Ætherplough explores the “notions of space and consciousness” starting Thursday at The Mastercraft Building.  [SPACE]; or the gods are dangerous, is an original, multidisciplinary performance using music, dance, video and spoken words to tackle the topics featuring Thom Sibbitt as a space age everyman adrift in the galaxy; music by Satid Kippenberger; directed by co-founder Susann Suprenant and accompanied by “haunting” videography by Chris Machian. A disco-reception follows with vocal artist Kirstin Kluver and video by Andrew Tatreau. $10, shows 7:30p.m. Oct.20-22 and Oct 27-29.  Aetherplough.com.

Hot Shops presents Expressions in Fiber Art III Oct. 21 with fashion by Lorraine Torrence, an award-winning, national quilt and clothing teacher.  The exhibit of her multi-colored patchwork garb is 7-9p.m. and free to the public.  An accompanying local fiber art show is on view there through October 28.

Omaha based artist Courtney Kenny is featured in the 13th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition hosted by Upstream People Gallery, curated by Laurence Bradshaw, Professor of art at University of Nebraska-Omaha. The exhibit will be featured at upstreampeoplegallery.com through September 2012.

Nebraska Arts Council announced the 2012/13 Fred Simon Gallery exhibition season including eight contemporary Nebraska artists: painter Greg Walter (Blair), sculptor/installation artist Chad Fonfara (Kearney), drawer Travis Hencey (Chadron), drawer Brion Polonic (Omaha), painter Christina Renfer Vogel (Omaha), drawer Nancy Lepo (Omaha), glass artist Corey Broman (Omaha), and installation artist/sculptor Ron Parks (LaVista). Fonfara is currently exhibiting at Museum of Nebraska Art‘s Nebraska Now:  Chad Fonfara, Glass, through January 2012.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Master of Fine Arts students open their studios in Richards Hall and Woods Art Building, October 21, 5-8p.m.  Nineteen students from Toronto to New Orleans will welcome visitors in to share their work in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics as well as their artistic process. The event is free and open to the public.

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