‘Post-emerging’

If it’s true it takes a village to raise a child, then likewise an entire arts community is required to raise one of its own to maturity and prominence.

All established artists in the Metro area, regardless of medium, style or genre, have one thing in common: before they “made it” in the market place they struggled in that ubiquitous role of an emerging artist, not quite ready for primetime player waiting for...

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<p>  Art by Bart Vargas.</p> Vargas at Barley’s…Fred Simon opens Susan Hart…NET airs show on KANEKO…

On a four-year Omaha hiatus, recent University of Minnesota MFA graduate Bart Vargas is back residing and creating in Council Bluffs. After a whirlwind international tour of exhibitions, he just got a gig instructing art at Metropolitan Community College, will be an official mentor for The Kent Bellows Studio and Center for Visual Arts and is now exhibiting nine of his recent works that have never been shown...

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Barn’s Improbable Rise to 23-Year Triumph

As a founder, he once called the mere fact of its existence “a fluke.” Now Kevin Lawler calls the Blue Barn Theatre “an incredible source of joy.”

And he’s “blown away” by the high-quality work of his successor, Susan Clement-Toberer, as producing artistic director. His only problem? “It just kills me” that his work scheduleA deprives him of time to play the doctor In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) on the...

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Seven Lucky But Tricky to Schedule

Strap on your playgoing gear and strategize, then tell me how to catch all seven shows that pop up in the next few days. The Brigit St. Brigit, Blue Barn and John Beasley companies make it doable because they’ll run into March.

If you want to see the Cats come out at midnight and create more memories, Omaha Performing Arts gives you five shots at the record-breaking musical, but all performances are squeezed...

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Pterodactyl Cry Enlivens OEAA Awards

The raucous scream of the Wenatchee Pterodactyl welcomed a Hilton hotel crowd to the 6th annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, but that’s not unusual when your hosts are slam poets Andrew Ek and Katie F-S.

Actually, Ek was a relatively sedate emcee, while Katie was understandably obsessed with the cry of the pterodactyl given that she’d worked it up for the dinosaur theme of  the upcoming Encyclopedia Show...

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<p>  From Bemis news…Omaha artists exhibiting in New Hampshire, and Chicago…

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, with artists Therman Statom and Debbie Masuoka, are spearheading Building Bridges, a community-driven public art project with grant support from the Iowa West Foundation. The Kanesville-Tinley neighborhood is the future site of the large-scale work. In January, the artists led brainstorming sessions with students from the Kanesville Alternative Learning Center. These six...

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EPITHETICALLY VOLATILE

It’s been nearly 40 years since David Mamet pounced onto the stage with his salty verbosity in...

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A CHILD’S GARDEN OF INNOCENCE

The playing space is dominated by a massive fence. It surrounds the only territory for Mickey and...

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<p>The Fred Simon Gallery features the personal abstraction of Kim Reid Kuhn in her show,‘The Sacraments of Domesticity’

The thirteen works by Omaha-based artist Kim Reid Kuhn currently on display at the Fred Simon...

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Director Ben Beck Talks ‘Mickey & Sage’

Currently running through November 2nd at the Shelterbelt Theatre, Mickey & Sage by Sara Farrington deals with the...

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Cast Members Talk ‘Buffalo’, Rose Takes on Seuss

- The BLUEBARN Theatre is currently tackling the David Mamet classic American Buffalo, running now through October 25th. The...

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Ballet Nebraska Kicks Off Fifth Season with ‘Giselle’

            Ballet Nebraska will kick off its fifth season this Saturday, October 4th, with the performance of Giselle....

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In Praise of Metro Public Art, Vol. 1

The Metro’s major force in area public art funding and support, the Iowa West Foundation, has commissioned the estimable...

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Catch the Hubbub at Bemis ‘Flock House: Omaha’

 

 March finally lived up to its promise of warmer weather, and along with it the Metro art scene has come out of...

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Les Femmes Folles…Ciao!

Les Femmes Folles and Caesium Gallery are proud to present LFF…Ciao! This farewell group exhibition features 30 artists...

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Play Me, I’m Yours

The Omaha Creative Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for the community to...

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Bemis Director Adam Price

Newly appointed Executive Director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Adam Price comes to the Bemis from the Utah...

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North Omaha Arts Crawl to feature diverse visual and perfoming artists

Friday, August 8                                                                                                            ...

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Viva Los Dias de los Muertos!

As Halloween hovers on the horizon, and people gear up to put on gruesome, bizarre, or funny costumes and children seek...

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From Cookies to Canker Sores:

“You know, your work is bright, colorful and simple,” said a children’s book editor to illustrator and author Dan...

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