Thursday March 15, Joslyn Art Museum hosts Uncorking the Past: Ancient Ales and Other Extreme Beverages., with Penn Museum’s Dr. Patrick McGovern, the “world’s authority on ancient fermented beverages.” McGovern will take guests through a tasting program including the beers of ancient Egypt with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Guests may also visit the To Live Forever exhibition of Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. Register at Joslyn.org.
This Sunday, March 18, Arts for All, Inc. hosts its annual fundraiser, Soup and Art for All. For a small ticket price, attendees will get food, see art (paintings, sculptures, jewelry, fiber art from local artists) and children get free art lessons during the afternoon event. Artsforallinc.com
The Brain Injury Association of Nebraska’s (BIA-NE) call for 36,000 origami cranes – one to represent each Nebraskan living with a disability due to brain injury – was answered by 1,863 Nebraskans. The project, called “CraneStorm – Wishes in Flight,” is a dramatic display on view at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney thru May 2, 2012. Also on view, Through a ServeNebraska grant, Lincoln artist Ann Williams was commissioned to make the red, white and blue cranes into a memorial art piece representing a military medal and ribbon and titled “Veteran's Hope,” a 4-foot by 6-foot installation.
Emerging Terrain announced they will be installing the additional set of banners on the I-80 grain elevators on the topic of Transport(ation) in May 2012. The project by the nonprofit research and design collaborative, is a large-scale installation covering the silos of the vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha in order to repurpose and reposition the structure in the landscape. In 2010, 13 banners about Land Use, Agriculture and Food were selected from hundreds of submitted entries and hung on the elevator at I-80 and Vinton Street. In May 2012, the 13 banners currently on the grain elevator will be moved to the northernmost silos, and replaced with a newly designed and juried set of banners. A community event—Elevate—will be held June 3, on the 36th Street bridge over I-80 as a merging of both topics: Land Use, Agriculture, Food and Transport(ation), occurring within the I-80 corridor that clipped and decommissioned the elevator and produced a massive flow of people and goods through the city. Emergingterrain.org.
Brian Finn is showing his abstract paint and ink works at The Sandbox, open during events, throughout March. The Wayne, Nebraska native is co-founder of the collaborative, Pseudo Poseur Productions, which hosts events called “Gypsy Freakshows” featuring visual art, spoken word and live music. Brianfinnink.com
The Wednesday night Lenten services at First Christian Church, 6630 Dodge Street, through March, are taking a cultural approach. Each night four artists will present their artistic interpretations of a passage of scripture (poem, monologue, music, painting, etc). March 14 poet Frank O’Neal, musician Rauline Nightingale, painter Kevin Rooney and actor Fred Goodhew will give their interpretations on “The Question about Paying Taxes.” Details firstchristian-omaha.org.