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Calendar of Events: January/February 2023

Dec 27, 2022 10:02AM ● By Omaha Magazine
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CSM ALL-STAR REVIEW ART SHOW

Through Jan. 6 at College of Saint Mary’s 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. 9am-7:30pm. Mondays-Thursdays; 9am-5pm. Fridays; 8:30am-12:30pm. Saturdays. Admission: Free. 402.399.2400.



DRESSING THE ABBEY 

Through Jan. 8 at Durham Museum 801 S. 10th St.
This costume exhibition highlights fashion from Downtown 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. The London-based Cosprop Ltd. created the award-winning costumes for the British hit drama and include both the fictional aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. Costumes range from country tweeds and riding outfits; servants’ uniforms and footmen’s livery; to lavish evening attire crafted from sumptuous fabrics and decorated with intricate embroidery, lace, and beading. 402.444.5071. 



THEATER ROW: STAGE AND SCREEN IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY OMAHA

Through Jan. 29 at Durham Museum 801 S. 10th St.
This exhibition underscores the four main theaters in Omaha during the first half of the 20th century. The focus is on The World Theatre, The Moon, The Rialto, and The Empress, all beautiful architectural structures. This area quickly became known as the “theatre row” because they were all between 14th and 16th streets. Through the use of objects from the Durham’s collection and photographs, this exhibition ties together the story of these theaters and Omaha’s history. Viewers will be able to learn how the growth of Omaha and the development of the theater industry impacted each other. Noon-4pm. Sundays; 10am-4pm. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 402.444.5071. 



HALL OF HEROES 

Jan. 28 through April 16 at Durham Museum 801 S. 10th St. This exhibition explores the science and history behind superheroes introduced throughout the 20th century and beyond. This immersive exhibition allows viewers to learn how superheroes, gadgets, and crime fighters were created. Viewers canto experience a full-scale recreation of the 1960’s Batcave and Batmobile, which are interactive. Additionally, visitors see life-sized statues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Black Panther, and the Hulk. Noon-4pm. Sundays; 10am-4pm Tuesdays-Saturdays. 402.444.5071. 



GABRIELLA QUIROZ 

Through Jan. 11, 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, 9am-4pm. Mondays-Fridays. 402.595.2122.



MICA LILITH SMITH AND ANTONIO MARTINEZ

Through Jan. 18 at Metropolitan Community College Gallery of Art and Design, Elkhorn Valley Campus, 204th Street and West Dodge Road. The dual exhibition explores the work of both artists. 9am-7pm. Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays; 9am-1pm & 2pm -7pm. Wednesdays; 9am-5pm. Fridays. 402-457-2369.



SMALL WORKS

Through Jan. 28 at Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, 3201 Farnam St. This exhibition features artwork no larger than 12 inches created by dozens of artists with a multitude of styles and mediums. 10am-5:30pm. Wednesdays-Saturdays & by appointment. 402-884-0911.



JEFF SEDREL 

Through Jan. 29 at Garden of the Zodiac, 1042 Howard St. Color is the primary focus of the mixed-media artist whose recent series of floral paintings were executed by infusing ink-and-brush painting with impressionist sensibilities. Noon-8pm.Tuesdays=Saturdays; noon-6pm. Sundays. 402.341.1877.



2022 REGIONAL BIENNIAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION 

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. 11am-5pm. Wednesdays-Sundays; appointments preferred. 402.305.1510. 



RICHARD HUNT: MONUMENTAL

Through Feb. 5 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 contextualize his tremendous contributions to the history of American sculpture over the past seventy-five years. 11am-5pm. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11am-8pm. Thursdays. 402.341.3800.


SARAH ROWE: POST

Through Feb. 5 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; 11am-8pm. Thursdays. 402.341.3800.



CHARLES KAY JR: UNSEEN 

Through Feb. 5 at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
Charles Kay Jr. is a first-generation Thai-American who wishes to become visible. In his work, the photographer uses black-and-white layers, with subtle details between them, trying to become visible. He uses different landscapes and sharp twists and turns to expose those spaces. Thursdays-Saturdays 1pm-7pm and Sundays 1pm-6pm. 402.341.3800.



EMBEDDING THE ART AND ADVOCACY OF MARGARET BURROUGHS 

Through Feb. 5  at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.
Artist Faheem Majeed found inspiration from American artist, Margaret Burroughs, a large advocate for art being accessible to everyone. With this exhibition, Faheem focuses on “deconstructing and embedding her imagery” while also alluding to the lack of knowledge of her work. He does this by the use of manipulation of scale, materials, and appropriated images. Thursdays-Saturdays 1pm-7pm and Sundays 1pm-6pm. 402.341.3800.




