Artsy Holidays

* Happy Thanksgiving! Because it’s officially the holiday season, this week’s column is devoted to all things holiday, beginning with the Durham Museum’s annual tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony runs 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. Vocalist and local KIOS radio personality Michael Lyon will perform, and visitors can decorate cookies, create holiday gifts and share their list with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Durham’s...

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Hello, Dollies

The SNAP! parody of Valley of the Dolls made me want to laugh all the way to a video store and rent the 1967 movie. Performances by Michal Simpson and Adam Nathan were so outrageously entertaining you knew the original must have set new lows for overwrought soapiness. Credit a crazy gender-switching cast and at least two off-stage geniuses, director M. Michele Phillips and video designer Mark Cramer, for a show...

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Snows Hits Openings

*The burst of new theater openings was confronted last Friday with the first bad weather after an October and early November stretch that gave no excuse for missing even a minute of good stage artistry. Which is a prelude to confession: Chanticleer was holding two tickets for To Kill a Mockingbird, with talented Ron Hines as Atticus Finch, and I was ready to drive to the far side of Council Bluffs when I decided to...

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‘Ceramix’

There’s always been some ambiguity in the work of Iggy Sumnik, ceramicist and mixed media artist. A former assistant in the Jun Kaneko Studio in Omaha, Sumnik broke out of the mold in 2008 in a two-man show at RNG Gallery, then soloed in January of 2009 at Jackson Artworks. In both shows the artist explored the tenuous relationship of the industrial and natural world, or what he described as “the human...

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Openings at Bemis Underground, Artists Coop and Bancroft St. Market

* Opening this Friday at the Bemis Underground is the brainchild of Omaha artist Tim Guthrie and performance artist Doug Hayko. Extraordinary Rendition includes the work of a dozen other artists (including me; I did some writing for the show) Look for work from Guthrie, Hayko, Jamie Burmeister, Peter Cales, Justin Kemerling, Landi Olsen, Nolan Tredway, Carol Zuegner and the omahaliveartdivision. The exhibition will...

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Laugh Out Love

Is it worth driving south from Omaha’s Midtown to Bellevue’s Olde Towne to see a 70-year-old romantic comedy? If it’s The Philadelphia Story with Audrey Fisher in the Kate Hepburn role, it’s worth driving all the way to Kansas City. Fisher shined recently in RENT, but I didn’t dream she could tackle the Hepburnesque banter of this comedy classic. And don’t tell me you saw Grace Kelly doing Tracy Lord in...

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LIGHT GLOWS AMID DARK DESPAIR

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<p>Roving photograher Rob Walters documents unkown Metro in Driving Omaha at Sweatshop Gallery</p>Drive by Shooting

I spent my first three years here waking to school and work and to parties. I made the decision to...

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Joslyn Castle’s Stoker Festival in Full Swing

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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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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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