» Exhibits «
Photographic Documentary by Atiim Jones
Through Nov. 9 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. The street photographer’s “Crossroads” project is a photographic documentary of people in the Old Market District and surrounding area. It has since become one of the largest photography projects in the world. By appointment only, 9 a.m-4 p.m. Mondays—Fridays. Admission: Free. 402.595.2122.
Terry A. Ratzlaff: Between Being There and No
Longer Being There
Through Nov. 16 at Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Valley Campus, 829 N. 204th St., Elkhorn. The artist and educator works at the intersection of photography and bookmaking to create photographs and books that deconstruct and analyze modern perceptions of time, chaos, and order, and obsession. 9 a.m-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m-5 p.m. Fridays. Admission: Free. 531.622.1301.
Katie Temple: Building A Home
Through Nov. 20 at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. The mixed-media artist’s paintings examine universal ideas of leaving home, not having a home, and searching for a place to call home. Her creative practice, which features a distinctive, architectural style, is rooted and influenced by the different places she has lived in throughout her life. 8 a.m-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: Free. Closing Reception: Friday, Nov. 18, 4-6 p.m. 402.280.2290.
Thomas Wharton: Windows and Keys
Through Nov. 27 at Garden of the Zodiac, 1042 Howard St. This first solo show by the artist showcases work that encompasses the media of sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, and installation. 402.341.1877.
Guatemala Paintings and Prints
Through Dec. 30 at El Museo Latino, 4701South 25th St. View paintings and prints from a variety of artists from Guatemala.
Francisco Mata Rosas: In Line Exhibit
Through Dec. 31 at El Museo Latino, 4701South 25th St. View a collection of photos documented along the Mexican/US border. Reserved timed viewings. 402.731.1137.
The History of
Historically Black Colleges & Universities
Through Dec. at the Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th Street. This highlight of 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), tells their history and the role they have played in providing quality higher education. 1-5 p.m.Wednesdays-Saturdays. Visits by appointment. Admission: Free. 402.932.7077.
Dressing The Abbey
Through Jan. 8, 2023 at Durham Museum 801 S. 10th St. This costume exhibition highlights fashion from Downton Abbey, one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. The public can view the cast’s original costumes, which depict fashions of the British aristocracy in the early 20th century and showcase the turbulence and changes in the late Edwardian era through the 1920s. Noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m-4 p.m Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission: $13 adults; $10 seniors (62+); $10 military/veteran; $7 children (3-12); free for members and children 2 and under. 402.444.5071.
Through Feb. 5, 2023 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. One of foremost American sculptors of the past century, Hunt has established himself as one of the most important and prolific “monument makers” of the past fifty years. This exhibition grounds this work within Hunt’s broader artistic practice and more critically contextualizes his tremendous contributions to the history of American sculpture over the past seventy-five years.
Through Feb. 5, 2023 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Featuring a new body of work created in the exhibition space, this exhibition showcases how Rowe draws from the energy of Heyoka, the sacred clown of the Lakota. The Omaha artist’s work is participatory and opens cross-cultural dialogues through painting, casting, fiber arts, and performance. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays. 402.341.3800.
Biennial Photography Exhibition
Nov. through Jan. 2023 at Gallery 1516, 1516 Leavenworth St. The juried exhibition of photography highlights the best photographic artwork being created in Nebraska and the states it touches, including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Artwork was selected by this year’s judges, Diego and April Uchitel. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; appointments preferred. Admission: Free. 402.305.1510.
Heaven, Hell, And Everything In—Between
Nov. 5-Nov. 28 at Hot Shops, 1301 Nicholas St. An eclectic/eccentric group show featuring both established and emerging Omaha artists. Opening reception: Saturday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays. Admission: Free. 402.342.6452.
Nov. 18—Jan. 11, 2023 at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Working primarily in colored pencils and painting, the artist develops works of symbolic imagery that showcases the beauty often overlooked in day-to-day life. By appointment only, 9 a.m-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. 402.595.2122.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. Artistic practice meets social transformation during this popular event where students create ceramic bowls for sale to the public. All proceeds benefit the Siena Francis House. Admission: Free.
CSM All—Star Review Art Show
Dec. 1-Jan. 6, 2023 at College of Saint Mary Hillmer Art Gallery, 7000 Mercy Rd. This show features artists who have presented in the Hillmer Art Gallery over the last 15 years. Exhibiting artists include Gary Day, Becky Herman, and Jeff Spencer. 9 a.m-7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m-5 p.m. Fridays; 8:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: Free. 402.399.2400.
Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
Dec.8-April 16, 2023 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.
Organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM), Kley’s first solo museum show features a new body of work. Invited to print yardage utilizing FWM’s world-renowned screenprinting facilities, the artist, whose work sits at the distinctive confluence of pattern, decoration, and contemporary art, interwove her ceramic and painting practices with three new yardage designs and a new suite of ceramic sculptures.
Wealth And The Failed American Dream
Dec. 8-April 16, 2023 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. This group exhibition assembles a range of creative practices—including painting, sculpture, video, fashion, and nail artistry-that embrace lavish, sumptuous aesthetics to examine how America’s obsession with wealth and the ways it is displayed shapes class, race, and gender. 402.341.7130.
» Stage Performances «
X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X
Nov.4-6, at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Through a series of vignettes, the opera outlines the life of Malcolm X from boyhood to his assassination in 1965, discovering the past, present, and future vision of “a prophet in search of a Black utopia, charting a course for the future.” 402.345.0606.
Nov. 8-13 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. This classic family-favorite Broadway musical has reminded generations of theater goers that sunshine is always right around the corner and is now set to return in a new production. 402.345.0606.
Nov. 11 at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The Midwest’s improv comedy group returns for one night only with an interactive shows featuring smart, fast comedy. 402.553.0800.
Cirque Musica: Holiday Wonderland
Nov. 14 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Daredevil athleticism is on display as acrobats and aerialists perform with a musical mix of timeless seasonal music. 402.345.0606.
Nov. 17-18 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. One of the top names in comedy stops by Omaha on “The Berty Boy Relapse Tour.” 402.345.0606.
Nov. 18-Dec. 23 at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. One of Omaha’s favorite holiday traditions features stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp wintry sets. 402.553.0800.
Nov. 25-Dec. 18 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. This new holiday production of the beloved Broadway musical whisks audiences away to a wintery wonderland, where your family will find the familiar fable of Cinderella; a young woman who overcomes the frozen hearts of her family with the warmth of her hope and determination - and of course, a little help from her Fairy Godmother. 402.345.4849.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Nov. 25-Dec. 18 at the BlueBarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. Three actors perform every Christmas story ever told and toss in Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. 402.345.1576.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism
Nov. 25-Dec. 23 at the Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. This ”CSI: Bethlehem” is a holiday mystery extravaganza, where Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? 402.553.0800.
Dec. 3 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. America Midwest Ballet showcases the ballet company’s International cast of artists, backed by a polished ensemble of students dancers across the metro, in this holiday favorite. 402.345.0606.
The Princess Bride: An Inconceivable Evening With
Dec. 9 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Join the actor who portrayed Westley for a behind-the-scenes look at life on and off the set of the classic film. 402.345.0202.
Dc Young Fly &
Dec. 11 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The star of MTV/VH1’s hit show “Wild’n Out” and the highly rated “85 South Show” podcast comes to Omaha for one night only. Recommended for ages 18+. 402.345.0202.
Dec. 16 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The holiday show features contestants of the Emmy-Award winning television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race plus a host of other performers. 402.345.0606.
» Concerts «
Nov. 2, 7:15 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The legendary punk band brings Woody Guthrie's perennial jabs at life - many of which are from the 1940s and 1950s - into the time of their lives in their new album This Machine Still Kills Fascists. 402.345.0606.
Gimme Gimme Disco:
Dance Party Inspired By ABBA
Nov. 5, 8:00 p.m., at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Calling all Dancing Queens! We're a dance party playing your favorite ABBA hits, plus plenty of other disco hits from the 70s like The Bee Gees and Cher. 18+ ID required. 402.345.7569.
Vienna Boys Choir
Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. One of the world’s most cherished choral ensembles performs in the impressive acoustics of Omaha’s cathedral. 402.551.2313.
Nov. 8, 8 p.m., at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Gearing up for their new release titled Homesick, the California-based band creates a newfound sound varying from punk rock to up-tempo. 402.345.7569.
Marty Stuart &
His Fabulous Superlatives
Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m. at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard all passed on, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician Marty Stuart steps into their venerable shoes. Stuart records music that honors country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. 402.884.5353.
Dave Matthews Band
Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The American rock band is renowned for its live shows where it plays songs differently each performance. The Grammy Award winners take to the CHI stage as it wraps up the last leg of its Fall 2022 tour. 402.341.1500.
