Pick: Criteria

November 24
Criteria w/ Landing on the Moon and Ideal Cleaners
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $8, onepercentproductions.com

Steve Pedersen is cutting loose from the confines of lawyer-dom to rock out with his sizzling indie rock band Criteria, in what has started to become a post-Thanksgiving tradition. The Pedersen-fronted band last released an album in 1995. After unveiling When We Break on...

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Pick: Desert Noises

November 27
Desert Noises
The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
9 p.m., $7, onepercentproductions.com

Utah-based quartet Desert Noises play a brand of indie rock perfect for the sort of big sky wilderness of Utah's semi-arid landscape. The band travels from pastoral to jangly guitar rock that build in kaleidoscopic moments, rich in overlayed vocal harmonies. Guitars shoot up like towering cliffs while the...

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Shakespeare vs. Santa and Persian King

Significant fun vs. silly fun? That doesn’t quite dichotomize the two openings, Twelfth Night, the Brigit St. Brigit’s Shakespearean play at the Joslyn Castle, and the Blue Barn’s annual holiday sendup, Who Killed Santa?

There’s also humor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where Mirror of the Invisible World, adapted from an ancient epic, has at least one point in common with the Brigit comedy. UNO’s set...

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It Takes a Team of Billy Elliots

“I’ve trained about 14 Billies ,” the interviewee says, and the number alone hints at the singularity of Billy Elliot the Musical  which opens at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 27.

So does Steven Minning’s title: supervising resident creative director. All shows have directors and many have traveling resident directors, but few require someone back in New York City while the company tours.

Right now, he’s training...

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Pick: Baby, It’s Cold Outside Gift Show

November 16
Baby, It’s Cold Outside Gift Show
Anderson O’Brien Fine Art 1108 Jackson Street
4pm-7pm, Free
Baby, it’s cold outside! With winter temperatures on the way, Anderson O’Brien Fine Art will be hosting a “Chocolate and Champagne Holiday Gift Show” this week in the Old Market.  You can view Omaha’s finest selection of original artwork, Gail Kendall Ceramics, and the Nouvelle Eve Fashion Show while...

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Pick: Allie Condie

November 16
Allie Condie Book Signing
The Bookworm 87th & Pacific St., (402) 392-2877.
6:00 pm, FREE.
Author of the internationally bestselling teen novels, Matched, Crossed, and Reached, Ally Condie will be coming to Omaha’s The Bookworm for a book signing.  The trilogy follows Cassia in a society where the government makes all choices for society, including what they read, watch, believe, and even who...

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Pick: Focus on Flora: Botanical Illustrations / Melissa Toberer

Nov. 16

“Focus on Flora: Botanical Illustrations / Melissa Toberer”
Lauritzen Gardens,100 Bancroft St.
Reception 2-4 p.m. Nov. 18, exhibit open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., thru Dec. 31
http://www.lauritzengardens.org 402.346.4002

Bringing together art and science, this exhibit features original botanical illustrations in watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil. Representing a...

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