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Market West board members (L-R) Chris Redfield, Chad Eacker, Veronica Wortman, and Jim Finnegan. The board will host an open forum in December to encourage business owners and residents to learn about their efforts.

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hey represent the old and the new, the residents and the business owners. They are bringing the historic into the future. They are the five board members of the newly formed Market West Neighborhood Alliance, coming together to bring an identity and unity to the area just west of the famed Old Market. Board President Chad Eacker co-owns Delinea Design, located at 15th and Jones streets. In November, he and his business partner moved from their office in the Old Market Passageway to Market West, which has the boundaries of 13th to 17th Street, Howard Street to the train tracks. “We’d had our eye on this neighborhood for a while,” Eacker says. Soon after meeting other business owners and residents in the neighborhood, they found a common concern among them. “Their complaint was that there was no identity for the neighborhood; that it’s ‘Old Market Adjacent’…that’s kind of the term that was getting thrown around. [Our] business is branding and marketing, so we thought, ‘Can’t we do better than this?’” As Eacker visited with more of his neighbors, it was evident that getting out from under the shadow of the Old Market was not only becoming a possibility, but a priority. “People are really unfamiliar with this area. They usually stay in the Old Market and don’t venture over here,” said Eacker. “We really wanted to create more of an urban neighborhood that’s a little different from the Old Market.” Jim Finnegan, board member and general manager of the Magnolia Hotel, identified with Eacker’s efforts right away. “Chad…did a great job of reaching out to everybody in the neighborhood. It seemed like an idea well worth pursuing,” Finnegan said. “You think about how much identity the Old Market has and how we’re missing that in the Market West neighborhood, yet there is so much to offer right here.” With the historical significance of the area and the beautiful architecture, Finnegan says that there is a lot for both residents and businesses to gain from coming into the neighborhood. In April, the board officially met for the first time, bringing together five individuals representing the unique views of this area. Board VP Thomas Miller is a senior associate with BVH Architects, which is located in Market West. “One thing that makes this neighborhood alliance different…is that it’s not a business association, it’s not a neighborhood organization just in terms of residents, but it’s an all-encompassing alliance…I think it’s important

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to maintain all those relationships.” Aside from bringing an identity to the area, Miller says one of his primary goals is to help residents and business owners take responsibility for the area by improving the streetscape. The group recently completed the 501(c)(3) application process that will give the board its non-profit status. “We can start taking tax-deductible donations and [apply for] grants so we can start some physical improvements, whether it’s a dog park or planting trees along the street,” Miller says. As a resident of Market West, Veronica Wortman was excited when she saw the flier Eacker had displayed in her 16th Street apartment lobby. “I thought, ‘Oh, that’s awesome that they’re organizing something…I’d love to be a part of that!’” After attending a few informational meetings, Wortman liked what she saw and soon became the board’s secretary/treasurer. “I was really excited to do that and am really interested in ‘grass roots’ efforts.” While bringing new blood and a new identity to the neighborhood is a priority, so is preserving the historical beauty and relevance that makes this vicinity so unique. “There are some historic buildings that could use a rehab so you don’t lose the historic character of the neighborhood,” says board member Chris Redfield, associate broker with Downing Properties Limited. He sees Market West as a great opportunity for new vendors who want to serve the downtown area, but cannot afford to pay the higher rents in the Old Market. Serviceoriented retailers, such as Patrick’s Market, would be welcome additions to the neighborhood. “Those amenities that people are able to walk to…[are] much needed in the downtown area, as the population’s growing,” Redfield says. In addition to preserving the old, the board is excited about some new construction that is going to be taking place. “Two, new, planned America First apartments are a big deal to the neighborhood alliance. These…apartment buildings will be the first new construction in the area in a long time,” says Wortman. The board will be hosting an open forum in December during which residents and business owners can meet the board members. Check the website for details. For more information on Market West, visit their website at www.marketwestomaha.com, which includes photographs, blogs, an interactive map and the latest news about the neighborhood. readonlinenow.com

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Les and Madalyn Bruning in Les’ studio at Hot Shops

We talk about art, look at art. Art is a routine in our lives.

