Just announced: Mark Mallman, who in October committed to being weird so hard that he wrote and performed live a 78-hour song (not a typo), will come to the Waiting Room, Sunday, Nov. 28. 1% Productions recently announced that and several other new shows; visit onepercentproductions.com to see the full lineup. I’ve been tracking the progress of Side Door Lounge since I heard rumors of a new venue on Leavenworth Street near Mother India. Months of peeping progress each time I drove by has paid off in the form of this comfortable, classy little joint, at 3530 Leavenworth St., that will feature acoustic live music, DJs, dance, poetry/prose readings, and of course, libations. After a soft opening a few weeks ago, Side Door is now open for business Tuesdays through Sundays. The space was masterminded by Steve and Kathleen Jamrozy, of Flatiron Café fame, and other local ventures. Omaha original The Firm is scheduled for a show at Side Door Nov. 19, at 9:30 p.m. Keep tabs on other events and specials at facebook.com/sidedoorlounge. Friday, Nov. 5, is the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards Fall Music Showcase at Waiting Room, Barley Street Tavern, The Sydney and Pizza Shoppe Collective in Benson. Music begins at 8 p.m. and the four-venue lineup includes All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Voodoo Method, Platte River Rain, Matt Cox, W.E.R.D., Jamazz, Mars Black, Kyle Harvey, Landing On The Moon, Machete Archive, Filter Kings, Honey & Darling, Conchance and more. Visit oea-awards.com for more on the nominees. This year Omaha Performing Arts, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony and ConAgra Foods again join for “ConAgra Foods Arts for the Holidays Celebration” — a food drive at the Holland Center and Orpheum Theater continuing through Dec. 31, which asks patrons to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to donate at either venue, where they’ll find exhibits on child hunger and nutrition. All donations will support the Food Bank of the Heartland. Last year’s effort collected 3,500 pounds of food, which provided for more than 4,000 meals. Performances will include the popular Christmas with the Symphony program, a Symphony/Opera Choral Collaborative, Dee Dee Bridgewater: To Billie with Love, A Celebration of Lady Day and more. Visit ticketomaha.com for full concert listings. — Sarah Wengert Backbeat takes you behind the scenes of the local music scene. Send tips, comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org .