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(l-r) What Cheer’s John Henry Müller, Alex Gates and John Hobbs hold an impromptu conference over coffee.

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The Mastercraft Revival A building dedicated to craftsmanship finds new life as a creatives’ den story by Leo Adam Biga | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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astercraft has joined Saddle Creek Records, Slowdown, Film Streams, Hot Shops and Creighton University as a North Downtown anchor, turning a once forlorn urban terrain into a vital creative class corridor. Since its flex-spaces opened two years ago, the renovated Mastercraft Building at 1111 North 13th Street has become home to 20 mostly creative-based small businesses. For decades the threeblock-long, circa 1941 structure housed the Mastercraft Furniture manufacturing company. The building’s loft-style modular layout boasts high ceilings, skylights, exposed rough sawn lumber joists, and concrete floors reminiscent of the Old Market’s industrial-warehouse spaces. The cool, classic, retro aesthetic appeals to artists and entrepreneurs. The ample free parking, easy interstateairport access and reasonable lease rates, plus a perch right in the heart of trendy North Downtown (NoDo), are magnets, too. John Henry Müller’s website design firm What Cheer was already in NoDo when, in need of larger digs, his biz became the first Mastercraft tenant in December 2009. “We loved the building. The raw industrial feel piqued our interest, but it wasn’t until hearing owner Bob Grinnell’s vision and passion for refurbishing this old beast of a building that it became a serious consideration for us,” says MÜller. Ben Drickey, who just relocated his Torchwerks motion image studio there, says besides being “a stylin’ hip place…it’s a rare and exciting opportunity for people to be a part of revitalizing their city, and I’m very happy and proud to be a part of it.” Unlike the self-contained Old Market and its dense development, North Downtown is a sprawling patchwork. But there’s little doubt it’s emerged as a major cultural district in its own right. Music, film, art, design, education, athletics and hospitality all maintain a strong presence there. The

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Top: Ben Drickey of Torchwerks in his studio at Mastercraft, which he describes as “a stylin’ hip place.” Above: Megan Hunt of CAMP says she appreciates the nurturing environment of Mastercraft. Hunt brings her daughter, Alice, to work on occasion.

district’s most public venues—TD Ameritrade Park, the CenturyLink Center, Lewis & Clark Landing and the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge—are destination attractions. It’s also a residential neighborhood with Creighton student housing, Kellom Heights, the TipTop, Omaha Riverfront condos, and Saddle Creek live-work spaces. The Mastercraft adds to this mix a burgeoning creative collective under one roof. “It’s a very engaged community and you can’t stay an outsider for very long,” says Megan Hunt, owner of CAMP Coworking, a venture she opened there after “immediately falling in love” with the site. “I knew that coming into the North Downtown community on the ground floor would be a wise business move, and working in this neighborhood during such high growth has been really beneficial.” “It’s grown into a really creative and nurturing place to work,” says Hunt, who also operates her Princess Lasertron custom bridal design business from there. A shared entry and common corridor connect the various businesses, whose doors are almost always open to walk-in traffic and impromptu interaction. “The building is wide open and it just sort of exudes this creative energy,” says Eric Downs, owner of the branding and design company Grain & Mortar. “There’s a great collaborative atmosphere that happens. We can walk out into the hallway readonlinenow.com

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Above: Secret Penguin’s digs reflect the fun approach of the youth branding agency. Here, a neighbor’s daughter visits for some swing time, and Penguin’s creative director/owner Dave Nelson catches some air while skateboarding.

and ask anyone, ‘Are you guys dealing with this? Do you ever have this problem?’ You don’t get that anywhere else. We go to lunch all the time as groups. If things slow down, we go out and play in the hallway, literally, bringing out skateboards and scooters.” Frisbee, too. “There’s always people popping in and out of each other’s studios to say hello or ask questions,” says Dave Nelson, owner of youth branding agency Secret Penguin. He says he most enjoys “being around like-minded people and friends.” “Everyone here kind of understands each other,” Downs says. Don’t get Downs wrong; it’s not all about playtime. “We work really hard,” he says, “but it’s fun to know that a break from work is right out the door or right down the street. That definitely goes a long way to keep you creatively charged.” Nelson says, “We’ve created areas within our own studio to draw, to skateboard, to swing on swings, to read books and any other thing you need to do to get your creative mind going in

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a productive way.” The camaraderie extends to serious businessto-business commerce. Hunt says when she needs photography or graphic design, she calls on neighboring businesses specializing in those services. Cross-referrals happen all the time. “As creatives, our world revolves around referrals,” says Downs. “We’re very sensitive to that fact. The ultimate compliment you can give someone is to refer business to them, and that’s definitely the case here. It’s just an unspoken understanding that that’s what we do for each other.” “When you work so closely with people, you really appreciate and respect their businesses,” says Hunt. “There is an eclectic mix of professionals around and the building is becoming quickly populated with talented entrepreneurs. We jive well with those individuals and we all have benefited from having each other’s business around,” says Bill Sitzmann, a partner in minorwhite studios photography.

“The vibe of the building reflects how we like to work,” says Muller, who likes its “vibrant, inviting atmosphere.” Building owner Bob Grinnell doesn’t take credit for this creatives’ haven, but he welcomes it and sees ever-growing interest in the site. With 140,000 square feet to lease, he can accommodate dozens more businesses. Downs considers Grinnell an ideal landlord. “What is extremely attractive is that he’s here every day. We like the way he runs the building and engages with the businesses here,” says Downs. “We feel like he has our best interests at heart.” Mastercraft tenants hold occasional public events. Each second Friday, CAMP hosts an open creative work time from 6 p.m. to midnight. For the complete tenant directory and tourleasing info, visit www.themastercraft.com. Read more of Leo Adam Biga’s work at leoadambiga.wordpress.com readonlinenow.com


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There’s just no other place like [Capitol Lounge] in Omaha, even downtown.

