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Friday, August 28, 2015


Forget all that “new year” business. There’s plenty of “new” coming this way long before the calendar hits 2016.
How about new venues? In September, the Blue Barn Theatre opens its stunning new space and ushers in a new era for cutting-edge performing arts in Omaha. And while the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s forthcoming Baxter Arena might bring hockey and basketball to mind, it also delivers a new tour stop for live music — including a Cheap Trick date on Nov. 20.
Looking for a different sound? Omaha’s new and experimental music scene continues to grow with Eko Nova, a new performance beginning Sept. 21 at Kaneko.
Or how about a new spin on an old classic: Opera Omaha opens its new season with a rollicking production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” inspired by the films of Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar. And speaking of films, keep an eye on Sept. 11, when “The Look of Silence,” director Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to 2013’s incomparable documentary “The Act of Killing,” opens at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater.
And before we get too wrapped up with the shiny and new, there are some milestones to celebrate as well. Omaha Performing Arts and the Holland Performing Arts Center kick off a 10th anniversary season with a gala concert starring Kristin Chenoweth and free daylong festival featuring Conor Oberst. Pop legend Elton John plays a final encore in Omaha with a farewell tour date at the CenturyLink Center. And arts departments at both UNO and Creighton University celebrate anniversaries with major events of their own.
All of this, and we haven’t left 2015. Which makes the next part even better: 2016 is looking pretty good, too.
Take a look for yourself. Dive into this year’s guide and see what we’re talking about.
Just don’t wait.
The time for new is now. — Casey Logan



The Omaha area will be more tuneful than ever over the coming year.
With the 10th anniversary of Omaha Performing Arts, plus the return — twice — of a vocal ensemble that just recorded a CD at St. Cecilia Cathedral and an exciting Omaha Symphony lineup that includes a Russian Music Festival, the streets might literally be ringing, especially around the holidays. Here are some highlights:
A gala concert featuring Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth on Oct. 16 will be the centerpiece of the seasonlong Omaha Performing Arts and Holland Performing Arts Center anniversary celebration. A Holland Center festival follows the day after the gala.
The Holland Center will be home to five yuletide shows. We’re especially eager to see the Vienna Boys Choir on Nov. 19 and Michael McDonald on Dec. 4. You’ll also have a few versions of Handel’s “Messiah” to choose from. And the Omaha Symphony’s Christmas Celebration goes from four days in 2014 to nine days this year. That’s a lot of cheer.
New York Polyphony just finished recording its coming CD in Omaha. The all-men a cappella ensemble that focuses on Renaissance music will come back on Oct. 23 for a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The group will stick around to perform a choral Mass as part of the church’s Sunday liturgy on Oct. 25. And the Cathedral Arts Project of the Omaha Archdiocese will bring the quartet back to St. Cecilia for a Feb. 7 engagement.
The Eko Nova Concert Series is a new collaboration between the Omaha Chamber Music Society and Kaneko. The inaugural performance, “Night Visions,” will feature flutist Maria Harding and harpist Katie Wychulis, with Brian Sherwood on viola. They promise to “evoke the wonder, mourning, danger, mystery and magic of darkness.” — Betsie Freeman

Classical & Jazz: Tune in for a big season of music

Abendmusik Concert Series

First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St., Lincoln. Information: 402-476-9933; abendmusik.org
Sept. 22: The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, England
Nov. 1: “Fanfares, Funerals and All That Jazz” with the Omaha Brass Ensemble
Nov. 29: Handel’s “Messiah”
Dec. 19-20: “Behold the Star! An Abendmusik Christmas”
Dec. 31: “Last Blast!” with the Plymouth Brass
Jan. 24: South Dakota Chorale
Jan. 30: St. Olaf Choir
Feb. 13: “My Funny Valentine: An Abendmusik Fundraiser”
April 8-9: Lincoln Symphony Orchestra with First-Plymouth’s Pipes
April 23: Wartburg Choir


Acappella Omaha Chorus

Information: acappellaomaha.com
Nov. 14: “Out of This World Harmony (Good for What’s Alien Ya!)” at Papillion-La Vista High School, 402 E. Centennial Road


The Arts Center

Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs. Information: 712-388-7140; artscenter.iwcc.edu
Sept. 27: M-PACT
Oct. 16: Becky Martin Big Band
Oct. 18: SWI Mens and Women’s Choir; Community Band
Nov. 24: Iowa Western Jazz and Small Ensemble Concert
Dec. 3: Iowa Western Band and Community Band Holiday Concert
Dec. 11: Iowa Western Vocal Concert
March 3: Iowa Western Band Concert
March 11: Mipso
April 24: SWI Men’s and Women’s Choir; Community Band
May 1: Iowa Western Band Concert
May 7: Iowa Western Vocal Concert


Brownville Concert Series

Brownville Concert Hall, 126 Atlantic St., Brownville, Neb. Information: 402-825-3331; brownvilleconcertseries.com
Sept. 13: Opera Omaha Chorus
Oct. 9-11: Karen Oberlin, tribute to the music of Doris Day
Nov. 8: Stephan Waarts (violin) and Ji (piano)
Dec. 11-13: Silver Anniversary Christmas Gala


Cathedral Arts Project

St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Information: 402-553-5524 ext. 2; cathedralartsproject.org
Nov. 22: “St. Cecilia Day: Cathedral Choirs” with organist Marie Rubis Bauer
Nov. 29: Mary Bircher, harp; Craig Bircher, trumpet; at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs
Dec 4, 6: “Christmas at the Cathedral,” Omaha Symphonic Chorus, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Feb. 7: New York Polyphony
March 6: Douglas Cleveland, organ
April 3 Easter Concert, Cathedral Choir
April 15: Spire Ensemble, choir and Baroque orchestra
May 8: Gail Archer, organ


College of St. Mary Concert Series

700 Mercy Road. Information: 402-399-2400; csm.edu
Nov. 8: Fall choral concert
Dec. 4: Christmas concert


Creighton University Performing Arts

Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza. Information:
402-280-2509; creighton.edu/ccas/fineandperformingarts

Sept. 4: Guest artist Alec Chien, piano
Sept. 9: Senior showcase: Molly McGuire, soprano
Sept. 18: Faculty recital: Wendy Eaton, voice
Oct. 14: “Celebrating the American Voice,” CU Chamber Choir and University Chorus, at St. John Catholic Church
Nov. 13: CU Symphony Orchestra, premiere of original piece by conductor Fred Hanna
Dec. 9: “Creighton’s Classical Christmas,” Chamber Choir and Chorus, at St. John Church
Dec. 11: Senior recital: Malori Mattson, violin
March 2: Midterm Choral Concert, Chamber Choir with guest conductor, at St. John Church
April 1: Senior showcase: Alexia Lorch, soprano
April 17: CU Symphony Orchestra, CU Symphonic Band
April 24: Spring Choral Concert, Chamber Choir with guest conductor


Crescendo Concert Series

Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. Information: 402-558-2330; dpcomaha.org
Oct. 11: Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Nov. 22: Omaha Brass Ensemble
Feb. 28: Chanticleer, male a cappella ensemble
May 1: Joseph Martin, composer and arranger


Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha

Information: 402-444-6536; igoomaha.org
Aug. 30: Concert at Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion
Sept. 20: Concert at New Cassel Retirement Home, 900 N. 90th St.
Oct. 18: Concert at Maple Ridge Retirement Community, 3525 N. 167th Circle
Nov. 8: Concert at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby St.
Jan. 17: Concert at Douglas County Health Center, 4102 Woolworth St.
Feb. 21: Concert at Quality Living Inc., 6409 N. 70th Plaza
March 20: Concert at Brookestone Village, 4330 S. 144th St.
April 17: Spring “Pops & Pie” concert, Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Concert Hall, 2200 Dodge St.


