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Arts, Culture, and a Convention

February 28, 2019 by

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Kader Attia; Prosody, 2017; Photo: Colin Conces.

Thursday, Feb. 28: Listen to the stories behind the journeys of Sandra Addams, Shafiq Jahish, and Dekow Sagar, three Omaha refugees. When you attend Seeking Safety: Stories of Refuge in Omaha, you will learn about the violence, danger, and adversities they faced. With the help of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS), they found refuge in our city. In association with the current exhibition, I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and The Stranger series, this program examines the power of a story as they recount their journeys in the hopes of preventing other’s suffering in the future. To learn more about this and other upcoming events at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, click here.
Image: Kader Attia; Prosody, 2017; Photo: Colin Conces.

Iris DeMent singing onstage with guitar

Friday, March 1: If you’re a fan of pure Americana music, don’t miss Iris DeMent at The Waiting Room Friday night. DeMent is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter known for her contemporary folk music whose songs have been featured in several films and television shows. Her most recent album, The Trackless Woods, is a unique undertaking, setting Russian poet Anna Akhmatova’s poetry to music for the first time ever. Get your tickets and learn more about DeMent and her latest work here.

Alamo Drafthouse logo, movie image collage

Friday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 6: The wait is over. It’s Alamo Drafthouse Midtown Soft Opening Week, and they are ready for you to enjoy a full program of new releases and classic film events. From The Avengers to Mr. Rogers, you’re sure to find something that’s just your style. This is a time for staff training and seating is limited, so be sure to get your tickets soon. During this special time, guests will receive 25% off their total food and non-alcoholic beverage bill at any movie between March 1-6. Be sure to check out their Grand Opening Week as well, which starts the very next day (Thurdsay, March 7). Peep all the movie showings for both weeks here.

Poet Matt Mason headshot

Saturday, March 2: Like poetry? How about cake? You will find both at the Matt Mason State Poet Celebration at Gallery 1516 this Saturday evening. On January 7, Mason became the third Nebraska State Poet. While the formalities took place on Monday in Lincoln, you are invited to this celebratory ceremony happening a little closer to home (for most of us). Mason will serve as state poet from 2019 to 2023, and his duties will include public outreach and advocacy for poetry in Nebraska. You can read more about him in Omaha Magazine‘s feature on Nebraska poets here. Learn more about this Saturday’s event here.

Display of comic book images

Sunday, March 3: This Omaha Comic Book Convention is just what is says—a convention, not a “con.” This one is all about the basics, aka the comic books themselves. There are no guests and no setup fees for the dealers, so that means the savings are passed on to you, dear reader(s). You may also find trade paperbacks and assorted comic related toys, just in case the lure of that paper smell isn’t enough to draw you in. Need some money in order to purchase that perfect addition to your collection? They’re also buying at this one, so bring down the misfits and cash in. Find out more about this free event here.


 

Felines, fashion, and a festival

January 17, 2019 by
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Thursday, Jan. 17: Allen Strickland Williams will perform at Infusion Brewing Company tonight! And you can see him for only $10 (if you hurry!). You may have seen him on Conan O’ Brien or Tosh.0. and he can currently be seen in Cooking On High on Netflix and Corporate on Comedy Central. Allen will film his Comedy Central special in early 2019. So if you like laughing (and who doesn’t?), then you don’t want to miss this show! Buy your tickets here asap.

Friday, Jan. 18 to Sunday, Jan. 20: Hop in the truck, or Subaru Outback, and head to the Pheasants Forever: River City Hunting, Fishing, Boat and RV Expo, happening all weekend at the Mid-America Center. They’ll have more than 100 exhibitors on hand showing off their latest products. Attend a seminar on anything from bear hunting to dog training. Or just get a little advice on your next family trip from one of the outfitters or lodge owners. And bring the kids so they can test their archery skills and learn how to call turkeys. Get all the details here.

Friday, Jan. 18: Feel good dancing, feel good drinking, feel good doing good—catch Twista Unplugged at The Waiting Room this Friday and all of this can happen for you. Twista will be performing backed by a live band. Enjoli will also take the stage. Houston Alexander will be hosting, as this show is a fundraiser for the Houston Alexander Foundation (I know, he’s everywhere right now!) to support the Culture Shock Tour. You’ll also be treated to music by DJ Shor-T and DJ Mista Soull. Get your tickets here now.