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ot long ago, the Old Market’s cobblestone streets, eclectic eateries, and bustling bars were the only sure bet for those heading eastward to enjoy a night on the town. But, with the recent development of NoDo, Omahans now have a multitude of new venues from which to choose. And, subsequently, Capitol Lounge and Supper Club is quickly becoming one of the city’s biggest hotspots. Located on 10th and Capitol, the three-story dance club and restaurant is comprised of two antique buildings and divided into several distinct areas. The first level is home to a full bar and dining area, highlighted by exposed brick, sleek furniture, eclectic art, and two projector TVs. While settling in, it’s impossible not to appreciate the formally dressed staff or the elevated go-go dancers dotting the scenery. Capitol offers an extensive, flavorful menu with a notable selection of champagnes, fine wines and satisfying brews. “Not only do we have a really fun atmosphere,” says owner, Jason Himberger, “but we pride ourselves on having top-notch food.

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It’s the perfect place to have a great dinner with a group of friends.” The Bang-Bang Shrimp, in particular, is worth writing home about. And stop in on a Thursday night for all-you-candrink beer at just $8. After a meal at Capitol, there’s really no reason to leave. The second level features an expansive, mirror-lined dance floor and impressively high ceilings. The sophisticated light system, lasers, fog and snow machines, roomshaking dance music, and energetic crowd will put anyone in the mood to move. But before you venture upstairs, don’t forget to stop at the photo booth that automatically uploads your picture to Capitol’s website. The third level, which houses the DJ booth and overlooks the second floor, is only open to those considered VIPs. Call Capitol in advance omahapublications.com


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to reserve bottle service and a VIP table. As a VIP, you’ll have access to the smoking balcony and the mezzanine, which boasts exposed brick, white leather couches, and a full bar that overlooks the dining area. “I love the cool, comfortable atmosphere,” shares Randy Romanik, owner of Signature Lawns and Landscaping and a regular at Capitol. “There’s just no other place like it in Omaha, even downtown. It’s a great place to hang out, have dinner, dance, and meet people.” Ideal for corporate events, birthday parties, and bachelor/bachelorette parties, Capitol Lounge has emerged as one of Omaha’s premier entertainment destinations. Additionally, Capitol often hosts “Pride Night,” a monthly celebration sponsored by The Nebraska AIDS Project. “We’re really excited about what’s happening at Capitol,” says Himberger. “We welcome everyone here for an incredible time.” For more information about Capitol, visit www.capitolomaha.com or call (402)-934-5999. readonlinenow.com

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Rosene’s Dream Interior designer Cheri Rosene’s condo atop the Farnam 1600 Building story by Judy Horan | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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heri Rosene had everything she wanted in her condominium on the top floor of the Farnam 1600 Building—except a kitchen. She was delighted. As an interior designer, she wanted a clean palette to work with. Rosene set to work remodeling. A kitchen complete with pantry was constructed by Zongkers Custom Woods of Omaha. Inexplicably, a parlor-size pool table sits between the kitchen and sitting area. It’s 100 years old. “I like to mix contemporary and old,” Rosene said. A bedroom with a high ceiling was remodeled into two rooms, one on top of the other. One of the rooms, a smaller bedroom, sits above in a loft. A pedestal bed, refrigerator and television make the sleeping space cozy. An all-purpose room, about 15 feet by 5 feet in diameter, is tucked below the loft. The room’s bookcases swing open and reveal storage and laundry areas. The small room is used for an office, a guest room (just haul in a bed), a dressing room and other purposes. Rosene grew up in Sioux City, Iowa, and moved to Omaha three years ago. At one time, she lived on an acreage with horses and llamas. Now she lives in a condo with spectacular views and a Lionhead rabbit named “Finally.” The sleepy-eyed bunny greets visitors from his enclosed landscaping in the front entrance. While visitors watch, the mild-mannered rabbit naps and nibbles. “He’s like a plant with a personality,” Rosene said of her pet. She has a great view from her elevated bedroom. On the main level’s south side, large plantation shutters open wide

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Views of Downtown Omaha abound from Rosene’s living room, which is decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary pieces and antiques.

The kitchen’s tight corners are utilized well with an antique buffet. And even with a small kitchen, Rosene still finds room for art.

so they don’t block the view. Nothing blocks the view of the Gene Leahy Mall, Old Market and ConAgra’s green space on the east side. Painted antique doors lead into a bathroom where she plans to add a waterfall in the shower and enjoy the tranquil sound. Storage space is at a premium. The 750-square-foot, one-bedroom condo hides storage beneath a landing on the stairs leading to the loft. Rosene rents additional storage space in the basement. Amenities in the building also include covered parking, laundry rooms, a fitness center, and small library. Each piece of art in the condo has a story. She remembers spotting an art fair in County Kerry, Ireland, while riding on a bus and frantically

trying to find the fair again. Finally, a restaurant owner took pity on her and drove her there. That painting hangs in the kitchen. “I can’t pass up an art fair.” Hers is one of 80 condos in the Farnam 1600 Building that also houses two floors of executive suites. Built in 1916 for First National Bank of Omaha, the steel-frame building was restored to its original white brick and polished granite exterior. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ninety-six years ago, the 14-story former bank structure was considered a high-rise. Today, First National owns the 40-story First National Tower at 16th and Dodge streets, the tallest building between Chicago and Denver.

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Jewel-tone accessories and glass accents, which gleam in the sunshine, add color and interest to the condo’s neutral walls.

