The Omaha Film Festival is throwing an Oscar-watching party tonight at Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the red-carpet coverage starts at 6 p.m., and the award show begins at 7:30 p.m. A cash bar will be open all evening, and raffles and prizes are planned. You must be 21 to attend.
An all-access pass to the Omaha Film Festival, which runs March 6-10, gets you in to this event, or you can buy a pass to this party for $15. Information online at omahafilmfestival.org
'Flute' bass has fond Omaha memories
Opera Omaha's joint production of “The Magic Flute,” which concludes this afternoon at the Orpheum Theater, has an Omaha connection among its featured cast members.
Tom McNichols, 33, a booming bass who plays enlightened sovereign Sarastro in the Mozart masterpiece, lived here for four years when his dad, John, was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.
“Our parents used to take John Young and me on cultural outings to the Orpheum and the Omaha Community Playhouse when we were kids,” McNichols said earlier this week. “Nearly 30 years later, John has won a Tony (for 'Jersey Boys') and I'm doing my fifth production of 'The Magic Flute.'”
McNichols said it's been nice reliving memories of the Orpheum, which he praised for its beautiful sound. “We had a solid dress rehearsal packed with students yesterday. It's really been great.”
His father, Joe, flew in Friday from New York City to see both performances of “The Magic Flute” at the Orpheum.
Screening, discussion of Reticker's 'Pray'
The Werner Institute will present a special screening and discussion of director Gini Reticker's documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater on Wednesday.
A panel discussion will follow the 7 p.m. screening, led by Jackie Font-Guzman of the Werner Institute, Jay Carney of the Creighton University theology department and Palma Strand, from Creighton's law school.
The movie honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia, who staged a silent protest to end their country's bloody civil war.
Information: 402-933-0259 or online at filmstreams.org
Playhouse adds 'Evil Dead' performances
Ticket demand has led the Omaha Community Playhouse to add two additional performances of “Evil Dead: the Musical,” which runs Thursdays through Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through March 17.
The added performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 6 and 13. Information: 402-553-0800.
'Beast Women' show to aid Benson Theatre
“Beast Women,” an all-female cabaret-style show from Chicago, will perform Friday through March 3 at the Pizza Shoppe Collective as a fundraiser to restore the Benson Theatre.
Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. March 3. The Pizza Shoppe is at 6056 Maple St., next door to the Benson Theatre. Tickets are $20 at the door.
The show includes music, poetry, dance, performance art, burlesque and more. The theme is the passion, strength, freedom and sensuality of women today. Information online at beastwomenproductions.com and pizzashoppecollective.com.
UNO grant to help pair of students film 'Air'
University of Nebraska at Omaha students Nick and Emily Royer plan to film their first feature, “Air,” in Nebraska in June. After producing nearly 30 short films in high school, the Royers recently got a grant from UNO to begin work on “Air.”
The movie is about a scuba diver who surfaces to find a world with no breathable air. She must get back to her family before her air tanks run out.
The Royers are launching a fundraising campaign online at IndieGogo. Casting will take place in mid-March. Information: airthefilm.com
Theatre Career Expo at Playhouse Tuesday
The Omaha Community Playhouse will hold a Theatre Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in its main lobby. The event is free and does not require registration.
The event is geared toward high school, middle school and college students. Workshops will be held on lighting, acting, theater as an agent of discussion or change, compressed-air special effects and training non-dancers to dance.
Representatives from regional colleges, local theaters and theater-related businesses will be on hand all day. Playhouse tours also are available.
CU concert to feature ballet, tap, jazz, more
Creighton University's dance company will present its spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. March 3 at the Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza.
Creighton faculty, special guests and students have choreographed works done in ballet, modern, tap, jazz and other dance styles.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Information: 402-280-1448 or online at boxoffice.creighton.edu, or in person at the arts center box office.
Events commemorate 'Spring's' 100th
The 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring” will mean six events over the next week in Omaha. Three are free:
» Music students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present original compositions inspired by the Stravinsky piece Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
» Performance poetry by local slam poets, storytellers and spoken-word artists inspired by “The Rite of Spring” will be recited Tuesday at the Holland Center at 7:30 p.m. Matt Mason of the Nebraska Writers Collective will host.
» Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, 15 local dance troupes will perform original pieces of choreography based on “Rite of Spring” themes, including a group piece choreographed by Maya Taylor. Taylor, an Omaha native, is an alumna of the Ailey School.
Paid events include the Bad Plus, a group that breaks down the walls of jazz convention, Friday at 8 p.m. at the Holland Center; Greg Proops doing a “Smartest Man in the World” live podcast about “Rite of Spring” Saturday at the Holland at 8 p.m.; and the Joffrey Ballet at the Orpheum March 3 at 7:30 p.m., performing a reconstruction of “The Rite of Spring” with Nijinsky's choreography.
Information: 402-345-0606 or online at omahaperformingarts.com
“The Wizard of Oz,” Omaha Community Playhouse, 7 p.m. March 4 and 6 at the Playhouse, 6915 Cass St. Use west stage-door entrance. Show runs May 31-Jun 30. Information: 402-553-4890, ext. 110.
“Young Playwrights Festival,” Rose Theater, actor auditions for high school teens, 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs April 18-21. Information: email email@example.com
“A Year With Frog and Toad,” Rose Theater, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the theater, 2001 Farnam St. Show runs April 26-May 12. Paid acting positions. Minority actors highly encouraged to audition. Roles for all ages and genders. Information: 402-342-5119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hotels, Motels, Holiday Inn (Say What?), or We Didn't Start the Fire,” Florentine Players melodrama, noon today and 7 p.m. Monday at Florence City Reception Hall, 29th and State Streets. Show runs May 9-11. Information: 402-517-6229.
— Compiled by Bob Fischbach