Calendar of Events: March/April 2021Feb 25, 2021 10:40AM ● By Daisy Hutzell Rodman
Located at 1419 S. 13th St., Suite 103. Amplify Arts promotes unity, innovation, and progress in the arts. Their shows are always by local artists, and they span ideas ranging from political to progressive. Admission: Free. 402.996-1092
Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Gallery
Located at 3201 Farnam St., Suite 6109. New works (sculptures, paintings, pottery, blown glass, jewelry, etc.) from Midwest regional artists are continuously on display. 402.884.0911.
Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens
Located at 3202 Woolworth Ave. The ornate Victorian house was one of the finest homes in Omaha. The three-story, fourteen-room house reflected the status of its wealthy occupants, the King family. 402.444.5955
Located at 4011 Farnam St. This is Omaha’s newest art experience centered in the Blackstone District, and features artwork that encourages interaction by new and emerging local artists.
Maple St. Construct
Located at 5912 Maple St. This Benson-area gallery looks to bridge the discourse between artists from Los Angeles and the Midwest through local and West Coast exhibitions. 402.525.0330
Malcolm X Birthsite
Located at 3448 Evans St. One of the most pivotal figures in Civil Rights history was born in this North Omaha location, which includes stunning gardens and a greenhouse. 800.645.9287
Modern Arts Midtown
Located at 3615 Dodge St. Modern Arts Midtown has evolved from a tradition of museum style presentation to a studio-like mix of hanging and stacked art of inbound and outbound projects by artists: a “behind the scenes” approach to seeing more in an informal setting. MAM is highlighting new work by Jennifer Homan, Iggy Sumnik, Kat Moser, Teresa Schmidt and Steve Mueller. Viewing is available by appointment. 402.502.8737
Museum of Shadows
Located at 1110 Douglas St. This museum was recently voted one of the most haunted in the world. The museum houses over 3,000 verified haunted artifacts, donated from across the United States and multiple countries. Admission: $15. 402.885.7557
Located at 1818 Vinton St. Project Project is an experimental space that focuses on promoting and enhancing the experience of art, music, and lectures in the Omaha community. 402.680.6737.
Located at 1806 Vinton St. RBRG places an emphasis on fine art prints, and aims to encourage and support the growth and understanding of fine art prints and fine crafts as vital contemporary art forms. 402.496.4797.
Through April 1 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. As people have sheltered with their closest community, they discovered what it means to be removed from the outside world. Many depended on technology to connect with others. People found comfort and sometimes discomfort in their limited surroundings. This exhibit includes artwork by Watie White, Pamela Conyers-Hinson, and Therman Statom. Admission: Free. 402.341.3800.
Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives
Through April 11 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. In 2016, Conagra Brands donated nearly 600 Currier & Ives lithographs to Joslyn Art Museum. This exhibition sheds new light on the famous firm’s artistic and commercial practices, revealing the complex social relationships and surprising modernity of its lavish prints, which found their way into the homes of tens of thousands of Americans in the 19th century. Admission: $10 adults, free for students with ID, Joslyn members and children under 17. 402.342.3300.
Through April 11 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. In this immersive world of insects, children will explore the science behind each bug’s unique abilities and traits while realizing their own superpowers. Families will encounter real bugs and huge animatronic bugs. 402.342.6164.
BRITTNEY FOSTER & NANCY LEPO
Through April 16 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Mixed-media/abstract artist Brittney Foster and pen-and-ink pointillism artist Nancy Lepo are shown together in this exhibition. Admission: free. 402.595.2122.
Through April 24 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. These three solo exhibitions are centered on the theme of intimacy and how it enters into representations of the body, one’s connection to space and surroundings, and personal relationships. Joey Fauerso interweaves personal experiences in relation to our own humanity. Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s work is rooted in an atypical type of studio portraiture. Maria Antelman’s practice focuses on the human experience. 402.341.7130
The Nitty Gritty on a Streetcar City
Through April 25 at General Crook House Museum, 5730 N. 30th St. The exhibit is about Omaha’s streetcar system, operating from 1868 to 1955, and includes artifacts from the cars, a streetcar seat, replica uniforms, and route maps. 402.455-4990.
Guitar—The Instrument that Rocked the World
Through April 25 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. More than 60 guitars and nearly 100 historical artifacts will be on display to immerse viewers in the heart of music. This exhibit allows people to experience the rush of the world’s most recognized musical instrument through the powerful lens of science. Visitors can play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5 foot long guitar and discover how the selection of different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that has revolutionized music. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for children under 2 and members. 402.444.5071.
Ongoing online, created by Boystown Hall of History, 14100 Crawford St. Anyone can view the sights of the iconic Boystown from the comfort of their own home. The Hall of History virtual tour includes stops such as Relics of the Past, Art and Symbolism, and The Dream Continues. Admission: free. 531-355-1111.
