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January/February 2022 Calendar of Events

Dec 22, 2021 11:47AM ● By Omaha Magazine
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» Exhibits «


Through Feb. 25  at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. In October 2021, KANEKO founder Jun Kaneko received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center, recognizing his contributions to the field of sculpture. In honor of this award, he has installed an exhibit in the KANEKO Bow Truss Gallery featuring pieces from his permanent collection. Admission: free. Thursday-Friday 1-7 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. 402.341.3800.


Holiday At Sugar Hill: Photography By Jerry Dantzic

Through Feb. 27  at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. In April 1957, photojournalist Jerry Dantzic gained special access to Billie Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub, Sugar Hill. His discreet, respectful, artful approach, using only available light, helped forge a bond of trust—and gave him unprecedented access to his subject. The result is a series of remarkable images that challenge the tragic narrative that frequently defines Billie Holiday. Admission: $11 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12), free for members and children 2 and under. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Closed Mondays. 402.444.5071.

I don’t know you like that: The Bodywork of Hospitality

Through March 19 at Bemis Center, 724 S. 12th St. Hospitality is usually considered a philosophical concept with juridical implications, an ethical concern, or a social/political practice. This group exhibition shifts the focus to consider the stealth work of hospitality on our conceptual, physical, political, and historical understanding of bodies. Admission: free. Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.341.7130.

Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer 

Through May 1 at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. This is Joslyn’s first exhibit to focus on Karl Bodmer’s watercolor portraits of Native Americans and features 64 recently conserved watercolors, including portraits of individuals from Omaha tribes. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 college students with ID, free for Joslyn members and youth ages 17 and younger. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 402.342.3300.

A Portrait of Medical Humanities: Artwork by Creighton University Students

Jan. 5-31 at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. This exhibition is a collection of works made by Creighton University Studio Art majors and Creighton University School of Medicine students. Admission: free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.342.6452.


#Scanxiety by Rachel Mindrup

Feb. 2-28, at Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 3,000 births. It can cause tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body at any time in an individual’s life. They live in the spaces from MRI to MRI with “scanxiety” emanating into a “what next” subcurrent of daily life with NF. Admission: free. Weekdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 402.342.6452.

Forever Forest

Feb. 5 - April 16 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Exploring the realities of forests through play, families will learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and the everyday products we use that are made from trees. The exhibit includes a tree top climber, a realistic mini replica of a Union Pacific engine, a kid-sized home under construction for children to help build, and more. Admission: Members and under 2 free. Kids 2-15 and adults $14, seniors 60+ $13. Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m-4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 402.342.6164.


» Concerts «

Keep Push’n: Music of REO Speedwagon with Boom Band

Jan. 1 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. The four members of the Beatles tribute band Come Together decided to take their music one step further to pay tribute to another great band. Tickets: $10 ADV. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353


The Lonely Ones

Jan. 5 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Formed in the summer of 2019, The Lonely Ones are a four-piece vocal-oriented hard rock band with an ear for melody and a taste for success. Tickets: $15 ADV, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. 402.884.5707


Jaimie Branch

Jan. 6 at Low End, Bemis Center,  724 S. 12th St. Branch is a Colombian-American Brooklyn-based musician and artist working in the areas of improvisation and composition. Admission: free. 8 p.m. 402.341.7130.

Shayna Steele 

Jan. 14 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Known from recordings with Snarky Puppy, Moby, and others, Steele will perform at the Holland Music Club. Tickets: $30. 7:30 p.m. 402.342.3300.

Flatland Cavalry

Jan. 14 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Texas Flatland Cavalry continue to evolve as musicians and storytellers. Tickets $20. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353

Pictures at an Exhibition & Anthony McGill

Jan.14 -15 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic Anthony McGill joins the Omaha Symphony for a performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major. Tickets:$20-$81. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

The Dead South Twin Twangler Tour

Jan 16-17 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble that blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rockin’ boot-stompin’ acoustic music. Tickets: $28.50 ADV, $36.50 DOS, $55 two-night pass. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Nelly with Blanco Brown: Lil Bit of Music Series

Jan. 19 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Nelly, the multi-platinum, three-time Grammy-winning artist and four-time AMA-winning entertainer reschedules his Fall Concert Series. Tickets: $45-$95. 7:30 p.m. 402.934.9966

Music of the Knights 

Jan. 22 - 23 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber are not only knights, they are also three of the most successful songwriters of all time. Omaha Symphony’s Music of the Knights® honors their lasting musical influence. Tickets: $20-$89. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 402.345.0202.

