Friday, August 31
Omaha Creative Week Kick-Off!
Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney
5-10 p.m. FREE
The Image Arts Building is playing host to the official Omaha Creative Week Kick-Off Party! All persons and organizations submitting Sparks for Omaha Creative Week are invited to come by and share about their Sparks while partaking in drinks from Stella Artois and Soaring Wings. Food will be provided. Your first drink is on the house, every drink after that will be $3. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to the Benson Theatre Project.
48 HR Smart Phone Film Challenge
Omaha Film Festival, Image Arts Building, 2626 Harney Street
Challenge Launch Friday, August 31, 6-9 p.m. Pre-Registration by Aug 30, 5pm, is $15. Registration at the Challenge Launch on Aug 31 is $25.
Filmmakers will be given 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit together a 5 minute film. Special rules and additional challenges will force the filmmakers to think creatively in order to complete their project. All films will be screened the following weekend on Sept 8 (location and time TBA).
Outside the Box: Tapping into your Inner Child to Promote Creativity
Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St
6:30-9 p.m., $15. RSVP.
An evening of social play and building in the museum’s Creative Arts Center. Creative Arts Lead Tyler Swain will present a short workshop on understanding the creative process to better establish an environment for insight in our professional setting. At 7:30 pm we will begin the build, breaking off into creative teams to assemble our artistic maze. A suggested donation of $10-$15 dollars is welcomed, with proceeds going to benefit the Historic Benson Theater.
Omaha Jitterbugs’s Night Out
F.O.E. Lodge #38, 24th and Douglas
8:15 p.m. – Midnight, $5
A beginning dance lesson (no partner required) at 8:15 precedes open dancing until midnight. It is a place where people of all ages can come to have fun, express themselves through swing style dancing to vintage jazz, blues, and rock and roll. Special performances throughout the night.
Saturday, September 1
Bob Wiltfong’s “You Don’t Know Dick”
PS Collective, 6056 Maple St
Saturday, September 1, 8 p.m. $15. Proceeds benefit Benson Theatre Restoration Project.
Omaha-native and former Daily Show correspondent and Nationwide Insurance’s The World’s Greatest Spokesperson, Bob Wiltfong brings his new one-man improv routine to Omaha. The title isn’t meant to be a dirty joke or anything; it’s actually a true statement about a guy named Dick that Bob just didn’t know very well.
Sunday, September 2
Omaha Reads Lawn Party
Omaha Public Library, Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport Street
3:30-5:30 p.m. FREE
The gentility of the Gilded Age will cast a golden glow on our town as Omaha Reads undertakes Edith Wharton’s “The Age of Innocence.” Come join us at Joslyn Castle as we kick off Omaha Reads with a lawn party! Enjoy a day of scrumptious finger sandwiches, Downton Abbey cocktails, and lawn games of croquet and badminton. Need to cool off? We will have a craft table where you can decorate your own folded fan. Tours of the castle begin at 4pm!
Tuesday, September 4
Appetite for Art
Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. $40. Registration required 5 days prior.
Join Joslyn Director & CEO Jack Becker for stimulating gallery talks and delicious lunches inspired by Joslyn’s most mouth-watering masterpieces! This Appetite For Art event features Jules Breton’s (French, 1827-1906) and “Two Women Picking Grapes” (1862).
OMG Weekly Meeting and Open Shop
Omaha Maker Group, The Makery (basement of Omar Baking Building), 4388 Nicholas Street
7 p.m. FREE
Get a brief introduction of the current projects happening within the group, then feature a 30-45 minute relevant presentation either from one of our members or from a partner organization. Previous presentations have included electric race cars, introduction to vintage and antique tools, amateur radio, lock picking, biolabs, introduction to fabricating with sheet plastic, 3D printing, rocketry, quadcopters, candle making, and aluminum forging. Following the meeting, the makerspace is open for Open Shop Time until the end of the evening.
