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Purveyor of Dreams Roger Fransecky by Elizabeth Elliott | Photo courtesy of M. J. Photography

oger Fransecky embodies the spirit of Omaha. He spends his life nourishing the soil of ideas of entrepreneurs, like himself, who want to make the world a better place. Fransecky has worked and lived in several high-profile places including New York City, but said Omaha is where he finds his heart and home. He moved to Omaha eight years ago with his wife, Nancy, a native Nebraskan. “The move wasn’t simply to relocate,” he said. “But it was to re-imagine our lives.” Though his wife passed away suddenly in 2008, Fransecky said he remains tied to and


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passionate about Omaha. “I could be anywhere, but here is where I choose to be,” he said. Fransecky is the Founder/CEO of The Apogee Group, a global management consulting and leadership development organization which was founded in 1995. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the Halo Institute, a joint venture between the Creighton University College of Business and Halo Creative Capital, LLC. The institute brings entrepreneurs together with resources to help increase the success of the new businesses; on average, the group helps 20-25 businesses a year, providing owners key planning assistance, funding strategy advice, and other help during the first critical months, at no cost. Fransecky noted that the size of Omaha makes success with new business ventures more achievable. “The essence of this city is its spirit of ideas,” he said. “Things are possible here.” His passion is showing people that they are in control of their lives, and it’s entirely possible to achieve your dreams. “I don’t accept that we blame the universe. ‘If only I had gone to that college…’ You can be buried under all the ‘if onlys.’ “You can choose to have a remarkable life. It’s about helping people step into what’s next, to a life of abundance and possibilities.” Fransecky sets this as a goal for his own life. “It’s the spirit of

adventure, invention and reinvention,” he said. “I’m committed to living a remarkable life devoted to the highest level of achievement.” Fransecky’s resume is as diverse as it is impressive. He is a Clinical Professor of Leadership and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Creighton University College of Business Administration. He served as Director of Professional Services for CSPP, which is America’s largest independent graduate school training professional psychologists. He was President of CEL Educational Resources, and Senior Vice-President of both Home Box Office/ Time Inc. and Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable. He served as Chairman/CEO of Family Partners, Inc. and National Television Workshop, Inc. Fransecky holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. His memberships include the American Psychological Association, The Association for Training and Development, and the Academy of Management. Four years ago Fransecky started a monthly newsletter and blog on The Apogee Group website (www.apogeeceo.com) to share the lessons of Apogee’s global work. More than 10,000 people a month access the free material. He’s also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

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Tannenbaum Celebrates a Quarter Century of Christmases

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hough Christmas comes around just once a year, Tannenbaum, a charming holiday store in the Old Market, welcomes a flurry of joyful customers no matter what the season. What spawned from the Christmas section of a long-defunct gift shop has become one of the most enduring businesses in Downtown Omaha. Tucked snugly next to the Old Market Candy Shop on the corner of 10th and Howard, Tannenbaum is celebrating its 25th year, and remains an Old Market institution cherished by both locals and visitors. The store, which opened in June 1985, is deceivingly big. Make it down the entryway without displacing a knickknack or nudging a set of wind chimes, and you’re suddenly encircled by a seemingly boundless array of ornaments, trinkets, candles, and figurines. “Our customers are always excited about the merchandise,” say co-owners Jeff Jorgensen and Joe Montello, almost simultaneously. The two have been running Tannenbaum for over a decade, and don’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. “People are always taken aback by the size of the store,” explains Jorgensen, pictured


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Second Chance above, “And they’re usually surprised that it isn’t strictly a Christmas store. Christmas definitely brings us the most business, but Halloween is our second-biggest holiday.” While customers are often surprised by his store, as an Old Market business owner, Jorgensen is surprised by Downtown Omaha’s growth in the last 10 years. “The Old Market and Downtown Omaha get better every year,” describes Jorgensen. “It’s gotten to be like a little metropolis. And, even though the Old Market isn’t actually getting bigger – it’s always going to be a few square blocks – more people are coming here all the time. The Old Market is the only place where a store like ours could thrive... We get a lot of tourists.” With the Qwest Center, the increasing popularity of the College World Series, and the development of North Downtown, the Old Market has seen a remarkable increase in activity. But, for Tannenbaum’s lasting success, Jorgensen and Montello give more credit to the construction of new area hotels. “In terms of business, we saw a good-sized difference after they built the Embassy Suites hotel right across the street,” explains Jorgensen. “Then, a lot of other hotels started going up. So there are always out-of-towners down here, and a lot of them like to come in and buy an ornament to remember their trip to Omaha.” “Not a day goes by where an ornament isn’t sold,” adds Montello. Of course, the number of businesses that have survived in the Old Market as long as Tannenbaum is notably small. “Sometimes people retire,” offers Jorgensen. “Sometimes trends change. And, sometimes, places just don’t make it. There are 35 places to eat down here, and they’ve got to be really, really good to last. But people – especially in Omaha - really seem to appreciate the value of holidays to their families. I’m pretty sure the holiday business is here to stay.” For more information on Tannenbaum visit www.otannenbaum.com.

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Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery: Eye Candy for Nature Lovers story by Jonathan Welsh | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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ave you ever seen that iconic photo of the Sockeye Salmon leaping upstream into the jaws of an Alaskan Brown bear? What about the photograph of a line of majestic elephants crossing the barren flats of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park? There’s a good chance that the photo you have in mind was taken by Nebraska native Thomas D. Mangelsen. A collection of his work, the Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery, has been in the Old Market for 15 years and houses some of the most captivating imagery of the natural world that you’ll find anywhere. It is one of 11 such galleries nationwide. With polished oak floors and vaulted loft ceilings, the Old Market gallery provides a great backdrop for the collection. And amazingly, every photograph within the 4,000-square-foot showroom was taken by Tom, whose passion for the subject material shows through in blazing color. Tom is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier nature photographers. In 2005, he was named one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine; and in 2010, Tom’s Polar Dance was selected as one of the 40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time. It all started along the Platte River in Nebraska, where his father, an avid outdoorsman, used to take him to hunt and observe wildlife. Tom remarked, “My father was a great educational source. He’d take us out to our hunting cabin along the Platte River in

