Be It!” Tour April 14 at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines. Fans of public television’s The Red Green Show will be able to see handyman projects, hear advice given to married guys and teenage boys, and get tips on getting old. 515-244-0507.

—hoytsherman.org

Canadian comedian Steve Smith, known as Red Green, leaning back in chair, arms behind head, feet up, with a toe tag that reads "This could be it."

Red Green

Kites Over Hoover Park April 20 near Hoover Park in West Branch. April is kite-flying month, and thousands of colorful kites will fly during this event, which includes a kite-performance team and family-friendly games, a candy drop, and crafts for kids. 319-643-5301.

—hoover.archives.gov

Food and Farm Festival April 27-28 at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Local producers, brewers, makers, and artists will gather together on the front lawn of Living History Farms to celebrate everything that makes Iowa great. VIP events include Festival of Cheese, Beer ’n’ Bread, and Cocktails and Comfort Food. 515-278-5286.

—lhf.orgm

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 Kansas

Fake Patty’s Day March 2 at Aggieville Historical District in Manhattan. Aggieville is the place to drink green beer and spread Irish cheer. The streets will be shut down so that revelers can more easily travel from bar to bar during this special event. 785-320-6709.

—manhattancvb.org

 

Switchback March 9 & 10 at The Warham Opera House in Manhattan. The McCain Performance Series features Irish-Americana. band Switchback. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack have written many Irish songs that ring as true as the ancient ballads of Finn McCool’s time. 785-532-6428.

—k-state.edu/mccain

Clown of Kings Comedy & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra March 17 at C.L Hoover Opera House in Junction City. To celebrate this Opera House’s 150th anniversary, three short films starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, will be shown, accompanied by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. 785-238-3906.

—.jcoperahouse.org

Easter Egg Hunt April 20 at Louisburg Cider Mill in Louisburg. Warm cider and donuts will be provided during this Easter egg hunt, and family photos with the Easter Bunny after the hunt will add to fond family holiday memories. 913-837-5202.

—louisburgcidermill.com

Kegs ’N’ Eggs April 27 at Kansas City Renaissance Festival grounds in Bonner Springs. While sipping on craft beers and listening to live music at this adult-only event, guests can hunt for golden eggs and win prizes. 913-721-2110.

—kegsneggskc.com

three people, two girls and guy with beard standing in the middle, all wearing pretzel "jewelry," crowd in background

Kegs ’N’ Eggs

Kansas Storytelling Festival April 26-27 in downtown Downs. Tall tales, anecdotes, and historical re-enactments can all be found at this festival, which offers two evening concerts and many separate sessions of stories, workshops, and music. 785-454-6648.

—kansasstorytelling.com

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 Missouri

Eric Church March 1 and 2 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. The country star will be performing songs from his new album Desperate Man as well as other popular past hits. 816-949-7100.

—ticketmaster.com

Bud Light Grand Parade and party March 2 in the Soulard District, St. Louis. One of the biggest Mardi Gras celebrations outside of the Big Easy is held in St. Louis. The festivities started in late January and culminate with this parade and party, bringing tens of thousands of people into the city. 800-916-8938.

—stlmardigras.org

10th Annual Mardi Gras Bar Crawl March 2 in the Power & Light District, Kansas City. Mardi Gras fans can eat, drink, and be merry in this annual tribute to pre-Lent traditions. The crawl includes 12 participating bars with live music, crawfish-eating contests, fire jugglers, and street performers. 816-842-1045.

—powerandlightdistrict.com

Backtrack Vocals March 2 at the Missouri Theatre in St. Joseph. Backtrack is an award-winning, five-person a cappella group based out of New York City. The group creates impressive covers of past and present pop music. 816-279-1225.

— saintjosephperformingarts.org

Metallica March 6 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. One of metal’s biggest acts comes to Kansas City on their world tour. 816-949-7100.

—sprintcenter.com

Snake Saturday March 16 in North Kansas City. This popular St. Patrick’s Day event in Kansas City includes a parade followed by a carnival, children’s events, and more. 816-548-3113.

—snakesaturday.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 17 along Broadway in Kansas City. Those who do not get enough shamrocks and shenanigans in North Kansas City can spend the next day reveling with fellow St. Patrick’s Day fans with one of the country’s largest St. Patrick Day parades.

—kcirishparade.com

NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional March 29-31 at Sprint Center in Kansas City. Kansas City is again hosting teams in the Midwest Regional of March Madness’ Elite Eight. Regional winners will advance to Minneapolis for the Final Four and championship games. 816-949-7100.

—sprintcenterboxoffice.com

Kansas City FilmFest April 10-14 at Cinemark on the Plaza in Kansas City. More than 120 films will be shown over five days at this annual event, which celebrates the power of storytelling as a shared cultural experience through the cinematic arts. 816-756-5877.

—kcfilmfest.org

Joshua Redman Quartet April 11 at Folly Theater in Kansas City. Coming in from New York City after a series of concerts at the famed Blue Note club, the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman brings his own jazz style to the Midwest. 816-474-4444.