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A Complementary Couple Madalyn and Les Bruning story by Suzanne Smith Arney | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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adalyn Bruning is a watercolorist who admires John Singer Sargent’s elegant portraits. Les Bruning, a sculptor, cites the influence of his abstract predecessors, David Smith and Isamu Noguchi. Her idea of a perfect vacation is to sit in the park with a good book, whereas he, she says, “would spend 12 hours walking through galleries, museums, and people’s yards looking at art.” He’s easy-going; she is a self-described “hot head.” (He nods.) They both agree that a marriage between artists is difficult, but it has advantages, too. “Madalyn is a strong colorist,” Les says; “Shape and location are more me.” It’s a balance that works. “He’s the first person I ask ‘Is it OK?’” Madalyn says of her paintings. “I can tell [the answer] by his look.” “We talk about art, look at art,” says Les. “Art is a routine in our lives.” It is also a routine for their blended family. “Every December, we invite the whole extended family to the Hot Shops,” says Madalyn. “There’s about 50 of us. We reserve a gallery, have a potluck or catered meal, visit the studios and buy gifts, and we get our picture taken on the steps.” Both Brunings have studios there—Madalyn shares space with Pamela Patton in 210; Les, a founding member of Hot Shops Art Center in 1999, has his studio and Bruning Sculpture, Inc., a casting and fabrication studio, in the “hot” orange warehouse. (This attached building is shared by other fire-centered shops—Crystal Forge glass and Hot Shops Pottery.) The center, just north of downtown, is a muscular brick building with room for 80 studios, four galleries, a framer’s, classrooms, and common space. Granddaughter Alexis, a senior in UNL’s Interior Design Program, learned bronze casting while working for Les.

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“It’s a great opportunity,” she said, “but a long and tedious process.” she says. “I learned that art doesn’t just happen.” When asked what art can teach children, Les and Madalyn both respond. Self expression. Belonging. Increased awareness of their environment. It knocks down barriers. Impacts all other areas. “Here, people can see the work, the effort that goes into art,” says Les. The Hot Shops are open every day to casual visitors or for prearranged tours. An open door is an invitation to look and ask questions. Madalyn adds, “Artists are generally educators.” But these two are certified. Les recently retired from teaching in and chairing the Art Area of Bellevue University; Madalyn’s a substitute teacher for Bellevue Public Schools. Education + art = fun and insight at Omaha Creative Institute (OCI). OCI Executive Director Susan Thomas has this to say about the Brunings: “Les Bruning was one of the visionaries behind OCI, a non-profit organization with the intention of spreading the word about the importance of art and creativity in everyone’s life and in the vitality of our city. He currently chairs our board and teaches classes from time to time—most recently charcoal drawing to high school students participating in UNO’s Summerworks.  Madalyn is truly our go-to instructor for Creative Workshops.  She has taught OCI watercolor classes many times and, most dramatically, last fall at drop-in workshops at Art on the Pointe, where she managed to guide people of all ages and abilities simultaneously, with great aplomb and skill.  I’m so pleased to have the privilege of working with Les and Madalyn, two delightful people and wonderful artists and teachers.” Les was also a key figure in the J. Doe project, 2001. A fiberglass form, human in size and shape, was interpreted in over 100 readonlinenow.com

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ways by metro-area artists and placed in various locations around the city. The Does were later auctioned, with funds split among the artist, a charity, and Omaha’s Public Arts Commission. The Brunings collaborated on Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which was located at The Rose Theater and is now in a private collection. Les’s latest sculpture, Vessel, is also his largest. The cut-out polished stainless steel reaches lightly upward, 42-feet high. Commissioned by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Nebraska, it’s located in front of their Corporate Headquarters, 1919 Aksarben Drive, and can be seen by strollers and speeders on the nearby Keystone Trail. Madalyn is juggling OCI classes, her own painting (anticipating the popular Hot Shops’ Holiday Open House in December), and plans for the big family gathering. For the Brunings—and perhaps for you, too—a party at the Hot Shops is the picture-perfect space for eating, making, talking, shopping…and it’s indestructible! It may even conflate Les’s philosophy that art is born out of chaos with Madalyn’s view that “life is like a box of watercolors.” Daughter Melissa learned many of her father’s lessons “by osmosis.” Besides the studio skills of form and design, she says, she learned that “mistakes aren’t failures.” Les took her to The Nutcracker when she was 8, and gave her a coloring book of the ballet. Today, she lives in Los Angeles and is a costume designer for film, opera, and theater. Her family has always been supportive of her career choice. “Maybe if I’d said I wanted to be a lawyer there’d have been a discussion,” she says with a laugh, “but not an artist.”

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Top: Madalyn Brunings’ watercolor, Teacups, in her studio at Hot Shops. Bottom: Les Brunings’ Artist Working, 1998, on display at Market West, 13th and Izard in Omaha.

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Fr. Lannon visits with Creighton students in the Skutt Building on campus: “I worry about making sure young men and women are prepared to enter college.”

