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September 2020 Calendar of Events

two children at Gallery 16


Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Through Sept. 20 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This exhibition features more than 80 framed photographs, enlarged so visitors can see the details, as well as interactive touchscreen kiosks to explore other Pulitzer Prize winners with hours of interviews and over 1000 images. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for members and children 2 years and under. 402.444.5071.

Bonnie O’Connell Retrospective
Through Sept. 24 at UNO Art Gallery, 6505 University Drive South. O’Connell, letterpress printer, book artist, and educator, has an extensive portfolio of books, prints and posters. This exhibit features fine press editions, letterpress prints, and more. Admission: free. 402.554.2796.

Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos
Through Sept. 26 at El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. This exhibit explores Huerta’s public life as an activist and cofounder of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW), and what led her to become a Latina civil rights icon. In her life as a communicator,  organizer, lobbyist, contract negotiator, teacher, and mother, her unparalleled leadership skills helped dramatically improve the lives of farm workers. Admission:  402.731.1137.

Community Gallery
Through Sept. 28 at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. This collection of pieces was created by members, staff, volunteers and neighbors of Fontenelle Forest. Admission: $11 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $8 children (2-17), free for members and children under 2. 402.731.3140.

A League of Our Own: The Negro Baseball League
Through Sept. 30 at Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St. Major League Baseball was founded in 1920, but their league did not allow African Americans to participate. Consequently, the Negro Baseball League was founded in that same year. This exhibit highlights artifacts from this league. Admission: 402.932.7077.

Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography
Through Oct. 18 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Photography in the 21st century is more ubiquitous than at any point in its history, yet fundamentally less believable. Images range from images exposed on film and printed in a darkroom to compositions constructed from multiple digital captures. The Joslyn’s permanent collection is also open to the public. Admission: free. 402.342.3300.

Sporty Women: The Desire to Compete
Through Dec. 31 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Levelling the playing field for women in sports is as pressing a topic today for women as it was 100 years ago. Explore the conflicting standards that allowed women to compete in sports, through images from The Durham Museum Photo Archive. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for members and children 2 years and under. 402.444.5071.

Through Dec. 31, 2020 at The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th St. This new exhibition series will innovate the means by which art is experienced while also supporting the creative practices of local and regional Black artists of multiple disciplines by using their windows to display art. Through Sept. 10, The Union will showcase N8 DeVivo’s photography and Ikran Hamza’s poetry. Beginning Sept. 10, the gallery will present visual artist Kat Wiese and poet Kwame Dawes. Admission: free. 402.933.3161.

Fiber Arts Show

Sept. 1-27 at Hot Shops, 1301 Nicholas St. Several member artists will display their fiber work, including fabric art, weaving, quilts, basketry, and wearables. Admission: free. 402.342.6452.

Richard Markoff, Mary Kolar, and Dax Sterner
Sept. 3-27 at Artists Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St. Painter Richard Markoff, mixed-media artist Mary Kolar, and painter Dax Sterner will show their works in the co-op’s September exhibition. Note: Due to COVID-19, there will be no opening reception. Admission: free. 402-342-9617.

Old Market First Friday
Sept. 4, online and at The Passageway Gallery, 417 S. 11th St. Gaze at the colorful, whimsical, thickly painted canvases of featured artist Sarah McWilliams. Admission: free.

Christian Gauthier
Sept. 11-Oct. 2 at Project Project, 1818 Vinton St. Gauthier is a young artist currently working out of Lincoln. His primary mediums are oil paint, charcoal, and oil pastel. Christian’s primary focus in recent years has been the human figure. Admission: free. 402.680.6737.

Stage Performances 

Penguin Problems
Sept. 11 through Oct. 18 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Many believe penguins have no problems. Mortimer the penguin disagrees. Tickets and show times TBA. 402.345.4849.

Clybourne Park
Through Sept. 20 at Howard Drew Theatre, 6915 Cass St. This spin-off to A Raisin in the Sun portrays racial issues through the demise and rebirth of Clybourne Park after the Youngers move into the neighborhood. Tickets and showtimes: TBA.