ELISABETH KLEY: MINUTES OF SAND

Through April 15 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 sculpture. 402.341.7130.



OPULENCE: PERFORMATIVE WEALTH AND THE FAILED AMERICAN DREAM

Through April 15 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.



ST. CECILIA FLOWER FESTIVAL

Jan. 27-29 at 715 N. 40th St. The perennially popular events returns for its 38th year as local flower designers and musicians present a burst of vibrant colors in the depth of winter. 402.558.3100.


FACULTY EXHIBITION

Jan. 27-Mar. 1 at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. This wide-ranging exhibition features work by Creighton University faculty in a variety of artistic mediums and styles. 8am-8pm Mondays-Fridays; 10am-4pm. Saturdays & Sundays. Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 27, 4pm-6 pm. 402.280.2290. 



AFRI

Jan. 28 at the Sunderland Gallery through the Cathedral Arts Project. 3900 Webster St. “Afri” is the Latin work referring to the African diaspora, and this exhibition features works from throughout it, ranging from central African wood carvings to Ethiopian and Coptic icons and crafts. 5pm-7pm. 402.558-3100.


NANCY LEPO

Jan. 20-Mar. 8, at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. The self-taught artist works primarily in paper, creating pen and ink drawings and origami paper sculpture. Her work embraces what can be done with simple materials of pen, ink, and paper. By appointment only, 9am-4pm. Mondays-Fridays. 402.595.2122.

» Stage Performances «

SIX

Jan. 3-8 at the Orpheum Theater 409 S 16th St.
This musical is a modern retelling of Henry VIII and his six wives through a combination of pop sensations and Tudor queens. This performance will showcase each wife telling their story with King Henry VIII and who suffered the most. 402.345.0606.



AUGUST WILSON’S FENCES

Jan. 20-Feb. 12 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Set in the 1950s, this play follows the story of an African American former baseball player who continues to struggle with racial trauma from his years spent playing on the field. He then begins to struggle with his own adversities, which leads to complications with his family. 402.553-0800.


NEBRASKA CHINESE ASSOCIATION 2023 NCA LUNAR NEW YEAR’S GALA

Jan. 28, 7pm, at the Orpheum Theater 409 S 16th St. Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, the Nebraska Chinese Association hosts a group of world-acclaimed traditional Chinese instrument performers and Yue Opera performers from Los Angeles as well as other cultural performers from the Heartland of America. This exclusive performance promises to dazzle the entire family with an exquisite production. It will be a journey through Asian culture and history combining colorful pageantry, stunning costumes, masterful choreography, and beautiful music. 402.345.0606.


EVITA: LA REVOLUCIONARA

Feb. 2, 6pm, at University of Omaha CEC 201/205, 6400 University Dr S. Discover more about the life of one still the most influential persons in South American culture and how it’s still told today through music and dance. Hosted by and featuring Cristián Doña-Reveco and Claudia Garcia from the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies and members of Ballet Hispanico. 402.345.0606.


BALLET HISPÁNICO: DOÑA PERÓN 

Feb. 4, 7:30pm., at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th St. This ballet debuts the story of Doña “Evita” Perón, as one of the most controversial and recognizable women in history. Born as an illegitimate daughter to a well off farmer, Evita conceals her dishonorable past as she makes her way in the dance world. She quickly moves from dancehall performer to Argentina’s First Lady. This show looks into Perón’s activism for Argentinian women and how she faced backlash from the general public. 402.345.0606.


HARPER LEE’S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Feb 7-12 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th St.  Based on Harper Lee’s 1960 award-winning novel, this stage dramatization has quickly become, “one of the greatest plays in history” (NPR). This theater production summarizes the story of 10-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her relationship with her father Atticus at he defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman. A reflection on racism, social injustice, and heroism, the story is as timeless now as it was when it debuted over 60 years ago. 402.345.0606.


RENT

Feb. 10-Mar. 19 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. A raw and emotional year in the life of a diverse group of friends and struggling artists, chasing their dreams under the shadow of drug addictions and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize, this iconic rock musical has become a cultural touchstone, rite of passage and source of joy and strength for millions. Contains adult content and language. 402.553-0800.


BARLAAM AND JOSAPHAT

Feb. 17, 7 pm, at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Cultural Center, 3900 Webster St. UNO and the Cathedral Arts Project showcase one of the newest takes on a medieval mystery that traces the different versions of the lives of two legendary saints with the conversion of Josaphat to Christianity. 402.558.3100.