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Father Lannon Returns Home In July, Timothy R. Lannon S.J. became the first Creighton graduate to return as president of the University story by Judy Horan | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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reighton’s new president, Timothy R. Lannon S.J., almost became a Hawkeye instead of a Bluejay when he was ready for college in 1969. The Mason City, Iowa, native had been accepted at the University of Iowa. But he impulsively visited the Creighton University campus and fell in love with the school. It’s been an on-again, off-again relationship for more than 40 years. The future university president demonstrated leadership early on as president of the Creighton Student Board of Governors. He received the Spirit of Creighton Award in 1973, the school’s highest honor for students. At first, he had no interest in becoming a priest. Lannon majored in math and took pre-med classes with the idea of becoming a doctor like his father, also a Creighton graduate. But there was a “haunting within me about becoming a priest,” he said. “I found Jesuits remarkable. It struck me they were bright, regular guys who happened to be priests.” In 1974, Lannon joined the Jesuits. Still uncertain about his

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calling—doctor or priest? —he took 22 months off to ponder his future. His physician father was elated when he decided in 1977 to enter the priesthood. But his mother cried, “and not out of happiness,” her son remembers. Lannon was ordained in 1986 at St. John’s Church on the Creighton campus. It was the start of his career in Jesuit education that took him to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Marquette University High School and Boston College. He became president of Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha in 1988, serving seven years. He holds two master’s degrees from the newly named Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. omahapublications.com


Before becoming Creighton’s 24th president, Lannon carried out a successful presidency at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. But he jumped at the chance to return to Creighton and Omaha. “Omaha is a community that can get things done. Civic leaders exercise leadership and work through the challenges and roadblocks. The city’s culture is friendly,” he said. “Coming to Creighton was coming to a city I know and people I love dearly. “Creighton is a gem.” This year for the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report magazine agreed and ranked Creighton University as the No.1 Midwest Regional university in its national rankings. Lannon, who describes himself as gregarious, oversees a university with 3,395 employees and 7,730 students. “I try to have the best people, set goals, let them execute the goals and hold them accountable. I have high expectations of myself and the people with whom I work.” In his inaugural address on Sept. 30, Lannon shared his thoughts with students and guests on a topic he favors: “The Spirit of Creighton.” His speech was part of a week-long inaugural celebration that started Sept. 26 and included speakers, fine arts and music. The week concluded with “Feed the Spirit,” a community service project to help feed Omaha’s needy. Lannon has plans for Creighton. “We want to collaborate more fully with our neighbors in North Omaha. There is nice development going on, and leadership there is doing some wonderful things.” He also is looking at future students. “I worry about making sure young men and women are prepared to enter college.” While president of Saint Joseph’s, he oversaw a successful guidance program for high school students from diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds that was intended to prepare them for the university. He believes the program might work for Creighton. Can Jesuit schools continue without Jesuits? There are 220 Catholic colleges and universities and 28 Jesuit universities in the United States and fewer Jesuits to run them. Lannon said it’s possible. “I feel that schools will be in good hands with the lay men and women that understand the Ignatian values.” He said the people of Omaha can help Creighton by being ambassadors, hiring Creighton students, creating partnerships and internships, through philanthropy—“and cheering for the Jays, especially when they play Nebraska.” Creighton’s president is a major college basketball fan. He’s pleased that Creighton is the only Missouri Valley Conference school in history to attract more than 200,000 fans in a season and has done so seven times. A runner and bicyclist, he’s also a Philadelphia Phillies fan. He was in the stadium when the Phillies won the World Series in 2008. Lannon is a second-generation sports enthusiast. His father, Dr. Jim Lannon, who graduated from Creighton Medical School in 1936, earned an athletic scholarship at the height of the Great Depression and played football for Creighton for four years. Creighton ended its football program in 1942. readonlinenow.com

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Downtown hiStory Photographer Louis Bostwick and his sister skate across a pond in Hanscom Park near 32nd and Woolworth Ave, dated 1899. Bostwick-Frohardt Collection, owned by KETV, held by The Durham Museum. The City of Omaha Park Commission reported of Hanscom Park: “Two lakes, a cascade, extensive flower beds, two and one-half miles of macadamized roadway, fountains and a magnificent growth of forest trees makes this the only finished park in the city.”

Remembering Holidays Past Snapshots of winter seasons in Omaha through the years Coordinated by Linda Persigehl

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he holiday season brings out a mix of emotions in most of us — excitement, joy, stress, warmth, love, even sadness. Likewise, the holidays also trigger memories of the past. Thanksgivings, Christmases and Hanukkahs gone by, family members now departed, childhood dreams and simpler times all come to mind, most notably when reminiscing over family photo albums and scrapbooks. We thought we’d take a little trip down memory lane, too, and share with you some photo memories of holiday seasons in Omaha past, courtesy of The Durham Museum, Salvation Army and Douglas County Historical Society Archives. If you have lived in Omaha long enough, you may have witnessed a few of these scenes first-hand. Enjoy, and happy holidays! Photos Continued on page 16 >>

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Above: The J.C. Penney Department Store on the northwest corner of 16th and Howard streets, decorated for the season with a Santa and sleigh rooftop display, circa 1935. Photo courtesy of the Douglas County Historical Society Archives. Below: Children and servicemen exchange gifts during a Christmas party held at the Service Men’s Center in Union Station, during World War II. BostwickFrohardt Collection, owned by KETV, held by The Durham Museum.

