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June 2020 Calendar of Events

Jul 08, 2020 03:01PM ● By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman
painting of barn in field, Heywood


Art from Afar: Joslyn’s Online Engagement Opportunities 
Ongoing. Art fans can log on to the Joslyn’s website to listen to curator-led gallery talks, participate in short courses, take virtual tours, and more.

Joe McHale 

Through June 5 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. McHale is a visual artist based out of Kearney. His paintings are lively and full of kinetic energy. He creates a visual representation of moments when time stands still and the past, present, and future combine into one. Admission: Free. 402.595-2122.

Liv Schulman: The Gobernment
Through June 13 at Bemis Center, 724 S. 12th St. Paris-based artist Schulman’s multi-channel video The Gobernment is described as a fictional historical revision of the lives of forgotten women artists. This will be the first presentation of her work in the U.S. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.

Claudia Wieser: Generations 
Through June 13 at Bemis Center, 724 S. 12th St. Wieser is a Bavarian artist whose hand-painted sculptures, gold-leafed drawings, and multi-media installations show her appreciation for classical forms, as well as abstract geometrics. Admission: free. 402.341.7130.

Taking It To The Streets: Grading Downtown Omaha
Through June 21 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This educational photography exhibit shows images of the extensive street projects in downtown Omaha that took place throughout the 1880s-1920s. Viewers can learn about the projects that shaped Omaha and see how the streets have changed. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12). 402.444.5071.

Baright Gallery Art Series Exhibit 
Through July 7 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 N. Bellevue Blvd. This annual series features a different artist, or group of artists, each quarter. This time around, the group is Community. Community is a non-juried, salon style exhibit that celebrates the creativity of Fontenelle Forest members, neighbors, staff, volunteers, and friends. The exhibit will be vibrant and diverse, featuring artists of any age, working in any medium or style. Admission: $11. 402.731.3140.

Through Aug. 22 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. Creativity begins with an idea. Through the exploration of physical space, artistic themes, history, and experience, the season of INFLUENCE will examine the history of change at Kaneko while celebrating the future of the organization which has become a driving force for inclusion and diversity of creative thought in Omaha. 402.341.3800

Picasso, Master in Clay
Through Aug. 22 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S 25th St. The whimsical works of one of history’s most iconic artists is at El Museo Latino. The exhibition features more than 55 of the legendary Pablo Picasso’s stylized ceramics. On loan from the Park West Museum, this substantial collection is on display for the first time in Omaha. Admission: $5 adults, $4 college students with ID, $3.50 seniors and children ages 5-17, and free to children under 5 and active military with ID. 402.731.1137.

Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Through Sept.20 at Durham Museum. 801 S. 10th St. Photography plays an important role in documenting history. This exhibit features over 80 large-format, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs with information about how the image was captured. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (age 62+), $7 children 3-12, free for children under 2 and members. 402.444.5071.

Sporty Women: The Desire to Compete 
Through Dec. 31 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Equal treatment for women in sports is as modern a topic today as it was for women 100 years ago. This exhibit uses images from the Durham Museum Photo Archive that highlight elements of conflicting standards that allowed women to compete in sports if they maintained their feminine appearance. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12). 402.444.5071.

Stage Performances 

Online at O-Pa 
Ongoing. Omaha Performing Arts is providing learning opportunities from the comfort of home through events such as Jazz Academy Digital Lessons and Wednesday Warmups.

Dance and Acting Classes

Ongoing online through Jewish Community Center of Omaha. JCC has several online classes, including a variety of dance and acting classes, available for people to watch and perform in their living rooms.

A Memory Held in You
Through June 19 online with Amplify Arts.Positioning itself between the practices of expanded cinema, performance, and meditative listening, A Memory Held in You is an immersive virtual installation that examines how what people see, hear, and feel is woven into the fabric of a remembered experience. In a series of digital events staged across social media platforms and Amplify Arts’ website each week.