MEN ON BOATS

Feb. 23-26 at UNO Theatre, 6505 University Dr. S., Weber Fine Arts Building. A (somewhat) true theatrical exploration of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869, by a one-armed captain and his dedicated crew, with all the twists and turns of a rafting trip. Features a cast of non-binary and female performers.

SUOR ANGELICA

Feb. 24-26 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th St. This heart wrenching one-act opera tells the story of Sister Angelica, a woman forced by her aristocratic family to join a convent and give up the child she birthed out of wedlock. Puccini’s glorious music captures the profound emotion of a mother’s love and loss of that which is held most dear. Conductor Judith Yan, soprano Elaine Alvarez, and mezzo-soprano Jill Grove will all make their Opera Omaha debuts in this poignant production directed by Keturah Stickann. 402.345.0606.



TRIXIE AND KATYA LIVE

Feb. 27, 8pm, at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th St. 
It’s a comedic musical drag show spectacular with the dynamic duo and is the first time these long-time collaborators and RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni have hit the road with a concert-style show and scripted satire inspired by classic road trip comedies. Contains adult themes and language. 402.345.0606.


» Concerts «

BEETHOVEN 2 & HUMMEL’S TRUMPET CONCERTO 

Jan. 8, 2pm., at the Strauss Performing Arts Center; 6305 University Dr. N. Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl and The Omaha Symphony join together to present the orchestra world’s changeover from the Classical to the Romantic period. Scott Quackenbush, the Omaha Symphony’s principal trumpeter, takes the stage in Hummel’s trumpet concerto. 402.342.3836.



BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS

Jan. 11, 8pm., at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St., The rock band, which has become a touring institution during the past three and a half decades, brings their best-loved classics to the venue. 402.345.7569.



DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO

Jan. 13, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This group is a mixture of “feel-good music” and jazz music. Delvon Lamarr is the multi-intrumentalist of the group who is self-taught with perfect pitch. Jimmy James is a guitarist with a mixture of fiery leadership and smooth jazz skills. On the drums is Dan Weiss with explosive energy, which locks in the group’s skill set. 402.345.0606.


MASUR CONDUCTS MOZART & BRUCKNER

Jan. 13-14, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Milwaukee Symphony music director Ken-David Masur returns to Omaha for this tour-de-force of Romantic masterworks. 402.342.3836.



KODY WEST

Jan. 12, 8pm, at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Rising star Kody West brings his blend of Texas country and bluegrass to Omaha for this one-night show. 402.884.5707.



BOYZ II MEN

Jan. 19. 7:30pm, at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S 16th St. See the group that redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations with their soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals. 402.345.0606.



SARAH DAVACHI

Jan. 19, 8pm, at Low End, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.
The composer and performer is concerned with the close intricacies of timbral and temporal space, utilizing extended durations and considered harmonic structures that emphasize gradual variations in texture, overtone complexity, psychoacoustic phenomena, and tuning and intonation. Her compositions span both solo and chamber ensemble formats, incorporating a wide range of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. 402.341.7130


THE MUSIC OF STEELY DAN & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

Jan. 20, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience the best of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, with hits for band and orchestra like “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Boddhisatva,” and “What a Fool Believes.” 402.342.3836.


FINAL FANTASY: 35TH ANNIVERSARY DISTANT WORLDS

Jan. 21, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. This new orchestra concert experience is specially curated by Nobuo Uematsu and features a program that is a monumental, retrospective celebration of the incredible Final Fantasy music catalogue. Conductor and GRAMMY-Award winner Arnie Roth leads the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra and chorus, with exclusive HD video direct from creators at Square Enix. 402.345.0606.


THE TAYLOR PARTY: TAYLOR SWIFT NIGHT

Jan 21, 7:30pm, at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Calling all Swifties! Haters gonna hate, but dance the night away to Swift’s greatest hits. 402.345.7569.


LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Jan. 22, 2pm, at  the Strauss Performing Arts Center; 6305 University Dr. N. Join the Omaha Symphony and assistant conductor Deanna Tham in a celebration of the Lunar New Year. The concert introduces the Year of the Rabbit and celebrates the season, often known as “Spring Festival,” with works by Chen Yi, Li Huanzhi, Kabalesky, and Dvorak. The concert also explores each animal of the Chinese Zodiac and their characteristics with special excerpts that reflect each one’s significance. 402.342.3836.