—follytheater.org

Joshua Redman holding saxophone, staring into camera, wearing pink button-down shirt

Joshua Redman

Pig and Swig April 21 in the Power & Light District, Kansas City. A showcase of some of the best local and regional barbecue flavors, bourbon, whiskey, and craft beer. 816-842-1045.

—powerandlightdistrict.com

Arturo Sandoval April 27 at Folly Theater in Kansas City. This 10-time Grammy Award winner’s most recent album includes duets with Ariana Grande, Stevie Wonder, and Josh Groban. 816-474-4444.

—follytheater.org

Arturo Sandoval playing trumpet in suit, with black background

Arturo Sandoval

Blessing of the Bikes April 28 on the historic downtown square in Neosho. The annual event brings together more than 300 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to initiate the onset of the riding season. Food, vendors, drift trike racing, and live music carry the day that is concluded with a bike blessing. 417-389-3301.

—@blessingofthebikescovenant0702 on Facebook

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March/April 2019 Giving Calendar

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


March 1 (7-10:30 p.m.)
An Evening on the Italian Riviera
Benefiting: Diabetes-related causes
Location: il Palazo
—cosmopolitan.org

March 1-2 (times vary)
Restore Nebraska Conference featuring Daniel G. Carey
Benefiting: Restoration Exchange
Location: Fort Omaha Campus at Metropolitan Community College
—restorationexchange.org

March 2 (noon-4 p.m.)
Omaha Barstool Open
Benefiting: United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska
Location: the Old Market
—ucpnebraska.org

March 2 (1-4 p.m.)
Uncorked
Benefiting: Angels Among Us
Location: Fleming’s
—myangelsamongus.org

March 2 (5:30 p.m.-midnight)
Cruise Away to the Emerald Isle
Benefiting: Stephen Center
Location: Champions Run
—stephencenter.org

March 3 (7 a.m.)
Heat the Streets Run & Walk for Warmth
Benefiting: Common Fund of the Heartland
Location: Midtown Crossing
—heatthestreetsomaha.org

March 3 (10:30 a.m.)
15th Annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities
Benefiting: Meyer Foundation for Disabilities
Location: Oak View Mall
—mfdisabilities.org

March 3 (noon-6 p.m.)
Hooley
Benefiting: Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians
Location: Firefighters Union Hall
—laohomaha.org

March 5 (all day)
Spread the Word to End the Word
Benefiting: Goodwill Industries
Location: Goodwill Corporate Headquarters
—goodwillomaha.org

March 7 (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Heroes in the Heartland Luncheon
Benefiting: American Red Cross
Location: Hilton Omaha
—redcross.org/neia

March 7 (6-9 p.m.)
Comedy for Change
Benefiting: Set Me Free Project
Location: A View on State
—setmefreeproject.net

March 8 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
Voices of Dignity
Benefiting: Table Grace
Location: St. Thomas Lutheran Church
—tablegracecafe.com

March 9 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Celebrity Chef 2019: An Evening with Chef Tyler Florence
Benefiting: Food Bank of the Heartland
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista
—foodbankheartland.org

Chef Tyler Florence

March 9 (7-11 p.m.)
Perfect Pour
Benefiting: Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
Location: Scoular Ballroom
—perfectpour.org

March 13 (11:30-1 p.m.)
Silver Ribbon Event with Dr. Christopher Willard
Benefiting: Children’s Respite Care Center
Location: Marriott Regency
—crccomaha.org

March 16 (5:30-11 p.m.)
Holt International Gala
Benefiting: Holt International
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista
—holtinternational.org

March 16 (5:30-11 p.m.)
Irish Fest 2019
Benefiting: Catholic Charities Omaha
Location: Marriott Capitol District
—ccomaha.org

March 17 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.)
Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed
Benefiting: Tangier Shrine
Location: Tangier Shrine Center
—tangiershrine.com

March 21-23 (times vary)
Imana Kids Gala & Fundraiser Series
Benefiting: Imana Kids
Locations: various
—imanakids.org

March 23 (noon-2 p.m.)
From Pillboxes to Headbands, Fashion from the 1960s
Benefiting: Douglas County Historical Society
Location: Institute of Culinary Arts
—douglascohistory.org

March 23 (7-10 p.m.)
15th annual artVenture
Benefiting: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
Location: Mammel Hall at UNO
—girlscoutsnebraska.org

March 23 (6-10 p.m.)
Heritage Awards
Benefiting: CHI Health Foundation
Location: Mid-America Center
—chihealth.com

March 24 (4 p.m.)
25th annual Celebration of Spirit Dinner
Benefiting: Notre Dame Sisters
Location: Mainelli Hall at St. Robert Bellarmine
—notredamesisters.org

March 24 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Rock the Nest Trivia Night
Benefiting: Central High School
Location: Omaha Design Center
—chsfomaha.org

March 29 (noon)
Table Art 2019: Prepping for Spring with Mackenzie Childs
Benefiting: Omaha Symphony Guild
Location: Champions Run
—omahasymphony.org

March 29, 2019 (5-10 p.m.)
March Madness
Benefiting: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Location: The Grass Wagon
—bgcomaha.org

March 29 (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Spring Benefit: Spotlight on Education
Benefiting: Omaha Community Playhouse
Location: Omaha Community Playhouse
—omahaplayhouse.com

