Calendar of Events: March/April 2023Feb 24, 2023 10:16AM ● By Omaha Magazine
» Exhibitions «
Through March 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 Monday—Friday. 402.595.2122.
NEBRASKA HABITAT BY ALBERT RHEA
Through April 2 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. For Albert Rhea, wildlife photography is magical because it takes him into a universe of vibrant colors, exquisite details and extraordinary patterns that can literally take your breath away. This is especially the case when capturing birds and butterflies, which provide an incredible variety of shapes and colors. This exhibition focuses on the vulnerability of wildlife species and their role as indicators of the health of various ecosystems. 402.346.4002.
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 screen-printing facilities, the artist, whose work sits at the distinctive confluence of pattern, decoration, and contemporary art, interweaves her ceramic and painting practices with three new yardage designs and a new suite of ceramic sculpture. Admission is free. 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 America’s obsession with wealth and the ways it is displayed via class, race, and gender. Admission is free. 402.341.7130.
HALL OF HEROES
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 conceived. Viewers can experience a full-scale and interactive recreation of the 1960’s Batcave and Batmobile. Additionally, life-sized statues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Black Panther, and the Incredible Hulk are on full display. Noon—4pm Sundays; 10am—4pm Tuesdays—Saturdays. 402.444.5071.
WASHED ASHORE: ART TO SAVE THE SEA
Through May 14 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. A traveling art exhibition created from marine debris collected from Oregon’s beaches, this exhibition creatively demonstrates how problematic plastic pollution is to the environment. Giant sculptures of sea life, made from reclaimed trash, graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our ocean and waterways. The epic exhibition includes a titanic triggerfish, a pair of grand penguins, and an 11-foot-long shark named Chompers. 402.346-4002.
DESCENDANTS OF DEWITTY
Through May 28 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. This 25-photo exhibition shares the history of the people of DeWitty, later known as Audacious, the largest and longest-lasting African American settlement in rural Nebraska. The settlers, including former slaves who had fled to Canada before the Civil War and their descendants, began to arrive in 1906-07, attracted by the 1904 Kinkaid Act’s offer of 640 acres of free land in the Sandhills. Noon—4pm Sundays; 10am—4pm Tuesdays—Saturdays. 402.444.5071.
FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH
March 3 at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Cultural Center, 3900 Webster St. This exhibition juxtaposes images of our natural environment and the ways humans alter it—interwoven with excerpts from Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si,’ highlighting our role as stewards of creation. 5pm—7pm. 402.558.3100.
THE LUNCHBOX: PACKED WITH POP CULTURE
Mar. 4—Sept. 3 at Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Featuring hundreds of lunchboxes as well as one-of-a-kind original paintings on loan from local lunchbox collector Mark Kelehan, the display provides an overview of the history of lunchboxes, insight into the production process, and an educational introduction into the dynamic world of collecting. The Lunchbox demonstrates how lunchboxes are time capsules of American pop culture from the 1950s through the 1980s. Noon—4pm Sundays; 10am—4pm Tuesdays—Saturdays. 402.444.5071.
BFA THESIS EXHIBITION
March 17—April 21 opening reception at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. This wide-ranging exhibition features work by Creighton University students in a variety of artistic mediums and styles. 8am—8pm. Mondays—Fridays; 10am—4pm Saturdays and Sundays. Opening Reception: Friday, Jan. 27, 4pm—6pm. 402.280.2290.
March 17—May 10, at Fred Simon Gallery, 1004 Farnam St. Features work by the Omaha-based visual artist who specializes in historic and experimental photographic processes. By appointment only, 9am—4pm Monday—Friday. 402.595.2122.
JAMES SURLS: NIGHTSHADE AND REDBONE
March 24—August 13, at KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. Features work by the internationally recognized sculptor, one of the most preeminent artists living and working in the United States, whose sculptures, drawings, and prints reflect his unique sensibility regarding natural forms. 11am—5pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11am—8pm Thursdays. 402.341.3800.
BEYOND THE GOLDEN GARDEN WALL BY ANTHONY DEON BROWN
April 4—May 29 at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St. Brown paints surrealistic imagery in acrylic on canvas, predominantly occupied by an array of colorful subjects with simple, but intense color palettes. This show gives the viewer a sneak peek into what Deon sees when he closes his eyes, finding peace and tranquility in a place in his mind called “Garden of Dhya.”402.346-4002.
PRINTS AND POTS
April 27, 10 a.m.—7 p.m., at Creighton University Lied Art Gallery, 2500 California Plaza. A sale of prints and ceramics created by Creighton students with a percentage of sales going to charity. 402.280.2290.
» Stage Performances «
Through Mar. 19 at Omaha Community Playhouse 6915 Cass St. 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. 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. 402.553.0800.
Mar. 1. 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th St. Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, Kodo bring their spectacular Taiko drumming troupe to Omaha with this breath-taking, highly choreographed, and dynamic exploration of the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum. 402.345.0606.
Mar. 3—26 at Omaha Community Playhouse 6915 Cass St. A trio of women soul singers catch their big break during an amateur competition. But will their friendship—and their music—survive the rapid rise from obscurity to pop super stardom? With dazzling costumes and powerhouse vocal performances, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical is inspired by some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s: The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and more. 402.553-0800.
Mar. 4, 8 p.m., at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Australian country duo Seaforth is known for dropping infectious melodies, breezy lyrics, and bangers with slick vocal harmonies that top every party playlist. 402.884.5353.
Mar. 7—12, showtimes vary, at the Orpheum Theater 409 S. 16th St. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, this musical is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and 22 languages, it is still undisputedly “one of the greatest musicals ever created” (Chicago Tribune). 402.345.0606.
INTO THE WOODS
March. 10—12 & 17—19 at PACE Chanticleer Community Theater, 1001 S. 6th St, Council Bluffs, IA. Follow fairy tale stories, a wicked witch and what happens after “happily ever after” in Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical. 712.890.5600.
March 17 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Spend the evening with YouTube sensation Stephen Sharer live and in person as he brings the Share The Love music tour to Omaha. Join the Sharer Fam and sing along to Stephen’s hit music, dance with the neon light show, and get a chance to be a part of the show. 6pm. 402.661.8501.
March 17 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Features the American stand-up comedian and actor. 8pm. 402.554.6200.
THE CHINESE LADY
Mar. 30—April 23 at the Blue Barn Theater, 1106 S. 10th St. Brought from Guangzhou in 1834 as an “exotic oddity,” The Chinese Lady follows the true story of the first woman from China to enter America. Afong Moy is paraded around for the American public to indulge their voyeuristic curiosities by delivering a performance of her “ethnicity.” Over the course of 55 years, Afong Moy begins to challenge her views of herself, her culture in the hands of others, and her disconnect from her homeland while grappling with her search for her own identity in America. 402.345.1576.
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
March 31 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is one of the world’s most popular and frequently performed operas. Mix-ups, mistaken identities, and secrets fly fast through this iconic tale of love, seduction, and guile. Conductor Steven White (2022 Eugene Onegin and 2021 Opera Under the Stars) and director Dean Anthony (2021 Opera Under the Stars) will join forces again to lead a stunning cast, which includes Sidney Outlaw in his Opera Omaha debut as Figaro, with Vanessa Becerra (2019 Les Enfants Terribles, 2018 Medea) as Susanna, his betrothed. 7:30pm and 2pm. 402.345.0606.
March 31 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Critics, fans, and fellow comedians agree that Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country. Vanity Fair called him “the funniest stand-up alive,” while Entertainment Weekly dubbed him “your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” 7pm. 402.345.0606.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
April 7 at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA. This interpretation of the beloved Oz story and features iconic characters Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and, of course, the Wizard himself. A fast-paced, entertaining spectacle, the performance tells the story in styles, ranging from the grandeur of classical ballet to the energy of large-scale musical theater. 7:30pm. 712.890.5601
April 7 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Noel Miller is a songwriter, rapper, podcast host, YouTuber, and former Vine star. His biting one-liners and topical social commentary have made him a force to be reckoned with in the comedy world. 8pm. 402.345.0606.
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
April 14—May 7 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. The gleefully gruesome cult comedy with an infectious 60s-style score. Seymour, a nerdy store clerk at Mushnik’s flower shop, is thrust into the spotlight when he happens upon a new breed of carnivorous plant. But his newfound fame comes at a cost when Seymour discovers the sassy seedling has an unquenchable thirst for human blood. Ravenously fun, dripping with camp and nostalgia. 402.553.0800.