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I’m pretty lucky in that I’ve had the opportunity to show my work so often. -Bart Vargas

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Bart Vargas

Road Warrior For Art

story by David Williams | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

Bull’s Eye, 2011 Painting, Mixed Media on Panel

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he tradesman is often easily identifiable by his callused hands. The avid knitter in any crowd may be given away by the telltale wrist support worn to compensate for carpel tunnel syndrome. For painter and sculptor Bart Vargas, it’s his ride that acts as something of a badge of honor. “It’s a beat-up 2000 Grand Caravan with about 190,000 hard miles on it,” said the Bellevue native who lives in Council Bluffs. “It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it still runs and it has taken me all over the country.” In 2011 alone, the soon-to-be teenaged minivan, a restive assemblage of rattles and rust, carried Vargas and his works to 13 exhibitions in eight states throughout all corners of the land, augmenting his local representation through Anderson O’Brien Fine Art. “There are many great artists in Omaha,” said Vargas, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture, “but I’m pretty lucky in that I’ve had the opportunity to show my work so often.” He recently completed his MFA studies at the University of Minnesota. Luck, not surprisingly, had little to do with it. Just like his blue Grand Caravan, Vargas is a workhorse. “I’m in my studio seven days a readonlinenow.com

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NOVA 8, 2011 Painting, Mixed Media on Panel

PINWHEEL, 2010 Painting, Mixed Media on Panel

Vargas with his sculpture ISOSAHEDRON, 2011

week,” he added with a “that’s what artists are supposed to do” shrug. Born into an Air Force family, Vargas is no stranger to hard work or travel, having served six years in the Nebraska Air National Guard stationed in France and Bosnia. The engine in his minivan is seldom allowed to cool, but such was the case in 2010 when Vargas cruised at 35,000 feet as one of only 14 American artists invited to participate in the prestigious Fourth Beijing International Art Biennial at the National Art Museum of China. Last year Vargas returned to Beijing—where his trademark dreadlocks were an especially alien sight—for a residency at the Shangyuan Art Museum. It was there that he further honed a signature style, one found in eye-popping paintings that feature a vivid rainbow of repetitive, “stripey” hues, and quirky sculptures, most often orbs, that re-purpose such found objects as computer keys and other discarded materials. Can art be at once naïve and sophisticated? Simple and sublime? “I strive to keep my work approachable and democratic,” the

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blue-collar artist explained during an interview at a Midtown coffee shop. “I use recognizable forms and patterns in work that is just meant to make people happy. My sculptures made of recycled trash carry a dumpster-diving environmental message, but most of my paintings are just meant to make people smile.” Like many artists, Vargas first showed his work in humble coffee shops and pizza joints. The notion of a meteoric rise in the art world is not limited to mythical stories born in New York, Paris, and Berlin. Vargas graduated in 2007 with a BFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the same year that he was recognized as the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards’ Emerging Artist of the Year. Three short years and countless miles on the odometer later, Vargas was representing America in China. Last I saw of the hardest-working artist in Omaha, he was behind the wheel of the hardest-working minivan in Omaha as it sputtered and wheezed in an anemic assault on a decidedly smallish hill along Farnam Street. readonlinenow.com


Downtown Story Chef Jerry Meyer leads a wine tasting at Cubby’s Old Market. Reservations for the popular event are recommended; currently there’s a waiting list.

Cubby’s Wine Tasting Indulge in some fine eats and drinks in the most unusual of venues story by Stacie Ortmeier | photos by Jess Ewald

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ttending a wine tasting event usually involves a variety of wines, good food, and the best of company. Chef Jerry Meyer creates an enjoyable ambiance that suits wine enthusiasts in an unsuspecting environment…a gas station convenience store. Cubby’s Old Market wine tastings began in the fall of 2008 and the concept has been the brainchild of Chef Meyer. “I just thought it was something that would work,” he said. The sitting area of the convenience store is converted to a dining area with linen table cloths, fresh flowers, and an eclectic array of dishware. “We’re not in a high-end restaurant with lots of ambiance,” Meyer said. “But, it’s not stuffy here. It’s a lot of fun and people really enjoy coming.” On the third Wednesday of each month, Cubby’s Old Market hosts an average of 50 people to sample and enjoy an average of six different wines that range from $14-$30 per bottle. Meyer admits there’s a reason for this. “We don’t tend to be on the high side,” he said. “Wines have to be approachable and not your every day kind of wine.”

It’s a lot of fun and people really enjoy coming.

-Jerry Meyer

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Top Right: Wine enthusiasts enjoy an evening out. Center Right: Meyer with assistant and girlfriend Rebecca Stuts.

Wines are selected from around the world and vary from whites, reds, dessert wines, and ports. Meyer works with wine distributors to present each wine during the tastings, and he is given the creative license in designing menu items to complement the selected wines for the evening. Food selections may include entrees, vegetable dishes, and accompanying desserts. Example pairings may include a chocolate French toast sandwich with a red wine blend, lobster quesadillas and a pinot grigio, or mushroom crusted tuna with Asian slaw with a pinot noir. While many wine tasting events can range from $35-75 per evening, Cubby’s offers a great value. Participants pay $20 each for the six wines and food is included. “I have lived in the Old Market for several years and heard about it through the Old Market grapevine,” Eileen Sawyers said. “[It’s the] best wine tasting value in Omaha.” Sawyers also appreciates the eclectic crowd. “[It’s] very fun and always informative.” Wine distributors and makers are no strangers to the Cubby’s Old Market wine events. Meyer recalls a California winemaker balking initially at the idea of attending a wine tasting in a gas station. It didn’t take long to win him over due to the atmosphere, the crowd turnout, and the participants’ eagerness to learn. “It’s very much a social thing,” Meyer said. “Some regulars have been coming almost every month since we began.” In the end, the California winemaker told Meyers it was one of the best wine tastings he’d ever been to. Wine tasters vary by age and geography. Many are from the Old Market area while others travel from as far as Blair and West Omaha for the events. “It’s fun to go with a friend or two,” Sawyers added. The success of the events has grown over the last four years and reservations are recommended one month in advance. Events take place from 7 to 9 in the evenings and reservations can be made by calling Cubby’s Old Market at 402-341-2900.