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Above: Members of the Women’s League of Mercy bring holiday gifts and cheer to residents at Clearview Home, a residential care facility in Omaha, December 1952. Photo courtesy of The Salvation Army, Central Territory Museum. Below: Interior of the toy department of S.S. Kresge with Christmas decorations. Toy trucks and cars are displayed with basketballs and other toys, dated December 14, 1927. Bostwick-Frohardt Collection, owned by KETV, held by The Durham Museum.

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Above: A group of students from St. Thomas More School sing Christmas carols, dated December 1972. Robert Paskach Collection, The Durham Museum, copyright held by the Omaha World-Herald. Below: A man sits in a wooden chair strung up precariously on a rope, decorating the Christmas tree in Union Station, 1955. Every strand of tinsel was hung by hand. John S. Savage Collection, The Durham Museum, copyright held by the Omaha World-Herald.

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Above: Christmas decorations strung across South Omaha at 24th and N streets. Traffic makes a blur of light in this long exposure image, dated December 6, 1952. Robert Paskach Collection, The Durham Museum, copyright held by the Omaha World-Herald. Below: A little girl, far right, looks at a Brandeis Department Store window with a display of dolls and other toys inside, dated November 18, 1949. Robert Paskach Collection, The Durham Museum, copyright held by the Omaha World-Herald.

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Downtown Omaha has a wealth of public spaces. They come in the form of parks, sculpture gardens, green space, plazas and even sidewalks. When filled with people and activity, they’re welcoming, vibrant and safe. They are transformed from open space into the place you want to be to interact with others or to people watch. This fall, the DID launched a new program to activate some of downtown’s public spaces. Partnering with the Downtown YMCA, the DID offered FREE outdoor exercise classes led by certified trainers in the Leahy Mall and the Omaha World-Herald Plaza. Classes included Boot Camp, Run Conditioning and ZUMBA. Places that usually sit empty as people head home after work were filled with people, music and activity. People walking by stopped to see what was happening. Families sat on the grass watching the participants and offering words of encouragement. This positive activity transformed a public space, provided another reason to be downtown, and added to the vibrancy of the area. The DID is looking to continue to activate our public spaces in 2012 and we’d love to get your input. What types of activities would you like to see offered? More exercise classes, stuff for the kids, arts, games? This is your downtown and your public spaces. We encourage you to get out and use them! This column is part of a series detailing the activities and efforts of the Omaha Downtown Improvement District (DID) to further strengthen Downtown Omaha. You can find out more information about the DID on their website www.omahadowntown.org or by becoming a fan on Facebook. the encounter | november/december 2011

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Omaha Prime, Chophouse Legend Owner Mo Tajvar is one reason why celebrities and locals alike flock to the downtown restaurant story by Pamela S. Thompson | photos by minorwhitestudios.com

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hen customers want the real deal—meaning a classic steak prepared and served in the traditional chophouse style—they come to Omaha Prime in the historic Old Market. For 16 years, Omaha Prime has been where customers, including Warren Buffett, George Clooney, Robert Gates, Clarence Thomas, Greg Gumbel, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, George Brett and Tom Osborne, have enjoyed Nebraska-raised, corn-fed, USDA prime grade beef, in an elegant yet cozy environment. Owner Mo Tajvar is one reason why celebrities from the fields of finance, athletics, politics and entertainment flock to the second-floor steakhouse. Truly one of Omaha’s most affable and recognizable restaurateurs, Tajvar personally takes care of his guests, whom he calls his friends. “I love it here in Omaha,” Tajvar explains from behind the desk in his Old Market Passageway office. “I have made many friends over the years in this business.” If Tajvar is ever absent from either Omaha Prime or Passport, the Old Market sister restaurant he opened in 1996, when a friend dines, invariably he calls his friend the next day. Tajvar arrived in Nebraska from Iran in 1978 as a college student. To pay for his classes, he worked as a waiter at Blue Fox and Golden Apple, where he also learned how to bartend, cook and

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At left: Tajvar with a glass of one of the restaurant’s premium red wines. A full wine menu is available on their website www.omaha-prime.com Above: The Old Market eatery’s hand-cut prime beef is another major draw.

host. Later, he gained management experience as a part owner of Aquarium Restaurant, on 72nd Street by the Doubletree Suites. Tajvar credits the success of his two restaurants to his loyal and professional staff members, a number of whom have been working for him since the beginning. “I have good people at both places,” he said. “I’m blessed.” Before he opened Omaha Prime in 1995, Tajvar did his homework by traveling and tasting prime grade beef at top-notch chophouses in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver. He learned to focus on providing the best beef available from local sources and to keep the menu simple and stylish, yet hearty. Omaha Prime fits the classic chophouse model to a T—T-bone, that is. Cigars, premium wines, top-shelf liquors and well-aged whiskey are seductively displayed near the top of stairs by the bar. Masculine colors, dark wood and framed sports memorabilia accent two central dining rooms. On one end, the east wall opens onto a delightful balcony overlooking the passageway. Several private dining options are available for corporate or social occasions.