GRAVITY AND OTHER MYTHS: A SIMPLE SPACE
April 14 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Called “Cirque du Soleil with a fistful of grit,” Gravity & Other Myths is an Australian circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. In their show A Simple Space, seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
JOHN CRIST: THE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TOUR
April 15 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comedians, with more than one billion video views, over five million fans on social media, and sold-out shows from coast to coast. He’s widely known for viral videos like “Honest Football Coach,” “Every Parent at Disney,” “Brands that need to be CANCELLED,” plus hundreds more. 7pm. 402.345.0606.
April 19—30 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy. 402.345.0606.
April 20—23 at Creighton University, Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plz. Presented by the Creighton Dance Company, in the tradition of Gene Kelly, this ballet traces the story of life in Paris, featuring the music of Jacques Offenbach and Leroy Anderson. 402.280.1448.
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
April 20—21 & 27—30 at UNO Theatre, 6505 University Dr. S., Weber Fine Arts Building. Shakespeare’s classic bloody tale of fate, treachery, and revenge moves swiftly through the rapid rise of Macbeth from a general to king of Scotland and features a unique staging just for UNO’s theatre space.
April 28—May 21 at Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Charlayne Woodard takes us on an intimate and powerful journey through five autobiographical vignettes, each capturing different moments of her life growing up as a rambunctious, imaginative child in the ’50s and ’60s. From her loving family home in upstate New York, to her first experience with racism at her grandmother’s house in Georgia, Pretty Fire is a beautiful one-woman celebration of life, love and family, even in the face of adversity. 402.553.0800.
» Concerts «
DOGS IN A PILE
March 1 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The eclectic quintet has emerged as the heir apparent merges funk, jazz, and rock and roll with psychedelic to create a completely original vibe built on kaleidoscopic soundscapes eerily reminiscent of the days of yesteryear. 8pm. 402.345.7569.
March 2 at Low End, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. The media artist and composer has a practice that includes live performance, recordings, audio-visual installations, sound design, and scores for orchestra and chamber music concerts.Block’s studio pieces often combine field recordings, electronic sounds, organ, piano, and long chamber music passages. 8pm. 402.341.7130
March 3 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The American garage punk band based in Louisville, KY, features Tony Esposito (guitar/vocals), Ryan Hater, Hunter Thompson, Nick Wilkerson, and Sam Wilkerson. With Militarie Gun and Mamalarky. 8pm. 402.884.5353.
March 4 at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St. A concert by Omaha Symphonic Chorus. 7:30pm.
March 10 at the Holland Performing Arts Center | Holland Music Club, 1200 Douglas St. The Docksiders bring their tribute act of soft rock favorites from the 70s and 80s—now known as Yacht Rock—covering artists like Michael McDonald, Olivia Newton-John, Hall & Oats, and Air Supply. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
March 10 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sensibilities, Sierra Ferrell makes music that’s as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. 8pm. 402.345.7569.
SUPER DIAMOND: THE MUSIC OF NEIL DIAMOND
March 10—11 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Pop-rock outfit Super Diamond joins Ernest Richardson and the Omaha Symphony for a tribute to the internationally beloved pop icon, Neil Diamond. The band has garnered recognition and popularity with the singer’s fanbase as they bring life to classic favorites like “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” and “Forever in Blue Jeans” while the Symphony lends a new depth to Diamond’s music with rich orchestrations. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
March 11 at The Admiral, 2234 S 13th St. Features the Irish-American seven-piece Celtic punk band with Anti-Flag and Skinny Lister. 8pm. 402.706.2205.
March 12 at Omaha South High School, 4519 S. 24th St. The Omaha Symphony teams up with El Museo Latino for an exploration of the music, dance, and traditions of a variety of Latin countries. Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez returns to lead the Orchestra in a concert that features works from composers from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, and Brazil. El Museo Latino Executive Director Magdalena Garcia shares the stage with Lopez-Yañez to help guide audiences through the Folklorico works. Presented in English and Spanish. 2pm. 402.345.0606.
