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Calendar of Events: November/December 2013

Oct 24, 2013 07:30PM ● By Katie Anderson


Featured Artists Akers, Fetters, and Gaines Through November 24 at Artists Cooperative Gallery Ltd, 405 S. 11th St. New works by mixed media artist Sean Akers, painter Joan Fetter, and weaver Agneta Gaines. Tu-Th/11am-5pm; F-Sat/11am-10pm; Sun/12-6pm. Free admission. 402-342-9617 –

MathAlive! Through January 5 at Strategic Air & Space Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy. Exhibit showing the real math behind what kids love most—video games, sports, fashion, music, robotics, and more. Daily/10am-5pm. $12 adults, $11 seniors & military, $6 ages 4-12. 402-944-3100 –

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear Through January 5 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Test yourself against four common fears. Observe how fear changes and learn simple ways to combat stress. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. $9 adults, $7 seniors (62+), $6 ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-444-5071 –

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection Through January 5 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. A selection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from a historic gift pledged to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2010 by Emily Fisher Landau. Her collection features some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, including Andy Warhol, Glenn Ligon, Sherrie Levine, Agnes Martin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Baldessari, Kiki Smith, and Ed Ruscha. Tu-W/10am-4pm; Th/10am-8pm; F-Sat/10am-4pm; Sun/12-4pm. Free admission. 402-342-3300 –

American Royalty: The Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Scholarship and Coronation Ball November 2 – January 19 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Over 200 years after declaring independence from the British monarchy, Americans continue to be entranced by royalty, and this exhibit aims to examine this fascination by looking at the fictional coronation of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben through a historical lens. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. $9 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $6 ages 3-12, free for members and children 2 & under. 402-444-5071 –

First Thursday Art Talk November 7 & December 5 at Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Current artists-in-residence give presentations or performances of their work and discuss their creative processes. Always insightful, these discussions provide a rare opportunity to meet artists and learn first-hand about their inspirations, approaches and techniques. 7pm. Free admission. 402-341-7130 –

Travel Journaling & Sketching with Nancy Lepo November 9 at Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St. Learn how to document your trips via journal with this workshop, which focuses on the ins and outs of travel sketching—quickly capturing scenes and jotting down the ‘feel’ of a place, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist. 10am-12pm. $35. 785-218-3061 –

Closing Reception: Nate Burbeck & Joel Starkey November 14 at UNO Art Gallery, Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St. Through panoramic paintings of landscapes depicting isolated moments of the surreal, Burbeck challenges his audience to question reality within the context of contemporary culture. He is accompanied by fellow Minnesotan and contemporary artist Starkey. 4:30-6:30pm. Free admission. 402-554-2796 –

Open Studios November 16 at Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Open Studios represents a chance for the public to come meet artists-in-residence and experience the Bemis Center’s core mission firsthand. The artists will be available to show you their studio, talk about their process, and give you a look at what they’ve been working on. This event is free and open to the public. 1-4pm. Free admission. 402-341-7130 –


Cold War Kids November 4 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Los Angeles indie rock band Cold War Kids return to Slowdown in support of their new album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9. $17 day of, $15 in advance. 402-345-7569 –

Cameron Carpenter November 7 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The first organist to be nominated for a Grammy Award® for a solo album, Cameron Carpenter acts more like a rockstar than a traditional organist, creating live performances with the glitz and glamour not typically associated with organ music. 7:30pm. Tickets from $25-70. 402-345-0606 –

Trans-Siberian Orchestra November 13 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs This orchestra’s performance is unlike anything other holiday show out there, combining classical, orchestral, symphonic and progressive music into hard rock and heavy metal, complete with a light show and other special effects. 7:30pm. Tickets from $33-60.50. 712-323-0536 –

Brad Paisley: “Beat This Summer Tour” November 14 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Country superstar Brad Paisley returns again to Omaha, armed with new hits, serious guitar chops, and a down-home sound to keep country fans happy. Opening is Danielle Bradbury, winner of this season of The Voice. 7pm. $30.50-63. 402-341-1500 –