the spring, summer and fall.” The Platte River area is known for huge flocks of migrating ducks, geese and cranes. This is where Tom’s love and passion for photography was cultivated. While studying at the University of Nebraska, Tom was fortunate to find a professor and mentor, Paul Johnsgard, who helped him to hone his ability behind the lens; and since, Tom has traveled all over the world capturing images for the likes of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and Newsweek. “Alaska and the Tanzania and the Serengeti are among my favorite locations,” remarked Tom. When asked what his method is, he replied: “Patience, light and behavior.” This seems old school in the new world of digital technology, but Tom insists on keeping his photographs pure and free from digital manipulation and staged settings. Instead, he applies innovation in the way that his images are displayed. Recently, some of his work has been printed on canvas using a state-of-the-art printing style called “Giclee” (pronounced Zhee-Clay), which gives it more of a traditional and textured look. “The French word GICLEE means ‘spray,’ “according to Old Market gallery manager, Tara Nation. In this printing method, the image is sprayed onto canvas at a very high speed, allowing for a rendering with incredible detail. The gallery is also using a contemporary museum mount the encounter | july/august 2010 11


In addition to traditional framed prints, Mangelsen’s galleries now sell his images printed on canvas and using a museum-mount method, which lends a three-dimensional feel to his works.

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method, where an image is permanently adhered to clear acrylic, giving it a three-dimensional feel. He’s also experimented with viewing certain collections as slideshows on digital displays for those who spend most of their time cooped up indoors. Tom’s latest proposal is perhaps the most exciting. He’s in talks with the Omaha Symphony about having them write and perform a score set to the backdrop of his photographs. If it works out, folks in Omaha will be in for a real artistic treat! For all his accomplishments, Tom places little importance on recognition for himself. He is most concerned with the fate of the natural world, as the byproducts of our developing civilization take their toll. He mentioned that he’s been traveling to the Hudson Bay area to photograph polar bears for some years now. “The ice is melting so quickly that polar bears are having a difficult time hunting for food,” said Tom. “I can only hope that my work helps to raise awareness for the need to preserve these wildlife habitats,” he added. In addition, Tom is co-founder of the Cougar Fund, a Founding Charter Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a board member of Stewards of the Platte and the Jackson Hole Alliance, as well as a strong supporter of many other organizations committed to the conservation of natural resources.   Gallery Manager Tara Nation commented, “Almost everyone who applies for a position at the gallery either owns some of Tom’s photographs or is an admirer of his conservation efforts. That’s a testament to the quality of his work and his quality as a person. It also makes for a great atmosphere here at the gallery.” For two weeks out of every year Tom returns to his roots along the Platte River to watch the migration of cranes. It seems to be a source of inspiration for him; a reminder of why he’s devoted his life to capturing images of nature.


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very part of Omaha has its culinary institutions. Dundee has The Dell. Central Omaha offers Gorat’s. North O brings Surf Side to the table. We’re talking restaurants that have withstood time’s unrelenting march and trends du jour. South Omaha historically is Omaha’s melting pot. As such, it boasts a number of eateries that focus on its ethnic neighborhood cuisines. Largely Latino in its population today, Mexican restaurants are prolific in South Omaha. And among them, there are a few standouts. Howard’s Charro Café is one of the area’s oldest Mexican restaurants. It may have changed locations over the years, but one family has operated Howard’s since its inception in the late ‘50s. The Orduna family believes quality food is homemade, is served by a familiar face, and should not put a dent in your food budget. Howard’s was established by Dolores Wright in 1958. She passed the reins on to her children, Debbie and Joe Orduna, last year. Debbie Orduna says she grew up with the restauthe encounter | july/august 2010 13


department rant. She started waiting tables at 14, helped her father with the books, and would run the restaurant and bar when her parents went out of town. “I grew up with the customer base,” she explains. Her guests today include three generations of friends who watched her and her brothers grow up. What keeps multiple generations coming back to Howard’s, including those who have left the old neighborhood and have to put in a 30-minute drive for the meal? Foremost it’s the food, says Orduna. “We buy fresh corn tortillas each day. Day-old tortillas become chips. We fry our own chips.” The enchilada sauce has a chili powder base and adds to the moistness of one of Howard’s most popular dishes. Orduna is also proud of her chili. She likens it to Italians and their spaghetti sauce. “Everyone has their own way of making the stuff.” The chili flavors the cheese dip, which is served with the homemade chips. Though Howard’s menu is strictly Mexican, Orduna recalls a time when the same kitchen that produced green chili featherbones also turned out brats. If this seems a bit schizophrenic, consider Orduna’s bloodline. Her grandmother was full-blooded

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he April 6 death of Omaha jazz percussionist, vibraphonist, band leader and music educator Luigi Waites brought an outpouring of tributes to this Classic Omaha Hep Cat. Luigi, whose first name identified him for legions of fans, became an ambassador for jazz in his hometown of Omaha. Unlike the bombast of another local jazz icon, the late Preston Love Sr., Luigi was sedate. Contrasting personalities aside, these “brothers” came out of the same African-American social-cultural milieu to carve out careers. The humble Luigi made friends wherever he laid down licks. It’s not surprising then his passing prompted memorials befitting a beloved hero. He touched innumerable lives with his timeless music and generous spirit. Long ago divorced, the 82-year-old was survived by six children. Wearing his signature floppy hat, Luigi exuded a Zen master’s inscrutable calm. His signature performance spot, Mr. Toad in the Old Market, lasted some 1,700 Sundays. Manager Rick Renn said what he’ll cherish most about Luigi is his absolutely unique personality, adding: “He was just comfortable with everybody, and he made everybody comfortable; he was one of those people who you met for the first time and you loved about a minute later; he was unusual, he was cryptic, he was always making you think.” Whether playing a bar or festival, doing a school residency or giving private music lessons, Luigi was always teaching. Bandmates say he turned gigs into symposiums, encouraging an open exchange of ideas and approaches. “You knew he was serious when you watched him play. You knew he was going, as the the encounter | july/august 2010 15