SHOW ME THE BODY, JESUS PIECE, SWOL, ZULU & TRIPP JONES
March 14 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The genre-defying punk trio headline this North American tour with a stacked group of openers. 8pm. 402.345.7569.
KANEKO & AKIHO
March 17—18 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Join the Omaha Symphony for an evening in honor of Omaha’s own world-renowned visual artist Jun Kaneko, recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. Features music by Beethoven (Fidelio), Mozart (The Magic Flute), and Puccini (Madame Butterfly). 7:30pm. 402.342.3836.
ROCK RESURRECTION TOUR
March 18 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Features Skillet and Theory of a Deadman. 7pm. 402.554.6200.
OBOE & ENGLISH HORN TRIO: MIDWEST PREMIERE OF PARABLE OF A STORMY SEA
March 19 at Vesper Concerts, 1517 S. 114th St. Dr. Sara Renner, Dr. Alyssa Morris, and Dr. Heather Baxter will join together for the Midwest premiere of Alyssa Morris’s composition “Parable of a Stormy Sea,” and other incredible repertoire for this woodwind trio. 3pm. 402.333.7466.
ERIC BELLINGER: THE OBSESSION TOUR
March 22 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. Features the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter. 8pm. 402.884.5353.
ROGER CLYNE AND THE PEACEMAKERS
March 23 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. As Clyne prepares to record his 11th studio album, he continues to transform his life experiences, inspirations, observations, and his own muses into timeless music. His blend of punk rock, country-western, and mariachi influences have made him, drummer PH Naffah, guitarist Jim Dalton, and bassist Nick Scropos —collectively known as Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers—one of America’s best live rock-n-roll bands. 8pm. 402.884.5353.
March 23 at Low End, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. Far from wanting to create a stamp of the traditional and to define the Mediterranean, Relena wants to make a repertoire that goes from music of oral tradition to songs that in one way or another are related to the geographical area of the Mediterranean. 8pm. 402.341.7130
March 25 at the at the Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Dr. N. The Nebraska Brass Band presents a free concert of the “favourite melodies and hymns of Her Majesty the Queen” that span almost a century, including “Be Thou My Vision,” “Annie Laurie,” “I Vow to The My County,” “Sleep, Dearie, Sleep,” and popular classics from England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. 6:30pm—8:30pm.
FRANK AND THE GREAT LADIES OF SONG
March 25—26 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Broadway brass meets old-school class in a fresh take on songbook classics with award-winning vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare. Hear timeless classics made famous by legendary singers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Eydie Gormé. Featured songs include “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Hallelujah I Love Him So,” “Night and Day,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “New York, New York,” and more. 2pm & 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
March 26 at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 715 N. 40th St. Celebrate JS Bach’s birthday with a concert of music for choir, instruments, soloists, and organ presented by St. Cecilia Cathedral Choir with Dr. Marie Rubis Bauer, director, and Dr. Michael J. Emmerich, organ. 3pm. 402.558.3100.
March 28 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. With their seventh studio album, revered rock institution Titus Andronicus invites listeners on a journey from fear to faith, from anger to acceptance, from grief to gratitude, chasing the mythical ideal of ultimate rock. 8pm. 402.345.7569.
April 1 at Liberty First Credit Union Arena, 7300 Q. St., Ralston. Features the Mexican Grupera band from Fresnillo, Zacatecas. 8pm. 402.934.9966.
WINDBORNE’S THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN
April 1 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Conductor Brett Havens, vocalist Randy Jackson, and Windborne Music return to the Holland Center for a performance of their hit show. Havens and the band join the Omaha Symphony to bring symphonic arrangements of classics like “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” and “Good Times, Bad Times” to life—complete with a rock-concert light show. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
April 6 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Experience Pink Floyd the way true fans want it. Floyd Nation is a U.S.-based Pink Floyd Tribute Band that performs all of the fans’ favorite hits from the vast collection of Pink Floyd albums such as The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Division Bell. 7:30pm.