March 30 (9 a.m.)
Quarter Mania
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center Chapel
—opendoormission.org

March 30 (4-9 p.m.)
Release Ministries Annual Banquet and 25-Year Celebration
Benefiting: Release Ministries
Location: Scott Conference Center at UNO
—releaseministries.org

March 30 (4-11 p.m.)
Knights on the Fairway—Going for the Green
Benefiting: Mount Michael Benedictine
Location: SAC Museum
—mountmichael.com

March 30 (4 p.m.-2 a.m.)
Relay for Life of Creighton University
Benfitting: American Cancer Society
Location: Kiewit Fitness Center
—cancer.org

March 30 (5-9 p.m.)
vinNebraska Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction
Benefiting: Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Location: Ramada Plaza
—vinnebraska.com

March 30 (5:30-9 p.m.)
The Gathering
Benefiting: CUES Supported Schools
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha
—cuesschools.org

March 30 (6 p.m.)
2019 Barrister’s Ball: The Wonderful World of Wonka
Benefiting: Nebraska Lawyers Foundation programs
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista
—nevlp.org

March 30 (6-9 p.m.)
Fourth Annual Gala Fundraiser: Vegas Nights
Benefiting: Bennington Schools Foundation
Location: A View on State Street
—benningtonschoolsfoundation.org

March 31 (noon)
2019 Walk & Rally for Hope
Benefiting: ALS in the Heartland
Location: Baxter Arena
—alsintheheartland.org

April 3 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Speaking of Children Luncheon with Sasha Joseph Neulinger
Benefiting: Project Harmony
Location: CHI Health Center Omaha
—projectharmony.com

April 4 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Spring Luncheon featuring Laura Dowling
Benefiting: Lauritzen Gardens Guild
Location: Lauritzen Gardens
—lauritzengardens.org  

April 5 (6-9 p.m.)
Circle of Dreams
Benefiting: St. Augustine Mission School
Location: St. Robert Bellarmine’s Mainelli Center
—staugustinemission.org

April 5 (6:30-10 p.m.)
Wine Women and Shoes
Benefiting: Carolyn Scott Rainbow House
Location: Omaha Design Center
—winewomenandshoes.com

April 6 (10 a.m.)
Strengthen Our Survivors brunch
Benefiting: Heartland Family Service
Location: Oak Hills Country Club
—heartlandfamilyservice.org

April 6 (4 p.m.)
Big Basketball Bash
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Scott Conference Center at UNO
—bbbsomaha.org

April 6 (5-9 p.m.)
Heart of Camp Gala
Benefiting: Carol Joy Holling Camp
Location: La Vista Conference Center
—caroljoyholling.org

April 6 (5:30-9:30 p.m.)
Comedy and Cuisine
Benefiting: St. Cecilia Cathedral School
Location: St. Cecilia Cathedral School
—stcecilia.net

April 6 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Fifth Annual Pink Ribbon Affair
Benefiting: Susan G. Komen Foundation
Location: Hilton Omaha
—komennebraska.org

April 7 (noon-2:30 p.m.)
Humanitarian Brunch featuring Vu Le
Benefiting: Inclusive Communities
Location: Scott Conference Center
—inclusive-communities.org

April 10 (10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Assistance League of Omaha Luncheon and Style Show
Benefiting: Assistance League of Omaha
Location: Champions Run
—alomaha.org

April 10 (11:30-1:30 p.m.)
2019 Author Luncheon, featuring Jessica Lahey
Benefiting: Completely Kids
Location: Hilton Omaha
—completelykids.org

April 11 (6-10 p.m.)
Evening with Friends
Benefiting: CHI Midlands
Location: CHI Midlands Hospital
—chihealth.com

April 12 (5-10 p.m.)
Kicks for a Cure Annual Dinner
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Marriott Capitol District
—kicksforacure.org

April 12 (5:30-8:30 p.m.)
14th Annual Men of Honor featuring Frederick Douglas Haynes III
Benefiting: 100 Black Men of Omaha
Location: Hilton Downtown
—100blackmenofomaha.org

Frederick Douglas Haynes III

April 12-13 (times vary)
Big DREAM Weekend with bowling, tailgating, and more
Benefiting: DREAM
Locations: various
—joindream.org

April 13 (all day)
Scouting for Food
Benefiting: local food banks
Location: donors’ homes
—mac-bsa.org/scoutingforfood

April 13 (9 a.m.-noon)
Funfest
Benefiting: Autism Society of Nebraska
Location: Ralston Arena
—autismnebraska.org

April 13 (times vary)
Kicks for a Cure Soccer Exhibition
Benefiting: Kicks for a Cure
Location: Caniglia Field at UNO and Morrison Stadium at Creighton University
—kicksforacure.org

April 13 (5 p.m.)
Feather Our Nest Golden Jubilee
Benefiting: Fontenelle Forest Guild
Location: Marriott Capitol District
—fontenelleforest.org

April 13 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Festa del Leone
Benefiting: Roncalli Catholic High School
Location: Roncalli Catholic High School
—roncallicatholic.org