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Cathedral drew hundreds each. “Neither of those was really a sad occasion, they were more a celebration,” said Thompson. “People just said how much they loved him, how much he meant to them. It was a cross-section of this city who celebrated the life of a man who had contributed so very much to his community. I don’t think there’s anyone in the black community of a certain age who hadn’t been touched by Luigi. Another thing that struck me is that it’s obvious he crossed racial barriers. It came out in almost all of the comments folks made at the tribute, but also in the kind of racial mixture you had there.” Playwright Monica Bauer can attest to Luigi gracefully defying social constraints. She was among many whites who took music lessons from him. In the 1960s he was teaching at Swoboda Music Center at 20th and Q. Few blacks worked in the heavily Czech area and despite some raised eyebrows from neighbors, owner Johnny Swoboda hired and kept Luigi, and the two became friends. If anybody had objected to Luigi’s presence, Swoboda would have stood by his man. “We were buddies,” said Swoboda. “He made quite an impression on all kinds of people. It’s quite a legacy.” Swoboda’s children became the first white Contemporaries. Bauer echoed the sentiments of many in describing Luigi as “a terrific music teacher” with a “kind and compassionate” manner. His students say he taught philosophical life lessons as much as music. She said she “learned how to be an artist” and a mensch from him. “Luigi always told me, ‘Be kind to everybody, and they will be kind to you.’ I took those words with me through two Ivy League degrees, three Master’s degrees, and a Ph.D.” Her play “My Occasion of Sin” dramatizes Luigi’s social action of taking on white students in the racially tense ‘60s. He didn’t see it as making a statement. He was just being Luigi.


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I love it. It is hard, but it makes you stay committed.

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Omaha Keeps on Pedaling story by Brian S. Allen | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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hen I think of bike-friendly cities, places such as Portland, San Diego, Minneapolis, and Madison come to mind. There, you’ll find not only a plethora of “Share the Road” signs and bicycle lanes, but an underlying current of overall acceptance from motorists. Omaha may not yet be on par with this disposition, but OmahaBikes President Bob Brindamour is excited to see the gap closing. Brindamour said, “Compared to just a few years ago, the community is positioned a lot better with the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee in place, and the new Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator. Having the Coordinator in city government to be able to look at the projects that are going to be coming down the line allows them to ask how people are walking or using a bike or using mass transit and flow through the system. More people are having the realization that there are ways to get from A to B other than a car that are more efficient. It really does feel like things are changing and we all want it to go faster than it is, but we’re moving in the right direction.” In order to help move things along, the City of Omaha and its citizens are fortunate to have local donors who believe in these visions. Take for instance the $600,000 Activate Omaha received from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and a second, anonymous foundation to implement a pilot project of on-street bicycle facilities. The Bike Omaha System, with design assistance from RDG Planning and Design, will encompass 20 miles of bike lanes, bike boulevards, sharrows, and trail expansions/extensions. Last year, the first painted bike lanes of the system were laid down on 16th Street in north downtown. At a recent OmahaBikes meeting, Activate Omaha representatives said the en-


department tire system should be in place by the summer of 2011, with Benson and Doorly routes slated for summer 2010. “I think it is going to help Omaha a lot and I am looking forward to it. If this bike system does take shape, it’s going to help bike shops and the people of the city,” said Mike Turman, owner of Recycle Bike Shop, located at 13th Street south of the Old Market. Another hot button among both cyclists and business owners is the push for the City of Omaha to install bicycle racks throughout the city. “I know quite a few people that would feel safer if they had a place to lock up their bike rather than a meter or a tree. More bikes that line up in a rack are safer than a bike that stands alone,” said Turman. On the subject, North Downtown Alliance secured grants to purchase 59 bike racks to be installed throughout the north downtown district. This investment will free up some bike racks that Activate Omaha and the Planning Department had planned on being installed in NoDo, and now allows them to be spread to other parts of the city. Greenstreet Cycles, the latest bike shop in town, opened in the spring of 2010 in north downtown at 13th and Mayor Mike Fahey Street. One of the goals of the management at Greenstreet is to be a resource for local citizens and provide guidance as commuting consultants. “I am happy to ride with somebody or plan out a map with the MAT bus system if somebody wants to commute. We want to raise awareness that you can do it if you really want to,” said Sarah Johnson, Store Manager of Greenstreet Cycles. Johnson has also taken it upon herself to start an online blog (girlcommute@blogspot.com) to help make cycling easy and more approachable. Here, women can chat about bike pooling, gear, and have open discussions on commuting tips. Ditching your car and commuting by bicycle is not always easy, as Sarah Joy Nieves, a local engineer with Kiewit, can attest. “I love it. It is hard, but it makes me stay committed. Not having the option to use the car commits one to using an alternative mode such as walking or cycling. It takes a little bit more time, but it slows your whole day down and you get less stress. You can hear the birds chirp, watch the animals run, and watch plants grow on your same route every day. Dogs bark and interact with you. That doesn’t happen when you’re in a car. I want to be living in this world, and cycling brings this world and all of its surrounding right into my peripheral,” said Nieves. Omaha has recently cracked the Top 50 in Bicycling magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities” listing, coming in at #42 in 2010. It’s another testament that Omaha is headed in the right direction. Bicycling magazine said “aggressive trail development and local events make Omaha a great place for cyclists.” As a relatively new commuter, I plan to assist Omaha’s progress by actively hitting the pavement on my two wheels. Will you share the road?

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trip to the Omaha Farmers Market is like a slice of Americana. Suburbanites and city dwellers alike flock to the Old Market on Saturday mornings from May until October to roam the stands filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, colorful flowers and tasty herbs. It is truly the best way to shop—skip the dirt, the spiders and the need to wake up at 5:00 AM with the roosters—and still fill your families’ plates with fresh, delicious food. But what truly makes the Farmers Market special are the dedicated vendors who bring their goods every week—rain or shine. Tim Rogers is one of those special vendors, the kind who makes shopping at the Farmers Market fun. Along with his business partner, Joletta Hoesing, Rogers owns and operates GreenLeaf Farms, a small 10-acre organic farm near Omaha. With his extensive


feature knowledge of food, combined with his enthusiasm for growing the real deal—a trip to their stand is a must. When meeting Rogers, with his baseball cap, his laid-back manner and a quick smile, you would automatically assume that he was born and raised on a farm. Not so much. Rogers is kind of a late bloomer when it comes to farming. Raised in the suburbs, he says he fell in love with farming when he grew his first garden back in 1999. Rogers was initially excited about the idea of doing his own thing and thought it would be fun to grow garlic. If you do the math and realize that GreenLeaf Farms was started in 2000, it is clear he and Hoesing hit the ground running. Just over a decade later they now grow several varieties of gourmet garlic from around the world, fresh mixed greens, and over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. When asked why he decided to start one of the first certified organic farms in the area over a decade ago, Rogers simply says, “This is what we love.” Rogers and Hoesing strongly believe that