MAESTRO AND THE MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

Jan. 28, 7:30pm, & Jan. 29, 2pm. at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
It’s a night of classic Pops as Maestro Ankush Bahl leads the Omaha Symphony in music by John Williams, one of America’s greatest composers for film and the concert stage, performing music from the scores of The Cowboys, Star Wars, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and more. 402.342.3836.


FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS 

Jan. 31, 8pm, at the Admiral 2234 S 13th St. This sensational pop band is a fun mixture of pop and indie genres. Songs like “HandClap” will get the audience moving and grooving on their feet as they dance along to the upbeat music. 402.706.2205.


JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

Feb. 1, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center managing and artistic director, this remarkably versatile orchestra comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today to perform a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. 402.345.0606.


THE DOLLY DISCO

Feb. 3, 9 p.m., at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Grab your dance partner and hit the dance floor to swing along to your favorite country hits. The main feature of this disco party is Dolly Parton and her greatest hits along with music by Miley Cyrus. Madonna, Sheryl Crow and more. 402.345.7569.


GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV 

Feb. 4, 7pm, at the Admiral 2234 S 13th St. The horticulturist-turned-musician has cast an impressive presence on the indie-rock and folk worlds with his five full-length studio albums.
402.706.2205.


SCHUBERT “UNFINISHED”

Feb. 5, 2 p.m., at the Strauss Performing Arts Center; 6305 University Dr. N. founder and artistic director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra Jeri Lynne Johnson makes her Omaha Symphony guest conducting debut with a program that juxtaposes the best of antiquity and modernity. 402.342.3836.


THE JUDDS: THE FINAL TOUR

Feb. 9, 7:30pm, at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Wynonna Judd sings the duo’s best-loved songs in this moving farewell tour in honor of her mother. 402.341.1500.



CURLEY TAYLOR & ZYDECO TROUBLE

Feb. 10, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center | Holland Music Club, 1200 Douglas St. From the heart of Creole country in Louisiana to the Holland Music Club, Curley Taylor and his band Zydeco Trouble perform soulful, bluesy vocals and a hard-driving zydeco beat blend that keeps audiences dancing all night 402.345.0606.


SMELLS LIKE NIRVANA

Feb. 10, 8pm, at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. Celebrate the legendary sounds of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain with national traveling Nirvana tribute ‘Smells Like Nirvana’ as they perform songs from Nevermind, In Utero, Bleach, and more (b-sides/rare songs). 402.345.7569.


ROMEO & JULIET

Feb. 10-11, 7:30pm at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. In an evening of drama, intrigue, and stunning symphonic beauty, Maestro Ankush Kumar Bahl and the Omaha Symphony present the 19th and 20th-century takes on one of literature’s most tragic love stories. 402.342.3836.


ANTHRAX AND THE BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

Feb. 13, 6:30pm. at The Admiral 2234 S 13th St. The legendary metal band, who helped break down race and genre barriers, celebrates its 40th anniversary with this world tour. 402.706.2205


KOLBY COOPER

Feb. 17, 7 pm, at the Slowdown 729 N. 14th St. The singer-songwriter brings his signature blend of Lonestar State roots, rough-hewn vocals, and wailing electric guitar to Omaha with this all-ages show. 402.345.7569.


DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN CONCERT

Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., & Feb. 19, 2 p.m., at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Omaha Symphony will present a screening of Disney’s beloved animated classic, “Beauty and the Beast” with the Oscar®-winning score performed live to the film. 402.342.3836.



UNSANE 

Feb. 23, 8pm, at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. The American noise rock trio, formed in NYC in 1988, performs with Violenteer and Big Water. 402.884.5707.


BRIA SKONBERG

Feb. 24, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center | Holland Music Club, 1200 Douglas St. Hear the fiery trumpet playing, smoky vocals, and story-telling of this trailblazing trumpeter, vocalist, and songwriter who is shaking up the jazz world. 402.345.0606.


CHAPEL HART: GLORY DAYS TOUR

Feb. 24, 8pm, at the Admiral 2234 S 13th St. Sisters Danica and Devynn Hart along with cousin Trea Swindle combine Mississippi roots with Louisiana spice for their unique sound. 402.706.2205.


RANDALL KING

Feb. 16, 8pm, at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Both gritty and graceful, King shares his new modern traditionalism with audiences. 402.884.5353.