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Mike Hall Head Brewmaster of Upstream Brewing Company story by Kara Schweiss | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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Imperial Stout (its Upstream incarnation is Snowblind Imperial Stout), originating from his own homebrew recipe and eventually canned and distributed nationally. “Even though I don’t work for them anymore, you still find it around the United States. It’s kind of a good feeling and probably my biggest success professionally,” Hall says. Despite his accomplishments, after seven years in production brewing Hall says he found himself “burned out” and craving new challenges, which inspired him to relocate with his wife (who, ironically, dislikes beer) and son to Nebraska in late 2008 to take on the head brewmaster job at Upstream, his first brewpub position. “It allows you a lot of creativity for your local market so you’re not stuck…doing the same four beers over and over again like when you are in production brewing,” he says. Hall oversees brewing operations and distribution for both Upstream locations (Old Market and the Legacy location at 171st and West Center Road) and also manages education and training for bar and restaurant staff on the ins and outs of craft beer, from terminology to serving temperature and proper glassware. He also coordinates beer release events and, for the first time in his brewing career, interacts with the end user. “You have to be in front of your guests a lot, you have to keep the vibe going, in a sense. A lot of people think it’s a job where you mix some things up and you sit around and drink beer all day and have a great time, but it’s not all that easy,” he says, chuckling. Both Upstream locations offer 11 beers on draught: six full-time, year-round beers; three seasonal offerings (wheat, lager and dark) that vary by location; and two “brewer’s whims”, which allow Hall to happily indulge his creative side. “I do repeat some of my seasonal beers, but I usually like to keep it pretty fresh for the most part and keep things coming in new,” Hall says. readonlinenow.com

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leek black accents contrast with exposed brick walls painted crisp, clean white. Large mirrored panels make the bustling dining area appear more spacious and inviting. A vase with a big bouquet of colorful blooms adorns the room’s focal point—a green Italian marble bar that fills up fast whether it’s lunch hour or happy hour. A fixture of Omaha’s Old Market, M’s Pub marks its 40th anniversary this year. The restaurant hasn’t changed all that much since the late Mary Vogel opened it in 1972. Throughout the years, the popular lunch and dinner destination has retained its cozy, cosmopolitan vibe, attracting a diverse and loyal clientele of business travelers, out-of-towners, and Omahans from downtown dwellers to suburbanites. Despite a shaky economy, rising food costs, ever-increasing competition from chains, and decreased discretionary spending among some consumers, M’s has weathered the challenges well, say co-owners Ann Mellen and Ron Samuelson. Mellen’s family purchased M’s Pub in 1979, and she began working there the following year. “I love being in the restaurant business,” Mellen says. “It’s really fun because you never know what the day’s going to bring.” After moving back to Omaha from Denver in 1986, Samuelson started at M’s as a server before eventually partnering with Mellen to buy the business from her parents. Its continued success, they say, is due in part to consistent quality in food, an ideal location in the heart of the Old Market, good value and warm, attentive service. “It’s a happy place. People feel comfortable here,” Mellen says. “Women feel comfortable sitting at the bar by themselves. It’s safe and welcoming.” The restaurant seats 95 guests with additional seating on the patio, a prime people-watching spot when it’s warm. Around the corner from M’s is the duo’s contemporary Italian restaurant, Vivace, which opened in 1993. “It’s in the challenges that I find the enjoyment,” Samuelson says of his work. “The creativity is also very exciting to me. It’s an interesting blend of trying to marry the business side of the restaurant with the artistic side.”

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Ann Mellon and Ron Samuelson, Co-owners of M’s Pub

The won’t-break-the-budget menu ranges from soups, salads, and sandwiches to steaks and seafood. There are several simple yet inventive dishes with fresh, local ingredients, as well as escargot, lahvosh and other globally accented fare. The eatery’s relaxed yet elegant atmosphere attracts a mix of diners, from college students clad in a t-shirt and skinny jeans to symphonygoers wearing a suit and tie. Many visitors start their evening there before attending concerts, art exhibits, sporting events, recitals, and other performances at area venues. “We get very, very busy before events,” Mellen says. The M’s crew consists of several longtime employees, something patrons seem to appreciate. “With that kind of longevity, you develop a relationship,” says Samuelson. “There’s a real comfort and familiarity.” Jeffrey “Smitty” Schmidt and Trey Knott, who both serve as bartenders and managers, have been there for nearly 18 years. Other familiar faces include Jaime Ishii, who handles everything from hosting to bartending to serving. Executive chef Bobby Mekiney leads the culinary team, which also includes chefs Kelly Schwarz and John Rea. Open daily, M’s Pub is located at 422 S. 11th St. Information: (402) 342-2550 and www.MsPubOmaha.com. readonlinenow.com

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2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament The CenturyLink Center in Omaha will be hosting a portion of the 74th Annual Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on March 16 and 18. Sixty-eight teams will enter the tournament and play at one of the eight designated second- and third-round sites. CenturyLink Center Omaha will host three of those contests—two second-round games and one third-round game. Session 1 is on Friday, March 16 at 1 p.m., and Session 2 is at 5 p.m. The winners from Friday’s games will proceed to play in Session 3, which will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. “For those college basketball fans that follow it year-round and with great passion, it’s a good way to see it up close and personal,” tournament manager Kevin Sarver says. This is the third time the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament has come to Omaha. Sarver says the event was very well received in 2008 with positive feedback from the NCAA, media, and fans. “The media thought it was an event that went off without a hitch from all of their perspectives,” Sarver says. Very few changes are being made in preparation for this year’s tournament, he added. “The only difference that fans will notice is semantics,” Sarver explains. “Back in ’08, we held the first and second rounds. Technically, the rounds we’re hosting this year are the second and third rounds.” Two teams that won NCAA tournament games in Omaha—Kansas in 2008 and Marquette in 1977—succeeded in going on to take the national title. “You may have a chance to see another national championship team,” Sarver says.

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Show jumping will be among the competitions featured in The International Omaha, though courses will be set up indoors at CenturyLink Center.