A Night in Treme November 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Capitalizing on the popularity of the HBO series Treme, New Orleans group Soul Rebels will be joined by “The King of Nouveau Swing” Donald Harrison, Jr., trumpeter James Andrews, and others as they bring a little bit of Bourbon Street to the Holland Center. 7:30pm. Tickets from $30-70. 402-731-3140 –

Hunter Hayes November 16 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Grammy®-nominated artist, Hunter Hayes is a multi-talented performer, musician, producer, and writer, who won New Artist of the Year at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards. 7:30pm. $32.50-184.50. 402-345-0606 –

Handel’s Messiah November 24 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Holland Center’s 45th annual ensemble presentation of Handel’s Messiah is a feast for classical music lovers, featuring a 150-voice chorus, soloists, and orchestra. ASL interpretation and audio descriptions are available for those who are deaf or blind. Free admission. 402-312-8210 –

Toby Mac November 22 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs Toby Mac, an American Music Award winner for Favorite Christian Artist, comes to Council Bluffs for his Hits Deep Tour, featuring Mandisa Colton Dixon, Brandon Heath, Chris August, Jamie Grace, and Capital Kings. 7pm. Tickets from $25-35. 712-323-0536 –

Brahms’ Requiem November 22-23 at Omaha Symphony, 1200 Douglas St. Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Creighton University Chamber Choir, and University of 
Nebraska-Omaha Concert Choir and Chamber Choirs perform Brahms’ first great symphonic work under the direction of Thomas Wilkins, a transcendent monument to the darkness of grief and light of hope. F-Sat/8pm. $27-80. 402-345-0606 –

The Sounds of Christmas starring Elisabeth von Trapp with the Carolian Brass November 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the famous Maria & Baron Von Trapp, along with the Carolian Brass will perform some celebratory holiday songs, including a medley from The Sound of Music. 8pm. Tickets from $20-65. 402-345-0202 –

Creighton’s Classical Christmas December 3 at Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plz. This performance by the Creighton Chamber Choir and University Chorus features a newer holiday tradition for audience-goers, showcasing the work of Benjamin Britten, in honor of the upcoming centennial of his birth. 7:30pm. Free admission. 402-280-2509 –

Christmas at the Cathedral December 6-8 at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N 40th St. This 18th annual event, presented by the Omaha Symphonic Chorus offers both inspiring classics and beloved traditional carols. F/8pm; Sun/2pm. $30 preferred seating, $18 general seating. 402-398-1766 –

An Evening with the Priests December 7 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland come together to blend sacred music and traditional Irish music in this performance by this pop stars-meet-holy men group. 8pm. Tickets from $20-55. 402-345-0202 –

Wynonna & The Big Noise December 15 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St, Ralston Five time Grammy®-winning country star Wynonna Judd will perform “A Simpler Christmas,” mixing classic Christmas favorites with her own holiday songs and backed by her band The Big Noise. 7pm. Tickets from $39-99. 800-440-3741 –


Christmas Stamps November 1 – December 31 at Boys Town, 137th & W. Dodge Rd. View Christmas-themed stamps and covers from around the world on display at the Leon Myers Stamp Center, located in the Boys Town Visitors Center. M-F/8am-5pm; Sat/9am-4pm; Sun/11am-4pm. Free admission. 402-498-1141 –

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom 
with Peter Gros November 8 at Holland Preforming Arts Center, 1200 Douglas Street. As a host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Peter Gros has captivated audiences, introducing them to exotic animals and breathtaking wildlife. Now, he shares his experiences with Omaha through video clips, bloopers, and travel tales. F/8pm; Tickets from $15-35. 402-345-0606 —

Big Nate November 8-24 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Lincoln Peirce’s book series, Big Nate, comes to life onstage, as Nate Wright, the kid with the highest detention record at P.S. 38, fights to win the Battle of the Bands and the girl of his dreams. F/7pm; Sat/2&5pm; Sun/2pm. $18 general admission, or free for members. 402-345-4849 –

Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales November 23 at Omaha Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave. Disney staple characters Mickey, Minnie, and Donald are at the heart of this family-friendly performance, featuring three classic fairytales that are woven together to create a heart-warming story that has no shortage of Disney magic. 1pm & 4pm. Tickets from $16.50-47. 402-341-1500 –

Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival at Shadow Lake November 27 at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Dr. Celebrate by welcoming Santa, helping him light the tree, and enjoying a fireworks display. Free admission. 402-537-0046 –

Santa’s Magic November 29 – December 22 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This interactive holiday show begins with the entrance of the Snow Queen to lead children in song and ends with Saint Nicholas coming down the chimney to greet each kid himself in this unforgettable holiday experience. Tu-F/10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, & 2:30pm; Sat-Sun/3:30pm. $1 in addition to general admission. 402-342-6164 –

Christmas at Boys Town: Tree Lighting December 1 at Boys Town, 137th & W Dodge Rd. Visitors can experience a true family-friendly holiday tradition at Boys Town to kick off the Christmas season, complete with lights, carols, and Santa Claus riding in on a fire truck. 7:45pm. Free admission. 402-498-1141 –

Holiday Happenings December 7-21 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Even the animals are getting into the holiday spirit at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, as special holiday characters will be diving into the shark tank in the Scott Aquarium. Sat/10:45am. Free with regular paid zoo admission. 402-733-8401 –

Supper with Santa December 19-22 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 St. 10th St. Come join Mr. and Mrs. Claus without having to trek all the way to the North Pole. There will be supper, crafts, pictures with Santa, and more. Daily/6-8pm. $20 non-members, $15 members, free for children 2 & under. 402-738-2038 –

Penguins and Pancakes December 27-29 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Enjoy pancakes, crafts, and animal visits from the African penguins. Daily/8:30-10 am. Free with regular paid zoo admission. 402-738-2038 –

First Night of Play December 31 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. This New Year’s celebration is perfect for the whole family, and leaves time for parents to celebrate afterwards too. Enjoy face painting, balloon artists, a dance party, food, goodie bags, and more. 6-8:30pm. $14 non-members, $10 members. 402-342-6164 –

Noon Year’s Eve December 31 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. An earlier New Year’s Eve celebration that everyone can stay up for, Noon Year’s Eve is complete with activities for the whole family, a beach ball drop, and celebrations with your favorite zoo animals. 10am-1pm. Free with regular paid zoo admission. 402-733-8401 –


Raise the Roof Gala November 1 at Creighton University, Harper Center, 2500 California Plz. Habitat for Humanity’s annual gala chaired by Jessica Duce. 402-884-5957 –

Angels Among Us Fall Gala November 1 at Embassy Suites Old Market, 555 S. 10th St. Enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, dinner, and music by Chris Saub at Angels Among Us’ annual Fall Gala. $100 per person, $1,000 per table. 402-885-4840 –

TeamMates Tailgate November 1 at Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. Tom Osborne, Larry the Cable Guy, and Warren Buffett sit down with a special guest at TeamMates Mentoring Program’s annual tailgate event. 6pm. 402-598-3163 –

Wicker & Wine Basket Auction November 7 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs Lutheran Family Services hosts a fundraising event for the Pottawattamie County Center for Healthy Families. 5:30pm. 402-978-5646 –

Purses for Paws November 8 at Regency Court, 120 Regency Pkwy. Shop for purses, enjoy silent auctions and raffles, and more at Nebraska Humane Society’s Purses for Paws event. 5:30pm. 402-444-7800 ext. 260 –

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala November 9 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The theme for this year’s Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Gala is “Believe in Happy Endings.” 6pm. 402-955-6851 –

Salute to Families – Iowa November 14 at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs Heartland Family Service honors four southwest Iowa families. 6pm. 402-552-7426 –

Merrymakers Annual Roast November 14 at Embassy Suites La Vista, 12520 Westport Pkwy. Help Merrymakers continue to provide entertainment for seniors by supporting their annual event. This year, Merrymakers will roast Father Tom Fangman. 6pm. Tickets are $200.  402-697-0205.—