I, the Breather

Jan. 27 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Celebrate the 10 year reunion tour for These Are My Sins and Truth and Purpose with I the Breather, Sleepwalker, Curses, and Execution Day. Tickets $12 ADV, $15 DOS. 7 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Reba: Live in Concert Tour

Feb. 3 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. One of the most successful female recording artists in history, McEntire has sold over 56 million albums worldwide. Tickets: $26.50-$199. 8 p.m. 402.341.1500

Walker Hayes-The Fancy Like Tour

Feb. 5 at Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St. Hayes’ recent EP Country Stuff includes the RIAA certified Platinum hit “Fancy Like,” which has topped every country streaming and sales chart since its release. Tickets: $25-$54. 7:30 p.m. 402.934.9966.

Omaha Symphony-Perry Gilmore Plays Saint-Georges

Feb. 6 at Witherspoon Concert Hall, Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. The program begins with the “Polish Dance” from Chabrier’s comic opera, The Reluctant King and concludes with Louise Farrenc’s “Symphony No. 3.” Tickets: $35-$45. 2 p.m. 402.345.0202.


The Black Angels

Feb. 7 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. The Black Angels have toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Keys, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and Bonnaroo. Tickets: $22 ADV, $25 DOS. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Eric Church: The Gather Again Tour

Feb. 11 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Church has released nine studio albums since 2005. His style has been described as country rock, outlaw country, and southern rock. Tickets; $36-$166. 8 p.m. 402.341.1500

Omaha Symphony-Bahl and Time for Three

Feb. 11 - 12 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The concert’s first half features Sarah Kirkland Snider’s “Something for the Dark.” The genre-bending trio Time For Three joins for Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto, and the program finishes with Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2 in E Minor.” Tickets: $20-$81. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.


Feb. 11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. M-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Tickets: $30. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.


Marc E. Bassy-Nothing in This World Tour

Feb 11 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. Bassy has made a name for himself with his gold-certified “Morning” and the double-platinum single “You & Me” featuring G-Eazy. Tickets: $22.50-$122.50. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569. 

R&B Love Fest 

Feb 12 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. This concert features the classic sounds of Jon B., Sisquo w/Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, and Ginuwine. Tickets $29-$109. 7 p.m. 402.554.6200.


Obituary and Municipal Waste-The Decibel Magazine Tour

Feb. 12 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Decibel’s decade-long tour returns with a co-headlining bill starring Tampa death metal legends Obituary and Richmond, along with thrash metal heroes Municipal Waste. Tickets $27 ADV, $30 DOS. 6 p.m. 402.884.5353.


Sleigh Bells

Feb. 13 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. This American musical duo is known for their overdriven style of noise pop, incorporating elements of pop, hip-hop, metal, and punk. Tickets: $30 ADV, $35 DOS. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.


Slenderbodies Plastic Parts Tour

Feb. 14 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. Indie electronic duo Slenderbodies fuse supple beats and dreamy guitar work with hushed R&B vocals. Tickets: $20-$22. 8 p.m.  402.345.7569.


Omaha Symphony-Music of Fleetwood Mac

Feb 19 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Fleetwood Mac tribute band Landslide and the Omaha Symphony will perform “Go Your Own Way,” “Gypsy,” and more. Tickets: $20-$89. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.



Feb. 19 at Low End, Bemis Center, 724 S. 12th St. Natalie Chami is a Canadian-born Lebanese American who adopted the TALsounds moniker in 2009 for her explorations in the drone, ambient, and improvisational disciplines. Admission: free. 8 p.m. 402.341.7130.