April 6 at Holy Family Community Center, 1715 Izard St. Pipe organ performance featuring Kali Malone’s compositions from her critically acclaimed album ’The Sacrificial Code’, a major work featuring canonic pipe organ pieces with profound emotional resonance. 8pm. 402.341.7130
LORDS OF ACID, AESTHETIC PROJECTION & PRAGA KAHN
April 7 at The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St. The Belgian/American electronic dance music (EDM) group led by musician Praga Khan is best known for making songs with sexual lyrics and sexually explicit tracks. 402.884.5353.
April 12 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Traditional Irish music with a modern twist and an all-female ensemble. The repertoire ranges from traditional Celtic tunes to modern songs. 7pm. 402.661.8501.
April 14 at the Holland Performing Arts Center | Holland Music Club, 1200 Douglas St. An unequivocal musical prodigy, singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer, and band leader Grace Kelly has rocked the jazz world with her inventive and irresistible electro jazz-pop fusion. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
KANE BROWN: DRUNK OR DREAMING TOUR
April 15 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. The American singer stops in Omaha on this leg of his massive international tour with special guests Dustin Lynch & Locash. 7pm. 402.341.1500.
ANCIENT AIRS & DANCES
April 16, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6305 University Dr. N. The Omaha Symphony leans into loofking back, with masterclasses in neo-classical writing by Respighi, Prokofiev, and Brahms, while Principal Timpani Jack Rago steps forward for his Omaha Symphony solo debut. 2pm. 402.342.3836.
April 17 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The American psychedelic rock band formed in 2014 in Chicago and consists of Dalton Allison (bass/vocals), Jake Hirshland (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Javi Reyes (guitar/vocals), Wesley Toledo (drums/vocals), and Matt Williams (guitar/vocals). 402.345.7569.
CHUCHO VALDÉS QUARTET
April 20 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Founder of the landmark ensemble Irakere and winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
April 21 at the Dubliner Pub, 1205 Harney St. The singer-songwriter and global citizen is making the world a smaller place, one song at a time. Lev pens lyrics and melodies for everyday enlightenment—songs that resonate because they’re heartfelt, earthy, and offer the wisdom he’s gained through lifelong travel and self-discovery. 9:30pm. 402.342.5887.
April 22 at Elmwood Pavillion, 808 S. 60th St. Features a performance by the rapper and music track maker. 7pm.
April 22—23 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Fresh off of celebrating their 60th anniversary, The Temptations join the Omaha Symphony for a night of classic Motown hits, soulful voices, serenades, and harmonies. Ernest Richardson and the Omaha Symphony provide the perfect musical canvas for this long-beloved group to showcase hits like ”My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and “The Way You Do The Thing You Do.” 2pm & 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
HOCKEY DAD, THE RED PEARS & GYMSHORTS
April 23 at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Features Australian surf rock band from Windang, New South Wales, Australia with band members drummer Billy Fleming and vocalist and guitarist Zach Stephenson. 402.345.7569.
AUGUST BURNS RED
April 26 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. The Grammy-nominated American metalcore band from Lancaster, PA, features lead guitarist John Benjamin “JB” Brubaker, rhythm guitarist Brent Rambler, drummer Matt Greiner, lead vocalist Jake Luhrs, and bassist Dustin Davidson. 7:30pm. 402.345.7569.
April 27 at Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave. Features the Chicago-based musicians for this one-night show. 8pm. 402.884.5707.
BERNSTEIN, RAVEL & TCHAIKOVSKY
April 28—29 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Hailed by the New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” newly named Music Director of the Virginia Symphony Eric Jacobsen makes his Omaha Symphony debut leading a program filled with fun and delight. Includes: Bernstein (Overture to Candide), Ravel (Piano Concerto in G Major) and Tchaikovksy (Symphony No. 1). 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
SING OMAHA CHORAL CONCERT
April 30 at St. Cecilia Cathedral, 715 N. 40th St.
Features an afternoon of beautiful choral music presented by the Sing Omaha choirs in the vaulted acoustics of St. Cecilia Cathedral. 3pm. 402.558.3100.
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
April 30 at Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St. Features the Christian pop duo composed of Australian brothers, Joel and Luke Smallbone. 7pm. 402.554.6200.
» Family & More «
LEAP! NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION
Mach 3—5 at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA. Features a weekend of dance, fun, and excitement. 800.790.5327.