Salute to Families – Nebraska November 21 at Happy Hollow Club, 1701 S. 105th St. Heartland Family Service honors four Nebraska families. 6pm. 402-552-7426 –

Night of a Thousand Stars December 1 at Magnolia Hotel, 1615 Howard St. Join Honorary Chairs Dianne and Allan Lozier as Nebraska AIDS Project celebrates its 20th Annual Night of a Thousand Stars. Online ticket sales end Nov. 30th. 9pm. $60 general, $175 VIP, $475 platinum package. 402-552-9260 –


Anime NebrasKon 3-Day Anime & Pop Culture Convention November 1-3 at Ramada Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, 3321 S. 72nd St. Over 200 scheduled activities are featured this year at Nebraska’s premier Japanese animation and pop-culture convention, including Taiko drumming, a costume contest, martial arts demonstrations, gaming areas, and much more. Doors open 2pm on Friday and close 3pm on Sunday. 402-658-6960 –

Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair November 7-10 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This four-day fair, rated one of the top 100 shows according to Sunshine Artist Magazine, will feature hundreds of handicraft works from artists around the country and includes stage entertainment and hourly gift-certificate drawings. Th-F/11am-9pm; Sat/9am-7pm; Sun/10am-5pm. $8 adults, $7 seniors, free for children 10 & under. 402-331-2889 –

Veteran’s Recognition Day November 11 at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. Free admission for active or retired veterans and their immediate families. 10am-4pm. 402-733-8401 –

Lewis and Clark Dog Show November 16-17 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Furry friends abound at this show featuring participants from the Afghan Hound Club of Omaha, Borzoi Club of Greater Omaha, and Omaha-Council Bluffs Cocker Spaniel Club. There will be events for owners, dog-lovers, and pets alike, including a costume contest and fun match. 402-341-1500 –

Holiday Lights Festival November 21 – December 31 at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th & Farnam sts. Join the Omaha community at the Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 21, which kicks off the six-week Holiday Lights Festival events. Then, ring in the New year with a fireworks display concluding the festival on Dec. 31. 402-345-5401 –

Miracle on Farnam Novermber 23 – January 1 at Midtown Crossing, 31st-33rd at Farnam & Dodge sts. A season-long celebration of creativity, good cheer, and authentic holiday pleasures. Free admission. 402- 351-9546 –

Holiday Poinsettia Show November 29 – January 5 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This spectacular exhibit features a 20-foot-tall poinsettia tree, ornate holiday trees, antique sleighs, and a 300-foot long track that includes several passenger and model freight trains swerving through displays of miniature Omaha landmarks. Daily/9am-5pm. $7 adults, $3 ages 6-12, free for members and children 5 & under. 402-346-4002 –

Bellevue World Fest November 30 at Lied Activity Center, 2700 Arboretum Dr. This festival features a special Medieval/Renaissance where visitors can learn about, weaving, woodworking, metal working, and jewelry making along with other holiday entertainment from around the world. 12-4 pm. Free admission. 402-517-1446 –

Christmas at Boys Town: Historic Creche Display December 1 – January 11 at Boys Town, 137th & W Dodge Rd. This historic display features three nativity scenes, including the main crèche, created by a Holocaust survivor, which adorns the historic Music Hall near the main entrance. Other nativities are at Dowd Memorial Catholic Chapel and by the Village Christmas tree. Daily/8am-5pm. Free admission. 402-498-1141 –

The Madrigal Christmasse Feaste December 3 at Regency Marriott Ballroom, 10220 Regency Cir. Step back in time with this Renaissance-style holiday celebration hosted by the Lord and Lady of the Manor, complete with a multi-course feast, and a special appearance by the court jester. 6pm. $52 individual, $48 groups of 10 or more. 402-556-1400 –

Irish Christmas at Father Flanagan’s Historic Home December 9-16 at Boys Town, 137th & W Dodge Rd. The Christmas spirit lives on at the former residence of Father Edward J. Flanagan with traditional Irish Christmas décor including Christmas quilts, antique toys, and ornaments from the 1920s to the 1940s. Daily/10am-4pm. Free admission. 402-498-1141 –