Tara Vaughn’s She Rocks 
Through June 28 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. She Rocks celebrates women artists and songwriters of the ’60s–’80s, woven together with songs and stories. Backed by an all-star band, Tara performs music from artists like Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Heart and many more. In this unique review, Tara Vaughan masterfully presents an evening of classic rock and roll with the focus on female artists and songwriters. Times vary. Tickets: TBD.

Menopause the Musical
June 18 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra—and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex, and more. 7:30 p.m. Tickets:


June 5 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hairball is not an ’80s tribute band—it’s an ‘80s hard rock experience. Fans can expect to hear hits from Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, Aerosmith, and more. Note: This concert is rescheduled from April 25. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 general admission, $30 club. 402.934.9966


June 5 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This South Carolina band blends Appalachia with modern alt-country, hints of folk-rock, and some humor thrown in. 8 p.m. Tickets: $15 advanced, $20 day of show. 402.345.7569.

June 5 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Grunge rock was synonymous with the 1990s, and no other band was more synonymous with grunge than Nirvana. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402.884.5353.

Aaron Watson
June 11 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Watson has been a name in country music for the past 20 years. In fact, his album The Underdog was the first independent album in the history of country music to top the Billboard Country Albums chart. 8 p.m. Tickets: $22 advanced, $25 day of show. 402.345.7569.

Lao Tizer Quartet
June 19 at The Jewel, 1030 Capitol Ave. This jazz band has been called “The missing link between The Dave Matthews Band and Snarky Puppy.” The band includes Tizer himself on keys and Eric Marienthal on saxophone. Note: This is a rescheduled show from April 10. Tickets: $25. 917.748.4337.

June 26-27 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This ’70s cover band will perform beloved hits from the 1970s for two nights. Note, the show is a rescheduled one from April. Tickets bought for the original show will be honored. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$40. 402.345.7569.

The Pink Flamingos Album Release Show
June 27 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This retro band draws on influences from the popular music of the mid-20th Century to modern alt-country. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402.884.5707.

American Aquarium
June 30 at The Waiting Room Lounge,  6212 Maple St. This southern-rock band recently released their seventh album, produced by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fulbright. 8 p.m. Tickets: $10. 402.884.5353.

Family & More 

CSAs and Farmer’s Markets
Gardening season is open in Omaha, and those desiring fresh produce will find plenty of options in the area, along with artisan cheeses, farm-raised meats, freshly baked breads, assorted treats, and craft items.
There are several Community Supported Agriculture packages in the area supplying fresh produce through the season. An official list is printed at, but here are some that are ready to offer Omahans fresh produce for a share.

Big Muddy Urban Farm

Terrapin Acres
—Search “Terrapin Acres” on Facebook

Theilen Produce Gardens


Farmer’s Markets are open again starting this month. Here are the times and start dates for the local markets. Attendees are encouraged to check with organizers for availability before attending any market. 

Baxter Arena Parking Lot 26 (2425 S. 67th Street), across from Aksarben Village
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays starting June 7

Bellevue (Washington Park, 20th and Franklin streets) 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays starting June 13

Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St.)
4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays starting June 11

Gifford Park (33rd and California streets)
5-8 p.m. Fridays

Old Market, City Parking Garage, Top Level (1011 Jackson Street)
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays starting June 6

Papillion (84th and Lincoln streets)
5-8 p.m. Wednesdays 

Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays starting June 6

Local Authors to check out
Ongoing. Several local authors have published books in the last year. Many are available in Kindle edition, some are available on Amazon, still others are available in bookstores. 

Baldwin, James M.M. Do Ants Have Souls?