Wednesday, September 5 – Friday, September 7
Heartland Developers Conference
Embassy Suites Omaha – La Vista/Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway
7 a.m. – 10 p.m., $250. Register
HDC is an annual 3-day software design and development conference for the region’s top software designers and developers. The event consists of hands-on classes, sessions, keynotes, networking events, and other related content.
Wednesday, September 5
Emerging Terrain Elevation Station Revival – Cass Street
Cass Street (Between16th and 17th) – proposed location for new bus transfer station
11 a.m – 2 p.m. FREE. Paid lunch available.
In June of this year, Emerging Terrain hosted an epic dinner celebration along the 36th Street Bridge over I-80. The event, titled Elevate, involved multiple collaborators of enormous creative talent working together in teams to design and construct ‘elevation stations’ that evoked conversation around the Stored Potential banner topics: food, land use, agriculture and transportation. The result was 18 unique stations that for a day turned the 36th Street bridge into a vibrant place, full of a unique energy and spirit. In celebration of Omaha Creative Week, three of these stations will be showing up around various parts of the city to continue the conversation.
Between 11am-2pm enjoy lunch from the Localmotive food truck while experiencing their station created in collaboration with EXis Design Shop and Contrivium Design and Urbanism. They’ll be at the proposed location for the new bus transfer station–Cass Street between 16th and 17th.
AIGA Nebraska, The Mastercraft, 1111 13th Street
5-8 p.m. $30 AIGA members, $40 public. Register by 8/31.
With the rise of responsive design, communication between designers and developers is more important than ever before. AIGA’s Integrate is an event that brings together designers and developers to talk about the workflow of creating successful web and interactive campaigns. Food and drinks will be provided. Speakers: David Kadavy, Author of “Design for Hackers,” Brian Wetjen, Designer and Developer and Drew Gourley, Oxide Design Co.
Bicycle Tour of Urban Redevelopment Projects
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture, 1516 Cuming Street
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Dust off your bike and strap on your helmets…we’re going on a bike ride! Starting from the Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture studio in the historic Tip Top Building, we will take a tour of some exciting downtown urban redevelopment projects BY BICYCLE (our favorite form of transport). No spandex required! The route will be mostly flat with a few gentle climbs (don’t worry, we’ll take it nice and slow). There will be several stops along the way where refreshments (adult and otherwise) can be purchased. Don’t feel comfortable on a bike? Let us know in advance and we’ll attempt to arrange for a very affordable seat on a pedicab.
Cash Mob Omaha
Omaha Local Independent Business Alliance, Location TBA at Noon
Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 p.m.
Omaha’s 3rd Cash Mob is ready for the 3rd Annual Omaha Creative Week. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for Creative Week’s Cash Mob destination. There are only 3 rules: 1) Spend $10-20 at a locally owned, independent business, keeping dollars in our economy and building community; 2) Meet 3 new people (it’s about community); 3) Have fun (because that’s how you do it).
Thursday, September 6
Emerging Terrain Elevation Station Revival – Block 16
Block 16, 1611 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
11 a.m. -2 p.m. FREE. Paid lunch available.
See Emerging Terrain Elevation Station Revival – Cass Street on Wednesday, September 5. Brian Hamilton and Bob Trempe’s cardboard terrain will be in the parking stalls outside of Block 16 (1611 Farnam Street) from 11am-2pm for a lunch service on Thursday, September 6th. Think of it as additional outdoor seating to enjoy a delicious Block 16 special!
What is a Creative Community?
Union for Contemporary Art and the Werner Institute at Creighton University, Union for Contemporary Art, 2417 Burdette Street
5:30-6:30 p.m. FREE
A conversational experience to explore the state of the arts in Omaha. The Werner Institute will facilitate this conversation at the Union for Contemporary Art to draw out the insights and visions of local artists to review various models for creative communities, identify the creative communities within Omaha, discuss the support that is required to foster a creative community, and envision what models are most appropriate for Omaha. This conversation will be the beginning of what is hoped to be an engaging process to establish the role the Union for Contemporary Art can play as a dynamic contributor that fulfills the identified needs of the creative community in Omaha.