The International Omaha Equestrian Event The Omaha Equestrian Foundation, a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, will present The International Omaha Equestrian Event on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The event will feature a variety of equestrian competitions as well as provide educational opportunities to the public. “We will have a 10-station interactive display brought by EquiMania!,” says Susan Runnels, executive director for The International. EquiMania! is an interactive youth education program and exhibition designed to teach kids about horse health and safety. “This will be only their second appearance in the U.S.,” Runnels added. The International will showcase three show-jumping formats, including high jump, speed class and grand prix, with each course averaging 13 jumps. “Show jumping is a beautiful, fast and exciting sport that, because of the incredible effort and heart of the horses involved, has the ability to capture a broad audience,” Runnels says. An equestrian event is unique in that it’s the only Olympic sport where men and women compete directly against each other. About 150 professional and amateur horse riders will compete at The International. Omaha has never hosted an event like this before. “In fact, there hasn’t been a horse show production like this in the United States,” Runnels says. Families and people of all ages are encouraged to attend this event, Runnels says, as there is something for everyone. “You can get up and close to horses,” Runnels says. “During the day, which is free, you have our equine expo with food, beverages, unique shopping, and interactive displays. And in the evening, you have a fast-paced, exciting sport to watch.”

2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials The CenturyLink Center in Omaha will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Swim Trials from June 25 through July 2. “The excitement in the swimmers and the intensity of the competition is unlike any other sporting event,” says Doug Parrott, a spokesman for the trials. Preliminary trials will begin at 10 a.m. daily and finals will be held at 7 p.m. daily. Omaha previously hosted the swim trials in 2008 and brought in a little over 160,000 fans. “We smashed the attendance record for a swimming event in the U.S.,” Parrott says. Even greater attendance is expected this year, as tickets are selling even quicker. “Our goal is to make 2012 even bigger and better,” Parrott says. The trials provide great exposure for the city of Omaha. In fact, Omaha was mentioned several continued on next page >> readonlinenow.com

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times during televised events from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “The media exposure Omaha received from the events [in 2008] was almost more than you can imagine,” Parrott explains. He anticipates even more exposure this year as NBC may carry live all eight nights of the trials, instead of just four nights as in 2008. Fans can expect to see even better competition than the previous trials Omaha hosted, says Parrott. In all, 1,500 swimmers with qualifying times will descend on our city. “There’s going to be some incredible names and incredible competition,” Parrott explains. “Michael Phelps will go down as the greatest Olympian ever, and you can see him in Omaha, Neb. Missy Franklin will probably be in 2012 the greatest female athlete in the world, and she will be in Omaha.”

2012 NCAA Volleyball Regional Tournament The CenturyLink Center in Omaha will host a portion of the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Regional Tournament on Friday, December 7 and Satirday, December 8. Other regional tournament sites include: Berkeley, Calif.; Austin, Texas; and Lafayette, Ind. Finals will be held in Louisville, Ken. This will be the third time the CenturyLink Center has hosted the event. The center previously hosted the regional tournament in 2005 and 2009.

2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships Omaha will host the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the CenturyLink Center from January 20 through January 27, 2013. The event is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event and will crown champions in 12 different events, including ladies’, men’s, pairs, and ice dancing at the senior, junior and novice levels. The championships are the final qualifying event for the U.S. World Figure Skating Team. This is the first time Omaha has hosted the event. Tickets for all the above events can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the CenturyLink Center box office.

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Downtown Downtown hiStory Story The Dubliner’s Frank and Cindy Vance have worked to preserve the historic building’s details and charm.

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f you can’t get to Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a little piece of Ireland nestled underground at 1205 Harney Street in the Old Market, its basement entrance rising out of the sidewalk as suddenly as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. “We’ve been extremely fortunate that it’s been so successful because it’s not like it’s in the middle of a high-traffic area where you drive down the street and go ‘there’s The Dubliner!’,” owner Frank Vance says. “It’s in the basement, there’s a little rock out front and that’s about it.” The Dubliner Pub’s patrons “drink up” today, but the building’s original customers were more likely to “hitch up” during its 1894 start as a tack supply business. And no one could “loosen up” there in the days when it housed a mannequin manufacturing company. In 1978, Paul and Kate McGill purchased the John A. Horbach building, which was named an Omaha landmark in 1979 and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They developed the Dubliner’s predecessor, Horbach’s, in the basement space that included the area once used for coal intake and storage. Raising the pub’s profile as the closest thing across the pond to a typical pub in Ireland, the McGills soon renamed the establishment Dubliner Pub and operated it until 1989. Vance and his wife Cindy, who also own Cohen & Kelly’s Lounge in West Omaha and are partowners of Franky & Oly’s in Fremont, bought the popular bar from its second owner in 1999. “For years, my wife and I had heard how much this is like Irish pubs. When we finally got a continued on next page >>

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Above: The Dubliner’s basement entrance has not hindered traffic flow. The bar has a large, loyal clientele, Vance says.

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chance to go to Ireland, I was shocked to find out how similar it is. That kind of goes back to Paul McGill, he did most of this,” Vance says. “When we took over, it was ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it’.” The Vances did have a few initial fixes, however, including replacing deteriorating plumbing to eradicate a notorious unpleasant smell and managing other maintenance issues that accompany ownership of an aging property. The couple continue to deliberately preserve the existing character of the beloved pub and its artifacts, from the random metal hooks on ceiling joists (likely left over from the building’s tack supply days) to weathered fixtures like the peninsula tables made from reclaimed bowling alley lanes. The Vances may even have unwittingly retained an inhabitant from the past, Vance says. Along with evidence of minor ghostly mischief, like obstructed switches flipped overnight, a bartender once claimed to be startled by an apparition in the wee hours after closing. “Right back here, he saw this guy in bib overalls, just like in the picture (on the wall), just standing here,” Vance says with a slight grin revealing more amusement than fear. “He said it scared him so bad, he didn’t put the money away, he didn’t turn the lights off—he just locked the door and ran out!” The Dubliner remains the go-to place for Irish spirits of another kind, boasting 14 varieties of Irish whiskey along with a regular schedule of live bands featuring traditional Irish music. Vance, who claims one-fourth Irish heritage, is opening the bar at 6 a.m. sharp on St. Patrick’s Day. “It’s a pretty low-key atmosphere” Vance says. “People come here to have fun.”