» Family & More «


FIRST DAY HIKES 


Jan. 1 at Nebraska State Parks through the Nebraska Game and Parks Association.
What is a fun, active way to celebrate the New Year with your family? A brisk morning hike throughout the different state parks in Nebraska. Make sure to dress in warm clothes, bring snacks and water, camera, and bird ID book. There will be different opportunities for snacks and warm beverages at each location. Admission: Free, park entry permit is required. 402.471-0641


LIL’ SPROUTS: OWLS 

Jan. 5 at Lauritzen and Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Through the month of January, this class will focus on owls, specifically barn owls’ habits and habitats. Not only will students be able to learn about this animal, but also participate in garden exploration, story time, crafts, and hands-on activities. Admissions: $18.00 $8.00 for garden admissions, which additionally includes garden admission. Pre-registration required. 402.346-4002.


PLANT TO PAPER: WATERMARKS 

Jan. 7 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This event will allow families to make hidden images on paper by using watermarks. These images appear when light shines through the paper. In this class, you can learn how to create and design your own watermark. You can use these skills at home, for fun art projects, or utilize them in personal letters. Pre-registration required. 402.346-4002. 


WATERCOLOR PENCILS: FRUIT 

Jan. 10-12, at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. This two-day class allows families to learn how to utilize fun watercolor paints when painting lush fruits. Children will have a fun time with their guardians while drawing botanical pictures. Pre-registration required. 402.346-4002.


INDOOR AIR SHOW 

Jan. 15, 10am-2pm at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Hwy., Ashland, NE. Model pilots demonstrate all the barrel rolls, loops, and flips in the museum’s climate-controlled hangars. The show includes control line and remote-controlled models. Variations of R/C clubs will debut throughout the day. 402.944-3100.



LIVING THE DREAM

Jan. 16, 5:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. The City of Omaha Human Rights & Relations Department presents the fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Competition. Omaha area schools and students compete in this original social justice short essay, poetry, music, and dance competition at the Holland Center. 402.345.0606.


THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Jan. 20-Feb 5 at the Rose Theatre. 2001 Farnam St. This musical debuts 12-year-old Percy Jackson as he realizes that he holds magical powers, much like the Greek gods. Jackson and his two friends, Grover, and Annabeth set out to recover Zeus’ lightning bolt in order to prevent a war between the gods. On their journey, they will solve the riddle of the Oracle, discover how resilient they are, and experience mythological creatures. 402.345-4849. 


WINTER STARGAZING

Jan. 21, 7pm-9pm., at Neale Woods, 14323 Edith Marie Ave. Forget the Big Dipper! Find Canis Major, Orion, Taurus, and Gemini in the night sky! Features a brief hike, learning constellations, and stargazing. 402.731.3140.



WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME 

Feb. 2–26 at the Blue Barn Theater, 1106 S 10th St. This play follows fifteen-year-old Heidi as she recreates her teenage self as she retells the story of how she won the Constitutional debate competition. In this performance, the audience will be able to see how Heidi traces four generations of women and how the founding document formed their lives. This play helps bring the constitution into a new light, offers different viewpoints on it, and how this document can mold future generations. 402.345.1576.


MAGICAL SCIENCE 

Feb. 3-April 16 at the Children’s Museum, 500 S 20th St.
Children will have a magical time encountering the world of science at this unique science exhibition. Kids will learn about kinetic energy while experiencing it through zip-lining plus so much more. 402.342-6164.


DRAGONS AND MYTHICAL BEASTS 

Feb. 5, 2pm., at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Children and grownups alike will be in awe as they come face-to-face with the mythical world of dragons, magnificent beasts, and terrifying monsters. This interactive show brings wonderful puppets to life. Beyond dragons, audience members encounter the Tooth Fairy, the Indrik, Stone Troll, and more. 402.345.0606.



HAVANA HOP

Feb. 10-19 at the Rose Theatre, 2001 Farnam St. Due to Yeila’s crippling stage fright her dream of becoming a superstar seems almost impossible. Yet, through the help of her mother and mentors, she gains her confidence and learns about her heritage. When struggling to find her hip-hop-style, Yeila travels to Cuba to visit her grandmother and gains inspiration for her dance. 402.345.4849. 


FORCE OF NATURE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE SERIES

Feb. 21, 7:30pm, at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.
From the towering mountains of the Himalaya to the slot canyons and stone arches of the desert, Earth is shaped by the raw power of Mother Nature. Capturing this might and majesty takes a special skill set—and a willingness to sign up for the seemingly impossible. Whether chasing storms, getting up close and personal with wildlife, or documenting extreme feats of adventure, photographer and filmmaker Keith Ladzinski’s fearless spirit leads him to the furthest reaches of all seven continents. 402.345.0606.

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