Joslyn Art Museum

2200 Dodge St. Information: 402-342-3300; joslyn.org
Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18: Holiday Under Glass


Lied Center for Performing Arts

301 N. 12th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-472-4700; liedcenter.org
Sept. 10: “Broadway at the Lied: The Music of Steven Lutvak”
Sept. 18: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: “Rhapsody in Blue”
Sept. 27: Shanghai Quartet
Sept. 29: Punch Brothers
Oct. 2: Tony Bennett
Oct. 9: “The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute”
Oct. 16: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: “The Haunted House”
Nov. 3: Cantus
Nov. 6: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: Midori and Brahms Symphony No. 2
Nov. 10: Merle Haggard
Dec. 1: Stephen Hough, piano
Dec. 6: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: “Deck the Halls”
Dec. 11: Take 6: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Jan. 21: The Texas Tenors
Jan. 23: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: Anton Miller plays Mozart
Feb. 13: “A Romantic Evening With Jackie Allen” (at the Rococo Theatre)
Feb. 27: Russian National Orchestra
March 3: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
March 11: New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
March 31: The Pablo Ziegler Quartet for New Tango
April 6: Garrick Ohlsson, piano
April 8: “FELA! The Broadway Musical in Concert”
April 16: Doc Severinsen with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
April 30: Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra: Avi Avital and Beethoven’s Eroica


Love’s Jazz & Arts Center

2510 N. 24th St. Information: 402-502-5291; lovesjazzartcenter.org


The Master Singers

First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St. Information: 402-937-1764; mastersingersomaha.com
Dec. 6: “Jazz to the World 6,” a cappella holiday tunes
April 3: “My Girl,” celebrating the greatest female pop and jazz songwriters of our time
June 19: “Hot Fun in the Summertime 6,” a cappella rock hits


Nebraska Chamber Players

NET Studios, 1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln. Information: 402-429-8227; nebraskachamberplayers.org
Sept. 25, 27: Blumer, Premru, Poulenc and Goehr, with Jefferson Campbell, bassoon, and Scott Anderson, trombone
Oct. 30, Nov. 1: Damase, Debussy, Jolivet, Alwyn and Baldwin, with Kathleen Wychulis, harp
Feb. 5, 7: Martinu, Pierne, Brittain, Williams and Persichetti
April 1, 3: “Poems of John Neihardt” by Christian Ellenwood, with Brian Leeper, baritone
May 1: Special concert with Ed Polochick, piano, maestro of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra


Nebraska Jazz Orchestra

The Cornhusker Marriott, 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-477-8446; artsincorporated.org/njo
Oct. 9: “Big Bad Bass Bone” with Matt Erickson, bass trombone
Nov. 21: "Keyed Up” with Tom Larson, piano
Jan. 23: “Learning From the Master” with Kelly Rossum, trumpet
April 17: “Left Coast Swing”


Nebraska Wind Symphony

Information: 402-216-0325; nebraskawindsymphony.com
Oct. 1: Nebraska Wind Symphony Brass in Concert at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church
Nov. 15: “People and Places,” featuring vocalist Mary Carrick and the Omaha Percussion Society, at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
Nov. 26: “Making Spirits Bright” at Holland Performing Arts Center
Feb. 28: “Mad About Marches,” featuring Middle School All-Star Percussionists, at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
April 17: “Color of Music” at UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
June 26: Summer Concert with the Nebraska Wind Symphony Swingtones Big Band at Stinson Park, Aksarben Village
July 4: Fourth of July Concert with the Swingtones at Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 156th Street and Giles Road


Omaha Academy Choir

Information: 402-598-1595; oachoir2010@gmail.com

Omaha Chamber Music Society

Information: 402-960-6943; omahachambermusic.org

Eko Nova Concert Series
Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.
Sept. 21: “Night Visions,” featuring Maria Harding, flute; Katie Wychulis, harp; Brian Sherwood, viola
Nov. 30: arx duo , featuring percussionists Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney


Omaha Chamber Singers

Information: 402-697-0942; omahachambersingersonline.org


Omaha Conservatory of Music

3504 S. 108th St. Information: 402-932-4978; omahacm.org


Omaha Performing Arts

Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Information: 402-345-0606; omahaperformingarts.org
Oct. 16: Celebrate 10 Concert starring Kristin Chenoweth
Oct. 17: Holland Stages Festival featuring classical musician Daniel Bernard in an impromptu concert
Nov. 13: Ramsey Lewis Electric Band
Nov. 15: Brian Setzer Orchestra “Christmas Rocks!”
Nov. 19: Vienna Boys Choir: “Christmas in Vienna”
Dec. 2: A Celtic Tenors Christmas
Dec. 2: Cyrus Chestnut Trio: “A Jazzy Christmas”*
Dec. 4: Michael McDonald: “This Christmas — An Evening of Holiday and Hits”
Dec. 6: “Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas” featuring the Salem Baptist Church choir
Jan. 30: Shemekia Copeland*
Feb. 4: Gregory Porter
Feb. 26: The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet “Tribute to Dave Brubeck”
Feb. 28: Jane Lynch: “See Jane Sing”
March 4: Matt Whipkey*
March 5: Cyrille Aimee*
March 10: Mavis Staples with special guest Nick Lowe
March 12: Dee Dee Bridgewater and Irvin Mayfield with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
April 29: Ester Rada*
May 6: James Tormé*
May 12: Engelbert Humperdinck
May 17: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott
May 19: Under the Streetlamp
May 20: Kevin Eubanks*

* Indicates performance in the Scott Recital Hall.


Omaha Symphony

Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Information: 402-342-3560; omahasymphony.org

Masterworks
Sept. 18-19: Brahms’s 3rd Symphony, with Hawthorne String Quartet
Nov. 6-7: Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” with Judith Clurman, chorusmaster, soloists and Omaha Symphonic Chorus
Jan. 22-23: “Russian Music Festival” with Gleb Ivanov, piano, and Caroline Goulding, violin
Feb. 19-20: “French Masterpieces” with Jacques Lacombe, conductor, and Benjamin Hochman, piano
March 18-19: “Schubert & Bruckner: Unfinished Symphonies”
April 22-23: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Andrew Grams, conductor, and Augustin Hadelich, violin
June 3-4: “Scheherazade” with Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin

Pops
Oct. 3-4: “The Best of Sinatra” with Clint Holmes
Dec. 12-20: Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration
Jan. 30-31: “Now Playing on Broadway”
March 5-6: “Celtic Journey”
April 2-3: “The Way You Look Tonight: Romantic Music of Gershwin, Porter & Kern”
April 30-may 1: The Oak Ridge Boys

Rocks
Oct. 24: “Keyboard Kings: Music of Elton John, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Carole King”
Feb. 6: “’70s Top 40: Music of the Eagles, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac and More”
April 9: “Latin Pop Revolution”
May 7: “The Music of Whitney Houston”

Movie music
Nov. 28: “Star Trek”
Feb. 13: “A Celebration of Spielberg & Williams”
May 28: “Superheroes! Music From Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, The Avengers and More”

Family
Oct. 25: “Symphony Spooktacular”
Jan. 17: “Places to Go & Things to See”
Feb. 21: “Call of the Wild”
April 24: “Peter and the Wolf” with Ballet Nebraska

Special concerts
Sept. 20: International Friendship Concert with the Shizuoka Philharmonic
Nov. 15: Handel’s “Messiah” with 500-voice high school chorus
May 14: Omaha Symphony Gala celebrating 95 years

Symphony Joslyn
Performances at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.
Sept. 27: Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto with Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin
Nov. 22: Mozart’s Prague Symphony with Ari Pelto, conductor, and Patrick Pfister, trombone
Jan. 10: “I Hear America Singing” with Christopher Burchett, baritone
Feb. 28: Schubert’s 5th Symphony with Maria Harding, flute
April 17: “Sacred Conversation” with Résonance, a professional chorus
May 22: Beethoven’s 1st Symphony with Carmelo Galante, clarinet, and James Compton, bassoon


Omaha Symphonic Chorus

Information: 402-398-1766; omaha symphonicchorus.org
Nov. 6: Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” with Omaha Symphony at Holland Performing Arts Center
Dec. 4, 6: 20th annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The Moving Company and the Nebraska Wesleyan University Chorus at St. Cecilia Cathedral
March 13: Beethoven’s “Mass in C” at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St.
April 30: “Illusions II” at Grace University


Omaha Symphonic Winds

Performances at Papillion-La Vista South High School, 10799 Highway 370. Information: 402-575-8220; omahasymphonicwinds.org
Oct. 18: Concert
March 6: Concert
April 24: Concert


Orchestra Omaha

Information: 402-681-4791; orchestraomaha.org
Oct. 4: “Pictures, Cameos & Vignettes” with Stanley Sharp, cello, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 324 S. Jackson St., Papillion
Nov. 8: “The Magic of Opera” with Shelby VanNordstrand, soprano, and Jacob Bartlett, baritone, at First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St.
Feb. 7: “Omaha’s Musical Heritage” with winners of Young Artists Competition at Salem Baptist Church, 3131 Lake St.
March 13: Collaborative Concert with Grace University at First United Methodist Church
April 24: “Dancing Through Time” with Dr. Boban Martic, piano, at Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.
TBA: Summer Pops Concert at Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St.