Nov. 16 , 8 p.m., at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Renowned for his metamorphic capabilities and expertly crafted sonic adventures, Liquid Stranger bridges the gap between mellow and heavy. He has performed at some of the most innovative events and festivals around the globe. 402.345.7569.
Nov. 20, 21, 27, 28; Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, & 24 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. As part of the holiday poinsettia show, local musicians share their talents and perform holiday classics that are sure to delight guests of all ages. 402.346.4002. Visit website for times.
Amanda Shires Take It
Like A Man Tour
Nov. 20, 8 p.m., at at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. The American singer-songwriter and fiddle player brings her inimitable approach to country music and songs from her most recent album to Omaha with special guest Honey Harper. 402.964.2021.
The Lemonheads It’s A Shame About Ray Tour
Nov. 21, 8 p.m., at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The American alternative rock band brings listeners back to a time and place where ripped, faded jeans were in style and music about youthful angst and the slacker’s boredom filled the airwaves of college radios across the country. 402.884.5353.
Nov. 24, 7 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The concert, which follows the Lighting Ceremony at Gene Leahy Mall, features a special guest vocalist accompanied by the Nebraska Wind Symphony. 402.345.0606.
Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. & Nov. 27, 2 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Harry Potter Film Concert Series returns to the Holland with music from the fifth film in the Harry Potter series. Ernest Richardson conducts the Omaha Symphony in performing the magical score live while the entire film plays in high-definition on a 40-foot screen. 402.345.0606.
Nov. 26, 8 p.m., at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. The masked DJ, producer, and vocalist samples the world around him to create his dark and sensuous “sickhop” songs. 402.964.2021.
Dec. 1, 6 p.m., at Barrel & Vine, 1311 S. 203rd St., 6 pm. Bradbery won season four of NBC's The Voice in 2013, becoming the youngest artist to win the competition at age 16. Since then, she has released two albums and multiple singles. 402.504.1777.
Nate Smith—The Whiskey On You Tour
Dec. 16, 8 p.m., at Barnato, 225 N. 170th St. Featuring a mix of gritty backwoods soul, rock ‘n’ roll swagger, and velvet-thunder vocals, Smith is a Nashville artist with a unique connection to life’s inner tug of war. 402.964.2021.
Dec. 8, 8 p.m., at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. A three-time Grammy winner as a member of the platinum-selling vocal group Pentatonix, Kaplan returns to his artistic foundation of organic acoustic—driven rock and roots music that had provided the soundtrack to his upbringing in rural California. Through country, blues, soul, folk, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel, he explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance. 402.345.7569.
Choral Collaborative: Carmina Burana
Nov. 13, 2 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Be there for Carl Orff’s epic, breathtaking “O Fortuna,” the music that has raised goosebumps and thrilled audiences from concert halls to blockbuster movies, as a 500-person choir of elite singers from Nebraska high schools joins professional soloists and the Omaha Symphony for the groundbreaking Carmina Burana. 402.345.0606.
Four Dances From Estancia
Nov. 20, 2 p.m., at Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Drive North. Omaha Symphony trombonist Jason Stromquist makes his debut as soloist in front of the orchestra with Grondahl’s tuneful concerto for trombone; his performance is bookended by two Latinx-composer legends: Silvestre Revueltas and Alberto Ginastera. Revueltas’ bold Redes Suite draws upon polytonal harmony and Mexican folk tunes alike. 402.554.3411.
Timeless: Black Friday
Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Since 2017, Omaha-based R&B/Soul band Enjoli & Timeless has performed every year on Black Friday to honor their time together as a group and collectively reminisce to the sounds of their favorite R&B and Soul classics. 402.345.0606.
Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Alt-country singer songwriter is back on the road, zig-zagging the country with his sound. Since emerging in the early 00s, Adams has met with critical acclaim for his intimate and honest output. His first record, Heartbreaker, was introduced the world to his bittersweet mind and he was touted as the new Gram Parsons. 402.345.0606.
Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas
Dec. 3-4 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Celebrate the season with another joy-filled production from Omaha’s own Grammy Award-nominated Salem Concert Choir. 402.345.0606. Visit website for times.
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The country star gets into the spirit of the holidays with her annual Joy of Christmas Tour. 402.345.0606.
Dec. 10, 7 p.m., at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The contemporary Christian radio station gathers all the biggest artists in this special Christmas tour to spread love during the holidays. 402.345.0606.
Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas
Dec. 15-18 at Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. In this merriest way to celebrate the season, Conductor Ernest Richardson, the Omaha Symphony, and a stellar cast of singers and dancers send your spirits soaring with festive favorites and Christmas classics. Check websites for times. 402.345.0606.