USDA Prime Grade Beef Since less than five percent of the cattle raised in America qualifies as prime, the fact that each and every steak served at Omaha Prime is aged to the chef’s specifications and hand-cut and delivered daily is truly remarkable. Beef lovers choose between New York strips, porterhouse t-bones, filets and roast prime rib. Tajvar said the bone-in ribeye is the most popular cut of meat served. Non-beef diners have their choice of lamb chops, chicken, Dover Sole from Holland, jumbo prawns, salmon, shrimp scampi, lobster tail and chicken fingers for children. Of course, no meal is complete without Omaha Prime’s signature bleu cheese baked potatoes, tomato and onion salads, sautéed mushrooms or creamed garlic spinach. Omaha Prime, located at 415 S. 11th St., is open for dinner only Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and closed Sundays. Reservations are always recommended by calling 402-341-7040. readonlinenow.com

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Opera Omaha’s Hansel and Gretel Fri., Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Performances at the Rose Theater, 20th & Farnam streets Enhance your kids’ love of the arts with a trip to the opera! The family-friendly Hansel and Gretel is the perfect production to do just that. Based on the 19th-century German fairy tale, Opera Omaha’s adaptation is sung in English with projected translations in Spanish—and is also less “grim” than the Brothers Grimm version. The spunky children of a poor broom-maker still get lost in the woods, where they encounter a magical cottage of sweets and its elderly occupant. But this “witch” is more comic than evil, and the clever brother and sister soon turn danger into delights. It’ll be an unforgettable experience for kids and adults alike. And don’t miss the Opera Omaha Guild’s Holiday Ornaments Boutique & Bake Sale! Visit www.operaomaha.org for more information.

Magic at Midtown Condo Tour

Mr. Gerald Charles Dickens visits Omaha for a series of holiday performances.

Downtown Holiday Happenings Looking to get in the holiday spirit? Plan a trip downtown! story by Linda Persigehl

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eaded downtown soon for a look at the holiday lights? Maybe planning an afternoon of ice skating at ConAgra’s rink, or partaking of one the other Holiday Lights Festival happenings downtown? Why not make a day (or two or three) of it? Downtown Omaha will be buzzing with activity this holiday season, as so many events are planned at various venues — Holland Center, Orpheum Theater, Mid-America Center, Durham Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, and more — that you’ll need multiple visits just to check out those at the top of your list. Here are just a few of the unique events for you and the family to partake of downtown this November and December.

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Nov. 17 – Dec. 4 Midtown Crossing 32nd & Farnam streets Ever thought of moving downtown? Interested in architectural and interior design? Get a feel for hip, urban living by taking a tour of Omaha’s newest condos, decorated by some of Omaha’s premier designers. You’ll be raising money for a good cause as well! Joslyn Castle Trust has chosen Midtown Crossing, Omaha’s unprecedented condominium community, as the host site of its latest interior design showcase. Magic at Midtown: A Tour of Upscale Urban Residences will formally open with a gala event and fireworks on Nov. 17. Public tours of 12 Midtown Crossing condominiums will continue through Dec. 4. In addition to the gala and the tour itself, a variety of events are scheduled in conjunction with Magic at Midtown to allow more community involvement. It is expected that Magic at Midtown will raise over $100,000 to support ongoing efforts to restore the Castle property. For more information, visit www.midtowncrossing.com

Mr. Dickens is Coming to Town Dec. 16 – 17 Field Club of Omaha, 36th St. & Woolworth Ave. & General Crook House, Historic Fort Omaha, 30th & Fort streets Enjoy a performance of the Christmas classic A Christmas Carol, presented by someone with a truly unique perspective. Hosted by the Douglas County Historical Society, Mr. Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, is coming to Omaha to perform A Christmas Carol. On Dec. 16, Dickens will perform during a Proper English Tea at 2 p.m., a Patron Party from 5:30-7 p.m., and Dinner at 8 p.m. On Dec. 17, Dickens will perform during a Matinee at 1 p.m., and then will go to the General Crook House for an intimate evening at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and observations on the life of his greatgreat grandfather. Book signings and autographs will follow after every performance. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.omahahistory.org or call 402-455-9990. omahapublications.com


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Downtown Hotels Courtyard by Marriott...H12 .....................402.346.2200 DoubleTree Hotel...B/C10......................... 402.346.7600 Embassy Suites Hotel...H16..................... 402.346.9000 Fairfield Inn and Suites C2 ......................... 402.280.1516 Hampton Inn E2 ......................................402.345.5500 Hilton Convention Center Hotel G7 . .........402.998.3400 Hilton Garden Inn...C2 ............................. 402.341.4400 Holiday Inn E2...........................................402.341.0124 Homewood Suites D2 .............................. 402.345.5100 Hotel Deco XV B14................................... 402.991.4981 Magnolia Hotel... A16 ...............................402.342.2222