growing good wholesome food keeps them connected and fulfilled. Everything on their farm is grown without the use of conventional chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or any other synthetic substance. Together Rogers and Hoesing are dedicated to sustaining the community and providing the freshest and highest quality produce to their loyal customers. When Rogers says, “The view from my office window is better than anyone’s,” it’s obvious that he is smitten and it’s hard to imagine him doing anything else. As a regular, I find that the quality of the food they sell is second to none. But what I love most about Rogers and Hoesing, is that they are two of the nicest people you will meet at the Market. Whenever we stop by—be it a beautiful sunny day, a rainy wet mess, or even the time it was snowing—we are greeted with a smile and a few hellos. We find it much more fun to buy from people who are invested in the land—and their customers.

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at and Judd Wagner raised horses, two children and bushels of flowers on their 17-acre estate in Ponca Hills. But the children grew up and moved away, and caring for the wooded home site became onerous. “There were only a few days I didn’t have a chainsaw in my hand,” remembers Judd ruefully. The couple yearned for a simpler life and more time to travel. A year ago, they found it in a three-story townhome near Omaha’s downtown riverfront. The Wagners traded a lovely view of Neale Woods for a spectacular view of the Omaha cityscape and Missouri River. They traded acres of flowers for pots of flowers and herbs on their patio overlooking the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. They traded their daily three-mile walk through Ponca Hills for an hour walk along the river and into the Old Market. Most important, now someone else is responsible for their home’s maintenance. Moving downtown was not a huge change for the retired banker and his wife, a schoolteacher. For years, the art lovers have enjoyed spending time at the Bemis Center, art galleries


department Judd Wagner’s favorite from a collection of 100 pieces of Mexican folk art is a paper-mache sculpture called Catrina by well-known artist David Linares. Catrina, a skeleton, was used by political cartoonist Posada in his drawings to show the plight of the Mexican people against corruption at the time of the Mexican Revolution that began in 1910.

A corner exhibit in the third-floor library was inspired by the controversial painting “Christ’s Entry into Brussels” that they saw at the Getty Museum. They call their version, “Christ’s Entry into Omaha via Mexico.”

A powder room wall is hung with masks made of carved wood.

A “good” nun and a “bad” nun are part of the “Ladies of the Evening” collection of Mexican art that sits on a buffet designed by Judd Wagner. In the background is the unique, contemporarylooking fireplace he also designed.

and Joslyn Art Museum. Judd is a docent at Joslyn and Pat a longtime member of the JAMA (Joslyn Art Museum Association) board. Every Inch Art Most people include at least some art when decorating their homes. But the Wagners have tastefully and beautifully covered every space and every wall in every room with sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings. The townhome is essentially a museum for the collection of Mexican folk art they have spent 25 years assembling. Their colorful collection was on display for almost five months at Omaha’s Joslyn Museum, the prominent focus of an exhibit called “Arte Popular: Mexican Folk Art.” The Wagners also have a collection of Eskimo art, and they collect work by local artists. Designer Jan Buckingham did the overall plan for the 2,600-square foot, two-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath townhome. The home’s design had the art collection foremost in mind.

“When you come in, you see the main design elements are geometric, with strong horizontal and vertical lines. We kept everything linear and continued the white woodwork throughout,” Judd says. He designed the cabinets, fireplace, buffet and bar. A television hides behind a brushed aluminum door that opens up above the unique fireplace, which was inspired by a drawing he saw years ago. “I didn’t want a conventional solution. We like simple, contemporary design,” he says. The buffet’s design came from photos he saw using random lines carved on furniture. “It seemed an appropriate platform for the ‘Ladies of the Evening’ grouping, a rustic but contemporary look.” A display case was built to hold part of their Mexican folk art collection. A third-floor library has custom-made bookcases and more artwork, of course. The Wagners don’t miss the secluded 17 wooded acres where they lived for 35 years. “We like the community of our riverfront neighbors,” Pat says. “It’s a fun place to live.” the encounter | july/august 2010 31


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Old Mattress Factory (501 N. 13th) .. 346.9116 Rock Bottom Brewery...D6 .............. 614.9333 Sake Bombers @ Blue...E4...............408.5566 Slowdown (729 N. 14th).................... 345.7569 The Stadium Club Sports Bar & Grill...E8....... 359 .129 0 Stokes Bar & Grill...E5 ......................408.9000 T Henery’s Pub...C6 .........................345.3651 The French Cafe...F7 ........................ 341.3547 The Underground...F7 ......................341.3547 Union Pizzeria & Sports Bar (14th & Cuming). 932.2929 Upstream Brewing Co...G6 .............344.0200 Urban Wine Company...J7 ...............934.0005 Waters Edge Lounge @ Embassy Suites...F9 ..... 346.9000

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801 Chophouse at the Paxton...B1..341.1222 Ahmad’s...E8.....................................341.9 616 Billy Frogg’s Grille & Bar...E5 ...........341.4427 Blue Sushi Sake Grille...E4 .............. 408.5566 Bullpen Sports Bar & Grill...H5 ........ 502.5150 The Boiler Room...I6 ......................... 916.9274 Delice European Bakery...E4 ...........342.2276 Eat the Worm...F4 ............................. 614.4240 Falling Water Grille @ Embassy Suites...F9 ........ 346.9000 Famous Dave’s...D6 .........................614.9333 Farrells Bar...(902 Dodge) ................884.9947 Flatiron Café...(17th & Howard) ........344.3040 House of Lee...F4 .............................991.9330 Indian Oven...E7 ...............................342.4856 Joe Banana’s ....................................346.7227 Julio’s...F3 .........................................345.6921 La Buvette Wine & Grocery...F7.......344.8627 Liberty Tavern (10th & Davenport) ...998.4321 Little King...H21 ................................344.2264 Lucky’s 10-0-One (10th & Pacific) ...9 91.1001 M’s Pub...E6 ......................................342.2550 Matsu Sushi...B8 ..............................346.3988 Michael’s at the Market...C6 ............346.1205 Nicola’s...G3 .....................................345.8466 O Dining...A8..................................... 502.7888 O’Connors Irish Pub...F3 ..................934.9790 Old Chicago...D6 ..............................341.1616 Omaha Prime...E7.............................341.7040 Passport Restaurant...H6 ................344.3200 Rick’s Cafe Boatyard........................345.4545 Rock Bottom Brewery...D6 ..............614.9333 Sam & Louie’s Pizza...H6 .................884.5757 Spaghetti Works...F6 ........................422.0770 Spencer’s (at Hilton Garden Inn)......280.8888 The Stadium Club...E8 ..................... 359.129 0 Stokes Bar & Grill...(E5) ................... 408-9000 Subway...E4 ......................................341.8814 Sullivan’s Steakhouse (222 S. 15th St.) .......... 342.4432 The Diner...D5 ...................................341.9 870 The French Café...F7 ........................341.3547 Trini’s...E7..........................................346.8400 Twisted Fork...E7 ..............................932.9600 Upstream Brewing Co....G6 .............344.0200 V. Mertz...E7......................................345.8980 Vincenzo’s Ristorante...D4 ...............342.4010 Vivace...E6 ........................................342.2050 Wheatfields Express...E4 ................. 991.0917 Zio’s Pizzeria...F4 .............................344.2222