The Pathfinder Chorus

Information: pathfinderchorus.org
Dec. 19: Annual Christmas benefit concerts in Fremont (afternoon) and Omaha (evening)
April 1-2: Annual show at Fremont High School


River City Mixed Chorus

Information: 402-341-7464; rcmc.org
Dec. 12-13: “Of Wonder & Whimsy” at First Central Congregational Church, 421 S. 36th St.
June 18: “On With the Show” at Holland Performing Arts Center


University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Music

Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St. Information: 402-554-3411; unomaha.edu/music
Sept. 9: Petite Musique recital: John Klinghammer, Christi Zuniga
Sept. 12: Faculty recital: Maverick Ensemble, Ka Man “Melody” Ng, piano
Sept. 19: Saulé Lithuania Folk Ensemble
Sept. 27: Schola Cantoribus of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Oct. 1: Rawlins Piano Trio
Oct. 4: Faculty recital: Dr. Wayne Kallstrom, organ
Oct. 6: Heartland Community Flute Choir
Oct. 8: Petite Musique recital: I the Siren & Zephyrus, Anthony Donofrio
Oct. 9: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Band
Oct. 10: Choral concert
Oct. 13: Chamber Orchestra
Oct. 15: Classical Indian recital featuring Melharmonic Music ta-ki-Ta Trio
Oct. 25, 27: “Children’s Haunt-cert,” Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra
April 29, 30: Karrin Allyson, UNO Jazz Ensemble and Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra


Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Concert Series

113 N. 18th St. Information: 402-342-7010; trinityepiscopal.org
Oct. 23: New York Polyphony
Jan. 21: Robert Delcamp, organ
May 12: Cathedra, resident vocal ensemble at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.


Vesper Concerts

Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Information: 402-333-7466; vesperconcerts.org
Sept. 13: Thomas Kluge, viola, and Stacie Haneline, piano
Oct. 11: Rangbrook Ensemble
Nov. 8: Karina Brazas, soprano, and Hal France, piano
Jan. 24: Susanna Gilmore and friends
Feb. 6: Winning compositions from the Youth Composes contest
April 3: The American Chamber Players
May 15: Bill Ritchie and friends


Voices of Omaha

Information: voicesofomaha.org
Nov. 22: 47th annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Holland Performing Arts Center



Be prepared for fancy footwork — both modern and classical — on area stages in coming days.
“Blaze,” a street-dance show, will come to Omaha on March 3, with music by Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and more.
For a more traditional experience, try Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty,” performed on Jan. 23 by the Moscow Festival Ballet. This ageless show has it all: fairy-tale princesses, evil witches and the triumph of true love.
And New York choreographer David Parsons — who was raised down the road in Kansas City — brings his Parsons Dance company to Lincoln’s Lied Center on April 2. — Betsie Freeman

Dance: Sweeping beauty and funky fun

Ballet Nebraska

Information: 402-541-6946; balletnebraska.org
Oct. 2: “Cleopatra,” Orpheum Theater
Nov. 22: “The Nutcracker,” Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College
Dec. 5-6: “The Nutcracker,” Orpheum Theater
April 1: “Momentum: Go West!” Joslyn Art Museum
April 3: “Momentum: Go West!” Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College

Chomari Ballet Folklorico Mexicano

El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St. Information: 402-731-1137; elmuseolatino.org
Spring performance to be announced.


Creighton University Dance

Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza. Information: 402-280-2509: creighton.edu/ccas/fineandperformingarts
Dec. 2-5: “The Nutcracker”
Dec. 6: “The Nutcracker” at Wilson Center for the Performing Arts in Red Oak, Iowa
April 7-10: “Vive Paris”


Des Moines Performing Arts

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Information: 515-246-2300; desmoines performingarts.org
Nov. 10: Pilobolus
Feb. 11: Jessica Lang Dance
April 21: River North Dance Chicago


Ever After Productions

Information: 402-551-4200; nutcrackerdelights.com
Dec. 4-6; 9-13: “Nutcracker Delights” (at Bellevue Little Theatre, 203 W. Mission Ave.)


Lied Center for the Performing Arts

12th and R Streets, Lincoln. Information: 402-472-4747; liedcenter.org
Dec. 2: Erik Kaiel: Duets
Feb. 5: Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo
April 2: Parsons Dance
April 19: Moscow Festival Ballet: “Romeo and Juliet”


The Moving Company

Information: 402-554-2670


Omaha Performing Arts

Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Information: 402-345-0606; omahaperformingarts.org
Nov. 5: “Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined”
Nov. 12: “Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk”
Jan. 23: “The Sleeping Beauty” featuring Moscow Festival Ballet
Feb. 25: Dance Theatre of Harlem
March 3: “Blaze”


It’s finally fall, that time when the movies stop and film begins.
In addition to all the intriguing-looking cinema hitting screens this autumn, local theaters and groups will be hosting several special events. A few to look out for: the second Scream in the Dark Film Festival, Omaha’s own fest spotlighting independent horror, sci-fi and other genre movies; and the screening of 2009’s “Star Trek” with a live score performance by Omaha Symphony. — Micah Mertes

Film: Hit a screen for gems and screams

Film Streams

14th and Mike Fahey Streets. Information: 402-933-0259; filmstreams.org
Sept. 4-10: “Blade Runner”
Sept. 6: “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”
Sept. 11-17: “The Look of Silence”
Sept. 18: Alloy Orchestra plays “The General”
Oct. 3, 7: The Met: Live in HD performance of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”


Omaha Film Festival

Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St. Information: omahafilmfestival.org
March 8-13: Founded in 2005, the festival screens full-length features and documentaries, plus live-action and animated shorts. A screenwriting contest and filmmaker seminars are also part of the festival. A popular draw each year: short films with Nebraska ties. Deadline to submit a film: Nov. 16.


Omaha Symphony

Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Information: 402-342-3560; omahasymphony.org
Nov. 28: “Star Trek” (2009) with a live score performed by the Symphony


Scream in the Dark Film Festival

Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 202 S. 20th St. Information: screaminthedarkomaha.com
Oct. 16-18: The second annual festival celebrates independent horror, sci-fi, suspense and fantasy movies with screenings of both feature-length and short films, many with local ties. Guests will include actress Leslie Easterbrook (“The Devil’s Rejects”), film composer Timothy Andrew Edwards, actress Teri McMinn (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) and actor John Dugan (“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”).


Prairie Lights Film Festival

Grand Theatre, 316 W. Third St., Grand Island, Nebraska. Information: prairielightsfilmfest.com
Oct. 16-18: The festival, in its third year, features Nebraska-made films by Nebraska filmmakers. This year’s lineup will include more than 20 world premieres.


Opera Omaha is offering a gold mine to fans this season.
Giacomo Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” will be performed for the first time in Omaha on Feb. 12 and 14. The 1910 opera — the story of a female barkeep who’s involved in a love triangle during the California gold rush — is less frequently presented than many of Puccini’s other pieces. — Betsie Freeman

Opera: Puccini goes west

Opera Omaha

Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Information: 402-345-0606; operaomaha.org
Sept. 12: Opera Outdoors, Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.
Oct. 14, 18: “The Barber of Seville”
Feb. 12, 14: “La Fanciulla del West”
April 8, 10: “Semele”


Hip-hop, pop, classic rock, folk and plenty more will grace stages in and around Omaha this fall.
They’ll be at venues of all sizes — and one brand new arena.
Cheap Trick will be the first concert at Baxter Arena, the brand new home of UNO athletics. Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Billy Idol and Mötley Crüe will also bring classic rock to the area.
At CenturyLink Center Omaha, we’ll see Elton John’s last hurrah as well as a two-night stand from the reigning queen of pop, Taylor Swift. Down the highway at Pinnacle Bank Arena, expect big crowds for country acts Shania Twain and Darius Rucker.
Indie rock and folk acts will grace local clubs with Justin Townes Earle playing Slowdown and a rare solo performance from The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle coming to Vega in Lincoln.
Hip-hop shows will be represented by a cadre of ’90s acts including Salt-N-Pepa and Kool Moe Dee hitting Stir Cove in Council Bluffs. — Kevin Coffey

Pop music: You can’t shake off this lineup

Baxter Arena

2425 S. 67th St. Information: 402-554-6200; baxterarena.com
Oct. 27: Alvin and the Chipmunks
Nov. 20: Cheap Trick


Bourbon Theatre

1415 O St., Lincoln. Information: bourbontheatre.com
Sept. 5: Blackalicious
Sept. 25: Reverend Horton Heat
Oct. 8: Los Lonely Boys
Nov. 9: Machine Head


