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Gingerbread House, Saint Nick to appear at WheatFields WheatFields restaurant will unveil its annual holiday gingerbread house project the first week in December . each of the past eight years, WheatFields owner Ron Popp has auctioned off a gingerbread house display and donated the money raised to the Salvation Army . Last year’s house was sold at auction for $1,000 . Popp also collects toys and other donations for the charity at his restaurant during the holiday season . Again this year, baker-extraordinaire Kim Slater and her team will bake, assemble and decorate the gingerbread house for exhibit at the One Pacific Place restaurant . The process takes in excess of two months and, according to Popp, grows more elaborate each year . The exhibit will remain on display into the New Year . in addition to the exhibit, WheatFields will host several holiday events, including “Saint Nic’s Saturday” in its Patio Tea Room on December 6 . Sponsored by Spirit Radio and in cooperation with Holy Family Shrine, the event will feature Saint Nic handing out special stories of the “true meaning of Christmas” to visiting children . On December 13, WheatFields will host “Breakfast with Santa .” The event will promote the Salvation Army, and donations of toys and monetary gifts will be collected . Lauritzen Gardens Celebrates the Holidays From November
28 through January 4, 2009, visitors to Lauritzen Gardens can enjoy beautiful nature displays of the season at the Holiday Poinsettia Show . More than 7,000 poinsettia plants are grown in Lauritzen Gardens’ greenhouses for this annual holiday show . This spectacular exhibit includes a 20-foot poinsettia tree, beautifully decorated holiday trees, three antique sleighs and a model train that travels through the display . Daily from 9 a .m .-5 p .m . Cost is $6 adults, $3 children ages 6-12 . On November 30, the sounds of the season can be heard at the Holiday Harmony concert series featuring holiday music on Sunday afternoons . Cost is $6 adults, $3 ages 6-12 . And December 6 and 7, Lauritzen Gardens will host Holiday Happenings, a weekend of holiday e ve nt s, music and c h i l d r e n ’s a c t i v i t i e s . Santa Claus will visit and sit with kids for photos . Cost is $6 adults, $3 ages 6-12 . T h e r e’s something for everyone to enjoy! Lauritzen Gardens – O m a h a’s Botanical Center, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha . visit www .lauritzengardens .org or call 3464002 for more information .
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Joslyn Exhibits Russian Artworks Through January 11, 2009, The Mastercraftsmen of Palekh Miniatures exhibit will be on display at Joslyn Art Museum . The first American exhibition to examine the tradition of hand-painted, lacquered, papiermâché boxes from the Russian village of Palekh (pronounced poleck) . The village, about 125 miles northeast of Moscow, was known before the Russian Revolution as a center for icon painting, but after the advent of official atheism, the craftsman moved away from religious images to a rich and acceptable genre of tourist boxes decorated with Russian folk tales, among other subjects . The exhibition examines the entire range of Palekh artistic production, in sizes ranging from a 1 x1 ½- inch box for beads to a 23
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Compiled by Linda Persigehl paintings of Mexican rural subjects, for which he is most well known . A student of the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City, Rivera was nurtured in the classical tradition but soon became part of the international avantgarde movement that gathered in Paris in the first two decades of the 1900s . Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn . org or call 342-3300 for more information . nOvember eventS 11/1-12/11: Film Streams Repertory Series – Great Directors. Film Streams will celebrate the work of director Stanley Kubrick, beginning with a 40th Anniversary presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey . Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St . Call 9330259 or visit www .filmstreams .org for more information .
"the imperial nutcracker" at the rose theater brings the elegance of 1890s St. Petersburg, russia, to life.