April 13 (5:30-10 p.m.)
Omaha Symphony Gala featuring Wayne Brady
Benefiting: Omaha Symphony
Location: Holland Performing Arts Center
—omahasymphony.org

Wayne Brady

April 13 (6-9:30 p.m.)
10th Annual Celebrating Community
Benefiting: Omaha Together One Community
Location: KANEKO
—otoc.org

April 14 (3 p.m.)
Pops and Pie
Benefiting: Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha
Location: Witherspoon Concert Hall at Joslyn Art Museum
—igoomaha.org

April 17 (6-9 p.m.)
Omaha Business Hall of Fame
Benefiting: Greater Omaha Chamber
Location: Holland Performing Arts Center
—omahachamber.org/BHOF

April 18 (7-8:30 a.m.)
Community Breakfast
Benefiting: Bellevue Public Schools Foundation
Location: Lied Activity Center
—bellevuepublicschoolsfoundation.org

April 18 (8:30-11 a.m.)
Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
Benefiting: UNO Athletics
Location: Baxter Arena
—omavs.com

April 18 (11:30-1 p.m.)
Can Do Luncheon
Benefiting: Kids Can
Location: Marriott Capitol District
—kidscanomaha.org

April 19 (6-10 p.m.)
Hope Brews
Benefiting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Location: Founders One-Nine
—cff.org/nebraska

April 19 (7-10 p.m.)
RivALZ—Blondes vs. Brunettes
Benefiting: Alheimer’s Association
Location: Omaha Sports Complex
—alz.nebraska.org

April 24 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Fusion 2019 Featuring Elin Hilderbrand
Benefiting: Nebraska Medicine Guild
Location: Omaha Design Center
—nebraskamed.com/about-us/guild

Elin Hilderbrand

April 26 (6:30-10 p.m.)
Night of Celebration
Benefiting: CHI Health Immanuel
Location: Omaha Design Center
—chihealth.com

April 26 (7 p.m.)
Guns ’N’ Hoses
Benefiting: First Responders Foundation
Location: Baxter Arena
—firstrespondersomaha.org

April 26 and 27 (times vary)
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Benefiting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Location: Maplewood Lanes
—bbbsomaha.org

April 27 (9 a.m.)
March for Babies
Benefiting: March of Dimes
Location: Lewis & Clark Landing
—marchforbabies.org

April 27 (9 a.m.-noon)
Nebraska Lymphoma Walk
Benefiting: Lymphoma Research Foundation
Location: Mahoney State Park
—lymphoma.org

April 27 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Eighth Annual Spring Luncheon
Benefiting: Santa Monica House
Location: DC Centre
—santamonicahouse.org

April 27 (2-4 p.m.)
Walk for Infertility Awareness
Benefiting: Conceive Nebraska
Location: Midtown Crossing
—conceivenebraska.org

April 27 (5-8 p.m.)
Beach Bash 2019: Riding the Waves for 140 Years
Benefiting: Creighton Prep
Location: Heider Center at Creighton Prep
—creightonprep.creighton.edu

April 27 (5-11 p.m.)
Blue Jeans & Dreams
Benefiting: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
Location: HETRA barn
—hetra.org

April 27 (6 p.m.)
Blue Jeans Ball
Benefiting: Make-A-Wish of Nebraska
Location: Hilton Omaha
—nebraska.wish.org

April 27 (6-9 p.m.)
Dining With Dogs
Benefiting: Nebraska Humane Society
Location: Baxter Subaru
—nehumanesociety.org

April 28 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
Ladle of Love Festival
Benefiting: Open Door Mission
Location: Garland Thompson Men’s Center
—opendoormission.org

April 30 (5:30-9 p.m.)
Boys Town Booster Banquet featuring Bruce Bowen
Benefiting: Boys Town
Location: Embassy Suites-La Vista
—boystown.org


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

January/February 2019 Family & More

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Miracle on Farnam
Through Jan. 1 in Midtown Crossing, 30th and Farnam streets. During this holiday season, visitors can stroll Farnam Street and browse window displays created by local artists and organizations, presented by The Afternoon. Times vary. Cost: free. 402-557-6006.
—midtowncrossing.com

THE CAPITOL DISTRICT ICE RINK
Through Jan. 21 at the Capitol District, 10th and Capitol Ave. This Holiday Lights Festival tradition is alive and well in a new location. The rink is available well after the lights turn off for the season, so folks can skate during those dull days of January. Times vary. Admission: $10, which benefits Food Bank for the Heartland and includes skate rental (if needed). 402-345-5401.
—holidaylightsfestival.org

Toast the Year 5k
Jan. 1 at Anytime Fitness, 20231 Manderson St. No. 105. Anytime Fitness will kick off the new year with a 5K, mimosas, snacks, and a commitment to a healthy 2019 at this indoor treadmill event. Participants will sign up for 30- or 60-minute time slots. Open to members and non-members. 8 a.m. Cost: $35. 402-939-7444.
—anytimefitness.com

Commitment Day 5k
Jan. 1 at Life Time Fitness, 17007 Elm St. This family-friendly event is a fun, healthy way to celebrate the new year. Ticket includes a T-shirt, race bib, medal, and brunch social after the run. 10 a.m. Cost: $25-$40, free for kids 12 and under. 402-334-3000.
—commitmentday.com