CenturyLink Center Omaha

455 N. 10th St. Information: 402-341-1500; centurylinkcenteromaha.com
Sept. 25: John Michael Montgomery
Sept. 26: Dan + Shay
Oct. 3: Elton John
Oct. 9, 10: Taylor Swift
Oct. 30: Janet Jackson


Holland Performing Arts Center

1200 Douglas St. Information: 402-345-0606; ticketomaha.com
Oct. 17: Holland Stages Festival featuring Bright Eyes
Nov. 9: Don Williams
Dec. 29: Jim Brickman
March 14: R5


Mid-America Center

1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs. Information: 712-323-0536; midamericacenter.com
Sept. 17: Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach
Nov. 18: Trans-Siberian Orchestra


Orpheum Theater

409 S. 16th St. Information: 402-345-0606; ticketomaha.com
Oct. 28: Sufjan Stevens


Pinewood Bowl

3201 S. Coddington Ave., Lincoln. Information: pinewoodbowltheater.com
Sept. 11: Hozier
Sept. 25: ZZ Top


Pinnacle Bank Arena

400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln. Information: 402-904-4444; pinnaclebankarena.com
Sept. 24: Shania Twain
Oct. 11: Def Leppard
Oct. 16: Darius Rucker
Dec. 4: Mötley Crüe


Ralston Arena

7300 Q St., Ralston. Information: 402-934-9966; ralstonarena.com
Sept. 11: Warrant, Great White
Oct. 7: America’s Got Talent Live
Oct. 11: Chris Tomlin
Oct. 30: MercyMe


Reverb

6121 Maple St. Information: 402-884-5707; reverblounge.com
Sept. 11: Buck Bowen
Oct. 30: Mitch Gettman
Nov. 12: Low


Slowdown

729 N. 14th St. Information: 402-345-7569; theslowdown.com
Sept. 17: The Mynabirds
Sept. 27: Justin Townes Earle
Oct. 18: David Cook
Nov. 11: Lucero
Nov. 28: The Good Life
April 3: Gary Clark Jr.


Sokol Auditorium

2234 S. 13th St. Information: 402-346-9802; sokolunderground.com
Sept. 2: Avatar
Sept. 23: Tech N9ne
Sept. 26: Aer
Sept. 29: Epica
Sept. 30: Funk Volume Tour
Oct. 6: Seether
Oct. 22: Sevendust
Oct. 25: Danzig
Oct. 28: Timeflies
Oct. 30: Chase Rice


Stir Cove

One Harrah’s Boulevard, Council Bluffs. Information: stircove.com
Aug. 29: Slightly Stoopid
Sept. 10: Billy Idol
Sept. 18: Little Big Town
Sept 25: Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kool Moe Dee, Kid ’n Play


Sumtur Amphitheater

11691 S. 108th St. Information: sumtur.org
Sept. 23: twenty one pilots


Vega

350 Canopy St. Suite 220, Lincoln. Information: 402-805-4785; vegalincoln.com
Sept. 10: The Mountain Goats
Sept. 17: Scru Face Jean
Oct. 21: Brooks Wheelan
Nov. 17: Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon


The Waiting Room Lounge

6212 Maple St. Information: 402-884-5353; waitingroomlounge.com
Sept. 10: Desaparecidos
Sept. 30: Dweezil Zappa
Oct. 19: Toro y Moi
Oct. 26: of Montreal
Nov. 16: Andrea Gibson
Nov. 19: Iris DeMent
Nov. 21: FUZZ
Dec. 3: The English Beat
April 21: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors


Garrison Keillor will return to Omaha for an afternoon chat at the Holland Center. Hang out with the “Prairie Home Companion” host on Valentine’s Day.
Other talks will take viewers around the globe. The National Geographic series, held at the Holland, will feature talks with animal photographer Steve Winter as well as astrobiologist Kevin Hand. — Andrea Kszystyniak

Speakers: Get ready to talk it up

College of St. Mary

700 Mercy Road. Information: 402-399-2400; csm.edu
Sept. 10: “Doris Stevens: Omaha’s Forgotten Suffrage Leader,” presented by Sally Bisson-Best
Sept. 16: Dr. Janet Ruffing, “Love Mysticism: Relic of the Past or Contemporary Reality?”
Oct. 4: Sister Lucy Kurien, “A Heroine’s Journey of Hope and Healing,” at Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St.
Dec. 5: Dr. Aline Paris, “Advent Waiting & The Saint John’s Bible”


Creighton University

2500 California Plaza. Information: 402-280-1111; creighton.edu
Sept. 25: Steve Moore at Harper Center
Feb. 4: Holly Schapker Adsum, “Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality,” at Lied Center


Holland Performing Arts Center

1200 Douglas St. Information: 402-345-0606; ticketomaha.com
Sept. 24: Dale Ho, “Your Voting Rights, 50 Years After Selma”
Oct. 1: 20th Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities featuring David Reynolds
Feb. 14: An Afternoon With Garrison Keillor

National Geographic live speaker series
Feb. 2: “On the Trail of Big Cats” with photographer Steve Winter
March 8: “Untamed Wild” with photographer Corey Richards
April 12: “The Search for Life Beyond Earth” with astrobiologist Kevin Hand


Lied Center for the Performing Arts

301 N. 12th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-472-4747; liedcenter.org

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues
Sept. 15: Jose Antonio Vargas
Oct. 6: Bill McKibben
Jan. 19: Wes Moore
Feb. 2: Sheryl Wudunn


University of Nebraska at Omaha

6001 Dodge St. Information: 402-554-2800; unomaha.edu
Sept. 14: Constitution Day Lecture
Nov. 3: Dr. John Lyden, “Watching Movies, Seeing Transcendence: Film as a Site of Interfaith Encounter”
March 10: Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights


Live theater in Omaha for the coming season is like a brand-new baby — full of promise and poised for some important firsts.
The Blue Barn Theatre will present its first play of the season, “The Grown-Up,” in its just-completed building south of downtown. A ribbon-cutting for the theater at 10th and Pacific Streets is scheduled for Sept. 10.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha theater department will stage the world premiere of “Japanese Ghosts & Demons” as a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the College of Communications, Fine Arts and Media and the new UNO School of the Arts. It also will mark the 50th anniversary of Omaha’s sister city relationship with Shizuoka, Japan. UNO will commission a Japanese-American playwright to adapt folktales into the play.
A couple of world premieres are in the lineup at the Rose Theater: “Pete the Cat: The Musical” and “Sherlock Holmes & the First Baker Street Irregular.” The Rose also will expand its pre-kindergarten programs.
Omaha Performing Arts, meanwhile, will present the new-to-Omaha “Kinky Boots” at the Orpheum as part of its Broadway series. The Harvey Fierstein-Cyndi Lauper musical won a Tony Award in 2013.
The Omaha Community Playhouse will offer cutting-edge fare with “Beertown,” “Caroline, or Change” and “City of Angels.” — Betsie Freeman

Theater: Shows to play out in some big ways

Aetherplough

Information: 402-690-2882; aetherplough.com
Season events, venues to be announced.


The Arts Center

Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs. Information: 712-388-7140; artscenter.iwcc.edu
Oct. 22: L.A. Theatre Works Presents “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
Feb. 14: “Rock Legends” with Billy McGuigan
March 12: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites”
April 9: “Frank Ferrante in An Evening With Groucho”


Bellevue Little Theatre

203 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue. Information: 402-291-1554; bellevuelittletheatre.com
Sept. 11-27: “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”
Nov. 6-22: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Feb. 12-28: “Best of Friends”
April 8-24: “Nunsense A-Men”
May 20-June 5: “Red, White and Tuna”


Blue Barn Theatre

1106 S. 10th St. Information: 402-345-1576; bluebarn.org
Sept. 24-Oct. 18: “The Grown-Up”
Oct. 21-Nov. 14: Out of the Blue: “Walk the Night,” immersive theater with Shakespearean ghost tale, 3837 Cuming St.
Nov. 27-Dec. 20: “Little Nelly’s Naughty Noël”
Feb. 4-28: “Frost/Nixon”
March 24-April 17: “The Christians”
May 9-June 19: “Heathers — The Musical”


Brigit St. Brigit Theatre

Information: 402-502-4910; bsbtheatre.com
Four productions at various venues, including Irish festival in February.