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13th Street Coffee C0....G3 ..............345.2883 Aromas...I8........................................614.7009 Bickford Bakery...I8 .......................... 9 34.7450 Cubby’s Old Market Grocery...H3 ...341.2900 Delice European Bakery...E4 ...........342.2276 Hollywood Candy...F3 ......................884.7688 La Buvette Wine & Grocery...F7.......344.8627 Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream...H21 .......933.5280 MJ Java...B3 & F7 .............................342.5282 Old Market Candy Shop...F8 ...........344.8846 Old Market Eea House...G3 .............934.8538 Patrick’s Market...(E1).......................884-1600

Soul Desires Books & Coffee...G7 ...898.7600 Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream...G5 ........... 341.5827 Uprising Bakery...J7 ......................... 9 34.7450

SPECIALTY SHOPS

Ashley Collectibles...E3....................934.3100 Big Brain Productions...H5 ..............342.2885 Chameleon...E7 ................................342.4444 Cibola of Omaha...F7 (509 S 11th) ...342.1200 City Limits...E3..................................345.3570 Cornerstone Gem & Bead Co....G3 . 346.4367 Drastic Plastic...F4 ........................... 346.8843 DSR Power Sports...E3 ....................9 91.1383 Etc. Gifts...F7 ....................................342.2846 Garden Flowers...F7 ......................... 614.5661 Garden Of The Zodiac...E7 .............. 341.1877 Goldsmith Silversmith...F7 ...............342.1737 Homer’s Records...E5 ......................346.0264 Iron Decor & More...G5 ....................346.6123 Jay Welter Cigars...(18th & Jackson)345.19 65 Kessler’s...H5 (1125 Jackson) ..........715.5888 Mairzy Doatz...F6.............................. 934.4815 Namaste...E7 .................................... 341.7069 New Realities Books & Gifts...E7 ..... 342.1863 Old Market Habitat Floral...E6 ......... 342.0044 Old Market Sundries...F8 ................. 345.8198 OM Gifts & Imports...E3 ................... 345.5078 Overland Outfitters...F8 ................... 345.2972 Perspective Jewelry...D4.................. 934.4416 Red Square...E7................................ 342.8878 SG Roi Tobacconist...F7 .................. 341.9264 Souq Ltd...E7 .................................... 342.2972 Tannenbaum Christmas Shop...F8 .. 345.9627 Trocadéro...E4 ................................. 934-8389

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At the Loft Spa...F6...........................505.4100 Michael Boyle, Attorney...E7 ............359.1000 Centris Federal Credit Union...C3 ...334.2000 Commercial Optical...G3 .................. 344.0219 Dietz United Methodist Church ....... 346.9115 Don Fiedler Law Offices...F7 ........... 346.6263 First National Bank...(F5) ..................885-2574 Fringes Salon & Spa...G8 ................. 345.0404 Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce...D2 346.5000 Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau...B8 .... 444.4660 Hair Market Salon...E7 ..................... 345.3692 J P Cooke Rubber Stamps...F2 ....... 342.7175 Klein Law Offices...H3 ...................... 391.1871 Magical Journeys Carriage Service...E7 ........ 453.6745 Movers Not Shakers ......................... 614.9770 Old Market Car Wash...J2 ................ 393.2819 Old Market Encounter ......................884.2000 Old Market Mini Storage .................. 342.0022 Old Market Web Site .....www.oldmarket.com Omaha Healing Arts Center...E4 ......345.5078 Omaha Public Library...(15th & Farnam) ......... 444.4800 Omaha Yoga School...E7 .................346.7813 Pinnacle Bank...(10th & Douglas) ..... 346.9180 Security National Bank...(11th & Howard) .......... 344.7300 Sirens...F6 ......................................... 933.9333 Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP...C3 342.1700 Urbane Salon & Spa...B8 .................934.2909 Susie’s Baskets...D4......................... 341.4650 Sutera Law Offices...E6.................... 342.3100 Visions Framing Studio...K4 .............342.0020

THEATRES & ENTERTAINMENT

Blue Barn Theater...G6 ..................... 345.1576 FilmStreams...(14th & Webster) ........ 933-0259 Holland Performing Arts Center...(12th & Douglas) .............................................345.0606 Omaha Symphony...(16th & Howard).............. 342.3836 Opera Omaha...(17th & Farnam)....... 346.4398 Orpheum Theater...(16th & Farnam).345.0606 The Rose...(20th & Farnam) .............. 345.4849


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JULY EVENTS 7/1: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Evening in the Americas. Joslyn Art Museum. Think thoughts of glorious Central and South America as you learn of its native iconography with Eileen Burke-Sullivan of Creighton University’s department of theology at 6:30 pm. Outdoors in the amphitheatre, go on a musical exploration of the Americas with a 6 pm performance of American folk music by Chris Sayre and, at 7 pm, experience Andean folk music and learn of South American cultures with Oscar Rios Pohirieth. Inside, kids will have fun making a simple folk toy and adults will enjoy a 6 pm screening of this renowned 1990 film about the first great Latin American poet: I the Worst of All: The Story of Sor Juana de la Cruz. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300 www.joslyn.org. 7/1 - 8/1: Bodies… The Exhibition. $22 adults; $18 seniors & students; $14 children Sun-Thurs/10am-8pm; Fri& Sat /10am -10pm. 1002 Dodge St. 877263-4375. www.bodiesomaha.com. 7/1 - 8/29: We Lived It: Nebraska Storm Stories. The Durham Museum. Every year Nebraska endures severe weather of all kinds: destructive tornadoes, blinding snow storms, and pounding rains.