First Friday Old Market
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 at the Old Market. Old Market art galleries will be open, and this event will feature live music, free Ollie the Trolley rides between venues, and lots of art (recurring the first Friday of each month). Cost: free
—firstfridayoldmarket.com

Benson First Friday
Jan. 4 and Feb. 1 in Benson (Maple St. and 59th to 63rd streets). Art galleries, bars, music venues, and cultural institutions of Benson collaborate on the first Friday of every month with a showcase of local arts and culture. Cost: free.
—bensonfirstfriday.com

Wintertainment!
Jan. 2-4 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Winter fun comes to Hummel Day Camp for first through seventh graders. Participants can cook lunch over the fire, learn archery and wilderness skills, compete in the Snowbowl, and other fun winter games. Must pre-register online. 8:30 a.m. Cost: $25/session. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Bee-Smart
Jan. 4 and Feb. 11 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Tony Sandoval of Bee Smart Education will teach classes all about bees. Each class covers basic identification, specific habitat information, and fun trivia about particular bees. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Seniors Understanding Nature
Jan. 8 and Feb. 12 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. The SUN (Seniors Understanding Nature) program occurs on the second Tuesday of every month, and includes refreshments, an indoor program, and an optional nature walk. 9:45 a.m. Cost: $10 per senior (62+), free for members. 402-731-3140.
—fontenelleforest.org

Lil’ Sprouts—Garden Exploration
Jan. 9-10 and Feb. 6-7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Adults and children work together to learn about nature through story time, crafts, garden exploration, and more. January and February classes will focus on the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Registration required. Hours vary. Cost: $14. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

The Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime
Jan. 9 at Willa Cather Branch, 1905 S. 44th St. Children can celebrate music and act out the story of Cinderella through ballet and movement with an Omaha Symphony artist. This storytime will explore the literacy skills of singing, playing, talking, and reading. Seating is limited to 30 children. 10:30 a.m. Cost: free. 402-444-4851.
—omahalibrary.org

Miss Nebraska Latina 2019 Grand Finale
Jan. 11 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. As the largest state beauty contest for Latinas, this event provides a platform for aspiring models to propel their careers. 7 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 402-212-5763.
—missnebraskalatina.com

River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat & RV Expo
Jan. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. View more than 100 exhibitors; attend seminars on topics such as ultimate fishing in Canada, mushroom hunting, fly fishing, and dog training; and try out the indoor BB gun and archery ranges, interactive games, and turkey call-in teepee. Times vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $3 kids ages 4-15, and free for ages 3 and under. 712-326-2295.
—rivercityexpo.com

WWE Live
Jan. 20 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wrestler A.J. Styles will face WWE champion Daniel Bryan in a championship match. The event will also feature Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, New Day, and other wrestlers. 5 p.m. Tickets: $20-$110. 402-593-2729.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

2019 Midlands International Auto Show
Jan. 24-27 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This show features the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the automotive industry’s latest and greatest from around the world. 11 a.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday. Tickets: $9 ages 13+; $7 ages 7-12, seniors (65+), and military members with current ID; free for children under 7. 402-444-1263.
—omahaautoshow.com

Omaha Global Game Jam 2019
Jan. 25-27 at Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St. In this world-wide event, participants build a video or board game in 48 hours alongside development teams in other nations. All skill levels welcome, with brainstorming and team building activities on Friday night. 18+ only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9:45 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Cost: free. 402-979-6894.
—globalgamejam.org

Mac and Cheese Binge
Jan. 26 at participating Midtown Crossing restaurants. Guests can celebrate one of food’s greatest marriages: mac and cheese. Participating restaurants will offer mac and cheese samplers, and beer/cocktail pairings are also available. Cost: $3 for pasta samples, drinks extra. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 402-351-5954.
—midtowncrossing.com

Cathedral Flower Festival
Jan. 26-27 at St. Cecelia’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. Admission: free. 402-551-2313.
—cathedralartsproject.org

Dinosaur Yoga for Families
Jan. 26 & Feb. 16 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Yoga is going prehistoric in these dinosaur-themed classes taught by Megan Roth among dinosaur sculptures. Classes encourage playful movement for all ages and abilities. Pre-registration required. One registration per family (up to four people, including at least one adult). 8-9 a.m. Admission: $15. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

13th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards
Jan. 27 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Omaha celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. With all-star talent and red carpet prestige, the OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. 6-9 p.m. Tickets: $30.
—oea-awards.org

Adult Trivia Night at Knolls Golf Course
Jan. 31 at Knolls Golf Course, 11630 Sahler St. Teams of four can test their knowledge in categories such as pop culture, movies and TV, and current events. This event will feature snacks, giveaways, and prizes. Must be 21+. Registration required. 7-9 p.m. Admission: $40 per team. 402-444-5440.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Super Bowl Party
Feb. 2 at Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave. Participants can try out the obstacle course, jump in the bounce house, and make a healthy snack before the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Admission: free. Noon. 402-444-4956.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Harlem Globetrotters
Feb. 2 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Guests will witness ball-handling wizardry and basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment for fans of all ages. Globetrotter stars will stay after the game for an autograph, photograph, and high-five session for fans. 2 p.m. Tickets: $21-$111. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Nebraska sanctioned Snow Competition
Feb. 7-10 in Olde Town Elkhorn. This first-time event is the only sanctioned snow competiton in Nebraska. Multiple amateur and professional teams from across the country will carve and display 8-foot-tall snow sculptures. The event also includes a people’s choice award and an ice bar. 9 a.m. Admission: free. 402-216-7812.
—mainstreetstudios2610.com