Spontaneity: 10 Abstract Painters from Nebraska
Beginning Feb. 28 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. This exhibition features the work of James Bockelman, Dan Howard, Jerry Jacoby, Diane Lounsberry-Williams, Ann Pape, Larry Roots, Mark Sabaliauskas, Nancy Teague, JK Thorsen, and Beverly Todd. Admission: free. 402.305.1510.
March 11-13 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St, Suite 201. Whitney Cummings is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series Whitney, she also co-created and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy series 2 Broke Girls. Tickets and times vary. 402.493.8036
Don’t let The Pigeon Drive the Bus!
March 19-April 25 at Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. It is hard being the pigeon. He never gets to do anything. This music theater is appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $12 non-members, $10 members. Household streaming tickets are $30 each. Times vary. 402.345.4849.
March 19-April 11 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Take a side-splitting look at a day in the life of Sam, a struggling New York actor who works at the trendiest restaurant in the city. In between calls from social elites, celebrities, and everyday Joes who will stop at nothing to secure the hottest table, Sam hopes for an audition callback and to make it home for the holidays. Tickets and times vary. 402.553.0800.
March 23-24 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St., Suite 201. Tim Dillon is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. He had two specials premiere in 2018, one on Comedy Central, the other on Netflix. He created and hosts Tim Dillon’s Real NYC Bus Tour. Tickets and times vary. 402.493.8036.
March 25-27 at Funny Bone, 17305 Davenport St., Suite 201. Actor/Comedian/Writer Tom Segura is one of the biggest names in the comedy business. He recently performed to sold-out audiences on his 100 city Take It Down Tour. He is best known for his Netflix specials Disgraceful (2018), Mostly Stories (2016), and Completely Normal (2014), and will be releasing his fourth Netflix special this spring. Paste Magazine described him as, “having a natural and capable storytelling ability, one that lifts his narratives out of average anecdote fare and plants them firmly in hilarious ground.” Tickets and times vary. 402.493.8036.
Starting March 30 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Marianne is a cosmologist, keen on quantum theory and the idea that each of life’s infinite possibilities plays out in some parallel universe. Her chance encounter with Roland marks the beginning of a romance with countless outcomes. But when Marianne’s health begins to fail, the balance between destiny and free will begins to shift. Tickets and times vary. 402.553.0800.
April 29 at Orpheum Theater Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco is known for using the language of dance to explore Black history, social justice, and civil rights. Phildanco is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Pieces from their performance will showcase works by Omaha native Ray Mercer. This performance is sponsored by Wiesman Development. Tickets vary. 7:30 p.m. with a special warmup in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.
March 5 at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. The 30-year-old Chicago-based musician is bringing his mix of ’70s classic funk, with some soul and R&B thrown in, to Omaha.
Alicia Olatuja Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women
March 11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Praised in The New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone,” Alicia has shared the stage with Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Billy Childs, and others.
March 11 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Brice is an American country music singer and songwriter. Besides his own material, he has co-written singles for artists like Garth Brooks, Adam Gregory, the Eli Young Band, and Tim McGraw.
Andre Vander Velde Band
March 12 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Omaha artist Vander Velde blends the singer-songwriter acoustic soul stylings like those of Bill Withers and Amos Lee with the funk/R&B attitude of Prince and Otis Redding.
Big Wade and The Black Swan Theory
March 13 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Lead singer and pianist Lewade “BIG Wade” Milliner is joined by other legendary musicians in the making, creating and performing funk, R&B, soul, and jazz music.
March 17 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972. They are currently touring across the country, and they’re bringing their killer hard-rock performance to Omaha.
An Evening with Logan Mize and Jill Martin
March 19 at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Jill Martin and Logan Mize are country singers who also happen to be married—to each other. They often perform onstage together, sometimes bringing their children out to harmonize as well.
NugZ and TKO
March 20 at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Local rappers NugZ and TKO regularly perform together, even planning an annual combined birthday bash every year. Other performers to be announced.
March 19 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. This Montana-based quartet has headlined or shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Wookiefoot, and many more.
Nikki Boulay with Friends
March 26 at The Jewell, 1030 Capitol Ave. Boulay is an Omaha native whose voice you likely heard on the radio as a DJ. She has also sang with several local bands, including Blue Moon Ghetto.
Devin the Dude
March 27 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Devin Copeland is better known by his stage name Devin the Dude. The Houston hip-hop artist has been called “Rap’s best-kept secret” and “Your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper.”
April 16 at Slowdown 729 N 14th St. This band is the pinnacle of ’70s musical excellence, playing the best-known soft rock songs from that decade. Their popularity has resulted in nonstop capacity shows.
The Allman Betts Band
April 16 at Orpheum Theater, 1200 Douglas St. The sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, Devon Allman, and Duane Betts, join forces to form the Allman Betts Band. They will be playing original music from their two recent albums, songs from their solo projects, and classic songs by The Allman Brothers Band, the legendary group founded by their fathers. Bless Your Heart is their sophomore album, released in August 2020.