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The Afternoon...W23................................402.933.3809 Blanc Burgers + Bottles...V23..................402.502.3686 Callahan Financial Planning...V23............. 402.341.2000 Cantina Laredo...W21..............................402.345.6000 Coldstone Creamery/ Rocky Mountain Chocolate...X22............. 402.505.4192 CRAVE...W22...........................................402.345.9999 Delice European Bakery...W23.................402.505.9500 Fashion Cleaners...X22.............................402.916.1987 Glo Lounge...X23..................................... 402.342.4505 The Grey Plume...W22............................. 402.763.4447 Ingredient...X23....................................... 402.715.4444 Loft 610...W22........................................402.885.6800 Marcus Midtown Cinema...X23................ 402.345.0102 Parliament Pub...W21.............................. 402.934.3301 Portovino Ristorante...W22.......................402.885.6800 Republic of Couture...W22....................... 402.933.7555 Three Dog Bakery...X23........................... 402.509.9237 Tru Salon & Spa...X22..............................402.933.8988 Element by Westin...X21.......................... 402.614.8080 Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery and Deli...X21.......................................... 402.551.6875 Verizon Wireless by Z Wireless ...X23........ 402.991.1180

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Acupunture Omaha Healing Arts 1216 Howard E15..... 402.345.5078 Ellen Zinn L.Ac E15.................................. 402.345.5078 Old Market Properties Dr.David Bole L.Ac. E15........................... 402.345.5078 902 Dodge Condos G11............................402.215.7118 Brandeis Building A13..............................402.345.6564 Farnam 1600 Building (1905 Harney St.)....402.342.1616 Ayurvedic Healing (both at Omaha Healing Arts Center) Dr.Rajesh Kotecha E15............................ 402.345.5078 Grubb/Ellis Pacific Realty F15..................402.345.5866 Joyce Librunner LMT E15.........................402.740.0366 Harney Street ApartmentsG18...................402.934.7510 Old Market Lofts...K3............................... 402.346.1000 Riverfront Place C14................................ 402.397.4837 Massage Therapy (all at Omaha Healing Arts Center) Sandy Aquila LMT...E15.......................... 402.345.5078 Shamrock Development/ Lisa Christensen LMT...E15..................... 402.850.6651 Paxton Building C14................................. 402.934.7711 Joyce Linbrunner LMT E15.......................402.740.0366 Skinner Macaroni Apartments...D17.........402.346.2346 Tara Thompson LMT E15.........................402.706.7398 The Cornerstone ApartmentsF15.............. 402.346.0510 Julia Beutler LMT E15.................................................... The Greenhouse Apts...H13..................... 402.341.3200 Rachel Andress LMT E15............................................... TipTop Building...C2.................................402.345.8000 Kirstin Kluver LMT E15...................................................

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Specialty foods & coffee 13th Street Coffee CO...E16.....................402.345.2883 Aromas...G18........................................... 402.614.7009 Bliss Bakery...G18.................................... 402.934.7450 Cubby’s Old Markey Grocery...E17........... 402.341.2900 Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream...E16................. 402.933.5280 Old Market Candy Shop...G16..................402.344.8846 Old Market Tea House...E16.....................402.934.8538 Patrick’s Market...C15.............................. 402.884.1600 Red Mango...D5....................................... 402.933.8815 Soul Desires Books & Coffee...G16........... 402.898.7600 Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream...F16.................. 402.341.5827

Specialty Shops Ashley Collectibles...E15.......................... 402.934.3100 Basic Teas.... E16...................................... 402.991.2869 Big Brain Productions...F17......................402.342.2885 Cibola of Omaha...G16..............................402.342.1200 City Limits...F16....................................... 402.345.3570 Cornerstone Gem & Bead Co....E16..........402.346.4367 Drastic Plastic...E16..................................402.991.1383 DSR Power Sports...E15............................402.991.1383 Etc. Whimsical Gifts...G16........................402.342.2846 Garden Flowers...G16.............................. 402.614.5661 Garden of the Zodiac...G15........................402.341.1877 Goldsmith Silversmith...G16......................402.342.1737 Homer’s Records...E15.............................402.346.0264 Iron Decor & More...F16........................... 402.346.6123 Jay Welter Cigars...(18th & Jackson)........ 402.345.1965 Kessler’s...F17......................................... 402.715.5888 New Realities Books & Gifts...G15............ 402.342.1863 OM Gifts & Imports...E15......................... 402.345.5078 Overland Outfitters...G16.........................402.345.2972 Perspective Jewelry...E15........................ 402.934.4416 Red Square...G15..................................... 402.342.8878 SG Roi Tobacconist...G16......................... 402.341.9264 Souq Ltd...G15......................................... 402.342.2972 Tannenbaum Christmas Shop...G16..........402.934.8389 Trocadero...E15........................................402.934.8389

services At the Loft Spa...F16................................ 402.505.4100 Michael Boyle, Attorney...F16................... 402.359.1000 Commercial Optical...E16......................... 402.344.0219 Don Fiedler Law Offices...C14..................402.346.6263 First National Bank...F16.......................... 402.885.2574 Fringes Salon & Spa...G16........................402.345.0404 Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce...D15.................. 402.346.5000 Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau...G14...402.444.4660 Hair Market Salon...G14...........................402.345.3692 J P Cooke Rubber Stamps...D16...............402.342.7175 Kempo Karate...(1907 Farnam St)............402.905.6865 Klein Law Offices...H16.............................402.391.1871 Magical Journeys Carriage Service...G15. 402.453.6745 Movers Not Shakers...H13........................ 402.614.9770 Old Market Car Wash...D18...................... 402.393.2819 Old Market Encounter..............................402.884.2000 Old Market Website..........................www.oldmarket.com Omaha Healing Arts Center...E15............. 402.345.5078 Omaha Public Library...C13......................402.444.4800 Pinnacle Bank...G12................................. 402.346.9180 Security National Bank...G16.................... 402.344.7300 Sirens...F16.............................................402.933.9333 Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP...E14..........402.342.1700 Urbane Salon & Spa...D15........................402.934.2909 Susie’s Baskets...D14.............................. 402.341.4650 Sutera Law Offices...F15.......................... 402.342.3100 Visions Custom Framing Studio...E17....... 402.342.0020