Home Furnishings Sugar Daddy’s...F15................................. 402.341.3930 Habitat Restore (24th & Leavenworth)........402.342.0044 Julia Russell ...F12................................... 402.891.0691 Room...G15.............................................. 402.342.7666 Zongkers Custom Woods (S. 3rd St.). ....... 402.344.7784

Galleries Hot Shops Art Center-1301 Gallery D2.... 402.342.6452 Artists’ Cooperative Gallery G15...............402.342.9617 Bemis Ctr.for Contemporary Arts.. E18 .... 402.341.7130 Fred Simon Gallery...G13..........................402.595.2122 Garden Of The Zodiac...G15..................... 402.341.1877 Images of Nature...G14............................402.341.8460 Anderson O’Brien Fine Art F16.................402.884.0911 Julia Russell ...F12...................................402.891.0691 Old Market Artists Gallery...G15.............. 402.346.6569 Omaha ClayWorks...F17.......................... 402.346.0560 Passageway Gallery...G15........................ 402.341.1910 Sirens at the Loft...F16............................ 402.933.9333 White Crane Gallery...G15........................402.345.1066

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Derek Fender, DDS...E15......................... 402.342.3901 Dr.James Polerecky DDS C15..................... 402.341.7576 Dr.Ritch Miller DC (2111 Douglas)............. 402.345.7500 Heartland Pathology A14..........................402.346.0195 Old Market Massage ...E15 (OM Center) ... 402.850.6651 Omaha Dental Spa (At the Loft) F16 .......... 402.505.4424 Omaha Yoga School...G15........................ 402.346.7813 The Downtown Dentist...E15.................... 402.342.3901 Physical Therapy East & West Physical Therapy...E15.......... 402.345.5078 Psychotherapy, EMDR, Hypnotherapy Jannette Davis, MS, CST G13.................. 402.341.2230 Cynthia Duggin, MSW, LCSW E15............ 402.345.5078 Bobby Escolas, CMHT (Hypnotherapist)..... 402.990.2979 Jeff Stormberg, PhD C14.........................402.393.0642 Tim Swisher, MHR, LMHP, LADC G13....... 402.341.2230 Pharmacy Depot Drug C11...................... 402.544.DRUG Life Coach, Transpersonal Psych., Herbalist,Biopulsar Tm Analyst Chanell Jaramillo E15............ 402.689.0905

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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 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

Museums & Attractions Omaha Children’s Museum (500 S. 20th).. 402.342.6164 The Durham...H19.................................... 402.444.5071 Joslyn Art Museum... (2200 Dodge)...........402.342.3300 Henry Doorly Zoo... (3701 So 10th St)........ 402.733.8401 Lauritzen Gardens... (100 Bancroft)............402.346.4002 Ollie the Trolley........................................ 402.597.3596 Omaha Symphony Assoc. A16..................402.342.3560 Qwest Center Omaha H7...........................402.341.1500 Ticket Omaha www.ticketomaha.org........402.345.0606

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Specialty Shops Ashley Collectibles...E15.......................... 402.934.3100 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

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Through 11/5: Bancroft Bayliss Loop Bicycle Rides 2011.

Bancroft Street Market. A 19-mile long, family-friendly bicycle ride from Bancroft Street Market to Council Bluffs and back. The ride takes 2 ½ hours. A helmet is required. Recurring weekly on Saturday. Free admission. 2702 S 10th St. 9-11am. For more information, visit www.bancroftstreetmarket.com or call 402-651-2327.

Through 11/20: Fall Chrysanthemum Show. Lauritzen Gar-

dens. The show articulates the beauty of autumn with thousands of brightly colored, unique chrysanthemums, water features, Japanese garden influences, and the textures and rich colors of trees and shrubs. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $3 children 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 100 Bancroft St. 9am-5pm. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002.

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Through 1/8: DinO!saurs: Dawn of the Ice Age. Omaha

Children’s Museum. Stomping and roaring robotic dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals are invading Omaha Children’s Museum this summer as the museum celebrates its 35th anniversary with the new exhibit Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age. For more information, visit www.ocm.org Through 1/8: American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West.

Joslyn Art Museum. The contemporary photographs featured in this exhibition recognize the complexities of our relationship with the landscape and seeks to define paths that reconcile our lasting desires for wilderness and open space with the realities of the built environment of the modern West. $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students, $5 youth (ages 5-17), free for 4 & under. Recurring daily. 2200 Dodge St. Tu, W, F, Sat/10am4pm; Th/10am-8pm; Sun/noon-4pm. For more information, visit www.joslyn.org or call 402-342-3300.