Broadway Series

Omaha Performing Arts, Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Information: 402-345-0606; omahaperformingarts.org
Oct. 20-25: “Kinky Boots”
Nov. 17-22: “Dirty Dancing”
Dec. 8-13: “The Wizard of Oz”
Feb. 16-21: “Newsies”
March 15-20: “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella”
April 20-May 1: “The Phantom of the Opera”
May 31-June 5: “The Book of Mormon”


Chanticleer Theater

830 Franklin Ave., Council Bluffs. Information: 712-323-9955; chanticleertheater.com
Sept. 11-20: “Guys and Dolls Jr.”
Oct. 23-Nov. 1: “Dracula”
Jan. 8-17: “Children of a Lesser God”
March 11-20: “Sweeney Todd”
May 13-22: “Mary Poppins”


Circle Theatre

First United Methodist Church, 7020 Cass St. Information: 402-553-4715; circletheatreomaha.org
Oct. 16-31: “Yankee Tavern”
Dec. 4-Dec. 19: “Maria and the Mouse King”
Feb. 12-Feb. 27: “The Gin Game” at Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson St.
June 10-June 25: “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”


Concordia University Theatre

Music Center, 800 N. Columbia Ave., Seward, Neb. Information: 800-535-5494; cune.edu/arts
Sept. 25: “IMPROVables,” Studio Theatre, Music Center
Nov. 6-15: “Lost in Yonkers,” Weller Auditorium
Dec. 12: “IMPROVables,” Studio Theatre, Music Center


Creighton University Theatre

Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza. Information: 402-280-1448; creighton.edu/ccas/fineandperformingarts
Oct. 1-4: “Stage of the Art”
Oct. 30-Nov. 8: “Sunday in the Park With George”
Feb. 24-28: “Tom Jones”


Des Moines Performing Arts

Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines. Information: 515-246-2300; desmoinesperformingarts.org
Sept. 15-20: “Dirty Dancing”
Oct. 23-25: “The Illusionists”
Nov. 28-Dec. 5: “The Bridges of Madison County”
Dec. 15-20: “The Wizard of Oz”
Jan. 12-17: “Newsies”
Feb. 2-7: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
March 1-6: “Cabaret”
March 18-20: “Riverdance”
April 15-17: “Annie”
April 20: Sutton Foster in concert
May 3-8: “The Book of Mormon”


Elkhorn Community Theatre

Elkhorn High School, 1401 Veterans Drive. Information: 402-289-2329; elkhorncommunitytheatre.com
Feb. 11-13: “Back to Broadway” at The Grand Reserve, 3535 Piney Creek Drive
Summer show to be announced.


Florentine Players

Florence City Hall, 2864 State St. Information: 402-359-1203
May: Annual melodrama


Iowa Western Community College Theatre

The Arts Center, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs. Information: 402-388-7140; artscenter.iwcc.edu
Nov 5-14: “BOOM”
March 3-12: “The Awesome 80s Prom”


Lied Center for Performing Arts

301 N. 12th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-472-4747; liedcenter.org
Sept. 24-25: “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Oct. 23: L.A. Theatre Works Presents “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
Oct. 29-Nov. 1: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
Nov. 5-12: “The Things They Carried”
Feb. 12-13: “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat”
Feb. 19-20: “Flashdance: The Musical”
March 10-20: “Puddin’ and the Grumble”
March 15-17: “Riverdance”
April 7-10: “The Actors’ Gang: The Exonerated”
April 14: “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!”
April 21-22: “Annie”
April 29: “Whose Live Anyway?”


Lincoln Community Playhouse

2500 S. 56th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-489-7529; lincolnplayhouse.com
Sept. 18-Oct. 4: “Sister Act”
Nov. 6-8: “You Can’t Take It With You”
Dec. 4-20: “Peter Pan”
Jan. 15-24: “Lower Case”
Feb. 12-21: “Anne of Green Gables”
April 1-10: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
May 13-22: “Catch Me If You Can”


Lofte Community Theatre

Nebraska Highway 1, east of Manley, Neb. Information: 402-234-2553; lofte.com
Through Sept. 13: “Proof”
Oct. 10-25: “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”
Dec. 5-20: “Dear Santa”
2016 season to be announced later.


Mahoney Park

Kountze Memorial Theatre, Mahoney State Park, Ashland, Neb. Information: 402-944-2523, ext. 7122.
Through Oct. 18: “Dangerous Waters”
Winter plays and summer melodramas to be announced later.


Midland University

900 N. Clarkson St., Fremont, Neb. Information: 402-941-6399; midlandu.edu/arts
Oct. 8-11: “The Good Doctor”
Nov. 12-15: “Once on This Island”
Jan. 21-24: “Damn Yankees”
Jan. 28-31: “Quilters”
April 7-10: “Shades of Shakespeare”
April 28-May 1: “Aida”


Nebraska Shakespeare

Elmwood Park, south of UNO bell tower, 6001 Dodge St. Information: 402-280-2391; nebraskashakespeare.com
June 23-26; July 6, 8, 10: “The Taming of the Shrew”
June 30-July 3; July 5, 7, 9: “Macbeth”


Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre

51st Street and Huntington Avenue, Lincoln. Information: 402-465-2384; nebrwesleyan.edu
Sept. 17-27: “August: Osage County”
Oct. 2-11: “Suddenly Last Summer”
Oct. 29-Nov. 8: “Thoroughly Modern Millie”
Nov. 12-22: “It’s Only a Play”
Dec. 3-13: “A Christmas Carol”
Feb. 11-27: “Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief”
Feb. 18-28: “Othello”
March 17-April 3: “Illyria”
April 7-17: “Mrs. Shakespeare”
April 20-May 1: “Kiss Me Kate”
April 21-May 1: “The Taming of the Shrew”


Omaha Community Playhouse

6915 Cass St. Information: 402-553-0800; omahaplayhouse.com
Hawks Mainstage
Sept. 18-Oct. 18: “Man of La Mancha”
Nov. 20-Dec. 23: “A Christmas Carol”
Jan 22-Feb. 14: “Love, Loss and What I Wore”
March 4-April 3: “City of Angels”
April 15-May 8: “Calendar Girls”
May 27-June 26: “The Producers”

Howard Drew Theatre
Through Sept. 13: “Mauritius”
Oct. 16-Nov. 15: “Beertown”
Nov. 27-Dec. 31: “Yesterday and Today”
Feb. 12-March 20: “Caroline, or Change”
May 6-June 5: “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods”
June 10-26: “Rave On: The Buddy Holly Experience”


Omaha Performing Arts

Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.; Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Information: 402-345-0606; omahaperformingarts.org
Oct. 22-23: “One-Man Breaking Bad,” Holland Center, Scott Recital Hall
Feb. 27: “Mummenschanz: The Musicians of Silence,” Orpheum
April 8: “Mark Twain Tonight!” with Hal Holbrook, Holland Center
April 13: “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” Orpheum
May 5: “Wild Kratts — Live!” Orpheum
June 2-5: “Dixie’s Tupperware Party,” Holland Center, Scott Recital Hall


Omaha Theater Compnay

Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St. Information: 402-345-4849; rosetheater.org

Main season
Sept. 11-27: “Pete the Cat: The Musical”
Oct. 9-25: “Ivy + Bean: The Musical”
Oct. 26-Nov. 14: “A Palette of Possibility”
Nov. 6-22: “Sherlock Holmes & the First Baker Street Irregular”
Dec. 4-27: “Peter & the Starcatcher”
Jan. 9-30: “A Child’s Garden of Verses”
Jan. 22-31: “The Lightning Thief”
Feb. 26-March 13: “Plastic Drastic”
March 25-April 10: “Honk! The Musical”
April 22-May 8: “Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play: The Musical”
June 3-19: “The Little Mermaid”

Teens 'n' Theater at The Rose
Sept. 10-13: “Zink: The Myth, the Legend, the Zebra”
Oct. 8-11: “Treasure Island”
Feb. 5-8: Pride Players 17
March 3-6: Young, Gifted & Black
April 7-10: Broken Mirror 16
April 28-May 1: Young Playwrights Festival 21


Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre

Sumtur Amphitheater, 108th Street south of Highway 370. Information: plvct.org
July 2016: Musical to be announced


Performing Artists Repertory Theatre

Crossroads Mall, 7400 Dodge St. Information: 402-706-0778; performingartistsrepertorytheatre.org
Sept. 11-Oct. 24: “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
Oct. 1-4: “Rocky Horror Show” at Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 3321 S. 72nd St.


