Performing Arts Picks


Omaha Performing Arts

Omaha Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 10th birthday this October, and they are inviting everyone to celebrate with them. From an aerial dance troupe to Conor Oberst, there will be entertainment for all ages. The free, all-day festival will be at the Holland Performing Arts Center on Oct. 17th and will also feature stages by local organizations Maha Music Festival, Love’s Jazz and Arts Center, Hear Nebraska, Blues Society of Omaha, Omaha Under the Radar and The Rose Theater.

To keep the fun going, the Broadway musical Kinky Boots is also coming to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater this October! There will be six showings, starting on Oct. 20th and running through Oct. 24th. Based on the book by Harvey Feinstein and featuring music by Cyndi Lauper, the award-winning show could sell out fast, so get your tickets now!

For those who prefer the classics, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform for one night only at The Holland Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 19th.

Omaha Symphony

If the symphony is more your style, there will be plenty of shows for you to choose from this fall. The season kicks off with Thomas Wilkins conducting the Hawthorne String Quartet as they perform Brahms’ 3rd Symphony on Sept. 18th.

Looking for something a little more contemporary? The first weekend of October brings us The Best of Sinatra with Clint Holmes. The three-time Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year will perform Sinatra’s classics for two nights at The Holland Center.

Or maybe you’d like something futuristic? Logically, you will want to go to the screening of J.J. Abrams Star Trek, which will be shown in its entirety and will feature the full symphony orchestra playing the score. Whatever you fancy, chances are the symphony has something for you.

Omaha Dance

Ballet Nebraska’s season opens with Cleopatra, an original ballet by founder and artistic director Erika Overturff. While it officially opens at the Orpheum Theater on Friday, Oct. 2nd, you can catch a preview of the show at Turner Park on Sept. 11th, when they will perform for Opera Omaha’s Opera Outdoors event.

In November, the company will perform the classic ballet, The Nutcracker. It will premier November 22nd at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College, followed by three performances at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on the first weekend of December. This year, audiences can expect a new version of the Waltz of the Flowers scene, which will now include a male dancer.

If you love watching people move, but ballet isn’t really your thing, this season brings a special show just for you on Thursday, Nov. 12th. Pedal Punks is performed by Cirque Mechanics, a group that describes itself as “a steampunk circus on wheels.” The show mixes bicycling with acrobatics and trapeze. While it may not be considered dancing, this performance is a unique experience you won’t want to miss. And you’d better get tickets soon, because this show the New York Times described as “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining” is bound to sell out its one-night only performance at Orpheum!


Category: Art, Literary

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