Saturday, Jan. 19: Fashion, turn to the left; fashion, turn to the right—and now you’re dancing! Which is what you can do at the upcoming Dance Party + Fashion Show with Anastasia at Scout: Dry Goods & Trade. See the latest ’90s minimalist styles from Anastasia, have some drinks (did you know Scout now has a liquor license?), and do some voguing, courtesy of the sweet tunes DJ Crabrangucci will be busting out. Learn more here.
Photo by: Maranda Loughlin 

Sunday, Jan. 20+: What’s more relaxing than yoga? Maybe petting a purring kitty? Well, now you can do both every other Sunday when you attend Yoga and Cats at the old Wag location on 24th and Harney. Don’t forget your yoga mat, or you’ll be rolling around in cat hair! Just kidding, you’ll be doing that regardless. Best of all, all proceeds go towards the Felius Cat Café and Omaha Wags to Riches non-profits. Sign up here now, and remember this event is ongoing, so if you can’t make it this round just set yourself a reminder. Everyone needs a little relaxation.

Sunday, Jan. 20: Debating what you want for Sunday dinner? Let us help you out. Head to the first Pad Thai Fest! at Thai Esarn, where you can get a pad thai dinner for the special price of just $8. This is the Thai American Society’s first event, and all proceeds benefit the organization. You can watch traditional dances at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., but we recommend buying a ticket beforehand if you want to be sure to catch the show. Find out all the details here.

 

It’s a Hullabaloo of a Weekend

July 19, 2018 by

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Pick of the Week—Saturday, July 21: The Native Americans of Pine Ridge face many challenges and struggles every day. This Sunday, you can help them out and maybe learn a little more about what you can do to continue to help at the Propane fund benefit show/poker run at Chrome Lounge. This event is put on by The Toy Drive for Pine Ridge, a local nonprofit started 15 years ago by local musician Lash LaRue. You’ve probably seen him (and his events) around town. The Blues Society of Omaha is also a special sponsor this Saturday. The poker run starts at 10 a.m. and the music will start flowing at Chrome at 7 p.m. Did we mention Hawk’s BBQ will be there to feed your belly while the music (and the knowledge that you’re partying for a cause) feeds your soul? Well, now we have. For more info about the event, go here.

Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, August 5: Award-winning Nebraskan playwright Ellen Struve developed her new play, The Dairy Maid-Right, with help from the Creighton Theatre department. The play tells the story of what happens when two rural Nebraska teens of different cultural backgrounds discover a child migrant living in a cornfield. Directed by Creighton’s Amy Lane, this quick-moving story handles some heavy subject matter, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in humor. Head to the Shelterbelt Theatre to catch this local gem. Get your tickets here now.

Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22: There is. So. Much. Music. Happening! At this year’s Hullabaloo 2018 Music & Camping Festival at Falconwood Park. If you get your weekend pass now, you can chill out under the stars for three full nights of music love. But if you’re a commitment-phobe, you can always just go for a one-night stand ticket for either Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. It’s not just about the music, though. You can play some frisbee golf, do some yoga, or make some pottery—even get a massage. Local vendors will also be on hand if you find yourself in need of a new shirt after a long day of dancing and playing in the dirt. Or if you want some grub that’s not cooked over a campfire. Find out all about the happenings here.

Saturday, July 21 to Sunday, July 22: Make no mistake, the Concourse Classic is a car show. But keep an eye on the sky, as there will be some fancy parachuting going on at a special outdoor event, including a flag presentation from the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club happening at noon on Saturday. The real draw, though, is the classic automobile show, with over 100 autos and motorcycles to check out. Highlights of the show include a 1910 Ford Model T and a 1954 Kaiser Darrin. Learn about more surprises here.

Sunday, July 22: Get your vintage toys, vinyl, tapes, and more at The Waiting Room this Sunday. Buy, sell, and trade your stuff at this summer’s Punk Rock Flea Market. The market features individuals and small businesses exercising their DIY muscle and celebrating the punk ethos. Best of all? There’s no cover for this four-hour “show.” Kickstart your Sunday Funday in the punkest of ways. Shop local, support local. Educate yourself here.  .

Review: Frank Foster’s Redneck Rock ’N’ Roll

June 18, 2018 by
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Frank Foster was a sweet relief on a sweltering summer night.

The country musician performed in Omaha on Friday, June 15, at The Waiting Room Lounge (with Bucka Ruse opening the night).

Although Foster has been independently producing music since the release of his first album in 2011, Rowdy Reputation, the line of people waiting outside for the doors to open before the show demonstrated his rapidly growing fan base.

When Foster took the stage a little after 10 p.m., the energy in the room felt like the air before a summer thunderstorm.

Most of the roughly 70 people in the audience were on their feet in front of the stage, dancing and having a good time listening to music that Foster describes as “Redneck Rock ’N’ Roll”—also the title of the second song in his set.