David Archuleta Ok, All Right Tour 2022

Feb. 23 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. Archuleta initially attracted fans in 2008 when his tenor vocals and boyish charm helped earn him a second-place finish on American Idol. Tickets: $25-$140. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Orchestra World Tour

Feb. 25 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience all-new symphonic arrangements based on composer Nobuo Uematsu’s beloved Final Fantasy VII music. The concert is led by Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth. Tickets: $40-$85. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Crash Test Dummies 

Feb. 25 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Celebrating their 30th anniversary tour, original members Brad Roberts, Ellen Reid, Dan Roberts, and Mitch Dorge will be joined onstage by Stuart Cameron and Marc Arnould. Tickets:$35. 8 p.m. 402.884.5353.

Arturo and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra

Feb. 26 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Arturo O’Farrill has expanded the definition of Afro-Latin music. The pianist, composer, and educator, along with his band, are world-class jazz musicians. Tickets: $22-$50. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.


» Performing Arts «

What the Constitution Means to Me

Jan. 20 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into the Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Tickets: $35 - $65. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Bright Star

Jan. 21 through Feb. 13 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell and inspired by real events, young teenager Alice Murphy is devastated when her infant son is ripped away. Tickets:$25-$45. Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 402.553.0800.

WellRED Comedy Tour

Jan 21-22 at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) celebrate maintaining sanity (or not) Tickets: $30 GA, $50 meet and greet. 7 p.m. 402.884.5353

Flip Fabrique: Six

Jan. 29 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Flip Fabrique is a circus company based in Québec, Canada that combines astonishing feats, acrobatic comedy, and a mystery to engage audiences. Tickets: $20-$37. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Carmela Full of Wishes

Jan. 28-Feb. 13 at The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Carmela, the daughter of migrants, wakes up on her birthday full of possibility. She must decide what her deepest wish is before her birthday is over. Tickets: $25. Times vary. 402.345.4849.


Taylor Tomlinson-Deal With It Tour

Jan. 29 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Comedian Tomlinson roasts modern 20-something life with self-deprecating precision. Tickets:$29.75-$49.75. 7 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Dancing with the Stars: Live!

Feb. 1 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Dancing With the Stars–Live tour 2022 allows live audiences the opportunity to experience the excitement, glamour, and glitz seen every Monday night on TV. Tickets: $59.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. 402.345.0606.

Pride Players A Rose Teens ‘N’ Theater Production

Feb. 3-6 at The Rose Theater 2001 Farnam St. Pride Players, now in its 22nd year, uses improvisation to create songs, poetry, monologues, and skits that explore what it means to be a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or ally teen in Omaha. Tickets: $10 Times vary. 402.345.4849.

Fiddler on the Roof

Feb. 8-13 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Rich with musical hits, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and more, Fiddler on the Roof is a heartwarming story. Tickets: TBA. Times: TBD. 402.345.0606.


Outside Mullingar

Feb. 11 - March 13 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Rosemary secretly fell in love with Anthony at age 6, but after a bout with heartbreak, Anthony swore off women forever. The now middle-aged pair must overcome their own aloofness. Ticket prices vary. Friday - Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. 402.553.0800.

Todd Barry 2021-2022 Stadium Tour

Feb. 12 at The Slowdown, 729 S. 14th St. Barry has released three one-hour, stand-up specials, including his latest one for Netflix, Spicy Honey. He is known for providing voices for the animated series Bob’s Burgers, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and more. Tickets: $25 advanced, $30 day of show, $35 reserved. 8 p.m. 402.345.7569.

The Secret Life of Bears-Rae Wynn-Grant

Feb. 15 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Wynn-Grant has dedicated her life to ecological research and conservation with National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places Initiative. Tickets: $15-$32. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Whitney Cummings: Touch Me Tour

Feb. 18 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series Whitney, Cummings is also the executive producer, co-creator, and co-writer of the Emmy-nominated series 2 Broke Girls. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50. 7:30 p.m. 402.345.0202.

Sweeney Todd

Feb. 25-27 at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This dark, Tony Award-winner for best musical by Stephen Sondheim has thrilled opera audiences across the nation. Tickets: $19-$99. 402.345.0606.


» Family & More «

Ice Skating

Ice skating can be one of the best ways to enjoy the season. The metro area offers indoor and outdoor options with venues that range from downtown excitement to natural charm. 


