Last weekend, The Union for Contemporary Art opens its doors to the public to share their programs and work in North Omaha including the new North Omaha Tool Library, a community garden project, and their current Fellows’ output. Now they are opening up applications for their Fall 2012 Fellowship Program. The Union Fellowships are open to all artists working in the contemporary genre including visual artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. Deadline is September 1.

Abstract Concrete Graffiti Throwdown 2012 goes down August 25 at Bancroft Street Market. Artist teams can enter to be in one of eight teams battling the clock and each other in the “test of originality, style and skills” by emailing four pictures of work to plus a $25 nonrefundable entry fee to the Deer Park Neighborhood Association. Deadline August 17. Awards include cash and gift cards. Find Abstract Concrete Grafitti Throwdown on Facebook.

Drink and draw with fellow artists at Drink n Draw Before School at House of Loom Wednesday August 15, 7-9pm. Bring your own supplies, be ready to create from live models. $5, 19+.

At House of Loom’s VeRBal GuMBo Thursday, August 16, artists will join in with the monthly live spoken word event.  Starting at 7pm, hosts Michelle Troxclair and Felicia Webster aka Withlove,Felicia introduce vivacious open mic of poets and spoken word artists while artists Gerard Pefung, Kim Darling, Gabrielle Liwaru, Shucura Huggins and others create inspired by the performances. The event is open to all audiences for $5; at 9pm the event is 21+. Every third Thursday at House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St., VeRBal GuMBo presents various themes inviting community members to come together and express themselves.

In Lincoln, Turning Inside Out at Sheldon Museum of Art runs through September 9, exploring the world of video through work by Joan Jonas, Nam June Paik and Jennifer Steinkamp. The pioneering videos Vertical Roll (1972) by Joan Jonas and Global Groove (1973) by Nam June Paik offer a revolutionary view of the power of television in the 1970s through their technological savvy and artistic creativity. Stimulating soundtracks, repetitive rhythms, and evocative visuals coerce viewers to participate. Equally engaging is the animation “Marie Curie” by contemporary artist Jennifer Steinkamp. The site-specific, computer-generated videos synthesize the real and the virtual, dissolving architectural space into an experience filled with color, light, and motion using the flowers said to be gardened by the Nobel Prize winning scientist Curie.

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