Some years are worse than others. We Lived It: Nebraska Storm Stories chronicles the 1948/1949 blizzard, 1952 flood, and 1975 Omaha tornado. TuesSun/10a.m. - 5 p.m. 801 S. 10th St. 444-5071. www.durhammuseum. org. 7/1 - 9/4: Hopey Changey Things. Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. HOPEY CHANGEY THINGS celebrates artists who transform places, communities and subjective histories. 724 S. 12 St. 341-7130. www.bemiscenter.org. 7/1 - 9/12: Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. The Durham Museum. Visitors are in for a memorable and powerful experience! Witness what it’s like to stand inside a roaring tornado; trigger an underwater earthquake and simulate a tsunami; create a virtual volcano; touch and examine rock and lava specimens that tell of past geologic events; discover how people adapt to living at risk; and be inspired by the resiliency of disaster survivors. TuesSun/10am $7 adults; $6 ages 62+; $6 ages 3-12 $5 age 2&under. 801 S. 10th St. 444-5071. www.durhammuseum. org. 7/3: Justin Bieber. Qwest Center Arena. Bieber Fever rules: As millions of fans count

down the days until the release of his second album, MY WORLD 2.0, 13 year old platinum-selling pop singing sensation Justin Bieber announces his first headlining tour of North America, the “My World” Tour. Bieber’s first album was My World, and he became the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 prior to the album’s release. 7 p.m. $51.50, $41.50. www.qwestcenteromaha.com. 7/4: Super Diamond. Stir Cove. Super Diamond delivers a highoctane Neil Diamond tribute show playing all of his hits including “Sweet Caroline” and “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.” Stay after the show for Harrah’s Annual Fireworks Extravagnaza. Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $20; DOS $25. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www. harrahscouncilbluffs. com. 7/6: Widespread Panic. Orpheum Theater. 7:30 p.m. $35. www.ticketomaha.com. 7/8: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: An Evening of French Wine, Dance, & Design. Joslyn Art Museum. Thursday, July 8 Celebrating Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism Picnic in the lush landscape of the sculpture gar-

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den (bring your own or purchase dinner outdoors at the Museum); cash bar available. Or with a separate ticket, enjoy a French wine tasting - details to be announced soon. 6:00 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300. www.joslyn. org. 7/8: Barenaked Ladies with Special Guest Kris Allen & Angel Taylor. Stir Cove. Barenaked Ladies is a Grammynominated alternative rock band from Canada with the hits “It’s All Been Done,” “The Old Apartment” and “One Week.” Doors 6 p.m./ Show 7:30 p.m. General Admission $38; DOS $43. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www.harrahscouncilbluffs.com. 7/8 - 8/1: Mountain Birds. Shelterbelt Theatre. A new play by Maddie Radcliff. A family retreat becomes a chance for sisters to reminisce, to share hopes and fears, and to face some unexpected news. 3225 California St. 341-2757. http://shelterbelt.org. 7/9: Eric Church with Radney Foster. Stir Cove. Eric Church is a high-energy, rockin’ country music artist with the hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Guys Like Me” and “Love Your Love the Most.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $25/DOS $30. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www.harrahscouncilbluffs.com.

7/9 - 7/10: Riverfront Jazz & Blues. Lewis & Clark Landing. 4 p.m. $38 - $50. www.ticketomaha.com. 7/10: Second Saturday Supper for July - Underground. bemisUNDERGROUND. Please join members of the Bemis Center staff, along with the artists currently exhibiting in the Underground for a community potluck dinner. Every second Saturday of the month at 6pm, you’ll have an opportunity to share a meal with a different group of artists, patrons, collectors and community members. The guest list will always be different, but an evening of interesting food and conversation, surrounded by great art work is guaranteed. Due to space limitations, we are only able to seat 30 guests each month. If you’d like to attend, just RSVP to rsvp@bemiscenter. org by July 10th. Please include the number of people you’ll be bringing with you (children are welcome!) -- and be sure to use “RSVP” in your subject line. The first 30 people to RSVP will receive a confirmation email. if you aren’t able to make this month’s dinner, please try again next month. Please bring a dish of your all time favorite food to share with the group. Your contribution should be ready to serve when you arrive, sorry, we don’t have a lot of prep room avail-

able. Also -- the event is BYOB, please feel free to bring a beverage for yourself. or to share with the table. Water and coffee will be provided. 6-9 p.m. 724 S. 12 St. 341-7130. For more information:rsvp@bemiscenter.org www.bemisunderground.org. 7/11: Tesla with Kory and the Fireflies. Stir Cove. Tesla is a multiplatinum hard rock band with the hits “Little Suzie,” “Signs” and “Love Song.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $25/DOS $30. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www.harrahscouncilbluffs.com. 7/12: Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. Holland Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. $35 - $95. 13th & Douglas. www.ticketomaha.com. 7/13: River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions. The Durham Museum. Millionaires & Mansions will explore Omaha’s Gold Coast and Cathedral neighborhoods, where the entrepreneurs of early Omaha built their opulent homes. The tour will visit the former homes of influential Omahans such as Arthur Metz, Louis Nash, Sam Mercer, George Joslyn, and Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis, noting their contributions to the growth of the city. 6 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. 801 S. 10th St. 444-5071. For more

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7/15 - 7/15: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Celebrating Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism. Joslyn Art Museum. Soprano Charlotte Shields and pianist Victory Sedlacek will perform music and poetry from the age of Impressionism surrounded by masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum of Art at 6:30 pm. Dean Short Talent will put on a charming marionette/ puppet show in the garden at 6 pm and 7 pm. Also outside, observe the gardens and draw them in pastel, or paint them using using Qtips. Indoors, Museum docents will be on-hand at 5:30 pm for guided tours of Impressionism in the special exhibition and permanent collection. At 6 pm, see the Oscar-nominated Camille Claudel (1988) an intense film about the sculptor, mistress of Rodin, and her descent into madness. Plan to picnic in the garden bring your own or purchase dinner outdoors at the Museum; cash bar available. 5:30 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300. www.joslyn.org.