Murder on the Orient Express
Sept. 25 through Oct. 18 at Hawks Mainstage Theatre, 6915 Cass St. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again. Tickets and showtimes: TBA


Devin The Dude
Sept. 2 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Rapping since 1992, Devin the Dude brings classic R&B sounds with songs such as “What a Job,” and “Acoustic Levitation.” Tickets: $20 advanced, $25 day of show, $50 meet and greet. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Daniel & the Deliverance
Sept. 4 at Harney Street Tavern, 1215 Harney St. This -year-old Omaha-based bluegrass group performs, churning out cheerful, upbeat covers and original songs. No cover charge. 9:30 p.m. 402.933.5657.

Sept. 4 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Associated with acts such as Glitch Mob and Manic Focus, Darkwood produces dark electronic and bass music. Tickets: $9 advanced, $12 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Trevor Hall
Sept. 6 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Hall’s music includes a mix of acoustic rock, reggae, and Sanskrit chanting, inspired by his spirituality and his time in a traditional Hindu ashram in Southern California. 7:45 p.m. Tickets: $30-$130. 402.345.7569.

Paa Koa
Sept. 8 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Paa Kow’s Afro-Fusion Orchestra is equal parts rhythm, jazz, and African roots. He and his band take the stage to perform instrument-heavy songs such as “Black and White” and “The Way I Feel.” Tickets: $15 advanced, $20 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.884.5707.

Michigan Rattlers
Sept. 10 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Inspired by acts such as AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Seger, and more, this midwestern group brings small town sounding folk rock to Omaha. Tickets: $10 advanced, $12 day of show. 9 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Jeremy McComb
Sept. 11 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Best known for “Wagon Wheel,” McComb performs country songs and conducts a raw live experience to make an authentic connection with his audiences. Tickets: $12 advanced, $15 day of show. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Sept. 11 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Satsang serenades audiences with a fusion of folk-rock and reggae instrumentals and poetic lyrics delivered in melodic hip hop style. Tickets: $16 early bird, $18 advanced, $20 day of show. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.

The Samples
Sept. 12 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Active since the late 80s, this relaxed pop group continues to evolve their sound. The Samples bring hits such as “Could it be Another Change” and “Feel us Shaking” to Omaha. Tickets: $30. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

The Lao Tizer Band
Sept. 17 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Encompassing musicians Eric Marienthal, Ric Fierabracci and others, the Lao Tizer Band plays punchy, jazzy, jam-styled selections such as “Metropolis” and “16th Heaven.” Tickets: $25, students (with I.D.) receive a $10 credit. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. 402.505.8468.

The Reverend Horton Heat
Sept 17 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Punk-infused rockabilly meets revelator gone sinner in this high-octane show. High-speed guitar runs, gravelly crooning, and driving drums fuse to create Horton Heat’s best-known songs include “Psychobilly Freakout” and “Galazy 500.” Tickets: $20. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

The Unlikely Candidates
Sept. 18 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. This Fort Worth, Texas-based band takes its audience on a musical journey through bluesy grunge, rock-pop, acoustic rock, and more, with songs such as “Novocaine” and “Call My Name.” Tickets: $15 advanced, $18 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Night Moves
Sept. 19 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The group that brought “Only to Live in your Memories” to the music scene performs warm and summery tracks, infused with synths, indie vocals and twangy, 70s-inspired guitar riffs. Tickets: $13. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.

R&B Love Fest
Sept. 19 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Jagged Edge, Dru Hill, Sisqo, Ginuwine, and Jon B. perform. Tickets: $29-$109. 7 p.m. 402.554.6200.

The Mercurys
Sept. 19 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This Omaha-based, roots and rockabilly group performs. Tickets: $10. 9 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Matt Wilson & His Orchestra
Sept. 25 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Minnesota-based Wilson’s soft and catchy voice is complimented by an unusual “orchestra,” consisting of a harp, banjo, electric bass, guitar, piano, and the occasional harmonica. Tickets: $15. 9 p.m. 402.884.5707.

