Tag Archives: The Arts Center

Dinosaurs to Dogs

February 21, 2019 by

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Red daspletosaur from Dino Uproar at Lauritzen Gardens

Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, March 7: You have just two nights to experience the dinosaurs as they were meant to be observed—slightly tipsy and in a festive environment. (Though that depends on your preference, really.) If that sounds like a good time to you, plan on heading to Lauritzen Gardens tonight for Adult Only Dino Night. Who doesn’t want to hang out with a red daspletosaur at the end of a long, cold, work week? And if you can’t make it out this weekend, keep the next one on your radar! Escape the outdoor ice age—dig up more details here.

A flight of beers on a board

Thursday, Feb. 21 to Monday, Feb. 25: Catch the tail end of Omaha Beer Week this weekend. There’s still plenty going on, starting at 11 a.m. today (depending on where you go). The party doesn’t stop until Monday, with a final day of rest at St. Andrew’s Pub. From book club to bingo, whatever you love doing, Beer Week has an event for you. Or you can try them all, as long as you have a pint in your hand. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be something going on close to you. Track down all the events here to maximize your weekend of beer.

Gregory Popovich, dressed in clown face, with a cat on the left and a dog on the right

Friday, Feb. 22: Want a unique experience you can tell your friends about? Enter the three-ring-circus world of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich as he keeps you laughing and keeps his performing pets on their toes (sometimes literally). The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is an entertainment event the whole family, happening Friday night only at The Arts Center. With world-class jugglers and over 30 pets, your eyes won’t get a break from all the action. Get tickets to this performance extravaganza hereEtienne Charles playing a trumpet

Friday, Feb. 22: Some say jazz is dead—Etienne Charles no doubt would disagree. Let him persuade you when you attend his performance at Scott Recital Hall. This 20-something artist, composer, arranger, and assistant professor of jazz studies (natch) from Trinidad is opening ears and minds by blending his musical roots with traditional American jazz. If you want to hear what all the fuss is about, get your tickets here.

Illustration of red chicken weather vane with text

Saturday, Feb. 23: The UNO Theatre Department’s Connections Series, a collaboration with the Great Plains Theatre Conference, is bringing Colonel’s Chicken: A Fairy Tale to Omaha. The concept behind this new series is a collaborative production each season with another local arts organization. This dark comedy from Carrie Barrett is about Demi, a young woman who wanders into a Colonel’s Chicken restaurant looking for comfort-food solace after being dumped. What happens next is both dreary and wacky and based on a true story. Learn more here.

Four dogs on leashes sitting in grass

Sunday, Feb. 24: Start the weekend with dinosaurs, end it with the somewhat more cuddly creatures at Taylor Made Rescue Rally at the Nebraska Humane Society. Rescues will be set up throughout the shelter and will have adoptable animals with them. Not sure if you want to adopt? Or what type of animal/breed would be compatible with your lifestyle? There will be education opportunities and the chance to meet different breeds so you can find out. From kitties to boxers to Boston terriers, you’ll have the opportunity to meet just the right new pet for you. Yappy Pack will be serving food, so even if you’re just browsing, come out for a bite (the good kind!) and all proceeds go to NHS. For more information…squirrel!


Celebrate Earth, Life, and Imagination

April 19, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Saturday, April 21: Join the rest of the world this Saturday in celebrating our Mother Earth at Earth Day Omaha 2018 in Elmwood Park. There will be plenty going on to entertain all, from kiddos to doggos. Bring a picnic or some cash for the many local food vendors who will be on hand. Don’t miss the main stage, featuring candidate forums, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Friend of the Environment Awards, and live music, including a performance by Edem Soul Music (featured in our next issue of Encounter). This event is happening rain or shine, so get out and celebrate all that is green. Click here for all the info.

Thursday, April 19: Debating whether you want to stay home and cook and splurge and go out to eat tonight? We’re going to make it easy for you. Tonight only, Stirnella in the Blackstone District is donating 50 percent of their food sales to the Women’s Center for Advancement. The center recently relocated and is now just one block away from the restaurant. So get out and help the staff at Stirnella welcome the WCA to the neighborhood. Be sure to call ahead and make reservations here for A Night Out at Stirnella. To learn more about the center, go here.

Friday, April 20: Experience one of the most unique live performances around with Lightwire Theater as they present Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey at The Arts Center at IWCC. Join Marvin the Mouse as he escapes life’s everyday bummers by retreating into his science books and a world of fantasy. Watch the story come to life through electroluminescent artistry and sweet dance moves. Get your tickets here, and learn more about Lightwire Theater here.

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22: It’s market season! Head to 10th and Bancroft streets for the Handmade Omaha Spring Art & Craft Bazaar at the Bancroft Street Market. With more than 25 local vendors, free parking, and free admission, this is a must-attend event. It’s their sixth year, so get out and help keep it going. For a full list of vendors, go here. For other Bancroft Street Market events, go here.

Sunday, April 22: Join the YMCA’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of children and families this Sunday. Healthy Kids Day at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village encourages a healthy, safe lifestyle. Activities and learning opportunities include bounce houses and safety checks. This free event starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. No registration is required. Just show up and have fun while learning! To find out more, bounce on over here.

Special Addition Edition—Wednesday, April 25th: The Omaha Police Foundation has their 18th annual Officer of the Year Awards Luncheon next Wednesday, the 25th, at the Scott Conference Center. Twenty-five OPD officers will be recognized for their outstanding service, and the 2017 Officer of the Year will be chosen from among the honorees. This event is open to the public and will feature an outdoor exhibit of various law enforcement units and vehicles. Show your support and get your tickets here now.