CHECK IT! Dates and times are current as of press time but please call ahead to confirm. OngOing eventS On Sale now: HSM Tickets at The Rose Theater. June 2009, The Rose Theater will debut Disney’s High School Musical . Tickets for this very popular show are on sale now for Rose Theater members only, and going fast! Single ticket sales for HSM to non-members will begin in November . visit www .rosetheater .org for more information . through 11/17: Classical Kids Nominations . Classical 90 .7 KvNO recognizes outstanding young musicians by designating them Classical Kids . There have been 112 Classical Kids since the program’s inception in 1999 . Winners have come from throughout the KvNO listening area and have included students from Lincoln, Columbus, elkhorn, Blair, Gretna, Omaha, and Council Bluff and Crescent, iA . Nomination forms are available at www .kvno .org and will be taken through 11/17, 2008 . For more information, call Anne Hellbusch at 559-5866 . through 11/23: Fall Chrysanthemum Show . The indoor floral display hall is festooned in autumn colors during this Japanese-inspired show, featuring unique chrysanthemums, Japanese maples and water features, bamboo, Zen garden influences and multi-dimensional tiered displays . Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 . Lauritzen Gardens – Omaha’s Botanical Center, 100 Bancroft Street . visit www .lauritzengardens .org, or call 346-4002 for more information .
through 12/28: The Many Faces of David Diaz at Joslyn Art Museum . Caldecott Awardwinning illustrator David Diaz uses bold, dynamic styles to create rich and striking illustrations for expressive children’s books . inspired by the innovation of viennese Secessionists such as Gustave Klimt and egon Schiele, Diaz aims to break away from any constriction and develop his own way of telling stories through art . The exhibition includes 54 original artworks from 15 children’s and young adult books including Smoky Night, Wilma unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman, Going Home, December and The Pot That Juan Built . This exhibition was organized by the National Center for Children’s illustrated Literature (Abilene, TX) . Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . through 1/4/09: Omaha Children’s Museum DinO!saurs: A Prehistoric Expedition DinO!saurs brings a whole new herd of creatures sure to entertain and educate young and old alike . This exhibit features 13 spectacular robotic dinosaurs, including a massive, 22-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex - plus other favorites including Triceratops and Stegosaurus . There’s even a dinosaur nest with eggs and hatchlings . Little paleontologists will love the Dinosaur Dig where they can uncover fossils, and Paleo Camp, where a number of educational activities will be available . Kids can produce images of their favorite dinosaurs at the rub station and control the
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movements of a robotic Duckbill Dinosaur with a hands-on model . Daily Dino Activities with the museum’s education staff will teach kids all they ever wanted to know about these fascinating reptiles . Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S . 20th Street . Call 402-930-2352 or visit www .ocm . org for more information . through 1/4/09: Eyewitness: American Originals from the National Archives . Chronicles some of the most dramatic moments in history: the storming of Bastille in Paris, the explosion of the Hindenburg, and assassination of President Kennedy . Cost is $7 adults, $6 age 62+, $5 ages 3-12, free 2 and under . Durham Museum, 801 S . 10th St ., Omaha . visit www .durhammuseum .org or call 444-5071 for more information . through 1/11/09: Fantasy Uncoiled: Prints by CoBrA Artists at Joslyn Art Museum . This print gallery exhibition celebrates three important suites of lithographs acquired by Joslyn in 2007 . CoBrA, an acronym for the members’ cities of origin — Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam — is one of the great abstract expressionistic movements of the 20th century . Though their formal relationship lasted a mere three years, artists such as eugene Brands, Mogens Balle, and Anton Rooskens forged lifelong commitments to the primal and fantastic . initially resistant to printmaking, an introduction to lithography allowed them to produce multiples while preserving their hallmark spontaneity . The resulting prints
