The Great Plains Theatre Conference recently selected plays for the 2013 Conference.

Alert Today, Alive Now: Living with the Atomic Bomb is on display at the Strategic Air & Space Museum.

The Omaha Symphony’s More than Music program recently received a grant from the League of American Orchestras.

Community involvement is the goal of a two-part Omaha Performing Arts outreach event that begins Tuesday.

Artist Courtney Kenny’s “Only Human” exhibition is on view at the Jewish Community Center throughout January.

Ophir Palmon

An exhibit opening Thursday in Omaha documents the Holocaust through the experiences of teenagers who visited concentration camps in Poland.


Joslyn Art Museum will bring award-winning author and children’s book illustrator Dan Yaccarino to Omaha.

A Journey Without End features the work of illustrator and author Ed Young.

This weekend, the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra presents its 2nd annual Holiday Concert Collaboration.

This year, the Joslyn Art Museum’s Holiday Under Glass series will nearly double its offerings with nine concerts.

The 13th annual Holiday Lights Festival kicks off Thanksgiving evening at 6:00 p.m.

That’s when Mayor Jim Suttle will light up the Gene Leahy Mall.  Chris Kircher, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for ConAgra, says this year CenturyLink will be handing out LED lights to the first 3,000 people in attendance. 

He says they want people to light their lights at the same time as the mayor switches on the lights downtown.

Virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell performs with the Omaha Symphony tonight and tomorrow at the Holland Center. 

Bell will be performing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” a piece he says was considered unplayable when it was composed because of its considerable technical challenges.

Though Bell has played the piece more than a thousand times, he says he never tires of it.

SHREK! The Musical is onstage at the Orpheum Theatre through Sunday.

Cobweb Castle is the Omaha Children’s Museum’s not-so-scary haunted house.

There are about 250 artists participating in the Bemis Center’s 14th Annual Art Auction this Saturday.

Film Streams’ Local Filmmakers Showcase had a different set of judges this year.

A vacant building in north Omaha will soon become an arts and culture center thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Calling all playwrights

Oct 10, 2012

The Great Plains Theatre Conference announced a Call for Plays recently.

Best-selling author and comedian Mike Birbiglia is presenting his one-man show, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, this Friday at the Holland Center

Birbiglia is a regular guest on Public Radio International’s This American Life, heard Saturday mornings on KIOS.  He says he’s creating a film from footage of My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, a show he says he’s constantly rewriting. 

Birbiglia says the show is about how he decided to get married despite his not believing in the idea of marriage.

Prince Maximilian of Wied and Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, traveled the West during a transformative period in the country from 1832-1834.  

UNO’s Art Gallery is hosting two exhibits this fall, one focusing on Jerusalem and one on the Bethsaida Excavations Project.

Local businessman, Mike Cassling is concerned that not much money or time has been put into the Omaha Civic Auditorium and Omaha Music Hall over the last 20 years.

The Prairie Expedition Exhibition opened at Metropolitan Community College last week and features photographs created by students during a field trip to the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie.

KANEKO recently received three separate, anonymous gifts for one million dollars.

“Remembering Our Fallen” is an exhibit honoring Nebraska’s fallen soldiers.

Sprawl: The Kent Bellows Studio Young Artist Exhibition opens Friday, August 3rd and continues throughout the month.

The Benson Theatre was built in 1926 as a vaudeville theatre.  It was converted to a movie theatre in the 1940’s, and became retail space in 1953. 

In 2010, the space was purchased by Lund Ross Contractors for the purpose of restoring the theatre to its original purpose. 

Monty Eich, Marketing Manager for the Benson Theatre Project, says the organization wants the theatre to become a community hub.  He says the plan is to offer live musical, theatrical, and comedy events, as well as select films. 

Mike Gurciullo and His Las Vegas Lab Band open the 2012 Jazz on the Green Series tonight at Turner Park.

Gurciullo is originally from Omaha, and spent more than a decade in Las Vegas as an entertainer.  Gurciullo played lead jazz/trumpet in the Wayne Newton Orchestra for four years.  

He says he and his band play classic standard arrangements of out of print or unpublished songs as well as original arrangements.  Gurciullo says he and his band will be brining a bit of Las Vegas to Omaha tonight.

Leo Adam Biga

Ruth Sokolof Theatre had its grand opening on July 27, 2007 and Film Streams is currently celebrating its 5th Anniversary.

Executive Director Rachel Jacobson says Film Streams has come a long way in five years, further than she expected.  She says the overwhelming community support has allowed Film Streams to present all sorts of programs.  Jacobson says the theatre shows about 150 films per year, and has offered many screenings in collaboration with community partners.