The Ugly Sweater Run December 15 at CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Now grandma’s reindeer sweater can be used for more than just the annual office Christmas party in this fun 5K race that’s anything but pretty. Participants are also asked to bring one new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Tickets from $34-50. 402-341-1500 –


Brian Regan November 7 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Comedian Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country, visiting more than 80 cities each year with material that relates to a wide audience. 7:30pm. Tickets start at $38.75. 402-345-0606 –

Theresa Caputo November 13 at Orpheum Theater, 409 N. 16th St. Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show Long Island Medium, will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. 7:30pm. Tickets from $39.75-69.75. 402-345-0606 –

Larry the Cable Guy November 15 at Orpheum Theater, 409 N. 16th St. Born in Pawnee City, Neb., Larry the Cable Guy observes and celebrates the workingman and the redneck lifestyle. 7pm & 9:30pm. Tickets start at $35. 402-345-0606 –

The Met: Live in HD – Puccini’s Tosca November 9 & 13 at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St. Puccini’s timeless verismo score is well served by an exceptional cast, led by Patricia Racette in the title role of the jealous diva, opposite Roberto Alagna as her lover, Cavaradossi. George Gagnidze is the villainous Scarpia. Nov. 9/11:55am; Nov. 13/6pm. $24 general admission. 402-933-0259 –

Dickens Returns November 15-16 at Field Club of Omaha & General Crook House, 3615 Woolworth Avenue. and 5730 N. 30th Street. Come join Mr. Dickens—Gerald Dickens, that is—in his energetic readings of some of Charles Dickens’ classic novels. F/2&6pm; 402-555-9990 —

Elf the Musical November 19-24 at Orpheum Theater, 409 N. 16th St. Follow the hilarious tale of Buddy the Elf as he ventures to New York City to meet his birth father and help him discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tu-Th/7:30pm; F/8pm; Sat/2&8pm; Sun/1:30&7pm. Tickets from $30-75. 402-345-0606 –

The Nutcracker November 20-23 at Creighton University Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plz. Enjoy this holiday classic ballet performed by the Creighton Dance Company and Department of Fine and Performing Arts. W-F/7:30pm; Sat/2pm. $18 general admission. 402-280-1448 –

Tribes November 22 – December 15 at SNAP! Productions, 3225 California St. The story of a deaf boy who comes from a Jewish family and is raised without the knowledge of sign language until he meets Sylvia, a hearing woman born to deaf parents who is now slowly going deaf herself. Th-Sun/8pm. $12-15 on Friday and Saturday shows, $10 on Thursday shows. 402-341-2757 –

A Christmas Carol November 22 – December 22 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition as Ebenezer Scrooge goes on a life-changing journey through his past, present, and future. W-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. $35 adults, $24 students. 402-553-0800–

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol November 29 – December 22 at Blue Barn Theatre, 614 S. 11th St. This twist on Dicken’s original story picks up with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s business partner, Jacob Marley, who must redeem Scrooge in order to discover his own heart. F-Sat/7:30 pm; Sun 6pm; No show December 5. $25 adults, $20 students and seniors 65+. 402-345-1576 –

Narnia December 6-29 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam Street. This musical version of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s novel transports audience members to the enchanted world of Narnia without having to go through a magical wardrobe themselves. Narnia has a run-time of two hours with an intermission and is recommended for children ages 6-13. Sat-Sun/2pm; Dec.26/7pm. $25 main floor, $20 balcony. Members save $7 per ticket. 402-345-4849 —

Yesterday and Today December 6-29 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This all-request Beatles tribute show gives audience members a chance to share stories and relieve memories with their favorite Beatles songs. Tickets are $38. Th-Sat/7:30pm: Sun/2pm. 402-553-800 –

The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Falstaff December 14 & 18 at Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St. Verdi’s masterpiece returns to The Met for the first time since 2005, in a production by Robert Carson featuring Ambrogio Maestri singing the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff. Dec.14/11:55am; Dec.18/6pm. $20 Film Stream members and Opera Omaha subscribers. $24 general admission. 402-933-0259 –

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