Hybrid Theory
Sept. 26 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. This 5-piece tribute band pays homage to Linkin Park’s best hits, such as “In the End” and “Numb.” Tickets: $35. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Kolby Cooper
Sept. 26 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Cooper layers relatable lyrics about breakups and loss, delivered with ‘ragged velvet vocals,’ over a twangy guitar in this country music show. Tickets: $10 advanced, $12 day of show. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Crash Test Dummies
Sept. 28 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The Crash Test Dummies, responsible for “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” and mostly popular with college students in the mid-90s, perform soft rock songs, many with peculiar lyrics. Tickets: $35. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Family & More 

Farmer’s Markets

Most, if not all, of these farmers’ markets have reserved the first hour for expectant mothers, senior citizens, and those with underlying health conditions. Masks are highly encouraged. Pets, unless service animals, should stay at home.

Aksarben Village (67th and Center streets)—9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 11.

Bellevue (Washington Park)—8 a.m.- noon Saturdays through Oct. 3.

Council Bluffs (Bayliss Park)—4:30-7:30p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 24.

Gifford Park (33rd and California streets)—5-8 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 25.

Old Market (10th and Jackson streets)—8 a.m.- 12:30 Saturdays through Oct. 10.

Village Pointe (168th and Dodge streets)—8:30-12:30 Saturdays through Oct. 3

Garden Yoga
Sundays at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. These yoga sessions in the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden are guided by an instructor from YOGA NOW. Participants are encouraged to adhere to social distancing guidelines. In case of inclement weather, participants can join via Zoom. $5 suggested donation. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 402.342.3300.

End of Summer Celebration

Sept. 4 at Rockbrook Village, 2800 S. 110th Court. Bozak and Morrissey perform classic rock music from 7-8:30 p.m. A fireworks show will take place after the music. Free admission. 7-9 p.m. 402.390.0890.

La Festa Italiana
Sept. 4-6 at American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St. Manga! Manga! Manga! Guests are encouraged to come hungry to this festival, at which they can pick up authentic Italian food. Tickets: TBA. 402.493.8888.

Septemberfest 2020
Sept. 4-7 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. This year’s salute to labor includes a carnival, amusement rides, a car show, and more. Admission: $7 general, free for children under 5. Military families and retirees admitted for free Friday and Saturday. 5 p.m.- midnight Friday; noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday; noon-10 p.m. Monday. 402.278.2951.

Omaha Freedom Festival
Sept. 5 at Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans St. A celebration of community education and awareness of African American culture, at which attendees can see presentations from community resource providers, browse artwork at the Youth Arts Festival, eat cuisine from local vendors, hear performances from local stage acts, and more. Admission: $45 VIP, free general admission. Noon-midnight. 402.819.7773.

Kentucky Derby 2020
Sept. 5 at Horsemen’s Park, 6303 Q St. Horse race lovers can watch, wager, and win on Derby Day. Attendees can also enter to compete in the annual hat contest with $3,000 in prize money. Admission: free. 402-731-2900.

Omaha KAIJU Con
Sept. 5-6 at EVEN Hotel, 2220 Farnam St. Kaiju refers to giant science fiction and fantasy creatures often seen in the Japanese film genre of the same name. This convention showcases kaiju, from tabletop games and video games to cosplayers and movies. Tickets: $20 weekend pass, $15 Saturday or Sunday only, $25 weekend (at door), and free for children 10 and under with a paid adult. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

WWE Monday Night Raw
Sept. 7 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Superstars such as Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio and more perform at this high-energy show. Tickets: $23-$118. 6:30 p.m. 402.341.1500.

Sept. 11-12 at Scriptown Brewing Co., 3922 Farnam St. Listen to music from Sheely Town, Barry Boyce Band, Mariachi rey Azteca, and the Ken Janak Orchestra will perform while guests munch on tacos and pretzels and sip on German-style beer, margaritas, and more. 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 402.991.0506.

29th Annual Fort Omaha Powwow (Virtual)
Sept. 12 online. The Fort Omaha Intertribal Pow Wow honors traditional dance and music at this powwow, and will be held virtually this year. 1-5 p.m. Admission: free. 531.622.2253.