Omaha Home & Garden Expo
Feb. 7-10 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This four-day multi-event extravaganza will feature the latest innovations, products, and experts in the home and garden industry. Hours vary. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 children 5-12, free for children under 5. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

KanPai! Con
Feb. 8-10 at Ramada Plaza, 3321 S. 72nd St. Kanpai! Con is an annual cultural appreciation convention that focuses on anime, manga, and Japanese video gaming. Come dressed as a favorite character and enjoy the family-friendly convention setting. Times vary. Admission: $30 weekend pass or $20 one-day pass. 402-393-3950.
—kanpaicon.com

<3 Hummel
Feb. 9 at Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road. Hummel Park will celebrate Valentine’s Day with crafts, a winter hike, and archery. 9:30 a.m-noon. Admission: free. 402-444-4760.
—parks.cityofomaha.org

Teen Poetry Workshop
Feb. 9 at Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz. Teens can join Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn slam poetry from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition in December with original pieces performed for a live audience. Recommended for grades 8-12. 1:30 p.m. Admission: free. 402-289-4367.
—omahalibrary.org

Sacred Styles and Materials: The Cathedrals of French Colonial Tunisia
Feb. 10 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The Omaha-Lincoln Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), in partnership with Art History at Creighton University, is pleased to present the annual McCormick Lecture in Art History. 2 p.m. Admission: free. 402-342-3300.
—joslyn.org

Valentine’s Day Dinner
Feb. 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Guests can enjoy a romantic dinner at Lauritzen Gardens. Tickets include a choice of five main courses, a complimentary glass of wine, and all service charges. Reservations required. 6 p.m. Admission: $55 per person. 402-346-4002.
—lauritzengardens.org

Love at the Zoo
Feb. 13 and 14 at Henry Doorly Zoo. This lighthearted presentation about dating and mating in the animal kingdom includes a champagne welcome, dinner, two free drink tickets, dessert, and special animal encounters in the aquarium building. 6:30 p.m. Admission: $75 per person. 402-773-8401.
—omahazoo.com

Omaha Beer Week 2019
Feb. 15-24 at various locations. This annual event celebrates local businesses and Omaha’s long history of craft beer culture. Featuring more than 100 events at dozens of bars, breweries, and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Hours and costs vary. 402-670-0390.
—omahabeerweek.com

TEDxUNO 2019: Resilience
Feb. 16 at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive N. Video and live speakers will combine to spark discussion and connection around the theme of “resilience.” 2-6 p.m. Tickets: $15 UNO/UNMC faculty, staff, and students; $30 general admission. 402-554-4859.
—tedxuno.unomaha.edu

Hibernate & Create RETREAT
Feb. 16-17 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 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $240+. 402-342-6452.
—hibernateandcreate.com

Kids Rule! Fashion Show
Feb. 17 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Kids Rule is a fun, creative, confidence-building fashion show for kids ages 5-12. Registration covers a child’s spot in the show, instruction in runway modeling from Develop Model Management, and a $50 voucher toward the child’s garment. 2 p.m. Registration: $80, Tickets: $40-$80. 402-819-8792.
—kidsruleomaha.com

13th Annual Extreme
Feb. 23 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Extreme is a beer event featuring over 300 brews, including rare, new release, and seasonal flavors. 21+. 2-7 p.m. Tickets: $38 advanced, $43 day of event for general admission; $60 advanced or $65 day of event for VIP. 402-345-1708.
—beercornerusa.com

Omaha Wedding Salon
Feb. 25 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Brides can plan the big day the fashionable way. Glasses of bubbly will be on hand during this glamorous bridal-themed showcase. Every category on the wedding-planning to-do list will be covered, from the high-end runway show, to the vendor market showcasing hors d’oeuvres, tablescapes, and floral arrangements. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30-$45. 402-819-8792.
—omahaweddingsalon.com

Omaha Fashion Week
Feb. 25-March 2 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. The nation’s fifth largest fashion event supports more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region. The spring 2019 season features Omaha Wedding Salon, Student Night, UNL Student Showcase, Methodist Survivor Show, Adorn Emerging Designer Showcase, and Gilded Featured Designer Showcase. 6 p.m. nightly. Tickets: $40-$85. 402-819-8792.
—omahafashionweek.com

Triumph of Agriculture Expo: Farm & Ranch Machinery Show
Feb. 27-28 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature farm products and equipment, local businesses, antique farm tractors, and special craft exhibits. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday. Admission: free. 402-346-8003.
—showofficeonline.com

A Warrior of the People: The Story of Dr. Susan La Flesche
Feb. 28 at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St. Dr. Joe Starita, a professor at the University of Nebraska, shares the story of a historical doctor who fought enormous racial and gender barriers to become the nation’s first Native American doctor. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-391-0350.
—countrysideucc.org