Ralston Community Theatre

Ralston Performing Arts Centre, 8969 Park Drive. Information: 402-898-3545; ralstoncommunitytheatre.com
July 8-24: Summer show to be announced


Shelterbelt Theatre

3225 California St. Information: 402-341-2757; shelterbelt.org
Oct. 2-25: “The Singularity”
Jan. 22-Feb. 14: “Untitled Series #7: A Comedy”
April 15-May 8: “The Feast”
July 8-31: “Shattering the Glass: A Celebration of Omaha Women in Theatre”


Snap Productions

3225 California St. Information: 402-341-2757; snapproductions.com
Through Sept. 13: “In the Bones”
Nov. 12-Dec. 6: “Mama’s Girls”
March 3-27: “Cock”
May 26-June 9: “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England”


Tada Productions

701 P St., Suite 203, Lincoln. Information: 402-438-8232; tadatheatre.info
Oct. 15-Nov. 1: “The Addams Family”
Nov. 20-21: “A Taste of Wine and Broadway”
Dec. 3-13: “Lend Me a Tenor”
Jan. 8-9: “Stand-Up Comedy Cabaret”
Feb. 4-14: “Forever Plaid”
March 3-6: “Don’t Touch That Dial”
April 21-May 1: “Man of La Mancha”


University of Nebraska-Lincoln Theatre

Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, 12th and R Streets, Lincoln. Information: 402-472-4747; unl.edu/theatrearts
Main Season
Oct. 8-18: “Dancing at Lughnasa”
Nov. 12-22: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”
March 3-13: “Blithe Spirit”
April 7-17: “She Kills Monsters”

Special events
Oct. 1-4: “Facing East”
Dec. 3-6: “Mary’s Wedding”


University of Nebraska at Omaha Theatre

Weber Fine Arts Building, 6001 Dodge St. Information: 402-554-7529; unotheatre.com
Sept. 30-Oct. 10: “Dracula”
Nov. 18-Dec. 5: “The Three-Penny Opera”
Feb. 24-March 5: “Cloud 9”
April 13-23: “Japanese Ghosts and Demons”


Wilson Performing Arts Center

300 Commerce Drive, Red Oak, Iowa. Information: 712-623-3135; wilsonartscenter.org
Sept. 24-27: “Nunsense II”
Nov. 5-8: “Never Too Late”
Feb. 18-21: “Steel Magnolias”
April 21-24: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
June 10-19: “State Fair”


Joslyn Art Museum has made some major shifts in recent years — free general admission, a new contemporary art gallery, an interactive center for kids — but it returns to its bread and butter this fall with “Go West! Art of the American Frontier From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,” a temporary exhibition that should play nicely with the substantial amount of Western art in the museum’s permanent collection.
At Kaneko, “Design in Motion” celebrates the innovative and occasionally iconic designs of cars, bikes, boats and other mobile objects. In Lincoln, the Sheldon Museum of Art presents several timely exhibitions organized around the theme of social justice, including photographer Gordon Parks’ “Segregation Story,” a series of images commissioned by Life magazine in 1956.
Looking ahead to 2016, a couple of dates to circle: In March, the Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University will present a new show of work by the late Omaha artist Kent Bellows, and next June, fiber arts legend (and Hastings native) Sheila Hicks gets a much-deserved retrospective at Joslyn — the first major exhibition of the artist’s work in her home state. — Casey Logan

Visual arts: Exhibits ought to get you moving

Anderson O’Brien Fine Art

1108 Jackson St. Information: 402-884-0911; aobfineart.com
Sept. 11-Oct. 4: Lisa Tubach
Oct. 9-Nov. 2: Joseph Broghammer


ARTitudes

Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St. Information: 402-943-9221; facebook.com/ARTitudesNebraska
Nov. 21: Fifth annual “Bling in the Holidays” fine art and gift event


Artsarben

Stinson Park, 67th and Center Streets. Information: artsarben.com
Sept. 26-27: Fourth annual festival with art marketplace, entertainment and more


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts

724 S. 12th St. Information: 402-341-7130; bemiscenter.org
Through Oct. 10: “#BemisPainters, 1982–2015”
Through Oct. 10: “Brandon Ballengée: Collapse”
Through Oct. 10: “Fallen Fruit: Power of People, Power of Place”
Sept. 10: “Taking Lena Home,” film screening with artist Alexandra Grant
Nov. 21: 17th Annual Bemis Center Art Auction


Bancroft Street Market

2702 S. 10th St. Information: 402-651-2327; bancroftstreetmarket.com
Sept. 18-20, Sept. 26-27, Oct. 2: UNO Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) art show


Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

575 E St., David City, Neb. Information: 402-367-4488; bonecreek.org
Through Sept. 14: “Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now, Tomorrow”
Sept. 30-Jan. 3: “A Feeling of Humanity: Western Art From the Ken Ratner Collection”
Jan. 13-May 8: “Hal Holoun: Revisiting the Sublime Landscape”


The Burkholder Project

719 P St., Lincoln. Information: 402-477-3305; burkholderproject.com
Oct. 1-31: “The Dark and Stormy” by Anne Burkholder


Carver Bank

2416 Lake St. Information: 402-933-6624; bemiscenter.org/carverbank
Sept. 18: “A Call to Respond” Community Arts Festival, hosted by Chikadebia Ebirim


CHOICE Custom Framing & Gallery

5905 Maple St. Information: 402-505-6666; choice-benson.com
Oct. 2: “TOYS New & Used” by J.J. Carroll, celebrating childhood artifacts
Dec. 4: “Nap Time” by Tim McEvoy
Feb. 5: Original production animation celluloids
May 17: “Oz,” group show celebrating artwork inspired by the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”


College of St. Mary

Hillmer Art Gallery, 700 Mercy Road. Information: 402-399-2400; csm.edu
Sept. 11: “An Evening of Culture: Alumnae & Community Art Exhibit”
Oct. 26-Dec. 18: Rev. Don Doll, photography


Connect Gallery

3901 Leavenworth St. Information: 402-991-8235; connectgallery.net
Sept. 2-Oct. 3: Tom Sitzman: “Sculpture as Furniture as Sculpture”
Oct. 7-31: Stuart Bay Retrospective
Nov. 4-28: Monte Kruse, photos on canvas
Dec. 2-Jan. 2: Ken Heimbuch


Fred Simon Gallery

1004 Farnam St. (lower level). Information: 402-595-2122; artscouncil.nebraska.gov
Through Sept. 18: Paul Otero
Oct. 5-Nov. 13: Lori Elliott-Bartle and Kristine Allphin
Nov. 30-Jan. 8: Nolan Tredway
Jan. 25-Mar. 4: Jordan Buschur and Byron Anway
March 21-April 29: Mary Linnea Vaughan
May 16-June 24: Shea Wilkinson
July 11-Aug. 19: Stephanie Purcell


Gallery 72

1806 Vinton St. Information: 402-496-4797; gallery72.com
Through Aug. 30: “The Artwork of John Lennon” at Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway, Suite 102
Sept. 11-Oct. 10: “Drawing Many Sides: Cartoons by Jeff Koterba”
Sept. 11-Oct. 3: “Painting Perspectives: Kristine Hansen-Cain”
Oct. 16-Nov. 14: “Corey Broman: Unknown/Audible”


Gallery 92 West

92 W. Sixth St., Fremont, Neb. Information: 402-721-7779; 92west.org
Sept. 1-27: Sheldon Statewide Exhibit; Marian High School students
Sept. 29-Oct. 25: “Child’s Play,” juried, themed show; Carolyn Holtzman, handcrafted dolls and clothes
Oct. 27-Nov. 29: Deb Groesser, paintings; “Changing Phaces,” mixed media portraits
Dec. 1-27: “An Art-Full Life: Joyce Mickelson”; Chris Bristol, paintings


Hot Shops Art Center

1301 Nicholas St. Information: 402-342-6452; hotshopsartcenter.com
Sept. 5-27: “My Dreams, My Nightmares” curated by James Freeman
Sept. 5-27: Robert DeWaele
Oct. 2-Nov. 1: “Celebracion,” Dia de los Muertos art show curated by Tearee Caswell
Oct. 3-Nov. 1: Roxanne Mullins and Madalyn Bruning; Midwest Lampworker’s Guild
Nov.6-29: Paul High Horse and Steven Tamayo
Nov.6-29: Clay show curated by Lindsay Cisco
Nov.6-29: “Alice in Wonderland” curated by Tearee Caswell
Dec. 5-27: Katrina Methot-Swanson and Judith Anthony Johnston
Dec. 5-27: Conrad Hinz and Terry Hager
Dec. 5-27: Mike Whye
Jan. 8-31: “Potluck” curated by Paula Wallace
Feb. 6-28: Carola Grabowski, “Drawing from Life” students of the Hot Shops life drawing class
April 1-May 1: OPS Art Teachers, Omaha Artists Inc.
May 7-29: Elisa Benn, Nebraska Women’s Caucus for Art
July 2-31: “Frida Kahlo” curated by Tearee Caswell, Costa Rica artists exchange