Omaha Fashion Week Boutique Tour
Omaha Fashion Week, Board at Montclair Shopping Center, 12979 W. Center
6-10 p.m. $10, RSVP.
Join Omaha Fashion Week in a celebration of local retail! We’ll board a bus to visit the hottest shopping destinations in our city. Tickets for the bus tour are limited. Proceeds benefit the Fashion Institute Midwest. Check out the tour schedule and get your tickets for $10!
The Rainbow Tour
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 South 12th Street
6-7 p.m. FREE
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to present Michael Jones McKean’s The Rainbow: Certain Principles of Light and Shapes Between Forms. A simple, but phenomenal visual event — a rainbow appears above the Bemis Center’s roof in downtown Omaha.
Opera Omaha Open Rehearsals
1850 Farnam Street
6:30 – 9 p.m. FREE
See Saturday’s description for Opera Omaha Rehearsals.
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 South 12th Street
7-8 p.m. FREE
Artists-in-residence Chinatsu Ikeda, Karen Irmer and Meredith James give presentations or performances of their work and discuss their creative processes.
SQUISHTALKS: ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE with Stuart Chittenden
Omaha Creative Institute
7-9 p.m. $25. Private Residence. Register
Omaha Creative Institute and Stuart Chittenden present SQUISHTALKS: ART AND SOCIAL CHANGE. This two hour conversational forum squishes eleven random people around a table to indulge in wine, appetizers, and discussion. Whether you’re interested in viewing the extensive collection of street art featured at the host’s home or the art of conversation, this event is perfect for you!
Women in Performance Roundtable, Volume 2
Les Femmes Folles: Celebrating Women in Art and X-Rated: Women in Music, House of Loom, 1012 S. 10th St.
Thursday, September 6, 7-10pm. FREE
The following Omaha artists will discuss their careers and experiences as women in the music industry led by X-Rated: Women in Music’s Hilary Stohs-Krause: DJs Ema Strunk and Lauren J, Jenna Morrison, Jasmine Reed, Jane Bantam, Shauna Butler and Rene Gosch. Mini-performances by Bantam, Butler, Morrison and Prototype XX will follow, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Startup Weekend Omaha Pre-party
Startup Weekend Omaha, Silicon Prairie News, 1111 N. 13th Street
7:30-9 p.m. FREE
Startup Weekend Omaha is an event where passionate people with a variety of backgrounds and skills come together to take on the challenge of turning an idea into a business in a weekend. Come hang out, talk ideas, and learn more about Startup Weekend Omaha from the organizers and past attendees. And we’ll be giving away some free tickets.
Friday, September 7
Emerging Terrain Elevation Station Revival – Dinker’s
Dinker’s Bar, 2368 S. 29th Street, Omaha, NE 68105
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. FREE. Paid lunch available.
See Emerging Terrain Elevation Station Revival – Cass Street on Wednesday, September 5. You can find a 20+ foot table etched with the names and addresses of homes that previously stood where the interstate now exists created by Grant Landreth and Chris Jansen. Grab a special Polish burger from inside Dinker’s Bar (2368 S. 29th Street) and enjoy lunch while we discuss the transportation future of Omaha and the master planning process for the Park and Boulevard System. We will be there from 11am-2pm.
Mad Men REBEL Yell
REBEL Interactive, 1217 S. 13 Street
4-7 p.m. RSVP.
Omaha Creative Week needs a great, live party and the REBEL Yell has a reputation to live up to, so we’re crafting an engaging theme. The theme of the upcoming REBEL Yell is Mad Men. Let’s get our party-on 60s-style with a retro evening full of glamour, neat drinks and finger food, and Miles Davis. Just like Don Draper needs his skinny tie, we need you! Bring a friend or the whole office. Drinks and apps on us.
