At the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha's historic Old Market district, the phrase Artists Matter is reality, not slogan. Going on 30 years now, the Bemis has been Omaha’s conduit to the modern art world by nurturing exceptional global talent.
Its renowned International Artist Residency program brings diverse artists to live and work there each year. A busy exhibition schedule of 20-plus shows presents work across a wide range of media by visiting and local artists. Admission is free.
Progressive live music performances occur at the Bemis and its adjacent installation/work site, the Okada. Community art projects serve as catalysts for collaborations between artists and the public. Art talks promote artist-audience dialogues.
Rad Kadillac Productions in association with Malbon Farms are pleased to present a very special event: the free Omaha Film Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary HORI SMOKU - SAILOR JERRY.
This film about the life and times of American Tattoo Master Norman K. Collins will be shown Monday, July 19 by Film Streams at The Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Mike Fahey St. -- formerly Webster St., Omaha). The doors will open at 7:15 p.m. for a cocktail hour featuring Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and the film will begin at 8 p.m. The showing is free with RSVP.
A facility that has become the iconic symbol for the College World Series, thanks to ESPN coverage, will be no more after this year. Rosenblatt Stadium, the final destination on the Road to Omaha and for the Greatest Show on Dirt, is being replaced by the under construction TD Ameritrade Park downtown.
Thousands of games, countless plays and assorted heroics, celebrations and disappointments have been logged at the ‘Blatt since its 1948 opening.
Best known for the college baseball championship, the stadium has hosted professional, college and high school baseball. Beyond the diamond, it has been the site of football games, pro wrestling cards, fireworks displays and music concerts.
Over the past 60 years, Omaha has branded itself the home of the College World Series. The city and Rosenblatt Stadium have hosted the annual NCAA Men’s Division I baseball championship since 1950. More than 300,000 fans attend the CWS annually. To date, some 7 million fans have attended the CWS in Omaha.
College World Series of Omaha Inc. president and treasurer Jack Diesing Jr. said “there is nothing else like” this marriage of community, venue and event among major athletic championships, amateur or professional. He calls it an “affordable, wholesome, celebration of kids playing their hearts out.”
With the June 19-29/30 series being the last at Rosenblatt, record crowds are expected. Fans want to experience the last hurrah for the grand old stadium on the hill that’s synonymous with the CWS. It is THE mecca for college players, coaches and fans.
Family friendly fun for everyone! Come one come all to the opening weekend of the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Melodramas. Boo the villain, cheer the hero, sigh for the lovely heroine, and laugh it up.
The season starts on Friday night, May 28th, at 8:30 p.m. with Miss Twain’s Train Trouble and continues Saturday night with Miss Twain’s Train Trouble at 6:30 pm. And The Villain’s Secret at 8:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of dates and times, and all other things melodramatic, check the website hissboo.com.
On an overcast Tuesday night, my companion and I took the fast fifty minute drive to the northwestern Omaha neighborhood of Benson. Entirely engulfed by Omaha, this former 19th century town's main street has a sweet array of little brick shops along its several-block stretch. The destination that evening was the Pizza Shoppe Collective, a two room restaurant outfitted with stages. The artists we had come to see: the
improv comedy troupe 88Improv.
The Collective’s mission is to "provide a unified vehicle of expression to artists and a positive atmosphere of performance within the community." Lucky for the audience, we can feed our appetites with pizza and beer amidst the artistic expression.
88Improv is the only non-student troupe to perform both short and long-form improvisational comedy regularly in the state. Long-form improv is the lesser-known sister to the short-form improv games popularized by the hit TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The rapid-fire performance of theater-games where the audience knows the rules and watches the actors sink or swim is a definite part of 88Improv's repertoire. A student troupe at the group’s college, Iowa's Northwestern, first introduced them to improv and the art of short-form. Because all of 88Improv’s cast had backgrounds in theatre, they decided to experiment with long-form.
It was a glorious Saturday, and a stout Nebraska breeze had chased away any pesky mid-day clouds. The last place I wanted to be was an imposing Art Deco fortress of an art museum, which I had previously visited on my 28th birthday last May. But, I thought to myself, a lot can change in a year.
Exhibitions come and go. And it might be nice to revisit some of my favorite works and see the finished Sculpture Gardens. Besides, everyone and their baby strollers would be at Omaha’s renowned and sprawling Henry Doorly Zoo. Perhaps it was time to wade through more intellectual waters.
So I fed the cats, packed up the station wagon, and made a beeline for the Joslyn Art Museum, certainly one of the true jewels in Omaha’s splendorous crown.
A good dim sum restaurant is a rare find, even
in many major cities. Not long ago I considered the odds of finding a good one in Nebraska to be pretty slim. But sometimes you get lucky.
Dim sum is a form of Chinese cuisine in which diners may choose from a wide variety of light dishes that are somewhat like appetizers. Portion sizes are small, and they are often shared "family style." The focus is on tasting rather than eating. It's common for dim sum to be eaten like brunch, from morning through early afternoon, often on weekends and special occasions. It is always enjoyed with hot tea.
My first experience with dim sum was in San Francisco's Chinatown,
where this style of cuisine is prevalent. I recall servers pushing
stainless steel steam carts from table to table, displaying a seemingly endless variety of freshly made dishes. The service was brusque, but efficient. Diners flagged down steam carts when they saw something that looked good. The server put the dish or dishes on your table, marked your bill, and moved on. The experience was so unique and enjoyable that I have often wished for a good dim sum restaurant in Lincoln.