He seemed to channel the look and sound of country stars Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, with Foster’s own Louisiana style tying it all together. Before finding national success with his music, the self-described “country boy” had a job working in an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. The oil fields have also inspired Foster songs such as “Rig and the Road.”

Foster’s stage presence could have filled an arena, making it a special treat to catch him up close at The Waiting Room. His constant movement and tendency to jump up and stand on the speakers pumped up the energy and gave the show a big-time feel.

Foster interspersed a few slow songs in his set of upbeat, sing-along songs, but the most exciting song had the refrain “In the South, they get loud,” from his upcoming album set to debut in September.

If audience members weren’t Frank Foster fans before, they are now.


Visit frankfostermusic.com for more information.

Check Your Shadow

February 1, 2018 by
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Thursday, Feb. 1: In case you’ve missed it, we’re here to let you know you need to check out the Nebraska-based web series Stuck. Tonight you can catch the second half of the second season premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse, followed by a Q&A with director Faustus McGreeves. The Stuck Season 2 Spring Premiere starts at 7 p.m., so if you want to catch up, you need to start binge-watching now, and you can do so here. But even if you aren’t caught up, what better way to become a fan than seeing it on the big screen? Get your tickets here.

Friday, Feb. 2: Gals, make this Friday special for you. Head to the Blackstone area for Hello Blackstone–Galentine’s Edition. Located inside the old Pulp store, there will be over 10 vendors to peruse. Oliver & Tate will be doing hair and makeup to get you ready for a Friday night out. Plus, you can even do a little pre-gaming. Did we mention raffles? Celebrate you this Friday with some shopping, drinks, and pampering. Find out what else they have to offer here.

Friday, Feb. 2: This is your chance to check out seven up-and-coming local artists in one spot. Missed Connections is at the Petshop gallery in Benson. Yes, this is based on the missed connections we all know and love to make fun of. See how the artists interpret love, heartbreak, and hookups. Enjoy the live performance piece, and don’t forget to get yourself a free candy heart button. To learn more about the artists, and the show, swipe here.

Saturday, Feb. 3: Aw, yeah. It’s that time of year again. Whether Punxsutawney Phil turns tail or not, the 40th Annual Groundhog Prom must go on. Get thee to Sokol Auditorium for costumes, shenanigans, and live music from Omaha favorites Satchel Grande, Monkey Funk, and The Bishops. Celebrate 40 years of defiance and debauchery at this beloved event, and don’t forget to flaunt your fearless fashion garb. Get the full details of your mission here.

Sunday, Feb. 4: Why not start and end your weekend with some shopping? Made With Love Market is giving you yet another opportunity to shop local at The Waiting Room and Reverb Lounge from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday. Find gifts for others or gift yourself a little something from one of the numerous vendors at this special holiday market. Of course, shopping gets even better with a cocktail or two, so get your Sunday funday on while supporting local businesses. For a full list of vendors, go here.

 

2017 November/December Concerts

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Real Estate, Nov. 1 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Real Estate’s fourth album, In Mind, retains much of their mellifluous, yet melodic, indie-rock sound. Fans will note that founding guitarist Matt Mondanile has left, and the band has undergone some big lineup changes. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $23 day of show. 402-345-7569.
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The Wrecks, Nov. 1 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Heavily influenced by Weezer, The Pixies, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend, this five-piece ensemble from Los Angeles is known for catchy choruses with bitingly honest lyrics. 8 p.m. Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Breaking Benjamin Unplugged, Nov. 2 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. Founded in Pennsylvania in 1999, this hard-rock band has since released five studio albums and are currently touring the United States. Tickets: sold-out. 8 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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The Urge at The Waiting Room

The Urge w/ Clever and Mandown, Nov. 4 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Formed in 1987, The Urge spans multiple genres and generations with their hard-rock and metal music. Tickets: $25. 8 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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The Drums, Nov. 7 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Indie-pop darling The Drums is on tour again to celebrate a fourth album, Abysmal Thoughts. This one-man band consisting of Johnny Pierce delivers a catchy sad- surfer sound. 8 p.m. $15. 402-884-5353.
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Cold Specks, Nov. 10 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Toronto-based singer-songwriter Cold Specks (Ladan Hussein) is on tour for the release of her latest album, Fool’s Paradise. Her music has been described as doom-soul. 9 p.m. $10. 402-884-5707.
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Hollywood Undead w/ Butcher Babies and Demrick, Nov. 10 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. On tour promoting their newest album, FIVE, this rap-rock band will be in Omaha one night only. Tickets: $35 advance, $40 day of show. 7 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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New Found Glory w/ the Ataris, Nov. 15 at Sokol Auditorium, 2234 S. 13th St. On tour celebrating “20 Years of Pop-Punk,” the band founded in 1997 is promoting their newest album, Makes Me Sick. Tickets: $24 advance, $27 day of show. 7:30 p.m. 402-346-9802.
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Jack Broadbent, Nov. 16 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The English singer-songwriter was deemed “the new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. 402-345-0606.
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Chris Stapleton at CenturyLink Center.