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Through 4/18: The Met: Live in HD. Film

Streams. Opera Omaha and Film Streams have collaborated to bring the Metropolitan Opera’s awardwinning 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 G ö t te rd ä m m e r u n g (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 4/25: Omaha Town Hall Lecture Series. Omaha Town

Hall. For over 45 years, Omaha Town Hall has been dedicated to bringing noted speakers to Omaha. Featured this year are legendary broadcast journalist of “60 Minutes” Lesley Stahl (9/28), executive pastry chef of the White House for 25 years Chef Roland Mesnier (10/26), imprisoned investigatory journal-

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ist Laura Ling (3/28), and cultural commentator and prolific newsman Nick Clooney (4/25). Must have a membership to attend the event. All lectures start at 10:30am and last one hour. For more information, visit www. omahatownhall.com

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Orpheum Theater. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Tony Winner of the Best Musical of 2005, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Tickets from $25-62. 409 S 16th St. F/8pm; Sat/2 & 8pm. For more information, visit www.ticketomaha.com or call 402-345-0606. 11/5: Owl City. Sokol

Auditorium. Formed by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young, Owl City is an electronica musical project known for the platinum album Ocean Eyes with hits such as “Fireflies” and “Vanilla Twilight.” $20 in advance, $25 on

day of show. 2234 S. 13th St. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30pm. 11/11-12: RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles. Orpheum The-

ater. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends! Recurring daily. Tickets from $20-62. 409 S 16th St. For more information, visit www. ticketomaha.com or call 402-345-0606. 11/12: Glassblowing Workshop with Ed Fennell. Hot Shops

Art Center Crystal Forge. Ed Fennell will demonstrate his craft during this two-anda-half hour course. Students will then be guided through the process of creating their own paperweight to be mailed or picked up at a later date. Class members should be 13 years or older. Admission

is $35. 1301 Nicholas St. For more information, visit www. omahacreativeinstitute.org or call 402-917-8452. 11/12: Miller. Holland Performing Arts Center. Miller is a band of three brothers, each with their own unique musical talent. This family band’s crazy musicianship brings audiences to their feet dancing and applauding. In 2006, the two younger brothers were the 2nd place winners on the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent.” Tickets are $25. 1200 Douglas St. 8pm. For more information, visit www.ticketomaha.com or call 402345-0606. 11/17-20: Autumn Festival, An Arts & Crafts Affair. Cen-

turyLink Center Omaha. Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Voted one of the top 100 shows in the country, according to Sunshine Artist Magazine. Recurring daily. $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for children under 10. 455 10th St. Th-F/11am9pm; Sat/9am-7pm; Sun/10am-5pm. For

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ritzen Gardens. More than 5,600 poinsettia plants are grown in the gardens’ greenhouses for this annual holiday show. This spectacular exhibit includes a 20-foottall poinsettia tree, beautifully decorated holiday trees, antique sleighs, and model trains. Recurring daily. $6 adults, $3 children 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 100 Bancroft St. 9am5pm. For more information, visit www. lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002. 11/24: “Holiday Lights” – Nebraska Wind Symphony Concert. Holland Perform-

ing Arts Center. The 7th Annual Holiday Lights Festival concert will please audiences with beautiful holiday music. The free concert will take place immediately following the Lighting Ceremony. Free admission. 1200 Douglas St. Th/7pm. For more information, visit www. nebrask awindsymphony.com or call 402216-0325.

11/25: Tree Lighting Ceremony. Durham

Museum. A holiday favorite! Enjoy live musical performances in front of the beautiful Christmas tree. Take part in cookie decorating, create holiday crafts in Mangelsen’s Craft Corner, and children can share wish lists with Santa and Mrs. Claus under the glow of the tree. $7 adults, $6 ages seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 801 S 10th St. 4-7pm. For more in-

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Theatre. Like an overstuffed stocking hung by the chimney without care, this story packs every beloved holiday tale and tradition you can think of into a physically dexterous, comedic romp for three actors. It ends with a frenzy of caroling that attempts to pack every known holiday jingle into a two-minute mash-up. Recurring daily. 614 S 11th St. For more information, visit www. bluebarn.org or call 402-345-1576.

11/25-12/18: Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells. The Rose

Theater. It’s Christmas and Junie B. Jones has a dilemma. Her first grade class has drawn for its Secret Santa exchange, and she has picked the name of her least favorite classmate, Tattletale Mary. With only ten dollars to spend, Junie B. must decide what is more important: protecting Mary’s feelings or buying herself the coveted Squeez-aBurb that is sure to win her the attention of all her classmates. Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 2001 Farnam St. F/7pm; Sat-Sun/2pm; Th Dec. 15/7pm. For more information, visit www.rosetheater.org or call 402-345-4849.

11/26-12/17: Holiday Lights Festival: Sounds of the Season. Gene Leahy Mall.

Enjoy live music and holiday carols as you stroll through the beauty of the Holiday Lights! Recurring

weekly on Saturday. Free admission. 13th & Farnam Sts. Sat/78pm. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org or call 402-345-5401. 11/27-12/18: Holiday Harmony. Lauritzen Gar-

dens. Stroll the holiday poinsettia show with added ambience from performers of holiday music. Enjoy a meal or snack from the café while listening to the entertainment or cozying up in front of the crackling fireplace. Recurring on Sunday afternoon. $6 adults, $3 children 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 100 Bancroft St. For more information, visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002.