Wrap and Restore
Region 6 Behavioral Health, Arts for All, Pizza Shoppe, Benson Theatre and Sharpened Clothing
5-10 p.m. FREE
Wrap: All Week, Image Arts Building (2626 Harney St) and the Benson Theatre (6058 Maple St). Wrap the two J. Does created by Mark Goodall - Robo Doe and Reba Doe.
Restore: In coordination with Benson First Friday, this is a furniture restoration event at the Benson Theatre space on Sept 7. The community is invited to bring small pieces of furniture to restore (chairs or small tables, lamps) and to bring paint, fabric, or any arts and craft items to help with the restoration. The restored furniture will then be donated to the clients of Region 6 and others who are in need of furniture.
Cocktails with author C.J. Box
Omaha Public Library, W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd.
5:30 – 7 p.m. $15 (includes Friends of Library membership). FREE for Friends of Public Library. Please RSVP.
Join us for cocktails with award-winning author C.J. Box, author of 11 novels including the Joe Pickett series. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories and he won an Edgar Award for Best Novel of 2008. Box is a Wyoming native and has worked at a number of jobs from ranch hand to newspaper publisher.
Conversations on a Bus Gallery Grand Opening
Omaha Creative Institute and Conversations on a Bus
Omaha Metro Headquarters, 2222 Cuming St.
6-9 p.m. FREE
Conversations on a Bus is a photo and storytelling art project that celebrates community by inviting Omaha Metro passengers to share their stories. Individual narratives will be woven together to illuminate where and how our lives intersect. After party at House of Loom!
Great Plains Theatre Conference StageWrite – A Reading of Plays by Local Women Playwrights
Urban Abbey, 1026 Jackson Street
7:30 – 9 p.m. FREE
Engaging audiences in an evening of storytelling and theatre, GPTC StageWrite presents a playreading event to highlight local women playwrights and their work. Excerpts of their plays will be read by the playwrights themselves and/or local actors on this evening.
Saturday, September 8
Opera Omaha Open Rehearsals
1850 Farnam Street
12:30 -2 p.m. FREE
An opportunity to experience creativity in action! Join the Opera Omaha Chorus for an open music rehearsal as they prepare Verdi’s opera, La Traviata. Starting with a brief reception to meet and greet members of the Opera Omaha Chorus, a short talk from Music Director J. Gawf, rehearsal and adjourn to a nearby location for beverages and to try their hand in singing a number of songs, including the famous chorus from o that they just learned!
Gilded Age Fashion
Omaha Public Library, Milton R. Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th Street
2-4 p.m. FREE
Explore the fashion of the Gilded Age with Sue McLain’s vintage clothing collection. Sue has been collecting vintage clothing since 1985 and has a wide variety of artifacts from Victorian Era through 1970. Since 1991 she has traveled the Midwest entertaining groups young and old with a wide selection of fashion programs. Her motto is “I have a passion for vintage fashion.”
Bitch. (Perception. Reality. Execution.)
Bluebarn’s Witching Hour, BLUEBARN Theatre, 614 South 11the Street
9-10:30 p.m. $10
Bitch weaves together the lives–and deaths–of Marie Antoinette, Mata Hari, Mary Surratt, and Ann Askew. These four women lived in different countries in different eras of history, but all are linked by gruesome deaths at the hands of their governments and the immortality they achieved with their scandalous behavior. Bitch explores who earns their reputations and those who are just victims of hysteria, revolution, war, and bad PR.
Pot Boiler Burlesque
House of Loom, 1012 South 10 Street
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., $5
empowered women exploring the mirror image of their sexuality and juxtaposing observations of the world at large into a framework of public performance . . . you can call it dark pageantry.
Sunday, September 9
Performance and Creative Conversation
Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass Street
2 p.m. $23
Join the Omaha Community Playhouse for an afternoon performance of August: Osage County followed by a group roundtable discussion to explore individual and group responses to this compelling story.