Arts news and notes: Omaha Film Festival set to reveal lineup -
Published Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:30 pm
Arts news and notes: Omaha Film Festival set to reveal lineup

Film fest to reveal lineup Saturday

The Omaha Film Festival will unveil the film lineup for its eighth annual event at a party from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at North Sea Films Inc., 2626 Harney St.

The festival runs March 6-10 at Regal Cinema (formerly Great Escape) near 72nd Street and Sorensen Parkway, and will again include three blocks of short films with Nebraska ties, a popular audience draw.

Festival t-shirts will be on sale, and the evening will include raffle drawings and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public.

O'Hara, kin to attend John Wayne party

John Wayne

Actress Maureen O'Hara and her family will be special guests at the John Wayne Birthplace in Winterset, Iowa, May 24 and 25 for the annual John Wayne Birthday Celebration.

O'Hara starred opposite Wayne in “The Quiet Man,” “Rio Grande,” “McLintock,” “Big Jake” and “The Wings of Eagles.” In honor of O'Hara's Irish heritage, the event's gala dinner this year will include music from “The Quiet Man,” Irish singer Catherine O'Connell, the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and Irish dancers the McKay Sisters.

Information online at

Oak View showcases best-picture nominees

AMC Oakview in Omaha is among the movie theaters nationwide that will screen all nine Academy Award best-picture nominees over two Saturdays in what it calls a Best Picture Showcase.

You can watch half Feb. 16 and the other half Feb. 23, or all of them in one sitting Feb. 23. The awards show is Feb. 24.

A pass to all nine movies is $60, whether seen in two sessions or all in one day. One-day passes to roughly half the nominees are $30 for Feb. 16 (“Amour,” “Les Misérables,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained”) or $40 Feb. 23 (“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Zero Dark Thirty”).

All viewing sessions begin at 10 a.m. Information online at

'Flute' singers to be featured at concert

The Omaha Area Youth Orchestras winter concert today will feature singers who will perform in the Opera Omaha production of Mozart's “The Magic Flute” later this month.

The 4 p.m. concert is at the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Strauss Performing Arts Center, 60th and Dodge Streets. Diane McVey and Corey McKern will perform arias and a duet from the Mozart classic, accompanied by the Youth Symphony. The instrumentalists will also play Rimsky-Korsakov's “Scheherezade” and Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring.”

Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students. Information: 402-238-2044 or online at

St. Olaf Band to play Holland Center

The St. Olaf Band will perform a concert Tuesday at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets, as part of its national tour.

The 7:30 p.m. symphonic band concert will be directed by Dr. Timothy Mahr and will feature two works by St. Olaf composers. Other works on the program are Maslanka's “Symphony No. 5,” Ron Nelson's “Savannah River Holiday,” Leos Janacek's “Sinfonietta” and Gasparini's “Adoramus te Christe.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Information: 402-345-0606, online at or at the Holland Center box office, 13th and Douglas Streets.

Series brings Carson's late-night show to life

The Donna Reed Foundation's “American Icon Series” in Denison, Iowa, will present a live re-enactment of Johnny Carson's late-night TV show Saturday.

The 7 p.m. show at the Donna Reed Theater in downtown Denison stars celebrity impersonator Jim Malmberg. He will do a monologue, interview guests and play Carson characters such as Carnac the Magnificent.

Advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Information: 712-263-3334 or email

Groban concert, wildlife film on tap

Marcus Theatres has announced two non-movie events scheduled to be screened in the month ahead:

» “Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes,” a live concert from Lincoln Center in New York City, 6 p.m. Monday at Village Pointe in Omaha. Admission: $15.

» “One Life,” a BBC wildlife documentary, 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Village Pointe in Omaha, Twin Creek in Bellevue and the Grand in Lincoln. Encore 7 p.m. Feb. 27. Regular movie admission prices.

Piano recital to benefit Lincoln Symphony

Pianist Mark Markham will give a solo recital Feb. 10 to benefit the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.

Mark Markham

The 4 p.m. event at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln will include a post-concert Q-and-A with the artist, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets, $50 each, can be purchased by calling 402-476-2211 or online at

The concert program will include Haydn's “Sonata in E-Flat Major,” “Chaconne in D Minor” by Bach and the premiere of a work written by University of Nebraska-Lincoln composer Damon Thomas Lee. Debussy, Poulenc and Gershwin compositions are also in the lineup.

During his visit, Markham will present a vocal master class at UNL.

Illustrations sought for arts fest poster

The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is seeking submissions from area artists for an illustration to become the artwork for its event poster and other promotional materials.

The chosen illustrator will receive $500 plus added compensation for signed limited-edition posters and optional complimentary exhibition space at the festival.

Submit up to four samples of original work by 10 a.m. Feb. 11. Electronic images are acceptable. Artworks will be returned. Chosen illustrator will be notified by Feb. 18. Final artwork will be due in mid-March.

Information: Karen Schweiss, festival marketing manager, 402-345-5401, ext. 107, or email

High school, college musicians team up

High school musicians from Nebraska and western Iowa will join University of Nebraska at Omaha musicians in concert this afternoon at the Bands, Orchestra and Chorus at the Holland Honors Festival.

Ensembles performing include the Maverick Honor Band, Durango Honor Band, Honor Strong Orchestra, Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra and UNO choruses. More than 100 high school music programs and 450 students are participating, based on auditions and nominations by their teachers.

The 1:15 p.m. concert at the Holland Center will conclude with a combined band, chorus and orchestra performance of “America the Beautiful” conducted by the festival coordinator, James Saker.

Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.


“A Night With the Family,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the theater, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs April 19-May 12. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Rose Theater, 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Adults and children ages 8 and older. Show runs May 31-June 16. Information: 402-342-5119 or email

“The Good Lie,” a feature-length studio film about “The Lost Boys” of Sudan. Seeking members of the South Sudanese community to play roles in the film. Director is Oscar nominee Philippe Falardeau. Producers: Imagine Entertainment, Reliance Entertainment and Black Label Media. Auditions at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5015 S. 80th St., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. Information online at

“Sugar,” Bellevue Little Theatre, 5 p.m. tonight and 6:30 p.m. Monday at the theater, 203 W. Mission Ave. in Bellevue. Show runs April 12-28. Information: 402-292-1920.

— Compiled by Bob Fischbach

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