December 12/2: Ethnic Holiday Festival. Durham Mu-

seum. Learn how the world celebrates this joyful time of year. Featuring ethnic foods and entertainment from all corners of the globe. Local cultural organizations proudly display crafts and traditional dress while musicians and dancers perform throughout the evening. Visitors can also purchase hard-to-find ethnic food and gifts. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for members and children under 2. 801 S 10th St. 5-9pm. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402444-5071.

12/3-4: Holiday Happening. Lauritzen Gar-

dens. Festive music, holiday crafts, and a visit with Santa Claus make this a perfect holiday outing for the entire family while visiting the holiday poin-

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settia show. Children’s activities and photos with Santa cost $3 per child in addition to admission. Recurring daily. $6 adults, $3 children 6-12, free for members and children under 6. 100 Bancroft Street. 12-4pm. For more information, visit www. lauritzengardens.org or call 402-346-4002. 12/3-18: The Durham Museum’s Holiday Concert Series. Dur-

ham Museum. Enjoy some of the most beautiful holiday music under the glow of the Durham’s Christmas tree. Talented local entertainers and choirs perform on weekends as part of the Holiday Concert Series. Recurring weekly on Saturday, Sunday. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 3-12, free for members or children under 2. 801 S 10th St. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071.

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12/3-4/29: Cut! Costumes and Cinema.

Durham Museum. Take an in-depth 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; WSat/10am-5pm; Sun/15pm. For more information, visit www. durhammuseum.org or call 402-444-5071. readonlinenow.com

Family Festival. Various locations. A variety of downtown arts and cultural institutions provide free admission and hands-on activities for the entire family for the day. Free trolley service connects all participating locations. Free admission. 12-5pm. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsfestival.org or call 402345-5401.

Dec. 16, Dickens will perform during a Proper English Tea at 2pm, a Patron Party from 5:30-7pm, and Dinner at 8pm. On Dec. 17, Dickens will perform during a Matinee at 1pm, and then will go to the General Crook House for an intimate evening at 6pm with cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, and observations on the life of his great-great grandfather. Book signings 12/6-20: Family Nights and autographs will with Santa. Durham follow after every perMuseum. Children will formance. Ticket pricbe able to share their es vary. For more inwish lists with Santa formation, visit www. and meet his reindeer, omahahistory.org or & wine list – who Award-winning will be making foodcall 402-455-9990. a special open stop at latethe 7 nights a week. museum. Take partreservations. 12/16-18: Omaha Call for in holiday crafts and Symphony: Christenjoy live musical mas with the Sym422 S. 11th Street • 342-2550 performances. Warm phony. Holland Perwww.MsPubOmaha.com up with a free cup of forming Arts Center. Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Make memories with topped with Reddi the ones you love at Wip. Recurring weekly Omaha’s favorite holion Tuesday. $7 adults, day tradition! Beloved $6 seniors, $5 chilmusic, Broadway stars, dren 3-12, free for local talent, an audimembers and chilence sing-along, and dren under 2. 801 S the popular dancing 10th St. 5-8pm. For Santas create a can’tmore information, miss Christmas specvisit www.durhamtacular bursting with museum.org or call joy and excitement. 402-444-5071. Recurring daily. Tickets from $15-80. 1200 12/10: Holiday Lights Douglas St. F/8pm; Festival: Dickens in Sat/2 & 8pm; Sun/2 & the Market. Old Mar7pm. For more inforket. Costumed characmation, visit www. ters and holiday peromahasymphony.org formances recreate a or call 402-342-3560. Dickens Village in the Old Market. Free ad12/16-19: Supper with mission. 10am-4pm. Santa at Omaha’s HenFor more informary Doorly Zoo. Henry tion, visit www.holiDoorly Zoo. Join daylightsfestival.org Santa and Mrs. Claus or call 402-345-5401. at the zoo for a night of fun-filled holiday 12/16-17: Mr. Dickens spirit! Enjoy supper, is Coming to Town. crafts, pictures with Field Club of Omaha. Santa and more. Hosted by the Douglas All children must County Historical Socibe accompanied by ety, Mr. Gerald Charles an adult. Recurring Dickens, great-great daily. Registration grandson of Charles required. $15 per per-

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Doorly Zoo. Party with the animals and celebrate New Year’s Eve at the zoo. Have a wild time with activities, entertainment, and an early countdown to 2012. Enjoy this fun family event without having to stay up until midnight! Free with regular paid zoo admission. 3701 S 10th St. 10am-1pm. For more information, visit www. omahazoo.com or call 402-733-8401.

12/31: The Durham Museum’s Noon Year’s Celebration. The Durham

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