April 27 at Slowdown 729 N 14th St. Trevor Hall is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from South Carolina, playing music that mixes roots, folk, and reggae, with touches of electronic elements.
April 30 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. This group is one of the hottest acts in the Latin music world. Discovered in 2013, they rose to fame thanks to social networks with their heartfelt lyrics.
Family & More
Feb. 19 through March 26 in various locations. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17, and while some people will abstain from eating meat on Fridays for religious reasons, others will eat fish simply because they enjoy it. Due to COVID-19, many places are going to drive-thru or to-go only, so call ahead. Many churches and community centers around Omaha will provide a fish (or meatless) dinner on Fridays during this time frame. Here are a few popular choices that draw crowds:
All Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church, 9012 Q St. 402-934-3688. allholyspirit.ne.goarch.org
American Legion No. 1, 7811 Davenport St., 402-392-0444.
American Legion No. 374, 13913 S Plaza, 402-895-1324. post374.org
Croation Cultural Society of Omaha, 8711 S. 36th St., 402-733-1018.
Mount Calvary Community Church, 5112 Ames Ave., 402-457-4216. m3comaha.org
Mary Our Queen Catholic Church (2019 Best of Omaha Winner), 3405 S. 118th St.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2124 S. 32nd Ave., 402-341-5604. ollomaha.com
St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church 602 Park Ave. 402-345-7103. stjohnsgreekorthodox.org
St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive, 402-895-0808. sjvomaha.org/
St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 129 N. 40th St., 402-558-4633. saintbarnabas.net
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church of Elkhorn (2019 Best of Omaha Winner), 20500 West Maple Road, Elkhorn. 402-289-4289. stpatselkhorn.org
St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S St., 402-896-9675. stephen.org
St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover St., 402-556-1456. stmomaha.org
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 14330 Eagle Run Drive. 402-496-7988. svdpomaha.org
Tangier Shrine Center, 2823 S. 84th St., 402-392-0404. tangiershrine.com
Triumph of Ag Expo
March 3-4 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The area’s largest indoor short-line farm show returns with the latest products, technology, supplies, and services available. 402.341.1500
First Friday at the Bar
March 6 in the Old Market. Each month Brownie Bar Omaha features a new artist on their gallery wall. The March open art exhibit is for Jack Hooley. Visitors can purchase naked brownies for $2, and other art galleries around the Old Market will be open for perusing.
Omaha Film Festival In-Person Screenings
March 12-13 at Aksarben Theater, 2110 S 67th St. Omaha Film Festival is showing a small selection of local content on the big screen in a safe, socially distanced setting at Aksarben Cinema. The full festival will be virtual and runs from March 2-14.
66th Annual World of Wheels
March 12-14 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. Vehicles from classic Cadillacs to hot rods will be shown at this annual event, which allows local car owners to display their machines. Times vary. Tickets: $18 general admission, $6 children 6-12, free to children 5 and under. 402.341.1500.
Omaha Fashion Week
March 25-27 at Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St. Omaha Fashion Week is a glamorous red carpet event for a good cause, showcasing the work of 65+ designers each year on the runway. OFW nurtures the youngest of fashion designers by providing mentoring, education opportunities, and a professional platform to showcase their work. 402.819.8792
Spring Arts & Crafts Fair
March 26-28 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Over 500 artists and crafters from 30 states will showcase one-of-a-kind home decor, holiday gifts, unique handcrafted works, and more. In addition, there will be great entertainment, food, and beverages. Times vary. Admission: Adults $9; Seniors $8; Children under 10 are free.
Nebraska Science Festival
April 1-30 in various locations. Nebraska Science festival may look a bit different this year, but it is back. Due to COVID-19, organizers have made a few changes for 2021. There will be no large keynote or expos. The event does include smaller speeches virtually, smaller in-person events outside, and lots of community-wide, outdoor science fun. The festival is designed to make science accessible, interactive, relevant and fun for kids and adults alike. 402-559-4319.
Midlands International Auto Show
April 8-11 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 2021 Midlands International Auto Show will feature all the newest cars, trucks, and SUVs. See, touch, and experience the automotive industry’s latest and greatest and talk with the product specialists. 402.341.1500.
April 17 at the German American Society, 3717 S. 120th St. Bockfest is one of the area’s favorite German celebrations. It features music, beer “poking” in the biergarten, brats, and pretzels. 1-7 p.m. Admission: free, but cash must be used for beer and food. 402.333.6615.
April 30-May 2 at Sycamore Farms, 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo. Junkstock is one of the premier junk, music, and food festivals around the country. This year the organizers are celebrating their 10th year of Junkstock. The event typically has 200+ vendors, 23+ food trucks, and all kinds of bands on the Junkstock stage playing throughout the weekend. 402.765.8651.
This calendar was printed in the March/April 2021 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.