Grover Ice

6171 Grover St. Admission: $5 children (12 and under), $7 adults (13-55), $6 seniors (56+) Skate rental: $3 Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m., Friday 6-7:30 p.m., Saturday 12:45-2:15 p.m., Sunday 2-3:30 p.m. 402.991.7982. 


Mahoney State Park

28500 West Park Highway, Ashland. $2 adults age 13 and older, $3 children ages 3 -12, children 2 and under free. Ice skate rental $3. Monday, Thursday & Friday 4 p.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. 402.944.2523


Motto McLean Ice Arena 

5015 S. 45th St. $5 ages 6 and older, 5 and under free with a paid adult. Skate rental: $2. 402-444-4955


Moylan Iceplex

12550 West Maple Road. Adults: $9 for admission and skates, $7 kids 12 and under. Times vary. 



UNMC Ice Rink

Through Jan. 30 at 42nd and Emile streets. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Admission: $7 Skate rental: Included in admission. 402.559.0697


Dates and times may change due to seasonal events, maintenance, or other reasons. Check websites and/or call ahead before heading out.


The Great Reuben Debate

January 14-31 at Blackstone District, 36th and Farnam St. Vote for the best reuben in Blackstone. Participants can taste and vote for their favorite version of rueben, from a traditional sandwich to tacos. A portion of all proceeds goes to The Women’s Center for Advancement. Times and prices vary.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan. 17 at at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The Durham Museum will offer free admission for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Visitors will be able to learn about their community, participate in a community art project at The Platform, and view the temporary exhibition on Billie Holiday. Admission: free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 402.444.5071. 

A Symphony of Sports

Jan. 20 at Jewish Community Center, 333 S. 132 St. Explore music inspired by sports played around the globe. Tickets: $15. 2 p.m. 402.334.6426.

Weekend at Arrendale

Jan. 21-23 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S, 20th St. Families can enjoy a themed weekend featuring character visits and activities inspired by Frozen. Admission: Members and under 2 years free. Kids 2-15 and Adults $14, Seniors 60+ $13. Friday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

36th Annual Cathedral Flower Festival 

Jan. 28-30 at St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Forty of Omaha’s finest floral designers join the Cathedral Flower Guild in this celebration of the coming spring season. Times TBD. Admission: free. 402.551.2313. 

Fourth Annual Tattoo Arts Convention

Jan. 28-30 at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. This event will feature the best local, national, and international artists along with tattoo contests, sideshows, and vendors. Tickets: $20 day or $40 for a three-day pass. Children under 12: free. Friday 2-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 215.423.4780.

The Omaha Home and Garden Expo

Feb. 10-13  at CHI Health Center, 455 N. 10th St. The 56th Annual Omaha Home & Garden Expo features items and ideas for inside and outside the home, with a focus on eco-friendly ideas. Show hours: Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7p.m., Sunday 11a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $9 adults, $4.50 ages 5-12, free for children under 5. 402.341.1500.

 Tangier Shrine Circus

Feb. 18-20 at Mid-America Center, One Arena Way, Council Bluffs. With five public performances, audiences can enjoy favorites from comical clowns and kooky Keystone Kops to high-flying acrobats and aerialists, as well as amazing animals. Tickets: $15-$25. Times vary. 712.323.0536


16th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards

Feb. 20 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The metro celebrates some of the most talented artists and entertainers in the Omaha area at this annual event. The OEAA offers a memorable evening that thanks the artists who keep Omaha culture alive. This year’s event will be a hybrid virtual/in-person awards show. Times and tickets TBD. 



Blackstone Chili Cook-Off

Feb. 20 at The Cottonwood Hotel, 302 S. 36th St. The Blackstone District will be holding a chili battle in this annual community fundraiser. Restaurants, bars, and businesses compete for votes to determine the best chili in Blackstone. 12:30-3:30 p.m. 402.810.9500.

Event times and details are correct as of presstime, but are subject to change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events are canceling and/or changing dates/time/places as needed. Most venues base these decisions on direction by the Douglas County Health Department and Nebraska’s publication of guidance on canceling events and limiting the number of people in public gatherings.

This article originally appeared in the January 2022 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

Omaha Magazine encourages readers to visit venues' websites and/or calling ahead before attending an event or visiting a museum.

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