Chris Stapleton, Nov. 18 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. This Grammy-winning artist brings his “All American Road Show” to Omaha to celebrate the release of his latest album From A Room: Volume 1. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35.75-$70.75. 402-341-1500.
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The Deslondes, Nov. 20 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The Deslondes are coming to Omaha to promote their new album, Hurry Home. The band’s sophomore release departs from the country-folk sound of their first release into one of psychedelic soul, with a stronger emphasis on organ and electric guitar. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5707.
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Grieves, Nov. 20 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Better know by his stage name, Grieves just released his latest album, Running Wild. Tickets: $14 in advance, $16 day of show. 8 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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The English Beat, Nov. 24 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Founded back in 1979 in Birmingham, England, The English Beat continues with vocalist/guitarist Dave Wakeling keeping the beat going after almost 30 years. Tickets: $25. 9 p.m. 402-884-5353.
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Katy Perry, Nov. 28 at CenturyLink Center, 455 N. 10th St. One of the biggest stars of the twenty-tweens comes to Omaha on tour to celebrate her fifth studio album, Witness. 7 p.m. Tickets: $30.50-$135.50. 402-341-1500.
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Mogwai, Nov. 30 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. This Scottish post-rock band will be in Omaha one night only. 8 p.m. Tickets: $23 in advance, $26 day of show. 402-884-5353.
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Whitney, Dec. 1 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Indie-rock newbies Whitney are making waves with their debut album Light Upon The Lake. The band’s songs vary from somber love songs to get-up-and- dance jams. 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. 402-884-5353.
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Lindsey Stirling, Dec. 4 at Orpheum Theater, 409. S. 16th St. Lindsey Stirling dreams big. Since the release of her 2012 self-titled debut, the electronic music impresario (also a classically trained violinist, dancer, and artist) has become one of the 21st century’s most innovative stars by clinging to her groundbreaking vision of cinematic, violin-driven, electronic music. 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$269. 402-345-0606.
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Straight No Chaser at Orpheum Theater

Straight No Chaser, Dec. 6 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Straight No Chaser is the captivating sound of nine voices coming together to make extraordinary music. Formed while attending Indiana University, the group has emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base and numerous TV appearances. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $29-$74. 402-345-0606.
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Aqueous, Dec. 6 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This groove-rock band has built a name for themselves touring and performing high-profile sets at major festivals. Aqueous mixes original songs like “Kitty Chaser” with covers of songs like Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.” 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance. 402-884-5707.
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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Dec. 22-23 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years. Grammy-award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.25-$78.25. 402-345-0606.
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String Theory: NYE 2018, Dec. 31 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. String Theory will be on hand to ring in the new year with performances from other local bands (TBA). 9 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 day of show. 402-884-5707.
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Event times and details may change. Check with venue or event organizer to confirm.

This calendar was printed in the November/December 2017 edition of Omaha Magazine. 

Rachel Tomlinson Dick

April 20, 2014 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Is there some state law dictating that baristas must be among the most interesting people on the planet?

When not slinging brew at Blue Line Coffee in Dundee, Rachel Tomlinson Dick can be found on stage at The Waiting Room, Slowdown, and other indie-fueled venues. She plays in the Omaha band Hers and with the Portland-based Manic Pixie Dream Girls. The 27-year-old also volunteers with Omaha Girls Rock, teaching guitar riffs accompanied by a steady backbeat of girl-power mentoring and advocacy. That’s when she’s not working as an apprentice stitcher with Artifact Bag Co., the local outfit known for the finest craftsmanship in waxed canvas and leather goods.

“I would never survive in the cubicle world,” she says. “Tried it for awhile. Time moved too slowly. I need to be more active,” she adds while simultaneously juggling beans, bran, and bagels. “Most baristas are really creative types, and half the fun of being here is the interaction with people who are motivated by their outside work in the arts, culture, and more.”

And as for the other half? That would be the people on the other side of the counter, she says. “I open the shop on many mornings, and that means I get to help people begin their day,” she says. “It’s early. They’re just starting out, not sure which way the day is going to go. Good? Maybe not so much? I get to give them something that is seemingly so small and insignificant, but coffee makes people happy!” 

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