7/16 - 7/18: NKC Dog Show 2010. Qwest Center Arena. http://www. nebraskakennelclub. c o m /s h o w e v e n t s10 . html. 7/17: The Vibes at Village Pointe Summer Concert Series. Village Pointe Shopping Center. The Vybe: Top 40 Dance & Rock Hits 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free. 168th & W. Dodge Rd. www.villagepointeshopping.com. 7/17 - 7/18: Railroad Days. Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center. An annual celebration of all things train and track. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $10 per family. 100 Bancroft St. www.omahabotanicalcenter.org. 7/17 - 10/3: Rhythms of the Heart: Illustration of Ashley Bryan. Joslyn Art Museum. Rhythms of the Heart features linoleum prints; pencil, pen, and ink drawings; and watercolor, gouache, and tempera paintings — nearly 70 artworks from 21 books. 2200 Dodge St. 3423300. www.joslyn.org. 7/18 - 7/23: National Special Olympics Competitors Free Admission. Strategic Air and Space Museum. I-80 exit #426. 944-3100. www. sasmuseum.com.

rent or the wind) Indian history will be shared at 6:30 pm by Rudi Mitchell of Creighton University’s department of sociology and anthropology. A telling lecture for all Omahans and those interested in knowing more about our city’s namesake tribe. Learn beading and ribbon work from Valery Killscrow Copeland and relax to the haunting sounds of Native American flute played by Michael Murphy. 6:30 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 3423300. www.joslyn.org. 7/25: Brooks & Dunn. Qwest Center Arena. Don’t miss the very last tour of the super successful duo, Brooks & Dunn! After 20 years of hits like “Red Dirt Road”, “Only in America” and “My Maria”, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are retiring. But first, the Last Rodeo Tour comes to Qwest Center Omaha. 7:30 p.m. $56.25, $40.25, $25.25. www.qwestcenteromaha.com. 7/29: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Evening of Western Exploration. Joslyn Art Museum. Singer, songwriter, poet, and playwright Bobby Bridger presents part one of A Ballad of the West, his acclaimed trilogy of historically documented epic ballads interpreting real events in western American history from the days of the mountain man and the Fur Trade Era of the 1820s through the death of Lakota Holy Man, Black Elk. Bobby’s 6:30 pm performance, Seekers of the Fleece, will musically dramatize the initial interactions between Europeans and Native Americans. Outdoors, make a sketchbook and draw plants and animals you see. In the amphitheater, enjoy the sounds of young musicians from Fiddlers from the Frontier String Ensemble. 5:30 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 3423300. www.joslyn.org.

7/15: REO Speedwagon & Pat Benatar with Ke- 7/22: The Quiz. bemisaton Simons. Stir Cove. UNDERGROUND. Think REO Speedwagon is a you know your Monet’s classic rock band that from your Manet’s? Your has sold over 40 mil- Op Art from your Pop lion albums world-wide Art? Can you recite your producing their hits YBAs faster than your “Keep on Loving You” ABCs? Well then, you and “Can’t Fight This just might be ready for Feeling.” They’re join- The Quiz – the Bemis ing forces with Grammy Underground’s trivia award-winning rocker challenge for art geeks Pat Benatar playing her and fact freaks. July’s hits “Heartbreaker,” “Hit host: local artist and Me with Your Best Shot” professor, Wanda Ewand “Love is a Battle- ing. 7 p.m. 724 S. 12 St. field.” Doors 6 p.m./ 341-7130. www.bemisShow 7 p.m. General Ad- underground.org. mission $40/DOS $45. Italian & Mediterranean7/22: specialties served Harrah’s Council Bluffs. Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Old Market’s most beautiful in“the w w w.harrahscouncil- Against the Current, with the dining room,” complemented bluffs.com. Against the Wind: Evening area’s largest selection ofAn Italian wines. of Native American Exploration. Museum. 1108Joslyn HowardArt Street • 342-2050 Omaha (meaning those 7/30 - 10/30: George www.VivaceOmaha.com going against the cur- Washington Carver.


The Durham Museum. The exhibit includes more than a hundred artifacts, along with videos, interactive displays, recreated scenes and more. Visitors will follow along as Carver’s curiosity and persistence take him from a remote frontier town to success as a teacher and researcher at the famed Tuskegee Institute. 801 S. 10th St. 4445071. www.durhammuseum.org. 7/31: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Stir Cove. Joan Jett is an innovator of rock music with nine top 40 singles including “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself for Lovin’ You” and “Crimson and Clover.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $25/DOS $30. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www. harrahscouncilbluffs. com. 7/31 - 10/17: Space Silence Spirit: Maynard Dixon’s West. Joslyn Art Museum. Space Silence Spirit offers a rare opportunity to view artworks by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), one of the greatest 20thcentury artists of the American West. This is the first exhibition devoted to Dixon’s art to be shown in our area. Dixon’s 50-year career is surveyed in more than 100 paintings, drawings, and etchings from the private collection of A. P. Hays of Paradise Valley, Arizona. 2200 Dodge St. 3423300. www.joslyn.org. AUGUST EVENTS 8/1: Al Green with the Mynabirds. Stir Cove. Al Green is a soul music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with the hits “You Oughta Be with Me,” “Spending My Time,” “Love and Happiness” and “Let’s Stay Together.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $35; DOS $40; Reserved Seating $50. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www. harrahscouncilbluffs. com.

8/5: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Romancing the West: An Evening of Cowgirl Poetry. Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha’s renowned poetry scene gets a spur in the side when award-winning Western entertainer Georgeann Wearin gallops into town. Join her for a fun evening of humorous stories, cowgirl poetry, and Western music beginning at 6:30 pm. At 5:30 pm, Museum docents will be on-hand for guided tours of Joslyn’s collection of Western and Native American art and the special exhibition Space Silence Spirit: Maynard Dixon’s West. Kids will have fun trying leatherworking and a “branding” activity. 5:30 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300. www.joslyn.org.