From Seed to Cup
Feb. 28 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Visitors can learn about the process of coffee-making from the head roaster of A Hill of Beans and hear about different methods of brewing while visiting the garden’s coffee tree in the Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory. Participants will receive a sample pack of coffee. 6 p.m. Admission: $15, $10 for members. 402-346-4002.—lauritzengardens.org

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

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January/February 2019 Concerts

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Remember Sports
Jan. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Remember Sports will be playing their third album, Slow Buzz, which focuses intently on all of the nuances and production that they have fine-tuned over five years of playing together. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Remember Sports

Kate Campbell
Jan. 13 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Hailed as a brilliant pianist, Kate Campbell performs as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Eric Church
Jan. 18 & 19 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Eric Church is bringing his “Double Down” tour to Omaha. Designed to treat fans with dynamic marathon sets, Church will perform six albums worth of material across two very different nights of music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $36+. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Noname
Jan. 24 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Born in Chicago, Noname (Fatima Warner) blurs the lines of poetry and rap through the music she creates. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Noname

The Way Down Wanderers
Jan. 22 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. High-energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience that has sold out shows across the U.K. and the U.S. 8 p.m. $13 advanced, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
—reverblounge.com

Winter Jam
Jan. 24 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. This large Christian-music tour comes to Omaha with uplifting music. Artists on the tour include Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, Newsong, and Hollyn. Speaker Greg Stier is also on the tour. 7 p.m. Admission: $15 at the door. 712.323.0536
—caesars.com/mid-america-center

Sidewalk Chalk
Jan. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Chicago-based band Sidewalk Chalk transcends genre with a wholly original sound that combines jazz, funk, hip-hop, and R&B. The group is comprised of an emcee, vocalist, drummer, bassist, keys player, trombonist, and trumpeter. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Sidewalk Chalk

Dave Stryker
Jan. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha-native and celebrated jazz guitarist Dave Stryker brings his signature style to the Holland Center’s 1200 Club. Dubbed “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years,” he is among the top jazz guitarists today. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Panic! At the Disco
Feb. 1 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This Las Vegas emo-punk troupe will perform pop-influenced songs with theatrical touches, quirky techno beats, and perceptive lyrics. 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.75-$73.75. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

The Funk Hunters: Typecast Tour 2019
Feb. 8 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip-hop, The Funk Hunters are putting soul back into electronic dance music. The DJ duo’s show is a technical display of creative collaboration between four turntables. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
—waitingroomlounge.com

Reverso
Feb. 10 at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. This new chamber jazz ensemble will present their original works in concert. Their album Suite Ravel looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music with the help of the unique quartet. 3 p.m. Admission: free. 402-333-7466.
—vesperconcerts.org

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Feb. 12 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Elton John will take his fans on a musical and visual journey spanning his 50-year career of hits. 8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50-$224.50. 402-341-1500.
—chihealthcenteromaha.com

Postmodern Jukebox
Feb. 13 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This concert will include music that ranges from the 1980s hard rock of Guns N’ Roses to hits like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry.” Songs are performed by a rotating cast of musicians and singers. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Okilly Dokilly and Playboy Manbaby
Feb. 25 at Lookout Lounge, 320 S. 72nd St. The Ned Flanders-themed metalcore band Okilly Dokilly teams up with punk band Playboy Manbaby for an explosive performance. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-391-2554.
—lookoutomaha.com

Kurt Vile and The Violators
Feb. 26 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Kurt Vile and his backing band, The Violators, will be performing songs from countless albums, including numbers from his brand new album, Bottle It In. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 day of show. 402-345-7569.
—theslowdown.com

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January/February 2019 Stage Performances

This calendar was printed in the January/February 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.


Jo Koy
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Koy has appeared on over 100 episodes of Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central specials, Don’t Make Him Angry and Lights Out. His infectious, explosive energy onstage, insightful jokes, and family inspired humor cross all boundaries. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony
Jan. 6 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Lukas Foss describes his concerto as “an homage to something I love, a handshake across the centuries.” Principal flute Maria Harding showcases her talent in this tribute to composers of the Renaissance. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 Joslyn Art Museum members. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Theo Von
Jan. 4 & 5 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Von can be seen in his very own Netflix Originals comedy special, No Offense. His podcast, This Past Weekend, is one of the fastest growing comedy podcasts. Tickets: $40-$70. 402-493-8036.
—omaha.funnybone.com

Russian, French, and American Tales: A Festival
Jan. 11 & 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. A festival of mystical and romantic tales from Russian folklore, French exoticism, and American adventure. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$72. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Windborne’s Music of Michael Jackson
Jan. 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Windborne returns to the Symphony Rocks series with a high-energy homage to the King of Pop. The band and vocalists will deliver hits from The Jackson 5 and his solo work, including songs such as “Thriller,” “Man in the Mirror,” and many more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Disney’s ALADDIN
Jan. 16-27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$95. 402-345-0606.
—ticketomaha.com