Cinco de Mayo
Sept. 11-13 along South 24th Street in Omaha. The leaves may be turning brown instead of green, but it is the 100th year of Omaha’s Cinco de Mayo, so the Mariachi bands will play and the cerveza will flow. This event is a reschedule from the spring.

Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic
Sept. 12 at Outrspaces, 1258 S. 13th St. Anyone can perform during the open mic segment or to spectate (or judge!) the poetry slam. Open mic performers should prepare up to five minutes of material. Poets in the slam have the opportunity to perform 1-3 original poems, each lasting three minutes in length. $10 suggested donation. 7-10 p.m. 402.403.9454. 

Midwest Conjurefest
Sept. 13 at The Conjure Shop, 809 S. 75th St. This event will have tarot, palm, or bone readings, and food from local eateries along with live music. Attendees may also peruse vendors, selling everything from jewelry and tapestries to essential oils and voodoo dolls. Tickets: free. Noon-6 p.m. 402.884.5680.

A Long-Expected Party: The 2020 Hobbit Ball
Sept. 18 at Scatter Joy Acres, 4966 Newport Ave. This dashing outdoor ball commemorated Bilbo Baggins’ birthday. Costumes are encouraged. Admission: $5. 6-9:30 p.m. 402.709.9401.

Harvest on Arbor
Sept. 20 on Arbor Street, 8302 Arbor St. The Arbor street neighborhood event offers homemade goods and supports local small businesses such as Chevron Chic Crafts, DogGurt, The Jam Shack and more. Attendees can grab a bite to eat from Pasta-Tively Delicious Food Truck. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Haunticon Omaha 2020
Sept. 26 at Sokol Auditorium and Underground, 2234 S. 13th St. Fans of the paranormal (cryptids, ghosts, aliens, and other anomalies) can expect appearances from representatives of haunted locations in the Midwest and mainstream paranormal personalities. Attendees can see presentations from paranormal teams to learn about investigation, debunking, and ghost hunting equipment, and browse multiple vendors. No children under 8 are allowed to attend. Tickets: $30. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 402.346.9802.

136th German Day and Oktoberfest
Sept. 18-19 at German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. This is an authentic Oktoberfest experience, with live polka music and dancing, German food ranging from soft pretzels with mustard to schnitzel, and lots of beer. Admission free, but charges apply for food and beer. 402.333.6615

Midwest Winds Kite Fliers Fall Festival
Sept. 19 at Ditmar’s Orchard, 19475 225th St. in Council Bluffs. Kites of all shapes and sizes will coloring the sky at this special event at the orchard. Activities at the orchard include bumper balls and hayrack rides, along with picking the fresh produce. 712.256.7053.

9th Annual Oktoberfest
Sept. 25-26 at Crescent Moon and Huber-Haus, 3578 Farnam St. This Oktoberfest, while newer than the one at German-American Society, is also family-friendly and features German food such as brats and chicken, and lots of beer. Admission: $5 ages 21+. 402.345.1708.

Pumpkin Patches 

Pumpkins and other in-season fruits and vegetables are ripe and ready to be picked. The following pumpkin patches, berry farms, and orchards plan to be open this season.

Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch (11001 South 48th Street) Opens Sept. 12. Children can play in the barn, zipline, or ride on a train. Along with various fun activities, admission includes a hayrack ride to the ranch’s acres of pumpkins. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.

Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch (1410 US-77, Oakland, Nebraska) Opens Sept. 19. Navigate corn mazes, explore the scarecrow forest, hop onto a zipline, or relax by the fire at this farm. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; noon-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; closed Mondays.

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch (3935 NE-133, Blair) Opens Sept. 11. This farm includes a tornado simulator, corn mazes, pumpkin shooters, pedal karts, and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch (12102 S. 180th St.) Opens Sept. 18. One of the largest pumpkin patches in Omaha includes rides, photo opportunities, walk-throughs, and plenty of play areas for children. Visitors can add “extras” onto their visit, such as pony rides and apple blasters, for a small fee. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.

This calendar first appeared in the September 2020 issue of Omaha MagazineTo receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.