pulled from images painted by the artists directly on lithographic stones are vividly colored and alive with childlike energy . Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . through 1/11/09: The Mastercraftsmen of Palekh Miniatures at Joslyn Art Museum . The first American exhibition to examine the tradition of handpainted, lacquered, papier-mâché boxes from the Russian village of Palekh (pronounced poleck) . The village, about 125 miles northeast of Moscow, was known before the Russian Revolution as a center for icon painting, but after the advent of official atheism, the craftsman moved away from religious images to a rich and acceptable genre of tourist boxes decorated with Russian folk tales, among other subjects . The exhibition examines the entire range of Palekh artistic production, in sizes ranging from a 1 x1 ½- inch box for beads to a 23 x 17-inch jewelry box decorated to honor Stalin . The display also includes icons, other boxes, and decorative objects such as easter eggs . Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . through 1/18/09: Diego Rivera Exhibit at Joslyn Art Museum . Drawn from the collection of the Museum of Art of the State of veracruz in Orizaba, Mexico, the approximately 35 works in this exhibition survey the entire career of Diego Rivera, including his earliest work in Mexico and his period of study in Paris, where his paintings took on the influence of impressionism, and later, as a colleague of Picasso, Cubism . The exhibition culminates with examples of Rivera’s monumental
11/1: Opera Omaha’s Find Your Voice Day. A day of fun for every age, including workshops for children, poetry readings, scrap booking of your opera memories, and the popular voices in Residence interactive performance – all FRee at Barnes & Noble . A portion of the day’s sale proceeds from all area Barnes & Noble stores will be donated to Opera Omaha . 9 a .m . – 10 p .m . Barnes & Noble-Oak view, 3333 Oak view Dr . Contact Tara Cowherd at 346-4398 x217 or tcowherd@operaomaha .org for more information . 11/2: Opera Omaha – Omaha Symphony Choral Collaborative. Opera Omaha joins the Omaha Symphony in a collaborative venture with seven area high school choirs, members of the Opera Omaha Chorus, guest soloists of Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony Resident Conductor ernest Richardson, and the musicians of the Omaha Symphony for a performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center . in the weeks prior to the performances, students are taught the fundamentals of proper vocal technique by Opera Omaha Resident Music Director J . Gawf and discuss careers in the arts, which culminates with experiencing an unparalleled live performance of a large symphonic choral work . Admission is $10 . 7:30 p .m . at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th & Douglas streets . Contact Tara Cowherd at 346-4398 x217 or tcowherd@operaomaha .org for more information . 11/3: Omaha Community Playhouse hosts Adam Epstein . in celebration of its 23rd anniversary, OCP presents an afternoon of conversation with Broadway producer Adam epstein . The Tony-award winner for Hairspray will meet with guests at a social hour at 10:30 a .m .; an 11:00 a .m . presentation with epstein and a 12:30 p .m . luncheon will follow . Omaha Community Playhouse, Cass Street and Fonda Drive . For details, visit w w w .omahaplayhouse .com .
11/6-11/9: Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair Hundreds of the Nation’s finest artists and craftspeople from all over the country display and sell their handcrafted wares . voted one of the top 100 shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine! Thurs . and Fri . 11 a .m .9 p .m ., Sat . 9 a .m .-7 p .m . and Sun . 10 a .m .-5 p .m . Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors, children under 10 are free . Quest Center Omaha, 455 N . 10th St . visit www .hpifestivals . com or call 331-2889 for more information . 11/7: Opera Omaha Guild’s Cotillion Graduation . The six Cotillion classes culminate together in an elegant and fun evening . Students put their new skills into practice and enjoy dinner and dancing . included in class tuition (additional cost for parents is $60 .00 per parent .) 6 p .m . at Qwest Center Omaha, 415 N . 10th St . Contact Tom Chandler, Director of Patron Programs at 402-346-4398 x 111 or tchandler@operaomaha .org . 11/7: Salvation Army Bell Ringer Campaign Kickoff . The Salvation Army’s annual fundraiser kicks off in Omaha! This year, bring your family and friends to help ring bells! Bell ringers from schools, business groups & service clubs are also encouraged . Without your leadership in volunteering your time, our efforts would be severely curtailed! To learn details or sign up online, visit www .ringomaha .org, or call 898-6000 . 11/7-11/9: THE RAT PACK – Live at the Sands . The Rat Pack - Live at the Sands is the hottest and coolest party in town! You won’t find anything like it anywhere else . it’s the Rat Pack - and it’s live! Ring-a-ding-ding! Tickets start at $28 . Orpheum Theatre, 409 S . 