International Quilt Study Center & Museum

1523 N. 33rd St., Lincoln. Information: 402-472-6549; quiltstudy.org
Through Nov. 21: Covering the War
Through Feb. 6: “Getting to Know You”
Through Feb. 20: “Ambiguity & Enigma: Recent Quilts by Michael James”
Sept. 4-May 25: “African-American Quilts From the Cargo Collection”
Dec. 4-Aug. 23: “Favorites From the Byron and Sara Rhodes Dillow Collection”
Feb. 16-June 21: “Man Made”
March 4-May 25: “Blue Echoes: Quilts by Shizuko Koroha”


Jewish Community Center Gallery

333 S. 132nd St. Information: 402-334-8200; jccomaha.org
Sept. 1-30: “Al Rhea: Select Works From Medicine Metaphor & Butterfly Habitat Series”
Oct. 1-31: “Fiber Works: Select Works From Group Challenges”
Nov. 1-30: Richard Evnen & Kalyanee Mam: “Finding Sacredness In Cambodia”
Dec. 1-31: Bellevue Artists Association: Annual Silver Palette Show
Jan. 1-31: Studio Art Quilt Association: “Architexture”
Feb. 1-29: Omaha Artists Inc. Group Show
March 1-31: “New Works by Jim Williams & Julian Adair”
April 1-30: Institute for Holocaust Education: “Art & The Holocaust”
May 1-31: Pennie Z. Davis Child Development Center & Friedel Jewish Academy: Student Artwork
July 1-31: Midwest Fiber Art Associates: “‘Text’ ure”
Aug. 1-31, 2016: Omaha Jewish Press: “Above the Fold: Our Jewish Community in the News”
Sept. 1-30, 2016: “New Works from Russ Nordman & Jody Boyer”


Joslyn Art Museum

2200 Dodge St. Information: 402-342-3300; joslyn.org
Through Oct. 11: “Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists From Omaha to Lincoln”
Through Oct. 11: Kon Trubkovich (Riley CAP Gallery)
Through jan. 3: “My Friend Eric Rohmann” (Mind’s Eye Gallery)
Nov. 14-April 17: Brad Kahlhamer (Riley CAP Gallery)
Nov. 13: Joslyn Art Museum Association Gala
Nov. 15-April 17: “Go West! Art of the American Frontier From the Buffalo Bill Center of the West”
Dec. 4: Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Young Artist Exhibition at Kent Bellows Studio, 3303 Leavenworth St.
Dec. 12: “Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Salon: A Night of Fashion & Performance” at Joslyn Art Museum
Jan. 16-May 15: “William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood” (Mind’s Eye Gallery)
April 22: Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Young Artist Exhibition at Kent Bellows Studio
April 29: “Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Salon: A Night of Fashion & Performance” at Joslyn Art Museum
June 5-Sept. 4, 2016: “Sheila Hicks: Threads of Time”
July 29: Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Young Artist Exhibition at Kent Bellows Studio


Kaneko

1111 Jones St. Information: 402-341-3800; thekaneko.org
Sept. 18: Open Space Soirée
Sept. 22-Jan. 2: “Design in Motion”
Sept. 25: “The Great Minds Series” with J Mays, Chief Creative Officer at Ford Motor Company
Oct. 9: Community Bike Night
Oct. 22: “Feedback” reading series, featuring John Price and De Chap
Dec. 4: “Greensprints” stationary bike races
February-April: “Water”


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center

801 Third Corso, Nebraska City. Information: 402-874-9600; khncenterforthearts.org
Through Sept. 4: “Risk and Repair” by Amanda Smith, Aaron Badham
Sept. 14-Oct. 30: “Upset the Apple Cart” by Launa Bacon, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Charley Friedman, Pat Nelsen, Steve Snell
Nov. 9-Dec. 18: Current work by Sarah Berkeley


Lied Art Gallery at Creighton University

2500 California Plaza. Information: 402-280-2700, creighton.edu/ccas/fineandperformingarts/liedartgallery
Through Oct. 16: Tupac Martir and Antonio Martinez
Nov. 2-Dec. 5: “A Creighton Exhibition”
Dec. 9-10: “Empty Bowls”
Jan. 22-Feb. 28: “Holly Schapker Adsum: Works Based on Ignatian Spirituality”
March 14-April 14: “The Kent Bellows Collection”
April 22-May 8: BFA Thesis Exhibition


LUX Center for the Arts

2601 N. 48th St., Lincoln. Information: 402-466-8692; LUXcenter.org
Through Sept. 25: “Nebraska Tallgrass Prairies”
Sept. 4-Oct. 30: “Greater Nebraska Part II: About Human”
Oct. 2-Nov. 27: Lauren Mabry
Nov. 6-Dec. 24: “Wrappable” (holiday gift show)
Dec. 4-Jan. 1: “Monkey Wrench and Warble by Holly Walker”


Marxhausen Gallery of Art at Concordia university

Jesse Hall, Concordia University, 800 N. Columbia Ave., Seward, Neb. Information: 800-535-5494; cune.edu/arts
Through Oct. 3: “The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins and Fur”
Oct. 5-Nov. 4: “The Picture of... Thoughts on Portraiture and Representation from Concordia’s Permanent Collection of Art”
Nov. 8-Dec. 16: “Body-Site: The Meeting of Nature and Culture”
Jan. 11-Feb. 19: “A Ceramic Exhibition” curated by Shayla Marsh
Feb. 21-April 1: “Jered Sprecher: Retrospective”
April 3-15: BFA Thesis Exhibition
April 17-May 4: Annual Student Art Exhibition


Modern Arts Midtown

3615 Dodge St. Information: 402-502-8737; modernartsmidtown.com
Sept. 4-26: New work by Chris Cassimatis


El Meseo Latino

4701 S. 25th St. Information: 402-731-1137; elmuseolatino.org
Through Oct. 30: “MAIZ/CORN”
Through Dec. 30: Contemporary photography by Edwin Aguilar
Oct. 10-Nov. 14: ”Day of Dead”
Oct. 17: 2015 International Dance Festival
Nov. 7-March 31: “PLUMARIA/Feather Art”
Nov. 21-Feb. 6: “Contemporary Photography — Latin America”
Feb. 1-April 30: “Emerging Latino Artists — Contemporary Photography”
April 1-Aug. 31, 2016: “MASCARAS/MASKS”


Museum of Danish America

2212 Washington St, Elk Horn, Iowa. Information: 712-764-7001; danishmuseum.org
Through Sept. 30: “Glass and Mosaic by Helle Scharling-Todd”
Through Oct. 25: “Skål! Scandinavian Spirits”
Through Spring 2016: “Sense of Place: Photographs of the Danish Villages by Diana Velasco”
Oct. 22-May 8: “Home: Sculpture by Dennis Andersen”
Nov. 27-April 10: “Happy Danes on the Plains”


Museum of Nebraska Art

2401 Central Ave., Kearney, Neb. Information: 308-865-8559; mona.unk.edu
Through Sept. 6: “Paul Swan: The Most Beautiful Man in the World”
Through Oct. 4: “Nebraska Now: Carol Thompson, Paintings”
Through Oct. 4: “Elmer Holzrichter: Reclaimer/Thingmaker”
Through Oct. 18: “Picture This: Nebraska State Poet — William Kloefkorn”
Through Nov. 1: “Native American Presence on the Missouri”
Through Nov. 15: “Spotlight On: Bill Hammon”
Through April 17, 2016: “Still, Motion, Time”
Sept. 22-Nov. 29: “This Big Land: Catherine Meier”
Oct. 10-Jan. 3: “Nebraska Now: Jake Jacobson, Ceramics”
Nov. 7-8: “A Kaleidoscope of Art”
Nov. 24-Feb. 24: “Grant Reynard’s Winter Scenes”
Dec. 15-Feb. 28: “MONA’s Recent Acquisitions”
April 1-3: “Spirit: A Celebration of Art in the Heartland”


