Director Berkeley to attend screening
Director Neil Berkeley will attend a Thursday screening of his documentary “Beauty Is Embarrassing” at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 14th and Mike Fahey Streets.
The 7 p.m. screening chronicles the life and work of American artist Wayne White, who rose to fame through his creative set designs for television’s “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” in the early 1990s.
Information: 492-933-0259 or online at filmstreams.org
Gillett headlines Brownville finale
Broadway singer-director Eric Michael Gillett will headline the Brownville Concert Series’ season finale, a cabaret-style Christmas Gala Friday through Sunday.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gillett will be joined by LaTanya Hall, Marieann Meringolo, Scott Tucker and Jeff Kubeta.
Information: 402-825-3331 or online at brownvilleconcertseries.com
‘12 Gifts of Christmas’ film at theaters
“12 Gifts of Christmas,” a Christian-themed combination of music, magic and inspirational stories, will be screened at several area movie theaters at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Illusionist Harris III, singers Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story, and storytellers Patsy Clairmont, Luci Swondoll, Marilyn Meberg, Mary Beth Chapman and Anita Renfroe are featured. Actress Lisa Welchel is host.
The show will screen at Twin Creek in Bellevue and AMC Oakview and Village Pointe Cinema in Omaha. For ticket information, visit the theater box office or go online to fathomevents.com
Poet Liz Kay at Wednesday Words
Poet Liz Kay will read from her works at noon Wednesday at the Kaneko-UNO Library, 1111 Jones St.
The free reading, open to the public, is part of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Wednesday Words series featuring award-winning writers from Nebraska.
Kay, who earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Nebraska, has received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Nimrod and Sugar House Review. Her latest chapbook, published in 2011, is titled “Something to Help Me Sleep.”
Theater supporting book adaptation
The Omaha Theater Company at the Rose has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a stage adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s book “The Tiger Rising.”
DiCamillo has written many popular books for young people, including “Because of Wynn-Dixie” and “The Tale of Despereaux.” “The Tiger Rising,” a finalist for a National Book Award in 2001, targets middle school students. It explores themes of loss, friendship and healing.
The Omaha Theater Company has commissioned Y York, a prominent playwright for young audiences, to adapt the novel. A world premiere is planned at the Rose during the 2014-15 season.
Theatre Conference publishes collection
The Great Plains Theatre Conference has published a collection of new plays it featured in its 2012 main stage series of readings.
The GPTC Reader includes “Nureyev’s Eyes,” by David Rush; “Joe Corso Re-Enters From the Wings,” by Todd Olson; “Three Views of the Same Object,” by Henry Murray; “Conk and Bone,” by Joe Musso; and “Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead!”) by Jami Brandli.
The collection is available for $18.95 on the GPTC website (click on the GPTC Reader book cover) at www.mccneb.edu/gptc or on amazon.com.
“George and Martha: Tons of Fun,” adult roles for cabaret musical, Rose Theater, 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs March 1-17.
Omaha Academy Choir, auditioning singers grades 8 to 12, by appointment, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday at Countryside Community Church, 87th and Pacific Streets, lower level choir room. To schedule an audition, email email@example.com
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach