* Not really sure what happened to September, but as I write this I’m being dragged kicking and screaming into October. I do love October, so full of colorful leaves, thick sweaters, pumpkins and warm, spiked beverages — I just don’t appreciate the time warp. Ah well, when in October, I suppose … Dundee’s 1020 announced its October music schedule; it includes helpings of jazz, blues, funk, Americana and bluegrass from Cymbolton (Oct. 1), Street Railway Company Jazz Band (Oct. 6), Matt Cox Trio (Oct. 22), Southpaw Bluegrass Band (Oct. 29) and The Weeping Figs (Oct. 31). Most shows start at 9 p.m. and are free, but visit 1020omaha.com for specifics and to see the rest of The 1020’s live music schedule for October, plus other specials and events. * Speaking of bluegrass, if you’re a fan check out Head For The Hills, Oct. 6, at Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre. HftH was voted “Best Bluegrass in Colorado” in a Denver Westword poll — and Coloradoans know from bluegrass! It’s like Dolly Parton complimenting your rack, or Sarah Palin saying you’ve got the shrillest voice. * South Omaha Art Institute will hold a mariachi concert and exhibit of artifacts Thursday, Sept. 30, in honor of its 20th anniversary. The music kicks off at 7 p.m. at South Omaha’s Kroc Center with Mariachi Los Galleros, followed by Mariachi Luna y Sol, a full 12-piece mariachi ensemble and the largest in the Midwest. Anadelia Lamas Morgan, one of Nebraska’s top Latina singers, will also perform. For more info visit southomahaarts.com. * Opera Omaha announced the departure of general director John Wehrle last week. Wehrle arrived in November 2007 and his tenure spanned challenging economic times for the arts outlet and the Omaha community at large. “I am proud of my work here and know that the company, and therefore the community, is stronger now than before I arrived,” Wehrle said in a release, adding, “What is important now is that Opera Omaha select a leader who will keep the company an active and creative part of this great community. I wish them every success.” According to Opera Omaha Board President Tim Hart, the search is on for a new GD; Kim Simon, previous chair of the Board and Guild, is acting general director. Opera Omaha presents Opera for the Cure, Friday, Oct. 15, and Saturday, Oct. 17. Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly round out the company’s season. Visit operaomaha.org. Backbeat takes you behind the scenes of the local music scene. Send tips, comments and questions to backbeat@thereader.com.

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