16th St . Call 345-0606 for performance times and tickets, or visit www .omahaperformingarts . org for more info . 11/7: Rememb ering Kristallnacht. Bob Cohen will speak on “Remembering Kristallnacht after 70 Years” – Temple israel, 7:30 p .m . The institute for Holocaust education and the Omaha Community will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass . Kristallnacht was the organized destruction of synagogues, Jewish houses and shops, accompanied by arrests of individual Jews, which took place in Germany and Austria under the Nazis on the night of Nov . 9-10, 1938 . 11/7-11/23: Chanticleer presents Arsenic and Old Lace . Chanticleer Community Theater will present the classic murder comedy play Arsenic and Old Lace . 830 Franklin Ave ., Council Bluffs . Tickets and more information available at 712-323-9955 or www .chanticleertheater .com
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11/8: Met Opera Live at Film Streams. Live, high-def broadcast of Dr . Atomic, from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC . Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Webster St . Call 933-0259 or visit www . filmstreams .org for more info . 11/8-11/9: Fall Home Show & Green Expo. Annual expo of new home manufacturers, contractors, remodeling ideas, green products, windows, cookware, sunrooms, carpeting and furniture and more! Sat . 10 a .m .8 p .m . and Sun . 11 a .m .-5 p .m . Mid-America Center, exit 52 on i-29, Council Bluffs, iA . Call 712323-0551 or visit www .jrexpos . com for more information . 11/8: Mariachi Band Concert at Joslyn. Latino Productions & Management presents a concert by Mariachi Luna Y Sol, voted the premier mariachi in the Midwest . The free concert is 10 a .m . -12 p .m . at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . 11/9: Organ Vesper Series Presents. The Organ vesper Series presents Csaba endelyi on viola . The free afternoon concert begins at 3 p .m . at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S . 114th St . Call 333-7466 or visit www .organvesper .com for more information . 11/9: Schoolhouse Harmonica Workshop/Concert. The Old Avoca Schoolhouse, Avoca, Ne, will host a harmonica workshop and concert at 1 p .m . A $15 fee includes a harmonica and admission to the concert at 2:30 p .m . Admission for all others is $5 for adults, $1 for children . For more information, call 402-275-3221, or send an e-mail to g-s@alltel 11/9: Kristallnacht Commemoration. A C o m m u n i t y - w i d e Commemoration and Multimedia presentation of 70 years since Kristallnacht, and a musical expression by Omaha professional musicians . Presented by the institute for Holocaust education . 5 p .m . at Witherspoon Concert Hall, Joslyn Museum, 2200 Dodge St . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . 11/9: Omaha: Portraits of Survival. exhibition by Photographer David Radler will be displayed in the Joslyn Fountain Court, Joslyn Museum, 2200 Dodge St . This exhibit will then be displayed at the Jewish Community Center, 333 S . 132nd Street, through December 15, 2009 . visit www .joslyn .org or call 342-3300 for more information . 11/11: Metro Womenâ€™s Club Luncheon and Silent Auction to benefit The Hope Center for Kids. 11:30 a .m . at the Faith Westwood united Church cafeteria . $12 pre-registration required by contacting Mary ellen Anderson at 630-9924 .
11/11-11/13: â€œHome for the Holidaysâ€? at Nebraska Med Center . The Clarkson Service League is sponsoring this threeday holiday event, hosted at the Nebraska Medical Center . Tues ., Nov . 11th: wine and cheese reception, 5-8 p .m ., in the Lower Storz Pavilion; Wed ., Nov . 12th: 12 noon luncheon and fashion show following, Storz Pavilion, shopping 7 a .m .-5 p .m .; Thurs ., Nov . 13th: shopping from 8 a .m . - 3 p .m . 11/11 â€“ 11/13: Santaâ€™s Preview Christmas Boutique, â€œHome for the Holidays.â€? Features gift items and holiday merchandise . At The Nebraska Medical Center, sponsored by the Clarkson Service League . Proceeds benefit cancer care at The Nebraska Medical Center and the development of the Acute-in-Patient Rehabilitation Therapy Center . Wine and cheese reception Nov . 11 from 5-8 p .m . Shopping on Nov . 12 from 7-5 p .m . Luncheon, fashion show and raffle on Nov . 12 . Boutique open from 8-3 on Nov . 13 . For more information, call 559-4197 . 11/13: Heartland Family Service Salute to Families Awards. Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs . $25 adults, $10 children . Call (402) 5527426 for more information .
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