A GENERATION OF HOPE: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE HEARTLAND
Through Sept. 3 at the Children’s Museum, 500 S 20th St. A celebration of the Indigenous People of the Heartland. Explore the history and culture of area first persons through examples of traditional housing, languages, and through the tradition of storytelling, and the cultural significance of nature and the burr oak. 402.342.6164.
Through April 16 at the Children’s Museum, 500 S 20th St. Explore the magic of science and then see how it all works; lose your head with an optical illusion, learn about kinetic energy while soaring across a zip line, and more in the interactive world where science and magic meet. 402.342.6164.
QUAD CON OMAHA COMIC & TOY SHOW
March 4—5 at Oak View Mall, 3001 S. 144th St. This free celebration of pop culture features video game tournaments, cosplay contest, artists, and lots of vendors full of geeky goodness.
OMAHA FILM FESTIVAL
March 7—12 at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., Aksarben Village. The 18th annual event showcases over 100 films during its yearly event. Selected from an average of close to 1000 annual entries that come in from around the world, the festival offers a wide variety of independent cinema choices that include regional and world premier films as well as advanced screenings of films that have already attracted wider distribution. Narrative features, documentaries, short films, and animated shorts are screened during the week-long festival, with a special section for Nebraska-made films.
DISNEY ON ICE: ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES
March 9—12 at CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey and Minnie embark on a wild ride to everyone’s favorite Disney destinations. 402.341.1500.
FULL MOON HIKE: WORM MOON
March 10 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. How is the forest different after the sun goes down? How does the full moon affect nocturnal animals? The program will include an educational discussion of the nocturnal animals around the Forest and a brief talk into the lore of full moons. The guided hike will proceed after the discussion. 6:30pm—8:30pm. 402.731.3140.
THE STINKY CHEESE MAN & OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES
March 10—26 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. What do you get when you take fairy tale classics and turn them on their heads? How about the Ugly Duckling growing up to be A Really Ugly Duck, Cinderella snubbing Rumpelstiltskin or The Princess kissing a frog only to end up with a mouthful of slime. Based on the award-winning book, don’t miss this hilarious parody sure to crack up kids and parents alike. 402.345.4849.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
March 12 starting downtown at Harney St. The local AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) division hosts the city’s annual St. Paddy’s Day parade. Usually on the Saturday before March 17th, the festivities include floats and walking groups. 3pm—5pm.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: T. REX RISES
Mach 28 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. How did T. rex become the iconic apex predator of North America 67 million years ago? Join paleontologist Dr. Lindsay Zanno for a fascinating look at the evolution of this prehistoric tyrant and its ancestors. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
Mar. 28—April 8 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Join Park Ranger Glow on an adventure in the woods! Audiences will hear crickets, sit on moss, smell the pines and be immersed in gentle darkness so the fireflies can finally come out and play. Featuring shadow puppetry and sensory-filled moments of audience interaction, Firefly transports children to a place of wonder and beauty. 402.345.4849.
FULL MOON HIKE: PINK MOON
April 7 at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N. How is the forest different after the sun goes down? How does the full moon affect nocturnal animals? The program will include an educational discussion of the nocturnal animals around the Forest and a brief talk into the lore of full moons. The guided hike will proceed after the discussion. 8pm—10pm. 402.731.3140.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE: VIEW FROM ABOVE
April 11 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Step back, about 220 miles from Earth, and experience our planet from a new perspective with pilot and astronaut Terry Virts. 7:30pm. 402.345.0606.
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET
April 14—30 at the Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Curious, energetic, and talkative CJ spends his Sundays with his Nana, who moves through the busy bustle of the big city at a decidedly different drumbeat. After the Reverend at Nana’s church challenges CJ to “see with more than eyes,” he starts to discover that there’s more to witness on their weekly bus trip down the city’s main thoroughfare than he ever realized before. With colorful characters and big-city beats, CJ gains new perspective on his neighbors as they travel to the “Last Stop on Market Street.” 402.345.4849.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC JR.
April 22 at Benson Theatre, 6054 Maple St. A presentation of the full production musical show of the classic story in a condensed version. 5pm. 402.991.4333
Event times and details are correct as of presstime, but are subject to change.
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This article originally appeared in the March/April 2023 issue of Omaha Magazine. To subscribe, click here.