Baker, Lindsey. This is Bad

Coutley, Lisa Fay. Tether

Crucet, Jennine Capo. My Time Among the Whites

McGowan, James. The Brigands, Repenter, Players of the Game Book 1, and Repenter, The Hidden Chapters

McKinstry-Brown, Sarah. This Bright Darkness

Montag, Kassandra. After the Flood

Stokely, Kim. The Light Unleashed, Portals of 

Ayden Book 3

Vaughan, Carson. Zoo Nebraska

Walker, Sally J. Desert Time, second edition; Learn Genre Film Secrets; Learn Screenwriting; Letting Go of Sacred Things, second edition; Meeting People; and A Writer’s Year, second edition

Wheeler, Ted. In Our Other Lives

Stories of the Pandemic
Ongoing. Omahans can be part of communal storytelling about their experience with the coronavirus pandemic. The following museums and libraries are actively collecting related items.

Douglas County Historical Society: Photographs

The Durham Museum: Letters

El Museo Latino: Digital images, oral histories and stories of Latinos, Latino-Americans, and Latino immigrants

Great Plains Black History Museum: Artifacts and digital content documenting the African American experience during the pandemic

History Nebraska: Objects, photos, journal entries, and other media to document the pandemic in Nebraska

Sarpy County Museum: Objects related to Sarpy County

UNO Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections: A wide variety of materials from the Omaha community, including journal entries, photos, reflections, interviews, drawings, plays, and other creative forms

UNMC McGoogan Library of Medicine: Campus-wide project for UNMC and Nebraska medicine students, staff, faculty and alumni

Tessellation Art at KANEKO
Ongoing. Omahans can be part of a communal artistic expression during this time of seclusion. Whether one is writing a poem, photographing an image of solitude, painting a picture, or more, people are encouraged to take a photograph of themselves creating art and send it to KANEKO, which will be installed as an artwork when possible.

Omaha Potter Faire
June 6-7 at Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St. Fans of the Harry Potter series will enjoy this event, which includes live owls, costumed characters, vendors, food, and drink (including Butterbeer from The Garbled Owl Butterbeer Shoppe) and children’s activities. 402-331-5500.

Blues & Balloons Festival
June 1 at Soaring Wings Vineyard, 17111 S. 138th St. The annual blues event will feature several musical guests. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and blanket to take in the music. A hot air balloon show will follow. 3:30-10 p.m. Admission: $25 adults, $15 ages 12 and up. 402-253-2479.

Countryside Village Art Fair
June 6-7 at Countryside Village Shopping Center, 8722 Countryside Plaza. The annual fair showcases a mix of styles, perceptions, and media. The artwork selection inspires casual visitors to start art collections and connoisseurs to add to existing collections. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: free. 402-391-2200.

Virtual Omaha Summer Arts Festival
June 6. Those who enjoyed the festival but hated the inconvenience of driving downtown will be pleased to know this popular Omaha event will continue. It won’t be the same, but it promises lots of art. Admission: free. 402-345-5401.

Rose Day and Show
June 7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. The Omaha Rose Society is displaying roses to promote the culture and appreciation of this flower. Visitors can view a variety of rose blooms and arrangements, visit with rosarians, and explore the rose garden. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (6-12), free for children under 6. 402-346-4002.

Flatland Juggling Festival
June 12-14 at UNMC Center for Healthy Living. This free event includes juggling, hooping, spinning, yo-yos, and having fun. For more information email [email protected]

Junkstock: Underneath the Stars 
June 19-21 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo. This vintage festival offers more than 150 junk and vintage vendors, local food trucks, live music, and activities. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $10 per day or $20 full weekend pass, free for children 12 and under. 402-765-8651.

Polish Fest
June 22 at Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus German Bier Hall, 3578 Farnam St. A variety of Polish beers and foods will be available at this festival, including Polish sausage, glombki, and pierogis. noon-11 p.m. Admission: free. 402-345-1708.

Turner Park Night Market
June 26 at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St. This monthly outdoor market features local vendors, food, activities, music, and attractions. 6-10 p.m. Admission: free. 402-557-6006.

This calendar first appeared in the June 2020 issue of Omaha Magazine.