Norfolk Arts Center

305 N. Fifth St., Norfolk, Neb. Information: 402-371-7199; norfolkartscenter.org
Sept. 3-Oct. 30: Jennifer Higerd (gallery) and Bob Rooney (atrium)
Nov. 5-Dec. 31: Jody Boyer & Russ Nordman (gallery) and Kristina Backhaus (atrium)
Jan. 11-Feb. 27: Markella Hatziano (gallery) and Mike Fluent (atrium)
March 5-April 1: Norfolk Public Students (gallery) and Norfolk Parochial Students (atrium)
April 9-29: Juried & Faculty Show
May 5-June 24: Animutts (gallery) and Sharon Carr (atrium)


Petshop Gallery

2725 N. 62nd St. Information: 402-203.5488; facebook.com/bensonpetshop
Sept. 4-18: “watching the ground” by Nicholas Jacobsen
Sept. 20: “watching the ground” feather release at sunset at 10th Street bridge in Old Market
Oct. 2: Joe Addison
Nov. 6: Derek Courtney


Rockbrook Village Art Fair

11004 Prairie Brook Road. Information: 402-391-4745; rockbrookvillageartfair.com
Sept. 12-13: Art marketplace, food and more


Sheldon Museum of Art

12th and R Streets, Lincoln. Information: 402-472-2461; sheldonartmuseum.org
Sept. 11-Jan. 3: “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story”
Sept. 11-Jan. 3: “Black Fire: A Constant State of Revolution”
Sept. 11-Jan. 3: “Emory Douglas: Power to the People, the Struggle Continues”
Sept. 11-Jan. 3: “James VanDerZee: Eighteen Photographs”


Sunderland Gallery, Cathedral Cultural Center

Graham Building, east of St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St. Information: 402-551-3100; cathedralartsproject.org
Through Sept. 27: “De-constructing Kimball”
Oct. 17-Nov. 7: “Los Dias de Los Muertos”
Nov. 22-Dec. 30: “Retrospective: Mary Murphy”
Jan. 29-31: Flower Festival: “Hollywood Stars from the Golden Age of Studios”
Feb. 21-April 8: Phil Hawkins
April 24-June 5: “Edge Contemporary Fiber Artists”


Sweatshop Gallery

2727 N. 62nd St. Information: facebook.com/sweatshopgalleryomaha
Through Sept. 30: “Welcome to Your Doom” by Mike Bauer


The Unior for Contemporary Art

2417 Burdette St. Information: 402-933-3161; u-ca.org
Sept. 11-12: “$100 Art Sale” fundraiser at Midtown Crossing, 200 S. 31st Ave., Suite 4107
Sept. 18: Kim Darling at the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery, 2221 N. 24th St.
Nov. 11: “Fellows Kith” community potluck


UNL Great Plains Art Museum

1155 Q St., Lincoln. Information: 402-472-6220; go.unl.edu/plainsart
Through Oct. 24: American Plains Artists 30th annual juried exhibit
Sept. 4-Jan. 30: “We Are Star People: The Art and Poetry of Gwen Westerman”
Nov. 6- Feb. 27, 2016: “Cowboys From the Collection”
Nov. 6-Feb. 27: Valery Killscrow Copeland, Ctomanee Waste Wyan, Good Woman of the Universe
Feb. 5-June 25: “Denizens: Wildlife on the Western Frontier”
March 4-May 28: “From This Grass Earth”
June 3-Aug. 27: “Cropping to Circles” by Kendall McMinimy


UNL Kruger Collection of Miniature Furniture and Decorative Arts

133 Architecture Hall, Lincoln. Information: 402-472-3560; krugercollection.unl.edu
Sept. 15-Aug. 31, 2016: “Occupying Space: The Planes and the Textile”
Sept. 15-Aug. 31, 2016: “Reduction and Multiplicity: Everyday Objects in Miniature”


UNO Art Galleries

6001 Dodge St., Weber Fine Arts Building, First Floor. Information: 402-554-2796; artgallery.unomaha.edu
Through Oct. 1: Sandy Skoglund Installation Photographs & the Nebraska Art Teachers’ Association Juried Exhibition
Oct. 12-Nov. 12: Larry Bradshaw and Gary Day, retiring art faculty retrospectives
Nov. 22-Dec. 19: BFA students
Jan. 15-Feb. 11: “Harry Duncan as Letterpress Mentor: Juan Pascoe and Other Fine Printers”
Feb. 19-March 31: Juried UNO art student exhibition
April 10-May 7: BFA students


UNO Criss Library

6001 Dodge St. Information: 402-554-2640; library.unomaha.edu
Through Sept. 20: “Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism” traveling poster exhibition”
Through Sept. 24: Arthur Paul Afghanistan Collection Display
Through Sept. 24: “Due Attention: Small Books From Criss Library Archives & Special Collections”
Through Sept. 30: “Parading Around: Chuck Hagel Campaign Parades and Events”
Nov. 22-Dec. 19: BASA graduating seniors
April 10-May 7: BASA seniors

State of the arts in Omaha: Still reeling them in and bucking all the trends

By Betsie Freeman / World-Herald staff writer

A record-breaking year for the Omaha Symphony.
The 10th anniversary of the Holland Performing Arts Center.
A versatile new building for the Blue Barn, the 26-year-old theater company described by its artistic director as “small but mighty.”
In Omaha and the surrounding area, the arts scene is thriving.
“I would say that it’s about as healthy as it’s ever been,” said Tim Schmad, president of the Omaha Community Playhouse, which saw increases both in attendance and donations in the 2014-2015 season.
Symphony attendance increases were especially heartening, since they buck national trends: A National Endowment for the Arts study from 2012 found declining attendance at classical music concerts.
Nearly 69,000 people attended Omaha Symphony programs last season. The orchestra set a record with an average attendance of 1,369 per concert. And since 2001, paid symphony attendance has increased 23 percent, with ticket revenue up 20 percent.
Omaha Performing Arts, which operates the Holland Center and the Orpheum Theater, is enjoying similar success. Ticket sales for its coming Broadway series, for example, already are surpassing past seasons and are on track to set a record, said Joan Squires, Omaha Performing Arts president.
Attendance at both venues exceeded 3 million people over the past decade, she said, averaging about 350,000 patrons a year.
Season subscriptions at the Playhouse increased nearly 13 percent last season and attendance went up 5 percent, said marketing director Katie Broman.
The Playhouse also raised close to $1 million in a capital campaign for building improvements: a new electrical and lighting system for the main stage, a new digital marquee in front of the theater and the creation of an entrance to the Playhouse lobby from an outdoor plaza. That work completed major renovations at the Playhouse that started in 2001.
Arts administrators say forward-looking donors and patrons keep the arts alive in Omaha.
Susan Clement-Toberer, artistic director of the Blue Barn Theatre, credits people with vision — and the means and desire to support the arts — for the Blue Barn’s new permanent home.
“People here are unusual in their awareness that art brings life to a community and enhances it,” she said. “It reminds me of Seattle in the ’70s when I lived there, when art-driven organizations were truly supported by both private and corporate donors.”
She said few theaters across the country are currently constructing new buildings: “We are so lucky in Omaha.”
Clement-Toberer and her staff have moved into the indoor-outdoor space at 10th and Pacific Streets, though boxes are everywhere, she said. At 12,000 square feet, it nearly doubles the size of the Blue Barn’s previous quarters. A $7 million capital campaign made the building possible.
All these things — and a number of other events and projects — indicate that the local arts and entertainment community isn’t standing still.
The pending opening of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Baxter Arena, for instance, already is resulting in new concert bookings. And Kaneko, the center created by noted artist Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, continues to offer innovative programs such as its recent exhibit focused on play and its new partnership with the Omaha Chamber Music Society to bring a variety of innovative concerts to the city.
You can expect more such collaborations as arts groups settle into the new season, along with increased activities designed to get young people excited about music, theater and visual art.
Schmad said the Playhouse will continue several efforts to lure younger patrons: student prices and an emphasis on including more contemporary works among its season offerings.
Opera Omaha will have a concert in Turner Park — opera in a more casual, accessible setting.
And Omaha Performing Arts is working with the Maha Music Festival, Hear Nebraska and the Rose Theater, among others, to produce the Holland Stages Festival on Oct. 17, the day after its 10th anniversary gala with Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth.
As her group embarks on its next decade, Squires said it will have an increasing focus on community engagement.
“We are really forming some wonderful new partnerships and will continue to branch out,” she said.

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