Theatres & Entertainment Blue Barn Theater...F17............................402.345.1576 FilmStreams...D4..................................... 402.933.0259 Holland Performing Arts Center...E12.......402.345.0606 Omaha Symphony...A16...........................402.342.3836 Opera Omaha...A14.................................402.346.4398 Orpheum Theater...A15............................402.345.0606 The Rose...(20th & Farnam).....................402.345.4849

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Through 3/10: In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play). Blue Barn Theatre. In a prim upper class Victorian home, a gentleman doctor has innocently invented a most extraordinary and mysterious device for treating “hysteria.” When his increasingly despondent wife overhears the strange sounds emanating from the operating theatre, she is compelled to investigate. Ranging from the factual to the farcical, this smart comedy ponders marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Recurring daily. $25 adults, $20 students, seniors (65+), TAG Members, groups of 10 or more. 614 S. 11th St. Th-Sat/7:30pm; Sun/6pm. For more information, visit www.bluebarn.org or call (402) 3451576. Through 4/14: Soul Sanctuary Reception. Loves Jazz & Arts Center. Soul Sanctuary Exhibit Reception Meet & Greet Photograreadonlinenow.com

pher. Enjoy food, drinks, and music during the exhibit opening. All are welcome to come out and experience this marvelous works of art and talk with the photographer about how it all came about. Recurring weekly. 2510 N. 24th St. Tu-Sat/58pm. For more information, visit www. lovesjazzartcenter. org or call 402-5025291. Through 4/18: The Met: Live in HD. Film Streams. Opera Omaha and Film Streams have collaborated to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series to Ruth Sokolof Theater. Wagner’s Siegfried (Nov. 5), Glass’ Satyagraha (Nov. 19), Handel’s Rodelinda (Dec. 3), Gounod’s Faust (Dec. 10), The Enchanted Island (Jan. 21), Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (Feb. 11), Verdi’s Ernani (Feb. 25), Massenet’s Manon (Apr. 7), and Verdi’s La Traviata (Apr. 14). Tickets are $24 for general admission; $10 for full-time students with valid school ID. 1340 Mike

Fahey St. For more information, visit www.filmstreams. org. Through 4/29: Cut! Costumes and Cinema. Durham Museum. Take an indepth look at the art of making costumes that set the scene and establish authenticity in period films. The films represented depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fantasy, and adventure through period costumes worn by such famous stars as Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, and others. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am-8pm; W-Sat/10am-5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071. Through 5/27: Drawn to Fashion: The Illustrations of Mary Mitchell. Durham Museum. Learn about the lost art of fashion illustration, Omaha’s rich retail history and advertising during an era before Pho-

March/April Calendar of Events toshop. Showcases 150 drawings taken from the private collection of over 1,000 drawings by wellknown local fashion illustrator Mary J Mitchell. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for children under 2. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am8pm; W-Sat/10am5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071. Through 6/3: To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. Joslyn Art Museum. The exhibit will explore the ancient Egyptians’ beliefs about life, death, and the afterlife; mummification; the conduct of a funeral; and the different types of tombs. Recurring daily. $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 youth (517), free for 4 & under. 2200 Dodge St. Tu, W, F, Sat/10am4pm; Th/10am-8pm; Sun/noon-4pm. For more information, visit www.joslyn. org or call 402-3423300.

Through 9/2: Mindbender Mansion. Durham Museum. An immersion exhibition full of brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brainpower and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for children under 2. 801 S. 10th St. Tu/10am8pm, W-Sat/10am5pm; Sun/1-5pm. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071.

March 3/2: Jerry Seinfeld. Orpheum Theater. Due to popular demand, America’s premier comedian is hitting the road again, returning to his first love— stand-up comedy. Hailed as “the master stand-up comic of his generation” in The Washington Post, Seinfeld has the uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Tickets from $48-78.

409 S. 16th St. 7pm. For more information, visit www.ticketomaha.com or call 402-345-0606. 3/4: Danu. The Arts Center, Iowa Western Community College. Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú has been bringing the Emerald Isle to people all over the world for 15 years. Using instruments such as the flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki, the music offers a truly authentic Irish experience. Tickets $32-35. 2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, IA. 3pm. For more information, visit www.artscenter.iwcc.edu or call 712-388-7140. 3/6-11: Rock of Ages. Orpheum Theater. A hilarious arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benetar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many more! Recurring daily. Tickets from $25-67. 409 S. 16th St. For more

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3/9-11: Omaha Symphony: Ronan Tynan. Holland Performing Arts Center. Get in the St. Patrick’s spirit with Irish tenor Ronan Tynan. His soaring, powerful vocals and largerthan-life stage presence will elevate beloved Irish songs and pop and rock classics. Recurring daily. Tickets from $15-80. 1200 Douglas St. F-Sat/8pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit w w w.omahasym phony.org or call 402-342-3560. 3/9-15: The Bride Wore Black. Film Streams. Presented in a new 35mm print, French director Francois Truffaut’s 1968 drama about a widow (Jeanne Moreau) tracking down those responsible for her husband’s death, one culprit at a time. Recurring daily. 1340 Mike Fahey St. For more information, visit www.filmstreams.org or call 402-933-0259. 3/16-17: Professional Bull Riders Omaha Invitational. Mid-America Center. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will bring a weekend filled with rank bulls, high scores and big wrecks to the MAC. In addition, a Stick Bull Riding will be hosted for kids up to age seven. Recurring daily. One Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA. F/7:3opm;