8/7: River City History Tour: North Omaha. The Durham Museum. North Omaha was a diverse and vibrant community in Omaha’s early years’. Businesses flourished along 24th street well into the 1950’s and stately homes, park and jazz halls made this area a cultural center of Omaha. North Pmaha was also the location of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898, a celebration of technology designed to show that life was civilized west of the Mississippi River and Florence, the Mormon settlement of the 1840’s. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. 801 S. 10th St. 444-5071. For more information:bknelp@ durhammuseum.org www.durhammuseum. org.

8/6: Opening Reception: Stephen Azevedo, Caleb Coppock and Yinghua Zhu. bemisUNDERGROUND. Exhibitions continue through September 11th. 6-9 p.m. 724 S. 12 St. 341-7130. www.bemisunderground.org.

8/8: Jimmy Cliff with Trevor Hall. Stir Cove. Jimmy Cliff is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reggae musician from Jamaica with the hits “Sitting in Limbo,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Many Rivers to Cross.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $25; DOS $30. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www. harrahscouncilbluf fs. com.

8/6: Dierks Bentley with the Dirt Drifters. Stir Cove. Dierks Bentley is among the most successful and relevant country singers in the business, combining honky-tonk, bluegrass, classic country and rock into his number one hits “Sideways,” “Feel that Fire” and “Come a Little Closer.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $35; DOS $40. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www.harrahscouncilbluffs.com. 8/6-10: Film Streams Local Filmmakers Showcase. Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey Street. www.filmstreams.org 8/7: Gallery Talk with Stephen Azevedo, Caleb Coppock and Yinghua Zhu. bemisUNDERGROUND. 12 noon. 724 S. 12 St. 3417130. www.bemisunderground.org.

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8/9: Primus & Gogol Bordello. Stir Cove. Primus is a band known for bassist and vocalist, Les Claypool. Their music style has been variously termed alternative rock, alternative metal, funk metal and progressive metal. Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from New York known for its theatrical stage shows. Doors 5 p.m./Show 6:30 p.m. General Admission $30; DOS $35. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www. harrahscouncilbluf fs. com. 8/10: Social Distortion with Wolfmother, Dan Sartain & Action Design. Stir Cove. Social Distortion is a punk rock band from California formed in 1978 with the hits “Ball and Chain” and “Bad Luck.” They are

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8/10: River City History Tour: Millionaires & Mansions. The Durham Museum. Millionaires & Mansions will explore Omaha’s Gold Coast and Cathedral neighborhoods, where the entrepreneurs of early Omaha built their opulent homes. The tour will visit the former homes of influential Omahans such as Arthur Metz, Louis Nash, Sam Mercer, George Joslyn, and Arthur and Zerlina Brandeis, noting their contributions to the growth of the city. 6 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. 801 S. 10th St. 444-5071. For more information:bknelp@ dur hammus e um .o rg www.durhammuseum. org. 8/12: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Grant Wood, Would You? An Evening in Stone City. Joslyn Art Museum. Grant Wood was an advanced painting instructor at the Stone City Art Colony where residents lived in ice house wagons. Didn’t know that? Join us at 6:30 pm for a fascinating presentation on the colony’s history and the artist who produced one of Joslyn’s most famous and beloved paintings. The presentation by Kristy Raine of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids will incorporate music, photographs, archived documents, and voice-over narration. Dig deeper into the 1930s with a 6 pm showing of PBS’ American Experience: Surviving the Dustbowl. Or put on your dancin’ shoes to swing dance with the Omaha Jitterbugs - 6-8 pm in the

atrium. Kids will enjoy making a landscape collage inspired by Joslyn’s Grant Wood painting. 6:30 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300 www.joslyn.org. 8/13: Phoenix with Toro Y Moi. Stir Cove. hoenix is a Grammy award-winning alternative rock band from France with the hits “1901,” “Lasso” and “Lisztomania.” Doors 6 p.m./Show 8 p.m. General Admission $30; DOS $35. Harrah’s Council Bluffs. www.harrahscouncilbluffs.com. 8/14 - 8/15: Art in Bloom Festival. Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha’s Botanical Center. This festival features artwork from high-quality, local and regional visual artists. Painters, photographers, metal smiths, jewelers and other artists display, sell and demonstrate their work. All artwork displayed will portray a botanical theme. In addition to the visual artists, Art in Bloom also features local performing artists entertaining guests of all ages. Children’s activities, artist demonstrations, walking garden art tours and more create an artistic, interactive experience. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 100 Bancroft St. www.omahabotanicalcenter.org. 8/15: Melissa Etheridge. Orpheum Theater. Fearless Love Tour. 7:30 p.m. $38 - $103. www.ticketomaha.com. 8/19: Joslyn Late ‘til 8: Designing Deco: An Evening of Architecture. Joslyn Art Museum. The UNO Faculty Jazz Combo will keep your toes tappin’ on the floor of a Museum widely heralded as an architectural gem filled with marbles and granites from around the world. Learn who started it all with “The Joslyn’s of Lynhurst” (the formal name of the Omaha home of George and Sarah Joslyn, also known as the Joslyn Castle) presented by independent scholar and

author Daniel Kiper. He’ll speak at 6:30 pm in the Founder’s Room, Sarah Joslyn’s office at the Museum upon its opening. Families will have fun making marbleized paper and folding it into a mini-museum. For entertainment of that year, enjoy a 6 pm screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 City Lights. Docent-guided tours of Joslyn’s architecture will be offered: indoors at 5:30 pm, outdoors at 7 pm. 6:00 p.m. 2200 Dodge St. 3423300. www.joslyn.org. 8/22: Family Fun Day. Joslyn Art Museum. Celebrate the art of the age of Impressionism with a lively day devoted to color, light, and fun! Tour the special exhibition Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism and enjoy music, dance, art-making, and more. Join us! Free Admission. Sponsored by the Joslyn Art Museum Association. 1-4 p.m. Free. 2200 Dodge St. 342-3300. www.joslyn. org. 8/25: Rush. Qwest Center Arena. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso muscianship and provacative songwriting. The Time Machine Tour is an evening with Rush, where they will perform their classics, give a taste of the future - and for the first time ever - feature the Moving Pictures album live in its entirety. 7:30 p.m. $97, $77, $52. www.qwestcenteromaha.com.


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July/August 2010 The Encounter Omaha Magazine  

July/August 2010 The Encounter Omaha Magazine