Arabian Nights Women_Disney’s Aladdin Original Broadway Company_copyright Disney_Photo by Deen van Meer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Jan. 18-Feb. 10 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Winner of five Tony Awards (including best play) and based on the best-selling mystery novel, this play tells the emotional story of a 15-year-old boy with autism who sets out to solve the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $24-$36. 402-553-0800.
—omahaplayhouse.com

David Koechner
Jan. 25-27 at Funnybone, 17305 Davenport St., No. 201. Actor, writer, and producer David Koechner stars as Tush on CBS’s Superior Donuts. He’s also well-known for his roles as Todd Packer on The Office and Champ Kind from Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Tickets: $20-$50. 402-493-8036.
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Return to Niobrara
Jan. 25-Feb. 10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. The world premiere of this historic Omaha story follows Chief Standing Bear’s great-great-grandson as he speaks out against those trying to erase his identity. This play invites the audience to see the past emerging in the present, and ultimately what it means to truly stand for who they are. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Jan. 26-27 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Stars from Music Theatre Wichita’s acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific take the stage with the Omaha Symphony, delivering the magnificent music and moving story of this beloved classic in a dynamic concert performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
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Romeo & Juliet and Carmen
Jan. 30 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Russian National Ballet performs two of the world’s greatest ballets, Romeo & Juliet and Carmen, on the Orpheum Theater stage. The company enchants all ages with masterpieces set to symphonic favorites and featuring more than 50 dancers in resplendent costumes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$45. 402-345-0606.
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I and You
Jan. 31-Feb. 24 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. When Anthony arrives unexpectedly at Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, these two classmates begin an adventure to unlock a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35, Seniors (65+) $30, educators and military $28. 402-345-1576.
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Shen Yun
Feb. 2-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Through the universal language of dance and music, classical dance company Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of celestial paradises, ancient legends, modern heroic tales, and a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $85-$155. 402-345-0606.
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Guster
Feb. 8 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This renowned alternative rock band, known for their driving rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and fun concerts, will perform fan favorites accompanied by the Omaha Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$99. 402-345-0606.
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Thumbelina
Feb. 9-Mar. 3 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Thumbelina is a flower-sized girl determined to discover the true meaning of friendship. Her magical, thumb-sized adventure will find any child swimming with fish and flying with sparrows with the use of inventive puppetry and innovative design. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $12, $10 for members. 402-345-4849.
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Aladdin, Cinderella, and More Magical Tales
Feb.10 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates magical music that tells timeless tales, including songs from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and selections from Prokofiev’s Cinderella. 2 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-345-0606.
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Damien Sneed’s Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Feb. 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20-$40. 402-345-0606.
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The Elixir of Love (L’elisir D’amore)
Feb. 15 & 17 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Hapless and hopelessly in love, Nemorino idolizes the beautiful and popular Adina. To win her heart, he spends everything he has to buy a “love potion” from the dubious Dulcamara. Director Rosetta Cucchi’s Opera Omaha production updates this light-hearted romantic comedy to an American high school circa 1980. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $19-$99. 402-345-0606.
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Of Mice and Men
Feb 15-Mar. 17 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by John Steinbeck, this play follows George and Lennie as they dream of making enough money to buy their own land. When a crime is accidentally committed, the two men are faced with a moral predicament in one of the most powerful and devastating stories of the 20th century. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $40. 402-533-0800.
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Women Rock
Feb. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony celebrates some of the greatest women in rock ’n’ roll. Hits from Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Tina Turner, and Pat Benatar will be performed. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $19-$89. 402-345-0606.
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Bach’s “Brandenburg 4”
Feb. 24 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore and her colleagues perform the brilliant solo lines in Bach’s tuneful and exhilarating concerto. Thomas Wilkins explores American composer Harold Shapero’s rarely performed symphony, a neo-classical masterpiece championed by Shapero’s friend, Leonard Bernstein. 2 p.m. Tickets: $33, $27 for members. 402-345-0606.
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Social by Nature with Photographer Ronan Donovan
Feb. 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Biologist-turned-photographer Ronan Donovan talks about his work in documenting animals and what can be learned from them. Donovan will share his love of the natural world at this National Geographic Live event. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $11-$27. 402-345-0606.
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The Connections Series: Colonel’s Chicken
Feb. 20-23, 27-28 & Mar. 1-2 at Weber Fine Arts Building, 6505 University Drive S. Demi wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for easy comfort after being dumped by her boyfriend. But when invited to step beyond the “Employees Only” door, she finds another thing entirely. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $16-$20, free for UNO students. 402-554-7529.
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Etienne Charles: Creole Soul
Feb. 22 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul. He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background, including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35. 402-345-0606.
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The Doll Maker’s Gift
Feb. 22-24, Mar. 1-3, & 8-10 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This performance showcases the journey of Nora, an imaginative Russian-Jewish girl who is left behind as her family flees to safety in America. While her family gathers funds to reunite them, Nora stays with a kind doll maker who shows her that all obstacles can be overcome with the help of good friends and community. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $20. 402-345-4849.
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ON YOUR FEET!
Feb. 26-28 & Mar. 1-3 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The captivating story of Latina star Gloria Estefan’s rise to fame will be loaded with Estefan’s pop classics. Showtimes vary. Tickets: $35-$92. 402-345-0606.
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