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Sat/7:30pm. For more information, visit www.midamericacenter.com or call 712-323-0536. 3/16-18: 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships, 2nd and 3rd Rounds. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Watch the second and third rounds of the 74th Annual Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Recurring daily. Tickets from $240-267. 455 N. 10th St. For more information, visit www.qwestcenteromaha.com or call 402-341-1500. 3/21-24: Omaha Fashion Week. KANEKO. Survivor Style Show on Wednesday, Children’s Wear & Fashion as Art on Thursday, Day Wear & Street Wear on Friday, Glam & Men’s Wear on Saturday. Designers include Angela Balderston, Terri Jen Buckner, Leah Casper, Amanda Clark, Olajide Cooper, Bertiher de la Cruz Trinidad, Yolanda Diaz, Emma Erickson, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Hollie Hanash, Tiffany Headley, Megan Hunt, Jane Round, Christian Shuster, Paddy Tarlton, and Kate Walz. $30-50/ reserved seat, $60/ VIP front-row seat. 1111 Jones St. For more information, visit www.omahafashionweek.com or call 402-599-3283. 3/23-25: 57th Annual World of Wheels Auto Show. CenturyLink Center Omaha. Nebraska’s

largest indoor auto will host “Summit Racing Series Championship Finals” featuring North America’s finest hot rods competing for the title of America’s Best Show Car. See hundreds of beautiful specialty vehicles and magazine cover cars plus an All-American motorcycle show. Recurring daily. Tickets are $15. 455 N. 10th St. F/3-10pm; Sat/11am-10pm; Sun/11am-7pm. For more information, visit www.autorama. com or call 402-6242014. 3/23-29: Black Girl. Film Streams. Presented in new 35mm print, Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene captures a landmark of African cinema with a story of exile and despair, shot in a simple, New Wave style. Recurring daily. 1340 Mike Fahey St. For more information, visit www. filmstreams.org or call 402-933-0259. 3/24-25: Omaha’s 25th Annual Orchid Show. Lauritzen Gardens. Orchid growers will show their blooming plants in various displays and have them judged for awards. Plants will be for sale. Recurring daily. $6 for non-garden members. 100 Bancroft St. 10am-4pm. For more information, visit greateromahaorchidsociety. org or call 402-7344112. 3/30-4/5: Weekend. Film Streams. Presented in a new

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3/30-4/15: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. The Rose Theater. Using a typewriter they found in the barn, both the cows and the chickens are demanding electric blankets. Going on strike, they force Farmer Brown’s hand and leave the ducks with a demand of their own! Recurring on weekends. $16 general admission, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2 & 7pm; Sun/2pm & 4:30pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater. org or call 402-3454849.

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3/31: Guns & Hoses Boxing III. Mid-America Center. This event will boast some of areas toughest police officers and firefighters in a hard-hitting showcase for bragging rights in the Omaha metro area. Fifteen bouts are scheduled with firefighters looking to avenge their loss to the police officers in last year’s event. One Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA. 7pm. For more information, visit www. midamericacenter. com or call 712-3230536. readonlinenow.com

Holland Performing Arts Center. “Don’t Stop,” “Say You Love Me,” “Landslide,” and “Rhiannon” are just a few of the gems you’ll hear as we salute Fleetwood Mac, one of the world’s most successful rock groups. Jeans ‘n Classics joins the orchestra for this feelgood hit parade! Tickets from $25-70. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www. omahasymphony. org or call 402-3423560.

to Lord High Executioner—must perform one execution per day, or he’ll lose his job and his own head. Tickets from $19-79. 409 S. 16th St. F/7:30pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.operaomaha. org or call 402-3450606.

4/14: Omaha Symphony: The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra. Holland Performing Arts Center. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Holland Center for Award-winning foodThe & wine listof– Oz as Wizard April open late 7 nights a week. you’ve never experienced it before. Live, Call for reservations. 4/5-6: Group Gelush orchestration nius and the Crefresh sparkle S. 11th Street adds • 342-2550 ative 422 Process with to the original vowww.MsPubOmaha.com Keith Sawyer. cals and brilliantly KANEKO Bow Truss. remastered footage. Part of the Creativity A timeless treat for Series, on Apr. 5, nathe whole family! tionally recognized Tickets from $15-65. expert on creativ1200 Douglas St. ity and learning Dr. 7pm. For more inforKeith Sawyer will utimation, visit www. lize jazz improvisaomahasymphony. tional performance org or call 402-342to demonstrate and 3560. explore group creativity. On Apr. 6, Sawyer’s workshop will show how to hone collaborative skills through investigation of group creativity in regional business leaders. Tickets on sale in January. 1111 Jones St. Apr. 5/7pm; A p r. 6 / 9 a m - n o o n . For more information, visit www.thekaneko.org or call 402-341-3800. 4/13-15: The Mikado. Orpheum Theater. Experience a delightfully rich, satirical, Victorianera story set in the Japanese village of

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4/25: Lauritzen Gardens Guild Annual Spring Luncheon. Lauritzen Gardens. What is your floral personality? Featured speaker Ian Prosser, owner of Botanica International Design Studio in Tampa, Florida, can tell you. Prosser has created floral décor for celebrities and dignitaries ranging from Queen Elizabeth II to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; he even served as the “Floral Design Chairperson” for the inauguration of George W. Bush. All proceeds will assist the Lauritzen Gardens Guild in supporting educational opportunities for thousands of children who visit the garden each year. Tickets are $75, $150 for patrons. 100 Bancroft St. 11am-1pm. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002 (ext. 201). 4/27-5/13: James and the Giant Peach. The Rose Theater. When young James steps inside a giant larger than life magical peach, it breaks from its stem and tumbles to the sea, sending him on a great adventure. Recurring on the weekends. Recurring on weekends. $16 general admission, free for members. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat/2 & 7pm; Sun/2pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater.org or call 402345-4849.

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