Mike Zito With Hector Anchondo
Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. With numerous Blues Music Award honors under his belt, Zito is one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today who brings honesty, authenticity, and integrity to his distinctive sound. 402.884.5353.
Dec. 22, 7:30, at Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis creates a show that features Christmas classics in the distinctive Mannheim sound. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 35 years since the first Christmas album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. 402.345.0606.
» Family & More «
Veterans Shine On
Nov. 3, 6-7 p.m. at Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave. The event includes several speakers, a laying-of-the-wreath ceremony for war representatives, music, and the grand lighting of the WWII Colonnade. Speakers include Mayor Jean Stothert, Councilmember Pete Festersen, and special guest Jeanette Harper, USAF Veteran and Bellevue University Professor. Hot cocoa and desserts will be served. 402.444.5900.
Nov. 5, 10 a.m., Downtown Bellevue. The event features a special flyover by the US Air Force. 402.444.5900.
Nov. 6, 1-4 p.m. at Westroads Mall, 10000 California St. Kids can meet and greet their favorite storybook characters like Splat the Cat, The Grinch, Mirabel, Pete the Cat, and others all this free event. All kids receive a free book, while supplies last. 402.444.5900.
Nov. 10-20, 23, & 25-27; Dec. 2-4, 9-23, & 26-30 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Set a merry mood with friends and family and explore the illuminated indoor gardens. From a 20' tall poinsettia tree to a tropical paradise, see festive installations that glow and shine, showcasing nature in a new light. 402.346.4002.
May The Force Be With You Family Fun Weekend
Nov. 11-13 at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 South 20th St. Enjoy themed activities, including making pool noodle lightsabers and battle droids, and a Star Wars-inspired science show. 402.342.6164. Visit website for times.
Nov. 14 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Daredevil athleticism is on display as acrobats and aerialists perform with a musical mix of timeless seasonal music. 402.345.0606.
Merry & Bright: Holiday Poinsettia Show
Nov. 19-Dec. 31 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Thousands of poinsettias bursting with rich, vibrant color fill the floral display hall in a glowing tribute to the holidays during the spectacular holiday poinsettia show. 402.346.4002. Visit website for times.
Tree Lighting &
Nov. 23, 6-7 p.m., at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Dr., Papillion. Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of Shadow Lake Towne Center’s new 35-foot LED-lit tree covered in more than 30,000 lights. 402.444.5900.
Nov. 24-Jan. 2 at the Gene Leahy Mall, Old Market. Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony, 6 p.m. Celebrate the 23rd season of the festive lighting display that illuminates the the newly renovated Gene Leahy Mall and Old Market throughout the Holidays. The display includes white lights, garlands, snowflakes, and more. 402.345.5401. Visit website for locations.
Christmas At Union Station
Nov. 24-Jan. 8, 2023 at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This long-standing tradition features Omaha’s official Christmas tree, holiday concerts, and Santa himself. 402.444.5071. Visit website for event dates and details.
Lights Of Aksarben Tree Lighting With Santa
Nov. 25, 6-8 p.m. at Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St. This annual event starts with the tree lighting and includes community activities (in a heated tent), free visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the holiday season. 402.496.1616. Visit website for event dates and details.
Nov. 25-Dec. 23 at the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 South 20th St. This short, live performance features Santa Claus, elves, and an animatronic Rudolph. There will be indoor snowfall, silly moments, and a message from the Snow Queen. Following each performance, children can share their wish lists with Santa and get their picture taken with him. 402.342.6164. Visit website for times.
Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., at Liberty First Credit Union Arena, 7300 Q. St., Ralston. The circus dazzles audiences with its acclaimed and whimsical holiday spectacular, making it a premiere family holiday tradition. 402.934.9966.
Dec. 1, 5-9:30 p.m. at 50th & Underwood. Kick off the holiday season with our annual Lights on Dundee celebration with activities for the whole family.
Dec. 4, 11 a.m-4 p.m. in Downtown Omaha. Enjoy a festive day full of family-friendly activities at your favorite Omaha attractions. Visit the website for the listings of venues and schedule of special holiday entertainment. 402.345—5401.
Dec. 18, 3 p.m., at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The Broadway-style musical production is inspired by the #1 most-watched entertainment brand on YouTube. 402.345.0606.
Event times and details are correct as of presstime, but are subject to change.
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This article originally appeared in the November/December 2022 issue of Omaha Magazine. To subscribe, click here.